Kroger spreads holiday cheer through its 25 Merry Days campaign

CINCINNATI, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kroger (NYSE: KR) is spreading holiday cheer through its 25 Merry Days campaign running through December 25.

The 25 Merry Days website offers sweet and savory recipes, gift ideas, hosting advice, party planning tips plus daily digital coupons to help customers save on popular holiday items, including food, toys and home products. On National Cookie Day, celebrated on December 4, customers can visit the website to download discounts for cookie products and to find the featured cookie of the day recipe.

“This season, Kroger is excited to further integrate our digital platform with our in-store experience to help our customers save even more on items for holiday gatherings and gifting,” said Jody Kalmbach, Kroger’s vice president of digital experience. “Sharing a meal with loved ones is what matters most during the holiday season, and Kroger is here to make it a little easier for our customers to find every ingredient they need for their celebrations at a great price.”

Customers are encouraged to share their holiday fun on social media by posting a photo with #25MerryDays to Twitter or Instagram or by commenting on Kroger’s related Facebook posts for a chance to win free groceries for a year. Official contest rules are available here.

Customers can sign up for email alerts at or text “MERRY” to 99894 to receive daily text reminders.

“Our 25 Merry Days campaign is just one way we are living our purpose and redefining the grocery customer experience driven by our Restock Kroger Plan,” Ms. Kalmbach added. “Kroger is committed to accelerating our digital initiatives to create a seamless, uplifting shopping experience for our customers.”

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

Patty Leesemann

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

New survey reveal an estimated 164 million people plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. For the first time in survey history, the numbers include Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

“This year, we updated our survey to more accurately capture consumer behavior throughout the entire shopping weekend — Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers will benefit from competitive promotions both in stores and online lasting the course of the weekend, allowing them to find the best gifts at the lowest prices.”

Of those considering shopping the long holiday weekend, the survey found that 20 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day (32 million) but Black Friday will remain the busiest day with 70 percent planning to shop then (115 million). A substantial 43 percent are expected to shop on Saturday (71 million), with 76 percent saying they will do so specifically to support Small Business Saturday. On Sunday, 21 percent expect to shop (35 million) and 48 percent are expected to shop on Cyber Monday (78 million).

Of those shopping, 66 percent said they’re doing so to take advantage of deals and promotions retailers will offer, while 26 percent cited the tradition of shopping over Thanksgiving weekend and 23 percent said it’s something to do over the holiday weekend. Another 23 percent said it is when they start their holiday shopping.

According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans have already started their holiday shopping, but most still have a long way to go. Only 12 percent of consumers have completed at least half of their shopping, while only 2 percent have finished all of their holiday shopping.

When asked what they enjoy the most about shopping during the holidays, 35 percent said it is a family tradition while 23 percent said they most enjoy holiday decorations and displays; 18 percent cited finding the perfect gift for someone.

“While the utility of the weekend will continue to draw shoppers into stores and online to efficiently and inexpensively check off their lists, we’re also seeing consumers report tradition and the opportunity to partake in holiday cheer as reasons for shopping, too,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “By now, people know what sort of deals they can expect to see during the weekend and are budgeting for them accordingly, and in many cases expertly.”

“For Gen Z, the holiday shopping weekend is a can’t-miss opportunity,” Goodfellow said. “This group overwhelmingly sees in-store shopping as a valuable way to connect with others, be it friends, family or store associates at their favorite retailers.”

While many consumers will take advantage of deals over Thanksgiving weekend, 31 percent will refrain from shopping that weekend. Of those not planning to participate, 52 percent won’t shop because they do not enjoy the experience and 51 percent say they never shop during Thanksgiving weekend. Of those not shopping, 46 percent said nothing would change their mind but 27 percent said a good sale or discount on an item they want could get them to shop.

The survey, which asked 7,439 consumers about their shopping plans, was conducted October 31-November 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Full data results surrounding the survey will not be published on News media and analysts who require additional information can contact Due to the changes in the survey, no historical data will be provided.

NRF Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday Results and Weekend Contact Information

To more accurately capture the entirety of spending on Thanksgiving weekend, NRF this year will release spending data on November 28, the day after Cyber Monday. Doing so will allow NRF to provide a more accurate picture of consumer activity over the entire weekend and incorporate Cyber Monday data into the results. As consumer behavior evolves, NRF will continue to focus its efforts on providing the most relevant, accurate and insightful analysis of its impact on the retail industry.

Additionally, NRF will host a media call with Shay at 1 p.m. November 28. An advisory will be sent to retail, trade and business media in the coming days. The call will discuss what time people started shopping on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, how many people shopped for Small Business Saturday, the percentage of those shopping online over the weekend and final results for Cyber Monday.

NRF offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but members of the media relations team will be available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Black Friday. To request a print or broadcast interview, contact Ana Serafin Smith at or 855-NRF-PRESS.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics is a global leader in consumer intent data serving the financial services, marketing technology, and retail industries. We provide global authoritative market information on US and China consumers via curated insights and analytics. By integrating a variety of data including economic, behavioral and attitudinal data, Prosper helps companies accurately predict consumers’ future behavior to help identify market behaviors, optimize marketing efforts, and improve the effectiveness of demand generation campaigns.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.


Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

eBay launches early access to Black Friday deals

eBay launches early access to Black Friday deals


San Jose, CA, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Study finds shoppers would rather get a root canal than stand in line on Black Friday; eBay gives the gift of early Black Friday deals on hot items beginning today (Nov 13, 2017).

Black Friday is almost upon us, but this year’s shoppers are eager to skip the lines. A recent eBay study1found that more than three quarters (76%) of shoppers would give something up rather than endure the chaos of Black Friday lines, including one in four (26%) who would rather have a root canal. Still, Black Friday shoppers expect deeper discounts1, so eBay is giving them early access online – without waiting in line – with its new campaign, ‘Don’t Wait for Black Friday’ deals. Beginning today, eBay will match prices on some of the most coveted Black Friday deals from other major retailers, before taking even more amazing deals on the road with an interactive, cross-country Holiday Airstream mobile tour.

eBay Matches ‘Black Friday’ Deals from Retailers Starting Today

With many retailers announcing their top Black Friday deals in advance, eBay will match the prices2 on many of those same top deals beginning today, making it easy to shop from home or on-the-go and feel confident about receiving the best price available. Shoppers can take advantage of these early deep discounts with new deals every day through November 17, all with fast and free shipping on new items from top brands like Ninja, Samsung, and Apple, among others.

These limited-time deals already include:

  • Ninja Single Serve Coffee Bar ($64.99)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 ($325.00)
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer Tilt 5-Quart ($249.99)
  • Men’s and Women’s Bulova Watches ($79.99)

The full list of items eligible for ‘Don’t Wait for Black Friday’ deals can be found here:

‘Did You Check eBay’ Holiday Airstream Tour Kicks off Black Friday

Back and better than ever, the eBay Holiday Airstream will be rolling into five U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, and more, to offer a curated collection of the season’s most sought-after items and amazing deals on toys, tech, fashion, and home. Launching in New York City on Black Friday before traversing the country, the Holiday Airstream will offer gift-givers access to new, in-demand items at the best prices.

Visitors can try their hand at an interactive claw machine – a modern take on a beloved game – to literally grab some of the hottest items of the season. eBay’s exclusive AI technology will also be on hand to help select smart and personalized gift ideas. Whether shopping in person or from home, eBay will give shoppers access to exclusively curated deals, delivered to their door within three days, guaranteed.

No Blackouts on eBay Deals Best Prices Through Cyber Monday, Guaranteed

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, eBay will continue to give shoppers what most other retailers may not – Price Match Guarantee on more than 50,000 deals with no blackout periods. eBay’s Price Match Guarantee ensures shoppers will get the best value on top gifts across all categories, from the latest tech gadgets to the must-have toys for the holiday, because eBay will match the best price from competitors3.

For  the Cyber 5 Weekend, eBay will continue to have deals at more than 30-60% off regular prices with free shipping include:

  • Gotham Steel Nonstick Ultimate 15 Piece Copper Cookware Set (over 60% off)
  • Rayban Erika Metal Round Sunglasses – available in four colors (over 55% off)
  • LG 49″ 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV (over 40% off)

“Every holiday season, shoppers turn to eBay for a wide selection of gifts at a variety of price points. This year, we’re doubling down to make sure they get the absolute best deals anytime, anywhere, with commitments like Price Match Guarantee, Guaranteed Delivery, and our marketplace’s unmatched selection,” said Jesse Kiefer, Director and General Manager of eBay Deals.

In addition to Price Match Guarantee, eBay’s Guaranteed Delivery is now available on more than 20 million items in three days or less – and even better – millions of these items ship for free. Check for trending inventory across all eBay categories, such as consumer electronics, home & garden, and fashion, at a great value (usually between 20% and 90%) off with free shipping and no membership required.

For more, visit and follow @eBay on social.

