Starbucks and Arizona State University created new online Retail Management Degree for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

SEATTLE, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brand reputation, values-centered leadership, and ethical sourcing are components of a new online Retail Management Degree that Starbucks and Arizona State University created for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, launched June of 2014, is a significant partnership with ASU that creates an opportunity for eligible Starbucks partners (employees) to finish a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement through the college’s top-ranked online degree program. Junior and senior students receive full tuition coverage to complete their degrees while freshmen and sophomores can access a combination of partial tuition scholarships and access to need-based financial aid.

Classes for the first spring session of 2015 started this week for more than 1,500 Starbucks partners. The term began with the new, customized Retail Management degree in addition to the 40-plus options ASU already offers.

“Finishing college while working is an unbelievable challenge and we are proud to partner with ASU on this new program to make a four year degree a reality for so many U.S. partners,” said John Kelly senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy.  “We hope Congress and the White House will learn from these private sector efforts to address college affordability.”

Customizing a retail degree for partners

“We have partners who want to stay with Starbucks and grow their careers in retail after they complete their education,” said Dayna Eberhardt, vice president of Global Learning. “This customized degree is meant to help teach them the kinds of skills they need to be successful in doing that.”

Eberhardt and her team defined five categories of learning that are important to Starbucks: people and team leadership; critical thinking and problem solving; business management; customer service; and sustainability. Drawing on classes ASU currently offers related to those key subject areas, Starbucks and the university’s W. P. Carey School of Business created the new retail degree.

Case studies from Starbucks business situations will be used in the classes, which are open to all ASU students. The next phase of the retail degree might include further customizing classes. For example, future course studies could include examining the challenges of balancing a premium brand with affordability or supply chain issues specific to Starbucks. Another possibility is inviting Starbucks leaders to be guest lecturers.

“It would be beneficial to get as close as possible to teaching our partners the specific skills they’d need to be successful at Starbucks,” said Eberhardt. “There are many exciting possibilities that would help our partners learn and apply valuable skills that are relevant to Starbucks.”

The first Starbucks College Achievement Plan graduate – ‘I’m proof it can be done’

Starbucks shift supervisor Kaede Clifford is open to new possibilities this year as the first graduate of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Clifford has been a Starbucks partner for 13 years. During that time she’s moved from Seattle to Arizona to Germany then back to Washington state. With support from the Starbucks partner education benefit, she recently completed a degree she had started years earlier with ASU.

“I decided to take a semester off and that turned into six years,” Clifford said. “It was important to me to finish my degree. I wanted to finish something I started and also I know it will provide more opportunities to further my career.”

Clifford graduated summa cum laude in December with a BA in Mass Communication and Media Studies. The field interested her after years of being a Starbucks barista and communicating with thousands of customers.

“It’s been interesting watching how people interact with each other in a Starbucks store. It’s almost like a learning lab of its own,” she said.

One of her favorite classes was studying the evolution of digital communications from print, to radio, to television and online.

“It was difficult to take classes online at first. You do have to hold yourself accountable to studying, but I’m proof it can be done,” Clifford said.

For partners who are considering the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Eberhardt suggested talking with an ASU enrollment coach who can answer questions about managing work, family and online study and can give specific tips about signing up for classes and a special week-long orientation program designed for Starbucks partners.

Partners, learn more about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan and Arizona State University.


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


Starbucks and Arizona State University created new online Retail Management Degree for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Starbucks and Arizona State University created new online Retail Management Degree for partners who are part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Teavana celebrates National Hot Tea Month with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend

Winterberry Green Tea Blend is the Newest Addition to Hot and Iced Handcrafted Beverages at Teavana Stores in the U.S. and Canada

SEATTLE, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana is celebrating National Hot Tea Month by encouraging customers to start a new tea ritual with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend. Available in all Teavana stores, Winterberry is a radiant blend of high quality green tea infused with flavorful hints of strawberry and citrus. As the New Year starts and resolutions are top of mind, participating Teavana® stores are inviting customers to participate in green tea tasting experiences and receive a free handcrafted Winterberry hot (16 fl. oz) or iced tea (22 fl. oz) beverage Saturday, January 17.

