The BRC and its members introduce Codes of Practice to further enhance the safety of children’s halloween costumes

London, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC and its members have introduced two voluntary Codes of Practice which exceed the current testing standard, to further enhance the safety of children’s dress-up costumes.

The terrible accident involving Claudia Winkleman’s daughter in 2014 and the subsequent media coverage focussed attention on what were seen as failings to the existing Toy Safety Standard for the flammability of children’s dress-up costumes. Against this backdrop, the BRC and its members agreed the need for a more robust flammability test and worked together with UK laboratories to develop one that could be adopted quickly and ensure that products sold were safer.

The resulting BRC test standard for flammability, endorsed by RoSPA, The National Fire Chiefs Council, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Children’s Burns Trust, has since been reinforced with the more stringent requirement of a maximum burn rate of 10mm/minute – an improvement of 300 per cent over the existing 30mm/minute standard. This is just one of the many stricter requirements introduced in the last 12 months.

David Bolton, Head of Product Safety at the BRC said:

“We have led the way in developing guidance and tools to help all companies, not just our members, test products to a standard above current regulations to give their customers the reassurances they rightly demand. First introduced in 2016, we continue to review and refine it to ensure it is robust and add to a company’s own due diligence process. We have also been working with BSI to encourage Europe to adopt our standard.

“Whilst this is a valuable tool for all companies, we are still recommending that the UK Government and EU authorities revisit the legislation to ensure all products on the market are effectively regulated to reflect the hazards presented by today’s style of costumes, including the fabrics and finishes used.”

Paul M Fuller CBE QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We fully endorse the two Codes of Practice developed by the BRC and its members, which go further than the mandatory regulations in putting children’s welfare and safety first.  Retailers have considered the potential risk and vulnerability of children and rightly made the voluntary decision to go beyond the current testing standard to ensure the dress-up products they sell are safer.”

Ken Dunn BSc FRCS (Lond) FRCS (plast) FRCS (ed), Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon.  Medical Trustee, Children’s Burns Trust said:

“The number of incidents of burns involving clothing, for example a child’s fancy-dress costume, is thankfully relatively low – but when it does happen it is catastrophic. We continue to support the work of the Government and the BSI (British Standard Institute) in increasing the flammability standards of children’s clothes in particular and are grateful to the British Retail Consortium for the developments in their Code of Practice.”

  • The two BRC voluntary Codes of Practice are:

Method of Test for the Flammability Safety of Children’s Dress-Up

Additional Flammability Labelling of Children’s Dress-Up

  • Dress-up clothes are defined in European Law (Toy Safety Directive) as a “Toy”. As such, there are a suite of standards (EN 71) that are used whereby compliance with the standard can be used to demonstrate that a toy is safe. For dress-up flammability, this standard is called “EN71-2”.

Contact:
BRC Press Office
TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
EMAIL: media@brc.org.uk
OUT OF HOURS: +44 (0) 7557 747 269

Source: BRC

Toys“R”Us® Children’s Fund donates $1 million to the Hamilton Education Program

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to support children and families – which includes serving as champions of play for kids of all ages – today (October 16, 2017) the Toys“R”Us® Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., announced it has donated $1 million to the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam). The donation provides thousands of high school students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the hit musical HAMILTON through an innovative education program that focuses on history and the performing arts.

Over the course of several weeks, nearly 25,000 Title 1 high school students in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, will learn the past is far from boring. During the program, kids will see history through a new lens by studying Alexander Hamilton and nation’s Founding Fathers, and by creating their own performance, such as an original song, spoken word or rap piece. Toys“R”Us worked closely with the EduHam team – co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – to ensure its donation would give each student a show-stopping final curtain call in their HAMILTON journey: the opportunity to experience the musical first-hand, in their hometown.

“At Toys“R”Us, kids are our number one priority – whether they’re just a few weeks old, or in this case, walking the halls of high school,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We’re honored to support this five-year program and the thousands of students and teachers involved because we believe in the power that HAMILTON and EduHam has to help students flourish – giving them a much-needed artistic and educational outlet, while making history fun.”

“I am grateful for Toys“R”Us and its very generous gift to allow thousands of students across the U.S. the opportunity to study the Founding Fathers of our country through the Hamilton Education Program,” said HAMILTON creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Without support like this, we would not be able to share this impactful program with these students. #Eduham continues to be one of my greatest joys in creating HAMILTON. “

To read more about the program, please visit https://www.toysrusinc.com/blog/toysrus-eduham-musical-magic.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is a global partner in philanthropic programs that advocate for the safety and happiness of all children. The company places a strong focus on partners and programs that provide basic necessities and opportunities for children in-need. Together with its charitable arm, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us has contributed more than $230 million to changing the lives of children around the globe.

ABOUT THE GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education. With a focus on primary sources, the Gilder Lehrman Institute illuminates the stories, people and moments that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history. Through a diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program (#eduham), the Gilder Lehrman Institute provides opportunities for nearly two million students, 30,000 teachers and 14,000 schools worldwide.

For information on The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visit www.gilderlehrman.orgwww.Facebook.com/gilderlehrmanhttps://www.instagram.com/gilderlehrman and https://twitter.com/Gilder_Lehrman.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

SPAR Guangdong supports programmes for children in Dongguan Province

SPAR Guangdong supports programmes for children in Dongguan Province

 

Guangdong, China, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Partners in China are very actively involved in community initiatives. Here, we share details of only two of the recently held programmes for children, focused on Dongguan Province.

SPAR Guangdong launched the Hazeline Jingxin Green Backpack Charitable event for children of migrant families jointly with Unilever Hazeline at the SPAR Guangdong New Migrants Happiness Garden. The goal is to work with organisations, social community partners and individual volunteers focused on both the physical and mental well-being of all children. The celebrity Yi Nengjing, as the founder of Jingxin Library Foundation, attended a series of events and spent a lovely day together with children to raise awareness around special needs and care for children from migrant families. This is the fourth year that Yi Nengjing is working together with SPAR Guangdong and Unilever to distribute free backpacks for children in need, each of them filled with eight or nine grade-specific books including The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Fairy Tales by Andersen, and other great books for children.  SPAR Guangdong has provided financial support to SPAR Jiarong Happiness Garden since the establishment of first location at Gekeng Community in 2012. This programme encourages community, individual and business alike to come together for the good of migrant families in the city of Dongguan, provides a safe and warm place where children can do homework, reading books, have fun, try new activities, reach out psychological counselling, and enjoy band practice.

3rd Summer Camp “Trip with Kids” jointly supported by SPAR Guangdong and Unilever was a great success. The Summer Camp was started at the headquarter of SPAR Guangdong, welcoming 40 children, combining those who had remained in countryside after their parents had moved to urban centres seeking employment and children in need from the Hengli Gekeng community service centre. At this very exciting five-day trip, children experience outdoor activities, taking a tour of Humen Opium War Museum, Shenzhen Window of the World Park, and enjoying all that fun activities and classes to keep them entertained. Most of the children visited places they had never seen before and experienced hands-on barbecue and how to set up canopy tents.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

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Rite Aid Foundation rolls out new program on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children

Law Enforcement Agencies in Communities Served by Rite Aid Can Now Apply Online to Receive a Free Safe Medication Disposal Unit

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today  (Aug. 30, 2017) the rollout of its KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, a new program focused on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children and adolescents. Funded by The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, the program provides law enforcement agencies in communities served by Rite Aid with free medication disposal units for individuals to safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl will officially launch the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program at a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. at the Spokane Police Department’s Downtown Precinct at 221 W. First Ave.

