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/

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 49 Availability Zones (AZs) across 18 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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

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LVMH opens applications for the 5th LVMH Prize

PARIS, France, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The applications for the 5th LVMH Prize will open starting from Friday, December 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted exclusively on the Prize website. The application closing date is set for February 4, 2018.

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is open to all designers under 40 who have produced at least two womenswear, menswear or unisex collections.

Since it was launched in 2014 by the LVMH group, the Prize has truly benefited young fashion designers and is aimed at young designers from all over the world. Over the course of the four previous editions, it has demonstrated its commitment to discovering, supporting and nurturing young promising talent.

The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will receive 300,000 euro and enjoy a one-year mentorship provided by a dedicated LVMH team, in all the fields of expertise involved in developing a brand.

Moreover, the Prize honours three young graduates who have completed a course in a fashion school by giving them the opportunity to join the creative team at one of the Houses of the group for one year, as well as a 10,000 euro grant.

Selected among over 1,250 candidates hailing from 90 countries, the 21 semi-finalists from the fourth edition were invited to Paris during Fashion Week. The 2017 Prize was awarded to French designer Marine Serre, while Kozaburo Akasaka from Japan, was awarded the Special Prize.

Additional information regarding the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will follow early January, involving the members of the jury, the panel of international experts from the fashion industry who will select the finalists of the 2018 LVMH Prize, the schedule of the Prize and communication themes.

Former winners
Marine Serre (Winner 2017)
Kozaburo Akasaka (Special Prize 2017)
Grace Wales Bonner (Winner 2016)
Vejas (Special Prize 2016)
Marques’Almeida (Winner 2015)
Jacquemus (Special Prize 2015)
Thomas Tait (Winner 2014)
Hood by Air (Special Prize 2014)
Miuniku (Special Prize 2014)

SOURCE: LVMH

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H&M opens on Tmall in spring 2018

H&M opens on Tmall, the world’s largest e-commerce platform, during spring 2018

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M opened its first store in mainland China 10 years ago. Today H&M group revenues in China amount to SEK 11 billion (approximately USD 1.3 billion) in more than 500 physical stores and online. The H&M group brand Monki has had a strong development in China since its launch on Tmall and the collaboration between the two groups is now being extended to include both the H&M brand and H&M Home. There are also far advanced discussions regarding the launch of the remaining brands in the H&M group on Tmall.

“As one of the world’s most innovative fashion companies, H&M is a perfect fit for Alibaba’s Tmall platform,” says Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group. “We are honored to expand our cooperation with H&M and host their flagship store, enabling H&M brands to engage with our half a billion consumers.”

“We are very happy to be able to make H&M even more accessible in mainland China. Tmall is an important complement to our existing physical and digital stores. We see great potential for substantial future growth and Tmall will be an important part of this,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of the H&M group.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi-platinum recording artist and producer G-Eazy, who releases his new album The Beautiful & Damned worldwide today, has worked creatively together with H&M to develop the new season H&M pieces that define his on-point style. The G-Eazy x H&M collection drops on March 1 at H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.

“My style is like my signature and part of my creativity, it’s my way of expressing myself as an artist. I’m so proud of the G-Eazy x H&M collection and I’m excited to share it with the world,”  — G-Eazy.

“G-Eazy is such a cool guy, he defines the menswear moment right now and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him on these sharp pieces. We love his unique take on streetwear with tailoring, and his love of checks and vivid colour. We look forward to reveal more about the collection with all G-Eazy and H&M fans.” says Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s men’s head of design.

For full interview with G-Eazy, head to www.hm.com/magazine

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Luxottica Group to terminate the employment and administration relationship with Massimo Vian

Milan, Italy, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX) announced today that an agreement to terminate the employment and administration relationship between Massimo Vian and the Company, was approved by the Board of Directors in a meeting held today after carrying out an appropriate review and assessment. The Board resolved that, as part of the abovementioned agreement, Massimo Vian is to be paid a gross total amount of Euro 6,300,000 in addition to severance pay which is linked to the consensual termination of the employment relationship effective December 31, 2017 and the administration relationship which has been terminated and is immediately effective.

