Sequential Brands Group and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s existing collection

America’s Most Trusted Lifestyle Expert Grows Existing Collection with New Products

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s signature QVC line, which spans multiple categories. This spring, Martha is set to introduce Martha Stewart Pets, and will also unveil the latest offerings from her Gourmet Food and Garden collections.

“From her very first appearance, Martha has impressed QVC customers not only with her carefully curated collection of products, but with her incomparable passion for helping others find easy solutions to everyday problems,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Our customers trust in Martha’s expertise entirely and truly regard her as a lifestyle expert and teacher, and we know our customers are going to love Martha’s new items as much as we do.”

Tune in to QVC on Thursday, March 15 at 3PM (ET) for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Pets” as Martha demonstrates distinctive ideas for grooming, feeding, outfitting, and playing with pets. After successfully launching Martha Stewart Wine Co., Martha’s curated wine collection, in January, Martha is scheduled to further expand her Gourmet Food collection with items ranging from pastries and seafood to seasonal offerings. Following the successful pre-sale of Martha Stewart’s 90th book, Martha’s Flowers, Martha is set to introduce her latest tools and products perfect for preparing any backyard or outdoor space for spring.

“The Martha Stewart brand is devoted to informing and inspiring people to live more beautiful and functional lives, and I’m thrilled to introduce new products that do just that,” said Martha Stewart. “QVC allows me to engage directly with consumers and share my signature collection with millions of shoppers around the country. I look forward to further expanding my line with QVC customers.”

“Since launching on QVC, the Martha Stewart brand has experienced a great deal of success across multiple categories,” said Karen Murray, CEO of Sequential Brands Group. “We believe QVC, a multi-platform retailer, to be a perfect fit for the Martha Stewart brand and are excited to grow our business. QVC is truly unmatched when it comes to offering an American icon like Martha Stewart, who can span so many different categories, from food and garden to skincare and apparel, and we are excited to debut our new categories.”

Items from the Martha Stewart collection are available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515. For the latest news and happenings at QVC, please visit the QVC Newsroom at newsroom.qvc.com.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

About QVC 
QVC exceeds the expectations of everyone we touch by delivering the joy of discovery through the power of relationships. Every day, in nine countries and counting, QVC engages millions of shoppers in a journey of discovery through an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products, from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry. Along the way, we connect shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories, and award-winning customer service. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has more than 17,000 employees and has retail operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and through a joint venture in China. Worldwide, QVC engages shoppers over 14 broadcast networks reaching nearly 360 million homes, seven websites, and 195 social pages. Visit corporate.qvc.com to learn more.

QVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation and is attributed to the QVC Group tracking stock (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB). QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc. For more information on Liberty Interactive Corporation, visit www.libertyinteractive.com.

Media Contacts:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Dana Miller
212-827-8347
dmmiller@marthastewart.com

QVC
Katie Dougherty
Katie.Dougherty@qvc.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer

Viacom Executive to Join Company’s Management Team

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) today (Feb 28, 2018) announced the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lops joins Sequential from Viacom Media Networks where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Distribution and Business Development division.

In this position, Mr. Lops will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations. He assumes the role from President and Interim CFO Andrew Cooperwho will continue to serve as President.

In announcing the appointment, CEO Karen Murray stated, “Peter has a robust skill set, including extensive public company experience in finance and operations. His background as well as his deep understanding of the licensing business, make him a great addition to the team. We’re thrilled to have him join us.”

Mr. Lops brings with him 20 years of financial and operational experience in the licensing business. In his most recent role at Viacom, he was an integral part of the leadership team that delivered industry leading double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Viacom Media Networks. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Lops was Vice President of Finance for Fox Television Stations, Inc. For nine years, he held financial roles at the National Football League serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Finance Director and Controller. Early in his career, he worked at Andersen LLP, where he led the IPO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

About Sequential Brands Group

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the active, home and fashion categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Investor Relations & Media Contact:

Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

 

LONDON, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand, is gearing up for their biggest-ever litter-pick by teaming up with Keep Britain Tidy this month to support the Great British Spring Clean.

Team members from around 300 stores across the country will join a nationwide army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s rubbish and are willing to do something about it.

The snow and ice has not put a damper on their enthusiasm and events originally planned for this weekend are now being rescheduled throughout March.

Working together, Keep Britain Tidy and Costa Coffee, through the Great British Spring Clean, are inspiring 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “I am delighted that Costa Coffee are one of the headline partners supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

“It’s great to see Costa Coffee so fully engaged with the campaign and getting staff from 300 stores out there, more than any other partner.

“By getting hundreds of team members from stores around the country participating in the Spring Clean and helping clean up their local communities, they are once again demonstrating their desire to make a real difference on the ground.’

“We continue to work closely with Costa Coffee on a range of initiatives aimed at preventing waste and reducing litter. In particular, I’m pleased to see the brand championing recent measures such as Refill and also moving to ban plastic straws.

Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy for the third year running and are proud of the commitment that team members have shown in taking part in their local events this weekend as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

“At Costa Coffee we are committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and look forward to the 12 months ahead as we continue to support Keep Britain Tidy in their ongoing activity across the UK.”

The Great British Spring Clean runs, officially, from 2nd to 4th March 2018 but due to the current extreme weather events rearranged up to 25 March will be counted as part of this year’s campaign.

For more information, to register, to find out what events are happening or to set your own up clean-up visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC, which this year celebrates its 275th Anniversary as a great British business.

With over 2,200 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,200 in 29 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and 2016).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Source: Costa Coffee

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Perry Ellis International announces license agreement for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand

MIAMI, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that it has entered into a license agreement with INSPECS Group for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand.  The new collection will launch in optical retail channels, boutique independent opticians and larger optical retail chains.  Sunglasses distribution will be spearheaded via the travel retail sector alongside Farah’s existing key retail partners and department stores.  The new Farah eyewear collection will be available to view from the international eyewear platform of MIDO Milan.  Farah eyewear product will be in stores from Q4 2018.

The Farah brand is rooted in rich heritage and bolstered by street credibility, leveraging creative ambassadors to drive success. These extraordinary individuals are empowered to become product developers, storytellers and educators inspiring millions of consumers. For fashion-minded hipsters in East London and international artists alike, the name Farah represents a melding of bold style and solid quality that resonates with youth of all walks.  Farah products are sold internationally through major retailers and company-owned retail stores, as well as on www.Farah.co.uk.

Perry Ellis International Chief Executive Officer & President Oscar Feldenkreis remarked, “We are truly delighted to partner with the INSPECS group.  This partnership will combine decades of experience to deliver high quality, fashionable timeless classics and must-have fashion forward pieces under our iconic Farah brand.”

Founder and CEO Robin Totterman said: “We are absolutely delighted that INSPECS have been appointed as partner of choice to extend the Farah brand into the specialist eyewear market. We look forward to our continued work with the Farah brand team and Perry Ellis International, and to welcoming this much-coveted brand to our portfolio of brands. We see Farah as a key building block in our strategy for INSPECS’ strong growth in the coming years. It is clear that Farah is the menswear brand to watch, with its massive upward trajectory both via online and brick-and-mortar fashion retailers.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About INSPECS GROUP
INSPECS Group (established 1988) licenses, designs, manufactures and distributes branded eyewear products (optical frames, sunglasses, safety eyewear) with a portfolio of well-recognised brands, both owned and licensed (including FARAH, Superdry, Radley, O’Neill, CATERPILLAR, NASCAR and Santana).

