‘Emancipation Day’ author Wayne Grady wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Author of ‘Emancipation Day’ selected to receive this year’s award from a shortlist of five first-time novelists

SEATTLE, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.ca and Quill & Quire today unveiled Wayne Grady as the winner for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Grady’s novel Emancipation Day (Doubleday Canada) earned him the title of the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and a cheque for CAD $7,500 at this year’s award ceremony held at The Four Seasons in Toronto.

Steeped in the jazz and big band music of the 1930s and ‘40s, Emancipation Day, Grady’s first novel, is an arresting, heart-rending story about fathers and sons, love and denial, and race relations in a world on the cusp of momentous change. Grady has written fourteen books of science and natural history, travel and personal essays, translated fifteen novels and edited eleven anthologies of literary fiction and nonfiction. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he currently lives near Kingston, Ontario.

In addition to Grady, the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award finalists included Kenneth Bonert for The Lion Seeker(Knopf Canada), Krista Bridge for The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre), Susan Downe for Juanita Wildrose: My True Life (Pedlar Press) and D.W. Wilson for Ballistics (Hamish Hamilton Canada) – all of whom will earn a CAD $750 gift certificate from Amazon.ca.

“It is an honour to again be a part of a program that celebrates Canadian novelists and we are thrilled to recognize these incredible authors,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “The Amazon.ca First Novel Award is one way we can help foster Canadian literature and raise awareness for emerging Canadian authors. We wish this year’s First Novel Award finalists much success.”

This year’s shortlist of finalists was selected by Stuart Woods, editor of Quill & Quire. The winner was selected from the list of nominees by a panel of judges including Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of the memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes; Angie Abdou, author of the novels The Bone Cage and The Canterbury Trail; and Brian Francis, author of the novelsFruit and Natural Order.

Over the last three decades, the First Novel Award has recognized outstanding literary achievements by first-time Canadian authors and has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists, including most recently, Eleanor Catton (2010) for The Rehearsal, David Bezmozgis (2011) for The Free World and Anakana Schofield (2012)for Malarky.

For more information about the Amazon.ca First Novel Awards, visit www.amazon.ca/firstnovelaward.

About Amazon.ca 
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Tesco wins “Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Environmental Performance” award

Tesco has won a top award for its outstanding contribution to environmental performance.

Cheshunt, England, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The award recognises Tesco’s successful efforts to cut carbon emissions across its freight transport operations. Tesco has cut transport emissions per case delivered by as much as 14% in the UK in the last two years, on top of a 50% reduction achieved between 2006 and 2012.

Steve Strachota, Distribution Director for the UK and Ireland, said:

“It is fantastic to have been recognised by industry for the hard work we have done to reduce our impact on the environment.

“We’ve made more use of sea and rail travel, and made sure delivery lorries are as full as possible before they set off. And we have introduced cutting-edge technology, like aerodynamic trailers and dual-fuel vehicles. It’s not only good for the environment – it makes our business more efficient too.

“At Tesco we will continue to lead the way with our climate change strategy, moving forward with our ambition of becoming a zero-carbon business by 2050.”

These reductions have been achieved thanks to reducing journeys made by road as well as Tesco’s ‘F plan’. Delivery lorries are now fuller, they drive for fewer miles and fuel economy has improved.  In 2013 alone, Tesco cut over 8 million miles from the UK roads by following the plan.

Myles McCarthy, Director of Implementation at the Carbon Trust, said:

“Tesco was one of the first major UK businesses to set ambitious targets for taking action on climate change and carbon emissions, looking not only at its own footprint, but those of its customers and supply chain. The achievements recognised by this award demonstrate how that commitment is now resulting in real environmental successes.

“Freight transport is one of the largest contributors to the UK’s direct greenhouse gas emissions, so it is great to see Tesco using its scale for good by setting an example on how environmental impact can be reduced at the same time as making their business more efficient.”

New distribution centres are positioned in Dagenham and Reading so lorries don’t have to drive as far, and we are trialling new vehicle technology including dual-fuel lorries that can run on both diesel and biogas and more aerodynamic trailers.

The use of trains and ships instead of lorries is being expanded by Tesco right across Europe. All the containers arriving on ships from the Far East into the deep sea port of Bremen now travel by rail to Tesco’s distribution centre in Slovakia rather than road. And Tesco is using more sea routes – like Gdynia in Poland to Teesport in North Yorkshire, a move which has reduced road miles by over 80%.

