New World Clubcard: New Zealand’s most active and engaging loyalty programme on the market

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since unveiling New World Clubcard in the North Island on Monday the 3rd of October, over 250,000 customers have activated their cards. Membership numbers are exploding and Clubcard qualifies to be New Zealand’s most active and engaging loyalty programme on the market.

The anticipated popularity of Clubcard in the North Island is attributed greatly to the fact that since launching in the South two years ago, almost every household has a New World Clubcard member – that’s over 450,000 active customers benefiting from the loyalty programme in the South Island. With 86% of sales in New World stores in the South associated with a currency earning card, it is clear that shoppers see it as a winning proposition.

Close to one million New World Clubcards have been sent to existing Fly Buys and Airpoints card holders in the North Island, so membership numbers are expected to leap ahead of the South Island in the coming weeks.

The phenomenal customer uptake is due in large part to the fact it brings generous savings and rewards that are tailored to the individual shopper. New World has listened to what its customers want and developed the Clubcard loyalty scheme to reward shoppers in ways that are meaningful to them. Some people want to be rewarded on the spot. Some would like to save up to get rewards. But most want the best of both worlds which is what the New World Clubcard offers.

For those wanting to be rewarded today, Clubcard combines the benefits of everyday and promotional fuel discounts with great in-store Club Deals on a broad range of products. For those wanting to save up for rewards the New World Clubcard offers the consumers the choice of the two leading currency programmes in New Zealand – Fly Buys and Air New Zealand Airpoints. Because both programmes have a broad array of partners including retail and financial services, Clubcard members can combine their earning from New World with other purchases to get rewarded faster than any other programme in the market.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. Head of Customer Marketing and Insights, Emily Blumenthal says she’s pleased to be able to give New World customers the choice of two of the most engaging currencies on the market.

“Clubcard is simply a more rewarding way to shop,” says Blumenthal. “Loyalty NZ and Air New Zealand, have been valued partners for a number years. We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the choice of what we believe to be the two best loyalty programmes in New Zealand. No other reward scheme offers that level of flexibility.”

“Clubcard members get the best in-store discounts, earn their choice of rewards, get personalized offers and enter great competitions, it is clear that shoppers are quickly realising that having a New World Clubcard in their wallet is valuable.”

As part of the Clubcard launch, 5000 valued New World customers received an exclusive Clubcard Goodie Pack filled with a selection of new to market grocery products to sample and enjoy. The unsuspecting customers have been sharing their delight on social media and we expect this positive sentiment will continue to grow for Clubcard.

Plans to further develop the Clubcard Goodie Pack programme are well underway and the initiative will offer more customers access to product samples, prizes and invites to exclusive in-store events.

Blumenthal says shoppers can expect to hear a lot more about Clubcard’s benefits over the coming months, with a number of impressive prizes up for grabs as the programme rolls out in the North Island.

“We have lots of prizes to give away, thanks to our partners Fly Buys and Air New Zealand. There’s a $15,000 Fly Buys shopping spree, a $10,000 Air New Zealand overseas trip, plus thousands of Fly Buys, Airpoints, and New World Dollars to be won.”

“And that’s just the start of our plans for the New World Clubcard,” she adds. “As more and more shoppers get on board we will continue to innovate and develop exciting ways to reward their ongoing loyalty in a more relevant and personalised way.”

Customers who aren’t currently active members of Fly Buys or Airpoints or haven’t received their New World Clubcard in the mail can visit www.newworld.co.nz/clubcard and request a Clubcard, or simply sign up at their local New World.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

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New World Clubcard: New Zealand’s most active and engaging loyalty programme on the market
New World Clubcard: New Zealand’s most active and engaging loyalty programme on the market

 

Source: Foodstuffs

Beauty Enthusiast: Walgreens launches a new beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (October 04, 2016) announced the launch of Beauty Enthusiast, a new beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program, which provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits.

Sign up is free, and Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care, grooming, sun care, fragrance and bath product purchases*. Beauty Enthusiast members will have opportunities to receive free samples and will get exclusive promotions and coupons, as well as special beauty offers, new product information and expert tips throughout the year. In addition, members will receive a one-time digital coupon for 20 times everyday points on any beauty purchase to welcome them to the club.

Existing Balance Rewards members can join by simply confirming or adding their email address at checkout; at Walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast; on the Walgreens mobile app; or by calling the Walgreens Customer Care Center at (855) 225-0400.

“Walgreens is continually looking for ways to enhance our customers’ beauty shopping experience and to provide greater value for our Balance Rewards members,” said Linda Filler, president of retail products and chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walgreens. “Beauty Enthusiast was created for our customer who enjoys our beauty and personal care offering and looks to us for additional benefits, product offers and recommendations. This natural extension of our loyalty program offers easy enrollment, more points and additional rewards to make feeling good easier.”