The abovementioned amount has been determined as follows:

  • Euro 3,000,000 as a redundancy incentive in accordance with the obligations established pursuant to the agreement between Massimo Vian and the Company in December 2014;
  • Euro 500,000 as remuneration for non-solicitation and non-competition obligations, according to the provisions of the abovementioned agreement;
  • Euro 1,300,000 as consideration for the ordinary grant under the 2015 Performance Shares Plan, which vested but was not assigned;
  • Euro 1,300,000 as remuneration for the renunciation of all rights granted to Massimo Vian under the Company’s long-term incentive plans;
  • Euro 200,000 as compensation for a settlement and novation agreement.

This conclusion was reached in compliance and under the terms of the Remuneration Policy, published by the Company, and in accordance with the obligations established pursuant to the agreement between Massimo Vian and the Company in December 2014, when his pre-existing employment relationship was superseded and novated.

The amount determined as part of the settlement and novation agreement shall be paid in consideration of Massimo Vian waiving, towards Luxottica Group S.p.A and every other entity included in the Group, any claim or right in any case connected or related to the employment and administration relationships and their resolution.

The amount to be paid to Massimo Vian for his agreement to refrain from soliciting employees and associates of Luxottica Group S.p.A. or other entities within the Group, and for complying with a global territory non-competition agreement, both lasting 24 months from the date of termination of the employment relationship with the Company, shall be paid in equal quarterly installments starting from the date of termination of the employment relationship. The remaining amount shall be paid within 45 days after the termination of the employment relationship.

In light of the overall treatment determined as indicated above, and for the provisions not specifically contemplated in the Remuneration Policy, the agreement with Massimo Vian qualifies as a transaction with related parties of lesser significance pursuant to the Procedure adopted by the Company on the matter, which may not benefit from the exemption of the application of the related 2 procedural discipline. The terms and provisions of this transaction, prior to approval by the Board of Directors, were reviewed by the Human Resources Committee of Luxottica Group S.p.A, consisting of non-executive and unrelated directors, a majority of whom are independent. The Human Resources Committee, which is charged with carrying out the functions assigned by the Procedure to an internal committee of the Board with regard to remuneration and economic benefits to the Directors and executive officers with key responsibilities, expressed its reasoned favorable opinion on the terms of the agreement.

The Company acknowledges also the adoption of a new governance model, which replaces the former co-CEO model, and prevents from executing its outstanding succession plan, which was previously reviewed by the Human Resources Committee.

SOURCE: LUXOTTICA GROUP

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Whole Foods Market reveals the bestselling holiday staples to inspire home cooks for the hosting season

Includes customers’ top searched recipes, preferred products, and common Alexa questions during this holiday season

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the holiday entertaining season continues, Whole Foods Market is revealing some of their customers’ foodie favorites for the season, including the most searched and top-rated recipes, favorite prepared foods, and the bestselling holiday staples featuring new lower prices to inspire home cooks for the hosting season.

Here’s a look at the top food-focused favorites:

Top recipes searched on wfm.com  

Whole Foods Market is constantly experimenting with new flavors and developing delicious recipes to create convenient meal solutions for their customers. This year, recipes for Dry Brined Citrus TurkeyClassic Butternut Squash Soup and Classic Gluten-Free Stuffing ranked among top customer picks, featuring fresh, unique ingredients, and easy-to-follow instructions to make anyone feel like a culinary innovator – right in their own kitchen.

Most popular prepared food picks

Whole Foods Market is renowned for its innovative prepared foods offerings and bakery items that are inspired by local flavors. For the holiday season, the brand’s global e-store menu featured items ranging from full turkey dinners with all the trimmings to exclusive offerings developed by local chef partners. According to customers, this year’s top prepared picks were: the nine-inch Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie from cult-favorite Brooklyn-based pie shop, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the Thanksgiving dinner for 12, and the vegan meal from the renowned Philadelphia vegan chefs at Vedge.