“We are passionate about green tea, and we want to share how delicious and invigorating green tea can be through our new Winterberry blend,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana. “This winter, we welcome customers into our stores to explore the vibrant flavors and super-premium quality of Teavana teas through our handcrafted beverages. Teavana offers some of the highest quality teas with amazing taste, and we want to help customers discover their Teavana Time; their personal tea ritual.”

Handcrafted Beverages Steeped with Wellness and Delicious Flavors

The Winterberry beverages are the newest addition to the Teavana® handcrafted beverage menu, joining the selection of green, black, chai, herbal, white and oolong teas brewed hot or iced in stores by Teavana tea experts. The new Winterberry beverages are an ideal starting place for those looking to make green tea a daily ritual.

“Winterberry is a great way to get introduced to and enjoy green tea,” said Naoko Tsunoda, master teaologist, Teavana. “We know from speaking with customers that many people know about the health benefits of green tea, but are looking for a different, more appealing flavor profile. With this in mind, we created Winterberry –an invigorating green tea blended with sweet strawberry, pink grapefruit, citrus lemon and hibiscus. The green tea base is Chinese Xue Long from the famed Silver Needle cultivar from Fujian province.”

In addition to being offered in handcrafted beverages, Winterberry is also available as loose leaf tea that can be brewed at home.

Free Winterberry Beverage Offer

Customers may get their first taste of Winterberry at participating Teavana® stores offering a free handcrafted Winterberry hot tea (16 fl. oz) or iced tea (22 fl. oz) beverage on Saturday, January 17. (One free handcrafted Winterberry beverage per customer.)  Customers may also experience a variety of green teas this winter by going on a journey through our “Green Tea Islands” inside stores to taste a curated selection of Teavana’s 18 varieties of green tea, including Winterberry (a green tea/herbal tea blend), Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls and Gyokuro Imperial. Once customers have found their perfect green tea blend, Teavana invites them to share their discoveries and find further inspiration about how Teavana can be enjoyed hot or iced through Twitter and Instagram using #TeavanaTime.

Teavana Hot Brewed Tea Now at Starbucks

In addition, Starbucks now offers the vibrant flavors of Teavana teas 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. Read more about Teavana in Starbucks® stores here.

About Teavana
Founded in 1997, the company 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. For more information, visit

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Teavana celebrates National Hot Tea Month with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend

Teavana celebrates National Hot Tea Month with the launch of the new Winterberry Green Tea Blend

Tesco the first retailer in UK to launch a Google Glass enabled service – The Tesco Grocery Glassware

Cheshunt, England, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has become the first retailer to launch a customer Glass enabled service with a basic version of its shopping app now available for users of the wearable device.

The Glassware has been developed by Tesco Labs, which experiments with disruptive technologies that have the potential to change the way customers shop. The Tesco Grocery Glassware lets you browse goods, view nutritional information and add items to your shopping basket hands-free. In this, its first foray into providing services for those using wearable technology, Tesco has intentionally kept the functionality of the app simple as it considers the consumer response to wearables and the likelihood of increased demand.

Pablo Coberly, Innovation Engineer at Tesco Labs comments, “At Tesco we want to ensure we have the means in place to allow customers to shop whenever, however they want which is why we’re testing the possibilities of customers topping up their online basket with Glass”

The Tesco Grocery Glassware works alongside customers grocery accounts, automatically adding products to the customer’s online basket for them to then review and order by computer, tablet or mobile. Pablo Coberly continues, “We don’t envisage Glass becoming the new platform for shopping as its functionality is different, and more immediate. Instead, it compliments other devices and integrates shopping into everyday life because products can be ordered or added as and when customers realise they need replacing.”

