RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

RetailNext empowers retailers with a variety of expanded smart store solutions

Complete 360-Degree Solution Empowers Retailers to Better Respond to Industry’s Shopper-Led Disruption

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018 ), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced a variety of expanded capabilities and functionalities, including a world’s first retail edge sensor with onboard deep learning artificial intelligence and the industry’s widest field of view, enhanced retail analytics software benefits, and the further development of a complete partner ecosystem to solve for retail brands’ biggest challenges and opportunities. RetailNext is highlighting its comprehensive suite of solutions and partner ecosystem at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today, January 14, through January 16.

“Long established as the industry’s de facto standard in retail analytics solutions, RetailNext is proud to further advance its smart store solutions built to empower retailers to be better, more shopper-responsive retailers,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “RetailNext’s suite of SaaS solutions, its groundbreaking Aurora sensor, its proven retail expertise and its powerful portfolio of technology partners position the company to extend its market leadership position.”

Expanded software capabilities eliminates guesswork

New for 2018, RetailNext has introduced new performance dashboards and other software enhancements into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic and other key performance metrics. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities,” added Johns, “freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

Aurora v2 sensor – industry’s widest field of view and a world’s first with onboard AI

Unveiled at The Big Show, the Aurora v2 all-in-one sensor provides the industry’s widest field of view and floor coverage, reducing stores’ hardware footprints and deployment costs, and minimizing the impact to stores’ aesthetic design. Like its predecessor introduced in 2016, Aurora v2 features simple plug-and-play installation, requiring no on-site, in-store servers. All retail analytics, including deep learning, occurs onboard the device, at the edge, and data is transmitted in real-time to the RetailNext cloud, enabling brands to collect and share powerful insights across every store across the enterprise.

“The wide field of view of the Aurora v2 sensor affords retailers an economically viable method to have complete floor coverage of a store,” said Arun Nair, co-founder and chief technology officer of RetailNext, “and, in turn, makes shopper full path analyses and other advanced analytics projects more feasible. It’s precisely those projects that enable retailers to develop a deeper understanding of in-store shopping behaviors and allows them to produce differentiated in-store shopping experiences.”

Aurora v2 is the first edge device to incorporate deep learning-based artificial intelligence onboard, in the device, empowering retailers to receive store-specific insights in an affordable manner. With RetailNext’s advanced human activity recognition software, retailers can benefit from Aurora’s deep learning capabilities to measure shopper and sales associate behaviors, including picking up of products, trying products on, taking or moving products or anything else a retailer would like to determine.

“The more retailers know about what’s happening in store, the better,” continued Nair, “and Aurora v2’s deep learning abilities allow retailers to do just that, automatically and at scale, over time, freeing up valuable resources to be allocated to shopper service and care.”

Partner ecosystem expands in breadth and depth

At retail’s Big Show, RetailNext is highlighting its continually growing, vibrant ecosystem of strategic and technology partnerships, as well as IT system integrators, with demonstrations incorporating customers UNTUCKit, Bose, Cos Bar, Allbirds, b8ta and Lolli and Pops.

Integrating store operations with merchandising, RetailNext showcases how retailers ensure the right product is at the right place at the right time, and features Acuitas Digital – an alliance with BTIntelSATO Global SolutionsNexgen Packaging and Valmarc Corporation – and its solutions for improving inventory visibility and management by measuring product and shopper movement on a single platform.

Additionally, RetailNext is previewing a new partnership with Facebook, with a beta initiative available to select retailers that provides aggregated and anonymized shopper demographic and behavioral data, empowering brands to better design more engaging in-store shopping experiences. Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, retailers can better understand key demographic and behavioral attributes about store visitors as a complement to the in-store shopping behaviors captured through the RetailNext platform with every shopping journey.

“Without question, shoppers have ushered in a new era in retailing, and their collective expectations for easy, convenient, fun and friction-free shopping experiences rise year after year,” emphasized Johns. “IoT technologies and smart store solutions from RetailNext and its partners are solving for retail stores’ most pressing opportunities, proving the shopper-centered smart store is a today thing, not a tomorrow thing.”

Professional solutions see strategies through to execution

Long recognized as a retail industry thought leader, RetailNext is leveraging its own in-house retailing expertise with the talent, solutions and capabilities of its partner ecosystem to develop a full suite of professional consulting services.

“Strategic consultation is natural expansion of our existing advanced analytics practice,” continued Johns, “where we couple RetailNext’s extensive knowledge of retail and the in-store technology landscape with the right technology partners to complete custom engagements and studies. RetailNext’s additional professional services solutions will feature deep, consultative engagements utilizing the most appropriate partners in its 360-degree ecosystem to help retailing brands define and ultimately execute upon go-forward strategies.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext enhances its SaaS platform with the new performance dashboards

Enhanced At-a-Glance Functionality and Artificial Intelligence Allows for Real-Time Updates on Performance Metrics and Elimination of Guesswork

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 14, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, introduced new performance dashboards into its SaaS platform, empowering retailers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of store management with predictive and actionable insights. RetailNext is showcasing the capabilities of its industry-best analytics platform at booth #3165 at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, today through January 16.

“RetailNext’s new Performance Dashboard is integrated directly into its user interface and allows retailers to take the guesswork out of store management,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Instead of relying on intuition or spending countless hours analyzing data, the Performance Dashboard allows store managers to focus their attention where it belongs most – engaging with staff and serving shoppers.”

Benchmark store performance against past results, goals and peers

The new Performance Dashboard allows for easy comparison of in-store performance against any past period, including day, week and month, and permits real-time tracking toward the achievement of current performance goals.

“In this shopper-led retail revolution, it’s important for stores to respond nimbly to the needs of shoppers and deliver the exceptional shopping experience every customer deserves,” added Johns. “Being able to benchmark your current position against both your own goals and the performance of peers within your organization and industry provides an understanding of the opportunities available to improve store performance.”

Predicted shopper traffic, powered by RetailNext artificial intelligence

RetailNext’s Performance Dashboard utilizes an artificial intelligence platform that incorporates multiple data sources, including historical shopper traffic trends and relevant weather data, to forecast upcoming store traffic. Doing so allows store management to properly align staffing levels to peak shopping periods and corresponding store key performance indicators, all the while maintaining efficient inventory levels and optimizing in-store promotions.

Moreover, the RetailNext analytics platform condenses actionable insights to deliver automated, prescriptive remedies tailored specifically to improve a store’s business processes, visual merchandising, shopper satisfaction and more.

“The first generation of smart store IoT analytics delivered data and actionable insights to store operators, but it still required analysis to develop the most appropriate corrective strategies to capture the available opportunities for improvement,” continued Johns. “RetailNext has expanded upon its platform capabilities to provide prescriptive recommendations based on each store’s current and real-time data, as well as its projected and forecasted opportunities, freeing up the time of store managers and associates to get out of the back office and onto the selling and service floor where they can make a real difference.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

RetailNext Inc. and RetailNext are trademarks of RetailNext Inc. in the United States.

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

RetailNext announces collaboration with Facebook to provide retailers shopper insights

Complementary Shopper Insights to Provide Understanding of Today’s New Shopping Journeys

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan. 13, 2018), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics, announced a new initiative with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) available to select retailers. The goal of the product is to allow retailers to better understand their in-store shoppers in order to improve upon in-store shopping experiences. Facebook will power the tool with aggregated and anonymized store visitor insights as a complement to RetailNext’s retail analytics platform. RetailNext is previewing the collaboration alongside the capabilities of its industry-leading analytics platform at NRF 2018, Retail’s Big Show & EXPO, presented by the National Retail Federation in New York City, beginning tomorrow, January 14, through January 16.

“RetailNext is excited to begin incorporating Facebook’s store visitor insights with its own comprehensive in-store shopping activity data,” said Bridget Johns, head of customer experience and marketing at RetailNext. “Through the RetailNext platform, retailers understand the complete view of shopper traffic at the door and through the store, including where guests go, what engages them and what aids in conversion. Audience demographic insights from Facebook layers considerable texture to RetailNext’s in-store shopper data, empowering retailers to develop actionable insights and deliver better shopper service through their staffing models, store layout, product merchandising and marketing decisions.”

Contextualized brand performance

Whether at the geographic-level, store-level or throughout an entire chain, audience demographic insights and in-store shopping behavior will provide retailers the data necessary to improve upon the shopping experience and ensure brick-and-mortar stores’ relevance in this new era of shopper-driven retail.

