Tesco Bank announces the appointment of Gerry Mallon as its new Chief Executive

Tesco Bank announces the appointment of Gerry Mallon as its new Chief Executive

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco Bank is delighted to announce the appointment of Gerry Mallon as its new Chief Executive. Gerry, who will be a member of the Tesco Group Executive, will begin his role towards the end of July 2018.

Gerry will join from Ulster Bank, where he is currently Chief Executive. Prior to Ulster Bank, he was Chief Executive Officer of Danske Bank UK from 2008 to 2016.

Gerry has also held senior positions at Bank of Ireland, McKinsey and Co, the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Dave Lewis, Chief Executive of Tesco Group PLC, said:

“I am delighted that Gerry is joining Tesco to lead Tesco Bank and sit on the Group Executive. He joins Tesco Bank at a time of increasing digital change in financial services, which offers Tesco a brilliant opportunity to further develop and grow the helpful services we provide our customers through banking and insurance.”

Gerry Mallon said:

“I am thrilled to be joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive. Tesco Bank has a unique opportunity to provide for millions of Tesco customers, and I am ready to meet the challenge of being the Bank for people who shop at Tesco. Equally, I am excited to embrace the culture of Tesco, which differentiates the Bank as it relentlessly puts customers first.”


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About Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco.

Tesco Bank has been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers every day with a broad range of services from insuring their pets to buying their first home. Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7.

Tesco Bank is a trading name of Tesco Personal Finance plc. Registered in Scotland No. 173199. Registered Address: EHQ, 2 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FQ. www.tescobank.com

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     
We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.


Mid Rivers Mall announces significant investment and upgrades on the property

St. Peters, MO, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of the announcement by H&M to open a store at Mid Rivers Mall this fall, the mall is also excited to announce several store relocations to make way for the new store, as well as significant investment and upgrades both inside and outside the property.

Three national retailers have made a commitment to stay at Mid Rivers Mall, despite the need for them to relocate for the new H&M store. Claire’s will move to a new 1,250 square foot space on the lower level in Center Court. Justice will relocate to a new 4,100 square foot space on the lower level near Dillard’s. Lane Bryant will move to a new 5,000 square foot space on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing. All three will open in their new locations by this summer. American Eagle Outfitters is also reinvesting in their store at the mall by completing a remodel of the space in their current location on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing.

Mid Rivers Mall will also be opening a new “Pop-Up Shop” next month, an opportunity for local boutiques to try their business in a mall setting for one week at a time. Additional details are forthcoming in the coming weeks, but small businesses interested in more information about this new leasing opportunity can contact Justine Robinson, Specialty Leasing Manager, at 636.970.2610 ext. 227.

In addition to these retailer moves inside the mall, Mid Rivers Mall is also investing in the interior with several projects. First, the Center Court escalators will be replaced. Second, both elevators will be improved with new finishes and mechanical upgrades. Finally, new digital directories will be installed throughout the mall. All of the interior projects will be complete by this summer.

Finally, several major improvements are being made on the exterior of the mall as well. The parking lot lights will be upgraded to LED, plus 24 more poles will be installed throughout the lot. The majority of the lot will be resurfaced this year, and the remaining portion completed in 2019.

“Between the new H&M, several store relocations and the significant investment both inside and outside the property, a ‘Mid-amorphosis’ at Mid Rivers Mall is taking place,” said the mall’s General Manager, Spencer Dawkins.  “These new stores and enhancements prove to our shoppers and the community that Mid Rivers Mall is THE major shopping destination in St. Charles County.”

Mid Rivers Mall completed a full interior renovation program at the end of 2013, which included new flooringupdated interior colors and paint, energy-efficient lighting upgrades, plus new amenities including soft seating areas and holiday décor. In 2016, Mid Rivers Mall made the investment in a brand new HVAC system.

About Mid Rivers Mall
Mid Rivers Mall is owned and managed by CBL Properties and includes over 140 specialty stores including Bath & Body Works, Charlotte Russe, The Children’s Place, Express, Francesca’s, LOFT, New York & Company Outlet,  a 14-screen Marcus Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy.  Mid Rivers Mall is conveniently located along Interstate 70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive. For more information about Mid Rivers Mall, please call 636.970.2610, or visit the website at www.ShopMidRiversMall.com.

SOURCE: CBL Properties



Kesko ranked 31st on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list; the only Finnish company included in the list every year

Helsinki, Finland, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has been ranked 31st on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, and as the most sustainable trading sector company in the world. Kesko is the only Finnish company to be included in the list every year since it was established in 2005.

“We at the K Group have always believed in the power of sustainability and have been open-mindedly working towards it for decades. Responsible actions originated with our retailers and our comprehensive corporate responsibility work expanded from there. We wish to make sustainable choices easier for the consumers. We firmly believe that welfare in the society around us also means welfare for the K Group. We highly value this recognition and will continue our determined work towards a better society and better environment”, says Mikko Helander, Kesko’s President and CEO.

The Global 100 list is prepared by the Canada-based Corporate Knights Inc. and it is based on a global evaluation of 5,994 publicly listed companies. Companies were evaluated on a set of up to 17 environmental, social and governance indicators.

The list represents the top companies in the world in terms of sustainability. The 2018 Global 100 list was published today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Last year, Kesko ranked 25th.

Sustainability demands actions 

In autumn 2017, Kesko rose to the world’s most prestigious sustainability indices, the DJSI World and the DJSI Europe.

Also in 2017, Kesko was the first Finnish company to set science-based targets for reducing the emissions resulting from its facilities, transportation use, and supply chains. To achieve the ambitious emission reduction targets, Kesko is increasing its use of renewable energy while also improving its energy efficiency.

K Group systematically invests in renewable energy. Since the beginning of 2017, all electricity purchased by Kesko in Finland has been renewable. Twenty solar plants are already in operation on K-store rooftops.

K Group promotes circular economy with various actions. For example, inedible food waste is collected from 200 K-food stores and Kesko’s central warehouse and made into biogas, which is then used as energy in the manufacture of new Pirkka products. K Group is constantly developing new operating models for the recycling and reuse of plastics to prevent plastics from ending up in waters and nature.

Further information is available from Matti Kalervo, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, tel. +358 50 306 4081, matti.kalervo@kesko.fi

The 2018 Global 100 list is available at www.corporateknights.com/global100/

Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 28,000 people. Kesko has nearly 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi 

SOURCE: Kesko Corporation

Lowe’s to hire more than 53,000 employees across its U.S. stores

Lowe’s to hire more than 53,000 employees across its U.S. stores

Mooresville, North Carolina, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — In preparation for home improvement’s busiest season, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is hiring more than 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across its U.S. stores, adding to the company’s nearly 250,000 current U.S. store employees.

In-store seasonal positions, which typically support stores between March and September, include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the ability to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Available part-time and full-time positions include service and support managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers and sales specialists. Part-time and full-time employees can take advantage of Lowe’s health and wellness benefits, incentive programs, 401(k), a discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and flexible work schedules.

Named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s provides leadership development and career advancement opportunities at all levels to support employees and customers. In fact, approximately 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees, and last year nearly 40 percent of the company’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions.

“When employees join Lowe’s, they are joining more than a Fortune 40 company,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “They are joining a supportive network of caring, inspiring team members who are here to serve customers, communities and each other.”

• In 2017, for the third consecutive year, 100 percent of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores served their communities through a Lowe’s Heroes volunteer community project – from restoring parks to improving schools.
• In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in addition to the company’s $2.5 million donation to disaster relief, more than 3,000 store employees volunteered to provide necessary support to impacted stores and communities.
• Lowe’s full-time employees can take advantage of the company’s paid time off for community volunteering each year.

To learn more about available positions in your area and apply online, visit Lowes.com/SpringHire. You can also apply at your local Lowe’s store. Applying takes just 20 minutes on average.

