Visa Inc. to present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Cards, Payments & Financial Technology Symposium in New York

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced its participation in the following investor conference.

On Thursday, March 1, Al Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Cards, Payments & Financial Technology Symposium in New York. The discussion will begin at 3:20 p.m. Eastern Time and last for approximately 40 minutes.

Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at http://investor.visa.com.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa.html, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

Source: Visa Inc.

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SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Croatia has reduced the amount of salt in its bread baked daily at the INTERSPAR bakery by 1.4%, in line with the World Health Organisation’s dietary recommendations.

Customers can now find bread baked with a lower volume of salt on the shelves of all INTERSPAR and SPAR stores in the country. The amount of salt in all 30 bread varieties has been reduced by 2% to the recommended 1,4% and in some cases even lower than the recommended amount. All the other ingredients remain the same – no additives were used to replace the salt and the bread is of the same high quality and taste.

“Through revising the recipe, SPAR Croatia is enabling positive change in our customers’ eating habits,” said Helmut Fenzl, CEO of SPAR Croatia.

This is part of a larger strategic plan to reduce the consumption of kitchen salt in Croatia from the current daily intake of 11.6 grams to 9.3 grams by 2019. This will consequently reduce the prevalence of arterial hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

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About SPAR Croatia

The first SPAR Hypermarket opened in Croatia in mid-2005, following the signing of the licence agreement between ASPIAG (a subsidiary of SPAR Austria AG) and SPAR International in 2004. As a member of the ASPIAG group, SPAR Croatia has access to a wide range of own brand products. Brand development has primarily taken place through SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets, both through the take-over of existing chains and the opening of new stores.

SOURCE: SPAR International

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Visa introduces a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data

Token Management Service: Smarter Tokens for a Connected Digital World (Photo: Business Wire)

Provides a 360-Degree View of Customer Payments Across Channels and Payment Types

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE: V) today introduced Token Management Service, a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data. Token Management Service enables an integrated view of payment preferences and behaviors across a merchant’s commerce platforms, processing environments, geographies, payment types and card brands.

Seventy percent of the world, or more than 5 billion people, will be connected via mobile device by 20201, creating the need for merchants to provide consumers with seamless digital payments that work securely, anywhere and on any device. Laying a foundation for this transition, Visa has developed Token Management Service, part of Visa’s CyberSource payment management platform.

Different token services deployed across multiple digital commerce environments create channel silos, preventing merchants from fully understanding payment behavior across their various customer touchpoints. Token Management Service helps enable merchants to unify payment token implementation in order to provide simple, innovative and seamless purchasing experiences. For example:

  • Customers can buy goods online, then pick them up in store, or make a purchase online and return items in-store.
  • Merchants can augment their customer engagement strategy with tailored loyalty programs and promotions to suit customer preferences and behavior, ultimately providing impactful customer experiences

“Our clients are seeking to create new integrated commerce experiences that unify their digital and physical operations to gain a comprehensive 360-degree view of their customer interactions,” said Andre Machicao, senior vice president, digital merchant products, Visa. “Today’s launch of Token Management Service brings merchants a vital capability to better service their customers by enabling them to embrace and create new, frictionless and secure payment experiences and maintain their competitive edge.”

Merchants can deploy Token Management Service with limited changes to their current IT infrastructure. When using the service, payment information is stored in secure Visa data centers. Merchants can benefit directly by reducing costs associated with compliance and minimizing security threats associated with keeping sensitive data on their own networks.

“Merchants operate in an omnichannel world where customers have the power of choice in shopping, namely – how, where, and when to buy. Consumers also value convenience and immediacy in their interaction with merchants and expect a streamlined payment experience regardless of their buying method or platform,” said Raymond Pucci, associate director, Mercator Advisory Group. “Providing a unified token management service as part of a layered approach to payment risk mitigation ensures a fast and secure checkout experience that strengthens the customer relationship.”

The latest addition to Visa’s innovative digital solutions for merchants, Token Management Service is a complementary solution to Visa Token Service, a payment network tokenization service developed by Visa in 2014. Visa Token Service has paved the way for innovative digital payments types, ranging from technologies such as Visa Checkout, to mobile wallets and payment-enabled IoT devices, including wearables, connected cars and appliances and mobile commerce in retail environments. Token Management Service will enable merchants to realize the value of payment-network tokens by simplifying integration into Visa Token Service and other payment network tokenization services.

For more information about Token Management Service, please visit: http://www.cybersource.com/tokenization

About Visa Inc.Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

1 Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2015-2020

Source: Visa Inc.

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Aida Hadzibegovic, 415-805-4242
ahadzibe@visa.com

Visa announces new research and education programs to strengthen the talent pipeline in the credit union industry

New field research focused on recruiting practices and expanded education opportunities for emerging credit union leaders strengthens industry talent pipeline

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE: V) today announced new research and education programs as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the talent pipeline in the credit union industry. Visa, together with the Filene Research Institute, will conduct two unique studies exploring talent gaps in the credit union industry throughout 2018. Visa and Filene will also introduce expanded education opportunities and resources designed to inspire young leaders to pursue careers in credit unions and foster their growth.

“Credit unions are vital to the financial health of our communities and Visa is committed to ensuring the long-term success of these organizations,” said Doug Leighton, head of community accounts, Visa. “Our goal is to introduce opportunities for emerging talent to grow in their career, while bringing fresh ideas and strategies to credit union leadership in order to more effectively serve their members.”

Advancing recruitment research through the War for Talent Center of Excellence

Through Filene Research Institute’s War for Talent Center of Excellence Visa and Filene will convene leading academics and credit union experts to study the industry’s talent gap. Filene research fellow, Dr. Sekou Bermiss, assistant professor of management, University of Texas, Austin, will conduct two unique studies in 2018:

  • Factors of Talent Attraction at Two Credit Unions: A Field Study: Despite a large percentage of individuals in the labor force expressing interest in working for a company that makes a social impact, recruiting within credit unions remains a key challenge. This natural field experiment within a set of credit unions will test the effectiveness of current recruiting practices.
  • Credit Union Board Composition: Desires and Practices: This research aims to help credit union leadership identify key traits they seek in candidates and define values and soft skills that impact these traits in order to build a diverse board equipped to attract talent with well-rounded backgrounds, ideas and expertise.

“There remains a gap between credit union leadership and the members they serve. We have an opportunity to leverage people analytics and research to develop the right strategies for attracting, developing and promoting top performers within credit unions, from the front line to the boardroom,” said Dr. Sekou Bermiss, assistant professor of management, University of Texas, Austin and Filene research fellow. “I look forward to continuing research with the War for Talent Center of Excellence and Visa to share insights that help credit union leaders build and grow a qualified talent pipeline.”

These two new studies build on the Center’s first publication authored by Dr. Bermiss in 2017, “Laws of Attraction: Credit Union Recruitment in a Competitive Labor Market.” Credit union and human resources leaders can put these insights into practice with the “Talent Attraction Checklist,” an actionable resource outlining important factors like employee fit, job characteristics and recruiter behavior to consider throughout the recruitment process.

Furthering education and talent development through The Cooperative Trust

Visa and The Cooperative Trust, an initiative focused on educating and cultivating young leaders in the credit union industry, will offer expanded online and offline resources in 2018, including a new mentorship program. These efforts include the “Crashers” program, offering the brightest young leaders the opportunity to participate in conversations and events focused on shaping the future of credit unions. Visa and Filene Researchwith support from the Credit Union National Association will host 78 Crashers, a record number, at the upcoming Governmental Affairs Conference, the industry’s largest advocacy conference.

“As we continue to grow The Cooperative Trust and Crash opportunities, we’re always challenging ourselves to elevate and advance the program to provide the most impact for young professionals and the credit union system,” said Lauren Culp, manager, The Cooperative Trust. “Visa has played a valuable role in helping ensure young people have a voice and are included in the conversation as we look to the future of our industry.”

Program highlights to date include:

  • The Cooperative Trust received the 2017 Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program, the highest national honors for the credit union movement that celebrates programs that put belief into action.
  • Five Crashers selected in the top 15 of the Next Top Credit Union Executive Competition.
  • Over 130 Crashers participating in credit union events across the U.S., including hands on experience at Visa’s Innovation Center in San Francisco.
  • Expanded online and offline resources including a new mentorship program, a refreshed website and online community, and additional Crash events.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

Source: Visa Inc.

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Elizabeth Pietrzak, 415-203-7235
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The Home Depot® SVP – Finance Control & Administration Richard McPhail to present at the Raymond James 39th Annual Institutional Investors Conference

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Richard McPhail, senior vice president – Finance Control & Administration, will present at the Raymond James 39th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m. ET on March 6, 2018.

The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at http://ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations. A link will be displayed under “Events and Presentations.” The webcast will be archived and available at the same location after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until April 5, 2018.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE: The Home Depot

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Colruyt’s ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ project reaches 100 towns and more than 2000 families

Halle, Belgium, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt reaches more than 2000 families with social project ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ 100 th town joins the project Halle, 20 February 2018 . All told, one hundred towns have agreed with Colruyt Lowest Prices to make a tasty and balanced diet more accessible to families in financial difficulties. One year and a half after the start of ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ about two thousand familie s are already participating. Every two weeks, they receive a budget -friendly booklet with 6 easy recipes costing maximum 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. A balanced diet is a basic right for everyone and Colruyt thus hopes to offer extra inspiration.

Budget -friendly recipes
The ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ concept is simple. Vulnerable families with kids are informed by their Social Service or organisations such as Child&Family, the Centre for General Well -being, House of the child , etc. Families can enr ol and will then receive a Colruyt cookery booklet every two weeks. It contains six easy and child -friendly recipes and the shopping lists. Each recipe is enough for three large portions and costs no more than 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. This includes the price of the whole packaging, even if less is needed to make the recipe. It allows people to know in advance exactly what they will pay at the check -out. The cookery booklet also contains tips to let kids help and to turn leftovers into a tasty dish.

To support participants, some social organisations organise cooking demonstrations to prepare recipes together. Or they ask the local Colruyt store to organise a guided tour, during which store employees can give tips on efficient and cheap shopping.

“No gourmet cook”
Today, the project has about two thousand participants, thus reach ing the same number of families. Colruyt notices that at least 37% of the participants already used the cookery booklet in a Colruyt store and 24% are frequent participants. Of course, some participants may shop at other store formats.

People are often happy with the inspiration for daily cooking, without having to rack their brains over the price. “I am not a gourmet cook, and I wanted to let you know that, thanks to you, I succeed in conjuring up satisfactory, varied, affordable and delicious dishes. I simp ly wanted to tell you that this is a really interesting initiative, so thanks!” , says a participant from Kortrijk.

Feedback from coaches does Colruyt good as well. Kurt De Loor, chairman of the Social Service of Zottegem: “Putting a balanced meal on the t able every day is not a picnic. Especially when it is not easy for people financially. We hear this a lot from families who visit our Social Service. That’s the reason why we decided to join Colruyt’s project. It is an easily accessible way to inspire people to conjure up cheap yet healthy meals. I am convinced this project will be a success in Zottegem as well.”

Roll-out in the whole country
‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ started two years ago as a test project of Colruyt, in cooperation with the Socia l Service of Kortrijk. A group of 144 families with kids living at home tested the concept for six months. The reactions were positive and Colruyt decided to roll out the project on a national level. In the past year, things have been moving really fast. R ecently, Zottegem was the hundredth town to join and applications keep coming.

“More and more often, social organisations tell us there is a need for simple tools to work on a balanced diet. Today, many West -Flemish towns are participating, but cities lik e Sint -Niklaas and Ghent also joined. And Wallonia also shows an interest: Namur an d Charleroi recently joined the project and there is much enthusiasm” , says Colruyt coordinator Wim Verbesselt.

Productive partnership
Cooperation between private, local a uthorities and social organisations starts from their expertise. “Social organisations know the vulnerable families and their need for measures to combat poverty” , says Wim Verbesselt. “At Colruyt we have a lot of expertise in cooking tasty and balanced fo od. If we join forces, we can make a structural and sustainable differen ce for people in difficulties. We are very happy to be able to take away some of the concerns of families with children and to help them manage. It is one of the many ways in which we fulfil our corporate social responsibility.”

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

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Citycon approves two new share-based incentive plans for the Group key employees

ESPOO, Finland, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj has approved two new share-based incentive plans for the Group key employees, a Matching Share Plan 2018—2020 and a Restricted Share Plan 2018—2020.

The aim of the new plans is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the key employees in order to increase the value of the company in the long-term, to bind the key employees to the company, and to offer them competitive reward plans based on acquiring and receiving the company´s shares.

Matching Share Plan 2018—2020

The new Matching Share Plan 2018—2020 includes three matching periods, calendar years 2018—2019, 2019—2020, 2020—2021. The prerequisite for participation in this plan and for reward payment is that a key employee invests in the company’s shares a pre-determined percentage of the bonus earned from the company’s performance bonus scheme during the calendar year preceding a matching period (the “Share Ownership Prerequisite”). If a key employee´s Share Ownership Prerequisite is fulfilled and his or her employment or service is in force with a Citycon group company upon reward payment, he or she will receive free matching shares for shares subject to the Share Ownership Prerequisite.

The Matching Share Plan 2018-2020 is directed to the CEO and the other members of the Corporate Management Committee. The rewards to be paid on the basis of this plan from the matching period 2018—2019 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 200,000 Citycon Oyj shares. In addition, a cash proportion is included in the reward to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. The rewards from the matching period 2018—2019 will be paid in 2020.

Restricted Share Plan 2018—2020

The rewards from the new Restricted Share Plan 2018—2020 may be allocated in 2018—2020. The reward will be based on a valid employment or service contract of a key employee upon the reward payment, and it will be paid partly in the company’s shares and partly in cash after the end of a vesting period. A vesting period will last 12 to 36 months from a reward allocation.

The Restricted Share Plan 2018-2020 is directed only to selected key employees, excluding the CEO and other members of the Corporate Management Committee. The rewards to be paid on the basis of this plan in 2018—2020 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 200,000 Citycon Oyj shares including also the cash proportion to be used for taxes and tax-related costs.

CITYCON OYJ
The Board of Directors

For further information, please contact:
Marcel Kokkeel, CEO
Tel. +358 40 154 6760
marcel.kokkeel@citycon.com

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic region, managing assets that total almost EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of close to EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

Citycon has investment-grade credit ratings from Moody’s (Baa1) and Standard & Poor’s (BBB). Citycon Oyj’s share is listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.

SOURCE: CITYCON OYJ

Citycon Oyj to hold Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Espoo, Finland, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The shareholders of Citycon Oyj are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at 12.00 noon at Finlandia Hall (Veranda 4 hall), at the address Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki, Finland (entrance through doors M4 and K4). The reception of participants who have registered for the meeting and the distribution of voting tickets will commence at 11.00 a.m.

A. Matters on the Agenda of the General Meeting

1. Opening of the Meeting

2. Calling the Meeting to Order

3. Election of Persons to Scrutinize the Minutes and to Supervise the Counting of Votes

4. Recording the Legality of the Meeting

5. Recording the Attendance and Adopting the List of Votes

6. Presentation of the Financial Statements and the Report of the Board of Directors for the Year 2017
– Review by the CEO

7. Presentation of the Auditor’s Report

8. Adoption of the Financial Statements

9. Resolution on the Use of the Profit Shown on the Balance Sheet as well as Authorization of the Board of Directors to Decide on the Distribution of Dividend and Assets from the Invested Unrestricted Equity Fund
The Board of Directors proposes that based on the balance sheet to be adopted for the financial period ended on 31 December 2017, no dividend is distributed by a resolution of the Annual General Meeting.

Nonetheless, the Board of Directors proposes that the Board of Directors be authorized to decide in its discretion on the distribution of dividend and assets from the invested unrestricted equity fund in the manner set forth below.

Based on this authorization, the maximum amount of dividend to be distributed shall not exceed EUR 0.01 per share and the maximum amount of equity repayment distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund shall not exceed EUR 0.12 per share.

The authorization is valid until the opening of the next Annual General Meeting.

Unless the Board of Directors decides otherwise for a justified reason, the authorization will be used to distribute dividend and/or equity repayment four times during the period of validity of the authorization. In this case, the Board of Directors will make separate resolutions on each distribution of the dividend and/or equity repayment so that the preliminary record and payment dates will be as stated below. Citycon shall make separate announcements of such Board resolutions.

Preliminary payment date Preliminary record date
29 March 2018 22 March 2018
29 June 2018 21 June 2018
28 September 2018 20 September 2018
28 December 2018 14 December 2018

The dividend and/or equity repayment based on the resolution of the Board of Directors will be paid to a shareholder registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date of the dividend and/or equity repayment.

10. Resolution on the Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from Liability

11. Resolution on the Remuneration of the Members of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors proposes on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee that the remuneration of members of the Board of Directors would remain the same and the Chairman of the Board of Directors be paid an annual fee of EUR 160,000, the Deputy Chairmen EUR 70,000 and the ordinary members of the Board EUR 50,000. The Chairmen of the Board of Directors’ Committees would be paid an additional annual fee of EUR 5,000.

It is proposed that the Chairmen of the meetings of the Board’s Committees shall be paid a meeting fee of EUR 800 and other Board and Committee members EUR 600 per meeting, with the exception of the Chairman of the Board, who shall be paid no meeting fees.

The members of the Board of Directors shall be compensated for accrued travel and lodging expenses as well as other potential costs related to Board and Committee work.

12. Resolution on the Number of Members of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors proposes on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee that the number of members of the Board of Directors shall be nine.

13. Election of the Members of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors proposes on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee that of the current members of the Board of Directors Chaim Katzman, Bernd Knobloch, Arnold de Haan, Kirsi Komi, David Lukes, Andrea Orlandi, Per-Anders Ovin and Ariella Zochovitzky be re-elected, and that Ofer Stark be elected as a new member to the Board of Directors. The members of the Board of Directors will be elected for a term that will continue until the close of the next Annual General Meeting. Of the current Board members, Rachel Lavine and Claes Ottosson will leave the Board of Directors.

All candidates have given their consent to the election.

All candidates for the Board of Directors have been presented on the company’s website citycon.com/agm2018. In addition, information on the proposed new member of the Board of Directors is available at the end of this notice.

14. Resolution on the Remuneration of the Auditor
The Board of Directors proposes on the recommendation of the Audit and Governance Committee that the audit fee be paid in accordance with the auditor’s invoice approved by the company.

15. Election of the Auditor
On the recommendation of the Audit and Governance Committee, the Board of Directors proposes that the company’s present auditor Ernst & Young Oy, a firm of authorized public accountants, be re-elected as the auditor. Ernst & Young Oy has announced that APA Mikko Rytilahti would act as the auditor with principal responsibility.

16. Proposal by the Board of Directors to amend the Articles of Association
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting would resolve to amend the Articles of Association, and especially Articles 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11 of the Articles of Association in the manner described below.

The Board proposes that Article 2 of the Articles of Association be amended to read as follows:

2 § The Company is engaged in buying, selling, owning and managing real estate, buildings, premises or any parts thereof as well as shares and interests in companies entitling to the above-mentioned. The Company is also engaged in leasing and developing of real estate, buildings and premises as well as providing management and management related services for real estate, buildings and premises. The Company can also engage in other operations related to the business operations specified in this section.

The Board proposes that the following amendments are made to Articles 8 and 9 of the Articles of Association:

8 § The General Meeting shall elect one (1) auditor to examine the administration and accounts of the Company. The auditor shall be an authorized audit firm.

9 § The Company’s Annual General Meeting shall be held annually within six (6) months of the expiration of the financial period on a date determined by the Board of Directors.

In addition, the Board proposes that the following additions are made to Articles 4 and 11 of the Articles of Association:

4 § Such Committees prepare designated items for the Board of Directors and resolve on operative matters as may be instructed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

11 § The General Meetings may be held, in addition to the Company’s domicile Helsinki, in Espoo (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway) or Copenhagen (Denmark) as may be resolved by the Board of Directors.

Otherwise, the Board proposes that linguistic corrections are made to the Articles of Association.

The Articles of Association is proposed to be amended to reflect the new Auditing Act and the needs of Citycon Oyj’s Nordic business.

