ICSC: Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act to accelerate cost savings associated with the adoption of voluntary energy efficient construction practices in commercial and residential buildings

WASHINGTON, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 5027).  This legislation would accelerate cost savings associated with the adoption of voluntary energy efficient construction practices in commercial and residential buildings.

The bill would ensure that those choosing to adopt baseline energy codes will realize a payback period of no longer than ten years, which would provide a greater return on investment for developers seeking to adopt energy efficient building practices. Additionally, the legislation would clarify the role of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the formation of energy codes by requiring DOE to function as a re-defined technical advisor. This re-defined role would constrain the department’s ability to recommend products that may not be well-suited for all climates or aesthetic purposes.

“Ensuring that future baseline energy codes are cost-effective and product-neutral will give landlords, owners and developers of shopping centers the necessary certainty for moving forward with new energy efficient building projects and retrofits,” said Betsy Laird, senior vice president of global public policy for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  “We wholeheartedly support this bipartisan bill and applaud Reps. Blackburn and Schrader for their leadership.”

“This bill will provide needed support to builders who have sought to enhance their cost-savings through energy efficiency at a reasonable pace,” said Larry Kilduff, chair of ICSC’s government relations environmental subcommittee and midwest retail market Lead for JLL. “It is refreshing to see that Washington understands the needs of those who want to reduce environmental impacts in a cost-effective way.”

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.

Contact: Jesse Tron
+1 646-728-3814
jtron@icsc.org
@JesseTronPR

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7-Eleven celebrates its 87th birthday with full week of free offers beginning Friday, July 11

Dallas, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to birthdays, there can never be too much of a good thing. Why celebrate just one day when you can extend the fun all week? That’s why 7-Eleven is celebrating its 87th birthday with a full week (actually eight days) of free offers, beginning Friday, July 11, or 7-Eleven Day. Except this time, instead of guests bringing presents to the birthday party, they’re receiving them as a thank-you from the company that founded convenience retailing in 1927.

Probably best known as FREE SLURPEE® DRINK DAY, July 11 is the day the convenience retailer gives away millions of Slurpee drinks to toast its birthday. Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. this Friday at participating stores, visitors can receive a free small Slurpee drink while supplies last. This is the 12th year the convenience retailer has offered free Slurpee drinks on its birthday.

But that’s not the end of the party. Each day through Saturday, July 19, a coupon for a different, free item will be featured on 7-Eleven’s smartphone app.

The daily birthday offers are …

  • Saturday, July 12 FREE Big Gulp® soft drink
  • Sunday, July 13 FREE M&M’s Birthday Cake Flavor candies
  • Monday, July 14 FREE Grandma’s Cookies
  • Tuesday, July 15 FREE Hostess Twinkies
  • Wednesday, July 16 FREE Snickers or Twix brand ice cream bar
  • Thursday, July 17 FREE Quaker Chewy Yogurt snack bar
  • Friday, July 18 FREE Pillsbury cookie

 

And for the big finish (drumroll) …

 

  • Saturday, July 19 Another FREE small Slurpee drink

 

To receive each day’s free offer, a customer must first download and register on the 7-Eleven app. A customer opens the 7-Eleven app at the store and shows the member barcode to the sales associate at checkout. The bar code appears below the coupons. Once the associate scans the barcode at the register, the customer will receive the item as they check out. Quantities are limited, and the free items are available at participating stores while supplies last. The offer is limited to one free item per person, per day. The 7-Eleven app is not required to receive a free Slurpee drink on 7-Eleven Day (Friday, July 11).

“Every year on 7-Eleven Day, we take the opportunity to thank our guests for their patronage throughout the year,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of Marketing and Brand Innovation. “This year we’re saying thanks in an even bigger way with eight days of free stuff. Summer is the season of fun, and each day’s special offer through our 7-Eleven app is a fun treat to enjoy, compliments of 7-Eleven and our supplier partners.”

This summer, two limited-edition Slurpee drink flavors are among choices at 7-Eleven – Lemonade, made with real fruit juice, and Slurpee Lite™ Sugar-Free Fanta Watermelon Punch.

“Slurpee is known for its delicious variety of flavors and colors,” Gordon said, “and this summer is no different. This year’s flavors celebrate the season with two of the most popular refreshments this time of year – lemonade and watermelon. Our colorful mason jar cups and mustache straws add an extra element of fun, bringing out the kid in all of us.”

