Walgreens launches new multifaceted brand positioning and identity

Multifaceted campaign highlights the importance of care, trust and accessibility to Walgreens customers

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —Walgreens and its customers have certainly changed since the first Walgreens drugstore opened in 1901, but one constant over that time is Walgreens legacy of care. That’s the foundation of a new, multifaceted brand positioning and identity that launched Sunday and is reflected in the new tagline, Walgreens. Trusted since 1901.

The brand positioning is an effort to emphasize the aspects of Walgreens from the past 116 years that customers truly love. Those attributes – care, trust and accessibility – are the focus of the campaign, which includes new advertising and marketing, and a purpose to champion the health and well-being of every community in America.

“We went deep into Walgreens history to rediscover what makes Walgreens great,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and president of Walgreens. “It was clear from our research that three strong characteristics define our relationship with our customers, rooted firmly in our history since 1901: care, trust and accessibility. We’ve always cared for our customers’ health and well-being, but how we’ve cared has evolved over time. As consumer behavior continues to change, we will focus on these core attributes to help define the work we do.”

Over the past three years, Walgreens has redefined its commercial offering at every touch point across pharmacy, retail, health care services and consumer services, and the brand campaign signals the start of the next phase of its transformation. Walgreens continues to introduce programs and services addressing customers’ needs through a lens of care, trust and accessibility. Some of the more recent examples include high-touch care provided through Walgreens specialized pharmacies focused on disease states such as oncology, hepatitis and HIV; the addition of trained beauty consultants at approximately 3,000 stores; convenient access to FedEx package pickup and drop-off services at 7,500 stores; the simplification of the product assortment in approximately 1,500 stores to make shopping easier and more.

“Trusted since 1901 reinforces the fundamental truth of the work we do: that behind every prescription and purchase is a person, and behind every person is a unique story,” said Adam Holyk, Walgreens senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Since the beginning of our company, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the people of our communities, supporting them through their ups and downs, whenever they need us. Straightforward, authentic, warm and reliable, we’re here to help everyone – every day. Beyond a new tagline, we hope to reflect where our brand is headed in the future with new initiatives and services that align to our brand promise: to always to be here to help you feel good.”

Also beginning today, the company is releasing a series of digital vignettes called “Care Stories,” which feature real employees and Walgreens customers. The videos are a snapshot of how Walgreens continues to provide care to its patients.

To view the “Care Stories,” visit http://bit.ly/2noiH5C.

About Walgreens

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

Contact(s):

Emily Hartwig-Mekstan
847-315-3316
emily.hartwig@walgreens.com
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@WalgreensNews
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Source: Walgreens

Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Changing UK diets have prompted Tesco to double its vegetarian and vegan centrepiece festive food offering this year.

And that should be good news for the growing number of people who don’t eat or want to cut down on meat or dairy foods. It also shows customers that however they do Christmas – everyone’s welcome at Tesco.

In the last year demand for vegetarian and vegan food has soared and Tesco is seeing the effect of lifestyle choices like Meat Free Mondays and flexitarian diets with sales of chilled vegetarian ready meals and meat substitutes growing by 25 per cent.

For vegetarians there’s a Portobello Mushroom Wellington made with spinach and bursts of cranberry in rich puff pastry and also a Festive Nut Roast with a mulled wine and cranberry glaze.

And for the first time ever Tesco has two vegan Christmas dinner centrepieces – a sumptuous Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower Wellington and a festive Pecan and Peanut Roast with maple-roasted carrot and parsnip.

Tesco recently announced that chef Derek Sarno would be joining the retailer as director of plant-based innovation, with a focus on helping customers enjoy more plant-based food by putting it centre stage like never before.

Derek is now working with suppliers, farmers and chefs on developing exciting new foods that go on sale over the coming year.

Chef Derek Sarno said:

“These are changing times and vegetable dishes have now become centrepiece heroes in their own right on dinner tables up and down the country.

“We think that our Portobello Mushroom Wellington is so delicious that it may tempt diners to try something different this Christmas.

“This year, Tesco’s Christmas campaign celebrates the many ways we come together at Christmas, and with the quality of vegetarian and vegan food now so good there may even be squabbles across the dinner table over who gets what.”

Tesco has been catering for the increasing amount of vegan customers throughout the year and is offering its biggest ever range of vegan products.

It recently increased its range of dairy free cheeses to nine and among the new additions are a melty red Leicester for cheese on toast, Mozzarella to top pizzas, a jalapeno Cheddar, a blue cheese, and Cheddar.

It has also launched eight new milk free desserts to cater for vegans.

According to a British Social Attitudes report published last year, three in 10 people in Britain (29 per cent) say they have reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months.

And nearly half (44 per cent) of people either do not eat meat, have reduced the amount of meat they eat or are considering reducing the amount of meat they eat.

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive, the Vegetarian Society commented:

“With demand for vegetarian and meat-free alternatives rising, it’s great to see supermarkets across the UK like Tesco working hard to keep their customers happy and increasing their vegetarian range.

“Offering customers a better choice is especially welcome at Christmas.”

As part of Tesco’s commitment to increase the amount of vegetables in people’s diets and encourage healthier eating, it has recently pledged to increase the amount of vegetables used in recipes and also offer more vegetable options amongst its ready meal deals.

Notes to editors:

  • Tesco signed up to The Food Foundation’s Peas Please pledge, focused on making it easier for more people to eat more vegetables, in October. More here.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Starbucks launches its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good

Starbucks launches its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good

 

Starbucks is giving a little extra good to its customers this holiday with its biggest surprise giveaway ever, handing out $1 million in Starbucks Cards, giving the gift of Starbucks Rewards® Gold status, and offering a chance to win Starbucks for Life

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is giving a little extra good to its customers this holiday. Starting Monday, Dec 4, Starbucks is launching its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good. Starbucks will surprise customers by handing out $1 million worth of Starbucks Cards throughout the month of December, grant instant Gold status in Starbucks Rewards to anyone who makes a purchase using their mobile app or a registered Starbucks Card, and launch its fourth annual Starbucks For Life Sweepstakes.

Starbucks “Give Good” squads deliver $1 million in Starbucks Cards

Good is happening everywhere, from tree lighting ceremonies and local caroling to recognizing community heroes like volunteers, Veterans and teachers for the good they do year-round.

Starbucks “Give Good” squads will be out and about in their red and green aprons to deliver surprise gifts of $20 Starbucks Cards during community celebrations across the United States during the month of December.

“The inspiration behind Project Give Good is simple, we want to brighten the holidays and delight our customers,” said Kris Engskov, executive vice president of U.S. Retail for Starbucks. “We hope the gift of a Starbucks Card will give customers the opportunity to take a break or catch up with a loved one over coffee.”

Throughout the month of December, Starbucks baristas across the country will be giving away a total of 50,000 $20 Starbucks Cards at community celebrations such as tree lighting ceremonies to local caroling events. The locations and dates of the Starbucks Card giveaways will vary.

Want a Give Good squad to visit your community event? Visit your local store between Dec 4 – 8 to share ideas with our baristas. Give Good Squads will be out in the community from Dec 11 – 23 delivering Starbucks Cards. Follow  along on Starbucks.com/givegood or #GiveGood on social media to see Project Give Good in action.

“The holidays are here and good is in the air. We hope Project Give Good will continue all the good in our communities and keep it going and growing, because good is contagious and giving is too,” Engskov said.

Give the Gift of Gold

Anyone who makes a purchase at Starbucks using their mobile app or a registered Starbucks Card in December will automatically earn Gold status in Starbucks Rewards for a year.* This gift is the fastest way to earn free food and drinks at participating Starbucks® stores. Gold members earn rewards by collecting Stars, that are redeemable for free food and drinks. To learn more visit Starbucks.com/givegood.

Starbucks for Life

There are a few more surprises in store this holiday with Starbucks favorite sweepstakes, Starbucks for Life**. Starting tomorrow (Dec. 5), Starbucks Rewards members have an opportunity to win prizes, including Starbucks for Life, Starbucks for a Year, Starbucks for a Month, Starbucks for a Week, and millions of Bonus Stars. This year, there are new ways to earn bonus game plays with new challenges and ways to instantly win prizes such as food, beverages and select merchandise. Also new this is year, Starbucks customers who are not Starbucks Rewards members can enter their email for a chance at one Starbucks for Life prize.  For more information about Starbucks for Life visit starbucksforlife.com.

