Apple’s first store in Austria opens Saturday in the heart of Vienna

Vienna, 2018-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple Kärntner Straße, Apple’s first store in Austria, will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the heart of Vienna. Nestled on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, the store’s 150 employees will invite visitors to experience the creative sessions and services offered in Apple Stores around the world.

“We can’t wait to join the bustling city of Vienna, a European crossroads so rich in history and culture,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “Apple Kärntner Straße brings the best of Apple together with our products, services and educational programs. Everyone is welcome to connect, be inspired to learn, and unlock their creativity.”

Designed with the original heritage building in mind, the two-level store features a corner entrance and reinstated exposed columns with large window openings that seamlessly connect it to the public gathering space outside. The highly knowledgeable employees together speak 44 languages and will be ready to serve international customers at Apple Kärntner Straße.

Visitors can participate in free Today at Apple sessions every day focused on photography, coding and app development, music, art and design, and more in The Forum. The diverse programs include Quick Start and How To sessions, Music Labs and Studio Hours, all led by Apple Creatives, the store’s experts in liberal arts. Interactive Photo Walks and Sketch Walks take participants outside the store to explore nearby sites in the city while learning new skills.

Programs are designed to serve all in the community, including sessions specifically for educators and children, such as Kids Hour on Saturdays. Entrepreneurs and app developers interested in hands-on training and advice can meet with Apple team members in the Boardroom for customized support.

Customers looking to simply try out Apple products can explore the entire line in the store and learn more from the store team at any time. New owners can get help customizing their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac with Personal Setup and users can work side by side with Geniuses at the Genius Bar when looking for technical support and advice. Additionally, the Apple Store app is a personalized guide to the best support options from Apple and another way to get connected with an expert.

Apple Kärntner Straße will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. To register for Today at Apple sessions, visit apple.com/at/today.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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SPAR Austria introducES new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range

Austria, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the successful launch of the SPAR enjoy super fruit juice range earlier this year, SPAR Austria has tapped into another beverage trend with the introduction of its new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range, which comes in various delicious flavour combinations: Turmeric & Ginger, Rooibos & Herbs and Barley & Spearmint. The range is now available in all SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores across the country.

The ice tea is produced in a small tea factory in Upper Austria, where great attention is given to the quality of ingredients. The 100% carefully selected and harvested organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices include South African rooibos tea, regionally produced herbs, Austrian-grown barley and exotic mint. The unique combination of flavours give SPAR enjoy organic ice tea an incomparably refreshing and delicious taste.

The ice tea range contains only 5.5 grams of organic cane sugar per 100ml. This once again underlines SPAR’s efforts to reduce sugar in its own brand products. Less sugar not only means fewer calories, it also means that one gets a better appreciation of the natural ingredients used.

SPAR Austria’s new ice tea range doesn’t just impress through its unique taste, but also through its environmentally friendly packaging – coming in 330ml glass bottles, which are re-sealable and re-usable.

Read about the SPAR enjoy superfruit juice range launched earlier this year.

About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 when the first SPAR organisation was established, after being granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand by SPAR International. The current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Amazon Music launches “The U2 Experience” available to U2 fans from U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria

  • Amazon to Launch an Exclusive Broadcast of New and Archived Interviews from U2, Including Live Recordings of Songs from the Band’s Upcoming Album “Songs of Experience”
  • Available to Amazon Music Account Holders in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria via Amazon Music on Web, Mobile, and Amazon Echo Devices Where Available For a Limited Time; Launching Simultaneously Across Multiple Time Zones on November 29 at 6pm EST
  • Prime Members and Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers Just Ask, “Alexa, Play the U2 Experience”

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Music today (Nov. 28, 2017) announces “The U2 Experience”: a first-of-its-kind broadcast for Amazon Music designed with the voice experience in mind. Launching simultaneously across multiple time zones on November 29 at 6 pm EST, “The U2 Experience” is a new type of radio, filled with historical and new exclusive content produced by Amazon Music and available to U2 fans who tune in from the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, ending just before the release of the band’s upcoming album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Only available during its one-time broadcast and exclusively on Amazon Music, “The U2 Experience” will be available at www.amazon.com/theu2experience and on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. In a new way of listening, the broadcast will also be available to all Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK through Alexa, on Amazon Echo devices, simply by asking, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience.”

