JCPenney launches premium collection of cookware, cutlery and small kitchen electrics from Cooks Signature

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is turning up the heat in the kitchen with an elevated assortment of cookware, cutlery and small kitchen electrics from Cooks Signature, which offers everyday home chefs premium, high-quality kitchen products at a great value. The collection launches with durable cookware sets and frying pans available now in 600 stores and at jcp.com, with a broader assortment of products available in stores this October.

“JCPenney has built a reputation for designing, developing and sourcing some of the best private brands in the industry and Cooks Signature is no exception,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “Home is an important growth category and the addition of Cooks Signature to our JCPenney Home™ portfolio enables us to appeal to a wide customer base seeking quality design and construction at an attainable price.”

The collection offers 11-piece and 14-piece cookware sets that are built with a hard-anodized aluminum body that distributes heat evenly, making it twice as strong as stainless steel. Each piece is also triple coated with Matrix® nonstick coating offering superior food release and easy cleaning. The 11-piece cookware set, available on sale for $179.99, includes two professional grade frying pans, one sauté pan, two saucepans, tempered glass lids, a stock pot and steamer insert. For $199.99 on sale, the 14-piece set is ideal for larger families and features an added pasta insert, fry pan and saucepan with lid. Shoppers can complete their culinary endeavors with a nonstick grill pan, a two-piece durable nonstick frying pan set, a four-quart ergonomic sauté pan and a five-quart soup pot. All Cooks Signature cookware is dishwasher safe and designed to withstand the rigorous demands of the everyday kitchen.

In time for family feasts and holiday entertaining, Cooks Signature will serve up an assortment of small kitchen electrics in stores on October 18, featuring an eight-quart programmable slow cooker, stainless steel toaster, 14-cup programmable coffee maker, six-slice convection oven and a 15-piece high-performance knife set with storage block and built-in knife sharpener. Cooks Signature complements the Cooks line of affordable kitchen basics that includes cutlery, utensils, cookware, bakeware and small kitchen electrics.

Cooks has earned the respect of JCPenney shoppers since its inception in 2005. Over the past decade, 135 products have earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, which evaluates safety requirements and quality standards before granting their approval. Additionally, over 60 Cooks products currently boast an average customer rating of four to five stars on jcp.com.

Cooks Signature is featured in the Home Fall/Winter Style Book 2016, which is available to view at jcp.com.

For product images, please visit: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/0920_introduces_high_quality_cookware_and_kitchen_electrics.html

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

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JCPenney launches premium collection of cookware, cutlery and small kitchen electrics from Cooks Signature
JCPenney launches premium collection of cookware, cutlery and small kitchen electrics from Cooks Signature

 

Source: JCPenney

Amazon Wind Farm Texas: Amazon announces its largest renewable energy project to date

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 15, 2016) announced “Amazon Wind Farm Texas,” a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes1. Amazon Wind Farm Texas will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747. Scheduled to open in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year, enough to power more than 240,000 U.S. homes.

“We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate 1,000,000 MWh of renewable energy each year from West Texas,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon. “Amazon Wind Farm Texas is our largest renewable energy project to date and the newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”

Amazon contracted with Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), who will construct, own and operate the new wind farm. Amazon will purchase about 90% of the power generated by the wind farm. LCE is a leading developer of wind and solar projects across the United States and is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, a global infrastructure fund.

“We applaud Amazon’s leadership in directly purchasing renewable power,” said Declan Flanagan, founder and CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy. “Direct purchasing by large, long-term thinking customers like Amazon has quickly become a key driver of the transition to renewable power across the U.S.”

Amazon Wind Farm Texas is one of several clean energy initiatives Amazon is undertaking. Examples of other projects include wind and solar farms to add renewable energy to the electrical grids that supply AWS Cloud data centers, green rooftops, and the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating offices in Seattle. For more information on Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.

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.

About Lincoln Clean Energy

Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) is a leading developer of U.S. wind and solar projects with offices in Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. Since 2011, LCE has developed over 1,000 megawatts of renewable power projects in California, New Jersey and Texas. In December 2015, LCE was acquired by and became a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund, and announced plans to deploy $250 million in equity investments through 2018. I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, and transport inNorth America, Europe, and select high growth economies.

1 In 2012, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,837 kWh, an average of 903 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month.

Media Hotline:
206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Argos: National Fitness Day 2016 saw more people get moving than ever before

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Fitness Day 2016 saw more people get moving than ever before as over 18,000 events took part across the UK to make 7 September the most active day of the year.

The sixth annual event, organized by not-for-profit health body ukactive and sponsored by leading health and fitness retailer Argos, saw more than 6,000 venues across the UK hold multiple activity events throughout the day.

Thousands of UK gyms and leisure venues threw open their doors to engage the public in free physical activity taster sessions, while Argos celebrated NFD across its 800+ stores with activity operators hosting a range of fun fitness classes including in-store circuits, Body Jam sessions and outdoor workouts.

As ever, NFD saw a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

The day kicked off with a special launch event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring a number of activity sessions for the local community. Legendary ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell CBE showcased her DDMIX dance fitness class, alongside sessions from Motivate East, Our Parks and Exercise in the City.

Meanwhile, over at the Houses of Parliament, more than 40 MPs including Sports Minister Tracey Crouch tried their hands at hula-hooping, boxing, tai chi, tennis, boccia and samba as part of an outdoor activity taster session from ParkLives.

NFD 2016 participation levels across the country are still being counted, but with more than 18,000 events held nationwide, the final total is expected to reach in excess of 100,000 people.

One of the core drivers of engagement was an explosion of social media activity. NFD 2016 took Twitter by storm and was the UK’s number one trending topic for almost eight hours. Backed by a hive of activity across Facebook and Instagram as well, the total social media reach of NFD 2016 exceeded 49 million users.

The event also made waves across mainstream media, with live TV coverage and dozens of radio broadcasts across the UK on the day taking the total media reach of NFD 2016 to 55 million.

Steven Ward, Executive Director of ukactive said: “National Fitness Day 2016 was our biggest and best event yet and we’re delighted to see the physical activity sector and wider partners such as Argos team up to get the nation moving.

“It’s a fun day with a serious message and the important thing now is to build on this momentum and make serious ground in overcoming the UK’s physical inactivity crisis.

“We’re already working on next year’s event and want to engage more members of the public and our sector to ensure that National Fitness Day in 2017 reaches wider than ever before.”

Amy Whidburn, Argos’ Head of Corporate Responsibility, added: “As a leading health and fitness retailer, our view is that the fun and enjoyment of physical activity can bring a whole host of well-being benefits, and that’s why we were delighted to see so many of our colleagues and customers taking part in National Fitness Day.

“We are passionate about celebrating that fun of fitness and increasing activity levels and we have a whole range of products to help with that.”

About National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day is the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011.

Realizing that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to ukactive in 2014. We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Our aim is always to ensure that National Fitness Day is the most active day of the year. We work with thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and ukactive members who open their doors to offer free exercise sessions to their local communities.

We know the benefits that regular exercise delivers includes a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why National Fitness Day was started.

About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit body for physical activity, working with over 4,000 members and stakeholders across the UK. We champion the fun, enjoyment and benefits of being active. As an organisation, ukactive facilitates big impact partnerships across the public and private sector, supporting partners in delivering their goals around physical activity. We grow and stimulate the value of physical activity to society as a whole – alongside specific sub-sectors where we have developed significant stakeholder relationships inc. social, political, economic, health, consumer, and financial.

ukactive also provides leading research and evaluation, insight and thought leadership, strategic project and stakeholder management, campaigning and promoting best practice for its partners.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

Contact:
tel: 0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

Source: Argos

Product launch: Quadcopter utilizing DJI Inspire drone and FLIR thermal camera

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ANTWERP, Belgium, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — UAVtechnics, a European based company has released a thermal drone solution utilizing DJI Inspire drone and FLIR thermal camera resulting in a quadcopter with dual thermal and daylight vision. Both sensors are located into the same gimbal which fits seamlessly onto DJI Inspire and DJI Matrice 100. This combination makes it perfect for various applications such as security and surveillance, emergency services, industrial inspections and brings together best of both worlds: DJI, leading company in drone industry and FLIR, leading company in thermal imaging.

Sony Daylight camera specifications: 1920p FullHD video – 16MP stills
FLIR Thermal camera specifications: 336 – 640×512 pixels
Pricing starts from 8200€ exVAT

http://www.uavtechnics.com/product/inspire-thermal-dual-2/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Argos research: technology will transform gyms over the next 10 years and bring virtual fitness into our living rooms

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A boom in wearable technology and Netflix-style workout services will transform gyms over the next 10 years and bring virtual fitness into our living rooms, according to new research commissioned by not-for-profit health body ukactive and leading health and fitness retailer Argos as part of National Fitness Day 2016 (7th September).

  • Six in 10 Brits (57%) expect to engage with personal trainers via TVs and computers in 10-years’ time
  • Almost two-thirds (66%) believe technological advances will keep them fitter
  • More than half think wearable technology will dictate their workouts
  • One in five (20%) think virtual reality will mean they can work out with their favourite athletes and sports stars
  • Four in 10 (38%) envision virtual reality enabling them to run or cycle world-famous races like the Tour de France
  • Other expectations include outdoor runs led by drones, anti-gravity workout rooms and machines that ‘trick muscles’ into thinking they’re working out
  • National Fitness Day 2016 to feature thousands of free activity sessions, including DDMIX dance fitness class by NFD Ambassador Darcey Bussell
  • For image annotations, see notes to editors

The study of 1,079 fitness fans suggests that by 2026 we’ll be able to enjoy virtual reality workouts with our favourite athletes, perform exercise sessions tailored to our own DNA and wear tech-infused ‘smart clothes’ which track our every movement.

