Colruyt opens newly renovated Keerbergen store

Colruyt opens newly renovated Keerbergen store

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 13 December the renovated Colruyt Keerbergen will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded by half its original size and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store. It has a brand-new butcher’s department and a Collect&Go pick-up point.

More efficient and pleasant shopping
“During closure we expanded the store to 1,600 m²”, says store manager Freija Beke. “This enabled us to expand the freshmarket, to place twice as many freezers and to add 4 extra checkout posts.”

Moreover the store was completely rearranged to enable customers to shop more efficiently in nicer surroundings. Freija Beke: “When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us.”

Brand-new butcher’s department
Customers can choose their fresh quality meat in the self-service butcher’s counter. Head butcher Benny Meeus: “The butchers cut the fresh meat on the spot. Customers can see the butchers at work in an open workshop and talk to them if they have questions or a special order. In the new butcher’s department, customers also have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer
Colruyt Keerbergen now also has a Collect&Go pick-up point. “Collect&Go is a handy Colruyt Group service, where we shop for the customers”, says the store manager. “They send their shopping list to collectandgo.be or via the app, and the Collect&Go employees have their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. Handy!”

Special open house 
As from Wednesday 13 December, store manager Freija Beke, head butcher Benny Meeus and their 36 co-workers will be on hand to welcome their customers in the renewed Colruyt Keerbergen.

Freija Beke: “The evening before, on Tuesday 12 December from 5 to 8 pm, everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

For more information, please contact:

  • Peter Dekerf (regional manager) at 02 345 2345 40
  • Silja Decock (press officer Colruyt Group) at 0473 92 45 10

Practical information:
Colruyt Keerbergen
Putsebaan 75
3140 Keerbergen

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat:8.30 – 20.00
Fri:8.30 – 21.00

Taco Bell expands its drive-thru free restaurants with the first Cantina in Southern California

Taco Bell expands its drive-thru free restaurants with the first Cantina in Southern California

Opening Highlighted by exclusive Taco Bell Beer, walk-up window, local mural and ocean view

IRVINE, Calif., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell’s expansion with drive-thru free restaurants is continuing its spread across the US with the first Cantina to open in Southern California. Newport Beach joins Wabash and Cincinnati as Cantina openings in the past month alone – bringing the total to 11. Additional city locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boulder, and Madison will be coming soon, adding to the continued urban development growth of 300 drive-thru free locations opening over the next 5 years.

The Newport Beach Cantina, which opens to the public Friday, December 15, will feature an exclusive Taco Bell beer, Twisted Freezes, open kitchen, local artist murals and a walk-up order window — all in the heart of the Newport Beach Peninsula. Initial hours of operation will be 7am to 2am.

In celebration of Southern California’s first Cantina, Taco Bell and Huntington Beach local Four Son’s Brewing have partnered to unveil an exclusive beer made specifically to complement the Taco Bell menu, a brand first. Together, Four Sons’ brewmasters and Taco Bell’s culinary chefs have joined forces to create Beach Bell, a Mexican-style Amber Lager made with a unique flavor profile to enhance and compliment Taco Bell’s food and flavors. The light, crisp, and refreshing beer has a smooth and robust taste with a clean finish that makes it the perfect beverage to pair with a Taco Bell meal. Beach Bell Amber Lager will only be available for a limited time at the Newport Beach Cantina.

This collaboration comes as Taco Bell continues to push into new urban locations across the country. Recently, Taco Bell announced continued expansion with a planned 300 drive-thru free locations opening over the next five years – many of which will serve alcohol. Taco Bell Cantinas feature a smaller footprint leveraging urban or in-line development, localized design and artwork as well as alcohol offerings, including beer.

For information about Four Sons Brewing, visit www.foursonsbrewing.com

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarshipprogram. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Walmart announces a suite of new financial wellness services for associates nationwide through the Even app

Walmart announces a suite of new financial wellness services for associates nationwide through the Even app

Retailer joins financial technology startups Even and PayActiv to launch industry-first tools for personal money management, financial planning and on-demand access to earned wages

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today announced a suite of new financial wellness services for more than 1.4 million associates nationwide. The new offering was created in collaboration with Silicon Valley-based financial technology startups Even and PayActiv. Associates will access the tools through the Even app, available for both iOS and Android devices.