For more information about seasonal hiring and Lowe’s investment in your community, click here.


Market Estimated Number of Seasonal Positions*
Atlanta 1,000
Baltimore 400
Boston-Providence-Hartford-Nashua 1,800
Charlotte, N.C. 1,250
Chicago 800
Cincinnati 300
Columbus, Ohio 250
Dallas-Fort Worth 900
Denver 650
Detroit 850
Indianapolis 1,000
Los Angeles/Long Beach/Orange County 1,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul 200
Nashville 500
New York 1,200
Phoenix 400
Pittsburgh 650
Portland, Ore. 400
Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 1,100
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif. 700
San Antonio 350
San Diego 250
Seattle-Tacoma 950
St. Louis 700
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. 550
Washington D.C. 550
*Not all jobs have been posted. For the estimated number of positions in other locations, email PublicRelations@Lowes.com.

SOURCE: Lowe’s



H&M group the most frequently praised company by NGOs and activists in 2017 according to SIGWATCH

SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns, has recently published the ranking of the most praised companies by activists in 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Out of all companies in the world, H&M group was the most frequently praised one by NGOs and activists in 2017. This is the finding of a study published by SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns. Since 2016, H&M group climbed from rank ten to one. At the same time, we have improved our position significantly in the ranking of most frequently criticized companies by these stakeholders. From being ranked seven to forty.

We are proud to see that H&M group’s ambitious sustainability strategy – to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and equal company – has been well received by all these NGOs and activists. We are committed to continue strengthening our relations with stakeholders with our collaborative and transparent way of working.

For more information about our extensive work in sustainability, please visit sustainability.hm.com

SOURCE: H&M group


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RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

PARIS, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with celebrations around its upcoming 120th anniversary, RIMOWA has unveiled a new visual identity. Just as RIMOWA suitcases are uniquely resilient over time and combine the best of German engineering and craftmanship, the new logo embodies the DNA of the German Maison and its ability to meld heritage and innovation.

Tradition and innovation have figured at the heart of RIMOWA products since its founding in 1898. To celebrate the company’s upcoming 120th anniversary and project an image as distinctive and contemporary as its suitcases, RIMOWA has created a new visual identity. The result of collaboration between the German design studio Bureau Borsche and London-based design agency Commission Studio, the project was led by Alexandre Arnault, co-CEO of RIMOWA, and Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer of RIMOWA.

The ambition for the identity, which contains a newly developed RIMOWA logo, monogram, visual language, and packaging suite, was to create a brand experience worthy of RIMOWA’s product. For the logo, RIMOWA selected a typeface that is both versatile and reflects the functional luxury of its suitcases. The color palette uses black and white along with grey tones.

RIMOWA’s new visual identity is part of a broad strategy initiative by the Maison, presented in December 2017 at the inauguration of its first pop-up store on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Featuring the new visual identity, the store concept offers RIMOWA luggage lines, along with exclusive travel essentials designed in collaboration with local and international artists and brands.



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Walgreens Boots Alliance welcomes Sebastian James as SVP and President and Managing Director of Boots

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced the appointment of Sebastian James as Senior Vice President and President and Managing Director of Boots. He also will be contributing to the Group with involvement in a number of key areas, joining the company in the summer of 2018 and taking up his new role at the beginning of the new fiscal year on 1 September. He will report to Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

James joins from Dixons Carphone plc (LSE: DC), Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries, where he is currently Group Chief Executive since 2014, having been Chief Executive of Dixon Retail since 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Insurance Services and Silverscreen Holdings, having started his career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company.

Elizabeth Fagan, who has led Boots since June 2016, will continue working with the Company and will take on the newly created role of Non-Executive Chairman of Boots in the new fiscal year.

Gourlay said: “We are delighted that Sebastian will join our Company at an equally exciting and challenging time for the retail environment in the UK and for the future development of Boots, a brand synonymous with pharmacy and care. We are sure his deep retail expertise will drive significant progress and innovation at Boots for the benefit all our stakeholders. I also want to warmly thank Elizabeth who has been leading the business very successfully for the last 18 months or so, and in her over 11 years with the Company has made an invaluable contribution. She will continue to do so in her next role.”

James said: “I am very excited to be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance at this time in its history, and to have been offered the privilege of leading Boots, surely one of the UK’s most iconic, venerable and trusted brands. At a time of unprecedented change in both the retail and healthcare markets, to build on the fantastic work that the team have done over the last few years, and to be a part of the next chapter for this great company is an extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues at both Boots and WBA in the next few months.”

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen


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Lowe’s welcomes David H. Batchelder, Brian C. Rogers and Lisa W. Wardell as new independent directors

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that it has appointed David H. Batchelder, co-founder of Relational Investors, and Lisa W. Wardell, CEO of Adtalem Global Education, to its board of directors effective March 22, 2018.  The company will nominate Batchelder, Wardell and new nominee Brian C. Rogers, chairman of T. Rowe Price Group and its former chief investment officer, for election at Lowe’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

“We are pleased to welcome David, Brian and Lisa as new independent directors to the Lowe’s board and especially value the constructive discussions we have had with the D. E. Shaw group,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “They join Lowe’s at an exciting time as we continue to drive our omni-channel strategy forward and build deeper relationships with pro customers to fulfill our purpose of helping people love where they live. The addition of these directors complements our board of directors’ skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability and enhance value for all Lowe’s shareholders. We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose Lowe’s.”

Lowe’s Board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspective necessary to drive growth for all Lowe’s shareholders, and with these director additions, eight directors will have joined Lowe’s actively engaged board in the past five years.

“We appreciate Lowe’s collaborative approach and are pleased to have worked together to enhance the company’s board of directors,” said Quentin Koffey, a portfolio manager at the D. E. Shaw group. “Lowe’s is an excellent company with tremendous value creation opportunities in front of it, and we believe the new directors will be significant assets to the board.  We believe the refreshed board and the management team are committed to achieving outstanding performance and maximizing shareholder value.”

Batchelder will serve for the duration of his time as a director on the board’s compensation committee, chaired by Eric C. Wiseman, former chairman and CEO of VF Corporation, and the nominating and governance committee, chaired by Lowe’s Lead Director Marshall O. Larsen, former chairman and CEO of Goodrich Corporation.

Wardell will serve on the board’s audit committee, chaired by Raul Alvarez, chairman of Skylark Co., and the public policy committee, chaired by Angela F. Braly, former chair and CEO of WellPoint, Inc.

Rogers’ committee appointments will be determined immediately following his election to the board at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Lowe’s other independent directors consist of Sandra B. Cochran, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores; Laurie Z. Douglas, chief information officer and chief security officer of Publix Supermarkets; Richard W. Dreiling, retired chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation; Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of the RLJ Companies; James H. Morgan, retired chairman and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; and Bertram L. Scott, senior vice president of Population Health and Value Based Care at Novant Health.

As previously planned under the board’s mandatory retirement policy, Robert L. Johnson will not stand for re-election at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Following Johnson’s retirement, the Lowe’s board will be composed of 13 directors, 12 of whom are independent.

About David H. Batchelder

Batchelder, 68, was a founder, principal and member of the investment committee at Relational Investors LLC from 1988 to 2015. Prior to that, he served in various executive positions at Mesa Petroleum Co., including as president and chief operating officer from 1986 to 1988. Batchelder served on several other public company boards, including The Home Depot from 2007 to 2011, ConAgra Foods from 2002 to 2007 and Mac Frugal’s Bargains Close-Outs Inc. from 1990 to 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

About Brian C. Rogers

Rogers, 62, serves as non-executive chair of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., having retired as chief investment officer of the company in March 2017. He was elected to the T. Rowe Price board of directors in 1997 and was named board chair in 2007. As a member of the board, he has served on the U.S. equity steering, fixed income steering, international equity steering, product strategy steering, and management compensation committees, as well as the proxy committee. He joined T. Rowe Price in 1982 and served in several roles including chief investment officer from 2004 to 2017 and president of two T. Rowe Price funds. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, Rogers worked at Bankers Trust Company. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Rogers is in the process of receiving the necessary consents from his other boards with respect to his joining Lowe’s as a board member.

