LCP welcomes Ceri Markham and Derek Croal as new asset managers

LCP welcomes Ceri Markham and Derek Croal as new asset managers

 

LONDON, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP has appointed two new asset managers.

Ceri Markham and Derek Croal both join LCP’s head office in Pensnett, West Midlands. Ceri joins the industrial team from Cushman and Wakefield, where she was a senior surveyor in its asset services team. She has previously worked at Jaguar Land Rover and SEGRO.

Derek has joined the retail team from Walsall-based European Food Brokers Ltd, where he was group estates manager, leading the in-house property team in the management of the group’s 110 trading and 125 investment properties.

Managing director Nick Burgess said: “We’re gearing up for a very busy and productive 2018, with ambitious acquisitions targets, so we are delighted to welcome Ceri and Derek, who bring many years of first-class experience in their respective fields to LCP.”

Ceri, who enjoys travelling to South Africa where she has family, said: “Coming to LCP was an attractive prospect because of its ambitious plans for growth and because of its unqualified commitment to tenants. I’m very much looking forward to making my contribution to the firm.”

Sportive cyclist Derek added: “I’m very pleased to join LCP at a time of growth. It has expanded its retail portfolio significantly in recent years and its values in looking after the communities in which it acquires properties really appealed to me.”

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email propertyenquiry@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: LCP

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts are back!

Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts are back!

 

Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donuts are back along with special sweet Valentine’s Day-inspired donut designs and names

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is ready for Valentine’s Day by showing a little extra heart at the donut case. Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts return today, and this year the brand is bringing guests beloved Valentine varieties along with a special seasonal surprise of sweet new names for its donut and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ swoon-worthy selection of Valentine’s Day donuts includes the Vanilla Truffle Donut, a heart-shaped donut filled with vanilla-flavored buttercreme, frosted with vanilla icing and topped with semi-sweet chocolate curls. The Brownie Batter Crumble Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with rich chocolatey brownie batter filling, frosted with chocolate icing and crumbled brownies, and Cupid’s Choice Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with Bavarian Crème, frosted with strawberry-flavored icing and sprinkled with a festive mix of pink and white sprinkles. All are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Select Dunkin’ Donuts locations will also serve new Lovestruck MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats, chocolate glazed MUNCHKINS® covered in pink and white sprinkles. Also available at select locations will be the Lovestruck Donut, a donut topped with strawberry icing, a chocolate drizzle arrow, and a Lovestruck MUNCHKINS® placed in the center.

Finally, Dunkin’s donut varieties will feature heartwarming new names and designs inspired by the love and romance of the holiday. The Valentine’s Day donut makeover includes:

  • Boston Dream: A dreamy version of Dunkin’s classic Boston Kreme Donut, featuring a heart-shaped shell and red icing drizzle
  • Pillow Talk: No need to wait for bedtime to enjoy this heart-shaped Vanilla Creme donut.
  • Donut Be Jelly: Eating this classic Jelly Donut in a heart-shaped shell is sure to make everyone around envious.
  • Roses are Red: Love blooms with this classic Vanilla Frosted Donut now featuring red icing topped with pink and white sprinkles.
  • Pretty in Pink: A Strawberry Frosted Donut topped with pink and white sprinkles tastes as delicious as it looks.
  • Chocolate Double Date: The perfect double date needs nothing more than Dunkin’s Double Chocolate Donut now decorated with white icing drizzle.
  • Choc Full O’ Love: Any donut lover will be filled with love with this Chocolate Frosted Donut topped with pink and white sprinkles.

For coffee fans looking to brew a little romance or show a latte love, Dunkin’ Donuts’ winter coffee flavors will remain available through February. These include Buttery Toffee Nut, offering the taste of buttery toffee with toasty nut flavor, and Winter White Chocolate, combining creamy white chocolate and subtle vanilla flavors. Both flavors can be enjoyed in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Media Contact:
Heather McIntyre
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Heather.McIntyre@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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SPAR India opens its sixth hypermarket in Bangalore, its 19th overall in the country

India, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR India has launched its sixth store in Bangalore, its 19th overall in the country. The new SPAR Hypermarket offers customers an innovative shopping experience at the Vega City Mall in the south of the city. The store spans 5,100 m² and has over 50,000 products with 25 checkout counters.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Rajeev Krishnan, SPAR India Managing Director & CEO, said: “At SPAR, our aim is to enrich the shopping experience of our customers. The new SPAR store at Vega City Mall is a big step in this journey. It has been designed to offer value in an engaging and interactive environment. We have used technology and product in new ways to deliver a truly amazing experience. We are on an incredible journey which started in Bangalore 10 years ago and we never cease to be delighted by the love and affection of the city. As we open our 19thstore here, we would like to thank our customers and partners for their support in making this store a reality.”

A highly targeted digital campaign was launched on 7 January for Bangalore residents with the prime objective of creating awareness and excitement about the new store launch. The highlight of this campaign was an integrated online-offline idea – LOOTMAAR – an opportunity to do a 60 second shopping dash in the new SPAR Vega City store. The participants were asked to take part in a game where they had to choose the right route to reach a shopping cart, tag three friends who are in Bangalore and tell us why they should be chosen as SPAR’s no. 1 “lootmaar”. From the entries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, five lucky winners were chosen to take part in the shopping dash on 13 January.

Another positive event for SPAR India recently was its hashtag trending campaign, #SPARVegaCity, which ranked second overall on Twitter in India. Twitter users discussed the various features of the new store and showed appreciation for the fact that SPAR has opened in this new location. The campaign gained more reach through coverage by some well known bloggers and Facebook communities.

SPAR seeks to deliver on its four core pillars of Freshness, Choice, Value and Service. The new store at Vega City Mall fulfils all of these principles with the addition of new categories such as the Wonder Years entertainment section for kids, a new Beauty department, Grandma’s Corner with products that remind one of their childhood, Taste of India, Taste the World, SPAR Natural and more.

The store also makes use of innovative technologies such as self-assist kiosks to help customers navigate the store and an interactive digital SPAR Studio, which gives customers a 3D experience of products they wish to purchase before making their final choice.

The technology team has also improved the back-end efficiency for faster billing and self checkout counters have been installed to save customers time. As an added convenience feature, home-delivery is offered through SPAR India’s omni-channel service, allowing customers to shop online.

As a commitment to the community, all staff members have been hired locally.

Read more news about SPAR India here

SPAR India

In August 2014, SPAR International and Max Hypermarkets entered into a partnership agreement to develop the brand across the country. Max Hypermarkets is operated by the Landmark Group, a retail group headquartered in Dubai. SPAR India has focused development on the SPAR Hypermarket format, rolling out into new cities and with tailored solutions to meet shopper needs.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR International to open 40 stores in Saudi Arabia by 2020 with Al Sadhan Group

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR International has announced the brand’s entry into the Saudi Arabian retail market. Partnering with the well-established Saudi conglomerate, the Al Sadhan Group, the plan is to open 40 stores in Saudi Arabia by 2020.

Yesterday, three large SPAR Supermarkets ranging in size from 2,900m2 – 4,500m2 were officially opened in Riyadh, the nation’s capital and primary economic hub. Plans are in place to open a further five stores throughout 2018, bringing the total number of stores in the country to eight by the end of the year.

The first SPAR stores in the Saudi Arabian market will be aimed at the mid- to premium sector of the retail market. However, as the brand develops in the country, SPAR plans to launch stores in all economic sectors, providing all customers with competitive pricing for the best global and local products.

The Al Sadhan Group is a family owned business established in 1952. Its services include real estate, facilities management, food retail and brand development. Al Sadhan Stores operates the company’s retail arm employing 1,500 colleagues and has a long history in the market, being the first supermarket to obtain a business licence in Riyadh in 1952. SPAR International began their partnership with Al Sadhan in 2016, soft launching the first SPAR store in the second half of 2017.

SPAR International has provided extensive support to Al Sadhan in the lead-up to the store openings including study tours to other SPAR markets and fostering awareness of the SPAR Way of Working. Support was also given in logistics development, supply chain creation and store design.

The stores will benefit from the access to globally and locally sourced SPAR Own Brand products, expertise in category management and the support from SPAR International’s design and development teams to ensure modern and dynamic store design.

SPAR International will also support SPAR Saudi Arabia to utilise the strengths of the joint buying model to ensure competitiveness.

The partnership with Al Sadhan in Saudi Arabia builds on SPAR International’s existing partnerships in the wider region, notably in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.

