USDA FSIS: Night Hawk Frozen Foods recalls frozen beef patty and gravy products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Night Hawk Frozen Foods, Inc., a Buda, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 167 pounds of frozen beef patty and gravy products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Feb. 20, 2018). The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The heat treated, but not fully cooked, frozen beef patty and gravy items were produced on Nov. 8, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 8.75 oz. board cartons labeled as “NIGHT HAWK BEEF PATTY ‘N GRAVY, CHARBROILED BEEF PATTY and GRAVY, POTATO ROUNDS and SWEET CORN.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2117” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

The problem was discovered on Feb. 19, 2018 when FSIS was notified that the firm received two consumer complaints of mislabeled products. The cartons actually contain beef patties, mashed potatoes and cheese.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Michelle Anselment, chief operating officer, Night Hawk Frozen Foods, at (512) 295-4166 X 107.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Autumn Canaday
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. to host Q4 2017 earnings conference call on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) fourth quarter 2017 earnings press release, you are invited to listen to its conference call to be broadcast live over the internet on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time with: Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and chief executive officer; Richard D. Maltsbarger, chief operating officer; and Marshall A. Croom, chief financial officer. Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

What: Fourth Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call Webcast

When: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Where: Visit Lowe’s Investor Relations website at http://www.Lowes.com/investor

Click on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s Fourth Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

How: Listen live online and view the supplemental slides by following the directions above

A webcast replay of the call can be accessed from 12:00 p.m. ET on February 28, 2018 through May 22, 2018 by visiting http://www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s Fourth Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call.

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

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

StubHub teams up with the NFL Players Association to empower current and former players realize their career goals after life on the field

StubHub teams up with the NFL Players Association to empower current and former players realize their career goals after life on the field

 

StubHub gives current and former NFL players exposure to hands-on business experience through the NFLPA’s Externship and Fellowship programs.

San Jose, CA, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — StubHub, the world’s largest event marketplace, teamed up with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to empower current and former players to realize their career goals after life on the field. As part of the NFLPA’s Externship program, Quincy Enunwa of the New York Jets, Ben Koyack of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and recent Super Bowl champion Josh Andrews of the Minnesota Vikings (formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles) will participate in a three-week immersive business experience program at StubHub’s headquarters in San Francisco. In addition and separate from the NFLPA’s Externship program, StubHub announced they will pilot a year-long paid Fellowship program with the NFLPA later this year for transitioning NFL players evaluating their next career moves.

“We see both current and former NFL players as extremely valuable individuals”, said Scott Jablonski, StubHub’s General Manager of NFL, NBA & NHL. “They’re one-in-a-million successes who’ve dedicated their lives to achieving their on-the-field goals. StubHub sees this program not only as a valuable investment for our organization; in concert with the NFLPA, we look forward to providing value to the program participants and helping them find their next passions off-the-field.

In its fifth year, the 2018 NFLPA Externship program pairs 41 athletes with 20 organizations that best fit participants’ interests and career development goals. As part of StubHub’s NFLPA Externship program, players will learn what it’s like to work in a fast paced Silicon Valley business environment, tasked with solving a real-life business problem and presenting the solution to StubHub’s leadership upon completion of the program. Each player will be assigned a mentor and learn every aspect of StubHub’s business from technology and finance to sitting in on customer service calls to helping fans find the perfect seats and tickets at StubHub’s Flagship ticket location in New York City.

“I chose StubHub for my NFLPA Externship program because I was looking for a company that blends sports, technology and customer experience,” said Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets Wide Receiver. “It’s important to expand my knowledge and explore opportunities outside of football and I look forward to working with StubHub and the NFLPA to find my career path off the field.”

StubHub’s NFLPA Externship program kicks off Tuesday, February 20th at StubHub’s headquarters in San Francisco and will conclude on March 10th at StubHub’s Flagship ticket location in New York City where players will deliver a seamless fan experience for NCAA’s Big East and ACC Basketball Tournaments. StubHub and the NFLPA’s Fellowship initiative will be a separate program and will kick off later this year.