“I hope you don’t need to know anything about U2, or anything about the context, to enjoy [Songs of Experience],” says U2 guitarist, The Edge. “I think it’s an album of just classic songs, great melodies great hooks, great lyrics. I think there’s very few bands in the history of rock and roll that have been around and made as many albums as we have with the same lineup…that perspective is unique, you know? On the last record [Songs of Innocence] we wrote about where we came from. How this band came together, Dublin of the late 70s early 80s, and this new record is the companion album. But it’s from this current perspective now… So many years later, what have we learned?”

For a limited time, fans will be able to drop into the broadcast and begin listening wherever the unique audio is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” features a chronology of the band’s career, including commentary surrounding the significance behind iconic songs and legendary stories from the road, as told through live broadcast interviews with the band spanning nearly 40 years. Also included are some of the legendary rock group’s biggest hits, and live recordings of songs from The Joshua Tree and Songs of Experience, recorded during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The immersive audio show also includes a new and exclusive interview with U2 and Amazon Music’s global head of programming, Alex Luke, which took place during a stop in Sao Paolo, Brazil on tour this Fall.

“Few bands have as storied a career as U2, and we saw an incredible opportunity to build a broadcast for their fans,” said Luke. “This all goes back to voice innovation, and what we’ve built is an immersive, ephemeral listening experience for our customers, with a wealth of interviews and content going back nearly 40 years.”

In a brand-new format for Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK can simply ask, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience,” and will immediately be dropped into the broadcast, wherever the unique audio session is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” is available to listen on the mobile app and Web Player in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, to all customers with an Amazon Music account, with or without an Amazon Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, available only before the launch of U2’s new album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Immediately following the show, the band’s new album, Songs of Experience, will be available to purchase on Amazon Music and stream for Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers.

“The U2 Experience” is the latest feature to launch within Amazon Music’s personalized natural language voice controls powered by Alexa, which has reimagined how customers experience music. When paired with Alexa, customers can ask for music by lyrics, mood, genre, era, and activities, simply by voice. Learn more about Amazon Music by visiting: www.amazon.com/music.

Start Times for “The U2 Experience”:

  • UK: Wednesday, 29 November 23:00
  • U.S.: Wednesday, 29 November 18:00 EST / 15:00 PST
  • Germany/Austria: Thursday, 30 November, 12:00am

From “The U2 Experience”:

Interview with Bono, 2017:

“Songs of Experience is kind of a rhyme. Your world view when you’re 17 or 18, contrasted with where you are now. I was very strict, very black and white, with the way I saw the world, whereas now I’m not. I see it in very different terms. When I was a kid – I saw the world as us and them. I think Edge was the same. But now I realize that the biggest obstacles you come up against in your life are probably not what you thought they were. It’s probably you.” – Bono

Interview with The Edge, 1987:

“‘Bullet the Blue Sky’ is a great example of why I love being in a band, as opposed to trying to be a solo artist. And it’s because, when Adam [Clayton] started playing that bass part… it is something I never, ever would have come up with in a million years. I think it is his greatest-ever bass part. He changed that piece of music, utterly, and made it what it is. The bass is of something totally different and unique.” – The Edge

Interview with Adam Clayton, 1981:

“I suspect we’ve always had this sound. We’ve always been U2. And you know, U2 is a thing that evolves constantly. And maybe a year from now, the sound will be slightly different from the sound on Boy. It’s impossible to tell because it’s a natural evolvement, all the time.”- Adam Clayton

About Amazon Music

Amazon Music is the destination for customers to have the most choice in how to access and listen to all their favorite music. In addition to streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited (standalone, on-demand music streaming service) and Amazon Prime Music (included in Prime memberships), where available, Amazon Music offers a wide selection of CD and Vinyl, including AutoRip on more than a hundred thousand albums, and tens of millions of MP3 songs to purchase and own. For more information on Amazon Music visit  and follow @AmazonMusic.

