Evolution Fresh partners with HelloFresh to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice

Evolution Fresh partners with HelloFresh to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitments to our resolutions persevere with National Green Juice Day on January 26. Cold-pressed, high-pressure processed juice trailblazer, Evolution Fresh is celebrating the holiday in veggie-centric ways that inspire health and wellness in the New Year. Evolution Fresh is partnering with HelloFresh, a weekly recipe kit delivery service, to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice to encourage customers to maintain their 2018 health and wellness resolutions.

During the month of January, HelloFresh subscribers will receive an extra serving of veggies through an 11 oz. bottle of Evolution Fresh® cold-pressed, high pressure processed Green Devotion.

“We are thrilled to join HelloFresh and deliver our healthy snack options directly to customers,” said Anne Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Category at Evolution Fresh. “When people feel increasingly challenged by their commitment to make better choices, Evolution Fresh provides a simple solution – a green juice for that extra boost of motivation to stay on track.”

Customers can also celebrate National Green Juice Day these ways:

  • Grab a cold-pressed Evolution Fresh green juice from a participating Starbucks® store or grocery store for a healthy snack and simple way to get more nutrients from green vegetables in your daily diet.
  • Start off your morning by making your own green juice at home using this Evolution Fresh “Morning Greens Smoothie” recipe.
  • Beginning January 22, customers have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 Evolution Fresh and mindbodygeen prize packs by participating in the Evolution Fresh and mindbodygreen #GotMyGreens Instagram sweepstakes. Prize packs each include 3 mindbodygreen classes, an hour-long coaching session with an mbg expert, and an Evolution Fresh bento box with 10 free green juice vouchers. To enter, follow @EvolutionFresh and @mindbodygreen, tag two plant-loving friends, and use the hashtag #GotMyGreens.*

Evolution Fresh offers a variety of green juice options with no added flavors or sweeteners. For those looking for an extra health and wellness boost, every 15.2 fl oz. bottle of Evolution Fresh green juice is made with at least one full serving of vegetables.

“At Evolution Fresh, we’re excited to kick off 2018 by providing juice powered wellness and inspiring people to thrive in a new way,” added Williams.

Evolution Fresh established National Green Juice Day in 2016 as a way to encourage people to stick to their health and wellness resolutions.

*See details and official rules at http://res.mindbodygreen.com/ptr/evolution-fresh/get-your-greens-official-rules.html

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SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Sustainable Fishing: Carrefour announces all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use electrofishing method

Sustainable Fishing: Carrefour announces all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use electrofishing method

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour does not use electrofishing for its fish supplies in France. As of December, all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use this fishing method ( fresh fish and Carrefour-brand frozen fish).

Electrofishing has been banned in Europe since 1998, but has been carried out experimentally since 2007 on the issuing of derogations. At the end of November, the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries said it was in favour of possibly extending the use of electrofishing.

Given the data available about the impacts of this electrofishing, Carrefour is in favour of applying the precautionary principle to it.

Carrefour has set itself the target of ensuring that half of all fish sold by 2020 are sustainably farmed. To do this, Carrefour has decided to give preference to fishing techniques that are less harmful to aquatic ecosystems and to help tackle illegal fishing.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

 

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Walmart launches a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution — DisposeRx

Walmart launches a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution — DisposeRx

Retailer first national pharmacy chain to offer free opioid disposal solution at all pharmacy locations

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to help curb abuse and misuse, Walmart is launching a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies.* Known as DisposeRx, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 65 percent of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends, and personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of nonmedical opioid abuse. DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home.

The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide. Now, pharmacists can also counsel patients on how to use DisposeRx and distribute an opioid awareness brochure outlining risks and helpful resources.

“The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that’s why we’re taking an active role in fighting our nation’s opioid issue – an issue that has affected so many families and communities across America,” said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S. “While this issue requires many resources to solve, we are confident this unique, easy-to-use disposal solution, DisposeRx, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many. Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost.”

