Defense Commissary Agency announces the appointment of Kevin Hennelly as director of the equal employment opportunity office

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kevin Hennelly has been selected as director of the equal employment opportunity office, Defense Commissary Agency officials announced. That announcement came today from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. Hennelly had served as acting director of EEO from May to July.

“As an agency, we must always ensure our workforce is treated with fairness, objectivity and equality,” Jeu said. “Kevin’s experiences and accomplishments in EEO give me utmost confidence in his ability to serve DeCA well as our EEO director.”

“As director of EEO, Hennelly is the agency’s equal employment opportunity advisor on everything from policies and programs to writing final EEO decisions for the agency director. His office is responsible for handling alternative dispute resolution actions and DeCA’s diversity program. Hennelly’s staff also manages all discrimination complaints, develops and assesses affirmative employment programs, conducts EEO training, and surveys workplace climates at commissaries.

“I am pleased to pick up where [previous director] Marcus Lashley left off and will continue the EEO office’s tradition of helping DeCA leverage the strength of its diverse workforce,” Hennelly said. “As we strive to meet the challenges of delivering a 21st century benefit, I look forward to working with agency leadership to ensure fair and equal treatment for all of our employees.”

Hennelly joined DeCA in 1991 as a staffing and employee development specialist, where he led the development of the DeCA Commissary Career Program. From 1995 to 1999, he served as a personnel management specialist responsible for position classification, employee relations and Senior Executive Service program areas.

From 1999 to 2002, Hennelly was assigned as a program analyst to public affairs, later reconfigured as corporate communications, where he developed and marketed strategic communication programs. While in this position, he led a team that developed DeCA’s Telly Award-winning outreach video “Serving Up Savings.”

He moved to EEO in 2002 and for the next 11 years served as an EEO program manager. He worked with the Department of Defense “New Beginnings” group that designed human resources programs after the end of the National Security Personnel System.

Hennelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va., (1979); and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in personnel and labor relations from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. (1990). He also completed the EEO Director’s Course in 2002, the Defense Leadership and Management Program in 2005, the Civil Treatment Instructor Certification Program in 2009 and the Army Management Staff College in 2011.

You’ll find his complete biography here.

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

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

The Co-operative Food expands its cheese range with a whole host of textures and tastes guaranteed to satisfy cheese fans around the UK

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British are a nation of cheese lovers, whether it’s classic cheese on toast, the all-important cheese slice on a burger, or a more sophisticated cheeseboard – but as consumers taste become more adventurous, The Co-operative Food is expanding its range, with a whole host of textures and tastes guaranteed to satisfy cheese fans around the UK.

This week, The Co-operative Food has seen significant sales increases on their cheese ranges. Sales of Mozzarella are up by 78%, Cooking Cheese are up by 38% and Halloumi 22%, proving that Britain is finding ways to introduce more adventurous cheeses in to summer cooking cuisine as well as the typically traditional Christmas cheeseboards and winter dishes. The category’s sales overall are currently 6% up from last year.

The Co-operative’s cheese range has consistently achieved high accolades from the International Cheese Awards, and this year is no exception. The community retailer beat off stiff competition to pick up 12 awards at the historic International Cheese Awards 2014 at the Nantwich Show in Cheshire this week, which attracted a record-breaking 4,443 entries with competitors from 26 countries worldwide.

The Co-operative achieved three Gold awards in total for their Truly Irresistible Farmhouse Red Leicester, Truly Irresistible Gorgonzola Picante and the Truly Irresistible Epoisses along with a number of silver and bronze awards.
The Co-operative’s Cheese Buyer, Jamie Seymour, said:

“We are passionate about providing delicious, great-value cheeses, and search all over the world to find the absolute best for our customers. We’ve already seen evidence that consumers are wanting to try new cheeses as well as becoming ‘kitchen connoisseurs’ for the cheeses they know and love.“Our award-winning cheese range makes superb quality and excellently sourced products accessible and affordable for our customers, as well as offering something for everyone.”

