Carrefour Foundation organises its second international food collection campaign, with support from the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having turned food into a means of tackling exclusion, the Carrefour Foundation is organising its second international food collection campaign, with support from the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network.

  • From Paris to Beijing, São Paulo to Taipei… and everywhere from Warsaw to Buenos Aires via Milan, Madrid, Bucharest and Brussels, teams from the 10 countries in which the Group operates (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, and – for the first time – China and Taiwan) will pool all of their energy and resources into helping the people in greatest need.

 

  • In the 3000 or so stores which have signed up to the initiative, customers, volunteers and Carrefour employees are all being called upon to take part in the challenge and beat last year’s results of 9 million meals collected.

From São Paulo to Beijing, nearly 3000 Carrefour stores involved in 10 different countries

The collection campaign started in Belgium on November 17th and then in Taiwan on November 19th. Then on November 28th and 29th the Carrefour teams will be joined by their colleagues from 8 other countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.

In stores, several hundred volunteer Carrefour employees will be working out in the field, lending their support to Food Bank workers and helping to raise customer awareness, as well as receiving and sorting product donations. The foodstuffs collected at store checkouts will then be redirected to warehouses for redistribution by the Food Banks to various associations which help people in need.

Carrefour, partner of the Food Banks every day since 1994

Carrefour has been a partner of the Food Banks on a daily basis since 1994. Indeed, alongside these collection campaigns, Carrefour also donates foodstuffs to various associations on a daily basis – fresh products in particular. The equivalent of 77 million meals were distributed in 2013 throughout the world, Carrefour is also the leading private donor to Food Banks in France.

The retailer also draws on its core business, sharing its expertise: Carrefour France’s Supply Chain team shares its expertise as a logistics specialist with the Food Banks through the provision of some 20 hours of skills sponsorship. The aim is to optimise the way in which warehouses are managed and orders prepared.

Furthermore the Carrefour Foundation provides the Food Banks with logistics support: it gives local branches vehicles for transporting products – including fresh products – and cold rooms for storing them. In 2014, a donation of €232,000 enabled the purchase of 12 vehicles in France and equipped the association’s local branch. Since 1994, Carrefour has financed the purchase of 182 machines for Food Banks across the world, including 143 refrigerated vehicles, 18 cold rooms, cold storage containers etc.

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Sainsbury’s to take part in the Black Friday sales craze for the first time this week

LONDON, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s will be taking part in the Black Friday sales craze for the first time this week, with amazing prices on a range of selected products. Over 141 million customers shopped at the event in the US last year, with more UK retailers taking part in recent years, planting it firmly on the retail calendar.

The event will be run in 485 stores with a “when it’s gone, it’s gone” policy. There will be fantastic prices on thirteen product lines, including TVs, tablets, audio products and kitchen electricals. Nectar customers will receive information about the deals on Wednesday 26 November, but nothing will be released before then.

Roger Burnley, Director of Retail and Operations at Sainsbury’s said: “This is a great way to give our customers some fantastic deals on products before Christmas. It’s a competitive market, so it felt right to be part of the mix this year and kick off the busiest trading time of the year with a popular sales event.”

Notes to editors

  • Starts Friday, 28 November and will last for three days or while stocks last
  • 485 stores are taking part. There will be bespoke area marked with promotional material in store to display the merchandise
  • Customers will only be able to buy one of each product
  • Opening hours will not be extended. Offers will be live from 01.00 AM in 24 hour stores and live for normal store opening in all other stores
  • Customers and colleagues cannot reserve or hold back products

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Sainsbury’s to take part in the Black Friday sales craze for the first time this week

Sainsbury’s to take part in the Black Friday sales craze for the first time this week

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,051,098 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €28.53 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 17 AND NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,051,098 Ahold common shares in the period from November 17, 2014 up to and including November 21, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.9084 per share for a total consideration of € 28.53 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 147,688,442 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,917.41 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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Giant Food nutritionists’ helpful tips for staying healthy through the holiday season

Ideas for Staying Healthy During Festivities

Landover, Md., 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The team of nutritionists from Giant Food of Landover, Md. is offering helpful tips for staying healthy through the holiday season. During a time of year that often calls for numerous holiday parties, large family meals, and get-togethers, Giant’s nutritionists are reminding customers they can stay healthy while still enjoying some of their favorite foods.

