PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend Saved the Lives of Nearly 27,000 Shelter Pets

With the Help of Adoption Partners, PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and Animal-Loving North Americans Saved the Lives of Nearly 27,000 Shelter Pets

Phoenix, Ariz., 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nearly 27,000 shelter pets found their forever homes at PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend, held at PetSmart stores across North America Nov. 10-12 — making it the most successful November National Adoption Weekend since PetSmart began its in-store adoption program in 1994 and its second-best to date.

While often referred to as National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts spanned the entire week of Nov. 6-12, with the vast majority of pets (approximately 90 percent) being adopted Friday through Sunday. A grand total of 26,823 lives were saved—representing a 17 percent increase over the previous November event.

“We are thrilled that 26,823 found their forever homes this past weekend,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “At PetSmart Charities, one of the ways we support the bond between people and pets is by hosting our signature National Adoption Weekend events. Our mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets and keep pets and people together could not be achieved without the support of PetSmart stores, the work of our dedicated partners in animal welfare – some 3,500 across North America – and the compassion of tens of thousands of pet parents who decide to open their hearts and their homes to these deserving pets this past weekend.”

Held four times a year in February, May, September and November, National Adoption Weekend events showcase adoptable pets in nearly every PetSmart store in the United States and Canada, and usually feature several adoption organizations at each store location. On average, more than 25,000 pets find forever homes at PetSmart-PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, and the event held this past September, where more than 30,000 pets found forever homes, was the most successful event in the retailer’s history.

The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on February 16-18, 2018.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S., while four large animal welfare agencies will distribute it in Canada.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

Media Contacts:
PetSmart Charities 24-Hour Media Line
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Barnes & Noble announces lineup of star-studded events for November

Fans Can Visit Barnes & Noble and Meet the Celebrities They Love Including Bestselling Authors, Well-Known Actors and Actresses, Famous Politicians, Popular Chefs and More

New York, New York, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (October 31, 2017) announced November’s lineup of star-studded events, featuring bestselling authors, well-known actors and actresses, famous politicians, popular chefs and more, just in time for the start of the holiday season. Throughout the month of November, fans are encouraged to stop by Barnes & Noble to meet the celebrities they love including David Baldacci, Alec Baldwin, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kate Hudson and many more big names. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for more details on each event.

Below is a list of some of the major events taking place at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide this November:

  • Isabel Allende, In the Midst of Winter, Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City, November 6 at 7 PM.
  • David Baldacci, End Game, Barnes & Noble Creeks at Virginia Center in Glen Allen, VA, November 18 at 1 PM.
  • Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody, Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue in New York City, November 8 at 12 PM; Barnes & Noble Market Fair in Princeton, NJ, November 10 at 1 PM.
  • Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party, Barnes & Noble Country Glen Center in Carle Place, NY, November 5 at 2 PM; Barnes & Noble Eastchester in Scarsdale, NY, November 6 at 7 PM.
  • Lee Child, The Midnight Line, Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City, November 7 at 7 PM.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, Barnes & Noble Seven Corners in Falls Church, VA, November 3 at 1 PM.
  • Michael Connelly, Two Kinds of Truth: A Bosch Novel, Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner Mall in McLean, VA, November 5 at 7 PM; Barnes & Noble The Grove in Los Angeles (with Ivy Pochoda), November 9 at 7 PM.
  • Flo Groberg¸ 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor, Barnes & Noble Upper West Side in New York City, November 6 at 7 PM.
  • Kate Hudson, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition, Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park in Dallas, TX, November 7 at 7 PM.
  • Diane Keaton, The House that Pinterest Built, Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ, November 4 at 2 PM.
  • Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12: The Getaway, Barnes & Noble Tribeca in New York City, November 7 at 5 PM; Barnes & Noble The Grove in Los Angeles, November 15 at 5 PM.
  • Katy Tur, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, Barnes & Noble Upper West Side in New York City, November 2 at 7 PM.

Barnes & Noble hosts over 100,000 events annually at its stores across the country. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for a full list, and stay tuned for the next announcement unveiling the exciting events lineup for December.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 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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All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

RioCan announces distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for November

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today (Nov. 15, 2016) announced a distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of November. The distribution will be payable on December 7, 2016 to unitholders of record as at November 30, 2016.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15 billion as at September 30, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 301 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 47 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Compliance
416-864-6483
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Commissaries recognize all military this November with special promotions and annual free turkey event worldwide

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are featuring special promotions in November including high-value coupon booklets for free frozen turkeys that help recognize the sacrifices of military service.

“Our military families face hardships each and every day, whether it is another deployment separating families, trying to make ends meet on a tight budget, or being stationed overseas far away from home,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

“This November we recognize all our military – active duty, Guard and Reserve and retirees – and their family members. And to all the war veterans who have fought for our freedom and the right to live in a free democracy in America,” she added. “The commissaries will be showing their thanks through military veterans’ commemoration ceremonies, Veterans Day holiday weekend sales and our seasonal promotions throughout November.”

