Auntie Anne’s brings back its beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels this Valentine’s Day

Auntie Anne’s brings back its beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels this Valentine’s Day

 

LANCASTER, Pa., 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Valentine’s Day, sweet, salty and buttery love is in the air as Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is bringing back their beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels. On February 14, pretzel fans can share the love with a special twist on Original and Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels, available at Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide for that one special day only.

“At Auntie Anne’s, we are thrilled to offer a fun, delicious twist to the traditional red rose with Heart-Shaped Pretzels,” said Carol Pasquariello, Vice President of Marketing at Auntie Anne’s. “We find joy in knowing your loved ones can delight in a salty or sweet Valentine’s Day pretzel treat.”

To help further spread the love, Auntie Anne’s is offering a Heart-Shaped Pretzel Buy One, Get One (BOGO) promotion on February 14 for all My Pretzel Perks members. To receive the offer, guests need to download the app, which is available for free in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store, before 12:00 p.m. EST on February 13.

For pretzel lovers looking to take things to the next level, Auntie Anne’s recommends pairing the Heart-Shaped Pretzels with one of their delicious dips:

·         Original Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Hot Salsa Cheese Dip for flames that keep sizzling

·         Original Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Marinara Dip for the hopeless romantic who wants red on Valentine’s Day

·         Cinnamon Sugar Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Sweet Glaze Dip for a sweet treat for your sweetheart

For the latest information about Auntie Anne’s products and company news, please visit AuntieAnnes.com and follow the brand on Twitter @AuntieAnnes, on Instagram @AuntieAnnesPretzels, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuntieAnnesPretzels. To get exclusive offers and information before anyone else, download the Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. For more information, visit AuntieAnnes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitterand Instagram. To receive the latest offers – including a free pretzel for your birthday – download the My Pretzel Perks app.

Source: Auntie Anne’s

###

Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator now accepting applications

HARTFORD, Conn., 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Techstars today (Feb. 5, 2018 ) announced that the application period for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator is now open.

Last month, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, one of the world’s best startup accelerators, announced the formation of a three-year partnership and the launch of the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford. This mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will select 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in its first year.

The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which includes technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The materials range from plastics and metals to concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. The applications of additive manufacturing are endless.

Applications will be open until April 8, 2018, and the program will run in the third quarter of 2018. Similar programs will be run in 2019 and 2020, with 30 potential startups completing the process.

Startups will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence – Manufactory 4.0 – in Hartford, CT, and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses and bring new technologies to market.

Visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/additive-manufacturing-program/ to apply. More information about the application process can be found here: http://apptoolkit.techstars.com.

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Media Contacts:

Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-826-3260
Email: Tim.Perra@sbdinc.com

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

CarMax elects Peter Bensen and Robert Hombach to its board of directors

CarMax elects Peter Bensen and Robert Hombach to its board of directors

 

RICHMOND, Va., 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) today (February 02, 2018) announced that its board of directors has elected Peter Bensen and Robert Hombach to membership on the board effective April 1. Bensen and Hombach will both serve on the Audit Committee.

Bensen, 55, retired from McDonald’s Corporation in 2016 as its chief administrative officer. During his 20-year tenure he held various leadership positions including executive vice president and chief financial officer. Before joining McDonald’s in 1996, Bensen was a senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP.

Hombach, 51, is the retired executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operations officer of Baxalta, a biopharmaceutical company spun off from its parent, Baxter, in 2015. Hombach began his career at Baxter, a global healthcare company, in 1989 and served in several roles there, including chief financial officer and treasurer.

“We are pleased to welcome Pete and Bob to the CarMax board,” said Bill Nash, chief executive officer of CarMax. “Their considerable executive leadership and operational experience, as well as their deep financial knowledge, will make them both highly valuable additions to our board.”

In addition, two board members have announced plans to retire from the CarMaxboard. Jeff Garten, Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management, has announced his intention to retire from the board at the company annual meeting on June 26, 2018. Garten has served on the board since 2002. John Standley, chairman and chief executive officer of Rite Aid Corporation, is retiring from the board effective January 29, 2018 due to other business demands. Standley joined the board in 2016.

“I want to thank both Jeff and John for their service to our board,” Nash said. “Both have contributed to CarMax during their tenure, with Jeff serving as one of our original board members.”

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 40 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Contact:
Investors:
Katharine Kenny
Vice President
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4591

Celeste Gunter
Manager
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4597

Media:

pr@carmax.com
(855) 887-2915

Source: CarMax, Inc.

###

Wegmans Food Markets to hire full-time employees for its Lancaster store opening in early fall 2018

Lancaster, PA, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is looking for full-time employees at its Lancaster store, set to open in early fall 2018 at The Crossings at Conestoga Creek in Manheim Township, on the southwest corner of Harrisburg Pike and U.S. Route 30. The 120,000 sq. ft. store is currently under construction.

“Lancaster has long been one of our most requested areas for a store, and we’re eager to begin hiring and training here,” said Wegmans Lancaster Store Manager Jimmy Bellis, who will oversee the hiring process. Recently ranked #1 on the Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE list of Best Workplaces in Retail for the second year in a row, the family-owned company is lauded for flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and an employee-first culture.

Available full-time positions include everything from customer service and overnight stocking to entry-level management, restaurant, and culinary professionals like chefs and line cooks. Hiring for part-time employees will begin at a later date.

Wegmans Lancaster will employ approximately 475 people, including 175 full-time positions. Full-time applicants are invited to apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 717-358-9494 for more information. Wegmans will begin scheduling interviews in March and new employees will start training soon after being hired. Applications are not accepted at the store or construction site, nor will interviews be conducted there.

“Whether you want to build a career or just have a solid, enjoyable job, this is a great place to work,” said Bellis. “Experience in the grocery business isn’t the most important thing. We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic people who share our values and have a passion for food and for helping others. We’ll provide the training needed for success.”

Wegmans currently operates 17 stores in Pennsylvania.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:
Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

The Greater Trade-In event returns to Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us®

Wayne, NJ, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us® announced today (February 5, 2018) that the company’s most-asked-about savings event will return to Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide beginning Sunday, February 11 for loyalty members, and Friday, February 16 for all customers.

The Greater Trade-In event urges caregivers to bring in their old, used, outgrown and potentially dangerous gear and furniture items in exchange for a 25% discount on one new gear or furniture item*. New this year, shoppers looking to donate old, outgrown or gently used clothing can bring in one or more clothing items for a 25% discount on their entire purchase of clothing in store, valid through Sunday, March 18*.

Customers can now also trade in crib and toddler mattresses in exchange for a discount on hot new products like the Graco® Uno2Duo Stroller and Travel System, Babies“R”Us Next Steps Toddler Bed and more.

For customers with an “R”Us credit card, the savings get even better with a 30% discount when trading in gear, furniture or clothing in store**. No Trade-In? No problem! From Friday, February 16 through Sunday, March 18, shoppers can take advantage of a 15% discount on any one gear or furniture item at Babiesrus.com, and in-store only, shoppers will receive 15% off any one baby item**.

At Babies“R”Us stores that are undergoing liquidation, customers will be offered a 25% coupon on their trade-in which can be utilized at local participating Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us stores or online at Babiesrus.com, valid through March 18***.

In the spirit of giving back to those in need, Babies“R”Us will ensure clothes donated by customers during Greater Trade-In are provided to local charities across the country to help clothe children in need.

Safety for Baby, Worry Free Less for Parents 

Safety has always been the root purpose of the company’s Trade-In events – and that hasn’t changed. In the eight years of events, Babies“R”Us has removed millions of unsafe products from the market, reducing the chance for children to be injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), used car seats may appear in working condition, but if labels or parts are missing, if the seat is past the manufacturers expiration date or the seat has been involved in a vehicle accident, its safety could be compromised****. Families are encouraged to trade-in items that could be a potential danger.