Try some of these healthier tips from Giant’s nutritionists at your next holiday party:

  • If you go to a party on an empty stomach, you will most likely end up eating more than you actually need or even really want. Instead, plan ahead. If you have a party that night, don’t skip meals in anticipation. Choose a high protein breakfast and a snack of lean protein, fruits and vegetables beforehand. Also, stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water.
  • Move your body. Find an activity your family loves and do it before your big meal. Or, schedule in an extra half hour of exercise the morning of a party.
  • Allow yourself small portions or tastes of your favorite dishes. Choose a small cocktail-size plate for appetizers and limit yourself to one plate.
  • No small plate? Try using a napkin. You will only be able to fit enough food into the palm of your hand—ideal when you hit the sweets table.
  • Attending a cocktail party? Try to go for fruit and vegetable trays or lean meat options such as chicken skewers. Watch out for dips, sauces and anything fried, crunchy or crispy.
  • For dinner events, follow the MyPlate.gov guidelines. Make half your plate fruit and vegetables. One quarter of your plate can be a scoop of a starch such as mashed potatoes, rice or sweet potatoes. The rest of your plate should be lean protein (roast turkey, filet mignon, baked ham, etc.)
  • Contribute to the food table. This way, you can ensure that there is an item or two you can eat without guilt. Make a salad; bring fresh cut fruit, or a “lightened up” version of your favorite holiday side dish or appetizer.
  • Slow down at the buffet. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to recognize fullness.
  • Move your socializing away from the buffet or sweets table. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with the three bite dessert rule. Choose a small piece, take three bites, and savor each bite.
  • Make a plan for the day after a big party of meal so you can get back on track quickly.

And if you’re the one in the kitchen, there are a number of simple swaps you can use in preparing your holiday favorites.

  • Use low fat dairy products.
  • Instead of oil use applesauce or ground flax.
  • Try ground turkey and turkey bacon.
  • Replace an egg with 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 Tablespoons water in your baking dishes.
  • Use spices or herbs instead of salt to flavor food.
  • Add vegetables whenever you can. Try pureed butternut squash in mac and cheese and cauliflower in mashed potatoes.

For more healthy tips visit www.giantfood.com/live-well or stop into your local Giant Food to pick up the free holiday edition of Healthy Ideas Magazine.

Editor’s note: If interested in an interview with one of Giant’s nutritionists about navigating parties or healthy holiday entertaining, please contact David Bahr at (202) 414-0773 or dbahr@susandavis.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

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Defense Commissary Agency to re-energizing Commissary Value Brand in response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items sold in civilian stores, the Defense Commissary Agency is re-energizing an “old friend” known as Commissary Value Brand.

Starting in December, commissaries worldwide will highlight about 300 Value Brand products in 33 categories such as frozen vegetables, pizza and entrees; pet foods; health and beauty care; cereals; cleaning supplies; soft drinks; coffee; canned fruit, soup and fish; disposable lunch and storage bags; condiments and more.

The average savings for Commissary Value Brand items will be about 25 percent when compared to the store brand and private label items found in commercial retail stores, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. In some instances, savings will be as much as 50 percent.

“We are rolling out a renewed program that will offer consistent, quality, everyday low-cost pricing on name brand products equal to or better than private label items in commercial stores,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “In essence, we are a making a good deal of a commissary benefit even better.”

Now when customers venture into their commissary they will see select items on the shelf identified by an orange “Value” sign. They will also see posters, banners, buttons and danglers that point the way to these extra savings.

The resurgence of the Commissary Value Brand comes as more and more customers are asking their commissaries to have products at prices similar to the private label savings they see off post, said DeCA Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

“We first began what was then known as the ‘Best Value Item’ program 14 years ago, and now the time is right for a comeback,” Russ said. “Over the years, what we called BVI took on many forms and eventually splintered into many individual savings venues. Today, we have once again gathered the best of the best under one ‘Commissary Value Brand’ sign.”

Russ said this program wouldn’t be possible without the agency’s industry partners – manufacturers, vendors and suppliers – whose representatives worked with her category managers to identify the brands from industry proposals that best met the Commissary Value Brand criteria. Every six months, patrons may see products added or subtracted to DeCA’s Value Brand inventory based on price, sales performance and market changes.

