Diebold Nixdorf strengthens retail sales leadership in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region with new appointments

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a global leader in driving connected commerce, is strengthening its retail sales leadership in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Giovanni Bandi has been appointed vice president, Retail, UK and Ireland. Bandi has extensive experience in driving software business growth and heading sales and business development teams in various companies that specialize in IT solutions for the retail and hospitality industries. Most recently, as a consultant he supported organizations in expanding their businesses by developing efficient sales strategies and processes.

In addition, Lorenza Sbarbaro has been appointed general manager, Retail, Italy, with a mandate to focus on business with IT solutions with retail companies. She has many years of management experience in technology companies that specialize in providing IT solutions for the retail and banking industry, having served as head of Software Retail and Banking, Europe, among other positions.

“As experienced leaders, Lorenza and Giovanni bring a deep understanding of major European retailers, significant sales leadership and a focus on developing and executing marketing and sales strategies to drive growth,” said Christian Weisser, Diebold Nixdorf senior vice president and managing director, EMEA. “Both will help develop our vision of connected commerce and the new retail experience of the ’store for one’ – a fully integrated and customized experience in physical and online stores.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.


Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Email: ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Mohammed Alshaya recognised for his role in developing modern retail culture in the Middle East

Mohammed Alshaya recognised for his role in developing modern retail culture in the Middle East


Kuwait, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., has been recognised as the individual who has made the biggest contribution to the retail industry in the Middle East over the past 30 years by the prestigious Arabian Business Magazine. Mr Alshaya received the award from Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media Group, at a gala event in Dubai to celebrate the magazine’s 30th anniversary.

The award recognises Mr Alshaya’s role in developing a modern retail culture in the Middle East. His vision has seen Alshaya grow from one retail franchise store in 1983 to becoming one of the world’s leading retail franchise businesses, with 80 brands and more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.

The event honoured some of the Middle East’s most high-profile business people for their contributions to a range of industries. Other award recipients included Colm McLoughlin, chief executive officer of Dubai Duty Free; Mohamed Alabbar, founder and chairman of Emaar; Yusuf Ali, chairman of Lulu Group; Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance; Sunny Varkey, founder of GEMS Education; and Munib Masri, chairman of Edgo and PADICO.

“Mohammed Alshaya is a true game changer. Not only has he created a vast retail empire, but his impact on society has been phenomenal. His ability to spot the right trends in the right markets, at the right time – and execute his vision – is second to none,” said Mr Akawi.

Receiving the award, Mr Alshaya said: “This award is a great honour for me, for our family business and for the 50,000 people who work at Alshaya. I have always said that retail is the most exciting industry in the world, and I have been privileged to work with some of the world’s greatest retail brands to help develop a modern retailing culture in the Middle East. This has delivered exciting new choices to local customers and created many thousands of job opportunities.”

Since opening its first Mothercare store in Kuwait in 1983, Alshaya has been a pioneer in the retail industry – driving innovation, shaping standards in customer care, and introducing over 80 of the world’s best known and best loved brands to customers in the region. The company today operates brands that include Starbucks, H&M, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania, and employs more than 50,000 people from over 120 nationalities across a range of sectors covering Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food, Optics, Pharmacy, Home Furnishings and Leisure & Entertainment.

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iPhone X arrives in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa

Cupertino, California, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (NOVEMBER 7, 2017) announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will arrive in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as Macau on Friday, November 24.

iPhone X features a gorgeous all-glass and stainless steel design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip with neural engine for powerful machine learning, augmented reality and immersive 3D gaming experiences, wireless charging and Face ID, delivering an innovative and secure new way to unlock, authenticate and pay. The TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID brings Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting to the front camera for beautiful selfies with a depth-of-field effect and enables Animoji, which captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements to bring emoji to life in a fun new way. A redesigned rear camera with dual optical image stabilization includes a new color filter, deeper pixels, an improved Apple-designed image signal processor and features Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, allowing customers to capture stunning photos and videos. The all-glass front and back on iPhone X feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in two beautiful finishes, silver and space gray.

Pricing and Availability

  • iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 (US) from apple.com, Apple Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers (prices may vary).
  • iPhone X will be available to customers beginning Friday, November 24, in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey.
  • iPhone X will be available to customers in Israel beginning Thursday, November 23.
  • iPhone X is available in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors will be available starting at $39 (US), while a new iPhone X Leather Folio will be available for $99 (US). Lightning Docks in color-matching metallic finishes will also be available for $49 (US), prices may vary.

