Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne Fueling Systems to showcase hardware and software solutions for fuel and convenience stores at 2014 NACS Show in Las Vegas, October 7-10

Wincor Nixdorf to Feature Products at NACS Show October 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in advanced and innovative retail technologies, announced in June 2014 it will form a global alliance with Wayne Fueling Systems and will showcase hardware and software solutions for fuel and convenience stores at the 2014 National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas October 7-10.

“Wincor Nixdorf is proud to be launching our global portfolio of fuel and convenience automation solutions. The alliance with Wayne Fueling Systems brings the full value of Wincor Nixdorf to the fuel market said Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President and CEO. “We are excited about our relationship with Wayne Fueling Systems and about demonstrating our integrated product suite for fuel and convenience stores at Wayne’s booth at NACS.”

Convenience stores and other small retailers selling fuel today face numerous challenges, including globalization, increasing competition, new technologies and channels, rising personnel costs, and decreased brand loyalty among customers. These challenges require comprehensive, innovative solutions using ideas that expand on the traditional markets and make use of new potential. Wincor Nixdorf Service Stations International’s products offer companies unique opportunities to strengthen their customer relations, achieve value growth, and increase return on investment, while simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. The company’s fully integrated portfolio of products and services rapidly adapt to current market requirements and react dynamically to future challenges.
In Las Vegas, Wincor Nixdorf will demonstrate its point-of-sale (POS) application with cash management, mobile POS, back-office and head-office solutions, which is integrated in Wayne’s environment.

“Together, these two global leaders offer a comprehensive, fully integrated solution for convenience stores and services stations around the world, enhance customer experiences and bring more flexibility to the fueling industry by offering broader access to payment and loyalty systems,” explains Horst von Wels, Vice President and Head of Service Station International at Wincor Nixdorf. “Retail fuel station operators benefit from faster end-to-end implementation of new functions, more innovative enhancements to existing solutions, and highly efficient project rollouts. Equally important, they also benefit from a long-term secure investment in global platforms based on flexible technology that is designed to provide one base for a multitude of different business processes and retail store networks. ”

Together, Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne offer complete hardware (Wincor Nixdorf BEETLE™ POS terminal), software (Wincor Nixdorf NAMOS™ i-SERVICE STATION), and on-going service capabilities. They cover point-of-sale, back-office and head-office software, cash management (Cineo C1010 and C6010), and mobile point-of-sale. The solutions will be fully integrated in the Wayne environment, including the Wayne Fusion™ forecourt system and fuel dispensers, and will show the great capability of valuable functionality across a full range of retail fuel systems to benefit global, regional, national oil companies, branded wholesalers, high-volume retailers, fleet operations, and independent fuel station retailers.

The (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show 2014 will take place from October 7 – 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne Fueling Systems will be demonstrating in booth #6621.

For information on the NACS show, visit http://www.nacsonline.com/nacsshow/Pages/default.aspx.

Starbucks and its customers donate $75,000 to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll’s initiative to reduce youth violence – A Better Seattle

SEATTLE, 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks and its customers are donating $75,000 to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll’s A Better Seattle – the coach’s initiative to reduce youth violence by providing education, resources and opportunities through outreach workers in several Western Washington cities.

Part of the $75,000 contribution comes from customers in Washington who used a limited-edition Starbucks Seahawks card last month. Starbucks contributed 25-cents each time customers paid for their store purchases with the card.

“Here in our hometown, we unabashedly and proudly partner with others like Coach Carroll, the Seahawks and the YMCA to invest in opportunities for young people,” said Rodney Hines, director of Community Investments for Starbucks. “The work that A Better Seattle supports is critical and through the enthusiastic involvement of our customers, we’ve been able to raise funds that are imperative for sustaining needed resources for Seattle-area youth.”

In partnership with the YMCA’s Alive & Free program, A Better Seattle will use the funds to provide support systems, life skill coaching and resources for Seattle-area youth.

“We meet young people in the community who are at risk of being involved with violence or the juvenile justice system and connect them with services that will make a positive change in their lives,” said Sean Goode, is Alive & Free South King County Supervisor.

