CommerceHub names Michael Trimarchi as its new CFO and Treasurer

  • Mark Greenquist has notified the company of his resignation as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Michael Trimarchi, CommerceHub’s current Chief Commercial Officer and former Chief Accounting Officer, has been named new CFO and Treasurer

ALBANY, N.Y., 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK) (“CommerceHub,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today ( Dec. 18, 2017) announced that Mark Greenquist has notified the Company of his decision to resign from his position as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective December 14, 2017, due to personal reasons unrelated to CommerceHub. Mr. Greenquist will remain with the company in a non-officer advisory capacity through the end of the company’s fiscal year to assist with the transition.

“I want to thank Mark for his service to CommerceHub,” said Frank Poore, CommerceHub’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “During his tenure, Mark has added significant value to the company, highlighted by his leadership through our spin-off from Liberty Interactive and the build-out of our public company infrastructure.” He continued, “CommerceHub is in a better position because of his leadership, and I’m comforted that he’s leaving a dedicated and experienced financial organization in place.”

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at CommerceHub,” said Mr. Greenquist, “and I want to thank Frank for his leadership and the confidence he placed in me to build and lead the finance organization through our transition from private to public company. I’m proud of our achievements and think the company is in a strong position to deliver significant value to shareholders.”

Michael Trimarchi, the Company’s current Chief Commercial Officer and former Chief Accounting Officer, has been named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective December 14, 2017. He will continue to serve as Chief Commercial Officer.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Mike’s caliber already on the team and able to step into the role of CFO,” said Mr. Poore. “Mike has the full confidence of our board and executive team. He’s a singular leader who has already had a tremendous impact on the company, first as Chief Accounting Officer, and most recently as Chief Commercial Officer, where he has focused on better aligning our go-to-market efforts with our product roadmap and account management teams.”

Mr. Trimarchi is a Certified Public Accountant and held multiple executive finance roles at AngioDynamics, Inc. and Vistaprint N.V. (now Cimpress N.V.), prior to joining CommerceHub in May of 2016.

About CommerceHub:
CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped over 10,000 retailers, brands, and distributors achieve an estimated $13+ billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2016.

CommerceHub Investor Relations Contact:

Sara Leggat
investor@commercehub.com

Source: CommerceHub, Inc./globenewswire

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its first hypermarket in Cherkessk

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its first hypermarket in Cherkessk

 

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its first hypermarket in Cherkessk, Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya.

The new store is Lenta “compact” format hypermarket located in Cherkessk, 387 Lenina street. The store has a total area of 7,950 sq.m with 4,311 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. The store has 345 parking spaces and 18 cash registers including 4 self-checkout lanes. The property is rented by Lenta.

The new store offers a broad product assortment of 17,000 SKUs, which has been selected specifically for residents of Cherkessk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce.

The new opening is Lenta’s thirty third hypermarket launch in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 224 hypermarkets in 81 cities across Russia and 78 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 224 hypermarkets in 81 cities across Russia and 78 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,338,226 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta
E-mail: pr@lenta.com

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

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal

Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
victor.pomichal@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

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Barnes & Noble Announces the Highest-Selling Books of 2017

Barnes & Noble Announces the Highest-Selling Books of 2017 in Fiction, Nonfiction, Teen, and Kid Titles

New York, NY, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Milk & Honey, a book of poetry and prose addressing survival and love, sits alongside a blogger’s guide to finding happiness by ditching “positivity” in rankings of the highest-selling books in 2017 for Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).

“It’s hard to imagine two more aesthetically different books at the top of our fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists for the year,” said Liz Harwell, Director of Merchandise. “But in some ways, both books are addressing a core issue for many of us: how to live good, satisfying lives.”

The titles, released today by the world’s largest retail bookseller, represent purchases made across Barnes & Noble’s more than 600 stores and online this year through mid-December.

“We are glad to see a wide range of new and reissued titles in our lists this year,” Harwell said. “As always, popular shows and movies drove some books to the top of our lists, including The Handmaid’s Tale and the children’s title Wonder. Meanwhile, classics 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird were popular again this year, showing the lasting power of good books.”

