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

Tops Monopoly Collect and Win: The VIP Chef Experience with Julie Taboulie prize awarded to Rochester resident

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Aug-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is pleased to announce that it will awarded one of its largest prizes in the Monopoly Collect and Win to a Rochester resident. The VIP Chef Experience with Julie Taboulie prize was won by Jennifer C. after she participated in the TOPS Monopoly online game. “I was stunned and shocked as to what to say when I heard I won,” said Jennifer. “I am so excited, I’ve never won anything like this before!” Jennifer and some of her close family and friends will enjoy a Finger Lakes weekend getaway along with a VIP Chef Experience with Julie later this year. Julie, a central New York chef with inspiring Mediterranean and Lebanese food, is the star and host of her own national public television show “Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen” and best-selling author of Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking. “I was so proud to be asked to partner with TOPS and their biggest promotion of the year in the Monopoly sweepstakes,” said Julie Taboulie. “This year’s food theme couldn’t have been more fitting for me to bring my “fresh is best” food philosophy, flavorful recipes, and fun approach to the table to help make this year’s game the biggest success yet! I’m so excited now that the day is finally here and I get to award Jennifer her prize and share this exciting experience with her and her friends and family.”The prize was revealed to Jennifer in a personal video message from Julie Taboulie herself on August 7, 2017. To see the video visit Tops Markets Facebook page, @TopsFriendlyMarkets or the Tops Website at www.TopsMarkets.com.

Customers who played the online game also vied for a chance to win a wide variety of prizes ranging from $1 and $2 in Tops BonusBucks up to $10,000 cash. TOPS also offered a second chance sweepstakes opportunity inside thousands of game tickets. Lucky recipients could then mail in their entry for a chance to win a 2017 FIAT® 500C sponsored by Sparkling Ice. Every entry was another chance to win this amazing prize! The winner of the 2017 FIAT® 500C will be unveiled the week of August 13, 2017.

This year’s biggest combined grand prize was for a chance for participants to win Free Food for a Year, with one lucky winner guaranteed to win FREE FOOD FOR LIFE, sponsored by Pepsi. Participants had to collect the six game markers to win the free food for a year. One lucky winner will then be drawn to win the grand prize of FREE FOOD FOR LIFE the week of August 20, 2017.

TOPS Monopoly® Collect and Win allowed customers to play every time they checked-out at a Tops Friendly Markets location beginning March 26-June 17, 2017. Customers played the Monopoly® Collect and Win game by obtaining a free game board at any Tops Markets location; upon checkout, game tickets were provided. One game ticket was given for every purchase with a BonusPlus card, with additional tickets provided based on the purchase of more than 3,000 specially marked items in the store.

Inside each game ticket, customers received four game “markers” as pieces of one of the 19 opportunities within the game board. Customers collected the appropriate markers on the game board in order to complete the picture and win that prize. Additionally, within each ticket were also instant wins of cash, Tops gift cards, grocery products, and money-saving coupon offers. New this year from Shutterfly®, were chances to win personalized photo books and personalized, reusable shopping bags.

Other big prizes, with multiple winner in most, awarded this year in addition to the Free Food grand prizes were: • $50,000 home makeover • $25,000 culinary dream vacation • $10,000 kitchen remodel • $10,000 cash • $5,000 home recreation package • $2,000 free Tops gas for one year • $1,200 free pet food for one year • $1,000 Darien Lake, NY family vacation • $1,000 Tops gas/grocery gift card

Additional prizes and the associated winners can be found on our website at www.topsmarkets.com/monopoly

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 173 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT: 

Kathy Romanowski
716-635-5577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Costa Coffee awarded ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ at the London Evening Standard Business Awards 2017

London, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee was last night awarded ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ at the London Evening Standard Business Awards 2017.

Speaking about the awards George Osborne, Editor of the Evening Standard, explained that the awards form a “celebration of London’s enterprising spirit and continuing passion for innovation and progress”.

Costa operates more than 2,000 stores in the UK, with an additional c.1,000 overseas. As the growth strategy progresses, Costa continuously challenges employees to embed sustainable thinking throughout the business and ensure that energy and environmental impact is managed effectively.

The Evening Standard said: “[Costa has] cut energy consumption by 38% in recent years and in February declared that it would launch a scheme to recycle paper cups nationwide”. Costa is also offering 25p off a hot or cold drink for customers that bring a reusable cup into stores.

In addition to embedding sustainable practice into everyday operations, Costa is committed to making a meaningful contribution to its customers and local communities. Volunteering over 10,000 hours to community initiatives, both in and out of stores, Costa teams regularly take part in litter picks, literacy and education programmes and supporting local events amongst other activities.

The judges especially praised Costa for “doggedly looking at its own sustainability and leading the sector in its environmental activity” and felt that the company had “taken a great leap forward”.

Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award and that Costa has been recognised for it’s efforts to incorporate sustainable practices into everyday business operations. It’s very much part of the way we operate and our teams across the UK are really engaged in supporting the various initiatives, from cup recycling to community activities.”

To learn more about Costa, and parent company Whitbread’s, sustainability initiatives, please see the Whitbread 2016/17 Sustainability Report.

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

Source: Costa

Nedbank, Bytes Managed Solutions and NCR awarded ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ in Africa

NCR shares ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ award with Nedbank and Bytes Managed Solutions

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today ( May 8, 2017) announced it has been awarded the ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ in Africa at The Asian Banker Technology Innovation Awards ceremony. NCR shares the honor with Nedbank (JSE: NBKP), one of the largest banks in South Africa, and Bytes Managed Solutions, a leading technology company in Africa and an NCR partner.

The awards program is managed by a team of research analysts from Asian Banker Research with expertise in the banking industry in Asia, Middle East and Africa. The evaluation criteria are set out and form part of a rigorous and transparent process vetted by leading practitioners, independent advisors and an international panel of industry experts.

“NCR is honored to receive this recognition together with Nedbank and Bytes Managed Solutions as it validates our solutions that help banks transform and optimize their customers’ branch visit experience,” said Dimitri Kanellopoulos, Country Manager, NCR South Africa. “We will continue to innovate and deliver next-generation omni-channel technologies to transform the way consumers connect, interact and transact with businesses.”