“Through KidCents and by working with local law enforcement agencies, we’ve come up with a solution to help address drug abuse and accidental poisonings, both of which pose a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our nation’s young people,” said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad. “Initial feedback from law enforcement agencies in our pilot markets has been positive and we continue to see strong interest in our program. We look forward to partnering with law enforcement agencies to bring disposal units to the communities we serve, truly delivering on The Rite Aid Foundation’s mission of improving the health and wellbeing of kids.”

“The cycle of addiction and drug abuse is heartbreaking. It’s something I continue to hear about as I meet with people all across Eastern Washington,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05). “No one can fight this battle alone-nor should they have to. Solving this problem in our community will take the collaboration of local government, law enforcement, and outreach and advocacy groups. I applaud The Rite Aid Foundation for developing the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program and bringing it here to Spokane to help fight back against addiction and drug abuse in our community.”

As part of The Rite Aid Foundation’s initial rollout of the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, the Spokane Police Department received three medication disposal units, which are located inside the Public Safety Building at 1100 West Mallon Ave., the Spokane Police North Precinct at 5124 North Market St., and the Spokane Police Downtown Precinct at 221 W. First Ave. The units are available during business hours for people to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

“Enhancing community safety has been a critical focus, and with Chief Meidl, we’ve worked hard to improve the quality of life for Spokane residents,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “The fact that The Rite Aid Foundation chose Spokane to officially launch its Safe Medication Disposal Program is a testament to the tremendous progress we’ve made so far in making Spokane safer, smarter and healthier.”

“Providing our residents with places to easily and safely dispose of unused medication is one more way we can fight drug abuse in our city and ultimately, make Spokane a safer place,” said Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl. “We are proud to partner with KidCents and The Rite Aid Foundation to create a safer environment for our children, families and community.”

Currently, more than 40 law enforcement agencies across the country participate in the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, with 76 units available in 14 states.

Any law enforcement agency located in a community served by Rite Aid can now apply to participate in the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program. Selected law enforcement agencies will receive high-quality, stainless steel medication disposal units to keep in their locations, as well as initial start-up supplies. In addition, shipping, delivery, and installation is free. To apply, visit www.riteaid.com/meddisposal.

In addition to the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, Rite Aid has also added resources on drug safety and disposal to www.riteaid.com. Visitors can search for a disposal site in their community, learn how to properly dispose of medication at home, access resources provided by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency and find information on treatment for drug abuse and addiction. In communities with KidCents Safe Medication Disposal units, Rite Aid pharmacies in the surrounding area have brochures that list the locations of participating police departments.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,500 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:
Ashley Flower
717-975-571

Source: Rite Aid

Sequential Brands expands its lifestyle brand Heelys® with activewear for children

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today ( June 29, 2017 ) a key category expansion for its lifestyle brand Heelys® as it entered into a long-term license agreement with Sugar Plum NY to produce a line of activewear for children.

Heelys first activewear collection will launch in Spring 2018 and feature girls’ skorts, leggings, shorts, capris, tank tops, tee shirts and hoodies in a variety of unique and sassy prints, vibrant solids and dynamic combinations of both. A line of boys’ active apparel will launch Holiday 2018.

“In the past four years, Sequential has reinvigorated the Heely’s brand, more than doubled the core business in footwear with our partner BBC, and expanded to new categories, first in backpacks and now in activewear.  We believe the brand is well positioned for continued growth, and this new launch will further strengthen Heelys as a lifestyle brand in the global market,” said Chad Wagenheim, EVP, Strategic Development at Sequential.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sequential to bring children fun athleisure wear in quality fabrics. Our collection of pants, shorts, tops and hoodies in eye-catching colors complement the Heelys footwear styles we know children will love to wear,” added Michael Fallas, President and Owner of Sugar Plum NY, a leading children’s apparel distributor.

The Heelys Activewear Collection will be on display at Sugar Plum NY’s booth at Children’s Club from August 6 — 8 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York and at Children’s Club Magic from August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, Heelys Footwear Collection will be on display at BBC International’s booth at FN Platform, the footwear trade forum also taking place August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Founded in 1999, Heelys quickly became a breakout success in the world of action sports among children and teens with its innovative wheeled footwear. Heelys core product is patented dual-purpose footwear that feature a removable wheel located in the heel, transforming the shoes into stealth skates and giving users the freedom to seamlessly transition from walking or running to skating by shifting their weight to their heel. When the wheels are easily removed, the shoe performs just like any other shoe. For more information, visit www.heelys.com.

ABOUT SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion, and active categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Media Contact:
For Sequential Brands Group
Katherine Nash
(512) 757-2566
Knash@sbg-ny.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group/globenewswire

Wendy’s and Snapchat launch new program to support children in foster care

Wendy’s and Snapchat launch new program to support children in foster care

 

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Find your best angle because the selfie has been given a larger purpose. Now, selfie takers can unlock an exclusive Snapchat filter at Wendy’s® to support children in foster care. This program is part of Wendy’s continued support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® (DTFA) in its mission to find forever homes for children in foster care.

Wendy’s customers who purchase a beverage will find an exclusive Snapcode on their drink cups, which can be scanned to unlock a custom Snapchat filter to enhance the moment. Then they can use the special filter to send that photo or video to a friend or post it to their Snapchat Story. Thanks to contributions from Wendy’s partners at Coca-Cola® and Dr Pepper®, each snap shared will translate into a $5 donation to the DTFA up to $500,000. By using this Snapcode, customers are not only posting a fun moment, but also spreading awareness around the needs of children in foster care.

Raising awareness for this cause is part of Wendy’s deeply rooted commitment to family. This partnership with Snapchat, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper, is one of the many initiatives that Wendy’s supports to live out this commitment and place children into loving and permanent homes.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

About The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making. To learn more, visit www.davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

CONTACTS:
Frank Vamos
614-764-8477
frank.vamos@wendys.com

Amy Baker
918-289-7692
amy.baker@ketchum.com

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts kicks off fundraising campaign to provide summer camp experience to children with chronic medical conditions

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts kicks off fundraising campaign to provide summer camp experience to children with chronic medical conditions

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today ( April 5, 2017 ) announced the beginning of the 9th annual Drive for 45 campaign. The campaign will raise money for Victory Junction, a non-profit organization that provides children with chronic medical conditions with a classic summer camp experience in a medically-safe environment. Guests can donate at any participating shops in the U.S. through May 19.

Victory Junction is located on 84 acres of land in Randleman, N.C. The camp serves children from across the country between the ages of six and 16.

“Victory Junction is changing lives for hundreds of children each summer,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “Everyone should be able to make friends and memories at summer camp, and we are grateful to be partners with an organization that gives this opportunity to so many.”

Kyle Petty led efforts to build Victory Junction in honor of his son Adam, who died in a racing accident in 2000. Adam’s racecar number was 45, and that’s why the Drive for 45 is 45 days long.

“Since 2009, Krispy Kreme has sent more than 1,300 kids to Victory Junction,” said Petty. “We are grateful for their passion for our mission and their continued generosity, which helps to provide normal childhood experiences to even more kids who wouldn’t be able to attend camp anywhere else due to their medical conditions.”

Krispy Kreme fans can also donate online at www.victoryjunction.com/krispykreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

About Victory Junction

In the wake of the untimely death of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, Victory Junction was founded in his honor in 2004 to realize his dream of creating a camp for children battling disease or disability. Victory Junction believes that every child, no matter their illness or diagnosis, should be able to just be a kid. That’s why it provides medically-safe camp experiences filled with discovery, friendship and lots of laughter. Always at no cost to families.

