HBO and Starbucks Coffee Company to host THE CONCERT FOR VALOR to honor America’s veterans at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on November 11

Live talent to Include Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, among others, as well as special appearances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg at concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families

Concert to be Executive Produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Joel Gallen

NEW YORK AND SEATTLE, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — HBO and Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced today they will host THE CONCERT FOR VALOR, a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to be presented live on HBO this Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 (7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT).

The concert will feature a broad array of talent from the worlds of music and entertainment, including Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as special appearances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among many others.

THE CONCERT FOR VALOR will provide a national stage for ensuring that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine. Millions of people, including veterans, active duty service members, their families and Americans from all walks of life are expected to watch the free concert in person or on television, with the goal of raising awareness for veterans service organizations dedicated to education, wellness, reemployment and reintegration. The event will be presented from the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, and HBO will offer its affiliates the opportunity to open the signal, allowing nonsubscribers to view the special. Former US Secretary of Defense and Starbucks board member Robert Gates and former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen are serving in an advisory capacity with regard to veterans outreach and veteran service organizations that will be recipients of concert donations.

The live event will be executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Joel Gallen, who will also direct. Hanks, who devoted his time and talent to support the construction of the World War II Memorial, has, with Goetzman, executive produced such projects as the Emmy®-winning HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” “Band of Brothers” and “John Adams,” as well as the HBO music specials “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert” and the recent “2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” both of which were directed by Gallen.

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said, “We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women. Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation’s gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield. We are delighted to join with Starbucks in our mutual effort to pay tribute to our veterans and those serving in the military.”

Starbucks chairman, president and ceo Howard Schultz said, “The post-9/11 years have brought us the longest period of sustained warfare in our nation’s history. The less than one percent of Americans who volunteered to serve during this time have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms – but that freedom comes with a responsibility to understand their sacrifice, to honor them and to appreciate the skills and experience they offer when they return home. As many now seek reemployment, now is the time to offer them opportunities to work in our communities to do what they do best: solve problems and lead with selfless service. THE CONCERT FOR VALOR represents a significant and historic opportunity to demonstrate our country’s potential to come together as a nation, and do right by those who have done so much for us. They’ve stepped up. Now it’s our turn.”

Last November, Starbucks committed to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. In April, the Schultz Family Foundation, co-founded by Schultz and his wife, Sheri, committed $30 million to support veterans’ transition to civilian life. Schultz is also co-authoring “For Love of Country,” which reports on the sacrifices veterans have made, the bravery and leadership they demonstrate, and the huge economic benefit and opportunity that transitioning veterans bring to American communities and companies. The book, co-written with Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post, will be published by Knopf and available nationwide in early November. The authors will donate proceeds from the sale of the book to veterans service organizations.

HBO has a long history of original programming devoted to supporting veterans and examining veterans’ experiences from diverse perspectives. In addition to the miniseries “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” the network has presented the original movies “Taking Chance” and “The Tuskegee Airmen,” the miniseries “Generation Kill,” and the documentaries “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq,” “Wartorn 1861-2010,” “Baghdad ER,” “Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery,” “Crisis Hotline: Veterans 1” and the upcoming “The Last Patrol,” among many others.

HBO and Starbucks are proud to present THE CONCERT FOR VALOR with the support of the Trust for the National Mall. As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, the Trust is committed to preserving the sacred space where America’s military veterans are honored and free speech – both spoken and sung – is protected. The Trust will provide event volunteers and logistical assistance to support the concert and preserve the grounds of the National Mall.

While less than one percent of American adults serve in the U.S. military today, there are currently more than 20 million American veterans. This includes more than 2.5 million 9/11-era veterans who are facing a range of challenges as they make the transition back to civilian life.