Tesco is also working together with its suppliers to reduce emissions across the whole supply chain. In the UK, Tesco operates five trains that pick up and deliver goods from suppliers including Highland Spring, Coca-Cola and Red Bull.

The award is for “Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Environmental Performance” and it was presented at the 2014 Multimodal conference – the UK and Ireland’s leading freight transport and logistics exhibition.

Case study #1 – Making more use of trains

In the UK, Tesco has five trains running at least six days a week carrying goods all over the country, and over 50% of the goods moved from its rail-enabled National Grocery Distribution Centre at Daventry are transported by rail.

Tesco’s first European project started in 2012 with containers of goods it receives from the Far East, which arrive in Europe at the deep sea port of Bremen in Germany. After trialling the service with a few containers, Tesco now transports all these goods by rail instead of road to its Slovakian distribution centre, for onwards distribution around markets in across Central Europe, removing over 4 million road miles each year.

Case study #2 – Making more use of the sea

Tesco is exploring how it can use not only rail, but also short-sea shipping, to transport goods both around its European operations but also to the UK.

Instead of transporting general merchandise from Poland to its distribution centre in Middlesbrough by road, Tesco now uses a short-sea route from Gdynia in Poland direct to Teesport, right next to the Middlesbrough distribution centre. In addition to reducing road travel by over 80%, Tesco estimates that it also saves over EUR 300k per year.

Case study #3 – Shifting goods in Turkey

Another example of long distances travelled with minimised emissions is the journey that products from Turkey take to the UK. First, they are transported by boat from Istanbul to Trieste in Italy. From Trieste, the containers travel by rail to Cologne in Germany before being transported by road for the final leg to Daventry in the UK. In future, Tesco aims to extend the rail leg further by using the channel tunnel to deliver all the way to Daventry by rail. Turkish products for Tesco’s central European businesses also travel by rail to its Slovakian distribution centre which serves our central European markets.

Steve Strachota continued: “Our shift to rail and short-sea to bring goods from Europe to the UK not only reduces our impact on the environment but also gives us a more reliable service at no extra cost.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
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METRO GROUP plans to operate 50 distribution centers in India by 2020

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP will renew its expansion drive for India where its sales divisionMETRO Cash & Carry has been active since 2003. India will now become one of the key expansion countries at the German trade group, who sets its sights on 50 wholesale markets by 2020. At present METRO runs 16 distribution centers in 12 cities across India.

“India has always been an important future growth market of METRO and we have seen continuous like-for-like growth recently in India. Now we decide to inject extra momentum into our expansion course there to operate 50 distribution centers by 2020”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AGand CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “India will join Russia, China and Turkey as one of the four focus expansion countries within our portfolio.”

METRO Cash & Carry has over the past decade sustainably developed its local distribution network in India and has continuously enhanced its sound relationship with a broad range of stakeholders. Each METRO distribution center in India typically creates about 300 jobs for the local community. To fully fit itself into the local business context, METRO in India has designed a unique store format which is smaller and less capital intensive but responds to the customer needs better. The valuable insights and learnings of the past ten years give the company a solid platform to build upon in South Asia’s fast growing economy and tap into its distinct commercial potential.

“We have been relentlessly consolidating our market position by translating our nuanced understanding of the customer into daily practices, tailored projects and innovations”, said Rajeev Bakshi, Managing Director of METRO Cash & Carry India.”We are delighted that METRO has established itself as a responsible and relevant member of the community. This provides a firm foundation for us to switch our expansion into the fast lane now.”

Ever since its market entry, the wholesaler stays in close and constant touch with its professional customers, in particular the small independent shops locally known as Kirana that arguably constitutes a vast majority of India’s retail sector. METRO India runs a variety of customized support schemes, both on the sales floor and in the field, to strengthen Kirana shops’ competitiveness in the rapidly evolving market environment, which also benefits the community at large. The latest expansion acceleration will further enable METRO to champion the independent professional customers across the country.

On the sourcing end, METRO India extensively applies its proven expertise and competence in food security and safety, supply chain and trade infrastructure to ensure reliable and enduring supply of high quality products to its professional customers. For example, the company goes one step further to secure the freshness and quality by collecting agricultural products directly from farms before shipping the harvest to its markets through its own modern logistic infrastructure, which clearly increases the efficiency and security of delivery. More frequently the company arranges a number of specialized training seminars for local food producers to refine their capabilities to fit METRO’s quality standards.

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


METRO GROUP appoints Pieter Haas as Media-Saturn-Holding’s Management Board Deputy Chairman

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The METRO GROUP has paid tribute to the tremendous achievements and the enormous contribution made by Horst Norberg, who announced his resignation as Chairman of the Management Board at Media-Saturn-Holding (MSH) on Tuesday. At the same time, the Duesseldorf-based trading group has decided to delegate his fellow Board Member Pieter Haas to MSH’s Management Board as Deputy Chairman in order to intensively press ahead with the essential repositioning of the company.

“We are very sorry that Horst Norberg has resigned from his position in these circumstances. However, we understand and have great respect for his decision”, said Olaf Koch, Chief Executive Officer of METRO AG. “Horst Norberg has done great things for Media-Saturn over more than two decades and has played a major role in crucial decisions for the company, not least regarding the recently announced repositioning and restructuring of Media-Saturn. He did an exemplary job of making sure Media-Saturn was geared to changing market conditions and customer demands. Horst Norberg has always put the company at the centre of his dealings. We thank him very much for his extraordinary commitment, his long years of tireless effort and his tremendous achievements.”

Due to Horst Norberg’s resignation, METRO GROUP will delegate its fellow Board Member Pieter Haas to the Management Board of Media-Saturn as Deputy Chairman so that he, along with the other Executives, can drive the strategic reorientation and the necessary subsequent restructuring of the consumer electronics retailer. As Deputy Chairman, he will formally assume the role of Acting Chairman of the Management Board. “Pieter Haas is an absolute expert in the consumer electronics market and also has crucial knowledge in key areas of innovation,” said Olaf Koch.

Pieter Haas has already worked in various positions at Media-Saturn from 2001 to 2013, most recently as the Managing Director / COO responsible for such areas as Strategy, Saturn Brand Management, Multichannel / Online trading and IT. Since April 2013, the 50 year-old has been a member of METRO AG’s Management Board in charge of Media-Saturn, Business Innovation and IT. He will retain his executive position at METRO AG, but will give up his Business Innovation and IT functions when he takes his seat on MSH’s Management Board in order to concentrate fully on Media-Saturn. It is intended that Georg Mehring-Schlegel – MSH Management Board Member delegated from Metro – will make the move to Media-Saturn’sExtended Management Board.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 32 countries and has a headcount of around 265,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments:METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Marktand Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.


John Lewis marks 150th anniversary with marketing campaign and TV advert ‘Never Standing Still’

LONDON, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — To mark its 150th anniversary this year, John Lewis will be launching a significant marketing campaign including a brand new TV advert entitled ‘Never Standing Still.’

The 90 second advert goes live on the retailer’s social media channels on Friday 2 May and will launch on Saturday 3 May during ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The advert is a joyous and celebratory look at life in Britain from past to present, reflecting the fact that John Lewis has been ever present in its customers’ lives, constantly changing and responding to their needs over the past 150 years.

It is made up of a series of vignettes showing the people of Britain, in all walks of life, on the go. The scenes are linked together visually using a technique where the movements of the lead character are matched from one scene into the next.

The advert includes scenes from a variety of different decades, from as far back as the 1930s right through to the present day, and highlights John Lewis products bought by its customers during that time. The retailer’s marketing and archive teams have worked closely together to ensure the product detail and visual references in each scene are both accurate and evocative of the time.

Craig Inglis, Marketing Director, John Lewis, comments: ‘In this very important year for us, this campaign celebrates how our customers’ lives have kept moving over the last 150 years and the role that John Lewis has played in moving with them. We hope the campaign will evoke nostalgia leaving our customers feeling uplifted and excited about a summer of celebration.’

Created by advertising agency Adam&Eve/DDB, produced by Blink Productions and directed by Dougal Wilson, the TV ad is set to a cover of ”This Time Tomorrow’ by The Kinks performed by Gaz Coombes, lead singer of Gaz Coombes Presents and formerly lead singer of Supergrass. His cover of the track coincides with the twenty year anniversary of Britpop and offers a fresh new take on a classic track.