About Lisa W. Wardell

Wardell, 48, currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Adtalem Global Education, a role she has held since 2016. Wardell has been a member of Adtalem’s board of directors since 2008 and has chaired its audit committee. Prior to her current position, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for The RLJ Companies for a total of 12 years, and as principal at the private equity firm Katalyst Venture Partners for four years. From 1998 to 2000, Wardell worked as a senior consultant for Accenture in the organization’s communications and technology strategic services practice. Wardell earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, her law degree from Stanford Law School and her master’s degree in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business. Wardell is a member of The Business Council and the Executive Leadership Council. Among numerous recognitions, she was recently named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list (2017 and 2016) and has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” (2017).

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 States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.


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This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, business outlook, priorities, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those relating to acquisitions by Lowe’s and the expected impact of such transactions on our strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts.  Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches, ransomware and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. In addition, we could experience impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities. With respect to acquisitions, potential risks include the effect of such transactions on Lowe’s and the target company’s strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; our ability to integrate personnel, labor models, financial, IT and others systems successfully; disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management; hiring additional management and other critical personnel; increasing the scope, geographic diversity and complexity of our operations; significant integration costs or unknown liabilities; and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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CVS Health recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today was recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. CVS Health was honored as No. 39 on the corporate rankings, up six spots from the previous year and marking the fourth consecutive year on the Global Top 50 list.

FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation, and rate companies on various attributes including the ability to attract and retain talented people, quality of products and services, quality of management, innovation, social responsibility, and investment value.

“As a purpose-driven, innovative health care company, we are always seeking to do the right thing for our customers, colleagues, clients and communities,” said Larry J. Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “We are proud that our work and performance has once again been recognized by FORTUNE, as we continue to deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Over the past year, CVS Health has taken a number of steps to strengthen the health of communities across the country, including helping to solve for the nation’s opioid crisis. In 2017, the company announced it would enhance opioid utilization management protocols, install 750 new drug disposal collection units in its retail pharmacies to collect unwanted medication and continue the Pharmacist Teach program, which brings CVS pharmacists into schools to educate students on the dangers of prescription drugs.

To address the rising costs of prescription drugs, the company began offering a less expensive epinephrine auto-injector, generic Adrenaclick, for patients with life-threatening allergies in 2017. At the same time, CVS Pharmacy removed artificial trans-fats from all store brand products and will be removing chemicals of concern from nearly 600 store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.

CVS Health is also recognized as a leading corporate citizen across the country. In the midst of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires, CVS Health and its employees went above and beyond to ensure patients received the medications they needed, responded to the call for community help with $10 million is relief and recovery support, and assisted their own colleagues by giving to the company’s Employee Relief Fund.

Beyond disaster relief, CVS Health supports local communities in many different ways. Through corporate giving and the CVS Health Foundation, communities across the country benefited in 2017 from the more than $100 million in grants, in-kind product donations and other community investments to deliver affordable quality health care, provide chronic disease management and promote smoking cessation and youth tobacco prevention.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Points of Light’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies, Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Human Rights Campaign’s Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality and the Disability Equality Index’s Top Places to Work.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact
Joseph Goode


Walgreens Boots Alliance declares a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share, an increase of 6.7 percent over the year-ago period. The dividend is payable 12 March 2018 to stockholders of record as of 15 February 2018.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have paid a dividend in 341 straight quarters (more than 85 years) and have raised the dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2017 and our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 30 November 2017, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that Walgreens Boots Alliance files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, Walgreens Boots Alliance does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.


Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

SOURCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Marks & Spencer to open a new Clothing & Home distribution centre in Welham Green (Hertfordshire) in 2019

  • New 495,000 sq ft Clothing & Home distribution centre to open in Welham Green in 2019
  • Operations at Neasden distribution centre to transfer to other sites in the M&S network

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its five-year transformation plan, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is set to open a new Clothing & Home distribution centre in Welham Green (Hertfordshire) early next year.

The existing 495,000 sq ft site will be transformed into a mechanised clothing distribution centre, serving 150 stores in the South East. The former Tesco site will be operated by a third-party logistics supplier, employing over 500 people.

Additionally, M&S will cease operations at its Neasden, North London, distribution centre and transfer the work to other sites in the M&S network.

Gordon Mowat, Director of Clothing & Home Supply Chain & Logistics, said: “M&S is changing and we are transforming our stores and supply chain to better serve our customers.

“The new site in Welham will deliver better service and availability for our customers and enable us to become a faster, more agile, lower cost retailer. The location has fantastic transport links and we’re looking forward to building a great operation in Hertfordshire.

“The decision to move operations from Neasden to other sites within our network is not one we have taken lightly, however it’s an important part of our transformation.”

The Welham Green centre will be fitted out and tested during 2018 and is expected to start operations early next year. The site will incorporate 27,000 sq ft of office space.

The site in Neasden is operated by third-party logistics specialist XPO Logistics with transport operations at the site provided by DHL. Both XPO and DHL have now entered into a period of consultation with the 380 colleagues who work on site.

The changes are the latest in M&S’ journey to adopting a single-tier Clothing & Home distribution network.  The network currently comprises of 19 distribution centres and warehouses, including large centres in Swindon, Castle Donington and Bradford.

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For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office:
020 8718 1919

Note to Editors: 

Making M&S Special  

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programmefor the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc.

Marks & Spencer appoints Sharry Cramond to the new role of Marketing Director, Food & Hospitality

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today announces that it has restructured its Marketing Team as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plan. The new team structure strengthens talent and will be more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the Food and Clothing & Home business units.

The move will see Sharry Cramond join the team in the new role of Marketing Director, Food & Hospitality. Sharry joins from Southeastern Grocers in the USA and is a highly experienced retail & digital marketer having worked in senior positions at Tesco and Coles Australia, as well as many well-known food brands.

To complement Sharry’s position in Food & Hospitality, Nathan Ansell, who is currently Marketing Director Customer & Loyalty, is appointed to the new role of Marketing Director, Clothing & Home. Completing the senior marketing team will be Rob Weston who will move to be Marketing Director, Brand & Customer, assuming responsibility for a new customer centre of excellence in addition to his current brand remit. All three roles will report into Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director, Customer, Marketing & Digital.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne said: “We’re changing M&S. Marketing and customer engagement will play a significant part in our transformation. The new team structure reflects this and, coupled with our one-brand approach, will ensure that we are faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.

“Sharry is a creative firebrand who brings strong food and digital experience to the team. We are looking forward to working together to drive our transformation plan with pace and clarity for our customers.”

In addition to these changes, which take effect from 29 January 2018, M&S today confirms that Victoria Self, who as previously announced is joining M&S as Digital Director reporting to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, will take up her role on 25 January 2018.

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For further information, please contact:

Marks & Spencer Corporate Press Office           +44 (0) 20 8718 1919


Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programmefor the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:

A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme

An acceleration of the UK store estate programme

The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau

A new Technology Transformation Programme

Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

British Land appoints Simon Carter Chief Financial Officer

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Land Company Plc announces that Simon Carter has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Simon is currently Chief Financial Officer at Logicor and prior to that was Finance Director at Quintain Estates & Development Plc. In both roles he contributed to the businesses during periods of considerable change and complexity. Prior to this Simon spent just over ten years at British Land in a variety of financial and strategic roles and was a member of the executive committee from 2012.

