NRF’s 2014 Return Fraud Survey: the industry will lose an estimated $10.9 billion to return fraud this year

WASHINGTON, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Techniques and processes put in place to thwart criminal activity around retailers’ return policies continue to be put to the test, and with steadily improving retail sales, even more is on the line when it comes to losses from return fraud.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Return Fraud Survey* completed by loss prevention executives at 60 retail companies representing grocery, department, discount, specialty and small retailers, the industry will lose an estimated $10.9 billion to return fraud this year. Additionally, of those surveyed, retailers estimate $3.8 billion will be lost to return fraud this holiday season alone, up slightly from last year’s $3.4 billion. Overall, retailers polled estimate 5.5 percent of holiday returns are fraudulent, similar to last year’s 5.8 percent.

“Today’s sophisticated technology does well keeping criminals at arm’s length but often isn’t enough to completely stop the unethical practices of organized and individual retail fraud occurrences,” said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca. “Return fraud has become an unfortunate trend in retail thanks to thieves taking advantage of retailers’ return policies to benefit from the cash or store credit they don’t deserve. Additionally, many of these return fraud instances are a direct result of larger, more experienced crime rings that continue to pose serious threats to retailers’ operations and their bottom lines.”

According to the survey, nearly all (92.7%) of the retailers polled say they have experienced the return of stolen merchandise in the last year, similar to last year’s 94.8 percent. In a troubling sign that organized retail crime continues to present significant challenges for retailers, more than three-quarters of those polled (78.2%) say they have experienced return fraud through returns by organized retail crime groups, up from 60.3 percent last year.

As more shoppers look to digital receipts for ease and convenience, retailers are noticing increasing return fraud instances with e-receipts: the survey found more retailers this year said they have experienced return fraud with the use of e-receipts (18.2% versus 15.5 % last year).

The survey also found a significant jump in the number of retailers who say they have experienced the return of merchandise purchased with fraudulent or stolen payment methods (81.8% versus 69% last year).

Additionally, one-quarter (25.5%) of the retailers surveyed said they have witnessed fraudulent returns using counterfeit receipts, down slightly from 29.3 percent last year; eight in 10 (81.8%) retailers surveyed report that they’ve dealt with employee return fraud or collusion with external sources, down from 93.1 percent last year.

One of the biggest issues for retailers is the practice of “wardrobing,” or the return of used, non-defective merchandise such as special occasion apparel and certain electronics. Though many companies have employed specific tactics to curb this unethical practice, nearly three-quarters (72.7%) of retailers polled say they have experienced wardrobing in the past year, up from 62.1 percent last year.

The problem of return fraud has forced many retailers to adopt policies that require customers who are returning merchandise to show identification. Retailers estimate that 14.1 percent of the returns made throughout the year without a receipt are fraudulent and as a result, 70.9 percent now require customers returning items without a receipt to show identification. Even when a receipt is present, more retailers polled this year say they ask for identification (25.5% versus 12.3% last year.)

Overall, retailers report a small percentage of online purchases returned to their stores to be fraudulent (3.5%).

When asked about return fraud and the various types of payment methods, 72.7 percent of those polled said they have witnessed an increase in gift cards/store merchandise credit fraud in the past year. Nearly four in 10 (38.2%) surveyed said they have witnessed an increase in return fraud with the use of credit cards, although 45.5 percent report no change in fraudulent credit card usage from last year. Additionally, three in 10 (30.9%) said they’ve witnessed an increase in debit card fraud.

Eighty-seven percent of those polled said they allow customers to return merchandise bought online to their brick-and-mortar stores, up from 82.5 percent last year.

About the survey
NRF’s 2014 Return Fraud Survey polled senior loss prevention executives at 60 retail companies in October and November, 2014. Executives from discount stores, department stores, drug stores, supermarkets, apparel, home furnishings, auto parts and other specialty stores completed the survey.

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 $2.6 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. nrf.com

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

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Tesco and Sam Faiers to give Maisie Bone from Kent an incredible Christmas this year

Cheshunt, England, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has enlisted the help of stunning starlet Sam Faiers to give one fan an incredible Christmas this year. Maisie Bone, 19, from Kent was given the ultimate surprise when Sam knocked on her door last night to meet her in person.

The blonde beauty arrived with her glam squad in tow to give the star struck fan a gorgeous makeover in time for Christmas Day. After a girly gossip with Maisie, the former TOWIE star and her team gave Maisie an amazing new look with big and beautiful party hair and glamorous makeup. Sam even offered some of her top styling and beauty tips for the festive season.

