Ross Stores, Inc. to announce its 2Q2016 earnings results on Thursday, August 18, 2016

DUBLIN, Calif., 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ROST) will announce its second quarter 2016 earnings results on Thursday, August 18, 2016. A press release will be sent out at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Company will also provide additional details concerning its second quarter 2016 results and business outlook on a conference call to be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Participants may listen to a real-time audio webcast of the conference call by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website located at

A recorded version of the call will also be available at the website address, as well as via a telephone recording at 404-537-3406, Passcode #60158976, through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 25, 2016.


Julie Chapman

Source: Ross Stores, Inc.

Office Depot survey reveals only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to Support Early Education Preparation

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the results of an early education preparation survey whose findings uncovered that while almost all educators feel support of parents with children younger than school age is important, only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to do so.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative recently surveyed more than 3,000 educators regarding their perceptions of family readiness to prepare children for kindergarten, and the tools available to educators to support them in communicating and working with families.

A few key findings from the survey:

  • 97 percent of educators felt that communication between districts and parents before students were school aged was important or very important as part of school readiness preparation.
  • 77 percent of educators felt that parents had some of the tools they needed to prepare their children for school yet needed help from educators in those critical years before kindergarten, while 23 percent of educators felt that parents did not know how to prepare their children for kindergarten.
  • 23 percent of educators reported having sufficient tools to effectively reach out to parents, while nine percent of educators reported having nearly no tools to support their work in parent communication.
  • For those educators who have some support in communicating with parents, 69 percent indicated the need for help in using those tools to be effective in their work.

“The survey findings show the increased demand for learning initiatives that equip educators with tools to more effectively work with families,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “We are proud to partner with school districts around the country to address the critical unmet needs of students and affect positive change at home and in the classroom.”

As part of its “Committed to Learning” initiative, Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts to solve the challenge of reaching parents of children who aren’t yet registered for school. The company conducts research and provides targeted mailing lists, and facilitates the creation and mailing of educational information, including tips, encouragement and other materials, to help education begin at home.

“Committed to Learning” has led the company to convene a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. Having worked with thousands of school districts for more than two decades, Office Depot, Inc. has solidified a belief in the principles of equity, mastery and collaboration for successful student outcomes, and adopted a student-centric approach that maximizes district budgets while delivering solutions and expertise to meet the changing needs of students today.

Find out about Office Depot, Inc.’s education solutions at

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications
In April 2016 the Center for College & Career Readiness conducted a survey of educators on behalf of Office Depot Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative. A total of 5,208 educators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, Teachers and more) participated in the survey.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at:


Julianne Embry

Abby Van Uum

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles

Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles
Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that all music and arts projects, all college and career prep projects and all middle school and high school literacy projects posted on in Los Angeles received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every music and arts project, college and career prep project and middle school and high school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles. With a donation of $131,447, Staples helped 121 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 15,500 students across 97 schools in the community.

For example, Mrs. Letford at New Academy Elementary School will receive new xylophones, ribbon bands and a new flute so her students can continue to express themselves through music and dance.

Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on and thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams.”

Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than $400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms, Staples is committed to supporting in order to help teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”

Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.

“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of “Staples’ million dollar donation to will go a long way to helping educators across the country, like those supported today in Los Angeles.”

Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers
Katy Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at, with proceeds funding projects. Beginning in early August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.

Los Angeles residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning August 4th and running through August 6th, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Los Angeles classroom projects on The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping plaza (located at 3701 W. Santa Rosalia Driver) and in the surrounding area.

Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the Snap.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy Perry
Now through September 10, 2016, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at

One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.

Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit for official rules.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

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.

Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at over 70 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.


Kristine Houston

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


Staples’ Less List for School features school essentials with prices as low as 17 cents

Staples' Less List for School features school essentials with prices as low as 17 cents
Staples’ Less List for School features school essentials with prices as low as 17 cents


BOSTON, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) offers school essentials with prices as low as 17 cents on the Less List for School.

The Staples Less List for School features season-long low prices on back-to-school essentials to offer customers even more savings. One Subject Notebooks (17¢, in-store only), Crayola Classic Markers, 10 pack (97¢, in-store only), Two Pocket Paper Folders (17¢), in-store only), Staples Yellow #2 Pencils, 12 pack (75¢), Staples Clear Gluesticks, 4 pack ($1)and Bic Round Stic Ballpoint Pens, 12 pack ($1) are just some of the low prices customers will find on the Less List for School (

In addition to the Less List for School, Staples offers Weekly School Steals, savings through Staples Rewards and low prices all season long, backed by the Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.

Less List for School pricing valid through the back-to-school season.

For media information, visit

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Kristine Houston

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


Staples features latest back-to-school trends at the lowest prices

Staples features latest back-to-school trends at the lowest prices
Staples features latest back-to-school trends at the lowest prices


FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Celebrating 30 years of back-to-school experience, Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) makes easy back-to-school shopping happen with top brands and the latest trends at the lowest prices, period.

The new 2016 back-to-school trends range from runway-inspired metallic, tropical prints, bohemian vibe patterns and classic essentials that students can mix and match to create a personalized look. Staples is in stock all-season-long at the lowest prices backed by the Staples 110% Price Match Guarantee.

Building on its expertise, Staples has cultivated an assortment of products that covers everything on shoppers’ school lists.

For more top trends and photos throughout the season, visit

For media information, visit

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Kristine Houston

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


Macy’s, Inc. announces the appointment of Elisa D. Garcia as Chief Legal Officer

CINCINNATI, 2016-Aug-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced that Elisa D. Garcia will be joining Macy’s, Inc. as Chief Legal Officer, effective Sept. 7, 2016. She succeeds Dennis J. Broderick, who will retire as the company’s General Counsel and Secretary, effective Oct. 1, 2016, after 29 years of service.

Garcia, 58, brings 16 years of broad-ranging experience as a corporate general counsel for major consumer-facing companies. Garcia joined Office Depot, Inc. in 2007 as EVP/General Counsel and Secretary, and became Chief Legal Officer in 2013. For the seven years prior to Office Depot, Garcia was EVP/General Counsel and Secretary of Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

Earlier in her career, Garcia served as Regional Counsel, Latin America for Philip Morris International, International and Corporate Counsel for GAF Corporation, and a Corporate Finance Associate with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

A native of New York City, Garcia’s law degree is from the St. John’s University School of Law in New York. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She will be relocating to New York City upon joining Macy’s, Inc.

“Elisa Garcia is an experienced leader in corporate law with an outstanding track record and credentials. She is another example of the industry-leading talent attracted to our company, and we look forward to the positive impact she will make as part of Macy’s leadership team,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer.

Garcia will report to Lundgren and serve on Macy’s Executive Committee.

“We also salute the career of Dennis Broderick, who has been instrumental in guiding our company though a wide range of complex matters over the past three decades, a period of significant evolution and growth for our company,” Lundgren said.

Broderick, 67, has served as general counsel since 1990 and Secretary since 1993. He joined the company in 1987 as vice president and deputy general counsel. Previously, Broderick was assistant general counsel at The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and, prior to that, practiced law with the firm of Hohn, Loeser, Freedhaim, Dean & Wellman in Cleveland. Broderick is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree from Georgetown University.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2015 sales of $27.079 billion. The company operates about 870 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the, and websites. Bloomingdale’s in Dubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

(Note: additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at



Jim Sluzewski


Matt Stautberg

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Whole Foods Market and Instacart launch one-hour delivery service in the Dallas area

DALLAS, 2016-Aug-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market and Instacart are launching delivery in the Dallas area, making it the 25th metro where customers can use Instacart’s delivery service to order from Whole Foods Market stores. Using Instacart, shoppers can now purchase and have their groceries delivered to their homes or offices in as little as one hour from select Whole Foods Market locations, and at prices that are the same as those found in stores.

“We’ve seen how much our customers love this fast and convenient way to receive their groceries right to their door, so we are thrilled to offer this service to the Dallas community,” said Mark Dixon, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southwest Region. “Instacart has given us a way to provide customers with the highest-quality, fresh and healthy groceries, even when they can’t make it into our stores.”

“We’ve seen incredible growth and momentum over the last 12 months in our existing Texas markets, and we’re excited to be expanding into Dallas,” said Chad Shepler, general manager at Instacart. “The customer demand in Dallas has been off the charts, and we’re proud to be able to give Dallas residents convenient and quick access to fresh groceries whenever they want.”

By ordering at or via the Instacart mobile app, Whole Foods Market customers add items to a virtual cart, choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours or at a scheduled time) and check out.   Orders are filled by Instacart personal shoppers. Customers with the Whole Foods Market iOS app can browse thousands of recipes, create shopping lists and then conveniently order the ingredients from the Instacart app. The seamless integration offers recipe inspiration, preparation and purchase in one simple, user-friendly experience.

Shoppers can sign up at For other FAQs, visit


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

USDA FSIS: Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. recalls frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., an Austin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 5,677 pounds of frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may be mislabeled and contain chicken, as well as egg, soy or shrimp, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 26-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” with a packaging date of May 7, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of May 7, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 98377 0.
  • 11-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” with a packaging date of July 11, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 11, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 00612 7.

Due to a packaging error, the products labeled as, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” may contain a chicken piccata product, which contains chicken, egg and soy, ingredients not declared on the label. These products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection, as shrimp products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The products labeled as “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” may contain a shrimp scampi product, which contains shrimp, an ingredient not declared on the product label. These products bear the establishment number “1009A” within the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to distributors in the southern U.S.

The problem was discovered after the firm received customer complaints.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury, illness or allergic reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the firm’s consumer hotline, at 1 (877) 482-5426. Media with questions about the recall can contact Richard Price, Vice President of Operations, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., at (512) 218-3514.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

EDITORS NOTE:  This release is being reissued as an expansion of the July 13, 2016 release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 4,225 pounds of shrimp scampi product. This expansion includes an additional 1,452 pounds of meat lasagna product, for a total of 5,677 pounds of product.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace

London, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s plans to grow its business in China and develop its partnership with Alibaba by doubling the number of its products that are available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace.

  • Sainsbury’s steps up groceries trial in China after successful launch
  • Number of products available on Alibaba Tmall Global site doubled
  • British breakfast and afternoon tea are customer favourites
  • Exclusive Super  Brand Day sales partnership agreed for ‘8.8’ (8 August), to extend new Sainsbury’s products to millions in China

The move to accelerate its presence in China comes after a successful first phase of growth and less than a year into the trial. Sainsbury’s will now sell over 100 Sainsbury’s branded products across four categories – British Breakfast, Drinks, Organic and Baby – on the Tmall Global marketplace. There are plans for further ranges to be added in the autumn.

Online Chinese sales are dominated by key promotional sales events and Sainsbury’s and Alibaba are pleased to announce that Sainsbury’s will be the only international retailer to have a Super Brand Day on Tmall during the important annual 8.8 Tmall Global Shopping Festival event (8thAugust).

John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “Chinese online shoppers are increasingly demanding high quality international products. Many customers also want to replicate tastes and occasions that they have enjoyed or heard about through international travel. Products to make a British breakfast and English afternoon tea have therefore proved hits and top-selling lines to date include Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Granola with raisins, honey and nuts, tea, shortbread and UHT milk.

“Our trial with Tmall has enabled us to learn a lot about China’s huge digital market, including the importance of sales events such as Singles’ Day and 8.8. Alibaba’s expertise in the rapidly growing Chinese digital consumer market will be a huge asset to us as we grow and develop our business in China and we look forward to working with them on this exciting opportunity.”

Amee Chande, Managing Director for Alibaba Group, UK/Ireland & Nordics: “Alibaba are proud to be providing Sainsbury’s with the online platform to build brand awareness, directly engage a new audience and meet the evolving food and lifestyle demands of the Chinese consumer. As one of the most prominent British retail brands, Sainsbury’s is a key addition to our ecosystem and our collaboration is introducing the large and growing Chinese consumer class to a new range of products to enhance their daily lives.”

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Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace
Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace


Source: Sainsbury

Asda’s monthly Income Tracker: revealed UK household enjoyed extra £12 a week on average in June, compared to the same period last year

LEEDS, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families across the UK welcomed another rise in spending power in June, with average discretionary income once again reaching £201 a week, according to Asda’s monthly Income Tracker.

The latest figures revealed that families enjoyed an extra £12 a week (6.2%) on average in June, compared to the same period last year. The increase marks the 20th consecutive month of double-digit growth in spending power, with total average discretionary income remaining at a record level since the Income Tracker began in 2008.

Looking at data from across the UK, the latest figure showed that growth remained above £10 per week in all but two areas, as year-on-year growth ranged from £8 in Northern Ireland to £18 per week in the East of England over the course of Q2 2016.

Contributing to the boost to Britain’s bank accounts was the continued momentum of the labour market. Unemployment across the UK reached its lowest level (4.9%) since July 2005 – down from 5.6% in June last year.

While discretionary income rose overall, the rate of growth in spending power slowed slightly, falling below 7% for the first time in two months. Part of this can be attributed to a rise in consumer price inflation, which reached its highest rate since late 2014 (0.5%).

Transport costs also provided upward pressure on overall levels on inflation, following an increase in the cost of airfares for flights within Europe, as well as a rise in the price of petrol (2.3p per litre) and diesel (2.6p per litre) between May and June.

While essential item inflation remained in negative territory at -0.1%, the falling cost of food and drink helped to ease pressure on purse strings, with prices declining by 0.4% between May and June. In addition to this, larger household expenses such as mortgage interest payments – which fell by 0.2% over the same period – also provided some respite for UK families.

Taking a look across the nation, Welsh households saw the fastest growth in gross income (2.8%) in the second quarter of the year. In further good news, those in the North East welcomed a sharp decline in unemployment in the latest quarter which subsequently saw household income levels boosted by 2.2%. These factors helped raise spending power in these areas significantly, equating to an additional £15 per week in Wales and an extra £11 per week in the North East.

In contrast, there was a sharp fall in spending power growth in the West Midlands, falling from 7.5% to 5.4% between the first and second quarter of the year, attributed largely to a cooling across the region’s labour market in recent months.

Further insights from Asda’s Income Tracker highlighting movements in income levels across the nation revealed that:

  • Households in London saw slower rates of spending power growth compared with the national average, however average discretionary income across the capital (£272) remained well above other UK regions
  • Strong growth in the East of England continues to narrow the gap with London, with the region seeing positive growth (£18 per week) for the third consecutive quarter
  • Scotland’s spending power grew 5.1% on the same period last year, with discretionary income reaching £200 per week
  • Households across Northern Ireland experienced the smallest uplift in income in the latest quarter, with discretionary income reaching £103 a week

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said: “Whilst the latest data shows a slight slowing in spending power growth, we continue to see a picture of broad increases in discretionary incomes across the country.

“In the uncertain economic environment the UK now faces, the gains in spending power seen in recent years cannot be understated. Whilst consumers have understandably lost some confidence in recent weeks, improved finances should provide some support in navigating the uncertain outlook.”

An Asda spokesperson said: “While a rise in consumer price inflation and transport costs influenced the overall growth in consumer spending power, families across the UK continued to enjoy some buoyancy in their bank balances last month thanks to a continued fall in essential items and steady levels of wage growth.

“Building on this, record levels of unemployment throughout Britain should boost confidence, and it’s pleasing to see that this particular trend has led to upward swings in income growth across the regions and the home nations, as evidenced by the changes seen in the labour markets of the North East of England and Wales.

“With June”s Income Tracker continuing on the positive incline we have been used to over the last year and a half, it remains to be seen how recent events will affect disposable income in the coming months.”

Source: ASDA

Maxima Bulgaria acquires 12 stores from the German retail chain Penny Market

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maxima Bulgaria, one of the companies of Maxima Grupė, acquired 12 stores, which previously belonged to the German retail chain Penny Market. This year they will become a part of T Market chain. After the transaction, the company’s chain in Bulgaria will increase from 48 to 60 stores. In the acquisition, reconstruction and fitting out of the new stores, the company has invested 7.6 mill. euros. More than 200 new jobs will be created.

“The retail sales market in Bulgaria is very competitive. We can see even international chains unable to withstand the competition and retreat, whereas T Market is becoming increasingly popular in Bulgaria. The shoppers appreciate the format of our shops due to small prices, constant quality of products, regularly updated assortment and good supply of local produce”, tells the CEO of Maxima Grupė Alvydas Šustikas.

Maxima Bulgaria has bought three and leased nine stores, previously owned by the German retail chain Penny Market, which is leaving the Bulgarian market. The taken over shops were chosen in consideration of their location, possibility to attract new customer flows and suitability of premises for the T Market store format.

As a result of the acquisition, Maxima Bulgaria will expand the geography of its operations and the extended network will cover the majority of the country. New stores will be opened in Sophia and 11 smaller cities, where T Market has not operated before.

The transaction has already been approved by the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition. Maxima Bulgaria plans to invite the shoppers to the renovated stores in September-October.

In consideration of the buyer needs, Maxima Grupė is expanding the neighbourhood store network in Bulgaria. Here, a policy of low prices and beneficial promotions is pursued and the best quality and price ratio is offered. The stores are established in convenient, densely populated and easily accessible locations near the shoppers’ homes. Each store offers an assortment of 4,500–7,000 different product names, with the major part of them being products of local producers.

Last year, Maxima Bulgaria celebrated its tenth anniversary of operations in Bulgaria. In 2015, its annual turnover increased by 10.4 % to 72.4 mill. euros excl. VAT. Last year, Maxima Grupė invested 2.3 mill. euros in the development and support of business in Bulgaria. The investments were focused on the launching of four new stores and renovation of the existing stores.

Maxima Grupė is a holding company founded in 2007. It controls retail trade companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria. Currently, the Group owns 532 stores Maxima X, Maxima XX, Maxima XXX, Aldik, and T Market: 233 in Lithuania, 149 in Latvia, 74 in Estonia, 48 in Bulgaria, and 28 in Poland. Companies of the Group employ more than 31,000 people.

Press Contact:
Giedrius Juozapavičius
Corporate Affairs Manager | Maxima Grupė

Source: Maxima Grupė


BRC Global Standards publishes third issue of its Global Standard for Storage and Distribution

LONDON, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has published the third issue of its internationally recognized BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution on 1 August 2016, and audits against Issue 3 will begin on 1 February 2017.

Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.

Issue 3 of this Standard has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group including retailers, food service companies, industry trade associations, independent experts and certification bodies, and builds upon the experience from the previous issue. In revising the Standard, the current requirements have been developed to ensure that they are robust enough to meet the industry needs. Where applicable, requirements have been aligned with those that feature in the other Global Standards to ensure consistency and confidence throughout the entire supply chain.

What’s new in Issue 3?
The development of Issue 3 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the logistics industry and the industries it serves. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the logistics industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.

The focus for Issue 3 is:
 continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process
 grading system to increase recognition for better performing companies
 unannounced options – full and 2 part to give even more confidence to customers that standards are constantly being applied
 greater consistency with the requirements of the other BRC Global Standards
 vehicle and load security
 more robust requirements for own-label wholesalers to reduce their exposure to fraud
 increased supplier approval requirements
 focus on companies providing contracted services in areas that have traditionally resulted in recalls and withdrawals (e.g. label and packing management)

Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Scheme Manager, said:
“The development of Issue 3 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite on improving product security and reducing vulnerabilities in the supply chain. A big thank you to all the members of the working group as well as those that provided feedback on the various drafts of the Standard.”

The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline. BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

For more information please visit

Media Contacts:
+44 (0)20 7854 8980

Source: BRC

NGA applauds President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill

Arlington, VA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) issued today the following statement applauding President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill that creates a national labeling standard for food products made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Larkin said: “We appreciate President Obama taking action and signing into law this important bill that creates a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. With this new law, consumers will have access to more information and the confidence that the label they are reading contains the same information from coast to coast.

“NGA is proud to have been a part of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, a coalition that brought together over 1,100 entities that represent our nation’s food supply system, to advocate for a commonsense solution for the confusing and harmful patchwork of state labeling disclosure laws. We will continue to work on behalf of the independent supermarket industry throughout the rule making process at USDA to ensure implementation of this law is aligned with Congressional intent.”

Media inquiries:

Please email

Source: NGA

NGA announces co-location of two educational programs exclusively designed for independent supermarket operators

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the co-location of two educational programs exclusively designed for independent supermarket operators. NGA’s Financial Management and Technology Conference will meet in conjunction with Trading Partner Business Sessions Program this October 4 – 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.

Sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding LLC, the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings will provide attendees with four days of educational sessions pertaining to financial and technological issues and high level networking opportunities.

“Our members continue to provide us with feedback on the importance of enhanced trading partner relationships and staying ahead of the curve of technology and financial solutions. Given this feedback and the steady growth of each event, we believe the synergies between the two platforms will allow for independent supermarket operators to take full advantage of the educational programming and networking opportunities that the Fall Leadership Meetings have to offer. We have been very pleased with the support this event has received from our industry partners at First Data and FMS,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for independent grocers. The unique presence of the Fall Leadership Conference and Trading Partner sessions combined with the always popular, Financial Management and Technology Conference makes this a must attend learning and sharing event for the independent grocer.  FMS is proud to be a long-standing key sponsor of this event,” stated Bob Graybill, CEO of FMS.

“Independent grocers and the wholesalers that serve them play an important role in the supermarket industry. At First Data, we strive to serve this segment with cutting-edge technology that facilitates secure and efficient commerce. We’re excited to join NGA and FMS in sponsoring this unique event that brings together key industry players to strengthen business relationships and foster deeper industry collaboration,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data.

Registration for these programs is now open. For more information, visit

Media inquiries:

Please email

Source: NGA

Whole Foods Market announces second East Liberty store in Pittsburgh

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, announced today that it has signed a lease for a second East Liberty store in Pittsburgh.  The new store will be part of the East Liberty Marketplace development at the intersection of Penn Avenue and South Euclid Avenue. There are currently stores in East Liberty and Wexford with a South Hills location anticipated to open in early 2017.

“We love the East Liberty community and are as committed to this neighborhood today as we were in 2002 when we first opened in the area,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market mid-Atlantic regional president. “This larger building will broaden our footprint, offer more parking and allow us to create new opportunities to surprise and delight our expanding base of shoppers in Pittsburgh.”

“We are delighted to have Whole Foods anchoring our new development,” said Larry Gumberg, President of LG Realty Advisors, Inc. which is developing East Liberty Marketplace. “The commitment of Whole Foods Market to East Liberty and Pittsburgh has been remarkable, and we could not have asked for a better partner” said Zach Gumberg, also of LG Realty Advisors, Inc., who is leading the development effort.  The developer plans to start construction in the first quarter of 2017 on East Liberty Marketplace. No opening date has been set for the new Whole Foods Market store.

Annie Cull

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market signs new lease for 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location at Buckhead area in Atlanta

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced with its third quarter earnings that it has signed a new lease for a 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location in Atlanta. The store will be located in the Buckhead area and will feature a simple, affordable and convenient grocery-shopping experience that offers the same high quality standards that Whole Foods Market pioneered.

“As we continue to expand the 365 by Whole Foods Market footprint nationwide, we’re targeting communities where our fresh approach to grocery shopping will make the most impact,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’ve seen a very positive response thus far with our first two stores and look forward to bringing this concept to the Atlanta area.”

This is the second location announced in Georgia; a Decatur location was announced in May. 365 by Whole Foods Market opened its first store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles in May 2016 and a second store in Lake Oswego, Oregon, earlier this month.

365 by Whole Foods Market stores provide a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience. The Atlanta store, like other 365 by Whole Foods Market locations, will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s enjoyable and convenient for shoppers.

More details on store opening timing and Friends of 365 partners will be announced closer to opening. For the latest updates, visit


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market announces Dallas-Fort Worth as the newest test market for its rewards program

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced on its quarterly earnings call today that Dallas-Fort Worth is the newest test market for the company’s rewards program. Shoppers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can now register for the program online at

“The rewards program is really about showing appreciation for our customers,” said Matt Nitowski, Global Executive Director of Customer Connection Marketing at Whole Foods Market. “We are excited to bring customers a program that they’ve been asking for and that celebrates their love of good food.”

The grocer’s first rewards pilot launched in Philadelphia in 2014, and once this market test is complete in Dallas-Fort Worth, Whole Foods Market intends to roll out this rewards program nationally.

The program offers a number of rewards, including 10 percent off your first purchase as a new rewards member, a one-time offer for 15 percent off the department of your choice, and select free products. The more customers shop at Whole Foods Market stores, the more rewards are unlocked.

Three lucky DFW-area shoppers who sign up for the rewards program before Aug. 31 will win free groceries for a year.

For more information, including a full list of participating stores, visit


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market becomes the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macklowe Properties announces a partnership with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) that will bring in the high-end grocery brand as the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street. Whole Foods Market will occupy 44,000 square feet over three floors; two for shopping and one for back of house operations, with public entrances on Broadway, New Street, and Exchange Place. The store is currently anticipated to open in late 2018.

“Macklowe Properties and our partners are excited to welcome Whole Foods Market to One Wall Street,” said Chris Brill-Edwards, executive vice president of Macklowe Properties. “Whole Foods’ core values of health, wellness and convenient lifestyle will shape not only our residents’ lives but also those of the community.”

Whole Foods Market’s arrival will make a welcome addition to a Downtown area, which has experienced a surge of new residential, commercial and retail development in recent years, yet currently is limited in its grocery offerings.

“We’ve long enjoyed serving the downtown community at our TriBeCa location, but look forward to expanding our reach and bringing Whole Foods Market closer to home for area residents, workers and visitors,” said Christina Minardi, Regional President for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Our growth in the area will provide Downtown Manhattan with greater access to the highest quality food, service, community partnership and convenience that the 10 current neighborhoods we serve around New York City have come to enjoy.”

The 155,000-square-foot retail component of One Wall Street, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will feature a stepped modern glass addition with 22-foot ceilings. A full renovation of the Ralph Walker-designed Art Deco tower will include a restoration of the iconic three-story Hildreth Meier-designed Red Room into a jewel box-like showroom.

“Whole Foods Market will be a game-changing anchor for One Wall Street and contribute greatly to the retail renaissance taking place in the new Downtown,” said Peter Whitenack Managing Director of RKF, the leasing agent for One Wall Street. “We are now seeing the results of more than a decade of rebuilding, reinvesting and reimagining, and fully expect that Whole Foods Market will attract more, high caliber brands seeking to establish a presence Downtown and the Broadway corridor, in particular.”

Credit for renderings is DBOX for Macklowe Properties.


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

X5 Retail Group announces the opening of its 8,000th store in Russia

Orenburg, Russia, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the opening of its 8,000th store in Russia. The milestone opening is a new Karusel hypermarket in Orenburg (149/2 Turkestanskaya St.).

The nearly-5.5 thousand sq m store has selling space of 3.5 thousand sq m, was custom built for X5, and is owned by the Karusel chain. The building features a modern air conditioning and cutting-edge shopping space lighting systems. Twenty checkout aisles will enable higher throughput in busy times. The opening of the new hypermarket has created 189 new jobs.

The store offers 19,500 SKUs, with a large proportion of fresh and ultrafresh categories, including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and dairy, in its food selection. Over 90% of the hypermarket’s food products are manufactured in Russia. Local producers account for more than 15% of the product mix, and in some categories (meat products, bakery and confectionery) their share reaches 50–95%. In particular, Karusel offers products by Demetra, Khlebnaya Karusel, Stepnye Prostory, Novotroitsk Meat Processing Plant, Orenburg Bakery Plant, Tashlinsky Trade House, Torty, Sordes, and others. In addition, the new hypermarket boasts a broad selection of household goods such as dishes, toys, cleaning products, clothes, footwear, and much more.

This is the second Karusel hypermarket in Orenburg and the Orenburg region. X5 Retail Group is also represented in the Orenburg region by more than 180 Pyaterochka stores and 5 Perekrestok supermarkets, providing over 2,000 jobs to local residents.

For further details please contact:

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-8888 ext. 21-456

Source: X5 Retail Group

Apple Williamsburg celebrates grand opening with thousands of customers

Brooklyn, New York, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of customers turned out Saturday for the grand opening of Apple Williamsburg, the first Apple store in Brooklyn. Customers began queuing Friday on Bedford Ave before midnight, and when the store opened at 10 a.m. Saturday the line stretched around the block.

Press Contacts:

Nick Leahy
(408) 862-5012

Apple Media Helpline:
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the billionth sold iPhone

Cupertino, California, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

Press Contacts:

Trudy Muller
(408) 862-7426

Alex Kirschner
(408) 974-2479

Apple Media Helpline:
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple

Morrisons launches one of its biggest price crunches on 1,045 every day products

Bradford, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons will today launch one of its biggest price crunches with an average of 18 per cent being cut from the price of 1,045 every day products – including hundreds of core grocery and dairy items.

The British supermarket will cut the price of family essentials such as British meat (beef, pork and poultry), seasonal fruit and vegetables and toiletries by as much as 56 per cent – as part of its on-going commitment to offer good quality, great value fresh food for its eleven million customers.

  • Morrisons is British farming’s biggest supermarket customer and the second largest producer of British fresh food in the world. This helps the supermarket to offer good quality, great value on local, seasonal produce whatever the economic weather.
    • Bakery, cakes and desserts – average 18 per cent
    • Beers, wines, spirits and tobacco – average 16 per cent
    • Essential grocery – average 17 per cent
    • Dairy and provisions – average 18 per cent
    • Frozen food – average 16 per cent
    • Health, beauty and baby – average 27 per cent
    • Household and pet food – average 22 per cent
    • Meat, poultry and oven fresh – average 12 per cent
    • Fruit, vegetables and salad – average 17 per cent
    • Seafood – average 16 per cent
  • Andy Atkinson, Morrisons Customer and Marketing Director, said: “We are constantly listening to our customers and know they are concerned about whether food prices will go up following the Brexit vote, especially on imports. Morrisons is unique as a food-maker and shopkeeper, and unlike the rest of the industry manufactures food, both in our own food processing plants and our 500 stores. We are British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, which means we can better control our prices, and this latest round of crunches demonstrates our commitment to offering the best possible value to our customers this summer.”

Media enquiries call: 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Dollar General expands operations with completed purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE:DG) announced today it has completed the purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016 and entering one new market as part of the purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base. We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

Communities served by the newly-relocated stores will enjoy a fresh DG16 layout with additional sales floor square feet, complete with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce, all designed to make shopping easier for customers. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of these locations.

The acquisition includes the following stores previously operated under the Walmart Express banner:
City State Address
Ashford AL 18 APPLE WAY
Gurley AL 6361 HIGHWAY 72 EAST
New Hope AL 10188 HIGHWAY 431 SOUTH
Coal Hill * AR 1531 E HIGHWAY 64
Mulberry AR 3500 MULBERRY HIGHWAY 64 W
Interlachen FL 1113 S.R. 20
Alma GA 1041 S US HIGHWAY 1
Donalsonville GA 907 MARIANNA HIGHWAY
Lakeland GA 142 S. VALDOSTA ROAD
Hillsboro KS 605 ORCHARD DRIVE
Clinton LA 9181 HIGHWAY 67
Independence LA 515 3RD STREET
Kentwood LA 920 AVENUE G
Belmont MS 410 2ND STREET
Mantachie MS 2795 HIGHWAY 371 N
Sardis MS 420 E LEE STREET
Broadway NC 112 N MAIN STREET
Four Oaks NC 6043 US HIGHWAY 301 S
Red Springs NC 908 E. 4TH AVENUE
Richfield NC 139 N HIGHWAY 49
Snow Hill NC 905 SE 2ND STREET
Stedman NC 7670 CLINTON RD
Yanceyville NC 1593 NC HIGHWAY 86 N
Luther OK 19250 E HIGHWAY 66
Stroud OK 1600 WEST HIGHWAY 66
Wewoka OK 2325 SERAN DRIVE
Gray Court SC 9032 HIGHWAY 14
Dover TN 934 HIGHWAY 79

* – denotes a new Dollar General store location. All other locations are relocations of existing Dollar General stores.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at


Dan MacDonald

Crystal Ghassemi

Media Hotline:
877-944-DGPR (3477)

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation to report 2QFY2016 financial results ended July 29, 2016 on August 25, 2016

GOODLETTSVILLE, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) plans to report its financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended July 29, 2016, on Thursday, August 25, 2016. In connection with the announcement, Todd Vasos, chief executive officer, and John Garratt, chief financial officer, will host a conference call on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET.

If you wish to participate, please call (855) 576-2641 at least 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin. The conference ID is 53436019. The call will also be broadcast live online at under “Investor Information, Conference Calls and Investor Events.” A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, September 8, 2016, and will be accessible online or by calling (855) 859-2056. The conference ID for the replay is 53436019.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at


Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington

Matt Hancock

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald

Crystal Ghassemi

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — You turn on your computer, only to find that you’re locked out of all of your files — everything from work documents to family photos. There’s an ominous message on the screen demanding that you pay a fee to regain access.

That nightmare scenario has become all too real because of ransomware, a type of computer virus that cybercriminals around the world are using to scam money out of unsuspecting individuals and businesses. It’s nasty stuff, and it’s on the rise.

To learn more about it and how to prevent it, we talked to Geek Squad Agent Matt Dockery from our data recovery team at Geek Squad City in Kentucky.

What is ransomware?
Agent Dockery: Ransomware is basically an advanced form of malware that changes the file extension (e.g., .jpg, .doc, .pdf, .xls, etc.) of every affected file on your computer to a random extension with a very heavy encryption. Then they leave a note that essentially says, “Your computer is infected. If you go to this random site and pay us money, we may unlock your files for you.”

These viruses can be hidden within spam and phishing emails, pop-up ads, downloads from unsecured sites, torrents — pretty much anything you can download into your computer. Even things people wouldn’t normally think about, like browser cookies, can allow the malware creators to track what you’re doing and target specific pop-up ads for you.

When I first started seeing ransomware infections as an agent in a store precinct several years ago, they were very simple things that you could just go into the computer’s registry and delete. Now, they’re advancing to the point where they can lock your computer. They can even infect your phone, tablet or smart TV. Windows and Android devices seem to be more susceptible to these types of infections, but Apple OS devices are not immune.

How can I prevent it from happening to me?
Agent Dockery: The best way to avoid it is to keep up-to-date antivirus software and internet security on any device that you’re using, whether it’s your computer, your tablet or your smartphone. I recommend that people set their antivirus software to automatically update twice a day, because some of these variants of the ransomware will change on a daily basis or even every couple of hours.

Never click on links or open attachments from email addresses you don’t recognize, and be sure to delete your cookies after you’re done browsing. The longer a cookie sits, the more information it can gather about you and the more time it has to be used against you. I have my browser set to auto-delete every bit of browsing history every time I close the browser.

What should I do if it happens to me?
Agent Dockery: Definitely do not give scammers any financial information because that will put you at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud. If people kidnap your dog and hold it for ransom, you’re not going to trust them with your credit card information. Don’t expect them to be honest people if their life’s work consists of trying to steal other people’s data.

The easiest way to get rid of ransomware is to bring your device to a Geek Squad precinct. The software we use is very good at getting rid of some of that stuff because it works outside of the infected operating system. Online support can sometimes help with that, but it’s hit or miss. It really depends on the severity of the ransomware.

The most surefire way to get rid of one of these viruses is to do a complete factory restore to get everything back to the original, out-of-box settings, so my biggest recommendation is to keep your data safe in case this happens to you. Regularly backing up your data on external media, such as a flash drive, external hard drive or the cloud, will prevent you from losing your crucial data. Clouds are probably your safest bet, just because they are less likely to fail. In data recovery, we deal with broken hard drives and broken flash drives that were people’s backups.


Best Buy's Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware
Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware


Source: Best Buy

DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, unveiled today its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore. Located in Terminal 2, this Wines and Spirits Duplex is inspired by the heritage of craftsmanship in the wine, spirits and tobacco worlds and boasts three unique DFS in-store concepts – the Wine Reserve, the Cigar Room and The Whiskey House.

Designed by award-winning interior designer, Masamichi Katayama and spanning two floors at 15,520 square feet, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex by DFS brings customers an interactive and engaging shopping experience, allowing them to sample from and explore DFS’ broad assortment of over 900 products from over 240 wines, spirits and tobacco brands.

Philippe Schaus, CEO and Chairman, DFS Group, said, “We are thrilled to unveil our latest Wines and Spirits Duplex in Singapore with our partner Changi Airport. Here at DFS, we continually aspire to deliver the most engaging and exciting experiences for travelers, whether they are at the airport or downtown. We’re confident that through this unique blend of high-end design, carefully curated assortment, exceptional service and interactive experiences we have created another wines and spirits store of a quality and richness that can only be found at DFS.”

As guests enter the first floor of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, they will encounter the Wine Reserve, featuring over 350 products from the world’s top wineries from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Australia, USA, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal. For the curious and connoisseurs alike, the Wine Reserve is the perfect place for discovery with tastings from the enomatic machine featuring 12 different wines.

The Cigar Room greets customers with a wide assortment of the world’s finest cigars from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. A range of limited-edition accessories make perfect gifts for cigar-lovers, including a collection in special travel sizes catering to travelers as well as cigar humidors and cigar cases.