Contact:

Sarah Roof
336-726-8878
Corporate Communications Coordinator
sroof@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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Barnes & Noble celebrates Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast movie with fun activities for children

Stores Nationwide to Feature Fun Activities for Children Including a Storytime, Themed Activities, Sing-Along, and Special Giveaways

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (March 23, 2017) announced in collaboration with Disney a celebration of the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will take place at stores nationwide on Saturday, April 1, starting at 11 AM. The event in honor of Disney’s hugely successful live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, which was released on March 17, will feature fun activities for children including a reading of Cynthia Rylant’s Beauty and the Beast picture book, a sing-along to the beloved movie soundtrack, themed activities and giveaways, while supplies last.

On April 1, fans of Disney Beauty and the Beast are invited to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of the live-action movie with a special Storytime reading of Cynthia Rylant’s Beauty and the Beast picture book, a classic tale of bravery, transformation and love. After the Storytime portion of the event, fans are encouraged to join in a sing-along to the beloved movie soundtrack featuring popular songs “Beauty and the Beast,” “Something There” and “Be Our Guest.”

Additionally, children will have the opportunity to develop their own story ideas by creating scenes with stickers of characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast or writing and drawing a book cover for their own original story. Customers will also receive special giveaways, including mini-posters featuring the Enchanted Rose and Lost in a Book, as well as bookmarks, while supplies last.

Customers are encouraged to check out Barnes & Noble’s wide selection of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast product offerings, including a variety of books, toys and gifts. Featured books include Beauty and the Beast Big Golden Book (Disney Beauty and the Beast); Beauty and the Beast (B&N Exclusive Edition); Disney Book Group’s Beauty and the Beast: The Story of Belle; Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book; Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Library: A Collection of Literary Quotes and Inspirational Musings; Beauty and the Beast Novelization; and The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince. Featured toys include Jakks Pacific’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanting Melodies Belle Doll; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Castle Friends Collection Playset; Jakks Pacific’s Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Belle Village Dress Doll; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Grand Romance Playset; and Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Scene Playset. Customers should contact their local store for more details on what products are available for purchase.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score. The score will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast was released in U.S. theaters on March 17.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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

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

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About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” was released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Parents who want to style their children in the latest street style and fashion trends can now do so thanks to Mini Trend

CHICAGO, IL, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Launched this month, Mini Trend (www.shopminitrend.com) is an exclusive online boutique that offers its own line of children’s apparel and accessories as well as trendy clothing, shoes, and accessories from fashion retailers around the world. Current products include birthday party dresses, gladiator sandals, off-the-shoulder tops, and more.

Mini Trend takes inspiration from fashion runways around the world and the latest street styles to find, search, and design products that are all the rage with the grown-up set.

Mini Trend is offering free U.S. delivery and 20% off for the rest of February with Coupon Code: 2017

Shop now at: www.shopminitrend.com

Like us on Facebook for exclusive sales and new releases: facebook.com/minitrend1

About Mini Trend

Mini Trend is an American kids clothing company offering trendy apparel for boys and girls from birth through age 6. Mini Trend draws inspiration from fashion runways all over the world and offers an exclusive line and curated products to give kids the chance to style themselves in the latest trends from head to toe.

Website: www.shopminitrend.com

Email: info@shopminitrend.com

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Sainsbury’s kicks off this year’s Active Kids programme to encourage children to eat well and exercise more

Sainsbury’s kicks off this year’s Active Kids programme to encourage children to eat well and exercise more

 

London, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Skipping meals (19%) and cutting out food groups (43%) are both factors which 11-14 year olds believe can contribute towards leading a healthy lifestyle. In addition, when looking at how to make their lifestyles healthier, they do not consider limiting the amount of fast food (21%), fried food (58%) or sweets and chocolate (23%) they eat.

  • While 84% of 11-14yrs olds believe being healthy is important and 69% think they are already healthy, their lifestyle choices indicate that in reality they are not doing enough to stay healthy
  • Over one fifth refer to social media, YouTube stars and bloggers to find information on healthy eating
  • 41% of kids believe they should ‘probably do more’ when it comes to exercise
  • 43% of kids think that cutting out a food group will lead to a healthy lifestyle

The findings come from a Sainsbury’s report which launched today (31 January 2017) in line with the start of this year’s Active Kids programme, in a bid to encourage children to eat well and exercise more.

Sainsbury’s polled 2,000 11-14 year olds to find out more about their attitudes towards health, nutrition and fitness, and the findings revealed that 84% of young people do believe that being healthy is important and 69% also think their lifestyle is healthy. These youngsters know it’s important to maintain a balanced diet (95%), eat their 5-a-day (95%), have an hour of exercise a day (93%), get enough sleep (91%) and drink 6-8 glasses of water (87%). However, despite this, 11-14 year olds rarely put this into practice, with the most concerning results including:

  • Nearly three quarters (75%) do not limit the amount of sweets or chocolate they eat
  • Over half (58%) will only occasionally or never limit their intake of fried food
  • Over a quarter of children (27%) have a fizzy drink with their evening meal

The research also found that over one fifth (21%) of young people refer to social media, YouTube stars, bloggers and online forums to find information on healthy eating. As vloggers, Instagrammers and other social media “stars” are often not qualified experts in nutrition and their advice is not monitored, it can be potentially misleading or simply wrong. It is therefore not surprising that so many young people are skipping meals, eating fast food and cutting out food groups, and those statistics increase significantly when it comes to social media users (from 43% to 50% when looking at whether cutting out a food group can lead to a healthy lifestyle).

Furthermore, when it comes to exercise the report found that surprisingly 81% of those polled enjoy being active with girls being motivated by looking good (31%) and boys by celebrities and sports stars (28%). However, despite the positive attitude, 28% do not exercise for an hour or more a day outside of their compulsory sessions at school and find barriers such as bad weather (43%) and not being good at sport (26%) stop them doing more.

Rachel Carrington, Sainsbury’s Active Kids Manager, said “The 11-14 year old period is the time when children make the transition from primary to secondary school and have more freedom to make their own decisions about what they eat and the exercise they do. We commissioned this report to delve into the current issues surrounding young people’s health and fitness so we can continue to evolve our Active Kids programme to address the pressure points facing children and young teens today. Our ambition is to equip young people with the knowledge and support to make changes that allow them to eat well and live well both now and in the future. It’s clear from the findings that we must find solutions to ensure these trends do not become the new normal in society.”

The Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher collection scheme, now in its thirteenth year, kicks off this month and is a long standing programme which donates millions of pounds worth of equipment and experiences to UK schools and kids’ clubs. So far the scheme has invested £170 million and recruited ambassadors from the world of health and fitness such as footballer Daniel Sturridge and Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, to promote a healthier way of life.

Talking about the programme, England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge said: “Encouraging children to participate in sport and to educate them about eating well is a real passion of mine. I helped in the kitchen from a young age and my dad and uncles were professional footballers so they taught me about the nutrition required for a professional athlete to perform at their best.”

As part of Sainsbury’s’ role to promote healthy living the brand will be working with businesses and public organisations to empower young people. From giving a greater availability of sports and facilities outside of school to ensuring responsible product promotion and clearer labelling and portion size guidelines, there is plenty that can be done help shift the dial when it comes to children’s current and future state of health.

Press Enquiries:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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Lenta and The Walt Disney Company CIS launch range of co-branded food products for children

The first licensed private label co-branded project in the Russian market

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, and The Walt Disney Company CIS are pleased to announce the launch of a range of co-branded food products for children offered as Lenta’s private label products.

In 2016, the new product range will comprise six products, including breakfast cereals, jelly beans and cookies. The product packaging will feature Mickey Mouse, the world’s best known animation character, and his friends – Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and others. The specially designed packaging featuring Disney characters will make the new range products particularly appealing to children and parents. The sales launch is scheduled for November 2016, with more new products to be added to the range during 2017.

