Gap with (RED) launch utility jackets designed by renowned female artists in anticipation of World AIDS Day

THE UNISEX COLLECTION AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS AND KIDS LAUNCHES IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLD AIDS DAY WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITTING THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap is continuing to commemorate (RED)’s 10thanniversary and its role as the founding apparel partner of the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver. In anticipation of World AIDS Day, on December 1, Gap will launch a collection of their iconic Utility Jackets featuring custom designs by six of the most renowned female street artists from around the world. The talented group of women is notable for their exciting, thought-provoking work and for creating awareness of contributions by women in street art.

“Gap is thrilled to partner with these talented and visionary women who are each bringing their own creative aesthetic to our iconic utility jacket,” said Wendi Goldman, Gap executive vice president and chief product officer. “We worked closely with (RED) to select artists with diverse points of view who are creating meaningful work that inspires and empowers. Each jacket offers a unique expression that customers can wear with pride to show their commitment to (RED)’s important mission.”

“We are so grateful to these extraordinary artists for applying their limitless talent to further (RED)’s fight against AIDS,” said Deborah Dugan, (RED) chief executive officer. “This collaboration with Gap is truly unique and can’t fail to capture the imaginations of fashion fans this winter.”

The unisex styles for men and women will launch on November 29th, coinciding with Giving Tuesday, a day to give back and do good. A portion of proceeds of this collection will be donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, adding to the $10 million dollars that Gap has already contributed to the organization over the last 10 years.

The collection includes designs by Shiro, KASHINK, Kelsey Montague, FAITH XLVII and AIKO retailing for $198, as well as a special crochet jacket by Olek retailing for $298. Designs by Shiro and Kelsey Montague will also be offered in versions for boys and girls for $128.

Olek

Olek is a Polish-born street artist and activist whose preferred medium — crochet — captivates audiences all over the world. Inspired by everything from personal text messages to train travel, she believes that life and art are inseparable.

Shiro

An internationally recognized graffiti artist from Japan. She loves music, people, and culture.  Shiro travels by herself and paints wall all over the world.

KASHINK

KASHINK is an internationally recognized street artist and social activist from Paris. Her large-scale murals celebrate the beauty of human diversity.

Kelsey Montague

Kelsey Montague is an international street artist and coloring book author known for intricate pen-and-ink drawings and a thriving social media campaign that transforms her interactive public murals into living works of art.

FAITH XLVII

A prolific, internationally acclaimed South African visual artist, FAITH XLVII is known for her street paintings, which explore the human condition. Her work spans many mediums, from painting and printmaking to video.

AIKO

Since moving from her native Tokyo to NYC in the late 90’s, AIKO has become a well-respected contemporary artist in the international street art scene, where her feminine, Pop Art-inspired graffiti has a global following.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About (RED)
(RED) was founded in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, GAP, Lokai, MCM, NetJets, Salesforce, SAP, Starbucks, Telcel. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Alessi, ALEX AND ANI, Fatboy USA, Fresh, Girl Skateboards, Gretsch, HEAD, Le Creuset, Live Nation Entertainment, Moleskine, Mophie, Piaggio and Wolfnoir.

To date, (RED) has generated $360 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

(RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

PRESS CONTACT
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Whole Foods Market announces 25-cent cookies from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 in celebration of National Cookie Day

Whole Foods Market announces 25-cent cookies from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 in celebration of National Cookie Day

Whole Foods Market announces 25-cent cookies from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 in celebration of National Cookie Day

Retailer offering cookies for a quarter Nov. 30 to Dec. 6

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Cookie Day is Dec.4, but Whole Foods Market is celebrating for an entire week by offering freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for 25 cents each from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. They are available daily while supplies last at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S, limit three per customer.

“We’re really proud of our made-in-house cookies and the team members who bake them up fresh, so we hope these treats bring some sweetness and savings to our customers this time of year,” said Tien Ho, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of culinary and hospitality.

All bakery items at Whole Foods Market are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

EXPERTS

Tien Ho
Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

Press Contacts

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Make someone’s Christmas magical with personalised letter from Santa

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Elfie Begins the Annual Countdown to Christmas; Order Soon Before It’s Too Late!

LONDON, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The countdown to Christmas is once again speeding along at record pace, meaning now’s the time to get those perfect gifts prepped and readied. Over at Elfie, the world’s premier provider of enchanting Christmas messages directly from Santa himself is urging customers not to leave their orders too late! Time is running short and the countdown is on – place your order for a personalised message from Santa and make someone’s Christmas even more magical!

 

A Unique, Timeless Gift

“Each letter from Santa tells a different, adventurous, funny story from Santa’s daily life in Lapland. Create a letter from Santa for your child in less than 5 minutes. Provide the name, select and edit the contents, add something from yourself and leave the rest to Santa. The letter will be delivered by traditional post to your house in just a few days. Joy and disbelief guaranteed!” – Elfie

There’s really nothing like a personal, heart-felt message from Santa himself to put that extra sparkle into the festive season. Adults and kids of all ages simply cannot resist the allure of a message from the big guy himself, though time is running out to place an order through his elves!

Simply enter a few details online, after which Santa’s team will get busy preparing this incredible one-of-a-kind Christmas gift. When you see the face of the recipient light up on Christmas morning, you’ll understand the true magic of timeless, unique and sentimental gifts.

Personal Video Messages

“This year, why not go for something with an edge of extra originality at Christmas time and truly surprise your friends, family and children with a remarkable gift that they will cherish forever and certainly never forget! Let our talented team of tech savvy Elves create a Santa video for you that will really bring the legend of Father Christmas to life. Sit back with your child and be carried away into the magical world of Santa. An unforgettable souvenir and a true bestseller!” – Elfie

Of course, there’s always the option of ordering a truly incredible video message from Santa, taking the whole experience to an even higher level. Whatever the message you’d like Saint Nick to deliver to someone special, you can be sure he’ll do so in the most magical way possible! From friends to family, kids to adults and all others in-between, it’s the kind of surprise they won’t see coming and will never forget!

Once more, time is running out to get those orders placed…Santa and his elves are pretty busy right now! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make this festive season truly unforgettable for someone close to you!

About Elfie:

Elfie is staffed by a group of life-long Christmas fanatics with one goal – to amaze, astound and delight with unique personalised gifts. Since 2013, the Elfie team have been creating and delivering truly exceptional written and video-recorded messages from Santa Claus, making the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends, children and adults of all ages. Their commitment to going the extra mile to deliver truly captivating results has earned the Elfie brand an international reputation for superior quality and value for money.

Contact-Details: Elfi Santa, Poland, mail@elfisanta.uk, https://www.elfisanta.uk

ABBYY Mobile announces 90% off on Productivity and language Apps

abby-black-fridayMilpitas, CA, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Black Friday is a long-awaited day for everyone who doesn’t want to pass up a good deal. This year ABBYY Mobile has prepared some great Black Friday discounts for its productivity and language apps.

Productivity apps:

Business Card Reader Plus for iOS – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99
Business Card Reader Pro for Android – 70% off: $3.99 instead of $14.99

Convert paper business cards to digital with a single tap, manage, export and use them effectively on your smartphone or Apple Watch. Featured by the New Your Times, CNN and The Telegraph.

FineScanner Pro for iOS and Android – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99

Make high-quality electronic copies in PDF or JPEG and convert printed text on them in 193 languages to MS Word, Excel and more. Best mobile scanner according to LifeHacker, editor’s choice at PCMag, featured on Discovery.
TextGrabber + Translator for iOS – 80% off: $0.99 instead of $4.99
TextGrabber + Translator for Android – 90% off: $0.99 instead of $9.99

Capture printed text in 60+ languages and translate it into 100+ languages. Digitize and recognize text from books, magazines, ads, and timetables on the go. Featured by Business Insider and LifeHacker.

Bundle:

Black Friday Bundle: TextGrabber + FineScanner Pro – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $41.99

Language apps:

Larousse Spanish Basic for iOS – 50% off: $0.99 instead of $1.99 (Americas only)
Larousse Spanish Advanced for iOS – 60% off: $1.99 instead of $4.99 (Americas only)
Spanish Advanced set of Larousse dictionaries – 50% off: $2.99 instead of $5.99 (Americas only)

Special offer for español learners. Explore useful content bundled with smart word look-up functionality – phrases, idioms, synonyms, antonyms and over 75,000 definitions.
Lingvo Mac – 50% off: $19.99 instead of $39.99

Licensed offline dictionaries for 7 languages with translations and examples of words and phrases (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian).