This once-in-a-lifetime visit was organised by Tesco after the social media team spotted Maisie on Twitter and wanted to give her a special festive treat. This early Christmas present is part of the supermarket’s Every Little Helps Make Christmas campaign, which aims to go the extra mile for customers this Christmas and help them in whatever way they can, big or small.

Sam Faiers said, “I love getting glammed up with my girls for Christmas parties, so I jumped at the chance to surprise Maisie with a makeover treat. It was clear from her reaction when we knocked on her door that she had no idea we were coming. I really hope Tesco and I have helped make Maisie’s Christmas unforgettable this year!”

Maisie Bone said, “Opening the door to Sam Faiers was like a dream come true – I’m such a huge fan. I love my new hair style and make-up and got some great styling tips from Sam. I can’t believe Tesco organised this for me – best Christmas present ever.”

Danny Coleman-Cooke, at Tesco commented, “We saw on Twitter that Maisie was a huge fan of Sam and so we wanted to bring the ultimate Christmas surprise to her front door. We hope that together with Sam we’ve given Maisie a Christmas she’ll never forget.”

Sam Faiers top styling and beauty tips for this Christmas include:

  • Turn any outfit from day to night with a pair of gorgeous metallic shoes and a statement necklace
  • Faux fur is big this Christmas. Glam up your look with gorgeous faux fur accessories
  • I love sparkle to really make me feel festive – a gorgeous sequin dress is a must for my wardrobe
  • Nothing makes you stand out from the crowd more than a leopard print coat. Wear it over a little black dress for a gorgeous party look
  • Bronze eyes with luscious red lips is my favourite look this party season
  • Tong hair for a loose curl and add a couple of braids for a tousled look taking you from day to night
  • Always cleanse, tone and moisture and never sleep in your make-up to keep your skin looking radiant at all the parties
  • Billie and I love getting into a pair of new PJs on Christmas Day – it’s a must in my house!
  • When applying liquid or gel eyeliner always start from the outside in for a classy winged look
  • Body shimmer makes your skin glow and helps hide little imperfections, try my La Bella body shimmer this Christmas

Maisie was also treated to a hamper of goodies, including Tesco finest Champagne and party nibbles and a personally signed Sam Faiers La Bella gift set, which includes her debut fragrance.

Join the conversation at #Make_Christmas.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Tesco and Sam Faiers to give Maisie Bone from Kent an incredible Christmas this year

Tesco and Sam Faiers to give Maisie Bone from Kent an incredible Christmas this year

2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period

LONDON, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, over 2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers from the retailer’s store support centres in London, Manchester, Coventry and Edinburgh will pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period.

Sainsbury’s suppliers are also joining in, with more than 480 people from 121 different suppliers pledging an additional 560 days of help – taking the total up to over 4,300 days of extra support. The annual store working initiative runs from Wednesday 17th December to Wednesday 31st December.

Board members and their teams will be helping keep the shelves fully stocked, as the supermarket gears up for its busiest trading days of the year – Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th December.

For the second time in a row, Sainsbury’s has also won ‘The Grocer 33 Store of the Week’ award, based on metrics such as great customer service and product availability. The extra help from office workers and suppliers over the festive period will ensure that Sainsbury’s customers get the best service possible.

Retail and Operations Director, Roger Burnley said: “It’s fantastic that we have so many colleagues volunteering to help during the busiest time of year and it’s a great opportunity for them to get hands on experience of working in a store. Our teams work incredibly well together and I’m looking forward to us delivering a great service for our customers this Christmas.”

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2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period

2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period

Walgreen Co. intends to apply to list the shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. common stock on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC under the ticker symbol “WBA”

Company intends to delist and deregister common stock from NYSE and CHX

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) announced today that it intends to apply to list the shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. common stock on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC under the ticker symbol “WBA” following the closing of the previously announced reorganization of Walgreens into a holding company structure pursuant to a merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens with and into Walgreens (the “Reorg Merger”), in which issued and outstanding shares of Walgreens common stock, par value $0.078125 per share, will be converted automatically into the right to receive shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance common stock, par value $0.01 per share, on a one-for-one basis, and the acquisition of the remaining 55 percent of Alliance Boots GmbH that it does not currently own. Listing will be subject to the closing of the Reorg Merger and to Walgreens Boots Alliance fulfilling all of the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Walgreens also announced today that it has notified the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) of its intention to voluntarily withdraw its common stock from listing on both the NYSE and the CHX and from registration under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) in respect of such exchanges upon the closing of the Reorg Merger. Walgreens proposed delisting is contingent upon the closing of the Reorg Merger, which is subject to, among other conditions, the receipt of shareholder approval. To effect the delisting, Walgreens expects to file a Form 25 in respect of such exchanges with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Walgreens reserves the right to delay the filing of the Form 25 or to withdraw such filing for any reason prior to its effectiveness, including, without limitation, in the event that the Reorg Merger is delayed or is not completed for any reason.

