RCH Group Cements its International Reach

RCH Group’s New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA, leading provider of retail and restaurant POS solutions, announces the launch of RCH Germany based in Saarbrucken, Saarland Lander. Expanding upon the existing presence of RCH in the international markets, this new base will augment RCH’s operations in the German and Austrian Countries, as well as beyond.

RCH Group designs, manufactures and sells telematic recorders, fiscal printers, and POS (Point of Sale) hardware and software. Their products, all designed in Italy, are recognised in several markets for their advanced technology, intelligent design and ease of use.

As RCH continues to expand, they are committed to being able to provide country-specific support to regions where they are securing increasingly significant market share. Germany constitutes one such market – particularly in light of RCH’s growing provision of solutions which meet the recently implemented TSE fiscal reporting legislation. More than merely serving the German market though, the expansion of RCH in Germany is a step towards strengthening and growing the company’s customer portfolio across the continent.

By opening a new headquarters in Saarbrucken, RCH is able to keep its finger even closer to the pulse of market needs; particularly in the field of catering, restaurants and food and beverage service. RCH’s product offerings in this field help to not only ensure that businesses are TSE compliant, but also offer a host of benefits which can bring genuine competitive advantages to their users; providing levels of data analysis capable of completely revolutionising the entire supply chain process: from menu design and purchase, to stock control, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), full financial/tax compliance, and beyond.

This means that because of the exceptional value offered by RCH products, even small, single unit businesses can benefit from levels of commercial insight previously only available to large scale operations. However, by virtue of its cloud-based approach to information management and third party integrability, RCH systems are also ideal for coordinating the activities of large-scale, multi-outlet restaurants and retail businesses. RCH products are truly capable of catering to the full spectrum of operators.

“This is an exciting time for RCH Group and marks an important milestone for our company as we further expand our presence in the heart of Europe,” says Stefano De Pra, CEO of the company. “The German market is particularly suited to the nature of RCH products, which places a focus not only on technological innovation and intuitive user experience, but also pays heavy attention to solidity, style and aesthetics”.

This expansion has been possible due to the exceptional performance that RCH secured in the period of 2019-2020, seeing the launch of a number of new products across a range of new geographical markets, as well as the formation of a collaboration with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) – whose slogan of ‘endless passion’ echoes the mindset of RCH themselves.

This growing demand for RCH products and their increased recognition in the industry, combined with the need for centralized operations to manage all regional distribution and after-sales technical support, led RCH to choose Germany as a complimentary operational and strategic base to its existing offices in Treviso.

More information about RCH Group and RCH Germany is available at http://www.rch-group.com and http://www.rch-europe.de

About RCH Group

The RCH Group of companies offers advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, entertainment, hospitality and franchising markets.The Group’s innovative products include cash registers, automatic cash desks and cloud-based back office services.

Founded in 1969, RCH Group has grown into a global organization, comprising of several companies with a presence in 40 countries worldwide. It is renowned for its successful combination of advanced product engineering with distinctive design. Headquartered in Northern Italy, RCH Group has operational offices in Austria, Vietnam, China, and Asia, as well as a vast network of partner resellers.

RCH Contact:

Nicola Cassoli

Director Marketing & Sales Italy

T. +39 0422365255

E. n.cassoli@rch.it

RCH Germany Contact:

info@rch-europe.de

T.+49 0681 9677 8752

Press Contact:

Fiorenza Mella

Xpresso Communications              

T. +31 715238210

E.: fiorenza@xpressocommunications.com

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RCH’s partnership with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) to help develop the cash desks of the future

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH continues to champion the highest level of restaurateurism by forming an alliance with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE), one of the world’s most prestigious culinary institutes. This alliance will see JRE integrating the RCH brand into their social media and press statements, along with presence on the website and JRE annual guide.

In return, and in recognition that the creativity of gastronomy needs to be supported by effective business practices, RCH will be engaging in a range of collaborative activities with JRE to help encourage and develop the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs, both in terms of the creative and commercial ambitions. This will include both event sponsorship and product support.

JRE, one of the most prestigious culinary organisations in the world, brings together young Restaurateurs and Chefs who share their talent and passion for food with likeminded people. Founded in 1974 in France, JRE is now active in 16 countries with 350 affiliated restaurants and is looking to expand on a global scale. With over 180 Michelin stars and 4,000 Gault&Millau points between them, members of JRE combine a love of creativity and innovation with a respect for local products and tradition.

The key slogan for JRE is the idea of ‘never-ending passion’, and this closely echoes the mentality that RCH seeks to embody within their product range. In developing cash register systems for a number of industries, RCH seeks to get deeply involved in the intricacies of their clients’ operations – understanding how the EPOS process impacts the full business model, and not merely the cash-taking elements of operation.

Resultantly, RCH have developed products – such as the ATOS range – which are perfectly positioned to augment restaurant operations on nearly every level. Not only are RCH systems deisgned to compliment the aesthetics of the dining environment, but they also provide levels of data analysis that can completely revolutionise the entire restaurant process; from menu design and purchase, to wastage control, to Customer Relationship Management (CRM), to full financial/taxation conformance, and beyond.

A key aspect of the partnership with JRE will be RCH’s endeavours to develop parts of their ATOS system to specifically compliment the needs of JRE. In this way, RCH is able to develop a long-lasting, committed relationship with JRE, providing mutual benefits: RCH gains knowledge not just of existing market trends that could be integrated into future product updates, but the progressive, creative innovations that JRE are at the forefront of. Similarly, JRE are able to integrate top-level commercial technologies into their operations – significantly improving the efficiency of their booking and reservations processes, along with a whole host of other benefits.

Fillipo Saporito, President JRE Italy, says of the partnership: “When my wife and I opened the ‘La Leggenda dei Frati’ restaurant in 2002, the first big goal was to be part of this big family. Today I am proud to be the leader of this family, and I do so with commitment and passion, giving my deepest thanks to all of the partners who join us, and echo our own sense of passion and dedication.”

Stefano de Pra, President & CEO of RCH Group SpA, adds his own insight, stating that “It would be tempting to draw from our Italian roots as reason for why we are so committed to the forwardance of the restaurant community through our partnership with JRE – the Italians of course being famed for their exceptional cuisine. But in reality RCH is an international operation, and JRE has an international reach”. De Pra continues: “A love of good food is the language of every culture, not just ours. This collaboration sees us not just supporting upcoming restaurateurs, but benefiting from their verve, determination, insight and creativity to help us develop the cash desks of the future.”

RCH looks forward to developing its first collaborative event with JRE. Until then, it wishes all operators within the restaurant trade the best of luck and keep being inspired by passion.

More information about RCH Group Spa is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

About JRE
Jeunes Restaurateurs (JRE) is an association of young chefs in Europe which has been breathing new and fresh life to the culinary arts since 1974, in keeping with their slogan “Never-ending passion.” In doing so, JRE combines cuisine of the very highest standard with the courage to introduce innovations to the culinary tradition of the respective region. Jeunes Restaurateurs has restaurants in 16 European countries – around 80 of them in Germany alone. These include establishments run by famous chefs known from TV, such as Alexander Herrmann and Cornelia Poletto. More info to be found here: https://www.jre.eu/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February (16-20), RCH Group will be exhibiting at EuroShop, the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. On booth #G49 in Hall 6 the company will introduce a number of new POS solutions – responding to the future-oriented and dynamic trends of the retail industry and building upon the technological and aesthetic capabilities that sit at the core of RCH’s product development.

Improving the strategic abilities of small and medium operations with improved analytics and accountancy

A key element of RCH’s attendance at the show will be the international debut of the WALLE 8T – a product which aims to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and increase the ability of small and medium retail operations to engage in effective fiscal management and financial analytics.

WALLE 8T constitutes a POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products standard, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying interface and functionality, allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

With intuitive front-end operability and highly flexible back-end analytics and accountancy features, even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.

In addition to the WALLE 8T, RCH will also be demonstrating a range of new product evolutions, with a focus on meeting the aesthetic needs of retail outlets.

Novelty with a Vintage look

Whilst RCH always prides itself on the technological developments that increase the functionality and usability of its products, there is also recognition that supporting the strategic goals of customers will not always spring exclusively from technological innovation alone. The aesthetics and atmosphere of retail venues are key strategic components for a business, and cash registers constitute an incredibly visible element within a store.

For this reason, RCH is proud to introduce the Cortina 59. With metal drawer and printer, the Cortina embodies a stylish, vintage design that fits well into retail environments that are seeking a more nostalgic aesthetic that reminds of past cash registers. Available in five different colours (white, black, blue, red, yellow), the Cortina 59 doesn’t just meet the functional needs of a commercial environment, but in itself becomes a beautiful centrepiece – actively contributing as a piece of decoration and functional furniture. Electronic based capabilities with all of the RCH functionality you expect, embodied in true mechanical charm.

NEW Robust POS product

For retail environments that do favour a modern and slick aesthetic, at the other end of the RCH design spectrum is the A-IRON. Part of the ATOS 15 range – and therefore embodying all of the usability, versatility and functionality expected from RCH’s signature line – the A-IRON combines aluminium and steel into the physical POS unit to enhance an image of modernity and elegance, with clean lines and a solid appearance.