More than half of respondents (57%) expect that virtual personal trainers on our screens will enable live workouts in our living rooms, with two-thirds (66 per cent) believing this brave new world of technology will enable us to stay fitter by building stronger connections between the gym and our daily lives.

Currently only used by around one in five fitness participants (22%), wearable technology looks set to play a major role in the future wellness landscape. One in two expect to do workouts based on trackable data, with 40% expecting their clothes to log their movement.

With nearly seven in 10 (66%) citing the gym as their main way of keeping fit currently, health clubs look set to remain a key source of fitness in the future, but not necessarily as we know them now. By 2026, a number of respondents think gyms could have pioneering innovations like anti-gravity workout rooms, studios capable of replicating different weather patterns and machines that ‘trick’ muscles into thinking they’re being exercised.

On the future commute to work, one in five (22%) expect roads to have jogging lanes next to cycling lanes, while 8% think we’ll have drones to guide our path and encourage us to run/cycle faster. One in three (33%) expect workout music to automatically match both our mood and tempo, while 8% think special spin class commuter buses will offer early morning fitness boosts.

Meanwhile at the office, respondents see a bright future for physical activity, with four in 10 (37%) expecting their employers to provide gym passes as part of standard company wellness programmes.

Undertaken in July 2016, the study of UK fitness users by non-profit health body ukactive and leading health and fitness retailer Argos has been released ahead of National Fitness Day on 7th September.

As the biggest annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK, this year’s National Fitness Day will see more than 5,000 sites hold special events, with thousands of UK leisure venues throwing open their doors to engage the public in free physical activity taster sessions and Argos staging workouts across its 800+ stores.

Legendary ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell will be leading a special National Fitness Day showpiece at Roof East in Stratford, overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park. Bussell will be putting the public through their paces with her DDMIX dance fitness class and says regular exercise is essential for all ages.

Darcey Bussell CBE, creator of DDMIX and National Fitness Day ambassador, said: “Important events such as National Fitness Day remind us of the necessity for everyone to lead active lives. Participation is key; it is good for our health and the health of our society.”

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic legend and ukactive Chair, said: “As physical activity and technology align, we’re entering a brave new world with exciting opportunities to get more people, more active more often.

“With two thirds of those questioned expecting to be fitter in future, there is significant growth potential for the sector, with workouts from the home making exercise more accessible and providing the chance to engage wider demographics in physical activity.”

“National Fitness Day is the start of this future and offers thousands of opportunities for people to engage with their local communities and have fun getting active.”

Professor Greg Whyte OBE, former Olympian, world renowned sport scientist, Physical Activity Expert and National Fitness Day ambassador, added: “Fitness has enjoyed terrific growth in recent years and as someone who’s passionate about getting Britain moving more I’m intrigued to see users’ forecasts of what the future holds.

“Much of my career has been spent working in Sport and Exercise Science and the continued surge of wearable technology means we’ll gain greater insights into how and why people move, enabling us to engage more people of all ages in exercise and turn the tide of inactivity.

“A lot of people slip out of their gym routines because life gets in the way, but the advancement of virtual classes and better wearables will help them to keep up the exercise habit and remain engaged.”

Stephen Vowles, Marketing Director, Argos said: “As a leading health and fitness retailer, Argos is committed to helping customers achieve their well-being goals. We are encouraged by their increasing desire to be more engaged in health and lifestyle improvements whilst also enjoying the fun of fitness.

“These days everyone wants in on the fitness-tracking trend which is why we are not surprised to have seen a 200 per cent uplift in weekly sales of Fitbit in the last year¹.

“Through our sponsorship of National Fitness Day we want to encourage people to realize the benefits of doing a little bit more every day – walking in the park, cycling, taking an exercise class – and we will be encouraging our 30,000 colleagues across 800 plus stores to do the same.”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, said: “With lots of taster sessions and free events, National Fitness Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage greater participation in physical activity, in line with our sports strategy.

“It’s great that ukactive is partnering with the private sector and that Argos will be helping to spread the message across the country to both consumers and their own workforce.

“Sport and physical activity can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, improving both physical and mental health – I hope as many people as possible get involved.”

Further details around National Fitness Day and information on how to sign-up to deliver events can be found here: www.nationalfitnessday.com

Notes to editors

For more information about ukactive or to arrange an interview, please contact Jak Phillips (ukactive) on 07958 119320 or email to: jakphillips@ukactive.org.uk or Jon Dale (Argos) on 07889 746297 or jon.dale@argos.co.uk

¹ First four weeks (cumulative) August 2015 (03/08/15 – 29/08/15) – vs last four weeks of July 2016 (04/07/16 – 30/07/16). Net sales increase of 200%.

² The research for Argos and ukactive was carried out online by ukactive between 21/07/16 and 29/07/16 surveying 1,079 UK fitness fans. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines.

Image 1: Depicts the Gym of The Future, set in 2026. On the left, we have members taking part in a virtual reality spin class simulating the Tour de France. In the central room, people are enjoying a zero gravity fitness class, set against a themed backdrop of the solar system. Out of the right window, track runners are preparing to receive their starter’s orders from motivational drones.

Image 2: Illustrates how technological advances will revolutionise the potential for fitness sessions in the living room. Here, a young mum is working out with her personal trainer on a virtual reality screen, using home fitness equipment. She is able to track her progress, vital statistics and all communications via the wearable technology on her wrist, which comes with an augmented reality display. Meanwhile, her young son is taking part a virtual reality football game, enjoying the benefits of exercise without even realising it.

About National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day, 7th September 2016, will once again be the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011. Realizing that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to ukactive in 2014. We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Just as last year, our aim to establish National Fitness Day as the most active day of the year hasn’t changed. We welcome thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and ukactive members who will be opening their doors to welcome you for a free half hour session in your area.

We know the benefit regular exercise delivers including a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why we started National Fitness Day.

Research shows if you exercise in company (with friends) you are more likely to stick at it; the social atmosphere creates a positive environment which importantly helps us to have fun.

About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit body for physical activity, working with over 4,000 members and stakeholders across the UK. We champion the fun, enjoyment and benefits of being active. As an organisation, ukactive facilitates big impact partnerships across the public and private sector, supporting partners in delivering their goals around physical activity. We grow and stimulate the value of physical activity to society as a whole – alongside specific sub-sectors where we have developed significant stakeholder relationships inc. social, political, economic, health, consumer, and financial.

ukactive also provides leading research and evaluation, insight and thought leadership, strategic project and stakeholder management, campaigning and promoting best practice for its partners.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

For more information, please contact:
Aoife Sweeney
PR Manager
Argos Republic of Ireland
email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

Source: Argos

Tractor Supply Company to participate in Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (09/01/16) announced its participation in the Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016. Steve Barbarick, President and Chief Merchandising Officer; Anthony Crudele, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, will attend this conference.

The Company will engage in a 40-minute fireside chat, starting at 8:05 a.m. Eastern Time, on September 8, 2016. A webcast will be available on the Company’s website at www.TractorSupply.com, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 30 days.

About Tractor Supply Company

At June 25, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,542 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Contacts:

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter, ICR

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser, ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Sena unveils its new Tufftalk headset: an earmuff Bluetooth communication and intercom headset now available on BuySena.com


SAN JOSE, Calif., 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth communication devices for motorsport, outdoor and industrial solutions, announced today the release of its new Tufftalk headset, which is engineered with Sena’s almost two decades of industrial wireless Bluetooth expertise.

“Sena Tufftalk is the first fully Bluetooth integrated intercom device to both protect the user and supply a clearer communication channel.” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “This device marks our continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of the industrial field.”

Sena’s Tufftalk, an earmuff Bluetooth® communication and intercom headset, is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications. Tufftalk sports a 1.4 km working Bluetooth range – the furthest of any product on the market today. Its sturdy design and tough manufacturing offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted intercom communication between up to four headsets. Coupled with its seamless compatibility with other Bluetooth and two-way radio devices, including Sena SR10i which allows for wireless two-way radio communication, Tufftalk far outpaces the competition.

Breaking through the noise
In rough and loud environments, safety is key, and this is exactly where Tufftalk truly shines. Tufftalk’s secure earmuffs help protect users from harmful noise with an audio attenuation of 24dB. The ambient mode feature allows users to amplify external sounds – generating greater awareness of surroundings so important alarms or calls can be heard while still protecting hearing. For more active applications, Tufftalk offers an optional hard hat mount package.

“Poor worksite communication is costly for businesses,” Kim said. “With Tufftalk we applied Sena’s two decades of expertise to offer industrial strength seamless communication for the harshest of environments.”

Equipped with HD quality speakers, Tufftalk delivers crystal clear audio that industrial mobile workers need to stay safe on busy and noisy worksites. Tufftalk features Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ technology, which limits the interference of background noise while maintaining the full volume of voice communication.