The TV advert makes up part of a much bigger campaign celebrating 150 years of John Lewis, including press and digital outdoor advertising, radio partnerships, social media activation and an online campaign site. Celebrations will take place throughout all John Lewis shops and the flagship on Oxford Street will include a brand new exhibition called ‘Stories of a Shopkeeper’ along with a roof garden both opening to the public on Saturday 3 May.

John Lewis has worked closely with a range of agencies and suppliers on the development of this campaign, including Manning Gottlieb, Pretty Green, Proximity London and Mission.

The TV ad can be viewed on www.johnlewis.com and the John Lewis YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/johnlewisretail) on Friday 2 May, kicking off with a 90 second version and supported by a combination of two shorter versions running throughout May.

Notes to editors
John Lewis operates 41 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores and ten John Lewis at home) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘The Nation’s Best Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2013’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 250,000 products, and 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 values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:

For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Press Officer, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7931 4921
Email: vikki_speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Alliance Boots to acquire Farmacias Ahumada and Farmacias Benavides

Alliance Boots today announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Farmacias Ahumada (“FASA”).

Nottingham2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The acquisition comprises two main businesses, which together operate over 1,400 stores, with combined revenues of around £835 million. Farmacias Benavides is the third largest retail pharmacy chain in Mexico with around 1,000 stores, and Farmacias Ahumada is one of the three largest retail pharmacy chains in Chile with around 400 stores.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2014.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, commented:

“This acquisition will give Alliance Boots a major presence in the attractive Latin American market, one of our priority areas for investment. It is also a further step towards reaching a truly global footprint. The well-positioned retail pharmacy businesses of Farmacias Ahumada and Farmacias Benavides will be great additions to our Group’s unique portfolio of retail, product and service brands around the world. We are confident in the high potential for sustainable growth and value generation that will be unlocked by this acquisition, including the opportunity for consumers in Mexico and Chile to access for the first time leading Boots product brands, such as our renowned skincare and cosmetics ranges.”


Notes to editors:

Transaction structure 
The transaction will be effected by Alliance Boots launching an all cash tender offer for the outstanding fully diluted share capital of Farmacias Ahumada S.A. (“FASA”) whose shares are listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Grupo Casa Saba, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Casa Saba”) has irrevocably undertaken, via a wholly owned subsidiary, to tender its holding of 97.89% of FASA’s share capital to the offer. The tender offer will be conditional upon certain customary conditions precedent. FASA itself owns 95.62% of the outstanding fully diluted share capital of Farmacias Benavides S.A.B. de C.V., the operator of the Farmacias Benavides retail pharmacy business.

About Farmacias Ahumada 
Farmacias Ahumada is network of pharmacies in Chile providing medicines, pharmacy products, nutritional supplements, beauty, hygiene, personal care and convenience items. Its store networks comprise five store formats: Farmacias Ahumada, Native, Farmarebajas, GNC and Guapa. At December 2013, it operated around 400 outlets in 98 cities, primarily in the central region of Chile, and it employed around 3,900 people.

About Farmacias Benavides 
Farmacias Benavides is a network of pharmacies in Mexico, providing medicines and pharmacy products, convenience items and health & beauty products. At December 2013, it comprised around 1,000 stores, with coverage of 21 states (over 150 cities, including Mexico City since 2013) and the Federal District, and it employed around 7,800 people.

About Alliance Boots 
Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 108,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in nine* countries and operates more than 3,100* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,000* have a pharmacy. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 605* optical practices, of which around 190* operate on a franchise basis, and around 390* hearingcare practices. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.6 billion* units each year to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.

In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co., the largest drugstore chain in the US, to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2013 and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Media relations: 
Yves Romestan/Laura Vergani/Katie Johnson/Julie Longton, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
James Murgatroyd/Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor relations:
Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK)/+1 646 688 1336 (US)

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games to be held in Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall in central London

British Athletics announces the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be held in the iconic setting of Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall in central London.

LONDON, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — To mark ticket registration opening at 9am on Tuesday 6 May, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford (coach: Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) and training partner Jermaine Olasan (Tawiah-Dodoo) took on the first long-jump at the London landmark, set against five black cabs, equating to the World record distance.

