Class 101, Korean e-learning startup, expands service for global learners

  • Global launch of online video courses for English and Japanese-speaking learners
  • 11 hour deep-dive courses including a “Class Kit” that is mailed to participants and favored by basic to intermediate-level hobby seekers
Music producing class instructed by famous Korean hip-hop singer Gray

SEOUL, Korea, 2020-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Do you love what you do?”

This is one of the most-asked questions of our time. For many, the easy answer is to tell someone to take their hobby and turn it into their profession. But this is easier said than done.

E-learning platform, Class 101, is working to achieve its mission of “Living What You Love” by offering immersive online video classes across a variety of hobby categories including illustration, digital drawing, music production, crafts and more. Each course is carefully created by a top-trending artist or influencer in their field with a growing community of 10,000+ creators teaching classes that consistently maintain a 98.5% satisfaction rate.

This Seoul, South Korea-based start-up recently announced its global launch for English and Japanese-speaking learners after weeks of testing the global demand for a more comprehensive form of online learning. Starting from February 2020, they opened a new platform dedicated specifically to international learners with an initial 12 classes in three categories that include illustration, digital drawing and music with many more classes to come. In a short amount of time, the total number of students enrolled in the US alone exceeded 1,500. 

Some of the most popular courses are instructed by influential artists including Korean hip hop singer Gray and Groovyroom. These music producing and beat-making classes have been especially popular amongst K-pop fans across the globe. An art class taught by ZIPCY was also popular amongst students who wanted to learn realistic and sophisticated drawing styles from an instafamous Korean Illustrator. 

“We decided to announce the official launch of the global platform today as the number of enrollees has been steadily rising. People seem to enjoy our extensive and comprehensive class content, which on average lasts around 11 hours. We find that our unique way satisfies basic to intermediate level learners who want to master skills and techniques in a new hobby” said Minjeong Yun, global team lead at Class 101.

One of the things learners have been especially responsive to is the “Class Kit,” which is a package containing all the materials necessary for participants to complete a course, which is delivered right to their doorstep. This allows learners to have immediate and far easier access to learning without the hassle of having to shop for materials or equipment. If you enroll in a pole dancing class, for example, you will receive a pole in the mail. If you enroll in an illustration class, you will receive all the watercolors, drawing pads, brushes, and materials you need.

Another unique aspect of the service is that it has an online feedback community where instructors and learners exchange feedback on the process and progress they make. Learners are able to ask questions they have during lessons, exchange opinions, and help keep one another motivated.

“Compared to existing players in the online education market like MasterClass and Skillshare, Class 101 is unique in that it offers an All-in-One class package. That is, everything needed to learn a new hobby or skill delivered right to your door,” said Yun, adding that “Class 101 dives much deeper into any given topic than sites people are probably used to and learners can go back and replay their course videos to review for up to 20 weeks after purchasing the course.”    

Established in March 2018, Class 101 is led by a group of university students from the Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). It attracted a 12 billion KRW (US $10.5 million) investment from Softbank Ventures, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, KT Investment, Spring Camp and Strong Ventures in 2019.

About Class 101
Class 101 offers immersive online video courses across a variety of hobby categories including Illustration, Digital Drawing, Music Production, Crafts and Lifestyle. Our courses are carefully curated by top-trending artists and influencers in their fields, with a growing community of 10,000+ creators teaching classes that consistently maintain a 98.5% satisfaction rate. Class101 prepares a materials kit containing everything participants need to successfully take a course so they can get started right away without the hassle of shopping for supplies or equipment. https://en.class101.net/

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Surprise your BAE with beautifully curated gift options from Giftstoindia24x7

KOLKATTA, India, 2020-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — It is that time of the year when the whole world celebrates the spirit of love on Valentine’s Day. Couples who live across boundaries often miss the chance to keep up with the joy of this day. Giftstoindia24x7.com, an e-commerce gifting platform is helping customers to send Valentine Day gifts to India and surprise their special one and enjoy this day. GiftstoIndia24x7, is an e-commerce platform which caters to the needs of non-residential Indians and allows them to conveniently send gifts to their loved ones back in India.

GiftstoIndia24x7 offers a great product range to its users. It has a specially curated category for Sending valentines day gifts to India for their loved ones. To provide customers with utmost convenience, the portal offers 24X7 customer service support, these experts curate a personalized experience and help customers pick the best gift option for their loved ones. The Valentine’s Day category boasts of 1000+ personalized gifting options in addition to the array of other gift products. To amplify the gifts options, give users the best shopping experience and enable them to send the best Valentine’s day gifts to India, the portal partnered with gifting start-ups across India. Additionally, Carvaan products from SaReGaMaPa are available for the music lovers giving customers more options to make Valentine Day gifting truly special for their significant other. 

From classic gifts like Luxury Bouquet Boxes, teddy bears, cushioned hearts, jewellery, etc to specially curated hampers for food lovers, grooming set for the grooming addicts and hampers for the fashionistas; GiftstoIndia24x7 has something in store for every person who wishes to shower love and Send valentines day gifts to India for their significant other. Additionally, it also has personalized options like personalized calendars, select-experiences and dining vouchers, personalized mugs, t-shirts amongst others. For those who want to keep it simple, it offers an option to Send specially curated arrangements of flowers to India from USA on the same day. 

With its premier offerings and strong delivery network, GiftstoIndia24x7 spreads smiles across 1500+ locations in India. With services like exclusive delivery options like same day delivery and midnight delivery, an easily accessible portal and 10,000+ gifting options, GiftstoIndia24x7 is helping couples celebrate love across distances. 

About GiftstoIndia24x7

Established in 1999, GiftstoIndia24x7  is India’s premier gifting platform specially curated for the gifting needs of non – residential Indians. The e-commerce portal offers its users about 20,000 gift options for multiple occasions along with same day delivery and mid-night delivery options. The e-commerce platform delivers has the largest distribution network and delivers to 1500+ locations in India. The platform boasts of a 24X7 customer service support which gives customers across the globe a personalized gifting experience, making them feel more connected with their family and friends back home.

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FlowerAura Is Ready To Recreate Your First Date This Anniversary

FlowerAura Is Ready To Recreate Your First Date This Anniversary

Gurugram, Haryana, India, 2018-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Making hearts smile wide, FlowerAura trades every couple’s dream to make them believe that together is a beautiful place to be. Lasting long as your eternal love for each other, the exclusive FlowerAura’s anniversary gifts collection is sure to leave every lovebird stunned and awestruck.

Commemorating another year of sharing sunsets and dreams, FlowerAura’s anniversary collection has come a really long way and is all set to celebrate the happy ever after milestone with precious anniversary gifts for parents comprising of flowers, love-inspired cakes, personalized gifts, photo lamps, cushions and beauty hampers, keychains, teddies, handmade chocolates as an anniversary gifts for wife or girlfriend.

Making December, a month to remember, the company’s founder announces, “The end of 2018 is all about weddings and anniversaries and occasions celebrating love and togetherness and to raise a forever toast to each one of these, our anniversary gifts are the best way to do so. For all the today’s and tomorrows, shopping these will be the best ever decision you’ll make and to make your celebration grandeur, our online delivery will make sure to hand-deliver love and romance at a lightning speed.

On Being inquired if anniversary collection has something special in store for the husbands and the boyfriends, he further exclaims, “ Our motto has always been to reach out hearts and our anniversary gifts for husband is the best things to hold on to. To all the ladies, who wish to convey that it is him their hearts talk about all day long, each of the tokens is priceless and worth presenting on the eve of the special day.”

Giving moments to cherish the sights of each other, relish warm hugs and bring them closer, FlowerAura’s together forever anniversary arrivals are sure to bind the love in the forever symphony.

SOURCE: EPR Network

RebatesMe marks its 5th Anniversary with new logo!

Our new logo and rebranding are here, beginning a new journey for our company.

Portland, Oregon, 2018-Aug-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online shopping can be described as a great benefit for consumers worldwide. RebatesMe is the ultimate platform that helps shoppers all over the world earn cash back, no matter where you’re shopping from. It is among the top cashback sites offering coupons, discounts, and cash back services. After five years of rapid development, RebatesMe has brought global high-quality and cost-effective products to more than one million consumers from China and the United States, and now to the whole world. And its global brand influence is growing.

Striving to meet the needs of this change and to aid in future development strategy, RebatesMe officially launched the new logo on our 5th anniversary in efforts to further enhance the brand image and to continue upgrading its brand and service.

In the face of fierce consumer competition, economic benefits and good service are undoubtedly the two keys to winning the market. The new brand image is upgraded to link the brand value with the consumer demand. RebatesMe brings higher cashback to consumers and provides users with a better shopping experience.

RebatesMe has always been involved in overseas cash back shopping and has been actively cultivating the US market for many years all while continually expanding global business cooperation in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. All while still striving to accelerate the globalization of overseas shopping and consumer cash back. By expanding our overseas merchants, categorizing products and providing exceptional shopping tips, we are able to provide our shoppers both in the US and china with a more extensive choice of products with cash back.

At present, RebatesMe has cooperated with more than 3,000 merchants around the world. At RebatesMe, you can get the latest international e-commerce preferential information and enjoy the best-selling products globally. In addition, loyal users with VIP membership can also enjoy preferential treatment by learning about exclusive deals in advance, paired with our superior customer service, giving them an overall better experience in global online shopping.

In the past five years, RebatesMe has earned millions of dollars in cashback for its website users. And now on its 5th anniversary, RebatesMe will continue to be an unparalleled contender in e-commerce shopping around the world and excitedly anticipate a surge in growth with our rebranded image.

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Dedicated Online Market Place for Handcraft Products and New Items, Treasure Box Shops, Introduces Training for Members

Anaheim, CA, 2018-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A New dedicated online marketplace for handcraft products, Treasureboxshop.com announces the launch of their services connecting handcraft makers to the market. The website is a complete solution for handcraft makers helping them to market their products, learn new skills to improve their business further and sell at the same time.

Created with the goal to provide a tailored community for handcraft makers and a vast marketplace for various handcraft products as well, TreasureBox.com is fast positioning itself as the go-to marketplace for such products. Safe and secure to use, the Treasure Box Shop is easy to navigate making it easy for interested buyers to browse through categories.

“We are happy to provide this type of solution and a great marketplace for handcraft lovers all over the world. Our goal is not only to help people find the best craft products out there, but we also want to create a safe, secure and easy to use online platform for handcraft sellers and buyers.” Says Nancy McEntire.

She says further, “You can learn how to create various unique DIY items and up your craft business through our top-quality training content available on our site. The goal here is to help your business improve and provide you the market as well.”

Sign up on TreasureBoxshops.com is free and interested sellers can join the community to start enjoying the fast-growing available opportunities.

SOURCE: EPR Network

John Lewis Partners undergo theatrical training with National Theatre

LONDON, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 500 John Lewis Partners are being trained in theatrical skills by actors working for the National Theatre to help them deliver outstanding customer service at the retailer’s new shop at White City, Westfield which opens later this month.  The initiative forms part of the retailer’s plans to respond to growing customer expectation for its shops to be inspiring places where customers go for style advice, exciting events and beauty treatments, as well as to buy products.

Every Partner recruited to work at the new shop from those who work in the stockroom to the Head of Branch is undergoing the training, which is run by Theatreworks, the National Theatre’s training service. John Lewis has turned to theatrical training because actors are outstanding communicators, and skilled at being on show and using their voices for long periods of time as people in retail do.  The training covers voice and body language skills used by actors to communicate authentically with confidence.

Peter Cross, Customer Experience Director for John Lewis said: ‘Retailers have talked about ‘retail theatre’ but as shopping habits change this has never been more important.

‘We’re investing in this training with one of the world’s leading theatre companies because actors are outstanding communicators and that’s an important element in offering outstanding personal service.’

The training sessions are led by experienced actors including Sarah Thom who originally trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and regularly works for BBC Radio 4, playing the character of Joan in the long-running comedy, ‘Clare in the Community’ and has often appeared on TV and on stage. Her TV credits include ‘Taboo’, Home Fires’, ‘Not Going Out’, ‘Doctors’ and ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’.

Sheila Chawla from the National Theatre who manages the training, said: ‘Our training sessions focus on the idea that communication is made up of not just what you say but how you say it.  So body language, voice and expression are all as important as our words.  We all find it more engaging when someone brings some of their personality to a conversation, meeting or presentation – and our training is all about giving you the confidence and the tools to do that.  It’s all about being yourself just with a bit more skill. We’re excited to be working with John Lewis on this project and to be able to share skills from the theatre that can help John Lewis Partners engage with customers in a fresh and authentic way.’

John Lewis’s White City, Westfield shop is the anchor shop of the new £600m extension at Westfield London, which has built a reputation as a world-leading shopping experience and entertainment destination.

Over four floors, the shop will include features not offered in other John Lewis London shops, including Loved& Found – a stand-alone boutique for new and contemporary brands – and &Beauty, John Lewis’s spa concept. The fashion floor will also showcase a new look including a dedicated personal styling studio, which is just one of the 23 services customers will be able to book via the new Experience Desk, offering a  a ‘concierge style’ service to help them make the most of the shop and its services.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK (35 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Finance offers a range of comprehensive financial services products – including Insurance, Foreign Currency, International Payments and the Partnership Card – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand. www.johnlewisfinance.com

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

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PetSmart implements a comprehensive action plan to provide pets with an even safer and more enjoyable experience in its grooming salons

PHOENIX, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, North America’s leading pet specialty retailer, has always been committed to the health and well-being of all pets. That’s why the company is implementing a comprehensive action plan to provide pets with an even safer and more enjoyable experience in its grooming salons. This plan, outlined below, goes into effect today.

Independent task force to review training curriculum
PetSmart is recruiting a team of recognized independent industry experts, accomplished master groomers and accredited veterinarians and pet behaviorists that will undertake a detailed review of PetSmart’s current training and grooming safety standards. This team will provide an unbiased report of its findings and recommendations on any potential areas for improvement.

Salon Open Houses
Beginning this year, PetSmart will host Open Houses in all grooming salons for pet parents to meet their local groomers, discuss their pet’s specific needs, tour their local salon and have all their questions answered. These Open Houses will include informative sessions with an overview of safety and training standards, grooming tips and procedures and – importantly – a review of PetSmart’s recently enhanced assessments of pets brought in for grooming, designed to ensure a safer grooming experience.

Enhanced salon monitoring 
PetSmart will begin the installation of cameras in all grooming salons to provide reassurance to pet parents that their pets will receive the best possible care from the highly skilled grooming staff. Video will be used to assist in ongoing associate education, provide additional oversight and ensure that the quality of service meets PetSmart’s strict standards. Installation plans are underway.

Higher safety standards
The actions above augment new, higher safety standards PetSmart implemented on February 2, 2018. The company now solely offers specialized care for English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers and Boston Terriers (and any dog mixed with one of these breeds). These specific breeds are more likely to experience respiratory challenges, particularly in stressful environments, and for some dogs, this includes places like a grooming salon. PetSmart’s higher safety standards for these breeds include:

  • An uninterrupted “Express” service provided by a dedicated grooming professional, limiting the amount of time a pet spends in the salon. When the groom is complete, the pet is returned to the pet parent immediately, so pet parents are now asked to stay in or near the store during their pet’s appointment.
  • The use of harness-style methods, instead of a traditional lead such as those commonly used in the grooming industry, due to the breathing challenges these breeds often have in response to stress.

Additionally, all PetSmart groomers now perform a broader safety assessment of every pet at check-in. They closely observe pets for any combination of the following: lethargy, excessive panting, excessive drooling, trembling or shaking, redness in eyes, and resistance to entering the salon or kennel area. If a pet exhibits any two of these behaviors, PetSmart will not perform the service at that time. Pet parents are welcome to stay in the store with their pet to see if the behaviors pass within 15 minutes. If not, groomers will work with the pet parent to reschedule the appointment or recommend a veterinarian who can perform the service.

A summary of these higher safety standards, an overview of PetSmart’s Grooming Academy, tips for pet parents to consider before having their pet groomed, a video tour of a grooming salon, and a behind-the-scenes video of its grooming curriculum are available on PetSmart’s website.

“PetSmart has set the highest safety standards in the industry and we are always looking to improve,” said Gregg Scanlon, senior vice president of Store Operations and Services. “We recognize the responsibility we have every time a pet parent chooses PetSmart, and we want to live up to our promise of being their trusted partner every day. That’s why we’re taking action – to help create an even better experience for pets in our care and to give pet parents the peace of mind they deserve.”

PetSmart Academy-trained stylists complete 800 or more hours of hands-on instruction and safety certification, working with at least 200 dogs of all breeds and sizes. All stylists complete annual safety re-certification and participate in quarterly grooming safety training sessions.

In 2015, PetSmart played an active role in shaping and advocating for the adoption of care standards for all pet groomers in the industry. More information about this effort, as well as the proposed standards, can be found here:

https://pijac.org/press/professional-pet-groomers-stylists-alliance-release-shared-standards-care-pet-grooming

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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Vice President of Corporate Communications

Alshaya brands Starbucks and Babel recognised for their world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards

Alshaya brands Starbucks and Babel recognised for their world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two brands operated by retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya, Starbucks and Babel, have been recognised for their commitment to providing world-class customer service in Kuwait’s Public Relations Association’s annual awards.

The awards, under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, saw Starbucks win awards for ‘Excellence in Customer Service’, for best practices in providing customer service in the café category; and ‘Excellence in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility’. Babel won an award for ‘Excellence in Website Services.’ The awards highlight the brands’ ability to follow up on customer feedback in a quick and effective way.

An Alshaya representative received the award from Her Excellency Hind Al-Sabih, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, at a ceremony also attended by Sheikh Khalid Al Abdullah Al Sabah, Head of Amiri Protocols, and Jamal Al Nasrullah, Head of Kuwait’s Public Relations Association.

Kuwait’s Public Relations Association aims to recognise excellent customer service across the public and private sectors.

Mona Dabbah, Alshaya’s Customer Service Director, said: “We’re proud and delighted that our efforts to put our customer at the heart of our business have been recognised in this way. Our culture at Alshaya is built on listening to our customers and ensuring their satisfaction. Delivering the highest levels of customer service at every touchpoint is our top priority.”

Alshaya operates more than 3,900 stores for nearly 90 of the world’s best-known and best-loved brands, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, and Boots, and Pottery Barn across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe. The company’s Contact Centre manages a broader customer service offering that builds connections with the customers of all the brands that the company operates, 365 days a year.

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co.

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Shop Your Way partners with fuboTV to bring live streaming video services to its members

Leading live streaming TV provider offers Shop Your Way members value incentive to ‘cut the cord’

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Your Way’s ongoing effort to provide its members with unparalleled service options and money-saving benefits has expanded to yet another new category: live streaming video services.

Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), announced today a strategic partnership with sports-first live streaming TV provider fuboTV.  This partnership will enable sports-loving Shop Your Way members to access the best-in-class video service, which includes more than 65 channels of live sports, entertainment and news content. fuboTV joins Shop Your Way’s ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and services designed to save members time and money every day. Members who subscribe to the Fubo Premier package will receive CASHBACK in Shop Your Way® Points totaling the first month of paid subscription fees, plus additional CASHBACK in points every month during the first year of paid service*.

CASHBACK in points available to Shop Your Way members who subscribe to fuboTV can include*:

  • $20 CASHBACK in points of first full paid month of service after the 7 day trial
  • $3 CASHBACK in points per month for the next 11 months of paid service for the first year fulfilled subscription term

These points can be used on millions of items from Shop Your Way partners such as Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End and at ShopYourWay.com.

fuboTV, one of the world’s fastest-growing subscription services, delivers an over-the-top (OTT) bundle of more sports channels than any other live streaming TV company.  Customers can stream programming on desktop computer or mobile web at www.fubo.tv; mobile devices via fuboTV’s highly-rated apps for iOS and Android; or on connected TVs via Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. After the trial, Fubo Premier is available at an introductory rate of $19.99 for the first month, and $44.99 per month to follow.

Shop Your Way members can learn more about fuboTV and sign up for the service online via shopyourway.com/fubotv, instore at Sears and Kmart, or via phone (800.991.8708).

“Cutting the cord on traditional TV has never been easier or more rewarding than with this Shop Your Way partnership,” said Robert Naedele, Chief Commercial Officer, Shop Your Way. “Our newest partner fuboTV offers the channels our members love, plus movies and incredible sports content – we’re giving members 100 percent of their first month of paid service CASHBACK in Shop Your Way points after they sign up. This partnership offers members new flexibility and personalization to their entertainment options with the everyday value they’ve come to expect from Shop Your Way.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Shop Your Way to bring even more value to our subscribers,” said fuboTV Co-Founder and CMO Alberto Horihuela. “We pride ourselves in providing fans with the most sports for the least money, and now are able to provide fuboTV customers with unparalleled access to the Shop Your Way network.”

fuboTV joins partners such as Uber and Meredith Corp. (the former Time Inc./Synapse) on the Shop Your Way platform, where tens and tens of millions of members can earn and redeem points on everyday purchases. It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit shopyourway.com. Download the free Shop Your Way app from the App Store or Google Play.

* Shop Your Way members will receive CASHBACK in points after they purchase the initial fuboTV monthly subscription and remain subscribed each month in order to continue to be eligible for CASHBACK in points during their first year of subscription. Points valid for 90 days. By accepting offer and Shop Your Way benefits, members agree to be bound by Shop Your Way Terms and Conditions available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

About fuboTV
fuboTV is a sports-first streaming TV service that brings subscribers over-the-top (OTT) access to the most sports for the least money. This includes a growing line-up of national channels, local broadcasters and regional sports networks (RSNs) that hold rights to the most popular sports in the world. Officially launched in January 2015 as a streaming soccer service, fuboTV has evolved into one of the leading virtual MVPDs in the U.S. Its entry-level Fubo Premier bundle offers more than 65 channels, including up to 37 that carry sports, and brings customers access to popular entertainment, news and information content that complements the core sports offering, including more than 10,000 titles available on-demand. It is available on desktop or mobile web via www.fubo.tv; on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; Android and iOS devices; Apple TV; Chromecast; Kindle Fire; Roku; and through T-Mobile’s Binge On.

The company has raised a total of $75.6 million in funding to date, including a $55 million Series C round that closed in June 2017, led by Northzone, and including 21st Century Fox, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive. Investors also include DCM Ventures, i2bf, Luminari Capital, LionTree Partners, Univision Communications Inc., Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group), Chris Silbermann (founding partner, ICM Partners) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is at your service 24/7 to help you in the moments that matter. Whether it’s shopping your favorite brands, eating at your favorite restaurants, or simply taking an Uber to a party, you get rewarded with money-saving points that can be redeemed on millions of items across our Partner network. You can even connect with a free Personal Shopper to find everything on your list so that you can spend more time enjoying life and less time on the details. The benefits are endless with Shop Your Way, and they add up fast every time you connect. It’s easy – the more you do, the more you get, so start earning your rewards today.

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FlowerAura brings better delivery system and vendor interaction with the launch of Instanto App

DELHI, India, 2018-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — FlowerAura, one of the leading online gift portals in India with a network of vendors across 200+ cities has recently launched Instanto, an easy-to-use app that focuses on better delivery system and vendor interaction.

Instanto, as the name suggests, is an application to provide timely delivery of flowers and hampers by a real time tracking system of delivery boys. This app is especially built to curb the delay in the delivery and subsequently, the complaint ratio. The company’s spokesperson reveals, “This app is a step ahead for the company and keeping the ultimate motive in mind that is, customer satisfaction, Instanto shall play the function of building trust amongst customers by capturing pictures on delivery (with due permission of the customer) and help provide product acknowledgement.”

Instanto would be adept in tracking the updates of products by vendors. Real time location of delivery shall, however, remain the major plus point of the app. The company believes that it shall help analyse the order geographical dimensions for further expansion and franchisee options. The app shall play a factor in bringing the customer trust and loyalty to another level. With 90% on-time order completion rate , FlowerAura believes Instanto shall help it grow beyond 95% in the coming times. The app shall begin the function in major metro cities till Valentine’s and other cities post Valentine’s.

FlowerAura recently had a tie-up with 120+ more vendors across the country to give an uncompromising service to its customers and double its sales numbers during the Valentine season. Also, with an amazing assortment of Valentine gifts for her and him, the company has set an exclusivity to the love expression. That stated, it has added 400+ Valentine gifts on the portal and widened its range and has recently opened 9 franchisees in India to operate with a dual delivery model.

via EPR Network

Wawa expands Grubhub delivery service to New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#8013 2535 Aramingo Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

#247- 518 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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

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CONTACT: public.relations@wawa.com
press@grubhub.com

SOURCE: Wawa, Inc.

Raley’s eCart brings delivery service to Reno, Nevada

 Raley’s extends eCart personalized shopping service to include delivery in Reno

West Sacramento, California, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s eCart e-commerce platform is launching its third phase of delivery service to Reno, Nevada. The delivery service will allow healthy, fresh and high-quality offerings at affordable prices to be delivered to select zip codes in the Reno area.

This expanded service area is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving digital shopping experience. This is the next step in the company’s investment in eCommerce, developed with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient for its customers. Last month, Raley’s expanded delivery to the greater Sacramento region.

“We know and understand our customers are seeking convenience,” said Deirdre Zimmermann, Head of E-Commerce and Marketing “Customers can expect the same great service of a Raley’s personal shopper, who hand-selects orders, while enjoying the convenience of having groceries delivered.”

Raley’s currently has 100 Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods stores that offer eCart curbside pickup. Now same-day delivery is also offered for an expanding list of zip codes in Reno, including: 89503, 89512, 89431, 89523, 89509, 89502, 89519, 89511, and 89521. All customers will receive FREE delivery on their first order.

To learn more about delivery and the zip codes where the service is available, please visit raleys.com/go/delivery. To shop on Raley’s eCart, simply go to shop.raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Barnes & Noble unveils its lineup of free Storytime events for children and families for the holiday season

A Special Storytime Pajama Party Featuring Customer-Favorite The Polar Express

Free Children’s Storytimes Celebrate the Joy of Reading and a Family Holiday Tradition Throughout the Month of December

New York, NY, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced its lineup of free Storytime events for children and families, a holiday tradition designed to celebrate the joy of reading and the magic of the holiday season. This year’s lineup includes beloved holiday classics and introduces customers to new holiday stories that are sure to spread joy and wonder.

This month-long series of events kicks off with a special Storytime Pajama Party celebrating the beloved holiday classic, The Polar Express, on Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. All aboard the Polar Express where children will receive complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, a Christmas ornament, and other fun giveaways to get them excited for the holiday season. Join us at this pajama party Storytime filled with lots of activities and tons of fun! Customers are encouraged to take pictures of themselves and loved ones and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime – On Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a special Storytime celebrating all things Grinch. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, this Dr. Seuss classic is a mainstay of the holidays, and the positive message is wonderful for children of all ages. Coloring and activities to follow.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime – On Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will celebrate Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book, based on Disney’s recently released Frozen holiday featurette. In this hilarious and charming story, loveable snowman Olaf and his pals Elsa and Anna are getting ready to celebrate the holidays, but not before Olaf sets out to find the best family tradition the sisters have ever seen! Coloring and activities round out the fun. Customers can enjoy free Godiva chocolates, which will be passed out at the Storytime, while supplies last.

River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime – On Saturday, December 16, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores celebrate a new story from the original Idol, Grammy® Award–winning singing sensation Kelly Clarkson, River Rose and the Magical Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve, and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a letter to Santa. She can’t wait to finally meet the man in red until… Oh no! River Rose and her dog, Joplin, have fallen asleep and been swept off on another magical adventure. This time, they’re off to the North Pole to let Santa know what River Rose really wants for Christmas. This joyous new holiday story perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday season. Coloring and activities to follow.

Santa’s Magic Key Storytime – On Saturday, December 23, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide invite children to unlock the magic with Santa’s Magic Key. Start a new family tradition with this unforgettable holiday story that celebrates the magic of the holidays and reveals how Santa can always spread gifts and joy on Christmas Eve by using his magical key. Coloring and activities to follow.

The Story of Ferdinand Storytime – On Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide introduce children to Ferdinand, the world’s most peaceful and beloved little bull, in The Story of Ferdinand, a true classic with a timeless message. Coloring and activities to follow.

Special Offers: Customers can purchase A Loud Winter’s Nap at the special price of only $7.99 (regularly priced $15.95) with the purchase of any Kids’ book. This offer end on December 25, while supplies last.

Additionally, through December 25, customers can buy two Dr. Seuss books and get the third free. This offer applies to titles on the in-store Dr. Seuss fixture only. The free book will be the least expensive book in the transaction.

During all Barnes & Noble Storytime readings and activities, parents and guardians are encouraged to take pictures and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes are free and open to the public. All events are subject to change. Customers should visit www.bn.com/storelocator for more information about events at their local store.

SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Mary Ellen Keating

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

Mei Sanchez
Manager, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3579
 msanchez@bn.com

Carrefour Belgium to open additional three pick-up points for online orders

BELGIUM, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 29, Carrefour will open three new pick-up points for drive.be. This will bring the total number of new pick-up points opened this month up to 15.

At the start of this year, Carrefour announced its targets for 2017 to
– extend home delivery,
– trial home delivery by other customers
– and open up around a hundred new pick-up points for drive.be.

Carrefour met its first target over the last few months by joining forces with PostNL. Since then, Carrefour has been making deliveries every working day, between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Carrefour met its second target by trailing the Bringr platform which enables smartphone users to deliver another customer’s orders at the time and to the place that they specify.

And it is in the process of meeting its third target – over the first eight months of this year, Carrefour opened 57 new pick-up points for drive.be and will be opening up another 15 this month.

With these 15 openings, customers now have 152 points from which they can pick up orders that they have placed via the drive.be Carrefour website. Carrefour currently sells some 15,000 products via its website.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

MEDIA CONTACT

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17
By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

CVS Pharmacy launches annual free health screening campaign — Project Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its continuing commitment to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced the launch of Project Health, the company’s annual free health screening campaign. Over the next four months, 450 Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in select CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to important preventive services,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Health. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise.”

Project Health events, which are held from September 7 through December 17, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Current CVS Pharmacy locations for the events include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico.

Given the catastrophic flooding and ongoing recovery efforts in Houston, all Project Health events in the area are being postponed. CVS Health is committed to rescheduling these free health and wellness events to the residents of Houston when it is safe to do so and when the community will have greater access to these much needed services.

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Today, 1 in 2 Americans has at least one chronic illness with 85 percent of our health care dollars spent each year caring for Americans with these diseases.1

“These chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early, helping to improve a patient’s health and well-being, as well as reducing costs for both the patient and the overall health care delivery system,” added Brennan.

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 millionin free health care services to more than 887,000 people, many of whom lack access to preventive care. Last year, high rates of specific treatable conditions among Project Health participants were detected, including:

  • 49 percent were found to be overweight or obese
  • 39 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
  • 31 percent had abnormal glucose readings
  • 38 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels

CVS Health will be partnering with YMCAs in HoustonAtlanta and Los Angeles this year to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.

“As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y shares CVS Health’s goal to deliver preventive care, like screenings, in places where access is a barrier,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “Taking health care out of clinical settings and putting it into our neighborhoods can save lives, reduce costs and make our communities stronger.”

Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select CVS Pharmacy locations. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth (in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud).

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

1 Centers for Disease Control. Chronic Disease Overview. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com
1-401-770-9811

SOURCE CVS Pharmacy

Macy’s expands same-day delivery to 15 additional U.S. markets

Macy’s continues to enhance omnichannel experience for customers by expanding same-day delivery to 15 additional markets, serviced by Deliv

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced the expansion of its same-day delivery of products purchased online at macys.com, bloomingdales.com and both brands’ mobile apps. Starting this fall, Macy’s will offer same-day delivery to customers in 15 additional U.S. markets – Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati; Columbus, OH; Denver; Grand Rapids, MI; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Orlando, FL; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL. Bloomingdale’s will expand into two additional markets – Orlando, FL; and San Diego, CA.

“At Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s every experience matters and we are thrilled to offer same-day delivery service to our customers,” said Scott Prieto, executive vice president of Macy’s Logistics and Operations. “We are dedicated to ensuring that whenever, wherever and however our customer chooses to shop, their experience is seamless and convenient. We’re excited that we can leverage the stores we have as fulfillment centers to power same-day delivery, closing the gap between customers and products for more of our shoppers just in time for the holidays.”

Customers shopping on macys.com or bloomingdales.com can select the “same-day delivery” option at checkout to schedule the delivery of any item available at their local store. Shoppers will receive a picture of their driver, an estimated arrival time and GPS order tracking, allowing them to visually track their delivery from the moment of pick up.

All orders must be placed by 1 p.m. local time, Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday to ensure same-day delivery. The fee for same-day delivery service is $8 for all online purchases that meet Macy’s ($99) or Bloomingdale’s ($150) free shipping thresholds and $8 plus standard shipping costs for anything less. Same-day delivery is always $8 for customers belonging to Bloomingdale’s Loyallist program. Deliveries to customers will continue to be powered by Deliv, a leader in the same-day delivery space.

Macy’s, Inc. announced its first roll out of same-day delivery in 2014 and has continued to expand the service. To date, markets for Macy’s include: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; NYC Metro (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers); Orange County, CA; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Bloomingdale’s same-day delivery markets to date include: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; NYC Metro (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens); Orange County, CA; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

About Macy’s, Inc.
Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 150 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

About Deliv
Deliv is a leading crowdsourced, last mile logistics company that powers scheduled, same day delivery and returns for 4000+ businesses including 25 of the nation’s top national omnichannel retailers as well as leading e-commerce companies, local businesses and traditional parcel carriers. Focused exclusively on moving goods, Deliv operates as a service for delivering items rather than a marketplace that sells them. The company currently operates in 33 markets and more than 1400 cities. Deliv is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and is backed by global logistics leader United Parcel Service, leading financial investors and the nation’s top REIT investors. For more information, visit www.deliv.co.

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s Media Relations
Andrea Schwartz, 312-781-4333
andrea.schwartz@macys.com

John Lewis expands new home improvement and maintenance service trial across Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Taunton

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis will expand a trial of a brand new home improvement and maintenance service across Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Taunton from 12 September.  The initiative, called ‘Home Solutions from John Lewis’, which has already been trialled in Milton Keynes, enables customers to book plumbers, electricians, decorators and gardeners online who have been selected and approved by the retailer.

Customers can request a fully qualified, professional tradesperson via the Home Solutions app, website, or customer call centre. After selecting the job that needs doing, customers will be shown a variety of time slots when the work can be performed. Having chosen a suitable time, customers are then matched with an available trade professional who can be booked and paid for via the Home Solutions app, or website. In keeping with John Lewis’s customer service standards customers will be given a one year guarantee on the work.

Tom Athron, Group Development Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘As a trusted retailer of home products our customers often ask us if we can help them with tasks in their homes.  We are delighted to be expanding our trial and have taken a lot of care to find professionals who will deliver service to the standard that people expect from John Lewis.

‘We know how difficult it can be to find the time in our busy lives to source trusted trade professionals and hope our customers find the service helpful.’

The local trade professionals taking part in the initiative have all undergone a rigorous recruitment process which includes interviews, background checks, viewing of previous work and an induction to John Lewis customer service standards.

Customers can visit the Home Solutions website (www. johnlewishomesolutions.co.uk) or call 0203 739 9198.  Alternatively, they can download the Home Solutions App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis
Lexi Finnigan Communications Manager, Corporate, John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 592 6424
Email: lexi.finnigan@johnlewis.co.uk

SOURCE: John Lewis

Luxury Goods Market Global 2017 Industry Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecasts to 2021

Pune, India, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Luxury goods has entered a new phase, where conspicuous consumption is giving way to more meaningful luxury experiences. As consumers reassess their priorities, asking themselves what they truly value, a host of major trends have emerged: from the preference given to luxury experiences over “things”, to sustainable luxury. This report features key insights and the latest trends in luxury goods around the globe in 2016, including the growth of global wealth and its impact on the wider industry.

Euromonitor International’s Global Luxury Goods Overview global briefing offers an insight into the size and shape of the luxury goods industry, highlights buzz topics, emerging trends as well as pressing industry issues, their effects on luxury goods retailing in markets around the world and on the development of consumers’ shopping patterns. Forecasts illustrate how the market is set to change and criteria for success. In short, it identifies the opportunity zones within luxury goods industry

Product coverage: Designer Apparel and Footwear (Ready-to-Wear), Fine Wines/Champagne and Spirits, Luxury Eyewear, Luxury Jewellery, Luxury Leather Goods, Luxury Portable Consumer Electronics, Luxury Timepieces, Luxury Writing Instruments and Stationery, Super Premium Beauty and Personal Care.

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Wegmans Food Markets introduces online cake orders for special occasions

Wegmans Food Markets introduces online cake orders for special occasions

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is now offering online celebration cake and cookie cake orders at wegmans.com/ createyourcake. Select cakes can be customized, ordered, and paid for online with a credit or debit card and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Order pickup is available at all Wegmans stores. “Many customers have asked us for the convenience of online cake orders for special occasions like graduation parties, baby showers, and family reunions,” said Wegmans Bakery Business Manager Dan Nick. “We listened and developed a solution to help meet those needs for the cakes our customers order most.”

Options include:

  • Cake type and size: Celebration cakes and cookie cakes are both offered in quarter, half, and full sheets. Celebration cakes are also available in round one- and two-layer 7-inch sizes.
  • Flavor: Choose chocolate or vanilla, or a combination of the two.
  • Frosting: Choose whipped cream or buttercreme, made without any artificial colors.
  • Filling: There are nine delicious flavors to choose from, like raspberry, chocolate ganache, or fresh fruit.
  • Decorations and messages: Add edible balloons or roses and a custom message. An image can also be uploaded on all sheet cake sizes.

Not all Wegmans bakery cakes are available to order online. Cupcakes, specialty themes, character kits, and Wegmans Ultimate Cakes are not included at this time.

When an online order is submitted, the customer receives an email with a confirmation number, store contact information, and when and where the cake will be ready for pickup.

Orders are also accepted by phone or in person at the Catering desk or bakery counter.

“We’re happy to introduce this option for those who may prefer to place an order from a computer or mobile device, especially as we head into the peak season for cake requests in late spring and summer,” said Nick.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Raley’s acquires property for the future flagship store in the town of Truckee, CA

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s advances forward with plans to build a new flagship store in the town of Truckee.

This past week, JMA Ventures successfully acquired the property located at Joerger Ranch on the corner of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The project will be developed in multiple phases and will consist of 16 acres for a lifestyle, mixed-use commercial center that will serve as a local and regional destination.

The first development phase will be anchored by a new 35,000 square foot Raley’s store and will serve both Truckee area residents and vacationers visiting the Sierra Nevada-Truckee Tahoe region. This phase will also include an additional 20 to 24,000 square feet of specialty retail. Raley’s is committed to developing a store that compliments the Truckee community. The store will have increased amenities and an expanded food service department including restaurant-quality, grab-and-go options to serve as customers’ one-stop-shop. And, the store decor will reflect the rustic mountain appeal native to the region.

“Raley’s is moving forward developing our store in Truckee; we are excited to provide the community with an innovative food shopping experience,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “Truckee represents an important addition for Raley’s strategic growth plan designed to deliver on our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

“We are very excited to hit this important milestone as we bring this new development to life,” said Todd Chapman, CEO, JMA Ventures LLC. “We are confident that this mixed-use project will help to enhance and revitalize the retail shopping experience in the region.”

The new center’s leasing will be handled by Ariel Fox and Hilary Parker of Retail West Inc (www.retailwestinc.com). “We are thrilled to be working on this project with Raley’s and JMA Ventures,” said Ariel Fox. “We want to help develop a gathering place for the community with a mix of great local, regional, and national retail and dining.”

SOURCE: Raley’s

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

CVS Pharmacy introduces new store design to enhance retail customer experience

CVS Pharmacy introduces new store design to enhance retail customer experience

Reimagined store design, new health services, an expanded offering of health and beauty products and “better-for-you” food options rolling out

Company will also remove certain chemicals from its beauty and personal care products and is developing new standards for vitamin and supplement offerings

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today unveiled a new store design to enhance the retail customer experience with a new assortment of healthier food, health-focused products and expanded beauty selections paired with informational signage throughout the store to help customers discover new offerings. Together with its innovative digital programs, these changes represent the next evolution of the customer experience at CVS Pharmacy.

“Pharmacy is the heart of our business and our focus on providing care to patients and customers defines everything we do in our stores,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “Our new retail offerings leverage our deep expertise in health to enhance our customers’ shopping experience. The same guiding principles that led to the removal of tobacco from our stores extend to our commitment to deliver the most innovative health and beauty solutions.”

The new store formats and deeper focus on expanded health, healthier food and beauty assortments are key elements of the next phase of the front-store growth strategy, which was first introduced in 2015. Today there are over 800 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide with this elevated design and assortment and over 3,400 with expanded food and beauty offerings. The latest improvements are designed to drive growth in categories that are most closely tied to the Company’s health-focused purpose and expertise, while delivering a shopping experience that no other online or brick-and-mortar retailer can replicate.

“We did a lot of research to understand how to best serve our customers as we began to reimagine our store experience and we found that people are thinking about their health differently and taking a more proactive approach to staying well,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President, Front Store Business and Chief Merchant. “With that in mind, we crafted a new shopping journey, all in the name of better health.”

Evolution of Store Design
“Our strategy for our new stores is not one-size-fits-all. We will continue to evolve the store experience as we test and learn in order to meet the needs of our customers in the ever-changing retail landscape,” added Foulkes. “As we identify key elements that resonate, such as new product assortments, health services and other in-store experiences, we will find ways to bring them to life in CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide.”

CVS Pharmacy is rolling out major changes to as many as 70 new and existing stores this year, with plans to expand to several hundred more in 2018. The new, health-focused formats have 100 feet of new merchandise in health, beauty and healthier food and use a streamlined layout to highlight themes that make shopping easier. “Discovery zones” in key health categories take a holistic approach to care and product selections, and customers are guided by informational signage with guidance to make finding the right solution easier.

Sick-Care to Self-Care
CVS Pharmacy is vastly expanding its offerings throughout health with a broader selection of vitamins and supplements, including offerings from specialty brands like Irwin Naturals and New Chapter, as well as expanded nutrition products like Vega and Naturade protein powders and Navitas Organics Superfood Mix Ins. Assortments tied to emerging areas like connected health, sleep/mood and immunity are merchandised in “discovery zones” that offer holistic solutions and easy navigation through educational displays.

Beauty with Purpose
CVS Pharmacy continues to enhance the beauty shopping experience by adding new, “on-trend” beauty brands like Wunder2 and Tigi Cosmetics, as well as products that have greater skin health benefits and more natural ingredients. To help improve customer exploration and inspiration, a new “trend wall” has been added to 2,000 stores featuring new launches and niche brands. A beauty discovery zone highlights on-the-go options at checkout. This month, an exclusive Korean Beauty selection curated by notable K-Beauty expert, Alicia Yoon, will be available in over 2,100 locations.

Healthier Foods
Even more “better-for-you” food options are being added, including 27 new items under the exclusive Gold Emblem Abound product line. Healthier choices, including Alo Exposed Waters, EPIC bison bars and That’s It. bars will make up approximately 50 percent of all food options found throughout the store. Additionally, products that fit nutritional and dietary preferences including heart healthy, good source of protein, gluten free, sugar free, organic and non-GMO project verified, are highlighted with shelf tags. This summer, the tags will expand into non-food categories, making it easier for customers to make purposeful choices throughout the store.

Making Better Easier with Higher Standards
The catalyst for the evolution of the retail stores was CVS Pharmacy’s decision in 2014 to stop selling tobacco. As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility, CVS Pharmacy is taking the following steps:

  • Removing certain chemicals from beauty and personal care lines: By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • New standards for vitamins and supplements: CVS Pharmacy is embarking on the development of new standards for vitamins and supplements, with the goal of full implementation by 2019. The standards will require third-party testing of ingredient listings for vitamins and supplements, as well as product testing for certain ingredients of concern.

CVS Pharmacy was also the first national retail pharmacy chain to announce the removal of artificial trans fats from all exclusive store brand food products. In addition, the company recently removed all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from its shelves while expanding products with SPF 30/broad spectrum, natural beauty brands and products focused on skin health.

Redefining Personalized and Digital Convenience
In addition to the in-store changes, the mobile experience and ExtraCare Rewards program continue to evolve, offering more ways for customers to order products online and pick them up with CVS Curbside, pay seamlessly via CVS Pay in the app, and even manage their ExtraBucks Rewards, personalized deals, and use manufacturer coupons, all from their phone.

The new developments from CVS Pharmacy were previewed at a media event yesterday during an interactive brand showcase in New York City. More details, including photos from the interactive brand event, can be found in the CVS Health newsroom.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

Press Contact:

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786
E: Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

Rakuten launches comprehensive English learning service

Offering foreign language learning software Lingvist and English learning app, Maname to users in Japan

TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. announced the official launch of “Rakuten Super English,” a comprehensive English learning service utilizing technology to provide a practical English learning and a new style of studying. The launch of Rakuten Super English marks Rakuten’s entry into the English education business.

Rakuten Super English will initially offer the language learning software “Lingvist” provided by Lingvist Technologies OÜ, and the English learning app “Maname” provided by Rakuten Group company ReDucate. Both Lingvist and Maname are designed on algorithms based on adaptive learning*1 concepts, enabling users to effectively acquire English vocabulary. Both can be used on computers, smartphones and tablets, and are also available as dedicated apps for iOS and Android devices.

As English is growing in importance as a common language in global society, many educational institutes, companies and organizations in Japan are working to improve their level of practical English. In 2010, Rakuten made English its official corporate language in order to expand its businesses globally, and the average TOEIC(R)*2 school of its employees is now more than 830 points (Rakuten, Inc. only). Using the experience and know-how cultivated through these initiatives, Rakuten will offer English learners tools and services utilizing technology to support them in their studies and provide a new style of studying through Rakuten Super English. Rakuten is also providing consulting on English proficiency and ways to improve English ability to educational institutions, corporations and other organizations.

Lingvist has been available mainly for users outside Japan to learn multiple languages available and has 600,000 registered users worldwide. Through their partnership with Rakuten, they will provide Japanese users with the software to learn English conversational and business vocabulary. Maname is an app which users can learn English vocabulary studied from elementary school to high school*3. It incorporates a variety of questions on English translation, Japanese translation, intonation, and spelling, and is designed to keep learning fun through gamification*4.

To commemorate the launch of Rakuten Super English, Rakuten will hold a campaign in which users who enter the campaign and register as a paid subscriber for one or both of the services will receive 200 Rakuten Super Points.

Rakuten Super English will work to provide new learning content and enhance the functions of its services to make English learning fun and efficient, and will work to support English learners going forward.

*1 Adaptive learning is a method of promote continued learning and improving the efficiency of learning by automatically optimizing content to a level of difficulty where the user does not feel stress based on their level of understanding and proficiency.

*2 Abbreviation of Test of English for International Communication. TOEIC is a global test that evaluates English communication ability. TOEIC is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

*3 Corresponds to the English vocabulary common in all middle school textbooks of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Eiken English Proficiency Test Level 2 to 5.

*4 Gamification is the idea of applying elements of gaming to fields other than games such as social activities and services to promote their use.

Service Outline

Name: Rakuten Super English
Launch date: Friday, April 21, 2017
URL: https://english.rakuten.co.jp/

Campaign Outline

Description: Users who enter the campaign and register as a paid subscriber for one or both of the services will receive 200 Rakuten Super Points
URL: https://english.rakuten.co.jp/campaign/open/
Campaign period: Until May 31, 2017 23:59


About Lingvist

Based in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, Lingvist Technologies OÜ uses technology and computer science to develop products to promote efficient language learning. The company was established with Skype’s co-founder, Jaan Tallinn’s support, after its algorithms attracted attention. Rakuten is an investor in Lingvist, and collaborates with it to develop services for Lingvist in the Japanese market.

About ReDucate
ReDucate, Inc. is a joint venture between Drecom Co., LTD. and Rakuten, Inc. In order to accelerate the growth of the social learning business that Drecom operates, ReDucate collaborates with Rakuten and its ecosystem to provide educational services with high added value. ReDucate aims to realize continuous learning through technology based on the three pillars of gamification, social learning, and adaptive learning and to provide unique learning experiences that books and lectures alone cannot provide.

SOURCE: Rakuten, Inc.

Bartell Drugs pharmacists now offer treatments for minor medical care needs

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is now offering treatments for a variety of minor medical care needs through their network of certified pharmacists.

The twelve stores offering these services include: 5th & Olive, Issaquah, North Bend, Factoria, Broadway and Pike, Silver Lake, Redondo, Magnolia, Burien, Lower Queen Anne, Riverton Heights, and Lake Serene.

The types of care varies with patient needs, but examples include treatments for ailments such as insect stings, urinary tract infections, seasonal allergies, burns, human and animal bites, yeast infections, shingles and more.

Fees for the service are extremely affordable, usually ranging between $15 and $25.

“We’re pleased to offer this convenient service to our patients,” remarked Christina Ree, Bartell’s clinical programs manager. “It’s important that we utilize our highly skilled pharmacists to their maximum potential in today’s evolving healthcare environment. This service allows physicians more time to spend on complex cases and provides a more affordable option in which to spend healthcare dollars.”

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About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

SOURCE: Bartell Drugs

Sears partners with personal finance expert Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers this spring shopping season

Sears partners with personal finance expert Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers this spring shopping season

Timely pro tips to earn more rewards, maximize shopping dollars ahead of major sales event

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the launch of spring yard care and fashion shopping seasons, Sears has teamed with personal finance expert and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers as they prepare to tackle spring cleaning, outdoor projects, and gifting for moms, dads and grads. In addition, Sears is about to launch one of its biggest sales of the year.

“People always ask me for tips to better manage the household budget,” said Lapin, author of the new business empowerment book, Boss Bitch. “Through my partnership with Sears, I’m encouraging them to BYOW – ‘Boss Your Own Wallet’ – and shop with a plan to get the most value for every dollar. After all, how you spend is as important as what you save.”

Lapin’s BYOW strategy outlines five musts to conquer the spring shopping season with budget – and peace of mind – intact. Lapin believes shopping education is an important part of financial literacy and shares the following pro tips:

  1. Join the free loyalty rewards programs – and learn the perks. Anyone can join a loyalty program, but smart shoppers learn how to really get the most out of them. Lapin likes the Shop Your Way program for its generous points accrual with every purchase, surprise points throughout the year, access to thousands of top brands, and its host of free additional services like personal shoppers.
  2. Celebrate the shopping holidays. Not all sales are created equal. Plan out your shopping spree like a boss by recognizing the best time to buy such as coinciding with the best sales to save money and maximize shopper rewards. Lapin cites “Sears Days,” an upcoming event where discounts and deals will be offered storewide March 26 to April 8, as an ideal time to buy, especially big-ticket items. This year, Sears will offer shoppers even deeper value with more reward points than years prior.
  3. When it comes to points, use them or lose them. People lose out on thousands of dollars each year in unredeemed points. The Shop Your Way program helps prevent this – points are linked to your account and can be used anytime, on any purchase. It (should be) a no-brainer.
  4. Choose your rewards; not the other way around. Join a flexible retail loyalty program with perks you value. Sears’ Shop Your Way allows shoppers to earn qualifying points at Sears, Kmart and Sears Auto Center and also with partners such as Uber, Groupon, Hilton and more. So with every purchase at Sears, they save money that would have been spent elsewhere.
  5. Take advantage of deals, both online and in-store. Retailers like Sears understand the way today’s shopper lives, online and IRL (in real life). They offer seamless integration between the in-store, mobile and online shopping experience so shoppers get the best deals whether they stop by or log on.

“We spend hundreds of hours annually shopping for ourselves and our families,” Lapin said. “Isn’t it time we made that investment work for us? After all, we’re the bosses of our own lives – we’ve got work to do!”

For more insight and advice on retail reward programs, Lapin just published a blog on the subject at www.NicoleLapin.com/BYOW.

Sears Announces Sears Days – Best Time To Buy Sales Event
From March 26 through April 8, Sears will host “Sears Days – Best Time to Buy” in-store, online at sears.com, or via the Sears app. During this special event, Sears will offer even deeper value with sale prices storewide and online, and more Shop Your Way reward points than prior years. For more information, visit sears.com.

About Nicole Lapin
Nicole Lapin is the star of the CW’s business competition reality show “Hatched.” She was the youngest anchor ever at both CNN and CNBC and has served as a business anchor and special correspondent for Bloomberg Television as well as the money-saving correspondent for “The Wendy Williams Show.” Lapin’s first book, Rich Bitch, a personal finance guide for women, became an instant New York Times bestseller, and her second book, Boss Bitch was released in March 2017.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Brian Hanover Alicia Clarke
Sears PR Zeno Group for Sears
847-286-6080 312-527-2SHC (2742)
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com Alicia.Clarke@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.

ShopChat Launches World’s 1st Shopping Keyboard; Rakuten Funding

ShopChat Launches World’s First Shopping Keyboard & Raises Funding from Rakuten

ShopChat attracts 100,000 beta users by combining two of the most popular mobile activities,chatting and shopping, into a new chat commerce platform, an alternative to struggling shopping bots

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., 2017-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Message commerce startup ShopChat today emerged from stealth mode with the unveiling of the world’s first mobile shopping keyboard. ShopChat lets people share and shop their favorite brands, such as Sephora, Guess and Foot Locker right from their smartphone keyboards. The company also announced that global e-commerce giant Rakuten (Tokyo: 4755) led the company’s $1.25MM funding round. Top angel investors from Silicon Valley and Europe also participated in the round.

ShopChat combines two of the most popular mobile activities, chatting and shopping, into one seamless experience. ShopChat lets people share products with their friends and family to get instant reactions and shop directly from chat. Already attracting 100,000 users, the beta version has generated strong user enthusiasm and high engagement – over 32% of users share a product with a friend in a session.

The ShopChat shopping keyboard is now available to the public for free from the iOS App Store, for all major messengers, and is launching on Google Play soon.

Two versions of ShopChat are available, one focused on consumers and one for whitelabel partnerships leveraging ShopChat’s API.

Investing in the Post-App Era: Funding and Partnership with Rakuten and Viber

ShopChat’s pioneering approach to message commerce convinced e-commerce giant Rakuten to lead the company’s $1.25MM round of funding. Rakuten is already a global player in e-commerce and is a major force in messaging through their 2014 acquisition of message network Viber. As part of the strategic investment and partnership, ShopChat now powers Viber’s recently announced message commerce to its massive user base.

“We stand at the convergence of messaging and shopping, and ShopChat is developing the right platform to perfect the shopping experience within instant messaging. The investment in ShopChat brings us closer to our vision of Viber as an ecosystem, providing our users with more capabilities to manage their communications simply and securely.” said Djamel Agaoua, Viber CEO.

ShopChat as Native Chat Commerce

Existing mobile commerce solutions are not easily adapted to messaging. Users must switch away from chat and choose between using individual apps or slow mobile websites. And most apps are uninstalled after a few uses. Mobile websites suffer from slow load times and navigation issues. ShopChat solves these problems by giving people a chat first shopping solution that’s fun and easy to use without ever changing apps. ShopChat works on major messenger apps including Apple iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp, WeChat, Google Chat, Kik Messenger, Tango, Line and others.

Succeeds Where Shopping Bots Are Failing

People spend more time on messaging apps than any other category of apps, but chat commerce is barely developed. Shopping bots were heralded as the future of message commerce, but despite large investments in shopping bots by Facebook and others, people remain unmoved by the experience of chatting with a robot. ShopChat invents a better chat commerce experience by letting people share with those that matter to them: friends and family.

“No one really wants to talk to a computer, any more than they want to talk to a voice response system. That’s been the problem with shopping bots. What people really want is a better way to share products with friends, and to be able to buy right from chat, where they are already spending most of their time.” said Zephrin Lasker, CEO and Co-Founder of ShopChat. “ShopChat makes it easy for people to share products with friends and shop together, and see a broad selection of products instantly as they browse without having to leave their chat app.”

Opportunity for Brands

ShopChat launches with a select number of pilot brands including Sephora, Foot Locker, Guess and others chosen by ShopChat’s users. ShopChat users are primarily female with the largest and most active group of users under 24 years old. The company is constantly expanding its brand offerings, using a mix of algorithmic and social graph data to evaluate, optimize and select new brands and products. Brands looking to sign up should contact brands@shopchat.com.

How It Works

ShopChat’s patent-pending technology works inside existing messaging apps, just like emoji or other third party keyboards Bitmoji or Swiftkey. Users install ShopChat once, and it then works on all their messaging apps automatically. This simplicity, combined with the fact that most people use more than one messaging app, makes using ShopChat powerful and easy.

About ShopChat

ShopChat’s mission is to make mobile commerce as easy as chatting with friends. The company is based in San Francisco and was founded by proven entrepreneur technologists with experience at Amazon, PayPal, Twitter, Techstars, Pivotal Labs, and Pandora. To learn more, please visit www.shopchat.com.

EROSKI extiende a Álava el servicio ‘click & drive’ de recogida de los pedidos online con el coche

EROSKI extiende a Álava el servicio ‘click & drive’ de recogida de los pedidos online con el coche

  • El servicio gratuito que ofrece en el hipermercado EROSKI Boulevard ha supuesto una inversión de 40.000 € y la creación de dos puestos de trabajo
  • Click & Drive combina la facilidad de la compra online con la recogida del pedido sin salir del coche en el aparcamiento del hipermercado tan solo cuatro horas después de realizar el pedido
  • El servicio de recogida de compras online de EROSKI registra un crecimiento del 200%, tanto en ventas como en paso de clientes

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, España, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI extiende su servicio de recogida de pedidos sin salir del coche Click & Drive a su hipermercado Boulevard en Vitoria-Gasteiz, dentro de su apuesta multicanal y su continua búsqueda de fórmulas para adaptarse y atender al consumidor actual. El servicio se ofrece desde hoy en el aparcamiento superior del complejo comercial Boulevard. El nuevo servicio gratuito combina la facilidad de la compra online, a cualquier hora y en cualquier lugar, con la recogida, tan solo cuatro horas después de realizar el pedido, sin salir del coche en el puesto de entrega rápida instalado en el aparcamiento del hipermercado. Personal responsable del servicio carga el pedido directamente en el maletero del cliente en menos de cinco minutos y sin esperas.

Con esta apertura se consolida la apuesta de EROSKI por la recogida en tienda de los pedidos online, que está ya presente en el País Vasco, Navarra, Galicia y en Cataluña con la enseña Caprabo. Más del 60% de los clientes de EROSKI Club tienen un punto de recogida a menos de 15 minutos de su domicilio. La puesta en marcha del servicio Click & Drive en la capital alavesa ha supuesto una inversión cercana a los 40.000 euros y la generación de dos puestos de trabajo para reforzar el equipo de preparación de los pedidos online y la consolidación de la recogida en tienda en Vitoria-Gasteiz  donde ya estaba en marcha el servicio Click & Collect en los supermercados EROSKI en Salburua, Avenida Gasteiz y Ariznavarra.

El servicio Click & Collect, también gratuito, está pensado para un cliente más urbano, a quien se le ofrece la posibilidad de recoger en tienda las compras realizadas en Internet. Con este servicio, una vez realizada la compra, el pedido puede estar listo en dos horas en la tienda EROSKI, sin colas ni esperas ya que se ha habilitado un espacio específico para la entrega, ya embolsada, de las compras online.

Los servicios de recogida online de EROSKI crecen un 200%

Cada vez son más los clientes que se decantan por pasar a recoger sus compras online, el servicio de EROSKI registra unas cifras de crecimiento del 200%, tanto en ventas como en paso de clientes. “Los consumidores valoran sobre todo la posibilidad de hacer pedidos y recogerlos el mismo día de forma gratuita. Más del 80% de nuestros pedidos online incluye frescos, una cifra muy destacable en el sector que demuestra la confianza que les aporta la marca EROSKI a la hora de comprar alimentos frescos”, destaca la directora de Negocio Online de EROSKI, Mari Mar Escrig.

En el  País Vasco EROSKI cuenta con ocho hipermercados con servicio de Click & Drive, uno en Álava, cinco en Vizcaya y dos en Guipúzcoa. Además, diez supermercados urbanos disponen de recogida Click & Collect, tres en Álava, cinco en Vizcaya y dos en Guipúzcoa.

SOURCE: EROSKI

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

SPAR South Africa helps customers stay in shape with new exercise programme, My Home Gym

SPAR South Africa helps customers stay in shape with new exercise programme, My Home Gym

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its commitment to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, SPAR South Africa has launched an exciting new exercise programme, My Home Gym, which is helping customers stay in shape.

An eight-week long programme, SPAR’s My Home Gym can be followed in the comfort of one’s own home. It has been designed by a registered biokineticist and is based on three sessions per week with cardio days in between. Participants are encouraged to continue after the eight weeks have finished, building the training into their regular exercise routine.

Videos, which outline the programme and demonstrate each exercise, can be downloaded from SPAR South Africa’s website. There are also printable guides to assist with stretching, warming-up and cardio routines, as well as weekly calendars for planning. Best of all, it’s completely free!

“A healthy lifestyle is all things in moderation,” says SPAR South Africa Food Safety Manager & Dietitian, Lauren Wilson.

“We want our customers and our employees to focus on healthy eating and exercise but we understand that with busy work and family schedules, keeping this up can be tough. Not many people can afford the cost of being a member of a gym, let alone a personal trainer. That’s why we have partnered with professional biokineticist, Joe Xaba, who has helped us put together an exercise programme that can be followed at home, at your own pace.

“The videos show each exercise’s technique, explained in detail by Joe and demonstrated by our host, Lelo. Once you’ve seen how to execute each exercise correctly, you can start the programme.”

The exercise campaign is the latest addition to SPAR South Africa’s programme of promoting an active lifestyle. The SPAR Partner also organises a series of road races in cities around the country, which promote women’s running and is the main sponsor of the South African Netball team and the KwaZulu-Natal soccer club, AmaZulu.

Take a look at the SPAR South Africa website for more information on My Home Gym and start your eight-week exercise programme today.

SOURCE: SPAR International

SPAR International

info@spar-international.com
+3120 626 67

Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods expand eCart program to many of their Bay Area stores

Raley’s eCart offers time saving convenience with “shop online, pick-up at store” option

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s, parent company to Nob Hills Foods, has expanded their eCart program to many of their Bay Area stores. The enhanced system improves upon the current online order and curbside pickup solutions across all existing eCommerce-enabled locations.

The platform is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving shopping experience.  eCart allows shoppers in 95 stores to order groceries online and pick up curbside at a local Raley’s, Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods.

Last year, in partnership with Unata, Raley’s re-launched both a new eCommerce website and an improved mobile application. The program features an enhanced user interface that allows customers to move seamlessly between a mobile device and a desktop computer.

“The way Raley’s delivers groceries is evolving and expanding.  Our new eCart locations will better serve our Bay Area customers by providing a personalized online shopping experience,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “Our system distinguishes us from the competition because it provides the same level of value and quality products our customers have come to expect, but in an online experience.”

eCart is a natural extension of Raley’s commitment to world class customer service: shoppers have the ability to specify produce preferences which are hand selected by a Raley’s ecommerce personal shopper.  They also can save: the first three orders for all customers are free and the shopper fee is waived for any orders of $150 or more. Payment is conveniently accepted at a customer’s car or online.

Bay Area stores with improved E-Cart services include:

  • Raley’s in Fremont, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Napa, San Pablo, Ukiah, Petaluma,      Fairfield, Antioch,  Brentwood, Rohnert Park, and Benicia.
  • Nob Hill Foods in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Hollister, Salinas, Campbell, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Redwood City, San Ramon, Alameda, Mountain View, San Jose, Martinez, and Napa.

To view Raley’s mobile experience, simply head to www.raleys.com/shop.

SOURCE:Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Prime Now offers one-hour delivery of products from Peninsula Beauty and Pet Food Express in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Starting today, Prime Now offers one and two-hour delivery of thousands of beauty supplies from local favorite, Peninsula Beauty
  • Prime members in the San Francisco Bay Area can now get convenient delivery of heavy pet food, toys, pet beds and more from Pet Food Express
  • Prime Now expands delivery of thousands of fresh and healthy grocery products from Sprouts Farmers Market

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today that Prime Now customers in the San Francisco Bay Area can now shop tens of thousands of beauty supplies from Peninsula Beauty and pet products from Pet Food Express. Prime members in the East Bay from Hayward to Richmond, including Berkeley and Oakland, can now also shop fresh and healthy grocery products from Sprouts Farmers Market.

“We are proud to team up with local stores in the San Francisco Bay area to offer customers an ultra-fast delivery option on tens of thousands of grocery, beauty and pet products,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Amazon Prime Now. “Prime Now is your convenient, one-stop shop for everything from mascara to fresh berries to pet food all delivered right to your door with free two-hour delivery.”

“We are excited to leverage the fast Prime Now delivery service to offer Peninsula Beauty customers a convenient option to shop all their favorite prestige beauty brands without ever having to leave their home,” said Jerret Schaar, COO of Peninsula Beauty. “Peninsula Beauty is focused on providing more value to our customers and Prime Now enables us to make shopping at our beauty boutiques easier than ever.”

“I opened my first pet supply store in San Francisco in 1980 and after all these years we continue to provide the highest quality food and supplies for our customers’ four-legged family members,” said Michael Levy, Founder and President of Bay Area based Pet Food Express. “We are so excited to share our fabulous selection of healthy foods, treats, toys and more with Prime members.”

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon, Sousa’s Wine and Liquor, Tony’s Market & Liquor,Sprouts Farmers Market and popular local restaurants. Prime members can complete their grocery shopping from Sprouts including seasonal and organic produce, fresh meat and seafood, natural vitamins and body care products and even ice cream. Similarly, Tony’s Market & Liquor and Sousa’s Wine and Liquor delivers a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits. Prime Now customers can also shop thousands of beauty products from face masks, dry shampoo and lipsticks from Peninsula Beauty and pet food, pet beds and toys from Pet Food Express.

Prime Now is available in neighborhoods spanning Oakland to San Francisco to San Jose. With Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. Peninsula Beauty is available from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Sprouts is available from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week; and Pet Food Express is available seven days a week with varying hours by location. Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at www.amazon.com/primenow.

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. Learn more about Amazon Prime Now, Shop, or Download the App at www.primenow.com.

About Peninsula Beauty
A Family owned business since 1959, Peninsula Beauty today has 12 neighborhood locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We feature a curated selection of top professional and prestige beauty brands in haircare, nailcare, skincare, cosmetics, styling tools and bath. Peninsula Beauty prides itself on training a top notch staff to make our customers feel welcome and look their “best”!

About Pet Food Express
We love pets! It is the glue that unites our company. As part of our commitment to animal welfare, Pet Food Express has helped find homes for over 100,000 homeless animals in the Bay Area through store adoptions and the Bay Area Pet Fair. Pet Food Express has also been named a Best Place to Work by the Bay Area News Group for 6 years running. Our stores are the only ones with a Food Product Safety Assurance Program, and we would never sell anything to our customers that we wouldn’t give to our own pets.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Meijer expands its relationship with Shipt to bring home delivery service across its six-state footprint

Meijer expands its relationship with Shipt to bring home delivery service across its six-state footprint

Meijer signs deal with Shipt to expand home delivery; Customers to get groceries and essentials from local Meijer delivered in as little as one hour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today it is bringing home delivery across its six-state footprint, starting with Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, and will quickly follow with other major markets in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Shipt because together we can offer customers across the Midwest a whole new level of convenience, product variety, and service not available before,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Now customers can shop a complete grocery list online, having access to our world class assortment of fresh produce, meat, dairy and a number of other essentials that Shipt will hand select from a local Meijer store and deliver to a customer’s doorstep.”

Beginning on March 29, Meijer customers in Grand Rapids with a Shipt membership will have the ability to shop 55,000 items across our stores using the Shipt smartphone app (iOS, android) or place orders directly through shipt.com. Customers can schedule their orders to be delivered in as little as one hour, seven days a week. Meijer and Shipt will also launch the service in Fort Wayne and the Indianapolis area in April. Other major markets in the Midwest will be announced in the coming months.

“The way our customers shop continues to evolve,” said Meijer Chairman Hank Meijer. “We believe the high-touch service that Shipt offers, coupled with what our customers love about shopping at Meijer, creates a new type of shopping experience.”

Bill Smith, Founder & CEO of Shipt, said the expansion of service at Meijer stores will also help create an estimated 10,000 jobs in six states in 2017. Shipt will build networks of hundreds of personal shoppers and identify opportunities to support community organizations in each Meijer market offering the service. “We are excited to partner with a leader in the retail industry who continues to put the customer first,” Smith said.

The retailer’s decision to expand the availability of digital home delivery comes after its highly successful launch of the service in the Detroit area last fall, which prompted Meijer to roll out the service to other markets. Shipt members in the Detroit area placed more than 65,000 orders since September 2016.

The Shipt delivery service is membership-based, with either annual or monthly options. For $99 a year, Shipt members receive unlimited free grocery deliveries on all orders over $35.

After signing up for Shipt, members can digitally shop a large selection of Meijer groceries, fresh produce, and everyday essentials including baby, health and beauty products. They can also note any preferences, choose a preferred delivery window and pay for their order. A Shipt shopper will hand pick their items and deliver them in as little as one hour after the order is placed.

Because most Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, Shipt deliveries will be available at most Meijer locations around the clock, seven days a week, with the exception of certain holidays.

For more information on how to become a Shipt member and to see the full coverage areas, please go to www.shipt.com/Meijer. For more information on how to become a Shipt shopper in Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, please go to https://www.shipt.com/beashopper.

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

About Shipt:
Shipt delivers fresh groceries from local grocery stores through a user-friendly app and dedicated community of shoppers. Shipt is simplifying the grocery shopping experience by empowering members to conveniently grocery shop anywhere. Shipt actively delivers in 35 cities across the country. The company has offices in Birmingham, Ala., and San Francisco. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

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