Favorite Whole Foods Market products on Amazon

Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value, high-quality private label products became available through Prime Pantry and Prime Now in August. Top-selling items for snacking and baking this holiday season through Prime Pantry and Prime Now include the 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate with Coconut (3 ounce), 365 Everyday Value Organic Crunchy Pretzel Sticks, 365 Everyday Value Four Cheese Thin Crust Pizza and 365 Everyday Value Organic Fruit Strips, among others.

Common questions for sous-chef, Alexa!

This holiday season, customers turned to Alexa for their cooking queries and had sweet treats on their mind! The request, “Give me a recipe for hot chocolate” topped the list of most asked-for recipes, followed by “How do you make chocolate chip cookies?” at a close second.

Preferred price-reduced products at Whole Foods Market

Beginning immediately following the close of the acquisition, Whole Foods Market began rolling out lower prices on a selection of grocery staples across its stores, with the most recent wave focusing on best-selling holiday staples. This year, Whole Foods Market saw the highest amount of sales on turkeys and sweet potatoes – ever.

From fresh, seasonal ingredients for your holiday table, to cooking and baking advice from sous-chef Alexa, Whole Foods Market and Amazon have everything you need to make delicious memories this holiday season.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market to replace its Pinecrest location with the opening of Dadeland store on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

New store to replace Pinecrest location, offering community a more complete food experience

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s Dadeland store will open Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 replacing the nearby Pinecrest location and providing the neighborhood a more elevated grocery shopping and dining experience. The store will open at 9 a.m. with a celebration featuring favorite local suppliers and hometown flavor.

“We are so excited to bring this community a beautiful new grocery store that offers them a true destination for celebrating food,” said Adrienne Hutchings, the store’s team leader. “We’ve proudly served Pinecrest for 19 years and this store will allow us to continue that tradition with even more bells and whistles. We can’t wait to open our doors!”

The 46,700 square foot store, located at 7930 Southwest 104th Street will offer a large selection of grab-and-go prepared foods, grocery items, including many local Florida products, and unique venues including:

  • El Bocadillo – A Miami-style mix of Latin and Caribbean flavors in a Whole Foods Market gastropub setting with comfortable seating and a carefully curated beer and wine selection.
  • Full service Allegro coffee bar
  • Self-service cold-pressed juice on tap
  • Amazon Lockers for convenient in-store package pick up and returns

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

Whole Foods Market Dadeland will replace the smaller Pinecrest store located 1 mile south at 11701 South Dixie Highway, which will close Sunday, Jan. 7. The nearly 200 team members transferring from the Pinecrest store will be joined by approximately 70 new locally hired team members.

Whole Foods Market Dadeland’s regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., daily.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Xcel Brands recognized at the 2017 Best in Biz Awards

ACROSS A COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 650 ENTRIES, THE LEADING RETAIL INNOVATOR IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP COMPANIES OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB), a brand management and media company whose portfolio includes brands such as Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston and C. Wonder, has been named a silver winner for the medium-sized Company of the Year category in the 2017 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America. Xcel Brands was selected across a competitive field of 650 entries including public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.

An innovator and disruptor in the retail industry, Xcel Brands received this recognition due to its impressive growth, achievements and excellence in 2016 and 2017. Following its third consecutive year of double digit growth and reaching in excess of $500MM in retail sales last year, Xcel Brands continues to make an impact on the retail industry through its “fast-to-market” model that delivers goods from sketch to store in as little as six weeks, compared to the industry average of six to nine months. In addition, Xcel uses its proprietary Integrated Technologies platform, which includes data science, trend analytics and social listening tools, to identify and execute on emerging trends and inventory opportunities. At its highest level, Xcel Brands is a solutions provider to its retail partners, acting as a virtual supply chain that gives the retailer the entire margin and works on a percentage of sales.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top Companies of the Year by the Best in Biz Awards,” said Xcel Brands Chairman and CEO, Robert D’Loren. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, and the success and innovation that we’ve brought to our brands and retail partners through our fast-to-market approach. We are looking forward to the company’s continued innovation and the growth it will drive in 2018.”

Each year, Best in Biz Award entrants span a broad spectrum, from some of the most innovative local start-ups to the most recognizable global brands such as Wells Fargo, GoDaddy, Ernst & Young. The 2017 judging panel included individuals from leading publications such as the Associated Press, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, among others.

