Morrisons signs new three-year contract for liquid milk with Arla Foods and Dairy Crest

Bradford, England, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons already has an existing relationship with the farmer-owned cooperative, Arla Foods, for liquid milk but the new agreement guarantees increased volumes.

Arla has just opened what is understood to be the most efficient milk processing plant in the world in Aylesbury, where the retailer’s fresh milk is processed and Morrisons believes that this investment in the British dairy industry will lead to stronger returns for Arla farmers in the long term.

Morrisons also has an existing relationship with Dairy Crest and although it will be reducing volumes for liquid milk, the processor will continue to supply Morrisons with high volumes of other dairy products including cheese, butter and soft spreads.

The agreements will also bring closer Morrisons’ ambition to introduce a scheme that will help farmers manage the volatility of their milk price. This will involve working with a group of farmers to help them hedge prices.

Casper Meijer, Morrisons Group Trading Director said “Following the end of our previous five year contract, we have chosen to continue the relationships with our existing dairy companies ensuring no further volatility is brought to the dairy industry. It’s important that we can assure customers of a long term supply of liquid milk and our existing relationships with both processors have already shown us they can deliver that.”

Martyn Jones, Morrisons Group Corporate Services Director said “Arla is owned by farmers which means that members will not only receive more business from Morrisons but should receive a benefit from their cooperative. Also, by working with a second processor, Dairy Crest, we will be reaching a greater number of farmers than we would with a single dairy company.”

As part of the contract negotiations Morrisons held discussions with all the major dairy companies including Graham’s of Scotland. As a result of these discussions Graham’s will now begin to supply their brand of milk and butter to Morrisons stores in Scotland.

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Morrisons doubles its fish processing capability and creates new jobs in its fish manufacturing site in Grimsby

Bradford, England, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than three years after Morrisons opened its first fish manufacturing site in Grimsby the retailer is acquiring a nearby site, doubling its fish processing capability and creating new jobs.

Morrisons has agreed a deal to take over the former Kerry Foods site, which has been empty since 2012.

Morrisons currently produces 250 tonnes of fish a week through its existing site. The purchase of the new facility will streamline and bring efficiencies to Morrisons processing as the space will form part of new packing, chilling and filleting divisions.

The current site stands at 35,000sqft, the acquisition of the second site will increase the space to cover more than 120,000sqft.

Mark Harrison, Group Manufacturing Director, said: “Due to the success of our first site and the growing demand for fresh fish from our customers we are expanding our entire seafood manufacturing operation.

“Not only will we be able to supply a wider product range but we’ll also be increasing the number of skilled jobs available in the local area. The new space will mean we can manage the entire process of preparing fish ourselves and because that’s efficient we’ll be able to offer even better value to our customers.”

In addition to the two sites in Grimsby, Morrisons also opened a facility in 2014 at the Humberside Seafood Institute to service the supermarkets growing online and convenience services.

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Whole Foods Market to open Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater stores in Chicago by May

Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater locations the first of seven by year-end

Chicago, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market plans to open four stores in the city of Chicago, with the first in Streeterville on Jan. 28, followed closely by stores in Lincoln Park near DePaul University (February 25), the West Loop (March 25) and Edgewater (April 29).

“Whole Foods Market loves Chicago, and we know that the community has been hungry for these stores to reopen for some time,” said Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods Market’s Midwest Region. “We took the time to design and build a brand new store for each community that would offer not just a full-service grocery, but also a place to meet friends and share each other’s company. After the communities come to know these stores, I believe they’ll feel the wait was worth it!”

The Streeterville store is the first former Dominick’s location to open as a Whole Foods Market. It will feature a variety of new prepared foods and beverage venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market options. These features include an in-store venue with products from Chicago’s own local raw and vegan foods restaurant RAW, a 12-tap barroom, a coffee bar and wine room, a Ramen station and an apothecary-style Whole Body department.

On opening day, Whole Foods Market will host a bread-breaking ceremony with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Streeterville neighbors at 8:45 a.m., followed by food samples, entertainment, and gift cards for the first 500 customers.  Doors will open at 9a.m. Whole Foods Market officials will be available for interviews for 20 minutes after the bread-breaking ceremony.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store.

“Whole Foods Market is committed to the local communities that we serve,” Bashaw said. “We’ve worked with local organizations long before we open our doors and look forward to continuing supporting the community through the coming years.”