The joint solution allows Walmart associates to automatically plan ahead for bills and savings goals, eliminating the work of figuring out how much money is okay to spend. When unexpected expenses occur, associates can access earned wages ahead of scheduled paychecks using an “Instapay” feature, providing greater flexibility and helping them avoid overdrafts, high-fee funding or credit options.

“Money management is something people across every income level struggle with, in large part because they don’t have access to good tools,” said Jon Schlossberg, CEO of Even. “In real life, if you want to get ahead, you’ve got to make a financial plan, and also have a way to fix the plan when it breaks. Even offers tools for both, together in one app. Working with Walmart and PayActiv gives us the opportunity to put these powerful, easy-to-use financial management tools in the hands of millions of hardworking Americans.”

Walmart will cover the entire cost of Even’s automated financial management tool for both hourly and salaried associates, and will ensure associates can use Instapay up to eight times per year for free. Should associates need to use Instapay more frequently, Walmart will subsidize the additional Even subscription required to do so. The financial management and Instapay features will be available to all Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart eCommerce associates.

“Every American worker faces unexpected and stressful between-paychecks expenses,” said Safwan Shah, founder and CEO of PayActiv. “With on-demand access to earned wages, Walmart associates will be able to save more, avoid the financial traps that reduce their take-home pay, and get a level of stability that few service sector employers provide.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Even
Even is the first financial health platform to combine automatic financial planning with the ability to predict and safely solve cash flow problems. Even’s proprietary neural network technology understands and adapts to a user’s financial life, allowing the app to eliminate 90% of the work required to use traditional budgeting tools. The company was founded by former Instagram and Google engineers, and is headquartered in Oakland, California. Additional information at www.even.com.

About PayActiv
PayActiv is an award-winning holistic financial wellness platform for employees to get on-demand access to earned but unpaid wages. Businesses that partner with PayActiv see significant cost reductions through increased engagement and retention. Employees love PayActiv because it eliminates the between-paycheck financing fees of payday loans, bank overdrafts and title loans. PayActiv also offers a suite of services that include better banking products, savings and budgeting tools, bill payment and financial health measurement. PayActiv is backed by SoftBank Capital and won best in class awards in both FinTech and HRTech categories in 2016. Visit www.payactiv.com to learn more.

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

DieHard products launches on Amazon.com to celebrate its 50th Anniversary

Assortment To Include Batteries, Jump Starters, Battery Chargers and Passenger Car Tires

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The DieHard brand announced today that it is celebrating 50 years of trusted performance with the launch of DieHard products on Amazon.com. Starting today an assortment of DieHard jump starters, battery chargers and maintainers are available for purchase at www.amazon.com/diehard. Passenger car tires and automotive batteries will be added to Amazon.com in early 2018.

“DieHard is America’s most trusted and preferred  automotive battery brand and the collaboration with Amazon makes it easier for millions to shop the brand,” said Tom Park, President of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “As we have previously stated, we want to diversify the revenue streams of our iconic brands and launching on Amazon.com will significantly expand the distribution and availability of the DieHard brand in the U.S., building on the success of our recent Kenmore appliances launch on Amazon.com.”

DieHard products now available on Amazon.com:

Jump starters and vehicle battery chargers and maintainers – A range of battery-related accessories are now available to help jump start and charge batteries.

  • Jump starters: An assortment of portable power products meet the performance needs of batteries. These include the DieHard compact lithium jump starter + phone charger, which can top off a phone’s charge and even jump start a 6-cylinder engine.
  • Vehicle battery chargers and maintainers: A selection of compact shelf chargers and high-powered wheel chargers are available. These include the Wi-Fi enabled DieHard smart charger and maintainer, which allow users to check and charge their battery from a smart device, providing convenience and peace of mind.

