Study: 53 percent of retailers surveyed expect to implement a unified commerce platform in the next few years

NRF, Ecommerce Europe and Ecommerce Foundation Report Provides Business Case and Blueprint for Success

WASHINGTON, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — As changing consumer shopping habits increasingly require centralized technologies across traditional point-of-sale, e-commerce, call center and mobile touch points, many retailers plan to implement a unified commerce platform to consolidate those key elements historically housed in multiple systems. According to a new study ­– conducted by the National Retail Federation, Ecommerce Europe and Ecommerce Foundation in partnership with Demandware — that surveyed nearly 300 U.S., European and Australian retail business and technology executives, 53 percent expect to implement a unified commerce platform in the next few years, up from approximately 50 percent from the year prior. Additionally, over the next 10 years, 86 percent of retailers surveyed plan to implement a unified commerce platform.

“Many retailers are already in the throes of managing the critical changes necessary to keep up with existing retail infrastructure, architecture and applications, and today’s consumers will continue to shape how retail CIOs adjust their commerce and business platforms for years to come,” said NRF Vice President of Retail Technologies Tom Litchford. “Retail IT executives increasingly want a unified commerce platform to bridge the many digital and traditional touch points that customers access to better serve customers, streamline IT operations and improve the bottom line.”

More than two-thirds say a unified commerce platform could improve margins, brand value and revenue

Retailers surveyed anticipate margins, brand value and revenue will improve by unifying their point-of-sale, ecommerce and other consumer-facing platforms. Specifically, the survey found that:

  • More than half (52 percent) foresee significant improvement to controllable items that directly impact margin, including inventory turn and returns
  • Nearly half (46 percent) expect to see increases in brand value, specifically significant improvements due to positive impact on total customer value and their Net Promoter Score
  • Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) believe significant improvements will occur in average order value, promotional redemption and conversion rates

“The results of this research provide further proof of a shift we are seeing in European retailers’ operations,” said Ecommerce Foundation Director Jorij Abraham. “As brands continue the battle for customer mind-and wallet-share, there is a critical need for seamless, integrated front- and back-end systems. Winning European retailers will recognize the benefits of this technology and organizational transformation as they break free from legacy operations approach and test new concepts, bring digital capabilities into the store and change traditional point-of-sale systems — to better manage their omni-channel commerce strategy and drive the bottom line.”

Additionally, retailers surveyed expect that consolidating historically disparate technologies – including point-of-sale, e-commercer, call center and mobile – into a single commerce platform would drive improvements in IT innovation and efficiency. Specifically, two in five (45 percent) retailers surveyed anticipate significant improvement in their ability to meet business demands faster, and another 35 percent say they foresee IT efficiency improvements including data security, maintenance costs and infrastructure.

Retailers are at various stages of the journey towards a fully-implemented unified commerce platform

The study found that seven in 10 (72 percent) retailers are currently planning the transformation to a single commerce platform, whether conducting initial research or already starting to develop the business.

Specifically, 13 percent identified themselves as in the exploration phase or as gathering information and monitoring single platform trends, while 23 percent are actively discussing the viability of a unified commerce platform but have no formal plan in place yet. More than one-third (36 percent) noted that they are developing a formal plan and seeking budget options, and the remaining 22 percent described themselves as already in the execution or realization phases.

Demandware to host special webinar to discuss research results

Additionally, Demandware will host a webinar on February 24 at 11 a.m. ET to dive further into the research and highlight key findings and examples from retailers regarding their unified platform strategies. During the call NRF’s Tom Litchford, BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Alex Golshan, Ecommerce Foundation’s Jorij Abraham and Demandware’s Rob Garf will discuss current trends among retail CIOs and other top research findings. Visit Demandware’s website to register for the webinar.

About the survey
The National Retail Federation, Ecommerce Europe and Ecommerce Foundation teamed with industry partner Demandware to survey nearly 300 retail business and technology executives in the US, Europe and Australia in October 2014 to quantify the convergence of point-of-sale and ecommerce technology and its impact on digitizing the store.