To learn more about the Greater Trade-In Event, visit the company’s official blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

* Trade-in offer available in Babies “R”Us stores only. Offer not applicable at stores undergoing liquidation, coupon may be used at a non-liquidated Babies“R”Us or Toys”R”Us locations. Trade-in discount does not apply to: GEAR: Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Clek, Cybex, Diono, Maclaren, Mifold, Peg Pérego, Stokke, Thule, walkers by Fisher-Price, VTech, Little Tikes and Kiddieland, infant carriers and clearance. FURNITURE: Clearance. CLOTHING: Converse, Adidas and Nike. Cannot be combined with any other “R”Us offer for same item or on prior purchases.Offer available in store only. Cannot be combined with any Greater-Trade In coupons. Excludes all toys, infant toys, diapers, formula, Gift Cards, Red Hot Deal & Hot Price items, Adidas Apparel, American Girl, Anki Cozmo, Baby Jogger, Baby K’Tan, Beaba, Boba, Boon Highchairs, Boppy Bare Naked Pillow, Bugaboo, Build-A-Bear, Casio, Claire’s, Clek, Converse Clothing & Shoes, Cybex, Diono, Ergobaby, LEGO construction ts, Lillebaby, Maclaren, Mifold, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), Nike Apparel,ntendo Switch accessories, Nintendo Switch software, Owlet, Peg Pérego, Sphero, Stokke, the Elf on the Shelf, Thule, Ugg Shoes, walkers by Fisher-Price, VTech, Little Tikes and Kiddieland, Electronic learning hardware, laptops, netbooks, tablets, video games, video game hardware, video game pre-orders, Apple iPad & iPod, SquareTrade Protection Plans, phone orders, all fees, and shipping. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other “R”Us offer for same item or on prior purchases. Must be surrendered at time of purchase. Value is forfeited if item is returned. Only original coupons accepted. Void where prohibited. Valid USA only. Cash value 1/100 of 1¢.

** CREDIT CARD OFFER: Offer not applicable at stores undergoing liquidation, coupon may be used at a non-liquidated Babies“R”Us or Toys”R”Us locations. Subject to credit approval. An “R”Us Credit Card must be used as pay type. Valid 2/11 – 3/18/18 for Rewards“R‘‘Us members and 2/16 – 3/18/18 for all customers. Coupon provided in store on day of trade-in. One coupon per trade-in item. Must be surrendered at time of purchase. Value is forfeited if item is returned. Only original coupons accepted. Void where prohibited. Valid USA only. Cash value 1/100 of 1¢.

**Credit Card offer: Offer not applicable at stores undergoing liquidation, coupon may be used at a non-liquidated Babies“R”Us or Toys”R”Us locations. Subject to credit approval. Cannot be combined with account opening discount or 10% off Thursday offer. An“R”Us Credit Card must be used as pay type.
*** Coupon may be redeemed at stores not going through liquidation only.
**** Used Car Seat Safety Checklist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 881 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 840 international stores and over 265 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us

Amazon and Whole Foods Market celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special discount on Whole Trade roses

Amazon and Whole Foods Market celebrate Valentine’s Day wit a special discount on Whole Trade roses

 

All customers to receive lower prices; Prime members to receive an even deeper discount

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market will celebrate Valentine’s Day with customers by offering a special discount on Whole Trade roses from Feb. 7 to 14. Customers nationwide will be able to purchase two dozen roses at the reduced price of $24.99. Prime members will save even more on two dozen roses for just $19.99, while supplies last. Whole Foods Market Team Members will also be available in all stores across the U.S. to wrap bouquets and arrange flowers while shoppers pick up other gifts for their sweetheart.

“We are excited to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for customers by lowering prices on our beautiful Whole Trade roses,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief operating officer at Whole Foods Market. “As we continue to integrate with Amazon, we plan to share additional savings, values, and promotional events with our shoppers and Prime members while continuing to support responsible ecosystems and communities worldwide.”

Each purchase of Whole Trade roses gives back to communities where the flowers were sourced. Whole Foods Market created the Whole Trade Guarantee in 2007 to highlight our commitment to ethical trade, working conditions, and the environment, while also meeting our standards for high quality products. From building schools and funding scholarships, to providing childcare, or simply ensuring fair wages, every purchase of a Whole Trade product funds community projects.

“We know our members are looking to express their love and we are thrilled by all the times Prime marriage proposals have been shared with us on social media,” said Cem Sibay, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “We hope that nothing says Prime and Commitment quite like beautiful roses from Whole Foods Market. This is the second special promotion we have done for Prime members and we are planning to do more in the future.”

While browsing the floral section, customers can also pick up delicious ingredients to create a date night at home. Start by creating a cheese and charcuterie board featuring Hervé Mons Ovalie Cendrée, exclusively available at Whole Foods Market, as a first course. Next, create an impressive at-home surf-and-turf entrée, featuring fresh and sustainably sourced seafood and Animal Welfare Rated New York Strip Steaks. Pair it all with De Chanceny Crémant de Loire Brut or Brut Rose, selected by Whole Foods’ Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie and finish off the romantic meal with fair trade chocolates or Whole Foods Market’s chocolate, heart-shaped Sweetheart Cake.

For more details about this promotion, or to sign up for free trial of Prime, visit www.amazon.com/roses.  Whether reducing prices on everyday staples or offering competitive promotions for specialty items that enhance holiday moments, Whole Foods Market and Amazon will continue to work closely together to offer exciting programs and savings in new and unexpected ways.

Every Day Made Better with Prime

Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Tens of millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities.  Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

###

Sonic promotes Claudia S. San Pedro to president and Corey R. Horsch to chief financial officer

Sonic promotes Claudia S. San Pedro to president and Corey R. Horsch to chief financial officer

 

Treasurer elected to chief financial officer and hotel veteran elected to board of directors

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Feb 2, 2018) announced promotions of Claudia S. San Pedro to president and Corey R. Horsch to chief financial officer. Shareholders also elected S. Kirk Kinsell to the board of directors.

Ms. San Pedro most recently served the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. A twelve-year veteran of Sonic, Ms. San Pedro joined the company as treasurer and was subsequently promoted to vice president of investor relations. Appointed chief financial officer in 2015, she led all financial strategies for the company and planning practices, as well as the brand’s relationship with lending institutions, shareholders, and the financial community. In her new role, Ms. San Pedro’s responsibilities include franchisee relations, supply chain, franchise sales and development, and business planning. She will provide oversight of the finance function as well.

Filling Ms. San Pedro’s vacated role of chief financial officer is Corey Horsch. Mr. Horsch joined Sonic as vice president of investor relations and treasurer in 2015. In his new role, he is responsible for all financial planning, internal audit, accounting and tax, while maintaining leadership for the investor relations and treasury functions.

Newly elected to the board is Kirk Kinsell for a three-year term. Mr. Kinsell is a seasoned hospitality executive with more than 30 years of operational, franchising and management experience in the hotel sector who currently serves as principal partner of Panther Ridge Partners, LLC, an investment and advisory company focused on the hospitality sector. He previously served as president and CEO of Loews Hotels and Resorts.

“I am delighted to promote Claudia to president and Corey to chief financial officer,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “Claudia’s focus on building relationships, business acumen and strategic mindset position the company well for future growth. Claudia is a highly skilled leader with an eye for developing talent, as evidenced by our ability to seamlessly transition Corey into the CFO role. Her readiness for this new role has been evidenced by the leadership she has shown to date, and I welcome her executive partnership.

“Additionally, we are excited to welcome Kirk as a new independent director to our board. His executive experience in the hospitality industry nicely complements the breadth of experience on our board.”

Existing directors re-elected to the Sonic Corp. board are Steven A. Davis and Kate S. Lavelle. Continuing director Jeffrey H. Schutz was elected by his peers to serve as lead independent director. Other continuing board members are Tony D. Bartel, R. Neal Black, Lauren R. Hobart, Federico R. Peña, Susan E. Thronson, Kathryn L. Taylorand Cliff Hudson. Retiring from the board are long-standing directors J. Larry Nichols, who served on the board for 11 years, and Frank E. Richardson, who served on the board since 1991.

“We greatly appreciate Larry’s and Frank’s many years of service to Sonic as stewards of our shareholders’ interests,” continued Mr. Hudson. “They both provided outstanding leadership during their tenures as Board members and especially during their tenures as lead independent directors.”

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Christi Woodworth 4
405-225-5600
Vice President of Public Relations

Source: Sonic Corp.

###

CANADA: Giant Tiger launches new women’s sleepwear, intimates, and basics brand, Carisma

OTTAWA, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores Limited, Canada’s leading discount retailer, is excited to announce the launch of their new exclusive women’s sleepwear, intimates, and basics brand, Carisma.

The launch is perfectly timed with “Galentine’s Day”; the day made popular by pop culture is an opportunity for women to celebrate the ‘gals’ in their lives who make a difference. Giant Tiger is honouring Galentine’s Day with a fun and sharable Facebook Galentine campaign featuring an exciting contest allowing women to give a shout out to their ‘gal pals’ who inspire and support them. To date, the contest has over 10,000 entries with more coming in every day.

Giant Tiger is also hosting an interactive Facebook live party on February 13 where women can learn more about the brand, share their Galentine’s stories, and have a chance to win some great prizes!

This new women’s brand includes every day essentials from bras and underwear to socks, pyjamas and slippers. Carisma is an approachable brand that combines the expression of versatility and comfort, all while delivering on the exceptional value that Giant Tiger is known for. These are the pieces women want to wear and can easily go from hectic mornings to relaxing at nights without sacrificing comfort or price.