1 Source: eBay Holiday Shopping Survey, October 2017

2 Don’t Wait for Black Friday deals applies to items from specific retailers (JC Penny, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Walmart) that are similar or like-items and in-stock.

3 Only new items on the eBay Deals page are eligible for Price Match Guarantee. To be eligible, the item should be available on,,,,,,, or The items should be identical and available, meaning both items must be exactly the same and currently in stock.

(408) 376-7400

Source: eBay


GameStop PRO DAYS: a jump-start on holiday deals, Nov. 10-12

PRO DAYS offer more than $2,300 in pre-Black Friday savings

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — While other retailers are revealing their Black Friday deals, GameStop is giving gamers and savvy shoppers a jump-start on holiday deals this weekend. During PRO DAYS, Nov. 10-12, PowerUp Rewards Pro and Elite Pro members will have exclusive access to a bonus Black Friday sale, including amazing sales on the year’s hottest games, accessories, consoles and collectibles. PRO DAYS sale gives gamers the opportunity to make a dent on their holiday wish lists long before retail madness begins.

Total PRO DAYS deals offer more than $2,300 in savings on a huge selection of new and pre-owned games and gear. The full list of PRO DAYS sales is available at

  • HARDWARE: Hundreds in savings on Xbox One S Console Bundles
    • Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundle + $50 GameStop Gift Card and up to two FREE games
    • Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundle + Samsung 40” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV ($300 savings)
  • GAMES: Up to 50% off top titles for Xbox and PS4, including:
    • Destiny 2: $39.99
    • Horizon Zero Dawn: $19.99
    • Fallout 4 (GOTY): $29.99
    • Middle Earth Shadow of War: $39.99
    • Assassin’s Creed Ezio Edition: $24.99
    • Injustice 2: $29.99
    • Lego Ninjago: $39.99 (also available for Nintendo Switch)
    • Grand Theft Auto V: $29.99
    • The Evil Within 2: $29.99
    • The Elder Scrolls Morrowind: $24.99
    • Call of Duty Black Ops III Zombies Edition: $44.99
  • ACCESSORIES: Up to $30 off headphones, controllers, charging blocks and more
  • STOCKING STUFFERS: Buy 1, Get 2 FREE on ALL clearance apparel and collectibles
  • FUNKO: Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Funko POP! figures
  • TRADE: Up to 30 percent more credit on games, accessories and electronics
  • PRE-OWNED: Up to 30 percent off pre-owned games and accessories

Gamers can win big during PRO DAYS, but Pro members get great deals and offers all year-round, and with GameStop’s new Elite Pro level, members can cash in on even more savings and instant rewards. Gamers who boost their membership from Pro to Elite Pro get 10 more points for every dollar spent, double the savings on pre-owned games and accessories and double the trade-in value on games, accessories and tech—in addition to free two-day shipping for online purchases.*

Customers can enroll in PowerUp Rewards at their local GameStop to immediately start scoring points, discounts, invitations to exclusive events, advanced notice of sales, promotions and other offers. Members can upgrade to the Pro tier for an annual fee of $14.99 or 15,000 PowerUp Rewards points, or the Elite Pro tier for $29.99 or 30,000 points.**

*Minimum purchase of $35
**Fees are prorated for members who upgrade from Pro to Elite Pro for the time remaining on their membership

About GameStop

GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The company operates thousands of locations nationwide, and fans can find their local GameStop using the store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania is part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.

Alexis Barsalou
GameStop Public Relations

Source: Gamestop Corporation/globenewswire

Meijer unveils weeklong Black Friday deals

Meijer unveils weeklong Black Friday deals


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

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

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

Black Friday All Week

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

Thanksgiving Day Deals

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

Black Friday Deals

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

Santa Bucks are Back Beginning Nov 25

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

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

About Meijer:

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


Jennifer Rook

Source: Meijer


Sears and Kmart announce Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals

Sears and Kmart announce Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals


Holiday Blowout, Exclusive Member Previews, FREECASH in Points Highlight Month of Deals

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears and Kmart have announced their Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals – a highlight of the unprecedented, month-long “Holiday Blowout” launched on Nov. 1, giving shoppers 10-50 percent off everything in the store.*

Shop Your Way members will find the season’s hottest gifts for family and friends, from favorite brands like Kenmore®, Craftsman®, Diehard®, NordicTrack, Everlast, Barbie, Samsung, Skullcandy, and more.As a special benefit for Shop Your Way members, Sears and Kmart also announced early access to all Thanksgiving and Black Friday doorbusters (Sears) and day after Thanksgiving deals (Kmart) four days early, during an exclusive “Members Night” on Sun., Nov. 19 from 6-10 p.m. at all stores, and online all day Nov. 19 through Nov. 20. Members also get CASHBACK in points on all purchases… and more when texting “FREECASH” to 52678.”Nothing says ‘ho, ho, ho-migawd!’ like our epic Black Friday doorbusters plus FREECASH in points,” said Kelly Cook, CMO of Kmart and Sears. “From deep discounts on your favorite gifts to amazing opportunities to skip the Black Friday chaos and shop early, this holiday season is all about our members – and we’re going BIG! Our month of promotions is sure to knock everyone’s stockings off and help stretch holiday dollars at the same time.”Sears Thanksgiving/Black Friday Hours and Doorbuster Deals
Sears stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 23 to midnight.** Some stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. All stores will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24. Shoppers can check for hours at their nearest Sears location. All Sears doorbusters will be available online at all day on Thanksgiving, and in store and online until 2 p.m. on Black Friday, while supplies last.

Top doorbuster deals include:

  • Save 52 percent on a Kenmore Elite Refrigerator– $999.99, reg. price $2,099.99
  • Save 50 percent on a Craftsman 320-pc Mechanic’s Tool Set– $149.99, reg. price $299.99
  • Everlast yoga sets for her and fleece separates for him for $9.99; reg. price $22-$26
  • All DieHard® industrial boots– $49.99; reg. price $105-$110
  • Save $1,000 on the NordicTrack Elite 10.9 elliptical – $599, reg. price $1,599.99

Kmart Thanksgiving/Black Friday Hours and Doorbuster Deals
Kmart stores will open at 6 a.m.Thanksgiving Day and close at 10 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24.* Some stores will close at midnight and others will close at 2 a.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. For local store hours, shoppers can visit

Kmart will feature extra discounts on already low Holiday Blowout prices from Thurs., Nov. 23through Sun., Nov. 26. Members can enjoy savings such as 50 percent off apparel; 50 percent off Christmas tree lighting; 40 percent off bath towels and rugs, sheets, quilts, comforters, blankets, bedspreads, bed-in-a bag; and 50 percent off ladies and kids fashion boots.

Kmart doorbusters will be available in store and online from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving until 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Deals include:

  • Save $200 on a Samsung 55″ class smart 4K UHD TV – $499 plus $50 CASHBACK in points; reg. price $699
  • Save $30 on 1,000 Thread Count Sheets– now $19.99 any size; reg. price $59.99
  • Save 50 percent on Select Small Kitchen Appliances– now $4.99; reg. price $9.99
  • 6′ pre-decorated American Pine Tree– $49.99; reg. price $99.99
  • Barbie – now $1.99; reg. price $6.99-$9.99
  • Save 50 percent on Skullcandy Uproar Bluetooth on-ear headphones– now $24.99; reg. price $49.99

Shoppers can preview Sears and Kmart’s highly anticipated Black Friday ads at and The stores’ most popular holiday catalogs are also available online with interactive, dynamic and sharable list features. View the re-introduced Sears Wish Book at and the Kmart Toy Book at

Convenient and Rewarding Shopping
Sears and Kmart have innovative services to make holiday shopping less chaotic and more convenient for members, such as:

  • Free Buy Online, Pickup In-Store, In-Vehicle Pickup: Members can purchase all products available on or, ship to the store for free, then pick up their items at the store when they arrive, where they will be ready in five minutes, guaranteed.+ Members can even choose to have their item delivered right to their car by using Sears’ innovative In-Vehicle Pickup service.+
  • Sears & Kmart Mobile Apps: The apps let members quickly find the right products and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, get digital coupons, and make the most of Shop Your Way FREECASH in points; make purchases, track orders, manage layaway, and access free shopping conveniences like Buy Online, Pickup In-Store, In-Vehicle Pickup, and free in-store shipping.
  • Meet with An Expert: The free service at Sears stores helps members shop for home appliances, mattresses, or lawn and garden equipment by letting them schedule appointments with in-store experts at a time convenient for them.
  • Free Shipping: Sears and Kmart offer free shipping on any order $49 or more, and Shop Your Way Max members get two-day free shipping on qualifying online orders.
  • Anyone, Anywhere Pickup: Members can order any item on or and send a friend or family member to pick up the purchase.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly 11 million service calls annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at

*Some exclusions apply. See store or for details.
**Stores in ME, RI, MA and certain other stores open midnight 11/24/17 or later.
+Sears stores only


Brian Hanover
Sears PR

Chloe Zuanich or Kelly Evans
Havas Formula for Sears & Kmart

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.


