Argos partners with digital skills charity Go ON UK to provide practical skills, access and technology to some of the 9.5 million Brits still not online

  • Available to 10,000 UK adults who lack digital skills and take part in a workshop at one of over 120 participating stores, costing £20 per person
  • Argos Internet Workshop attendees will receive a tablet and a voucher redeemable for free broadband from TalkTalk for a year
  • Nearly one in five people in the UK currently lack digital skills and 52 per cent of those are over the age of 65
  • Workshops have been developed following research showing tablets aid internet adoption:– usage among 65-74 year olds to get online has trebled in the past year
  • The launch coincides with the start of Tinder Foundation’sGet Online Week;13 – 19 October, with courses available through to the new year.

 

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, leading retailer Argos has pledged to provide practical skills, access and technology to some of the 9.5 million Brits who are still not online. This is part of its partnership with digital skills charity Go ON UK.

Specially-trained store colleagues will help participants learn the basics of how to use a tablet, connect to and surf the internet, use a search engine, set up email, stay safe online and more. The workshops will run from 25 October through to mid-January 2015, in 120 communities across the UK.

Research released earlier this year from OFCOM shows the number of adults using tablets specifically to go online almost doubled year on year from 24 per cent to 44 per cent[1]. Whilst almost all age groups are more likely to use these handy, portable devices, those in older age groups find them particularly accessible, with use by those aged 35-64 doubling and 65-74 trebling from 5 per cent to 17 per cent.

The increase has been attributed in part to the rise of technology enabled inter-generational communication within families, such as Skype.

From the end of this month Argos Internet Workshops will kick off in stores around the UK.  Up to 10,000 people will be given training and a tablet to help them communicate, connect and develop the digital skills needed to feel confident online.

John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, which owns Argos, said: “The digital revolution continues apace, however, millions remain on the side-lines. Argos Internet Workshops have been developed to help people overcome the barriers of access and affordability and improve their knowledge, understanding and confidence in digital technology.

“The internet is becoming increasingly essential in day-to-day life, and offers a world of new possibilities that we believe everyone should be able to access.”

According to research by the BBC[2] into media literacy one in four people are uncomfortable with technology and one in five state they simply don’t know how to use it. Nearly one in five said they didn’t like to try new things on the internet because of worries they would do something wrong.

Baroness Lane-Fox, Chair of digital skills charity Go ON UK, said: “As many areas of everyday life become ‘digital by default’, with a number of government and business services becoming accessibleonlyonline, we need to ensure that everyone has the digital skills needed to participate in our evolving digital age.

“Access, affordability and skills have all been cited as key barriers to bringing people online and this fantastic initiative from Argos is exactly the type of programme we need to help people become more confident with technology.”

Internet Workshops will start at the end of this month. Following the workshop, participants will learn the basics to help them:

  • Get online and access at least one website
  • Create an e-mail account
  • Understand how to use apps
  • Know how to stay safe online
  • Know where to go for further support.

Helen Milner, Chief Executive of the Tinder Foundation, said: “With 9.5m people in the UK without basic online skills, it is fantastic to see such a commitment from Argos to support people in improving their skills during Get Online Week. These events are just some of the thousands happening within communities all over the country where people can find ongoing support to improve their digital skills.”

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[1] The Communications Market Report, Ofcom, 7th August 2014.
[2] Media Literacy, Understanding Digital Capabilities, July 2012, BBC

Notes to Editors:

  • Argos Internet Workshops cost £20. Eligible candidates can sign up by calling 0345 600 4408 or visit their nearest Argos store for more information.
  • Tablet: Proscan 7” dual core internet tablet, 8GB.
  • TalkTalk offer is free SimplyBroadband for 12 months (usually £3.50 a month), free installation and router, so customers just pay line rental at £15.95 a month.
  • Argos is a board member of Go ON UK, the cross-sector charity chaired by Baroness Martha Lane-Fox with an ambition to make the UK the most digitally advanced nation in the world.
  • John Walden, Home Retail Group Chief Executive was asked to join the Future High Streets Forum by then High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis in April 2014 to help look at how digital technology can support the high street in future.

