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.

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

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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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Christine Cramer
CVS Health
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CVS Health
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SOURCE CVS Health

Evolution Fresh partners with HelloFresh to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice

Evolution Fresh partners with HelloFresh to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitments to our resolutions persevere with National Green Juice Day on January 26. Cold-pressed, high-pressure processed juice trailblazer, Evolution Fresh is celebrating the holiday in veggie-centric ways that inspire health and wellness in the New Year. Evolution Fresh is partnering with HelloFresh, a weekly recipe kit delivery service, to deliver 100,000 bottles of green juice to encourage customers to maintain their 2018 health and wellness resolutions.

During the month of January, HelloFresh subscribers will receive an extra serving of veggies through an 11 oz. bottle of Evolution Fresh® cold-pressed, high pressure processed Green Devotion.

“We are thrilled to join HelloFresh and deliver our healthy snack options directly to customers,” said Anne Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Category at Evolution Fresh. “When people feel increasingly challenged by their commitment to make better choices, Evolution Fresh provides a simple solution – a green juice for that extra boost of motivation to stay on track.”

Customers can also celebrate National Green Juice Day these ways:

  • Grab a cold-pressed Evolution Fresh green juice from a participating Starbucks® store or grocery store for a healthy snack and simple way to get more nutrients from green vegetables in your daily diet.
  • Start off your morning by making your own green juice at home using this Evolution Fresh “Morning Greens Smoothie” recipe.
  • Beginning January 22, customers have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 Evolution Fresh and mindbodygeen prize packs by participating in the Evolution Fresh and mindbodygreen #GotMyGreens Instagram sweepstakes. Prize packs each include 3 mindbodygreen classes, an hour-long coaching session with an mbg expert, and an Evolution Fresh bento box with 10 free green juice vouchers. To enter, follow @EvolutionFresh and @mindbodygreen, tag two plant-loving friends, and use the hashtag #GotMyGreens.*

Evolution Fresh offers a variety of green juice options with no added flavors or sweeteners. For those looking for an extra health and wellness boost, every 15.2 fl oz. bottle of Evolution Fresh green juice is made with at least one full serving of vegetables.

“At Evolution Fresh, we’re excited to kick off 2018 by providing juice powered wellness and inspiring people to thrive in a new way,” added Williams.

Evolution Fresh established National Green Juice Day in 2016 as a way to encourage people to stick to their health and wellness resolutions.

*See details and official rules at http://res.mindbodygreen.com/ptr/evolution-fresh/get-your-greens-official-rules.html

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SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Sustainable Fishing: Carrefour announces all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use electrofishing method

Sustainable Fishing: Carrefour announces all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use electrofishing method

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour does not use electrofishing for its fish supplies in France. As of December, all its suppliers have now confirmed that they will not use this fishing method ( fresh fish and Carrefour-brand frozen fish).

Electrofishing has been banned in Europe since 1998, but has been carried out experimentally since 2007 on the issuing of derogations. At the end of November, the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries said it was in favour of possibly extending the use of electrofishing.

Given the data available about the impacts of this electrofishing, Carrefour is in favour of applying the precautionary principle to it.

Carrefour has set itself the target of ensuring that half of all fish sold by 2020 are sustainably farmed. To do this, Carrefour has decided to give preference to fishing techniques that are less harmful to aquatic ecosystems and to help tackle illegal fishing.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

 

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Walmart launches a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution — DisposeRx

Walmart launches a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution — DisposeRx

Retailer first national pharmacy chain to offer free opioid disposal solution at all pharmacy locations

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to help curb abuse and misuse, Walmart is launching a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies.* Known as DisposeRx, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 65 percent of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends, and personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of nonmedical opioid abuse. DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home.

The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide. Now, pharmacists can also counsel patients on how to use DisposeRx and distribute an opioid awareness brochure outlining risks and helpful resources.

“The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that’s why we’re taking an active role in fighting our nation’s opioid issue – an issue that has affected so many families and communities across America,” said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S. “While this issue requires many resources to solve, we are confident this unique, easy-to-use disposal solution, DisposeRx, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many. Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost.”

According to DisposeRx, packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend that, when added to the pill bottle with warm water, sequester any form of prescription drugs – including powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches – into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel. The chemicals in the packet are listed as safe by the FDA.

Beginning immediately, patients filling any new Class II opioid prescription at Walmart pharmacies will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure when picking up their prescription. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be offered a free DisposeRx packet every six months. Existing pharmacy patients can also request a free DisposeRx packet at any time, including at the upcoming Walmart Wellness Day event on January 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time at all Walmart locations nationwide. Additionally, Sam’s Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies.

“About one-third of medications sold go unused. Too often, these dangerous narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access. I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands,” said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

The launch of DisposeRx in Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies is one of several ways the retailers are helping to address the prescription drug abuse problem. The company urges lawmakers to establish a seven-day supply limit for initial prescriptions issued for acute pain and to require all controlled substance prescriptions be issued electronically, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration. It stocks Naloxone in its pharmacies and will offer Naloxone behind its pharmacy counters for sale or for dispensing by a pharmacist by the end of this month in all states where pharmacy practice laws support its ability to do so. The company also believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution and is helping to fund a variety of multi-state programs that teach youth about the dangers of prescription drug use and abuse.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

*Walmart patients in Rhode Island and Washington will receive an alternative free disposal solution until third-party testing of DisposeRx is complete in those states. 

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

Asda launches NEW vegan food to go range

Asda launches NEW vegan food to go range

Leeds, UK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Veganuary now in full-swing, Asda has announced the launch of a NEW vegan food to go range, enabling those taking part in Veganuary or following a plant based lifestyle to enjoy tasty meal options whenever, wherever. Fully accredited by the Vegan Society, the range spans lunchtime staples.

With three and a half times as many vegans now than a decade ago*, Asda’s new vegan lunchtime products aim to fill a gap in the market for great value, tasty on-the-go options for those living a nose to the grindstone lifestyle.

With each product priced at just £2.50, the range is one of the cheapest vegan food to go options available on the market, providing a quality, value lunch for those following a plant-based diet.

Asda’s new range of vegan products includes:
· Onion Bhaji Wrap, £2.50
· Falafel and Houmous Sandwich, £2.50
· Mexican Bean & Rice Salad, £2.50

Andrew Johnston, Asda Innovations Chef, comments: “With more and more customers going vegan, we’ve introduced a range which not only answer the dietary needs of the nation, but that also turn favourite foods in vegan-friendly, on-the-go options.

“From onion bhajis – one of the top-selling snacks in the UK – to a light Mexican bean salad, our new range ensures easy eating at any time, and delivers a punch of vibrant flavour in each bite.”

In addition to the vegan food to go range, Asda has further expanded its plant-based repertoire with the introduction of its first Vegan Cheddar Cheese (£2.00), ensuring the nation’s favourite sandwich filler and cracker topper can be enjoyed by all.

Andrew continues, “With a greater demand for vegan-friendly versions of everyday popular items, this year will see Asda expand its vegan repertoire even more, with innovative, delicious products in the pipeline for launch throughout 2018.”

For more vegan inspiration, read our blog here.

