Staples funded all 133 projects posted on DonorsChoose.org in San Francisco with $100,966 donation

Staples and Lady Gaga Help San Francisco Teachers Create Positive Classroom Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today (Aug. 10, 2017) that all 133 projects posted on DonorsChoose.org in San Francisco received full funding as part of Staples’s $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 28 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples together with Lady Gaga, continue to support education and promote positive classroom experiences across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every 133 projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in San Francisco. With a donation of $100,966, Staples impacted 92 teachers and more than 9,760 students in the community.

For example, Mr. Ellingston at Jose Ortega Elementary School will have the opportunity to take his students on a field trip to a 4-day outdoor science adventure.

“We’re so excited to be working with Lady Gaga, DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation to help U.S. teachers have what they need for a great school year,” said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer, Staples. “Staples is a longtime supporter of education and, and we know there’s a burden placed on teachers to ensure that their classrooms are stocked with the materials and activities they need to spark kid’s learning. We are committed to supporting teachers through DonorsChoose.org and encourage others to fund a classroom project this year so teachers and kids go all-out in reaching their full potential or donate in one of our stores.”

Driven by an insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, often at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

“Staples has been a steadfast supporter of DonorsChoose.org for years, and we’re so thankful for its continued support,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Staples’s million-dollar donation to DonorsChoose.org ensures that hundreds of teachers, including many in San Francisco, will be able to bring learning to life for their students.”

Lady Gaga and Staples collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers and students. Earlier in the summer, Staples also donated $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to support positive classroom experiences.

Those who wish to support teachers and students nationwide can make a donation either in Staples stores or online at www.StaplesForStudents.org.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See Lady Gaga In Concert
Fans have the opportunity this summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will also receive a trip for two to Las Vegasto see Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit StaplesForStudents.org for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples, Inc. has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2 million people and partners have given $547 million to projects reaching 22 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org to learn more.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. Born This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people, improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and empowerment. Visit us at bornthisway.foundation.org

Contact:
Kaitlyn Reardon
508-253-4195
Kaitlyn.Reardon@Staples.com

Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

Source: Staples, Inc.

Kmart has you covered this back-to-school season

It’s all about #SchoolGoals with huge savings on brag-worthy fashion and must-have school essentials for the entire family

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — With only a few more weeks until roll call, Kmart has you covered with bold styles and can’t-miss savings throughout the store for back-to-school season. From head-turning fashion, including denim starting at $8, to must-have school essentials, like $12 character backpacks, shoppers can find everything to start the school year in style. Plus, parents and students alike can earn points to spend on the hottest back-to-school trends in apparel, footwear, electronics and school supplies with our Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion.

“Kmart is making it easier than ever for families to check-off everything on their list by offering best-in-class products, styles, supplies and wardrobe staples all in one place,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Kmart. “And with the ability to earn up to five percent back in points through our Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion, members and shoppers can earn points to save big on back-to-school essentials just by shopping at grocery stores, filling up at gas stations and dining at their favorite restaurants!”Whether they’re headed to the bus stop or back to campus, follow Kmart’s back-to-school guide to save big on products and gear for every grade, style and budget now through Saturday, August 26.

Kids head off to another big year
Send the little ones off to their first day wearing their favorite character apparel, with $6 character tees and BOGO 50 percent off character footwear. The youngest students will be stoked to show off apparel from Moana, Cars 3, Spiderman and more. Other hot deals for the littlest scholars include:

  • Marvel Spider-Man Boys’ Graphic T-Shirt on sale for $6, reg. $8.99
  • Disney Princess Lunch Bag on sale for $6.99, reg. $8.99
  • Route 66 Girls’ Bootcut Jeans for $10
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Kids Backpack with Lunch Kit on sale for $12, reg. $19.99

This year, Kmart has also partnered with Nickelodeon® to offer an exclusive, never-before-seen, Dora the Explorer™ episode which shoppers can redeem using an online code provided with the purchase of any Dora the Explorer item. Plus, families will receive an exclusive Kmart hand sanitizer with the purchase of any Nickelodeon item to help your kids learn and play germ-free!*

Middle and high schoolers look to make the grade
Let teens conquer the new school year in a style that’s their own from neon prints to floral patterns. Kmart offers huge savings on stylish apparel and accessories, including:

  • Rise Adult Athletic High-Tops starting at $9.99, reg. $19.99-$44.99
  • Waterbury Guardians of the Galaxy Men’s Graphic T-Shirt on sale for $8, reg. $9.99
  • Joe Boxer Women’s Canvas Backpack on sale for $23.99, reg. $29.99
  • Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Men’s Regular Fit Jeans for $24.99

College kids decorate their dorm
Get decked out and dorm ready with stylish décor, furniture and appliances from Kmart. Plus, by linking your Shop Your Way and Uber account, college students can earn even more points to use for items that show off their signature styles without breaking the bank, including:

  • Cotton Woven 2′ x 3′ Blocks Rug on sale for $9.99, reg. $14.99
  • Essential Home Complete Twin XL Bed Set on sale for $34.99, reg. $49.99
  • Essential Home Cruz Convertible Futon on sale for $89.99, reg. $159.99
  • Kenmore 3.3 cu. ft. Compact Refrigerator on sale for $119.99, reg. $159.99

For everything you need, all in one place, this back-to-school season head in store to your local Kmart, shop online at Kmart.com or use the Kmart Mobile App. And to learn more about the Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion, including how you can earn points for back-to-school shopping, visit ShopYourWay.com/card.

Follow Kmart on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share all of your brag-worthy finds with the hashtag #SchoolGoals.

* Offer valid now through September 30, 2017. Code for purchases made online will appear on your email receipt and is valid through January 31, 2018.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Blue light Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

Contact:

Bridgette Potratz
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Bridgette.Potratz@zenogroup.com

Kristin McManus
Kmart
847-286-0684
Kristin.McManus@searshc.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

 

ATLANTA, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of kids spending their afterschool time at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club in Nashville, Tenn., on August 8 were surprised with a performance of hit songs from country music star Hunter Hayes. The surprise concert helped to launch Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation, an annual $2.5 million initiative where Lowe’s gives a $50,000 grant and hands-on support from employee volunteers to one Boys & Girls Club in each of the 50 states to refurbish the facility. This year, customers can join the cause by donating at any Lowe’s store nationwide, now through Sept. 5.

Hayes took center stage at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club’s music studio newly renovated by Lowe’s and designed for Club members to engage in musical expression and inspire a passion for the arts. Lowe’s is also granting Renovation Across the Nation funds and providing volunteers to help open a newly created music studio this fall at the Cleveland Park Club, also located in Nashville. Both music studios include a stage, recording booths, DJ platform and premium equipment, similar to popular recording studios nearby in Nashville and nationwide.

“I’m thrilled that the kids at Nashville area Boys & Girls Clubs will have access to these state-of-the-art recording studios, as I know firsthand the positive impact music plays on a young mind,” said Hayes. “From childhood to now, music, for me, has always been a platform for self-expression and inspiration to explore creative talents. Being a part of this partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Lowe’s is important to me, because I know creating a safe environment that allows kids and teens to discover their passions and grow will have a significant impact on their future success.”
Now in its second year, Renovation Across the Nation, the largest single initiative ever undertaken by Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will bring renovations to 50 additional Clubs, one in each state. By the end of 2017, the initiative will have reached 100 Clubs with $5 million worth of renovations ranging from critical infrastructure upgrades to newly updated spaces for specific programming such as arts or sports, to lounge areas designed to help Clubs expand their teen membership.

“Lowe’s first teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2009 to improve Clubs across the country, knowing that youth are critical to the long-term health of our communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “With Renovation Across the Nation and our new in-store customer donation program, we’re taking our partnership to a new level by engaging customers who shop our stores and more than 1,000 Lowe’s employee volunteers nationwide to ensure teens and kids have a safe and inspiring place to go after school.”

Nearly four million youth in America, ages 6-18, spend out-of-school time at Boys & Girls Clubs, where they receive support and encouragement to reach their full potential. With the renewal of this $2.5 million grant from Lowe’s, Boys & Girls Clubs of America can continue to further enhance Club offerings and provide additional support for at-risk teens and children nationwide.

“Within the walls of every Boys & Girls Club, our dedicated staff and volunteers drive academic success, build good character, and influence health and wellness for our Club members to stay on the path to a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and chief executive officer of BGCA. “Our partnership with Lowe’s holistically impacts Clubs by addressing areas needing improvements while combining the skills and dedication of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers. Together we’re leaving a lasting mark on America’s youth, our Clubs, and our local communities.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve four million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Media Inquiries:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.co

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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GapKids launches “Forward with” campaign highlighting people who inspire kids through confidence, Focus, Creativity and kindness

NEW YORK, N.Y., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — GapKids is celebrating kids returning to the classroom with the “Forward with” campaign and short film series by highlighting the people who help shape kids’ futures. In partnership with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), the final short in the series, ‘Forward with Kindness,’ is inspired by the studio’s eagerly anticipated feature film Wonder, and features star Jacob Tremblay and R.J. Palacio, author of the New York Times best seller from which the motion picture was adapted.

