Tesco: perfect spring growing conditions brought forward the start of UK’s chilli pepper season

Tesco: perfect spring growing conditions brought forward the start of UK’s chilli pepper season


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the popularity of chillies in the UK continues to soar, perfect spring growing conditions have brought forward the start of the UK’s chilli pepper season by five weeks.

Last year Brits bought an estimated 230 million chilli peppers – a 50 per cent increase in demand since 2011.

But it’s the super-hot varieties that are creating the greatest excitement with chilli pepper fans.

Last year Tesco saw sales for super-hot chillies rocket by 130 per cent, largely down to the popularity of the world’s hottest commercially grown chilli pepper, the Carolina Reaper, which was available for the first time exclusively at the supermarket’s stores across the UK last summer.

The perfect spring growing conditions means there will be twice as many of the notorious Bedfordshire grown Carolina Reaper variety this year.

Tesco chilli pepper buyer Phoebe Burgess said:

“The extension to the British chilli season means we will have a lot more of the legendary Carolina Reaper available for customers this summer.

“We know that a growing number of customers really love to cook with hot chillies and the Carolina Reaper has a rich fruity flavour with a slightly sweet taste so a tiny sliver could transform everyday favourite dishes.”

The tiny chilli peppers really pack a punch – and measuring 2.2 million Scoville Units they are 400 times hotter than a jalapeno.

They are exclusively grown by Bedfordshire farmer Salvatore Genovese who is the UK’s largest chilli pepper grower.

He started growing chilli peppers 15 years ago after he took over his parents’ cucumber business and now grows about one million, or 15 tonnes of chillies each week for the UK market.

Salvatore said:

“This year we’ve had really good levels of light and some great weather which has helped push the season forward.

“I’ve also planted a lot more of the Carolina Reaper because the high demand last summer took us by surprise. That, together with the earlier start to the season, means we will have nearly twice as many as last year.”

Other chilli peppers grown by Salv that are stocked by Tesco include the previously hottest UK grown variety, the  Komodo Dragon, as well as the Scotch Bonnet and Habanero in red, green, chocolate and yellow; Flavia, Purple Valentina; Cayenne; Fresno in yellow, green, red and orange and his own favourite the Serenade.

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

Source: Tesco


NRF/Hackett Associates report: Retail imports should continue to increase throughout spring and summer as economy improves

WASHINGTON, 2017-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports should continue to see strong increases throughout the spring and summer as the nation’s economy improves, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Consumers are spending more, and these import numbers show that retailers expect that to continue for a significant period,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “This is a clear sign that the economy has long-term momentum regardless of month-to-month fluctuations. Whether it’s merchandise for store shelves or parts for U.S. factories, imports play a vital role in American prosperity.”

“Our view that imports will continue to be stable despite the uncertainties of the new administration’s trade policies remains unchanged,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Despite pre-election promises, there has been little real change in trade policy so far and little change is expected for the greater part of the year.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.43 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was a decrease of 14.3 percent from January as many Asian factories shut down for Lunar New Year, and down 7 percent from the same month a year ago. Coming after the winter holidays and before retailers stock up for summer, February is historically the slowest month of the year for imports. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

March was estimated at 1.61 million TEU, up 21.5 percent from unusually low numbers last year, when Lunar New Year came a week later than this year. April is forecast at 1.59 million TEU, up 10.3 percent from last year; May at 1.68 million TEU, up 3.5 percent; June at 1.66 million TEU, up 5.3 percent; July at 1.71 million TEU, up 5.1 percent, and August at 1.74 million TEU, up 1.6 percent.

The first half of 2017 is expected to total 9.6 million TEU, up 7.3 percent from the first half of 2016. Cargo volume for 2016 totaled 18.8 million TEU, up 3.1 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014.

NRF has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com


J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Pres

Source: NRF

Sainsbury’s & Oxfam call on people to recycle clothes this Spring

Sainsbury’s & Oxfam call on people to recycle clothes this Spring


London, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brits are set to get rid of 680 million pieces of clothing this season as they spring clean their wardrobes. However, the annual fashion detox will be damaging for the environment with a staggering 235 million garments expected to end in landfill, as people throw them in the bin rather than donating or recycling items.