About Xcel Brands (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant technology, design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

SOURCE: Xcel Brands/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

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347-727-2483
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ShopRite puts the spotlight on its team of highly trained butchers

ShopRite puts the spotlight on its team of highly trained butchers

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every day, ShopRite butchers butterfly pork chops, thin slice chicken breasts, split steaks and custom grind cuts of meat, all to a customer’s taste. And this holiday season,  ShopRite is highlighting its team of highly trained butchers as in-house experts who can help customers make the most of holiday meals, whether barbecuing, roasting or stewing.

When it comes to the holidays – one of the busiest times of year for ShopRite’s meat departments – ShopRite stores take extra steps to ensure their customers are getting a premium service while saving them precious time. ShopRite butchers can help customers find the perfect size turkey for their guests, and shoppers can pre-order sausage for their stuffing or extra thighs and wings for gravy.

Special orders really ramp up in December, when many of the prime rib roasts in the meat case are loosened off the bone and hand-tied by ShopRite butchers who prepare the holiday roasts to meet increased demand.  Butchers are always available to take special orders and make suggestions on the best cuts of meat.

Few supermarkets offer both the expertise of in-store butchers and the guaranteed freshness of daily deliveries. But ShopRite offers both, with butcher service similar to the old-fashioned corner meat market.

ShopRite of Pearl River’s team of butchers in the ShopRite store in Pearl River, N.Y. has nearly 160 years of combined experience. It’s not uncommon for customers to ask for their favorite butcher at the ShopRite of Pearl River.

“Our ShopRite butchers provide great service with a real personal touch that our customers appreciate,” said ShopRite Pearl River Meat Manager Bill Scorzetti. “We want to give the best cut of meat to our customers because that means they will come back to us.”

Eighty-three-year-old Bernard Smith, who has worked at the Pearl River store for the last decade, stumbled into the trade more than 60 years ago when his mother wanted him to find a job. She got him a spot in a butcher shop in Manhattan and he never looked back.

“I love what I do, and I love working with customers. We take a lot of pride in our work,” said Smith, who is featured in a video on the ShopRite of Pearl River Facebook page.

At ShopRite of Hillsdale in Hillsdale, N.J., Tony Garcia, a third-generation butcher, also followed his family’s tradition in the trade.

“The first thing my dad said was, ‘You have to take care of the customer,” Garcia said. “That’s the key to the business. If you take care of the customer, you’ll be fine.”

The ShopRite of Hillsdale recently opened one the very first certified organic butcher service station in a supermarket. Butchers at the store will have the ability to prepare and custom cut organic beef, poultry and pork on a USDA-certified counter dedicated to organic food preparation.

More shoppers today are seeking grass-fed, organic, and pasture raised meats. ShopRite, which has expanded organic and natural sections in the meat department, also recently introduced Farm Promise, a line of beef and pork products that comes from family-owned farms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and upstate New York.

ShopRite stores were also recognized recently for being a top seller of high quality Certified Angus Beef (CAB), meeting strict standards for marbling, tenderness, appearance and taste when it comes to the CAB label.

Whether it’s seasoned burgers for shoppers needing a quick dinner solution, grass-fed, paleo-friendly meats, or the perfect roast for a holiday dinner, ShopRite’s butchers are committed to providing a robust selection, great service and the finest, freshest meat that’s really a cut above the rest.

For more information, visit www.shoprite.com.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $43 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

SOURCE:  Wakefern Food Corp

CBL Properties promotes Randy Owens to Vice President – Leasing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) today announced the promotion of Randy Owens to Vice President – Leasing.

“During his 30 years with CBL, Randy has nurtured relationships with key national retailers throughout our portfolio.  He has also completed deals with a number of expanding retailers including CBL’s first ULTA Beauty store in 2011,” stated Stephen Lebovitz, president & CEO, CBL Properties. “Randy’s enthusiasm and expertise is highly regarded among his peers at CBL as well as with our retail partners. We are pleased to recognize his accomplishments and contributions to the company with this well-deserved promotion.”