All products comprising the new product range meet the highest quality standards that are consistently applied by Lenta to its private label products. Moreover, this product range meets additional requirements to product quality assurance and product safety applied by Disney. Independent social audits and checks for compliance with international labour standards were carried out at the facilities that manufacture Disney-branded products. All producers providing supplies for the new product range have been certified to ISO 22000, and their products are in compliance with Disney’s exacting dietary requirements to provide maximum health benefits to children.

Breakfast cereals, jelly beans and cookies for the new product range will be produced in Russia.

Jan Dunning, Lenta’s CEO, said: “We are excited about the start of our partnership with Disney. Today, Lenta is particularly focused on developing its private labels and we make an extra effort to ensure that these products meet the highest quality standards. Our partnership with Disney in this area is a fundamentally new stage in the development of Lenta’s private labels. We are proud to be the first company in the Russian food market to launch a licensed private label co-branded project. We hope the new products will be a success with both adult and little customers”.

“Creating new niche segments for licensing is a strategic focus for our company. The launch of the first licensed private label co-branded project in Russia is a milestone in the development of the Russian licensing market and Disney’s local business,” said Marina Jigalova-Ozkan, Managing Director for The Walt Disney Company CIS. “We are excited to drive a change in the market in partnership with a major market player like Lenta”.

In 9M 2016, sales of private label products accounted for 12.4% of Lenta’s total sales.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 160 hypermarkets in 74 cities across Russia and 43 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 990,442 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,900 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 2016 1.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

About Disney in Russia
The Walt Disney Company CIS, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, was founded in April 2006. Marina Jigalova-Ozkan is the CEO of The Walt Disney Company CIS. In Russia and the CIS, the company’s business activities include film production and distribution, stage productions, the production and distribution of TV content, the Disney Channel, consumer product licensing – apparel, toys, children’s products, stationery, food products, cosmetics etc.; licensing publications – children’s books and magazines; the production and distribution of digital video content; development and distribution of console, mobile and online games; as well as promotion of Disney theme parks and Disney Cruise Lines to Russian tourists.

For further information about the company please visit www.disney.ru and www.waltdisney.ru,

About The Walt Disney Company globally
The Walt Disney Company (TWDC, NYSE – DIS), a world leader in the entertainment industry, was founded by Walt Disney in 1923. Disney is one of the top Dow Jones Industrial Average companies. The company’s revenue amounted to USD 52.5 billion in FY2015. TWDC owns a variety of brands including Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, MARVEL, ABC, ESPN Maker studios and others. For further information about The Walt Disney Company please visit www.thewaltdisneycompany.com

1 FTE (full-time equivalent). Average FTE for 1H 2016 was 33,758 employees

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:
 
Lenta
Anna Meleshina
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

Citigate
International Media:
David Westover
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

The Walt Disney Company CIS LLC
Elena Litovchenko
PR Director
+7 495 646 9000
Elena.Litovchenko@disney.com

Daria Chernysheva
Senior PR Manager
+7 495 646 9000
Daria.Chernysheva@disney.com

Source: Lenta

Taubman launches “Santa’s Flight Academy” to enable children to become a member of Santa’s flight crew

Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole paired with state-of-the-art technology enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh for its journey around the world

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — To rediscover the magic and tradition of the holiday season, Taubman will debut “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience that combines a giant reimagination of the North Pole with state-of-the-art technology to enable children to become a member of Santa’s flight crew. Partnering with an elf – either Sleigh Mechanic George, Flight Director Sparkle or Reindeer Caretaker Flash – each child will help ready Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to children around the world.

“We’re thrilled to offer Santa’s Flight Academy to give children a truly immersive holiday experience,” said William Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman Centers, Inc. “The holidays are a time for creating special memories, and we are confident children will be delighted with this new adventure and the encounter will become a tradition for years to come.”

Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, each child ‘Cadet’ will present his or her official flight crew badge and will be immediately recognized by name. From there, several of Santa’s onsite helpers will guide children through the experience of being fitted for a virtual flight suit, helping inspect and power Santa’s sleigh before takeoff, and other tasks to ensure that every present will be carefully delivered.

At the end of the adventure, each child will step inside a 22-foot-tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting Santa. Children will also receive a special gift from Santa to personally thank them for heroically saving the day.

Santa’s Flight Academy will be available exclusively at the following 12 Taubman shopping centers from Friday, November 11, through Saturday, December 24:

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Denver)
  • Dolphin Mall (Miami, Fla.)
  • Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va.)
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
  • International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)
  • The Mall of San Juan (Puerto Rico)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at University Town Center (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • Sunvalley Shopping Center (Concord, Calif.)
  • Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, Mich.)
  • Westfarms (Hartford, Conn.)

Due to the unprecedented nature of the experience and anticipated high demand, visitors are encouraged to pre-register children for a Santa’s Flight Academy entrance badge online via each shopping center’s website or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Registration will also be available onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks located in each shopping center.

A variety of photo packages, in addition to intricate and magical 3D pop-up paper holiday cards by Lovepop, will be available for purchase. Santa’s Express Lane passes and photo packages may be purchased online in advance of the visit. For more information on a specific location, please contact each shopping center or visit the center’s website.

ABOUT TAUBMAN

Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Amy Grundman
Manager, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7681
agrundman@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Unilever, hypermart to build better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A good future for the next generations is important to be prepared from an early age of the children in Indonesia and around the world. Recognizing the importance of this issue, Unilever re-invite hypermart in a collaboration to build a better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture, themed “So Long Old World”. The campaign aims for consumers to be active in doing the real things to build a brighter future for all of us. Unilever and hypermart invite consumers to be aware of and playing an important role in creating a better world.

“So Long Old World” wants to engage the society to abandon the pessimistic perspective about our world that is full of problems; and building a new and better world, especially for our children. A world where children can grow in a sustainable environment, healthy and live a happy childhood.

Maria Dewantini Dwianto, Head of Corporate Communications of PT Unilever Indonesia stated, “The product selections that used every day and consumer lifestyles are two things that are very influential in determining what our world in the future will be. We believe in the strength of consumers, our brands will be able to make a positive change for future generations. ”

Together with hypermart, Unilever invites customers through 115 of hypermart outlets in 64 cities to directly participate actively in implementing this campaign.

Director of Public Relations & Communications of PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa), Danny Kojongian welcomes the initiative campaign of brightFuture ‘So Long Old World’. “This activity is in line with the CSR mission of our company that is contributing on social responsibility in the preservation of the environment and the development of children education. We believe that hypermart’s consumers have a major role to be able to create a better world, therefore we wish all hypermart customers and Indonesian to participate actively in this program. ”

This campaign will run from October 6, 2016 to November 1, 2016. During the campaign period, each specific purchase of Unilever products at hypermart include; Lifebuoy, Pepsodent, Blue band, Domestos, Vixal and Rinso, consumers will automatically donate Rp. 500, – to improve or complement the playground facilities.

The playground will be refurbished in five cities in Indonesia, namely; Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Makassar and Yogyakarta. Facilities to be repaired or completed include, hand washing facilities / education on how to wash your hands, hygienic toilet facilities / cleaning equipment, playing facilities and also some educational materials on nutrition as well as how to brush teeth.

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa)

PT Matahari Putra Prima one of Indonesia largest retailers employs more than 13,000 associates who serve customers in 112 Hypermarkets (hypermart), 25 Supermarkets (foodmart PRIMO/Fresh), 52 Minimarket/ Convenience stores (fmx), 106 Health and Beauty format stores (boston) and 2 Wholesale (SmartClub). As of 30 June 2016, MPPA operates 297 stores in 68 cities throughout Indonesia.