  • Wardrobe revamp will see 680 million items cleared out, with 235 million heading to landfill
  • 49m people (75%) expect to throw clothes in the bin this spring, with men more likely than women
  • Half of people (49%) believe that worn out or dirty items can’t be donated
  • Sainsbury’s & Oxfam call on people to recycle clothes, which will be welcomed regardless of quality

Now, as we welcome back sunshine and thoughts turn to warmer days, new research released by Sainsbury’s has revealed how the start of a new season fuels the clothing waste problem.

In total, three quarters (75%) of Britons admit they will throw clothes in the bin this spring, rather than donating or recycling items, meaning charities will be missing out to landfill. On average people will dispose of 19 items with seven of those going straight in the bin.

The study also uncovered the reasons people don’t donate or recycle clothing, with half (49%) saying didn’t think they could because they were worn out or dirty. A further 16% admitted they don’t have time to visit a charity shop, or simply could not be bothered to sort items, while 6% of people didn’t realise clothing could be recycled.

Interestingly, men are more likely to send clothes to landfill, with 82% saying they’ll bin items this spring, compared to 69% of women. Men will throw out more than the national average with 21 items being discarded, of which eight (38%) will end up in landfill. Women on the other hand average 17 items, of which six (35%) will go to landfill.

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability – Energy, Engineering & Environment for Sainsbury’s, said: “If clothes go out with the rubbish, they’ll end up in landfill, so we’ve teamed up with Oxfam to help Britons become more charitable and environmentally savvy this spring. No matter if they’re worn out or grubby, we’re calling on shoppers to donate their unwanted clothes at recycling points in our stores across the UK – perfectly placed to fit into the nation’s everyday routine.“

Sainsbury’s is the biggest single supplier of second-hand clothing for Oxfam shops and, in the last year alone, the retailer has helped recycle over 16.3 million garments, bringing in an estimated £3.6 million for the charity.

Oxfam promises that 100% of items donated via Sainsbury’s will be reused, resold or recycled, meaning that all items will be accepted regardless of style, condition or age. After being sorted at the charity’s ‘Wastesaver’ plant in Batley, Yorkshire, suitable items will be sold in Oxfam’s shops and online, or sent to support their social enterprise project in Senegal which creates jobs for disadvantaged women sorting and selling clothing in the local market. Items that aren’t fit for re-use can be turned into other textiles, used for the likes of insulation, sound proofing and padding.

Further findings also revealed that while half of respondents (47%) said their preferred way of getting rid of clothes was to take them to a charity shop, 15% said they’d normally throw items away in the rubbish. Again there’s a clear split between men and women, with a fifth (21%) of men favouring binning items, compared to half that (9%) amongst women.

Paul Crewe continued: “While recycling is now common-place for things like paper and plastics, it’s often overlooked when it comes to our clothes. But we’re trying to fix that and now have 340 donation points at our stores, so our customers can spruce their wardrobe in the knowledge that their old items will be making a difference elsewhere.”

Fee Gilfeather, Head of Retail Brand for Oxfam, added: “Many people still think that their unwanted clothes won’t make a difference to charities, but at Oxfam we can reuse or recycle almost anything. The items donated through Sainsbury’s raise millions, helping us continue our vital work to end extreme poverty around the world.

“For example, right now Oxfam is responding to the food crisis in East Africa, where 16 million people are facing terrifying food shortages. Oxfam is providing safe clean water, sanitation and food.  This is life-saving work and your unloved clothes really can make a huge difference.”

Sainsbury’s has Oxfam donation banks at 340 stores nationwide, allowing customers to drop off items while doing their shop. In the last year alone have seen a 15% increase in the number of clothes being donated. Last year more than 5,000 tonnes of clothing were donated through the partnership.

Oxfam and Sainsbury’s have been working in partnership since 2010. In addition to gathering clothing donations for the charity, Sainsbury’s is a member of Oxfam’s Emergency Response Network, helping respond to international crises.


020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s


Dunkin’ Donuts unveils refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer

Dunkin’ Donuts unveils refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer


  • Spring brings sweet and satisfying Coconut Crème Pie and Butter Pecan flavored coffees, introduction of Fruited Iced Teas and more
  • Dunkin’ offers two tasty new donuts for a perfect pairing with the brand’s beverages

CANTON, MA, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is readying for warmer weather with the reveal of a refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer, led by new Coconut Crème Pie flavored iced coffee, the return of Butter Pecan flavored iced coffee, and the nationwide launch of Fruited Iced Teas. Dunkin’ Donuts also has two new delicious donuts designed specifically to feature ideal flavors for pairing with the brand’s coffee beverages. And, for breakfast lovers, Dunkin’ Donuts is unveiling a pretzel croissant as part of its new Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich.

Available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning Monday, March 27, the brand’s spring beverage menu includes:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Coconut Crème Pie flavored iced coffee offers a creamy combo of vanilla, coconut and sweet pie crust flavors. Returning fan favorite Butter Pecan flavored iced coffee features indulgent butter roasted pecan and sweet cream flavors. Both can be enjoyed hot or iced and in any coffee, latte or macchiato.
  • For a perfect beverage that balances refreshment and sweetness, Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing Fruited Iced Teas nationwide. Featuring freshly-brewed Black tea or 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea mixed with real fruit juice and topped with real pieces of fruit, Fruited Iced Teas are available in two flavors, Mango Pineapple and Blackberry.
  • Hot winter beverages will turn to frozen, including Original Hot Chocolate, Dunkaccino, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Mint Hot Chocolate at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country.

Just as specific wines pair well with cheese, certain donut flavors offer an excellent complement to coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts’ culinary team has created two new donuts designed to feature ideal flavors to pair with the brand’s coffee beverages. Flavor combinations, which will be featured by the culinary experts throughout the year, are intentionally designed to elevate guests’ overall taste and flavor experience in both the donuts and the coffee.

  • The new Chocolate Pretzel Donut, to be paired with the Butter Pecan Coffee, is a glazed chocolate cake donut topped with sweet caramel icing drizzle and salty crushed pretzels. The salty pretzel topping and sweet notes of chocolate and caramel provide the ideal balance to the sweet, creamy, toasted nut flavor of the Butter Pecan Coffee.
  • The new Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut, to be paired with Cold Brew Coffee, features a glazed croissant donut filled with peanut butter buttercreme and topped with a chocolate icing drizzle. The creamy peanut butter and chocolate icing elevate the subtle chocolate notes in Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew Coffee.

Also returning is the Spring Flowers Donut, a yeast ring donut frosted with light green icing and topped with flower sprinkles.

Dunkin’ Donuts is serving up a satisfying new breakfast option as well, introducing the new Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich. The sandwich features Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, egg and Wisconsin Aged White Cheddar Cheese, served on a new pretzel croissant that brings together the flaky, buttery goodness of a croissant with the salty deliciousness of a pretzel. The Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich can be enjoyed with a Dunkin’ Donuts hot coffee.

Finally, to kick off the season of iced coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer its first-ever national Snapchat filter on March 30. To make it sweeter, the filter will feature four different themes based on time of day. Users will be able to get a different filter when they wake up, mid-morning, afternoon and evening. The Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee Snapchat filter will be available one day only, on March 30, for all users throughout the country.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.


Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin Donuts


KappAhl’s Sustainable Design Contest 2016 winner Lovisa Malmberg Gomis brings in new and exciting designs this spring

KappAhl’s Sustainable Design Contest 2016 winner Lovisa Malmberg Gomis brings in new and exciting designs this spring


Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — This spring Lovisa Malmberg Gomis – winner of KappAhl’s Sustainable Design Contest 2016 – will bring us new and exciting designs in the form of two multifunctional dresses that can each be used in three different ways.

In the end of April, KappAhl launches the winning entry in KappAhl’s Sustainable Design Contest. Winner Lovisa Malmberg Gomis’ design builds on an idea to create so-called intelligent clothing – that is to say, garments that can be varied and that have multiple areas of use, thereby gaining a longer lifespan. Lovisa has designed two dresses, each with three functions – perfect for both everyday wear and parties.