New Additions to the Range:

The Co-operative Loved By Us Baking Iberico with Orange & Chilli, 130g – £3

This hot eating Iberico and orange and chilli sauce dish will transport those famously authentic Spanish flavours and smells to your dining table.

The Co-operative Loved by Us Halloumi Burger Slices, 4 x 50g – £2.59

This cheese has taken the market by storm this year, already flying off the shelves at The Cooperative Food. The trendy addition is salty and satisfying and is becoming a favourite amongst vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.  The burger slices are made from fresh cows, sheep and goats milk and are pre-sliced and ready to eat for optimum convenience.

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Chaource, 250g – £3.49 Launches November

Cheese connoisseurs can rejoice as this delectable treat is now available from their local Co-operative Food store. Produced in the Bourgogne region of France, this sophisticated cheese is matured for a creamy, smooth texture – a must for those wanting to impress their guests.

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Savarin, 200g – £3.99 Launches November

For those who love an indulgent and extraordinarily creamy cheese, but prefer a milder flavour, this is the cheese for you. The triple cream luscious brie is a winning combination when paired with a perfectly suited white wine – the saltiness of the cheese also means it can be paired well with pale ale.

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Wookey Hole Cheddar, 200g – £2.80

Just when you thought the King of the cheeses, the Cheddar, couldn’t get any better, The Co-operative Food launch this quirky and delicious addition to their Loved by Us range. Recently achieving a silver medal in the International Cheese Awards 2014, this cave-aged Cheddar is made using the art of manufacturing cheese in caves, a method that dates back to the 16th century. The cheese matures in Somerset’s Wookey Hole cave for 9 months, longer than any competitor, which gives it its unrivalled full-flavoured taste. A sure-fire conversation starter to add to any Christmas cheeseboard.

NEW! The Co-operative Baking Feta with Sundried Tomato Pesto, 130g – £3.00

Feta served hot has a wonderfully creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture that is satisfying and light – perfect for summer. Roast these gorgeous salty Greek feta cubes with the herby sundried Tomato pesto for a delicious addition to a meze feast or an impressive dinner party starter. Accompany with toasted pitta bread for dipping or salad leaves for a lighter snack.

Additional NEW cheeses in the range: 

  • The Co-operative Loved by Us Rich & Creamy Blue Stilton, 230g (£2.49)
  • The Co-operative Loved by US Mature Cheddar, 240g/ 400g (£2.79)
  • The Co-operative Loved by Us Mild & Creamy Brie, 200g (£1.59)
  • The Co-operative Goats Log, 65g (£1.20)
  • The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Manchego, 175g (£3.00)
  • The Co-operative Baking Camembert with Pancetta, 130g (£3.00)
  •  The Co-operative Baking Camembert, 250g (£3.00)
  • The Co-operative Loved by Us Hot and Spicy Cheddar Slices, 150g (£2.49)
    Launches November
  • The Co-operative  Truly Irresistible Extra Mature Cheddar, 340g (£4.50)
  • The Co-operative  Truly Irresistible  Mature Cheddar, 340g (£4.50). Buy one get two free on Truly Irresistible Mature Cheddar, 340g (Available from 23 July – 12 August inclusive)

The full list of The Co-operative’s own-brand winners:

Award Winning Cheese
Gold The Co-operative Truly Irresistible  Farmhouse Red Leicester
Gold The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Gorgonzola Picante
Gold The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Epoisses
Silver The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Belton Cheshire
Silver The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Wookey Hole
Bronze The Co-operative Cambozola
Bronze The Co-operative Goat’s cheese Disc
Bronze The Co-operative Oak Smoked Cheddar
Bronze The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Appenzeller
Bronze The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Mature Gouda
Highly commended The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Camembert
Highly commended The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Reblochon

For further information, samples and images please contact:

Jenny Long or Lauren Chambers at The Co-operative Food Press Office
Tel: 0161 767 4254 Email: jennifer.long@co-operative.coop  or lauren.chambers@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative Food expands its cheese range with a whole host of textures and tastes guaranteed to satisfy cheese fans around the UK

The Co-operative Food expands its cheese range with a whole host of textures and tastes guaranteed to satisfy cheese fans around the UK

Starbucks awarded with the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Innovator by The Product Development and Management Association

Chicago, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA),  the leading advocate and comprehensive resource for product development and innovation, today announced that it has awarded the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award to Danish bioinnovation firm Novozymes and Seattle-based Starbucks.  The companies were chosen for corporate commitment to innovation as a strategy to grow their businesses.

