Wine.com announces the eleventh annual Wine.com 100

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced the eleventh annual Wine.com 100. Reflecting the top wines purchased on the website during the first 11 months of 2017, the Wine.com 100 is the industry’s only list based exclusively on consumer purchasing behavior. With 32,400 unique wines purchased at Wine.com in 2017, the Top 100 is an exclusive group representing the best-selling 0.3% of available labels.  The list provides insight into consumers’ online wine-buying patterns, highlighting popular producers, regions and varietals. The complete 2017 Wine.com 100 list is available online at www.wine.com/100.

2017 Wine.com 100 highlights:

  • For only the second time in 11 years, a white wine lands the #1 spot: This year, Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintners Reserve Chardonnay beat out 3,000 other Chardonnays, highlighting a classic wine with great brand awareness.
  • New Zealand popularity over-indexes. While California was the leading region again with 49 wines on the list, New Zealand over-performed with 8 wines, including Kim Crawford 2016 Sauvignon Blanc at #5 and last year’s winner, Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, at #18.
  • Long Tail Gains Prominence. In the years since the Wine.com 100 was first introduced, its share of Wine.com’s business has decreased from 38% to 19%, as consumers have enjoyed discovering wine off the beaten path that they aren’t able to find in their local stores.

“One of the best parts of my job is to see the smile on the face of people who enjoy Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay.  For the past 25 years, it has been my pleasure to craft this wine from some of the best coastal vineyards in California along with the finest French and American oak barrels,” said Randy Ullom, Winemaster for Kendall-Jackson. “Cheers to our K-J fans who helped us top the Wine.com Top 100 list.  It is an honor.”

“Our wine expansion has given customers a massive assortment to choose from, representing nearly every growing region and varieties from mainstream to obscure,” said Michael Osborn, Founder and VP of Merchandising.  “We also continue to enhance our Live Chat Sommelier Service, available 7 days/week, to help our customers navigate this huge selection and find something that suits their individual needs.”

A look back at the Wine.com 100 #1 wines:
2017:   Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (California)
2016:   Brancott 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2015:   Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
2014:   Caymus 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2013:   Viña Eguia 2007 Reserva (Spain)
2012:   Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
2011:   Tilia 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)
2010:   d’Arenberg 2008 Stump Jump Shiraz (Australia)
2009:   Cambria 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir (California)
2008:   Veramonte 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Chile)
2007:   Hogue 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)

The 10 most popular sellers on the Wine.com 100 this year:
1. Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (California)
2. Columbia 2014 Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
3. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (France)
4. Los Vascos 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
5. Kim Crawford 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
6. Decoy Sonoma 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
7. Caymus 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
8. Meiomi 2016 Pinot Noir (California)
9. La Marca Prosecco (Italy)
10. Simi 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

About Wine.com
About Wine.com Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores. The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week on its mobile and full websites. With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated retail wine distribution network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most addresses, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping for local pickup at 10,000 Walgreens and FedEx Office locations nationwide. The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year. Recently launched, the Wine.com iOS app allows users to scan, rate and purchase wines on the go. Wine.com’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.wine.com.

Press Contact:
Gwendolyn Osborn
Gwendolyn@wine.com
415-248-4402

SOURCE: Wine.com

Olaf’s Frozen Adventures now available in Tesco stores across the UK

Olaf’s Frozen Adventures now available in Tesco stores across the UK

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fans of Frozen, one of the most successful animated films of all time, are in for a Christmas treat – a special spin off DVD will exclusively be sold by Tesco from today (Thursday December 7).

The legendary cinema giant Disney and Tesco have worked together to bring customers a stocking filler that will follow the further adventures of main characters Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

The 22 minute cartoon comedy is called Olaf’s Frozen Adventures and features universal themes of family, traditions and togetherness.

One of the songs, Let It Go, from the original film has gone on to become a modern day children’s classic.

Tesco Entertainment Category Manager Mark Green said:

“Frozen is the biggest animated home entertainment film release ever so we think the DVD will present parents with a perfect stocking filler. 

“The film features four new songs that are sure to become holiday season favourites and creates a great message of family togetherness.