17. Authorizing the Board of Directors to Decide on the Issuance of Shares as well as the Issuance of Special Rights Entitling to Shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Board of Directors be authorized to decide on the issuance of shares as well as the issuance of special rights entitling to shares referred to in Chapter 10 Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act by one or several decisions in the manner described below.

The number of shares to be issued shall not exceed 85 million shares, which corresponds to approximately 9.55 percent of all the current shares in the company. Shares potentially issued by virtue of the special rights entitling to shares are included in the aforesaid maximum number of shares.

The Board of Directors decides on all the conditions of the issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares. The authorization concerns both the issuance of new shares as well as the transfer of own shares held by the company. The issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares may be carried out in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights by way of a directed issue.

The authorization is valid until the close of next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than until 30 June 2019.

18. Authorizing the Board of Directors to Decide on the Repurchase and/or on the Acceptance as Pledge of the Company’s Own Shares
The Board of Directors proposes that the Board of Directors be authorized to decide on the repurchase and/or on the acceptance as pledge of the company’s own shares in one or several tranches as follows.

The number of own shares to be repurchased and/or accepted as pledge shall not exceed 50 million shares, which corresponds to approximately 5.61 per cent of all the current shares in the company. Only the unrestricted equity of the company can be used to repurchase own shares on the basis of the authorization.

Own shares can be repurchased at a price formed in public trading on the date of the repurchase or at a price otherwise formed on the market.

The Board of Directors decides how own shares will be repurchased and/or accepted as pledge. Own shares can be repurchased for instance by using derivatives. Own shares can be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings of the shareholders (directed repurchase).

The authorization is valid until the close of next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than until 30 June 2019.

19. Closing of the Meeting

B. Documents of the General Meeting
Citycon Oyj’s Financial Statements, the Report of the Board of Directors and the Auditor’s Report, the proposals for the decisions on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting, and this notice are available on the company’s website citycon.com/agm2018 not later than 27 February 2018. Said documents will also be available at the venue of the meeting. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be available on the aforementioned website as of 3 April 2018 at the latest.

C. Instructions for the Participants in the General Meeting

1. Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register
Each shareholder, who is registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on Thursday, 8 March 2018 has the right to participate in the general meeting. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her personal Finnish book-entry account, is registered in the company’s shareholders’ register.

A shareholder, who is registered in the company’s shareholders’ register and wants to participate in the general meeting, shall register for the meeting by giving a prior notice of participation not later than 15 March 2018 at 4.00 p.m. The notice has to be received by the company before the end of the registration period. Such notice can be given
– on the company’s website citycon.com/agm2018,
– by e-mail to legal@citycon.com,
– by telephone +358 20 766 4400 from Mondays to Fridays between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m., or
– by mail addressed to Citycon Oyj, AGM, Suomenlahdentie 1, FI-02230 Espoo, Finland.

In connection with the registration, a shareholder is requested to notify his/her name, personal identification number or business-ID, telephone number as well as the name of a possible assistant or proxy representative, and the personal identification number of the proxy representative. The personal data given to Citycon Oyj is used only in connection with the general meeting and with the processing of related registrations.

The shareholder, his/her authorized representative or proxy representative shall, where necessary, be able to prove his/her identity and/or right of representation.

2. Holders of nominee registered shares
A holder of nominee registered shares has the right to participate in the general meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which (s)he on the record date of the general meeting, i.e. on 8 March 2018, would be entitled to be registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. In addition, the right to participate in the general meeting requires that the shareholder has, on the basis of such shares, been temporarily registered in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd not later than 15 March 2018 at 10.00 a.m. As regards nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the general meeting.

A holder of nominee registered shares is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the temporary registration in the company’s shareholders’ register, the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the general meeting from his/her custodian bank. The account management organization of the custodian bank shall register a holder of nominee registered shares, who wants to participate in the general meeting, to be temporarily entered in the company’s shareholders’ register at the latest by the time stated above. Further information on these matters can also be found on the company’s website citycon.com/agm2018.

3. Proxy representative and proxy documents
A shareholder may participate in the general meeting and exercise his/her rights at the meeting by way of proxy representation. A proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder at the general meeting. When a shareholder participates in the general meeting by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares at different securities accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the general meeting. Proxy templates are available on the company’s website citycon.com/agm2018.

Possible proxy documents are requested to be submitted to the company by the end of the registration period.

4. Further instructions/information
Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act, a shareholder who is present at the general meeting has the right to request information with respect to the matters to be considered at the meeting.

Further information on matters pertaining to general meeting and on shareholder’s rights is available on the company’s website citycon.com/general-meeting.

On the date of publication of this notice, 23 February 2018, Citycon Oyj has 889,992,628 shares and votes. The company holds 24,767 of the company’s own shares on the date of publication of the notice.

CITYCON OYJ
Board of Directors

Information on the proposed new member of the Board of Directors

Ofer Stark
Born 1972
Israel and US citizen
Main occupation: Architect, entrepreneur

MEDIA CONTACT
Sanna Kostiainen
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, FINLAND
+358 400 712 072
sanna.kostiainen (at) citycon.com

SSP America wins ten-year contract to develop and operate food and beverage concession spaces at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

LONDON, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a ten-year contract by the City of Phoenix and the City of Phoenix Aviation Department to commercially develop and operate five separate food and beverage concession spaces at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The new restaurants will cover a total of 19,833 square feet of concession space in the North and South Concourses of Terminal 3 as well as the lobby and ticketing areas. The contract will see SSP America introduce a mix of award-winning local and chef-driven brands as well as two, enormously popular, forward-thinking national brands.

SSP America’s new contract is part of the gateway’s wider modernization program. The $590 million Terminal 3 Modernization Program is set to enhance the customer experience for travellers by providing a more efficient way of getting through the terminal. The modernization is planned as three distinct phases to maximize flexibility and minimize impact to travellers and will be completed in 2020. Currently, the terminal processor and the South Concourse are under construction. The North Concourse will be the final phase of the project. 

Pat Murray, executive vice president of SSP America, commented: “PHX continues to grow with robust passenger increases, extensive growth in concessions, and an impressive upsurge in food and beverage sales between 2011-2016 in Terminal 4. PHX continued level of progress is a direct result of the Aviation Department’s proactive inward investment. SSP America is enormously proud to be a part of this continued investment and is deeply honored to have been awarded this significant new contract. Our portfolio features no less than nine award-winning local brands which will not only give PHX passengers a true taste of place, but also keep jobs and revenues contributing back to the Valley of the Sun community.”

SSP’s line-up includes: 

The Habit Burger Grill (Lobby)— The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. 

Original ChopShop (Lobby)— Local favorite Original ChopShop is a neighborhood eatery crafting ‘Just Feel Good Food’ from whole ingredients. The menu offers protein bowls, acai and pitaya bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes, salads and sandwiches that are made from scratch on-site with real, quality ingredients.

Überrito Fresh Mex (Lobby)— Combining the German word, “Über” meaning “above” or “beyond” with the Mexican culinary mainstay “burrito”—Überrito brings passengers above and beyond über fresh, über delicious burritos.  By combining an abundance of the very best ingredients at their peak of freshness, Überrito defies predictable preconceptions of Fresh-Mex offering taste combinations you won’t find anywhere else.

The Tavern (South Concourse)—Straight from its East Camelback Road location, Chef Mark Tarbell’s, The Tavern, brings a relaxed and approachable foodie oasis—a tony little gem serving fresh-forward, chef-driven plates in a fast and casual environment. The Tavern’s South Concourse location will also include a large wine retail component that will allow passengers to buy handpicked, premium wines to enjoy at their next destination.

Christopher’s Crush (South Concourse)— James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, Christopher Gross, brings his thoroughly modern, locally laurelled, Christopher’s Crush to PHX’s South Concourse. Featuring handcrafted cocktails, top-notch local and international brews, handpicked wines and award-winning, chef-driven gourmand plates—Christopher’s Crush will be the ultimate PHX oasis. 

Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen (North Concourse)—Straight from its super hip CenPho location, Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen is a celebration of craft beer and craft food. PAB Central Kitchen brings a unique, only in Phoenix experience serving up Phoenix Ale Brewery’s top-notch local brews and pairing them with one-of-a-kind dishes that make guests wonder why they ever settled for traditional pub fare.

Tru Burger Co. (North Concourse)—Family owned and operated, Tru Burger Co., welcomes travelers to a menu made from TRU local flavors. Handcrafted, gourmet burgers are made fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients and fresh custom baked breads, delivered daily; all meats are antibiotic and hormone free. From crafting your own burger, to salads, fresh sides, sandwiches, big dogs and more, Tru Burger’s goal is to inspire community awareness with a TRU-Passion for a custom, fresh, high quality experience while ensuring dedicated support to the local Valley economy.

Leoni’s Focaccia (North Concourse)—The best, most memorable sandwiches begin with the best bread, and at Valley-based Danielle Leoni’s Leoni’s Focaccia, the freshly baked, Roman-style focaccia bread isn’t just the best in the Valley—it’s in a memorable league of its own. Leoni’s Focaccia brings innovative, chef-driven spins on classic Italian sandwiches, keeping jetsetters and local fans, coming back for more.

Ajo Al’s Mexican Café (North Concourse)—Using the freshest ingredients and authentic recipes, Ajo Al’s Mexican Café provides a taste of traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern Sonoran style twist and a casual, fun atmosphere they have been famous for since 1986. With fresh, handcrafted house specialties locals have known and loved for years, Ajo Al’s is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious, handmade Mexican food in Phoenix.

Crave Grounds (North Concourse)— Jim Murphy’s Crave Grounds in North Scottsdale brings America’s favorite breakfast time, snack time, any time coffee and donuts combo into the modern day. Offering a unique and inviting local coffee and donut experience, Crave Grounds features an endless variety of hot & fresh, made-to-order mini donuts, specialty tea, and a full espresso bar using a locally roasted four bean coffee blend, offered only at Crave Grounds.

