John Lewis announces micro-location technology company Localz as the winner of JLAB

Micro-location technology company wins £100,000 investment from John Lewis’s first ever startup incubator

LONDON, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today announces Localz, a startup business specialising in micro-location technology, as the winner of JLAB, the retailer’s first ever technology business incubator. After 12 weeks of shaping and honing its solution within JLAB, Localz impressed the judging panel and takes home £100,000 in investment as well as the chance to trial its solution with John Lewis.

Paul Coby, IT Director at John Lewis, said: ‘Innovation is at the heart of John Lewis and JLAB, our first tech incubator, has given us a new way to explore the technologies that will change how we all shop in the future. It’s been a hugely rewarding and educational experience, drawing on a diverse group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and we have a very worthy winner who we’re looking forward to working with in the months ahead. I do very much believe that this is what our Founder Spedan Lewis would be doing if he was around today.’

The initial entry period for JLAB saw hundreds of startups apply to take part, pitching their ideas for innovations that could shape the future of the retail experience. In May, Localz was picked as a finalist alongside four other impressive startup businesses: Musaic, SpaceDesigned, Tap2Connect and Viewsy. Over a 12-week period based in Level 39 at Canary Wharf, the five finalists developed their ideas with the assistance of mentors from John Lewis as well as high-profile entrepreneurial figures including Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, Sara Murray OBE, founder of confused.com and Buddi, and Bindi Karia, Vice President Entrepreneur banking at Silicon Valley Bank*. The final pitch day on 23 September 2014 saw Localz emerge as the overall winner.

Localz’s technology gives customers the opportunity to take advantage of some enhanced services using their smartphone based on their precise location. It’s all about choice, designed to make shopping easier for those who wish to use it. For example, it could automatically offer to trigger a customer’s Click & Collect order to be picked as they enter the shop to speed up the collection or help customers to navigate their way around one of our shops based on their online wish list.

Stuart Marks, partner in JLAB, said: ‘The quality of entries was exceptionally high and picking a winner proved to be a very difficult process. I am sure all the companies will go on to become very successful but there has to be a winner and in this case we felt that Localz has the potential to become a long term partner to John Lewis and to provide continuous innovation for their customers. We were fortunate to have an exceptional mentoring team who allowed all the companies to achieve their true potential during the time they were at JLAB.’

Tim Andrew, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Localz, said: ‘JLAB has been an amazing experience for Localz from start to finish. The fact that my father was a Partner with John Lewis for over 30 years gave me a very personal reason to want to be a part of it, in order to try and help the company that supported me and my family when I was growing up.’

He continues: ‘The support and guidance that John Lewis provided throughout the incubation period helped us refine our offering for the European market. They also gave us access to successful entrepreneurs and mentors from diverse backgrounds and industries which allowed us to accelerate our development.’

Localz’s plans for the £100k investment focus on its new UK operations. The company will be further developing its technology in conjunction with John Lewis to support the new generation of mobile and micro-location experiences, and preparing to launch live trials in store. To support these goals, Localz is also looking to hire new talent to work in its London-based team.

JLAB was part of John Lewis’s 150 year celebrations. For more information, please visit www.jlab.co.uk.

Notes to editors:
*The full list of external JLAB mentors is as follows:

  • Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners
  • Sara Murray OBE, founder of confused.com
  • Graham Clempson, European Managing Partner at MidOcean Partners
  • Dr. Stephanie Hussels, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Full-Time MBA Director Designate at Cranfield University
  • George Berkowski, Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum UK
  • Bindi Karia, Vice President, Origination and Entrepreneur Commercial Banking at Silicon Valley Bank.

 

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. As part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership, all of John Lewis’s 30,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
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Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Brands2Life
Jamie Ivory
Telephone: 020 7592 1200
Email: Jamie.Ivory@brands2life.com

John Lewis
Vikki Speed,
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 020 7931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

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Alliance Boots announces that China Securities Regulatory Commission approved the Group’s investment in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Nottingham, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Boots announces that China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has approved the Group’s investment in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited. This approval, following the authorisation recently received from China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), paves the way for the completion of the investment in the coming weeks. As a result of the investment, Alliance Boots will become the second largest shareholder in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited with Board and operational management representation.

In September 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it will acquire a 12% stake in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited, through a private placement, for a total consideration of approximately £56 million (RMB560 million). Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited, listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, is the seventh largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in China with sales of around £2 billion (RMB20 billion) in 2013.

The Group first entered the Chinese market in 2008 through its joint venture Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which operates in complementary geographies and continues its successful development.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

About Alliance Boots
Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core business activities of: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 27* countries and employs over 120,000* people. We have pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operate more than 4,600* health and beauty retail stores, of which more than 4,450* have a pharmacy, with a fast growing online presence. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 600* optical practices, of which around 180* operate on a franchise basis, and hearingcare services in around 430* locations. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.5* billion units each year to more than 180,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.

In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens), the largest drugstore chain in the US. In August 2014, Alliance Boots and Walgreens communicated that they plan to merge in the first quarter of calendar 2015 to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which will be named Walgreens Boots Alliance.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2014, with the addition of Farmacias Ahumada data at the date of its acquisition on 11 August 2014, and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Media relations:

Yves Romestan/ Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson / Julie Longton , Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor relations:

Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK)/+1 646 688 1336 (US)

Delhaize Group to join the European Buying Alliance Coopernic from January 2015

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group is pleased to announce that it will join Coopernic, the European Buying Alliance as from January 2015. Coopernic is currently formed around E. Leclerc and will be joined this October by Coop Italia.

The three companies have decided to share their expertise in the following three areas:
– Private Brand innovation and development.
– Commercial terms with international suppliers.
– Synergies in non-food procurement.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 377 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts
Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

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Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, the financial flexibility or synergies. The ultimate value of savings from joint procurement and the anticipated benefits of these strategies, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,” “goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,167,976 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 28.04 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 22 AND SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,167,976 Ahold common shares in the period from September 22, 2014 up to and including September 26, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.9325 per share for a total consideration of € 28.04 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 138,017,067 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,793.28 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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CBRE Group, Inc. announces the completion of its offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2025

Los Angeles, CA, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced the completion of its offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2025 (the “Notes”). The Notes have an interest rate of 5.25% per annum and were issued at a price equal to 100% of their face value. The Notes were issued by the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CBRE Services, Inc., and are guaranteed on a full and unconditional basis by the Company and the subsidiaries that guarantee its senior secured credit facility.

The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $296.5 million, after deducting the underwriters’ discounts and estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Notes, together with cash on hand, to redeem CBRE Services, Inc.’s outstanding 6.625% Senior Notes due 2020.

J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, BofA Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Wells Fargo Securities, Scotiabank, RBS and Barclays acted as joint book-running managers for the offering of the Notes.

The Notes were offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement that the Company previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  The offering of the Notes was made by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, which may be obtained for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  Alternatively, copies may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by calling 1-866-803-9204.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

CBRE Group, Inc. is a leading global commercial real estate services and investment firm based in Los Angeles.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the anticipated use of proceeds from the Notes. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in CBRE Group, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE Group, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE Group, Inc. does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to CBRE Group Inc.’s business in general, please refer to its SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014.