All the information is available on the website: https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/blackfriday-mobile/

Contact-Details: Catherine Matantseva
Catherine_Mat@abbyy.com

Dunkin’ Donuts offers medium hot or iced espresso beverage for special price of $1.99 all day today, November 23

Dunkin’ Donuts offer medium hot or iced espresso beverage for special price of $1.99 all day today, November 23

Dunkin’ Donuts offers medium hot or iced espresso beverage for special price of $1.99 all day today, November 23

Exclusive new Elf on a Shelf ornament highlights Dunkin’ Donuts’ selection of stocking stuffers for holiday shopping season

CANTON, MA, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today is National Espresso Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming the holiday with a wonderful way to enjoy an espresso beverage. All day today, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the country will offer any medium hot or iced espresso beverage for the special price of $1.99. On one of the busiest travel days of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can get energized while on-the-go with the brand’s Hot and Iced Macchiatos, Hot and Iced Lattes, and Cappuccinos, all made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso and sourced from the finest, high-quality Arabica beans.

With the height of holiday shopping season upon us, Dunkin’ Donuts is also offering a variety of affordable gifts and stocking stuffers for friends, family and co-workers:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee or K-Cup® pods make for a perfect stocking stuffer for coffee lovers, with flavors including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf®, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee. With a Regular Refills® subscription, Dunkin’ Donuts fans will never run out of Dunkin’ packaged coffee or K-Cup pods. Simply pick your favorites and preferred delivery frequency, and Dunkin’ Donuts will do the rest. For more information, visit here.
  • The Elf on a Shelf runs on Dunkin’. New for this year, Dunkin’ Donuts is selling a special ornament featuring the famous Elf on a Shelf watching over with a box of the brand’s beloved donuts. This collectible is available for the suggested retail price of $9.99. Dunkin’ Donuts also has other ornaments in store, including a snow globe featuring a Dunkin’ coffee cup and glitter sprinkles.
  • DIY with a personalized mug. Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Make-A-Mug allows any coffee drinker the chance to create their own unique, personalized mug. The Make-A-Mug kit includes an 11-ounce mug, one stencil and three markers, available for the suggested retail price of $12.99.
  • Dunkin’ Beanie hats are the perfect accessory when enjoying Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot beverages on a chilly day. Available in a variety of prints and colors with a faux leather debossed DD patch, the knit fitted beanies are available for the suggested retail price of $5.99.
  • A new Dunkin’ Donuts thermos features a removable bottom compartment to store sugar, creamer and/or tea bags, with two cups built into the top lid. Perfect for all hot and iced beverage outings, the thermos is available for the suggested retail price of $18.99.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can help any coffee beverage lover running through the holidays and well into the New Year, and are available in a variety of holiday and winter themed designs. Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can be purchased at any participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in amounts from $2 to $100, as well as online at www.DunkinDonuts.com and at many grocery, pharmacy, and big box retailers. Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can also be sent digitally via text, email or Facebook Connect, through the Dunkin’ Mobile® App or DunkinDonuts.com, and always have no fees and no expiration date.

All merchandise and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee items are available exclusively at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide and/or online at www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Finally, many Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will be open until 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. All Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country will be open on “Black Friday,” November 25, with some opening earlier than 5:00 a.m. to help guests get a great start to their day of holiday shopping.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

MEDIA CONTACT

Heather McIntyre
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: heather.mcintyre@dunkinbrands.com

Grow kits in recycled tea bags made Oprah’s ‘2016 Favorite Things’ List

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Grow kits in recycled tea bags equip city-dwellers with tools to make their home a garden – starting with only a window ledge

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The approach of Black Friday means it’s time for another tradition launching the holiday shopping season – one that is key to the success of a unique group of retail businesses each year. The most watched, and now read, feature from Oprah Winfrey since the early 1990’s, “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” aka “The O-List,” is notable this year for its inclusion of a 10-month old start-up, Urban Agriculture, amongst curated gift suggestions to be included with discounts for the December issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

The Urban Agriculture Company designs grow kits that simplify the process of city gardening by providing users with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. What has become known as “The Oprah Effect” refers to financial impact of consumers who covet the things Oprah loves, and Urban Agriculture’s grow kits are so revered by Winfrey and her editors that they are listed in the top ten of this year’s “O-List.”

Founder and CEO Chad Corzine is still in his twenties, living in Los Angeles. This time last year, The Urban Agriculture Company was only a seed of an idea. Corzine was working in organic product development and became frustrated how green spaces are hard to come by for many people, noting how the city tends to squeeze out nature.

Deciding to make a lifestyle change of his own, he committed to a healthier diet, exercise and weight loss. Corzine was soon inspired to step away and launch his own consumer product-line, realizing that when the freshest foods are those arriving by truck, a healthy lifestyle feels a long way off.

“As a young, aspiring entrepreneur, to have someone with Ms. Winfrey’s magnitude, reputation and global influence elevate a company like mine is just incredible. My goal is to allow others to make the lifestyle change I had undertaken myself as a city dweller,” said Urban Agriculture founder and CEO, Chad Corzine. “We give you the tools to make your home a garden, even if you only have a window-ledge. From grow-bags bursting with organic vegetables for your table, to crisp herbs for freshening up your cocktails and even outdoor games, we take care of everything you’ll need – making your green adventure easy, simple and fun.”

All of Urban Agriculture’s grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. The containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, in addition to a uniquely urban look. The Urban Agriculture Company offer a variety of flowers, cooking herbs and vegetables to help urban dwellers have a well-rounded garden.

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SOURCE: EPR Network

K-Group commits itself to actions aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic bags

The K-Group contributes to the effort to reduce the amount of plastic litter that ends up in water bodies and elsewhere in the natural environment. In its commitment to The Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development published today, the K-Group commits itself to actions aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic bags.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2016-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In The Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, different operators pledge themselves to promoting sustainable development in their work and operations. Kesko joined The Society’s Commitment and published its first two commitments in September 2015.

The objective of Kesko’s third commitment is to reduce the consumption of plastic bags in K-stores. In the background of the objective are the voluntary actions agreed by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Commerce Federation to ensure that the targets for the reduction of the consumption of plastic lightweight carrier bags set in the EU packaging waste directive are achieved also in Finland. Kesko is committed to the EU’s target that the annual consumption is no more than 40 plastic bags per person by 2025.

Aim is to increase the share of alternative shopping bags

At the beginning of 2017, retail plastic bags will be subject to a charge at all K-Group food stores, building and home improvement stores, agricultural and machinery stores, as well as furniture stores.

By the end of 2017, thin small bags will no longer be on display at the checkout line. They will be handed out on request for covering a wet bouquet of flowers or a package of meat with juice dripping out, for example.

Kesko provides alternatives for plastic bags in its selections: reusable bags, cotton bags and jute bags, as well as paper bags and recycled plastic bags. In the spring of 2017, circular economy bags manufactured by Amerplast Ltd will be added to the choice. Plastic waste returned by households to the Rinki eco take-back points is used in their manufacture.

Active communications in customer channels and stores are used to increase the awareness of the environmental impacts of plastic waste, reduce the consumption of plastic bags, increase the use of alternative solutions, such as reusable bags, paper bags and cotton bags, as well as increase plastics recycling.

Material solutions to replace PVC and micro plastic particles to be removed from own brand cosmetic products

In accordance with its plastics policy statement, Kesko promotes the recycling and reuse of plastics. Kesko creates operating models that prevent plastics from ending up in water bodies and elsewhere in the natural environment.

The chlorine, stabilisers and phthalates contained in polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, are estimated to cause significant environmental and health impacts. Kesko is seeking replacement material solutions for PVC, especially for product or packaging materials that are difficult to recycle, or that are used for a short time. The packaging of those Kesko’s own brand products that currently contains PVC will be replaced by an alternative material by the end of 2016. The use of PVC as the material of Kesko’s gift vouchers will be discontinued within 2017. The aim is to replace the material of Plussa cards with a PVC free material within 2017.

Small micro plastic particles contained in cosmetic products pass through waste water treatment plants into water bodies risking to end up in food chains and household drinking water. Kesko will remove micro plastic particles from its own brand cosmetic products within 2017. Kesko’s selections do not include oxo-degradable plastic bags or small bags because they fragment into micro particles.

Further information:
Matti Kalervo, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 50 306 4081, matti.kalervo@kesko.fi
Timo Jäske, Sustainability Manager, Kesko’s grocery trade, tel. +358 50 529 2028,timo.jaske@kesko.fi

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SOURCE: KESKO

The first LVMH Day of 2016-2017 school year held at the HEC business school campus

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© ARR / LVMH

A series of on-campus LVMH Days at partner schools give LVMH a unique opportunity to engage with future talents and let them learn more about the Group and its Maisons.