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

Key stats:

  • ONS figures (Q1, 2014) showed that 6.4 million adults in the UK have never used the internet, with 5.6 million of them aged 55 and over.
  • Tablet usage has doubled between 2012 and 2014 (to 44% of all UK adults) (OFCOM 2014)
  • Compared to all adults, those aged 35-44 or in the AB socio-economic group are most likely to go online via a tablet (OFCOM 2014)
  • Those aged 55+ or in the DE socio-economic group are less likely to own a tablet (OFCOM 2014)
  • People in London (53%) and Manchester (55%) believe technology has helped to improve communications amongst their families (Argos Tablet Census 2013)
  • Belfast (39%), Cardiff (33%) and Norwich (31%) are all relying on their children to help them become more tech-savvy (Argos Tablet Census 2013)
  • Manchester’s grandparents are even asking their grandchildren to help them learn technology – 29% (Argos Tablet Census 2013)

 

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 through its stores 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 Go ON UK:
Go ON UK is a digital skills charity established in 2012 to encourage and support individuals, business and charities to enjoy the benefits of being online. Go ON UK has nine chief executives around its boardroom table – Age UK, Argos, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, E.ON, EE, Lloyds Banking Group, Post Office and TalkTalk. Together, Go ON UK’s vision is to make the UK the world’s most digitally skilled nation.

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Argos partners with digital skills charity Go ON UK to provide practical skills, access and technology to some of the 9.5 million Brits still not online

Argos partners with digital skills charity Go ON UK to provide practical skills, access and technology to some of the 9.5 million Brits still not online

Argos to launch multi-million pound advertising campaign to signal its shift to become digital retail leader

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Argos will tomorrow launch a multi-million pound advertising campaign to signal its shift to become a digital retail leader – the biggest strategy change in its 40-year-plus history.

The ground-breaking campaign, developed by the agency CHI&Partners, is encapsulated by the words ‘GET SET GO ARGOS’.  It brings to life the retailer’s ongoing drive to become a digital retail leader for everyone, enabling customers to shop how and when they want.

With just 72 shopping days left until Christmas, the campaign will also highlight the wide range of brands shoppers might not expect to find at Argos, such as Beats, Dyson, Dualit and Habitat.

The first advertisement will air on the evening of Tuesday 14October during ITV1’sLong Lost Family, Channel 4’sObsessive Compulsive Cleanersand Channel 5’sCrimes That Shook Britain, and will burst into life with the trackHow You Like Me Nowby The Heavy, the British indie rock band from Bath. Additional high profile spots include ITV1’sDownton AbbeyandX Factorand Channel 4’sHomeland.  This will be followed by further ads in the run-up to Christmas that reflect the many new initiatives customers are set to experience in-store.

Stephen Vowles, Marketing Director at Argos, said: “When we said we would transform Argos two years ago – we meant it. The new campaign will be the biggest signal so far of how we are changing for our customers, and of our digital leadership strategy. We want all customers, new and existing, to realise how much Argos is changing and start to think and feel differently about us.”

The TV advertisement is part of Argos’ biggest ever multi-channel execution spanning out-of-home, digital, social media, print, radio, in-store and vehicles.

For the first time ever, Argos will run brand adverts in cinemas and on national billboards to reach wider customer groups. The new brand identity will extend to: Argos’ websites and apps; stores, with updated point-of-sale, redesigned carrier bags and new uniforms; and fresh signage for delivery lorries.

Argos staff themselves contributed to the design of the new uniforms after a survey of 1,000 colleagues in its stores found they wanted a sporty, young and modern look. The new uniforms will initially be rolled out to 100 stores.

Primarily a black polo shirt with a white logo, supported by red and grey secondary colours, the new outfit has specially-designed features that make it fit for a digital retail world. These include loops on the side of the shirt and a battery pack holder on trousers to accommodate the headsets team members wear to pick and put away products in the stock room.

Delivery drivers will also wear the new uniform and, depending on the weather, will have the choice of wearing shorts, stretch jackets, baseball caps or beanie hats – ensuring they’re comfortable in all conditions.