A grand opening ceremony took place in Riyadh, with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the three high-quality SPAR Supermarkets. Tobias Wasmuht, SPAR International’s Managing Director, was joined by Mrs. Mascha Baak the Deputy Head of Mission at the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and amongst others, Mr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Sadhan, Chairman of Al Sadhan, to celebrate the brand’s official debut in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a press conference announcing SPAR’s entry into the market, Tobias Wasmuht, said: “With a growing young population, rising GDP and increased consumer purchasing power, the retail market in Saudi Arabia has been growing steadily. We are delighted to enter this exciting and dynamic market with such an established and well-respected Partner as Al Sadhan Group. In addition, the new partnership provides SPAR with yet another important base in the Middle East, a region that is becoming more and more important to SPAR International’s strategic business development.”

Mr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Sadhan commented: “We are very proud of this partnership with SPAR International. Having the right mix between SPAR International’s knowledge and best practice along with our experience in the local market will provide our customers with an excellent retail experience. The SPAR Brand products will be a key factor in our success, and we are getting great support from SPAR International’s team to source items from SPAR Partners around the world. Also, this partnership is in-line with the Saudi Arabian vision 2030 and the support we have from the Saudi government for the development of the Saudi market.”

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Walgreens Connected Care® Oncology Program receives U.S. patent

Proprietary technology enables and helps guide specialty pharmacist interactions with patients prescribed oral oncology medications

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens has received a U.S. patent for new proprietary technology that its Walgreens community specialty pharmacists and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime’s specialty pharmacists will use to facilitate communication with and counseling of patients prescribed oral oncology medicines. Through Walgreens Connected Care® Oncology, an evidence-based, patient-centered process focused on driving medication adherence and improving patient outcomes, this newly patented technology helps guide interactions with patients, helping them stay on their treatment and manage any possible side effects.

Historically, chemotherapy and other cancer medicines have been administered under the direct supervision of a medical professional in an outpatient clinic or in-patient hospital. However, more recently medical science has created oral cancer medicines called oncolytics that patients can take from the comfort of their home. While oncolytics offer convenience, they are still powerful medicines designed to treat cancer in accordance with complex treatment plans that are critical to patient outcomes.

“As more and more cancer patients are self-administering oral oncolytic medications without medical supervision, there is no way for providers to know if the patient is taking the medication as prescribed or what side effects they may be experiencing,” said Rick Miller, senior director, specialty clinical services at AllianceRx Walgreens Prime and one of the patent developers. “This is where our interaction guiding system, coupled with pharmacy experts, becomes extremely valuable as it drives communication with our patients, and allows our pharmacists to gather important information about their treatment.”

The patented technology arms Walgreens and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime specialty pharmacy teams with a set of questions and informational scripts to guide conversations with Connected Care Oncology patients. Branching logic within the technology adapts the set of questions and informational scripts in real time. Each patient interaction is customized to focus on patient specific variables – including prescribed medication, adverse events and adherence – and provides the proper support to the patient based on their current situation. Walgreens and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime captures the data and provides it to the patient’s oncologist for informational purposes and continuity of care.

“Oral oncology is a growing area of cancer care, one that requires appropriate patient management and support to maximize the best potential outcomes and make our patients lives easier,” said Matt Farber, senior director, patient care and advocacy at Walgreens. “The complexity of managing patients on oral oncolytics led us to develop this technology, that when coupled with pharmacists’ clinical expertise, helps us to deliver the best care to our patients as they go through their cancer treatment. We are honored to be awarded this patent as it demonstrates our continued commitment to patient care and innovation.”

About AllianceRx Walgreens Prime

AllianceRx Walgreens Prime delivers maintenance medicines and specialty medicines through its mail service and central specialty pharmacies. Formed in 2017 through a strategic alliance between Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest chain drug stores, and Prime Therapeutics, a leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), the company offers tools and resources to help patients improve medication adherence, 24/7 pharmacy support for exceptional care. The company is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. and its pharmacies are accredited by several national pharmacy accreditation services. Visit www.alliancerxwp.com for more information.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact(s):
Walgreens
Scott Goldberg
(847) 315-7649
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Kroger invests in a new anaerobic digester at its manufacturing plant in Greensburg, Indiana as part of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative

Company’s second anaerobic digester supports Zero Hunger | Zero Waste goals

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (Jan. 26, 2018) the successful startup of a new wastewater treatment system—an anaerobic digester—at K.B. Specialty Foods, a manufacturing plant owned and operated by the company in Greensburg, Indiana.

“Kroger recently announced its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, an exciting plan to end hunger in the communities we call home and eliminate waste in our company by 2025,” said Erin Sharp, Kroger’s group vice president of manufacturing. “With 33 of our 36 plants already reaching the Zero Waste manufacturing goals we established several years ago, these facilities have pioneered the way for us to achieve our moonshoot vision.”

K.B. Specialty Foods, which employs 270 associates and produces deli salads, cake icing and refrigerated side dishes, has been a Zero Waste facility since 2014, diverting more than 90 percent of waste produced from landfills each year, and is now home to the company’s second anaerobic digester.

The new $9.5 million anaerobic digester, which replaced a conventional wastewater treatment system, features a dome that captures biogas from food byproducts at the plant and converts it into energy through anaerobic digestion while also improving air quality.

“We invested in the digester because it improves our sustainability performance, supports better air quality and provides a cost savings to the company,” Ms. Sharp explained. “Once the digester is operating at its optimal level, we project it will have the capability to produce nearly 30 percent of the plant’s electricity.”

Kroger’s first anaerobic digester, which converts organic materials into renewable biogas, was installed in 2013 at the Ralphs-Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, California.

“One of the four drivers of our company’s Restock Kroger plan is to Live Our Purpose through social impact,” Ms. Sharp added. “Our associates remain committed to reducing our impact on the environment by using natural resources responsibly and minimizing waste throughout our operations to help us achieve our Zero Waste goals.”

Follow the journey and join the conversation at thekrogerco.com and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Topaz announces new car raffle to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

Topaz announces new car raffle to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

 

New fundraising initiative launched as Topaz celebrates €250,000 raised to date for the children’s foundation

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz (Circle K Ireland), Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has announced the details of a new car raffle that will see much-needed funds raised for its charity partner, the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Over a two-month period, customers can pledge their support by purchasing raffle tickets for €5 each and, in turn, will be in with a chance of winning the award winning all-new SEAT Ateca SUV, worth approximately €30,000. All proceeds raised via the raffle will go directly to The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Tickets for the car raffle will be available to purchase from sites across the Topaz network and at all 23 SEAT dealerships nationwide from Thursday, 1st February. The initiative aims to fund the provision of thousands of home nursing hours much needed by Jack & Jill children and families. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the end of March and customers are encouraged to keep an eye on the Topaz Energy Facebook pages as well as @topazenergy on Twitter for full details.
€250,000 Milestone

The launch of this initiative coincides with Topaz announcing that it has raised €250,000 to date for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, through various fundraising initiatives by Topaz staff and customers, including Small Change for Big Change, TheLEGO® Exchange and Raise a Teacup, along with multiple fundraising events held internally for staff. These campaigns have resulted in the provision of over 15,000 hours of home care nursing to date for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.
The partnership, launched in 2015, will see Topaz raise €400,000 in vital funds for the children’s foundation, and the winter car raffle will really help to accelerate efforts to reach the target.

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, which was founded in 1997, provides direct funding to families of children up to the age of five suffering from severe intellectual and physical developmental delay from brain damage, enabling them to purchase home nursing and respite care. The Jack & Jill model of care puts the family at the centre of the help it gives, and a bespoke package is developed around them.

Judy Glover, Market Director, Topaz (Circle K Ireland) said: “I am delighted to be at Topaz City Avenue today to mark this significant announcement. Not only is this car raffle one of our biggest fundraising drives for the Jack & Jill partnership to date, but we are also celebrating the news that €250,000 has been raised to date across the network in support of this vital charity. Thanks to Topaz staff and customers for their continued support – the funds that have been raised will enable the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation to continue providing invaluable services to families nationwide.

Contact:
Topaz Office: 01 202 8888
Fax: 01 282 8320

Source: Topaz

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Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste

Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to introduce ‘Colleague Shops’ in all its UK stores to give colleagues the opportunity to take food approaching its expiry date, as part of its wider work to prevent good food from going to waste.

Dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store colleague rooms to safely store quality food on its use by or best before date, and has the added benefit of providing Tesco colleagues with a bargain – helping to reduce food waste.

