Nordstrom Rack announces the retirement of its president Karen McKibbin; Geevy Thomas to succeed

Geevy Thomas named successor

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — After three decades marked by expansion and success, Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack, will be retiring from Nordstrom in March. Karen joined Nordstrom in 1985 and has held many leadership roles within the company, including president of Nordstrom Canada, where she led the first-ever international expansion of Nordstrom’s full line stores.

“We are indebted to Karen for the many contributions she’s made over her more than 30-year career with Nordstrom,” said Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, Inc. “During her long tenure, Karen brought great depth of experience to her various roles including president of Canada, president of Nordstrom Rack, and a member of the Executive Team. Her leadership will be missed across the company and we wish her all the best in her next endeavor.”

“I feel fortunate to be part of this company and to have built a career from which I garnered so much personal and professional fulfillment. I have a great passion for the team and the business,” said Karen McKibbin. “Nordstrom has a strong legacy that I’ve been honored to be part of. It is an incredible brand that will continue to evolve— fueled by the best talent in the business.”

Geevy Thomas, chief innovation officer, will succeed Karen. Geevy, who joined Nordstrom in 1983, has held numerous senior leadership positions throughout the organization and served as president of Nordstrom Rack from 2010 to January 2017.

“Over the last year, Geevy and the Innovation team have established an approach to leveraging our local assets of people, product, and place – and evolve our physical stores. With this foundation in place, we will begin integrating the team, learnings and processes across various aspects of our business,” said Blake Nordstrom.  “We’re fortunate to be able to leverage Geevy’s knowledge of our Nordstrom Rackbusiness, which continues to be one of our most productive channels, a driver of innovation and our biggest source of new customers to Nordstrom. Geevy will continue to support innovation as we make that transition.”

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’scommon stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
Gigi Ganatra Duff
Nordstrom, Inc.
877-746-6228
nordstrompr@nordstrom.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Tesco launches its first ever range of ‘wicked’ plant based dishes

Tesco launches its first ever range of ‘wicked’ plant based dishes

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s set to be one of THE big food trends of 2018 and today (8 Jan 2018) Tesco will launch its first ever range of ‘wicked’ plant based dishes, unleashing the mighty flavour of plants.

Tesco has partnered with pioneering chef, Derek Sarno, to create ‘Wicked Kitchen’ – a new range of irresistible meals that celebrate everything that’s ‘wicked’ and tasty about plants.

Recently demand for vegetarian and vegan food has soared as a result of lifestyle choices such as Meat Free Mondays and flexitarian diets.

In the last year alone Tesco has directly seen the effect of those lifestyle choices with demand for chilled vegetarian ready meals and meat substitutes soaring by 25 per cent.

Prepared exclusively for Tesco, the new range will launch on 8 January in 600 stores nationwide.

From crispy carrot ‘pastrami’ to wicked-meated barbecued ‘shrooms and Sourdough Pizza, the vibrant wraps, meals and salads have all the zing, punch and crunch to encourage Brits to eat more veg – and they’re available at a great price too.

Chef Derek said:

“When I first arrived in Britain from America I was hugely surprised at how little choice there was for vegans and those considering a lifestyle change.

“For too long, vegans have been overlooked, with many offerings that are available seemingly created to appease rather than truly please.

“Wicked Kitchen plans to change all that and I’m proud to work with Tesco and offer all its customers delicious meals to get them on board with this growing foodie revolution.”

The exclusive range includes 11 ready meals and nine food to go options, perfect for lunch or dinner.

As a third of the UK population now identifies themselves as “flexitarian”, the number of those cutting back on animal products and following a plant-based diet is set to increase by 10 per cent this year*.

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS 

Carrot Pastrami-Spiced Wrap, 270g, £3

Beetroot tortilla wrap power-packed with crisp, punchy carrot and a vibrant vegetable mix.

Sweet Potato Pakora Wrap, 270g, £3

Sweet potato pakora, fire-roasted red pepper, crispy carrot and creamy Sriracha vegan mayonnaise in a tortilla wrap.

Smashin’ Pumpkin Falafel Sandwich, 249g, £3

Not your ordinary pumpkin falafel – dressed with punchy vegan harissa mayonnaise, crunchy vegetables and roasted red pepper hummus on tomato bread.

SALADS 

Rainbow Curry Bowl (GF), 245g, £3.50

Wicked colourful curried pulses with fiery sweet potato, onion bhajis, fragrant mango and a cool minty dressing. This one’s gluten free.

Moroccan-Inspired Bowl, 179g, £3.50

Turmeric bulgur wheat salad, spiced beetroot, tangy pickled red cabbage and roasted red pepper hummus.

READY MEALS 

Wicked Teriyaki Noodles, 296g, £4

Teriyaki-style noodles with press-roasted cluster mushrooms, sweet ‘n’ savoury glaze, Asian-style vegetables and tangy lime to finish.

Naked Burrito, 400g, £4

Pulled king Eryngii mushrooms roasted in a blend of Mexican inspired spices and jalapeños.

Nana’s Mushroom Bolognese, 400g, £4

Slow-braised meaty eryngii mushrooms and vegetable linguine in a legendary secret sauce from Derek’s grandmother’s recipe.

PIZZA 

Caponata Sourdough Pizza, 280g, £4

Wood-fired sourdough, aubergine and caper caponata and a pop of zingy salsa verde.

BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza, 300g, £4

Pulled king oyster mushrooms and spice on wood-fired hand-stretched sourdough.

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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“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges

“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three of the UK’s leading health charities have today come together with the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the nation’s biggest health challenges.

The partnership, “Little Helps for healthier living”, will bring together the skills and expertise of the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco to help lower the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Over the next five years, the four organisations will work together to help Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues and millions of UK shoppers by removing barriers to healthier habits. Since 2015, Tesco shopping baskets have got healthier each year, and the new partnership will aim to speed up this progress with Little Helps that make a lasting difference to Britain’s shopping baskets.

A key starting point for this work will be to establish the UK’s leading workplace health programme, helping Tesco colleagues to be at their best at work and at home. The workplace health programme will build on a series of steps taken by Tesco over the last 12 months, including healthy deals and discounts, free health checks, and a growing focus on supporting the mental health of colleagues.

The four organisations have pledged to share the findings from their work across the wider UK health community to help accelerate progress towards national and international public health goals. The aim is to bring about a measurable improvement to the health of the nation, by developing Little Helps that make a healthy difference to shopping baskets all over Britain.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new partnership, Dave Lewis, Chief Executive of Tesco, said:

“I’m really excited by what we’re announcing today. This is a unique partnership, which will bring together the skills and expertise of the UK’s leading health charities and the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the biggest health challenges facing the nation.

Together with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK, we want to help people take small steps on their own terms to develop healthier habits. It’s about unlocking the energy, expertise and reach of our different organisations to develop little helps that make healthy differences across the whole country.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“This unique partnership has the potential to significantly lower the risk of some of the UK’s deadliest diseases. Working together, we can create initiatives that inspire people to take steps to change their behaviour. Measuring the impact of these initiatives could also pave the way for new and innovative strategies for empowering staff and communities to take control of their health in ways that can be adopted across the country.”

Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, said:

“This is a landmark moment in our relationship with Tesco, which has already run for an incredible 16 years. This new partnership has the potential to transform the health of millions of people. We’re excited about the opportunity to engage Tesco colleagues and customers across the UK to increase awareness of cancer and encourage simple lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of the disease.

The partnership builds on the success of Tesco’s longstanding commitment to Race for Life, which has already encouraged millions of women to get active across the country.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

“This powerful new partnership has the potential to meet, head on, some of the biggest health challenges facing people living in the UK today.

Today is an exciting day: Together, we’ll be able to reach the millions of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help them make positive changes to their health in a way we’d never have been able to do working alone.”

Over the next five years, the new partnership will help to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour, through a series of targeted activities and campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. These will include:

  • Developing the UK’s leading workplace health programme for Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues
  • Aligning communication campaigns in store and online with national health campaigns;
  • Training Tesco pharmacists to help them better support customers in the prevention and management of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes;
  • Sharing anonymised sales information to help develop insight on health policy and public health programmes;
  • Fundraising for more health research – innovative and engaging fundraising initiatives that help customers and colleagues raise money for the three charities.

Notes to Editors:

The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK are three of the UK’s leading health charities. More details on each organisation can be found here:

www.bhf.org.uk

www.cancerresearchuk.org

www.diabetes.org.uk

Tesco plc is the largest retailer in the UK. More details on our business and our approach to corporate responsibility can be found here:

www.tescoplc.com/little-helps-plan

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 announces the arrival of Blonde Espresso in the United States

Starbucks announces the arrival of Blonde Espresso in the United States
  • Starbucks Blonde Espresso – a light roast that’s smooth and subtly sweet– is a permanent menu item complementing the boldness of Starbucks Signature Espresso Roast originally introduced more than 40 years ago
  • For the first time ever, Starbucks customers in the U.S. will be able to customize their espresso with every order in more than 8,000 locations

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 9,2018 ), Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced the arrival of Starbucks® Blonde Espresso, marking the first time the company has introduced a new core espresso option in the United States in more than 40 years. Customers across the U.S. will now be able to order any handcrafted espresso beverage with their choice of “Starbucks® Signature” or “Starbucks® Blonde” espresso, including Starbucks Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Macchiato and Americano beverages.

“Our partners are so passionate about their craft and now they get to help our customers discover and personalize the foundation of the beverage – an espresso that is either bold and rich or smooth and bright. We want every experience our customers have with us to be perfect for them” said Kris Engskov, president U.S. Retail for Starbucks.

Demand for espresso beverages is on the rise with the National Coffee Association reporting in 2017 that nearly 25 percent of past-day daily coffee drinkers choose espresso*. Starbucks has offered a second espresso option in select international markets since 2013, including the debut of Starbucks® Blonde Espresso in Canada last year to an overwhelmingly positive response from partners (employees) and customers. Building on that success, this is the first new addition to the company’s U.S. core espresso menu and, as a permanent addition will be available year-round. Starbucks® Blonde Espresso is also available in pods for the Verismo® System by Starbucks and, joins Starbucks portfolio of lighter roast offerings including Starbucks® Blonde Roast coffees, which were introduced as whole bean packaged coffee and brewed options in 2012.

Created by a team of master blenders and roasters, Starbucks® Blonde Espresso brings together beans from Latin America and East Africa, roasted to the peak of their flavor to showcase the coffee’s balanced, subtle sweetness.

“We set the standard for a dark, boldly roasted coffee and in this case, we broke a few of our own rules by taking a lighter approach to espresso which created a bright taste with sweet citrus notes and a smooth body,” said Andrew Linnemann, vice president of Global Coffee for Starbucks. “We are really proud of the roast and think customers are going to love experimenting with it”

All of Starbucks coffee, including Starbucks® Blonde Espresso, is sourced through its Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E) Practices, the company’s comprehensive approach to sourcing that meets its social, economic, environmental and quality standards. Starbucks is also a founding member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a growing coalition of more than 80 industry and conservation leaders led by Conservation International. The challenge is convening the sector to sustain the future supply of coffee while helping to ensure the prosperity and wellbeing of farmers and workers.

*National Coffee Drinking Trends 2017

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE:  Starbucks Corporation

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Third edition of LVMH IME Village vocational training fair returns January 16

Third edition of LVMH IME Village vocational training fair returns January 16

 

Paris, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third edition of the vocational training fair organized by the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence is set for January 16. This unique event brings young people from all backgrounds a chance to discover a compelling range of training programs and career opportunities.

The IME Village is an annual event organized with the suburbs of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil in the Seine-Saint-Denis district north of Paris. The half-day event gives junior high and high school students, as well as parents and adults seeking new careers, a chance to discover métiers and skills that all share a passion for excellence.

The event presents different career development and work/study vocational training programs available to junior and high school students, as well as adults interested in learning a trade or changing careers. The IME also recruits future apprentices for the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH.

Local associations, several LVMH Maisons and partner schools (Duperré, HEJ Paris, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Couture, EMASUP Paris, EILM Paris, Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, Avize) take part in the event, along with apprentices and LVMH Group HR managers. The IME Village is designed to present exceptional skills and encourage students and adults to learn about the work/study programs offered by the LVMH IME vocational training structure in retail, leather goods, design, couture and jewelry.

The IME Village is the first event on a calendar of recruiting sessions and open days designed to attract the best talents and actively engage with the IME’s vocation of promoting equal opportunity while respecting the highest standards and demanding selection criteria.

Rendezvous on Tuesday, January 16th at this new edition of the IME Village in Clichy-sous-Bois.

Practical information:
Village de l’Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH
Espace 93 – 3 Place de l’Orangerie, 93390 Clichy-sous-Bois
2pm to 6pm: open to the public – pre-registration recommended by email: contact.ime@lvmh.fr

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Waitrose to introduce age limit on sales of high caffeine energy drinks from 5 March 2018

LONDON, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has today (4 January 2018 ) announced it will introduce an age limit on sales of high caffeine energy drinks.

From 5 March 2018, customers buying caffeinated energy drinks containing more than 150 mg of caffeine per litre will be asked to prove they are over 16 years of age.

The move builds on existing industry labelling guidelines, which require any soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per litre to carry a high caffeine content warning and state it is not recommended for children.

Waitrose is currently the only UK supermarket to announce it will introduce a sales policy aligned with the guidance present on energy drink packaging.

Simon Moore, Waitrose Director of Technical & Corporate Social Responsibility, commented: ‘As a responsible retailer we want to sell these products in line with the labelling guidance.

‘These drinks carry advice stating that they are not recommended for children, so we’re choosing to proactively act on that guidance, particularly given the widespread concerns which have been raised about these drinks when consumed by under 16s.’

Notes to Editors

More information on high caffeine energy drinks can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.

Waitrose has 352 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports products to 53 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.

Waitrose was awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming ‘Best Retailer Award’, Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017′ and The Drinks Business’ ‘Retail Buying Team of the Year Award’.

Enquries
For more information please contact:

Eleanor Gillingham
Telephone: 01344 825080
Email: eleanor.gillingham@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

CBL Properties unveils major anchor redevelopment project at Eastland Mall in Bloomington, IL

CBL Announces Exciting Redevelopment Plans For Former Department Store

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) today (1/4/2018) confirmed details of its transformation plan for Eastland Mall in Bloomington, IL. Global fashion retailer H&M and popular fitness center Planet Fitness will join the center as part of the redevelopment of the former JCPenney store. In addition to H&M and Planet Fitness, Outback Steakhouse is also slated to join the line-up at Eastland Mall.

“We are thrilled to kick off 2018 by announcing a major anchor redevelopment project at Eastland Mall,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & CEO, CBL Properties. “The additions of H&M and Planet Fitness are a perfect example of our commitment to bringing a dynamic mix of uses to our centers. Dining, value and fitness are increasingly in demand, and we are pleased to deliver names that not only meet this demand, but elevate the overall customer experience.”

Construction on H&M, Planet Fitness, and Outback Steakhouse is currently underway, and all tenants are set to open prior to the 2018 holiday season.

About CBL Properties

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

Investor Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt
423-490-8301
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Katie.Reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

Media Contact:
Stacey Keating
423-490-8361
Director of Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Stacey.Keating@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL Properties

Alliance Data Systems Corporation to provide branded credit card services in the United States for IKEA Group

  • New credit program to support the rapid growth of IKEA in the U.S. 
  • Seamless application in stores and online will enable customers to begin enjoying benefits of the loyalty-driven card
  • Alliance Data’s proprietary data assets will deliver custom analytics and insights to drive top-line sales and increase visits online and in-store

PLANO, TX, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, today (Jan. 9, 2018) announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand and business credit card programs, has signed a new agreement to provide branded credit card services in the United States for IKEA Group (www.ikea.com), the world’s largest furniture retailer. The IKEA Group operates 47 stores in the U.S. and a total of 362 in 29 countries around the world. IKEA aims to offer consumers home furnishing solutions of good design and function at affordable prices.

Alliance Data will create a loyalty-driven credit card program that combines customer insights and industry benchmarking to develop a customized rewards and benefits package tailored for the unique IKEA customer base. The co-branded rewards card can be used for both IKEA purchases and for everyday spending needs such as gas, groceries and utilities. The card will incorporate custom program perks designed to recognize customers for their loyalty. In order to make the card as affordable and rewarding as possible, IKEA Group in the U.S. has designed the card without an annual fee, and will reinvest resources from the card to offer customers more generous rewards. Alliance Data will leverage its digital and mobile expertise throughout the customer’s shopping journey, including its Frictionless Mobile CreditSM, which provides a seamless application experience–throughout the store or online–and puts customers in control of how and where they want to initiate the experience.

In addition, the new IKEA Projekt Card in the U.S. will function as a store-branded financing solution for qualified customers doing major home decorating and renovation projects, such as a dream kitchen. It will provide special financing options, allowing customers to pay for larger purchases over time.

“Making life better and easier for the many people drives everything we do at IKEA, and we were looking for a like-minded credit marketing partner that is passionate about the same values,” said Jacqueline DeChamps, chief operating officer at IKEA U.S. “Alliance Data really understands our company and will deliver meaningful credit and loyalty programs, while constantly innovating based on our customer needs. Leveraging Alliance Data’s skillset in loyalty and marketing, we are excited about how this new partnership will enhance our customers’ shopping experience across channels with added convenience and benefits.”