The award-winning NCR technologies include NCR Interactive Teller, that allows a live teller to take remote control of an ATM to assist customers with up to 90 percent of transactions typically completed by tellers inside a branch. NCR was also recognized for NCR Interactive Banker, a technology that allows banks to leverage intuitive tablet enterprise technology to turn smart data into exceptional customer service.

“The move to NCR’s innovative Branch Transformation solutions has enabled us to deliver exceptional banking experiences, and encourages us further to introduce other innovations that optimize banking for our customers,” said Preni Naidoo, Executive, Self Service Banking at Nedbank.

The awards were presented in conjunction with the ‘Future of Finance Middle East and Africa Convention’ in Dubai, UAE on April 20, 2017. The ceremony featured elite bankers and fintech companies from across the region.

“The Asian Banker Technology Innovation Award recipients represent technology innovators in an increasingly competitive marketplace, and we are pleased to be recognised and rewarded for our solution,” said José Simoes, Senior Manager (Financial) at Bytes Managed Solutions.

About Nedbank
Nedbank Group Limited is one of South Africa’s four largest banking groups by assets and deposits, with Nedbank Limited being its principal banking subsidiary. Nedbank provides a wide range of wholesale and retail banking services and has a growing insurance, asset management and wealth management offering through four main business operations, namely Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, Nedbank Business Banking, Nedbank Retail and Nedbank Wealth. For more information, visit www.nedbank.co.za

About Bytes Managed Solutions
Bytes Managed Solutions (Bytes MS) is a services led, software driven and hardware enabled organisation that market, support and maintain enterprise-wide, end-to-end digital solutions and related services that enable medium to large enterprises to effectively deliver their offering to end consumers in South Africa and Africa. Bytes MS delivers solutions, Managed and Professional services to clients in the Financial, Retail, Petroleum, Oil&Gas, Hospitality, Gaming, Insurance, Telco&Media, Public Sector and Health Industries. These services are backed up by an evolving and extensive service footprint, supply chain, logistics and service management system. It supports in excess of 1,200,000 devices in more than 46,500 locations throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Bytes MS leverages on partnerships, thought leadership and capabilities to deliver world class integrated digital solutions through a strategic and focused appraoch enabling our customers to achieve their growth and success.Bytes MS is the exclusive distributor for NCR products in South Africa.

Bytes Managed Solutions is a division of Bytes Technology Group and wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations
912.2619.5483
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Diebold Nixdorf awarded Red Dot Product Design Award for its self-checkout systems

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, and PADERBORN, Germany, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award for two of its self-checkout systems, the EASY Smart Pay and EASY eXpress. Internationally recognized as the authority for product design quality, The Red Dot Awards, presented by Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, are evaluated by 40 independent designers, design professors and trade journalists. Diebold Nixdorf’s systems were honored by the expert panel for their exemplary combination of functionality and design and the intuitive, fast and convenient operation.

“The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand,” said Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the Red Dot Award. “This award by the Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

Diebold Nixdorf’s systems are designed to create seamless consumer experiences with solutions ideal for any retail environment. The EASY eXpress self-checkout solution can be used as an interactive kiosk or a payment terminal with a compact design that meets the industry’s demand for a miniaturized footprint. The EASY Smart Pay self-checkout solution was designed for electronic payments and enables consumers to scan and bag their items and pay using a mobile app, credit or debit card.

“For Diebold Nixdorf, these awards are supportive of our strategy to define the future of connected commerce,” said Thomas Fell, senior vice president, retail, Diebold Nixdorf. “Our solutions are developed with both the retailer and consumer in mind to challenge traditional design and drive the future of consumer transactions.”

About the Red Dot Design Award
To reflect diversity in the field of design and ensure a professional appraisal, the Red Dot Design Award is broken down into three disciplines – Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen. Dating back to 1955, when the first jury came together to appraise the best designs of the time, it is now one of the biggest design competitions in the world. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Dr. Peter Zec came up with the name and trademark of the award. Since then, the sought-after Red Dot Award is a renowned international seal of outstanding design quality. Further information is available at www.red-dot.de.

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:

Renee Murphy
+1-330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:

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

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf’s global software development center in Mumbai, India awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Management System certificate

MUMBAI, India, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers across the financial and retail industries, today (08 February 2017) announced that its global software development center in Mumbai, India, has recently been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Management System certificate. This certification is based on quality management principles including sustainable growth, strong customer focus, governance and involvement of top management, process approach, and continual improvement and review for the design, development and support of self-service software products. The audit was conducted by the Bureau Veritas Certification India under accreditation of UKAS.

Diebold Nixdorf’s global development center underwent a comprehensive analysis by independent auditors from Bureau Veritas. The appraisal recognized the center’s innovative global processes for their high level of detail and maturity. The Mumbai center plays a key role in the company’s position as a leading provider of self-service application software. The center now looks forward to enhancing the certification in 2017 by conforming to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

“We are delighted to receive the ISO 9001:2008 certification. This major achievement demonstrates strong alignment of our quality processes and business objectives, which lead to enhanced experiences for our customers,” said Jayal Lakhani, vice president, global software engineering for Diebold Nixdorf.  “Our commitment to continuous process improvement through engineering excellence enabled this important ISO certification.  We are honored to be among the select few development centers in our industry to receive this level of accreditation.”

About Bureau Veritas
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development.

Bureau Veritas core values include integrity and ethics, impartial counsel and validation, customer focus and safety at work. Bureau Veritas is recognized and accredited by major national and international organizations.

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Contact(s):

Michael Jacobsen, APR
Media Relations
Email: michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +1 330.490.3796

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

NeweggBusiness awarded General Services Administration Schedule contract; now a preferred source for government agencies

Contract Allows NeweggBusiness to Provide Great Tech to Government Agencies

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — NeweggBusiness – the B2B subsidiary of leading tech-focused e-retailer Newegg – today (February 2, 2017) announced that it has been awarded General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contract #GS-35F-089GA. This award facilitates sales engagement with agencies of the U.S. government, paving the way for revenue growth from key government institutions.

“As a holder of a GSA Schedule Contract, NeweggBusiness is now a preferred source for government buyers,” said Danny Lee, CEO of Newegg. “This milestone positions the company to earn government contracts and tap new public sector revenue streams.”

