Wal-Mart and Rakuten to launch online grocery delivery service Japan and new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the U.S.

Companies to launch online grocery delivery service in Japan and new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the U.S.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. and TOKYO, Japan, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) president and CEO Doug McMillon and Rakuten, Inc. Chairman, president and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani met in Tokyo today ( Jan. 25, 2018) to announce a new strategic alliance that leverages each company’s unique strengths and assets to expand consumer reach and enhance how customers are served in Japan and the U.S.

The collaboration includes the launch of a new online grocery delivery service in Japan beginning in the third quarter of 2018. In addition, Walmart and Rakuten Kobo Inc. have formed an exclusive retail alliance that will enable Walmart to begin selling eBooks and audiobooks, as well as offer Rakuten Kobo eReaders, in Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com in the United States starting later this year.

“Rakuten is a strong e-commerce business and we’re excited to collaborate with the top online shopping destination in Japan,” McMillon said. “Here in Japan and everywhere we operate, we’re constantly exploring new ways to make every day easier for customers by offering great experiences in stores, online, via mobile—no matter how customers want to shop. We look forward to expanding our grocery footprint in Japan and launching a new offering of eBooks and audiobooks for our customers in the U.S.”

Mikitani said, “As global leaders in e-commerce and offline shopping, Rakuten and Walmart are uniquely positioned to empower our customers around the world with innovative services.” He added, “We are excited to partner with Walmart because of its commitment to creating the best solutions to serve customers with low prices.”

Japan online grocery delivery service
Rakuten and Seiyu GK, a subsidiary of Walmart, have reached a basic agreement to establish a joint venture with the aim of launching a new online grocery delivery service in Japan, to be known as “Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper.” The new service is planned to be launched in the latter half of 2018.

Rakuten and Seiyu will launch a new online grocery delivery service leveraging each of the companies’ strengths to offer a more convenient shopping experience that meets the changing needs of customers in Japan. Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper will aim to increase fulfillment capacity, enrich the merchandise offering and improve convenience for the customer. The service will aim to increase capacity in 2018 with the establishment of a dedicated fulfilment center, in addition to offering deliveries from Seiyu stores.

The new service’s merchandise offering will showcase Seiyu’s twin strengths of “quality” and “low prices.” To serve the needs of customers increasingly short on time for preparation, the service will include not only fresh produce and daily consumables but also a rich lineup of convenient items such as cut vegetables, partially-prepared foods and ready-meal kits, as well as popular local gourmet products from merchants on the Rakuten Ichiba marketplace.

Furthermore, the new service will utilize Rakuten’s deep expertise in e-commerce to offer a site with an optimized user experience, as well as leveraging big data and AI to offer a more personalized merchandise offering.

Customers using the new service will enjoy the benefit of being able to earn and use Rakuten Super Points, also allowing them to use their points on more than 70 services within the Rakuten ecosystem.

Rakuten Kobo U.S. eReading Service
As part of this alliance, Walmart will become Rakuten Kobo’s exclusive mass retail partner for the Kobo brand in the U.S., offering Kobo’s nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors to Walmart.com customers. Walmart.com will offer eBooks and audiobooks for sale later this year. Walmart will also sell digital book cards in stores, enabling more than 4,000 stores to carry a broader selection of books for customers.

All eBook content will be accessible through a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app available on all iOS and Android devices, a desktop app and Kobo e-Readers, which will also be sold at Walmart later this year.

“Walmart is one of the top retailers in the world and one of the largest booksellers in the U.S. Our strategy from day one has been to partner with the world’s best retailers, so that they can easily offer their customers the option of reading digitally. This informs the software and devices we create, the books and authors we promote, and also the partnerships we build,” said Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn. “For us, this is another great opportunity to serve book lovers at Walmart, those people who make reading an important part of their lives.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Rakuten
Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions. For more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/.

About Seiyu
Seiyu operates retail chain stores nationwide from Hokkaido to Kyushu, selling fresh food, groceries, apparel, general merchandise and other products. We are striving to deliver our customers “Our Promise”: Offering everyday needs at unbeatable prices at the quality they want through the channel they prefer to shop, such as stores, and online grocery delivery service, which provides them with highly valuable shopping experience of key attributes for differentiation: “Price Leadership”, “Quality and Freshness”, “Product Assortment” and “Convenience”. Fully leveraging the global network and creditworthiness of our parent company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., we will actively develop attractive sales floors to better suit the preference and needs of Japanese customers.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering nearly 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

Media Inquiries:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Media Relations
+1 (479)273-4314
news.walmart.com/reporter

Rakuten, Inc.
Corporate Communications Department
global-pr@mail.rakuten.com
(+81) 50-5817-1104

Seiyu GK
Public Relations
+81-3-3598-7760

Rakuten Kobo Inc.
PR & Communications
kobo-pr@mail.rakuten.com

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

PetSmart opened 28 new stores in the U.S. and Canada during the third quarter of 2017

PHOENIX , 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (Dec. 14, 2017) announced it opened 28 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the fiscal quarter ending Nov. 1, 2017. This adds to the 35 new stores opened in the first half of the fiscal year, bringing the year-to-date total to 63.