Walgreens decision to withdraw its common stock from listing on the NYSE and the CHX and from registration under the Exchange Act in respect of such exchanges and to list shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance common stock solely on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC was based on its determination that, following the completion of the Reorg Merger, shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance common stock should trade on a single national securities exchange in order to, among other things, reduce the administrative costs and burdens associated with maintaining the listing on multiple national securities exchanges.

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Important Information for Investors and Shareholders

In connection with the proposed transactions between Walgreen Co. (“Walgreens”) and Alliance Boots GmbH, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (“WBA”) has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 and two amendments thereto, as well as a definitive prospectus of WBA and a definitive proxy statement of Walgreens in connection with the proposed transactions. The registration statement, as amended was declared effective by the SEC on November 24, 2014, and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus was mailed to Walgreens’ shareholders on or about November 24, 2014. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF WALGREENS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE TRANSACTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Walgreens or WBA through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Walgreens or WBA will be available free of charge on Walgreens’ internet website at www.walgreens.com under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “SEC Filings” or by contacting Walgreens’ Investor Relations Department at (847) 315-2361.

Participants in the Solicitation

Walgreens, Alliance Boots GmbH, WBA and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Walgreens common stock in respect of the proposed transactions. You can find information about Walgreens’ directors and executive officers in Walgreens’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2014, as amended. Additional information regarding the persons who are, under the rules of the SEC, participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the proposed transactions is set forth in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus. You can obtain free copies of these documents, which are filed with the SEC, from Walgreens using the contact information above.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Michael Polzin, 847-315-2920
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Russia’s largest retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 89th “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of a new hypermarket and “Magnit Family” stores.

Please be informed that on December 20, 2014 the Company has opened its 89th “Magnit Family” store.

The 89th “Magnit Family” store is located at Gafiatullina street, Bugulma, Republic of Tatarstan, Volga federal region. Assortment of the store consists of more than 8,500 SKUs, out of which about 90% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is owned by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 10 pm.

On December 21, 2014 the Company has opened its 90th and 91st “Magnit Family” stores.

The 90th “Magnit Family” store is located at 28, 40 let Pobedy street, Togliatti, Samara oblast, Volga federal region. Assortment of the store consists of more than 7,400 SKUs, out of which about 93% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company.

The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

The 91st “Magnit Family” store is located at 3, Bolshaya Filevskaya street, Moscow, Central federal region. Assortment of the store consists of more than 9,100 SKUs, out of which about 89% are food items. There are 12 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

On December 22, 2014 the Company has opened its 92nd “Magnit Family” store and 185th hypermarket.

The 92nd “Magnit Family” store is located at 16/2, Industrialnoye shosse, Sibay, Republic of Bashkortostan, Volga federal region. Assortment of the store consists of about 7,400 SKUs, out of which about 91% are food items. There are 11 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm

The 185th hypermarket (small format) is located at Kurchatova street (“Kosmos” shopping center), Volgograd, Southern federal region. Assortment of the hypermarket consists of more than 12,800 SKUs, out of which about 86% are food items. There are 14 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 10:30 pm.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of September 30, 2014, Magnit operated 25 distribution centers and over 9,020 stores (7,891 convenience, 243 hypermarkets, and 886 drogerie stores) in approximately
2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

AB Acquisition LLC and Safeway Inc. to sell 168 stores across eight states to four buyers

Subject to FTC approval, divested stores will continue to operate as competing grocery stores

BOISE, ID and PLEASANTON, CA, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) announced today that they have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to sell 168 stores across eight states to four buyers:

  • Associated Food Stores (AFS) will purchase eight stores in Montana and Wyoming;
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG)/Minyards will purchase 12 stores in Texas;
  • SUPERVALU will purchase two stores in Washington; and
  • Haggen will purchase 146 stores across Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Divestiture of these stores is being undertaken in order to secure FTC clearance of the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced in March and is expected to close in January 2015. The purchase agreements with the four buyers are all subject to approval by the FTC.

Under the terms of the purchase agreements, the buyers will acquire the stores, equipment and inventory, and they intend to hire most, if not all, of the store employees upon the closing of the purchase of the stores.. For a complete list of stores to be divested, please visit: http://www.albertsons.com/tellmemore.