Walgreens Balance Rewards program provides customers with the opportunity to earn points on retail and pharmacy purchases, in addition to special pricing on select products. Customers have the ability to redeem rewards at stores or through Walgreens.com. Walgreens has more than 85 million active Balance® Rewards members. For full details see Walgreens.com/balance.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omni-channel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

* Every qualifying purchase adds up to the $50 spend requirement. A qualifying beauty purchase includes products from the following categories: fragrances, cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care and grooming products. Excludes prescriptions, baby hair care, baby skin care and baby oral care products. The qualifying beauty spend total is calculated before taxes and after discounts, redemption dollars and store credit have been applied. Complete details at walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast.

Contact:

Emily Hartwig
Phone: 847-315-3316
emily.hartwig@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Lowe’s announces $2.5 million initiative through Renovation Across the Nation to renovate 50 Boys & Girls Clubs

Lowe’s announces $2.5 million initiative through Renovation Across the Nation to renovate 50 Boys & Girls Clubs
Lowe’s announces $2.5 million initiative through Renovation Across the Nation to renovate 50 Boys & Girls Clubs

 

NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For millions of American kids and teens, back-to-school means more than class time, it also means ‘Club time’ as they spend after school hours at local Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. This fall, Club members at 50 Boys & Girls Clubs – one in each state – will be greeted with refreshed, enhanced or expanded facilities as Lowe’s gives fifty $50,000 grants through Renovation Across the Nation, a $2.5 million initiative through its national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes vaulted the program into the spotlight this morning, kicking off the initiative at one of the 50 Clubs, the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem in New York City. The nationwide revitalization effort will enhance both the environment and the experience for more than 50,000 Club members, driving new membership among kids and teens. Dawes, a long-time friend of Boys & Girls Clubs and a mother herself, understands the value of the Club experience in bringing hope and strength to kids and teens in need of a safe and inspiring place to go after school.

“Boys & Girls Clubs drive academic success, influence positive health and wellness, and build good character and citizenship for America’s kids and teens, putting them on a path to great futures,” said Jim Clark, president and chief executive officer of BGCA. “Our partnership with Lowe’s holistically impacts Clubs – addressing critical improvements needed while bringing the skills and dedication of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to leave a lasting mark on Clubs and in the lives of our members, staff and local communities.”

To create the largest single initiative ever undertaken by Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one Club in each state was selected from Clubs in need of significant repairs and improvements. Lowe’s will support a wide range of enhancements ranging from kitchen repairs to amenities that influence creativity and well-being like music studios and counseling spaces. To see a full list of Renovation Across the Nation Club recipients, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner page.

To further commemorate Renovation Across the Nation, each Club will mark the occasion with an original mural masterpiece, uniquely designed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2016 National Fine Arts “Best in Show” winner.  Debora C., a 16-year-old member of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, was selected to design a mural that represents what belonging to a Club means to her and all the young people who make Boys & Girls Clubs part of their lives. Debora C. will paint her original mural design in Harlem, and then each Club will be able to stencil and customize the design to their location and engage Club members and Lowe’s Heroes in hand painting the mural with paint donated by Sherwin-Williams.

“Over the last six years, my Club has empowered my passion for art and I’ve been supported by the mentors and friends who have encouraged me along the way,” said Debora C. “When sketching the mural I wanted to bring the values, growth and opportunities that come with being a Club member to life through my design.”

Lowe’s Heroes will provide hands-on support from a volunteer force of more than 1,000 employees to complete critical repairs at each of the 50 Renovation Across the Nation Clubs.

“Since 2009, Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have refurbished and improved 130 Clubs across the country to provide young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re significantly expanding that partnership this year with Renovation Across the Nation so we can make a larger impact on kids and teens – who will become our leaders of tomorrow – all across the country in the communities we serve.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly four million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com

Contact:

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

For customer inquiries: 1-800-445-6937

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Craftsman® brand hosts Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

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

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

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

Craftsman Club will turn 25 in October 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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

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

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Costco offered the best online prices according to comprehensive SKU count and pricing study conducted by Kantar Retail

Boston, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For clubs like Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale, ecommerce presents both a threat and an opportunity. Though their membership model helps insulate clubs from some online erosion, club shoppers are also more likely than average to cross-shop online. At what point does online cross-shopping eat into club trips? With this question looming large, clubs are increasingly mindful of strategies that capture their shoppers’ online dollars.

To better understand how each club is positioning itself online, Kantar Retail conducted a comprehensive SKU count and pricing study of Costco.com, SamsClub.com, and BJs.com using data retrieved from Content Analytics. Across the board, Costco offered the best online prices. Between clubs, Sam’s Club and BJ’s had the most online SKUs in common, though comparable items between Costco and Sam’s were the most competitively priced.

