Canada: Sherwood Co-op opens new store in Regina

Regina, Canada, 2014-5-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sherwood Co-op’s new south Albert Street location was one of the last stores of 14 purchased from Sobey’s Inc to make the transition when it opened May 23.

Like many of the other stores, a lot changed in the 36 hours the store was closed: painting, new checkouts, aisle markers and Co-op products. But there is also more in store in the coming weeks and months.

“We also appreciate that our customers deserve to shop in clean, modern facilities and as a result we will continue to develop and focus on our infrastructure,” General Manager Troy Verboom said in a message to members. “…we are very excited to be able to provide another Food Store in Regina. We are really looking forward to the current Safeway employees joining our Sherwood Co-op Team.”

Thank you to all Co-op members and shoppers for your patience during this period. Together, we are building a different shopping experience for you and the community. These are your stores; you’re at home here.


Canada: Sherwood Co-op opens new store in Regina

Canada: Sherwood Co-op opens new store in Regina

General Growth Properties, Inc. released its 2014 Sustainability Report

Chicago, Illinois, 2014-5-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Growth Properties, Inc. (“GGP”) (NYSE: GGP) today released its 2014 Sustainability Report. The report covers many of GGP’s significant achievements in Sustainability during the pastcalendar year and details GGP’s integrated approach to environmental and social responsibility.

Click here for the 2014 GGP Sustainability Report.

Highlights of the 2014 GGP Sustainability Report include:

  • Adopting the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard reporting format, which ensures we measure anddocument our achievements in a manner consistent with global best practices.
  • Reporting greenhouse gas emissions for the first time, creating a baseline for future performance.
  • Completing our first LEED Certified project at The Mall in Columbia (Maryland), which includes theinstallation of a 6,000 gallon cistern that collects rainwater that is reused to irrigate mall landscaping.
  • Installing solar power systems at four properties in New Jersey, which resulted in saving more than 5.5million kilowatt hours in 2013.
  • Retrofitting of lighting at numerous properties across our portfolio, which is estimated to save more than 7.5million kilowatt hours per year.

The Report reinforces GGP’s commitment to the reporting principles of transparency and accountability by sharing details of our performance that affect our Communities, Retailers, Employees, Consumers and Shareholders (CRECS).

GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and developing high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.


Kevin Berry
(312) 960-5529

David Keating
(312) 960-6325

Gap Inc’s Growth, Innovation and Digital division president Art Peck to present at Goldman Sachs’ Fifth Annual dotCommerce Day on June 4, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, 2014-5-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that Art Peck, president of the company’s Growth, Innovation and Digital division, will address investors at Goldman Sachs’ Fifth Annual dotCommerce Day in New York City on June 4, 2014.

A live webcast of the presentation will be accessible from (follow the Investors, Financial News and Events, Webcast links) beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET on June 4, 2014. An archive of the webcast presentation will be available for 90 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

This investor day conference and related webcast may contain forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include statements regarding financial and operational benefits resulting from the company’s planned investments in digital, omni-channel, and personalization capabilities. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements.

Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following:

  • the risk that changes in global economic conditions or consumer spending patterns could adversely impact our results of operations;
  • the highly competitive nature of our business in the United States and internationally;
  • the risk that the failure to attract and retain key personnel could have an adverse impact on our results of operations;
  • the risk that our investments in omni-channel shopping initiatives may not deliver the results we anticipate;
  • the risk that updates or changes to our information technology (“IT”) systems may disrupt our operations;
  • the risk that we are subject to data or other security breaches that may result in increased costs, violations of law, significant legal and financial exposure, and a loss of confidence in our security measures, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and our reputation; and
  • the risk that changes in the regulatory or administrative landscape could adversely affect our financial condition, strategies, and results of operations.

Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based on information as of the date of the conference. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through more than 3,100 company-operated stores, over 350 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

Banana Republic’s give-back program ONE+ALL invites customers to shop in support of Community-Focused Organizations

New York, NY, 2014-5-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic is proud to announce the expansion of its ONE+ALL program that commits volunteer hours and fund-raising support to organizations that make a difference in communities where the brand’s employees work and live. Over the first weekend in June, customers are invited to shop for a cause in support of four non-profit organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Dress for Success, and Habitat For Humanity.

ONE+ALL was launched in 2010 to encourage employees to support their local communities through volunteering, tying back to the social-minded spirit of Banana Republic’s hometown of San Francisco and since then, employees have volunteered over 178,000 hours of service. As an extension of the current ONE+ALL program,  Banana Republic is partnering with four non-profit organizations – including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Dress for Success® and Habitat For Humanity – and is encouraging customers to participate by crowd-sourcing votes on how financial support should be distributed between partners.

During the weekend of June 5 through June 8, 2014, customers will receive 25 percent off their Banana Republic purchase, with 5 percent of sales being donated to community organizations – up to a goal of $500,000. From May 26 to June 8, 2014, customers are invited to visit to vote for which of the four participating non-profits they would like to have contribution dollars benefit. While each organization will receive a donation, customer votes will determine the percentage each receives.

ONE+ALL Partners:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – A non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-on-one relationships with volunteer mentors
  • Boys & Girls Clubs® – Through a network of 4,000 Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs enable young people in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Club provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.
  • Dress for Success® – An international non-profit organization offering services designed to help disadvantaged women find jobs and remain employed
  • Habitat For Humanity – An international and non-profit organization devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing

In 2013, over 6,000 Banana Republic employees in North America and Canada participated in nearly 60,000 hours of skills-based volunteering, creating more than $1.3 million of value in hours benefitting local communities.

“Giving back to our communities has long been an important part of the Banana Republic employee culture,” said Roy Hunt, senior vice president of Banana Republic Global Stores, Operations, Field Visual and Store Design. “By encouraging our customers to get involved, we are able to expand the message of this valuable work and make a larger impact nationwide.”

Join the conversation with @BananaRepublic #LetsDoMore and #TrueStyle. To learn more, visit

Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering modern American style. Dedicated to helping customers achieve their best in life’s moments big and small, both personally and professionally, Banana Republic offers covetable clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and fragrance at accessible prices. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in over 700 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide. Customers also can shop online or at (888) BR-STYLE. For more information about Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), please visit

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index: Retail sales slipped by 1.2% for the week ending May 24, 2014

NEW YORK, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — A combination of one-off factors, adverse weather and consumers’ willingness to travel over this past Memorial Day weekend, led to the decline in weekly sales. As a result retail sales slipped by 1.2% for the week ending May 24, 2014, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. On a year-over-year basis sales continue to remain positive but slowed to 2.1% for the week.

“The latest week’s decline was, in part, due to the increased number of Americans traveling this past holiday weekend. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimated that this year’s Memorial Day weekend (Thursday‐Monday) would reach a new post recession high of 36.1 million travelers‐‐going more than 50 miles from home‐‐making it the second highest since 2000,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. “In addition, adverse weather in some heavily populated areas gave consumers another reason not to shop,” Niemira added.

Looking ahead, ICSC Research forecasts that May monthly comp‐store sales will increase between 3.0% and 3.5% on a year‐over‐year basis. Monthly sales will be reported on June 5, 2014. The monthly aggregate tends to have a “run rate” of about 2.0 percentage points higher than the industry as a whole.

