Price Chopper/Market 32 fundraising campaign raises $51,497 for Prevent Child Abuse New York

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper/Market 32’s raised awareness and $51,497 in funds for Prevent Child Abuse New York through a month-long campaign where customers could make $1 or $5 donations at the register. In addition to the donations at the checkout, the Golub Corporation kicked off the campaign with a $2,500 donation.

“Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to host a campaign that supports a cause as important as this one,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Thanks to the collective generosity of our community, the efforts of Prevent Child Abuse New York, which works to ensure that children will have a safe environment in which to grow and flourish, are bolstered.”

Prevent Child Abuse is an organization that’s working towards a statewide commitment to the healthy development and successful futures of New York’s kids, families and communities. Its goal is to develop, improve and expand the quality of services and effective policies for preventing child abuse and neglect. The organization also strives to enhance child development. For more information, visit https://www.preventchildabuseny.org/

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is
predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-221-1186

Source: Price Chopper

Mattel®, Toys”R”Us® and WWE to support Make-A-Wish with new John Cena action figure available exclusively at Toys”R”Us

PHOENIX, 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three national corporate sponsors of Make-A-Wish® are coming together to support the organization that grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Mattel®, Toys”R”Us® and WWE are partnering to launch a new John Cena action figure – available exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide beginning Tuesday, August 15. The presale for the limited-edition collectible begins today, July 11, online at Toysrus.com.

For every purchase of the action figure, Mattel will donate a portion of the proceeds to Make-A-Wish to support the wish granting efforts of the organization.

The figure features John Cena looking match-ready in red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes ring gear. The patriotic color scheme is the result of input from Alex, a Make-A-Wish kid from Los Angeles, Calif. Alex worked with the teams at Mattel and WWE to put his personal design on the new action figure. Alex is an example of the hundreds of wish kids who have wished to meet John Cena and have been forever changed as a result. Having granted more than 500 wishes to date, Cena is the most popular celebrity wish granter in Make-A-Wish history.

“Having the opportunity to meet Alex and witness first-hand his vision behind the action figure was an incredible experience,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “There is nothing more humbling than a child who could ask for anything in the world asking to meet me, and I will continue to grant wishes as long as I am asked.”

“At Make-A-Wish, we have heard over and over again how wishes have the power to bring families and communities closer together for the better,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America president and CEO. “This is a case where wishes have inspired three of our sponsors to work collaboratively to bring the life-affirming nature of a wish to more wish kids, and we could not be more excited.”

In conjunction with the pre-sale of the action figure, now through Monday, July 31, Toys”R”Us will host a social media fundraising initiative benefitting Make-A-Wish America. For every retweet or share of the retailer’s #GivingIsAwesome posts, the company will donate $1 to the organization, up to $25,000.

Another fundraising opportunity will come in late August when five John Cena autographed action figures will be auctioned off to the public on eBay with 100% of revenue generated through the auction benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Mattel, Toys”R”Us and WWE each have a longstanding history with Make-A-Wish as corporate sponsors on a local and national level. Mattel, a national sponsor since 2007, has donated thousands of toys for wish activities and developed co-branded toy items with some of its most popular brands like Hot Wheels® and Barbie®. Toys”R”Us regularly donates toys and gift cards for shopping sprees in addition to providing annual grants from the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund – leading to more than $3.5 million in donations in nearly 20 years. In addition to providing monetary support, WWE has granted thousands of wishes to meet Superstars as well as donated event tickets since the early 1980s.

To learn more about this unique collaboration and find out how to make more wishes possible, visit www.wish.org/JohnCenaFigure.

Media Relations:

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

SOURCE: Make-A-Wish(R)

JCPenney opens toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar locations

JCPenney opens toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar locations

 

Toy assortment at JCPenney.com will continue to multiply in preparation for holiday season

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] continues to explore new merchandise categories and differentiate its business, the retailer is opening toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar locations with a significantly expanded assortment available at JCPenney.com. Strategically adjacent to the Disney Collection inside JCPenney, the shops feature an extensive selection of toys for kids of all ages including dolls, action figures, racing cars, arts and crafts, board games, plushes and learning sets from leading brands such as Hasbro®, Mattel®, Playmobil® and Fisher Price®, to name a few. To further reinforce its commitment to this playful category, JCPenney has doubled its online assortment of toys over the last year with plans to expand even more by the holiday shopping season.

“JCPenney has a nostalgic history of selling sought-after toys in our early Christmas catalogs, so we brought toys back last holiday season to see if they would resonate once again. We were extremely pleased by customer response and confidently made the decision to grow our toy assortment in stores and at JCPenney.com. We know that shoppers buy toys year-round and by creating a fun, inviting toy shop, with some of the biggest brands and hottest products, we will entice families to shop and spend more at JCPenney,” said John Tighe, executive vice president and chief merchant for JCPenney. “Toys are an exciting product category for JCPenney and an in-store attraction that will drive traffic and sales as we continue to focus on increasing revenue per customer.”

The toy shop inside JCPenney will help kids dream, imagine and explore with some of the most popular toys for toddlers, preschoolers and big kids, such as Barbie®, Shopkins™, Hatchimals®, NERF®, Hotwheels® and Star Wars™. Located within the children’s department, many of the shops feature an area that kids can play with select toys that will be available for them to try out and enjoy while in the store.

Discover More at JCPenney.com
As JCPenney continues to focus on omnichannel advancements, the retailer has doubled its toy assortment at JCPenney.com since last year. Based on customer feedback, the team added new product categories, including bicycles, video games, outdoor trampolines, costumes and science kits, while sorting the product by age group. As science, technology, engineering and math tools continue to evolve in schools, JCPenney is adding an expansive assortment of toys this fall designed to help kids combine STEM principles with interactive play. Shoppers can expect an even larger toy assortment available at JCPenney.com in time for the holiday shopping season.

“JCPenney realizes the importance of having a significantly expanded product selection at JCPenney.com to compete with pure e-commerce rivals, which is why we are so proud of both our product and category expansions over the past 12 months. The toy industry continues to grow and JCPenney intends to capture a significant portion of this $20 billion industry* with our new toy shops in stores and our impressive selection at JCPenney.com,” added Tighe.

*Toy Association

For current store images of the new toy shops, please visit:

http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2017/0713_launches_toy_shops.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.

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

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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Albert Heijn gaat strijd aan tegen suiker in frisdrank voor kinderen

Albert Heijn gaat strijd aan tegen suiker in frisdrank voor kinderen

Suikerreductie, introductie nieuwe producten en Friswijzer 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — De komende weken gaat Albert Heijn een flinke suikerreductie doorvoeren in het schap met frisdrank voor kinderen en het schap met sappen. In meer dan 40 producten wordt het suikergehalte verlaagd, waardoor per jaar 50 miljoen minder suikerklontjes worden geconsumeerd. Ook vind je in het schap veertien nieuwe producten, zoals Droomwater en AH Natuurlijk mineraalwater met Wally de Walvis. De nieuwe Friswijzer bij het schap maakt het ouders met kinderen nog makkelijker om te kiezen voor een gezondere variant in de schooltas.

30% minder suiker

Steeds meer ouders kijken kritisch naar het suikergehalte in frisdrank. Albert Heijn speelt hierop in door vanaf vandaag het suikergehalte in alle AH Frisse Fruitdrank en AH Djoezz met maar liefst 30% te verlagen. Vorig jaar werd door Albert Heijn al een flinke suikerreductie ingezet. Zo’n honderd producten die veel door gezinnen met kinderen worden gekocht, werden in suikergehalte verlaagd.

Friswijzer

De Friswijzer die vorig jaar werd geïntroduceerd bij het frisdrankschap vind je nu ook bij het schap met frisdrank voor kinderen. De wijzer laat je op een makkelijke manier zien hoeveel suiker een product bevat en op welke wijze het product is gezoet (suiker, kunstmatige zoetstoffen of van natuurlijke oorsprong). In één oogopslag zie je of een product geen suiker (geel), laag in suiker (donkergeel), midden in suiker (licht oranje) of een hoog suikergehalte (donker oranje) bevat.

Twee nieuwe introducties

Steeds meer scholen adviseren ouders water mee te geven voor het pauze- en lunchmoment van hun kinderen. Daarom introduceert Albert Heijn iets nieuws: Wally de Walvis water. Als je het pakje met AH Natuurlijk mineraalwater opent, tover je de vinnen van Wally tevoorschijn. Van de nieuwe pakjes Droomwater, exclusief bij Albert Heijn in het schap, kunnen kinderen iets leuks knutselen. Zo valt er voor ouders en kinderen straks altijd iets gezonder én leuks te kiezen in het schap met frisdrank voor kinderen.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City

Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City

 

  • Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash for more than 600 locations in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Brands will Deliver Joy to Guests and Children’s Hospitals Across the Country

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Ice Cream Month just got a little sweeter with today’s news from Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash. Beginning today  (July 6, 2017), ice cream lovers in nearly two dozen cities across the country can use DoorDash – the technology company connecting customers with the best local business through door-to-door delivery – to have their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats delivered right to their doorstep.

More than 600 Baskin-Robbins locations in 22 cities will be supported by DoorDash delivery, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Residents in the participating cities can use the DoorDash app or website to order their favorite Baskin-Robbins products with just a tap or click, without leaving home or work.

To celebrate the launch, DoorDash and Baskin-Robbins will deliver Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treats to children’s hospitals in select cities across the country on July 14 – the same day that Baskin-Robbins will host its first-ever nationwide Polar Pizza in-store sampling. On this day, guests are invited to Baskin-Robbins shops for a free sample of Baskin-Robbins’ new Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza, which features a double fudge brownie crust and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream topped with OREO® cookie pieces, fudge and marshmallow topping. The special sampling, which will take place from Noon – 5:00 p.m. on July 14, is another way that guests can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Baskin-Robbins.

“We’re so excited to partner with DoorDash to offer our guests the very best ice cream delivery experience and give them another way to enjoy Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats from the convenience of their own home,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “And to celebrate our ice cream delivery launch and National Ice Cream Month, we’re honored to work with DoorDash to deliver joy to several children’s hospitals across the country by providing free Polar Pizzas to patients, their families and dedicated hospital staff.”

The children’s hospitals that will receive a Polar Pizza delivery are partners of the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation) whose mission is to bring joy to sick and hungry kids. The participating hospitals include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago); Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego); and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“Nothing brings joy to people quite like ice cream, so we’re proud to celebrate our partnership with Baskin-Robbins by having Dashers across the country deliver Polar Pizzas to children’s hospitals,” said Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash. “Through our partnership with Baskin-Robbins, we’re now able to provide our busy customers with the convenience of having the brand’s high-quality, premium ice cream treats delivered right to their doorstep.”

