Amazon announces fifth season of one-hour Prime Original series Bosch

Based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novels, Bosch season four will premiere Friday, April 13

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has greenlit a fifth season of the longest-running one-hour Prime Original Bosch. Executive Producers Eric Overmyer and Daniel Pyne are slated to team up as co-showrunners. Season four of the Emmy-nominated series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 13. Bosch is produced by Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company.

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, the hour-long series Bosch stars Titus Welliver (Lost) as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Madison Lintz (The Walking Dead) as Maddie Bosch and Lance Reddick (The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving. In the ten-episode season four, when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.

Season three has an average customer rating of 4.8, with 89% 5 star reviews. Here’s what customers have been saying:

  • “This series is so amazing…the cast is perfect.”
  • “This is THE detective show, the essence of LA noir not seen since the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammet [sic].”
  • “This is a rare example of what great television is and can be.”
  • “This series is just getting better and better.”
  • “This is still the best crime drama on TV.”

“As Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running one-hour series, Bosch has long been a cornerstone of our scripted programming, and Prime members consistently clamor for more,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to give them another season with Harry Bosch, Jerry Edgar, Grace Billets and the rest of the diverse characters that make up the Bosch universe.”

“I could not be prouder of the show we are making. Bosch is entertaining and relevant to our world today,” added Connelly. “On top of that we have a fantastic writing staff and the cast and crew are the best. We feel we are just hitting our stride. Season four is based on “Angels Flight” and I don’t think we could have chosen a more timely story to tell.”

“Producing Bosch for Amazon Prime Video has been an honor and a delight,” said Fabrik Entertainment CEO Henrik Bastin, who also executive produces the series. “Sharon Tal Yguado and her entire team have shown incredible support in the creative process and we couldn’t be more pleased to debut season four this coming April and then to dive back into production on season five with Eric and Dan leading the team as co-showrunners.”

Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International, the TV distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios, said, “It’s fantastic news that Boschwill be back for season five. Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running drama is a huge hit internationally, and Bosch fans around the world will be delighted by the news.”

Bosch was developed for television by Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is executive produced by Pyne (Backstabbing For Beginners, Fracture, The Manchurian Candidate), Overmyer, Bastin (The 100 Code, American Odyssey, The Comedians), Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat, The Insider, The Clearing), John Mankiewicz, Connelly, Pabst, Jan David Frouman and Elle Johnson. Welliver also serves as Producer.

Prime members can stream seasons one, two and three of Bosch exclusively via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at www.amazon.com/boschtv. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series is a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

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

About Prime Video

Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime 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 Prime Originals like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Tick, and kids series Tumble Leaf, Amazon Original Movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, and Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick, 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 www.primevideo.com.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball 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 www.amazon.com/channels
  • 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.

About Fabrik Entertainment

Los Angeles-based television development and production company Fabrik Entertainment creates compelling, original programming both for the US and international markets. Led by CEO Henrik Bastin and President Melissa Aouate, and supported by VPs Abbey Morris and Paul Hilborn, Fabrik has built its reputation on producing outstanding high-impact series, both original and IP-based. Founded in 2005, Fabrik’s credits include Amazon’s Bosch, AMC’s Emmy-nominated The Killing, HBO’s Nordic, WGN’s 100 Code, NBC’s American Odyssey, USA’s Burn Notice, The Comedians on FX and Fox’s The Good Guys. Through a strategic partnership with Red Arrow Studios, established in 2011, Fabrik extends its reach from a traditional US production company to that of a top-tier financier and distributor both in American and international markets. Fabrik is represented by Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. www.fabrikent.com

About Red Arrow Studios

Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups. For more information, please visit: redarrow.tv

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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The John Lewis Partnership welcomes Michael Herlihy as its new Partnership Secretary

LONDON, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership today announced the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary who joins on 16 April 2018. This follows the departure of Keith Hubber, who left in January after three years at the Partnership.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary.  This new title reflects the responsibilities Michael will take on for the duties previously carried out by Keith Hubber in the role of General Counsel, leading both the Legal Directorate and Company Secretariat.  Michael joins us from Smiths Group, where he was General Counsel for ten years, heading up their Group Legal function.  He brings a wealth of experience to the John Lewis Partnership.’

Previously, Michael spent twenty six years in a variety of roles at Imperial Chemical Industries PLC including Group Taxation Controller, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions.  He has also held a variety of non-executive roles including that of Senior Independent Director (and formerly Chair of the Remuneration Committee) at Imperial Brands plc.  Michael is a solicitor and graduate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Michael Herlihy said, ‘I am excited to be joining the Partnership. Having admired its brands and values for many years, it is a privilege to be invited to build on the good work already done by Keith Hubber and his team and to support the Chairman, Partnership Board and Executive Team in the next phase of the Partnership’s development.’

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 353 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 84,000 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquiries

For more information please contact:

Sarah Henderson
Group Senior External Communications Manager, Corporate Affairs
Mobile: 07764 676 036
Email: sarah.henderson@johnlewis.co.uk

Lowe’s to fill more than 53,000 jobs on its first National Hiring Day, Feb. 21

Anyone interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to participate in open interviews during the company’s first National Hiring Day. (PRNewsfoto/Lowe’s Companies, Inc.)

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s is looking for people with customer service experience who have a passion for helping people love where they live. With a goal of filling more than 53,000 jobs, Lowe’s stores nationwide will open their doors to candidates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 during the company’s first National Hiring Day.

Candidates interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores to participate in open interviews and learn more about working at Lowe’s. The event is an opportunity to meet hiring managers, speak with associates and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours in an open house atmosphere.

“Our employees are the heart of our business and make a difference for the customers and communities we serve every day,” said Jennifer Weber, Lowe’s chief human resources officer. “Lowe’s is a great place to build a career, and we’re excited to host our largest-ever job fair to introduce people to our culture. We’re looking to hire customer-centric and service-minded people who are passionate about being a part of something bigger.”

Those who can’t make it to the open house can tune in to a Facebook Live event on the Lowe’s Careers channel at 2:15 p.m. EST on Feb. 21 to hear more from Weber about building a career at Lowe’s.

Recently named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s is hiring employees to serve customers and communities during the busy spring and summer seasons. Seasonal employees typically support stores between March and September. Available roles include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, loaders, stockers and assemblers of outdoor products. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the opportunity to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Lowe’s employs nearly 250,000 people across its U.S. stores and provides career advancement opportunities at all levels. Last year, nearly 40 percent of Lowe’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions. Nearly 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees.

Jordan McGee was 19 when she took a seasonal job as a cashier in Gastonia, N.C. Just four years later, she was promoted to assistant store manager of sales in Clover, S.C.

“Lowe’s has supported me through my career journey by helping me develop into a stronger leader. When I started, I was only 19, with no management experience, so I’ve always had a mentor or someone helping me, just giving me that encouragement in my ear,” McGee said. “If there’s one word that describes Lowe’s, I would say ‘career,’ just because you can come in and be whoever you want to be. You have the potential to move all the way up through the ranks, and they’ll support you through that.”

Lowe’s also will hold open interviews and make conditional job offers on the spot for part-time and full-time positions, including service and support managers, cashiers, stockers and sales specialists. Eligible part-time and full-time employees can take advantage of Lowe’s health and wellness benefits, incentive programs, 401(k), a discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and flexible work schedules.

Earlier this month, Lowe’s announced plans to enhance its benefits, including expanded maternity and parental leave as well as adoption assistance. Eligible full-time hourly and salaried U.S. employees will qualify to receive:

  • Ten weeks of paid maternity leave and two weeks of paid parental leave.
  • An adoption assistance benefit to cover up to $5,000 of expenses related to agency, legal and other fees.
  • Eligibility to enroll in health benefits sooner, as early as the first of the month following 30 days of service.

To learn more about available jobs in your area, Lowe’s benefits or to apply online, visit Lowes.com/SpringHire. Applying takes just 20 minutes on average. To learn more about career opportunities, and to hear directly from employees who transitioned from seasonal roles into store management positions, visit Lowe’s newsroom.

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

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Intershop welcomes Markus Klahn to its Management Board

Jena, Germany, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1), a leading provider of e-commerce solutions, today announced changes to its Management Board. As of April 9, 2018, Markus Klahn will join the current Management Board of Dr. Jochen Wiechen and Axel Köhler as COO (Chief Operating Officer). As such, Mr. Klahn will be responsible for the Company’s services portfolio.

Intershop customers are increasingly realizing their digitization projects on the basis of a cloud solution and related services. Accordingly, the further development of this segment is to be driven forward. This includes both the range of services offered and the adaptation of business processes for a cloud-driven business model.