“Carisma combines fresh, contemporary styles with quality, all at the great prices our customers know and trust,” says Brian Hession, VP Softgoods, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “The pieces coming out of this brand are approachable and relaxed while being very on trend. Customers will love the attractive colours, the soft textures and comfortable fit in a range of sizes, including plus. It’s a brand that Canadian women can count on.”

Carisma is the continuation of a two year fashion evolution at Giant Tiger. This transformative journey through the softgoods departments began in womenswear, followed by the children’s department, and most recently menswear. Carisma is the next chapter in this fashion progression.

“Carisma celebrates women and recognizes their desire to look and feel good, starting from the basics. We want women to start their day comfortably with pieces that can take them from dawn till dusk,” says Karen Sterling, VP Marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “Giant Tiger knows the female shopper, and more specifically, the Canadian Mom is often busy and time starved.  With that in mind we’ve paid attention to creating cohesive and easy to mix-and-match collections to compliment any figure making shopping stress-free and affordable. These pieces are made for any occasion and will help carry women through their demanding schedules.”

“We have chosen to heavily promote this brand’s launch using digital and social media marketing,” adds Sterling. “Our research and customers are telling us that social media is where they are spending their limited free time. With our understanding of what is important to our core customer we feel that a concentration on social channels and conversations is the optimal way to share the news that we have reinvented the women’s basics experience at Giant Tiger.”

In light of the message around this new brand and with the core customer being Canadian women, Giant Tiger wants to ensure that it is supporting causes that are important to her. Giant Tiger has a long standing history of supporting women centric charitable organizations

and is delighted to embark on a multi- year partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Giant Tiger is committed to improving the lives of Canadian women and the $100,000 donation will help facilitate programs benefitting and empowering young women directly in communities throughout Canada.

#GTGalentine #GTCarisma

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian-owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 240 locations across Canada and employs over 8,300 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com.  All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless #GTcommunityproud #GTCanadaproud

Join the conversation and keep up to date on all Giant Tiger news:
Like us on Facebook: Giant Tiger
Follow us on Instagram: @Gianttigerstore
Follow us on Twitter: @GTBoutique
Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Giant Tiger Store
Visit our website: www.gianttiger.com

For further information:

For media inquiries contact:

Alison Scarlett
Senior Manager
Brand Communications
Email: ascarlett@gianttiger.com

SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

RCH Group at EuroCIS: Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction key for customer satisfaction in retail

ITALY, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology plays a crucial role in the modern world of retail, affecting all areas of the sales cycle from inventory management right through to pricing and customer experience. EuroCIS is the leading trade fair for the retail technology sector, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 27th to March 1st, 2018.

RCH Group SpA is once again taking the opportunity provided by EuroCIS to demonstrate how it is responding to the requirements of this fast-paced digital era. Visitors to Hall 10, Stand E59 will view a range of hardware and software solutions based on decades of technological research and innovation. Each solution caters specifically to one or more points in the sales cycle.

“Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction are key success factors for customer satisfaction in retail,” states Michele Stecca, Director of Exports at RCH Group. “In our digital world, consumers expect multichannel sales points where they can decide if they want to shop online or physically instore via a self-service kiosk or with a cashier. Intelligent technology that can merge the old with the new, offline with online, providing tools to monitor and manage all aspects of the sales cycle will allow retailers to deliver a fast, convenient and personalised shopping experience while retaining customer loyalty.”

RCH’s products are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. An RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

More information about RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.com/ Further information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Lowe’s Canada opens its 63rd Lowe’s store in Canada

Lowe’s Canada celebrates the opening of the 63rd Lowe’s store in Canada

Boucherville, QC, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada opened today (February 1, 2018) its 63rd store under the Lowe’s banner in Canada. Located at 955 St. Albert Trail in St. Albert, Alberta, this new store marks the sixth Lowe’s location in the Greater Edmonton Area. It represents a local investment in excess of $18 million and created 137 new permanent jobs with an additional 30 to 50 seasonal roles.

“We have seen a great response from customers in the Greater Edmonton Area and we are thrilled to open this new Lowe’s location in St. Albert today,” said Guy Beaumier, Executive Vice-President, Lowe’s Big Box Retail. “Lowe’s unique customer experience and extensive product selection are what set us apart and we want to keep growing our network in 2018 to bring our offering to even more DIYers and contractor customers throughout the country.”

The St. Albert Lowe’s store features a retail offering space totaling more than 107,000 square feet, including 86,800 square feet of retail sales space and an adjacent Garden Centre of 21,100 square feet. To meet customers’ every home improvement needs, the store offers 40,000 products in-stock with thousands more available through special order and on Lowes.ca.

A Unique Customer Experience

The new St. Albert Lowe’s will offer a unique and exciting retail experience, including:

  • An extensive assortment of top-of-the line appliances, including LG, Samsung, Bosch, Kitchen Aid, Frigidaire, Whirlpool and GE.
  • A year-round selection of BBQ’s including top brands such as Weber, Broil King, Char Broil and Master Forge.
  • A wide assortment of seasonal products for patio, holidays, Halloween, etc. (i.e. the latest fashion trends in patio, great selection of outdoor heating, etc.)
  • A variety of snow blowers, and other outdoor power equipment items in brands such as John Deere, Cub Cadet, Husqavarna, and Lowe’s exclusive Kobalt brand.
  • A broad selection of fashion plumbing i.e. tubs, showers, toilets, vanities, sinks and faucets with high profile brands such as Kohler and Grohe.
  • An extensive assortment of stylish home and outdoor décor, and home organization products for the house and garage.
  • A wide range of building materials, power and hand tools to meet the needs of DIYers and contractors alike.
  • Access to more than 100,000 products on www.lowes.ca.

Today, local dignitaries and Lowe’s executives joined employees from the store to celebrate the grand opening with an official board cutting ceremony and community grant presentation. Lowe’s Canada donated $5,000 to the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre to help them promote volunteering opportunities with local youth.

Grand Opening Events

Grand opening activities for the new store, where customers can enjoy free sessions, giveaways and contests, will continue until Monday. These include:

  • Children’s Workshop for families on Saturday, Saturday, February 3 at 10 a.m.
  • Interactive autograph signing and Q&A session with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler on Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Giveaways including: Sprite shower filter (first 75 customers, Thursday only); Sylvania A19 LED 60-watt light bulb (first 1,000 customers, Friday only); $25 Lowe’s gift card (first 200 customers, Saturday only) and a Bosch 32-pce Tough bit set (first 200 customers, Sunday only).
  • Customers can also enter to win 1 of 4 prizes.
  • Contractor exclusive VIP event on Monday, February 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. There will be a draw to win 1 of 3 $250 Lowe’s gift cards and contractors can fill out a ballot to win 1 of 4 tool prizes. To register, contractors can call the store at 780.544.5830 and ask to speak with the Contractor Specialist to request an invite.

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976
media@rona.ca

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Kroger’s organic produce business achieves $1 billion in annual sales

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (Feb. 1, 2018) its organic produce business has achieved $1 billion in annual sales.

“Kroger offers one of the largest organic produce departments in America, and we are proud to have led the way in making this category more mainstream, accessible and affordable,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “We have a dedicated procurement team that partners with more than 300 organic produce growers and suppliers every year to bring our customers an exciting selection of organic fruits and vegetables.”

According to IRI, the U.S. organic produce market reached $5 billion in 2016 and it is growing.

“We know our customers want both organic and conventional choices,” Mr. Clark added. “Kroger makes it easy for our customers to shop how they want for their families. It’s just one more way we are redefining the customer experience as outlined in our Restock Kroger plan.”

Kroger’s top-selling organic produce includes bananas, apples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and bagged salads.

Kroger recently announced Simple Truth® reached $2 billion in annual sales, marking the growing popularity of its brand of natural, organic and free-from products.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP France opens ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ restaurant in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth

SSP France opens ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ restaurant in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth

 

LONDON, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP France, a subsidiary of SSP Group PLC, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new restaurant called ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth. The restaurant was created in partnership with SSP France and SNCF Stations & Connections.

At the restaurant, guests can enjoy meals from a bistro lunch to a gourmet evening meal. The menu, created by Roth, will be served by chef Xavier Pauly and his team of eight. Highlights include perch fish and chips, Lorraine stew, classic mehlknepfle egg, and Rossini beef fillet.

The restaurant has over 130 covers, with additional seating on a terrace which can be used in the summer. The décor, which features warm saffron golds and sumptuous cobalt blues, combines period features of the historic building with contemporary flair. The Gare de Metz, which has been a classified historic building since 1975, was granted the title of the most beautiful station in France in 2017.

Born in Sarreguemines in 1959, Michel Roth began cooking at the age of 15 and has worked in some of the most iconic restaurants and hotels across France. In 1991, he was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France as well as winner of the Bocuse d’Or, and to this day is the only chef in the world to have received both of these prestigious accolades. The reputation of national star Michel Roth, will contribute to the renewal and restoration proposed in this unique station.

Michel Roth said: “Terroirs de Lorraine is born of my passion for the region, and my roots are in Lorraine where my culinary career began at my family restaurant. The Gare de Metz is, for me, a symbol of homecoming, and I look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy authentic cuisine in a place that for me is full of history and memories. With my team, we have developed a simple and refined menu that fuses regional dishes emblematic of Lorraine and French gastronomy.With the opening of the Terroirs de Lorraine restaurant, I hope the Gare de Metz will be established as destination in its own right, as well as a gateway to the city.”

The new development is part of a wider programme to refresh the food offerings at stations across France, in partnership with star chefs whose craft is founded in regional gastronomy. The partnership formed by SNCF Gares & Connexions (a branch of SNCF which manages 3,000 French railway stations) SSP (specialists in the operation of food and beverage in travel locations) and chef Michel Roth, was founded with the aim to revitalise food and beverage at stations at Gare de Metz

Patrick Ropert, Managing Director of SNCF Gares & Connexions said; “It is essential to rethink station food and beverage by creating a real sense of place and by working with leading chefs from the region who will be able to draw on their culinary heritage, while adapting their food and service to the station envirnonement and its customers.”

Gerard d’Onofrio, MD of SSP France and Benelulx said; “We are particularly proud to be working in conjunction with Michel in this outstanding venture. It underscores our commitment to innovation and high culinary standards that can be seen across our offer to the travelling consumer.”

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please contact Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

###

Nordstrom to relocate its Oak Park Mall store to Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. today (Feb. 2, 2018) announced plans to relocate its Oak Park Mall store in Overland Park, Kansas, to Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. The new, approximately 116,000-square-foot store is expected to open in 2021. Nordstrom will continue serving customers at its current location in Oak Park Mall until it relocates.

“We’ve been fortunate to be able to serve our customers in this market at Oak Park Mall for the past 20 years and look forward to offering them a new shopping experience at Country Club Plaza,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. “Kansas City continues to be a terrific market for us. We want to grow our business here, which means we need to invest in bringing our customers the best we have to offer when it comes to both our digital capabilities and our physical locations. By building a new store, we’re excited to provide a new experience that makes shopping with us even more convenient.”

“The addition of a new Nordstrom store advances Taubman and Macerich’s promise to create a modern, point-of-difference experience on the Plaza,” said William S. Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman Centers, Inc. “Exciting new retail and dining will ensure the district’s future success and that it remains the crown jewel of the market.”

Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) and The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) jointly own and manage the 15-block, 1.3 million-square-foot, mixed-use retail and office property located in Kansas City.

Nordstrom’s Oak Park Mall store opened in 1998 and was the company’s first store in Kansas. Nordstrom currently operates 18 Nordstrom stores and 44 Nordstrom Rack stores in the Midwest.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.comHauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’scommon stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jennifer Tice Walker
Nordstrom, Inc.
Jennifer.ticewalker@Nordstrom.com
1-877-746-6228

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Starbucks and Chase make earning rewards easy for customers with the launch of Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card

Starbucks and Chase make earning rewards easy for customers with the launch of Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card

 

  • Seamless integration with Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program brings customers fast, frequent Rewards earned through everyday spending
  • Starting today, the card unlocks the ability to earn Stars both in and out of Starbucks® stores wherever Visa is accepted worldwide

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 1, 2018), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Chase (NYSE: JPM) announce the availability of the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, a co-brand credit card integrated directly into the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program. Customers using the card earn Stars with every purchase both in and out of Starbucks stores wherever Visa is accepted worldwide, and can be redeemed for food and beverage items at more than 8,000 participating* Starbucks locations. Card members will also become members of the Starbucks Rewards loyalty program, receiving exclusive perks and benefits already enjoyed by more than 14 million members daily.

“It’s important to us to make earning Rewards as easy for our customers as possible, and the Starbucks Rewards Visa Card is a powerful tool for us to do that because of how easily it fits into their daily lives,” said Matt Ryan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Starbucks. “This credit card also makes every day more rewarding for Starbucks and Chase customers through the ability to quickly earn Stars and benefits – including more food and beverage Rewards for any occasion.”

“We want to give cardmembers who can’t live without their Starbucks beverage an easy way to earn more Rewards,” said Jennifer Roberts, head of Digital Products for Chase. “The Starbucks Rewards Visa Card lets them earn Stars on every purchase they make so their next cup is that much more rewarding.”

Cardmembers will receive a physical card within 7-10 days of their application being approved, and a digital card will be immediately loaded into the Starbucks® mobile app for customers to start earning Stars right away.

New cardmembers can enjoy the following benefits:

  • New Cardmember Offer: 2,500 Stars after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening (equal to 20 food or beverage items)
  • Bonus Stars: 250 Stars when using their Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card to load their registered Starbucks Card within the Starbucks® mobile app for the first time
  • More Stars:
    • 1 Star for every $4 spent outside of Starbucks stores
    • 1 Star for every $1 digitally loaded to their registered Starbucks Card in the Starbucks® mobile app, using their Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, in addition to the 2 stars per $1 earned when paying with their registered Starbucks Card as a member of the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program
  • Instant Gold Status: Cardmembers will automatically receive Gold Status within the Starbucks Rewards™ program
  • 8 Barista Picks: Curated food or beverage Rewards selected by baristas and automatically loaded to the cardmembers Starbucks Rewards account

Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card has an annual fee of $49. To apply for the Starbucks Rewards Visa credit card, visit starbucks.com/visacard.

The new credit card is an expansion of the ongoing relationship between the two companies. Chase Merchant Services is the payment processing partner for Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, and Chase Pay is accepted at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S., as well as through the Starbucks mobile app. A second co-branded product, the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card will launch later this year.

For more information about the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, including pricing, terms and conditions, click here.

About Starbucks Coffee Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 28,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or visit news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,100 branches, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

###

Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with Issa Rae and Laverne Cox

Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with Issa Rae and Laverne Cox

 

Macy’s welcomes local change makers at eight stores nationwide, highlighted by special appearances by Issa Rae in Los Angeles and Laverne Cox in New York City

NEW YORK, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of change that has helped drive the country to new heights. With innovation comes an extraordinary opportunity to push boundaries, challenge the status quo, and make unprecedented waves. This year, Macy’s special guests will discuss how they blazed their own paths and how the connection to their heritage helped inspire their success. Macy’s will also celebrate those making a difference and impacting their local communities, while helping to pave the way for future generations.

As part of Macy’s Black History Month celebrations, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae will appear at Macy’s Baldwin Hillsin Los Angeles. Macy’s will also welcome Emmy® -nominated actress and equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox, at Herald Square in New York City. Both will participate in moderated conversations about Black history, their inspirations and innovation in showbiz.

“These upcoming Black History events serve as wonderful opportunities for Macy’s to bring bold, ground-breaking Black innovators into our stores and to our communities,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. “As a retailer committed to celebrating trailblazers, Macy’s is thrilled to open a space where our community can engage with these artists as they share their life stories and inspirations.”

Issa Rae’s rise from web series creator to one of Hollywood’s It-girls is nothing less than remarkable. Rae’s content has garnered millions of views online and two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actress for her hit show, HBO’s Insecure. Issa’s web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was the recipient of the coveted Shorty Award for Best Web Show, and her first book, a collection of essays, is a New York Times Best Seller. Issa has graced the cover and pages of major national media outlets including Essence, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, CNN, VOGUE and TIME with appearances onThe Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, The View, and more.

“I am excited to be working with Macy’s during Black History Month to celebrate those young and old whose innovation and talents are transforming American culture and making undeniable contributions to art and entertainment,” said Rae.

Laverne Cox is a two-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black, where she plays the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset. Her work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME magazine as well as two Emmy nominations, back-to-back SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” a Critic’s Choice nomination, and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations. Cox is a renowned speaker and has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her work as an advocate landed her a coveted spot as one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year. She is the recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award, the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, was named one of The Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans, one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine’s Out 100, was ranked number 5 on the 2014 Root 100 list and is a part of Ebony’s Power 100.

“I am grateful to be working with Macy’s during Black History Month to contribute to powerful conversations about the transformative work being done by young innovators,” said Cox. “There is never a better time to discuss the contributions made by the Black community, and what an inspiration it is to be among those fighting for change.”

