Sainsbury’s poll reveals British parents’ most emotional milestone in bringing up a child is the first day at school

LONDON, 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — British parents revealed the most emotional milestone in bringing up a child – the first day at school. Researchers who polled 2,000 parents of school children found that, while parenthood is crammed full of millions of joyous moments, dropping a little son or daughter off at school was hailed as the most emotional.

A third felt a mixture of excitement tinged with anxiousness, while a quarter of the dads polled said they themselves were moved to tears.

And seven in ten mums who took part in the study said they were forced to reach for a tissue when their satchel-clad four year old wandered into a classroom for the first time, the poll by Sainsbury’s found.

A proud eight in ten parents captured the moment with a ‘first day of school’ photo of their son or daughter proudly dressed in their new school uniform before swiftly framing it, issuing copies to other family members or for a quarter- uploading it to Facebook straightaway.

Among the other emotional milestones were a child’s first tentative steps, the first word spoken and celebrating their very first birthday.

The preparation for school starts long before the first day as results showed parents put in extra time to teach their child core skills to have them up to speed for their first day – tying shoe laces, telling the time and basic writing skills were the trickiest to teach.

The countdown to that all important day starts a whole month before for over 1.5 million parents already shopping for school uniforms, bags, lunch boxes and stationery, while 10 per cent are focussed more than two months before that very first day.

The 20 most emotional milestones for parents

  1. First day at school
  2. First steps
  3. First word
  4. First birthday
  5. First day at nursery
  6. First Christmas
  7. First crawl
  8. First nativity/school play
  9. First time riding a bike
  10. First swim
  11. First time writing their name
  12. First holiday
  13. First time reading words
  14. First tooth
  15. First solid foods
  16. First sports day
  17. First school report
  18. First parents evening
  19. When they became fully potty trained
  20. First time they counted to ten

Yesterday John Carolan, Head of Buying for Tu childrenswear at Sainsbury’s said: “Many parents view their child’s first day at school as the main sign that their baby has grown to a child.

“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard setting them up with the right skills for life, and preparing over the weeks or even months to get uniforms, equipment and everything else they need for the big day.

“It’s understandable that saying goodbye at the school gate is such a wrench.”

The research detailed the depth of emotion for parents around their child’s school years and compiled the 20 biggest moments.

The study also found a new family’s first Christmas together and seeing a child take to the stage for the first time in a school play inside the top 10 of the most-cherished parenting moments.

Other moments that parents really savoured were seeing their young one write their own name for the first time, ride a bike or swim unaided.

And many will always save the very first school report they got for their child which featured as one of the 20 most emotional parenting milestones.

But it’s that very first day that sticks with mums most and the whirlwind of emotions was evident with more than half bursting with pride the moment they dropped their child at the school gates or marvelling at how quickly the time had passed.

John Carolan, Head of Buying for Tu childrenswear at Sainsbury’s added: “The first day of school is a huge milestone in a child’s life. It marks the first opportunity for your child to go out and have a go at something new by themselves and this is bound to make any parent feel proud.

“To make parents lives easier at such an emotional time, we have everything they will need for the back to school shop including top quality, hard wearing, uniforms and accessories at great prices.

“With an extensive range of school uniform, school bags, lunch boxes and stationery, we are firmly committed to providing parents with quality products that will last the entire school year, no matter how lively your little angels are.”

Notes to editors

  • Sainsbury’s has put their Back To School range to the test to create durable, high quality uniforms at surprisingly low price points – offering exceptional value from ages 2 to 16
  • Great deals include Boys Trousers, Girls Skirts and Cardigans from £2.25 per item and Unisex White Polo Shirts from 87p per item
  • From pull-tested seams and buttons to fabrics that retain their shape up to 100 washes, every item in the Tu school uniform range at Sainsbury’s has been rigorously trialled; ensuring garments will withstand the daily wear and tear of school life.

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Sainsbury’s poll reveals British parents' most emotional milestone in bringing up a child is  the first day at school

Sainsbury’s poll reveals British parents’ most emotional milestone in bringing up a child is the first day at school

Co-op to help four students begin postsecondary educations toward career in agriculture this fall

Western Canada, 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four students beginning post-secondary educations this fall are establishing roots toward a career in agriculture with the help of Co-op.  Each student is eligible to receive scholarships up to $20,000, paid summer internships, and the opportunity to secure future employment (including signing bonus) during their pursuit of a diploma or degree in agriculture or business.