In support of its goal to be the most convenient provider of products and services for pet parents, PetSmart opened new stores during the third quarter in the following locations:

U.S. Locations

  • Baxter, Minn.
  • Cartersville, Ga.
  • Clovis, N.M.
  • Dublin, Cal.
  • El Paso, Tex.
  • Elk River, Minn.
  • Florence, Ala.
  • Forest Lake, Minn.
  • Gaylord, Mich.
  • Highlands Ranch, Col.
  • Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Hopkinsville, Ken.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Caney, Tex.
  • New York City*
  • North Conway, N.H.
  • Oak Park, Ill.*
  • Pocatello, Ida.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Sacramento, Cal.
  • Westminster, Col.
  • Wooster, Ohio

Canada Locations

  • Ajax, Ont.
  • London, Ont.
  • Prince Albert, Sask.

“Continuing to expand our brick-and-mortar footprint is an important part of our strategy to be the most convenient, best-in-class pet retailer,” said Brian Amkraut, PetSmart’s executive vice president of store operations, services, supply chain and real estate. “In addition to our store growth, we continue to take steps to further enhance the customer experience. This quarter, for example, we launched The Groomery by PetSmart™ (The Groomery), our innovative new store concept focusing exclusively on pet grooming services.”

Following the close of the third quarter, PetSmart reached a significant milestone by opening its 1,600th store. The retailer now operates more than 1,600 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and 207 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.com to learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

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

Contacts: 
PetSmart
Erin Gray
623-587-2177
egray@petsmart.com

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Subway® consolidates its U.S. and Canadian media and creative business, with Dentsu Aegis Network

Milford, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Subway® restaurants announced today (Dec. 11, 2017) – a major shift in its marketing strategy. For the first time in more than 25 years, the sandwich chain is consolidating its U.S. and Canadian media and creative business, with Dentsu Aegis Network. Beginning in early 2018, The Franchise @ Dentsu Aegis Network North America, a customized team powered by talent across the Dentsu Aegis Network, including Carat NY and mcgarrybowen NY, as well as Carat Canada and DentsuBos, will lead the company’s strategy to drive efficiency and effectiveness across all channels.

An integrated Dentsu Aegis team of QSR experts will lead a customer centric, people based marketing approach to help Subway drive its business transformation across the region. The team will grow Subway’s brand vitality with consumers, with talent based in New York, Toronto, and Montreal.

“This is a pivotal time for Subway as we are accelerating our transition to becoming a modern marketing organization,” said Karlin Linhardt, Senior Vice President of Marketing for North America at Subway. “We selected Dentsu Aegis because it is a data-driven organization with the resources, strategic vision and creativity needed to drive consistent value for our customers and our franchisees across all channels.”

“Subway is an iconic brand, and we are proud that they have chosen Dentsu Aegis Network as their integrated marketing partner to help drive their growth across North America. We look forward to innovating the way Subway engages with consumers with expertise across data, creative, and media,” said Nick Brien, CEO, Americas, Dentsu Aegis Network.

Subway initiated its comprehensive U.S. and Canada national agency review in July 2017. The review did not impact the company’s specialty and local agencies, or agencies outside the United States and Canada.

Subway retained the services of MediaLink to assist in the agency review process.

About Subway® Restaurants
Subway® offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-toorder sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway® experience is also delivered online at www.Subway.com and through the Subway® App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.