About HBO
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 127 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 70 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company 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.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Contact:

HBO New York: Quentin Schaffer or Tobe Becker (212) 512-1329 or 5492

HBO Los Angeles: Nancy Lesser or Mara Mikialian (310) 382-3274 or 3276

Starbucks: Corey duBrowa or Laurel Harper (206) 318-7100 or press@starbucks.com

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Starbucks opened the first community store in Seoul as its ongoing commitment to supporting pathways to opportunities for young people

A portion of every Community Store purchase directly supports education and career training programs through Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea

First-of-its-kind program in Korea builds on strong foundation of innovative education, job training and apprenticeship initiatives led by Starbucks around the globe

SEOUL, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrating Starbucks 15 years in Korea and its ongoing global commitment to supporting pathways to opportunities for young people in the community, Starbucks today opened the first community store in the Daehakro neighborhood of Seoul.  KRW300 (30 cents U.S.) from every purchase at this store will go to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea (GUCFK) to directly support lifelong skills development for youth through the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program.

“Our aspiration for the past 15 years has been to build a different kind of company in Korea – one committed to performance that is driven through the lens of humanity  with a focus on giving back to the communities where we do business,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands. ”Through our expanded partnership with Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea to develop the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program, we’re working together to help young people identify and develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

The Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program is an innovative, holistic program that builds on the collaboration with GUCFK to offer academic scholarships through graduation, combined with a unique curriculum focused on business acumen, collaborative communications and social consciousness as part of its aim to prepare young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for educational and career opportunities in Korea’s economy.

“Korea has one of the highest college tuition costs around the globe and the ratio for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend college is low. Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program empowers and engages young people in encouraging and meaningful ways to create a positive change in their lives through education,” said Lee Je-Hoon, President, Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea.

Since 2006, Starbucks Korea and Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea have collaborated to help address social and community needs across Korea, with a strong focus on investing in young people that are seeking opportunities to participate in the economy. From the annual Green Santa Barista event, to Grow the Tree of Hope campaign, to skills development programs for youth, the two organizations have worked together to make a positive difference for young people in the community.

“We are pleased to expand on our relationship with Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea to continue to build and inspire young people in Korea who have made a commitment to serve and lead in their communities,” said S.K. Lee, president, Starbucks Korea. “The investment from the new community store in Daehakro will give our customers an opportunity to join us in directly supporting local programs for young people to build lifelong skills.”

Located in the education and arts district of Seoul, the Community Store will be a social hub for the local community celebrating opportunities to create a positive change through an interactive community board and a unique art wall, created by local university students.

Over time, the store will host workshops and seminars facilitated by business and community leaders to create dialogue and engagement on important topics impacting the community.

Today’s community store opening is Starbucks eighth community store globally and the second community store in Asia. The community stores aim to be a social hub to find and support smart solutions for the local community. Portion of the sales from each community store is shared with a local nonprofit to provide young people in the community the education and career opportunities they need to succeed.

This Starbucks community store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The store is located at 57 Daehakro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea.

Celebrating 15 Years in Korea
Korea continues to be key to Starbucks continued success since the opening of its first store in Seoul in 1999. Today, Starbucks Korea operates more than 697 stores across 62 cities and is the company’s fourth largest market outside of the U.S.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company 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.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks opened the first community store in Seoul as its ongoing commitment to supporting pathways to opportunities for young people

Starbucks opened the first community store in Seoul as its ongoing commitment to supporting pathways to opportunities for young people

METRO GROUP announces reorganisation at Galeria Kaufhof management structure

Initiated generational change creates foundations for continued economic success and personnel continuity

  • Olivier Van den Bossche new CEO of department store operations
  • Lovro Mandac new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH
  • Edo Beukema and Volker Schlinge resume the Management Board positions for Procurement and HR – Thomas Storck and Ulrich Köster with new duties atMETRO GROUP

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP is further driving the future-oriented reorganisation of its successful department store business: according to a statement by METRO AG, Olivier Van den Bossche (38), former Spokesman of the Management Board of Kaufhof’s Belgian subsidiary Galeria INNO, has taken over from Lovro Mandac (64) as Chairman of the Management Board of the department store operations ofGALERIA Kaufhof GmbH effective 1 October 2014. Lovro Mandac will in addition to his function as Chairman of the Management Board of GALERIA Holding GmbH also assume the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board ofGALERIA Kaufhof GmbH, so far held by Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer ofMETRO AG. METRO AG plans to ensure the future management of theGaleria Kaufhof Group which, in addition to its operational business also includes the city-centre real estate portfolio, via the company’s Shareholders’ Meeting chaired by Mark Frese. At the same time, new Managing Directors for Procurement and Human Resources are rising to the management of the leading German department store operator.

“With these structural measures we are initiating the generational change atGaleria Kaufhof while at the same time securing management continuity to sustainably secure and continue the successful course of our department store business”, said Mark Frese. “With Olivier Van den Bossche, we have won a recognised top manager as new Chairman of the Management Board for the operational department store business who has already done excellent work at Inno in Belgium. In his new function, Lovro Mandac, who has been a significant contributor to the successful development of Galeria Kaufhof for more than 20 years now, will ensure a smooth leadership transition within the company”.

GALERIA Holding GmbH is the umbrella organisation that combines the retail business and the real estate activities of Galeria Kaufhof; in addition to Lovro Mandac (Chief Executive Officer), the Management Board also includes Dr Henning Klöppelt (Chief Real Estate Officer) and Thomas Fett (Chief Financial Officer).

Two more changes will take place on the Management Board ofGALERIA Kaufhof GmbH effective 1 October 2014: The new Head of Procurement will be Edo Beukema, who has so far very successfully served in the same position at the Dutch department store operator de Bijenkorf. Thomas Storck, the current Head of Procurement, will be appointed to the newly created position of Chief Solution Officer and CIO at METRO Cash & Carry where he will manage the digital transformation of the wholesale business. In this role he will also be responsible for the online business of METRO Cash & Carry. At the same time, Ulrich Köster, CHRO and Labour Relations Director, will assume new duties within METRO GROUPstarting form 1 January 2015 and therefore withdraw from the Management Board of GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH; he will be succeeded in this position by Volker Schlinge, former Head of Marketing at GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH. Rami Al Assouad, currently Chief Buying Officer at Galeria INNO, will rise to the position of Spokesman of the Management Board of the Belgian department store subsidiary.

“With the new structure and this powerful team we will be well positioned to successfully advance Galeria Kaufhof with regard to both, its operational department store business and its real estate business”, stressed Mark Frese. “This way we will be able to further expand our leading position in the German market”.

Lovro Mandac stated: “The new holding structure of the Galeria Kaufhof Group will allow for an efficient and performance-oriented development of the company as a whole. With Olivier Van den Bossche we will be excellently positioned in our operational business in the future. He is very familiar with our company and has already demonstrated in Belgium that he is capable of managing a department store highly successfully and with a strong customer focus. We thank Ulrich Köster and Thomas Storck for their valuable contributions to the advancement of Galeria Kaufhof over the past years. We are looking forward to the future collaboration with Olivier Van den Bossche, Volker Schlinge, Edo Beukema and Rami Al Assouad and wish all of them every success in their new tasks”.

Management structure of Galeria Kaufhof as from 1 October 2014

METRO

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 Marktand Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

The GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH with its headquarters in Cologne is part of the METRO GROUPand one of Europe’s leading department stores. The company presents modern shopping and experience worlds with its innovative and successful Galeria concept. With its total of around 21,500 employees, GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH operates 105 department stores and 17 sports stores in Germany alone and 15 department stores in Belgium.