About Amazon

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

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SPAR Austria opens newly expanded and modernised academy following €10 million investment

Vienna, Austria, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SPAR Academy in Vienna is one of Europe’s most innovative development centres, offering training to 300 apprentices. Showing its commitment to employee development, SPAR Austria recently invested around €10 million in the expansion and modernisation of the academy.

The new facilities offer high-tech materials and new methods of training in a large area of 1,800m². Professional teachers and training experts have been employed to impart knowledge on the trainees, laying the foundation for future careers within SPAR. “Through the modernisation of the building, the SPAR Academy in Vienna has become a learning and competence centre for the training of the next SPAR generation. This is another important milestone for us at SPAR,” said SPAR Austria CEO, Fritz Poppmeier, at the re-opening of the academy.

The large auditorium is the centre piece of the new academy. It will be used as a popular meeting place and a communication and break room during school hours, but will also serve as a venue for SPAR meetings in the future. The conference rooms, with media technology and video conferencing systems, will serve not only the school’s training purposes but will also be used by employees of SPAR Austria. Another highlight of the school is the space allocated for practical work – rooms where students can complete video training and have the opportunity to taste and prepare food. “With smart boards in all six educational rooms, a digital education concept and e-mail accounts for all trainees to give them access to all learning platforms at any time, the SPAR Academy is the vocational school of the future,” concludes Robert Renz, Director of the academy.

In addition to the Viennese state curriculum, the SPAR Academy in Vienna offers numerous extra trainings such as music workshops with members of the Philharmonic Orchestra, styling workshops and training on meat and cheese products, to mention just a few. Another unique feature is the subject of cultural integration, with a strong focus placed on cross-cultural education. The goal is to provide students with a well-rounded, in-depth knowledge of the food trade through these additional training courses.

Sustainability is a top priority at the SPAR Academy in Vienna. With the training of Fairtrade ambassadors and ‘Green Champions’, apprentices are provided with everything they need to know about environmental-friendly and sustainable retailing practices. “In cooperation with WWF and the Ministry of Environment, we offer additional training in the third year, during which our apprentices are trained to become Green Champions,” explained Robert Renz. “Sustainability is not just anchored in the syllabus, it is also physically seen in our operations, for example on the roof of the school, where solar panels have been installed.”

With 2,700 trainees for 20 professions, SPAR is the largest private training organisation in Austria. The SPAR Academy in Vienna is a recognised training institution with a formal curriculum. Currently, about 300 trainees from 34 nations and ethnic groups, speaking 29 different languages and belonging to 13 religious communities, are following training at the SPAR Academy Vienna.

To read more SPAR Austria news, follow this link.

About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 when the first SPAR organisation was established, after being granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand by SPAR International. The current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

 

INTERSPAR to build the most modern shopping centre in Austria at Steyr

INTERSPAR to build the most modern shopping centre in Austria at Steyr

 

Austria, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most modern INTERSPAR shopping centre in Austria will be built in Upper Austria’s district capital Steyr. Approval for the project was given by Mayor Gerald Hackl and Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria, Markus Kaser. Throughout the full year of construction, the INTERSPAR Hypermarket will remain open.

€21.1 million for the most modern INTERSPAR shopping centre
“In just over a year, the first customers will experience a new shopping paradise here,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria. The building will be completely excavated and redesigned in two construction phases. The INTERSPAR Hypermarket and the majority of the shops will stay open during the entire renovation. Only the INTERSPAR restaurant is expected to be temporarily closed from spring to autumn 2018.

“We intend to provide a friendly, bright and pleasant shopping atmosphere, a place where, in addition to delicious food, customers can also purchase everything for their daily needs,” explained Mr Kaser.  At the time of the reopening in late 2018, about 200 people will join a modern workplace in the shopping centre.