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2016 SWA 100: Indonesia’s Best Wealth Creator, 2016 Brandz™ Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesia Brands by Millward Brown & WPP, The Charter Award concerning the environmental standards from Ecolabel & Green Label Indonesia by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia, 2015 Indonesia WOW Brand by MarkPlus Inc, 2015 Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian Brands by Millward Brown, 2015 Indonesia Best eMark Award by SWA & Telkom University, and 2015 Top 10 Retailers Certificate of Distinction by Retail Asia.

For further information, please contact: corporate.communications@hypermart.co.id

Source: PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa)

Walgreens and Vitamin Angels announce milestone of providing 100 million children and mothers with essential vitamins

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just over two years into its collaboration with the charity, Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has reached its goal of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers with essential vitamins and supplements they need to help prevent blindness and other serious conditions in undernourished children around the world.  The company announced the milestone more than a year ahead of its original goal to achieve it by the end of 2017.

Since June 2014, through its commitment to Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has donated 1 percent of retail sales from vitamin and supplement purchases. As of the end of September 2016, Walgreens has helped raise more than $25 million for the charity, which is providing the vitamins to at-risk populations in nearly 50 countries, including the U.S. Walgreens collaboration with Vitamin Angels will continue to provide more life-changing vitamins to children and mothers in need.

“We’re extremely proud of our Walgreens employees and customers’ support of and participation in the Vitamin Angels program as together we are making a difference, helping impact lives around the world,” said Robert Tompkins, Walgreens group vice president and general merchandise manager, health and wellness. “It’s great to see how we’ve helped millions of people in need through this program, which also supports our efforts to improve population health, particularly within underserved communities.”

Last year, select Walgreens team members joined Vitamin Angels on several trips to experience and observe the distribution of essential vitamins.

“These field trip experiences gave us an opportunity to see first-hand the impact our support is making as well as the continued need for vitamins both here in the U.S. and around the world,” added Tompkins.

Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need – specifically pregnant women, new mothers and children under 5 – gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients address chronic malnutrition and the resulting morbidity and mortality caused by vitamin deficiencies. The organization mobilizes public sector organizations, private sector resources and motivated individuals to reach these underserved children and mothers domestically and internationally. Vitamin Angels has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency.

“Walgreens has shown us the heart of a great organization and what is possible when good people come together in a concerted effort to change things!” said Howard Schiffer, Vitamin Angels’ president and founder. “When Walgreens says ‘Buy vitamins here, Change lives everywhere,’ they could not be more accurate. Walgreens has given millions of children and moms a chance for a better life and a brighter future!”

For more information, visit: www.walgreens.com/vitaminangels.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omni-channel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact:

Tel: 847-315-2921.
Email: media@walgreens.com

Source: Walgreens

IKEA invites children to help create its next soft toy collection with the launch of its Soft annual Toy Drawing Competition

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA today (10/11/2016) announced the launch of its third annual Soft Toy Drawing Competition, inviting children ages 12 and under* to help create its next soft toy collection. Now through October 30, 2016, children can share drawings of their very own imaginary creatures, with the chance of turning them into real soft toys. Last year, IKEA received more than 52,000 entries from around the globe, and the ten most fantastic creatures, including “Frog/pig/monkey” and “Bacterium/monster,” now make up the limited-edition 2016 SAGOSKATT collection** that will be available in IKEA U.S. stores starting in mid-November 2016.

IKEA FAMILY members can submit drawings from their young artists at info.ikea-usa.com/softtoy or at the Returns Desk at IKEA U.S. stores. Submissions can be in one of three age groups: 4 years or younger, 5 to 8 years old, and 9 to 12 years old. In mid-November, three semifinalists from each local store will be selected through an online consumer vote, each receiving a $25 gift card. The 15 drawings with the most overall votes, along with five “IKEA Picks,” will move on to the global competition. The ten winning drawings from the global competition will be made into real soft toys to make up the next limited-edition SAGOSKATT collection (available in 2017).

“Every year, we’re so inspired to see the uninhibited creativity and fantastic fun in the submissions from kids around the world,” said Diane Zoll, Loyalty Program Manager, IKEA U.S. “We love that kids are designing for other kids – after all, they are the creators of tomorrow!”

The Soft Toy Drawing Competition not only allows children to share their dreams and imagination, but they also contribute to the IKEA Good Cause campaign. A portion of sales of the 2016 SAGOSKATT collection will benefit “Let’s Play for Change,” a campaign highlighting the benefits of play for all children. For every soft toy sold during the campaign period (Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, 2016), the IKEA Foundation will make a donation of $1 to projects around the world that support children’s development & learning, sports, and more.

To see the official rules for the Soft Toy Drawing Competition or to enter, visit https://info.ikea-usa.com/softtoy.

* The competition is open to IKEA FAMILY members with children aged 12 and under. IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.
** See SAGOSKATT press kit for product details. The SAGOSKATT collection is a limited-edition collection; Limited collection products are released/available in-store only for a limited amount of time (while supplies last).

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

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IKEA invites children to help create its next soft toy collection with the launch of its Soft annual Toy Drawing Competition
IKEA invites children to help create its next soft toy collection with the launch of its Soft annual Toy Drawing Competition

 

Source: IKEA

NRF’s 2016 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey: More children will be dressed as their favorite superhero

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — More children this year than ever before will be celebrating Halloween dressed as their favorite superhero, as princess costumes fall to the number two spot after an 11-year reign, according to NRF’s 2016 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Spending on Halloween costumes is expected to reach $3.1 billion, with 67 percent of Halloween celebrants planning to purchase costumes this year.

More than three million children will dress as their favorite action or superhero, 2.9 million will dress as their favorite princess and 2.5 million plan to dress as a cat, dog, bunny or other animal.

CHILDREN’S COSTUMES:

  1. Action/Superhero
  2. Princess
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
  4. Batman Character
  5. Star Wars Character
  6. Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero (excl. Batman)
  7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
  8. Marvel Superhero (excl. Spiderman)
  9. Zombie
  10. Spiderman

As millennials plan for their party attire for Halloween weekend, more than nine percent will reach for a Batman costume, followed by 6.1 percent opting for witch hats and brooms and five percent planning to dress as an animal.

ADULTS 18-34-YEARS-OLD:

  1. Batman Character (Batman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, etc.)
  2. Witch
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  4. Tie: Marvel Superhero (Deadpool, Spiderman, etc.) AND DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman, excl. Batman)
  5. Vampire
  6. Video Game Character
  7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
  8. Pirate
  9. Star Wars Character
  10. Zombie

Halloween isn’t just a holiday for kids and young adults, and this year plenty of adults will be getting in on the action. More than 76 percent of adults have already decided what to dress as this Halloween. While most adults will don a witch or pirate costume, with no surprise, more than four percent of older adults will turn to current events like the presidential election for their costume inspiration.

ADULTS 35+:

  1. Witch
  2. Pirate
  3. Political (Trump, Clinton, etc.)
  4. Vampire
  5. Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, etc.)
  6. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  7. Tie: DC Superhero (Superman, Wonder Woman, excl. Batman) and Star Wars Character
  8. Tie: Ghost and Zombie
  9. Scary Costume/Mask
  10. Marvel Superhero (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, etc.)

PETS:

Many families want the whole house dressed up on Halloween, including their pets. Sixteen percent of consumers plan to dress their pets in costume this year and 86.7 percent of those consumers already have a plan for their pet’s costumes. Pumpkin, hot dog and bumble bee are at the top of the list again this year.