Whole Foods Market’s Streeterville store will also empower team members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” in which 1 percent of each day’s net sales will go toward Chicago-based organizations, including Lookingglass Theatre, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Parks Foundation, Active Transportation Alliance, and Best Buddies.

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own shopping bags and help develop stronger communities through a small donation.  At the register, shoppers will have the option to receive a 10-cent-per-bag refund as cash back off their receipt, or to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Streeterville’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.

Later in 2015, Whole Foods will open suburban locations in Evanston, Willowbrook and Elmhurst, Illinois. Additionally, Whole Foods Market expects to open two more Chicago stores —in the Englewood and Hyde Park neighborhoods— by the end of 2016..
STORES AT A GLANCE

DEPAUL
Square feet: Over 29,000
Open: Feb. 25, 2015
Address: 959 West Fullerton
Highlights:
• Neapolitan style pizza
• Cuban inspired taqueria
• Sandwich bar
• Hot bar and salad Bar
• Walk-up window for coffee

WEST LOOP
Square feet: Over 42,000
Open: March 25, 2015
Address: 1 North Halsted
Highlights:
• Made-to-order individual pizzas
• In-house pita bread station
• Local Baklava from Atopolis in bakery
• Mediterranean fare-chick shwarma and fresh falafel
• Red Star Bar – 24 taps on draft with a large whiskey selection

EDGEWATER
Square feet: Over 54,000
Open: April 29, 2015
Address: 6009 North Broadway
Highlights:
• Wood-fired grill
• Ramen station
• Naan and pita bread station- made in house
• Scratch bakery
• Cut-to-order pasta station with fresh specialty cheese
• Red Star Bar
• Wine bar
• Pickle bar

HIRING INFORMATION
Team members: Hiring 100 to 150 team members for each new location.

 

Toys“R”Us® announced its 10th “Great Trade-In” event from January 23 through February 21

Highly Anticipated Event Returns to Babies“R”Us® and Toys“R”Us® Stores Nationwide from Friday, January 23 through Saturday, February 21 to Provide Shoppers the Opportunity to Remove Recalled or Outdated Baby Products from Homes; More Than 1.1 Million Used and Potentially Unsafe Products Removed from the Marketplace Since the Program’s Inception

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced its 10th “Great Trade-In” event, issuing its latest call to action for customers to rid their homes of potentially unsafe, old and second-hand cribs, high chairs, car seats,strollers and more, in exchange for savings on a new item. Since 2009, the company’s Great Trade-In event has resulted in the removal of more than 1.1 million pieces from the marketplace. That number will continue to grow during its latest event, which begins Friday, January 23 and continues through Saturday, February 21 at Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores across the country.

As many safety standards have changed significantly over the course of the past six years, numerous older products can be deemed non-compliant in accordance to today’s more stringent requirements. Since August 2009, products traded in as part of this national safety program were missing parts, damaged, or others, that were decades old, showed obvious signs of wear and tear. Through the Great Trade-In, Toys“R”Us continues to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about ways to be proactive where children’s safety is concerned.

Over the duration of the Great Trade-In event, stores will accept any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, infant swings, bouncers, travel systems, walkers, entertainers and play yards, in exchange for 25% savings on the purchase of a new baby item, in any of these product categories. There is no limit to the number of items a customer can trade in*. In addition, consumers who do not have items to trade in will receive 15% off a new gear or furniture item with an in-store only coupon available on Babiesrus.com/GreatTradeIn**.

“The Great Trade-In was conceived to bring attention to the dangers associated with potentially unsafe used items in circulation, and we’re proud this program has to-date helped remove more than 1 million items from the marketplace,” said Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “One of our most important responsibilities as a company is to help parents keep kids safe, and we look forward to once again hosting this popular event in our stores to encourage families to turn in old products in exchange for new ones in-line with today’s safety standards.”

Brands participating in the Great Trade-In event include Britax®, Chicco®, Safety 1st®, Graco®, SorelleTM, Evenflo®and more. Customers may exchange any number of used items, from any manufacturer, in the specified product categories. Daycare centers or other organizations that wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

Those who participate in this highly anticipated Babies“R”Us event are encouraged to engage in the conversation on social media using #BRUGreatTradeIn.

