Wincor Nixdorf demonstrates automated processes at McDonald’s in Germany

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  At the Wincor World 2014 trade show, Wincor Nixdorf is showcasing a trendsetting kiosk application in a replica of a McDonald’s restaurant: guests at McDonald’s can use an “Easy Order” terminal to place their menu orders themselves and pay for them by card. This simplifies ordering, food preparation and payment processes, especially at peak times.

Wincor Nixdorf developed the kiosk terminal especially for McDonald’s and adapted the terminal’s design to McDonald’s corporate image. The unit’s intuitive, touch-based interface makes it very user-friendly for the restaurant’s guests, and initial tests revealed that up to 50% of McDonald’s customers used the terminals during peak hours. The company plans to roll out the solution this year in other European countries.

McDonald’s and its 243 franchisees employ a yearly average of 64,000 people in a total of 1,440 restaurants across Germany.

Visitors to Wincor World 2014 at the A2-Forum in Rheda-Wiedenbrück from January 21 – 23 can discover the precise functions offered by the “Easy Order” terminal.

www.wincor-world.com

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Gli italiani portano in tavola sempre più prodotti Conad: +17 per cento

Bologna, Italy, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Il 2013 ha chiuso con la grande distribuzione in sofferenza: per la prima volta si è registrato un calo delle vendite sia a valore sia a volume (-1,3 per cento in iper e supermercati, comprese le nuove aperture. Fonte: Guida Nielsen Largo Consumo).

Diminuisce il potere di acquisto degli italiani, che ricercano il prodotto con il migliore rapporto tra qualità e prezzo, e l’alimentazione nelle famiglie più giovani è assicurata anche dai nonni, mentre sono sempre più premiate l’esperienza di acquisto e la piacevolezza del punto di vendita, vera differenza tra le insegne.

In questo scenario la marca Conad ha svolto un importante ruolo per rafforzare il rapporto tra distributore e cliente, perché capace di garantire qualità e convenienza in un periodo di difficoltà economiche.

Nel 2013 le vendite di prodotti Conad sono cresciute del 17 per cento rispetto all’anno precedente – con un mercato che è cresciuto, a totale Italia iper e supermercati, del 5 per cento – e hanno generato un fatturato di 2,35 miliardi di euro confermandosi componente fondamentale del bilancio del gruppo. Gli aumenti più significati di quota si registrano nel comparto salumi e formaggi, oltre che nel fresco industriale. La marca commerciale cresce in tutte le categorie merceologiche in cui compete: è leader nel 38 per cento, mentre occupa la seconda posizione in un altro 30 per cento.

Negli ultimi cinque anni la marca Conad ha raggiunto una quota interna sul Largo Consumo Confezionato del 26,5 per cento (+1,8 punti percentuali rispetto al 2012), 7,5 punti percentuali sopra il totale Italia (19 per cento), garantendo una qualità da leader con una convenienza del 25-30 per cento.

I dati sono stati diffusi in occasione di Marca, la manifestazione dedicata alla marca commerciale in programma a Bologna e che vede la partecipazione del direttore generale di Conad Francesco Pugliese nelle vesti di presidente di Adm – l’associazione che riunisce le imprese della distribuzione moderna – al convegno inaugurale dal tema Distribuzione e industria tra cooperazione e concorrenza, i valori dei prodotti a confronto nelle scelte dei consumatori.  Una distribuzione in cui ci sono troppi attori, troppe associazioni, troppo organismi per rappresentare non più di una trentina di insegne. “E’ urgente aprire un tavolo di confronto per semplificare questo sistema nel rispetto delle esigenze di chi fa distribuzione (orari, burocrazia, permessi, normative…); anche perché questa eccessiva frammentazione ha costi di gestione non indifferenti”, sottolinea Pugliese.

Tutti i brand Conad registrano buoni risultati: dal tradizionale Conad logo rosso, cresciuto in un anno del 18 per cento, a Conad il biologico (+17 per cento), all’eccellenza dei prodotti della linea Sapori&Dintorni Conad (+5 per cento), a Conad Percorso Qualità (+5 per cento). Il trend è costante ormai da anni e la crescita è generalizzata, in tutte le regioni italiane, ma in modo particolare al Sud, che pure è tradizionalmente meno incline a tale tipo di consumo.