Source: Subway

Starbucks opens the first Princi bakery location in the U.S. at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle

Starbucks opens the first Princi bakery location in the U.S. at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle

 

  • Acclaimed artisan baker Rocco Princi brings the craft of bread baking, exceptional ingredients and the “Spirito di Milano” to customers for the first time in the United States
  • Freshly baked onsite, the artisanal Italian food experience joins the premium Starbucks Reserve® brand as the exclusive food pairing to its rare, small-lot coffees
  • The Seattle location is part of Starbucks investment in expanding Princi™ globally through its Starbucks Reserve® retail formats as well as standalone Princi boutique stores in 2018 

Seattle, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (November 7, 2017)  announced the opening of the first Princi bakery and café location in the United States at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle. The Roastery opened in December 2014 as an homage to coffee, a completely immersive and sensorial space that redefined customers’ expectations of a retail environment. Completing this new customer experience is the introduction of Princi, offering freshly baked Italian food crafted from Rocco Princi’s recipes, which has gained a devoted following in his six stores across Milan and in London’s Soho neighborhood.

Princi will become the exclusive food offering in all new Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations including Shanghai, opening in December 2017, Milan in late 2018, and New York, Tokyo and Chicago thereafter.

“Rocco Princi is an artisan who, at an early age, discovered a love of bread making and through determination as well as an obsession for finding the perfect ingredients, has created an Italian food experience that I think is unparalleled,” said Howard Schultz, executive chairman, Starbucks. “His passion for authentic food and respect for Milanese culture come through in everything he does, and I think our customers are going to fall in love with Princi.”

Born in Calabria, Italy, Rocco Princi began as a baker’s apprentice and opened his first store at the age of 21 in the Villa San Giovanni. With the motto, “hot bread all day,” demand quickly exceeded his expectations and Rocco moved to Milan, opening a shop in 1986. Designed with ovens as the centerpiece of his stores, Rocco Princi and his team bring the theatre of baking to life using simple, yet sacred artisanal techniques, and exceptional ingredients sourced specifically for each fresh food offering. Sourced without compromise and baked without shortcuts is what defines Princi food.

At the newest Princi location in Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, a team of bakers and chefs bring over 125 years of experience to Princi recipes. Much like Rocco’s European locations, the Seattle store is centered around ovens with food across every daypart baked fresh onsite. More than 100 menu items – from flaky cornetti to focaccia sandwiches filled with salame Milano and mozzarella di bufala or crostata fragola – will be available daily, using ingredients imported from Italy, 25 of which are specifically for Princi. The food will be displayed in abundance as a Commessa guides customers through the breadth of offerings.

“Today, I am realizing a dream that I have had since I was a young man, and I am grateful to Howard for his vision to bring Princi to the world,” said Rocco Princi, founder, Princi. “Having worked side by side with the team that Starbucks has assembled, I have seen firsthand their talent as well as the attention they have given to ensuring that the fresh, authentic, handcrafted ingredients that define the Princi experience are being honored. I am excited and humbled that the people of Seattle will now be able to experience our food.”

In 2016, Starbucks announced that it had joined a global investment team – which includes Milan-based Angel Capital Management and Pekepan Investments – to expand Princi bakeries into international markets. In addition to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations, Starbucks plans to open Princi standalone stores starting in 2018.

About Princi

Princi is a Milanese institution built around baking a range of quality hand-made, wood-fired breads. You can learn more at http://www.princi.com/

About Angel Capital Management

Founded by Angelo Moratti together with Paolo Gualdani, Angel Capital Management is a Milan-based private investment firm that provides long-term growth equity for global companies in the consumer and lifestyle sectors. More information on www.acm.capital.

About Pekepan Investments

Pekepan Investments is an independent European investment group owned by private investors, which have historically have invested alongside Angel Capital Management.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 27,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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PetSmart opened 30 stores across the U.S. and Canada in Q4 2016

Phoenix, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (April 12, 2017) announced it has opened 30 stores across the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending January 29, 2017. This adds to the 43 new stores opened in the first three quarters, bringing the total number for fiscal year 2016 to 73 new stores.

New stores were opened in the fourth quarter in the following locations:

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Aspen, Colo.*
  • Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Ill.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Brunswick, Maine
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Cedar Hill, Texas
  • Kamloops, B.C.
  • Chula Vista, Calif.**
  • Lexington, N.C.
  • Dawsonville, Ga.
  • New Braunfels, Texas
  • Denham Springs, La.
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Dunkirk, N.Y.
  • Roanoke, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Saint John, N.B.
  • Encino, Calif.
  • Sheridan, Colo.
  • Fairfield, Calif.
  • Springfield, Mo.
  • Franklin, N.J.
  • Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Greenfield, Ind.
  • Washington, Mo.
  • Hendersonville, N.C.
  • West Long Beach, N.J.**

“PetSmart has undergone significant store growth in the last year,” said Brian Amkraut, executive vice president of real estate, strategy, store operations and services for PetSmart. “We continue to execute on our real estate strategy, which focuses on continuing the expansion in current growth markets and establishing stores in new markets with the goal of providing increased convenience for our pet parents.”

