Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Starbucks hosted nation’s first Solutions City™ event

Grinding coffee beans, a whirring blender, or the hiss of steaming milk are not the sounds you would expect to hear at a mayor’s town hall.

Sacramento, CA, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night (August 13, 2014), however, a Starbucks store on Alhambra Boulevard in Central Sacramento became the setting for a meeting with Mayor Kevin Johnson and over 50 community leaders dedicated to strengthening job training, placement and education opportunities for young people in the city.

Sacramento hosted the nation’s first Solutions City™ event. The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) – of which Mayor Johnson is president – and Starbucks announced the national initiative in June to support local action and strengthen neighborhoods, particularly in the areas of access to education, support for returning veterans, and empowering youth.

It’s the first in a series of Solutions City community meetings Mayor Johnson’s office will host over the course of one year at Starbucks stores around Sacramento. Starbucks plans to collaborate with the USCM and share the best ideas across cities.

“We need to address how we reach the job seeker of the 21st century; particularly those who want to work in Sacramento’s technology, medicine, food science or clean energy sectors,” said Mayor Johnson. “Solutions City can be one way to bring us together and help identify a plan to meet our young people’s needs. Starbucks is critical to that equation because they can use their scale to mobilize resources and volunteers to support these solutions, and track and share their results.”

For Blair Taylor, Starbucks chief community officer, Solutions City is an example of the type of tangible, public-private model Starbucks is building to create pathways to opportunity for young people through initiatives like Starbucks College Achievement Plan or its commitment to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. Beyond the company, Starbucks is also working with its broad supply chain to connect opportunity youth, those 16-24 year olds neither at work nor school, with new training, mentorship and employment opportunities through programs like Leaders Up.

“Together, we need to drive the solutions,” Taylor said at the event in Sacramento. “Under the vision and leadership our mayors, we can all come together to provide the skills, training and job opportunities our young people need to participate in the 21st Century economy.”

In the coming weeks, Starbucks will host similar town hall meetings with mayors in Columbus, Phoenix, Baltimore and Orlando.

“Mayors are problem solvers, rising to meet the challenges facing our communities every single day,” said Taylor.  “Solutions City helps put a formal framework and tangible goals around what’s already occurring and uses Starbucks stores as gathering places for mayors and citizens to deliberately discuss issues and drive toward the best local solutions.”

At Wednesday’s meeting in Sacramento, participants addressed a number of topics to begin identifying their collective priorities for the year ahead.

“There are many jobs out here, but we recognize that young people need the right skills and training to get ready for these roles,” said participant Ron Groepper, Senior Vice President and Sacramento area manager for Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Alex Taghavian, senior program manager at the Linked Learning Alliance, said there are a number of tried and tested job training and placement programs, but like others in the room, he acknowledged that young people need employers to “step up and provide capacity for work-based learning at scale.”

Taylor agreed that companies have an urgent role to play as he discussed the ways in which Starbucks and other companies can use their scale for good to create a more inclusive 21st Century economy.

For Mayor Johnson, Solutions City is an opportunity to prepare for what he has often referred to as Cities 3.0.

“If Sacramento is going to keep up with this pace, drive revitalization, and be the ultimate service provider, we need to become a lab and incubator of change,” said Mayor Johnson. “We need partners like Starbucks, who have the power to use their scale to help increase our reach and impact.”

Mayor Johnson will convene the Solutions City community every six-eight weeks over the course of the year. Check back on Starbucks Newsroom throughout September 2014 for updates from Solutions City town halls in Columbus, Phoenix, Baltimore and Orlando.

SOLUTIONS CITY is a trademark of Starbucks Corporation

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Starbucks hosted nation’s first Solutions City™ event

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Starbucks hosted nation’s first Solutions City™ event

Walmart, Walmart Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors announced the first grant recipients of Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund’s $10 million commitment

Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will award $10 Million in grants over next five years; Grants latest milestone in Walmart’s unprecedented $250 billion domestic manufacturing commitment

DENVER, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund’s $10 million commitment at the 2nd U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver. The summit is bringing together manufacturers suppliers, governors and mayors from across 42 states.

