Morrisons to pay its smaller suppliers within 14 days

Bradford, England, 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 1st April 2017, all goods for resale suppliers, whose business with Morrisons is worth up to £100,000 annually with Morrisons, will be paid within 14 days of receipt of a valid electronic invoice.

As a result, more than 3,000 suppliers will be on payment terms of less than 14 days. Morrisons is also aiming to find 200 local suppliers as part of its ‘Nation’s Local Foodmakers’ programme and they could benefit from the change.

In addition, Morrisons is also announcing today (27/03/2017), that to help small suppliers who currently don’t use an electronic invoicing system, it is developing a free-to-use supplier portal, through which invoices can be raised and submitted. The new service is expected to be introduced later this year.

Darren Blackhurst, Morrisons Group Commercial Director, said:

“We aim to buy and sell simply and when we listened to our smaller suppliers, they told us that these payment terms would help them with their cash flow. We want our smallest suppliers to grow with us.”

Suppliers who are already on payment terms that are less than 14 days, including livestock farmers, will remain on the same terms.

The moves aim to build on Morrisons’ ambition to buy and sell simply and follows on from other changes that have been introduced, including:

  • Reducing the type of supplier income from 37 to three
  • Removing or reducing many charges that suppliers pay
  • Resolving all cost price invoice queries within five working days
  • Introducing a simpler standard Supply Agreement for adoption this yearMorrisons is currently:
    • Developing longer term business plans for own-brand partners and strategic suppliers allowing for more effective collaboration
    • Launching an independent whistleblowing service so suppliers may anonymously report concerns

Notes:

  • Morrisons is writing to suppliers to inform them of the changes
  • Morrisons’ suppliers can receive further information on our helpdesk number 0845 611 5700
  • To benefit a supplier must:
    – be a goods for resale supplier;
    – have a turnover with Morrisons on goods for resale during Morrisons last financial year, of £100,000 or less excluding VAT;
    – submit valid electronic invoices through an EDI platform approved by Morrisons.

 

Contact: 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Apple brings its latest retail innovations to Nanjing, Cologne and Miami with new store openings

Cupertino, California, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple opened its doors to customers today (MARCH 25, 2017) at new stores in Nanjing, Cologne and Miami, bringing Apple’s latest retail innovations to the heart of each city. More than 350 store employees welcomed thousands of customers at the grand openings, some queuing for days in advance.

Each store complements the local architecture, from the restored facade in Schildergasse to the 90-by-30-foot glass entryway of Apple Nanjing. For the first time in each city, customers explored The Forum, a place where the local community can gather and learn. All three stores also feature The Boardroom, a space for local entrepreneurs, developers and business customers to get hands-on advice and training.

Contact:

Nick Leahy
nleahy@apple.com
(408) 862-5012

Amy Bessette
abessette@apple.com
(408) 862-8012

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Blue Buffalo Company recalls BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs

Blue Buffalo Company recalls BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs

 

Wilton, CT, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.

Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation, however, and after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:

Product Name UPC Code Best Buy Date
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain
Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet
Food for Adult Dogs 12.5 oz can
840243101153 June 7, 2019 (found
on the bottom of the can)

Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.

No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.  Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or by email at  CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com for more information.

About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is a pet products company that makes natural foods and treats for dogs and cats.

Consumers Contact:

Blue Buffalo
CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com
(866) 201-9072

Source: FDA

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GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS TÖSS IN WINTERTHUR EINGEREICHT

GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS TÖSS IN WINTERTHUR EINGEREICHT

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz hat bei der Stadt Winterthur am 24. Januar 2017 das Baugesuch für den Umbau der Migros Töss an der Zürcherstrasse 102 eingereicht. Die Eröffnung ist für Herbst 2017 geplant.

Einen planmässigen Ablauf der Bewilligungsverfahren vorausgesetzt, werden die Umbauarbeiten in der Migros Töss im Sommer 2017 beginnen, die Eröffnung ist für Herbst 2017 geplant. Die Migros Töss wurde 1970 eröffnet und 2003 letztmals umgebaut. Ziel der Modernisierung ist es, den Einkauf für die Kundinnen und Kunden komfortabler und attraktiver zu gestalten. Insgesamt wird die Migros Ostschweiz über vier Millionen Franken in die Revitalisierung investieren.

Während des Umbaus bleibt die Migros Töss voraussichtlich für knapp zwei Monate geschlossen, als Alternativen bieten sich während dieser Zeit die Migros-Supermärkte Neuwiesen (Strickerstrasse 3) und Deutweg (Pflanzschulstrasse 9) in Winterthur an. Zum detaillierten zeitlichen Ablauf des Bauprojekts informiert die Migros Ostschweiz nach Erhalt der Baubewilligung.

Kommunikation:
Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 50
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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SPAR Hungary celebrates its 25th anniversary with renewal of 20 supermarkets and opening of new stores across the country

Hungary, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary ends the year on a high note with the celebration of its 25th anniversary. To mark this milestone year, a lot of investment has been put into the modernisation of SPAR stores, with the renewal of 20 supermarkets across the country, as well as the opening of new stores.

The largest investment went into the renovation of the Pesterzsébet INTERSPAR in Budapest. Originally opened in 1998, the hypermarket has been renewed inside and out, and offers customers a wide range of new products and services.

Natural materials were used for the new interior, which was designed in collaboration with international experts. The result is an inviting and innovative layout, providing customers with a pleasant shopping experience. There is a market-like fruit and vegetable section at the entrance to the store, an instore bakery department, a health and wellness area and a SPAR-to-Go restaurant, where top quality dishes are on offer.

The modernisation of Pesterzsébet INTERSPAR included introducing sustainable solutions to reduce the store’s energy consumption. In addition to high performance, environmentally friendly refrigeration systems, cost-efficient LED lighting has been installed throughout the store.

In Budapest, a completely new SPAR Supermarket has opened on the ground floor of an office building, creating 21 new jobs.

The new store is 600m2 and has been designed according to the latest SPAR branding and design principles. There is a deli counter, bakery and fresh produce section and special attention was given to the implementation of energy-efficient equipment such as LED lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems.

In addition to fresh goods and the popular A-brand products, the new store also offers a good range of SPAR Own Brand products of excellent quality and at favourable prices.

Since entering Hungary 25 years ago, SPAR has worked hard to develop its retail network. There are currently 345 SPAR Supermarkets, 32 INTERSPAR Hypermarkets and 108 SPAR stores in the country, providing jobs for more than 13, 000 people

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

CarMax reaches agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding its advertising practices related to recalls

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve an inquiry surrounding its advertising practices related to recalls. As part of the agreement, CarMax is not paying any fines to the FTC and will be modifying some language about recalls in its advertising.

“CarMax has led the industry in recall transparency. As soon as centralized recall information was made available by NHTSA, we believe we were the first to incorporate it into our advertising and sales process. We share vehicle specific open recall information in-store and online to ensure our customers know about open recalls prior to purchase. We will continue to make enhancements to our comprehensive recall disclosure program,” said Cliff Wood, Chief Operating Officer for CarMax.

More information about CarMax’s recall policy can be found here.

Contact Information:

Media Inquiries:
(855) 887-2915
PR@Carmax.com

Customer Relations:
(800) 519.1511

Marketing Vendor Inquiries:
marketing_carmax@carmax.com

Source: CarMax

Kantar Retail to highlight key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study at a webinar on 21st December

London, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chinese eCommerce market has continued to show spectacular growth. From 2014 to 2015, the market grew more than 30%, with a similar growth rate expected in 2016. It now far outstrips the U.S. eCommerce market by sales value (almost USD600 billion in China versus USD350 billion in the U.S.). It is not just the sheer size of the market that matters, but also its complexity. B2C and C2C channels are clearly defined. B2C remains the bulk of the market with 59% of the value traded. Online B2B has resulted in major value growth and new opportunities. This model allows major manufacturers to penetrate lower-tier cities and markets without setting up costly and often inefficient supply networks.

Kantar Retail will host an exclusive webinar on Wednesday 21st December in English and Chinese to highlight the key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study. The Webinar will be divided into two parts:

FMCG online performance review: This part will focus on the following key takeaways:

  • Overall FMCG category online landscape
  • Size of the category and segment
  • Best practices and key success factors
  • Category brand ranking
  • Online channel category’s distribution

Categories include personal care, household essentials, baby products, food and beverage, and alcohol.

Best eTailers ranked by manufacturers: This part will reveal the best eTailers as determined by manufacturers in each business area. This section will:

  • Review results from over 200 manufacturers on their China eTailer partners.
  • Summarize the factors that make high-performing Chinese eTailers successful.
  • Evaluate eTailers from five unique lenses: commercial strength, strategic strength, operational strength, marketing strength, and organization and capability.

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
victoria.bradshaw@kantarretail.com
T: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Source: Kantar Retail

Carrefour updates on its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities

Carrefour’s employment rate of people with disabilities has increased by 21.3% over four years

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate International Disability Day on 3 December, Carrefour is taking stock of its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Currently, more than 11,000 disabled people work for Carrefour. That’s an increase of 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and the figure rose by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Carrefour – a company that accepts people with disabilities in all of the countries in which it operates

A founder member of the ILO’s Global Disability Network in 2011, Carrefour takes action at local level in order to help people with disabilities get onto the job markets of all of the countries in which it operates. With some 11,200 employees with disabilities, Carrefour implements major initiatives which go beyond legal requirements. These initiatives have a tangible positive impact. The share of disabled people it employs increased by 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Here are some examples of the initiatives it has deployed:

. In France, with 4000 disabled employees, 6.3% of the people it employs in supermarkets and 6.7% of the people it employs in hypermarkets (as many as 14% in some) have some form of disability. The “Mission Handicap” agreement was first entered into in 1999 and has been renewed six times since.