President and CEO of RCH Stefano De Pra, stated: “Our path to innovation is a combination of creativity and market needs, elegant design and functional aspects. Technological innovation sits at the core of our products – as its beating heart, but a diverse range of beautiful external aesthetics makes them fit-for-purpose in a variety of retail contexts. The novel products we are introducing this year at EuroShop will meet the expectations of an international market that appreciates reliability, the use of resistant, robust materials and considered design that combines to create easy-to-use and decorative POS products.”

More information about RCH Group SpA and its products is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group, provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and public administration sector has introduced an all-in-one solution for retail businesses seeking to streamline their POS and fiscal operations. The WALLE 8T promises to significantly improve the ability of small and medium retail operations to efficiently perform, manage and monitor their financial and fiscal operations, and access data which can be key in strategic development of the firm.

“With the WALLE 8T we are seeking to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and present new solutions which are particularly relevant for small and medium sized retail operations, who until recently have been limited in their access to effective fiscal management and financial analytics” said Stefano Di Pra, CEO and President of RCH Europe. “The ease of use, high levels of configurability and accessible range of data outputs – which can all be accessed remotely – mean that even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.”

Software that maximises flexibility, hardware that maximises usability

The WALLE 8T constitutes a physical POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying the interface and functionality allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

Remote and real-time access to data with the Cloud RCH store

Moreover, the Android software deployed on the WALLE 8T unit allows for complete cloud-based management of all front and back end operations. This means that all processes can be managed remotely providing much greater flexibility in the way that fiscal affairs can be handled – especially in operations which maintain multiple sales sites. Details of financial operations are collated and presented in accessible and easy-to-read graphs and charts, and updated on a real-time basis to facilitate more reactive and dynamic analysis of sales activities. Additional elements such as disaster recovery allow users a much greater peace of mind in maintaining undisrupted monitoring and reporting of performance.

Streamlined front-end operations, comprehensive back-end analytics

Certainly, the WALLE 8T system integrates all of the front-end usability which is to be expected of RCH POS products.  With its high degree of intuitiveness which places important functions front and center, and significantly reduces the training time needed to use the systems. But it is not just this which sets the WALLE 8T apart. Instead, it is the back-end analytics and accountancy features which make the WALLE 8T and cloud-based Android operating system an important development in RCH’s range of solutions. Particularly important for countries which are introducing new and increasingly complex fiscal reporting laws, the WALLE 8T system has the flexibility to deliver data in a functional and easy-to-understand way, adaptable to the needs of the business and their operational context.

More information about the WALLE 8T and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-group.com/http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DATA4 Product Highlights at Kiosk Summit 2018: Cash Desk K2 Slim; ATOS 15 ELEGANT; Open Standards-Based Hardware; Functional and Elegant Designs

DATA4 Brings Pioneering Payment Systems to Kiosk Summit 2018

TREVISO, Italy, 2018-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — DATA4, manufacturer of innovative self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically, will showcase its latest POS innovations at Kiosk Summit 2018 on stand 6. Kiosk Summit is Europe’s only dedicated event for organisations and individuals, who utilise self-service technology to interact with their clients, streamline their customer journey and gain increased efficiency by using cutting-edge interactivity. The event will take place on September 27h next in London.

This year, DATA4, RCH Group-member, will exhibit its innovative solutions integrated with RCH’s advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and the public administration sector:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to return to Kiosk Summit this year and demonstrate to visitors how our revolutionary payment kiosks can be an additional Point of Sale,” said Michele Stecca, General Manager, DATA4 Srl. Cash Desk K2, in particular, is already proving its worth in helping to reduce queues and the need for people management in busy airport terminals, exhibitions, cinemas, museums and restaurants. In today’s rapid-paced world, the right tools and technology must be in place to streamline the customer journey and speed up the transactions process while at the same time ensuring the highest standard of service. DATA4’s state-of-the-art payment systems make this possible.”

Product Highlights at Kiosk Summit 2018

Cash Desk K2 Slim
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, Cash Desk K2 Slim is an automatic device specifically destined for electronic payments. Eliminating the task of handling cash transactions results in a product that’s thinner and smoother in the movements. The device boasts a fast and simple user interface, indicating each operation to be carried out step by step with the aid of visual indicators (LEDs). A multi-lingual and interactive menu allows customers to pay for their goods or services in three easy steps.

For the merchant, the self-service Cask Desk K2 Slim can significantly improve and streamline operations so that long queues are avoided, cash handling is eliminated, and staffing requirements and labour cost are reduced. For the catering industry, hygiene can be improved as the person responsible for preparing foods no longer needs to handle physical money.

ATOS 15 ELEGANT
ATOS 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology and comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base. Efficient hardware coupled with intelligent software makes ATOS 15 Elegant the ideal tool for any Point of Sale. The unit comes with an optional rear customer display that completes its maximum expression of functional elegance. This customer display is available in two different sizes, allowing the merchant to either present the customer with a list of purchased items or alternatively to display its own graphics visualising the consumptions on sale. This back graphic display can be cleverly used as an advertising tool to broadcast the latest news and in-store promotions, giving added value to any POS.

Multiple connections including Ethernet, USB and Micro SD allowing the ATOS 15 Elegant to pair with printers, tablets and scanners are all standard. An NFC reader, an MFC magnetic card and an I-Button are additional options with this innovative and eye-catching POS system.

Open Standards-Based Hardware
All of DATA4’s and RCH’s innovative solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

Functional and Elegant Designs
Highly intelligent on the inside, elegant and compact on the outside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. A DATA4 and an RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

More information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group at EuroCIS: Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction key for customer satisfaction in retail

ITALY, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology plays a crucial role in the modern world of retail, affecting all areas of the sales cycle from inventory management right through to pricing and customer experience. EuroCIS is the leading trade fair for the retail technology sector, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 27th to March 1st, 2018.

RCH Group SpA is once again taking the opportunity provided by EuroCIS to demonstrate how it is responding to the requirements of this fast-paced digital era. Visitors to Hall 10, Stand E59 will view a range of hardware and software solutions based on decades of technological research and innovation. Each solution caters specifically to one or more points in the sales cycle.

“Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction are key success factors for customer satisfaction in retail,” states Michele Stecca, Director of Exports at RCH Group. “In our digital world, consumers expect multichannel sales points where they can decide if they want to shop online or physically instore via a self-service kiosk or with a cashier. Intelligent technology that can merge the old with the new, offline with online, providing tools to monitor and manage all aspects of the sales cycle will allow retailers to deliver a fast, convenient and personalised shopping experience while retaining customer loyalty.”

RCH’s products are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. An RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

More information about RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.com/ Further information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The Bon-Ton Stores announces its new updated Gift Registry

The Bon-Ton Stores announces its new updated Gift Registry

 

Mobile App and Website Enhance Shopper Experience, Offer Special Discounts and Savings, and Make it Simple to Register and Shop for Gifts

MILWAUKEE, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, announces its new updated Gift Registry just in time for the busiest wedding planning month of the year.

With more than a million couples registering for wedding gifts annually, Bon-Ton aims to capture couples through its mobile-first online experience with all the tips and tools needed to make registering for gifts easy and fun for couples.  From the mobile app or website, couples can easily start a registry, select gifts or scan items at the store using their smart phone.  With the average couple selecting more than 130 items for their registry, Bon-Tonalso developed new features to help users easily manage, modify and track gifts, as well as view purchased gifts, record thank you notes and more.  The social-friendly gift registry enables couples to share it with family and friends by email or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with just the click of a button.

“Bon-Ton’s Gift Registry will provide couples and their guests with a great new digital experience that makes registering and buying gifts from Bon-Ton much easier,” commented Chad Stauffer, President of Merchandising and Marketing for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.  “With our extensive merchandise assortment and quality brands, couples will find everything they need for their new life together.”

Bon-Ton’s Gift Registry has many benefits for the bride and groom and for guests purchasing gifts for the couple:

  • New: Free pair of coffee mugs when couples create and scan their registry in any store.
  • 5% Back Registry Gift Rewards: Couples receive a Bon-Ton gift card for 5% of gifts purchased by guests on the couple’s gift registry to be used in store or online.  The national gift registry average is $5,000 which would equate to a $250 free gift card. Any items purchased within 60 days of their wedding date counts toward the 5% cash back.
  • New: 20% off Newlywed Savings coupon –  Couples receive 20% off regular and sale priced items that remain on their registry after the wedding.
  • New: Complimentary invitation enclosure cards to inform guests where couple are registered with a 20% off item coupon for guests to purchase on the registry.
  • New: Free online shipping on gifts $49 and over.