CVS Health and Epic announce initiative to help lower drug costs for patients

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Epic today (October 16, 2017) announced a strategic initiative to help lower drug costs for patients and improve outcomes by providing prescribers with expanded visibility to lower cost alternatives through enhanced analytics and data sharing. CVS Health will use Epic’s Healthy Planet population health and analytics platform to generate insights surrounding dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence.

The collaboration will bolster prescription decision-making for patients and their care teams, including physicians, pharmacists and health insurers. Real-time benefit information and facilitated, point-of-prescribing electronic prior authorization will help improve and simplify patient access to necessary medications and ensure their prescribers are aware of prescription insurance formulary status and less expensive alternatives as appropriate.

“This collaboration with Epic will enable us to continue to drive leading edge technology innovation beyond the pharmacy to the full health care system,” said Stephen Gold, Chief Information Officer, CVS Health. “Together, our two companies will also examine opportunities to streamline and improve data sharing and linkages across the health care system to enhance communication and connectivity among patients, their physicians, the pharmacy and health insurers.”

“At CVS Health we recognize that EHRs offer health care providers easier and more comprehensive access to their patients’ information than ever before,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “This new relationship will help us further expand how we work with Epic and providers on their EHR system to develop meaningful tools and programs that will ultimately help us take even better care of the patients we support.”

CVS Health currently works with Epic, the most widely used EHR, to support the company’s MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and CVS Specialty’s care management programs.

Through this new strategic relationship CVS Health and Epic will explore a number of new areas including:

  • Prescription Drug Savings: Collaboration around real-time benefit information and facilitated, point-of-prescribing electronic prior authorization to help inform patients and prescribers in real time about covered drugs that are clinically effective and available at the lowest out-of-pocket cost for the patient;
  • Improved Prescribing Decisions: Development of a comprehensive clinical database to enhance medication counseling and help optimize medication selection for CVS Health patients;
  • Shared Care Plan for Pharmacists: Improve pharmacist access to clinical information and allow contribution to the care plan to improve continuity of care;
  • Digital Front Store Capabilities: Creation of a digital front store to enable inclusion of purchases of over-the-counter medications and durable medical equipment into the patient’s electronic health record.

“CVS Health is one of the leaders in using data to dissolve domain silos, while offering new sources of intelligence and expertise that can better inform care delivery, reduce administrative overhead, and lower costs for patients,” said Alan Hutchison, Epic Vice President of Population Health.

“Working in collaboration with CVS Health allows for enhanced and efficient data integration and decision support for clinicians while relieving administrative burden,” said Gregory Rosencrance, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute. “These promising advances put the patient at the center of care while improving the cost and quality of care they receive.” CVS Health is a member of Cleveland Clinic’s clinically integrated network and Quality Alliance.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at


Christine Cramer
(401) 770-3317

Joe Goode
(401) 770-9820


Co-op cuts the cost of women’s sanitary products

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op has today (29 August 2017) announced it will cut the cost of women’s sanitary products to cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon tax.’

A five per cent reduction will come into effect on 30 August 2017 ahead of Government proposals* to remove the VAT.

All 71 own label and branded sanitary products sold by the Co-op will be cut. Even bigger savings are available for the Co-op’s 4.5 million members who get a 5% reward** every time they buy a Co-op own-brand sanitary product.  membership is open to anyone.

Andy Phelps, Director of Trading, Co-op, said:
“As a community retailer we feel it’s important to do right by our customers. That’s why we are covering the cost of the five per cent VAT on sanitary products for women who shop with us.”

Notes to editors:


**Millions of Co-op members receive a 5% reward on own-brand products and services with the Co-op’s membership scheme. As a member, every time Co-op branded products or services are purchased, 5% of what they pay will go into their membership account to be redeemed. In addition, a further 1% goes towards supporting community projects

Media Contact:

Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR
M: 07702505439
T: 0161 6924284


Tesco Bank celebrates 20th anniversary!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2017-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (4 Jul 2017) Tesco Bank celebrates 20 years of serving Tesco shoppers. In that time Tesco Bank has established a full range of retail banking products and has seen strong growth in traditional banking markets, including current accounts and mortgages, as well as innovating in the payments sector.

Originally established in 1997 as a joint-venture with the Royal Bank of Scotland, it became 100% Tesco owned in 2008.  Over the past 9 years Tesco Bank has enjoyed significant growth and expansion, employing 4000 people across three sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Since full ownership in 2008, Tesco Bank has:

  • Increased customer account numbers from 5.8m to 8.0 million
  • 1 in 4 Clubcard customers has a Tesco Bank product
  • Customer deposits now exceed £8.5 billion, up £5.2 billion
  • Customer lending now exceeds £10 billion, up £6.1 billion
  • Increased total employee numbers from 200 to 4000 at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle locations
  • Given back to our local communities by raising over £2 million for our charity partners

As the Bank marks this anniversary, Benny Higgins has announced that he will be retiring from Tesco in February 2018. Benny joined Tesco Bank as CEO during its move to full Tesco ownership in 2008 and was also appointed Group Strategy Director in 2014.

Commenting on Benny Higgins, Dave Lewis, said:-

“Benny has steered Tesco Bank to the strong position it is in today.  The strong growth in customers, deposits and lending is down to his leadership.  It has been a pleasure having him on the leadership team, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Commenting on the Tesco Bank anniversary, Benny Higgins, said:-

“As Tesco Bank celebrates its 20 year anniversary, I want to take time to recognise the achievements of colleagues in serving our 6 million customers.   I am very proud of what we have achieved together and it has been a privilege to work in Tesco Bank and across Tesco for what will have been ten years.”

For media enquiries and further information, please contact:

Chris Sibbald
Head of Communications

Source: Tesco

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earmarks Dhs. 40 million to subsidize various products.

With an aim to help shoppers save on their shopping during the holy month of Ramadan, Lulu hypermarkets has announced special initiatives. As part of the initiative, subsidized Ramadan baskets comprising of various essential products were launched this morning by Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy at Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi.

The baskets come in two variants, one containing 12 and other 20 essential products at a very nominal price of AED 85 and AED 120 respectively. These baskets contain cooking oil, rice, lentils, water, dates, oats, sugar, etc., and are discounted up to 32. Last year Lulu sold close to 500,000 such baskets and this bigger numbers are expected.

Elaborating about the Ramadan initiatives, Saifee Rupawala, CEO of Lulu Group said, “we have always taken special care to see that the shoppers are not unduly burdened during the holy month of Ramadan, when there is a tendency to hike the prices by the suppliers. We have earmarked a budget of Dhs. 40 million to be used for subsidizing various products in all categories. Last week we started by launching a 3-day promotion at Lulu Hypermarket in Khalidiyah Mall, where more than 50 discount were offered in all categories”.

“We will be heavily publicizing our special offers & promotions all throughout the holy month, mainly focusing on essential food products while also covering other categories such as garments, home linen, household, etc.” added Saifi Rupawala.

Lulu, which has its own sourcing and food processing facilities in UK, USA, India and the far East recently opened another one in Sri Lanka to secure uninterrupted supply of fresh produce for their 134 stores across various countries at most competitive prices, by eliminating “middle men”.

Speaking at the launch of RAMDAN BASKET, Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi said “LULU has always supported all our initiatives and have been a role model for CSR activities. These subsidized Ramadan Baskets will be available in all their hypermarkets in the UAE from today. I glad to note that LULU has increased their subsidy budget from Dhs. 25 million last year to Dhs. 40 million this year, which will benefit larger segment of society. Also, Lulu in cooperation with ministry of economy has locked the price of 140 products throughout the year 2017”.


Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716

Source: Lulu Group


50% korting op de 2e hotelovernachting met de AH Hotelactie

50% korting op de 2e hotelovernachting met de AH Hotelactie


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Op maandag 27 februari start Albert Heijn met een nieuwe spaaractie. Voor het eerst kunnen klanten bij Albert Heijn sparen voor voordelige hotelovernachtingen. Bij besteding van €10 aan boodschappen krijgen klanten één Hotelzegel. Bij tien Hotelzegels is de spaarkaart vol en krijgen klanten 50% korting op de 2e hotelovernachting bij alle deelnemende hotels in Nederland en België. De spaaractie duurt tot en met 26 maart.

Van maandag 27 februari tot en met zondag 1 oktober 2017 kunnen klanten met een volle spaarkaart de hotelovernachtingen online boeken op Tot en met woensdag 31 januari 2018 kunnen klanten er een paar nachtjes tussenuit gaan.

De Hotelzegels worden in alle Albert Heijn-supermarkten in Nederland en bij alle bestellingen via ah.nluitgereikt. AH to go winkels en de winkels in België doen niet mee aan de actie. Meer informatie, de actievoorwaarden en alle deelnemende hotels zijn te vinden op of

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Source: Albert Heijn


Defense Commissary Agency supports “Military Saves Week” Feb. 27 – March 4

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers tend to be savvy shoppers – they know the best grocery deals in town are found on their commissary store’s shelves. That’s been true for almost 150 years, since commissaries began offering groceries to all service members in July of 1867.

