Alibaba Group to host 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group to host 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival
Alibaba Group to host 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival


Hangzhou, China, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) announced today that as a continuation of the success of the Group’s inaugural 11.11 countdown gala last year, it will once again host a similar event this year in the hours leading up to the midnight start of the upcoming 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.

“Alibaba Group single-handedly created the iconic 11.11 shopping festival in China seven years ago to unlock the power of the Chinese consumer,” said Chris Tung, Chief Marketing Officer of Alibaba Group. “Today, 11.11 has become not only a day for China to shop for deals, but truly a festival where people all over China and the world gather to celebrate a new and improved lifestyle, as well as a world of fun and opportunities made possible because of technology – namely the Internet, Mobile, and Big Data.”

At a press conference held in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba revealed that the gala will be live broadcasted by its official media partner, Zhejiang Satellite TV. The gala has also garnered a very substantial title sponsorship from Shanghai Jahwa, one of China’s largest manufacturers of daily-used personal chemicals products company.

Apart from Zhejiang Satellite TV, Alibaba’s media assets like Youku Tudou, Tmall TV Box and UC Web etc. will be conducting live broadcast of the gala.

“Last year we held a countdown gala for the first time to experiment with the idea of making 11.11 truly a day of fun and entertainment. People loved it,” said Tung. “As Alibaba continues its globalization journey, we want to make sure that the whole world has an opportunity to witness and experience the festivities of 11.11. This year will be no exception. We look forward to creating another truly global, and fun-filled 11.11.”

Alibaba announced that it will be allocating four one-minute advertising time slots for free to consumers, brands, non-profit organizations and 11.11 participants during prime time live broadcasting of this year’s gala, depending on the level of creativity in their ad submissions. This is just one of the many initiatives by the company to encourage innovation and originality.

During the four-hour countdown gala on the eve of November 11 last year, broadcasted live internationally from the Water Cube National Aquatics Center in Beijing, consumers were able to enjoy an interactive multiscreen experience over mobile, online and through TV allowing them to watch, play and purchase at the same time. Approximately 130 million users visited the Taobao App during the 2015 11.11 gala, while a live audience of nearly 100 million people from within China, and around the world participated in the event. With globalization as a key theme of the 11.11, the star-studded gala included the guest appearances of various international celebrities.

Key highlights from the 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group’s 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival was the biggest global shopping day in history as measured by gross merchandise volume (“GMV”),1 with over US$14.3 billion settled through China’s leading mobile and online payments platform, Alipay. Other highlights included:

  • Total mobile GMV settled through Alipay was approximately US$9.8 billion (RMB62.6 billion), exceeding total GMV in 2014, and accounted for 68.7 percent of total GMV
  • Total mobile GMV increased by 158 percent compared to 2014’s 11.11 festival
  • Alipay processed a total of 710 million payment transactions, and processed 85,900 payment transactions per second at peak
  • Alibaba Cloud processed a total of 140,000 transactions per second at peak
  • More than 40,000 merchants and more than 30,000 brands from 25 countries participated. Top countries selling to China include: United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Australia
  • As part of Alibaba’s omni-channel initiatives, more than 180,000 brick-and-mortar stores in 330 cities across China participated, representing over 1,000 retail brands
  • 232 countries and regions, and more than 16,000 international brands, completed transactions
  • Cainiao Network received 467 million delivery orders during the 24-hour shopping period, representing a 68 percent year-over-year increase

The 11.11 shopping festival began in 2009 with participation from just 27 merchants as an event for merchants and consumers to raise awareness of the value in online shopping. Some refer to the event as the Singles Day Sale because it falls on Singles Day, a day for Chinese young single people to celebrate their independence by treating themselves to a special purchase. Seven years later, 11.11 has become a global shopping event with participating merchants in the tens of thousands, buyers in the millions, and total sales in the billions.

For additional history and facts from last year’s festival, as well as the latest news and updates on the 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Celebration, please visit corporate news site Alizila ( or go to Alibaba Group corporate website (

1 Gross merchandise volume (“GMV”) is the total amount settled through Alipay on Alibaba’s China and international retail marketplaces

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. It is the largest retail commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce and engage with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.

