Raley’s eCart brings delivery service to Reno, Nevada

 Raley’s extends eCart personalized shopping service to include delivery in Reno

West Sacramento, California, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s eCart e-commerce platform is launching its third phase of delivery service to Reno, Nevada. The delivery service will allow healthy, fresh and high-quality offerings at affordable prices to be delivered to select zip codes in the Reno area.

This expanded service area is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving digital shopping experience. This is the next step in the company’s investment in eCommerce, developed with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient for its customers. Last month, Raley’s expanded delivery to the greater Sacramento region.

“We know and understand our customers are seeking convenience,” said Deirdre Zimmermann, Head of E-Commerce and Marketing “Customers can expect the same great service of a Raley’s personal shopper, who hand-selects orders, while enjoying the convenience of having groceries delivered.”

Raley’s currently has 100 Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods stores that offer eCart curbside pickup. Now same-day delivery is also offered for an expanding list of zip codes in Reno, including: 89503, 89512, 89431, 89523, 89509, 89502, 89519, 89511, and 89521. All customers will receive FREE delivery on their first order.

To learn more about delivery and the zip codes where the service is available, please visit raleys.com/go/delivery. To shop on Raley’s eCart, simply go to shop.raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

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Kroger opens its 1,000th ClickList store and launches integrated digital shopping experience for ClickList

In Q3 2017, company’s 109 percent digital revenue growth was driven by ClickList

CINCINNATI, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kroger announced today it has opened its 1,000th ClickList store and launched the latest seamless and integrated digital shopping experience for ClickList.

“As part of our Restock Kroger plan, we continually invest in redefining our customers’ grocery shopping experiences by bringing online and offline seamlessly together through digital innovation,” shared Yael Cosset, Kroger’s Chief Digital Officer. “Our customers tell us they want multiple ways to shop. We are committed to leveraging a combination of insights from 84.51˚, advanced technology and our digital platform to give our customers the ability to shop when and how they want to make their lives easier.”

The seamless digital experience focuses on providing Kroger customers with quicker and easier access to relevant products and recipes, digital coupons, weekly ads and shopping lists joined by an easy-to-use, fully integrated ClickList experience.

“Whether our customers are shopping with us in a store or online this holiday season for groceries, meal solutions, health and beauty products, seasonal items or flowers, we want it to be a simple, personalized experience that saves them time and money,” Mr. Cosset added.

Kroger introduced its first ClickList store in November 2014 in Liberty Township, Ohio. Over the last 3 years, Kroger has experienced tremendous growth and accelerated customer adoption across the country from coast to coast. Today, it is announcing its 1,000th location at its Milford, Ohio store near its headquarters in Cincinnati.

“This exciting milestone is a testament to the impact of our digital shopping platform as well as the consistent and rewarding experience delivered to our customers by our talented store associates,” Mr. Cosset said. “Next year, we plan to expand our seamless service to more markets, ultimately making this convenient shopping experience available to every one of the 60 million families who shop with us annually.”

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Citycon’s VP, Marketing and Branding Marianne Mazarino Håkonsen to leave the company

Espoo, Finland, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marianne Mazarino Håkonsen, Citycon Oyj’s VP, Marketing and Branding and member of the Corporate Management Committee will leave the company. She will step down from the Corporate Management Committee as of January 2018 and leave the company as of March 2018. The decision to leave is mutual between the company and Mrs. Håkonsen and is the result of the company’s decision to integrate the marketing and branding department with operations under the direct responsibility of Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jurn Hoeksema.

Håkonsen joined Citycon in 2015 when Citycon acquired Sektor Gruppen and has been a member of the Corporate Management Committee since December 2015.

“I want to thank Marianne for her valuable contribution to the company during the past couple of years”, says Marcel Kokkeel, CEO of Citycon.

As a result of the change, effective January 2018, Citycon’s Corporate Management Committee will consist of the following members: Marcel Kokkeel, Eero Sihvonen, Anu Tuomola, Jurn Hoeksema and Tom Lisiecki.