Additional Safety Resources for Parents and Caregivers

In addition to the Great Trade-In event, Toys“R”Us offers the following resources to help parents and caregivers keep their children safe:

  • Toysrus.com/Safety, the company’s dedicated Safety website, features information on the company’s industry-leading safety standards for products sold through its stores and websites, seasonal tips for preventing accidental injury and product recall information.
  • Recall notifications sent via email by signing up through Toysrus.com/Safety.
  • Current recall information is posted on easily visible Safety boards at each store location.
  • Tools and resources for parents to keep track of the products in use in their homes with a Product Record List and Eight Steps to Keep Kids Safe checklist is available online at Toysrus.com/Safety and in-stores upon request. These tools are designed to make relevant product information readily available in the event of a recall so parents and caregivers can act quickly to remove unsafe products from use.

For more information on the Great Trade-In event, customers can visit Babiesrus.com/GreatTradeIn.

*One coupon per trade in. Cannot be combined with any other “R”Us offer for same item or on prior purchase. Visit Babiesrus.com/GreatTradeIn for complete details.
**Trade in offer and 15% coupon offer available in-store only. Must be regular priced item. Some trade in and 15% coupon exclusions apply.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 893 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 735 international stores and over 210 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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The impact of theft on UK retailers reached its highest level in decade according to this year’s BRC Retail Crime Survey

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The impact of theft on UK retailers has reached its highest level in a decade according to this year’s BRC Retail Crime Survey, released today. The average value of each theft in-store increased by 36 per cent to £241 per incident, helping to push the direct cost of retail crime up to £603m in 2013-14.

The vast majority of respondents also reported suffering increasing levels of fraud, most of which is now committed online. Retailers warned that they expect fraud to pose the single most significant threat to their business over the next two years.

These trends are thought to be, in part, a consequence of retailers being targeted by more organised, sophisticated criminals. The BRC has recommended that dedicated strategies to tackle business crime need to be developed by police around the country, in close partnership with businesses. A fundamental part of this approach is ensuring that data on business crime is properly collected and analysed by police, so that it can be used to inform operational activity.

Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Criminal activity against UK retailers continues to have wide-ranging consequences for businesses, employees and the vast majority of honest shoppers. The average cost to retailers of theft has now reached £241 per incident, the highest in a decade. Fraud committed online also continues to rise.

“It is clear that retailers are facing an increasingly sophisticated criminal. Despite an average investment of £2m per business in crime and loss prevention, retailers need help and support to respond to the threat. Police and Crime Commissioners should follow the lead set by the Mayor of London and work with retailers to develop dedicated business crime strategies to help tackle this growing problem.”

BRC Retail Crime Survey 2014: Key findings
– There were an estimated 3m offences against UK retailers in 2013-14, directly adding £603m to retailers’ costs.
– Although the volume of shop theft offences declined by 4 per cent, the average value of each incident increased from £177 to £241.
– Fraud increased by 12 per cent in 2013-14 and accounts for 37 per cent of the total cost of retail crime.
– Retailers report that cyber attacks pose a critical threat to their business.
– There were 32 incidents of violence and abuse per 1,000 employees in 2013-14.

For media enquiries, please contact Laura Blumenthal, Communications Assistant on 0207 854 8924, laura.blumenthal@brc.org.uk

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP.
020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

The National Retail Federation expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on swipe fees

WASHINGTON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not review an appellate court ruling on whether the Federal Reserve set a 2011 cap on debit card swipe fees higher than the level sought by Congress in legislation passed the year before.

“The court’s decision is disappointing because it leaves merchants and their customers paying far more than intended by Congress,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “Federal agencies have flexibility in implementing our nation’s laws, but do not have the discretion to blatantly ignore the wishes of elected officials and the clear language of the statute. The court’s ruling means retailers will keep paying billions of dollars more than they should, and that fee-hungry banks will continue to rake in unearned profits that ultimately come out of consumers’ pockets. We will continue to press the issue.”

“Banks will benefit from this ruling but the battle over swipe fees isn’t over,” Duncan said. “There is still litigation pending on credit card swipe fees, and policymakers continue to be concerned by the anti-consumer and anti-competitive practices of the card industry.”

The court today turned down a petition asking the justices to review the case. The petition was filed in August by NRF, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Restaurant Association, NRF member Boscov’s Department Store, and NACS member Miller Oil Co., all of whom were plaintiffs in the original lawsuit.

Under the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act of 2010, the Federal Reserve was required to adopt regulations that would result in debit swipe fees that were “reasonable and proportional” to the actual cost of processing a transaction. Incremental costs of authorizing, clearing and settling each transaction were allowed to be considered but fixed costs were not. Federal Reserve staff calculated the average incremental cost at 4 cents per transaction and initially proposed a cap no higher than 12 cents, but the Federal Reserve Board of Governors eventually settled on 21 cents after heavy lobbying from the financial services industry.