“Those products are subsequently guaranteed to be on our shelves at everyday prices for a minimum of six months that’s consistently equal to or lower than the store brand and private label products downtown,” Russ said.

Commissary patrons looking for Commissary Value Brand items will see new shelf signage and, in some instances, special displays. Shoppers who venture on DeCA’s website, commissaries.com, or stay tuned to the agency’s social media outlets, especially Facebook and Twitter, will also be able to get a heads up on value deals before they hit the store.

In addition to Commissary Value Brand items, shoppers will continue to see biweekly promotions and other special sales that offer targeted discounts.

However, when it comes to comparing prices with commercial store brand or private label products, the Commissary Value Brand will take savings to a consistent, everyday low price, Jeu said. “Some things never go out of style and our Commissary Value Brand program is one of them,” he said. “So we’re dusting it off, giving it a new look and bringing back even more savings for our service members and their families who’ve earned this benefit.”

NOTE: To see photos and graphics related to Commissary Value Brand, please visit our Flickr page. For a video of the program, go to YouTube. Commissary patrons can also access a list of Value Brand items and FAQs on the Value Brand page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Wesfarmers donates $5 million to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to establish Western Australia’s first Professorial Chair in Women’s Cancers

Perth, Australia, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A substantial philanthropic gift from Wesfarmers will have a major impact on women’s cancer research in Western Australia.

The Chairman of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Laurence Iffla, announced that Wesfarmers has donated $5 million to the Perkins to establish Western Australia’s first Professorial Chair in Women’s Cancers.

“This gift will enable the appointment of an outstanding scientist to lead the new Perkins Centre for Women’s Cancer Research,” Mr Iffla said.

The Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Leedman, said the centre would focus on defeating two of the most challenging diseases facing women: breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

“One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Professor Leedman said.

“As a result of medical research, survival rates for women with breast cancer have increased but more work is urgently needed, particularly on “triple negative” breast cancer, the cancer for which there is currently no successful targeted treatment.

“For the thousands of women who suffer from the “silent killer”, ovarian cancer, the future is bleak. With a survival rate of less than 20%, cancer of the ovary is the most prevalent, and lethal, form of gynaecological cancer. Further discovery-based medical research will result in more effective and targeted treatments.”

The Institute will soon advertise for a leading researcher to fill the Wesfarmers Chair in Women’s Cancers position.

ABOUT THE HARRY PERKINS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH: Our mission is to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. The research at the Perkins focuses on the major diseases that face Western Australians today including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The cancers under study include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck, liver and leukaemia. For more information visit perkins.org.au or contact Communications Manager, Carolyn Monaghan Carolyn.monaghan@perkins.uwa.edu.au or 0448 021 932.

Toys“R”Us® to celebrate 11 days of savings at Toysrus.com beginning November 26 and continuing through Cyber Week

Beginning Wednesday, November 26 through Saturday, December 6, Online Shoppers Will Find New Deals Every Day, Along with Enhanced Services and Free Shipping Offers, Making Toysrus.com the Easy One-Stop Shop for All Gifting Needs

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced it will celebrate 11 days of savings at Toysrus.com beginning Wednesday, November 26 and continuing through Cyber Week. Those who prefer shopping from home or on-the-go can take advantage of new deals available every day on the hottest items of the season, including products that can’t be found anywhere else, ensuring they’ll secure the perfect gift for all the kids on their holiday checklists.

In addition, shoppers can power up their computers, tablets and smartphones and head to Toysrus.com knowing they will receive the same expert assistance and convenient shopping experience they would in-store, including gifting advice, loyalty rewards and more, as well as the ability to enjoy free shipping options.

“With 11 days of fantastic deals leading up to and through Cyber Week, Toysrus.com is THE online shopping destination for parents and gift-givers looking to find all the hottest toys topping kids’ wish lists, in-stock and at incredible prices,” said Paul Winslow, Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, e-Commerce Merchandising, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Plus, with new online services and free shipping offers, we’re providing shoppers with everything they need to fulfill their little one’s wishes, wherever, whenever and however they choose to shop with us.”

Toysrus.com Kicks Off Black Friday Savings on Wednesday Night

Consumers who prefer to make their toy purchases from the comfort of home can shop the majority of the Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend deals starting at 10pm EST on Wednesday, November 26 at Toysrus.com/BlackFriday.

