The 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games to take place in two of London’s most iconic venues in St James’ Park on on Sunday 20 July

LONDON, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sunday 20 July, two of London’s most iconic venues in St James’ Park will again be transformed into sports arenas as elite athletes for the 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

Horse Guards Parade Ground, which hosted beach volleyball at the London 2012 Games, will see a temporary stadium created around a purpose built athletics track showcasing sprints and hurdles, high jump, pole vault and long jump. A host of world, Olympic and Paralympic champions are scheduled to compete including Team GB’s Greg Rutherford and Jonnie Peacock, who won gold on ‘Super Saturday’ and ‘Thriller Thursday’ respectively at London 2012. Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, Olympic and world 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, world 110m hurdles champion David Oliver and Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will be among the international stars to line-up on the track and field.

A two mile track will also be laid on The Mall, featuring elite Olympic and Paralympic races.  After the success of the road races in 2012 and events like the Tour de France, this is another chance for the people of London to see top class sport for free.

For Dave Weir in particular, it will mark an emotional return to the scene of his fourth gold medal triumph in 2012, as he sprinted to marathon victory on The Mall.

Weir said: “I can’t wait to line up on The Mall next Sunday at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will be a wonderful celebration of London 2012.

“The Olympics and Paralympics in London was the best of times and I think we will recapture a bit of that special feeling again on Sunday.

“Taking athletics out of its traditional stadium setting is a great idea and I hope people who have never seen top-class athletics close up, will take the opportunity to enjoy this event at one of the most iconic locations in London.

“There is an incredible line-up of talent at the event, with a host of Paralympic, Olympic and World champions, and it’s great that the crowds will be able to watch some of them for free on The Mall.

“London’s my home town and it’s always fantastic to compete here. The British public love sport and this will be one of the most memorable days of sport in London this summer.”

London 2012 double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) will also compete at the event on Sunday.

Double World Indoor champion and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba will lead the field in the women’s one mile, while in the men’s 2 mile, British legend Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) hopes to recover from his recent illness in time to compete.

The free events on The Mall start at 3pm, with the ticketed sessions in the Horse Guards Parade Ground stadium running from 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London loves sport and is a world-beating host for international fixtures. The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is yet another opportunity to see top flight sport in action set against the stunning backdrop of Horse Guards Parade and the Mall. This weekend’s spectacular is sure to recreate the magic of London’s smash hit 2012 Games as we welcome the return of many of its medal-winning superstars.”

Sainsbury’s Head of Sponsorship, Tara Hewitt, said: “Following our sponsorship of the London Paralympic Games it’s fitting to mark the anniversary by bringing some of the world’s best athletes right into the centre of the city.  Whether you’ve got a ticket to Horse Guards Parade or will be heading to The Mall to watch some of the free races, expect a memorable day out.”

The creation of the bespoke athletics stadium in Horse Guards Parade Ground is a world first and will allow those with tickets to see athletics in a uniquely intimate setting. To buy tickets visit

The venue has been designed and built by Nova International, whose Chairman former Olympic medallist Brendan Foster said: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is a wonderful opportunity to deliver a ground breaking athletics event right in the heart of London. We are delighted to be working in partnership with British Athletics to jointly deliver this event on 20 July in Horse Guards Parade.”

Tickets for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Sunday 20 July are available by visiting


The 2014 Sainsbury's Anniversary Games to take place in two of London's most iconic venues in St James’ Park on on Sunday 20 July

The 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games to take place in two of London’s most iconic venues in St James’ Park on on Sunday 20 July

Sainsbury’s to publish the status of its current supply chain for forest goods as defined by WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network

LONDON, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has been a participant in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) in the UK since 1995.

All GFTN participants commit to progressively sourcing forest products from well-managed sources.

Sainsbury’s undertakes due diligence to assess and mitigate any risk of illegal and unwanted forest products entering into the UK market from our supply chain. We collect as much information on supply chain sources as possible, and systematically work to eliminate poor sources which may not positively benefit forests as a future resource for people and nature.

To highlight our progress towards meeting our commitments to source well-managed and recycled materials, we’re publishing the status of our current supply chain for various categories of forest goods, as defined by the GFTN.

We hope the transparency of the UK GFTN members about their performance on forest sourcing will prompt others in the sector to follow suit. We also encourage all forest certification systems to continuously improve their performance in delivering responsible forest management.