Randy started his career at CBL in 1988 as a District Leasing Manager in CBL’s Community Center Leasing Division. In 2002, Randy was promoted to Senior Leasing Manager and in 2007, to Regional Leasing Director. In his new role, Randy will lead the national account and portfolio renewal team and will play a key leadership role in CBL’s overall leasing program.

About CBL Properties
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL Properties owns and manages a national portfolio of market-dominant properties located in dynamic and growing communities. CBL’s portfolio is comprised of 119 properties totaling 74.4 million square feet across 27 states, including 76 high-quality enclosed, outlet and open-air retail centers and 12 properties managed for third parties. CBL continuously strengthens its company and portfolio through active management, aggressive leasing and profitable reinvestment in its properties.  For more information visit cblproperties.com.

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SOURCE: CBL Properties

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BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste

BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste

BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste as part of the Global Fashion Agenda’s Call To Action.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is Strategic Partner in the Global Fashion Agenda, a group working to set a common direction for industry efforts on sustainability. Today, BESTSELLER announces three strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste as a response to the Call To Action put out by Global Fashion Agenda in early 2017.

The action points are considered accelerators in the transition to a circular fashion system, and BESTSELLER has committed to report on the progress annually until 2020.

CALL TO ACTION

By 2020, all BESTSELLER designers and buyers will have completed a training module on circular fashion design. “Knowledge is the foundation to address the overall topic and the first action point of ‘implementing a design strategy for cyclability’,” says BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager Dorte Rye and continues: “The second action point supports the focus on ‘increasing volume of used garments collected’. By 2020, BESTSELLER will offer and promote a used garment collection channel to consumers in selected markets together with relevant partners, it must be a setup that makes sense for all parties involved” Dorte states.

The last action point focuses on the goal of ‘Increasing use of recycled textile fibres’. BESTSELLER will conduct a pilot with two jeans styles containing recycled post-consumer cotton. The jeans are to be included in the ‘never out of stock range’ within JACK & JONES. In 2018, the pilot will be completed and results evaluated.

It is important to note that the Call To Action is focused on post-consumer textile waste, meaning that other recycled materials already used in the BESTSELLER supply chain, such as recycled polyester from PET bottles, are not included in this context, “ Dorte stresses.

The specific products in the pilot will contain the highest possible amount of recycled post-consumer cotton to reach a high level of quality. The remaining cotton will be sourced as either Better Cotton or organic cotton.

The published action points are part of a more circular approach in BESTSELLER, but they cannot stand alone. The coming years ahead both BESTSELLER and the entire industry as such must learn together and be very innovative to take on the challenge on creating a more circular system for fashion,” Dorte finishes.

ABOUT GLOBAL FASHION AGENDA
BESTSELLER is Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda. In collaboration with other Strategic Partners (including H&M, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung), Global Fashion Agenda aims to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion. Best known for Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Agenda operates as a leadership forum steering the global sustainability conversation.

As a Strategic Partner, BESTSELLER advises on the strategic direction and helps shape the operational focus of Global Fashion Agenda. Furthermore, BESTSELLER provides expert opinion and input for the development of sustainability recommendations for fashion businesses.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
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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

MEDIA CONTACT
SOmedia@wholefoods.com 

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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Contact:

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

A.S. Watson Brand Contact Methods
Watson House, 1-5 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan,Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
+852 2606 8833
+852 2690 2836
grouppr@aswatson.com

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

Hy-Vee partners with first responders across the Midwest to launch Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays community initiative

Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs Help Hy-Vee Feed Families in Need

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Dec. 14, 2017) that it is partnering with first responders in seven cities across the Midwest for a community initiative called Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays. Over the next week, Hy-Vee will hand out more than 3,700 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to families in need throughout the company’s eight-state region.

“We are fortunate to have great partners to help us give back to the community during the holiday season,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “This initiative exemplifies our values and shares our spirit of community involvement. Together, we can help thousands of families and make a far greater impact than any one of us could alone.”

Between Saturday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, Hy-Vee employees and first responders will hand out free hams to those in need in the following locations. The event will last until all hams are distributed.

