Morrisons and FareShare partnership saved over 100,000 meals from waste and diverted to charities

Bradford, UK, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons formalised a partnership between its food production sites and the food redistribution charity FareShare in April 2017, to use surplus food occurring at their manufacturing sites to benefit people in need. After nine months, the partnership has resulted in enough good quality food for over 100,000 meals being saved from waste and diverted to charities supporting vulnerable people across the UK.

Numerous Morrisons production sites have committed to work with FareShare, including the retailer’s fish processing plant in Grimsby which was the first to come on board, followed by their fruit packing house Cutler Heights and most recently, vegetable packing house Clayholes Farm in Carnoustie and the Gadbrook Regional Distribution Centre.

The recent addition of Clayholes Farm in December 2017 means that FareShare in Scotland now receives a regular supply of surplus potatoes. The Morrisons team recognised that potatoes used as quality samples could be collected and bagged up for donation to FareShare, rather than going to animal feed. The samples are now sent to FareShare Glasgow once a fortnight, where they are redistributed to local frontline charities.

The provision of off-cut grapes from the retailer’s fruit packing house Cutler Heights has grown from strength to strength since the project started in November 2017. FareShare now receives surplus grapes three times a week from the Bradford site, which are distributed nationwide to the charity’s network of Regional Centres. Three months since the project began, FareShare has received 40 tonnes of off-cut green grapes, which has directly benefited over 1,400 charities, including children’s breakfast clubs, day centres for older people and community centres in deprived areas. As of this week, the project has been expanded to include red surplus grapes, which is projected to significantly increase volumes donated.

Following the success of the partnership, Morrisons will work with Fareshare to embed the FareShare redistribution model further into their wider manufacturing network.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare says: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Morrisons. Thanks to collaboration across multiple production sites, FareShare is able to access a range of fresh, nutritious food that is in such high demand by the thousands of frontline charities we support – items like fresh fish, potatoes and fruit. These types of surplus foods go a long way to helping local charities provide hot, nutritious meals for those who might otherwise go without. The fact that we have already reached a milestone of providing over 100,000 meals is testament to Morrisons commitment to putting their surplus food to the best possible use.”

Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons says: “As a foodmaker that makes most of the fresh food we sell, our manufacturing sites represent the best opportunity to make a real difference by working with FareShare. We want more and more people to be able to eat well and that means ensuring as little as possible is wasted. Working with FareShare means we get surplus food made into wholesome meals where they are needed.”

For further information contact:

Morrisons Press Office
0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Kohl’s extends its partnership with Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 140,000 Kohl’s associates are committed to service—whether it’s in one of more than 1,100 stores nationwide, at corporate headquarters or in the community—our team is committed to making a difference.

Through our Kohl’s Volunteer Program, Kohl’s associates donate their personal time to make a difference in their local communities by volunteering with eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. In support of our associates’ volunteerism, the eligible organization will receive a $500 volunteer reward for every five associates that volunteer for each event. Since the program’s inception in 2001, Kohl’s, through the volunteer program, has donated more than $137 million in corporate grants to eligible nonprofit organizations across the country.

In 2016 alone,

  • Nearly 30,000 community events organized nationwide
  • 100 percent of our locations participated in the Kohl’s Volunteer Program
  • Our associates contributed nearly 500,000 volunteer hours
  • Approximately $24 million in corporate grants were disbursed to more than 9,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the country

Need Volunteers? Review the criteria below and visit the Benevity Causes Portal to register your organization. See below for step by step instructions on how to register.

What Are The Qualifications To Receive A Kohl’s Volunteer Program Dollar Reward?

New Criteria as of Feb 1, 2018

  • A minimum of five Kohl’s associates from any Kohl’s location must volunteer, for a minimum of three consecutive hours with an eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • In support of our associates’ volunteerism, the eligible organization will receive a $500 volunteer reward (previously, known as a grant) for every five associates that volunteer for each event.
    • Funds must be used to directly support the organization’s charitable purpose and the community at large.

Kohl’s cannot guarantee availability of Kohl’s volunteers for your event(s). Only organizations and events meeting specified criteria will be eligible to participate in the program and/or receive a volunteer dollar reward.

Click here for complete volunteer guidelines

Nonprofit Organizations

Eligible

  • Nonprofit public charity that has a current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Not Eligible

  • Organizations that engage in political activities.
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age or have exclusionary practices.
  • Organizations for which its tax-exempt status has been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Organizations that intend to use Kohl’s donation for a purpose other than its charitable purpose.

Request Volunteers

To request volunteers and manage details of your event, eligible organizations should register through the Benevity Causes Portal.

Click here to Register & Activate your Benevity Causes Portal account

  • Please note, if your organization itself is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it  may have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm. For example, most schools do not have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status; but they can still be searched on the Causes Portal using their NCES number or name. Also, some schools are listed as Projects on their District profile to streamline donations. You may want check if there is a Parent Teacher Organizations and Booster Club, as many are 501(c)(3) nonprofits. If a PTO or Booster club accepts donations on behalf of the school, you can locate their profiles using the EIN.

Once these steps are complete, Benevity will confirm your organization’s eligibility to participate in the Kohl’s Volunteer Program as well as other Benevity client programs.

Who is Benevity?

Benevity is a software provider that powers workplace giving and other social good programs for some of the world’s greatest companies. Registering your charity at the Causes Portal makes you eligible to participate in the Kohl’s Volunteer Program and other Benevity client programs.

Benevity leads the industry in disbursing funds electronically while helping organizations receive funds reliably. Benevity Causes Portal manages all processing of donations, fund disbursement, and tax receipting and tracking.

Questions?

  • All Benevity Causes Portal questions should go directly to Benevity by clicking Charity Support Request within the portal or by calling 1-855-237-7875, Option 1.
  • For questions regarding an upcoming local volunteer event, continue to partner with your local Kohl’s event captain(s).
  • Click here for more information on how to register your charity

Do You Have A Question About The Kohl’s Volunteer Program?

Reference our frequently asked questions to find an answer.

Contact Us:
All Benevity Causes Portal questions should go directly to Benevity by clicking Charity Support Request.
Or by calling 1-855-237-7875, Option 1

For questions regarding an upcoming local volunteer event, continue to partner with a local Kohl’s associate.

Source: Kohl’s

Marks & Spencer announces partnership with data science company, Starcount

LONDON, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (06 February 2018) announces the appointment of data science company, Starcount, as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plans. The partnership will help enhance customer understanding and insight through personalisation of M&S’ loyalty and CRM programmes including M&S’s Sparks Card.

Sparks, which currently has over 6 million members, is a key tool for customer insight and engagement and central to helping M&S become a digital-first retailer. Starcount, led by Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby, will utilise its pioneering and innovative approach and technology to map out customer passions in order to predict future buying behaviour.

Starcount’s appointment follows a Marketing Team restructure last month to ensure that the team is more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the business. Marketing and customer engagement play a significant part in M&S’ transformation ensuring it is faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.

Rob Weston who was appointed Marketing Director, Brand & Customer as part of the restructure, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Starcount in my new role. Sparks plays a huge part in helping with our transformation and having the best partners will enable us to focus on achieving a seamless experience for our customers.”

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount, said: “We are delighted to be working with M&S and partnering with them on predicting their customers’ wants and needs. Starcount’s expertise is the science of purchase and intent, understanding the ‘why’ behind M&S customer purchases to help deliver growth, profitability as well as a seamless customer experience.”

Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programme for the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:

  • A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme
  • An acceleration of the UK store estate programme
  • The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau
  • A new Technology Transformation Programme
  • Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network
  • The restructure of the Customer, Marketing & Digital Team

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office:
020 8718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

 

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is passionate about enabling a sense of adventure and inspiring kids to learn through play and exploration.  In connection with its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’ the brand is excited to launch a partnership with three of the most visited aquariums across the US: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.

The campaign, which aims to bring to life the idea of sea-venture both on land and at sea, will include unique experiences on site at each aquarium centered around exploration and education. Additionally, the brand will host local store events in each market, where customers will have the opportunity to meet an aquatic animal and enjoy special offers at the abercrombie kids locations.

At abercrombie kids, the team keeps the sense of adventure and play at the heart of everything it does, including through the clothes it designs, which are “made for play”, with details such as reinforced knees and added stretch. This same sentiment is applied to every area of the brand, as it looks to provide engaging content and experiences that inspire that same sense of adventure.