Simon succeeds Lucinda Bell who, as previously announced, intended to step down from the Board and leave the company on 4 April 2018. Having now successfully completed the search for a replacement CFO, we have agreed that Lucinda will now step down from her role as a main Board Director as well as her day-to-day responsibilities as CFO with immediate effect. A team has already been established to manage the transition to a new CFO. This is made up of the three Executive Directors and senior members of Group Finance including the Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations. This transition team will assume responsibility for the year end process and ongoing Group finance functions, until Simon takes up his role. His start date will be announced in due course.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon back to British Land. In his roles at Quintain and Logicor he has gained a very broad perspective and significant leadership experience and expertise.  During his previous time with the company, he was an incredibly capable and experienced member of our senior team, contributing to the company’s development through a number of roles including treasury, corporate finance, and strategy.”

There are no other disclosures to make pursuant to LR 9.6.13.

Investor Relations
David Walker, British Land 020 7467 3418
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838

SOURCE: British Land

The National Retail Federation elects new chairman

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced that BJ’s Wholesale Club President and CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. In addition, eight other retailers and retail partners have been elected as new members of the board.

“Chris Baldwin is one of the top thought leaders in retail and is well-positioned to guide NRF through the rapid transformation facing our industry as consumers discover new ways to shop and merchants find new ways to serve their customers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “NRF and the entire industry will benefit from his experience and insights. The new members of our board are also among the best in the business, and we look forward to their help in addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

“I’m honored to help lead NRF during such rapid change in the retail industry,” Baldwin said. “Retail is a crucial driver of our economy and provides opportunities for millions of workers across the United States. I’m very optimistic about the opportunities ahead of our industry and look forward to working with NRF staff and board members during this period of retail transformation.”

Baldwin, who will serve a two-year term, was elected as the board held its annual winter meeting in New York as part of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. He succeeds Macy’s Inc. Executive Chairman Terry Lundgren, who assumed the NRF chairmanship last July after former HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman resigned from the board to head Weight Watchers.

Newly elected members of the board are:

  • Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO, KIDBOX
  • John Furner, president and CEO, Sam’s Club
  • Jeff Gennette, CEO, Macy’s Inc.
  • Mike George, president and CEO, QVC Group
  • Steve Joyce, CEO, DineEquity
  • Rachel Mushahwar, general manager, U.S. enterprise, government, SLED and cloud industries, Intel
  • Eva Press, U.S. group lead, consumer packaged goods, government, healthcare and retail, Facebook
  • Brad Weston, CEO, Petco

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Press

Wegmans Food Markets’ new multi-level store in the Natick Mall, MA will open on Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Multi-Level Store will include Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Led by Chef and Restaurateur Roberto Santibañez

NATICKMA, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets’ 146,500 sq. ft. multi-level store in the Natick Mall will include a new full-service restaurant concept – Blue Dalia, a vibrant Mexican restaurant and tequila bar led by Chef Roberto Santibañez as Culinary Director, and Geno Bahena as Chef de Cuisine. Located on the second floor of Wegmans at Natick Mall, the restaurant will offer authentic, contemporary Mexican food and craft cocktails prepared with market-fresh ingredients. The Blue Dalia name is a nod to both Mexico’s national flower and Wegmans’ commitment to unparalleled ingredients, bold flavors and exceptional service.

The new store will open on Sunday, April 29, 2018, with the restaurant opening soon after on Friday, May 4.

“The inspiration for the menu at Blue Dalia is my hometown of Mexico City and especially the energy of the markets that are so important to Mexican culture,” Santibañez said.  “Guests will see centuries-old tortilla-making on display alongside crushed-to-order salsas, contemporary craft cocktails and of course, an extensive tequila and mezcal selection. Being inside the market, we have immediate access to the best seasonal produce and ingredients.  As a chef, it’s really a unique and exciting place to offer this restaurant.”

Hand-picked by Chef Santibañez, Chef de Cuisine Geno Bahena will lead the day-to-day operations in the kitchen at Blue Dalia.

“Chef Roberto has created a menu that pays homage to traditional family recipes from Mexico’s 32 regions presented in a contemporary way.  Every dish tells a story,” Bahena said. “We’re building a great team to execute that vision and offer guests an authentic and energetic dining experience.”

Wegmans Natick will also include The Burger Bar, a family-friendly, casual restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads with an array of protein options, soups, sides and kids’ meals. This store will be Wegmans’ sixth location in New England since opening in Northborough in 2011, and the second to include a Burger Bar.

The family-owned company has employment opportunities available throughout the restaurants and store, including cooks, restaurant servers, and positions in prepared foods, sushi, pizza, bakery, produce, deli, cheese shop, day and overnight grocery, and cashiers.

In total, Wegmans will employ 325 part-time and 225 full-time employees at the Natick store, with the vast majority hired in Massachusetts. Job applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 508-960-0104 for more information. 

SOURCE:  Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:
Katie Roche
Media Relations Coordinato

Toys“R”Us® annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised more than $5 million and collected 175,000 toys

Toy Retailer, With Support from its Loyal Customers, Collects Thousands of Toys and More Than $5 Million, Giving the Gift of Play to Millions of Children on Christmas Morning

WAYNE, NJ, 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (January 17, 2018), Toys“R”Us® announced its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised more than $5 million and collected approximately 175,000 toys. The in-store and online fundraiser took place October through December 2017, ensuring some of the 15 million children in-need around the country were met with a visit from Santa this past holiday season. New this year, Toys“R”Us donated $1 to Toys for Tots for every customer that took advantage of the company’s Price Match Promise, resulting in more than half a million dollars contributed towards the campaign.

Over the course of the last 14 years, Toys“R”Us has been championing play alongside the 70-year veteran organization, raising more than $58 million and collecting over 4.5 million toys.

For more information about the company’s mission of giving, visit Toysrusinc.com.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is proud to support organizations that focus on improving their communities, particularly in areas of education, play, children’s health and welfare and disaster relief. Via its charitable arm, The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us has contributed more than $230 million to nonprofit partners who strive to keep children safe and help them in times of need.



Corporate Communications
1(973) 617-5900

CBRE announces the promotion of Bill Concannon to the position of Global Group President

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced the promotion of Bill Concannon to the position of Global Group President.

Mr. Concannon, who leads CBRE’s occupier outsourcing business (called Global Workplace Solutions), is one of three senior CBRE executives with the Global Group President title.  This designation is reserved for CBRE’s most senior leaders with global, market-facing responsibilities. It reflects outstanding leadership within their areas of responsibility, and significant contributions to the company’s success – and the success of its clients – across the entire enterprise.

“Bill has made exceptional, ongoing contributions to our company over three decades,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer.  “He pioneered the occupier outsourcing concept in our sector in the early 1990s. Through a passionate commitment to excellence, leadership by example and strategic thinking, he has built our Global Workplace Solutions offering into a $6.4 billion revenue business – one that is known for generating  exceptional results for our clients.”

The other senior CBRE executives with the Global Group President title are Cal Frese and Mike Lafitte, who share responsibility with Mr. Concannon for all of CBRE’s geographic and services business line operations.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.


Robert McGrath
Senior Director
+1 212 9848267
FAX +1 212 9848207

Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program donated 1.7 million items of need in 2017

Passengers’ in-kind donations help support service men and women around the world

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, is proud to announce that its customers donated 1.7 million items of need in 2017 to our military service men and women around the globe through the Treat Our Troops program. This is almost 500,000 more items than donated in 2016!

Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program provides travelers, as well as airline and airport employees, the opportunity to purchase goods – from socks and snacks to phone cards and sundries – which are then distributed to military personnel overseas through the USO and other military service organizations. The program also includes free meals for troops from Memorial Day to Independence Day, and “pay it forward” opportunities in which customers donate meals for active or retired military personnel. Learn more about the company’s various initiatives to give back to the community by visiting http://paradieslagardere.com.