Today (Feb. 16, 2017), the Defense Commissary Agency is tasked with safeguarding that tradition of savings for the military – active duty, guard and reserve, military retirees, and their families. It’s no surprise then that DeCA supports “Military Saves Week,” held this year Feb. 27 – March 4.

Military Saves is one part of the nonprofit America Saves, and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign. According to their website, the organization “seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.”

The organization’s website offers financial planning tools, encouragement and advice for both military consumers and their DOD civilian counterparts. The site offers advice on everything from basic financial planning, to taxes, avoiding scams, and even investment tips.

The commissary benefit is fundamental to many service members’ budgetary planning. Best in town everyday savings throughout the store means not having to make multiple stops to ensure you’re saving all you can. And by adding the Commissary Rewards Card digital coupon program to their savings strategy, commissary shoppers stretch their grocery dollars even further.

Patrons use a mobile device app to select and “save” coupons to the card, redeeming them automatically at the register. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices and also offers store location information for patrons, as well as highlighting promotions and contests tied to the Rewards Cards. Authorized shoppers who prefer to load coupons to their cards from a computer can go to the Rewards Card page where they can also find program information and register their cards.

“The Commissary Rewards Card goes that extra step and saves patrons even more on top of their commissary benefit,” said Marye Dobson, manager of DeCA’s Commissary Rewards Card program. “We work with our industry partners to provide our patrons with the type of digital coupons they want most.

Here are just a few of the ways shopping at commissaries helps balance your budget:

  • Commissaries provide a one-stop-shopping experience, with pricing that is consistently best-in-town, across their entire line of goods.
  • Commissaries offer better-for-you food choices, at easy on your budget prices, including organics and a growing number of specialty items, such as gluten-free alternatives, low sodium, sugar-free and reduced-calorie products.
  • Commissaries strongly support use of coupons for additional savings, and the Commissary Rewards Card banks electronic coupons for automatic savings at checkout. Rewards Card users are now approaching 1.5 million, who’ve saved an additional $11.5 million on their grocery bills.

Military Saves is a great source for financial planning tools, ideas and encouragement, not only during Military Saves Week, but year-round,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Military members and their families can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, through their website and their newsletter. And be sure to take advantage of your commissary benefit when planning your budget. As we like to say, ‘it’s worth the trip!'”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Meijer’s free prescription program filled nearly 40 million prescriptions and surpassed $500 million savings for customers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone earlier this month when its free prescription program surpassed $500 million in savings for customers. The program – a first of its kind when launched in October 2006 – has since filled nearly 40 million free prescriptions.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities we serve,” said Jason Beauch, Vice President of Pharmacy Merchandising. “We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which includes access to necessary medications. We are pleased this program is used by so many families across the Midwest.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral generic antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescriptions most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free prenatal vitamins in May 2008, metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010, and the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium), the cholesterol lowering medication, in 2012.

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer has been the generic cholesterol lowering medication. In 2016, Meijer pharmacy customers filled more than 3.2 million atorvastatin calcium prescriptions, followed by more than 1.4 million metformin prescriptions, more than 1.3 million antibiotics, and more than 480,000 free prenatal vitamin prescriptions.

In addition to the free prescription program, the Meijer mPerks pharmacy rewards program rewarded pharmacy customers with more than $13 million in rewards to spend at Meijer last year.

“We’re proud that we’ve helped millions of families improve their health and wellbeing without impacting their budgets,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Providing these solutions for the customers who rely on our pharmacies is part of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer

Currys PC World reports 40% increase in orders during Black Friday 2016 vs. same period last year

LONDON, 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — ON the morning of Black Friday 2016, Currys PC World is reporting its highest ever number of orders, up 40% on 2015, with over half a million visitors to the website pre-6 am alone.

At 5 am, the UK’s leading electrical retailer saw its highest ever Black Friday mobile share of online traffic at 65%, up 13% against 2015’s peak.

Since the new wave of fresh Black Friday deals went live at midnight, Currys PC World has seen the Google Chromecast and the JVC 32C660 32” Smart LED TV prove to be the two most popular products with customers.

As shoppers made the most of the 10-day Black Tag deals, in the busiest hour yesterday – 9 pm until 10 pm – Currys PC World was selling 23 large screen TVs per minute and received 102 online orders a minute. Leeds (Crownpoint) was the store with the highest number of transactions.

Key tech items proving particularly popular with customers to date including large screen TVs, tablets, the Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner, MacBooks and white goods such as washing machines.

Stuart Ramage, E-Commerce Director at Dixons Carphone, says: “We’ve been preparing for today for almost a year now to ensure the best deals for our customers. We continue to break records with orders already up 40% year-on-year since 2015, and as we predicted, shoppers are making the most of our stores being open early, but also placing orders by mobile devices with our highest ever mobile traffic share since Black Friday began.”

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and KNOWHOW.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elgiganten, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain, Sweden and Norway. Our key service brands include KNOWHOW in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

For more information please contact / 020 7544 3600

Source: Dixons Carphone

Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016

Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016
Tesco announces Black Friday deals until 1 December 2016


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are set to benefit from even more Black Friday deals today (25 Nov 2016) with the retailer releasing another 300 promotions.

  • Over 700 participating Tesco stores offering Black Friday deals across the country
  • Tesco is already offering market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas

Customers are set to benefit from even more Black Friday deals today with the retailer releasing another 300 promotions. Hundreds of Tesco stores opened their doors at 5 am today to help customers to take advantage of the deals.

Thousands of customers have already enjoyed Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event. So far this week, there have been over six million visits to the Tesco Direct website, up 40% compared to a typical week.

Top deals launched today (subject to stock availability) include:

  • Blaupunkt 43-134MXN Smart Full HD 43 Inch LED TV with Freeview HD, now £149. Saving £100.
  • Sharp 49 Inch LC-49CFG6001K Full HD LED SMART TV with Freeview, now £199. Saving £130.
  • Samsung UE40KU6020 40 Inch Smart WiFi Built In Ultra HD 4k LED TV with Freeview HD, now £299.
  • Monster iSport Super Slim Bluetooth In-Ears black or lime, now £49. Saving £41 (online only).
  • PS4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Console Bundle & Fifa 17, now £199.
  • LEGO Technic 24 Hours Race Car, now £49.99. Saving £45.
  • Dyson DC34 handheld vacuum £89.

So far this week Tesco has sold almost a hundred items per minute on Tesco Direct. Toys have been the most popular category with one toy sold every two seconds.

Matt Davies, UK&ROI CEO of Tesco, said:  “We’re doing all we can to take the hard work out of Christmas and help our customers get everything they need in one place.

“We’re already offering customers market leading prices on the most loved toys this Christmas, and now we’re launching even more Black Friday deals.”

He adds: “Christmas is an extremely busy time for customers, but with more products now on sale for a longer period, we’re hoping to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for our customers.”

This year is Tesco’s biggest ever Black Friday event with the retailer offering 11 days of amazing deals with up to 50% off products. The event is running on the Tesco Direct website until Thursday 1st December and in-store from Friday 25th November until Thursday 1st December.

Notes to editors

  • Please see further press releases on Black Friday here and here
  • For more details on specific stores which are participating in the Black Friday event please visit the online store locator here
  • Tesco’s top 10 toys for Christmas.

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

Source: Tesco


Walmart unveils top products purchased on Black Friday

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart shared the following statement on how the company delivered on its Black Friday plans for customers. The retailer also unveiled top products purchased on Black Friday and how customers shopped that day in stores and online.

“This Black Friday, we promised customers great deals, more availability of those items, an integrated offering with and the simple shopping experience our customers have come to expect from Walmart. I am proud to say that we’ve delivered on all fronts,” said Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S. “Our customers were particularly excited about the new technologies we offered this year. In addition to picking up Black Friday favorites like televisions and toys, they flocked to our stores for drones, virtual reality products and hoverboards.”

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Fun Facts and Stats:

  • The week kicked off with customers visiting stores in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to grocery shop. This Thanksgiving, Walmart sold 150 million pounds of turkey and ham. Throughout the month of November, the retailer also sold more than six pies per second with the most popular pies being pumpkin and the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie.
  • Black Friday is about offering great deals in stores and online. At midnight ET on Thanksgiving Day, customers started shopping on and the Walmart app.Thanksgiving Day was once again one of the top online shopping days of the year.
  • Then, at 6 p.m. the retailer kicked off the company’s Black Friday event in stores across the country. Millions of customers went home with the items they wanted. Top sellers included televisions, cookware, video games and systems, drones, toys and pajamas for the whole family.
  • More than 70 percent of traffic to during the retailer’s Black Friday event was driven by mobile.

It is not over. Walmart’s Cyber Week began at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25, and will continue with thousands of online specials every day throughout the week.