• Comparing across all clubs, Costco was the most competitively priced online followed by Sam’s and BJ’s, respectively. Costco charges the highest membership fee ($55) of the clubs and this may help enable Costco’s low prices. The three clubs had only nine items in common. More comparable items were available between pairs of clubs, revealing that each club pursued a relatively distinct merchandising strategy.

• Costco and Sam’s shared 39 comparable online items with Costco priced lower on average. While Sam’s barely underpriced Costco on the majority of items, Costco won by a larger margin on select SKUs. Including discounts, Costco was even more competitively priced. Though this set had the fewest comparable SKUs, it was also the most competitive with smaller price differences.

• Costco and BJ’s shared 47 comparable online items, with Costco priced significantly lower than BJ’s. The difference was slightly less once discounts were included.

• Sam’s Club and BJ’s shared 353 comparable items and Sam’s was significantly cheaper than BJ’s. The price differential was smaller when discounts were included.

• By a wide margin, the largest category represented online included business or office-related supplies. This affirms that the clubs are also approaching online as a key platform for business members.

Minimal SKU overlap among the clubs suggests they are pursuing relatively differentiated online merchandising and pricing strategies to appeal to shoppers. For the shopper willing to pay five dollars more for the membership fee, the online pricing at Costco will be hard to beat. Though Costco boasts low prices, attracting shoppers including small businesses will increasingly require online merchandising that encompasses more than just price.

According to Tim Campbell, analyst at Kantar Retail, “For clubs to compete online effectively and boost their share of online shopping, item quality, convenience, delivery, services, and the user interface must be visible differentiators. This is one of several e-commerce analyses we’re undertaking at Kantar Retail that explore how online merchandising is evolving specifically in club and what this means for club members, the club retailers and their suppliers.”

“The right combination of assortment, price, quality of content and availability is key to winning in ecommerce, as evidenced by this latest Kantar Retail study. At Content Analytics we make ecommerce insights available to the world’s leading brands and retailers and help them sell more online with our market leading ecommerce Product Optimization Platform.”

About the Study
Using data retrieved from Content Analytics in May, Kantar Retail compared prices of like-for-like items with identical model numbers across all three clubs online and separately for each pair of clubs online (e.g., Costco and Sam’s, Costco and BJ’s, and Sam’s and BJ’s). All available SKUs with pricing information were analyzed, including 11,161 SKUs at Costco, 9,553 SKUs at Sam’s, and 16,945 SKUs at BJ’s. To eliminate regional pricing differences, the data was retrieved for a hypothetical online club shopper in the Sarasota, Fla., area.

Notes to editors:

About Kantar Retail
We are the retail and shopper specialists. We are a leading retail and shopper insight, consulting and analytics and technology business and part of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP. We work with leading brand manufacturers and retailers to help them sell more effectively and profitably. At Kantar Retail we track and forecast over 1200 retailers globally and have purchase data on over 200 million shoppers. Amongst our market leading reports are the annual PoweRanking survey and the Digital Power Study. Kantar Retail works with over 400 clients and has 26 offices in 15 markets around the globe.

For further information, please visit www.kantarretail.com, or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Content Analytics
Content Analytics is the leading eCommerce Product Optimization Platform. Our end-to-end solution enables brands to store and catalog product content, syndicate content to multiple retailers and optimize sales through integrated analytics. With Content Analytics, brands gain deep insight into competitive pricing, on-site search rankings, content quality, product assortment and product availability. Once opportunities are identified, it’s easy to take action to improve.

For further information, please visit www.contentanalyticsinc.com.

Contact for Kantar Retail media queries:

Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
Office: +44 (0) 1372 825 391
E-mail: victoria.bradshaw@kantarretail.com

Source: Kantar Retail

TAG Heuer announces new partnership with Manchester United football club

Beijing, China, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 24, TAG Heuer announced a new partnership with the prestigious Manchester United football club. This follows partnerships with the EnglishPremier League at the end of April and the Spanish LaLiga in mid-July. The announcement was celebrated in Beijing at an event attended by United players. The new agreement is part of a global strategy to strengthen the Swiss watchmaker’s presence in the world of football. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, talks about a winning sponsorship strategy.

The German Bundesliga, the English Premier League, the Spanish LaLiga, the American MLS (Major League Soccer), China’s Super League, the Australian National football team, the Copa America and International Champions Cup, plus international ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo … Since 2014, TAG Heuer has been a ubiquitous presence at the world’s most prestigious football competitions and pitches. Jean-Claude Biver discusses this strategy.

TAG Heuer has since 2014 signed a host of sponsorships with football, an area that might not seem to have much affinity with luxury timepieces? Why invest in football?