According to DisposeRx, packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend that, when added to the pill bottle with warm water, sequester any form of prescription drugs – including powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches – into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel. The chemicals in the packet are listed as safe by the FDA.

Beginning immediately, patients filling any new Class II opioid prescription at Walmart pharmacies will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure when picking up their prescription. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be offered a free DisposeRx packet every six months. Existing pharmacy patients can also request a free DisposeRx packet at any time, including at the upcoming Walmart Wellness Day event on January 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time at all Walmart locations nationwide. Additionally, Sam’s Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies.

“About one-third of medications sold go unused. Too often, these dangerous narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access. I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands,” said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

The launch of DisposeRx in Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies is one of several ways the retailers are helping to address the prescription drug abuse problem. The company urges lawmakers to establish a seven-day supply limit for initial prescriptions issued for acute pain and to require all controlled substance prescriptions be issued electronically, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration. It stocks Naloxone in its pharmacies and will offer Naloxone behind its pharmacy counters for sale or for dispensing by a pharmacist by the end of this month in all states where pharmacy practice laws support its ability to do so. The company also believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution and is helping to fund a variety of multi-state programs that teach youth about the dangers of prescription drug use and abuse.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

*Walmart patients in Rhode Island and Washington will receive an alternative free disposal solution until third-party testing of DisposeRx is complete in those states. 

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

Asda launches NEW vegan food to go range

Asda launches NEW vegan food to go range

Leeds, UK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Veganuary now in full-swing, Asda has announced the launch of a NEW vegan food to go range, enabling those taking part in Veganuary or following a plant based lifestyle to enjoy tasty meal options whenever, wherever. Fully accredited by the Vegan Society, the range spans lunchtime staples.

With three and a half times as many vegans now than a decade ago*, Asda’s new vegan lunchtime products aim to fill a gap in the market for great value, tasty on-the-go options for those living a nose to the grindstone lifestyle.

With each product priced at just £2.50, the range is one of the cheapest vegan food to go options available on the market, providing a quality, value lunch for those following a plant-based diet.

Asda’s new range of vegan products includes:
· Onion Bhaji Wrap, £2.50
· Falafel and Houmous Sandwich, £2.50
· Mexican Bean & Rice Salad, £2.50

Andrew Johnston, Asda Innovations Chef, comments: “With more and more customers going vegan, we’ve introduced a range which not only answer the dietary needs of the nation, but that also turn favourite foods in vegan-friendly, on-the-go options.

“From onion bhajis – one of the top-selling snacks in the UK – to a light Mexican bean salad, our new range ensures easy eating at any time, and delivers a punch of vibrant flavour in each bite.”

In addition to the vegan food to go range, Asda has further expanded its plant-based repertoire with the introduction of its first Vegan Cheddar Cheese (£2.00), ensuring the nation’s favourite sandwich filler and cracker topper can be enjoyed by all.

Andrew continues, “With a greater demand for vegan-friendly versions of everyday popular items, this year will see Asda expand its vegan repertoire even more, with innovative, delicious products in the pipeline for launch throughout 2018.”

For more vegan inspiration, read our blog here.

Media contact:
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Senior Director, Media & Community Relations
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Source: ASDA

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 2,317,973 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 8, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 12, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 2,317,973 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 8, 2018 up to and including January 12, 2018. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.27 per share for a total consideration of €42.4 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €2 billion share buyback program announced on November 8, 2017.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 4,117,520 common shares for a total consideration of €75.5 million.

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

This press release is issued in connection with the disclosure and reporting obligation set out in Article 2(2) of the EU Regulation that contains technical standards for buyback programs.

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

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

Complete 360-Degree Solution Empowers Retailers to Better Respond to Industry’s Shopper-Led Disruption

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018 ), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced a variety of expanded capabilities and functionalities, including a world’s first retail edge sensor with onboard deep learning artificial intelligence and the industry’s widest field of view, enhanced retail analytics software benefits, and the further development of a complete partner ecosystem to solve for retail brands’ biggest challenges and opportunities. RetailNext is highlighting its comprehensive suite of solutions and partner ecosystem at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today, January 14, through January 16.