At each of the Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will have an opportunity to meet and greet with event special guests. For additional information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities and special guests, please visit macys.com/celebrate.

Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. with Issa Rae
Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Culver City (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Center City (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. with Laverne Cox
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 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 as Macy’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, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in 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 $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, 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.

Macy’s Contact:
Alicia Hart
646-429-5232
Alicia.Hart@macys.com

Christine Olver Nealon
646-429-5713
Christine.Olver.Nealon@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

###

Macy’ launches Verona Collection a modest clothing brand

Macy’ launches Verona Collection a modest clothing brand

 

The modest clothing brand, featuring fashionable and modern dresses, pants, cardigans, tops and hijabs will be available on macys.com on February 15

NEW YORK, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s (NYSE:M) today (Feb. 1, 2018) announced the launch of Verona Collection, a modest clothing brand and 2017 graduate of The Workshop at Macy’s, the retailer’s minority- and women-owned business development program founded in 2011. Available on macys.com beginning Feb. 15, Verona Collection will feature a curated selection of versatile, ready-to-wear pieces including dresses, tops, cardigans, pants and hijabs in a variety of colors and fabrics.

“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside,” said Lisa Vogl, founder of Verona Collection. “Macy’s has been an amazing partner, helping us strengthen the foundation of our business through The Workshop at Macy’s and now introducing our brand to their consumers through this collaboration.”

Inspired by her personal experience looking for fashionable and modest clothing, standout pieces include maxi dresses, versatile cardigans and hand-dyed hijabs. Accented with asymmetric buttons, the maxi dress is a modern take on a timeless classic and cardigans come in sleeveless and full sleeve styles for layering-look options. The hijabs are hand-dyed in versatile fabrics making them perfect for any occasion.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.”

The Workshop at Macy’s is conducted annually and represents a foundational element of Macy’s commitment to vendor diversity. May 2017 marked the seventh year of the program, as well as the continued creation of a viable pipeline of enterprises that will grow to become successful partners with Macy’s, Inc. and other retailers.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, we want to nurture and support minority- and women-owned businesses to build their capabilities and become the next generation of retail partners,” said Shawn Outler, Macy’s executive vice president – Licensed Businesses, Food Services and Multicultural Initiatives. “We are truly encouraged by the successes of our graduated businesses, including Verona Collection, and look forward to hosting a new class of participants this spring.”

Macy’s has long been recognized for its commitment to fostering the promotion, growth and development of its vendor resources. In 2016, Macy’s purchases from minority- and women-owned businesses totaled more than $1 billion – surpassing the billion dollar mark for the third year in a row, including purchases from The Workshop at Macy’s graduates.

Verona Collection ranges in price from $12.95 to $84.95 and will be available on macys.com beginning February 15.

For more information about The Workshop at Macy’s, visit macysinc.com/workshop.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 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 as Macy’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, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in 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 $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, 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.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider
646-429-5213
julie.strider@macys.com

Silvia Osante
646-429-5241
silvia.osante@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

###

H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

 

H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M will create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection.

“It is such an honor for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in PyeongChang. The designs will bring together sport, functionality and fashion and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,”

says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director.

The collaboration between H&M and the Swedish Olympic Committee started in 2013. Since then H&M has created the collections for the games in Sochi 2014 as well as the games in Rio 2016. H&M has also in-between these games created collections for six youth games.

“PyeongChang 2018 marks the third time H&M will dress Team Sweden. H&M brings fashion to the Olympics in a completely new manner. We are looking forward to getting dressed up in their new designs in February,” says Anna Lundin, Marketing and Communication Executive at the Swedish Olympic Committee.

“Being part of a big nations team, when all sports come together and to be representing your country; that´s what makes the Olympic Games special. The clothes are important for building that team spirit and H&M are awesome at creating that feeling. Their designs will make us want to go for gold. The Swedish team will for sure wear the clothing with pride,” says Henrik Harlaut, Swedish Olympic Team freestyle skiing, ski slopestyle.

Contact:

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

Source: H&M

###

Block Foods AG strengthens its online brand presence using Intershop Commerce Suite as new platform

  • traditional Hamburg-based family-owned company digitizes sales of food products based on the Intershop Commerce Suite
  • Premium manufacturer invests in enhanced online brand experience and customer loyalty
  • Implementation and hosting by Intershop partner SignTEK in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

Jena, Hamburg, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Block Foods AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, uses the Intershop Commerce Suite as new platform to strengthen its online brand presence. Its hosting in the Azure cloud is handled by the e-business agency SignTEK, which was already responsible for the project implementation.

Block Foods AG, which belongs to the Block Group, comprises four independent companies that manufacture beef and convenience products under the Block House label. Known throughout Germany, they cater to the gastronomy, the hotel industry, wholesalers and food retailers. With the new shop platform, selected quality products are made available for the first time via its own online shop and various marketplaces.

With the launch of the B2C and B2B shops, the business and sales processes of the Block Group were to be gradually digitalized in order to achieve a convincing customer experience across all corporate divisions.

Thomas Mänecke, CEO of Block Foods AG: “Originally founded for the quality assurance of products in block-house restaurants, our production facilities have developed into independent, sales-boosting companies that meanwhile generate more than two thirds of their turnover from supplying external customers. Therefore, it was a logical conclusion for us to consequently realign our online sales. Now it assures a maximum of ordering convenience for our customers which ultimately strengthens the block-house brand. With Intershop and SignTEK, we’ve found what we were looking for: a future-proof, highly scalable commerce platform for our ambitious digitization strategy and a strong project partner who can help us in all aspects of the implementation of our plans.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, adds: “The German e-food market is still in its infancy when compared with other countries. Driving the right strategy based on high-performance technology in the most secure cloud offers plenty of room for profitable growth and the conquest of new customer segments. We are pleased to be able to support Block Foods AG, another renowned wholesaler, in the digital transformation of its business processes.”

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:
Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
mailto: pr@intershop.de

Source: Intershop Communications AG

DFS Group celebrates Lunar New Year 2018 ‘The Year of the Dog’ with a series of promotions, exclusive offers and in-store activities

HONG KONG, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, will celebrate Lunar New Year 2018 ‘The Year of the Dog’ with a series of fabulous promotions, exclusive offers and fun interactive activities at selected T Galleria and DFS stores worldwide throughout February 2018.

DFS Group’s 2018 Happy Lunar New Year campaign celebrates all that’s important about this very special time of year, also offering customers a range of exclusive offers from its Give Joy Together gift guide.

DFS President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing Sibylle Scherer said Lunar New Year is one of the world’s most celebrated festivals and is a time for family, friends, giving, happiness and good fortune.

“Our Give Joy Together gift guide, in conjunction with DFS’ 2018 Happy Lunar New Year campaign, is sure to delight anyone who visits our stores this festive season. As we welcome the Year of the Dog, we proudly thank our loyal customers and look forward to welcoming new shoppers who seek a warm, friendly and luxurious shopping experience that only DFS can offer.

“Our gift guide showcases all that is fun about giving and sharing, offering our customers the chance to show their appreciation to their loved ones, or treat themselves to something special this Lunar New Year,” said Sibylle.

In celebration of Lunar New Year 2018, DFS will host a range of exciting in-store activities, including ‘DFS Game’, a Pokémon Go-inspired game featuring the DFS Lunar New Year dog character Lolo, who will lead customers to ‘catch’ incentives, experiences or blessings in-store. The game will be available at T Galleria by DFS, Hong Kong, Canton Road, T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor, T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii and T Galleria by DFS, Sydney in February.

Other in-store activities include ‘Catch Your Luck’, a Fortune Tree and Wishing Tree with lucky prize envelopes, and a personalized charm giveaway set offer when customers take advantage of DFS Give Joy Together promotions.

DFS 2018 Lunar New Year exclusives also feature products from Tiffany & Co., Burberry and Coach, as well as the new Marc Tetro Westie and Boston Terrier cosmetic and tote bag range, a perfect gift to symbolize the Year of the Dog, and exclusively available for Hong Kong shoppers. Marc Tetro celebrates color, style and fun and demonstrates DFS’ commitment to stocking unique, world-class fashion, jewelry and cosmetics from design houses across the world.

DFS also offers customers savings on classic, timeless pieces from brands such as Estée Lauder, Anne Klein, Hamilton and Emporio Armani.