. In Brazil, all Carrefour stores employ people with disabilities. Carrefour has deployed the “Eu pratico a inclusão” (I support inclusion) programme, together with the “Meu amigo e especial” (My friend is special) scheme to help them integrate into the company. This proactive policy has increased the number of disabled employees to 1600 – nearly 300 of whom were hired in 2015.

. In Belgium, Carrefour launched the “Duo Day” programme in 2015, set up in partnership with the AWIPH (Walloon agency for the integration of disabled persons). Under this scheme, employees are asked to work in tandem with a disabled person for several days. The campaign is an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace, and to raise people’s awareness of how these people – who are full of potential – can be employed.

. In Poland, Carrefour employs 600 employees with disabilities – 5% of its total workforce. Stores work closely alongside the Ekon association which was set up to help people find or return to employment in its partner companies (one of which is Carrefour).

Furthermore, Carrefour gives its disabled customers the same level of attention, and has created a number of services designed to help them do their shopping. For example, Carrefour Belgium provides blind people and people with reduced mobility with support while they shop. Carrefour France welcomes guide dogs and supports the associations which train them, so that they can familiarise themselves with public places.

“Invisible” disability is also an area in which Carrefour is taking action

In July, Carrefour entered into an agreement with France’s Armed Services to provide military personnel physiologically or psychologically wounded in the line of duty with immersion traineeships. The aim is to give them guidance in finding a new civilian career and offer them appropriate retraining. Military personnel can carry out traineeships for periods of up to six months. They may then be offered either a fixed-term contract, or a permanent contract. So far, Carrefour has provided four soldiers wounded in the line of duty with traineeships.

Following on from a partnership entered into with the Ninsun Project association and Autistic Children without Borders (designed to facilitate the schooling of autistic children and teenagers), Carrefour is helping young adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to get onto the job market, working alongside the Ass des As association. Carrefour’s recruitment managers meet the families, provide them with information about the various jobs on offer and arrange coaching sessions (interview practice, etc.).

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: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Tiffany & Co. reports 3Q 2016 results

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) reported that worldwide net sales increased 1% in the three months (“third quarter”) ended October 31, 2016, reflecting mixed results across geographic regions and product categories. Net earnings increased 5% in the third quarter and earnings per diluted share rose 9%.

In the third quarter:

  • Worldwide net sales rose 1% to $949 million and comparable store sales declined 2%. A modest increase in fashion jewelry sales was offset by softness in other product categories. On a constant-exchange-rate basis that excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars (see “Non-GAAP Measures”), worldwide net sales were unchanged from the prior year and comparable store sales declined 3%.
  • Net earnings increased 5% to $95 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, from $91 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the prior year. The earnings growth reflects an improvement in gross margin and, to a lesser extent, lower interest and other expenses, partly offset by a lack of sales leverage on selling, general and administrative expenses.

In the year-to-date (nine months ended October 31):

  • Worldwide net sales of $2.8 billion were 4% below the prior year, and comparable store sales declined 6% due to varying rates of decline in all regions except Japan. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, worldwide net sales and comparable store sales were 4% and 7%, respectively, below the prior year.
  • Net earnings were $288 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, compared with $301 million, or $2.32 per diluted share, in the prior year. Earnings in the current year-to-date included a tax benefit of $0.05 per diluted share in the first quarter related to the settlement of a tax examination. Earnings in the first nine months of the prior year included an impairment charge of $0.05 per diluted share in the second quarter in respect of a loan to a diamond mining company (see “Non-GAAP Measures”).

Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer, said, “We are encouraged by some early signs of improvement in sales trends, but we clearly need more positive data over time before this can be considered an inflection point. In this recent quarter, we saw a smaller sales decline in the U.S. from earlier this year, while Asia-Pacific results reflected strong growth in mainland China and a relatively smaller decline in Hong Kong. Our business in Japan performed well which we attribute to spending by domestic consumers, but we believe the strengthening of the yen has negatively impacted purchases by Chinese consumers. We also saw relative strength in UK sales, but a continuation of softness on the European continent.”

He added, “This year, we’ve added exciting new designs across our jewelry and watch categories and are pleased with initial customer response. As the global environment continues to reflect economic and other challenges that we believe are continuing to affect customer demand, it is more important than ever that we remain focused on strategies to deliver extraordinary products and experiences to our customers. Over the long-term, our objective is to enhance profitability and productivity through sales growth and prudent expense and inventory management, while further strengthening our competitive position among global luxury brands.”

Net sales by region were as follows:

  • In the Americas, total sales of $417 million in the third quarter were 2% below the prior year, and sales of $1.25 billion in the year-to-date were 7% below the prior year; comparable store sales declined 2% and 7% in the respective periods. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales declined 2% in the third quarter and 6% in the year-to-date; comparable store sales declined 2% and 7%, respectively. Management attributed the sales decline in the quarter to lower spending by U.S. customers which was largely offset by higher spending attributed to foreign tourists primarily from Japan.
  • In the Asia-Pacific region, total sales rose 4% to $247 million in the third quarter and declined 4% to $715 million in the year-to-date; comparable store sales declined 7% and 11%, respectively. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 3% in the third quarter and declined 2% in the year-to-date; comparable store sales declined 7% and 10%, respectively. In the quarter, management noted double-digit sales growth in China, solid retail and wholesale sales growth in Korea and a decelerating rate of sales decline in Hong Kong, as well as continued sales declines in Australia and Singapore.
  • In Japan, sales benefited from the yen strengthening versus the U.S. dollar, with total sales increasing 13% to $150 million in the third quarter and 10% to $419 million in the year-to-date, but were negatively affected by lower wholesale sales; comparable store sales rose 20% and 15%, respectively. However, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales declined 4% in the third quarter and 3% in the year-to-date, reflecting lower wholesale sales, while comparable store sales rose 2% and 1%, respectively. Management noted higher spending attributed to local customers in the quarter, along with lower spending attributed to Chinese tourists in both periods.
  • In Europe, total sales declined 10% to $104 million in the third quarter and 10% to $312 million in the year-to-date; comparable store sales declined 14% and 15%, respectively. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales declined 2% in the third quarter and 6% in the year-to-date; comparable store sales declined 7% and 11%, respectively. Management attributed soft demand across continental Europe, especially in France, to both local customers and foreign tourists, while strong local-currency sales growth in the United Kingdom was primarily attributable to higher foreign tourist spending.
  • Other sales rose 18% to $31 million in the third quarter due to increased wholesale sales of diamonds, and declined 7% to $71 million in the year-to-date as an increase in wholesale sales of diamonds was offset by lower retail sales in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). Comparable store sales declined 12% and 19% in the respective periods.
  • Tiffany opened four Company-operated stores in the third quarter and closed two existing locations, all in the Asia-Pacific region. At October 31, 2016, the Company operated 313 stores (125 in the Americas, 85 in Asia-Pacific, 55 in Japan, 43 in Europe, and five in the UAE), versus 305 stores a year ago (125 in the Americas, 79 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 40 in Europe, and five in the UAE).

Other highlights:

  • Gross margins (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) of 61.0% in the third quarter and 61.4% in the year-to-date were higher than 60.2% and 59.7%, respectively, in the prior year. The increases were due to lower product input costs, changes in product sales mix and price increases taken in the past year, partly offset by the impact of increased wholesale sales of diamonds.
  • SG&A expenses increased 4% in the third quarter primarily due to increases in store occupancy and depreciation expenses, marketing expenses, and labor and incentive compensation costs. SG&A expenses rose 1% in the year-to-date, primarily reflecting increased store occupancy and depreciation expenses, lower benefit costs and the effect of a loan impairment charge recorded last year.
  • The effective tax rates were 34.6% in the third quarter and 33.0% in the year-to-date, versus 35.5% and 34.8%, respectively, in the prior-year. The decline from last year in the year-to-date effective tax rate reflected the favorable impact of the conclusion of a tax examination in this year’s first quarter.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $787 million at October 31, 2016, versus $725 million at October 31, 2015. Total debt (short-term and long-term) as a percentage of stockholders’ equity was 38% at October 31, 2016 and 37% at October 31, 2015.
  • Net inventories at October 31, 2016 were 2% lower than at October 31, 2015.
  • Capital expenditures were $157 million and $159 million in the nine months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015.
  • The Company repurchased approximately 455,000 shares of its Common Stock in the third quarter at an average cost of approximately $68 per share, and repurchased approximately 2.8 million shares at an average cost of approximately $65 per share in the year-to-date. At October 31, 2016, approximately $313 million remained available for repurchases under a program that authorizes the repurchase of up to $500 million of the Company’s Common Stock and that expires on January 31, 2019.
  • With respect to the impact of recent election-related activity near the Company’s New York Flagship store, management has noted some adverse effect on traffic in that store and a continuation of sales softness relative to prior year and to the Company’s other U.S. stores this year. That store represented less than 10% of worldwide net sales for the three and nine-month periods ended October 31, 2016, as well as for each quarter in fiscal 2015. The Company cannot provide any assurance that sales in that store will not be negatively affected by this activity in the fourth quarter or in any future period.