“This year our Christmas campaign celebrates the many ways we come together over the festive period, so however you do Christmas, we think this DVD is a great treat to enjoy with family and friends.”

Olaf’s Frozen Adventures will be available in 1,000 Tesco stores across the UK and will cost £5.

Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission which takes place on the first festive season since the gates reopened and sisters Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle.

When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual festive customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.

The original Frozen film won numerous awards including two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award.

Earlier this year Tesco joined forces with Disney in a move to revive interest in DVDs and Blu-ray with the launch of an exclusive new format – called Big Sleeve Edition – of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast.

The limited edition 12 inch vinyl sized sleeves house the discs and also features collectible art cards.

ENDS

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     
We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

SOURCE: Tesco PLC

Sainsbury’s launches its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter

Sainsbury’s launches its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter

Sainsbury’s has unveiled its latest innovative partnership – the supermarket is launching its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter, serving up the brand’s freshly-made, restaurant-quality hot pizzas to go.

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The move is part of Sainsbury’s commitment to offer customers a distinct and differentiated choice of quality food for every occasion and follows the successful introduction of Sushi Gourmet counters, Patisserie Valerie products and a Crussh counter to its stores over the last year.

The Sainsbury’s Balham store will be the first to offer shoppers the Italian brand’s pizzas to takeaway, with Zizzi chefs firing up the revolving, stone base pizza oven from Thursday 7th December. The counter will offer a selection of Zizzi’s hand-stretched, stone-baked Rustica pizzas, including vegan options and topping customisation, alongside garlic breads. They will also feature a “Pizza of the Month” special.

Sainsbury’s customers will be able to order the premium pizzas either in store or via Click & Collect on the Zizzi website, paying for the products quickly and easily from a dedicated takeaway check out at the store’s hot food counter. Ready to eat Zizzi pizza from the Sainsbury’s Balham store will also be available to Deliveroo users via the Deliveroo platform. The food delivery market, which includes delivery brands such as Deliveroo as well as traditional takeaways, is expected to increase by 10 per cent a year to £53bn by 2020.

In November, Sainsbury’s also became the first UK supermarket to trial a hot own brand pizza pre-ordering service in three stores – Redhill, Cambridge Eddington and Bradford.

Balham shoppers will be able to bring the pizzeria experience to the comfort of their home, with the added convenience of being able to pick up their favourite grocery products for the perfect meal in at the same time. When asked, Zizzi customers said they’d choose a bottle of Pinot Grigio, bagged salad and a dessert to dine on alongside their freshly prepared pizza.

The partnership with Zizzi strengthens Sainsbury’s mission to innovate within its stores to offer customers a wide range of great quality food for every occasion. The retailer is in the process of rolling out Sushi Gourmet counters to another 30 stores following a successful 20-store trial – on the same day the Zizzi counter launches, the Balham store will also be opening a new Sushi Gourmet counter. In June, Sainsbury’s opened a Crussh counter in its Pimlico store in London, selling premium ‘fit food’ and freshly made juices, smoothies and coffees. Following its initial success, Sainsbury’s also recently extended the roll out of Patisserie Valerie cakes on its bakery counters, with 28 stores now offering the luxury patisserie brand.

Sainsbury’s Director of Fresh Food, Adrian Cook said, “We’re committed to offering our customers an even greater choice of delicious, high-quality food in our stores and, by working with some of the best high street food brands such as Zizzi, we’re attracting new shoppers. We think customers will love the convenience of being able to pick up their ready to eat, restaurant-quality pizza alongside their other favourite foods for a special meal, all under one roof.”