The new carrier bags have been completely redesigned and will showcase colour explosions in line with the brand’s new look.

A key way that Argos is changing is through the roll out of its digital concept stores – it now has 40 stores in the UK which offer Fast Track 60 second collection for online orders, and tables of iPads tablets for shopping instead of the traditional laminated catalogues, pencils and stock checker machines.

Customers can get a sneak preview of the TV advertisement on the Argos Facebook page a few hours before it first airs.

Stephen Vowles said: “The new campaign will punch home, boldly and dramatically, messages about our great products and services. It will reinforce our business transformation programme already underway, and tell the nation about the fantastic new Argos we are creating.”

In October 2012, Argos announced a five-year transformation plan to reinvent itself as a digital retail leader: to transform Argos from a catalogue-led business to a digitally-led business.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact Rollo Head or James Thompson at Finsbury on: +44 (0)207 251 3801

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 through its stores 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 to launch multi-million pound advertising campaign to signal its shift to become digital retail leader

Argos to launch multi-million pound advertising campaign to signal its shift to become digital retail leader

Sainsbury’s announces the winners of their inaugural Children’s Book Awards

LONDON, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s third largest supermarket and a major player in children’s book retailing, has today announced the winners of their inaugural Children’s Book Awards.

  • Three winners revealed, each to receive £1,000 prize
  • Six runners up also shortlisted by judges
  • All nine books will be £3 when they launch in stores today

The winning author of each category will receive a prize of £1,000 and all winning titles and shortlisted books will be promoted at £3 when they launch in Sainsbury’s stores today marking the key trading period leading up to Christmas 2014.

Category Winner Runners Up
Baby and Toddler That’s Not My Piglet: Fiona Watt (Usborne) Alphaprints 123 (Priddy)

Flip Flap Safari (Nosey Crow)

PIGLET
Picture Books There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes: Michelle Robinson (Bloomsbury) Train! (Little Tiger)

Hector and the Big Bad Knight (Scholastic)

LION
Fiction for age 5-9 years Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat Dragon: Sarah Courtault (Macmillan) Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Walker)

The Royal Babysitters (Bloomsbury)

DRAGON

Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s is invited all their current children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for each of the three award categories: Baby and Toddler, Picture Books; and Fiction for age 5-9 years.

The judging panel, chaired by Louise Ward, Sainsbury’s children’s range book buyer comprised of acclaimed author Phil Earle, award winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre and Sainsbury’s children’s book buying team. The judges’ shortlisted three books per category before selecting each winner.

Phil Earle, children’s author and judge commented on the Awards saying: “There was such talent on show in the books submitted, I’ve no doubt the shortlisted titles, and indeed the winner, will delight our most discerning readers, children!”

Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and fellow judge added: “Picture books are my real passion, so I had a wonderful time reading my way through the entries. Awards such as this one highlight the fact that children’s books aren’t just about nostalgia, but that Britain is producing exciting new stories all the time. I’m very proud to be part of this!”

Louise Ward, Sainsbury’s children’s range book buyer comments: “We are very proud of our first ever Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, the whole journey has been really exciting and all made possible because of our great publishers, authors and illustrators.”

Sainsbury’s sells children’s books in more than 300 supermarket stores across the UK. In 2011 Sainsbury’s re-launched its range of own-brand children’s books and in 2013 was awarded the title “Children’s Bookseller of the Year” at The Bookseller Industry Awards.

The National Retail Federation kicks off Retail Jobs Week to highlight value retail jobs

National Retail Federation Takes a Stand to Highlight Value of Retail Jobs, Transform Policymaker Perceptions

Chairman and CEO Join in Launching Retail Jobs Week

WASHINGTON, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today kicked off Retail Jobs Week, a multi-faceted effort to push back against long-held misperceptions about working in the retail industry. Through this initiative, NRF aims to continue educating Washington lawmakers about the value retail jobs deliver for workers and the economy.