*Some restrictions apply. See Starbucks.com/terms for details. Make a purchase with your registered Starbucks Card/app from 12/4/17 to 12/31/17 at a participating Starbucks® store and attain Gold level for one year. Offer excludes members already at Gold level. Excludes alcohol and Starbucks Card purchases.

** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 AND OLDER AND WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE STARBUCKS REWARDS™ LOYALTY PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Starbucks Partners are not eligible to win prizes. Participating stores only. Promotion ends 1/8/18. For Official Rules, how to enter without purchase, prizes, and odds, visit https://www.starbucksforlife.com. Sponsor: Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134.

“Starbucks for Life” means the winner will receive a daily credit for 30 years for one free food or beverage item redeemable at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. Alcoholic beverages excluded. Winner must present a registered Starbucks Card. Credits are non-transferable and expire within 24 hours.

Entrants can receive a maximum of 2 plays per day, plus, other bonus opportunities to earn additional plays.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai opens Dec. 6

Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai opens Dec. 6

 

New multi-sensory retail experience offers customers an immersive:

•   manufacturing and cafe environment including roasting, packaging and brewing;
•   integrated offline and online augmented reality (AR) digital experience; and
•   debut of food freshly baked onsite by Italian food purveyor, Rocco Princi for the first time ever in China

China is Starbucks fastest growing market with a store opening every 15 hours, marking immense opportunity across the country which is unparalleled for any other global consumer brand

The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks China reaffirms commitment to the China market announcing a social impact commitment of $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) over the next five years

SHANGHAI, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai, the first fully immersive coffee experience in Asia, will celebrate its historic opening tomorrow, Dec. 6, culminating in Starbucks most ambitious project ever. When the doors open to the world’s second Starbucks Roastery, created three years after the inaugural Seattle Roastery, customers will be greeted by a multi-sensory coffee experience in an interactive coffee and retail destination like no other.

The Roastery is the epitome of coffee and retail innovation for Starbucks in China, the company’s fastest-growing market with more than 3,000 stores across 136 cities, unprecedented for any global consumer brand and with immense growth opportunity. Starbucks already has more than 600 stores in Shanghai – the largest number of stores in any city where Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has a presence.

As customers enter the Roastery and step through the front doors of the 2,700-square-meter (30,000-square-foot) building, they’ll be greeted by the stunning sight of a two-story copper cask, adorned with more than 1,000 traditional Chinese chops, or stamps, hand-engraved to narrate the story of Starbucks and coffee. As part of their experience, customers can visit many attractions including one of three coffee bars offering multiple brewing methods, explore specially-crafted teas at the 3-D printed tea bar, enjoy freshly baked Italian artisanal food by Princi, and marvel at the ceiling made of 10,000 handmade wooden hexagon-shaped tiles, inspired by the locking of an espresso shot on an espresso machine.

And, all along the way, customers can point their mobile devices around the Roastery for even more moments of discovery as they immerse themselves in the augmented reality (AR) experience.  Integrating this technology into the store, located at 789 Nanjing Road W., in one of the world’s busiest shopping destinations, makes it one of the most advanced digital locations for Starbucks in the world.

“The affinity we have built with our partners (employees) and customers over the past 18 years in China is special and we knew we must bring the Reserve Roastery, our boldest, most premium store ever, to Shanghai, China’s bustling metropolitan hub and one of the world’s most dynamic retail destinations, as well as a gateway to customers from across Asia and the world,” said Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company. “We’ve created a space that both recognizes and celebrates our 46-year history of coffee leadership and retail innovation with China’s rich, diverse culture.”

A Theater of Coffee with a Chinese Focus

For the first time ever, unique, small-lot Reserve coffee which Starbucks sources from more than 30 countries around the world, including coffee from China’s Yunnan Province, will be roasted in China by eight highly trained Chinese coffee roasters – passing on 46 years of Starbucks roasting expertise to the first batch of Chinese roasters. Customers can watch the green beans as they are roasted, then sent through copper “symphony” pipes (named because of the musical sound the beans make as they travel through them) directly to silos at the coffee bars, where customers can enjoy a fresh cup of Reserve coffee, or to the in-house pack line to be packaged for distribution across Starbucks Reserve® stores in China.

The three wooden coffee bars, including one that is 27 meters (88 feet) long – the longest at any Starbucks – are handcrafted by premiere Chinese artisans and reference the unique roasting curve of individual coffee beans, executing the Roastery’s design vision of Liz Muller, senior vice president of creative global design for Starbucks. The bars serve as the stage where hundreds of baristas will handcraft some of the rarest, small-lot coffees in the world using one of six brewing methods: ModBar® Pour Over, Chemex, Coffee Press, Siphon, Espresso and the proprietary Clover-brewed coffee.

The Yunnan Reserve coffee, grown in Pu’er in Yunnan Province, is roasted and available exclusively at the Roastery in Shanghai. It’s the culmination of Starbucks ongoing, deep commitment to Chinese growers. Since 2012, agronomists at the China Starbucks Farmer Support Center have worked closely with farmers and the government to provide resources and expertise to improve quality and promote sustainable coffee-growing practices. Like the Shanghai Roastery, the Yunnan Reserve coffee truly is made “In China, For China.” The introduction of Yunnan Reserve coffee also signifies an important step in completing the Starbucks China supply chain, delivering premium coffee from bean-to-cup, and now introducing a rare, exquisite, yellow honey-processed cup of Yunnan coffee to a global audience.

A Groundbreaking Digital Experience

The Shanghai Roastery will become the first Starbucks location, and the first-of-its kind in China, to seamlessly integrate a real-time, in-store and online customer experience. Roastery customers are invited to immerse themselves in the first Starbucks augmented reality (AR) experience – accessible through the custom-designed Roastery digital web-app platform or on Alibaba’s Taobao app – by simply pointing their mobile devices at key features around the Roastery to bring to life information about the Starbucks bean-to-cup story. To help customers create their personal Roastery discovery journeys, the Roastery digital web-app platform also incorporates a digital menu and will, intuitively through AR technology, share details of the coffee bars, brewing methods, as well as other not-to-be-missed unique online and offline experiences. Each step of the way, customers unlock a virtual badge and once all badges are earned, they receive a custom Roastery filter to commemorate the moment and share on social media. The Shanghai Roastery digital experience is designed by Starbucks and powered by Alibaba Group’s scene-recognition technology.

This experience also extends to Alibaba’s online marketplace, Tmall, allowing customers to purchase Shanghai Roastery and Reserve branded merchandise and whole bean coffee for delivery directly to their homes, or to register for specially curated coffee tasting experiences that can be enjoyed at the Starbucks Roastery in Shanghai.

Princi, Italian Artisan Bakery Comes to Asia

At the Shanghai Roastery, acclaimed baker Rocco Princi combines the craft of bread baking, exceptional ingredients and the “Spirito di Milano” to bring his artisanal offerings to Asia for the first time. Princi, famed for bakeries in Milan and London, joins the premium Starbucks Reserve® brand as the exclusive food pairing to its rare, small-lot coffees. Princi is the exclusive food offering in all Starbucks Roastery locations, including Seattle, Shanghai and upcoming locations.

“Rocco and his team’s passion for handcrafted food and artisanal baked goods at Princi mirrors how I feel about our coffee,” said Schultz. “His attention to detail, meticulous care in selecting the freshest, high-quality ingredients and the artistry of preparation creates an Italian food experience that perfectly pairs with our most premium coffees. I look forward to seeing Princi’s success in Seattle further extend to our Roastery in Shanghai.”

In Shanghai, a team of more than 30 skilled Chinese bakers and chefs bring artisan baking to life using exceptional ingredients sourced specifically for each fresh food offering. Much like Rocco’s European locations, the Shanghai site is centered around ovens, with more than 80 different menu items – from flaky cornetti to focaccia sandwiches filled with Parma ham and Italian mozzarella – for breakfast, lunch and dinner, baked fresh onsite. A Commessa (or culinary concierge) will guide customers through the breadth of offerings.

