IKEA: voluntary recall of Safety Gate Extensions

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, IKEA announced on July 14, 2016 a voluntary recall of the PATRULL Safety Gate and extension, PATRULL KLÄMMA Safety Gate and extension, and PATRULL FAST Safety Gate.

The locking mechanism can open unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to children and other consumers.

Customers who have a PATRULL Safety Gate and extension, PATRULL KLÄMMA Safety Gate and extension or PATRULL FAST Safety Gate to immediately stop using them and return them back to any IKEA store for a full refund. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required.

The PATRULL Safety Gate and extension, PATRULL KLÄMMA Safety Gate and extension, and PATRULL FAST Safety Gate were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from August 1995 through June 2016 for between $10 and $60.

For more information click on the ‘Product Recall Information’ button or call IKEA Toll-free at (888) 966-4532.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your cooperation.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
U.S. Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

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IKEA: voluntary recall of Safety Gate Extensions
IKEA: voluntary recall of Safety Gate Extensions

Source: IKEA

NCR Corporation among nominees for the German Design Award 2017

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, is among the nominees for the prestigious German Design Award 2017. The German Design Council has deemed NCR’s SelfServ 91 in the cantilever deployment as worthy for one of their prestigious design award for its combination of the look and feel of today’s consumer electronics with modern banking service while at the same time allowing barrier free access.

The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading centers of expertise on design. With its German Design Award it honors innovative products, their manufacturers and designers who have made pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape.

The competition is only open to entries that have been nominated by the German Design Councils’ expert committee. Those nominated for the German Design Award have already managed to successfully set themselves apart from the masses and are subsequently entitled to compete with the finest in the field of product design. Therefore, the nomination in itself already is a distinction.

“The design of ATMs has evolved continuously since their invention, but the fundamental construction and build hasn’t been questioned”, explained Harald Heinz, Area Sales Leader Financial Services at NCR in the DACH region. “Our NCR SelfServ 91 cantilever sets a new benchmark in the design and we are proud that this now has been acknowledged with this nomination. It proves that the continuous improvements of our product design resonates with current consumer trends and that our systems are real eye-catchers in every branch.”

In the cantilever design the customer interfaces are placed at a 90° angle from the wall opening up a variety of interior design options for banks. Furthermore, wheelchair users can drive underneath and use it as easily as all other customers.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with approximately over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts:

Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR

Staples volunteers to participate in reading sessions with local youth as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Summer Brain Gain program

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are teaming up this summer to help prevent summer learning loss for thousands of kids and teens. To celebrate National Summer Learning Day on July 14th, over 150 Staples volunteers in 17 communities including Boston, New York, and Denver, will participate in one-to-one or group reading sessions with local youth.

Each summer in America, an estimated 43 million children miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind in school. To help kids stay on track and graduate from high school on time, Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed Summer Brain Gain – a learning loss prevention program – to keep youth learning over the summer months in a fun, hands-on way. While the average student loses approximately one month of learning, the average Summer Brain Gain participants did not.

Supporting the Summer Brain Gain program for the third year, Staples increased its efforts through a book drive earlier this year with Staples locations in more than 40 cities collecting over 8,800 books for their local Club. To honor National Summer Learning Day, over 150 Staples volunteers will visit a local Boys & Girls Club to help reinforce a passion for reading and be positive role models for Club youth.

“Staples and its associates are passionate about improving education and providing our nation’s youth with resources they need to succeed,” said John Burke, Chief Culture Officer, Staples. “By partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we’re helping ensure Club kids and teens stay on track for the coming school year.”

Staples has proudly supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2002. During that time, Staples Foundation has committed more than $10 million dollars in grant support for their programs. Staples also provides incremental support to BGCA through other channels, including product donations and volunteers.

“Summer learning loss can have a detrimental impact on our youth, causing kids and teens to fall behind, endangering their chances of graduation and a path to future success,” said Edwin Link, National Vice President of Educational Foundations & Academic Innovation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to ensuring America’s kids and teens graduate from high school on time, college or career ready. Thanks to Staples, this summer we’re helping impact even more youth at thousands of Clubs around the country.”

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

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

About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit http://www.staples.com/community.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.

Contacts:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Sara Leutzinger
404-487-5624
SLeutzinger@BGCA.org

Staples, Inc.
Stephanie Hunt
508-253-2045
Stephanie.Hunt@Staples.com

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Staples volunteers to participate in reading sessions with local youth as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Summer Brain Gain program
Staples volunteers to participate in reading sessions with local youth as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Summer Brain Gain program

 

Source: Staples, Inc.

SPAR Austria opens new state-of-the-art logistics centre in Ebergassing, Austria

The existing SPAR warehouse located in the town of St. Polten had become too small to efficiently supply the growing number of SPAR stores in Vienna. Recognizing that this would only become more difficult over time, SPAR Austria invested in a new state-of-the-art logistics centre in the area of Ebergassing (Lower Austria) in co-operation with the Austrian logistics supplier Knapp.

Vienna, Austria, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The construction of the most modern logistics centre in Europe took two years to realize and an investment of €85 million. On 11 June 2016, the official opening of the new distribution centre was celebrated in the presence of Federal Minister Dr. Hans Jörg Schelling and 500 guests. The population of Ebergassing and surroundings will be invited to visit the centre in spring 2017, when it will be fully operational. This investment has resulted in the creation of 150 new jobs in the area.

SPAR Austria Board Member, Friedrich Poppmeier, who is in charge of logistics, explains the objectives behind the new centre: “To achieve local supply at the highest level, perfect processes have to be applied. SPAR is a leader in innovation and has always invested in new technologies in the area of logistics. Innovation supporting the security of supply and the support of our SPAR retailers in their day-to-day work is an ongoing investment within SPAR Austria. The SPAR logistics centre Ebergassing has become a model operation!”

Unique worldwide innovations
The new facility is currently one of the most innovative and sustainable logistics centres in the world. Some of the technologies which have been incorporated are being used for the first time. They were developed in co-operation with logistics supplier Knapp.

Gerald Hofer, CEO of Knapp AG, explains: “Based on SPAR’s industry knowledge and Knapp’s technology know-how, we jointly developed a completely new picking method, improving management of peaks, the reduction of investment and offering employees an ergonomic working environment. We are particularly proud of specially developed workplaces and the initial use of ‘swarm intelligence’ in the form of freely navigating shuttles. This innovation will set new standards worldwide and create jobs in Austria.”

Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Right at the start of construction in May 2015, it was clear that this logistics centre is a great example of the inclusion of many elements focused on sustainability. The centre has already been pre-certified with the ÖGNI certificate in platinum by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI). The official ceremony recognizing this achievement will take place in the autumn of 2016.