Week Ending     Index 1977=100     Year/Year Change     Weekly Change
24-May-14                554.4                        2.1%                       -1.2%
17-May-14                560.9                        2.4%                       -1.3%
10-May-14                568.4                        3.9%                       -0.1%
03-May-14                569.2                        2.0%                       -2.0%

[Editor’s notes: The complete report will be available at 7:45 a.m. at  In addition, historical data from this index is available under the Research section on ICSC’s website.  To view the data, visit and click on the “Weekly Chain Sales Tracking” link and enter the following member id number (1177584) and password (press2002pass) to obtain access to report and historical data.

The Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot is produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs.  This index measures U.S. nominal same-store or comparable-store sales excluding restaurant and vehicle demand. The weekly index is constructed as a sales-weighted geometric average growth rate to preserve long-term consistency and is statistically benchmarked to a broad-based monthly retail industry sales aggregate that currently represents a sampling of leading retail chain stores, which also is compiled by ICSC. A representative sample of those major retailers has been used as a control group to extrapolate the weekly sales index. As such, the weekly index statistically represents industry sales and is not just a sum of sales for a handful of retailers. The standard period used for the index is Sunday through Saturday, even though some retailers use a different weekly accounting period. The weekly sales index is presented on an adjusted basis to account for normal seasonality and to counter other data anomalies. Weekly seasonal adjustment is at best difficult for chain store sales given that retailers can and often do shift promotions to counter typical shifts in the calendar. Nonetheless, the approach to weekly seasonal adjustment used follows from the Piser Method, which was popular in the early 1930s and became the standard for weekly adjustment.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit


ICSC Contacts:
Jesse Tron
+ 1 646-728-3814

Malachy Kavanagh
+ 1 646-728-3495

Goldman Sachs Contact:
Leslie Shribman
+1 212-902-5400

Babies“R”Us® and Disney Baby partner to bring more options to expecting parents through combined offerings of products and services

Two of the Biggest Names in Baby Products Join Forces to Bring More Options to Parents Through Babies“R”Us Registry and Disney Baby Offerings

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us®, the nation’s leading dedicated baby products retailer, and Disney, with its Disney Baby brand, are teaming up to bring more options to new and expecting parents through combined offerings of products and services. Inclusive of online and in-store components, the relationship will bring theBabies“R”Us Registry experience, trusted by more than 18 million parents-to-be, to an expanded audience of expectant parents on and broaden access to Disney Baby products through Babies“R”Us retail locations and marketing vehicles.

Through this collaboration, expectant parents can now create, access and share their Babies“R”Us Registry Other highlights include:

  • Babies“R”Us will carry the broadest assortment of Disney Baby products in the market and will promote them regularly in-store and via its marketing vehicles.
  • Simplicity of locating products online at and adding them directly to a Babies“R”Us Registry with just a few quick clicks.
  • A featured Disney Baby Brand Shop on, allowing parents-to-be access to products and information directly.

“The Babies“R”Us Registry is the most widely used registry among parents-to-be, and we are excited to extend its reach through our new relationship with the Disney Baby brand and to provide our registrants with an even broader assortment of unique merchandise,” said Tom Via, Senior Vice President, Babies“R”Us. “By collaborating with Disney, we will enable more expectant parents to have seamless and convenient access to create, add to and make purchases from their registries from the site of the beloved Disney Baby brand.”

The Babies“R”Us and Disney Baby brands, both of which have millions of followers on social media channels, will leverage their social channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to highlight ongoing, cross-promotional opportunities to engage with consumers.

“Working with Babies“R”Us allows us to introduce the magic of Disney Baby to a wider audience of new and expecting parents,” Rob Michaelis, Director, Disney Baby. “Through our collective efforts, we can aid new parents on their journey to prepare for their baby’s arrival and help them in ‘Creating magical moments right from the start.’”

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 873 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 715 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Disney Baby
The Disney Baby brand provides parents with essential products and information they need for Creating Magical Moments Right From The Start™. From its launch of the Disney Cuddly Bodysuit™ in Spring 2011, and through products designed with parents in mind, Disney Baby offers today’s parents everything they need to bond with Baby at every stage. The Disney Baby product line includes essentials for Apparel, Nursery, On-the-Go, Bathtime, Mealtime, Playtime and Baby’s Firsts. A multifaceted digital resource for families, Disney Baby provides consumers with information and inspiration online via the website, on Facebook (, on YouTube ( and Twitter (

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Linda Connors

Disney Consumer Products
Erin Barrier

Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program to award college tuition assistance to 1,766 new recipients for the upcoming academic year

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets has announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,766 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. Wegmans expects to pay out more than $4.91 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2014/2015 school year.

Click here to view the list of this year’s scholarship recipients organized by area and store.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 30,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $95 million. The first class of Wegmans scholarship recipients in the 1984/1985 academic year included 241 employees with scholarships totaling $280,000.

“My grandfather established this long-standing tradition with the aim of helping young people succeed,” says Wegmans President Colleen Wegman. “The program has grown considerably, and we’re proud to continue helping our people reach their academic and career goals.”

All Wegmans stores will offer a free cake celebration for employees and customers on Saturday June 7, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in recognition of scholarship recipients and graduates.

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 a year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, continuing career growth within the company.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Scholarship applications are evaluated by a team from Wegmans.


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

Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Rite Aid supports The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour

7th Annual Coast-to-Coast Tour Brings Free Skin Cancer Screenings to 53 Rite Aid Pharmacies Nationwide  

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the seventh consecutive year, Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) will proudly serve as the presenting sponsor of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour. Kicking off today, the Tour runs through August and features local dermatologists coming out into the community to provide free, full-body and potentially life-saving skin cancer screenings to the public.

The Tour’s customized 38-foot recreational vehicle (RV) is gearing up to head across the country recruiting local volunteer dermatologists to provide full-body screenings from the comfort and privacy of one of the RV’s two exam rooms. As The Skin Cancer Foundation’s flagship early detection program, the Tour also aims to raise skin cancer awareness and educate about the importance of prevention and early detection.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The Tour strives to save lives by detecting skin cancers early on and aims to educate the public about skin cancer prevention,” said Skin Cancer Foundation President Perry Robins, MD. “We appreciate Rite Aid’s continued partnership, which enables us to bring this life-saving program to many cities across the country for the seventh year in a row.”

Since 2008, the Road to Healthy Skin Tour has detected more than 7,000 suspected cancers and precancers, including more than 300 cases of melanoma. Over its seven years, the Tour has traveled more than 100,000 miles, winding its way across the United States on its mission to provide easy access to 10-minute screenings that can potentially save lives.

“Each year, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed across the county, but the good news is, if detected early, it is also one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancer,” said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert I. Thompson, RPh. “Rite Aid is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Road to Healthy Skin Tour and bring this valuable screening to the communities we serve.”

People interested in receiving a screening are advised to arrive early, as the free screenings are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will also receive educational materials explaining how to perform monthly skin checks at home, proper ways to protect the skin against sun on a daily basis, along with sunscreen samples and other giveaways. Visit for the complete Tour schedule.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information,



Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Meijer Style Team shares some style tips to highlight the versatility of soft pant dressing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of this season’s most popular trends is the addition of soft pants – palazzo and straight legs – to a wardrobe because the flowing design offers extreme comfort and femininity. The Meijer Style Team would like to share some style tips to highlight the versatility of soft pant dressing:

Work: Add a chiffon top with a statement necklace and ankle strapped heel for the office.

Casual: Playful patterned palazzos are perfect for a casual night out. They are easily paired with a cotton tee, tank with chiffon overlay, or tie front blouse. A flat gladiator or high heel sandal complete the outfit.