For more details on the specific events in each market, visit the links below:

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Glendale Galleria Mall on Sunday, February 4th, 11 am-2 pm. Learn more!
  • Check out more information HERE on the Member Activity Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific, happening February 1st and 2nd

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at the Mall of Georgia on Sunday, March 18th, 12 pm-3 pm. Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Georgia Aquarium’s Sleep Under the Sea program. abercrombie kids will be offering an exclusive experience available for A&F Club Members

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Woodfield Mall on Sunday, February 18th, 11 am-2 pm Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Shedd Aquarium’s extraordinary experiences!

“We are excited for abercrombie kids to be partnering with these three acclaimed aquariums. We all want to inspire adventure and curiosity in children, and we look forward to seeing that come to life by sharing these unique experiences and events with our customers,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids.

In addition to the events and to support the aquariums, customers are encouraged to round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar in all US abercrombie kids stores, from now through April 2018.  100% of the funds will support the aquariums, their aquatic animals, and their conservation efforts.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and www.abercrombie.com globally.

About Aquarium of the Pacific:
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, the interactive Shark Lagoon, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages and citizen science conservation programs that help animals from endangered sea turtles to species inhabiting local wetlands. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, please visit aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

About Georgia Aquarium:
Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org

About Shedd Aquarium:
John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the first U.S. aquarium to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals by American Humane, the organization is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. www.sheddaquarium.org

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Gusweiler
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@anfcorp.com

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Company/globenewswire

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Kroger announces its partnership with ReFED to help accelerate its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision

Food waste-focused nonprofit to aid in development of operational framework

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and The Kroger Co. Foundation today (Jan. 23, 2018) announced its partnership with ReFED, a multistakeholder nonprofit organization committed to reducing food waste in the U.S., while on stage at the Third Annual Food Rescue Summit hosted by Feeding America in Washington, D.C.

“When we shared our bold Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative in September, we emphasized our plans to establish a $10 million Innovation Fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the paradoxical relationship between the two,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “Our newly-formed relationship with ReFED will challenge us to create the best strategy, structure and program to invest the funds in the most innovative solutions that will help end hunger in the communities we call home and eliminate waste in our company by 2025.”

There is a fundamental absurdity in the food system: 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste, yet 1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger. Kroger believes it can address this absurdity because it has tremendous scale – the physical assets, the technology, the resources, the people and the passion – combined with local connections to its communities to tackle this challenge.

Kroger’s partnership with ReFED will help accelerate the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision. ReFED works with businesses, investors, innovators and policymakers to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve the national food waste problem. The leaders at ReFED have deep knowledge and experience in food waste innovation, scaling solutions, and the philanthropic and impact investment sectors. ReFED has an innovator database with more than 400 food waste solutions providers, and the system closely tracks where investments are being made.

“Philanthropic capital is needed to foster innovation in ways that other sources of capital cannot; to target and scale solutions lacking a market-rate application, develop capacity for market-based solutions, and seed pilot projects, proofs of concept, and other market-building activities,” said Chris Cochran, ReFED’s executive director. “We’re excited to work alongside Kroger and The Kroger Co. Foundation – a true leader in bringing together capital and innovation to eliminate food waste.”

“At Kroger, our Purpose is to Feed the Human Spirit™, and it comes to life through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,” Ms. Adelman added. “A company’s purpose and social impact matter now more than ever. Our Innovation Fund gives us a platform to work with food waste industry leaders and seek input from other partners and stakeholders to maximize its impact. We look forward to crowdsourcing ideas, funding prototypes and pilots, and bringing solutions that work to scale to transform our communities.”

Kroger continues its inaugural work with long-standing partners Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to accelerate progress toward achieving its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision.

Follow the journey and join the conversation at thekrogerco.com and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About ReFED 
ReFED is a multistakeholder nonprofit committed to reducing the $218 billion of food waste in the United States. ReFED works with businesses, investors, innovators, and policymakers throughout the food system to implement solutions, envisioning a future where combatting food waste is a core driver of business profits, job creation, hunger relief, and environmental protection. For more about ReFED’s work, visit www.refed.com.

About Kroger 
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Sobeys to bring the best-in-the-world grocery e-commerce experience to Canadians through partnership with Ocado Group plc

STELLARTON, NS, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. announced today (January 22, 2018) that it has signed an agreement with Ocado Group plc to bring the world’s leading online grocery ordering, automated fulfillment and home delivery solution to Canada.

Sobeys’ end-to-end online grocery shopping business will be built on the Ocado Smart Platform. With more than 15 years at the forefront of innovation and success in grocery e-commerce, Ocado will partner exclusively in Canada with Sobeys to launch online grocery shopping services, including:
 best-in-class, front-end web site functionality, supported by its proprietary ‘web shop’ and mobile grocery ordering applications
 construction of Ocado’s latest generation, state-of-the-art automated warehouse designed specifically for grocery e-commerce (in which Ocado will invest to install its grid and robots)
 last-mile routing management technology to optimize delivery truck efficiency, customer service excellence and punctuality.

Sobeys and Ocado will develop their first Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) in the Greater Toronto Area. The build is expected to take approximately two years.

In addition to this initial CFC, Sobeys and Ocado will consider developing other CFCs in Canada’s urban areas.

“Sobeys intends to play to win in Canadian online grocery shopping. We are very excited to bring this best-in-the-world grocery e-commerce experience to Canadian customers,” said Michael Medline, President & CEO of Sobeys Inc. “This unique and innovative Sobeys and Ocado experience will offer consumers the biggest selection, freshest products and most reliable delivery available anywhere on the planet. Our end-to-end e-commerce solution will allow Sobeys to build an online offer in a manner that is profitable and creates exceptional value for our customers, investors and supplier partners.”

“We are delighted to be working with one of the leaders in North American grocery retailing. Sobeys is a highly successful and much admired Canadian business and we are proud that they have chosen Ocado Solutions to partner with to build their online grocery business,” said Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado Group.

Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions, added “Channel shift to online in North America is gaining pace as consumers increasingly seek the benefits of grocery shopping from the comforts of their own homes, and as retailers attempt to offer services to meet this growing customer trend. We are pleased to be partnering with innovative and forward-looking retailers such as Sobeys. Soon, four of the world’s most ambitious grocery retailers online – Ocado, Morrisons, Groupe Casino, and Sobeys – will be powered by
the Ocado Smart Platform and we look forward to welcoming more to this list going forward”.

Ocado will provide a comprehensive and customized suite of support and engineering services to enable a smooth launch and sustainable e-commerce operations. Sobeys and Ocado will also partner to incorporate ongoing learning and innovation from Ocado’s global experience into their Canadian platform.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians since 1907. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), Sobeys owns, affiliates or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Ocado
Ocado is a UK based company admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker OCDO). It comprises one of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailers, operating its own grocery and general merchandise retail businesses under Ocado.com and other specialist shop banners, together with its Solutions division. Ocado Solutions is responsible for corporate partnering, which began with its agreement to operate the online business of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc in the UK, and more recently with an agreement with Groupe Casino to develop its online business in France.

Forward-Looking Information
This document contains forward-looking statements which are presented for the purpose of assisting the reader to understand management’s expectations regarding the Company’s strategic priorities, objectives and plans. These forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements are identified by words or phrases such as “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “will”, and other similar expressions or the negative of these terms.

By its nature, forward-looking information requires the Company to make assumptions and is subject to inherent risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements made. For more information on risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may impact the Company’s forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including the “Risk Management” section of the Company’s Annual Information Form and Annual MD&A.

Contacts:
Media:
Cynthia Thompson
Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
(902) 752-8371 ext. 8455
Cynthia.thompson@sobeys.com

Investor Relations:
Katie Brine
Director, Investor Relations
(905) 238-7124 ext. 2092
Katie.brine@sobeys.com

Source: Sobeys Inc.

SSP announces partnership with Gordon Ramsay to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide

SSP announces partnership with Gordon Ramsay to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide

 

London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is pleased to announce a global partnership with Gordon Ramsay in an exclusive deal to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide.

The new concept will be called Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go and will represent a significant innovation in the grab and go category in travel.

Mark Angela, chief commercial officer for SSP said; “Gordon Ramsay has some iconic dishes for which he is known across the world and we’re very excited to be working closely with his team to make sure these become an integral part of the Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go customer experience.

“Gordon pioneered the idea of quality take-on-board meals with his Plane Food picnics eight years ago. He’s got lots of ideas about creating high quality, healthy food to take on the plane in easy to eat formats, and together we’re going to take that to the next level.

“Our customers will have a unique opportunity to experience stand out dishes, all given the Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go twist as the team re-create them specifically for the grab & go market. Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go will give customers travelling through airports around the globe a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience interesting and innovative dishes with a twist from within his extensive portfolio.”

