BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Mobile, Alabama

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (April 04, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Mobile, Alabama. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 3748 Airport Boulevard. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our second restaurant in the state of Alabama, building upon the success of our Huntsville restaurant opened in 2015,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “We remain on target to open our fourth 2017 restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana later this month.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Mobile community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening.  As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (“CFF”), a very important charity to BJ’s.  Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to BJ’s Restaurants Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports charities that are important to our team members around the country.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 190 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

Contact:

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

JCIR
(212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

ShopChat Launches World’s 1st Shopping Keyboard; Rakuten Funding

ShopChat Launches World’s First Shopping Keyboard & Raises Funding from Rakuten

ShopChat attracts 100,000 beta users by combining two of the most popular mobile activities,chatting and shopping, into a new chat commerce platform, an alternative to struggling shopping bots

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., 2017-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Message commerce startup ShopChat today emerged from stealth mode with the unveiling of the world’s first mobile shopping keyboard. ShopChat lets people share and shop their favorite brands, such as Sephora, Guess and Foot Locker right from their smartphone keyboards. The company also announced that global e-commerce giant Rakuten (Tokyo: 4755) led the company’s $1.25MM funding round. Top angel investors from Silicon Valley and Europe also participated in the round.

ShopChat combines two of the most popular mobile activities, chatting and shopping, into one seamless experience. ShopChat lets people share products with their friends and family to get instant reactions and shop directly from chat. Already attracting 100,000 users, the beta version has generated strong user enthusiasm and high engagement – over 32% of users share a product with a friend in a session.

The ShopChat shopping keyboard is now available to the public for free from the iOS App Store, for all major messengers, and is launching on Google Play soon.

Two versions of ShopChat are available, one focused on consumers and one for whitelabel partnerships leveraging ShopChat’s API.

Investing in the Post-App Era: Funding and Partnership with Rakuten and Viber

ShopChat’s pioneering approach to message commerce convinced e-commerce giant Rakuten to lead the company’s $1.25MM round of funding. Rakuten is already a global player in e-commerce and is a major force in messaging through their 2014 acquisition of message network Viber. As part of the strategic investment and partnership, ShopChat now powers Viber’s recently announced message commerce to its massive user base.

“We stand at the convergence of messaging and shopping, and ShopChat is developing the right platform to perfect the shopping experience within instant messaging. The investment in ShopChat brings us closer to our vision of Viber as an ecosystem, providing our users with more capabilities to manage their communications simply and securely.” said Djamel Agaoua, Viber CEO.

ShopChat as Native Chat Commerce

Existing mobile commerce solutions are not easily adapted to messaging. Users must switch away from chat and choose between using individual apps or slow mobile websites. And most apps are uninstalled after a few uses. Mobile websites suffer from slow load times and navigation issues. ShopChat solves these problems by giving people a chat first shopping solution that’s fun and easy to use without ever changing apps. ShopChat works on major messenger apps including Apple iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp, WeChat, Google Chat, Kik Messenger, Tango, Line and others.

Succeeds Where Shopping Bots Are Failing

People spend more time on messaging apps than any other category of apps, but chat commerce is barely developed. Shopping bots were heralded as the future of message commerce, but despite large investments in shopping bots by Facebook and others, people remain unmoved by the experience of chatting with a robot. ShopChat invents a better chat commerce experience by letting people share with those that matter to them: friends and family.

“No one really wants to talk to a computer, any more than they want to talk to a voice response system. That’s been the problem with shopping bots. What people really want is a better way to share products with friends, and to be able to buy right from chat, where they are already spending most of their time.” said Zephrin Lasker, CEO and Co-Founder of ShopChat. “ShopChat makes it easy for people to share products with friends and shop together, and see a broad selection of products instantly as they browse without having to leave their chat app.”

Opportunity for Brands

ShopChat launches with a select number of pilot brands including Sephora, Foot Locker, Guess and others chosen by ShopChat’s users. ShopChat users are primarily female with the largest and most active group of users under 24 years old. The company is constantly expanding its brand offerings, using a mix of algorithmic and social graph data to evaluate, optimize and select new brands and products. Brands looking to sign up should contact brands@shopchat.com.

How It Works

ShopChat’s patent-pending technology works inside existing messaging apps, just like emoji or other third party keyboards Bitmoji or Swiftkey. Users install ShopChat once, and it then works on all their messaging apps automatically. This simplicity, combined with the fact that most people use more than one messaging app, makes using ShopChat powerful and easy.

About ShopChat

ShopChat’s mission is to make mobile commerce as easy as chatting with friends. The company is based in San Francisco and was founded by proven entrepreneur technologists with experience at Amazon, PayPal, Twitter, Techstars, Pivotal Labs, and Pandora. To learn more, please visit www.shopchat.com.