See the full lists below:

Fiction

  • Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Origin, Dan Brown
  • A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  • Camino Island, John Grisham
  • The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition), Paulo Coelho
  • It: A Novel, Stephen King
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Nonfiction

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, Mark Manson
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero
  • What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, William H. McRaven
  • 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, Gary Chapman
  • Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • Night, Elie Wiesel
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, Margot Lee Shetterly

Teens

  • Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  • Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
  • Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus
  • This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp
  • Red Queen (Book #1), Victoria Aveyard

Kids

  • Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  • A Loud Winter’s Nap, Katy Hudson
  • What Do You Do With a Problem?, Kobi Yamada
  • Getaway (Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Series #12), Jeff Kinney
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Seuss
  • The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister
  • How to Catch a Monster, Adam Wallace
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One & Two, J.K. Rowling
  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book #1), Rick Riordan

Titles above include in-store and online sales from January 1 through Dec. 13, 2017. More bestseller lists can be found at barnesandnoble.com/b/books.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
aortolani@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Alibaba Cloud set to open its new India data center in January 2018

Alibaba Cloud set to open its new India data center in January 2018

 

New data center adds to global coverage and provides world-leading capabilities to key market

Beijing, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced today (December 20, 2017) that clients can start to sign up for services to be delivered in its new India data center, which is set to open in January 2018. Located in the city of Mumbai, this new data center will help meet the surging demand for cloud computing services among the fast-increasing number of Indian small and medium size businesses in the region.

India is a key market in Alibaba Cloud’s globalization strategy, and the firm sees tremendous business opportunity given the rapid growth of the Indian economy and the nature of the enterprises looking to expand from the country. Alibaba Cloud’s vision to empower enterprises anywhere in the world to go global is now extended to Indian clients with a comprehensive suite of high-performance cloud products including large-scale computing, storage resources, and big-data processing capabilities. Indian businesses of all sizes can now run their applications on Alibaba Cloud’s powerful, reliable and secure cloud platform. Other data center service offerings include elastic computing, database, storage and content delivery, networking, analytics and big data, containers, middleware, and security.

Alibaba Cloud now has 33 availability zones across 16 economic centers globally, with coverage extending across mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, India and the U.S. (East and West Coast).

Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud said, “We are excited to be officially opening our new Mumbai, India data center in early 2018, enabling us to work closely with more Indian enterprises. These local enterprises are innovative and operating in growth sectors, and we look forward to empowering them through our cloud computing and data technologies. As we build out the Alibaba Cloud network globally, India is another important piece that is now firmly in place. This continues our commitment to India, helping it to develop trade opportunities with other markets in the region and beyond.”

Alibaba Cloud will establish a local team of dedicated professional consultants to provide service planning, implementation and after-sales support, helping customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud and enabling them to realize their full growth potential.

This will extend what Alibaba Cloud is already doing to service thousands of customers from India globally. Alibaba Cloud has partnered with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications that enables direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s CLOUD X Fusion service. As announced previously, Alibaba Cloud has also partnered with Tata Communications to provide direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via Tata Communications’ IZOTM Private Connect service.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organisations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

Media Contacts:
Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 150 2192 5635
ruoyun.sry@alibaba-inc.com

Yinan Qian
Alibaba Group
+86 186 0004 0770
yinan.qyn@alibaba-inc.com

Chaitali Pishay Roy
2020 MSL
Chaitali.roy@2020msl.com

Source: Alibaba Group

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Diebold Nixdorf’s Cash Cube concept recognized with Global Innovation Award by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)

ATMIA to present award during its 2018 U.S. conference, Feb. 6-8, in Las Vegas

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), the global leader in driving connected commerce, has been awarded the inaugural Global Innovation Award by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) for its Cash Cube concept. Using mobile technologies, the Cash Cube merges self-service and digital channels to enable a truly cross-channel customer experience.  At the heart of the solution is an Android-based software concept through which apps are made available through a B2B marketplace.

“Cash Cube represents an app-driven ecosystem with which software can be made available much faster than today,” says Reinhard Rabenstein, Diebold Nixdorf chief technology officer, Solutions, as he explains the advantages of the new technology. The concept envisions that Diebold Nixdorf will supply software developers all over the world with a software development kit, assume responsibility for the quality assurance of the apps and use a B2B software marketplace to distribute the apps to ATMs. “This gives us access to ideas generated by the global app developer community, accelerates time-to-market and reduces development costs,” says Rabenstein.

With new apps, ATM operators are able to quickly deliver new services and generate additional revenue through transaction fees. The income generated can be shared between ATM operators, the B2B app store operator and app developers via revenue sharing models.

The innovative software is backed up by just two hardware components – a safe unit containing a proven cash dispenser and a device based on Diebold Nixdorf’s proven point-of-sale terminal Albert, which is based on smartphone technology and enriched by security features to enable safe card and customer data processing.

