Roger Burnley comments on Sainsbury’s inclusion in The Times as Top 50 employer for women

LONDON, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — I’m delighted that we’ve been recognised by The Times as a Top 50 employer for women.

As a major employer we work hard to ensure that that everyone in our business – regardless, rank, role, location – gets the opportunities they deserve.

We never rest on our laurels – there is always more to do to make sure that Sainsbury’s is a place where our colleagues love to work, and we must constantly listen, adapt and grow to meet our colleagues’ needs.

That challenge is met partly by our supportive mentoring system, where colleagues are encouraged to discuss their strengths and share their experiences.

Often, sharing with peer groups or mentors can help us see where our strengths lie.  So it’s important that we continue to give colleagues these platforms, actively encouraging everyone to get involved.

Now, we need to go further. We know that we can do more to help women to reach senior management roles – particularly in our stores and depots. Through mentoring, development and training, we aim to do that.

I’m incredibly proud of where we’ve got to, and I’m already looking forward to going further to make sure that Sainsbury’s is always a great place to work.

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Roger Burnley comments on Sainsbury’s inclusion in The Times as Top 50 employer for women

Roger Burnley comments on Sainsbury’s inclusion in The Times as Top 50 employer for women

Sainsbury’s included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014

LONDON, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The accolade recognises Sainsbury’s proactive approach to career development – this includes actively engaging with future business leaders through Inspiring the Future – a group that links volunteer mentors with schools and colleges to promote careers.

Nearly 300 volunteers from Sainsbury’s have now signed up to the scheme to give talks in schools and colleges to give insight into careers and roles.

This is in addition to the 500 women who are now on one of Sainsbury’s own mentoring programmes and leadership pathways.

Roger Burnley, Managing Director for General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics and Board sponsor for Gender Diversity at Sainsbury’s, said: “As one of the UK’s biggest employers, we’re proud to be recognised for our progressive approach to inspiring and developing people.

“Being an inclusive employer is part of Sainsbury’s heritage – from the first female store managers in the 1940s, to today where a third of our operational board and departmental directors are women. We work incredibly hard to promote the many career opportunities in a business of our size, scale and reach. So today’s announcement shores up our position as a destination for people who want to grow and develop with us, and a business where there is no glass ceiling.”

Angie Risley, Group HR Director at Sainsbury’s, said: “The Times Top 50 Award recognises the breadth of our approach to making Sainsbury’s a diverse and inclusive place to work. Our diversity strategy is integral to our goal of being the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. We have robust policies in place, but we are constantly aspiring to do more. With sponsorship from board level we have targeted priority areas that will help us achieve this.”

The list is produced in partnership with Opportunity Now, a campaign group for gender diversity. Kathryn Nawrockyi, Director of Opportunity Now,said:  “Congratulations to Sainsbury’s on being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014. The standard of entries was incredibly high once again, and they should be hugely proud of their success. They are a great example of strong leadership; of how putting gender equality at the core of a business can create real, sustainable change for women, organisations and society as a whole. I hope other employers will be inspired by their work and use it to accelerate progress for women in their workforce.”

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Sainsbury's included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014

Sainsbury’s included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014

Sainsbury’s fruit and vegetables sales increased over the last couple of days due to health study findings from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

LONDON, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s fresh fruit and veg category has enjoyed double digit growth over the last couple of days in the wake of this week’s study findings from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which suggested we increase the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat from five a day to at least seven.

Charlotte Rhodes, Sainsbury’s Head of Produce, said: “We’ve long been committed to helping customers to eat their 5 a day and it seems that this new study has sparked some new enthusiasm for the challenge. They are certainly taking full advantage of our new 69p promotion which we’re running across a range of difference produce from every day carrots to more exotic aubergines. We’re happy to help customers add more fresh fruit and veg to their baskets without sacrificing on value.”

Since the story broke on Tuesday, stand out performers have been:

  • Fine Beans +116%
  • Celery +116%
  • Onions +95%
  • Carrots +69%
  • cucumber +46%
  • Red Peppers +41%

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Sainsbury’s fruit and vegetables sales increased over the last couple of days due to health study findings from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Sainsbury’s fruit and vegetables sales increased over the last couple of days due to health study findings from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Tesco to increase the price it pays British dairy farmers for their milk

Cheshunt, England, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco announced today the new price it will pay British dairy farmers for their milk.

Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) members will receive the new price of at least34.2ppl. This represents an increase of at least 0.4ppl for all TSDG farmers.

Tesco guarantees TSDG farmers always receive a price that is above the cost of production, making sure their business turns a profit so they can plan and invest for the future. We collaborate with our farmers on the way the price calculation works, and all price changes are negotiated with farmers representing TSDG members.