Each 7-Eleven Day, the Slurpee birthday party extends to social media where 7-Eleven sees its traffic increase by double digits on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The retailer has added Tumblr to its social media mix this year.

Participating 7-Eleven stores also are offering ¼-pound Big Bite® hot dogs this Friday for $1 as part of the birthday celebration. Adding to the already great value, customers can top these dollar-dogs with their choice of condiments like mustard, catsup, onions, relish, chili and hot melted cheese for no extra charge.

7-Eleven and Slurpee are among the world’s most recognized brands. 7-Eleven created the concept of convenience retailing in 1927, when an employee began selling milk, bread and eggs from an ice dock in Dallas, Texas. Today, 87 years later, 7-Eleven has more locations than any other retailer or restaurant with more than 53,300 stores in 16 countries. Worldwide, an estimated 53 million shop at 7-Eleven stores every day.

7-Eleven’s most iconic brand – Slurpee – celebrates its 49th birthday this year. 7-Eleven introduced the frozen carbonated beverage in its stores in 1965, and it was an immediate hit. Wacky flavor names and quirky radio spots created a drink craze among teens and young adults, the same demographic group that is the drinks’ biggest fans. Slurpee drinks enjoy worldwide popularity, with more than 7 billion Slurpee drinks slurped during its colorful history, enough for everyone on earth to enjoy one.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 53,300 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

Contacts:
Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
Margaret.Chabris@7-11.com

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7-Eleven celebrates its 87th birthday with full week of free offers beginning Friday, July 11

Dunkin’ Donuts to develop five restaurants with new franchisees Wendover Donuts, LLC, in Greensboro and North Carolina

CANTON, MA, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Wendover Donuts, LLC, to develop five restaurants in North and South Greensboro, North Carolina. The locations will incorporate traditional and combination unit development with sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2015.

Led by Anil Agarwal and his partners Berenice Riley and Ashish Agrawal, this franchise group possesses over 25 years of combined experience with the brand and will manage and oversee the daily operations for each restaurant.

“We are excited to expand the brands’ presence in North Carolina and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Anil Agarwal, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brands and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Currently, there are more than 300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout the state, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the cities of Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte. To help fuel growth in North Carolina, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time*.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our secret to continued growth includes passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome Anil, Berenice and Ashish to the North Carolina market, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Greensboro communities they serve.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

About Dunkin’ Donuts  
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Carla Hall and Gail Simmons to participate in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three nationally-acclaimed celebrity chefs – Cat Cora, Carla Hall and Gail Simmons – will participate in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft, a friendly competition and the latest community event added to the weeklong LPGA Tour stop in Grand Rapids next month.

The fun and interactive cooking event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will showcase the chefs’ elegant culinary creations with event proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.

A limited number of general public tickets are now on sale for $100 each, which include food, wine and a ticket to the golf tournament for the weekend.

“We are excited about this event, and what each of these chefs will bring to Grand Rapids – entertainment, and passion for cooking and community support,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We think the community will appreciate the opportunity to support such a worthwhile program like Simply Give.”

The three celebrity chefs in attendance this year are:

  • Cat Cora: She was the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.
  • Carla Hall: She is a co-host of ABC Daytime’s lifestyle series, “The Chew.” Hall is best known as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her philosophy to always cook with love.
  • Gail Simmons: She is a trained culinary expert and judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” as well as head critic on “Top Chef Masters.” Since 2004, Simmons has been Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine.

Each celebrity chef will prepare a unique menu, which will include an appetizer, main course and a dessert. A panel of judges made up of a local celebrity, and Meijer, LPGA and Kraft representatives will determine the winner.

The tournament will make a donation to the four local food pantries of the winning chef’s choice.

The event will also be interactive with the celebrity chefs located at stations to greet guests, explain the courses, answer guest questions and share food samples.

“The Grand Rapids area has an appreciation for food, and we think this event is a great way to pair world-class culinary creations and great entertainment with a cause that does so much good within Meijer communities,” said Randy Stewart, group vice president of foods for Meijer.

About Meijer Simply Give
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, 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.

About Blythefield Country Club
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contacts: Lesley Baker, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225; Christina Fecher, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

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Celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Carla Hall and Gail Simmons to participate in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

 

Target Corporation appoints three new external senior-level hires responsible for leading teams across IT, e-commerce and digital products

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today the addition of three new external senior-level hires, who will have responsibility for leading teams across information technology, e-commerce and digital products.

  • Jim Fisher joins Target as senior vice president, Infrastructure and Operations, Target Technology Services, where he will oversee Target’s technical infrastructure and operations.Jim’s 35-year career has included roles at organizations including The Home Depot, Macy’s and IBM. Immediately before Target, Jim was senior vice president of Global Infrastructure Operations at First Data Corporation. He was responsible for security engineering and operations, database and data administration, asset management and IT facilities.
  • Alan Wizemann joins Target as vice president, Target.com and Mobile Product, where he will oversee digital product teams. For the past two years, Alan had been consulting with Target and leading various product teams, including Target’s mobile coupon app Cartwheel.Prior to Target, Alan founded ShopIgniter, a popular enterprise social commerce and marketing platform, and also worked with several other startups.
  • David Weissman joins Target as president of DermStore, based in El Segundo, Calif., which Target acquired last year.David was previously at BCBG Max Azria Group Inc., where he was executive vice president, e-commerce and omnichannel. David also held several senior-level positions during his 10-year tenure at GSI Commerce Inc.

“At Target, we’ve said one of our top priorities is accelerating our digital transformation, and these new hires are a signal of our commitment to that effort,” said Jodee Kozlak, chief human resources officer, Target. “Jim, David and Alan are proven leaders who we believe will help Target deliver great new experiences for our guests, whether in stores, online or on the go.”

Today’s announcements come after a number of other recent external senior-level hires, including:Brad Maiorino, senior vice president and chief information security officer; Peter Glusker, senior vice president, New Business Integration and Operations; and Kristi Argyilan, senior vice president, Media and Guest Engagement.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,916 stores – 1,789 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

 

media contact

Eddie Baeb
p: 612-761-9658

Target Media Hotline
p: (612) 696-3400

Target Corp. to donate one school supply item to student in need for every select up&up school supply purchased at Target stores

For every select up&up school supply purchased, Target will give one school supply to a student in need, potentially impacting nearly two million kids this back-to-school season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that for every select up&up school supply purchased at Target stores from July 13 through August 2, Target will donate one school supply item to a student in need. Through these purchases, Target’s goal is to donate up to $25 million in supplies and potentially impact nearly two million kids as they head back to school. up&up is a Target owned brand that offers more than 1,200 everyday essentials from across the store, including a line of colorful and stylish school supplies, at a fraction of the price of national brands.

The program was inspired by Yoobi, a Target-exclusive brand of school supplies with a “One for You, One for Me” mission, and builds on Target’s longstanding community partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation. Target will distribute the school supply donations through the Kids In Need Foundation, which operates a national network of Resource Centers that provide free school supplies for in-need students. The donations will be made to Resource Centers beginning in August and provide an optimized assortment of the school supplies students need for the year ahead.

“For millions of kids living in poverty, the right school supplies often become a luxury instead of a necessity,” said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, Target. “We know that giving is important to Target’s guests. This program gives them an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others and set kids up for success through the simple act of buying school supplies.”

Making a Year-Round Impact

Target has a legacy of community giving and has given five percent of its profit – which today equals more than $4 million per week – to communities since 1946. At the heart of this giving is a deeply rooted commitment to education. Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-age children spend more than $600 on back-to-school purchases. Additionally, the Department of Education has reported that on average, teachers spend $400-$500 out of their own pockets on classroom supplies each year. By giving up to $25 million in supplies, Target will help more students get what they need for the new school year.

In addition, the new Yoobi brand of school supplies is available exclusively at Target and supports the cause year-round. Yoobi’s “One for You, One for Me” mission means that for every Yoobi product purchased at Target, Yoobi contributes a product to a Yoobi Classroom Pack that will be distributed to K-3 classrooms in the U.S. through the Kids In Need Foundation. The Yoobi collection is available in Target stores and on Target.com and features a colorful range of products, including folders, notebooks, pens, and rulers, all for less than $10.

“Yoobi believes that supplies should be within reach of all kids and teachers should not have to purchase those supplies out of their own pockets. This is an issue that can be fixed and it’s an important lesson for kids to learn,” said Ido Leffler, co-founder and CEO, Yoobi. “We’re thrilled to partner with Target, and together with the Kids In Need Foundation, we are poised to make a significant impact on the issue, putting supplies in the hands of kids who need them the most.”