In addition to expanding its brick and mortar locations, PetSmart also recently launched the new PetSmart.com, which now includes a responsive design optimized for mobile devices and new tailored home delivery options, among a range of additional features. The new delivery options include subscription-based shipping, as well as same-day and scheduled delivery in 17 U.S. markets – all aimed at letting pet parents shop how, when and where they wish.

*Only Natural Pet second flagship store. The Only Natural Pet lifestyle brand is owned by PetSmart, which is also the national exclusive retailer of the brand.
**Relocated store.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption.  PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home.  Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com,  AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S.  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017.  For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017***.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

***Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal.

Contacts:
PetSmart
Erin Gray
623-587-2177
egray@petsmart.com

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart opened 20 stores across the U.S. and Canada in third quarter

Phoenix, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (Dec. 14, 2016) announced it has opened 20 stores across the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending October 31, 2016. This adds to the 23 new stores opened in the first and second quarters, bringing the total number for the year to 43 new stores.

New stores were opened in the third quarter in the following locations:

Bakersfield, Calif.
Blaine, Minn.
Berlin, Conn.
Calgary, Alberta
Chandler, Ariz.
Charlottesville, Va.
Garfield, N.J.
Houston, Texas
Howell, Mich.
Kearny, N.J.
Menifee, Calif.
Oceanside, N.Y.
Penticton, British Columbia
Rio Rancho, N.M.
St. Albert, Alberta
Toronto (2)
Tsawwassen, British Columbia
Washington, D.C.
Westerly, R.I.

The new stores feature service offerings including grooming and pet training.

Among last quarter’s new store openings were the PetSmart Pet Spa in Oceanside, N.Y., and PetSmart at the Beach in Toronto – new concept stores where the company is testing innovative ways to combine pet services and an enhanced pet lifestyle experience in a smaller retail footprint. The stores feature a unique, modern design with 5,000-8,000 square feet of space – a smaller footprint than PetSmart’s typical stores, which average approximately 18,000-20,000 square feet.

A first for PetSmart stores, the PetSmart Pet Spa store concept includes a self-service dog wash, a new grooming salon design and a coffee bar-lounge area with complimentary coffee and comfortable seating for pet parents, among other amenities.

“We are excited about our continued growth in key markets across North America,” said Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of real estate, strategy and initiatives. “These new stores allow us to build on the continued trend of premiumization in the pet industry. We are able to reach more pet parents by expanding in new growth markets and providing more convenient locations and options to our pet parents.

In addition to continuing to expand its brick and mortar locations, PetSmart recently launched its new and improved, built-for-the-future PetSmart.com with a mobile-responsive design and a commerce-meets-content experience with key enhancements that reflect feedback from pet parents. The site includes features including a one-page checkout and new tailored home delivery options such as recurring subscription-based shipping, as well as same-day and scheduled delivery in 16 U.S. markets – all aimed at letting pet parents shop how, when and where they wish.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Contacts:
Melissa Wenzel
PetSmart
623-587-2177
mwenzel@petsmart.com

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart announces that it has opened 11 new stores in the U.S. and Canada in Q2 2016

Phoenix, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (Oct. 4, 2016) announced that it has opened 11 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending August 1, 2016. This adds to the 12 new stores opened in the first quarter of the year, bringing the total for the year to 23. PetSmart will open nearly 60 new stores by the end of the year to achieve its goal of 80 net new stores in 2016.

New stores were opened in the second quarter in the following locations:

  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Oak Creek, Wis.
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Baytown, Texas
  • Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • Billings, Mont.
  • Orange, Calif.
  • Katy, Texas
  • Trexlertown, Pa.
  • Taylor, Mich.

The new stores average around 14,000 square feet with service offerings such as grooming and pet training.

“We continue to identify opportunities for growth in North America,” said Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of real estate, strategy and initiatives, PetSmart. “New store locations provide us with the ability to increase customer convenience and improve our competitive position.”

PetSmart operates 1,477 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,477 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year pets each year and just hit a major milestone, its 7 millionth pet adoption since beginning the in-store adoptions in 1994.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:
Melissa Wenzel
PetSmart
623-587-2177
mwenzel@petsmart.com

Source: PetSmart

New breast cancer study funded by Avon Foundation for Women shows higher mortality rate among Black women in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 3, 2016 ), the Avon Foundation for Women released a new study on the Black:White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States between 2005 and 2014, which was conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women.