As for the future of the Tesco Grocery Glassware, Tesco Labs says this will be driven by customer needs and demand. Pablo comments, “We’ve intentionally kept functionality very basic given the early stages of customer use of Glass. We’re keen to see how customers react to shopping with Glassware and welcome feedback or suggestions from customers using Glass.“

Glass users can install Tesco Grocery Glassware through MyGlass on their mobile device or desktop.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
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Tesco the first retailer in UK to launch a Google Glass enabled service - The Tesco Grocery Glassware

Tesco the first retailer in UK to launch a Google Glass enabled service – The Tesco Grocery Glassware


Preliminary METRO GROUP sales in Q1 2014/15 grew by 2.6% compared to the previous year quarter

  • Group sales up by 2.1% in like-for-like terms; 2.6% increase in sales adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes
  • Christmas business overall positive
  • METRO Cash & Carry records like-for-like sales growth of 1.4%; noticeable growth in Eastern Europe and Asia
  • Media-Saturn grows like-for-like by 3.8%
  • Real with like-for-like sales growth of 0.9%

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Preliminary METRO GROUP sales in Q1 2014/15, adjusted for currency effects and portfolio changes, grew by 2.6% compared to the previous year quarter. Reported sales declined by 2.2% to €18.3 billion mainly due to the disposal of Real Eastern Europe and the substantial negative currency effects in many parts of Eastern Europe, but particularly in Russia and Ukraine. However, like-for-like sales increased by 2.1%. “Despite the persistently challenging environment we were able to continue the positive like-for-like sales performance at the start of the new financial year,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “Christmas business was overall positive. In December, all sales divisions increased their like-for-like sales. This positive development means that we have created a solid basis for further success in our transformation and achieving our full-year sales outlook.”

METRO GROUP also successfully continued its transformation process at the start of financial year 2014/15 and expanded its share of sales in the multichannel and the delivery business, amongst others. In Q1 2014/15, METRO GROUP opened a total of 23 new stores across 7 countries, of which 9 were METRO Cash & Carry, 13 Media-Saturn and one Galeria Kaufhof department store. 14 new store openings took place in the important expansion countries Russia and China. The 5 METRO Cash & Carry stores in Denmark were closed at the end of 2014, as announced. In addition there was one METRO Cash & Carry store closure each in Rumania and Bulgaria. As announced, Real closed 5 stores and Galeria Kaufhof 2 department stores.

METRO GROUP Q1 2013/14 Q1 2014/15
Sales (€ billion) 18.7 18.3
Change (€) -3.3% -2.2%
Change (in local currency) -1.4% 0.4%
Like-for-like -0.2% 2.1%


Development of the sales divisions in Q1 2014/15


METRO Cash & Carry

All in all, METRO Cash & Carry enjoyed its sixth successive quarter of positive development, with like-for-like sales growth of 1.4%. In Eastern Europe and Asia in particular, there were distinct increases in like-for-like sales. Double-digit like-for-like sales growth was in particular achieved in Russia. Reported sales in Russia declined due to the extremely poor development of exchange rates. In Western Europe, like-for-like sales decreased slightly due to business development in Belgium and the Netherlands. In Germany, like-for-like sales also declined slightly.

The delivery sales growth at METRO Cash & Carry was once again gratifyingly above 10%.

METRO Cash & Carry Q1 2013/14 Q1 2014/15
Sales (€ billion) 8.5 8.2
Change (€) -1.1% -3.6%
Change (in local currency) 2.2% 1.1%
Like-for-like -0.9% 1.4%



Media-Saturn recorded extremely positive sales development, with the positive sales trend observed over previous quarters continuing with strong like-for-like sales growth of 3.8%. Due to the expansion, reported sales in local currency even rose by 5.6%. All regions contributed to the positive sales development, and like-for-like sales rose in almost all countries. In Western Europe, Spain experienced particularly positive development with double-digit like-for-like sales growth. Business in Eastern Europe grew significantly, with Hungary, Poland and, above all, Russia achieving double-digit like-for-like growth rates.

Media-Saturn continued the systematic expansion of online business, as well as the integration of all sales channels, in Q1 2014/15. As a result, online sales rose significantly by over 25%.

Media-Saturn Q1 2013/14 Q1 2014/15
Sales (€ billion) 6.6 6.9
Change (€) -0.7% 4.1%
Change (in local currency) 0.4% 5.6%
Like-for-like -1.0% 3.8%



After the sale of Real Eastern Europe, Real is focusing on business in Germany. Like-for-like sales rose by 0.9%. With autumn dominated by intense competition, December saw again a significant positive development. A total of 50 stores have already been remodelled since October 2013 on the basis of the market concept successfully established in Essen. Real now offers an optimised product range, attractive prices and an enhanced shopping atmosphere in all remodelled stores. In financial year 2014/15, more stores are set to be remodelled in line with the new concept.

Real Q1 2013/14 Q1 2014/15
Sales (in € bn.) 2.6 2.2
thereof Germany (€ billion) 2.2 2.2
Change(€) -2.2% -0.7%
Like-for-like -2.1% 0.9%


Galeria Kaufhof

At Galeria Kaufhof, like-for-like sales fell year on year by 1.4%. A major reason for this was the mild weather conditions in autumn, which led to a poor start to the winter season for German textile sales. This decline was unable to be fully compensated in December even though Christmas business led to major increases in sales.

Galeria Kaufhof Q1 2013/14 Q1 2014/15
Sales (in € bn.) 1.0 1.0
Change(€) 0.6% -1.0%
Like-for-like 0.6% -1.4%


METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

Walgreens to launch national campaign highlighting people aging well beyond their HIV diagnosis

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today announced the launch of Well Beyond HIV™, a national campaign highlighting people aging well beyond their HIV diagnosis. The centerpiece of the campaign is a traveling art exhibit, curated in collaboration with The Graying of AIDS, an independent documentary project and educational campaign. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of older adults living with HIV and will make its first stop in Miami, Fla., this Saturday, Jan. 17.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and for the first time, half of those will be 50 years old or older this year. Left unaddressed, older adults living with HIV may lack the support needed to help manage medications for HIV and other chronic conditions that are commonly associated with aging. Recognizing the unique care and support needed, Walgreens launched Well Beyond HIV to provide information and resources for those living with HIV and to help inspire dialogue, eradicate stigmas and amplify the voices, faces and stories of those over 50 living with HIV.

“As the population of older Americans living with HIV/AIDS grows, the daily realities, concerns and successes of their lives remain largely unrecognized,” says Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology, Walgreens. “By sharing stories of challenges and triumphs through the compelling photography and insightful testimonials, we hope to increase awareness of the unique needs of these individuals while being a trusted community resource to help those aging with HIV live well.”

“The public conversation on both aging and HIV generally leaves out the complex experiences of older adults living with the virus,” said Katja Heinemann, co-director of The Graying of AIDS. “Through this campaign, we hope to inspire people living and aging with HIV to achieve an improved quality of life.”
Individuals featured in the campaign share real stories of diagnosis challenges and life triumphs.

“I always thought I had two years to live. And after two years, there was another two years. And after that, another two years, until I realized that I was getting healthier,” said Michael Kasten, a campaign participant. “Then there wasn’t any more two years – it was more like 10 or 15 years. For me, HIV sits in the background. I accept it, but because I manage it, it doesn’t control me.”

The exhibit unveiling will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Miami Beach Edition Hotel in Miami. Well Beyond HIV art exhibit is open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional stories, exhibit information and resources are available at

Walgreens is committed to supporting those living with HIV. Through more than 800 Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies throughout the country, more than 2,000 specially trained pharmacists provide confidential, face-to-face medication therapy consultations and health and wellness guidance to help patients manage HIV, common comorbid conditions such as hepatitis C and other conditions generally associated with aging. For more information on Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies, visit

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens 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,,, and Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.


Walgreens Flu Index™ for Week of Jan. 12, 2015: Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity

DEERFIELD, IL., 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. With the ability to generate hyper-local data that’s as specific as a single zip code, the Index aims to drive consumer awareness and prevention within communities, while also serving as a valuable resource for health departments, media and others at the local level.