The GapKids ‘Forward with’ campaign is a celebration of progress. It’s about extending the idea of “dressing” beyond clothing to the traits and behaviors that will lead to kids’ success. It’s about preparing kids to advance their passions by giving them the confidence, encouragement, and support they need to go forward, and it’s about calling out some amazing parents, teachers and mentors who take the time every day to dress kids with courage, kindness and possibility.

“When you think about it, kids don’t actually go back to school, they go forward in their life,” said Gap chief marketing officer Craig Brommers. “The real-life stories that we are sharing through the video series are emotional, they are optimistic, and they are what Gap is all about.”

The campaign consists of four short films, each highlighting people who are helping advance children through positive reinforcements outside the traditional educational curriculum.

  • ‘Forward with Confidence’ features third grade teacher Jasmyn Wright who believes her students can be anything that they put their minds to and uses mantras to help build their confidence and equip them with the skills to approach any challenge with a positive mindset.
  • ‘Forward with Focus’ highlights meditation mentor Andres Gonzalez who has been breathing love and self-awareness into underserved communities as co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore based nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children through yoga, mindfulness and self-care.
  • ‘Forward with Creativity’ puts the spotlight on art instructor Sasha Sicurella who encourages self-expression through art as the founding director of the I AM: International Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works globally to provide opportunities for children to explore their identity through art and self portrait photography.
  • ‘Forward with Kindness’ stars actor Jacob Tremblay, who plays Auggie Pullman in Lionsgate’s Wonder, and New York Times bestselling author R.J. Palacio. Wonder tells the heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who can’t blend in because he was born to stand out, and teaches a classroom and community to move forward with kindness. The film opens in theaters on November 17 and features Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts and Oscar® nominee Owen Wilson. The short film draws upon the themes of acceptance, empathy and kindness in the classroom from Auggie’s inspiring story.

In addition to the short film series, GapKids is taking part in Lionsgate’s #ChooseKind movement leading up to the Wonder release in November.

Lionsgate, co-producer Walden Media, Random House Children’s Books, and GapKids are bringing the #ChooseKind movement to classrooms through the “Wonder Certified Kind Classroom” initiative, an educational program that focuses on teaching acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to third through sixth grade students.

Part of this initiative includes the GapKids #ChooseKind T-Shirt Design Contest, where students will be challenged to create a visualization of what kindness and inclusion mean to them as a design activity. Eight winning designs will be produced and sold in select U.S. GapKids stores and Gap.com starting on November 13, World Kindness Day. All profits will benefit myFace and Children’s Craniofacial Association, two non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children with craniofacial differences.

Lastly, 400 participating classrooms will be eligible for GapKids-sponsored private Wonder screenings featuring a Facebook Q&A with select cast from the film.

The “Forward with” campaign and short film series will be released throughout the month of August on Gap.com, the GapKids social channels and YouTube.com/Gap. The “Wonder Certified Kind Classroom” program will run from August 2017 through April 2018, and teachers can register to participate by visiting www.wonderkindclassroom.com.

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About Lionsgate

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

Contact:
press@gap.com

Source: GAP Inc.

IGA to raise funds and awareness to help parents and families end the nation’s opioid epidemic

CHICAGO, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — IGA USA today (August 8, 2017) announced that it is collaborating with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to launch the first-ever IGA Cares initiative. Through in-store fundraising activities and the sales of specially marked IGA Exclusive Brand products, the IGA Cares initiative will support the mission of the Partnership, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use. During this national campaign – which began running in participating IGA stores on August 1st – IGA will raise both critical funds and awareness to help parents and families and help end the nation’s opioid epidemic.

A number of in-store fundraising activites are available from August to December through the sale of specially marked IGA Exclusive Brand products available for purchase in participating IGA stores, and an instore pin-up promotion that will run in stores from mid-August through October. In addition to fundraising, IGA will help to raise awareness of the nation’s opioid epidemic and spread the word about how families can get help through the Partnership’s resources with an informational web page on www.igabetterchoices.com.

“For more than 90 years now, IGA retailers have been building the brand’s reputation by doing their part to give back and support worthy causes in the communities they serve,” Dave Bennett, IGA senior vice president of Procurement & Private Brands, said. “It is only natural that we would use the power of our IGA Exclusive Brand line to align IGA and its retailers with the causes that matter to today’s consumer on a national level, as well. Working with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to raise awareness and funds during our first-ever IGA Cares initiative, we can do our part to make sure families in IGA communities across the country who are impacted by their son or daughter’s substance use don’t have to suffer alone.”

“With the launch of this inaugural IGA Cares initiative, IGA is demonstrating the true spirit of corporate social responsibility and solidifying their commitment to making a difference in the lives of so many families,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, Chief Policy Advisor for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “We are honored that IGA has chosen to partner with us, especially at this critical time when the country is facing an urgent opioid epidemic. Through this effort, IGA will help us support parents and families who are dealing with a child’s substance use or addiction, and in doing so, they will undoubtedly help local IGA communities nationwide.”

Learn more about the Partnership’s extensive resources for families at drugfree.org. Learn more about IGA at www.iga.com.

About IGA
IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $36 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 5,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 29 distribution centers and more than 30 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items and retail services. IGA has operations in 46 of the United States and more than 32 countries, commonwealths and territories.

About the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is committed to helping families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use. We empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves. On our website, drugfree.org, and through our toll-free helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), we provide families with direct support and guidance to help them address teen substance use. Finally, we build healthy communities, advocating for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction. As a national nonprofit, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and are thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity. We are proud to receive a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, as well as a National Accredited Charity Seal from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Contact:

Phone: (773) 693-4520
Fax: (773) 693-4533

Source: IGA

The Children’s Place Q2 2017 Results: Comparable Retail Sales Increase of 3.1%

  • Delivers Q2 Comparable Retail Sales Increase of 3.1%
  • Reports Q2 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.79 vs ($0.11) in Q2 2016 and Q2 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.86 vs ($0.01) in Q2 2016
  • Repurchases $25 Million in Stock and Pays $7 Million in Dividends in Q2
  • Increases Adjusted EPS Guidance to a Range of $7.23 to $7.33 for FY 2017 Compared to Previous Guidance of $7.10 to $7.20

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (Aug. 09, 2017) announced financial results for the thirteen weeks ended July 29, 2017.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We continued to deliver outstanding operating results in the second quarter. Comparable retail sales, gross margin, operating margin and earnings per diluted share were above last year and exceeded the high end of our guidance range. Our second quarter comparable retail sales increased 3.1%, on top of a positive 2.4% comp in the second quarter of 2016 and store traffic showed sequential improvement compared to the first quarter. We saw increases in ADS driven by higher AUR and UPT, as well as merchandise margin expansion in the quarter. And, we repurchased $25 million in stock and paid $7 million in dividends in the quarter.”

Ms. Elfers said, “Our results are indicative of the significant progress we have made against each of our strategic growth initiatives – superior product, business transformation through technology, global growth through alternate channels of distribution and fleet optimization – all of which are supported by a best-in-class management team. Within our digital transformation initiative, we are intensely focused on developing and implementing a robust Personalized Customer Contact Strategy.”

Elfers continued, “Gymboree’s recent bankruptcy, and the liquidation of 330 of their stores, presents a market share opportunity for The Children’s Place.  We are directly co-located in 216 of those locations and we have experienced sales and traffic lifts in those stores since the Gymboree liquidation began on July 18th.”

Ms. Elfers concluded, “Although we are only a couple weeks into the key Back-to-School selling season, we are encouraged by our early results. Our product clearly continues to resonate with our customer.”

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

Second Quarter 2017 Results
Net sales increased 0.6% to $373.6 million in the second quarter of 2017. Comparable retail sales increased 3.1% in the second quarter of 2017.

Net income was $14.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of ($2.0) million, or ($0.11) per diluted share, the previous year.  Adjusted net income was $15.6 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net loss of ($0.2) million, or ($0.01) per diluted share, in the second quarter last year. This $0.87 increase in adjusted net income per diluted share includes a $0.68 benefit resulting from the new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation.

Gross profit was $128.4 million in the second quarter, compared to $123.9 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted gross profit was $128.7 million in the second quarter, compared to $123.9 million last year, and leveraged 100 basis points to 34.4% of sales, driven by increases in AUR and merchandise margin resulting from strong product acceptance and inventory management, inclusive of the impact of the increased penetration of our ecommerce business which runs at a lower gross margin rate.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $108.2 million compared to $107.9 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted SG&A was $107.6 million compared to $107.9 million in the second quarter last year and leveraged 30 basis points as a percentage of sales primarily as a result of decreased store expenses, including lower store compensation expenses and credit card fees, partially offset by increased expenses related to the investment in our transformation initiatives and increased administrative compensation expenses.