Hypermarket chain Real announces management board changes

  • General Manager Jörg Kramer to become Head of HR
    Frank Kretzschmar joins management board as Chief Operations Officer
  • Labour Director Andreas Schrödinger assumes new task within the METRO GROUP
  • Contracts of CEO Didier Fleury and CMO Patrick Müller-Sarmiento extended by three years

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Hypermarket chain Real reorganises responsibilities within its management board. As the Mönchengladbach-based company announced subsequently to a meeting of the supervisory board, the management board positions for HR and operations will be reassigned. At the same time, the employment contracts of Didier Fleury, Chairman of the Management Board, and Patrick Müller-Sarmiento, Chief Merchandise Officer, were extended for another three years until August 2018, respectively September 2018.

Former General Manager Jörg Kramer will lead the HR department of Real as new Labour Director as of 1st of January 2015, taking over the position from Andreas Schrödinger, who at his own request, will leave the Real management board in order to accept new responsibilities within the METRO GROUP. In addition, Frank Kretzschmar, former Chairman of the Management Board of Media Markt and Saturn Austria, will manage the sales activities as new Chief Operations Officer (COO) and will be at the same time responsible for the region north from the beginning of next year. Together with CFO Henning Gieseke, Real’s Management Board comprises five members as before.

“The realignment of Real initiated by Didier Fleury and his team is returning first successful results,” says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Real and Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “The early extension of the employment contracts ensures the required continuity during our transformation process. The reassignment of management responsibilities paves the way for the company’s future success. We would like to thank Andreas Schrödinger for many years of excellent work and also wish Jörg Kramer and Frank Kretzschmar all the best and success for their new tasks.”

As General Manager in the Real management board, Jörg Kramer currently is responsible for the sales region north, and furthermore coordinates all sales activities regarding national topics. He previously coordinated the non-food sector within the Real management board from 2004 to March 2013. Frank Kretzschmar joined the management board of Media Markt and Saturn Austria in 2005 and became Chairman of the Management Board in 2008. He also served as COO of Media-Saturn-Holding in Ingolstadt from 2011 to 2013. Andreas Schrödinger has been Labour Director and a member of the Real management board since 2003. He previously held various executive positions outside of the METRO GROUP, e.g. as HR Manager of the ABB AG.

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.

real,- SB-Warenhaus GmbH is a METRO GROUP company. real,- offers a comprehensive range of food and non-food products, high quality fresh items and attractive prices. All this makes Real one of the leading hypermarket companies in Germany. Under the umbrella of real,- Group, the company operates about 300 hypermarkets throughout Germany, as well as a 2 Drive-In-Food-Stores in Germany and the real,- Online-Shop. The company, employing about 40,000 employees, generated a sales volume of around €7.3 billion in the 2012/13 fiscal year (pro forma). Further information on www.real.info and www.metrogroup.de

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Philippe Palazzi assumes the position of the Chief Customer & Marketing Officer at METRO Cash & Carry

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Effective 1 October 2014, Philippe Palazzi (43) will assume the position of the Chief Customer & Marketing Officer (CCMO) at METRO Cash & Carry and at the same time also become member of the Extended Management Board of METRO AG. He will take over from Diego Bevilacqua, CCMO since January 2010, who will be responsible for top supplier relations of the Germany-based wholesaler.

Philippe Palazzi has been serving as Managing Director of METRO Cash & Carry Italy since January 2011 where he laid the essential foundations for more customer proximity and drove the business focus on Horeca customers.

Philippe Palazzi began his career by joining METRO Cash & Carry France in 1994. In September 2002, he was appointed Senior Buyer at MAKRO Cash & Carry Greece and in August 2005 assumed the position of Director Procurement & Merchandising Food at METRO Cash & Carry Hungary. In January 2007, he was designated Head of Food Management of METRO Cash & Carry International and then took the position of Director Offer Management at METRO Cash & Carry Italy in April 2008.

“In Philippe Palazzi, we found an experienced expert of our business who, with his work in Italy, already impressively demonstrated that he knows our customers’ needs inside out. Under his leadership, our Italian business was also successfully transformed towards a customer orientated, innovative and strong performing wholesale format”, said Olaf Koch, CEO of METRO AG. “We are pleased that Philippe Palazzi will now contribute this expertise to his new position”.

The management of METRO Cash & Carry Italy will be taken over by Claude Sarraih who until now served as Director Offer Management at METRO Cash & Carry Russia.

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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WebMD Health Corp. and Walgreen Co. partner to provide new digital health improvement programs

Companies Developing New Digital Health Improvement Programs that Include Incentives through Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices™

NEW YORK and DEERFIELD, IL, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) and Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) are partnering to improve health and wellness in America by helping and incenting consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on-the-go.

In the coming months, the companies will work together to provide WebMD’s virtual wellness-coaching programs directly to Walgreens customers. Walgreens will also incorporate WebMD content on a variety of health topics, co-branded by WebMD and Walgreens, into its digital experience and stores. Additionally, visitors to WebMD will be able to easily use Walgreens prescription refill and clinic appointment scheduling options from within the WebMD site on their desktop or mobile device.

“WebMD is pleased to be working with Walgreens to make trusted health information and services available to consumers anywhere, anytime so they can make more informed choices and live a healthier life,” said David Schlanger, Chief Executive Officer, WebMD. “WebMD and Walgreens have a shared mission to improve health and wellness by empowering decision-making and motivating positive action. Working together, we will accelerate both companies’ efforts to realize this critical goal.”

“We’re excited to work with WebMD to provide our customers with new health resources,” said Alex Gourlay, President, Customer Experience and Daily Living, Walgreens. “Customers of both companies will benefit from WebMD’s digital engagement tools combined with assistance from Walgreens community pharmacists and nurse practitioners to help them adopt healthy lifestyles. As an added benefit, these consumers also can take advantage of the incentives included in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program.”

Among the features and services Walgreens and WebMD will offer consumers in the coming months are:

• Enhanced Products and Services
Walgreens will incorporate into its digital experience and stores select WebMD content in various topic areas, including: Allergy, Healthy Eating, Skincare, Fitness, Healthy Aging, Emotional Health, Heart Health, Cold & Flu, Sleep, and Oral Health. In addition, WebMD will make Walgreens online prescription refill and transfer services and Healthcare Clinic appointment scheduling available across WebMD’s desktop and mobile offerings.

• Lifestyle & Condition Management Programs
Walgreens will offer its customers access to WebMD’s virtual wellness-coaching programs that help individuals maintain and improve their health through positive lifestyle choices and healthy behavior change. Participants will be able to enroll in programs that help with smoking cessation, weight management, nutrition, exercise, stress management and emotional health, as well as in programs for managing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

• Balance Rewards Integration
The companies plan to incorporate Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program into the WebMD virtual-wellness coaching programs offered through Walgreens to incent members to participate in health-related activities. Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices helps people adopt healthy behaviors by earning Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty program points through participation in health-related programs and tracking progress toward a goal. The companies also plan to integrate Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program into WebMD’s Healthy Target mobile health improvement program to provide users the ability to earn Balance Rewards points for engaging in healthy behaviors. Available within WebMD’s flagship mobile app for iPhone, Healthy Target allows individuals looking to develop sustainable health-conscious habits to upload biometric device data from activity trackers, wireless scales and glucometers and to receive tailored, physician-reviewed, contextually relevant content and motivational tips.

Health, Wellness & Wearables @ Advertising Week
Schlanger and Gourlay will discuss the companies’ newly announced collaboration and talk about the changing health and wellness landscape today at Advertising Week. Their discussion, titled “The Health & Wellness Opportunity”, will take place during the Health, Wellness & Wearables session and will be moderated by Dan Childs, Managing Editor of ABC News’ Medical Unit.

About WebMD
WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, emedicineHealth, RxList, theheart.org, Medscape Education and other owned WebMD sites.