DieHard products coming soon to Amazon.com:

Automotive batteries and tires

  • DieHard Advanced Gold Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries – The non-spillable batteries are designed to provide greater maintenance-free reliability and performance during severe weather such as snow, extreme cold, sleet, rain and heat. The battery also is specifically designed to power today’s vehicles, which draw more energy for start/stop ignitions and accessories, such as onboard DVD, navigation systems, and back-up cameras.
  • Passenger tires – Finally, a tire that lives up to its name. DieHard Silver Touring All-Season tires are engineered with rugged quality and innovation, inside and out. Key features include:
    • Nylon Belt Edge Layers, which increase steering response and cornering.
    • Tension Control Technology, which optimizes ground contact and distributes pressure for better braking and less wear.
    • Cross-Angle Sipes, which create biting edges for better traction in wet/wintry conditions.
    • Tire Profile Optimization, which enhances performance by uniformly expanding the center and shoulder region of the contact area.
    • Advanced Carbon Tread Compound, which promotes long, healthy tire life.
    • 70,000-Mile Limited Warranty, which provides lasting customer satisfaction.

DieHard has demonstrated its power as a brand in the past two years with the successful launch of the DieHard Silver Touring A/S passenger car tires. A national survey among automotive tire purchasers in late 2015 ranked DieHard among the top five leading tire brands, even though DieHard tires did not exist at the time. Within six months of launching in August 2016 at Sears Auto Centers, DieHard tires became one of the leading passenger tire brands at Sears.

Other recent innovations from the DieHard brand include:

  • Launch of the industry leading Wi-Fi smart battery maintainer that remotely provides vehicle battery health on a smart phone or tablet, giving users peace of mind.
  • Launch of a compact lithium jump starter + smart phone charger. It is compact, yet powerful enough to jump start up to 20 vehicles on a single charge.
  • The opening of three DieHard Auto Centers in San Antonio, TexasTroy, Mich. and Roseville, Mich. They offer state-of-the-art technology and services in a contemporary, comfortable setting – that, combined with service from our experienced associates, can help today’s drivers make the right choices for their vehicle’s needs.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com

About the DieHard Brand
Introduced in 1967, Sears designed the original DieHard automotive battery to produce 35 percent more usable starting power than other similar batteries. Featuring a revolutionary tough, thin-walled case of translucent polypropylene plastic, which was 50 percent thinner than conventional black rubber-type battery enclosures, the design’s extra room meant bigger plates, more acid and extra starting power. During testing, not a single failure was reported in over 26,000 starts in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to more than 100 degrees, hence the name “DieHard.” See more DieHard history and compelling “Battery Torture” video at www.DieHard.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Whenever used, words such as “will,” “expect,” and other terms of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including these, are based on the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Detailed descriptions of risks, uncertainties and factors relating to Sears Holdings are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

Media Contact:
Larry Costello
Sears / DieHard
(847) 286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

 

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

The CVS Health Foundation announces a $550,000 commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today announced a $550,000 commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association, extending its support for a new program to enhance disease diagnosis and assessment with clinicians while also educating them about care and support programs available to help families following a diagnosis. The grant is being shared with six local Alzheimer’s Association chapters and brings the Foundation’s total contribution to more than $1 million since 2016.

“The CVS Health Foundation is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its effort to ensure that patients and caregivers receive the resources they need following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and are able to maintain a high-quality of life,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’ve seen significant results following the first year of the program and look forward to working with the Alzheimer’s Association to continue to fulfill our program’s mission.”

The new charitable commitment builds upon support from the CVS Health Foundation for a new program established in 2016 to increase diagnosis, disclosure and education for Alzheimer’s disease. The six local chapters that have benefited from this support have all shown significant progress toward their goals of partnering with health care providers to enhance their ability to detect, diagnose, and care for individuals living with the disease and their caregivers, including:

  • Broadened Physician Knowledge Over 7,000 clinicians were educated on prevention, diagnosis, therapeutics and research related to Alzheimer’s disease. The education was conducted both in person and virtually in the form of micro-learnings, CME events, office visits, staff trainings and multimedia campaigns.
  • Increased Patient Referrals for Support Services – The six chapters increased patient referrals to the Alzheimer’s Association’s care and support resources from clinical health care professionals by 61 percent following diagnosis.
  • Expanded Capacity Each local chapter was able to expand their internal capacity through hiring of new staff, increased training for existing staff and better utilizing volunteers. As a result, the chapters were able to reach more clinicians, patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Through the additional support of the CVS Health Foundation, the Central and North Florida, Desert Southwest, Greater IllinoisMassachusetts/New HampshireNorthern California/Northern Nevada and Greater Missouri chapters will continue their work to expand health care provider outreach and expand automatic referral process for education and care consultations, with the goal of increasing the number of people in each chapter with access to care.