Beach: Consider a lightweight or crochet style soft pant to use as a cover up on your way to the beach, or at a pool party. A flowing chiffon blouse or crop top is easily matched.

Soft pants are offered in many colors and patterns in sizes for women, women’s plus and juniors. Fabrics include rayon/spandex, challis and cotton. The pants are priced from $16 to $20.

For additional advice on in-trend fashions and other ideas from the Meijer Style Team, please visit

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 207 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Chris Morrisroe, 248-666-3897,


Meijer Style Team shares some style tips to highlight the versatility of soft pant dressing

Meijer Style Team shares some style tips to highlight the versatility of soft pant dressing


Target forms Digital Advisory Council to accelerate its digital transformation

Company also hiring additional engineers for and Mobile product teams — all part of digital transformation

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced it has formed a Digital Advisory Council, as part of its efforts to accelerate its digital transformation. The panel of technology industry leaders will help guide Target’s omnichannel strategies and push Target to innovate faster, and discover new ways to leverage technology to enhance the guest experience – both online and in stores.

The council includes experts with varied tech backgrounds, and is comprised of:

  • Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures
  • Amy Chang, CEO/Co-Founder of Accompani, formerly led Google Analytics
  • Roger Liew, Chief Technology Officer of Orbitz Worldwide
  • Sam Yagan, CEO of the Match Group and CEO/Founder of OkCupid

“We believe this council can play an important role in Target’s digital transformation – one of our top priorities as a company,” said Casey Carl, president of Omnichannel, Target. “This new group is bringing their tremendous talents and experience to help guide Target’s strategies and tactics. They’re also providing fresh, disruptive ideas that will help us re-invent the Target run for tomorrow’s guests.”

The council will meet quarterly as a group with Carl and others driving Target’s omnichannel strategies, including and Mobile teams, the Enterprise Strategy team and other Target leaders. Council members, who will serve two-year terms with an optional third year, also will be called upon to provide guidance on various topics and to help Target connect with other tech leaders.

In addition to forming the new council, Target is bolstering its internal digital talent with plans to hire at least 50 new software engineers this year for and Mobile product teams. The engineers will be primarily based in Minneapolis, where they will work as part of the company’s new digital product teams. Some new engineers will be based in Target’s San Francisco office.

In the past year, Target has launched a number of successful digital initiatives, including the mobile coupon app Cartwheel, Target Subscriptions and Store Pickup, which allows guests to buy online at and pickup in a store. Target is now enhancing and expanding these services while also beginning to test new offerings like same-day delivery and the ability to ship online orders from stores.

“Target is pursuing an aggressive omnichannel agenda and we want to go faster,” said Carl. “We’re confident that efforts such as creating the council and adding new engineering talent to our organization will help us achieve our goal of becoming a leading omnichannel retailer.”

Check out Target’s Careers site to find engineering and other digital positions now available at Target.

To view videos of Target’s Digital Advisory Council members in action, check out Target’s online magazine, A Bullseye View.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,916 stores – 1,789 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit For more information, visit

media contact

Eddie Baeb
p: 612-761-9658


Left to right: Jason Goldberger, SVP, and Mobile leads a panel with the Target Digital Advisory Council at Target headquarters; Roger Liew, Chief Technology Officer of Orbitz Worldwide; Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures; Amy Chang, CEO/Co-Founder of Accompani; Sam Yagan, CEO of the Match Group and CEO/Founder of OkCupid.

Left to right: Jason Goldberger, SVP, and Mobile leads a panel with the Target Digital Advisory Council at Target headquarters; Roger Liew, Chief Technology Officer of Orbitz Worldwide; Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures; Amy Chang, CEO/Co-Founder of Accompani; Sam Yagan, CEO of the Match Group and CEO/Founder of OkCupid.

CBRE’s global corporate headquarters honored by the International Interior Design Associated (IIDA) at the 26th Annual Calibre Awards

Los Angeles, CA, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE’s global corporate headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles was honored by the International Interior Design Associated (IIDA) at the 26th Annual Calibre Awards. CBRE and Gensler, its architectural partner on the project, received the Work Medium award which recognizes the best office projects between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet. The Calibre Awards honors the collaboration between designers, dealers and manufactures that ultimately results in exceptional projects.

More than 1,000 guests walked the red carpet at the black tie event. In total, six awards were presented at the Calibre Awards in the following categories: Health & Wellness, Leisure & Entertainment, Retail, Work Large, Work Medium, and Work Small.

Nominated with twelve other projects in the Work Medium category, CBRE’s global headquarters came out on top. Lewis C. Horne, president of Greater Los Angeles and Orange County for CBRE, accepted the award along with Gensler. Other team members recognized included ARC Engineering, Inc., CBRE Project Management, CBRE Workplace Strategy, Brandow & Johnson Inc., Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, and Taslimi Construction Company, Inc.

“We’re thrilled to accept this award and to share it with all those who were a part of the project,” says Lewis C. Horne, president of Greater Los Angeles and Orange County. “We appreciate IIDA for recognizing our space, as we truly believe that it is transformational not only for our firm, but for all office users as companies seek workplace solutions that better support the way people work today and will work in the future.”

CBRE’s global headquarters is located on the 25th and 26th floors of 400 South Hope Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Opening in September 2013, the 100 percent “free-address” and paperless office, which is part of CBRE’s global “Workplace360” initiative, incorporates leading-edge workspaces designed to support the way employees work through enhanced flexibility, mobility, technology, wellness and productivity.

“Feedback about our new space, both internally and externally, has been overwhelmingly positive. Internal feedback is our employees are happier because they can choose where to work based on their individual needs, and that they would never want to go back to the old way of working. Externally, the interest level in the new space has exceeded all expectations,” says Laura O’Brien, CBRE’s Global Head of Human Resources and Workplace Strategy.

To date, CBRE, has had more than 100 news articles published about the space, with coverage spanning from LA to Chicago to London and even Japan.

Andy Ratner, Senior Managing Director of the Downtown office, says, “The level of interest goes far beyond mere curiosity – we’ve toured more than 4,000 people through the space and have seen a marked increase in client interest in replicating similar strategies in their own offices.

“We’re very proud that our space can and is being used as showpiece for our clients to see firsthand how these strategies can improve collaboration, productivity and wellness in the workplace,” adds Nancy Wilhite, Managing Director of the Downtown office.

The Downtown LA office was one of the first – and the largest – of CBRE’s global “Workplace360” initiative. CBRE is opening almost two dozen more “Workplace360” offices around the globe before the end of the year, including offices in Tokyo, Melbourne, Chicago, San Diego and Orlando.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at

For Further Information

Jacqueline Bayley
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CBRE’s “How Global is the Business of Retail?” report: Paris is the world’s hottest global retail market with 50 new brands attracted last year

Global Retailers Focus on More Mature Markets – – U.S. Retailers Dominate Cross-Border Expansion – – Luxury Brands Account for a Quarter of New Market Entrants Globally

Los Angeles, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paris is the world’s hottest global retail market attracting 50 new brands last year, while France is ranked as the leading country for new entrants, according to the latest edition of How Global is the Business of Retail? by global property advisor CBRE Group, Inc.

The 2014 report, which tracks retailer’s movements in 2013, found that the overall footprint of global retailers at country level grew by 1.7%. More than half of retailers (51%) are now present in all three major global regions, The Americas, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, a slight increase on the previous year.