The OCI Award is the only innovation award which recognizes sustained (5 or more years) and quantifiable business results from new products and services. Including Starbucks and Novozymes, there have been 51 organizations to be granted the OCI Award since its inception in 1988. Past winners have included Clorox, FedEx, Xerox, DuPont and Harley Davidson.

Both organizations will deliver a presentation on their sustained innovation success at the PDMA annual Product Innovation Management (PIM) conference in Denver in late October.

“Despite the diversity in industry the two 2014 winners have both created cultures where innovation is valued and entrepreneurship and risk taking are encouraged,” said Sally Evans Kay, Chair, OCI Selection Committee. “Both have developed unique practices and processes which have contributed to their innovation success and which they will share at PIM—a rare ‘under the hood’ look at successful corporate innovators.”

Novozymes

Novozymes is a world leader in bioinnovation with a track record of consistently developing and launching breakthrough biosolutions for many different industries. In recent years their market share has grown from 40 percent to 48 percent.

The Committee recognized how Novozymes collaborates with Global Strategic Accounts and uses extensive open innovation networks to develop and launch breakthrough new products. The approach to innovation at Novozymes provides many potential learning opportunities for the innovation community.

“Novozymes builds on innovation. During recent years we have achieved significant results, for example biotechnological solutions which enable washing at low temperature and conversion of cellulosic biomass for production sustainable bioethanol,” said Per Falholt, head of research and development at Novozymes. “Receiving the prestigious Outstanding Corporate Innovator award from PDMA is validation for us that our dedication to true innovation not only furthers our business, but can serve as an example for corporations around the world.”

Starbucks 

Starbucks was cited for innovation across the entire consumer experience and its strong emphasis on long-term platforms to create a multi-year pipeline.  The OCI committee cited Starbucks willingness to adopt processes such as its System to Accelerate Results (STAR) and deep dives at the front end of the innovation process as key enablers to help test and measure new products and gauge customer interest.  Starbucks has also achieved strong and sustained growth from platforms built upon equipment and technology advantages — examples include Starbucks® Frappuccino® Blended Beverages, Starbucks Refreshers® Beverages, Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew and Starbucks Fizzio™ Handcrafted Sodas.

“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award that recognizes companies for encouraging innovation as part of their culture,” said Mary Wagner, Starbucks senior vice president of Global R&D/Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory. “Innovation continues to be a core strength and we’ll continue to leverage our internal processes to test and deliver break-through products, ultimately enhancing the overall customer experience.”

PDMA

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.

The development of new products and services involves an integrated set of unique activities. PDMA is the only organization that focuses on addressing this challenge by providing the following opportunities for professional development: education, experience, networking and recognition.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon presented at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C.

Walmart President and CEO joins top U.S. and African business executives, African heads of state and the U.S. government to build relationships and strengthen business ties.

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — August 5, 2014 CEO Doug McMillon spoke on a panel titled “Expanding Opportunities: The New Era For Business In Africa,” at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., earlier this morning.

The Forum brought together top U.S. and African business executives with more than 40 African heads of state and the U.S. government to forge strong business relationships and increase market activity between the United States and African countries.

The panel session was moderated by President Bill Clinton and explored the future of U.S.-Africa partnerships and identified new ways to strengthen business ties and enable greater economic progress. Others on the panel included the CEOs at Dangote Group, General Electric, The Dow Chemical Company and Shanduka Group.

McMillon reiterated Walmart’s commitment to the continent: “We’re investing in Sub-Saharan Africa for the long term, empowering African producers through hands-on training and using our global supply chain to connect them with our businesses around the world.

“Everywhere we operate we see that our customers have so much in common.  Our customers in Africa want to spend less on everyday needs so they can provide more for their families.  We want to help.”