A tribute to China’s tea culture

The new Shanghai Roastery features China’s first Starbucks® Teavana Bar, an entirely modern tea experience specifically designed for Chinese customers. While demonstrating deep respect for the thousands of years of Chinese tea tradition, the Starbucks® Teavana Bar reimagines a modern tea experience for customers who increasingly seek new and different tastes and experiences. Customers to the tea experience bar can select a Teavana signature pure tea or blend, served either hot or iced. Using only the finest tea ingredients in the world, tea curators handcraft unexpected creations with tea mixology as well as nitrogen and tea. For those interested in experiencing a whole new brewing method, the Steampunk brings together science and theater. Watch tea leaves dance in the water, while steam extracts every nuanced flavor in one of tea’s most dynamic moments.

Inspired by the traditional clay teapots in China, the tea experience bar is a light jade color with dark shadows to represent tea stains formed in a teapot over time. It is also the only tea bar created from recycled materials using a 3-D printer, measuring 7.5 meters (25 feet) in length.

Our responsibility and commitment to the country’s future

Starbucks takes its responsibility to contribute and give back to communities seriously. Today, the company announced another milestone in its commitment to China: contributing meaningful and enduring social impact through poverty alleviation by creating opportunities for groups facing barriers, strengthening partner-driven and locally relevant community engagement, and improving lives of Yunnan coffee farmers and their families.

The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks China plan to make charitable donations totaling approximately $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) over the next five years to drive social impact in communities across China.

“We firmly believe it is our role and responsibility to use our scale to give back to the communities as we continue to grow in China, and with the people of China,” said Belinda Wong, chief executive officer of Starbucks China. “Our commitment, together with our Roastery opening, epitomizes how Starbucks is doubling-down on the unprecedented opportunities we see in the future for Starbucks and China.”

The Starbucks Foundation’s charitable donation is part of its ongoing global commitment to giving back.

“The Starbucks Foundation was established 20 years ago to strengthen communities around the world.  We are proud to have supported communities across China for many years and look forward to deepening our commitment in the years to come,” said Vivek Varma, president of The Starbucks Foundation.

Starbucks entered China in 1999 and these series of commitments reaffirm the strategic role of the China market and highlight Starbucks ongoing aspiration to elevate its partners, customers, suppliers and neighbors to create an environment where everyone can thrive. The Starbucks Roastery is another firm demonstration of Starbucks confidence and optimism in its long-term growth in China.

About Starbucks Coffee Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 27,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

About The Starbucks Foundation

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

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Shop Your Way teams up with Major League Baseball player René Rivera to host toy drive and support ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Sears and Kmart membership platform and e-commerce marketplace teams with Major League Baseball player to host toy drive and support ongoing relief efforts

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As rebuilding efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Shop Your Way is bringing the magic of the holidays to the island with the announcement of a unique toy drive to support “Que Ningún Niño Pierda la Ilusión en Esta Navidad(“Let no child lose the illusion this Christmas”),” an initiative in partnership with Major League Baseball player René Rivera. All gifted toys will benefit children in Puerto Rico who were affected by the devastating storm.

Shop Your Way, a free platform that connects members with offers and experiences to help them save time and money in their everyday lives, will collect toys in two ways: Now through Christmas, all 28 Kmart and Sears stores in Puerto Rico will accept donations of new and gently used toys. Members who do not live on the island can give back by purchasing toy packs either online at Shop Your Way or at one of 25 Kmart and Sears locations in Miami and the Chicagoland area. Members can gift toy packs at $5, $10 or $20 increments; and Shop Your Way will match each toy pack purchased.* The goal of the program is to gift 25,000 toys total this holiday season.

“We care deeply about the residents of Puerto Rico and have remained dedicated to supporting their rebuilding efforts,” said B.J. Naedele, Chief Commercial Officer, Shop Your Way. “Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive despite the hardship so many Puerto Ricans still face is an idea that resonated with us, which is why we teamed up with René for this toy drive. As a shopping destination, we are well-positioned to help give families and children in Puerto Rico a merrier holiday.”

Rivera, free agent catcher who most recently played for the Chicago Cubs, has already pledged his commitment to his native Puerto Rico as the island continues to pick up the pieces post Hurricane Maria. He and his wife, Mariel, will distribute collected toys to children across Puerto RicoDecember 18-20. This follows Rivera’s launch of a GoFundMe page, which raised more than $39,000 for recovery efforts. In addition, Shop Your Way has already gifted 25,000 pieces of Cubs apparel in partnership with Rivera as well as his teammates Javier Baez and Victor Caratini to the island’s residents. Before Rivera arrives in Puerto Rico, the catcher will host an event on December 9 at the Kmart store on 8th Street in Miami to welcome those who have relocated from Puerto Rico to Miami—either temporarily or permanently—and help them get on their feet. A second event on December 16 in Rivera’s hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will serve as an opportunity to continue to distribute collected apparel and promote the toy drive, in addition to connecting with the community during this time of year.

“To see my hometown in ruins has been heartbreaking, but that feeling pales in comparison to knowing so many families are unable to celebrate the holidays because of their situation,” said Rivera. “Our goal for this toy drive is to bring these families joy, comfort and a break from their distress this holiday season.”

The toy drive is another way Shop Your Way has assisted affected members recovering in Puerto Rico. Shop Your Way has distributed hundreds of care packages containing food and essential supplies to community centers and children’s homes, as well as established ‘comfort zones’ at all open Sears and Kmart stores to give families a place to sit and rest, charge their phones and other devices, cool down in air conditioning and allow children to play. Members of the Kmart Pharmacy team have also been available at the ‘comfort zones’ to take blood pressure screenings and share information about flu shots and other immunizations.

Join Shop Your Way on social media to hear more about the latest news. “Like” Shop Your Way on Facebook, and “follow” Shop Your Way on Twitter and Instagram.

*Shop Your Way will match up to 7,500 toys

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit shopyourway.com. Download the free Shop Your Way app on iTunes or Google Play.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Howard Riefs
Sears PR
847-286-7562
Howard.Riefs@searshc.com

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

Specsavers opens at Sainsbury’s Preston Deepdale store

Specsavers opens at Sainsbury’s Preston Deepdale store

 

Specsavers opens its fifth concession in Sainsbury’s, taking its overall UK and Ireland presence to 800 stores.

London, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is continuing its mission to provide customers with better choice and convenience with the opening of Specsavers’ 800th UK and Irish outlet in the supermarket’s Preston Deepdale store. The supermarket is also trialling a further group of Specsavers stores, with the total due to reach 15 by March.

The retailer now has a range of partners in stores which increase the offering for customers – from high-end food and drink brands such as Patisserie Valerie and Sushi Gourmet to more practical services including Lloyds Pharmacy, Timpsons and – of course – Specsavers. Following its acquisition of Home Retail Group in 2016, Sainsbury’s has rolled out over 100 Argos digital stores in its estate with plans for 165 by Christmas and 250 by March 2019. Sainsbury’s has also opened 11 mini Habitats in its stores.

Dean Clegg, Director of Property, Sainsbury’s said: “We’re always looking for ways to provide customers with greater choice and convenience in our stores. We are delighted to be the location of Specsavers’ 800th store and it’s a great example of how we are broadening and differentiating our in-store offer to give shoppers even more reasons to visit Sainsbury’s.”

Specsavers celebrated its 800th store with a grand opening attended by its co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins and – in a nod to the store’s location on Flintoff Way – cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder, Specsavers, commented: “Sainsbury’s vision to provide greater choice and convenience to its customers perfectly aligns with our mission to raise awareness of the importance of eye tests and to provide professional and affordable eye care to all. The Deepdale store is the fifth we have opened in a Sainsbury’s since August last year. We are delighted with the success of this collaboration.”

As with all Specsavers stores, Deepdale offers eye tests and hearing tests, contact lens fitting, and a range of affordable and designer glasses. It features the latest technology including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which is usually found in hospital eye departments, and can be used to help screen for and manage conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Media contact:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
0207 695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Casino and Dia create new joint company that will manage orders, payment, and supply of private their label products

A new joint company, named CD Supply Innovation, will start its activities on December 15th.

Paris, France, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — After deciding in 2015 to regroup their private label purchasing negotiations in Europe in order to improve their competitiveness, group Casino and Dia extend their cooperation through the inception of a new joint company, CD Supply Innovation, which will start its activities on December 15th.