Cyber Week Sales Start Saturday, November 29 with New Deals Every Day through Saturday, December 6

Toysrus.com will offer deal-seekers hundreds of discounts on the season’s most sought-after playthings throughout Cyber Week. In addition to daily deals, savvy shoppers can scoop up savings during the three-day Big Brands sale from Tuesday, December 2 through Thursday, December 4, featuring kid-favorites such as Barbie®, Fisher-Price®,Frozen, LEGO®, Skylanders, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

The deals don’t stop there as Toysrus.com will offer a two-day event from Friday, December 5 through Saturday, December 6, providing deep discounts to gift-givers searching for that perfect present sure to “wow” kids everywhere on Christmas morning. Shoppers will find bargains on popular “big gift items” such as play kitchens, dollhouses, powered ride-ons, bikes, tablets and train tables, among others.

Cyber Week deals will be featured online at the Toys“R”Us Today’s Deals store throughout the week.

Cyber Monday Starts Early with Savings Beginning Sunday Night

Late-night shoppers can “click” on Toysrus.com for early access to Cyber Monday sales beginning at 9pm EST Sunday, November 30. Plus, new waves of deals will be added throughout the day on Monday. Shoppers can keep up with the surge of savings by visiting the Today’s Deal store starting Sunday night and all-day Cyber Monday.

Following are highlights of Cyber Monday deals available online beginning at 9pm, Sunday, November 30, as well as in-stores on Monday, December 1, while supplies last (no rain checks):

Online Shopping Made EASY at Toysrus.com

From expert advice to loyalty rewards and free shipping options, Toysrus.com provides gift-givers with everything they need to complete their holiday toy shopping in a flash. The company’s enhanced online and omnichannel services include:

  • Live Chat: Those who choose to shop from home or while on-the-go can receive the same reliable assistance as customers in stores with Live Chat capabilities as they browse Toysrus.com in search of great gifts. Through this online service option, shoppers can ask questions and receive expert guidance in real time.
  • Gift Finder: Online shoppers can take advantage of the company’s new Gift Finder featuring specially selected top gifts, and narrow their search by a child’s age and interests, as well as current promotions.
  • Free Store Pick Up: Customers can avoid shipping costs by choosing “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” where available and pick up their purchases at a local store in an hour or less*.
  • Free Shipping: Toysrus.com offers free every day shipping on purchases of $49 or more**.
  • Rewards“R”Us: The new loyalty program from Toys“R”Us enables shoppers to earn more points…faster! Just in time for holiday shopping, existing Rewards“R”Us members and those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards for every $125 spent.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

*Visit Toysrus.com/Pickup for full details on this program.
**Some exclusions apply. Visit Toysrus.com/FreeShipping for full details on this program.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 876 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 725 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
alyssa.peera@toysrus.com

Linda Connors
973-617-4398
linda.connors@toysrus.com

The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food is delighted to have been named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association (PAPA) 2014 Awards.

Celebrating the best Italian Food industry, the prestigious accolade marks a successful year since the retailer re-launched its entire own-brand range of pizzas to create restaurant and takeaway-quality pizzas right on the doorstep, at a fraction of the cost.

Inspired by from authentic delicatessens found across Italy, The Co-operative’s pizza range introduced innovative new recipes, delicious new bases and exciting new toppings including an exclusive ‘signature’ tomato sauce base used across its entire range – from Simply Value to its premium Truly Irresistible tier. Additionally, all Truly Irresistible pizzas feature authentic stonebaked bases made from a fermented sourdough recipe, which, for the first time, is hand stretched into traditional oblong shapes.

The retailer’s NEW Truly Irresistible Limited Edition Coppa Ham, Gorgonzola and Fig (490g, £4.50) also picked up the award for the most indulgent pizza for its delicious toppings of rich cured Coppa pork with strong, tangy Italian blue cheese, sweet fig chutney and mozzarella petals.

This successful re-launch was part of The Co-operative’s investment to become the number one convenience retailer delivering delicious food conveniently, with an increased focus on using 100% British* meat and poultry, and great quality ingredients.