Outlook:

For the full 2016 fiscal year, management is maintaining its outlook to expect: (i) worldwide net sales declining by a low single-digit percentage from the prior year and (ii) earnings per diluted share declining by a mid-single-digit percentage from 2015’s adjusted earnings (which excluded loan impairment and certain staffing and occupancy charges – see “Non-GAAP Measures”). These expectations are approximations and are based on the Company’s plans and assumptions, including: (i) worldwide gross retail square footage increasing 3%, net through 11 store openings, 6 relocations and 6 closings; (ii) operating margin below the prior year (excluding the prior year’s charges – see “Non-GAAP Measures”) due to an anticipated increase in gross margin more than offset by SG&A expense growth; (iii) interest and other expenses, net unchanged from 2015; (iv) an effective income tax rate lower than the prior year; (v) the U.S. dollar unchanged at current spot rates versus other foreign currencies for the balance of the year; and (vi) weighted average diluted shares outstanding lower than in fiscal 2015.

Management also expects for the full 2016 fiscal year: (i) net cash provided by operating activities of at least $660 million and (ii) free cash flow (net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures – see “Non-GAAP Measures”) of at least $400 million. These expectations are approximations and are based on the Company’s plans and assumptions, including: (i) net inventories unchanged from the prior year, (ii) capital expenditures of $250 million and (iii) net earnings in line with management’s expectations as described above.

Today’s Conference Call:

The Company will conduct a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to review actual results and the outlook. Please click on http://investor.tiffany.com (“Events and Presentations”).

Next Scheduled Announcements:

The Company expects to report its sales results for the two month holiday period ending December 31, 2016 on Tuesday January 17th before the market opens. To be notified of future announcements, please register at http://investor.tiffany.com (“E-Mail Alerts”).

Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

Forward-Looking Statements:

The historical trends and results reported in this document and on our third quarter earnings call should not be considered an indication of future performance. Further, statements contained in this document and made on such call that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to plans, assumptions and expectations for the current fiscal year and future periods, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements under “Outlook” as well as statements that can be identified by the use of words such as ‘expects,’ ‘projects,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘assumes,’ ‘forecasts,’ ‘plans,’ ‘believes,’ ‘intends,’ ‘estimates,’ ‘pursues,’ ‘continues,’ ‘outlook,’ ‘may,’ ‘will,’ ‘can,’ ‘should’ and variations of such words and similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding the Company’s plans, assumptions, expectations, beliefs and objectives with respect to store openings and closings; product introductions; sales; sales growth; sales trends; store traffic; retail prices; gross margin; operating margin; expenses; interest and other expenses, net; effective income tax rate; net earnings and net earnings per share; share count; inventories; capital expenditures; cash flow; liquidity; currency translation; growth opportunities; litigation outcomes and recovery related thereto; the collectability of amounts due under financing arrangements with diamond mining and exploration companies; and certain ongoing or planned product, marketing, retail, manufacturing, information systems development, upgrades and replacement, and other operational and strategic initiatives.

These forward-looking statements are based upon the current views and plans of management, speak only as of the date on which they are made and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. Actual results could therefore differ materially from the planned, assumed or expected results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. While we cannot predict all of the factors that could form the basis of such differences, key factors include, but are not limited to: global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; shifting tourism trends; regional instability, violence (including terrorist activities), election-related or other political activities or events, and weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well as our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company’s product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; changes in our competitive landscape; disruptions impacting the Company’s business and operations; failure to successfully implement or make changes to the Company’s information systems; gains or losses in the trading value of the Company’s stock, which may impact the amount of stock repurchased; and our ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, the operational and strategic initiatives referenced above. Developments relating to these and other factors may also warrant changes to the Company’s operating and strategic plans, including with respect to store openings, closings and renovations, capital expenditures, information systems development, inventory management, and continuing execution on, or timing of, the aforementioned initiatives. Such changes could also cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.

Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included under “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016 and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Readers of these documents should consider the risks, uncertainties and factors outlined above and in the Form 10-K in evaluating, and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on, the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

Contact:

Mark L. Aaron
212-230-5301
mark.aaron@tiffany.com

Source: Tiffany & Co.

Bartell Drugs teams up with Amazon to offer Prime Now one-hour delivery service in Seattle

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today (Nov. 15, 2016) its Prime Now one-hour delivery service adds its first drugstore to the service with local, family-owned store, Bartell Drugs. Prime members in Seattle can now shop thousands of health, beauty, grocery, snacks, local products and much more from Bartell Drugs and have those items conveniently delivered right to their door for free in two hours.

Starting today through 11:59 p.m. on November 21, Amazon Prime members will get $10 off their first orders of $20 or more with the promo code BARTEL10.

“Bartell Drugs has always stressed convenience as well as quality of products and service,” says Brian Unmacht, President/CEO of Bartell Drugs. “We are excited to leverage Prime Now’s unparalleled delivery speeds to meet customers’ day-to-day needs while honoring the exemplary service and products that our customers have come to know and love.”

Bartell Drugs delivery is available in select zip codes and expanding rapidly. The service is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“We’re proud to team up with fellow Seattle-based company, Bartell Drugs, to offer more than 85% of its inventory for superfast delivery right to the customer’s door,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Amazon Prime Now. “Whether you don’t want to leave your couch to get cold medicine, need a last-minute beauty fix, or want to embrace the holiday spirit with festive seasonal supplies, Bartell Drugs’ wide selection of local merchandise adds to the growing variety of product offerings available for one-and two-hour delivery in our home town.”

About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

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

Source: Bartell Drugs

The John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Paula Nickolds as Managing Director

London, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces today ( 25 October 2016) that Paula Nickolds will be appointed Managing Director, John Lewis.

Paula joined the Partnership in 1994 as a graduate trainee in John Lewis Oxford Street. She held a number of senior roles before joining the John Lewis management board as Buying & Brand Director in 2013. Most recently as Commercial Director, she has been responsible for innovation in John Lewis’s product assortment and the look and feel of its shops.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘At a time of transformation in the retail sector, Paula’s progressive and dynamic leadership is just what’s needed for the next phase of modern retailing.’

Paula Nickolds said: ‘As a Partner with 22 years service, I know just how special the John Lewis Partnership is. Driven by our unique business model, and with innovation in our DNA, I am immensely excited to lead John Lewis on the next stage of our journey.’

Paula will take up the position from January 2017. Dino Rocos will be the lead director responsible for John Lewis operations between 28 October and Paula’s start date, focusing on the delivery of seamless customer service during the critical peak trading period.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 350 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 88,900 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

John Lewis Partnership

Katie Robson
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis Partnership
Email: katie.robson@johnlewis.co.uk
Mobile: 07764 675608

Sian Grieve
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk
Mobile: 07525 271812

Source: John Lewis Partnership

GameStop launches donation campaign to help support our veterans and their families

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today a partnership with The Call of Duty Endowment (the Endowment) and Snowball Express to raise funds to help support U.S. military veterans and the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. PowerUp Rewards members who donate $1 or more will receive triple reward points on the donation amount.

From October 21 to November 15, GameStop will invite customers to show their support of our veterans and their families by donating $1, $5 or $10 at the point-of-purchase. This is GameStop’s first time to conduct an in-store and online donation campaign to benefit the Endowment and Snowball Express. All donations will be equally distributed between the two charities.

The Endowment helps veterans re-enter the civilian job market with high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare veterans for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. Founded by Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick, the Endowment has placed more than 25,000 veterans in high-quality jobs since 2009. GameStop has been a supporter of the Endowment since 2012, raising more than $3 million through the sale of Call of Duty Challenge Coins and Dog Tags to help put more than 3,400 vets back to work.

GameStop is also working closely with the Endowment on ways to increase the number of veterans it hires within its family of retail brands.

Snowball Express serves the children and families of America’s fallen military service members. Their mission is to honor those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families and children left behind. Each year Snowball Express hosts the largest gathering in the world of children who have all lost a parent while serving our country. More than 1,700 children and surviving spouses attend a special five day holiday program dedicated to help them heal, create hope and happy memories. GameStop has been a sponsor of Snowball Express for many years, providing the ultimate gaming experience for the children and teens attending the annual Snowball Express event.

“We are proud to expand our support of the Call of Duty Endowment and Snowball Express, two charities that have done so much for our military families,” said Matt Hodges, Vice President, Corporate Communications for GameStop. “With so many of our associates and customers having a military background, or a family member in the military, it is an honor to help raise much needed funds to help these charities continue the important work they are doing.”

The GameStop campaign will be supported by specialized in-store and online promotional materials, online outreach through the company’s mobile gaming division, Kongregate, and GameStop’s passionate store associates who are committed to giving back to their communities.

About the Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization seeks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.

About Snowball Express

Snowball Express, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. Our mission is to honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. By connecting these families we champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing. To learn more about Snowball Express, visit: www.snowballexpress.org.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, omnichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,000 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.dom, the premier retailer of the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 74 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sell all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,421 branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Media Contacts:
Joey Mooring
GameStop Corporation
817-722-7450
joeymooring@gamestop.com

Martha Sotelo
GameStop Corporation
817-722-7950
marthasotelo@gamestop.com

Lauren Condoluci
Call of Duty Endowment
212-843-8493
lcondoluci@rubenstein.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

EROSKI alcanza nuevos acuerdos con empresas lácteas locales para impulsar un sector lácteo más sostenible

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha dado un nuevo impulso a su compromiso con la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo que rubricó hace un año con la firma del Acuerdo para la Estabilidad y Sostenibilidad de la Cadena de Valor del Sector Lácteo impulsado por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. A través de su adhesión la cooperativa se comprometió, entre otros aspectos, a valorizar la leche y los productos lácteos estableciendo medidas para mejorar la percepción de valor de la leche entre los consumidores. También adquirió el compromiso de promover una mayor estabilidad en las relaciones entre todos los agentes de la cadena en favor de la sostenibilidad del sector o la colaboración activa en una mejor identificación y conocimiento por parte del consumidor del origen de la leche y los productos lácteos, entre otros aspectos.

EROSKI basa la relación con sus proveedores lácteos en la confianza y la articula con acuerdos estables en el tiempo, aportando estabilidad en los volúmenes comercializados a los ganaderos para la sostenibilidad de toda la cadena de valor láctea. A la comercialización de leche de producción local con su marca propia EROSKI en Galicia, Baleares y Cataluña, se suma ahora el lanzamiento de nuevas referencias de leche de producción local en Navarra y el País Vasco con el mismo objetivo y con el sello PLS de Producto Lácteo Sostenible.

Desarrollo de nuevas gamas de leche local de marca propia

Así, EROSKI y la Sociedad Agraria de Transformación SAT “Valle de Karrantza”, que agrupa a más de 30 pequeñas explotaciones ganaderas de tradición familiar, han presentado recientemente el acuerdo alcanzado para la comercialización con marca EROSKI de leche producida en el País Vasco en las tiendas de la Comunidad.

En Navarra, EROSKI y la cooperativa SAIONA han presentado también la semana pasada la leche de producción local que comercializarán con marca EROSKI en sus tiendas de la Comunidad foral.

En el caso de Galicia, a comienzos de este año VEGALSA-EROSKI lanzó una nueva marca de leche CAMPOBUENO 100% gallega, cuyo origen está certificado por el Laboratorio Interprofesional Galego de Analise do Leite (LIGAL), y que vino a sumarse a la Leche de Galicia que ya comercializada con su marca EROSKI envasada por el grupo lácteo gallego CELTA.

En Cataluña la comercialización de la leche local catalana marca propia EROSKI se desarrolla desde el pasado mayo y se estima que alcance los 4 millones de litros anuales. Y en Baleares, EROSKI prevé vender 570.000 litros anuales de leche 100% balear con su marca propia gracias al acuerdo estable que mantiene con ganaderos lácteos de las Islas.

En paralelo, la cooperativa trabaja actualmente, junto a sus proveedores, en el desarrollo de nuevos alimentos lácteos de mayor valor añadido como leches especiales, quesos…

EROSKI mantiene en sus establecimientos una estabilidad de precios de venta finales de la leche con el objetivo de posibilitar unos precios sostenibles en toda la cadena de valor de la industria láctea, desde el consumidor hasta las ganaderías vacunas en origen. “estamos comprometidos con nuestros proveedores lácteos a fijar el precio de la leche en función de la evolución de los precios de la leche en origen”, ha manifestado Beatriz Santos, directora comercial de Alimentación de EROSKI.

Implantación destacada en tienda y campañas promocionales

Además, en línea con la apuesta que las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación realizan por los productos locales la cooperativa ha cambiado su implantación en los lineales de sus establecimientos, agrupando toda la oferta de leche local para facilitar al consumidor su identificación con una nueva comunicación. A ello se suman campañas promocionales que facilitan el conocimiento al consumidor.

“En EROSKI estamos fuertemente comprometidos con la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario local, lo que incluye el sector lácteo. Impulsamos un modelo productivo altamente diversificado colaborando con pequeños productores agroalimentarios locales que superan el 50% de nuestros proveedores. Hemos desarrollado diversas iniciativas y alcanzado acuerdos que certifican nuestro compromiso con el desarrollo económico, el empleo y la calidad medioambiental de nuestros paisajes. Un compromiso con el sector primario muy palpable en las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación donde el cliente tiene una amplia libertad de elección y donde los productos locales se han convertido en grandes protagonistas”, ha indicado Beatriz Santos, directora comercial de Alimentación de EROSKI.

Fundación EROSKI también impulsa la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo local

La Fundación EROSKI también se suma a este objetivo por la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo local impulsando acciones formativas sobre la importancia de los productos lácteos para una alimentación saludable a través de suPrograma Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos Saludables de su Escuela de Alimentación en el que solo el curso pasado han participado 123.000 escolares de 1.330 colegios de Educación Primaria de toda España.

Además, en la revista EROSKI Consumer, en su versión impresa y digital se han publicado más de 12.000 artículos sobre la leche de vaca (artículos, infografías y recetas). Los más recientes, publicados en 2016, han abordado temas diversos de interés para el consumidor como los beneficios de la leche de vaca para los niños, cuánto aguanta la leche abierta en la nevera, cómo usar la leche para aligerar las recetas saladas, los postres con leche más ricos para los días de calor, los mejores batidos con leche para el verano, mitos sobre la leche desnatada, entre otros.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

 

Stein Mart CEO Dawn Robertson and CFO Greg Kleffner to present at the 7th Annual Credit Suisse Small & Mid Cap Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) announced today ( Aug. 23, 2016) that Dawn Robertson, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Greg Kleffner, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the 7th Annual Credit Suisse Small & Mid Cap Conference being held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Given the conference format, a web cast is not available for this presentation.

Stein Mart management will also host one-on-one meetings with interested investors during the conference. For more information on the conference or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, please contact a Credit Suisse representative or the conference coordinator at:  brett.weiss@credit-suisse.com.

A copy of the Stein Mart’s latest investor presentation is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.steinmart.com.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. Stein Mart currently operates 283 stores across 31 states and has plans to expand over the next year. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores this year to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

For more information:
Linda L. Tasseff
Director
Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639
ltasseff@steinmart.com

Source: Stein Mart, Inc./GlobeNewswire

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. affiliates to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 15,000,000 shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s common stock

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) (the “company”) today announced that affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR,” and together, the “selling stockholders”) intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 15,000,000 shares of the company’s common stock pursuant to the shelf registration statement (File No. 333-209569) filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on 17 February 2016.

The company previously issued to the selling stockholders an aggregate of 52,461,215 shares of common stock in connection with the company’s strategic combination with Alliance Boots GmbH (“Alliance Boots”) completed in December 2014. On 11 May 2016, the selling stockholders sold 15,000,000 shares in an underwritten secondary offering. Prior to the proposed offering, the selling stockholders owned 37,461,215 shares in the aggregate, representing approximately 3.5 percent of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock, based on the number of shares outstanding as of 30 June 2016. Following the proposed offering, the selling stockholders will own 22,461,215 shares in the aggregate, representing approximately 2.1 percent of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock, based on the number of shares outstanding as of 30 June 2016. The company is not selling any shares and will not receive any proceeds from the proposed offering. Pursuant to the Shareholders Agreement by and among the company, certain of the selling stockholders, including affiliates of KKR and certain other investors, dated as of 2 August 2012, as amended, upon completion of the proposed offering, KKR’s contractual right to designate a nominee for election to the company’s board of directors will terminate. However, Dominic Murphy, a senior executive at KKR, will remain a member of the company’s board of directors after the completion of the proposed offering.

Morgan Stanley will act as the sole underwriter for the offering. The last reported sale price of the company’s common stock on 26 July 2016 was $81.33. The company filed an automatically effective shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before making any investment decision, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents the company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the company and this offering.

The company intends to file a further prospectus supplement with respect to this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at: www.sec.gov. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering, when available, also may be obtained by writing or telephoning us at:

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
108 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 315-2922
Attention: Investor Relations

Morgan Stanley will arrange to send you the prospectus supplement, when available, and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering if you request them by contacting Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC – Attn: Prospectus Department – 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor – New York, NY 10014.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. The proposed offering of these shares of common stock is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and a related prospectus.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015 and our subsequent Forms 10-Q, including our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 31 May 2016, which are incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contacts:

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
USA:
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International:
Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

2016 Canada Beef Grey Cup Tour will bring the top prize in Canadian football to 14 Co-op locations across Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer is officially in full swing, which means two things — barbecue and football.

This month, you can celebrate both during the 2016 Canada Beef Grey Cup Tour, which will bring the top prize in Canadian football to 14 Co-op locations across Western Canada.

At events in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, football fans will get the chance to snap a selfie with the Grey Cup, while also enjoying great-tasting Canadian beef and other festive activities. Donations collected for photos will benefit local and provincial charities.

The tour kicks off during the third week of July, so keep an eye out for your chance to visit with the Grey Cup and support your community.