CD Supply Innovation will manage orders, payment, and supply of private label products for both groups. In this regard, it will offer logistics and payment services.

This entity will also act as an innovation lab, offering value chain improvement solutions.

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Régine Gaggioli
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr

+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

PRESS CONTACTS:
Casino Group
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
Directiondelacommunication@groupe-casino.fr

Stéphanie Abadie
Press relations manager
Tel.: + 33 (0)6 26 27 37 05
sabadie@groupe-casino.fr

AGENCE IMAGE SEPT
Simon Zaks
Tel: +33 (0)6 60 87 50 29
szaks@image7.fr

Karine Allouis
Tel: + 33 (0)6 11 59 23 26
kallouis@image7.fr

Source: Casino Group

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 421,574 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 27, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING December 1, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 421,574 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from November 27, 2017 up to and including December 1, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €17.08 per share for a total consideration of €7.2 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 51,628,975 common shares for a total consideration of €935 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs/ for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

RILA announces Kohl’s COO Sona Chawla as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Annual Event Brings Together Top Retail Supply Chain Execs

Arlington , VA, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today ( 12/4/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Sona Chawla, Kohl’s chief operating officer, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference. The conference serves as the premier event for retail supply chain executives to network, learn, and share new and creative solutions for the industry’s most complex challenges, including logistics, transportation, and international trade.

In her role, Chawla is responsible for Kohl’s full omnichannel operations, overseeing all store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, and e-commerce, strategy, planning and operations. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand insights from the industry veteran on becoming a best-in-class omnichannel retailer, navigating today’s fulfillment landscape, and the future of the supply chain.

Featured speakers at the event include:

  • Kohl’s Chief Operating Officer, Sona Chawla
  • Walgreens SVP of Supply Chain and Logistics, Reuben Slone
  • The Home Depot’s EVP of Supply Chain and Product Development, Mark Holifield
  • eCom Advisory Co-founder and Managing Director, Aaron Conant
  • Retail Prophet and Futurist Doug Stephens
  • Team Rubicon Co-founder and President Jake Wood
  • Forbes Publisher, Editor-at-Large, and Global Futurist Rich Karlgaard
  • Author & Advocate Elizabeth Smart

“Each year, we bring together the industry’s top supply chain executives for best-in-class educational programming and unmatched networking opportunities with their peers,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA. “Our speakers are a huge part of what makes the event such a success, and this year’s lineup certainly raises the bar. We look forward to kicking off a great three days in Phoenix.”

The theme of the event, held February 25-28 in Phoenix, Arizona, is Reinventing the Retail Supply Chain: Accelerating What’s Possible. To learn more about the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference, visit the conference website.

Media interested in covering the event can register by emailing Caroline Stec.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme across the North East with three breweries and a tea maker

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three breweries and a tea maker are among a host of producers in the region to raise a glass, and a cup, to new contract wins with the Co-op.

The move will see nine businesses supply a new range of over 20 products as the Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in the North East.

The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in approaching 60 of its food stores across the region.

Brewers involved in the programme include the Tyne Bank Brewery, which moved to an old Victorian warehouse on Walker Road last September after successfully crowd-funding and attracting over 360 small investors.

Tyne Bank estimates that the deal could be worth an estimated 100,000 pints to the award-winning brewery over a 12 month period, and it will supply three of its ales to approaching 60 Co-op food stores in the region, its: Monument Ale; Motueka Blonde and Northern Porter.

Julia Austin, a former Chemical Engineer, fell in love with craft breweries on a holiday in Vancouver and, founded the Tyne Bank brewery in 2011.

Julia, said: “We are delighted, the Co-op are lovely store to be in, and it feels like a real partnership approach with the Co-op. It gives our customers a chance to buy beer where they could not previously get it. The move really does support local breweries, as a smaller business it’s important to find these partnerships, and supplying the Co-op opens up new markets, raises awareness of our brand and helps to build our business.”

Northumberland-based Allendale Brewery is to supply five of its ales to the Co-op: Pennine Pale; Wagtail; Tall Stories; Wayfarer and Wilderness. And, the Sonnet 43 Brew House, from Coxhoe, County Durham, which will supply its Raven Bourbon Milk Stout; Seraphim Blonde Beer and, Abolition Amber Ale.

The famous Jesmona “Old Fashioned Black Bullets” sweets – believed to have originated in the North East at the turn of last century will also be stocked in almost 60 stores. Along with Beanies flavoured coffee of Darlington which will supply its Amaretto; Choc Orange and Irish Cream flavour instant coffee. Manomasa Snacks from Gateshead, established in 2012 will supply the Co-op with three of its tortilla snacks.

Kenspeckle Northumbrian Confectionary will supply its vanilla fudge; vanilla toffee and cinder toffee coal. Northumberland Tea will supply tea bags –supported by family-friend and brand ambassador Jack Charlton OBE its packs state it is the “best cup since 1966”. And, Consett-based Love Popcorn will supply is Origonal Salty Sweet and, Fiery Salsa popcorns.

Helen Logan of Northumberland Tea, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, explained: “It is the innovation, traditions, quality and passion which makes these prized and locally loved brands – our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them – with quality, trust, convenience and value key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – as a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink from the North East.”

Hannah Keating, Co-op Buyer for Local Produce – talking about working with local breweries, added: “Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion these beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Backing British produce is a cornerstone of the Co-op’s food strategy. In May the retailer announced that it would source only 100% own-brand British fresh meat – including lamb and bacon. The Co-op is also the only major retailer to use only British meat in all its own-brand chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Northumberland Tea wins contract with Co-op food stores

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Northumberland Tea “bags” a contract to supply approaching 60 Co-op food stores across the North East.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton OBE – a friend of the Logan family and honorary ambassador for Northumberland Tea – brewed-up further interest by popping to his nearby Co-op in Ponteland this week to showcase the tea which bears his image and states that it’s “the best cup since 1966.”

The Corbridge-based business was set up four years ago by Helen and Bill Logan. A donation from every pack sold goes to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity which supported Helen’s father.

Helen Logan, said: “We’re delighted that we have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. “We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! “This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

The move comes as the Co-op expands its local sourcing programme into approaching 60 of its food stores across the North East.

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, said: “We are thrilled to sell locally loved products such as Northumberland Tea – food provenance and trust is important to our customers. “It is the passion, quality and innovation involved in developing these products which makes them stand out, they are part of the fabric of local community life and we are proud to give them pride of place at the Co-op.”

Sir Bobby Robson launched his Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £11 million to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Working within the NHS, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation does not employ professional fundraisers to proactively raise money and relies completely on third party, volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

Pauline Buglass, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said:“We’re so pleased that Northumberland Tea is now going to be available to Co-op customers all across the North East. “With every purchase, tea-lovers will not only be getting a great cuppa, they’ll be helping us continue the work Sir Bobby began when he launched his charity. We’re grateful for the support we receive from Northumberland Tea.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Kimco Realty to host Q4 2017 earnings conference call on Thursday, February 15

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) will announce its fourth quarter 2017 earnings on Thursday, February 15, 2018 before market opens. You are invited to listen to our quarterly earnings conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST.

Event: Kimco Realty’s Fourth Quarter Financial Results
When: 10:00 AM EST, February 15, 2018
Live Webcast: 4Q17 Kimco Earnings Conference Call under Kimco Investor Relations
Dial #: 1-888-317-6003 (Passcode: 8360092)

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, audio replay from the conference call will be available on Kimco Realty’s website at investors.kimcorealty.com. A taped presentation of the call can also be accessed through Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (passcode: 10114786).

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 507 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.

For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corporation
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating the 12 Days of Cheese by highlighting an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19, offering customers an excellent opportunity to try some of the highest quality cheeses available at a significant discount. Each of the selected cheeses will be 50 percent off for one day during the 12-day period.

These distinctive cheeses were chosen by Whole Foods Market’s global cheese buyer with help from the company’s Certified Cheese Professionals. This highly trained group has been certified by the American Cheese Society for their expertise in cheese storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and on categories and types of cheeses.

“We have selected a flavorful and diverse set of cheeses for every holiday celebration,” said Whole Foods Market’s Global Executive Coordinator of Specialty and Product Innovation & Development, Cathy Strange. “We’re thrilled to offer these exciting cheeses at a great value, so customers can enjoy these special items while stretching their dollar.”