“Alliance Data and IKEA share a common culture focused on doing what is right for customers, the community, and the environment,” said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data’s card services business. “We are thrilled to embark on this exciting new partnership to provide an unparalleled customer experience through our credit programs. We are confident that our lifecycle marketing approach will attract existing and new IKEA customers as lifelong cardmembers, motivated by a credit and loyalty experience that reflects the deliberately different approach that has earned IKEA its leadership position in the industry.”

IKEA U.S. utilized the services of the International Law Firm of Alston & Bird to consummate the transaction.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 362 IKEA stores in 29 countries, including 47 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Alliance Data’s card services business
Alliance Data’s card services business is a leading provider of tailored marketing and loyalty solutions, delivered through branded credit programs that drive more profitable relationships between our brand partners and their cardmembers. We offer private label, co-brand, and business card products to many of the world’s most recognizable brands across a multitude of channels.

We uphold our Know more. Sell more.® promise by leveraging unmatched customer insights, advanced analytics, and broad-reaching innovative capabilities. It’s how we deliver increased sales to our partners, build enduring loyalty to their brands, and provide more value to our cardmembers. Alliance Data’s card services business is a proud part of the Alliance Data enterprise. To learn more, visit www.KnowMoreSellMore.com or follow us on Twitter @Know_SellMore.

About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 17,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data’s card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, a leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

Investor information about Alliance Data’s businesses may be found here.

Follow Alliance Data on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements give our expectations or forecasts of future events and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “likely,” “may,” “should” or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements.

We believe that our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions. Forward-looking statements, however, are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, and no assurances can be given that our expectations will prove to have been correct. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, factors set forth in the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year, which may be updated in Item 1A of, or elsewhere in, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed for periods subsequent to such Form 10-K.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation, other than as required by applicable law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events, anticipated or unanticipated circumstances or otherwise.

Contact:
Latisha Bracy
(610) 834-0180, x5615

Source: IKEA

IKEA: all sourcing of eggs, chicken, pork, beef, dairy, and salmon will be compliant with The IKEA Food Better Programs by 2025

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Food Better Programs frame IKEA Food’s global vision for sustainable agriculture. They consist of a set of sourcing criteria for all the major species in our supply chain with a focus on farmed animal welfare, antibiotics use and our environmental footprint at the farm level. They also consist of clear regional roadmaps for implementation. Our ambition is that all sourcing of eggs, chicken, pork, beef, dairy, and salmon will be compliant with the Better Programs by 2025.

As a first step, we are focusing on Better Chicken (see below), which identifies our minimum sourcing criteria for all broiler chicken products in our supply chain, globally. All chicken products sourced for IKEA Food will be consistent with all criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Program by 2025. The regional roadmap for chicken contains key milestones in 2020 and 2025. Better Chicken will be made public in January 2018 and we will begin piloting the criteria with our suppliers to work through practical considerations. In addition to farm level criteria, we also include a provision around transport and slaughter which we will implement via the IKEA Transport & Slaughter Guidelines. Progress will be reported annually in the IKEA Health & Sustainability Report.

Better Chicken Requirements

Stocking density
Maximum stocking density of 30 kg/m2 in order to allow chickens to have enough space.

Improved illumination and normal day/night light pattern
Increased illumination & preference for natural light. The right lighting regime to have a more normal day/night light pattern over a 24 hour period. Minimum of 8 hours continuous daylight and 6 hours continuous darkness. The criteria is 50 lux in Europe, we will pilot 50 lux in North America and require 20 lux in Asia Pacific.

Flock health plan
A written plan developed in conjunction with a veterinarian to ensure long-term health and welfare of the flock. This plan should include the collection of welfare outcomes which are essential as they are used to objectively assess the effect of our new sourcing criteria on the welfare of individual chickens. For example: lameness (difficulty walking), hock burns, and activity levels etc.

Antibiotics
In line with the IKEA Food guidelines for the use of antibiotics, there will be no routine use of antibiotics by 2020 and a plan to phase out highest priority antibiotics that are critically important to human health by 2025.

Environmental enrichment
To enhance the physical and social environment animals are kept in, environmental enrichment should at a minimum include perches or platforms and pecking objects. Enrichment for broiler chickens have the potential to improve health and provide opportunities for chickens to express their important natural behaviors. Examples include: straw bales, platforms, perches, and pecking objects like brassicas or hanging wooden blocks.

Environmental conditions
Improved environmental conditions including dry and friable litter, improved air quality, and a focus on thermal comfort.