CEO of Zizzi, Steve Holmes said, “We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Sainsbury’s. Changing consumer lifestyles have created opportunities within casual dining and we have seen delivery sales grow rapidly behind the increased demand for restaurant quality food enjoyed at home. Offering our signature Rustica Pizzas to go in Sainsbury’s is a natural progression in offering another convenient way for customers to purchase their favourite pizza, ready to eat”.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

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Sainsbury’s opens its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London

Sainsbury’s opens its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London

23rd December will be ‘Sparkling Saturday’, with Sainsbury’s shoppers set to buy nearly half a million bottles in a single day. Retailer kicks off the fizz-tive season by opening first standalone ‘Festive Fizz Bar’ in London

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is forecasting that 23rd December 2017 will be known as “Sparkling Saturday” as shoppers will buy 489,000 bottles of fizz in a single day.  With Christmas Day falling on a Monday, sales are set to “pop” as shoppers do their final preparations for the big day that weekend.

To get party-goers in the mood, Sainsbury’s is opening its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London, showcasing a range of five different styles of sparkling wine by the glass.

The opportunity could not have come at a better time. As Britain’s love for Prosecco continues – accounting for over 65% of Sainsbury’s annual fizz sales – it has paved the way for British drinkers to explore alternative sparkling wines, such as Crémant de Loire which is hailed to be the next big thing.

French sparkling wine but without the Champagne price tag, Sainsbury’s forecasts 2017 to be the “year of Crémant”.  Made using the same traditional method as Champagne, Sainsbury’s Crémant hails from the chalky soils of Saumur in the Loire Valley, where the conditions are perfect for producing a distinctive Blanc de Blancs style. Sainsbury’s expects December to be a bumper month for the sparkling newcomer. After a 528% rise in sales in the past year alone, demand has led to the introduction of an impressive magnum, just in time for Christmas.

Elizabeth Newman, Head of Beers, Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury’s says: “While Champagne sales peak at this time of year, the alternative sparkling wine market is really booming. Prosecco continues to be an area of strong growth for us (our Taste the Difference variety is up 23% year on year) but its rise has also opened Brits’ eyes to the breadth of sparkling wines out there – from Crémant de Loire, to our English sparkling wine, there really is something for every palate and pocket at Sainsbury’s this festive season.”

To celebrate its diverse range of sparkling wines available in-store this Christmas, Sainsbury’s is launching the Festive Fizz Bar – a pop-up bar in Central London, where a curated menu of five premium sparkling wines from the Taste the Difference range will be on offer by the glass for temptingly tasty prices. Alongside the bubbles, there will also be a selection of antipasti and charcuterie sharing platters on offer.

Elizabeth Newman concludes: “Our first pop-up Festive Fizz Bar gives people the opportunity to taste a range of different styles, so they can purchase with confidence.”

Book a space at the Festive Fizz Bar (from 7th – 9th December) via Eventbrite. There will be limited cover for walk-ins and guests are advised to book to avoid disappointment.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

MEDIA CONTACT

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 0207 695 7295.

Meijer helps customers get into the holiday spirit with more than 400,000 holiday-related apparel items

Meijer helps customers get into the holiday spirit with more than 400,000 holiday-related apparel items

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday sweater craze continues to gain popularity as the season’s parties and celebrations kick off. Traditionally, Meijer sells more than 400,000 holiday-related apparel items for the family in December, including sweatshirts, tunics, leggings, sleepwear and sweaters – otherwise known as the so-called “ugly” holiday sweaters trend.

According to Fast Company, today the ugly holiday sweater craze has morphed from cottage sensation to a million-dollar, year-round industry. The trend is not limited to people. Meijer pet buyers report that they move more than 10,000 units of pet-related holiday apparel, including “ugly” holiday sweaters specific to pets, before Thanksgiving and sales remain steady throughout the holiday season.

While there is no shortage of holiday sweater ideas, the apparel buyers at Meijer handpicked their favorites to generate a few chuckles with just the right amount of gaud. Prices range from $24.99 to $34.99.