Ecommerce Europe is the association representing 25,000+ companies that sell products and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Founded by leading national ecommerce associations across the continent, its mission is to advance the interests and influence of European ecommerce through advocacy, communication and networking

The Ecommerce Foundation is a European non-profit, independent foundation. It has been initiated by national ecommerce associations and online and omnichannel selling companies from industries such as retail, travel and finance. Our mission is to facilitate the development of practical knowledge, insights and learnings for which individual institutions, associations and B2C selling companies do not have the (financial) resources and/or capabilities. We do so by combining our forces with those of our stakeholders and (media) partners.

Demandware, the category defining leader of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, empowers the world’s leading retailers to continuously innovate in our complex, consumer-driven world. Demandware’s open cloud platform provides unique benefits including seamless innovation, the LINK ecosystem of integrated best-of-breed partners, and community insight to optimize customer experiences. These advantages enable Demandware customers to lead their markets and grow faster.

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

Delhaize Group discloses information for the acquisition of treasury shares in off-exchange transaction

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group discloses the information with respect to the acquisition of treasury shares required under the article 207 of the Royal Decree of January 30, 2001 implementing the Belgian Companies Code.

Delhaize Group acquired the following number of shares in an off-exchange transaction pursuant to a share buy-back program managed by a credit institution for the purchase of Delhaize Group shares in order to satisfy exercises of stock options granted to management:

Purchase date Number of shares purchased Unit purchase price(EUR)
January 22, 2015 45 041 49.25
January 22, 2015 33 980 50.03

This credit institution makes its decisions to purchase Delhaize Group shares independently of, and without influence by, Delhaize Group with regard to the timing of the purchases.

More information on the company’s share buyback program can be found on the website www.delhaizegroup.com.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 468 stores. At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151

Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,” “goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

Record $1.69 million raised by 49 Wegmans stores during the fall 2014 Check Out Hunger campaign

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A record $1.69 million was raised by 49 Wegmans stores during the fall 2014 Check Out Hunger campaign, a 7% increase over the fall 2013 campaign.

In 2014 alone, Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.7 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised nearly $25 million for hunger relief.

“We’re grateful to our customers and employees for their continued generosity and caring spirit,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “As we continue to grow and open new stores, a point of pride is the partnerships we build to support food banks and make a difference in every community we serve.”

Check Out Hunger and Care About Hunger programs allow customers to donate $1, $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.
The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:

Maryland
Anne Arundel County Food Bank – $12,946 (Crofton)
Frederick Community Action Agency – $9,774 (Frederick)
Harford Community Action Agency – $16,493 (Bel Air)
Howard County Community Action Council – $30,882 (Columbia)
Manna Food Center – $8,083 (Germantown)
Maryland Food Bank – $14,165 (Hunt Valley)

New Jersey
Community Food Bank of New Jersey – $117,078 (Bridgewater and Woodbridge)
Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties – $113,114 (Ocean and Manalapan)
Food Bank of South Jersey – $78,315 (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel)
Mercer Street Friends – $66,440 (Princeton)

New York
Food Link – $694,776 (21 stores in the Greater Rochester area)

Pennsylvania
Bucks County Opportunity Council – $22,444 (Warrington)
Chester County Food Bank – $92,040 (Downingtown and Malvern)
Cluster Outreach Center – $49,806 (Collegeville)
Manna on Main Street – $19,303 (Montgomeryville)
Philabundance – $53,902 (King of Prussia)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA – $78,213 (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth)

Virginia
ACTS – $50,710 (Potomac Mills)
Food for Others – $60,863 (Fairfax)
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – $26,183 (Fredericksburg)
Loudoun Interfaith Relief – $48,045 (Sterling and Leesburg)
SERVE – $30,938 (Lake Manassas)

The fall campaigns ran at various times from September through December. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Buffalo, Syracuse, the Southern Tier, Massachusetts, and parts of Pennsylvania run annual checkout campaigns during the winter months.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2014, Wegmans also donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information: Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

First of seven stores to open for business in Chicago area

Chicago, IL, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first of seven new Chicagoland Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM) stores planned for 2015 opens its doors to the Streeterville neighborhood on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This new store marks Whole Foods Market’s 20th location in the Chicago market.