To get started with Baskin-Robbins delivery, visit www.doordash.com/baskinrobbins or download the DoorDash app for Android or iOS. For 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.

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 Polar Pizza®. 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 DoorDash      

DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 500 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.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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Amazon announces animated kid series Lost in Oz to premiere August 4 on Prime Video in the US and UK

Brand-New Series Expands on Multiple Emmy-Winning Special and Stars Voice Talent of Ashley Boettcher, Gina Gershon, Allison Mack, Jorge Diaz and Nika Futterman

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jul. 6, 2017) announced that Lost in Oz, the highly-anticipated animated kid series for children ages 6-11, is scheduled to premiere August 4 on Prime Video in the US and UK. The new series, which expands on the multiple Emmy Award-winning Amazon Original special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure, is a magical, modern adaptation of the beloved Ozbooks from L. Frank Baum for today’s generation of families. For the series launch, the special will be broken into 3 separate episodes and 10 new episodes will be added on. Lost in Oz, featuring the voice talent of Ashley Boettcher (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Gina Gershon (Red Oaks), Allison Mack (Smallville), Jorge Diaz (Elena of Avalor), Nika Futterman (Star Wars: Clone Wars), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) and Keith Ferguson (The Lego Movie), will be available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Fire TV and mobile devices; and online. Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

In Lost in Oz, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale discovers her mother’s magical travel journal hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. The book triggers a tornado, which rips her house from its foundation and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to Emerald City, a bustling, modern, metropolis. In order to get home, Dorothy learns she must acquire every element on Oz’s “periodic table of magic” – while the city faces the worst magic drought in eons! Along the way, Dorothy and Toto meet unlikely allies in West, Ojo, Reigh the Lion, Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good, who are each eager to help, but struggling with their own problems. Together, they navigate the magical landscape of Oz while undergoing their own unique journeys of self-discovery.

“We’re excited for families everywhere to experience the magic of this serialized action-adventure comedy, led by a fearless female character and featuring a diverse group of friends,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “The Lost in Oz pilot and the extended special were extremely popular with young viewers and parents alike, and the new series, poised to be the next Oz-based classic, serves up even more fun for fans.”

Lost in Oz is created by Bureau of Magic and animated by Polygon Pictures. The series is developed and executive produced by Abram Makowka, Darin Mark, Jared Mark, and Mark Warshaw (East Los High). The Amazon Original Special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure, won three 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program,” “Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation,” and “Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation.”

Below are what customers have said about Lost in Oz:

  • “Wow! Lost in Oz is incredibly engaging, funny, action packed, full of heart, and surprisingly not at all predictable.”
  • “It’s smart, funny, and very cute. AND MOREOVER, there is nothing objectionable for parents in this!”
  • “My kids can barely sit still for 30 minutes but they were Lost in Oz!”
  • “The visual effects are stunning! The story has many smart and fresh twists that we adults couldn’t stop watching with our 5 year old.”
  • “Great adaptation. Seriously, couldn’t stop watching. I enjoy that it’s modern and fanciful, with lots of technology and a hint of magic here and there.”
  • “Sometimes I watch shows with my grandsons purely because they like them. This time, not only did THEY enjoy it…I loved it as well! The characters were lovable, the story line was well written, and the animation was terrific. This is a successful modern twist on an old classic.”
  • “It’s a great show that the family can watch together.”
  • “My 6 yr. old granddaughter has watched it twice and her Mom said she wouldn’t stop talking about it. Love that the heroine is a girl.”

The Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure special is currently available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices; and online at www.amazon.com/originals. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Lost in Oz is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Originals Kids Programming

In 2014, Amazon Studios began introducing Original Kids Series for Prime Video, kicking off with the Emmy award-winning series, Tumble Leaf, about a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky caterpillar, as they embark on a fun and nature-filled adventure. Today, customers can enjoy 14 Original Kids Series including Just Add Magic, Annedroids, Dino Dana, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Danger & Eggs, and An American Girl Story which consists of four separate specials. Four additional series are confirmed to debut later this year including, Emmy award-winning Niko and the Sword of Light, Emmy award-winning Lost in Oz, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

The mission of Amazon’s original preschool series is to inspire lifelong creative learning in children beginning at the preschool age. The aim is to validate, maintain and foster young children’s creative, joyful, and curious learning spirit through offering core content that is integrated with skills children need now and for the future. This is accomplished by integrating a curriculum thread through all preschool shows including The Stinky & Dirty Show, Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof, working with established creators and educational advisors that comprise the Thought Leader Board and developing learning experiences that extend beyond the screen. All of this is to give parents confidence that these programs will provide valuable skills and life lessons that children can use in their real life—while being entertaining at the same time.

To date, Amazon Original Kids Series has won numerous awards including 16 Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, 3 Annie Awards, 20 Parent’s Choice Awards, 1 Annecy, and many more. Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families are available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/kidsoriginals.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon

Sheetz starts July fundraising campaign to support the Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program and Make-A-Wish

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past 25 years Sheetz For The Kidz (SFTK) has set out to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children within the communities in which Sheetz operates. SFTK is an employee driven 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to support the Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program and Make-A-Wish.

The Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program provides children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with new toys, clothes and other basic needs. The program works with The Salvation Army to identify families and collect their holiday wish lists. Sheetz employees from every Sheetz operating area shop, wrap and host parties for all the participating children. More than $1.4 million was distributed last year, making the holiday season brighter for more than 8,800 children in six states, amounting to 16 children from each Sheetz store location.

This will also mark the 12th year of SFTK partnering with Make-A-Wish to sponsor families of seriously ill children so they can experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida. Fifty-four families will enjoy a cost-free vacation at Give Kids the World Village, an 84-acre, non-profit “storybook” resort designed to provide accommodations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families while experiencing the Disney vacation of their dreams.

In July, Sheetz customers can support SFTK through in-store fundraising. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities. In addition, throughout the year, customers can support local kids in their community through online donations and Amazon Smile.

Ways to support SFTK in July:

  • Donate at check out.
  • Purchase a Sheetz For The Kidz water, with 25 cents from each bottle supporting the charity.
  • Buy any Coca-Cola® 20 oz. bottle of carbonated soft drink between July 1 and July 31 and Coca-Cola will donate 5 cents to support SFTK.
  • Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz For The Kidz” as the charity of your choice and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to the charity.
  • Go to www.sheetzforthekidz.org to donate online today.

A main fundraising event for the organization continues to be the annual SheetzFor the Kidz Golf Classic, which celebrated its 19th year in May at the Pinehurst Resort. This year, the event raised more than $700,000 for SFTK.

“Sheetz For The Kidz has been successful over the past 25 years due to the support of customers who donate funds at Sheetz locations, and business partners that have supported our annual golf tournament and other events throughout the year,” said Sheetz For The Kidz Executive Director Sarah Piper.  “We are also so grateful for the work of Sheetz employees, who have devoted their time and efforts to bettering the lives of children in their communities.”

About Sheetz For The Kidz
Sheetz For The  Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children. The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates. To date, the charity has raised more than $22.9 million and helped more than 100,000 children!

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need, in His name, without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar we spend supports those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org, or follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish come true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980—more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

For further information:
Nick Ruffner
814.941.5183
nruffner@sheetz.com

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Sequential Brands expands its lifestyle brand Heelys® with activewear for children

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today ( June 29, 2017 ) a key category expansion for its lifestyle brand Heelys® as it entered into a long-term license agreement with Sugar Plum NY to produce a line of activewear for children.

Heelys first activewear collection will launch in Spring 2018 and feature girls’ skorts, leggings, shorts, capris, tank tops, tee shirts and hoodies in a variety of unique and sassy prints, vibrant solids and dynamic combinations of both. A line of boys’ active apparel will launch Holiday 2018.

“In the past four years, Sequential has reinvigorated the Heely’s brand, more than doubled the core business in footwear with our partner BBC, and expanded to new categories, first in backpacks and now in activewear.  We believe the brand is well positioned for continued growth, and this new launch will further strengthen Heelys as a lifestyle brand in the global market,” said Chad Wagenheim, EVP, Strategic Development at Sequential.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sequential to bring children fun athleisure wear in quality fabrics. Our collection of pants, shorts, tops and hoodies in eye-catching colors complement the Heelys footwear styles we know children will love to wear,” added Michael Fallas, President and Owner of Sugar Plum NY, a leading children’s apparel distributor.

The Heelys Activewear Collection will be on display at Sugar Plum NY’s booth at Children’s Club from August 6 — 8 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York and at Children’s Club Magic from August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, Heelys Footwear Collection will be on display at BBC International’s booth at FN Platform, the footwear trade forum also taking place August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Founded in 1999, Heelys quickly became a breakout success in the world of action sports among children and teens with its innovative wheeled footwear. Heelys core product is patented dual-purpose footwear that feature a removable wheel located in the heel, transforming the shoes into stealth skates and giving users the freedom to seamlessly transition from walking or running to skating by shifting their weight to their heel. When the wheels are easily removed, the shoe performs just like any other shoe. For more information, visit www.heelys.com.

ABOUT SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion, and active categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Media Contact:
For Sequential Brands Group
Katherine Nash
(512) 757-2566
Knash@sbg-ny.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group/globenewswire

Amazon: New animated series Niko and the Sword of Light to premiere on July 21 on Prime Video

New animated series, based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc. and Studio NX, features the voice talent of Tom Kenny, Andre Robinson, Steve Blum, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jim Cummings, and Kari Wahlgren

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (June 29, 2017) announced its original animated series for kids ages 6-11, Niko and the Sword of Light, is scheduled to premiere on July 21 on Prime Video. The new fantasy adventure series—the first Amazon Original to win an Emmy Award for the pilot before the series launch–features the voice talent of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Andre Robinson (Doc McStuffins), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness). The pilot is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Fire TV, mobile devices; and online—Prime members can also download the pilot to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

“We’re excited for kids and families to enter into Niko’s unique, rich world and meaningfully connect with the series characters as they tag along on epic adventures together,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “The series pilot was extremely popular among viewers, who were won over by the show’s quirky engaging storylines and humor, and we can’t wait to present them with many more exhilarating escapades in Season 1.”

Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko, the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world, as he embarks on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Based on the motion graphic comic byImaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom), Niko and the Sword of Light is animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST,Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja) and executive produced by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) who also serves as showrunner.