At present, WWF and GFTN participants believe FSC represents the gold standard and a credible benchmark for other forest certification schemes to match. Our preference is to source increasingly from credibly-certified forests or verified recycled sources.

The European Timber Regulation aims to limit the trade in illegal timber. It provides a baseline of legality as a minimum for forest goods entering the European market and reaching consumers. GFTN participants want to make sure they’re playing their part in reducing the UK footprint on global forest resources, by sourcing sustainably – going beyond a compliance-only approach.

Our forest products reported for the 2013 calendar year are as follows:

  • 3%   Source Verified (including e.g. PEFC purchased with Chain of Custody)
  • 80% Credibly Certified (e.g. FSC purchased with Chain of Custody)
  • 1%   Pre-consumer Recycled
  • 9%   Post-consumer Recycled

Our responsible forest product procurement policy can be found here:

Scope of reporting

  • All own or store brand forest products for resale


  1. Achieving complete traceability within complex supply chains such as for paper and composite products.
  2. Availability of certified material in certain sourcing regions, particularly FSC volumes and species


  1. Continuing compliance with the EU Timber Regulations
  2. Converting further product categories to sustainably certified material
  3. Achieving full chain of custody within specific product supply chains.

IKEA announced its new 2015 IKEA U.S. catalog will be available to the public starting this August

New Catalog Includes Inspiration for Making the Most of Your Bedroom and Bathroom

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today that the new 2015 IKEA U.S. catalog, filled with design inspiration and new products for every area of the home, will be available to the public starting this August. Themed “Where the Everyday Begins and Ends,” this year’s catalog highlights the two important rooms where people sleep and get ready every morning and night – the bedroom and the bathroom. Readers will learn how IKEA can help them make the beginning and end of their days more comfortable, more calm, and more organized by designing their spaces based on their own routines, utilizing smart space solutions, and expressing their personal styles.

To gain a better understanding of how the start of the day impacts a person’s well-being, IKEA recently released its first global Life at Home Report. The report, which includes an interactive “Data Mixing Board,” took a deep look at people’s morning routines from waking up to walking out the door, and how their morning habits impact their days.

“Everyone goes to sleep and wakes up, but everything in between those moments is very personal. We all have individual needs when it comes to our morning and evening routines,” says Patty Lobell, Sales Manager, IKEA U.S. “IKEA understands how people live and we use that knowledge to create solutions to help you make the most of your personal spaces so you can make the most of you.”

Bedrooms and bathrooms are places to refresh and recharge. The bathroom is a personal retreat but often also a small shared area. In fact, 70% of Americans share their bathroom with a spouse or partner*. IKEA can help make the most of the limited space you have by providing space-saving products that grab every square inch and clear out the clutter. In addition, IKEA offers soft and cozy textiles that help create a relaxing, spa-like feel. The bedroom is your comfort zone, where you can relax and recharge. People cite their biggest challenge in the bedroom as a lack of space or insufficient storage**. IKEA has well-organized storage solutions that help you find your things quickly and easily, leaving you with more time to spend with the kids or have that extra cup of coffee. And, since a good day starts with a good night’s sleep, you can customize your sleep experience with IKEA products that that meet your needs for warmth, support, and softness.

The 2015 catalog will be available in 67 printed editions, 32 languages and 46 countries/territories. The IKEA catalog is now the largest print production ever to be printed on 100% FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper. The entire IKEA catalog production chain, from forest to printer, is FSC-certified to ensure a more sustainable origin of the wood.

U.S. consumers can access the new catalog in multiple ways:

  • Printed Version – Request a printed copy of the catalog
  • Digital Version – Visit to view the digital version of the catalog online beginning on July 24. New for this year, user will also be able to save lists of their favorite products from the digital catalog and create shopping lists.
  • Catalog App for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) – Download from your app store beginning on July 24. The app gives users access to extended catalog content by scanning designated pages of the printed catalog. The extended content includes: an augmented reality “Place in Your Room” feature which allows users to virtually place and view nearly 300 IKEA products in their own homes; shareable videos featuring quick DIY tips and stories behind IKEA products; 360º views that allow users to look all the way around a whole room; and image galleries. Select content will also be available in the digital catalog.

Fans can connect with IKEA on Pinterest (, Twitter (@DesignbyIKEA) and on Facebook ( Join the conversation via the hashtag #IKEACatalog.

