Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell employees across U.S. to benefit from the company’s expanded parental time-off policy

Louisville, KY, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) today (February 27, 2017) announced an expanded parental time-off policy as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to its people-first culture and investment in its employees. The expanded parental time-off policy offers birth mothers 18 weeks of fully paid time away from work, including six weeks of “baby bonding” time. In addition, the policy offers six weeks of fully paid “baby bonding” time away from work to fathers, partners, adoptive and foster parents.

Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell employees at its U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Plano, Texas, and Irvine, Calif., as well as other above restaurant leaders across the country who are employed by the company can take advantage of the policy effective immediately.“As we transform Yum! Brands into a more growth-focused brand builder and global franchisor, investing in our unrivaled culture while engaging and attracting talent is a top priority,” said Tracy Skeans, Chief Transformation and People Officer, Yum! Brands. “This expanded parental time off and baby bonding benefit builds on our strong legacy of investing in our people and culture to fuel great results and continuously providing meaningful ways to help our employees be and contribute their best at work and at home.”

In addition to the expanded parental time-off policy, Yum! Brands recently started offering increased flexibility to corporate employees with year-round half-day Fridays and a minimum of four weeks paid vacation plus two additional bonus weeks in an employee’s 10th, 20th or 30th year of service. The Company also offers a range of other benefits to support working parents and families including 24/7, 365-day access to a doctor through Teladoc, financial support for adoption services and infertility treatments, autism support services, daycare facilities and a host of wellness programs.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.


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West Elm and Whole Foods Market launches exclusive Holiday kitchen and tabletop collection to benefit Whole Planet Foundation

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, TX, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — West Elm and Whole Foods Market introduce today (September 20, 2016)  an exclusive holiday collection to benefit Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that alleviates poverty around the globe.  In partnership with Guatemalan textile group The New Denim Project, the 12-piece, limited-time collection of kitchen and tabletop items are crafted from premium, upcycled denim. One dollar from every piece purchased from this West Elm and Whole Foods Market holiday collection will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation. The collection is available now online at westelm.com/wholefoodsmarket and will be available in both West Elm and Whole Foods Market stores beginning in October.

“We are continuously seeking new ways to offer our customers choice in products and services that are both well designed and make an impact,” said Jennifer Gootman, West Elm Director of Social Consciousness and Innovation. “Together with Whole Foods Market and The New Denim Project, this collection aims to give back to the makers and artisans, to communities in need, and to the environment.”

Each piece in the collection is 100 percent cotton and constructed of upcycled denim, a process that utilizes waste from pre-consumer denim. The waste is ground back into fiber, mixed with new cotton, spun into yarn and is woven into fabrics. The process is chemical- and dye-free and more than 20,000 liters of water are conserved per kilogram of upcycled material. Most items in the 12-piece collection are priced below $40 and include coasters, napkins, placemats, table runners, oven mitts, kitchen towels and aprons.

“Our partnership with West Elm is a perfect example of how small purchases can go a long way toward improving our world through sustainable production practices,” said Jeanne Tamayo, Global Lifestyle Buyer at Whole Foods Market. “These pieces are beautifully designed and will look great in any kitchen.”

To further support the collaboration, West Elm and Whole Foods Market encourage customers to visit westelm.com/wholefoodsmarket where they can access exclusive entertaining ideas and recipes. Beginning on October 1, West Elm will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation for each customer who creates one of the unique recipes, photographs it and shares it on social media using #WestElmxWFM, for an additional $2,000 donation to Whole Planet Foundation. Additionally, on Saturday, October 8, West Elm invites customers to visit their neighborhood West Elm store in the U.S. for a special day featuring holiday entertaining tips from West Elm’s professional in-home stylists, free treats and exclusive recipes provided by Whole Foods Market. To RSVP for the in-store event, customers should visit westelm.com/stores and select their local store.


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Lauren Bernath

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Nordstrom announces celebrity performers for its store opening galas this fall; events to benefit Six Toronto Charities

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHO/WHAT: Nordstrom kicks off the openings of its new CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre stores with two in-store galas featuring celebrity DJs, including Toronto’s very own superstar comedian, actor and renowned DJ Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hannah Bronfman, and Brendan Fallis. Along with being among the first to preview the new stores, attendees will also be treated to cocktails, gourmet fare, desserts, fashion shows, shopping and music from local bands Dwayne Gretzky and Sean Jones.

These galas will benefit Covenant House Toronto, Humber River Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), SickKids Foundation, St. Michael’s Foundation and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Nordstrom underwrites each gala so 100% of proceeds will benefit these six organizations. Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre opens on Friday, September 16, 2016 and Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre opens on Friday, October 21, 2016.

The honorary gala committee for both events includes Glen Baxter, Nadia & Nick Di Donato, Lynn Factor & Sheldon Inwentash, Ellen Fine, Jessica Jensen, Joshua JensenNagle, Ainsley Kerr, Merle Kerr, Jeffrey Latimer, Rossana Magnota, Melissa Martin, Juliana Sprott, Julia West and Richard Wernham.

EVENT DETAILS: Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre Opening Gala

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WHERE: 260 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2L9

TIME:  7-10 pm; Fashion shows in Dundas Square at 8:00 pm & 9:00 pm

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJs KillaxKels and Grand Theft, and local super group Dwayne Gretzky, featuring members of July Talk and Born Ruffians.

FASHION: Two tented runway shows featuring fall designer collections; special appearances by Canadian designers, Wing Yau of celebrity-favourite jewellery WWAKE and 19-year-old fashion wunderkind and LVMH prize finalist, Vejas Kruszewski.

Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre Opening Gala

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WHERE: 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

TIME:  7-10 pm; In-store fashion shows at 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm & 9:00 pm

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ/Comedian Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Music/DJ set by Hannah Bronfman, Brendan Fallis and Sophie Jones. There will also be a performance by Sean Jones.

FASHION: In-store fashion shows featuring resort collections; special appearances by Canadian designers Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Steven Tai, representing his eponymous line of progressive, luxe sportswear.

TICKET INFO: Tickets are $150 per person for each gala. To purchase tickets, go to www.nordstromrsvp.com/toronto. For special accommodations or other questions, email eventrsvp@sickkidsfoundation.com or call (416) 813-5283. Valet parking will be provided at both events.

About Covenant House Toronto
As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto provides the widest range of services and support under one roof. More than a place to stay, they provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing- on-site and in the community as well as education and vocation support and more. Gala proceeds will help them offer their services to as many as 250 at-risk, trafficked and homeless youth every day.

About Humber River Hospital Foundation
Humber River Hospital Foundation supports the patient care provided at Humber River Hospital – one of the largest hospitals in the GTA and now home to North America’s first fully digital hospital. The Foundation’s current focus is on raising $225 million for the new Humber River Hospital which opened on October 18th of last year– this is the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history. Money raised will be put towards this campaign and will help fund equipment needs in the new Hospital. This will ensure their care teams have access to some of the world’s most advanced medical technology to care for their patients.

About Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) champions childhood cancer care. When a child is battling cancer, they ensure that the child and family have lifelong access to the best care for the best possible outcomes. Gala proceeds will help provide financial support to families to help ease the burden when their child is in cancer treatment; it will fund services dedicated to ongoing survivor support, knowing that childhood cancer survivors endure medical challenges into adulthood; and it will fund research that advances cancer care for all children with cancer.

About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. SickKids Foundation relies on community support to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Gala proceeds will support the hospital’s highest priority needs including strategic capital projects and research, enabling them to enhance the patient and family experience, and facilitate the recruitment of world-class experts.

About St. Michael’s Foundation
St. Michael’s Foundation supports St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto’s leader in critical and trauma care, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1892 to care for the sick and poor of Toronto’s inner city. St. Michael’s is a teaching and research hospital renowned for providing exceptional patient care. Gala proceeds will support their position as Canada’s premier critical care hospital with new resources like the 17-storey Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, the twice-as-large Slaight Family Emergency Department and other crucial renovations and improvements.

About Women’s College Hospital Foundation
Women’s College Hospital Foundation raises the critical funds needed to support Women’s College Hospital, the only hospital in Canada dedicated to advancing health for women and a global leader in conducting groundbreaking women’s health research. With a mandate to lead the way in improving the health system for all people, WCH is also focused on delivering innovative solutions that address the most pressing health system challenges facing Canadians today. Proceeds directed to Women’s College Hospital Foundation will drive forward the institution’s work in women’s health research and health system transformation.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.


John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3018

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Macy’s annual Fashion Pass initiative to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation, Inc.

NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giving back is always in style at Macy’s and starting tomorrow, customers can join the spirit of giving by participating in Macy’s Fashion Pass. From July 28 to Aug. 7, with a $5 donation at the register, Macy’s shoppers will receive 15 percent to 25 percent off a great selection store wide, while supporting The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, Inc. One hundred percent of the $5 donation will go directly to both organizations. Exclusions and restrictions apply for the pass.

“Our team works each day to find simple and worthwhile ways for our customers to support meaningful philanthropic efforts while shopping for the items they love,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of Cause Marketing. “From understanding the products that our shoppers are looking for to the causes that they care most about, our goals at Macy’s are brought to life when we give back in our local communities.”

Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, often to the most marginalized populations. Today, ETAF also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs around the world.

“ETAF is thrilled to partner with Macy’s on Fashion Pass for the second consecutive year. We granted to 71 community-based nonprofits last year with funds raised through Fashion Pass and look forward to helping even more people in need this year,” said Joel Goldman, managing director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

The CFDA Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, provides funds for charity and fashion industry activities.

“Macy’s continued support through its annual Fashion Pass helps drive CFDA’s programs and initiatives, and contributes to the CFDA mission to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy,” said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA.

Available in stores nationwide, Fashion Pass makes it easy for shoppers to give back while accessing this season’s hottest looks. Macy’s has curated the best assortment, filled with must-haves for fall and back-to-school finds. Join Macy’s on July 28 to rev up your wardrobe in preparation for the new season, while making a difference for two important organizations.

For more information about the program and participating charities, visit macys.com/fashionpass.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

Media Relations:

Julie Strider Fukami

Billy Dumé

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Old Navy announces #MySquadContest and in-store donation drive from July 28 to August 10 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season Old Navy, in partnership with AwesomenessTV, will ask kids to share stories of how their squads motivate, inspire and lift them up. To support the squads of the future and help provide every child with access to learning opportunities, Old Navy is sponsoring a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising US $1,000,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Boys & Girls Club of Canada (BGCC). The campaign will include an in-store donation drive from July 28 to August 10 as well as a social contest.

Old Navy will team up with AwesomenessTV talent Alex Aiono, Jordyn Jones and the Merrell Twins to celebrate the power of the collective. The #MySquadContest encourages kids to share stories of how their squads motivate and inspire them for the chance to win a fun-filled day with AwesomenessTV talent in their hometown.

To submit, kids can share a photo, video, GIF or meme to Instagram or Twitter, showcasing and describing what makes their squad special, tagged with #MySquadContest and @OldNavy. Alex, Jordyn and the Merrell Twins will each pick one lucky squad to visit for a day of epic fun in each of the three winning squads’ hometowns. Five additional squads will be selected to win back-to-school Old Navy shopping sprees.

From July 21 through August 4, each #MySquadContest submission will trigger a US $1 donation up to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, up to US $10,000.

Additionally, from July 28 to August 10, Old Navy will match in-store customer donations to BGCA and BGCC, up to US $350,000. Customers can donate at the register at all U.S. and Canada stores. The fundraiser will benefit Camp Old Navy’s work with Boys & Girls Clubs to give underserved youth access to after school and summer learning opportunities. Learn more about Camp Old Navy at OldNavy.com/CampOldNavy.

Old Navy will also be celebrating squads through the season’s campaign imagery. The photography features real squads, ranging from a skateboarding squad to a robotics squad, showing off their unique talents in Old Navy’s latest back-to-school fashions.

About Old Navy
Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand has now grown to be the #1 apparel brand in the U.S.* A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About AwesomenessTV
AwesomenessTV is a multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst, the latter of which has a 25% interest. Included under the AwesomenessTV banner are AwesomenessTV, a leading destination for original programming serving the global Gen Z audience; the ATV Network, a global creator community; Big Frame, an influencer talent management company; DreamWorksTV; Awestruck; Awesomeness Films; Wildness; as well as consumer products, music and brand partnerships divisions.  AwesomenessTV was founded by Brian Robbins (Smallville, Varsity Blues, All That) and Joe Davola (In Living Color, Smallville, MTV Networks). Check out www.awesomenesstv.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at BGCA’s Facebook and Twitter.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they discover, develop, and achieve great futures. We are a national charity serving 96 member Clubs that provide services to 200,000 young people in 625 locations across Canada. Our trained staff and volunteers listen to the opinions and ideas of children and youth, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles, and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents.  With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them overcome barriers, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For 116 years, we have welcomed children, youth, and their families into Clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

Old Navy fashion inquiries: OldNavy_Press@gap.com

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PERFUMES & COSMETICS: Benefit launches new Brow Collection

Paris, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Benefit has been a trailblazer in beautiful brows since the brand’s beginnings in the 1970’s. The key to a great look, brows get magical treatment thanks to the Benefit Brow Collection, a complete range of new products from the cosmetics house.

Brows may be the biggest buzz in beauty today, but for Benefit, brows have been the most powerful way to transform your look since 1976. Founders Jean and Jane Ford started doing brows in their first makeup boutique in San Francisco, giving birth to the now famous BrowBar. Four decades later, there are over 1,800 BrowBar beauty lounges in over 40 countries, making Benefit the world’s leading brow authority.

The first brow products for customers to use at home were introduced back in 1980 and Benefit has never stopped innovating with better products to solve brow dilemmas. The fruit of three years of work to determine what customers really needed, the Brow Collection is a complete range of solutions for beautiful brows. The nine products in the collection are easy to use and matched to every individual. They join such hugely popular products as Gimme Brow, a volumizing fiber gel and applicator brush. The range of colors has also expanded from three to six natural shades. With custom-designed applicators, pencils and gel, the Benefit Brow Collection has the solution for every brow dilemma!


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Benefit launcheS its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty for the second consecutive year

PARIS, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year Benefit has launched its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty. For a full month, proceeds from Benefit’s Brow Bars will be donated to charities that support women.

The goal of the Bold is Beautiful initiative rolled out in 2015 by Benefit Cosmetics is elegantly simple: help women and girls feel confident and empower them to have big dreams and bold moves. For the second consecutive year, the U.S.-based brand, which since its founding has championed a “feel-good” approach to beauty with a lighthearted, humorous touch, is taking its message beyond its stores.

During one month, every dollar from Benefit’s brow wax services is being donated to charities that foster education and mentorship, economic self-sufficiency and access to wellness for women. Some 20 charities in nine countries will benefit from the initiative.

In 2015 the project raised $2.9 million, waxing over 170,000 brows. This year Benefit is targeting $4 million, expanding the reach to five more countries. In addition to the US, the UK and Australia, Benefit customers will be able to take part in the Bold is Beautiful project in Spain, Singapore, Canada, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

The Bold is Beautiful initiative will be rolled out in France in June.




Benefit launcheS its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty for the second consecutive year

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Benefit teams up with David LaChapelle for the launch campaign of new colorful shades of its iconic They’re Real mascara and eyeliner

PARIS, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Benefit teamed up with irreverently whimsical photographer David LaChapelle to create the launch campaign for new colorful shades of its iconic They’re Real mascara and eyeliner. The glamorous, offbeat campaign connects perfectly with Benefit’s tongue-in-cheek ethos.

Lighthearted humor has always been the cornerstone of Benefit Cosmetics, which champions beauty that brings self-confidence to women. David LaChapelle drew inspiration from this fun-loving style in imagining the new campaign launching colorful shades of They’re Real mascara.

In a brazen and playful world that borrows kitsch clichés from B-movie thrillers, the heroine of the campaign shows unflustered confidence and unflappable glamour, resisting even attempts at ridicule. In keeping with the photographer’s penchant for showy staging, the campaign was shot on a set built specially for the occasion, without any digital retouching or editing. The visuals are also a nod to the origins of Benefit’s, which in its early days created special products for exotic dancers and showgirls…


© Benefit / David LaChapelle

© Benefit / David LaChapelle

Debenhams Removes VAT From Almost 200 Cosmetic Products

Debenhams has announced that it is offering customers the chance to save the trouble of travelling outside of the European Union (EU) in order to grab a duty free beauty bargain by taking the VAT off nearly 200 top name cosmetic, skincare and fragrance lines – until 28 July 2010.

Debenhams Removes VAT From Almost 200 Cosmetic Products

The move comes 11 years after duty free laws were changed to exclude EU members, effectively removing duty free from the grasp of the millions of people who holiday in Europe.

Sara Stern, director of Beauty Merchandising at Debenhams, said: “We wanted to give our customers a kick start to their summer, with duty free savings across a range of premium and own buy cosmetics and that’s exactly what we have done.”

With no VAT on certain products, customers will be able to save money when shopping at Debenhams with a 17.5% reduction in the price.

Among the names included in the limited offer are top cosmetic houses like Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, St Tropez, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Benefit and Ralph Lauren.

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