Below are what customers have said about Niko and the Sword of Light:

  • “Best new animated kids show in a long time.”
  • “This show is amazing!! It provides a rare place where both my son loves it and I love it for him to watch.”
  • “Watched this with my 4.5 year old daughter and we both LOVED it. She immediately asked to watch the next episode. I love the characters designs and motivations.”
  • “Great characters and animation featuring young children of color. We are thirsty for this!”
  • “Wonderful, imaginative, uplifting.”

The Niko and the Sword of Light pilot is currently available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices; and online at www.amazon.com/originals. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Niko and the Sword of Light is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Originals Kids Programming

In 2014, Amazon Studios began introducing Original Kids Series for Prime Video, kicking off with the Emmy award-winning series, Tumble Leaf, about a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky caterpillar, as they embark on a fun and nature-filled adventure. Today, customers can enjoy 13 Original Kids Series including Just Add Magic, Annedroids, Dino Dana, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and An American Girl Story which consists of four separate specials. Five additional series are confirmed to debut later this year including Danger & Eggs, Emmy award-winning Niko and the Sword of Light, Emmy award-winning Lost in Oz, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

The mission of Amazon’s original preschool series is to inspire lifelong creative learning in children beginning at the preschool age. The aim is to validate, maintain and foster young children’s creative, joyful, and curious learning spirit through offering core content that is integrated with skills children need now and for the future. This is accomplished by integrating a curriculum thread through all preschool shows including The Stinky & Dirty Show, Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof, working with established creators and educational advisors that comprise the Thought Leader Board and developing learning experiences that extend beyond the screen. All of this is to give parents confidence that these programs will provide valuable skills and life lessons that children can use in their real life—while being entertaining at the same time.

To date, Amazon Original Kids Series has won numerous awards including 16 Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, 3 Annie Awards, 20 Parent’s Choice Awards, 1 Annecy, and many more. Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families are available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/kidsoriginals.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the US as add-ons to their membership. To view the full list of available channels, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop launches Keely, the newest addition to its beloved Honey Girls collection

New Colorful Leopard Brings West-Coast Flair to Girl Band as they Hit Los Angeles

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), an interactive destination where Guests can create personalized furry friends, today (June 22, 2017) launched Keely, the newest addition to its beloved Honey Girls collection, as the band takes on Los Angeles for the first time.

After performing on New Year’s Eve in New York City, the Honey Girls headed to L.A. to shoot their first music video! Original Honey Girls Teegan, Risa and Viv have always been brighter together. Now, they’re expanding their horizons by experiencing a new city and have expanded their friendships by welcoming Keely into their group.

Keely is a colorful leopard makeup artist from L.A. and loves nothing more than using her creativity to celebrate her life and the people in it. With pink, orange and yellow leopard spots; bright fuchsia and orange hair; and sparkly purple ears, she’s ready to give the Honey Girls a touch of L.A. glam. Guests can add her sequin top and pants set, her makeup apron set, sparkly hair accessories and black fringe boots!

Teegan, Risa and Viv have become even more camera ready with Keely’s help! They now have brighter, more vibrant fur and sparkles all over. Teegan and Risa are available online as well as in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, and Viv is available exclusively at buildabear.com and buildabear.co.uk. The updated Honey Girls furry friends are accompanied by exciting new outfits and accessories perfect for the L.A. scene.

While in L.A., the Honey Girls shot a music video featuring a remix of their popular song “Gotta Go Big”! Join in the fun by watching the new behind-the-scenes video of their adventure here. Check out all the Honey Girls songs and videos at buildabear.com/HoneyGirls as well as on YouTube, and sing along to your favorite hits!

Fearless lead singer Teegan; talented inventor and drummer Viv; and creative guitarist Risa met and formed their band, the Honey Girls, while they were in school together. Each has her own signature song and strengths that help the friends “be brighter together.”

Guests of all ages are invited to visit their local Build-A-Bear Workshop store July 14-16, 2017 to celebrate “Honey Girls Brighter Together Weekend” and participate in fun Honey Girls activities and special offers! More information will be provided at buildabear.com/events next month.

To learn more about the Honey Girls collection and story, visit buildabear.com/HoneyGirls.

For more information about Build-A-Bear, visit buildabear.com, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube 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.

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Lady Gaga to help promote kindness in schools across America through partnership with Staples for Students program

Lady Gaga to help promote kindness in schools across America through partnership with Staples for Students program

 

Staples Announces $2 Million Donation to DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lady Gaga is teaming up with Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) to support education and create a positive classroom experience through its Staples for Students program.

The partnership builds on Staples’s long-standing commitment of supporting education and helping teachers and students.

Staples today (Jun. 22, 2017) announced it is donating $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, an organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. Born This Way Foundation supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world by fostering kindness, improving mental health resources and creating more positive environments. For the fourth year in a row, Staples is also donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, an organization that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for teachers since its founding, benefiting more than 22 million students.

Together through this unique partnership with Lady Gaga, her Born This Way Foundation and DonorsChoose.org, the Staples for Students program will help to promote kindness in schools across America and ensure that teachers and students have the resources they need for successful learning in classrooms.

“Teaming up with Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation and DonorsChoose.org is an amazing opportunity for the Staples for Students program to support teachers and help create a more positive classroom experience,” said Frank Bifulco, chief marketing officer, Staples. “There’s a correlation between kindness and overall well-being among students, and we hope that together with these perfect partners that we’ll be able to create an environment for students that will help them flourish in school and propel them into their bright futures.”

Lady Gaga said, “Classrooms that are positive and welcoming are classrooms where students can discover their passions and unlock their full potential. I’m excited to work with Staples, DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation to help teachers and students make their schools more supportive and engaging places. Kindness is one of the most important and most impactful values we can instill in students, and I look forward to working with Staples to foster a positive classroom environment where every student feels safe, heard and empowered.”

The 2017 Staples for Students program is propelled by several sobering statistics:

  • According to the Education Market Association, an estimated 99.5% of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms – frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year.
  • Sesame Workshop reports that 86% of teachers (and 70% of parents) admit to worrying often that the world is an unkind place for children.

Lady Gaga and Staples are also collaborating on a Public Service Announcement that debuts nationally at the end of June, further emphasizing the need to support teachers and students.

“Staples has been a generous and valued partner of ours for years, and we’re so thankful for its continued support of our mission, which has helped bring learning to life for thousands of teachers and students in classrooms nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org.

“By creating school climates that are grounded in compassion and generosity we can help to support the emotional well-being of our young people, ensuring they can learn effectively and grow into happy, thriving adults,” said Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder and president of Born This Way Foundation. “We thank Staples for its generous donation and for understanding that the boundless potential of young people can be unlocked by spreading kindness.”

For more information, visit www.StaplesForStudents.org.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and the chance to meet Lady Gaga
Staples is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne tour promoted by Live Nation. Beginning June 25, 2017, fans will have the opportunity to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship. The lucky grand prize winner will also win a trip to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert. Five additional winners will receive a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit StaplesForStudents.org starting June 25, 2017 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, Inc.
Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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, 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:
Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com
Corporate Service

Source: Staples, Inc.

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Argos releases toy predictions that will dominate Christmas wish lists this year

Argos releases toy predictions that will dominate Christmas wish lists this year

 

Milton, Keynes, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Memorable childhood gifts including dolls and LEGO, as well as the latest tech driven toys, look set to dominate Christmas wish lists this year, according to leading UK toy retailer, Argos

It has today (22 June 2017) released its predictions for the toys that will feature in letters to Santa across the country this year. They are:

  • Luvabella
  • Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone
  • Disney Cars 3 Lightning McQueen
  • Hatchimals & new ColleGGtibles
  • LEGO BOOST
  • Tiny Treasures Twin Set
  • LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran
  • PJ Masks Headquarter Playset
  • Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks
  • Fisher Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’
  • Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
  • SoundMoovz

Linzi Walker, chief toy buyer for Argos, who has been curating the list with her team since the beginning of the year, said: “This year’s top toys list is a fantastic blend, as toymakers evolve childhood favourites alongside the introduction of newer and more technology-led gifts.

“Dolls will have made Christmas memories for many children and this year is no different. Luvabella is an incredibly lifelike doll, with advanced animated features enabling it to drink milk from a bottle and fall asleep just as a real little one would. And Chad Valley has produced gorgeous twins as an extension of its authentic Tiny Treasures Baby Doll range.

“There are many opportunities for children and parents alike to embrace user-friendly technology this Christmas. LEGO Boost provides everything needed for children to make five different LEGO models that can then be coded using a free app. The Fisher- Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’ is an interactive play buddy that helps kids learn on the go. And music lovers will love SoundMoovz, an exciting wearable tech toy for all ages where players can create their own beats and rhythms as they move by using Bluetooth-connected bands on their ankles or wrists.”

She added: “Popular on-screen toys are also set to feature, with appearances from Disney’s Cars 3 Lightning McQueen, PJ Masks Headquarter Playset, the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller alongside RC Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Argos polled more than 1,000 parents of children aged 16 and under about their plans for Christmas 2017. One in seven parents (13 per cent) have already started buying presents for their children and almost a third (29 per cent) are planning to buy gifts for their kids over the summer.

The most popular choice amongst parents this year is a blockbuster gift, with over half (54 per cent) planning on purchasing a ‘gasp out loud’ present alongside a couple of stocking fillers.

Christmas is still set to be a family affair in 2017 and when it comes to ‘padding the pile’, a fifth of parents will be letting the wider family in on their present plans ensuring all bases are covered. And almost a quarter (23 per cent) will be creating a handy Christmas list to help them keep track!

The poll also found that the big kids in the family still enjoy Christmas toys too – 22 per cent of parents say they wish they had received the toys their children get at Christmas. This may explain why they are feeling extra generous this year; the average parent is happy to spend £114 on average on the main present, with parents in the North-East budgeting over £150 for the ultimate Christmas gift.

Contact:

+44 (0)845 124 0044

Source: Argos

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The Children’s Place to open retail stores in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (June 19, 2017) announced that it has entered into a development agreement with Gill Capital covering Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines.  The first retail stores are to open in Indonesia, with the plan to open 25 locations in Indonesia, followed by openings in the other countries in the development area.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Place, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Gill Capital.  They have a proven track record of operating successful brands in South East Asia.  We are making significant strides in our International franchise business, and we remain focused on providing great fashion and value for children around the world.”