Media contact:
Russell Craig
Senior Director, Media & Community Relations
0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 2,317,973 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 8, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 12, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 2,317,973 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 8, 2018 up to and including January 12, 2018. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.27 per share for a total consideration of €42.4 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €2 billion share buyback program announced on November 8, 2017.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 4,117,520 common shares for a total consideration of €75.5 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

This press release is issued in connection with the disclosure and reporting obligation set out in Article 2(2) of the EU Regulation that contains technical standards for buyback programs.

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs/ for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
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RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

Complete 360-Degree Solution Empowers Retailers to Better Respond to Industry’s Shopper-Led Disruption

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018 ), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced a variety of expanded capabilities and functionalities, including a world’s first retail edge sensor with onboard deep learning artificial intelligence and the industry’s widest field of view, enhanced retail analytics software benefits, and the further development of a complete partner ecosystem to solve for retail brands’ biggest challenges and opportunities. RetailNext is highlighting its comprehensive suite of solutions and partner ecosystem at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today, January 14, through January 16.

“Long established as the industry’s de facto standard in retail analytics solutions, RetailNext is proud to further advance its smart store solutions built to empower retailers to be better, more shopper-responsive retailers,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “RetailNext’s suite of SaaS solutions, its groundbreaking Aurora sensor, its proven retail expertise and its powerful portfolio of technology partners position the company to extend its market leadership position.”

Expanded software capabilities eliminates guesswork

New for 2018, RetailNext has introduced new performance dashboards and other software enhancements into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic and other key performance metrics. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities,” added Johns, “freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

Aurora v2 sensor – industry’s widest field of view and a world’s first with onboard AI

Unveiled at The Big Show, the Aurora v2 all-in-one sensor provides the industry’s widest field of view and floor coverage, reducing stores’ hardware footprints and deployment costs, and minimizing the impact to stores’ aesthetic design. Like its predecessor introduced in 2016, Aurora v2 features simple plug-and-play installation, requiring no on-site, in-store servers. All retail analytics, including deep learning, occurs onboard the device, at the edge, and data is transmitted in real-time to the RetailNext cloud, enabling brands to collect and share powerful insights across every store across the enterprise.

“The wide field of view of the Aurora v2 sensor affords retailers an economically viable method to have complete floor coverage of a store,” said Arun Nair, co-founder and chief technology officer of RetailNext, “and, in turn, makes shopper full path analyses and other advanced analytics projects more feasible. It’s precisely those projects that enable retailers to develop a deeper understanding of in-store shopping behaviors and allows them to produce differentiated in-store shopping experiences.”

Aurora v2 is the first edge device to incorporate deep learning-based artificial intelligence onboard, in the device, empowering retailers to receive store-specific insights in an affordable manner. With RetailNext’s advanced human activity recognition software, retailers can benefit from Aurora’s deep learning capabilities to measure shopper and sales associate behaviors, including picking up of products, trying products on, taking or moving products or anything else a retailer would like to determine.

“The more retailers know about what’s happening in store, the better,” continued Nair, “and Aurora v2’s deep learning abilities allow retailers to do just that, automatically and at scale, over time, freeing up valuable resources to be allocated to shopper service and care.”

Partner ecosystem expands in breadth and depth

At retail’s Big Show, RetailNext is highlighting its continually growing, vibrant ecosystem of strategic and technology partnerships, as well as IT system integrators, with demonstrations incorporating customers UNTUCKit, Bose, Cos Bar, Allbirds, b8ta and Lolli and Pops.

Integrating store operations with merchandising, RetailNext showcases how retailers ensure the right product is at the right place at the right time, and features Acuitas Digital – an alliance with BTIntelSATO Global SolutionsNexgen Packaging and Valmarc Corporation – and its solutions for improving inventory visibility and management by measuring product and shopper movement on a single platform.

Additionally, RetailNext is previewing a new partnership with Facebook, with a beta initiative available to select retailers that provides aggregated and anonymized shopper demographic and behavioral data, empowering brands to better design more engaging in-store shopping experiences. Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, retailers can better understand key demographic and behavioral attributes about store visitors as a complement to the in-store shopping behaviors captured through the RetailNext platform with every shopping journey.

“Without question, shoppers have ushered in a new era in retailing, and their collective expectations for easy, convenient, fun and friction-free shopping experiences rise year after year,” emphasized Johns. “IoT technologies and smart store solutions from RetailNext and its partners are solving for retail stores’ most pressing opportunities, proving the shopper-centered smart store is a today thing, not a tomorrow thing.”

Professional solutions see strategies through to execution

Long recognized as a retail industry thought leader, RetailNext is leveraging its own in-house retailing expertise with the talent, solutions and capabilities of its partner ecosystem to develop a full suite of professional consulting services.

“Strategic consultation is natural expansion of our existing advanced analytics practice,” continued Johns, “where we couple RetailNext’s extensive knowledge of retail and the in-store technology landscape with the right technology partners to complete custom engagements and studies. RetailNext’s additional professional services solutions will feature deep, consultative engagements utilizing the most appropriate partners in its 360-degree ecosystem to help retailing brands define and ultimately execute upon go-forward strategies.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext enhances its SaaS platform with the new performance dashboards

Enhanced At-a-Glance Functionality and Artificial Intelligence Allows for Real-Time Updates on Performance Metrics and Elimination of Guesswork

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, introduced new performance dashboards into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. RetailNext is showcasing the capabilities of its industry-best analytics platform at booth #3165 at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today through January 16.

“RetailNext’s new Performance Dashboard is integrated directly into its user interface and allows retailers to take the guesswork out of store management,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Instead of relying on intuition or spending countless hours analyzing data, the Performance Dashboard allows store managers to focus their attention where it belongs most – engaging with staff and serving shoppers.”

Benchmark store performance against past results, goals and peers

The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” added Johns. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

Predicted shopper traffic, powered by RetailNext artificial intelligence

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“The first generation of smart store IoT analytics delivered data and actionable insights to store operators, but it still required analysis to develop the most appropriate corrective strategies to capture the available opportunities for improvement,” continued Johns. “RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities, freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

RetailNext Inc. and RetailNext are trademarks of RetailNext Inc. in the United States.

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext announces collaboration with Facebook to provide retailers shopper insights

Complementary Shopper Insights to Provide Understanding of Today’s New Shopping Journeys

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 13, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics, announced a new initiative with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) available to select retailers. The goal of the product is to allow retailers to better understand their in-store shoppers in order to improve upon in-store shopping experiences. Facebook will power the tool with aggregated and anonymized store visitor insights as a complement to RetailNext’s retail analytics platform. RetailNext is previewing the collaboration alongside the capabilities of its industry-leading analytics platform at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, beginning tomorrow, January 14, through January 16.

“RetailNext is excited to begin incorporating Facebook’s store visitor insights with its own comprehensive in-store shopping activity data,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Through the RetailNext platform, retailers understand the complete view of shopper traffic at the door and through the store, including where guests go, what engages them and what aids in conversion. Audience demographic insights from Facebook layers considerable texture to RetailNext’s in-store shopper data, empowering retailers to develop actionable insights and deliver better shopper service through their staffing models, store layout, product merchandising and marketing decisions.”

Contextualized brand performance

Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, audience demographic insights and in-store shopping behavior will provide retailers the data necessary to improve upon the shopping experience and ensure brick-and-mortar stores’ relevance in this new era of shopper-driven retail.

“For over a decade, RetailNext’s SaaS platform has enabled retailers to accurately and very precisely measure shopper activity in-store,” added Johns. “With our collaboration with Facebook, retailers can now get a more complete view of the customer journey, allowing them to tailor their shopping experiences to those that consumers crave and deserve.”