Peet’s Coffee (Ticketing)—As one of the nation’s favorite premium coffee companies, Peet’s Coffee delivers a deep, rich coffee drinking experience. Guests will enjoy fresh roasted and handcrafted hot espresso drinks and an assortment of cold brewed coffee drinks all prepared from Peet’s full line of fair trade, responsibly sourced coffee beans. Peet’s ticketing location will offer other retail items—from bestselling newspapers, magazines and books, to travel related sundries, luggage, souvenirs and gifts; the range will offer passengers the conveniences they need.

These incredibly successful, award-winning brands and restaurateurs don’t just represent the Valley’s culinary landscape, they define it. Each brand sources locally wherever possible and is considered an integral component of the wider Phoenix community, helping to drive economic prosperity across the region. Sense of place, taste of place and commitment to the community combined with optimum choice for the passenger and exceptional customer service are the hallmarks of SSP America’s new contract with PHX.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please contact Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator, which started up in 2017, has got through to the finals of the Open Innovation Awards in the “Initiative” category.

The C4 Retail Lab was set up last year as part of Carrefour Poland’s omnichannel strategy. Its purpose is to look for and implement innovations for the whole mass merchandising sector, as well as supporting the development of entrepreneurship in Poland and fostering young talent. The incubator already has 12 start-ups and five projects are in the test phase.One of the first companies to join the C4 Retail Lab was Smart Cart – a Polish company which has developed a system that involves traditional shopping trolleys and self-service checkouts. The award given by the Heart Warsaw is the first that Carrefour’s incubator has received.

The 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards is a competition for companies which innovate in collaboration with start-ups. Their aim is to showcase companies which use sources of external innovation, setting up partnerships and implementing the best solutions. The competition was organised by The Heart Warsaw, the European centre for cooperation between major groups and start-ups.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

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Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

LONDON, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dancing queen, Gemma Atkinson, has a wheelie good time in Sainsbury’s for Sport Relief.

The stunt was promoting the Sport Relief merchandise, available now in Sainsbury’s stores and online with at least 50 per cent of every sale going to Sport Relief. Gemma put her own spin on the everyday task in a four-wheeled routine which dazzled unsuspecting Sainsbury’s shoppers.

For the first time ever, Sport Relief is challenging the nation to beat a billion steps a day, every day from 17th-23rd March, tracking their progress through the brand-new Sport Relief app and looking the part in the official merchandise.

Gemma, who racked up her steps using the app – downloadable via the app store or sportrelief.com, said: “Dancing with a trolley is not as easy as it might look! There were a few near misses, but I had a lot of fun. I hope today has shown just how easy it is to get active, raise money and change lives this Sport Relief.

“So, on your next trip to Sainsbury’s, cha-cha down those aisles to pick up your Sport Relief merchandise and look the part doing your steps.”

Gemma was paired up with one of the store’s trolley collectors in Sainsbury’s Ashton Moss store, Manchester to learn the basics, then let loose in the car park to put her coordination to the test, impressing shoppers with the unusual routine.

One Sainsbury’s colleague who Gemma put in a spin was Lee Mottershead, 23 from Ashton-under-Lyne who said: “I wasn’t expecting to be dancing when I came into work today, least of all with Gemma Atkinson! We do something for Sport Relief in store every year, but nothing quite like this. It’s been really fun, Gemma was a great dance partner.”

Rachel Carrington, Sponsorship Manager at Sainsbury’s said: “We’ve been proud partners of Sport Relief for many years. In 2016, Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers raised over £7 million, making a huge difference to those in need. We’re hoping that our efforts this year will make an even bigger difference and are delighted to have Gemma on board to give this year’s campaign an extra push.”

Sainsbury’s is the official retailer of the Sport Relief merchandise. A donation from each sale will go towards helping vulnerable people across the UK and the world to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

MEDIA CONTACT

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 0207 695 7295.

Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to provide career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade

Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to provide career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade 

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 22, 2018), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced Track to the Trades, a new workforce development initiative that aims to provide innovative career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade. The program will be supported in partnership with Guild Education, an adult education company. The initiative comes at a time when the skilled trade industry is experiencing a rapidly declining workforce.

According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, more than 60 percent of skilled trade professionals agree that there is a shortage of labor in the construction industry. The same study reports ongoing hiring challenges for professional contractors, with 40 percent of pros looking to expand their job site workforce.

To begin addressing this critical trade skills gap while also providing employees with a variety of career paths and economic opportunity, Lowe’s is offering employees:

  • Upfront tuition funding for trade skill certification
  • Academic coaching and support
  • Placement opportunities for full-time pre-apprenticeships in Lowe’s nationwide contractor network or continued growth with Lowe’s

Beginning March 1, Lowe’s will debut Track to the Trades in four cities: CharlotteDenverPittsburgh and Richmond. Following the four-city pilot, the program will be expanded to qualified Lowe’s part-time and full-time employee nationwide by the end of 2018.

Eligible employees will receive up to $2,500 to gain a certification and serve as a pre-apprentice in carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing or appliance repair careers. Pre-apprenticeships take approximately six to 10 months, and participants will also receive enrollment guidance and a field mentor.

“The trade profession is a high-demand, high-opportunity field for the next generation workforce, and today, there is a massive unmet need,” said Jennifer L. Weber, Lowe’s chief human resources officer. “With Track to the Trades, we are providing unique career alternatives for our associates while also building a pipeline for the next generation ofLowe’s,Track to the Trades ,skilled trade, Guild Education CEO, Rachel Carlson, Home Improvement Research Institute,  Jennifer L. Weber, skilled trade workers, allowing us to better meet the demands of customers while creating long-term educational benefits and economic opportunity for our people.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the nation’s need for workers in the skilled trades is increasing much faster than the growth of employment overall, according to a recent forecast. In fact, Lowe’s analysis of BLS data projects we will experience a skilled trades gap of more than a half million jobs across construction-related fields by 2026. Lowe’s Track to the Trades program is a first step toward rebuilding the skilled trades workforce and infusing pride back into trade professions that are vital to society.

“Lowe’s is leading the way on pre-apprenticeship models that prepare employees for jobs of the future, both while working at Lowe’s and beyond in their careers,” said Guild Education CEO, Rachel Carlson. “The education pathways offered by Lowe’s eliminate the all-to-common false choice between trades programs and advancement in higher education. At Guild, we’re honored to be working with the Lowe’s team on this first-of-a-kind partnership.”

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

About Guild Education
Guild Education is transforming the way employers offer Education as a Benefit to their employees. Guild Education’s platform makes offering education benefits an easy choice for leading companies, with a platform to help innovative HR leaders turn their education programs into a long-term positive ROI for their company. The company’s diverse network of online, nonprofit universities offer a range of programs from GEDs and apprenticeship programs through bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with advising and retention coaching to help each student navigate the worlds of work and post-secondary education. As of today, Guild Education has raised a total of $31.5 million in funding from Bessemer Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Harrison Metal, and Cowboy Ventures. To learn more about Guild Education, visit www.GuildEducation.com.

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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Asda announces a cheesy twist on an Easter classic with the launch of NEW Cheester Egg

Asda announces a cheesy twist on an Easter classic with the launch of NEW Cheester Egg

LEEDS, UK, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s the eternal question that continues to grip the nation – chocolate or cheese? With recent stats revealing 60%* of Brits would choose the sandwich staple over the sweet-shop favourite, Asda has hatched a plan to make this Easter the cheesiest Britain has ever seen.

A NEW Cheester Egg – that’s right, Cheester Egg – will be available for customers to take home from Asda stores from 16th March. The half egg-shaped cheese, half condiment product will offer the entire cheeseboard egg-sperience, with crumbly mini oatcake crackers and a sachet of sweet and sticky caremelised onion chutney all included – sweet dreams really are made of cheese!

This cheesy twist on an Easter classic has been crafted using Blacksticks Blue Cheese and is made using freshly sourced milk and traditional Farmhouse Dairy methods to create a delicious (top secret) Blacksticks recipe.

Ever versatile, the soft and crumbly blue cheese can be the centerpiece of a cheeseboard, deliciously spread onto hot cross buns for egg-sperimental sweet and savoury lovers, or fit perfectly into an Easter Egg hunt for real cheese lovers.

The Cheester Egg is the latest addition to Asda’s Easter offering, complete with traditional favourites to satisfy all Easter cravings.

James Clapham, commercial manager of Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, says: “We’re a nation of cheese fanatics, so we know consumers will love the Cheester Egg. It’s an un-expected yet delicious twist on a traditional Easter favourite, and we can’t wait for Asda customers to enjoy our handmade quality blue cheese”.

Jo Miller, Asda’s head of cheese comments: “We’re so excited to launch the Cheester Egg. Following the incredible response to our Christmas cheese advent calendar, the Cheester Egg was the obvious next step to show our customers that we’re constantly listening and ensuring there’s something for everyone at Asda this Easter.”

The NEW Blacksticks Blue Cheester Egg is available in Asda stores from 16th March. Please see http://butlerscheeses.co.uk/for further details and use @asda @ButlersCheese #BlacksticksBlue when posting on social.

CarMax opens its 4th store location in the Denver area, located at the city of Golden

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the grand opening of its 4th store location in the Denver area, located at 16500 W. Colfax Avenue in Golden. The Golden location has the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model and CarMax customers can also request transfers of almost any vehicle to this store from other CarMax locations throughout the country.

In celebration of the Golden store opening, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation awarded $7,500 in donations and grants to the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club. The donation for this organization came at the recommendation of the Golden CarMax associates.

“CarMax associates know the importance of being a good neighbor and make it a priority to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Michael Bean, location general manager at the Golden CarMax. “We are continuing to grow and serve more customers in the Denver area and are excited to announce the opening of our newest store in the city of Golden.”

CarMax disrupted the industry more than 20 years ago by offering a high integrity car-buying experience customers want that’s transparent and stress-free. Since that time, CarMax has continued to revolutionize the experience through customer-focused technology innovations. Approximately 90% of CarMax purchasers start on CarMax.com or the CarMax mobile app. Customers can browse CarMax’s nationwide inventory of nearly 50,000 vehicles, hold a vehicle for a test drive, schedule an appraisal, and even get pre-qualified for financing before visiting the store. CarMax stands behind their vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ).