“We’re pleased to have found strong buyers for these stores and to have completed this important step toward combining Albertsons and Safeway,” said Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s President and CEO. “We look forward now to the transaction’s close, so we can begin working together to enhance the loyalty of grocery shoppers by delivering high quality products, great service and lower prices to become the favorite local supermarket in every neighborhood we serve.”

About Safeway Inc.
Safeway Inc., which operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Carrs stores, is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with sales of $35.1 billion in 2013. The company operates 1,326 stores in 20 states and the District of Columbia, 13 distribution centers and 19 manufacturing plants, and employs approximately 138,000 employees. The company’s common stock is currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol SWY. The company will be delisted from the NYSE upon closing of the merger. For more information, please visit www.Safeway.com.

About Albertsons
Established in 2006, AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons), which operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaws, Star Market and Super Saver, 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 area it serves. The company is privately owned by Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty, Lubert-Adler Partners and Schottenstein Stores Corporation, and currently operates 1,081 stores and 14 distribution centers in 29 states and employs approximately 115,000 associates. For more information, please visit www.Albertsons.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are indicated by words such as “expects,” “will,” “plans,” “intends,” “committed to,” “estimates” and “is.” No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Neither Safeway nor any other person can assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of forward-looking statements. There are various important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond Safeway’s control. These factors include: failure to obtain, delays in obtaining or adverse conditions contained in any required regulatory or other approvals; failure to consummate or delay in consummating the transactions described herein for any other reasons; changes in laws or regulations; and changes in general economic conditions. Safeway undertakes no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For additional information please refer to Safeway’s most recent Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Media Contacts:

Christine Wilcox
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com | 208-395-4163

Brian Dowling
brian.dowling@safeway.com | 925-467-3787

 Investor Contact:

Christiane Pelz  | 925-467-3832

 

Sainsbury’s donates nearly 10,000 turkeys along with other fruit and veg to offer a Christmas dinner to those in need

LONDON, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has pledged a donation of nearly 10,000 turkeys along with other fruit and veg to offer a Christmas dinner to those in need over the week of Christmas.

Taste the Difference and By Sainsbury’s turkeys and turkey crowns are being donated in partnership with poultry supplier Faccenda.

Earlier this month Sainsbury’s also pledged a year’s worth of fruit and veg supplies to charities through its fresh produce suppliers – including the traditional sprouts for Christmas.

Turkey donations alone will provide around 100,000 portions of meat over Christmas week.

Charity Fareshare – which was founded by Sainsbury’s in partnership with Crisis twenty years ago – is adding Christmas food to its traditional year-round donations to charities across the country in the run up to the festive season.

Sainsbury’s Fresh Produce Business Unit Director Charlotte Rhodes, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to help those in need this Christmas with our donation of turkeys. It adds to our extensive donations of fresh fruit and vegetables and other goods all year round. Together with Fareshare we’re committed to getting food to those who need it most.”

FareShare’s Director of food Mark Varney said: “This is a really welcome addition at this time of year that we can pass onto our charity members across the UK who help some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in need. We have the capacity and space to handle large volumes of surplus food and to redistribute it to great and wide effect. We would urge other suppliers and food industry companies that have surplus food, particularly turkeys, to get in touch.”

Notes to editors 

Turkeys donated to Fareshare via Faccenda include Taste the Difference and By Sainsburys birds and crowns – totalling 9,776 units. The equivalent in portion sizes is 100,000.

About Fareshare
FareShare was co-founded by Sainsbury’s and homeless charity Crisis in 1994 and operated as a division of Crisis for 10 years.

Fareshare supports 1,711 local charities and community projects across the UK including breakfast and afterschool clubs for vulnerable children, lunch clubs for elderly people living in isolation, homeless hostels, drop in centres for people recovering from addictions and charities helping people with mental health issues, physical disabilities and health related issues.

Through its charity members Fareshare are helping to feed over 82,000 people every day, redistributing more than 6,400 tonnes of food a year which helps to provide around 13.2 million meals a year.

Donating fruit and veg through a supplier summit

Sainsbury’s has become the first retailer that encouraged its suppliers to work with FareShare and authorised them to divert own branded surplus products to the charity’s network.

Since April 2013 and as a direct result of these introductions to suppliers by Sainsbury’s, FareShare has captured over 495 tonnes of surplus fresh produce from fresh produce suppliers that would otherwise be considered waste. This has been instrumental in providing valuable nutritional products to vulnerable people accessing food at projects supplied by FareShare.

FareShare’s partnership with Sainsbury’s is helping the business to reduce the amount of surplus food and the associated costs involved of returning surplus stock back through the supply chain. In addition, Sainsbury’s works closely with suppliers to encourage the reduction on surplus products appearing, resulting in a more effective and efficient supply chain overall.

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Sainsbury's donates nearly 10,000 turkeys along with other fruit and veg to offer a Christmas dinner to those in need

Sainsbury’s donates nearly 10,000 turkeys along with other fruit and veg to offer a Christmas dinner to those in need

Starbucks: Teavana teamed up with lifestyle maven Camille Styles to create five great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this holiday

SEATTLE, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last-minute gifts can still be memorable ones with a few thoughtful touches. Teavana teamed up with lifestyle maven Camille Styles to create five great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this holiday.

1. Christmas Morning Breakfast for the Hostess

Surprise your holiday hostess with a gift basket with all the fixings for a delicious memorable Christmas morning brunch. Line a gift basket with a festive tea towel and fill with pancake mix, a jar of jam, fresh apples and Teavana Chocolate Chai Black Tea. Top with a bow, a few sprigs of greenery, and a Teavana® Perfectea® Spoon.

“There’s no better way to kick off the most wonderful day of the year,” said Styles. “Plus, any gift that lessens your recipient’s to-do list is a surefire win.”

2. Loose-Leaf Tea for Your Foodie Coworker

“For all those people on your list who have you stumped — like neighbors, clients and coworkers — we love the idea of gifting each of them with one of Teavana’s Frosted Tins.”

These hand-wrapped Japanese tins are custom designed in frost-inspired, foil-stamped paper, available in three holiday colors and are perfect for gifting. Perfect filled with five ounces of delicious loose-leaf Teavana® White Chocolate Peppermint Tea.

3. Snow Day Survival Kit for Your Bookworm Sister

“This time of year, sometimes nothing sounds better than cuddling up at home and unwinding with loved ones over card games, classic books and cozy tea,” Styles said.

To create a relaxing gift perfect for a snow day, fill a decorative container with Teavana’s Perfectea® Maker and the Holiday Tea Collection, which includes four holiday-inspired blends.  Add a pair of soft slippers, classic hardback novels and a deck of playing cards.

4. Grab-and-Go Gift Cards for Last Minute Gifting

“By adding a personal touch with a gorgeous wrapping job, a gift card can be easily transformed to be much more,” Styles said.

Styles shares her secret to transforming a Teavana Gift Card into a beautiful package:

1) Place the gift card in the center of a 6″ paper doily. Use a small piece of double-sided tape on the back of the gift card to secure it in place. 2) Fold in the right and left sides of the doily, and crease over the gift card.  3) Fold up and crease the bottom of the doily, then fold down and crease the top of the doily. 4) Wrap ribbon or twine around packaged card, and tie in a bow.

5.  Gingerbread Men in a Box for the Busy Mom

“This gift basket’s got a little something for everyone: loose leaf tea and an insulated tumbler for mom, and all the materials needed to decorate gingerbread men for the kids,” said Styles.

Bundle up gingerbread cookies, toppings like frosting and candy, and wood craft sticks with raffia or twine. For mom, add a stainless steel Snowflake Tumbler to enjoy tea on the go, and a few ounces of Teavana® Gingerbread Tea.

Starbucks compensated Camille Styles to share her gift ideas.

About Teavana
Founded in 1997, Teavana offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its “Heaven of Tea” retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable “Teaologists” engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea. The company’s mission is to establish Teavana as the most recognized and respected brand in the tea industry by expanding the culture of tea across the world. Teavana joined the Starbucks family in December of 2012. For more information, visitwww.teavana.com.

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

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Starbucks: Teavana teamed up with lifestyle maven Camille Styles to create five great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this holiday

Starbucks: Teavana teamed up with lifestyle maven Camille Styles to create five great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this holiday

Carrefour received 3 Design Awards – more than any other company – at Observeur du design awards on 9 December 2014

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 9 December 2014, Observeur du Design awards were given to 29 designs out of the 150 objects that were shortlisted this year. The awards ceremony was held at Paris’ Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and was an opportunity for various key players involved in French design and industry to come together and discuss the importance of design as a means for companies to differentiate themselves, increase their competitivity and drive growth.

More than 1400 people were in attendance at the Observeur du design awards.

For this year – the 16th year that the awards ceremony has been held – the panel of professionals made up of designers, corporates and journalists chaired by Isabelle de Ponfilly, Managing Director of Vitra France honoured the role played by design in daily-use products and services through their practical, technical and aesthetic aspects.

Carrefour received 3 Design Awards – more than any other company.

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Carrefour received 3 Design Awards - more than any other company - at Observeur du design awards on 9 December 2014

Carrefour received 3 Design Awards – more than any other company – at Observeur du design awards on 9 December 2014