Luca Maestri to succeed Peter Oppenheimer as Apple CFO at the end of September

CUPERTINO, Calif., 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced that Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s senior vice president and CFO, will retire at the end of September. Luca Maestri, Apple’s vice president of Finance and corporate controller, will succeed Peter as CFO reporting to Apple CEO, Tim Cook. Peter will transition the CFO role to Luca in June and the balance of his responsibilities over the remaining time allowing for a professional and seamless transition.

“Peter has served as our CFO for the past decade as Apple’s annual revenue grew from $8 billion to $171 billion and our global footprint expanded dramatically. His guidance, leadership and expertise have been instrumental to Apple’s success, not only as our CFO but also in many areas beyond finance, as he frequently took on additional activities to assist across the company. His contributions and integrity as our CFO create a new benchmark for public company CFOs,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “Peter is also a dear friend I always knew I could count on. Although I am sad to see him leave, I am happy he is taking time for himself and his family. As all of us who know him would have expected, he has created a professional succession plan to ensure Apple doesn’t miss a beat.”

“Luca has over 25 years of global experience in senior financial management, including roles as a public company CFO, and I am confident he will be a great CFO at Apple,” added Tim. “When we were recruiting for a corporate controller, we met Luca and knew he would become Peter’s successor. His contributions to Apple have already been significant in his time with us and he has quickly gained respect from his colleagues throughout the company.”

“I love Apple and the people I have had the privilege to work with and after 18 years here, it is time for me to take time for myself and my family,” said Peter Oppenheimer. “For quite some time, I have wanted to live on the central coast of California and get more involved at Cal Poly, my alma mater; spend more time with my wife and sons; travel to interesting parts of the world; and something I have wanted to do for years— finish the requirements for my pilot’s license.”

As CFO, Peter oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, information systems, internal audit and facilities functions. He started with Apple in 1996 as controller for the Americas, and in 1997 was promoted to vice president and Worldwide Sales controller and then promoted to corporate controller prior to being named CFO. As Apple’s annual revenue has grown more than twentyfold during his time as CFO, Peter has overseen development of a disciplined global financial strategy, robust systems and procedures, and a very strong balance sheet. Under his leadership, Apple has built a world-class finance team. Peter has managed facilities expansion including the addition of four data centers and Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, all of which will be powered by renewable energy.

Peter also recently joined the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs.

Luca has deep knowledge in all of the major aspects of finance with over 25 years of experience building and leading finance teams in global companies with significant operating scale and complexity. Prior to joining Apple, Luca was CFO at both Nokia Siemens Networks and Xerox. Since joining Apple in March 2013, Luca has managed most of Apple’s financial functions and done an excellent job leading them, while also working closely with Apple’s senior leadership.

Luca began his career with General Motors and spent 20 years in finance and operating roles in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. While at GM, Luca had many significant assignments building and operating the business. He was part of the team that established GM’s regional operations in Asia Pacific, including manufacturing investments in China and Thailand. He was later CFO of the team that restructured operations in Brazil and Argentina and returned the region to profitability. His last role at GM was CFO for all of GM’s operations in Europe, which spanned over 45 countries with annual net revenue of approximately $40 billion.

Luca has an exceptionally broad international background, with time spent living and working in Italy, Poland, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and Germany, as well as the U.S.

Luca graduated from Luiss University in Rome with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received a master’s degree in Science of Management from Boston University.

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Dole and Meijer partner to donate salad bars to public schools in Detroit, Cincinnati and South Bend, Ind.

Midwest retailer partners with world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables to increase fresh produce options at schools

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — What is the main obstacle to getting kids to eat healthier? Research suggests that it might be simply a lack of healthy options – a situation that is even more pronounced in the Midwest.

Committed to increasing healthier options for students, Dole Food Company and Meijer have partnered to donate salad bars to public schools in Detroit, Cincinnati and South Bend, Ind. These self-serve produce bars will feature a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, to boost new choices for students at breakfast and lunch.

“Since one in three Midwest children, ages 9 to11, are at risk or already overweight, we need to look at whole new ways to encourage healthier eating,” said Bil Goldfield, Dole’s director of corporate communications. “One of Dole’s goals is to start the nutrition conversation, and offer tangible healthy alternatives, as early in childhood as possible. By offering permanent salad bars stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables, we are hopefully establishing healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime.”