Dates Event Location
Saturday, Dec. 16
1 p.m. start time
DES MOINES, IOWA:
Evelyn Davis Park
1500 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, Dec. 18
4 p.m. start time
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA:
South Dakota School For the Deaf
2001 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Monday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. start time
OMAHA, NEBRASKA:
Omaha Police Dept.’s Southeast Precinct
2475 Deer Park Boulevard
Omaha, Nebraska
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA:
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
MOLINE, ILLINOIS:
Esperanza Center
335 5th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI:
Kansas City Police Dept.’s East Patrol Division
2640 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
MADISON, WISCONSIN:
Goodman Park (near the pool)
325 W. Olin Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Media Inquiries:
Communications Department – (515) 559-5770

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

PetSmart opens The Groomery by PetSmart™ in the DC Ranch Community of Scottsdale

PHOENIX, 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart today (Dec. 14, 2017) announced it has launched The Groomery by PetSmart™ (The Groomery), the retailer’s innovative new store concept focusing exclusively on pet grooming services, in the DC Ranch Community of Scottsdale. This is the first stand-alone grooming salon in the company’s hometown and the third of its kind with the first two salons opening in October in New York City’s Upper West Side and Oak Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

PetSmart is introducing The Groomery as pet care spending continues to increase. According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2016 Americans spent nearly $5.8 billion on pet services, a segment growing faster than any other in the pet category.

Each location, including The Groomery in Scottsdale (20945 N. Pima Rd. Ste. 107, Scottsdale, AZ 85255), features a salon-style modern design in a boutique-sized space of about 1,800 to 2,500 square feet, much smaller than a traditional PetSmart store.

“When taking your pet to be groomed, proximity to the home is a key factor for convenience and to help reduce a pet’s anxiety,” said Joanna Zucker, vice president of Services, PetSmart. “We know a significant portion of our grooming business comes from people living within close proximity to a PetSmart store, so we created The Groomery store design to help us get closer to where pet parents and their pets are living, especially in urban and suburban markets like Scottsdale.”

The Groomery features classic dog and cat grooming services, such as baths, haircuts, nail trims and grinds, teeth brushings, paw maintenance, flea and tick treatments, and the de-shedding Furminator service. The Groomery also offers pampering “Spaw” treatments featuring coconut and other scents, pet-specific deep moisture shampoos and conditioners from popular human brands such as CHI, as well as a self-service dog wash so pet parents can bond with and bathe their own pups, especially after a dusty trail hike in the mountains, a common activity in the Scottsdale area.

“We know our pet parents love their pets and want to give them the best of everything, and The Groomery fits nicely into that pet lifestyle,” said Zucker. “Pet grooming can enhance a pet’s overall health, and special services like scented baths and a good brushing can further enrich our connection with our pets. Let’s face it, a great smelling dog with a soft coat can be an even bigger magnet for hugs, nuzzles and ear scratches from every member of the family.”

Store details include:

  • Grooming Salon – The Groomery salons feature at least 10 wide, easy-to-maneuver tabletop spaces for the PetSmart grooming staff, all of whom are academy trained, and undergo 800 hours of certification training and a six-month apprenticeship. A bathing area with stainless steel tubs allows for washing the pups, while no-heat dryers safely dry them after a comforting hand-towel drying. Cat grooming is also available on certain weekdays. Please call ahead to book cat grooming.
  • Self-Service Dog Wash – The Groomery locations offer two or more self-service dog wash stations, a popular option within the grooming segment that gives pet parents an easy solution to bathe and bond with their pet, especially after a trail hike in the mountains. The washing stations feature state-of-the-art wall-mounted washing and drying equipment.
  • Merchandise – The lobby areas of The Groomery stores are stocked with high-end health and beauty pet essentials such as shampoos, brushes, collars, leashes and treats, including an expanded collection of at-home pet grooming supplies from popular human brands like CHI® and Burt’s Bees®, as well as pet brand Furminator® and Only Natural Pet® dog food.