  1. Go for a clever saying. Red and green, and reindeer and snowmen continue to dominate the visuals in this category. The buyers do report an influx of clever sayings, many lifted from pop culture references, including Gingerbread House holiday sweater; Meow Christmas holiday hoodie, and Chillin with My Snowmies holiday sweater.
  2. Light it up. For those looking to go beyond jingle bells, some of the sweaters offered this season either light up or include an accessory that does so, such as a hat or a necklace. If you are looking to light up your look, try these suggestions:  Reindeer Holiday sweater with matching light up necklace; Unicorn holiday sweater with matching unicorn headband; and Fleece Navidad sweater with light up santa hat.
  3. Celebrate your love – or not so lovable feelings – for the season. If the phrase, “I’m only a morning person on December 25th” or the classic, “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” sounds appealing to you, there is a whole assortment of apparel that helps you amplify your love – or annoyance – of all things holiday. Whatever camp you may fall into, here are some buyer suggestions: “Dear Santa, It’s a long story” Holiday tunic with coordinating scarf; “I’m not a morning person except on December 25” Holiday long-sleeved hoodie; or “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” Holiday tunic with coordinating scarf.

And if a sweater isn’t enough, there are dresses, skirts with garland, comfy holiday pajama bottoms or holiday onesies that can round out whatever look you are going for – from kitschy to comfortable. For those with a full holiday party schedule, consider taking advantage of the newest trend of holiday pajamas. Not just reserved for family holiday cards, according to the buyers, it’s the ultimate day to nighttime look this season.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com.  Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Jennifer Rook, 616-791-2794, jennifer.rook@meijer.com

CarMax to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on December 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Va., 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) today announced that it will report its financial results for the third quarter ended November 30, 2017, before the market opens on December 21, 2017. CarMax will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET that morning to discuss these results.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-888-298-3261 or 1-706-679-7457 (for international access) and using the conference ID 73777146. A live audio webcast will also be available at investors.carmax.com.

A replay of the webcast will be available at investors.carmax.com through April 3, 2018, or via telephone (for approximately one week) by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 (for international access), and entering the conference ID 73777146.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ended February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Source: CarMax, Inc.

CarMax, Inc.

Investors:
Katharine Kenny, Vice President, Investor Relations, (804) 935-4591
Celeste Gunter, Manager, Investor Relations, (804) 935-4597

or

Media:
pr@carmax.com, (855) 887-2915

SOURCE: CarMax Business Services, LLC

National Grocers Association welcomes Molly Pfaffenroth at its government relations department as senior manager

ARLINGTON, Va., 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced that Molly Pfaffenroth has joined its government relations department as a senior manager. In her role, Pfaffenroth will primarily manage the association’s tax portfolio and assist on healthcare, trade, and nutrition issues.

“Molly’s experience in the food policy arena makes her a great addition to the association’s team at such a crucial moment for the independent supermarket industry,” said Chris Jones, vice president of government relations and counsel. “With once-in-a-generation tax reform heading to conference, she will significantly expand our efforts to advocate for independent grocers as we urge Congress to send a final bill to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

Pfaffenroth began her career as the sales and marketing manager at Lambertville, N.J.-based Fulper Family Farmstead. In 2014, she joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Communications and began working on federal public policy as a legislative affairs assistant with the International Dairy Foods Association in 2015. Most recently, she served as public policy manager for the National Association for Biomedical Research.

She received her undergraduate degree in animal science from Cornell University and a graduate degree in media and public affairs from George Washington University.

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SOURCE: National Grocers Association

Media inquiries: Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org.

Ahold Delhaize creates Ahold Delhaize USA as the parent company for all of its U.S. companies

Ahold Delhaize creates Ahold Delhaize USA as the parent company for all of its U.S. companies

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize today announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA, to be effective on January 1, 2018. Ahold Delhaize USA will be the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. companies, including its local brands, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin’s, and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services (RBS), a U.S. shared services company providing support to the brands.

Ahold Delhaize USA will be led by Kevin Holt, who will be appointed Chief Executive Officer Ahold Delhaize USA, effective January 1, 2018. Kevin is currently Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA. In this new role he will remain a member of Ahold Delhaize’s Management Board and Executive Committee and will continue to report to Dick Boer, CEO Ahold Delhaize. Frans Muller, Deputy CEO Ahold Delhaize and Chief Integration Officer, who serves as acting COO Delhaize America (ad interim) will focus on the continued smooth integration of Ahold Delhaize.