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

Press Contacts:
Michele Wyman
(669) 276-1208

Alex Kirschner
(408) 974-2479

Apple Media Helpline:
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Charlotte Tilbury brings her revolutionary makeup brand to the Middle East with her largest store opening at The Avenues, Kuwait

Charlotte Tilbury brings her revolutionary makeup brand to the Middle East with her largest store opening at The Avenues, Kuwait


Charlotte Tilbury launches her award-winning makeup revolution in the Middle East starting with opening her largest store in the world.

Kuwait, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Charlotte Tilbury, the world’s number one makeup artist, is taking the next momentous step by bringing her revolutionary makeup, skincare and scent brand to the Middle East with three stand-alone stores, and her first ever stand-alone Beauty Wonderland outside of the UK. Starting in September 2017, the magic will begin at The Avenues, Kuwait with an epic 240 sq. m., two-storey store – the largest in the world, followed by Doha Festival City in October and then The Dubai Mall in early 2018. Charlotte Tilbury will be operated in the Middle East by M.H. Alshaya Co.

Each store will incorporate the latest cutting-edge digital innovations with the signature, sumptuous Old Hollywood-inspired interiors which have become synonymous with the brand.

In amongst the deep, night crimson velvet sofas, ornate, rose-gold art-deco light fittings and old Hollywood-style vanity tables, you’ll find a first-of-its-kind, ground-breaking Magic Mirror that magically morphs your face to Charlotte’s 10 iconic looks in seconds. Whether you are 18 or 80, Charlotte has the right tools, tricks and expert tips to make you look and feel your most beautiful in this space, to make you dream and make your beauty dreams come true.

At the heart of the brand is the 10 Looks makeup wardrobe. One woman, 10 looks – like a wardrobe of little black dresses, these color-curated, off-the-peg, ready-to-wear makeup looks show women how to match the right eyes, cheeks and lips as put together by Charlotte. Unique to the range, women can choose by personality, lifestyle & preference. To celebrate the launch, Charlotte has unveiled a new campaign of the 10 looks featuring digital influencer and model Cindy Kimberly.


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Source: Alshaya


Alshaya and Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East

Alshaya and Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East


Kuwait, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced a franchise partnership with award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East this year – its first expansion outside Australia.

400 Gradi, a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant, is the creation of chef Johnny Di Francesco, the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace (AVPN) and President of AVPN Australia. It offers a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian cuisine, using the finest Italian ingredients to give guests the most complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.

In 2014, Chef Di Francesco was named the ‘world’s best pizza maker’ during the World Championships in Italy for his authentic Napoletana-style pizza, which is cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees hence the name 400 Gradi.

Along with this Napoletana-style pizza, the restaurants offer an array of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes including its famous handmade gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, traditional artisan Italian gelato and delicious desserts.

Commenting on the new partnership, Chef Di Francesco said: “This is a groundbreaking milestone for the Gradi Group. Expanding to the Middle East is an exciting step forward, especially through Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward to presenting guests with the best pizza in the world, and great Italian food, at the official debut of 400 Gradi.”

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to bring authentic and diverse dining experiences to our customers in the Middle East. 400 Gradi offers a complete Neapolitan experience, and we believe that it will be an exciting addition to the regional dining scene. We look forward to a successful partnership together.”

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If you are a journalist and want some information about Alshaya or one of our brands, please contact our Corporate Communications team:

+965 2224 2475
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Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa

Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa


Kuwait, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the United States’ leading fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, has announced an exclusive development agreement with Kuwait-based retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The agreement provides for the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, with the first five restaurants scheduled to open in Kuwait and the UAE in 2018. The partnership with Alshaya marks the first expansion of Blaze Pizza outside of North America and represents the largest development deal in the brand’s history.

“There is really only one ‘best way’ to take your brand overseas and that is to partner with Alshaya,” said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. “For some time, we’ve been receiving requests to bring our brand to the Middle East. Now that we’ve partnered with Alshaya, we’re happy to say that we will be there soon.”

The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, recently opened its milestone 200th restaurant and has agreements in place to open more than 400 additional locations across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement with Alshaya includes the development of both traditional and delivery-only formats.

“Blaze Pizza is a very exciting and disruptive brand that fits nicely into our restaurant portfolio alongside Starbucks and Shake Shack,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to fast, authentic, customizable pizza, we see a tremendous opportunity to build Blaze into the dominant pizza brand in the Middle East and throughout the region.”

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With more than 80 brands across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe, there’s always something interesting happening at Alshaya.

Media Contact:

If you are a journalist and want some information about Alshaya or one of our brands, please contact our Corporate Communications team:

+965 2224 2475
+965 2224 3626

Source: Alshaya


SPAR Continues Expansion in The Middle East

Oman, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR has continued its rapid expansion in the Middle East following its entry into the Omani retail market in 2015 in partnership with local business conglomerate Khimji Ramdas.