To commemorate London 2012, the event at Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall on 20 July will transform the landmark into what will surely be the most striking athletics arena in the world with pole vault, long jump, shot put and a whole host of track races in a full athletics programme taking place over two sessions in front of a crowd of 20,000.

Tickets for last year’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games sold out in 75 minutes, but with the Olympic Stadium unavailable due to transformation works, British Athletics, Sainsbury’s, Mayor of London and The Royal Parks will continue to mark the occasion of hosting the event on the anniversary of the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “Last year’s sell out Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games were yet another great example of how London is now a natural home for international sport.

“This year’s return is a golden opportunity to see of our Olympic and Paralympic superstars in action set against the spectacular backdrop of Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall in St James’s Park.”

London 2012 long jump champion Greg Rutherford was on hand to launch the event alongside his training partner Jermaine Olasan, who took the first ever long jump in Horse Guards Parade Ground. Rutherford, who has confirmed he will compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be joined by host of other Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions two years on from winning gold on ‘Super Saturday.’

Rutherford said: “It’s a great place to be and I think it’s going to be incredibly special to hold the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games here. It’s one of the most iconic parts of London and you just have to look at the backdrop of Horse Guards to see the London Eye and just around the corner we’ve Queen sipping on her tea.

“I was so gutted to miss out on the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games last year, so for me it’s a second bite of the cherry. By the time I come to compete, I will be in the best shape of the year and I’ll be looking to jump far here.

“Fans need to get on the British Athletics website, and get themselves in the ballot. There are 20,000 tickets and all we want is people excited about athletics cheering everyone on, in what will be a spectacular showcase of the sport.”

Mark Given, Sainsbury’s Head of Brand Communications said: “Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is a once in a lifetime event, showcasing world class athletics on an iconic central London stage.

“People can register online or look out for our competition in store to be in with a chance to see Greg Rutherford, amongst other Olympic winners compete at Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.”

Penelope Boyd, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks said: “Having played a significant role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where 11 Royal Parks hosted competitions from Triathlon to Equestrian and of course the Beach Volleyball, which took place on Horse Guards Parade Ground, it is fantastic to be part of the London legacy and we are looking forward to seeing Olympic and Paralympic medallists in action once again at one of our most iconic venues.”

The registration period to enter the ballot for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will open at 9am on Tuesday 6 May via britishathletics.org.uk


Sainsbury's Anniversary Games to be held in Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall in central London

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games to be held in Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall in central London

IKEA begins recruitment process for its future Kansas City-area store, opening Fall 2014

MERRIAM, KS, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has begun the coworker recruitment process for its future Kansas City-area store, opening Fall 2014 at the intersection of I-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam, KS. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Merriam should look online (IKEA-USA.com) for all available positions. Candidates without access to a computer are encouraged to visit a local library for online computer access.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company,” said Rob Parsons, store manager of the future IKEA Merriam. “At IKEA, we recognize that our coworkers appreciate being able to do the things in life that bring success and happiness. It also is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA.”

As IKEA Merriam progresses through the construction process, a variety of positions are open to local residents. Prospective coworkers can apply for the nearly 300 diverse positions as postings are available in: home furnishings sales, interior design, customer service, safety and security, cashier, facility management, receiving, stock replenishment and warehouse. Also, setting itself apart from other local retailers, IKEA Merriam will offer approximately 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Previously named in FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development, IKEA places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace that provides opportunities to people from all life situations. If a coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, to be home with children or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking one’s career.

IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount on IKEA purchases. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact that an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, and potentially can pave the way for a global experience as well.

Under construction on 18.4 acres in Merriam, KS, the 359,000-square-foot future IKEA Merriam and its approximately 1,200 parking spaces is located along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. IKEA Merriam also represents the region’s largest geothermal project, consistent with the IKEA renewable energy presence at its 90% of its U.S. locations.

Also, IKEA will generate significant tax revenue for state and local governments. When IKEA Merriam opens in Fall 2014, the new store will welcome the newly hired 300 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 13,000 in the United States and 139,000 globally. Until IKEA Merriam opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, or Texas, or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA or IKEAUSA on facebook, youtube, instagram and pinterest.