Dick Boer, CEO Ahold Delhaize, said, “combining the parent companies of the U.S. brands and RBS is the natural next step in our brand-centric strategy in the U.S.  Kevin is an outstanding leader with extensive food retail experience and a great choice to guide our U.S. businesses through this time of continuing change and evolving customer expectations.”

Kevin joined Delhaize Group in 2014 as CEO Delhaize America and transitioned to Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA in 2017. Prior to joining Ahold Delhaize, he served in executive leadership roles at SUPERVALU and Meijer.

“I’m excited that we are moving into this next phase where we can focus on further strengthening our brands and winning in our markets,” said Kevin. “Ahold Delhaize USA and its U.S. brands are well positioned to continue to drive growth and innovation and meet the evolving needs of customers, both in stores and online.”


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Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that may cause actual results of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (the “Company”) to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk factors set forth in the Company’s public filings and other disclosures. Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company’s management and assumptions based on information currently available to the Company’s management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Company does not assume any obligation to update such statements, except as required by law.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Ingles Markets, Incorporated Reports Sales and Net Income for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017

Company Reports Sales and Net Income for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported total sales of $4.00 billion for fiscal year 2017 compared with $3.79 billion in fiscal year 2016. For the fiscal years ended September 2017 and 2016, net income totaled $53.9 million in 2017 compared with $54.2 million in 2016.

Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $1.09 billion compared with $962.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 totaled $19.4 million, compared with net income of $14.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

The fiscal year and quarter ended September 2017 contained 53 weeks and 14 weeks, respectively. This is one extra week compared with the fiscal year and quarter ended September 2016.

Commenting on the results, Robert P. Ingle II, Chairman of the Board, said, “Our Company achieved strong results due to the hard work and dedication of our associates. We will continue to bring our customers products they desire and flawless service in our stores.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales totaled $1.09 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared with $962.4 million for the comparable quarter in fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales increased 3.6%, excluding gasoline, and adjusted to reflect the same number of weeks in each fourth quarter. Hurricane activity provided a positive benefit in the current-year quarter.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 increased to $261.3 million, compared with $237.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 24.0% and 24.7% for the 2017 and 2016 fourth quarters, respectively.

Operating and administrative expenses for the September 2017 quarter totaled $220.2 million. Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales were 20.2% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $204.9 million or 21.3% of sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Labor cost increases represented most of the total operating expense increase.

Interest expense totaled $12.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $11.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Total debt was $877.9 million at the end of fiscal 2017 compared with $876.5 million at the end of fiscal 2016.

Net income for the September 2017 fourteen week quarter increased to $19.4 million, compared with net income of $14.2 million for the thirteen week September 2016 quarter. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the Company’s publicly traded Class A common stock were $0.99 and $0.96 per share, respectively, for the September 2017 quarter, compared with $0.72 and $0.70 per share, respectively, for the September 2016 quarter.

Annual Results

Net sales were $4.00 billion for the fiscal year ended September 2017, compared with $3.79 billion for the fiscal year ended September 2016. Comparable store sales in fiscal year 2017 increased 1.5% over fiscal 2016, excluding gasoline, and adjusted to reflect the same number of weeks in each fiscal year. The number of transactions and the average transaction size were both higher in fiscal year 2017 compared with the prior year.

Gross profit for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, increased $39.2 million, or 4.2%, to $963.6 million, or 24.1% of sales, compared with $924.4 million, or 24.4% of sales, for the fiscal year ended September 24, 2016.

Operating expenses totaled $837.1 million in fiscal 2017, compared with $794.6 million in fiscal 2016, and were 20.9% of sales for both fiscal years 2017 and 2016. Labor cost increases represented most of the total operating expense increase.

Gains on asset disposals totaled $1.5 million for fiscal 2017, compared with losses of $1.2 million for fiscal 2016. During fiscal 2016, the Company wrote off buildings demolished in advance of rebuilding new stores in future periods.

Interest expense increased $1.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2017, to $47.5 million, compared with $46.3 million for the year ended September 24, 2016. Interest rates on the Company’s floating rate debt increased during fiscal year 2017, while overall debt levels did not change significantly over the past twelve months.