The move is part of Tesco’s ongoing drive to ensure that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste in its UK retail operations by the end of 2017/18. Colleague Shops will form an additional part of Tesco’s established approach to managing stock in store:

  1. Tesco uses sophisticated systems to predict and order the amount of food that customers are expected to buy in stores.
  2. The price of products are ‘reduced-to-clear’ as they approach their expiry date, to minimise surplus.
  3. If food cannot be sold, it’s offered to local charities and community food groups via Tesco’s surplus food redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection.
  4. Charities don’t always need everything offered to them, so any food left over will now be made available to colleagues.

Tesco’s Head of Food Waste Reduction Mark Little said: “We want to do everything we can to make sure perfectly good food doesn’t go to waste. Our Colleague Shops are a win-win, providing an additional step to support our efforts to tackle food waste in our own operations, and offer colleagues an extra little help at the end of their shift.”

Colleague Shops will be introduced to Tesco stores by the end of February. The surplus food will initially be made available for 1p before becoming free of charge in a few months’ time.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

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Wal-Mart and Rakuten to launch online grocery delivery service Japan and new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the U.S.

Companies to launch online grocery delivery service in Japan and new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the U.S.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. and TOKYO, Japan, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) president and CEO Doug McMillon and Rakuten, Inc. Chairman, president and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani met in Tokyo today ( Jan. 25, 2018) to announce a new strategic alliance that leverages each company’s unique strengths and assets to expand consumer reach and enhance how customers are served in Japan and the U.S.

The collaboration includes the launch of a new online grocery delivery service in Japan beginning in the third quarter of 2018. In addition, Walmart and Rakuten Kobo Inc. have formed an exclusive retail alliance that will enable Walmart to begin selling eBooks and audiobooks, as well as offer Rakuten Kobo eReaders, in Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com in the United States starting later this year.

“Rakuten is a strong e-commerce business and we’re excited to collaborate with the top online shopping destination in Japan,” McMillon said. “Here in Japan and everywhere we operate, we’re constantly exploring new ways to make every day easier for customers by offering great experiences in stores, online, via mobile—no matter how customers want to shop. We look forward to expanding our grocery footprint in Japan and launching a new offering of eBooks and audiobooks for our customers in the U.S.”

Mikitani said, “As global leaders in e-commerce and offline shopping, Rakuten and Walmart are uniquely positioned to empower our customers around the world with innovative services.” He added, “We are excited to partner with Walmart because of its commitment to creating the best solutions to serve customers with low prices.”

Japan online grocery delivery service
Rakuten and Seiyu GK, a subsidiary of Walmart, have reached a basic agreement to establish a joint venture with the aim of launching a new online grocery delivery service in Japan, to be known as “Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper.” The new service is planned to be launched in the latter half of 2018.

Rakuten and Seiyu will launch a new online grocery delivery service leveraging each of the companies’ strengths to offer a more convenient shopping experience that meets the changing needs of customers in Japan. Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper will aim to increase fulfillment capacity, enrich the merchandise offering and improve convenience for the customer. The service will aim to increase capacity in 2018 with the establishment of a dedicated fulfilment center, in addition to offering deliveries from Seiyu stores.

The new service’s merchandise offering will showcase Seiyu’s twin strengths of “quality” and “low prices.” To serve the needs of customers increasingly short on time for preparation, the service will include not only fresh produce and daily consumables but also a rich lineup of convenient items such as cut vegetables, partially-prepared foods and ready-meal kits, as well as popular local gourmet products from merchants on the Rakuten Ichiba marketplace.

Furthermore, the new service will utilize Rakuten’s deep expertise in e-commerce to offer a site with an optimized user experience, as well as leveraging big data and AI to offer a more personalized merchandise offering.

Customers using the new service will enjoy the benefit of being able to earn and use Rakuten Super Points, also allowing them to use their points on more than 70 services within the Rakuten ecosystem.

Rakuten Kobo U.S. eReading Service
As part of this alliance, Walmart will become Rakuten Kobo’s exclusive mass retail partner for the Kobo brand in the U.S., offering Kobo’s nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors to Walmart.com customers. Walmart.com will offer eBooks and audiobooks for sale later this year. Walmart will also sell digital book cards in stores, enabling more than 4,000 stores to carry a broader selection of books for customers.

All eBook content will be accessible through a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app available on all iOS and Android devices, a desktop app and Kobo e-Readers, which will also be sold at Walmart later this year.

“Walmart is one of the top retailers in the world and one of the largest booksellers in the U.S. Our strategy from day one has been to partner with the world’s best retailers, so that they can easily offer their customers the option of reading digitally. This informs the software and devices we create, the books and authors we promote, and also the partnerships we build,” said Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn. “For us, this is another great opportunity to serve book lovers at Walmart, those people who make reading an important part of their lives.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Rakuten
Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions. For more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/.

About Seiyu
Seiyu operates retail chain stores nationwide from Hokkaido to Kyushu, selling fresh food, groceries, apparel, general merchandise and other products. We are striving to deliver our customers “Our Promise”: Offering everyday needs at unbeatable prices at the quality they want through the channel they prefer to shop, such as stores, and online grocery delivery service, which provides them with highly valuable shopping experience of key attributes for differentiation: “Price Leadership”, “Quality and Freshness”, “Product Assortment” and “Convenience”. Fully leveraging the global network and creditworthiness of our parent company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., we will actively develop attractive sales floors to better suit the preference and needs of Japanese customers.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering nearly 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

Media Inquiries:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Media Relations
+1 (479)273-4314
news.walmart.com/reporter

Rakuten, Inc.
Corporate Communications Department
global-pr@mail.rakuten.com
(+81) 50-5817-1104

Seiyu GK
Public Relations
+81-3-3598-7760

Rakuten Kobo Inc.
PR & Communications
kobo-pr@mail.rakuten.com

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Amazon Prime Video announces return of original series Sneaky Pete for its second season on Friday, March 9

Critically acclaimed series stars Emmy nominee Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Emmy winner Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer andShane McRae, with Emmy winners Graham Yost and Bryan Cranston executive producing

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Prime Video today (Jan. 25, 2018) announced its original dramatic series Sneaky Pete will return for its second season on Friday, March 9. The critically acclaimed Prime Original, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television Studios, revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi, Avatar) who left prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. With nowhere else to turn, he took cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate Pete, “reuniting” with Pete’s estranged family. In the new season, Marius is on the verge of starting fresh, when two thugs, believing he is Pete, threaten to kill the family unless he takes them to Pete’s estranged mother Maggie (Jane Adams, Twin Peaks) and the millions she stole from their mysterious employer. Now Marius must tread a dangerous line to find the elusive Maggie, protect the family, and keep up the Pete con, all while finagling a way to ditch the thugs and keep the money for himself.

During its series debut last year, Sneaky Pete was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. Customers can watch the first season online at Amazon.com/SneakyPete before the next season’s ten episodes air on March 9. The series is also available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.

“After the tremendous critical and customer reception in its first season, we’re excited to debut another season of Sneaky Pete,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “Graham and his team have crafted a second season that really raises the stakes for Marius and everyone involved.”

Sneaky Pete is created by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (The Good Doctor), with Cranston, Graham Yost (The Americans), James Degus (All The Way), Michael Dinner and Fred Golan (Justified) serving as executive producers. The series also stars Marin Ireland (Side Effects) as Julia Bowman, three-time Emmy winner Margo Martindale (The Americans) as Audrey Bernhardt, Shane McRae (Still Alice) as Taylor Bowman, Libe Barer (Parenthood) as Carly Bowman and Peter Gerety (Prime Suspect) as Otto Bernhardt.

The entire second season of Sneaky Pete will be available on Prime Video to stream and Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be available in more than 200 countries and territories for Prime members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Prime Video

Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Originals like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Tick, Amazon Original Movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea, The Big Sick and The Salesman and kids series, Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe
  • Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and Apple TV or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Zara unveils its first pop-up store designed for ordering and collecting of online order

Zara unveils its first pop-up store designed for ordering and collecting of online order

 

  • Temporary store at Westfield Stratford introduces innovative technology  while groundbreaking flagship store is refurbished and extended

Arteixo, Spain, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow Zara unveils its first store anywhere in the world designed primarily for ordering and collecting of online orders. The store will be open until May at London’s Westfield  Stratford  shopping centre, while the chain’s flagship store in the centre is refurbished and extended.

The flagship store is being doubled in size to 4,500 square metres. When it reopens in May, it will feature a radical new store concept with technology at its heart designed to transform the customer shopping experience.

The chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, stressed the relevance of both concepts, saying that they mark “another milestone in our strategy of integrating our stores with the online world, which defines our identity as a business”.

The pop-up store spans nearly 200 square metres and offers a select choice of women’s and men’s clothing for online purchase directly in-store, along with the rest of the brand’s extensive fashion range.

Store staff will be on hand with mobile devices to assist customers, who will be given the choice of receiving their orders within the same day, if placed before 2pm, or the next day, if placed in the afternoon. Payments are also made easier thanks to an innovative card terminal system operated via Bluetooth. The store will also facilitate returns and exchanges.

Among other innovations, this pop-up store boasts a product recommendation system based on information screens embedded into mirrors. Once customers scan an item using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the system can bring up, in the right size, multiple choices for coordinating and combining the item they are trying on with other garments and accessories.

Next week work will begin on expanding and refurbishing the existing Zara store in Westfield Stratford, which is due to re-open in May. The new store will stretch to 4,500 square metres and will be the first Zara store in the world to offer four sections: in addition to the traditional women’s, men’s and kids’ lines, Zara is adding a dedicated area for the collection of online orders, in keeping with the company’s online integration strategy.

This new concept attempts to further enhance the in-store shopping experience by adding new customer services. The store, which will feature a new interior design, will stand out for its two-storey façade without windows in the first floor, providing a transparent view of the store’s architectural features and collections. The glass façade on the second floor will be equipped with a number of sensors which will project images from the current collections onto the glass when shoppers approach it. It is also worth highlighting the back-lit ceiling designed to provide continuous and comfortable light.

The new store will feature an automated online order collection point serviced by two small warehouses which will enable shoppers to pick up purchases made on www.zara.com whenever it suits them. This system is designed around an optical barcode reader which scans the QR code or accepts the PIN codes received by customers when they place orders online. In just a few seconds, it delivers the order to a mailbox from which the customer can collect it. Behind the scenes, a dynamic robot moves through a small warehouse with the capacity to handle 2,400 packages simultaneously.

All this new technology is oriented towards creating a unique shopping experience in which the latest developments make  fashion trends stand out even more. Store customers will be able to pay using their mobile phones, via either the Zara app or the Inditex Group app, InWallet, and there will also be a self-checkout area to complement the regular cashier desks, which will speed up the payment process. This system will automatically identify the garments being purchased so that customers only have to confirm their items on a screen before using their card or mobiles to pay for them. Then they can choose to print out their receipts or store them automatically in their mobile handsets.

In keeping with Inditex’s eco-efficient store programme the Zara store in Stratford will also be equipped with smart systems for reducing emissions and saving energy.

Source: Inditex

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America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor

America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — America dreamed, debated and, now … has decided. After casting nearly two million votes online over a week, America selected lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor.

Krispy Kreme’s innovation team will craft and perfect the Lemon Glazed Doughnut flavor, which will be made available this spring for a full week at participating Krispy Kremeshops.

The #VoteForGlaze campaign was the first time Krispy Kreme let America decide an all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor for the brand’s iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut. Fans selected from four flavors – blueberry, caramel, lemon and maple – January 16 through 22 at www.voteforglaze.com.

Lemon was America’s top choice, garnering 36 percent of the vote. Caramel received 26 percent of the vote, blueberry received 20 percent followed by maple, which received 18 percent.

“Lemon won the vote, but we can’t glaze over the fact that the other three flavors all received a lot of support, even beyond the votes. Our fans’ passion for these flavors – and others – came through loud and clear on social media. So while the polls are closed, our minds are not,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®.

Krispy Kreme will announce this spring the exact dates the all-new Lemon Glazed Doughnut will be available.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Cassie Williams, 336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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Whole Foods Market to open a new store in Spring House on Wednesday, March 14

SPRING HOUSE, Pa., 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open a new store in Spring House at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at 1111 North Bethlehem Pike. This store will be a relocation of the Whole Foods Market in North Wales, which will close March 12. Opening-day shoppers with be greeted with doorbuster sales, product demonstrations and samples. The new store will be almost twice the size of the North Wales store and will feature products from over 100 local vendors.

“Whole Foods Market Spring House will offer customers a new, elevated shopping experience, with expanded offerings in every department and a great pub and café area,” said Drew Goldschmidt, the store team leader. “The store will be a showcase for local suppliers and a warm, welcoming gathering place for the community.”

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 44,000 square-foot store includes:

  • An in-store pub and full-service coffee bar that will offer coffee, cold-pressed juice, kombucha on tap and beer & cocktails, as well as a lunch and dinner menu and a seating area.
  • More than 100 local supplier products ranging from chocolate and honey to goat and cow milk cheese.
  • Expanded produce department featuring seasonal produce such as local mushrooms from Phillips Mushrooms and Mother Earth, as well as tropical fruit like jackfruit, dragon fruit and rambutan.
  • Full-service meat and seafood departments featuring Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare-rated meat and sustainable seafood staffed by expert butchers and fishmongers.
  • Made in-house specialties including: hand-tossed & Sicilian pizza, hickory or applewood-smoked fish, and a selection of dips such as rutabaga, collard green and guacamole.
  • A homewares section featuring cutting boards, dish towels, coasters and ceramics from local suppliers Half and a Third and DuTill and Daughters.
  • Over 400 varieties of wine and 90 varieties of craft beer, including a large local beer selection.

The Whole Foods Market location at 1210 Bethlehem Pike in North Wales will close on March 12.

Contact:

MAmedia@wholefoods.com 

Source: Whole Foods Market

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize announced the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo, effective April 1, 2018.

Johan joins from the Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and France and part of A.S. Watson B.V, serving as Chief Operating Officer and board member.

He has been in the retail industry for two decades, and started his career with Albert Heijn in the Netherlands in 1988. Since then he has held several positions at Albert Heijn and Ahold, most recently as CEO Ahold Central Europe, Czech Republic and Slovakia until 2009. He also served as CEO TOPS Royal Ahold in Indonesia from 2000 to 2003. Before joining Kruidvat in 2014, Johan worked among others at Jumbo supermarkets in the Netherlands and had his own consultancy firm.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Xcel Brands appoints Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) the appointment of Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors. A leading global retail analyst, Weinswig is the Managing Director of FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology), the think tank for the Hong Kong-based Fung Group.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brands, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to add Deborah to our board of directors. She is a highly respected innovator in retail and technology and brings deep expertise and thought leadership to our organization. I look forward to working together to drive change and develop new solutions for today’s retail challenges.”

As Managing Director of FGRT, Weinswig built the team’s research capabilities and provided insights into the advanced technologies that are changing the global retail industry. Earlier, Weinswig served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research. She was ranked as the #1 analyst by Institutional Investor for 9 consecutive years, and in 2012 was named one of Business Insider’s “36 Best Analysts on Wall Street.”

“It is exciting to be joining the board of Xcel Brands, a company I have long admired for its bold leadership in disrupting the retail environment,” commented Weinswig. “The combined forces of Xcel’s senior executive team and board of directors will continue to leverage breakthrough technologies that expand the business and create greater value to shareholders, retail partners, and consumers.”

Weinswig is a member of the advisory board of numerous accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator, where she serves as faculty mentor; The Cage, a Hong Kong–based accelerator powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group; Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator; Grand Central Tech; New York Fashion Tech Lab; Plug and Play; Revtech Accelerator; Techstars; TrueStart (UK); and XRC Labs. Weinswig also serves as an advisor to companies such as Eventable, Enterworks, Fashwire, LincGlobal, Nanopay, Rich Receipts, Smartzer, Tooso, SupplyAI, TigerTrade, and TRIVVER.

Weinswig was named among the top five retail influencers of 2018 and 2017 by Vend, the cloud-based point-of-sale and retail platform, and is a recipient of the Asia Retail Congress’s Retail Leadership Award.
In addition, she serves as an e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC’s) Research Task Force and was a founding member of the Oracle Retail Industry Strategy Council. She is a member of the board of directors of Kiabi (affiliated with the Auchan Group); an executive board member of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona; and an advisory board member of the World Retail Congress and a founding member of the Goodwill Retail Advisory Council.  She also serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations, including GoodXChange and Street Soccer USA.

Ms. Weinswig’s appointment to Xcel’s board fills a vacancy following the retirement of Edward Jones.  In accordance with Xcel’s board procedures, Ms. Weinswig will be a candidate for re-election to the board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.

About Xcel Brands (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant technology, design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

Contact:
Stephanie Taylor
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc/globenewswire

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red collection at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red collection at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias

 

HONG KONG, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer and the magnificent Italian High Jeweler, BVLGARI, are delighted to introduce the new Serpenti Passion Red collection, available exclusively at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias from January 1, 2018.

This exclusive collection introduces four new brilliant BVLGARI pieces, immediately recognizable by their unmistakable Italian design reflecting 2,700 years of Roman history, and embracing stylistic audacity and a penchant for rich, vibrant color.

The collection features two Serpenti Twist Your Time watches with interchangeable straps crafted in calf and Karung leather in pink and red or burgundy and black, a Serpenti Seduttori pendant with a ruby eye, and a Serpenti Forever ruby red handbag in brushed metallic calf leather with a red and white Serpenti head and onyx eyes.

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories said the introduction of the new collection symbolizes DFS Group’s appreciation of BVLGARI’s unrivaled commitment to high-end quality.

“We are delighted to continue our unique partnership with BVLGARI, whose name is synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle,” said Christophe. “These stunning new designs are a perfect complement to DFS’ belief that life should be lived beautifully. We are sure our discerning traveling customers will be thrilled to find Serpenti and Seduttori in our collection of fine watches and jewelry.”

Lelio Gavazza, Executive Vice President Sales and Retail BVLGARI, said the new collection signifies what BVLGARI is and has always been about; homage to legacy, and the grace of uniquely designed jewelry, watches and bags.

“BVLGARI is pleased to present this exclusive capsule collection to DFS. This premium network represents the ultimate luxury retail shopping experience in travel retail channel. With BVLGARI‘s unique products combined with DFS expertise in delivering customized customer experience, we are certain to satisfy various travelers’ needs, especially during the coming Chinese New Year holiday. ”

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red range to global travelers, luxury shoppers and particularly to customers in Hong Kong, China, Macau and Japan who value high-quality luxury fashion and jewelry.

BVLGARI’s Serpenti Passion Red will be available for purchase at T Galleria by DFS stores worldwide until 31 December 2018.

Details of the new BVLGARI Serpenti and Seduttori range:

• BVLGARI Serpenti Twist Your Time 27mm Watch with Pink and Red Interchangeable Straps in calf and Karung leather: Watch size 27 mm in steel case, Mother of Pearl dial sourced from Australia and Indonesia, pink bracelet calf with two loops, hour/minute display, quartz stones, waterproof up to 30 metres and Crown with Rubellite

• BVLGARI Serpenti Twist Your Time 27mm Watch with Burgundy Red and Black Interchangeable Straps in calf and Karung leather: Watch size 27 mm in steel case, red dial, bordeaux bracelet calf with two loops, hour/minute display, quartz stones, waterproof up to 30 metres and Crown with Rubellite

• BVLGARI Seduttori Pink Gold Pendant with Ruby: Pink gold necklace with .24 ct pear ruby in a round mounted setting

• BVLGARI Serpenti Forever Nappa Handbag Ruby Red Limited Edition: Flap Cover, Serpenti Forever Accessories, brushed metallic calf leather in ruby red and light gold with 100% Nappa Ruby Red lining.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

press.enquiries@dfs.com

Source: DFS Group

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Paradies Lagardère commits to source exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American division of Lagardère Travel Retail, commits not to distribute, throughout its whole network, any product containing egg or egg product, produced by hens raised in cages, by 2025.

This decision, taken in unison by all of Lagardère Travel Retail’s subsidiaries, concern all the restaurants and points of sales operated by Lagardère Travel Retail, in railway stations and airports, in Europe, North America, the Middle-East, and in Asia-Pacific.

The Group’s Italian and German subsidiaries have already put an end to their supply in cage eggs and are now using cage-free eggs exclusively.

This very significant step is part Lagardère Travel Retail’s global and pro-active strategy supporting sustainable development. The Group notably considers extending the principles of this decision to other product categories.

Dag Rasmussen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lagardère Travel Retail, said: “This decision shows our commitment to provide our customers with products of the highest possible quality. Lagardère Travel Retail thanks The Humane League for their perseverance that has been instrumental in significantly improving the conditions in which animals are raised.”

Alexandria Beck, Manager, Open Wing Alliance, declared: “Open Wing Alliance member organizations applaud Lagardère Travel Retail for committing to eliminate cruel cages from its global supply chain. As a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry, this policy to source exclusively cage-free eggs will set a new standard for the travel industry worldwide.”

About Paradies Lagardère:

Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, operates more than 850 stores and restaurants in 98 airports. The company specializes in three airport concessions areas: Travel Essentials, Specialty Retail and Food and Beverage, and has expertise in international, national and local brands. Paradies Lagardère’s commitment to exceptional customer service, superior design and award-winning store and restaurant operations and management, has earned the company numerous accolades from the travel industry, including being named Best Airport Retailer for 22 consecutive years by Airport Revenue News magazine. Paradies Lagardère’s headquarters is in Atlanta, Ga., with an office in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit http://paradieslagardere.com.

About Lagardère Travel Retail:

One of the four divisions of Lagardère Group, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry. Operating 4,500 stores across Travel Essentials, Duty Free and Foodservice in airports, railway stations and other concessions in 33 countries, Lagardère Travel Retail generates a €4 bn sales (managed 100%).Lagardère Travel Retail has a unique holistic approach aimed at exceeding travelers’ expectations throughout their journey and optimizing landlords’ assets and partners’ brands.

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

Paradies Lagardère’s Remembrance Day initiative raised more than $16,000 CAD for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, donated a portion of the sales from the stores in its 13 airports throughout Canada to honor veterans for Remembrance Day, November 11. The company raised more than $16,000 CAD ($13,000 USD) from November 10 through November 11, which will go to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund.

Paradies Lagardère’s customers overwhelmingly supported the initiative; there was a 10 percent increase in transactions during the two-day program over last year during the same time frame.

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“Paradies Lagardère is thrilled with the results for the Remembrance Day initiative,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “It’s not only important to us to give back to the community, but we always seek ways to say thank you to service men and women and veterans throughout North America for their sacrifice. We’re proud of this program, along with our Treat Our Troops initiatives in the U.S.”

Additional details:

The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization. More than 300,000 members in 1,400 branches across Canada make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Through donations to the Poppy Trust Fund, the Royal Canadian Legion provides financial assistance and support to veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families. The Poppy Trust Fund supports food and heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs, and emergency shelter. Learn more by visiting http://www.legion.ca.

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

PetSmart announces creation of the Healthy Pet Advisory Council to advance pet nutrition, health and wellness

PHOENIX, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — To address the rapidly evolving area of pet nutrition, PetSmart, Inc. announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) it has formed the Healthy Pet Advisory Council, a community of experts that will support PetSmart’s efforts to lead the pet retail industry in pet nutrition, health and wellness. The council will focus on three key areas: research, innovation and education.

“At PetSmart, we love pets, and we want them to lead happy and healthy lives,” said Paul Hunt, PetSmart’s senior vice president of sourcing and product development. “The goal of the council is to advance the health and wellness of pets across North America through pet nutrition research and innovation. This research will help enhance PetSmart’s proprietary pet food formulations and educate pet parents in line with advances in pet nutritional science.”

“We sought out some of the most innovative thought leaders in this area, including veterinarians, researchers and nutritionists to join our effort, and we look forward to providing new options for pets and pet parents in the future,” Hunt continued.

Initial appointments to the council include:

  • Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor, Section Chief of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell University;
  • Kelly Swanson, Ph.D., professor of Comparative Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Tony Buffington, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN (emeritus), clinical professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and emeritus professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University;
  • Randy Johnson, Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition;
  • And PetSmart consultants and associates who are experts in their fields of veterinary medicine, nutrition, research, regulations and food safety

The council will explore new ingredients and manufacturing technology to improve pet food formulations that provide optimal nutrition for pets. The council’s key findings will be applied to PetSmart’s proprietary pet food brands, including Authority®, Simply Nourish™, Grreat Choice® and Dentley’s®. Education efforts will focus on PetSmart retail associates and pet parents to enhance their knowledge on crucial topics such as nutrition and ingredient functionality. The council will launch an informative public website to aid in its education efforts to help pet parents better understand and navigate the best nutritional choices to meet the needs and lifestyle of their pets.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

Contacts: 
Virginia Hock
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2611
vhock@golin.com

Source: PetSmart Inc.