While lower than the average of 45 cents before the cap was set, NRF argued that the 21-cent figure included costs that went beyond those allowed under the legislation and filed suit against the Fed in U.S. District Court in 2011 along with other retail groups. In July 2013, Judge Richard Leon ruled in NRF’s favor and ordered the Fed to recalculate the cap at a lower level, but the Fed appealed. In March 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned Leon’s ruling, citing “ambiguity” in the 2010 law and saying the Fed based the cap on a “reasonable interpretation” of the measure.

Last August’s petition argued that the Circuit Court made a number of legal errors and “bent over backward to find ambiguity” in Dodd-Frank while ignoring the ‘text, structure and purpose” of the law.

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. www.nrf.com

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press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Sainsbury’s pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product produced entirely from waste

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product – that’s produced entirely from waste.

eCO2 is made from waste sugar beet in the UK by the manufacturers that supply Sainsbury’s supermarkets with sugar.

The new CO2 natural refrigerant from A-Gas – eCO2 – is the first high specification Carbon Dioxide refrigerant to be produced sustainably in the UK and is a product that can make a significant difference in cutting a store’s carbon footprint.

Typically, more than 40 per cent of a supermarket’s energy consumption is directly linked to its refrigeration systems. Natural refrigerants, like CO2, are becoming a popular option as stores look to reduce their carbon footprint.

Following successful trials with Sainsbury’s, A-Gas has now extended this service to the rest of the industry. A-Gas provides customers with a suitably-rated cylinder in which they can supply a liquid sample from the refrigeration system. This is returned to A-Gas where it is tested at its state of the art laboratory.

The growth in the popularity of natural refrigerants will be further enhanced by the  uncertainty for future strengthening of the F-Gas legislation in the coming years; which will see the phasing out of HFC refrigerants with a high Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Sainsbury’s is looking to reduce operational Carbon emissions by 30% absolute and 65% relative compared to 2005; and at Portishead the supermarket group believes eCO2 is a refrigerant which can make an important contribution to this.

A-Gas Operations Manager Rob Parker said: “The X Factor for eCO2 is the sustainable way it’s produced.

“Most CO2 refrigerants are recovered from dirty industrial processes which are far from green in their methods. eCO2 is a by-product of bioethanol production from waste sugar beet – using crops not destined for sugar production.

“This is a first for A-Gas and the UK market, as a CO2 refrigerant produced from waste sugar beet has never been on sale before on a commercial basis.”

Sainsbury’s Head of Refrigeration John Skelton said: “We wanted to use eCO2 to reduce our carbon footprint. A supermarket refrigeration system operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, so it has to be extremely reliable. Having the right refrigerant plays an important part in this.”

Little Story: Postive Waste
Put all waste to positive use.

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Sainsbury’s pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product produced entirely from waste

Sainsbury’s pioneered new technology to power its fridges in its Portishead store with a new natural product produced entirely from waste

Sainsbury’s becomes the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu. As the leading retailer for sustainable seafood, this adds to the 150 Sainsbury’s products that carry the MSC logo and have been sourced from sustainable fisheries.

Hand battered cod and chips is on menu at 277 of the retailer’s in-store cafes. Our cod is caught in the North East Atlantic by Icelandic and Norwegian boats. The fisheries are not only sustainable by helping supply fish for future generations, but also help to support local communities in remote areas.

Ally Dingwall, Sainsbury’s Aquaculture & Fisheries Manager said: “We’re proud to have the largest range of fish products to carry the MSC logo, whether you’re buying basics fish fingers or Taste the Difference prawns. This move in our cafes is a great step towards strengthening our position as the leading retailer for sustainable seafood.”

Toby Middleton, Senior Country Manager at MSC said: “This is yet another innovative market first for Sainsbury’s, not just for the UK but globally, as the world’s first supermarket ro offer MSC certified seafood in their cafés. It demonstrates their seriousness to have all the seafood they sell independently certified by 2020. I wholeheartedly congratulate them for this latest step on that journey.”

Sainsbury’s was the winner of the MSC Fish Retailer of the Year 2014, the awards were in part to celebrate the 15th anniversary of MSC. The accolade is for the supermarket with the largest number of MSC labelled products across store. With 150 MSC product lines, Sainsbury’s was the clear winner demonstrating a commitment to MSC certified seafood across all fish categories. More than 1 in 4 MSC products sold last year were from Sainsbury’s by volume.