SOURCE: CITYCON OYJ

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Citycon is a leading owner, manager and developer of urban, grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic region, managing assets that total almost EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of close to EUR 2 billion. Citycon is No. 1 shopping centre owner in Finland and among the market leaders in Norway, Sweden and Estonia. Citycon has also established a foothold in Denmark.

Citycon has investment-grade credit ratings from Moody’s (Baa1) and Standard & Poor’s (BBB). Citycon Oyj’s share is listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.

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BJ’s Restaurant announces the opening of its restaurant in Taylor, Michigan

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Taylor, Michigan. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse opened on Monday, December 18, 2017, on a free standing pad at the Southland Center and is part of a recent retail addition that includes a 50,000 square foot Cinemark theater. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our last restaurant of the year in Taylor, Michigan,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Taylor is our 10th restaurant opened this year and our first restaurant in the state of Michigan. As we look into 2018, our restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape as we currently plan to open four to six restaurants.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Taylor community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 197 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 26 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. / GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Four celebrated local chefs teams up with SSP America to open Manufactory Food Hall at San Francisco International Airport

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four celebrated San Francisco chefs—Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine, Gabriela Cámara of Cala, and Pim Techamuanvivit of Kin Khao—are teaming up with SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide to further enhance the airport dining portfolio of San Francisco International Airport. Opening Summer 2018 in SFO’s International Terminal, the Manufactory Food Hall will be a collaboration among these like-minded chefs who are inspired by one another’s creative instincts and are united in their mission to bring healthy, sophisticated, approachable food to an ever-wider audience. The project brings together three world-class women chefs and will offer international travelers fresh, inventive foods and cocktails as well as must-have pantry items.  All of the offerings will be made with seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the same local farms, ranches, and fisheries they tap for their San Francisco restaurants. 

Renowned for the creativity, innovation, and vibrancy of its food scene, there is no better city to welcome a chef-driven concept created for the modern traveler than San Francisco. Manufactory Food Hall will include three distinct fast-casual dining experiences, grab-and-go stations, a full-service bar, and a retail component showcasing beloved Bay Area products. 

Robertson and Prueitt will present a full-service concept inspired by their Mission District restaurant, Tartine Manufactory, and iconic bakery, Tartine. The seasonal menu will be based on popular Manufactory offerings including warm sandwiches, fresh salads and soups, as well as a full bar serving cocktails from all three concepts. A Tartine Bakery pastry counter will showcase signature handcrafted baked goods, including the beloved morning buns, seasonal tarts, and other viennoiseries. Tartine will offer diners the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down meal, as well as plenty of options for travelers with less time on their hands. Within the Manufactory Food Hall, Tartine’s Coffee Manufactory will be featured, with a full coffee bar, grab-and-go coffee, espresso based beverages and whole beans. Led by coffee industry veteran Chris Jordan, much of the Coffee Manufactory’s philosophy is the same as Tartine’s with a focus on sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients from coffee farmers. 

“When presented with the opportunity to create this concept, we said we would only do it if we got to enlist colleagues who share our creative approach and philosophy,” says Prueitt of the decision to work with Cámara and Techamuanvivit.  “We are really excited to collaborate with close friends, bringing together some of the best ingredients California has to offer to international travelers.”

Drawing inspiration from her Civic Center taqueria, chef/owner Cámara will offer an elevated take on the foods of her native Mexico City.  As with Cala and Contramar, this concept will demonstrate Cámara’s commitment to using local produce and sustainable seafood. Menu highlights will include breakfast tortas, all day tacos and tostadas such as those popular at Civic Center’s Tacos Cala, and main course salads.

Chef/owner Pim Techamuanvivit of Michelin-starred Kin Khao will present a taste of her native Thailand using seasonal ingredients from local farms. The menu will offer an array of dishes that include rice bowls, noodles, salads, and grilled meats as well as tempting, satisfying vegan and sweet choices. All of the dishes are conceived with a special focus on portability, so that they can be enjoyed in place or taken on board for later. A small pantry counter will offer select ingredients and cookwares perfect for travelers looking to take a taste of Kin Khao home with them.