Operating income was $3.2 million, compared to a net operating loss of ($2.9) million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating income in the second quarter of 2017 was $5.1 million, or 1.4% of net sales, compared to adjusted operating income of $0.1 million in the second quarter last year, leveraging 140 basis points compared to last year.

For the second quarter, the Company’s adjusted results exclude net expenses of approximately $1.3 million, compared to excluded net expenses of approximately $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, comprising certain items which the Company believes are not reflective of the performance of its core business. For the second quarter of 2017, these excluded items are primarily related to expenses associated with asset impairment charges, a state sales and use tax audit settlement, a provision for foreign exchange control penalties and an insurance claim deductible, partially offset by income related to restructuring costs. For the second quarter of 2016, these excluded items related primarily related to asset impairment charges.

Fiscal Year to Date
Net sales increased 2.5% to $810.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2017. Comparable retail sales increased 4.7% in the first half of fiscal 2017.

Net income was $50.5 million, or $2.76 per diluted share, in the first half of fiscal 2017, compared to net income of $24.0 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, the previous year. Adjusted net income was $51.6 million, or $2.82 per diluted share, compared to $25.6 million, or $1.32 per diluted share. This $1.50 increase in adjusted net income per diluted share includes an $0.87 benefit resulting from the new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation.

Gross profit was $299.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2017, compared to $289.2 million last year.  Adjusted gross profit was $299.6 million, or 37.0% of net sales, leveraging 40 basis points compared to last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first half of fiscal 2017 were $220.4 million, compared to $217.1 million last year. Adjusted SG&A was $214.5 million, compared to $217.5 million last year, leveraging 100 basis points compared to last year.

Operating income was $45.5 million, compared to operating income of $36.7 million in fiscal 2016. Adjusted operating income was $53.5 million, or 6.6% of net sales, compared to $39.3 million, or 5.0% of net sales last year, an increase of 36%.

During the first half of fiscal 2017, the Company’s adjusted results exclude net expenses of approximately $1.0 million, compared to excluded net expenses of approximately $1.6 million during the first half of fiscal 2016, comprising certain items which the Company believes are not reflective of the performance of its core business. For the first half of fiscal 2017, these excluded items are primarily related to charges due to a provision for a legal settlement resulting from a pricing litigation, asset impairment charges, restructuring costs, a state sales and use tax audit settlement, a provision for foreign exchange control penalties, and an insurance claim deductible, partially offset by income associated with the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions. For the first half of fiscal 2016, these excluded expenses primarily related to asset impairment charges, partially offset by income associated with restructuring costs.

Store Openings and Closures
In accordance with our fleet optimization initiative, the Company closed 7 stores and did not open any stores during the second quarter of 2017. The Company ended the quarter with 1,026 stores and square footage of 4.801 million, a decrease of 3.4% compared to the prior year. Since our fleet optimization initiative was announced in 2013, we have closed 156 stores.

The Company’s international franchise partners opened 6 points of distribution and closed 1 in the second quarter, and the Company ended the quarter with 161 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Capital Return Program
During the second quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 209,760 shares for approximately $25 million, consisting of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management. The Company also paid a quarterly dividend of approximately $7 million, or $0.40 per share, in the quarter.

For the first half of 2017, the Company repurchased 507,368 shares for approximately $57 million, inclusive of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management. The Company also paid quarterly dividends totaling approximately $14 million in the first half of 2017.

Since 2009, the Company has returned over $829 million to its investors through share repurchases and dividends. At the end of the second quarter of 2017, approximately $306 million remained available for future share repurchases under the Company’s existing share repurchase programs.

Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share. The dividend for the third quarter is payable on October 3, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 12, 2017.

Outlook
The Company is updating its outlook for fiscal 2017 and now expects adjusted net income per diluted share to be in the range of $7.23 to $7.33, inclusive of an $0.89 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. This compares to the Company’s previous guidance for adjusted net income per diluted share of $7.10 to $7.20, inclusive of an $0.89 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. Excluding the tax benefit, full year adjusted net income per diluted share guidance is projected to increase 17% to 19% compared to adjusted net income per diluted share of $5.43 last year. This guidance assumes an approximate 3% increase in comparable retail sales for the year.

This guidance for adjusted net income per diluted share excludes year to date net expenses of approximately $1.0 million related to charges due to a provision for a legal settlement resulting from a pricing litigation, asset impairment charges, restructuring costs, a state sales and use tax audit settlement, a provision for foreign exchange control penalties, and an insurance claim deductible, partially offset by income associated with the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions, as the Company believes these items are not reflective of the performance of its core business.

The Company expects adjusted net income per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017 will be between $2.41 and $2.46. This compares to adjusted net income per diluted share of $2.29 in the third quarter of 2016. This guidance assumes a low single digit increase in comparable retail sales.

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. Adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A, and adjusted operating income are non-GAAP measures, and are not intended to replace GAAP financial information and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company believes the income and expense items excluded as non-GAAP adjustments are not reflective of the performance of its core business and that providing this supplemental disclosure to investors will facilitate comparisons of the past and present performance of its core business.  The Company uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate and measure operating performance, including, to measure performance for purposes of the Company’s annual bonus and long-term incentive compensation plans. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

Conference Call Information
The Children’s Place will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2017 results today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com. An audio archive will be available on the Company’s website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated 1,026 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 161 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains, and the above referenced conference call may contain, forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact: 
Robert Vill
Group Vice President
Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

The Children’s Place names Steven G. Rado Chief Digital Officer

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (Aug. 09, 2017) announced the appointment of Steven G. Rado to the position of Chief Digital Officer, effective  August 14, 2017.  Mr. Rado will report directly to Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We believe that a Personalized Customer Contact Strategy is our single biggest opportunity, and we have made the decision to significantly accelerate the development and implementation of this initiative.  Steve’s deep experience in all aspects of marketing, including strategy development, customer relationship management, and digital commerce, combined with his successful track record of delivering digital transformation through personalized customer contact at Victoria’s Secret, Office Depot and Land’s End, make him the ideal candidate to lead this effort at The Children’s Place.”

Mr. Rado said, “I am very excited to join the best in class management team at The Children’s Place and drive the significant benefits associated with implementing a robust Personalized Customer Contact Strategy.”

Mr. Rado received his BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, his MBA from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated 1,026 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 161 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by the weakness in the economy which continue to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact: 
Robert Vill
Group Vice President
Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

The Children’s Place declares a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share

Company Has Returned Over $829 Million to Shareholders Since 2009

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today ( Aug. 09, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continued to deliver outstanding operating results in the second quarter and the continuation of our quarterly dividend is a further reflection of our confidence in our ability to execute on our strategic initiatives and our continuing commitment to return excess capital to shareholders. The Children’s Place has a profitable business model which generates strong cash flow. Since 2009, we have returned over $829 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.”

The Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share to be paid October 3, 2017to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 12, 2017.  Future declarations of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to approval by the Company’s Board of Directors based on a number of factors, including business and market conditions, the Company’s future financial performance and other investment priorities.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated 1,026 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 161 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:
Robert Vill
Group Vice President
Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

Toys“R”Us® teams up with Nickelodeon™ to launch fun-filled events to encourage kids to get up and play

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the past few decades, there has been a 25% decrease in the time kids spend playing – to that, Toys“R”Us® says it’s time to set play free. And so, today (August 8, 2017) the company announced that it is teaming up with Nickelodeon™ to launch fun-filled events, a toy sweepstakes and more to encourage kids to get up and play in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play on September 30.

“In an attempt to shape our kids into better versions of ourselves, what we as parents have actually done is over-schedule and regiment their lives – and where’s the fun in that?” said Carla Hassan, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “At Toys“R”Us, we know play has the power to help kids build self-esteem, learn critical thinking and develop early learning skills. But first we need to set play free, which is why we’re so excited to partner with Nickelodeon to encourage kids to play outside the box.”

Throughout August and September, five select Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. will host outdoor “Time to Play” events packed with fun for the whole family, including Slime photo stations, giant inflatables, obstacle courses and more. Event dates and locations include:
• Saturday, August 12: Toys“R”Us Mesquite (2100 N. Town East Boulevard, Mesquite, TX)
• Saturday, August 19: Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Castleton (8250 Castleton Corner, Indianapolis, IN)
• Saturday, August 26: Toys“R”Us Totowa (445 US Highway 46, Totowa, NJ)
• Sunday, August 27: Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Bay Parkway (8973-95 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY)
• Saturday, September 9: Toys“R”Us Brandon (330 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon, FL)

In addition, beginning September 4, kids will have a chance to win some of the hottest toys of the summer through the “Free Play of the Week” Sweepstakes at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. Kids and parents can sign up at their local Toys“R”Us store’s sweepstakes kiosk to enter for a chance to win that week’s prize including Barbie®, NERF and more.