Jean-Claude Biver : Football is an extremely popular sport around the world. The World Cup has the biggest TV audience in the world, ahead of the Olympics. So this is a sport that has great impact for a brand. But it’s not only “popular” in terms of the number of followers, but also because of its broad reach. Men, women, the young, the not so young, students, entrepreneurs – football reaches everyone, without distinction. The world of luxury was thus already very much present, which explains our commitment in this sport. What’s more, through football we reach not only today’s customers, but also the customers of tomorrow by engaging with all the young people who follow the sport. Some of them might become Tag Heuer customers! And lastly, football lets us differentiate ourselves as a luxury brand. Unlike others, who sponsor golf, horseback riding or polo, we don’t have any competitors in this arena.

As the Official Timekeeper for an impressive number of prestigious national leagues, TAG Heuer recently announced the signature of a partnership with Manchester United. How do you choose your partnerships?

It’s important that we forge partnerships that create synergies and are visible through the initiatives we develop together. With Manchester United, for example, we’re able to reach a clientele in China and Asia. The club is a veritable institution in this part of the world and our partnership will help develop our brand in Asia, not only through TV and media visibility, but also thanks to joint events during the club’s Asia tour and all year.

Hublot has in the past decade become the leading luxury watchmaker to invest in football. Are there differences between the marketing strategies of Hublot and TAG Heuer in football?

Hublot was a pioneer by becoming the first luxury watchmaking house to invest in football. But it was evident that Hublot couldn’t cover all the possibilities offered by the sport. I was always careful to protect Hublot from competitors who wanted to invest in spaces that were still open in football, like federations, clubs, players or coaches. That led to the idea of occupying this space together, consistent with the positioning of the two houses. Hublot, a premium, selective brand, sponsors the most prestigious events, the World Cup, the UEFA Euro and the Champions League. TAG Heuer, which represents accessible luxury, focused on major national events – the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga, the Spanish LaLiga, the American MLS, as well as football in China, Japan and Australia. Together, our two houses cover all the different opportunities with a complementary fit, while at the same time protecting one another from competing watchmakers seeking to enter football sponsorship.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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TAG Heuer announces new partnership with Manchester United football club
TAG Heuer announces new partnership with Manchester United football club

 

Source: LVMH

Grupo Vip acaba de firmar un acuerdo con Deliveroo

Madrid, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grupo Vips, uno de los grupos multimarca y multiformato líder del sector de la hostelería y comercio en España, acaba de firmar un acuerdo con Deliveroo, la compañía especializada en reparto de comida de calidad a domicilio, con el fin de agregar este nuevo servicio a la oferta de sus principales marcas.

El servicio está ya disponible en más de 80 restaurantes VIPS, VIPSmart, Ginos, Fridays, The Wok y Rugantino de las ciudades de Madrid, Barcelona y Valencia. Este acuerdo tiene como objetivo el ir progresivamente ampliando las zonas cubiertas a nivel nacional.

Con esta opción de servicio a domicilio, Grupo Vips enriquece las facilidades que ofrece a sus clientes para disfrutar de los platos de sus marcas fuera del restaurante, completando así su ya existente servicio de Take Away.

Gracias al acuerdo con Deliveroo, ahora además los clientes de Grupo Vips pueden realizar pedidos a domicilio de una forma rápida y fácil a través de las páginas web de cada marca de Grupo Vips y la de Deliveroo, o bien a través de la aplicación móvil de Deliveroo. Los clientes pueden disfrutar de la mejor comida de los restaurantes de Grupo Vips allí donde estén, ya sea su hogar, la oficina, el parque o la playa, gracias al sistema único de geolocalización GPS diseñado por la compañía. La app permite realizar el pago con un solo click y seguir el recorrido del rider en tiempo real, que entregará en menos de 30 minutos la comida en perfectas condiciones.

Para Enrique Francia, Consejero Delegado de Grupo Vips, “Deliveroo representa el modelo de negocio perfecto que estábamos esperando para desarrollar la entrega a domicilio, un servicio cada vez más demandado por nuestros clientes. Se trata de una solución que garantiza que nuestros clientes puedan consumir nuestros platos fuera de nuestros restaurantes en las mismas condiciones que lo harían si estuvieran en uno de ellos”.

Según Diana Morato, Consejera Delegada de Deliveroo en España, “el Grupo Vips es un referente en la hostelería en España y estamos muy orgullosos de que confíen en nosotros para asegurar que la gente pueda disfrutar de sus platos, en las mejores condiciones, también en casa y en la oficina”.