Christian Oecking, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG, comments: “In addition to the further development of Intershop’s leading commerce platform and the support of digitization projects for customers worldwide, Intershop is currently undergoing a systematic transformation towards cloud business. The strengthening of the Management Board in this respect not only reflects the growing importance of the cloud business, but will also continue to support the Company’s own transformation process “.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, Intershop’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased to have the support we need, both in quickly bringing new customers onto the Azure platform and in adapting processes for a cloud-driven business model. Both will help to build on and accelerate the success we have achieved.”

Axel Köhler, CSO (Chief Sales Officer) will focus on developing new and existing customer business in order to achieve the Company’s ambitious objectives in terms of growth. He will be responsible for sales and marketing, driving forward the positioning of the cloud offering in the market.

With Markus Klahn, Intershop has gained an experienced sales and market expert for the management, particularly in terms of the market positioning of software solutions. As such, he will complement the Management Board team with his experience from previous management positions in medium-sized software companies. Prior to joining Intershop Communications AG, he was a member of senior management at Proalpha, an ERP provider, and most recently at Jaggaer, a pure SaaS provider in the procurement sector.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Rite Aid pharmacies are currently stocked with flu shots

Camp Hill, Pa., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to a flu season that health experts are calling one of the most severe in the past decade, Rite Aid is making sure its pharmacies are stocked with flu shots. The effort comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday the highest rate of influenza-like illnesses since 2009 and the highest flu hospitalization rate since 2010, when the agency began keeping such records. The CDC also reported that between Jan. 28-Feb.3, 2018, flu and pneumonia accounted for 10% of deaths in the country.

“With the CDC reporting that we’ve not yet reached the peak of flu season and the potential for flu activity for several more weeks, we’re following the situation closely and making every effort to have flu shots available in all of our pharmacies,” says Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet received a flu shot to get one today and protect themselves and those around them for the duration of the flu season.”

Flu shots are currently available at all Rite Aid pharmacies and are covered by most insurance plans with $0 co-pay, including Medicare Part B. Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists are able to administer flu shots, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary.

Since pneumonia can be a serious and sometimes deadly complication of the flu, especially for older adults, the CDC also recommends the pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and over. Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of pneumococcal shots, which can be administered at the same time as the flu shot, subject to state regulations. Like flu shots, pneumococcal shots are covered by many insurance plans and most customers with Medicare Part B will have $0 co-pay.

To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of the prescription medications Tamiflu and Relenza for those patients whose doctor has prescribed one of these medications. If necessary, Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to be able to compound Tamiflu for pediatric patients.

In addition, Rite Aid pharmacists are available to counsel customers on over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers, cough and cold medicines and hydration products that can be used to help manage symptoms associated with the flu. To help prevent the spread of the flu, Rite Aid store shelves are also stocked with additional supplies of hand sanitizer and soaps, masks, gloves, tissues and household disinfectants.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Dollar General announces the appointment of Tim McGuire and Ralph Santana to its board of directors

Company Increases Board Size to 10

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ Today (February 13, 2018), Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced the appointment of Tim McGuire and Ralph Santana to its board of directors effective February 12, 2018.

“Dollar General is excited to welcome Tim and Ralph to its board of directors,” said Michael Calbert, Dollar General’s chairman of the board.  “Each brings extensive knowledge of the retail and consumer industries, and we are confident that they will add great value to our board of directors and to Dollar General as it continues its strategic growth.”

The election of McGuire and Santana to Dollar General’s board of directors will bring the total number of directors to 10.

McGuire will serve on the compensation committee and Santana will serve on the nominating and governance committee.

McGuire has served as Chairman of the Board of Mobile Service Center Canada, Ltd. (d/b/a Mobile Klinik), a chain of professional smartphone repair stores specializing in professional “while you wait” repair and care of smartphones and tablets, since June 2017. He retired from McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, after serving as a leader of its global retail and consumer practice for almost 28 years.  In that role, he led the company’s Americas retail practice for five years, as well as consulting efforts with major retail, telecommunications, consumer service and marketing organizations in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Australia. He also co-founded McKinsey Analytics, a global group of consultants that brings advanced analytics capabilities to clients to help make better business decisions. McGuire began his career with Procter & Gamble in 1983 where he served in various positions, leaving in October 1989 as its Marketing Director for the Canadian Food & Beverage division.

Since April 2013, Santana has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Harman International Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. with responsibility for all aspects of Harman’s worldwide marketing strategy. Prior to joining Harman, Santana served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, North America for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. from June 2010 to September 2012, responsible for launching Samsung’s U.S. e-commerce business and building out branding strategies to drive visibility.  He also previously served 16 years at PepsiCo with roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Marketing, North American Beverages, Pepsi-Cola where he spearheaded a creative overhaul and re-launch of Pepsi-Cola, as well as its Frito-Lay’s international and North America operations. Santana began his career as a senior marketing associate at Beverage Marketing Corporation.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dollargeneral.com.