Goode is familiar with the area he’s now serving. He grew up in South King County with an older brother who was sent to jail at the age of 14 for committing a violent crime. Goode might have followed that unfortunate path if not for his brother who, after being released from incarceration as a 20 year old, steered him away from crime.

“Today it is really rich to be able to give back to my community and provide them with the outreach that my brother gave me,” he said. “We’re giving young people an opportunity to change their lives. That creates a better Seattle.”

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

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Starbucks and its customers donate $75,000 to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll’s initiative to reduce youth violence - A Better Seattle

Starbucks and its customers donate $75,000 to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll’s initiative to reduce youth violence – A Better Seattle

Carrefour opens second Express store in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Following the opening of Brazil’s first convenience store on 28 August, a second Express store has just opened in São Paulo. Located in Rua Pamplona – just a few roads from the famous Avenue Paulista – the store is in one of São Paulo’s major tourist and business districts, and services the needs of high-income customers. The store has therefore tailored its product range to meet its customers’ requirements: in particular, it features a wide variety of Fruit and Vegetables and has a Bakery section where bread is baked on site 4 times a day. It also stocks a complete range of daily-use products over its 200 m² sales area.

As soon as it opened, customers flocked to do their shopping there.

A team of 8 people is responsible for running the store on a day-to-day basis. Each of them received 50 hours of training before the store opened to help them serve customers as effectively as possible.

Carrefour Brazil is continuing with its growth strategy and is bolstering its multi-format offering in order to meet 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.

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Walmart announces 50 food banks with the most votes as part of its Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign

Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign distributes $3.7 million in donations to help fight U.S. hunger

Bentonville, Ark., 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — From Sept.15 to Oct. 5, more than 362,000 votes were cast for 129 participating Feeding America food banks as part of Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign. Local communities rallied together throughout the month to vote at www.walmart.com/fighthunger and, as a result, the 50 food banks with the most votes were selected as winners of a $60,000 grant. These grants will help food banks and partner agencies secure the food, equipment and support they need to help serve the 49 million Americans that, according to the USDA, may not know where their next meal will come from at some point this year.

The Feeding America food banks receiving grants through Fight Hunger.Spark Change. are:

Food Bank City Votes
Feeding South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD 13,676
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley Youngstown, OH 13,061
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK 7,434
Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati, OH 7,314
Rhode Island Community Food Bank Providence, RI 7,095
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC Winston-Salem, NC 6,499
River Valley Regional Food Bank Fort Smith, AR 6,173
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Kingsport, TN 6,150
Northern Illinois Food Bank Geneva, IL 5,795
Weld Food Bank Greeley, CO 5,527
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Fort Myers, FL 5,483
Kansas Food Bank Wichita, KS 5,065
Feeding America Southwest Virginia Salem, VA 4,970
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa, OK 4,954
Food Bank of Lincoln Lincoln, NE 4,856
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. Fort Wayne, IN 4,748
Central Illinois Foodbank, Inc. Springfield, IL 4,715
Greater Cleveland Food Bank Cleveland, OH 4,708
God’s Pantry Food Bank Lexington, KY 4,706
CEO’s Weinberg Regional Food Bank Wilkes Barre, PA 4,705
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Wichita Falls, TX 4,689
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Madison, WI 4,682
Northeast Iowa Food Bank Waterloo, IA 4,676
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Elizabethtown, KY 4,662
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Akron, OH 4,645
Mid-Ohio Foodbank Grove City, OH 4,640
Food Bank of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC 4,639
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Phoenix, AZ 4,600
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4,582
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties San Jose, CA 4,571
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston, SC 4,565
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 4,561
Good Shepherd Food Bank Auburn, ME 4,560
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Columbia, MO 4,555
Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chattanooga, TN 4,554
East Texas Food Bank Tyler, TX 4,550
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Nashville, TN 4,544
St. Louis Area Foodbank Bridgeton, MO 4,518
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Harrisburg, PA 4,506
Connecticut Food Bank East Haven, CT 4,489
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank Texarkana, AR 4,484
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Verona, VA 4,482
Food Bank of Northern Nevada McCarran, NV 4,465
Hoosier Hills Food Bank Bloomington, IN 4,443
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County Sharon, PA 4,443
Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta, GA 4,441
Greater Berks Food Bank Reading, PA 4,432
Bay Area Food Bank Theodore, AL 4,426
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Maryville, TN 4,415
Dare to Care Food Bank Louisville, KY 4,415