With the diversity of offerings to be found at Manufactory Food Hall, the journey will begin even before lift-off.

SOURCE: SSP The Food Travel Experts

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Walgreens will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to meet customers’ last-minute shopping needs

Select Walgreens stores open until midnight or even 24 hours to meet last-minute shopping needs

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Have you run out of wrapping paper and tape? Forgot batteries for the new toy under the tree? Checked the list twice, and still missing something? Walgreens, a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is making it easy to find last-minute gifts and essentials this holiday season. And to better serve its customers during the holidays, Walgreens stores will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help customers be “holiday ready,” with a broad selection of quality last-minute gifts and needs for any get-together. Customers can also order gifts and products online at Walgreens.com by Dec. 20 to guarantee delivery in time for the holiday.

“Even during the most wonderful time of the year, it may be difficult to remember everyone on our list. With an elevated product assortment, including many gifts under $20, Walgreens looks to make it easy to be holiday ready, especially when it comes to finding gifts last-minute,” said Heather Hughes, head of seasonal merchandising for Walgreens. “Whether it’s a beauty gift set, cozy pair of slippers with a box of candy for a party host, or a last-minute gift card that’s sure to bring joy, we are standing by to help customers find the perfect gift that will delight this holiday season.”

Customers in need of help to find a gift to spread joy can visit www.walgreens.com/holiday. Some of the season’s popular items include:

Gifts for Her

  • Soap & Glory Pink Big Gift
  • Sleek MakeUP Hella Good Eyes Gift Set
  • Wet n Wild Mistletoe Lip Collection
  • Soap & Glory Box of Delights Gift Set
  • Yankee Candle Holiday Gift Set

Gifts for Him

  • No7 Men’s On The Go Set
  • Sharper Image Memory Foam Slippers
  • Hugo Boss No 6 Gift Set for Men
  • Philips Norelco Electric Shavers
  • Crafted Imports Ice Mold Sphere and Glass Set

Gifts for Kids

  • Squishmallow Plush Frog
  • Sharper Image Car Drone with Camera
  • Sharper Image Remote Control Toy Stunt Glider
  • Conair Quick Gems Hair Jewelry
  • Funko POP! Star Wars: Movie Moments Cloud City Duel

Gifts under $20

  • Soap & Glory Pick & Spritz
  • Sleek MakeUP Bring On The Night Gift
  • Russell Stover Champagne Chocolates
  • Me to We 2018 Wall Calendar
  • A Little Something Hand Cream Sampler

Photo Gifts and Cards

  • Photo cards are a personal and convenient way to send warm wishes to friends and family. Cards can be created online, in-store or from the Walgreens mobile app and ready for pick up in as little as an hour.
  • Posters, canvas prints and collage prints are unique ways to share memories. It’s easy for customers to create these photo gifts directly through the Walgreens mobile app, online or from the in-store kiosk. Many photo items are available for same day pick up.

For more holiday gift ideas and special offers, please visit Walgreens online gift guide here.

Pharmacies will also be open at all 24-hour locations for any prescription needs. To find a store location near you, visit Walgreens.com or call 1-800-WALGREENS.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen at Birmingham Airport

SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport

LONDON, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport. Called Factory Bar & Kitchen, the new concept has been inspired by Birmingham’s heritage, and pays tribute to the pivotal role the city played in the industrial revolution.

Factory Bar & Kitchen serves an array of British classics alongside local Birmingham favourites. The menu will include wood fire stone-baked pizzas with delicious crispy crusts that can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or can be ordered as take-away to enjoy on the flight. Among the choice on offer is a selection of dishes that are a nod to the Indian flavours at the heart of Birmingham’s food culture. A Balti pizza features Balti flavoured chargrilled chicken, cheese and chilli with a mint and coriander relish. There is also a Balti burger, made with succulent chargrilled chicken, citrus slaw, an onion bhaji, curried mayonnaise and a mint and coriander relish.