Back-to-School Products & Trends

Families can find a convenient shopping experience and everything on their list at Target, including stylish and affordable school supplieson-trend apparel for the first-day look, and all of the groceries and essentials for school lunches. Target will carry all of the top national brands – including Crayola andMead – plus Target’s exclusive brands like up&up, Xhilaration, and Embark.

Top trends this year include:

  • Attachable matching accessories to backpacks and lunch boxes
  • Colorful supplies, including notebooks and book covers
  • Stylish locker accessories like disco balls and metallic mirrors
  • Chevron, plaid, camouflage and peace sign patterns

Must-have products include:

  • Houndstooth, Peace, Camo and Dinosaur Backpacks, $14.99 each
  • Frog and Panda Lunch Boxes, $13.99 each
  • Monster, Robot, Owl and Fox Water Bottles, $11.99 – $12.99 each
  • up&up School Supplies, $0.31 – $7.29
  • Yoobi School Supplies, $0.99 – $9.99
  • Slap Bracelet Rulers, $1.99 each
  • Magnetic Locker Chandelier, $9.99
  • Shag Locker Rug, $5.99
  • Texas Instruments 30XIIS Scientific Calculators, $12.99 each
  • Cherokee Varsity Jacket, $19.99
  • Cherokee Moto Jacket, $19.99

Ways to Save

Families can be confident in the unbeatable prices Target offers on all of their back-to-school needs, including savings through Cartwheel, REDcard Rewards, and Price Match.

  • Cartwheel: Target will offer back-to-school Cartwheel collections that feature deals on top products. Throughout the season, families can use the digital savings application to choose from hundreds of offers, share them with friends on Facebook, and earn the opportunity to access more deals.
  • REDcard Rewards: REDcard holders will receive five percent off nearly all purchases at Target stores and Target.com, free shipping every day at Target.com and 30 extra days for returns. Through Target’s Take Charge of Education program, guests who shop with a REDCard can designate a K-12 school of their choice for Target to donate one percent of their purchases to the school. Since the program’s inception in 1997, Target has donated more than $387 million to approximately 117,000 schools nationwide.
  • Price Match Policy: Families can ensure they are getting the best deals with one simple, easy-to-use Price Match Policy that includes matching prices from top online retailers year-round, including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Toysrus.com (including Babiesrus.com).

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,916 stores – 1,789 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

*For each select up&up brand back-to-school item purchased at a U.S. Target store from July 13, 2014 through August 2, 2014, Target will donate one up&up or Yoobi brand back-to-school item to Kids In Need Foundation; total maximum donation (retail value): $25 million. www.kinf.org Types of items donated may include pencils, erasers, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, glue, rulers, folders, scissors, pencil cases, crayons, markers, pens, and/or possibly other items. Actual items donated may be based on classroom need, may differ from items listed/pictured, and may be of equal or lesser value than items purchased. This purchase/donation is not tax deductible for Target guests. For more information, visit target.com/givesupplies.

*For every Yoobi item purchased at a Target store, Yoobi will donate a Yoobi item to Kids In Need Foundation and/or other donation partners for distribution to a classroom in need in the United States. Donated items may include pencils, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, folders, crayons, colored pencils, or other items. Actual items donated are based on classroom need, may differ from the items listed or pictured, and may be of equal or lesser value than the item purchased. This purchase/donation is not tax deductible for Target guests. Yoobi is solely responsible for this program and donations. For details visit http://yoobi.com. Target is not the sponsor of this Program and is not making any donations.

media contact

Jenna Reck
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-5829

Luz Varela
p: (214) 502-4780

Sobeys next #BetterFoodForAll challenge asks Canadians to share favourite summer side dish for a chance to win cooking lesson with Chef Jamie Oliver in Toronto

#BetterFoodForAll Challenge asks for images of favourite summer sides

STELLARTON, NS, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys announced today its next #BetterFoodForAll challenge, asking Canadians to share their favourite side dish this summer for a chance to win a cooking lesson with Chef Jamie Oliver in Toronto. Side dishes like coleslaw, corn on the cob, grilled vegetables and fresh salads are the perfect accompaniment to enjoying warm weather, backyard barbecues and dining al fresco.

From now to August 14, Canadians who post a photo and a brief description of what makes their summer side better along with the hashtag #BetterFoodForAll on Twitter or Instagram will be entered to the contest. One person will win a trip for two to Toronto to attend a cooking class hosted by Jamie Oliver.

“Summer is in full swing Canada, so join me and Sobeys on our better food challenge and show me your ideas for standout summer sides,” said Jamie Oliver. “I can’t wait to see what you come up with and look forward to meeting the winner this fall.”

Exclusive recipes created by Jamie Oliver, along with other inspiring ideas, a photo stream featuring entries from coast to coast, and contest rules can be found at www.betterfoodforall.com.

“Sobeys is the destination for Canadians who want to savour summer while also eating better,” said Gillian Kerr, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Sobeys Inc. “We are focused on offering better food experiences in our stores to inspire and encourage Canadians to enjoy more fresh and tasty meals and side dishes this summer and throughout the year.”

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 107 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under
retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. Most famous for his Emmy-Award winning television series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on CBC, Jamie has become a campaigner for better school food and food education. The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has created an annual global day of action – Food Revolution Day www.foodrevolutionday.com – inspiring people all over the world to stand up for real food, and Canada has been one of the most active countries for the past two years.

His television programs are broadcast on Food Network Canada and the accompanying bestselling cookbooks are published by HarperCollins Canada. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.

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For further information, please contact:

Allison Colalillo
High Road Communications for Sobeys Inc.
Allison.Colalillo@highroad.com
416-644-1644

Morrisons began delivering groceries to homes across North London

Bradford, England, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has begun making its first grocery deliveries across North London.

Its distinctive yellow vans began delivering groceries to homes across the capital from 6.00am this (Wednesday) morning following a successful trial in Ruislip. The service will set new standards for the delivery of fresh food.

The new coverage area, which takes in two million households, covers a catchment area from Ealing to Essex, and from the Thames, north to Cheshunt & Potters Bar, giving Morrisons an operating area of 1,297 square kilometres across London.

On the move into the capital, Simon Thompson, managing director for online food said: “We want to challenge Londoners’ preconceived ideas of online grocery services by surprising them with just how good an experience it can be with us.”

London customers can expect one-hour time slots from only £1.00, and the opportunity to check the freshness of the products before accepting them

Morrisons launched its online food service in the West Midlands on 9th January, moving into Yorkshire – the business’ Northern heartland – the following month. Manchester and Hull deliveries began in May.

Morrisons’ online proposition combines the supermarket’s affordable fresh food – much of it made in its own manufacturing facilities – with Ocado’s leading end-to-end technology, logistics and distribution operations. The supermarket will look to maintain its industry-leading 95 per cent success rate for delivering on-time as it begins fulfilling orders north of the Thames.

The retailer has committed to deliver £550 million in combined annualised sales from its M Local convenience stores and its online business

Residents can visit www.morrisons.com to determine whether their home is located within the serviced area.

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Diebold, Incorporated and Wincor Nixdorf AG to establish industry association dedicated to improving ATM security

Global ATM leaders initiate concerted effort to curb fraud and establish industry-wide security measures

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — As automated teller machine (ATM) networks have expanded worldwide, so has the sophistication of global crime. The combination of these factors has led to intensified security concerns at the ATM. Combating this issue requires consistent focus and global defense solutions throughout the ATM provider chain.

In order to further develop these solutions, Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) and Wincor Nixdorf AG will found an industry association dedicated to improving ATM security. Through the association, the companies – two of the world’s top ATM producers – aim to compile information on recognized and potential attack scenarios on ATMs and share that information with specific industry groups to rapidly develop and implement counter-measures at a global level. Participation is open to institutional operators – primarily banks and IT service providers – global ATM manufacturers and their suppliers.

The ATM market is set to continue expanding. According to a forecast by global industry research firm Retail Banking Research (RBR), the number of ATM systems will increase worldwide to 3.7 million by 2018, compared with the current figure of around 2.6 million. Given this anticipated increase, it is plausible to expect the level of criminal activity associated with ATMs will also grow.

“ATM fraud is a worldwide challenge, and with the anticipated expansion of both the ATM market and ATM-related crime, the time has come for those organizations whose business operations depend on ATMs to take concerted action at the global level. They are best placed to establish a ‘transmission forum’ for secure ATMs, since no one else can respond as quickly or as directly when it comes to implementing the right counter-measures,” observed Eckard Heidloff, President & CEO of Wincor Nixdorf AG.