INSPECS serves the largest optical retailers, smaller boutique opticians, travel retail and its brand partners’ retail outlets.

Contact:
Anthony Pessok
Anthony.pessok@pery.com
Tel: 3531 405 38 40

Imane Maghrani
Press and PR enquiries
Imane.maghrani@inspecs.com

Andy Matthews
Commercial Director
Andy.matthews@inspecs.com

Source:  Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

 

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 1, 2018), Harris Teeter launched a donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Cashiers in Harris Teeter stores will ask shoppers and associates to purchase a $1, $3, and $5 “Live Unlimited” donation card. The sales of the donation cards will directly benefit MDA in raising funds to continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases.

The company has donated over $1.5 million to MDA thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter customers and associates over the last 10 years.

“Each donation card sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases who count on MDA to find answers and provide support,” said Amy Meyers, Executive Director of MDA: Charlotte.  “Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.”

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s commitment to help MDA in the fight against neuromuscular disease, please click here.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. MDA uses their collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Source: Harris Teeter

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Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean

Global jeanswear leader introduces digital manufacturing capability that will eliminate potassium permanganate and other chemicals that have been used industrywide for decades in jeans finishing

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) announced a transformative new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean. Called Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), this new model replaces manual techniques and automates the jeans finishing process, allowing the company to reduce the number of chemical formulations used in finishing from thousands to a few dozen.

Traditionally, denim finishing – which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans – has been a highly manual, labor-intensive and chemical-reliant process. Digitization enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.

“Thirty years ago, jeans were only available in three shades: rinsed, stonewashed and bleached. Today those three shades have exploded into endless variations, all produced with very labor-intensive jobs and long lists of chemical formulations,” said Bart Sights, vice president of technical innovation at Levi Strauss & Co. and head of the company’s Eureka Innovation Lab. “We’re designing a cleaner jean for the planet and the people who make Levi’s® jeans, and we’re doing it on a scale that no one else has achieved to date.”

This new operating model is a major step forward in LS&Co.’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and accelerates the elimination of many chemical formulations that the company’s Screened Chemistry program identified as “phase outs.” Among the chemicals that will be eliminated is potassium permanganate, an oxidizer that is used industrywide to replicate authentic vintage finishes.

“This is a significant win for the industry,” said Robert Strand, executive director for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business. “It’s inspiring to see how LS&Co. used constraints to drive innovation, paving the way for a more sustainable apparel industry. This is an important step forward that I hope others will follow.”

Beyond eliminating many chemicals, Project F.L.X. is expected to reduce textile waste by more accurately making what the market needs and may also provide the opportunity to save water in the future. The company has already proved it can use nearly 100 percent recycled water in the final manufacturing stages with Project F.L.X. and is exploring the possibility of rolling out this water recycling capability more broadly over time.

To help unlock the benefits of digitally enabled design and development, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:

Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model Project F.L.X.

Advanced technology improves speed to market, brings final product decisions closer to the consumer and strengthens sustainability leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) – announced Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), a new operating model that ushers denim finishing into the digital era. Developed by the inventor of the blue jean, Project F.L.X. digitizes the design and development of denim finishing and enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, LS&Co. is able to radically reduce time to market and eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, LS&Co. achieve the ultimate balance of agility and sustainability, while upholding the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.

“Our goal was to tackle two predominant industry challenges — being able to respond quickly to changing consumer trends while making the manufacturing process more sustainable,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. “We are addressing both agility and sustainability without compromising the authenticity our consumers expect from us. This is the future of jeans manufacturing, and LS&Co. is well-positioned to lead the way.”

Specifically, this advancement enables the global jeanswear leader to:
• Replace manual techniques and automate the time-consuming, labor-intensive and chemicalreliant process of hand-finishing: For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has used handfinishing to accentuate worn, faded design elements on denim. By using lasers in new ways, finishing time is cut dramatically — from two to three pairs per hour to 90 seconds per garment, followed by a final wash cycle.
• Create “photo-real” finished garments digitally: By digitizing the finish design and development process, LS&Co. designers can now create finishes and final garments with a revolutionary new imaging tool. Built by LS&Co., this advanced imaging capability cuts finishing design and development time in half (from months to weeks and sometimes days) and is so accurate the digital files can be sent directly to the vendor and quickly scaled to mass manufacturing.
• Take advantage of on-demand and even hyper-local production capabilities: By delaying decisions on final products until much later in the process, LS&Co. can radically reduce its lead times from more than six months to as fast as weeks or days in some cases. This is made possible by staging garments that await their on-demand finish order closer to the market.
• Eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain: LS&Co. plans to reduce the total number of chemical formulations used in its finishing process from thousands to a few dozen. This is a major step forward in the company’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and furthers its goal of pioneering more sustainable apparel.

LS&Co. has already begun piloting this new model with strategic vendors and has started briefing some of its key customers. Benefits to retail partners include managing core replenishment more effectively, responding to seasonal trends with greater agility and creating greater opportunities for customer exclusives.

“One of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is ensuring we have the right products at the right time, as well as the ability to respond to our customers’ evolving needs with speed,” said Paige Thomas, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids at Nordstrom Inc. “The team at Levi’s is working toward this challenge by contributing to the future of the apparel industry as one that’s both agile and uncompromising on quality, while improving sustainability. We’re excited to be part of it.”

The rollout of this new digital platform will be phased over time, with a goal of being fully scaled in 2020.

“With this new model, we can deliver the authentic and iconic products we’re known for in an incredibly responsive and responsible way,” said Liz O’Neill, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “The advanced imaging capability is a game-changer for us and something that has eluded our industry for years. Key steps in the process are now concentrated into a digital file, eliminating time and waste.”

Project F.L.X. was built in-house at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab by a team of designers, developers, chemists and engineers who are passionate about revolutionizing the apparel industry to better meet consumer needs while also doing right by the planet and the people who work in the apparel supply chain. A number of LS&Co. team members were retrained and reskilled in software development and laser operations. Retraining will be a key tenet as this new model rolls out globally.

To help unlock the benefits of more sophisticated laser technology, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about the sustainability benefits of Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:

Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Lenta launches co-branded loyalty programme with AO Raiffeisenbank

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its twenty sixth supermarket in Saint Petersburg.

The new store is a Lenta supermarket located in Shlisselburg, Leningrad region, 4 Zhuka street. The store has a total area of 1,084 sq.m with 668 sq.m of selling space and is open from 08.00 am to 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 5,500 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Shlisselburg and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 6 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Shlisselburg is Lenta’s second supermarket opening in 2018 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 232 hypermarkets in 84 cities across Russia and 99 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 232 hypermarkets in 84 cities across Russia and 99 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,388,603 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,600 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta
Maria Filippova
Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager
Tel.: +7 812 380-61-31 ext.: 1892
E-mail: maria.filippova@lenta.com

NW Advisors
Russian Media
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@nwadvisors.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal

Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
victor.pomichal@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. expands its Board with the election of Kerrii B. Anderson as director

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) today ( Feb. 27, 2018) announced the election of Kerrii B. Anderson as a director, effective February 23. Ms. Anderson will serve as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board. With Ms. Anderson’s election, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Board expands to ten directors, four of whom are female.

Ms. Anderson, 60, most recently served as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Wendy’s International Inc., now The Wendy’s Company, during a transformative time at that company, where she developed a strategic vision and plan for the Wendy’s brand.  Prior to serving as its CEO, Ms. Anderson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to her positions at Wendy’s, Anderson spent the majority of her career with M/I Schottenstein Homes Inc., now M/I Homes Inc., one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, where she served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Ms. Anderson currently serves as a director of Worthington Industries and is a member of its Compensation Committee and Audit Committee.  She also serves as a director of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, and is Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.  Anderson serves in the following capacities with non-profit entities: The Columbus Foundation – Finance Committee; OhioHealth – member of its Board of Directors and Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee; and Elon University – Chair of the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee member. Ms. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in accounting and economics from Elon University and earned her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Commenting on the election, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Chairman of the Board, Terry Burman, said, “With Kerrii’s impressive leadership track record, deep expertise in finance, operations and strategy, and significant consumer-facing public company management and board experience, she will bring a fresh perspective to our Board. We are excited to welcome Kerrii to A&F and look forward to working together as we continue to drive the Company and its brands forward.”

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of this storied company. I look forward to working together with Fran, Terry, and the rest of the Board and the management team, at this exciting time in the Company’s evolution,” commented Ms. Anderson.

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A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the company’s control. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those disclosed in “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS” of A&F’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017 and in A&F’s subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company’s financial performance and could cause actual results for Fiscal 2017 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: changes in global economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, as well as other changes in consumer discretionary spending habits, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; our inability to anticipate customer demand and changing fashion trends and to manage our inventory commensurately could adversely impact our sales levels and profitability; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; direct-to-consumer sales channels are a significant component of our growth strategy, and the failure to successfully develop our position in these channels could have an adverse impact on our results of operations; our ability to conduct business in international markets may be adversely affected by legal, regulatory, political and economic risks; our inability to successfully implement our strategic plans could have a negative impact on our growth and profitability; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with cyber-attacks, credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and reputation loss; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; changes in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor, transportation and trade relations could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; we depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture and delivery of all our merchandise, and a disruption of the manufacture or delivery of our merchandise could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls or area attractions that our stores are located in or around; we rely on the experience and skills of our senior executive officers, the loss of whom could have a material adverse effect on our business; our reliance on DCs makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our supply chain; our litigation exposure could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; our inability or failure to adequately protect our trademarks could have a negative impact on our brand image and limit our ability to penetrate new markets; fluctuations in our tax obligations and effective tax rate may result in volatility in our operating results; extreme weather conditions and the seasonal nature of our business may cause net sales to fluctuate and negatively impact our results of operations; our facilities, systems and stores, as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters, pandemic disease and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption to our business and adversely affect our operating results; the impact of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our Asset-Based Revolving Credit Agreement and our Term Loan Agreement include restrictive covenants that limit our flexibility in operating our business; and, compliance with changing regulations and standards for accounting, corporate governance and public disclosure could adversely affect our business, results of operations and reported financial results.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands. For 125 years, the iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, the brand reflects the updated attitude of the 21 to 24-year old customer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 5-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.

The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style. The Company operates approximately 870 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.

Investor Contact:  
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Media Contact:
Ian Bailey
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Company/globenewswire

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) today (Feb. 26, 2018) reported that on February 23, 2018, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on March 19, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2018.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands. For 125 years, the iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, the brand reflects the updated attitude of the 21 to 24-year old customer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless Californiasummer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 5-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.

The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style. The Company operates approximately 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.

Media Contact:
Ian Bailey
Public Relations
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@anfcorp.com

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Company/globenewswire

Sheetz to open new store in Morrisville, NC on Thursday, March 1

Altoona, PA, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today (February 26, 2018) announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Morrisville, NC. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, at the new store located at 390 Davis Dr.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time and will continue to offer Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where you will be able to order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be present for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of North Carolina. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz will also donate $2,500 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, who works to provide hunger relief to more than 630,000 North Carolinians struggling to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food. Customers attending the grand opening are also encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Participants will receive a Sheetz branded bag, limit one per customer while supplies last from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Through local and national food-assistance programs, Sheetz and Feeding America are able to help people in the local communities that Sheetz serve who struggle with hunger.

Sheetz currently operates 566 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $5.6 billion in revenue and more than 18,200 employees. The company operates more than 565 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Places to Work for Women, Best Workplaces for Millennials and by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information: 
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com

Source: Sheetz, Inc.

Sheetz to open new store in Parkersburg, WV on Wednesday February 28

Altoona, PA, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today (February  21, 2017) announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Parkersburg, WV. The opening is scheduled for Wednesday February 28, at the new store located at 1102 7th St.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time and will continue to offer Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where you will be able to order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be present for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of West Virginia. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz will also donate $2,500 to the Mountaineer Food Bank who provides over 44,000 meals a day to West Virginians experiencing food insecurity. Customers attending the grand opening are also encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to the Mountaineer Food Bank. Participants will receive a Sheetz branded bag, limit one per customer while supplies last from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Through local and national food-assistance programs, Sheetz and Feeding America are able to help people in the local communities that Sheetz serve who struggle with hunger.

Sheetz currently operates 565 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $5.6 billion in revenue and more than 18,200 employees. The company operates more than 565 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Places to Work for Women, Best Workplaces for Millennials and by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com

Source: Sheetz, Inc.

MANGO opens new megastore in Preciados street in Madrid

  • The store, with a surface area of over 1,700 square metres, has required an investment of nearly 3.5 million euros.
  • The Primavera Sound festival has commissioned various events for the official opening

Madrid, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO continues to expand in Madrid with the opening of its new megastore in Preciados street, one of the capital’s most prestigious shopping areas.

With a selling space of 1,711m2, the store is double the size of the premises it had in the area previously.The new megastore, which can also be accessed via Carmen street, stocks the Woman and Man lines, distributed on three floors.

The industrial style with exposed beams defines this new store, which combines a spectacular exposed wall painted in white with velvet, marble, wood and stone elements.On its upper floors, the store has internal patios and landscaped skylights, which give it plenty of natural light.

This new store, with a refurbishment and decoration investment of close to 3.5 million euros, features the architectural and interior design concept that MANGO has recently incorporated in its stores, which aims to unify all the lines in a large, single dynamic space, significantly improving the customer experience.

The megastore features the latest technologies the firm has incorporated in its new stores, such as digital changing rooms, e-tickets and PayGo payment.It will also have Wi-Fi and a specific area for Click & Collect.

Official opening party

Tomorrow, MANGO will hold an official opening party with performances by musical groups as diverse as Hinds, Nothing Places and Cristina Rosenvige, icon of the 80s Madrid scene.The event will reach a climax with Miqui Puig, renowned DJ at festivals such as Primavera Sound.In fact, the same festival has commissioned the different performances planned for this event.Last year, MANGO became the official sponsor of Primavera Sound, giving its name to one of the stages, a sponsorship the firm has continued for the second year running in its forthcoming edition in May.

Also participating at the opening event will be artists such as Carla Fuentes and María Herreros, who will illustrate and personalise various products from the new collection.

With this store opening, MANGO is continuing to increase its presence in Madrid, where it opened its Flagship Store in Serrano street last year.The firm has a total of 31 stores in Madrid and 381 throughout Spain.

Contact:

T. +34 938 602 222

Source: MANGO

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Walmart Canada to utilize Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area in summer 2018

Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), helps reduce waste and lower carbon footprint of growing home grocery delivery market

VANCOUVER, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced today (February 21, 2018) an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. (Food-X), to Walmart.ca customers in Metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Walmart Canada will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area Walmart.ca customers in summer 2018.