Customers can be assured that every litre of own-brand milk they buy has come from a Tesco TSDG farmer.

John Scouler, Tesco Commercial Director said:

“This price is good news for the farmers who make up the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group. It reflects our commitment to pay farmers a fair price for their milk. The TSDG has now been running for seven years and we are proud to continue to lead the way in offering dairy farmers a fair price and supporting British agriculture.”

Will Hosford, TSDG dairy farmer and Committee Chairman said:

“We are now seven years into our relationship with Tesco and this announcement re-affirms the long term commitment Tesco has to its dairy farmers. We are operating in a volatile market but being a TSDG member gives us the confidence and stability we need to carry on investing for the future.”

Since 2007 Tesco has invested over £185 million into the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group in paying a fair price to British dairy farmers, improving animal welfare and environmental standards, and a next generation scholarship programme.

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Notes to editors

  • Every litre of Tesco own label fresh milk, with the exception of Organic milk, is covered by the new price.
  • TSDG members who receive the Promar supplement will receive the new price of 34.2ppl for farmers whose milk is processed by Arla and 34.3ppl for farmers whose milk is processed by Muller Wiseman. This reflects recent increases in the prices our processors pay their farmers.
  • The commitment of TSDG is further reinforced by Tesco’s work with Liverpool University through its ‘Dairy Centre of Excellence’. This exclusive agreement brings together the dairy sector to look at issues from animal welfare to consumer trends. In January 2008 we also launched a visitor centre which is a national resource point for schools, farmers and dairy industry experts and over 1000 children have now visited.
For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 530,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to bringing the best value, choice and service to our millions of customers each week. Our core purpose is ‘we make what matters better, together’.

Carrefour China announced the Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France

BEIJING, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — After one month of voting and selection, on March 25 in Beijing, Carrefour China organized together with Guangming Daily, Guangming Website, and China International Publishing Group, the result announcing ceremony of “Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France”.

Mr. He Dongping, Editor-in-chief of Guangming Daily, Mr. Zhou Mingwei, Director General of China International Publishing Group, Mr. Wang Meng, Former Minister of Culture, Mr Jacques Pellet, French Embassy in China, and Mr. Thierry GARNIER, Vice-president of Carrefour Group and President & CEO of Carrefour China attended the event.

Mr. Thierry GARNIER delivered a speech on the ceremony: ” Carrefour’s Chinese name, ‘Jia Le Fu’ means wish all families a happy life. Books are important to our civilization. They pass down knowledge and wisdom of human beings, enrich our lives and bring us happiness. This meets well with Carrefour’s value and concept.” He said also that we wish to make more contributions to the economic, trade, and cultural exchanges between France and China.

Find thereby the final selection results :

“Top 10 most influential French books in China”
– The Spirit of Law
– The Social Contract
– The Lady of the Camellias
– Les Miserables
– Father Goriot
– Jean-Christophe
– The Red and the Black
– The Little Prince
– The Count of Monte Cristo
– The Old Regime and the Revolution

“Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France”
– The Analects of Confucius
– The Art of War
– The Tao Teh King
– The book of changes
– Heroes of the Marshes
– Journey to the West
– Rickshaw Boy
– Les Romans de Luxun (comme le Journal d’un Fou, The True Story of Ah, Call to Arms, Canopy Set)
– The Republic of Wine (de Mo Yan)
– Family

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Carrefour China announced the Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France

Fashion bloggers Carla Lemos (Modices), Cris Guerra (Hoje vou Assim) and Lia Camargo (Just Lia) to put their signatures to Carrefour’s Tex range of clothing and accessories

Promoting up-and-coming talent to offer consumers the latest fashions: Carrefour continues with a successful strategy

São Paulo, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Autumn and winter in Brazil promise to be more colourful than ever – thanks to Carrefour. The retailer has strengthened its partnerships with fashion bloggers and invited guest designers Carla Lemos (Modices), Cris Guerra (Hoje vou Assim) and Lia Camargo (Just Lia) to put their signatures to the autumn/winter collection of its Tex range of clothing and accessories. Together these three bloggers have over 321,000 followers in Facebook and 180,000 in Instagram.

Reflecting the diversity of consumer profiles found in its stores, the three bloggers put their name to different but equally feminine looks inspired by three global fashion trends: Grunge, Folk and Basic. Carla, Cris and Lia have already appeared in magazines wearing their own creations in everyday situations, showing off the beauty and fit of the garments. Prices range from 15.90 to 119.90 reais.

The collection reflects Carrefour’s commitment to offering its consumers quality products at accessible prices.