The restaurant will also provide a tempting breakfast menu and a selection of artisan coffees. The bar will offer a range of 13 premium draught beers, bottled beers and a carefully balanced selection of wines and spirits.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “The Factory Bar & Kitchen has been designed in partnership with our clients at Birmingham Airport to offer all our customers a fantastic experience. We are delighted to provide local favourites to create a sense of place, all served in a warm and inviting environment. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to enjoy this great new concept.”

Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport said; “We are delighted to be opening another fantastic catering outlet here at Birmingham Airport with SSP UK.  This new concept will be a welcome addition to the Departure Lounge, offering passengers even more choice as they start their holiday.”

SOURCE: SSP The Food Travel Experts

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Starbucks Puerto Rico opens its 25th location

Starbucks Puerto Rico opens its 25th location

  • Starbucks has opened its 25th store on the Island at the Metropolitan University campus of the Ana G. Méndez University System in San Juan – its first new location since Hurricane Maria forced widespread store closures in September
  • Company reaffirms its long-term commitment to Puerto Rico’s economic recovery and community rebuilding efforts

San Juan, PUERTO RICO, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Puerto Rico is celebrating the opening of its 25th location on the Island, a new café on the Metropolitan University (UMET) campus in Cupey, which is part of the Ana G. Méndez University System (SUAGM). It is the first Starbucks® store to open since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, damaging the island’s critical infrastructure, and taking innocent lives.

As the long road to rebuilding continues, leaders from both Starbucks and the company’s local business partner, Baristas del Caribe, reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together to support the Island’s economic recovery. The two companies and their foundations have also collectively contributed more than $1.3 million toward emergency relief and long-term rebuilding efforts across the region. That includes the creation of the Tacita Verde Fund to provide emergency financial grants to local Starbucks partners (employees) and their families in need, as well as a Starbucks Foundation grant to match U.S. customer donations via the Starbucks mobile app and funding to World Coffee Research to begin the long-term work of supporting coffee farmers impacted by the hurricane.

“Our new store in San Juan, our 25th on the Island, is in honor of our Puerto Rican partners and customers, who continue to demonstrate incredible strength and resilience day after day since Hurricane Maria,” said Michael Conway, executive vice president for Starbucks Licensed Stores business across the Americas. “As we open our doors at UMET, and slowly begin to reopen all other stores across the island, we remain fully committed to our growth plans in the market as we work to create local jobs, serve our customers, and support the region’s coffee producers. I am very proud of the heroic ways in which our partners came together to support one another and their community, as well as the leadership, vision and compassion of our trusted business partner, Baristas del Caribe, led by the Fonalledas family in Puerto Rico. This will undoubtedly be a long road to recovery, and Starbucks is here for the long haul.”

“With this new opening we reaffirm that the Island is firmly on its way to recovery,” said Governor Ricardo Rosselló. “We thank Starbucks Puerto Rico for its commitment to create jobs and contribute to our economy at a time when the island needs it most. Likewise, we urge you to continue supporting your employees, as you are doing with the newly created Tacita Verde Fund.”

“Starbucks opening at the university is an example of our commitment to Puerto Rico,” said Jaime L. Fonalledas, president of Baristas del Caribe. “We remain focused on growing the brand, despite the setbacks caused by the hurricane. Our new store opening was made possible thanks to the strategic alliance established with the SUAGM system, a stable and progressive corporation, equally committed with the economic recovery of the Island.”

Starbucks intends for the new location at UMET, which is now open to the public, to become a meeting place on campus, while providing job opportunities to local students and contributing to the local economy.  Another Starbucks® store will open in Santa Isabel in early 2018.

“Today we make history by opening the first Starbucks in a higher education institution in Puerto Rico,” said José F. Méndez Méndez, president of SUAGM. “The economic development of the country is everyone’s responsibility and SUAGM will be present in any initiative that improves the quality of life of our people.”

