Lowe’s Companies, Inc. named 3M, Stainmaster and Truper as the company’s 2014 Vendor Partners of the Year

MTD Awarded Overall Innovation Partner of the Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today it has named 3M, Stainmaster and Truper as the company’s 2014 Vendor Partners of the Year. The companies were selected for their commitment to product quality, innovation and customer service. Lowe’s also announced it honored MTD with the 2014 Innovation Partner of the Year award. Each year, the award recognizes a breakthrough innovation that helps consumers realize their home improvement goals.

MTD, a worldwide leader in outdoor power equipment, used collaboration and customer insights to develop the most innovative blower to hit the market in years, the Troy-Bilt JET Leaf Blower. The blower features Air Amplified Technology™ with an innovative mixed-flow fan design, which creates an industry-leading 650 CFM of air volume, giving the customer more control over debris.

“In merchandising, we know that success is built on a foundation of quality, innovation and commitment,” said Mike McDermott, Lowe’s chief merchandising officer. “Each of the vendors honored today embody these characteristics, and it shows in the quality of their products, the innovation they deliver to customers and their unwavering commitment to their partnership with Lowe’s.”

In addition to MTD, the vendor partners who set the bar highest in innovation in 2014 included:

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,830 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduces retail service robots to help customers shop

Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduces retail service robots to help customers shop smarter, navigate stores more efficiently, and instantly access information to confidently complete home improvement projects

MOORESVILLE, N.C, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, Lowe’s Innovation Labs will introduce two autonomous retail service robots in an Orchard Supply Hardware store in midtown San Jose, California to study how robotics technology can benefit customers and employees.

Called OSHbot, the robots will assist customers to quickly navigate stores by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about product promotions and inventory. In the coming months, OSHbot will also be able to communicate with customers in multiple languages and remotely connect with expert employees at other Orchard stores to answer specific project questions.

“Using science fiction prototyping, we explored solutions to improve customer experiences by helping customers quickly find the products and information they came in looking for,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “As a result we developed autonomous retail service robot technology to be an intuitive tool customers can use to ask for help, in their preferred language, and expect a consistent experience.”

For store employees, OSHbot will provide an additional layer of support by helping customers with simple questions, enabling more time for them to focus on delivering project expertise. Applications designed to support employees also include real-time inventory management and connecting with employees in other locations to share know-how and answer customer questions.

The OSHbot incorporates scanning technology first developed for the Lowe’s Holoroom home improvement simulator. For example, a customer may bring in a spare part and scan the object using OSHbot’s 3D sensing camera. After scanning and identifying the object, OSHbot will provide product information to the customer and help guide them to its location on store shelves.

The OSHbot was developed through a partnership between Lowe’s Innovation Labs and Fellow Robots, a Silicon Valley technology company specializing in the design and development of autonomous service robots. The partnership was initiated through SU Labs, a Singularity University program that connects corporate innovation teams with startups and other organizations to explore exponentially accelerating technologies and create new sustainable business solutions.

“The last decade was one of rapid technological advancement and prototyping, especially in robotics,” said Marco Mascorro, chief executive officer of Fellow Robots. “With OSHbot, we’ve worked closely with Lowe’s Innovation Labs to take autonomous retail service robot technology out of the sandbox and into the consumer market – enhancing the in-store consumer experience and creating smarter shoppers.”

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,835 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware operates neighborhood hardware and garden stores focused on paint, repair and the backyard. Based in San Jose, California, Orchard was originally founded as a purchasing cooperative in 1931. Today, it operates 71 stores in California and two stores in Oregon. The stores average approximately 36,000 square feet of interior selling space and 8,000 square feet of exterior nursery and garden space. For more information, visit http://osh.com.

About SU Labs
SU Labs, a division of Singularity University, is an open innovation campus where large organizations, startups and field impact partners come to use rapidly accelerating technologies to create new sustainable business solutions and tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Singularity University is headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley and offers education programs and innovative partnerships to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand and use technology to positively impact billions of people around the world.

About Fellow Robots
Fellow Robots, located in Silicon Valley, is at the forefront of reimagining retail using exponential technologies. Founded in 2012, Fellow Robots presented its first robot concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. With a diverse team of experts experienced in robotics, software, design and manufacturing, Fellow Robots works closely with its partners to enhance the consumer retail experience through robotics.

The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign is back, from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, was first launched eleven years ago.

The idea is simple; for every Soft Toy or children’s book sold from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro (approximately $1.30)* to UNICEF and Save the Children for children’s education projects.

The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to vulnerable children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totaled $ 90.4 million** (€67 million), helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education. The donations help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply education materials, and increase school attendance rates.

A love for reading opens the door to education, which is why, every year, IKEA creates a children’s book based on IKEA soft toy characters as part of the annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign. In this year’s book, “The Frog Prince,” young readers visit the fairy-tale forest and learn about the special bonds of friendship. The book is written by award-winning Swedish author Ulf Stark and illustrated by Silke Leffler. This year’s new soft toy friends from The Frog Prince fairy tale world are:TOSIG: the silly frog

  • LILLGAMMAL: the red-hooded rebel
  • PIPHARE: the wise hare
  • KATTUGGLA: the sweet owl

Supporting Education—Together

“Save the Children is privileged to be a part of the 11th annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign. By adding a children’s book or soft toy to their holiday gift list, IKEA shoppers can help the kids in their own life – and kids around the world – read, play and learn,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “A quality education helps children climb the ladder of opportunity and changes the course of their future.”