Retailers focused on more mature markets in 2013, with 18 of the top target cities considered mature markets compared with only 14 the previous year. 83% of the survey cities saw at least one new entrant throughout the year (compared with 81% the year before); with the top target markets seeing a 28% rise in new entrants.

The number of new entrants at city level was up by 26% year-on-year, with an increasing number of retailers crossing borders to grow their businesses. Paris has risen in popularity among the cities most attractive to retailers welcoming 50 new entrants over the year, including 10 new Luxury & Business Fashion brands. Paris benefitted from three new shopping centers in 2013, but it was the prime high street locations that attracted most global brands. Competition on these high streets between luxury brands is fierce due to surging demand from tourists, especially from China.

France also topped the table of the hottest countries ahead of Japan and Hong Kong. France has seen a renewed confidence in the market. Paris was the main point of entry for many retailers and has seen rents increase to decade highs due to significant interest from global retailers for the limited amount of available prime space. Paris was not the only target market; retailers also chose nine other French cities for their first store.

Tokyo is second as the most attractive city for global retailers, seeing double the number of new entrants during 2013 (48) than it did in 2012, reflecting renewed confidence in the economic prospects of Japan. Half of all new entrants (24) came from the U.S., while a further 18 were from Europe. Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi were the third and fourth ‘hottest’ markets with 43 and 42 new entrants respectively.

London is the home of more international brands than any other city, yet it still attracted 31 new market entrants last year. Other cities in the top ten included Beijing, Moscow, Shanghai, Frankfurt, Taipei and Singapore.

Jose Luis Martin, EMEA Senior Director of Cross Border retail, CBRE, commented:

“The improving economic prospects in Western Europe and North America is leading global retailers to refocus their expansion plans on mature markets and the world’s major retail destinations, with Paris, Tokyo, London and Berlin the top targets. Retailers have also turned their attention to recovering European markets and Asian and South American cities where they are still under represented.

“Global shopping center development is also at an all-time high and is providing the opportunity for retailers to enter new markets, particularly in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Owners are putting sizable resources into revamping, extending and freshening up their existing centers and securing major international brands is a key part of this strategy.

“The growth of the online environment has also elevated the importance of the brand – not just among luxury retailers, but across the retail spectrum with consumers seeking out aspirational brands as well as high street and value offerings, and this is driving demand for new stores.”

Retailers from the Americas are by far the most global, with 80% present in all three regions, compared with 48% of European retailers and 25% of Asia Pacific retailers. The maturity of the American market has encouraged retailers to cross borders and to extend their global reach in order to grow their companies. U.S. retailers expanding into EMEA represented 40% of cross-border movements by American retailers, 35% were entries into Asia, and only 18% were entries into other countries in the Americas region.

Naveen Jaggi, Senior Managing Director, Retail Services, CBRE, commented:

“The maturity and density of the American market is encouraging retailers to look outside their home borders in order to seek growth. Retailers from the U.S. were by far the most active in their expansion with at least one American retailer entering 45 of the 61 countries surveyed.

“London remains the top market for American retailers that are looking to move out of their home region. The proportion of American retailers with a presence in London has risen 4.2% since 2012 and two thirds of retailers based in the Americas are now present in London.”

The Luxury and Business Fashion sector accounted for the highest proportion (24%) of new market entrants globally. One third (32%) of all new entrants to the Americas were from this sector which is a direct reflection of the improved outlook for U.S. consumption. Luxury and Business Fashion retailers also proved to be very active in EMEA accounting for 24% of new entrants.

Notes to editors:
CBRE’s annual survey, now in its seventh year, maps the global footprint of 334 of the world’s leading retailers across more than 189 cities, tracking cross-border retailer movements. It also looks at the markets retailers have targeted in 2013 and provides a definitive benchmark against which to measure future changes in the global retail environment through a global ranking of countries and cities which have been most successful in attracting leading international retailers.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at

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Commissaries announced series of savings and sales events for the whole family in June and July

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it’s fruit and veggies at farmers markets, meat for outdoor grilling, ingredients for graduation dinners or food for the family road trip, you’ll save by shopping your commissary during June.And there’s something new: Your Healthy Lifestyle Festivals. Commissaries worldwide have partnered with installation exchanges, morale, welfare and recreation services, health clinics, and local produce growers to make possible community farmers markets, sidewalk sales, health and wellness screenings and fitness activities for the whole family in June and July. For local dates, go to

  • “Splash Into Summer,” sponsored by Tropicana, Propel, Starbucks Iced Coffee and Naked Juice. Look for large displays worldwide June 5 through July 9 advertising the event and encouraging shoppers to enter to win the “Fun in the Sun Giveaway.” Grand prize includes a Weber barbeque grill, an inflatable waterslide, $500 commissary gift card and a $300 exchange gift card. First place prizes are 10 Huffy bicycles and many more prizes. This “Splash Into Summer” promotion will be specially advertised on and
  • “Patriot Perks,” hosted by Overseas Service Corporation, June 5 through July 9. This commissary event focuses on saying “thank you” to the families of our military personnel who protect our country. The sale will feature special pricing on dozens of products and will be identified by red, white and blue patriotic signage throughout the commissary. “Perks” can be earned by shopping at your local commissary and purchasing the featured products. For every $25 spent on any combination of products from participating brands, you’ll qualify for a $10 gift card that can be used at your commissary or other military retailers.
  • “Pick Your Flavor, Pick Your Ride” sweepstakes, sponsored by Mott’s and Dr Pepper/Snapple, from June 19 to July 9. One lucky customer will have the chance to win and choose from one of two prizes: a 2014 Harley Softail Deluxe motorcycle or a 2014 Camaro coupe. To enter, customers must visit their local commissary and find the large display that depicts the motorcycle and car with a QR code. Scanning the QR code with your smart phone will take you to the online entry form. You may also enter by visiting Commissaries will have special pricing on 7 UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Sunkist, RC Cola, Mott’s Apple Juice, Hawaiian Punch and Yoo-hoo.
  • “Project Healing Waters,” a cause promotion sponsored by S & K Sales Company from June 5 to July 23. This event will help raise money for this nonprofit organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outings. Six-page flyers containing coupons and featured savings will be handed out in commissaries during the sale. A portion of the purchase price of each featured item will be donated to “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.” This event has provided over $500,000 in donations to this cause.

Check with your local store manager for information on when your commissary will be offering these events. And don’t forget to routinely check the “Sales Events” tab on DeCA’s website for the latest information on sales and savings.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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Carrefour partner and franchisee Label’Vie opens 40th supermarket and 4th hypermarket under the Carrefour brand in Morocco

PARIS, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Label’Vie, a Carrefour partner and franchisee, is opening its fortieth supermarket and fourth hypermarket under the Carrefour brand in Morocco.

> On 8 May, Morocco’s fortieth Carrefour Market supermarket opened its doors in Marrakesh.
The ‘Carré Eden’ Carrefour Market has a sales area of 1,900 sq. m. and is located in a shopping centre in the heart of the city.

> On 21 May, the country’s fourth Carrefour hypermarket opened in the city of Oujda.
Carrefour ‘Oujda’ has a sales area of 3,800 sq. m.

Label’Vie currently operates 56 stores, including four Carrefour hypermarkets, 40 Carrefour Market supermarkets, two Express convenience stores and 10 Atacadao stores.


Carrefour partner and franchisee Label'Vie opens 40th supermarket and 4th hypermarket under the Carrefour brand in Morocco

Carrefour partner and franchisee Label’Vie opens 40th supermarket and 4th hypermarket under the Carrefour brand in Morocco

Kesko Corporation appoints Mikko Helander new Managing Director

Mikko Helander to be Kesko Corporation’s new Managing Director

Helsinki, Finland,  2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed Mikko Helander, M.Sc. (Tech.), as Kesko Corporation’s Managing Director and Kesko Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer as from 1 January 2015.

Mikko Helander (b. 1960) will join Kesko as Kesko Corporation’s Deputy Managing Director and Member of the Group Management Board on 1 December 2014 at the latest and he will be Kesko Group’s President and CEO starting from 1 January 2015. Helander has acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä Board Corporation and as a Member of the Executive Management Teamof Metsä Group since 2006 and before that as the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä Tissue Corporation as well as in various management positions at the Valmet and Metso Groups. He has been a Board Member at Metsä Fibre Oy since 2008 and at the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP) since 2013. Earlier Helander has been the Vice Chairman of the Board at Myllykoski Paper Oy in 2007-2012 and a Board Member at the Finnish Forest Industries Federation in 2007-2011.

Starting from 1 January 2015, President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki will continue as a special advisor and in special assignments to be agreed with Kesko’s Board of Directors until 31 May 2015 when he will retire.

“In Kesko’s history, Mikko Helander will be the first President and CEO that has been nominated from outside the company. He has a strong track record in effective business leadership in a rapidly changing operating environment. Kesko’s management is experienced and competent and the Group’s financial performance and condition are very strong. This will provide an excellent basis for the work of the new President and CEO”, says Board Chair Esa Kiiskinen.

Kesko will hold a press conference on the appointment today, Wednesday 28 May 2014, at 10 a.m. EET in the auditorium at Ankkurikatu 5, Helsinki. Mikko Helander will also be present.

A photograph of Mikko Helander with personal information is available on Kesko’s website at

Further information will be available after the press conference from Board Chair Esa Kiiskinen, tel. +358 10 53 50200, and President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki, tel. +358 10 53 22201.

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John Lewis reveals five startups who made it to the final stage of its JLAB technology incubator

LONDON, 2014-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today reveals the five startup businesses who have made it to the final stage of JLAB, the retailer’s first-ever technology business incubator. From 3D room planners and in-store digital engagement to wireless sound systems and smart labels for after-sales care, the five finalists represent a range of innovative ideas with the potential to shape the shopping experience of the future.The five JLAB finalists are:

  • Localz, in-store digital engagement
  • Musaic, wireless sound system for smart homes
  • SpaceDesigned, online 3D room planning
  • Tap2Connect, smart labelling for after-sales care
  • Viewsy, in-store digital engagement

The final five were selected by the JLAB panel, comprising of John Lewis representatives, technology entrepreneur and JLAB partner Stuart Marks* and a selection of external mentors, following a pitch day on 20 May. The five startup companies will now be given dedicated office space at JLAB’s London hub, located within Level39, as well as initial funding of £12,500, access to John Lewis proprietary technology (platforms, data, APIs etc.) and access to the full mentor panel, which includes experts such as Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, and Sarah Murray OBE, founder of, alongside a range of John Lewis leaders. JLAB will be situated in Level39’s High Growth Space, which is based on the 42nd floor of Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square building.

Following a 12-week incubation period, the JLAB panel will select a winning company who will receive up to £100,000 in further investment and the chance to trial their solution in-store. Should this be a success, their solution may be implemented across the John Lewis estate.

Paul Coby, IT Director at John Lewis, said: ‘Innovation is at the heart of John Lewis Partnership’s DNA, in our 150th year I am delighted that we will be working with some of the best technology innovators to develop better products and better customer service. We’re confident that the JLAB finalists each have an idea with real potential to either improve the shopping experience or offer customers something new to use in the home. I really feel that if our Founder Spedan Lewis were alive today he would be starting a tech incubator.’

Stuart Marks, technology entrepreneur and partner in JLAB, said: ‘We were very pleased with the quality of companies that attended the pitch day.  We are certain that the companies that we have selected will thrive at JLAB over the summer and benefit from the exceptional mentoring team and access to the John Lewis business.  Every company has the potential to win and it will be exciting to watch how they develop.’

JLAB will officially open on Monday 9 June. Further information on each JLAB finalist can be found below. For more information, please visit

Headed up by co-founders Tim Andrew, Pete Williams and Melvin Artemas, Localz is an in-store digital engagement system which uses proximity and iBeacon technology. Currently, retailers don’t know when their best online shoppers arrive at a real life store. Localz is designed to let retailers know they have arrived as they walk through the door.A demo video with further information on Localz can be viewed at

Musaic is a wireless sound system designed to integrate fully with today’s smart home. Founders Matthew Bramble, Simon Grabowski and Carolyn Van Dongen have created a wireless Hi-Fi system that can stream music from any platform to multiple rooms in a house.A demo video with further information on Musaic can be viewed on youtube.

SpaceDesigned, from co-founders Nicholas and Diane Shaw, is an online app which allows consumers to accurately create and view virtual 3D versions of rooms in their house. They can then add potential new furniture purchases and see how they might fit in.A demo video with further information on SpaceDesigned can be viewed on youtube.

Tap2Connect, from founder Steve Cooke, is an after-sales service that uses smart labels to increase customer engagement. Smart labels enable consumers and retailers to track a product’s lifecycle and make on-going service or repairs easier to handle.A demo video with further information on Tap2Connect can be viewed on youtube.

Viewsy, founded by Odera Ume-Ezeoke, is an in-store digital engagement system designed to help retailers better understand their customers. In-store sensors track customers’ behaviour as they move through the store, allowing retailers to better understand them and to offer them more personalised and efficient services.A demo video with further information on Viewsy can be viewed at

*Stuart Marks biog – Stuart founded his first business in 1990 and since then has built up and sold several tech based companies specialising in Big Data. These have ranged from managing customer loyalty programmes, such as the Reward Card, the predecessor of Nectar for Sainsbury’s to building complex web interfaces at Module Communications, one of the UK’s leading digital media agencies which was sold to Grey Advertising.  In 1999, Stuart founded LSE listed ITIS Holdings which was a very early adopter of crowd sourced GPS data  to provide real time traffic information across Europe. Having sold ITIS to Seattle based INRIX in 2011, Stuart established his own fund which invests in and mentors many startup and growth stage companies in the UK.

Notes to editors
The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 41 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores and 10 John Lewis at home),, 317 Waitrose shops, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘The Nation’s Best Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2013’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013

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Delhaize Group’s 2013 accomplishments underscored in its Sustainability Progress Report

Delhaize Group’s 2013 accomplishments underscore progress toward Company’s 2020 ambition – to be ”Supergood” sustainability leaders.

Brussels, Belgium, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —Delhaize Group (NYSE Euronext Brussels: DELB – NYSE: DEG,) the international food retailer serving communities in nine countries, published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report today online at

The report details the company’s progress in addressing important dynamics of climate change, resource scarcity and consumer health needs within its industry for its local communities. The achievements bring Delhaize Group another step closer to its 2020 ambition, as defined in its “Supergood” Sustainability Strategy launched in 2012.

“Our 2020 ambition is to be sustainability leaders – to be “Supergood” – in all our markets, through full commitment to sustainable private brand products, waste reduction, healthier lifestyles, and employment of a diverse associate base,” said Frans Muller, President and CEO of Delhaize Group.