Investor Contacts:
Donny Lau: (615) 855-5536
Kevin Walker: (615) 855-4954

Media Contacts:
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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,321 stores in 44 states as of November 3, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation

Etos drugstore expands its My Etos loyalty program with Gift Savings

Etos drugstore expands its My Etos loyalty program with Gift Savings

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Etos, our drugstore brand in the Netherlands, announced yesterday that it is expanding its My Etos loyalty program with a new feature called Gift Savings. The new option allows customers to earn a reward point for each euro they spend at Etos. For every 100 points, customers will receive a savings card they can exchange for certain A-brand items or redeem for a €5 discount on Etos own-brand products.

Gift Savings was created following feedback from My Etos members. While My Etos enabled shoppers to save for products, the discounts were only for temporary campaigns. With Gift Savings, customers can automatically and simply save for A-brand products – available from a frequently changing list – or earn the Etos own-brand reward. Customers have four weeks to redeem each 100-point savings card and select their gift.

To join My Etos, customers can download the brand’s app from the Apple Store or Google Play, and cards are available in all Etos stores. Current members will receive 40 loyalty points to celebrate Gift Savings, as will all new members who sign up before March 11.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Anoesjka Aspeslagh
Manager External Communications
pers@ah.nl
+31 88 6592020

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn will this summer open its first checkout-free AH to go store as it looks to make the shopping experience more convenient and personal. The store, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, will be located at a high-traffic location in Amsterdam and will be deployed with “tap to go” technology that allows customers to pay for groceries with a card or a smartphone without going through the register.

The planned opening follows a successful trial at an AH to go site at Ahold Delhaize’s support office in Zaandam, which saw a slight increase in sales after the pilot was launched. Nearly 80 AH to goconvenience stores in the Netherlands are scheduled to be equipped with the “tap to go” technology, making it available for thousands of customers every day.

Ahold Delhaize’s brands are constantly looking to make the shopping experience more seamless, propelled by new technologies and innovations. Brands across the U.S. and Europe are testing and experimenting with other innovative shopping methods to further ease the checkout process.

View a video of Albert Heijn’s “tap to go” here.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

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

Whole Foods Market 365 to open a new store in East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced it has signed a lease for a new Whole Foods Market 365 store in East Austin. This will be the second Whole Foods Market 365 store in the Austin area, joining the Cedar Park location that opened in April 2017. This approximately 30,000 square foot store at the corner of IH-35 and East 5th Street will be part of the conveniently located, mixed-use Saltillo development in East Austin and is slated to open in 2019.

“We can’t wait to open this new Whole Foods Market 365 store on the East Side,” said Whole Foods Market 365 President Jeff Turnas. “At 365, customers will find familiar Whole Foods Market quality in an affordable, convenient and easy-to-shop new format, with plenty of fun surprises mixed in too.”

Whole Foods Market 365 stores offer a unique, convenient and value-focused shopping experience while maintaining all of Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading quality standards. Shoppers can look forward to a streamlined design, convenient technological innovations and a carefully curated product selection that includes everything from pantry staples to special-diet options.

All Whole Foods Market 365 locations also feature the “Friends of 365” program, which provides a collection of unique in-store culinary experiences and venues from innovative outside partners.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

SOURCE:  Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
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Morrisons announces long-term franchise and wholesale supply agreement with SandpiperCI

Bradford, UK, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is today announcing a new, long-term franchise and wholesale supply agreement with SandpiperCI, an operator of 43 mini supermarkets and convenience stores in the Channel Islands.

Most sites will convert into Morrisons Daily stores and be supplied with both Morrisons own brand as well as branded products. In addition, Morrisons will supply Safeway and branded products to the remaining Sandpiper stores. All stores will convert to selling Morrisons-supplied products over the next year.

James Badger, Morrisons Wholesale Director, said: “We are pleased to be announcing a partnership with a strong franchise partner in Sandpiper and the opportunity to bring Morrisons quality and value to customers in the Channel Islands. As Morrisons becomes broader and stronger, our brand is becoming more accessible to more customers.”

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For more information
For Morrisons: Morrisons Press Office 0845 611 5111
For Sandpiper: Glen Rankine 07797 713 579

SOURCE: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.