“We will continue to focus on offering great prices on great products across the whole store and on for the rest of the holiday season,” Bratspies added.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,593 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.4 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Tops Friendly Markets help shoppers save on their holiday gift shopping with its Christmas Bonus event

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is helping shoppers save on their holiday gift shopping thanks to their Christmas Bonus event.

This holiday season, Tops is not only giving shoppers the best deals in town on groceries, but also a Christmas Bonus. When you shop at Tops, you can save an extra 20% on Christmas gifts, just for buying groceries.

With Tops Christmas Bonus, you save $10 on $50 gift cards to more than 20 great retailers like Lowe’s, Cabela’s, Toys R Us, Old Navy, JC Penney, GameStop and more. Shoppers can give the gift cards as gifts, use them to fill out their Christmas list, or to save even more at their other favorite stores and restaurants.

“Tops shoppers are smart and want to save as much money as they can. Tops Christmas Bonus was created as a thank you and to help them stretch their budget while spreading holiday cheer,” said Diane Colgan, senior vice president of marketing.

Shoppers who use their Tops BonusPlus will automatically earn one gift point for every grocery purchase of $50 or more at Tops. Use one gift point at checkout to purchase a $50 gift card for just $40 to participating stores and restaurants. Gift points can be redeemed at any Tops store location and there is no limit as to how many times you can save during the promotion which runs until December 24, 2016. (There is a limit of one $10 discount per $50 gift card and the points must be redeemed by December 31, 2016.)

For a complete list of participating stores and restaurants, visit or visit your nearest Tops Friendly Markets today.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at


Kathy Romanowski

Source: Tops Markets

CVS Pharmacy announced savings opportunities for ExtraCare members during its three-day Black Friday sales event

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy today (November 21, 2016) announced significant savings opportunities for ExtraCare members during its three-day Black Friday sales event at more than 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations, which kicks off on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Saturday, November 26. For the first time ever, this year’s Black Friday promotion features a generous offer for shoppers to receive $20 in “Christmas Bucks” when ExtraCare members spend $50 on select seasonal merchandise.

To earn these special rewards, customers simply purchase from participating products like home dcor, tree trimming items, ribbons and bows. During the sale, and once the $50 threshold is met, $20 in Christmas Bucks Rewards will immediately pay out on the ExtraCare member’s digital or printed receipt. These limited-time Christmas Bucks must be redeemed within two weeks of receipt, and can be used like all ExtraBucks Rewards as “free CVS money” that can be spent on nearly all non-prescription items in the store.

In addition to the new Christmas Bucks promotion, CVS Pharmacy’s Black Friday sales event will offer convenient and affordable deals on everything from unique holiday gifts to healthier food options for entertaining, as well as everyday health, beauty and home essentials.

“We want to help our ExtraCare members take the stress out of the season with quality deals and savings during Black Friday week and beyond,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business, CVS Pharmacy and Chief Merchant of CVS Health. “With a variety of holiday-themed products and gifts for everyone, including our first-ever Christmas Bucks offering, CVS Pharmacy makes it easy for customers to cross everything off their holiday to-do lists, effortlessly and conveniently, without compromising their holiday budgets.”

Doorbuster Deals for the Entire Family
With Christmas Bucks and other featured Black Friday deals available at CVS Pharmacy, customers will find many opportunities to save and earn plentiful ExtraBucks Rewards to spend during their next shopping trip, whether it be for stocking stuffers, the expanded healthier snacks assortment available for entertaining, or over the counter health remedies to keep everyone feeling their best throughout the season. Same day savings during the Black Friday sales event include “free after ExtraBucks Rewards” offers on Physicians Formula Organic Wear, GUM Toothbrushes and CVS Health Nicotine Gum.

Additional offers during the CVS Pharmacy three-day Black Friday sales event include:

  • Give Beautifully: Get great deals on featured popular beauty and cosmetic brands such as COVERGIRL, Revlon, Sally Hansen, and wet n wild. In addition, select Beyonc, Nautica, Calvin Klein, Katy Perry, J. Lo, and Vera Wangfragrances are Buy One, Get $10 ExtraBucks Rewards.
    • Customers can take advantage of fresh savings on NYX lip color, one of the hottest beauty brands this holiday season (two for $11.98 with $10ExtraBucks Rewards for two) and wet n wild Gift Sets ($4.99 each with $4ExtraBucks Rewards).
  • Give Joyfully: Customers can see huge bargains on favorites like Amop Pedi Perfect Foot or Nail Care System ($24.99), Philips Norelco Shavers including Body Groom, Cordless, and Multigroom Plus ($29.99), Flannel Bath Robes ($9.99), and more.
    • To guarantee delight this season, customers can choose from a wide selection of over 200 brand name gift cards to popular restaurants and stores alike including Olive Garden, Starbucks, Express, iTunes, with a special offer when customers purchase a $75 Gift Card to Applebee’s to earn $25 ExtraBucks Rewards. Gift cards are also available from major credit card companies like American Express, MasterCard, and VISA.
  • Give Playfully: Buy One, Get One Free on toys for kids of all ages including Star Wars, Trolls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Customers will also receive these deals on specially-advertised seasonal toys including “As Seen On TV” favorites like Ped Egg, Pocket Hose, Simply Straight and Gotham Steel Pan.
  • Give Decoratively: Customers can also Buy One, Get One Free on Merry Brite Light Sets, Hallmark Licensed ornaments (excludes Keepsake) including Frozen, Trolls, and Peanuts themes.
  • Give Deliciously: Save on Hershey Holiday Kisses (two for $6.00) and Holiday M&M’s (two for $5.00). This year Ferrero, Hershey’s XL, Cadbury Chocolate, Edy’s, and Dreyer’s ice cream will be one sale for Buy One, Get One Free.
  • Give Personally: Customers can also receive 50% off their entire Photo order (excluding the Ultimate Card Deal*) for the perfect memorable gift to friends and family members, including wall art, mugs, cards, photobooks, prints and more. Promotion is available online at or for any prints purchases through the CVS Pharmacy app.

Customers must be a member of the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare program to be eligible for these deals. Customers can easily enroll for free in-store or online at

*The Ultimate Card Deal is available all year round on select photo card options. When you buy 20 5×7 premium cards, they are available for as low as 99 cents each and include free upgrades such as rounded corners and return address envelope printing.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at

Press Contact:
Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401-770-9354

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

Commissary industry partners to offer promotional discounts beyond everyday savings for the Thanksgiving holidays



FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, greens, macaroni and cheese, rolls and sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie – depending on where you’re from, of course.

These are some of the core items for many a traditional Thanksgiving menu. And if you’re a commissary patron, you’ll find sweet savings on these and more at your local store, said Defense Commissary Agency Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

“There’s enough anxiety surrounding the Thanksgiving meal – how many people are coming to dinner, and how do we plan time to eat around the football games?” Russ said. “Well, if you remember to shop your commissary, stretching the holiday meal dollar will not be a concern.

“We have reduced prices on high-quality, name-brand ingredients for the perfect holiday meal plus we even offer recipes and tips on our website,, for preparing that big ol’ bird.”

Throughout November, commissary industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer promotional discounts beyond everyday savings for the Thanksgiving holidays.

One of the largest promotions is the worldwide “Your Turkey Could Be Free” recipe/coupon booklet. Available in commissaries, this 24-page recipe booklet has coupons valued at more than $59, and they’re good through Dec. 31. The coupons provide commissary shoppers significant savings or free turkeys when purchasing holiday meal essentials. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, Chinet, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entenmann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark, Ocean Spray, P&G, Heinz and Johnsonville.

Beginning Nov. 19, stateside commissaries will be offering fresh turkeys at low prices while supplies last. Patrons can go to the Sales & Events page for more details on fresh turkeys in the latest Sales Flyer and for discounted items in “Deals for the Holidays” and “Exclusive Savings.” Shoppers can also get a Sales Flyer at their store.

Commissaries are also offering a “Celebrate the Holidays” promotion with General Mills that features high value in-store coupons related to holiday cooking and baking.

And for anyone facing the prospect of preparing their first turkey, go to our Cooking Tips page. Patrons can also check out the website’s Recipes page and browse through the Main Courses section for traditional fare such as basted turkey, unstuffed oven roasted turkey, collard greens, macaroni and cheese; visit the Sides and Garnishes page for dishes like corn bread and bacon dressing, classic potato salad, sweet potato casserole; Vegetables for recipes on classic herb stuffing, zesty holiday stuffing, oven candied sweet potatoes and more; and Desserts for ideas to make sweets such as pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, peach and apple cobbler.

“Whatever your taste is for Thanksgiving – traditional roast turkey and potatoes or a vegetarian meal with organic fruits and vegetables – we have it at your commissary,” Russ said. “And, remember, ‘it’s worth the trip’ to pocket those savings.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: The Defense Commissary Agency


Appliances, Electronics and Furniture Retailer hhgregg Announces Black Friday Doorbusters

Indianapolis, IN, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — hhgregg (NYSE: HGG), a leading appliances, electronics and furniture retailer, announced their Black Friday doorbuster deals today, giving shoppers the opportunity to find great savings on the most trusted brands beginning online on Thanksgiving, followed by in store starting at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

“While spending Thanksgiving at home with family and friends, shoppers can score unbelievable bargains on,” said Bob Riesbeck, CEO of hhgregg. “Then we’re looking forward to bringing back the excitement of Black Friday the following morning, with the hottest deals on big ticket items like TVs, appliances and furniture as well as gifts for the whole family.”