“Long established as the industry’s de facto standard in retail analytics solutions, RetailNext is proud to further advance its smart store solutions built to empower retailers to be better, more shopper-responsive retailers,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “RetailNext’s suite of SaaS solutions, its groundbreaking Aurora sensor, its proven retail expertise and its powerful portfolio of technology partners position the company to extend its market leadership position.”

Expanded software capabilities eliminates guesswork

New for 2018, RetailNext has introduced new performance dashboards and other software enhancements into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic and other key performance metrics. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities,” added Johns, “freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

Aurora v2 sensor – industry’s widest field of view and a world’s first with onboard AI

Unveiled at The Big Show, the Aurora v2 all-in-one sensor provides the industry’s widest field of view and floor coverage, reducing stores’ hardware footprints and deployment costs, and minimizing the impact to stores’ aesthetic design. Like its predecessor introduced in 2016, Aurora v2 features simple plug-and-play installation, requiring no on-site, in-store servers. All retail analytics, including deep learning, occurs onboard the device, at the edge, and data is transmitted in real-time to the RetailNext cloud, enabling brands to collect and share powerful insights across every store across the enterprise.

“The wide field of view of the Aurora v2 sensor affords retailers an economically viable method to have complete floor coverage of a store,” said Arun Nair, co-founder and chief technology officer of RetailNext, “and, in turn, makes shopper full path analyses and other advanced analytics projects more feasible. It’s precisely those projects that enable retailers to develop a deeper understanding of in-store shopping behaviors and allows them to produce differentiated in-store shopping experiences.”

Aurora v2 is the first edge device to incorporate deep learning-based artificial intelligence onboard, in the device, empowering retailers to receive store-specific insights in an affordable manner. With RetailNext’s advanced human activity recognition software, retailers can benefit from Aurora’s deep learning capabilities to measure shopper and sales associate behaviors, including picking up of products, trying products on, taking or moving products or anything else a retailer would like to determine.

“The more retailers know about what’s happening in store, the better,” continued Nair, “and Aurora v2’s deep learning abilities allow retailers to do just that, automatically and at scale, over time, freeing up valuable resources to be allocated to shopper service and care.”

Partner ecosystem expands in breadth and depth

At retail’s Big Show, RetailNext is highlighting its continually growing, vibrant ecosystem of strategic and technology partnerships, as well as IT system integrators, with demonstrations incorporating customers UNTUCKit, Bose, Cos Bar, Allbirds, b8ta and Lolli and Pops.

Integrating store operations with merchandising, RetailNext showcases how retailers ensure the right product is at the right place at the right time, and features Acuitas Digital – an alliance with BTIntelSATO Global SolutionsNexgen Packaging and Valmarc Corporation – and its solutions for improving inventory visibility and management by measuring product and shopper movement on a single platform.

Additionally, RetailNext is previewing a new partnership with Facebook, with a beta initiative available to select retailers that provides aggregated and anonymized shopper demographic and behavioral data, empowering brands to better design more engaging in-store shopping experiences. Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, retailers can better understand key demographic and behavioral attributes about store visitors as a complement to the in-store shopping behaviors captured through the RetailNext platform with every shopping journey.

“Without question, shoppers have ushered in a new era in retailing, and their collective expectations for easy, convenient, fun and friction-free shopping experiences rise year after year,” emphasized Johns. “IoT technologies and smart store solutions from RetailNext and its partners are solving for retail stores’ most pressing opportunities, proving the shopper-centered smart store is a today thing, not a tomorrow thing.”

Professional solutions see strategies through to execution

Long recognized as a retail industry thought leader, RetailNext is leveraging its own in-house retailing expertise with the talent, solutions and capabilities of its partner ecosystem to develop a full suite of professional consulting services.