“Paradies Lagardère is proud to coordinate the Treat Our Troops program that provides an important opportunity for our customers to demonstrate their gratitude for our troops and their families,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère “These brave men and women make unbelievable sacrifices each and every day and deserve the appreciation.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

SOURCE: Paradies Lagardère


Nicole V. Linton

Marketing Communications Manager

P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole

Dollar Tree welcomes Stephanie Stahl as a new independent director of its board

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, announced today that Stephanie Stahl has been appointed as a new independent director to the Company’s board.

Ms. Stahl, age 51, is a seasoned executive leader with significant experience in global marketing, brand building and strategic development. In 2015, Ms. Stahl founded Studio Pegasus, LLC, an investment and advisory company focused on consumer sector digital start-ups. Her prior leadership positions include serving as Executive Vice President, Global Marketing & Strategy of Coach, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of Tracy Anderson Mind & Body, LLC; Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Revlon, Inc.; and Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Stahlcurrently serves on the Boards of Directors of Knoll, Inc. and Chopt Creative Salad Company.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephanie to Dollar Tree’s board of directors,” stated Bob Sasser, Executive Chairman. “Our business is built around an intense focus on our customers and delivering value and convenience to meet their everyday needs. Stephanie’s extensive background and demonstrated success in brand building, marketing and strategic development will be valuable assets to our board as we continue to grow our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar businesses.”

Ms. Stahl commented, “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the Dollar Tree board. Dollar Tree is clearly a leader in value retail with many years of growth ahead. The combination of its differentiated fixed price-point concept at Dollar Tree along with the performance improvement opportunity at Family Dollar contributes to its unique retail growth and improvement story. I look forward to contributing to the board as we develop and grow the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,700 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

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Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® line of food and treats for pets launches at PetSmart

Entrance of this Popular Brand into the Pet Specialty Retail Channel Expands Product Accessibility in 1,450-Plus Convenient PetSmart Retail Locations; PetSmart Expects to Have the Widest Assortment of Rachael Ray Nutrish by Mid-Year

PHOENIX and PITTSBURGH, 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart and Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, manufacturer of the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® line of food and treats for pets, announced today the launch of Nutrish at PetSmart.com and all of PetSmart’s 1,450-plus stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

PetSmart said it expects to offer the widest selection of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products among brick and mortar retailers by mid-year.

“Before we launched Nutrish 10 years ago, consumers were hard pressed to find a super premium brand of pet food that was convenient, affordable, healthy and enjoyable for their pets,” said Steve Joyce, Vice President of Marketing for Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. “We’re excited to partner with PetSmart to make Nutrish even more accessible to pet parents throughout its more than 1,450 store locations across the country.”

Joyce went on to explain that a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray FoundationTM, which helps animals in need. Through Dec. 31, 2017, more than $23.5 million has been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals.

“What we find most rewarding about this partnership is that by making Nutrish more accessible to pet parents, we’ll be able to help even more animals in need – a cause that is close to our hearts and at the center of everything we do,” Joyce concluded.

The assortment just arrived at PetSmart stores and can be found in the front, center aisle upon entering stores. The line includes about 70 products across dog and cat food in dry and wet formulas, as well as dog treats. The varieties in the PetSmart offering include Rachael Ray Nutrish PEAK™ Ultra Premium Food for dogs featuring nutrient-dense recipes to satisfy dogs’ instinctual cravings; Zero Grain Recipes for dogs and cats, which feature real meat as the first ingredient and never contain grains, glutens, corn, wheat, soy or fillers; and the brand’s full line of real meat treats for dogs, including flavors like Turkey Bacon, Sausage Bites and Meatball Morsels.

“We are thrilled to be the selected pet specialty retail partner to help expand this popular pet food brand,” said Joshua Kanter, PetSmart’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience. “We are focused on serving pet parents and helping pets in need, and new partners like Ainsworth and its Rachael Ray Nutrish brand help us to deliver the widest assortment of high-quality products to our customers – including products that give back.”

Every Nutrish pet food recipe is natural, made with simple, wholesome ingredients plus essential nutrients, and never contains any artificial preservatives, flavors or poultry by-product meal.
The pet food collection featured at PetSmart is outlined below.
Dry dog and cat food:

  • Nutrish – made with real meat as the first ingredient and no poultry by-product meal
  • Zero Grain – offering zero grains, glutens or fillers

Dry dog food and treats:

  • Peak – formulas with 30 percent high-quality protein and nutrient-dense ingredients
  • Dish – made with whole ingredients one can actually see such as peas, carrots and slow-roasted chicken
  • Just 6® – limited ingredient recipe with six simple ingredients plus nutrients
  • Nutrish dog treats – tasty real meat treats and longer-lasting chews for dogs inspired by Rachael Ray’s recipes

Wet dog and cat food:

  • Nutrish – made with real meat or fish as the number one protein and no corn, wheat or soy

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 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 celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart donated a meal to pets in need and beat its goal of 60 million meals with more than 63 million meals generated through this leading philanthropic program. 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.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart
PetSmart homepage: http://www.petsmart.com/

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store and Distribution Center opportunities.

About The Rachael Ray FoundationTM and Nutrish®
In 2008, Rachael Ray partnered with nutrition experts from Ainsworth Pet Nutrition® to develop a line of super premium recipes for pets called Rachael Ray Nutrish. Every Nutrish pet food recipe is natural, made with simple, wholesome ingredients and added vitamins and minerals, and never contains any artificial preservatives, flavors, or poultry by-product meal. Available at grocery, mass, online and now pet specialty retailer, PetSmart, nationwide, the line also features real meat-first varieties and recipes for pets with ingredient sensitivities. A portion of proceeds from each sale is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need. Through Dec. 2017, more than $23.5 million has been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments and more. So, not only are Nutrish products great for your pet, they’re great for countless other animals, as well.

PetSmart Contact:
Sarah Huether
Golin for PetSmart
PetSmart 24-Hour Media Line: 623-587-2177

Ainsworth/Rachael Ray Nutrish Contact:
Samantha Bridger
814-724-7710 X4065

SOURCE: PetSmart

abercrombie kids launches its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring

Brand Introduces Gender Neutral Collection Inspired by Customers Feedback

New Albany, Ohio, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is excited to launch its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring. The assortment, which is called the Everybody Collection, will be available in stores and online from mid-January. The first collection will feature 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories.

At abercrombie kids, the team is focused on putting the customer at the center of everything it does, listening and engaging with them constantly to ensure product and brand experience is evolving to meet their changing needs. Through these interactions, the team gained insight that many customers, when shopping across genders, do not necessarily want to be restricted to certain styles and colors. The Everybody Collection has built on this insight, incorporating popular trends across genders, and with a single size system across the whole assortment.

Some of the trends the customers were looking for include the multi-hit graphic, which is influenced by skate and streetwear culture, and can be seen across hoodies and long-sleeve tees. Additionally, the military trend is woven throughout the collection with camouflage print items, including a bomber jacket and a crew neck sweatshirt. Pale pink tones and dip dye effects are also included.

“We put our customer at the center of everything we do and are constantly listening to their feedback to provide the right product and brand experience. Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl. Our Everybody Collection is one assortment, in one size run, that covers the trends we are seeing in both color and style,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids. “We are excited to offer these additional options and are looking forward to building on this initial collection for summer and the back-to-school seasons.”

The Everybody Collection will be available in all abercrombie kids stores and at abercrombie.com. In stores, the collection will be merchandised in the center of the space and online, the product will live on both the boys’ and girls’ product pages. abercrombie kids plans to maintain this collection as an ongoing part of the assortment, with updates for Summer and Back to School.

The photography that accompanies the collection features kids of the company’s associates and was shot in studio at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and www.abercrombie.com globally.

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Gusweiler
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
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Abercrombie & Fitch
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SOURCE: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Barnes & Noble unveils some of the must read books in 2018

Fire & Fury kicked off a year that will bring a former U.S. President’s thriller, a Hitchcockian-like debut, and a much-anticipated novel about womanhood, power, and ambition

New York, NY, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, kicks off the start of the New Year with some must read books in 2018.