For Further Information:

James Groch
CFO & Glbl Director, Corp Dev
T +1 215 9217474
email
Steve Iaco
Director, Sr. Managing
T +1 212 9846535
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Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 67th “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 67th “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that on September 28, 2014 the Company has opened its 67th “Magnit Family” store located at 142/1, Profsoyuznaya street, Moscow, Central federal region. Assortment of the store consists of about 10,500 SKUs, out of which about 83% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The store is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of June 30, 2014, Magnit operated 24 distribution centers and over 8,600 stores (7,614 convenience, 226 hypermarkets, and 778 drogeries) in approximately 2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

Best Buy earns two sustainability awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and high CDP rating

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Just a week after announcing it had achieved its 1 billion pounds e-cycling goal, Best Buy has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with two sustainability awards.

On Tuesday, the EPA honored Best Buy through the national 2014 Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. The Challenge encourages equipment manufacturers and retailers to promote responsible electronics recycling.

Best Buy’s Gold Participant Award recognized the company as a “true leader” for the sheer amount of used electronics recycled, its work with third-party certified recyclers, and its promotion of the program to customers.

In addition, Best Buy received the Champion Award, a nod to how established the recycling program is, and the positive social and environmental impacts that have come from it.

 

NYSE Event Recognizes Best Buy’s CDP Rating

Just as EPA ceremonies convened in Washington, Best Buy was recognized on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by environmental nonprofit CDP as a climate change leader among S&P 500 companies. Best Buy received a score of 98 A-, demonstrating a high level of transparency and data quality in its disclosure of climate-related information.

The CDP report is generated at the request of more than 700 institutional investors who collectively manage $87 trillion in assets. These investors evaluate how companies address risks and opportunities associated with greenhouse gas emissions and natural resources. This is the third year that Best Buy has achieved a position in CDP’s S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

Best Buy continues to focus on sustainable practices because it’s good for business, people and the planet. To learn more about the CDP and Best Buy’s participation, visit CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014.

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Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated declares $0.165 cash dividend per share on its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 per share on its Class B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable October 23, 2014, to all shareholders of record on October 9, 2014.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 – http://www.ingles-markets.com

Wincor Nixdorf’s new TPCustomer360 software extends the omnichannel capabilities of the company’s customer interaction and loyalty program

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf’s new TPCustomer360 software extends the omnichannel capabilities of the company’s comprehensive retail software suite, the TP Application Suite, in the areas of customer interaction and loyalty programs. The solution allows for mass or personalized interaction between retailers and their customers across all sales channels, from in-store POS, kiosk and self-checkout systems to web, mobile and social media applications.

Achieving a 360-degree view of consumers has become an essential requirement for successful cross-channel marketing strategies in today’s increasingly omnichannel retail environment. With TPCustomer360, retailers not only have access to all personal and purchase-related information, but also know when and how their customers interact with all touch points in the shopping experience. This comprehensive view of shoppers encompasses personal information updated via mobile applications, social network interactions, e-commerce website browsing as well as in-store purchasing history.

“TPCustomer360 is unique in the market, as it offers an all-in-one approach to managing and executing all kinds of interactions with customers,” said Nicolas Pelletier, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. “These interactions could otherwise be reached only by integrating various applications point to point, resulting in increased complexity.”

Relevant rewards are and have always been a powerful incentive to boost sales. And TPCustomer 360 gives retailers the full view they need of customer interactions on all channels to create sales-driving reward programs. Targeting the needs of customers based on their shopping preferences for products and channels alike is a true one-to-one marketing capability. By communicating with customers in their preferred way, retailers can raise the visibility of their campaigns and drive sales.

TPCustomer 360 also helps retailers determine when they need to make changes to their reward programs. The solution offers them rich, granular reporting tools to continually refresh and optimize their reward programs – and drive up footfall, purchasing frequency, basket sizes and more.
The new Wincor Nixdorf TPCustomer360 uses software technology developed by its French partner, Maxxing. “The added value for any retailer is generated by the uniqueness of the 4D consumer concept developed by Maxxing. The 4D consumer approach drives revenue by direct interaction between consumer apps, e-commerce, stores and retailers’ organizations to manage and control sales,” says Jose Derycke, Chairman of Maxxing.

Although TPCustomer360 is independent from the POS software or the e-commerce platform used by the retailer, it is natively integrated into Wincor Nixdorf’s retail platform, TP.net 5.5. In addition to customer loyalty, TP.net provides seamless connectivity for omnichannel management, and all touchpoints to support customers’ journeys. The retail platform is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of checkout processes required especially by large, international retailers.

About Maxxing
Maxxing is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) specializing in Loyalty and CRM solutions for food, non-food and specialty retailers around the world.Maxxing is a unique, modular and high-performance solution that cover all business needs and put the customer at the centre of the information system. The solution provides marketers with a range of tools to efficiently promote sales and manage the customer relationship and loyalty strategy.

Thanks to the powerful segmentation, targeting and micro-targeting features included in the tool, leveraging the customer data included in Maxxing’s behavioural database (DB) as a way to improve 4D consumer insights has never been so easy. The retailer is then able to refine marketing campaigns and interact with the consumer by delivering the right message to the right touch point at the right moment. And as a result of rewarding the consumer through all touch points and sales channels, loyalty is improved.

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Wincor Nixdorf ranked tenth in the IDC Financial Insights 2014 FinTech Ratings

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, the world’s leading provider of comprehensive IT solutions in banking and retail, announced today it has been ranked tenth in the IDC Financial Insights 2014 FinTech Ratings. The ranking is an annual Fortune 500-style international listing of the top technology companies that drive more than one-third of their revenue from the financial services industry.

“Wincor Nixdorf is proud to have achieved this ranking because it evidences the success of our innovative, service-oriented approach in providing hardware and software solutions to help our clients in the banking industry meet today’s technological challenges,” said Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President and CEO.

Wincor Nixdorf attributes its top-ten ranking to a number of factors, including the comprehensiveness of its portfolio, which includes hardware, software and professional services for banks and ATM fleet owners. The company has seen its business with retail banks grow steadily, thanks in large part to its wide range of products and services designed to help customers capitalize on the transformation currently underway in the banking industry.

“Appearing on the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings, a global measure of success in the financial services technology industry, represents a position of strength and influence in the market,” said Jerry Silva, Director of Global Banking Research for IDC Financial Insights. “We congratulate this year’s Top 100 FinTech companies and the Top 25 Enterprise companies for demonstrating their success in the industry and commitment to their customers.”

http://www.idc.com/prodserv/insights/financial/ps/fintech/index.html

Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

North Island, New Zealand, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is pleased to announce that it has lodged a resource consent application for a replacement PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea, located in the heart of the Tamatea community on the roundabout of Durham and Leicester Avenues.