Products exclusively available at DFS this Lunar New Year include:

  • Estée Lauder – Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow & Lipstick, Limited Edition
  • Anne Klein – Blush Ceramic Watch with Genuine Swarovski Crystals Women’s Watch
  • Marc Jacobs – DFS exclusive Tote Bag
  • Hamilton – Ventura Elvis 80 Automatic Rubber Strap Men’s Watch – Receive a complimentary exclusive Elvis Presley tote bag with your purchase
  • Emporio Armani – CONNECTED Touchscreen Smartwatch
  • Bvlgari Serpenti Twist Your Time with Mother of Pearl Dial
  • Bvlgari Serpenti Twist Your Time with Red Dial
  • Swarovski Haves Bracelet, Pendant and Earrings
  • Tiffany & Co. Keys Fleur de Lis Key Pendant and Tiffany & Co. Keys Petals Key Pendant
  • Marc Tetro Hong Kong Pug Large Cosmetic Bag
  • Marc Tetro Hong Kong Westie Tote Bag

MEDIA CONTACTS:

press.enquiries@dfs.com

Source: DFS Group

###

7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s a gold rush going on at 7‑Eleven®. On the heels of the launch of Hershey’s Gold bars, The Hershey Company’s first candy bar launch in 20 years, 7‑Eleven, Inc. strikes gold with its new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino.

The limited-time beverage treat joins Hershey’s Goldbars, already available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. The Hershey’s Gold candy bar hit 7‑Eleven shelves in December and already has become one of its top-selling candy offerings.

Calling it “the fourth flavor of Hershey bars,” Hershey describes its new confection creation as creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet. The golden-colored bar is a mix of buttery-sweet caramelized crème and crunchy bits of pretzels and peanuts. Hershey’s Gold bars (standard and king-size) are also available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. Through Feb. 28, 2018, candy-lovers can get a FREE Hershey’s Gold standard bar with the purchase of two standard bars at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

“When Hershey approached us about creating a new cappuccino drink flavored like a delicious new candy bar, we jumped on board,” said Shawn Barnes, 7‑Eleven senior category manager. “Our customers choose 7‑Eleven cappuccino and hot chocolate drinks to treat themselves, and our goal is to offer rich, decadent flavors you can’t find anywhere else. Hershey’s Gold is exactly that, and people love it – both as a candy bar and a cappuccino.”

The new 7‑Eleven Hershey’s Gold cappuccino mimics the rich buttery salty sweet taste of its namesake candy.  The retailer began working months before the new candy bar launched to develop the exclusive flavored cappuccino.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries, including 11,600 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:
7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

###

Paradies Lagardère and TripAdvisor open new travel essential stores at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP), the world’s largest travel site, announced today (February 01, 2018) two new travel essential stores at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) at Gate A14, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Terminal 4.

With more than 455 million monthly visitors, TripAdvisor helps travelers worldwide find the latest reviews and lowest prices. In addition to offering travel essentials, these TripAdvisor branded stores feature a large, interactive screen that travelers can use to learn more about the surrounding area. With just a tap, customers are able to easily access the latest TripAdvisor reviews and traveler photos for nearby hotels, attractions, restaurants and more to help them plan the perfect trip.

Quotes:

“Paradies Lagardère works with its airport and brand partners to create enhanced customer experiences and stay on the cutting edge of offering innovation and technology,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “The TripAdvisor travel essential concepts both include an interactive tool that’s entertaining, fun, and truly useful in helping travelers. We’re thrilled to continue to bring this pioneering travel essential store to airports throughout North America, and this unique store is a great addition to the already strong retail programs at IAH and PHX.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Paradies Lagardère and extending the reach of the TripAdvisor brand into the George Bush Intercontinental and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airports,” said Nicole Brown, Senior Director of Brand Partnerships, TripAdvisor. “The TripAdvisor travel retail store concept allows us to further our mission of helping travelers worldwide plan and book the perfect trip by offering them a convenient way to purchase all the travel essentials, as well as quick access to our more than 570 million reviews and opinions on 7.3 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions via innovative in-store touchscreens.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère is the leader in introducing new and innovative brands into the airport retail environment. The partnership with TripAdvisor began in 2016. The stores at IAH and PHX, along with the store at Toronto Pearson International Airport already exceeding expectations and sales, totals three TripAdvisor stores to open in less than six months. Paradies Lagardère will introduce one more TripAdvisor concept in 2018 in Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU).

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs.

We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mail to:nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

JACK & JONES sponsors Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship

JACK & JONES sponsors Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship

 

JACK & JONES announces a new partnership with the only American team competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the 2018 season, JACK & JONES will be featured on Haas F1 Team’s racecars and team personnel as the two brands join forces on several initiatives throughout the season. With this partnership, JACK & JONES aims to demonstrate its denim superiority together with Haas F1 Team.

At the track, JACK & JONES will appear on the back of the rear wing of Haas F1 Team’s racecars and on the drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

JACK & JONES is not new to Formula One. The brand’s longstanding commitment to current Haas F1 team driver Magnussen and former team sponsorships attest to that. The partnership with Haas F1 Team is a natural continuation of a strong company history within motorsports and Formula One in particular. Henning Nielsen, Head of E-Commerce & Marketing, JACK & JONES, explains:

“The dedication and professionalism it takes to be in Formula One aligns with the values we apply in our everyday approach to denim and menswear. We strive to be the best, just like Haas F1 Team. That’s why we have supported Kevin Magnussen throughout his career and why we have decided to join Haas F1 Team this season.”

Denim is the backbone of JACK & JONES, created with meticulous craftsmanship and preparation. One single pair of JACK & JONES jeans goes through 50 pairs of hands before it reaches the end consumer in the store.

“At JACK & JONES, we’re as dedicated to denim as a Formula One driver is to their racing, and that’s why our new partnership with Haas F1 Team makes so much sense for our brand,” Henning Nielsen elaborates; “Just as Haas F1 Team pushes its cars, drivers and crewmen to extract maximum performance, we do the same with our denim to ensure quality and comfort.”

During the 2018 season JACK & JONES and Haas F1 Team will set up several creative initiatives that explore the similarities between the two industries. Both brands promise to push the boundaries within both Formula One and Denim.

Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team, is pleased with the sponsorship;

“We’re very proud to announce our new partnership with JACK & JONES. It’s a brand built on hard work and attention to detail that has grown very quickly and delivers a quality product. While we are still relatively new in Formula One, our objectives and work ethics are very similar to JACK & JONES. The recognition JACK & JONES has in its marketplace is what we strive for in Formula One.”

For further information, please contact:
Malene Louise Lehmann Jensen
Public Relations, JACK & JONES
+45 5215 4875
malene.jensen@bestseller.com

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

Source: BestSeller

###

LightInTheBox launches new service that lets customers in the United States try on wedding gowns at home

BEIJING, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Feb. 1, 2018) announced that it has launched a “Cloud Fitting Room” service to allow customers in the United States to try on wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses at home.

Leveraging the Company’s self-operated fulfillment center in the United States, LightInTheBox will ship up to three wedding gowns or bridesmaid dresses at a time to customers across the United States and allow them to try them on at home and mail back before they make their final purchase of a made-to-order customized dress. Customers will be charged US$10 for this service which will initially cover the Company’s wedding apparel category and is expected to expand to prom dresses and other made-to-order special occasion dress categories in the near future.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “Based on customer feedback, we developed this service to allow customers to see and try on various dresses before they buy such an important clothing item such as a wedding gown or bridesmaid and prom dresses. We believe our innovative Cloud Fitting Room’ service will greatly improve our user experience by turning everyone’s home into a comfortable fitting room which they can share with their family or friends.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Investor Relations Contact:

Christensen
Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Christensen
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Trax brings its full suite of retail solutions to Greater China market

Trax will help CPGs and retailers operating in the Greater China Region (GCR) gather real-time intelligence on how their products are performing in store, and optimize their in-store execution to drive smarter sales strategies.

SINGAPORE, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Trax, the leader in computer vision and analytics for the retail and consumer goods industry, today (January 31st, 2018) announces its entrance into the Greater China market. Trax, which operates in over 50 countries and works with global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPGs) manufacturers and retailers, brings its full suite of solutions to this competitive, and rapidly changing market.

Trax’s breakthrough computer vision and analytics platform turns photographs of retail shelves into insights that can be used to improve in-store execution strategies. This ability to digitize the physical world of retail means that CPGs and retailers operating in the Greater China Region (GCR) can gather real-time intelligence on how their products are performing in store, and optimize their in-store execution to drive smarter sales strategies.

Trax is expanding its operations quickly in the GCR with the strong support of its investor, global private equity firm, Warburg Pincus. Trax expects to replicate the success it has seen in the US market, where it has grown exponentially in the past 18 months, and has now established offices in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. This latest announcement from Trax follows its recent acquisition of Quri, the leader in crowdsourced in-store conditions data for the CPG industry.