Gordon Ramsay said “I’m excited to be partnering with SSP to develop and bring my global vision of Plane Food To Go to the busy traveller. Plane Food To Go is a truly revolutionary concept that will roll out worldwide and build upon the massive success of the original Plane Food dining experience from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. As someone who is always in a different airport terminal every week, I know first-hand how much Plane Food To Go will enhance every on-the go travellers dining experience”.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

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Restaurant Brands International and Bridgepoint Advisers announce partnership to develop and strengthen the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Burger King Europe GmbH (“BKE”), an affiliate of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”), and Bridgepoint Advisers Limited (“Bridgepoint”) announced today (November 16, 2017) a master franchise joint venture agreement to further develop and strengthen the position of the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom.

The Agreement will result in the establishment of a new BURGER KING® UK entity and Bridgepoint will simultaneously acquire Caspian UK Group, one of the UK’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with 74 restaurants. As master franchisee, Bridgepoint will have exclusive development rights for the brand in the UK.

“We are thrilled to announce this agreement to increase the pace of growth for the BURGER KING® brand in the UK, one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant markets,” said José Cil, President of the BURGER KING® brand. “The Bridgepoint team has extensive experience in the UK market and a strong track record investing in and developing leading brands in the quick service restaurant industry, which positions them well for success.”

“BURGER KING® is a preeminent global consumer brand with a robust and growing presence in the UK market, well-liked by consumers,” said a Bridgepoint spokesperson. “We look forward to appointing a highly regarded management buy-in team to reinvigorate a much-loved brand and to grow the existing UK business.”

“BURGER KING® is an iconic global brand with a long-standing heritage in the quick service restaurant market,” said Martin Robinson, chairman designate of BURGER KING® UK. “Working with Bridgepoint and BKE, the team believes it can deliver growth and further opportunities for the brand to flourish in the UK market.”

Today, the BURGER KING® brand has a significant presence across a number of countries in Europe and approximately 500 restaurants in the United Kingdom. This joint venture will help to further increase the presence and strength of the BURGER KING® brand in the UK and Europe.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $29 billion in system-wide sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service
restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 40 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at www.rbi.com.

About BURGER KING®
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER, the BURGER KING® system operates over 16,000 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Bridgepoint
Bridgepoint is a European private equity firm. With over €20 billion of capital raised to date, it typically focuses on acquiring well managed companies in attractive sectors helping companies and management teams by investing in expansion, operational transformation or via consolidating
acquisitions. Current investments in the food and casual dining sector include Zizzi & ASK Italian, Coco di Mama, Deliveroo and Pret A Manger.

The Firm operates three divisions:
1. Bridgepoint Europe, which concentrates on middle market companies across Europe typically valued between €200 million and €1 billion. It has offices in Europe, China and the United States in Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. It is
currently investing a €4 billion fund, Bridgepoint Europe V.
2. Bridgepoint Development Capital, a separate ‘lower mid-cap’ or smaller buyout and growth capital business which focuses on the acquisition of companies in the UK, France and the Nordic region, typically valued between €50 million and €150 million. In 2016 it raised a new £600 million
fund, BDC III.
3. Bridgepoint Growth makes earlier stage growth capital investments in fast-growth smaller businesses, typically valued up to £30 million, seeking equity investment between £5 million and £15 million. It has a focus on the consumer, media, technology and business services sectors and in
particular on companies utilizing digital technologies to achieve transformational growth in their endmarkets.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are often identified by the words”may,” “might,” “believes,” “thinks,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends” or similar expressions and reflect expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements include statements about (i) the expected structure of the franchise relationship with Bridgepoint; and (ii) the growth of the UK fast food hamburger industry, the expected growth of the BURGER KING® brand in the UK and the future opportunities for the brand in such market. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are detailed in RBI’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and with the securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of Canada, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K and include the following: risks related to the ability to successfully implement BURGER KING®’s growth strategy in the UK market and risks related to BURGER KING®’s ability to compete in an intensely competitive industry. Other than as required under U.S. federal securities laws or Canadian securities laws, we do not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, change in expectations or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:
Restaurant Brands International
E: media@rbi.com

Bridgepoint
James Murray
Tel: +44 207 034 3555
E: james.murray@bridgepoint.eu

Instinctif Partners
Guy Scarborough, Damian Reece
Tel: +44 207 457 2020
E: guy.scarborough@instinctif.com or damian.reece@instinctif.com

SOURCE: Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Hy-Vee announces partnership with The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves

Minneapolis-St. Paul, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves today (11/15/2017) announced a new long-term partnership with Hy-Vee, Inc. to be the teams’ official grocery, pharmacy and floral partner.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin this partnership with Hy-Vee and welcome them into our Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves family,” said Timberwolves & Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “Hy-Vee is a leader in our market with incredibly loyal customers that has seen significant growth recently, which mirrors the current state of our three brands as well. We look forward to many years of growing these two organizations together and engaging with our phenomenal fan bases.”

The partnership includes a digital signage takeover in arena prior to, during and immediately following the opening tip for all Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves regular season home games. Hy-Vee will also have digital signage on the exterior of Target Center and additional signage elements in-arena throughout the games. For the Iowa Wolves, Hy-Vee’s logo will be placed near mid-court inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

One unique element of the partnership gives Hy-Vee the opportunity to leverage a professional sports team’s chef for custom content. Timberwolves & Lynx Executive Chef David Fhima will create a digital cookbook with Hy-Vee products, which includes a year-long content series on the teams’ digital, social and in-arena channels.

The two organizations will also team up on community relations initiatives. The partnership with the Timberwolves and Lynx will focus on fighting hunger while the Iowa Wolves will focus on Hy-Vee’s KidsFit initiative as well as entitlement of the team’s annual school day game called Education Celebration.

“The Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves have a passionate fan base that spans throughout the region and we are thrilled to be a part of all the action and excitement,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Like Hy-Vee, these teams are deeply dedicated to the communities they are in, making this connection a true fit when it comes to our growing list of sports partnerships.”

The teams will support other in-market initiatives, such as in-store activations and/or school visits. Select Hy-Vee stores will also carry Timberwolves merchandise.

Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Contact Information:
Kirsten Wenker
Kirsten.Wenker@timberwolves.com  
612-673-8419

Hy-Vee Contact Information:
Tina Potthoff
tpotthoff@hy-vee.com,
515-559-5770

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance commences partnership with Fareva for the manufacture and supply of own beauty brands and private label products

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today (October 31, 2017) announced that it has commenced its previously announced partnership with Fareva for the manufacture and supply of own beauty brands and private label products.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fareva has acquired BCM, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s contract manufacturing business, which operates factories in the UK, France and Germany.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Contact(s):

Media Relations:
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Macy’s and Y partnership to help send kids to summer camp

Macy’s and Y partnership to help send kids to summer camp

 

Give $3 donation in stores or on macys.com from May 19 to May 21 and receive 25 percent off Fashion Pass

NEW YORK, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its Celebrate Summer campaign, Macy’s is partnering with the Y for the first time to help send kids to summer camp. From Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21, customers can give $3 at the register at any Macy’s store or online at macys.com and receive a 25 percent off Fashion Pass to get discounts all day. All donations will support the Y’s camp scholarship program, which ensures all kids, especially those in need, can have a camp experience. Camp offers kids a fun and unique opportunity to meet new friends, explore the outdoors, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. Best of all, funds raised at Macy’s stores will benefit the corresponding local Ys in those communities.

The Y is one of the nation’s top nonprofits, and a leader in providing summer camp experiences for more than 130 years. There are more than 1,850 day camps at local Ys across the country, 315 overnight camps for youth and teens, and programs that meet the diverse needs of children and teens.

“The partnership with the Y was a natural fit for us when it came to this year’s Celebrate Summer campaign,” said Lauren Anania, director of cause marketing at Macy’s. “The Y is one of the largest providers of camp programs in the country, helping kids and teens to have their best summer ever. We look forward to raising funds through our Fashion Pass program to send even more kids to summer camp, which provides our kids with essential leadership and social skills.”

“Attending summer camp is beneficial to every child’s personal growth, helping kids develop confidence and independence while keeping their minds and bodies active,” said John Duntley, Senior Camping Specialist, YMCA of the USA. “Nearly a million children and teens attend a Y overnight or day camp each year and, thanks to Macy’s, more kids, especially those in need, will have the opportunity to benefit from experiencing camp.”

Savings passes are currently available for pre-sale at Macy’s stores. Some exclusions and restrictions apply for the pass. For more information about Macy’s partnership with the Y, visit macys.com/fashionpass.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.strider@macys.com

Tracy Davis
646-429-7470
tracy.davis@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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Macy’s and Tailored Brands Inc. Partnership Wind Down Operations

CINCINNATI & FREMONT, Calif., 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) and Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD) today (May 3, 2017) announced their joint plan to wind down operations under the tuxedo rental license agreement Macy’s, Inc. had established with Men’s Wearhouse on June 9, 2015.