”Stubborn misperceptions have existed about retail and the jobs our industry provides,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Once again, we are asking that elected officials join us and stand up for the millions of people who make this industry great, are proud of their work and provide value to our daily lives.”

Lingering false stereotypes about retail wages and skills undermine the value of retail employment in the minds of lawmakers in Washington. Through research, facts and real-life stories, NRF will use Retail Jobs Week to promote the power of retail employment to Washington decision-makers.

“Retail jobs equip American workers with the valuable skills vital for success in today’s service economy,” Shay said. “Retail offers American workers opportunities other industries simply do not, like the flexibility to supplement family income while the kids are at school, or to pursue a degree. Retail jobs are good jobs and they deserve bipartisan support. There is a perception gap in Washington by those who choose to ignore proof to the contrary and NRF wants to close it.”

Retail, the largest private sector employer in this country, supports 42 million jobs and adds $2.6 trillion to the national economy. Over the last decade, retail has played a critical role in generating much-needed job growth in this country.

The five-day initiative will include the release of original research, new content showcasing retailers from every state in the country, social engagement of the retail community and a focused discussion highlighting the benefits of retail jobs.

“The hard work, passion, creativity and dedication displayed by retail workers are unmatched in any economic sector,” said Chairman of NRF and former Chairman and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, Stephen Sadove. “Lawmakers in Washington know the truth about the value of working in retail and retail’s value to our country, and need to enact policies that support these men and women while creating additional opportunities for sustained growth in this dynamic industry.”

RETAIL JOBS WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, October 13 – Retail Jobs Week Launch: Retail Jobs Week will launch with an open letter to NRF’s 12,000 members and strategic content placed throughout NRF communications channels, including NRF Smartbrief, NRF.com and social media.

Tuesday, October 14 – Retail Drives the U.S. Economy: NRF will release an updated version of its 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers study, underwritten by American Express, quantifying the impact of the retail industry on the U.S. economy and jobs, including specific state and congressional district data. Additionally, NRF will release Retail Across America: 50 States, 50 Stories, which highlights retailers from around the country.

Wednesday, October 15 – Retail’s Capital Impact: This day will be an opportunity to showcase all the good jobs retail offers and the countless opportunities it provides for meaningful life-long careers and more. NRF will release the findings of focus groups, a University of Georgia wages study showing that retail wages are highly-competitive with other sectors of the economy and content showcasing retail workers who started in-store and have made retail a career. NRF will host a series of conference calls to share these findings and hear from prominent industry leaders on the subject of jobs in retail.

On Wednesday night, NRF will host and partner with CityCenter DC to introduce Retail’s Night Out, a Washington event for congressional staffers and other opinion leaders that will celebrate shopping in the nation’s capital by showcasing local and national brands. The event will demonstrate retail’s economic impact in the city and the entrepreneurial spirit of retail business owners.

Thursday, October 16 – Retail is Small Business: NRF will showcase small businesses featured in its This is Retail campaign, highlighting their contributions to their communities, the economy and the job market. The Retail Small Business Council, launched in July at the Retail Advocates Summit, will also announce its steering committee.

Friday, October 17 – Retail Empowers People: NRF will take to social media to engage with key retail groups including employees, small business owners and other NRF communities like its Talent Acquisition Group and Small Business Retail Council, about what retail taught them. NRF will also release videos of President and CEO Matthew Shay discussing his first job in retail and what retail taught him.

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay On, “What Retail Taught Me”

As the head of the world’s largest retail trade association, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay knows a thing or two about retail. Watch as Shay describes what his first job in retail taught him, and how the skills he learned at 16 have helped him succeed.

Retail Taught Me: Matthew Shay

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

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

Delhaize Group announces the departure of its EVP Maura Abeln Smith effective November 1st 2014

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group is announcing that Maura Abeln Smith, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and General Secretary for Delhaize Group, will leave the company effective November 1st 2014.

“I am grateful for Maura’s service. She came to Delhaize Group at a time of transition in leadership. She was committed, worked diligently, and made significant contributions and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Frans Muller, President and CEO of Delhaize Group.