Sena’s patented Jog Dial design is glove-friendly and easy to control, while the VOX technology allows users to answer phone calls, communicate and react to voice commands, all while hands-free. Tufftalk is also compatible with a Sena App to configure settings and presets easily through any smartphone. As with all Sena units, Tufftalk is completely firmware upgradeable to ensure it remains compatible with all of the latest Bluetooth technology.

Features
Firmware upgradable
Study design for industrial environments
Optional 1.4 km communication range, or 800 km with default antenna
Equipped with VOX for hands-free control
Pairs to smartphones and other Bluetooth enabled devices
15 hours of talk time with lithium battery or 12 hours with AAA batteries
Attenuation of 24dB
HD-quality speaker with Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ blocking external noise
Compatible with two-way radios
Optional hard hat mounting available
Bluetooth 4.1

Since 1998, Sena has been recognized as a wireless leader specializing in Bluetooth-based solutions that benefit both users and businesses at large. Drawing from its industrial solutions, Sena is a leader in consumer goods in the power sports and action sports industries providing communication solutions for this market since releasing the SMH10 in 2011.

Like all Sena products, Tufftalk comes with Sena’s industry-leading two-year warranty, and is now available on BuySena.com. For more information and the full Sena product line, please visit: www.SenaIndustrial.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Craftsman® brand hosts Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Craftsman Club, the brand’s free membership community that gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, projects, expert tips, shop talk and amazing live events, will turn 25 in October 2016. To celebrate, America’s most trusted tool brand is partnering with NBC Sports® to reward its members with legendary prizes through the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes offers incredible rewards, giving 25 winners a VIP trip to the AAA Texas 500 in Dallas on November 6; one of these lucky 25 winners will win a 2017 Chevy Silverado® 1500 and be presented with the new vehicle live on NBC®.

“For 25 years, Craftsman Club members have been at the core of the Craftsman brand, inspiring us with their endless pursuit of a job well done and their limitless pride in their local communities,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore®, Craftsman and DieHard® brands. “The Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes is our way of thanking our members and celebrating this milestone with them, whether they’re new to the Craftsman Club or an existing member.”

Now through October 16, Craftsman Club members can enter the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for free by visiting www.Craftsman.com/25 and completing the online entry form. Live before the AAA Texas 500, winners will participate in a special giveaway ceremony where one individual will drive home with the new truck, loaded with a Craftsman full size deep crossover truck box.

In addition to entering the sweepstakes, members can play the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Daily Instant Win Game for a shot at winning a Craftsman 5-Drawer Tool Center, or $40 in Shop Your Way points towards the purchase of Craftsman tools at Sears or Sears.com. To view official sweepstakes rules and to learn about additional ways to earn Sweepstakes entries, visit www.Craftsman.com/25.

The Craftsman brand is no stranger to racing, also serving as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws® Sprint Car and Late Model Series. In addition to increasing the payout for winning drivers, the Craftsman brand has shown up at World of Outlaws tracks all across the country to give Craftsman Club members special perks like free tickets, Craftsman gear and chances to win great prizes.

Founded in 1991, the Craftsman Club is a one-stop shop for professionals, hobbyists and weekend warriors to show off their work to fellow makers, get inspirational project ideas and seek and give advice. To see how Craftsman Club is celebrating its anniversary all year long, visit www.Craftsman.com/25 or follow #CraftsmanClub25th.

About the Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For more than 89 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club® which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at www.Craftsman.com. For more information, visit www.CraftsmanClub.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Larry Costello
Sears Holdings – Craftsman Brand
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Patrick Roach
Zeno Group for Craftsman
312-396-4396
Patrick.Roach@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

Craftsman Club will turn 25 in October 2016

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Craftsman Club, the brand’s free membership community that gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, projects, expert tips, shop talk and amazing live events, will turn 25 in October 2016. To celebrate, America’s most trusted tool brand is partnering with NBC Sports® to reward its members with legendary prizes through the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes offers incredible rewards, giving 25 winners a VIP trip to the AAA Texas 500 in Dallas on November 6; one of these lucky 25 winners will win a 2017 Chevy Silverado® 1500 and be presented with the new vehicle live on NBC®.

“For 25 years, Craftsman Club members have been at the core of the Craftsman brand, inspiring us with their endless pursuit of a job well done and their limitless pride in their local communities,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore®, Craftsman and DieHard® brands. “The Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes is our way of thanking our members and celebrating this milestone with them, whether they’re new to the Craftsman Club or an existing member.”

Now through October 16, Craftsman Club members can enter the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for free by visiting www.Craftsman.com/25 and completing the online entry form. Live before the AAA Texas 500, winners will participate in a special giveaway ceremony where one individual will drive home with the new truck, loaded with a Craftsman full size deep crossover truck box.

In addition to entering the sweepstakes, members can play the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Daily Instant Win Game for a shot at winning a Craftsman 5-Drawer Tool Center, or $40 in Shop Your Way points towards the purchase of Craftsman tools at Sears or Sears.com. To view official sweepstakes rules and to learn about additional ways to earn Sweepstakes entries, visit www.Craftsman.com/25.

The Craftsman brand is no stranger to racing, also serving as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws® Sprint Car and Late Model Series. In addition to increasing the payout for winning drivers, the Craftsman brand has shown up at World of Outlaws tracks all across the country to give Craftsman Club members special perks like free tickets, Craftsman gear and chances to win great prizes.

Founded in 1991, the Craftsman Club is a one-stop shop for professionals, hobbyists and weekend warriors to show off their work to fellow makers, get inspirational project ideas and seek and give advice. To see how Craftsman Club is celebrating its anniversary all year long, visit www.Craftsman.com/25 or follow #CraftsmanClub25th.

About the Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For more than 89 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club® which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at www.Craftsman.com. For more information, visit www.CraftsmanClub.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Larry Costello
Sears Holdings – Craftsman Brand
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Patrick Roach
Zeno Group for Craftsman
312-396-4396
Patrick.Roach@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Silverstone Classic: Expert mechanics restored a classic 1983 Range Rover using parts bought exclusively on eBay

San Jose, California, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the Silverstone Classic in the UK, mechanics completely restored a classic 1983 Range Rover using parts bough exclusively on eBay.

One classic car. One festival. Three days to restore a vehicle using parts bought exclusively on eBay.

That was the challenge at the recent Silverstone Classic and a team of expert mechanics were up for the task.

The Silverstone Classic is an annual motor racing festival attracting over 100,000 car enthusiasts and their families.

In addition to being the exclusive parts and accessories partner for the event, eBay’s tent also featured the “Restoration Challenge,” an endeavor to restore a classic 1983 Range Rover purchased on eBay with parts bought exclusively on eBay as well. The project was the first ever of its kind in the history of the Silverstone Classic.

“It’s always great when we get to bring the eBay brand to life,” said eBay’s Abbi Hague, one of the event’s organizers.

Led by expert mechanic Fergus Walkinshaw, the team completely restored a 1983 Range Rover in just three days. They began work early Friday morning and worked through the weekend, walking the live audience in attendance through every step of the restoration.

Effectively a complete overhaul of the vehicle, the restoration used 118 parts bought from 80 different sellers on eBay and included fundamental updates like replacing the car’s suspension and infrastructure as well as totally replacing the interior.

The festival also welcomed David Newell, the winner of the eBay Car Challenge. Similar to the Range Rover restoration project, eBay gave three car fanatics in the UK $4,000 to purchase parts on eBay and restore their respective vehicles. David’s 1973 MK3 Triumph GT6 beat out the competition and awarded him a spot at Silverstone.

The weekend’s activities were eBay’s first appearance at the Silverstone Classic. Matt Wilkin, from the UK eBay Motors team, described the weekend as a “fantastically well-organized event which united motor racing enthusiasts of all ages.”

Contact:

United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

Source: eBay

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

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

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

A few key findings from the survey:

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

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

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

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

Find out about Office Depot, Inc.’s education solutions at business.officedepot.com/education.

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Abby Van Uum
512-200-5341
abigail.vanuum@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.025 per share ($0.10 per share on an annualized basis) on the common stock of the Company. The dividend is payable on September 15, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 25, 2016.

Office Depot Chairman and CEO, Roland Smith, commented, “The initiation of a quarterly dividend reflects confidence in our ability to generate future cash flow, as well as our commitment to shareholder return. The annualized dividend of $0.10 per share represents an approximate 3% yield based on the $3.29 closing stock price on August 2, 2016.”

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

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

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

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

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This communication may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements regarding the size and timing of future dividends. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to, among other things, Office Depot, based on current beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “propose” or other similar words, phrases or expressions, or other variations of such words. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of Office Depot’s control. There can be no assurances that Office Depot will realize these expectations or that these beliefs will prove correct, and therefore investors and stockholders should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are described in Office Depot’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K, as amended, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Office Depot does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:

Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Investor Relations
Richard.Leland@officedepot.com

Karen Denning
630-438-7445
Media Relations
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot to call its 9.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2019 for redemption on September 15, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) today announced it intends to call its 9.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2019 (the “Notes”) for redemption on September 15, 2016. The Notes will be redeemed for cash at a price equal to 104.875% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date (the “Redemption Price”). The aggregate principal outstanding of the Notes is $250,000,000.