– By creating a garment that can be used in different ways and in different situations, you extend its lifespan. In a playful and creative way, we can actually make a smarter choice for our environment and future. Sustainability is as simple as that, Lovisa explains.

– Lovisa’s idea for smart clothing is both spot on and an inspiration to us at KappAhl. We work hard to find creative solutions that promote more sustainable fashion consumption. And this is just what Lovisa has done in our competition, with her design for multifunctional dresses, says Maria Segergren, KappAhl’s vice president, assortment and design.

Video materials have been produced to show how the smart dresses can be used. See the films HERE, HERE and HERE.

Lovisa’s dresses will be available in select KappAhl stores and online in the end of April 2017.

To borrow products, please contact:
EKPR & Kommunikation, tel. (+46) 08-667 22 06, info@ekpr.com
High-resolution images can be found at www.kappahl.com/press and www.ekprbildbank.com

For more information :
Monika Kostovska
Fashion PR and Sustainability Marketing Manager
tel. +46 704 71 55 56


Corporate and Investor Relations
Charlotte Högberg
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 70 – 471 56 31

Fashion and range
Monika Kostovska
Fashion Press Responsible
Phone: +46 70 – 471 55 56

Source: KappAhl


Kimco Realty announces the opening of its Grand Parkway Marketplace in Spring, Texas

Target is first to open at the new ground-up development, with additional tenants soon to follow

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announced the opening of its Grand Parkway Marketplace in Spring, Texas, with Target opening its doors to the public today (3/8/2017). The 126,000-square-foot Target is the first retailer to open in the much-anticipated Grand Parkway Marketplace development, the latest of Kimco’s Signature Series ground-up developments to open for business. The project’s $87-million, 488,000-square-foot phase one is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.

In addition to Target, multiple anchor tenants are scheduled to open at the center in the next few months, including TJ Maxx, Michaels, PetSmart, Burlington, Famous Footwear, DSW, Ulta, Party City, and Five Below, among others.

“After a lot of hard work, Grand Parkway Marketplace is now ready to be one of the most sought-after shopping destinations in the Houston market. Phase one is approximately 80 percent leased and there is strong demand for the remaining space,” said Robert Nadler, President, Central Region at Kimco Realty. “We are thrilled that Target recognizes this development as a phenomenal opportunity to serve this community with their broad assortment.”

Grand Parkway Marketplace is located along the newly opened Grand Parkway, a massive highway project encircling the Greater Houston region. This prime location offers retailers street frontage along Grand Parkway, Spring Stuebner Road and Kuykendahl Road, as well as a direct route to The Woodlands, a highly successful, upscale planned community just a few miles north of the shopping center. Within a five-mile radius there are almost 180,000 people with an average household income exceeding $110,000. Recent additions to the area include new facilities for Noble Energy, Southwestern Energy, CHI St. Luke’s Health, and the ExxonMobil world headquarters, which houses approximately 10,000 employees. Furthermore, HP recently announced plans for a new campus that would bring approximately 2,400 employees to the area. Phase one of Grand Parkway Marketplace will contain national, regional, and local tenants, with eight junior anchors, 11 outparcels, ample parking, a restaurant village with a man-made lake, a series of fountains, and a boardwalk amenity for the restaurants.

Additionally, Grand Parkway Marketplace II is under development. The second phase, located across the street, has three anchor boxes, two of which have been leased by Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports + Outdoors, with the third under lease negotiation. In addition, the planned $52-million phase two development will include a number of multi-tenant retail buildings, and several outparcels for restaurants, banks, or other retail uses. In aggregate, the two phases will encompass over 110 acres, and will create a retail hub of approximately 750,000 square feet.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 524 U.S. shopping centers comprising 85 million square feet of leasable space across 34 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty

Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Stein Mart to open five new stores this spring

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT) (the “Company”) today ( Feb. 16, 2017) announced the  locations of its five new stores opening this spring – the first phase of its 2017 store plan to open a total of 11 new stores.

“These new stores fall within our real estate strategy to grow sales by filling existing markets where we are doing well,” said Hunt Hawkins, CEO of Stein Mart. “We look forward to introducing our customers to these new locations where they will always find great values on the best designer and name brand merchandise, in an attractive, easy-to-shop setting.”

The locations and currently scheduled opening dates for Stein Mart’s spring new store group are:

  • Auburn, AL:  Auburn Mall – March 23
  • Bainbridge Township, OH:  Marketplace at Four Corners – March 16
  • Brentwood, TN:  Brentwood Place – March 16
  • Cincinnati, OH:  32 East – March 30
  • Marietta, GA:  Parkside at Cobb West – March 9

In addition, the Company is relocating one store from Morrisville, NC to a new location at Parkside Town Commons in Cary on March 30 and is planning to close five under-performing stores during 2017. The locations of the six new fall stores, which are scheduled to open in September and October, will be announced this summer.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. The Company currently operates 290 stores across 31 states. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

For more information:

Linda L. Tasseff
Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639

Source: Stein Mart, Inc./globenewswire

Lowe’s Canada to host annual Regional Hiring Day to meet spring and summer demand

Boucherville, QC, 2017-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( February 1, 2017) Lowe’s Canada announced plans to hire approximately 2,800 new employees to fill seasonal roles at its 54 Lowe’s banner stores across Canada in addition to positions at two new stores that are expected to open in Sherwood Park (AB) and SW London (ON) by mid-2017.

To help meet customer needs during the spring and summer seasons, Lowe’s will host its annual Regional Hiring Day on Saturday February 25th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time in each city) at its Lowe’s banner stores across Canada. Potential candidates are invited to walk in to any Lowe’s store across Canada to learn more about available employment opportunities and apply in person or online during Regional Hiring Day. Management teams will be onsite ready to accept applications and conduct on-the-spot interviews. In some instances, offers of employment will be made onsite to successful applicants. Those able to apply online can go to www.lowes.ca/careers at any time to submit their applications.

“We have a lot of great seasonal employment opportunities available as the warmer seasons approach and customers get ready to tackle their outdoor projects,” says Wanda Walkden, VP, Human Resources, Lowe’s Canada. “At Lowe’s we are looking for passionate people who are ready to help our customers accomplish both their inside and outside projects. We also offer great opportunities in our garden centres for people with a passion for horticulture, who want to share their expertise and gardening tips with our customers”

Seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer, typically from March until September, when weather has improved and customers are ramping up their indoor and outdoor home improvement projects. Typical seasonal positions include customer service associates, cashiers, loaders, stockers, sales specialists and assemblers. Approximately 35-40 seasonal positions are hired per store.

Hiring for Lowe’s two new stores will create approximately 150 jobs at each location, and an additional 35-40 seasonal roles. Interested candidates can visit www.lowes.ca/careers for more information and are encouraged to visit the site often for details on job fairs and employment opportunities.

For a full list of Lowe’s locations in Canada please visit www.lowes.ca.

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA, inc., operates over 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 24,000 employees, as well as more than 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Sears introduces its “Meet With An Expert” service to the Lawn and Garden department just in time for spring

Launch Coincides with Sears’ First-Ever “Spring It On Black Friday” Event

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for spring, Sears has expanded its “Meet With An Expert” service to the Lawn and Garden department to help shoppers make more informed outdoor equipment purchases. This free service lets online shoppers save time by scheduling in-store appointments with experts who will already know the products they’re interested in and help them find the right lawn and garden equipment for their home’s needs.

Coinciding with the launch, Sears has announced its first-ever “Spring It On Black Friday” event April 22-23, offering deals for the entire home at Black Friday-level pricing.

“From finding the right type of mower to a more powerful trimmer to the perfect-sized shed and more, Meet With An Expert takes the guesswork out of shopping for lawn and garden products,” said Joelle Maher, President and Chief Member Officer for Sears. “Our new ‘Spring It On Black Friday’ sale event is a great time to meet these experts and get incredible deals on everything to get yards in shape for spring – many items at the lowest price we’ve ever offered. Green is the new black!”

Taking a page out of its holiday playbook, Sears will hold a special Member Private Night – opening stores to select Shop Your Way members only, so they can shop the “Spring It On Black Friday” sale five days early on Sun., April 17 from 6-9 p.m. and online at sears.com from 5 p.m. Sun., April 17 to 11:59 p.m. Mon, April 18. Access to the Member Private Night is by invitation only, however members can secure an invitation by clicking a banner on the Sears mobile app.

Members can download the Sears app at sears.com/mobile to get a sneak peek of the Sears Spring It On Black Friday deals, or visit sears.com/SpringItOn. Special offers include:

About Meet With An Expert
Sears’ “Meet With An Expert” service launched in the fall of 2015, first serving home appliance shoppers. The expansion into both lawn and garden and mattress departments is the latest in a series of integrated retail innovations connecting the digital shopping world to in-store expert associates. Members can access the service several ways:

  • Visit sears.com/expert-advice
  • Click the “Meet with an Expert in our store” link from the merchandise product page
  • Click the “Meet with an Expert” link from the details page of a nearby Sears store

In addition to scheduling a personal appointment at their preferred time, Sears’ experts will know the lawn and garden, appliance or mattress product the member is interested in, compare and contrast different models, and offer advice specific to their needs.

Members can shop whenever and wherever they need using Sears’ other free integrated retail services like Buy Online, Pickup In-store; In-Vehicle Pickup; Anyone, Anywhere Pickup; and Ship-to-Home.

Becoming a Shop Your Way member is free and easy at sears.com/shopyourway. Members can access on-the-go online shopping, rewards, exclusive sales, personal shopping and celebrity content and sweepstakes. Discover more @Sears.com.

*Item and price may vary in California.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Brian Hanover Kamal Bosamia
Sears PR Zeno Group for Sears
847-286-6080 312-527-2SHC (2742)
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com Kamal.Bosamia@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Dollar General launches its spring Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program

  • Major Retailer Launches Spring Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Program;
  • Weekly Specials Help Customers Save More on Easter and Apparel

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General is helping customers spring into savings this week with the launch of its spring Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program, offering customers approximately $200 each week in total online coupon savings now through April 19. Customers will see additional weekly specials on dozens of discounts on Easter merchandise and a buy-one, get-one free sale on select apparel and accessories, as well as its everyday low prices on thousands of items throughout the store.

“It is an especially exciting time at all Dollar General stores and online this week as customers can begin saving even more on the products they consistently know and trust from Dollar General,” said Dave D’Arezzo, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “Particularly noteworthy are the exceptional deals available through our Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program where customers can save on products from America’s most popular brands and our own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands.”

Now through April 19, Dollar General® will offer digital coupons through its spring Fast Way to Save™ program from companies including Dollar General’s own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands including DG™ Home, DG™ Health, DG™ Body, EverPet™, DG™ Beauty and Clover Valley®, as well as Rexall®, SCOTT® paper products, Mr. Clean®, Coca-Cola®, Rubbermaid®, Hefty™ and more. All digital coupons may only be redeemed one time through April 19.

In addition to dozens of opportunities to save online, Dollar General’s digital savings also includes an exclusive coupon for $2 off any $10 pre-tax purchase through March 31.

To enroll or upload these coupons, customers may login to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the DG mobile app.

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Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Lowe’s plans to hire approximately 30,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s announced today it plans to hire approximately 30,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring – the busiest time of year in the home improvement industry.

Seasonal jobs are focused on customer service and include cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders, and stockers. Most seasonal employees will work an estimated 20 or more hours per week. Experience in any of the home improvement trades is a plus.

Seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months, typically from February until September, when weather has improved and customers are tackling both indoor and outdoor home improvement projects. The company plans to hire and train new seasonal employees on a market-by-market basis. Hiring has already begun in Florida,California, Texas and Arizona where warmer, spring-like temperatures are beginning.

“As spring arrives, our stores are stocked with products homeowners use for their indoor and outdoor projects. To help make shopping and selection easier, we want our stores staffed with knowledgeable employees who’ll provide exceptional service for customers,” said Scott Purvis, Lowe’s vice president, human resources operations.

The online community CareerBliss listed Lowe’s among “The10 Happiest Retailers To Work For In 2014.” Available positions are being posted and applications accepted online at www.lowes.com/careers. Information about seasonal opportunities is also available via Twitter @LowesCareers.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,835 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.


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