“Strategic consultation is natural expansion of our existing advanced analytics practice,” continued Johns, “where we couple RetailNext’s extensive knowledge of retail and the in-store technology landscape with the right technology partners to complete custom engagements and studies. RetailNext’s additional professional services solutions will feature deep, consultative engagements utilizing the most appropriate partners in its 360-degree ecosystem to help retailing brands define and ultimately execute upon go-forward strategies.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext enhances its SaaS platform with the new performance dashboards

Enhanced At-a-Glance Functionality and Artificial Intelligence Allows for Real-Time Updates on Performance Metrics and Elimination of Guesswork

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, introduced new performance dashboards into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. RetailNext is showcasing the capabilities of its industry-best analytics platform at booth #3165 at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today through January 16.

“RetailNext’s new Performance Dashboard is integrated directly into its user interface and allows retailers to take the guesswork out of store management,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Instead of relying on intuition or spending countless hours analyzing data, the Performance Dashboard allows store managers to focus their attention where it belongs most – engaging with staff and serving shoppers.”

Benchmark store performance against past results, goals and peers

The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” added Johns. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

Predicted shopper traffic, powered by RetailNext artificial intelligence

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“The first generation of smart store IoT analytics delivered data and actionable insights to store operators, but it still required analysis to develop the most appropriate corrective strategies to capture the available opportunities for improvement,” continued Johns. “RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities, freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

RetailNext Inc. and RetailNext are trademarks of RetailNext Inc. in the United States.

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext announces collaboration with Facebook to provide retailers shopper insights

Complementary Shopper Insights to Provide Understanding of Today’s New Shopping Journeys

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 13, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics, announced a new initiative with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) available to select retailers. The goal of the product is to allow retailers to better understand their in-store shoppers in order to improve upon in-store shopping experiences. Facebook will power the tool with aggregated and anonymized store visitor insights as a complement to RetailNext’s retail analytics platform. RetailNext is previewing the collaboration alongside the capabilities of its industry-leading analytics platform at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, beginning tomorrow, January 14, through January 16.

“RetailNext is excited to begin incorporating Facebook’s store visitor insights with its own comprehensive in-store shopping activity data,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Through the RetailNext platform, retailers understand the complete view of shopper traffic at the door and through the store, including where guests go, what engages them and what aids in conversion. Audience demographic insights from Facebook layers considerable texture to RetailNext’s in-store shopper data, empowering retailers to develop actionable insights and deliver better shopper service through their staffing models, store layout, product merchandising and marketing decisions.”

Contextualized brand performance

Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, audience demographic insights and in-store shopping behavior will provide retailers the data necessary to improve upon the shopping experience and ensure brick-and-mortar stores’ relevance in this new era of shopper-driven retail.

“For over a decade, RetailNext’s SaaS platform has enabled retailers to accurately and very precisely measure shopper activity in-store,” added Johns. “With our collaboration with Facebook, retailers can now get a more complete view of the customer journey, allowing them to tailor their shopping experiences to those that consumers crave and deserve.”

Note: In preparation for this collaboration, Facebook has ensured user-level data will not be compromised as only aggregated and anonymized data will be shared

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

RetailNext Inc. and RetailNext are trademarks of RetailNext Inc. in the United States.

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Ajman, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia – announced the opening of 50 exciting international brands and dining concepts as part of its ongoing enhancement project at City Centre Ajman.

City Centre Ajman is transforming into a regional mall with an investment of AED 643 million, which is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement made in June 2016 to increase its total investment in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investment in the country to AED 48 billion.

With a gross leasable area of 34,000 sqm, the mall brings 14 brands to Ajman for the first time.  Fashion-forward shoppers will find all their beauty essentials at international stores Inglot and Lush, which mark their debut in the emirate. Style enthusiasts can also shop for all the latest, trendy outfits at Garage and US Polo, which make their first foray into the city, as well.

