Target plans to employ 200 new staff in its new store in Santa Clara California

Store will employ approximately 200 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Santa Clara, Calif., in October 2014. The new store will be located at 2004 El Camino Real in the Santa Clara Town Centre. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Santa Clara store will be approximately 140,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks, a Target Pharmacy and a Target Optical, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Santa Clara location will employ approximately 200 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“Target is excited about our first store in Santa Clara and our continued expansion into the South Bay area,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region. “With the opening of our Santa Clara Target store, we are bringing 200 jobs to the area and delivering our ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise to even more guests in the area.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. 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, visitTarget.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

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Matias Cavallin
p: (612) 240-6543

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We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

Target to open news store in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Store will employ approximately 150 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Wilmington, Mass., in October 2014. The new store will be located at 210 Ballardvale Street. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Wilmington store will be approximately 130,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target Pharmacy, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Wilmington location will employ approximately 150 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“The northern Massachusetts market has always been a priority for Target,” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region. “With the launch of the new Wilmington Target store this October, we are proud to affirm our commitment to the community by serving as a good neighbor to our guests and local employer to our new Team Members.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. 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 Target.com/corporateresponsibilty.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Stefanie Mohr
p: (212) 819-6468

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

Target announced plans to open new store in Liberty Township, Ohio in October 2014

Store will employ approximately 150 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Liberty Township, Ohio, in October 2014. The store will be located at 10600 Sawmill Parkway as part of the new shopping center The Shoppes at Wedgewood.  To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Liberty Township store will be approximately 130,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target Pharmacy, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Liberty Township location will employ approximately 150 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“Columbus is an important market for Target,” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region.  “We’re thrilled to bring 150 new jobs to the community and service even more guests when our Liberty Township store opens this October.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. 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 Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Stefanie Mohr
p: (212) 819-6468

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

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Wincor Nixdorf AG announced its first quarter net sales fell by 5%

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf AG completed the first quarter of its current fiscal year with a decline in net sales and growth in operating profit. Compared with the same period a year ago, net sales for the first quarter fell by 5%. In total, net sales stood at €638 million (previous year: €669 million). Operating profit (EBITA) increased by 5% to €42 million (40 million). As a result, the EBITA margin rose by 0.6 percentage points to 6.6 % (6.0%). Profit for the first three months of fiscal 2013/2014 stood at €28 million (€27 million). Wincor Nixdorf had anticipated that business would move in this direction, given the strong performance recorded in the same period a year ago. Against this backdrop, the company is confident that it will be able to maintain the pattern of growth to which it had returned in the preceding fiscal year. With this in mind, the company has confirmed its forecast. It expects to generate growth of 4% in net sales in the current fiscal year 2013/2014, while operating profit is again projected to expand significantly by an estimated 17% to €155 million.

“Having completed our restructuring program last year, we consider ourselves well placed to sustain the considerable level of growth generated in emerging markets,” said CEO & President Eckard Heidloff in justifying the company’s favorable business outlook. He went on to explain that this forward momentum would again compensate for the persistent sluggishness affecting Wincor Nixdorf’s business activities in Europe. Alongside growth in the emerging markets, expansion of the company’s Software business is at the top of the agenda. “Increasingly, consumers are wanting to decide for themselves whether they use a smartphone, a tablet, the Internet or branch-based services to make their transactions. Banks and retailers are responding to this trend, and we are here to support them in their efforts,” said Heidloff.

Alongside sustained cost-related pressures, trends such as these illustrate the growing importance of software to Wincor Nixdorf’s overall business. Within the next five years, the company is looking to double its revenue generated through Software business and associated Professional Services – from net sales of around €300 million at present to €600 million. Its commitment in this area is underpinned, among other things, by the recent acquisition of DATEC, a Czech software enterprise that specializes in retail solutions. DATEC focuses, in particular, on data integration relating to omni-channel and ERP processes. The software specialist has developed proprietary software that delivers information for sales consultations via mobile devices, such as tablets.

Net sales down year on year in Banking segment – Retail segment records growth in net sales
In the first quarter, net sales in the Banking segment were down 11% at €400 million (€448 million). EBITA for the Banking segment amounted to €30 million (€33 million) in the first three months of the fiscal year, which constitutes a decline by 9% or €3 million. By contrast, net sales generated in the Retail segment rose by 8% to €238 million (€221 million) in the first three months of the fiscal year. Thus, Wincor Nixdorf managed to lift EBITA attributable to the Retail segment by 71%, or €5 million, to €12 million (€7 million).

Performance by region
In Germany, net sales for the first quarter of the fiscal year contracted slightly by 2% to €151 million (€154 million), thus accounting for 24% (23 %) of the Group’s total net sales in the reporting period. Net sales generated in Europe (excluding Germany) over the first three months of the fiscal year stood at €303 million (€317 million), which corresponds to a decline of 4%. Against this backdrop, Europe continued to account for 47% of the Group’s total net sales, unchanged from the same period a year ago and still the largest contributor to consolidated revenue. Asia/Pacific/Africa saw net sales fall by 4% to €115 million (€120 million) in the first three months of the current fiscal year. Asia/Pacific/Africa contributed a share of 18% (18%) to total net sales for the Group. Expressed in U.S. dollars, net sales generated in the Americas fell by 8% during the reporting period. Translated into euros, net sales for this region declined by 12% to €69 million (€78 million). Thus, the Americas accounted for 11% (12%) of total net sales within the Group.

Performance by business stream
In the first quarter of the fiscal year, net sales attributable to Hardware business totaled €305 million (€332 million), which corresponds to a year-on-year decline of 8%. Net sales from Software/Services fell by 1% to €333 million (€337 million). The share of total net sales attributable to the Hardware business stood at 48% (50%). Correspondingly, Software/Services business accounted for 52% (50%) of total net sales.

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Russia’s largest retailer Magnit announced acquisition of shares by the entity under the issuer’s control

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”, the “Issuer”, MICEX and LSE: MGNT), announces the acquisition of shares by the entity which is under the Issuer’s control.

Full company name and address:  joint-stock company “Tander”
185, Levanevskogo street, Krasnodar, Russia
Taxpayer Id Number: 2310031475
Principal State Registration Number: 1022301598549
Object of acquisition: voting shares of the Issuer

Date of acquisition: January 17, 2014
Amount of acquired shares: 20,504 shares (0.021683% of the total equity)
Basis for acquisition: Sales and Purchase Agreements executed in the trading of MICEX Stock Exchange
Amount of votes before acquisition: 75,857 votes (0.080220% of the total number of votes)
Amount of votes after acquisition: 96,361 votes (0.101903% of the total number of votes)

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x7600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x5101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of December 31, 2013, Magnit operated 22 distribution centers and over 8,000 stores (7,200 convenience, 207 hypermarkets, and 686 cosmetics) in more than 1,868 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with its reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements, Magnit had 1H 2013 revenues of $8.7 billion USD and an EBITDA of $890 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 now Europe’s 2nd largest food retailer.

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arvato Financial Solutions verwerft AfterPay, een Nederlandse serviceprovider voor ‘betalen na ontvangst’

Gütersloh, Duitsland, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Achteraf betalen, of wel betaling na ontvangst van een besteld product, bijvoorbeeld via een (digitale) acceptgiro of factuur, is een betaalmethode waar veel online consumenten de voorkeur aan geven en draagt voor webwinkeliers bij aan een hogere verkoop.

Steeds meer Europese online retailers bieden hun klanten de mogelijkheid om na ontvangst te betalen. Om het betaalrisico en het opzetten van een eigen debiteurenmanagement afdeling- en systeem te voorkomen, besteden veel retailers het volledige achteraf betaalproces uit aan gespecialiseerde financiële ondernemingen.

“Het is onze visie om onze klanten – nationaal en internationaal – geïntegreerd te ondersteunen met alle benodigde en eigentijdse risicomanagementoplossingen. Door de aankoop van AfterPay kunnen wij onze klanten binnen Europa de populaire betaalmethode van betaling via factuur, Direct debit of digitale nota bieden, met betaalgarantie voor de retailer! Met name na de succesvolle samenwerking met AfterPay in de afgelopen twee jaar zijn wij er van overtuigd dat het verwerven van AfterPay de juiste stap was in de richting van een brede aanwezigheid in Europa,” licht Michael Weinreich toe, lid van de Raad van Bestuur van arvato AG en verantwoordelijk voor de business group arvato Financial Solutions. “Nu kunnen wij onze klanten binnen alle markten op een veilige en betrouwbare wijze ondersteunen vanuit een partner, van arvato Financial Solutions.”