Sobre Grupo Vips
Grupo Vips es uno de los grupos multimarca y multiformato líderes del sector de la hostelería y comercio en España. Integra restaurantes, cafeterías y tiendas. La compañía gestiona en propiedad o bajo el régimen de franquicia un total de 9 marcas comerciales que incluyen 6 reconocidas cadenas: VIPS (cafeteríarestaurante y tienda), VIPSmart, GINOS, The Wok, TGI Fridays y Starbucks Coffee en España, Portugal y Andorra. Además, el Grupo cuenta con 3 restaurantes singulares entre los que se encuentran Lucca, Rugantino Casa Tua y Tattaglia. La empresa suma más 350 establecimientos que atienden a más de Rugantino Casa Tua y Tattaglia. La empresa suma más 350 establecimientos que atienden a más de 120.000 clientes diarios. Posee un programa de fidelización pionero y líder en el sector de la restauración, el Club VIPS, con más de 1.000.000 socios activos en toda España y cuya App, única en el mercado y lanzada a finales de abril 2015, cuenta ya con más de 450.000 descargas. Grupo Vips es una compañía

de capital privado fundada en 1969. Goldman Sachs Capital Partners V adquirió el 30% de la compañía en 2006. El Grupo Vips da empleo a más de 9.300 personas y cerró el ejercicio 2015 con 377,6 millones de euros de facturación.

www.grupovips.com / Descubre la App Club VIPS en: www.clubvips.com

Sobre Deliveroo
Deliveroo es un servicio completo de reparto de comida, que acerca restaurantes de calidad a los hogares y oficinas a través de una tecnología y plataforma de logística propias. Deliveroo se fundó en 2013 por William Shu y Greg Orlowski. Hasta la fecha actual, Deliveroo ha obtenido inversiones por cuantía de 200M de dólares procedentes de inversores como Accel, DST Global, Greenoaks Capital, Hoxton Ventures, Index Ventures, JamJar Investments y Hummingbird Ventures.

Visite nuestra página web www.deliveroo.es para más información, o descargue nuestra aplicación móvil, gratuita para iOS y Android, que posee funcionalidades como el seguimiento en tiempo real del pedido, basado en la geolocalización, así como nuevas opciones de búsqueda.

Source: Grupo Vips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:

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

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

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

 

Source: Staples, Inc.

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continued this year to build on an exciting tournament, which now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year.

Attendance in the four-day tournament exceeded expectations with nearly 50,000 spectators, but participation in various community events that appealed to foodies, runners and families also rose. An estimated 200 children participated in the junior clinics, more than 625 took part in the 5k run and the inaugural Grand Taste event had more than 10,000 attendees alone.

“We are dedicated to making the Meijer LPGA Classic an event the community and the LPGA can stand behind,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “This event is making a difference in the communities we serve, and we sincerely thank everyone who attended for their continued support.”

Leading up to and during the tournament, LPGA professionals spoke highly of the Meijer LPGA Classic and its accompanying events. For example, two of the biggest names in ladies golf – Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel – helped promote the tournament at Blythefield Country Club by being featured in a television advertisement Meijer produced.

“It is quickly, in only the third year, becoming one of the absolute can’t miss stops on the LPGA tour,” LPGA Professional Morgan Pressel said.

“In short order, Meijer has shown itself as a world class partner committed to delivering a ‘can’t miss’ event on the LPGA schedule,” said Ricki Lasky, senior vice president of tournament business affairs and LPGA properties. “The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has rallied the West Michigan community and been hugely supported by its golf fans, our players and media. We’re excited about the future and looking forward to our return in 2017.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will once again be held Father’s Day weekend June 12-18.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic featured a full field of world-class golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club. Tournament week also featured various community events, including celebrity chef events, 5k run and walk, junior clinics and an inaugural three-day grand tasting event called the Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic that featured more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, growers and Meijer product and vendors.

Meijer donated all the unused food – approximately 6,000 pounds – from the Grand Taste event to a local food bank and food pantry.

The driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry through the retailer’s Simply Give program, which restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. Over the past three years, the Meijer LGPA Classic generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves. Additionally, a typical LPGA Tour has an economic impact of up to $6 million in the community in which it’s held.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated nearly $24 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous spectators who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $850,000 donation will be spread across the retailer’s estimated 200 food pantry partners that participated in the spring Simply Give campaign that ended June 19.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact:

Lesley Baker
Tournament Director
Octagon
Lesley.Baker@octagon.com
616-426-6225

Christina Fecher
Public Relations Manager
Meijer
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com
616-735-7968

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year
Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year

Source: Meijer

Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

Northwich, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Hut Group, Europe’s fastest growing online Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer, has acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire. Operating across 50,000 sq. ft., Hale Country Club provides its 5,000+ members with best-in-class fitness, leisure, spa and beauty facilities.

The acquisition of Hale Country Club is a continuation of The Hut Group’s commitment to substantial investment in infrastructure to support the growth and durability of its core online Health and Beauty businesses. Similar recent investments by the Group include: the £120 million design, build and acquisition of a one million sq. ft. distribution centre; and £10 million invested during 2015 into the Group’s sports nutrition and weight management production centre.

The Hut Group will continue to expand Hale Country Club’s industry-leading health and beauty facilities for the benefit of the membership and the Group’s key brands, Myprotein and Lookfantastic.