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

Food-X comprises of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing SPUD customers in the Vancouver-area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
This agreement also expands on Walmart Canada’s commitment to make grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres like Vancouver – where there may not be convenient access to a Walmart Supercentre – and for customers who prefer to shop online.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart’s unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

When the service is up and running in summer 2018, Walmart customers will shop online at www.walmart.ca for Walmart products at Walmart’s low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.

About Food-X Urban Delivery Inc.
Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc. (SPUD). Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves five local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. SPUD is a leader in Western Canada’s local and organic food movement. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Media Contacts:

Food-X:
Peter van Stolk
peter@foodx.ca

Walmart Canada:
Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com

Source: Walmart Canada

Tops Friendly Markets surpasses goal of helping provide over 3 million meals through Little Brown Bags of Hope and Checkout Hunger campaigns

Williamsville, N.Y., 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — TOPS is committed to helping end hunger in its local communities. Its partners like Food Bank of WNY, Foodlink, Food Bank of Central New York, and six additional are thankful for the tremendous success of the recent Little Brown Bags of Hope holiday campaign as well as the just completed Checkout Hunger, as Tops Friendly Markets announces surpassing their goal of helping provide over 3 million meals! Three million meals – equal to 30 tractor trailer trucks of food – will impact hundreds of thousands of people across the company’s three state footprint.“Both of these campaigns offered us the opportunity to come together as a community and show our support for those in need – showing that together we can truly make an amazing difference in so many people’s lives” said Frank Curci, chief executive officer for Tops Friendly Markets. 100% of the donations stayed local to the store where the donations were made. In total nine food banks across the chain’s footprint in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont benefit from these efforts.

The method behind the magic of the chains largest and most successful giving campaign lies in its Little Brown Bags of Hope, a term that has become synonymous with giving to the Food Banks during the holiday season. Organizers moved away from the physical bags of food during this year’s campaign in order to increase efficiencies, allowing the Food Banks to expedite donations from the store to their operating facilities and then into the market as quickly as possible. At the register, customers were asked if they wanted to support the campaign by buying a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch, and/or $20 Dinner for a family in need in our community.

Also new in 2017, TOPS introduced the “virtual” Little Brown Bag of Hope. Customers were able to purchase the same $5 Breakfast bag, $10 Lunch bag, and/or a $20 Dinner bag online by simply visiting www.topsmarkets.com/littlebrownbags so no matter what the weather, a donation could be made right from their phone, tablet, or desktop.

The chain’s annual Check out Hunger winter campaign ran in a similar fashion where customers were asked by their cashier if they would like to round up their bill, or make a donation of $2, $3, or $5. This year alone, Tops Friendly Markets, along with its media partners, have worked together to help provide over 1.7 million meals to families in need through the Check Out Hunger Campaign.

“The Food Bank of WNY is grateful for the continued support of Tops Friendly Markets. Their year-round generosity makes an incredible difference in the lives of hungry children, families and seniors in our community. We are thankful for their partnership as we continue to fight hunger one day at a time,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY, said.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 169 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT:

Kathy Romanowski
7166355577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Bitt.com signs MoU with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform

Barbados-based Bitt a portfolio company of Overstock.com blockchain subsidiary Medici Ventures
SALT LAKE CITY, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) portfolio investment company Bitt.com has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform.

Bitt has been working to position island nations in that region as global leaders in the adoption of digital national currencies, allowing everyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer to easily make digital domestic transactions.

This work has included actively building a financial ecosystem in the Caribbean that remedies the issues which people in the region experience daily, including high frictional fees from banks and other money services operations that make sending money in and out of the region cumbersome and costly.

“The people of Montserrat will benefit from increased financial inclusion, and a significant reduction in their need for cash to make payments for goods and services, or as a means of saving,” said Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.

The move by Montserrat follows last year’s declaration by the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde that digital currencies “may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions,” and that “virtual currencies could actually become more stable” than paper-based currency.

“For decades economists have spoken of ‘the unbanked’ and the difficulties they face because they are disconnected from the global financial system,” said Patrick M. Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com. “In recent weeks Bitt.com has launched a mobile app-based solution that allows people in Barbados to walk into a store and buy goods or services with digitized Barbados currency. Now, with this incredibly forward-thinking step by the premier and government of Montserrat, Bitt can begin bringing this technology to serve the poor, disconnected, and unbanked of that beautiful nation, and begin connecting them to a leading-edge blockchain-based monetary system. Then, as Montserrat goes, so goes the world!”

“We’re honored to assist Montserrat in meeting its objective of boosting financial inclusion while reducing reliance on cash while building resilient and sustainable socio-economic progress together,” said Rawdon Adams, CEO of Bitt.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

About Medici Ventures:
Launched in 2014, Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc., created to leverage blockchain technology to solve real-world problems with transparent, efficient and secure solutions. Medici Ventures has a growing portfolio of groundbreaking blockchain-focused investments, including tZERO, Peernova, Bitt, SettleMint, Factom, and IdentityMind, Spera and Symbiont. The company’s majority-owned financial technology company, t0.com, executed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offering in December 2016.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, Club O, Main Street Revolution, and Worldstock are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
ir@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Croatia has reduced the amount of salt in its bread baked daily at the INTERSPAR bakery by 1.4%, in line with the World Health Organisation’s dietary recommendations.

Customers can now find bread baked with a lower volume of salt on the shelves of all INTERSPAR and SPAR stores in the country. The amount of salt in all 30 bread varieties has been reduced by 2% to the recommended 1,4% and in some cases even lower than the recommended amount. All the other ingredients remain the same – no additives were used to replace the salt and the bread is of the same high quality and taste.

“Through revising the recipe, SPAR Croatia is enabling positive change in our customers’ eating habits,” said Helmut Fenzl, CEO of SPAR Croatia.

This is part of a larger strategic plan to reduce the consumption of kitchen salt in Croatia from the current daily intake of 11.6 grams to 9.3 grams by 2019. This will consequently reduce the prevalence of arterial hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Read more news from SPAR Croatia

About SPAR Croatia

The first SPAR Hypermarket opened in Croatia in mid-2005, following the signing of the licence agreement between ASPIAG (a subsidiary of SPAR Austria AG) and SPAR International in 2004. As a member of the ASPIAG group, SPAR Croatia has access to a wide range of own brand products. Brand development has primarily taken place through SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets, both through the take-over of existing chains and the opening of new stores.

SOURCE: SPAR International

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

Visa introduces a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data

Token Management Service: Smarter Tokens for a Connected Digital World (Photo: Business Wire)

Provides a 360-Degree View of Customer Payments Across Channels and Payment Types

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE: V) today introduced Token Management Service, a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data. Token Management Service enables an integrated view of payment preferences and behaviors across a merchant’s commerce platforms, processing environments, geographies, payment types and card brands.

Seventy percent of the world, or more than 5 billion people, will be connected via mobile device by 20201, creating the need for merchants to provide consumers with seamless digital payments that work securely, anywhere and on any device. Laying a foundation for this transition, Visa has developed Token Management Service, part of Visa’s CyberSource payment management platform.

Different token services deployed across multiple digital commerce environments create channel silos, preventing merchants from fully understanding payment behavior across their various customer touchpoints. Token Management Service helps enable merchants to unify payment token implementation in order to provide simple, innovative and seamless purchasing experiences. For example:

  • Customers can buy goods online, then pick them up in store, or make a purchase online and return items in-store.
  • Merchants can augment their customer engagement strategy with tailored loyalty programs and promotions to suit customer preferences and behavior, ultimately providing impactful customer experiences

“Our clients are seeking to create new integrated commerce experiences that unify their digital and physical operations to gain a comprehensive 360-degree view of their customer interactions,” said Andre Machicao, senior vice president, digital merchant products, Visa. “Today’s launch of Token Management Service brings merchants a vital capability to better service their customers by enabling them to embrace and create new, frictionless and secure payment experiences and maintain their competitive edge.”

Merchants can deploy Token Management Service with limited changes to their current IT infrastructure. When using the service, payment information is stored in secure Visa data centers. Merchants can benefit directly by reducing costs associated with compliance and minimizing security threats associated with keeping sensitive data on their own networks.

“Merchants operate in an omnichannel world where customers have the power of choice in shopping, namely – how, where, and when to buy. Consumers also value convenience and immediacy in their interaction with merchants and expect a streamlined payment experience regardless of their buying method or platform,” said Raymond Pucci, associate director, Mercator Advisory Group. “Providing a unified token management service as part of a layered approach to payment risk mitigation ensures a fast and secure checkout experience that strengthens the customer relationship.”

The latest addition to Visa’s innovative digital solutions for merchants, Token Management Service is a complementary solution to Visa Token Service, a payment network tokenization service developed by Visa in 2014. Visa Token Service has paved the way for innovative digital payments types, ranging from technologies such as Visa Checkout, to mobile wallets and payment-enabled IoT devices, including wearables, connected cars and appliances and mobile commerce in retail environments. Token Management Service will enable merchants to realize the value of payment-network tokens by simplifying integration into Visa Token Service and other payment network tokenization services.

For more information about Token Management Service, please visit: http://www.cybersource.com/tokenization

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 Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2015-2020

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The Home Depot® SVP – Finance Control & Administration Richard McPhail to present at the Raymond James 39th Annual Institutional Investors Conference

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Richard McPhail, senior vice president – Finance Control & Administration, will present at the Raymond James 39th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m. ET on March 6, 2018.

The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at http://ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations. A link will be displayed under “Events and Presentations.” The webcast will be archived and available at the same location after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until April 5, 2018.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Colruyt’s ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ project reaches 100 towns and more than 2000 families

Halle, Belgium, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt reaches more than 2000 families with social project ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ 100 th town joins the project Halle, 20 February 2018 . All told, one hundred towns have agreed with Colruyt Lowest Prices to make a tasty and balanced diet more accessible to families in financial difficulties. One year and a half after the start of ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ about two thousand familie s are already participating. Every two weeks, they receive a budget -friendly booklet with 6 easy recipes costing maximum 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. A balanced diet is a basic right for everyone and Colruyt thus hopes to offer extra inspiration.

Budget -friendly recipes
The ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ concept is simple. Vulnerable families with kids are informed by their Social Service or organisations such as Child&Family, the Centre for General Well -being, House of the child , etc. Families can enr ol and will then receive a Colruyt cookery booklet every two weeks. It contains six easy and child -friendly recipes and the shopping lists. Each recipe is enough for three large portions and costs no more than 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. This includes the price of the whole packaging, even if less is needed to make the recipe. It allows people to know in advance exactly what they will pay at the check -out. The cookery booklet also contains tips to let kids help and to turn leftovers into a tasty dish.

To support participants, some social organisations organise cooking demonstrations to prepare recipes together. Or they ask the local Colruyt store to organise a guided tour, during which store employees can give tips on efficient and cheap shopping.

“No gourmet cook”
Today, the project has about two thousand participants, thus reach ing the same number of families. Colruyt notices that at least 37% of the participants already used the cookery booklet in a Colruyt store and 24% are frequent participants. Of course, some participants may shop at other store formats.

People are often happy with the inspiration for daily cooking, without having to rack their brains over the price. “I am not a gourmet cook, and I wanted to let you know that, thanks to you, I succeed in conjuring up satisfactory, varied, affordable and delicious dishes. I simp ly wanted to tell you that this is a really interesting initiative, so thanks!” , says a participant from Kortrijk.

Feedback from coaches does Colruyt good as well. Kurt De Loor, chairman of the Social Service of Zottegem: “Putting a balanced meal on the t able every day is not a picnic. Especially when it is not easy for people financially. We hear this a lot from families who visit our Social Service. That’s the reason why we decided to join Colruyt’s project. It is an easily accessible way to inspire people to conjure up cheap yet healthy meals. I am convinced this project will be a success in Zottegem as well.”

Roll-out in the whole country
‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ started two years ago as a test project of Colruyt, in cooperation with the Socia l Service of Kortrijk. A group of 144 families with kids living at home tested the concept for six months. The reactions were positive and Colruyt decided to roll out the project on a national level. In the past year, things have been moving really fast. R ecently, Zottegem was the hundredth town to join and applications keep coming.

“More and more often, social organisations tell us there is a need for simple tools to work on a balanced diet. Today, many West -Flemish towns are participating, but cities lik e Sint -Niklaas and Ghent also joined. And Wallonia also shows an interest: Namur an d Charleroi recently joined the project and there is much enthusiasm” , says Colruyt coordinator Wim Verbesselt.

Productive partnership
Cooperation between private, local a uthorities and social organisations starts from their expertise. “Social organisations know the vulnerable families and their need for measures to combat poverty” , says Wim Verbesselt. “At Colruyt we have a lot of expertise in cooking tasty and balanced fo od. If we join forces, we can make a structural and sustainable differen ce for people in difficulties. We are very happy to be able to take away some of the concerns of families with children and to help them manage. It is one of the many ways in which we fulfil our corporate social responsibility.”

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

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SSP America wins ten-year contract to develop and operate food and beverage concession spaces at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

LONDON, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a ten-year contract by the City of Phoenix and the City of Phoenix Aviation Department to commercially develop and operate five separate food and beverage concession spaces at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The new restaurants will cover a total of 19,833 square feet of concession space in the North and South Concourses of Terminal 3 as well as the lobby and ticketing areas. The contract will see SSP America introduce a mix of award-winning local and chef-driven brands as well as two, enormously popular, forward-thinking national brands.

SSP America’s new contract is part of the gateway’s wider modernization program. The $590 million Terminal 3 Modernization Program is set to enhance the customer experience for travellers by providing a more efficient way of getting through the terminal. The modernization is planned as three distinct phases to maximize flexibility and minimize impact to travellers and will be completed in 2020. Currently, the terminal processor and the South Concourse are under construction. The North Concourse will be the final phase of the project. 

Pat Murray, executive vice president of SSP America, commented: “PHX continues to grow with robust passenger increases, extensive growth in concessions, and an impressive upsurge in food and beverage sales between 2011-2016 in Terminal 4. PHX continued level of progress is a direct result of the Aviation Department’s proactive inward investment. SSP America is enormously proud to be a part of this continued investment and is deeply honored to have been awarded this significant new contract. Our portfolio features no less than nine award-winning local brands which will not only give PHX passengers a true taste of place, but also keep jobs and revenues contributing back to the Valley of the Sun community.”

SSP’s line-up includes: 

The Habit Burger Grill (Lobby)— The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. 

Original ChopShop (Lobby)— Local favorite Original ChopShop is a neighborhood eatery crafting ‘Just Feel Good Food’ from whole ingredients. The menu offers protein bowls, acai and pitaya bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes, salads and sandwiches that are made from scratch on-site with real, quality ingredients.

Überrito Fresh Mex (Lobby)— Combining the German word, “Über” meaning “above” or “beyond” with the Mexican culinary mainstay “burrito”—Überrito brings passengers above and beyond über fresh, über delicious burritos.  By combining an abundance of the very best ingredients at their peak of freshness, Überrito defies predictable preconceptions of Fresh-Mex offering taste combinations you won’t find anywhere else.

The Tavern (South Concourse)—Straight from its East Camelback Road location, Chef Mark Tarbell’s, The Tavern, brings a relaxed and approachable foodie oasis—a tony little gem serving fresh-forward, chef-driven plates in a fast and casual environment. The Tavern’s South Concourse location will also include a large wine retail component that will allow passengers to buy handpicked, premium wines to enjoy at their next destination.

Christopher’s Crush (South Concourse)— James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, Christopher Gross, brings his thoroughly modern, locally laurelled, Christopher’s Crush to PHX’s South Concourse. Featuring handcrafted cocktails, top-notch local and international brews, handpicked wines and award-winning, chef-driven gourmand plates—Christopher’s Crush will be the ultimate PHX oasis. 

Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen (North Concourse)—Straight from its super hip CenPho location, Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen is a celebration of craft beer and craft food. PAB Central Kitchen brings a unique, only in Phoenix experience serving up Phoenix Ale Brewery’s top-notch local brews and pairing them with one-of-a-kind dishes that make guests wonder why they ever settled for traditional pub fare.

Tru Burger Co. (North Concourse)—Family owned and operated, Tru Burger Co., welcomes travelers to a menu made from TRU local flavors. Handcrafted, gourmet burgers are made fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients and fresh custom baked breads, delivered daily; all meats are antibiotic and hormone free. From crafting your own burger, to salads, fresh sides, sandwiches, big dogs and more, Tru Burger’s goal is to inspire community awareness with a TRU-Passion for a custom, fresh, high quality experience while ensuring dedicated support to the local Valley economy.

Leoni’s Focaccia (North Concourse)—The best, most memorable sandwiches begin with the best bread, and at Valley-based Danielle Leoni’s Leoni’s Focaccia, the freshly baked, Roman-style focaccia bread isn’t just the best in the Valley—it’s in a memorable league of its own. Leoni’s Focaccia brings innovative, chef-driven spins on classic Italian sandwiches, keeping jetsetters and local fans, coming back for more.

Ajo Al’s Mexican Café (North Concourse)—Using the freshest ingredients and authentic recipes, Ajo Al’s Mexican Café provides a taste of traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern Sonoran style twist and a casual, fun atmosphere they have been famous for since 1986. With fresh, handcrafted house specialties locals have known and loved for years, Ajo Al’s is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious, handmade Mexican food in Phoenix.

Crave Grounds (North Concourse)— Jim Murphy’s Crave Grounds in North Scottsdale brings America’s favorite breakfast time, snack time, any time coffee and donuts combo into the modern day. Offering a unique and inviting local coffee and donut experience, Crave Grounds features an endless variety of hot & fresh, made-to-order mini donuts, specialty tea, and a full espresso bar using a locally roasted four bean coffee blend, offered only at Crave Grounds.

Peet’s Coffee (Ticketing)—As one of the nation’s favorite premium coffee companies, Peet’s Coffee delivers a deep, rich coffee drinking experience. Guests will enjoy fresh roasted and handcrafted hot espresso drinks and an assortment of cold brewed coffee drinks all prepared from Peet’s full line of fair trade, responsibly sourced coffee beans. Peet’s ticketing location will offer other retail items—from bestselling newspapers, magazines and books, to travel related sundries, luggage, souvenirs and gifts; the range will offer passengers the conveniences they need.

These incredibly successful, award-winning brands and restaurateurs don’t just represent the Valley’s culinary landscape, they define it. Each brand sources locally wherever possible and is considered an integral component of the wider Phoenix community, helping to drive economic prosperity across the region. Sense of place, taste of place and commitment to the community combined with optimum choice for the passenger and exceptional customer service are the hallmarks of SSP America’s new contract with PHX.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc.

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Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator, which started up in 2017, has got through to the finals of the Open Innovation Awards in the “Initiative” category.

The C4 Retail Lab was set up last year as part of Carrefour Poland’s omnichannel strategy. Its purpose is to look for and implement innovations for the whole mass merchandising sector, as well as supporting the development of entrepreneurship in Poland and fostering young talent. The incubator already has 12 start-ups and five projects are in the test phase.One of the first companies to join the C4 Retail Lab was Smart Cart – a Polish company which has developed a system that involves traditional shopping trolleys and self-service checkouts. The award given by the Heart Warsaw is the first that Carrefour’s incubator has received.

The 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards is a competition for companies which innovate in collaboration with start-ups. Their aim is to showcase companies which use sources of external innovation, setting up partnerships and implementing the best solutions. The competition was organised by The Heart Warsaw, the European centre for cooperation between major groups and start-ups.

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Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

LONDON, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dancing queen, Gemma Atkinson, has a wheelie good time in Sainsbury’s for Sport Relief.

The stunt was promoting the Sport Relief merchandise, available now in Sainsbury’s stores and online with at least 50 per cent of every sale going to Sport Relief. Gemma put her own spin on the everyday task in a four-wheeled routine which dazzled unsuspecting Sainsbury’s shoppers.

For the first time ever, Sport Relief is challenging the nation to beat a billion steps a day, every day from 17th-23rd March, tracking their progress through the brand-new Sport Relief app and looking the part in the official merchandise.

Gemma, who racked up her steps using the app – downloadable via the app store or sportrelief.com, said: “Dancing with a trolley is not as easy as it might look! There were a few near misses, but I had a lot of fun. I hope today has shown just how easy it is to get active, raise money and change lives this Sport Relief.

“So, on your next trip to Sainsbury’s, cha-cha down those aisles to pick up your Sport Relief merchandise and look the part doing your steps.”

Gemma was paired up with one of the store’s trolley collectors in Sainsbury’s Ashton Moss store, Manchester to learn the basics, then let loose in the car park to put her coordination to the test, impressing shoppers with the unusual routine.

One Sainsbury’s colleague who Gemma put in a spin was Lee Mottershead, 23 from Ashton-under-Lyne who said: “I wasn’t expecting to be dancing when I came into work today, least of all with Gemma Atkinson! We do something for Sport Relief in store every year, but nothing quite like this. It’s been really fun, Gemma was a great dance partner.”

Rachel Carrington, Sponsorship Manager at Sainsbury’s said: “We’ve been proud partners of Sport Relief for many years. In 2016, Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers raised over £7 million, making a huge difference to those in need. We’re hoping that our efforts this year will make an even bigger difference and are delighted to have Gemma on board to give this year’s campaign an extra push.”

Sainsbury’s is the official retailer of the Sport Relief merchandise. A donation from each sale will go towards helping vulnerable people across the UK and the world to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

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Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to provide career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade

Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to provide career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade 

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 22, 2018), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced Track to the Trades, a new workforce development initiative that aims to provide innovative career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade. The program will be supported in partnership with Guild Education, an adult education company. The initiative comes at a time when the skilled trade industry is experiencing a rapidly declining workforce.

According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, more than 60 percent of skilled trade professionals agree that there is a shortage of labor in the construction industry. The same study reports ongoing hiring challenges for professional contractors, with 40 percent of pros looking to expand their job site workforce.

