Wincor Nixdorf announces Asia Green Development Bank to be the first bank in Myanmar to offer EMV-based ATM transactions

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asia Green Development Bank Ltd. now accepts EMV-based VISA and MasterCard chipcard transactions in all its ATMs, becoming the first bank in Myanmar to offer the service, Wincor Nixdorf announced today.

EMV, or Europay MasterCard Visa, is a technical specification that facilitates interoperability between chip-based credit and debit cards and point-of-sale devices or ATMs. The key objectives of EMV are to reduce counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions, and to standardize all payment solutions on a singular specification recognized globally.

“AGD aims to provide enhanced customer experiences in the most secured environment for our customers. By implementing the global EMV standard, we are achieving a significant leap forward in protecting our cardholders against fraud.” said Htoo Htet Tay Za, managing director, Asia Green Development Bank. “Wincor Nixdorf has been a long term partner with the bank and we are confident they are able to help AGD successfully manage this EMV migration.”

Wincor Nixdorf, together with its local partners Myanmar Golden Rock Intl. Ltd and ACE Data Systems, implemented the EMV solution within a five-month timeframe. The solution encompasses three levels, including EMV Level 1 Hardware (Wincor’s EMV-compliant card reader), EMV Level 2 Software, and EMV Level 3 Back-End Integration.

“Wincor Nixdorf congratulates AGD Bank for running the first EMV compliant ATM network in Myanmar, therefore setting the pace for other banks to also ensure this security certificate,” said Karsten Kemna, Wincor Nixdorf Vice President for Asia-Pacific Banking. “We are thrilled to work with AGD through our local Myanmar partners to make transactions most secure for their cardholders. Wincor Nixdorf has been working extensively with various financial institutions across the globe for many years to help them transition to EMV, and we are continuously developing and promoting technologies that ensure safer transactions for the benefit of the end customers.”

About Asia Green Development Bank
Asia Green Development Bank Limited (AGD Bank) opened its head office and first branch in August 2010 in Nay Pyi Taw. AGD Bank aims to deliver banking excellence through inspired and outstanding customer service, while offering innovative products and services that meets clients’ requirements.
Today, AGD Bank has 53 branches throughout Myanmar and International Banking Division that operates international remittance services, foreign exchange and agent banking operations. Under the leadership of new managing director U Htoo Htet Tay Za, a new senior management team, and a strong Information Communications & Technology department, AGD Bank offers new products and services such as UnionPay Debit card and mobile money application to potential and existing clients.
AGD’s vision is to provide the vitally important banking infrastructure that will make a lasting and sustainable impact on this future, building the economic foundations for a progressive Myanmar.

Contact:
Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail:info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Hudson’s Bay Company announces the retirement of its Vice Chair Bonnie Brooks on December 31, 2016

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) today announced that Bonnie Brooks, Vice Chair, HBC will retire on December 31, 2016. Brooks’s retirement culminates an illustrious 40-year career in fashion retail and marketing, including more than eight years at HBC. From 2008-2012 she was the first female CEO and President of Hudson’s Bay during the transformation of the banner in Canada.

“It has been a privilege to work with the team at Hudson’s Bay Company, a true Company of Adventurers. We have seen tremendous change since I joined the Company, and I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished together. I look forward to watching the continued success of HBC,” stated Brooks.

Brooks’s career included 12 years at Holt Renfrew where she led the retailer’s merchandising and marketing functions, followed by 11 years in Hong Kong and the reinvention of the Lane Crawford department stores in Asia. In 2008, Brooks returned to Canada to join HBC as CEO and President of Hudson’s Bay, later becoming President of the Department Store Group in 2012 with the integration of Lord & Taylor. Publicly and professionally recognized for her many roles in fashion retail, she was the Parsons School of Design Honouree in 2013 in NYC and was awarded the Ivey Business Leader of the Year in Canada in 2014.

“Bonnie has been a very strong leader who, from day one, was integral to the reinvention of Hudson’s Bay,” stated Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, HBC. “We are extremely grateful for her contributions to the company and wish her well in her retirement.”

About Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world. In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena. HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Contact:

Hudson’s Bay Company
Tiffany Bourré
Director, External Communications
905-595-7184
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Barnes & Noble announces the return of Get Pop-Cultured campaign

New York, NY, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com/getpop-cultured), a month-long celebration of pop culture with special events customers won’t want to miss, is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Running from July 6 through August 7, this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign continues the popular tradition with unique special events, author appearances, exclusive content, special offers and giveaways that the whole family can enjoy.