Top Black Friday TV Doorbusters 

  • 40″ 1080p LED HDTV for $129.99
  • 55″ 4K Ultra High Definition TV for $299.99
  • 58″ Samsung 1080p LED Smart HDTV for $429.99
  • 65″ LG 4K HDR Ultra HD webOS 3.0 Smart TV with FREE Blu-ray player for $799.99

Top Black Friday Electronics Doorbusters 

  • Amazon Fire 8GB Tablet for $33.33
  • Beats Tour 2 In-Ear Headphones with mic for $49.99 ($80 savings)
  • Fitbit Activity & Sleep Tracker Wristband for $59.99
  • HP Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor for $279.99

Top Black Friday Appliance Doorbusters

  • Amana Washer and Dryer $549.99 for the pair
  • Your Choice for only $399.99 –  Whirlpool Top-Load Washing Machine, Whirlpool Electric Dryer, Maytag Top-Load Washing Machine, or Maytag Steam Electric Dryer
  • LG Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator for $999.99
  • Frigidaire Stainless Steel 4-piece Kitchen Package for $1499.99 (savings of $910)

Top Black Friday Home Products Doorbusters

  • 50% off Recliners
  • Serta Perfect Sleeper Queen Mattress with Sertapedic Adjustable Base for only $999.99
  • 26,500 BTU Gas Grill for $69.99
  • 700-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven for $29.99 (50% off)

In addition to the overall savings and doorbusters, customers can enjoy:

Plus, with hhgregg’s Holiday Gift Card Giveaway Sweepstakes shoppers can enter for a chance to win up to $1000 gift card, with winners drawn twice per week until Thanksgiving.

To see hhgregg’s full Black Friday ad, visit, or follow hhgregg on Twitter at @hhgregg or Facebook at for the latest on holiday deals.

ABOUT hhgregg
Founded in 1955, Indianapolis-based hhgregg is a multi-regional retailer with 220 brick-and-mortar stores in 19 states. hhgregg’s product assortment includes market-leading brands in home appliances, consumer electronics and technology, along with high-quality furniture products for the home. The retailer’s locations and online presence ( give consumers nationwide access to global and local lifestyle and home products. Find hhgregg on Facebook at and on Twitter at @hhgregg.

Media Contact:
Sarah Davis
(312) 240-3176


SOURCE: hhgregg

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Tesco customers saved over 1.5 billion carrier bags in England since Government bag charge introduction

Tesco customers saved over 1.5 billion carrier bags in England since Government bag charge introduction
Tesco customers saved over 1.5 billion carrier bags in England since Government bag charge introduction


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has revealed over 1.5 billion single-use carrier bags have been saved by Tesco customers in England since the introduction of the Government bag charge a year ago.

The figures represent an incredible 72% fall in the use of single-use plastic bags being used in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers shopping on have also dramatically reduced the number of bags they use, with 57% of online shoppers selecting ‘bagless’ deliveries.

The Government’s 5p plastic bag charge was introduced in England on 5 October last year with the aim of cutting the number of plastic bags given out in shops and improving the environment.

Over the last year, the money raised by Tesco customers has been used to help fund 1170 community projects as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. The programme sees charities and community groups awarded grants ranging from £8,000 to £12,000, with Tesco customers able to choose which projects receive the most funding.

George Gordon, UK & ROI Communications Director at Tesco said: “We’re encouraging our customers to use fewer single-use bags, so these figures are really encouraging.

“Also the money raised from our customers buying bags is making a big difference to local communities across the country.

“Thanks to Bags of Help, nearly £12 million has been spent so far on local environmental improvement projects like parks, sports facilities, school playgrounds and community gardens – projects that have all been chosen by our customers.

“Going forward, we will help customers do even more for their communities by bringing together more projects for them to vote on every month.”

Tesco is working with the environmental improvement charity, Groundwork, to help deliver its Bags of Help scheme.

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in-between.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.”

The next customer vote will take place 31 October to 13 November in all of our stores and £12.5 million is up for grabs. The size of the grants available range from £8,000 to £12,000.

Tesco and Groundwork are always calling out for nominations from community groups and customers – find out more at

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

Source: Tesco


September is all about sales and promotions at Commissary

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers will see various sales events throughout their store in September with Labor Day promotions, football fever events, Oktoberfest celebrations, case lot sales, and lots of coupons to help save even more money.

“September is a busy month for commissaries, and there are plenty of promotions available for our patrons to help them save money and maximize their benefit,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency director of sales.

Commissary shoppers can easily find out about the sales and promotions by going online, where they can also enter contests and win trips. The best places to check are the Sales & Events and Exclusive Savings sections, while the case lot sale schedule is at the Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale page.

These discounts result from DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – who collaborate with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales are continuing through September for stateside commissaries. Each store hosts individual two- or three-day case lot sales on one weekend between mid-August and the end of September. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. This year’s sales recognize DeCA’s 25th birthday celebration. The agency was officially formed Oct. 1, 1991, consolidating the commissary systems of each of the military services. These sales provide commissary shoppers up to 50 percent savings on bulk buys of cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages, paper goods and other items. During these “parking lot” sales, commissaries also offer seasonal fresh produce on sale and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store. Look on the Case Lot Sales page for the schedule of local case lot events.
  • “It’s Football Tailgating Time!” Starting Sept. 3, commissaries will offer game-day recipes, high-value coupon booklets for discounts on football favorites and will make it easy to shop with recipe items adjacent to the fresh meats featured in the recipes. Participating brands are Kraft, Heinz, Frito Lay, Entenmann’s, Kellogg, Ball Park Franks, Johnsonville, Nabisco, DiGiorno and Tombstone. will also feature promotional details to include Hot Deals, blogs, social media, e-newsletter blasts and more.
  • For Better Breakfast Month, the Kellogg Company is offering $2 off coupons worldwide (Save $2 off coffee, milk, or fruit with the purchase of any two Special K products) from Sept. 1 to 11. These coupons will also be distributed in stores by industry representatives who will demonstrate healthy recipes.
  • How’s Your Team Spirit? Starting Sept. 3 through Jan. 3, 2017, patrons who purchase four Campbell’s Chunky Soup or Chili canned items in one transaction, and present their Commissary Rewards Cards at checkout will be automatically entered to win a $100 NFL gift card. Four gift cards will be awarded each week (three in the U.S. and one overseas) for 17 weeks. Official rules will be available at Rewards Card coupon selection page starting Sept. 3.
  • Free Groceries for a Year is a Kraft Heinz promotion that will give away six prizes of $7,500 each in Commissary Gift Cards to winning commissary patrons. The online giveaway runs now through Sept. 11. Participating brands include Kraft Natural Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta, Kraft Grated Parmesan, Cracker Barrel, Jell-O, Breakstone’s, Knudsen, Kraft Dinners, Kraft Salad Dressings, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Planters, Cool Whip and Kraft Mayo. No purchase is necessary. Participation is limited to stateside customers including those in Alaska and Hawaii commissaries. For details, go to the website.
  • From Sept. 12-25, commissary shoppers who cannot attend Oktoberfest in Germany can find value savings on products for their own celebrations. Commissaries have a full line of German products from chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard and red cabbage, to rich German coffee and more.
  • “Celebrate Family Values Sweepstakes.” Commissary Rewards Card users worldwide have a chance to win one of 30 $250 Commissary Gift Cards in the “Celebrate Family Values Sweepstakes.” Those who buy two Kimberly Clark products in one transaction from Sept. 15 to Oct. 23 and present their Commissary Rewards Cards at checkout, will be automatically entered to win. Details will be available Sept. 15 on the Rewards Card coupon selection page.
  • Unilever is offering its annual “Italian & American Festival of Savings”from Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. This year’s promotion features Unilever brands such as Hellman’s, Lipton, Knorr and Breyers, as well as personal care brands such as Dove, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips and Tresemme. More than 150,000 high-value in-store coupon flyers will be distributed worldwide. Unilever will donate up to $20,000 to the Fisher House based on sales from this event.
  • “Extra savings” signs will highlight discounts near mass displays throughout the commissaries: Sept. 1-25; General Mills will offer “Big G” cereal savings worldwide with coupons located adjacent to their displays; and beginning Sept. 19, the J.M. Smucker Company will offer the “Crisco Cares” deeply discounted savings from Pillsbury, Folgers, JIF and Martha White.”