Whole Foods Market’s Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, paired each cheese with a wine from the Sommelier Selects list available in stores throughout the holiday season. This specially curated group of wines were chosen to pair exceptionally well with seasonal flavors. They offer exciting, foolproof choices for shoppers and most are less than $20 per bottle.

The featured wines and cheeses include:

Cheese Wine
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog The Federalist Barrel-Aged Zinfandel

Mendocino Co, CA

Epoisse selected by Herve Mons DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay

Western Cape, South Africa

Bonne Bouche Vermont Creamery Holy Snail Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Loire Valley, FR

Cheddar Montgomery’s from Neal’s Yard Dairy Criterion Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra, Australia

Eraptured Blue from Rogue Creamery, organic Undaunted Columbia Valley Malbec

Columbia, Washington

Gabietou selected by Herve Mons Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Burgundy, FR

Grand Cru Reserve, organic Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

New York, NY

Rapin Le Marechal Monterustico Piemonte Bianco

Piedmonte, Italy

Cellars at Jasper Hill Hartwell De Chanceny Brut Rosé Cremant de Loire

Loire Valley, FR

Ubriaco del Piave Domaine de Petroni Corsican Red

Corsica, FR

Pleasant Ridge Reserve Uplands Cheese J. Lassalle Champagne Brut Premier Cru

Champagne, France

Truffle Gouda Klare Melk from Dutch Cheesemasters Banshee Sonoma Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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A.S. Watson Group hosts Project LOL Elderly Visit 2017

A.S. Watson Group hosts Project LOL Elderly Visit 2017

 

Hong Kong, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group organised the Elderly Visit, a highlighting volunteer activity under Project LOL philanthropy programme, with the support of 950 volunteers from the Group’s business units and 29 business partners to visit more than 1,800 singleton elderly in Hong Kong on 3 December 2017.

Mr Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson said, “We are happy to serve 1,800 elderlies in the community with our suppliers and colleagues today. Project LOL has been extended to the Group’s 24 markets around the world, which the charity and volunteering activities have served over 2.6 million beneficiaries and accumulated more than 330,000 volunteer service hours.”

With the support of Hong Kong Christian Service and Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service, the event was successfully held and enabled the volunteers to send their love and care to the elderly in need, and also bring Lots of Love and Lots of Laugh to the community.

Please visit Project LOL’s Facebook fanpage for event highlights!

Contact:

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

Source: A.S. Watson Group

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Harris Teeter to open its Westwood Plaza location on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Matthews, N.C., 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Westwood Plaza location on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The store has many unique features including: a hot foods bar in the Fresh Foods department; a Starbucks; and drive-thru Pharmacy.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Store Address Westwood Plaza
1812 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.
Charleston, SC 27617
Square Footage 53,000
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 6 a.m. to midnight
Pharmacy Hours Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Check-Out Lanes 9 checkouts and 4 express checkouts

Store Features and Departments

Full-service Butchers Market USDA Certified Very Tender Beef • Expanded Service meat • Fresh store-made sausage and burgers • Expanded Full-service Fishermans Market • Fresh Steamed Seafood Daily • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Fresh Trail Mix Bar  • Salad Bar • Expanded Organic and Specialty Produce • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi •  Self-Serve Olives • Asian Hot Bar • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program • Artisan Breads  • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza  • Organic and Natural Foods • International Foods • Beer and Wine •  Build your own 6-pack • Drive-Thru Pharmacy • Free Blood Pressure Testing • Private, Professional Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • ExpressLane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk • ATM • Starbucks • Sit-down eating area

Source: Harris Teeter

Screwfix research reveals that More than half of UK tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour

  • More than half of tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour – 37% think apprenticeships are not respected as much as university and 31% believe school leavers are put off by a poor perception of trade careers

Yeovil, United Kingdom, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK tradespeople are optimistic about the future, with 82% expecting business activity to remain at the same level or grow over the next 12 months, additionally, nearly half (45%) report being busier than last year. However, research conducted by trade retailer, Screwfix, has revealed the majority (57%) are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them. This is primarily due to:

  • a lack of focus on encouraging new people to train in the trades
  • not enough local skilled tradespeople
  • too much red tape.

For those who struggle to recruit skilled employees, more than one third (37%) believe it is because apprenticeships are not given the same level of respect as a university education. Furthermore, 31% say poor public perception of a career in the trade means school leavers are not interested in pursuing a future in construction.

The research, conducted as part of Screwfix Trade Pulse*, a monthly index of more than 500 UK tradespeople, also revealed strong work levels across the trade at the moment, as nearly one fifth (18%) of tradespeople has more work than they can handle and 40% are quoting for more jobs than 12 months ago.

Nearly all (94%) tradespeople said they would recommend a career in the trade and of the reasons why, 85% say they have a strong sense of achievement when a job is done and, 80% enjoy seeing the results of their hard work.

More than half (57%) of those surveyed said they started as apprentices and, when it comes to increasing the numbers undertaking trade apprenticeships, more than one third (35%) believe greater focus is needed on vocational education in schools. More than one quarter (26%) believe improved awareness about the opportunities offered by a career in the trade would drive greater uptake of apprenticeships, with 19% saying that reducing red tape for employers looking to hire an apprentice should be considered.

The research also looked at views around those entering construction at a later stage in their careers. The significant majority (82%) of tradespeople think more could be done to attract people to the trade further into their working lives. More than two thirds (69%) think increasing awareness of the opportunities available would help attract people into the trade and 61% believe greater knowledge of the support available to retrain is also crucial.

Graham Bell, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “When we speak to tradespeople across our 533 stores, they reflect what these findings show us. Tradespeople tell us they have full work diaries but, many struggle to recruit skilled employees when looking to support their growing business so, it is clear that focused efforts are needed to drive recruitment and training into the trades.

“There is much focus on a reported construction skills challenge with various reasons given including loss of talent during the downturn and a lack of new entrants joining the trade. That’s why, now more than ever, all parties including government, suppliers and education providers should work together. It was encouraging to see the investment pledged into improving construction skills by the government in the recent Budget but, collectively, we also need to demonstrate why construction is such a great sector to work in and, help those who may be interested in embarking on a career in the trade to overcome barriers they may face.  We also need to support tradespeople who want to take on apprentices or hire skilled labour to support their business at a time of much opportunity.”

Screwfix supports the trade however it can, so alongside practical support such as opening a store at the rate of one per week, to bring Screwfix even closer, it offers ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’, a free, bitesize guide available in stores for those tradespeople who may be looking to take on an apprentice. To further shine a light on those hardworking new entrants to the trade, it also holds an annual Trade Apprentice competition where a £10,000 business start-up kit is up for grabs. Both this award and its Britain’s Top Tradesperson nationwide search showcase what a great career option the trade offers, whether you start out as an apprentice or retrain later in your working life.

In addition, to support skills growth in the construction trade, Screwfix has recently started to work with colleges directly, partnering locally first with Yeovil College. It has invested in the Screwfix Trade Skills Centre, a new purpose-built site for students studying the pilot Screwfix Trade Academy course, which covers bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and electrical contracting. The first recruits started in September 2017.

Screwfix is also looking at other ways it can support the trade and will be launching further initiatives in the future.

Screwfix Trade Pulse is a monthly index which surveys more than 500 UK tradespeople to track work levels and optimism among the trade.  Nearly 250 tradespeople were also surveyed on special topic areas including skills and availability of labour. The retailer undertakes the research to gain greater insight into the needs of its customers to ensure it provides the services and products required.
PRESS information:

For more information, please contact:

Georgina Lineton
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3579
georgina.lineton@mccann.com

Source: Kingfisher

Wendy’s rolls out door-to-door delivery service powered by DoorDash

Wendy’s rolls out door-to-door delivery service powered by DoorDash

 

Customers Can Now Order Baconators, Frosty Desserts and More Wendy’s Favorites Right to Their Door

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting today (Dec. 1, 2017) Wendy’s and DoorDash are partnering to bring fans what they’ve been craving: Wendy’s deliciously different menu DELIVERED right to their door. Say bye-bye to sitting in traffic and hello to more free time because there’s no need to leave home when your favorite food is delivered right to you.