A successor will be named in the near future.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 377 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG). This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

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

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

Delhaize Group announces the acquisition of treasury shares

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group discloses the information with respect to the acquisition of treasury shares required under the article 207 of the Royal Decree of January 30, 2001 implementing the Belgian Companies Code.

Delhaize Group acquired the following number of shares in an off-exchange transaction pursuant to a share buy-back program with a credit institution for the purchase of Delhaize Group shares in order to satisfy exercises of stock options granted to the management:

Purchase date Number of shares purchased Unit purchase price (EUR)
October 2, 2014 34 569 49.25
October 2, 2014 21 084 50.03

More information on the company’s share buyback program can be found on the website www.delhaizegroup.com.

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

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

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

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,” “goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,705,159 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 21.08 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 6 AND OCTOBER 10, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,705,159 Ahold common shares in the period from October 6, 2014 up to and including October 10, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.3636 per share for a total consideration of € 21.08 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 141,597,534 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,837.87 million.

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

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The National Association of Convenience Stores announced the election of its 2014-15 Executive Committee at the NACS Show in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of its 2014-15 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip, was named the association’s 2014-15 chairman. Loehr also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.

Also named to the NACS Executive Committee were the following NACS retail members:
•      Vice Chairman-Treasurer: Jack Kofdarali, president at Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc.;
•      Vice Chairman, Legislative: Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO at Rockland, Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops;
•      Vice Chairman, Convention: Wendy Chronister, CEO of Chronister Oil Company (Qik-n-EZ)
•      Vice Chairman, Research: Joe Sheetz, president and CEO at Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc.;
•      Vice Chairman, Member Services: Rahim Budhwani, CEO at Hoover, Alabama-based 6040 LLC;
•      Vice Chairman, International: Frank Gleeson, retail director at Dublin, Ireland-based Topaz Energy Group Limited; and
•      Vice Chairman: Tony Kenney, president, at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC

Also on the NACS Executive Committee are 2013-14 NACS Chairman Brad Call, vice president of adventure culture at Maverik (North Salt Lake City, Utah); and 2012-13 Chairman Dave Carpenter, president and CEO at J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. (Urbandale, Iowa).

Here are biographies of the newly elected NACS Executive Committee members:

Steve Loehr: 2014-15 NACS Chairman
Loehr is vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip Inc., which operates more than 400 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores throughout three states.

A fourth-generation, family-owned business, Kwik Trip opened its first store in 1965 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In addition to its corporate Support Center, which handles the administrative needs of stores, the company owns a bakery, commissary, dairy, distribution warehouse and vehicle maintenance divisions.

Prior to joining Kwik Trip 24 year ago, Loehr owned and operated a supermarket in the 1980s and worked for Gateway Foods of Pennsylvania, serving four years as its president. He is active in a number of industry groups, serving on the boards of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association and Wisconsin Grocers Association, and is a member of SIGMA. He also is a board member of Merchants Bank, Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and Western Technical College.

Loehr earned a B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He and his wife Cheryl have four children.

Jack Kofdarali, Vice Chairman-Treasurer
Kofdarali is president of J&T Management Inc. As the vice chairman-treasurer, he is responsible for overseeing the association’s financial plan. He has most recently served as NACS vice chairman of convention.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Kofdarali came to United State in 1980. He and his family purchased their first business, a liquor store in Newport Beach, California. In 1990, they purchased their first gas station in Calimesa, California. In 2000, he became sole owner of the J&R Oil Company.

Kofdarali expanded J&R Oil Company to J&T Management as the business grew and interests diversified. J&T Management also specializes in building commercial retail centers throughout Southern California as well as owning and managing apartment units in Texas.

Kofdarali and his wife Taline have three children.

Peter Tedeschi: Vice Chairman, Legislative

Tedeschi is president and CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops. As the vice chairman of legislative, he oversees the NACS Legislative Committee and the efforts of NACSPAC, the convenience store industry’s political action committee.

He is part of the third generation of the family-owned business that began in 1923 when his grandfather, Angelo Tedeschi, started selling imported Italian meats and cheeses from his home.