McMillon also referenced the success of a South African wine producer, Seven Sisters Wines, that supplies a range of wines to 500 U.S. stores. Its CEO, Vivian Kleynhans, took part in Massmart’s Developing Wine Brands Program, which helps local suppliers grow their business in South Africa and beyond.

Tomorrow, Walmart will further strengthen its commitment to empowering its supply chain in Africa by announcing a $3 million investment in three further farmer training programs in Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya.

Click here for more details on Walmart’s business in Africa.

H&M again tops the list of the world’s biggest users of certified organic cotton according to Textile Exchange’s latest Organic Cotton Market Report 2013

H&M is again topping the list of the world’s biggest users of certified organic cotton, according to Textile Exchange’s latest Organic Cotton Market Report 2013. With a 29% increase in the last year, H&M manifests its leading position. This is part of the company’s strategic target to use only more sustainable cotton by 2020.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We congratulate H&M on its continued impressive demonstration of leadership. H&M is a wonderful example of a company making meaningful change in the textile industry. With its constantly increasing demand for organic cotton, H&M sends an important signal to producers and at the same time makes more sustainable fashion accessible and desirable to a broad target group.” says LaRhea Pepper, Managing Director at Textile Exchange.

In 2013, 10.8% of the cotton used for H&M was certified organic, a continued increase from 7.8% in 2012.

“We are very proud of this achievement and we have set a clear goal to further increase our usage of certified organic cotton. This is part of our strategic target to use only more sustainable cotton by 2020.” says Henrik Lampa, H&M’s Environmental Sustainability Manager.

H&M headed Textile Exchange’s annual ranking already in 2010 and 2011 and took the second rank in 2012. All organic cotton used for H&M is independently certified. All garments containing at least 50% certified organic cotton are clearly labeled with a dedicated hang tag.

“To achieve our ambitious target, we create a growing demand for certified organic cotton, while additionally investing in Better Cotton and pioneering recycled cotton. All together means major improvements for people and the environment and makes clear business sense.” Henrik Lampa continues.

Better Cotton is cotton grown in a way that aims to reduce stress on the local environment and to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing for farmers and their communities. H&M is very actively involved in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Between 2011 and 2013 alone, H&M directly invested more than EUR 2 million in BCI’s Fast Track Program to equip farmers with the required know-how. So far, more than 300,000 farmers have been trained. By the end of the financial year 2013, Better Cotton represented 5% of H&M’s total cotton use.

Earlier this year, H&M launched the first products made with recycled cotton that had been generated from consumer textile waste. This came after H&M had launched the world’s first global garment collecting scheme, aiming to pioneer a closed loop for textile production.

For more information please contact:
Media relations
Telephone: +46 8 796 53 00
Mail: mediarelations@hm.com

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the Group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,300 stores in 54 markets. In 2013, sales including VAT were approximately SEK 150 billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 116,000. For further information, visit hm.com.

Kimco Realty Corp. announces the publication of its inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report

2013 report highlights Kimco’s commitment to energy savings and community involvement

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced that it has published its inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report. Over a year in the making, this publication provides a comprehensive account of Kimco’s performance on a range of social, environmental, and governance aspects.

In addition to providing the quantitative results for calendar year 2013, Kimco’s Corporate Responsibility Report offers insights into the company’s strategic motivations and approaches to corporate responsibility in areas such as operations, tenants and leasing, communities, employees, and governance. There are five key priorities that guide Kimco’s program, which are to:
1) Openly engage key stakeholders
2) Lead by example in operations
3) Positively influence tenants and partners
4) Enhance Kimco’s communities
5) Build and retain a quality team

“We have been sharing our corporate responsibility efforts on the Kimco blog and through other vehicles for the past three years, but have always felt this type of ad-hoc information sharing should be paired with more formalized reporting,” said Will Teichman, Director of Sustainability at Kimco.

“Ultimately, we believe corporate responsibility creates value for both Kimco and its stakeholders,” said Conor Flynn, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Investment Officer at Kimco. “Implementing a successful corporate responsibility model requires a conscientious strategy and best-in-class execution in order to create long-term benefits for investors, tenants, employees, and communities.”