Note: In preparation for this collaboration, Facebook has ensured user-level data will not be compromised as only aggregated and anonymized data will be shared

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Ajman, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia – announced the opening of 50 exciting international brands and dining concepts as part of its ongoing enhancement project at City Centre Ajman.

City Centre Ajman is transforming into a regional mall with an investment of AED 643 million, which is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement made in June 2016 to increase its total investment in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investment in the country to AED 48 billion.

With a gross leasable area of 34,000 sqm, the mall brings 14 brands to Ajman for the first time.  Fashion-forward shoppers will find all their beauty essentials at international stores Inglot and Lush, which mark their debut in the emirate. Style enthusiasts can also shop for all the latest, trendy outfits at Garage and US Polo, which make their first foray into the city, as well.

City Centre Ajman takes family dining to the next level by introducing alfresco eating options for diners who want to enjoy the cool weather while savouring a multi-cuisine spread. Portuguese-style casual dining restaurant Nando’s, Turkish cuisine masters Mado café and authentic Italian comfort food restaurant Pizza Express are serving up their world-famous recipes to residents and tourists for the first time in Ajman.

Visitors can also opt to start their day with a steaming cup of coffee and buttery croissants at the new, bigger Starbucks and Gerard Café, which have an indoor and outdoor seating area, or sit down with friends in the central galleria for a hearty breakfast of freshly toasted bagels and beverages at Tim Hortons.

Adrenaline seekers and young-at-hearts can enjoy hours of fun at Majid Al Futtaim’s family entertainment centre, Magic Planet, which is now grown to 1,466 sqm in size. While the kids have their time out on the rides, parents can kick back and enjoy the latest movies at the relocated VOX Cinemas at City Centre Ajman.

The innovatively designed mall extension boasts a bigger parking facility with 1,800 spaces. It took more than six million man hours to construct the striking new wing, which has a central galleria, skylight roof allowing natural light to stream in during the day and contrast lighting levels in stores that create an inviting ambiance for shoppers.

The first phase of the expansion was carried out in line with green building protocol and Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy. Energy-efficient design and procedures, including installing LED lighting and water-saving, low-flow faucets and fixtures help reduce the mall’s carbon footprint.

The next development phase will involve the renovation of the existing mall which will see City Centre Ajman grow from 29,000 to 55,300 sqm in size upon completion in 2019.  As part of the upgrades, the public areas and facilities, including the toilets, baby changing area and prayer rooms will be enhanced for a seamless transition between the old and new section of the mall.

“The new wing at City Centre Ajman, which features more than 50 international brands and dining concepts, is set to revolutionise the emirate’s retail landscape,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

“We are proud to bring 14 world-class brands that make their debut in Ajman, underscoring our continued leadership in the retail sector. We’ve listened carefully to our fashion-conscious customers who want the convenience of shopping for their favourite brands closer to home and have addressed that demand with our diverse range of new stores and restaurants.

As City Centre Ajman transforms into a regional shopping mall, our focus on contemporary design with convenience and accessibility at the centre of our services, a tailored retail mix with dynamic new brands and unique dining and entertainment concepts continue to make it a destination of choice for both residents and tourists.

City Centre Ajman’s expansion project complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which includes the recent opening of My City Centre Al Dhait in Ras Al Khaimah and the expansion of City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.citycentreajman.com and www.facebook.com/CityCentreAjman.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

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LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes, Scotland

LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes in Scotland

Glenrothes industrial estate is added to Scotland portfolio

West Midlands, England, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our ambitious growth plans, we are pleased to announced that we have acquired an industrial estate in Scotland – our ninth acquisition in the country in the past few months.

The £3.1 million investment for the multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes includes units that range in size from 941 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft and altogether provide 234,148 sq ft of accommodation. The premises are let to 21 different companies, providing a rental income of £465,661.

We opened our first Scotland headquarters in Glasgow last year and have invested millions of pounds acquiring nine portfolios comprising 48 industrial retail units – totalling 346,810sq ft of real estate.

James Buchanan, investment director, said it was keen to secure this latest investment because of the asset management opportunities, which include lease re-gears and potential sales of units to tenants.

“This is a key acquisition in an increasingly important region for the company,” he said. “Our team of pro-active asset managers is now examining ways in which we can add value to the properties for the benefit of local businesses. They will also be using their extensive knowledge to attract tenants to the four units that are currently vacant as part of their marketing campaign.”

The four units that are available range from 2,410 sq ft to 19,242 sq ft and are suitable for a range of uses, including industrial.

For more information about the units, contact Roddy Proudfoot, asset manager, on 0141 465 3395 or email: RProudfoot@lcpproperties.co.uk

SOURCE: LCP Management Ltd

RCH Europe presents smart hardware and software technologies for the management and automation of POS at Intergastra 2018

RCH Europe presents smart hardware and software technologies for the management and automation of POS at Intergastra 2018

INNSBRUCK, Austria, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Europe, the provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and the public administration sector will showcase its latest range of hardware and software solutions at Intergastra 2018 (at Messe Stuttgart on Stand 7.C70). RCH Europe is the new international operation recently launched by RCH Group SpA to support its growing activities outside Italy, especially in the German-speaking markets.

“The convergence of digital and mobile technologies has transformed the way in which we do business, said Michele Stecca, Director of Exports at RCH Group. “To stay abreast of consumers evolving needs, merchants require intelligent software that can communicate with any device, whether it is connected via a cable or in the cloud. At Intergastra visitors will have the opportunity to see the benefits of using our smart hardware and software technologies in the management and automation of POS.”

Highlights at INTERGASTRA 2018

CLOUD SUPPORT
RCH was the first European company to introduce an Android interface for use in POS.

The Point of Sale is shifting towards a cloud-based environment, allowing merchants to remotely monitor and manage their systems from any device.

The back office provided by RCH is divided into two distinct sections: the first part allows merchants to monitor in real time the sales of each cash point from any device, such as a tablet, PC or smartphone. The second part enables complete management of the system’s programming, including personal registry, operators, customers, system configuration, and so on.

PRP 58 PORTABLE PRINTER
The company is now expanding its product line with the release of the PRP58 non-fiscal printing system. The PRP58 allows users to print bills from the waiter’s application bundled with Atos Software, for example.

ATOS Software: EASY INTEGRATION WITH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

Smart and Elegant Designs
RCH’s products are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. An RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

RCH Europe is a member of the RCH Group that designs, produces and sells fiscal printers, fiscal and non-fiscal cash registers, and Point of Sale (POS) hardware and software. Since its foundation over 48 years ago, the company’s products, all conceived in Italy, are recognised across several markets for their advanced technology, smart designs, and ease of use.

More information about RCH Europe and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Wendy’s opens new restaurant in Guatemala City, Guatemala its 500th international location

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced the grand opening of its 500th international restaurant location in Guatemala City, Guatemala by franchise organization Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa.

Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa joined the Wendy’s® system in 2015 and currently operates a total of 13 restaurants in Guatemala, employing more than 400 Wendy’s team members.

“In the past year we’ve grown our international portfolio by more than 60 net new restaurants,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “This is a great achievement that we attribute to the strength of our brand and partnerships with exceptional and dedicated franchisees who are committed to developing Wendy’s abroad.”