“Don’t miss these hot fall savings,” Russ said. “It’s always worth the trip to your local commissary.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Commissary

NCR Corporation announces Bank of Oak Ridge and Gorham Savings Bank to deploy its Interactive Teller technology

DULUTH, Ga, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that the Bank of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, N.C. (OTCPink:BKOR), and Gorham Savings Bank, Gorham, Maine, are the latest financial institutions to deploy NCR Interactive Teller technology, bringing NCR’s total number of interactive teller customers beyond 300. This unique software-driven, hardware-enabled disruptive technology enables consumers to interact via high-quality video and audio with their banks’ remote-based video teller.

NCR’s software gives remote tellers full control over each module in specially configured ATMs, enabling them to deliver up to 95 percent of traditional teller transaction services to their customers across extended locations and hours of business.

“We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to provide clients with the most convenient and best banking experience possible,” said Tom Wayne, President at Bank of Oak Ridge. “Deploying NCR’s Interactive Teller Machines enables us to expand our teller hours by 31 percent, offer a better work-life balance for our employees and continue to develop even stronger relationships with our clients and community.”

NCR’s video-enabled Interactive Teller helps financial institutions transform their branch banking offer into an omni-channel proposition, matching the convenience needs of today’s consumer. Branches now can be refocused from being transaction hubs into advisory centers of expertise, helping their customers achieve their financial goals. Consumers who can’t visit a branch during traditional hours can still get the dedicated assistance and support of their financial institution with a remote teller.

“Interactive Teller software offers seamless, reliable service.  Our customers really appreciate the increased convenience and the flexibility of choice on how they interact with our staff” said Kevin Heatley, Director of Technology, SVP, at Gorham Savings.  “We take great pride in bringing innovative banking technologies to our state and the ability to offer our customers banking options to fit their lifestyle.”

“Financial institutions around the world continue to turn to NCR to deliver superior customer experiences with our branch solutions,” said Jed Taylor, general manager, Global Video Services, NCR Corporation. “Bank of Oak Ridge and Gorham Savings Bank are transforming their service while maintaining a personal touch with customers.”

NCR is the global leader in Interactive and Assisted Service Branch technology, enabling financial institutions to cost effectively merge digital convenience with the personal branch experience—delivering amazing consumer experiences and driving increased loyalty and revenue generation for the institution.

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Media Contact:

John Buchholz

Source: NCR Corporation

Carrefour France unveils a wide range of bargains to help its customers better manage their spending

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Aug-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — As children prepare for the new 2016 school year, Carrefour is unveiling a wide range of bargains to help its customers better manage their spending. The retailer is getting them to bring their old exercise books into stores so that the Restos du Coeur can get new ones.

A wide selection for a clever and money-saving start to the new term

The “Satchel Guarantee” lasts the whole year: Carrefour guarantees all the satchels it sells its stores for a whole year.

With its own brand, Carrefour is breaking new ground and has created around a hundred exclusive new products for its Fantaisie range, developed by Carrefour’s Design teams.

The retailer also has the widest selection of national-brand, Carrefour brand and licensed leather goods and diaries, with more than 3000 Disney Marvel, Chipie, Star Wars and Snow Queen products.

Once again this year, Carrefour is applying its lowest price guarantee to 200 national-brand products so the whole family has the supplies it needs – from nursery right through to secondary school.

A fund-raising scheme for Restos du Cœur
From 9 August right through to 5 September, Carrefour hypermarkets will be holding the second “Great Recycling” campaign. Customers will be asked to bring their old exercise books, sheets of paper and catalogues into stores. Paprec – the paper recycling specialist – will then recycle all this waste so that the Restos du Coeur can redistribute school supplies to families experiencing difficulties. The aim is to collect 100 tonnes of paper – that’s the equivalent of 16,000 exercise books or 6000 reams of recycled paper – to give to the Restos du Coeur.

Something positive for the planet
Carrefour is helping its customers adopt a more responsible form of consumption with the help of its fund-raising campaigns and a selection of sustainable products that are made in France, recycled or which carry eco-labels. All cardboard-covered exercise books and Carrefour brand paper reams are made in France using paper derived from sustainably managed forests. Easy to recognize, these products carry the PEFC or NF Environment label.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail:


Carrefour France unveils a wide range of bargains to help its customers better manage their spending
Carrefour France unveils a wide range of bargains to help its customers better manage their spending


Source: Carrefour Group

Morrisons launches one of its biggest price crunches on 1,045 every day products

Bradford, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons will today launch one of its biggest price crunches with an average of 18 per cent being cut from the price of 1,045 every day products – including hundreds of core grocery and dairy items.

The British supermarket will cut the price of family essentials such as British meat (beef, pork and poultry), seasonal fruit and vegetables and toiletries by as much as 56 per cent – as part of its on-going commitment to offer good quality, great value fresh food for its eleven million customers.

  • Morrisons is British farming’s biggest supermarket customer and the second largest producer of British fresh food in the world. This helps the supermarket to offer good quality, great value on local, seasonal produce whatever the economic weather.
    • Bakery, cakes and desserts – average 18 per cent
    • Beers, wines, spirits and tobacco – average 16 per cent
    • Essential grocery – average 17 per cent
    • Dairy and provisions – average 18 per cent
    • Frozen food – average 16 per cent
    • Health, beauty and baby – average 27 per cent
    • Household and pet food – average 22 per cent
    • Meat, poultry and oven fresh – average 12 per cent
    • Fruit, vegetables and salad – average 17 per cent
    • Seafood – average 16 per cent
  • Andy Atkinson, Morrisons Customer and Marketing Director, said: “We are constantly listening to our customers and know they are concerned about whether food prices will go up following the Brexit vote, especially on imports. Morrisons is unique as a food-maker and shopkeeper, and unlike the rest of the industry manufactures food, both in our own food processing plants and our 500 stores. We are British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, which means we can better control our prices, and this latest round of crunches demonstrates our commitment to offering the best possible value to our customers this summer.”

Media enquiries call: 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Wincor Nixdorf AG reports 10% increase in Net sales during first nine months of its current fiscal year

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having completed the first nine months of its current fiscal year, Wincor Nixdorf AG remains on a clear path of growth and is reaping the rewards of its restructuring program more rapidly than originally projected. Net sales increased by 10%, taking the figure to €1,938 million (previous year: €1,768 million).

Operating profit (EBITA) before non-recurring items amounted to €155 million (€75 million). After non-recurring items EBITDA was up at €146 million (€40 million). Profit for the period, which takes into account transaction costs incurred to date in respect of the business combination between Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf, stood at €89 million (€25 million). In presenting its results for the third quarter, Wincor Nixdorf also set out in more concrete terms its guidance for the full fiscal year 2015/2016. Net sales are expected to grow by approximately 6%.

Operating profit (EBITA) before non-recurring items is likely to total €190 million. Non-recurring items are expected to amount to between €0 and plus 30 million, consisting of restructuring expenses on the one hand and positive effects from M&A activities on the other. “Overall, we can look forward with confidence,” said CEO & President Eckard Heidloff. “Wincor Nixdorf has done its homework, and plans for the business combination with Diebold are progressing well,” he went on to explain. “Together, we are looking to create a powerful new IT company that is an innovative and reliable partner to both retail banks and retailers in these dynamic times.”

Having exceeded the minimum acceptance threshold as part of its takeover bid for Wincor Nixdorf shares, Diebold requires regulatory approval from antitrust authorities in eleven countries before the transaction can be successfully concluded. By the end of the third quarter it had received official authorizations from ten countries; regulatory approval from the anti-cartel authority in Poland was still outstanding. Wincor Nixdorf and its US counterpart Diebold remain confident that the business combination will be concluded during the summer months of 2016. Integration planning is already underway at all levels within the two companies to ensure smooth assimilation as soon as the business combination has been finalized.

Net sales: slight increase in Banking, strong growth in Retail
The Banking segment saw net sales increase by 1% to €1,164 million in the first nine months of the fiscal year (€1,149 million). After non-recurring items, Banking segment EBITA reached €99 million; this figure includes €9 million in expenses from non-recurring items. Excluding expenses from non-recurring items, Banking segment EBITA rose by €56 million to €108 million (€52 million). This corresponds to growth of 108%. Net sales generated in the Retail segment were lifted by 25%, taking the figure to €774 million (€619 million) for the reporting period. EBITA recorded by the Retail segment, which includes non-recurring items that offset each other, rose by €24 million year on year to €47 million in the reporting period (€23 million). This corresponds to growth of 104% in the Retail segment.

Growth in all regions after first nine months
In Germany, net sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year were 5% higher year on year at €425 million (€404 million). Germany contributed 22% (23%) to total net sales at Group level. In the third quarter of the fiscal year, net sales generated in Germany increased by 13% year on year to €143 million (€127 million). Net sales generated in Europe (excluding Germany) over the first nine months of the fiscal year were up 11% at €906 million (€817 million). This region contributed the largest part of total net sales for the Group at 47% (46%). In the third quarter, net sales in the region covering Europe (excluding Germany) stood at €293 million (€263 million), which corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 11%.

