Wincor Nixdorf to replace 500 information terminals at BMW Group’s German and international locations

Wincor Nixdorf to deliver 500 info terminals to auto manufacturer and handle subsequent operation

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf has received an order from the BMW Group to replace 500 information terminals at the automaker’s German and international locations. The terminals enable the company’s employees to access corporate intranet applications. In its role as general contractor, Wincor Nixdorf will install the customized CINEO terminals in the customer’s plants and operate them for a period of 54 months.

Back in 2004, Wincor Nixdorf was tasked with implementing the first batch of information terminals for the BMW Group. Now, the company has again trumped the competition to land the replacement order. The new terminals will enable employees in BMW’s production plants and workshops who do not have their own dedicated workstations to view their flextime accounts and access information on the corporate intranet. In addition to plants in Germany, the terminals are also being installed in Austria and the UK.

The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by solid 1.0% in the latest week ending June 28 over the previous week

Strongest Year-Over Year Pace Since Dec. 2011

NEW YORK, 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by a solid 1.0% in the latest week (ending June 28) over the previous week. On a year-over-year basis sales increased even more rapidly posting a 4.6% increase – the strongest y-o-y pace since December 31, 2011.

“Business was up sharply for most segments, especially at department stores, apparel stores, discounters and wholesale clubs,” noted Michael Niemira, ICSC research consultant. “Gasoline prices – which impact consumer discretionary purchasing power – stayed flat, providing consumers the ability to spend their money elsewhere,” he added.

June 2014 expectations: It seems that after a winter that saw very adverse weather conditions in much of the country, the consumer unleashed some pent up demand in April and May. For June, ICSC Research expects sales will continue to post solid figures, increasing by 3.5% over the previous year. Fiscal month sales will be reported on July 10.

Week Ending    Index 1977=100    Year/Year Change    Weekly Change
28-June-14              574.1                      4.6%                        1.0%
21-June-14              568.2                      4.1%                        2.0%
14-June-14              557.0                      3.1%                        0.4%
07-June-14              554.6                      3.0%                       -2.8%
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 67,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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Rite Aid pharmacists across Ohio now able to administer the MMR vaccine adults 18 and older as number of measles and mumps cases increase statewide

As Number of Measles and Mumps Cases Increase Statewide, Rite Aid Pharmacists Stand Ready to Immunize Under Governor Kasich’s Emergency Order

CAMP HILL, PA, 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the increasing number of measles and mumps cases and under Ohio Governor John Kasich’s emergency order, Rite Aid pharmacists across Ohio are now able to administer the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine adults 18 and older. The Ohio Department of Public Health reported over 300 cases of measles and over 400 cases of mumps in the state1 representing significantly more cases that anywhere else in the country.

Under the emergency order, Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists in Ohio can vaccinate patients age 18 and older against measles, mumps and rubella as well as nine other diseases based on CDC vaccine guidelines.

MMR vaccinations are available at select Rite Aid pharmacies during pharmacy hours and no appointment is necessary. Cost varies based on the patient’s insurance coverage and the MMR vaccine is covered by many insurance plans.

Currently, more than 70 Rite Aid pharmacies in the following counties have the MMR vaccine available: Ashland, Ashtabula, Clark, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Geauga, Hardin, Huron, Knox, Lorain, Lucas, Medina, Montgomery, Ottowa, Portage, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Wayne and Wood. The MMR vaccine can be ordered at other Rite Aid pharmacies upon request. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Although young children typically receive the MMR vaccine from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends that people 18 years of age or older who was born after 1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine unless they have either been vaccinated previously or have had all three diseases. Pregnant women should not receive an MMR vaccine.

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 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

1.  http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/features/odhfeatures/Measles%202014.aspx

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Apple® announced updates to iTunes U® bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad®

Brings Course Creation, Management for Teachers & Student Discussions To iPad

CUPERTINO, California, 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced updates to iTunes U®, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad®. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time, and students will discover new ways to collaborate including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad.

“Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.”

The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation capabilities on iPad, with the ability to directly add rich content and learning materials from iWork®, iBooks® Author or any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in camera on iPad, teachers can also capture photos and videos to incorporate real-world subject matter into any course, making relevant content available to all students in an instant.

“iTunes U is the most powerful destination for bringing the entire educational experience to life on iPad,” said Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland. “By freeing teachers to create and organize courses right on iPad, educators can be better focused on enabling student participation both with the content and one another.”

