Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc updates on Welsh Language in Morrisons pharmacies and stores

Bradford, England, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following recent discussions around the use of the Welsh language in Morrisons pharmacies and stores, we would like to do what we can to help people who choose to use Welsh as their preferred language. We are therefore taking the following steps to enhance further the use of the Welsh language across our business:

    • We will be meeting the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office to discuss how definitive guidance on the use of Welsh on prescriptions can be reached
    • We will be revisiting the use of Welsh on our pharmacy signage. We already use Welsh widely across our stores, and will extend this in to our six pharmacies
    • We will be extending the ‘Iaith Gwaith/Working Welsh’ badges on to our colleague name badges across all our Welsh stores, and will be keeping track of how many colleagues speak Welsh.

We recognise how important the Welsh language is to many of our customers and colleagues across the country, and we want to continue encouraging its use.

Morrisons pharmacists must always be certain that they can read and understand what is being dispensed to customers. The safety of customers is paramount and will always remain so. In the recent case at our pharmacy in Bangor however, we are sorry if the customer felt they did not receive the service they deserve on this occasion.

Background

 

On the 6th January a customer looking for medication in Morrisons Bangor did not receive it as soon as they had hoped, because the prescription was written partly in Welsh and partly in English.

Morrisons continues to stand by the actions of the pharmacist who wanted to be certain that he was dispensing the correct medication at the correct dose.

At no point was the customer turned away from a Morrisons store, and the medicine was dispensed to the customer as soon as the pharmacist received a translation from the surgery.

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Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc selects Sue Ryder as its next charity partner

Bradford, England, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons colleagues have voted for Sue Ryder to be the retailer’s next charity partner. Sue Ryder won the nationwide colleague vote with 42% of the vote, beating Age UK and I CAN to secure a corporate partnership.

Sue Ryder is one of the leading national charities providing care for people with incurable illnesses and supporting families practically and emotionally. The partnership, which will see fundraising from customers and colleagues, will enable Sue Ryder to establish Morrisons “Community Clinics” making local services and care available for more families across the UK; to introduce “Morrisons Mobile Units” bringing advice and information to communities and “Morrisons Family Support Teams” supporting families emotionally and practically through terminal and incurable illness.

At the heart of the partnership is a shared belief that everyone should be able to get the care they want when they need it most, and that their families should be supported through the most difficult times. The money raised will enable us to provide thousands more people across the UK access to the best possible care at the end of their lives in a place of their choice, surrounded by their loved ones.

Sue Ryder’s Chief Executive Heidi Travis said, ‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to Morrisons colleagues for choosing Sue Ryder as their new charity partner. We’re very excited to be working with such a fantastic company, and we’re committed to supporting customers and colleagues with your fundraising every step of the way. Together, we’ll be able to give thousands of people the care they want at the end of their lives, supporting them and their families in the heart of their communities.”

Dalton Philips, Chief Executive of Morrisons said, ‘Working with Sue Ryder we want to make a real difference to families affected by terminal illness across the country. Our colleagues and customers always give so generously, and we are committed to raising millions of pounds through this partnership.”

The partnership will commence on the 2nd February following the end of Morrisons existing partnership with Save the Children UK, which has raised £7 million.

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John Lewis named ‘Official Department Store Provider’ of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

London, UK, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has been unveiled as the ‘Official Department Store Provider’ of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The partnership will see the retailer provide bedding and white goods for the Athletes’ Village.

Glasgow 2014 merchandise is also available to buy on johnlewis.com now, and, later in the year, dedicated Glasgow 2014 shops will open within John Lewis’s Scottish shops, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The partnership with Glasgow 2014 also continues John Lewis’s commitment to providing unique experiences for customers. Selected my John Lewis customers will have the chance to obtain tickets to Commonwealth Games events.

John Lewis’s sponsorship of the Games builds on the success of the department store’s support of London 2012. Across the country, John Lewis’s sales of London 2012 official merchandise exceeded expectations by 25 per cent, while sales of its own-brand celebratory range, ‘Celebration of Britain’, were 44 per cent higher than expectations.

Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, said: ‘The John Lewis brand is synonymous with strong values and great quality, making it a great fit within the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family.