“The Alzheimer’s Association greatly appreciates CVS Health Foundation’s generous support of the Diagnose, Disclose, and Direct Connect Pilot Grant program,” said Beth Kallmyer, Vice President, Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association. “The grants have been instrumental in launching innovative programs that are influencing provider behavior in terms of detecting and diagnosing dementia as well as educating physicians about the programs available for individuals and families impacted by this devastating disease.”

The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to rise from over 5 million people today to more than 16 million by 2050, and costs are expected to rise as high as $1.1 trillion. Research shows effective health care provider outreach and education are essential for helping people with Alzheimer’s disease achieve their best quality of life.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

Media Contact: Mary Gattuso, (401) 770-9811, mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com

SOURCE CVS Health Foundation

The NRF Foundation announces 2018 Next Generation Scholarship and Student Challenge finalists

WASHINGTON, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced this year’s finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship and its annual Student Challenge. The top recipients of both scholarship programs will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 14 during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show.

Next Generation Scholarship
“We have added new elements to this year’s Next Generation competition to further challenge applicants, and each of our finalists rose to the occasion,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays and interviews with retailers, this year’s finalists showcased how their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit will set the standard for the next generation of retail talent.”

The Next Generation Scholarship provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. Of the five finalists, four will receive $10,000 scholarships and one a $25,000 scholarship. The top finalists will interview with retail executives in person this January, after which the top recipient will be chosen. This year’s finalists are:

  • Marlowe Camblin, Santa Clara University – Bachelor of Science in marketing; Minor in retail studies
  • Brian Lucksinger, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and management
  • Courtney Nash, University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science in retailing and consumer sciences
  • Brittany Rhoa, Kent State University – Bachelor of Science in fashion merchandising
  • Kelly Skoglund, University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems; Minor in fashion merchandising

Student Challenge
“The Student Challenge competition not only showcases students’ individual talents but their ability to collaborate and work through problems as a team — a critically important combination in the business world today,” Davis said. “We are continuously inspired by the passion and creativity that student teams bring to this competition, and look forward to revealing the top team next month.”

For this year’s Student Challenge, the NRF Foundation worked with New York retailer STORY on a case competition that enabled students to demonstrate their creativity and business acumen to retail leaders. After narrowing down dozens of team proposals to three, the final teams will present their concepts live to a panel of retail executives this January in New York City.

The top team will receive $5,000 for each participating student. The second-place team will receive $2,500 for each student, and the third-place team will receive $1,500 for each student. The 2018 finalist teams are:

  • Columbia College Chicago: Allison Coppedge, Sara Diaz de Villegas, Nathan Procell and Lane Hedler
  • Columbia College Chicago: Ashley Cairns, Blake Fortin and Kendall McDermott
  • University of Pennsylvania: Kelsey Serraneau, Walter Little and Anita Mo

The Next Generation Scholarship and Student Challenge finalists will attend the January 12-14 NRF Student Program at NRF 2018 and the NRF Foundation Gala.

More than 800 undergraduate students from around the country are expected to attend the Student Program, which exposes students to executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions, and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentoring session.

To learn more about the scholarships, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration and NRF.com/StudentChallenge.

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.

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

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

Whole Foods salad bars to incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with focus on root-to-stem ingredients

Whole Foods salad bars to incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with focus on root-to-stem ingredients

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that beginning Dec. 27, salad bars nationwide will incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with a focus on root-to-stem food preparation, seasonal produce and superfood ingredients.