Contact:

SPAR International Communication Manager,
Penny van der Kaars

Source: Spar International

 

Introducing Torque Control Cordless Angle Wrenches from Express Assembly Products

Nashua, NH, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express Assembly Products has extended it cordless Li-ion battery torque line with two new Angle Torque Wrenches. Our new Angle Torque Wrenches have brushless motors for more power, high precision full auto shut-off clutches for torque accuracy and improved battery life, adjustable angle heads for ease of use, external torque adjustment for torque control, and built-in smart logic for battery conservation. Jack Hagerty, head of sales, for Express Assembly Products says “We have experienced a huge demand in the assembly industry for repeatable reliable torque with the freedom of cordless tools. These new cordless torque wrenches meet that demand and we now have many customers using these tools in their assembly applications.”

EAW Cordless Angle Wrenches specifications:
Model: EAW-B1830-20 drive = 3/8”, torque = 8.85 – 22.12 ft-lbs, RPM 270/420
Model: EAW-B1860-40 drive = 1/2”, torque = 18.44 – 44.35 ft-lbs, RPM 130/200

Our cordless torque tools come with brushless motors, a 2-year warrantee and a certificate of torque accuracy. Its ergonomic design reduces the counterforces felt by the operator reducing overall operator fatigue. Sumake tools are manufactured for today’s complexed industrial assembly applications.

Express Assembly
Express Assembly Products is one of the largest single sources of light torque assembly tools and related products on the web. The company offers a wide range of electric, pneumatic and torque screwdrivers, as well as a full range of accessories and stands for industrial assembly. Express Assembly offers a Calibration Certification program and is an authorized service center for all screwdrivers and torque meters that it sells. For more information, please visit www.expressassembly.com

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SOURCE: EPR Network

Introducing Torque Control Cordless Angle Wrenches from Express Assembly Products

Introducing Torque Control Cordless Angle Wrenches from Express Assembly Products

NRF and Hackett Associates report: Import cargo volume to increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see a small-but-significant increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season, then see a larger wave in late summer and fall for the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Back-to-school and the holidays are the two biggest shopping seasons of the year for retailers and these numbers reflect that,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “After a year of difficult comparisons in the wake of the West Coast ports slowdown, we’re finally starting to see normal trends. Some numbers are still down from last year, but the pattern of building up toward the big seasons has returned.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.63 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in May, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 12.8 percent from April and 1.1 percent from May 2015. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

June was estimated at 1.56 million TEU, down 0.5 percent from the same month last year. July is forecast at 1.64 million TEU, up 1.4 percent from last year; August at 1.65 million TEU, down 2 percent; September at 1.58 million TEU, down 2.6 percent; October at 1.62 million TEU, up 4.4 percent, and November at 1.52 million TEU, up 2.8 percent. Even though volume will be lower than the same month last year, August is expected to be the peak shipping month of the year.

The first half of 2016 is expected to total 8.99 million TEU, up 1.5 percent from the same period in 2015. Total volume for 2015 was 18.2 million TEU, up 5.4 percent from 2014.

“Trade is holding on to a small margin of growth, but this growth comes in the face of some adverse statistics as well as positive ones,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “The good news is that retail sales have remained positive as the consumer continues to cautiously spend. The hope is that this spending will continue.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions.www.hackettassociates.com

Contact:

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134

press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Shoppers to receive $2 Instant Discount on Same-day Binder Purchase at Office Depot and OfficeMax

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jul-13 — /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 its Binder Recycling Program, encouraging shoppers to help preserve the environment by recycling old binders. Starting today, shoppers can bring any old empty binder to an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail location and receive a $2 instant discount off a same-day binder purchase.

The program is in partnership with TerraCycle, a company whose primary objective is to recycle waste that is typically considered non-recyclable. Consumers find recycling to be the most easily understood component of sustainability, and Office Depot is partnering with TerraCycle to help consumers participate in the movement for a more sustainable planet.

“We’re excited to partner with TerraCycle this back-to-school season as parents, teachers and students prepare for the school year with new supplies,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “The program provides a way to recycle binders in an environmentally conscious way while also offering a discount to shoppers who are looking for new ones.”

Customers can recycle as many binders as they wish and can receive instant discounts for up to six binders per day*. The offer is only valid in-store at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations.

To learn more about the Binder Recycling Program, please visit officedepot.com/recyclebinders.

*Get $2 off the purchase of any new binder when you recycle any binder in the same transaction. Discount applies only to binders purchased and will not be applied to any free binders with a purchase. Multipacks count as 1. Discount excludes tax. No cash/credit back. Binder to be recycled must be empty. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Store Purchasing, Procurement or Retail Connect Cards. Limit 6 per household/business.

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:

Office Depot, Inc.
Sarah England, 561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot

IKEA installs three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has installed three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.

“Installing EV charging stations at IKEA Las Vegas reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said store manager Amy Jensen. “Being a sustainable retailer includes a focus on the sustainable transport of people and empowering our customers to live sustainably too. So, accommodating the needs of EV drivers meets both goals.”

To charge an EV at IKEA Las Vegas, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app, www.BlinkCode.com, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member, which is free and typically provides discounted charging fees at Blink EV charging stations. More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and becoming a Blink Member is available at blinknetwork.com.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

Located on 26 acres along the northern side of the 215 Beltway at S. Durango Drive, near Sunset Road in Clark County, the 351,000-square-foot IKEA Las Vegas opened May 18, 2016, and employs approximately 300 coworkers. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, this IKEA store presents 43 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. Also, IKEA installed Nevada’s largest single-use commercial rooftop solar array on the store. The store also is the second U.S. IKEA store to open with only LED lighting for sale, and for use inside and outside the building.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Local Contact:
Laiyla Bass
(702) 396-4462, x 1336

Source: IKEA

Wincor Nixdorf to take over the services of ameria GmbH’s Virtual Promoter, a digital shop window solution for brick-and-mortar retail businesses

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The technology company ameria GmbH, which focuses on software and technology development, has commissioned Wincor Nixdorf to take over the services for Virtual Promoter, a digital shop window solution for brick-and-mortar retail businesses. Wincor Nixdorf will be responsible for setup, startup and maintenance of the systems that are installed at ameria’s retail and industry customers around the world.

Virtual Promoter is an interactive, gesture-controlled shop window that revolutionizes the shopping experience at the stationary point of sale and is the connecting link between offline and online retailing. Its hardware consists of an interactive screen, two induction loudspeakers, a projection tower with two projectors, technology to control images, sound and online systems as well as a sensor for gesture control. The solution is designed and controlled centrally with the help of cloud software that both ameria and its customers can operate with standard IT programs. Thanks to the hardware and a projection film that is affixed to the window inside the retail store, an interactive image of a virtual person appears in the shop window, with the induction loudspeakers providing sound outside the store.

Virtual Promoter addresses passersby directly and thus attracts attention. People in front of the window interact with the virtual person via gesture control. The window pane can be used to present products and services, and the contents can be easily changed via the cloud. With their personal smartphone, passersby can order goods or reserve them in the store using a QR code or an app that leads them to the online shop. The digital shop window therefore serves as an extended shop floor that is ‘open’ around the clock. In addition, Virtual Promoter collects data about general traffic in front of the shop window as well as interaction rates and the time devoted to individual products.