Couples who register with Bon-Ton from January 11 through February 9, with a gift value of $2,000 or more, will be entered in to the “30 Days of Giveaways Sweepstakes” for more than $4,500 in total merchandise prizes. Thirty winners will be selected at random among all qualifying registries to win one of 30 different merchandise products. No purchase is necessary.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. 
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

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Visa announces the availability of its suite of sensory branding for merchants, terminal manufacturers and developers

Verifone, Equinox Payments, Ingenico Group, and Poynt Sign-on to Pilot New Visa Sensory Branding: Sound, animation, and haptic (vibration) that signifies completed transactions

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION “BIG SHOW” – Visa (NYSE: V) today (Jan. 14, 2018) announced that its suite of sensory branding is now available as a pilot program for merchants, terminal manufacturers and developers. In a world increasingly filled with voice-commands, networked appliances and payment-enabled wearables, Visa’s unique sound, animation and haptic (vibration) cues signify completed, secure transactions in digital and physical retail environments when consumers pay using Visa.

“Our research has shown that Visa’s sensory cues signal speed, trust and convenience among consumers,” said Jack Forestell, head of global merchant solutions, Visa Inc. “As new payment experiences proliferate, we are helping our partners assure their customers that their transaction has been quickly and securely completed, no matter how they prefer to pay.”

Covering approximately 60 percent of the U.S. merchant point-of-sale terminal market1, manufacturers Equinox Payments, Ingenico Group, Poynt, and Verifone are working with Visa to pilot sensory branding with merchant partners in the coming year. According to a recent consumer study conducted in eight countries, 81 percent 2 of participants said they would have a more positive perception of merchants who used either the sound or animation cues. Additionally, less than a second in length2, the sound of Visa was found to signal speed and convenience.

“We are pleased that Visa will be first to take advantage of new Verifone capabilities that enable distinctive experiences for cardholders,” said Vin D’Agostino, executive vice president at Verifone. “We believe merchants and consumers benefit from a more personalized and relevant experience at check out and offer a powerful and open platform to allow innovators like Visa to create those experiences at the last inch of commerce.”

“Equinox is thrilled to be part of Visa’s innovative sensory branding initiative,” said Rob Hayhow, vice president, Equinox Payments. “Our Luxe family of devices has been designed to take full advantage of this technology by putting the customer experience at the forefront of every transaction.”

Visa’s sensory branding is scheduled to be available as a software development kit (SDK) for iOS, Android, and Web solutions on the Visa Developer Platform on January 31st. Developers can visit https://developer.visa.com/ to learn more about integrating the features into their solutions.

As a presenting sponsor of NRF 2018’s Innovation Lab, Visa’s sensory branding will be showcased at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York, where attendees can test the technology through an immersive, interactive demonstration. To explore how industry leaders like Visa are forging new frontiers in digital transactions, Visa CEO Al Kelly will discuss the future of commerce and payments at the conference alongside Karen Katz, president and CEO, The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. and Jon Fortt, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Tuesday, January 16 from 10:30-11:15 am ET. Additionally, Matt Smith, vice president of Visa’s Platform Strategy will be hosting a panel of retailers directly after the keynote on the Innovation Lab Stage with Chris Plunkett (CMT Group) at 11:30 a.m. ET.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

1 Nilson Report #1114, July 2017
2 IPG Lab 2017

Media Contacts:
Visa Inc.
Kryssa Guntrum
415-805-4488
kguntrum@visa.com

Source: Visa Inc.

Rakuten opens its pro sports merchandise store Rakuten SPORTS ZONE featuring premium goods from NBA Legends

Rakuten opens its pro sports merchandise store Rakuten SPORTS ZONE featuring premium goods from NBA Legends

 

Featuring premium goods from NBA Legends

TOKYO, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., a global marketing partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), today (Dec. 13, 2017) opened its pro sports merchandise store Rakuten SPORTS ZONE to further build excitement around the NBA in Japan. The store is launching with sales of limited-edition items including autographed items from NBA Legends.

In October 2017, Rakuten launched a multiyear partnership with the NBA, making it a global marketing partner of the organization. With this partnership, Rakuten is now operating the “NBA ZONE” in its internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba as a special page gathering NBA merchandise from Rakuten Ichiba stores. With the opening of the new Rakuten SPORTS ZONE, offering products that can rarely be obtained in Japan such as premium goods of former NBA stars, we will be able to further expand the product lineup offered in the NBA ZONE.

Offerings include limited-edition autographed memorabilia (with serial number) offered by the Upper Deck Company, and reproductions of the jerseys of 80s and 90s NBA stars offered by the American sports apparel-maker Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. New products will be added going forward.

Rakuten will leverage its diverse range of services to further promote the NBA and basketball in Japan, and contribute to the further development of sports and culture.

Rakuten SPORTS ZONE Overview
Title: Rakuten SPORTS ZONE
Opening Date & Time: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Products:
Autographed 1997-98 Chicago Bulls Jersey
Autographed “Last Shot” Art Print
Authentic 1984-85 L.A. Lakers Jersey
Authentic 1985-86 Boston Celtics Jersey
Authentic 1985-86 Chicago Bulls Jersey

*Please note that the information contained in press releases is current as of the date of release.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

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Shopify: More than $1,000,000 in sales per minute at the peak on Black Friday

Sales topped $1,000,000 per minute at the day’s peak

OTTAWA, Canada, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP) (TSX: SHOP), the leading multi-channel commerce platform, today (Nov 25, 2017) announced its over 500,000 merchants cumulatively experienced their highest Black Friday sales to date. More than $1,000,000 in sales went through the platform per minute at the peak, beating last year’s high of $555,716. The success experienced by Shopify merchants emphasizes the impact North America’s busiest shopping day can have on businesses of all sizes.

Mobile continued to grow with 66% of orders being made with a phone or tablet, up from 58% in 2016. Desktop sales accounted for the remaining 34%, down from 42% in 2016. More than 600,000 pieces of apparel, 360,000 accessories, and 210,000 houseware items were purchased from Shopify merchants in a single day.“Small businesses are the foundation of the global economy, and the impressive amount of growth we saw on Black Friday goes to show that more and more shoppers want to buy from independent entrepreneurs,” said Harley Finkelstein, COO of Shopify. “Shopify’s focus is to set up our merchants for success, especially during this busy time of year. That’s why we provide them with resources, tools and functionality to confidently grow their businesses and produce stellar shopping experiences for their customers. The results from this year propel us forward to keep making commerce better for everyone.”

Additional Insights:

    • Top Sellers: Shopify merchants in California sold the most, with New York, Texas, Florida and Utah rounding out the top five biggest sellers
    • Top Shoppers: In the U.S., consumers in California purchased the most from Shopify merchants followed by New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois
    • Shipping to Space: The total estimated distance for all Black Friday packages to be shipped surpassed 5 billion miles, farther than Pluto is from Earth
    • Thanksgiving Day Spending: Shopping started early, with more than 2,800 orders per minute occurring at the holiday’s peak

Shopify is sharing a global look at sales and trends occurring over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend on its Live Data Dashboard. Check back over the weekend to get a look at worldwide sales, which states are buying the most, and more.

Shopify’s Black Friday data was based on sales experienced by its more than 500,000 businesses in 175 countries around the world on November 24, 2017. All data presented here is approximate and is based on various assumptions. All data is unaudited and is subject to adjustment.

Contact:
Telephone Inquiries:
416-238-6705 x 302

Press Inquiries:
press@shopify.com

Source: Shopify Inc.

Amazon celebrates Ten years of “Frustration-Free Packaging”

  • Certified Frustration-Free Packaging is easy to open, with no annoying clamshells or twist ties, and 100% recyclable
  • Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and Ships in Own Container, which produce less waste than traditional packaging – great for customers and the environment
  • Amazon works directly with thousands of manufacturers to redesign their packaging, eliminating waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products arrive undamaged on customers’ doorsteps

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ten years ago this holiday season, Amazon introduced “Frustration-Free Packaging,” an invention designed to reduce waste and delight customers with easy-to-open, 100% recyclable packaging. Frustration-Free Packaging ends customer “wrap rage” by removing plastic bindings, wire ties, and clamshell casings – making boxes simple to open. And it’s great for the environment because products ship in their original packaging, eliminating the need for an additional shipping box.

Since launching in November 2008 with 19 items, Amazon’s packaging programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and “Ships in Own Container.” In 2017 alone, Amazon has delivered 120 million shipments with packaging that is certified Frustration-Free or Ships in Own Container. To date, Amazon’s sustainable packaging innovations have eliminated 181,000 tons of packaging material and avoided 307 million shipping boxes – enough boxes to fill more than 550,000 semi-trucks.

“A decade ago we set out to invent packaging that is easy for customers to open, eliminates waste, and ensures products arrive undamaged on our customers’ doorsteps,” said Kim Houchens, Director of Customer Packaging Experience at Amazon. “Our certified packaging programs, including Frustration-Free Packaging, have delighted tens of millions of customers around the globe – and we’re adding new products to these programs every day.”

One of the biggest challenges in e-commerce packaging is designing it to be as compact as possible while ensuring that products arrive fully intact. Amazon works with manufacturers worldwide, helping them re-think and re-build their packaging, reducing waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products are delivered to the customer undamaged. By thoroughly testing products in the Amazon Packaging Lab located in Seattle and also in fulfillment centers across the globe, Amazon identifies specific steps that manufacturers can take to improve their packaging. Manufacturers can even work alongside packaging engineers in Amazon’s Lab to create new packaging for a specific product and test the packaging the same day. Only products that successfully pass this rigorous testing program are certified as part of Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program.