In setting up the association, Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf are looking to create a platform that not only shares information, but promotes interactive discussion amongst ATM industry stakeholders for the security of the ultimate consumer. Other global ATM manufacturers are especially invited to join the group, as this will help increase the scope and effectiveness of its work and quicker deployment of countermeasures. The association also intends to establish industry-wide norms in the form of agreed technical standards for secure ATMs and ATM components. The association will be implemented under Dutch law and will offer its members a protected and secure register of detailed information on recognized attack scenarios and potential threats, along with industry recommendations on how members can prevent and deal with any such attacks.

The aim of the association is for banks and other users to be able to draw on a uniform set of readily available and thoroughly reviewed solutions if they so choose. Accordingly, membership of the association will primarily be of interest to banks whose networks include ATMs from different manufacturers, as this will make the task of coordinating the introduction of new security solutions much easier.

“Given the great strides our industry has made with advancements in various technologies that consumers value at the ATM, it’s time that we collectively and effectively combat the impact that technically sophisticated global crime has had on the ATM channel,” said Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer. “Today’s announcement represents the first step in an industry-wide effort intended to help ensure the ATM remains a safe, secure option for consumers to confidently conduct any financial transaction they choose – now and well into the future.”

Organizations interested in participation or seeking more information regarding the ATM security industry association may contact information@atmsecurityassociation.com.

CBRE Group report: Demand for “big-box” facilities from e-commerce companies resulted in strong leasing for Class A space, build-to-suit development and the return of speculative construction

Los Angeles, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Robust demand from e-commerce companies and traditional retailers for the limited supply of new, “big-box” facilities is reshaping the U.S. industrial market, resulting in strong leasing for Class A space, build-to-suit development and the return of speculative construction, according to the latest report from CBRE Group, Inc., E-Commerce and the Changing U.S. Industrial Landscape.

“Demand from e-commerce companies has played a leading role in the recovery of the U.S. industrial real estate market over the past two years,” said Scott Marshall, Executive Managing Director for Industrial Services, Americas, CBRE. “During the first quarter of 2014, virtually all U.S. markets were buoyed by strong demand for distribution space from the e-commerce sector. Supply chain demand was centered in major inland and coastal port markets, resulting in strong absorption and shrinking availability in markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and Houston.”

As big-box facilities are in short supply, there is a supply and demand imbalance in the Class A market. Developers have responded by aggressively inking build-to-suit deals and breaking ground on approximately 45.7 million sq. ft. of speculative development. But, with 30 million sq. ft. of active e-commerce requirements, and demand likely to remain strong over the next few years, supply will not catch up to the demand anytime soon.

“By 2017, online sales could account for more than one-tenth of all U.S. retail sales, up from 6.2% in 2013,” said Adam Mullen, Head of Supply of Chain Services, CBRE. “To keep up with growing demand, e-commerce companies and, increasingly, traditional retailers are making major investments in big-box facilities that function both as warehouses to store goods and distribution centers to fulfill online orders.”

The Inland Empire is among the core distribution markets in the U.S. experiencing a boost in development activity. More than 16 million sq. ft. of industrial facilities is under construction in the Inland Empire, accounting for approximately 14% of all industrial space being built in the U.S. Of the 34 projects currently under construction, 29 of them are at least 100,000 sq. ft. in size, many of which are specifically designed to handle e-commerce order fulfillment.

Other findings of the report include:

  • Opportunities abound for owners of functional, well-located space and for landlords of vacant bulk space who are able to make an investment to upgrade to current e-commerce standards. Such investments should pay off, as the extremely constrained space market, coupled with rapidly growing demand, will likely result in significant rent spikes through 2015.
  • An anticipated increase in speculative development of extra-large big-box facilities (500,000 sq. ft. or larger) that can be subdivided to smaller spaces, giving the flexibility to accommodate a variety of e-commerce and distribution users.
  • Secondary markets should see more activity as e-commerce users seek distribution solutions closer to customers not located in the major metropolitan areas.
  • E-commerce companies will take smaller infill properties in major metros as a final stop for products as same-day delivery service becomes more prevalent.

To request a copy of the report or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (212.984.8267 orRobert.McGrath@cbre.com) or Corey Mirman (212.984.6542 or Corey.Mirman@cbre.com).

About CBRE Group, Inc.
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