“This order has demonstrated that our service portfolio also allows us to be successful in industries that are not among our traditional customers. In general, we want to use the service know-how from our banking and retail business to increasingly tap business potential in other industries in future,” says Wolfgang Künkler, who is responsible for Wincor Nixdorf’s business with product-related IT services.

About ameria
ameria digitizes the shopping experience at the stationary point of sale. Based on its technologies and the experience it has gathered in a large number of projects, the company from Heidelberg, Germany, provides integrated solutions from consulting and implementation all the way to the development of contents. With international customers from industry, retail and the service sector, ameria is driving the digital transformation forward. The flagship in its portfolio is Virtual Promoter, an interactive, gesture-controlled shop window that measurably increases attention, store traffic and revenues.

Contact:

Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail:info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf announces Asia Green Development Bank to be the first bank in Myanmar to offer EMV-based ATM transactions

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asia Green Development Bank Ltd. now accepts EMV-based VISA and MasterCard chipcard transactions in all its ATMs, becoming the first bank in Myanmar to offer the service, Wincor Nixdorf announced today.

EMV, or Europay MasterCard Visa, is a technical specification that facilitates interoperability between chip-based credit and debit cards and point-of-sale devices or ATMs. The key objectives of EMV are to reduce counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions, and to standardize all payment solutions on a singular specification recognized globally.

“AGD aims to provide enhanced customer experiences in the most secured environment for our customers. By implementing the global EMV standard, we are achieving a significant leap forward in protecting our cardholders against fraud.” said Htoo Htet Tay Za, managing director, Asia Green Development Bank. “Wincor Nixdorf has been a long term partner with the bank and we are confident they are able to help AGD successfully manage this EMV migration.”

Wincor Nixdorf, together with its local partners Myanmar Golden Rock Intl. Ltd and ACE Data Systems, implemented the EMV solution within a five-month timeframe. The solution encompasses three levels, including EMV Level 1 Hardware (Wincor’s EMV-compliant card reader), EMV Level 2 Software, and EMV Level 3 Back-End Integration.

“Wincor Nixdorf congratulates AGD Bank for running the first EMV compliant ATM network in Myanmar, therefore setting the pace for other banks to also ensure this security certificate,” said Karsten Kemna, Wincor Nixdorf Vice President for Asia-Pacific Banking. “We are thrilled to work with AGD through our local Myanmar partners to make transactions most secure for their cardholders. Wincor Nixdorf has been working extensively with various financial institutions across the globe for many years to help them transition to EMV, and we are continuously developing and promoting technologies that ensure safer transactions for the benefit of the end customers.”

About Asia Green Development Bank
Asia Green Development Bank Limited (AGD Bank) opened its head office and first branch in August 2010 in Nay Pyi Taw. AGD Bank aims to deliver banking excellence through inspired and outstanding customer service, while offering innovative products and services that meets clients’ requirements.
Today, AGD Bank has 53 branches throughout Myanmar and International Banking Division that operates international remittance services, foreign exchange and agent banking operations. Under the leadership of new managing director U Htoo Htet Tay Za, a new senior management team, and a strong Information Communications & Technology department, AGD Bank offers new products and services such as UnionPay Debit card and mobile money application to potential and existing clients.
AGD’s vision is to provide the vitally important banking infrastructure that will make a lasting and sustainable impact on this future, building the economic foundations for a progressive Myanmar.

Contact:
Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail:info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Salsa-brand bikes launches at select REI stores and REI.com on fall 2016

Partnership with industry’s premier adventure bike manufacturer broadens co-op’s line of adventure touring, backcountry, and fatbikes

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI, a national specialty outdoor retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op, and Salsa Cycles, bikepacking innovator and bicycle manufacturer, plan to make Salsa-brand bikes available to REI members and customers at select REI stores and REI.com starting in fall 2016.

“REI is committed to the adventure cycling segment, and partnering with Salsa was a natural progression for us,” says Ben Johns, REI general merchandising manager for cycle. “Salsa’s line-up provides our customers a broad selection of specialty mountain, touring, and fatbikes, and will be a great complement to our existing lineup.”

A selection of Salsa’s fatbikes, including the Beargrease, Mukluk, and Bucksaw, will be available in time for winter in select REI locations and online.

Additional Salsa bikepacking and adventure touring bikes, including the Cutthroat, Fargo, Marrakesh, and Vaya, and trail and backcountry models including the Redpoint, and Pony Rustler, will be available to REI customers starting in spring 2017.

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Salsa believes a sense of adventure makes life better and encourages people to “adventure by bike.” Founded in 1982, Salsa has introduced dozens of innovative bikepacking and cycling adventure models, including the Marrakesh, a popular touring bike, the Fargo, a versatile off-road dropbar mountain bike, and the Bucksaw, a full-suspension fatbike.

“Our mission at Salsa is to keep the spirit of adventure alive in cycling. REI is the ideal retailer to help us elevate the bikepacking and touring culture,” said Justin Julian, Salsa Brand Manager. “As a specialty retailer with a deep understanding and ability to outfit people for adventure cycling, REI is the correct next move for us.”

About Salsa Cycles
Salsa Cycles is a privately owned, Minneapolis-based company that has built a reputation on exceptional bikes and related products. Salsa is dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling. Find Salsa on the web at www.salsacycles.com.

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.com, REI.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

Source: REI

IKEA installs three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc.

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has installed three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.

“Installing EV charging stations at IKEA Las Vegas reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said store manager Amy Jensen. “Being a sustainable retailer includes a focus on the sustainable transport of people and empowering our customers to live sustainably too. So, accommodating the needs of EV drivers meets both goals.”

To charge an EV at IKEA Las Vegas, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app, “www.BlinkCode.com”, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member, which is free and typically provides discounted charging fees at Blink EV charging stations. More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and becoming a Blink Member is available at “blinknetwork.com”.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

Located on 26 acres along the northern side of the 215 Beltway at S. Durango Drive, near Sunset Road in Clark County, the 351,000-square-foot IKEA Las Vegas opened May 18, 2016, and employs approximately 300 coworkers. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, this IKEA store presents 43 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. Also, IKEA installed Nevada’s largest single-use commercial rooftop solar array on the store. The store also is the second U.S. IKEA store to open with only LED lighting for sale, and for use inside and outside the building.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Laiyla Bass
702) 396-4462, x 1336

Source: IKEA

Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — For most students, a field trip to the Galápagos Islands, Antarctica or Machu Picchu isn’t likely to happen. With virtual reality, though, the classroom can be the starting point for exploration of the world’s wonders

In addition to immersive gaming experiences, VR technology enables people to watch surgeries and scale mountains. Now, Best Buy Education, a division of Best Buy that helps schools with technology needs, and Google for Education are teaming up. They’re offering kits to make VR easy in the classroom. The goal is to ensure that students will be able to use the technology to learn about the world around them – without ever having to leave school.