Every year, Amazon receives millions of comments from customers delighted with the company’s innovations in packaging. Here are just two examples:

“The old frustration-full packaging took scissors and blood and sweat to open. The new way is perfect! Pull cardboard tab, open envelope, memory card in hand.”

“I am a huge fan of Amazon Frustration Free Packaging … Thank you for offering packaging that allows me to access my purchases without endangering myself.”

“For years, Hasbro has been hard at work to make our toy and game packaging more sustainable,” said Kathrin Belliveau, Senior Vice President, Global Government, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hasbro, Inc. “We love how Frustration-Free Packaging allows us to deepen our commitment to sustainability, enables our consumers to enjoy their toys and games the minute they unwrap the box, and reduces waste – good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for business.”

“Sustainable growth for Colgate Palmolive means a focus on minimizing our environmental impact while continuing to expand our global business. Working with Amazon on packaging innovations has enabled us to do just that,” said Mike Corbo, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate Palmolive. “Packaging waste is costly – for the business and for the planet – so we’re excited to be working with Amazon to drive sustainability improvements.”

For more about Amazon’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Bartell Drugs launches 2017 Gift Guide

More than 200 local treats, holiday-themed goodies and unique gift items featured

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season is upon us and Bartell Drugs is here to make your gift-giving and entertaining easy and convenient with our much-anticipated Gift Guide.

The Gift Guide launches November 12 in all Bartell locations, and in the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, the Tacoma News Tribune and other local newspapers, and at Bartelldrugs.com for browsing, list making and inspiration!

With more than 200 unique products—many locally made—there are items expressly for everyone in your life, from gamers to gourmands. There is even a great selection of “ugly” holiday sweaters and other seasonal apparel.

Bartell’s emphasis on local includes favorites like Almond Roca (Tacoma), Seattle Chocolate, Aplets & Cotlets (Cashmere), Funko Toys (Everett), and quirky products from Seattle-based Archie McPhee, you are guaranteed to please everyone on your list. There are even items exclusive to Bartells, such as our annual collectible ornament, Seattle Nutcracker and a host of other fun products.

“The Bartell Drugs’ Gift Guide has become a holiday tradition,” says Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Brent Beebe. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight local products, as well as provide a convenient place for gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list.”

This is the 30th anniversary of the Gift Guide and every year it is anticipated by thousands of Puget Sound residents and families as the favorite place to choose gifts for family, friends, white elephant party gifts and more. With 65 store locations to shop, it is also a quick and easy trip to pick up last-minute party items.

Amazon Prime Now members can even order Gift Guide items online and get their orders in two-hours (locations and delivery may vary; check your Amazon Prime Now account to see if your zip code is available).

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

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

Source: Bartell Drugs

Meijer unveils weeklong Black Friday deals

Meijer unveils weeklong Black Friday deals

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today (November 8, 2017) aggressive weeklong Black Friday deals designed to give customers deep savings across the store. Customers can start saving on this season’s hottest gifts beginning Nov. 19 and continuing through Nov. 25, with additional one-day deals on Thanksgiving and Black Friday and with special Santa Bucks savings on Saturday.

Meijer will offer one-day only specials on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Saturday – all beginning at 6 a.m. Customers with a Meijer Home Delivery membership will find that many in-store deals can also be purchased and delivered on the same day if ordered through Shipt.

“This year, we have expanded the number of deals across the store so our customers can find something for everyone on their list,” said Peter Whitsett, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing for Meijer. “With a full week of hot deals and special offers there are more opportunities than ever to save.   New to most of our markets this year customers can now get the added convenience of same day delivery thanks to our home delivery program.”

Black Friday All Week

  • Buy 1, Get 1 $1 Kitchen Gadgets, Pyrex Bakeware, Grand Gourmet Bakeware or Rubbermaid food storage
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Select Video Games (look for the red sticker)
  • Instapot 6 qt. pressure cooker for $89.99 plus $20 off next shopping trip via Meijer custom coupon at checkout
  • Buy 1, Get 1 $1 Yankee Candles Large Jar or Large Tumbler

Thanksgiving Day Deals

  • Save $180 on a Vizio 48” Smart LED TV, regularly $379.99
  • Save $90 on a Xbox One S 500GB Console, regularly $279.99
  • Save $100 off your next Meijer shopping trip when you buy one Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 for $249 or more (exclusions apply)
  • Save $150 off your next Meijer shopping trip when you when you buy one Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ or iPad Pro 10.5″ for $599 or more (exclusions apply)
  • Buy 1, Get 2 Free Select Women’s Apparel
  • Buy 1, Get 1 $1 Shoes
  • 50 percent off Select Toys
  • 20 percent off Select Lego Sets

Black Friday Deals

  • Save $200 on an Element 48” LED HDTV, regularly $399.99
  • Save $100 off your next shopping trip when you buy a Vizio 60” Smart 4K UHD-TV or a Vizio 55” Smart LED TV
  • Buy 1, Get 1 free of equal or lesser value on all Hasbro Games
  • Save 50 percent off select NERF Blasters, Barbie toys, and Playskool Heroes
  • Save $50 on your next Meijer shopping trip when you buy one Kitchen Aid 4.5 QT Classic Plus Stand Mixer
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50 percent off Shopkins Figures or Accessories
  • 50 percent off select Nerf Blasters
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Apparel for the family (mix and match)

Santa Bucks are Back Beginning Nov 25

Meijer is bringing back its popular Santa bucks beginning Nov. 25. Customers can save anywhere from $3 to $20 off select items throughout the store. Meijer will host a bake sale on select holiday bake ware and ingredients, including a .99 cent deal on a 5 lb. bag of Meijer branded flour and sugar.

The ad previews can be seen here or via Facebook and Twitter. While customers can see the ads prior to distribution, the preview does not change the effective date of the advertised products.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer expands home delivery service to include season’s hottest gifts and toys and thousands of other items

Meijer expands home delivery service to include season’s hottest gifts and toys and thousands of other items

 

Retailer’s home delivery service expands to include toys, wrapping paper, Christmas decorations and thousands of other items

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is gearing up for the holidays by adding thousands of general merchandise items to its popular store-to-door home delivery service, challenging online retailers as competition for customer wallets continues to increase for Thanksgiving, Christmas and seasonal celebrations.

The general merchandise items now available through Meijer Home Delivery includes the season’s hottest gifts and toys, as well as wrapping paper, artificial trees and Christmas decorations. Other items added to a total of more than 70,000 fresh produce, grocery and general merchandise items hand-picked by Shipt shoppers from local Meijer stores include electronics like TVs, tablets, headphones, drones and gaming systems.

“We’ve had tremendous success delivering groceries to our customers across the Midwest, so we are very pleased to offer them the convenience of having their holiday gifts delivered to their doorstep as well,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Whether you are looking for a turkey, toys and gifts or even decorations, our brick–and-mortar stores combined with a personal shopping solution provides something for everyone’s holiday shopping needs.”

Since launching in Detroit last September, Meijer and official home delivery partner Shipt have expanded the personalized service to more than 200 stores in just 148 days. The Meijer Home Delivery service is now on-pace to make more than a million deliveries from its stores by year end, and is now available to more than 10 million households in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Keyes said one reason the program has been so successful is the company’s ability to offer product selection from its supercenters. A typical Meijer store features everything from fresh produce and grocery to general merchandise items, including light bulbs, diapers and baby items, as well as bulk items, like bags of rock salt and pet foods.

The National Retail Federation expects retail sales in November and December – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – to increase as much as 4 percent this year, for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up from $655.8 billion last year.

Because most Meijer stores are open 24-hours-a-day, customers can choose delivery times most convenient for them, which gives people the flexibility to shop and receive orders very early in the morning or late at night.

Meijer has also provided home delivery service members the ability to earn mPerks Rewards that can be redeemed in store, as well as offering sales on hundreds of items each week found through the Shipt app.

Meijer customers can sign up for the service for $99 per year. Unlimited deliveries are free for orders over $35; a flat $7 delivery fee is added to any orders under $35.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Shipt:

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, works with leading retailers and local stores to deliver groceries via a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Since its founding in 2014, Shipt has been rapidly expanding and now offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to over 30 million households in 70 markets across the country. Shipt offers unlimited grocery deliveries to members for $99 per year. The company currently has corporate offices in Birmingham, AL and San Francisco.

Contact:

Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Kroger introduces a modern lifestyle apparel brand

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (Nov. 3, 2017) the introduction of a modern lifestyle apparel brand, built from the ground up to engage consumers in a new way.

“This new brand gives Kroger a chance to inspire and connect with our customers, offering effortless style every day – from elevated basics to fashionable highlights,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “This new offering is on-trend, convenient, and right in line with our customers’ needs.”

Launching with children, young men, juniors, men and women, the line will offer active-inspired cuts and materials that move with consumers – clothes to truly live life in, and look good doing it. The brand will be playful, simple, and uplifting, speaking to all those who want to look and live their best.

“This launch of Our Brands fashion will re-invigorate Kroger’s apparel line. We will be able to serve our customers across the country the inspiration they are looking for, which translates into an immense opportunity for growth in sales, share, and loyalty,” Mr. Clark added.