The school districts receiving salad bars include:

  • Cornerstone Charter Schools Detroit: One salad bar
  • South Bend Community School Corp., South Bend, Ind.: Three salad bars
  • Dohn Community High School, Cincinnati: One salad bar

Representatives with Meijer and Dole today presented Cornerstone Charter Health High School in Detroit with a new salad bar at a dedication ceremony.

“We are all very excited about this new salad bar, which will reinforce nutrition education messages while providing students the ability to select from a variety of fruit and vegetable options each day,” said Cornerstone Charter Health High School Principal Michael Griffie.

“Meijer is best known for the freshness it offers in the grocery aisles, and we are pleased to partner with Dole to improve access to fresh produce with these salad bars,” said Brian Coates, senior produce buyer at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “With these salad bars donations Meijer aims to really impact the lives of students by making healthy food options readily available at school.”

The salad bars were arranged through a partnership with the United Fresh Foundation to support the organization’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools initiative, a new multi-year campaign aimed at increasing produce consumption in children by donating salad bars to schools in six Midwest states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Midwest effort is a special campaign under the umbrella of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, which has donated salad bars to more than 2,800 schools nationwide.

“We are pleased to partner with Meijer and Dole to provide salad bars to schools in this area of the country, ensuring students here will have access to more fresh produce, and healthier options at lunch,” said Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association. “Salad bars empower students to make healthy choices and get kids excited to eat their fruits and veggies at school and beyond.”

New USDA nutrition standards for school lunch require schools to dramatically increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetable served to students each day, and salad bars are the easiest way for schools to meet these requirements. Research and experience in schools across the country demonstrate that children significantly increase their fruit and vegetable consumption when given a variety of choices in a school salad bar. When offered multiple fruit and vegetable choices, children respond by incorporating greater variety and increasing their overall consumption.

Nationwide, school salad bars are changing school food environments and helping students make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

About Dole Food Company
Dole, with 2011 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. For more information on Dole Food Company, including recipes, serving suggestions and other information, go to www.dole.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/Doleor twitter.com/DoleFoods, respectively.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About The United Fresh Foundation
The United Fresh Foundation is the United Fresh Produce Association’s 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization designed to help meet the public’s need for healthy, high quality, safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. The Foundation is devoted to enhancing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables through environmental change and public policy, and industry commitment to charitable endeavors. The Foundation is working to double the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by American children, helping to end childhood obesity in the next generation.

About Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a public health initiative to increase salad bars in schools across the country so that every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. Founding partners are: United Fresh Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, Food Family Farming Foundation, and Whole Foods Market. More information can be found online at www.saladbars2schools.org.

Contact: Bob Ochsner / Collin Whitley, 714-881-2341, CWhitley@dgwb.com; Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com; Andrew Marshall, 202-303-3407, amarshall@unitedfresh.org

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Dole and Meijer partner to donate salad bars to public schools in Detroit, Cincinnati and South Bend, Ind.

Dole and Meijer partner to donate salad bars to public schools in Detroit, Cincinnati and South Bend, Ind.

 

ICSC announced the speaker lineup and highlights for 2014 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo (SPREE) in Las Vegas

NEW YORK, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is pleased to announce the speaker lineup and highlights for the 2014 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo (SPREE), which was recently added to ICSC’s programming after the recent acquisition of Pinnacle Publishing Group, and their publication, Specialty Retail Report. SPREE is the specialty retail industry’s largest event–exclusively bringing retailers together with wholesalers, property managers and service providers from across the country. This year’s event will be held at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., April 8-10, 2014.

“The addition of SPREE to ICSC’s programming is a great opportunity to bring the specialty retail sector and the rest of the industry together,” said Patricia Norins, vice president of specialty programs for ICSC. “Specialty retail is a significant revenue-generator for many shopping centers and malls. Bringing SPREE into ICSC’s programs adds unique value to ICSC’s already robust roster of events,” she said.

Now in its tenth year, SPREE attracts over 2,000 retailers, wholesalers, leasing professionals and service providers for networking, deal making and informative seminars. This year, PayPal has joined the program as an educational program sponsor, and their senior director, head of association development, Michelle Peacock, will host the session “Using Mobile Enabled Payments to Increase Customer Engagement.” The session will discuss how mobile technology is changing and where businesses can make sales and interact with their customers.