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@ ebay.com

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

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NCR to help retailers reimagine consumer engagement across physical and digital channels at EuroCIS 2018

NCR demonstrates how its innovations help converge physical and digital channels to meet the demands of both retailers and shoppers in an evolving industry

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, helps retailers reimagine consumer engagement across physical and digital channels at this years’ EuroCIS. In hall 10, booth A04, NCR will showcase solutions that are improving engagement and creating enhanced experiences using a wide variety of technologies such as personalization, payment solutions and artificial intelligence in self-checkout environments. NCR’s digital services help retailers turn data into insights and identify areas to improve in-store efficiency and customer experience. At EuroCIS, NCR shows how it helps retailers combine all the technical and operational disciplines that they need to address their specific challenges.

The retail landscape is characterized by fierce competition, with customers constantly seeking the best deal. At EuroCIS, NCR will showcase how its relationship management solutions can combine the latest technologies with tailored promotions and campaigns to drive customer engagement across platforms and store formats to attract and retain customers. The NCR solutions feature an advanced promotion engine, segmentation builder and analytics capabilities to enable retailers to manage complex omni-channel promotions and to deliver offers via mobile, kiosk, or web. With personalized interactions, retailers can make better use of their customer data and drive measurable results.

Flexible payment options are an important part of a customer journey. While many retailers are capable of accepting e-commerce and in-store payments, they typically use separate systems for payments online and in-store. With WinEPTS, NCR is demonstrating a proven hardware independent payment solution that is omni-channel and omni-commerce ready, combining the online and in-store payments on one cloud based platform. In addition to any card, mobile or online payments, it can handle third party voucher payments as well as food vouchers and can create tax-free vouchers for eligible foreign customers.

As retailers are evolving their stores to suit changing customer demand, self-checkout technology is gaining traction across Europe. By including artificial intelligence in its newest self-checkout model, NCR is improving the ease of use and the security of the technology. The image scanner recognizes fresh produce items based on certain attributes such as colour, shape and size and automatically suggests matching items from the retailer’s assortment, eliminating the need to navigate through the complete menu. The same technology also helps prevent item switching as the system recognizes if the attributes of the item don’t match the selected produce.

“With every consumer expecting a different experience when they shop, retailers have unique demands and requirements for their specific digital transformation,” said Tom Chittenden, vice president and general manager of retail solutions at NCR Corporation. “We are helping retailers to rethink their business in fresh new ways and create solutions that address changing consumer behaviors and desires.”

At EuroCIS 2018, visitors to the NCR booth can experience how NCR satisfies the buy-anywhere, fulfill-anywhere demands of today and learn how its omni-channel solutions improve every consumer touchpoint along the shopping journey.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Europa Capital and Ediston Real Estate sold two 1980s office buildings in Bath to Carlton (North Wales) for £26.5 million

Europa Capital and Ediston Real Estate sold two 1980s office buildings in Bath to Carlton (North Wales) for £26.5 million

 

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Europa Capital and Ediston Real Estate have sold two 1980s office buildings in Bath to UK family property group Carlton (North Wales) for £26.5 million.

The Pinesgate site currently comprises detached buildings Pinesgate East and Pinesgate West.

Located along the Lower Bristol Road, both properties are currently let to insurance provider Redde until 2025 at £1,583,929 per year.

As well as offering eight years of secure income, the investment comes with the opportunity to obtain vacant possession to redevelop the site.

Planning consent has already been granted for a new, high-specification, Grade-A office comprising 112,246 sq ft over five floors at Pinesgate West.

A new state-of-the-art office is anticipated to be in high demand as there is currently no availability of Grade-A offices within Bath city centre. If developed, Pinesgate West will be the first newly-built office in the city in 26 years.

In addition, planning consent has been secured for a new, state-of-the-art education campus spanning 177,507 sq ft at Pinesgate East.