This new study is the most comprehensive longitudinal analysis of the direction and magnitude of disparities in breast cancer mortality among Black and White women by city. The study revealed that Black women continue to die from breast cancer at a higher rate than their White counterparts in the United States, and that the Black:White disparity increased across the country as a whole.

“Avon Foundation recognized early on that there was a significant need to understand these racial disparities in order to focus efforts and resources where they are most needed,” said Cheryl Heinonen, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. “As the company for women, Avon puts women at the center of everything we do. This is part of our DNA, our history and our legacy to empower women and improve the quality of life of women. And this requires collaboration at all levels.”

Between 2010 and 2014, the breast cancer mortality rate for Black women was 30.7 deaths per 100,000 women and for White women it was 21.4 deaths per 100,000 women. Nationally, Black women were 43 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than their White counterparts.

For each of the cities examined, the study provided the breast cancer mortality rates for White and Black women, along with a ranking of the cities based on their racial disparities. Atlanta experienced the largest increase in the Black:White disparity over the study period. However, there was a statistically significant decrease in the disparity in Memphis, Philadelphia, and Boston.

“Examining mortality and disparities data at the city level is imperative in the ongoing challenge to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity,” said Bijou Hunt, an epidemiologist and co-author of the study at the Sinai Urban Health Institute, who has been spearheading research on disparities in breast cancer mortality rates among African Americans and Hispanics. “These types of data inform local health officials who, given their unique understanding of their respective cities’ available and potential resources, are in ideal positions to develop and implement strategies for improvement.”

More research is needed to understand why this disparity is growing, though causes could include a lack of early detection, late stage diagnosis, and delayed treatment. Overall the study concluded that there is a critical need to increase access to breast cancer screening and treatment services for African American women.

“It was important to note that some individual cities have shown a decreasing disparity and there is much we can learn from those that are doing well,” said Dr. Marc S. Hurlbert of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and former Executive Director of the Avon Foundation for Women. “However, the Black:White disparity in breast cancer mortality still exists and needs to be addressed as a public health problem.”

Breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, with an estimated 40,450 deaths expected to occur in 20161. Local-level data like these are not readily available, but can be extremely useful for public health officials seeking to understand trends and improve health outcomes in their local jurisdictions. This research is a promising step toward better understanding of the disparities and ways to overcome barriers to care and improve access to breast cancer prevention screenings, diagnostics and treatment.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which launched in 1992, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally, donating more than $800 million to breast cancer programs for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

Sources:

[1] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. In. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit: www.avonfoundation.org.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

About Sinai Urban Health Institute
Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is a diverse group of epidemiologists, research assistants, and community health educators who are involved in social epidemiology, program implementation and evaluation, teaching, and consulting. Founded in 2000 as part of Sinai Health System, SUHI’s mission is grounded in the belief that in order to serve our constituents well, we need to understand not just the patients who enter our doors but the community at-large. A major component of SUHI’s work involves examining the impact of social issues, such as poverty, on health. In addition to research, SUHI does teaching through formal courses, grand round lectures, and other seminars and presentations.

About Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $57 million in grants to support the work of more than 250 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. By committing 91 cents of every dollar directly to its mission, BCRF is one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization in the US to hold both an “A+” from CharityWatch as well as the top four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Visit www.bcrfcure.org to learn more.

Media Contacts:

Liz Micci
The Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Disney Junior brings Doc McStuffins directly to fans through touring museum exhibit across the U.S.

Disney Junior brings Doc McStuffins directly to fans through touring museum exhibit across the U.S.
Disney Junior brings Doc McStuffins directly to fans through touring museum exhibit across the U.S.

 

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dottie “Doc” McStuffins first opened the doors to her backyard playhouse clinic, where the six-year-old girl communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys, in 2012. Four years later, Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins — which debuted its newest season on July 29 — is the winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, recognizing outstanding storytelling in electronic media, and two NAACP Image Awards (in 2015 and 2016) for Outstanding Children’s program. The show has consistently been a Top 10 preschool cable TV series in key demographics, reaching 70 percent of Disney Channel’s and Disney Junior’s available Kids 2–5, while also averaging 16 million views each quarter on the Disney Juniorapp, VOD and HULU. Doc McStuffins has been ordered more than 20 million times via set-top-box in just the past year alone.

“One of the things that we spend a lot of time thinking about at Disney Junior is obviously making great shows that we think kids will enjoy and watch,” Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Original Programming, and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said. “But we also think that bringing the messaging of those shows into kids’ communities is incredibly important.”