ABBYY Mobile announces 90% off on Productivity and language Apps

abby-black-fridayMilpitas, CA, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Black Friday is a long-awaited day for everyone who doesn’t want to pass up a good deal. This year ABBYY Mobile has prepared some great Black Friday discounts for its productivity and language apps.

Productivity apps:

Business Card Reader Plus for iOS – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99
Business Card Reader Pro for Android – 70% off: $3.99 instead of $14.99

Convert paper business cards to digital with a single tap, manage, export and use them effectively on your smartphone or Apple Watch. Featured by the New Your Times, CNN and The Telegraph.

FineScanner Pro for iOS and Android – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99

Make high-quality electronic copies in PDF or JPEG and convert printed text on them in 193 languages to MS Word, Excel and more. Best mobile scanner according to LifeHacker, editor’s choice at PCMag, featured on Discovery.
TextGrabber + Translator for iOS – 80% off: $0.99 instead of $4.99
TextGrabber + Translator for Android – 90% off: $0.99 instead of $9.99

Capture printed text in 60+ languages and translate it into 100+ languages. Digitize and recognize text from books, magazines, ads, and timetables on the go. Featured by Business Insider and LifeHacker.

Bundle:

Black Friday Bundle: TextGrabber + FineScanner Pro – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $41.99

Language apps:

Larousse Spanish Basic for iOS – 50% off: $0.99 instead of $1.99 (Americas only)
Larousse Spanish Advanced for iOS – 60% off: $1.99 instead of $4.99 (Americas only)
Spanish Advanced set of Larousse dictionaries – 50% off: $2.99 instead of $5.99 (Americas only)

Special offer for español learners. Explore useful content bundled with smart word look-up functionality – phrases, idioms, synonyms, antonyms and over 75,000 definitions.
Lingvo Mac – 50% off: $19.99 instead of $39.99

Licensed offline dictionaries for 7 languages with translations and examples of words and phrases (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian).

All the information is available on the website: https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/blackfriday-mobile/

Contact-Details: Catherine Matantseva
Catherine_Mat@abbyy.com

Walmart 2015 Cyber Monday: Mobile firmly established itself as the dominant shopping trend

SAN BRUNO, Calif., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Statement attributable to Fernando Madeira, President and CEO, Walmart.com.

“Mobile firmly established itself as the dominant shopping trend, for both traffic and sales. Mobile is making up more than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com, and now, nearly half of our orders since Thanksgiving have been placed on a mobile device – that’s double compared to last year. Our customers went from previously mostly searching and browsing on mobile, to making purchases at a much higher rate.

“But what was really fun to see were the products that grew the most in popularity from last year. Star Wars toys, 4K HDTVs 50-55”, drones, Xbox One and PS4 video game bundles, iPad Minis and 14-ft. trampolines were among the categories that gained the biggest boost in popularity, and we bought deep in these items to serve customers looking to wrap up those gifts. 2,000 of these and other Cyber Week deals are available on Walmart.com each day through Friday, Dec. 4th.

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

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

RILA: “mobile” may be the new buzz word for retailers in 2016

Arlington, VA, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​This holiday season, a record number of purchases will be made with the use of a mobile device. Some of these purchases will be made in-store, using a smart phone to make the payment at checkout. And a growing number will be purchases made by consumers directly from their mobile device. Added together, and it’s clear that “mobile” may be the new buzz word for retailers in 2016. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will be discussing this transformative technology at a hearing this morning entitled, “The Disrupter Series: Mobile Payments.”

“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is the perfect time for Congress to discuss the dynamic changes at work in our economy, and we’re grateful to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for highlighting the mobile revolution that will impact retailers and consumers in the years ahead,” said Brian Dodge, executive vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

“Never before in history have consumers had access to so many different merchant platforms and a variety of payment technologies to choose from,” said Dodge. “For retailers, meeting this challenge has meant a massive investment in new payment terminals, workforce training, mobile shopping platforms and customer service to ensure we are meeting the needs of our consumers from product selection to check out—regardless of where it occurs.”

For decades, Black Friday symbolized the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year, with stores competing against one another with blockbuster sales to drive foot traffic. Just over ten years ago, Cyber Monday became synonymous with online shopping as retailers began to see spikes in online sales the day after the Thanksgiving weekend. This led to new sales strategies designed to attract customers shopping from their home or office. The advent of mobile platforms and payment technologies means consumers can now shop whenever they want wherever they want, and it will be up to retailers to address this challenge going forward.

“The expected growth of mobile shopping and mobile payments means holiday shopping will further evolve to meet the demands and preferences of consumers who now carry in their pocket a global shopping catalog and a bank in one device,” said Dodge. “Retailers embrace the challenge of using new technologies that enable them to interact with their customers at any given moment.”