“We’re refreshing our salad bars for the New Year to support shoppers who are looking for convenient, healthy dishes that don’t sacrifice quality or taste,” said Tien Ho, Culinary & Hospitality Executive Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Our stores are excited to celebrate peak season produce and serve up plant based, nutrient dense recipes that we know our customers crave this time of year.”

In November, buyers and culinary experts from Whole Foods Market revealed their top food trend predictions for 2018, including root-to-stem cooking, which makes use of the entire fruit or vegetable. Popular with those looking to experiment with new flavors or reduce food waste, this trend incorporates lesser used parts of produce such as stems, rinds, seeds and leaves.

This winter, Whole Foods Market salad bars will feature two new root-to-stem composed salads: roasted sunchokes with sunflower seeds, sprouts and chile dressing, and chopped fennel bulbs and stems tossed with lemon honey vinaigrette and honey crisp apples.

Whole Foods Market salad bars will also feature all the ingredients for a “build your own” power salad station including blueberries, wakame seaweed, turmeric sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, quinoa, roasted mushrooms, flax seeds, superfood salad dressing and power greens. Whole Foods Market chef-inspired salad stations are typically located at the end of the salad bar and updated seasonally, offering signature salads that shoppers can easily customize.

Shoppers can find recipes and healthy eating inspiration at wholefoodsmarket.com.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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The Rite Aid Foundation awards $2.2 million to its partner charities through its KidCents Holiday Wishes program

Each Charity to Receive a $5,000 KidCents Grant to Improve the Lives of Children

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This season of giving, in an effort to give back to non-profit organizations that give so much to their clients and communities, The Rite Aid Foundation is awarding a total of $2.2 million to its partner charities through its KidCents Holiday Wishes program. Created to recognize the year-round efforts of each organization, each of the more than 440 charities currently participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program will receive a $5,000 grant to help make a holiday wish of their choice come true.

“The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to give our KidCents charities a special gift this holiday season, in recognition of all they do to give the children they serve a chance for better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our KidCents Holiday Wishes program captures the true spirit of the holiday season and is the perfect way to thank our partner charities for all they do throughout the year to make a difference in the lives of children in our communities.”

The KidCents charities were asked to pick the wish they felt would have the most impact for those they serve. Holiday wishes range from facility and equipment repairs to operating supplies to holiday care packages and gifts to training and special programming to help improve the health, safety and well-being of the children they serve. Examples of holiday wishes being fulfilled through the KidCents Holiday Wishes program include:

• Miracle Babies, San Diego, CA: The nonprofit organization, which provides education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is creating holiday care packages that will be distributed to 500 parents.

• The Boys and Girls Club of the Tar River Region, Rocky Mount, NC: The local chapter, which provides after-school programming to thousands of kids ages 5-18 years old at three separate locations, plans to replace insulation that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last year.

• The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY: The nonprofit organization, which provides innovative residential and community-based program to at-risk children, teens and families, is creating a new game room for the 300 kids who live at the facility.

• Northeast Youth Center, Spokane, WA: The youth center, which provides educational and recreational activities to children ages 3-17, will help kids stay warm this winter by providing winter coats and boots.

• Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Ypsilanti, MI: Michigan Children’s Trust Fund’s designated agency for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County is purchasing 25 tablets and one laptop to begin offering a cyber safety program to its members.

“We are so proud to be part of the KidCents Holiday Wishes program,” said Marianela Camarillo, Miracle Babies director of program services. “Thanks to the generosity of The Rite Aid Foundation we are able to spread a little extra holiday cheer and give comfort to parents and families who desperately need it this time of year.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 440 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $36 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

BESTSELLER releases its first publicly available supplier factory list

BESTSELLER releases its first publicly available supplier factory list

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 December 2017), BESTSELLER’s released its first publicly available supplier factory list.

As BESTSELLER does not own factories, it is imperative for us to work with our suppliers in an open and honest way, says BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager Dorte Rye and continuesWe continuously seek to create more transparency in our supply chain to address risks and promote positive change. In the light of this, and to provide increased transparency, we are making supplier factory information publicly available.“

The supplier factory information includes the names and addresses of tier 1 manufacturing factories of apparel, footwear and accessories representing our main commercial sourcing volume. Our aim is to publish all on-boarded tier 1 factories in 2018.