“The books that end up being the hottest of the year can sometimes be a surprise, as the clamor for Fire & Fury reminded us at the start of 2018,” said Liz Harwell, Director of Merchandise. “But there is a strong roster of books that are likely to catch fire in 2018, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton penning a White House thriller with bestselling author James Patterson, a haunting debut from a senior publishing executive, and one of the most-watched novelists in America, Meg Wolitzer of The Interestings, with a timely story about womanhood, power, and ambition.”

The books below are just some of the many titles that have recently landed or will come out in 2018, ranging from the uplifting and insightful, to the dark and mysterious. They are:


  • The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer – The author of the acclaimed novel The Interestingsmakes her much anticipated return with a wide-sweeping and timely story about womanhood and ambition, mentorship, and the circumstances that both shape and change the ideals we begin with in our youth. April 
  • The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah – This bestselling novelist is sure to bring in new fans with her gripping tale of a former POW who takes his family ‘off the grid’ in Alaska. February 6


  • The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson – What do you get when you combine a former president and one of our most beloved thriller writers? A page-turner with one-of-a-kind insight into the White House. June 4 
  • The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn – This debut thriller writer, who is also a senior-level publishing executive, has penned a gripping tale about a reclusive neighbor who witnesses a startling act. Current 
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware – Ruth Ware, the author of Woman in Cabin 10and known as the Agatha Christie of our time, returns with a haunting mystery about a dubious inheritance that falls into the wrong person’s hands. Summer


  • The Outsider, Stephen King – The King of horror returns with a crime story like no other, as a small town is shocked when a respected member of the community is accused of murdering a young boy. May 22

New Age & Spirituality

  • I’ve Been Thinking, Maria Shriver – This former First Lady of California, journalist, and activist, provides inspirational thoughts, quotes, prayers, and reflections on finding purpose, passion, and joy in the face of adversity. February 27


  • Fire & Fury, Michael Wolff – This controversial look into the White House caught fire at the start of the New Year and is still in high demand as we enter mid-January. Current


  • Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, Marley Dias – This young activist and feminist explores social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good in this book that draws from her experiences and champions literacy. January 30
  • She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, Chelsea Clinton, Illustrator Alexandra Boiger – In this companion to her bestselling She Persisted, Chelsea Clinton tells the story of 13 incredible women who have shaped history around the world. March 6


  • I’ve Loved You Since Forever, Hoda Kotb, Illustrator Suzie Mason – The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb presents a heartwarming story of the adoption of her baby girl in this celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. March 6

Find current and upcoming the titles at Barnes & Noble at www.bn.com.


Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Dunkin’ Donuts launches its next generation concept store in Quincy, Massachusetts

Dunkin’ Donuts launches its next generation concept store in Quincy, Massachusetts

Restaurant Includes Beverage Bar Tap System with Nitro Coffee and New Double Drive-Thru with First-Ever On-the-Go Lane

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (January 16, 2018), in the city where it opened its very first location 68 years ago, Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled its next generation concept store. The new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 588 Washington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts offers the first look at the brand’s U.S. store of the future experience, with a modern atmosphere and new and innovative technologies and design elements — including the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering — to make running on Dunkin’ faster and more convenient than ever before.

Exciting elements of Dunkin’ Donuts’ new restaurant experience include:

  • Modern Design: The special interior design uses lighter colored materials, an open layout and natural light to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.
  • Faster than Ever Drive-Thru Experience: An exclusive On-the-Go drive-thru lane lets DD Perks® members who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and merge straight into the line for the pickup window. Dunkin’ Donuts is the first national restaurant brand to offer this type of drive-thru innovation and convenience.
  • Premium Pours: Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature cold beverages are now served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order. A single-cup machine will also enable the option of grinding and brewing select coffee varieties one cup at a time.


  • Dunkin’ on Demand: With fully-integrated digital kiosks coming in 2018, guests will choose to order with or without the help of a crew member.  Dunkin’ Donuts has also introduced an area dedicated to mobile pickups, so that members of the DD Perks® Rewards program who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App can get in and out of the restaurant faster than ever before. Guests will be able to track the status of their orders placed for pickup inside the restaurant via a new digital order status board.


  • New Uniforms Designed by Life is Good®: For the store in Quincy, Dunkin’ Donuts will introduce new uniforms and headwear designed in partnership with lifestyle brand Life is Good®. Messaging on the new crew t-shirts, such as “Fueled by Positive Energy,” and “Drink Coffee. Be Awesome.” serve as a form of self-expression for crew members, reflecting the positive atmosphere of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store and the optimism and energy for which both the Life is Good and Dunkin’ Donuts brands are known. In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts and Life is Good share a commitment to spreading positivity and helping kids in need through their respective Foundations – the Joy in Childhood Foundation® and the Kids Foundation.


  • Greater Grab & Go Selection: An expanded, custom Grab & Go unit will feature bottled beverages, as well as snacks from leading brands that complement Dunkin’s menu. These will include better-for-you options like fresh bananas, mini oranges and grapes, as well as fruit snacks like Gogo Squeez® apple sauce, Yoplait® yogurt parfaits featuring Nature Valley™ granola, and other packaged snacks such as beef jerky, nut butter packs and more.


  • Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ Donuts is the 186th DD Green Achievement™ restaurant in the country. DD Green Achievement restaurants are designed to save 25% more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

The new 2,200 square foot Quincy location, which is located about one mile away from the original Dunkin’ Donuts location, is the first of 30 or more new and remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants that will test variations of the new design this year. Dunkin’ Donuts’ final new store design is expected to be unveiled once testing is complete. The Quincy store is also one of a select number of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants testing new signage that refers to the brand simply as “Dunkin’.”

“The launch of our next generation concept store marks one of the most important moments in Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth as an on-the-go, beverage-led brand,” said Dave Hoffmann, President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada. “We have worked closely with our franchisee community to create a positive, energetic atmosphere for our guests that remains true to our heritage, while emphasizing and enhancing the unparalleled convenience, digital innovation and restaurant excellence that distinguishes Dunkin’. We are thrilled to begin the New Year with such an exciting milestone for our brand, and look forward to rolling out Dunkin’ Donuts’ store of the future to our guests in all of our communities.”

Dunkin’ Donuts fans all across the country can enjoy a look at the brand’s new restaurant experience via a special Facebook Live event today at 12 PM Eastern. Dunkin’ Donuts representatives will provide a virtual tour of the next generation concept store’s design and technologies.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.


About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands

NCR celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-checkout and gives a glimpse of future innovations

NCR celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-checkout and gives a glimpse of future innovations

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel solutions, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-checkout installation and looking at what the future will bring for the technology. Amongst others, NCR is tackling the infamous “unexpected item in the bagging area” with recent innovations. Since NCR installed its first self-checkout in-store on January 20, 1998 in Kansas, self-checkouts have become the biggest queue buster for small to medium transactions in retailing – and a part of pop culture. Research firm RBR forecasts that by 2022, there will be nearly 400,000 self-checkout machines installed by retailers across more than 60 countries worldwide, a global installation growth of 53 percent from 2016.

Today’s self-checkouts are almost unrecognizable versus the early days of the technology. The first self-checkouts were bulky items that took their design cues from ATMs and delivered an awkward experience. But over time, what the ATM did in making fundamental changes to banking, self-checkout did for retail.

Just five years after it installed its first self-checkout, NCR became the leader in the market, and today has a 73 percent market share according to RBR’s Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2017 study, with its offerings available in 39 countries.

Dusty Lutz, vice president and general manager of Store Transformation Solutions at NCR, said “NCR’s success in self-checkout can be attributed to our one guiding principle: we don’t start with the technology, but how we transform the retailer’s store. We’ve spent the last 20 years working with customers to constantly improve our products, making them more accurate and easy-to-use to provide the best possible shopper experience.”