“For over a decade, RetailNext’s SaaS platform has enabled retailers to accurately and very precisely measure shopper activity in-store,” added Johns. “With our collaboration with Facebook, retailers can now get a more complete view of the customer journey, allowing them to tailor their shopping experiences to those that consumers crave and deserve.”

Note: In preparation for this collaboration, Facebook has ensured user-level data will not be compromised as only aggregated and anonymized data will be shared

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

Nearly 400 retailers in over 75 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

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Media Contact:

Ray Hartjen

RetailNext, Inc.

(925) 895-5441

ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

RetailNext Inc. and RetailNext are trademarks of RetailNext Inc. in the United States.

SOURCE: RetailNext, Inc.

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Ajman, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia – announced the opening of 50 exciting international brands and dining concepts as part of its ongoing enhancement project at City Centre Ajman.

City Centre Ajman is transforming into a regional mall with an investment of AED 643 million, which is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement made in June 2016 to increase its total investment in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investment in the country to AED 48 billion.

With a gross leasable area of 34,000 sqm, the mall brings 14 brands to Ajman for the first time.  Fashion-forward shoppers will find all their beauty essentials at international stores Inglot and Lush, which mark their debut in the emirate. Style enthusiasts can also shop for all the latest, trendy outfits at Garage and US Polo, which make their first foray into the city, as well.

City Centre Ajman takes family dining to the next level by introducing alfresco eating options for diners who want to enjoy the cool weather while savouring a multi-cuisine spread. Portuguese-style casual dining restaurant Nando’s, Turkish cuisine masters Mado café and authentic Italian comfort food restaurant Pizza Express are serving up their world-famous recipes to residents and tourists for the first time in Ajman.

Visitors can also opt to start their day with a steaming cup of coffee and buttery croissants at the new, bigger Starbucks and Gerard Café, which have an indoor and outdoor seating area, or sit down with friends in the central galleria for a hearty breakfast of freshly toasted bagels and beverages at Tim Hortons.

Adrenaline seekers and young-at-hearts can enjoy hours of fun at Majid Al Futtaim’s family entertainment centre, Magic Planet, which is now grown to 1,466 sqm in size. While the kids have their time out on the rides, parents can kick back and enjoy the latest movies at the relocated VOX Cinemas at City Centre Ajman.

The innovatively designed mall extension boasts a bigger parking facility with 1,800 spaces. It took more than six million man hours to construct the striking new wing, which has a central galleria, skylight roof allowing natural light to stream in during the day and contrast lighting levels in stores that create an inviting ambiance for shoppers.

The first phase of the expansion was carried out in line with green building protocol and Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy. Energy-efficient design and procedures, including installing LED lighting and water-saving, low-flow faucets and fixtures help reduce the mall’s carbon footprint.

The next development phase will involve the renovation of the existing mall which will see City Centre Ajman grow from 29,000 to 55,300 sqm in size upon completion in 2019.  As part of the upgrades, the public areas and facilities, including the toilets, baby changing area and prayer rooms will be enhanced for a seamless transition between the old and new section of the mall.

“The new wing at City Centre Ajman, which features more than 50 international brands and dining concepts, is set to revolutionise the emirate’s retail landscape,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

“We are proud to bring 14 world-class brands that make their debut in Ajman, underscoring our continued leadership in the retail sector. We’ve listened carefully to our fashion-conscious customers who want the convenience of shopping for their favourite brands closer to home and have addressed that demand with our diverse range of new stores and restaurants.

As City Centre Ajman transforms into a regional shopping mall, our focus on contemporary design with convenience and accessibility at the centre of our services, a tailored retail mix with dynamic new brands and unique dining and entertainment concepts continue to make it a destination of choice for both residents and tourists.

City Centre Ajman’s expansion project complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which includes the recent opening of My City Centre Al Dhait in Ras Al Khaimah and the expansion of City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.citycentreajman.com and www.facebook.com/CityCentreAjman.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

Media Contact:
Wallis PR
+971 50 747 8066
nerry.toledo@wallispr.com wallispr.com

LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes, Scotland

LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes in Scotland

Glenrothes industrial estate is added to Scotland portfolio

West Midlands, England, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our ambitious growth plans, we are pleased to announced that we have acquired an industrial estate in Scotland – our ninth acquisition in the country in the past few months.

The £3.1 million investment for the multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes includes units that range in size from 941 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft and altogether provide 234,148 sq ft of accommodation. The premises are let to 21 different companies, providing a rental income of £465,661.

We opened our first Scotland headquarters in Glasgow last year and have invested millions of pounds acquiring nine portfolios comprising 48 industrial retail units – totalling 346,810sq ft of real estate.

James Buchanan, investment director, said it was keen to secure this latest investment because of the asset management opportunities, which include lease re-gears and potential sales of units to tenants.

“This is a key acquisition in an increasingly important region for the company,” he said. “Our team of pro-active asset managers is now examining ways in which we can add value to the properties for the benefit of local businesses. They will also be using their extensive knowledge to attract tenants to the four units that are currently vacant as part of their marketing campaign.”

The four units that are available range from 2,410 sq ft to 19,242 sq ft and are suitable for a range of uses, including industrial.

For more information about the units, contact Roddy Proudfoot, asset manager, on 0141 465 3395 or email: RProudfoot@lcpproperties.co.uk

SOURCE: LCP Management Ltd

RCH Europe presents smart hardware and software technologies for the management and automation of POS at Intergastra 2018

RCH Europe presents smart hardware and software technologies for the management and automation of POS at Intergastra 2018

INNSBRUCK, Austria, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Europe, the provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and the public administration sector will showcase its latest range of hardware and software solutions at Intergastra 2018 (at Messe Stuttgart on Stand 7.C70). RCH Europe is the new international operation recently launched by RCH Group SpA to support its growing activities outside Italy, especially in the German-speaking markets.

“The convergence of digital and mobile technologies has transformed the way in which we do business, said Michele Stecca, Director of Exports at RCH Group. “To stay abreast of consumers evolving needs, merchants require intelligent software that can communicate with any device, whether it is connected via a cable or in the cloud. At Intergastra visitors will have the opportunity to see the benefits of using our smart hardware and software technologies in the management and automation of POS.”

Highlights at INTERGASTRA 2018

CLOUD SUPPORT
RCH was the first European company to introduce an Android interface for use in POS.

The Point of Sale is shifting towards a cloud-based environment, allowing merchants to remotely monitor and manage their systems from any device.

The back office provided by RCH is divided into two distinct sections: the first part allows merchants to monitor in real time the sales of each cash point from any device, such as a tablet, PC or smartphone. The second part enables complete management of the system’s programming, including personal registry, operators, customers, system configuration, and so on.

PRP 58 PORTABLE PRINTER
The company is now expanding its product line with the release of the PRP58 non-fiscal printing system. The PRP58 allows users to print bills from the waiter’s application bundled with Atos Software, for example.

ATOS Software: EASY INTEGRATION WITH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

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

RCH Europe is a member of the RCH Group that designs, produces and sells fiscal printers, fiscal and non-fiscal cash registers, and Point of Sale (POS) hardware and software. Since its foundation over 48 years ago, the company’s products, all conceived in Italy, are recognised across several markets for their advanced technology, smart designs, and ease of use.

More information about RCH Europe and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The Bon-Ton Stores announces its new updated Gift Registry

The Bon-Ton Stores announces its new updated Gift Registry

 

Mobile App and Website Enhance Shopper Experience, Offer Special Discounts and Savings, and Make it Simple to Register and Shop for Gifts

MILWAUKEE, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, announces its new updated Gift Registry just in time for the busiest wedding planning month of the year.

With more than a million couples registering for wedding gifts annually, Bon-Ton aims to capture couples through its mobile-first online experience with all the tips and tools needed to make registering for gifts easy and fun for couples.  From the mobile app or website, couples can easily start a registry, select gifts or scan items at the store using their smart phone.  With the average couple selecting more than 130 items for their registry, Bon-Tonalso developed new features to help users easily manage, modify and track gifts, as well as view purchased gifts, record thank you notes and more.  The social-friendly gift registry enables couples to share it with family and friends by email or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with just the click of a button.

“Bon-Ton’s Gift Registry will provide couples and their guests with a great new digital experience that makes registering and buying gifts from Bon-Ton much easier,” commented Chad Stauffer, President of Merchandising and Marketing for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.  “With our extensive merchandise assortment and quality brands, couples will find everything they need for their new life together.”