The apparel brand will debut first at Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores, totaling 300 locations across the country, starting in fall 2018.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™.We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Cincinnati/Dayton Division
(Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana)
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Old Navy launches team USA accessories collection for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea

BRAND LAUNCHES TEAM USA ACCESSORIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Oct-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old Navy announces its new cold-weather accessories collection designed in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The spirited collection consists of Team USA knit mittens, winter hats and knit scarves in red, white and blue all-American style. Old Navy’s Team USA collection will be available exclusively at Old Navy (Times Square store and online) and on TeamUSAShop.com beginning on November 1st and rolling out to all Old Navy stores on November 20th with prices ranging from $15- $25.

The launch of the collection will kick-off Old Navy’s 100 Days to PyeongChang at the new Old Navy location in Times Square. Figure skater, Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic silver medalist, will host the event and meet and greet fans while shoppers have the first chance to purchase the limited-edition product.

To further celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Old Navy is giving its fans and followers an inside look at the Games with the ice dancing duo, Evan Bates and Madison Chock. The two-time world championship medalists will be taking over @OldNavy social channels and modelling the Team USA collection.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high-quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

Source: Gap Inc.

Florida Retail Federation: consumer spending on Halloween expected to reach $9.1 billion up from $8.4 billion last year

Average person expected to spend $86 this year on Halloween candy, costumes, decorations and greeting cards; total spending nationally to set record of $9.1 billion

TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, announced today (October 18, 2017) that consumer spending on Halloween is expected to once again set an all-time high with the average person spending more than $86, up from $83 in 2016. Total spending nationally on Halloween is expected to reach $9.1 billion up from $8.4 billion last year.

“Another year of expected record spending on Halloween festivities is great news for Florida’s retailers,” said FRF President and CEO R. Scott Shalley. “The crafty retailers in our state will be able to scare up more sales by offering special discounts and other incentives to get more people in their stores to purchase costumes, decorations and candy.”

According to a recent survey done by FRF’s national partners at the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend an average of $86.13, up from last year’s $82.93, with 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million in 2016.

According to the survey, consumers plan to spend $3.4 billion on costumes (purchased by 69 percent of Halloween shoppers), $2.7 billion on candy (95 percent), another $2.7 billion on decorations (72 percent) and $410 million on greeting cards (37 percent).

According to Candystore.com, the most popular Halloween candy in the Sunshine State, based on sales data from 2007-2016, are Skittles (630,938 pounds sold), followed by Snickers (587,385) and Reese’s Cups (224,637). The top three most popular Halloween candies across the country are Skittles, Reese’s Cups and M&M’s.

Among Halloween celebrants, 71 percent plan to hand out candy, 49 percent will decorate their home or yard, 48 percent will wear costumes, 46 percent will carve a pumpkin, 35 percent will throw or attend a party, 31 percent will take their children trick-or-treating, 23 percent will visit a haunted house and 16 percent will dress pets in costumes.

Thirty-five percent of consumers will find their inspiration for the perfect costume online, while 30 percent will look in stores, 20 percent will ask friends and family, 18 percent will look to Facebook or Pinterest, 17 percent will be influenced by pop culture and 14 percent by print media.

When it comes to buying costumes and other Halloween supplies, 47 percent of shoppers will visit discount stores and 38 percent will go to a specialty Halloween store or costume store. In addition, 25 percent will visit supermarkets, 24 percent will buy at department stores and 22 percent will shop online.

Top Costumes
More than 3.7 million children plan to dress as their favorite action character or superhero, 2.9 million as Batman characters and another 2.9 million as their favorite princess while 2.2 million will dress as a cat, dog, monkey or other animal.

Costumes Ranked: Children
Action/Superhero 7.1%
Batman Character 5.5%
Princess 5.5%
Animal (Cat, Dog, Monkey, etc.) 4.1%
Spider-Man 3.6%
Star Wars Character 3.1%
Witch 3.0%
Marvel Superhero (excl. Spider-Man) 2.9%
Pirate 2.9%
Disney Princess 2.3%

Proving that Halloween isn’t just for kids, a record number of adults (48 percent) plan to dress in costume this year. More than 5.8 million adults plan to dress like a witch, 3.2 million as their favorite Batman character, 3 million as an animal (cat, dog, cow, etc.), and 2.8 million as a pirate.

Costumes Ranked: Adults
Witch 8.5%
Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, etc.) 4.7%
Animal (Cat, Dog, etc.) 4.3%
Pirate 4.1%
Marvel Superhero (Spider-Man, Captain America, etc.) 3.8%
Vampire 3.1%
Zombie 2.6%
DC Superhero (excluding Batman, Wonder Woman) 2.3%
Star Wars Character 2.3%
Slasher Movie Villain (Jason, Scream, etc.) 2.3%
Wonder Woman 2.2%

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers — the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

CONTACT:

James Miller
james@frf.org
(850)701-3015

Source: Florida Retail Federation

Klarna UK Consumer Survey: Retailers must develop emotional intelligence to win over new generation of online shoppers

Millennial generation three times more likely to feel excitement while adding items to their online basket, compared to older shoppers

Negative emotions also play a role in decision-making – with millennials more than five times as likely as over 55s to feel guilt at the point of payment

LONDON, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers must develop emotional intelligence (EQ) and alter their customer journey accordingly to nudge shoppers to a better online experience

A consumer research study recently put out by Klarna UK also shows that 16 – 34-year olds are more likely than older generations to be influenced by emotional factors when shopping online.

The millennial emotional rollercoaster of the millennial customer journey

For the millennial generation – the largest group of online shoppers – the traditional linear customer journey is more akin to a rollercoaster, marked by highs and lows of emotion. According to Klarna UK’s consumer research, millennials experience higher levels of anxiety, impulsiveness and impatience than their older counterparts. Klarna UK’s consumer research shows two thirds (68 percent) of millennials reported feeling excitement when adding items to their online basket, compared to less than a quarter (24 percent) of people over 55.

The flip side of this excitement is lows caused by anxiety and guilt, with 52 percent of millennials saying that they worry that they can’t afford the purchase during checkout, compared to only 16 percent of over 55s. One in five millennials have abandoned a purchase because of worry about regretting it later.

Increasing merchant EQ

The extremes of emotion experienced by millennials must be navigated carefully so retailers can effectively guide this group through the purchase process.

Allowing shoppers to try before they buy is an easy way to build brand loyalty – findings from Klarna UK’s consumer research shows that 20 percent of millennials would feel less guilty if they were offered deferred payment options, and one in five would be more likely to complete a purchase if they knew they could spread the cost over time. It’s vital that merchants offer these choices at the checkout – so millennials can be reassured a transaction is achievable.

The buzz of the basket

The consumer research debunks the myth that items added to a basket show a clear intention to purchase. In fact a significant 89 percent of millennials use the basket as a tool to review costs, while more than three quarters often use their basket as a wish list, compared with only 29 percent of over 55s. Meanwhile, nearly three quarters (74 percent) admit to indulging in ‘buzz browsing’ – adding items to a basket with no clear intention to buy.

Crucially, 58 percent of millennials are more likely to complete a purchase if an online offer is going to expire, so tapping into this fear of missing out by offering time bound incentives and educating shoppers about pay after delivery or consumer finance options can encourage customers to complete their purchase. Simple website features such as showing stock levels and displaying expert advice from social influencers can all help retailers nudge this important group of consumers to checkout.

Luke Griffiths, UK General Manager, Klarna, said: “Our insight proves that the online customer journey is more complex than ever, with shoppers being driven by emotional factors. Retailers must develop EQ to deliver a positive online customer experience that smooths the highs and lows.

“Payment is still a sticking point for many consumers – with one in four feeling frustrated when the checkout doesn’t remember their details and one in four millennials saying that they are more likely to complete a purchase if one-click payments are in place. Competition in the marketplace is fierce, winners will be retailers that build shopper affinity by offering a fast, easy checkout with flexible payment options.”

And new analysis by the University of Reading, commissioned by KLARNA UK, offers advice for retailers on how to engage hearts as well as minds to reach today’s online shopper, while offering academic insight into future commerce trends.

Dr. Julia Vogt, assistant professor in Psychology at the University of Reading, commented: “Applying behavioural psychology can help us understand what consumers love and hate about online shopping. Emotional factors can cause hesitation in the process which can derail a purchase right up until the final payment. By understanding the role of heart as well as the head, retailers can create effective customer engagement strategies to nudge consumers to conversion.”

Visit www.klarna.com/uk/emotion to find more data and insight, including:

  • Analysis and advisory report for merchants – Emotional eCommerce – from Klarna UK and Reading University
  • Infographics on the generational and gender differences of online shoppers
  • Infographic on millennial emotions at each stage of the online buying journey
  • Animation summarising millennial shopping behaviour and advice for merchants

 

About Klarna

Klarna is Europe’s leading payments provider, that aims to make the payment process simple, smooth and safe for customers and merchants. The company, founded in 2005, was recently named as one of the top disrupter companies in the world by CNBC. Klarna works together with 70,000 merchants to offer payment solutions to more than 60 million users in Europe and North America. Klarna has 1,500 employees and is active in 18 countries.