From the redemption date forward, the Notes will no longer be deemed outstanding, interest will no longer accrue and holders will have no rights other than the right to receive the Redemption Price, without interest, upon surrender of the Notes. Payment of the Redemption Price will be made only upon presentation and surrender of the Notes to U.S. Bank, National Association, the trustee and paying agent, during its business hours at the address specified in the Notice of Redemption. The Notice of Redemption is expected to be mailed to holders of the Notes on or about August 10, 2016.

Questions regarding the Notice of Redemption should be directed to U.S. Bank, National Association, Bondholder Services at 1-800-934-6802 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM CST Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.usbank.com/corporatetrust and click on the “Bondholder Information” link.

This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

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

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

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

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

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:

Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Investor Relations
Richard.Leland@officedepot.com

Karen Denning
630-438-7445
Media Relations
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SPAR Installation & Assembly to provide furniture and equipment assembly services for ATGStores.com customers

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Group, Inc. (“SPAR”), a leading global supplier of merchandising and other retail services, is happy to announce that it will be partnering with leading online home furnishings company ATGStores.com, a Lowe’s company since 2011, to provide in-home, in-office and on-site assembly services of furniture and equipment to ATGStores.com customers through its SPAR Installation & Assembly division.

ATGStores.com customers will be able to either bundle the assembly service with their purchase or order it separately for items they already own. SPAR Assembly & Installation provides flexible scheduling within two days of delivery for most orders with service performed by professional, friendly, fully insured technicians.

The assembly service is another way for ATGStores.com to advance its position as an online home furnishings retailer that offers more personalized service options to pair with its curated product selection. Stated ATGStores.com president Michelle Newbery, “We want our customers to know ATGStores.com can provide everything they might need for their homes, from professional interior design consultation all the way through to assembly and installation. We’ve always been very proud of our product line, and now we have great services to complement it.”

Newbery went on to say that, “SPAR is a respected service provider in the furniture assembly industry and we’re excited to offer their expertise to our customers to help them take their projects from concept to completion.”

SPAR VP of Operations and Business Development Mike Florkowski voiced his excitement at helping ATGStores.com enhance the customer experience. “ATGStores.com has worked hard at developing a great online customer shopping experience. We understand the importance of continuing that experience with great service after the customer gets the product home, and are dedicated to doing so, as we have for over 25 years with a high level of customer satisfaction.”

About SPAR Group, Inc.
SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. SPAR provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in grocery, drug, big box, discount/dollar, office supercenter, warehouse/club, specialty, pet, department, and convenience/gas channels. Additional services include new store sets and remodels, price and compliance audits, fixture/display installation and service, furniture and equipment assembly in stores, offices and homes, assisted sales, product demonstrations, and Click & Collect services. SPAR provides these services in the U.S. and across the globe. SPAR started as a sales promotion analysis company in 1967, has been supplying merchandising and other retail services in the U.S. since 1979, and internationally since acquiring its first international subsidiary in Japan in 2001. SPAR currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. For more information, please visit SPAR Group’s website at www.sparinc.com.

About ATGStores.com
ATGStores.com, a Lowe’s company since 2011, offers high-touch customer care, a curated selection of high-quality home furnishings, interior design services and professional installation for a seamless shopping experience, from concept to completion. The company features more than one million products in a host of different categories, from lighting and furniture to hardware and decor.

To learn more, visit ATGStores.com or email questions to press@atgstores.com

For more information, contact: pressinquiries@sparinc.com

Source: SPAR Group, Inc.

The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.

Emeryville, Calif., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Whole Foods Market store in Santa Clara, California opened last week with the most environmentally-advanced grocery retail refrigeration system in the U.S.

The installation comes at a time when California is looking to significantly reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases, including hydro fluoro carbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration systems. These “super pollutants” are potent short-lived climate pollutants and represent the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. The system used in the Santa Clara store eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration, thereby preventing the more than 7,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent that a typical supermarket emits every year, which is more than the entire annual electricity use of over 1,000 homes.

“This is one of the most significant steps in decades in the quest for more sustainable refrigeration systems,” said Liz Whiteley, Executive Director of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council, an environmental non-profit organization based in California that strives to create a more sustainable future through natural refrigerants.

Whole Foods Market’s Hydrocarbon/CO2 Cascade System reduces the environmental impacts of refrigerants to near-zero, while greatly improving energy efficiency.  It uses propane, a natural refrigerant, to condense CO2 – the most eco-friendly refrigerant available – with a climate impact that is thousands of times less than typical HFCs. The CO2 is then piped through refrigeration systems to keep products cool. With high heat carrying properties, the use of CO2 reduces both the amount of refrigerant needed and the energy required to run refrigeration systems. Simultaneously, a heat reclaim system captures the heat generated by the system, and uses it to preheat water for the store’s later use, while also supplementing space heating. This allows the store to greatly reduce the amount of natural gas burned to heat water.

“Ultimately, the system uses the least possible amount of the most climate-friendly refrigerants in a format that both reduces the energy it takes to operate it and re-uses the heat its operation generates,” said Tristam Coffin, Sustainable Facilities Coordinator for Whole Foods Market Northern California. “There is precedent for this type of system in North America and Europe, but this is the first installation of the technology in the U.S. It’s a natural fit for Whole Foods Market to help design and launch it in California because we’ve invested in environmental advancements as an ongoing business practice.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently banned the use of some common refrigerants such as R-404A and R-507A for new installations and retrofits, due to their climate impact. Also, in July the parties to the Montreal Protocol met to negotiate a worldwide plan to eliminate the use of other harmful refrigerant gases over time. California has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce refrigeration emissions, with rules in place that are being adopted nationally, and proposed efforts to further reduce emissions from these sources, in line with Governor Jerry Brown’s directive for the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

“Cutting emissions of potent short-lived climate pollutants is one of the most important and immediate steps we need to take to address climate change, while we continue our rapid transition to clean energy, clean fuels, and zero emission vehicles,” said Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor at the California Air Resources Board.  “Whole Foods is showing the path forward for this industry, and that fighting climate change is good for business.”

Whole Foods Market’s other environmental initiatives in Santa Clara and across the U.S. include: recycling construction waste, using reclaimed building materials, and sourcing wood from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources. The company uses LED fixtures throughout the store to reduce energy load. In addition to occupancy sensors and sophisticated daylighting controls, the lighting system allows the local electric utility to dim sales floor lighting by 50% or switch off accent lighting during peak demand. Whole Foods Market also uses “no VOC” paint for better air quality, avoids floor finishes and, to the extent possible, ensures finishes come from recycled materials and are Greenguard certified.

Contact:

Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

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The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.
The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.

 

Source: Whole Foods Market

Millstone Middle School the latest educational facility to incorporate Wakefern’s Supermarket Careers Program

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the back corner of Millstone Middle School are two empty rooms. Think of them as blank slates, a pair of canvases that Wakefern will utilize to enrich lives through education.

In less than three months, these rooms will be painted, polished and prepped.

In less than three months, this middle school will have its very own ShopRite.

Millstone Middle School is the latest educational facility to incorporate Wakefern’s Supermarket Careers Program. The program is designed to teach life skills to students who plan to enter the work force after high school. When it is up and running, students will stock shelves, work the cash register and help customers.

“We wanted to enhance the education for our students,” said Millstone Middle School principal Christopher Huss. “Now they can really make connections to real world things.”

Huss invited a team of Wakefern associates – retail training specialist Dorota Szerszenowicz, Non-Perishables merchandising manager Joe Stevens and retail and corporate branding supervisor Chris Backer – to visit the school last week.

“It’s a gorgeous school,” Szerszenowicz, right, said. “Everyone is very, very involved. It’s ideal.”

Stevens spent time discussing logistics with Huss and business administrator Bernie Biesiada. Backer offered suggestions on the store’s décor. And Szerszenowicz tried to coordinate everything to ensure the store will be ready to open in October.

Huss said the initial class will have just over a dozen kids participating, but he hopes to expand that after the program gets rolling. The school has about 450 students.

Press Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Shoprite

Office Depot announces the opening of a new STEM wing at Lovejoy High School in Lucas, Texas

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the opening of a new STEM wing at Lovejoy High School, located in Lucas, Texas. The STEM wing is scheduled for an unveiling today at Learning @ Lovejoy, a nine day professional development conference that also kicks off today with more than 50 sessions for every subject area, level and role within K-12 education.

The nearly 28,000 square foot addition features 12 classrooms, two engineering labs, five computer labs and one think tank incubator space, geared toward teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Office Depot, Inc. provided full end-to-end services from visioning to implementation of the furniture and equipment along with a financial contribution toward the incubator space, which was designed to facilitate a high-impact learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

“Today’s classrooms need to stimulate learning in an environment where technology and digital learning are integral components,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “The STEM program at Lovejoy exemplifies modern learning, and we are pleased to contribute toward this innovative educational solution.”

The STEM wing provides students with two distinct applied learning areas spanning two floors. On the first floor, students produce projects using work tables and traditional and digital tools under the apprenticeship of industry professionals and educators working with them to design, prototype and synthesize advanced products. The second floor, a think tank incubator nest, was created in collaboration with Office Depot, Inc. and overlooks the busy workshop below. This space facilitates ideation, observation and project management of the first floor production area. Although the two areas are separated, they were developed to facilitate collaboration through different steps within the same student-led design process.

The space was designed to resemble an industrial and advanced digital workshop with building systems such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC and some structural beams left exposed to highlight the systems in place that support and operate the building. The incubator space is outfitted with conference tables, high-definition smart TV monitors, and office chairs instead of the typical student seating. Learners and visitors to the space can also experience furnishings and digital tools that are common in modern STEM work environments.

The new STEM wing was developed with input from teachers, who worked with the district to outline the program goals. The STEM courses offered at Lovejoy High School support students in the practice of applying diverse subject area skill sets in order to solve real world and authentic problems, encourage creative thinking and problem solving, and enhance collaboration among students and teachers.

“Office Depot has been a tremendous partner in helping our district establish a 21st century model for educational design,” said Dennis Muizers, deputy superintendent for Lovejoy Independent School District. “The ability to be flexible in order to meet the needs of each student is the hallmark of our learning spaces and instructional goals, and we are thrilled to make this vision a reality for our students and take their education to an even higher level.”

Office Depot, Inc. will also play an integral role at the Learning @ Lovejoy conference, which will feature an Office Depot Innovation Zone where participants can explore an immersive 21st century learning experience within the new STEM wing including dedicated workshops featuring experiential collaboration and highlights from Lovejoy’s own innovation journey with Office Depot, Inc. to reimagine education.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the changing needs of students today. It’s all part of the company’s “Committed to Learning” initiative, which has led to the formation of a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. In developing this team, the company provides instructional solutions and professional development for educators to enrich the learning experience, in addition to forging partnerships with thought leaders in the industry to focus on early literacy, cognitive computing, entrepreneurship, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces.

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

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

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

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

Contacts:

Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Sarah Hoffman
512-634-3651
sarah.hoffman@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Amazon announces plans for new fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois.Amazon employees at the more than 750,000 square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items to customers such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks, for example.

“We are excited to add this new fulfillment center in Romeoville,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations. “Expanding our footprint in Illinois brings hundreds and hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one to the state.”

“We are pleased to welcome Amazon to Romeoville. We have very few vacancies, so we were fortunate that they found an existing building that met their needs,” said Mayor John Noak. “Amazon continues to have a major impact on our regional economy. We look forward to this partnership, as e-commerce is an important sector in our future growth.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

Amazon is now hiring for associate roles at the Romeoville fulfillment center. Additional details can be found at www.amazon.com/mdwjobs.

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.

Media Hotline:
206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Office Depot helps educators ”Gear Up for School” during Teacher Appreciation Days with a 25-percent-off coupon

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, is thanking educators by helping them ”Gear Up for School” during Teacher Appreciation Days with a 25-percent-off coupon. The discount is available in stores July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 27-30 on qualifying purchases1 for members of the Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program, which is free to join.

“At Office Depot, teachers can get back to great as they ‘Gear Up’ for the upcoming school year and find the tools they need for their classrooms,” said Diane Nick, vice president of marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “Educators invest valuable time and effort during the year, and Office Depot wants to thank them by offering additional savings during Teacher Appreciation Days and benefits year round.”

In addition to the available teacher discount, educators can also obtain a free Teacher VIP savings card for an additional 20 percent discount on qualifying in store purchases made through Oct. 31 and a tote bag they can pick up during Teacher Appreciation Days as an Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards member. Throughout the year, members benefit from other discounts and offers on supplies for the classroom.

Teachers can enhance their commitment to learning with the new, downloadable content available at officedepot.com/teachers that incorporates ideas to streamline classroom curriculum and shortcuts for stylish classroom decor.

Plus, through the Give Back to Schools program, teachers, parents and other shoppers can earn store credits for the school of their choice. When they make a qualifying purchase at Office Depot or OfficeMax retail stores or online, the school will receive 5 percent back in the form of Office Depot® OfficeMax® merchandise certificates. Shoppers simply need to present a school program ID, which can be found at officedepot.com/givebts. The Give Back to Schools program offers local residents and businesses a free, simple and convenient way to make a difference in their communities.

For more information about the Teacher Appreciation Days, Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program, or Give Back to Schools initiative, visit officedepot.com/teachers

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

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

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

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

1 Valid in store only for Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program members. Excludes technology, consumer electronic products and accessories, media and software products, HP ink & toner and Epson ink. Other exclusions apply. See a store associate for coupon. Limit 1 per member. Coupons valid 07/30/16 – 08/02/16 11:59 PM ET and 08/27/16 – 08/30/16 11:59 PM ET.

Contact:

Office Depot, Inc.
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot launches new product line that provides everything businesses need to transform their office

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of the WorkPro® Flex collection. The new product line offers flexible, multi-use table tops and legs that are ideal for desks, training rooms, conference tables and other unique needs of businesses.

Available today exclusively at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations and online at officedepot.com/workproflex, the collection addresses the increasing demand for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to maximize the use of each and every part of the office.

“Businesses are changing how they use office space, and flexibility is more important than ever,” said Petter Knutrud, senior vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “On a given day, the same room – and furniture – may need to serve as a conference room, a training room, and a space for a small team breakout session. Office Depot understands the value of office space and the need for adaptability and is excited to launch the WorkPro Flex collection in order to help businesses meet their workspace needs and inspire creativity and collaboration.”

The WorkPro Flex collection provides everything businesses need to transform their office:

  • Flexibility: With more flexibility than traditional furniture systems, the collection gives users complete freedom to configure workspaces in ways that meet their changing needs. Choose from five versatile table shapes, two professional finishes and three leg styles, including a sit-to-stand height-adjustable option. Set up your flexible office furniture in minutes, and quickly change or reconfigure the tables whenever a new need arises.
  • Quality: Each element of the collection has been carefully designed by furniture experts to ensure the highest quality and optimal function. From heavy gauge tubular steel legs to scratch- and impact-resistant melamine tops, these heavy-duty work surfaces deliver durability, functionality, and quality craftsmanship that is built to last. All pieces in the collection also meet or exceed ANSI/BIFMA performance quality standards for safety and durability established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).
  • Surprising Affordability: Commercial-grade furniture is often out of reach for many businesses given the high price tag, but with the new collection, you no longer have to choose between quality and affordability.
  • Customization: Whether you’re looking for furniture for a multi-user open floor plan, a private office space, or meeting rooms, the WorkPro Flex collection offers a versatile foundation of options.

To learn more about the collection visit officedepot.com/workproflex or click here to view a video overview.

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

Karen Denning
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.’s

Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 14th annual School Tools event, in partnership with Star 101.5 and World Vision. Donations will be accepted at all Bartell Drugs locations from August 1 – August 28.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help re-stock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

As many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies, according to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-recognized charitable organization.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drugs locations. Monetary donations, dedicated to the drive, can be made by visiting www.bartellsschooltools.com beginning August 1.

We’ve also added a handy text-to-give option for individuals to help fund this worthy project. To donate $10.00 through text message, text “SCHOOL” to 777444.

  • Scissors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products

Suggested donation items found at Bartell Drugs locations include:

  • Pens and #2 pencils
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Markers and crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook paper
  • Spiral notebooks

For more information on Bartell Drugs and its locations, visit www.bartelldrugs.com

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 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
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

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Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28
Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28

 

Source: Bartell Drugs

REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Opening this fall, a new REI store in Milford, Conn. will help the outdoor community enjoy life outside and support local nonprofits who steward nearby recreational places. Located between the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound, the new store will carry gear and apparel for the region’s most popular outdoor activities, and will include a bike shop, watersports shop and REI Outdoor School classes.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Milford community. For me personally it’s an honor to be combining two things that I am so passionate about: REI, where I’ve worked for almost nine years, and my home state of Connecticut, where I first fell in love with the outdoors,” said Andrew Hoskins, REI Milford store manager. “I’m looking forward to helping REI deepen its support of our local nonprofit partners and helping local adventurers find new ways to connect with the outdoors.”

REI Milford will occupy 25,000 square feet on the lower level of a new shopping center on Boston Post Road, across from the Milford Marketplace. More than 8,000 REI members live within 15 miles of the new location.  With nearby stores at REI Norwalk and REI West Hartford, the more than 30,000 active co-op members in the region will now have three locations to find gear and inspiration for their outdoor adventures.

The new store will feature the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, travel and paddling. The store will also offer expert advice from in-store guides and classes through REI Outdoor School—a national leader in outdoor education that taught over 250,000 people across the country last year. Throughout Connecticut, REI Outdoor School taught more than 1,400 people this year. REI is also holding its first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside, offering over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

With each new store, the co-op invests in local nonprofit partners who steward local outdoor places. This year, REI has invested $20,000 in four nonprofits throughout Connecticut to support trail repair and park maintenance. In total, REI will invest more than $8 million in hundreds of nonprofits throughout the country this year.

Join the REI Team
Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com. The co-op expects to hire 50 employees for each of the new stores who receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts, competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 19 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at (253) 395-5958, prrequests@rei.com

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REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall
REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall

 

Source: REI Coop

REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Outdoor adventurers in Houston, Texas will have a new REI store when the co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall. Situated just miles from the northern point of Galveston Bay, the new store will carry gear and apparel for some of the region’s most popular activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking and trail running.

“It’s amazing that Houston is getting a third co-op store so close to so many outdoor places,” said Ann Bewley, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach market coordinator for the Houston area. “We’re excited to increase our support of the local community and inspire people to get outside through our classes, gear and passion for the outdoors. Working with and growing our partnerships with local nonprofits in this area will add a new dimension to Clear Lake and its surrounding areas.”