Little Story: Gone Fishin’

All our tuna is pole and line caught, which reduces the number of animals caught unintentionally and is also good for the environment.

Notes to editors

  • Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable fish in the UK for the fourth year running. We sell over 150 products carrying the MSC logo, including on fish counters and in ready meals
  • Sainsbury’s has been rated Number 1 by Greenpeace for the responsible sourcing of canned tuna in 2008 and again in 2011
  • All of Sainsbury’s own brand canned tuna and all own brand canned tuna in further processed foods (i.e. sandwiches, sushi and ready meals) is pole and line caught
  • In 2008, Sainsbury’s launched its responsibly sourced salmon which is specially reared on RSPCA Freedom Food approved farms on the West Coast and Islands of Scotland. We are also the biggest retailer of Freedom Food fish in the UK
  • We are joint first in the MCS Supermarket survey for our long-term commitment to seafood sustainability
  • We were the first major retailer in the UK to launch Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified River Cobbler. Farmed in South East Asia, this white fish is a step towards providing a more responsibly farmed alternative fish in the supermarket

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Sainsbury’s becomes the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu

Sainsbury’s becomes the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on their café menu

Conrad Williams will captain GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on 24 January

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Conrad Williams (coach: Linford Christie) will captain a GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (Christie) at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on Saturday 24 January.

Also lining up as part of a strong GB & NI team is former world junior silver medallist Jessica Judd (George Gandy) in the 1500m, 2008 World Indoor long jump silver medallist Chris Tomlinson (Ken Tomlinson), Commonwealth Games pole vault silver medallist Luke Cutts (Trevor Fox) and World Junior bronze medallist David Omoregie (Mike Guest) in the 60m hurdles, one of six GB & NI senior debutants.

Williams, who has represented GB & NI at Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships, will compete in an individual 400m indoors for the first time in three years and is excited to lead out his country at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match.

He said: “It’s a real honour to captain the GB & NI team for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match. I was surprised but delighted when Stephen Maguire asked me, it has been a goal of mine to captain a team. I love representing my country and it doesn’t get much better than being made captain. I’m so chuffed and I’m looking forward to leading the team and performing well on the track in Glasgow in both the 400m and 4x400m.”

Kilty, who won World Indoor 60m gold in a thrilling race with a personal best of 6.49 last March, will compete indoors for the first time since his triumph in Poland.

He said: “To be at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match as world champion is really exciting. This is my first race back as world champion and I’m really excited to get back to Great Britain and perform. I’m pretty nervous to get out there, I haven’t competed for about four months. I’m sure the crowd will get behind me so I can run a pretty quick time and put in a good performance.”

British Athletics’ Performance Director Neil Black said: “Coming at the start of the indoor season, the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match is important for hitting the ground running and getting the year off to a good start. It’s great to see six new faces in the GB & NI team and with three of them being teenagers it shows that we have some excellent young talent coming through.”

Full GB & NI team for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match:

MEN

  • 60m: Richard Kilty
  • 400m: Conrad Williams (Linford Christie) (captain)
  • 800m: James Bowness (William Parker)
  • 1500m: Stephen Mitchell (James Thie)
  • 60m H: David Omoregie (Mike Guest)
  • High jump: Chris Kandu (Fuzz Ahmed)
  • Pole vault: Luke Cutts (Trevor Fox)
  • Long jump: Chris Tomlinson (Ken Tomlinson)
  • 4x400m: Williams, Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams), Richard Buck (Nick Dakin), Elliot Rutter (Dan Cossins), Jarryd Dunn (Keith Holt)

WOMEN

  • 60m: Rachel Johncock (Leon Baptiste)
  • 400m: Kelly Massey (Stephen Ball)
  • 800m: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Ayo Falola)
  • 1500m: Jessica Judd (George Gandy)
  • 60m H: Serita Solomon (Michelle Bovell)
  • Long jump: Jazmin Sawyers (Alan Lerwill)
  • 4x400m: Massey, Seren Bundy-Davies (Ball), Emily Diamond (Cossins), Victoria Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan)

For tickets to the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix visit britishathletics.org.uk. 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.

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Conrad Williams will captain GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on 24 January

Conrad Williams will captain GB & NI team that also includes World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on 24 January

Kesko is the fourth most important Finnish company in terms of economic welfare according to the Prime Minister’s Office reports

Helsinki, Finland, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Kesko, established in 1940, has played a significant role in the development of Finnish society as a whole. Today Kesko is the fourth most important Finnish company in terms of economic welfare.