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Hot Dog
  3. Bumble Bee
  4. Tie: Lion and Star Wars Character
  5. Devil
  6. Batman Character
  7. Witch
  8. Superman
  9. Action/Superhero
  10. Cat

The survey asked 6,791 consumers about Halloween costume plans. It was conducted September 6-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com 

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Contact:

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Little Pumpkin’s OXO TOT Products Are To Be Featured On Jeremy Kyle’s Week Long Series Of Christmas Specials Beginning On 19 th December 2011

Little Pumpkin is a family run online baby boutique offering hand-picked baby products for every requirement for babies, children and parents, from feeding, changing and sleeping accessories to baby toys and games from all around the world.

Jeremy Kyle is hosting a Christmas special of his show and is donating gifts for families that have recently been experiencing some hardship. These gifts are to be given to Lee & Vicki for their 8 month year old son Toby for this Christmas.

Steven Coogan, owner of Little Pumpkin commented: “We are very excited to give a selection of OXO TOT products to the family for Christmas. We feel these products are a great selection of items which any family will find useful and are glad that they have found a good home.”

This year, Little Pumpkin has been chosen to be one of these companies and is donating three OXO TOT products, a high chair, a baby cutlery set and a baby bath time organiser.

Steven continued: “We formed Little Pumpkin just under 2 years ago to provide families with the best essential and useful baby products. We feel passionate about helping the community and are very excited about this opportunity to work with ITV.”

Little Pumpkin is already a proud sponsor of Great Ormond Street, donating 5% of their profits to this important children’s charity.

For more information about Little Pumpkin, please visit their website, http://www.littlepumpkin.co.uk, where you will find all the products to be featured on ITV as well as many more! To contact Little Pumpkin, please email info@littlepumpkin.co.uk or call 0845 0268 205.

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KidBed.co.uk Debuts New Look Website and Childrens Bed Range

KidBed.co.uk a UK bed and furniture retailer that specialises in childrens beds debuts a new look website and a new range of imaginative beds and bedroom furniture for those little treasures.

When Lee and Susan Ritchie had children, they quickly discovered that most stores had a very limited selection when it came to kids’ bedroom furniture. “I didn’t want my daughter’s room to be an advertisement for Disney or the TV networks,” she says.“So in 2010 my wife Susan and I started a company that offers a vast array of boys and girls beds & bedroom furniture and their coordinating accessories.”

Because KidBed.co.uk operates wholly online, Lee and his wife can stay home and nurture their 2 children while running their company.

After just over a year in business, it was time to overhaul the website. New developments in e-commerce have made shopping online a richer experience, and Lee wanted to offer customers at KidBed.co.uk all the advantages of social shopping as well as an easier and more convenient ordering process.

The new site allows customers to write reviews of products, report back on their customer service experiences, share favourite products with friends & family, get updates about new products through RSS feeds and track the progress of their orders. Visitors can also get decorating tips for kids’ rooms and read resource articles on topics like painting a nursery.

KidBed.co.uk sells a huge range of cheap childrens beds & furniture, including cabin beds, bunk beds, beds for teenagers, high sleepers and just plain old single beds. They also stock a wide range of branded furniture including Stompa, Julian Bowen and Cresta.

The Ritchie’s’ are eager to hear what both new and returning customers think of the redesigned website.

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Storewide Clearance Sale on Children’s Clothes At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, announced today, it’s storewide clearance sale featuring up to 60% off selected fall fashions for boys, girls and infants. The clearance sale begins today, and is good on items purchased in-store and online. Choose f r o m a variety of styles f r o m Naartjie Kids’ Fall collections. In addition, shoppers will receive an additional 30% off girls’ velour fashions including dresses, pants and coats, f r o m November 19-25.

“Little ones are constantly growing and outgrowing their clothes, so kids clothing is always a natural for holiday shopping lists and gift giving,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year, Naartjie Kids helps holiday shoppers with find great fashions at unbeatable prices, during our storewide clearance sale. Our promotion on girls’ velour fashions make great holiday ensembles that are stylish without the spendy price tag.”

The Naartjie Kids fall styles are on clearance during the pre-Thanksgiving shopping season and feature easy-to-wear and maintain styles in kids, baby girl and baby boy clothes. The girls’ velour collection features girls dresses and optional matching Mommy Tunics that make wonderful ensembles for holiday parties and photo shoots. (Mommy Tunics are not discounted during the Velour promotion.)

Naartjie Kids’ designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie Kids uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie Kids introduces new colors, prints and styles within a grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between Naartjie Kids seasonal collections, which showcase the freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry, distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

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Online Boutique Specializes In Sweet Baby Gifts For The Sophisticated Gift-Giver

BabyStuffGifts.com, a leading online baby boutique, today announced its full line of one-of-a-kind personalized baby gifts and accessories, for those with discriminating tastes. As a trusted industry leader in specialty baby gifts, BabyStuffGifts.com offers an exclusive selection of fine baby clothes, gift baskets, accessories, blankets, hooded towels, bibs, burp cloths, dolls and plush toys.

“In a time when everything we purchase is mass-produced, we are pleased to offer charming gifts that are treasured for their uniqueness and uncompromising quality,” says Nancilyn Gray Scott, founder, BabyStuffGifts.com. “Most of our gift items and toys are manufactured exclusively for our store. These one-of-a-kind gifts are created by our talented team of designers, who share our philosophy about producing the highest quality baby products and gifts.”

Specializing in gifts for infants f r o m birth to 12 months of age, BabyStuffGifts.com offers dozens of gifts in every price range and for every occasion. In addition to a full line of exclusive boys’ and girls’ baby gifts, BabyStuffGifts.com offers a variety of bibs and burp cloths, bath and beach wear, nursery décor, stuffed animals and more, all personalized with the baby’s name or monogrammed with his or her initials.

About BabyStuffGifts.com
Every baby is a special gift and each one deserves only the very best! At BabyStuffGifts.com, our passion is to provide each precious baby with personalized baby gifts and baby gift baskets, at reasonable prices. Founded with a deep appreciation for finer quality items and sophisticated gift-giving, BabyStuffGifts.com offers a distinctive selection of personalized baby toys direct to consumers or through select retailers. Shipping to both domestic and international destinations, BabyStuffGifts.com manufactures most of its own products, which make wonderful baby shower, birthday, holiday and all-occasion baby gifts. For more information, please visit www.babystuffgifts.com.

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Snip-its Introduces Snip-its Express

Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S. today announced franchising opportunities for its new Snip-its Express store. Snip-its Express offers the same, quality Snip-its’ haircutting experience customers have come to trust, while providing a streamlined version of the original franchise, for those looking for a smaller upfront investment. A new, 800-square foot Snip-its Express recently opened in Canton, Mass.

“The beauty of the Snip-its Express store is that franchisees can expect similar returns that our larger stores experience, with a smaller footprint and lower point-of-entry, with an investment as low as $127,775, said Christine Mudd, director of franchise development, Snip-its. ”The Snip-its Express store offers double the recession-busting return on investment with a solid business model, in a thriving industry coupled with lower cash outlay.”

Express is a smaller version of a traditional Snip-its salons, which typically measure about 1,500 square feet with 18 feet of storefront. Featuring the Snip-its-branded line of animated characters, salon-tailored educational computer games and no-muss, no-fuss recipe for success.

Leveraging Snip-its brand equity and internal expertise and infrastructure further increases operators’ success quotient. Snip-its is one of the most innovative, all-inclusive retail experiences in the hair care market today, and its model has proven superior to the competition. Committed to franchisee success as a reflection of its own success, Snip-its has several built-in revenue streams including a line of beauty products and merchandise.