‘With the support of such an excellent household name in the Official Department Store Provider category, Glasgow 2014 will continue to build towards success in what will be a truly memorable year.’

John Lewis Retail Director, Andrew Murphy, said: ‘We’ve been supporting Glasgow 2014 since the bid stage, and are delighted to continue our support by becoming the Official Department Store Provider of the Commonwealth Games. There was so much excitement around the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, and I think Glasgow 2014 will build on this to create a true legacy for our Partners*, Scotland and wider UK.

‘We want our shops to be a central part of the celebrations: not only with the merchandise we will sell, but through some of the great events we’ve got planned for customers and Partners alike.’

Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said: ‘I am pleased to welcome John Lewis to the Games family, one of a growing number of Games sponsors committed to delivering the best ever Commonwealth Games. By showcasing Glasgow 2014 merchandise, John Lewis will help to build excitement and help people enjoy the Games experience.’

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the announcement of another sponsor for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This news is all the more pleasing as John Lewis has such a strong presence in Glasgow, and will offer a great showcase for Games merchandise.’

Peter Nicolson, Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: ‘It is great news that John Lewis has joined the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family. I’m sure they will help create a fantastic Games Village environment for all the athletes, while we are really looking forward to seeing the Team Scotland merchandise in particular flying off the shelves of their Scottish stores as our home supporters gear up for the Games.’

Notes to editors
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 250 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets, with the event aided by an army of 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and ten John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 300 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis operates three Scottish department stores in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as its Hamilton Contact Centre, employing a total of 2,300 people in the country. John Lewis acquired its first Scottish shop in 1943 when it bought The Silk Shop in Edinburgh, and subsequently went on to open department stores in Edinburgh in 1973, Aberdeen in 1989 and Glasgow 1999.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Retailer of the Year 2013’¹ , ‘The Nation’s Best Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2013’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 250,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013

Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, BP and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors

Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.

The partnership between Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust aims to ensure SCGYT can create a Glasgow 2014 Fund to introduce a new Commonwealth-wide programme to bring young Commonwealth athletes and coaches to Scotland and to send young Scottish athletes and coaches to Commonwealth countries to build on relationships, understanding and co-operation developed in the 2014 Games and thus help to further develop and perfect sporting abilities in the spirit of the Commonwealth movement. The SCGYT Glasgow 2014 Fund will raise income in several ways including Team Scotland merchandising royalties and other Games related packages.

Enquiries
For further information, please contact:

Laura Tattam
Senior Press Officer, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7592 5715
Mobile: 07718252536
Email: laura_tattam@johnlewis.co.uk

Kate McCheyne
Glasgow 2014 PR Manager
Telephone: 030 2014 0176
Email: kate.mccheyne@glasgow2014.com

Meijer completes the rollout of its food rescue program across the Midwest

All of retailer’s 204 stores able to support food rescue program by partnering with a local food bank

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer made significant strides in its hunger relief efforts last year, completing the rollout of its food rescue program across the Midwest.

With the addition of eight food bank partnerships, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is now able to donate quality food that would otherwise go to waste at its stores in Michigan, Ohio,  Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the retailer.

“We are very excited about what these partnerships represent: Another way to get good food to those who are hungry,” Meijer said. “Not only are we helping with hunger relief, our program provides healthy choices to a greater number of people who rely on food banks for their meals.”

The Meijer food rescue program helps increase the total tonnage of food delivered to local food banks while ensuring that quality food doesn’t go to waste. More than 3.2 million pounds – or more than 2.6 million meals – were donated by Meijer this year to local food banks.

The eight food banks the retailer added this year to its program include:

  • Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit, Michigan
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties in Springfield, Ohio
  • Shared Harvest Foodbank in Fairfield, Ohio
  • Cleveland Foodbank in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Gary, Indiana
  • Central Illinois Foodbank in Springfield, Illinois
  • Peoria Area Food Bank in Peoria, Illinois

“Our Meijer partnership has been invaluable as it has allowed us to reach a growing number of families in need across our service area,” said Keith Williamson, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield, Ohio. “It is just another valuable piece of solving the ‘hunger puzzle,’ allowing us to provide healthy choice center-of-plate protein items, as well as grains and vegetables.”