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has nearly 25,000 associates nationwide and for 14 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contact
Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, (855) 887-2915
pr@carmax.com ● @CarMax ● facebook.com/CarMax

SOURCE:  CarMax

Meijer’s advertising team won 30 awards at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards

Retailer’s 2017 ad campaigns lauded by West Michigan’s advertising community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today that its advertising team won big at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards with a record 30 awards.

The retailer’s in-house creative team earned accolades for a variety of 2017 creative advertising campaigns in multiple categories, including The Hambassador social media campaign, Grocery Store Love Songs radio commercial, and its Come Home television commercial.

“I am incredibly proud of our talented Meijer creative team who delivered such a range of outstanding work that engaged and inspired our customers in 2017,” said Lisa Henriksen, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “It’s quite a testament to their talent, collaboration and hard work to be recognized to that extent by our industry colleagues.”

Meijer received the following ADDY Awards, which is the industry’s largest and most representative competition:

  • Gold, Photography Campaign: Halloween Food
  • Gold, Social Media Campaign: The Hambassador
  • Silver, Illustration Series: Holiday Gift Cards
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Easter Ham Photography
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Halloween Cocktail Photography
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Cans
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Garbage
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Basket
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Tablescape
  • Silver, Social Media Campaign: Coach McCarthy
  • Silver, Out-of-Home Multiple Installation: Halloween In-Store
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Come Home
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Founders
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Leinenkugel’s
  • Bronze, Social Media Single Execution: Farmer to Table – Cabbage
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Come Home
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Halloween Scary Candy Scenes
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Meijer Basket(ball)
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Style for Every BODY
  • Bronze, Copywriting: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Website-Based App: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Point of Purchase: Purple Cow Display
  • Bronze, Branded Content & Entertainment: ArtPrize Palate
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Meijer Little Caesars Arena
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Print Campaign: Never Saw the Light of Day – Purple Cow
  • Bronze, Regional/National Radio Commercial :30 Seconds or Less: Grocery Store Love Songs Radio
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Oh My Gourd
  • Bronze, Cinematography: Farmer to Table: Cabbage

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE:  Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

JCPenney launches collection of JoJo Siwa apparel

JCPenney launches collection of JoJo Siwa appare

Company appeals to “Siwanatorz” with a bright and colorful selection of apparel, bedding and bows promoting Siwa’s positive, anti-bullying outlook

PLANO, Texas, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) is joining the JoJo Siwa craze and launching a line of licensed apparel dedicated to the 14-year-old Nickelodeon star and social media sensation. Available now at JCPenney.com and in 600 stores beginning March 2, girls will find a curated collection of tops, dresses, jackets and leggings exclusively designed for JCPenney, featuring Siwa’s love of inspirational messages, bows, emojis and the color pink. Fans, dubbed “Siwanatorz” by the popular teen herself, will also find JoJo Siwa-inspired bedding and her signature oversize hair bows, which have become a symbol of confidence for young girls.

“JCPenney introduced JoJo’s trademark hair bows to its girls’ assortment last fall and we were blown away by the response. By creating a comprehensive destination for specially-designed JoJo Siwa apparel and other related merchandise, JCPenney has an opportunity to reach an entirely new customer who loves her confident and upbeat personality,” said James Starke, senior vice president of merchandising for JCPenney. “This young generation of shoppers holds an unprecedented influence over family purchasing decisions and by bringing brands to JCPenney that appeal to this demographic, we can introduce her, and her family, to our store.”

The collection of JoJo Siwa apparel at JCPenney is inspired by Siwa’s positive messages and incorporates bright colors, sequins and hair bows for young girls, in sizes 4 to 12. Shoppers will find fun, age-appropriate looks including bow-adorned tank tops, pink tutu skirts, ruffle dresses and satin bomber jackets with Siwa’s signature bow print. Sale prices include $15.99 for a sequin pocket tee, $21.99 for leggings and $31.99 for a jean jacket with satin patches. In addition to the retailer’s unique apparel collection, shoppers will also find a robust assortment of JoJo Siwa merchandise, including a hot pink, emoji-decorated comforter set, a bow-shaped decorative pillow, a singing JoJo doll and knee-high bow socks.

“From school to the mall and everywhere in between, girls will feel strong and confident when they are rocking a JoJo outfit,” said JoJo Siwa. “My new styles at JCPenney are fun and colorful and I can’t wait to see girls rocking them.”

Siwa is the star of Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a social media sensation, singer, anti-bullying advocate and New York Times best-selling author. Her YouTube channel, It’s JoJo Siwa, promotes self-confidence and positivity with 5.6 million subscribers. Siwa’s hit music video, Boomerang, boasts more than 500 million views on YouTube and reinforces her messages of inclusion and friendship. She also has 6.6 million followers on Instagram and 15 million fans on Musical.ly.

To download the news release and access product images, please visit: https://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2018/0126_launches_jojo_siwa_apparel.html

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of over 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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SOURCE:  J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

BESTSELLER partners with local schools in Brande area to increase children’s overall well-being, motivation and learning

BESTSELLER partners with local schools in Brande area to increase children’s overall well-being, motivation and learning

BRANDE, Denmark, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER partners with local schools: A well-being project at the local schools in the Brande area – home of BESTSELLER’s main office –  will focus on setting the stage for children and young people to flourish and grow into strong and enabled young adults.

Over the next three years, pupils in the middle and upper levels of the public schools in the Ikast-Brande Municipality will take part in a project to increase their overall well-being, motivation and learning.

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

A healthy, active body creates a healthy, active mind. This seems to be the mantra for Skoleglæde.nu, the organisation behind the initiative. The organisation uses exercise and movement as a lever to increase motivation and learning among pupils. So far, more than 7,500 pupils across Denmark has been part of the initiative, and the results have been very positive increasing the pupils’ power of concentration, engagement and sense of community.

Skoleglæde.nu will be hosting different workshops for pupils and teachers alike, and a key element in the programme will be the daily integration of exercise and academia. During classes, pupils will become acquainted with everything from classic squat jumps and push-ups to yoga and mental fitness.

‘We know that variation in the daily grind is a top priority for pupils, and the well-being among pupils and the relationship between them and their teachers are crucial for the pupils’ motivation and learning outcomes,’ says Henrik Leth from Skoleglæde.nu.

PROUD PARTNER

‘We are proud to announce our collaboration with the local schools in the Brande area. Children and teens are key to a well-functioning future society, and by incorporating healthy habits and exercise directly into the daily teaching situations, we can help build a culture that forms happy and whole young individuals,’ says BESTSELLER Communication Manager Jesper Stubkier.

‘In BESTSELLER, we look forward to following the project at close hand, and we will be inviting our local colleagues to take part in workshops and training sessions throughout the course of the programme,’ Jesper Stubkier adds.

The three-year project in the public schools in Brande area is a result of a private-public partnership between Ikast-Brande Municipality, Skoleglæde.nu, travel agency Apollo and BESTSELLER. The project will be launched this august.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62 / communications@bestseller.com

CarMax ranks No. 34 in FORTUNE magazine’s 2018 100 Best Companies to Work For®

Company Now Offering Enhanced Benefits Including Paid Parental Leave

RICHMOND, Va., 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For 14 consecutive years, CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, has been named by FORTUNE magazine as one of its 100 Best Companies to Work For®. CarMax ranks No. 34 for 2018.

“This award recognition is a direct result of the culture created by our associates,” said Bill Nash, CarMax CEO. “Their commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, transforming the communities around us, and caring and supporting one another is what makes CarMax a great place to work.”

The 2018 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list is based on survey responses from more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on 50-plus elements of the workplace such as fairness, camaraderie, development and trust in leadership.

“Our associates are our number one focus, and we want to have their backs during life’s moments that matter most,” said Diane Cafritz, chief human resources officer at CarMax. “That is why we are launching newly enhanced benefits this year that are a direct result of associate feedback on what benefits are most meaningful to them.”

CarMax is now offering four weeks of paid parental leave for hourly and salaried full-time associates following the birth or adoption of a child. This parental leave applies to both non-birth and birth parents. Birth mothers are eligible to add the four weeks of paid parental leave at the end of their approved six to eight weeks of paid medical leave.

Additionally, CarMax associates will enjoy the enhanced benefit of additional vacation time based on length of service. The company will continue to look for opportunities to provide pay and benefits for associates in the areas that are important to them.

CarMax employs nearly 25,000 people nationwide and continues to grow and hire for new positions. The company is opening a total of 15 new stores in 2018, including the company’s first locations in the states of Maine and New Hampshire. Some of the areas with a large number of job openings include: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

The majority of open full and part-time job positions among CarMax stores are in sales and service (including detailers and experienced technicians). The company is also hiring for several customer service positions at CarMax Auto Finance in Atlanta, GA and for digital and technology positions at the CarMax Home Office and CarMax Shockoe locations in Richmond, Virginia.

In addition to being recognized for 14 consecutive years as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®, FORTUNE has also recognized CarMax as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail and 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2017. CarMax is also one of TRAINING Magazine’s “Training Top 125” companies in America.

CarMax is committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency, and respect. Job seekers are encouraged to apply for open positions online at jobs.carmax.com.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has nearly 25,000 associates nationwide and for 14 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

 

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Media Contact

Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, 855-887-2915

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CarMax opens its first store in New Hampshire

Company announces contributions to local nonprofit

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc . (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars , today celebrated the grand opening of its first store in New Hampshire, located at 300 Keller Street in Manchester. With the opening of this store, CarMax now has a total of 187 stores across 41 states nationwide. The Manchester location has the capacity to stock approximately 240 used vehicles of nearly every make and model and CarMax customers can also request transfers of almost any vehicle to this store from other CarMax locations throughout the country.

In celebration of the Manchester store opening, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation awarded $7,500 in donations and grants to The Granite YMCA. Support for this organization came at the recommendation of the Manchester CarMax associates.

“Giving back to and serving the Manchester community is important to CarMax associates and we enjoyed participating in volunteer events with the New Horizons soup kitchen in recent months,” said Blake MacDonald, location general manager at the Manchester CarMax. “We are thrilled to open our first store in New Hampshire and to bring CarMax’s easy, no-haggle car-buying experience to Manchester.”