Myprotein is the world’s largest online sports nutrition brand and, in re-branding the gym facility to Myprotein, Hale Country Club will become the focal point for the brand’s 200+ ambassadors. With a social media following of over two million, Myprotein’s ambassadors are elite athletes drawn from over 30 different sports and 30 different countries. Recent members to join #TEAMMYP include: Danny Willett, Masters Golf Champion 2016; Max Whitlock, the gymnastics World, European, Commonwealth and British champion and Olympic medallist; and Michael Bisping, the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World.

Retailing over 800 prestige brands, The Hut Group is the world’s second largest online beauty retailer. Members of Hale Country Club will now have access to this broader prestige brand offering as more brands are retailed within its spa, wellness pool, thermal suite and treatment facilities. Hale Country Club will be a focal point for the 90+ Look fantastic beauty ambassadors who, with a social media reach of 15 million, support The Hut Group’s commitment to prestige brands, product innovation and unrivalled infrastructure.

The Hut Group recently announced record results for 2015 with sales +35% to £334m (2014: £248m), EBITDA up +33% to £30m and £42.2m of cash generated from operating activities (2014: £38.2m). The Hut Group had a 2015 year-end cash position of £141.5m (2014: £54.6m), providing it with significant resources for further strategic initiatives.

Group Chief Executive Officer and founder, Matthew Moulding, commented: “As we continue to build enduring and scalable brands we are committed to investing in the infrastructure which supports our core online Health and Beauty businesses. This acquisition is a continuation of our investment strategy, with Hale Country Club & Spa’s unrivalled facilities providing a step-change in Myprotein and Lookfantastic.”

Media Enquiries:
media-enquiries@thehutgroup.com

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Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire
Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

 

Source:  The Hut Group

Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced that from 15 -18 July, customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points in store, online (across Grocery Online, Tesco Direct and Wine by the Case) and at its petrol filling stations, helping customer’s points grow faster.

The move will see customers earn two points per £1 spent in store and online, and two points per £2 spent on fuel.

Tesco is also working with a range of Clubcard Partners this summer to provide customers with a broad choice of offers that are exciting and unique, helping customers get great value on local days out with their families with the points they’ve earned.

Robin Terrell, Chief Customer Officer said,

“We know that our customers find Tesco Clubcard helpful – it’s one of our unique ways of saying thank you, and is the leading loyalty scheme in retail.

As part of our ongoing plans to serve Britain’s shoppers a little better every day, we want to help them get the most out of Clubcard by making it more simple, straightforward and appealing, offering our customers even more value – and helping us to say an even bigger thank you for shopping with us.”

Customers can already get up to four times the value of their Clubcard vouchers when they use them in conjunction with Tesco’s Clubcard Partners online.

From botanical gardens in Carmarthen to Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy, weekend breaks, holidays and more.

Tesco has also teamed up with its newest partner DisneyLife, helping parents keep their kids entertained with Disney films, books and music available on an app during the summer months.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701    

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Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July
Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July

 

Source: Tesco

Miu Miu unveils new kind of private club in Paris

Milano, Italy, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 3rd, 2016 Miu Miu will unveil a new kind of private club in Paris. Transforming an historic location into a contemporary salon of the imagination, the miumiu-club Paris will bring a new sense of occasion to Paris Couture Week, for one night only.

Miu Miu will reinterpret and revive the ornate private residence of Hotel de la Paiva on the Champs-Elysees into clubrooms including a cinema, restaurant and show house for a presentation of its Croisiere Collection. Mixing histories, layers of cultural meaning and Miu Miu’s underlying spirit of female empowerment, the-miumiu-club Paris will deceive the senses in a merging of the new collection with new encounters.

Members will be able to view, for the first time, the new Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign and video; sample cuisine by Margot Henderson; listen to a renowned string quartet, Dirty Pretty Strings, and DJ sets by Paul Simonon, Plastiscines, Kate Moss and Katie Grand; watch a showcase of all eleven of the auteur series Miu Miu Women’s Tales and experience the Croisiere collection up close.

The building’s history is an ironic and colorful backdrop for a club celebrating the many facets of the Miu Miu woman. It was built in the mid-1800s, commissioned by the infamous courtesan Esther Lachmann (known as La Paiva) for her private residence. Legend has it La Paiva was once pushed out of a cab by a customer into the Champs-Elysees, and vowed she would one day build a house there.

The exquisite rooms of Hotel de la Paiva radiate with extraordinary details. It is famed for its painted ceiling of Day chasing Night away by Paul Baudry (the painter responsible for the ceilings in the Grand Foyer of the Opera Garnier) and its magnificent staircase, carved from Algerian yellow onyx. A Napoleon III style bathtub also in yellow onyx has taps set with precious stones. La Paiva is said to have taken baths of milk, lime-blossom, and even champagne in it.

La Paiva held some of the most tantalizing and decadent soirees of the age in the lavish mansion. Her circle included members of the literary, artistic, political and intellectual elite, including Gustave Flaubert and Emile Zola. Since 1904, Hotel de la Paiva has been home to the Travellers Club, a gentlemen’s club (10 years ago women began to be admitted), partial to travel and backgammon.

the-miumiu-club Paris is an evolution of exclusive Miu Miu Clubs held in London, Shanghai, LA, and Macau. the-miumiu-london, held for three days at the Cafe Royal in 2012, was a new kind of members club, celebrating the many facets of the Miu Miu woman. In 2011 Miu Miu took over the iconic Park Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai with a 1940s-themed multi-sensory experience. That same year Miu Miu flew to LA, where a film noir cinema club was created for the premiere of Muta – the second of the Miu Miu Women’s Tales. Lancaster House, an extraordinary private palace in London, was transformed into a temporary Miu Miu dining club in 2010. At Miu Miu’s club on the Peninsula of Macau in 2008, guests experienced a fashion show, dinner and Crazy Horse cabaret performance.

Press contact:
pressoffice@miumiu.com

Source: Prada Group

 

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. to report its financial results for second quarter ended June 19, 2016 on July 28, 2016

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today announced that it will report its financial results for the second quarter ended June 19, 2016, on Thursday, July 28, 2016, after the close of market. David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day.

The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at www.smartandfinal-investor.com.

Smart & Final Stores Second Quarter 2016 Conference Call Details

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Dial-In: 1-877-407-0784 (domestic), 1-201-689-8560 (international)

Conference ID: 13639710

A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial 1-877-870-5176 (domestic) or 1-858-384-5517 (international) and enter the replay pin number: 13639710. A replay of the webcast will also be available for 60 days upon completion of the conference call, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at www.smartandfinal-investor.com.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of June 19, 2016, the Company operated 306 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Communications
O: 310.829.5400
investors@smartandfinal.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

 

USDA FSIS: GHSE, LLC recalls salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

The ready-to-eat salads with chili-seasoned chicken items were produced on various dates between May 11, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11-oz. plastic clam shell containers with “TRADER JOSE’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” with “BEST BY” dates 05/18/16 – 07/03/16.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Virginia.

The problem was discovered by a plant quality assurance technician during a routine check of ingredients. The salads have the correct label on the top of the package, but exhibit an incorrect back label that does not include soy sauce as an ingredient; the source of the wheat. As a result, wheat is not sub-listed in the ingredients statement or in the “Contains” allergen declaration.

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

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

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call GHSE LLC at (888) 449-9386. Media with questions about the recall can contact Greg Miklovic, GHSE LLC/Quality & Food Safety Director, at (916) 205-8474.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: s-serif”> http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Wyevale Voted Best Garden Centre By The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

The Wyevale Group is celebrating after being voted the ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ in an online poll by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

The voting for the awards was open to members of the public and received thousands of nominations through the BBC Gardeners’ World website, making them a true reflection of people’s opinions. It is therefore particularly rewarding for the Wyevale garden centre group to be given the coveted title of ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ as part of the inaugural Gardeners’ World Magazine awards.

The BBC launched their 2009 awards in March by inviting readers of the Gardeners’ World Magazine and users of the gardenersworld.com website to vote on categories including most loved and most hated plants and vegetables, the most common garden pest, the gadget they couldn’t live without, the best garden centre and best online garden centre/mail order supplier. The voting was opened to the public for a 3 month period in an effort to find out exactly what people liked and didn’t like about life in the garden. Overall more than 7,900 gardeners voted across a series of categories.

The Wyevale Group achieved success after being rated the best nursery on 5 separate indicators which covered: value for money, service, choice, quality and overall performance.

Nicholas Marshall, Chief Executive of Wyevale, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of Best Garden Centre in the Gardeners’ World Magazine’s online poll. It is a testament to how hard the staff work at all 122 garden centres in the group.

“We would like to thank all the garden centre teams and staff at Head Office for their hard work and commitment in helping us to win this top accolade.”

About The Gardening Club
Wyevale Garden Centres originated as a local nursery in Hereford in the 1930’s, when plants were sold bare-root by mail order only during the dormant season. Today, gardening is a wide ranging activity from real enthusiasts who grow specialist plants from seed to families for whom the garden is an outdoor room to decorate and furnish in their own style

The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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Wyevale Garden Centres Has Overhauled Its Website To Allow Users Easy Access To The Gardening Club Features As Well As Providing Each Garden Centre With Its Own Personal Web Page

Wyevale Garden Centres has overhauled its website to allow users easy access to the gardening club features as well as providing each garden centre with its own personal web page.