FlowerAura brings better delivery system and vendor interaction with the launch of Instanto App

DELHI, India, 2018-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — FlowerAura, one of the leading online gift portals in India with a network of vendors across 200+ cities has recently launched Instanto, an easy-to-use app that focuses on better delivery system and vendor interaction.

Instanto, as the name suggests, is an application to provide timely delivery of flowers and hampers by a real time tracking system of delivery boys. This app is especially built to curb the delay in the delivery and subsequently, the complaint ratio. The company’s spokesperson reveals, “This app is a step ahead for the company and keeping the ultimate motive in mind that is, customer satisfaction, Instanto shall play the function of building trust amongst customers by capturing pictures on delivery (with due permission of the customer) and help provide product acknowledgement.”

Instanto would be adept in tracking the updates of products by vendors. Real time location of delivery shall, however, remain the major plus point of the app. The company believes that it shall help analyse the order geographical dimensions for further expansion and franchisee options. The app shall play a factor in bringing the customer trust and loyalty to another level. With 90% on-time order completion rate , FlowerAura believes Instanto shall help it grow beyond 95% in the coming times. The app shall begin the function in major metro cities till Valentine’s and other cities post Valentine’s.

FlowerAura recently had a tie-up with 120+ more vendors across the country to give an uncompromising service to its customers and double its sales numbers during the Valentine season. Also, with an amazing assortment of Valentine gifts for her and him, the company has set an exclusivity to the love expression. That stated, it has added 400+ Valentine gifts on the portal and widened its range and has recently opened 9 franchisees in India to operate with a dual delivery model.

via EPR Network

Gap introduces ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix’ collection

GAP CELEBRATES THE COLLECTION WITH A CAST OF THE WORLD’S LEADING CULTURE REMIXERS, INCLUDING AWKWAFINA, BRIA VINAITE, CONNOR FRANTA, MAYA JAMA, METRO BOOMIN, MILES HEIZER, NAOMI WATANABE, SABRINA CLAUDIO, AND SZA

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today (January 24, 2018) announces the launch of Gap ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix,’ a collection of apparel for men and women highlighting one of the most recognized logos in the world. For almost 50 years, the Gap logo has represented the heritage of the Gap brand and its relevance in culture. To celebrate its evolution, the ‘Logo Remix’ collection includes signature Gap styles, including tees, sweatshirts, and rugby shirts, thoughtfully designed with logos from throughout the decades.

To launch the collection, Gap collaborated with director Tabitha Denholm, who has directed music videos for Florence and the Machine, Haim and Jessie J, along with performance and movement director Tanisha Scott, who is best known for her work with Beyonce, Drake and Rihanna, to create the ‘Logo Remix’ film. The film brings together some of the world’s leading culture remixers in a moment of joy evoked through music and movement by paying homage to the nostalgic Gap ads of the past with a modern, remixed twist. While Tabitha used motion control video techniques to play with space and perspective, Tanisha choreographed a dance sequence that includes remixed versions of unforgettable group dances including “The Wobble,” “Cha Cha,” and “Kid-n-Play.”

‘Logo Remix’ features a global cast of talent who are remixing creative culture on their own terms, whether that be through music, acting, comedy, activism or being a strong, self-expressive voice in today’s society. This group of influential remixers includes Grammy nominated singer Sza as well as chart-topping producer Metro Boomin who remixed the music for the film. Working with the iconic ‘80s anthem ‘Hold Me Now’ by British Band the Thompson Twins, off the “Into the Gap” album, Metro Boomin updated the original version with his signature 808 beat, making it relevant to today’s hip-hop culture. The track will be available across all music streaming sites beginning Thursday, January 25.

“Following the strong consumer and social interest in our ‘‘90s Archive Reissue’ from last year, we are launching the Logo Remix collection by looking forward at the talent who are reshaping and remixing culture in their own way,” said Craig Brommers, chief marketing officer for Gap. “Gap is always one to celebrate and bring culture to the mainstream and what better way to do this and highlight this group of global individuals.”

The ‘Logo Remix’ cast:

Music:

  • Sza – The singer/songwriter is remixing modern femininity by re-shaping the R&B genre with her fierce powerful stance.
  • Metro Boomin – The go-to producer is remixing music industry rules and is responsible for many of the music charts most memorable new sounds.
  • Sabrina Cloudio – The singer/songwriter is remixing the pop genre with her soulful sound originally releasing via SoundCloud.

Film & TV:

  • Bria Vinaite – The actress is remixing Hollywood on her own terms discovered via Instagram and already tipped as one to watch.
  • Miles Heizer – The actor is remixing the teenage experience by tackling roles around mental health and sexuality.
  • Awkwafina – The comedienne/actress is remixing the conversation for the viewpoint of second generation Asian-Americans.
  • Maya Jama – The TV presenter is remixing the script on mental health issues and family norms by speaking openly about personal experiences.

Digital:

  • Naomi Watanabe – The actress and comedienne is remixing ingrained assumptions on body image in Japan and around the world with her bold and unapologetic attitude about size-ism and style.
  • Connor Franta – The YouTube star is remixing the concept of fame in the digital age, rising to mainstream prominence when he came out as a Gay Man on his channel with a positive and profound effect on his fanbase.

Launching fully on January 28, a :30 television spot will air during The Grammys and the film will live across mobile, social and digital channels. The film is supplemented by a ‘Making Of’ video created by The Madbury Club featuring the cast sharing their thoughts on what it means to remix culture and offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the film’s creation.

In the film, each of the cast members wears pieces from the ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix’ collection which will be available on Gap.com on January 27 and in select Gap stores globally beginning January 29. In addition, there will be a ‘Limited Edition Logo Remix’ capsule that includes 30 one-of-a-kind designs, made by deconstructing and remixing vintage Gap logo sweatshirts and tees from the Gap archives. Every garment was put together by hand in the Gap New York City design studio.

For further information on the collection and to view ‘Logo Remix’ go to Gap.com.

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,600 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Contact:

Gap Inc. brands, global business and financial inquiries: press@gap.com

Source: Gap

CarMax celebrates the opening of its first store in Maine located in South Portland

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc . (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars , today (January 24, 2018)  celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Maine, located at 415 Maine Mall Road in South Portland. With the opening of this store, CarMax now has a total of 186 stores across 40 states nationwide. The South Portland location has the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model and CarMax customers can also request transfers of almost any vehicle to this store from other CarMax locations throughout the country.

In celebration of the South Portland store opening, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation awarded $7,500 in donations and grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s South Portland Clubhouse. Support for this organization came at the recommendation of the South Portland CarMax associates.

CarMax is also donating an Imagination Playground valued at more than $15,000 to the Bayside Learning Community, through its partnership with KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children and families. Imagination Playgrounds are innovative, loose-parts playgrounds that engage kids in creative play that is physically challenging and collaborative.

“Our team enjoyed volunteering at the South Portland Clubhouse recently and we see these opportunities as the first of many to give back to the local community,” said Michelle Hillebrandt, location general manager of the South Portland CarMax. “We’re thrilled to open our first store in Maine and serve customers here with a car buying experience that’s simple, honest and hassle-free.”

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

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 185 stores in 40 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 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 .

Media Contact:

Lindsey Duke
CarMax Public Relations
(855) 887-2915
pr@carmax.com

@CarMax

facebook.com/CarMax

Source: CarMax, Inc .

Alshaya restaurants wins 18 awards at Kuwait’s leading food and beverage competition HORECA Awards

Alshaya restaurants wins 18 awards at Kuwait’s leading food and beverage competition HORECA Awards

 

Kuwait, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Restaurants operated by M.H. Alshaya Co. – including Asha’s, Dean & Deluca, IHOP and Bouchon Bakery – helped themselves to 18 awards at Kuwait’s leading food and beverage competition, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Awards (HORECA), last week.

Asha’s signature flair won them one gold, two silver and five bronze medals in the Asian and Mystery Basket categories, while first-time entrants IHOP won a gold medal in fresh pasta category. Dean & Deluca collected silver in the traditional Kuwaiti dish category, along with four bronze medals. Presenting an array of freshly baked goods, first-time participants Bouchon Bakery won four bronze medals in various categories, including bread creation, morning goods, best eclairs and themed celebration cake.

In all, more than 300 chefs from some of Kuwait’s best-known restaurants participated across 17 categories. They were judged by a jury comprising 12 international cooking experts, including Head of the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) Chef Thomas Gugler, former Le Notre’s head chef Samaan Hilal (the head of the largest culinary and restaurants advisory company in the region), TV cooking show presenter Chef Maroun Chedid, and the ambassador of the French Academy in the Middle East, Chef Charles Azar.