“Wij voeren het volledige achteraf betaalproces uit, inclusief risicomanagement, acceptatie, inning en debiteurenmanagement van achteraf betaaltransacties. Dit doen we op een onderscheidende klantvriendelijke wijze. Hierdoor kunnen onze online retailers zich volledig richten op hun verkoop”, legt Stefan van den Berg, directeur en oprichter van AfterPay, uit. “We beschouwen onszelf als partners van de webwinkeliers, doordat wij als doel hebben de winkelier te helpen bij verhoging van hun omzet en conversie”. “AfterPay participeert actief in verschillende (inter)nationale partnerschappen en ontwikkelt daarmee nieuwe multi-channel innovaties rondom het betaalconcept ‘betaling na ontvangst’, wat onlineklanten een aangename winkelervaring biedt en de positie van onze klanten versterkt”, vult Michael Weinreich aan. “Door onderdeel te worden van de ambitieuze arvato Financial Services Group kunnen wij onze huidige dienstverlening verbeteren, grensoverschrijdende betaaloplossingen bieden in heel Europa en nieuwe financiële diensten introduceren voor zowel online retailers als consumenten”, zegt Stefan van den Berg.

Een gerenommeerde Nederlandse onderneming
Als oprichter en CEO van AfterPay, dat onder zijn leiding een leidende marktpositie heeft verworven, zal Stefan van den Berg verantwoordelijk worden voor de gezamenlijke activiteiten in de Benelux van arvato Financial Solutions. AfterPay heeft in Nederland exclusieve data en innovatieve instrumenten voor fraudepreventie ontwikkeld, die het risico op wanbetaling verkleinen en een hoge acceptatiegraad bevorderen. Ook is het ten alle tijde mogelijk de AfterPay betaaloplossing mobiel te gebruiken met mobiele apparaten zoals smartphones en tablet-pc’s. In 2013 begon AfterPay ook met activiteiten in België.

Meer informatie is verkrijgbaar via www.arvato-infoscore.de en www.afterpay.nl.

Over AfterPay

Sinds de oprichting in 2009 is AfterPay uitgegroeid tot de leidende leverancier van online achteraf betaaldiensten in Nederland. De onderneming biedt een totaaloplossing, inclusief verwerking, transactiebeheer, verzenden en innen van facturen, en dekt het volledige debiteurenrisico af voor opdrachtgever. De klantvriendelijke betalingsmethode is op de markt algemeen bekend onder de
merknaam ‘AfterPay’.

Bedrijfsprofiel arvato Financial Solutions

arvato Financial Solutions is een wereldwijd werkende financiële dienstverlener en is onderdeel van Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, als dochteronderneming van arvato AG.

De onderneming heeft circa 6.000 medewerkers in 18 landen, met een sterke vertegenwoordiging in Europa, Amerika en Azië, en biedt flexibele full-service oplossingen voor waardegeoriënteerd beheer van klantrelaties en geldstromen. arvato Financial Solutions is synoniem met professionele outsourcingservices (Finance BPO), met de focus op de geldstroom in alle fasen van de customer lifecycle – van risicobeheer en facturering tot debiteurenbeheer, de verkoop van inbare vorderingen en incasso. Een van de onderdelen waar wij ons op richten is het minimaliseren van de hoeveelheid wanbetalingen tijdens de startfase van de onderneming en bij het inningsproces. Daarom maakt ook het optimaliseren van de keuze aan internationale betalingsmogelijkheden deel uit van onze dienstverlening.

Als leverancier van financiële oplossingen werken wij voor circa 10.000 klanten, met name op het gebied van detailhandel/e-commerce, telecommunicatie, verzekeringen, bankieren en in de gezondheidssector. Hierdoor zijn wij de op twee na grootste financiële dienstverlener in Europa. Al uw financiële dienstverlening onder één dak. Professioneel. Betrouwbaar. Efficiënt.

Press contact:

Nicole Schieler
c/o arvato infoscore GmbH
Rheinstraße 99
76532 Baden-Baden

presse@arvato-infoscore.de
tel. +49 (0)7221/5040-1130
tel. +49 (0)7221/5040-3055
www.arvato-infoscore.de

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Matahari Food Business Sales Surged 16.2% In 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (“MPPA”) reports a healthy total store sales increase for 2013 of 16.2%. (unaudited)

MPPA’s added 19 new Hypermarts, 3 new Foodmart and 16 new Boston Health & Beauty in 2013. Total square meters added was 96,140.

At the end of 2013 MPPA operated 99 Hypermart, 30 Foodmart and 92 Boston Health & Beauty for a total of 221 stores.

MPPA’s SSSG for 2013 was 4.5% (unaudited). Strong fourth quarter SSSG of 5.6% was the highest increase of the past 4 quarters. The 4th quarter SSSG improvement supports improved consumer confidence and the successful implementation of new initiatives.

MPPA will continue the aggressive expansion into 2014 and will open over 20 new Hypermarts, 3 to 5 new Foodmart and over 20 Boston Health & Beauty. This will add over 115,000 square meters to the existing 648,215 square meters at the end of 2013.

MPPA’s total net sales are now fully contributed by Matahari Food Business “MFB”. 2013 annual results will be published in March.

MPPA has the widest geographic coverage and is the fastest growing fast-moving consumer goods modern multi-format food retailer in Indonesia and operates Hypermart, Foodmart, and Boston Health & Beauty. As of December 31, 2013 MPPA has 99 hypermarkets, 30 supermarkets and 92 health and beauty outlets operating in more than 60 cities across Indonesia.

MPPA is listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange.

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SM kicks off Autism Consciousness Week with Angels Walk

Manila, Philippines, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Cares and the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) will kick off the 18th Autism Consciousness Week with the Angels Walk for Autism on January 19, 2014, at the MOA Arena from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. SM Cares, the mall-based division of SM Foundation implements corporate social responsibility initiatives specifically geared towards persons with disability (PWD), the youth, women, Overseas Filipino Workers, the elderly and the environment.

The Angels Walk for Autism traces its roots in 2007 as the springboard activity for the National Autism Consciousness Week celebration. Former President Fidel V. Ramos signed Presidential Proclamation 711 mandating to increase the public’s awareness on autism and for the provision of programs and services for persons with autism.

This annual event, which promotes the realization of the rights and welfare of persons with autism and their families, is conducted in partnership with the Autism Society Philippines. Every year, an awareness event is mounted in celebration of the Autism Consciousness Week, and this is supported by organizations from the various private sectors and the government. Activities like this provide an opportunity for communities to have a better understanding and appreciation of the needs of the differently-abled members of society.

SM has always ensured that all its malls provide a second home to families with special needs and offer sufficient accessibility for PWDs. These efforts have earned for SM the distinction of the most PWD-friendly mall in the country. In all SM malls, there are dedicated areas for parking and disembarking for PWDs, special restrooms, ramps, braille signages, designated areas for PWDs in theaters and dining rooms, as well as utilities within accessible height like pay phones and wash room sinks. Mall security guards and personnel are also trained to respond to the unique needs of PWDs.

The Angels Walk is open to the public. Regisration is free. To know more about the Angel’s Walk, you may call Mr. Ranil Sorongon, Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Philippines at 09088631482.

SM Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
M: Investor Relations
10/F OneEcom Center
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Manila, Philippines
T:   63 2 857 0121
E: Cristina.dejoya@sminvestments.com
W: http://www.sminvestments.com

La comunicazione, elemento strategico per creare valore e crescere

Bologna, Italia, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anche nel 2013 Conad si conferma leader nell’investimento pubblicitario, con una quota che è circa quattro volte quella di mercato (fonte: Guida Nielsen Largo Consumo). La notorietà dell’insegna è in crescita costante ed è ormai prossima al leader di mercato.

Lo scorso anno l’investimento in comunicazione è ammontato a 35 milioni di euro, con una crescita del 289 per cento rispetto al 2003. Sono punti di crescita “pesanti” perché testimoniano la strategicità dell’investimento – al top del mercato –, la capacità di innovare del gruppo e la crescita del valore della marca commerciale Conad. Con un duplice obiettivo: rafforzare la marca, puntando su notorietà, incremento del parco clienti e fedeltà, e creare valore, aumentando le vendite e la marginalità.