Manure Management plan
A written plan for the storage, handling, and use of livestock manure with a focus on protection of soil health and water-courses.

Non-deforestation feed
Feed that does not contribute to deforestation includes palm oil and soy, this may be achieved through verification at the farm-level or through other measures taken at the corporate level.

Natural light
Includes windows, light tubes, or open-sided sheds.

Breeds with measurably improved health and behaviour outcomes
Genetic selection for fast growth and high breast yield has resulted in an imbalance between production needs and the welfare of the animal. We aim to use breeds that are healthier, and are able to effectively express important natural behaviour while still providing good production value.

Slaughter & Transport 
Slaughter and transport criteria will be implemented through the IKEA Transport & Slaughter guidelines, including criteria for controlled atmospheric stunning to minimize stress.

Contact:
Latisha Bracy
(610) 834-0180, x5615

Source: IKEA

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Neiman Marcus Group announces the retirement of President and CEO Karen Katz; Geoffroy van Raemdonck to succeed

LUXURY FASHION AND RETAIL VETERAN GEOFFROY VAN RAEMDONCK APPOINTED NEW CEO OF NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP; KAREN KATZ TO RETIRE AND REMAIN ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DALLAS, Texas, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group (Neiman Marcus), the leading luxury fashion retailer, today ( January 5, 2018) announced the retirement of Karen Katz from the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 12, 2018. Luxury fashion and retail veteran Geoffroy van Raemdonck has been appointed to succeed Katz as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Katz will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors and will work closely with van Raemdonck to facilitate a seamless transition process. The appointment is part of a long-term leadership succession planning process to ensure continued growth and evolution of the Company.

“As CEO, Karen helped establish Neiman Marcus as a digital leader in luxury fashion and retail and put the Company on a path for long-term growth. We are extremely grateful for her vision and significant contributions, which have spanned over 30 years at the Company, including the last seven as CEO, and look forward to continuing our work together on the Board,” said David Kaplan, Chairman of the Board.

Kaplan continued: “We are thrilled to welcome Geoffroy to Neiman Marcus and look forward to extending the Company’s positive momentum under his leadership. He is a global industry leader and business builder with exceptional vision and energy. The entire board is confident that Geoffroy’s
leadership will add significant value to the Company, our partners and our customers.”

Katz introduced Neiman Marcus to new customers and deepened relationships with the Company’s core shopper, while establishing Neiman Marcus as the leader in luxury online retail. She led the implementation of the Company’s Digital First strategy, which continues to drive growth. Currently, the Company’s online business represents more than 30% of total revenues. Most recently, investments made in new technologies and marketing tools drove a marked improvement in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, with comparable sales rising for the first time in more than two years.

“It has been a unique privilege serving as CEO, and I am proud of the substantial progress and success our team has achieved,” Katz said. “Geoffroy has an impressive track record of success at luxury brands, and he is the right person to lead the Company through this next phase of growth.”

“Neiman Marcus manages one of the most iconic brand portfolios in fashion retailing, and I am excited to build on the great foundation Karen created during her tenure,” said van Raemdonck. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership team, the Company’s 14,000 employees globally and our luxury brand partners as we continue to innovate and engage our loyal customers in new ways.”

Prior to Neiman Marcus, van Raemdonck served as Group President for EMEA and Global Travel Retail at Ralph Lauren, where he led the transformation of all Ralph Lauren brands across full and off-price stores, wholesale and digital. His accomplishments include delivering strong double-digit profit growth over multiple years, expanding gross margin and increasing distribution quality. Previously, van Raemdonck served as CEO at St. John Knits International, Inc., where he launched a turnaround of the American luxury house leading to significant performance improvements. Prior to that, he held a variety of global leadership roles at Louis Vuitton from 2008 to 2013 and was most recently President South Europe where he elevated brand perception and consumer experience in 22 countries and led a team of 1,200 employees across retail, marketing, PR, merchandising, supply chain, finance and HR. Earlier in his career, van Raemdonck held executive leadership positions at L Brands, Inc. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group, where he spent nearly a decade developing and implementing growth strategies on behalf of consumer and brand-driven clients. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Business and Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

About Neiman Marcus Group:
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC is a luxury, multi-branded, omni-channel fashion retailer conducting integrated store and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, CUSP, and mytheresa brand names.

For more information, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

Contact:
Mimi Crume Sterling
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations
Neiman Marcus
mimi_sterling@neimanmarcus.com

Source: Neiman Marcus Group