Another exciting session that has been added this year is a panel on franchising in specialty retail. The panel discussion will be lead by the International Franchise Association and their Senior Director of Development and Member Services, Paul C. Rocchio. Other sessions will include: “Designing Your Business for Higher Value and Profits;” “ Go Viral: Creating Buzz for Your Business Without Breaking the Bank;” ”How to Convert Tenants from the Common Area to Inline;” “Leverage the Power of Small Business Saturday to Boost Your Holiday Sales & Profits;” “ Power of Pintrest: Leverage the Power of this Important Social Media Outlet to Drive More Traffic and Profits;” “Retailer Basics;” and “Visual Merchandising – Creating Practical Displays to Maximize Impact”.

Attendance to the 2014 SPREE Conference is free. To register for free, please visit www.spreeshow.com. Press registration is also complimentary. To obtain press credentials contact Elana Krasner in ICSC’s media relations department at 646-728-3515 or ekrasner@icsc.org.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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Contact:
Elana Krasner
646-728-3515
ekrasner@icsc.org

International Council of Shopping Centers announces Keynote Speakers for RECon 2014 on May18-20 in Las Vegas

ICSC Announces RECon 2014 Keynote Speakers

NEW YORK, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Want to understand how to decode the symbols and codes that surround us every day; learn about the future of technology from the founder of Twitter; or how to make money make sense? Then join the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) at RECon, the largest global retail real estate convention, on May 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.

ICSC is pleased to announce the keynote speaker lineup for the show: Brad Meltzer, host, HISTORY Channel, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and New York Times best-selling author; Biz Stone, co-founder, Twitter; Michael T. Duke, chairman of the executive committee of the board, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Jean Chatzky, financial editor, NBC’s Today, and New York Times best-selling author; and Howie Mandel, comedian and judge on America’s Got Talent.

“Nerd of the Year” according to GQ and one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People,” Biz Stone is best known for developing collaborative systems freely accessed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. As a progenitor of early social media, Stone became an Internet entrepreneur working at Xanga and Google before co-inventing and co-founding Twitter.  In 2013 he formed his latest startup, Jelly, a search engine mobile application. He speaks about the shift in electronic communication from the personal (e.g. email, instant messaging) to the public (e.g. blogging, social networking), how we can redefine success, and some of his “Simple Lessons” about business, life, service and creativity. A clip of Stone can be seen here http://bit.ly/1kUgd2T. He will speak during RECon’s opening session on Sunday, May 18, from 4:15 – 5:00 pm.

Brad Meltzer doesn’t care where you went to school or how much money you make.  Why?  Because, “I believe ordinary people change the world,” Meltzer says.  It’s this core belief that runs through each one of his projects – of which there are many. He has written best-selling thriller novels…and non-fiction…and comic books.  He currently produces and stars in his own TV show, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the HISTORY Channel, where he investigates the secret history of symbols and codes that surround us every day.  He was also a speaker for on TED Talks (a clip can be seen here, http://bit.ly/1jOGaRu). Meltzer will speak during lunch on Monday, May 19 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

An expert on everything from debt elimination and retirement planning to mortgage options and long-term care insurance, Jean Chatzky takes the complicated world of personal finance and makes it accessible to all. Chatzky—financial editor for NBC’s Today, a frequent Oprah contributor and New York Times best-selling author—is one of the media’s most recognized money experts. She specializes in providing the sort of expert financial advice that is not only entertaining and interesting to listen to, but that can be absorbed and used to change lives. Chatzky will speak during the opening breakfast on Monday, May 19 from 7:30-9:00 am.