Income tax expense as a percentage of pre-tax income was 36.1% for fiscal 2017 compared with 36.0% for fiscal 2016. There were no individually significant tax items in either fiscal year.

Net income for fiscal 2017 totaled $53.9 million, compared with net income of $54.2 million for fiscal 2016. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the Company’s publicly traded Class A common stock were $2.74 and $2.66 per share, respectively, for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared with $2.75 and $2.68 per share, respectively, for the year ended September 24, 2016.

Capital expenditures totaled $127.7 million and $137.6 million for fiscal years 2017 and 2016, respectively. During fiscal 2017, the Company opened two new store buildings and closed four stores, one of which is being rebuilt and will reopen in December 2017. The Company’s other store improvement capital projects in fiscal 2017 focused on improved merchandising, convenience and the range of products offered to our customers.

The Company has a line of credit facility totaling $175.0 million with $165.5 million available (after deducting letters of credit) at September 30, 2017. The Company is in compliance with all of its debt agreements and has significant unencumbered assets at September 30, 2017.

View Unaudited Financial Highlights

The comments in this press release contain certain forward-looking statements. Ingles undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. Ingles’ actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Ingles. Factors that may affect results include changes in business and economic conditions generally in Ingles’ operating area, pricing pressures, increased competitive efforts by others in Ingles’ marketing areas and the availability of financing for capital improvements. A more detailed discussion of these factors may be found in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its 2016 Form 10-K and 2017 Forms 10-Q.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 199 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website at www.ingles-markets.com.

SOURCE:  Ingles Markets Inc.

Contact:
Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

CBL Properties to announce Q4 and year-end results on Thursday, February 8, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) announced details for the release of its results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2017.

CBL plans to issue its earnings release for the fourth quarter and year-end after the market closes on Thursday, February 8, 2018, and will host a conference call on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET. To access this interactive teleconference, dial (888) 317-6003 or (412) 317-6061 and enter the confirmation number, 6695155.  A replay of the conference call will be available through February 16, 2018, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317‑0088 and entering the confirmation number, 10114768.

The live broadcast of CBL’s quarterly conference call will be available online at cblproperties.com on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for three months.

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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CBRE named a 2017 Best Workplace for Diversity in the United States by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work®

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it was named a 2017 Best Workplace for Diversity in the United States by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work®.

“We are honored to be named a FORTUNE Best Workplaces for Diversity,” said Bobby Griffin, CBRE’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the Americas. “This award highlights the work CBRE is doing to continue to fulfill our mission of providing a work environment that attracts, develops and celebrates the professional success of every individual.”

FORTUNE and Great Place to Work considered more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S.

Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds.

More information on CBRE’s diversity and inclusion efforts can be found here. Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.SOURCE: CBREMedia Contacts

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Twain Harte Market President and CEO Bob Parriott elected the 2017-2018 California Grocers Association Chairman

Jim Wallace (right0 passes the chairman’s gavel to Bob Parriott.

Independent Operator to Serve One Year Term as Chair

SACRAMENTO, CA, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bob Parriott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Twain Harte Market in Twain Harte, Calif., was elected the 2017-2018 California Grocers Association Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Association’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 1, 2017.

As Chair, Parriott will lead the Board’s strategy regarding CGA’s numerous legislative, educational, communications and industry-related programs. The Association is comprised of more than 300 retail companies operating more than 6,000 stores in California and Nevada. The chair serves for one year. He succeeds Immediate Past Chair Jim Wallace, Albertsons Companies.

“Bob continues CGA’s long history of both large and small grocery operators serving as board chair,” says CGA President Ron Fong. “As an independent grocery operator, Bob will be a very strong voice for this extremely important member segment of CGA. We look forward to Bob’s leadership in the coming year.”

Parriott was instrumental in the California Grocers Association’s merger with the California Independent Grocers Association in 2014 and was appointed to the CGA Executive Board that same year.