The list will be updated twice a year.

Read more and see the current supplier factory list here.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62 / communications@bestseller.com

JACK & JONES extends its range of styles with larger sizes from 2XL to size 6XL

JACK & JONES extends its range of styles with larger sizes from 2XL to size 6XL

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plus sizes are in high demand and JACK & JONES is now meeting this demand by extending its range of styles with larger sizes from 2XL to size 6XL. The focus across all categories is fitting and well-balanced proportions that complement the plus size segment.

Menswear brand JACK & JONES is extending its range by adding sizes 2XL-6XL to the assortment. The plus sizes are spread across categories within the JACK & JONES portfolio, providing the plus size segment with a much larger selection of trend styles, designs and colours.

Sales Director Dennis Birk Jørgensen explains:

We want to make sure our consumers, regardless of their size, can get on-trend styles and look. We have done this for our well-known collections – now with styles in every size”.

OPTIMISED FITTING

We have developed the new fittings for more than a year and we have refined and adjusted through in-depth analysis and in cooperation with Hirmer, one of the German market leaders when it comes to plus size fashion:

“The years of analysis and studies we have on fitting and size was the foundation of the plus size range. We have adjusted well-known JACK & JONES fittings to the plus size segment and adapted them according to current size studies. In close cooperation with Hirmer, each product category has been examined in detail and adjusted to achieve the desired fit. It’s something that we are particularly proud of and we hope the consumers will embrace this extension of our product range”, Sales Director Dennis Birk Jørgensen continues.

The plus size collection is available across JACK & JONES’ active markets and on www.jackjones.com from August 2018. To follow current trends and seasonal colours, there will be six collections available per year.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

For more information, please contact:
Ditte Dalsgaard Pedersen, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: +4599421899
Mail: ditte.dalsgaard@bestseller.com

 

A.S. Watson Group launches its first ever Technology Partnership Programme to support the acceleration of its digital transformation

A.S. Watson Group launches its first ever Technology Partnership Programme to support the acceleration of its digital transformation

HONG KONG, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group (ASW), the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, announces the launch of its first ever Technology Partnership Programme to build a network of technology expert partners to support the acceleration of its digital transformation.

Transformative Partnership to Win Customers’ Hearts
Malina Ngai, Group Chief Operating Officer of ASW, explained why the company introduces the partnership approach. “We believe every technology partner whom we have chosen to work with is more than just a vendor. Traditional client-vendor relationship is short-term. There is lack of transparency and continuity in the way we work with each other. Besides, project base contract makes it difficult for their resource planning.

“The Partnership Programme is designed to transform the short term contractual relationship to a longer term strategic relationship to create a win-win for both parties. Our Tech Partners will have access to senior management, visibility on our growth strategy and technology roadmap, as well as a longer term financial commitment from us. We can benefit from their commitment in providing consistent resources, expert advice and services, as well as first hand access to innovation they develop.

“The appointment of our first batch of worldwide Tech Partners shows our determination to accelerate our digital transformation. The goal of such transformation is to enable A.S. Watson Group to build on our solid retail foundation to fuel further growth through a smarter and more efficient organisation. Our purpose of putting customer first and putting a smile on their faces continues. We recognize that our customers are changing rapidly and technology has become an ever more critical ingredient to deliver our purpose.”

Paving the Way for Future with Technology and People
ASW embarked on its digital transformation journey since 2011 when it introduces its first Customer Strategy. Investment initially was dedicated to CRM, eCommerce and mobile experience, amounted to USD70m. It has subsequently established eLab in 2015, an in-house digital agency focusing on supporting all operating businesses to develop eCommerce and digital marketing. In 2017, ASW kicked off another major investment of USD70m in big data to build new capabilities in analytics and machine learning.

In the meantime, ASW has launched a re-engineering programme in People Development in order to attract, train and retain the right talents to serve the customers of the new world.