REI Houston-Baybrook will be the co-op’s third location in the Houston area, joining stores at Willowbrook and The Galleria, which was the co-op’s first Houston location in 1996. The new 25,000 square-foot store will serve more than 80,000 active members in Houston. It will be the co-op’s 11th location in the state of Texas—first opening at Austin-Gateway in 1989.

The new store will feature the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, travel and paddling, and the store’s bike shop will provide cyclists with expert assembly and repair services. The store will also offer expert advice from in-store guides and classes through REI Outdoor School—a national leader in outdoor education that taught over 250,000 people across the country last year. In the Houston area, nearly 2,000 people have participated in REI Outdoor School classes this year. REI is also holding its first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside, offering over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

With each new store, the co-op invests in local nonprofit partners who steward local outdoor places. In 2016, REI has invested $40,000 in five Houston-area nonprofits and $210,000 in 23 nonprofit partners throughout the state. In total, REI will invest more than $8 million in hundreds of nonprofits throughout the country this year.

Join the REI Team
Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com. The co-op expects to hire 50 employees for each of the new stores who receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts,competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 19 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at
(253) 395-5958, prrequests@rei.com

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REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall
REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall

 

Source: REI Coop

Tractor Supply Company announces financial results for its second quarter ended June 25, 2016

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 25, 2016.

Second Quarter Results
As previously reported in the Company’s Business Update press release on June 29, 2016, net sales for the second quarter 2016 increased 4.5% to $1.85 billion from $1.77 billion in the second quarter of 2015. Comparable store sales decreased 0.5% versus a 5.6% increase in the prior year’s second quarter. Comparable average ticket decreased 1.9% and comparable store transaction counts increased 1.5%, representing the 33rd consecutive quarter of transaction count growth. In the quarter, comparable store sales were negatively impacted by a decline in sales of big ticket categories, such as riding lawn mowers, outdoor recreation, tillers and other power equipment, as well as soft sales in key spring items such as live goods, mower parts and attachments, and other lawn and garden categories. The Livestock and Pet category experienced continued strength and offset a portion of the comparable same store sales decline with a mid-single digit comparable store sales increase in each month of the quarter.

Gross profit increased 3.8% to $649.2 million from $625.3 million in the prior year’s second quarter and gross margin declined to 35.0% compared to 35.3% in the prior year period. Gross margin was negatively affected by a shift in the mix of products sold and higher freight expense from an increase in inbound miles and other transportation costs, which was partially offset by lower diesel fuel costs. These adverse factors more than offset the favorable impact of the Company’s ongoing margin initiatives.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased 5.2% to $400.0 million from $380.2 million in the prior year period. As a percent of net sales, SG&A increased to 21.6% compared to 21.4% in the second quarter of 2015. The increase as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to the decline in comparable store sales and the incremental costs associated with the Company’s new distribution facilities. These increases were partially offset by strong expense control and lower year-over-year incentive compensation expense as a percentage of net sales.

Net income increased 2.0% to $156.4 million from $153.3 million and diluted earnings per share increased 3.6% to $1.16 from $1.12 in the second quarter of the prior year.

The Company opened 22 new stores and closed one store, a Del’s store, in the second quarter of 2016 compared to 17 new store openings and one store closure in the prior year period.

Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “While it’s our job to manage the business through changes in weather and other external factors, the extreme weather patterns in the first two months of the quarter simply proved to be too much to overcome in the more seasonal segments of our business. We also do not anticipate that a significant shift in sales will come into the third quarter. As such, we have become a bit more cautious in our outlook for the remainder of the year, although last year’s comparable sales comparisons are more favorable in the second half.”

Mr. Sandfort continued, “Tractor Supply will continue to invest in our business to drive sales, shorten our supply chain timeline and increase our overall productivity and profitability as a company. We are continuing our test and learn process on the merchandise side, along with implementing an improved allocation system, expanding our new customer loyalty program pilot, growing our store mobile point of sale test and conducting a comprehensive distribution center network analysis. We are pleased with the progress we are making on all of these initiatives. We continue to manage the business with the future in mind and believe continuous improvement in our product and service offerings, in addition to improving systems and efficiencies, will keep Tractor Supply well positioned for growth.”

First Six Months Results
Net sales increased 7.0% to $3.32 billion from $3.10 billion in the first six months of 2015. Comparable store sales increased 1.9% versus a 5.7% increase in the first six months of 2015. Gross profit increased 6.9% to $1.14 billion from $1.07 billion and gross margin decreased to 34.4% from 34.5% in the first six months of 2015.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased 7.4% to $786.2 million, and increased as a percent of sales to 23.7% compared to 23.6% for the first six months of 2015.

Net income increased 6.0% to $224.1 million from $211.4 million and net income per diluted share increased 7.8% to $1.66 from $1.54 for the first six months of 2015.

The Company opened 58 new stores and closed four stores, all of which were Del’s stores, in the first six months of 2016 compared to 58 new store openings and two store closures during the first six months of 2015.

Fiscal 2016 Outlook
As previously stated in the Company’s Business Update press release dated June 29, 2016, the Company has updated its guidance for the expected results of operations in fiscal 2016. A summary of the fiscal 2016 outlook is as follows:

Net Sales $6.8 billion – $6.9 billion
Comparable Store Sales 2.5% – 3.5%
Net Income $451 million – $456 million
Earnings per Diluted Share $3.35 – $3.40
Capital Expenditures $230 million – $250 million

Included in this forecast are additional expenses related to the first year of operations for the new Casa Grande, Arizona distribution center. The forecast also considers the impact of the additional 53rd week in fiscal 2016. Anticipated capital expenditures include spending to support 115 – 120 new store openings.

Planned Management Succession
The Company also announced today that Anthony F. Crudele has notified the Company that he plans to retire from his position as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer during the first quarter of fiscal 2017 after completing his year-end reporting responsibilities. Kurt D. Barton, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, will succeed Mr. Crudele as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. As part of the planned succession, Mr. Crudele and Mr. Barton will work together over the next seven months to ensure a smooth transition of duties.

Mr. Barton joined the Company in August 1999 and has served as the Company’s Corporate Controller since 2009. Mr. Barton has direct responsibility for the Company’s accounting, financial reporting, tax, purchasing, master data management, accounts payable and inventory control functions and is an integral part of the Company’s corporate finance and strategy team. Mr. Barton was promoted to Senior Vice President earlier this year. Mr. Barton also served as Director, Internal Audit from 2002 to 2009 and held other leadership roles in accounting during his tenure with the Company. Mr. Barton, a Certified Public Accountant, began his career in public accounting in 1993, spending six years at Ernst & Young, LLP.

Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “All of us at Tractor Supply would like to congratulate Tony on his planned retirement and thank him for his many contributions to the Company. Tony has played an integral role in the Company’s growth and success over the last 11 years. His accomplishments include improving the Company’s forecasting and use of data to drive decisions, developing a more disciplined capital allocation program, leading our continuous improvement process (Tractor Value System) and enhancing the strategic planning process as well as building an effective working relationship with the investment community.”

Mr. Sandfort added: “During his tenure, Tony developed a strong finance and accounting team, and we are fortunate to be in a position to promote Kurt Barton to succeed Tony as CFO. Kurt has been with Tractor Supply for 17 years and served as the Company’s Corporate Controller since 2009. Kurt is a talented financial leader with a track record of creating value. Kurt’s energy and enthusiasm for the business is evident, and he has a deep understanding of the business and strong relationships across the organization. I congratulate Kurt on his upcoming promotion and look forward to working with him as we continue to drive the growth of the Company.”

Commenting on his planned retirement, Anthony Crudele stated, “It has been a privilege and honor to be part of the Tractor Supply family and leadership team over the past 11 years. I am proud of the culture we have continued to build and the opportunity to have contributed to the Company’s success. Tractor Supply is a unique company with a deep rooted culture of Mission and Values and a great team of people who care about the business and each other. Having worked closely with Kurt and the finance team, I have the utmost confidence that he and the team will continue to move the business forward and I know I am leaving the organization in good hands.”

Conference Call Information
Tractor Supply Company will be hosting a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the quarterly and full year results. The call will be broadcast simultaneously over the Internet on the Company’s website at IR.TractorSupply.com.

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

A replay of the webcast will also be available at IR.TractorSupply.com shortly after the conference call concludes.

About Tractor Supply Company
At June 25, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,542 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Forward Looking Statements
As with any business, all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to influences outside its control. This information contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales and earnings growth, estimated results of operations, capital expenditures, marketing, merchandising and strategic initiatives and new store and distribution center openings and expenses in future periods. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarterly financial and accounting procedures, and may be affected by certain risks and uncertainties, any one, or a combination, of which could materially affect the results of the Company’s operations.

These factors include, without limitation, general economic conditions affecting consumer spending, the timing and acceptance of new products in the stores, the timing and mix of goods sold, purchase price volatility (including inflationary and deflationary pressures), the ability to increase sales at existing stores, the ability to manage growth and identify suitable locations, failure of an acquisition to produce anticipated results, the ability to successfully manage expenses and execute our key gross margin enhancing initiatives, the availability of favorable credit sources, capital market conditions in general, the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated, the impact of new stores on our business, competition, weather conditions, the seasonal nature of our business, effective merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis, the ability to retain vendors, reliance on foreign suppliers, the ability to attract, train and retain qualified employees, product liability and other claims, changes in federal, state or local regulations, potential judgments, fines, legal fees and other costs, breach of information systems or theft of employee or customer data, ongoing and potential future legal or regulatory proceedings, management of our information systems, failure to develop and implement new technologies, the failure of customer-facing technology systems, business disruption including from the implementation of supply chain technologies, effective tax rate changes and results of examination by taxing authorities, the ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, and changes in accounting standards, assumptions and estimates.

Forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company are based on knowledge of its business and the environment in which it operates, but because of the factors listed above, actual results could differ materially from those reflected by any forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and those contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on the Company or its business and operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations
(615) 440-4000

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
ICR

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Opti fitness range now available at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re keen to shed a few pounds or simply tone up ahead of your eagerly-anticipated summer holiday, but can’t justify the expense of the gym, then the Opti fitness range is now available at Argos and is the perfect choice.

Opti has everything you need to complement and enhance your fitness routine from neoprene dumbbells to wrist and ankle weights.

Opti plans to build on this initial launch and introduce a wider range of fitness and sports products, including powered fitness from the end of this year, in time to help customers with their New Year fitness resolutions.

Tom Coles, Brand Manager for Opti said: “Whether you want to run faster, feel fitter or try a new sport, Opti helps you reach your personal best. We want to encourage people to realise the benefits of doing a little bit more every day whether walking in the park, cycling or taking an exercise class.

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, so anything that can help more people become more active, more often is a fantastic step in the right direction. Busy modern lives make it more difficult for many people to make the active choice so it’s great to see the Opti range making it easier for individuals to get active.”

For further information about Opti Fitness visit www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Opti fitness range now available at Argo
Opti fitness range now available at Argo

 

Source: Argos

 

Kmart brings back No Money Down Layaway this school year

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This school year, students are giving Kmart high marks for its ridiculously awesome selection of character backpacks, brightly printed lunch box kits, graphic tees, new exclusive Risewear™ gym shoes and more, all while parents are thrilled that they can budget better thanks to the return of No Money Down Layaway.

Parents are already planning for back to school shopping this year while their kids soak up the rest of summer, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation. That’s why Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and customers, whether they shop in-store at Kmart, online or use the Kmart Mobile App.

“This year, Kmart has kids and parents covered,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “Kmart’s No Money Down layaway gives parents the option to plan ahead, while offering all of the stuff students love – from hot trends such as emoticons and favorite characters, to geo prints and big florals that make campus dorm rooms bold and bright.”

It’s Back: No Money Down Layaway
This year, Kmart is bringing back its famous No Money Down Layaway to help give parents peace of mind while the whole family continues to enjoy the last days of summer vacation. Parents can get a head start on shopping while staying on budget by putting all the hot, must-have school-year essentials on layaway for $0 down in-store and just a penny online NOW. Plus, members get $10 off a storewide layaway purchase of $50 or more. Layaway is available in-store, through the Kmart mobile app and online at Kmart.com. And with ‘Layaway and Go’ through the Kmart mobile app, simply scan items with your smartphone while in store to add to any layaway order. This way, all you have to do is pick up your items at Kmart and you will be ready to go for the first day of school.

Class is in Session
Follow Kmart’s back-to-school guide for genius deals on supplies, gear and apparel for every grade*:

Trendy Totes
All new gear that helps them make a bold statement:

  • Select fashion backpacks on sale for $10, reg. $12.99**
  • TMNT™ and other character backpacks on sale for $15, reg. $17.99-19.99**
  • Kids’ H2O lunch boxes or ZAZA totes on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99**
  • 5-pc. backpack sets on sale for $12, reg. $19.99***
  • Kids’ lunch sack or Hi-Top Munchsak® on sale for $4.99, reg. $6.99***
  • Yak Pak® backpacks on sale for $20, reg. $29.99****
  • Character lunch kits on sale for $7.99, reg. $9.99****

Show Off Your Style
Swag that shows off their personality, because when students look good, they feel good:

  • Girls’ Basic Editions separates on sale from $3.99-$5.99 reg. $5-$7.99**
  • Girls’ Basic Editions leggings on sale for $5.99, reg. $7.99**
  • Select girls’ Piper Faves an Route 66 denim on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99-14.99***
  • Boys’ Basic Editions tees on sale for $4.99, reg. $5.99**
  • Boys’ short sleeve woven shirts or shorts on sale for $7.99, reg. $9.99***
  • Boys’ Basic Editions chino or cargo pants on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99***
  • Route 66 kids’ screen tees on sale for $4.99, reg. $7.99***
  • Select kids’ Everlast sport footwear on sale for $14.99, reg. $21.99-24.99***
  • Boys’ Risewear Loop shoe for $29.99

Must-Have School Supplies +
Pencils, sharpeners, scissors, glue and more that keep kids on point and prepared:

  • BOGO 50% off Crayola colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolor paints++
  • Wescott® animal-shaped pencil sharpener for $1.49
  • Wescott ring eraser (2 ct.) for 99¢
  • 2-in-1 cupcake pencil sharpener and eraser for 99¢
  • Dixon® No. 2 pencils (8 ct.) on sale for 20¢, reg. 99¢**
  • Elmer’s school glue, white (4 oz.) on sale for 50¢, reg.99¢**
  • Crayola crayons (24 ct.) for 25¢
  • Solid-color poly folders for 20¢
  • Wescott scissors (2 ct.) for 25¢

Back-to-Campus
Back-to-campus has never felt more like home with bright colors and bold prints:

  • Cruz black futon on sale for $99.99, reg. $159.99**
  • Essential Home complete twin/full bed sets on sale for $34.99, reg. $49.99**
  • 20% off Chindi rugs, reg. $14.99-49.99***
  • Essential Home 8-pk. hangers or mini crates on sale for $1, reg. $1.49-1.99***
  • Essential Home 8-pk. washcloth on sale for $1.99, reg. $3.99***
  • BOGO 50% select bath accessories, reg. $5.99-19.99***++
  • Emoticon puff pillows – heart eyes, wink, monkey, crying and nerd — for $5.99+++
  • Storage ottomans on sale for $19.99, reg. $29.99**
  • Large stacking crates on sale for $3.99, reg. $4.99**
  • Essential Home decorative storage on sale for $9.99, reg. $15.99**

Don’t Forget: FREEBIE Saturday
To help kids get ready for the first day of class, Kmart is offering a special back to school emoticon coloring portfolio***** as part of FREEBIE Saturday. Stop by your local Kmart on Saturday, July 30 to pick one up.

For more information, visit www.Kmart.com.

*Offers valid in-store and online at Kmart.com. Members get $10 in points for every $35 spent on apparel, footwear, school supplies, backpacks and electronics from July 17– August 17, 2016 (Points valid for 14 days, $100 point maximum per member).

** Offer valid July 17– July 23, 2016.
*** Offer valid July 24– July 30, 2016
**** Offer valid July 30– August 6, 2016
*****Available at participating stores for kids 12 and younger while supplies last.
+ Prices may vary by store
+ +Valid on select products of equal or lesser value.
+ ++ Available online at Kmart.com and in select Kmart stores

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

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Weitz
Kmart
847-286-0774
Sara.Weitz@searshc.com

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

Source: Kmart

Verdict and British Land: True Value of Stores goes beyond physical

LONDON, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —

New research by Verdict and British Land shows:

  • 89% of all UK retail sales touch a physical store
  • True Value of Stores includes click & collect and online sales browsed in store
  • Under 35 year olds use stores the most
  • Londoners are more likely to visit a store as part of their shopper journey
  • Click & collect and online sales browsed in store boost UK physical sales by +5%
  • Boost rises to +9% when excluding Food & Grocery
  • Electricals show a boost of +32% as online sales rely heavily on stores

Beyond the True Value of Stores, there is a ‘halo effect’:

  • Stores improve brand awareness, customer service and trust
  • Hence physical also contributes to online sales that do not directly touch the store

Looking forward:

  • Click & collect spend is set to double by 2021, driving growth in the True Value of Stores
  • Retailers that can offer a seamless omnichannel experience for shoppers are likely to outperform

The True Value of Stores formula and the potential ‘halo effect’ – Source: Verdict

Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail for British Land, said: “This research demonstrates the continued value of the physical store and the important role it plays in the lives of consumers.

“It builds on our knowledge of why people shop, to better understand how they shop across channels. We see retailers responding to this through their flagship and local stores. British Land’s strategy reflects this approach. Our lifestyle-oriented Regional and Local centres deliver a mix of retail, food & beverage and leisure to meet a range of shopper needs.

We see retailers responding to this through their flagship and local stores. British Land’s strategy reflects this approach. Our lifestyle-oriented Regional and Local centres deliver a mix of retail, food & beverage and leisure to meet a range of shopper needs.

Leading retailers and landlords need to continue to embrace omnichannel to future-proof physical stores and meet the needs of consumers today and tomorrow. We are investing in our portfolio to support a variety of shopper journeys, enhance and broaden the appeal of our assets, and create Places People Prefer.”

Ben Dimson, Head of Retail Business Development for British Land, said: “The True Value of Stores research reveals a number of thought-provoking insights, such as the importance of stores for under 35s, and the varied role of the store across sectors.