Seven leading research and development institutions were awarded a total of $4 million in grants to create new processes, ideas, and job creation that will foster America’s growing manufacturing footprint. The fund, which focuses on the development of domestic manufacturing with a specific goal of advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S., will provide a total of $10 million in grants over the next five years.

“Innovation is part of the heart and soul of Walmart,” said Michelle Gloeckler, Walmart’s executive president of consumables and U.S. manufacturing. “By investing in American ingenuity originating everywhere from the research lab to the assembly line, we can transform our approach to manufacturing to be more cost-effective and efficient. We can bring more jobs and more production back into American communities.”

The grant recipients were selected for their ability to address two key areas that currently present barriers to increased domestic manufacturing:

  • Reducing the cost of textiles manufacturing, including home textiles and apparel, in the U.S. by addressing obstacles throughout production.
  • Improving common manufacturing processes with broad application to many types of consumer products.

“It’s only fitting to work with the nation’s largest retailer on this initiative, a company that is committed to U.S. manufacturing and creating more jobs to help boost the U.S. economy,” said Kevin Johnson, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and mayor of Sacramento. “The projects recognized today are some of the best ways we’ve seen to bring American manufacturing into the Cities 3.0 era, helping to create hubs of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. Cities 3.0 is the next era of the American city, where cities are becoming the laboratories and incubators of change by supporting projects like the ones recognized today.”

The 2014 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant winners are:

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation for innovation of thread-count-based fabric motion control, a critical enabling technology for the automated production of sewn goods.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) to advance and accelerate the industrial implementation of metal 3-D printing for the manufacturing of plastic injection tooling as an alternative to current metal-shaping practices.
  • North Carolina State University College of Textiles to address challenges to manufacturing of furniture cushions in the U.S. by implementing new technologies in both fabric printing and cut-and-sew automation.
  • Oregon State University to develop two novel alternative mold fabricating approaches, and evaluate for functionality, precision and cost reduction potential.
  • Texas Tech University to support collaborative research on cotton breeding and biotechnology, cotton production, and various aspects of textile manufacturing, dyeing efficiency and specialty finishes.
  • University of Texas at Arlington to develop a novel manufacturing system that will autonomously prepare small motor sub-systems and assemble the motor components.
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation to develop an innovative approach to fabric dyeing that will greatly reduce, and perhaps eliminate, the need for water in dyeing cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics and yarns.

The Innovation Fund is another milestone in Walmart’s broader commitment to help revitalize U.S.-based manufacturing. In January 2013, Walmart announced the retailer would buy an additional $250 billion in products supporting American manufacturing and American jobs by 2023.

Together, these commitments represent a significant investment that will help accelerate the pace of U.S. manufacturing. By making production in the U.S. more cost effective and efficient, the global retailer believes it can bring American consumers an increasing number of American-made products and ultimately create more jobs in communities across the country.

For more information on Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, please visit http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/us-manufacturing.

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About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our almost 11,000 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.  

About Philanthropy at Walmart  
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. www.usmayors.org

 

CarMax, Inc. opens its first store in Lynchburg, Virginia located at 507 Simons Run

Company Celebrates with Community Donations

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, officially opened its first store in Lynchburg, Virginia located at 507 Simons Run. The store is more than 8,000-square-feet, occupies more than 5 acres and stocks approximately 120 used vehicles.

In celebration of the Lynchburg store opening, CarMax is donating $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia. The nonprofit was selected for its positive impact on children in the local community.

“We are excited about building relationships with these great community partners as we introduce the unique CarMax experience to the Lynchburg area,” said Tom McDonough, location general manager of the Lynchburg CarMax. “Customers will experience a transparent, hassle-free process as they find their perfect vehicle.”