ATMIA will present the Global Innovation Award to Diebold Nixdorf during the association’s 2018 U.S. conference, scheduled for Feb. 6-8 in Las Vegas. “I am delighted to congratulate Diebold Nixdorf on their brilliant Cash Cube concept. This concept has what it takes to make a sustainable change in the world of self-service solutions, taking ATMs firmly into an exciting future. In our opinion, Cash Cube is in line with cutting edge global industry developments which will lead to the reinvention of the ATM ecosystem,” says Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA.

About ATMIA

ATMIA is the leading non-profit trade association representing the entire global ATM industry. ATMIA serves more than 10,000 members from over 650+ companies in over 70 countries spanning the whole ATM ecosphere, including financial institutions, independent ATM deployers, equipment manufacturers, processors and a plethora of ATM service and value-added solution providers.

ATMIA provides education, advocacy and connections to help its members keep abreast of industry news and developments; increase knowledge and professionalism; improve operational efficiencies; understand and influence regulatory processes; participate in the local, regional and global ATM community; and forge new relationships to advance their businesses.

Founded in 1997, ATMIA has active chapters in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East focusing on the unique needs and issues of each region.

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

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:

Ulrich Nolte
+49-5251-693-5211
ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:

Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldn

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

The Joy in Childhood Foundation announces new $2.7 million commitment to help bring joy to sick and hungry children

Funding Will Support Feeding America® and Nearly 200 Other Organizations Across the Country

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the holidays upon us, the Joy in Childhood Foundation SM is making a special gift to help address critical child health and hunger needs. The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today (December 20, 2017)  announced a new $2.7 million commitment to help bring joy to sick and hungry children. As part of this commitment, a $1 million grant will be awarded to Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and $1.7 million in grants from local Joy in Childhood Foundation Chapters will be distributed to nearly 200 non-profit organizations in local communities, including Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and New York, that address children’s health and hunger issues.

In 2017 alone, including this most recent grant, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants to help bring joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide.

“The Joy in Childhood Foundation brings joy to kids year-round, but to have an opportunity to bring joy to kids facing hunger and health issues during the holiday season is very special to us,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We know that this time of year can be difficult for children and their families and it’s also an especially busy time for the food banks and health organizations they rely on. Our new commitment will help ensure that children in our local communities who are facing hunger and health issues can experience the joy of the holidays – just like any other child – without having adult-like worries, such as where their next meal will come from.”

The $2.7 million in funding reinforces the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s commitment to bringing joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide. Earlier this year, the Joy in Childhood Foundation announced a three-year, $3 million commitment to Feeding America and Starlight Children’s Foundation®.

“We are very grateful for the generous support we have received from the Joy in Childhood Foundation and are proud of the impact we’ve been able to make in the lives of children facing hunger,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations, Feeding America. “The holiday season is a critical time for our network of food banks.  The support we are receiving will help us provide programs that will bring joy to millions of children nationwide who face hunger and will help keep them healthy so they can reach their full potential.”

In the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation helped provide more than 2.4 million pounds of food – the equivalent of more than 1.4 million meals – to children and families struggling with hunger in communities nationwide through grants made to the Feeding America network of member food banks. Feeding America and the Joy in Childhood Foundation have partnered together for over a decade to help fight hunger.

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Sheetz to offer customers a free cup of coffee on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, is pleased to announce that they will again celebrate the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Guests can walk into any one of Sheetz’s 564 stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina and receive a free cup of coffee.

“Offering free coffee during the holidays is our way of saying thank you to the communities we serve,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies.  “Sheetz has been giving away free coffee on Christmas Day and New Year’s for more than 20 years. It is the perfect opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our loyal customers, and to celebrate the holidays with them.”

Customers also have the opportunity to make the holiday brighter for local children by donating to Sheetz For The Kidz at checkout. Sheetz For The Kidz is an employee-run charity providing toys, clothes and other basic needs to underprivileged children across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities.

All Sheetz locations are open 24/7/365 to ensure customers can always get what they want, how they want it and when they want it. That commitment includes Christmas and New Year’s and every other day of the year. Sheetz invites customers to stop by this holiday season and enjoy a cup of coffee on them on Christmas and New Year’s.

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

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

Source:  Sheetz, Inc.

 

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores hand out free gift cards this holiday season

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores hand out free gift cards this holiday season

 

The first 400 people in every store receive a free gift card valued between $5 and $500

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT) is spreading joy this holiday season by handing out free gift cards at all Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores.  Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 20 at 7 a.m. the first 400 customers at the door will receive a gift card valued between $5 and $500 and one person at every store location will receive a $500 gift card.  The retailer will give away a total of $1 million in gift cards. An entrance at each store will be designated with signs for the free giveaway.