The recent opening of the latest SPAR store in Oman – a 200m2 SPAR Express store based on the forecourt of the al Maha Petrol Station – is adjacent to the al Khoud-Sultan Qaboos University.  The opening is part of a growth-based partnership with al Maha petrol operators which will see the conversion of 15 existing stores to SPAR Express in 2017.

The opening of this SPAR Express store highlights the new approach to neighbourhood retailing by SPAR Oman, incorporating products beyond the traditional convenience store offer. The store offers a diverse range of products including fresh fruit & vegetables, frozen meat & poultry as well as ready to cook meals in addition to confectionary, tobacco and snack items.

An increase in brand awareness among Omani consumers has been attributed to visibility growth across social media platforms, as well as the launch of online recipe videos and healthy eating initiatives.

The second SPAR Express store which has been developed in this style is larger at 330m2 in size. This store will open in the al Khoud 6 Area on 15th June, 2017.

Since the opening of the first SPAR store in Oman in February 2015, SPAR has enjoyed exponential growth and a consistently strengthening presence in the Middle East. 2016 saw an increase in turnover in the Sultanate by 193% to €18 million.


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

Source: Spar International

MANGO launches new collection for Ramadan in the Middle East

The brand launches a new collection for Ramadan and extends the adaptation of its website to Bahrain, the Lebanon and Oman

Barcelona, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Middle East remains a strategic market for MANGO.It is for this reason that, since its arrival 1996, the brand has continued to expand in the region, and now has more than 250 stores.

The secret to MANGO’s success in the Middle East is based on responding to the needs of the market.With a design department exclusively dedicated to adapting the firm’s collections to the customs and tastes of specific countries, MANGO has managed to become a leading brand for its customers, offering them fashionable garments adapted to the traditions of the country.

Proof of this willingness to adapt is the new collection for the Ramadan period.Paying special attention to the colour palette, accessories and silhouettes combine with finishes and materials in an original offering for festive occasions.Full of prints, especially floral ones, and with a great variety of fabrics, including jacquard, poplin, satin and metallic finishes, the collection adapts to the style of customers.

What is more, MANGO has just extended the adaptation to Arabic of its e-commerce to Bahrain, the Lebanon and Oman, following its successful launch in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Kuwait in January.This project consists not only of its translation it into the local language, but also the introduction of unique features taking into account the shopping habits of customers.An example of this is Store credit, a new payment method which simplifies the returns procedures for customers who opt for the payment on delivery method, thus avoiding bank transfer procedures.It has also introduced improvements to the mobile App, resulting in over 70% of users in these countries benefiting from the improved performance they offer.


T: +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

Alibaba Cloud announces the opening of four new data centers in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan

New facilities in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan will provide comprehensive cloud service offerings, enabling business innovation globally

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today (November 21, 2016) announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan. As a major milestone of Alibaba Cloud’s global expansion, the new centers will boost its data center network to 14 locations, covering key economic centers around the world. The data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, commenced initial operations today.

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion will provide customers worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its diverse offerings, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services. Strengthening Alibaba Cloud’s position as a major global cloud provider, the new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s growing client base beyond the current 2.3 million.

Through a stronger network of facilities and strategic partnerships, Alibaba Cloud also plans to drive a globalization of innovation. The enhanced cloud capabilities make breakthrough innovation a real possibility with artificial intelligence, deep learning and data analytics.

“Alibaba Cloud has contributed significantly to China’s technology advancement, establishing critical commerce infrastructure to enable cross-border businesses, online marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data to work together seamlessly. We want to establish cloud computing as the digital foundation for the new global economy using the opportunities of cloud computing to empower businesses of all sizes across all markets,” said Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.

Evidence of the potential of Alibaba Cloud can be seen during the recently completed 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, where Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes. The festival showcased the capabilities not only of the cloud, but also a number of other areas, such as virtual reality, thus helping to redefine technological boundaries.

“The four new data centers will further expand Alibaba Cloud’s global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide. The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalization and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality,” said Ethan Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.

Since its launch, Alibaba Cloud’s technologies have enabled all types of businesses globally, ranging from start-ups to multi-national companies, to benefit from the greater operational and cost efficiency that cloud computing can provide. The new facilities are based in four strategically important trading and economic centers to enable the ambitions to make it easy to do business anywhere. Each of the four will add significant value to the global network and expand horizons.