Wendy’s is partnering exclusively* with DoorDash, the technology company that connects customers with the best local businesses through door-to-door delivery. With delivery from Wendy’s serving 48 major markets nationwide and growing, Wendy’s lovers can get their fix just about anywhere, anytime.

“Rolling out delivery has quickly progressed, along with demand for convenience and delivery trends,” said Liz Geraghty, Wendy’s Vice President of Customer Activation. “And there’s no better partner for Wendy’s than DoorDash – one of the fastest growing delivery platforms and one with a reputation for maintaining food quality and high customer satisfaction – both top priorities for us. Whether fans order straight to their door or via Wendy’s drive thru, we want the Dave’s Single to be hot and juicy every time.”

Dashers, who deliver on DoorDash, use thermal bags to keep food hot or cold. DoorDash also limits the radius a customer can order from a Wendy’s restaurant to ensure food stays fresh and deliveries are as fast and efficient as possible.

“DoorDash has quickly become the industry standard for on-demand delivery, with more top 100 restaurants choosing to build their delivery business with DoorDash than with any other delivery platform,” said Tony Xu, CEO and Co-founder of DoorDash. “We’re excited to be offering delivery from Wendy’s restaurants, adding another family favorite to our network.”

Wendy’s and DoorDash piloted a partnership earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas across 135 restaurants, which resulted in highly rated customer satisfaction scores. While Wendy’s staples – the Baconator and Frosty – proved to be popular menu items during the test, fans will be able to choose from a variety of menu items.

*Exclusive in the U.S. markets DoorDash serves.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

About DoorDash
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 600 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.com.

CONTACTS:
Bry Roth
614-764-3138
Bry.Roth@wendys.com

Amy Baker
214-259-3408
Amy.Baker@Ketchum.com

Eitan Bencuya
415-255-5521
eitan@doordash.com

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

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Kering appoints Grégory Boutté as Chief Client and Digital Officer

London, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kering announces the appointment of Grégory Boutté as Chief Client and Digital Officer, effective today. He will report directly to Jean-François Palus, Managing director of Kering, and will be a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.

His responsabilities as Kering’s Chief Client and Digital Officer will be to lead the Group’s digital transformation and to drive the development of e-commerce, CRM and data management.

About Gregory Boutte 
Grégory Boutté, 45, began his career in fast-moving consumer goods, working in brand management at Procter & Gamble in Paris before moving to the tech sector, joining the French online auction start-up iBazar in 2000, which was acquired by eBay in 2001. He then became General Manager of eBay France, which quickly became one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in France. He went on to manage eBay Europe (excl. UK and Germany) in 2007 before moving to eBay Motors and Electronics divisions in San Jose, California in 2010. In 2013, Grégory Boutté joined Sidecar, the first short-distance, peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform which was bought by General Motors in 2016. In 2015, Gregory joined Udemy, a start-up which provides 15 million students the opportunity to take online courses.

Grégory Boutté is a graduate of ESCP Europe.

About Kering 
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Contacts:

Press:
Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20
emilie.gargatte@kering.com

Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57
astrid.wernert@kering.com

Analysts/investors:
Claire Roblet
+ 33 (0)1 45 64 61 49
claire.roblet@kering.com

Laura Levy
+33 (0)1 45 64 60 45
laura.levy@kering.com

www.kering.com
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official
YouTube: KeringGroup

Source: Kering

Subway® appoints Len Van Popering as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation

Milford, CT, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Subway® restaurants announces Len Van Popering has joined the company as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation. Van Popering is charged with driving Subway’s ongoing global transformation through food innovation (including core menu items, snacks and beverages), brand positioning, visual identity, and channel development (including delivery, catering and mobile ordering).

“We are evolving our Global Marketing Team to reflect the contemporary vision we have for the company,” said Joe Tripodi, Chief Marketing Officer for Subway restaurants. “Len’s diverse background, collaborative approach and shared enthusiasm for Subway will help us expand the innovation and creativity so critical to our brand.”

“Few brands have the opportunity to impact dining habits worldwide as much as Subway does,” Van Popering commented. “I’m excited for the challenge to contribute to the transformation of this iconic brand.”

Van Popering brings more than 20 years of marketing, innovation and strategic planning experience from multiple brands in the food and beverage, apparel, retail, and paper and packaging spaces. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Innovation for Arby’s Restaurant Group, as Chief Marketing Officer at Logan’s Roadhouse and as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Russell Corporation.

About Subway® Restaurants
Subway® offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-to order sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway® experience is also delivered online at www.Subway.com and through the Subway® App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.

Subway® is a registered trademark of Subway® IP Inc.

Contact:
Subway:
Bob Brown
press@subway.com

Ruder Finn:
Emily Rossi
rossie@RuderFinn.com

Source: Subway

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust to increase its monthly distribution starting with January 2018

TORONTO, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust(“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today ( Dec. 01, 2017) is pleased to announce that it will increase its monthly distribution to unit holders to 12 cents per unit commencing with the January 2018 distribution, payable in February 2018. On an annualized basis, this will increase RioCan’s annualized distribution by 3 cents to $1.44 per unit, or approximately 2.1% per unit.

Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan, said, “We are very pleased to announce the first increase in RioCan’s distribution since 2013. This increase not only reflects the growth that we have been able to achieve but also the confidence that we have in our ability to continue to grow our funds from operations even while executing our $2 billion disposition program.  We are making great progress delivering our strategic vision for RioCan, and we remain committed to managing our payout ratio with the goal to provide continued growth in our distributions with the future growth in our cash flow.”

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion at September 30, 2017. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. Our portfolio is comprised of 294 properties, including 16 development properties, with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 45 million square feet. To learn more about how we deliver real vision on solid ground, visit www.riocan.com.

Forward Looking Information
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning RioCan’s distributions, future cash flows and its disposition strategy, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking information in this News Release is qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended September 30, 2017 (“MD&A”), which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to: liquidity and general market conditions; tenant concentrations and related risk of bankruptcy or restructuring (and the terms of any bankruptcy or restructuring proceeding), occupancy levels and defaults, including the failure to fulfill contractual obligations by the tenant or a related party thereof; lease renewals and rental increases; the ability to re-lease and find new tenants for vacant space; retailer competition; changes in Ontario’s rent control legislation; access to debt and equity capital; interest rate and financing risk; joint ventures and partnerships; the relative illiquidity of real property, the timing and the ability of RioCan to sell certain properties; and the valuations to be realized on property sales relative to current IFRS values; unexpected costs or liabilities related to acquisitions and dispositions; development risk associated with construction commitments, project costs and related approvals; environmental matters; litigation; reliance on key personnel; unitholder liability; income, sales and land transfer taxes; and credit ratings.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Information, contact:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Qi Tang
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
416-866-3033

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust/globenewswire

Cold Stone Creamery spreads the joy this holiday season with new seasonal flavors and cakes that are perfect for entertaining

Seasonal Flavors, Featured in Two Signature Creations™ and Cakes, Available for a Limited Time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) offers good tidings and cheer this holiday season with its new Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream as well as the return of Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream, both featured in festive combinations; plus two holiday cakes that are perfect for entertaining, all available for a limited time only, beginning November 24.

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream is an indulgent new flavor that goes great with Fudge, Whipped Topping, Graham Cracker Pie Crust and OREO® Cookies to create the Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake™ Creation™. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream makes its comeback in the Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ Creation, which features OREO® Cookies, Whipped Topping and Fudge for a magical holiday treat.

“This season, it’s all about spreading joy with our comforting holiday flavors, Creations and cakes,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing at Cold Stone Creamery. “We all know holiday celebrations aren’t complete without the perfect dessert and we’ve got two delicious options to help achieve a flawless holiday gathering with family and friends. Our Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Wonderland™ cake and Chocolate Covered Peppermint™ cake will delight your guests and add some flare to your table.”

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream, as well as the other promotional holiday items, will be available at Cold Stone Creamery November 24, 2017 through January 9, 2018.

Promotional Creations™:
 Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake™ – Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream, Fudge, Whipped Topping, Graham Cracker Pie Crust and OREO® Cookies
 Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies, Whipped Topping and Fudge

Promotional Holiday Cakes:
 Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Wonderland™ – Layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake and Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie
Crust wrapped in fluffy White Frosting
 Chocolate Covered Peppermint™ – Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in rich Fudge
Ganache

Customers can also order cakes online at www.ColdStoneCakes.com.