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity
Week beginning 1/12/2015

  1. Knoxville, Tenn.
  2. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  3. Tri-Cities, Tenn. – Va.
  4. Paducah, Ky. – Cape Girardeau, Mo. – Harrisburg, Ill.
  5. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  6. Columbia, S.C.
  7. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
  8. Tulsa, Okla.
  9. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  10. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

Top 10 States with Flu Activity
Week beginning 1/12/2015

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Tennessee
  3. Kentucky
  4. Arkansas
  5. Mississippi
  6. Nebraska
  7. South Carolina
  8. Texas
  9. Alabama
  10. Louisiana

Top 10 DMAs Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 1/5/2015 to 1/12/2015

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.
  3. Buffalo, N.Y.
  4. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
  5. Los Angeles, Calif.
  6. Wichita-Hutchinson, Kan. Plus
  7. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
  8. San Diego, Calif.
  9. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.
  10. Boise, Idaho

Top 10 State Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 1/5/2015 to 1/12/2015

  1. Arizona
  2. California
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Oregon
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. Idaho
  8. Washington
  9. New Mexico
  10. New York


The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide.  The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 20 retail locations.

The Flu Index™ is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrate which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of flu.

© Copyright Walgreen Co. 2015.  All rights reserved

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens 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,,, and Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Homebase: Garden designer Adam Frost returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015 with a striking modernist garden inspired by the Bauhaus movement

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi award-winning garden designer Adam Frost returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015 with a striking modernist garden inspired by the Bauhaus movement and the work of one of its most famous proponents, Marcel Breuer.

Designed as an urban community garden, The Homebase Urban Retreat Garden will celebrate the striking design principles of the early 20th century design movement, by incorporating modernist materials such as concrete and corten steel, with simple geometric shapes to create a garden that sits comfortably within an urban setting and in which the local community and wildlife can flourish.

Adam describes the design for The Homebase Garden as blending the structures of the urban environment with the softness of nature to show how green space can be successfully incorporated into our towns and cities. Referencing the Bauhaus movement he said:  “Much of the modernist housing designed by architects of that period was created around community landscape and gardens. Bauhaus promised a reunion of man with nature through community living and it’s this spirit that I want to reflect in The Homebase Garden.”

The layout will have a strong architectural form with a dynamic backbone that combines linear concrete walls with geometric hedging breaking the space into clearly defined water, lawn and planting divisions.

Designed as a space for the whole community, where people can come together and enjoy community life, Adam has incorporated two striking water walls in the form of pressed steel leading into long pools of water that can double as paddling pools in summer. A series of layered cedar wood rings will provide seating throughout the garden.

The architectural focal point at the rear of the garden will be a striking corten steel structure set among a bed of tree ferns. Designed to represent a modernist building, the frame will create an unexpected insect hotel and home for birds and wildlife.

In front, a commanding cedar-clad building will provide a unique viewing area from its roof offering a second perspective of the garden looking down over the layouts and the sculptural form of six imposing Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura) trees. Covered with a new mix of wildflower turf seen for the first time at RHS Chelsea, the roof will provide another haven for wildlife including a colony of honey bees housed in a Bauhaus-inspired cedar beehive with corten steel roof.

Planting and wildlife

The planting palette has been designed with wildlife in mind. Simple, fragrant plants that allow insects to flourish including Irises, Geraniums, Deschampsia and Digitalis, will sit alongside Taxus domes which provide nesting space for insects and birds and Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura) trees which act as a source of food for the resident bees. Grasses and wildflowers will bring a softness to the urban setting while two impressive tree ferns positioned behind the corten steel and cedar-clad building will add a structural element to the palette.

Colours will be rich and earthy, moving from deep crimson to burnt orange to reflect the orange-brown patina of corten steel whilst the lush green foliage of the ferns and hedging will stand out against the imposing backdrop of the concrete framework.


Drawing on the raw industrial materials favoured by architects of the Bauhaus movement, the garden will feature smooth poured concrete, corten steel and cedar, which typified buildings and home furnishings of that era.

Cedar cladding will lend a different, softer character to the garden punctuating the boldness of the concrete and steel and emphasizing the vertical lines of the space, while a long boarded path winding through the centre of the garden echoes the curves seen on some of the most iconic Bauhaus buildings and highlights the value of incorporating wildlife corridors into our urban environments.

Adam said: ‘‘The whole ethos of the Bauhaus movement was to create remarkable looking products that were simple in design and that could be easily replicated from the basic starting point of geometric shapes. I’ve designed the Homebase garden to reference the Bauhaus with the inclusion of modern design styles, something that anyone can do in their own garden and that lends itself in particular to an urban setting.”

The Homebase Garden Academy

Students from the recently launched Homebase Garden Academy will be working alongside Adam to create the garden. The pioneering programme, now in its second year, was set up to help Britain’s next generation of gardeners’ kick-start their career. Putting into practice the skills they have learnt since joining in September 2014, the scheme’s latest intake of students will help Adam build the garden when it arrives on site at the RHS Chelsea showground in May 2015.

Adam continued: “I’m delighted that students from the Homebase Academy will once again be helping me to bring the garden to life. My hope is that the garden will encourage aspiring gardeners to create their own version and by doing so, encourage the growth of both our urban communities and wildlife.”

Jon Kemp, Head of Garden at Homebase, said: “We’re very excited to unveil the 2015 Homebase garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and to be working once again with Adam Frost. Adam has an outstanding pedigree in garden design and has already created two exceptional Gold medal-winning gardens for us at the Show. We’re confident this year’s garden will be another huge success.”

The Homebase Chelsea Collection

To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, Homebase will be bringing back it’s Chelsea Collection – a range of plants, garden ornaments and garden furniture inspired by Adam’s garden and available in store from April – July 2015.

The 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 18 – 22 May 2015.



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About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 60 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden.  It has 316 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.


Katarina Johnson-Thompson confirmed she will compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 21 February 2015

LONDON, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Katarina Johnson-Thompson has confirmed that she will compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 21 February 2015. The 21 year old will contest the long jump, the event in which she became world junior champion in 2012 and won a World Indoor Championships silver medal in 2014.

Johnson-Thompson (coach: Mike Holmes) led the world heptathlon rankings for 2014, despite an injury derailing her summer season, and the 21 year old will make her return to world class competition at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

The British junior heptathlon record holder has a good track record at the venue, where she won no fewer than twelve national titles during her teenage years, and is looking forward to continuing her build up to contesting the pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March.

Katrine Johnson-Thompson said: “I’m so excited to be back on the track at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix. I’ve competed in Birmingham before in the hurdles and I’m so happy to be going back to what I think is one of the best indoor competitions you can attend. Especially with the great home crowd I’m super excited to be back.

“At the moment I’m still in hard training but I’m sure by February I’ll be raring to go and hopefully starting back where I left last year because the last competition I did was a home event at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.

“I’ve competed in Birmingham at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix once before and watched it on television every other year so I can see that it’s always a good turn out with the crowd getting behind the athletes. It feels like a major championship when competing there so it will definitely help me for three weeks later when it’s the European Indoor Championships in Prague.”

Tara Hewitt, Head of Sponsorship for Sainsbury’s, said: “Katarina has been one to watch for some years now and is a great example of a young athlete who has worked really hard to get to the top of her game. We were all sorry she wasn’t able to compete last season due to injury, but we’re delighted that her comeback will be at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix next month.”

Already confirmed as competing at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix are: double Olympic, world and European champion Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar), European 100m champion James Dasaolu (Steve Fudge), Carmelita Jeter, Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie), Jodie Williams (Christine Bowmaker), Asha Philip (Steve Fudge), Aries Merritt, Dayron Robles, William Sharman (Jerzy Maciukiewicz) and Omo Osaghae.

For tickets to the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix visit Sainsbury’s is proud to be a long-term supporter of British Athletics and a champion of inclusive sport for all, from grassroots to elite level.

Notes to Editors:


Sainsbury’s is proud to be a long-term supporter of British Athletics and a champion of inclusive sport for all, from grassroots to elite level.

The partnership with British Athletics builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages and abilities.

In addition to being the Major Event Series partner of British Athletics, Sainsbury’s sponsors the Sainsbury’s Schools Games, which sees millions of school children take part in competitive sport each year, with 1,600 young elite athletes competing annually in a high level multi-sport event.