Pet parents can easily book their pet’s appointment at The Groomery salons by visiting www.petsmart.com/thegroomery to locate their local Groomery. From there, they can book online, call the store directly or download the PetSmart mobile app to schedule an appointment.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.com to learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

Media Contact:

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

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart opened 28 new stores in the U.S. and Canada during the third quarter of 2017

PHOENIX , 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (Dec. 14, 2017) announced it opened 28 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the fiscal quarter ending Nov. 1, 2017. This adds to the 35 new stores opened in the first half of the fiscal year, bringing the year-to-date total to 63.

In support of its goal to be the most convenient provider of products and services for pet parents, PetSmart opened new stores during the third quarter in the following locations:

U.S. Locations

  • Baxter, Minn.
  • Cartersville, Ga.
  • Clovis, N.M.
  • Dublin, Cal.
  • El Paso, Tex.
  • Elk River, Minn.
  • Florence, Ala.
  • Forest Lake, Minn.
  • Gaylord, Mich.
  • Highlands Ranch, Col.
  • Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Hopkinsville, Ken.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Caney, Tex.
  • New York City*
  • North Conway, N.H.
  • Oak Park, Ill.*
  • Pocatello, Ida.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Sacramento, Cal.
  • Westminster, Col.
  • Wooster, Ohio

Canada Locations

  • Ajax, Ont.
  • London, Ont.
  • Prince Albert, Sask.

“Continuing to expand our brick-and-mortar footprint is an important part of our strategy to be the most convenient, best-in-class pet retailer,” said Brian Amkraut, PetSmart’s executive vice president of store operations, services, supply chain and real estate. “In addition to our store growth, we continue to take steps to further enhance the customer experience. This quarter, for example, we launched The Groomery by PetSmart™ (The Groomery), our innovative new store concept focusing exclusively on pet grooming services.”

Following the close of the third quarter, PetSmart reached a significant milestone by opening its 1,600th store. The retailer now operates more than 1,600 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and 207 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.com to learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

*Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

Contacts: 
PetSmart
Erin Gray
623-587-2177
egray@petsmart.com

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program achieves goal of generating 60 million meals to help feed hungry pets in need

Together with Shoppers, PetSmart’s Philanthropic Effort has Generated 6,384 Tons of Pet Food, Enough to Fill Nearly Two and One-Half Olympic-Sized Pools; 17 More Days Left in Program

PHOENIX, 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart proudly announced today (Dec. 14, 2017) it has met its goal of generating 60 million meals – 6,384 tons – of pet food to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S. and Canada through its historic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online or in its 1,600 stores through Dec. 31, 2017, the retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need.

As a point of reference, using a standard six-inch pet food bowl, 60 million meals lined up beside each other would span from New York City to Los Angeles and back again – covering more than 5,500 miles. The more than 6,000 tons of pet food is heavier than 800 elephants, or could fill nearly two and one-half Olympic-sized pools.

PetSmart launched the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal pet food donation program in celebration of its 30th anniversary and with more than 60 million meals generated under the initiative, it is the biggest philanthropic effort ever in its 30-year history.

“We are thrilled to achieve our program goal of 60 million meals for our Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program with several weeks still left in this historic campaign,” said Joshua Kanter, PetSmart’s executive vice president of marketing and customer experience. “This program is generating impactful results, having already delivered more than 3,600 tons of pet food across hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada to help pets in need at shelters, as well as to pets who are with families in need served by food banks, pantries and meal programs.”PetSmart will continue the donation of a pet food meal for every bag of dog or cat food purchased through Dec. 31, 2017. To get the 60-plus million meals of donated pet food to those that need it most, the retailer is working with nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities, which is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America®, two renowned national nonprofit organizations to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S., as well as animal welfare agencies in Canada. A unique aspect of the program is providing pet food to human food banks, pantries and meal programs, where pet food is a rare offering. Now families in need can secure food for every member of the family, including their dogs and cats.

To date, PetSmart and its partners have delivered more than 35 million meals – 3,684 tons of pet food – via 188 semi trucks to pets in need across the U.S. and Canada including a recent special delivery with Santa to the San Diego Humane Society and its PAWs program, which operates a pet food pantry to help pet families in need in the local area.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.com to learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada 
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

About Rescue Bank 
Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, operates on the national food bank model to community-based animal welfare groups that typically lack access to resources. Rescue Bank recognizes that these smaller, less-visible groups represent a substantial portion of America’s animal rescue resource.