“Providing a special gift for our customers adds excitement to their shopping experience,” says Steve Byers, Executive Vice President of Stores for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “It’s the season of giving and we know shoppers will appreciate receiving a free gift card from their hometown store this holiday season.”

The gift cards have no exclusions or expiration and can be given as a gift or used as tender and combined with coupons to shop immediately in any Bon-Ton family of department stores. With just five shopping days remaining, customers can also take advantage of special door busters, deals and a $50 off $100 coupon (some exclusions apply), available on the company’s mobile app, to use for last minute holiday gifts.

There is a limit of one gift card per customer, and customers must be 18 or older to receive a gift card. In addition, clearance centers, furniture galleries and Carson’s Riverside Plazastore are excluded from this promotion.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Christine Hojnacki
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

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

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Giant Tiger supports local food banks with $35,000 donation

Giant Tiger supports local food banks with $35,000 donation

 

Helping local families in communities across Canada

OTTAWA, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, Giant Tiger stores are committed to fighting hunger with a donation of $35,000 to local food banks in many of the communities it calls home.

“Community giving is not just what we do at Giant Tiger, it’s an integral part of our company DNA,” says Thomas Haig, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “With the holiday season being a particularly busy time for food banks, it is important for our stores to give back so that all members of the community have access to safe and nutritious food.”

According to Food Banks Canada, 13 per cent of Canadians live in a state of food uncertainty. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.

“Donating to food banks is just one of the over 1,200 community initiatives that our stores support,” says Mr. Haig. “The local impact our donations have is something we are particularly proud of.”

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

Join the conversation and keep up to date on all Giant Tiger news:
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For further information: For media inquiries contact:
Alison Scarlett
Manager, Brand Communications
email: ascarlett@gianttiger.com

SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

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Blockchain leader Bitt launches new mMoney digital payment product in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blockchain leader Bitt recently launched its new mMoney digital payment product in Barbados. The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) and several of its strategic partners participated in the soft launch, which marked the region’s first “digital dollar only” event.  Overstock.com’s (NASDAQ:OSTK) blockchain investment vehicle Medici Ventures owns stock and options on 34.8 percent of Bitt.

Under the mMoney brand, Bitt is bringing to market a blockchain-based mobile wallet that allows users to participate in digital transactions on their smartphones from a secure account. The accounts will be 100 percent backed by segregated funds in appropriate currencies in Bitt’s custody. “mMoney is mobile money. It is safer, faster and smarter, which means that entrepreneurs as well as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can benefit from the merchant solution,” said Rawdon Adams, Bitt’s CEO.

Adams was careful to explain how Bitt’s new solution differs from traditional mobile banking. While both must observe compliance and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, mobile banking requires that customers have a traditional account at a financial institution, commercial bank, or credit union. In contrast, Bitt’s new mobile money allows users to store, send, and receive digital fiat currency using their phones without having to link to traditional financial institutions.

This will result in significant savings of time and money for MSMEs that currently face high bank fees and lengthy waiting times for transactions to clear. “mMoney is designed to support increased financial inclusion,” said Adams. “It gives merchants the ability to offer an innovative payment option which is, among other things, faster, more secure, more inclusive, more convenient, and more cost-effective than existing options.”

mMoney is only the beginning of the company’s plans to create a digital money ecosystem in the Caribbean and beyond. According to the World Bank, approximately 38 percent of the world is unbanked. In the US, about seven to eight percent of the population is unbanked, and these figures increase exponentially in developing nations with the Caribbean at approximately forty-nine percent.

Bitt has recently reached an agreement with a central bank elsewhere in the hemisphere to digitize its fiat currency, a significant step toward surfacing the billions of dollars of value currently trapped in informal economies among unbanked citizens and microentrepreneurs. Bitt will serve as a platform on top of which users will eventually be able to access loans, insurance, and other financial products.

About Medici Ventures:
Launched in 2014, Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc., created to leverage blockchain technology to solve real-world problems with transparent, efficient and secure solutions. Medici Ventures has a growing portfolio of groundbreaking blockchain-focused investments, including t0.com, Peernova, Bitt, SettleMint, Factom, and IdentityMind, Spera and Symbiont. The company’s majority-owned financial technology company, t0.com, executed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offering in December 2016.

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

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

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