Mike Duke was President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from 2009 to 2014 and continues to serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board. Since joining Walmart in 1995, Duke has led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions, as well as Walmart U.S, and was Vice Chairman of the company. Prior to Walmart, he had 23 years of retailing experience with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. Duke has served on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum and the executive committee of the Business Roundtable. He will discuss The Future of Retail: Serving Customers at the Intersection of Physical and Digital during his keynote presentation on Tuesday, May 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

Howie Mandel, comedian, judge on America’s Got Talent, and former host of Deal or No Deal, will be the entertainment for the ICSC Foundation’s Gala Dinner. See Mandel’s video invite to the dinner here http://bit.ly/1kUwKE1.  Taking place Sunday, May 18 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm, the ICSC Foundation Gala Dinner is a veritable “who’s who” of retail real estate. Join the ICSC Foundation for an evening of entertainment and high-level networking while giving back to the industry. Separate registration is required and can be completed here http://bit.ly/1czHRgy.  For sponsorship opportunities visit http://bit.ly/1mT74wo.

Join the conversation on Twitter, follow @ICSC and use the hashtag #RECon14.

Registration fees for ICSC RECon 2014 are $570 for members in advance and $1,120 for non-members in advance.  To qualify for the advanced rate, registration must be completed by April 30, 2014.  Press registration is complimentary. To register, contact ICSC’s Members Services Department at 646-728-3800, or register online at http://bit.ly/1kuXEoW.  To obtain press credentials contact Elana Krasner in ICSC’s media relations department at 646-728-3515 or ekrasner@icsc.org.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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Babies“R”Us, Operation Shower and Heidi Klum hosted grand-scale baby shower for 125 military moms-to-be

Wayne, NJ, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday, March 4, Babies“R”Us® and Operation Shower, an organization that hosts baby showers for military moms-to-be, were joined by fashion designer and mom of four Heidi Klum to shower 125 expectant mothers with joy and much-needed gifts, making it the largest event held by this charity since its inception in 2007. During the grand-scale baby shower, which took place at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, California, Klum surprised moms representing Navy and Marine bases across California with dozens of gifts from her Truly Scrumptious collection, available exclusively at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com/HeidiKlum. In addition, attendees enjoyed traditional shower games and fun activities.

“What a wonderful experience it was to join Babies“R”Us and Operation Shower to help bring joy to America’s military families,” said Heidi Klum. “As I look back on my own journey through motherhood, I know how special the ritual of a baby shower is to a new mom. I so enjoyed indulging these deserving moms and showering them with Truly Scrumptious baby clothes and dozens of sweet surprises to take home for their newborns.”

In the coming year, Babies“R”Us will continue its commitment to honor families of the United States armed forces by once again partnering with Operation Shower to host baby showers for military wives who are experiencing the journey of pregnancy while their husbands are deployed. To kick off the third year of partnership, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., will provide a $100,000 grant to Operation Shower.

An Unforgettable and #TrulyScrumptious Shower for Military Moms-To-Be

During this special event, which was themed “Sweet Surprises,” nearly 125 military moms-to-be and their guests experienced all the joy associated with a traditional baby shower. From creative crafts and exciting presents, to sweet treats and more, the shower featured candy-themed décor and activities. Guests took home items from the Truly Scrumptious spring collection, including adorable bodysuits, trendy outfits, cozy socks, caps and bibs, now available at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online Babiesrus.com/HeidiKlum. Plus, throughout the shower, Heidi surprised attendees with other products – big and small – including a crib and stroller, as well as a diaper bag and fashion diapers. Each mom was also presented with a Shower-in-a-Box, an Operation Shower staple. From bottles and receiving blankets to tiny toys and teethers, the boxes were filled to the brim with much-needed gifts. In addition, the women received a Babies“R”Us gift card, allowing them to shop for the baby items they still need.

The moms also had the opportunity to play designer for the day with the help of Heidi’s fashion know-how, creating adorable – but tasty – candy jewelry, as well as crafting their own pair of Truly Scrumptious Color My Own Pajamas for their little ones. Heidi also led the moms in entertaining trivia games, highlighting fun facts about pregnancy and motherhood.

Raising Awareness & Donations Through Online Portal

In the coming year, Babies“R”Us will again leverage its dedicated microsite at Babiesrus.com/OperationShower as an online information and donation portal, where visitors can learn how to support this program and help military moms-to-be, who are often far away from friends and family, receive basic essentials for their newborns. Since launching this digital destination in 2012, individuals, organizations and businesses have donated hundreds of items from the official Operation Shower Babies“R”Us Registry, which allows shoppers to purchase products for these expectant moms.