PARIS, 2016-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH Days bring students a chance to more clearly see the tremendous diversity of career opportunities and professions at LVMH across the Group’s 70 houses. The events include themed workshops, conferences, business case studies, recruitment sessions and more, with programs tailored specifically to each partner school.

The first LVMH Day of the 2016-2017 school year took place on October 27 at the campus of the HEC business school. The day was divided into three parts, beginning with workshops. Managers from Louis Vuitton hosted a workshop on finance while the Parfums Christian Dior workshop focused on challenges in the field of marketing. Parfums Givenchy and Kenzo Parfums co-hosted a workshop on the customer experience for new product launches.

The themed workshops were followed by a talk on value creation by LVMH Chief Financial Officer Jean-Jacques Guiony. He then spoke at length with students during a Q&A session.

“Luxury is about value, anchored by 5 essential pillars: quality, functionality, design, branding and client experience. The creation of value is the core aspect of LVMH business development.” Jean-Jacques Guiony, Chief Financial Officer, LVMH

Lastly, the 250 students attending were invited to take part in more informal discussions with HR managers from different LVMH Maisons to learn about internships (including France’s VIE international work program) and job opportunities with the Group.

LVMH Days will continue throughout the 2016-2017 school year:

  • HEC: 27/10/2016
  • EM Lyon: 27/10/2016
  • Arts et Métiers Paris Tech ENSAM: 08/12/2016
  • Grenoble EM: 16/02/2017
  • EDHEC: 28/02/2017
  • Institut Français de la Mode: 09/03/2017
  • Bocconi University: 03/2017
  • Central Saint Martins: 04/2017
  • Saint Gall: 03/2017

SOURCE: LVMH

Shopify’s stock ticker symbol to change from its original two-letter symbol “SH” to “SHOP”

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH) (“Shopify”) announces that, effective the start of trading on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Shopify’s stock ticker symbol on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) will expand from its original two-letter symbol, “SH” to “SHOP” (TSX: SHOP).

“Shopify has already been going from strength to strength with the launch of multichannel offerings and our mobile efforts. And now, we’re excited to announce 100% growth in stock ticker digits,” said CEO Tobi Lütke from an undisclosed location.

A pioneer in the application of four-letter words to regulatory filings, the Company requested the change to its ticker symbol in Canada once it was permitted to use a four-letter symbol by the TSX. The change will align the Company’s Canadian ticker symbol with its U.S. ticker symbol, which remains “SHOP” (NYSE: SHOP).

No action is required to be taken by current shareholders in connection with the change, and no change has been made to the Company’s share capital. However, shareholders are welcome to celebrate the ticker expansion however they see fit.

About Shopify
Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and- mortar locations and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 300,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by big brands including Tesla Motors, Red Bull, Nestle, GE, Kylie Cosmetics and many more.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding a change in Shopify’s TSX stock ticker symbol. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates” and “intends” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Shopify’s current expectations about future events, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by Shopify in light of current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate. These expectations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Although Shopify believes that the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect, and readers cannot be assured that actual events will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Actual events could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Press Inquiries
press@shopify.com

SOURCE: Shopify

Drunken Berries the first start up to hit their funding target through Tesco’s BackIt initiative

Drunken Berries the first start up to hit their funding target through Tesco’s BackIt initiative

Drunken Berries the first start up to hit their funding target through Tesco’s BackIt initiative

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2016-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new award-winning drinks mixer that enhances the flavour of Prosecco could be hitting supermarket shelves thanks to the early success of a crowd-funding programme run by Tesco.

Despite winning two top food industry awards, the husband and wife team behind Drunken Berries have yet to get their product on sale at a major UK supermarket.

But that could change very soon after the pair became the first start up business to hit their funding target through Tesco’s BackIt initiative.

BackIt gives small food and drink businesses a platform to showcase their products to Tesco customers, and campaign for funding to drive their future growth.

Now Drunken Berries owners Gemma and Andre Glanville are hopeful their alcoholic mixers, which can also be drizzled on desserts or made into sorbets, could soon become a household name.

The mixer range uses high quality gin and brandy with a fine balance of pureed berries, caramelised sugar and lemon juice.

Gemma Glanville said:

“The BackIt scheme is a great idea to help small businesses like ourselves reach customers. Thanks to Tesco customers we can now proceed with our first run of products which they will receive in time for Christmas.

“Prosecco has become one of the UK’s most popular drinks and we are really optimistic we can now start to turn Drunken Berries into a winning brand.”

Drunken Berries are one of eight small businesses currently being supported through the Tesco scheme which also offers suppliers access to advice and mentoring from industry experts, as well as the experience of working with a large retailer.

Customers can discover new and unique products by visiting the www.tesco.com/backit website. If they wish to support any of them they are rewarded with the products they’ve invested in.

Tesco Business Development Director Michael Francis said:

“Drunken Berries was the first product on our BackIt site and it’s fantastic to see it surpass its target.

“As the UK’s largest buyer of locally sourced products, we understand the challenges suppliers face to get a product to market. Which is why BackIt is about more than just crowd funding, it’s a platform which provides advice and mentoring to help suppliers bring their ideas to life.

“By providing support for small suppliers, they can focus on what they do best –creating exciting new innovative products for customers.”

Businesses who sign up to BackIt are not obliged to list or work with Tesco after their campaign.

 

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Note to editors

Drunken Berries – a brief history

The idea for Drunken Berries came about after Gemma and Andre Glanville created the recipe for a friend’s New Year’s Eve party which went down a storm.

The couple continued to make the drink for private gatherings and feedback was so overwhelmingly complementary that they decided to embark on a business venture.

Drunken Berries have won two awards from Great Taste – the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink, which is run by the Guild of Fine Food.

Their Raspberry Gin Mixer won two Gold Stars while their Blackberry Brandy Mixer won one Gold Star.

Other companies currently looking for funding through BackIt include:

  • Botonique – a soft drink for wine lovers
  • B-Tempted – delicious gluten free cakes
  • Tg Green Teas – a high quality iced green tea
  • TrooGranola – fresh granola toasting kits
  • Nanaimo Bars – Tasty Canadian dessert treats
  • Rejuvenation Water – The world’s first amino acid enriched spring water
  • Nim’s Fruit Crisps– the UK’s first 100 per cent natural air dried fruit and veg crisps for kids

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The first Shop’n Go car sharing and charging station opened at Carrefour Market store in Milan

ITALY, 2016-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Shop’n Go car sharing and charging station was launched on October 25th at the Carrefour Market store at 79/81, Via Farini in Milan. This is the first of eight Shop’n Go car sharing stations to be installed at Carrefour Market supermarkets. The stations will all be active by the end of the year, with 30 charging spaces and up to 40 parking places in total.

From today, the supermarket’s customers will be able to use the free floating car sharing service and can take advantage of a number of benefits, including 30 minutes of free parking for every shop and 50 minutes of free driving for every 1,000 payback points.

The initiative is part of efforts to raise customer awareness of the advantages of shared and electric mobility for environmental sustainability, promoting eco-sustainable and efficient behaviour, including in urban areas and particularly in major cities such as Milan.

The partnership with Share’ngo is a further example of Carrefour’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as is the recent achievement of UNI CEI EN ISO 50001 certification, which certifies that all Carrefour Italy’s energy management processes are well-managed and controlled, and makes the Group’s Italian operations some of the best in the world.

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SOURCE: Carrefour Group

Product Launch: AOSO Newly Released M16 Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Adjustable Neckband

BUFFALO, NY, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — AOSO Newly released M16 Bluetooth Headphones take advantages of Bluetooth 4.1 version, providing universal compatibility with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, and automatically pairing your last connected device. LED indicator light can also show the remaining battery at your iphone / ipad. Users can pair 2 bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously. This makes sure you won’t miss every incoming telegram when listen the music; you may listen to a few tracks of the same musical tracks – a classical musical track, a pop track, a rock track and an orchestral movie soundtrack track. The headphone performed steady and smooth over the various styles of music and it proved to be a decent all rounder. There was enough bass and the mid to high tones were clear too.

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The headphone come in a a small round hard shell case that zips all the way around.and it is easy to pop them into a bag and the user doesn’t have to worry about the cord getting all twisted up or the ear cushions falling off. The inside of the bag has a mesh pouch on one side of the case that the charging cable can fit into. The Bluetooth earphones have a novel design which uses a bendable wire between the cable and earpiece which can be bent to the shape needed to be comfortable and secure for each individual’s ear.there is a small piece that slides up and down so that you can tighten them under your chin or behind your head. There are 3 sets of ear buds – small, medium and large equipped, the ear-bud portion is nice and fits the ear canal well respectively.