“This revised scheme for a replacement PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea will bring a lighter, brighter and better PAK’nSAVE shopping experience for our customers,” says Foodstuffs North Island Limited General Manager Property Development, Angela Bull.  “We have taken the opportunity to tweak the design of the store to introduce plenty of natural light, wider aisles and a more spacious retail environment, plus plenty of car parking.  The modern, new look store means that we can provide an improved offer, while still ensuring our policy of delivering New Zealand’s lowest grocery prices which our customers expect from PAK’nSAVE. Additional retail stores are also proposed, so that Tamatea shopping centre remains the hub of the community.”

Subject to receiving resource consent, it is anticipated that work will start in mid-2015. The current store will be open while the new store is constructed alongside, and customers will be able to watch and follow the progress as the new store takes shape.  There will be plenty of car parking and the PAK’nSAVE staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

Roger Davis, Andrew Graney and Darren Turley, the owner operators of PAK’nSAVE Tamatea, are thrilled about the new store.  “The new store is an exciting new opportunity for us and a great investment for the community. We are really looking forward to modernising our store and providing our customers with a bigger and brighter shopping experience; with wide aisles, lots of great fresh food and grocery products, and all the personal service our customers enjoy.”

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Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before at the New World Wine Awards 2014 with Shiraz/Syrah category as a stand-out performer

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — The highest number of medals ever was awarded at the New World Wine Awards 2014, following a record number of entries. Among the full range of varietals entered, the Shiraz/Syrah category was a stand-out performer with the highest number of medals awarded among the red wine varietals and the second-highest number of medals overall, second only to Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Shiraz/Syrah class, New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before, with a record-breaking three Gold medals for wines from Hawke’s Bay including the Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah 2013, which was voted by the judges as best overall in the Shiraz/Syrah category.

“The New World Wine Awards Shiraz/Syrah category medals are usually dominated by Australian wines, but we were pleasantly surprised to see some incredibly strong New Zealand entries come through this year,” says Jim Harré, Chair of the judging panel.

“The quality of wines entered overall was outstanding. I think this reflects the wine industry’s growing recognition of the credibility and value of the New World Wine Awards, which are judged using the same internationally recognised 20-point system as all other major wine shows but are focused on wines that retail for $25 or less and have more than 6,000 bottles available for sale,” says Mr Harré.

Of the 1,165 wines entered, the judging panel awarded 63 Gold, 160 Silver and 454 Bronze medals – 677 medals overall. Of these, three New Zealand wines took the top honours in the final ‘taste-off’ to determine the Champion Red, White and Sparkling Wines:

  • Champion Red – Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013
  • Champion White – The King’s Bastard Chardonnay 2013
  • Champion Bubbles – Lindauer Rosé NV

The Champion Red, Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013, was one of eight New Zealand Pinot Noir wines that won gold medals, up from five last year. The judging panel was impressed by the quality of this wine, particularly given the price point.

This year, the independent panel of 13 expert wine judges included guest international judge, Sam Harrop, who was voted the “10th most influential wine consultant in the world” by Drinks Business in 2013 and is one of only 312 wine experts globally to hold the prestigious Masters of Wine qualification.

“The New World Wine Awards are judged up to the same standard as other leading wine shows I have been involved with around the world, and the quality of the entries exceeded my expectations given the focus on affordable and widely available wines,” says Sam Harrop.

All medal-winning wines are distributed and promoted in New World’s 138 supermarkets nationwide. Food and wine matches, video clips of the judging process, recipes and full competition results are available on the New World Wine Awards 2014 website. The top 50 selection of Gold medal-winning wines will be showcased in the New World Wine Awards booklet available online and in stores from 29 September.

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Kesko to offer customers multi-channel building, interior decoration and home and speciality goods stores and services

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — In the home and speciality goods trade and the building and home improvement trade, the importance of e-commerce and online services has greatly increased and the improvement of competitiveness necessitates major renewal. In response to these requirements, Kesko is seeking synergies especially in the production of online services and the development of concepts. At the same time, the planned changes will form a basis to improve profitability and the organisational structure will be evaluated. Also the combination of the building and home improvement trade with the home and speciality goods trade, as well as the integration of the non-food part of the K-citymarket chain, currently part of the home and speciality goods division, into Kesko Food operations, are planned.

The objective is to offer customers multi-channel building, interior decoration and home and speciality goods stores and services. The aim of the planned integration of resources is to achieve better customer satisfaction as well as improved competitiveness and profitability. In Kesko’s food trade, the annual sales are around €4.4 billion, in the building and home improvement trade around €2.7 billion and in the home and speciality goods trade around €1.4 billion. As at 30 June 2014, the food trade employed 4,035 people, the building and home improvement trade 10,520 people and the home and speciality goods trade 8,111 people.

The changes will be planned in more detail and the required cooperation negotiations will be conducted during the rest of 2014. The aim in Kesko Group’s reporting is that starting from 1 January 2015, the reportable segments would be the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade, and the car and machinery trade. Kesko will publish comparatives according to the new reporting structure in the first quarter of 2015.

President Terho Kalliokoski is responsible for the planning concerning the home improvement and speciality goods trade and President Jorma Rauhala is responsible for the planning concerning the grocery trade.

Further information:
President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 202

President Terho Kalliokoski, Rautakesko Ltd, tel. +358 105 320 200

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

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Co-op to launch new in-store labels and scoring system across its 210 food stores throughout Western Canada

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Buying local food items and supporting local businesses has never been easier thanks to new in-store labels and an innovative scoring system powered by Localize.

Co-op is introducing the scoring system in 210 food stores throughout Western Canada, which is now available in stores across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This scoring system was launched across Alberta and British Columbia in late August. Co-op is the first business to launch Localize across its network of food stores.

Edmonton-based Localize factors ownership, production location, ingredients and sustainability into its scoring, which is customized to each food store location. Shoppers can find more detailed information about products by scanning QR codes on shelf labels. Only products rated 7.0 or higher will be labeled as local products.

Producers and Food Processors

Producers and food processors can also take advantage of Localize and supplying Co-op with their products. Co-op is  launching its Sell to Us guide, which is a resource for local producers and businesses on how to supply products to their local co-op store or distribute products through FCL’s warehouses. The guide is available through this link or through www.coopfood.ca.

Producers looking to become involved with Localize can register online at http://www.localizeyourfood.com/food-producers.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.coopfood.ca. A listing of participating producers and processors can be found at www.localizeyourfood.com.

NRF’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey: Average person to spend $77.52 this Halloween, compared to $75.03 last year

Spooky and Scary Alike, Record Number of Americans to Buy Halloween Costumes This Year, According to NRF

Washington, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — More costumes than ever will be flying off the shelves as Americans gear up to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, according to NRF’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. More than two-thirds (67.4%) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, compared to $75.03 last year. Total spending on Halloween this year will reach $7.4 billion.*

“As one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, Halloween has retailers of all shapes and sizes preparing their stores and websites for the busy fall shopping season,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “There’s no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween among consumers of all ages. And, with the holiday falling on a Friday this year, we fully expect there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations.”