And despite the growth of digital platforms, major retailers are still committed to an in-store experience that uses cutting edge technologies to ensure secure payments and a variety of options for the consumer.

“For consumers shopping locally, retailers have invested billions in both new machines and training to ensure consumers have a wide variety of payment options, and that the experience at checkout is as smooth and secure as possible,” added Dodge.

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Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

Kevin Johnson named Starbucks president and COO with focus on Starbucks information technology, mobile and digital platforms

SEATTLE, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Long before Kevin Johnson was named Starbucks president and chief operating officer, and a decade before being appointed to the company’s board of directors, he was a Starbucks customer.

“Like everyone else, I started walking into my local Starbucks for coffee and became a part of what millions of people now consider to be their daily ritual,” said Johnson. “What I noticed then, and what I continue to appreciate now, is the authentic and thoughtful ways partners (employees) create a great experience for customers and bring the brand to life.”

With partners and customers in mind, today Johnson begins his new role with Starbucks. In January, Starbucks announcedJohnson would join the company’s senior leadership team following Troy Alstead’s decision to take a sabbatical after 23-years with Starbucks.

As Starbucks president and coo, Johnson will manage all operational functions including the global businesses of Starbucks in the Americas, EMEA and China/Asia Pacific. He will also oversee Starbucks global supply chain which works with more than 21,000 stores in 66 countries worldwide. From coffee to cups to chairs and more, the global supply team manages more than 85,000 outbound deliveries per week to Starbucks retail stores, distribution channels and outlets.

Johnson will draw on his decades of experience in the tech industry to direct Starbucks information technology, and mobile and digital platforms.  He’s a longtime tech leader having served as CEO of Juniper Networks and as a Microsoft executive. At Microsoft, he led worldwide sales, marketing and services which gave him key insights in running a large customer-facing global operation. Johnson said he has a “great deal of passion for innovation and the role technology plays in improving lives.”

“The digital revolution has put mobile devices in the hands of consumers and cloud computing enables new types of services. The businesses that utilize technology to enhance their customers’ experiences are going to be the big winners in the years to come. I’d definitely put Starbucks in that category,” Johnson said.

He has helped guide Starbucks digital strategy since joining the company’s board of directors in 2009 – the same year the company introduced its My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program which now has more than nine million members. The most recent innovation for customers, the launch of Mobile Order & Pay, will expand and the company will debut mobile delivery via the Starbucks app later this year.

“The opportunity for me to be a part of Starbucks, which is clearly a leader in the digital space, is both very exciting and humbling,” he said.

Johnson’s commitment to digital innovation extends to nonprofit businesses. He was a founding board member of NPower, an organization that provides other nonprofits with access to technology and the skills needed to fulfill their social missions. That includes helping young adults and veterans through free tech and professional skills training. Johnson is also involved with Catalyst, a leading nonprofit that focuses on expanding opportunities for women in business. And he supports Youth Eastside Services, one of the largest providers of youth and family counseling assistance in the Seattle area.

Family is at the “center of my world,” said Johnson, who grew up with his brother and sister in a small town in New Mexico. Johnson’s father was a theoretical physicist; his mother a pediatric nurse.

“I hope that I’ve taken on the best of my parents’ characteristics – the analytical, logical thoughtful nature of my father and the compassionate and caring characteristics of my mother,” he added. Kevin and June Johnson have two sons, ages 27 and 30, and one grandchild.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Kevin Johnson appointed as president and chief operating officer Starbucks Corporation

Kevin Johnson named Starbucks president and COO with focus on Starbucks information technology, mobile and digital platforms

The Carphone Warehouse Launches Phone Trade-In Service

The Carphone Warehouse has announced the launch of its exclusive ‘Trade-In Calculator’ service which allows customers to exchange their old mobile phones for cash when either upgrading to a new handset, buying a new pay as you go handset, or taking out a new contract.

For the first time, customers will be able to instantly find out the true value of their old mobile phones and receive cash in-store at one of over 800 stores nationwide. The model of the old mobile is simply inputted into the ‘Trade-In Calculator’ operated by sales advisors, which instantly generates an exchangeable figure of up to £200, dependent on the model of the phone. This amount can then be directly redeemed by customers, or offset against the cost of the upgraded handset and contract. The mobile phone trade in service is also available online through The Carphone Warehouse site.

Being the first major high street retailer to offer such a scheme, The Carphone Warehouse can reveal that two million people in the UK are due a mobile phone upgrade, but are yet to take full advantage of receiving a new phone. Consequently, an astonishing £10,000,000 of potential cash is going unclaimed by customers – money that could make a noticeable difference to the bank balance amidst the current financial climate.