“Over the last two years, we’ve joined forces with Babies“R”Us to help expectant moms whose husbands are bravely serving our country both celebrate and prepare for the arrival of their newborns,” said LeAnn Morrissey, founder of Operation Shower. “Babies“R”Us is dedicated to ensuring each shower is a grand success, and through its collaboration with Heidi Klum, we have succeeded in throwing the biggest Operation Shower event yet! We’re so excited to partner with the baby products authority for a third year to help make a difference in the lives of even more deserving mothers.”

Commitment to America’s Military Families

Since the partnership began in May 2012, Babies“R”Us and Operation Shower together have showered nearly 400 expectant military moms from all branches of the military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines National Guard and Coast Guard, with baby essentials. In addition, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund together have provided more than $400,000, through grants and in-kind donations, to the organization.

To download high-res images of the “Sweet Surprises” Operation Shower event, as well as a video package, click here.

About the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund
The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., a company that unabashedly declares “We love kids!” The core mission of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has contributed millions of dollars to qualified organizations that support that mission, including those providing disaster relief to children and families who are victims of large-scale crises. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also provides grants to leading organizations that support children with special needs.

Primary fundraising activities include the annual Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala, a private, invitation-only event that showcases the work of the Fund and raises money to support its many beneficiaries. This annual benefit has raised $100 million since its inception in 1985 and is one of the largest single-night fundraising events held in New York City.

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Media Contacts:
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Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306/646-366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

 

Wegmans Food Markets started hiring for its latest Massachusetts location Burlington scheduled to open in fall 2014

BURLINGTON, MA, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment for full-time positions today for its latest Massachusetts location, Burlington, which is scheduled to open in fall 2014. The company’s third location in the state is part of a shopping and dining destination located on 3rd Avenue in Burlington.

Available full-time positions include everything from entry-level management positions to culinary professionals. The Burlington store will employ approximately 600 people, most of whom will be hired locally. Of these, at least 200 full-time positions will be filled. Part-time hiring will be announced in summer 2014.

Full-time applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are not available or accepted at the construction site. Wegmans will also host several open interview sessions; interested applicants can get more information by going to www.wegmans.com/careers.

“Although our Burlington store won’t open until fall, we need to start hiring early because our employees receive some of the most in-depth product, customer service and culinary training in the industry,” said Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans Human Resources Manager for New England. “We are excited to welcome new employees to the Wegmans family in Burlington and are proud to offer such perks as flexible scheduling, robust job training and competitive pay and benefits.”

Once the Burlington store opens, Wegmans will have created more than 1,600 jobs in Massachusetts, since opening its first Massachusetts location in Northborough in 2011. The Burlington Wegmans is a 135,000 square-foot supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating. Wegmans, known for its incredible customer service and restaurant-quality prepared foods, plans to open an additional Massachusetts location in Westwood next year, and anticipates opening more Massachusetts stores in the future.

“I speak from experience when I say that Wegmans is a great place to build a career, and because we are expanding and opening new stores, there are opportunities to advance,” said Burlington Store Manager Kevin Russell. “It was so exciting to help bring the first Wegmans to Massachusetts in Northborough, where I was store manager. I am now looking forward to helping grow the company’s presence in the state and provide customers in the Burlington area with a great Wegmans experience.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, Wegmans Director of Media Relations, 585-429-3627
Rachel Lapal, RF|Binder for Wegmans, 781-559-0435

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc extends employment contract of Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis through December 2018

CANTON, Mass., 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced the extension of Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis‘s employment contract through December 2018. Mr. Travis, 64, whose contract previously ran through December 2016, joined Dunkin’ Brands as CEO in December 2008.

“Nigel has done an outstanding job at Dunkin’ Brands over the past five years,” said Dunkin’ Brands Lead Director Raul Alvarez. “Since 2009, under the leadership of Nigel and his management team, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised system has delivered a compounded annual growth rate of 6.2 percent in systemwide sales, had strong comparable store sales, added almost 3,300 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants, and returned approximately $650 million to shareholders during its two-and-a-half years as a public company. Going forward, the company is well positioned for future growth, and Nigel and his team remain focused on driving franchisee profitability and delivering shareholder value.”

Other achievements during Mr. Travis’s tenure at Dunkin’ Brands include measurably higher guest satisfaction ratings in the domestic restaurants and the installation of standardized point-of sale systems for both brands in the US, paving the way for new retail technologies, including the Dunkin’ Mobile® App and DD Perks® Rewards Program.