Party-goers will splurge on spooky and fun garb to wear this year as $2.8 billion will be spent on costumes overall. Specifically, celebrants will shell out $1.1 billion on children’s costumes, and $1.4 billion on adult costumes. It is clear Fido and Fluffy will not be forgotten: Americans will spend $350 million on costumes for their furry friends.

Candy and greeting cards alike will be popular items this season, as consumers will spend $2.2 billion on candy this year and 35.9 percent of people will be sending Halloween greeting cards. With Americans planning to spend $2 billion on decorations for the frightful holiday, life-size ghosts, pumpkins and festive décor will be aplenty on lawns and doorsteps throughout the country.

Consumers will celebrate the holiday in many different ways, but topping the list of planned activities is handing out candy (71.1%), while others will decorate their homes and yards (46.7%), and dress in costume (45.8%). One-third of Americans will be throw or attend a party (33.4%), which is up from last year (30.9%).

Much like last year, consumers will hit the stores and the Internet early to get the first pick of costumes and candy. According to the survey, nearly one-third of celebrants (32.1%) say they will start their Halloween shopping before the first of October. And, while 43.3 percent of celebrants kick off their shopping in the first two weeks of October, one-quarter (24.6%) will wait until the last minute and shop the last two weeks of October.

While the bulk of Americans will look for costume inspiration online (34.2%) or in a retail store or costume shop (33%), Pinterest is a growing source of inspiration this year. The survey found 11.4 percent of Americans will turn to Pinterest for costume ideas, up from 9.3 percent last year. Young adults will drive the most Pinterest traffic: 21.2 percent of 18-24 year olds will turn to the popular site for ideas, as will 21.0 percent of 25-34 year olds.

“Social media is a great tool for consumers to find inspiration for all of their Halloween activities, including finding tips for decorating their homes and yards, looking for personal and even family costume ideas, and even finding the best deals from retailers,” said Prosper Insights Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “As the popularity of Halloween continues to grow to unseen levels, there is no doubt that Americans this year will find ways to get in the spirit, looking for affordable, fun ways to celebrate with their families.”

For some consumers the U.S. economy is still top-of-mind. According to the survey, 18.8 percent say the state of the U.S. economy will impact their Halloween spending plans. Specifically, nearly two in five (19.7%) of those impacted will utilize their creative skills and make their own costumes rather than buying a new one this Halloween.

About the survey
NRF’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to Halloween spending. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,332 consumers was conducted September 2-8, 2014. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.

Prosper Insights and Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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Sainsbury’s launches new campaign to explain its new approach to pricing for customers

LONDON, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is launching a new campaign across TV, print and in-store which explains a new approach to pricing for customers. This is the result of an 18 month commitment by the business to lower the regular prices of products across the grocery business.

For customers this means that they can buy what they like, when they like because the regular price of those products will be affordable everyday rather than just when that product is on promotion.

Sainsbury’s Marketing Director Sarah Warby said: “Customers tell us they find supermarket prices and promotions confusing and don’t always know who to trust when it comes to getting good value.

“So we’ve taken this feedback on board and we’re making it easier for customers to buy the products they love, whenever they like, safe in the knowledge that they can get good value all the time on all products, without having to wait for promotions.

“We will continue to run as many promotions as before and they will be just as competitive, but customers now have the added reassurance that prices will always be great value at Sainsbury’s, both on and off promotion.

The changes being made include 

  • Lowering base prices on thousands of lines within the food business
  • Simplifying Brand Match to make it clear that we match Asda’s prices on brands – even when they’re on promotion, starting 2nd October
  • Making the customer experience simpler, by: removing confusing price mechanics like fractions and percentages, consistently using round pound pricing for more of our products and moving to clearer and simpler shelf edge labels and point of sale

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St Thomas’ Primary School in Sevenoaks wins bounty of sports and cooking equipment from Sainsbury’s Active Kids

LONDON, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — St Thomas’ Primary School in Sevenoaks was selected from 17,000 schools to win a bounty of sports and cooking equipment, as well as a visit from Paralympic champion and Sainsbury’s Active Kids ambassador, Ellie Simmonds OBE.

The school entered a national competition to win its entire Active Kids equipment order, which was placed after parents and teachers collected Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s stores earlier this year.

Ellie Simmonds officially presented the grand prize to children in a special assembly, before donning an apron and helping children to whip up some healthy treats in a cookery lesson.

As the school receives their entire order for free, including foam javelins, basketballs and a pack providing everything they need to get cooking. They will be able to use the vouchers collected this year to order even more equipment in 2015.

Tara Hewitt, Head of Sponsorship for Sainsbury’s, said: “Thousands of schools up and down the country are receiving their Active Kids equipment orders this month, which will set them up to deliver really fun and engaging sports and nutrition lessons. This year we added more cooking equipment to help schools meet new curriculum requirements. To celebrate this, we wanted to make an extra special delivery for one school by providing their entire order for free, and surprising the children with a visit and cookery lesson from Ellie Simmonds.”

Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic Champion and Active Kids ambassador, said: “After swimming, baking is my second passion so I’m really excited about today’s visit to St Thomas’ to help out with a cookery lesson. As well as getting kids active, it is equally important they understand about the food they eat, so the combination of sports equipment and kitchen equipment really helps with this.”

Notes to Editors

Active Kids aims to inspire and enable children to take more exercise and to eat healthily. Launched in 2005, Active Kids is open to all nursery, primary and secondary schools, as well as Scouts, Girl Guides and sports clubs in the UK. Over 53,000 organisations are now registered and £136 million worth of equipment and experiences have been donated since 2005.

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St Thomas’ Primary School in Sevenoaks wins bounty of sports and cooking equipment from Sainsbury’s Active Kids

St Thomas’ Primary School in Sevenoaks wins bounty of sports and cooking equipment from Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Carrefour to display dietary information on its product packaging with new system called “aquellefrequence”

Innovation at Carrefour: to help its customers decide what food they should buy, Carrefour has just launched “aquellefrequence”, a new information system

Carrefour to display dietary information on its product packaging with new system called “aquellefrequence”

PARIS, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Developed with the help of food experts and people working in public health, this dietary information will be displayed on Carrefour products so that customers know how frequently they should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.

“aquellefrequence”, clear information to help people create each and every meal
Carrefour has developed “aquellefrequence” so as to provide customers with straightforward, clear and useful information on its product packaging. This information will help them create meals every day that form part of a balanced and varied diet.

4 differently-coloured icons will be used to help people understand how frequently foodstuffs should be consumed:

For example, products displaying the “three times a day” visual marker include a variety of foodstuffs that consumers can use as staples for all of their meals.

To create 2 of their 3 daily meals, consumers can select products displaying the “two times a day” visual marker.

Products displaying the “once a day” visual marker may be consumed during the day, but with moderation.

And every now and then, meals can be enjoyed that feature products displaying the “from time to time” visual marker.

“aquellefrequence”, an innovative labelling system developed with the help of a committee of renowned experts
“aquellefrequence” is the result of an innovative and proactive approach that Carrefour has adapted, working alongside a committee of experts made up of researchers and health care professionals – all specialists in nutrition and/or public health:
•    Dr Jacques Fricker, President of the Expert Committee, Doctor of Medicine and Science
•    Dr Didier Chapelot, Doctor of Medicine and Science, Lecturer at the University of Paris 13, Specialist in the physiology of eating behaviour
•    Nicole Darmon, Doctor of nutrition, epidemiologist and research director at the INRA (France’s national institute of agronomic research)
•    Florence Foucaut, Dietician, nutritionist
•    Pascale Hébel, Head of the consumer behaviour department at the CREDOC (French research institute for the study and monitoring of living standards)

Products are all assessed individually based on the recipes used to create them, consumer habits, public health information, data provided by the PNNS (France’s national health and nutrition plan) and a scientific rating that is arrived at using Ofcom’s methodology*.

“aquellefrequence”, in Carrefour stores from December 2014
“aquellefrequence” will gradually be rolled out to Carrefour food products starting in December 2014.

To help customers use this new system, Carrefour has created a dedicated interactive website:  www.aquellefrequence.fr.

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Chef and broadcaster Rick Stein launches his first ever range of homeware exclusively at Tesco

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Chef and broadcaster Rick Stein has launched his first ever range of homeware exclusively at Tesco.  The range reflects Rick’s passion for everything coastal, taking inspiration from his beloved Padstow and his vast experience of worldly cuisines.

Designed in Britain, the collection offers simple, paired back accessories which don’t detract from the food and has Rick’s professional and trusted stamp of approval.

Launching the range for Tesco customers in Watford Extra, Rick said: “Inspired by my childhood in Cornwall and recent memories of happy times cooking in Padstow and Australia, I’ve created a collection of rather lovely kitchen and tableware, perfect for cooking and sharing delicious food with family and friends.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Tesco takes the lead to improve opportunities and reduce vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation of young people in Indian tea communities

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — A groundbreaking new partnership to improve opportunities for young people in Indian tea communities and reduce their vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation has been announced today by UNICEF and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP).

The 3-year programme, supported and funded by IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative; ETP members, Tesco, OTG (Meßmer), Tata Global Beverages (Tetley, Tata Tea), and Taylors of Harrogate (Yorkshire Tea); and Typhoo, will initially work with 350 communities on over 100 estates in three districts in the Indian state of Assam, and has the potential to serve as a model to protect children across other rural communities.

UK supermarket Tesco has played a leading role in bringing together the coalition of organisations behind the programme as part of its ongoing commitment to improve conditions across its supply chains. Tesco is the first international retailer to partner with ETP.

The partnership is the first of its kind to bring together all key stakeholders in the tea industry – public and private organisations and the supply chain – to tackle the problem of child exploitation across the sector.

Sarah Roberts, Executive Director of the ETP, said:

“We want to create a thriving future for everyone involved in tea by tackling the root causes of social and environmental problems. UNICEF’s expertise will help the tea industry to build a better future for tens of thousands of children in communities growing some of the world’s favourite tea, by improving their knowledge and skills and reducing their vulnerability to violence, abuse, and exploitation. Problems such as these can’t be tackled by any one organisation on their own and we are delighted to be part of such a strong coalition”

Child protection issues are a huge challenge in India, especially in rural areas including those that grow and produce tea. More than 80 million children a year – 41% of the child population leave school without completing eight years of education. In addition 43% of girls are married before they are 18.

The exploitation and abuse of children in these communities is exacerbated by poverty, gender, caste, and a lack of education. These problems are common in the tea communities of Assam, one of the world’s most important tea growing areas whose leaves are used in almost every tea blend. A sixth of the state’s population live in these communities and they are among its most marginalised people.

In order to protect and improve the lives of children living on these tea estates, multi-stakeholder partnerships and a cross industry approach that address child exploitation are required.

UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said:

“Children growing up in Assam’s rural tea communities face huge problems, especially girls. Many leave school early and child marriage is common. They are vulnerable to a range of threats including trafficking, exploitative and bonded labour, and physical and sexual abuse. But we can make a difference by empowering young people and strengthening child protection systems.

“This programme is backed by retailers, world-famous tea brands and growers, and shows the tea industry’s determination to play its part in solving these problems. We are hugely inspired that the tea community is looking at these issues through the eyes of a child and we hope it will encourage other industries to take similar action.

“The Indian Government passed its flagship Integrated Child Protection Scheme in 2009, which intends to create and strengthen child protection structures across the state down to village level. The scheme was passed after a decade of advocacy from UNICEF and will support all levels of the Assam government to implement the law and its focus will form the building blocks of this partnership.”

Tea communities’ knowledge of child protection will be increased through a range of work using existing structures such as village organisations and tea estates’, welfare officers and mother clubs, to help make sure that everyone understands why it is important to protect children and how they can keep them safe.

Joost Oorthuizen, Chief Executive of IDH, said:

“IDH is heavily engaged in efforts to improve sustainability in the Indian tea sector through the trustea programme, led and supported by the Tea Board of India. We applaud the cooperation of the tea industry with UNICEF to mitigate the issue of child trafficking in Assam and are pleased to be instrumental in bringing together the different activities required to deal effectively with such a difficult issue.”

Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director for Tesco said:

“The tea industry is important to Assam, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that the shocking cases of child trafficking and exploitation in some of these communities are ended.

“As a large retailer we can use our scale to help make a real difference.  We’re really pleased to be supporting this programme and to be working with a range of expert partners to ensure young people, particularly girls and their families in Assam are better able to protect themselves and have a secure future.”

Notes to Editors

The three-year Assam programme will target families in 350 communities linked to 100 tea estates, and will specifically:

  • Equip more than 25,000 girls with the knowledge and “life skills” that will help them secure a better future and reduce their vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation.
  • Give more than 10,000 community members the knowledge and training to protect children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.
  • Make families in each community aware of children’s rights and the support they can call on to help educate and protect their children.
  • Work with state and district government to improve the quality of education and the effectiveness of child protection policies to help make a sustainable difference to the lives of children now and in many years to come.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Wegmans donates 18,286 pounds of non-perishable food to the ACTS Food Pantry

DUMFRIES, VA, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — On September 25 at 10 a.m., Wegmans will deliver 18,286 pounds of non-perishable food to the ACTS Food Pantry. The donation includes 20 pallets of canned goods, cereals, snacks, assorted beverages, condiments, baking mixes and other ingredients.

“This donation from Wegmans comes at a perfect time,” said Eboni Nichols, ACTS Food Pantry program manager. “We just got through the summer months, when families are in need of more food due to having children out of school and not receiving free and reduced price lunches. We try to stretch what we have until our big food drive, Operation Turkey, kicks off at the end of September. This truckload from Wegmans will really help us to restock our shelves to serve our clients.”

When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrives at the food pantry, Service Area Manager Chris Holland will be on hand along with a team of employees from the Potomac store in Woodbridge to help unload the truck. Wegmans began donating to ACTS in 2008, shortly before the Potomac store opened.

“We are dedicated to making a difference in every community we serve,” said Wegmans Potomac Store Manager Brien MacKendrick. “It’s a value we’re honored to put into action and a tradition we look forward to continuing with ACTS to help everyone in our community live healthier, better lives.”

Where:
ACTS Food Pantry
3900 ACTS Lane
Dumfries, VA 22026

Last year in all of its market areas, Wegmans donated more than 16.5 million pounds of fresh and non-perishable food to food banks. Wegmans also makes it easy for shoppers to join in supporting local hunger relief efforts by participating in annual food bank programs where shoppers who wish to make a donation at checkout can have any amount added to their bill and 100% of those donations go directly to local agencies that feed the needy. Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $24 million for hunger relief through these checkout campaigns.

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About ACTS:
Action in Community Through Service of Prince William, Inc. (ACTS) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the residents of the Greater Prince William Area, which includes the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. ACTS mission is to provide relief, foster hope and promote self-sufficiency for the organization’s Prince William area neighbors in crises due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence.

About Wegmans:
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
Tara Jennings-May, ACTS Public Relations, 703-441-8606

Commissary stores to feature samplings and demonstrations in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers will see lots of pink in October, as stores feature samplings and demonstrations in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries throughout October to offer everyday savings with promotions such as:

  • “Drink To Pink”sale, sponsored by Apple and Eve’s Northland juice brand. Along with great prices and coupons, the company will donate 25 cents per bottle, up to $25,000, to the National Breast Cancer Research Fund.
  • Hardies Fresh Foods specials on the following products: Naturesweet Tomatoes, Fresh Express Salads, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, and Fresh from Texas (pre-cut items). There will be pink, reusable grocery bags given away with the purchase of one of their pink produce items.

Check with your local commissary to see what type of pink product specials and store events will be offered and for details on dates and times for any promotions. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain programs.

And don’t forget to check the Sales & Events page for the latest information on sales and special events.

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

Starbucks Corporation to acquire remaining 60.5% share of Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd.

  • Starbucks to purchase remaining 60.5% share of Starbucks Japan in two-step tender offer process
  • Acquisition enables continued elevation of unique Starbucks Experience for customers and partners through coffee, store design and digital and mobile leadership
  • Starbucks to build on more than 1,000 existing stores and nearly 20 years of brand loyalty and trust

SEATTLE, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) today announced that it will acquire the remaining 60.5% share of Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. (Starbucks Japan) that the company currently does not own through a two-step tender offer process, further elevating Starbucks growth and innovation in its second-largest market when measured by retail store sales. The acquisition positions Starbucks to accelerate growth across multiple channels in Japan, including the potential introduction of new concepts, such as Teavana. Before the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, Starbucks expects to have a controlling interest and will consolidate Starbucks Japan into the company’s results. Starbucks expects this transaction will be immediately accretive on a non-GAAP basis when excluding certain items noted later in this release.

Starbucks Japan is a joint venture between Starbucks and Sazaby League that operates Starbucks branded retail stores in Japan. Since the inception of their joint venture agreement in 1995, Starbucks and Sazaby together introduced the coffeehouse experience to Japanese customers and built one of Starbucks top-performing markets globally. Starbucks Japan’s business today is marked by strong brand recognition and deep customer loyalty built through delivering an unparalleled Starbucks Experience. Starbucks stores have been remarkably consistent performers despite ongoing macro-economic challenges in Japan.

“Nearly 20 years ago we opened the first Starbucks store outside of North America in Tokyo’s Ginza district with lines around the block,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Japan is a market we know well and care deeply about, with more than 25,000 partners serving millions of customers every week at more than 1,000 stores. Full ownership of Starbucks Japan enables us to build on the amazing foundation of customer trust and loyalty our partners have achieved by continuing to take care of our people, delivering the highest quality coffee and innovating in product, store design and the digital experience.”

“We would like to thank all of our partners in Japan who wear the green apron with pride and deliver the Starbucks Experience to our customers each and every day,” commented John Culver, group president China/ Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands. “Their efforts have built an admired brand and delivered the strong financial results that have made Starbucks Japan a meaningful contributor to the growth and profitability in our China/ Asia Pacific segment. We wish Sazaby the best and sincerely appreciate the operational excellence and leadership that they have contributed to Starbucks Japan’s success and the solid foundation they have helped us build for the opportunities ahead.”

Over the summer, Sazaby approached Starbucks about selling its Starbucks Japan ownership stake to Starbucks and exiting the business in a smooth and orderly manner in advance of the expiration of Starbucks Japan’s retail franchise rights. Starbucks credits Sazaby with establishing and growing Starbucks Japan’s healthy business and is excited for this next chapter in Starbucks Japan’s evolution which will leverage existing infrastructure, systems and expertise to continue disciplined retail growth and expanded presence in other channels.

“It has been an honor for Sazaby to be part of the Starbucks family for nearly two decades,” said Masatoku Mori, President and Representative Director, Sazaby. “We are deeply grateful for the opportunity we have had to introduce the Starbucks Experience and the world’s best coffee to Japan. We have full confidence that Starbucks will continue to care for our dedicated partners, loyal customers and neighboring communities with the same personalized attention and respect they’ve provided since opening our first Starbucks store in 1996.”

The first step in the two-step tender offer process begins with Sazaby tendering its shares, which will commence on September 26th. The purchase price for Sazaby’s 39.5% stake is ¥965 per share, for a total of ¥55 billion, or approximately $505.0 million with Japanese Yen converted into US Dollars at a reference conversion rate of 108.93 JPY to USD. Upon final settlement of this first tender offer step, which is anticipated to occur during the middle of Starbucks first quarter of fiscal 2015, Starbucks will own a controlling 79% interest in Starbucks Japan.

Shortly after the settlement of the first step in the tender offer and following the release of Starbucks Japan’s second quarter earnings results, Starbucks will initiate the second step for the remaining 21% ownership interest held by public shareholders and option holders of Starbucks Japan’s common stock. The tender offer purchase price for this second step is ¥1,465 per share, for a total of ¥44.5 billion, or approximately $408.5 million at the above referenced conversion rate. The public price per share of ¥1,465 represents an 11.6% premium to the 30-day average price of Starbucks Japan’s stock, a 4.7% premium to the closing price on Monday, September 22, and a 51.8% premium to the price Starbucks is paying Sazaby for its shares.

All steps of this tender offer process have been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Starbucks, Sazaby and Starbucks Japan, and the transactions are expected to be fully completed during the first half of calendar 2015.

The consolidation of Starbucks Japan’s financial results into Starbucks financials will commence after the final settlement of the first step of the tender offer, at which time Starbucks will record the required purchase
accounting adjustments, such as the step-up in fair value of Starbucks existing ownership interest in Starbucks Japan, as well as newly acquired tangible and intangible assets. This information will be included in Starbucks first quarter of fiscal 2015 externally reported financial results.

Financial targets for Starbucks fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 provided in conjunction with Starbucks 2014 third quarter earnings on July 24th are unchanged as a result of this transaction. Starbucks expects this transaction to be slightly accretive to the company’s fiscal year 2015 non-GAAP financial results, when excluding: 1) an anticipated acquisition-related gain in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 resulting from a fair value adjustment of Starbucks current 39.5% ownership interest in Starbucks Japan; 2) ongoing amortization expense of significant acquired intangible assets related to the transaction; and 3) transaction and integration costs.

The English translation of the press release issued by Solar Japan Holdings G.K., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Starbucks that will acquire the shares and options, will be available later today on Starbucks website at http://investor.starbucks.com. The English translation of the tender offer explanatory statement will be available on September 26, 2014 at http://investor.starbucks.com. The offering documents will be available in Japanese on September 26, 2014 at http://www.smbcnikko.co.jp/stock/tob.

Webcast Information

Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo, and Troy Alstead, chief operating officer, hosted a webcast (9/23) at 3 pm PDT to discuss this acquisition. The webcast may be accessed on the Investor Relations page of Starbucks website at http://investor.starbucks.com, where it will also be archived until October 21, 2014.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

About Starbucks Japan
Starbucks Japan was formed as a joint venture partnership in 1995 with license agreements that grant it the exclusive right to develop and operate Starbucks coffee stores in Japan, and to use certain trademarks, designs, marks, technologies, and know how. With more than 1,000 stores today, Starbucks Japan employs approximately 25,000 partners. Earlier this year, Sazaby approached Starbucks about their interest in selling their Starbucks Japan ownership stake and exiting the business. As stated in Starbucks Japan’s securities filings, the existing license agreements are set to expire on March 31, 2021 and contain no provision for auto-renewal.

Important Notice

This press release is not, and does not constitute any part of, an offer to sell or purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, any securities.
The tender offers will be conducted in accordance with the procedures and information disclosure standards prescribed by Japanese law, which may differ from the procedures and information disclosure standards in the United States. In particular, Section 13(e) and Section 14(d) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules prescribed thereunder do not apply to the tender offers, and the tender offers do not conform to those procedures and standards.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based on information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the failure of the parties to consummate the two-step tender offer due to commercial, regulatory or other reasons, as well as general economic and industry factors such as coffee, dairy and other raw material pricing and availability, successful execution of internal performance and expansion plans, fluctuations in U.S., Japanese and other international economies and currencies, the impact of initiatives by competitors, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2013. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Tesco confirms new price to be paid to British dairy farmers for six months from the 1st November

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today confirmed the new price it will pay British dairy farmers for six months from the 1st November, following an independent cost tracker review by agriculture research consultancy Promar.

Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) members will be paid 32.01ppl for their milk, meaning that Tesco dairy farmers will receive a price above the market average.

Tesco continues to guarantee that TSDG famers receive a price that reflects the cost of production, calculated from costs submitted to Promar, ensuring that their businesses are profitable and enabling them to invest in the future. The new price follows four consecutive increases since 2012, takes into consideration a reduction in the cost of feed, and is agreed in collaboration with farmers on our TSDG committee. Customers can be assured that every pint of own-brand milk they buy from Tesco is helping to deliver a sustainable future for the British dairy industry, and that the price we pay our farmers is completely independent of the retail price for milk.

Tom Hind, Agriculture Director said:

“Over the past seven years we have worked in partnership with our dairy farmers to deliver a fair price for their milk. By agreeing a clear price, based on costs of production, for a period of six months, we are able to offer our farmers real stability and confidence in a changeable market.’

James Stephen, Aberdeenshire TSDG dairy farmer and Committee Chairman said:

“In these times of volatile milk prices the relative stability of the cost tracker model is of huge benefit to TSDG farmers in budgeting and giving confidence for the future.”

Notes to editors

  • The new price covers all our own-brand fresh & filtered milk (1, 2, 4, 6 pint and 1 and 2 litre – excluding organic milk) and single, double & extra thick double cream (150, 300, 600 ml) products.
  • The price includes 0.5ppl for sharing cost data with Promar International
  • The commitment of TSDG is reinforced by Tesco’s work with Liverpool University through its Dairy Centre of Excellence. This exclusive agreement brings together the dairy sector to look at issues from animal welfare to consumer trends.
  •  The Centre of Excellence also serves as a national resource point for schools, farmers and dairy industry experts, and this summer Tesco and Arla have been running a national road trip to meet and explain to children where their milk comes from.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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METRO AG extends contract of CEO Olaf Koch

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — The Supervisory Board of METRO AG has, as expected, extended in today’s meeting the contract of the Chief Executive Officer Olaf Koch with unanimous vote. Koch’s current contract, which is running until September 2015, will be renewed until September 2018, the Duesseldorf based retailing and trading group announced on Wednesday.

“The Supervisory Board would like to thank Olaf Koch for his dedication and achievements in the past years,” said Franz Markus Haniel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG. “Under the leadership of Olaf Koch decisive measures for the new positioning of METRO GROUP have been taken. We increasingly see the success of the transformation and have full trust in Olaf Koch and his management team to continue successfully the path already taken.”

Olaf Koch started as Chief Financial Officer of METRO AG in 2009 and took over as CEO in January 2012. During his current term as CEO the sales lines of the company – METRO Cash & Carry, Media Markt, Saturn and Redcoon as well as Real and GALERIA Kaufhof – have been directed towards a stronger customer orientation as well as adapted to the changing environment due to the increase of online sales. Also the company started to consequently withdraw from business areas without sufficient income or growth potential.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

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ALDI continues to offer grocery shoppers smarter alternative with the opening of three Indianapolis-area stores

Grocer Continues to Invest in Indianapolis Area

Indianapolis, Ind., 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI, the nation’s low-price grocery leader*, will continue to offer grocery shoppers a smarter alternative as the select assortment discount grocer opens its newest Indianapolis-area stores on Friday, Oct. 10. New stores will be located at 9701 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis and 300 S. State Road 135 in Greenwood. A third store at 16971 Clover Road in Noblesville will reopen after completing a remodel.

“ALDI has been a proud member of the Indianapolis community for more than 30 years,” said Laura Bauer, Greenwood division vice president for ALDI. “We continue to invest in creating an inviting shopping experience for our customers. In addition to the stores opening in October, we have replaced or remodeled five stores in the last three years and plan to open three stores next year. We’ll have 20 stores in the Indianapolis area by the end of 2015.”

To celebrate the store openings, ALDI will host ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at each of the stores. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremonies, the first 100 shoppers at each store will receive a golden ticket. Tickets contain ALDI gift certificates in varying amounts. Customers can also tour the store, sample ALDI exclusive brand products and enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce. ALDI currently carries nearly 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables, including several organic produce items.

To continue the opening celebration, ALDI will feature a holiday entertaining demonstration with Food Stylist Janice Stahl on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the new store in Greenwood. Customers are invited to attend to learn tips on making holiday gatherings easy and affordable.

Shoppers who take a fresh look at ALDI can expect to find more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less** than traditional supermarkets. ALDI offers a wide range of new, healthier options with more than 70 varieties of produce, including organic options, USDA Choice beef and LiveGfreeTM gluten-free products. To ensure its exclusive brands meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products and stands behind this quality with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the customer’s money.

A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart practices, such as a cart rental system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags. In addition, all three stores feature high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.

ALDI also saves shoppers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times. The storeswill be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT/Quest cards.

A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI has nearly 1,300 stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added, on average, 80 new stores each year, expanding the ability to bring grocery savings to more people every day.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,300 US stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. More than 25 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI has been named the 2014 Retailer of the Year by Private Label Store Brands magazine for its strong commitment to value and innovation-focused private brand product development. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.

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*According to a survey of more than 6,000 consumers conducted in March 2014 by Market Force Information.
**Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

Contacts:

Bridget Rupert
(314) 552-6704
BRupert@webershandwick.com

Hannah Dewey
(312) 988-2021
HDewey@webershandwick.com

RILA and global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future launch two-minute video to introduce the Retail Horizons project

‘Retail Horizons’ Introductory Video Launched Ahead Of 2014 Retail Sustainability Conference

Arlington, VA, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future released a two-minute video to introduce the Retail Horizons project ahead of the RILA 2014 Retail Sustainability Conference held from September 29 to October 2, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Retail Horizons is a program to support the industry’s drive to sustainability, and was made possible with the generous support of sponsors Target and Unilever. It is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between about 50 retail and consumer product brands and is designed to provide retailers with the tools they need to take action to safeguard their future, protect our environment, and improve the lives of their customers, workers, and suppliers.

The introductory video follows the trajectory of retail from its earliest beginnings in open air markets to the omnipresence made possible through major technological advances and encourages retailers and other stakeholders to use the Retail Horizons toolkit so they can begin to develop strategies to adapt and innovate.

“I am proud that the RILA sustainability community, composed of about 50 of the leading retail brands, came together to learn from one another, identify opportunities to grow and innovate together, and promote sustainability,” said Adam Siegel, Vice President of Sustainability and Compliance at RILA. “The world is changing rapidly in ways that have already had profound implications on the retail industry. Technologies like the internet and mobile devices will enable retailers to exist everywhere; consumers’ expectations around transparency, service, speed, and experience will continue to expand; resources, such as water and raw materials, are likely to become scarcer and more expensive; and data will be ubiquitous. To adapt and grow, retailers can use sustainability as a framework for innovation.”

The project will be formally launched at RILA’s Retail Sustainability Conference next week. Sally Uren, Forum for the Future’s Chief Executive Officer, will launch the program, including four expertly crafted ‘futures scenarios’ and a free toolkit, to an audience of 450 retail sustainability and environmental compliance professionals. The attendees will then have a chance to dive deep into the materials through three interactive two-hour work sessions on the Future of Stores, Future of Products and Value Chains, and Future of Consumers & Employees.

“Other industries have recognized the power of sustainability to drive the innovation needed if they are going to thrive into the long-term,” said Helen Clarkson, Director at Forum for the Future US. “The tools that we have developed through our work on Retail Horizons can help companies in the retail industry think through which challenges are most critical to them and how to tackle them to bring about the change we need for a sustainable future.”

For more information about the conference, please visit www.rila.org/rsc, and to see more information about Retail Horizons (including the toolkit which will be available to download on September 29th 2014) please go to www.rila.org/future. In addition, download the media kit for the project here.

About the Retail Industry Leaders Association
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

RILA’s Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI) engages retail sustainability executives to share best practices, develop new processes, and communicate their efforts to the industry’s most crucial stakeholders. RILA uses its annual conference, benchmark studies, collaborative partnerships, and research on behalf of retail sustainability interests to help our members learn and develop their programs.

About Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve complex sustainability challenges. We believe it is critical to transform the key systems we rely on to shape a brighter future and innovate for long-term success.

We have a 18-year track record of working in partnership with pioneering partners; advising and challenging organizations such as Unilever, Pepsico, Skanska, Akzo Nobel and Telefonica O2.
Find out more at www.forumforthefuture.org/ and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Zachary Taylor
Coordinator, Public Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2042
Email: zachary.taylor@rila.org

Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

Goal to fund the planting a quarter of a million trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) shoppers purchasing select bottles of Trinity Oaks wines have supported the planting of 140,000 trees through the One Bottle One Tree program, and the company hopes to support the planting of 110,000 more trees by this Halloween.

The program works with the nonprofit Trees for the Future to plant one beneficial tree for every bottle of Trinity Oaks wine sold. Trees are planted to help restore tree cover in areas that are most in need of reforestation — primarily in tropical locations that have the most beneficial impact on the environment — by using agroforestry techniques tailored to the needs of the community.

Whole Foods Market shoppers support this effort every time they purchase a bottle of Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio. “Supporting the One Bottle One Tree program is a win-win-win for our shoppers, the environment and these rural communities in the developing world,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Not only are we making it easy to support environmental stewardship and our global communities – two of Whole Foods Market’s core values – but we are also featuring these two delicious wines that shoppers know and love at a great price.”

Both of these California wines can be found in Whole Foods Market stores that sell wine for $7.99. The Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir has a smooth, silky texture and mild tannins and is a perfect partner to salmon or roasted chicken. The Trinity Oaks Pinot Grigio is a fresh white that makes a crisp aperitif and pairs nicely with a green salad and pear vinaigrette.

Whole Foods Market will be featuring Trinity Oaks wines and the One Bottle One Tree program in September and October 2014 in its Whole Deal value guide.

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Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

Meijer launches ‘Ready! For You’ food solutions program to help busy families serve up simple meals and snacks at home

First-of-its-kind program hits stores when parents need it most

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is helping busy families serve up simple meals and snacks at home with a first-of-its-kind food solutions program in each of the Midwest retailer’s 213 stores. Launched last month, Ready! For You is tailored to meet the tastes and lifestyles of busy families by providing recipe ideas, inspiration and savings opportunities in-store and online.

“Families are busier than ever and feeling squeezed for both time and money,” said Randy Stewart, group vice president of foods for Meijer. “We’re excited to launch this new program as shoppers focus on back to school and get back into a routine of family meals that are affordable and quick to prepare.”

Inside Meijer stores, Ready! For You-branded meal displays conveniently pair food solution items from various manufacturers together. Shoppers have the opportunity to taste what’s on display with weekly sampling demos. Meijer is creating online videos with quick and simple food ideas and is sharing a steady cadence of recipes on breakfast,lunch and dinner Pinterest boards.

The items that make up each Ready! For You meal have an average cost of between $12-$15 to feed a family of four and are all part of weekly sales promotions. Customers can also get discounts when they buy multiple Ready! For Youitems, which can save shoppers an additional 15-20 percent.

“One of the biggest hurdles that prevents families from cooking at home is finding new meal and snack ideas that are affordable, delicious and quick to prepare,” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor and Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach said. “The quick and easy food solutions in the Ready! For You program are an exciting and affordable way to help families get back in the kitchen.”

More information on the Ready! For You program can be found at Meijer.com/ReadyForYou.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 761-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer launches 'Ready! For You' food solutions program to help busy families serve up simple meals and snacks at home

Meijer launches ‘Ready! For You’ food solutions program to help busy families serve up simple meals and snacks at home