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,207 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

WebMD Forward-Looking Statement
All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including those regarding: our expectations concerning market opportunities and our ability to capitalize on them; and the benefits expected from new products or services. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on our current plans and expectations, and they involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to be different than those described in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those relating to: market acceptance of our products and services; relationships with customers and strategic partners; and changes in economic, political or regulatory conditions or other trends affecting the healthcare, Internet and information technology industries. Further information about these matters can be found in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®, theheart.org® and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries.

Walgreens Forward-Looking Statement
Statements in this communication that are not historical are forward-looking statements for purposes of applicable securities laws. Words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “target,” “continue,” “sustain,” “synergy,” “on track,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including: the risks that one or more closing conditions to the transactions may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transactions or that the required approvals by the Company’s shareholders may not be obtained; the risk of a material adverse change that the Company or Alliance Boots or either of their respective businesses may suffer as a result of disruption or uncertainty relating to the transactions; risks associated with changes in economic and business conditions generally or in the markets in which we or Alliance Boots participate; risks associated with new business areas and activities; risks associated with acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments and divestitures, including those associated with cross-border transactions; risks associated with governance and control matters; risks associated with the Company’s ability to timely arrange for and consummate financing for the contemplated transactions on acceptable terms; risks relating to the Company and Alliance Boots’ ability to successfully integrate our operations, systems and employees, realize anticipated synergies and achieve anticipated financial results, tax and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated; the potential impact of announcement of the transactions or consummation of the transactions on relationships and terms, including with employees, vendors, payers, customers and competitors; the amounts and timing of costs and charges associated with our optimization initiatives; our ability to realize expected savings and benefits in the amounts and at the times anticipated; changes in management’s assumptions; the risks associated with transitions in supply arrangements; risks that legal proceedings may be initiated related to the transactions; the amount of costs, fees, expenses and charges incurred by Walgreens and Alliance Boots related to the transactions; the ability to retain key personnel; changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; the risks associated with international business operations; the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; changes in network participation and reimbursement and other terms; risks associated with the operation and growth of our customer loyalty program; risks associated with outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, and changes in legislation, regulations or interpretations thereof; and other factors described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the SEC. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, Walgreens does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this communication, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

 

Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s

  • 92 per cent of children would give away some  presents if it meant another child would have a happier Christmas
  • 61 per cent of children have given up their free time for charity at Christmas
  • Argos, Barnardo’s and Tess Daly launch this year’s annual Toy Exchange from today until 25th November 2014

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Children’s Christmas wishes are evolving as today’s kids show awareness of the less fortunate and consider what they could give to a disadvantaged child, according to new research released today.

Rather than seeing other children go without toys in the festive season, the research from Argos and Barnardo’s shows that 92 per cent of children would happily give up some of their Christmas presents, if it meant a disadvantaged child could enjoy a happier Christmas.

And the spirit of Christmas continues with children also sharing their time, the new study revealing that 61 per cent of children spend time during their Christmas break supporting various causes with bake sales, sponsored silences, carol concerts and charitable donations.

And the Christmas belief of giving and receiving can start immediately for children across the UK with the launch of the third annual Argos Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s. From today, until 25th November, Argos customers are invited to drop off once-loved toys at Argos or Barnardo’s stores in return for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend), to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December. All donated toys are then sold in Barnardo’s retail outlets to raise funds for the charity.

The scheme aims to raise money for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and this year TV presenter and mum of two, Tess Daly has teamed up with the UK’s number one toy retailer* Argos and children’s charity, Barnardo’s, to make this year’s event the most successful yet!

Tess Daly, said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the Argos Toy Exchange this year. It’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK. We want to bring the grand total from the three Toy Exchanges to £2 million, with over 1150 Argos and Barnardo’s stores throughout the country it’s so simple to just pop down to your local branch and get donating!”

And ahead of Christmas, the Toy Exchange is the perfect way to clear out those pre-loved toys and make space whilst supporting a hugely worthwhile cause.