“We are so proud to team up with IKEA for the 11th year on their Soft Toys for Education campaign. By donating $1.30* from the sale of each soft toy, IKEA has helped raise more than $90 million to support education programs around the world including UNICEF’s Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The unwavering support from IKEA co-workers and customers has helped enable UNICEF to provide millions of vulnerable children, especially girls, with access to school and a quality education.”

“Investing in children’s education is the most powerful way to help them escape poverty. Through IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign, we have been able to improve the education of more than 11 million children through our partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF. Access to a quality education is key to help them create a better future for themselves and their families,” commented Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation.

*based on $1.30 US dollar to one euro 10/2014
** based on $1.35 US dollar to one euro in 12/2013

For further information about the IKEA Soft Toy campaign, please contact:
IKEA
Mona Astra Liss
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com 610.834.0180/5852

Save the Children
Eileen Burke
Eburke@savechildren.org
203.216.0718

UNICEF
Andrea Sioris
ASioris@unicefusa.org
212-880-9136

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 303 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation

About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit www.unicefusa.org. Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.

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H&M Chairman Stefan Persson presented with ”Humanitarian of the Year” award by the United Nations Association of New York

Stefan Persson and H&M contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of women. This is acknowledged by the United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NY) that presents Stefan Persson, Chairman of H&M, the ”Humanitarian of the Year” award.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — The leadership and dedication of Stefan Persson to gender equality and the empowerment of women make him an inspiration to all of us and a worthy recipient of our annual award, says Abid Qureshi, president of the UNA-NY.

“Empowering Women, Promoting Peace and Progress” is the theme of this years’ award which will be presented in New York on October 29 at the annual ceremony celebrating the founding of the United Nations. Each year the UNA-NY considers individuals who have accomplished important strides in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, including the issue of gender equality.

The UNA-NY recognizes H&M’s long-term sustainability work in Asia well as the contribution to international trade creating more than a million jobs in the textile industry, not least for women. The importance of collaborations between the Conscious Foundation and organizations such as CARE, UNICEF and WaterAid is acknowledged as well as the fact that gender equality has been H&M’s mission since its founding in 1947.

– Empowering women connects directly with the core values of H&M and who we are as a company. We know that the majority of the people employed by H&M’s suppliers in the textile industry are women and that a paid job with a stable income is a first step towards an independent life, says Stefan Persson.

About The United Nations Association of New York
The United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NY) is dedicated to supporting the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the UN system and promoting constructive US leadership. The UNA-NY UN Day Gala is held every October to celebrate the founding of the United Nations.

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H&M Chairman Stefan Persson presented with ”Humanitarian of the Year” award by the United Nations Association of New York

H&M Chairman Stefan Persson presented with ”Humanitarian of the Year” award by the United Nations Association of New York

Albertsons San Diego area stores launched their 2014 Giving Thanks campaign to raise funds for San Diego County military families Thanksgiving celebrations

Give $1, $5 or $10 and 100 percent of customer donations will provide meals to a local San Diego County military family this Thanksgiving season.

FULLERTON, CA, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — With the holiday season upon us, Albertsons San Diego area stores have officially launched their 2014 Giving Thanks campaign to raise funds for San Diego County military families Thanksgiving celebrations. Joining the effort and helping to coordinate this year’s meal distribution is Operation Home Front-California, a 501(c) 3 military non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded active duty soldiers and veterans.

Now through November 25, Albertsons San Diego County customers can support the Turkey Bucks campaign by donating $1, $5, $10, or any amount desired, as they’re checking out with their groceries. With the funds raised, complete turkey dinners with all of the traditional fixings and sides will be prepared and delivered to local military units prior to Thanksgiving Day.

“Albertsons Turkey Bucks program is an easy and convenient way for customers to genuinely thank local military families for their unwavering commitment,” emphasized Wendy Oliver, vice president of operations for Albertsons Southern California Division. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to join efforts with Operation Homefront-California in honoring our local military families with this holiday donation.”

“Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and our military has definitely earned the opportunity to do that,” said Jack Chirrick, executive director of Operation Homefront- California. “Our service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices for the freedoms we all share. We are proud to be partnering with Albertsons for our fourth straight year in this program to thank our military community for all they do for us.”

While San Diego County Albertsons stores will focus on supporting military families, Albertsons other stores throughout Southern California will be partnering with community food banks and pantries to distribute other holiday dinners.

About Albertsons
Established in 2006, AB Acquisition LLC (“Albertsons”), which operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s, Star Market and Super Save, and stores under the United Family of stores, Amigos, Market Street and United Supermarkets, is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned by Cerberus Capital management, Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty, Lubert-Adler Partners, and Schottenstein Stores Corporation, and operates 1081 stores and 14 distribution centers in 29 states and employs approximately 115,000 associates. For more information about Albertsons, visit www.albertsons.com or www.facebook.com/albertsons.

About Operation Homefront
A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Operation Homefront was formed shortly after 9/11 in February 12002 to support the families of deployed service members. Operation Homefront is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and has evolved into a major nonprofit. The organization currently provides services to military families across the nation with 17 locations serving all 50 states. With top marks from charity watch groups, Operation Homefront primarily serves the lowest-paid military members in the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks. For more information about Operation Homefront visit: www.operationhomefront.net and www.facebook.com/OHCalifornia.

Media Contacts:
Lilia Rodriguez, Communications/Public Affairs Manager
Albertsons Southern California Division
Office: 714. 300.6438/Cell: 714.306.5408

Jack Chirrick, Executive Director
Operation Homefront- California
Office: 858.863.5149/Cell: 619.890.8067