*Source: IKEA U.S. Consumer Panel – Life in the Home: Bathrooms, November 2013
**Source: IKEA U.S. Consumer Panel Bedroom Report, June 2013

NOTE FOR PRESS: Please visit our press site at for downloadable press information on the catalog, hi-res product images, videos and additional materials. Also available at the site is a press preview of the digital catalog via a link to a beta version. Contact for additional information, product loans or images.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good designand function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currentlymore than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporatessustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and theenvironment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA orIKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Contact: Kathy Boerner

Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda: Our thoughts are with the residents and businesses in Saskatchewan and Manitoba dealing with the impact of flood waters

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) is working together to support members of our communities confronted with the challenges of flood waters.

“Our thoughts are with the residents and businesses in Saskatchewan and Manitoba dealing with the impact of flood waters,” said Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda. “We’re all neighbours. We support each other in the good times and the bad, working together now in co-operation to clean up our homes and communities.”

Local co-operatives – including Yorkton Co-op, Churchbridge Co-op, Gateway Co-op and Prairie Co-op – have donated $8,000 so far to the Canadian Red Cross to aid in disaster relief.

“This disaster has hit home for many Co-op members and employees,” said Yorkton General Manager Bruce Thurston. “Co-ops in the Yorkton area have come together because we’re locally invested. We live where you live and work where you work.”

This total will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of the five-year, $1 million gift to the Canadian Red Cross in 2013. The donation enhances community-based emergency responses throughout Western Canada and consists of $100,000 per year to preposition goods and train volunteers. An additional $100,000 per year is available to match local retail Co-ops’ emergency donations.

“The Canadian Red Cross has recruited and trained more than 350 disaster management volunteers across Western Canada within the first of our five-year partnership with FCL and the CRS,” said Sue Phillips, director general, Western Canada. “Thanks to the foresight and leadership of FCL and CRS, Red Cross volunteers were ready to respond immediately to the current flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba with prepositioned goods such as cots, blankets, clean-up and hygiene kits.”

Co-op is the local business owned by members of the community. We live where you live and work where you work. That’s why we care. During these challenging times, there are efforts to keep stores open a little longer, get product to stores one way or another and help wherever possible.

Borderland Co-op General Manager Jason Schenn told The Whitewood Herald that employees’ response and initiative to open stores “likely saved more than a few homes from worse disaster.”

“Those 48 hours were not about sales … it was about being there to help because it was the right thing to do,” Schenn said.

The Red Cross donation also helped support the disaster response in southern Alberta in 2013.


Performers, organizers and Co-op representatives helped raise money for the Red Cross at a benefit concert in Yorkton on July 12. Standing, from left: Stephen Maguire, Kelsey Fitch, Jess Moskaluke, Bruce Thurston (Yorkton Co-op), Katie Hull (Prairie Co-op), Cheryl Johnson (Churchbridge Co-op), Steve Gibson, Alex Runions and Codie Prevost; Kneeling: Samara Yung, Murray Yung.

Performers, organizers and Co-op representatives helped raise money for the Red Cross at a benefit concert in Yorkton on July 12. Standing, from left: Stephen Maguire, Kelsey Fitch, Jess Moskaluke, Bruce Thurston (Yorkton Co-op), Katie Hull (Prairie Co-op), Cheryl Johnson (Churchbridge Co-op), Steve Gibson, Alex Runions and Codie Prevost; Kneeling: Samara Yung, Murray Yung.

RILA reiterated its support for both the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) and the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA)

Arlington , VA,  2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today reiterated its support for both the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) and the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). Legislation combining the two bills was introduced last night as the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA). Bill Hughes, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the combination of the legislation in the Senate.

“Retailers support keeping Internet access tax free while closing the online loophole that essentially subsidizes online-only retailers against their brick and mortar competitors. It’s time for the government to take its thumb off the scale and give all retailers a fair shot to compete in the free market.

“Congress has a unique opportunity to support continued growth of the digital economy while giving local businesses a boost by leveling the playing field and removing artificial advantages in the market.

“Given the overwhelming bipartisan vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and near-universal support in the House for ITFA, it seems obvious that these issues can and should be resolved together this year.”


Jason Brewer
Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050

Kimco Realty Corp. acquired portfolio of 10 high-quality shopping centers from its joint venture with SEB Asset Management for $275.8 million

Transaction furthers portfolio transformation and simplification strategy

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced that it acquired a portfolio of 10 high-quality shopping centers from its joint venture with SEB Asset Management for a gross price of $275.8 million, including the assumption of $193.6 million of mortgage debt. Kimco, which previously held a 15% ownership interest in these properties, paid approximately $69.8 million for the remaining 85% equity interest held by SEB Asset Management, the Group´s specialist real estate manager.

This 1.4 million square foot portfolio is located in mature markets in the Mid-Atlantic region that have high barriers to entry and strong household income levels. The predominately grocery-anchored portfolio is 95.4% occupied and its anchors include Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Safeway, Food Lion with Kroger and Sam’s Club as shadow anchors. The properties also feature a well-known lineup of national retailers including Ross Stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, Kohl’s, PetSmart, and Michaels with Target and Lowes as shadow anchors.

With this acquisition, Kimco continues to execute on the company’s strategy of transforming its portfolio and simplifying its business by acquiring high-quality assets and reducing the number of properties in joint ventures. This transaction represents the third joint venture portfolio acquisition by Kimco in 2014. Year to date, the company has added 25 joint venture properties with a gross value of $776.9 million and 3.2 million square feet to its wholly-owned portfolio. These properties boast occupancy and average rent per square foot of 96.3% and $16.71, respectively.

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York, that owns and operates North America’s largest publicly traded portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of March 31, 2014, the company owned interests in 835 shopping centers comprising 122 million square feet of leasable space across 42 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

Safe Harbor Statement
The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (vii) risks related to our international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition and disposition opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to our joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

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David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Kimco Realty Corporation

National Association of Convenience Stores: Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high, good news for retailers hoping that a strong second half of 2014 can compensate for sluggish sales earlier this year.

Consumer optimism surged from 39% to 46% — the highest level of optimism since it stood at 48% in July 2013. Younger consumers are particularly optimistic, with a majority (55%) expressing optimism. Every region in the country recorded strong increases in optimism, which varied from 44% in the South to 48% in the West. The 7-point jump in optimism was the largest recorded since January 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) introduced its monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey to examine how gas prices affect consumer sentiment.

“We have seen the shift in optimism at convenience stores over the past month,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives at NACS. “As the weather heats up, so has travel and purchases of drinks and snacks for on-the-go drivers. Strong sales this summer can certainly compensate for the slower sales affected by the harsh winter over the first half of the year.”

Interestingly, optimism skyrocketed even though consumers say that gas prices increased and that they expect prices to continue to rise. While prices over the past month decreased by 0.3 cents per gallon, 69% of consumers said that prices are higher, and 64% say that they expect them to increase over the next 30 days.

Another indicator of optimism is that consumers are less likely to seek out alternatives to driving. Consumers say that gas prices would have to reach $5.08 for them to seek out alternatives to driving or drive drastically less, 13 cents higher than last month and the highest level since NACS first tracked this metric in May 2013.

Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC conducted the NACS survey; 1,112 gas consumers were surveyed July 8-10, 2014. The margin of error for the entire sample is +/-2.94 at the 95% confidence interval and higher for subgroups. The OPIS weekly national average price for gas was $3.661 on July, the week in which the survey was fielded. Summary results are at


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

National Association of Convenience Stores: Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high

National Association of Convenience Stores: Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high


Wegmans Food Markets experts share food safety tips for cookouts

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Is summer your favorite season? Who doesn’t love the picnics, barbecues, locally grown fruits and veggies, and relaxed spirit of summer parties? Warm days seem to bring out the best in food flavors, but summer is also the time to take extra care to follow basic food safety practices, say experts at Wegmans Food Markets, so that bacteria that can cause illness never get the chance to grow.

“Food science has helped all of us understand how to handle foods as we prepare them and what to do with leftovers to keep them fresh and safe,” says Mary Ellen Burris, the senior vice president at Wegmans who oversees food safety and consumer affairs. “To minimize risks, you need to keep bacteria from spreading from one food to another, or multiplying in a dish of food left too long on the table or in the kitchen.”

A rule that’s easy to remember when food is ready to be served is “keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.” Why? Bacteria grow fastest at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so chilling food properly is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Use a refrigerator thermometer to keep the temperature inside in the right range – between 32-40°F.

“For foods meant to be served chilled, such as salads, raw veggies and dips, or deli meats, either leave them in the fridge until serving time, or, if you’re bringing food to a picnic, keep them cold in an insulated bag or cooler,” Burris says.

Foods meant to be eaten hot – like grilled meats, poultry or fish—must first be cooked to the right temperature to kill bacteria on the surface and interior. Using an instant-read digital thermometer to check the temperature is the best way to know whether the protein is safely cooked, since you can’t tell just by looking. Not sure how to use one? Watch Wegmans Chef Russell Ferguson demonstrate and talk about the importance of checking temperature this way in a video on grilling the perfect steak.

The final target for cooking temperature will vary, depending on whether you are cooking meat, poultry or fish. See the Final Cook-to-Temperature Charts in the Food Safety section of for help.

Once the food is ready to serve, don’t let it sit on the table for hours. “The usual rule is to refrigerate leftovers within two hours,” Burris says. “On a very warm day, I’d shorten that time to about an hour. If you can’t refrigerate leftovers within this time frame, you should probably discard them. Nobody likes getting sick, so we say ‘if in doubt, throw it out.’”

Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill:  Good to remember in every season

Food-prep practices that cut down the chance of getting sick from food are detailed on the Food Safety section of Wegmans and, a national partnership for food safety education, recommend these steps:

  • Keep it clean: Bacteria can spread from hands, to cutting boards, to knives, countertops, dishes, and pots and pans. To keep that from happening, wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Make sure knives and cutting boards are cleaned with warm, soapy water each time after you use them to chop or cut a food. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water just before eating. Rub firm-skin produce such as melons (or scrub with clean brush) under running tap water.
  • Separate foods: Cross-contamination is how bacteria spreads. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood and their juices or marinades away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook thoroughly: Improper heating means bacteria can survive. Cook to the recommended temperature and check with an instant-read thermometer to know that harmful bacteria have been killed.
  • Chill: Chill leftovers within two hours in the refrigerator at or below 40 degrees. On a warm summer day, refrigerate leftovers even more quickly.

Got questions? The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recently updated its Food Keeper resource, which contains food safety and storage advice to help maintain freshness and quality of foods after they’re purchased. Wegmans Consumer Affairs group can also answer questions about keeping food safe and can be reached at 1-800-WEGMANS, extension 8500-4760, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years.  In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta will present the keynote address at 2015 NGA Show in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2015

Arlington, VA, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon E. Panetta will present the keynote address at the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) 2015 NGA Show in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2015.

Panetta served as a Member of the House of Representatives from California’s 16th (now 17th District) from 1977-1993, and has a distinguished resume of service at the highest levels of American government. The son of Italian immigrants who settled in Monterey, CA where they operated a restaurant, Panetta is a dynamic speaker who has engaged with Americans across the U.S. on issues from the economy to national security to the environment.

“We are excited that Secretary Panetta will keynote our 2015 annual show,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “One purpose of the show is to foster dialogue and insight about the current political and economic issues and how they affect independent grocers. I can’t think of anyone more qualified and able than Leon Panetta to stimulate such a conversation.”

Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013. Before joining the Defense Department, he served as Director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011 and as Director, oversaw the operation that brought Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to justice.

From July 1994 to January 1997, Panetta was White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton. Prior to holding that post, he served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work as the Chairman of the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

An Army veteran and attorney, Panetta holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Panetta has written about his wide-ranging and vital career in public service in his autobiography, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, to be published in Fall 2014.

The 2015 NGA Show opening keynote session is sponsored by Kraft. Registration for the 2015 NGA Show is open August 1, 2014. For more information, visit

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.


Apple® and IBM enter into exclusive partnership to transform enterprise mobility through new class of business apps

CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York, 2014-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;  and
  • new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction—faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

“Mobility—combined with the phenomena of data and cloud—is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows. Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

– Mobile solutions that transform business: The companies will collaborate to build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions—a new class of “made-for-business apps” targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

– Mobile platform: The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver the services required for an end-to-end enterprise capability, from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix—IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

– Mobile service and support: AppleCare for Enterprise will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

– Packaged service offerings: IBM is introducing IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device supply, activation and management services for iPhone and iPad, with leasing options.

Announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June and available later this year, Apple’s iOS 8 is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. For enterprise, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted, with expanded security, management and productivity features.

Apple designs Macs, 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.

IBM’s 5,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, that have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets.

IBM has made a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade, has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide that work on developing enterprise-class solutions.

IBM has also established the world’s deepest portfolio in Big Data and Analytics consulting and technology expertise based on experiences drawn from more than 40,000 data and analytics client engagements. This analytics portfolio spans research and development, solutions, software and hardware, and includes more than 15,000 analytics consultants, 4,000 analytics patents, 6,000 industry solution business partners, and 400 IBM mathematicians who are helping clients use big data to transform their organizations.

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