The campus will comprise college facilities and integral student accommodation for 358 units. Pinesgate East, which makes up approximately 50 per cent of the site, has been pre-let to Kaplan Bath on a new 21-year lease to create Kaplan International College.

Jeremy Hodgson, head of national investments at Allsop, said: “The strong price achieved reflected Europa Capital and Ediston Real Estate’s excellent asset management and vision in obtaining such a major and valuable planning consent for the site. The opportunity now reflects a secure medium-term income stream coupled with an exceptional planning consent and part pre-let.

“Bath boasts a strong local economy and is renowned as both a thriving business hub in the region and a centre for education excellence. As a result, this site benefits from excellent prospects for rental growth and good, long-term tenant demand.”

Allsop represented the vendor, Europa Capital and Ediston Real Estate.

Contact:
0131 225 5599
or email info@ediston.com

Source: Ediston Real Estate

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Diebold Nixdorf to showcase solutions for the future of shopping at EuroCIS

Storevolution™ program introduces new technologies throughout the consumer journey

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At EuroCIS, the leading trade fair for retail technology, Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) – the world leader in driving connected commerce – will present state-of-the-art technologies that enable intuitive journeys for shoppers across all channels and optimize the in-store experience. As part of its Storevolution™ consumer-centric approach, the company will showcase solutions for the future of shopping from February 27 to March 1 at Stand C26 in Hall 9.

Today’s retailers must be able to implement new touchpoints and technological applications quickly. This is where Diebold Nixdorf’s Storevolution™ program comes in: Customer centricity, store digitalization and high connectivity form the cornerstones of future-oriented retailing. A store-as-a-service offer that ensures technologies from various providers are supplied quickly and operated reliably can secure a retailer’s long-term success. For this reason, Diebold Nixdorf will place its focus at EuroCIS on innovations that cover all the processes along the customer journey.

    • In terms of implementing new customer journeys: “Scan & Go” is an option enabling consumers to use a mobile scanner to scan their goods themselves and pay for them at a self-service terminal when they leave the store. The advantage: All scanned items can conveniently be placed directly in a bag while shopping. Diebold Nixdorf supports this form of self-scanning with its new software solution Vynamic™ Mobile Shopper as well as with mobile hand-held scanners available in the stores. For consumers who want to use their own smartphone as a scanner, Diebold Nixdorf offers the Vynamic Mobile Shopper app, which enables customers to use their smartphones to scan items themselves. With “Pick, Pack & Pay,” Diebold Nixdorf introduces a consumer journey that makes it possible to quickly register items while not having to scan them. The use of RFID tags on the product or NFC tags that have been integrated into the shelf or electronic shelf labels allows the data of each item in the whole shopping basket to be digitally registered and forwarded to a payment station. At the station, customers then pay electronically or with cash, at which point they are given a receipt imprinted with a barcode that enables them to open an exit gate to depart the store.
    • The new, cloud-based software-as-a-service solution Vynamic Engage lays the foundation for cross-channel promotions and real-time campaigns that improve the shopping experience at every touchpoint. By capturing, combining and analyzing customer data, Vynamic Engage generates comprehensive customer profiles, enables retailers to personally address customers on the basis of earlier shopping patterns, promotes customer loyalty and ultimately creates higher revenues.
    • Diebold Nixdorf is also showcasing its proven BEETLE POS portfolio, including the BEETLE /iSCAN eXpress Hybrid – a checkout solution the customer or the cashier can operate. An additional monitor and a customer-facing scanner make it easy to switch between staff-operated and self-service mode depending on customer traffic, the number of items in the shopping basket and the availability of cashiers. Additionally, the BEETLE /iSCAN EASY SCO allows customers to scan items and pay for them either electronically or with cash. New features include the integrated recycling modules for coins and banknotes that automate cash handling. Together with a note recycler located in the store’s cash office, these modules lay the foundation for automated banknote processing.  Diebold Nixdorf is also showcasing two new all-in-one BEETLE /iPOS systems and has extended its portfolio to include a new payment solution based on a 6″ tablet that can be used anywhere in the store.
    • For its new generation of reverse vending systems, Diebold Nixdorf offers its customers CONCENTRATE (CONtrol CENter of TRAnsaction iTEms) – a modern fleet-management tool that condenses a variety of operational data into meaningful graphics and statistics. This enables store managers to monitor the status and performance of all installed systems through a Web interface both from their office and on the go. “In the digital age, consumers expect a personalized, networked and convenient shopping experience,” says Mark Brewer, senior vice president and managing director, Global Retail at Diebold Nixdorf. “Diebold Nixdorf’s software suite, extensive automation solutions, and services geared specifically to retail processes, help retail companies create better, sustainable customer experiences.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Contact(s):

Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Email: ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

REI Co-op to support outdoor leaders in the second-ever “Confluence Summit” in Asheville this July

Co-op continues work to unite diverse stakeholders from across the country to help shape future of life outdoors

Kent, Wash., 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earlier today (02.20.2018), the State of North Carolina announced its intention to host the second-ever “Confluence Summit” for state-level outdoor recreation leaders in Asheville this July. There are currently eight states – Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming – with an office, director or task force dedicated to the well-being of the outdoor recreation industry and to greater public access to outdoor experiences.

To assure robust participation from across the country, the REI Co-op has committed to fund travel for these outdoor leaders, and their delegations, who are developing a multi-state vision for connecting Americans with the outdoors.

“Gatherings like this can be a model for the future. They look to bridge across local, state and federal stakeholders to create a sense of shared mission and responsibility,” said REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. “This work can be foundational for creating a next generation that loves and cares for the outdoors, and is vital in shaping the future of our towns, states and country.”

In 2017, as several states were establishing these leadership positions, the State of Colorado saw an opportunity to foster a shared vision for the future of the outdoors, to share best practices and, ideally, create a set of cross-state policy principles for maximizing the sector’s many benefits. At the urging of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the state’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, led by Luis Benitez, set up the process for convening the “ORec 8” for this shared undertaking. The result of this work was the first-ever Confluence Summit, which took place in Denver on January 24, 2018, and was attended by approximately 100 delegates and staff.

Leading up to the summit and at the event, the delegations began to develop a collaborative working document titled “The Colorado Accords.” The document aims to define a collective vision and set of principles in four broad and important areas:

  • Economic development
  • Conservation and stewardship
  • Education and workforce development
  • Public health and wellness

The Asheville Confluence Summit will build on this groundbreaking work.

“It is imperative that the Confluence Summits migrate from state to state each year to celebrate each region’s robust outdoor recreation industry ecosystem and economy and continue work on shared principles,” said Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado office of outdoor recreation.

Once ratified, the Accords will remain a living document, open to adjustments and adaptations as best practices are identified and as other states enter the process. Additional states are considering creating their own outdoor recreation-focused offices. According to Benitez, as well as David Knight, who was appointed North Carolina’s Director of Outdoor Industry Recruitment in January, those states are welcome to join the effort, subject to a firm, unambiguous commitment to the sector from the state’s governor and/or legislature, and the designation of an outdoor recreation sector leader.

At the heart of REI Co-op is the belief that a life outdoors is a life well-lived and that access to enriching outdoor experiences is something every American has the right to enjoy. To support the first Confluence Summit, the Co-op made funds available to the Colorado Tourism Office so that it could offer travel stipends to delegates who lacked funding. REI has pledged similar support for the event in Asheville, subject to compliance with state and local ethics requirements.

“This gathering brings together thought-leaders from diverse backgrounds – from business, the nonprofit community, government and tribal communities. Given budget realities, many stakeholders could not attend without a travel stipend. We see it as part of the co-op mission to bring together advocates for the outdoors,” said Marc Berejka, REI’s director of government and community affairs.