Alberta

Date Community Location and time
July 17 Strathmore Strathmore Centre
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Calgary Creekside Centre
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
July 18 Edmonton Town Centre
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fort Saskatchewan 99th Avenue
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 PM
July 19 Vermilion 51st Avenue
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saskatchewan

July 19 North Battleford Territorial Drive
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
July 20 Prince Albert 15th Street East
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saskatoon Circle Park Mall
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
July 21 Saskatoon Westview
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Regina South Albert
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 22 Yorkton Argyle Street
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Manitoba

July 22 Dauphin 3rd Avenue NE
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 23 Portage la Prairie Saskatchewan Avenue West
11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Winnipeg Southdale
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Contact:

Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
Suite 101 – 503 Wellman Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0J1
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.242.6685
CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Coop

Cencosud S.A. filed a prospectus for a registered public secondary offering for 5% of its total outstanding common stock

Santiago, Chile, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cencosud S.A. (NYSE: CNCO, BCS: Cencosud) (“Cencosud” or the “Company”) announced today that it has filed a prospectus for a registered public secondary offering of 142,126,044 shares of its common stock, representing 5% of Cencosud total outstanding common stock, including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”). The shares will be sold by Inversiones Tano Limitada (the “Selling Shareholder”) in the United States and elsewhere outside of Chile in the form of ADSs (the “International Offering”) and in Chile in the form of common stock (the “Chilean Offering” and, together with the International Offering, the “Global Offering”), subject to market and other conditions. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Credicorp Capital S.A. Corredores de Bolsa are acting as global coordinators in the Global Offering, with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acting as sole book-running manager in the International Offering and Credicorp Capital S.A. Corredores de Bolsa, and J.P. Morgan Corredores de Bolsa SpA acting as Chilean placement agents in the Chilean Offering. The Selling Shareholder is controlled by the Paulmann Family, who will continue to be the controlling shareholders of Cencosud following the Global Offering.

Cencosud will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale by the Selling Shareholder of the shares of common stock in the Global Offering.

The Global Offering will be priced by means of the sale of the shares by the Selling Shareholder in one block through a book auction on the Santiago Stock Exchange in a process known as Subasta de Libro de Órdenes, in compliance with Chilean law and the rules of the Santiago Stock Exchange. The price and allocations resulting from the auction are expected to be announced before trading of Cencosud shares and ADSs commences in Santiago and New York, respectively, on or around July 15, 2016.

The shares of common stock are being offered pursuant to an effective registration statement that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 11, 2016. Any offer, solicitation or sale will be made only by means of the prospectus included in that registration statement. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and this offering. You may get these documents by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Company or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the accompanying prospectus supplement if you request it by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Phone: 631-254-1735.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Cencosud

S.A. Cencosud is a leading multi-brand retailer in South America, headquartered in Chile and with operations in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. The Company operates in supermarkets, home improvement stores, shopping centers and department stores. In 2012, the company listed American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange.

Investor Relations Contact:

Marisol Fernández
Mariasoledad.fernandez@cencosud.cl
+562 2959 0545

Natalia Nacif
Natalia.nacif@cencosud.cl
+562 2959 0368

Valentina Klein
Valentina.klein@cencosud.cl
+562 2200 4395

Source:  Cencosud

Cabela’s Incorporated to release second quarter 2016 financial results on Thursday, July 28, 2016

SIDNEY, Neb., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) announced today it is scheduled to release second quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, July 28, 2016. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 11:00 a.m. ET that same morning. The call will be hosted by Tommy Millner, Chief Executive Officer, Scott Williams, President, and Ralph Castner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.cabelas.com. To ensure access to the webcast, please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About Cabela’s Incorporated

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB.”

Contacts:

Investors:
Cabela’s Incorporated
Andrew Weingardt
308-255-2905

Media:
Cabela’s Incorporated
308-255-1204

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Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin completes rehabilitation

Paris, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jean- Michel Gault, Klépierre Deputy CEO and Executive Board Member, and Alain Dinin, Nexity’s Chairman and CEO, inaugurated the new Magasins Généraux de Pantin on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, following 28 months of rehabilitation. The inauguration was attended by Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly; Elisabeth Guigou, MP for Seine-Saint-Denis and Chairman of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee; Gérard Kern, the Mayor of Pantin and departmental councilor for SeineSaint-Denis; and Gerard Cosme, President of Est Ensemble. Rémi Babinet and Mercedes Erra, founding co-chairmen of BETC, the building’s tenant, were also present, as was Isabelle Clerc, chief real estate investment officer for AG2R La Mondiale, which now owns Les Magasins Généraux.

The living memory of the industrial activity of the Ourcq canal in the 1930s, Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin have just been completely rehabilitated by Nexity’s commercial property division for Klépierre, which had owned the building since March 2012 before transferring ownership to AG2R La Mondiale on June 8, 2016. This is unquestionably a new lease on life for this building, which had gone from its initial vocation as a warehouse to industrial wasteland and coveted hot spot for the best street artists(1). The extremely strong personality of the building, a sort of ocean liner moored on the banks of the Ourcq Canal, called for an ambitious project.

The architect Frédéric Jung worked to preserve the original history of this building by keeping most of the concrete structure and all of its external walkways. Of the building’s original 27,000 sq.m., just 19,000 sq.m. of space was retained in order to make room for interior patios that bring natural light to the workstations furthest away from the facades and to create a hanging garden with tall-stemmed trees. Workspaces are designed for Flex-Office organization and numerous common areas have been fitted out to meet specific user needs.

The ad and creative agency BETC has signed a lease for all of the office space and was a key participant from the outset in the definition of this project. Its 800 employees will move in over the summer.

The building is composed of: – 17 184 sq.m. of office space, restaurants, archives, and meeting rooms – 1 094 sq.m. of storefront retail space to be occupied as of the fall of 2016 by Bellevilloise and Augustin Legrand – 206 underground parking spaces on two levels – Facilities for building users: a fitness room, a rest area, the hanging garden, a photo studio, etc.

The rehabilitation of Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin is part of a 47,000 sq.m. urban renewal project made up of offices, housing, and retail shops that corresponds to 65 % of building permits for the Port de Pantin ZAC located along the Ourcq Canal at the harbor basin level.

The Millésim company and its chairman Jean -Pierre Richard advised Klépierre, Nexity and BETC on the completion of this transaction.

(1) The most remarkable street art was removed prior to project commencement and given to Pantin’s City Hall.

AT NEXITY, WE AIM TO SERVE ALL OUR CLIENTS AS THEIR REAL ESTATE NEEDS EVOLVE

Nexity offers the widest range of advice and expertise, products, services and solutions for private individuals, companies and local authorities, so as to best meet the needs of our clients and respond to their concerns. Our business lines – real estate brokerage, management, design, development, planning, advisory and related services – are now optimally organized to serve and support our clients. As the benchmark operator in our sector, we are resolutely committed to all of our clients, but also to the environment and society as a whole. Nexity is listed on the SRD and on Euronext’s Compartment A Member of the indices: SBF 80, SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small and CAC All Tradable Ticker symbol: NXI – Reuters: NXI.PA – Bloomberg: NXI FP. ISIN: FR0010112524

CONTACTS

Blandine Castarède
Head of Communication and Brand Strategy
+ 33 (0)1 85 55 15 52
bcastarede@nexity.fr

Anne Gindt
Press Contact
+ 33 (0)1 85 55 10 54
agindt@nexity.fr

ABOUT KLÉPIERRE

A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 22.1 billion euros on December 31, 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe – and is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

PRESS CONTACTS

Delphine Sacleux
Marie- Antoinette Agency
+331 55 04 86 40
delphine@marie-antoinette.fr

Juliette Kandel
Marie- Antoinette Agency
+331 55 04 86 43
juliette@marie-antoinette.fr

Source: klepierre

2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tickets now available at Michigan Meijer stores

Visit Any Michigan Meijer Location to Purchase Tournament Tickets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tickets to the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give are now available at each of the retailer’s 110 Michigan stores. The third annual tournament will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

General admission daily tickets are $10, and allow for general grounds access for any one day Tuesday-Sunday. General admission weekly tickets are $25, and allow for general grounds access throughout the entire tournament week. Children, ages 17 and under, get in free with a ticketed adult. Both ticket options are now available at the customer service desks in every Michigan Meijer store.

“At Meijer, we are committed to our fundamental philosophy of strengthening the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “In just 2 years, golf fans across West Michigan have supported our cause of feeding hungry families and helped build the foundation for one of the premier LPGA events on tour. We are pleased to offer tickets in all of our Meijer stores and hope to continue the growth of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will feature a full field of 144 golfers competing in a four-day, 72-hole competition.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

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

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

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):

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

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

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

The Co-op to open new food store in Lostock Gralam on 28 April

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op will launch its newest food store this month (Thursday, 28 April) following a £560,000 investment to create a new food store in Lostock Gralam.

Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House Charity will help the store team to cut the ribbon and declare the new store open for the community.

Launch day activities at the store – located in Cheshire Avenue – include free face painting for children between 3pm – 5pm and a chance to take a picture with a Minion character. There is free Fairtrade tea and coffee, food sampling and, in-store offers and prizes. There will also be a new Tesla sports car on display as the store “gears-up” for its first day.

A week of activities include a raffle to win a book of Co-op Saving Stamps (29 April), A chance to find out more about the benefits of Co-op Membership (30 April), A cake sale to raise money for The Co-op’s charity partner, the British Red Cross – which is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in local communities (1 May). And free sampling of The Co-op’s breakfast range (2 May).

The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and, was confirmed as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel in February.

New store manager, Jordan Toal, said:

“This is an exciting time for the whole team – we are looking forward to opening the Co-op’s newest food store and to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.

“The store will look great and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, we are confident that it will become a real asset to the community and deliver a compelling and convenient shopping experience locally.”

The new store will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. While an in-store bakery, ATM, Costa coffee dispenser and car parking will further add to the shopping experience for customers.