The companies announced the partnership on Monday during the 2016 International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) conference in Denver.

Google Expedition Kits, powered by Best Buy Education, help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips. Students can explore cities, coral reefs, landmarks, museums — and even space. They’ll get a first-person view of culture, science and history.

These custom-built virtual reality kits have out-of-the-box-ready devices, including tablets and virtual reality Mattel View-Masters, that bring Expeditions experiences to life. Expeditions can already be used with smartphones through Google Cardboard or tablets in 2D full-screen mode. But now, Best Buy Education will make these kits available to schools for bulk purchase and assisting the technology set-up process with Geek Squad services support.

This is the kind of work we’ve been bringing to schools for years. Best Buy Education helps connect schools with the latest hardware and software technologies and support to ensure that students are enhancing their digital literacy, while preparing themselves for higher education or career opportunities.

For more information, visit Best Buy Education.

You can stay on top of the latest and greatest technology by visiting our Top New Tech page on BestBuy.com.

Media Contact:
612.231.5146
press@bestbuy.com

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Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

Source: Best Buy

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January, Raley’s underwent a chain wide conversion from Chef Style brand kitchen gadgets to Good Cook kitchen utensils. The distributor, Bradshaw International donated the remaining Chef Style products, which amounted to over 20,000 individual items, ranging from rolling pins and can openers to paring knives and meat thermometers. This donation is meant to teach kids to cook, help families in need and assist in healthy eating preparation.

“Bradshaw International is pleased to have participated with Raley’s in such a worthy cause,” said Brice Striggow, Western Regional Sales Manager for Bradshaw International. “Donations like Kitchenware products go a long way toward supporting the basic essentials of everyday life and inspiring others to cook. We are thrilled to be able to keep this support local, donating through organizations that do a monumental job helping those in need every day.”

“Partners like Bradshaw International share our vision to support our local communities,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “Their support allows us to bring a great benefit to those organizations serving our communities.  These utensils will be helping kids learn to cook and providing comfort to local families.”

Recipients included the Food Literacy Center, which teaches low-income elementary school aged children cooking and nutrition to improve their health, environment and economy. “We’re excited to help our kids create new memories with our new kitchen equipment,” said Amber Stott, Founder, Food Literacy Center. “These are the kinds of tools that allow us to help kids create fond memories–while enjoying the healthy bounty this region has to offer!”

Donations will also be used for the various Salvation Army social services programs in Sacramento County, including the E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center.  “This is an amazing donation that help will so many of the individuals and families in our programs,” said Major Ivan Wild, Salvation Army Del Oro Division Divisional Commander.

“Time and time again Raley’s has been a local leader in charitable giving, and this latest donation is just another example of that fact.  We appreciate Raley’s for its generosity and partnership with The Salvation Army.”
These kitchen gadgets were also shared with the Sacramento Food Bank and the Rosemont, Grant and Luther Burbank High Schools through the GEO Academy, whose mission is to teach youth how to create healthy and sustainable communities.

Contact:
Chelsea Minor, Director of PR
Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils

Source: Raleys

Sainsbury’s partners with ReFood to power supermarkets by green gas

London, 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Produced entirely from waste food, the energy generated over the past year alone is enough to power 5,000 homes*, or 10% of Sainsbury’s entire national gas consumption for the year, with ReFood having supplied the retailer with almost 50 million KWh of biomethane gas to date.

As part of the agreement, food waste is collected from Sainsbury’s’ two depots in Sherburn-in-Elmet and Haydock, before being converted into gas, heat and fertiliser at ReFood’s state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion (AD) processing facilities.

The green gas is then exported to the national gas grid by ReFood and, through a third party, is imported by Sainsbury’s stores nationwide – being used to generate carbon-neutral electricity for power and heating. The agreement is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, seeing ReFood supplying both green gas and supporting certification.

As a result of the partnership, ten stores have already significantly increased their use of renewable energy, while lowering utility bills. The partnership also helps to deliver Sainsbury’s commitment to send zero operational waste to landfill, by finding a use for inedible waste products. All surplus edible food is donated to local charity partners.

Commenting on the project, Paul Densham, utilities buyer at Sainsbury’s, said:“Increasing the sustainability of our UK stores is a key corporate priority and we’re making great progress in our drive to reduce food waste across the business. Working in partnership with ReFood allows us to effectively recycle our food waste while creating green gas.

What’s more, it sits well alongside our wider sustainability goals, such as working with food redistribution charities and prioritising sustainable transport strategies. The project has helped us to become a market leader in sustainability and waste reduction, ensuring that we send zero waste to landfill – a promise we’ve been able to make for some years now.”

Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, added: “Using our national network of processing plants, we’ve provided a truly sustainable solution for stores across the UK.

Generating a significant volume of green gas in result, the partnership has enabled Sainsbury’s to use less fossil fuels, minimise utility bills and eliminate unnecessary food waste disposal. What’s more, with a highly effective sustainable biofertiliser also generated via the AD process, stores nationwide are working together to effectively close the food supply chain – from farm to fork and back again.”

Anaerobic digestion is a natural process where organic materials are broken down by naturally occurring micro-organisms. This releases biogas that can be used to generate renewable heat and power, helping to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, while minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about the project, or to find out more about ReFood’s innovative food waste collection and recycling services, visit www.refood.co.uk. For more information on Sainsbury’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/responsibility.

* The volume of green gas created by the partnership is enough to have continually powered 5,000 homes for a year.

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Sainsbury’s partners with ReFood to power supermarkets by green gas

Sainsbury’s partners with ReFood to power supermarkets by green gas

 

Contact:
For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Jsainsbury store

CVS Health Research Institute study finds that home infusion care is safe and improves quality of life while reducing health care costs

WOONSOCKET, R.I.,, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new study by the CVS Health Research Institute found that home infusion care is safe, clinically effective and improves quality of life while reducing health care costs when compared to infusion care delivered in a hospital or clinic. The findings underscore the value of home infusion services where medication is delivered intravenously in a patient’s home for the health care system, including patients and payers. The study was published in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.

“As the U.S. health care payment system shifts from volume to value, we are focused on identifying new approaches to health service delivery that provide better care and improve patient outcomes while lowering costs,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, study author and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “Our research shows that home infusion care is a promising model that is both cost- and clinically-effective and is overwhelmingly preferred by patients when intravenous therapy is required.”

 

Researchers conducted a systematic review of existing peer-reviewed research evaluating infusion care for several conditions, including cystic fibrosis, antibiotics following orthopedic surgery and several cancers requiring infused chemotherapies. Researchers compared measures of quality, safety, clinical outcomes, quality of life and costs of home infusion services to those provided in medical settings. The research showed that patients receiving intravenous therapy at home had as good or better clinical outcomes as those patients who received the same therapy in a traditional health care setting.