About the REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 17 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips and outstanding customer service. REI has 151 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/rei-garage or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries worldwide. The REI Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

Media contact:
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI

ARA calls for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity in Australian retail industry

ARA calls for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity in Australian retail industry

 

Melbourne, Australia, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Australia’s leading peak body for the retail industry, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity for the country’s $310 billion sector.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA, said the ARA works hard to advocate and support employers and employees working in the sector as the Australian retail industry employs 10% of the working population.

“The current trading environment has seen many retailers doing it tough, with last year’s retail trade figures averaging a 2.76% year-on-year growth, and retail trade growth down more than 1% on the 50 year average in 2017, the Government needs to intervene and offer some relief to the struggling industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“At 30%, Australia has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the advanced economic world, making it difficult for retailers to invest in jobs growth and increased wages that would benefit the economy.”

The ARA insists the present corporate tax rate currently discourages international and Australian businesses from investing in Australia and calls on all sides of politics to drive investment and accept the economic benefits tax cuts will create.

“The current corporate tax rate discourages international and Australian businesses from investing in Australia and providing further job opportunities, as many Australian and offshore businesses choose to invest in, and headquarters overseas,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Senate needs to cooperate with the Government’s plan to lower the corporate tax rate below 25% so local retailers are able to invest in their businesses and grow the Australian economy.”

Retailers have told the ARA that balancing rising cost pressures with low sales growth and a high-tax environment, it is becoming increasingly difficult with some retailers even struggling to pay their rent.

“As retailers are already struggling in a volatile trading environment, the ARA will continue to advocate for a reduced company tax rate before it stifles future employment and growth,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Australian retail industry currently employs more than 1.2 million people. If the corporate tax rate is not reduced to be more in line with our international counterparts, employees and the underemployed will be the ones who suffer, as employees are the heart and soul of retail.”

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association, representing the country’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As Australia’s leading retail peak body industry, the ARA is a strong pro-active advocate for Australian retail and works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Spokesperson call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au 

Source: ARA

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ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Bishop’s Stortford

ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Bishop’s Stortford

 

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M Stores continued its expansion today (21 February 2018) as a new store was officially opened in Bishop’s Stortford.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating more than 40 jobs for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on South Street, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Cancer Research UK, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Mayor, Cllr George Cutting, was also in attendance.

The team volunteer in the local shop on Potter Street to raise money for the charity through selling pre-loved bargains to the local community. The charity relies on fundraising to carry out research into cancer and help beat the disease sooner. Last year the charity’s shops across the UK raised £80 million – this wouldn’t have been possible without their amazing volunteers.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Hamza Khan, said: “The team from Cancer Research UK really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open on Wednesday and show customers their new B&M Bishop’s Stortford.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M Store

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MEADFA to hold next conference in Beirut from 19th to 20th November 2018

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A key event in one of duty free and travel retail’s most dynamic regions, the next MEADFA Conference will take place in Beirut from 19th to 20th November 2018.

January’s re-scheduled MEADFA Conference in Dubai welcomed an impressive 489 visitors, an increase on the number who attended the event in November 2016.

MEADFA President, Haitham Al Majali, said: “After the success of the MEADFA Conference in Dubai in January, I am delighted that we will be holding our next conference in Beirut. While we have faced a number of tough challenges over the past few years, there are plenty of reasons to believe in a bright future for duty free and travel retail in the Middle East and Africa, as was shown by the atmosphere during our event in Dubai.

“As is widely known, the MEADFA Board had hoped to bring last year’s Conference to Beirut, a city that is not only an attractive destination in its own right, but a vital hub for the regional business. We are delighted to bring the event to Lebanon and hope to see a strong turnout from our friends and partners in the region.”
Please look out for updates, including full details of the conference and information on how to confirm your place, on the TFWA and MEADFA websites soon. In the meantime, the full January 2018 MEADFA review is available on the TFWA website here: https://www.tfwa.com/the-meadfa-conference.

Contact Us:
+971 4 299 66 63
+971 4 299 66 30
info@meadfa.com

Source: MEADFA