Rescue Bank works with name-brand suppliers to deliver donated pet food for both the ongoing needs of more than 1,900 animal welfare organizations and the immediate needs of communities after disasters such as hurricanes, floods and fires. Since establishing its national network in 2011, Rescue Bank has delivered over 200 million meals of nutritious, wholesome pet food.
For more information visit http://rescuebank.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/RescueBank.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that 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.

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

PetSmart Media Line: 623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc

eBay expands its Seller Hub with acquisition of Terapeak

Terapeak’s Tools and Insights to Help Sellers Better Manage and Grow Their Businesses on eBay

San Jose, CA, 2017-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Terapeak, a Toronto-based company that uses supply, demand and pricing data to help ecommerce sellers know what to sell, when to sell it and at what price on marketplaces such as eBay.  Upon the close of the transaction, eBay will begin integrating certain functionality from Terapeak into its Seller Hub. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Seller Hub brings valuable insights from eBay’s vast array of data directly to its sellers to help them manage and grow their business in one place – making professional selling on eBay easier.  The user-friendly interface enables sellers to manage their inventory and orders, access valuable performance insights, identify opportunities for growth and take advantage of ways to get their products in front of the right buyers faster and more efficiently.

“Nearly two million sellers currently manage their eBay business on Seller Hub.  Expanding Seller Hub to provide additional capabilities from Terapeak will help our sellers be even more successful and enable them to more effectively manage their businesses on eBay,” said Bob Kupbens, Vice President of B2C Selling at eBay.  “We are committed to being the best partner to our sellers as we look to create the most powerful selling platform. The integration of Terapeak’s functionalities into Seller Hub – from sales history and performance enhancement opportunities to price guidance and comparisons – will continue to help eBay’s merchants scale their businesses on eBay.”

“eBay’s planned acquisition of Terapeak makes so much sense for everyone involved, particularly for our customers,” said Kevin North, President and CEO of Terapeak.  “We are excited to continue our vision of empowering merchants to discover what to sell on eBay and how to optimize their listings for maximum performance. Over time Terapeak’s capabilities will become naturally integrated with eBay’s Seller Hub, therefore becoming more robust and providing merchants with a single place to manage and elevate their ecommerce business.”

The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2017, at which time Terapeak’s employees will report into eBay’s Bob Kupbens, Vice President of B2C Selling, or Sunil Rajasekar, Vice President of Seller Experience. Terapeak’s employees will continue to be based in Toronto, Ontario and Victoria, B.C.

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

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SPAR: The final issue of Contact International for 2017 is now out

SPAR: The final issue of Contact International for 2017 is now out

The final issue of Contact International for 2017 is now out. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In this edition, we showcase the value of investment in new store growth with the best in class developments of INTERSPAR in Hungary and SUPERSPAR in South Africa – two great examples of world-class, large format stores that set high standards in international retail. We are also pleased to announce two new market entries by SPAR Partners in Belarus and Cyprus, with the first stores in Belarus performing well and great plans in place for the launch in Cyprus in the first half of next year.

At SPAR, it’s the people that make the difference and we are delighted to feature two exceptional SPAR individuals from two sides of the globe: Dimitrios Spyrakis, a pillar of strength for SPAR in Australia and Sarah Halliday, an exceptionally dynamic manager who has supported the growth of countless SPAR retailers in Northern Ireland.

We also look back at the annual Future Leaders Programme (FLP), which this year welcomed 39 SPAR colleagues. Held in Austria, the FLP participants visited the most modern food Distribution Centre (DC) in Europe developed by SPAR Austria in Ebergassing, just outside Vienna. This highly innovative DC features new levels of innovation and automation, trends which were also high on the agenda at the 2017 LOGIT Conference – another feature of this issue.

To read these and other stories about SPAR worldwide, follow this link. Missed any of the previous issues? No problem, visit our archive page to view earlier editions.

We wish all our readers a wonderful festive season and a great start to the new year.

SOURCE: SPAR International

Telephone:+31 20 626 6749
Email:info@spar-international.com