Prior to joining Tedeschi Food Shops as its president and COO in 2008, Tedeschi was an entrepreneurial pioneer in the computer industry before becoming an executive in Boston’s financial industry, where he was senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments.

Tedeschi attended Thayer Academy and graduated as the president of his senior class from Stonehill College with a degree in political science. He and his wife Katherine have twin sons.

Wendy Chronister: Vice Chairman, Convention
Chronister is the CEO of Chronister Oil Company dba Qik-n-EZ. As the NACS vice chairman of convention, Chronister oversees the activities of the Convention Committee, which oversees the development and implementation of NACS events, including the NACS Show.

She has been CEO of Chronister Oil Co. since 2009. Previously, she was a partner at Waud Capital Partners LLC and at Kirkland and Ellis. Chronister is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Young President’s Organization/Chicago Chapter. She previously served on the boards of Regency Hospital Company, ASG Security LLC, Acadia Healthcare LLC, Maxum Petroleum (f/k/a SPI Holdings LLC) and was chairman of True Partners Consulting LLC. She also serves on the board of the Joffrey Ballet Company of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, the Women’s Board of the Field Museum of Chicago, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

Chronister graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1987, earning an A.B. in government. In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois.

Joe Sheetz: Vice Chairman, Research

Sheetz is president and CEO of Sheetz Inc. As the vice chairman of research, he oversees the NACS Research Committee, which directs the association’s research and development initiatives and programs to promote the ongoing competitive viability of the channel.

Since 1952, Sheetz Inc. has grown from a small dairy/deli in Altoona, to one of the fastest- growing, family-owned convenience stores in the world. Sheetz joined the company in 1995 as director of personnel and later served as executive vice president of finance and store development before being promoted to his current position in October 2013. He previously was a pension and benefit consultant for Consulting Group Inc. (CGI).

He is the former chairman and current board member of both Altoona Blair Country Development Corporation and Mount Aloysius College, an Advisory Board Member of M&T Bank Corporation, and co-founder and board member of Operation Our Town. He also serves on the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council.

Sheetz earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Wendy reside in Altoona and have two children.

Frank Gleeson: Vice Chairman, International
Gleeson is the managing director of Aramark Ireland. As the NACS vice chairman of international, Gleeson chairs the International Committee and directs the association’s global engagement.

Aramark Ireland has more than 5,000 employees across 985 locations. Its world-class experience and expertise in workplace solutions, foodservice, convenience retailing, environmental services and property enables it to provide a fully integrated solution to Irish and EMEA companies.

He began his career in retail as an operations director for O’Brien’s Fine Wines. He later served as vice president of retail for Statoil Ireland. More recently he was retail director for Topaz Energy Group since 2005, where he led the rebranding of the company in 2008 and was responsible for the retail business of more than 340 sites. Gleeson is chairman of Retail Ireland and a council member of Irish employers group IBEC and also Chairman of IBEC’s energy policy committee. He is a member of the Irish Directors Institute and treasurer of Parnell’s GAA club. He graduated in business management from the Irish Management Institute. He and his wife Marian have four children.

Rahim Budhwani: Vice Chairman, Member Services
Budhwani is president and CEO of 6040 LLC. As the NACS vice chairman of member services, he oversees the association’s Member Services Committee, which sets the strategic direction for NACS with respect to retail membership value.

Budhwani served on the Board of Directors of the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama and on the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. He serves on the Board the Alabama Underground Trust Fund and also played a vital role in building the relationship between the National Alliance of Trade Associations and NACS.

He earned a B.S. in information technology from the University of Pune and a degree in hotel management and food technology. He is currently working on a degree in aviation business administration and was also a lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Budhwani and his wife Kulsum live in Hoover, Alabama, with their two children.

Tony Kenney: Vice Chairman

Tony Kenney is president of Speedway LLC, which operates approximately 1,470 stores in seven states.

He has 38 years of experience in the convenience retailing and fuels industries. In 2005, he was named president of Speedway. Kenney has held numerous positions within Marathon Oil Corporation’s International and Domestic Exploration and Production Accounting organizations and in MPC’s Supply and Transportation and Business Development organizations. At Speedway, he previously served as commercial manager, controller, treasurer and vice president of finance and ITS.