Disney Junior is bringing Doc McStuffins directly to fans in a brand-new way, through a touring museum exhibit that opened earlier this month, at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis — the largest children’s museum in the world. “Right away, they demonstrated the passion, the vision and the expertise to make this happen,” Jennifer Rogers-Doyle, vice president, Franchise Management, Disney Channels Worldwide, said about the Indianapolis museum. The exhibit is designed to model “care and compassion” for kids ages 2–7 in immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being. “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” will travel to other museums around the country beginning in 2017.

The exhibit is scheduled through 2019, with stops currently planned for the Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana, California; Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta in Georgia, to name just a few.

“Seeing the Disney Junior brand grow to be that trusted brand for preschool moms has really allowed us to take the storytelling from TV into this incredible immersive experience so that we can have a true impact on kids,” Rogers-Doyle said. Watch this video for a look at how Disney Junior collaborated with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to bring Doc McStuffins’ messages of care, compassion and good health practices directly into communities across the country and to see how the exhibit is inspiring kids to learn more about good health practices and the importance of taking care of oneself and others:

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Source: Walt Disney

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Etsy sellers in the U.S. and U.K. can now export their Etsy sales and expenses directly into QuickBooks Self-Employed™

Etsy sellers in the U.S. and U.K. can now export their Etsy sales and expenses directly into QuickBooks Self-Employed™
Etsy sellers in the U.S. and U.K. can now export their Etsy sales and expenses directly into QuickBooks Self-Employed™

Brooklyn, NY, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug 11, 2016) we’re excited to announce that Etsy is partnering with Intuit to offer Etsy sellers in the U.S. and the U.K. access to top-tier accounting software that will give them greater insight into their Etsy sales and expenses at a discounted price. By enabling Etsy sellers in the U.S. and U.K. to seamlessly export their Etsy sales and expenses directly into QuickBooks Self-Employed™, we’re thrilled to help sellers focus on their businesses, not their bookkeeping.

At Etsy, we’re focused on supporting our sellers as they start, manage, and grow their creative businesses on their own terms. We know that for every hour a seller spends making her products, on average, she spends another hour on the administrative tasks associated with running her business. Accounting is one area that we’ve repeatedly heard Etsy sellers identify as challenging and time consuming—in fact, a September 2015 survey of U.S. Etsy sellers found that almost half of sellers say accounting or tax prep is a challenge for their creative business. We believe in listening to the needs of our community and in offering services that add value, so we set out to find a way to address this particular pain point and free up more time for sellers to devote to their creative endeavors.

As a company, when we identify a new opportunity to help our sellers manage and grow their creative businesses, we carefully consider the best way to bring helpful tools to life. Sometimes we decide to build a new tool or service to offer our sellers; other times we opt to partner with industry leaders to develop solutions together. We believe Intuit to be the best-in-class accounting software and, in our conversations with the Intuit team, it was clear they share our passion for supporting creative entrepreneurs.

We asked Intuit to share a few words on the partnership and Alex Chriss, Vice President and General Manager of Self-Employed Solutions said, “At Intuit, we’re on a mission to create easy to use tools that make it easier for self-employed entrepreneurs to manage their business finances. We’re proud to offer Etsy sellers a tailor-made version of QuickBooks Self-Employed that simplifies tax time, and provides clear visibility into ‘real’ income throughout the year.”

Starting today, Etsy sellers in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to seamlessly export their sales data and business expenses directly into QuickBooks Self-Employed, which will help sellers differentiate business and personal expenses, and accurately track their profits and losses in one central hub. Using QuickBooks Self-Employed, sellers will be able to easily categorize fees, profits and business expenses, import sales and expense data from other channels like Square and PayPal, and estimate their quarterly taxes. These features will provide instant insights into cash flow and capture an accurate snapshot of the financial health of their business. Etsy sellers in the U.S. will also have the option to upgrade to the QuickBooks Self-Employed Tax Bundle, which will allow sellers to pay their quarterly and year-end taxes easily online.

Interested sellers in the U.S can head here, and U.K. sellers can head here, to learn more about Etsy’s integration with QuickBooks Self-Employed, and sign up to start simplifying their finances today.

Hailey Suyumov
Hailey Suyumov is a Product Manager on the Seller Services team at Etsy. She works with her team to create tools for sellers to start, grow and manage their shops.

Contact Etsy’s press and media folks: press@etsy.com

Source: Etsy

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The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.