The appointment of a Community Pioneer – Jacqueline Beasant – will underpin the Co-op’s commitment to playing its part and making a difference in the local community.

Jacqueline is a member of the food store team who will also work to foster involvement in community activities including local fundraising initiatives and working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community. Jacqueline and Jordan will also will also lead the store’s support for the British Red Cross, the Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

The Co-op last month (March) announced an investment to lower the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M. By the end of the year, The Co-op will have reduced prices on over 1,000 everyday essentials including pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Seven new national nonprofit organizations receive grants from Best Buy

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Mar-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy is bolstering its efforts this year to reduce the nation’s technology gap by giving grants to national nonprofit partners and participating in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative.

“For 50 years, Best Buy has been a catalyst in the rise of technology as a means to improve virtually every aspect of our lives,” said Susan Bass Roberts, senior director of Community Relations, Diversity & Inclusion at Best Buy. “We are committed to giving underserved youth access to the tech training and tools they need to further their education and careers. Together, we believe we can help nurture and inspire a new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers, designers, artists and dreamers.”

Seven new national nonprofit receive grants

Each year Best Buy gives grants to national nonprofit partners who provide educational resources to foster success in a world filled with technology. This year, Best Buy has partnered with seven new organizations, bringing its national partnerships total to 16.

Our new partners include BDPA, Cyber Seniors, DePaul University/Digital Youth Network, EveryoneOn, Games for Change, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and LRNG. These organizations focus on narrowing the digital divide by providing tech opportunities for underprivileged teens and youth; teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); closing the generational technology gap, or building an online platform open to all youth.

Returning national partners include After-School All-Stars, Common Sense Media,Dreaming Tree Foundation, FIRST, GRAMMY Foundation, Mouse, Science Buddies,The Clubhouse Network and Youth Radio.

Hundreds of families will receive training via Best Buy’s HUD ConnectHome participation

Best Buy will continue to support ConnectHome, a new national initiative to help children and families living in HUD-assisted housing.

As part of the HUD partnership, Best Buy will provide free digital literacy training and Geek Squad Academy courses to teens in public housing in more than 20 cities. Teen Tech Centers will be used as training and distribution locations for ConnectHome families receiving devices and Internet services.

For more information about Best Buy’s 2016 community programs, partnerships and tech education initiatives, click here.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Seven new national nonprofit organizations receive grants from Best Buy

Seven new national nonprofit organizations receive grants from Best Buy

American Heart Month: Macy’s launches limited-edition merchandise, promotions and in-store events to benefit Go Red For Women

As founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, Macy’s has raised more than $55 million to support the fight against heart disease in women, resulting in 285 lives saved each day from the movement

NEW YORK, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s will inspire women and ignite action once again this February as the national founding sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women®. In honor of American Heart Month, Macy’s will offer limited-edition merchandise, promotions and in-store events to benefit Go Red For Women throughout February. Together with its associates and customers, Macy’s has helped to raise more than $55 million to support Go Red For Women since 2004. This contribution has funded vital research and education efforts credited with saving 285 lives every day.

Heart disease is not just a man’s disease; in fact, 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular diseases which cause one in three deaths among women each year. Macy’s encourages customers to support this fight against heart disease and stroke by participating in the Go Red with Macy’s event from Wednesday, Feb. 3 toMonday, Feb. 8. Customers who wear red or purchase the official Red Dress pin for $3 will receive an extra 25 percent on most purchases storewide, or 15 percent off fine and fashion jewelry, sale and clearance watches, and select home items. Exclusions and restrictions apply. One hundred percent of the Red Dress pin sales benefit Go Red For Women.

In celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5, Macy’s is offering customers three limited-edition red dresses throughout February by Kensie($99.00), Thalia ($89.50) and Calvin Klein($134.00) with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women. The dresses will be available in store and on macys.com/GoRed. To stay heart-healthy in style this February, Macy’s is also offering exclusive Ideology active wear in support of Go Red For Women. The collection includes select sports bras, socks, tank tops, graphic t-shirts and crop pants with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women.

“As the founding national partner, Macy’s has been a proud supporter of Go Red For Women for more than a decade,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Through the movement, the color ‘red’ and ‘the red dress’ have become linked with the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. We thank our associates and customers who take such an active role in our efforts to help the millions of women inthe United States affected by cardiovascular diseases, and look forward to their support again this year as we offer many ways to give back to the cause through our promotions, events and merchandise.”

“The American Heart Association is thankful for Macy’s continued support of Go Red For Women and the great work they have done to raise awareness of heart disease in women,” said Al Royse, American Heart Association chairman of the national board of directors. “An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and a surprising 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented by taking the right steps, like scheduling a Well-Woman Visit to fully understand the risks for heart disease. Macy’s helps fund life-saving research and education that no doubt impacts many lives.”

In addition to the Go Red with Macy’s event and merchandise benefiting the cause, Macy’s will host additional events offering even more chances to support Go Red For Women:

Macy’s is the presenting sponsor of the American Heart Association’s® Go Red For Women® Red Dress Collection™, kicking off New York Fashion Week since 2003, in support of women’s heart health. The Red Dress Collection will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at Moynihan Station in New York City. This year’s runway show will feature inspiring and powerful women who will walk the runway to showcase emerging and established designers, including “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, model and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, “The Nanny” actress Fran Drescher, transgender model and social media personality Gigi Gorgeous, “TODAY Show” anchor Tamron Hall, “The Brady Bunch” actress Florence Henderson, producer Marilu Henner, “Access Hollywood” co-host Kit Hoover, “Empire” actress Ta’Rhonda Jones, “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons and “Wheel of Fortune’s”Vanna White. Three of the red dresses featured on the runway and worn by Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kit Hoover and Vanna White will be designed by three emerging designers in Fashion Incubator programs, which are housed at Macy’s locations and develop the next generation of fashion trendsetters. The fashion incubator designers featured areConrad Booker from Philadelphia, Kajan “Cake” Carlos from San Francisco and Grace Lee-Lim from Chicago. Viewers can also watch a livestream of the event at macys.com/gored.

Macy’s is hosting Go Red Total Makeover events with the American Heart Association at select Macy’s stores around the country on Saturday, Feb. 6. Guests will receive an event passport and visit stations throughout the store, meet experts and learn about making smart choices for heart health including physical activity and nutrition. Once guests visit all stations and complete their event passport, they will be entered to win a $250 Macy’s gift card. The event locations include: Chicago; Houston; Las Vegas; Pittsburgh; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Sacramento and Winston-Salem.

Go Red For Women Luncheons will take place in 182 cities across the country, raising much needed funds for the cause. Luncheon guests will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, and guests of select luncheons will be eligible to win a$250 Macy’s gift card. At select luncheons, Estee Lauder will host touch up stations featuring a bounce-back for a free lipstick to keep guests looking their best.

For more information about Macy’s programs to support Go Red For Women, visit macys.com/GoRed.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Women who Go Red live healthier lives. For more than a decade, Go Red For Women has fought for equal health opportunity for women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
Holly.Thomas@macys.com
or
Billy Dumé, 646-429-7449
Billy.Dume@macys.com

Fast Retailing supports people seeking asylum in Germany with almost 50,000 items of clothing

Initiative through local partner, Berliner Stadtmission

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., the leading Japanese retailer which operates several international brands, including UNIQLO, today announces the donation of almost 50,000 items of clothing to support people seeking asylum in Germany through the winter. The distribution takes place through UNIQLO’s local partner, Berliner Stadtmission.

The donation includes over 39,000 pieces of new Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ clothing, and around 10,000 items of gently used clothing donated by customers at UNIQLO stores in Europe. Over 50 employees from UNIQLO Germany and abroad will volunteer to sort and distribute the items in refugee camps across Berlin and the surrounding area on Saturday, January 9th, and Sunday, January 10th.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jean Shein, UNIQLO Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, said: “We are very happy to be able to support Berlin’s refugee population with warm clothing during this time of the year as temperatures drop lower and lower. This initiative is the result of thousands of our customers in several countries donating gently used clothing and shows how the sum of many individual actions can have a truly large impact. We are grateful for this support and the warm welcome we have received from Berliner Stadtmission and the many volunteers to implement this initiative as part of our 10 Million Ways to HELP project.”

Fast Retailing began the All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006, through which UNIQLO in 16 countries and regions collect lightly used clothing from customers for distribution to refugees, displaced people and people in need.

UNIQLO started its local partnership with Berliner Stadtmission in March 2015 including monthly donations of gently used clothing to local people in need as part of the All-Product Recycling Initiative.

The donation taking place this coming weekend is part of the 10 Million Ways to HELP project, a joint initiative between Fast Retailing and its long-standing global partner, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to provide clothing for a growing number of refugees worldwide. This global campaign launched in UNIQLO stores across 16 countries and regions in October 2015, to encourage customers to donate lightly used UNIQLO clothing.

To date, Fast Retailing has collected and distributed through UNHCR more than 10 million items of lightly used clothing to refugees across 37 countries and regions.

SOURCE: UNIQLO CO., LTD.

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote #NYnDM, which is marking its return Dec. 7 and 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

NEW YORK, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is gearing up for the annual New York National Deal Making Conference, which will be held Dec. 7 and 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Thriving on the positive momentum of the retail real estate industry, this year’s conference is shaping up to be the biggest and best to date.

The 2015 program features new programming and distinguished speakers including New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi as the keynote. Girardi is a baseball legend famous for guiding the New York Yankees to five playoffs and one World Series Championship. Girardi will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

“With shopping center sales equaling 15% of U.S. GDP and the industry directly employing 1 out of every 11 Americans, it is an engine of our nation’s economy. Industry occupancy rates currently approximate 94%, illustrating its healthy condition,” said ICSC President and CEO Tom McGee. “With expected attendance of nearly 10,000 people, this conference, which serves as a medium to secure deals and foster relationships, speaks to continued optimism for that strength. This is good news given the integral role the industry plays in the social, economic and civic vibrancy of our communities across America.”

The two-day New York National Deal Making Conference will open with a preview networking event on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the ICSC Foundation “Bigger Better Party” in Times Square. The event will give attendees the opportunity to convene before the deals get going.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with owners, developers, brokers and premier retailers at the brand new Retailer Row on Tuesday. Participating retailers include Target, Starbucks, Century 21, Juice Press and Walgreens among others. Attendees are also invited to take advantage of the Pavilions: Finance, Global
and the newly added P3, which promotes public-private partnerships and features neighborhoods and communities with development opportunities.

Unable to attend? Need a break from all the deals? Tune into ICSC LIVE! Filmed directly on the show floor, the C-Suite interview series will be available in real time across ICSC’s social channels and conference website. Produced in a late-night show format, attendees can experience the show as the studio audience while ICSC Spokesman Jesse Tron sits down with the industry’s most powerful players to discuss the current and future state of the industry, trends and more.

ICSC has a penchant for picking buzzworthy speakers – the 2014 keynote was Donald Trump. Also of note, last year’s program marked its first appearance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which resulted in an impressive 25% growth in attendance with more than 400 exhibiting companies and 9,600 attendees. ICSC forecasts even better results for the 2015 conference.

Join the conversation on Twitter – follow @ICSC and use #NYnDM.

Register here today! Registration fees are $635 for members and $835 for non-members. Press registration is complimentary. Contact Noelle Malone in ICSC’s media relations department to obtain press credentials.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the generation of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com.

SOURCE: International Council of Shopping Centers

 

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New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

Washington Redskins Terrance Knighton to debut his Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter on Oct. 5, 2015

Charlotte, N.C., 2015-9-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Knighton to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time Noon – 1 p.m.
Where Spectrum Center Harris Teeter
11806 Spectrum Center
Reston, Va. 20190

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!
Monday, Oct. 5, Washington Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Knighton’s sandwich “The Capital Roast” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Capital Roast” which features roasted chicken, pepperoni and bacon topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, pickles, oil, vinegar, ranch dressing and a dash of Salt and Pepper on a white flour tortilla. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.49. The lunch pack includes “The Capital Roast” sandwich and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

“The Capital Roast” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Washington-area Harris Teeter stores.  Monday only, however, Knighton will make an appearance at the Spectrum Center Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Capital Roast” as Harris Teeter’s first Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2015-2016 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

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Washington Redskins Terrance Knighton to debut his Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter on Oct. 5, 2015

Washington Redskins Terrance Knighton to debut his Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter on Oct. 5, 2015

 

1,000 eBay sellers will gather in San Jose for eBay 2015 Seller Summit September 10-11

Hundreds of eBay sellers will gather in San Jose to connect, learn and network.

Tune in for Devin Wenig’s keynote address webcast, commencing at 1:00 p.m. PDT on the 10th.

San Jose, California, 2015-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we are also celebrating our sellers — big time. On Sept. 10-11, at the San Jose Convention Center near eBay headquarters, more than 1,000 eBay sellers will gather for our sold out Seller Summit.

“It’s been an incredible 20 years,” wrote eBay CEO Devin Wenig in a LinkedIn post. “From one seller, we grew to about 25 million.”

The Seller Summit will include unique opportunities for sellers to learn, connect and network. Specialists will be on hand to share expertise on a range of topics from shipping and returns to marketing and merchandising.  There will also be opportunities to learn about new tools and support for eBay sellers.

In addition, Devin Wenig will deliver a special address called “Growing Your Business on eBay,” and he will attend Seller Summit events.

The complete program of events is available here, and everyone is invited to watch the live webcast and replay here, which will feature Wenig’s keynote address at 1:00 p.m. PST on Sept. 10. For answers to any questions, there is a FAQ available.

There is nobody that we at eBay would rather celebrate our anniversary with than our customers. This week’s Seller Summit will be an event to remember.

You can follow our celebration this week on Twitter, and find out more about eBay’s history here.

Seen in the photo: Legendary eBay seller Jack Sheng snaps a selfie with eBay CEO Devin Wenig (R) and CFO Scott Schenkel (L).

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

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1,000 eBay sellers will gather in San Jose for eBay 2015 Seller Summit September 10-11

1,000 eBay sellers will gather in San Jose for eBay 2015 Seller Summit September 10-11

CBRE Group’s sixth-annual “BuildMonth” to kick off on September 1, 2015

Company-sponsored Shelter Program Encourages Employee Volunteerism to Improve Low-Income Housing Across the U.S.

​Los Angeles, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its sixth-annual “BuildMonth” will kick off on September 1, 2015. BuildMonth is the signature event of the company’s Shelter Program, which improves housing options in low-income communities across the United States through CBRE employees who volunteer time and skills to projects in their communities. The initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program.

CBRE’s BuildMonth accounts for more than half of the company’s Shelter Program participation each year. Since its inception in 2010, more than 5,500 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program.

As part of the initiative, employees help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid. Habitat for Humanity also has a key role in select markets. These organizations are leaders in working to provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, preserve and revitalize affordable homeownership and build and maintain dignified housing for the homeless.

In 2015, more than 700 CBRE employees in 25 offices across the United States will volunteer to help rebuild housing in communities across Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.  The company provides employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.

“Giving back to communities in need is a priority to CBRE employees across the country. Every year, our employees volunteer their time to community members in need to improve their living conditions,” said Cal Frese, CBRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas.  “The opportunity to reach out and give back, to rebuild a home and to put a roof over the heads of those who are less fortunate is an invaluable experience that BuildMonth provides each year.”

In addition, CBRE continues to incorporate large-scale Shelter Program projects into its philanthropy program. This year CBRE employees pitched in at a Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl neighborhood revitalization project in Phoenix, Arizona and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois.

To find out more about the CBRE Shelter Program, visit www.cbre.com/shelterprogram.

To learn more about CBRE Cares, please visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.

CBRE Cares is governed and executed by the CBRE Foundation, an independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation that funds CBRE’s philanthropic initiatives.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website atwww.cbre.com.

About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals with 15 chapters in 10 states across the country. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 360 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 25 additional projects in development across the country as it enters its 25th Anniversary year in 2014. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2.7 million bed-nights annually and have helped over 190,000 previously homeless people over the years. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit www.habitat.org.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email
Sarah Laufer
Specialist, Sr Communication
T + 1 212 9848214
email

PENNY startet Aktion zum Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum

„Gemeinsam gegen Verschwendung“ Motto der diesjährigen Nachhaltigkeitswoche

Köln, Germany, 2015-8-10— /EPR Retail News/ — Unter dem Motto „Gemeinsam gegen Verschwendung“ stellt PENNY das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum – kurz MHD – in den Mittelpunkt seiner diesjährigen Nachhaltigkeitswoche. Denn, obwohl es das MHD bereits seit den 80er Jahren gibt, herrscht bei vielen Verbrauchern Verunsicherung darüber, was das Datum aussagt. Vom 10. bis 15. August führen die bundesweit rund 2.200 Märkte das PENNY Kräuterbaguette und den PENNY Butterkäse als Sonderedition mit besonders groß gedrucktem Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum auf der Verpackung. PENNY macht mit der Aktion zum wiederholten Male darauf aufmerksam, dass von den rechnerisch 82 Kilogramm, die jeder Bundesbürger im Jahr an Lebensmitteln wegwirft, ein erheblicher Anteil Zuhause anfällt.

„Das MHD beschreibt lediglich den Zeitpunkt, bis zu dem ein Produkt bei sachgerechter Lagerung seine Eigenschaften mindestens behält. Ein Joghurt wird mit dem Erreichen des MHDs nicht schlagartig schlecht. Jeder sollte zunächst seine Sinne – Sehen, Riechen und Schmecken – nutzen und dann entscheiden, ob er das Produkt essen möchte oder nicht. Alte und geschwächte Menschen sollten dabei aber dennoch ebenso vorsichtig sein wie Schwangere“, sagt Dr. Klaus Mayer, Leiter des REWE Group-Qualitätsmanagements.

„Wir wollen mit der Aktion einen weiteren Impuls geben, nicht vorschnell Lebensmittel wegzuwerfen. PENNY verkauft mittlerweile im Jahresdurchschnitt 99 Prozent seiner Lebensmittel. Vom verbleibenden Rest stellen wir den Großteil den Tafeln zu Verfügung. Wir sind also sehr erfolgreich im Kampf gegen die Verschwendung von Lebensmitteln. Wo möglich wollen wir noch besser werden. Aber gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden können wir noch mehr erreichen. Daher die Aktion“, begründet Stefan Magel, Geschäftsführer Marketing und Vertrieb bei PENNY.