To share the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® this holiday season, gift cards are available for purchase in stores and online. Holiday-themed gift cards are available online and in stores through the holiday season. Please visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com/giftcardsretail.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery® delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 22 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 28 countries.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.
For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

Sheetz For The Kidz™ and The Salvation Army to Provide Holiday Gifts to over 9,300 kids

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past 25 years, Sheetz For The Kidz has partnered with The Salvation Army to host Christmas parties and make the holiday season brighter for more than 100,000 underprivileged kids across the Mid-Atlantic. Sheetz For The Kidz is a 501 (c)(3) employee operated charitable organization that raises funds through in-store campaigns during the months of July and December, proceeds from Sheetz For The Kidz bottled water sales and the annual “Sheetz For The Kidz Golf Classic,” as well as, other fundraising events throughout the year.

This holiday season, each of Sheetz’s 564 stores will support 16 children from their local communities by partnering with The Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families. Sheetz employees volunteer their time to shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa will greet the children and present them with new toys, clothes and other basic needs purchased specifically for them. The children and their families will enjoy food, crafts, games and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa.   In total, 9,300 children will be impacted by Sheetz For The Kidz this December.

“Sheetz employees are committed to giving back to their communities and they wholeheartedly embrace our corporate charity,” said Sarah Piper, Executive Director of Sheetz For The Kidz.  We are also so grateful for our customers who, year after year, support our July and December in-store campaigns.  Their contributions help make the holiday season a bit more cheerful for their local communities.”

During the month of December, customers can donate at checkout at all Sheetz store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.  100 percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities.

Ways customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz:

  • Donate at check out throughout December.
  • Purchase a Sheetz For The Kidz water, with 25 cents of every bottle sold supports the charity.
  • Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz For The Kidz” as the charity of your choice.  Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to Sheetz For The Kidz.
  • Go to www.sheetzforthekidz.org to donate online today.

This also marks the 13th consecutive year of Sheetz For The Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  The charity sponsors one child per Sheetz operating district, totaling 55 children this year.

About Sheetz For The Kidz 
Sheetz For The Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children.  The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  To date, the charity has raised more than $22.9 million and helped more than 100,000 children!

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

For further information:
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com
667.219.2017

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Kroger spreads holiday cheer through its 25 Merry Days campaign

CINCINNATI, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kroger (NYSE: KR) is spreading holiday cheer through its 25 Merry Days campaign running through December 25.

The 25 Merry Days website offers sweet and savory recipes, gift ideas, hosting advice, party planning tips plus daily digital coupons to help customers save on popular holiday items, including food, toys and home products. On National Cookie Day, celebrated on December 4, customers can visit the website to download discounts for cookie products and to find the featured cookie of the day recipe.

“This season, Kroger is excited to further integrate our digital platform with our in-store experience to help our customers save even more on items for holiday gatherings and gifting,” said Jody Kalmbach, Kroger’s vice president of digital experience. “Sharing a meal with loved ones is what matters most during the holiday season, and Kroger is here to make it a little easier for our customers to find every ingredient they need for their celebrations at a great price.”

Customers are encouraged to share their holiday fun on social media by posting a photo with #25MerryDays to Twitter or Instagram or by commenting on Kroger’s related Facebook posts for a chance to win free groceries for a year. Official contest rules are available here.

Customers can sign up for email alerts at www.25MerryDays.com or text “MERRY” to 99894 to receive daily text reminders.

“Our 25 Merry Days campaign is just one way we are living our purpose and redefining the grocery customer experience driven by our Restock Kroger Plan,” Ms. Kalmbach added. “Kroger is committed to accelerating our digital initiatives to create a seamless, uplifting shopping experience for our customers.”

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP Group PLC to acquire Stockheim travel catering business

London, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group PLC, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has agreed1 to acquire part of the Stockheim group2, a travel concessions business based in Germany. The business operates 25 food and beverage outlets in airports and railway stations, including at Düsseldorf and Cologne, and had sales in 2016 of approximately €30m. The acquisition of these outlets will further strengthen SSP’s presence in travel locations across Germany, and is expected to complete in early 2018.

Commenting on the deal, Oliver Dörschuck, CEO of SSP Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France said; “We are delighted to have acquired Stockheim. The business has some great brands operating in some key locations across Germany.”

(1)     The agreement is subject to prior clearance by the German anti-trust authorities

(2)     Stockheim (Hbf.-Köln) GmbH and Stockheim Systemgastronomie GmbH & Co. KG

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP Group

Tesco own-label wines win 99 medals at the International Wine Challenge

Tesco own-label wines win 99 medals at the International Wine Challenge

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco own-label wines have been awarded 99 medals by the industry leading International Wine Challenge.

Beating the competition, the retailer scooped two golds for the Tesco finest* Premier Cru Chablis and Tesco finest* Vintage Port, 31 silver and 28 bronze medals.

Over 80% of the wines entered by the team picked up a medal.

Following the announcement of the results, Rob Cooke, Category Director for Beer, Wine & Spirits commented:

“We are delighted with the latest results at the International Wine Challenge and thrilled to be leading the medal count with our own-brand wines.

I’m very proud of the team’s success and all the work they do to deliver fantastic quality wines to our customers.”

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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First Data Corporation successfully completes the acquisition of BluePay Holdings, Inc.

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, today (DECEMBER 1, 2017) announced the successful completion of its acquisition of BluePay Holdings, Inc. from BluePay’s current owners including TA Associates and BluePay management.

BluePay is a provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the U.S. and Canada and was one of First Data’s largest distribution partners with a strong focus on software-enabled payments and Card-Not-Present transactions. It processes approximately $19 billion of annual sales volume for more than 77,000 merchants and is integrated into more than 450 software platforms. BluePay offers software integration solutions that complement those offered through First Data’s CardConnect business.

“The addition of BluePay’s integrated Card-Not-Present solutions to CardConnect’s cutting-edge ISV product suite affords First Data a unique and comprehensive offering in the high-growth integrated payments space,” said First Data Chairman and CEO, Frank Bisignano. “Importantly, this acquisition will also allow us to enhance our service offerings to our JV alliances and other distribution partners.”

BluePay CEO, Bala Janakiraman, will continue to lead BluePay operations.

About First Data

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.

About BluePay

BluePay is a leading provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the United States and Canada. Through physical POS, online, and mobile interfaces, as well as CRM and ERP software integrations, BluePay processes business-to-consumer and business-to-business payments while providing real-time settlement, reporting, and reconciliation, along with robust security features such as tokenization and point-to-point encryption.

First Data Contacts:
Peter Poillon
Investor Relations
First Data
212-266-3565
Peter.Poillon@firstdata.com

Liidia Liuksila
Public Relations
First Data
212-515-0174
Liidia.Liuksila@firstdata.com

Source: First Data

Carrefour continues to expand in Taiwan with 4 new store openings

Carrefour continues to expand in Taiwan with 4 new store openings

 

Taiwan, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 4 new opening stores this month, Carrefour is continuing to expand in Taiwan and increasing proximity with its customers.

In a week period, from 11/15 to 11/24, Carrefour Taiwan opened 4 new market stores, including 3 stores in Taipei and 1 in Tainan:
•    11/15: Tainan Yu Nong (650m2)
•    11/17: Luzhou Guanghua (515m2)
•    11/20: Taipei Jinan (670m2)
•    11/24: Shi Lin Zhong Cheng

With these new openings, Carrefour is strengthening its CVS platform and providing convenient solutions to our customers with a 24/7 opening time.

Like all other Carrefour stores, these 4 stores are providing a wide range of products, from fresh and grocery items to selected best non-food items, including basic bazaar, textile and small appliance items.Besides, visitors can enjoy their shopping time with convenient facilities such as free Wi-Fi installation, a catering area or coffee & ice cream.