“Macy’s is always looking for new partnerships that benefit both parties, as well as our customers, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Tailored Brands. While the partnership did not produce the level of sales we expected, we will continue to benefit from the insights we gathered,” said Tim Baxter, chief merchandising officer at Macy’s, Inc. “Both Macy’s and Tailored Brands remain committed to putting our customers first, and we plan to fulfill customer orders and ensure a positive customer experience as we wind down the shops.”

“Innovating new business models is an important catalyst for long-term growth and we saw the partnership with Macy’s as an opportune way to expand our leadership in the tuxedo rental market,” said Tailored Brands’ CEO Doug Ewert. “Unfortunately, the initiative did not generate the revenue that both companies had envisioned. We believe it is in the best interest of our company and our shareholders to wind down the partnership.”

The Tuxedo Shops at Macy’s will continue to take new reservations until June 1, 2017, with operations winding down by July 14, 2017. All customers with outstanding rentals after this period will be contacted and offered the option of transferring their reservation to a nearby Men’s Wearhouse or Jos. A. Bank store to ensure complete customer satisfaction for all events. Customers with questions about reservations may contact the customer service team at 844-MCYSTUX or 844-629-7889, or via email at ClientServices@tuxedo.macys.com.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

About Tailored Brands, Inc.

Tailored Brands, Inc. is a leading authority on helping men dress for work, special occasions and everyday life. We serve our customers through an expansive omni-channel network that includes over 1,600 locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as our branded e-commerce websites. Our brands include Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G. We also operate an international corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Dimensions, Alexandra and Yaffy in the United Kingdom and Twin Hill in the United States.

For additional information on Tailored Brands, please visit the company’s websites at www.tailoredbrands.com,www.menswearhouse.com, www.josbank.com, www.josephabboud.com, www.mooresclothing.com,www.kgstores.com, www.mwcleaners.com, www.dimensions.co.uk, www.alexandra.co.uk. and www.twinhill.com.

Media Contact:
Brunswick Group
Blair Fasbender Rosenberg
212-333-3810

Investors Contact:
Matt Stautberg
513-579-7780

For Tailored Brands, Inc.:
Julie MacMedan
281-776-7575
ir@tailoredbrands.com

Source: Macy’s, Inc. and Tailored Brands, Inc.

New And Innovative Offers to Passengers With SSP and Dusseldorf Airport Partnership

New And Innovative Offers to Passengers With SSP and Dusseldorf Aiport Partnership

 

Eschborn, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the beginning of the year, visitors at Düsseldorf Airport have been able to enjoy a completely new food and beverage concept. As new main tenant, SSP, the Food Travel Experts, is opening seven new gastronomic units and, together with Düsseldorf airport, is focusing on growth. With individually tailored concepts and a wide range of strong brands, SSP successfully competed in the selection process against other leading players in the market.

An important part of the expansion is the highly modern conference centre “DUSconference plus”. From May, passengers and visitors to the airport, as well as local companies, will be able to conduct large conferences, work creatively in small groups or simply answer e-mails in a calm environment.

Ilse Ruffer, Vice President Business Unit Customer Management at the Airport, explained; “Over 3,000 square meters, we offer everything necessary for conferences, events and working on the move. Together with SSP, we have developed a state-of-the-art conference centre that offers the ideal space for any kind of communication – whether in large groups of up to 320 people, in pairs or alone at one of the workstations. Located in the middle of the terminal, the ‘DUSconference plus’ is very flexible. It offers a contemporary environment, a convenient location, and in places direct views over the airfield. If visitors are hungry, food can also be personally arranged and delivered from any of our SSP outlets.”

Working exclusively with a view of the airfield

From the conference centre, travellers are within a minute of the check-in desk. With optimal connection and various catering options, flexible work areas are available for a total of 740 people. There are 10 conference and meeting rooms, 15 boardrooms, a web corner and plug-in workstations as well as three foyers for business meetings or events and exhibitions.

Jan-Henrik Andersson, Chief Commercial Officer SSP DACH commented; As Germany’s third-largest airport and the key hub in NRW, Düsseldorf Airport is an important partner for us, and we have already working closely and successfully with the team here for a number of years. As operators of the conference centre, in partnership with Düsseldorf airport, we are delighted to be building on this successful partnership.”

New gastronomic concepts

SSP has opened a Jamie’s Deli and Jamie’s Deli Van. Alongside this, there is also the popular Hausmann’s restaurant from Patrick Rüther and his partner the well-known TV Chef Tim Mälzer, which is also new to the airport. Famous and well-established in the region are French café and patisserie épi and 4Cani. épi combines the craftsmanship of a French bakery and patisserie with the hospitality of a café, 4Cani brings the flavours of Italy to Germany. Directly in front of the check-in desks serving eastern Mediterranean destinations, visitors will find Mosaic. This concept was developed by SSP especially for Düsseldorf Airport and offers a dash of the culinary arts of the Middle East. The offer will be completed with the opening of KFC in March as well as another bar in 2019.

The conference centre is perfectly complemented by the new gastronomic offers. In addition to the self-service snacks in the Welcome & Work area, the entire SSP brand portfolio can be accessed from the boardrooms and conference rooms. Catering can therefore be adapted according to taste and needs: whether budget-oriented or sophisticated, or whether as an order from the menu or included in the conference package.

Before the opening of “DUSconference plus” and the new units, SSP was already present at the airport with a Caffè Ritazza and two Kamps bakeries. In relation to new business, SSP expects a total turnover of 112 million euros over the term of the contract.

Contact:

Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

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Alibaba Group and Bailian Group announce partnership to explore retail opportunities across each other’s ecosystems

Jointly explore development opportunities across each other’s ecosystem

Shanghai, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) and China’s leading retailer Bailian Group announced today (February 20, 2017) the formation of a strategic partnership to explore new forms of retail opportunities across each other’s ecosystems. The companies will leverage the power of big data to achieve integration between offline stores, merchandise, logistics and payment tools with the ultimate aim of elevating efficiency and overall consumer experience.

The signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang and Bailian Chairman & President Ye Yongming took place in Shanghai. Zhou Bo, Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government and Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma witnessed the signing.

Headquartered in Shanghai, Bailian is one of China’s largest and most established retail conglomerates with more than 4,700 outlets across 25 provinces, 200 cities and autonomous regions in China.

Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group said, “New retail reimagines the relationship between consumers, merchandise and retail space by leveraging mobile Internet and big data. It will upend the traditional manufacturing and supply chain, the connection between merchant and consumer, as well as the overall consumer experience. Businesses will increasingly embrace big data and new innovations to better identify, reach, analyze and serve their customers, and their digital transformation will be empowered by Alibaba’s ecosystem. Our partnership with Bailian is an important milestone in the evolution of Chinese retail, where the distinction between physical and virtual commerce is becoming obsolete.”

Ye Yongming, Chairman of Bailian Group said, “A new consumer era calls for a new retail approach. Traditional commerce needs to embrace innovation and change to thrive if they are to ride atop this new consumption trend. New retail is not just the convergence of online and offline worlds. It also means we need to be able to leverage technologies such as the Internet of Things, AI and big data to provide consumers with new and immersive shopping experiences across channels and product categories anytime and anywhere. It is with this shared vision that our companies have joined forces in this strategic partnership to redefine commerce and reshape the retail industry.”

Under the agreement, the cooperation will include:

  • New retail outlet design: jointly design cross channel store operation and ordering systems to enable real time service solutions for customers at physical stores;
  • New retail technology R&D: joint R&D in new retail technology in areas such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data;
  • Customer Relationship Management: integrate both companies’ membership base to enhance customer service capability through technologies such as geolocation, facial recognition and big-data driven sales and customer management systems;
  • Supply chain management: the companies will combine resources in customer insight and supplier channels to help improve merchandise selection and reduce cost;
  • Payment: Alipay will be made available at all Bailian stores, while Bailian’s payment tools Safepass and Bailian OK Card will be integrated with Alipay to provide a unified third-party payment solution for consumers;
  • Logistics: Bailian Logistics to work with Alibaba on Cainiao’s logistics platform and co-develop logistics rules to enhance services for both consumers and merchants

The partnership with Bailian is the latest milestone in the development of new retail. Alibaba has coined the term “New Retail” to describe a world where the distinction between online and offline commerce becomes obsolete, as Internet users continue to migrate to mobile devices from desktop computers. Under the new retail model, traditional brick and mortar retailers will be offered the tools to transform their way of connecting with consumers, and improve efficiencies in their inventory and distribution network, as well as payment and logistics systems to provide seamless consumer experience both online and offline consumers.

Consumers in China engage in commerce activities from anywhere at any time with the help of mobile phones. With its big data capability and a mobile monthly active user base of close to 500 million, Alibaba is well placed to enable traditional retailers to upgrade to the new retail model.

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

About Bailian Group

Bailian Group is a leading state-owned enterprise in Shanghai, and one of China’s largest retail conglomerates. It has operations in more than 200 Chinese cities with 4,700 outlets and 68,000 employees. Launched in 2016, Bailian’s Omni-Channel Platform “bl.com” & “iBailian App” has grown quickly leveraging Bailian’s membership base of 21 million to provide seamless and round-the-clock service to consumers online and offline.

Media Contacts:
Eric Zhao
Board Secretary
Bailian Group
+86-21-63321200
Eric.zhao@bl.com

Cecilia Kwok
Alibaba Group
+852 9132 7709
ceciliakwok@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

Lenta announces partnership with Belarusian food retailer Eurotorg LLC

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Dec-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, and Eurotorg LLC (Euroopt retail chain), the Belarusian food retailer, are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement of intent.

Under the agreement, the companies will explore the potential for joint procurement opportunities for both food and non-food categories. Lenta and Euroopt will share information about suppliers and run joint procurement programmes where appropriate.

The scope of the agreement also includes private label product ranges. Cooperation could include both supply of Lenta’s private label products to Euroopt and adding private label products developed by Euroopt to the Lenta range.

The companies also agreed to jointly develop marketing concepts and innovative product ranges.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer Jan Dunning said:
“We are excited to start a partnership with Euroopt, one of the largest Belarusian retailers. We see Euroopt as our strategic partner and look forward to running collaborative projects which will enable more efficient procurement by both companies and give an additional impetus to the development of Russian and Belarusian producers. This is a pioneering relationship in the CIS markets, although we see numerous examples of such partnerships elsewhere. With the help of our recently introduced strategic procurement division we will be among the first in the market to tap the potential of international partnerships to cement our position locally.”

Andrey Zubkov, Chairman of the Board at Eurotorg LLC said:
“Our partnership with the federal retail chain Lenta is definitely a major milestone both for our company and for Belarus in general, as this collaboration will enable our suppliers, Belarus producers, to boost their exports to Russia. By joining our procurement efforts, we expect to be able to negotiate more attractive prices and pass on these benefits to our customers, thus providing social support. We highly value the professional expertise of our partners and hope that knowledge and best practice sharing will drive the technology edge of our business and boost our performance. We are confident that this strategic partnership will set an excellent example of effective collaboration between like-minded business teams, highlighting the friendly ties between the markets of Russia and Belarus.”

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 189 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 47 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,138,609 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,800 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to

maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

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

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com.

Contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

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

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

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

Source: Lenta

Auntie Anne’s® donated more than $3 million to fund childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership

Partnership with childhood cancer organization began in 2011

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since establishing a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in September 2011, Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, has donated more than $3 million to fund childhood cancer research. Funds have been raised through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local events, and the annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. These donations have funded more than 60,000 hours of cancer research.

”When Anne Beiler started a pretzel stand in 1988, she said, ‘Caring for other people is the purpose of Auntie Anne’s,’” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “Nearly thirty years later, that commitment to giving back in the communities where we work and live continues to motivate us. The success of our partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a true testament to the hard work and dedicated service of our entire system, from corporate associates and franchisees to store managers and crew. We’re honored to help ALSF cure childhood cancer, one cup at a time.”

“For the last five years, Auntie Anne’s has been an invaluable partner in the fight against childhood cancer. We are always amazed by the commitment their customers and employees demonstrate in carrying out our daughter’s mission to find a cure,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s mom. “Every dollar counts and gives hope to families desperately seeking cures.”

In 2016, Auntie Anne’s has raised nearly $700,000 for ALSF, including more than $520,000 during its in-store fundraising campaign over the summer. Guests who visited Auntie Anne’s between July 18 and September 11 could show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer by purchasing paper pretzel ribbon icons for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ribbons were donated to ALSF. As a token of appreciation to guests who helped “give hope” via the ribbon campaign, Auntie Anne’s provided a $1 off coupon for their next purchase of any pretzel product or drink.

An additional $35,000 was raised for ALSF during the 21st Annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament on July 21. The tournament featured more than 200 golfers and raised a total of $140,000 for four deserving organizations. Each organization, including ALSF, received $35,000. Since 1996, the tournament has raised more than $1.8 million for charitable organizations.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With more than 1,600 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Source: Auntie Anne’s

Conforama and Casino Groups enhance partnership with the creation of “SICA” dedicated to international services

Paris, France, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — After announcing, on 19 September 2016, the creation of “Mano”, their alliance to optimise purchasing in France of household appliances (both white and brown goods) from the main international suppliers, the Conforama and Casino groups have enhanced their current cooperation by creating an international company named “SICA” dedicated to international services.

This company will also include other Steinhoff International Group banners to create an alliance with a global reach.

SICA will develop a portfolio of international services through a wide range of suppliers comparable to that of Mano, in order to facilitate and optimise supplier/distributor partnerships and enhance the competitiveness of both groups.

The new entity will begin operations for the 2017 negotiations.

About: Conforama, a major player in the European household goods market, currently operates a total of 287 stores, of which 204 in France and 83 spread among Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Italy, Croatia and Serbia. The banner generated net sales of €3.5 billion in the 2016 financial year and has 13,400 employees. For more information: www.conforama.fr

Casino Group: A food and non-food retail specialist, the Casino Group generated €46.1 billion in sales in 2015 thanks to its 15,344 sales outlets, including 10,627 in France, and more than 325,820 employees worldwide.* In France, the Group has successfully implemented a multi-format, multi-brand and multi-channel model that draws on its extensive network of hypermarkets (Géant), supermarkets (Casino), urban supermarkets (Monoprix, Franprix, Leader Price) and convenience stores (Casino Shop, Vival, Spar, Leader Price Express) as well as its market-leading e-commerce site, Cdiscount. The Group is notably present in Latin America, where it is No. 1 in Brazil thanks to GPA and Via Varejo and in Colombia with Grupo Éxito.

Conforama press contacts:
Isabelle Hoppenot
+33 (0)1 60 95 25 62
+33 (0)6 25 58 14 38
E-mail: ihoppenot@conforama.fr

Rhizlène Mimoun
+33 (0)1 60 95 26 43
+33 (0)6 25 58 95 52
E-mail: rmimoun@conforama.fr

Casino Group press contacts:
Corporate Communications
directiondelacommunication@groupe-casino.fr
Tel. +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78

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Karine Allouis
kallouis@image7.fr
+33 (0)1 53 70 74 81

Simon Zaks
szaks@image7.fr
+33 (0)1 53 70 74 63

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Régine GAGGIOLI
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

Source: Casino Group

Fresh Market donated Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need through partnership with South Salt Lake Police Department

Local grocery partners with South Salt Lake Police Department to provide Thanksgiving meals

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fresh Market is bringing Thanksgiving to 25 Utah families this week through a partnership with the South Salt Lake Police Department. The local grocery store donated turkeys to the department’s Team Pal Thanksgiving Service Project, which provides Thanksgiving dinner to families in need throughout Salt Lake City.

“One of our biggest focuses is supporting our communities and helping those in need,” said Ryan Woodfield, sales manager for Associated Retail Operations, which operates Fresh Market. “We are grateful for the opportunity to make Thanksgiving happen for many members of the community in partnership with the Salt Lake City police department.”

This is the third year Fresh Market has participated in the service project, which provides turkeys and a box of items for a complete Thanksgiving meal. The police department and members of their Police Athletic League after-school program organize and distribute the boxes to families in Salt Lake City.

“South Salt Lake Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) is grateful to Fresh Market for partnering with us for the last three years. This partnership has been priceless,” said PAL Director, Officer Jerry Silvia. “We have been able to prepare Thanksgiving for multiple families and help the youth learn the true meaning of giving with this project.”

About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit freshmarketstores.com.

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Source: AFS

Activehours and Shop Your Way announces partnership

PALO ALTO, CALIF., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Activehours and Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), announced a strategic partnership today (November 14, 2016) that integrates the Shop Your Way rewards program into the Activehours mobile application. The Activehours application allows people to access their pay the day they earn it, rather than waiting for a paycheck.

“Activehours offers a unique benefit for our Shop Your Way members. This partnership allows us to make a difference in our members’ financial lives by providing instant access to their pay the day they’ve earned it,” said Terry Rolecek, president, Shop Your Way Financial Services for Sears Holdings. “By integrating the Shop Your Way program with Activehours, we provide our members with the convenience of purchasing products and services when they need them rather than having to wait for a paycheck which has already been earned.”

As Shop Your Way members and associates within the Sears Holdings family of companies access their pay through Activehours, they will receive Shop Your Way points which may be redeemed online or in-store at Sears and Kmart. Existing Shop Your Way members can take advantage of this new benefit starting today by linking their accounts to the Activehours app at shopyourway.com/activehours/earn-at-activehours or activehours.com/shopyourway. Existing Activehours customers who sign up for a free Shop Your Way membership at activehours.com/shopyourway will automatically earn points on their next Activehours cash out.

“The Activehours app makes paychecks lightning fast, intelligent and now, they are even worth more,” said Ram Palaniappan, founder of Activehours. “It’s refreshing to strategically partner with a company such as Sears Holdings that understands the benefit of offering their associates and Shop Your Way members a service that allows them to receive wages in real-time. We’re excited to welcome the tens of millions of Shop Your Way members to the Activehours community.”

With Activehours, users get more power and flexibility in how and when they’re paid. Additionally, employers benefit as employees report improved attendance and reduced stress. Activehours is currently working with people employed by more than 10,000 companies, including Sears Holdings.

To download the free Activehours app and get paid when you want, please visit Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

About Activehours
Activehours is the new, faster way to get paid. Unlike the traditional two-week pay cycle, Activehours unlocks your pay by giving you the money you’ve already earned when you need it most — any time, any day. With Activehours, you choose when to get paid for the hours you’ve already worked, finally giving you control over your finances. Founded in 2013, Activehours is driving consumer-empowered finance through mobile technology by breaking open more than $1 trillion held up in America’s pay cycle. For more information on Activehours or to download the app, please visit www.activehours.com.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account. It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit shopyourway.com. Download the free Shop Your Way app on iTunes or Google Play.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

Source: Sears Holdings

Macerich announces partnership with POPSUGAR to deliver custom content for its on-mall, online and social platforms

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, today ( Nov. 3, 2016) announced a partnership with POPSUGAR to provide custom content for the portfolio’s on-mall, online and social platforms.  POPSUGAR, which reaches 1 in 3 millennial women, is a leader in lifestyle content in multi-platforms across entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food and parenting. The partnership with Macerich will encompass custom videos, imagery and social posts, with opportunities for a broad array of brand experiences, in-mall appearances and other tailored, high-profile collaborations.

“POPSUGAR’s spot-on connection with young women is a unique lever for heightening the experience with our malls for this important set of shoppers,” said Ken Volk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Macerich. “This brand’s captivating, on-trend lifestyle content supports nearly every retail category at our high-performing properties and we see powerful synergies as we continue focusing on our malls’ relationships with targeted consumers.”

Across its media business, POPSUGAR has built successful collaborations with premium retailers, including a number of brands that feature prominently within the Macerich portfolio. “Macerich’s high-quality malls in top markets are shopping destinations for our huge audience of young women,” said Geoff Schiller, CRO of POPSUGAR. “We know how to reach Macerich’s consumers and how to communicate with them. As the brick and mortar retail experience continues to evolve, POPSUGAR’s inspiring, informative and entertaining content, plus our proprietary data technology, creates the perfect platform to aid Macerich properties in making their malls the most innovative and engaging experiences for consumers.”

With POPSUGAR’s approachable, fun and positive outlook, the rich, multi-platform content created for Macerich will be nimble and will respond to seasonality, as well as to what’s trending. The first POPSUGAR content will hit Macerich media platforms mid-November.

About POPSUGAR Inc.

POPSUGAR Inc. is a global media and technology company that is parent to lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR, digital shopping platform ShopStyle, and monthly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have. Together, the brands attract more than 100 million visitors worldwide and 2.5 billion monthly content views, with each brand being a leader in its space. POPSUGAR is the #1 lifestyle brand for young women, delivering inspiring, informative, and entertaining content in multi-platforms across entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food, and parenting. POPSUGAR Studios, the video production arm of POPSUGAR, Inc., is the leading producer of online video lifestyle content, with more than 250 million monthly views of its original series.

POPSUGAR Inc. operates internationally in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, China, the Middle East, and the UK, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. The company is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital and IVP. For more information about POPSUGAR Inc., visit corp.popsugar.com.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 56 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website: www.macerich.com

Contact:

Karen Maurer
Macerich
602-708-6311
karen.maurer@macerich.com

Stephanie Tuck
POPSUGAR
917 968 9886
Stephanie@popsugar.com

SOURCE: Macerich

Commissary in partnership with Military OneSource offers free reusable shopping bags to shoppers

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers can get free reusable shopping bags imprinted with important contact information about services available to them thanks to a partnership with Military OneSource. Beginning Oct. 28, commissary patrons worldwide will receive the free shopping bags, distributed one-per-customer while supplies last. Military OneSource distributed 4,800 cases of bags to the Defense Commissary Agency.

The bags are one way the program reaches out where the military community lives, works, plays and shops. Serving over 7 million patrons per month worldwide, the commissary is a great resource to get the bags in the hands of military members and their families.

Military OneSource is a program funded by the Defense Department that provides free confidential help, tools and information to active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their immediate family members and survivors anytime. DeCA, along with Military OneSource and National Industries for the Blind, which is providing the bags, is honored to take part in such an important endeavor.

“Military OneSource is a valued resource for our military community,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Increasing the awareness of this resource through the distribution of bags will serve to remind seasoned military members that support is just a phone call away and perhaps, introduce the support program to new military members.”

Note: For photos on DeCA’s Flickr page, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/commissary/sets/72157675155342745.

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: Commissary

UK potato supplier Branston opens its £5m prepared potato factory extension in partnership with Tesco

UK potato supplier Branston opens its £5m prepared potato factory extension in partnership with Tesco
UK potato supplier Branston opens its £5m prepared potato factory extension in partnership with Tesco

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Branston, one of the UK biggest potato suppliers, has officially opened its £5 million prepared potato factory extension in partnership with Tesco.

Producing around 3,500 tonnes of potatoes each week for sale in Tesco stores across the UK, the new factory expansion includes the introduction of two new batch peeling lines, making it one of the largest peeling and processing facilities in the UK.

The development which has created more than 20 new jobs at the Lincolnshire site also supports Tesco’s commitment to look for new ways to reduce food waste. The facility peels visually imperfect but entirely edible potatoes, which are then supplied to Samworth Brothers, a convenience food producer which produces a range of Tesco’s ready meals.

Tesco’s Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said: “Working collaboratively with our suppliers to ensure we provide the highest quality fresh produce for our customers is right at the heart of what we do.

“Our long history of partnering with Branston, has helped to provide the confidence potato growers and the whole potato industry need to invest and innovate for the future.

“We believe that no food which could be eaten should go to waste so we’re constantly looking for new ways to reduce food waste across our supply chain.

“This new partnership between Branston and Samworth, and new facility means that in addition to our Farm Brands and Perfectly Imperfect ranges, we will be able to use up to 95 per cent of our growers’ crops, and save edible produce from being wasted.”

Branston’s MD James Truscott said: “Our relationship with Tesco is hugely important to the business and its commitment to reducing waste is a shared goal. This exciting new development enables us to play our part, whilst improving quality and freshness for customers.

“The new state of the art peelers have the capacity to cope with potatoes of all shapes and sizes – the wonky veg – which can be used to supply Samworth Brothers to make mashed potatoes for its range of Tesco ready meals.

“Working in partnership adds value to all three businesses. We have to continually modernise and adapt to the evolving food industry in order to have a sustainable business.”

Branston’s commitment to environmental issues has always been a priority for the business.  It uses waste potatoes to generate 40 per cent of the Fresh Potato site’s electricity through its on-site anaerobic digestion plant, with the remaining digestate used by local farms as fertiliser.

Branston, which has three sites across the UK – located in Lincolnshire, Perthshire and Somerset – has been supplying potatoes to Tesco for over 25 years.