Meijer began its food rescue program in 2008 with food banks picking up fresh food – meat, cheese and select deli and bakery items – from 29 Meijer stores in southeast Michigan. It has since grown corporate-wide with all its 204 stores now able to support a rescue food bank.

Participating food banks pick up fresh food from their local Meijer store 2-3 days per week. An estimated 2,400 products are available to donate to food banks.

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.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Albertsons to become exclusive grocery store home of Double R Ranch Beef in 32 stores in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Wyoming

Boise, ID, US, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons and Agri Beef Co. are taking fresh to a whole new, sizzling, level. These two legendary Idaho companies have a reputation for freshness and quality that can only be earned from decades of satisfied customers. Beginning January 29, 2014, Albertsons will become the exclusive grocery store home of Double R Ranch Beef in 32 stores in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Wyoming.

Albertsons customers, in our Intermountain Division, will truly experience the best Idaho has to offer at their butcher blocks. Double R Ranch Beef is raised by a select group of family farmers and ranchers, many of whom live within 50 miles of an Albertsons store where their beef will be sold. They dedicate their time to exceptional animal care and environmentally sustainable practices, which translates into a premium beef experience.

Double R Ranch Beef is USDA choice, melt in your mouth good and cut fresh every day at your local Albertsons. Oh yeah, you will also find this exceptional quality beef in exclusive restaurants from Boise to Beverley Hills, but now thanks to Agri Beef and Albertsons, Double R Ranch Beef has found a home on your range.

You can get a FREE taste test on Saturday, February 1st from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, February 2nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at these Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming stores:

• 1650 W State St., Boise, ID
• 640 Highway 16, Emmett,ID
• 911 North Main Street, Hailey, ID
• 590 E 17th Street, Idaho Falls, ID
• 330 E Benton, Pocatello, ID
• 10700 Ustick Rd, Boise, ID
• 909 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID
• 2400 12th Avenue Road, Nampa, ID
• 4700 North Eagle Road, Boise ID
• 3301 W Cherry Lane, Meridian, ID
• 250 S Eagle Road, Eagle, ID
• 105 Buffalo Way, Jackson, WY
• 6560 S Federal Way, Boise, ID
• 3614 W State Street, Boise, ID
• 1653 S Vista Ave, Boise, ID

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BRC Global Standards to allow audit data sharing between suppliers with new changes to its BRC Global Standards Directory

London, UK, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has announced that it has made a number of technical changes to the BRC Global Standards Directory to allow BRC certificated suppliers to share audit data with other BRC certificated suppliers. Until this announcement only retailers could be given access to the audit data.

This new development means that audit sharing between suppliers is instantaneous and it allows access to the full audit report and the supplier’s certificate data. Benefits to the supplier are the immediate authentication and validation of the audit report and certificate.

Suppliers can be assured they are dealing with a recognised BRC certificated supplier as the certification body that carries out the audit is responsible for the completion of the audit and certificate information. The certification body has been approved by the BRC and follows strict rules and regulations which detail the responsibilities of the certification body and their auditors.

Suppliers are also kept up to date should any of their suppliers lose certification; an email alert is immediately sent to them. The system will automatically send instant email notification of failed, suspended, withdrawn or expired certification.

Notes to Editors:

About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the UK’s leading retail trade association. It represents the full range of retailers, large and small, multiples and independents, food and non-food, online and store based.

About the BRC’s Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality Standards’ Programs for food manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts:
BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

British Retail Consortium director Tom Ironside comments on interchange fees

London, UK, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, an adviser to Europe’s top court has backed long-term legal efforts to end the excessively high costs retailers pay banks to process card payments. Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi has advised that the court should “dismiss the main appeal” from Mastercard.

Tom Ironside, British Retail Consortium Director of Business and Regulation, said: “Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi has said today that the court should “dismiss the main appeal” from MasterCard. This is a common-sense result and important step towards ending the excessively high payments that retailers are charged to process card payments. At a time when Europe is debating the future of payments, this sends another clear and important indication that the time for reform has come.”

Media Contacts: BRC Press Office 020 7854 8920 Out of hours 07921 605544

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Tom Ironside BRC Director of Business and Regulation

Tom Ironside
BRC Director of Business and Regulation

 

UK retail industry sets ambitious targets for reducing its impact on the environment

London, UK, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The UK retail industry is today (Wednesday) signing up to a range of ambitious targets for reducing its impact on the environment, having beaten the previous set across all areas.