At this day, Carrefour runs 64 hypermarket and 45 supermarket in Taiwan, that being a total of 109 stores across the country.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Amazon makes available a collection of 15 films from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Amazon Prime Video

  • The 15 Sundance titles are the first feature-length festival films from the AVD’s Film Festival Stars Program to stream on Prime Video
  • Amazon Video Direct to extend Film Festival Stars—the program that brings high quality independent film to Prime Video audiences—to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 1, 2017) announced the official selections from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival are now available on Amazon Prime Video. The collection of 15 films are made available through the Amazon Video Direct Film Festival Stars (FFS) program that is designed to establish an attractive distribution model for films screened at film festivals that either don’t secure theatrical distribution deals or are looking for distribution options after a theatrical release. The official selections from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival currently streaming include Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize winner Marjorie Prime, and Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision, Free and Easy. These films enjoyed robust distribution strategies throughout the year, including award-winning festival and theatrical runs, and are now available in the U.S. with select titles available in additional territories.

“Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program accelerates the career of deserving films, elevating cinematic curation into a galvanic connection with audiences who might never have discovered them,” said Richard Lorber, President and CEO of Kino Lorber, Inc. “It’s an innovative strategy that allows specialty film distributors like us to amplify support for the worthiest films—not only with additional financial backing, but unparalleled outreach only an amazing entity like Amazon can provide. I don’t know what genius dreamed this up, but we at Kino Lorber are enthusiastically participating—proud to be populating the Film Festival Stars roster with many of our most important releases.”

“We launched the Film Festival Stars Program at Sundance earlier this year because we heard from our customers they love watching independent films,” said Eric Orme, Head of Amazon Video Direct. “So far in 2017, FFS has secured the streaming rights to 76 feature films that we’re confident will thrill and delight our customers. These films appear alongside other great festival films already available on the service, including Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. We’ll be extending Film Festival Stars to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with an emphasis on global distribution and enhanced bonuses for filmmakers, and look forward to seeing the great films we’ll be able to bring exclusively to Prime members.”

500 Years – available worldwide

From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, director Pamela Yates tells the sweeping story of mounting resistance in Guatemala through the eyes of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

Axolotl Overkill – available in the U.S. and Canada

In Axolotl Overkill, 16-year-old Mifti is a beautiful and reckless young girl. Her mother is dead, and her wealthy, eccentric father is too self-absorbed to be responsible for her. Mifti has no use for peers her own age, and being aware of the sexual power she wields with her looks and youth, she immerses herself in a world of adults of questionable character. Lovesick over an elusive older woman, she strikes up a friendship with Ophelia, an actress, and together they test the limits through Berlin nightlife and extreme partying.

Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! – available in the U.S. and Canada

The film follows Joca, a 13-year-old Brazilian boy, and Basano La Tatuada, a Paraguayan indigenous girl, living on the border between the two countries, marked by the waters of the Rio Apa. Joca is in love with Basano and wants to do everything to win her love.

Family Life – available in the U.S.

In Family Life, a young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts pretending for his personal benefit.

Free And Easy – Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision – available in the U.S. and Canada

When a traveling soap salesman arrives in a desolate Chinese town, a crime occurs, and sets the strange residents against each other with tragicomic results.

Machines – Sundance Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography – available in the U.S. and Canada

Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanizing physical labor and intense hardship, provoking cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries.

Manifesto – available in the U.S. and Canada

In the film, Actress Cate Blanchett portrays 13 distinct characters in vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos—among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man. Director Julian Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Supremacists, Situtationists, and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers to create Manifesto.

Marjorie Prime – Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize – available in the U.S.

Set in the near future, Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi pic Marjorie Prime, is based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play exploring memory, identity, love and loss. 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?

Motherland – World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award – available in the U.S. and Canada

Motherland is set at one of the world’s largest and busiest maternity hospitals in the Philippines. Ramona S. Diaz’s film follows three women as they navigate through the severe conditions of giving birth there — from jam-packed delivery rooms to overflowing corridors where babies are misplaced and then found.

Plastic China – available worldwide

Plastic China captures a plaintive sense of the human casualties from unfettered global consumerism. The gently observed portrait of families toiling at a plastic recycling factory in Shandong builds into a damning commentary on a modern China marked by extreme divides in wealth and opportunity.

Pop Aye – World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting – available in the U.S. and Canada

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling – available in the U.S.

This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history features some of the greatest music stars of our time—Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo. The film exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.

Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language) – World Dramatic Audience Award – available in the U.S. and Canada

When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever. In I Dream in Another Language, a linguist arrives in a small jungle settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the last two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. Unfortunately for him, the men are feuding and haven’t spoken to each other in 50 years.

The Good Postman – available in the U.S. and Canada

On the eastern edge of Bulgaria, bordering Turkey, amid wizened orchards and an ancient patchwork of farmlands, sits a poor and sleepy hamlet that time seems to have forgotten. Despite the sparse population of silver-haired citizens wistful for the brighter days of communism, democracy is in full force as the village prepares in earnest for its mayoral election. Meanwhile, an endless train of Syrian refugees bound for Europe silently traipses through the rural terrain, visible through the binoculars of one gentle and taciturn candidate, the good postman.

World Without End (No Reported Incidents) – available in the U.S.

Known for decades as a visual poet, filmmaker Jem Cohen has captured various corners of the world with a perceptive eye in World Without End (No Reported Incidents). Often filming by himself, Cohen takes a camera (16mm film, and more recently, video) and walks on the street like a modern-day Walker Evans, capturing images of people and landscapes in our smallest moments—everyday faces, vacant street corners, trinkets in windows, all the things we might see sitting on the bus and wish we could see again in a film.

Returning to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Amazon Video Direct Film Festival Stars program will emphasize global distribution, with enhanced bonus payments being paid for worldwide rights, as AVD aims to support overall Prime Video global growth.

Prime members will be able to stream the films exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like The Grand Tour, The Tick, Landline, The Big Sick and kids series, Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including NFL Thursday Night Football and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

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Macy’s to hire an additional 7,000 seasonal associates for 2017 Christmas and holiday season

CINCINNATI, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today (Dec. 1, 2017) announced plans to hire an additional 7,000 seasonal associates for positions at its Macy’s stores nationwide for the 2017 Christmas and holiday season.

To discover open positions and opportunities for on-site interviews, candidates should apply in advance at macysJOBS.com. Positions in all stores nationwide are searchable on the easy-to-navigate hiring sites. Candidates who submit applications online will receive a response via email.

“Macy’s has had a great start to this holiday season with high customer volume across our business. Due to the strong traffic in our stores, we are adding associates in our stores across the country to ensure that customers continue to receive the high level of service they have come to expect from us,” said John Harper, Macy’s chief stores officer. “We are excited to be further expanding our seasonal workforce. Seasonal workers play an important role in the Macy’s holiday shopping experience and, in addition to a competitive hourly income, they will experience a flexible working environment and benefit from a merchandise discount.”

Seasonal store associates at Macy’s serve customers on the selling floor and work in store operations positions, including fulfilling buy online, pick-up-in-store orders. Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 160 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

Media:
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Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Dom Pérignon collaborates with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

Dom Pérignon collaborates with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

 

Paris, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the 2017 holiday season begins, Dom Pérignon has unveiled a new creative collaboration with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka. Tokujin Yoshioka has designed a limited-edition coffret and reinterpreted the emblematic shield on the bottle, celebrating the exceptional nature of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.

Following renowned artists including Marc Newson, Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch and Iris van Herpen, Dom Pérignon invited Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret for Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.

Produced in a year of prodigious sunlight and heat, the 2009 vintage of Dom Pérignon is a luminous, solar champagne that resonates perfectly with the stunning beauty of light that characterizes Tokujin Yoshioka’s work. His creation revisits this exceptional Dom Pérignon vintage, evoking its radiant vibration to the eye and the palate, says Dom Pérignon  Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy: “The artistic affinity Tokujin shares with Dom Pérignon was evident to me from our first encounter. As we tasted the champagne, he instinctively expressed a strong connection with the solar character of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.”

To express the singular potential of this vintage, Tokujin Yoshioka presents an installation of three crystal blocks that form a prism to embrace the champagne bottle. “The notions of light, transparency and brilliance are especially relevant for this vintage,” says the artist. As an expansion of his installation, Tokujin Yoshioka  also revisited the Maison’s emblematic shield, which is reprised on the coffret along with the artist’s signature.

The Dom Pérignon edition by Tokujin Yoshioka will be available in a limited edition by special order for the 2017 year-end holiday season. The artist has also created a reinterpretation of Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005.

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LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
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Source: LVMH

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