As a proud partner of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Toys“R”Us will host family fun and games at Nickelodeon’s New York City celebration in Brooklyn, New York’s Prospect Park (Nethermead) on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900
Press@toysrus.com

Source: Toys“R”Us

Autumn 2017: Lindex launches first lookbook for kids

Autumn 2017: Lindex launches first lookbook for kids

 

Sweden, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the very first time, Lindex is launching a lookbook for kids. The lookbook presents a clean expression, contemporary classics and naturally comfort which are the keys for the new autumn collection.

“We are happy to release our first kids look book and show the most fashion forward pieces in our kids collection in a totally new more trendy way, but still keep the playfulness and happy expression. We want to combine the kids everyday needs together with the latest fashion items and new silhouettes” says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

Lindex kids autumn collection is a cool and comfy fashion forward collection with street influence. Statement animal embroidery put an edge to the sporty fabrics and the mix of soft pink and navy is important paired with burgundy, fresh denim and metallic elements.

The collection includes flounces and frills, bomber jackets and track suits which together with a satin cap or a knitted hat makes the kids ready for fall!

Contact:

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

Source: Lindex

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Staples and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation debut Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree

Staples and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation debut Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree

 

Staples Teams Up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to Create a Digital Kindness Tree and #GrowKindness Nationwide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) teamed up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to create the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree that debuts today (Aug. 8, 2017) online at www.StaplesKindnessTree.com, to encourages people nationwide to promote kindness in schools and celebrate everyday acts of kindness.

Kindness trees are often used in schools, on classroom or cafeteria walls, to spotlight and encourage acts of kindness. Staples and Born This Way Foundation are bringing the concept to life digitally.

The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree builds on the company’s Staples for Students program, which partnered with Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation to support education nationwide and promote positive classroom experiences.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Lady Gaga and Born This Way Foundation to support teachers and help create kinder classrooms for students,” said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer, Staples. “The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree presents an exciting opportunity for people to flex their kindness muscles and showcase the power of positivity.”

Consumers can help grow the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree at www.StaplesKindnessTree.com or by tweeting with hashtag #GrowKindness. On the website and Twitter, users will have the opportunity to describe an act of kindness that they recently performed, witnessed or pledge to do. Each time an act of kindness is reported, a “leaf” will be added to the tree, which will continue to grow throughout the summer with each kind act reported.

“Born This Way Foundation is excited to be joining forces with Staples to channel kindness in our schools. We share a commitment to building environments with and for students, parents, and teachers that are positive, compassionate spaces. The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree takes those efforts online and allows everyone to help kindness grow,” said Cynthia Germanotta, president and co-founder, Born This Way Foundation.

Staples is also a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne tour promoted by Live Nation. At tour stops in select cities, concert-goers can visit the Born This Way Foundation Kindness Pop Up to contribute to the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree via tablet or mobile device. Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See Lady Gaga in Concert
Fans have the opportunity this summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will also receive a trip for two to Las Vegasto see Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit StaplesForStudents.org for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. Born This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people, improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and empowerment. Visit us at bornthisway.foundation.org

Contact:
Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

Source: Staples, Inc.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop details new partnership with PBS KIDS

Partnership includes video messages aired during “Curious George” and “Wild Kratts,” digital messaging and content integration during in-store events

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Build-A-Bear Workshop today (Aug. 3, 2017) announced official details of a new partnership with PBS KIDS. In April, Build-A-Bear kicked off a corporate sponsorship of two PBS KIDS programs, Curious George and Wild Kratts. This is the first time Build-A-Bear Workshop has underwritten national programming on PBS. The ongoing 2017 partnership is being communicated during “Curious George” and “Wild Kratts” airings through custom, 15-second video underwriting messages, developed to convey the brand benefits of Build-A-Bear and its alignment with PBS KIDS.

“Like Build-A-Bear Workshop, PBS KIDS values the advancement of creativity and imagination,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Build-A-Bear encourages children of all ages to use their inventiveness as they experience our unique process to make their own special furry friend. And now, as we approach our 20th birthday, many of our Guests who were introduced to Build-A-Bear as kids have little ones of their own—not unlike PBS.”

Suzanne Zellner, Vice President, Sponsorship Group for Public Television, added, “PBS KIDS sponsors set themselves apart from competitors by showing support of public television and aligning with its values: love of learning, STEM education, social and emotional learning, appreciation of the arts and self-expression, and more. Research shows that parents overwhelmingly view PBS KIDS as the number one educational media brand, and we are proud to partner with a trusted family brand like Build-A-Bear Workshop.”

The underwriting messages from Build-A-Bear Workshop include videos that air during episodes of “Curious George” and “Wild Kratts,” as well as digital advertising on pbskids.org and pbs.org/parents. The on-air and digital messages, which encourage creativity and imagination, will run through the end of 2017 as part of an extended sponsorship.

Build-A-Bear also plans to integrate summer- and friendship-themed content from PBS KIDS into select events at U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, including a friendship celebration weekend August 4-6 in honor of National Friendship Day. The PBS KIDS content includes activity sheets and booklets for kids as well as resources for parents to use in educating their children about friendship and empathy.

As it relates to the company’s continued commitment to television advertising as an effective communication channel, Build-A-Bear also recently unveiled a new TV commercial that features an original jingle and highlights the iconic, Make-Your-Own experience Guests can only find at Build-A-Bear Workshop. The spot is currently airing on a variety of networks that reach moms and kids; it also offers the brand an opportunity to develop inserts around seasonally relevant product stories.

For more information about Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit buildabear.com and follow the brand on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear
Celebrating 20 years of business in 2017, Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About the Sponsorship Group for Public Television
The Sponsorship Group for Public Television represents the best sponsorships on PBS, with national program inventory from WGBH Boston and other producers of quality public television programs, across all genres. For more information on PBS sponsorship opportunities, contact the Sponsorship Group for Public Television at 800.886.9364, e-mail sgptv@wgbh.org or visit sgptv.org.

Contact:

Maria Lemakis
(314) 423-8000, ext. 5367
MariaL@buildabear.com

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop

The Children’s Place to host Q2 2017 results conference call on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE) today (Aug. 02, 2017) announced that in conjunction with the release of its Second Quarter 2017 financial results, you are invited to listen to the Company’s conference call on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

To access the webcast, visit http://investor.childrensplace.com. An archive of the webcast can be accessed two hours after the live call has concluded.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated 1,033 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 156 international points of distribution open and operated by its 6 franchise partners in 18 countries.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains, and the above referenced conference call may contain, forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact: 
Robert Vill
Group Vice President, Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

Baskin-Robbins launches brand new August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Cheesecake

Baskin-Robbins launches brand new August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Cheesecake

 

Brand also invites guests to help bring joy to sick and hungry kids by supporting the Joy in Childhood Foundation throughout the month

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Ice Cream Month may be over, but Baskin-Robbins is gearing up to celebrate several other fun food holidays this August with delicious ice cream treats and special offers. In addition, the brand is launching a brand new August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Cheesecake, which features OREO® cookie and cheesecake pieces with a chocolate cookie crumb ribbon, all combined in a cheesecake-flavored ice cream. The flavor can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, milkshake or layered sundae.

Throughout the month of August, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating a range of food holidays with its guests, including:

  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) – To help guests celebrate, Baskin-Robbins is offering a coupon for a $1.99 Single Scoop Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich through its Mobile App from August 1-6. Baskin-Robbins’ Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches feature a guest’s favorite ice cream flavor sandwiched between their choice of two warmed to order, chewy cookies, topped with rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles or chopped almonds.
  • National Root Beer Float Day (August 6) – Guests can celebrate this food holiday at Baskin-Robbins with a Root Beer Float made with Barq’s® and their choice of ice cream flavor.
  • National Waffle Day (August 24) – Guests can take advantage of Baskin-Robbins’ ongoing offer of a free upgrade to a freshly-baked waffle cone with the purchase of a double scoop on this fun food holiday honoring the waffle.*
  • National Banana Split Day (August 25) – To celebrate this classic ice cream treat, Baskin-Robbins is offering a coupon for a $4.99 Classic Banana Split through its Mobile App from August 16-31. Baskin-Robbins’ Classic Banana Split features a guest’s choice of three ice cream flavors, served with banana slices, a guest’s choice of toppings, and finished with chopped almonds, whipped cream and three cherries on top.

Throughout August, Baskin-Robbins is also inviting guests to help bring joy to sick and hungry kids by donating $1.00 to the Joy in Childhood Foundation during their visits. The Joy in Childhood Foundation is deeply embedded in communities across the country and provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. Funds raised will support local and national non-profit organizations that are focused on improving children’s health and providing food for the hungry. Additionally, as a thank you, guests who make a donation will receive coupons for special deals on Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats redeemable beginning on September 1st at participating locations nationwide.