The extra prominence afforded to the gardening club means that shoppers can sign up to the club for free and then add details of their gardening club card, in order to get points with in-store purchases as well as by buying online, whether they’re getting a Flymo lawnmower, a new log store or just a new plant pot.

Every £1 spent by a gardening club member will result in five club points for the shopper who can then track their points total online thanks to a new online tool. Points are later redeemable as vouchers. Registered members will also receive an exclusive e-mail newsletter and will be privy to offers online that are otherwise not visible to visitors who are not part of the gardening club.

The website header of the main site has been rebranded to become Gardening Club so that each garden centre in the family can rediscover its own brand identity, allowing individualism and personality to come out on their personal web page.

An online store finder is available to help website visitors find their nearest garden centre, where they can then find out opening times and other pieces of relevant information. Each garden centre web page targets customers directly by giving them information about facilities available, their address and other contact details. A personal touch is added to each garden centre page with the name and an image of the manager published alongside a topical gardening tip.

The website now supports both the garden centres’ and The Gardening Club’s e-commerce services to supply every gardening need from plants to care products, tools to garden furniture and sheds to bird houses. Other features on the Gardening Club website include monthly gardening advice topics and the option to hire tools and machinery.

About The Gardening Club
The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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The 10 year anniversary of the Tesco Baby & Toddler Clubis marked by the launch of a new online service

For the last 10 years, the phenomenally successful Tesco Baby & Toddler Club has helped over 1m parents throughout the UK by providing them with support at just the time they need it most. Now, to mark its 10th birthday, the Club has launched a compelling new set of member benefits and a fantastic new website.

Celebrating a new arrival – Baby & Toddler Club online in keeping with the Tesco ‘Every Little Helps’ philosophy, and in direct response to the 98% of Baby & Toddler Club members who asked Tesco for support through an online service.

“Our members told us that while they really valued the information we gave them through the Club magazines, they wanted an online offering as well. This allows us to provide support when parents need it most – even if that is at 3am with a screaming baby“, says Jenna Copeland, Tesco Baby & Toddler Club Manager.

“Our new website means that mums can instantly access the information they need and, if they need further reassurance, can contact other mums in our Chat Room. This new initiative is just part of the commitment is putting behind providing our customers with the very best in online services and we know it is something that will be welcomed not only by our members, but by parents throughout the UK.” Tesco

The Baby & Toddler Club online will offer a wealth of information at parents’ fingertips, as well as being a genuine 24/7 club where mums can make new friends online, share experiences and offer each other support. Other features include:

– ‘You and Your Baby’ – a comprehensive guide to all the ups and downs of pregnancy and the first 3 years of parenthood & childhood.

– Recipes– recipes for pregnant women, babies & toddlers.

– Baby Diaries – true life diaries of a pregnant mum, a new mum and a dad of two toddlers.

– Ask an expert – FAQ on topics from nutrition and development to child psychology and relationships. An opportunity to post a question to be answered by one of 10 Baby & Toddler Club experts.

– Baby forums – customers who register their interest for the baby forum will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a year’s supply of nappies.

– About the Club – an opportunity for parents to join the Tesco Baby & Toddler Club online, including the latest Mums’ Choice information and winning products, a guide to what’s on in store.

A bonanza of fantastic benefits for club members

The new website isn’t the only exciting new development. New Club members will be able to gain up to 10,000 Tesco Clubcard Points (over the lifetime of their membership) by redeeming Points Coupons in their club mailings, as well as receiving a free parking permit that allows them to park in ‘Parent and Child’ spaces closest to the store. And the Club’s new Welcome Brochure is packed with other exclusive special offers:

Customers shopping with Tesco Direct save 10% off any purchase for their baby through Tesco Direct. This service is particularly useful for large items such as cots, buggies, high chairs, car seats and bathroom accessories and everything is delivered straight to the customer’s door. There are over 8,000 new products available, with more than 1,000 especially for babies and toddlers.

RAC discount: There’s nothing more important when traveling with a little one than feeling safe in the knowledge that your car is in tip-top condition – but it can be expensive. That’s why Tesco has teamed up with RAC to offer a 20% discount over the lifetime of the membership, plus a £30 Tesco gift card.

Free Huggies Baby Beginnings Basket: For that little something extra, when new members buy a pack of Huggies Newborn Size 1 nappies in Tesco stores, they can redeem a basket of goodies, including wipes, powder, tissues, Baby’s First record book, money-saving coupons, a Huggies teddy bear and a muslin cloth.

Tesco Baby & Toddler Club is the longest running retailer Club for pregnant women and parents of children under the age of three. Over 320,000 members are proof of its popularity – and this number is increasing daily as more expectant mums and new parents join Baby & Toddler Club. Absolutely free to join, members receive tailored magazines every 3-6 months packed full of relevant, useful information and provide the ultimate helping hand when they need it most. This will also help family finances as each magazine comes with Points Coupons on many baby essentials and treats for members!

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