The opening of the 500th international restaurant in Guatemala in late December follows recent openings of new international Wendy’s locations in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia, to name a few.

“We have an outstanding group of international franchise partners who play an essential role in the growth and success of our brand, and we are dedicated to helping them build strong, profitable restaurant businesses,” said Bob Wright, EVP, Chief Operations Officer & International of The Wendy’s Company. “At Wendy’s, our goal is to Delight Every Customer in every restaurant around the world. It’s this shared commitment that has resulted in the successful growth of our international business.”

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Note: International restaurants within the Wendy’s system are those located outside the U.S. and Canada, and include restaurants in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

SOURCE The Wendy’s Company

Heidi Schauer, Director, Corporate Communications, heidi.schauer@wendys.com, Tel: 614.764.3368

Majid Al Futtaim expands My City Centre brand in the UAE with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait

Majid Al Futtaim expands My City Centre brand in the UAE with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim—the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia—today opened My City Centre Al Dhait to meet the everyday dining, lifestyle and retail needs of Ras Al Khaimah’s fastest-growing communities. Today’s inauguration marks Majid Al Futtaim’s first investment in a community and convenience focused retail and services destination for this emirate’s residents and tourists.

“Today we underscore Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to delivering a unique retail experience to fast-growing communities around the region with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait, our first shopping destination in Ras Al Khaimah and the latest addition to the growing My City Centre brand in the UAE,” said Ghaith Shocair, Chief Executive Officer – Shopping Malls,
Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.

“We will deliver a diverse retail offering in an accessible location within the expanding residential areas of Ras Al Khaimah. My City Centre Al Dhait will address the daily needs of visitors and the increasing number of tourists in the country’s Northern Emirates.”

The AED 68.5 million mall, which has a gross leasable area of 5,494 square metres, houses more than 30 regional and international lifestyle brands.  My City Centre Al Dhait is Majid Al Futtaim’s third My City Centre mall in the UAE, a neighbourhood shopping and dining destination created specifically for nearby residential and commercial communities.

Easily accessible due to its proximity to Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, My City Centre Al Dhait offers a vast array of household goods, including fresh produce and bakery items from Carrefour Market. Dining options include the emirate’s first branch of American fast-food chain Popeye’s, Blends & Brews and McDonald’s alongside more extensive menu options at Indian restaurant Gazebo and Iranian cuisine specialist Hatam.

The opening of My City Centre Al Dhait reinforces Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment made in 2016 to increase investments in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investments in the UAE to AED 48 billion.

As part of Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy, My City Centre Al Dhait follows green building protocol with innovative methods and resource-efficient procedures in place, including collecting condensed water from air-conditioning and ventilations systems to use for irrigation and installing LED lighting and water-saving low-flow fixtures and faucets. The single-storey, 7,000-square-metre property meets LEED Gold criteria and its solar-panelled parking bay shades, which incorporate photovoltaic cells, are expected to deliver energy savings of 7.5 per cent.

My City Centre Al Dhait complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which include the expansion of both City Centre Ajman and City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

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Wawa expands Grubhub delivery service to New Jersey

Fans of both brands can enjoy free delivery during Philadelphia football playoff games this winter

Wawa, PA, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa, Inc., today announced the company will be delivering to select locations in New Jersey through its partnership with Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company. Wawa’s first New Jersey store to offer delivery, located at 500 New Jersey Highway 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ, becomes Wawa’s seventh store overall to partner with Grubhub, joining Pennsylvania locations in Philadelphia, Bethlehem and Ardmore

“At Wawa, we believe we exist to go beyond filling orders but to fulfill the lives of our customers every day, and part of this belief means making ordering Wawa products as fast, easy and accessible as possible,” said Steve Hackett, Delivery Project Manager for Wawa. “By offering our customers the ability to order their favorite Wawa products from the comforts of their own home or office through the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company in Grubhub, we can connect with and enhance the lives of more customers than ever before.”

“We’re excited to be Wawa’s first delivery partner and bring fans of this beloved chain their favorite menu items like famous hoagies and mac and cheese to enjoy from the comfort of home,“ said Stan Chia, chief operating officer of Grubhub. “We’re thrilled to provide the partnership and technology that will help Wawa reach new guests. I hope that diners are delighted to see this local favorite on Grubhub.”

Wawa and Grubhub first started offering delivery in late 2017. Now in seven stores, online delivery via Grubhub is available for most of Wawa’s foodservice products, as well as a limited number of beverages, chips, candy and desserts. In addition to the New Jersey location, Wawa stores that are currently offering delivery include:

Store #8037 in Bethlehem
741 East Broad St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018

#8064 in NE Philadelphia
3341 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114

#66 in Ardmore, PA
195 West Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003

#161 in Center City, Philadelphia
2040 Hamilton St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

#8013 2535 Aramingo Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

#247- 518 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Also, during the Philadelphia football playoff games this winter, Wawa delivery is FREE from our stores offering delivery. Customers can check Grubhub’s online or mobile platforms to see if their location is in the
delivery zones.

How it Works
Customers interested in ordering their favorite Wawa items online can go to wawadelivery.com or on Grubhub’s online and mobile platforms. Grubhub diners can simply type in their address to see if there is a Wawa available in
their area for delivery or pickup. Delivery fees, order minimums, menu items and hours may vary depending on location.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 780 convenience retail stores (over 590 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2016 and 2017 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail & Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

About Grubhub
Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is the nation’s leading online and mobile takeout food-ordering marketplace with the most comprehensive network of restaurant partners and largest active diner base. Dedicated to moving eating forward and connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, the company’s platforms and services strive to elevate food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub is proud to work with approximately 75,000 restaurant partners in over 1,300 U.S. cities and London. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, Eat24, AllMenus and MenuPages.

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SOURCE: Wawa, Inc.

ascena retail group names Eric Hunter as President, Plus Fashion segment including Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique brands

MAHWAH, N.J., 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), announced today that Eric Hunter will serve as President of ascena’s Plus Fashion segment which includes the Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique brands.

“Eric’s broad experience and focus on the customer makes him well-equipped to take on this essential leadership position,” said Gary Muto, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena Brands.

Mr. Hunter’s background includes more than 20 years of diverse marketing experience. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing for Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a position he held since 2013. Mr. Hunter also has experience as Senior Vice President and acting Chief Marketing Officer for JCPenney Company where he led strategy, research, creative, media, customer relationship management and digital direction. Prior to that, Mr. Hunter served as Chief Marketing Officer & Group President with Kellwood Company. He also gained experience at PMK/HBH/Momentum and Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Northeastern University and his master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

“After a comprehensive search process, we have found an outstanding individual to assume leadership of these iconic brands,” said David Jaffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the ascena retail group, inc. “Eric has a track record of strong leadership, vision and strategy both inside and outside of retail that make him uniquely qualified to lead our Plus Fashion segment into the future.”

“I’m very excited to join ascena and contribute to the company’s transformation and growth efforts by leading Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique,” said Mr. Hunter.

About ascena retail group, inc. ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,800 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, lanebryant.com, Catherines.com, and shopjustice.com.

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

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LCP: O’Kane Irish Foods signs 10-year lease at Phoenix Trading Estate, Perivale, Ealing

LCP: O’Kane Irish Foods signs 10-year lease at Phoenix Trading Estate, Perivale, Ealing

West Midlands, England, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The largest dedicated importer of Irish foods into the UK has moved to a new facility in London to help it grow its online business.