Commitments to be announced at today’s A Better Retailing Climate launch event include a collective pledge to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, putting the industry well on course to meet the 80 per cent overall target set by the UK Climate Change Bill.

The event at the House of Commons will also mark the launch of a new report, A Better Retailing Climate: Driving Resource Efficiency. The BRC’s A Better Retailing Climate initiative is midway through its journey, one that has already seen massive positive change. The new report sees BRC members committing to an ambitious and challenging environmental strategy – one designed to make a significant impact on the way our goods are produced, sold and used in the home. The new set of targets and commitments demonstrates that the UK retail sector is innovative, forward thinking and a true global leader in this area.

The report shows that the 25 signatories, who represent half of UK retail by turnover, exceeded all their targets for reducing waste, energy and water usage up to 2013. It also showcases what the industry is doing across a wide range of environmental areas including responsible sourcing, sustainable products and reducing water and energy usage.

In a sector first, the supermarkets signed up to the initiative have also committed to publish their data on food waste created at the retail stage, along with annual progress reports. The signatories, which include all of the major grocery retailers, already provide data on waste in the supply chain to the resource efficiency body WRAP, and are working closely with customers to help reduce food waste in the home.

Other new targets announced today include a commitment to reducing emissions from refrigeration gases by 80 per cent by 2020, and to divert less than 1 per cent of waste to landfill by the same year.

British Retail Consortium Director General Helen Dickinson said: “Retailers in the UK have made significant progress in reducing their impact on the environment. I’m delighted that the signatories are pushing themselves to achieve against even more ambitious commitments, having gone above and beyond the last set of targets.

“The strength of commitment is plain to see when you look at how much progress has been made in the last decade: for example, only 6 per cent of waste was sent to landfill in 2013, down from 47 per cent in 2005. But retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Defra, who is speaking at today’s event, said: “This initiative has been very successful in showing how industry can reduce the environmental impact of the retail sector.

“It also highlights how it is possible to grow businesses in a sustainable way that is not only good for the environment but for the economy as well.”

Media Contacts: BRC Press Office 020 7854 8920 Out of hours 07921 605544.

Notes to Editors:

A full copy of A Better Retailing Climate: Driving Resource Efficiency is available at: www.brc.org.uk/downloads/ABRC_Driving_Resource_Efficiency.pdf

It is being launched at a lunchtime reception today, hosted by Justin Tomlinson MP, with speeches from Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Ian Cheshire, BRC Chairman.

The BRC’s A Better Retailing Climate initiative was set up in 2008, and committed businesses representing the majority of the UK retail market to sector-wide green goals.

The results it reveals include:

Waste: Exceeded target. Retailers committed to reduce waste sent to landfill to below 15 per cent by 2013, with a longer term aspiration to achieve zero waste to landfill. In 2013, signatories sent 6 per cent of waste direct to landfill, down from 47 per cent in 2005.

Transport: Exceeded target. Signatories committed to reduce delivery emissions by 15 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels). In fact they achieved a 29 per cent reduction by 2013.

Buildings: Exceeded target. Signatories committed to cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 25 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels and allowing for growth), and achieved a 30 per cent reduction.

Refrigeration: Exceeded target. Signatories committed to halve emissions from refrigeration by 2013 (relative to floor space to allow for business growth), and managed a 55 per cent reduction.

Water: Exceeded target. Signatories committed to measure water-use in sites collectively anticipated as accounting for 75 per cent of water usage. In 2013, an estimated 83 per cent of water usage was measured, up from 50 per cent in 2005.

The new targets are:

Carbon (retail operations): Signatories will reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations by 25 per cent by 2020 based on 2005 levels.

Resource efficiency in buildings: Signatories will cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 50 per cent by 2020, accounting for growth, compared with 2005 levels.

Refrigeration:. Signatories will reduce emissions from refrigeration gases by 80 per cent by 2020, relative to floor space. They will begin phasing out HFC refrigerants by 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants, in line with the Consumer Goods Forum Commitment.

Transport: Signatories will reduce energy-related carbon emissions from store deliveries by 45 per cent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels.