City Centre Ajman takes family dining to the next level by introducing alfresco eating options for diners who want to enjoy the cool weather while savouring a multi-cuisine spread. Portuguese-style casual dining restaurant Nando’s, Turkish cuisine masters Mado café and authentic Italian comfort food restaurant Pizza Express are serving up their world-famous recipes to residents and tourists for the first time in Ajman.

Visitors can also opt to start their day with a steaming cup of coffee and buttery croissants at the new, bigger Starbucks and Gerard Café, which have an indoor and outdoor seating area, or sit down with friends in the central galleria for a hearty breakfast of freshly toasted bagels and beverages at Tim Hortons.

Adrenaline seekers and young-at-hearts can enjoy hours of fun at Majid Al Futtaim’s family entertainment centre, Magic Planet, which is now grown to 1,466 sqm in size. While the kids have their time out on the rides, parents can kick back and enjoy the latest movies at the relocated VOX Cinemas at City Centre Ajman.

The innovatively designed mall extension boasts a bigger parking facility with 1,800 spaces. It took more than six million man hours to construct the striking new wing, which has a central galleria, skylight roof allowing natural light to stream in during the day and contrast lighting levels in stores that create an inviting ambiance for shoppers.

The first phase of the expansion was carried out in line with green building protocol and Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy. Energy-efficient design and procedures, including installing LED lighting and water-saving, low-flow faucets and fixtures help reduce the mall’s carbon footprint.

The next development phase will involve the renovation of the existing mall which will see City Centre Ajman grow from 29,000 to 55,300 sqm in size upon completion in 2019.  As part of the upgrades, the public areas and facilities, including the toilets, baby changing area and prayer rooms will be enhanced for a seamless transition between the old and new section of the mall.

“The new wing at City Centre Ajman, which features more than 50 international brands and dining concepts, is set to revolutionise the emirate’s retail landscape,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

“We are proud to bring 14 world-class brands that make their debut in Ajman, underscoring our continued leadership in the retail sector. We’ve listened carefully to our fashion-conscious customers who want the convenience of shopping for their favourite brands closer to home and have addressed that demand with our diverse range of new stores and restaurants.

As City Centre Ajman transforms into a regional shopping mall, our focus on contemporary design with convenience and accessibility at the centre of our services, a tailored retail mix with dynamic new brands and unique dining and entertainment concepts continue to make it a destination of choice for both residents and tourists.

City Centre Ajman’s expansion project complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which includes the recent opening of My City Centre Al Dhait in Ras Al Khaimah and the expansion of City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.citycentreajman.com and www.facebook.com/CityCentreAjman.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

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LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes, Scotland

LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes in Scotland

Glenrothes industrial estate is added to Scotland portfolio

West Midlands, England, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our ambitious growth plans, we are pleased to announced that we have acquired an industrial estate in Scotland – our ninth acquisition in the country in the past few months.

The £3.1 million investment for the multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes includes units that range in size from 941 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft and altogether provide 234,148 sq ft of accommodation. The premises are let to 21 different companies, providing a rental income of £465,661.

We opened our first Scotland headquarters in Glasgow last year and have invested millions of pounds acquiring nine portfolios comprising 48 industrial retail units – totalling 346,810sq ft of real estate.

James Buchanan, investment director, said it was keen to secure this latest investment because of the asset management opportunities, which include lease re-gears and potential sales of units to tenants.

“This is a key acquisition in an increasingly important region for the company,” he said. “Our team of pro-active asset managers is now examining ways in which we can add value to the properties for the benefit of local businesses. They will also be using their extensive knowledge to attract tenants to the four units that are currently vacant as part of their marketing campaign.”

The four units that are available range from 2,410 sq ft to 19,242 sq ft and are suitable for a range of uses, including industrial.

For more information about the units, contact Roddy Proudfoot, asset manager, on 0141 465 3395 or email: RProudfoot@lcpproperties.co.uk

SOURCE: LCP Management Ltd