These earphones has an inline control panel with three buttons and a built in microphone.and there is a nice large control button on the front with raised buttons that are easy to reach to be able to control music and answer incoming calls. The sound quality of the headphones really is terrific. Which is build-in high-definition stereo sound, equipped with CVC 6.0 noise cancellation technology, leading to rich detailed sound by wireless stream with APTX for CD-like quality.the music is well balanced with good strong bass. It provides pretty loud when you enjoy your favorite music, the volume is pretty high and sound is much pure as original.

This bluetooth headphone is new released but with affordable price, this press has shown that it can deliver a powerful performance, and it doesn’t look too shabby, either. With such great value for money, this headphone comes highly recommended and can be found at http://www.aosotech.com/product_m16.php.

aosoAbout AOSO:
AOSO offers reliable audio products like bluetooth speakers, gaming headsets, bluetooth headphones; and we aim to become the most trusted audio brand. AOSO are committed to becoming the most loved and trusted market place on the Amazon by offering a superior shopping experiences, rapid delivery and superior customer service.

 

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CVS Health announced the national rollout of CVS Pay

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) today announced the national rollout of CVS Pay , an end-to-end mobile payment solution at CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pay is now part of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, and integrates payment, prescription pickup and the ExtraCare loyalty program all into one quick scan at checkout. CVS Pay is an example of the company’s larger commitment to developing digital tools that simplify the customer experience, making it easier for consumers everywhere to better manage their health.

“We know that our customers lead busy lives, so our digital efforts are focused on making it easier for them to do simple but important things like picking up prescriptions. That’s why we are thrilled to launch CVS Pay to CVS Pharmacy app users nationwide,” said Brian Tilzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, CVS Health. “For our customers, CVS Pay offers more than just a payment solution: it’s a seamless, quick and easy user experience that makes picking up prescriptions and shopping at CVS Pharmacy even more convenient.”

CVS Pay first launched as a pilot program this August in the New York City metro area and the adoption of the program as well as feedback from customers has exceeded expectations. Now available to all users of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, CVS Pay simplifies the checkout experience for customers nationwide. CVS Pay users have the ability to refill, manage multiple prescriptions and now pick-up and pay all within the app. Additionally, customers can link their ExtraCare card with CVS Pay, meaning a single scan at checkout will process all ExtraCare deals, earn new rewards and handle payment for the transaction. For another added level of convenience, customers can also use CVS Pay at the drive-thru, where they can simply share a pickup number found within the CVS Pharmacy mobile app.

CVS Pharmacy customers can begin using CVS Pay by adding any credit or debit card into the CVS Pharmacy app. They can also add their Health Savings Account and Flexible Savings Account cards. The CVS Pharmacy mobile app can be downloaded at www.cvs.com/mobile-cvs/apps. At the store, the associate will scan the barcode from the customer’s app, ring up the purchases, let the customer choose a payment method from those stored within the app, and then process the payment. All verifications for prescriptions and payment take place directly in the app, so transactions are quick and easy. Once complete, the customer will receive a confirmation of payment in the app.

CVS Pay is available in the CVS Pharmacy app on iOS and Android devices and works with all major credit (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express), debit, Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account cards. CVS Pay works in CVS Pharmacy standalone stores only and is not yet available at CVS Pharmacy in Target locations.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Pharmacy
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NACS: convenience stores contributed nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than 97% of convenience store companies responding to the survey say they donate to charities. The median charitable contribution per store is $4,100 in direct contributions and $2,500 in donations collected. This means that, as an industry, the 154,195 convenience stores in the United States contribute or collect approximately $990 million a year to benefit charities.

Nearly two-thirds of all convenience retailers (64%) say they support five or more charities in their communities. And more than four in five (83%) companies say they’ve have been engaged in community giving for more than a decade.

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) donate to local charities such as church groups, shelters, health-related organizations and other non-sports groups. More than three in four (76%) contribute to youth sports and activities and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via the PTAs and other fundraising activities.

Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community. “We are the stores that people turn to in crisis,” said Steve Williams with Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN).

More than nine in 10 Americans (91%) say that they live within 10 minutes of a convenience store, according to a national consumer survey conducted by NACS. In rural areas, convenience stores are often the only place in town to buy grocery items, fuel or other products or services. More than 8 in 10 rural Americans (81%) say that a convenience store is within 10 minutes of their home, according to the same survey.

“We are truly your neighborhood store—not just a stop and go for gas and snacks,” said Jessica Murphy with Humboldt Petroleum (Eureka, CA).

More than three in five (62%) retailers say make local product/food donations for charity events and 53% provide product to shelters to support those in need.

Convenience retailers stressed the importance of local contributions that help the immediate community they serve. Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA) donates a portion of sales from its food program during certain months to support a local charity. “This makes our customers and associates feel good because everyone knows the money is going to a great local cause that helps people in our immediate area,” said the company’s Director of Operations Dennis McCartney.

Retailers also noted that their convenient locations in the community also make them convenient locations for groups to hold events: 60% allow their property to be used by local groups for fundraising events.

They also say that they receive donation requests on a regular basis and tend to select those that are most appropriate for the community. Overall, 60% examine requests on a case-by-case basis while 8% develop a set amount that they contribute to causes annually.

“Our industry must choose wisely,” noted Bob Honkala from Bud’s Citgo (Somonauk, IL), which donates to a broad array of charities. “Choose what fits your company best,” added Jay Ricker with Ricker’s (Anderson, IN), which contributes to a number of local and national causes.

A total of 115 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,728 stores, participated in the September 2016 survey of convenience retailers. The national consumer survey was conducted in September 2015 by Penn Schoen Berland in which 1,111 U.S. adults were surveyed.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE:  NACS

Brad McGuinness named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Company, was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named to their positions during the NACS Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

McGuinness began his career in 1983 with Paradyne Corporation before partnering with a Belgium-based technology firm to form Perdata Corporation, where he pioneered POS integrations for the late Sam Jacobsen’s Pick Kwik and PDQ Food Stores, as well as Nice N Easy and other industry retailers. McGuinness joined Verifone when it acquired Perdata in 1992. McGuinness has spearheaded key standards development initiatives with Conexxus—the non-profit organization that drives standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the convenience industry. Today, McGuinness leads product and engineering teams for Verifone’s global line of business in the convenience store and petroleum markets.

Ard joined the Coca-Cola system in April 1979 as a route driver for the Rainwater Coca-Cola Bottling Group. Over the next 15 years, he held numerous positions, each with increasing responsibility. In 1994, he relocated to New Orleans to serve as the area vice president for south Louisiana and was later promoted to general manager of the Gulf States Division and general manager of the Florida Division. In 2005, he assumed his current position as vice president of national sales, convenience retail.

The NACS Supplier Board is comprised of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in the convenience store industry.

Three vice chairmen also were elected to the five-member Supplier Board leadership team:

  • Drew Mize, President, The Pinnacle Corporation
  • Tim Quinn, Vice President Trade Development, Mars Chocolate North America LLC
  • Dave Riser, Vice President External Relations, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

In addition, three new members were elected to the NACS Supplier Board:

  • Cindy McEntire, Team Leader, Nestle
  • David Charles, President and CEO, Cash Depot
  • George Ubing, National Sales Director-Convenience Channel, E&J Gallo Winery

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.

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SOURCE: NACS

Four retail members to serve on National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Board of Directors

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

New board members are:

  • Chris Coborn, President & CEO of Saint Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s Inc.
  • Brian Hannasch, President & CEO at Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
  • Chuck McDaniel, Vice President of Facilities, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip Corporation
  • Glenn Plumby, Senior Vice President Operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC
  • Art Stawski, President, Pueblo-Colorado-based Loaf ‘N Jug

A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the Board of Directors.

The following are brief biographies of the five new NACS Board members:

CHRIS COBORN
President & CEO, Coborn’s Inc.
Coborn is president and CEO of family-owned Coburn’s, a corporation of 120+ grocery, pharmacy, convenience, liquor, retail stores and central facilities in the Midwest. Coborn’s employs about 7,600 people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Coborn promotes a corporate culture of leadership through community involvement and charitable contributions. His company is a recognized leader in promoting charitable contributions through development and promotion of a Community Leaders Volunteer Program for employees, initiation of needed social and human service programs to meet community need, and educational support of community’s youth through employee education and scholarships.

Coborn graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in management.

BRIAN HANNASCH
President & CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Hannasch was appointed president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard in September 2014. In this role he has oversight for global operations of the company. Prior to his current role, he was COO since May 2010, and during that time had all functions of the company reporting to him, with the exception of the CFO. During this period, Hannasch also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Statoil Fuel and Retail into the ACT family. From May 2008 to 2010, he was senior vice president, U.S. operations. From 2004 to 2008, Hannasch was senior vice president, Western North America and vice president, integration. In 2001, he was appointed vice president operations, U.S. Midwest and responsible for U.S. operations. From 2000 to 2001, Hannasch was vice president of operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225-unit convenience store chain in the Midwest, Couche-Tard’s first step into the U.S. market. From 1989 to 2000, Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility.