Nel 2013 Conad ha investito in promozioni che hanno generato 600 milioni di euro di risparmio per i clienti, arricchite dall’offerta di una convenienza continuativa nel tempo qual è quella di Bassi&Fissi, ripetuta nel 2014 fino ad aprile. Con Bassi&Fissi Conad propone un nuovo concetto di convenienza legato alla continuità – e dunque oltre la promozione saltuaria – e ad un “paniere” di più di cento prodotti tra i più importanti e indispensabili nella spesa quotidiana indicati dai clienti stessi. In questo modo le famiglie hanno potuto fare una spesa completa, a prezzi bassi e fissi per gran parte dell’anno. Nell’iniziativa Conad ha investito oltre 250 milioni di euro, che si aggiungono a quelli delle promozioni.

Rivisitati più di 500 dei 2.405 prodotti della marca commerciale. All’insegna dell’italianità dei prodotti e delle filiere agroalimentari: il 92 per cento dei fornitori è rappresentato da aziende italiane, di cui l’80 per cento di piccole e medie dimensioni, vale a dire l’ossatura del sistema economico italiano. In tal modo Conad valorizza il sistema Italia, attraverso il coinvolgimento di aziende italiane, sviluppando il tessuto economico fatto di piccola imprenditorialità e dando risposte concrete all’esigenza di convenienza dei clienti.

“Abbiamo ottenuto un risultato positivo, riconducibile all’impegno dei nostri soci imprenditori e alla capacità delle cooperative di fare sistema, nel quale la marca Conad ha avuto – e avrà sempre più – un ruolo determinante”, puntualizza il direttore commerciale di Conad Francesco Avanzini. “Nel 2014 riproponiamo l’iniziativa Bassi&Fissi, che ha fatto vendere non solo più marca commerciale, ma ha accresciuto di circa 2 punti percentuali la fedeltà alle categorie in cui è presente e trainato lo sviluppo dell’intero gruppo. Una marca forte, che ha sviluppato appieno il proprio ruolo rafforzando la fedeltà all’insegna e dando concreta risposta ai bisogni degli italiani.

Per quanto riguarda la comunicazione il direttore customer marketing e comunicazione di Conad Giuseppe Zuliani puntualizza: “Oltre al pay-off Persone oltre le cose, che sarà ancora più valorizzato, abbiamo prodotto cinque nuovi spot e focalizzato la comunicazione sui prodotti freschi delle nostre linee. Comunicazione che per noi ha un ruolo fondamentale per sostenere non solo la marca Conad, ma anche lo sviluppo del gruppo e sulla quale anche quest’anno faremo investimenti di rilievo, che si attesteranno a 35 milioni di euro”.

La marca Conad conferma di essere una leva fondamentale per lo sviluppo della rete e il rafforzamento della fedeltà all’insegna; importanza confermata dal fatto di essere all’apice della Piramide strategica,espressione e sintesi del piano di sviluppo di Conad per il triennio 2014-2016.

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Sainsbury’s convenience business goes from strength to strength

Sainsbury’s reaches another milestone this week as the number of Sainsbury’s Local stores exceeds its supermarkets for the first time. This follows news that Sainsbury’s convenience business is growing at 18%.

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The landmark store, Sainsbury’s Balsall Common Local in Coventry, is Sainsbury’s 594th Local and opens on Thursday. The new store, which is also a petrol filling station, has created nearly 30 new jobs for local people.

Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s Group Commercial Director, said: “We know the trend amongst customers is to shop little and often as this helps them stick to their budget and cut down on food waste. Our Local stores, with their convenient locations and emphasis on fresh food, something very much part of our heritage, are in a fantastic position to help customers do this.

“There is no sign of this trend abating and, with only 6% of the population living within a 15 minute walk of a Sainsbury’s Local, there’s plenty of opportunity for us to grow, creating jobs for local people and helping to revitalise high streets and communities across Britain as they bring increased footfall and trade.”

Sainsbury’s pledged to open two new convenience stores each week during 2013/14 and has opened 73 so far this year. Over 14,000 colleagues work in Sainsbury’s Local stores. In November 2012 the retailer announced plans to create 10,000 jobs through the expansion of its convenience business within the next three years and always works to fill these jobs with local people whenever possible.

Notes to editors

  • Sainsbury’s opened its first convenience store in 1998 in Hammersmith
  • There are over 47,000 convenience stores in UK (IGD)
  • The value of UK convenience sector is £35.6bn rising to £46.2bn by 2018 (IGD)
  • The convenience market generated total sales of £35.6bn in the 12 months to April 2013. This equates to a 4.9% year on year increase (IGD)

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Sainsbury’s launches major new campaign to support the relaunch of basics

With the relaunch of Sainsbury’s basics in full swing the retailer launches a major new campaign tonight to highlight not only the great value of the range but also its ethical credentials.

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The campaign, which launches during Coronation Street on ITV1, will start with a 30 second spot highlighting how Sainsbury’s basics eggs are not only the same price as Tesco’s Everyday Value eggs but are also sourced from non-caged hens. Later adverts will showcase Sainsbury’s ham, MSC accredited fish fingers and Fairtrade tea, all from the basics range and all with strong ethical credentials.

Sarah Warby, Sainsbury’s Marketing Director, said: “We know that at the start of the year, value is more important than ever, budgets are tight and our customers are looking for ways to save money, but nobody wants to compromise on the quality of their food. Our basics range offers great value with none of the compromise.

Our new campaign aims to reassure customers that when they buy Sainsbury’s basics they don’t need to sacrifice their values, something that many of our major competitors aren’t able to say to shoppers who buy from their value ranges.”

Sainsbury’s #ValueofValues campaign runs from 15th January – 18th March and is an integrated campaign across TV, Print and Digital.

Notes to editors:

  • basics was launched in 2005 and is the 2nd biggest value range in the market
  • 70% of Sainsbury’s shoppers buy items from the basics range
  • There are 500 basics food lines, and 100 basics general merchandise lines
  • basics chopped tomatoes is the biggest selling basicsitem by volume

Sainsbury’s basics eggs

METRO GROUP had a solid start into Financial Year 2013/14

  • 1.1% sales growth (adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes), like-for-like sales almost on prior year’s level
  • Further like-for-like sales trend improvements at METRO Cash & Carry against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma)
  • Both Egyptian MAKRO Cash & Carry stores were closed down

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Preliminary METRO GROUP sales in Q1 2013/14, adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes, grew by 1.1%. Reported sales declined by 3.3% to €18.7 billion mainly due to negative currency effects in many parts of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as the missing sales of Real Russia, Romania, Ukraine and Media Markt China. “All in all, our new financial year got off to a solid start in spite of the still challenging economic backdrop; soft Christmas sales prevented a better development. Our like-for-like sales development as well as our sales growth (adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes) are nevertheless in line with our guidance”, said Olaf Koch, CEO of METRO AG. “Also in the first quarter 2013/14, the implemented transformation process has led to a METRO GROUP sales trend improvement. We shall continue our transformation in order to create further value for both our customers and shareholders”, said Koch.

METRO GROUP’s transformation process continued into the FY 2013/14 with its online and delivery sales shares growing further. METRO GROUP has thus not only become more customer-relevant, but has also strengthened its market position in numerous cases. In Q1 2013/14, METRO GROUP opened a total of 36 new stores across 9 countries, of which 10 METRO Cash & Carry, 25 Media-Saturn and 1 Real hypermarket. 20 new store openings took place in the important expansion countries Russia, China, India and Turkey. Both Egyptian MAKRO Cash & Carrystores were closed down as METRO AG’s Management Board sees currently no sustainable wholesale expansion opportunities here due to current affairs and the limited market position.

METRO GROUP
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
19.4
18.7
Change (€)
0.5%
-3.3%
Change (in local currency)
-0.6%
-1.5%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-1.4%
-0.2%

Q1 2013/14 sales development of the METRO GROUP sales lines

METRO Cash & Carry
METRO Cash & Carry grew by satisfying 0.9% in like-for-like sales terms. The regions Eastern Europe and Asia reported like-for-like sales growth. In Eastern Europe especially Russia, Poland and Turkey showed a good development. In Germany and Western Europe, like-for-like sales declined: however, the sales trend improved against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma). In Germany, the numerous remodellings, product range improvements and new product launches already had positive effects. Spain and Italy even reported slight sales growth. Food sales atMETRO Cash & Carry were distinctly positive and delivery sales growth was double-digit. Negative currency effects were reported in Russia, Turkey, India and Japan in particular.