“August is full of reasons to continue celebrating summer with a range of fun food holidays and our new OREO® Cheesecake Flavor of the Month,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins and Board Member for the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We’re also honored to be supporting the Joy in Childhood Foundation this month, and we encourage all of our guests to support our Foundation’s mission to bring joy to sick and hungry kids by making a donation at their local Baskin-Robbins shop.”

Finally, to close out the month on a sweet note, guests are invited to participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide to enjoy all regular and kid-sized scoops for just $1.50 as part of the brand’s “Celebrate 31” promotion on Thursday, August 31st.**

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

* Guests must purchase a double scoop (two 4oz scoops) to receive the waffle cone upgrade. Offer excludes dipped and fancy waffle cones. Price and participation may vary. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

** Offer valid on August 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, providing guests with a wide array of ice cream flavors and delicious treats at more than 7,800 retail shops in more than 50 countries around the world. The brand was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion for ice cream led to the creation of many iconic ice cream flavors including Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Very Berry Strawberry. Today, Baskin-Robbins has more than 1,300 ice creams in its flavor library, and also offers custom ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and the Polar Pizza™ Ice Cream Treat. Its franchised ice cream shops serve as places where people can connect and create special memories while they explore a wide array of flavors, including a new Flavor of the Month every month. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation

The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders—including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests —and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $14 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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Barnes & Noble invites LEGO Fans to Join the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox Building Event on Saturday, August 5

LEGO Fans 7 Years Old and Up Are Invited to Join the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox Building Event by Helping Build Vernie, the Coolest New Robot You Can Code

New York, New York, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today (July 31, 2017) announced the LEGO® BOOST collaborative build experience that will take place at all stores nationwide on Saturday, August 5, where fans will have the exciting opportunity to experiment with LEGO bricks while using coding skills using the LEGO BOOST tablet app, bringing their LEGO creations to life.

During the event, LEGO fans are invited to their local Barnes & Noble store to use the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox by working together to build Vernie the Robot. Vernie when coded becomes a moving, talking robot.  Fans will enjoy interacting with Vernie through fun games and obstacle courses.

Specific times for the August 5 event will vary by store. Plus, at select Barnes & Noble stores, local robotics and coding experts will be on hand to help customers with the build. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator or contact their local store for details.

“We are committed to offering customers interactive and fun hands-on experiences. The LEGO BOOST event is another example of how Barnes & Noble sparks creativity and builds imagination,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Specialty at Barnes & Noble. “The LEGO Group is one of our most important partners, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver this unique opportunity to our customers.”

LEGO BOOST combines the versatile LEGO building system with advanced technology to boost creativity. Customers can download the free tablet app to their devices and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the five multifunctional models. In addition to Vernie the Robot, the toolbox features M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), a robust, versatile rover with four different tool attachments; the Guitar4000, a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat, an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; and the AutoBuilder, an automated production line that builds miniature LEGO models. Customers can bring their creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. The set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, an Interactive Motor, a Color & Distance Sensor and a LEGO BOOST wall poster.

Customers are also encouraged to post pictures of themselves having fun at the event to their social media channels using the hashtag, #BNLegoBoost.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 633 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:

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

Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

JCPenney hosts Pair Up with JCPenney campaign to provide kids in-need with basic clothing items

JCPenney hosts Pair Up with JCPenney campaign to provide kids in-need with basic clothing items

 

  • National Study Commissioned by JCPenney Finds Low-Income Children in Need of Basic Clothing Items
  • For Every Pack of Kids’ Underwear and Socks Sold, Retailer will Donate a Pack to the YMCA

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season, JCPenney is inviting customers to “pair up” by participating in a special buy one, give one promotion that will provide kids in-need with basic undergarments. From Aug. 1-15, for every pack of kids’ socks and underwear sold at JCPenney, the retailer will donate a pack to the Y, up to 750,000 pairs. The retailer’s Pair Up with JCPenney campaign is in response to findings from a national study commissioned by JCPenney, America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, which sheds a light on an invisible need: many underserved kids across the country are going without basic clothing essentials, which can impact their academic achievement.

“Today (July 27, 2017), many children go to school without basic clothing needs like socks and underwear. When kids don’t have these items, they often feel insecure, embarrassed and don’t want to fully engage in school activities,” said Marci Grebstein, chief marketing officer for JCPenney. “As one of the largest apparel companies in the country, we knew we could begin to make a difference by addressing this pressing need. When our customers purchase a pack of kids’ socks or underwear this back-to-school season, they will be joining us in making a difference to ensure more kids have what they need to succeed this school year.”

Earlier this year, JCPenney commissioned a study that included a survey of parents of school-aged children, along with one-on-one interviews with key organizations and thought leaders to obtain in-depth, anecdotal knowledge and key insights about the need for basic clothing items. Key findings from the America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities national study* found:

  • 40 percent of low income parents worry about their child having enough socks and underwear.
  • Of the parents that reported sending their children to school without socks or underwear, 51 percent shared they did so because they could not afford to provide their child with enough pairs of socks or underwear to make it through the week.
  • 55 percent of parents whose children did not have underwear and socks to wear said their children wanted to skip school or refused to go to school because they were embarrassed by not having any.
  • Nearly half of parents living in poverty say socks (48 percent) and underwear (46 percent) are among the hardest items to find at second hand stores and garage sales, and are not usually an item handed down from friends and family.
  • Around half of parents shared that their children need new socks (55 percent) and underwear (48 percent) every couple of months.

The Pair Up with JCPenney initiative builds on the retailer’s signature charity partnership with the Y. Through its collaboration with the Y, JCPenney intends to strengthen the communities where its customers and associates live, work and shop by supporting the Y’s work in helping kids, families and communities reach their full potential. To help ensure kids have what they need to succeed, The JCPenney Foundation made a $1 million contribution to the Y earlier this year in support of the organization’s national early childhood, afterschool and preschool programs.

“As a leading nonprofit, the Y is dedicated to nurturing the growth of every child and teen, including the nine million who participate in Y programs. We’ve seen first-hand how the lack of basic essentials—from healthy foods and school supplies to socks and underwear— can affect their ability to focus and learn, making it harder for them to reach their full potential,” said Bela Moté, national director of character development for Y-USA. “We’re thrilled to see our partner JCPenney bring national awareness and support to this important issue, and we look forward to being able to provide much-needed basics that help kids’ confidence and self esteem.

JCPenney customers shopping for kid’s underwear and socks this season can choose from an array of leading national and private brands, including Total Girl®, Arizona, GoldToe,® Maidenform® and more. To raise further awareness of the need for basic clothing items among school-aged children, the retailer has launched jcpenneypairup.com, along with a public service announcement, which JCPenney will amplify across YouTube and its social media channels.

In addition to supporting the Y through the Pair Up program, the retailer plans to organize several JCPenney volunteer events at local Y’s across the country. These events would give JCPenney associates an opportunity to mentor and interact with Y kids by setting goals for the school year and decorate back-to-school banners. Kids would receive backpacks filled with a pack of socks and a limited supply of gift cards.

*America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, Morar Consulting, April 2017

A report on the research findings from America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities study can be accessed at jcpenneypairup.com and jcpnewsroom.com.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

About The Y:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. To learn more about the Y, please visit: http://www.ymca.net/forabetterus/

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com; follow us at @jcpnews

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

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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Meijer adds back-to-school items to its home delivery service

Meijer adds back-to-school items to its home delivery service

 

Retailer adds classroom essentials to home delivery service and drops prices on 300 popular back-to-school items

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is making it easier for parents to plan ahead for the coming school year. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is adding key back-to-school items to its popular home delivery service and cutting prices in-store on more than 300 of its most popular items.

Beginning today, customers with home delivery memberships can shop online for the most frequently-shopped back–to-school items and have everything delivered store-to-door by Shipt shoppers as soon as one hour after the order is placed, or up to one day in advance. For customers wanting to shop in-store, the selection for back to school features price drops on the hottest items and has nearly 200 items priced $1 or less.

“Each year, we see parents and students shopping earlier and earlier, and they continue right up until the week school starts,” said Meijer Back-to-School Buyer Michael McKenzie. “Everyone is looking for the best combination of selection, convenience and low prices, so we hope providing this new way to shop and save time is going to help customers be better prepared for back to school and maximize their fun this summer.”

The Meijer home delivery service combines personalized shopping with fresh grocery and a wide selection of daily essentials available 24 hours a day. It is now available throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Since launching the service in Detroit last September, Meijer has expanded the service to more than 160 stores and Shipt shoppers have made more than 250,000 deliveries.

McKenzie said Meijer stores have seen back-to-school business double week over week in late July, and he expects sales will continue to increase through September as families make their weekly grocery trips. Some of the hottest items so far include washable crayons and markers – as parents seek ways to keep clothes and homes clean – and pourable glue and food coloring, which are main ingredients for the incredibly popular slime-making trend.

Other hot items include:

  • Journals and calligraphy back in style: Journals are quickly becoming more popular than binders as students continue to mix durability with style. Following the coloring book craze from the past few years, calligraphy is now gaining popularity as another way to promote art and mindfulness exercises for kids and young adults.
  • Eye-catching accessories and supplies: Licensed products like backpacks, lunch kits and assorted school supplies are ever-popular, with top choices including Minecraft, Emoji, Princess Elena, Paw Patrol, Super Mario, Power Rangers, Despicable Me and Pokémon. For older students, Under Armour, Adidas and Swiss Gear, as well as Rachel Hale and bohemian-style are just some of the 90 different backpacks available at Meijer this year.
  • Stylish and comfortable apparel: Ribbed swing dresses, suede tops and leggings, quirky print mixing, and destructed denim are all hot trends in young girls’ clothing this season. Athleisure styling with velvet and satin details are big for juniors. One-quarter zip action tops, hooded fleece jackets, and jeans and joggers that mix texture and stretch are popular for both boys’ and kids’ outfits.
  • Lunches packing personality and taste: Bento boxes and reusable containers continue to grow in popularity, and kids are personalizing them even more. They are also much more interested in exploring exotic flavors – even trying child-friendly versions of sushi made with fruit, sometimes referred to as “frushi.” Parents are also using more whole grain wraps, pasta and crackers in kids’ lunch boxes.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: 

Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943
joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Newegg joins forces with No Kid Hungry® to help communities feed children in need

Collaboration Supports Goal of Feeding Kids Where They Live, Learn, and Play

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America and a growing force in global e-commerce, today (July 26, 2017) announced it is joining forces with No Kid Hungry® to help combat childhood hunger. No Kid Hungry – a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength® – connects children in need to programs like school breakfasts and summer meals, and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable foods. No Kid Hungry works closely with organizations such as Newegg to help communities feed children in need every day of the year.

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for children who would otherwise receive meal assistance at their schools,” said Jill Davis, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at No Kid Hungry. “Newegg will help us bridge this critical time of year by providing meals to those in need.”

Newegg will build awareness within its base of 32 million customers, encouraging them to donate in increments of $1, $5 or $10. The company will then match all customer donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000. Even the smallest donations go a long way with No Kid Hungry. For example:

  • $25 can feed a child 250 nutritious meals throughout the summer.
  • $50 can help a free summer meals site serve 500 summer meals to hungry kids.
  • $100 can help summer meals sites invest in vital operating equipment.

“The reality that one in six children will face hunger this year is unacceptable, so we’re doing our part to bring positive change to this dire situation,” said Danny Lee, CEO at Newegg. “By encouraging our customers to donate and by dedicating corporate funds to match those donations, Newegg hopes to ease the burden hunger places on young people and their families.”

In addition to the donation-match announced today, Newegg also plans to reach out to its extensive network of suppliers to seek support from other tech companies that wish to fight childhood hunger. For more information and to make a donation in support of No Kid Hungry, visit https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=00-996-314.

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 32 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. Newegg operates Hybrid Centers in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

About No Kid Hungry,br /> No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Usen proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Source: Newegg Inc.

Al-Futtaim ACE introduces fun and exciting collection of back to school products

Al-Futtaim ACE introduces fun and exciting collection of back to school products

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — To prepare your kids for the new school year, Al-Futtaim ACE is introducing a fun and exciting collection of back to school products all under one roof.

The collection will feature a range of quality products from leading brands including Nataraj, Kores, Sivo, bento lunch boxes from Sistema, Lock & Lock and Zipit amongst others.

Parents will find arts and craft, school bags, lunch boxes and bottle tumblers in addition to special bundle stationery packs starting from just AED 5. There are also colourful shelving and smart storage solutions to keep kids’ school necessities and toys organised at affordable prices.

The Back to School collection is available from 1st August across all Al-Futtaim ACE stores in the UAE including Dubai Festival City and Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, Yas Island, Mina Road and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi, and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain.

For more information on the Al-Futtaim ACE Back to School collection, visit the website www.aceuae.com, Facebook facebook.com/AlFuttaim.Ace or Instagram @alfuttaimace.

Source: Al-Futtaim

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British Land supports National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme for the sixth year

British Land supports National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme for the sixth year

 

London, 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has partnered with the National Literacy Trust for the sixth year to support its Young Readers Programme – an initiative which has helped more than 19,000 children under the age of 11 to read for fun in their spare time. The Young Readers Programme is celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

Every child that participates in the programme is guided on how to choose books that are of interest and at the right level to encourage an interest in reading outside the classroom. Children are then given the chance to use their new skills to select three new books to take home for free.

The programme has become an annual fixture in the British Land calendar and this year took place across a record 25 local and regional assets including Drake Circus, Plymouth; Meadowhall, Sheffield; Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh and Old Market, Hereford.

A new addition to the programme is the ‘Young Reading Hero’ competition which identifies and rewards children under the age of 11 who use reading to positively benefit others. The competition is taking place for the second time this year across 15 Local and Regional centres.

A literacy-themed prize will be awarded to the winner at each of the 15 assets including £100 of National Book Tokens for their school, £50 of National Book Tokens for themselves, plus a copy of ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomons – winner of last year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail, Leisure and Residential for British Land, said: “The Young Readers Programme is a fantastic initiative to aid children’s development as well as boosting literacy levels across the country and we are delighted to support the programme for a sixth year. The programme has been running for 20 years now which is testament to the success and creativity of the scheme which continues to engage young children and drive a passion for reading. Literacy underpins the long-term wellbeing and prosperity of every community and I’m very proud to help support the communities we operate in.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “We know that reading for pleasure is one of the most effective ways to help children reach their full potential. Encouraging children to read for enjoyment is an important step towards boosting literacy levels. Our research shows that children who enjoy reading every day outside school are five times more likely to read above the expected level for their age than those who don’t. With the support of British Land, its retail centres and retailers across the UK, our Young Readers Programme has helped more than 19,000 children choose books to enjoy and keep. For many, these were the first books they had ever owned.”

Notes to Editors

About British Land
Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £19.1 billion (British Land share: £13.9 billion) as at 31 March 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being named a European Sector Leader in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the third year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Media Enquiries:
Jackie Janssen
Retail PR Manager
British Land
020 7467 3449

Emma Hammond
Senior Director
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

Source: British Land

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Perry Ellis International adds boy’s flip flops and slippers into its Perry Ellis men’s and boy’s casual footwear line

MIAMI, 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (July 24, 2017) it is rounding out its license agreement with ACI International by further extending the men’s and boy’s casual footwear line into boy’s flip flops and slippers under the Perry Ellis® trademark in the U.S. and Canada. The license complements the Company’s interest in showcasing its diverse portfolio of brands to customers of all ages in new and exciting ways.

The Perry Ellis collection will be distributed in department stores and family footwear chains with a product launch in Spring 2018.

As a designer, Perry Ellis played with fashion convention simply by not taking it so seriously. Following only what felt right. In doing so, he redefined the fashion industry. This philosophy continues to inspire the Perry Ellis brand which offers modern style with versatile trend right looks that reflect the way people want to work, play and live today.

“We are pleased to expand our collaboration with ACI International.  We currently have a license agreement with them for Perry Ellis men’s and boy’s dress, casual and sport footwear categories.  This new license rounds out the total footwear business,” commented George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

“We have worked closely with the team at Perry Ellis over these past 10 years to build together a very successful dress and casual footwear business for men and boys.  We are excited to now have the opportunity to work on other important categories with flip flops and slippers,” said Steve Jackson, CEO of ACI International.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About ACI International
Headquartered in Los Angeles, ACI International has been a leading manufacturer, distributer and marketer of men’s women’s and children’s footwear brands for over 40 years.  Focused on building footwear brands for long-term growth and stability, ACI International successfully designs and markets athletic as well as casual/fashion brands throughout all channels of retail distribution.  Visit www.acifootwear.com for more information.

Contact:

Maria Folyk-Kushneir
maria.folyk-kushneir@pery.com
212-536-5718

Steven Jackson
sjackson@aciint.com
1-800-421-0720

Source:  Perry Ellis International, Inc. /globenewswire

Alibaba Group’s Tmall now carries Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (July 20, 2017 ) announced the launch of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids on Alibaba Group’s (NYSE:BABA) Tmall, China’s largest consumer platform for brands and retailers. Tmall has carried the Hollister brand since 2014 and starting on July 26, it will also include a full offering of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products.

With 454 million annual active buyers across its China retail marketplaces, including Tmall, Alibaba Group is helping A&F meet the ever-growing and changing needs of Chinese consumers with a strategic omni-channel approach spanning online-to-offline. Additionally, with 75 percent of Alibaba Group’s users under the age of 35, and about 80 percent of its Gross Merchandise Value taking place on mobile, the demographics on Alibaba Group’s China retail marketplaces align well with the updated A&F brand’s target consumer in their twenties. Tmall enables brands to tap into its big data capability and innovative marketing tools such as live-streaming to provide consumers with a shopping experience that’s both deeply personalized and interactive.