According to the recent report published by the Prime Minister’s Office, Kesko is the fourth most important Finnish company in terms of economic welfare. Kesko’s direct impact on the gross domestic product of Finland is nearly one percent. When multiplier impacts of domestic product purchases, transportation and other service acquisitions are taken into account, Kesko’s total significance rises to several percent.

President and CEO Mikko Helander opened the Day of Commerce anniversary seminar organised to celebrate the special year in Helsinki today. Helander said that Kesko’s story of 75 years is linked to the whole country’s history and its turning points in many ways.

Kesko was established after the Winter War in the autumn of 1940. A period of strong reconstruction of society and fast development in the trading sector began after the war. Kesko and K-retailers played a significant role in the reconstruction of our society creating the basis for the success story of the K-Group which has now lasted for several decades.

“We build our success story in cooperation with our partners. The strong Finnish retailing sector provides the basis for a successful food industry, which is a prerequisite for domestic agriculture,” Helander said.

Kesko published today a capital expenditure of €100 million in Itäkeskus. Kesko will build a new and modern shopping centre in the area of the current K-citymarket in Itäkeskus, eastern Helsinki. The centre, to be built phase by phase, will have a special focus on food, enjoyable leisure time and encounters. The plan of the area also enables housing construction. The first phase of the shopping centre will be completed at the end of 2017.

Kesko’s Day of Commerce seminar was organised for the 18th time. The event was attended by more than 700 key people representing trade and industry.

Further information available from Vice President Merja Haverinen, Group Communications, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 10 53 22764.

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

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Starbucks launches Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores

LONDON, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is launching Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores, the first on the high street to offer this technology. Customers simply collect a ‘Ring’ at the till point, connect it to their phone and place their device on tables and counters that have Powermat wireless charging technology built in – clearly marked with a circular ‘Spot’.

According to research, 92 percent of people in the UK experience varying levels of stress if their smartphone battery runs out of power(1). This wireless charging deployment is part of Starbucks continued commitment to investing in digital innovations that improve its customers’ overall in-store experience. Having introduced free Wi-Fi to all UK customers in 2011, Starbucks now hopes to do for wireless power what it did for wireless data: solve a real problem for customers.

“We have always tried to anticipate our customers’ needs and innovate with technology to provide even more convenience,” said Ian Cranna, vp marketing & category, Starbucks EMEA. “Our partnership with Powermat demonstrates Starbucks response to an increasing need to stay connected whilst on the go. We’re delighted to be the first to launch Powermat wireless charging in ten London stores and look forward to customers being able to charge their phones wirelessly in many more stores soon.”

“We are excited to bring Powermat wireless charging to the UK on the heels of our very successful rollout in the San Francisco market,” said Carlo Chiarello, Chief Solutions Officer, Powermat. “As Powermat continues to deploy wireless charging across the United States and expands beyond US borders, Starbucks customers are among the first to benefit from this new convenience and added value.”

The initial ten installations will be available in the following central London stores by the end of January 2015: Princes Street, Kingsway, Wardour Street, Pentonville Road, Harewood Place, Berkeley Street, Great Portland Street, Moorgate, Fleet Street, and Euston Tower. The ‘Powermat Spots’ are wirelessly connected to the Powermat-Network Cloud, providing real-time health monitoring of each Spot and venue, as well as online feedback from the Cloud to the Spots, allowing for immediate monitoring and attention when needed.

For more information on wireless charging in the UK contact:

ukpressoffice@starbucks.com

Starbucks@3-monkeys.co.uk 

Scott.Eisenstein@Powermat.com

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and www.news.starbucks.com.

About Duracell Powermat
Duracell Powermat is the joint venture between Procter & Gamble’s Duracell brand and Powermat Technologies. Duracell Powermat provides real-life power solutions for consumers both at-home and on-the-go at select retailers and at www.duracellpowermat.com. As part of the Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), Duracell has been powering people around the world for more than 40 years. Powermat Technologies is a pioneer and leader of the wireless power industry and its technology forms the basis of the open standard set by the PMA – the platform of choice for such global leaders as AT&T, DuPont, Duracell, General Motors and Starbucks. To learn more please visit www.powermat.com.

(1) Telegraph UK technology news

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

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Starbucks launches Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores

Starbucks launches Powermat wireless charging zones in ten central London Starbucks® stores