Notes to editors:

  • Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes – for leading UK retailers and wholesalers – as well as providing seed for potato growers. It has sites in Lincoln, Scotland and the South West, with Lincoln also being the home of its award-winning prepared foods factory. For more information visit www.branston.com.
  • In July, Tesco became the first retailer in the UK to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers. The contracts, worth £12 million over three years will help safeguard the future for UK farmers https://www.tescoplc.com/news/news-releases/2016/investing-in-the-future-for-britains-potato-growers/
  • Tesco is committed to reducing food waste by working in partnership with producers and suppliers, whilst providing high quality affordable food for customers. Tesco stores donate surplus food to local charities, food banks and community group and has so far given away more than one million meals.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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SPAR announces new partnership with Balfin Group at the opening of its first stores in Albania

Tirana, Albania, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR has officially announced a new partnership with Balfin Group, at the opening of its first stores in Albania. The two largest food stores in the country opened today (OCTOBER 7, 2016) under the INTERSPAR brand –  7,200 m2 in Tirana East Gate (TEG) and 3,800m2 in QTU shopping centre.

Balfin Group is the largest private company operating in Albania. The company entered into food retail in 2005 with the development of the Euromax chain of stores and has been operating 15 large food retail stores (2 Hypermarkets and 13 Supermarkets) under the Carrefour brand.

SPAR Albania as part of Balfin Group will convert its current 15 stores with the development of the two INTERSPAR Hypermarkets to be followed by the conversion of the supermarkets. By the end of 2017, Balfin Group plans to open over 100 supermarkets and 10 hypermarkets, creating the largest retail network in Albania and investing over €50 million in the project.

SPAR International Managing Director, Tobias Wasmuht said “We are delighted to be partnering with Balfin, a leading privately owned Albanian business Group, to develop SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets in Albania. Working in true co-operation with the Balfin Group, we are able to unite the best of international with the best of local, creating an excellent proposition of value, service, quality and choice for our customers in Albania.”

Speaking about the partnership Julian Mane, the Vice President of Retail at Balfin Group said “We are delighted to be partnering with SPAR. Our multi-million euro investment and ambitious plans for expansion are based firmly on our confidence in the SPAR offering. The expected growth of the Albanian market and our strong distribution and logistics capabilities strengthen the partnership further. We look forward to bringing these modern new store formats, excellent products and great customer service to our customers in Albania.”

Entry into Albania brings to 44 the number of countries where SPAR currently operates and marks SPAR’s second announcement of international expansion in 2016. SPAR International reported global retail sales in 2015 of €33 billion from over 12,100 stores across four continents.

The launch of the SPAR Brand has been complemented with a television campaign, city wide outdoor advertising as well as the launch of the two Hypermarkets and the conversion of some of the existing supermarkets to the SPAR Brand to open this year.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Univision in partnership with Paradies Lagardère opened new store at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, yesterday (October 06, 2016) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Univision-branded store located in Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). This is the fifth Univision-branded store opened in partnership with Paradies Lagardère in airports across the country, including two at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2015, one at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in March 2016 and one at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in July 2016.

Univision-branded stores feature various products, including snacks and beverages that represent Latin America, as well as all the basic travel essentials. Each location features Univision programming in Spanish throughout the day on large television screens, including Noticiero Univision, the most trusted newscast on Spanish-language television in the United States.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes
The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Paris city council awarded on September 26th, by a large majority, the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to an 8020 partnership between the LVMH group, which has been managing it since 1984, and Compagnie des Alpes, a major player in the field of development and management of theme parks. This new concession has been agreed for a total of 25 years, around a particularly ambitious project.

The project is based on two concepts: the first being absolute respect for the tradition, the image and the identity of the oldest attraction park in France, and one that has been enticing generations of visitors since the second Napoleonic Empire, and the second being an extensive programme to modernize and diversify its activities, to rejuvenate and embellish the landscape and to restore its heritage. This dual objective will bring a new dimension to this unique place in Paris, accelerating a transformation process which is already underway with the establishment of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Eighteen attractions will be created (9 will be free) and 26 existing attractions will be renovated.

Remaining entirely faithful to the public service mission of the park, the educational workshop programme will be developed, taking into account the role of new technologies, of proposed sporting and cultural events, often with free admission, accessibility to all and including dining facilities, redesigned to appeal to all different tastes and aspirations.

All these developments will remain faithful to the original spirit of the garden. It’s architectural heritage dating from Napoleon III’s era, one of the largest and most complete of its kind in the capital, will be enhanced, while its historic landscaping, created by landscape gardener Barillet-Deschamps will be restored. The garden staff, currently numbering 250, will remain the same or increase, and working conditions will be improved by the creation of a building which will bring together all the offices and workshops, as well as changing rooms, a canteen and common rooms under one roof.

The garden is an important part of the attractiveness of Paris and the region. With a target of 2.5 million visitors a year, it will become an important attraction for both Parisians and tourists. “The ethos of the garden is very much a reflection of LVMH values: innovative but respectful of heritage,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH group.

The garden has partnered with the Compagnie des Alpes, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts to improve its offering. “I am delighted that the Compagnie des Alpes will be able to provide its expertise and be associated with this splendid project in which we have a shared ambition” explains Dominique Marcel, CEO of the organisation. Through this partnership LVMH, the world leader in luxury, will be able to rely on the know-how of the foremost French theme park operator.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Carrefour Belgium announces new partnership with Cubzz to collect donations to help children’s charities

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium is selling a healthy drink – exclusively via its hypermarkets and supermarkets – the proceeds from which will go to an SOS Children’s Villages project of the customer’s choice.

Humanitarian aid is in Carrefour Belgium’s very DNA – it regularly organises campaigns to help various charities. This new partnership with Cubzz goes still further. Customers can get even more involved and can “customise” their act of goodwill.

Cubzz 100% Belgian
Cubzz is a Belgian brand created by Wouter Cauwenbergh. After many years working in the private sector, he set up his own company to collect donations in an original way for children’s charities. Cubzz sells a chocolate beverage (33 cl) and then gives all its proceeds to various projects. Customers can currently support various projects managed by SOS Children’s Villages – Cubzz’s founding partner – which has believed in this initiative right from the outset. This collaboration will bolster the partnership between SOS Children’s Villages and Carrefour Belgium, which has already been supporting it for several years now. Over time, customers will be able to support other charities.

How does it work?
Each beverage has its own unique code. Once they’ve purchased the product, customers go to www.cubzz.be and enter their code. Then all they have to do is choose one of the projects listed on the site – the one they want to lend their support to – and then Cubzz will give the proceeds to that project. Any money that is not directly allocated by customers will be equitably distributed among all of the projects supported by Cubzz.

Cubzz, it’s fashionable
This beverage that Carrefour Belgium is selling exclusively to its customers is very much in keeping with contemporary trends, since it is:
– made with soya milk only cultivated in Europe
– made with sustainable cocoa beans
– guaranteed gluten- and lactose-free
– less sugary – 60% less sugar – than other products on the market.
This healthy charity beverage is on sale in Belgium’s Carrefour hypermarkets, Carrefour Markets and Carrefour Express stores starting this week.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

Walgreens and Prime Therapeutics announce partnership

DEERFIELD, Ill. & ST. PAUL, Minn., 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and Prime Therapeutics (Prime), a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), today ( August 29, 2016 ) announced a long-term strategic alliance that includes a new retail pharmacy network agreement and the combination of the companies’ central specialty pharmacy and mail service businesses.

The alliance between Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, and Prime, the nation’s fourth largest PBM owned by 14 leading Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans, introduces a new model that aligns pharmacy, PBM and health plans to coordinate patient care, improve health outcomes and deliver cost of care opportunities.

The retail pharmacy network agreement will give Prime’s health plan and employer clients access to the preferred Walgreens pharmacy network. Prime’s 22 million members may also benefit from personalized pharmacy services and cost saving opportunities when filling their prescriptions at Walgreens.

The combined central specialty and mail services company, owned by Prime and Walgreens, is expected to provide operating and purchasing efficiencies on par with industry leaders.

“The prescription drug needs of consumers are often changing, and this unique collaboration will help us deliver value, care and service to our patients and the communities we serve,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. “Walgreens has a long history of working with our business partners to create new solutions to help improve access and patient care, and we look forward to providing a differentiated and patient-led pharmacy experience to more Prime members.”

The alliance also brings together Walgreens national pharmacy network and operating efficiencies with the pharmacy benefit management expertise of Prime. Payers will be able to leverage integrated medical and pharmacy data for better cost control and health outcomes management, while Prime, Walgreens and the combined specialty and mail service company will work together to utilize Walgreens omni-channel services and resources to help improve medication adherence and health outcomes for patients.

“With costs rising at unsustainable rates, we must take strong and decisive action to make health care more affordable,” said Jim DuCharme, CEO and president of Prime. “We’re trying to apply the brakes to this run-away freight train of rising drug costs by aligning the cost control expertise of the trusted Blue + Prime model with Walgreens supply chain capabilities and sending a message that we are on board with finding a solution to this issue. We believe that the care, value and commitment that we will deliver together will create benefits to our Blue Plan clients and members.”