Bon-Ton’s Gift Registry has many benefits for the bride and groom and for guests purchasing gifts for the couple:

  • New: Free pair of coffee mugs when couples create and scan their registry in any store.
  • 5% Back Registry Gift Rewards: Couples receive a Bon-Ton gift card for 5% of gifts purchased by guests on the couple’s gift registry to be used in store or online.  The national gift registry average is $5,000 which would equate to a $250 free gift card. Any items purchased within 60 days of their wedding date counts toward the 5% cash back.
  • New: 20% off Newlywed Savings coupon –  Couples receive 20% off regular and sale priced items that remain on their registry after the wedding.
  • New: Complimentary invitation enclosure cards to inform guests where couple are registered with a 20% off item coupon for guests to purchase on the registry.
  • New: Free online shipping on gifts $49 and over.

Couples who register with Bon-Ton from January 11 through February 9, with a gift value of $2,000 or more, will be entered in to the “30 Days of Giveaways Sweepstakes” for more than $4,500 in total merchandise prizes. Thirty winners will be selected at random among all qualifying registries to win one of 30 different merchandise products. No purchase is necessary.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. 
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

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Zalando to expand its Stradella fulfillment center in Italy

Zalando to expand its Stradella fulfillment center in Italy

 

Berlin, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando, the leading online fashion platform in Europe, will extend the Stradella fulfillment center with its partner Fiege. In the course of 2018 two additional halls will be added and the capacity will double from about 20,000 sqm to about 40,000 sqm. The number of employees will increase to over 550. Fiege has overseen managing the Stradella site since it was opened in late 2015 and will continue to do so along with the expansion.

The investment into the Stradella fulfilment center and the recent investment in the Verona region, will not only strengthen the service offered to Italian customers but will also speed up the deliveries in Zalando’s Southern European markets. In December 2017 Zalando announced its plans to open a new fulfilment center for the Southern European Market. The new 130,000 sqm site will be located in Nogarole Rocca close to Verona and will create over 1,000 jobs in the medium-term.

“The extension of Stradella is part of our strategic development plan to grow our activities in Italy and in other Southern European markets, focusing on a continuous improvement of the service offered to our clients. The investment in Stradella allows us to answer to the increased demand i.” – commented Jan Bartels, VP Customer Fulfillment & Logistics at Zalando. ”We thank our partner Fiege for the successful collaboration and look forward to this next step.”

“We are really pleased to carry on our collaboration with Zalando” – declared Alberto Birolini, Business Development Manager and Board Member of Fiege Italia – “It is a great example of our ambition to deliver highly customized ecommerce solutions for our partners.“

Further information on Zalando logistics is available here.

Monica Franz
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson Benelux
Email: monica.franz@zalando.nl

Source: Zalando

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CANADA: two new co-branded Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations opens in fast-growing Toronto neighbourhoods

Two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations in fast-growing Toronto neighbourhoods “90 seconds or less”

TORONTO, ON, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grocery shopping just got faster and easier for Torontonians with today’s (January 12, 2018) grand opening of two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations at Yonge and Eglinton and Queens Quay. With just a few clicks, consumers can place their grocery order online at walmart.ca/grocery, select a convenient time and location and enjoy free pickup.

With these new locations, Toronto residents now have greater access to Walmart’s fresh groceries available at low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Customers can shop for fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli, frozen foods as well as health and beauty products, household supplies, pet food, baby food, diapers, and lots more.

“The new co-branded Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations allow us to better serve more Toronto households, especially those that don’t have a Walmart Supercentre nearby,” said Daryl Porter, Vice President of omni-channel operations and online grocery at Walmart Canada. “We continue to invest in services to make every day easier for busy Canadians and that includes offering greater flexibility and convenience to shop for groceries.”

Penguin Pick-Up has 76 locations across Canada, including 37 in the GTA, offering free and convenient pick-up locations for any and all online purchases. Customers can ship anything to Penguin Pick-Up from any online retailer in the world. Penguin Pick-Up offers a customer-focused drive through or walk-in experience that allows online shoppers to pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less. With extended operating hours, customers can collect their online purchases at a time that is convenient for them. Penguin Pick-Up is a “one-stop pick-up” for all e-commerce purchases, including groceries and dry-cleaning services. Penguin Pick-Up locations can store fresh and frozen food as well as hard goods such as electronics and apparel.

“The convenience of shopping for groceries online and being able to pick them up at a Penguin Pick-Up location at the time of your choice makes a lot of sense for people who live or work in dense urban neighbourhoods,” said Mitchell Goldhar, owner of Penguin Pick-Up and Chairman of SmartCentres. “Since its launch in 2014, Penguin Pick-Up has received packages from over 5,000 retailers in 11 countries and the number keeps growing.”

Today’s grand openings are the first two co-branded locations and bring the total number of Penguin Pick-Up locations offering Walmart grocery pickup in Toronto to seven. The two new co-branded locations also serve as a hub for Walmart’s direct-to-home Toronto grocery delivery orders, where customers living within select regions in Toronto can have their grocery orders delivered right to their door by local delivery partners. For more details on Walmart grocery pickup or to place an order, visit walmart.ca/grocery.

The two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations are:
Yonge and Eglinton
120 Eglinton Ave. E.
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Queens Quay
228 Queens Quay W.
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Penguin Pick-Up
Penguin Pick-Up is a network of 76 free, convenient pick-up locations for online purchases. Penguin Pick-Up offers a customer-focused drive through or walk-in experience that allows online shoppers to come and pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less. Since its launch three years ago, customers have shipped purchases from more than 5,000 different retailers to Penguin Pick-Up. With extended operating hours, customers can collect their online purchases at a time that is convenient for them. Penguin Pick-Up is a “one-stop pick-up” for all e-commerce purchases, including groceries and dry-cleaning services. Penguin Pick-Up locations can store fresh and frozen food as well as hard goods such as electronics and apparel. Customers can ship almost anything to Penguin Pick-Up from anywhere in the world and any online retailer. Penguin Pick-Up and Penguin Fresh selling farm-fresh food, are owned by Mitchell Goldhar, Chairman of SmartCentres. For more information, please visit PenguinPick-Up.com and PenguinFresh.com.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Locke
APEX Public Relations
alocke@apexpr.com
416-934-2123

Felicia Fefer
Walmart Canada
ffefer@wal-mart.com
905-821-2111 x 74466

Mitchell Goldhar
Penguin Pick-Up
mgoldhar@smartcentres.com
905-326-6400 x 7681

Source: Walmart Canada

Visa announces the availability of its suite of sensory branding for merchants, terminal manufacturers and developers

Verifone, Equinox Payments, Ingenico Group, and Poynt Sign-on to Pilot New Visa Sensory Branding: Sound, animation, and haptic (vibration) that signifies completed transactions

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION “BIG SHOW” – Visa (NYSE: V) today (Jan. 14, 2018) announced that its suite of sensory branding is now available as a pilot program for merchants, terminal manufacturers and developers. In a world increasingly filled with voice-commands, networked appliances and payment-enabled wearables, Visa’s unique sound, animation and haptic (vibration) cues signify completed, secure transactions in digital and physical retail environments when consumers pay using Visa.

“Our research has shown that Visa’s sensory cues signal speed, trust and convenience among consumers,” said Jack Forestell, head of global merchant solutions, Visa Inc. “As new payment experiences proliferate, we are helping our partners assure their customers that their transaction has been quickly and securely completed, no matter how they prefer to pay.”

Covering approximately 60 percent of the U.S. merchant point-of-sale terminal market1, manufacturers Equinox Payments, Ingenico Group, Poynt, and Verifone are working with Visa to pilot sensory branding with merchant partners in the coming year. According to a recent consumer study conducted in eight countries, 81 percent 2 of participants said they would have a more positive perception of merchants who used either the sound or animation cues. Additionally, less than a second in length2, the sound of Visa was found to signal speed and convenience.

“We are pleased that Visa will be first to take advantage of new Verifone capabilities that enable distinctive experiences for cardholders,” said Vin D’Agostino, executive vice president at Verifone. “We believe merchants and consumers benefit from a more personalized and relevant experience at check out and offer a powerful and open platform to allow innovators like Visa to create those experiences at the last inch of commerce.”

“Equinox is thrilled to be part of Visa’s innovative sensory branding initiative,” said Rob Hayhow, vice president, Equinox Payments. “Our Luxe family of devices has been designed to take full advantage of this technology by putting the customer experience at the forefront of every transaction.”

Visa’s sensory branding is scheduled to be available as a software development kit (SDK) for iOS, Android, and Web solutions on the Visa Developer Platform on January 31st. Developers can visit https://developer.visa.com/ to learn more about integrating the features into their solutions.

As a presenting sponsor of NRF 2018’s Innovation Lab, Visa’s sensory branding will be showcased at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York, where attendees can test the technology through an immersive, interactive demonstration. To explore how industry leaders like Visa are forging new frontiers in digital transactions, Visa CEO Al Kelly will discuss the future of commerce and payments at the conference alongside Karen Katz, president and CEO, The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. and Jon Fortt, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Tuesday, January 16 from 10:30-11:15 am ET. Additionally, Matt Smith, vice president of Visa’s Platform Strategy will be hosting a panel of retailers directly after the keynote on the Innovation Lab Stage with Chris Plunkett (CMT Group) at 11:30 a.m. ET.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

1 Nilson Report #1114, July 2017
2 IPG Lab 2017

Media Contacts:
Visa Inc.
Kryssa Guntrum
415-805-4488
kguntrum@visa.com

Source: Visa Inc.

LVMH Innovation Award: Startups can apply until February 15, 2018

LVMH Innovation Award: Startups can apply until February 15, 2018

 

Paris, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Startups still have a month to apply for the LVMH Innovation Award and be part of the LVMH Lab at the upcoming edition of Viva Technology, from May 24-26, 2018. Selected startups will have a chance to compete for the prize, created by LVMH in 2017. The winner will receive support from teams at LVMH and its Maisons to nurture its growth.

Following the success of the first LVMH Innovation Award, which went to French startup Heuritech in 2017, the Group has launched the second edition of the award, open to startups from France and all other countries whose values are aligned with those of the LVMH Group.

Eligible startups must have been created within the past five years, have a valuation of under $100 million, fewer than 50 employees and propose solutions relevant to the challenges addressed by the LVMH Group and its Maisons. Startups can apply until February 15, 2018.

After an initial selection, 30 finalist startups will be invited to the Viva Technology show in May 2018, where they will be spotlighted at the LVMH Luxury Lab. One will then be named the winner of the 2018 LVMH Innovation Award and have a chance to work with the LVMH Group and its Maisons at Station F, the largest startup campus in the world.

The LVMH Innovation Award supports emerging creative talents and stimulates fresh ideas by accelerating the growth of startups and their launch in the market. This approach resonates with the LVMH Group’s values of creativity, innovation, excellence and entrepreneurial spirit.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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CVS Pharmacy’s announces new beauty imagery initiative to lead positive change around transparency in beauty

CVS Pharmacy’s announces new beauty imagery initiative to lead positive change around transparency in beauty

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (January 15, 2018) announced a commitment to create new standards for post-production alterations of beauty imagery it creates for stores, websites, social media and any marketing materials. As part of this initiative, transparency for beauty imagery that has been materially altered will be required by the end of 2020.

The company also announced that it will introduce the “CVS Beauty Mark,” a watermark that will be used to highlight imagery that has not been materially altered. For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics. CVS Pharmacy will be working together with key brand partners and industry experts to develop specific guidelines in an effort to ensure consistency and transparency.

“As a woman, mother and president of a retail business whose customers predominantly are women, I realize we have a responsibility to think about the messages we send to the customers we reach each day,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

This new initiative is being introduced in an effort to lead positive change around transparency in beauty as well as to allow customers to differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery. The CVS Beauty Mark will start to appear on CVS Pharmacy-produced beauty imagery in 2018 with the goal of all images in the beauty sections of CVS Pharmacy stores reflecting transparency by the end of 2020.

“We’ve reached out to many of our beauty brand partners, many of whom are already thinking about this important issue, to work together to ensure that the beauty aisle is a place that represents and celebrates the authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve,” Foulkes added. “We’ve been inspired by their willingness to partner with us to redefine industry standards around this important issue for the well-being of all of our customers.”

“Girls Inc. applauds CVS Pharmacy’s leadership commitment to showcase and celebrate beauty in all of its forms. As the national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc. is honored to be a partner in CVS Pharmacy’s movement to counter limiting stereotypes too often faced by girls and women. Allowing diversity and natural beauty to shine will have an immensely positive impact on girls and women everywhere.” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO.

CVS Health has previously made significant changes in its retail stores with the health of its customers in mind, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, delivering healthier food options throughout CVS Pharmacy stores and committing to remove certain chemicals of concern from all store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.

To learn more about CVS Pharmacy’s new beauty imagery initiative, visit www.cvshealth.com/BeautyMark.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
401.770.4786
erin.pensa@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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The fourth annual NRF Foundation Gala raised more than $2.8 million to support its educational and inspirational initiatives

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fourth annual NRF Foundation Gala took place Sunday, January 14, at Pier Sixty in New York City, featuring an uplifting awards program and formal dinner that included both silent and live auctions. The star-studded event raised more than $2.8 million to support the Foundation’s programs, including educational and inspirational initiatives, student scholarships and RISE Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing program.

“We are so grateful for the retailers and partners who made 2018 another record-breaking year for the Gala,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Our work is made possible through generous contributions from companies and individuals who believe in the future of retail and see it as the industry that powers America’s workforce. We look forward to putting these funds to work by continuing to execute programs and initiatives that shape retail’s future.”

The Gala was attended by more than 800 retail CEOs and senior executives, industry insiders, celebrities and students who came together to support the future of retail talent and to celebrate The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. In addition, four-time NBA champion and ESPN sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal presented NRF’s “The Visionary” award to Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, a recognition for an inspiring leader with a record of spearheading change in the industry.

At the Gala, the NRF Foundation also announced the recipients of its Student Challenge and Next Generation scholarships. Courtney Nash, a senior at the University of Arizona, was the top recipient of the 2018 Next Generation Scholarship. Nash, one of five finalists, was awarded a $25,000 scholarship. In addition, the NRF Foundation named Ashley Cairns, Blake Fortin and Kendall McDermott from Columbia College Chicago as the top team in the Student Challenge competition; each was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

In addition to members of the National Retail Federation’s Board of Directors and the NRF Foundation’s Board of Directors, other notable guests included Omar Miller from the HBO hit series “Ballers,” super model Niki Taylor, Dorinda Medley and Kristen Taekman from the Bravo hit series “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and E! News celebrity correspondent Alicia Quarles.

The Gala capped off the first day of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, welcoming 36,000 retailers and their business partners from around the world at the Javits Center in New York City, January 15-16, 2018.

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

About NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Price Rite Marketplace invites applicants for its new Amherst, NY store

Amherst, NY, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Marketplace today (January 3, 2018) announced that it is accepting job applications for its 66th store, the 28,000 square-foot Price Rite of Amherst, located at 4220 Maple Rd., scheduled to open early in 2018.  The supermarket chain, known for its streamlined shopping experience and exceptional prices, is looking to hire approximately 85 employees for full- and part-time positions including cashiers, stocking clerks, produce and meat department team members and supervisory roles. In addition to its new store, Price Rite Marketplace is also hiring for leadership positions in its three other area locations, which include stores on Elmwood Avenue and Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo and in Cheektowaga.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com/Join-Our-Team, clicking “apply today” and selecting Amherst, NY from the dropdown menu to view available positions and fill out an online employment application. Prescheduled interviews will be conducted Tuesday,January 16, andWednesday, January 17, at its Elmwood Avenue location in Buffalo. Price Rite Marketplace is seeking applicants with the personality to provide customers with friendly, efficient service, and previous supermarket or other retail experience is preferred, but not required. A great place to shop and work, Price Rite Marketplace offers its employees flexible scheduling, competitive pay rates, holiday, sick and vacation pay along with the opportunity to begin a career.

“Price Rite Marketplace greatly values its associates, as it takes a team effort to deliver a great shopping experience for our customers,” said Jim Dorey, president of Price Rite Marketplace. “We look forward to welcoming new team members to our Amherst store and making them a part of our tight-knit Price Rite Marketplace family.”

The new Price Rite of Amherst will employ the supermarket chain’s core values of low price, high quality and service while creating a simpler and more streamlined way to shop, with a curated selection balancing local products, national brands and top private label lines to make it easier for shoppers to find their favorite products. The store will offer a centerpiece produce department brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of ethnic products to cater to Price Rite Marketplace’s diverse customer base; a large selection of baked goods, seafood, dairy and frozen food; packaged meats include organic and natural items, grass-fed offerings, Grade A poultry and USDA Choice cuts and Certified Angus® Beef products; and an assortment of organic and natural items including the new Wholesome Pantry line, a popular store brand line of organic and clean ingredient products.