For the first batch of Tech Partners the company appoints comprises of expertise in the areas of eCommerce, store systems, data science, artificial intelligence, data visualization, technology ecosystem and services. ASW will continue to identify potential expertise to join the Partnership Programme to support its digital transformation journey.

Partnering for New Heights of Retail
Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong is delighted about the collaboration opportunities to spark the next wave of growth, “Microsoft is thrilled about the opportunity to work with A.S. Watson as a trusted partner. ASW’s unique approach to partnership and full transparency has enabled us to work hand-in-hand to accelerate their digital transformation journey. With Microsoft Cloud, we are committed to empowering ASW’s employees to collaborate globally in ways which were never possible before.”

Balazs Fejes, EVP & Co-Head Global Business of EPAM is honored to be selected as a technology partner of ASW, “EPAM is pleased to serve A.S. Watson Group in four countries in Europe at present and is exploring new opportunities in its Asia portfolio. We appreciate ASW’s approach to making its technology roadmap transparent, whether a partner is large or small, as this facilitates a mutual understanding of needs and expectations. This partnership, combined with our focus on rapidly developing disruptive solutions in the areas of big data and digital experiences, will enable us to collectively support a full range of digital transformation strategies within ASW.”

Matteo Da Pont, CEO of Ovolab is excited about the partnership with ASW, “We at Ovolab are a close-knit team of passionate mobile developers and designers. As a small company, we are especially proud to be among the select list of suppliers that were appointed ASW Tech Partners and briefed on the vision of ASW’s digital strategy. This is an incredible opportunity for us, and we look forward to working even more closely with ASW to deliver compelling apps that will delight ASW customers in their everyday interactions with ASW brands.”

According to Kerry Liu, CEO of Rubikloud, the company aims to support ASW to further enhance its capabilities in personalising customer offers through advanced targeting, as well as optimising promotional effectiveness, “We are thrilled to partner with a global retail leader like A.S. Watson Group. At Rubikloud we focus on applying machine learning and flexible big data architectures in practical applications, which means driving tangible business impact.”

Willy Wong, CEO of Mtel is enthusiastic about the collaboration with ASW, “While many companies look at mobile app development as a project, it is evolving into a strategic tool for consumer brands to engage its customers. I am pleased to create a long-term partnership with a successful international retailer like A.S. Watson who sees mobile as more than a one-off project. Our initial scope is in Asia and I am confident that we will help ASW to make a difference in the role mobile plays in their business.”

Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrative Officer of UST Global said, “At UST Global, we are at the forefront of innovation and are focused on bringing cutting-edge technologies for our large global customers. We are excited to work with A.S. Watson and thank them for having us onboard.”

SOURCE: A.S. Watson Retail (HK) Ltd

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PHILIPPINES: SM Prime open its newest mall in Batangas, SM Center Lemery

SM Prime open its newest mall in Batangas, SM Center Lemery

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, continues to expand in the Southern Luzon as it schedules to open its newest mall in Batangas, SM Center Lemery, this Friday, December 15. This latest mall-destination in the province will add 25,000 square meters (sqm) to SM Prime’s total gross floor area (GFA) in the Philippines.

“Lemery has been a gateway to different attractions in Batangas, and with this, it’s been continually developing to meet the needs and standards of its residents and visitors. SM Center Lemery takes part in meeting these needs. The exciting mix of offerings in the mall are sure to delight every Batangueños, as we have also done in SM City Batangas and SM City Lipa,” SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim said.

Opening with almost 90% of space lease-awarded, SM Center Lemery will have three floors of mixed retail and food tenants topped with preferred household brands such as SM Hypermarket, BDO, Ace Hardware, Miniso, SM Appliance Center, Watson’s, Simply Shoes and Surplus. Staying true to its commitment to deliver utmost malling experience, SM Center Lemery will have a Wellness Zone and Cyberzone that will cater to the distinct and discriminating taste and style of Batanguenos.

This year, SM Prime has already launched five new malls namely SM Center Pulilan in Bulacan, SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan, SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan, SM Cherry Antipolo in Rizal, S Maison at Conrad Manila in Pasay City and SM CDO Downtown Premier in Cagayan de Oro.

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

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For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940