Supporting Long-Term Relief and Recovery Efforts

In the wake of the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria in September, Starbucks Puerto Rican partners, like the rest of the citizens on the Island, faced a long and difficult road to recovery. Many are still assessing damages to their homes and their communities, a task made much tougher due to the lack of power, limited connectivity, and long lines for necessities like water, ice, gas and food.

In response, Baristas del Caribe created the Tacita Verde Fund – its first-ever employee assistance fund dedicated to help Starbucks Puerto Rican partners and their families in need. Through an initial contribution of $50,000 from Starbucks Coffee Company, the Tacita Verde Fund is helping provide financial grants to partners with critical needs ranging from urgent home repairs to food or medical needs. The Fonalledas Foundation is also supporting the partners with donations.

In addition to the Starbucks Puerto Rico Tacita Verde Fund, Starbucks Coffee Company, Baristas Del Caribe, and its parent company Empressas Fonalledas Inc., have made the following contributions to support urgent and long-term rebuilding efforts in communities across Puerto Rico:

  • $125,000 from Starbucks Coffee Company to Unidos por Puerto Rico
  • $75,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • $20,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to match donations by customers across the U.S. through the Starbucks mobile app. These funds will also support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
  • $27,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to World Coffee Research to support rebuilding of the Island’s coffee industry
  • Product/in-kind donations from the business, including bottled water and emergency supplies
  • $1 million from Empresas Fonalledas Inc. to various nonprofit organizations working on relief and recovery efforts across the Island, as well as assistance to employees. Among the nonprofit organizations are Red Cross, Para la Naturaleza, Habitat for Humanity, World Central Kitchen, Ricky Martin Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, Centro para Puerto Rico and Unidos por Puerto Rico.

About The Starbucks Foundation
Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation has strengthened communities around the world by advancing youth leadership and community engagement. The Starbucks Foundation is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law, and receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations.

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Amazon to host second annual Digital Day on Friday, December 29

  • Save up to 80% on over 5,000 apps, games, movies, eBooks, and more
  • 40% more deals than Digital Day last year

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) – The second annual Digital Day will take place on Friday, December 29, offering the biggest savings of the year on digital content across Amazon. Customers will be able to access more than 5,000 deals over eight categories including movies, TV shows, mobile games, apps, eBooks, and more at amazon.com/digitalday.

Last year on Digital Day, Amazon customers ordered hundreds of thousands of items with record-breaking sales across digital apps, games, and comics.

“Amazon Digital Day is an amazing time to shop for deals on digital content,” said Aaron Rubenson, VP, Amazon Appstore. “The customer response was incredibly positive last year, and we’re excited to help customers find great discounts again this year—whether they just received a new Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Fire Kids Edition Tablet over the holidays or are looking to add new content to their current device.”

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Amazon Digital Day deals:

  • Save 60% off Wonder Woman on Amazon Video
  • $10 Amazon.com credit when you subscribe to HBO NOW on Amazon
  • Save 25% off $49.99 Lapis bundle for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  • Save 50% off all in-game items for Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Save up to 80% off in-game items for Playrix games
  • Save up to 75% off ROBLOX New Year’s Eve themed wearables
  • Save up to 33% off video games like Sonic Forces, Civilization VI, NBA 2K 18, and WWE 2K18
  • Save up to 75% off on Kindle best-selling books, including titles such as The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an EyeThe Silent Corner, and Modern Romance
  • Save up to 80% off best-selling Marvel graphic novels like Civil War IIHouse of MWorld War Hulk, and Star Wars
  • Three free audiobooks when you sign up for an Audible trial
  • 25% or more off PC software like Rosetta Stone and Adobe Creative Cloud Photography
  • First 3 months free in Daily Burn streaming workouts

Customers can visit amazon.com/digitalday to sign up to receive notifications when the deals begin, or follow #DigitalDay for updates. Customers may also shop Digital Day deals using the Amazon App and the Amazon Appstore (to download, visit amazon.com/mobileapps or amazon.com/androidapp from your mobile browser). As a preview of the sale, some deals will be available starting as early as December 26, with the biggest savings launching at 12:00 am ET time on December 29.