Middle East

Alibaba Cloud will be the first major global public cloud services provider to offer cloud services from a local data center in the Middle East. The opening of the Dubai Data Center is held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across key economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. YVOLV will support and drive Dubai’s Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s sophisticated cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.


To support enterprises in Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe with a highly developed infrastructure supporting technological innovation. The facility is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated cloud computing services as the region seeks to accelerate the upgrade of its digital infrastructure.


Extending its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the end of 2016. Alibaba Cloud will bring its most popular cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market. A dedicated team will be based in Australia, and build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners to drive cloud and big-data business in the region.


The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud. With the joint venture, Alibaba Cloud will further expand its cloud computing service platform by leveraging SoftBank’s extensive enterprise customer base in Japan.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses participating in Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud is a business of Alibaba Group.

Media Contacts:

Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 150 2192 5635

Rachel Chan
Alibaba Group
+852 9400 0979

Source: Alibaba Group

Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa a


Seattle, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana hot brewed tea launch in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region today (October 3). Following the introduction of the popular Teavana Iced Teas this summer, customers will be able to explore 10 hot brewed teas, including jasmine pearls, green, black and white teas, as well as three Tea Lattes.

Joining the menu for a limited time is the Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha, a smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

Teavana’s hot and iced teas are now available at participating Starbucks stores globally. Explore regions around the world where Teavana tea beverages are offered to customers in Starbucks stores.

This fall, Starbucks® Teavana™ launched in more than 6,200 stores across 16 markets in the China and Asia Pacific region. These Starbucks locations offer a range of full leaf tea sachets as well as handcrafted beverages that were specifically developed for customers in the region.*

Matcha & Espresso Fusion – Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey – Traditional western black tea combined with tart ruby-red grapefruit, perfectly portioned in honey for a touch of added sweetness. This beverage is served hot, iced and sparkling, where available.

Iced Shaken Green Tea with Aloe and Prickly Pear – The familiar flavor of iced green tea paired with refreshing diced aloe and an exciting new syrup of prickly pear – a cactus plant native to the American Southwest.

Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls – This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor and is also served sparkling, where available.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

In early July, select Starbucks stores in EMEA introduced Teavana™ iced tea including one flavor available exclusively in the region:

Iced Blackberry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade – A refreshing iced tea blend that combines high-quality green tea with juicy blackberries, sweet raspberries and spearmint.

Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha – A smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

In mid-July, Starbucks unveiled handcrafted Teavana Shaken Iced Teas in more than 600 Starbucks stores across Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The company began offering hot tea beverages in these locations this fall. In addition to these markets, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia will offer Teavana hot and iced beverages later this year or by early 2017.

Teavana® Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade – This beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

United States and Canada
Teavana hot brewed teas launched in Starbucks U.S. and Canada stores in January 2015, joining a selection of Shaken Iced Teas the company had offered since 2013. Customers in North America can select from more than 27 different tea beverages, including tea lattes, shaken iced teas and brewed teas.

Teavana® Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong Tea – A balanced swirl of rich pumpkin and flavors of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and creamy vanilla, this rich and smooth cup of tea is a sublime indulgence for the body and mind any time of day

Teavana® Shaken Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade – Teavana black tea, mango and a hint of sweet passion fruit are shaken with a splash of lemonade to create this all day, every day iced refreshment.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks



Levi Strauss & Co. announces the appointment of David Love EVP and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (September 7, 2016) announced that David Love, currently executive vice president, Global Supply Chain, and chief transformation officer, has been appointed executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa. Liz O’Neill, currently senior vice president, product development and sourcing, has been appointed chief supply chain officer. Love remains a member the company’s worldwide leadership team, and O’Neill will join the worldwide leadership team. Both will report directly to Chip Bergh, president and CEO of LS&Co.

Love is an LS&Co. veteran with more than 30 years of product development and sourcing experience throughout the supply chain. In his new post, he will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels, across Asia, the Middle East and Africa (AMA).

“David is a valued and trusted leader at LS&Co. who brings a deep understanding of how our business operates to his new role as AMA president,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO. “David has made significant contributions to the success of our business in his roles as the leader of our global supply chain and as our chief transformation officer. Liz has been a valuable thought partner and leader in driving substantial cost savings and increasing the quality of our strategic partnerships.”

Love joined LS&Co. in 1982 as a manager of technical services working in our manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. Since then, he’s held global positions throughout the supply chain, including production, product development, product services and sourcing. He has closely partnered with design and brand merchandising to encourage product innovation, increase speed to market and foster commitment to quality. Love is a proven operator — one who has consistently delivered outsized results by helping to unlock the value of the company’s global network and partnerships while championing sustainability.