Positive impulse for the region’s economy
“The €21 million investment in the redevelopment of the INTERSPAR Hypermarket highlights the status of our city as a shopping and trading centre for the entire region. At the same time, a success story continues, which began with the opening in 1999 and continued through a broad and high-quality offer as well as the perfect customer service,”  said Mayor Gerald Hackl.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

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SPAR Austria trainee, Nadine Ascher awarded with Golden Badge of Achievement at the Tyrolean apprentice competition

Austria, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Austria trainee, Nadine Ascher, from the SPAR store in Brixlegg, Tyrol, outperformed strong competition at the Tyrolean apprentice competition and was awarded with the Golden Badge of Achievement. This award once again highlights SPAR Austria’s commitment to the development of young talent.

Nadine, 18, prevailed against many talented young SPAR trainees. Currently, about 1,800 youngsters are undergoing training at Tyrolean retail organisations and the best 20 apprentices from all over Tyrol took part in the competition. The participants had to prove their expertise, as well as their sales and communication skills in front of an expert jury. In the end, Nadine was chosen to receive the Golden Badge of Achievement.

“This performance confirms our successful approach to apprentice training,” said SPAR Managing Director of the Wörgl Office, Dr Christof Rissbacher. “We invest heavily in the training of young potentials and want to offer them the best possible opportunities.”

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR Austria highlight its CSR initiatives

SPAR Austria highlight its CSR initiatives

 

Austria, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responsible retailing and community involvement are high on SPAR Austria’s agenda and deeply rooted in its corporate culture. SPAR Austria is actively engaging in CSR initiatives at national, regional and local levels. Here we highlight some recent examples which underline the diversity of the causes being supported.

SPAR Austria and UNIQA support ‘Save the Child’ charity

In early 2017, UNIQA health insurer and SPAR launched a campaign ‘Every move counts’ promoting physical exercise by employees. Upon reaching 50,000 measured kilometres, the two partners would donate €10,000 to children in need. At the end of May 2017, employees of both organisations had already covered 52,968km across 52 different sports and burnt 3.7 million calories; quickly achieving the target. The most popular sports were running, walking and cycling.

Using this donation, Save the Child will be able to support families and children living in physically or socially difficult circumstances throughout Austria. The aid ranges from disability work, caring for socially vulnerable children, fostering through to individual support for families in need.

SPAR Upper Austria sponsors Special Olympics

SPAR Upper Austria is a premium sponsor of the 7th Austrian Special Olympics, which will be organised in Vöcklabruck in 2018, bringing together 2,500 athletes. “We aim to raise approximately €10,000 through the sale of specially branded sparkling water in all of our SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores, in cooperation with the family business ‘Starzinger’. The money will be donated to the association ‘Building Bridges’ which is organising the event,” said Jakob Leitner, Managing Director of the SPAR Marchtrenk office.

In more than 300 SPAR stores and on SPAR flyers throughout Upper Austria, awareness will be created in the months leading up to the event.

Two SPAR Tyrol stores donate to local charities

As part of the opening of the new SPAR store Reinisch in Steinach am Brenner, a donation of €2,500 was presented to Georg Schärmer, Director of the charity ‘Caritas Innsbruck’. “The donated money was generated by a corporate promotion with the company Ölz”, explains Dr. Christof Rissbacher, Managing Director of SPAR Tyrol and Salzburg.  The donation supports people in need and families in the Wipptal region.

Within the corporate social responsibility programme of SPAR Austria, the donation of some funds is managed by individual stores; in this case the EUROSPAR in Kufstein Tyrol, chose the local food bank, donating €1,200 recently. Socially disadvantaged individuals and families from Kufstein and surrounding areas can purchase food at sharply reduced prices through this charity.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

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INTERSPAR Austria expands online food shop to Salzburg

Vienna, Austria, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — In September last year, INTERSPAR in Vienna launched the largest online food shop in Austria, offering about 20,000 products to shoppers in the city and surrounding areas. After a successful start in that region, INTERSPAR is now expanding the delivery area to Salzburg and surroundings.

Through this expansion, INTERSPAR will reach about 3 million Austrians living in over 200 communities, enjoying the ease of online food delivery. Same day delivery is possible – if an order is placed before 12:00 noon, customers can choose to collect their shopping that day from centrally located pick-up boxes at a nominal charge of €1 or have the order delivered to their homes at a cost of €4.90 same day. Shoppers spending more than €100 on a single order are not charged a delivery fee.