Snip-its supports business owners in the process of financing a franchise investment by working with several preferred lenders who offer competitive and flexible financing options. Snip-its is registered with the SBA and with recent government plans to incentivize community banks to lend to small businesses, Snip-its is primed for growth.

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. Entrepreneurs that relate to this scenario may wish to learn more about opening a Snip-its store. For more information on Snip-It’s Express franchising please visit http://snipits.com/franchising/franchise_faq.cfm.

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Big Smile Toys’ Winter Toy Catalog Rings in the Holidays

BigSmileToys.com, a leading online toy store, announced today that it has released its winter toy catalog just in time for the busy holiday season. The full-color catalog features the arrival of popular and educational toys and games. The convenience of shopping online, especially during flu season, allays parents’ fears of going out in public places, while the printed catalog gives children plenty of holiday gift ideas from which to choose.

“Busy parents are increasingly shopping online for gifts and other purchases, and those who grew up anticipating the arrival of a favorite toy store catalog can now share that experience with kids,” says Steve Scartozzi, president BigSmileToys.com, who fondly recalls his own favorite holiday memories of looking through the season’s newest kids toys and circling the gifts he hoped to find under the tree.

BigSmileToys.com brings back this tradition, with the release of its winter toy catalog, which is chock full of toys that are likely to be on every child’s wish list. The catalog aids children and their parents in better communicating on gift selection and can minimize disappointment once the wrapping paper comes off.

BigSmileToys.com’s winter catalog features some of the most popular names in children’s playtime for boys and girls. Hot toys for boys this holiday season include fun play sets like Playmobil’s Egyptian Pyramid or Police Headquarters, K’s Kids Pull Back Autos and Bruder Mack Dumptruck. For the girls, the selection includes a full selection of dolls and dollhouses, as well as arts and craft sets and make your own jewelry packs. BigSmileToys.com also carries a full selection of educational sets such as one of Thames & Cosmos Kid’s Chemistry Sets and do-it-yourself kite, plane or rocket kits.

Based in suburban Philadelphia, BigSmileToys.com features an extensive line of children’s toys, games, books, plushes, puppets and even sporting equipment for purchase. With more than 48 years of experience, BigSmileToys.com operates on the idea that fun + learning = smiles and offers products which follow these principles. Learn more and search for products at www.bigsmiletoys.com.

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Celebrate The Holidays With Festive Styles For Children

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, introduces its much anticipated 2009 Holiday Collection, The new styles arrive just in time for gift-giving, holiday parties and family photos. These fashionable designs are created with beauty and comfort in mind, and work equally well with Holiday Essentials or the Winter Collection.

“The holiday season is a magical time for all and especially for kids, who dream of their favorite gifts and warm up with hot chocolate on a cold winter night,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “Naartjie Kids’ Holiday Collection is unmistakably festive, yet comfortable, practical and easy-to-wear or mix and match for this busy time of year.”

Inspired by the forest and its wonders, Naartjie girls’ holiday pieces feature playful Leafland floral and reverse mini floral prints, netting and sparkles. Pants, leggings, skirts and sweaters warm up the winter holidays and provide the perfect layering pieces that the season calls for. From lace-trimmed jeans to floral print velour tunics and netting and lawn trimmed long girls dresses, the look this season is fun, feminine and always charming. Winter Essentials and pajamas in the Holiday Collection motif also are available.

The Holiday Collection for boys includes themes from motor sports, featuring pops of neon, motor sport checker prints and speed bump stripes to get him into the race. Bright shades add a bold, electrifying statement to the season and keep the party going. Whether it’s ‘pedal power” for baby boys, or “green cars a go-go” for kid boys, this group sets up your any boy for the winter season in warm layering pieces and great pops of color.

Baby boy clothes from the Holiday Collection include characters like No-ni-mal, a mythical non-animal who only likes to eat ice and play. Embroidered appliqué creatures and fluffy fur add texture to this adorable line. Delicate baby birds, bunnies and flowers adorn our sweet newborn girls’ Holiday fashions. Beautiful shades of fragrant, china and orchid color the palette for the season. Lush velour and touches of soft netting are added to warm fleece for the perfect clothing for cold winter days.

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Bundle Up With Columbus Day Savings Of 25% Off All Sweaters And Outerwear At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, introduces its first line of kids sleepwear, just in time for cozy winter nights. In addition, to help keep children toasty, Naartjie Kids Columbus Day Sale, October 8 through October 14, 2009, gives online and in-store shoppers 25 percent off the entire stock of regular price sweaters and outerwear,

“Winter time is full of festivities and part of that includes family traditions like gearing up for cold weather with the addition of a new sweater or coat,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This season, Naartjie Kids introduces a fun, new way to stay warm indoors with the introduction of our new sleepwear line, along with great deals on sweaters and outerwear.”

Bedtime has never been more fun than with Naartjie Kids new sleepwear collection that includes one-piece footed or two piece styles. The children’s pajamas fit infants and toddlers from 3 months to 10 years . They come in a variety of color palettes and the styles reflect Naartjie Kids’ current Winter Collection that includes Spot & Woody and Clover & Kitty themes in two-piece garments for girls, and Spot & Birdy two-piece pajamas for boys.

The Winter Collection is inspired by Spots and natural Woody prints for both girls and baby girl clothes and include velour pieces such as dresses and tunics. Infused with the textures of winter such as velour and soft cotton, “Over the River and Through the Woods” is the girls theme that features pieces pretty enough for holiday photos yet comfortable enough to fall asleep in on the drive home from Grandma’s house. A ‘first’ for Naartjie includes a matching Mommy tunics and girls dresses — the perfect ensemble for holiday photos and winter parties.

For boys, the Winter Collection features Antarctic explorers, maps, GPS guidance, faux fur trims and fluffy textures. Wintry hues such as explorer green/creek and dazzle/Antarctic fat stripes accented in wintry hues such as explorer green and creek, and dazzle and Antarctic liven up the season in stylish pants, sweaters and shirts.

Naartjie Kids’ designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie Kids uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie Kids introduces new colors, prints and styles within a grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between Naartjie Kids seasonal collections, which showcase the freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry, distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

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Free Gift Wrap and Birthday Reminders At BigSmileToys.com

BigSmileToys.com, a leading online toy store, is offering a host of new tools to aid parents shopping online. Some of the new features include free gift wrapping, free shipping (for orders over $99) and birthday reminders, to help busy parents.

“With back-to-school season in full swing, most dual-income families already have their hands full coordinating homework and soccer practice,” said Steve Scartozzi, president BigSmileToys.com. “Our new online birthday reminder and free gift wrap service help today’s busy parents simplify their over-scheduled lives.”

The Internet is the first place parents turn to when looking for information about quality toys and gifts. To that end, BigSmileToys.com seeks to help simplify gift giving for customers with online tools while offering great gifts for birthdays, holidays and special milestones in a child’s life. Ordering a present, choosing the wrapping and having it mailed can all be done with a few mouse clicks.

About BigSmileToys
BigSmileToys.com is the online division of a Philadelphia-area retail store with more than 48 years of experience in the toy and gift business. Voted best toy store in the Western Main Line for eight consecutive years, BigSmileToys.com also has been named best toy store in Chester County by Philadelphia Magazine. BigSmileToys.com is an authorized dealer of Madame Alexander Dolls, Calico Critters, Breyer Horses, Mighty World Toys,Magformers and Playmobil Toys, to name a few.

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Labor Day Sale At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, announced its Labor Day Sale featuring an additional 40% off all summer clearance merchandise purchased at Naartjie Kids retail stores, f r o m September 3 through 7. In addition, online customers will receive 25% off the entire stock of fall transitional items.