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As the UK’s number one toy retailer, we know how important it can be having something to open on Christmas morning. Each year Argos’ Toy Exchange raises hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of toy donations. Over the last two years we have generated around £1.25 million worth of toys and this year we want to add to this to hit £2 million over the three years. With the money raised going to help support some of Barnardo’s vital causes such, as early year’s development or vocational skills training, we’re committed to make this the most successful year yet!”

Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s Director of Retail and Trading, said: “After the success of the Toy Exchange over the last two years, it made sense to aim towards the next milestone, to bring the total target to £2 million. We believe that with the support of the UK’s children and their families, we can do it!

“Barnardo’s helps some of the most disadvantaged youngsters in the UK for example; those growing up in poverty, those trying to escape abuse and those living in care. Profits from the toys, when sold will fund this work’.

For more information about the Toy Exchange visit: www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange.

 

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For further information and images from the Argos Toy Exchange please contact the Surname & Surname team on +44 (0)207 260 2775 or ArgosToyExchange@thisissurname.com.

Research by Markettiers4dc, carried out on behalf of Argos between: 5th September 2014 and 10th September 2014.

Sample: 1002 UK children aged 5 – 16.

Notes to Editors:

  • In terms of value according to NPD Group UK Toys Consumer Panel 12 months to June 2014

Toy Exchange T&Cs

Toys can be donated to Argos or Barnardo’s stores between 1st October and 24th December 2014. You’ll receive a £5 voucher per donation (not per toy).

Toy Exchange vouchers can be redeemed between 01/10/2014 to 24/12/2014. Offer available in-store only, not at kiosks. Offer only available on Toys; for reference please visit argos.co.uk and refer to our “Toys & Games” section or refer to the Autumn/Winter 2014 catalogue. Please present voucher at till to claim discount. Voucher cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any toys multi-buy promotion, for example 3 for 2.

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.

About Barnardo’s
Barnardo’s works with more than 200,000 children, young people and their families each year.  Barnardo’s runs more than 900 services across the UK.

We believe in children and we believe every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.

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Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s

Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s

Tu at Sainsbury’s collaborates with The Royal College of Art to launch four unique collections to coincide with the clothing brand’s 10th Anniversary

LONDON, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of emerging talent and innovative fashion design, Tu at Sainsbury’s has collaborated with The Royal College of Art (RCA) for the first time to launch four unique collections to coincide with the clothing brand’s 10th Anniversary.

Each of the four collections has been exclusively created by a Masters (MA) student at The Royal College of Art, whose design ideas were specially selected by Tu at Sainsbury’s in house design team for their individuality, creativity and wearability.

Launching this October, the first collection has been designed by Finnish MA student Vivi Raila, taking influence from beautiful stained glass windows.

Inspired by the intricate process of how the windows are traditionally crafted, the statement Lily print reflects the bright colours and bold shapes of stained glass art. The pattern transcends through the range, featuring on dresses, shirting, skirts and knitwear.

Vivi Raila, RCA Womenswear MA Student said: “I was truly honoured to be chosen to design a collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s. Watching my designs come to life for such a big brand was so exciting.”

Anna Clarke, Head of Buying for Womenswear said: “Our collaboration with the RCA felt like the perfect way to celebrate a decade in style, and after 10 great years we felt it was important to show our support for new talent. The level of work we saw from the students throughout the project was outstanding, and we hope this offers them a stepping stone for their future careers.”

Compromising of 10 pieces, Vivi Raila’s collection includes a versatile mix of eveningwear, stylish staples and casual separates starting with prices ranging from £20 to £30.

The collection will be available in selected Sainsbury’s stores nationwide from 21st October.