“The awards are a testimony to our teams’ passion and commitment to culinary excellence, and their dedication to providing a memorable dining experience to our guests,” said Ian Toal, President of Alshaya’s Food Division. “Awards like these are also testimony to our commitment to promoting the advancement of the culinary arts and the development of culinary professionals in the industry.”

If you are a journalist and want some information about Alshaya or one of our brands, please contact our Corporate Communications team:

+965 2224 2475
+965 2224 3626
communications@alshaya.com

Source: Alshaya Co.

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CBRE named to the 2018 America’s Best Employers For Diversity list by Forbes

Los Angeles, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been named to the 2018 America’s Best Employers For Diversity list by Forbes. The company earned a #45 ranking on the list of 250 organizations and is the only commercial real estate company to receive this honor.

The Forbes ranking is the result of employee responses to surveys that asked about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. Other factors considered were the gender split of management teams and boards, and the company’s proactive communication about diversity.

“CBRE prides itself on creating a work environment that supports all of our employees and values the differences of each individual,” said Bobby Griffin, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the Americas at CBRE. “We are honored to be named to this list and we will continue our efforts to celebrate the unique qualities that our employees bring to our company.”

Forbes and the research firm Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employees in companies that have at least 1,000 employees.

Click here to review the full list on forbes.com.

In December 2017, FORTUNE magazine also named CBRE one of the best U.S. workplaces for diversity.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media Contacts:

Robert McGrath
Senior Director
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

CBRE appoints Brian Harringon and Brennan McReynolds to leadership positions for CBRE 360

Los Angeles, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE has appointed Brian Harringon and Brennan McReynolds to leadership positions for CBRE 360, the company’s new capability focused on delivering enhanced employee experiences in the workplace. Mr. Harrington will be Chief Product Office for CBRE 360 while Mr. McReynolds will serve as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations for CBRE 360.

“Brian and Brennan have a track record of helping organizations to develop user-focused solutions that meet clients’ needs,” said Andrew Kupiec, Global President – CBRE 360. “Combining their consumer expertise with CBRE’s leadership in workplace solutions and building management will accelerate our ability to guide clients through the radically changing world of work.”

CBRE 360 helps property investors and occupiers create customized workplace solutions by integrating property services and amenities with advanced digital technologies. The capability leverages CBRE’s market-leading strengths in workplace strategy and occupancy planning, design and build-out, and property and facilities management, with its growing technology capabilities.

Mr. Harrington is a senior marketing and product executive with experience in early-stage, high-growth and global service organizations including both public and private companies. Most recently he was the inaugural entrepreneur in residence for the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and earlier Chief Marketing Officer for Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing service. In this global role he oversaw all brand experience, member acquisition and engagement, public relations, policy and partnership efforts.

Mr. McReynolds was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Event Farm, a B2B marketing technology platform, where he oversaw operations, finance and experiential technology. As one of Event Farm’s initial hires in 2011, he was instrumental in the shift to a SaaS based business model, securing venture funding and the overall growth of the company. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio, he spent 30 days on the ground lead the technology platform that enabled Nike’s athlete and VIP brand experience during the games.

CBRE 360 builds on the company’s industry-leading expertise in workplace solutions and its management of more than 5 billion sq. ft. of space for premier corporations and property investors worldwide. It also leverages CBRE’s considerable experience with its own Workplace360 (free-address, tech-enabled, collaboration-enhancing offices) initiative, which has driven higher employee engagement and efficiency gains at more than 60 CBRE global offices since its launch in 2013.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media Contacts:

Robert McGrath
Senior Director
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

7‑Eleven closes the acquisition of 1,030 Sunoco convenience stores

Store count grows to 9,700 in the U.S. and Canada

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, today (Jan. 23, 2017) announced that it has closed on the acquisition of approximately 1,030 Sunoco convenience stores located in 17 states. This acquisition is the largest in 7‑Eleven, Inc. history and will bring the total number of stores to approximately 9,700 in the U.S. and Canada.

“Part of what makes brand 7‑Eleven so iconic is our global presence and our continued growth,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “The acquisition of over 1,000 Sunoco stores supports our accelerated growth strategy, and we look forward to serving these great new customers.”

The APlus, Laredo Taco, Ladson Grill and Stripes brands will continue to serve customers as the acquisition is completed.

Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., the parent company of 7‑Eleven, Inc., operates more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries globally.

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.

Whole Foods Market 365 opens in the heart of Brooklyn in Fort Greene

Whole Foods Market 365 opens in the heart of Brooklyn in Fort Greene

 

New Store Features Convenient, Quality-Meets-Value Experience and Innovative Culinary Partnerships

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Whole Foods Market 365 location on the East Coast and the seventh in the country opens Wednesday, January 31 at 9 a.m. in Brooklyn at 292 Ashland Place. This 30,000 square foot space is located in the 300 Ashland building, just steps away from Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center.

This Whole Foods Market 365 takes the “neighborhood grocery store” concept to the next level by focusing on value, convenience and unique retail innovations while keeping Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards. The store will offer high-quality products free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup.

“We’re very excited to bring Whole Foods Market 365’s easy, everyday shopping experience to the heart of Brooklyn in Fort Greene,” said Jeff Turnas, president of Whole Foods Market 365. “Whether you’re meeting a friend for a burger and shake, grabbing coffee along your commute, or looking for high-quality bargains to stock up the pantry at home, we will have something for everyone. Our first East Coast store is a great example of how the 365 brand continues to innovate and evolve the shopping experience.”

Whole Foods Market 365 Fort Greene is also a convenient neighborhood dining destination full of healthy and on-trend options through the Friends of 365 program. The café level will feature a collection of four distinct venues with ample seating for customers who want to hang out and dine in.

Regular store hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., while the café level will open earlier at 7 a.m. for breakfast and coffee options.

Exciting Features & Flavors

Next Level Burger: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. America’s first 100 percent plant-based burger joint offers modern twists on the classics, such as stacked burgers, fries and hand-spun shakes. All of Next Level Burger’s delicious ingredients are sustainably-sourced, organic, non-GMO and vegan.

Orwashers Bakery & Coffee Bar: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This 102-year-old New York City institution will have an artisanal bakery café offering hand-crafted breads, pastries, sandwiches and salads, along with a full coffee bar.

Juice Press: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Juice Press will have a wide variety of fresh and organic grab-and-go health food, from custom smoothies to meals and snacks. Their nutrient-dense offerings are all organic, vegan and certified kosher.

POURiT Authority: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Whole Foods Market 365’s first self-serve beer, cider and wine venue is convenience at its best (aka the ‘get it your d*mn self’ model). Guests utilize reloadable electronic cards and digital screens to pour their own drinks directly from the dozen rotating taps, which means sampling is encouraged! Look for Brooklyn-brewed beers from Threes Brewing, Other Half Brewing Company, and more.

Fresh meat & seafood: Look for our “Butcher’s Cut” specialty cuts, prepared in house daily, along with value packs of affordable household favorites. Fresh, ready-to-cook marinated meat and seafood like chimichurri steak and lemon thyme salmon makes delicious weeknight meals a breeze.

Antipasto bar: An eclectic selection of olives, roasted garlic, tapenades, pickled and marinated artichokes, beets and cauliflower sold by the pound.

Specialty cheeses: Planning a party? Stop by the specialty cheese department for a hand-picked selection of nearly 30 artisanal cheeses, from Parrano and Pavino to Seaside and Vermont Creamery’s Minimont, made exclusively for Whole Foods Market 365 stores.

Grab-and-go: Build-your-own salad and meals at hot and cold bars with fresh ingredients. Shoppers can pick up ready-made wraps, sushi by Kikka, New Jersey bakery-style pizza by the slice, sandwiches, pastas, breakfast tacos, plus crowd-pleasing favorites like cakes, pies, fruit and veggie trays. Customers can even use our in-store Pizza Phone to order up an entire square pie that is baked while you shop.

Fresh baked goods: Pick up baked goods by local favorites Orwashers, Hot Bread Kitchen and Roberta’s, and choose from a selection of cookies, pastries and hearth breads. Plus, a bulk cookie bar will offer cookies by the pound.

“Flash Finds”: New, seasonal or unique offerings available for a limited time. Flash Finds for opening week include Siete grain-free tortilla chips, Unreal chocolates and Happy Baby organic baby food.

Wide beer selection with pairing kiosk: Scan beer for food pairing ideas, ratings, user reviews and recommendations. The beer section has over 100 craft, domestic and imported beers, including local Brooklyn favorites like Coney Island Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint Brewery.