“Trax has built impressive momentum over the past year, with strategic partnerships, acquisitions and solid growth in global markets. China’s retail market is one of the largest in the world and we believe this is the right time for Trax to enter”, said Nancy Wang, Managing Director of Greater China Region at Trax. “The company is already serving many global companies like Coca-Cola and P&G in the market and we have had a very positive reception from local Chinese giants in the industry. As a result, we plan to open offices in Beijing, Shanghai and major cities throughout China. Not to mention, we are exploring the possibility of developing a large support center in China to support Trax’s projects globally.”

The Chinese retail landscape is becoming increasingly complex and requires CPG and retailers to ensure that they have full visibility of how their products perform across different store types. They need to be able to quickly identify issues such as out-of-stock items, incorrect shelf plans and improve speed-to-shelf for new product launches.

Trax is the only company in the world that has a fully automated, real-time platform for SKU level recognition that can work offline, or online. With Trax, global CPG clients see out-of-stock rates reduced by 10-15% and overall category sales increased by 3-5%.

“The Chinese retail market is highly sophisticated and competitive, which is pushing CPGs to excel, innovate and differentiate. Trax offers these companies the ability to transform the way retail execution is conducted” said Joel Bar-El, CEO at Trax. “We bring a new digitized experience which did not exist before. And unlike other markets, China is exceedingly open to embrace this type of innovation and the numerous advantages which our technology, solutions and services brings.”

Notes to editors

About Trax

Trax is the world leader in computer vision solutions and analytics for retail, ranking in the top 25 Fastest Growing Companies on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list. The company enables tighter execution controls in-store and the ability to leverage competitive insights through their in-store execution tools, market measurement services and data science to unlock revenue opportunities at all points of sale. Trax does this using smartphones and tablets to gain actionable shelf analytics in real-time. With over 175 clients, in over 50 countries, top brands such as Coca-Cola, AB InBev, Nestle, Henkel, PepsiCo and many more, leverage Trax globally to manage their in-store execution and increase revenues at the shelf. Trax is headquartered in Singapore with offices worldwide. To learn more about Trax, please visit www.traxretail.com.

Press Contact:

Fei Fei Ho
Global VP Marketing & Communications
Trax
feifei@traxretail.com
+65 9775 5569

Source: Trax

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

 

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is passionate about enabling a sense of adventure and inspiring kids to learn through play and exploration.  In connection with its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’ the brand is excited to launch a partnership with three of the most visited aquariums across the US: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.

The campaign, which aims to bring to life the idea of sea-venture both on land and at sea, will include unique experiences on site at each aquarium centered around exploration and education. Additionally, the brand will host local store events in each market, where customers will have the opportunity to meet an aquatic animal and enjoy special offers at the abercrombie kids locations.

At abercrombie kids, the team keeps the sense of adventure and play at the heart of everything it does, including through the clothes it designs, which are “made for play”, with details such as reinforced knees and added stretch. This same sentiment is applied to every area of the brand, as it looks to provide engaging content and experiences that inspire that same sense of adventure.

For more details on the specific events in each market, visit the links below:

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Glendale Galleria Mall on Sunday, February 4th, 11 am-2 pm. Learn more!
  • Check out more information HERE on the Member Activity Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific, happening February 1st and 2nd

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at the Mall of Georgia on Sunday, March 18th, 12 pm-3 pm. Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Georgia Aquarium’s Sleep Under the Sea program. abercrombie kids will be offering an exclusive experience available for A&F Club Members

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Woodfield Mall on Sunday, February 18th, 11 am-2 pm Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Shedd Aquarium’s extraordinary experiences!

“We are excited for abercrombie kids to be partnering with these three acclaimed aquariums. We all want to inspire adventure and curiosity in children, and we look forward to seeing that come to life by sharing these unique experiences and events with our customers,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids.

In addition to the events and to support the aquariums, customers are encouraged to round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar in all US abercrombie kids stores, from now through April 2018.  100% of the funds will support the aquariums, their aquatic animals, and their conservation efforts.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and www.abercrombie.com globally.

About Aquarium of the Pacific:
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, the interactive Shark Lagoon, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages and citizen science conservation programs that help animals from endangered sea turtles to species inhabiting local wetlands. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, please visit aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

About Georgia Aquarium:
Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org

About Shedd Aquarium:
John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the first U.S. aquarium to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals by American Humane, the organization is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. www.sheddaquarium.org

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

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

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Company/globenewswire

###

Otto Group announces the departure of Manufactum Group Executive Director Dr Christopher Heinemann

Hamburg, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dr Christopher Heinemann (48), Executive Director of the Manufactum Group, has decided not to extend his contract in order to take up new career challenges outside the Otto Group.

Dr Heinemann joined the Executive Board of the Manufactum Group in 2006 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008 following the company’s full acquisition by the Otto Group. Alongside the commercial Areas and HR, he most recently also held responsibility for the creative functions Product & Assortment, Text & Image as well as Marketing. He will continue to carry out these tasks in the transitional period before he leaves the Manufactum Group later this year.

“We very much regret Christopher Heinemann’s departure and express our thanks already today for his very successful work and extraordinary commitment”, says Dr Rainer Hillebrand, Deputy Chairman of the Otto Group Executive Board and Chairman of the Manufactum Group Advisory Board. “We wish him all the best and continued success in his personal and professional future.”

Max Heimann (43), Executive Board Member responsible for the Retail, Customer Centre, and Home Shopping Areas, as well as the food and beverages concept ‘brot & butter’, will additionally take over the commercial Areas and HR. A successor is currently being sought for the creative functions.

About the Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer knowhow and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.

Media Contact:
Martin Zander
Tel.: +49 40 6461 2820
Mail: martin.zander@ottogroup.com

Source: Otto Group

Barnes & Noble unveils the six finalists for its 2017 Discover Awards

  • Barnes & Noble Announces Finalists for the 27th Annual Discover Awards
  • Winners to Be Announced at a Special Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, March 7
  • Prize Pool for Winning Writers and Finalists Is More Than $100,000 with Winners Receiving a Year of Promotion from Barnes & Noble

New York, NY, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (February 1, 2018) announced the six finalists for its prestigious 2017 Discover Awards.

The Discover Great New Writers program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction books from authors at the start of their careers. Since its debut, the program has introduced readers to nearly 1,900 extraordinary literary talents, many of whom have gone on to become household names, including Matthew Desmond, Junot Díaz, Anthony Doerr, Zadie Smith, Cheryl Strayed, Colson Whitehead and many more.
The six winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards will share a cash prize totaling $105,000 and will be announced on Wednesday, March 7, at a private awards ceremony in New York City. The top winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $30,000 prize and a full year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists will receive $15,000 each, and third-place finalists $7,500 each.

The finalists for the 2017 Discover Great New Writers Awards are: 

Fiction:

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (Grove/Atlantic) – A haunting and poetic parable about change and renewal, chaos and survival.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) – The bonds between parents and children are tested in all directions in this timely and beautiful exploration of love and loyalty.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (McSweeney’s) – A darkly comic and unforgettable story about a young woman trying to make sense of her place in the world.

Nonfiction:

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty (Amistad Press/HarperCollins) – A culinary historian traces his family’s roots and the politics that surround the origins of Southern cuisine in this unique memoir.

Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder by Leah Carroll (Grand Central Publishing) – A brave and wrenching memoir of a broken family and a portrait of gritty, 1980s Providence, Rhode Island.

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (Norton, W.W. & Company) – An insightful and heartbreaking narrative that follows a growing community of itinerant workers: older Americans.

Books by the finalists can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Judges

Two panels of distinguished judges selected the finalists and will also select the winners.

Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:

Lauren Groff is the author of four books, including Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fifth book, Florida, is forthcoming in June 2018. Her short fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry award, has been in journals including the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Tin House, and has appeared five times in the Best American Short Stories anthology. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, an NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship among other prizes and fellowships. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of 10 books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent 10 years as book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, and is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.

This year’s nonfiction judges are:

Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of two collections of poetry, “Honey and Junk” and “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard,” both of which were published by W.W. Norton. Her food writing has twice been honored by the James Beard Foundation, and she is the author of Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters and the Making of a New American Food Culture, a 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of the novels Chang & Eng (a 2000 Discover Great New Writers selection), The Real McCoy, More Than It Hurts You and the memoir Half a Life. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books, Entertainment Weekly Must-Read Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program and a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship among other honors and awards. His next novel, The Queen of Tuesday, is forthcoming.

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is bestselling author of five books, including Love Is A Mix Tape (A 2007 Discover Great New Writers selection), Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, and Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. His most recent books are On Bowie and Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World.

Books by the judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Discover Awards

Since 1990, the Discover Great New Writers program has connected readers with incredible, unforgettable stories which they may have otherwise missed.  In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the program has helped many emerging authors find their audience.