A&F is focused on delivering both an engaging and seamless experience for its customers, whenever, wherever, and however they choose to shop.  A&F currently has ten physical stores in mainland China and a local site at abercrombie.cn. While stores remain an important gateway for the brand, Alibaba Group’s vast reach creates an opportunity to meet the needs of consumers’ shopping preferences, including those without access to a physical store. A&F and Tmall plan to explore providing additional omni-channel capabilities to the shoppers.

“Alibaba Group places a strong emphasis on consumer engagement, which aligns with our focus on creating a unique online brand experience for our customers, as well as facilitating a seamless and frictionless shopping experience. Building on our Hollister brand’s successful partnership with the leader in China’s online retail space, we are excited to bring our A&F brand experience to the broader Chinese market, beyond the reach of our physical stores through Tmall,” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co

“We are excited to welcome Abercrombie & Fitch to the Tmall platform,” said Jessica Liu, President of Tmall Fashion, Alibaba Group. “Abercrombie is an iconic global brand that consumers, both on our platform and in China, have sought out for some time. We look forward to connecting our consumer base to the brand and working with Abercrombie & Fitch to further its international growth.”

About Abercrombie & Fitch
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

As of the end of Q1, Abercrombie & Fitch operates 278 stores in 20 countries. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

Media Contact:
Ian Bailey
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@anfcorp.com<

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

JCPenney expands its City Streets® private brand with casual sportswear and fashion accessories just in time for back-to-school

JCPenney expands its City Streets® private brand with casual sportswear and fashion accessories just in time for back-to-school

 

  • Company Transforms City Streets® to Fast Fashion Brand Available at Extreme Value Prices
  • JCPenney.com Products Now Ship Free to any JCPenney Store with No Minimum Threshold

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is accelerating in the fast fashion lane with the expansion of its City Streets® private brand by offering trend-right merchandise priced at an extreme value just in time for back-to-school. The newly expanded collection now encompasses casual sportswear and fashion accessories for the entire family and is the latest apparel initiative designed to attract new and younger customers to JCPenney, while swiftly meeting demand for stylish apparel at everyday low prices. These items and more are now available for free shipping when purchased at JCPenney.com and customers choose to have their order shipped to a local JCPenney store for easy pickup.

“We reinvented the City Streets brand this past spring to better compete with specialty and off-price retailers who are providing new, trend-relevant merchandise on a quicker production timeline,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “With City Streets, we can offer affordable fast fashion for shoppers who want to continuously update their wardrobe with the latest styles.”

The entire City Streets collection, as well as select items from other JCPenney private brands, will be part of a merchandise assortment priced at an extreme value every day. These products have low, fixed price points that do not require a sale and are coupon eligible. Throughout the year, the City Streets assortment will evolve based on what’s popular for the season, such as $5 flip flops, $9 shortsand $10 sunglasses for summer, and $7 backpacks, $15 jeans and $12 sneakers for back-to-school.

For back-to-school, JCPenney is encouraging friendship by highlighting City Streets anti-bullying tees that convey statements of positivity, such as “Choose Nice” and “Super Heroes Stick Up For Everyone.” Shirts available in the kid’s department will include “Fashion Against Bullying” hangtags that provide information for contacting Teen Line, a crisis hotline where students can receive help or advice against bullying. The friendship tees are available in all stores and at JCPenney.com from $5 to $7.

Revving-Up Value and Savings and Free Shipping Incentives
JCPenney shoppers will find compelling deals on the latest trends throughout the entire season. Back-to-school promotions begin with the roll out of “Power Penney Days” on July 21, showcasing $3, $5, $7 and $9 deals on select items. Customers can also take advantage of extra savings with a 15 percent off coupon valid through July 23 or a $10 off $10 or more coupon giveaway available to early shoppers in stores on July 22, while supplies last.

Customers shopping jcpenney.com will have the added convenience of shipping their online orders to their local JCPenney store with no minimum order requirement or shipping charge. The merchandise assortment online offers four times the selection of the largest JCPenney store, giving customers broader access to sizes, styles and new product categories not found in stores, such as electronics, sporting goods and musical instruments. Additionally, thousands of items are available for free same-day pickup in any given store.

Accelerating Apparel Production
JCPenney is leaning into fast fashion by reducing the development timeline of select private brand merchandise by 40 percent. The Company has one of the most sophisticated in-house design and sourcing operations in the industry, and is leveraging supply chain efficiencies, as well as the expertise of its merchant and store teams, to accelerate apparel production and the in-store delivery process. With the new speed-to-market initiative, JCPenney can react more quickly to consumer trends, allocate the right product mix and deliver value at the faster pace shoppers have come to expect.

To download this release in English or Spanish, and for back-to-school related images and store b-roll, please visit: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2017/0720_back_to_school.html

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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Shop Direct seeks its next charity partner

Liverpool,UK, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Liverpool-headquartered Shop Direct, which owns brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, is calling on organisations who support children in poverty in the North West to put forward their £600,000 digital ideas to become its next charity partner.

The partnership will see the online retailer’s 4,700-strong team throw its collective weight behind a single charitable project, offering a combination of fundraising and technical expertise to make the greatest difference and leave a legacy in the community.

The company is looking for charities that support children living in poverty in the North West and have a project to fund with digital at its core, in line with Shop Direct’s expertise and ambition to become a world class digital retailer.

Charities that apply by 27 July 2017 will be whittled down to three, before everyone at Shop Direct votes for the final digital project, with fundraising towards the £600,000 target kicking off in October 2017.

To date, Shop Direct has raised £250,000 to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to fund the creation and development of a world-first digital app.

Later this year, the company will also reach its fundraising target of £400,000 to enable Claire House Children’s Hospice to get its new, digitally-equipped Liverpool hospice off the ground.

Jacqui Humphries, group people director at Shop Direct, said: “Our people told us they care massively about helping children in poverty. That’s why we’re calling on local charities with this aim to get in touch with their big digital ideas.

“All of us at Shop Direct are passionate about supporting our community and we’ll help our chosen charity make a huge difference – with our expertise as well as our fundraising.”

Charities interested in applying for the partnership should visit: www.shopdirect.com/charity_applications

ABOUT SHOP DIRECT

Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, with annual sales of almost £1.8 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com and VeryExclusive.co.uk, and receive an average of 1 million website visits every day, with more than 59% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,100 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have 4 million customers and deliver 48 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, delivers to 5,800 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Shop Direct
Dave Lafferty
Corporate Media Relations Manager
0844 292 2738
07468 718 615
david.lafferty@shopdirect.com

Source: Shop Direct

SPAR Spain highlights programmes supported by partners

SPAR Spain highlights programmes supported by partners

 

SPAR in Spain support many initiatives on an ongoing basis; here we highlight two recent programmes which were supported by partners.

Spain, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Approximately 350,000 children in Spain are considered to be in need of supplementary nutrition to meet their daily needs. One programme focused on meeting this need is the Food Bank which has an annual national appeal for the donation of milk. SPAR Gran Canaria contributed one pallet of long-life milk recently to this very worthy cause, just one part of their ongoing annual support for the Food Bank and other similar programmes.

SPAR Spain suported the AFIS Pediatric Programme which addresses childhood obesity, combining physical activity in groups, nutritional education and focuses on both individual and family behavior, aiming to normalise the Body Mass Index (BMI) of children.

SPAR Spain supported this programme through its exclusive product range Sensations, highlighting its concern and commitment to nutrition and especially to child nutrition. SPAR is committed to nutritional education to lead a balanced diet and promote healthy habits, which is a fundamental part of the philosophy and scale of values ​​of SPAR.

The children who participated in the programme come from schools of primary education in Granollers (Barcelona), aged between 6 and 12 years. On the one hand, the sports service of the city council facilitates physical activity sessions for children, as well as offering workshops on health education for families to address emotional issues related to self-esteem and food, work eating habits, exercise, etc.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

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Tesco partners with Disney to launch DVDs and Blu-ray format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast

Tesco partners with Disney to launch DVDs and Blu-ray format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has joined forces with Disney in a move to revive interest in DVDs and Blu-ray with the launch of an exclusive new format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast.

From Monday July 17 the supermarket will be stocking the stylish limited design called the Big Sleeve Edition.

The 12 inch vinyl sized sleeves house the discs and also features collectible art cards.

The cards, which are beautifully drawn characters and scenes from the film are created by acclaimed artist and designer Matt Ferguson, famed for movie artwork posters.

Two years ago, in a similar move, Tesco became the first UK supermarket to champion the vinyl album format revival which is now seeing its strongest demand for more than 25 years.

Tesco entertainment category spokesman Rob Wilson explains: “We believe Big Sleeves could be as effective in stimulating growth in DVD’s and Blu-ray, as limited editions have been in reviving vinyl.