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), in collaboration with local retail Co-ops in Western Canada, launched the Excellence in Ag program last year. The program provides scholarships up to $20,000, paid summer internships, and the opportunity to secure future employment (including a signing bonus) to students pursuing a diploma or degree in agriculture or business.

“Co-op has a long tradition of supporting agriculture in Western Canada,” says Ron Healey, FCL’s Associate Vice-President of Ag and Home. “We believe in the future of agriculture and are proud to support its growth with our investment in the Excellence in Ag program.”

Healey added there are some misconceptions about what a career in agriculture really means today.

“Few other industries are in the midst of such innovative change and offer so many diverse career paths,” Healey said. “This program encourages students to consider agriculture, allows them to apply classroom principles in a practical internship, while providing them monetary support in pursuing their educational and career aspirations.”

This year’s scholarship and internship recipients include:

  • Alison Kuhn (Unity, Sask.) is entering her first year in the Animal Science Technology program at Lakeland College.
  • Kaylee Morris (Delisle, Sask.) is entering her first year in the Agriculture program at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).
  • Danean Edgar (Wolseley, Sask.) is entering her first year in the Agribusiness program at the U of S.
  • Michelle Ross (Grenfell, Sask.) is entering her first year in the Animal Science program at the U of S.

The students wrote a 500-word essay as part of the application process on one of three topics, including: co-operatives and their impact on their local communities; the future of agriculture in Western Canada; and how co-operatives can stay relevant in agriculture in Western Canada. They also provided two recommendation letters from a teacher, principal or guidance counsellor.

The deadline for applications for the Excellence in Ag program will be January 31, 2015. Information will be available later this fall through your local Co-op ag centre and this website.

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Excellence in Ag recipients were presented with their awards Aug. 26, from left: Kaylee Morris, Michelle Ross, Ron Healey (FCL Associate Vice-President, Ag and Home), Danean Edgar and Alison Kuhn.

Excellence in Ag recipients were presented with their awards Aug. 26, from left: Kaylee Morris, Michelle Ross, Ron Healey (FCL Associate Vice-President, Ag and Home), Danean Edgar and Alison Kuhn.

Lowe’s awards $1 million Lowe’s Community Partners grant to Keep America Beautiful

STAMFORD, CONN., 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the national nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities, today announced Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) has awarded KAB a $1 million Lowe’s Community Partners grant. Lowe’s donation will support more than 60 local community service projects and KAB’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. This is Lowe’s third $1 million contribution to KAB to engage volunteers to take action to benefit local communities across the country.

The Lowe’s Community Partners grant will enable the national nonprofit to initiate service projects in 27 states. From building community gardens and planting trees to leading disaster restoration and recycling programs, KAB and its national network of community-based affiliates will execute programs based on the needs of their local communities.

Lowe’s also provides support as a national sponsor of KAB’s flagship program, the Great American Cleanup, which takes place in 20,000 communities from coast to coast. This national program engages on average 2 million volunteers who take action to to create positive change and lasting impact.

“The power of the partnership between the Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful can be seen in the work accomplished by our affiliates and the Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers who have spent countless hours to make a difference through our Great American Cleanup and targeted community initiatives,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is thrilled to work with Lowe’s to continue transforming public spaces into beautiful places for a third year.”

Keep America Beautiful affiliates and partnering organizations received support from Lowe’s for 180 initiatives through the first two years of the KAB/Lowe’s grant program. Through this partnership, 130,000 acres of parks and public land have been cleaned; more than 886,000 flowers and bulbs have been planted; nearly 200 playgrounds/recreational areas have been restored; and more than 600 edible and community gardens have been planted.

“Lowe’s shares Keep America Beautiful’s belief that we are all responsible for the health of our communities,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Through our continued partnership, Lowe’s is able to carry out our commitment to community improvement and inspire others to roll up their sleeves and help.”

Over the course of the partnership, KAB and Lowe’s have brought together more than 33,000 volunteers and 800 Lowe’s Heroes. Together, they’ve contributed 170,000 volunteer hours in their respective communities.

Highlights of service projects that are taking place in the 2014 grant cycle include:

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – Four vacant lots will be transformed into a pocket park on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. The park will complement the new Westminster Neighborhood Services family and adult services center adjacent to this park, while serving as a catalyst for neighborhood engagement and revitalization.
  • Keep Phoenix Beautiful – Grant funding will be used to purchase supplies, topsoil and equipment to maintain and enhance the 15-acre PHX Renews site, the largest urban vacant lot transformation project in the country. This once-barren site has been transformed into urban farms, community garden beds and educational spaces. It was also the site of the recently concluded Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action.
  • Keep the Rez Beautiful – This Mississippi affiliate, which is dedicated to restoring the Ross Barnett Reservoir, will use the grant to develop a new demonstration project that uses native plants, including a pollinator garden, to improve water quality in the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.
  • Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful – Grant funding will be used to build trails and parks, connect communities with more green space and encourage outdoor recreational activity along the Santa Ana River Watershed, a main waterway that runs through Riverside, Calif.

About Lowe’s in the Community 
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

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More than 20 Lowe’s Heroes helped Keep Cincinnati Beautiful clean up and landscape a half-mile stretch of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of the Lowe’s Community Partners grant program in partnership with Keep America Beautiful. (Photo courtesy, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful) (PRNewsFoto/Keep America Beautiful, Inc.)

More than 20 Lowe’s Heroes helped Keep Cincinnati Beautiful clean up and landscape a half-mile stretch of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of the Lowe’s Community Partners grant program in partnership with Keep America Beautiful. (Photo courtesy, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful) (PRNewsFoto/Keep America Beautiful, Inc.)

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index increased 4.2% for the week ending August 23 compared to the prior year

NEW YORK, 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index increased 4.2% for the week ending August 23 – relative to the prior year. On a week-over-week basis, sales increased 0.6%.

“According to the ICSC-GS consumer tracking survey business was strong across the board – especially for wholesale clubs, apparel stores, discounters, dollar stores, and furniture stores – as consumers continued their back-to-school shopping,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC research consultant. “I expect sales for August to show a healthy gain of 4-5% – a notable improvement over the 3.6% gain in August 2013,” he added.

Next week’s release will be on Wednesday September 3 due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Fiscal month sales for August will be reported on September 4.

Week Ending        Index 1977=100          Year/Year Change                Weekly Change
23-Aug-14                 571.7                             4.2%                                  0.6%
16-Aug-14                 568.5                             3.8%                                 -1.3%
09-Aug-14                 576.1                             3.2%                                 -1.4%
02-Aug-14                 584.2                             4.5%                                  0.2%
26-Jul-14                   583.2                             4.6%                                  0.2%
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 67,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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

Target launches limited-edition girl’s collection inspired by the upcoming “Annie” film

Minneapolis, 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sun’ll come out tomorrow, but the sun will really shine on Nov. 16, when Target launches a limited-edition girl’s collection inspired by the upcoming “Annie” film. Set to hit theaters Dec. 19, Sony Pictures’ contemporized version of this family favorite features a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.

In celebration of the iconic story, Target partnered with the “Annie” costume designer, Renée Ehrlich Kalfus, on a 25-piece collection of girl’s apparel and accessories that captures the essence of the movie’s spirited characters.Annie for Target by Renée Ehrlich Kalfus includes playful pieces with details like patching, embroidery, buttons, and tulle, as well as a DIY kit that allows budding fashionistas to add even more color and personalization to their wardrobe. You’re never fully dressed without a smile, and with each item less than $30, you can bet your bottom dollar that this collection – including the iconic red dress and heart-shaped locket – will bring a smile to anyone’s face!

“Target is excited to bring guests a piece of the ‘Annie’ movie magic, just in time for the holiday season,” said Stacia Andersen, senior vice president, Apparel and Accessories, Target. “The collection’s mix-and-match theme inspires girls to express themselves by creating a look all their own, at prices moms and dads will appreciate.”

We are thrilled to be part of Target’s first collaboration with a costume designer and their first holiday capsule collection for kids,” said George Leon, executive vice president and head of consumer marketing, Sony Pictures. “Just like our film, this collection was made with every girl in mind. Girls are going to fall in love with it.”

Please visit A Bullseye View for an exclusive Q&A with Renee.

media contact

Carly Rappoport
p: (212) 242-9353

LaForce Stevens
p: (212) 242-9353

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Target launches limited-edition girl’s collection inspired by the upcoming “Annie” film

Target launches limited-edition girl’s collection inspired by the upcoming “Annie” film

PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk awarded “Best Senior Management Investor Relations Support & Most Improved Investor Relations” from Alpha Southeast Asia

Tangerang, Indonesia, 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk (“MPPA”) was awarded the “Best Senior Management Investor Relations Support & Most Improved Investor Relations” from Alpha Southeast Asia. The award was presented at the Mandarin Oriental in Jakarta by Publisher & CEO of Alpha Southeast Asia, Siddiq Bazarwala, to the Chief of Investor Relations & Communications for MPPA, Danny Crayton. This award was held in 5 Southeast Asia countries, such as; Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines.

Alpha Southeast Asia conducted the annual poll for four (4) consecutive years to find the best companies in five categories: Most Organized Investor Relations; Best Senior Management Investor Relations Support; Strongest Adherence to Corporate Governance; Most Consistent Dividend Policy; Best Strategic CSR. In addition, Alpha Southeast Asia also chose the winners in each country for the following categories: Most Improved Investor Relations; Best CFO and Best Annual Report.

The winner of this award was based on the poll that was completed by 477 investors, pension funds, hedge funds, brokers and analysts who have an investment interest in the region.

Chief of Investor Relations and Communications for MPPA, Danny Crayton said, “the award is a form of appreciation for the hard work that has been done by MPPA management to establish and maintain good relationships with domestic and foreign investors as well as financial sector stakeholders who have interest either directly or indirectly with MPPA.”

About Matahari Food Business
PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2013 Gross Sales amounted to Rp 12.6 Trillion (audited), a growth of 11.1% from 2012. Net Income 2013 amounted to Rp 445 Billion, which grew 85.8% from Rp 239 Billion in 2012. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as:

2013 Retail Asia – Gold Award, 2011-2014 Superbrand Indonesia, 2013 Best of The Best 50 Performing Companies by Forbes Indonesia, Top Brand Awards, 2013 and 2014 Indonesia Most Admired Companies by Warta Ekonomi, 2013 Excellent Service Experience Award and 2013 Customer Satisfaction Award by Roy Morgan.

For further information please contact:
PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk
www.hypermart.co.id
Danny Kojongian, Director- Communications and Public Relations
Email: danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id
Fernando Repi, Head of Public Relations
Mobile : +6281511181187
Email : fernando.repi@hypermart.co.id

Commissary announces sales events this Fall

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — As summer fades, commissary shoppers will see plenty of cool sales events from Labor Day promotions and National Breakfast Month food samplings to Oktoberfest celebrations, with lots of coupons full of high value savings.

Throughout September, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

The “real” Oktoberfest in Munich runs from late September until early October and shoppers can stage their own celebrations if they can’t make it to Germany. Commissaries have German products ranging from chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard, and red cabbage, to rich German coffee, and more.

With the worldwide Year of Balanced Products with Nestlé promotion, seven winners will receive a year’s worth of Nestlé products to help balance their diet. They’ll receive 52 free coupons for the following participating brands: Lean Cuisine, Lean Pockets, Stouffer’s Family Size, Hot Pockets, DiGiorno, Nesquik and Coffee-mate.

Quaker and Tropicana present “Breakfast, It’s the Smart Way to Start Your Day,” highlighting the importance of a healthy breakfast and offering savings on participating products. Look for displays Sept. 1-24 with booklets of recipe cards and high-value coupons and breakfast suggestions linking Quaker and Tropicana products with the commissary’s produce department.

Unilever’s annual “Italian & American Festival of Savings” runs through Sept. 10. It features Unilever brands such as Ragu, Hellman’s, Lipton, Knorr, Bertolli and Breyers, as well as personal care brands including Dove, Dove Men, St. Ives, Vaseline and Tresemme. Over 125,000 high-value, in-store coupon flyers will be distributed worldwide. A donation of up to $20,000 will be made by industry on behalf of the commissaries to the Fisher House based on the total commissary sales for this savings event.

“As we head toward the cooler days of autumn, commissary customers can rely on us offering plenty of promotions to help them save money and maximize their benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA director of sales.

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

Titan Farms to donate percentage of the peaches purchased by Harris Teeter during August to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Charlotte, N.C. 2014-8-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter and Titan Farms to donate 26,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

WHAT:   Titan Farms’ recently hosted its second annual Peaches with a Purpose program at Harris Teeter stores in North Carolina.  The peach grower founded the program to support local food banks; Titan Farms will donate a percentage of the peaches purchased by Harris Teeter during the month of August to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  The donation is 26,000 pounds of peaches and will be delivered to Second Harvest at the end of August.

WHO:       Harris Teeter, Titan Farms, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

WHEN:      Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
10 a.m.

WHERE:   Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
500B Spratt Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28206

Live Shots Welcome

CONTACTS:  
Kay Carter
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Phone: (704) 376-1785
Email: kcarter@secondharvest.org

Jen Velasquez
Golden Sun Marketing
Phone: (813) 254-0769
Email: jen@goldensunmarketing.com