The GSA is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose purpose is to help manage and support basic functions of federal agencies. The GSA Schedule is a government-wide acquisition contract with a pre-negotiated list of products, prices and delivery terms, available for use by a wide variety of federal customers and other approved entities. With the NeweggBusiness GSA Schedule Contract in place, any government official can now purchase directly from NeweggBusiness using its GSA contract.

“Our mission has always been to make it easy for our customers to get their hands on the best tech products. Our new status with the GSA extends this mission beyond our core customers and into the government sector. We are enthusiastic about the value NeweggBusiness can now offer government organizations,” said Lee.

Government agents who would like to learn more about procuring technology products through NeweggBusiness can visit https://www.neweggbusiness.com/gsa-schedule.

About Newegg Business Inc.
NeweggBusiness Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newegg North America Inc. It owns and operates NeweggBusiness.com, which was founded in 2010. NeweggBusinessSM is a leading online e-tailer that specializes in providing an extensive assortment of IT products, services and solutions to businesses, government agencies and educational entities of all sizes, with unique expertise serving institutions with less than 200 employees. Additionally, it serves manufacturers systems integrators and value added resellers seeking a broad assortment of sharply priced IT products, technical support services and warehousing and logistics services all backed by an efficient and sophisticated, international supply chain. NeweggBusiness, Inc. is headquartered in the City of Industry, California.

Source: NeweggBusiness Inc.

Diebold Nixdorf awarded as one of Northeast Ohio’s top corporate deal makers by ACG Cleveland

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf was awarded for being one of Northeast Ohio’s top corporate deal makers at ACG Cleveland’s 21st annual Deal Maker Awards, on January 19 in Cleveland.  The recognition is based on Diebold Nixdorf’s demonstrated accomplishments in strategic financial transactions, merger and acquisition activity.

Diebold Nixdorf has been executing an aggressive strategy designed to create the premier self-service company for financial and retail markets.  Most notably, the recent combination of Diebold, Incorporated and Wincor Nixdorf, a Germany-based world leader in providing IT solutions and services to retail banks and retail industry created “Diebold Nixdorf”, and leads the way for the new company’s transformation into a world-class, services-led and software-enabled company, supported by innovative hardware.  The acquisition provided significant strategic opportunities and synergies, and expanded the company’s global presence.

Diebold Nixdorf is honored to be a part of the Northeast Ohio community’s progress, and maintains its intense focus on consistently performing at the highest levels to provide the best customer experience possible, and fuel the local economic and market growth that ACG Cleveland strives to advance.

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Contact:

Michael Jacobsen, APR
Media Relations
Email: michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +1 330.490.3796

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Young promising Danish athlete will be awarded “BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope”

This January, a young, promising Danish athlete will be awarded “BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope”. Find out who’s nominated for this year’s award.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER presents the award ‘BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope’ 2016 as part of our Olympic partnership with the Sports Confederation of Denmark. The award is given to a young, promising athlete from Denmark who has a positive attitude and has shown great potential within his/her line of sport.

The three athletes nominated to be this year’s Olympic Hope are Anders Antonsen (Badminton), Anna Emilie Møller (Athletics) and Cathrine Dufour (Equestrian)

THE AWARD

The award is worth DKK 100,000 including a DKK 25,000 BESTSELLER clothes sponsorship. The support should help pave the way to fulfill the Olympic dreams of the winning athlete.
The winner will be revealed at the annual Danish sports awards ‘Sport 2016’ broadcasted live on Danish television on 7 January 2017.

LATEST WINNER

The latest winner of the award was paralympian Daniel Wagner Jørgensen, who received the award back in January 2013 with the goal of bringing home great results at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

And so he did. With a silver medal in the men’s 100m and a bronze medal in the men’s long jump, Daniel proved to be a true Paralympic Hope.

Olympic Hope Nominees 2016

FACTS ABOUT ANNA (BORN 1997)

Athletics, 3,000m obstacle race

Blovstrød Løverne
Number 21 at the Olympic Games in Rio – only 2 seconds from a spot in the final

Danish record holder in 3,000m steeple chase

5th place at Junior World Championship in 10,000m

Nordic U20-champion in 3,000m

Medal winner at Danish and international youth championships and at Danish senior championships in various long distances

Source: Bestseller

LPGA awarded ShopRite with the distinguished Commissioner’s Award

ShopRite Receives Prestigious Commissioner’s Award from the LPGA

 

Naples, FL, 2016-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LPGA awarded ShopRite with the distinguished Commissioner’s Award during the tour’s season-ending Rolex Awards banquet on Thursday night in Naples, Fla. In 2016, ShopRite celebrated its 25th year as a supporter of the LPGA and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. During that tenure, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million through its association with the LPGA, more than any other sponsor in the history of the tour.

The Commissioner’s Award was introduced in 1991 by the LPGA. It annually honors a person or organization that has contributed uniquely to the LPGA and its members, furthered the cause of women’s golf, and possesses character and standards of the highest order.

“We’re proud to recognize ShopRite for lifting the LPGA to new heights for 25 years and counting,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “They are our longest partner in tournament business and one of our greatest charitable supporters. We’re honored to be associated with a company that has worked so tirelessly as an advocate of its community and women’s golf.”

ShopRite became title sponsor of the Atlantic City Classic in 1992, seeking to strengthen its ties to the New Jersey community as it broadened its footprint throughout the mid-Atlantic region. ShopRite is now the LPGA’s longest-tenured sponsor, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is the second longest running tournament on the LPGA.

“ShopRite is honored to receive the Commissioner’s Award and proud to be part of a long tradition of promoting women’s golf,” said Jeff Reagan, senior vice president of marketing for Wakefern Food Corp., the marketing and distribution arm of ShopRite.  “As title sponsor of the 2017 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, we once again get to be part of a world class golfing event that also benefits local schools, hospitals and other organizations that help those in need. We look forward to seeing some of the best female golfers in the world hit the links again this spring at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.”