In addition, patients overwhelmingly preferred receiving their infusion therapies at home, reporting fewer disruptions in personal schedules and responsibilities. The costs associated with home infusion were also consistently lower than services provided in a health care facility, with savings ranging between $1,928 and $2,974 per course of treatment.

“At CVS Health, we provide important home infusion services to patients through Coram, which is just one of the ways we are expanding our clinical delivery model and helping to move important health services to lower cost sites of care,” added Alan Lotvin, MD, Executive Vice President, CVS Specialty. “In fact, our patients report high satisfaction with our Coram home infusion services, citing convenience and comfort as key elements that improved their overall experience.”

Home infusion services are a rapidly growing delivery model in the health care system with rising rates of chronic and acute conditions that require intravenous therapy. Despite this, clinical outcomes and quality of care have not previously been systematically evaluated. While many commercial health plans provide comprehensive coverage for home infusion services, Medicare has limited reimbursement for this type of care, and Congress is discussing how to implement a comprehensive home infusion benefit for Medicare beneficiaries.

Coram, a service provided by CVS Health, provides vital infusion care and support to tens of thousands of Americans each month with a range of conditions including immune deficiencies, rheumatoid arthritis and serious infections requiring intravenous antibiotic therapy. Care is administered by experienced infusion nurses and pharmacists, and in addition, patients receive additional disease management education and support throughout their treatment.

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives. CVS Health Research Institute findings support a continuous quality improvement environment, which encourages product innovation and development to benefit CVS Health patients, clients and their members.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Christine Cramer
CVS Health
(401) 770-3317
christine.cramer@cvshealth.com

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

CVS Health
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895

SOURCE CVS Health

Tractor Supply Company announces the promotion of Steve Barbarick to President and Chief Merchandising Officer

BRENTWOOD, TN , 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that Steve Barbarick has been promoted to President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Barbarick will continue to lead the merchandising, marketing, inventory management, omni-channel, distribution and logistics teams. He will continue to report to Chief Executive Officer Greg Sandfort.

“Steve has been an integral part of the Tractor Supply team for the past 18 years. He has been a driving force behind the continued evolution of the business and the development of key merchandise, sales, margin and marketing initiatives and has more recently begun providing his leadership in the areas of inventory management, omni-channel, distribution and logistics,” stated Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sandfort further stated, “Steve has a commitment to servant leadership and a deep understanding and passion for our business and customer base. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we execute our long term growth strategy in the years ahead.”

Mr. Barbarick joined Tractor Supply Company as a Buyer in 1998. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing and most recently, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer since March 2015.

About Tractor Supply Company
At March 26, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,521 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.

Contact:
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(614) 440-4000

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200
TSCO@icrinc.com

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply Company increases quarterly cash dividend to 20%; from $0.20 to $0.24 per share

BRENTWOOD, TN , 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors increased the Company’s quarterly cash dividend 20% to $0.24 per share of the Company’s common stock, up from the previous $0.20 per share.

The dividend will be paid on June 1, 2016, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 16, 2016.

About Tractor Supply Company
At March 26, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,521 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.

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

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

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

Source: Tractor Supply Company

SM Investments Corporation records 12% growth in recurring net income in the first quarter of 2016

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) posted a 12% growth in recurring net income in the first quarter of 2016. Consolidated net income (including non-recurring items) stood at PHP 7.0 billion for the January to March period, up 3.6% from PHP 6.7 billion in the same period last year. Consolidated revenues grew 7% to PHP 69.8 billion for the first quarter.

“We are pleased with SM’s strong underlying growth in the first quarter as consumer spending continued to be vibrant and sentiment about the Philippine economy remains strong. Our continuing efforts to improve efficiency in all our businesses have also helped ensure solid earnings growth,” SM President  said.
For the first quarter, property accounted for 43% of SM’s consolidated net income, followed by banks at 36% and retail at 21%.

Retail
Retail operations under SM Retail Inc., which consist of both food (SM Markets) and non-food (THE SM STORE), reported sustained growth in total sales of 8% to PHP 48.8 billion in the first quarter, while net income rose 16% to PHP 1.5 billion.

SM’s food retail business continued to expand, adding five new stores. At end-March, SM Retail had a total of 314 stores comprising 53 THE SM STOREs, 45 SM Supermarkets, 44 SM Hypermarkets, 140 Savemore and 32 WalterMart stores.

Following their acquisition last year and recent modernization, two Cherry Foodarama grocery stores are now fully operational inside SM Cherry malls in Shaw and Congressional Avenue.

SM earlier announced the merger of SM Retail with a group of specialty retail stores such as Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Kultura, Baby Company and Sports Central. The combined entity will have over 1,900 outlets and 2.4 million sqm of gross floor area.

Banking
For the first quarter of 2016, BDO Unibank posted a net income of P 5.5 billion as core lending, deposit-taking and fee-generating businesses delivered solid numbers. Net Interest Income grew by 17% to P 15.5 billion, supported by the 15% jump in customer loans to PHP 1.3 trillion and a 14% growth in deposits to PHP 1.7 trillion.

Property
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) reported a recurring net income growth of 12% in the first quarter to PHP 5.8 billion. Consolidated revenues rose 10% to PHP 18.2 billion.

Rental revenues from malls and commercial spaces, which accounted for 59% of the total, grew 14% to PHP 10.8 billion.  On the other hand, total mall revenues rose 11% to PHP 11.0 billion from PHP 9.9 billion in the previous year. Excluding the new malls and expansions, same-store growth averaged 7%. Total revenues from the commercial group registered a 16% growth in revenues to PHP 887.2 million.

SM Prime’s residential group, which accounted for 32% of total revenues, recorded higher revenues by 5% to PHP 5.8 billion in the period largely on higher construction accomplishments of SM Development Corporation (SMDC) projects launched in 2013 to 2015.
The hotels and convention centers business grew by 22% in the first quarter of 2016 to PHP 617.2 million in terms of revenues.

Balance Sheet
As of end-March, total assets of SM grew 6% to PHP 760.5 billion. SM maintains a healthy balance sheet with a conservative gearing ratio of 36% net debt to 64% equity.

About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation, founded by entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr., is one of the country’s largest publicly listed companies with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on synergies of its banking, property and retail operations. SM has grown into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of non-food under THE SM STORE and food under SM Markets comprising of SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, and Savemore and other food retail stores under Waltermart and Alfamart. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank),  the seventh largest bank.

For more about SM, click here: www.sminvestments.com

Contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM

Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

  • Staples teams up with Workbar to offer convenient workspace starting late spring

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Workbar today announced a new collaboration to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations. Staples and Workbar will make more productive workplaces happen for small business customers, independent professionals, startups and the growing mobile workforce in three Massachusetts locations starting in late spring.