Hannasch holds a B.A. in finance from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.

CHUCK McDANIEL
Vice President of Facilities, QuikTrip Corporation
McDaniel serves as vice president of facilities, for QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held convenience and gasoline marketer headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has more than 700 stores in 11 states, with more than 19,000 employees. McDaniel began work for QuikTrip Corporation in July 1991 as a night assistant manager in Kansas City. He worked in operations through April 2000 through the position of store supervisor. In May 2000, Chuck was promoted to director of facility support in Tulsa, overseeing QuikTrip’s maintenance department. In 2003, he was promoted to director of facilities, overseeing various departments in QT’s store development department.

McDaniel graduated from Central Missouri University in 1990 with a degree in business administration.

GLENN PLUMBY
Senior Vice President Operations, Speedway LLC
Plumby has more than 35 years’ experience starting in 1981 with Marathon Oil Company. He held various accounting and marketing positions until being transferred to Emro Marketing (Speedway) in 1994. Over the last 22 years at Speedway, Plumby has held positions including vice president of light product marketing, vice president marketing and vice president operations, construction and real estate.

Plumby graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a B.S. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1985. He attended Indiana University Executive education program in 1993 and attended the Wharton School Advanced Management program in 2012.

ARTHUR STAWSKI
President, Loaf ‘N Jug
Stawski is president of Load ‘N Jug, a chain of convenience stores owned by Kroger and headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado. Stawski was inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame for community advocacy in 2012. He received the Pueblo Business Person of the Year award from the Pueblo Chamber in 2009 and was selected as the Community Advocate of the Year by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation in 2007. He also served on the NACS Coca-Cola Retail Council from 2010 to 2014. Stawski began his career in the convenience store industry with Total Petroleum when he was 19 years old.

Stawski attended the University of New Orleans and earned his B.S. in business management from the University of Phoenix.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.

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SOURCE: NACS

David Ochs and Jeff Strack appointed to National Grocers Association (NGA) Board of Directors

Arlington, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the appointment of David Ochs, Senior Vice President Sales, East of KeHE Distributors, LLC and Jeff Strack, President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, to fill recent vacancies on its Board of Directors. Additionally, the organization named Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President and President, Wholesale and Supply Chain Services, SUPERVALU to serve on the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

David Ochs is the Senior Vice President Sales, East at KeHE Distributors, one of the oldest and most respected natural, specialty and organic food distributors in North America. He serves as a key member of KeHE’s East leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy in this region. With a background in both operations and sales, David has more than twenty years’ experience in the food industry in roles with leadership responsibility in operations, finance, human resources, growth and customer service.  Before joining KeHE in his current role, David was the Vice President Sales, Higher Education at Aramark Corporation. He was the senior sales leader responsible for this $3 billion USD division and led the entire sales team in the United States and Canada.

Jeff Strack is the President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, which operates 37 supermarkets in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland Area. With over 25 years of experience rooted in Strack & Van Til’s history, Jeff started his career part-time during grade school as a bagger and worked in almost every department in the stores.  He has held several key leadership roles including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer and contributed to the success and growth of the brands from 10 to 37 stores with almost 5,000 Associates.

Mike Stigers serves as president of wholesale and supply chain services for SUPERVALU.  In this role, he oversees the company’s relationship with approximately 1,900 independent retail grocery stores across the United States.  He is also responsible for SUPERVALU’s logistics, procurement, and transportation operations as well as third-party logistics.

Stigers began his grocery career in 1974 as a part-time courtesy clerk at Safeway. During the next 14 years, he took on managerial positions of increasing responsibility before joining Jons Markets, an independent retailer based in Los Angeles.  During the 1990s, he expanded his scope of experience by working for retail technology companies. He joined PW Supermarkets of San Jose, Calif., in 1999 as director of Operations. Stigers served in executive roles in operations and merchandising and was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer in 2003. He subsequently became chief executive officer of the independent retailer. He has also worked on the vendor side of the grocery industry for BASS, Inc., a retail automation software company, and for Sterilox Fresh, a food safety company, as regional vice president.

Stigers joined SUPERVALU in 2011, as president of Shaw’s/Star Market grocery stores in New England prior to the company’s sale of those stores in 2013. He then went on to lead SUPERVALU’s Northern region in Hopkins, Minn., before being named president of CUB Foods in March 2014.

“Each these individuals have a great deal of expertise and are recognized as leaders in the food retailing industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Board and I look forward to working with them as we develop future strategies to advance NGA and the independent supermarket industry.”

The Board of Directors assists the organization through developing, governing and supporting the mission, vision, and agenda of NGA.  The new appointments were made during NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings, held in Chicago from October 4-7, 2016.

Media inquiries: Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

CWS-boco International launched new B2B online store based on Intershop technology

  • Intershop Commerce Suite as platform for new international B2B online store
  • Individually tailored key-account stores with ERP and CRM integration for ultra-efficient procurement
  • Project expertly implemented by Intershop Platinum Partner diva-e

Jena, Germany, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CWS-boco International, a leading global provider of washroom hygiene and textile solutions, has launched a new B2B online store based on Intershop technology. At the heart of the new portal for business customers is the Intershop Commerce Suite, one of the top three digital commerce platforms across five key use case scenarios, according to a recent comparison study by IT research group Gartner. The new store solution was designed and implemented by diva-e, a high-end e-business service provider covering the entire digital value chain.

When the existing B2B system began hitting constraints, CWS-boco opted for the flexibility and exceptional scalability of the Intershop Commerce Suite. In addition to advanced B2B shops for its various subsidiaries, the company commissioned a number of individually tailored key-account stores. These cater exclusively to selected major customers, providing direct integration with back-end systems as well as custom branding and the relevant purchasing conditions. The result is a substantial improvement in the ease of procurement for large corporations with high order volumes. Long-time Intershop Business Partner diva-e used an agile process to develop tailored interfaces for SAP and Salesforce, provided customization of the key-account stores, and migrated all the relevant data from the old system to the new.

“Digital commerce is a key driver of our strategic business growth,” commented Alexander Krames, Team Lead E-Commerce at CWS-boco International. “A complete relaunch of our existing web store was absolutely essential in order to maintain our competitive edge. We’re extremely pleased with the new Intershop platform, both from a technological and a commercial perspective. Our B2B customers now benefit from a cutting-edge store and a more convenient shopping experience.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, added: “The new solution for CWS-boco further underlines the strengths of the Intershop Commerce Suite when it comes to modeling complex B2B scenarios. With the new business portal and tailored key-account stores, CWS-boco is investing in the future of B2B commerce, giving it the tools to respond appropriately to changing customer needs.”

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 atwww.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

KappAhl’s Nomination Committee proposals for the AGM on 6 December, 2016

Mölndal, Sweden, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Nomination Committee in KappAhl AB (publ) is proposing a re-election of the Board members Anders Bülow, Susanne Holmberg, Kicki Olivensjö och Pia Rudengren at the Annual General Meeting in KappAhl on 6 December, 2016. Christian W. Jansson has declined re-election. Moreover, it is proposed that Göran Bille och Cecilia Kocken are elected as new Board members. The Nomination Committee also proposes that Anders Bülow is re-elected as Chairman of the Board.

Göran Bille’s previous positions include President and CEO Gina Tricot and Lindex, as well as a former senior executive within H&M. Göran Bille is a Board member of Gunnebo and holds an MBA.

Cecilia Kocken is Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble Nordic and has previously held several other senior positions at Procter & Gamble, both in the Nordics and globally. On 1 December 2016 Cecilia Kocken assumes the position as Category Director at Arla Sweden. Cecilia holds an MBA.

The Nomination Committee further proposes that PwC is chosen as new accounting firm with Eva Carlsvi as auditor in charge.

The Nomination Committee’s complete proposals for resolutions by the Annual General Meeting 2016 will be presented in the beginning of November 2016 in connection with the notice to attend the Annual General Meeting.

The members of the Nomination Committee at the Annual General Meeting on 6 December 2016 are Rune Andersson (appointed by Mellby Gård AB), Marianne Nilsson (appointed by Swedbank Robur Fonder AB), Elisabet Jamal Bergström (appointed by Handelsbanken Fonder AB) and Jannis Kitsakis (appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden). The Chairman of the Board has been co-opted to the Nomination Committee. Göran Espelund (appointed by Lannebo Fonder AB) has left the Nomination Committee on the 25 augusti 2016 since Lannebo Fonder AB reduced their holdings, whereby instead Jannis Kitsakis (appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden) has joined the Nomination Committee according to the instructions approved by the AGM.