ShopRite is the fifteenth recipient of the Commissioner’s Award, joining PING founders Karsten and Louise Solheim, longtime tournament host and actor Jamie Farr, and the original 13 LPGA founding members.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $30 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

About the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the LPGA tour. It is held annually in Atlantic City and features the world’s best female golfers competing over three rounds for a $1.5 million purse. The event, owned and operated by Eiger Marketing Group, is held on the Bay Course at the prestigious Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. To date, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million to local charities through its LPGA relationship.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Karen Meleta
Phone: 732-906-5356
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications

Source: Shoprite

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Auchan Retail awarded with CSR Certificate for its charitable activities by Ukrainian association “Social Responsibility Mark”

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In October, the Ukrainian association “Social Responsibility Mark” awarded Auchan Retail with the CSR Certificate for its charitable activity conducted in 2015.

This certificate is awarded to companies that implemented significant actions to improve the living conditions of local communities. Among the 44 candidate companies, only 17 received this certificate, Auchan Retail Ukraine being the only award-winning national retailer.

Among the main criteria taken into account (to improve the living conditions of local people, to provide subsidies over $10,000 over the year and to implement an effective charitable activity), Auchan Retail Ukraine was mainly rewarded :

    • to have raised fund for children with the Down syndrome,
    • for the sponsorship and the participation in the annual national event “Race under the Chestnut”in support of infants born with heart problems,
    • 2 projects funded by the Auchan Youth Foundation for disabled children and displaced families in the Donbass region,
    • the partnership with SOS Children’s Villages to enable young people to have a chance to succeed and prepare their future.

Source: Auchan Holdings

Delaware North’s Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

Delaware North's Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Delaware North’s Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

 

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont., 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has awarded Delaware North a Zero Waste Certificate for its environmentally-friendly operation of the Yellowstone General Stores warehouse.

The highly-acclaimed certification is the first for a facility within the United States’ 58 national parks. It also marks the first such certification for Delaware North, a global food service and hospitality company. At Yellowstone National Park, Delaware North operates a dozen general stores under a contract with the National Park Service.

During the process of certification, Delaware North’s efforts included:

  • Removing more than 25 trash bins from throughout the warehouse
  • Conducting waste audits
  • Redesigning waste receptacles with appropriate signage, size and variation
  • Implementing a composting program
  • Reusing packaging materials and working closely with vendors and suppliers to assist in upstream efforts of providing reusable and recyclable packaging

In the year leading up to the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council audit, the warehouse facility reduced, reused or recycled more than 271,000 pounds of material.

“The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has done a great job of outlining how a business or location can prepare for and reach zero waste,” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for Delaware North. “Our staff worked with Justin Cook, our environmental manager at Yellowstone, to meet this challenge, and it’s been really exciting to see the progress over the last few years. Delaware North values being entrusted to run concessions in our national parks and goes the extra mile to help maintain these special places such for generations to come.”

The zero-waste concept is based on emulating sustainable natural cycles so that all discarded materials become resources for others to use, thus minimizing waste that would otherwise go to a landfill. Businesses with a 90 percent waste diversion rate can apply for this certification. Once accepted into the program, the business must complete a detailed scorecard process and pass an onsite validation audit. The Yellowstone General Stores warehouse exceeded the minimum requirements for the program and successfully earned a Platinum Level Certification – with 70 of 80 potential points awarded.

Delaware North initiated its zero-waste campaign at the warehouse in 2013 and registered with the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council in December 2015. From the time of registration, the warehouse facility has diverted 93.9 percent of its annual waste from going into landfills through reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

“Our zero-waste goal challenged us as an operation to look at the full cycle of purchasing our products for Yellowstone General Stores,” said Cendy Sangermano, general manager of the Yellowstone General Stores. “We looked closely at how each product was packaged and then asked ourselves: What is the end result of that packaging and where does it go? Through these efforts and the dedication of our associates, we successfully achieved our goal, and it has allowed us to take that next step to preserve this special place we call Yellowstone.”

About the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Launched in spring 2012 and headquartered in Corona Del Mar, California, the USZWBC’s mission is to educate, inform, and document the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help them and their communities become more healthy and sustainable. Learn more at www.uszwbc.org.

About Delaware North’s parks and resorts business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.delawarenorth.com.

Media Contact:
Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
250 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Email: vhong@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5420
Fax: 716-858-5125

Source: Delaware North

Colruyt Group CEO Jef Colruyt awarded the first Joule Prize for Renewable Energy by Organisation for Renewable Energy

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group CEO Jef Colruyt received the first Joule Prize for Renewable Energy from Flemish Energy Minister Bart Tommelein at the Flemish Parliament. The prize was presented by the Organisation for Renewable Energy (ODE), the sector federation for renewable energy in Flanders. The ODE awards the prize to reward an individual, organisation, authority or company for having made a difference with actual realisations in the field of renewable energy in Flanders between 2011 and 2016.

Pioneer
The ODE jury unanimously selected the winner from a list of strong candidates and calls Colruyt Group “a positive trendsetter who opens up new horizons for the whole business world in Flanders. What makes them special is and remains the intensive day-to-day care for energy.”

CEO Jef Colruyt accepts the prize as a recognition of the group’s many years’ pursuit of a more sustainable environment. “Caring for base materials and energy has always been in our genes. In 1999, it was a logical step to build a first wind turbine next to our distribution centre in Halle. Today we have the deep-rooted conviction that renewable energy is the future and we want to be a pioneer in the fight against global warming. We are determined to reduce our relative greenhouse gas emission by 20 % as compared with 2008, by 2020.”

Transition to a more sustainable energy supply
Over the past 5 years, Colruyt Group has considerably raised its investments in a more sustainable energy supply. At the end of 2016, the internal energy producer and supplier Eoly expanded its wind park to 11 turbines, producing 50,000 megawatt hours per year. This corresponds with the annual consumption of 18,000 households and a CO2 reduction of 14,500 tonnes. The energy expert recently obtained permits for 3 new wind turbines and keeps investing in renewable energy using the sun, cogeneration and biomass. Eoly’s green power production already covers a quarter of the group’s energy needs; in time this should become 100 %. At the beginning of this year, the Eoly Cooperation was founded, thus allowing private persons to invest in future onshore wind farms.

Ever since 2012, Colruyt Group has been pioneering with the production of green hydrogen, generated from wind and sun. This year the group doubled the capacity of its hydrogen station and started to use 200 new fuel cells for hydrogen-powered forklift trucks. The group is also testing hydrogen as a temporary storage buffer for superfluous green power, in an effort to gear supply and demand to each other.

Finally, through the Parkwind holding Colruyt Group participates in the operational offshore wind farms Belwind and Northwind and in the future Nobelwind.

With its investments in a more sustainable energy supply, Colruyt Group contributes to the realisation of the following Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations: (7) Affordable and clean energy, (13) Climate action.

More information: www.simplysustainable.com

Contact:

Patti Verdoodt
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group

H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson awarded Sustainable Leadership Award by NMC Nätverket för Hållbart Näringsliv

H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson awarded Sustainable Leadership Award by NMC Nätverket för Hållbart Näringsliv
H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson awarded Sustainable Leadership Award by NMC Nätverket för Hållbart Näringsliv

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — NMC highlights Karl-Johan Persson’s courage to lead the fashion industry towards increased sustainability and systematic change. He is described as a source of inspiration for the entire fashion industry, within Sweden and globally.

“There is no doubt that this is a leader prioritising to push for long-term change when it comes to improving working conditions and closing the loop.”

Ylva Öhrnell, Chairman of NMC

NMC is also emphasising the importance of collaborating with others as well as anchoring the sustainability work with the top management to be able to work successfully with sustainability and thereby contribute to real change.

“For H&M, a sustainable leadership is about leading the way and about working long-term, instead of choosing simple solutions not leading to lasting change. This is key not only to a sustainable leadership but also for a sustainable approach in general. It’s a great honour to receive this award, but without dedicated colleagues striving to be at the forefront, this would not have been possible”, says Karl-Johan Persson.

The award was presented in Stockholm on October 13. For more information and images please read the NMC press release.

Press Enquiries:

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

Source: H&M

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VERO MODA apprentice awarded second prize in ‘Detailhandlens Fagprøvepris 2016’

VERO MODA apprentice awarded second prize in ‘Detailhandlens Fagprøvepris 2016’
VERO MODA apprentice awarded second prize in ‘Detailhandlens Fagprøvepris 2016’

 

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Store apprentice from VERO MODA Bruuns Galleri in Aarhus, Anne Skarby, took home the second prize in ‘Detailhandlens Fagprøvepris 2016’ awarded at Børsen in Copenhagen Friday last week. We talked to Anne to learn more about her final examination project.

1 September, during a holiday with her family in Mallorca, Anne Skarby got a call from the Danish Chamber of Commerce breaking the news about her impressive result. “I was totally shocked and, of course, very very happy,” Anne begins.

‘Detailhandlens Fagprøvepris 2016’ is awarded by the Danish Chamber of Commerce and honours the best students in the retail business. Out of 5000 projects, only 10 made it to the nominations, and Anne’s final examination project titled ‘’Can JACK & JONES’ service concept be implemented in VERO MODA’ obviously ended up impressing both her trainers and the Danish Chamber of Commerce as she took home the second prize.

Anne on the idea behind the project: ”The idea behind the subject was born during one of the school periods, where I spent a week in a JACK & JONES store in Herning. Here, I experienced a service concept, which was very different from ours. I saw them spending much more time with each customer, which in many cases led to bigger basket sizes than what I was used to in VERO MODA.”

PASSION PAYS OFF
“This experience really lit a fire to my passion for customer service, and I was convinced that if we could improve our level of service in VERO MODA and invest more of ourselves when interacting with our customers, we would be able to increase our turnover. Being one of the largest fashion brands in Denmark, we simply had to be able to do better.”

All this led to Anne’s decision on making Customer Service the subject of her project. A combination of VERO MODA’s and JACK & JONES’ service concepts formed the basis of her final oral presentation, which ended up giving her the second prize.

A part of the committee’s reason for awarding Anne: “Anne exhibits an exceptional talent when it comes to applying theory to practice in an analytical and rational manner. She is service-minded, thorough in all aspects of her work and her education – and her level of professionalism is unusually high.”

“Gaining this recognition has provided a massive boost to my confidence and has left me wanting to achieve more. It has convinced me that if I fight for what I want and believe in, I can succeed. Lastly, it really shows that I have found my niche, “Anne finishes.

Trainer in HR and responsible for BESTSELLER’s Apprentice Education, on Anne’s accomplishment: “We are very proud of the excellent result Anne has achieved. She is a product of the great apprentice education programme we have in BESTSELLER, where students are given responsibility and the freedom to carve out a solid foundation for their future career. We are happy that Anne will remain a part of BESTSELLER, so that we can benefit from her skills and not least her amazing personality.”

Anne will continue her daily life in VERO MODA in Bruuns Galleri. However, her future dream is to improve her skills even more to become a Service Concept Developer in VERO MODA and be in the very forefront of how the brand defines customer service.

Contact:

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: BESTSELLER

Carrefour Spain Online and Carrefour Viajes awarded Best Webshop of the Year prizes

Spain, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour.es and viajes.carrefour.es websites awarded Best Webshop of the Year prizes

Carrefour Spain Online supermarket has been awarded the Webshop prize in the supermarkets and hypermarkets category for the second year running. Carrefour Viajes was awarded the prize for best Webshop in the travel agency category and also Best Business of the Year in the Travel Agency category.

The prize was awarded directly by consumers who voted for their favourite websites on www.webshopdelaño.es  and comerciodelaño.es. Evaluation was based on criteria such as customer service, user experience, product delivery, quality price ratio, promotions and offers, the selection of products or type of payment, among others.

This is one of the largest market studies held in Spain, and consumers are invited to vote for the online store or business that best meets their needs and gives them the information they require. The Carrefour Spain food website received a total of 10 million visits over the year. It has over 23,000 references, of which over 2,500 are fresh products. It also incorporates areas devoted to specialist stores such as drug-store, wine cellar, organic and lactose or gluten free products.

The Carrefour Spain travel agency, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary, was also twice awarded by its customers for being the best agency of the year both in digital and conventional business format.  The viajes.carrefour.es travel website has, in recent years, become a reference page in the tourism sector and a pioneer in the use of measures to promote omnichannel commerce, where the customer can start a reservation process online and finish it in the physical network. These awards are the result of the omnichannel and digitization strategy that Carrefour Spain is working on on a daily basis.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes
The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Paris city council awarded on September 26th, by a large majority, the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to an 8020 partnership between the LVMH group, which has been managing it since 1984, and Compagnie des Alpes, a major player in the field of development and management of theme parks. This new concession has been agreed for a total of 25 years, around a particularly ambitious project.

The project is based on two concepts: the first being absolute respect for the tradition, the image and the identity of the oldest attraction park in France, and one that has been enticing generations of visitors since the second Napoleonic Empire, and the second being an extensive programme to modernize and diversify its activities, to rejuvenate and embellish the landscape and to restore its heritage. This dual objective will bring a new dimension to this unique place in Paris, accelerating a transformation process which is already underway with the establishment of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Eighteen attractions will be created (9 will be free) and 26 existing attractions will be renovated.

Remaining entirely faithful to the public service mission of the park, the educational workshop programme will be developed, taking into account the role of new technologies, of proposed sporting and cultural events, often with free admission, accessibility to all and including dining facilities, redesigned to appeal to all different tastes and aspirations.

All these developments will remain faithful to the original spirit of the garden. It’s architectural heritage dating from Napoleon III’s era, one of the largest and most complete of its kind in the capital, will be enhanced, while its historic landscaping, created by landscape gardener Barillet-Deschamps will be restored. The garden staff, currently numbering 250, will remain the same or increase, and working conditions will be improved by the creation of a building which will bring together all the offices and workshops, as well as changing rooms, a canteen and common rooms under one roof.

The garden is an important part of the attractiveness of Paris and the region. With a target of 2.5 million visitors a year, it will become an important attraction for both Parisians and tourists. “The ethos of the garden is very much a reflection of LVMH values: innovative but respectful of heritage,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH group.

The garden has partnered with the Compagnie des Alpes, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts to improve its offering. “I am delighted that the Compagnie des Alpes will be able to provide its expertise and be associated with this splendid project in which we have a shared ambition” explains Dominique Marcel, CEO of the organisation. Through this partnership LVMH, the world leader in luxury, will be able to rely on the know-how of the foremost French theme park operator.

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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Walmart awarded more than $200 million second quarter cash bonuses to more than 900,000 hourly associates nationwide

Bentonville, Ark., 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walmart’s continued focus on improving and enhancing the store experience for customers, the company recently awarded more than $200 million in second quarter cash bonuses to more than 900,000 hourly associates across the United States.

The bonuses, which were based on stores’ performances from May through July of this year, are part of an overall incentive plan designed to reward associates whose stores have met their performance and customer service goals. Eligible associates can earn these bonuses four times a year.

“Whether it’s buying something for their kids, treating themselves or saving for something great, bonus time at Walmart is always a special time for our associates,” said Mike Moore, executive vice president of Supercenters for Walmart U.S.

“Our people have always been the most important part of our business and they continue to do amazing things for our customers,” said Julie Murphy, executive vice president of Neighborhood Markets for Walmart U.S. “Sam Walton built this business on the idea of sharing profits with our associates and treating them as partners.”

Walmart’s Investment in our Associates

  • In 2015, Walmart announced a two-year, $2.7 billion investment in our associates. The commitment includes investments in education, training and higher wages. As a result, more than 1.2 million Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club associates received pay increases on the same day earlier this year. The second quarter bonuses are not part of the $2.7 billion.
  • Associate training is a key component of Walmart’s associate investment strategy. This year Walmart announced plans to open 200 Academies across the U.S. designed to teach advanced retail skills to department managers and hourly supervisors. More than 140,000 associates are expected to go through the training program each year.
  • Walmart is investing in training at all levels of its stores. In February the company rolled out its Pathways training program for all entry-level workers, providing training, education and opportunities for associates, offering them a clearer career path from entry level positions to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Kering awarded Gender Equality European & International Standard (GEEIS) label by The Arborus Fund and Bureau Veritas

London, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Arborus Fund, the leading provider of funding support for gender equality in the workplace in Europe and worldwide,  and Bureau Veritas have awarded Kering the Gender Equality European & International Standard (GEEIS) label, in recognition of the Group’s actions to promote equality between women and men at work.

Beyond the recognition of actions implemented, the purpose of the label is also to define the most appropriate ways of aiming to manage and promote gender equality in the workplace across the Group.

The GEEIS label, which was first introduced in Europe in 2010 under the name ‘GEES’, took on a broader international dimension in 2014 when the label’s reach was extended onto other continents. The certification was the brainchild of leading brands with a strong sense of corporate responsibility within Arborus, who sought a set of high-performance tools to manage their equality policies. It aims to disseminate a shared vision, stimulate new ways of thinking and implement actions designed to promote gender equality in Europe and beyond. In addition to the regulations that apply to each country, the objective is to establish a common standard for companies in order to make gender equality in the workplace a reality in terms of pay, promotion, skills development and diversity across all sectors.

The awarding of the GEEIS label is perfectly aligned with Kering’s drive to promote gender equality within the Group. Kering takes action through:

• its Human Resources policy, which aims to make the Group a benchmark employer for women;
• the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women;
• the film industry, particularly through the Women in Motion programme, which aims to support women in the film industry, giving their contribution greater visibility and raising awareness of the necessity for diversity in the sector.

As part of its Leadership and Diversity programme, launched in 2010, Kering has rolled out a number of initiatives to help women access all levels of management and more generally enjoy a culture of equality within the Group.

In the words of Béatrice Lazat, SVP of Human Resources at Kering: ‘Furthering equality between men and women is a top priority for Kering. This GEEIS certification shows us our efforts have paid off and been recognised. Beyond the label itself, which we are so delighted to hold, GEEIS enables us to identify areas in which we can continue to make progress.’

While Kering supports diversity in all its forms, it is particularly committed to gender equality in the workplace and taking practical steps to making that goal a reality. In 2016, with women representing nearly 31% of its Executive Committee and 64% of its Board of Directors, Kering is positioned as one of the most gender equal companies in the CAC 40.

GEEIS certification is valid for four years. A mid-term audit measures progress made and assesses the actions implemented by each company.

GEEIS certification assesses three broad dimensions:

• Management tools;
• HR and managerial practices;
• The global impact of European and international policies.

Kering Corporate France, Italy and the UK, along with the Group’s global policy to promote equality in the workplace, were carefully screened before achieving this global standard, thus paving the way for other entities within the Group in the years ahead.

About Kering
A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenue of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Contacts:
Press:
Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20
emilie.gargatte@kering.com

Floriane Geroudet
+33 (0)1 45 64 66 00
floriane.geroudet@kering.com

Website: www.kering.com
Social Media
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official
YouTube: KeringGroup

Source: Kering

Klépierre and Steen & Strom again awarded the “Green Star” rating by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

Paris, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sustainable development performances of Klépierre and Steen & Strom have once again attracted recognition from the three main sector indexes and rankings: the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) 1 , RobecoSAM2 and EPRA3 .

Klépierre and Steen & Strom have once again been awarded the “Green Star” rating by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and are ranked in the Top 10 out of 730 participants globally.

With a 91/100 score, Klépierre now ranks second among listed companies in the retail sector worldwide (out of 36 participants) and moves up four places for all industries to rank 10th globally. Among unlisted companies, Steen & Strom – Klépierre’s 56.1%-owned subsidiary – is now the world’s topranked company with a 92/100 score. Steen & Strom moved up 19 notches in the all-industries ranking to sixth place worldwide.

Klépierre also improved in RobeccoSAM’s DJSI indexes. With a score of 83/100, Klépierre is once again included in the World and Europe indexes.

Klépierre was notably considered by RobecoSAM to be the most efficient company in the world (out of 170 real estate companies), based on its environmental initiatives.

Lastly, Klépierre received an EPRA Sustainability “Gold Award” for the fifth year in a row. This award recognizes the company’s best-practices methodology and disclosure in terms of extra-financial reporting for the listed real estate sector.

Jean-Marc Jestin, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Klépierre, declared: “These latest ratings recognize the efficiency of Klépierre’s Good Choices® strategy, initiated in 2013 and based on seeking continuous improvement in operational excellence in the management of our 22.6 billion euros shopping center portfolio spanning 16 European countries. These awards also attest to the effectiveness of the tangible measures implemented by Klépierre in recent years, as well as to the strong involvement of the top management team and all employees on a daily basis.”

ABOUT KLÉPIERRE
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at 22.6 billion euros at June 30, 2016 and comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries in Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling (56.1%) stake in Steen & Strøm, Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam. Klépierre is included in the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and GPR 250 indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, and Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe, and is ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions underscore Klépierre’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy. For more information: www.klepierre.com

AGENDA: October 26, 2016 third quarter 2016 revenues (press release after market close)

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS:
Vanessa FRICANO
+ 33 (0)1 40 67 52 24
vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com

Julien ROUCH
+33 (0)1 40 67 53 08
julien.rouch@klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Lorie LICHTLEN
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 13 01
lorie.lichtlen@bm.com

Camille PETIT
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 12 98
camille.petit@bm.com

This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com

Source: Klépierre

CBRE awarded the 2016 Digie award for the “Best Use of Automation for Property Management” for its CORE Asset Services operating platform

Los Angeles, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE was awarded the 2016 Digie award for the “Best Use of Automation for Property Management” by Realcomm, a worldwide research and event company focused on real estate technology, for its CORE Asset Services operating platform.Using the CORE platform, Property Managers can quickly assess and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and operational data for their clients in order for clients to facilitate timely and strategic decision making. Unique within the industry, CORE can function across markets around the world.

“CORE is a true game-changer for the way that our team does business and creates a huge advantage for our clients,” says Mary Jo Eaton, Global President of Asset Services and Valuation & Advisory Services (VAS) for CBRE. “This important piece of technology brings together many of the missing pieces of how a property manager does their daily work and gives us access to this important data—allowing us to be more forward-looking and proactive with our clients. We are thankful to have been recognized with a prestigious Digie award for this technology.”

The Digie Awards are designed to give credit to those who endeavor to transform the industry into a 21st Century Digital Model and are given out annually at the Realcomm | IBcon 2016 conference, an event focused on next generation technologies and their influence on transforming the commercial real estate industry.

For more information about this technology, please visit http://www.cbre.com/real-estate-services/directory/asset-services/core.

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 (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

Lidl awarded ‘Supermarket of the Year’ at this year’s Good Houskeeping Food Awards

LONDON, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lidl has triumphed at this year’s Good Houskeeping Food Awards, walking away with the coveted title of ‘Supermarket of the Year’ at the ceremony last night.

The award, voted for by readers of the magazine, has been running for over a decade, with Waitrose consistently walking away with the title for a number of years.The win comes as the supermarket goes from strength to strength, continuing to reign as the UK’s fastest growing supermarket, with growth of 16.7% in the period 52 weeks to 19th June 2016 (according to Kantar Worldpanel, Till Roll).

This week also marks the launch of the next chapter of Lidl’s marketing campaign #LidlSurprises. With a history of tactical price led advertising, the first Lidl Surprises campaign marked a major step change for the retailer, putting real customers at the heart of its marketing campaigns. For its latest activity, the supermarket bravely approached real-life sceptics – discovered via social media and independent market research – offering them the opportunity to see for themselves how Lidl’s products are produced, while their genuine experiences could be filmed for the advert.

Commenting on the award, Lidl UK Commercial Director Ryan McDonnell said: “This is an incredible achievement and a great reward for all of the hard work put in by Lidl UK employees across the business over the past year.

More and more people are coming to Lidl for their main shop. This award helps  to reinforce the growing trust and loyalty that customers in the UK have in us, particularly as this award was voted for by readers of Good Housekeeping.”

The win followed Lidl being crowned ‘Own Brand Spirits Retailer of the Year’ at the International Spirits Challenge just hours earlier for the second year running.

Lidl UK Spirits Buyer Hannah Cvetkovic said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised as Spirits Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row. We launched a premium spirits range last Christmas which included a single malt Islay whisky and an artisan gin at unbelievably low prices, which was received incredibly well by our customers. This award confirms that Lidl has sealed its place as a bona fide drinks retailer, showing that old preconceptions held by consumers in the UK have changed.”

The awards are Lidl’s third ‘retailer of the year’ accolade in only a month having been awarded ‘Mid-Size Store of the Year’ at the MSC Awards earlier in June.