CarMax disrupted the industry more than 20 years ago by offering a high integrity car-buying experience customers want that’s transparent and stress-free. Since that time, CarMax has continued to revolutionize the experience through customer-focused technology innovations. Approximately 90% of CarMax purchasers start on CarMax.com or the CarMax mobile app . Customers can browse CarMax’s nationwide inventory of nearly 50,000 vehicles, hold a vehicle for a test drive, schedule an appraisal , and even get pre-qualified for financing before visiting the store. CarMax stands behind their vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ).

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has nearly 25,000 associates nationwide and for 14 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com .

Media Contact

Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, (855) 887-2915
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SOURCE: CarMax

PetSmart implements a comprehensive action plan to provide pets with an even safer and more enjoyable experience in its grooming salons

PHOENIX, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, North America’s leading pet specialty retailer, has always been committed to the health and well-being of all pets. That’s why the company is implementing a comprehensive action plan to provide pets with an even safer and more enjoyable experience in its grooming salons. This plan, outlined below, goes into effect today.

Independent task force to review training curriculum
PetSmart is recruiting a team of recognized independent industry experts, accomplished master groomers and accredited veterinarians and pet behaviorists that will undertake a detailed review of PetSmart’s current training and grooming safety standards. This team will provide an unbiased report of its findings and recommendations on any potential areas for improvement.

Salon Open Houses
Beginning this year, PetSmart will host Open Houses in all grooming salons for pet parents to meet their local groomers, discuss their pet’s specific needs, tour their local salon and have all their questions answered. These Open Houses will include informative sessions with an overview of safety and training standards, grooming tips and procedures and – importantly – a review of PetSmart’s recently enhanced assessments of pets brought in for grooming, designed to ensure a safer grooming experience.

Enhanced salon monitoring 
PetSmart will begin the installation of cameras in all grooming salons to provide reassurance to pet parents that their pets will receive the best possible care from the highly skilled grooming staff. Video will be used to assist in ongoing associate education, provide additional oversight and ensure that the quality of service meets PetSmart’s strict standards. Installation plans are underway.

Higher safety standards
The actions above augment new, higher safety standards PetSmart implemented on February 2, 2018. The company now solely offers specialized care for English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers and Boston Terriers (and any dog mixed with one of these breeds). These specific breeds are more likely to experience respiratory challenges, particularly in stressful environments, and for some dogs, this includes places like a grooming salon. PetSmart’s higher safety standards for these breeds include:

  • An uninterrupted “Express” service provided by a dedicated grooming professional, limiting the amount of time a pet spends in the salon. When the groom is complete, the pet is returned to the pet parent immediately, so pet parents are now asked to stay in or near the store during their pet’s appointment.
  • The use of harness-style methods, instead of a traditional lead such as those commonly used in the grooming industry, due to the breathing challenges these breeds often have in response to stress.

Additionally, all PetSmart groomers now perform a broader safety assessment of every pet at check-in. They closely observe pets for any combination of the following: lethargy, excessive panting, excessive drooling, trembling or shaking, redness in eyes, and resistance to entering the salon or kennel area. If a pet exhibits any two of these behaviors, PetSmart will not perform the service at that time. Pet parents are welcome to stay in the store with their pet to see if the behaviors pass within 15 minutes. If not, groomers will work with the pet parent to reschedule the appointment or recommend a veterinarian who can perform the service.

A summary of these higher safety standards, an overview of PetSmart’s Grooming Academy, tips for pet parents to consider before having their pet groomed, a video tour of a grooming salon, and a behind-the-scenes video of its grooming curriculum are available on PetSmart’s website.

“PetSmart has set the highest safety standards in the industry and we are always looking to improve,” said Gregg Scanlon, senior vice president of Store Operations and Services. “We recognize the responsibility we have every time a pet parent chooses PetSmart, and we want to live up to our promise of being their trusted partner every day. That’s why we’re taking action – to help create an even better experience for pets in our care and to give pet parents the peace of mind they deserve.”

PetSmart Academy-trained stylists complete 800 or more hours of hands-on instruction and safety certification, working with at least 200 dogs of all breeds and sizes. All stylists complete annual safety re-certification and participate in quarterly grooming safety training sessions.

In 2015, PetSmart played an active role in shaping and advocating for the adoption of care standards for all pet groomers in the industry. More information about this effort, as well as the proposed standards, can be found here:

https://pijac.org/press/professional-pet-groomers-stylists-alliance-release-shared-standards-care-pet-grooming

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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PetSmart, Inc.
Michelle Friedman, 623-587-2177
Vice President of Corporate Communications

UK: Co-op opens new-look food store in Llandeilo

UK: Co-op opens new-look food store in Llandeilo

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served-up a new-look food store in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, following a near £700,000 investment.

Children from Ysgol Gynradd Llandeilo Primary School Choir were among the guests of honour, along with Richard Hughes, President of the Rotary Club of Llandeilo, who joined the store team and helped to cut the ribbon and declare the new-look Rhosmaen Street Co-op store open to serve the community.

The food store brings a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes The Co-op store – which opens between 7am -11pm – has returned to its clover-leaf design logo, first used in the 1960’s – and, includes an in store bakery, and focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and, essentials.

Chris Rees, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Llandeilo – we have had a great response and there was a superb atmosphere at our launch with the wonderful children’s choir – we would like to thank everyone who has taken part or has popped in to see us on our launch day, we are really looking forward to welcoming all of our members and customers back into their new-look Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset locally.”

Chris Ellis, Area Manager for the Co-op, added: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at last year’s Retail Industry Awards – last month unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch.

And, students in Llandeilo holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its local Community Fund – which re-opens for applications between 5 March and 8 April – is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

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

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Alshaya brands Starbucks and Babel recognised for their world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards

Alshaya brands Starbucks and Babel recognised for their world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two brands operated by retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya, Starbucks and Babel, have been recognised for their commitment to providing world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards.

The awards, under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, saw Starbucks win awards for ‘Excellence in Customer Service’, for best practices in providing customer service in the café category; and ‘Excellence in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility’. Babel won an award for ‘Excellence in Website Services.’ The awards highlight the brands’ ability to follow up on customer feedback in a quick and effective way.

An Alshaya representative received the award from Her Excellency Hind Al-Sabih, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, at a ceremony also attended by Sheikh Khalid Al Abdullah Al Sabah, Head of Amiri Protocols, and Jamal Al Nasrullah, Head of Kuwait’s Public Relations Association.

Kuwait’s Public Relations Association aims to recognise excellent customer service across the public and private sectors.

Mona Dabbah, Alshaya’s Customer Service Director, said: “We’re proud and delighted that our efforts to put our customer at the heart of our business have been recognised in this way. Our culture at Alshaya is built on listening to our customers and ensuring their satisfaction. Delivering the highest levels of customer service at every touchpoint is our top priority.”

Alshaya operates more than 3,900 stores for nearly 90 of the world’s best-known and best-loved brands, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, and Boots, and Pottery Barn across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe. The company’s Contact Centre manages a broader customer service offering that builds connections with the customers of all the brands that the company operates, 365 days a year.

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co.

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McDonald’s to improve its Happy Meal menu by 2022 as part of its commitment with Healthier Generation

Company expands commitment with Alliance for a Healthier Generation by setting bold goals in 120 markets around the world to evolve the Happy Meal menu

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 15, 2018), McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) announced an expanded commitment to families, supporting the company’s long-term global growth plan by leveraging its reach to impact children’s meals, access to reading, and keeping families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities.  By 2022, McDonald’s will make improvements to the Happy Meal menu across 120 markets to offer more balanced meals, simplify ingredients, continue to be transparent with Happy Meal nutrition information, reinforce responsible marketing to children, and leverage innovative marketing to help impact the purchase of foods and beverages that contain recommended food groups in Happy Meals.

“We recognise the opportunity that we have to support families as one of the most visited restaurants in the world, and remain committed to elevating our food, celebrating the joy of reading, and helping those in need through Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO.  “Given our scale and reach, we hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better McDonald’s.”

In 2013, McDonald’s began working with the not-for-profit Alliance for Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation) to develop a comprehensive plan for 20 major markets* to increase customers’ access to fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and water; and many of those markets are ahead of schedule in their progress on those prior commitments.

Today, the company is furthering its efforts with Healthier Generation to set five new Global Happy Meal Goals through 2022.

1. Offer Balanced Meals

Using rigorous nutrition criteria grounded in science and nutrition policy, by the end of 2022, at least 50 percent or more of the Happy Meals listed on menus (restaurant menu boards, primary ordering screen of kiosks and owned mobile ordering applications) in each market will meet McDonald’s new Global Happy Meal Nutrition Criteria of less than or equal to 600 calories; 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; 650mg sodium; and 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

Currently, 28 percent of Happy Meal combinations offered on menu boards in 20 major markets meet these new nutrition criteria. To reach the goal of 50 percent or more, markets will add new menu offerings, reformulate or remove menu offerings from the Happy Meal section of the menu board. For example, last month McDonald’s Italy introduced a new Happy Meal entrée called the “Junior Chicken,” a lean protein sandwich (grilled chicken).  McDonald’s Australia is currently exploring new vegetable and lean protein options and McDonald’s France is looking at new vegetable offerings.

2. Simplify Ingredients

As consumers’ tastes and preferences continue to evolve, markets will prioritize Happy Meals and simplify ingredients by removing artificial flavors, added colors from artificial sources, and reducing artificial preservatives where feasible.  In 2016, McDonald’s USA removed artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, which also have no artificial flavors and colors, and the Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s France and Canada have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

3. Be Transparent with Happy Meal Nutrition Information

The company has made a continuous effort to meet consumers’ desire for easy access to nutrition information for menu items it serves with a goal of ensuring that nutrition information for Happy Meals is available and accessible through all McDonald’s owned websites and mobile apps used for ordering where they exist.

4. Market Responsibly

Under the new goals, all Happy Meal bundles advertised to children will meet McDonald’s new global nutrition criteria, and will continue to meet any existing local/regional advertising pledges with respect to marketing to children.

5. Leverage innovative marketing to help increase purchase of foods and beverages that contain recommended food groups in Happy Meals

McDonald’s recognizes the opportunity it has to make a positive impact using its size and scale to leverage innovative marketing, including packaging and promotions and use of new technologies, such as kiosks and mobile apps, to help serve more fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein and water in Happy Meals. This goal takes these actions one step further to include a measurement component and externally sharing best practices and results in a transparent manner.

McDonald’s USA Happy Meal Changes

Customers in the U.S. will see accelerated changes to the Happy Meal menu this year.  In June 2018, 100 percent of the meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards in the U.S. will be 600 calories or fewer, and 100 percent of those meal combinations will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria.

  • Listing only the following entrée choices: Hamburger, 4-piece and 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. The Cheeseburger will only be available at a customer’s request.
  • Replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half.
  • Reformulating chocolate milk to reduce the amount of added sugar. During this period, chocolate milk will no longer be listed on the Happy Meal menu, but will be available at a customer’s request.
  • Later this year, bottled water will be added as a featured beverage choice on Happy Meal menu boards.
  • In December 2017, McDonald’s USA completed the transition to Honest Kids Appley Ever After organic juice drink, which has 45 less calories and half the total sugar than the prior 100 percent apple juice served in the U.S.

With these planned menu updates, there will be average reductions of 20 percent in calories, 50 percent in added sugars,13 percent in saturated fat and/or 17 percent in sodium, depending on the customer’s specific meal selection. These reductions reflect the average nutrition data of U.S. Happy Meal offerings on the menu last year compared to those planned for later this year.  Already, several of the Happy Meal combinations available on U.S. menu boards today meet the new nutrition criteria and will not be changing.

McDonald’s USA last announced changes of this magnitude in 2013 as part of its commitment with Healthier Generation, when removing soda from the Happy Meal section of its menu boards, which has resulted in a 14 percentage point increase in the number of Happy Meals ordered that include water, milk or juice as their beverage choice.  In December 2013, customers chose water, milk or juice as their beverage choice in 38 percent of Happy Meals and that number increased to 52 percent in December 2017. During that same period, the number of Happy Meals that included soda and other beverages decreased from 62 percent to 48 percent. For the first time, more than half of Happy Meals ordered in the U.S. have included water, milk or juice as their beverage of choice.

“From day one, Healthier Generation knew our work with McDonald’s could influence broad scale improvements to meal options for kids everywhere,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Today’s announcement represents meaningful progress to impact kids’ calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar in Happy Meal bundles as offered on menu boards – and to promote more water. This sets a high bar, and we hope other industry leaders will follow suit.”

 “As a nutritionist and a mom, this is a pivotal moment as we unveil new, ambitious goals in collaboration with Healthier Generation that we hope will positively impact families around the world,”  said Julia Braun, MPH, Registered Dietitian and Head of Global Nutrition at McDonald’s. “Our efforts have led to big changes and real progress and as part of our continued food journey, we’re committed to making it easier for families to choose balanced options that will make measurable differences.”

These commitments apply to all markets globally with measurement and reporting of progress among 20 major markets, representing nearly 85 percent of the company’s global sales. The company will work with Healthier Generation and an independent, third-party to measure and publicly report progress every two years.

“Happy Meal Readers” Book Program

The company is also using its scale for good to inspire a passion for reading and will continue to spread the joy of reading to more families.  Since 2001, the company and its franchisees have distributed more than 370 million books in Happy Meals. “Happy Meal Readers” continues to expand, and by 2019 children in more than 100 markets will be able to choose a book or toy year-round in their Happy Meals.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

When it comes to supporting families, the company has played an important role for more than 40 years in keeping families near the care they need when their children are sick. McDonald’s was a founding mission partner of the Charity and remains committed to leveraging the size and scale of McDonald’s restaurants to promote and raise money to support the growth of the Charity.  RMHC keeps families together, close to the care they need through more than 364 Ronald McDonald Houses, 227 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and 49 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in 64 countries and regions around the world.  Last year alone, RMHC provided care and resources to more than five and a half million children and families.  Last year, McDonald’s restaurants supported the work of RMHC by providing approximately 2.4 million overnight stays in neighborhoods and in communities around the world.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Approximately 90% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

About Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation empowers kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. More than 25 million children have been helped by Healthier Generation’s work with schools, communities and businesses across the country. Make a difference at HealthierGeneration.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

*20 major markets: U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Becca Hary 
McDonald’s
becca.hary@us.mcd.com
Kate Siskel
Alliance for a Healthier Generation 
kate.siskel@healthiergeneration.org

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The Home Depot® launches new tool that allows job applicants to self-schedule interviews as it seeks to fill more than 80,000 positions

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot® has launched a new tool that allows job applicants to self-schedule in-person interviews as the company works to fill more than 80,000 positions for its busy spring selling season.

Using the tool, which is available 24/7 on any device, candidates who have completed an application for an open job in a Home Depot store or distribution center can easily choose the most convenient interview appointment available. About 80 percent of The Home Depot’s candidates have taken advantage of the tool since the pilot began this past November.

“Just as we’re continuously evolving to meet the changing expectations of our customers, we’re harnessing new technologies to do the same for job seekers,” said Tim Hourigan, EVP – Human Resources. “This consumer-like experience helps us hire the best talent to serve our customers.”

Candidate Self-Service is the latest in a series of enhancements The Home Depot has made to its application process. Last spring, the company saw a 50 percent increase in candidates after rolling out its 15-minute application, Mobile Apply and Text-to-Apply capabilities.

The Home Depot is also enhancing its onboarding experience this spring with the introduction of PocketGuide for associate training, a mobile application that leverages gamification to help associates learn while they’re in the aisles. PocketGuide delivers product knowledge and learning activities to the palm of an associate’s hand, significantly reducing backroom training. The application is rolling out to all garden associates for this spring season and will expand to more store departments throughout 2018.

Job seekers can visit careers.homedepot.com/retailjobs for a list of seasonal and permanent opportunities in their area. The time associates accrue during their seasonal assignments generally applies to eligibility for benefits like profit-sharing bonuses and vacation if they transition to a permanent role with The Home Depot.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index. 

SOURCE The Home Depot

Kroger opens its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio

Company completes construction on new test kitchen and training facility in downtown Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kroger (NYSE: KR) announced today it has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Kroger’s new Culinary Innovation Center is an exciting state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center,” said Daniel Hammer, Kroger’s vice president of culinary development and new business. “As we focus on redefining the customer experience and developing talent through food inspiration and uplift, as outlined in Restock Kroger, this R&D lab will allow us to accelerate product development for Our Brands, produce new recipes for Prep + Pared Meal Kits, explore new restaurant concepts, host food tastings and focus groups, and increase our associates’ culinary knowledge.”

Kroger commenced construction on the 12,000-square-feet, LEED-designed Center in March 2017. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows video streaming of educational sessions to Kroger associates across the country.

“The Center gives our culinary team a fun, modern space to innovate and experiment with food trends, flavors, and ingredients to create new experiences for our customers,” added Mr. Hammer.

Kroger introduced its first restaurant concept Kitchen 1883 in November 2017 and launched its Prep+Pared Meal Kits earlier in the same year, which are available for purchase in stores and through ClickList. Kroger has plans to rapidly grow the footprint of Prep+Pared Meal Kits in 2018.

“Kroger has operated grocery stores since 1883; we know food. People will always eat, but the way they eat will always change. Our new Center is one more tool we have to keep our pulse on customer trends and expand our foodie culture,” said Mr. Hammer.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Ben & Jerry’s introduces new line of light ice cream without artificial sugar substitutes and with less fat and calories

Ben & Jerry’s introduces new line of light ice cream without artificial sugar substitutes and with less fat and calories

New Moo-phoria offers fully satisfying flavors, with a fraction of fat and calories

Burlington, VT, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For ice cream lovers who only indulge on special occasions or limit themselves to a weekly treat, Ben & Jerry’s has created Moo-phoria™, a new line of light ice cream with satisfyingly euphoric flavors. Suddenly, Wednesday is the new weekend!

Moo-phoria pints are full of all the wonderful chunks and swirls that fans adore, along with rich and creamy vanilla, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter flavors. What’s missing? Sixty to seventy percent fat and at least 35% of the calories found in traditional ice cream. Each ½ cup serving of Moo-phoria has 140-160 calories. And like all Ben & Jerry’s flavors, Moo-phoria doesn’t have artificial sugar substitutes or sugar alcohols.

“Ben & Jerry’s tries to offer a little bit of something for everyone,” said Dena Wimette, Senior Innovation Manager. “We’re excited to have an incredible new option for our fans who say they can’t be trusted with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in their freezers.”

Moo-phoria pints are available in three hard-to-resist flavors:

  • Chocolate Milk & Cookies—Chocolate and vanilla light ice cream swirled with chocolate chip cookies. 140 calories per ½ cup serving.
  • Caramel Cookie Fix—Vanilla light ice cream with shortbread cookies and salted caramel swirl. 150 calories per ½ cup serving.
  • PB Dough—Chocolate light ice cream with gobs of chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough. 160 calories per ½ cup serving.

In addition to the famous chunks and swirls, Ben & Jerry’s sources organic milk and cream for the base mix of each Moo-phoria flavor.

Moo-phoria is coming soon to grocery stores nationwide for a suggested MSRP of $4.89. Fans can use the Ben & Jerry’s flavor locator to find a store or Scoop Shop near them. Moo-phoria will also be available at Ben & Jerry’s online store at www.store.benjerry.com.

For more information, visit www.benjerry.com/moophoria

About Ben & Jerry’s
As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, light ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2017 to support grassroots organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.

Media Contact
Laura Peterson, Ben & Jerry’s Public Elations Manager
Laura.peterson@benjerry.com
802-825-2129

Shop Your Way partners with fuboTV to bring live streaming video services to its members

Leading live streaming TV provider offers Shop Your Way members value incentive to ‘cut the cord’

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Your Way’s ongoing effort to provide its members with unparalleled service options and money-saving benefits has expanded to yet another new category: live streaming video services.

Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), announced today a strategic partnership with sports-first live streaming TV provider fuboTV.  This partnership will enable sports-loving Shop Your Way members to access the best-in-class video service, which includes more than 65 channels of live sports, entertainment and news content. fuboTV joins Shop Your Way’s ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and services designed to save members time and money every day. Members who subscribe to the Fubo Premier package will receive CASHBACK in Shop Your Way® Points totaling the first month of paid subscription fees, plus additional CASHBACK in points every month during the first year of paid service*.

