The NRF Foundation announceS the individuals who have been named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future

WASHINGTON, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation, is pleased to announce the individuals who have been named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The 25 individuals selected, ranging from a United States Senator to a teenage fashion designer, represent power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers in the retail industry. Honorees will be recognized during the NRF Foundation’s Inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City. The Gala will bring together industry leaders and executives, students, and The List honorees to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry today.

“The List is about recognizing the power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers who are changing the face of retail – many doing so behind the scenes,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “Unlike in any other industry, people interact with retail every single day, and these 25 individuals are making today’s innovative, customer-centric and unique shopping experiences possible, collectively making up one of the most impressive groups of professionals in retail.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome The List honorees at our Gala to celebrate the incredible contributions they have made to our industry,” continued Davis.

After a thorough selection process, 25 individuals were selected in the following categories:

Disruptors: True originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.

Dreamers: Rising stars who might be light on experience, but their heart, energy, and passion inspire everyone around them. They’re already making waves in their store, company or hometown with their fresh ideas, big dreams and sky-high goals—and lucky for us, they’re just getting warmed up.

Givers: Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.

  • Greg Buzek, co-founder and donor trustee, Retail Orphan Initiative (also, president IHL Goup)
  • Michael Levy, founder and president, Pet Food Express
  • Lynn Marmer, group vice president, corporate affairs, The Kroger Co.
  • Johnny Morris, founder and ceo, Bass Pro Shops
  • Shawn R. Outler, group vice president, leased businesses, vendor collaboration & multicultural business development, Macy’s, Inc.
  • BG Gary M. Profit, U.S. Army (Retired), senior director, military programs, Wal-mart Stores Inc.

Influencers:  Champions of retail bridge the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they are a journalist, an activist, an innovator or a business leader, these nominees don’t work in retail—but they’re helping it evolve. They’re passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.

Power Players: Fearless leaders never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status—they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry, but they’re not afraid to take risks or push boundaries. They guide, inspire, and, most importantly, challenge us to move beyond the status quo.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters.

Kathy Grannis
(202) 783-7971
(855) NRF-Press


California firefighter and postal worker from Texas are the latest winners of Starbucks For Life

SEATTLE, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — “I’ve never won anything,” said Jim, a California firefighter for 27 years. “I got the email that said ‘congratulations’ and I’ve been on cloud nine ever since.”

Jim and Steven, a postal worker from Texas, are the latest winners of Starbucks For Life, and this weekend is the final chance to join them through Starbucks® It’s a Wonderful Card Ultimate Giveaway.

Now through Monday, January 5, customers who pay using a Starbucks Card or their Starbucks® mobile app receive a code at the bottom of their receipt. After entering the code online, customers find out if they’ve won one of the 482,000 instant prizes or the ultimate prize of Starbucks For Life, which is one free food or beverage item from participating Starbucks® stores every day for the next 30 years.

Jim said he’ll be happy to share his Starbucks For Life prize from time to time with the “whole crew” from the fire department who often stop in to Starbucks with him.

“If I’m not drinking Starbucks, sure I’ll share the love,” he said.

It’s possible Jim might have to buy some ice cream too. In fire departments across the country, it’s a tradition for firefighters who have their names mentioned in newspapers or on television to buy a round of ice cream for the rest of the crew.

Steven’s workday at a Texas postal center begins just after a 5:30 in the morning run to his neighborhood Starbucks store for a dark roast coffee – a beverage that will be free for him every day for the next 30 years.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be a member of the Starbucks family in this way. It’s so much more than coffee and pastries,” Steven said. “It’s getting to meet and know people too.”