This information is information that KappAhl AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 11.00 CET on 19 October 2016. 

For further information, please contact
Rune Andersson, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, T. 46 708 987 710
Anders Bülow, Chairman of the Board, T. 46 706 610 988
Charlotte Högberg, Head Corporate Communications, T. 46 704 715 631, charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

KappAhl, founded in 1953 in Gothenburg, is one of the leading Nordic fashion chains with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our mission is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design with wide appeal. About 38 per cent of the range has sustainable fashion labelling. In 2015/2016 sales were SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees was about 4,000 in nine countries. KappAhl has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2006. More information is available at www.kappahl.com

SOURCE: KappAhl

SUPERVALU’s outstanding debt further reduced during Q2-FY2017

  • Net earnings from continuing operations of $30 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $147 million
  • Net earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.11; adjusted earnings per share of $0.10
  • Outstanding debt further reduced by approximately $100 million in the quarter

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today reported second quarter fiscal 2017 consolidated net sales of $3.87 billion and net earnings from continuing operations of $30 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which included a net $2 million after-tax gain, comprised of a fee received from a supply agreement termination, partially offset by store closure charges and costs as well as costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2017 net earnings from continuing operations were $28 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.

Net earnings from continuing operations for last year’s second quarter were $31 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which included $6 million in after-tax costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and severance costs. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2016 net earnings from continuing operations were $37 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. [See tables 1-6 for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP (adjusted) results appearing in this release.]

“As we expected, the transformation of our business continues to take time, but I am optimistic about our ability to grow our wholesale business by adding new customers, securing long-term supply agreements with existing customers, and expanding overall product sales to all customers,” said President and CEO Mark Gross. “We expect wholesale sales in the second half of this year to be higher than last year as we add new customers, grow our base business, and cycle select customer losses from last year.”

Second Quarter Results – Continuing Operations

Second quarter net sales were $3.87 billion compared to $4.06 billion last year, a decrease of $197 million or 4.8 percent. Total net sales within the Wholesale segment decreased 5.5 percent. Retail identical store sales were negative 5.9 percent. Save-A-Lot network identical store sales were negative 5.2 percent. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were negative 5.0 percent. Fees earned under transition services agreements (“TSAs”) in the second quarter were $41 million compared to $48 million last year.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $562 million, or 14.5 percent of net sales and included net costs of $1 million related to store closures. When adjusted for this item, gross profit was $563 million, or 14.6 percent of net sales. Last year’s second quarter gross profit was $583 million, or 14.4 percent of net sales. The gross profit rate increase compared to last year is primarily due to higher product margin rates and new Save-A-Lot corporate stores.

Selling and administrative expenses in the second quarter were $474 million and included a fee received from a supply agreement termination of $9 million, partially offset by $3 million in costs and charges related to store closures and $1 million in costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for these items, selling and administrative expenses were $479 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales. Selling and administrative expenses in last year’s second quarter were $489 million and included $4 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and $4 million of severance costs. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2016 selling and administrative expenses were $481 million, or 11.9 percent of net sales. The increase in the selling and administrative expense rate compared to last year is primarily due to the deleveraging impact of lower sales and new Save-A-Lot corporate stores, partially offset by lower pension expense.

Net interest expense for the second quarter was $41 million. Last year’s second quarter interest expense was $44 million. The decrease in interest expense was driven by lower average debt balances.

Income tax expense was $18 million, or 36.2 percent of pre-tax earnings, for the second quarter, compared to an income tax expense of $19 million, or 40.0 percent of pre-tax earnings, in last year’s second quarter.

Wholesale

Second quarter Wholesale net sales were $1.73 billion, compared to $1.83 billion last year, a decrease of 5.5 percent. The net sales decrease is primarily due to stores from the prior year no longer supplied by the Company, partially offset by increased sales to new stores operated by existing customers and new customers.

Wholesale operating earnings in the second quarter were $58 million, or 3.3 percent of net sales, and included a fee received from a supply agreement termination of $9 million. When adjusted for this item, Wholesale operating earnings were $49 million, or 2.8 percent of net sales, flat to last year’s Wholesale operating earnings in the second quarter which represented 2.7 percent of net sales.

Save-A-Lot

Second quarter Save-A-Lot net sales were $1.06 billion, compared to $1.09 billion last year, a decrease of 2.8 percent. The net sales decrease reflects network identical store sales of negative 5.2 percent, partially offset by new corporate and licensed stores.

Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the second quarter were $22 million, or 2.1 percent of net sales. Last year’s Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the second quarter were $32 million, or 3.0 percent of net sales. The decrease in Save-A-Lot operating earnings was driven by higher employee-related costs and increased promotional costs, partially offset by higher product margin rates.

Retail

Second quarter Retail net sales were $1.03 billion, compared to $1.09 billion last year, a decrease of 5.4 percent. The net sales decrease reflects identical store sales of negative 5.9 percent, partially offset by sales from new stores.

Retail operating loss in the second quarter was $12 million, or negative 1.2 percent of net sales and included $4 million of store closure charges and costs. When adjusted for this item, Retail operating loss was $8 million. Last year’s Retail operating earnings were$10 million, or 0.9 percent of net sales. The decrease in Retail operating earnings was driven by lower sales and higher employee-related costs due to new corporate stores.

Corporate

Second quarter fees earned under the TSAs were $41 million compared to $48 million last year.

Net Corporate operating earnings in the second quarter were $20 million and included $1 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for this item, net Corporate operating earnings were $21 million. Last year’s second quarter net Corporate operating earnings were $3 million and included $4 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and $4 million of severance costs. When adjusted for these items, last year’s net Corporate operating earnings were $11 million. The improvement in net Corporate operating earnings was primarily driven by lower pension expense and lower employee-related costs.

Cash Flows – Continuing Operations

Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations were $275 million compared to $276 million last year. Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows used in investing activities of continuing operations were $115 millioncompared to $119 million last year. Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows used in financing activities of continuing operations were$163 million compared to $25 million last year, reflecting higher payments on debt obligations.

Discontinued Operations

On October 17, 2016, SUPERVALU INC. announced it had reached an agreement with Onex Corporation to sell its Save-A-Lot business. This transaction is anticipated to be completed by January 31, 2017. As a result of the agreement, the Company anticipates presenting the Save-A-Lot business being disposed as discontinued operations for all periods within future earnings releases, and Form 10-Q and 10-K filings.

Conference Call

A conference call to review the second quarter results is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. central time today. The call will be webcast live at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon). A replay of the call will be archived at www.supervaluinvestors.com. To access the website replay go to the “Investors” link and click on “Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,382 stores composed of 1,815 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,370 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 888 are operated by licensee owners; and 197 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of September 10, 2016). Headquartered inMinnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
Media Contact
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Taubman Centers, Inc. replies to Land & Buildings Investment Management, LLC

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today issued the following statement in response to the materials issued by Land & Buildings Investment Management, LLC:

Taubman Centers values the strong relationships we have with our shareholders and welcomes open and constructive dialogue toward the goal of enhancing long-term value. The Board and management are committed to serving the best interests of all of its shareholders. Taubman Centers has an outstanding track record of growth and is successfully executing on a clear strategic plan to own, manage, develop and acquire high-quality retail properties that deliver superior financial performance to shareholders. The success of Taubman Centers is reflected in the company’s strong long-term financial and operational performance.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Media:

Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director, Communications
1-248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

or

Joele Frank, Andrew Siegel, Meaghan Repko
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
212-355-4449

or

Investors:

Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director, Investor Relations
248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com

SOURCE: THE TAUBMAN COMPANY LLC

Co-op and forensic tech company SmartWater team up to cut ATM crime

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Splashing the cash, and criminals, could cut ATM crime in communities as the Co-op teams-up with award-winning forensic technology company SmartWater to roll-out a new deterrent linking criminals back to the scene of a crime.

In a first of its kind, SmartWater have adapted its dispersal technology to ensure that both the criminals and the stolen cash are marked, regardless of how an ATM is attacked.

Starting in the South West and Wales, SmartWater systems will be installed at hundreds of cash dispensers located at the community retailer’s food stores, with a unique forensic signature at each ATM increasing the risk to criminals of being tracked and traced by Police following a theft, and helping to secure a conviction.

Invisible to the naked eye, an amount of the gel the size of a speck of dust can provide the “solution” for scientists to undertake a successful analysis and help Police with identification, with the forensic signature guaranteed to last five years.

Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s Director of Retail and Logistics, said: “The technology is at the forefront of combating ATM crime which not only impacts on retailers but can affect communities and customers too. Teaming-up with SmartWater, whose proprietary technology has a proven track record in being a powerful deterrent, will utilise the latest ATM security capabilities and innovations to benefit local communities and potentially reduce crime.”

Phil Cleary, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartWater said ‘This technical development represents a serious upgrade in the security of ATM’s as SmartWater products have helped convict hundreds of criminals world-wide and retains a 100% track record in Court. Simply, the ATM’s protected by SmartWater now represent too high a risk for criminals and the more professional will give them a wide berth’.

Ends

Notes to editor:

About SmartWater:
Combining cutting-edge forensic technology with risk management and intelligence gathering tactics; SmartWater Technology provides an ongoing crime fighting service to businesses, governments, law enforcers, utility providers and homeowners. Our philosophy is simple – the more criminals we help to convict, the more SmartWater acts as a powerful deterrent. Find out more at www.smartwater.com®SmartWater, the SmartWater yellow, atom logo and THIEVES BEWARE are trademarks of SmartWater Limited. SmartWater is a proprietary forensic asset marking System and Strategy protected by worldwide trademarks and patents.

About the Co-op:
The Co-op Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with approaching 70,000 colleagues and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

Further information:

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

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Diwali sweets for the festive season available at Ferns N Petals

Delhi, India, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the festive season rolls out, people all around the country have geared themselves up to celebrate the festivity with joy and excitement. Preparations for the festival have started well in advance and folks all around are busy cleaning and renovating their homes. Since the markets are too crowded for folks to scout for the best gift for their loved ones, online portals like Ferns N Petals brings to you an amazing range of gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. Customers can shop for a relishing range of Diwali sweets online that will leave the most pleasing taste on your taste buds.

diwali-sweets

Indians find it hard to imagine festivals without the traditional Indian delicacies. Hence, online portals are not only striving hard to ensure the freshness of the products but at the same time maintaining its quality too. To make it even more exciting for the customers, Ferns N Petals brings an amazing range of gift combos and hampers that are made available at the most competitive prices and makes the best Bhaidooj gifts online. And customers would feel restricted with choices since they will have the chance to pick form a wide range of Motichoor Laddos, Kaju Katli, Gulab Jamuns, Pedas and Rasgullas amongst others. These sweets can also turn out to be exciting gift options for Bhaidooj which falls a day after Diwali. The company focusses on express delivery of Bhaidooj sweets, thereby ensuring that it is delivered the same day.

“Festivals in India rely on sweets as the primary gift option. Therefore, we have focused more on keeping sweets as one of the most important gift option. Customers can avail exciting combos comprising of sweets and dry fruits, sweets and Diwali crackers or even sweets and idol of gods and goddesses amongst others. All this and much more can be delivered to your doorstep with absolute ease. People can order Deepavali sweets and can send it to any national and international destinations with a click of the mouse”, said VP-Manish Saini, Ferns N Petals.

Ferns N Petals is a renowned brand name in the country which has been delighting customers with its impeccable delivery services for more than 20 years. The online portal has come up with custom delivery services which give the customers the chance to go for same day, next day and even midnight deliveries.

Contact-Details:
Eshmeeta Kaur
Marketing Head / PR
Ferns N Petals Pvt. Ltd
(91) 9582212653
eshmeeta.kaur@fnp.com

Hot Deals Inc now with FREE delivery on all gift items

Alpharetta, GA, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Often it is seen that during various festive seasons or on some particular days special deals are announced. People plan their shopping based on these days but what about a site that has hot deals for you every now and then! Yes it may sound unbelievable but it is true! Hot Deals Inc is one such company that has super deals for every mood. You could buy gadgets, toys, gifts for your male friends and partner, mobile accessories, kitchen accessories, gifts for your female friend and female partner, camera and many such possible items one could think of!

Hot Deals Inc even provides the smallest item of the above-mentioned list and here you will be overwhelmed to learn that they will be delivered at your doorstep without any shipment charges. Once you have placed the order you are not required to show any concern of over charged as the shipment on all gift items is free here.

Hot Deals Inc is known to build a network of relationship with endless premier manufacturer universally. They have vast range of products to offer their endless satisfied clientele and their prospective clienteles.

Remember the hard time that you faced while looking for the branded headphone for your partner for his birthday gift. Either the best brands you are looking for seems to be unavailable in the market or the one which is available does not suits your budget. Here at Hot Deals Inc you are sure to end up buying happily and at most affordable rates.

You can even add orders to your wish list and can buy when they come at best rate. You will be notified about your wish list whenever you will go online over this site. Through this service you can buy the product that you always desired at the best rate. You also get an option here to avail for newsletter here by subscribing through their services.

You will be getting all the products at too reasonable rate here without compromising with the product you are looking for! Hot Deals Inc is known worldwide to deliver the maximum brands ad that too at unbeatable rates.

You can even buy the Joie Brisk XL Stroller through them. The best pushchair that you always wanted to buy for your lovely kid could be buy from them at too economical rates. It has all the best possible facilities that you craved for and you can avail them at your doorstep without paying any additional expense for delivery.

This is not all. The list of the items mentioned in the above list is beyond one’s imagination. You can be sure about the security about any personal information that you share over this website as it is too safe here. You get the option of multiple means of payment, without investing a single cent for the delivery. Standard time taken for delivery is in between 4 to 7 days but in certain cases the delivery could be done within one working day. They are best when you to opt for the best and hot deal, do not miss any!

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in Belgium can now be ordered online at westvleterenbeers.com

Trappist Westvleteren 12 brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in Belgium can now be ordered online at westvleterenbeers.com

Trappist Westvleteren 12 brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in Belgium can now be ordered online at westvleterenbeers.com

Westvleteren, Belgium, 2016-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Trappist Westvleteren 12, brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in Belgium, has been rated as the best beer in the world in 2014 and 2015 by Ratebeer and Beeradvocate. Until recently, the beer was only for sale at the Abbey or in the nearby café “In de Vrede.” Recently, Westvleteren has launched a website where customers can buy Westvleteren online. The beer will be delivered worldwide by courier. This is an opportunity to get some six packs, cases, glasses or gift packs from the different Westvleteren beers.

Founded in 1883 by Belgian Trappist monks, Westvleteren 12 is considered to be the world’s best beer. Awarded twice, this Trappist beer with creamy aromas has been the holy grail among beer lovers all around the world.

Trappist Westvleteren 12
Of all Trappist beer breweries, the Saint Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren applies in the strictest rules. The Trappist monks only produce enough beer to continue their life as monks and not to make money out of this business. This is their tradition since the first bottle of Westvleteren was made.

Westvleteren 12 is very hard to find. The Trappist monks produce their beer in very limited numbers (about 2 crates a day). Westvleteren 12 and Westvleteren 8 are extremely rare beers, wanted by about every beer enthusiast in the world. Now people from around the world are able to buy Westvleteren 12 and try it, previously the beer was only to be sold from their brewery. Until now!

Westvleteren 12 for sale
Now that the monastery requires new structural maintenance, doors, windows, roof and etc. they have allowed sales in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.

So today, all people can order online from now on, visit us at http://www.westvleterenbeers.com and keep in mind that the number of beers is still limited, but customers can enjoy the convenience of not going to Belgium and order the beer from home. The Trappist monks make two other kinds of beer: Westvleteren blond beer and Westvleteren 8. Both are excellent and can be also bought online.

Contact-Details: Westvleterenbeers, info@westvleterenbeers.com, http://www.westvleterenbeers.com/

SOURCE: EPR Network

Moonbasa and ITA Partnership Provides New e-Platforms for U.S. Brands Interested in Selling to China

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Trade Administration (ITA) has partnered with Moonbasa, a large China-based e-commerce company, to support a digital platform dedicated to U.S. brands interested in selling to the Chinese market. This will provide U.S. companies with an opportunity to open a web store on Moonbasa’s e-commerce platform, and also give them an opportunity to participate in a three-day online-to-off-line (o-to-o) experience at Moonbasa’s flagship digital store in Shanghai.

moonbasa image

According to Kim-Bang Nguyen, Director, Export Promotion and Strategic Business Alliances for the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) at ITA, “China is a difficult market to penetrate, especially for small- and medium-size businesses. We believe Moonbasa, an e-commerce platform with a dedicated ‘U.S. Brand Mall’ and full-service commerce solutions, is an effective way for these businesses to create a new channel of distribution in China.”

Moonbasa is a China-based fashion-only e-commerce platform with an all-inclusive turnkey service. It launched a ‘U.S. Brand Mall’ last year supporting more than 25 small-to medium-sized U.S. brands. Such brands currently on the platform include Ocean Current, Taylor and Sage, Janet Chung, Band of Gypsies, and Halo. An o-to-o operation, Moonbasa is slated to open 15 more brand stores this year.