Utilising the ‘Trade-In Calculator’ takes the guesswork out of revealing how much an old handset could be worth. The service works by checking the value of every handset to make sure customers get as much as possible for their old phone. For instance, a high-end handset such as the Nokia Arte would equate to a huge £200 cashback, while more popular handsets from last year such as the Nokia N95 or Sony Ericsson K850i would still generate customers a valuable £115 and £45 respectively.

Andrew Harrison, UK CEO at The Carphone Warehouse said; “Customers are increasingly looking for the best deal when upgrading their mobile phone contract. It’s easy to forget the value of your old phone and many end up in drawers gathering dust. Our ‘Trade-In Calculator’ takes the guesswork out of the true value when trade in your old phone and gives an instant cash ‘thank you’ to loyal and new customers.”

About The Carphone Warehouse
The Carphone Warehouse is the largest independent mobile phone retailer in the UK, with over 820 stores nationwide.

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Exclusive form of sophistication and style in contemporary mobility by LG & Prada

LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA, world’s leading fashion brand, today announce the global launch of the highly anticipated successor to the PRADA Phone by LG. The latest handset from LG and PRADA partnership is set to hit the stores in Europe by late November this year.

The latest edition of the PRADA Phone by LG (Model: LG-KF900) offers a collection of technical upgrades catering to today’s highest mobile needs. In the outer peripherals, new handset preserves the same original minimalist exterior that has now become a key design inspiration of touch screen handsets worldwide. A defining modification for the new handset involves a set of aesthetics keys that slide out to form a more professional look that not only grazes an elevated level of sophistication, but is also a highly efficient communication tool that complements the latest PRADA Phone by LG’s technology.

The handset’s user interface also receives a powerful improvement with LG’s latest active flash UI technology and haptic feedback on touch input enhancing the experience of the phone’s exclusive contents offerings. Dynamic upgrades to the software is well complimented by hardware extensions that include 3G capability with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps and advanced 5 megapixel camera featuring slow motion video recording and DivX playback. Other features include Wi-Fi, full HTML browser, and video calling capabilities.

Reinventing the most exclusive form of mobile sophistication and style, the latest version of the PRADA Phone by LG magnifies the heritage of the predecessor with exclusive PRADA elements including ring tones, wallpapers, and video clips that are carefully selected for users to fully experience the handset inside and out. Each of these unique contents displays PRADA’s extraordinary artwork dedicated to the company’s visionary design philosophy. Contents include the PRADA Fall/Winter 2008 Lookbook, newPRADA animation films dedicated to the PRADA Phone by LG, and wallpapers illustrating principal themes from PRADA’s annual design collections dating back to 2001.

This time around, LG and PRADA reinvents mobile trend with another stunning offering, the ‘PRADA Link’ (Model: LG-LBA-T950). Expected to release with the new handset, this sleek and elegantly packaged digital timepiece is a Bluetooth device that can remotely monitor phone calls as well as read full SMS text messages without having to extract the phone from a bag or pocket. Extending the handset’s luxurious exterior beyond the device itself is a new wearable type accessory; the PRADA Link not only revolutionizes the conventional methods of mobile communication, but adds practicality and convenience to a fashionable statement.

The new PRADA Phone by LG and the PRADA Link will be available with a starting price of 600 Euros and 299 Euros, respectively. The products can be purchased through major mobile dealerships in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and other countries in Europe. Please contact your local operator for details on the handset’s availability in your area.

For further information, please visit www.pradaphonebylg.com

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, employing more than 82,000 people working in 114 operations including 82 subsidiaries around the world. With 2007 global sales of USD 44 billion, LG is comprised of four business units – Mobile Communications, Digital Appliance, Digital Display and Digital Media. LG is the world’s leading producer of mobile handsets, flat panel TVs, air conditioners, front-loading washing machines, optical storage products, DVD players and home theater systems.

LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company (LG) is a leading global mobile communication and information company. LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world with its cutting-edge technology and innovative handset design capabilities. Increasingly, LG is perusing convergence technology and mobile computing products. LG will continue to take leadership in the mobile communication environment with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lge.com.

About PRADA Group

The PRADA Group is one of the world’s leading companies in the luxury goods market. Through the Prada, Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe brands, the Group manufactures and markets high-quality handbags, leather goods and accessories, footwear, ready-to-wear, eyewear and fragrances. Its products are sold in 78 Countries around the world through 211 directly operated stores and a network of selected, high-end multi-brand shops and luxury department stores. The Group relies on 16 production plants, 14 located in Italy and 2 in Great Britain (for Church’s) and on 6,900 employees worldwide. Group’s revenues in 2007 reached 1.7 billion Euros.

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