Emeryville, Calif., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Whole Foods Market store in Santa Clara, California opened last week with the most environmentally-advanced grocery retail refrigeration system in the U.S.

The installation comes at a time when California is looking to significantly reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases, including hydro fluoro carbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration systems. These “super pollutants” are potent short-lived climate pollutants and represent the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. The system used in the Santa Clara store eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration, thereby preventing the more than 7,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent that a typical supermarket emits every year, which is more than the entire annual electricity use of over 1,000 homes.

“This is one of the most significant steps in decades in the quest for more sustainable refrigeration systems,” said Liz Whiteley, Executive Director of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council, an environmental non-profit organization based in California that strives to create a more sustainable future through natural refrigerants.

Whole Foods Market’s Hydrocarbon/CO2 Cascade System reduces the environmental impacts of refrigerants to near-zero, while greatly improving energy efficiency.  It uses propane, a natural refrigerant, to condense CO2 – the most eco-friendly refrigerant available – with a climate impact that is thousands of times less than typical HFCs. The CO2 is then piped through refrigeration systems to keep products cool. With high heat carrying properties, the use of CO2 reduces both the amount of refrigerant needed and the energy required to run refrigeration systems. Simultaneously, a heat reclaim system captures the heat generated by the system, and uses it to preheat water for the store’s later use, while also supplementing space heating. This allows the store to greatly reduce the amount of natural gas burned to heat water.

“Ultimately, the system uses the least possible amount of the most climate-friendly refrigerants in a format that both reduces the energy it takes to operate it and re-uses the heat its operation generates,” said Tristam Coffin, Sustainable Facilities Coordinator for Whole Foods Market Northern California. “There is precedent for this type of system in North America and Europe, but this is the first installation of the technology in the U.S. It’s a natural fit for Whole Foods Market to help design and launch it in California because we’ve invested in environmental advancements as an ongoing business practice.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently banned the use of some common refrigerants such as R-404A and R-507A for new installations and retrofits, due to their climate impact. Also, in July the parties to the Montreal Protocol met to negotiate a worldwide plan to eliminate the use of other harmful refrigerant gases over time. California has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce refrigeration emissions, with rules in place that are being adopted nationally, and proposed efforts to further reduce emissions from these sources, in line with Governor Jerry Brown’s directive for the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

“Cutting emissions of potent short-lived climate pollutants is one of the most important and immediate steps we need to take to address climate change, while we continue our rapid transition to clean energy, clean fuels, and zero emission vehicles,” said Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor at the California Air Resources Board.  “Whole Foods is showing the path forward for this industry, and that fighting climate change is good for business.”

Whole Foods Market’s other environmental initiatives in Santa Clara and across the U.S. include: recycling construction waste, using reclaimed building materials, and sourcing wood from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources. The company uses LED fixtures throughout the store to reduce energy load. In addition to occupancy sensors and sophisticated daylighting controls, the lighting system allows the local electric utility to dim sales floor lighting by 50% or switch off accent lighting during peak demand. Whole Foods Market also uses “no VOC” paint for better air quality, avoids floor finishes and, to the extent possible, ensures finishes come from recycled materials and are Greenguard certified.

Contact:

Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

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The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.
The Whole Foods Market opens store in Santa Clara, California with the most environmentally-advanced refrigeration system in the U.S.

 

Source: Whole Foods Market

Availability of industrial space in U.S. declined for 25th consecutive quarter as e-commerce continued to fuel warehouse demand – CBRE

Los Angeles, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Availability of industrial space in the U.S. declined for the 25th consecutive quarter, the longest such streak on record, as e-commerce continued to fuel warehouse demand, according to CBRE Group, Inc.

Industrial availability declined to 8.8 percent in the second quarter, down 20 basis points (bps) from the first quarter, to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2001. Of 57 major U.S. markets tracked by CBRE, 37 registered declines in their availability rate in the second quarter, marking a slight gain from the 35 markets did so in the first.

Jeffrey Havsy, CBRE’s Chief Economist for the Americas, said robust demand from e-commerce users building out their North American distribution networks will continue to push increases in lease rates this year and spur additional construction. CBRE expects developers to complete construction of roughly the same amount of industrial space in the 57 markets this year as they did last year, when they delivered 150.5 million square feet. That tally, while robust, is nonetheless well short of the 10-year high of 213.5 million delivered in 2006. However, the planned pipeline is continuing to grow.

“While we’ve had some shocks to the global economy, the U.S. economy still is moving along at a slow and steady space, and that will sustain industrial demand,” Mr. Havsy said. “Retail sales have been above expectations, posting pretty strong gains in April and May. That will help both the retail and industrial sectors.”

E-commerce has pushed industrial availability to unusual lows as demand grows for facilities to handle uses such as same-day delivery fulfillment and reverse logistics. In addition, the U.S. dollar’s strength relative to other currencies should continue to increase U.S. imports, which in turn drive additional demand for industrial space.

Thirteen of the 57 markets tracked by CBRE posted increases in their availability of space, due mostly to delivery of newly constructed buildings not yet leased. Those that gained availability in comparison to a year earlier include Houston, Cincinnati, Denver, Minneapolis, California’s Inland Empire, South Central Pennsylvania, Cleveland and Honolulu.

Several registered significant declines in their availability rates from a year earlier, including West Palm Beach (down 290 bps), Newark (down 270 bps), Memphis (down 270 bps), Tampa (down 250 bps), Jacksonville (down 250 bps) and Detroit (down 250 bps).

Looking ahead, Mr. Havsy said, “We think demand will slow a little and supply will continue to ramp up. Vacancy will bottom out this year and then start to slowly rise. But industrial will remain one of the best performing asset classes in commercial real estate for a long time.”

The full report is available upon request.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

PetSmart announces opening of 12 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending May 1, 2016

Announces Store Expansion Plans for Remainder of the Year

Phoenix , 2016-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Inc. today announced that it has opened 12 net new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending May 1, 2016. PetSmart’s continued expansion of its store footprint in key markets in the U.S. and Canada is part of its long-term growth strategy and will further strengthen its position as the largest specialty pet retailer in North America.

The company opened 50 net new stores in 2015 and expects to open approximately 80 net new stores in fiscal year 2016.

New stores were opened in the first quarter in the following locations:

  • Albertville, Alabama
  • Tempe, Arizona
  • El Centro, California
  • Goleta, California
  • Van Nuys, California
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Scarborough, Maine
  • Marlboro, New Jersey
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Colombia, South Carolina
  • Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

The new stores average over 12,000 square feet with service offerings such as grooming and pet training.

“We are ramping up efforts to expand our footprint in North America and are actively identifying and evaluating opportunities in both current and new markets,” said Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of real estate, strategy and initiatives. “Our customers prioritize convenience, and we are listening and responding. Our aim is to focus on consumers’ localized needs and we’re pleased to have more opportunities to engage with and serve customers, and to be active in supporting pets and pet parents in these communities.”

PetSmart recently strengthened its real estate team with the promotion of Ryan O’Sullivan to vice president of real estate and the addition of Ryan Hill as a vice president of real estate and development.

PetSmart operates 1,466 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:

Melissa Wenzel
PetSmart
623-587-2470
mwenzel@petsmart.com

Source: Petsmart

Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino is available for a limited time this summer in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Did you know that Frappuccino® blended beverages can be customized more than 36,000 ways? That’s a lot of options.

For customers looking for lighter beverage options, Starbucks baristas suggest:

Skip the Whip – Ask for just a little or no whip to save between 80 to 110 calories, depending on the size of your drink.

Name Your Milk – Request nonfat milk for a beverage that’s lower in calories and fat.

Sugar-Free for Me – Select sugar-free syrup, available in vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and cinnamon dolce, for great flavor without added sugar.

Have a Light – Order a ‘light’ Frappuccino® blended beverage, available in Coffee, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip and Café Vanilla, for at least 33 percent fewer calories.

Make it Mini – The Mini Frappuccino is 10 ounces and available this summer while supplies last.

Mini Frappuccino blended beverages under 150 calories:

Mini Mocha Light Frappuccino – Starbucks coffee with rich mocha sauce blended together with nonfat milk and ice. 80 calories, 15 grams of sugar.

Mini Java Chip Light Frappuccino – Mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips blended with Starbucks coffee, nonfat milk and ice. 110 calories, 18 grams of sugar.

Mini Coffee Frappuccino – Coffee, whole milk and ice blended together to create one of our original Frappuccino beverages. 120 calories, 24 grams of sugar.

Mini Caramel Frappuccino – Caramel syrup blended with coffee, nonfat or 2% milk, no whip, no caramel drizzle and ice. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

Mini Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino – Rich and creamy blend of vanilla bean, milk and ice, ask for nonfat milk and no whip. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

For more beverage ideas, see 10 Starbucks Cold Beverages 100 Calories or Less.

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Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer
Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

 

Source: Starbucks