O’Kane Irish Foods has signed a 10-year lease for unit 2, Phoenix Trading Estate, Perivale, Ealing, after agreeing terms with LCP, which owns and manages the estate.

The move follows a three-year search for suitable premises that could house the company’s online division, YourIrishshop.com.

Eddie O’Kane, who founded Wembley-headquartered O’Kane Irish Foods in 2003, said the 8,101 sq ft unit at Ealing was ideal to house its online division. The unit will also have an in-house photographic studio and a training facility for the other businesses within the group.

“I have been looking around for a suitable facility for about three years now and whilst a few came up I didn’t feel that the landlords were quite right for me,” he said.

“With LCP I’ve found the partner that will allow the business to grow over the next 10 years. That was evident in the flexibility shown from early in the negotiations. I got the impression right from the start that they also believe in long-term progressive relationships rather than the bog standard tenant/landlord relationship.

“Of course, it helps that the location is absolutely ideal for us and the enclosed estate provides peace of mind in terms of security.”

Julian Diamond, LCP retail director, said: “We pride ourselves on working very closely with clients to ensure they find the right premises for their business and I’m very pleased to have secured the lease for O’Kane Irish Foods at Phoenix Trading Estate. We wish the company every success as it sets its sights on further growth over the next few years.”

YourIrishshop.com was launched in 2006 and is a fully-owned subsidiary of O’Kane Irish Foods, which supplies Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA.

SOURCE: LCP Management Ltd

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Diebold Nixdorf announces the appointment of that Mark S. Brewer as SVP and managing director, Global Retail

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in driving connected commerce, today announced that Mark S. Brewer has joined the company as senior vice president and managing director, Global Retail. Brewer is responsible for leading the company’s retail connected commerce strategy and operations, including business development, customer relationship management and global sales. As a member of Diebold Nixdorf’s senior leadership team, he will report to Juergen Wunram, Diebold Nixdorf interim co-president and co-CEO.

Brewer comes to Diebold Nixdorf from DXC Technology, where he most recently served as global vice president, Enterprise and Cloud Applications. Prior to this, he spent many years in leadership roles at IBM. Brewer’s roles at IBM included group general manager, Global Technology Services, for IBM Australia; vice president, North America retail, consumer packaged goods, travel and transportation industries; managing director Retail Industries, North America; and various solution and sales leadership roles in IBM Europe.

“Mark’s extensive retail industry and technology services experience, as well as his strong track record across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, give us the opportunity to capitalize on our strategic opportunities within the retail industry and further deliver solutions that surpass consumer demands,” said Wunram. “He is a perfect fit to lead our retail team and execute our retail growth strategy around the world.” Brewer is based at the company’s headquarters facility in North Canton.

A native of the U.K., currently residing in northern Virginia, Brewer received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Systems Design and Mathematics from the University West of England, Bristol, U.K.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

SOURCE Diebold Nixdorf

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Diebold Nixdorf to demonstrate the future of retail journeys at the NRF BIG Show, Jan. 14-16 in New York

Sophisticated technologies propel an intuitive customer journey, enhancing retail shopping experiences across channel boundaries

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in driving connected commerce, will showcase its latest experience-driven technologies at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Show, the world’s leading annual retail event, from Jan. 14-16 in New York. In booth #1885, Diebold Nixdorf will demonstrate the future of retail journeys, with solutions designed to extend beyond omnichannel offerings to make the “Store for One” – a connected commerce approach that is completely centered on the consumer – a reality.

A fundamental shift from a channel-centric to a consumer-centric approach will transform the entire retail landscape. As retailers increasingly look for solutions to improve consumer shopping experiences, it is crucial to adopt interactive technologies and ensure the most efficient, “always on” operations via a “store as a service” concept for users. Visitors at the Diebold Nixdorf booth can explore how its Storevolution TMprogram, supported by Vynamic™ Retail Software, enables both consumers and retailers at every single step of the retail journey.

Diebold Nixdorf’s latest innovations in retail checkout technology through Storevolution cover the consumer journey from end-to-end:

  • Recently announced software solutions on display at NRF include Vynamic Engage, which supports greater customer centricity via personalized interactions with consumers, Vynamic Mobile Shopper, mobile self-scanning software, and Vynamic Mobile Retail, demonstrated via a mobile scan-and-go app. These solutions improve the consumer’s in-store retail experience through customization based on prior buying patterns and behaviors.
  • Managed Mobility Services help to improve performance and availability of existing and new mobile devices in real-time to optimize operational costs.
  • The embedding of digital and mobile-enabled touchpoints for both shoppers and staff members is represented in the BEETLE iSCAN EASY eXpress self-checkout solution, now featuring RFID technology. Supporting the consumer’s demands for digital and mobile-enabled touchpoints, the BEETLE iSCAN EASY eXpress employs a “scan and go” modality and acts as an interactive kiosk or a payment terminal with a compact design to support cashless payments via card and smartphone.
  • Saving space and boosting productivity, the new BEETLE iPOS plus XL has an extra-large 18.5” screen and acts as an all-in-one POS solution. Further, the M-III, a modular POS system, simultaneously operates several applications, offering excellent scalability, high performance, and a greater range of functionality for traditional checkout areas.
  • The K-Two Kiosk automates routine tasks and in-store transactions, offers order-taking abilities at QSRs and fast casual restaurants, provides customer service, supplies product information, sells tickets and presents functionality that furthers store digitalization.

Diebold Nixdorf’s booth at NRF will also feature the “DN Future Store,” a virtual reality experience that demonstrates how Vynamic enables both retailers and consumers throughout the in-store shopping experiences via intuitive changes.

“When it comes to retail, we understand the growing demand from consumers for personalized, connected, and convenient shopping experiences,” said Juergen Wunram, interim co-chief executive officer and chief operating officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “We are constantly innovating and expanding our portfolio and software services to ensure that retailers have everything they need to address their operational needs along the evolving consumer journey.”

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

SOURCE Diebold Nixdorf

Media Relations, Mike Jacobsen, APR, +1-330-490-3796, michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com; Investor Relations, Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319, steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

Diebold Nixdorf introduces enhancements to its Vynamic™ portfolio: Vynamic Engage and Vynamic Mobile Shopper at the NRF BIG Show

Company introducing Vynamic™ Retail software to power its Storevolution™ strategy

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), the world leader in driving connected commerce, will introduce the company’s latest software-driven technologies at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Show, the world’s leading annual retail event, from Jan. 14-16 in New York. Diebold Nixdorf will launch two major software solutions enhancing the scope of the Vynamic™ portfolio: Vynamic Engage and Vynamic Mobile Shopper.

Retailers can substantially improve consumers’ in-store shopping experiences through the implementation of interactive and intuitive technologies. Diebold Nixdorf’s latest innovations in retail technology, available as a part of its Storevolution™ strategy, covers the consumer journey end-to-end.

The new cloud-based Vynamic Engage is a software-as-a-service solution that revolutionizes how retailers can drive consumer engagement, enabling a 360-degree view of customer behavior and enhancing their shopping experience at every touchpoint of the journey – such as targeted promotions and real-time campaigns across all channels. By collecting, combining and analyzing consumer data, Vynamic Engage generates holistic consumer profiles driving loyalty and increasing overall spending. This open-API based solution is natively integrated with the Vynamic Retail portfolio, improving consumer interactions by providing real-time personalization and engagement on consumers’ smartphones.