2013 highlights
Kimco’s environmental achievements for 2013 include:

  • A nine percent absolute reduction in same-site direct and indirect energy consumption from 2012 to 2013
  • Undertaking 109 sustainable property improvement projects for a total investment of $2.1 million
  •  Producing 3,545 megawatts per hour in solar energy
  • Diverting a quarter of waste (59,549 metric tons) from landfills
  • A number of third-party honors, including NAREIT’s 2013 Retail Leader in the Light, which recognizes leadership in sustainability, transparency, and performance
  • Investing in employee health and development, including an average of 42 hours of training per employee and several new initiatives focused on wellness and volunteerism

The 30-page Corporate Responsibility Report follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which represent the international gold standard for corporate reporting. The summary report is intended for most audiences and covers the most relevant content for stakeholders. The report appendix is designed as optional supplemental reading for those stakeholders interested in more detailed GRI indicator data on Kimco’s performance.

Access the digital version of the report by clicking here.

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 portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of June 30, 2014, the company owned interests in 840 shopping centers comprising 121 million square feet of leasable space across 41 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.
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CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Kimco Realty Corporation
1-866-831-4297

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. reports 12% increase of its consolidated net income in the second quarter of 2014 vs. the same period last year

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property development companies in Southeast Asia, reported consolidated net income increase of 12% to Php5.22 billion in the second quarter of 2014 from Php4.66 billion in the same period last year, slightly higher than the 11% growth posted the previous quarter. Consolidated revenues, posted higher growth of 11% to Php18.08 billion, year-on-year from previous quarter growth of 3%. This brought first half 2014 income and revenue figures to Php9.80 billion, up by 12%, and Php33.42 billion, up by 7%, respectively.

“The results were very encouraging as we sustained our growth from the previous quarter. This gives us confidence to meet our full year target. We are looking forward to hitting our key targets for the rest of the year. This should pave the way in achieving our 5-year roadmap set in April of this year.” said SM Prime President Hans T. Sy.

Rental revenues (accounted for 50% of the consolidated revenues) grew by 13% to Php9.11 billion in second quarter 2014 from Php8.08 billion in same period in 2013. In the first six months, rental revenues rose 12% to Php17.67 billion. The increase in rental revenue was primarily due to the new malls opened in 2013 and 2014 plus the shopping spaces added in existing malls

namely in SM Megamall which contributed an additional 101,000 sqm. The cumulative mall space added in the past two years was close to 550,000 sqm, an increase by 8% to 6.57 million sqm.

Meanwhile, same-store rental growth was at 7% in the second quarter, sustaining the growth posted in the first quarter of the year. In the first six months, same-store rental growth remained at 7%.

Real estate sales (38% of consolidated revenue) recovered, posting 9% growth, in the second quarter to Php6.89 billion from the Php6.34 billion posted a year ago, as compared with the 17% decline recorded in the previous quarter. In the first six months, real estate sales decline by 4% to Php11.90 billion. The second quarter growth was attributed to more projects that were almost completed in the period under review, particularly the Grace and Breeze Residences. SM Prime expects the housing unit group to sustain its growth for the rest of the year as more projects reach completion while new housing projects are lined-up for launch over the next 12 months.

Cinema ticket sales increased by 11% to Php1.29 billion in the second quarter from Php1.16 billion in 2013. In the first half, cinema ticket sales grew by 23% to Php2.35 billion. The increase was due to the opening of digital cinemas at the new malls and the showing of blockbuster movies.

Amusement and other revenues likewise increased by 24% to Php791 million in the second quarter of 2014 from Php638 million in 2013. The increase was mainly due to the strong patronage of amusement rides and additional recreational facilities provided by management in various malls. The revenue in the first half 2014 of this unit reached Php1.50 billion, up by 27% from a year ago.

SM Prime’s consolidated operating expenses, excluding real estate related costs, increased by 12% to Php6.62 billion in the second quarter 2014 compared with last year’s Php5.89 billion. In the first six months, consolidated operating expenses rose by 13% to Php12.51 billion. Bulk of the increase came from depreciation expenses attributed to new malls added in the past 12

months. Film rentals were also higher as it corresponded to the growth in cinema ticket sales.

Consolidated costs of real estate were at Php3.82 billion in the second quarter 2014, almost flat from last year’s figure of Php3.83 billion. This was attributed to efficient management and the reigning-in of construction costs. In the first six months, consolidated costs of real estate posted a 10% decline to Php6.75 billion. The decline in costs and recovery in revenues resulted to gross margin enhancement of 43% in the first half of 2014 from only 39% in the same period last year.

SM Prime is an integrated property development company that acts as a catalyst for economic growth, committed to deliver innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. It is the country’s largest property firm and one of Southeast Asia’s largest real estate companies with interests in malls, residences, commercial buildings, hotels and convention centers and leisure resorts.

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For further information, please contact:

Alex Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

The National Grocers Association announces the opening of registration for The NGA 2015 Show

Arlington, VA, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today the opening of registration for The NGA Show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 8 – 11, 2015.

“The NGA Show is exclusively designed for the independent supermarket channel offering over thirty educational workshops and general sessions geared specifically for independent grocers in addition to an expansive exhibit floor.  The Show also provides a forum for independent retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers to interact with and learn from one another, which is reflected in our 2015 theme:  Where Independents Gather To Learn, To Engage, To Share, To Network and To Innovate,” said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin. “We look forward to building on the momentum from the previous Show and making the 2015 NGA Show an even bigger and better event for independents.”

On the heels of the 2014 show, which set records for both the number of attendees and exhibitors, the 2015 show features former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta as keynote speaker during its opening session, sponsored by Kraft. The iconic hit-making group, America, will perform at the Chairman’s Gala and Reception.

Back by popular demand, NGA will be holding pre-convention workshops on a variety of topline industry topics, as well as a host of special events, including the exciting Best Bagger Competition, sponsored by PepsiCo, and Creative Choice Awards, sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever.

The 2015 NGA Show will be held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Online registration is available at www.theNGAShow.com/register.

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

Toys“R”Us® announces the details of its new brand campaign ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’

#LetsPlay Campaign Demonstrates How Toys Help Fuel Imagination and Inspire Children to Dream Anything They Want to Dream; Toy Retailer Taps Daniel Hashimoto of The ‘Action Movie Kid’ YouTube Sensation as Commercial Director

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the details of its new brand campaign, designed in partnership with award-winning advertising agency The Escape Pod and ‘Action Movie Kid’ YouTube channel creator Daniel Hashimoto, that beckons, ‘C’mon, Let’s Play.’ The national advertisements, which debuted Sunday, August 3, showcase the dedicated toy retailer’s unique ability to facilitate fun and bring magical play moments to life through its distinctive shopping experience in Toys“R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com.

Serving as inspiration for this new brand campaign was one of Hashimoto’s original ‘Action Movie Kid’ viral videos filmed at his local Toys“R”Us, which shows his 3-year-old son James playing with a toy light saber he picked up off the shelf and magically unleashing its powers via special effects, as though he were a real-life Star Wars® character. Leveraging his career in animation and after effects, Hashimoto set out to show the value of play and the remarkable potential a toy has to spark creativity when placed in a child’s hands. Sharing this vision, Toys“R”Us partnered with Hashimoto, who is represented by United Talent Agency, to direct its latest TV ads, which include 15- and 30-second spots that will serve as the cornerstone of the company’s broader ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ marketing plan. The broadcast advertisements will also introduce the hashtag, #LetsPlay, as well as a new song written and performed by indie band Opus Orange, and produced by Emoto.

The first TV spots to air capture children playing with toys inside a Toys“R”Us store and illustrate how their imaginative dreams become a fun reality. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ gear, for example, magically transforms kids into their favorite superheroes. Playing with a beloved Imaginarium® train set unlocks a make-believe world in which a child becomes a railroad conductor. ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ visually demonstrates that toys can help develop creativity, improvisation and social skills.