Asia/Pacific/Africa saw net sales rise by 3% to €355 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (€346 million). Thus, the Asia/Pacific/Africa region contributed a share of 18% (20%) to total net sales for the Group. Third-quarter net sales in Asia/Pacific/Africa rose by 4% to €116 million (€112 million). The region encompassing the Americas saw net sales increase by 25% in the first nine months of the fiscal year, taking the total to €252 million (€201 million). As a result, the proportion of Group net sales generated in the Americas was 13% (11%). In the third quarter, net sales in the region were up 33% at €77 million (€58 million).

Net sales up for Hardware and Software/Services
In the first nine months of the fiscal year, net sales attributable to the Hardware business rose by 17% to €851 million (€726 million). Net sales from Software/Services increased by 4% to €1,087 million (€1,042 million).
The share of total net sales generated by the Hardware business was lifted to 44% in the period under review (41%). Correspondingly, the proportion of total net sales from Software/Services fell to 56% (59%).

Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Kimco Realty Corp. implements several strategic initiatives to enhance its capital structure while improving both its growth profile and tax efficiency

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced that it will redeem $290,915,000 aggregate principal amount of its 5.70% Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIP No. 49446RAH2) (the “Senior Notes”), representing all outstanding Senior Notes, on August 26, 2016 (the “Redemption Date”).

The Senior Notes were issued pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of September 1, 1993 (the “Base Indenture”), between Kimco and The Bank of New York Mellon (as successor in interest to IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Company), as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented and amended by the First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of August 4, 1994 (the “First Supplemental Indenture”), the Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of April 7, 1995 (the “Second Supplemental Indenture”), the Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 2, 2006 (the “Third Supplemental Indenture”), and the Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of April 26, 2007 (the “Fourth Supplemental Indenture” and, together with the Base Indenture, the First Supplemental Indenture, the Second Supplemental Indenture and the Third Supplemental Indenture, the “Indenture”), in each case entered into between Kimco and the Trustee. Pursuant to the terms of the Senior Notes, the redemption price (the “Redemption Price”) shall be equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the aggregate principal amount of the Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Senior Notes to be redeemed to, but excluding, the Redemption Date, and (ii) the sum, as determined by an independent investment banker to be appointed by Kimco, of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest in respect of the Senior Notes being redeemed (exclusive of any interest accrued to, but excluding, the Redemption Date) discounted to the Redemption Date on a semi-annual basis (assuming a 360- day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at the Treasury Rate plus 20 basis points, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Senior Notes to be redeemed to, but excluding, the Redemption Date. The Redemption Price will be determined on August 23, 2016.

A notice of redemption and related materials will be mailed to holders of record of the Senior Notes on July 26, 2016. Holders that hold their Senior Notes through the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) will be redeemed in accordance with the applicable procedures of DTC. Questions relating to the notice of redemption and related materials should be directed to The Bank of New York Mellon, in its capacity as paying agent for the redemption of the Senior Notes (the “Paying Agent”), at 1-800-254-2826. The address of the Paying Agent is The Bank of New York Mellon, 500 Ross Street, 12th Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15262.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 550 U.S. shopping centers comprising 88 million square feet of leasable space across 36 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corp.

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (July 22, 2016) marks the first day of the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is the fashion specialty retailer’s biggest event of the year, featuring brand new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – prices go back up on August 8.

Buy now, wear now
Anniversary Sale stocks more than fall essentials like coats and boots. You’ll also find summer and pre-fall styles perfect for buy now, wear now wardrobe updates, or transitional staples to wear into the next season.

This year, Anniversary Sale debuts some new brands to the event, including Alexander Wang (clothing, accessories and shoes), Alex and Ani, Allsaints (handbags), rag & bone (handbags and accessories), Marc Jacobs (handbags), Current/Elliott, Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, The Honest Company, Peek and Burberry (kids), among others. View select product at Nordstrom Press Room.

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When it comes to beauty and fragrance at #NSALE, you’ll find limited-edition beauty items at incredible values available only during the sale. There are over 300 beauty and fragrance exclusives – brand favorites include: Charlotte Tilbury, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC and more. And while you’re at it, Nordstrom offers samples of almost any beauty product in store, every day, not just during the sale. Just ask for a sample!

Anniversary Ambassadors
For the first time Nordstrom partnered with a group of artists, thinkers, designers and trendsetters for its Anniversary marketing campaign. Anniversary ambassadors include: actress and designer, Melissa McCarthy; Dallas Wings point guard, All-Star player and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Skylar Diggins; actor, artist and activist, Rhi Blossom; activist and founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics Amy Sall; Australian model Fernanda Ly; YouTube starJoey Graceffa and musician Jon Batiste.

Each brings their own personal flair to the campaign, styled by renowned fashion stylist Alex White, whose previous work includes Burberry, Vogue, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Nordstrom also tapped photographer Cass Bird to bring the personalities and images to life.

Nordstrom brand partners Jessica Alba with The Honest Company, Caroline Issa with Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere shared their “favorite picks” in a special section of the Anniversary Catalog and at

Social Elements — #NSALE #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day)
Nordstrom is bridging the gap between social content and its stores. Starting today, and running through the end of the Sale, Nordstrom will post a daily Anniversary #OOTD (outfit of the day) photo on its corporate Instagram account. The images will also appear in Nordstrom email and on In stores, special hang tags will call out featured #OOTD merchandise so customers can easily shop for items as seen on Nordstrom Instagram. Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship store will test an elevated visual display, with LED screens streaming #OOTD posts.

Throughout Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom will continue to utilize its hashtag, #NSALE, and is engaging with customers on Snapchat with Geofilters at select U.S. malls, Snap Ads and a series of influencer takeovers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

Chelsey Allodi
Nordstrom PR


Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale
Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale


Source: Nordstrom

Diebold will release 2016 Q2 financial results on Thursday, July 28

NORTH CANTON,Ohio, 2016-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) will release 2016 second quarter financial results Thursday, July 28 before trading begins on the New York Stock Exchange.  Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer, and Christopher A. Chapman, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the results during a conference call scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Information about Diebold’s financial results, including a complete, full-text press release, supplementary financial data and an earnings overview presentation, will be accessible by visiting the Investor Relations section of Diebold’s website located at on July 28.  Live access to the conference call, as well as the replay, will also be available on this website. The conference call will last approximately one hour. Participants should plan to dial in 10 minutes prior to the session.  Details on the call are as follows:

Dial-in number Passcode Time/Date
Conference Call US/Canada: 888-572-7034 5264134 8:30 a.m. ET, July 28, 2016
International: 719-457-2628

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at or on Twitter:

Media contact:
Mike Jacobsen
+1 330 490 3796

Investor contact:
Steve Virostek
+1 330 490 6319

SOURCE: Diebold, Incorporated

NCR and Wells Fargo to cooperate on research and development in ATM and retail banking customer experience

Wells Fargo to tap dedicated NCR R&D resources for reimagined ATM and banking store customer experiences

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced a collaboration agreement with Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) to drive unparalleled consumer innovation and dramatically reinvent self-service technology in Wells Fargo’s retail stores.

As part of the agreement, NCR and Wells Fargo will establish a team, focused on research and development in ATM and retail banking customer experience, to create the next generation of technology that drives customer engagement.

NCR’s rich heritage in designing end-to-end solutions that drive seamless omni-channel distribution for customers in a number of industries, combined with Wells Fargo’s leadership in delivering unparalleled omni-channel experience, promises best-in-class customer service options across store, ATM, digital and contact center channels.

“Aligning our development strategy with NCR allows us to shape the future of technology in our stores and ATMs to benefit Wells Fargo customers,” said Jonathan Velline, head of ATM Banking and Store Strategy for Wells Fargo. “We have a long history of innovation, and we expect this collaboration with NCR to add to our legacy, deliver the next generation of technology in our physical channels and further enhance customer experience.”

Over the past eight years, NCR and Wells Fargo have worked together to bring a number of industry-leading technologies to life. These technologies range from cash- and check-processing innovations to high-touch concierge solutions delivered through self-service devices, to next-generation materials that improve the longevity and usability of the physical channels.

This agreement builds on that heritage of collaborative innovation and expands the relationship to a more strategic level, co-locating team members from both companies to develop the technologies that will shape the future of retail banking stores and ATMs. It reflects a shared commitment to design and deliver delightful consumer experiences at every touchpoint, and embodies the mission of the NCR CxBanking solution framework: to enable financial institutions to connect and transact seamlessly with the consumers and small businesses who require their services.

“Wells Fargo is one of the most innovative banks globally, and our work with them has created breakthroughs in amazing, personalized customer experiences,” said Bill Nuti, Chairman and CEO, NCR Corporation. “In addition, Wells Fargo will have access to our global innovation community, customer engineers and executive leadership to provide support in Wells Fargo’s lab. Through this relationship, we’ll work hand-in-hand to drive market-leading efficiencies, greater solution quality and improved speed-to-market.”

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Investor Contact
Gavin Bell
NCR Corporation

Media Contact:
Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation