Whole Foods Market Palm Desert creates more than 150 jobs; Applicants can apply online by July 25

Interested applicants can apply online for store-wide positions by July 25

PALM DESERT, Calif., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Whole Foods Market Palm Desert doesn’t open its doors until Sept. 24, but it has already begun opening doors in the community by creating more than 150 jobs.

The store, located at 44-459 Town Center Way,is hiring for positions in the Customer Service, Produce, Meat, Seafood, Specialty, Grocery, Prepared Foods, Bakery, and Whole Body departments. Interested candidates can apply by July 25 to become a general team member at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers (Search for Palm Desert, CA).

“Our company-wide commitment to ‘local’ goes beyond supporting local producers and suppliers,” said Patrick Bradley, regional president for Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “Each one of our stores is a unique reflection of the community, including the team members, who represent the heart and lifestyle of the neighborhood.”

The store will be Whole Foods Market’s first Riverside County location.

Whole Foods Market has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America since the list began in 1998. Included in team members’ benefits are health insurance, paid time off and retirement savings.

Details on grand opening events and store features will be released as they become available. For regular updates, please visit the store’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wfmpalmdesert.


Whole Foods Market store to open on November 4 at Berkeley California

Second Berkeley location adds to company’s community giving and support efforts

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new 47,800 square-foot Whole Foods Market store will open on November 4 at 10th and Gilman Streets in Berkeley, California. This is the second Whole Foods Market location in Berkeley, and the 41st in the Northern California region.

Since the first Berkeley store opened in 1991, shoppers have helped drive more than half a million dollars in donations to community and global nonprofits through store programs like Five Percent Days, (where five percent of a day’s earnings are donated to a community partner) and Nickels for Nonprofits (where shoppers can donate their bring-your-own bag refunds to charity), as well as fund and food drives. Community recipients have included Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Food & Housing Project, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, The Ecology Center, The Edible Schoolyard, California Coastal Cleanup and City of Berkeley Parks & Recreation Department, among many others.

The company has named Jen Monaco as Store Team Leader. In this role, Monaco is in charge of general management and all store operations. She has worked for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, most recently as Store Team Leader at the Haight store on Stanyan Street in San Francisco. Monaco also has a background in art.

“What most excites me about this store is the community – it is family-focused, active in lifestyle and community, and conscious of health and responsible food systems,” said Monaco. “I believe with this new store, we can offer a new level of local support and compound the impact we’ve already had in Berkeley.”

Kristen Tantarelli will be the store’s Marketing Team Leader and the primary community liaison. Tantarelli will oversee local partnerships, sponsorships and charitable programs. Tantarelli joins the Gilman team from Whole Foods Market Davis, where she opened the store as Marketing Team Leader.

For updates on Whole Foods Market Gilman, customers can follow the store on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WFMGilman.


Whole Foods Market to open its new store at Yonge Street in Toronto on September 23, 2014

New Store Marks Fifth Whole Foods Market in Toronto Area

Chicago, 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, opens its new 45,000 square foot store located at 4771 Yonge Street in Toronto on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around Toronto’s North York community with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

“At Whole Foods Market, we have a deep passion for fresh, flavourful natural and organic foods and we are elated to open a store for the North York community,” says Whole Foods Market Sheppard and Yonge Store Team Leader, Christine VanHumbeck, “Whether looking for high-quality meats and poultry or everyday pantry staples, residents from the health conscious to devote food enthusiasts will find what they’re looking for. We strongly believe in food in its purest state – free of artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives, colourings and trans fat – is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.”

The opening ceremony begins with the traditional bread-breaking at 8:45 am followed by food samplings, giveaways, music and more.

On the Shelves and In the Aisles

The store is designed to feel like a gathering of “boutiques within a store,” offering customers an intimate and inviting shopping experience. Featuring restaurant-quality prepared foods and the convenience of one-stop shopping, the store features a number of unique and enticing elements chosen specifically with the community in mind. Highlights include:

·       Restaurant and Grill: Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner for some hot, delicious meals.

·       5-Step Rated Meat: By adopting Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating, we provide shoppers with a new level of transparency about how farm animals are raised.

·       Seafood from Sustainable Sources: We closely monitor the status of any seafood species sold in our stores to ensure we’re supporting healthy marine ecosystems.

·       Stir-Fry Station: Select favourite veggies and protein to build your own stir-fry.

·       Freshly Made Sushi: A variety of specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice made in-house by experts.

·       Salad and Hot Bars: Choose from freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad fixings and hot entrees from around the world. Everything is priced by weight, so mix and match!

·       Panini and Pizza Venues: Choose from a variety of delicious pizza and Panini sandwiches.

·       Health Starts Here (HSH) Program: Providing tools and education to help shoppers make healthier choices, including an assortment of specially crafted Health Starts Here dishes for your convenience on the hot and cold food bars.

·       Bulk Department: Dried back-to-basics pantry items to meet all your cooking needs. Discover new ways to use staples in your culinary adventures.

·       Diverse Foods from Around the Globe: A variety of foods to meet diverse cultural and dietary needs.

·       Grab and Go Pastries: Enjoy a wide variety of freshly-baked pastries including croissants, muffins, cookies, soft pretzels and more.

·       Homemade Gelato Bar: A wide range of fresh and delicious, house-made gelato and sorbets.

·       Catering Service: Our experienced catering department will help you build a menu filled with your choice of fresh, delicious, all-natural foods.

·       Customized Gift Baskets: Available year round, they’re the perfect gift for any occasion.


Also featured at this location:  

·       More than 200 varieties of seasonal, organic and local produce, with a variety of hard-to-find items.

·       More than 200 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses.

·       More than 50 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish, all harvested using sustainable practices.

·       A large variety of custom-cut meats from in-house butchers.

·       A robust and exciting selection of olives, artisanal butters and cheeses.

·       A vast array of vegetarian and vegan choices.

·       A large selection of luxurious natural body care items and cosmetics including bulk soaps.

·       Advanced nutritional supplements and vitamins made of only natural ingredients.

·       A beautiful selection of Whole Trade fresh-cut flowers and plants.

·       Essential grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market’s own 365 Everyday Value® signature line of products offering the same high standards for taste and quality at everyday low prices.

The new store will also have great access to the subway line, easy walk-in access from the street and dedicated underground customer parking. Parking is validated for 90 minutes with any purchase in the store.

Whole Foods Market has four other locations in the Toronto area: 3997 Hwy No. 7 in Markham, 155 Square One Drive in Mississauga, 301 Cornwall Road in Oakville and 87 Avenue Road in Toronto.

Apple® reports $35.3 billion revenue and $6.9 billion net profit in the third quarter

iPhone, Mac & Services Growth Drive Record June Quarter Revenue & 20% EPS Growth

CUPERTINO, California, 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.

“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce.”

“We generated $10.3 billion in cash flow from operations and returned over $8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the June quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We have now taken action on over $74 billion of our $130 billion capital return program with six quarters remaining to its completion.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter:

  • revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion
  • gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
  • operating expenses between $4.75 billion and $4.85 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $250 million
  • tax rate of 26.1 percent

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q3 2014 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on July 22, 2014 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq314. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 28, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2014, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2014 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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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Target teams up with YouTube stars and Design Hunter L.A. founder Veronica Valencia on YouTube video series called the “Best Year Ever”

Series featuring popular YouTube stars will provide décor tips, advice, and solutions for college living

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that it is teaming up with four YouTube stars and Veronica Valencia, founder of Design Hunter L.A., on a YouTube video series called the “Best Year Ever.” A marriage of reality TV and design challenge, the series will provide tips and tricks that college students can use while designing their own dorm or off-campus spaces. YouTube stars Todrick HallMikey BoltsTiffany Garcia and Ann Le will each host a four-episode series that follows a real college student as they prepare for campus living. Veronica Valencia will make over each room and provide design solutions. The series will debut throughout July and August on each YouTube star’s page and on Target’s YouTube channel.

“Target caters to college students who are creating and designing their own space for the first time,” said Rick Gomez, senior vice president, Marketing, Target. “We have the right products at great prices, and our video series is full of entertaining inspiration and ideas for stylish, small-space living.”

Back-to-College Products & Trends

Whether moving into a dorm or first apartment, Target offers everything that students need to stay organized, maximize their budget and create a space that reflects their personal style. Target provides the products that college students want and need, including bedding, desks and bookshelves, must-have electronics and kitchen utensils. Target’s owned brands, such as Room Essentials and Xhilaration, offer on-trend colors and designs to maximize small-space living.Top trends for this back-to-college season include:

Must-have products include:

New Back-to-College Tools

This year, Target is offering several new tools that can help college students prepare for the year ahead: a college registry service, Target Subscriptions and a back-to-college catalog that’s shoppable with Target’s new In a Snap app.

Target will make it easy for students to shop the products in its back-to-college catalog with a new image-recognition app called In a Snap. The iPhone app enables students and families to quickly scan, select and purchase items featured in the catalog with just a few clicks. In a Snap can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store.

To make it easy and convenient for college-bound students to create a list of everything they need for school, Target introduced a College Registry at Target.com/collegeregistry earlier this summer. The digital tool enables students to share their list with family and friends and will be available on the iPhone and Android Target applications later this year. Since the registry launched in June, the most popular registry items have been the Room Essentials Twin XL Mattress PadQuirky Cargo Shower Caddy and Joy Mangano 34-piece Huggable Hanger Combo Pack.

Also new this year, families can use Target Subscriptions as a modern day twist on the college care package. Guests can order everyday essentials from Target.com and have them delivered on a recurring schedule to the student’s dorm or apartment. Target Subscriptions include more than 3,000 products. The service is free and guests who take advantage of Target Subscriptions will receive five percent off all purchases and free shipping for subscription orders.

More Ways to Save
Students and families can be confident in the unbeatable prices Target offers on all back-to-college needs, including savings through Cartwheel, REDcard Rewards, and Price Match.

  • Cartwheel: Students and families can use Target’s popular digital savings app to choose from hundreds of in-store offers.
  • 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.
  • Price Match Policy: Students 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 to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Raeward Fresh Marshland to double its retail space

Raeward Fresh Marshland is expanding once more and is doubling its retail space to give customers an even better shopping experience with more product variety.  

Auckland, New Zealand, 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The expansion comes less than a year after Marshland Produce joined the Raeward Fresh family and owner Jeremy de Gouw is thrilled with the growth.

“We’re dedicated to giving our customers the best possible shopping experience, so we are extending our offering to ensure we have a wider range of fresh products and niche ingredients.

“Angela and I have now been on this site for 15 years and it’s great to continue to give back to our loyal customers. We also hope the expansion will encourage more Cantabrians to come and check out the store,” de Gouw said.

Doubling the retail space will allow Raeward Fresh Marshland to have more fresh seafood, European meat selection and specialty cheese, and an expanded range of niche ingredients and pantry foods to compliment home cooking.

The expansion will also see the establishment of qualified butchers on-site to cut and prepare meat cuts daily, and will provide customers with a more open market shopping experience where they can relax and enjoy the food on offer.

Raeward Fresh Marshland has also extended its Coffee and Cream Café offer meaning customers have the same great coffee and service with more delicious food to go. Our food range has been designed to serve the on the go customer offering hot and cold food, gourmet pies, sushi , Vivace coffee and real fruit ice creams, you can even txt your coffee order to save delays 027 5330 032.

Marshlands Produce became Raeward Fresh Marshland on November 30th, 2013 and Alan Malcolmson, General Manager Retail Operations, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd is excited about the next stage of development for the store.

“It’s been wonderful working with Jeremy and Angela who are just as passionate about food as we are. We are all very excited about the expansion, and would like to thank our customers for their on-going support through the changes.”

The expansion is expected to be complete by 2nd August, 2014.

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Raeward Fresh Marshland to double its retail space

Raeward Fresh Marshland to double its retail space

Wine experts to spend three days to judge over 1,150 wines at New World Wine Awards in early August

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With a record number of wines entered in the New World Wine Awards this year, the independent panel of 13 wine experts will spend three days in early August, compared to two in previous years, judging every wine using the same internationally recognised system as other leading wine competitions.

A later closing date for entries has been a key driver of this growth, enabling more new vintage wines to be entered – this year there are 186 new vintage 2014 wines entered, compared to 128 new vintage wines entered last year. In addition, the New World Wine Awards is the only wine show in New Zealand to include a low alcohol category, which has attracted nearly double the number of entries this year following its introduction last year.

Guest international judge, Sam Harrop, says “With all the signs pointing to 2014 being another great vintage, I’m looking forward to joining the judging panel at this wine show, which has the privilege of being one of the first to showcase the new vintage wines.”

Voted the “10th most influential wine consultant in the world” by Drinks Business in 2013, Sam Harrop is one of only 312 wine experts globally to hold the prestigious Masters of Wine qualification. He joins 12 other wine experts on the judging panel, led by Jim Harré, an accomplished international wine judge and wine industry personality.

“This year we have a record number of entries, which reflects the steady growth this competition has had over several years. I think this reflects a combination of winemakers’ confidence in the integrity of the process and the benefits of entering, and the growing awareness among consumers of the credibility of these awards which are judged by this country’s best judges to the highest international standards,” says Jim Harré, Chair of the judging panel.

What is unique about the New World Wine Awards is that affordability and availability of the wines are key criteria for entry, responding to consumer demand for high quality but affordable and widely available wines. Wines entered must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 6,000 bottles available for sale.

Last year 364,000 bottles of the Top 50 award-winning wines, with a retail value of $4.7m, were sold throughout New World supermarkets in the first six weeks of the results being announced; the Champion White Wine, Spy Valley’s Marlborough Chardonnay 2012, sold out in a week. That volume of sales in the first six weeks was over 21% higher than in the corresponding period in the previous year.

Simon Swa from Peregrine Wines, which won two gold medals last year for their Saddleback range, says “Without doubt, we have enjoyed a notable increase in sales and a heightened level of brand awareness.”

The independent panel of 13 expert wine judges will swirl, sniff and taste the wines from 4-6 August at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Using the internationally recognised 20 point system, the judges will award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and reconvene to select the Champion Red, White and Bubbles overall.

The award winners will be announced in September 2014

Harris Teeter hosts food drive now through Aug. 4, 2014 to support its local food bank partners

Donate Non-Perishable Foods at Participating Harris Teeter Stores to help Local Food Banks

Matthews, N.C., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In partnership with the Washington Nationals, Harris Teeter is hosting a food drive now through Aug. 4, 2014 to support its local food bank partners.

In May, Harris Teeter donated $400,000 to its various food bank partners and is now hosting this food drive to help raise additional awareness for the problem of hunger.  Donations made at Harris Teeter locations will benefit Capital Area Food Bank and Loudoun Interfaith Relief; beneficiaries will be displayed on posters placed on the collection bins in each store.

In addition to donating food at local Harris Teeter stores, Nationals fans may bring non-perishable food items to Nationals Park on Aug. 2 and 3 when the team faces the Philadelphia Phillies.  Volunteers will collect donations outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning. Donations made at Nationals Park will benefit Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who donate three non-perishable food items at the ballpark will receive two tickets to a future game, while supplies last. Additionally, the first 1,000 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 2 and the first 1,000 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 3 will also receive $5 worth of NatsBucks.

Please join our team and the Nationals in the fight against hunger.


Harris Teeter hosts food drive now through Aug. 4, 2014 to support its local food bank partners

Harris Teeter hosts food drive now through Aug. 4, 2014 to support its local food bank partners

QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund join forces for the annual designer charity sale “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” on July 26

QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Promote National Awareness During the “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” Broadcast

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop for a cure with designer bargains galore. QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) are joining forces once again for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” an annual “designer charity sale” scheduled to be broadcast live from the Hamptons on Saturday, July 26 at 2 PM (ET). During the two-hour shopping extravaganza, premier fashion, beauty, jewelry and more will be offered for HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with 80 percent of the purchase price** of donated merchandise benefitting OCRF’s research programs. These proceeds will also benefit Woman to Woman, OCRF’s nationwide patient program designed to support women currently undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers.

The live broadcast from OCRF’s Super Saturday 17, one of the Hamptons’ most fabulous fetes, will feature a variety of designer deals from top brands including philosophy, Alex and Ani, JAI by John Hardy, Amrita Singh, Honora, orYANYand many others. For viewers who crave an added air of excitement, the “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” broadcast will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the star-studded soiree with exclusive celebrity interviews straight from the red carpet.

To help promote QVC’s efforts, Kelly Ripa, a longtime supporter of OCRF’s Super Saturday and co-star of “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” is featured in both the print and television public service announcements for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE.” Ripa will also lend her voice once again as the host of the charitable event.

“QVC is dedicated to spreading OCRF’s message in the hopes that we will one day find a way to eradicate this deadly disease,” said Claire Watts, CEO, QVC, U.S. “This year, we are excited to incorporate our new toGather initiative which makes it easier than ever to raise awareness for such an important cause.”

Adding a new twist to the power of social media, toGather, QVC’s discovery shopping experience, and Lisa Robertson, QVC host of the “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” broadcast, will launch a new Super Saturday collection featuring this year’s designer goods. Shoppers will be encouraged to “Heart for Hope” by hearting and sharing items and social stickers to help spread awareness for ovarian cancer research.

“Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest diseases women face, and more needs to be done to raise awareness and funds to support both research and women undergoing treatment,” said Audra Moran, CEO, OCRF. “QVC’s Super Saturday broadcast has been a tremendous help in spreading OCRF’s message beyond the Hamptons community and into millions of homes across the U.S.”

It’s all part of QVC’s charitable commitment to support causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships. “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE”product will be available through the QVC apps, by calling 800.345.1515 or by visiting QVC.com/SuperSaturday, while supplies last.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItaly and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About OCRF
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.  Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and about 15,500 women will die of the disease.  Currently there is no effective means of early detection.

Since 1998, OCRF has awarded 217 grants to scientists at more than 65 leading medical centers in the U.S., an investment of nearly $60 million for ovarian cancer research. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. To learn more or join us in the fight, please visit www.ocrf.org.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based upon the supplier’s representation of value.  No sales may have been made at these prices.
**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.




Design and construction division of DeCA’s Logistics and Engineering Directorate wins 2013 Value Engineering awards from Department of Defense

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency’s use of value engineering has garnered a prestigious Department of Defense award.

On June 20, DOD selected the design and construction division of DeCA’s Logistics and Engineering Directorate, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, as a winner in the program/project category of its fiscal 2013 Value Engineering awards.

“Value engineering is a great tool to get more value for our customers, and our engineers’ efficient use of it is part of our role as good stewards of our patrons’ surcharge dollars,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.

John Stuit, chief of design and construction, agreed, adding that value engineering is part of DeCA’s DNA. “Our mission is to efficiently build new facilities and maintain and upgrade our existing stores to create a great shopping experience,” he said. “It is a team effort that starts with DeCA senior leadership and involves all of our team members and industry partners.”

A tenet of value engineering is: While anything less than essential functional capability is unacceptable, anything more is wasteful and should be eliminated. Value engineering analyzes and redesigns a product or service so its function can be achieved at the lowest possible overall cost. It may involve using different materials, applying new technology, using a more efficient production or delivery process, or eliminating unnecessary components, Stuit explained.

A renovation of the Lackland Commissary served as the pilot project for DeCA’s award-winning program. It developed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and lighting and refrigeration systems that were at least 30 percent more efficient than established standards.

Stuit explained that new refrigeration system and display case fixtures use nearly 35 percent less energy than the existing system, generating annual energy savings of nearly $52,000.

“Results of this program have been applied to updates to our design criteria so that similar energy savings can be applied to all future new stores and store renovations,” he said.
The enhanced energy modeling tool lets DeCA improve systems while still in the design process. Stuit said this results in more accurate energy usage calculations and better decisions on systems and equipment to reduce energy usage.
The Value Engineering awards, established in fiscal 1982, reflect DOD’s effort to continually streamline operations, improve quality, and reduce or avoid costs. During fiscal 2013, the department’s value engineering projects produced a combined actual savings and cost avoidance of $5.5 billion.