“Whole Foods Market loves Chicago and we know that the community has been hungry for this store to open for some time,” said Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “We took the time to design and build a brand new store for this community that would offer not be just a full-service grocery store, but a place to meet friends and share each others company.  After the community comes to know this store, I believe they’ll feel the wait was worth it!”

Whole Foods Market Streeterville features a variety of new prepared foods and beverage venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market options for shoppers to choose from. These venues include:

• Chicago RAW: Special venue filled with products from Chicago’s own local raw and vegan foods restaurant Chicago RAW.  This new venue will offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options for our shoppers who follow raw and vegan diets.
• Red Star Bar: Rotating tap of 12 draft beers including an exclusive Streeterville Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing just for this store.
• Coffee bar by day, wine bar by night: customers can stop in for a cup of espresso from the La Marzocco espresso machine to get their day going in the morning and return after work for a nice glass of wine to wind down the day.
• Focaccia: The Bakery Department will have a rotating menu of classic and seasonal varieties of breakfast, lunch and dinner options for shoppers.
• A newly designed Whole Body Department: An Apothecary setting that includes a self-sufficient vertical garden. A first for Chicago Whole Foods Market locations, this new concept includes cosmetics, DIY ideas, face care, and active living support.
• Traditional favorites include fresh made sushi, oven-fired pizza, gelato station, juice bar, sandwich bar, hot bar, salad bar and ramen station.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Alderman Brendan Reilly, Whole Foods Market Team Members and Streeterville neighbors at 8:45 AM, followed by food samples, entertainment, and gift cards for the first 500 customers.  Doors officially open at 9:00 AM.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibits artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling, and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company.

Shoppers will be delighted by the bright, colorful and delicious responsibly grown produce. Whole Foods Market’s recently launched Responsibly Grown produce rating system uses well-regarded scientific input to rate produce and flowers as “Good,” “Better” or “Best” by assessing growing practices that impact human health and the environment. This new system continues Whole Foods Market’s commitment to providing healthy, fresh food without the expense to nature.

This level of commitment and transparency extends into other departments as well.
• Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
• Seafood: Our seafood counter has the highest quality standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
• Prepared Foods: With grab-and-go meals made with natural and organic ingredients, these high standards continue in the Prepared Foods Department including each of the ready to eat food venues.

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 in which we serve. We’ve worked with local organizations long before we open our doors and look forward to continuing supporting the community through the coming years,” adds Bashaw.

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,” where one percent of each day’s net sales will go toward a Chicago-based organization including Lookingglass Theater, Greater Chicago Foods Bank 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 bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose 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.

Whole Foods will open additional locations near DePaul University, in the West Loop and Edgewater and the Chicago suburbs of Evanston, Willowbrook and Elmhurst later this year. Additionally, Whole Foods Market expects to open two more Illinois locations by the end of 2016 including stores in the Englewood and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

Rite Aid Corporation to build 900,000 square foot distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C.

  • Rite Aid’s First New Facility in 15 Years Set to Open in 2016
  • Conveniently Located Near I-85 Corridor, Center Will Create Nearly 600 Jobs and Service Approx. 1,000 Rite Aid Stores Across Southeast

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation announced today plans to build a 900,000 square foot distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C. The new distribution center will employ nearly 600 people after it becomes fully operational and will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of approximately 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the southeastern United States. The Spartanburg distribution center, a $90 million project, will be Rite Aid’s first new distribution facility in 15 years.

“Rite Aid’s decision to build a new distribution center in Spartanburg County is a tremendous reason to celebrate,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “This $90 million investment that will create hundreds of jobs in the Upstate will make a real difference in the local community. We welcome Rite Aid to the South Carolina family and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.”