One of the month’s biggest promotions is the annual free turkey event worldwide included in high-value coupon booklets. The free turkey promotion coincides with special discounted fresh turkeys available in all stores. Patrons are reminded to check out the sales flyer or get a copy at the store entrance.

Throughout November, the commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Your Turkey Could Be Free” coupon booklet! This worldwide promotion revolves around a 24-page recipe booklet with coupons valued at more than $59. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with significant savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, Chinet, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entenmann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark, Ocean Spray, P&G, Heinz and Johnsonville. Look for these recipe/coupon booklets in your local commissary beginning Nov. 1, with coupons good through Dec. 31.
  • Fresh turkeys at low prices will be available at stateside commissaries beginning Nov. 19, while supplies last. Check out the sales flyer for details.
  • “Celebrate the Holidays” with General Mills. This holiday cooking and baking event will be supported with high value in-store coupons.
  • NFL Gift Card. With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, patrons can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their Commissary Rewards Card. Promotion open worldwide from Nov. 1 to Jan. 3, 2017.
  • Army-Navy football tickets. From Nov. 1-15, Nabisco will be offering a chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the Army-Navy Game when patrons use their Commissary Rewards Card. The game is being played at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 10. Travel and hotel expenses will not be covered for the winners.

“Don’t forget to check out our sales flyer. There you will find special Deals of the Week listed on page two. Also you will find more promotional items to meet all your holiday needs,” Russ said. “Be sure to stock up now!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: The Defense Commissary Agency

The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s 2016 National Community Cups® program returns to Dunkin’ Donuts stores this November

The Joy in Childhood Foundation's 2016 National Community Cups® program returns to Dunkin’ Donuts stores this November
The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s 2016 National Community Cups® program returns to Dunkin’ Donuts stores this November

 

CANTON, MA, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This November, Dunkin’ Donuts will welcome the holidays and the seasonal spirit of giving with a special way for guests to help bring joy to children whose lives are affected by health issues or hunger. The Joy in Childhood FoundationSM announced its 2016 National Community Cups® program begins tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1. Throughout the entire month, Dunkin’ Donuts guests are invited to make a $1 donation to the Joy in Childhood Foundation at Dunkin’ Donuts and Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin-Robbins multi-brand restaurants nationwide. Participants will be given a paper icon showing that they gave joy, to sign and display at the restaurant or take home. As an additional thank you for guests’ support, the paper icon also includes a special coupon that can be redeemed for $1 off the purchase of a dozen donuts which expires 12/31/16.*

The National Community Cups® program will support the mission of the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation) to provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Foundation has launched this fundraising initiative and guest support for the past three programs at Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations has raised over $1.5 million dollars nationwide since 2013.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Foundation has been deeply embedded in communities across the country and has donated over $11 million to hundreds of national and local charities. Through the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, employees, vendors and guests, the Joy in Childhood Foundation raises funds to support partnerships with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids. In 2015 alone, the Foundation raised $3.4 million, funded 114 grants and charitable partnerships and provided 437,000** meals through grants made to Feeding America.

According to Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chief Communications Officer and Co-Chair of the Joy in Childhood Foundation, “Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are built on a heritage of joy and a commitment to giving back. Through our Foundation, we can support and strengthen communities by bringing joy and happiness to children who face hunger or sickness. On behalf of our brands’ franchisees, we are proud to launch this year’s National Community Cups program, and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in our local communities throughout the country.”

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 

The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders—including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests —and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $11 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

*Limit one coupon per customer per visit. Dozen donuts exclude Croissant Donuts, Fancies and Squares. Expires 12/31/16.

**Meals enabled from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016 through grant funds from the Foundation.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December

NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December
NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December

 

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and December, excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales, to increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since recovery began in 2009. Additionally, NRF is forecasting non-store sales to increase between 7 and 10 percent to as much as $117 billion.

“All of the fundamentals are in a good place, giving strength to consumers and leading us to believe that this will be a very positive holiday season,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “This year hasn’t been perfect, starting with a long summer and unseasonably warm fall, but our forecast reflects the very realistic steady momentum of the economy and industry expectations.”

“We remain optimistic that the pace of economic activity will pick up in the near term,” continued Shay.

Holiday sales in 2015 increased 3.2 percent over the previous year.

“Consumers have seen steady job and income gains throughout the year, resulting in continued confidence and the greater use of credit, which bodes well for more spending throughout the holiday season,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Increased geopolitical uncertainty, the presidential election outcome and unseasonably warm weather are the main issues at play with the greatest potential to shake consumer confidence and impact shopping patterns.”

“However, the economic spending power of the consumer is resilient and it should never be underestimated.” continued Kleinhenz.

NRF’s holiday sales forecast is based on an economic model using several indicators including, consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales releases. The overall forecast includes the non-store category (direct-to-consumer, kiosks and online sales.) For historical sales information visit NRF’s Holiday Headquarters and the Retail Insight Center.

NRF Forecasts Seasonal Employment to Grow Between 640,000 and 690,000

According to NRF, retailers are expected to hire between 640,000 and 690,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, in line with last year’s 675,300 new holiday positions.

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

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