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IKEA Foundation campaign ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ raised $10.6M for UNHCR to bring sustainable lighting and energy in refugee camps

Campaign supports camps in Asia, Africa and Middle East with Sustainable Lighting and Improved Access to Renewable Energy and Primary Education

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Foundation announces the ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign, which ran from February 3 – March 29, 2014 raised $10.6 million* (Є7.7 million) globally, and the US alone raised over $570,000 in its first campaign year. For every IKEA LEDARE (LED light bulb) purchased during the campaign period, Є1*(approx. $1.38) will be donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) by the IKEA Foundation.

The $10.6 million raised will enable UNHCR to bring sustainable lighting and energy to over 350,000 children and families living in refugee camps in Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan by providing solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns and other renewable energy technologies such as fuel efficient cooking stoves. The campaign will also fund improved primary education.

Today, there are nearly 10.5 million refugees globally, around half of which are children. Some refugees have no choice but to live in refugee camps, where the absence or lack of light after sunset can have a devastating effect on safety and security. Simple activities such as visiting the toilet, collecting water, or returning to the shelter from elsewhere can become difficult and dangerous – particularly for women and girls. The improvements funded by the campaign will help make each refugee camp a safer and more suitable home for refugee children and their families. For example, just one solar street light can benefit up to 300 refugees, making it safer to walk around at after dark and one solar lantern can help a family of five share a meal or help the children complete their homework after dark.

“The lack of access to lighting and energy has a serious impact on the safety, security and education of millions of refugees worldwide, especially women and children. We thank IKEA customers and employees for making such a meaningful contribution to bringing light and energy to the most vulnerable people on Earth,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

The IKEA Foundation has partnered with UNHCR since 2010, helping to provide shelter, care and education to families and children within refugee camps and surrounding communities.

*as of April 26,2014, one euro = $1.38

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

About IKEA Group
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, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN refugee agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. It also has a mandate to help people who have become forcibly displaced inside their own countries, and stateless people. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world’s major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Mali, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and countless other emergencies.

Adam Brotman, Phillipe Bourguignon, and Vivek “Vic” Gundotra join Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. Board of Directors

DALLAS, Texas, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. announced today that Adam Brotman, Phillipe Bourguignon, and Vivek “Vic” Gundotra have been named to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Brotman is Chief Digital Officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role, he has responsibility for Starbucks core digital businesses, including mobile and mobile payments, web, card, loyalty, e-commerce, wi-fi, and the Starbucks Digital Network. Prior to joining Starbucks in 2009, Mr. Brotman held key leadership positions at leading digital media companies including Corbis and PlayNetwork, Inc.

Mr. Bourguignon is currently the Vice Chairman of Revolution Places LLC and CEO of Exclusive Resorts, the preeminent destination club specializing in bespoke villa and experiential vacations. Prior to joining Revolution Places, Phillipe was co-CEO of the Davos-based World Economic Forum in 2003, 2004 and Chairman and CEO of Euro Disney. In addition, Mr. Bourguignon acted as chairman and CEO of Club Med and president of Accor for the Asia/Pacific region, one of the largest hotel groups in the world. Mr. Bourguignon is an active member on the Vinfolio board. He previously served on the board of directors for Zipcar and spent 11 years on the board at eBay.

Mr. Gundotra most recently served as Senior Vice President, Social for Google. In this role, he had responsibility for Google+, Google’s social networking and identity service. Prior to joining Google in 2007, he was the General Manager of Platform Evangelism at Microsoft.

The new appointees will be joining Nora Aufreiter and Norman Axelrod on the Board. Ms. Aufreiter was most recently a Director at McKinsey & Company where she previously led their omni channel, branding and retail practices. Mr. Axelrod is an Operating Advisor to Ares’ Private Equity Group and serves or has served on many of the Boards for Ares’ investments in the consumer and retail sector.

“We are pleased to welcome Adam, Phillipe, and Vic to our Board,” said Karen Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. “We are looking forward to working with them as we continue our mission to be the world’s largest multi-branded omni-channel luxury retailer in the world known for unparalleled customer service.”

“Adam, Philippe, and Vic bring to our Board many years of collective experience in serving the luxury customer and in growing businesses through digital and international strategies—all of which are key areas in which we are looking to accelerate growth,” said David Kaplan, Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Ares Management and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

“Our new Board Members are extraordinary assets to the company, and we look forward to leveraging their expertise and unique perspectives.”

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Online segment. The Specialty Retail stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. For more information, visit neimanmarcusgroup.com.

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Ginger Reeder
VP Corporate Communications
Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.