Per cogliere questi obiettivi, Conad ha posto al centro delle proprie strategie comunicative il socio – l’elemento che fa la differenza rispetto ai competitor –, un imprenditore preparato, moderno e responsabile nei confronti dei clienti.

Conad ha siglato un “contratto” con i propri clienti, puntando su una comunicazione imperniata sulla figura del socio, su dialoghi reali, quotidiani, e sulla capacità di soddisfare i bisogni del cliente anche a costo di “non dormirci la notte”. Un socio consapevole che comprendere viene prima di vendere.

Una comunicazione nuova, in cui la correlazione tra l’investimento economico e la crescita del prodotto a marca Conad tra le persone e nelle famiglie di clienti fidelizzati può produrre i suoi migliori effetti.

Persone che il direttore customer marketing e comunicazione di Conad Giuseppe Zuliani pone al centro della propria riflessione: “La comunicazione ha un ruolo determinante nella crescita dell’insegna e della marca commerciale. E’ per questo che, oltre all’ulteriore valorizzazione del pay-off Persone oltre le cose, abbiamo prodotto cinque nuovi spot televisivi, rilanciato la campagna radio e focalizzato la comunicazione sui prodotti freschi delle nostre linee. Comunicazione che per noi ha un ruolo fondamentale per sostenere non solo la marca Conad, ma anche lo sviluppo del gruppo e sulla quale anche quest’anno faremo investimenti di rilievo, confermando i 35 milioni di euro dello scorso anno. Ci focalizzeremo sul nostro cliente, per creare un dialogo continuo attraverso tutti gli strumenti di comunicazione in nostro possesso: il sito, la pagina Facebook di Bene Insieme, la ConadApp, a cui è andato uno dei premi DM Awards 2013 quale migliore progetto web delle aziende del largo consumo”.

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Publix Recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For

LAKELAND, Fla., US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 17th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix was ranked No. 75 on this year’s list — up from No. 77 last year — and was one of only 13 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

“We are often asked what makes Publix a great place to work,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “I’m proud to share that our people make the difference; their dedication to our customers, communities, our company and each other. Being recognized for 17 consecutive years is a testament to our strong company culture and diverse work environment.”

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity. More information about the survey and how companies were ranked can be found at FORTUNE’s website, www.fortune.com.

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JCPenney Announces Strategic Initiative to Advance Turnaround

  • Company to close 33 underperforming stores
  • Actions expected to generate annual savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014

PLANO, TX, US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced that as part of its turnaround efforts, the Company will be closing 33 underperforming stores across the country in order to focus its resources on the Company’s highest potential growth opportunities.

These actions are expected to result in an annual cost savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014. In connection with this initiative, the Company expects to incur estimated pre-tax charges of approximately $26 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and approximately $17 million in future periods.

Remaining inventory in the affected stores will be sold over the next several months, with final closings expected to be complete by early May. The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 2,000 positions. Eligible associates who do not remain with the Company will receive separation benefits packages. Meanwhile, the Company is continuing its plans to open a new store location later this year at the Gateway II development in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to reexamine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “While it’s always difficult to make a business decision that impacts our valued customers and associates, this important step addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores and position JCPenney for future success.”

Please click here to access the list of the planned store closures.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

Use of Social Media:
Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales trends, year-end liquidity and cost savings. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our turnaround strategy, customer acceptance of our new strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information and legal and regulatory proceedings. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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FORTUNE’s 2014 ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List Includes Wegmans, Ranked at #12

ROCHESTER, NY, US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE announced this morning that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is once again on the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, this year ranking #12.   For Wegmans, this marks the 17th year in a row that the family-owned supermarket chain has appeared on the FORTUNE list.  Wegmans is one of only 13 companies that have been on the list since it began in 1998, and a such is recognized as one of 2014’s Best Companies All Stars.

“Our employees make Wegmans a place where customers feel happy and cared about, and my job is to make sure our employees feel that way, too,” says CEO Danny Wegman.  “What’s most important to us is that our employees feel that Wegmans is a great place to work.”

What FORTUNE Wrote About Wegmans:
“College students, take note:  Almost half of employees are 25 or younger at this family-owned grocery retailer on the East Coast.  Flexible scheduling, an employee scholarship program, and stretch assignments help young employees grow within the company, and 66% of jobs are filled through internal promotions.”

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Full list

The February 3 issue of FORTUNE magazine will be on sale beginning January 20.

Jobs at Wegmans
In 2014, Wegmans will be hiring for new stores it will open in Newton (Chestnut Hill), MA (spring) and Burlington, MA (fall). In combination, the two new stores will employ approximately 1,000 people.  There are also positions available at Wegmans’ existing stores and in manufacturing, distribution, and corporate.  Interested candidates should visit wegmans.com and click on careers.

Wegmans to Celebrate
Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, January 18, when cake will be served at every Wegmans store at a time selected by individual stores.  Stores will announce the time when cake will be served on signs posted in entryways.

Methodology:

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year’s list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute’s web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail fortunespecials@fortune.com.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-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.

Contact Information:  

Jo Natale, director of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110

FORTUNE PR Contacts: PR HOTLINE, (212) 522-4800
Danny Leonard (212) 522-0361; Kerri Chyka (212) 522-3651

 

Dunkin’ Brands Announces Global Marketing Partnership With Liverpool Football Club

Company Signs Multi-Year Marketing Agreement With Leading Football Club to Support Global Expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Brands

Liverpool, UK, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Liverpool Football Club (FC), one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs, to support global expansion of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. Under the agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts will become the official coffee, tea and bakery partner for Liverpool FC, and Baskin-Robbins will become the official ice cream partner.

The partnership will help both Dunkin’ Brands and Liverpool FC further engage with their fans around the globe through joint promotions, digital and print advertising, and appearances during pre-season tours. Dunkin’ Brands currently has more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, including nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in 33 countries and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins shops in nearly 50 countries. In 2013, Dunkin’ Brands opened 790 net new restaurants around the world, with 415 of these restaurants located outside the U.S. As a testament to its global fan base, Liverpool FC, an English Premier League football club, has over 200 Official Supporters Clubs all over the world in 62 different countries, including the UK, the USA, Spain, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Australia and South Africa.

“With 18 English league titles and five European Cups, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most renowned football clubs, so we’re very excited to partner with them as we continue to grow our two winning brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, around the world,” said John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “We look forward to working with Liverpool FC on a number of exciting marketing initiatives and engaging with football fans worldwide in the coming years through this partnership.”

Dunkin’ Brands’ marketing partnership with Liverpool FC continues the company’s strong and ongoing relationship with Fenway Sports Group, owner of Liverpool FC and the Boston Red Sox. The company also has a long-standing marketing partnership for Dunkin’ Donuts with the Boston Red Sox.

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with Dunkin’ Brands, one of the world’s most iconic quick service restaurant names. Dunkin’ Donuts will be our official coffee, tea and bakery provider and Baskin-Robbins will be our official ice cream provider, and we welcome both to the LFC family,” said Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer for Liverpool FC. “Fans across the globe will benefit from this partnership as Dunkin’ Brands looks to expand their business, bringing exciting partnership activation to new territories and ultimately helping to bring fans closer to the Club no matter how far away from Anfield they live.”

Key elements of the Dunkin’ Brands and Liverpool FC marketing partnership include:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts will become the official coffee, tea and bakery partner for Liverpool FC, and Baskin-Robbins will become the official ice cream partner.
  • Access to match day LED field board signage at Liverpool FC home games for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.
  • Joint participation in pre-season tours to boost guest and supporter engagement.
  • Access for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins in Liverpool FC global digital media, as well as print ads in monthly magazine and programs, and spots on Liverpool TV.
  • Liverpool FC tickets and autographed items for joint promotions and sweepstakes. 

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information about Baskin-Robbins, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com. For more information about Liverpool FC, visit www.LiverpoolFC.com.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About Liverpool FC
• Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields

• As a socially responsible business, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proactive role in its communities through its official charity, Liverpool FC Foundation. By delivering a range of award-winning programmes, the Foundation motivates and inspires children and adults, both at home and overseas, using football and the power of the Liverpool FC badge. Its contribution has been recognised by the award of a Community Mark from Business In The Community

• Liverpool FC is a global brand and works with leading edge commercial partners around the world providing unparalleled commercial opportunities.

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Pictured: Ian Rush, Philippe Coutinho, Nigel Travis, Ian Ayre

Pictured: Ian Rush, Philippe Coutinho, Nigel Travis, Ian Ayre

Empire Streamlines Organizational Structure

Stellarton, NS, Canada, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Empire Company Limited today announced the continued streamlining of its organizational structure to further reflect its transition to an operationally-focused grocery retailer with related real estate interests. This follows the October 2013 announcement appointing Marc Poulin as the CEO of both Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc.

Paul Beesley, previously the Executive Vice President & CFO of Empire, has been appointed Chief Corporate Development Officer for Sobeys Inc. In his new capacity Mr. Beesley will support the CEO in the development of strategic initiatives and growth opportunities.

Mr. Beesley, who played an instrumental role in the company’s recent acquisition of Canada Safeway, will report directly to Marc Poulin.

François Vimard has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Empire Company Limited. He will continue to serve in his current capacity as Executive Vice President, Sobeys Inc. where he has responsibility for the company’s Finance, Information Technology, Distribution & Logistics, Real Estate and Legal functions. Paul Jewer, Chief Financial Officer, Sobeys Inc. will continue to report to Mr. Vimard.

Stewart Mahoney will lead the Treasury and Investor Relations functions for both Empire and Sobeys and will report to Mr. Jewer.

These appointments are effective immediately.

About Empire Company Limited
Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses include food retailing and related real estate. With over $17 billion in annual sales and approximately $10.3 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, including franchisees and affiliates, employ more than 124,000 people.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 106 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 124,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

Media Contact
Andrew Walker
Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 214-6711

Coles Pledges Funds After Parkerville Fire

  • Coles customers can donate funds at all Coles supermarket checkouts across WA from today
  • Coles will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar

Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coles customers in Western Australia can directly support The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund in helping people affected by the Parkerville fire by donating from today at any Coles supermarket in the state.

To boost the relief effort for those affected, Coles will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar.

Coles’ partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund to collect customer donations comes after one person died and around 50 homes were lost as a result of the fire.

The financial commitment adds to support already being provided on the ground, where Coles team members have provided essential supplies to emergency services.

Specifically Coles has delivered pallets of water, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, energy bars and sun cream to emergency workers and even pet food for displaced pets.

Coles General Manager of Western Australia, Cathi Scarce, said Western Australians could help raise funds by shopping at any Coles store in the state, with Coles then matching their donations dollarfor-dollar.

“The Parkerville fire in the Perth hills has been devastating and we know Western Australians have been saddened by the loss of life and the extensive damage to people’s homes and lives,” Ms Scarce said.

The LMDRF is the recognised state emergency fund and provides relief for personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring within Western Australia.

The Fund is run by an independent board and all the money goes to victims, with donations of $2 and above being tax deductible.

No administrative charges are made by the City of Perth for support services provided to the Fund and all money collected goes directly to victims.

Coles has 84 stores across Western Australia and is committed to the communities affected by the bushfires.

Customers will be able to donate funds at Coles supermarket checkouts across Western Australia.

For further information about The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund, please visit http://www.appealswa.org.au/

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For more information, please contact: Coles | Media Relations | T. (03) 9829 5250

5 Pointz online store announced half price January sale on streetwear

Bristol, UK, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online shoppers can save up to half price on the cost of hundreds of streetwear pieces by heading to the 5 Pointz online store and taking advantage of the half price January sale.

It’s the New Year and it’s time for some brand new streetwear from the biggest urban fashion brands in the world. With up to half price off a wide variety of new items, in the 5 Pointz online sale, you could build a brand new wardrobe of pieces from brands like HUF, Only NY and the Hundreds.

The 5 Pointz online streetwear sale features everything from t shirts, caps and crewnecks to coats, beanies and iPhone covers. Urban clothing fans will find something from all of their favourite labels at a brilliantly low price.

Highlights of the sale include the HUF Box Logo Starter Snapback Cap collection for better than half price. These visually arresting caps were £29.99 but are now available for just £9.99.

Last year was a big year for American indie label Brixton and many of their most popular pieces for autumn winter are now available for less.

The Brixton Watson Jacket in navy and rust is now available for just £69.99 and the Brixton Verso Reversible Jacket in black is now just £79.99. This versatile coat features one side made of coated cotton and another made from checked cotton flannel. It’s basically two coats in one, for a brilliantly low price.

Head to 5pointz.co.uk, to discover more amazing special offers; featuring streetwear clothing by brands like Mighty Healthy, Rook and Nike. You’re guaranteed to find something to suit your look and you won’t have to break the bank to get it.

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Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest

Select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan participate in regional patient care study to provide testing, medications quicker for common illnesses

Grand Rapids, Mich., US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As health officials across the Midwest warn against the widespread reach of the flu virus, select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan will offer free diagnostic testing for influenza and strep throat to eligible patients, enabling Meijer pharmacists to administer tests and, in some cases, fill the matching prescriptions, under strict protocol set by a physician participating in the study.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is collaborating with Ferris State University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy on a regional patient care study that examines the effectiveness of rapid diagnostic testing and the process by which medicines are administered to patients for influenza and strep throat in pharmacies, said Karen Mankowski, vice president of pharmacy operations for Meijer.

The study enables pharmacists at select Meijer stores in Michigan to administer rapid diagnostic influenza or Group A Streptococcus tests and treat with prescriptions, if appropriate, with direction from a physician participating in the study. Diagnostic testing for the flu and strep throat will be offered to eligible patients at no charge (a $75 value) through August. Patients, ages 18 and older, complaining of signs and symptoms consistent with flu or strep throat, or those looking for medications related to the symptomatic treatment of flu or strep throat, could be eligible for testing and study participation.

“This is not a replacement of physician services,” Mankowski said. “Increasing accessibility to testing for flu and strep throat, and enabling pharmacists to work from those results means that patients might self-treat symptoms less and get better more quickly. That decreases the risk of spreading those common illnesses, and allows doctors and nurse practitioners to provide care to patients with more complicated conditions.”

Prior to the study, Meijer pharmacists underwent a training certification program, developed by the UNMC-Ferris State team and sanctioned by the Michigan Pharmacists Association, to administer the noninvasive Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA)-waived rapid tests. Participating Meijer Pharmacies include:

  • 2425 Alpine Ave., Grand Rapids
  • 5531 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids
  • 1540 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids
  • 1997 E. Beltline N.E., Grand Rapids
  • 3434 Century Center Dr. S.W., Grandville
  • 0-550 Baldwin St., Jenison
  • 746 E. 16th St., Holland
  • 15000 US 31, Grand Haven
  • 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
  • 5125 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing
  • 2055 W. Grand River, Okemos
  • 1301 W. Eight Mile Road, Detroit

“Many of us forget how many people come to the pharmacy first anyway, when they have symptoms for flu and strep,” said UNMC’s Dr. Donald Klepser, who is also the principal investigator on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation grant to administer the program and study the results. “Stand at your pharmacy during cold and flu season and see how many people ask the pharmacist: ‘What should I take for this?’”

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer 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. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer Pharmacy

 

Toys“R”Us Times Square Kicks Off Weeklong Football Fun for the Family Beginning Wednesday, January 29

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® is ready to take it to the gridiron, as the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer today announced a series of family-friendly events in the days preceding “the big game”. The activities will be held at the company’s flagship store, Toys“R”Us Times Square, located on Broadway at 44th Street in heart of New York City. The store is centrally adjacent to the 13-block stretch of what will be the epicenter of interactive fan and entertainment experiences, aptly called, “Super Bowl Boulevard.” From Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1, The World’s Greatest Toy Store® will provide thousands of football fans of all ages with touchdown-tastic opportunities, including an appearance and autograph signing by famed comic artist, Todd McFarlane, among others.

“As the countdown to the big game begins, Toys“R”Us Times Square will transform into a football fan haven with themed apparel, winter weather gear, collectible sports figures and more,” said Mindy Clements, Vice President, Flagship Stores, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We are thrilled to be located so close to the action along ‘Super Bowl Boulevard,’ so fans of all ages can visit our store to take a break from the cold and participate in activities that the whole family can enjoy.”

Families Invited to Take a Time-Out for Kid-Friendly Fun

From Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1, customers visiting The World’s Greatest Toy Store can enjoy a variety of events and activities for the whole family. Each day, the store will host product demos of Madden NFL 25 by EA Sports on Xbox One kiosks, NFL sticker album collections by Panini and NFL RUSH ZONE trading card games, as well as football-themed cookie decorating and photo opportunities with Geoffrey the Giraffe. Scoops“R”Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level, will also offer ice cream flavors inspired by the Super Teams throughout the week.

Additionally, the store will hold scheduled activities, including visits from ISH and ASH of the NFL’s animated series,NFL RUSH ZONE: Guardians Unleashed on nicktoons, as well as the PEEPS mascot, who will be on-hand to distribute complimentary t-shirts and tasty treats to customers. And, football fanatics can show team pride by participating in trivia contests, designing a rally towel or having their faces painted with team colors.

Crayola® Rallies Team Spirit

On Friday, January 31 from 12pm to 2pm,Crayola will host a special event where pint-sized fans can make their very own rally towel to cheer on their favorite team. Using Crayola Marker Airbrush and Crayola Fabric Markers, kids can create a complimentary, personalized team towel to show their spirit at every game.

Topps® Team Trivia

On Friday, January 31 from 3pm to 5pm, sports aficionados can put their skills to the test with a series of themed trivia games hosted by Topps®. Football buffs who can answer questions about past and present NFL players and notable games, as well as the current Super Teams will have the opportunity to win prizes, while supplies last.

Toys“R”Us Drafts Legendary Comic Superstar for In-Store Signing Event

On Saturday, February 1 from 11am to 3pm, Grammy/Emmy-winning Producer/Director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn and the creative visionary behind McFarlane Toys, will visit Toys“R”Us Times Square to meet with fans of the artist’s popular collectible figures. The first 400 customers to purchase either the new, exclusive McFarlane Toys Joe Namath NFL Legends or Eli Manning NFL Super Bowl figure at Toys“R”Us Times Square, while supplies last, will obtain a ticket to meet McFarlane and receive his autograph (no rain checks).

Toys“R”Us Times Square Gears Up with Fan-tastic Product Assortment

Visitors to the Big Apple and New York residents alike will find all their favorite NFL accessories and apparel at Toys“R”Us Times Square. Fans of all ages looking to get their hands on collectible merchandise, such as footballs, baseball caps, jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pillows and throws, will find these items in dedicated feature shops throughout the store. And, fans preparing to brave the cold for the big game can keep warm with cold-weather gear, including knit hats, gloves, scarves, headbands, fleece blankets, travel coffee mugs and hand warmers, among other items.

Additionally, Toys“R”Us Times Square will offer a wide assortment of NFL-inspired toys and games, such as NFL RUSH ZONE board games, card games and figure packs, as well as Todd McFarlane collectible figures, I Can BeCheerleader Barbie® Doll, commemorative trading cards, plush footballs, autograph notebooks and more.

Fans Take to the Virtual #GeoffreyBowl Field

Whether visiting New York City or tuning in from home, fans are encouraged to join the conversation across all social media channels by using the hashtag, #GeoffreyBowl. Beginning today, the company will share a series of football-related content, including in-store event information, nostalgic game moments, “couchgating” tips, gameday superstitions, trivia and countdowns on the company’s official Facebook page (Facebook.com/Toysrus), Twitter (@ToysRUs) and Instagram (@ToysRUs). And, throughout the month of January, the company will pin fan-favorite toys and accessories to its “Football Fanatic” pinboard on Pinterest.

For logos and images of themed merchandise featured at Toys“R”Us Times Square, click here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d/sc76b84dc8f94f1da

For more information about scheduled events at Toys“R”Us Times Square, visit: http://www.toysrusinc.com/about-us/times-square/special-events/

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 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 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 Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, 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 Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Nicole Hayes
973-617-4371
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Baskin-Robbins Unveils New Development Incentives For 2014

New Franchisees Pay 0% Royalties in Year One & Get 50% off the Initial Franchise Fee 

Canton, MA, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced today its 2014 National Development Incentives, offering new franchisees and military veterans financial discounts on royalties and on initial franchise fees. Available through the end of the year, these special incentives are part of Baskin-Robbins’ plans to attract new franchisee candidates for growth markets around the country.

“Building on the momentum of 2013, Baskin-Robbins has rolled out development incentives that deliver great value to entrepreneurs interested in joining a very well-established brand with a rich heritage and a loyal customer following,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, and Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins China, Japan and Korea. “We’ve built upon last year’s incentive program after gathering feedback from franchisees and have focused on the development incentives that matter most to them.”

In 2014, new qualified Baskin-Robbins franchisees can take advantage of significant offers, including 50% off of the 20-year initial franchise fee — a $12,500 value – and reduced royalties for the first five years, including the first year at 0% — a substantial savings from the standard royalty rate of 5.9%.* Furthermore, if the new franchisee signs a multi-unit agreement in 2014, he or she will receive the same incentives for each additional unit that is timely opened.

Special incentives are available for the nation’s military servicemen and women interested in owning a Baskin-Robbins franchise. For honorably discharged military veterans who sign an agreement in 2014 and timely develop their shops before the end of 2015, Baskin-Robbins will waive the 20-year initial franchisee fee (a $25,000 value) for their first restaurant and offer a 0% royalty rate for the first two years and a reduced royalty rate for years three through five. If a military veteran signs a multi-unit agreement, he or she will be extended a 20% discount on the 20-year initial franchise fee for up to four additional shops that are timely opened, as well as a 10-year payment plan.*

“Having previously served as a U.S. Army Officer myself, I am proud that we as a company are able to provide deep incentives to our nation’s military heroes,” said Mitchell, a retired U.S. Army Captain. “Over the years, we have found that the leadership skills and training our military veterans obtain during their service translates well to a franchise like Baskin-Robbins, which is built around established operational processes and systems.”

With a business system that combines delicious treats with a simple operating model, Baskin-Robbins continues to attract entrepreneurs in target markets throughout California, Florida and other major markets throughout the U.S. For more information about the current development incentives available, Baskin-Robbins is hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. EST. To register and learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,000 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, premium soft serve and take home frozen treats.

* For details, please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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Big Lots Provides Relief to West Virginians Affected by Chemical Spill

Company Donates 3 Truckloads of Bottled Water for Community Distribution

Columbus, OH, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is providing bottled water to residents in the Charleston, West Virginia, area after a chemical spill. The ban on drinking tap water affected approximately 300,000 residents in a nine-county area.

“We understand the health concerns and inconvenience of being without safe water,” said CEO David Campisi. “We hope to help the residents of Charleston, including many of our associates, as they try to restore normalcy back to their lives.”

A total of 3 truckloads of bottled water — approximately 84,000 bottles — will be distributed at established pick-up locations. The company has worked with The Department of Homeland Security, West Virginia National Guard, and Kanawha County Emergency Services. Residents in need of water should contact those agencies for details.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Big Lots is America’s largest broadline closeout retailer. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2013, we operated 1,525 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states. For more information, visit www.biglots.com.

Contact:
Andrew Stein
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
614.278.4768

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB presents 2013 full year results at press conference on 30 January

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB presents the full year results for 2013 at a press conference on Thursday 30 January at 9.30 CET. There will also be a telephone conference in English at 14.00 CET the same day.

The full year results for the period 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2013 are released at 8.00 CET on 30 January and thereafter published on hm.com.

The press conference starts at 9.30 CET in “Ljusgården” in H&M’s premises on Mäster Samuelsgatan 49, 3rd floor, in Stockholm. H&M’s CEO Karl-Johan Persson and Head of Investor Relations Nils Vinge will present the full year results followed by an open Q&A session. The press conference is held in Swedish.

Participants in the telephone conference can choose to pre-register at
https://eventreg2.conferencing.com/webportal3/reg.html?Acc=855720&Conf=214524 and receive log in details for the telephone conference.

Participants who choose to dial in on the telephone numbers below are kindly asked to call in at least ten minutes prior to the start of the conference in order to avoid a queue. Please quote ref 940406.

Sweden  +46 8 5052 0114 UK  +44 207 1620 177 US  +1 334 323 6203

Presentation material will be available at hm.com under Investor Relations at approximately 10.30 CET on 30 January and a recordingfrom the telephone conference as of 31 January.