Price Rite of Amherst will also feature some of the industry’s leading “green technologies,” including glass doors on dairy cases and energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration throughout the entire store.

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

About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite Marketplace opened its first store in 1995 under the name Price Rite Supermarkets, and currently operates 65 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Committed to providing the best value for customers, Price Rite Marketplace delivers a simplified shopping experience with top name brand foods and products and expanded fresh produce and organic offerings at exceptional prices. Price Rite Marketplace is also dedicated to fighting hunger through its annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnerships with Feed The Children and local food banks. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: Price Rite Marketplace

Asda introduces Multivitamin Milk

Asda introduces Multivitamin Milk

 

Leeds, UK, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — To get the UK moo-ving in 2018, Asda has launched Multivitamin Milk, helping to energise Brits and get even more essential vitamins into their daily diets.

Usually reserved for health and wellbeing stores, the nutrient-rich milk has now received endorsement from the Good Housekeeping Institute. Tasting the same as its regular milk counterpart, every 200ml glass of milk contributes to an average adult’s daily requirement, containing the following vitamins:
· 88% of Vitamin D
· 76% of Vitamin B12
· 42% of Iodine
· 34% of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
· 31% of Calcium
· 28% of Phosphorus
· 20% of Vitamin A
· 17% of Iron.

In addition to the calcium found in every glass of milk, Asda’s Multivitamin Milk is packed with vitamins and minerals including Iron, to combat tiredness and fatigue, as well as Vitamin A, which plays a part in the normal function of the immune system.

An Asda spokesperson commented: “At Asda, we are always looking to develop products to make our customers’ lives easier. With the launch of Multivitamin milk, Asda will continue to support customers and their families to get more essential vitamins into their diets in a hassle-free way and leading a healthier lifestyle. It’s perfect to use every day on cereals, in tea and coffee, or as a glass on its own.”

Asda’s Multivitamin milk is available in fours pints for an introductory price of £1.25, in all major Asda supermarkets and on the Asda website.

Media contact:
Russell Craig
Senior Director, Media & Community Relations
0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA

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Wegmans to host sampling event of its new seasonal menu from the winter 2018 issue of Wegmans Menu magazine on Jan. 20 & 21, 2018

ROCHESTER, NY, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Wegmans Winter Menu Event: Stations throughout the store will offer samples of our new seasonal menu from the winter 2018 issue of Wegmans Menu magazine.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20 & 21, 2018

WHERE: All Wegmans Food Markets stores

Get back on track with healthy meal planning at the Winter Menu event on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20 and 21, 2018. At this storewide event, customers can taste our new seasonal menu and get meal inspiration for every night of the week – from starters to veggies to desserts. This season, we’re especially excited about our new Mexican selections, featuring our new line of sauces and organic stoneground yellow corn tortillas.

Samples will be offered in a variety of departments, some of the highlights include:

Meat: Ready to Cook Brown Sugar BBQ Pork Shoulder

Produce: Cold Pressured Orange Juice

Sushi: Buffalo Shrimp Roll

Dairy: Raspberry Fruit Delight Yogurt

Bakery: Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Customers can also enter a drawing to win an EZ meal dinner gift bag including either oven safe chicken thighs or oven safe brown sugar BBQ pork, a Caesar salad kit, seasoned green beans, one of our Veggie Purees, an Organic Fruit Delight Greek Yogurt and a cold-pressured orange juice. Kids can pick up a fun new tattoo and a Mexican foods activity sheet.

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

Press Contact:
Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Whole Foods Market marks National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with deals on popular specialty items

Whole Foods Market marks National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with deals on popular specialty items

 

All cheese lovers invited to celebrate with deals on favorite specialty items

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with sales on several popular specialty items.

The deal includes 20 percent off all goat cheese, in addition to 20 percent off Artisola Organic Cheese Tortellini, delicious artisan pasta stuffed with a rich blend of gourmet cheeses.

The deals are valid on January 20, while supplies last.

Whole Foods Market’s selection of goat cheeses ranges from creamy, mild spreads, pungent and crumbly discs, to reinterpretations of favorite cow’s milk cheeses. In-store cheesemongers will be available to assist customers in selecting from a variety of options to best fit their tastes and preferences.

Contact: 
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Stater Bros. Markets announces new location in Pasadena

San Bernardino, California, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets is excited to announce that a retail space located at 1390 N. Allen Ave.  (northeast corner of  Allen Ave. and Washington Blvd.) in Pasadena will soon become a Stater Bros. supermarket.

The Company will take possession of this location in May 2018 ensuring a smooth transition from the current occupant.   At 42,000 sq. ft., this retail space will then undergo a major remodel, and reopen as a state-of-the-art Stater Bros. supermarket in fall 2018.

The supermarket will feature:

  • A Full Service Fresh Meat Department with Stater Bros. famous certified Meat Cutters ready to serve you
  • A Full Service Fresh Seafood Department with friendly seafood experts to assist with selection
  • FujiSan Handcrafted Sushi made in-house daily
  • A Full Service Deli including Cleo & Leo exclusive recipe and always fresh hand-breaded fried chicken, specialty sandwiches and wraps in addition to a full line of prepared party trays
  • Full Service Hot Bakery with a full selection of Artisan breads and rolls, specialty single serve desserts, Cleo and Leo line of classic cakes and in-house cake decorators to assist with all special occasion needs
  • A Relaxing Seating Area with USB charging outlets and access to free Wi-Fi
  • Floral Department for that special gift of fresh flowers, plants or floral arrangements
  • Garden Fresh Produce Department featuring more than 1,000 items with expanded organic selections and fruit cut fresh daily
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting in addition to glass doors on refrigerated cases to reduce energy consumption
  • A décor scheme reflecting Pasadena’s rich history

“We are delighted to welcome Stater Bros. to the City of Pasadena.   Stater Bros. Markets provides products and services consistent with the high level of quality the community expects,” Pasadena City Council member Margaret McAustin said.

“Stater Bros. is a Company that proudly celebrates tradition and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to establish roots in such a historic and beautiful community,” added Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “We look forward to a good working relationship with the City of Pasadena as the extensive remodel process commences and are thrilled to acquaint Pasadena customers with Stater Bros.’ fresh offerings and exemplary customer service when we open this fall,” Van Helden concluded.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $80 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Contact:

Media contact:
publicrelations@staterbros.com

Source: Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. Markets announces management changes

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California has announced changes to its leadership team that leverage the expertise and experience of key management members to guide and ensure the Company’s continued success.

Dan Meyer, a 46-year member of the Stater Bros. “Family” will assume the role of Executive Vice President of Distribution. In this role, previously held by recently promoted President George Frahm, Meyer will oversee the entire operation of Stater Bros. Distribution Division which includes the Company’s 2.1 million sq. ft. Norton Distribution Center in addition to the Company’s Transportation and Fleet Maintenance Departments. Meyer most recently served as Executive Vice President of Retail Operations. His extensive retail operations knowledge is critical to the Company’s supply chain management efforts and he will continue to be an instrumental member of Stater Bros. Executive Management Team. Meyer will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

Keith Thomas is a 37-year Stater Bros. “Family” Member. Thomas is being promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Operations due to Dan Meyer assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Distribution. In this position, Thomas will be responsible for overseeing the entire retail operations of all 171 Stater Bros. supermarket locations. Thomas has steadily progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision roles demonstrating stellar leadership skills and a passion for the supermarket business. In 2009, Thomas was promoted to his most recent position of Regional Vice President of Retail Operations. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Redlands and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Thomas will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

Tom Seaton is a 40-year member of the Stater Bros. “Family”. Seaton is being promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Administration due to the recent promotion of George Frahm. In his new role, Seaton will oversee the Company’s Administration Division, which includes Human Resources, Labor Relations, Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Support Services and Office Services Departments. In 2009, Seaton was promoted to his most recent position of Regional Vice President of Retail Operations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands. Seaton is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands’ School of Business. Seaton will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

These changes become effective on January 15, 2018.

“I am pleased to have such a talented and experienced leadership team, and I’m confident that Dan, Keith and Tom will excel in their new roles,” stated Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “These management changes reflect Stater Bros. longstanding commitment to providing our customers with the best shopping experience in Southern California and ensure Stater Bros. current and future success,” Van Helden concluded.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The Company currently operates 171 supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. “Family”. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $75 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, go to www.staterbros.com.

Contact:

Media contact:
publicrelations@staterbros.com

Source: Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. Markets announces the promotion of George Frahm to President

Stater Bros. Markets announces the promotion of George Frahm to President

 

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California is pleased to announce the promotion of George Frahm to the position of President of Stater Bros. Markets, effective January 15, 2018.

Frahm will report directly to Stater Bros. Chief Executive Officer Pete Van Helden.

A seasoned executive with over 45 years of experience in the supermarket industry, Frahm’s extensive grocery career began in 1973 at the Stater Bros. supermarket in Glendora as a Clerks Helper and Janitor.

He steadily progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision roles holding the positions of Store Manager, Retail Grocery Supervisor and Retail District Manager.

In 1995, Frahm was promoted to the position of Director Labor Relations. Frahm continued to advance to increasing levels of responsibility excelling in the roles of Vice President Labor Relations, Senior Vice President Administration, Group Senior Vice President Retail Operations and Administration, Executive Vice President Retail Operations/Administration and Executive Vice President Administration/Distribution, his most recent role.

Frahm holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Executive Program. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Grocers Association, and has served as a Trustee on the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation.

“George is a remarkable leader who embodies the spirit of the Stater Bros. ‘Family’,” stated Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden.“George’s extensive contributions to the Company’s success have been invaluable, and his promotion to President reflects his broad knowledge of the food industry, commitment to honoring Stater Bros. unique corporate culture and continued contributions to Stater Bros. success,” Van Helden concluded.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The Company currently operates 171 supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. “Family”. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $75 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, go to www.staterbros.com.

Contact:

Media contact:
publicrelations@staterbros.com

Source: Stater Bros. Markets

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CBRE: U.S. office space vacancy increased to 13 percent during Q4 2017

Los Angeles, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vacant office space in the U.S. increased slightly by 10 basis points (bps) during the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4 2017) to 13 percent, according to the latest analysis from CBRE. For the year, vacancy inched up 10 bps, marking the first year-over-year increase in vacancy since 2010.

The vacancy rate in suburban markets increased 10 bps, to 14.2 percent and downtown vacancy ticked up 10 bps to 10.7 percent. Vacancy continued to fall in a majority of U.S. office markets, and the national office vacancy rate remains near its post-recession low.

“The fourth quarter’s slight office vacancy rise can be attributed to an increase of supply and a slight loosening in the tightness of the market as we have closed in on the previous cyclical low,” said Spencer Levy, Americas’ head of research for CBRE.

The largest metro-area declines were recorded were recorded in Riverside (-80 bps), Salt Lake City (-70 bps) and Richmond (-60 bps). Tucson, Wilmington, Louisville, and Indianapolis, each declined by 60 bps or more. In the past four quarters, the vacancy tightening has been found in mid-sized markets located predominately across the Sun Belt, including Tucson, Las Vegas, Richmond, Albuquerque, Louisville, Orlando, Wilmington, Tampa, Phoenix, Kansas City, Riverside, Detroit and Jacksonville. The nation’s lowest vacancy rates list in Q4 2017 were led by tech markets: Seattle (7.6%), San Francisco (7.8%), Austin (8.2%), Raleigh (8.3%), New York (9.4%), and Boston (9.8%).

“Despite the slight rise in vacancy, we see the new supply as healthy overall, as many markets were becoming space constrained, in particular for large block space,” added Mr. Levy.

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 announces the return the SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor

7‑Eleven announces the return the SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The KIDS are back in town … both sour and sweet. 7‑Eleven, Inc. is bringing back the SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor to the Slurpee® machine. The drink is the most popular limited-time flavor in the history of the iconic semi-frozen beverage, and will be available exclusively at participating 7‑Eleven® stores through February 2018, or while supplies last.

In 2015, 7‑Eleven introduced the first SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor, which quickly gained a loyal fan following. The bright pink-colored Slurpee drink became the first featured (limited-time) flavor to become the top-seller ahead of the two perennial favorites, cherry and cola.

“Slurpee-lovers really, really love SOUR PATCH KIDS candy,” said Sean Thompson, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and acquisition integration. “We first approached Mondelez International about creating a SOUR PATCH KIDS Slurpee flavor after learning on social media that Slurpee fans were already enjoying them with the sour candy to their favorite Slurpee drink. SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor was a huge hit then, and we expect Slurpee and SOUR PATCH KIDS-lovers will be just as excited to try it this go-round.”

Mondelez International’s SOUR PATCH KIDS is the No. 1 sour candy brand, and a top-selling candy at 7‑Eleven stores. Fruit-flavored Slurpee drinks also are among the most popular with 7‑Eleven customers.

Fans of SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor can enjoy the iconic flavor not only as a Slurpee drink, but also as an exclusive flavor of 7-Select® Soda crafted by JONES and 2oz or 5oz bags of the classic watermelon shaped candy at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

Customers can use the 7Rewards® loyalty program, available in the 7‑Eleven app, when purchasing a Slurpee drink and earn points. They can then redeem these points for a wide variety of products from an in-app menu. All 7‑Eleven proprietary beverages purchased in a cup continue to count toward the “Buy Six-Get the Seventh Free” drink offer. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google play and customers can sign up using the app, the 7Rewards.com mobile website, or chat the 7‑Eleven bot on Facebook Messenger.

“Beverage purchases are a doubly good deal at 7‑Eleven,” said 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer Gurmeet Singh. “In addition to tasting great, they earn points and count toward a free beverage. With only six purchases required to get a free one, 7‑Eleven has one of the best drink loyalty offers available.”

Look for digital offers on 7Rewards for SOUR PATCH KIDS products in February to earn points and save money.

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 64,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 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.

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PetSmart launches New Puppy Collection

PHOENIX, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Many families welcomed a new puppy into their homes this past holiday season, and PetSmart is celebrating these new arrivals with a New Puppy Collection featuring a range of items from puppy toys and teethers to apparel, accessories, beds and bowls inspired by baby trends. Also borrowing from a popular trend among new parents of babies, PetSmart is sharing puppy shower ideas for new pet parents to host a “Sip & See” party to invite friends to come “sip” refreshments and “see” their new puppy.

Key items in the New Puppy Collection include tug toys with teether rings, cuddly blanket materials in pink and blue featuring unicorns, lions, pigs and giraffes, as well as classic hooded towels for bath time, Prince and Princess bowls, and “throne” beds with royal crown icons and coordinating blankets. Apparel and accessory items include slogan tees like “Little Prince,” “Little Princess” and “Hear Me Roar,” as well as a tutu skirt and dress and crown headband accessories so the pups can hold court. Harnesses and collars come in pink and blue and are dressed up with bow ties and crowns. The treats collection aligns with the Prince and Princess theme with adorable pink and blue iced crown cut-out cookie treats with the word “Spoiled” scrolled in white icing.

New puppy essentials include crates; ID tags; a wide assortment of puppy pet food options; training, reward and dental treats; puppy pads; cleaners and odor removers; calming solutions; as well as at-home grooming products like puppy wipes, among additional new puppy supplies. The full collection is available at https://www.petsmart.com/featured-shops/new-pet/puppy/.

New Puppy “Sip & See” Party Tips

Timing: A puppy shower or other party to celebrate your new puppy is recommended after the puppy gets his or her first vaccinations, which is about 12-18 weeks. Puppies that are three to four months old are the perfect age to start socializing with other people and pets. Structure the event as an open house, where people and their furry friends can come and go as they please across a three-to-four-hour time period.

Guests: To help socialize the new puppy, invite a mix of adults, kids and dogs. If possible, try to time when guests with dogs will be arriving and work to limit pet guests to no more than two at a time. Keep an eye out to make sure your puppy is not overwhelmed.

Invitation: Send a fun dog-themed invitation to set the tone for the “Sip & See” puppy shower. For example, invitations could include printed dog bones with a pink or blue ribbon along with playful text such as “Sit. Stay. Join us for a Sip & See paw-ty for our new puppy!” Specify the party rules such as don’t bring your pet if he/she is aggressive or not housebroken and please attend with your pet on a leash. Have everyone, especially guests bringing pets, RSVP so you can coordinate their attendance.

Food & Drink: Offer delicious pet-themed food for humans. Ideas include making “Puppy Chow” from a cereal snack mix, cookies in the shape of dog bones, popcorn labeled as “pupcorn,” or a chili dog bar where people can dress their own hotdogs. Snacks can be served in dog bowls, and a specialty “Salty Dog” drink can be served for adults along with non-alcoholic “Puppy Punch.” For the dogs attending the party, make sure there are plenty of water bowls in convenient places so they have fresh water, and have puppy treats on a separate table away from the human fare.