In addition to Parriott, the following individuals were elected to the 2017-2018 CGA Board of Directors Executive Committee: First Vice Chair, Kendra Doyel, Ralphs Grocery Company; Second Vice Chair, Phil Miller, C&S Wholesale; Treasurer, Hee-Sok Nelson, Gelson’s Markets; Secretary, Renee Amen, Super A Foods; and Immediate Past Chair, Jim Wallace, Albertsons Companies.

Chairman’s appointments to the Executive Committee include: Dave Jones, Kellogg Company; Kevin Arceneaux, Mondelez International Inc.; and Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms. Independent Operator Committee Chair Dennis Darling, Foods Etc., will continue as a non-voting Executive Committee member,

Directors elected to their first full three-year term include: Mark Arrington, Post Consumer Brands; Jake Fermanian, Super King Markets; Mark Foley, Raley’s; David Higginbotham, Stater Bros. Markets; John Mastropaolo, Chobani; Tim Murphy, Costco Wholesale; Jeff Sigmen, Reyes Coca-Cola; Lee Smith, Smart & Final Stores; Rick Stewart, Susanville Supermarket IGA; Rob Twyman, Whole Foods Market; and Karl Wissmann, C & K Market.

Directors elected to their second three-year term include: Brent Cotten, The Hershey Company; Dennis Darling, Foods Etc.; Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms; Casey McQuaid, E & J Gallo Winery; Nicole Pesco, The Save Mart Companies; Casey Rodacker, Mar-Val Food Stores; and Kevin Young, Young’s Payless Market IGA.

Former CGA Chair Kevin Konkel, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, was elected an honorary board member.

SOURCE: California Grocers Association

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Majid Al Futtaim: Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be brought to life at Ski Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim: Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be brought to life at Ski Dubai from 10th December

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, will be providing residents and visitors the opportunity to create more great moments, with an extra special white Christmas experience in Dubai this year, as Ski Dubai becomes home to Frozen’s Olaf this festive season.

From 10th December, Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be brought to life in the ski resort where guest will be able to journey through a glittering archway into the kingdom of Arendelle and the wonderful world of Olaf. Once inside, visitors will travel through the frozen forest venturing into various festive zones, celebrating Christmas traditions from around the world:

  • The Snow Globe zone: with a life-size Snow Globe complete with much-loved Frozen favourites waiting to have their picture taken.
  • Snowman making zone: where guests can build their very own Olaf.
  • Santa’s Grotto: where the man himself will be making an appearance from 10th – 24th December giving out gifts to to all of the good girls and boys as a pre-Christmas treat.
  • Ski Dubai’s famous Christmas tree: this 40ft wonder will be adding a flourish of Christmas spirit to the winter wonderland.

Guests can then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in Olaf’s Warm Hug area, before visiting the pop-up retail zone featuring limited edition Olaf merchandise.

Olaf’s residency at Ski Dubai coincides with the loveable snowman’s latest big screen 22-minute movie, Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which will be playing alongside Pixar’s film Coco, showing in all VOX Cinemas until 14th December.

Disney’s Olaf’s Wintery Adventure at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates will be open from 10th December – 24th December. Admission is AED 150 per person for entry to Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure at Ski Dubai with a free hot chocolate and a VOX Cinema ticket for standard 2D entry to see Pixar’s Coco along with Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. AED 130 per person for entry to Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure at Ski Dubai with a free hot chocolate. For more information and bookings please visit www.skidxb.com.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ChannelAdvisor

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

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

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

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

This opening in Kazan is Lenta’s twenty seventh hypermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 218 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 218 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,303,653 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

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

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

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

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta 
E-mail: pr@lenta.com

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

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal

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

Source: Lenta

RUSSIA: Lenta launches its ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ charity event to help make New Year’s wishes of children in foster care come true

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,298,457 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 2017[1].

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

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

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

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

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Newegg Inc.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to editors:

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

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

 

About Dixons Carphone

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Dixons Carphone

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About DESPAR Italy

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

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

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

Sheetz continues its mission to provide the ultimate convenience to customers

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

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

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

How it works:

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Media Inqueries:

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

Shareholders’/Analysts’ Inquiries:

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

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact:

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

Source: Schnucks Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Investor Contact:
ir@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

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

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

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

Source: Carrefour Market