CASHBACK in points available to Shop Your Way members who subscribe to fuboTV can include*:

  • $20 CASHBACK in points of first full paid month of service after the 7 day trial
  • $3 CASHBACK in points per month for the next 11 months of paid service for the first year fulfilled subscription term

These points can be used on millions of items from Shop Your Way partners such as Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End and at ShopYourWay.com.

fuboTV, one of the world’s fastest-growing subscription services, delivers an over-the-top (OTT) bundle of more sports channels than any other live streaming TV company.  Customers can stream programming on desktop computer or mobile web at www.fubo.tv; mobile devices via fuboTV’s highly-rated apps for iOS and Android; or on connected TVs via Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. After the trial, Fubo Premier is available at an introductory rate of $19.99 for the first month, and $44.99 per month to follow.

Shop Your Way members can learn more about fuboTV and sign up for the service online via shopyourway.com/fubotv, instore at Sears and Kmart, or via phone (800.991.8708).

“Cutting the cord on traditional TV has never been easier or more rewarding than with this Shop Your Way partnership,” said Robert Naedele, Chief Commercial Officer, Shop Your Way. “Our newest partner fuboTV offers the channels our members love, plus movies and incredible sports content – we’re giving members 100 percent of their first month of paid service CASHBACK in Shop Your Way points after they sign up. This partnership offers members new flexibility and personalization to their entertainment options with the everyday value they’ve come to expect from Shop Your Way.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Shop Your Way to bring even more value to our subscribers,” said fuboTV Co-Founder and CMO Alberto Horihuela. “We pride ourselves in providing fans with the most sports for the least money, and now are able to provide fuboTV customers with unparalleled access to the Shop Your Way network.”

fuboTV joins partners such as Uber and Meredith Corp. (the former Time Inc./Synapse) on the Shop Your Way platform, where tens and tens of millions of members can earn and redeem points on everyday purchases. It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit shopyourway.com. Download the free Shop Your Way app from the App Store or Google Play.

* Shop Your Way members will receive CASHBACK in points after they purchase the initial fuboTV monthly subscription and remain subscribed each month in order to continue to be eligible for CASHBACK in points during their first year of subscription. Points valid for 90 days. By accepting offer and Shop Your Way benefits, members agree to be bound by Shop Your Way Terms and Conditions available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

About fuboTV
fuboTV is a sports-first streaming TV service that brings subscribers over-the-top (OTT) access to the most sports for the least money. This includes a growing line-up of national channels, local broadcasters and regional sports networks (RSNs) that hold rights to the most popular sports in the world. Officially launched in January 2015 as a streaming soccer service, fuboTV has evolved into one of the leading virtual MVPDs in the U.S. Its entry-level Fubo Premier bundle offers more than 65 channels, including up to 37 that carry sports, and brings customers access to popular entertainment, news and information content that complements the core sports offering, including more than 10,000 titles available on-demand. It is available on desktop or mobile web via www.fubo.tv; on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; Android and iOS devices; Apple TV; Chromecast; Kindle Fire; Roku; and through T-Mobile’s Binge On.

The company has raised a total of $75.6 million in funding to date, including a $55 million Series C round that closed in June 2017, led by Northzone, and including 21st Century Fox, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive. Investors also include DCM Ventures, i2bf, Luminari Capital, LionTree Partners, Univision Communications Inc., Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group), Chris Silbermann (founding partner, ICM Partners) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is at your service 24/7 to help you in the moments that matter. Whether it’s shopping your favorite brands, eating at your favorite restaurants, or simply taking an Uber to a party, you get rewarded with money-saving points that can be redeemed on millions of items across our Partner network. You can even connect with a free Personal Shopper to find everything on your list so that you can spend more time enjoying life and less time on the details. The benefits are endless with Shop Your Way, and they add up fast every time you connect. It’s easy – the more you do, the more you get, so start earning your rewards today.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

 

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Carrefour Belgium enhances its app with new functions

Carrefour Belgium enhances its app with new functions

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium has added even more functions to its app in a bid to make life easier for its customers. No more printing out – everything happens online.

We used to have plastic loyalty cards and paper discount coupons. Then we had computerised cards and coupons, but they still had to be shown to the checkout staff. Now Carrefour is going even further, adding a series of extremely practical new functions to its app in Belgium.

New features:
– The coupons are automatically displayed in the app. They just need to be activated so the checkout takes them into account when the customer shows their loyalty card.
– The application displays the number of bonus points that the customer has. Virtual cheques can be created in just a few clicks in the app and are used automatically when the customer goes to the checkout.
– Customers can use the app to choose their favourite special offers by selecting appealing supplier cheques. Then when they want to use them, they just have to tick the relevant boxes so that system takes them into account when they go to the checkout.
– The app can display a log of all purchases made in store, as well as orders placed online. Customers can search for and select their favourite products. They can complete, amend and place orders online, or send orders to a third person tasked with doing their shopping for them.
– The app can tell customers in which store a particular product is available.
– If the customer wants, the Carrefour app can let them know when their 250 favourite products are on special offer.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

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CBL Properties appoints Mike Harrison to EVP, operations and Alan Lebovitz to EVP, management

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) today announced the appointment of Mike Harrison to executive vice president – operations and Alan Lebovitz to executive vice president – management.

Commenting on the promotions, CBL’s president & CEO, Stephen Lebovitz, said, “Mike and Alan have established themselves as leaders within CBL in their respective fields and the shopping center industry. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions to the company.

“Mike has been an invaluable contributor since joining CBL in 2013. His significant financial and prior real estate experience have served as a strong foundation as he has worked effectively across departments to improve CBL’s systems and implement new technologies. Mike is an innovative thinker who will play a valuable role in advancing CBL’s operations going forward.”

Since taking over the management division, Alan has proven himself to be a hands-on leader with a team-centric approach, and he has built strong relationships with the mall teams. In this role, Alan will continue to oversee approximately 300 field team members who staff CBL’s property portfolio.

CBL also announced two promotions within the management division. Don Sewell has been promoted to senior vice president – management and Dan Wolfe to vice president – management.

Lebovitz added, “Alan’s team has decades of proven leadership within CBL and a strong desire to move the company forward. Don joined CBL in 1973, has been instrumental in supervising operations of our malls, and has worked tirelessly to achieve higher productivity for each property. Dan has exhibited great leadership with his mall teams, and he has used his extensive management background to maximize the performance of the mall management teams with which he works.”

In late 2013, Mike joined CBL to provide leadership and oversight of new strategic initiatives and technology solutions with the goal of improving CBL’s operations. CBL launched this program, dubbed CBL 2.0, in January 2014, and the first phase became fully operational in October 2015. Prior to joining CBL, Mike served for two years as senior vice president real estate and chief financial officer for a private real estate developer, owner and operator. Mike’s prior experience also includes 18 years of senior level consulting practice focused on strategic management in the real estate industry.

Alan joined CBL in 1995 serving various roles in management, leasing and development. In 2002, he was promoted to vice president – asset management and in 2009 to senior vice president – asset management. In June 2017, Alan assumed the role as head of CBL’s management division in addition to overseeing CBL’s third party and asset management division. Alan has an in-depth knowledge of the CBL portfolio and has fostered strong relationships with each mall team.

Don joined CBL in 1973 as general manager of Heartland Mall in Brownwood, Texas, and was later transferred to Post Oak Mall in College Station, Texas. In 1986, Don moved to Chattanooga and became director of operations – malls. In 2000, Don was promoted to vice president – mall management and has been instrumental in supervising the operations of CBL’s malls to achieve higher productivity.

Dan joined CBL in 1999, and prior to joining CBL’s home office management staff in 2016, he served as general manager of several CBL properties in the southeast. In his new role, Dan will be charged with assisting in the oversight of the management division as well as the marketing department.

About CBL Properties

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL Properties owns and manages a national portfolio of market-dominant properties located in dynamic and growing communities. CBL’s portfolio is comprised of 119 properties totaling 74.4 million square feet across 27 states, including 76 high-quality enclosed, outlet and open-air retail centers and 12 properties managed for third parties. CBL continuously strengthens its company and portfolio through active management, aggressive leasing and profitable reinvestment in its properties. For more information visit cblproperties.com.

CBL Properties
Investor Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt, 423-490-8301
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Katie.Reinsmidt@cblproperties.com
or
Media Contact:
Stacey Keating, 423-490-8361
Director of Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Stacey.Keating@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL Properties

Asda introduces new range of Easter treat hot cross buns

Asda introduces new range of Easter treat hot cross buns

LEEDS, UK, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Easter, Asda has buns for everyone to enjoy, with a variety of flavours, shapes and sizes to suit every taste bud.

With the introduction of some new varieties, including fudgy and chocolatey, and the return of familiar favourites including free from and extra fruity, Asda now has something for everyone including those looking for alternative flavours of this Easter staple. The range includes:

  • Extra Special extra fruity hot cross buns
  • Extra Special all butter fudge hot cross buns
  • Extra Special Belgian chocolate mini hot cross buns
  • Extra Special triple berry hot cross buns
  • Free From hot cross buns.

From the succulent, juicy berries in the Extra Special Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns, to the rich, sweet Belgian chocolate in the Extra Special Belgian Chocolate Mini Hot Cross Buns, this year’s range provides a bun for everyone. It also sees the return of Asda’s Free From Hot Cross Bunsensuring those with a gluten and wheat intolerance can enjoy the essential Easter treat. It’s new and improved this year meaning it’s now suitable for those living a vegan lifestyle.

Sonia Collins, product developer at Asda, comments: “Hot cross buns are Easter essentials, and with even more set to be eaten this year, we want to make sure we have a bun that tickles everyone’s taste buds. Whether you’re obsessed with chocolate, prefer a fruity flavour, or live a vegan lifestyle, we’ve got mouth-watering options, ensuring something for all the family to enjoy”.

Asda’s Extra Special hot cross buns are available for £1.20 and the Free From Hot Cross Buns are available for £2. You can still pick up Asda’s Baker Selection Hot Cross Buns in-store for 65p, or 2 for £1.

Products available in selected Asda stores and from Asda.com

SOURCE: ASDA

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