To begin addressing this critical trade skills gap while also providing employees with a variety of career paths and economic opportunity, Lowe’s is offering employees:

  • Upfront tuition funding for trade skill certification
  • Academic coaching and support
  • Placement opportunities for full-time pre-apprenticeships in Lowe’s nationwide contractor network or continued growth with Lowe’s

Beginning March 1, Lowe’s will debut Track to the Trades in four cities: CharlotteDenverPittsburgh and Richmond. Following the four-city pilot, the program will be expanded to qualified Lowe’s part-time and full-time employee nationwide by the end of 2018.

Eligible employees will receive up to $2,500 to gain a certification and serve as a pre-apprentice in carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing or appliance repair careers. Pre-apprenticeships take approximately six to 10 months, and participants will also receive enrollment guidance and a field mentor.

“The trade profession is a high-demand, high-opportunity field for the next generation workforce, and today, there is a massive unmet need,” said Jennifer L. Weber, Lowe’s chief human resources officer. “With Track to the Trades, we are providing unique career alternatives for our associates while also building a pipeline for the next generation ofLowe’s,Track to the Trades ,skilled trade, Guild Education CEO, Rachel Carlson, Home Improvement Research Institute,  Jennifer L. Weber, skilled trade workers, allowing us to better meet the demands of customers while creating long-term educational benefits and economic opportunity for our people.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the nation’s need for workers in the skilled trades is increasing much faster than the growth of employment overall, according to a recent forecast. In fact, Lowe’s analysis of BLS data projects we will experience a skilled trades gap of more than a half million jobs across construction-related fields by 2026. Lowe’s Track to the Trades program is a first step toward rebuilding the skilled trades workforce and infusing pride back into trade professions that are vital to society.

“Lowe’s is leading the way on pre-apprenticeship models that prepare employees for jobs of the future, both while working at Lowe’s and beyond in their careers,” said Guild Education CEO, Rachel Carlson. “The education pathways offered by Lowe’s eliminate the all-to-common false choice between trades programs and advancement in higher education. At Guild, we’re honored to be working with the Lowe’s team on this first-of-a-kind partnership.”

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United StatesCanada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About Guild Education
Guild Education is transforming the way employers offer Education as a Benefit to their employees. Guild Education’s platform makes offering education benefits an easy choice for leading companies, with a platform to help innovative HR leaders turn their education programs into a long-term positive ROI for their company. The company’s diverse network of online, nonprofit universities offer a range of programs from GEDs and apprenticeship programs through bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with advising and retention coaching to help each student navigate the worlds of work and post-secondary education. As of today, Guild Education has raised a total of $31.5 million in funding from Bessemer Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Harrison Metal, and Cowboy Ventures. To learn more about Guild Education, visit www.GuildEducation.com.

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Asda announces a cheesy twist on an Easter classic with the launch of NEW Cheester Egg

Asda announces a cheesy twist on an Easter classic with the launch of NEW Cheester Egg

LEEDS, UK, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s the eternal question that continues to grip the nation – chocolate or cheese? With recent stats revealing 60%* of Brits would choose the sandwich staple over the sweet-shop favourite, Asda has hatched a plan to make this Easter the cheesiest Britain has ever seen.

A NEW Cheester Egg – that’s right, Cheester Egg – will be available for customers to take home from Asda stores from 16th March. The half egg-shaped cheese, half condiment product will offer the entire cheeseboard egg-sperience, with crumbly mini oatcake crackers and a sachet of sweet and sticky caremelised onion chutney all included – sweet dreams really are made of cheese!

This cheesy twist on an Easter classic has been crafted using Blacksticks Blue Cheese and is made using freshly sourced milk and traditional Farmhouse Dairy methods to create a delicious (top secret) Blacksticks recipe.

Ever versatile, the soft and crumbly blue cheese can be the centerpiece of a cheeseboard, deliciously spread onto hot cross buns for egg-sperimental sweet and savoury lovers, or fit perfectly into an Easter Egg hunt for real cheese lovers.

The Cheester Egg is the latest addition to Asda’s Easter offering, complete with traditional favourites to satisfy all Easter cravings.

James Clapham, commercial manager of Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, says: “We’re a nation of cheese fanatics, so we know consumers will love the Cheester Egg. It’s an un-expected yet delicious twist on a traditional Easter favourite, and we can’t wait for Asda customers to enjoy our handmade quality blue cheese”.

Jo Miller, Asda’s head of cheese comments: “We’re so excited to launch the Cheester Egg. Following the incredible response to our Christmas cheese advent calendar, the Cheester Egg was the obvious next step to show our customers that we’re constantly listening and ensuring there’s something for everyone at Asda this Easter.”

The NEW Blacksticks Blue Cheester Egg is available in Asda stores from 16th March. Please see http://butlerscheeses.co.uk/for further details and use @asda @ButlersCheese #BlacksticksBlue when posting on social.

CarMax opens its 4th store location in the Denver area, located at the city of Golden

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the grand opening of its 4th store location in the Denver area, located at 16500 W. Colfax Avenue in Golden. The Golden location has the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model and CarMax customers can also request transfers of almost any vehicle to this store from other CarMax locations throughout the country.

In celebration of the Golden store opening, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation awarded $7,500 in donations and grants to the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club. The donation for this organization came at the recommendation of the Golden CarMax associates.

“CarMax associates know the importance of being a good neighbor and make it a priority to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Michael Bean, location general manager at the Golden CarMax. “We are continuing to grow and serve more customers in the Denver area and are excited to announce the opening of our newest store in the city of Golden.”

CarMax disrupted the industry more than 20 years ago by offering a high integrity car-buying experience customers want that’s transparent and stress-free. Since that time, CarMax has continued to revolutionize the experience through customer-focused technology innovations. Approximately 90% of CarMax purchasers start on CarMax.com or the CarMax mobile app. Customers can browse CarMax’s nationwide inventory of nearly 50,000 vehicles, hold a vehicle for a test drive, schedule an appraisal, and even get pre-qualified for financing before visiting the store. CarMax stands behind their vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ).

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has nearly 25,000 associates nationwide and for 14 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

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Meijer’s advertising team won 30 awards at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards

Retailer’s 2017 ad campaigns lauded by West Michigan’s advertising community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today that its advertising team won big at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards with a record 30 awards.

The retailer’s in-house creative team earned accolades for a variety of 2017 creative advertising campaigns in multiple categories, including The Hambassador social media campaign, Grocery Store Love Songs radio commercial, and its Come Home television commercial.

“I am incredibly proud of our talented Meijer creative team who delivered such a range of outstanding work that engaged and inspired our customers in 2017,” said Lisa Henriksen, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “It’s quite a testament to their talent, collaboration and hard work to be recognized to that extent by our industry colleagues.”

Meijer received the following ADDY Awards, which is the industry’s largest and most representative competition:

  • Gold, Photography Campaign: Halloween Food
  • Gold, Social Media Campaign: The Hambassador
  • Silver, Illustration Series: Holiday Gift Cards
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Easter Ham Photography
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Halloween Cocktail Photography
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Cans
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Garbage
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Basket
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Tablescape
  • Silver, Social Media Campaign: Coach McCarthy
  • Silver, Out-of-Home Multiple Installation: Halloween In-Store
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Come Home
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Founders
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Leinenkugel’s
  • Bronze, Social Media Single Execution: Farmer to Table – Cabbage
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Come Home
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Halloween Scary Candy Scenes
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Meijer Basket(ball)
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Style for Every BODY
  • Bronze, Copywriting: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Website-Based App: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Point of Purchase: Purple Cow Display
  • Bronze, Branded Content & Entertainment: ArtPrize Palate
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Meijer Little Caesars Arena
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Print Campaign: Never Saw the Light of Day – Purple Cow
  • Bronze, Regional/National Radio Commercial :30 Seconds or Less: Grocery Store Love Songs Radio
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Oh My Gourd
  • Bronze, Cinematography: Farmer to Table: Cabbage

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.

SOURCE:  Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

JCPenney launches collection of JoJo Siwa apparel

JCPenney launches collection of JoJo Siwa appare

Company appeals to “Siwanatorz” with a bright and colorful selection of apparel, bedding and bows promoting Siwa’s positive, anti-bullying outlook

PLANO, Texas, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) is joining the JoJo Siwa craze and launching a line of licensed apparel dedicated to the 14-year-old Nickelodeon star and social media sensation. Available now at JCPenney.com and in 600 stores beginning March 2, girls will find a curated collection of tops, dresses, jackets and leggings exclusively designed for JCPenney, featuring Siwa’s love of inspirational messages, bows, emojis and the color pink. Fans, dubbed “Siwanatorz” by the popular teen herself, will also find JoJo Siwa-inspired bedding and her signature oversize hair bows, which have become a symbol of confidence for young girls.

“JCPenney introduced JoJo’s trademark hair bows to its girls’ assortment last fall and we were blown away by the response. By creating a comprehensive destination for specially-designed JoJo Siwa apparel and other related merchandise, JCPenney has an opportunity to reach an entirely new customer who loves her confident and upbeat personality,” said James Starke, senior vice president of merchandising for JCPenney. “This young generation of shoppers holds an unprecedented influence over family purchasing decisions and by bringing brands to JCPenney that appeal to this demographic, we can introduce her, and her family, to our store.”

The collection of JoJo Siwa apparel at JCPenney is inspired by Siwa’s positive messages and incorporates bright colors, sequins and hair bows for young girls, in sizes 4 to 12. Shoppers will find fun, age-appropriate looks including bow-adorned tank tops, pink tutu skirts, ruffle dresses and satin bomber jackets with Siwa’s signature bow print. Sale prices include $15.99 for a sequin pocket tee, $21.99 for leggings and $31.99 for a jean jacket with satin patches. In addition to the retailer’s unique apparel collection, shoppers will also find a robust assortment of JoJo Siwa merchandise, including a hot pink, emoji-decorated comforter set, a bow-shaped decorative pillow, a singing JoJo doll and knee-high bow socks.

“From school to the mall and everywhere in between, girls will feel strong and confident when they are rocking a JoJo outfit,” said JoJo Siwa. “My new styles at JCPenney are fun and colorful and I can’t wait to see girls rocking them.”

Siwa is the star of Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a social media sensation, singer, anti-bullying advocate and New York Times best-selling author. Her YouTube channel, It’s JoJo Siwa, promotes self-confidence and positivity with 5.6 million subscribers. Siwa’s hit music video, Boomerang, boasts more than 500 million views on YouTube and reinforces her messages of inclusion and friendship. She also has 6.6 million followers on Instagram and 15 million fans on Musical.ly.

To download the news release and access product images, please visit: https://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2018/0126_launches_jojo_siwa_apparel.html

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of over 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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SOURCE:  J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

BESTSELLER partners with local schools in Brande area to increase children’s overall well-being, motivation and learning

BESTSELLER partners with local schools in Brande area to increase children’s overall well-being, motivation and learning

BRANDE, Denmark, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER partners with local schools: A well-being project at the local schools in the Brande area – home of BESTSELLER’s main office –  will focus on setting the stage for children and young people to flourish and grow into strong and enabled young adults.

Over the next three years, pupils in the middle and upper levels of the public schools in the Ikast-Brande Municipality will take part in a project to increase their overall well-being, motivation and learning.

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

A healthy, active body creates a healthy, active mind. This seems to be the mantra for Skoleglæde.nu, the organisation behind the initiative. The organisation uses exercise and movement as a lever to increase motivation and learning among pupils. So far, more than 7,500 pupils across Denmark has been part of the initiative, and the results have been very positive increasing the pupils’ power of concentration, engagement and sense of community.

Skoleglæde.nu will be hosting different workshops for pupils and teachers alike, and a key element in the programme will be the daily integration of exercise and academia. During classes, pupils will become acquainted with everything from classic squat jumps and push-ups to yoga and mental fitness.

‘We know that variation in the daily grind is a top priority for pupils, and the well-being among pupils and the relationship between them and their teachers are crucial for the pupils’ motivation and learning outcomes,’ says Henrik Leth from Skoleglæde.nu.

PROUD PARTNER

‘We are proud to announce our collaboration with the local schools in the Brande area. Children and teens are key to a well-functioning future society, and by incorporating healthy habits and exercise directly into the daily teaching situations, we can help build a culture that forms happy and whole young individuals,’ says BESTSELLER Communication Manager Jesper Stubkier.

‘In BESTSELLER, we look forward to following the project at close hand, and we will be inviting our local colleagues to take part in workshops and training sessions throughout the course of the programme,’ Jesper Stubkier adds.

The three-year project in the public schools in Brande area is a result of a private-public partnership between Ikast-Brande Municipality, Skoleglæde.nu, travel agency Apollo and BESTSELLER. The project will be launched this august.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62 / communications@bestseller.com

Perry Ellis International collaborates with Good People for men’s underwear and loungewear under the Perry Ellis Portfolio® trademark in South Korea

MIAMI, 2018-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today ( Feb. 21, 2018) a new license agreement with Good People Co. Ltd for men’s underwear and loungewear under the Perry Ellis Portfolio® trademark in South Korea. The product launch is planned in Fall 2018.

Perry Ellis believed fashion was fun, and should never be taken too seriously. Patterns, pops of color, new shapes and never before-seen styles — he embraced it all, rewriting the rules and redefining American sportswear. Today, Perry Ellis is the go-to designer fashion brand that gives men confidence in every, and any, situation through innovative and versatile styles.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Good People.  We see great potential for growth in the South Korean market and are pleased to take these continued steps in our business expansion,” remarked Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO and President of Perry Ellis International.

“We look forward to working closely with the Perry Ellis design and management team to bring Perry Ellis’ unique brand positioning and commitment to product excellence to the Korean consumer across multiple distribution channels,” said Yoon Woohwan, CEO of Good People Co. Ltd.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About Good People Co. Ltd
Good People Co., Ltd., is publically traded on the Korean stock exchange, and manufactures and wholesales underwear and loungewear products for men,  women and children  in Korea and internationally. The company offers its products under the BODYGUARD, Yescode, SEXYCOOKIE, JAMES DEAN, G-gear, 1st OLOR, and Don & Dons brands. The company is also the licensee for Levi’s body wear in South Korea. Good People Co., Ltd, founded in 1991, is based in Seoul, South Korea and trades on the South Korean Stock Exchange: KOSDAQ -33340.

Contact:

Pamela Fields
VP International Licensing and Business Development
pamela.fields@pery.com
212-536-5602

Jeong Hwan, Yim, Marketing Director
equalizer@goodpeople.co.kr
82-2-320-6681

Source: Perry Ellis International Inc./globenewswire