“We want to thank everyone who rallied together and voted in the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign for their commitment to hunger relief,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Through the grants, we know the winning organizations and their partners will continue making great strides in the fight against hunger in their communities. By continuing our work together we hope to bring about a day when no family has to wonder where their next meal will come from.”

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign launched during a critical time when our nation’s food banks are faced with historically high rates of food insecurity. Feeding America recently released its Hunger in America 2014 report showing that in a single year one in seven Americans, including 12 million children, turn to the Feeding America network of food banks for food assistance. To help Feeding America meet this need, Walmart teamed up with six of the nation’s largest food companies for the campaign – General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company – to distribute $3.7 million, the monetary equivalent  of more than 37 million meals,[i] to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States.

“We are proud to stand together with Walmart and their partners to help fight hunger across the country,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “With 49 million of our neighbors and friends struggling with hunger, we know it’s going to take all of us working together to make sure that everyone has enough food for their families.”

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to impact the issue of hunger in the United States, and joining with suppliers, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations will only help magnify its efforts. Fight Hunger. Spark Change. is just one part of Walmart’s fight to end hunger. Walmart recently announced further food goals in the areas of affordability, accessibility, healthier eating and safety and transparency, which included providing four billion meals to those in need in the United States over the next five years. To learn more about Walmart’s work to fight hunger, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

¹In January 2014, Walmart donated the monetary equivalent of 33 million meals ($3.3 million) to Feeding America. In September 2014, the six participating food companies (General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company) have collectively pledged to donate the monetary equivalent of 4.26 million meals ($426,000). $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

Hy-Vee returns to its roots in Austin with plans to build new 60,000 – 90,000sq ft grocery store at Oak Park Mall

AUSTIN, Minn., 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that it would return to its roots in Austin with plans to build a new 60,000 – 90,000-square-foot grocery store at Oak Park Mall — the location of Hy-Vee’s original Austin store.

“We’ve been a part of this community for almost 40 years, and it’s been hard to witness how Oak Park Mall has struggled. I wanted to see if there was something we could do to move the needle like never before,” said Todd Hepler, Austin Hy-Vee store director. “Luckily, Hy-Vee provides me the autonomy to impact change. I took this idea to our leadership, and now a new store will be built at the mall.”

Hy-Vee has signed a letter of intent with the Austin Port Authority, and over the next 30 days the two entities will work to execute a formal developer’s agreement and purchase agreement.

As part of the arrangement, a large portion of the mall at 1301 18th Ave. NW will be demolished and the site will undergo several major improvements, including the addition of a storm detention system; upgraded building facades and fire protection for remaining buildings; new exterior walls for Younkers and the movie theater; and a new parking lot and public restrooms.

“We couldn’t be happier with the agreement. This is the type of major investment from a respected retailer that Oak Park Mall needed,” said Jerry McCarthy, president of the Austin Port Authority. “We’ve worked hard over the years to spur new life in the mall. We never gave up hope that one day an opportunity would present itself, enabling the mall to live up to its full potential.”

Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm agreed, commending the Port Authority and Hy-Vee for working together to come up with a solution. “This is a win-win for everyone, but especially for the citizens of Austin,” he said. “It won’t be long now that we’ll be able to drive by the mall and look upon it with pride.”

The new Austin Hy-Vee store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and a wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; thousands of produce and specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.

According to the agreement, the current Hy-Vee store at 1001 18th Ave. NW will be demolished within 90 days of its new Oak Park Mall store opening, and the location will be donated to the Port Authority. Hy-Vee has been at its location on 18th Avenue since 1985; the store was previously located at the mall from 1975 – 1985.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.