Contact:
0800 977 7766
0370 444 1234

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Lidl awarded ‘Supermarket of the Year’ at this year’s Good Houskeeping Food Awards
Lidl awarded ‘Supermarket of the Year’ at this year’s Good Houskeeping Food Awards

Source: Lidl

Carrefour France awarded MSC Sustainable fishing and ASC Responsible aquaculture certification

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour France has been awarded MSC Sustainable fishing and ASC Responsible aquaculture certification, a first in France. Around thirty hypermarkets in the Paris region are now selling an extended selection of certified fish in the seafood section.

In what way is Carrefour’s product selection more sustainable?
With this certification, Carrefour can now sell sustainably fished MSC-certified (Marine Stewardship Council) cod in its seafood section, as well as ASC-certified (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) fresh salmon that is the result of responsible aquaculture practices.

Carrefour does more than simply meet the requirements for certification: it also guarantees that this salmon has been fed without GMOs and reared without antibiotics.

These two types of fish are consumed more than any other types in France. They sit alongside the 50 other MSC-certified products already on sale at Carrefour stores in its self-service, frozen and grocery sections. This range of certified species looks set to be expanded in the next few months. Special signage has been set up in stores featuring information designed to raise customers’ awareness of issues to do with sustainable fishing.

The example of certified sole: supporting local fishing while at the same time preserving a species under threat
The seafood section will also be getting another certified product: sole, a fish that is highly appreciated by customers. This is the culmination of a programme that has involved Carrefour supporting the fisheries of netters belonging to the Boulogne-sur-Mer FROM Nord producers’ organisation in Cherbourg in its MSC-certification, awarded in April 2016. Carrefour is also strengthening its roots in the local community and its relationships with local businesses, which supply the company on a daily basis.

The requirements of the MSC and ASC certifications
For it to be able to sell fish bearing the MSC or ASC labels, Carrefour has demonstrated that it is able to meet the requirements of the “Chain of Custody” reference framework. This provides customers with guarantees in relation to the sustainable origins of seafood products, and the responsible way in which they have been farmed.

MSC Sustainable fishing certification for seafood products guarantees that:
•     the fish bearing this label have been purchased from MSC-certified suppliers and are from properly-managed fish farms which ensure that appropriate numbers of the species are preserved, together with the associated marine ecosystems,
•     MSC-labelled seafood products can be traced from the ocean to the market stall,
•     throughout the supply chain, they are kept separate from other products and are methodically managed in order to guarantee customers that they come from an MSC-certified sustainable fishery.

ASC responsible aquaculture certification on products guarantees that:
•     the fish are reared such that their well-being is ensured
•     the fish-farming practices do not threaten the marine ecosystem in which they are carried out
•     the fish farm is managed effectively and usefully in order to ensure its long-term sustainability

Encouraging responsible consumption of seafood products
This new selection of products in the seafood section is in line with Carrefour’s policy of preserving marine biodiversity
with the withdrawal from sale of species under threat (emperor, black scabbard, shark, for example), the provision of support for local sustainable and the tackling of illegal fishing. The aim is to ensure that half of all fish purchased in Carrefour stores are farmed using sustainable fishing methods by 2020.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

Paradies Lagardère awarded eight new specialty retail and travel essential stores at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

ATLANTA , 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, was awarded eight new specialty retail and travel essential stores at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). After conducting specific outreach and research with local and regional businesses, Paradies Lagardère created the winning bids with several leading national brands, as well as popular locally-themed concepts that will create a sense of place and highlight the personality and culture of the surrounding communities.

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“We are thrilled and very appreciative of this opportunity to continue and expand our very strong relationship with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and deliver these highly-recognized national and local brands in Terminal 4,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “From the iconic TODAY and Brooks Brothers brands to the popularity of Phoenix’s own Roosevelt Row, our diverse mix of specialty and travel essential retail offerings will be a great complement to the airport and a strong fit for the passengers in this market.”

Additional details:

The specialty retail and travel essential/news and gift stores proposed in Paradies Lagardère’s winning bids for Terminal 4 includes:

Travel Essentials/News and Gift Locations:

  • TODAY – Pioneered by NBC News in 1952, TODAY is a leading morning news broadcast providing the latest in domestic and international news, weather, entertainment and sports. This themed travel essential store showcases a thorough selection of newspapers, magazines, beverages, electronic accessories, gourmet snacks, HBA items, and TODAY-branded merchandise.
  • NBC 12 News – Celebrating and championing the people of Arizona, 12 News is the NBC affiliate in Phoenix and serves more than two million people every day. This connection to Phoenix and Arizona will be well represented in this travel essential store that offers items most desired by passengers, including electronic accessories, popular magazines and newspapers, beverages, snacks, HBA items, and more.
  • Arizona Highways – A Paradies Lagardère customized concept, this unique travel essential store takes pride in offering community-inspired products through local partnerships. Great for any traveler to obtain a refreshing beverage, healthy snack or local publication, as well as pick up an Arizona-themed gift for the trip home.

Specialty Retail:

  • Roosevelt Row (souvenirs) – A centerpiece to a newly-energized downtown and a national art showcase, Roosevelt Row is the perfect theme for this new Marketplace that will offer a rotating selection of Phoenix-specific products, gifts and wow-inducing items. From a Made In Arizona Boutique section to items generated through our partnerships with the Botanical Gardens and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Roosevelt Row will be a “must stop” for PHX passengers.
  • Brooks Brothers – Brooks Brothers is an institution that has shaped American style – for men and women – through fashion innovation, quality, personal service, and exceptional value. As the exclusive airport operator, Paradies Lagardère is proud to offer travelers quality dress shirts, suits, ties, dresses, and fashion accessories.
  • Cactus Candy – The Cactus Candy Company has been creating candies, jellies, marmalades and syrups out of the prickly pear cactus since 1942. The brand has been an Arizona icon for more than 70 years and will now make its way into Phoenix Sky Harbor with two locations.
  • iStore – iStore offers personal mobile devices and accessories “for your digital life” including tablets, e-readers and headphones from leading brands such as Apple, Sony, Bose, and more. The only Apple specialist with more than four years of experience in North American airports, iStore offers a unique airport shopping experience, allowing travelers to directly interact with mobile technologies.

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver casual and quick serve restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceed the expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

 

Media Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 404 494 3419
Mobile: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole
Mail:  2849 Paces Ferry Road, Overlook 1 – 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA

Source: Paradies Lagardère