Barnes & Noble first launched the Get Pop-Cultured campaign back in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. It was such a hit with fans of all ages and interests that Barnes & Noble established the month-long celebration of pop culture as an annual tradition.This year’s lineup features some of the biggest media properties and names in pop culture today, including Finding Dory, Star Wars, Pokémon, tokidoki, Manga, DC Comics, Marvel, Comic Convention Collectibles and Harry Potter. In addition, throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Chris Colfer, Pen Jillette, Oli White and Issa Rae, plus more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:
Below are the highlights from this year’s lineup, with more details to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Finding Dory: Friday, July 8, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble invites customers to dive into the excitement as stores nationwide celebrate family and all things Dory. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt, as well as other activities and giveaways.

Star Wars: Friday, July 15, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble is calling fans of all ages who love Wookiees, Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights to participate in special offers, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a special learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing™ Game event.

Pokémon: Saturday, July 16, at 4PM
Customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store at 4PM to learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer, and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon at stores nationwide.

Introducing tokidoki Back-To-School and Stationery Product Lines, Available Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Starting July 16
On July 16, Barnes & Noble will launch the never-before-seen tokidoki back-to-school and stationery product lines, which will be sold exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide through Summer 2016. An innovative line of apparel, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. All Barnes & Noble stores will feature a table with tokidoki stationery, coloring products and back-to-school items, including a backpack, messenger bag, duffle bag, keyring, coloring book, sketchbook, notebook, pencil case, and much more. To celebrate the arrival of tokidoki, Barnes & Noble will be giving away free limited edition character trading cards and buttons in stores nationwide on July 16, while supplies last.

Manga: Saturday, July 16, at 7PM
Fans of Manga can come to Barnes & Noble and enjoy drawing and coloring activities from renowned Manga artist Camilla d’Errico, in addition to other activities, cosplay and giveaways. Plus, they can receive a special offer on all Manga from July 6 through July 19, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting July 21
The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

DC Comics: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble customers can be the first to get a free Suicide Squad Special Edition #1comic and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party: Saturday, July 30, at 8PM
Harry Potter fans are invited to Countdown to Midnight and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. They are also invited to share their favorite memories of Harry Potter on Barnes & Noble’s special Muggle Wall, as well as participate in other activities and giveaways. Plus, fans can enter for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry PotterLimited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. They can ask a bookseller for complete details and official rules.

On July 31, fans are invited back to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two all day with special events and activities, and to share perspectives on the new book.

Marvel: Saturday, August 6, at 7PM
Customers can come to Barnes & Noble and explore the Marvel Universe plus get exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. They can also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay, special offers and more. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 25 through August 7, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Customers should stay tuned for upcoming Get Pop-Cultured announcements and visit their local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com/getpop-cultured for more information.  They are encouraged to post pictures of themselves having fun at Get Pop-Cultured events to their social media channels using the hashtag, #GetPopCultured.

*Two (2) Winners from each store will be chosen at random on or about July 31 at 12:00AM to receive a set of seven (7) Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints (ARV $140.00).  No Purchase necessary to enter or win.  Must be 13 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  See a Bookseller for complete details and Official Rules.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 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 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®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® 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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CONTACTS:

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

Alan McNamara
Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble

IKEA announces plans for a second store in Virginia

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA , 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Norfolk, Virginia for a store that would increase the Swedish company’s presence in the Southeastern U.S. as its second store in Virginia. Pending approvals, construction of the proposed IKEA Norfolk store could begin in Spring 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, customers can shop at IKEA stores in Woodbridge, VA and Charlotte, NC, or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Located centrally within the Hampton Roads area, and eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, the 331,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 19 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our Southeastern U.S. presence with a Norfolk store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “A location in this retail corridor would provide our nearly 35,000 Hampton Roads customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout southeast Virginia.”

The proposed IKEA Norfolk would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Norfolk also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

This project would represent the third significant investment by IKEA in the state of Virginia. Besides this proposed Norfolk store and the store in Woodbridge, there also is an IKEA furniture factory in Danville that opened in 2008.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs/fixtures. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA