Delhaize Group to announce its first quarter 2014 results on May 7, 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group will announce its first quarter 2014 results (ended March 31, 2014) on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. CET. The press release will be available on Delhaize Group’s website (www.delhaizegroup.com) immediately after its publication.

The Delhaize Group management team will discuss the first quarter 2014 results during an investor conference call that will start at 09:00 a.m. CET on May 7, 2014. To participate in the conference call, please call +44 (0)20 3427 1919 (U.K.), +1 212 444 0896 (U.S.) or +32 2 404 0662 (Belgium), with “Delhaize” as password.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the internet on May 7, 2014 at 09:00 a.m. CET at www.delhaizegroup.com. An audio replay of this webcast will be available at the same website starting at 12:00 p.m. CET on May 7, 2014.

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Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 534 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €21.1 billion ($28.0 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

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Albert Heijn to invest in automated distribution center for non-perishables

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn will invest in an automated distribution center for non-perishables. By creating more capacity in the same space, Albert Heijn can better accommodate the future demands of customers and supply its stores more efficiently.

The quality of life at work will also improve for employees in the distribution center, as machines will take over the heavy manual labor. The first automated distribution center will be located on the site of the regional distribution center in Zaandam and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017. Vanderlande Industries will provide the automation systems.

In recent years the number of Albert Heijn stores, and thus the number of fresh produce departments, has grown. Albert Heijn will therefore invest in an automated regional distribution center (RDC) for non-perishable products in Zaandam. Almost the entire regional non-perishables assortment will be processed fully automatically from arrival to loading. The automation will lead to more products being processed in the same space, enabling Albert Heijn to better accommodate customer demand in the future, and that the number of required transport movements will be reduced, as products will be stacked optimally. Another advantage is that products from the same product groups will be delivered together, making it easier for store employees to fill the shelves.

The quality of life at work will also improve for employees in the distribution center as machines will take over the heavy manual labor. With regard to the consequences of automation for employees a Social Framework has been established with the trade unions, which includes a job guarantee for AH Logistics employees.

A new hall will be built for the automation system on the site of the RDC in Zaandam. Vanderlande Industries, a global player in the field of automation systems and services to improve logistics processes and performance, has been selected to provide the automation systems. Albert Heijn has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a detailed design. After completion of the final plan Albert Heijn will enter into a definitive contract with Vanderlande Industries. The current plans concern a single automated distribution center that supplies to around three hundred stores.

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Albert Heijn to invest in automated distribution center for non-perishables

Albert Heijn to invest in automated distribution center for non-perishables

National Retail Federation to kick off its annual Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale this June

Keynote by Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff 

WASHINGTON, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation will kick off its annual Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale this June and will welcome Chairman of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, for the opening keynote address. Industry leaders, loss prevention professionals, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers will convene for the three-day event taking place June 10-13 at the Broward County Convention Center. The conference will feature top-notch educational sessions and provide a forum for professionals to identify solutions to industry security challenges and explore the latest cutting-edge technologies.

The issue of cybersecurity is an evolving and persistent threat to the retail industry, and Chertoff’s keynote will focus on what retailers and the nation as a whole can do to meet this challenge. Chertoff’s expertise will provide attendees with insight on how cyber risks develop, how the retail industry can more effectively manage risk, and how companies can better assess, identify and mitigate real and potential threats. Chertoff will take the stage Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m. for the opening keynote titled “The Persistent Threat: Understanding the Evolving Cybersecurity Challenge We Face Today.”

Other notable keynote sessions include:

Cybersecurity expert and blogger Brian Krebs will discuss how retailers large and small remain vulnerable to data theft and cyber crimes by sophisticated underground groups. His session, titled“Exploiting the Security ‘PR Gap’: Perception vs. Reality,” will take place Thursday, June 12 at 3:45 p.m. Krebs is the author of KrebsonSecurity.com, a daily news site dedicated to in-depth cybersecurity news and investigations, with a special focus on cybercrime.

NRF will also welcome Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel as a keynote speaker Thursday, June 12 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. for a session titled “Value of Law Enforcement and Retail Partnerships.” Israel will discuss how retailers and law enforcement agencies partner to support initiatives against organized retail crime enterprises and their illicit activities.