DOD selected award winners in five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor. In addition, the department awarded “Joint Service and Special” awards to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expand the traditional scope of value engineering.

NOTE: For photos of some commissary interiors with aspects of value engineering, go to our Flickr site.

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

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John M. Gaines Jr. retires as the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Army Command Sgt. Maj. John M. Gaines Jr. is closing the loop on a military career that had roots in a commissary and finishes as the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor.

Gaines is preparing to retire from the Army on Aug. 31. He is succeeded by Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, as senior enlisted advisor to DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu, effective July 1.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Gaines knows from first-hand experience what it’s like to work in a commissary,” said Jeu, referring to Gaines’ brief store career stocking shelves as a young Army private at Fort Campbell, Ky.”

“And, as our senior enlisted advisor, he understood what this benefit means for our military and their families,” Jeu added. “Throughout his tenure with DeCA, Gaines fought hard to ensure our patrons knew it, too.”

Serving as the agency’s senior enlisted advisor to the director since Feb. 1, 2011, Gaines was DeCA’s uniformed advocate, representing the questions and concerns of the commissary’s enlisted customers and helping the agency raise awareness of the benefit and its savings.

In recognition of his service, Jeu presented Gaines with the Defense Superior Service Medal during his retirement ceremony at Fort Lee on July 18.

From their travels across the DeCA landscape, Gaines and Jeu had a unique view of the commissary benefit, whether it’s meeting the thousands of commissary employees who deliver it or interacting with many of the service members and their families who receive it.

“One aspect of this benefit that often gets overlooked is that commissaries provide a safe, secure and clean shopping area for family members while their spouses are deployed somewhere down range – that is huge for our military,” Gaines said.

“DeCA people understand what it means to take care of a service member and their family, whether they’re serving at places such as Naval Station Norfolk [Va.] or Twentynine Palms [Calif.] or Ramstein Air Base [Germany] or Yongsan [South Korea],” he added. “We have an amazing workforce: the cashiers, who are the face of our commissaries, the folks in the different store departments, our people behind the scenes doing the heavy lifting in the warehouses and our people in the headquarters.”

Gaines’ military career began more than 33 years ago when he joined as a subsistence supply specialist in 1981. A career logistician, his assignments have taken him to Fort Dix, N.J.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Egypt; Germany; Fort Polk, La.; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Schinnen, the Netherlands. In one particular assignment, Gaines served as the Benelux Garrison sergeant major in Belgium, supporting the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

In 2006, he was selected as the command sergeant major at IMCOM’s Europe Region. IMCOM’s basic mission is similar to that of a city manager for Army installations, overseeing services, resources and facilities.

Two years later, Gaines moved to the Pentagon after being chosen to serve as IMCOM’s second command sergeant major. During that assignment, he also concurrently served as the senior enlisted advisor to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

Gaines has been deployed to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994, to Bosnia for Operation Joint Endeavor as a member of the implementation force in 1996, and to Kuwait as a task force sergeant major supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2010.

He has a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies through an online program from Grantham University. His military education includes the First Sergeant Course, the Garrison Command Sergeant Major Course and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and the Army Commendation Medal (seven awards).

As Gaines prepares to exit the military for civilian life in Northern Virginia, he said he’s confident that DeCA’s senior enlisted advisor positions are in good hands because “both men are very passionate and understand the importance of the commissary benefit.” Allison is already on board as his replacement, and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Stephen M. Kazmirski, former superintendent for the 87th Mission Support Group at Joint Base McGuire-Dix, N.J., is inbound as the next Europe Area senior enlisted advisor, replacing Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clayton M. Lowry, who rotated to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

“Being with commissaries was a wonderful experience, and I want to thank the entire DeCA team for their dedication and service to our patrons,” Gaines said.

“I also want to give a huge shout out to Mr. Jeu,” he added. “He’s truly the right guy at the right time in the history of DeCA. His vision and guidance have positioned this agency well as it navigates through this current budget environment. He leads with so much dignity and respect for others. You couldn’t ask for a better ‘battle buddy.’ ”

NOTE: For photographs related to Gaines’ retirement ceremony, go to our Flickr site.

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.

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