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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.

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Amazon Web Services announced the launch of the AWS EU (Paris) Region

 

  • Cloud pioneer expands global infrastructure footprint with the new AWS EU (Paris) Region, enabling customers to run applications and store their content in data centers in France
  • Tens of thousands of customers and APN partners in France are actively using AWS including, AlloResto, BforBank, Canal+, Capgemini, Claranet, Decathlon, D2SI by Devoteam, Edifixio, Engie, Fastbooking, Kartable, LafargeHolcim, Le Figaro, Leboncoin, Les Echos, Les Restos du Coeur, Mondadori France, Nexity, OpenClassrooms, PayPlug, Radio France, Schneider Electric, SNCF, Societe Generale, Soitec, Teads, TF1,Veolia, and many more

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Dec. 18, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the launch of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 49 Availability Zones across 18 technology infrastructure regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online by early 2019. The AWS EU (Paris) Region is AWS’s fourth in Europe, joining existing regions in Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Tens of thousands of French customers already use AWS in other regions, and starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage AWS to run applications and store data in France by going to: https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

The AWS EU (Paris) Region offers three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. Additionally, the new AWS EU (Paris) Region gives customers with data sovereignty requirements the ability to store their data in France with the assurance that their content will not move unless they move it. The new Region adds to the existing infrastructure AWS already has in France, which includes three Edge Network Locations in Paris and one in Marseille, for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to end users with low latency. These are part of AWS’s existing network of 107 Points of Presence (96 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) globally.

“For over a decade, AWS has been supporting French builders and entrepreneurs, in enterprises and startups, on their quest to reinvent and evolve their customer’s experiences,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We have tens of thousands of French customers using AWS from regions outside of France, but we’ve heard them loud and clear and are excited to deliver them an AWS Region in France, so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads or house any data that needs to reside on French soil.”

Politicians and officials, from French central and local government, also welcomed the opening of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. “The establishment of the AWS Region in France reinforces the attractiveness of our country for digital companies, strengthens the trust of French organizations in the cloud, and creates the right conditions for their digital transformation,” said Éric Bothorel, La République En Marche! representative in the French National Assembly and member of the Economic Affairs Commission, with a focus on Digital Affairs. “The digital revolution is bringing about major economic, social, and societal changes and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the benefit of the French economy as a whole. The cloud is the essential tool to ensure the development of this new economy and the digital transformation of businesses. It is also an important generator of jobs and we are glad to see AWS is a key part of this.”

Valérie Pécresse, President of Ile de France, also welcomed the new AWS infrastructure region saying, “We are delighted that Amazon Web Services is investing heavily in the opening of its datacenters in Île-de-France. It is a recognition of the strength and attractiveness of Ile de France, which is establishing itself as the technical hub of Europe. The region has already become established in the eyes of large companies and startups that have set up their headquarters in the metropolitan area. AWS’s choice to locate their datacenters here will help to attract even more companies and validates our ambition to be the first smart region of Europe.”

One of the reasons customers in France are moving to AWS is the company’s investment in security, compliance, and data protection. All AWS infrastructure regions around the world are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet the most rigorous compliance standards and to provide high levels of security for all AWS customers. These include ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more. This means customers benefit from all the best practices of AWS policies, architecture, and operational processes built to satisfy the needs of even the most security sensitive customers.

AWS is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield and the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA) is GDPR-ready and available now to all AWS customers to help them prepare for May 25, 2018, when the GDPR becomes enforceable. AWS’ DPA terms allow customers to transfer personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in compliance with European Union (EU) data protection laws. AWS also adheres to the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) Code of Conduct. The CISPE Code of Conduct helps customers verify that AWS is using appropriate data protection standards to protect their data, consistent with the GDPR. In addition, AWS offers a wide range of services and features to help customers meet the requirements of the GDPR, including services for access controls, monitoring, logging, and encryption.

Customers and APN Partners welcome the new AWS infrastructure Region to France

In France, AWS works with tens of thousands of customers, including more than 80 percent of companies listed on the CAC 40, the French stock market index. Enterprises such as Canal+, Capgemini, Decathlon, Engie, LafargeHolcim, Le Figaro, Les Echos, Mondadori France, Nexity, Schneider Electric, Societe Generale, Soitec, TF1, and Veolia, are now using AWS to speed their time-to-market, lower their costs, and support their businesses globally.

CAC 40 enterprise Schneider Electric is a leader in energy management and automation and is using AWS to support its transition to becoming a digital business. “For the past six years, we have been working with AWS as a key technology provider to support our digital transformation,” said Hervé Coureil, Chief Digital Officer, Schneider Electric. “By migrating our old IT systems to the cloud, we can accelerate our time to market, lower our IT costs, and better support our global business operations. For example, we are building our enterprise big data platform on AWS to give us the ability to centralize data from dozens of critical operational systems. Using AWS enables us to accelerate key decision-making processes and gain meaningful insights from large datasets for our pricing, logistics, human resources, and risk management applications.”

Another CAC 40 enterprise using AWS to support innovation in its business is Societe Generale, one of the largest banks in France and the world. “Societe Generale Group has been working with AWS to accelerate its digital transformation while complying with European and French financial services regulations. Using AWS, we developed SG Research, an application that makes Societe Generale’s analyst reports available to corporate customers allowing them to make better investment decisions,” said Carlos Goncalves, Head of Global Technology Services, Societe Generale. “We welcome the new AWS Region in France as it will help to accelerate the deployment of our hybrid strategy by delivering lower latency between applications running in the cloud and our information systems running in French data centers.”

As well as large, security-conscious enterprise organizations, the public sector in France is also entrusting AWS with mission critical workloads to deliver the highest levels of security and privacy. Public sector organizations using AWS to transform the services they deliver to the citizens of France include Kartable, Les Restos du Coeur, OpenClassrooms, Radio France, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), and many others.

SNCF, the French state-owned railway company, chose to build its SNCF mobile application on AWS to give traffic information to the 14 million travelers across its network in real time. “Using AWS, we are able to absorb peaks of hundreds of thousands of users per second on our mobile application. In times of extreme weather, traffic events, holidays, or engineering work, many travelers will connect to the application at once, and AWS gives us the ability to scale to cater to all of our travelers,” said Agnes Chiroux, SNCF Application Project Manager. “The new AWS Region in France is an opportunity for us to speed-up innovation and ensure a good experience for our users. In the future, we expect to develop new predictive features for the SNCF application, using machine learning and big data services in the AWS Region in France, to deliver reliable information to travelers. Using the new AWS Region will enable us to pursue our mission which is to keep travelers informed in real time and always suggest the fastest and easiest way to reach their destination.”

Non-profit organizations are also adopting AWS to innovate and better complete their mission of helping the underprivileged people of France. One example is Les Restos du Coeur, a French charity that provides assistance to the needy, delivering food packages, and participating in their social and economic integration back into French society. Les Restos du Coeur is using AWS for its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to track the assistance given to each of its beneficiaries and the impact this is having on their lives. AWS offers Les Restos du Coeur high levels of security, which is essential for managing beneficiaries’ personal data. “We are delighted to learn that Amazon Web Services has opened data centers in France as it now gives us the option to keep the personal data of our beneficiaries in the country as we expand our use of the cloud,” said Patrice Blanc, CEO at Restos du Coeur. “We started our journey to the cloud by building our CRM system on AWS, which is used by thousands of volunteers in more than 2,000 centers. This allows our teams to manage how we serve beneficiaries and their participation in activities to get them back into society, such as resume writing workshops, cooking classes, French lessons, computing courses, and more. Using AWS, we can now deliver personalized support to each of our beneficiaries and this insight is helping us to bring more people out of poverty, get them into work, and further our mission of helping the people of France.”