Students using iPad and enrolled in private iTunes U courses will now have everything they need to fully collaborate with their classmates and teachers. With Discussions in the iTunes U app, students can automatically follow classroom discussions and join conversations on new topics, or set up push notifications for when new topics are started or replies are added to active exchanges. Teachers can participate in forums too, and have the ability to moderate discussions by removing any off-topic messages or replies.

“Discussions in iTunes U puts the potential for thoughtful exploration and collaboration into the hands of every one of our students,” said Larry Reiff, a teacher from Roslyn High School in New York. “iPad and iTunes U continue to provide students with the tools they need to build knowledge and demonstrate their learning.”

iTunes U helps educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for millions of iOS users around the world. With over 750,000 individual learning materials available on the iTunes U app, iTunes U is the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent organizations. Today, thousands of educational institutions are hosting over 7,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more.

Educators can create iTunes U courses in 69 countries and make their courses and educational content accessible via the iTunes U app in 155 countries. In addition to the thousands of individual iTunes U learning materials found on the iTunes Store®, over 500,000 apps designed specifically for iPad are now available on the App Store℠. Additionally, with the free iBooks Author app on the Mac App Store℠, nearly 30,000 Multi-Touch™ books have been created by independent teachers and publishers worldwide.

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 continues its investment in the city of Detroit with groundbreaking ceremony for second supercenter at the site of the former Redford High School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than a year after Meijer opened a supercenter at the historical Michigan State Fairgrounds on 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, the retailer continued its investment in the city of Detroit today with a formal groundbreaking ceremony for a second supercenter to be located at the site of the former Redford High School on the city’s west side.

The planned supercenter represents the retailer’s commitment to the city and its residents, as well as its philosophy of serving the needs of families by providing quality merchandise, fresh produce and a full-service, drive-thru pharmacy that puts family health care first.

“The opening of our store in the city of Detroit last summer marked a significant milestone in our company history, and the beginning of a promise to be a part of this community long into the future,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We could not be more pleased with its success, and look forward to opening another supercenter here in Detroit.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was among several government and Meijer representatives in attendance.

“The first Meijer store in Detroit has shown how tremendous the market is in the city for quality shopping,” Duggan said. “Adding this second store is a real testament to Meijer’s commitment to Detroit and Detroiters’ love for what Meijer adds to our community. Having these two retail anchors in our neighborhoods fills a great need for our residents and is a major selling point for others who are considering moving into the city.”

Located at Grand River Ave. and McNichols Road, the planned northeast Detroit store is expected to create up to 500 jobs and will embody the commitment to community that has guided the family-owned retailer over the years. Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charitable organizations, including food banks and pantries. The company also partners with local farmers and businesses, when available, to provide locally-grown produce and other local products.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and gas station, the planned store will feature the Meijer pharmacy and its free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The free prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 20 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $284 million.

Construction of a new Meijer supercenter typically takes a year, and hiring announcements for the second Detroit store will begin in early 2015.

Please visit the Meijer Newsroom for more facts about what a Meijer store has to offer.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 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. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, 616-791-3814, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer continues its investment in the city of Detroit with groundbreaking ceremony for second supercenter at the site of the former Redford High School

Meijer continues its investment in the city of Detroit with groundbreaking ceremony for second supercenter at the site of the former Redford High School

Ingles Markets declares cash dividend of $0.165 per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 per share on all its Class B Common Stock payable July 24, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable July 24, 2014, to all shareholders of record on July 10, 2014.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 204 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 – http://www.ingles-markets.com

REWE Group extends executive board contract of Dr. Christian Mielsch until the end of August 2018

 

Köln, Germany, 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The supervisory board of REWE Group has prematurely extended the executive board contract of Dr. Christian Mielsch (51) by three further years.

In September 2012, Dr. Mielsch was appointed to the management board of REWE Group. In this position, he was responsible for Finance, Business Administration, Information Technology, Real Estate Management and Taxes/Special Assignments. Now, the company’s supervisory board has extended his executive board contract by further three years until the end of August 2018.

As a member of the management board of REWE Group, Dr. Mielsch will also be responsible for the travel and tourism segment in the future. He will take over this business segment from REWE Group’s CEO Alain Caparros. At the same time, Dr. Mielsch’s previous field of responsibility, Information Technology, will be assigned to Frank Wiemer (54), member of the board of REWE Group.

“In view of the successful development of REWE Group, we are delighted that with the extension of Dr. Mielsch’s contract, we were able to set a further example of continuity in the work of the management board,” said REWE Group’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Heinz-Bert Zander.

The cooperative REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2013, the company generated a total external turnover of around 51 billion euros. REWE Group, founded in 1927, operates 15,000 stores with 330,000 employees in 12 European countries. In 2013, around 226,000 employees generated sales totalling 36 billion euros in about 10,000 stores in Germany.

Our sales lines include supermarkets and consumer stores under the REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY and BILLA brands, the PENNY discounter brand, toom Baumarkt DIY stores and B1 discount DIY stores. Under the umbrella of DER Touristik, travel and tourism includes the tour operators ITS, Jan Reisen and Tjaereborg, as well as Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen, and the business travel division FCm Travel Solutions with over 2,100 travel agencies (including DER Reisebüro, DERPART), and the hotel chains lti hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels, and the direct tour operator clevertours.com.

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REWE Group extends executive board contract of Dr. Christian Mielsch until the end of August 2018

REWE Group extends executive board contract of Dr. Christian Mielsch until the end of August 2018

The Defense Commissary Agency established formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks.

The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will continue to rise.

“During fiscal year 2013, DeCA donated 638,582 pounds,” said Randy Eller, deputy director of DeCA’s logistics division.

“Already in fiscal 2014, we have donated more than 1 million pounds, so our donations this year could approach 1.5 million pounds,” he continued. “This may sound like a lot, and the food banks are certainly grateful, but edible, unsellable product amounts to less than 1 percent of what we sell worldwide. We strive for as little loss as possible to remain efficient and effective.”

Following the government shutdown in 2013, DeCA and government officials recognized the need for a formal program for diverting unsellable but wholesome food.

Once stateside commissaries returned to normal operations after the Oct. 2-6 shutdown, DeCA received a one-time exception from the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness to authorize local food banks to receive food donations.

With that exception, DeCA turned over approximately $250,339 in grocery, meat and produce merchandise to 72 food banks throughout the United States, preventing entry into the waste stream. Turning that one-time project into an ongoing program involved nearly six months of work. DeCA headquarters staff contacted all U.S. commissaries and established procedures to gain approval for participating food banks.

This system differs from the annual Feds Feed Families campaign that runs June through August. Under Feds Feed Families, commissaries serve as collection points for their installations, and all donations come from DeCA customers.

Commissaries with food bank partnerships, by state:

  • Alabama: Gunter Annex, Maxwell Air Force Base
  • Alaska: Anchorage Area, Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Wainwright, U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak
  • Arizona: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca
  • Arkansas: Little Rock Air Force Base
  • California: Edwards Air Force Base, Fort Irwin, March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Air Station North Island, Ord Community, Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms
  • Colorado: Air Force Academy, Buckley Air Force Base, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base
  • Delaware: Dover Air Force Base
  • District of Columbia: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  • Florida: Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, MacDill Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Whiting Field
  • Georgia: Fort Gordon, Hunter Army Air Field, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Robins Air Force Base, Fort Stewart
  • Hawaii: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (both commissaries), Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Schofield Barracks
  • Illinois: Naval Station Great Lakes
  • Kansas: Fort Leavenworth, McConnell Air Force Base, Fort Riley
  • Kentucky: Fort Campbell, Fort Knox
  • Louisiana: Barksdale Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
  • Maine: Bangor Army National Guard Base
  • Maryland: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Meade
  • Michigan: Selfridge Army National Guard Base
  • Mississippi: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Keesler Air Force Base
  • Montana: Malmstrom Air Force Base
  • Nebraska: Offutt Air Force Base
  • Nevada: Nellis Air Force Base
  • New Mexico: Cannon Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base, Kirtland Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range
  • New York: Fort Drum, West Point U.S. Military Academy
  • North Carolina: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Fort Bragg (both commissaries), Marine Corps Air Station New River, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • North Dakota: Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Ohio: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Oklahoma: Altus Air Force Base, Fort Sill, Tinker Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base
  • Pennsylvania: Carlisle Barracks, C.E. Kelly, Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • South Carolina: Charleston Air Force Base, Naval Weapons Station Charleston, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
  • South Dakota: Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Texas: Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Dyess Air Force Base, Fort Hood (both commissaries), Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Lackland Air Force Base, Laughlin Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Sheppard Air Force Base
  • Virginia: Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (both commissaries), Fort Myer commissary at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Naval Air Station Oceana, Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • Washington: Naval Base Bangor, Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (both commissaries), Smokey Point Naval Supply Complex, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  • Wisconsin: Fort McCoy
  • Wyoming: F.E. Warren Air Force Base

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil