NRF and University of Phoenix announced the 20 retail employees selected to receive full-tuition scholarships to help advance their retail careers

Retail employees earn scholarships to advance their careers through education

Washington, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation, in collaboration with University of Phoenix, today announced the 20 retail employees selected to receive full-tuition scholarships to help advance their retail careers. Hundreds of individuals from more than 75 retailers across the country applied for NRF’s “Dream BIG” Scholarship, and a panel of top retail executives selected the 20 deserving recipients. The full-tuition scholarships for undergraduate or master’s degree programs at University of Phoenix will allow retail employees to pursue a wide array of career paths available in the industry, with the flexibility to continue to work while advancing their education. The Dream BIG scholarship program is open to any individual working part-time or full-time for a retail company.

“Retail is full of big dreamers, who don’t just have a vision, but an ability to roll up their sleeves, work hard, and get the job done. Each of the scholarship recipients has already made a positive impact on the industry, but the best is yet to come. By furthering their education, they’re opening up a new world of career opportunities and NRF can’t wait to see what they accomplish,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retail is a better place because of the passion, hard work, and dedication of the Dream BIG recipients and so many others like them who work every day to provide exceptional value to their customers.”

“The retail environment gets more fast-paced and analytical every day, and education is critical for individuals who want to take leadership roles in their organizations and achieve career progression,” said Ruth Veloria, executive dean of University of Phoenix School of Business. “The collaboration between University of Phoenix and the National Retail Federation emphasizes the diverse and significant growth opportunities that exist in retail careers. The University is proud to bring additional attention to this important sector and to help the scholarship recipients realize their full leadership potential.”

The 2014 recipients of the Dream BIG scholarships are:

Name Title Employer Degree pursuing
Damion Butler Assistant Store Manager Microsoft Stores Bachelor’s
Angelo Chavez District Loss Prevention Manager/ORC Manager Albertsons Master’s
Joel Cosme Jr. Customer Relations Representative Express, Inc. Master’s
Samantha Couture Sales Professional Tiffany & Co. Bachelor’s
Leigh Deal Store Manager – Training The Container Store Master’s
Marissa De La Cruz Area Manager Mattress Firm, Inc. Master’s
Rebecca Fox Store Manager Dollar General Corporation Bachelor’s
Dawn Justen Senior Analyst, Research and Analysis HSN Master’s
Melissa Karrer Area Designer Crate and Barrel Master’s
Althea Kearney Sales Trainer The Container Store Master’s
Ronald Kozak LAN Coordinator Boscov’s Department Store, LLC Bachelor’s
Traci Merrick General Manager Crate and Barrel Master’s
Laura Muro Server Red Lobster Bachelor’s
Rowetta Roberson Interim District Manager Mattress Firm, Inc. Bachelor’s
Addie Romanowski Sales Representative HSN Bachelor’s
Cassandra Ross Store Manager Kroger Bachelor’s
Lina Sabic Associate Store Operations Specialist PacSun Master’s
Mike Templeton Digital Marketing Manager Kum & Go Master’s
Kristi Webb Store Sales Lead Sur La Table Master’s
Bryan Winter Operational Sales The Container Store Master’s

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Executives from some of the industry’s most well-known companies, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Hudson’s Bay Company and Neiman Marcus Group served on the Dream BIG executive judging committee.

NRF surprised six retail employees at work with their big news. See the video here.

The Dream BIG Scholarship program is provided through a partnership between NRF’s nonprofit arm, the NRF Foundation and University of Phoenix. NRF Foundation and University of Phoenix will offer the Dream BIG Scholarship again in 2015; applications are expected to open in January. View recipient profiles and learn more about the Dream BIG Scholarship.

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

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 $2.5 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.

Kathy Grannis
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

University of Phoenix: Tanya Burden 602.254.0086
tanya.burden@apollo.edu

Marks & Spencer to reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes with the acquisition of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes and source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round.

Biomethane gas is 50 per cent more carbon efficient than average gas supplies and is generated by anaerobic digestion, fuelled by farm waste. The biomethane gas will be produced at the Vulcan Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant near Doncaster using break crops (non-commercial crops used for soil regeneration) from farms across Yorkshire and the North East. The gas is then pumped into the national grid. M&S’ deal with Future Biogas funds the production and M&S benefits from the carbon reduction through the certification scheme.

It also provides significant revenues for farmers, giving break crops a commercial route to market not previously available.

Gio Patellaro, M&S Head of Energy Supply & Risk said:
“Over the past couple of years, M&S has worked tirelessly to improve its carbon efficiency and innovate in sustainability. As the first UK retailer to buy biomethane to use in this way, we are blazing a trail in the market place that we hope others will follow. With the help of Future Biogas, this deal takes us one step further in our commitment to ensure 50% of the energy used in M&S buildings comes from certified green biomethane sources by 2020.”

Since the inception of its “Plan A” programme, M&S has been a leader and innovator in supporting a renewable energy generation, including contracting directly with renewable generators under its award winning Price Guarantee Agreement structure.

Philipp Lukas, Future Biogas Managing Director said:
“We are thrilled to be working with Marks & Spencer on this exciting and new venture. We look forward to supplying biomethane to M&S to help them deliver their market leading commitment to carbon reduction.”

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Note to editors:

About Plan A
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s 100 commitment eco and ethical programme that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. Launched in 2007, the plan has helped M&S send no waste to landfill, become carbon neutral and win 190 industry awards. Organised around four pillars – Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity and Innovation – it aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer. To find out more please visit the Plan A website.

M&S – Corporate media enquiries
Berry Yirrell, Marks & Spencer Press Office
020 8718 1919
berry.yirrell@marks-and-spencer.com

Jan du Plessis to step down from the M&S Board to become Chairman of SABMiller plc

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (M&S) notes the announcement made today that Jan du Plessis is to be appointed to the Board of SABMiller plc on 1st September, 2014 and that it is intended that he will become Chairman during July, 2015.  In the light of this appointment, Jan will step down from the Board of M&S during the first half of 2015 before taking on the role of Chairman of SABMiller plc.

As part of the M&S Nomination Committee process, planning for Jan’s succession is already well in hand to meet this timetable.

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For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office             0208 718 1919

Argos: demand for wheeled shopping trolley soared by 25% since this time last year

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — With university students needing to have more of their gear to hand, one of the most ridiculed shopping accessories seen on the British high street has seen an unexpected surge in popularity – the wheeled shopping trolley.

Leading retailer Argos has seen the demand for trolleys increase by around 25 per cent since this time last year, as students reject the fashionable over-sized tote bags that burden the shoulders in favour of the ease and convenience of a trolley.

With a typical student carrying a laptop or tablet, weighty books, paper notes and stationary, the shopping trolleys have been embraced by many students, in an extreme example of “normcore” – the bland anti-style fashion trend.

Laurelin Sharp, Argos bags buyer, said: “We were really surprised with the surge in sales of our shopping trolley range – which coincided with students preparing to start or return to uni.

“Trolleys are really handy and versatile and we see them being snapped up by customers of all ages. The once-dominant tartan design has been updated with modern materials and prints. Our most popular line with customers at the moment is the navy polka dot at £19.99.”

Argos stocks a range of plain and patterned wheeled shopping trolleys from £15.99. All are available to Check & Reserve online at argos.co.uk for easy collection from stores nationwide.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

 

About Argos:

Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Argos: demand for wheeled shopping trolley soared by 25% since this time last year

Argos: demand for wheeled shopping trolley soared by 25% since this time last year

Sainsbury’s challenges pupils to cook the ultimate, great tasting, healthy meal with the launch of its nationwide schools competition Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a nation, our cooking age is falling short of our real age, and we are reaching it much later than we should, according to new research released today by Sainsbury’s. The research comes as the retailer announces plans to inspire a new generation of children to eat well through its Active Kids scheme – as practical cookery becomes compulsory for children up to Year 9 in England for the first time.

Based on extensive research amongst 3,000 people aged 14 to 50, the national cooking age is a first of its kind classification. Developed in collaboration with the British Nutrition Foundation, much like a person’s reading age, it benchmarks food knowledge and cooking skills against suggested core competences and the National Curriculum.*

The findings reveal that while adults aged between 40 and 50 years old say they can confidently cook to the level required of GCSE students, school leavers preparing to look after themselves at university struggle most in the kitchen with a Cooking Age of just 12 years old.**

When asked, two thirds of 19 to 24 year olds (63%) say they would be unable to rustle up simple, balanced dishes such as a shepherd’s pie. Nearly half (44%) of 17 to 18 year olds admit they are unable to make time saving, nutritious dishes like an omelette from scratch.

The UK’s Cooking Age, when compared against core food competences required to GCSE level:

Cooking age
Current secondary school pupils aged 14 to 16 13 years
School leavers aged 17 to 18 12 years
Students and young adults aged 19 to 24 14 years
Young adults aged 25 to 29 15 year
Adults in their 30s 15 years
Adults aged between 40 and 50 16 years

The findings suggest that the new cooking and nutrition aspects of the National Curriculum will provide the UK with a vital opportunity to equip young people with the skills they need to prepare and enjoy good food. To help teachers deliver these new lessons at classroom level, Sainsbury’s is launching an ambitious new nationwide schools competition through its Active Kids scheme – Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks.

Supported by free curriculum-linked lesson plans and recipe ideas, and fronted by Diversity founder and Got To Dance judge, Ashley Banjo, Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks will get children aged five to 16 cooking in the kitchen, helping to improve the Cooking Age of the next generation.

Active Kids Superstar Cooks challenges pupils to cook the ultimate, great tasting, healthy meal for the chance to win £10,000 of new kitchen kit for their school plus an exclusive dance class with Ashley Banjo. It has been created for children of all ages and abilities, with entries in two age categories 5 to 11 and 11 to 16 year olds. One winning school will be selected in each of the two age groups.

Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager, British Nutrition Foundation, commented: “It has long been thought that the cooking ability of successive generations has been in decline due to a variety of factors, such as changing lifestyles and education. Research shows that around 23% of children aged 2-10 years and 35% aged 11-15 years are now overweight or obese, therefore new changes to the National Curriculum in England will be vital in boosting the cooking age of the next generation and help children apply healthy eating for life.***

“This is a huge collective effort by Government and education partners to improve the diets of our nation’s children. Initiatives such as Active Kids can play an important role in helping teachers to bring food and nutrition education to life in a fun, engaging and inspirational way for children.”

Tara Hewitt, Active Kids Campaign Manager, said: “Basic food knowledge and cooking skills are things we all need to lead healthy, balanced lives but as a nation we are learning these skills too late in life.

“The popularity of TV shows such as Junior MasterChef and the Great British Bake Off mean that children have become more interested in cooking. The Active Kids Superstars Cooks competition will help build on this at school level, which is why we have joined forces with Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who embodies the benefits of eating well and being active. Ashley will help teachers to inspire kids to plan, prepare and cook great tasting balanced meals at school, giving them the skills they need to enjoy good food at home throughout their lives.

Ashley Banjo, Diversity star and Active Kids Superstar Cooks judge, concluded: “Eating well and being active has always been a really important part of my life. I developed a love of good food when I was young as I quickly discovered that it made me a better dancer.  I’ve teamed up with Active Kids Superstar Cooks because I’m passionate about inspiring kids to learn how to cook basic recipes that will help them as adults. They might not grow up to be professional dancers or athletes, but all young people need to understand that eating well will help them feel good and give them the energy to lead full and active lives, now and in the future.”

Notes to editors

  • * Core food competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years, which include cooking were updated in August by the BNF, alongside Public Health England, FSA Northern Ireland, FSA Scotland and the Welsh Government. Available at:www.nutrition.org.uk/foodinschools/competences/competences
  • ** The survey was conducted by Redshift Research in August 2014 among 3,000 UK respondents, 500 in each of the following age groups: 14-16; 17-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-39 and 40-50
  • *** Based on Public Health England data, August 2014

New National Curriculum changes in England

For the first time ever, practical cookery is compulsory for children up to Year 9 in primary and secondary schools in England. The new National Curriculum, published by the Department for Education, lays out the importance of ‘instilling a love of cooking’ in pupils from a young age. The requirement for cookery lessons will come into effect in September 2014.

Calculating the UK’s Cooking Age

The research was conducted by Redshift Research in August 2014 among 3,000 UK respondents, 500 in each of the following age groups: 14-16; 17-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-39 and 40-50. The questionnaire asked how confident (on a scale of 1-10) people are at a number of cooking tasks aligned to suggested Core Competences and the National Curriculum. An individual’s Cooking Age is calculated by their stated level of confidence at completing these cooking tasks. If they are confident to a level of eight at a specific task, then they are considered competent at said task. If a person scores eight or above on all tasks then they are awarded a pass for that stage. If they score below eight, they fail that stage. If they fail a stage, their cooking age is calculated by the number of tasks within the failed curriculum band that they are competent at. This is then divided by the total number of tasks, and multiplied by the number of years in the age band.

The BNF has worked with Public Health England, FSA Northern Ireland, FSA Scotland and the Welsh Government to update the Core Competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years. The competences are a framework of essential skills and knowledge around diet, consumer awareness, cooking, food safety and active lifestyles. The Core Competences are UK wide, helping teachers ‘unpack’ the curriculum, support future curriculum and qualification development and guide those creating resources for schools.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks

Active Kids Superstar Cooks is now open for entries! From now until 24 November, schools across the country will be challenged to create the ultimate healthy main meal for four people for the chance to win £10,000 worth of new kitchen kit for their school plus an exclusive prize with dance superstar Ashley Banjo.

The competition has been created for pupils of all ages and abilities, with entries in two age categories 5-11 and 11-16 year olds. One winning school will be selected in each of the two age groups. Special schools may use the entry criteria most suitable for the ability of their pupils.

The Superstar Cooks competition is designed to help schools deliver the new requirements of the National Curriculum in England and will help further support cooking and nutrition in the curriculum for schools across the rest of the UK. Teachers can download the competition toolkit, recipe ideas and lesson plans to help get pupils cooking.

About Ashley Banjo
Superstar Cooks judge Ashley Banjo is an inspirational figure to millions of children and young people across the UK, and with a ballerina for a mum and a boxer for a dad, he knows only too well the importance of eating well and being active.

Ashley leads Diversity, a dance troupe consisting of eight members from East London and Essex. In May 2009, Diversity took the UK by storm by winning Britain’s Got Talent, beating Susan Boyle in front of a 20 million live TV audience, in what was the most watched TV program in the UK for over six years.

Ashley has been a judge on Sky1’s dancing talent show Got To Dance since its start in 2010. On Friday 29 August, Ashley was on the judging panel as dance act Duplic8 were crowned the winners of Got To Dance 2014 after a closely fought contest with Dance Illusion and Bitter Harvest.

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Sainsbury’s challenges pupils to cook the ultimate, great tasting, healthy meal with the launch of its nationwide schools competition Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks

Sainsbury’s challenges pupils to cook the ultimate, great tasting, healthy meal with the launch of its nationwide schools competition Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks

Tesco’s 1950s delivery van driven by colleague in authentic 1950s driver’s uniform to appear at this year’s Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ —  A 1950s Tesco delivery van has been touring central London this morning, visiting landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Regent Street, before heading to Great Ormond Street Hospital to donate a mix of retro and modern toys to its onsite school.

The retro van, similar to those which serviced Tesco stores in the 1950s, has been lovingly restored to its former glory and has been weaving its way through central London giving onlookers a glimpse of the past.

The retro van – driven by a Tesco colleague in an authentic 1950s driver’s uniform – will be appearing at this year’s Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex, as part of Tesco’s sponsorship of the popular event. To mark this year’s Revival, toy makers Hornby have made a special one-off collectible version of the van.

The restored van will now travel down to Sussex ready for Goodwood Revival weekend, where Tesco has a 1960s replica shop. The store is stocked with retro products specially produced for the event and colleagues in authentic uniforms from the era will serve customers. This year F&F will feature their new Duchess range, which is inspired by 50s style, and Euphorium bakery will be providing revelers with delicious baked classics.

Local Marketing Director Mike Emery Said: ‘We’ve seen lots of people on the streets of London doing double-takes as the 1950s van drives past, and we’ve had loads of requests for selfies with the van. The response has been absolutely brilliant, and we’ve even met a few people who remember seeing the original vans driving round the streets of London.”

Notes to Editors:

  • Goodwood Revival takes place 12-14 September. It has a strict 1940-1960’s theme and dress code.
  • Around 150,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Revival, with visitors travelling from all over the world.
  • Tesco are a main sponsor of the Goodwood revival festival and each year delights visitors with its retro store, products and services.
  • You can take a virtual tour of the retro store here.
  • Tesco has worked with independent suppliers to source retro products exclusively for their store at Goodwood Revival festival.
  • You can find out more about Goodwood Revival here.

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-owned supermarket chain in Turkey Kipa launched its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report

İzmir, Turkey, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our business in Turkey – Kipa – has today launched its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report. The report details the excellent progress our Turkish business has made over the last year in terms of embedding the ‘we use our scale for good’ corporate responsibility strategy.

Notable achievements include launching the “Eat Happy/Well Being” project, which will make a significant contribution to helping the next generation improve its relationship with food, and creating 1,400,000 new opportunities for young people and children, with initiatives such as “Store Volunteer Days”.

Our work in Turkey demonstrates how a truly global business such as Tesco has a unique opportunity to bring about positive change in communities across the world. Improving health, for example, is becoming an increasingly significant challenge everywhere and as a major food retailer we have a responsibility and opportunity to make a big difference.

That’s why we are launching children’s food education initiatives across all of our operating markets. In Turkey this is called the “Eat Happy/Well Being” project, which has been developed as part of our partnership with the Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV). Over the next three years the project aims to provide 160,000 primary school children with skills and knowledge around physical activity and nutrition.

Helping young people onto the career ladder has been a particular focus of Kipa during the last year. 75 Community Ambassadors have been created to work with schools and support students getting important life experience. Furthermore, through the “Store Volunteer Days” initiative Kipa has also encouraged all employees to spend one day each year as a volunteer with school children or young people, including teaching them about career opportunities.

In Turkey, as in our other markets, we have continued to deliver on what we call the ‘essential areas’ of responsible business. For example, to reduce its impact on the environment Kipa has reduced its carbon footprint by 46.73% since 2006, planted over 88,000 trees in partnership with the Aegean Forest Foundation and now has 35 environmentally friendly stores, including solar power. Kipa has provided 220,000 hours of training for colleagues and helped over 300 gain promotion within the organisation. Meanwhile Kipa has shown great support for its local communities by collecting 300,000 TL to buy the Turkish Red Crescent a blood donation bus.

To find out more read the full report here.

Kipa is one of the leading retailers in Turkey with more than 190 stores in 24 cities and arroximately 9,000 employees.

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Creating new opportunities for children and young people has been a real focus this year

Creating new opportunities for children and young people has been a real focus this year

Carrefour opened its first Carrefour Express store in the east of São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 28 August 2014, Carrefour opened its first Carrefour Express store in Brazil, in the Tatuapé district, in the east of São Paulo. The new store comprises three main areas. The first is for sweets, fresh beverages and snacks. The second provides customers with easy access to daily-use products, such as cereals, bread, yoghurt and cooked meats. The third area is for grocery products, cat and dog food and beauty and hygiene products.

Carrefour Express is a practical and effective store format for everyday fast-moving consumer goods featuring a range of products specially adapted to local customers’ needs at competitive prices.

As the Group expands its coverage in Brazil, Carrefour plans to open more convenience stores, with another set to open shortly in São Paulo. This way, it is bolstering its multi-format and innovative offering in order to meet a growing demand on the part of consumers: they want to make more frequent shopping trips close to where they work or live, buying fewer goods, but simply and quickly.

Carrefour, which opened its first convenience store 30 years ago, now operates more than 5800 such stores in 10 different countries.

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Carrefour opened its first Carrefour Express store in the east of São Paulo, Brazil

Carrefour opened its first Carrefour Express store in the east of São Paulo, Brazil

Majid Al Futtaim Group opened its 9th Carrefour hypermarket in Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 28 August, the Majid Al Futtaim Group opened its 9th Carrefour hypermarket in Egypt, in the city of Alexandria.

The “Alexandria City of Light” Carrefour has a sales area of 5500 m² and is part of a shopping centre which has 300 stores and a car park with space for 500 cars.

The Majid Al Futtaim Group currently runs 128 stores – 61 Carrefour hypermarkets, 66 Carrefour Markets and one web store, in 14 different countries.

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Majid Al Futtaim Group opened its 9th Carrefour hypermarket in Alexandria, Egypt

Majid Al Futtaim Group opened its 9th Carrefour hypermarket in Alexandria, Egypt

Federated Co-operatives Limited remains the largest Saskatchewan company in SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2014 ranking of the province’s top 100 businesses

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) retains the title of largest Saskatchewan company in SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2014 ranking of the province’s top 100 businesses, published in the September edition.

In 2013, FCL achieved record sales of $9.4 billion, an increase of 7.4 per cent from the previous year, due to growth in all its strategic business sectors: energy, food, home and building supplies, crop supplies and feed. Net earnings from operations were $879 million, with $574 million being returned to local retail co-ops as a patronage allocation.

“We had a great year and continue to grow our business across Western Canada,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “This success is not ours alone. It is the product of a system of co-operation, working together and sharing profits with our members, who in turn are stalwart organizations in their respective communities.”

FCL is a Saskatoon-based company, owned by 225 retail co-op members across Western Canada.  FCL has more than 3,000 employees at its operations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. FCL has two wholly-owned subsidiaries – the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask., and The Grocery People in Edmonton, Alta.

SaskBusiness has included retail co-ops in this year’s rankings, with 15 making the Top 100 list. Put another way, one in every seven businesses on the Top 100 list this year was a retail Co-op. The 15 co-ops added to the list employ 4,700 people and had over $1.9 billion in sales during 2013.

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
23 Saskatoon Co-operative Association Saskatoon
35 Pioneer Co-operative Association Swift Current
41 Sherwood Co-operative Association Regina
44 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Prince Albert
49 Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association Lloydminster
67 YorktonCo-operative Association Yorkton
78 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Moose Jaw
79 Battlefords & District Co-operative Association North Battleford
80 Weyburn Co-operative Association Weyburn
83 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Estevan
84 Prairie North Co-operative Association Melfort
86 Pineland Co-operative Association Nipawin
92 Kindersley & District Co-operative Association Kindersley
93 Delta Co-operative Association Unity
94 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Meadow Lake

Together FCL and retail co-ops form the Co-operative Retailing System, which helps build, feed and fuel individuals and communities in Western Canada.

“Co-op has a rich history spanning over 100 years in Saskatchewan,” said Banda. “We continue to grow and invest in our communities, creating jobs and supporting causes that matter here at home.”

In June, the Financial Post Magazine published its rankings of the 500 largest corporation in Canada in June where FCL held 45th place, up three spots from last year’s ranking.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited remains the largest Saskatchewan company in SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2014 ranking of the province’s top 100 businesses

Federated Co-operatives Limited remains the largest Saskatchewan company in SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2014 ranking of the province’s top 100 businesses