IKEA Foundation will donate one euro for every LED light bulb purchased to help UNHCR light refugee camps

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to make a difference and create a better everyday life for the many refugees living around the world. Starting February 1 and running till March 29, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate one […]

Lowe’s plans to hire approximately 30,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s announced today it plans to hire approximately 30,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring – the busiest time of year in the home improvement industry. Seasonal jobs are focused on customer service and include cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders, and stockers. Most […]

NRF’s Super Bowl Spending Survey estimates some 184 million viewers to watch this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1

Average Fan to Spend 14% More for Patriots/Seahawks Match-Up WASHINGTON, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most widely watched sporting event of the year will draw an estimated 184 million viewers when the Seattle Seahawks return to the Super Bowl after last year’s win to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 1, […]

The Retail Industry Leaders Association comments on Obama’s remarks on cyber security in the State of the Union address

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks on cyber security in the State of the Union address. Arlington, VA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — “The President’s focus on cyber and data security is welcome in the fight against evolving cyber-attacks.  Retailers call on Congress to provide […]

Gap Inc. launches new yearlong management-training program for high-potential sales associates

SAN FRANCISCO,  2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced the launch of a new yearlong management-training program for high-potential sales associates to develop the skills necessary for success as a store manager while still earning a paycheck. President Obama today highlighted Gap Inc.’s enhanced career advancement initiative in a fact sheet, […]

White’s Bakery & Cafe, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy open at the Hingham, MA Stop & Shop

Customers Can Sit and Eat In Daily or Purchase Meals To Go From White’s Bakery, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy Quincy, MA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is now offering customers an exciting, varied assortment from three well-known local restaurants at the Hingham, MA Stop & Shop. Customers will […]

Family Dollar shareholders approved Dollar Tree Merger

  Family Dollar Shareholders Vote to Approve Dollar Tree Merger Transaction Creates Leading Discount Retailer with More Than 13,000 Stores and Annual Sales Exceeding $18 Billion Completion of Transaction Expected as Early as March 2015   CHESAPEAKE, VA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), the nation’s leading operator of discount variety […]

Morrisons signs new three-year contract for liquid milk with Arla Foods and Dairy Crest

Bradford, England, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons already has an existing relationship with the farmer-owned cooperative, Arla Foods, for liquid milk but the new agreement guarantees increased volumes. Arla has just opened what is understood to be the most efficient milk processing plant in the world in Aylesbury, where the retailer’s fresh milk […]

Morrisons doubles its fish processing capability and creates new jobs in its fish manufacturing site in Grimsby

Bradford, England, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than three years after Morrisons opened its first fish manufacturing site in Grimsby the retailer is acquiring a nearby site, doubling its fish processing capability and creating new jobs. Morrisons has agreed a deal to take over the former Kerry Foods site, which has been empty […]

Whole Foods Market to open Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater stores in Chicago by May

Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater locations the first of seven by year-end Chicago, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market plans to open four stores in the city of Chicago, with the first in Streeterville on Jan. 28, followed closely by stores in Lincoln Park near DePaul University (February 25), the West […]

Toys“R”Us® announced its 10th “Great Trade-In” event from January 23 through February 21

Highly Anticipated Event Returns to Babies“R”Us® and Toys“R”Us® Stores Nationwide from Friday, January 23 through Saturday, February 21 to Provide Shoppers the Opportunity to Remove Recalled or Outdated Baby Products from Homes; More Than 1.1 Million Used and Potentially Unsafe Products Removed from the Marketplace Since the Program’s Inception WAYNE, NJ, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ […]

The impact of theft on UK retailers reached its highest level in decade according to this year’s BRC Retail Crime Survey

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The impact of theft on UK retailers has reached its highest level in a decade according to this year’s BRC Retail Crime Survey, released today. The average value of each theft in-store increased by 36 per cent to £241 per incident, helping to push the direct cost of […]

Sainsbury’s pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product produced entirely from waste

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product – that’s produced entirely from waste. eCO2 is made from waste sugar beet in the UK by the manufacturers that supply Sainsbury’s supermarkets with sugar. The new CO2 natural refrigerant […]

Sainsbury’s becomes the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu. As the leading retailer for sustainable seafood, this adds to the 150 Sainsbury’s products that carry the MSC logo and have been sourced from sustainable fisheries. Hand battered cod and […]

Conrad Williams will captain GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on 24 January

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Conrad Williams (coach: Linford Christie) will captain a GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (Christie) at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on Saturday 24 January. Also lining up as part of a strong GB & NI team is former world junior […]

Kesko is the fourth most important Finnish company in terms of economic welfare according to the Prime Minister’s Office reports

Helsinki, Finland, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Kesko, established in 1940, has played a significant role in the development of Finnish society as a whole. Today Kesko is the fourth most important Finnish company in terms of economic welfare. According to the recent report published by the Prime […]

Starbucks launches Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is launching Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores, the first on the high street to offer this technology. Customers simply collect a ‘Ring’ at the till point, connect it to their phone and place their device on tables and counters that have Powermat wireless […]

BRC/SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL MONITOR DECEMBER 2014: Footfall in December 0.7% down on a year ago

LONDON, 2015-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Footfall in December was 0.7% down on a year ago, up on the 2.4% fall in November and below the three-month average of a 1.3% decline. Out-of-Town reported the only rise, 1.3% higher than a year ago and has experienced positive footfall growth for every month in 2014. […]

Majority of Americans are optimistic about the economy thanks to the continuing slide in gas prices, NACS survey

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time in two years, a majority of Americans are optimistic about the economy, thanks to the continuing slide in gas prices. A survey of gas consumers found that 57% of Americans are optimistic, including nearly two-thirds (65%) of those ages 18-34. The levels of consumer optimism […]

Anna Ready appointed director government relations at NACS

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anna Ready has joined NACS as director, government relations.  Ready will be lobbying and assisting in the continued success of NACS political engagement and grassroots initiatives. Ready previously served as vice president of Sentinel Strategic Advisors, where she oversaw a vast client portfolio and focused on PAC development and […]

Ashley Short appointed member services coordinator at NACS

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-1-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ashley Short has joined NACS as member services coordinator.  Short will be assisting in the continued success of the NACS Industry Update Luncheons, retail membership activities, and event needs such as the NACS Human Resources Forum, the NACS Leadership Challenge and the NACS Show. Short recently graduated from Christopher […]

7-Eleven, Inc. introduced two premium, better-for-you snack bars under a new private-label banner, 7-Select GO!Smart™

DALLAS, 2015-1-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for people trying to keep their health-related New Year’s resolutions, 7‑Eleven, Inc. has introduced two premium, better-for-you snack bars under a new private-label banner, 7-Select GO!Smart™. Weighing in at less than 200 calories each, the yogurt-drizzled fruit and nut bars are available in two varieties – Cranberry […]

Toys“R”Us annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised $6.4 million and collected 220,000 toys

Additionally, Shaquille O’Neal (a.k.a. Shaq-A-Claus) Rallied Toys“R”Us Customers to #PlayItForward Across the Country, Delivering More Than 220,000 Toys to Kids in Need this Holiday Season Wayne, NJ, 2015-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was its most successful to date, raising […]

Whole Foods Market announces the opening of its eighth Manhattan store on the Upper East Side at East 87th Street on February 18th

New York, NY, 2015-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is excited to announce the opening of its eighth Manhattan store on the Upper East Side at East 87th Street (1551 3rd Avenue) on Wednesday, February 18th. The 39,000 square foot grocery store will be a community destination, offering Upper East Side residents […]

Earn AIR MILES reward miles at Sobeys, Sobeys Urban Fresh and Foodland stores in Ontario

Sobeys first national grocer to offer AIR MILES Reward Program across Canada  STELLARTON, NS, 2015-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys and LoyaltyOne, Co., owner and operator of the AIR MILES® Reward Program, are expanding their relationship in the province of Ontario. Beginning March 27, 2015, shoppers will be able to earn AIR MILES reward miles at […]

Target Corporation declares quarterly dividend of 52 cents per common share

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The board of directors of Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has declared a quarterly dividend of 52 cents per common share. The dividend is payable March 10, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business February 18, 2015. The 1st quarter dividend will be the company’s 190th consecutive dividend paid […]

Starbucks and Arizona State University created new online Retail Management Degree for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

SEATTLE, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brand reputation, values-centered leadership, and ethical sourcing are components of a new online Retail Management Degree that Starbucks and Arizona State University created for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, launched June of 2014, is a significant partnership with […]

Teavana celebrates National Hot Tea Month with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend

Winterberry Green Tea Blend is the Newest Addition to Hot and Iced Handcrafted Beverages at Teavana Stores in the U.S. and Canada SEATTLE, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana is celebrating National Hot Tea Month by encouraging customers to start a new tea ritual with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend. Available […]

Tesco the first retailer in UK to launch a Google Glass enabled service – The Tesco Grocery Glassware

Cheshunt, England, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has become the first retailer to launch a customer Glass enabled service with a basic version of its shopping app now available for users of the wearable device. The Glassware has been developed by Tesco Labs, which experiments with disruptive technologies that have the potential to […]

Preliminary METRO GROUP sales in Q1 2014/15 grew by 2.6% compared to the previous year quarter

Group sales up by 2.1% in like-for-like terms; 2.6% increase in sales adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes Christmas business overall positive METRO Cash & Carry records like-for-like sales growth of 1.4%; noticeable growth in Eastern Europe and Asia Media-Saturn grows like-for-like by 3.8% Real with like-for-like sales growth of 0.9% Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-1-15 — /EPR […]