“Our mission at Toys“R”Us is to bring joy to the lives of our customers. We approach every aspect of our business thinking about how to make the shopping experience fun and engaging for kids and kids at heart,” said Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We’ve designed our new brand campaign to showcase how we, as a specialty retailer, have the unique ability to help stimulate kids’ imaginations with the innovative playthings we carry. It also allows us to shine a light on our employees and their expertise in assisting parents to select the perfect toys to create magical, memorable moments.”

The Toys“R”Us ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ TV ads will air on all major cable networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as A&E, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Disney XD, E!, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Telemundo, TLC, TBS, TNT, Univision, USA, The Hub and Oxygen, among others. The company will also run its ads in cinemas across the country, including AMC theaters, during G and PG rated films, as well as the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ movie. Additionally, Toys“R”Us has continued to invest in targeted, digital marketing efforts to develop meaningful customer relationships and further drive brand engagement. The strategy includes a cross-platform presence on desktop, mobile and tablet with premier placements on Hulu and Hulu Plus, among others.

Throughout the coming months, Toys“R”Us will leverage its social media channels, including FacebookTwitter,Instagram and The Toys“R”Us YouTube Channel, to share ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ content, including commercial clips, behind-the-scenes photos and video from the campaign shoot, and more. The company will also invite customers to join the conversation online and share how toys inspire them in their everyday lives using the hashtag, #LetsPlay, which can be seen in the TV ad and in many of the Toys“R”Us print and digital marketing vehicles.

Please click here to download examples of the Toys“R”Us ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ TV and Radio ads. Additionally, to download the new ‘C’mon, Let’s Play’ song, please click here.

Please click here to download high-res images and logos associated with Toys“R”Us ‘C’mon, Let’s Play,’ including behind-the-scenes photos from the campaign shoot.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 878 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 190 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Adrienne O’Hara
(973) 617-4383
Adrienne.Ohara@toysrus.com

Bjorn Trowery
(973) 617-4380
Bjorn.Trowery@toysrus.com

Wegmans Food Markets starts recruiting for part-time positions for its new store in Burlington Massachusetts

BURLINGTON, MA, 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is recruiting for part-time positions for a new Massachusetts location, Burlington, which is scheduled to open Sunday, October 26 at 7:00 a.m. The company’s third location in the state is part of a shopping and dining destination located on 3rd Avenue in Burlington. The other locations are in Northborough (opened in October 2011) and Chestnut Hill (opened in April 2014).

Available part-time positions include everything from culinary professionals to customer service representatives. The Burlington store will employ a total of approximately 600 people, most of whom will be hired locally. Of these, approximately 200 full-time positions are currently being filled.

Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are not available or accepted at the construction site.

Wegmans will also host Open Interview Days at Wegmans Employment Office located at 71 3rd Avenue in Burlington.  For more information, interested applicants should call the phone number above or visit www.wegmans.com/careers, where they can also complete an application prior to attending the sessions to be held on these days and times:
Friday, August 15             8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 16        8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 17           8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Wegmans is a great place to grow your career, and we’re excited to create new employment opportunities for people who are looking to learn and develop,” said Burlington Store Manager Kevin Russell. “In order to be the best, we have to employ the best people. For applicants not familiar with Wegmans, we encourage you to visit another Massachusetts location, or visit our website to learn more about what makes us different.”

Rochester, NY-based Wegmans Food Markets is known for its incredible customer service and restaurant-quality prepared foods. The Burlington Wegmans is a 135,000 square-foot supermarket and wine and liquor store that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating area is located on the mezzanine level, giving customers a chance to watch the action below. At the end of 2014, Wegmans will employ more than 1,600 people in Massachusetts with plans to expand to Westwood in 2015, as well as additional locations.

“We are so proud to have been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for the 17th consecutive year and encourage interested applicants to contact us now as these positions will fill up quickly, well in advance of our fall opening,” said Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans Human Resources Manager for New England. “Wegmans offers flexible scheduling and competitive pay and benefits, and employees receive some of the most in-depth product, customer service and culinary education.”

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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, Wegmans director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Stacy Clougherty, RF|Binder for Wegmans, 781-559-0427