Additionally, experts will discuss recent events involving active shooters and the impact these crimes have on retailers, their employees and customers. The panel, titled “Active Shooters: Your Business, Your Customers, Your Responsibility,” is scheduled for Friday, June 13 from 8:45-11:00 a.m. Panelists include PCG Solutions CEO and President Walter Palmer; Sterling Jewelers, Inc. Director of Loss Prevention Mark Neapolitan; Banana Republic, Inc. Vice President of Loss Prevention Bryan O’Brien; and Hudson Bay Corporation Senior Director, Administration, Asset Protection Michael Liberatore.

For more information about NRF’s Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO, visit http://lp14.nrf.com/.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.

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NRF is pleased to grant complimentary registration to editorial staff members of the press, as well as accredited retail analysts. To register for NRF’s Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO, visit www.nrf.com/pressreg or contact NRF’s media relations team at press@nrf.com.

Bethany Aronhalt or Kathy Grannis (855) NRF-PRESS
press@nrf.com 

NRF: Retail employment increased 28,000 in April from March and 241,000 year-over-year

WASHINGTON, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation issued the statements below from President and CEO Matthew Shay and Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz in response to the April jobs report released today. NRF calculated that retail employment increased 28,000 in April from March and 241,000 year-over-year. March’s retail employment was revised upward by 2,700 jobs. The increase reflects the growth and positive momentum seen in the retail industry in recent months.

“While this is certainly a solid report and proves that retailers continue to help lead the way in job creation, there is still room to address the underlying issue that the overall labor force remains underutilized,” Shay said. “A concentration on pro-business initiatives by our leaders in Washington that would give companies the confidence they need to hire more out-of-work Americans would go a long way in this economic recovery.”

“After a weak report on growth in the overall economy, the strong jobs report shows that the backlash from the weather-induced slowdown between December and March impacted economic activity but was not a foreboding sign of what is to come,” Kleinhenz said. “We expect a rebound in economic activity. While only select sectors such as apparel and general merchandise reported higher results, we expect retailers to be stocked and prepared for one of the busiest times of the year – summer.”

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary showed that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in April, above analysts’ expectations.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

Craig Shearman or Bethany Aronhalt (855) NRF-PRESS
Press@nrf.com 

Note to media: View latest report in NRF’s Retail Insight Center 

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Co-op teams opened two new food stores in the Edmonton area

Edmonton, Alberta, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fresh paint. New signs. In 24 hours, Co-op teams turned around and opened two new food stores in the Edmonton area.

This morning, Leduc Co-op opened its new food store at 5421-50th Street. Yesterday, TGP opened in the Gold Bar neighbourhood in southeast Edmonton, the first of its two new food stores. TGP took possession of the store at midnight and was open at 8 a.m. for customers.

The transition of these stores is progressing as planned and highlighting the efforts of many employees. This is a great accomplishment for the individual co-operative associations and the entire Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

Watch for updates as more food stores join the CRS in the coming weeks. More details are available at www.myco-op.ca.

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Co-op teams opened two new food stores in the Edmonton area

Co-op teams opened two new food stores in the Edmonton area

Medicine Hat Co-op opened new Co-op food store in Taber, Alberta

Taber, Alberta, 2014-5-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — It takes a dedicated team to transform a store. When you have 14 stores to transform, it’s nothing short of amazing.

“Our team just did a phenomenal job. We put a lot of hours into the planning and the execution of that plan was just unbelievable,” said Medicine Hat Co-op General Manager Ted Rodych. “It was a proud moment to see the team and everything come together.”

Medicine Hat Co-op opened up a new Co-op food store in Taber, Alta., Thursday at 12 p.m. Although the transformation occurred in only 36 hours, Rodych said it feels like the store’s been open for six months. He attributes that to the work by all Medicine Hat Co-op employees, FCL support and vendors.

“The thing that really surprised me was the ability of every department to just work closely and pull together,” he said.
Rodych added it was an awesome feeling to open a new branch and provide a new experience for local residents.

“They’re looking forward to what we can offer them. The ability to support local vendors is one comment I heard numerous times.”

For more information on the store and other openings, visit www.myco-op.ca.

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