Today, the newest NCR self-checkout models make use of the latest innovations in technology to address one of the most familiar issues in the self-checkout experience – the “unexpected item in the bagging area”. The latest NCR models are moving away from weight-based detection systems to intelligent image scanners that can recognize items placed on the scanner. As well as removing the pain of the weight-based security alert, these scanners have the additional benefit of making the scanning of non-barcoded items such as fresh fruit and vegetables easier, as the technology can offer suggestions for what the item might be, instead of requiring users to move through menus on the interface. Retailers also benefit as the technology can detect ‘item swapping’ theft. For example, if a user tries to scan a bottle of wine with a barcode for a bunch of bananas, the machine can spot that and alert staff, helping tackle one of merchants’ biggest worries about the technology.

The NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout was recognised with a 2017 GOOD DESIGN award for excellence in product design. The award highlights how NCR’s retail offerings provide consumers with convenient checkout options that help retailers transform their stores into the central hub of the shopping experience, providing a smoother, connected and convenient customer journey.

More information on the journey of NCR’s self-checkout can be found here.

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

Website: www.ncr.com 
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Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

The consumption of bags in Lindex Swedish stores has decreased significant since the launch of One Bag Habit on June 1, 2017. Only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers have chosen to buy a bag which means that Lindex now to donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — One Bag Habit is a joint initiative launched by Lindex, KappAhl and H&M with the aim to reduce the consumption of bags and raise awareness of bags negative environmental impact. Just like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex charge for bags in its Swedish stores and during the first seven months only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers bought a bag.

We are very pleased with the impact that our joint initiative have had and how it contributes to a better bag consumption. The fact that two-thirds of Lindex Swedish customers have found other, more sustainable ways, to carry home their products feels great, says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Sustainability Manager at Lindex.

Like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex donates the surplus from sold bags to causes that drive sustainable development, within environment or social issues. The sum from the seven first months is 280 000 euro and this money will be donated to the Swedish research program STEPS and the international organization WaterAid.

Since the launch of the initiative, several Swedish companies have joined and in the beginning of 2018, Lindex in Norway, Finland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Baltics will also start charging for the bags.

Learn more about One Bag Habit at lindex.com

SOURCE: Lindex



Eva Jonasson, Media Relations Responsible
E-mail: press@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

“I’m proud that we’ll be able to offer diners in the MENA region a handmade pizza that will be prepared every day using the same recipe Spontini has been using since 1953, with the same Italian ingredients we use in our stores in Milan. It’s a pleasure to work with a partner that shares our vision and wants to offer our customers the same experience that they would experience in our Italian stores,” said Massimo Innocenti, Spontini executive chairman and founder of the brand.

Spontini started life in 1953 under the name of ‘Cibi Cotti’, characterised by simple and inexpensive dishes from Tuscany’s traditional cuisine. It soon introduced the now-typical slice of pizza, officially becoming ‘Spontini’, from the name of the street in which the original store is located. The recipe for the classic Spontini pizza has barely changed since then, offering an unmatched Italian taste experience.

Alshaya is a franchise operator for more than 80 world-leading brands, including Starbucks, Shake Shack, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, H & M and Mothercare. The company operates more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia Turkey and Europe, and employs more than 50,000 people.

“We think Spontini will offer something unique and authentic to our discerning customer base,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to handmade, quality pizza, and a strong sense of heritage and tradition, it will be an exciting addition to our portfolio of world-leading food brands.”

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.

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SPAR Nigeria opens new hypermarket in Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos

SPAR Nigeria opens new hypermarket in Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos

LAGOS, Nigeria, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the brand new Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos, SPAR Nigeria recently opened a SPAR Hypermarket with a sales area of 1,425m², attracting huge crowds on the opening day.

The Tejuosho Shopping Centre, the former Tejuosho Market, famous for fabric and garment trading, is an ultra-modern shopping centre and with room for 1,000 stores, this multi-storey building is one of the largest shopping destinations in the country. The brand new SPAR Hypermarket is the anchor tenant and will drive key footfall to the shopping centre.

The new hypermarket attracts shoppers through its broad product range. In addition to FMCG products, there is an extensive offering of fruit & vegetables, an instore butchery and bakery, a service counter with freshly prepared snacks and meals, dairy & perishables, a broad range of wines & spirits, electronics, home appliances, mobile phones and laptops – catering for the needs of modern consumers. In addition to this extensive product range, SPAR Nigeria offers a number of promotional items and services to shoppers such as gift cards, reward cards and consumer leasing services.

The SPAR Hypermarket targets consumers in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, and the surrounding areas of Yaba, Akoka, Jibowu and Surulere.

With the opening of the new hypermarket, SPAR Nigeria now operates a total of six stores in the city of Lagos and 12 overall in Nigeria, delivering a total retail space of over 39,800m².

Watch this video of the opening of the SPAR Hypermarket in the Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos.

About SPAR Nigeria

The SPAR licence for Nigeria was granted to the Artee Group in 2009, a leading retail operator in Lagos. Progress has continued throughout the years in growing the SPAR presence in the country with the development of the brand through a combination of new build and conversion stores.

Both hypermarkets and large supermarkets are operated in key cities across the country, with ongoing development of retail expertise and the import of SPAR Own Brand products to complement the locally sourced ranges.

SOURCE: SPAR International

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The McDonald’s All American Games unveils official rosters for the 41st annual Boys Game and 17th annual Girls Game

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The McDonald’s All American Games today unveiled the official rosters for the 41st annual Boys Game and 17th annual Girls Game. The nation’s premier high school basketball all-star event will take place March 28 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena. Full team rosters are available at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2018 McDonald’s All American Boys teams feature the country’s top talent hailing from 17 different states. The East Team includes Duke-bound R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy – Montverde, Fla.) and a pair of undecided highly ranked players, Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School – Spartanburg, S.C.), and Romeo Langford (New Albany High School – New Albany, Ind.).

The West Team will be led by Bol Bol (Findlay Prep – Henderson, Nev.), who will attend Oregon in the fall. He will be joined by highly ranked Duke commit, Cameron Reddish (Westtown School – West Chester, Pa.) and Simisola Shittu (Vermont Academy – Saxtons River, Vt.) who plans to suit up for Vanderbilt next season.

Of the 24 boys selected to be McDonald’s All Americans, two sets of current high school teammates will be featured and five have yet to make their college decisions. Of those who have decided, Duke and Kansas have the most commitments with three each, followed by Oregon, North Carolina and Vanderbilt with two each. The Boys Game begins at 7 p.m. EST March 28 and will air live on ESPN.

The 2018 Girls team includes seven players from Texas, the most represented state. The East Team includes Georgia native and Connecticut-bound Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow High School – Winder, Ga.), highly ranked Shakira Austin (Riverdale Baptist School – Upper Marlboro, Md.), who has committed to Maryland and Izabela Nicoletti (Neuse Christian Academy – Raleigh, N.C.) who will play at Florida State next season.

The West Team will be led by another Connecticut recruit, top-ranked Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian Schools – North Little Rock, Ark.). She will be joined by Texas-bound Charli Collier (Barbers Hill High School – Mont Belvieu, Texas) and Aquira DeCosta (Saint Mary’s High School – Stockton, Calif.) who has committed to play at Baylor.

Of the 24 girls selected to be McDonald’s All Americans, Baylor has the most McDonald’s All American players suiting up next fall with four commits followed by Tennessee with three commits. Like the Boys roster, this year’s Girls roster features two sets of high school teammates that will play against each other. The Girls Game begins at 5 p.m. EST March 28 and will air live on ESPN2.

“The 48 players selected for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games represent the future of basketball,” said Morgan Wootten, Hall-of-Fame basketball coach and McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “As we leave a great legacy in Chicago, we look forward to hosting the Games in Atlanta and providing the players with the opportunity to show the entire country their tremendous talent.”