Moonbasa will be exhibiting at WWDMAGIC in the Las Vegas Convention Center August 15-17 in booth 73500 Central Hall, and welcomes U.S. fashion brands to learn about this opportunity. Brands can also contact Barbara Graff, bgraff@moonbasausa.com or Kim-Bang Nguyen, kim-bang.nguyen@trade.gov
for additional information.

Contact-Details:
moonbasa logo
Moonbasa/barbara graff,
2300 E. 11th st.,
p: 805-630-0585,
graff@moonbasausa.com,
www.us.moonbasa,com,
www.moonbasausa.com

SOURCE: EPR Network

NRF and RILA asked appeals court to overturn federal judge’s approval of controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees

WASHINGTON, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association today asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by only a handful of merchants and would do nothing to bring the fees under control.

“The truth is that there is no settlement with the retail industry, only an agreement with a handful of merchants who do not represent the industry as a whole,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “Given that the judge knew this backroom deal was opposed by a broad range of small and large retailers alike and allows these fees to continue to skyrocket, it clearly should never have been approved. This is a serious mistake the appellate court needs to correct.”

“The retail community remains fully committed to fighting this flawed settlement and addressing the fundamental lack of competition in the electronic payments market,” RILA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White said. “Quite simply, the proposed settlement not only undermines merchants’ legal rights and fails to restrain Visa and MasterCard’s ability to increase swipe fees with impunity, but it also has broad implications on the rights of others in future meritorious class action cases.”

Both organizations filed notices of appeal with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York earlier this year, and followed up today with a joint brief asking the court to overturn a December 13, 2013, ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson.

“A broad cross section of the American retail industry numbering thousands of businesses from iconic national department store chains and general merchandise chains to apparel outlets, specialty shops, restaurants and one-location Main Street stores thoughtfully analyzed the settlement and concluded that it offers them no benefit,” the brief said. “While a settlement this skewed was bound to be unpopular, the extent of dissatisfaction within the retail industry has been extraordinary.”

“Approval of a mandatory settlement of such breathtaking scope in the face of widespread and substantive objection is unprecedented and warrants reversal,” the brief said.

The district court approved the antitrust settlement even though NRF, RILA and other opponents argued for more than a year that it failed to reform the price-fixing system under which Visa and MasterCard set fees for credit cards issued by thousand of banks. Rather than lower the fees, the card companies proposed in the settlement that they be passed along to consumers as a surcharge. Major retailers rejected the surcharge proposal, saying it was the opposite of what they had sought.

The 2005 lawsuit was brought by 19 retailers and trade associations, but 10 of the plaintiffs, including all of the associations, rejected the settlement when it was unveiled in 2012. Neither NRF nor RILA was a plaintiff in the case but both have argued against it because its class-action status would impose its terms on thousands of their members. Today’s brief noted that 19 percent of merchants by card volume formally objected to the settlement and that 25 percent opted out, amounting to a “Who’s Who of American merchants.”

The settlement would grant only pennies on the dollar compared with overcharges the lawsuit claimed and small retailers would see as little as a few hundred dollars each. Retailers who reject the monetary settlement would still be bound by other restrictions the court would not allow them to opt out of, including a prohibition on future lawsuits over the fees.

The brief cited a number of legal errors in the decision, including failure to adequately balance the monetary relief against the requirement to give up future legal claims, dismissing “substantive and thoughtful” opposition and ignoring a court-appointed expert’s opinion that the proposal for surcharging was of “uncertain” value that would “have only a small impact” on swipe fees.

Swipe fees are charged to merchants by banks to process credit card purchases and average about 2 percent of the transaction. They have tripled over the past decade and currently total about $30 billion a year, driving up costs for consumers.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

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

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J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134

press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

British Retail Consortium: Government plans to charge for carrier bags with an overly complex system will confuse shoppers

LONDON, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers have expressed serious disappointment that Government plans to charge for carrier bags will ignore the advice of the industry and a key Parliamentary committee and press ahead with an overly complex system that will confuse shoppers.

Retailers have consistently maintained that plans to charge 5p for carrier bags to cut waste, litter and carbon emissions must be kept simple for the scheme to work. This could be achieved simply by adopting the principle of schemes already operating effectively in other parts of the UK.

Exemptions for small retailers and excluding paper and biodegradable bags will make it confusing for consumers as they will be asked to pay for a bag in one shop but not in the shop next door. The BRC’s SME retail members have made it clear that they do not want to be exempted.

Despite calls for the charge to apply to all single use carrier bags, the Government has confirmed that the charge will apply to single use plastic carrier bags only. This makes no environmental sense and an Environment Agency study found that single use plastic bags have the lowest environmental impact of any type of bag. The same study found that a paper bag has to be used at least three times to have less environmental impact than a single use plastic bag.

A BRC spokesperson said

“A carrier bag charge is already working in Wales and Northern Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland in October and it makes no sense to do something different. Why not use the same scheme and keep it simple and effective?”

“If we are to have regulation it needs to work for consumers, the environment and retailers. We are disappointed that the Government has chosen not to listen to the Environment Audit Committee, environment groups and retailers. This is poor regulation that will cause confusion for customers and businesses.”

Notes to Editors

1. The 5 pence charge for single use plastic carrier bags is due to be introduced in England on 1 October 2015.

2. The House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has today published Defra’s response to its report and recommendations on the carrier bag charge. The EAC report can be downloaded at:  www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenvaud/861/86102.htm

3. The Queen’s Speech on 4 June 2014 confirmed the following exemptions to the proposed 5 pence charge:
– retailers with 250 employees or fewer;
– single use carrier bags made from materials other than plastic (e.g. paper);
– biodegradable bags that meet defined criteria (this exemption would be introduced after the charge is in place).

4. The Environment Agency study on the life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags was published in 2011 and can be downloaded at:  www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/291023/scho0711buan-e-e.pdf

5. A 5 pence single use carrier bag charge already exists in Wales and Northern Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland on 20 October 2014. These charges apply to all single use carrier bags regardless of material type and to all retailers regardless of size.

Media contacts:
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7-Eleven, Inc. and Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in the UAE

Retailer Anticipates First Store Will Open in Dubai Next Summer

Dallas, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 53,000 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise Agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The expansion marks the company’s first entry into the Middle East region.

His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan will serve as president of Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a newly formed company. He is the grandson of current UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The first 7-Eleven-branded convenience store in the UAE is expected to open in Dubai next summer. The new master franchisee plans to construct 7-Elevenstores as well as convert existing locations to the 7-Eleven brand. 7-Eleven’s entry into the country provides a solution to the UAE government’s strategic initiative to modernize the small-retail environment and bring greater convenience to shoppers.

Internationally popular products like Slurpee® frozen carbonated beverages and Big Gulp® soft drinks, as well as immediately consumable fresh foods, with recipes developed for regional tastes, will be part of the convenience offerings.

7-Eleven and its parent company, Seven-Eleven Japan, will provide start-up support for the newest master franchisee, assist Seven Emirates Investment in implementing their successful strategies of market concentration, team merchandising and item-by-item management, plus establish a field office in Dubai.

“The UAE is a growing and dynamic part of the world and is attracting investment from around the globe,” said 7-Eleven, Inc. President and CEO Joe DePinto. “It is the business gateway to the Middle East and offers an excellent environment for 7-Eleven’s first retail venture in the region.”

The UAE will be the 17th country or region where 7-Eleven® stores exist. Besides the United States, other countries include Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong), The Philippines, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 53,300 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

CONTACT:
Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.
Tel.: 972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. recalls Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns, 12 oz., due to not declared egg on the label

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. in Rochester, NY, has initiated a voluntary recall of approximately 1,315 units of Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns, 12 oz., because they may contain egg, which is not declared on the label.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.  The finished product may also have been contaminated with raw egg; therefore, there is also the potential for an unknown pathogen that may cause illness if consumed.

Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns are produced by Wegmans Central Bakeshop and sold exclusively in 84 Wegmans stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland.

Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns have a white frosting and are sold in the bakery department. The product is packaged in a clear plastic clamshell and bears UPC 77890 92218, and Use-by-Date of 6/19/14 only (stamped on top of package).

There have been no reported injuries or illnesses to date associated with this recall.

The recall was initiated when a Wegmans Bakeshop employee reported that the finished product may have inadvertently been sprayed with a raw egg product.

Wegmans will place automated phone calls to customers who purchased the product using their Shoppers Club card.  Concerned customers should not consume the product and return it to Wegmans for a full refund.  Customers who have consumed the product and feel they are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician immediately.

Wegmans’ customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact Wegmans’ Consumer Affairs Department at the toll free number 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, director of media relations, 585-429-3627