Source: Alibaba Group


Staples to host special Teacher Appreciation Day nationwide on August 17

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is hosting a special Teacher Appreciation Day across the country to help teachers save while they prepare for the new school year. The first 100 teachers at each Staples store on Teacher Appreciation Day, Wednesday, August 17, will receive a free sample kit with special coupons; plus every teacher with a valid teacher ID will receive 10% off of their purchase.

“We appreciate all that teachers do for students so Staples is hosting our own Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers save on their classroom supplies for the new school year,” said Christine Mallon, vice president of retail marketing, Staples. “Teachers will receive a special discount and coupons as well as season-long low prices on back-to-school essentials with the Less List for School.”

Teachers can take advantage of even more savings for back to school including:

  • Teacher Rewards – The Staples Teacher Rewards program gives educators up to 5% back in Staples Rewards on everything in store and online, including technology and services (excluding postage and phone/gift cards), up to 10% back in Rewards on teaching and art supplies and free shipping on online orders of $14.99 or more.
  • Exclusive Deals for Teachers – Now college students and teachers can sign up for exclusive offers and deals on featured brands for school.
  • Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee – Staples matches any competitors’ prices, plus gives customers an additional 10% of the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price at time of purchase.
  • Less List for School – Season-long lowest prices on back-to-school essentials such as composition books, two-pocket folders, pens, scissors, crayons and technology like calculators, USB drives, ear buds, batteries and more.
  • Weekly School Steals – Extra savings on popular items and can be found in the Staples weekly ad.

Teachers can find these deals and more on the Staples back-to-school center (

Staples offers a broad assortment that’s in stock all season long so teachers can get everything they need for their classroom. An expanded assortment of teaching supplies, the top brands teachers want and more can all be found in Staples stores and online at

Staples for Students Campaign Helps Teachers Bring Learning to Life
In addition to offering savings to teachers, Staples has once again joined forces with superstar Katy Perry to help teachers bring learning to life for students during the back-to-school season. Continuing its long-standing commitment to supporting education through the Staples for Students campaign, Staples donated $1 million to, a charity that has funded classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million students across the country. Customers can help support teachers by donating $1 to in Staples stores across the country. Donors will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil (while supplies last). Teachers can visit to connect to a community of donors and begin uploading classroom projects.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at


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Source: Staples, Inc.

Wegmans Food Markets to host hiring event at its seven Southeastern Pennsylvania stores on July 19

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is hosting a hiring event at its seven Southeastern Pennsylvania stores on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The company is looking to fill several hundred openings for part-time and full-time positions throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including opportunities in service, perishable, culinary and hospitality, and merchandising.

“At a time when our stores continue to lead the industry, we are looking for talented individuals to help us remain the best,” said Kevin Lang, a 28-year Wegmans veteran and manager of the King of Prussia store. “It’s an exciting time to be part of Wegmans with endless opportunity for employees to grow their careers right alongside the company’s continued growth. We have multiple paths for career success and give our employees the freedom to explore any career area throughout the company.”

Interested candidates are encouraged to complete an online application prior to the event by visiting the Southeastern Pennsylvania Hiring Event landing page on Recruiters will review applications and contact candidates to schedule interviews at specific times during the event. Paper applications and walk-in interviews will also be accepted.

The hiring event will take place on Tuesday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following Wegmans stores:

  • Collegeville – 600 Commerce Drive, Collegeville, PA
  • Concordville – 100 Applied Bank Blvd, Glen Mills, PA
  • Downingtown – 1056 East Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA
  • King of Prussia – 1 Village Drive, King of Prussia, PA
  • Malvern – 50 Foundry Way, Malvern, PA
  • Montgomeryville – 500 Montgomery Mall, North Wales, PA
  • Warrington – 1405 Main Street, Warrington, PA

Candidates interested in exploring positions at multiple stores should visit just one location and mention which stores they are interested in working at during the interview process.

Well-known for its incredible customer service, Wegmans is also widely recognized as an exceptional employer. For 18 consecutive years it has ranked high on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For,” placing fourth in 2016. Wegmans offers an array of benefits to employees, including access to flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, career development and growth, and tuition assistance through the company’s employee scholarship program.

Founded in 1984, the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to employees who meet specific academic, employment and work-performance criteria. Part-time workers can receive up to $1,500 per year and full-time workers up to $2,200 per year for four years, with no restrictions on the course of study or post-college career path.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Source: Wegmans Food Market