“These formats look fantastic and have great collectability, as well as being perfect gifts. They really offer customers something different to digital and streaming versions.”

The Beauty and the Beast Big Sleeve will be available in over 400 stores and online on Monday July 17, priced at £25.

Tesco has already trialled the Big Sleeve Edition with a few releases across a handful of stores in order to gauge customer reaction which has been extremely positive.

Successful trials of the Big Sleeve format have included Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Finding Dory.

Tesco will continue to work with Disney on future Big Sleeve exclusives with one of the year’s most popular films, Guardians of The Galaxy 2 set to be the next release.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     

Source: Tesco

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Más de 189.900 escolares han participado en la Escuela de Alimentación de EROSKI durante el curso 2016-2017

Más de 189.900 escolares han participado en la Escuela de Alimentación de EROSKI durante el curso 2016-2017

 

  •  Casi el 10% de los escolares de 2º y 3er ciclo de primaria de España, a los que se dirige el programa, ha intervenido en la iniciativa
  •  El 20% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria de España ha participado en el programa desde su inicio en 2013
  •  La iniciativa busca sensibilizar a los estudiantes sobre la importancia de tener una alimentación equilibrada y un estilo de vida saludable
  •  Durante este curso se han incorporado talleres impartidos por cocineros del Basque Culinary Center, visitas a nuevos productores agroalimentarios y nuevos soportes digitales para facilitar su impartición
  •  Para el próximo curso está previsto un nuevo formato del concurso de dibujos de recetas saludables “Imagine Food”

ELORRIO , ESPANA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Más de 189.900 escolares de toda España de 1.691 centros de Educación Primaria han participado en la V edición del Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables (PEAHS) que desarrolla la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI. Casi el 10% de los escolares de 2º y 3er ciclo de Primaria de España, a los que se dirige el programa, ha intervenido en la iniciativa durante el recién finalizado curso 2016-2017. Con respecto al curso anterior, tanto el número de escolares como el de colegios ha crecido notablemente, un 50% y un 30%, respectivamente. Estos datos confirman la valoración positiva del programa que en los últimos cuatro años ha multiplicado por siete el número de participantes.

Los colegios inscritos en el programa desde su inicio en 2013 suponen el 20% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria de toda España. “Nuestro programa educativo tiene como fin sensibilizar a los niños y niñas de Primaria y a su entorno sobre la importancia de llevar una alimentación equilibrada y unos hábitos de vida saludables para tratar de frenar la creciente tasa de obesidad infantil con un programa a su medida que les enseña a comer sano y crecer fuertes”, ha señalado el director de la Fundación EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa. “En 2013 pusimos en marcha este programa y desde entonces han participado un total de 409.010 escolares de 2.821 colegios diferentes”, ha detallado.

El programa ha sido configurado por un Comité Científico formado por profesionales de diferentes disciplinas: medicina y pediatría, nutrición y dietética, psicopedagogía y pedagogía. “Año tras año el programa crece y mejora sus contenidos a partir de las valoraciones y aportaciones realizadas por los docentes que ya han participado”, ha explicado el director de la Fundación EROSKI.

Nuevo taller en colaboración con el Basque Culinary Center

El programa cuenta con diez sesiones didácticas que se desarrollan en el aula y se completan con tres tipos de talleres prácticos. Los alumnos aprenden a realizar una compra saludable en una tienda EROSKI y tienen la oportunidad de visitar las instalaciones de un productor agroalimentario local, para conocer de primera mano el origen de los alimentos.

Los contenidos buscan formar al alumnado sobre los elementos básicos de una alimentación equilibrada, hábitos de vida saludables, el conocimiento de productos locales, las dietas de diferentes culturas del mundo y la sostenibilidad del planeta. Unicef, WWF y la Fundación Española del Corazón son colaboradoras de la Escuela de Alimentación y han elaborado parte de los contenidos del programa educativo.

Durante el curso 2016-2017 se han realizado más de 1.160 talleres en 209 tiendas EROSKI en los que han participado más de 27.600 escolares. “Este año hemos incorporado como novedad un taller en colaboración con cocineros del Basque Culinary Center en el que los estudiantes han elaborado un menú equilibrado y se han convertido en chefs por un día. También se han unido al programa nuevos productores agroalimentarios”, ha explicado Martínez Berriochoa.

De cara al curso que viene, se incorporarán al programa educativo nuevos contenidos y actividades. “Extenderemos los nuevos formatos de talleres de ‘El Chef de la Clase’ y de visita a productores locales de alimentos y lanzaremos, con un nuevo formato, una nueva edición del concurso de dibujos de recetas saludables ‘Imagine Food’ que tanto éxito ha logrado en sus dos anteriores ediciones”, adelanta el director de Fundación EROSKI. Los colegios interesados en participar en este programa PEAHS durante el próximo curso 2017-2018 pueden inscribirse a través de www.escueladealimentacion.es o el teléfono de atención 946 072 841.

Reconocimientos a la promoción de hábitos saludables

La nota que otorgan al Programa los profesores que han participado durante el curso escolar se sitúa año tras año por encima de 9 sobre 10.

El programa formativo de la  Fundación EROSKI para promover una alimentación más saludable cuenta con numerosos reconocimientos, entre ellos, el Premio NAOS del Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, y el Premio “El Chupete” por la calidad creativa de este programa y los valores que transmite al público infantil.

Los último galardones recibidos son el “Premio Ciudadanos” en la categoría de Salud y Calidad de Vida, y el sello Gosasun, concedido por la Agencia de Innovación Vasca.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Auntie Anne’s® partners for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research

Auntie Anne’s® partners for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research

 

LANCASTER, Pa., 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is partnering for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to help fund childhood cancer research. From today (July 17th, 2017) through Sunday, September 10, 2017, fans of Auntie Anne’s can give the gift of hope by purchasing a pretzel ribbon for $1 to show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer. One hundred percent of proceeds from the pretzel ribbons will be donated to ALSF.

Since the onset of the brand’s relationship with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in 2011, the unique pretzel ribbons have made a difference: together, Auntie Anne’s and ALSF have raised more than $3.1 million to help fund life-saving research, resulting in more than 62,000 cancer research hours. Guests who purchase a pretzel ribbon will receive a coupon for $1 off their next Auntie Anne’s purchase as a thank you. In an effort to amplify contributions, Auntie Anne’s will donate an additional $1 every time a fan shares a picture of their pretzel ribbon on social media using #auntieannes4ALSF.

“For the past six years, Auntie Anne’s has been honored to partner with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and support their mission to raise funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “From the very beginning, our founder, ‘Auntie’ Anne Beiler, said caring for others was the purpose of Auntie Anne’s. That statement still rings true today. We’re proud to continue our support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the dream of its founder, Alex Scott, to end childhood cancer.”

Auntie Anne’s and ALSF share a similar history. Both started as single stands in southeastern Pennsylvania, and against impossibly long odds, grew to become international ventures with millions of dedicated supporters. Working together, they hope to raise more than $550,000 this summer to fight childhood cancer.

To find an Auntie Anne’s location near you and purchase a pretzel ribbon for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit www.auntieannes.com/locations.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With over 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes and twists batter, then bakes pretzels to a golden brown perfection all day long in full view of mouth-watering guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. Or you can follow your nose! For more information, visit AuntieAnnes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To receive the latest offers – including a free pretzel for your birthday – download the My Pretzel Perks app.

Source: Auntie Anne’s

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Toys“R”Us® fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® raised nearly $3 million

Toys“R”Us® fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® raised nearly $3 million

 

Fundraising Campaign Drives Critical Awareness and Funds for Children Impacted by Life-Threatening Diseases

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today (July 13, 2017 ) announced that in year one of its three-year commitment to provide $7 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the company and the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund exceeded the campaign goal raising nearly $3 million that will help provide essential life-saving treatments and services at no cost to its patients.

Click to Tweet: Thanks to generous donations, @ToysRUs raised nearly $3 million for @StJude! #GivingIsAwesome! Learn more at http://bit.ly/2u8qOFy

“Toys“R”Us is all about bringing joy to children and families, and together with St. Jude, we are bringing smiles to their faces at a place and time that really matters most,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “St. Jude is saving lives, plain and simple. The gravity of what they do for families around the world is unmatched, as they lead in treating and defeating life-threatening diseases affecting children.”

Toys“R”Us kicked off its partnership with St. Jude in March with a larger-than-life event that was truly worthy of the kids who receive care at the hospital in Tennessee. Not only did the event benefit the children receiving treatment at the facility, but also their siblings and parents.

“Toys“R”Us is a brand that cares deeply about the patients and families of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The first year of our partnership has been remarkably successful. Toys“R”Us and its incredibly kindhearted customers, who are genuinely passionate about our mission, have helped us deliver joy to so many families at St. Jude, and their generosity will continue to help St. Jude find cures and save the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases in communities everywhere.”

Learn more about other Charitable Partners that Toys“R”Us works with here.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

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