“With Vynamic Engage, we’re delivering on our connected commerce vision, which allows for the retailer to build consumer intimacy with unlimited options to connect,” said Alan Kerr, senior vice president software at Diebold Nixdorf. “Through the use of the software-as-a-service model, Vynamic Engage is deployed in the cloud and easily integrates into existing customer landscapes supporting open APIs.”

In addition, Diebold Nixdorf is introducing retailers to Vynamic Mobile Shopper at the BIG Show. Vynamic Mobile Shopper provides retailers with mobile self-scanning capabilities for both retail-hardened devices and consumer smartphones. Vynamic Mobile Shopper enables, in conjunction with other solutions like Vynamic Engage, a personalized in-store retail experience and empowers consumers with more convenience and choice while they shop. Through the integration of mobile payments, the checkout process will become even faster and more efficient, delivering efficiency to both consumers and retailers.

“With the introduction of these offerings on the heels of launching Vynamic Mobile Retail at Money 20/20, we are building further upon the growing trend of in-store mobility – enhancing the value our software portfolio provides to retailers and their customers,” Kerr said.  “We are excited to demonstrate this approach, along with a broad range of other best-in-class, customer-centric technologies, at the NRF Big Show.”

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

SOURCE Diebold Nixdorf

Media Relations, Mike Jacobsen, +1-330-490-3796, michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com ; Investor Relations, Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319, steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

Diebold Nixdorf appoints Arvin Jawa VP, retail strategy

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in driving connected commerce, today announced that Arvin Jawa recently joined the company as vice president, retail strategy. Jawa will be responsible for the company’s ongoing consumer-centric strategy for growth in the retail business, particularly in the Americas. Jawa will also work to extend the company’s retail partner ecosystem and grow its portfolio of future offerings to provide retailers with open and flexible innovation that addresses evolving consumer demands.  He reports to Stefan Merz, senior vice president, corporate strategy and development.

Jawa has held various leadership roles throughout his career in the retail industry.  He joins Diebold Nixdorf from Vera Bradley Designs, where he most recently served as senior director, strategic initiatives – strategy and business development. There, he was responsible for the company’s long-range strategic planning, leading key consumer-facing initiatives to improve the brand’s perception, as well as facilitating the development and launch of new business lines. Prior to this, he worked as vice president at LakeWest Group, the country’s largest independent retail management consulting firm.  At LakeWest, he advised retail clients on growth strategies through redesign of business processes, selection and implementation of enabling technologies, and designing revenue-driven, consumer-centric plans.

“Arvin’s track record in retail operational process and design, along with his experience in consulting various companies on successful growth strategies, makes him uniquely qualified to lead our retail business strategy — especially in the Americas, where we have great opportunity for growth,” said Merz. Jawa is based at the company’s headquarters facility in North Canton.

A native of Cleveland, Arvin received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Marketing.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from the University of Rochester.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

SOURCE Diebold Nixdorf

Media Relations, Mike Jacobsen, APR, +1-330-490-3796, michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com; Investor Relations, Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319, steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

Costa Coffee introduces coconut milk to its menu

Costa Coffee introduces coconut milk to its menu

  • The nation’s favourite coffee shop introduces the new dairy-free alternative to its menu, available across UK stores from 4 January 2018
  • To celebrate the new offering, the brand has launched a limited edition drink; the Coconut & Vanilla Latte
  • The dairy-free alternative contains soya and has been specifically created for baristas, to provide a more professional, glossy finish; a more luxurious texture and taste

LONDON, UK, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The nation’s favourite coffee shop, Costa Coffee, has today introduced coconut across its stores nationwide. In celebration of the new addition, Costa has released an exclusive, vegan-friendly hot drink; the Coconut & Vanilla Latte. The drink showcases the perfect partnership of Costa’s Mocha-Italia blend and the light, fresh taste of coconut.The limited edition drink is full of flavour – the perfect choice to lift the mood this January.

The introduction comes as customer demand for an additional alternative-milk to the range increases. The delicious, light flavour is the latest innovation on Costa’s drinks menu andhas been specifically developed for use in coffee. The addition of soya creates a rich and glossy microfoam; perfect for the creation of latte art.

Coconut offers a smooth, delicious and refreshing flavour for anyone looking to try something different. It is a great option for those looking to watch their waistline, with a similar calorie count to skimmed milk. In addition, coconut is perfect for those with dietary needs and ideal for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Costa will also now offer a Coconut Flat White and a Coconut Mocha, which will be available for £2.95. Additionally, coconut will be available in Costa’s core range of drinks, including the Cappuccino, White Americano and Cortado, for an additional 45p.

Russell Braterman, Global Innovations Director at Costa, said: “January is the start of fresh beginnings for many and it’s often a time when people are looking to try something new. Opting for dairy-free alternatives and natural flavours are growing trends and coconut is becoming more and more popular. Coconut complements coffee perfectly and offers a fantastic alternative choice for our customers. We hope to not only encourage customers to try new and exciting ways to enjoy great coffee – but to escape the depths of UK winter with a deliciously smooth tasting coffee experience too.”

Costa is also adding a new range of delicious items to its food menu including the Orange Polenta Cake, a mouth-wateringly moist maize flour sponge made with orange curd and topped with candied orange shreds. The new Banana & Pecan Bread, Salted Caramel Melting Middles and Gingerbread Latte Loaf Cake are all additional sweet treats for those looking for a January lift.

Costa is also releasing a Pretzel and Wow Butter Slice, which contains all the flavour of peanut butter without the nuts. The vegan-friendly Paradise Slice will also entice customers, featuring coconut and vine fruit bound in coconut cream and topped with rich dark chocolate, dried raspberry pieces and nibbed pistachios.

All the new products will be available at Costa stores across the UK from 4 January 2018.

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Full list of new menu products includes:

Drinks Menu

  • Coconut & Vanilla Latte – from £2.95 NEW!

Food Menu

  • Gingerbread Latte Loaf Cake – from £2.30 NEW!
  • Banana Cake – from £2.45 NEW!
  • Orange Polenta Cake – from £2.45 NEW!
  • Pretzel and Wow Butter Slice – from £2.00 NEW!
  • Paradise Slice – from £2.00 NEW!
  • Salted Caramel Melting Middle Muffin – from 2.00 NEW!

All new menu items are subject to availability.

High-resolution images are available upon request. For more information please contact the Costa press office on 020 3196 9668 or at Costateam@onegreenbean.com

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC, which this year celebrates its 275thAnniversary as a great British business.

With over 2,200 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,200 in 29 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and 2016).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of

coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 75 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

SOURCE: Costa

Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes 2018 with new Dunkin’ Deals

Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes 2018 with new Dunkin’ Deals 

  • Special value offers include two Egg and Cheese Wake-up Wrap® sandwiches for $2 all day, and Medium Hot or Iced Lattes for $2 from 2 PM to 6 PM
  • Dunkin’ brews a big start to ’18 with new Decaf Breakfast Tea and two seasonal coffee flavors

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — With many people making saving money a New Year’s resolution, Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming a great ’18 with new Dunkin’ Deals, serving up two special value offers on the menu. Beginning today, January 8th, customers can enjoy two Egg and Cheese Wake-up Wrap® sandwiches any time of day for the special price of only $2. Additionally, from 2 PM to 6 PM, guests can stay energized with a Medium Hot or Iced Latte for only $2. These Dunkin’ Deals will be offered through February 25th at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide*.

Dunkin’ Donuts has also brewed big beverage news to begin the New Year, with two seasonal coffee flavors perfect for the winter months ahead. New Buttery Toffee Nut offers the taste of buttery toffee with toasty nut flavor, while Winter White Chocolate combines creamy white chocolate and subtle vanilla flavors. Both flavors are available for a limited time in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee.

Finally, January is National Hot Tea Month, and Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing Decaf Breakfast Tea as the newest addition to its lineup of premium hot teas and herbal infusions. Decaf Breakfast Tea is a blend of premium black teas from around the world, delivering full-bodied, bold flavor in every cup. New Decaf Breakfast Tea joins other Dunkin’ Donuts tea varieties including Bold Breakfast™ Black Tea, Harmony Leaf™ Green Tea, Chamomile Fields™ Herbal Infusion, Hibiscus Kiss™ Herbal Infusion, and Cool Mint Herbal Infusion. All are served in pyramid tea sachets for the optimal steep.

To celebrate National Hot Tea Month, on Friday, January 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a complementary Bold Breakfast Black Tea sachet to every guest who makes a purchase.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “Dunkin’ Donuts’ commitment to offering both great value and innovative beverages helps our brand stand apart to customers and will continue to fuel our growth and success. As we look towards an exciting new year, we’re thrilled to welcome 2018 with special deals, along with new beverage choices in both coffee and tea to keep our guests running all day long.”

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.

* The two Egg and Cheese Wake-up Wrap sandwiches for $2 and Medium Hot or Iced Lattes for $2 from 2 PM to 6 PM offers will be available in the Metro New York and Philadelphia areas through January 28th

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About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 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.

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

NCR to take visitors on an experiential retail journey during NRF’s 2018 Annual Convention & Expo, January 14-16

At NRF 2018, NCR demonstrates how its innovations help converge physical and digital channels to meet the demands of both retailers and shoppers in an evolving industry

ATLANTA, GA, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in innovative omni-channel solutions, will take visitors to booth #3121 on an experiential retail journey during NRF’s 2018 Annual Convention & Expo from January 14 to 16. In doing so, the company is underscoring the need for retailers to reimagine consumer engagement in a landscape where physical and digital channels are increasingly blurred and competition is fierce.

During the show, NCR will celebrate 20 years since the installation of its first self-checkout solution, and the tremendous journey that has led the company to become the global market leader with retailer deployments across 39 countries. Self-checkout has become one of the most recognizable aspects of NCR’s store transformation solution portfolio. NCR’s technology helps retailers solve long checkout queues, growing overhead costs, and customer service challenges due to misallocated staff and increasing wages. The company’s latest self-checkout models feature intelligent vision-based scanners that simplify the self-checkout process, while simultaneously helping to reduce shrink.

“NCR’s self-checkout innovations are part of our larger commitment to continuously rethink and reexamine the role of technology in both improving the shopper experience and helping retailers succeed,” said Tom Chittenden, vice president and general manager of retail solutions at NCR Corporation. “For many retailers, self-checkout has become the starting point of their transformational journey to thrive today and prepare for the demands of tomorrow. At this year’s NRF show, we’re excited for visitors to see our comprehensive offering of omni-channel solutions for all types of retailers and to experience hands-on the end-to-end approach we take with creating exceptional retail experiences.”

During the NRF Expo, NCR will host media tours that demonstrate how a consumer journey is markedly enhanced by its omni-channel retail solutions: delivering flexible purchase and fulfillment options, improving engagement with next-level personalization and creating smoother experiences using a wide variety of technologies. For example, NCR’s EMV-ready OPTIC terminals are poised to revolutionize petroleum and convenience retail throughout North America by helping to drive in-store sales and improve loyalty with customized offers and a broad array of payment options at-the-pump. NCR FastLane™ Mobile Shopper helps retailers digitally engage with shoppers on their mobile devices, with tools to build shopping lists, locate and scan items for fast checkout inside the store.

Throughout the booth, visitors can experience how NCR enables the buy-anywhere, fulfill-anywhere demands of today and learn how its omni-channel solutions make each of the consumer touchpoints in a shopping journey work.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ortrud Wenzel: ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com.

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 
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

SOURCE: NCR

Lindex names Susanne Ehnbåge as CEO

Lindex names Susanne Ehnbåge as CEO

Susanne Ehnbåge, M.Sc.(Econ.), born 1979, has been appointed CEO of Lindex. She will start in this position at the latest in August 2018. Susanne Ehnbåge will report to Lauri Veijalainen, Lindex Chairman of the Board and Stockmann’s CEO, and she will also be a member of the Stockmann Management Team.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Susanne Ehnbåge currently works as the CEO of the NetOnNet Group, a Scandinavian home electronics retailer. She has been working at the NetOnNet Group since 2003, where she has held a number of executive positions, most recently as the CEO of the Group since 2016.

I am confident that we have found a skilful leader with very strong retail, e-commerce and turnaround competence, which we need in order to respond to the rapid changes in the fashion market. Susanne Ehnbåge is very energetic and result driven. She has experience in an industry which has changed fast and is being continuously challenged by new e-commerce players and digitalization, says Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann.

“I’m excited to start at Lindex, one of Europe’s leading fashion chains. I look forward to working with the Lindex team and strengthening this great world-class brand even further in the continuously evolving retail market,” says Susanne Ehnbåge.

Elisabeth Peregi, currently the interim CEO of Lindex, will continue acting as the interim CEO until Susanne Ehnbåge starts in her position at the latest in August 2018.

“I would like to thank Elisabeth for the great effort she has made by taking leadership of Lindex in a challenging situation and initiating a quick and efficient start for the profitability improvement programme. Elisabeth has been a key player in the Lindex team for years, and I am happy that she is committed to further continue at Lindex,” says Lauri Veijalainen.

Further information: 
Lauri Veijalainen, Stockmann’s CEO and Chairman of the Lindex Board, tel. +358 9 121 5062

 

For more information:
Kristina Hermansson
Corporate Communications Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 70
E-mail: press@lindex.com

SOURCE: LINDEX

RCH: smart devices and cloud-based software become increasingly important for the effective and timely management and automation of POS

Treviso, ITALY, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA, a provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and the public administration sector, today announced the launch of the European headquarters of its subsidiary, RCH Europe, in Innsbruck, Austria. This new centre of operations will support the company’s growing activities across the region. Overseeing this endeavour is RCH Overseas Sales Director, Michele Stecca.

The opening of the company’s European headquarters comes as it expands its product offering with the addition of cloud-based software and smart technology capabilities and applications. RCH’s products are based on open standards technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems.

“This is an exciting time for RCH Europe and marks a major milestone for our company as we expand our presence across European markets”, said Michele Stecca, RCH Overseas Sales Director. “With the advent of mobile technology, the necessity of smart devices and cloud-based software is becoming increasingly important for the effective and timely management and automation of POS.”

2017 was a pivotal year for the company with new deployments in several countries across Europe. An increasing European customer base coupled with the necessity to have centralised operations to handle all regional deployments and after-sales technical support led the company to Austria.

RCH Europe designs, produces, and sells fiscal printers, fiscal and non-fiscal cash registers, and Point of Sale (POS) hardware and software. Since its foundation over 48 years ago, the company’s products, all conceived in Italy, are recognised across several markets for their advanced technology, smart designs, and ease of use.

The expansion of RCH in Europe is a step forward towards strengthening and growing the company’s portfolio of clients. The new office also represents the extension of the RCH team, as the company will offer new job opportunities in the Innsbruck office.

More information about RCH Europe and its products is available at http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Asda installs UK’s first giant parcel vending machine

Asda installs UK’s first giant parcel vending machine

  • The unit dispenses online orders in less than 60 seconds and accepts returns
  • First UK automated Parcel Tower is installed at the Trafford Park store
  • The technology has been huge success for Asda’s parent company, Walmart across the US
  • The unit dispenses online orders in less than 60 seconds and accepts returns
  • Quick and easy collection of online orders from George.com and selected third party partners including Asos, Missguided and Decathlon from Asda’s ‘toyou’ delivery service.

Leeds, UK, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a first for the UK, a new, 16ft foot tall and 8ft wide, automated parcel tower has been installed at Asda’s Trafford Park store following a successful trial by parent company Walmart in the US.

The tower, which acts as a giant parcel vending machine, is located inside the store so customers can pick up their online order in less than 60 seconds and will also take returns.

Customers can choose from thousands of items available on www.george.com from their computer or smartphone, and select the store at checkout. When customers visit the store, they scan a barcode sent to their smartphone at the Parcel Tower to receive their order. The service is also available for selected third party partners including Asos, Missguided and Decathlon.

In November 2015, Asda launched its ‘toyou’ service, the UK’s first end-to-end parcel solution which uses minute-by-minute tracking and it allows consumers to return or collect purchases from third party online retailers at more than 600 Asda stores. Parcels can also be collected and returned from Asda petrol forecourts and Click & Collect points across the country.

This new technology offers a unique concept giving customers a quicker and more convenient way to collect parcels, which has seen over 100 parcel towers installed across Walmart in the US. Asda Trafford Park is the first store in the UK to house the new technology.

Neil Drake, Asda’s toyou – Retail Process, Systems and Innovation Manager, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to work with our parent company Walmart in the US to bring this new exciting technology to the UK, so far it’s been a huge success for them.”

“We know speed and convenience are important factors to customers and partners of our toyou service, and we’re always looking for new ways to bring that to them. The Parcel Towers are the latest example of how we’re using new technology to save our customers time and money.”

Stephen Clinton, Store Manager at Asda Trafford Park, said: “We’re delighted to be the first store in the UK to trial the Parcel Tower for our customers. We have seen a fantastic response to the quick service in the past few days and we hope it continues.”

Trafford Park’s Parcel Tower was installed at the end of last week as a proof of concept, it can hold up to 500 parcels and has already served 1,500 local customers already.

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SOURCE: ASDA

MEDIA CONTACT
Russell Craig
Senior Director, Media & Community Relations
0113 826 2829

JDA Software Group Inc. to serve as a strategic partner and advisor for RILA’s Supply Chain Leaders Council

JDA Will Serve As Strategic Advisor To RILA Council Of Top Retail Supply Chain Executives

Arlington , VA, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today (1/8/2018), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that JDA Software Group Inc., a leading provider of supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors will serve as a strategic partner and advisor for the association’s Supply Chain Leaders Council, comprised of top supply chain executives from America’s leading retail companies. The partnership will allow RILA and JDA to collaborate on best practices to elevate the customer experience while helping drive their digital supply chain transformations.

“Given the goals of our Supply Chain Leaders Council – to collaborate with peers and solve for the industry’s most pressing supply chain challenges – partnering with JDA was a natural fit. Retailers are constantly searching for new ways to improve and optimize their supply chains, so coming together with a solution provider who specializes in exactly that is exciting,” said RILA Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno. “JDA is a true leader in the solution space and we look forward to working to advance the industry’s approach to supply chain planning together.”

“This industry sits at a point of unprecedented disruption as the digital transformation – from big data to artificial intelligence to cognitive learning – is both an opportunity for companies to reinvent their supply chain strategies but also a challenging undertaking,”said Wayne Usie, chief market development officer, JDA. “Our collaboration with RILA will provide retailers with the insight and best practices they need to take advantage of this digital disruption, and best address today’s consumer expectations of immediacy.”

JDA joins IBM and CN Supply Chain Solutions as a strategic partner of RILA’s Supply Chain Leaders Council beginning in January 2018.

About RILA:

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

About JDA Software:

JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors.  Our unmatched solution portfolio enables our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time. More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 72 of the top 100 retailers, 71 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 13 of the top 16 3PLs. With JDA, you can plan to deliver. www.jda.com

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Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

SOURCE:  Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

NGA announces key staff promotions and new additions to its team

ARLINGTON, Va., 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan 8, 2018), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced key staff promotions and new additions to its team that will help the organization expand its member benefits and advocate policies to better serve America’s independent grocers.

“The grocery business is changing faster than ever and we’re devoting significantly more resources to ensure independent supermarket operators thrive in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “I’m pleased to announce the promotion of eight staff members and the addition of three new members to our team whose valuable experience will help advance our work throughout the supermarket industry and on Capitol Hill.”

Key promotions and personnel changes include the following:

  • Greg Ferrara has been named Executive Vice President of Advocacy, Public Relations, and Member Services. Ferrara will continue in his role supervising the government relations and communications and marketing department, in addition to overseeing the member services department.
  • Matthew R. Ott has been named NGA Executive Vice President and COO and Executive Director of the NGA Foundation. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO at NGA, Ott will have an expanded role in leading the NGA Foundation and continue to oversee the association’s business development, technology initiatives, office administration.​
  • Adrian Rios has been promoted to Manager of Accounting and Information Technology. Rios will continue managing the association’s account receivables and take on the day-to-day information technology responsibilities.​
  • Annie Stoltenberg has been promoted to Manager of Marketing and Web Content. Stoltenberg will manage the association’s marketing efforts to increase awareness and engagement for NGA and NGA Foundation programs and events.​​
  • Channing Pejic has joined NGA as Coordinator of Political and Legislative Affairs. Pejic will manage the association’s political action committee and grassroots advocacy efforts.​​
  • Kevin Liao has been promoted to Manager of Executive Offices and Programs. Liao will manage the association’s share group program and serve as a liaison to the board of directors, in addition to administration for the executive offices.​
  • Maggie White has joined the NGA Foundation as Manager of Donor Relations and Development. White will manage the NGA Foundation’s fundraising efforts, as well as the organization’s student programs and university coalition.​
  • Matt Foley has been promoted to Director of Government Relations. Foley will lead the association’s advocacy efforts around a portfolio of issues, including labor relations, data security, and judiciary matters.​
  • Matt Klein has been promoted to Senior Director of Operations and Finance. Klein will oversee the association’s day-to-day finances, information technology, and human resources.​
  • Sarah Tillman Reeves has joined NGA as Membership Services Administrator. Reeves will serve as a liaison between the association’s members and internal departments, as well as support membership outreach efforts.​
  • Su Li has been promoted to Manager of Accounting and Administration. Li will continue managing the association’s account payables, as well as taking on day-to-day administrative responsibilities.​
  • Travis Van Horn has been promoted to Manager of Communications and Media Relations. Van Horn will manage strategic communications efforts to elevate NGA’s voice in the news media and position the association as a thought leader.

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SOURCE: National Grocers Association

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