Helen Cave, The Co-operative Pizza Buyer, said:

“We travelled across Italy – from Rome to Naples – to discover the art of creating an inspirational and authentic range and it’s great to be recognised in this way, and our shoppers love them too. We love coming up with delicious and exciting flavour combinations, which includes our latest Truly Irresistible Coppa Ham, Gorgonzola and Fig Chutney Pizza – definitely something indulgent for your Saturday night in!”

The Co-operative Food also scooped three prestigious medals for its delicious own-brand products at the Quality Food Awards 2014.

Celebrating Britain’s greatest food and drink producers from around the country, the awards attract entrants from the UK’s leading supermarkets, and recognise food and drink products on sale in UK grocery outlets. They reward great flavours, high-quality ingredients, excellent value and outstanding packaging.

The awards included The Co-operative’s premium Truly Irresistible Biscuits for Cheese (300g, £3.00), which won its’ category. The pack, which offers a choice of innovative and delicious flavours is expected to be a big hit with shoppers this Christmas.

Additionally, the retailer’s Truly Irresistible Cobbler Topped Beef in Ale Casserole (400g, £3.79) – Marinated cooked British beef in a Ruddles Ale gravy with roasted mushrooms, diced carrots and topped with two cheese cobblers – and Loved by us Hot Smoked Salmon Salad (250g, £3.00) – baby potatoes tossed in a lemon and caper mayonnaise dressing, topped with flakes of Scottish farmed hot smoked salmon, cucumber, peppery watercress, spring onion and a wedge of lemon, also won its categories.

In addition, 11 other of The Co-operative’s own-brand products were highly commended and commended including the retailer’s London Dry Gin (70cl, £11.99).

For further details of The Co-operative Food’s product range, deals and local stores, shoppers can visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk or contact The Co-operative Customer Careline on (freephone) 0800 0686 727.

For further information:

samples and images, please contact:

Lauren Chambers, Public Relations Officer, The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 767 4290 Email: Lauren.chambers@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

CBRE Group report: Shortage of truck drivers poses a risk to existing distribution chain strategies and elevates the importance of real estate in supply chain structures

Markets with Intermodal Infrastructure Positioned for Industrial Space Growth

​Los Angeles, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. industrial real estate market expansion has been driven, in part, by the ongoing evolution of supply chains, as businesses seek to distribute goods across the country ever more quickly and efficiently. However, a nationwide shortage of truck drivers poses a risk to existing distribution chain strategies and elevates the importance of real estate in supply chain structures, according to a new report by CBRE Group, Inc.

While trucking plays a large role in the distribution of goods across a supply chain, the higher costs stemming from a shortage of truck drivers is spurring users to find other options for transport over land. Rail is an obvious and very cost-effective choice. Demand for warehouse and distribution space in markets that feature a significant intermodal component has been a strong indicator that users are choosing access to the rail network as a solution to some portion of their long-haul transportation needs.

CBRE projects that distribution markets with significant intermodal facilities—the Inland Empire, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Orlando, New Jersey Central, Portland, San Antonio, Virginia Northern and Houston—will grow their inventory of industrial space most quickly over the next 12 months. Much of the new construction in these markets is on or near intermodal pathways, largely to take advantage of the link that rail lines provide to ports and major distribution hubs.

“Rising transportation costs, particularly those associated with trucking, are forcing supply chain users—manufacturers, importers, and exporters—to devise blends of warehouses and distribution centers that will most efficiently service the need for port access while enabling quick delivery to end users in densely populated metropolitan areas,” said Scott Marshall, Executive Managing Director, Industrial Services, The Americas, CBRE.

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About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email
Corey Mirman
Specialist, Sr Communication
T +1 212 9846542
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Auchan selected as the favorite hypermarket banner in Italy according to the “Retailer of the Year” survey

PARIS, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auchan has recently been selected as the favorite hypermarket banner in Italy according to the « Retailer of the Year » survey, launched among customers of more than 400 retailers of the country.

“Retailer of the Year” is one of the most valued price at the european level. It is indeed based on surveys taking only into account the customer satisfaction.

More than 140,000 customers of 400 retailers answered online this survey. It clearly showed that for European customers, questions about price (price positioning, promotions and good value for money) are the most important ones.

Finally, Auchan Italy was thus recognized as the favorite banner by Italian customers in the “Hypermarkets” category.

For more information : retail.insegnadellanno.it/news