The CarMax Foundation also announced a $5,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg BE GREAT Graduate Program. This grant came at the recommendation of local CarMax associates. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $20 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

CarMax opened its first store in Richmond, Virginia 20 years ago after the company
surveyed thousands of consumers to find out what they liked and disliked about car shopping. CarMax was designed according to the survey responses, giving consumers what they asked for:

Low Prices

  • No hassles, no haggling on all four parts of the car purchase:
  • The price of the vehicle, which is posted clearly on the car and on carmax.com
  • An optional extended service plan, so consumers can choose to purchase the plan that’s right for them
  • Financing, with all options displayed on a computer for the consumer to review
  • The “trade-in,” a written offer good for seven days whether or not the customer buys a car from CarMax

 

Broad Selection

  • Nearly every make and model (both domestic and imported used vehicles)
  • Used vehicles that are generally one to six years old with fewer than 60,000 miles
  • More than 35,000 vehicles online at carmax.com
  • Transfer most used cars to the store nearest you (fee may apply)

 

Commitment to Quality

  • CarMax Quality Certified means selecting the best cars to renew and protect by:
  • Careful evaluation – only one in three cars we evaluate has the quality necessary to become a CarMax car
  • Investing time and money so you don’t have to – every CarMax used car undergoes a rigorous 125+ point inspection
  • Providing a 30-Day Limited Warranty and 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee

 

Lynchburg, Virginia residents also can preview CarMax vehicles by logging onto www.carmax.com. The website features actual prices and photos of thousands of CarMax vehicles available nationwide. Prospective car buyers can have a used vehicle transferred from any CarMax location to the Lynchburg store (fee may apply).

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 138 superstores in 69 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contacts

Michelle Ellwood, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4139
Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Wegmans Food Markets starts enhanced Specialty Pharmacy Service for medications used to treat conditions in the fields of rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology, and dermatology

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting this month, Wegmans Food Markets is offering an enhanced Specialty Pharmacy Service for medications used to treat conditions in the fields of rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology, and dermatology. Specialty pharmacy medications can produce dramatic improvements for some people with chronic conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis.

There are, however, barriers to successful outcomes. These medications are not readily available at all pharmacies, and the treatment course requires a much higher level of care coordination by the pharmacist. Treatment regimens can be complex; side effects, hard to manage; and the out-of pocket costs are typically high.

“Specialty medications are a demanding, but growing area of pharmacy,” says Pharmacist Jack Coultry, Wegmans manager of managed care. “Health outcomes can be improved through close contact with the prescribing physician and additional counseling by the pharmacist. Adding this enhanced care model for those customers who need it is a natural next step for us.”

James DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D. who joined Wegmans in 2009 at the Niagara Falls Blvd. store has been named the company’s first specialty pharmacist. He has received advanced training to meet the needs of this patient group, and this is his area of focus.

“I’ll talk regularly with these customers by phone,” DiNicolantonio says. “We’ll discuss any problems they’re having, like self-injecting or dealing with side effects. When necessary, I’ll consult with their physician. I’ll also talk to customers about programs that may lower out-of-pocket costs. We’re well equipped to deal with all of these concerns.”

DiNicolantonio pointed out another important advantage, beyond convenience, for Wegmans customers who are now filling these prescriptions at a specialty pharmacy. “We have a history of all prescription medications that a customer has filled with us. That puts our pharmacists in an excellent position to alert the customer to any red flags such as potential drug interactions.”

Wegmans also offers free home shipping for these and all prescription refills.

Fifteen medications are currently covered under Wegmans Specialty Pharmacy Service. Brand names are Avonex, Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Cimzia, Rebif, Betaseron, Extavia, Kineret, Xeljanz, Forteo, Copaxone, Gilenya, Simponi, and Orencia.

By helping customers find ways around obstacles that commonly interfere with following the prescribed treatment course, Wegmans specialty pharmacy service aims to improve adherence and health outcomes.