Um die Quote weggeworfener Lebensmittel so gering wie möglich zu halten, verfolgt PENNY eine mehrschichtige Strategie. Zum einen setzt der Discounter auf moderne Prognosesysteme, die teilweise sogar die Wettervorhersage berücksichtigen. Automatisierte Bestellverfahren – unterstützt durch die Erfahrung der Mitarbeiter – ermöglichen eine sehr gute und bedarfsgerechte Versorgung der PENNY-Märkte mit frischer Ware. Kurze Transportwege zwischen Lagerstandorten und Märkten, eine lückenlose Kühlung von der Herstellung bis ins Regal oder das wachsende Angebot an Produkten aus der Region sowie die tägliche Belieferung tragen ebenfalls dazu bei, die Verlustquoten von Frischewarengruppen zu minimieren.

Zum anderen schult PENNY seine Mitarbeiter regelmäßig im Umgang mit Lebensmitteln. Die Mitarbeiter in Märkten kontrollieren beispielsweise nach marktindividuell festgelegten Intervallen täglich die Haltbarkeit und Frische der Lebensmittel. Gleiches gilt für die Einhaltung der korrekten Kühltemperatur sowie die richtige Befüllung der Kühlmöbel zum Beispiel im Hinblick auf die vom Hersteller angegebene Stapelhöhe. Neben den „nachgelagerten“ Maßnahmen in den Märkten und Lägern setzt PENNY in seinem Bemühen um eine möglichst geringe Verschwendung von Lebensmitteln bereits bei der Auswahl der Eigenmarken-Lieferanten an. Dabei nutzt der Discounter die Expertise des REWE Group-Qualitätsmanagements. Die Fachabteilung, in der Spezialisten verschiedener Gebiete zusammenarbeiten, beauftragt im Rahmen des Eigenmarken-Qualitätsmonitorings renommierte Fachlabore. Pro Jahr werden für die gesamte REWE Group durchschnittlich über 26.000 Untersuchungen beauftragt. Dabei setzt die REWE Group auf ein lernfähiges Monitoringsystem, d.h. Produkte die häufiger auffallen oder kritischer sind, werden intensiver überprüft.

Enge und unbürokratische Zusammenarbeit mit den Tafeln
Das Gros der Lebensmittel, die trotz aller Bemühungen nicht verkauft werden, gibt PENNY seit 2007 kostenlos an die bundesweit mehr als 900 lokalen Tafeln ab. Das gilt für Lebensmittel, die nicht mehr verkauft, aber dennoch bedenkenlos verzehrt werden können. Das sind beispielsweise der Joghurt, dessen Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum zeitnah abläuft, oder der Apfel mit einer Druckstelle. Grundsätzlich handelt es sich also um frische und/oder unverpackte Lebensmittel wie Milch, Joghurt sowie Obst und Gemüse. Nicht an die Tafeln abgegeben werden Lebensmittel, die verdorben sind, ein Verbrauchsdatum haben (z.B. Frischfleisch oder -fisch) oder aber aus anderen Gründen nicht von den Tafeln angenommen werden dürfen. Diese Lebensmittel müssen entsprechend der gesetzlichen und hygienischen Vorgaben sachgerecht entsorgt werden.

Der eigens aufgelegte Flyer „Mit PENNY restlos genießen“ fasst die Aktivitäten des Discounters zusammen und enthält ebenso nützliche Tipps wie die Nachhaltigkeitsseite penny.de/nachhaltigkeit.

PENNY erzielte 2014 allein in Deutschland mit 2.200 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von rund sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.370 Filialen und 18.200 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

Ansprechpartner:
Andreas Krämer
Pressesprecher PENNY
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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PENNY startet Aktion zum Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum

PENNY startet Aktion zum Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum

Coop tritt gemeinsam mit Conad und Colruyt der strategischen Einkaufsallianz ALIDIS bei

Allianz zwischen Coop, Colruyt, Conad, EDEKA, Eroski und Groupement des Mousquetaires

BASEL, Switzerland, 2015-8-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Coop und die übrigen Partner der bisherigen Einkaufsallianz Core (Colruyt, Belgien; Conad, Italien) treten der Einkaufsallianz ALIDIS bei. ALIDIS ist mit ihren Mitgliedern EDEKA (Deutschland), Groupement des Mousquetaires (Frankreich) und Eroski (Spanien) die älteste Beschaffungs- und Marketingallianz von Detailhandelsunternehmen in Europa.

Sechs führende europäische Detailhandelsunternehmen haben sich in der Allianz ALIDIS zusammengeschlossen, um sich angesichts des zunehmenden Wettbewerbs und der Herausforderungen im Detailhandel optimal für die Zukunft aufzustellen. ALIDIS (Alliance Internationale de Distributeurs) wurde 2002 von Groupement des Mousquetaires und Grupo Eroski gegründet. 2005 stiess die EDEKA-Gruppe hinzu. Neu treten Coop, Colruyt und Conad der Einkaufsallianz ALIDIS bei. Der Beitritt erfolgt vorbehältlich der Zustimmung der Wettbewerbsbehörde.

ALIDIS wird zur wichtigsten internationalen Allianz in Europa
Mit diesem Beitritt wird ALIDIS zur wichtigsten internationalen Allianz in Europa. Die Allianz zwischen den sechs führenden Anbietern in ihren jeweiligen Märkten ist in acht Hauptmärkten präsent (Belgien, Deutschland, Frankreich, Italien, Polen, Portugal, Schweiz und Spanien). Insgesamt erzielen die Partner einen Umsatz von 140 Milliarden Euro und betreiben 23’000 Verkaufsstellen. Die Zusammenarbeit verfügt damit über ein solides Fundament und beruht auf einer langfristig angelegten gemeinsamen Vision.

ALIDIS – Mehrwert für Konsumenten und Lieferanten
«Coop und ihre Allianz-Partner können mit dem Beitritt zu ALIDIS ihre Kräfte bündeln. Für unsere Kundinnen und Kunden heisst das: Noch mehr Vielfalt, noch mehr Kompetenz und ein noch attraktiveres Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis», so Joos Sutter, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung von Coop.
Die Allianz bietet den Partnern auch die Chance, durch Best Practices und Know-how-Austausch in Bereichen wie Verkaufsstellen- und Logistikkonzepten, Markttrends sowie Nachhaltigkeit voneinander zu profitieren. Der Zusammenschluss eröffnet den Lieferanten neue Marktzugänge und Wachstumspotenziale und sie können auf internationaler Ebene Dienstleistungen in Anspruch nehmen (Innovationsunterstützung, Aktivitäten usw.).

Allianzpartner

Bisherige Partner:
• EDEKA-Gruppe (Deutschland): EDEKA, eines der führenden Unternehmen im deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel, schloss sich ALIDIS im Jahr 2005 an. Die rund 4’000 selbstständigen Detailhändler bilden die Basis des Unternehmenserfolgs. Mit dem Tochterunternehmen Netto Marken-Discount setzt EDEKA darüber hinaus erfolgreiche Akzente im Discountgeschäft. Die Gruppe erzielte 2014 mit ihren rund 11’500 Märkten einen Jahresumsatz von 47,2 Milliarden Euro.

• Grupo Eroski (Spanien): Die spanische Einzelhandelsgenossenschaft ist über die Eroski-Hypermärkte, die unter dem Namen Eroski Center und Eroski City betriebenen Supermärkte, die Caprabo-Supermärkte und über die IF-Parfümeriekette am Markt präsent. Sie verfügt über 1’897 Verkaufsstellen und erwirtschaftet einen Umsatz von 6,1 Milliarden Euro.

• Groupement des Mousquetaires (Frankreich): Mit sechs Einzelhandelsmarken (Intermarché, Netto, Bricomarché, Brico Cash, Roady und Poivre Rouge), mehr als 3’550 Verkaufsstellen in ganz Europa und einem 2014 erzielten Jahresumsatz von 40,1 Milliarden Euro ist Groupement des Mousquetaires ein wichtiger Akteur im Einzelhandelssektor. Die Gruppe ist in Frankreich, Portugal, Belgien, Polen und Serbien präsent.

Neue Partner:
• Colruyt (Belgien): Mit ihren rund 420 eigenen und mehr als 430 angeschlossenen Geschäften in Belgien verzeichnete die Colruyt Group 2014/2015 einen Umsatz von 8,9 Milliarden Euro. Das Einzelhandelsunternehmen ist auch im Lebensmittelhandel, Kraftstoffvertrieb, Digitaldruck, Dokumentenmanagement und in der Produktion von Ökostrom tätig.

• Conad (Italien): Mit ihren Hypermarkets, Supermarkets, Superstores und Convenience Stores, ihren Marken Conad und Sapori&Dintorni sowie ihrem diversifizierten Geschäft in den Segmenten Tankstellen (mehr als 30 Einheiten) und Drogerien (über 100 Läden) verfügt die italienische Einzelhandelsgruppe über mehr als 3’000 Läden und erzielt einen Umsatz von 11,7 Milliarden Euro. Die Gruppe ist in Italien, Albanien und Malta präsent.

• Coop (Schweiz): Die Coop-Gruppe betreibt 2’170 Verkaufsstellen und erwirtschaftete 2014 einen Gesamtumsatz von 26,8 Milliarden Euro (28,2 Milliarden Franken). Sie besitzt verschiedene Fachformate aus den Bereichen Food, Non-Food und Dienstleistungen. Mit der Transgourmet-Gruppe ist Coop das zweitgrösste Unternehmen im europäischen Abhol- und Belieferungsgrosshandel.

Kontaktpersonen

Denise Stadler, Leiterin Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Urs Meier, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

Nadja Ruch, Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87