For the whiskey lover, DFS’ Wines and Spirits Duplex offers a world of choices with 179 single malts, 68 blended Scotch whiskies, 30 American whiskies as well as leading Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hibiki and Suntory Chita and Kavalan from Taiwan. And, with the largest assortment of single malt whiskies offered by any travel retailer in the region, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex builds on DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s reputation as the travel retailer of the year, as awarded by Whisky Magazine in 2015.

The upper level of the duplex introduces the all new Whiskey House concept, an intuitive and experiential whiskey shopping experience where guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of over 100 different whiskies from across the globe. Based on flavor profiles, the Whiskey House’s staff will design individual sampling experiences for guests to demystify the selection process and make choosing your favorite whiskey a simpler, more engaging and refreshing experience.

In addition to the Whiskey House, the upper level hosts seven individually branded boutiques from Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, Remy Martin, The Dalmore and The Macallan, all tailored to reflect the unique essence, culture and character of each brand. Throughout the year, guests can enjoy visits from master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors as well as tailored tastings from the brands inside the boutiques.

To celebrate the launch of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, DFS will be hosting a first-of-its-kind Whiskey Festival. From July 27 to September 10. The Whiskey Festival will showcase a series of events on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each weekend, a different whiskey brand will bring the festival to life with guest appearances from their brand ambassadors, special master classes and food pairing sessions. At the same time, three complimentary whiskey cocktails representing Scotland, U.S. and Japan will be available for sampling throughout the festival at the Whiskey House at DFS’ Terminal 2 duplex and The Long Bar by Raffles at DFS’ Terminal 3 duplex.

“As Asia Pacific’s largest assortment of single malt whiskies in travel retail, we wanted to bring an interactive experience that reflects our customers’ passion and fascination with whiskey to the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex. From the Whiskey House to the Whiskey Festival, we’re excited to unveil for our customers a space where they can build their knowledge, expand their palette, discover new brands and fall in love again with the classics,” said Brooke Supernaw DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines and Tobacco.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said “The opening of the second Wines and Spirits Duplex at Terminal 2 marks the fruition of an ambitious and game changing transformation that Changi Airport had set out to achieve together with DFS. The new duplex represents the positively surprising retail experience which we endeavor to deliver to our passengers, one that allows shoppers to discover, interact and enjoy. We hope it is something for them to look forward to every time they are at Changi Airport.”


July 29 & 30:             Craigellachie featuring Ziggy Campbell, Global Brand Ambassador

Aug 5 & 6:                 The Macallan featuring Randall Tan, Brand Advocate and Keith Nair, Brand Trainer

Aug 12 & 13:             Maker’s Mark featuring Gordon Dundas, Global Brand Ambassador

Aug 19 & 20:             House of Hazelwood featuring Jay Gray, Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia

Aug 26:                       Beam Suntory Japanese whiskies featuring Mike Miyamoto,Global Brand Ambassador

Sep 2 & 3:                  Glenfiddich featuring Matthew Fergusson-Stewart, Brand Ambassador for Asia Pacific

Sep 9 & 10:                Bruichladdich featuring Richard Gillam, Brand Ambassador

Time and Venue:       (a)        3 – 5pm at The Whiskey House at Level 2, Terminal 2 Duplex

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DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore
DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore


Source: DFS Group

Albert Heijn reduceert suiker en introduceert Friswijzer

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Steeds meer consumenten gaan bewuster met suiker om. Daarom heeft Albert Heijn zijn assortiment onder de loep genomen en zijn we gestart met een flinke suikerreductie” aldus Marit van Egmond, directeur merchandising & sourcing Albert Heijn. “De eerste stap die we zetten is een suikerreductie van 10 tot 40% in meer dan honderd populaire eigen merk producten. De vernieuwde producten liggen eind 2016 in de schappen. Eind 2017 zijn deze producten hierdoor tweehonderdvijftig miljoen suikerklontjes lichter. En dat is pas het begin. Ook introduceren we a.s. maandag bij het frisdrankschap de Friswijzer. Met duidelijke informatie over de hoeveelheid suiker, wijze van zoeten en calorieën.”

Suikerreductie op eigen merk producten
Om stap voor stap suiker te reduceren selecteerde Albert Heijn honderd eigen merk producten die vaak door gezinnen worden gekocht. In producten zoals yoghurt, vla, ketchup en koekjes wordt suiker tussen de 10 en 40% gereduceerd. Ook worden er de komende weken nieuwe producten toegevoegd, zoals AH Griekse yoghurt voor kinderen, een variant zonder toevoeging van suiker en AH 100% fruittoetje.

Bewuster kiezen
Informatie zoals de hoeveelheid suiker en de wijze van zoeten worden steeds relevanter voor klanten. Frisdrank kan veel suiker en dus veel calorieën bevatten. Om klanten daarvan bewust te maken, laat de Friswijzer bij het schap in een oogopslag zien hoeveel calorieën de frisdrank bevat. De kleuren van geel (geen suiker) tot donker oranje (hoog in suiker) geven aan hoeveel calorieën en suikers er in frisdrank zitten. Klanten kunnen ook zien op welke wijze de drank gezoet is: met suiker, met gebruik van kunstmatige zoetstoffen of door het toevoegen van zoetstoffen van natuurlijke oorsprong.

In het schap vind je ook nieuwe varianten dranken zoals bruisend water met smaak waaronder een aardbei/munt en een bloedsinaasappel variant. Het suikergehalte in eigen merk frisdrank zal de komende jaren ook stap voor stap worden verlaagd met minimaal 10 procent.


Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

De woordvoerders van Albert Heijn zijn: Anoesjka Aspeslagh en Els van Dijk.

Source:  Albert Heijn


Giant’s new infographic reminds families to keep healthy choices top of mind

Landover, Md., 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help families stay healthy and keep kids fueled during the busy summer season, Giant Food of Landover, Md. offers tips to build a better lunch for camps and other summer activities now – or for school lunches in the fall. With guidance from, Giant’s licensed in-store nutritionists have prepared five tips, illustrated in a new infographic, that can serve as a reminder to keep healthy choices top of mind when feeding your family.

“Parents are looking for easy ways to pack healthier lunches for their children,” said Lisa Coleman, Lead Nutritionist, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Giant’s nutritionists offer tips to help busy families on the go to save time, save money, and eat well”

Follow these tips to build a better lunch:

  • Choose a grain. Whole grain bread, wraps, crackers, pasta, and cereal are all nutritious options.
  • Add a protein. These can include deli turkey, chicken, tuna salad, a hard-boiled egg, nut or seed butters, beans or hummus.
  • Include a fruit and veggie. Add color to your child’s lunchbox with carrot sticks, tomatoes, cucumber slices, apples, oranges or raisins. Each color provides a different health benefit.
  • Including a dairy food or dairy alternative such as low fat cheese, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or milk.
  • Healthy lunch boxes can include something sweet, too. Include a small treat, sticker or note on a napkin to brighten your child’s day and create excitement at lunchtime.

For fast, fresh and easy meal ideas, pick up the latest edition of Giant’s Savory magazine during your next trip to your local store. Families are also encouraged to reach out to their local Giant nutritionist for individualized nutrition recommendations and meal planning:

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
York Road Giant
Timonium, MD
(410) 308-9791

Amanda G. Barnes, RD, LDN
Chain Bridge Corner Giant
McLean, VA
(703) 893-0377

Roxana Ehsani, RD, LDN, MS
O St. Marketplace Giant
Washington, DC
(202) 238- 0184

Emily Craft, RDN, CSP, LDN
Severna Park Mall Giant
Severna Park, MD
(410) 975-7186

Nina El-Chebli, RD, LDN
Shoppes at Traville Giant
Rockville, MD
(301) 315-1460

Leslie Jefferson, MS, CNS, LDN
Glenridge Center Giant
Lanham, MD
(301) 306-0498

Min Krishnamurthy, MS, RD, LDN
Chatham Station Giant
Ellicott City, MD (410) 696-1309

Natalie Kannan, RD
Greenbriar Shopping Center Giant
Fairfax, VA
(703) 968-8324

For more information on health and wellness, visit

. For recipe and meal inspiration, visit Giant’s Pinterest.

Editor’s Note:

If interested in an interview with one of Giant’s nutritionists about building a better lunch for back to school, please contact Jamie Miller at (301) 341-8776 or

About Giant Food, LLC
Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc.

Source: Giant Food, LLC

New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — A stocktake of property developments currently underway by Foodstuffs supermarkets shows more than $200 million is being invested nationwide on new stores and store refurbishments.

Work includes the construction of seven new stores, worth around $120 million in total – four in the North Island and three in the South. Another $80 million is being spent on upgrades for 11 stores.

The four North Island stores currently being built are: PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, in Tauranga; New World Te Kuiti; New World Papakura, in South Auckland; and PAK’nSAVE Tamatea, in Napier.

Another five North Island stores have upgrades underway: PAK’nSAVE Clendon, in South Auckland; New World Willis Street, in Wellington, New World Pahiatua, New World Metro in Auckland’s CBD, and New World Orewa. Work has just finished at New World Pioneer Highway, in Palmerston North.

Foodstuffs (North Island) Ltd General Manager Property Development Lindsay Rowles says, it’s an exciting time for retail development in New Zealand, with multiple growth opportunities.

“Consumers are becoming more discerning about where they shop,” says Rowles. “Some want more modern facilities and a wider range of products, while others are focussed on cost savings and environmental sustainability. We are well aware of all those factors, and are investing in order to cater for these needs well into the future.”

Rowles, who only recently moved here from Australia after 13 years in retail property development for Woolworths and ALDI, says retailers are recognising the importance of putting customer desires at the centre of their planning, including the physical buildings they develop.

“Our stores need to reflect the needs of the customer and adapt and, if required, change to meet their needs. Critical aspects of our supermarkets such as car parks, aisles, lighting and refrigeration need to be tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. A business that truly places these needs at its heart is the one that will have true success into the future.”

As well as the work already underway, Foodstuffs North Island is planning a major overhaul of New World Papatoetoe, in south Auckland, with a resource consent application already lodged with Auckland Council. Work is due to start by winter 2017.

Meanwhile, in the South Island, three new stores are currently being built: New World Ferry Road, in east Christchurch; PAK’nSAVE Queenstown; and Four Square West Melton, west of Christchurch.

Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd General Manager Property and Retail Development Roger Davidson says all three are due to open in spring.

“At one end of the scale is PAK’nSAVE Queenstown,” he says, “which will cover about 5500 square metres and bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to the Queenstown-Lakes District for the first time. At the other end is Four Square West Melton, which promises to give locals greater shopping convenience.”

Five other southern stores are being refurbished: New World Halswell in south Christchurch; New World Lincoln; New World Elles Road, in Invercargill; New World Alexandra; and PAK’nSAVE Timaru.

“Overall, it amounts to a massive work programme for us,” Davidson says, “and a sign of our long-term commitment to the communities we serve.”

Newly constructed stores and those undergoing major refurbishments will all be kitted out with the latest in environmentally sustainable lighting, refrigeration and waste recycling systems.

As for the number of jobs that will be created nationwide, a figure is yet to be confirmed. But with three stores being completely new builds – PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, PAK’nSAVE Queenstown; and Four Square West Melton, west of Christchurch – at least 300-400 jobs are likely to be created.

“Part of the investment in our communities is the training and career advancement opportunities we offer our staff,” says Davidson. “We’re currently directing our spending to bricks and mortar, but once the stores are completed our owners focus moves onto ensuring they have the best people on the ground to meet our customer needs – training and development forms a strong part of this.”


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New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide
New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide


Source: Foodstuff

New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 50 checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Clarence St Theatre with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Stephanie Turner from New World Onerahi, Shanay Howard from PAK’nSAVE Kaitaia and Harlen Paraone from PAK’nSAVE Whangarei.

Event organiser Kristie McGregor said it is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores.
“We have been running the Checker of the Year competition for over 40 years and it is a great opportunity to recognise our check out operators for the value they add to the customer experience,” said Kristie McGregor.

New World Onerahi checkout manager Tara Drake said that the Checker of the Year competition is a good way to showcase the checkers’ skills and something fun that we can do together as a team.

“The Checker of the Year competition is an incentive to make sure our skills are top notch. It also boosts our checkers’ confidence in their customer service skills,” said Tara Drake.
The competitors’ colleagues wore costumes in the super hero theme of the night and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.

The top twelve checkers each received a $50 gift card; with the top three finalists winning extra prizes. There were also prizes for the best support team and best team of checkers overall.

There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July, with mystery shoppers testing each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards on 26 November.

For further information, interview requests or additional photos, please contact:

Louise Nolan
022 6922 752


New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title
New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title


Source: Foodstuffs