Water (retail operations): Signatories will measure water usage in sites collectively anticipated as accounting for 100 per cent of usage by 2020. They will set a reduction target when the targets are reviewed in 2015.

Retail waste: Signatories will divert waste from landfill so that less than 1 per cent of their waste is landfilled by 2010.

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Helen Dickinson BRC Director General

Helen Dickinson
BRC Director General

IKEA raised $13.6 million for UNICEF and Save the Children projects

Thank You IKEA Customers and Co-workers! IKEA US Soft Toy Campaign Raised Over $1 million

Conshohocken, PA, US, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA customers and co-workers have partnered with the IKEA Foundation on a $13.6 million (€10.1 million) gift for UNICEF and Save the Children projects to help realize every child’s right to a quality education.

The IKEA Soft Toys for Education annual campaign ran from November 10, 2013 to January 4, 2014. For every soft toy and children’s book sold, IKEA donated one dollar ($1.35)* to UNICEF and Save the Children to give children in developing countries access to a quality education. Since the campaign launch in 2003, The IKEA Foundation has donated $90.4 million (€67 million) to help improve the educational opportunities of more than 11 million children in 46 countries. The donations help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials, and increase school attendance rates.

Thanks to this year’s donation, the IKEA Foundation will support 19 UNICEF and Save the Children projects in 18 countries. The IKEA support of UNICEF will help fund the Schools for Africa initiative in eight countries and the Schools for Asia initiative in China. Save the Children’s share will support education for children of the most marginalized groups in Asia and Eastern Europe.

“Education is the key to unlocking a brighter future for every child, especially the most vulnerable and excluded. UNICEF is grateful for its strong partnership with the IKEA Foundation, as well as IKEA’s customers and employees, as we work together to help all children receive the quality education they deserve,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of our long-term strategic collaboration with the IKEA Foundation. It’s also the 8th consecutive year that Save the Children is part of the IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign. Through the IKEA Foundation’s commitment to helping vulnerable children gain access to a quality education, children of minority groups and children with disabilities—as well as their families and communities—all benefit from the proceeds of the campaign for a better and brighter future,” said Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden and Chairperson Global Lead Agency for the Save the Children and IKEA Foundation collaboration.

Thanks to this year’s donation, the IKEA Foundation will support 19 UNICEF and Save the Children projects in 18 countries. UNICEF’s share will help fund the Schools for Africa initiative projects in eight countries (Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa) and one project as part of the Schools for Asia initiative in China. Save the Children’s share will support education for children of the most marginalised groups (minorities and children with disabilities) in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam) and Europe (Lithuania, Romania and Kosovo).The donations will help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in the schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates.

Mozambique: 
In Mozambique, thanks to the IKEA Foundation’s contribution of Soft Toys for Education campaign funds, 55,000 children in 88 schools were reached with the five components of the Child-Friendly Schools approach: education; protection; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and social mobilization. Children in these schools also received physical education and were trained in important life skills (HIV awareness, awareness on gender issues, and preventing violence and sexual abuse).

South Africa: 
In South Africa, with the support from the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF supported the implementation of the Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools (SCCFS) programme for 198 schools not reached by development programmes outside government. This benefitted 151,000 girls and boys and 3,400 educators. Furthermore, IKEA Foundation’s support has helped over 2,500 schools register a school sports league to facilitate a participatory programme for all girls and boys, including children with disabilities.

Ethiopia: 
In Ethiopia, the funding from the Soft Toys for Education campaign has helped increase the enrollment rate of children into grade 1 of primary education, which has now reached 92%. The gross enrolment rate for pre-primary schools achieved a significant increase of 15.9 percentage points. Over one year, it went from one in 20 children to one in 5 children getting enrolled in pre-primary school. A very encouraging trend!

Romania: 
With the IKEA Foundation’s support, Save the Children runs a project in Romania which aims to reduce discrimination against the two of the most vulnerable groups of children: Roma children and children with mental health problems. Multiple stakeholders are targeted, and educational and health services will be developed for the benefit of vulnerable children and their families. Some 18,000 school children will be educated in eliminating discrimination and stigma.

Indonesia: 
In Indonesia, many children with disabilities find that their basic rights are disregarded. Thanks to support from the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children will mobilize communities, government stakeholders, and others to assist these children in attaining their right to enjoy a full and decent life. Save the Children will accomplish this by increasing the capacity of families to care for their children with disabilities and improving their access to high-quality education.

Bangladesh: 
In Bangladesh, there are approximately 7 million children with disabilities who are extremely vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Thanks to support from the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children is able to give 4,400 boys and girls with disabilities in three districts of Bangladesh improved mental and physical wellbeing through better protection. The project works with their caregivers, communities, school authorities, and children with disabilities themselves.

* One euro (approximately $1.35) is split and donated to UNICEF and Save the Children from the sale of each soft toy and children’s book.

About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve the opportunities for children and youth by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change, and enable them to take charge of their own future. We work with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life. Currently funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.

About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org. Follow us on Twitter, at twitter.com/savethechildren, and on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/savethechildren.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. Visit www.unicefusa.org

IKEA US Contact: Mona Astra Liss, Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180 ext. 5852

Save the Children US Contact: Eileen Burke, Senior Director, Media and Communications Eburke@savechildren.org 203-221-4233

UNICEF US Contact: Andrea Sioris, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212.880.9136, asioris@unicefusa.org

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Target plans to open 140,000 square feet store in Kahului on the island of Maui in Hawaii

Store will employ approximately 200 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in the city of Kahului on the island of Maui in Hawaii, in March 2015. The store will be located on Hookele Street as part of the Pu‘unēnē Shopping Center.  This will be the first Target store in Maui.

The Maui store will be approximately 140,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target Pharmacy, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Maui location will employ approximately 200 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“Target is excited about our first store on the island of Maui,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region.  “Since opening our first store in Hawaii in 2009, we’ve created strong partnerships with the local community and delivered our ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise to guests throughout the islands.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visitTarget.com/corporateresponsibility.

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Russia’s largest retailer Magnit to hold Board of Directors meeting on February 4, 2014

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”, the “Issuer”, MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the holding of the Board of Directors meeting.

On January 31, 2014 the Chairman of the Board of Directors made the decision to hold the BOD meeting on February 4, 2014 with the following agenda:

1. Consideration of proposals for the nomination of candidates to stand for election to the board of directors, the revision commission and the counting commission of OJSC “Magnit” at the annual general shareholders’ meeting of OJSC “Magnit”.
2. Consideration of proposals for the nomination of candidates to stand for election as the auditor of OJSC “Magnit” at the annual general shareholders’ meeting of OJSC “Magnit”.
3. Approval of the related party transactions.
4. Determination of OJSC “Magnit” business priorities.
5. Determination of the position of the OJSC “Magnit” representative at the exercise of the voting right on the Retail Import LLC shares in the charter capital owned by the Company.

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 the unaudited IFRS management accounts for 2013, Magnit had revenues of $18,202 million USD and an EBITDA of $2,032 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
retailer.

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BESTSELLER-owner Anders Holch Povlsen invests in Danish online supermarket nemlig.com

Brande, Denmark, 2014-1-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — THROUGH AN INVESTMENT COMPANY, BESTSELLER-OWNER ANDERS HOLCH POVLSEN BUYS INTO THE DANISH ONLINE SUPERMARKET NEMLIG.COM. BELOW, ANDERS GIVES A FEW COMMENTS ON THE INVESTMENT.

What are the reasons for investing in nemlig.com? 
I believe that nemlig.com can be one of the very best online retailers of fast-moving consumer goods. Their business model can prove to be more effective than traditional supermarkets’, and the company and not least their employees and management has left a very positive impression on me.

What are your plans as a major shareholder in nemlig.com? 
I see great potential for nemlig.com, and with the investment and partnership I want to contribute to securing the best possible future for the company and its employees.

Does this mean that BESTSELLER will start competing in the supermarket business? 
No. BESTSELLER is a clothing retailer, and this is a purely financial investment made through an investment company independent of BESTSELLER.

Is there a correlation with your previously online investments in Zalando, Asos etc.? 
Of course I see the online retailing business as a platform for great future potential – but the different online investments are to be seen as financial investments – they are not interrelated in any way.

Read the official press release from nemlig.com here

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