Some of the most successful startups—as well as established enterprises and public sector organizations—in France are using AWS to build and rapidly expand their businesses across the country, throughout Europe, and around the world. Companies such as 1001 Pharmacies, Botify, CaptainDash, ContentSquare, Drivy, FrontApp, Iconosquare, Invoxia, Ividata, La Ruche Qui dit Oui!, Linxo, ManoMano, Nestor, Peter,Photobox, Predicsis, Pretty Simple, Realytics, Silkke, Slimpay, Softbank Robotics, Teads, Yomoni, and many more have embraced AWS as the infrastructure that is powering their businesses. One well-known example is AlloResto by JustEat, a leader in the French foodtech industry, which is using AWS to scale to cope with peaks in traffic as well as to innovate faster on behalf of its customers. “We are pleased that the new AWS EU (Paris) Region has now opened as it will allow us to store data closer to our thousands of French customers, lower the latency of running our application, and improve the customer experience,” said Noel Ly, International Platform Manager at AlloResto by JustEat. “We are running a foodorder platform that connects clients with participating delivery and takeaway restaurant partners which means our business sees intense spikes of activity for a few hours of the day, at lunchtime and again at dinner. Our website needs to scale up easily, and thanks to AWS, we are able to do this, fulfilling over 10 million orders this year. Using AWS, we estimate we will reduce our IT costs by around 50 percent in the next two years, something that would have been impossible with our previous co-location environment and for a company like us, saving costs is vitally important to the business. With AWS our stability has never been better which allows us to deliver customers a reliable and responsive application, as well as gourmet food.”

Startups in the regulated financial services industry are also using AWS to increase agility while ensuring the highest levels of security for their applications as they grow their businesses. PayPlug is an online credit card payment solution, which enables e-merchants to enrich their customer experience by providing user-friendly mobile payment gateways. “AWS has been key to the success of our business by providing us with a highly secure, compliant, and PCI DSS-certified infrastructure out of the box,” said Camille Tyan, CEO PayPlug. “When we started PayPlug, a service provider told us that we were too small and that it would be far too complicated for us to get PCI DSS certification, but they changed their mind as soon as we told them our data is hosted on AWS, due to the high levels of security and compliance it provides. Since then, in November 2016, we became one of the first FinTech startups operating on AWS to obtain the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution – ACPR) payment institution license. Now with AWS infrastructure in France, we look forward to further expanding the long list of financial services certifications and accreditations we have.”

French-based AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners also welcomed the arrival of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. The APN includes tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) around the world with APN participation among French based entities growing significantly over the past 12 months. APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS and the APN helps by providing them with business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. In France, APN SIs supporting customers as they move to AWS include Premier Consulting Partners such as Accenture, Capgemini, Claranet, CloudReach, DXC, and Edifixio as well as Advanced Consulting Partners such as ABC Systemes, Atos, CoreExpert, Cycloid, D2SI by Devoteam, Linkbynet, Oxalide, Ozones, Scaleo, and Sopra Steria. These Partners are helping enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services. APN ISVs including Axway, Commerce Guys, Efront, MicroStrategy, Sage, Software AG, Splunk, Talend, Tibco, and Zerolight are already serving their French customers from AWS Regions around the world, with many also making their software available from the AWS EU (Paris) Region at launch. Customers can also easily find, trial, deploy, and buy software solutions for AWS on the AWS Marketplace.

Capgemini, a CAC40 company and global leader in consulting, technology services, and digital transformation, also welcomed the opening of the new AWS EU (Paris) Region. “We have been working with many regulated companies that want to store their data on French soil and, at the same time, take advantage of AWS, so we are excited about the benefits the new AWS Region in France will bring to our customers,” said Aiman Ezzat, Group Executive Board Member at Capgemini. “As well as French enterprise and public sector organizations, we also see this opening up an opportunity for our many international customers to expand their presence in France and to give their end users low-latency access to their applications in the country. We look forward to working with our customers on the migration of their workloads to this new AWS Region.”

Developers and businesses can access the AWS EU (Paris) Region beginning today. A full list of services is available at https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

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