Prime will continue to support client-specific network choices for health plans; however Walgreens will be the core participant in Prime’s national preferred pharmacy network, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

The combined central specialty and mail services company will be governed by a separate board of directors and executive team, which will be selected by Walgreens and Prime. Leadership decisions for the company will be announced later this year.

The combined company will be consolidated by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the parent company of Walgreens, in its financial statements. The transaction, which is subject to the expiration or termination of applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the first half of calendar 2017.

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

About Prime
Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) helps people get the medicine they need to feel better and live well. Prime manages pharmacy benefits for health plans, employers, and government programs including Medicare and Medicaid. The company processes claims and delivers medicine to members, offering clinical services for people with complex medical conditions. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, Prime serves more than 22 million people. It is collectively owned by 14 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, subsidiaries or affiliates of those plans. Prime has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. For more information, visit www.primetherapeutics.com or follow @Prime_PBM on Twitter.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those related to the related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the strategic alliance, the ability to realize anticipated operating and purchasing efficiencies and achieve anticipated financial and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated, and satisfaction of the conditions to closing the transaction in the anticipated timeframe or at all, as well as those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 31 May 2016, which are incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, each of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., Walgreens and Prime do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contacts:

Prime Therapeutics
Arlys Stadum
612.777.5930
astadum@primetherapeutics.com

Walgreens
Jim Cohn
847-315-2950
jim.cohn@walgreens.com

Source: Walgreens

FMI and Nielsen announce partnership to uncover comprehensive insights on the “Digitally Engaged Food Shopper”

ARLINGTON, VA/NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help retailers and manufacturers better understand the forces and factors of change driven by digital technologies within the food marketplace, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced today (August 17, 2016) a strategic analytic alliance to uncover comprehensive insights on the “Digitally Engaged Food Shopper.” Results from this multi-year initiative will focus on current and future digital shopping behaviors, incorporating perspectives from top retailers, CPG manufacturers and technology providers, along with extensive consumer research by FMI and Nielsen.

Mark Baum, FMI chief collaboration officer and senior vice president of industry relations said, “Fundamentally, we know the impact of digital on grocery shopping is significantly and quickly growing, which is creating a real urgency to explore the emerging technologies shaping the new norm in food and consumer products shopping. We’ll explore with Nielsen how a new generation of technology-enabled digital collaboration, including format, supply chain, and information capabilities, will be required for seamless engagement with the grocery customer. Connected commerce will become the norm.”

“The use of mobile and digital technologies are reshaping the food retail landscape and creating the immediate need for retailers and manufacturers to implement ‘connected commerce’ strategies to maintain retail relevance,” said Chris Morley, President of Nielsen U.S. Buy. “This analytic alliance between FMI and Nielsen will aim to better define the digital shopper and uncover deep insights on a topic that is strategically crucial for the industry.  Together, the combination of data and analytics across multiple sources will help provide 360 degree clarity on core factors for all FMI members navigating this new, digital retail topography.”

Initial survey findings of the FMI and Nielsen “Digitally Engaged Food Shopper” program will be available to all FMI members in 2017.  A preview of topline insights will be revealed at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in January 2017.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Guild Education partnership to give employees opportunity to earn college credits or complete a degree

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Guild Education partnership to give employees opportunity to earn college credits or complete a degree
Chipotle Mexican Grill and Guild Education partnership to give employees opportunity to earn college credits or complete a degree

 

DENVER, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced a new partnership with Guild Education to give Chipotle employees an opportunity to earn college credits and pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. Between Chipotle’s existing tuition reimbursement program (which offers up to $5,250 per year) and an additional $5,815 in available federal grants for those who qualify, Chipotle employees can pay as little as $250 per year to go to college.

Through the program with Guild Education, Chipotle employees can pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees, take college courses or attend graduate school at little to no cost, earn a GED, or study English as a second language. Employees have access of up to $5,250 annually in tuition reimbursement from Chipotle, and an additional$5,815 in federal grants for qualified applicants in undergraduate programs. Through these programs and the discounted tuition offered to Chipotle employees by Guild Education, many participants can complete their degree for as little as $250 per year.

“Attracting and retaining teams of top performers is one of the key drivers of our business, and we are always looking for ways to enhance the benefits we offer to help us do that,” said Monty Moran, co-CEO at Chipotle. “We’ve seen a lot of success and participation with our existing tuition reimbursement program, and through this new partnership with Guild Education, we can offer our employees even more assistance and opportunities to pursue their education.”

Guild Education offers a variety of online classes, programs and more than 30 degrees from top-ranked universities, including Colorado State University’s Global Campus, Bellevue University and Western Governors University. Chipotle employees can complete courses while also continuing to work at Chipotle.

The programs help Chipotle employees gain credit for their past college coursework and up to 44 transfer credit hours for on-the-job training in crew, kitchen manager, service manager and apprentice manager positions. Participants complete their classes online, allowing them to work at their own pace and with the support of a Guild Education personal college and career adviser who will support them throughout their program.

In addition to its tuition reimbursement program, which was expanded to include hourly employees in 2015, Chipotle offers other competitive benefits including paid sick leave and vacation for all employees, including hourly workers; health, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) matching program; employee stock purchase program; and the opportunity for twice-annual merit increases and an annual bonus.

Chipotle employs more than 60,000 people and is constantly looking for top performers to join its team. Interested applicants can visit careers.chipotle.com for more career information.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 20 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 15 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

ABOUT GUILD EDUCATION
Guild Education works with organizations to offer Education as a Strategic Benefit to their employees, with an end-to-end solution to reshape tuition reimbursement policies to aligning business goals with affordable education programs that employees love. Education as a Strategic Benefit is designed to support the goals and aspirations of employees for higher education advancement and degree completion, while improving organizations’ corporate recruitment and retention efforts. Guild works with non-profit universities and learning providers to offer a consortium of classes, programs and college degrees, including Bellevue University, Western Governors University and Colorado State University’s Global Campus. To learn more, visit www.GuildEducation.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle

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Alibaba Cloud announces partnership with HTC Corporation to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality solutions

Beijing, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced strategic partnership with HTC Corporation (‘HTC’), the pioneer in innovative smart technologies. Both companies will join hands to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality (“VR”) solutions for customers worldwide.

Leveraging the advanced cloud computing technology of Alibaba Cloud, the companies will focus on developing breakthrough innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting. The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem, and extend ‘Viveport’, HTC’s VR app store to Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing platform.

“Cloud computing has continuously broken the boundaries of what we thought possible, accelerating the rate of innovation. The partnership between Alibaba Cloud and HTC will bring two of the world’s most disruptive technologies together to bring more value to businesses looking to leverage VR and cloud. This partnership will accelerate the development of VR technology in China and encourage widespread, global adoption.” said Ge JIN, Business Architect Director at Alibaba Cloud.

“We are excited to partner with Alibaba Cloud, as we believe it will be a landmark collaboration between VR and cloud computing industries. By leveraging computing expertise and the developer ecosystem built on Alibaba Cloud, HTC Vive will provide more reliable, stable services to VR solution developers with better access to China market,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.

Cloud computing and VR technology complement each other on commercial applications. With the algorithm capacity and infrastructure provided by cloud computing technology, the ultimate experience of VR can be greatly enhanced by increasing definition, minimizing system crashes and conserving bandwidth. On top of that, the development of VR technology requires powerful and flexible infrastructure support from the backend to supply visually rich and interactive contents to the audiences, in which cloud computing technology can improve the efficiency and lower operation costs.

Alibaba Cloud has successfully helped a VR team from Zhejiang University to render a three-minute 360-degree 3D VR video in only 3 days. The required computing capacity for the video was 100,000 processor cores and is the equivalent to non-stop processing by a 12-core high performance server for more than 8,000 hours.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.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 participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

About HTC
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

About Vive Virtual Reality System
Vive is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality system developed in partnership by HTC and Valve. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive allows true-to-life interactions and experiences thanks to an adjustable headset displaying stunning graphics, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360˚ absolute motion tracking. For a convenient and safe experience, Vive incorporates essential functionality from your phone and features a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world. Working in concert, this system immerses you visually, physically and emotionally in the virtual world. For more information on Vive, please visit www.vive.com.

Media Contacts:

Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 15021925635
ruoyun.sry@alibaba-inc.com

Shunna Hsieh
Alibaba Group
+886 988566310
shunna.hsieh@alibaba-inc.com

Xin Liu
HTC
+86 152 1059 6698
xin_liu@htc.com

Source: Alibaba Group