Commenting on the partnership with The Children’s Place, Mr. J.S. Gill, Chairman of Gill Capital, stated, “We are excited to launch our partnership with The Children’s Place.  We believe in the unique quality, fashion and value of the Brand, and we are confident that it will be a tremendous success with our customers.”

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.

About Gill Capital

Gill Capital is a Singapore-based company with operations in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia under various concepts in fashion, children’s specialty, confectionary, and food & beverage.

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 positioning, and forecasts regarding store openings and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations.  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

Lulu Group International extends support to Dubai Cares’ mission to provide quality education to underprivileged youth

Lulu Group International extends support to Dubai Cares’ mission to provide quality education to underprivileged youth

 

  • Commitment is in line with UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’
  • MOU is signed following a pledge made by Lulu in March 2017

Dubai, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of the month of Ramadan and the Year of Giving, Lulu Group International, the UAE-based fastest growing retail chains and Dubai Cares have extended their long-standing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding MOU, whereby Lulu Group International commits AED 10 million to support Dubai Cares’ overarching mission aimed at positively impacting the lives of underprivileged children and young people in developing countries through education. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group International signed the MOU at Dubai Cares’ Office in Dubai.

Commenting on the partnership, Yusuffali MA said: “It is our great privilege to renew our support to Dubai Cares’ wonderful programs and initiatives, which continue to bring tangible change in the lives of millions of children and young people around the world. We have been associated with Dubai Cares since ten years and we look forward to continue our support for years to come. We are also thankful for the Rulers of this great nation for declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of ‘Giving’, which will certainly make the UAE one of the most charitable and benevolent countries in the world.”

Welcoming this generous contribution by Lulu Group International, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “We at Dubai Cares are proud to extend our partnership with Lulu Group International whose contribution is extremely valuable and will help us reach many more underprivileged children and young people and provide them the quality education they need to learn and prosper. What Dubai Cares has accomplished over the past 10 years, and what we aspire to achieve over the next 10 years and beyond, only becomes possible through the incredible generosity and support from partners and donors like Lulu Group International who genuinely believe in and support our cause and mission.”

Lulu Group International’s partnership with Dubai Cares spans over ten years, contributing mainly towards building schools in Gaza, Nepal and Lebanon as part of Dubai Cares’ “Adopt a School” initiative.

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young people in developing countries access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable.

Contact:

Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716
headoffice@ae.lulumea.com marketing@ae.lulumea.com

Source: Lulu Group

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Sunoco LP’s Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns raised more than $1.6 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

DALLAS, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Donations through in-store Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns at Stripes and APlus stores helped raise more than $1.6 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) around the country.

Since 2000, Stripes and APlus, owned and operated by Sunoco LP, have partnered with CMN Hospitals to raise more than $12 million for sick and injured kids.

“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are tremendous assets in our communities and it is an incredible opportunity to work alongside of them,” said Eduardo Pereda, VP of Convenience Brands. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our customers and team members who raised more than $1.6 million to help continue to support children and their families during some of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Like all in-store CMN Hospitals fundraisers, 100 percent of funds raised from Sunoco LP campaigns will benefit the community in which they were raised. Those contributions help make miracles happen by funding vital medical care, equipment and therapy programs that save and improve the lives of more than 10 million sick and injured children each year.

“It’s partners like Sunoco LP that really make all the difference in helping kids get the care they need,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are grateful to all the Stripes and APlus employees and customers who gave so generously during this year’s campaign.”

About Sunoco LP
(NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates 1,355 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to 7,825 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. SUN’s general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE).

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

Contact:
Jeamy Molina
jeamy.molina@sunoco.com
469.646.1776

Emily Cawley
ecawley@cmnhospitals.org
801-214-6618

SOURCE: Sunoco LP

The Gymboree Corporation signs Restructuring Support Agreement with majority of its Term Loan Lenders

Company Continues to Operate Business As Usual Restructuring Facilitated through Voluntary Chapter 11 Filing Will Reduce Debt by Over $900 Million Vast Majority of Trade Creditors Critical to Business Expected to be Paid in Full Secures $35 Million in New-Money Financing to Support Operations

San Francisco, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Gymboree Corporation (the “Company” or “Gymboree”) today ( June 11, 2017) announced that it has signed a Restructuring Support Agreement (“RSA”) with a majority of its Term Loan Lenders, securing critical stakeholder support for a comprehensive financial restructuring and recapitalization of the Company that will reduce Gymboree’s debt by more than $900 million, establish a sustainable capital structure and position the Company for long-term success.

“The steps we are taking today allow the Company to definitively address its debt and enable the management team to turn its full focus toward executing our key strategies, including our Product, Brand and Omni-channel initiatives,” said Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree. “The support of our lenders and their new financing commitment underscores their confidence in the Company. We have three great brands, strong operations and dedicated employees, and throughout this process, we will continue to deliver superior service to our customers and put them at the center of all we do. We expect to move through this process quickly and emerge as a stronger organization that is better positioned in today’s evolving retail landscape, with the right size store footprint and greater financial flexibility to invest in Gymboree’s long-term growth.”

To facilitate the financial restructuring and recapitalization, Gymboree today has elected to file voluntary Chapter 11 petitions (the “filing”) with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Bankruptcy Court”).

Gymboree expects to operate its overall business and the majority of its stores as usual during its financial restructuring. To this end, the Company has secured commitments for $35 million in new-money debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing from a majority of its existing Term Loan Lenders and up to $273.5 million in additional DIP financing from the existing lenders under Gymboree’s asset backed loan credit facilities which, in addition to Gymboree’s ongoing cash flow, will ensure the Company is able to continue meeting its financial obligations throughout the Chapter 11 case.

Gymboree today filed its RSA in Bankruptcy Court, along with a series of first day motions seeking authority to pay employee wages and benefits, honor customer commitments and otherwise manage its day-to-day operations as usual.

Gymboree expects to pay vendors in the normal course for all goods and services delivered on or after June 11, 2017. Payment for goods and services delivered prior to the filing will be addressed through the Chapter 11 process. It is currently expected that trade vendors that are critical to the Company’s business will be paid in full for pre-petition claims under the terms of the Plan. The Company has also asked for authority to honor the pre-petition claims of its critical foreign and other critical vendors and expects to receive court approval for these requests.

Additionally, the Company announced today that Andrew North is stepping down as CFO for personal reasons. Mr. North will remain with the Company for a period of time as a consultant. Liyuan Woo, Director at AlixPartners, has been appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer, while the Company searches for a replacement for Andrew North. James A. Mesterharm, Managing Director and Co-Lead Turnaround & Restructuring Services at AlixPartners, has been appointed as Chief Restructuring Officer.

“Liyuan and Jim bring significant financial and restructuring experience to Gymboree and we are pleased to have them join the team,” continued Daniel Griesemer. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Andy for his leadership, hard work and dedication to Gymboree.” Additional information regarding Gymboree’s financial restructuring is available at www.gymboreerestructuring.com. Court filings and information about the claims process are available at https://cases.primeclerk.com/gymboree or by calling Gymboree’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, at 844-822-9233 (or 646-486-7945 for international calls) or by sending an email to gymboreeinfo@PrimeClerk.com.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as the Company’s legal counsel, AlixPartners LLP is serving as its financial advisor, and Lazard is serving as its investment bank.

About The Gymboree Corporation
The Gymboree Corporation’s specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated a total of 1,281 retail stores: 582 Gymboree® stores (532 in the United States, 49 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico), 172 Gymboree Outlet stores (171 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), 149 Janie and Jack® shops (148 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico) and 378 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at www.gymboree.com, www.janieandjack.com, and www.crazy8.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including the Company’s expectations regarding the development and results of its restructuring process, its liquidity, access to capital and business operations during the pendency of the bankruptcy proceedings. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “plan,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “believe,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “goal,” “project” and other words of similar meaning. Each forward-looking statement contained in this press release is based on assumptions and information available to the Company at the time of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty, including, but not limited to, the risk that the Company’s restructuring may not be consummated in a manner beneficial to the Company and its operations; risks and uncertainties associated with the length of time the Company will operate as a debtor-in-possession, which is not yet known; risks associated with the bankruptcy process and third-party motions in the Chapter 11 proceedings, which may hinder or delay the Company’s ability to consummate its restructuring; the ability of the Company to obtain and maintain normal terms with customers, suppliers and service providers; the Company’s ability to maintain contracts that are critical to its operations during Chapter 11 proceedings; the Company’s financial performance and results; availability of sufficient cash flow to operate the Company, including to fund capital expenditures, during the Chapter 11 proceedings; demand for its products; and the risk factors set forth in the Company’s Transition Report on Form 10-K for the 26 weeks ended July 30, 2016 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 28, 2016 and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC.
The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forwardlooking statements. The Company can give no assurances that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do, what impact they will have on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. The Company cautions investors to carefully consider the risks associated with, and not to place considerable reliance on, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof except as required by law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 are registered trademarks of The Gymboree Corporation.

Contacts:
Leigh Parrish / Joe Millsap
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
(212) 355-4449 / (415) 869-3950

Source: Gymboree

Animated kids series Danger & Eggs to premiere on Friday, June 30 on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK

  • All 13 episodes, created by Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky, and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick, will feature the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant and Eric Knobel
  • Guest star voice talent includes Weird Al, Lori Petty, Charlyne Yi, Kate Micucci, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jasika Nicole, Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Angelica Ross, and Jazz Jennings

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jun. 7, 2017) announced its original animated kids series Danger & Eggs is scheduled to premiere on Friday, June 30 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Featuring the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as D.D. Danger and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater) as Phillip, the series will also include guest star voice talent from Weird Al (Milo Murphy’s Law), Lori Petty (Tank Girl), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Kate Micucci (Garfunkle and Oates), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Mystery Science Theater), Angelica Ross (Her Story), and Jazz Jennings (I Am Jazz). Danger & Eggs is created by Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs) and Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Mad) and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight). The pilot, which was part of Amazon’s Fall 2015 pilot season and is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by customers with 80% 5-star reviews, is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online—Prime members can also download the pilot to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). As the daughter of world-renowned stunt daredevil, Roy Danger, D.D. is following in his footsteps and is always chasing her next big thrill. Luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Together, they go in search of new adventures at their favorite spot, Chicken Paw Park, which is home to Philip’s mom Becky, a gargantuan chicken. The first season finds D.D. and Phillip meeting a raccoon with a thirst for technology, being sucked into a mysterious underground science lab, discovering a lonely robot in an overgrown garden, and taking on a famous zip line. Throughout their journey, they overcome obstacles with the “Buddy System” because even though they are polar opposites, their differences complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses to solve problems. Their Buddy System mantra says it all, “You look out for me and I’ll look out for you!”

“We are excited to introduce our first animated comedy for children ages 6-11 to our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We feel incredibly lucky to be working with the caliber of creative talent behind this series.”

“For us, the heart of Danger & Eggs is the friendship between Phillip and D.D. that proves you can face fear and danger and have a blast in the process because you are not alone,” said Mike Owens. Adds Shadi Petosky: “We can’t believe we get to take out our anxiety on a show–putting our inside voices into these characters and seeing if they stay friends.”

“I’ve been passionate about animation my whole life and to produce this series with my animation company fulfills a lifelong goal,” says Chris Hardwick, Executive Producer. “This show is funny, touching, and has incredible design–everything I’ve wanted to make.”

Below are what customers have said about the Danger & Eggs pilot:

  • “[My 8 year-old son] asked to watch this show at least four times! He loves it! I’ve watched it with him for at least three of those times.”
  • “As a father of a little girl with anxiety issues, I really appreciated Phillip’s portrayal. So often in cartoons there is shaming of nervousness or anxiety (ie: C’mon, don’t be a wimp) but in Danger and Eggs, Phillip is just there. He’s an anxious character and that’s ok.”
  • “My son loves this show! He’s 6 and says he loves the characters and finds them very funny. He loves the art style and how crazy and fun it is.”
  • “As a father of two young daughters, I was thrilled to see a show that revolves around a young girl going on playfully dangerous adventures without the need of an overly macho cohort saving her! Added points for the wonderful humor that is also incorporated for the older demographic without it being crude.”
  • “My 10-year-old daughter and I both loved it! She appreciates the subtle humor and animation of this show and said she wants to watch more!”

Danger & Eggs is part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families. All 13 episodes from the series will be available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/kidsoriginals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can also download select titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Danger & Eggs is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop to roll out Pop-up Shops and On-location Experiences this summer

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer, Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW) fans can find the brand’s one-of-a-kind experience in a variety of new and exciting locations, from select AMC Theatres and Carnival Cruise Line ships to Gaylord Hotels and Beaches Resorts.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Pop-Up Shops at Select AMC Theatres
Build-A-Bear Workshop seasonal pop-up shops opened in late March at select AMC Theatres locations in Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The in-theater shops offer an abridged version of the traditional Build-A-Bear Workshop store experience. Movie-goers can make their own furry friends—including characters from some of the summer’s hottest movies—and watch them come to life at the mini stuffer before choosing from a small assortment of clothing, accessories, scents and sounds, each sold separately. A selection of pre-stuffed plush are also available for patrons in a hurry to catch the previews. Ten additional pop-up shops opened June 1 at AMC locations in Texas, Kansas and Missouri.

Carnival Cruise Line Presents Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea
The Carnival Cruise Line Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea experience, which launched in summer 2016, is now available aboard all 25 Carnival ships. Building upon Carnival’s position as the family cruise leader hosting nearly 800,000 kids a year, Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea provides children of all ages an opportunity to make their own cuddly bear that can be customized with a variety of outfits and accessories, from tutus and high-top sneakers to, appropriately enough, vacation wear like bathing suits and sunglasses. The selection also includes a signature Carnival bear, Carnival tees and backpacks, and an exclusive Make-Your-Own Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.

Build-A-Bear at Beaches Resorts
Build-A-Bear Workshop and Beaches Resorts have partnered to elevate the ultimate family-friendly vacation offered at all three of the company’s luxurious resorts. The first Build-A-Bear Workshop Beaches experience opened in December 2016 at Beaches Turks and Caicos, and two additional locations will open this month in Jamaica at Beaches Negril and Beaches Ocho Rios. Vacationers can choose from a wide selection of Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends, outfits and accessories—including bathing suits and sunglasses as well as special Beaches backpacks, hoodies, tees and more.

Build-A-Bear at Gaylord Hotels
As part of the magical winter wonderland experience at Gaylord Hotels during the 2016 holiday season, Build-A-Bear Workshop offered visitors the opportunity to make their own furry friend. On Memorial Day weekend 2017, Build-A-Bear Workshop returned to Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla.; Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.; and Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, offering even more furry-friend fun through Labor Day 2017 as part of the resorts’ annual SummerFest event. Several signature teddy bears, licensed characters and more are available and completely customizable with the perfect summer outfits and accessories.

“Whether it’s catching a movie at AMC Theatres, taking a Carnival Cruise Line cruise, or hanging out at Beaches Resorts and Gaylord Hotels, summer is a great time for families to travel and make memories together,” said Sharon Price John, president and CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “As we approach our 20th birthday, we are offering new and expanded experiences from Build-A-Bear Workshop in even more places. Each of these partners offers our unique make-your-own-furry-friend experience in hot spots where families will be going this season to spend time together and be entertained.”

For more information about Build-A-Bear Workshop, follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For a list of all Build-A-Bear Workshop locations and to find a store near you, visit buildabear.com.

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.

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Contact

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

DICK’S Sporting Goods announces multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced today (June 1, 2017) a multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, and its DICK’S Team Sports HQ youth sports platform.

As the Official Sporting Goods Retailer and Soccer Management Technology Partner, DICK’S and DICK’S Team Sports HQ will provide next generation technology to US Youth Soccer and its members in streamlining, operating and increasing participation.  In addition, DICK’S will support the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series as its presenting sponsor through onsite activations to increase participant engagement.  The partnership also includes the creation of the first-annual US Youth Soccer State Association Leadership Summit, which will be held in San Diego in September.

“We’re excited to welcome US Youth Soccer to the rapidly-growing DICK’S Team Sports HQ family of youth sports governing body partners,” said Ed Plummer, SVP, DICK’S Team Sports HQ. “At DICK’S, we believe that sports matter and our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities allowing coaches to focus on developing young athletes and not worrying as much about the logistics and administration.”

The partnership with US Youth Soccer expands DICK’S Team Sports HQ’s community and technology support of youth soccer nationwide to nearly four million players, volunteers, coaches and their families.  The DICK’S Team Sports HQ platform will manage most of US Youth Soccer’s operations, communications and relationships with its affiliate State Associations.  In addition, DICK’S Team Sports HQ provides club affiliates with online registration, web sites, mobile apps for scheduling and communications as well as Fan Wear shops and access to donations and sponsorships.

“With all the entertainment options available to young people such as video games, TV and social media, organized sports are challenged to provide a better experience to grow the game,” said US Youth Soccer CEO Chris Moore. “Therefore, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to partner with DICK’S, whose strong brand will not only help elevate and enhance the player experience at our ‘crown jewel’, the National Championship Series, but will enable our members to better administer the sport through the DICK’S Teams Sports HQ platform.”

DICK’S Team Sports HQ currently serves youth sports governing bodies representing over nine million young athletes including US Youth Soccer, PONY Baseball and Softball, and National Police Athletic League, among others.  More information on DICK’S Teams Sports HQ can be found by visiting dicks.com/TSHQ.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About US Youth Soccer

US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

Contacts:
DICK’S Sporting Goods
press@dcsg.com
724-273-5552

US Youth Soccer:
communications@usyouthsoccer.org

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc.

The Children’s Place welcomes John J. Sullivan as its Chief Transformation Officer

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (May 30, 2017) announced the appointment of John J. Sullivan to the newly created position of Chief Transformation Officer, effective June 12, 2017.  Mr. Sullivan will report to Michael Scarpa, Chief Operating Officer, and will assume responsibility for Information Technology, Business Process, and Global Logistics and Distribution.

Jane Elfers, President and CEO said, “We continue to make significant progress on our key strategic growth initiatives – superior product, business transformation through technology, alternate channels of distribution and fleet optimization – and each one of these initiatives still has significant upside. As we look to the future, developing and implementing a best in class Personalized Customer Contact Strategy is our single biggest opportunity, and we announced on our May 18th earnings call that we have made the decision to significantly accelerate the development and implementation of this initiative. John’s extensive track record of delivering successful transformations through OmniChannel systems implementations, technology solutions, and business process re-engineering, coupled with his deep expertise in sourcing and global logistics and distribution, makes him ideally suited to lead the next key phase of our transformation efforts.”

Michael Scarpa, Chief Operating Officer added, “I worked closely with John at Liz Claiborne and his exceptional leadership qualities and deep experience in transformation, technology and systems will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Mr. Sullivan said, “I am very excited to join the best-in-class management team at The Children’s Place to help realize the financial benefits associated with the significant opportunities across the organization.”

Over the course of his career, Mr. Sullivan has held several senior level positions at major retailers. In his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer and President of Shared Services at Ascena Retail Group, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for establishing OmniChannel capabilities across the enterprise, distribution and fulfillment services, sourcing, IT, and project management. At QVC, Mr. Sullivan held the title of EVP and CIO and was responsible for the company’s global information systems and corporate project management office. And at Liz Claiborne, Mr. Sullivan was Chief Information Officer and SVP with responsibility for sourcing, systems and customer service. Mr. Sullivan received his BS in Management Information Systems and his MBA from Northeastern University.

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 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 positioning, and forecasts regarding store openings and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations.  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

7‑Eleven® and local police departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to reward kids for good behavior

Local Police Departments will Receive Millions of FREE Slurpee Coupons To Reward Kids for Good Behavior

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer, thousands of local law enforcement officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids across the U.S. For the 22nd year, 7‑Eleven® is working with police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.

During 2017, 7‑Eleven will issue up to 1.33 million Slurpee coupons to almost 1,000 law enforcement agencies which, in turn, will distribute most of those during the summer months and back-to-school season.

“The Suffolk County Police Department’s partnership with 7‑Eleven’s Operation Chill®program is a unique way for our officers to engage with the youth in our county,” Suffolk County, New York, Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini stated. “Interacting with our community’s children in positive ways is an important element of what our officers do daily. We appreciative 7‑Eleven’s commitment to providing an additional way for officers to make a positive impact and look forward to our eighth year  ‘ticketing’ young children and teens when caught doing acts of kindness.”

Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relationships with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a community- or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for being a good kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

Begun in Philadelphia to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens, Operation Chill has expanded to cities across the country. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 19 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7‑Eleven operates stores.

“Year after year, Operation Chill is our most popular community service program,” said Mark Stinde, vice president of asset protection for 7‑Eleven. “Kids love Slurpee drinks, and police officers love having a reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon as a reward for doing something good. And we, at 7‑Eleven, love helping them make those important connections in the community.”

7‑Eleven’s proprietary Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated beverage has generational appeal with slurpers both young and old. More than a half-million Slurpee drinks are purchased each day during the summer at 7‑Eleven stores across the country. This summer’s flavors include Chrome Cotton Candy and, for Slurpee Lite, sugar-free Watermelon Lime made with all natural flavors.

For the full 7‑Eleven, Inc. Operation Chill 2017 participation list, please contact media@7-11.com.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 62,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

PENNY verschenkt am Internationalen Kindertag 400.000 Äpfel

PENNY verschenkt am Internationalen Kindertag 400.000 Äpfel

 

1. Juni stellt Bedürfnisse und Rechte von Kindern sowie Jugendlichen in den Mittelpunkt

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seit der Wiedervereinigung rückt nicht nur der Weltkindertag (20.09.) die Rechte und Bedürfnisse von Kindern in den Mittelpunkt des öffentlichen Interesses, sondern auch der Internationale Kindertag am 1. Juni. Trotz unterschiedlichen Ursprungs und Tradition wollen beide Gedenktage Kindern und Jugendlichen die Gelegenheit geben, auf ihre Vorstellungen, Wünsche und Ängste aufmerksam zu machen. So lautet das Motto des Weltkindertages 2017 „Kindern eine Stimme geben!“.

PENNY verteilt zu diesem Anlass in ganz Deutschland in allen 2.150 Märkten kostenlos rund 400.000 PRO PLANET-Äpfel aus nachhaltigem Anbau. „Mit der Aktion wollen wir zum einen zeigen, dass auch in Deutschland für viele Kinder Obst noch immer nicht zum täglichen Essen gehört, weil es sich die Eltern nicht leisten können. Zum anderen zeigen wir, dass wir mit Blick auf die kommenden Generationen verpflichtet sind, unseren Kindern und Enkelkindern eine lebenswerte Welt zu hinterlassen. Nachhaltigkeit ist dazu ein Schlüssel. PENNY engagiert sich seit Jahren auf vielen Ebenen für dieses Zukunftsthema. Zum Beispiel mit dem Förderkorb, der gezielt Vereine unterstützt, die sich für Kinder und Jugendliche engagieren. Auf diesem Weg wollen wir gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden weiter gehen“, begründet Stefan Magel, COO PENNY, den bundesweiten Aktionstag.

PENNY Förderkorb für gemeinnützige Vereine in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit

Das Förderkorb-Projekt rief PENNY 2015 zunächst in Hamburg ins Leben. Mehr als 140.000 Kunden stimmten in der Hansemetropole für ihren jeweiligen Lieblingsverein ab. Bereits im vergangenen Jahr gab es jeweils einen Förderkorb in Köln, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim und München. Hier waren gemeinnützige Vereine, die sich für Kinder und Jugendarbeit engagieren, eingeladen, sich um einen von insgesamt vier Förderpreisen in Gesamthöhe von 12.000 Euro zu bewerben. Aus den Vereinen mit den meisten Stimmen wählte eine mehrköpfige Jury von unabhängigen Fachleuten aus dem Bereich der sozialen Verantwortung drei Gewinner pro Stadt. Zusätzlich belohnte die Jury besonderes Engagement jeweils eines Vereins pro Stadt mit einem Sonderpreis in Höhe von 3.000 Euro. Insgesamt belief sich die Fördersumme auf 84.000 Euro (www.foerderkorb.penny.de). 2017 wird der Förderkorb auf die Metropolregionen Rhein-Ruhr, Rhein-Main, Rhein-Neckar, Berlin-Brandenburg, Chemnitz-Zwickau, Hamburg-Umland, Hannover/Braunschweig/Göttingen/Wolfsburg und München-Umland ausgeweitet.
Über PENNY
PENNY erzielte 2016 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 27.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro.

Contact:
PENNY-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

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PetSmart Charities supports Boston Children’s Hospital’s animal assisted therapy program with $360,000 grant

Grant Will Help Double the Number of Therapy Dogs Supporting Pediatric Patients, Family and Staff From 17 To 34 Dogs, and Serve an Additional Three Satellite Locations by 2019

PHOENIX and BOSTON, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boston Children’s Hospital and PetSmart Charities today (May 25, 2017) announced that the Hospital received a $360,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support Pawprints, the Hospital’s 14-year-old animal assisted therapy program.

The Pawprints program, now supported by PetSmart Charities, provides a welcome diversion from patients’ normal hospital routines, giving them and their families a sense of security and normalcy, a diminished sense of isolation, and an increased level of positive communication. With the help of this generous grant, the Hospital expects to double the number of dogs participating in the program from 17 to 34 to serve thousands of patients at three satellite locations in Peabody, Waltham and the Martha Eliot Health Center by 2019.

The Hospital’s animal assisted therapy program was launched with the first Boston Children’s therapy dog, Stella, a mild-mannered yellow Labrador retriever, by her inaugural visit in 2003. Since then, there have been more than 12,000 patient visits by dozens of therapy dogs over the past 14 years.

“We’re so grateful for this generous support from PetSmart Charities,” says Carola Cadley, vice president of Corporate Development & Special Events at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust. “The emotional boost our Pawprints dog/handler teams give to our patients and their families is significant, and we’re excited to now be able to extend these services to even more patients and families around our main hospital campus, while also introducing therapy dog visits to our satellite facilities!”

Today, Pawprints pet/handler teams are selected through a careful screening process, including an interpersonal interview with the handler, an offsite behavioral evaluation, Occupational Health volunteer clearances, canine medical clearances and an on-site behavioral evaluation. In order to participate, each dog is required to be at least 2 years old, registered with a therapy dog organization, in good physical health, and current on all vaccinations, and to have a calm, consistent and obedient temperament to provide unconditional love to bedridden patients.

It is patients like Julie Milunsky, now 21, who has been treated for most of her life at Boston Children’s for a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), who benefit from this program. Most recently, she was in the hospital for her uncontrollable shoulder dislocation. After an extensive surgical procedure, she was put into a half-body cast, minimizing her range of motion and her independence. Waiting for her after the procedure was a therapy dog from the Pawprints program to greet her in her hospital room.

“It was so powerful for me because it took me out of my head, out of my anxiety and got me in the moment to realize that everything was going to be okay,” said Milunsky. “I got to focus on the dog for that moment, which ended up decreasing my pain and anxiety, both wins in my book. The Pawprints program also showed me that there are ways to interact with my own dogs at home despite my casts.”

PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, recently expanded its mission to include finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. This new mission allows the organization to support animal welfare programs in more ways than ever before, and even reach other nonprofits, like Boston Children’s Hospital, that help connect people and pets. The new “Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets” grant category, open year-round for applications, supports programs that train pets to become service animals for military veterans or people with disabilities and for pet therapy programs at places such as hospitals, schools, and senior homes.

“Boston Children’s Hospital has made tremendous strides to leverage the healing power of pets and provide unconditional love to its patients, families and staff through its long-standing Pawprints animal assisted therapy program,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities. “With the help of this grant from PetSmart Charities, we are thrilled to help them expand the services and smiles that this program delivers in addition to the comfort for those who need it most.”

For more information on PetSmart Charities, please visit PetSmartCharities.org. For more information on the Pawprints Animal Assisted Therapy Program, please visit ChildrensHospital.org.

About Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 2,630 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 14 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

Contact:

PetSmart Charities
Phone:623.587.2177
PetSmart Charities Newsroom

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Greggs thanks customers and colleagues for making North East Children’s Cancer run a success

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greggs were incredibly proud to once again support the North East Children’s Cancer run, where this year over 8,000 runners completed either the 5 mile run or the children’s mini 1 mile run.

This year the event celebrated its 35th year, and throughout this time has pioneered cancer research in the North East through the following areas:

Clinical Trials

Scientists at Northern Institute for Cancer Research are currently working on clinical trials to develop new therapies to improve survival rates and treatment intensity for patients with Leukaemia.

Individualisation of treatment

NECCR has been researching ways to provide individual treatment to children with an aggressive type of brain cancer to ensure the final outcome is as positive as possible.

New Therapies

Funding from NECCR has been fundamental in the discovery of a less aggressive medical approach to treating childhood Leukaemia’s, the most frequent cancers in children.

Thank you to our customers, colleagues and other supporters whose dedication and commitment continue to make this event an incredible success.

Contact:

Havas PR
0161 236 2277
prgreggs@havas.com

Source: GREGGS

GiftsbyMeeta.com Introduces Fresh Collection of Presents for the Kids on the Website

Delhi, India, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kids, the very special species on the planet enjoy most any festive occasion around our home and their grins, laughter, warm hugs or even their cute crying all are the major themes which have been incorporated while Launching overhauled category named Gifts for kids on GiftsbyMeeta’s website.

GiftsbyMeeta, gifting website that has years of expertise in offering relationship-centric presents, location-centric presents, the age group specific products has now launched the improved version of the Kids based gifting category on the website. The gifting firm in its latest development has added the hundreds of the products exclusive made for kids between 3 to 10 years, which can be explored for various occasion around a kid such as a housewarming, birthday, Christmas, New Year and so on. The gifting firm with pan India home delivery networks has categorized many of the precuts exclusively for a particular age group such as for kids, newborn babies, teens, youngsters, parents or grandparents and so on.

The Official spokes Person at GiftsbyMeeta in New Delhi, India briefed about the new development on the Gifts to Kids named category Page on the website: –

“The latest development in the send birthday gift online to kids named category which is accommodating numerous themes of the acts, plays and naughty acts of a kid that normally happens around us. The customized products with will printed with various designs, quotes, many of the cute teddies in the animal shapes and so on are major attract on the products from this category. Additionally, many of the thoughtful products which essentially help children to keep them engaged with as well as help them to exercise their brains. For instance, the cardboard games, finger puppet games,  puzzle cardboard, stationery products, designer globes and plenty more. ”

About The Company: –

A mega gifting store on the internet named GiftsbyMeeta was started in 2013 by the years of experienced fashion cum product designer Meeta Gutgutia, wife of Mr. Vikash Gutgutia, owner of India’ biggest floral and plant retails outlets chain in India, Ferns and Petals group. The gifting store with around 25 thousand event specific, location and relationship-specific gifts are leading gifting store in India with same day gifts delivery in More than 300 cities. The impeccable gifting store has classified the products into more than 150 categories on the website and with home delivery services in more than 150 countries. Thousands of the gifting products are made specifically for a particular event, places, and occasion as well as many of that age group or relationship categories. For instance, gifts for kids, gifts for men, gifts for women, for in-laws, father, mother, spouse, sisters, brothers and so on. The gigantic collection of customized and wooden home décor products are the special gifting verities presented on the online store.

Contact Information:
Gifts By Meeta
10MG Road, 1st floor, New Delhi
Opp. Metro Pillar No. 47,
Near to Sultanpur Metro Station, New Delhi
India Phone: +91-9555695556
Pin Code: 110030
Email:support@giftsbymeeta.com
Website: https://www.giftsbymeeta.com

Artsplash™ named as the first-ever winner of ABC’s “The Toy Box”

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — After eight weeks of viewing over 35 toy inventions the kid judges have spoken, and Artsplash™ (formerly known as Liquid Art) prevailed as the first-ever winner of ABC’s “The Toy Box.”  Artsplash™ is now available for purchase online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available only at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 20.

Artsplash™ is a one-of-a-kind art set unlike anything on the market today. This new toy gives kids tools to create limitless 3D art with water by simply dipping the Aquapen into various colored dyes and then placing the colored water onto any of the six different Artsheets. When kids are finished they just wipe the Artsheet clean and start again.

“Ever since I was young, inventing was my dream, and I created Artsplash™ to give kids a new way to create their own masterpieces, with something other than just a paint brush and paper,” said Ryan Stewart, winner of ABC’s The Toy Box. “To be able see something I created on-shelf at Toys”R”Us is a childhood dream come true.”

“For seven weeks I have seen everything from candy cannons to dolls with wigs!” said Eric Stonestreet, host of ABC’s The Toy Box. “Artsplash™ is something I would have loved to have as a kid. I think parents and kids will enjoy playing and creating with Artsplash™ together.”

ABC, Mattel and Hudsun Media developed “The Toy Box” to give audiences across the country a sneak peek into the world of toy invention.

“The Toy Box has given us a new way to connect with talented inventors and celebrate the creativity and innovation it takes to make a toy.” said Richard Dickson, President and COO, Mattel.

Over the course of the series, inventors presented their toy concepts to a group of mentors that included Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. Once the toy maker made it past the mentors, they moved on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that included Sophia Grace Brownlee (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”), Aalyrah Caldwell (“Uncle Buck”), Toby Grey (“The Unexpected John Cena Prank”) and Noah Ritter (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”) decided which toy would move on to the finals and be crowned the winner. After deliberating over the finalists, the judges selected Liquid Art, now known as Artsplash™, as the grand prize winner.

“When Mattel came to us about ‘The Toy Box,’ we knew it was a winning idea and that Toys“R”Us was the only retailer who could help make Ryan’s dream a reality,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us. “Fans of the show will be excited to find Artsplash™, Ryan’s imaginative, original toy concept, in our Hot and New feature shop – at the front and center of all Toys“R”Us stores – when we open our doors tomorrow morning.”

Artsplash™ is now available at online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available for purchase at all Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning tomorrow. For more information on ABC’s “The Toy Box,” and the winning toy visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-toy-box.

About Mattel

Mattel is a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Our mission is to be the recognized leader in play, learning and development worldwide. Mattel’s portfolio of global consumer brands includes American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, Monster High® and Thomas & Friends™, among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.

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 883 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 795 international stores and 254 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 an annual workforce of approximately 60,000 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. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $130 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About Disney-ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.  This includes ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on-demand platforms; the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S.  It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

Contact:

Candice Jacobson
Mattel Global Communications
310-252-4619
Candice.Jacobson@Mattel.com

Nicole Hayes
Toys“R”Us Public Relations
973-617-4371
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Amazon announces two new additions to its Fire Tablet lineup—the all-new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8

Amazon announces two new additions to its Fire Tablet lineup—the all-new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8

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  • Fire 7, the next generation of Amazon’s best-selling tablet, is now thinner and lighter with an improved 7” IPS display, longer battery life, and improved Wi-Fi connectivity—still only $49.99
  • Fire HD 8, the next generation of Amazon’s highest customer-rated tablet, offers a stunning 8” HD display with over 1 million pixels, up to 12 hours of battery life, and 16 GB of storage—now only $79.99
  • Millions of Fire Tablet customers have asked Alexa to play music and videos, read audiobooks, set timers, get the news and weather, and more

SEATTLE, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (May 17, 2017) announced two new additions to its Fire Tablet lineup—the all-new Fire 7 and all-new Fire HD 8. Amazon’s best-selling tablet is now even better—Fire 7 features a thinner and lighter design, an improved 7” IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, longer battery life with up to 8 hours of mixed use, 8 GB of storage with support for up to 256 GB of expandable storage, and better Wi-Fi connectivity, plus Alexa—all for only $49.99. The all-new Fire HD 8—the next-generation of Amazon’s highest customer-rated tablet—offers a stunning 8” HD display with over 1 million pixels, a quad-core processor, up to 12 hours of battery life, 16 GB of storage with support for up to 256 GB more, plus Alexa—now only $79.99. Both Fire Tablets are available for pre-order starting today.

“We think customers should expect more from their tablet—better hardware, more features, access to tons of great content—but shouldn’t have to pay a premium for it,” said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Fire Tablets. “Our approach is to offer premium products at non-premium prices. The all-new Fire 7 is thinner and lighter, offers an improved display, longer battery life, and better Wi-Fi connectivity—while keeping the same low price of $49.99. For only $30 more, the all-new Fire HD 8 offers a vibrant 8” HD widescreen display, up to 12 hours of battery life, faster performance, and 16 GB of storage. Plus, both tablets include Alexa—it’s an incredible value we think customers will love.”

For less than $50, Fire 7 is thinner and lighter than the previous generation Fire. With an improved 7-inch IPS display, Fire 7 offers higher contrast and sharper text, making books, web content, videos and more look crisp and colorful. Fire 7 also offers improved battery life with support for up to 8 hours, and a choice of 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage with up to 256 GB of expandable storage via microSD card, giving customers the ability to enjoy more videos, music, games, and photos—even while offline.

For only $30 more, Fire HD 8 offers a widescreen 8” 1280 x 800 HD display with over a million pixels for a bright, vivid picture. It also includes up to 12 hours of battery life for all-day power, and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, plus up to 256 GB of expandable storage via microSD card.

Both of Amazon’s latest Fire Tablets include:

  • Alexa—Simply press and ask to play videos, enjoy music, listen to audiobooks, ask questions, shop, find news, display the weather, and more on your Fire tablet.
  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor—Quickly and easily switch between apps, stream movies, and browse the web without waiting for your tablet to catch up.
  • Durability—As measured in tumble tests, Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are both more durable than the latest generation iPad.
  • Front- and rear-facing cameras—Video chat with friends and family with the front-facing camera; take and share photos, and save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.
  • Fast Wi-Fi connectivity—dual-band Wi-Fi with support.
  • Screen Sharing—let an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen, available 24×7, 365 days a year—for free.
  • Amazon-exclusive features—Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck, Prime Video downloads, and more.
  • World-class content ecosystem—Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games—with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.
  • New color options—Black, Punch Red, Marine Blue, and Canary Yellow.

Endless Entertainment

Alexa on Tablets

Alexa makes it easy to have your favorite entertainment right at your fingertips. With a simple long-press of the home button, you can ask Alexa to play your favorite movie or TV show, read aloud the latest audiobook you’ve been reading, open a game or app, turn off the lights, or adjust the temperature controls. You can even ask Alexa for the news, weather, jokes, questions, and more. Alexa provides natural-language responses, combined with on-screen information on the tablet’s display—ask for the weather and see the week’s forecast, ask to play a song and see the album cover. Since bringing Alexa to Fire Tablets last year, customers have asked Alexa for millions of songs, jokes, the weather, trivia, movies, audiobooks, and more every week.

World-Class Content for the Whole Family

Amazon offers access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, games, audiobooks, and magazines. This includes hundreds of thousands of exclusives, such as the entire 16-album collection from Garth Brooks, the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, available only on Amazon Music as well as Amazon Music Original playlists, which feature original songs and covers from a wide range of artists like Ryan Bingham, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, and more. Fire devices offer free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazoncontent, plus all of the exclusive features that customers love. Among others, these include ASAP, which helps you get to the movies and TV shows you want to watch even faster, and Blue Shade, which removes harmful blue light for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience on a tablet. Parents can also take advantage of world-class parental controls with Amazon FreeTime, the service that encourages learning before play and gives parents the ability to set educational goals and screen time limits by content type, including innovative features like Learn First and Bedtime.

Ultimate Portability

Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 offer beautiful displays, up to 256 GB of expandable storage via microSD card, and all-day battery life, making them the perfect tablets for watching movies, playing games, reading books, listening to music, and much more whether jumping on a plane or heading out on a family trip. Both tablets also support offline downloads for Prime members, Netflix plans, and Showtime subscribers, plus On Deck, a feature that automatically downloads popular Prime movies, TV shows, and Amazon Original Series so customers never have to worry about being caught without entertainment.

Even Better with Prime

Fire Tablet customers that are Prime members have access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, and much more included as part of their member benefits. Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and today, members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 50 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. If customers are not yet members, they can start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

The Fire Family

Fire 7 is $49.99 and Fire HD 8 is $79.99—both will start shipping on June 7. Order the new Fire 7 at www.amazon.com/fire7; order the new Fire HD 8 at www.amazon.com/firehd8.

Protective covers are also available for Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 in multiple colors and can stand in both landscape and portrait orientations. Fire 7 protective covers are $24.99 and Fire HD 8 covers are $29.99.

In addition to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8, Amazon also today introduced the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. Both will also start shipping on June 7—order Fire 7 Kids Edition at www.amazon.com/fire7-kids-edition; order Fire HD 8 Kids Edition at www.amazon.com/firehd8-kids-edition.

As a special introductory offer, Fire Tablets are available in a multi-pack option—so that every member of the family can enjoy one. Buy any three Fire Tablets—including the all-new Fire 7, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 Kids Edition, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition—and save 20 percent.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon adds all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to its Fire tablet lineup

Amazon adds all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to its Fire tablet lineup

 

  • All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition includes Fire 7 tablet with 16 GB of storage and 8 hours battery life, a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—still only $99.99
  • Introducing an 8” HD screen option—the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with 32 GB of storage and up to 12 hours of battery life, a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—only $129.99
  • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited now offers over 15,000 age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps, and games, plus access to over 55,000 hand-curated websites and YouTube videos, plus Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards

SEATTLE, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (-May 17, 2017) announced two new additions to its best-selling Fire tablet lineup—the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition and all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets are built around three ideas:

1. Despite best intentions, kids break things—Fire Kids Edition tablets come with a kid-proof case available in blue, pink or a new yellow color option, and a two-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, send it back and we’ll replace it. No questions asked.

