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SPAR Group Discusses How Stores Can Thrive in the New Retail World on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Tune in to Fox Business Network® and Bloomberg International® on Sunday, February 21st, 2016, as kathy ireland interviews Jill Blanchard, CEO of SPAR Group, to discuss the in-store challenges facing retailers and manufacturers in this new omnichannel shopping environment.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 18, 2016 – Jill Blanchard, President & CEO of SPAR Group, Inc. (“SPAR”), a leading global supplier of merchandising and other retail services, will be interviewed by kathy ireland on her Worldwide Business with kathy ireland show. The 10-minute interview will discuss operational challenges facing retailers and consumer goods companies due to a rapidly changing retail environment led by the rise of mobile and other in-store digital devices, omnichannel shopping, and increased demands by consumers for a more interactive and engaging shopping experience.

The exclusive interview will be aired on Fox Business Network in the U.S. and Bloomberg International across other areas of the globe on Sunday, February 21st. See market-by-market listings using the links below.

During the interview, Ms. Blanchard will address a number of the challenges facing retailers and consumer goods companies as in-store operational tasks increase and shoppers demand more interaction and engagement. “Retailers have to be more efficient in the store to maintain cost competitiveness (with online retailers). And, they have to improve their on-shelf product availability and make it simple to search for products in the store similar to how it is simple to search for products online. They also need to engage the customer more in-store. All of these challenges result in a big manpower issue." Ms. Blanchard will explain how these in-store challenges are being overcome and will also join one of SPAR’s clients at a retail location for a closer look at how SPAR helps its retail business.

The show’s Vice President of Programming, JL Haber observed that, "With so much going in on the world of technology, it is easy to see how difficult it would be for businesses to attract and keep customers engaged. SPAR Group offers solutions to these issues."

Tune in to see the televised SPAR Group interview February 21st by checking your local listings on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming at 5:30pm EST and on Bloomberg International as sponsored programming at 7:30am GMT/8:30am CET, 10:30am D.F., 3:00pm HKT, and 5:00pm AEDT.

About SPAR Group, Inc.

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. SPAR provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in grocery, drug, big box, discount/dollar, office supercenter, warehouse/club, specialty, pet, department, and convenience/gas channels. Additional services include new store sets and remodels, price and compliance audits, fixture/display installation and service, furniture assembly in stores, offices and homes, assisted sales, product demonstrations, and Click & Collect services. SPAR provides these services in the U.S. and across the globe. SPAR started as a sales promotion analysis company in 1967, has been supplying merchandising and other retail services in the U.S. since 1979, and internationally since acquiring its first international subsidiary in Japan in 2001. SPAR currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. For more information, please visit SPAR Group's website at

About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland

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Worldwide Business with kathy ireland airs on Saturdays and Sundays on Fox Business Network as part of its sponsored programming lineup, as well as internationally in over 50 countries on Bloomberg International.

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