The grand prizes of Starbucks For Life have an estimated value of $54,000. The ultimate prize also comes with a piece of Starbucks history – an exclusive Starbucks Card made of 10K hammered gold engraved with the name of each winner. There will be 10 winners in the US, one in the UK and three in Canada. For entry, eligibility and official rules visit

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


California firefighter and postal worker from Texas are the latest winners of Starbucks For Life

California firefighter and postal worker from Texas are the latest winners of Starbucks For Life

Starbucks celebrates National Hot Tea month with the launch of 10 new Teavana hot brewed teas in the U.S. and Canada

SEATTLE, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of National Hot Tea month, Starbucks invites customers to explore and enjoy a new tea ritual with new Teavana® hot teas. For the first time,  the vibrant flavors of Teavana teas will be available beginning on January 6 for brewed to order hot teas at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Customers can find the blend that suits their unique taste preferences from the selection of ten classic and best-selling teas, including green, chai, black and herbal teas. Not only are the new teas the perfect soothing warm-up for the cold winter months,  hot brewed teas also have zero calories – just in time for starting a New Year’s tea ritual resolution.

Here are 10 new, delicious and vibrant Teavana hot brewed teas available at Starbucks:

Green Teas

Teavana® Jade Citrus Mint – a bright citrus balance of lemon verbena and lemongrass with a hint of spearmint and a rich China Chun Mee green tea base.

Teavana® Emperor’s Clouds & Mist™ – praised as ‘green gold’ for centuries, this Chinese green tea has a light smoky beginning, a soft sweet middle, and a green tea finish.

Chai Tea

Teavana® Oprah Chai – a distinctive chai tea blend of black and rooibos teas with sweet spice. For every Oprah Chai beverage sold, Starbucks will donate $0.25 to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to support educational and mentorship opportunities for young people.

White Tea

Teavana® Youthberry® – white tea with a refreshing sweet pineapple and fruity acai berry infusion, and a subtle floral finish.

Black Teas

Teavana® Royal English Breakfast – a full-bodied black tea infused with malty and oaky undertones.

Teavana® Earl Grey – famously highbrow and high grown, this Earl Grey is a bright blend of black teas and fragrant bergamot oil and lavender.

Herbal Teas

Teavana® Passion Tango™ – a harmonious pairing of bright tropical notes of papaya and mango with citrus lemongrass and a hint of cinnamon.

Teavana® Pineapple Kona Pop™ – a pineapple and citrus infusion with light floral undertones.

Teavana® Mint Majesty™ – spearmint and peppermint join with subtle lemon verbena to create this cooling, refreshing herbal tea.

Teavana® Peach Tranquility™ – a peaceful medley of chamomile, sweet peach infusion with light citrus and floral undertones.

Starbucks baristas will prepare the perfect cup of Teavana® hot tea using sachets that provide bold, delicious flavor, similar to a loose leaf tea.

Teavana® stores are also celebrating National Hot Tea Month with hot brewed teas available on the go, with a focus on green tea blends that taste great and support New Year’s resolutions for a well-balanced 2015.

In addition to the new brewed to order hot teas, several other Teavana products can be found at Starbucks, including Teavana® Shaken Iced Tea, and Iced Tea Lemonades, Teavana® Chai Tea Latte and Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea Latte and a selection of  pre-packed to brew at home Teavana® loose leaf teas. While the new Teavana® tea assortment will replace Tazo teas at Starbucks® stores, Tazo teas will continue to be available in grocery channels.

Tea has been a part of Starbucks heritage since 1971 when the company was founded at Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spices.  With a vision to create new and innovative ways to delight tea drinkers and continue growing the overall tea category, Starbucks acquired Teavana® in 2012.

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


Starbucks celebrates National Hot Tea month with the launch of 10 new Teavana hot brewed teas in the U.S. and Canada

Starbucks celebrates National Hot Tea month with the launch of 10 new Teavana hot brewed teas in the U.S. and Canada

Tesco removed sweets and chocolates from the checkouts at all stores to help customers lead healthier lives

Cheshunt, England, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — From today there will be no sweets and chocolates on the checkout at any Tesco in the UK.

Tesco removed sweets and chocolates from the checkouts at larger stores in 1994, but for the first time they will be removed from checkouts at all stores, including Tesco Metro and Express convenience stores, which number around 2,000 across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The move, to help customers lead healthier lives and by reduce ‘pester power’, comes as new research based on ClubCard data from Tesco reveals that families with young children have on average the least healthy shopping baskets. In contrast pensioners and older adults are on average the healthiest shoppers, according to the research.