Opening Day Celebration

The first 100 customers in line will receive a Whole Foods Market 365 gift card ranging in value from $5 to $365. Doors open at 9 a.m. and our grand opening celebration will have plentiful coffee, snacks and swag from Whole Foods Market 365 and our three Friends partners.

Community Giving Day

On opening day, the store will host a “5 Percent Day” where 5 percent of the store’s net sales will be donated to the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter, and follow Whole Foods Market NYC on Instagram.

For media inquiries, or to schedule a media tour before or on opening day, please email NEMedia@wholefoods.com.

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Barnes & Noble launches an enhanced and more user-friendly self-publishing platform

  • Barnes & Noble Press Is a New, More User-friendly Redesign of the Popular NOOK Press®
  • Barnes & Noble Press Lets Anyone Publish eBooks and Print Books for Purchase on BN.com and NOOK

New York, NY, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today ( January 24, 2018) announced the launch of Barnes & Noble Press, an enhanced and more user-friendly version of Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform that makes it easy to publish eBooks or print books in one integrated platform. The redesigned site replaces the formerly-named NOOK Press.

The new Barnes & Noble Press enhances the self-publishing experience in many ways, including increased royalty rates for eBooks priced at $10.00 and above, as well as additional trim size options for print books. Barnes and Noble Press also continues to give qualified authors the opportunity to apply for signings and events at Barnes & Noble bookstores, as well as giving select authors the opportunity to sell their books in stores.

“Barnes & Noble has helped authors of all kinds publish hundreds of thousands of titles on its self-publishing platform, giving them a chance to reach a national readership,” said Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer at Barnes & Noble. “Now, we’re thrilled to announce Barnes & Noble Press, which combines eBooks and print into one easy-to-use platform, as well as offering new features and tools for both the established author and the hobbyist.”

Barnes & Noble Press has a number of exciting new features, including:

  • Improved user experience and new visual design
  • Sign in to a single website to create and manage print and eBooks all in one place
  • Increased royalty rate of 65 for eBooks priced $10.00+
  • Additional print book trim sizes, glossy cover and color printing options
  • 12 month pre-order capability for all authors for all eBooks
  • Author tools & tips

Barnes & Noble Press has received favorable early reviews from some of the platform’s bestselling self-published authors.

“I appreciate the simplicity of the Barnes & Noble Press formatting and uploading process,” said Marie Force, a New York Times bestselling author using Barnes & Noble Press. “The platform is great. It’s very clear, it’s easy to use, and I love publishing straight to NOOK readers so they can get my new book the minute it comes out.”

Current users of NOOK Press will be transferred automatically onto the new Barnes & Noble Press platform and their books will continue to be available for NOOK readers. Barnes & Noble Press remains committed to serving the self-publishing community by helping authors reach millions of readers, offering programs to help drive awareness and book sales, and providing high quality print-on-demand options so that anyone can create paperback or hardcover books for friends & family, business, fans, prospective readers and reviewers, and personal use.

To learn more about Barnes & Noble Press and keep up to date on new features, please visit http://press.barnesandnoble.com.

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.

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CVS Health brings its safe medication disposal program to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C., 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (January 23, 2018) that the company has expanded its safe medication disposal program to locations inside select CVS Pharmacy locations in South Carolina to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could be diverted or misused if left in people’s homes. Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Representative Chip Huggins and Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green attended the launch of the program at a Lexington CVS Pharmacy location.

“With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we see firsthand the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, and General Counsel, CVS Health. “Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts here in South Carolina is an extension of the initiatives in place across our company to fight the opioid abuse epidemic and fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The 22 new medication disposal units that will be installed inside CVS Pharmacy locations in South Carolina will supplement the nearly 24 units CVS Health has donated to police and sheriff departments across the state. Nationwide, the company has donated more than 800 units to police departments, collecting more than 125 metric tons, or 270,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

“We know that opioids and other dangerous drugs often end up in the wrong hands after being taken out of parents’ and grandparents’ medicine cabinets,” said Attorney General Wilson. “We appreciate CVS’s efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic by giving people a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted medications.”

“Prescription drug abuse is a major public health epidemic in our state,” said State Representative Chip Huggins, who is a member of the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee. “Programs like the one CVS Health is announcing today are integral in helping to avoid the diversion of unused prescription medicines, which can help reduce and prevent their misuse.”

The expansion of safe medication disposal to a total of 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company’s strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017. As part of that effort, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management aligned with the CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place. This work builds on ongoing programs the company operates including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. More than 300,000 teens nationally including more than 4,000 in South Carolina have already participated in the program. CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including South Carolina.

“We see the impact that opioid abuse has on our community every day,” said Terrence Green, Chief of Police of the Lexington Police Department. “We commend CVS Health for this important step in helping combat the opioid epidemic by making it easier for this community and others throughout the state to dispose of their unused medicines.”

The 22 new medication disposal units are being installed over the next several weeks at the following CVS Pharmacy locations:

Anderson Greenville North Charleston
2814 North Main St. 718 Mills Ave. 5215 Ashley Phosphate Rd.
3218 West Blue Ridge Dr.
Bishopville 2401 East North St. Rock Hill
523 South Main St. 2707 Celanese Rd.
Greer
Charleston 2446 Hudson Rd. Simpsonville
65 Sycamore Ave. 698 Fairview Rd.
Inman
Cheraw 11211 Asheville Hwy. Spartanburg
901 Market St. 2397 Reidville Rd.
Irmo
Columbia 1008 Lake Murray Blvd. Summerville
2571 Forest Dr. 301 North Main St.
4711-5 Forest Dr. Lexington
5608 Sunset Blvd. Winnsboro
Florence 27 US Hwy 321 Byp. South
733 South Irby St. Myrtle Beach
3210 East Palmetto St 1303 38th Ave. North

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

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Kroger announces its partnership with ReFED to help accelerate its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision

Food waste-focused nonprofit to aid in development of operational framework

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and The Kroger Co. Foundation today (Jan. 23, 2018) announced its partnership with ReFED, a multistakeholder nonprofit organization committed to reducing food waste in the U.S., while on stage at the Third Annual Food Rescue Summit hosted by Feeding America in Washington, D.C.

“When we shared our bold Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative in September, we emphasized our plans to establish a $10 million Innovation Fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the paradoxical relationship between the two,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “Our newly-formed relationship with ReFED will challenge us to create the best strategy, structure and program to invest the funds in the most innovative solutions that will help end hunger in the communities we call home and eliminate waste in our company by 2025.”

There is a fundamental absurdity in the food system: 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste, yet 1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger. Kroger believes it can address this absurdity because it has tremendous scale – the physical assets, the technology, the resources, the people and the passion – combined with local connections to its communities to tackle this challenge.

Kroger’s partnership with ReFED will help accelerate the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision. ReFED works with businesses, investors, innovators and policymakers to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve the national food waste problem. The leaders at ReFED have deep knowledge and experience in food waste innovation, scaling solutions, and the philanthropic and impact investment sectors. ReFED has an innovator database with more than 400 food waste solutions providers, and the system closely tracks where investments are being made.

“Philanthropic capital is needed to foster innovation in ways that other sources of capital cannot; to target and scale solutions lacking a market-rate application, develop capacity for market-based solutions, and seed pilot projects, proofs of concept, and other market-building activities,” said Chris Cochran, ReFED’s executive director. “We’re excited to work alongside Kroger and The Kroger Co. Foundation – a true leader in bringing together capital and innovation to eliminate food waste.”

“At Kroger, our Purpose is to Feed the Human Spirit™, and it comes to life through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,” Ms. Adelman added. “A company’s purpose and social impact matter now more than ever. Our Innovation Fund gives us a platform to work with food waste industry leaders and seek input from other partners and stakeholders to maximize its impact. We look forward to crowdsourcing ideas, funding prototypes and pilots, and bringing solutions that work to scale to transform our communities.”

Kroger continues its inaugural work with long-standing partners Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to accelerate progress toward achieving its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision.

Follow the journey and join the conversation at thekrogerco.com and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About ReFED 
ReFED is a multistakeholder nonprofit committed to reducing the $218 billion of food waste in the United States. ReFED works with businesses, investors, innovators, and policymakers throughout the food system to implement solutions, envisioning a future where combatting food waste is a core driver of business profits, job creation, hunger relief, and environmental protection. For more about ReFED’s work, visit www.refed.com.

About Kroger 
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.