“Data is integral to the way we run our business. Understanding how physical stores influence online sales helps us ensure our retail strategy is deep rooted in the mindset of the consumer. We expect to see continued demand for physical stores from a variety of operators, and this research helps to cement their place within retailers’ plans in an omnichannel age. Even online pure-plays are dipping their toe into the world of physical, taking pop-up space or temporary units. In doing so, they benefit from the ‘halo effect’ that stores offer – generating online sales and strengthening customer relationships.”

Notes to Editors

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed, of £20.0 billion (of which British Land share is £14.6 billion) as valued at 31 March 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

In April 2016 British Land received the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is given to companies which bring major economic, social and environmental benefits through their own business success. It was awarded to British Land for continuous achievement in all these areas over the last five years.

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

About Verdict Retail
Verdict Retail is a retail research agency and consulting firm. Our work focuses on all aspects of retailing and consumer behaviour, which we deliver through bespoke reports, projects and presentations and through our leading edge Intelligence Centre platform. We work with many of the world’s leading retailers, property firms and those in the financial sector to help them maximize success by developing a thorough understanding of the sector and its likely future performance. We also work with many retail suppliers, from manufacturers to professional services firms.

For updates, please follow us on Twitter or visit www.verdictretail.com.

About the Research
Verdict conducts regular surveys of UK online shoppers to gauge their interaction and spending across a variety of retail sectors, channels and fulfillment methods. Each March and October, a sample of 10,000 consumers representative of the UK online shopping population are asked about their shopping habits over the previous 12 months. This research is based on the March 2015, October 2015 and March 2016 surveys. Participants were asked about how their order was delivered or collected, and how they interacted with the retailer’s store prior to making the online purchase.

Enquiries:

Emma Hammond
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

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Verdict and British Land: True Value of Stores goes beyond physical
Verdict and British Land: True Value of Stores goes beyond physical

 

Source: British Land

Lowe’s launches new series The Weekender on Lowe’s TV app now available on Apple TV

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — DIY and home expert Monica Mangin will star in the new Lowe’s series The Weekender premiering Thursday, July 14, 2016, on the Lowe’s TV app now available on Apple TV.

Monica is a mother of four kids and author behind the popular DIY and design blog East Coast Creative. She is known for her ability to create Pinterest-worthy spaces on affordable budgets. Monica approaches every space with fearless creativity and is relentless in her effort to help others DIY their house into a home that fits their individual style.

The 10 episode original series will follow Monica as she helps homeowners tackle five DIY projects in one weekend to turn lackluster spaces into inspired, functional rooms that leave homeowners brimming with pride.

“The Weekender will inspire and help DIYers feel confident, get creative and take a step in their home improvement journey, making their home a place they truly enjoy and are proud to showcase,” said Marci Grebstein, Lowe’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This series marks Lowe’s first episodic venture onto streaming devices where consumers are looking to be entertained and educated about home improvement, while allowing our brand to engage on their terms.”

In the premiere episode, Monica helps a young family living in the heart of Manhattan tackle their tired and unused concrete patio. Monica shows the homeowners how quick and easy home décor ideas like a cinderblock planter and DIY lattice fence help transform the space into a family-friendly oasis.

“Homeowners often list time and money as the reason why they don’t start a home renovation project,” said Monica. “I come alongside them with simple, affordable DIY projects to transform their houses into homes they love.”

The Weekender series will be released on Amazon Fire TV and on the Roku® platforms this August. It will also be available on the Lowe’s YouTube channel.

For more information, visit Lowes.com/weekender.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Outdoor retailer REI’s Outdoor School programs, classes and events will take place July 30-31

SEATTLE , 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As summer heats up everywhere, REI is holding is first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside. Beginner to seasoned adventurers can rekindle their connections to nature by choosing from over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

Many of Outdoor School’s most popular paid classes will be free for the weekend, including How to Ride a Bike, Learn to Stand-Up Paddle board and Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing. The co-op’s most iconic guided hikes at local destinations will also be free. Registration opens today at www.REI.com/freeweekend.

During July 30 and 31, REI Outdoor School will host more than 400 classes and events—from urban locations such as the HighLine in Manhattan to Devil’s Kitchen Trail at the Colorado National Monument—where thousands are expected to participate by brushing up on their skills, munching on free snacks, and playing outside for the weekend.

“At REI we believe in the transformative power of spending time outdoors with others, and we’re excited to offer a free national weekend of classes. REI Outdoor School makes it easy for people to get outside and have a fun, immersive experience on the water, in the forest, in the mountains or in their favorite park. I look forward to seeing our members and their friends outside this weekend,” said Tim Spangler, REI’s senior vice president of Retail.

REI Outdoor School is the co-op’s signature outdoor education programming available in the company’s 145 stores in 35 states. Last year, more than 254,000 people learned a new activity or advanced their skills through free and low-cost in-store classes, field programs and day outings for cycling, paddling, fitness, hiking, camping, climbing, snow sports, photography and wilderness medicine.

The national REI Outdoor School free weekend builds on a campaign REI launched earlier this summer called “United Outside,” which focuses on getting people together in the outdoors in Washington, D.C. Throughout summer and into fall, REI is holding 100 days of outdoor events across the nation’s capital. United Outside precedes the opening of REI’s fifth flagship store in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. this fall.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

REI Public Affairs 
(253) 395-5958,
prrequests@rei.com

 

Source: REI

Cabela’s plans to expand its retail footprint and legendary shopping experience to Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

SIDNEY, Neb., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to expand its retail footprint and legendary shopping experience to two new locations: Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

Albuquerque
Construction on the 70,000-square-foot store – the company’s first location in New Mexico – is expected to begin this year and Cabela’s anticipates a 2017 opening. The store will join the Legacy at Journal Center development located near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Paseo del Norte, offering customers a convenient location in an already popular shopping destination.

“We are thrilled to announce Albuquerque as our first location in New Mexico,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve had a strong customer base through our online and catalog businesses in this area for many years. Building a store here will allow us to serve those customers better, while also introducing thousands of additional outdoor enthusiasts to the Cabela’s brand and experience.”

Cabela’s expects to employ approximately 150 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the store, most of whom will come from the surrounding area.

The store will offer customers an immersive outdoor experience with a 360-degree mountain and wildlife-display feature, dozens of museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, and a regionally specific theme.

Additionally, the store will include an archery and firearm tech room, indoor archery range and Bargain Cave, along with thousands of outdoor products displayed using Cabela’s new layout that dedicates more square footage of floor space to the company’s core areas in hunting, fishing, camping and recreational shooting.

The new layout also will allow a more flexible product assortment as outdoor activities change throughout the year, resulting in more in-season and regionally specific gear.

Chesterfield Township
Construction on the 90,000-square-foot location is expected to begin this year and Cabela’s anticipates a 2017 opening. Located about 30 miles northeast of Detroit, near the banks of the renowned Lake St. Clair, the store will be conveniently located near the intersection of Hall Road and Interstate 94, near Super Walmart and Menards.

“Chesterfield Township and the surrounding area offer remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation, and people in that region utilize those opportunities to live an outdoor lifestyle,” Millner said. “We are extremely eager to build them a Cabela’s store and help them enjoy their outdoor passions.”

Cabela’s expects to employ approximately 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, most of whom will come from the surrounding area. Upon opening, it will become Cabela’s fourth location in Michigan, joining the Dundee, Saginaw and Grand ville stores.

The store also will offer Cabela’s unique, outdoor experience and feature the company’s new floor plan, offering a regionally specific theme and product assortment.

About Cabela’s Incorporated
Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Cabela’s offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB”.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical or current fact are “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s statements regarding opening new retail stores in Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance, or financial condition that the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements.

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company’s exploration and evaluation of strategic alternatives may not result in the successful identification or completion of a strategic alternative that yields additional value for stockholders, and the exploration and evaluation process may have an adverse impact on the Company’s business; the state of the economy and the level of discretionary consumer spending, including changes in consumer preferences, demand for firearms and ammunition, and demographic trends; adverse changes in the capital and credit markets or the availability of capital and credit.

The Company’s ability to successfully execute its omni-channel strategy; increasing competition in the outdoor sporting goods industry and for credit card products and reward programs; the cost of the Company’s products, including increases in fuel prices; the availability of the Company’s products due to political or financial instability in countries where the goods the Company sells are manufactured; supply and delivery shortages or interruptions, and other interruptions or disruptions to the Company’s systems, processes, or controls, caused by system changes or other factors; increased or adverse government regulations, including regulations relating to firearms and ammunition.

The Company’s ability to protect its brand, intellectual property, and reputation; the Company’s ability to prevent cyber security breaches and mitigate cyber security risks; the outcome of litigation, administrative, and/or regulatory matters (including the ongoing audits by tax authorities and compliance examinations by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation); the Company’s ability to manage credit, liquidity, interest rate, operational, legal, regulatory capital, and compliance risks; the Company’s ability to increase credit card receivables while managing credit quality.

The Company’s ability to securitize its credit card receivables at acceptable rates or access the deposits market at acceptable rates; the impact of legislation, regulation, and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in the Company’s filings with the SEC (including the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016, and Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended April 2, 2016), which filings are available at the Company’s website at www.cabelas.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contacts:
Media:
Nathan Borowski
308-255-2861
Nathan.Borowski@cabelas.com

Investor:
Andrew Weingardt
308-255-7428

Source: Cabela’s Incorporated