Kenney is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Children’s Foundation.

He earned a B.S. in accounting from Miami University and also completed the Executive Program at the University Raymond and John.

NOTE: Photos are available upon request.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

The National Association of Convenience Stores selects 11 college students as recipients of $3,000 NACS Scholarship

LAS VEGAS, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recoignized11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 NACS Scholarship from the Convenience Store Foundation for Education and Research.

In addition to the $3,000 scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend this year’s NACS Show in Las Vegas, where they were recognized during a ceremony on Thursday, October 9.

Students were nominated by a company official within their organization for academic excellence, leadership and a passion for convenience and fuel retailing. The 2014-2015 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

•      Dawn Carmichael, store leader, QuickChek Corporation
•      Noah Cotton, information systems intern, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
•      Carolina Goyn, store manager, Loaf ‘N Jug
•      Brandi King, transportation administrator, Wallis Companies
•      Tina McCoy, sales associate, Sheetz Inc.
•      Tiffany Payne, executive administrator, Wallis Companies
•      Joel Ortiz Galvez, manager, The Spinx Company Inc.
•      Allison Ouellette, enthusiasm engineer, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
•      Yvette Ocampo, advisor II lead, Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems
•      Derek Trout, shift leader, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
•      Geneva Soule, finance associate, QuickChek Corporation

Through its Convenience Store Foundation for Education and Research, NACS helps its retail members recognize and develop future convenience store industry leaders through the NACS Scholarship Program, which was established in 1999 to honor the memory of industry icon Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores and former NACS Chairman. In 2011, a donation from Altria expanded the program to include honoring the memory of David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products.

Now in its 15th year, the NACS Scholarship Program continues to provide a way for NACS retail members to recognize, reward and inspire top talent within their companies by investing in their employees’ education and excellence.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Parents can now find an even bigger range of trusted baby products right on their doorstep with The Co-operative Food’s latest arrivals – all the same great value.

Shortlisted for an award with Mother and Baby Magazine, the convenience retailer’s own-brand “Loved by us” disposable nappies range have introduced “My First Pants” – a duo of new toddler pull-up nappies.

The Co-operative’s Loved by us “My First Pants” are easy to use, with stretchy sides and flexible leg cuffs for active playtime to protect against leaks, whilst the easy tear sides enable care-free changing time, perfect when your little one is on the go. The new products are now available in stores nationwide in two sizes – 5, Junior (12-18kg) and 6, Extra Large (16kg+) and packs are priced at £4.00 each.

Meanwhile, the retailer’s main range of own-brand disposable nappies have been extended to include two new sizes – Maxi Plus 4+ and Junior Plus 5+, which are perfect for night time with extra absorbency. Plus, the nappies still feature the same great fit and super soft lining for comfort.

The Co-operative Loved by us nappy range cater for the different stages of a baby’s development, from birth to its early years and are dermatologically tested. The range has been given the seal of approval by a team of parents, who tested the nappies on their own babies and young children as part of The Co-operative’s robust testing regime. Families scored the products highly for their ease of use, effectiveness and quality.

Additionally, a “Money Back Guarantee” will also be found on pack, in which shoppers can get their money back if they are not 100% satisfied.

And, from 8 to 28 October inclusive, savvy shoppers can pick up some baby bargains in store. The Co-operative’s range of own-brand and branded baby essentials* will be “BUY THREE FOR TWO – CHEAPEST ITEM FREE – MIX AND MATCH”.

Families visiting this year’s The Baby Show 2014 in London (24 – 26 October) and Mummy and Me Magazine Show (26 September) will also be able to bag themselves some free Co-operative nappy samples.

The range is now available in selected Co-operative stores nationwide. For further information on The Co-operative’s product range, current deals and local stores, shoppers can contact The Co-operative Customer Careline on (freephone) 0800 0686 727 or visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk

*Excludes formula and medicines.

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The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products

The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products