“From the viewpoint of customer service and patient care, we want to be the gold standard,” Coultry says. “We want all of our customers, including those who are taking a specialty medication, to maximize whatever potential their medication may hold to improve their health and well being.”

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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

Whole Foods Market Cheese Expert Cathy Strange honored with Order of Agricultural Merit Award

Global cheese buyer Cathy Strange acknowledged for her contribution to agriculture

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global cheese buyer Cathy Strange travels the world meeting cheesemakers and dairy farmers, tasting cheese and judging international competitions, and her most recent honor is the French Ordre Du Merite Agricole Award (Order of Agricultural Merit), presented to her earlier this summer by the Christophe Malvezin, agricultural counselor for the French Embassy. The award honors individuals who go above and beyond in the agricultural field.

“I’m pleased to be able to work so closely with farmers and cheesemakers in the agriculture industry to preserve the quality and heritage of great cheese,” said Strange. “This recognition is a testament that my efforts not only result in delicious cheese that Whole Foods Market shoppers love, but that they benefit those producer partners I work to build such strong relationships with as well.”

The Order was first established in 1883 to acknowledge excellence in an industry that impacts so many but rewarded so few. Strange received the award at the new French cheese event space in New York City, the French Cheese Board, during its launch event on June 30.

Earlier this year, Strange was honored by the Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano with the Coltellino D’Oro “the golden knife” for her dedication to preserving the craftsmanship of the famous Italian cheese – the first non-Italian and woman to ever to receive that award.

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French Order of Agricultural Merit Award

French Order of Agricultural Merit Award

Cathy Strange Global Cheese Buyer Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise.

Cathy Strange
Global Cheese Buyer
Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise.

 

CBRE: High-tech companies helped fuel double-digit rent growth in eight U.S. markets over the past two years

High-tech Companies Account for 20 Percent of Major Leasing Activity in U.S. Thus Far in 2014, Up from 14 Percent in 2013

​Los Angeles, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Robust high-tech employment has played a major role in the recovery of the U.S. office market and has helped fuel double-digit rent growth in eight U.S. markets over the past two years, including San Francisco, Austin, Manhattan and Silicon Valley, according to CBRE Group, Inc.’s latest research report,U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact.

The relationship between high-tech job growth and accelerating rents was especially pronounced within tech-dominated submarkets, led by Redwood City in San Francisco Peninsula, where rents have increased 30 percent over the past two years, Midtown South in Manhattan (up 29 percent) and River North in Chicago (up 26 percent).

“Within preferred submarkets, which, in many cases, are the neighborhoods of choice for millennials and high-tech companies, vacant space has become increasingly scarce. As a result, nearby submarkets may see increased leasing activity by tech companies,” said Colin Yasukochi, Director of Research and Analysis for CBRE Global Research and Consulting.

According to the report, which tracks high-tech employment and office market conditions in 20 tech-oriented office markets across the U.S., the high-tech sector has accounted for one of every four new office-using jobs since 2009. Within the Tech-Twenty markets, 10 grew their high-tech job base by more than 10 percent, including Austin (34 percent), San Francisco Peninsula (30 percent) and New York (23 percent), between 2011 and 2013.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • High-tech was the top industry leasing office space in the U.S., accounting for 20 percent of major leasing activity thus far in 2014, up from 14 percent in 2013.
  • San Francisco topped the U.S. Tech-Twenty Office Markets list for the third straight year. Over the past two years, San Francisco’s high-tech job base has grown by 51 percent, while average asking rents have climbed 35 percent. The key ingredient to this “tech-effect” on the office market is the concentration of high-tech employment in each market and how dominant new high-tech job creation is relative to overall office-using employment.
  • The rent premium commanded by submarkets with heavy high-tech employment is increasing. The average office rent aggregate of the Tech-Twenty submarkets was 18 percent higher than the Tech-Twenty overall markets.
  • From an investor’s perspective, San Diego, Portland, and Orange County offer the greatest potential. These markets are also attractive to occupiers, although Raleigh-Durham offers the best combination of low office rents and a growing high-tech labor pool.
  • CBRE’s two-year outlook foresees favorable economic and job creation conditions at the national level and continued outperformance by the high-tech industry, although valuation concerns are surfacing. At the heart of high-tech’s growth is strong demand for products and services from consumers. As long as high-tech companies align themselves with this demand, the unrealistic growth and valuation expectations that defined the dot-com bubble should be avoided.

TechTwenty2014Graph_600.jpgTo request a copy of the report or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (212.984.8267 orRobert.McGrath@cbre.com) or Corey Mirman (212.984.6542 or Corey.Mirman@cbre.com).

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Foodstuffs held successful annual Fresh and Grocery Trade Expo at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium

Wellington, New Zealand, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wellington’s Westpac Stadium was this week filled with the glorious aromas and mouth-watering sights of the annual Foodstuffs Fresh and Grocery Trade Expo. From Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 August Westpac Stadium was home to hundreds of supermarket suppliers showing everything from the latest supermarket equipment through to delicious deli delicacies.

The Foodstuffs Fresh and Grocery Expo at Westpac Stadium is an impressive event in every metric.  As many as 1,500 supermarket owners, grocery managers and category department staff will meet with 240 suppliers over the two days – taking the numbers attending the event to more than 3,000 attendees.

Exhibition stand activity included celebrity chef Annabelle White on the Goodman Fielder stand demonstrating how fantastic the humble sausage roll really can be. Annabelle says, “Hot tip – we’ve added a generous splash of sweet thai chilli sauce to the sausage roll mix to get this great result.”

“The secret to enjoying twice the number of sausage rolls is to use Edmonds 40% less fat flakey pastry, people think I have added more fat to my sausage rolls as they taste so fantastic  but in actual fact this is not the case. I love it when people realize that they can have ‘diet’ food that tastes so delicious,” jokes Annabelle. To find Annabelle’s dangerously good sausage roll recipe check out http://annabellewhite.com/sausage-rolls/.

On Wednesday evening attendees then had the chance to attend the Gala Dinner which, with ‘only’ 750 seats available is a sought after affair. This year’s Gala Dinner was held at the TSB Arena and was hosted by Pio Terei with entertainment from Dai Henwood, always a crowd pleaser.

The Foodstuffs Supplier Awards were another highlight of the evening with L’Oreal winning the Best Health and Beauty Display and taking out the top prize of Overall Best Foodstuffs Expo 2014 Display. Other winners included MG Marketing, Sealord NZ and Goodman Fielder.

Foodstuff New Zealand’s, Corporate PR Director, Antoinette Shallue was thrilled with the venue and its location.  “It was great to take the show further south this year and give attendees the chance to enjoy our capital city for a short while. Expo 2014 was a huge success and the venue team really stepped up to the challenge. The facilities were great and its central location made it easy for all,” says Shallue.

“This year we have teamed up with Kaibosh Food Rescue, a Wellington-based not-for-profit organisation that links the food industry to community groups supporting people in need. All left over food, grocery and household products will be donated to Kaibosh who will distribute the goods to some of the 32 different charitable organisations they work to support,” says Shallue.

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Dollar Tree, Inc. to host conference call for investors and analysts to discuss financial results for the second quarter ended August 2, 2014

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, will host its conference call for investors and analysts to discuss financial results for the second quarter ended August 2, 2014.

WHEN: Thursday, August 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. Eastern Time
PARTICIPATE: At least 5 minutes prior to the conference call, please dial 888-802-2239 for USA and Canadian calls or 913-312-0830 for international calls.
WEBCAST: Available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events.
REPLAY: A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Thursday, August 28, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. Please enter Passcode # 6083217.
CONTACT: Dollar Tree, Inc., Chesapeake
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
www.DollarTree.com

Defense Commissary Agency appoints Bradley R. Hansen principal deputy general counsel

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bradley R. Hansen has been named principal deputy general counsel for the Defense Commissary Agency. His reporting date was July 27.

The announcement came today from William Sherman, DeCA’s general counsel. Hansen fills the position left vacant by Phil Koren, who retired Jan. 10.

In his new position, Hansen supervises the deputy general counsels for personnel law, commercial law, litigation, Freedom of Information Act, and the paralegal and office manager.  He also works closely when needed with the office of the Department of Defense General Counsel and the director of the Defense Legal Services Agency.

“Brad is extremely well-suited to assume the duties of our principal deputy general counsel, possessing a wealth of knowledge on the legal issues we face,” Sherman said. “We are pleased to have him returning to DeCA.”

From 2002 to 2008, Hansen was assigned to DeCA as the senior assistant general counsel, where he served as primary legal advisor for developing and implementing a legislative initiative to improve federal sector equal employment opportunity complaints processing.

He returns to DeCA from the Defense Contract Management Agency, Chester, Va., where he had served as counsel for operations since 2012, providing legal advice on contract management functions and operations in support of major systems acquisition.

Before joining the DCMA, Hansen served for two years as counsel for Joint Futures Laboratory, U.S. Joint Forces Command, where he advised on service contracts, industry engagement mechanisms, and intellectual property rights and technology transfers.

Hansen has more than a quarter century of DOD experience as a Navy judge advocate and a civilian attorney. His government career began in 1990 as a Navy defense counsel in the Naval Legal Service Office in San Diego. He is currently a commander in the Navy Reserve.

During his career, Hansen served in various assignments including staff judge advocate for the Navy Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy; attorney advisor for the Army Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy; chief of litigation and disputes resolution division, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.; and attorney advisor, Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Va.

From 2012 to 2014, while assigned to DCMA, Hansen was deployed as a Navy reservist to Navy Central Command/Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, serving as a deputy force judge advocate.

Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in journalism from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (1987); and a Juris Doctor degree, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1990), Sacramento, Calif.

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

Big Lots, Inc. unveils new look for its food department with expanded food selections in all of its 1,491 stores across the U.S.

Big Lots Revamps Department Selection with an Eye Toward Value, Consistency and Convenience

COLUMBUS, OH, 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big News! Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) announced today that it has rolled out a new look for its food department with expanded food selections in all of its 1,491 stores across the country. The department will feature more brand name products, improved product arrangement and well-designed signage to make shopping even easier.

While the Big Lots food department will continue to have a significant closeout presence, the company is doubling its everyday selection of customers’ favorite brands at amazing values.

New brands that can now be found at Big Lots daily include: Kraft® Macaroni & Cheese, MIKE & IKE®, Life Savers®, Nutella®, Miracle Whip®, A.1. Sauce®, Velveeta®, Smucker’s®, Duncan Hines® and Pillsbury®.

“Our business has always been based on the needs of our customer, Jennifer, and bringing her amazing values on great brands and products she loves,” said Chief Customer Officer Andy Stein. “This is just another way we are building on our promise of surprises in every aisle, every day.”

The international food assortment has also grown in both size and scope. Now called World Flavors, it is a more diverse set of products and popular brands. Responding to the requests of customers, each store will now carry a selection of European, Hispanic and Asian foods every day.

“This expansion helps our customer find more of her favorite items and brands when shopping the Big Lots food department. Shoppers will appreciate the new look, easy navigation and the expanded variety of products at amazing values,” said Trey Johnson, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager. “These new changes allow Jennifer to find more of what she needs at the exceptional values that she expects when shopping at Big Lots.”

About Big Lots
Big Lots is America’s largest broadline closeout retailer. We currently operate 1,491 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states. For more information, contact MediaRelations@biglots.com or visit www.biglots.com.

Contact: Andrew Stein
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
(614) 278-4768
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