Activities: While everyone takes turns holding and playing with the new puppy, you can have face painting for kids to transform them into puppies themselves, complete with a puppy nose and whiskers. The party can also include a fun game of puppy Bingo, a dog-themed movie playing in the background or dog-themed music like “Who Let the Dogs Out?” With the pet guests, you may want to organize a few group “potty breaks” outdoors.

Decorations & Party Favors: This can be a casual event, which allows you and your guests to give attention to the center-of-it-all: the new puppy. Consider making human and dog cookie treats for “Doggy Bag” party favors that say “Thanks for Pupping In.” You can also place sticker dog prints on the floor inside the house leading to the backyard where guests can take their pets outside, or draw paw prints on the sidewalk with chalk leading guests into the “Sip & See” puppy shower.

Gifts: Check out new puppy gift ideas for “Sip & See” puppy shower events at the PetSmart New Puppy Look Book Gift Guide and shop the full collection at https://www.petsmart.com/featured-shops/new-pet/puppy/sip-and-see/.

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 celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart donated a meal to pets in need and beat its goal of 60 million meals with more than 63 million meals generated through this leading philanthropic program. 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
PetSmart homepage: http://www.petsmart.com/

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

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

PetSmart 24-Hour Media Line: 623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Harris Teeter to open its St. Mary’s Marketplace location in California, MD on Tuesday, Jan. 23

Harris Teeter to open its St. Mary’s Marketplace location in California, MD on Tuesday, Jan. 23

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Sampling Event

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today (Jan. 09, 2018) it will welcome shoppers to its St. Mary’s Marketplace location on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Taste of Teeter sampling event. This event is a complimentary, in-store sampling of Harris Teeter’s most unique products. Store registers will be open for sales.

The store will have many unique features including: an extended hot foods bar in the Fresh Foods department; a wing bar; expanded Fishermans Market featuring handmade lobster rolls and steamed seafood daily; drive-through Pharmacy; ExpressLane Online Shopping; an events station which will feature weekly meal specials and an indoor, sit-down eating area.

“Harris Teeter is extremely excited to join the California, Md. community with our brand new St. Mary’s Marketplace store,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We look forward to meeting our new neighbors – many of whom may be new to the Harris Teeter family. We hope those new to our brand see firsthand what sets Harris Teeter apart – superior customer service; knowledgeable, friendly associates; beautiful, modern facilities; excellent quality and vast selection including extensive fresh meal offerings; as well as personalized promotions and offers.”

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection. Harris Teeter also works closely with its neighbors to form a true community partnership through support of local nonprofit organizations including food banks and youth sports organizations, as schools, grades k-12.

Fast Facts

Store Address: St. Mary’s Marketplace

44900 St. Andrews Church Rd.

California, MD  20619

Grand Opening Date: Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

Grand Opening Time:5 p.m., ribbon cutting; sampling event immediately following

Store Hours: 24 Hours

Store Square Footage: 55,000

Check-Out Lanes:    9 checkouts, 6 express checkouts

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Grand Opening Promotions:

ExpressLane: No fee on all ExpressLane Online orders until Feb. 20, 2018; plus receive $5.00 off the first four orders of $40 or more until Feb. 20, 2018.

Pharmacy: Receive one $25 electronic coupon* for each new or transferred prescription through July 31, 2018. Electronic coupons tracked by shoppers’ VIC card and automatically credited on next transaction over $25; coupons expire Aug. 7, 2018.

*Exclusions apply. Please see Pharmacist for details.

Store Features and Departments

Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and USDA Certified Very Tender Beef • Fresh Store made sausage and burgers • Full-service Fishermans Market • Handmade Lobster Rolls • Steamed Seafood • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Cut Fruit • Trail Mix Bar •  Salad Bar  •  Expanded organic and specialty produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Pizza • Hot Foods Bar • Asian Hot Bar • Wing Bar • Party Trays • Event Station • Natural and Organic Foods • Expanded Specialty Foods • Expanded Kosher Selection • Pharmacy with Drive Through • Private, Professional Pharmacist Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • ExpressLane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Sit-down eating area • ATM •

Contact:
Danna Robinson
Communication Manager

Harris Teeter
701 Crestdale Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: 704.844.3904
Fax: 704.844.3214
E-mail: drobinson@harristeeter.com

Source: Harris Teeter

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LightInTheBox introduces Bitcoin as new payment channel

BEIJING, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Jan. 8, 2018) announced that bitcoin will now be accepted on the LightInTheBox.com and MiniInTheBox.com platforms as of January 5th, 2018. Bitcoin payments will be processed through BitPay.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “I’m glad to bring Bitcoin as a new payment channel to our customers. We think blockchain could potentially be an important technology for us. We are intrigued to study and adapt this technology in the future.”

Forward-Looking Statements

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

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

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

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

Investor Relations Contact:

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

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

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Avon expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of nutritional supplement line, Espira

Nutritional supplements custom designed with ingredients to restore and boost natural energy

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling company in North America for over 130 years, expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of Espira by Avon—a nutritional supplement line uniquely designed with naturally-sourced ingredients to restore and boost natural energy for women and men.

“We are rapidly transforming Avon to become the leading social selling company in North America, and broadening our portfolio into the health and wellness category will be a key driver of our success.  The Espira launch is a natural evolution for us – Avon has been taking care of women and their families for over a century,” says Scott White, Avon Chief Executive Officer.  “We are very proud to enter this critical category with a highly innovative, high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.  Our Representatives are excited for the opportunity to build their businesses and reach new customers with Espira.”

Created by leading nutrition-industry experts and made from the highest quality ingredients from whole foods and superfoods, Espira products use non-GMO ingredients that are free from artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. Packed with essential energy-building nutrients, they contain clinically studied ingredients to achieve noticeable results.

“The name Espira was derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best,” says Betty Palm, President of Social Selling for Avon.  “The inspiration for Espira came directly from our Representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurturers, care givers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and of their Avon businesses.  Our goal was to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier, more productive lives.”

Through extensive research, Avon has identified and addressed specific areas of concern in consumers’ lives. The Espira collection includes 11 products categorized into three principles of wellness: Restore, Boost and Glow. Some products will provide quick results, with visible change within the first bottle (30 days).  Other products are for every day and focused on vitality, natural energy and better basics to give a strong nutritional foundation.

  • Restore products have ingredients that help create a healthy balance by reducing occasional stress, and enhancing restful sleep.† Key ingredients include Sensoril®, L-theanine, vitamin B, magnesium, fish oil, and antioxidants from 50+ fruits, and vegetables. These ingredients’ benefits include:
    • Calm – Provides natural, non-drowsy stress relief†
    • Restful Sleep – Relaxes both your body and mind so you can sleep better†
    • Daily Essentials – A complete daily nutritional support pack for a solid nutritional foundation sourced from whole foods for Women, Women 40+, and Men
    • Multivitamins – 100% of the daily value of 19+ essential vitamins and minerals for Women, Women 40+, and Men
  • Boost products contain ingredients to help revitalize the body by maintaining a healthy metabolism, clearing out one’s system and controlling hunger.† Key ingredients include protein, probiotic, fiber, green tea, cacao, and whole coffee fruit, and have the following benefits which include:
    • The Metabolism Boost System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
      • Plant Power Protein – Non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free, natural plant protein without the high calories or sugar, and artificial ingredients of most protein powders
      • Ideal Cleanse – A 3-day, gentle cleanse to help you feel lighter and reduce occasional bloating†
      • Hunger Block – A natural hunger control formula with glucomannan to help reduce food cravings†
      • Metabolism Boost – Helps stimulate your metabolism to help burn more calories*†
    • Natural Energy – A powerful combination of naturally-sourced ingredients for increased focus and energy†
  • Glow products help hair, skin and nails look their best by protecting you from daily damage and restoring cells while you sleep.† Key ingredients include antioxidants, biotin, vitamin C, and collagen peptides, and their benefits include:
    • Beauty Inside & Out System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
    • AM Protect – Helps protect skin and build healthier hair and nails†
    • PM Restore – A powdered mix that helps support skin and nail quality in just 30 days†

“The Espira line is an easy solution for men and women searching for better sleep, boosted energy, and overall better nutritional support,†” says Ashley Koff, registered dietitian and consulting nutritionist for Avon.  “Espira supplements are a naturally sourced option made with the highest quality ingredients to help promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Approximately 70 percent of adult Americans currently use at least one supplement product to help support their overall health.1 Whether consumers are looking to kick-start their nutritional foundation or hoping to address a specific issue, they can feel and see many of the benefits of Espira by Avon within 30 days— just in time for the New Year resolutions.