O’Neill joined LS&Co. in 2013 to lead global supply chain sourcing and strategy. In this role, she is responsible for the global development, sourcing and delivery of LS&Co. products shipped to more than 100 countries. She has built strategic partnerships to improve supply chain agility while supporting investment in environmental sustainability initiatives and LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program. In her new role, O’Neill is also responsible for the company’s worldwide Terms of Engagement and Environment, Health and Safety. Prior to LS&Co., she spent 13 years at Gap, Inc., overseeing sourcing and production for Gap’s global brands. She has also worked for The Disney Store in Los Angeles and Abercrombie & Fitch in Ohio.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Chris Ogle
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349

Media Contact:
Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

CBRE: Middle East to spend an average of US$15.0 billion per year into direct real estate globally

  • Middle Eastern Capital Increasingly Targeting U.S. Markets
  • Private Investors Emerge as Major New Source of Outbound Capital

Los Angeles, 2015-8-6— /EPR Retail News/ — An average of US$15.0 billion per year will flow out of the Middle East into direct real estate globally in the near-term, with investors from the region increasingly targeting U.S markets, according to the latest research from global property advisor CBRE Group, Inc.

The Middle East continues to be one of the most important sources of cross-regional capital into the global real estate market, with US$14.0 billion invested outside of the home region in 2014—the third largest source of capital globally. Qatar, driven by its sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), was by far the largest source of outbound capital with US$4.9 billion invested. Saudi Arabia has emerged as a significant new source of capital globally, investing US$2.3 billion in 2014, up from almost no reported investment in 2013.

The Middle Eastern investor base has expanded, fueled by weakening oil prices; this has led to a major shift in global investment strategies towards greater geographic and sector diversification, with activity spreading across gateway markets to second-tier locations in Europe and the Americas. A greater proportion of Middle Eastern capital is now targeting the U.S.—the US$5.0 billion invested globally in Q1 2015 was almost equally split between Europe and Americas, with New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Atlanta targeted. London, while retaining the top position, is no longer as dominant, with a 32 per cent share of all Middle East outbound investment in 2014, compared to 45 per cent in 2013.

Top Investment Hotspots for Middle Eastern Capital


Middle Eastern investors are becoming more active across a wider range of sectors. This is clearly evident in the U.S. where, historically, these investors have bought office buildings and trophy hotels in New York, Los Angeles and other gateway markets. Competition from Chinese investors and other global capital sources means that these investors are increasingly seeking alternatives, such as Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s $725 million acquisition this year of a 14.2 million-sq.-ft. industrial portfolio.

“While not back to the peak levels of the pre-global financial crisis, Middle Eastern capital flows into the U.S. continue to be strong, growing and diversifying in nature. As the big sovereigns continue to seek safe havens and long-term stable growth potential, the flow of capital from the Middle East will become even stronger. We expect a greater amount of this capital to start looking beyond the gateway markets to achieve its objectives,” said Spencer Levy, Americas Head of Research, CBRE.

Private, non-institutional investors (property companies, high net worth individuals (HNWI), equity funds and any other form of private capital) have emerged as a major and increasing source of outbound capital from the Middle East. With a greater allocation to real estate and more concentration on geographical diversification away from the home region, the potential for non-institutional investors to expand their global real estate investments is of growing importance. Weaker oil prices are a strong contributing factor to this, triggering and accelerating global deployment of capital, with value-add investments in high demand. CBRE forecasts that global real estate investment by non-institutional capital from the Middle East will range from US$6.0 to $7.0 billion per annum in the near-term, if not higher, increasing from approximately US$5.0 billion per year during 2010 to 2013.

“Private capital from the Middle East is once again becoming a measurably more important investor group globally. The most immediate change will bring down the average lot size, as non-institutional investors tend to target assets at circa US$50.0 million. This extends naturally to a more diverse investment strategy—a trend already felt in the market so far in 2015 and is expected to become more pronounced in the next six to 18 months. In particular, we expect the Americas region to see more capital flows from the Middle East, with Europe less dominant than it has been over the last five years,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, CBRE Capital Markets.

In addition to private capital, SWFs from the Middle East are also expected to remain important market-makers, albeit not as strong in their acquisition strategies as they would have been if oil prices had not fallen. It is very unlikely that regional governments will make radical decisions to affect the existing capital allocations, with only new allocations likely to be affected. CBRE expects US$7.0 to $9.0 billion per annum of Middle Eastern SWF investment to flow into direct global real estate in the near- to mid-term, compared to what would have otherwise been in the range of US$9.0 to $11.0 billion per annum had oil prices remained at levels above $100 per barrel.

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