The campaign: The campaign organized by our marketing department for the launch of the new collection includes a live fashion parade on the TV show Mulheres, presented by Cátia Fonseca, a supplement in a weekly women’s magazine, promotion in blogs by specialists such as Glória Kalil and Gustavo Sarti, and Instagram spots by celebrities including Mariana Rios, Sabrina Sato, Ana Maria Braga and Luisa Mell. On a regional level, Carrefour has established partnerships with leading blogs such as Onça de Tule, Coisas de Diva and The Fashion Blog.

The collection: Carrefour’s autumn/winter Tex collection has something for all the family. The women’s range draws inspiration from the Folk look of colder climates (floral prints on dark grounds) and Grunge (checker and animal patterns), and also features a Basic line that’s good for all styles and occasions.

The men’s range is modern and comfortable, with an emphasis on t-shirts with urban landscapes and basic garments that combine with jeans and varsity jackets.

For kids, there are bodysuits and jumpsuits with printed Disney characters, and matching kits of gloves and slippers. The big surprise in the collection is the range of bed, table and bath linen, with floral prints and geometric patterns.

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Fashion bloggers Carla Lemos (Modices), Cris Guerra (Hoje vou Assim) and Lia Camargo (Just Lia) to put their signatures to Carrefour's Tex range of clothing and accessories

The Rite Aid Foundation donates $15,000 to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross

Camp Hill, PA, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid today announced that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $15,000 donation to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred on March 22 in Oso, Washington.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by the landslide,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer and President of The Rite Aid Foundation.  “As rescue efforts continue and rebuilding begins, it’s important that the people of Oso and the neighboring areas know they aren’t alone during their time of need. We hope that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most.”

Rite Aid operates 17 stores in Snohomish County and an additional 121 across Washington.

“We are so grateful for the support of The Rite Aid Foundation,” said Chuck Morrison, Regional Executive Director of the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross. “Thanks to generous contributions like this, the Red Cross is able to help people whose lives have been forever changed by the devastating landslide by providing critical support services.”

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $17 million to more than 1,300 organizations nationwide. For more information on The Rite Aid Foundation, visit www.riteaid.com.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Rite Aid Corporation announced sales results for March 2014

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for March.

Monthly Sales

For the four weeks ended March 29, 2014, same store sales increased 0.7 percent over the prior-year period. March front-end same store sales decreased 5.0 percent, with 4.1 percent of the decrease attributable to a shift in the timing of Easter, which falls on April 20 this year compared to March 31 last year. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 133 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 3.5 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 1.1 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 0.4 percent to $1.947 billion compared to $1.939 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.4 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.4 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On March 29, 2014, the company operated 4,584 stores compared to 4,621 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Contact:

Investors: 0 0 717-975-3710, Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Apple® to hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 – 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West

Developers Can Apply for WWDC Tickets Starting Today

CUPERTINO, California, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac® customers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) now through Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students). This year the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.

“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”

WWDC 2014 activities include:

  • More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • a new series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities;
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Monday’s State of the Union session and the Apple Design Awards will be live streamed via the WWDC website giving more developers around the world access to the latest information in real time. Videos from all technical sessions will be posted throughout the week on the Apple Developer website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/videos) and will be available to all registered developers.

Please go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) to apply for a ticket, as well as for updates and more information.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Meijer opened its Garden Centers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winter may still be in full force in some parts of the Midwest, but Meijer is thinking spring with the opening of its Garden Centers this past weekend. Despite the snow, there is still plenty that restless green thumbs can do to get their garden prepped for planting. Bill Stechebar, divisional merchandising manager over outdoor and indoor garden and floral at Meijer shares the following tips: 

1. Start seeds indoors.

Can’t wait to feel the soil between your fingers? Get your fix by starting your seeds indoors. The seeds will need lots of light. Florescent lights are recommended but strong lights from other lamps will work too.

2. Build a raised-bed garden.

Raised-bed gardens have grown in popularity and with good reason.  Using a raised bed can help prevent weeds if constructed and maintained properly. For gardeners struggling with poor soil quality, it can help boost the nutrients. Novice to carpentry? No worries. You can find affordable and easy-to-assemble cedar raised-bed garden kits at your local Meijer for just $39.99.

3. Nip crabgrass in the bud.

Crabgrass has been a nemesis to many gardeners for years. One solution is to prevent it before it becomes a problem. “If you don’t want crabgrass, one solution is a crabgrass preventer and fertilizer that can be sprinkled before the thaw,” said Stechebar. But don’t wait too long. “If it’s not applied before crabgrass starts growing, you have a battle on your hands. “

4. Trim ornamental grasses.

For those who have a hankering to be outside, trimming ornamental grasses is a great pre-thaw task. According to Stechebar, trimming and pruning makes way for new growth when the warm weather arrives.

5. Spread new mulch.

After the ground begins to show but before the weather is warm enough for planting, get outside and spread new mulch before your perennials start to remerge.

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 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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Meijer opened its Garden Centers