The Discover program’s selection committee is comprised of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers.

Forty-two books were handpicked for the program in 2016 from the 1,000+ submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from these, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover Awards.

Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include: Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and Abby Geni for The Lightkeepers (both 2016); Mia Alvar for In the Country: Stories and Jill Leovy for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (both 2015); Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (2014); Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St. Germain for Son of a Gun (both 2013); Cheryl Strayed for Wild and Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (both 2012); Joshua Ferris for Then We Came to the End (2007); Ben Fountain for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006); Alison Smith for Name All the Animals (2004); Anthony Doerr for The Shell Collector (2002); Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers (2001); Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996); and Chang-rae Lee for Native Speaker (1995).

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, please visit www.bn.com/discover or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at any of Barnes & Noble’s 632 stores nationwide.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
aortolani@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

U.S. Bank and Diebold Nixdorf to enable Super Bowl to experience the future possibilities of connected commerce

Diebold Nixdorf contributes collaborative, innovative banking technology concepts at The U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in driving connected commerce, has partnered with U.S. Bank to showcase the future of banking at the nation’s largest sporting event from January 31 to February 4. During a fan festival open to the public, Super Bowl LIVE will host the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in downtown Minneapolis, which will include Diebold Nixdorf’s Essence concept, in addition to an e-commerce locker solution, U.S. Bank and Diebold Nixdorf will enable fans to experience the future possibilities of connected commerce through virtual payments demonstrations using contactless transactions and virtual currency.

At the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, fans will interact with Essence, Diebold Nixdorf’s streamlined, self-service touchpoint concept that transforms everyday transactions into modern encounters. Capturing the look and feel of the ATM experience of the future, and with a striking, modern appearance, Diebold Nixdorf’s Essence concept bridges the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions.

Fans will also be able to experience Diebold Nixdorf’s e-commerce locker concept, which will feature an opportunity to receive a limited, exclusive gift centered around the big game. Driven by mobile, influenced by data and embedded with security, Diebold Nixdorf’s e-commerce locker concept connects industry trends to create tailored consumer experiences across retail and banking. By scanning their wearable devices to see if they are a recipient, the guest will receive a congratulatory notification indicating in which locker they can pick up their item. The locker approach seamlessly merges online, mobile and store through a ‘click-and-collect’ model that is quick and convenient for consumers.

In the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, fans will also view a video wall of rotating content with fun facts on spending around the big game. In addition to Diebold Nixdorf, U.S. Bank has partnered with Visa® and Zelle for the event.

“Having the Big Game in our headquarters market in Minneapolis is truly a unique opportunity for us to showcase our community,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer for U.S. Bank. “We are particularly excited about the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in partnership with VISA and Diebold Nixdorf as it will be a fun and interactive way for fans to engage in the future of payments. We believe fans will find this virtual contactless payments journey a truly fascinating experience.”

“We are thrilled to share our innovations centered on the future of self-service around the big game. Sporting events are one of the many opportunities the banking and retail industry have to provide a more dynamic and convenient customer experience,” said Richard Harris, vice president, design and concept development, Diebold Nixdorf. “Our collaborative partnership with U.S. Bank is truly bringing the future of connected commerce to Super Bowl LIVE. Through our presence at the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, guests will be able to experience firsthand the innovative products that will soon become everyday reality.”

U.S. Bank will take over McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant on the corner of Ninth Street and Nicollet Mallfor the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge as a part of Super Bowl LIVE. The lounge will be free to the public from January 31 to February 4.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 73,000 employees and $462 billion in assets as of December 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its branch and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, small business, wealth management, payment, wholesale and securities services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:

Mike Jacobsen
APR
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

ITV announces new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street

Co-op and Costa Coffee Storefronts To Appear On The Cobbles

LONDON, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ITV today (Jan 30, 2018) announces that it has agreed two significant new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street. In an ITV first, viewers will see Co-op and Costa Coffee storefronts as part of a new extended Weatherfield set.

Both facades will be fully branded and open for business in Spring 2018 with other assets such as posters, bags and cups integrated across the iconic soap.

The new agreements also include digital and brand-licensing aspects for both brands, enabling them to use Coronation Street assets and extend the partnership off-air.

Mark Trinder, Sales Director, ITV said: “The expansion of the Coronation Street set has given us a great opportunity to feature branded shop facades as more of Weatherfield is opened up to viewers. Incorporating product placement on this scale is something we have wanted to do for some time and we’re delighted with this exciting opportunity. We’ve worked really closely with the Coronation Street team to make sure we’ve got a great brand fit for Co-op and Costa Coffee with the nation’s favourite soap while still ensuring editorial integrity.”

Alison Jones, Customer Director at Co-op said: “Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer at the heart of local life and being close to the customer, which makes this a perfect match. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our brand on the world’s most famous street by unveiling a Weatherfield store and having further brand placements with our shopping bags.”

Eric Tavoukdjian, commercial marketing director for Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “Costa Coffee is delighted to be welcomed to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street as part of this innovative partnership with ITV. As the nation’s favourite coffee shop and a presence on the UK high street for more than 40 years, we feel it’s perfect to have a presence on one of the nation’s favourite and most iconic soaps. We’re looking forward to partnering with the ITV team to integrate the Costa Coffee brand into Coronation Street as part of this exciting Weatherfield set extension.”

First broadcast in 1960, Coronation Street is the longest-running soap on British TV and the most watched soap in the country. Product placement (PP) was introduced in the UK in 2011 and ITV led the way with the very first PP on British screens. In the same year the first peak time product placement was introduced in Coronation Street and since then ITV has brought together brands and programmes with PP agreements across the ITV schedule.

About Costa Coffee

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC.

With over 2,380 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for eight years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

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

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms.

ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.

About Co-op

The Co-op operates across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services and has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,800 outlets, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

For further information, please contact:

The Costa Press Team
CostaPR@whitbread.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Costa names Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore 2017 Book of the Year

London, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore has been named winner of the 2017 Costa Book of the Year. The collection, Dunmore’s tenth, explores the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both, and includes her final poem, ‘Hold out your arms’, written shortly before her death in June 2017, aged 64.

Dunmore is the second writer to take the overall prize posthumously in the Award’s 46-year history. Ted Hughes posthumously won the Poetry Award and Book of the Year in 1998 for Birthday Letters.

The announcement was made this evening (Tuesday 30th January) at an awards ceremony held at Quaglino’s in central London where Dunmore’s son, Patrick Charnley, accepted a cheque for £30,000, from Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa.

Wendy Holden, Chair of the final judges, said: “We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life-affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us.”

Holden chaired a final judging panel that included Contributing Editor to British Vogue, Laura Bailey; author and presenter, Fern Britton; actor Art Malik; BBC presenter and journalist Sophie Raworth; writers Piers Torday, Freya North and Simon Garfield; and poet Moniza Alvi.

Inside the Wave, published by Bloodaxe Books, is the eighth collection of poetry to take the overall prize. Poetry has a strong record in the Costa Book Awards, often winning the overall prize several times in a row. Most recently, Christopher Reid won in 2009 with A Scattering, followed by Jo Shapcott with Of Mutabilitya year later in 2010. The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, the first novelist ever to win the Book of the Year twice.

Inside the Wave beat the bookmakers’ favourite, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by bestselling debut novelist Gail Honeyman, family memoir, In the Days of Rain by author and academic Rebecca Stott, Reservoir 13 by novelist Jon McGregor and The Explorer by children’s author Katherine Rundell for to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious book prize in 2006. 2017 marks the 46th year of the Book Awards.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won twelve times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, eight times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

Luan Goldie wins 2017 Costa Short Story Award

Also announced at the ceremony was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Primary school teacher and former business journalist, Luan Goldie from Newham in East London, won the public vote and £3,500 for her story, Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns. Two runners-up, civil servant Chris Hunter from Teddington in South-West London and poet and short story writer, Frances Ainslie from Dunblane, Perthshire, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Established in 2012, this Award – run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is judged anonymously (ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process). It is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, and is open to both published and unpublished writers.

A shortlist of three stories was selected by a panel of judges – Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin and Kit de Waal – and then made available on the Costa Book Awards website for the public to download and vote for their favourite. Costa Managing Director, Dominic Paul, announced the winner and runners-up and presented them with their cheques.

For more information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

Notes for Editors:

About the Costa Book Awards:

The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

The total prize fund for the Costa Book Awards – including the Costa Short Story Award – stands at £60,000.

The award winners from the five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – each receives £5,000.

The overall Costa Book of the Year is selected from the five category Award winners with the winner receiving a further £30,000.

The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber).

For further information, please contact:

Amanda Johnson
Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity
Telephone: 07715 922 180
Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com

Source: Costa Coffee