The first three Workbar spaces at Staples will be opening in Danvers, Norwood, and Brighton— located north, south, and west of Boston. Each of the 2,500 – 3,500 square-foot custom-designed facilities will offer a mix of high-end workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms, fast and secure Wi-Fi, printers, and bottomless coffee and tea to keep the connectivity and productivity flowing for business customers.

“We’re excited to team up with Workbar to offer business people a productive working environment in our Staples stores by providing convenient, affordable space and amenities so they can make more happen during their workday,” said Peter Scala, executive vice president merchandising, Staples. “Workbar locations will provide a sense of community and the opportunity to network and collaborate with other motivated professionals.”

Workbar CEO and co-founder Bill Jacobson explained: “Our approach to coworking is a bit different. Mobile professionals are a rising demographic everywhere, not just downtown, so we’re building a hub-and-spoke network that links urban centers and suburban locations. With its convenient locations, parking and extended store hours, Staples is an ideal partner.”

The Workbar locations within Staples will be operated by Workbar and will offer coworking memberships, pre-scheduled meeting space, use of Workbar’s downtown locations, and access to its in-person and online community – a network that offers tips and advice, has connected investors and great ideas, and regularly yields partnerships or job offers. An added benefit and thanks to this collaboration, Workbar members will automatically be enrolled in the Premier Level of Staples Rewards.

“At Staples, the Workbar space will be a great complement to our existing suite of business relevant products and services — Print and Marketing Services, Business Services including shipping, Tech Services and office supplies. This provides our customers with the unique opportunity to obtain virtually everything they need to stay up and running and to make their businesses succeed right from our stores,” said Scala.

Jacobson added, “It’s exciting to see how Staples has embraced Workbar’s mission. Being able to get your work done in a welcoming space, among an interesting, helpful professional community, definitely improves your quality of life. ”

To learn more about Workbar’s coworking network, please visit: www.workbar.com

About Staples, Inc.

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

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

About Workbar

Workbar’s focus is creating great places to work that bring the ideal office to you – convenient, affordable, and populated by a friendly mix of motivated professionals. Our growing network of high quality coworking office spaces offers independent professionals, small businesses, startups, remote teams, and other mobile professionals a mix of comfortable work and meeting spaces and amenities so you can make the most of your work day.

Workbar’s hub-and-spoke network is connecting urban centers to well-placed suburban locations, making coworking more connected, convenient, and local. Our robust digital presence and active events calendar supports interaction and community both online and in person; members share tips, ideas, and recommendations, identify the right tools and talent, and are inspired to do great work. Find out more at www.workbar.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com
or
Workbar
Devin Cole, 617-905-0744
Devin@Workbar.com

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Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

Ultra-intelligent mini beer brewing machine gets funded within two days on Kickstarter

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The ArtBrew beer brewing control system – designed, developed and marketed by an international-based team comprised of the world’s top engineers and brewers – has been officially launched at Kickstarter as an “inspired innovation” that will “change the concept of beer brewing.”

As of this writing, ArtBrew’s Kickstarter campaign has already got full funded within two days of being activated. And it will arrive at 200% of target very soon.

Boasting a premium structure that keeps both brewing and fermentation in one chassis and which automates nearly the entire process, the ArtBrew is the world’s newest, smartest beer brewing appliance featuring a unique mobile app that provides users another way to control the machine beyond the button on the 400 x 240 pixels LCD screen, either nearby or remotely with a Wi-Fi connection. This also allows for status tracking and access to a massive database containing a plethora of recipes from across the world.

Through ArtBrew’s innovative app, users can customize their own recipes while taking advantage of the social networking platform to obtain and share recipes they may not have had previous access to.

“The ArtBrew solution is going to change the brewing game not only because of its ability to keep the brewing tank and fermentation tank in one common chassis – one that boasts excellent structural design – but also because it’s a formidable control system with a myriad of sensors to control and provide feedback on the different processes,” states an ArtBrew spokesperson.

“What’s more, in this day and age of worldwide social networking, the ArtBrew app provides users an alternative control method for the machine, coming fully loaded with a recipe library that contains hundreds of recipes collected from the world’s most famous breweries, access to brewing process tracking with a real time curve, market access to all ArtBrew products and accessories, user notification of machine status and much more. To say the ArtBrew  product is a forward-thinking, easy-to-use brewing solution is something of an understatement.”

A six-liter MiniKeg can represent a serving keg that the user simply leaves inside the machine to access the beer, or can work as a fermentation keg which the user can store in a refrigerator for fermentation purposes. Further, ArtBrew recipes are sorted in various categories, providing the user an easy way of finding the desired recipes while allowing the search process to commence by keyword or name. Users can create their own recipes and can also change or modify the original ArtBrew recipes to create a new one, free to then use/brew them or share with the public.

ArtBrew representatives say the goal of the new brewing system is to allow everyone to discover their “inner beer brewing artist,” with no previous technique or knowledge required.

Learn more at www.artbrew.beer

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Roundy’s, Inc. introduced new features and continuous carbon dioxide refrigerant system in its newest Pick ‘n Save location in Menomonee Falls

The Menomonee Falls store uses a CO2 refrigeration system

Milwaukee, WI, US, 2014-1-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Roundy’s, Inc. (“Roundy’s”) (NYSE: RNDY), a leading grocer in the Midwest, is introducing new features and a continuous carbon dioxide refrigerant system in its newest Pick ‘n Save location in Menomonee Falls. The sustainable store will open its doors January 14, 2014.

The refrigeration system and new store additions are an example of Roundy’s commitment to managing products and processes in an environmentally responsible manner, and follow a worldwide multi-industry shift toward using naturally occurring refrigerants.

“Our system is the first of its kind in Wisconsin to use carbon dioxide as its refrigerant,” said James Hyland, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Roundy’s. “The system will reclaim the heat it generates by serving as a heating source for the store’s hot water.”

From building materials to energy management systems and even operational efficiencies, the new store has many sustainable features. In order to see a full list of its sustainable initiatives, you can visit the “Green Board” inside the store.

In addition to the environmentally conscious refrigeration system, other new features of the store include a café area, sushi and soup bar, and gourmet cheese department. Fresh juices also will be squeezed daily in the store.

All of the new store additions focus on a continual effort to enhance the consumer experience and convenience of each Pick ‘n Save store.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 20,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 163 retail grocery stores and 101 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Contact:
James J. Hyland
Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
james.hyland@roundys.com
414-231-5811

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Laundry 365 Keep You Running £65 Days A Year

Laundry 365 is pleased to promote their excellent laundry repair services to an industry that often requires coverage every day of the year. The company was named Laundry 365 on the basis that people who set up the company realised that laundries were an essential part of everyday operation and a breakdown could bring the whole operation to a standstill and if this occurred at a weekend or on a holiday then a lot of people could be inconvenienced very severely. To resolve this problem Laundry 365 was set up to make sure that the industry was able to get a repair service that would see them operate 365 days a year whilst having a service available that could repair all but the catastrophic breakdown at the customers beck and call.

Laundry 365 pride themselves on the quality of the equipment they supply in the first place as being some of the best on the market but as with all mechanical equipment breakdowns will occur and a rapid response and solution is essential to good operation. The company are pleased to offer various service contracts on all their commercial laundry equipment and up to 4 years can be arranged as a service contract, which added to the manufacturers guarantee, gives a total of 5 years repair coverage. Laundry 365 is pleased to note that the repair service covers a 365 days a year with a 24 hour rapid repair service and all parts and labour. It will also include an annual preventative maintenance visit and if the equipment uses gas there will be an annual gas safety inspection. The service has been designed to give the customer peace of mind that when problems do occur there is a simple and safe solution just a phone call away.

Laundry 365 only source the repair parts from the leading manufacturers so that the integrity of the repair is secure and will bring the equipment concerned back to full operational condition that should last a long time. This is one part of laundry operation that Laundry 365 has focussed on for a long time, as it has been the Achilles heel of the business. Laundry machines by definition do a great deal of hard work and their operating speeds and rotations are extremely high and the toughest of materials can wear in time and a good repair service is everything.

If the laundry does not have a service contract that is no problem to Laundry 365 as they offer a great repair service in this case as the Companies vast experience in the industry allows them to resolve almost all problems whilst being extremely competitive in price.

Laundry 365 will be delighted to talk to 0r email any laundry or prospective laundry to show just what they can do to help the customer to make sure that the laundry operation works safely and securely for all 365 days a year and that when the work has been completed that the quality of the repairs of Laundry 365 will stand the test of time.

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Thames Valley Catering Adds The New Foster ‘Xtra’ Range Of Refrigeration Products

Thames Valley Catering Equipment where pleased to announce today that they have officially launched the sale of the new Foster Xtra Refrigeration products range to their already extensive lines of refrigeration and catering equipment supplies.

Foster Refrigeration Equipment has always been well known as a leader in the UK’s market place for their refrigeration equipment and have been building, producing and supplying a vast array of reliable, dependable, robust and innovative products which are now available to you in a new affordable range via Thames Valley Catering.

The Foster xtra range has cleverly been designed to provide a solution that meets all your refrigeration requirements on a budget. Available at a competitive price, the range includes a suite of value for money cabinets, counters and blast chillers, offering reliable products you can depend on.

The Cabinets on offer are the 600 litre XR600H refrigerator and XR600L Freezer single door units (pictured top right) and the 1300litre double door XR1300H refrigerator and XR1300L freezer. All of these units have a stainless steel exterior and aluminium interior, adjustable 2/1GN shelving, easy read digital controllers, removable door gaskets, fan assisted cooling, castors and door locks fitted as standard and fully automatic operation. The Xtra cabinet freezers and cabinet refrigerators can be found here and here respectively.

Two counter refrigerators are available the two door280 litre XR2H (pictured below) and three door 435 litre XR3H both of which have 1/1GN shelves as well as all of the benefits of the cabinets shown above can also be supplied with 100mm splash backs, basket drawers and rear stainless covers for those units located in the centre of the kitchen.

There are also 3 xtra economic blast chillers available from the Foster xtra range; the XR10 (10kg chilling capacity), XR20 (20kg chilling capacity and XR35 (35kg chilling capacity) pictured below. All of these blast chillers have a stainless steel interior and exterior with shelf positions set 75mm apart to maximise capacity. Microprocessor controls provide food safe chilling from +70’c to +3’c in 90 minutes with hard and soft chill options. The units are also designed with no visible screws or dirt traps for ease of cleaning and will operate to high ambient temperatures up to approx 40’c.

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Splash And Relax At A Price That Suits Most Pockets

Splash and relax are a company that has worked hard to develop a full range of products that will not only cover every sort of leisure activity but will do it at a price that can be afforded by most people. This is due to Splash and Relax working hard to obtain a full range of product within any category so that there is something for everyone. The very name of the company suggests that the water based sports and leisure activities have always been at the forefront of Splash and Relax’s business model. The swimming pool business is a major part of that area and the company can supply a full range of pools from the typical blow up paddling pool through the inflatable pools and above ground pools to the in the ground models.

Splash and Relax are pleased to be able to provide a great in ground swimming pool that will cost a fraction of that of a fully fitted tiled swimming pool. Splash and Relax are pleased to supply the Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit which is basically a DIY swimming pool that most active families can deal with or get a local contractor to erect at a very low price. The in ground swimming pool has always been considered the ultimate in swimming pools as it fits so well into the standard large garden and can be landscaped with paths and patios to make it the major centre of any garden. The Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit comes in kit form in various sizes up from 20 ft x 12 ft to 30 ft x 14 ft and at a price range for the full kit from less than £6,000 to less than £8,000 for the largest then comparing this to a price of over £30,000 for fully tiled and fitted swimming pool this unit has some very attractive advantages. The kit pool will usually take around 7 to 10 days to install whereas the tiled pool will take a good 10 weeks to install.

Splash and Relax are pleased to promote the Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit and note that the work can be carried out with assistance in a complete do it yourself fashion. The biggest problem is the hole for the pool but a good local digger contractor will deal with that and requires a good base. The Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit supplies a full framework for the pool with a fully insulation panel wall around and below the pool. The liner is a polymer one which will last about 7 to 10 years but a simple replacement will restore the pool to new. All the cleaners and filtration units come with the kit but there are a great range of extras that Splash and Relax can supply including a serious water heater and good solar covers.

Take a look at the Splash and Relax website and see just how good this swimming pool looks.

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Warranty on Trucks and Trolleys Extended to 10 years by The Workplace Depot

The Workplace Depot is delighted to announce that their range of Fetra trucks and trolleys will now be under warranty for 10 years; previously the warranty was for five years.

Many workplaces rely heavily on trucks and trolleys to move goods around and they can take a heavy pounding from regular, hefty usage. So it may come as a surprise that a company could guarantee the reliability of such an item for an extended period.

Ken Miller, Director of the Workplace Depot explained, “The reason we can give a 10 year warranty is because the equipment is now manufactured at highly efficient production facilities using some of the most advanced precision machinery. The Fetra range of trucks and trolleys are also powder-coated and undergo vigorous shot blasting pre-treatment.”

The new manufacturing process extends the product life as well as keeping the finish in tip-top condition for much longer.

There may be cheaper alternatives in the truck and trolley ranges provided by other suppliers, but buying an inferior item can be a false economy. This type of transport equipment has notoriously high levels of wear and tear, so lower quality equipment may only last a few years and therefore need to be replaced. This wastes both time and money versus the alternative of purchasing a reliable product that is guaranteed for 10 years.