This year’s teams were selected from more than 700 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games selection committee, led by Wootten.

In addition to the 48 players selected, four prep coaches from Alaska, Connecticut and South Dakota were named coaches for the 2018 Games. Dawn Seiler of (Aberdeen Central High School – Aberdeen, S.D.), will lead the Girls East Team, while Jeannie Hebert-Truax of (Wasilla High School – Wasilla, Alaska) will coach the Girls West Team. John Mirabello of (Northwest Catholic High School – West Hartford, Conn.) will lead the Boys East Team and Brad Lauwers of (A.J. Diamond High School – Anchorage, Alaska) will serve as head coach of the Boys West Team.

Since 1978, more than 1,300 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games. They form an elite group of some of the top names in basketball history, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart. Alumni include current college standouts Trae Young of Oklahoma, Miles Bridges of Michigan State and Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn.

McDonald’s has continued to raise the bar by investing in the future of communities around the globe. We do this by providing programs with one-of-a-kind experience that help shape and develop the skills student athletes need to become the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to the All American Games, McDonald’s provides scholarships, hosts leadership summits and education workshops in the communities it serves and remains committed to continuing to extend service to the world outside of its restaurants.

Tickets for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games go on sale Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. EST via Ticketmaster or the Philips Arena box office. Ticket prices start as low as $10.

Games week will kick-off on Sunday, March 25 with a free Fan Fest at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station (1380 Atlantic Drive) from 12 – 6 p.m. EST. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of live entertainment, basketball themed activities and McDonald’s food.

The POWERADE® Jam Fest – featuring McDonald’s All American Games players in a three-point shootout, dunk contest and shooting competition – will be held Monday, March 26. The competitions will air live at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

For more than 40 years, the McDonald’s All American Games have benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities through its network of local chapters. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide comfort and compassion to families with sick children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their children’s care. This year’s All American Games will benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities which has served more than 50,000 families since 1979. Proceeds will support the operations of Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

For more information about the McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest or game week activities in Atlanta, please visit www.mcdaag.com and follow @McDAAG.

Proud sponsors of the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games include adidas, American Family Insurance, Coca-Cola®, Mercedes-Benz, POWERADE® and Sprite®.

Get in the Game by following the McDonald’s All American Games on Twitter and Instagram. Follow @McDAAG to receive up-to-date information and a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Games including; key announcements, local player/coach recognitions, fan giveaways and historical Games facts and figures.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.

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McDonald’s commits to 100 percent renewable, recycled, or certified sources for its packaging by 2025

Oak Brook, IL, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan 16, 2018), McDonald’s announces goals to improve its packaging and help significantly reduce waste to positively impact the communities the company serves around the world.

By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s understands that recycling infrastructure, regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country around the world, but it plans to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.

This expands upon McDonald’s existing goal that by 2020, 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs.

“As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer. “Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address. Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use, working at and beyond our restaurants to increase recycling and help create cleaner communities.”

To reach these goals, McDonald’s will work with leading industry experts, local governments and environmental associations, to improve packaging and recycling practices. Together they will work to drive smarter packaging designs, implement new recycling programs, establish new measurement programs and educate restaurant crew and customers.

As Tom Murray, Vice President of EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund noted, “Nearly three decades ago, McDonald’s and EDF teamed up to tackle solid waste and accelerate innovation in packaging.  Along the way, we pioneered a new partnership model for companies and nonprofit organizations. Today, McDonald’s continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact.”

“McDonald’s global preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials demonstrates their far-reaching commitment to source packaging that benefits people and forests around the world,” said Kim Carstensen, director general of the Forest Stewardship Council. “The partnership between McDonald’s and FSC – the world’s most trusted certification of forests and forest products – also creates a uniquely powerful opportunity for McDonald’s to engage customers about simple ways to protect forests,” he added.

Adds Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, “Smarter waste management begins with improved sourcing, increased value chain collaboration and better communication with customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates McDonald’s strong leadership in developing packaging and recycling solutions at a scale that can extend the life of our natural resources and push its industry toward more sustainable practices.”

McDonald’s first began its focus on sustainable packaging nearly 25 years ago with the establishment of the groundbreaking partnership with EDF. The initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30 percent in the decade following the partnership. In 2014, the company joined WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program and set its fiber sourcing targets, including FSC preference for packaging made from wood fiber.

Currently, 50 percent of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources. Also, an estimated 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.

“We look forward to doing more and continuing to raise the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet,” DeBiase said.

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CVS Health introduces Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care program to improve both clinical care and cost management for RA

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today introduced Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care to help the company’s pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients better manage care and costs for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The program is the latest addition to the company’s suite of condition-specific, highly personalized Transform Care programs and adds value-based management strategies including outcomes based contracts and a new indication-based formulary for autoimmune conditions to CVS Health’s integrated pharmacy care model. Given that the cost and utilization of drugs to treat RA are a top drug trend and spend driver, accounting for nearly half of overall specialty drug trend, this new multi-pronged approach also includes a trend guarantee based on the program’s ability to improve both clinical care and cost management for RA.

“Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition and is one of the top drivers of specialty drug trend for our PBM clients,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health. “By leveraging our integrated pharmacy care model, we can provide highly personalized, whole-patient support through our specialty pharmacy and embedded AccordantCare nurses, while harnessing the power of our PBM’s tools to encourage appropriate use of and adherence to lower cost therapies.”

The Transform RA Care program is designed to help encourage appropriate use of lower-cost therapies through pharmacy network and utilization management tools along with value-based management strategies such as outcomes-based contracts and a new indication-based formulary for autoimmune conditions. Outcomes-based contracts tie reimbursement for a drug to achieving a specific target or goal. If the target is not met for instance if the patient discontinues therapy, indicating the drug was not well tolerated the manufacturer may be required to provide additional value. In addition, the indication-based approach determines formulary placement for drugs based on the specific diagnosis rather than for the therapy class as a whole. This multi-pronged approach is designed to help clients better manage trend and receive a trend guarantee for these expensive drugs.

“Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis costs the U.S. health care system $19 billion a year. Both spend and trend have also been rising for the autoimmune category in recent years and market analysts expect this category to be the fastest-growing drug class over the next five years,” said Alan Lotvin, M.D., executive vice president of CVS Specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health. “Our program is unique in that we can pull together resources enabled by our integrated pharmacy care model to deliver both a truly member-focused clinical management program while also helping to manage the rising costs within the autoimmune category through new approaches to contracting and formulary management.”

Members enrolled in Transform RA Care will continue to receive proactive, personalized care and disease-specific expertise from the RA CareTeam, a team of specially-trained pharmacists and Accordant nurses in our RA Center of Excellence. The RA CareTeam provides a range of support specific to the member’s needs including symptom, comorbidity and side effect management; care coordination; and coaching and education. The RA CareTeam also offers initial clinical assessments, benefits verification and medication dispensing and distribution. In addition, proactive patient outreach can help improve engagement rates, improve adherence to medication, and reduce complications, such as hospital and emergency room visits. Members with RA also have access to innovative digital tools to help them start and stay on their therapies and, through Specialty Connect, the ability to pick up their medication at a local CVS Pharmacy or have it delivered to their home or office by mail.

Clients enrolled in the Transform RA Care program could expect to see savings of up to 5 percent on their annual spend for RA drugs. For example a client that manages 100,000 lives could see up to $500,000 in annual savings.

RA is the second most common form of arthritis, impacting more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. It is characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints and, over time, can lead to bone deformation. The disease is also complex and hard to manage, and our research shows that approximately one quarter of patients who start on an autoimmune drug discontinue therapy within 180 days, which can lead to poor health outcomes and higher costs for payors and members. Those with RA can benefit from holistic disease management, which can help improve medication adherence, address gaps in care, and reduce condition-related complications and visits to the hospital and ER. In addition, cost management strategies can create additional value for both payors and patients.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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