Through the help of customers, Sainsbury’s has donated over £150million of sports and activity equipment and experiences, through its Active Kids programme. The company also proudly supports Comic Relief and raised £6.7m for its Sport Relief campaign in 2014.

For more information on Sainsbury’s commitment to inclusive sport visit:

UK Athletics

UK Athletics is the national governing body of the leading Olympic and Paralympic sport in Britain. British Athletics is the sport we represent, the people, the athletes, the fans, the team.

We work closely with the home countries to develop and grow all areas of the sport including elite performance, coaching, major international events, competition and grassroots programmes within schools and clubs.

For more information visit


Katarina Johnson-Thompson confirmed she will compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 21 February 2015

Katarina Johnson-Thompson confirmed she will compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 21 February 2015

IKEA recalls 5 models of the VYSSA crib mattresses to ensure a snug and safe sleeping environment for infants and young children

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Recall includes five (5) models of the VYSSA crib mattresses listed below:


IKEA VYSSA crib mattresses are designed to be used with IKEA cribs to ensure a snug and safe sleeping environment for infants and young children. A gap between mattress and crib ends can pose an entrapment hazard for an infant.

IKEA has received two reports of infants becoming entrapped between the mattress and an end of the crib. The children were removed from the gap without injury.

This recall applies to any VYSSA mattress with date of manufacture May 04 2014 or earlier. Identification can be found on a permanent label attached to the mattress cover, showing Date of Manufacture Month-DD-YYYY and Model: VYSSA name.

Consumers should verify that their crib mattress has the correct length. Measure a possible gap by removing all bedding, for example fitted sheets, and then make sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends of the crib and the mattress. If any gap is larger, customers should immediately stop using the recalled mattresses and return it to any IKEA store for an exchange or a full refund.

It is recommended that only IKEA fitted crib sheets are used with VYSSA crib mattresses.

Proof of purchase is not required to receive an exchange or a full refund for the return.

VYSSA crib mattresses have been sold in the United States since August 2010.

new_Product_recall_diagram_011315 new_Product_recall_prodlabel_011315 announced the winner of the group’s first-ever Digital Commerce Startup Competition at Retail’s BIG Show in New York

NEW YORK, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — announced today from Retail’s BIG Show in New York City the winner of the group’s first-ever Digital Commerce Startup Competition. Out of five finalists, each selected in December 2014, Symphony Commerce was selected by several esteemed retail industry leaders as the 2015 winner. The company specializes in enterprise level commerce as a service, and was established in 2010.

The announcement came during a special session in which thousands of retail CEOs, senior executives and other industry leaders gathered during NRF’s 104th Annual Convention and EXPO. The four-day event is currently taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York and will wrap up Wednesday, January 14.

As the winner, CEO and Co-Founder Harish Abbott and his company Symphony Commerce will receive a one-year free membership with the National Retail Federation as well as $5,000 and a complimentary registration to’s Digital Summit in 2015. Harish will also be introduced to members of the board of directors, which includes senior e-commerce and digital executives from companies including Hudson’s Bay Company, Sur la Table, The TJX Companies and Under Armour.

“Retail is changing at lightning speed and many of the innovations we’re seeing today exist because people like Harish followed his dreams to build a company that would so strongly impact our industry, and in this instance, a company that would change the way retailers and brands grow their businesses in the digital space,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Executive Director Vicki Cantrell. “It was no easy feat selecting just one winner from our outstanding finalists; we look forward to seeing continued success from all of the competition entrants.”

“As the biggest group of digital retailers in the world, having present my company and I with this award validates the hard work we’ve put into building enterprise level commerce as a service,” Harish Abbott, ceo and co-founder “By providing the end-to-end commerce infrastructure necessary for companies to grow and compete, we are freeing up brands and retailers to focus on what matters – the merchandise, branding and relationships with customers.”

In December 2014, a team of venture capitalists, prominent retailers, industry analysts and board members narrowed down the nominees to five finalists. The five finalists demonstrated the greatest potential to transform the shopping experience or make a positive impact on the retail industry.

The four additional finalists included:

Judges of the competition:, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail. members include some of the world’s largest most respected retail, technology, research, and consulting companies.


Kathy Grannis
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