2. Parents don’t want to worry about the bill—Including access to over 55,000 age-appropriate websites and YouTube videos, plus a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which offers more than 15,000 books, videos, educational apps, and games that have been curated for age-appropriateness—at no additional cost.

3. Kids want a real tablet, not a toy—Fire 7 Kids Edition features a 7” IPS display, quad-core processor, 16 GB of storage with up to 256 GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot, and up to 8 hours of battery life. For only $30 more, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition offers a 1280×800 widescreen 8” HD display, quad-core processor, 32 GB of storage with up to 256 GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

Fire 7 Kids Edition is $99.99 (a total value of over $225) and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/fire7-kids-edition. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $129.99 (a total value of over $270) and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/firehd8-kids-edition.

“Our Kids Edition tablets are built from the ground up just for kids and we’re thrilled to be the #1 best-selling kids tablet in the U.S. today,” said Kurt Beidler, Director of Kids & Family, Amazon. “These new tablets offer even greater value for our customers with a new 8” HD screen option, increased battery life and storage, plus more popular FreeTime Unlimited books, videos, educational apps, and games, and new FreeTime features like Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards—all while keeping our prices incredibly low.”

Endless Fun for Kids

Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-in-one subscription service that gives kids ages 3-12 unlimited access to over 15,000 age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps, and games. Kids can enjoy new titles like Pete the Cat, Cupcake Diaries, Fruit Ninja, LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Just Add Magic, and more—available from popular brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. New titles are regularly added to the FreeTime Unlimited catalog and parents can add titles they own into their child’s FreeTime profile, such as Netflix or Minecraft. FreeTime Unlimited can also be used on Fire Tablets, Kindle e-Readers, Amazon Fire TV, and compatible Android phones and tablets.

Amazon FreeTime also includes a kid-friendly web browser that provides kids with controlled access to over 55,000 YouTube videos and websites. All of the content is kid-friendly and age-appropriate, hand-selected by the Amazon FreeTime team. Parents can also add additional websites if they choose to.

All the Tools Parents Want

Over 10 million kids (and their parents) enjoy the award-winning Amazon FreeTime service, which provides the perfect balance between giving kids the freedom of choice and unlimited access to the content they love, while providing parents peace of mind that what their kids are viewing on their devices is age-appropriate. Amazon FreeTime offers world-class parental controls that encourage learning before play, and gives parents the ability to set educational goals and screen time limits by content type, including innovative features like Learn First and Bedtime.

“Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition tablets strike a remarkable balance between what kids and parents want in a dedicated kids tablet,” said Stephen Balkam, Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute. “These tablets offer age-appropriate digital content that’s both fun and educational for kids, plus a suite of parental controls and features to help parents teach kids how to use technology responsibly.”

Additionally, Amazon recently introduced Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards, new FreeTime features which offer a whole new way for parents and kids to connect over digital content. With Discussion Cards, parents can easily familiarize themselves with the FreeTime content their kids are viewing, such as books, videos, educational apps, and games to encourage discussion and engagement with their kids. Discussion Cards are found within the new Parent Dashboard, a mobile optimized website that also provides daily activity reports to help parents review the digital content their kids are using in FreeTime and determine how to manage time limits and educational goals. Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards are available at http://parents.amazon.com.

The Fire Family

Fire 7 Kids Edition is $99.99—order at www.amazon.com/fire7-kids-edition; Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $129.99—order at www.amazon.com/firehd8-kids-edition. Both tablets will begin shipping on June 7.

In addition to the Fire Kids Edition tablets, Amazon also today introduced the all-new Fire 7 and all-new Fire HD 8 tablets. To learn more about the Fire 7 visit www.amazon.com/fire7; to learn more about the Fire HD 8 visit www.amazon.com/firehd8.

As a special introductory offer, Fire tablets are available in a multi-pack option—so that every member of the family can enjoy one. Buy any three Fire tablets—including the all-new Fire 7, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 Kids Edition, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition—and save 20 percent.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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GameStop raised nearly $1.2 million during its in-store donation campaign for Autism Speaks

For the second year, GameStop and its family of retail brands show their passion for autism awareness while raising funds for Autism Speaks®

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today (May 16, 2017) that it collected nearly $1.2 million as part of its World Autism Month in-store donation campaign. In its second year supporting autism awareness, GameStop, along with its Spring Mobile AT&T, Simply Mac, Think Geek, Kongregate and Game Informer brands, invited customers and associates to donate to this important cause through an in-store and online donation campaign. All donations received directly benefit Autism Speaks.

“Our guests and associates never cease to amaze us with their passion and generosity for helping raise understanding and acceptance of people with autism,” said Matt Hodges, vice president of corporate communications for GameStop. “We were touched by the numerous stories of our guests who made donations in honor of a family member or friend impacted by autism. Plus, we were inspired to see our store associates from California to New Jersey going the extra mile in providing inclusive gaming days and special needs fairs for families impacted by autism locally.”

Some GameStop associates experience autism first hand. Christopher Hutton, GameStop district leader in Dallas-Fort Worth area, has worked for GameStop for more than seven years and is personally impacted by Asperger’s, a high functioning form of autism. He believes that a little education and communication can go a long way in increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

“Early on I decided to be frank with my colleagues about how Asperger’s affects me. When you’re straightforward about who you are, there are a lot of ‘aha’ moments for others,” said Hutton. “I also help my staff learn to interact with our customers who have autism. Interacting with them is a huge deal to them. I see their patience level go up when they realize that the customer is really happy to be here. The moment you start to identify with someone, you uncover things that can help you with your personal growth. You never know what you’ll say to someone that will change your perspective, or inspire them.”

A portion of the donations raised through the GameStop campaign will help fund Autism Speaks’ specially trained Autism Response Team, which provides information, tools and resources to help people with autism and their families make informed decisions.

In addition, the money raised will fund Autism Speaks’ science programs that are advancing innovative research into causes and better treatments for autism and its related conditions.

“What an amazing example GameStop and its customers have set by raising more than $2.4 million in the last two years. With their donations, GameStop and its customers are helping to enhance lives across the autism spectrum,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “We’re thrilled that this donation can help us reach even more individuals and families who are affected by autism.”

ABOUT AUTISM
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

ABOUT GAMESTOP CORP.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S. General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp. on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Media Contacts:

Autism Speaks
CJ Volpe
(646) 385-8532
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Source: GameStop Corp./globenewswire

Barnes & Noble launches first of its kind summer reading campaign

Every Store Nationwide Refreshed with New Summer Signage and Displays Designed to Highlight the Summer’s Biggest Reads Available at Amazing Values 

Popular Summer Reading Program for Kids Returns; Kids in Grades One Through Six Can Earn a Free Book 

New York, NY, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (May 16, 2017) announced a first of its kind summer reading campaign for kids, young readers, teens and adults. Every Barnes & Noble store in the country has been refreshed with brand new summer signage and displays, designed to highlight the must-read books of the season, with many available at incredible discounts. The goal is to make sure that Barnes & Noble is the ultimate destination for everyone in the family to find the perfect summer read at the best possible price.

“This summer, Barnes& Noble is delivering something new and unique to every customer who walks through our doors looking for a great book to enjoy at the most affordable price,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble. “We’ve made a huge effort to refresh all of our stores so they have an appealing new summer look and feel, but also to deliver a specially curated selection of summer reads for everyone in the family at amazing values.”

Following is a sample of some of the great book offers* for adults, teens and kids at Barnes & Noble this summer, with many more available in-store:

For Adults

  • A selection of favorite paperbacks are buy 2 get the 3rd free, including Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, plus so many more.
  • Select books from the ever-popular Barnes & Noble Classics series will be available at just $5 each, including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and featured on a special display at the front of the store.

Customers can also take advantage of special offers including 20% off a curated selection of “Books We’re Talking About” like Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, Walkaway by Cory Doctorow and The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, plus 20% off “Page Turning Thrillers” like The Lost Order by Steve Berry, All by Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark and Vicious Circle by C. J. Box. Additionally, all stores will offer a specially curated selection of “This Summer’s Biggest Books” at 20%-30% off, featuring titles such as Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton and Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor.

And, as always, Barnes & Noble offers select New Releases at 20%-30% off and Hardcover Fiction and Non-Fiction Bestsellers at 40% off for Members and 30% off for non-Members.

For Teens

  • Barnes & Noble has all of this year’s bestselling teen books available at incredible values. Several books for teens will be 20% off including A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (releasing May 23) and Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (releasing June 6).
  • Popular picks for summer reading will be featured at 20% off including perennial bestsellers 1984 and The Great Gatsby.

For Young Readers

  • For the first time ever, a curated selection of “Must Reads for Young Readers,” is available at 20% off, including The Giver by Lois Lowry, A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
  • Other offers include the award-winning summer workbook series “Summer Bridge Activities” for only $10 each, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 for only $10 and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II at half-price (only $14.99).
  • Plus, as always, kids will be able to participate in the Summer Reading Program and earn a free book from a selection of books for grades one through six. All they have to do is read eight books and record them in their Summer Reading Journal, and tell us about which part of the book is their favorite and why, by visiting their local Barnes & Noble store or BN.com/SummerReading. They can then bring their completed journal to their local Barnes & Noble store between May 16 and September 5 to get their free book.

For Kids

  • A special selection of board books will be available at buy one, get one 50% off, including Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Guess How Much I Love You and Don’t Push the Button!.
  • The ever-popular Rainbow Fish will be available for only $7.99 with the purchase of any other kids book (offer begins June 6).
  • A special buy one, get one 50% off offer on Mo Willem’s bestselling laugh-out-loud Elephant and Piggie Series is also available.

Many of the great in-store offers listed above will also be available at BN.com/SummerReading, which will also feature specially curated lists of the best summer books including riveting reads for adults, must-reads for teens and instant favorites for kids.

Additionally, customers can use the hashtag #BNSummerReading to find even more summer reading recommendations and learn about more of the fun and exciting events and offers available at their local Barnes & Noble store. And for even more information on everything happening at Barnes & Noble this summer, customers should visit BN.com/SummerReading or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local store.

*Many offers will be refreshed throughout the summer. All offers are for a limited time only and are available only while supplies last.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS®and Windows®.

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

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

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