David Wood, Managing Director of Health and Wellness for Tesco said:
“Our customers told us that removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts would help them make healthier choices, so from today our checkouts will be sweet and chocolate-free zones.

“We hope this will make our customer’s lives easier, as taking sweets and chocolates off the checkouts will really help parents with young children. As a parent of two young children myself, I know how challenging it can be to navigate the checkouts with children in tow.

“The response we’ve had from parents has been overwhelmingly positive, so it’ll be interesting to see if other supermarkets follow our lead and do the same thing.”

Sweets and chocolates have been replaced by a variety of healthier snacks including dried fruit, nuts and cereal bars. Every food item that’s on the checkout at Tesco stores will either be one of your five a day, have no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, be in calorie-controlled snack packs, or be deemed by the Department of Health to be a ‘healthier snack’. The new-look checkout areas were trialled in in several stores, and Tesco conducted focus groups with customers to find out about which products they thought worked best.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO, said:

“Popping into a shop with a small child in tow can sometimes feel like navigating an assault course. If you’ve made it to the checkout in one piece it can be really frustrating to then be faced with an unhealthy array of sweets designed to tempt your child. It’s really positive to see a supermarket responding to the views of their customers and trying to make life that little bit easier.”

Earlier this year Tesco published research showing that nearly two-thirds (65%) of customers said removing confectionery from the checkouts would help them make healthier choices when shopping. 67% of parents also told Tesco that having no confectionery near the checkout would help them make healthier choices for their children.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

“This is a very welcome move by Tesco, responding to the clear demands of their customers, and raising the bar in the roll out of healthy checkouts.

“This initiative will help people to make healthier choices, which all contributes to reducing the long-term cost to our nation of obesity and ill-health.”

Notes to editors

Removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts is part of a much wider ongoing effort from Tesco to help customers live healthier lives. Tesco is:

o   Making food on the shelves healthier. Tesco has removed three billion calories from soft drink ranges, 600 million from sandwiches and 92 million from ready meals. An additional 63 million portions of fruit and veg have been added to Tesco ready meals and soups. In January 2014, Tesco launched a new Healthy Living range. The new range helps customers control the amount of salt, sugar and fats they eat, without compromising on flavour.

o   Improving children’s relationship with food. Tesco is working with farmers and suppliers to help schoolchildren understand where the food they eat comes from and help them make healthier choices. Over half a million children have so far been taken to farms, fisheries and factories to show where cows are milked, where lettuce comes from, and how fish are prepared for sale as part of the ‘Eat Happy’ project.


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

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Carrefour starts new communications campaign featuring its customers in vox pops filmed throughout France

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting on 1 January, Carrefour will be launching a new communications campaign featuring its customers in vox pops filmed throughout France. This gallery – with the spotlight turned towards Carrefour customers – will showcase the various solutions that the retailer provides to help people get the most out of their everyday lives – making them feel more optimistic in the process. With “j’optimisme”, Carrefour and its customers are adopting a whole new state of mind, breathing life into 2015.

Over a period of several weeks, hundreds of people were interviewed and filmed throughout France. These customers speak – in a natural way and often with a great deal of humour – about their hopes and wishes. They have less money, they say, and want to manage their budgets more effectively… but at the same time, they still want high-quality products and would like to enjoy themselves. Put simply, they are all looking for ways of getting more and doing better… but with less!

It is in optimising their day-to-day lives that they are drawing on their reserves of optimism. Optimising makes them optimistic!

Carrefour has created a new signature to express this state of mind:

Starting on 2 January, staff in Carrefour hypermarkets throughout France will be focused on breathing life into this new state of mind in their stores and on sharing it on a daily basis with their customers.

This campaign has been developed by Publicis K4 – part of the Publicis group. It is being underpinned by a global communications campaign across all the main media channels which is being rolled out on 1 January, together with #joptimisme, a participatory digital platform that consumers can use to share their energy and their tips for improving their quality of life. A #joptimisme bus will also be travelling the country, meeting Carrefour customers, partners and employees and picking up other ideas and experiences.