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Tu at Sainsbury’s collaborates with The Royal College of Art to launch four unique collections to coincide with the clothing brand’s 10th Anniversary

Tu at Sainsbury’s collaborates with The Royal College of Art to launch four unique collections to coincide with the clothing brand’s 10th Anniversary

British designer Amanda Wakeley partners exclusively with Sainsbury’s to create limited edition tote bags in support of The Royal British Legion

LONDON, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — This year to commemorate the World War 1 Centenary, esteemed British designer Amanda Wakeley has partnered exclusively with Sainsbury’s to create two striking, limited edition tote bags in support of The Royal British Legion. To coincide with 2014’s Poppy Appeal campaign, the unique bags will go on sale in Sainsbury’s stores across the nation from 1st November 2014.

Inspired by military medals, the tote bags pay homage to the ribbons worn on the uniforms of the British armed forces. Stripes of honour are printed across the bags and embroidered onto the handles in patriotic bright reds and blues, whilst the trademark Amanda Wakeley A\W logo has been stitched on both sides of the bag.

Stylish and practical, Amanda’s well-loved staple ‘Ella’ tote was the inspiration behind the statement shape of The Royal British Legion shopper. The chic and versatile design is not only perfect for the weekly Sainsbury’s shop, but also a must have fashion item – great for weekend day trips, the school run, or the daily commute.

The Royal British Legion is a charity very close to Amanda’s heart, to this day she still wears the named dog tag bracelet that her great grandfather wore whilst in service. The detachable poppy tag charm on the bag is a reference to this treasured heirloom, handwritten with the poignant message “we shall remember them”.

Commenting on the collaboration, Amanda Wakeley said: “It was a genuine honour to be asked to design this bag, as The Royal British Legion is such a fantastic charity. The invaluable support that they provide to service men and women is truly heart-warming, and I am very proud to have taken part in this project”.

The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne added: “Sainsbury’s has been a corporate partner of the Legion for over 20 years, and this support has helped us provide vital care to the British Armed Forces past and present, and their loved ones. We’re thrilled with the high level of support from Sainsbury’s this year and are extremely grateful for our growing relationship”.

The bags will be exclusively available in Sainsbury’s stores and online, retailing at £5 a bag with 100% of profits (at least 50p) of each sale going to The Royal British Legion.

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British designer Amanda Wakeley partners exclusively with Sainsbury’s to create limited edition tote bags in support of The Royal British Legion

British designer Amanda Wakeley partners exclusively with Sainsbury’s to create limited edition tote bags in support of The Royal British Legion

CBL priced $300 million offering of 4.60% Senior Notes Due 2024 under its existing shelf registration statement

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) announced today that its majority-owned operating partnership subsidiary, CBL & Associates Limited Partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), priced a $300 million offering of 4.60% Senior Notes Due 2024 under its existing shelf registration statement. The notes will mature on October 15, 2024. Settlement is scheduled for October 8, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Operating Partnership expects to use the net proceeds from the offering of approximately $297.7 million, after deducting the underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by the Operating Partnership, to reduce amounts outstanding under its unsecured revolving credit facilities and for general business purposes.

BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo Securities are Joint Book-Running Managers.

The issuer has filed a registration statement on Form S-3 relating to these securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering and an accompanying prospectus have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction.

The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to the offering, when available, may be obtained by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10179, Attention: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk or by calling collect (212) 834-4533; RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Three World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, Attn: Debt Capital Markets or by calling toll-free: (866) 375-6829 or by emailing: usdebtcapitalmarkets@rbccm.com; U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc., 214 North Tryon Street, 26th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28202, Attention: High Grade Syndicate or by calling toll-free: (877) 558-2607 or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 1525 West W.T. Harris Boulevard, NC0675, Charlotte, NC 28262, Attention: Capital Markets Client Support, calling toll-free: (800) 326-5897 or emailing: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 153 properties, including 92 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 86.6 million square feet including 6.8 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO.

Forward-Looking Statements
Information included herein contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual events, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the events and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The reader is directed to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included therein, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

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