“Time in retail never stands still and the needs and purchasing behaviour of our customers are constantly developing. Our ambition, and at the same time our mission, is to react to these trends and to continue the development of retailing – both stationary and online. After the successful launch in Vienna, we are extending this additional sales channel to Salzburg and surrounding areas,” said CEO SPAR Austria, Gerhard Drexel.

Great results in Vienna
It was the right time to enter the online segment. “Our goal in Vienna was to gain as much experience as possible and to continue the optimisation of the entire service through customer feedback. We have achieved this goal, as the many positive customer responses about quality, freshness, choice and the trendy design of the online shop prove: Currently, our customer satisfaction rating is above 95%. With the best and most comprehensive online shop in Austria, we are ready to enter additional federal states in Austria,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria.

Delivery to communities 30 kilometres from Salzburg
The new INTERSPAR online shop delivers to 40 communities in and around Salzburg, supplying the 320,000 inhabitants. Products are distributed from the INTERSPAR hypermarket in Hallein. Onsite, a 20-member team are responsible for ‘picking’ the products. Instore, the products are placed in the right cooling boxes to ensure that the lettuce stays crisp, the bread fresh and the ice cream frozen.

Easy ordering, shopped personally
The online ordering process developed by SPAR Austria is fast, intuitive and easy to use on all devices, from PC to smartphone. Customers can search for food products by keyword, filtered according to pre-defined food preferences such as organic or vegetarian, and order with just a few clicks. “For delicatessen, meat, fruit and vegetables you simply specify the desired weight. During the entire shopping process the shopping cart with selected products and the total amount is visible. The online shop offers features like shopping lists and favourites and meets the highest safety standards,” said Markus Kaser. Customers can pay online by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer or by invoice. Alternatively, once delivered, customers can pay by ATM or credit card.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE opens its first independent retail store in Austria

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — 13 October this year, JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE opens its first independent retail store in Austria – and the customers are in for a unique experience.

Jeans are the backbone of JACK & JONES – the muscle power behind the brand. Now, to further develop their strongest asset, JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE will open their first independent retail store. We talked to Retail Director Peter Kristiansen, who let us in on the new concept:

“When customers enter the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store, they will clearly see that it is not a JACK & JONES store. The look and feel will be significantly different as the concept revolves around jeans. This is, among other things, visualized by a large jeans wall featuring up to 20 different jeans models and all kinds of tools used for fittings and treatments for jeans; you could say that the wall will function as a huge toolbox, and the store will give you the feeling of being in a laboratory.”

Jeans will cover around 60% of the assortment in the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store. The rest of the assortment will include a couple of other JACK & JONES brands to complement the jeans concept: VINTAGE with its iconic classics and PREMIUM with its chinos and Oxford button-ups – and of course shoes and other accessories to top off the outfits.

THE DENIM DEALER

Behind a jeans bar, the customers will find the absolute key element in the store – the ‘denim dealer’.  The denim dealer is a dedicated jeans nerd who is an expert in everything regarding jeans. All store personnel have gone through 6-8 days of hardcore denim training at Campus in Brande to obtain product knowledge and become experts in denim – denim dealers.

Peter Kristiansen elaborates: “The unique atmosphere in the store has to be created by the denim dealers, and our customers will experience excellent service. We want to be extraordinary. We want to take our customers on a denim journey through a world of Craftsmanship and Dedication in an authentic environment, and we want to inspire and educate them in how to treat and maintain their jeans the best way possible. It’s all about creating value for our customers and giving them a deep insight into the craftmanship behind a pair of jeans.”

“To sum it up, our goal is to send our customers home with more than just a pair of jeans in their bag – they should leave the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store with a story. A jeans story.”

A NEW ERA

”Our first store in Salzburg is the beginning of a new era for us – a pilot project. And of course, we dream big. We always do. We wouldn’t start up something like this if we didn’t believe in the concept, and we already see a huge interest from both the UK and Germany as well as other European markets,” Peter says, and continues:

“Now, we are searching for a talented and dedicated Chain Manager who is up for the unique chance of taking this part of the business further as an independent part of JACK & JONES. We also consider which of our existing partners should have the opportunity to join in. Last but not least, we hope to give new potential – and maybe less financially strong – partners the chance to prove themselves.”