METRO Cash & Carry
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
8.6
8.5
Change (€)
0.4%
-1.2%
Change (in local currency)
-1.1%
2.1%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-0.4%
0.9%

Media-Saturn
The like-for-like sales trend at Media-Saturn improved against FY 2012/13 (pro-forma). In Germany, reported sales met the excellent prior year’s level; like-for-like sales were slightly down also due to the high prior year base. The sales development in Western Europe was slightly positive – the development in Spain and the Netherlands was pleasing; like-for-like sales were flat. Eastern European sales grew in local currency; both Hungary and Turkey reported considerable double-digit sales growth. In like-for-like terms, sales in Eastern Europe declined. Online sales at Media-Saturn significantly increased by more than 40% – here both very good multichannel sales and a satisfactory development at Redcoon contributed.

Media-Saturn
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
6.6
6.6
Change (€)
1.3%
-0.7%
Change (in local currency)
0.6%
0.3%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-3.1%
-1.2%

Real
German like-for-like sales declined by 2.0% on account of the relatively high prior year base and the very competitive market conditions, especially from discounters. Furthermore, reductions in food prices took place.

Real
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
3.1
2.6
Change (€)
0.6%
-16.0%
Change (in local currency)
-0.3%
-15.6%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-0.3%
-1.9%
Real Deutschland
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
2.3
2.2
Change (€)
0.6%
-2.2%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
1.5%
-2.0%

Galeria Kaufhof
Galeria Kaufhof increased its like-for-like sales growth in Germany by 0.8%. The mild weather prevented a better textile sales development.

Galeria Kaufhof
Q1 2012/13
(Q4 2012)
Q1 2013/14
Sales (in € bn.)
1.0
1.0
Change (€)
-2.9%
0.6%
Like-for-like change (in local currency)
-1.9%
0.6%

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. The Group reached sales of around €66 billion in the financial year 2012/13 (based on pro-forma calculating period 1.10.2012-30.9.2013 due to short financial year 2013). The company has a headcount of around 265,000 employees and operates around 2,200 stores in 32 countries. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands which operate independently in their respective market segment: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn – European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

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Carrefour opened its 500th Carrefour city in Le Plessis-Robinson (south-west Paris)

Paris, France, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is continuing with its drive to increase its numbers of convenience stores with the opening of its 500th Carrefour city in Le Plessis-Robinson (south-west Paris) on Wednesday 8 January.

Carrefour city – a store format designed for urban customers who need more services and longer opening hours
Since 2009, Carrefour city stores have been making the lives of people living in cities easier. With longer opening hours, they stock a complete selection of products for day-to-day shopping trips: groceries, frozen foods, home maintenance, ready-to-eat products, etc. As well as a wide range of Carrefour-brand and national products, Carrefour city customers get all the usual benefits that their loyalty cards (accepted in all Carrefour stores) provide.

According to Gérard Dorey, Carrefour France’s Executive Director for Convenience and Cash, “our opening our 500th Carrefour City store is evidence of this format’s success and of its having found its place in the lives of city consumers; they get all the usual benefits of the Carrefour name – a wide choice, low prices, a warm welcome and convenience, helping them to save time. We are very pleased to be playing a part in helping retail and boosting the local economy here in Le Plessis-Robinson”.

The Carrefour city store of Le Plessis-Robinson: a store that is rooted in its environment and managed by a local franchisee
Christian Robert, a local resident of Le Plessis-Robinson and retail enthusiast, was able to open a store in his town via Carrefour’s lease-management scheme. Following his experience of running a Carrefour city in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, he was able to use the scheme to get the training and financing that he needed to open his own store in Le Plessis-Robinson His aim is to create a genuine retail dynamic at local level. In fact, Mr Robert’s store gets its baguettes from a local traditional bakery.

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50th anniversary of relations between France and China: Carrefour is a partner in the season of commemorative events

Carrefour is playing a part in commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China: events get under way on 27 January in Paris and Beijing, and will then continue throughout the year through various initiatives held in both countries.