“I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished over the past five years,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO. “We have two tremendously powerful brands, enormous global growth potential, a talented management team and, most importantly, world-class franchisees. I am excited about our future and am delighted to be extending my employment agreement with the company through 2018.”

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle King
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Harris Teeter donates $2,950 to Paisley Magnet School as part of its Together in Education $100,000 Giveaway

Store Director to Present Check to Paisley Magnet School

 Date:           Monday, March 10, 2014

Time:          1 p.m.

Location:   Paisley Magnet School 
                     1400 Grant Ave.
                     Winston-Salem, N.C.  27105

Live shots are welcomed!

Winston-Salem, N.C., 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter Store Director Wes Holcomb will present a $2,950 check to Paisley Magnet School as part of Harris Teeter’s Together in Education (TIE) $100,000 Giveaway.

During the $100,000 Giveaway, a winner (“Weekly Contestant”) is randomly drawn every Wednesday between Jan. 29, 2014 and April 2, 2014.  Harris Teeter’s TIE Prize Patrol surprises the Weekly Contestant at home the following Saturday.  The Prize Patrol presents the Weekly Contestant with an initial $250 and then searches the home for Harris Teeter Brand products.  For every Harris Teeter Brand product found, the Weekly Contestant and the TIE school to which the contestant’s VIC card is linked each earn $50. The total maximum donation each weekend is $10,000.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by conducting this fun contest which rewards not only the schools participating in our Together in Education program, but also our loyal shoppers,” said Danna Jones, communication specialist for Harris Teeter.

“We are excited by this opportunity to surprise our shoppers with the weekly Prize Patrol, all in an effort to support our communities’ schools,” added Jones.

Week 4 winners, the Reed family of Winston-Salem, NC, earned $2,950 last Saturday when Harris Teeter’s TIE Prize Patrol visited their home. The Reed’s VIC card is linked to Paisley Magnet School, so the school is being presented with an equal amount to what Reed earned.

In  the Reed home, the Prize Patrol found 50 Harris Teeter brand products, including the weekly Bonus Item which is advertised each week.  If the Bonus Item is found in the Weekly Contestant’s home, the Weekly Contestant and the TIE school will each earn $250.

Five weeks and $50,000 remain in the contest; be sure your VIC card is linked to a TIE school for a chance to participate in the $100,000 Giveaway.

To learn more about the TIE $100,000 Giveaway, click here.

 

Marks & Spencer revealed details of this year’s Big Beach Clean-up

  • Big Beach Clean-up to clear litter on 140 beaches and canals
  • Storm hit beaches to be targeted
  • Thousands of volunteers to clear over 30 tonnes of litter

LONDON, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) today announces details of this year’s Big Beach Clean-up, which will tackle the scourge of litter on 95 UK beaches and 45 canals, including locations that were hit by recent storms.

In partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust, this year’s M&S Big Beach Clean-up will take place between 24th and 30th April with thousands of volunteers – including M&S customers, employees and Marine Conservation Society volunteers – taking part.

The target is to clear more than last year’s massive haul of 30 tonnes of litter – the equivalent weight of two double decker buses. Customers that register in advance at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish will receive a money-off M&S voucher on the day of their beach clean*.

Most of the litter collected will be common waste items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops. However last year M&S beach and canal cleaners found an array of unusual items including a bath, coffee maker, HM Prison Service toothbrush and a Freeview box.

Additionally, MCS will take the opportunity to assess the impact this year’s storms have had on beach litter and debris. Locations such as Eastney (near Portsmouth), Exmouth (Devon), Chesil Cove (Dorset) and Hayle Towans (Cornwall), which were battered by recent storms, will be cleaned and surveyed by the volunteers.

Last year over 9,000 people (4,000 M&S employees and 5,000 M&S customers) volunteered and collected 4,000 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 300km of beaches and canals.

Sacha Berendji, Director of Retail at Marks & Spencer, said: “Our Big Beach Clean-up 2013 exceeded all expectations and made a significant impact on local communities. This year our beaches and canals, and in turn our marine life, need us and our army of volunteers more than ever before. It’s a fun, outdoor activity and I’m confident we can go one step further and surpass last year’s litter haul. And, as an incentive, there’s a £5 money-off voucher for every customer that gets involved.”

Samantha Fanshawe, MCS Chief Executive, said: “This week of action is a great opportunity to clean up some of our best loved beaches and remove litter that has built up following recent storms.  Rubbish washed up or left on beaches not only harms wildlife but spoils our enjoyment of the coast too, so the more people that take part the more litter we can remove from harm’s way.  Throughout the year, there will be activities and resources for schoolchildren to learn more about our seas and the fascinating marine life they support.”

Richard Parry, Chief Executive at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our canals are a two hundred year-old national treasure that are enjoyed by millions of people each year. They need looking after, and litter and debris can be a real problem, polluting water, restricting use of the canals and towpaths, and harming wildlife. That’s why we’re delighted to be joining forces again with Marks & Spencer and all the volunteers who take part in the Big Beach Clean-up. The event will build on the work that is done every day to keep the waterways in the best possible condition, with this year’s event set to be bigger and better than ever.”

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 75 per cent and raised over £6 million for good causes.

Customers can find out more www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean) and facebook (www.facebook.com/marksandspencer).

Notes to editors

Voucher
* £5 off a £30 spend on food and drink at M&S (terms and conditions apply).

Forever Fish
Forever Fish is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S Foodhalls. The three year project, launched in 2011 will:

  • Set-up and run ‘School of Fish’, an education programme to inspire 400,000 primary school pupils to learn more about protecting the future of fish;
  • Encourage as many of M&S’ customers and employees as possible to help the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) clean British beaches;
  • Invest over £1 million in WWF projects that help better manage UK fish stocks, such as cod, and protect important species like dolphins and turtles;
  • Help customers make healthy and more sustainable choices by promoting more high quality, sustainably-sourced fish and introducing lesser known and more plentiful species such as Dab and Flounder.

The Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS produces the annual Good Beach Guide, the Good Fish Guide and Fishonline on sustainable seafood, as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch and The Big Beach Clean-up. www.mcsuk.org.

The Canal & River Trust
The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales.  We are among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of Listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites.

We believe that our canals and rivers are a national treasure and a local haven for people and wildlife. It is our job to care for this wonderful legacy – holding it in trust for the nation in perpetuity and giving people a greater role in the running of their local waterways.
www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Further information
Daniel Himsworth, Marks & Spencer Press Office, 0208 718 1618
daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

Marine Conservation Society: Richard Harrington, 01989 561585
richard.harrington@mcsuk.org

Canal & River Trust: Jonathan Ludford, 0203 204 4514
Jonathan.ludford@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Marks & Spencer revealed details of this year’s Big Beach Clean-up

Marks & Spencer revealed details of this year’s Big Beach Clean-up

 

 

Marks & Spencer first retailer to receive Carbon Trust’s triple award for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction

LONDON, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer to receive the triple award of certification for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction from the Carbon Trust.

The Carbon Trust Standards are independent certifications recognising organisations that successfully measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste, demonstrating leadership within their industry by making real year-on-year progress.

Since the launch of Plan A, M&S’ eco and ethical programme, M&S has achieved:

  • Zero waste to landfill;
  • Become a carbon neutral company;
  • Reduced energy use in stores, offices and warehouses by 31 per cent*;
  • Reduced store refrigerant gas carbon emissions by 60 per cent*;
  • Used two billion fewer single-use carrier bags in its food halls;
  • And tackled water-use in its stores and supply chain.

Clem Constantine, Director of Property at M&S, said: “There’s a clear business case for managing and reducing our own impact on the environment. It saves money, helps us become more efficient and better prepares M&S for the future. Working with the Carbon Trust gives us the knowledge and confidence to push ourselves further and supports us in achieving our ambitious Plan A goals.”

Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “M&S has a well-deserved reputation as a leading business when it comes to sustainability. By achieving independent certification the Carbon Trust Standard for each of carbon, water and waste then M&S is able to demonstrate year-on-year progress in achieving its Plan A goals.”

Carbon Trust Standards – more information

  • The Carbon Trust Standard, certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions year-on-year. To achieve the standard organisations need to demonstrate an absolute reduction in carbon footprint or equivalent relative efficiency improvement, as well as good carbon management, including governance, accounting and reduction methods and targets;
  • The Carbon Trust Water Standard, certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce water use year-on-year. To achieve the standard organisations need to demonstrate a reduction in water use either in absolute terms, or water intensity in relation to turnover or product, looking at both water inputs and trade effluent output, as well as passing a qualitative assessment on water governance, measurement and management;
  • The Carbon Trust Waste Standard certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce their solid and hazardous waste. To achieve the standard organisations need to demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced every year, or are being used more effectively, for example through increased reuse, recycling or energy recovery.

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* Against a 2006/07 baseline. For full details see 2013 Plan A Report.

Notes to editors

About Plan A 
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s eco and ethical programme that aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. Launched in 2007 and extended in March 2010, it takes a holistic approach to sustainability focusing on involving customers, involving all areas of the business and tackling issues such as climate change, waste, raw materials, health and being a fair partner.

About the Carbon Trust:
The Carbon Trust is an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust:

  • advises businesses, governments and the public sector on opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world;
  • measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organisations, products and services;
  • helps develop and deploy low carbon technologies and solutions, from energy efficiency to renewable power.

Further information
Daniel Himsworth, Marks & Spencer Press Office, 0208 718 1618
daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

Carbon Trust Press Office, press@carbontrust.com, 020 7170 7050

 

Russia: fraud prevention system IRIS 5 now protects QIWI’s 100,000 self-service kiosks and 15 million e-wallets

Leading Russian kiosk, e-wallet and prepaid card provider deployed full fraud prevention system in record five weeks

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — IRIS Analytics and its sales partner Wincor Nixdorf support QIWI, a leading Russian multichannel provider of next generation payment services, with the full fraud prevention system IRIS 5 in its fight against fraud. IRIS 5 is now protecting QIWI’s network of over 100,000 self-service kiosks and 15 million e-wallets.

Sergey Soldatov, General Manager Banking of Wincor-Nixdorf Russia, IRIS Analytics’ sales and support partner in Russia, explains: “IRIS provides unique value to QIWI by combining transaction streams of financial data for all lines of business with non-financial transactions, and does so in real-time”. The strength of this approach was recently illustrated when Russia almost overnight experienced a severe attack by criminals using counterfeit 1000 and 5000 rouble notes. These notes were not optimised to trick the human eye, but to trick the banknote scanner model used in nearly all Russian cash accepting kiosks and ATMs. Because of the large scale of the attack, many Russian banks had to disable the acceptance of 1000 and 5000 rouble notes, which meant virtually having to close their ‘shop’ to customers.

At the same time QIWI was able to keep operating. Anton Kuranda, chief security officer of QIWI explains: “By using IRIS, we were able to analyse the denomination of banknotes inserted, profile the kiosks and follow the money trail through our Visa QIWI Wallet. We were able to prevent fraud while continuing to accept banknotes”. This meant that the 60 million customers using QIWI every month could continue to pay their utility bills, loan instalments and other payments that they otherwise would have had trouble doing.

“When QIWI turned to us, they needed a large-scale fraud prevention solution for a many billions of transactions per year,” said Constantin von Altrock, managing director at IRIS Analytics, “and they needed the solution to be implemented very quickly”.
Since IRIS is an end-to-end solution that could simply be installed on QIWI’s existing commodity server cluster, the entire implementation project took only five weeks. This incorporated all fraud model generation required for the prevention of the specific fraud patterns QIWI had been experiencing.

IRIS and Wincor Nixdorf have been cooperating to provide greater transaction security since 2010. Wincor Nixdorf distributes IRIS software worldwide. The company also offers the software to customers as an integral part of its PC/E Banking Solution Suite.

About QIWI plc.
QIWI is a leading provider of next generation payment services in Russia and the CIS. It has an integrated proprietary network that enables payment services across physical, online and mobile channels. It has deployed approximately 15 million virtual wallets, over 167,000 kiosks and terminals, and enabled merchants to accept over RUB 47 billion cash and electronic payments monthly from over 60 million consumers using its network at least once a month. QIWI’s consumers can use cash, stored value and other electronic payment methods to order and pay for goods and services across physical or online environments interchangeably.
www.qiwi.com

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