Steve Miller, The Workplace Depot’s Managing Director commented on the quality of the Fetra products, “We are proud of the fact that if any of the Fetra products fail within 10 years, we will replace the whole truck or trolley, not just replace a part. We will of course do this free of charge. Our range is built to last and nothing says this more than a 10 year warranty.”

To view the full range of Fetra manufactured trucks and trolleys, visit the Workplace Depotwebsite.

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Get a state-of-the-art Lenovo laptop from DABS.com now and claim up to £75 cashback

There’s never been a better time to buy a stylish and feature-packed Lenovo laptop computer than now, because for a limited period, every one sold by DABS.com comes with an extra gift in time for Christmas – cashback of up to £75.

While stocks last, if you buy one of the Lenovo laptops or notebooks from this top manufacturer’s G580 or Z580 laptops, or Z400 slimbooks, you’ll get at least £50, but up to £75 back in your pocket to spend as you please. And with the range’s already great-value prices starting from under£330, that means you can treat someone you love – or even yourself – to a brand new, highly-specified and fully-featured portable computer for a great price.

The Lenovo G580 can be bought with between 4GB and a massive 8GB of RAM and between 320GB and 1TB of internal storage. Operating on the latest Windows Home 8 Premium system, every one has Bluetooth connectivity, stereo speakers and integrated webcam and card reader to let you do all your computing tasks on the move.

The Z580, meanwhile, is powered by the latest-generation Intel processors, and has an in-built DVD read-write drive, along with Dolby Home Theatre audio sound and yet more massive storage capacity.

But if you’re after the slimmest, slinkiest machine around, try a Lenovo S400 slimbook. It’s a super-slim 22mm thick, yet packs in a 14-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, face-recognition technology for ultra-secure logging in to your computer, and a battery which will give up to five hours’ continuous use, it’s a machine designed for those who carry their lives around with them.

Michelle Helme of DABS.com said: “At a time of year when money can be tight, it can be hard to find great savings on the most in-demand gifts.

“But here at DABS.com, we think this Lenovo cashback deal is a timely and attractive offer which will encourage lots of people to act quickly to upgrade their existing portable computers.

“As we only have limited stocks of all three models available on this deal, don’t delay placing your order to be sure to quality for the extra savings.”

Find out more about Lenovo Cashback at Dabs.com by visiting the page, where you will see the full range of models and funky colours available.

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The Happy Bike Expands Its Offering to Monkey Bars Storage Systems

The Happy Bike, an online bicycle storage centre has expanded its garage storage offering into products from Idaho based company, Monkey Bars.

“We are delighted by being able to offer Monkey Bars’ racks to our customers. Monkey Bars offers the most versatile racks on the market today. Their products are based on innovative designs making their racks very easy to install but also very effective to use. It is a real joy to have their products in our catalog.” – said Pawel Grabowski, the owner of The Happy Bike. “With this addition to our catalog we are now offering most of the top garage storage brands. It is our goal to give our customers the biggest selection when it comes to ways to organize bicycles in their garage, home, apartment or even a small office and we are constantly sourcing more products to include in our catalog.”

The company, which already offers products from top brands on the market such as Gear Up, Racor and Tidy Garage is also in talks with other producers and soon might become the largest indoors bicycle storage centre online.

About the company: The Happy Bike is an eCommerce store offering indoors bicycle storage solutions for home, garage, apartment and even a small office.

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ElectricalCounter.co.uk Polishes Their Switches

Electrical Counter has built up a very good business based on an excellent internet hub to supply the electrical industry with a great range of products for the electrical supply service market. They have been particularly good at moving with the times and the latest range of sockets and switches from all the major manufacturers has given the user a great deal of choice in terms of design and applications. This has allowed the user to use Electrical Counter to develop a theme for the whole of the household or workplace and then be able to obtain a full range of switches and sockets for every application required.

One of the latest ranges that have really taken off is the polished chrome switch and socket and the latest ranges really supply not only a great finish but a superb a vast array of different types of switches and sockets. This array of different switches has allowed the end user to choose some excellent looking fitments which have been built specially for the application. Polished Chrome has a mirror finish and the appearance shines and whilst it will accept some fingerprint coverage this is easily cleaned and will not detract significantly from the overall appearance in any case. Electrical Counter can supply a full range of Nexus Metal manufactured switches and sockets, and the quality is it as would be expected from such a well-known manufacturer.

There are, of course, the typical switch ranges which generally have a smooth rounded thin face plates and rounded switch push toggles in single and double and triple gang, but there are some excellent ancillary items. The switch tripe pole fan isolator switch is a lovely large switch which does the job it is designed for but has an excellent appearance and will fit well outside of any bathroom fixing or some other suitable application, this also matches a good looking shaver socket which has a long thin appearance with a very compact but capable plastic insert in the shaver socket position. There are 45 amp switches with a neon indicator for controlling that high amperage usage. The range of dimmer switches is something often missed with single, double, triple and four way ganged dimmer switches so that the whole of a room can be dimmed at different levels. This makes for some superb lighting effects that can change the complete ambience within the setting and The Electrical Counter is proud to be able to assist with the supply of the equipment and can provide advice and help if required.

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RichTech Systems’ Transparent LCD Showcases Can Increase Sales

The transparent LCD showcase technology is an emerging trend for companies to display a wide range of products. These showcases use an entirely see-through LCD so that information, video, audio, text and company logos can all be displayed while the customer can still see the goods on display behind it. The screen also has touch screen functionality so that viewers can learn more about what is being displayed, find out about all of the different options and even order it all with the touch of a finger.

One particularly good use for the transparent LCD showcase is for jewelry display. Stores can use them in the shop window to help draw shoppers’ attention to the store and the jewelry products that are available for sale. These unique showcases can also be used on countertops to help to draw shoppers inside. The cutting edge technology can help to increase foot traffic, promote the brand, increase awareness of the store and even increase sales.

This technology is particularly good for displaying jewelry but also has a huge range of other settings that can be used. Transparent LCDs are also extremely effective in boardrooms, airports, tradeshows, conferences, museums, science centers, art galleries and any number of retail locations. This technology is perfectly suited to both retail and educational settings to provide information, sound, video and pictures to viewers.

The transparent LCD is available in a huge range of sizes from 10” for smaller uses to 60” for larger locations. Currently, the most popular sizes being sold are the 12” and the 22” showcases. These technologies are available for purchase at extremely reasonable price points, allowing even smaller retail locations to take advantage of all they have to offer. For instance, the 12” transparent LCD currently has a retail price of only $349.

These LCD solutions are also extremely easy to use. It features compatibility with a variety of video, audio and graphic formats and is set up for users to literally plug and play. Users can use CF, SD and USB card storage to set up the text, images and video to be displayed on the see- through LCD screen.

This engaging technology is sure to be seen in an ever increasing variety of settings as people become more aware of the possibilities that it has to offer. Visit the RichTech Systems Ltd. website at http://www.richtechsystem.com/html/transparent-video-showcase.html to see photos and videos of this technology in action.

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