Paris, France, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — 27 January 2014 is the anniversary of a press release being published by the Elysée in 1964, a date that is being celebrated in Beijing with Carrefour’s support by an exhibition which traces “50 years of history in Franco-Chinese relations”, organised by the Charles de Gaulle Foundation. Carrefour will also be one of the partners in Paris celebrating the “Nuit de Chine” (Night of China) at the Grand Palais, an event being staged to mark this date in the presence of many major personalities. And on the same day, two young adventurers – supported by Carrefour – will leave Paris for Beijing, a distance of some 12,500 km that they will be covering by bicycle along the Silk Road, passing through 10 countries.

Throughout 2014, Carrefour will be lending its support to other initiatives that make up the official programme in China, a programme that has been drafted under the aegis of the French Institute: a conference on food safety in May, as well as a number of other campaigns to highlight products in the French Reflets de France gourmet range.

Through these partnerships, The Group is seeking to demonstrate its on-going commitment to China, a country in which it was the first retailer to open a hypermarket (Beijing in 1995) and where it now manages 235 spread across 73 different cities.

*Watch videos of their bicycle trip at www.carrefour.com

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carrefour china

Darty plc announced EGM 2014 on Monday 3 February 2014

London, UK, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darty plc today announces that a circular (the «Circular») has been posted to shareholders. The Circular contains a notice of a general meeting (the «General Meeting») of Darty to consider and, if thought fit, to pass a resolution authorising the Board to amend the borrowings limit set out in Article 100(B) of the Company’s articles of association (the «Resolution»).

The General Meeting will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday 3 February 2014 at The Montcalm at the Brewery London City, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA.

The Circular is available for inspection on the investor relations section of the Company’s website: www.dartygroup.com/investor-centre. Copies of the Circular and the Resolution are available for inspection at the offices of Slaughter and May at One Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YY, during normal business hours on any weekday (UK public holidays excepted) with effect from today until the conclusion of the General Meeting.

A copy of the Circular has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: www.Hemscott.com/nsm.do.

Enquiries

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OJSC “Magnit” Announces the Acquisition of Shares by the Entity under the Issuer’s Control

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”, the “Issuer”, MCX:MGNT and LON:MGNT), announces the acquisition of shares by the entity which is under the Issuer’s control.

Full company name and address: joint-stock company “Tander”
185, Levanevskogo street, Krasnodar, Russia
Taxpayer Id Number: 2310031475
Principal State Registration Number: 1022301598549
Object of acquisition: voting shares of the Issuer

Date of acquisition: January 13, 2014
Amount of acquired shares: 370 shares (0.000391% of the total equity)
Basis for acquisition: Sales and Purchase Agreements executed in the trading of MICEX Stock Exchange
Amount of votes before acquisition: 17,364 votes (0.018362% of the total number of votes)
Amount of votes after acquisition: 17,734 votes (0.018754% of the total number of votes)

Date of acquisition: January 14, 2014
Amount of acquired shares: 17,350 shares (0.018348% of the total equity)
Basis for acquisition: Sales and Purchase Agreements executed in the trading of MICEX Stock Exchange
Amount of votes before acquisition: 17,734 votes (0.018754% of the total number of votes)
Amount of votes after acquisition: 35,084 votes (0.037102% of the total number of votes)

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x7600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x5101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of December 31, 2013, Magnit operated 22 distribution centers and over 8,000 stores (7,200 convenience, 207 hypermarkets, and 686 cosmetics) in more than 1,868 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with its reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements, Magnit had 1H 2013 revenues of $8.7 billion USD and an EBITDA of $890 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is now Europe’s 2nd largest food retailer.

Centura Health and Walgreens Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

Integrated and coordinated clinic program between Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and Centura Health to give patients greater access to care

Englewood, Colo., US, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network, and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded health care services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients throughout Colorado’s Front Range.

Centura Health will work with Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the Healthcare Clinics’ scope of services, and will help collaboratively manage the treatment of patients with chronic diseases. The collaboration will include direct communication between Centura Health providers, including Colorado Health Neighborhoods, Centura Health’s clinically integrated network, and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information, and enhanced awareness of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and the Centura Health network.

Healthcare Clinic providers are able to help monitor, manage and support Centura Health patients with diabetes, asthma, hyperlipidemia and hypertension. While Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic strongly encourage all patients to have a designated medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide the patients of Centura Health access to quality, non-emergent care seven days a week, with or without an appointment.

“This clinical collaboration further supports our strategic efforts to expand our Total Health Solution to consumers. Centura Health and the Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens will promote quality care through evidence-based medicine and best practices, and increase convenience through multiple access points, within a service-friendly environment, at an affordable cost,” said Gary Campbell, Centura Health’s president and CEO. “Working hand-in-hand, this coordinated care model enables us to carry out our combined vision to deliver optimal health care value and support population health management. The result is more people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.”

With the Affordable Care Act bringing millions of newly insured patients into the health care system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and providers.

“Healthcare Clinics are playing an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care, and serve as a cost-effective alternative to emergency rooms for non-emergent care,” said Alan E. London, chief medical officer, Consumer Solutions Group, Walgreens. “The health care system today is facing myriad challenges, and this collaboration enables our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to further coordinate patient care in these communities, working closely with primary care physicians and others to help more people get, stay and live well.”

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations partnering with Centura Health include:

  • 5190 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield
  • 6820 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs
  • 5755 Constitution Ave., Colorado Springs
  • 8705 Lexington Dr., Colorado Springs
  • 6200 E Colfax Ave., Denver
  • 2975 Federal Blvd., Denver
  • 1505 S. Federal Blvd., Denver
  • 1601 W. 84th Ave., Federal Heights
  • 6650 Timberline Road, Highlands Ranch
  • 309 N. Hwy. 287, Lafayette
  • 10808 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood
  • 5870 S Kipling Parkway, Littleton
  • 1041 Main St., Longmont
  • 205 E. Eisenhower Road, Loveland
  • 19028 Lincoln Ave., Parker
  • 4401 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,200 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

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Hospice of Michigan, Meijer Help Make Birthdays Brighter for Patients

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A special gift from Meijer Inc. is helping Hospice of Michigan make birthdays brighter for patients across the state.

The Grand Rapids-based retailer donated gift cards to support an expansion of HOM’s birthday program, which is led by the organization’s volunteer services team. The cards can be used to purchase personalized birthday cakes, balloons, flowers or other items at Meijer to help patients and their families create a special birthday celebration.

On any given day, HOM cares for more than 1,400 patients in 56 counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, stretching from Holland to Detroit and Alpena to Traverse City.

“Many of our offices have established informal programs to help patients and families gather for what may well be a final birthday celebration,” said Lee Ann Clay, vice chair of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation. “Volunteers have baked cakes, arranged flowers and made cards, which are always so well received by the families.

“The generous donation from Meijer will allow us to expand our birthday program and ensure that all of our patients, no matter where they live, can enjoy a special gathering with family and friends. We recognize that when time is limited, a birthday holds even more significance. Meijer is helping to create beautiful and lasting memories through its support of Hospice of Michigan’s birthday program.”

Volunteers in each of HOM’s 16 offices across Michigan work regularly with the nursing staff and other members of a patient’s care team and family to help commemorate special milestones.  Michigan’s first – and largest – non-profit hospice works to provide quality of life at the end of life for all, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

In Grand Rapids, for example, an informal group of women who have dubbed themselves the “Flower Ladies” arrange and deliver dozens of bouquets of donated flowers each week to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or to cheer up nursing home residents who might not have family near them. A team of card-makers led by a volunteer from the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP regularly makes and donates beautiful cards for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other special holidays.

“Birthdays are such a momentous occasion no matter what age is being celebrated,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the family-owned retailer. “They’re a time to celebrate with loved ones, and we’re delighted to partner with Hospice of Michigan to help their patients do just that.”

About Meijer Philanthropy
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state of Michigan. The non-profit organization cares for more than 1,400 patients each day in 56 counties, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers innovative programs to enhance the quality of care for people at the end of life, education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals, caregiver education materials, cultural diversity programs for end-of-life care, and research and education programs at the Maggie Allesee Center for Quality of Life. For more information, call Hospice of Michigan’s CARE Center 24/7 at 888.247.5701 or go to www.hom.org.

Contact: Mary Ann Sabo, Sabo Public Relations, 616.485.1432, maryann@sabo-pr.com or Kristin Lynn, Sabo Public Relations, 248.709.1405, kristin@sabo-pr.com

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