Espira by Avon products are available for $12 – $35 each exclusively through Avon Representatives or online at www.avon.com.  To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark.by Avon, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130-year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy has contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*With reduced dietary intake and exercise.

Media Contacts:
For Corporate Communications:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

For Beauty & Representative PR:

Lisa DaCosta-Nunez
Public Relations
+1 (212) 282-6078
lisa.dacosta-nunez@avon.com

Source: AVON

REI expands 2018 REI Outessa series with retreats and festivals

Series expands in 2018 with retreats and fests to grow the community of women in the outdoors

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI, the nation’s largest consumer co-op and leader of outdoor experiences that inspire a life outside, announces the expansion of the 2018 REI Outessa series – outdoor events designed to grow and strengthen the community of women in the outdoors. The REI Outessa property now offers three unique event series beginning this summer, including retreats, festivals, and a virtual join in so women can select the experience that’s best for them, whether close to home or a destination location.

For the third year, REI Outessa will offer retreats for women who want to push their limits and learn new skills through immersive experiences during a three-day weekend. In 2018, there will be two Outessa retreats held in inspiring mountain settings: a new location in North Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley, California from Aug. 2-5 and, for the second time due to its popularity with participants, the White Mountains of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire from Sept. 13-16.

Women can fully customize their retreat experience. For example, participants can join workshops like Wilderness Survival, Map and Compass Navigation, Sunrise Yoga, and Reframe on Goal Setting, and activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, standup paddle boarding, and introduction to backpacking, taught by top REI Outdoor School female instructors and brand partners. The day starts with a full breakfast before heading out to the trail, crag, or water, while evenings are filled with chef-inspired meals and fireside relaxation complete with s’mores, wine, inspirational speakers, and conversation. In 2017 the retreat series brought close to 1,000 women together to experience the outdoors and find their community of likeminded women.

New for 2018 will be REI Outessafest. These one-day festivals will take place near urban centers and will bring together thousands of people to connect through female-forward music, art, wellness, and adventure. Inspired by women but open to families, friends, and allies, REI Outessafest celebrates life outside by spending a full day in nature. REI Outessafest tickets will go on sale in late spring.

In order to provide many different ways in which women can engage with REI Outessa, REI will also host a virtual join in for the first time. For a low entry fee, participants from all over the country will come together on one day to pledge miles and work toward a collective goal REI will set. Women, their friends, families, and allies can conquer these miles on their own time while empowering women in their communities and potentially meeting new friends that have the same common goals. Women can engage with others through hiking, walking, paddling, or running to reach a milestone achievement. Additional details will be announced this summer.

“From experienced adventurers to women completely new to the outdoors, to women who are traveling with a crew to those who are participating alone with an interest to find their community, REI Outessa offers something for everyone,” said Sally Johnson, senior manager, events marketing at REI. “REI Outessa celebrates a life outside and helps break down some of the barriers women face to spending time outside. The growth of the series will allow women to choose the best experience for them while tapping into the inspiration and empowerment that comes through being in nature. We’re so excited to welcome everyone in 2018.”

REI Outessa partners include some of the best outdoor brands and products. These organizations share an interest to inspire more women to have an active outdoor life. Top partners include Garmin, Osprey, Sea to Summit, Smartwool, The North Face, Hydro Flask, PROBAR, Salomon, Maui Jim, and Yakima.

Outessa is part of REI’s broader effort called Force of Nature to advance gender equity in the outdoors. Force of Nature aims to ensure women are just as inspired and equipped as men to embrace life outside. Launched in 2017, Force of Nature featured four components: over 1,000 events designed for women, a comprehensive marketing effort to change the male-dominated imagery of people in the outdoors, an increased effort to develop and offer high-quality technical gear and apparel for women, and a $1 million commitment to support nonprofits that create opportunities for women in the outdoors.

Visit www.Outessa.com to learn about the retreat locations and dates. Tickets for the REI Outessa retreats will go on sale on Feb. 5. On this day, participants can also begin to build their schedules for the three-day weekend.
The 2017 REI Outessa recap video can be viewed HERE and 2017 photos can be found HERE. Like REI Outessa on Facebook for news and updates on 2018 dates.

About REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 16 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 152 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries worldwide. The REI Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

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Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Holiday Book Drive program collected 1.6 million books for local charities

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (January 8, 2018) announced that it collected approximately 1.6 million books during its 2017 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018. Community partners are distributing the books collected to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is a key initiative for us every year, and our customers once again came through by donating approximately 1.6 million books to kids in need this holiday season,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We are always amazed to see the generosity of our customers and want to thank them for giving kids of every background the chance to read.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots; Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Wendy’s opens new restaurant in Guatemala City, Guatemala its 500th international location

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced the grand opening of its 500th international restaurant location in Guatemala City, Guatemala by franchise organization Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa.

Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa joined the Wendy’s® system in 2015 and currently operates a total of 13 restaurants in Guatemala, employing more than 400 Wendy’s team members.

“In the past year we’ve grown our international portfolio by more than 60 net new restaurants,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “This is a great achievement that we attribute to the strength of our brand and partnerships with exceptional and dedicated franchisees who are committed to developing Wendy’s abroad.”

The opening of the 500th international restaurant in Guatemala in late December follows recent openings of new international Wendy’s locations in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia, to name a few.

“We have an outstanding group of international franchise partners who play an essential role in the growth and success of our brand, and we are dedicated to helping them build strong, profitable restaurant businesses,” said Bob Wright, EVP, Chief Operations Officer & International of The Wendy’s Company. “At Wendy’s, our goal is to Delight Every Customer in every restaurant around the world. It’s this shared commitment that has resulted in the successful growth of our international business.”

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Note: International restaurants within the Wendy’s system are those located outside the U.S. and Canada, and include restaurants in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

SOURCE The Wendy’s Company

Heidi Schauer, Director, Corporate Communications, heidi.schauer@wendys.com, Tel: 614.764.3368

Majid Al Futtaim expands My City Centre brand in the UAE with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait

Majid Al Futtaim expands My City Centre brand in the UAE with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim—the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia—today opened My City Centre Al Dhait to meet the everyday dining, lifestyle and retail needs of Ras Al Khaimah’s fastest-growing communities. Today’s inauguration marks Majid Al Futtaim’s first investment in a community and convenience focused retail and services destination for this emirate’s residents and tourists.

“Today we underscore Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to delivering a unique retail experience to fast-growing communities around the region with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait, our first shopping destination in Ras Al Khaimah and the latest addition to the growing My City Centre brand in the UAE,” said Ghaith Shocair, Chief Executive Officer – Shopping Malls,
Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.

“We will deliver a diverse retail offering in an accessible location within the expanding residential areas of Ras Al Khaimah. My City Centre Al Dhait will address the daily needs of visitors and the increasing number of tourists in the country’s Northern Emirates.”

The AED 68.5 million mall, which has a gross leasable area of 5,494 square metres, houses more than 30 regional and international lifestyle brands.  My City Centre Al Dhait is Majid Al Futtaim’s third My City Centre mall in the UAE, a neighbourhood shopping and dining destination created specifically for nearby residential and commercial communities.

Easily accessible due to its proximity to Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, My City Centre Al Dhait offers a vast array of household goods, including fresh produce and bakery items from Carrefour Market. Dining options include the emirate’s first branch of American fast-food chain Popeye’s, Blends & Brews and McDonald’s alongside more extensive menu options at Indian restaurant Gazebo and Iranian cuisine specialist Hatam.

The opening of My City Centre Al Dhait reinforces Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment made in 2016 to increase investments in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investments in the UAE to AED 48 billion.

As part of Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy, My City Centre Al Dhait follows green building protocol with innovative methods and resource-efficient procedures in place, including collecting condensed water from air-conditioning and ventilations systems to use for irrigation and installing LED lighting and water-saving low-flow fixtures and faucets. The single-storey, 7,000-square-metre property meets LEED Gold criteria and its solar-panelled parking bay shades, which incorporate photovoltaic cells, are expected to deliver energy savings of 7.5 per cent.

My City Centre Al Dhait complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which include the expansion of both City Centre Ajman and City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

SOURCE: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

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