SOUQ.com to purchase Wing.ae marketplace for merchants and couriers in the UAE

DUBAI, UAE, 2017-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SOUQ.com today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Wing.ae, a marketplace for merchants and couriers in the UAE, providing innovative mobile and web-based user-friendly delivery solutions for businesses and individual consumers. SOUQ.com previously invested in Wing.ae and will be acquiring 100% of the company.

Wing.ae now has the full backing of SOUQ.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and this investment demonstrates the continued commitment of all three companies to provide SOUQ.com customers with a world class experience. Wing.ae will continue to invest in growing its same and next day delivery service in the region, enabling greater convenience for Wing.ae’s customers, including SOUQ.com.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, SOUQ.com CEO & Co-Founder, comments: “At SOUQ.com, our customers will remain our key focus and we will continue to deliver an exceptional online shopping experience. Fast dependable delivery is key to this, and Wing.ae provides SOUQ.com customers with more convenience for their same and next day delivery. With Amazon’s support, we are putting all our efforts in providing an ever-improving shopping experience for customers in the Middle East.”

“The UAE is a leading e-commerce and smart hub in the region, and in this demanding business we work to fill the logistics supply gaps to offer customers the excellent service they want as fast as possible,” says Muzaffar Karabev, CEO and Co-Founder of WING.ae. “With the support of SOUQ.com, Wing will accelerate investments into our technology, infrastructure and regional coverage to provide innovative delivery solutions and to make online shopping for SOUQ.com customers and merchants even more convenient.”

About SOUQ.com
SOUQ.com is a leading online retail and marketplace website in the UAE, featuring more than 8.4 million products across 31 categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, health and beauty, household goods, and baby. Today, SOUQ.com attracts over 45 million visits per month, with localized operations in the KSA, UAE and Egypt. SOUQ.com offers a convenient and safe online shopping experience with secure online payments, option to pay cash on delivery and free returns. For more information, visit www.SOUQ.com.

SOUQ.com is a subsidiary of Amazon.

About Wing.ae
Wing.ae is an on-demand delivery and courier e-marketplace providing a web and mobile-app based marketplace service which connects customers with a network of contracted delivery companies in the UAE. It offers comparative pricing across major carriers in the UAE, helping courier companies, SMEs and customers choose the best, fastest and cost effective delivery gateway along with real-time order tracking. WING.ae provides robust delivery solutions, including same day delivery to courier and delivery companies to ship products to their customers, and keep an easy track of orders, deliveries and payments. www.WING.ae

SOURCE: SOUQ.COM

Meijer features huge variety of the newest Star Wars themed products

Meijer features huge variety of the newest Star Wars themed products

 

Retailer featuring variety of items and participating in Star Wars “Find the Force” augmented reality experience for Force Friday II at 235 stores across Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer stores throughout the Midwest are preparing to bring customers closer to a galaxy far, far away by offering a variety of grocery and merchandise items in honor of the epic Star Wars saga and December’s theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Starting on Force Friday at 12:01 a.m., Sept. 1, fans and families will find a huge variety of the newest Star Wars themed products at Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the new Find the Force experience where customers can download the Star Wars App and scan graphics bearing the “Find the Force” logo to unlock new and favorite AR Star Wars characters.

“We’re thrilled to be carrying a wide assortment of merchandise throughout our stores as Star Wars enthusiasts count down to the newest episode in this epic saga,” said Dan Myers, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Toys and Sporting Goods for Meijer.

Myers said Meijer stores across the Midwest will feature everything from toys and collectibles, to apparel and houseware items.

“Once customers see our selection for Force Friday II, they’ll see we’re the perfect one-stop shop for all things related to Star Wars,” he said.

For more information, visit Meijer.com/StarWars or StarWars.com/FindTheForce.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com.Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

Contact:
Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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#PoundlandDumpsTrump: Limited-Edition Donald Trump £1 merchandise at Poundland

#PoundlandDumpsTrump: Limited-Edition Donald Trump £1 merchandise at Poundland

 

  • Poundland can’t dump Trump
  • Thousands of Presidential products purchased for POTUS visit.
  • Stores are asking for shoppers to ‘dump Trump’ in style.

Willenhall, United Kingdom, 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Donald Trump’s re-scheduled UK Tour not happening any time soon, Poundland are calling bargain hunters to help shift their new limited edition American range, which was purchased ahead of his forthcoming state visit.

Thousands of Donald Trump masks, American flags and a whole range of presidential themed items have been stocked in Poundland stores nationwide, in time for the now-cancelled October trip.

Poundland are calling for shoppers to help them shift the stock and get creative with the range using the dedicated hashtag #PoundlandDumpsTrump – to collectively, as a nation, dump the Trump merchandise.

The Poundland Limited-Edition Donald Trump £1 merchandise includes:

  • Donald Trump cut-out mask
  • The Presidents infamous red ‘Make America Great Again’ cap
  • Red Donald Trump ties
  • Make American Great Again? pencil rubbers
  • Trump golf balls
  • Mini American flags
  • America flag headbands
  • Mini Donald Trump bobbing head figure
  • #Trump rosette
  • Trump themed photo props

Poundland Trading Director, Barry Williams said: “We are asking for our customers help. The range was created ahead of his UK visit, but given this is not happening now, we reckon the only way to sell the products is to encourage shoppers to come up with unusual ways to use it. The range is also perfect for Halloween. Just wait until you see the Donald Trump masks, they’re probably the scariest things we’ve ever sold.”

The full range is available nationwide from today until stocks last

About Poundland

From opening its first store in Burton-upon-Trent in 1990, Poundland, has built a network of almost 900 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, offering top brands and great quality own brand products, that provide customers with amazing value every day.

Named Discount Retailer of the Year in 2015, it now has over 18,000 colleagues who serve over seven million customers every week from Wick to Weymouth, Londonderry to Lowestoft and Holyhead to Hastings.

At the 2015 Grocer Gold Awards, Poundland was singled out for Own Label Range of the Year for its Make Up Gallery cosmetics line, symbolic of its promise to customers – thousands of quality products in store with over 1,000 well-known brands in 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, Pet, Stationery, Books, DVDs and Toys.

In September 2016, Poundland became part of the Steinhoff International family an integrated manufacturer and retailer with operations in Europe, Australasia, Africa and the United States.

For further information, please contact the Poundland PR team on 020 3793 3842 or email Poundland@onegreenbean.com

Source: Poundland

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Waitrose lowers the price of women’s sanitary products by five per cent

London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has today ( 8 August 2017) announced that over the course of this week it will lower the price of women’s sanitary products by five per cent, removing the cost of VAT.

This will improve affordability for customers and will cover 97 products, including both branded and own-label goods, available online and in branches.

Michael Andrews, Director of Buying – Ambient and General Merchandise, said: ‘By covering the VAT cost and reducing the price by five per cent, we are confident it will make a difference to our customers.’

Waitrose had already committed to passing on VAT savings to customers after David Cameron’s Government proposed plans to remove the ‘tampon tax’ come into effect. This was in light of the European Commission announcing future intentions to enable Member States to lower VAT to zero on sanitary products.

Notes to editors

Waitrose has 355 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.

Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.

In recent months, Waitrose has been awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming Best Retailer Award’, Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017′ and The Drinks Business’ ‘Retail Buying Team of the Year Award’.

Enquiries:

For more information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal, Press Officer, Corporate, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 826774
Email: laura.blumenthal@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

Old Hickory Mall introduces Pop Up Shop; available for rent on a weekly basis

JACKSON, Tennessee, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old Hickory Mall is giving local merchants the opportunity to expand their business without having to sign a long-term lease agreement.

The new Pop Up Shop, located in the center of the mall next to Victoria’s Secret and American Eagle, allows local entrepreneurs and artists to showcase their merchandise to a new audience.  The space is available for rent on a weekly basis, Monday through Sunday, for $500.  The cost includes fixtures, décor, tables, hangers, mannequins, mirrors, a fitting room and vinyl window signage.

“The Pop Up Shop is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to showcase their merchandise and experience operating a shop in the mall without the long-term commitment of a permanent lease,” said Marketing Director of CoolSprings Galleria, Kristina Francese.  “With guaranteed traffic, and more people wanting to “shop local”, this is a great way for Old Hickory Mall to embrace our community and all the talented entrepreneurs we have in the Jackson area.”

CBL Properties, owner of Old Hickory Mall, has rolled this concept out at several other properties in its portfolio; the first being Fayette Mall in Lexington, KY, that is almost completely leased through the end of the year.

Interested tenants can call or email Tracy Sudzum, General Manager, at 731.668.7621, or Tracy.Sudzum@cblproperties.com.

About Old Hickory Mall
Old Hickory Mall is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., of Chattanooga, TN. Old Hickory Mall features more than 70 great specialty shops and eateries including Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Charlotte Russe, The Children’s Place, Crazy 8, Francesca’s, Finish Line and Victoria’s Secret and is anchored by Belk, JC Penney, Macy’s and Sears. Old Hickory Mall is conveniently located off Interstate 40 at Exit 82-A. For additional information, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OldHickoryMall or visit the mall website at www.ShopOldHickoryMall.com.

Marketing contact:
Kristina Francese
Marketing Director
615.771.4240
Kristina.Francese@cblproperties.com

General Manager contact:
Tracy Sudzum
731.668.7621
Tracy.Sudzum@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL

Visa supports the new global QR Code Payment Specifications from EMVCo

Visa Ready program simplifies onboarding for small and medium-sized merchants who want to deploy QR code digital payments

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 1, 2017) Visa (NYSE:V) announced its support of the new global QR Code Payment Specifications from EMVCo, the global technical body that manages the EMV Specifications. The specifications cover consumer-presented and merchant-presented QR code use cases for digital payment acceptance. QR codes are two-dimensional machine-readable barcodes, used to facilitate mobile payments at the point-of-sale.

Visa and the other EMVCo Members worked to develop these new globally interoperable EMV specifications. Visa has already successfully enabled the merchant-presented QR technology in 15 countries around the world, with India, Kenya and Nigeria currently live in market with both bank and merchant partners.

“We’ve already seen tremendous progress towards adoption of standardized, interoperable QR code payment systems in the developing world,” said Sam Shrauger, SVP, Digital Products, Visa. “We are working with governments and central banks in countries like India to develop and implement QR code payment solutions that provide the convenience and security that are synonymous with Visa and help the journey toward a cashless future.”

Easy Implementation for Merchants

Visa has enabled the growth of merchant-presented QR code payments around the world with its innovative mobile payments solution, mVisa. mVisa allows consumers to pay for goods and services by scanning a QR code on a smart phone or entering a merchant number into their feature phones. Payment goes straight from the consumer’s Visa account into the merchant’s account and provides real-time notification to both parties. mVisa is completely interoperable, meaning that the consumer and the merchant do not need to be customers of the same bank. This brings the same convenience, security and reliability provided by the trusted Visa brand.

For merchants eager to harness the power of QR code payments, the Visa Ready Program has adopted the interoperable QR standards to develop tools and capabilities which help easy generation and deployment of QR code merchants by banks, processors and merchant aggregators. Once enrolled, merchants can freely accept payments from any country or bank given mVisa’s interoperability while trusting Visa will securely and efficiently process each transaction.

QR Code Payments Driving a Cashless Future

As digital payments help continue a shift toward a cashless future, this new global specification is an important step that promotes interoperability and standardizes the fast growing ecosystem of QR code payments across the world. Already, 33 banks and more than 328,000 merchants across India, Kenya and Nigeria have adopted the interoperable standards as they accelerate their QR code digital payment programs.

“mVisa enables successful completion of the transaction independent of the mobile operator service on both the consumer and the merchant’s phone, and the consumers and merchant’s banks,” said Shrauger. “This addresses a major challenge with mobile money programs, and lets consumers and merchants choose their own bank or mobile operator.”

Reserve Bank of India has encouraged the adoption of standardized QR code payments to provide access to low-cost, secure digital payments to millions of consumers and merchants. Working with our partners, Visa is converting both everyday and recurring cash purchases to digital payments through direct integrations with supermarket chains and large utility billers. By presenting dynamic QR codes to consumers that provide a seamless payment experience, billers such as Tata Sky, Idea Cellular, Reliance Energy, Mahanagar Gas, as well as Pizza Hut and supermarket chains Nakumatt, Spar, and Zucchini, are bringing benefits of digital payments to millions of potential customers.

Visa intends to replicate this success in 12 other countries where mVisa has been enabled: Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit https://usa.visa.com/ and @VisaNews.

Contact:
Andy Gerlt
415-805-5153
agerlt@visa.com

Source: Visa Inc.

SPAR India customers delighted with its latest gift card concept

SPAR India customers delighted with its latest gift card concept

 

India, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The gifting industry in India is considered to be worth a massive $30 billion a year. Gifting customs have changed but solutions haven’t always kept pace. SPAR India recognise this and aim to grow their share of the $1 billion gift card industry with an innovative solution!

Instead of producing cards which have a corporate look and feel, SPAR is pushing the boundaries by changing the style of their cards and introducing very engaging solutions for special occasions. By taking into account that emotion is behind the sentiment of every occasion card, a game-changing series of gift cards have been developed. Beginning with Mother’s Day, the launch was supported by a digital campaign #LoveYouMaa, celebrating the relationship between a mother and child. The cards resonate with all age groups and focus on the simple message ‘I love you Mom’.

SPAR’s CEO, Rajeev Krishnan shared his perspective on the gift card, saying, “India has long been a sleeping giant when it comes to the gift card industry and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to awaken it, as millions of people in India are searching for the perfect gift that says is it all. #LoveYouMaa was just what the gifting industry needed.”

In comparison to the sales generated through regular gift-cards, the Mother’s Day gift-cards initiative exponentially increased the overall sales. Many SPAR outlets experienced a mammoth jump in gift card sales, leveraging the untapped potential of Tier II markets.

SPAR India have been delighted with customer reactions to this latest concept, which is completely in keeping with their innovative approach to hypermarket retailing. It goes without saying that no matter what the occasion is, SPAR will have an engaging gift card available in all of their 18 stores.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

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Al-Futtaim ACE introduces fun and exciting collection of back to school products

Al-Futtaim ACE introduces fun and exciting collection of back to school products

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — To prepare your kids for the new school year, Al-Futtaim ACE is introducing a fun and exciting collection of back to school products all under one roof.

The collection will feature a range of quality products from leading brands including Nataraj, Kores, Sivo, bento lunch boxes from Sistema, Lock & Lock and Zipit amongst others.

Parents will find arts and craft, school bags, lunch boxes and bottle tumblers in addition to special bundle stationery packs starting from just AED 5. There are also colourful shelving and smart storage solutions to keep kids’ school necessities and toys organised at affordable prices.

The Back to School collection is available from 1st August across all Al-Futtaim ACE stores in the UAE including Dubai Festival City and Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, Yas Island, Mina Road and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi, and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain.

For more information on the Al-Futtaim ACE Back to School collection, visit the website www.aceuae.com, Facebook facebook.com/AlFuttaim.Ace or Instagram @alfuttaimace.

Source: Al-Futtaim

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JPMorgan Chase and PayPal to make it easy to add Chase cards via Chase Pay to PayPal accounts

Chase consumers will be able to seamlessly link their Chase cards to PayPal and pay with Ultimate Rewards points when linked to Chase Pay where PayPal is accepted online and in app

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), two global payments leaders, have announced a partnership that will make it easy to add Chase cards via Chase Pay to PayPal accounts, and will soon offer customers the option of paying with Ultimate Rewards points when linked through Chase Pay at PayPal’s millions of online merchants.

In addition, PayPal will have the ability to process payments on ChaseNet, a unique, closed-loop payment network.

“We’re excited to partner with PayPal — both our companies have been innovators in payments and we share a focus on making the payment experience simpler for our customers and merchants,” said Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer & Community Banking at Chase.

Highlights of the partnership:

  • Chase customers will be able to seamlessly link their Chase cards via Chase Pay to their PayPal Wallet and have the option to pay with Ultimate Rewards points when linked through Chase Pay at PayPal’s millions of online merchants
  • Chase and PayPal will make it easy for PayPal customers to link their Chase cards to their PayPal account
  • J.P. Morgan will process Chase card payments from PayPal via ChaseNet
  • Chase cardholders will be able to use their PayPal account in store through the PayPal mobile wallet
  • Braintree will make Chase Pay available as a payment method for its merchants to integrate into their checkout experiences
  • A pipeline of future payments innovations will benefit approximately 94 million credit, debit and pre-paid card accounts, and four million businesses Chase serves

“This partnership is about deepening our relationship and leveraging each other’s core assets to deliver simple, secure and truly transformative payment experiences for our joint customers,” said Dan Schulman, PayPal’s CEO. “Our deep platform integration will add tremendous value to consumers who can now use PayPal and Chase products in more places, but also create new payment methods that will allow consumers to have more spending power at our millions of merchant locations online, in app and in store.”

About Merchant Services and Chase Pay from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Merchant Services is the payment acceptance and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) – a global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. It is a leading provider of payment, fraud management and data security solutions, capable of authorizing payment transactions in more than 130 currencies. Its processing platforms, including ChaseNet, provide integrated solutions for all major credit and debit card payments as well as mobile payments. The firm processed more than $1 trillion in payment transaction volume worldwide in 2016 and is the #1 ranked merchant acquirer worldwide according to The Nilson Report. Chase Pay is the firm’s digital wallet available on approximately 94 million Chase credit, debit and pre-paid card accounts. Chase Pay benefits both consumers and merchants with its simple, safe, and rewarding experience for online and mobile users. For more visit jpmorganchase.com.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 203 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal financial information, visit https://investor.paypal-corp.com/.

Contacts:

Chase:
MaryJane H. Rogers
maryjane.h.rogers@chase.com

Maribel Ferrer
maribel.ferrer@chase.com

PayPal:
Chris Morse
914-413-3045
cmorse@paypal.com

Source:  JPMorgan Chase

Food Lion expands “Local Goodness” campaign

Food Lion expands “Local Goodness” campaign

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Locally sourced products are a key part of Food Lion’s heritage, and that strong relationship with close-to-home producers is at the center of the U.S. brand’s highly successful “Local Goodness” marketing and merchandising campaign. Launched in North Carolina in 2016, the campaign is being expanded this year to three other states.

“With market trends toward fresher, healthier eating, our customers increasingly appreciate local produce not only because of its perceived freshness, but because buying these products supports their communities,” said Chris Dove, Director of Produce Category and Merchandising for Food Lion. “It’s clear that local assortment is a significant contributor to our emotional connection with shoppers.”

Indeed, the “Local Goodness” campaign had an immediate positive impact in the summer of 2016, with produce sales on local items in North Carolina stores up almost 22% and movement rising 20%.

Given those outstanding results, Food Lion is expanding the campaign – which features the new tag line “Heart and Soul of Our Communities” – to include the Meat/Seafood, Deli/Bakery and Center Store departments. In addition, though the primary focus is in North Carolina, “Local Goodness” produce items will be introduced in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Food Lion’s commitment to local products – defined as those grown or produced in its operating area – notably began many years ago with a North Carolina soft drink called Cheerwine. The number of local products has steadily increased since then to include other well-known North Carolina businesses such as Mount Olive Pickles, Critcher Brothers Produce, and Patterson and Cottle farms.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

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Shopify merchants to list and sell their products on eBay directly from their Shopify account

Shopify merchants to list and sell their products on eBay directly from their Shopify account

 

New channel to bring added product choice to eBay customers.

San Jose, California, 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Shopify Inc. (“Shopify”) (NYSE: SHOP, TSX: SHOP), the leading cloud­-based, multi­channel commerce platform, today (Jul 13, 2017) announced that Shopify merchants will soon be able to list and sell their products on eBay directly from their Shopify account.

With the new integration, Shopify merchants will have the opportunity to surface their brand and products to a massive new audience of more than 169 million active eBay buyers. eBay shoppers will benefit from added selection and choice from potentially hundreds of thousands of Shopify merchants.

This integration will also enable Shopify merchants to immediately sync inventory information such as product title and description, item specifics, price and quantity from Shopify to eBay. Customer orders will also be imported to Shopify and allow merchants to fulfill orders from both platforms in one location, while messages from buyers on eBay will also be visible within Shopify so their sellers won’t miss any important communications.

“eBay is focused on delivering the best choice and selection of inventory to buyers across the globe,” said Bob Kupbens, VP of Global Trust & Seller Experience, eBay. “This new integration with Shopify will bring even more great products to eBay buyers, while offering Shopify merchants the ability to seamlessly drive their business and brand at scale by tapping into our vibrant marketplace.”

This integration continues to make selling online easier for Shopify merchants to conveniently manage their product catalog across multiple channels like online, in-person, marketplaces, social and messaging all in one dashboard.

The eBay channel joins the fast-growing list of other Shopify sales channels, including Amazon, BuzzFeed, Facebook, Pinterest, Messenger and retail via Shopify’s Point of Sale, among others. These integrations are possible because of Shopify’s Sales Channel Platform, a collection of APIs that can be used to add commerce to any site, app, or platform. Sales channels are an important part of a Shopify merchant’s business strategy, and more than 60% of merchants sell in two or more channels.

“Shopify is the industry leader when it comes to multi-channel commerce, and we look to partner with the best and biggest platforms to bring new sales opportunities to our merchants,” said Satish Kanwar, VP of Product, Shopify. “The eBay channel has the potential to introduce our merchants to eBay’s millions of buyers, exposing merchants to a massive number of new sales opportunities.”

The eBay sales channel is expected to be available in Fall 2017 for Shopify merchants selling in USD in the United States.

For more information visit: https://www.shopify.com/ebay

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers more than 400,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Red Bull, Nestle, GE, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

About eBay

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2016, eBay enabled $84 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Contact:
(408) 376-7400

Source: eBay

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Kmart Summer Blowout: deals on summer essentials

Huge savings on this season’s most-fun outdoor entertainment, gift ideas, apparel, stylish home décor and vacation must-haves

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Even after the fireworks clear, summer is still in full swing with kids’ parties, road trips, beach days and outdoor entertaining. Soak up every drop of summer with the Kmart Summer Blowout and find awesome sales with 10-50% off almost everything summer as Kmart makes room for all of the amazing fall merchandise on the way!

“When the sun’s out – fun’s out – and our members and shoppers come to us to help them make the most of the season,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “This Summer Blowout is crazy with amazing deals in every department, so we can help everyone stock up on anything they need to make their summer perfect for them and their families!”

The Kmart Summer Blowout includes deals on summer essentials, like:

  • 50% off Swimwear for the family, reg. $9.99-$49.99, like the Joe Boxer Boys’ Swim Trunks($10.49, reg. $26.00) to get the family perfectly packed and vacation ready
  • Up to 60% off Pools and Up to 30% off Swing Sets & Trampolines, savings range 20-50%, including the Bestway 10′ x 30′ Inflatable Fast Set Pool Kit ($39.99, reg. $99.99) to bring summer fun to your backyard
  • Up to 50% off Select Patio Furniture and 30% off Outdoor Décor, savings range 20-50%, to jazz up your outdoor space including the Jaclyn Smith Amelia Lounge ($174.99, reg. $349.99), and Anchor Pillow ($10.49, reg. $14.99)
  • 50% off Select Camping Gear, reg. $99.99-$699.99, including the Northwest Territory Homestead 21′ x 14′ Tent ($99.99, reg. $279.99) to help prepare for your next outdoor adventure
  • 20% off Grills, reg. $29.99-$499.99, such as the Kenmore 4 Burner Gas Grill with Sider Burner and Stainless Steel Lid ($199.99, reg. $279.99) for family barbeques
  • 70% off Fine Jewelry, reg. $7.99-$9,999.99, to help give the gift of a little glitz this summer including the 10K White Gold 1/6 Ct. Certified Diamond 2 Piece Bridal Set** ($389.99, reg. $1,299.99)
  • Up to50% off Infants & Kids Tops, Bottoms, Sleepwear, Sets and Dresses, reg. $2.99-$79.99, including the Route 66 Girls’ Belted Chambray Shirtdress ($10.19, reg. $16.99) so the kids can rock summer style for any occasion

To take help to make the most of the Summer Blowout, Kmart teamed up with Farah Merhi, Inspire Me! Home Décor founder and entertaining expert, to share her tips on creating the perfect outdoor space for any summer celebration.

“It is all about getting outside – so whether you have a big backyard, small balcony or anything in-between, summer is the time to be bold, try new things and make your outdoor space amazing,” said Merhi. “During a quick trip to Kmart for the Summer Blowout, I found great summer essentials at even better prices! To help spark inspiration for your own outdoor space, I curated a list of my top entertaining tips.”

  1. Maximize Comfort– No matter how you use the space, you want to be comfortable. So snuggle up or sink into the Grand Harbor Palm Canyon Modular Sofa. Add decorative pillows such as this Pineapple Pillow for extra comfort and – voila! – you now have an on-trend, fun pop of color. We all know it’s been all about the pineapple this year!
  2. The More, The Merrier– If you’re all about the party, make sure you can comfortably accommodate a large group with a chic outdoor dining table and chair set such as the Grand Harbor Logandale Dining Table & Chair Bundle. For extra seating, add a rustic-inspired lounge chair or a classic picnic bench.
  3. Add a Touch of the Indoors – Soften the space and make it barefoot friendly by adding an outdoor rug. Even if it’s outdoors, a rug really warms up a space. Have fun with it and choose a bold pattern like this United Weavers of America Atrium Spellbound Rug.
  4. Fire Up the Grill– Add the best smells of the season with a new grill like the Smoke Hollow Combo Gas & Charcoal Grill…mmmmm!
  5. Make It Fun– Outdoor games are the best way to get everyone involved, like with the Sportcraft Volleyball & Badminton Combo Set. Keep the fun going throughout the night with backyard sleepovers using a tent like the Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Tent. Camping anyone?
  6. Light Up the Night– Nothing cozies up a space like lighting so add a touch of soft ambiance with these Edison Bulb String Lights. You can also make a statement with these Smart Solar Crackled Glass Color Changing Gazing Ball. How fun?!

The Summer Blowout is happening online and in store NOW through July 30*, so there still plenty of time to create your dream outdoor space and rock the last few weeks of summer! Head to your local participating Kmart or visit www.Kmart.com for more!

*Blowout starts at 8:00 a.m. on 7/9/17 and ends at 10:00 p.m. on 7/30/17 and is not combinable with any other offers. Discounts do not apply to food, pharmacy, stationary, pets, paper products, cleaning supplies, prepaid gift cards and EGP (Everyday Great Price) and WOW value center items. Discounts only available on inventory in stock. The Summer Blowout offer is only valid at participating stores.
**Diamond weight may not be exact, but is never more than .05 carats below the stated weight.

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

Contact:

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

Tricia Perrotti
Kmart
551-226-0488
Tricia.Perrotti@searshc.com

SOURCE: Kmart