On 13 October, the first JEANS INTELLIGENCE store will open its doors in the Europark shopping centre in Salzburg, Austria. The day before the official opening, a VIP opening will take place for invited press and bloggers.

Contact:

+45 99 42 32 00
@bestseller.com

Source: Bestseller

Austria now have another shopping option with INTERSPAR’s largest online food store

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of 20th September, shoppers in Austria now have an additional purchasing solution – the online INTERSPAR store, interspar.at, which features the largest food range available in the Austrian market.

Vienna shoppers first to benefit

To start with, the online store has been launched in Vienna before extending to other parts of the country, especially those with larger INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. Customers can choose to collect their shopping from centrally located pick-up boxes for €1 or have it delivered to their homes at a cost of €4.90. For those who spend more than €100 on a single order, no delivery fee is charged. If an order is placed before 12:00 noon, it’s possible to collect or have it delivered on the same day with pre-selected two-hour time slots.

Full offer across all departments

No department has been excluded from the online store with the broad selection of chilled and frozen products complementing the fresh and dry ranges available. Renowned for its excellent fresh offer, SPAR Austria’s online INTERSPAR store also includes the full delicatessen range found in INTERSPAR Hypermarkets and shoppers can choose either loose or pre-packed fruit and veg.

Advanced online solution

SPAR Austria has incorporated many elements of the most advanced online food solutions in its new online store. “You can order online from your couch and choose from about 20,000 products. Our trained staff shops for you and delivers the food to your front door,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria. The development of this online solution has created approximately 100 new jobs.

Expanding existing online solutions

Already well known for its online wine store, which was launched 16 years ago, SPAR Austria has now taken a giant leap with this new online INTERSPAR store. Having addressed all the complexities of same-day delivery logistics; different temperature zone requirements; collection box solutions and the availability of an extensive range, SPAR Austria believes that its online store is the best example of ecommerce in their market. “With online sales at growth rates of 25% per year in Austria, the time is right to enter into the online retail market, complementing our brick and mortar INTERSPAR Hypermarkets which are known for their extensive range,” said Dr. Gerhard Drexel, CEO SPAR Austria.

Easy ordering, shopped personally

The online ordering process developed by SPAR Austria is fast, intuitive and easy to use on all devices, from PC to smartphone. Customers can search for food products by keyword, filtered according to pre-defined food preferences such as organic or vegetarian, and order with just a few clicks. “For delicatessen, meat, fruit and vegetables you simply specify the desired weight. During the entire shopping process the shopping cart with selected products and the total amount is visible. The online shop offers features like shopping lists and favourites and meets the highest safety standards,” said Markus Kaser. Customers can pay online by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer or by invoice. At the door, customers can pay by ATM or credit card.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR opens three new stores in Austria

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Sep-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Being architecturally eye-catching and technologically advanced, the three new SPAR stores which were opened in Austria offer a top quality shopping experience with excellent products and customer service.

State-of-the-art EUROSPAR in Kufstein

After just six months of construction, the new EUROSPAR Kaufpark store in Kufstein has re-opened. At 1,250m² in size, the store offers an extensive range of more than 13,000 products. Staying true to the high standards of SPAR, EUROSPAR Kaufpark impresses with its large selection of fresh goods and broad range of high-quality regional products. A highlight of the store is the new generation of electronic shelf labels and cashless self-checkouts for fast payment in just five seconds. “We have tested these technologies intensively and are convinced that we offer added value to our customers,” says SPAR Austria Managing Director, Hans K Reisch.

Eye catching SPAR store in Taufkirchen

The new SPAR store in Taufkirchen, located at the access road to the village, is a real eye catcher – standing out with its huge glass facade and curved canopy. With a sales area of 600m², the SPAR store provides a pleasurable shopping experience. SPAR retailer, Gabriele Redinger, and her team offer an extensive range of regional products – meeting the daily needs of shoppers. “We are delighted to welcome our customers with good service and professional advice,” said Gabriele.

SPAR expands in the city of Hallein

Adding to the already existing SPAR Supermarket and INTERSPAR Hypermarket, SPAR recently opened another store in the city of Hallein with a sales area of 260m². The store offers an extensive range of more than 7,000 products. The focus of SPAR retailers, Mladen and Darija Krndic, who work alongside Store Manager, Vladan Obradovic, is on the fresh deli offering, which includes many regional products and specialties. The store is most frequented by people working in surrounding industrial areas. “We want to offer the best service to this customer group, said Darija Krndic. “This starts with coffee-to-go in the morning, fresh snacks and beverages for lunch and an extensive easy meal offering in the evening.”

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR Austria launches loyalty scheme for Jamie Oliver knives

Amsterdam, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Austria has announced it has a ‘sharp’ loyalty scheme in store for its customers: from 8 September 2016 to 14 January 2017, customers will be invited to save up loyalty points for a range of quality stainless-steel kitchen knives, designed in collaboration with British celebrity-chef, Jamie Oliver.

The range includes kitchen scissors, a meat fork and a sharpening tool.

“The Jamie Oliver knives stand out through their top quality and modern, ergonomic design,” explained Markus Kaser, Manager for INTERSPAR Austria, adding: “The new loyalty scheme helps our customers to acquire these exclusive products.”

For every €10 spent on groceries, customers will receive one traditional, or digital loyalty point – two on Wednesdays. Traditional points can be traded in for digital points at the instore information desks, to be compatible with the newly designed INTERSPAR ‘Sammelheft’ (collection point) App, which makes it easy to keep track of the number of points saved.

The collected loyalty points can be redeemed until 14 January 2017.

Contact:
Telephone: +31 20 626 6749
Email: info@spar-international.com

Source: SPAR Int.

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SPAR Austria opens new state-of-the-art logistics centre in Ebergassing, Austria

The existing SPAR warehouse located in the town of St. Polten had become too small to efficiently supply the growing number of SPAR stores in Vienna. Recognizing that this would only become more difficult over time, SPAR Austria invested in a new state-of-the-art logistics centre in the area of Ebergassing (Lower Austria) in co-operation with the Austrian logistics supplier Knapp.

Vienna, Austria, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The construction of the most modern logistics centre in Europe took two years to realize and an investment of €85 million. On 11 June 2016, the official opening of the new distribution centre was celebrated in the presence of Federal Minister Dr. Hans Jörg Schelling and 500 guests. The population of Ebergassing and surroundings will be invited to visit the centre in spring 2017, when it will be fully operational. This investment has resulted in the creation of 150 new jobs in the area.

SPAR Austria Board Member, Friedrich Poppmeier, who is in charge of logistics, explains the objectives behind the new centre: “To achieve local supply at the highest level, perfect processes have to be applied. SPAR is a leader in innovation and has always invested in new technologies in the area of logistics. Innovation supporting the security of supply and the support of our SPAR retailers in their day-to-day work is an ongoing investment within SPAR Austria. The SPAR logistics centre Ebergassing has become a model operation!”

Unique worldwide innovations
The new facility is currently one of the most innovative and sustainable logistics centres in the world. Some of the technologies which have been incorporated are being used for the first time. They were developed in co-operation with logistics supplier Knapp.

Gerald Hofer, CEO of Knapp AG, explains: “Based on SPAR’s industry knowledge and Knapp’s technology know-how, we jointly developed a completely new picking method, improving management of peaks, the reduction of investment and offering employees an ergonomic working environment. We are particularly proud of specially developed workplaces and the initial use of ‘swarm intelligence’ in the form of freely navigating shuttles. This innovation will set new standards worldwide and create jobs in Austria.”

Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Right at the start of construction in May 2015, it was clear that this logistics centre is a great example of the inclusion of many elements focused on sustainability. The centre has already been pre-certified with the ÖGNI certificate in platinum by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI). The official ceremony recognizing this achievement will take place in the autumn of 2016.

Contact:

SPAR International Communication Manager,
Penny van der Kaars

Source: Spar International