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Please note this number is only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

Introducing the Sonia Kashuk Spring 2014 Limited Edition Collection Available Exclusively at Target

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by the sophisticated patterns and luxurious packaging of her recent bath and body line, Sonia reinterpreted the design to create an exclusive Limited Edition Collection launching at Target this spring. These beauty tools and accessories in a black and white floral print are understated and elegant – perfect to add a dose of glamour to your daily beauty routine. Available March 2014 at Target and Target.com.

Make a Face Brush Set – This set of four deluxe powder brushes contains everything you need for a flawless face and are fit for display with floral printed handles, pastel aqua bristles and a touch of gold trim. Includes a flat top sculpting brush for effortless contouring, duo fiber multipurpose brush to highlight cheekbones, synthetic flat top multipurpose blush brush to add color to the apples of cheeks and a dense blush/powder brush to buff powder or bronzer seamlessly into the skin.

Price: $24.99

Completely Compact Brush – This antique-inspired Compact Brush features a full sized mirror and substantial powder brush that flips open for easy touch-up’s.  The natural bristle brush pairs with powder, bronzer or blush for luminous summer skin.

Price: $14.99

Gold Standard Vanity Tray – This Vanity Tray channels old Hollywood glamour and creates a beautiful backdrop to display makeup, brushes, jewelry, or Sonia’s new Bath & Body products. The black and white blooms and muted gold trim complement all décor and lend a luxurious boudoir feel to any space.

Price: $12.99

Gold Standard Vanity Cup – Streamline your countertop with this extension to the successful Vanity Cup, outfitted in Sonia’s black and white floral print and gold trim. This convenient cup stores makeup brushes for easy access and adds a sophisticated look to your bathroom.

Price: $7.99

In Bloom Completely Organized – Coordinate your bag with your brushes this season, Sonia’s Completely Organized bag is now available in a limited edition black and white floral print.  The signature style offers convenient compartments to organize everything from spring makeup and hand crème to your keys and phone, so all of your essentials are always within reach.

Price: $14.99

Completely Organized- Petite – This aquamarine organizer in a convenient smaller size fits perfectly inside your handbag and features slots to keep daily essentials in check. The minty pastel color of the season makes the bag pretty enough to use on its own.

Price: $12.99

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. 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 target.com/corporateresponsibility.

media contact

Tara Lowenberg
TLCommunications
p: 212-375-8660

Tara Yamaoka
TL Communications
p: 212-375-8660

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Food Retail Icon and Community Architect Neil Golub Receives FMI Statesmanship Award

Phoenix, ARIZ., US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today presented its Sidney R. Rabb Award to Neil Golub, Price Chopper Supermarkets’ executive chairman of the board, for his statesmanship and community service. Golub received FMI’s highest honor at the Midwinter Executive Conference.

Golub is a recognized humanitarian and public servant in his community, upstate New York and the entire food retail industry. While the Golub name has been synonymous with supermarket shopping since 1932, Golub charted his own unique path in the family trade, witnessing significant growth and evolution of both the family business and the food retail industry through the purview of nearly every employment position – from bagger to store manager to chief operating and executive officer.

Most notable among his professional accomplishments is the revitalization of downtown Schenectady, N.Y., where the company is headquartered. After decades of significant layoffs and the exodus of large companies that left his hometown struggling and economically distressed, Golub stepped forward to help lead the change that has turned the city into a vibrant modern community. “Neil was instrumental in developing Schenectady 2000, creating the Schenectady Country Metroplex Development Authority and promoting legislation that resulted in one half of one percent of county sales tax being returned to the group for the continued improvement of our city,” said Ray Gillen, commissioner of the Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning Department. The sales tax creates a recurring revenue stream, amounting to approximately $10 million per year, to provide grants and loans associated with local development. Gillen continued, “Neil was influential in recruiting companies to bring business and jobs to Schenectady, as well as raising money for major community projects; thus far, Metroplex has received more than $800 million in investments.”

In 2010, Golub further demonstrated his commitment to Schenectady by relocating Price Chopper’s multi-million-dollar headquarters to the revitalized downtown area. The building is LEED Gold-level certified and was built on the site of a deserted American Locomotive Co. plant. Gillen commented, “The building not only speaks to his commitment to the current community, but also demonstrates his forward thinking about the next generation and sustainable growth within our town. Neil literally grew a green building in a brown field.” The move further energized the region by jumpstarting a 60-acre waterfront community with office, retail and residential space.

In addition to helping revitalize Schenectady through investments and resources, Golub and his wife, Jane, dedicate their lives to philanthropy. Since the late 1980s, the Golubs have worked with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) across the country to help mitigate bullying, cyber bullying and bigotry in schools through a program called “A World of Difference.” They were also the catalysts for an anti-bias campaign called “Be an Ally” and partnered with a CBS affiliate and ADL to promote the program. In 1984 and 1986, Jane and Neil Golub, respectively, became the first couple ever to be honored with the ADL Americanism Award for Community Service.

Golub’s philanthropy and that of his family are as extensive as the service programs he nurtures. From the United Way to the Special Olympics to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Golubs put the needs of the community first. In particular, Neil Golub has dedicated the last 21 years to the Double H Ranch, a Serious Fun camp funded by Paul Newman for children and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The camp started with four children in 1993 and now serves 2,200 children and members. The camp’s CEO and executive director, Max Yurenda, told FMI that Golub‘s leadership and willingness to step in as chairman during a particularly trying time for the camp resurrected the camp and set the path to its current success. During his nine years as chairman, Golub was unyieldingly focused on the mission of serving the children and is now an honorary chairman for life. Yurenda said, “In his current role, Neil continues to have a tremendous impact on the children and staff at Double H, working closely with every level of employee to ensure they understand the importance of their work and the impressive influence of the Double H team. He unites staff and families in order to impart the importance of giving back and demonstrate how businesses can be a part of the community.”

Golub’s rabbi, Matthew Cutler, shares universal sentiments about Golub and his enormous personal investment in people. Cutler told FMI, “Neil is the go-to the person when someone is in need – and he doesn’t just throw money around – he exhibits emotional commitment as well as financial. Neil genuinely cares about those he works with and for; he is adamant about employee health and well-being, and the health and well-being of everyone around him.”

For the past 30 years, Golub has co-anchored the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon in the Capital Region of New York and served as a national vice president for the organization; he has also served on the Ellis Hospital board and foundation board, chairing numerous capital campaigns. Additionally, Golub served as chairman for Bellevue Women’s Hospital for six years and worked tirelessly to ensure the incorporation of its unique services for women into Ellis Medicine, the
community’s new consolidated health care system, which also benefitted from the addition of the Breast Care Center and Women’s Heart Health Assessment Center underwritten by Neil and Jane Golub.

His advocacy for heart health is credited with rallying together regional health institutions and the community in support of the American Heart Association’s mission and annual fundraising gala. Golub also helped The Schenectady Museum strategize for the future and reinvent itself as miSci (The Museum of Innovation and Science) and led the United Way of the Greater Capital Region to overhaul and reinvigorate its community fundraising platform.

Robert Bartels, chairman of the board for Martin’s Supermarkets, Inc. and longtime friend of Golub, shared in a video testimonial, “Our industry in general and the supermarket itself have been invented by founding entrepreneurial families. Neil Golub and Price Chopper are a modern version of the founding entrepreneurial family that has put Neil in a position to contribute tremendously to the industry.”

A University of Michigan and Michigan State University graduate, Golub holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and an honorary doctorate for Public Service from Russell Sage College.

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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:
Heather Garlich,
202-220-0616

Gli italiani portano in tavola sempre più prodotti Conad: +17 per cento

Bologna, Italy, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Il 2013 ha chiuso con la grande distribuzione in sofferenza: per la prima volta si è registrato un calo delle vendite sia a valore sia a volume (-1,3 per cento in iper e supermercati, comprese le nuove aperture. Fonte: Guida Nielsen Largo Consumo).

Diminuisce il potere di acquisto degli italiani, che ricercano il prodotto con il migliore rapporto tra qualità e prezzo, e l’alimentazione nelle famiglie più giovani è assicurata anche dai nonni, mentre sono sempre più premiate l’esperienza di acquisto e la piacevolezza del punto di vendita, vera differenza tra le insegne.

In questo scenario la marca Conad ha svolto un importante ruolo per rafforzare il rapporto tra distributore e cliente, perché capace di garantire qualità e convenienza in un periodo di difficoltà economiche.

Nel 2013 le vendite di prodotti Conad sono cresciute del 17 per cento rispetto all’anno precedente – con un mercato che è cresciuto, a totale Italia iper e supermercati, del 5 per cento – e hanno generato un fatturato di 2,35 miliardi di euro confermandosi componente fondamentale del bilancio del gruppo. Gli aumenti più significati di quota si registrano nel comparto salumi e formaggi, oltre che nel fresco industriale. La marca commerciale cresce in tutte le categorie merceologiche in cui compete: è leader nel 38 per cento, mentre occupa la seconda posizione in un altro 30 per cento.

Negli ultimi cinque anni la marca Conad ha raggiunto una quota interna sul Largo Consumo Confezionato del 26,5 per cento (+1,8 punti percentuali rispetto al 2012), 7,5 punti percentuali sopra il totale Italia (19 per cento), garantendo una qualità da leader con una convenienza del 25-30 per cento.

I dati sono stati diffusi in occasione di Marca, la manifestazione dedicata alla marca commerciale in programma a Bologna e che vede la partecipazione del direttore generale di Conad Francesco Pugliese nelle vesti di presidente di Adm – l’associazione che riunisce le imprese della distribuzione moderna – al convegno inaugurale dal tema Distribuzione e industria tra cooperazione e concorrenza, i valori dei prodotti a confronto nelle scelte dei consumatori.  Una distribuzione in cui ci sono troppi attori, troppe associazioni, troppo organismi per rappresentare non più di una trentina di insegne. “E’ urgente aprire un tavolo di confronto per semplificare questo sistema nel rispetto delle esigenze di chi fa distribuzione (orari, burocrazia, permessi, normative…); anche perché questa eccessiva frammentazione ha costi di gestione non indifferenti”, sottolinea Pugliese.

Tutti i brand Conad registrano buoni risultati: dal tradizionale Conad logo rosso, cresciuto in un anno del 18 per cento, a Conad il biologico (+17 per cento), all’eccellenza dei prodotti della linea Sapori&Dintorni Conad (+5 per cento), a Conad Percorso Qualità (+5 per cento). Il trend è costante ormai da anni e la crescita è generalizzata, in tutte le regioni italiane, ma in modo particolare al Sud, che pure è tradizionalmente meno incline a tale tipo di consumo.

Nel 2013 Conad ha investito in promozioni che hanno generato 600 milioni di euro di risparmio per i clienti, arricchite dall’offerta di una convenienza continuativa nel tempo qual è quella di Bassi&Fissi, ripetuta nel 2014 fino ad aprile. Con Bassi&Fissi Conad propone un nuovo concetto di convenienza legato alla continuità – e dunque oltre la promozione saltuaria – e ad un “paniere” di più di cento prodotti tra i più importanti e indispensabili nella spesa quotidiana indicati dai clienti stessi. In questo modo le famiglie hanno potuto fare una spesa completa, a prezzi bassi e fissi per gran parte dell’anno. Nell’iniziativa Conad ha investito oltre 250 milioni di euro, che si aggiungono a quelli delle promozioni.

Rivisitati più di 500 dei 2.405 prodotti della marca commerciale. All’insegna dell’italianità dei prodotti e delle filiere agroalimentari: il 92 per cento dei fornitori è rappresentato da aziende italiane, di cui l’80 per cento di piccole e medie dimensioni, vale a dire l’ossatura del sistema economico italiano. In tal modo Conad valorizza il sistema Italia, attraverso il coinvolgimento di aziende italiane, sviluppando il tessuto economico fatto di piccola imprenditorialità e dando risposte concrete all’esigenza di convenienza dei clienti.

“Abbiamo ottenuto un risultato positivo, riconducibile all’impegno dei nostri soci imprenditori e alla capacità delle cooperative di fare sistema, nel quale la marca Conad ha avuto – e avrà sempre più – un ruolo determinante”, puntualizza il direttore commerciale di Conad Francesco Avanzini. “Nel 2014 riproponiamo l’iniziativa Bassi&Fissi, che ha fatto vendere non solo più marca commerciale, ma ha accresciuto di circa 2 punti percentuali la fedeltà alle categorie in cui è presente e trainato lo sviluppo dell’intero gruppo. Una marca forte, che ha sviluppato appieno il proprio ruolo rafforzando la fedeltà all’insegna e dando concreta risposta ai bisogni degli italiani.

Per quanto riguarda la comunicazione il direttore customer marketing e comunicazione di Conad Giuseppe Zuliani puntualizza: “Oltre al pay-off Persone oltre le cose, che sarà ancora più valorizzato, abbiamo prodotto cinque nuovi spot e focalizzato la comunicazione sui prodotti freschi delle nostre linee. Comunicazione che per noi ha un ruolo fondamentale per sostenere non solo la marca Conad, ma anche lo sviluppo del gruppo e sulla quale anche quest’anno faremo investimenti di rilievo, che si attesteranno a 35 milioni di euro”.

La marca Conad conferma di essere una leva fondamentale per lo sviluppo della rete e il rafforzamento della fedeltà all’insegna; importanza confermata dal fatto di essere all’apice della Piramide strategica,espressione e sintesi del piano di sviluppo di Conad per il triennio 2014-2016.

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Sainsbury’s convenience business goes from strength to strength

Sainsbury’s reaches another milestone this week as the number of Sainsbury’s Local stores exceeds its supermarkets for the first time. This follows news that Sainsbury’s convenience business is growing at 18%.

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The landmark store, Sainsbury’s Balsall Common Local in Coventry, is Sainsbury’s 594th Local and opens on Thursday. The new store, which is also a petrol filling station, has created nearly 30 new jobs for local people.

Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s Group Commercial Director, said: “We know the trend amongst customers is to shop little and often as this helps them stick to their budget and cut down on food waste. Our Local stores, with their convenient locations and emphasis on fresh food, something very much part of our heritage, are in a fantastic position to help customers do this.

“There is no sign of this trend abating and, with only 6% of the population living within a 15 minute walk of a Sainsbury’s Local, there’s plenty of opportunity for us to grow, creating jobs for local people and helping to revitalise high streets and communities across Britain as they bring increased footfall and trade.”

Sainsbury’s pledged to open two new convenience stores each week during 2013/14 and has opened 73 so far this year. Over 14,000 colleagues work in Sainsbury’s Local stores. In November 2012 the retailer announced plans to create 10,000 jobs through the expansion of its convenience business within the next three years and always works to fill these jobs with local people whenever possible.

Notes to editors

  • Sainsbury’s opened its first convenience store in 1998 in Hammersmith
  • There are over 47,000 convenience stores in UK (IGD)
  • The value of UK convenience sector is £35.6bn rising to £46.2bn by 2018 (IGD)
  • The convenience market generated total sales of £35.6bn in the 12 months to April 2013. This equates to a 4.9% year on year increase (IGD)

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Sainsbury’s launches major new campaign to support the relaunch of basics

With the relaunch of Sainsbury’s basics in full swing the retailer launches a major new campaign tonight to highlight not only the great value of the range but also its ethical credentials.

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The campaign, which launches during Coronation Street on ITV1, will start with a 30 second spot highlighting how Sainsbury’s basics eggs are not only the same price as Tesco’s Everyday Value eggs but are also sourced from non-caged hens. Later adverts will showcase Sainsbury’s ham, MSC accredited fish fingers and Fairtrade tea, all from the basics range and all with strong ethical credentials.

Sarah Warby, Sainsbury’s Marketing Director, said: “We know that at the start of the year, value is more important than ever, budgets are tight and our customers are looking for ways to save money, but nobody wants to compromise on the quality of their food. Our basics range offers great value with none of the compromise.

Our new campaign aims to reassure customers that when they buy Sainsbury’s basics they don’t need to sacrifice their values, something that many of our major competitors aren’t able to say to shoppers who buy from their value ranges.”

Sainsbury’s #ValueofValues campaign runs from 15th January – 18th March and is an integrated campaign across TV, Print and Digital.

Notes to editors:

  • basics was launched in 2005 and is the 2nd biggest value range in the market
  • 70% of Sainsbury’s shoppers buy items from the basics range
  • There are 500 basics food lines, and 100 basics general merchandise lines
  • basics chopped tomatoes is the biggest selling basicsitem by volume

Sainsbury’s basics eggs

METRO GROUP had a solid start into Financial Year 2013/14

  • 1.1% sales growth (adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes), like-for-like sales almost on prior year’s level
  • Further like-for-like sales trend improvements at METRO Cash & Carry against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma)
  • Both Egyptian MAKRO Cash & Carry stores were closed down

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Preliminary METRO GROUP sales in Q1 2013/14, adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes, grew by 1.1%. Reported sales declined by 3.3% to €18.7 billion mainly due to negative currency effects in many parts of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as the missing sales of Real Russia, Romania, Ukraine and Media Markt China. “All in all, our new financial year got off to a solid start in spite of the still challenging economic backdrop; soft Christmas sales prevented a better development. Our like-for-like sales development as well as our sales growth (adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes) are nevertheless in line with our guidance”, said Olaf Koch, CEO of METRO AG. “Also in the first quarter 2013/14, the implemented transformation process has led to a METRO GROUP sales trend improvement. We shall continue our transformation in order to create further value for both our customers and shareholders”, said Koch.

METRO GROUP’s transformation process continued into the FY 2013/14 with its online and delivery sales shares growing further. METRO GROUP has thus not only become more customer-relevant, but has also strengthened its market position in numerous cases. In Q1 2013/14, METRO GROUP opened a total of 36 new stores across 9 countries, of which 10 METRO Cash & Carry, 25 Media-Saturn and 1 Real hypermarket. 20 new store openings took place in the important expansion countries Russia, China, India and Turkey. Both Egyptian MAKRO Cash & Carrystores were closed down as METRO AG’s Management Board sees currently no sustainable wholesale expansion opportunities here due to current affairs and the limited market position.

METRO GROUP
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
19.4
18.7
Change (€)
0.5%
-3.3%
Change (in local currency)
-0.6%
-1.5%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-1.4%
-0.2%

Q1 2013/14 sales development of the METRO GROUP sales lines

METRO Cash & Carry
METRO Cash & Carry grew by satisfying 0.9% in like-for-like sales terms. The regions Eastern Europe and Asia reported like-for-like sales growth. In Eastern Europe especially Russia, Poland and Turkey showed a good development. In Germany and Western Europe, like-for-like sales declined: however, the sales trend improved against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma). In Germany, the numerous remodellings, product range improvements and new product launches already had positive effects. Spain and Italy even reported slight sales growth. Food sales atMETRO Cash & Carry were distinctly positive and delivery sales growth was double-digit. Negative currency effects were reported in Russia, Turkey, India and Japan in particular.

METRO Cash & Carry
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
8.6
8.5
Change (€)
0.4%
-1.2%
Change (in local currency)
-1.1%
2.1%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-0.4%
0.9%

Media-Saturn
The like-for-like sales trend at Media-Saturn improved against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma). In Germany, reported sales met the excellent prior year’s level; like-for-like sales were slightly down also due to the high prior year base. The sales development in Western Europe was slightly positive – the development in Spain and the Netherlands was pleasing; like-for-like sales were flat. Eastern European sales grew in local currency; both Hungary and Turkey reported considerable double-digit sales growth. In like-for-like terms, sales in Eastern Europe declined. Online sales at Media-Saturn significantly increased by more than 40% – here both very good multichannel sales and a satisfactory development at Redcoon contributed.

Media-Saturn
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
6.6
6.6
Change (€)
1.3%
-0.7%
Change (in local currency)
0.6%
0.3%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-3.1%
-1.2%

Real
German like-for-like sales declined by 2.0% on account of the relatively high prior year base and the very competitive market conditions, especially from discounters. Furthermore, reductions in food prices took place.

Real
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
3.1
2.6
Change (€)
0.6%
-16.0%
Change (in local currency)
-0.3%
-15.6%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-0.3%
-1.9%
Real Deutschland
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
2.3
2.2
Change (€)
0.6%
-2.2%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
1.5%
-2.0%

Galeria Kaufhof
Galeria Kaufhof increased its like-for-like sales growth in Germany by 0.8%. The mild weather prevented a better textile sales development.

Galeria Kaufhof
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
1.0
1.0
Change (€)
-2.9%
0.6%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-1.9%
0.6%

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. The Group reached sales of around €66 billion in the financial year 2012/13 (based on pro-forma calculating period 1.10.2012-30.9.2013 due to short financial year 2013). The company has a headcount of around 265,000 employees and operates around 2,200 stores in 32 countries. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands which operate independently in their respective market segment: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn – European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

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Carrefour opened its 500th Carrefour city in Le Plessis-Robinson (south-west Paris)

Paris, France, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is continuing with its drive to increase its numbers of convenience stores with the opening of its 500th Carrefour city in Le Plessis-Robinson (south-west Paris) on Wednesday 8 January.

Carrefour city – a store format designed for urban customers who need more services and longer opening hours
Since 2009, Carrefour city stores have been making the lives of people living in cities easier. With longer opening hours, they stock a complete selection of products for day-to-day shopping trips: groceries, frozen foods, home maintenance, ready-to-eat products, etc. As well as a wide range of Carrefour-brand and national products, Carrefour city customers get all the usual benefits that their loyalty cards (accepted in all Carrefour stores) provide.

According to Gérard Dorey, Carrefour France’s Executive Director for Convenience and Cash, “our opening our 500th Carrefour City store is evidence of this format’s success and of its having found its place in the lives of city consumers; they get all the usual benefits of the Carrefour name – a wide choice, low prices, a warm welcome and convenience, helping them to save time. We are very pleased to be playing a part in helping retail and boosting the local economy here in Le Plessis-Robinson”.

The Carrefour city store of Le Plessis-Robinson: a store that is rooted in its environment and managed by a local franchisee
Christian Robert, a local resident of Le Plessis-Robinson and retail enthusiast, was able to open a store in his town via Carrefour’s lease-management scheme. Following his experience of running a Carrefour city in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, he was able to use the scheme to get the training and financing that he needed to open his own store in Le Plessis-Robinson His aim is to create a genuine retail dynamic at local level. In fact, Mr Robert’s store gets its baguettes from a local traditional bakery.

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50th anniversary of relations between France and China: Carrefour is a partner in the season of commemorative events

Carrefour is playing a part in commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China: events get under way on 27 January in Paris and Beijing, and will then continue throughout the year through various initiatives held in both countries.

Paris, France, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — 27 January 2014 is the anniversary of a press release being published by the Elysée in 1964, a date that is being celebrated in Beijing with Carrefour’s support by an exhibition which traces “50 years of history in Franco-Chinese relations”, organised by the Charles de Gaulle Foundation. Carrefour will also be one of the partners in Paris celebrating the “Nuit de Chine” (Night of China) at the Grand Palais, an event being staged to mark this date in the presence of many major personalities. And on the same day, two young adventurers – supported by Carrefour – will leave Paris for Beijing, a distance of some 12,500 km that they will be covering by bicycle along the Silk Road, passing through 10 countries.

Throughout 2014, Carrefour will be lending its support to other initiatives that make up the official programme in China, a programme that has been drafted under the aegis of the French Institute: a conference on food safety in May, as well as a number of other campaigns to highlight products in the French Reflets de France gourmet range.

Through these partnerships, The Group is seeking to demonstrate its on-going commitment to China, a country in which it was the first retailer to open a hypermarket (Beijing in 1995) and where it now manages 235 spread across 73 different cities.

*Watch videos of their bicycle trip at www.carrefour.com

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Darty plc announced EGM 2014 on Monday 3 February 2014

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darty plc today announces that a circular (the «Circular») has been posted to shareholders. The Circular contains a notice of a general meeting (the «General Meeting») of Darty to consider and, if thought fit, to pass a resolution authorising the Board to amend the borrowings limit set out in Article 100(B) of the Company’s articles of association (the «Resolution»).

The General Meeting will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday 3 February 2014 at The Montcalm at the Brewery London City, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA.

The Circular is available for inspection on the investor relations section of the Company’s website: www.dartygroup.com/investor-centre. Copies of the Circular and the Resolution are available for inspection at the offices of Slaughter and May at One Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YY, during normal business hours on any weekday (UK public holidays excepted) with effect from today until the conclusion of the General Meeting.

A copy of the Circular has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: www.Hemscott.com/nsm.do.

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