2013 achievement highlights:

  • Sustainable private brands: Delhaize Group made important strides in supporting sustainable agriculture and healthier eating. One example is Alfa Beta’s launch of its sustainable seafood initiative, ensuring that its fresh seafood will be 100% sustainably sourced. A second example is the fact that our percentage of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-certified private brand suppliers rose to 82%.
  • Zero waste: Delhaize Group succeeded in reducing waste through innovations in its operations world-wide. For example, its Delhaize America banners reduced their waste sent to landfill by 19% and the average Group-wide recycling rate increased to 56%.
  • Everyday practices: Delhaize Group took responsibility for minimizing one of the industry’s largest contributors to climate change – refrigeration emissions. It installed state-of-the-art transcritical CO refrigeration systems in two stores (one in Belgium and one in the U.S.) to test how the Group can dramatically reduce its climate change impact from refrigeration. The company reduced emissions from refrigerants by 8% per square meter in 2013 alone.
  • Employment of a diverse associate base: Delhaize Group is being recognized for employing a diverse associate population that represents its surrounding communities. For example, the Human Rights Campaign recognized Delhaize America as one of the best places to work in the U.S.

“These are the kinds of examples that embody our values of integrity and determination, and our intention to do what is right,” said Delhaize Group President and CEO Frans Muller. “I am encouraged by the progress Delhaize Group made in 2013 in addressing the concerns that matter most to local customers and the communities we serve.”

This year, the report separates a short summary of overall Group results from distinct “bite-sized” chapters for each Operating Company. Read the full report online here:

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch on Delhaize Group’s website Delhaize Group also has a sustainability blog “Feed Tomorrow,” available at

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About Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).


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Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH succeeds with its on Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform

  • An especially fast rollout and solid customer orientation quickly turn an online garden supply store into an award-winning model for success
  • On the heels of, Intershop continues its partnership with Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH with its GartenXXL collaboration
  • Flexible Intershop solution allows for accessible design

Jena, Germany, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH has been operating on Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform since 2013, and so far has nothing but good to report on balance.

In 2012, under the umbrella of its “e-stores”, the company set up an e-commerce platform capable of handling multiple online shops at once. The complete IT landscape, logistics and product range form the common basis for all shops. The individual brands represent the pillars that build on this foundation, which saves both money and resources. The aim was to quickly launch competitive specialty shops on the market at low cost. For its shop software, the company relies on the standard Intershop technology. It has added several functions and interfaces in order to tailor the solution precisely to the individual design of GartenXXL, its first specialty shop. Taking its cue from the positive experiences with, Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH is now expanding its successful work with Intershop in its GartenXXL venture.

Intershop meets complex technical requirements throughout

“When we designed the shop, we were able to draw on our e-commerce experience with, which dates back more than 10 years,” reports CEO Bastian Siebers. “Even then, it went well beyond our expectations, which were high to begin with.” With a required time frame of just under 100 working days, the project was implemented in a very short space of time. The shop now has more than 20,000 items from well-known brand names like Gardena, Fiskars, Bosch and Kettler. Buying is easy thanks to a wide selection of payment options including all popular payment methods such as purchase on account up to an order value of EUR 2,500, credit card, PayPal, direct debit, cash in advance, and the SOFORT transfer service. Sophisticated logistics processes and longtime partnerships with shippers and exporters make order processing fast and efficient, ensuring that even fragile goods like potted plants arrive quickly and safely at the buyer’s address.

Customer orientation and a service mentality garner awards for the successful GartenXXL project

The broad range of services available from GartenXXL also helped the store off to a successful start in February 2013. While a toll-free advice hotline with product specialists from the purchasing team helps gardeners with advice, there is also an online magazine integrated directly into the shop with plenty of tips and helpful suggestions for designing the perfect yard or balcony garden. Services include an array of practical video guides – for example, on how to set up a recently purchased greenhouse – that provide answers to every possible customer question. Accessible website design also makes it possible for the visually impaired to shop on GartenXXL. Low shipping costs round off the service package: Any order of EUR 20 or above is shipped free of charge. Even logistics are green – most of the packages are shipped in a CO2-neutral manner with the GoGreen service from Deutsche Post.

The exceptional service quality pays dividends for the company. The online dealer enjoys very high conversion rates and transaction values, and in 2014 was recognized for its shop by the Internet World Business industry magazine, which ranked it second in the category of “Best Online Pure Player”.

“Across the board, Intershop meets our complex requirements for a high-performing e-commerce solution,” summarizes Jens Schürks, Head of Software Development at Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH. “The Intershop platform proved to be a welcome revenue driver in the wake of our heavy investment in brand marketing campaigns.”

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 including online marketing. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

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.

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Immochan released its 2013 Annual and Sustainable Development Report

Croix, France, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throught this document, you will find the 2013 key events of the firm, in terms of development, retail, innovation and sustainable development.

Owning more than 2.3 million sqm GLA in shopping centres, Immochan is one of the biggest commercial real estate compagny in Europe. The firm broadcasts its 2013 Annual and Sustainable Development Report, consolidating all the actions launched in the countries where it is present.

You will find the 2013 key events in terms of development (Bronowice, Epinay-sur-Seine), retail (retailer quality charter, promotional events), innovations (Creative Attitude, Perpignan) and the Sustainable Development policy (BREEAM certification, Immochan France foundation) of the firm.

Download the 2013 Annual and Sustainable Developement Report


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,285,504 Ahold common shares in the period from May 19, 2014 up to and including May 23, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 14.1137 per share for a total consideration of € 32.26 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 105,061,322 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,356.51 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.


National Association of Convenience Stores welcomes Palak Patel as analyst-programmer

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Palak Patel has joined NACS as an analyst-programmer. Before coming to NACS, Patel interned at i3Solutions and worked at George Mason University.  She also tutored other students in Java programming and web development at Northern Virginia Community College.Patel earned a BS in Applied Information Technology from George Mason University with a concentration in database and programming.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Giant Eagle Inc.® opens its second Giant Eagle Express neighborhood grocery store in Indiana

New 24-hour neighborhood grocery store opens featuring fresh prepared foods, full-service deli and a broad selection of grocery items in a quick in-and-out setting.

INDIANA, Pa.,  2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pittsburgh-based multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle Inc.® is today opening the company’s second Giant Eagle Express, a new 14,000 square-foot neighborhood grocery store at 435 South 7th Street in Indiana.

Giant Eagle Express features a wide selection of fresh prepared foods like fresh-to-order old-fashioned subs, sandwich wraps, breakfast sandwiches, sushi made in-store daily, made-to-order pizzas, house-roasted rotisserie chicken, hearty pot pies, a salad bar, and a full-service deli with premium, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses.

The store also includes an in-store bakery, 150 varieties of domestic and imported beers, meat and seafood offerings, farm fresh produce, and a broad selection of the most commonly shopped for grocery items.

“Our new Indiana Giant Eagle Express features all of the fresh food offerings customers expect from Giant Eagle, in a contemporary, neighborhood grocery format,” said Vice President of Giant Eagle Express Dave Daniel. “Since the 2007 introduction of our first Giant Eagle Express in the Pittsburgh area, customers quickly came to appreciate the ability to get fresh and high quality meal solutions in a fast and friendly manner. We have continued to refine the concept in Pittsburgh, and are excited to bring our latest thinking to Indiana.”

Daniel said Giant Eagle Express customers will find:

The freshest foods

  • Restaurant quality offerings including old-fashioned subs, made-to-order pizza, sushi rolled fresh daily, rotisserie chicken, breakfast sandwiches and more
  • A salad bar and hot bar
  • Full-service deli with premium, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses
  • High quality meat and seafood items
  • A wide selection of farm fresh produce, fruits and vegetables
  • A bakery offering fresh-baked bagels in a variety of flavors, as well as donuts, muffins, cookies and bread

A World of Beverages

  • More than 20 varieties of fountain beverages including Pepsi and Coke products, as well as a variety of frozen drinks and f”real Milkshakes
  • Popular energy drinks and sports drinks like Monster, Red Bull and Gatorade
  • Bottled waters, flavored waters and tea
  • Custom coffee with a range of roasts from mild to strong, and a selection of cappuccinos, teas and hot chocolates
  • 150 varieties of domestic and imported beers to take home or enjoy in our café with a delicious meal

Time-Saving Convenience

  • A wide selection of grocery items in an easy-to-shop format, including frozen food, dairy, pasta and sauces, snacks and beverages
  • Health & beauty items and baby products, with convenient pharmacy prescription delivery available at the nearby Giant Eagle supermarket on Ben Franklin Road
  • A touch screen kiosk permitting customers the ability to custom-order numerous items including fresh pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, old-fashioned subs, salads, wraps and soups
  • Dual Citizens Bank surcharge free ATM kiosks
  • Free, unlimited WiFi in the café area with seating for more than 100 inside and an additional 25 outside, and a DVD rental kiosk
  • Fresh floral bouquets

Great Customer Values

  • The Giant Eagle fuelperks! rewards program, offering customers who meet purchase requirements a 10-cent discount on each gallon of gas purchased at GetGo locations for every $50 spent with the Giant Eagle Advantage Card®
  • The Giant Eagle Gift Card Gallery, allowing customers to purchase gift cards from more than 150 retailers, using them like cash for everyday necessities or gifts, all while earning fuelperks!

“The Indiana Giant Eagle Express offers the best in fresh foods, fill-in grocery needs and convenience-oriented services,” said Daniel. “We believe it fits the need right here in the center of town, with the nearby university and area residents.”

The new store will employ approximately 75 Team Members and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store’s grand opening celebration begins on Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a $1,000 donation to the Indiana County Action Program.

About Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.3 billion in annual sales, which would make the company the 27th largest privately held company on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list. Giant Eagle is also a recent recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 231 supermarkets in addition to 172 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

Russian retailer Magnit opens its 51st Magnit Family store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 51st “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 51st “Magnit Family” store located at 39, 30 Letiya Pobedy Boulevard, Volgograd, Southern federal district. Assortment of the store consists of about 5,900 SKUs, out of which about 80% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The out let is owned by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 10 pm.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of March 31, 2014, Magnit operated 23 distribution centers and over 8,200 stores (7,341 convenience, 215 hypermarkets, and 700 cosmetics) in more than 1,905 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the audited IFRS consolidated financial statements for 2013, Magnit had revenues of $18,202 million USD and an EBITDA of $2,032 million USD.

Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts ranked fifth among the country’s top 26 retailers according to Greenpeace USA report

Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy and Responsible Choice program lauded as ‘remarkable’ and efforts debut as fifth best in U.S.

WEST DES MOINES, IA, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the world of seafood sustainability, Hy-Vee has quickly become a big fish in a big pond. In the Carting Away the Oceans: 2014 Rankings of Seafood Sustainability in U.S. Supermarkets report released last week by Greenpeace USA, Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts are ranked fifth among the country’s top 26 retailers. The report evaluates major U.S. retailers for the sustainability of their seafood in four key areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and Red List inventory.

According to the report, “Hy-Vee’s remarkable entrance can be credited to the seafood team’s internal drive and proactive approach to seafood sustainability, coupled with corporate-level endorsement and confidence in its category staff.”

“We were surprised at how well Hy-Vee performed, by essentially rocketing to fifth place, which is a particularly impressive showing for a new entrant to the evaluations,” said James Mitchell, Greenpeace senior seafood campaigner.

Hy-Vee has made it a priority to focus on and improve how it provides a diverse selection of seafood to its customers. As a result of that process, the company has updated its Seafood Procurement Policy for both wild caught and farmed seafood and rolled out a Responsible Choice program to educate consumers. Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice program and its comprehensive Procurement Policy were developed in partnership with FishWise – a non-profit organization focused on supporting sustainability through environmentally responsible business practices.

Through these new efforts, Hy-Vee has committed to sell responsibly sourced fresh and frozen seafood that is either rated Green or Yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, certified to an environmental standard equivalent to these ratings, or is sourced from credible, time-bound improvement processes by the end of 2015. In addition, Hy-Vee has been a strong supporter of both the Ross Sea Pledge and the Bering Sea Canyons initiative, and has committed to not selling genetically engineered seafood.

“We’re extremely pleased and honored with this recognition. It represents both a commitment from our stores as well as from Hy-Vee customers who have demonstrated that they want seafood that is responsibly harvested and minimizes damage to the environment,” said Hy-Vee’s Nate Stewart, Vice President of Perishables. “Through our new efforts, we are providing our customers high quality seafood in accordance with the most stringent environmental standards in the food industry. We look forward to continually improving our offerings in the future.”

For more information on Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts, please To access the full report, please

With 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states and sales of more than $8 billion, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

Kesko rewards pupils who have promoted peace, tolerance and positive atmosphere in their schools with Fair Play scholarships

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko grants a €50 Fair Play scholarship for distribution to one pupil in every comprehensive school grade nine class in Finland. The scholarship is a reward to pupils who have promoted peace, tolerance and a positive atmosphere in their schools and encouraged others in school work with their exemplary behaviour.

– We want the scholarships to spur and encourage youths and teachers to draw young people’s attention to the power of our own example in building peace for schoolwork and a positive working atmosphere. The grade nine pupils’ end of school year ceremony is a turning point in the lives of many young people. I hope every youth has positive experiences of the joy of learning and going to school, says Kesko’s President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki.

The recipients of Kesko Fair Play scholarships are selected jointly by headmasters and class teachers. The total amount of the scholarships is more than €150,000.

– This is a significant investment from Kesko and shows how much Kesko appreciates school work and the upbringing of young people. Education is the foundation of the welfare society, but even though this is well known, other matters are often prioritised before education and the young get left behind. Kesko takes a concrete stand for the value of education and good manners, says Katriina Käkönen, vice-headmaster of Mäntynummen yhtenäiskoulu in Lohja.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is granted as a voucher accepted at Intersport, Budget Sport, Kookenkä, Anttila, Asko, Sotka, K-rauta, Rautia, K-citymarket and other K-Group stores.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is part of Kesko’s long-term responsibility work. Kesko and K-stores also take part in the Finnish Youth Guarantee initiative with the aim to employ 1,000 unemployed young people by the end of 2014. Kesko and K-stores want to do their share in preventing the social exclusion of young people.

Further information:
Matti Mettälä, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations, tel. +358 105 322 200

Kesko ( is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

Delhaize Group shareholders approved the annual accounts for fiscal year 2013 and €1.56 gross dividend per share

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-5-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB, NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today that during its Ordinary Shareholders Meeting its shareholders approved the annual accounts for fiscal year 2013 and the distribution of a €1.56 gross dividend per share. After deduction of a 25% withholding tax, this results in a net dividend of €1.17 per share.

The 2013 dividend will become payable to owners of ordinary shares against coupon no. 52. The Delhaize Group shares will start trading ex-coupon on May 28, 2014 (opening of the market). The record date (i.e. the date at which shareholders are entitled to the dividend) is May 30, 2014 (closing of the market) and the dividend will be payable as from June 2, 2014. The ADR dividend record date is May 30, 2014 and the payment of the dividend to Delhaize Group’s ADR holders will be made through Citibank beginning on June 5, 2014.

During the Shareholders Meeting, Delhaize Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Frans Muller, confirmed its previously announced intentions for 2014 to spend €625 million in capital expenditures at identical exchange rates and to open 180 stores.

The shareholders approved the appointment of Mr. Johnny Thijs as independent director for a term of three years.

The speeches and presentations, the minutes of the Meeting and the results of the votes will be made available on the Delhaize Group website ( in the coming days.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website Questions can be sent to

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Ahold to settle class action pending in US for its former subsidiary U.S. Foodservice

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-5-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold announced today that it has signed a term sheet agreeing in principle to settle a class action pending in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in respect of pricing practices of Ahold’s former subsidiary U.S. Foodservice in the period 1998-2005.

Under the term sheet that was signed today, Ahold has agreed to make a payment of $297 million into a settlement fund in return for a release from all claims from all participating class members in relation to these pricing practices.

Ahold indemnified U.S. Foodservice against damages arising out of this class action, referred to in Ahold’s annual reports as the “Waterbury litigation”, as part of the terms of Ahold’s sale of U.S. Foodservice in July 2007 to a consortium of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co for a purchase price of $7.1 billion.

The class comprises any person in the United States who purchased products from U.S. Foodservice pursuant to an arrangement that defined a sale price in terms of a cost component plus a mark-up and for which U.S. Foodservice used a so-called “Value Added Service Provider” transaction to calculate the cost component.

The settlement is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, which is anticipated to address the issue in late 2014 or early 2015 and is subject to potential reduction and/or termination based on the compensable sales volume attributable to class members that elect to opt out of the settlement (i.e. do not wish to be bound by the settlement). Upon becoming unconditional the settlement will definitively resolve this potential liability for Ahold.
Ahold will record a provision in the amount of €215 million in Q1, 2014. Ahold will be funding its payment to the settlement fund out of its available cash balances and expects this payment to take place in late 2014 or the beginning of 2015.

Commenting on the settlement, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, member of the Ahold Management Board and Chief Corporate Governance Counsel, said: “We are pleased to have reached this settlement which resolves a legacy litigation since 2006 related to our former subsidiary U.S. Foodservice. The settlement permits us to avoid more lengthy, time-consuming and costly litigation, and to focus our resources and attention to our current business.”

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include statements as to the court approval of and size, funding and timing of the payment under the settlement. Many of the above risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold”.


Intershop partners with multi-channel marketing specialist Querplex

  • Intershop steadily building network of top-performing partners
  • Omni-channel market leader joins hands with first-class implementation expert, yielding true added value for clients’ business
  • 13-year project experience highlights Querplex as specialist in Intershop installations

Jena, Germany, 2014-5-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG, leading independent provider of innovative solutions for omni-channel commerce, has formed a partnership with multi-channel marketing specialist Querplex. The partnership aims at supplying e-commerce managers with an unbeatable combination of the market’s leading e-commerce technology and first-class implementation expertise.

Querplex offers the services of a multi-channel marketing agency and the broad portfolio of an IT service company in one. The coming collaboration between the partners will put comprehensive expertise in the development and implementation of complex content management and shop systems in the hands of Intershop clients who are designing and realizing sophisticated e-business projects. Intershop’s flagship platform, Intershop 7, allows any business model, sales channel and customer touchpoint to be administered centrally, reducing operating costs and giving customers exactly what they are looking for at precisely the place they expect to find it.

“We have been managing international Intershop projects for over 13 years,” comments Angelika Benkert, CEO of Querplex GmbH. “What our clients particularly value is our long experience and the comprehensive expertise in realizing ambitious multi-channel environments that goes along with it. The new cooperative agreement between Intershop and Querplex signals our readiness to build on this combined effort.”

Udo Rauch, Intershop VP Channel, adds: “This partnership demonstrates that even agencies and their clients can achieve lasting and future-proof added value for their business with Intershop solutions. We look forward to stepping up our successful collaboration with Querplex in the future.”

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 including online marketing. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

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

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

The National Retail Federation disappointed from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s withdrawal of the patent reform bill

Today Marks a Victory for Patent Trolls

WASHINGTON, 2014-5-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the announcement that Senate Judiciary Committee has shelved the patent reform bill:

“Withdrawing the patent reform bill is a victory for patent trolls.

“We are deeply disappointed that groups representing the status quo have continued to stall and stymie attempts at effective patent reform.

“Even though this is a loss for Main Street merchants, end-users will continue to work with those committed to strengthening and reforming our patent system. Small business owners, retailers, grocers, banks, coffee shops and restaurants need patent relief now, and without Senate action the problem will only grow worse.

“We will not rest until the bipartisan compromise ironed out by Senators Schumer and Cornyn is brought before the Judiciary Committee for consideration.

“Let’s hope this setback marks the last victory for patent trolls.”

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.

Stephen E Schatz
(855) NRF-Press


SRC-KPMG SCOTTISH RETAIL SALES MONITOR APRIL 2014: Total Scottish sales in April 2014 increased by 1.9% compared with April 2013

LONDON, 2014-5-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In April 2014 total Scottish sales increased by 1.9% compared with April 2013, when they had decreased by 2.1%. Like-for-like sales increased by 1.1% on last April, when they had decreased by 3.0%. Taking account of shop price deflation, April total sales were up 3.3% in real terms.

Total Food sales were 1.1% up on April 2013, when they had decreased 1.4%. April 2014 benefits from a positive Easter distortion.

Total Non-Food sales increased by 2.6% on a year earlier when they had decreased 2.7%. Adjusted more comprehensively for the estimated effect of online sales, total Non-Food sales would have increased by 3.2%.

Total Scottish sales growth was 0.7% year-to-date, which is below the UK total growth and the Scottish 12-month average of 1.5%.

David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “The strong Footfall data published earlier this week translated into Clothing and footwear turning in the best performance in this category for over three years. This was driven by shoppers’ updating their wardrobes with seasonal wear and through purchases of children’s clothing. Sales of bigger ticket items such as furniture, gardening, DIY and materials for revamping the home also did well, and total food sales picked up too.

“What is most heartening is that a broader range of indicators crucial to the health of Scotland’s retail industry have begun pointing in a more positive direction. Retail sales and footfall are both up, and the number of empty retail properties has fallen. Retailers will of course work hard to sustain this. Government and local authorities however can play their part by channelling their collective energies into ensuring that the retail industry, which is after all Scotland’s largest private sector employer, is even better placed to be able to invest, expand and create jobs.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail at KPMG, said: “April’s bounce back due to a late Easter was more muted than hoped for in Scotland, reminding us how hard retailers are working to drive sales growth in this slowly recovering economy.

“Total sales in Scotland for the three months to April fell by 0.7 per cent on the prior year, mainly driven by negative trends in the food sector, which fell by 1.4 per cent in the quarter. This, set against an increase of 1.5 per cent in food sales for the 12 months to April 2014 reflects the harsh realities of the grocery sector. Targeted discounting may be great for consumers, but I fear it will have longer term consequences on suppliers.

“Other non-food sales for the quarter have been largely flat in Scotland save for clothing and footwear categories which have been spurred on by better weather and also, perhaps, from savings in food being diverted to the wardrobe.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900.