Beginning September 8 – 16, Naartjie Kids features their Fall Sale with savings up to 40% Off on selected fall fashions.

“Traditionally, Labor Day has been considered the final weekend of summer, with retailers promoting back-to-school sales at fever pitch,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year, Naartjie Kid’s blow-out sale provides a wonderful opportunity to get great deals on summer and fall transition pieces that can be worn throughout the early months of fall.”

Naartjie Kids currently operates 25 stores across the U.S., with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Florida. Five additional retail stores are slated to open in Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia later this year. Naartjie Kids has 18 retail stores in South Africa with design headquarters in Cape Town. Offering a full selection of kids’ apparel online, Naartjie Kids USA also serves international customers throughout the world.

About Naartjie Kids
Naartjie Kids was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of children’s clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kids clothes, baby boy clothes, baby girl clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie Kids’ corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Halloween Safety Kit Introduced By Leading Photo Luminescent Product Developer

According to statistics, children are four times more likely to be injured on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

Each year, more than 650 children are hit and killed by cars while another 20,000 are injured. On Halloween that ratio rises dramatically.

This year FotoLum – a leading developer of photo luminescent products and Solutions – is offering an inexpensive, yet effective safety kit designed to increase children’s visibility without compromising their costumes. Fotolum products are far superior to novelty glow in the dark items. They are the result of years of research and testing on high-grade, proprietary, materials yielding photo luminescent performance unmatched in the industry.

The same material used in the FotoLum Halloween Safety Kit is used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation to which FotoLum supplies.

FotoLum also provided the photo luminescent vinyl used in shoes sold to help promote the August released movie G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The company is involved in a broad range of industry applications ranging from photo luminescent, non-slip stair treads for public stadiums; to photo luminescent indoor and outdoor signage; to the boarding (skate board, long board, surf board, etc) market with its newly released board protection and illumination product – Board Brite.

The company’s well-known After-Lite product which attaches to a compact fluorescent bulb is widely embraced by the “green” community for its energy-free emergency lighting capabilities.

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Groovy Fall Fashions Are Inspired By The Environment And ’70s Folk Movement

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, announced the arrival of its Fall 2 Collection for boys, girls and infants. The Naartjie Fall Two Collection is a blend of this season’s hottest trends with the company’s attention to detail that captures a child’s imagination and sturdy, comfortable clothing at affordable prices.

“Nearly a decade into the 21st century, we bring 1970s folk styles to our Fall Two Collection of children’s clothing,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “At Naartjie, we find inspiration f r o m various sources, be it music, couture or past and present movements. This season’s looks feature bold colors and fun prints that truly make a statement in any child’s back-to-school wardrobe. ”

The Fall Two girls collection borrows f r o m the folk movement with bright colors, knits and crocheted detailing. Selections include a vest inspired by Sonny and Cher, wild bell bottoms in optimistic colors and our new Folk Floral print come alive with the introduction of grenadine orange, cooled off with grey melange. Textures abound with touches of lace, corduroy, sweater knit and crochet trim.

Raising the awareness of green and ecological issues, the boys’ Fall Two collection makes a bold statement: clean the air, recycle and take care of the planet! Using the Naartjie Eco label, the graphics help to spread this important lesson in a playful, kid-friendly manner. Warm lined plaid coats and colorful vests mix bold colors with warm earth tones and great essentials that make back to school shopping easy and fun.

The newborn unisex Fall Two pieces make the perfect baby shower gift, with the playful dream farm print and Rocky the rooster, Bruce the bulldog, Cheryl the sheep and Catina the cat graphics. The baby girl clothes rock the ‘70s with a patchwork theme using a combination of florals and plaids in bright and feminine colors. Baby boy clothes mix traditional colors with newer bold hues to spur the imagination and carry into fall.

About Naartjie
Naartjie was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of children’s clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kid’s clothes and baby clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie’s corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naartjie owns and operates stores in both the United States and South Africa, with new stores opening regularly. For more information, please visit us at http://naartjie.com.

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BigSmileToys.com Launches New Product From Playmobil

BigSmileToys.com, a leading online toy and gift store, today announced the introduction of Playmobil’s new Egyptian Pyramid play set to its line of fun and educational children’s products. The historically relevant Pyramid play set is just the latest in the ever growing Playmobil line of products featured on BigSmileToys.com online store.

“For more than 30 years, Playmobil play sets have been an important part of children’s lives, enriching playtimes and learning,” said Steve Scartozzi, president, Big Smile Toys. “We are very pleased to offer our extensive selection of Playmobil products, including the new Egyptian Pyramid, which is sure to entertain children while jumpstarting their imagination and teaching them a little bit about the world around them.”

Playmobil’s Egyptian Pyramid thrusts children back into the world of ancient Egypt, with an action-packed play set full of history and adventure. Intruders have stormed the pyramid attempting to raid its treasure. To gain access to the secret treasure chamber, the invaders must first traverse the pyramid’s many secrets such as its collapsible staircase, chute, trapdoor, slide and scorpion trap. Inside the 21 x 21 x 14 inch pyramid’s four removable walls are many features based on real ancient Egyptian architecture and design such as a rotary secret chamber and fully decorated tomb. The play set includes four Egyptian figures, accessories and is recommended for ages five and up.

Based in suburban Philadelphia, BigSmileToys.com features an extensive line of children’s toys, games, books, plush’s, puppets and even sporting equipment for purchase. With over 48 years of experience, BigSmileToys.com operates on the idea that Fun + Learning = Smiles and offers products which follow these principles. Learn more and search for products at www.bigsmiletoys.com.

About BigSmileToys
BigSmileToys.com is the online division of a Philadelphia-area retail store with more than 48 years of experience in the toy and gift business. Voted best toy store in the Western Main Line for eight consecutive years, Big Smile Toys also has been named best toy store in Chester County by Philadelphia Magazine. As authorized dealers of Madame Alexander Dolls, Calico Critters, Breyer Horses, Mighty World Toys, Magformers and Playmobil Toys, to name a few.

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10% Discount Accounted For Limited Time At Sandbox Couture On All Baby Christening Outfits

Sandbox Couture, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of baby clothes, baby gifts and christening gowns today announced that for a limited time, it will offer a vip discount code for all christening outfits purchased f r o m their on-line christening apparel site.

Baby Christening Outfits

The boutique online retailer has developed a reputation for offering couture fashions that parents, parents-to-be and children appreciate. F r o m unique designs to the hottest trends, Sandbox Couture’s collection of designers offers shoppers the ability to shop wisely and benefit f r o m online savings. Additionally, their extensive offering of newborn and baby gifts and christening gowns, makes it simple and cost effective to make every special occasion memorable.

As a special thank you to its loyal customers, the online retailer is offering shoppers 10% off its entire collection of christening gowns, bris sets and accessories. Customers should type the code Thanks10 into the comments section of its Christening Gown Department shopping cart. The discount will be applied to the item costs upon processing by the company and customer will be sent an email indicating that their discount has been applied. Offer is good through August 15th 2009.

Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture stated, “We are extremely pleased with the success of our broad catalog of christening apparel options. We want to introduce our site to new customers and thank our existing customers for repeatedly shopping with us by offering this VIP discount. Christenings are a special once in a lifetime event and we believe that our beautiful collection will make it memorable.”

To take advantage of Sandbox Couture’s Christening Clothing Selection and Discount, please visit http://www.sandboxcouture.com and use the code Thanks10 when checking out.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing designer baby clothes, designer children’s clothing, unique baby gifts and christening gowns. The company takes pride in hand selecting products f r o m top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For information about Sandbox Couture, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.SandboxCouture.com.

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