“Spartanburg is an ideal location for our new distribution center,” said John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “We thank the state of South Carolina for their cooperation and support during our site selection process and we look forward to breaking ground on our new facility which will help us to further optimize our supply chain and better serve our stores and customers across the Southeast.”

In April 2014, after a comprehensive review of its supply chain and logistics network, Rite Aid announced its plan to consolidate three of its existing distribution centers, located in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Poca W.Va., into one new facility, as part of its ongoing efforts to improve operating efficiency across the company.

Added South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, “Having such a successful, nationally recognized company, like Rite Aid, select South Carolina for a major distribution operation is a testament to the business-friendly reputation our state has earned. Congratulations to Rite Aid and Spartanburg County on this exciting news.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. Additionally, the South Carolina Power Team, in conjunction with Broad River Electric Cooperative, committed a $520,000 grant for infrastructure in support of the project.

Rite Aid is working with Johnson Development Associates, a leading real estate development firm based in Spartanburg, on the project.

Information on employment opportunities at Rite Aid’s new facility in Spartanburg will be made available in the second half of 2015. Currently, Rite Aid employs nearly 1,400 and operates 95 stores in South Carolina.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Rite Aid associates raised $590,524 during its 2014 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region

Company Honored as Member of Pillar Society and $500,000 Club Award

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $590,524 during its 2014 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR). Rite Aid has raised more than $7 million for the UWCR since becoming a supporter in 2002.

On Jan. 15, the UWCR held a reception to celebrate the 2014 campaign’s end and to honor companies who helped the organization raise a record $12 million. At the reception, Rite Aid was one of the 23 companies named to the Pillar Society, which recognizes organizations that contribute at least $100,000 in combined corporate and employee giving. Rite Aid was also one of three companies to receive the $500,000 Club Award for its level of giving.

“Rite Aid is proud to support the United Way of the Capital Region and its efforts towards creating solutions and developing the resources needed to meet our community’s needs,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “It is a pleasure working with associates who are dedicated to raising money for organizations, such as the United Way of the Capital Region, whose mission complements our own core value of being a caring neighbor in the communities we serve.”

In addition to its associate giving campaign last October, Rite Aid raised funds through an online silent auction, a creative departmental basket challenge and a series of pancake breakfasts and pizza parties across its corporate offices.

“The United Way of the Capital Region is dedicated towards focusing on the health, education, income and basic needs of those in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “With the generous support from partners such as Rite Aid, we are able to help strengthen and improve the lives of those in our community.”

In addition to its campaign each fall, as a Corporate Cornerstone Company, Rite Aid underwrites a portion of the costs for the production and printing of the United Way of the Capital Region’s campaign materials, which are used by companies conducting associate giving campaigns. Rite Aid associates also participate in the organization’s “Day of Caring” program, the areas’ largest one-day event set aside for volunteer opportunities at local non-profit agencies and are involved in the Bridges Society and the Women’s Leadership Network, two organizations within the United Way of the Capital region focused on volunteerism and philanthropy.

The United Way of the Capital Region’s mission is improve lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties by identifying the most pressing community needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and demonstrating how these solutions are making a difference. For more information on The United Way of the Capital Region, visit http://www.uwcr.org.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Meijer builds four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area

First Meijer Supercenters in Grafton and Kenosha expected to open in June, hiring to begin in March

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 2 years after Meijer first publicly confirmed it was considering opening stores in the state of Wisconsin, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is in the home stretch of   construction of its four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area.

“Foundations are set, floors are poured and the walls are up at our four new Wisconsin stores,” Meijer Senior Director of Communications Frank Guglielmi said. “All of us at Meijer are looking forward to bringing the Meijer experience to new customers in Wisconsin this summer.”

The retailer has confirmed that its stores in Grafton and Kenosha will open this June, and its stores in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa will follow in August. Each store will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local officials and store team members. Those specific dates will be announced about six weeks prior to the ribbon-cutting event. The Kenosha and Oak Creek Meijer stores will also feature a convenience store and gas station, which will open about 30 days prior to the main store, in May and July respectively.

“By the time we open these great new Wisconsin stores, we will have used 500 miles of wire, 4,000 tons of steel and 16,000 cubic yards of cement to build the four new supercenters,” Guglielmi said. “This will result in state-of-the-art stores that are the best our company has to offer.”

The retailer now has 213 stores throughout the Midwest and has grown steadily by focusing on fresh grocery options, value to customers and community partnership. The new supercenters in Grafton, Kenosha, Oak Creek and Wauwatosa will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, and a bakery that offers fresh bread baked four times daily. As Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, customers will have access to these offerings around the clock.

In addition to traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, the stores will also feature a pharmacy offering the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health.

The retailer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring by giving more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, including significant support of hunger relief initiatives in the communities it serves. The retailer offers a food rescue program at each of its 213 stores, and has a signature program called Simply Give that has generated more than $12 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

Meijer began establishing relationships with Milwaukee area food banks before the retailer broke ground on its new stores. For example, Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers to both Hunger Task Force and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, along with a total of more than 216,000 pounds of food.

“We are very pleased to continue our growth into Wisconsin,” Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “We are working diligently to put together a great team to help bring the Meijer difference to customers in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities.

Hoffmann said store directors have already been identified. Longtime Meijer team members Polly Emelander and Tom Livernois, who’ve both held numerous leadership positions, have been named as the Oak Creek and Wauwatosa store directors, respectively. Wisconsin native Steve Talbert has been selected as the Grafton store director, and longtime Meijer Store Director Don Mettler has been selected as the Kenosha store director.

Hoffmann also said while initial hiring for leadership positions is underway at each of the four Milwaukee-area stores, the retailer plans to begin the hiring of more than 1,000 new team members in March. The hourly positions will be part- and full-time across a wide array of skill sets, but ideal candidates will possess a desire to develop as part of the Meijer team and provide exceptional customer service. More details on the hiring process will be announced in the coming weeks.

Meijer has plans for additional stores in the greater Milwaukee area and throughout the state, and has stated it plans to open two to three new Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, 616-826-6747, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer builds four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area

Meijer builds four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area

Wincor Nixdorf to present omnichannel solutions at EuroCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf

Ensuring efficiency and an exciting shopping experience across all sales channels

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in IT solutions for retail companies and banks, will present at EuroCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf solutions for creating an omnichannel shopping experience as well as for increasing efficiency and decreasing complexity in retail environments. Other focal points of the company’s trade fair presence in Hall 9, Stand C26 will be the mobility of retail customers and store staff, back-office automation, and innovations at the point of sale.

Among Wincor Nixdorf’s new and improved technologies, visitors will find:
•BEETLE /iSCAN Easy Hybrid, an automated checkout solution that can be converted from attended to self-checkout mode at the touch of a button
•Cash office solutions for bank notes and coins that automate the entire cash cycle from the POS to the back office
•Mobile POS solutions that enable the retailer to advise and serve customers or take payment anywhere in the store
•The latest version of Wincor Nixdorf’s TP.net 5.5 software, which controls retail processes and customer communication seamlessly across channels

“The wireless networking of all the different sales channels is one of the biggest challenges facing retail companies today, and one that, to some degree, will decide their market success. Beyond that, retail businesses are facing the need to standardize their central and decentral IT processes in order to increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs,” says Dr. Bernd Bueker, Vice President Retail DACH at Wincor Nixdorf. “Another factor revolutionizing retail environments is mobile technology, which is having a substantial impact on traditional sales processes.” In addition, today’s consumers want the opportunity in different shopping situations to choose between different checkout options, from traditional staffed checkouts to mobile self-scanning solutions to automated self-scanning.

Visitors can discover Wincor Nixdorf’s retail solutions at its trade fair stand (C26) in Hall 9 and at two presentations to be held at the fair:

Retail goes mobile – the store’s digital transformation
Speaker: Mike Werder
February 24, 2015, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. in the EuroCIS Forum (Hall 10, D04)

Ready for omnichannel retailing? Creating customer experiences, optimizing store processes
Speaker: Thomas Haas
February 25, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Multichannel Forum (Hall 9, F59)

Foodstuffs announced it will be re-developing its New World Milford store

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs has, today, announced it will be re-developing its New World Milford store. As part of a review of the long-term plans for the store, it was determined the best way the brand could continue to serve the Milford community was through the creation of a brand new store.

“New World has been serving the community of Milford on Auckland’s North Shore for 50 years and we constantly review our stores in the communities we serve. Our New World Milford store is one of our oldest in the group and it’s time we gave the Milford community a brand new store” said Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

“We determined a renovation of the old building simply wasn’t the best option,” added Cochrane. “We want to ensure we are able to be here for many years to come, so we have decided that due to the existing store already being in the best location, a rebuild and creation of a new generation New World is the best way forward.”

“We realise this will cause some disruption to our loyal customers as the current store will need to close for an extended period of time,” says New World Milford Owner Operator Sarah Aston. “We think the result will be well worth it in the long-run as the rebuilt store will have 40% more retail space than the current store with a full supermarket offer and a fantastic fresh range. It’ll be much lighter and brighter with more choice and value. Add to this the great service customers enjoy at New World Milford and we are confident the new store will bring a fantastic new shopping experience to the Milford community.”

The last trading day for the current New World Milford store will be Sunday, 15 March 2015 and the new supermarket will be built and opened before Christmas 2015.

During the rebuild New World Milford customers can shop at nearby New World stores including; Browns Bay, Birkenhead, Albany and Devonport. New World Victoria Park is also just minutes away by car over the Harbour Bridge. All of these stores have the same great value prices and Fly Buys.

New World Milford currently employs 29 full-time staff, 17 part-time and 5 casuals. Foodstuffs will be working with staff to redeploy them to surrounding stores, including their new Browns Bay store which is due to open on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

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MOTOSHOP Technology Tools to add OE repair and diagnostics information for BMW models 1982-2012

Enhancements also include addition of emissions data and an auto login quick access feature for shops

ROANOKE, Va., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — MOTOSHOPSM Technology Tools announced today the addition of OE repair and diagnostics information for BMW models 1982-2012 and emissions data for all vehicle makes and models from 1996-2014 to MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, a Web-based tool for automotive technicians. The BMW additions feature OE diagrams with easy-to-use hyperlinks to connectors, location views, and fuses. This recent addition of BMW information and as well as Subaru for model years 1993-2015 raises MotoLOGIC’s coverage to more than 96 percent of cars and light trucks on the road today.

MotoLOGIC is available from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, a technology solutions portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America.

“MotoLOGIC’s BMW data is intuitive and easy for shops to navigate when diagnosing and executing repairs,” said Walter Scott, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Advance Auto Parts.

Also included in the MotoLOGIC update are vehicle emissions and quick reference guides for all makes and models of vehicles from 1996-2014. The emissions content helps shops meet their legal requirements under state and local laws in areas with emissions testing and regulations that require shops to have reference materials for all emissions components.

Recent customer-focused enhancements include an auto login feature that now allows users quick access by bypassing the entering of credentials when logging into MotoLOGIC from a recognized IP address. Larger organizations including multi-location shops, municipalities and vocational schools can also benefit from this quick access enhancement, as each individual user will no longer need to remember credential information.

To learn more about MotoLOGIC Repair & Diagnostics or other services available from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit www.motoshop.com/motologic.

About MOTOSHOPSM Technology Tools
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools is a comprehensive set of trusted, innovative technologies from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) With offices in Silicon Valley, Ca., MOTOSHOP builds technology solutions to address the full spectrum of automotive shop needs. The MOTOSHOP product line includes MotoREV™ Shop Marketing, MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, MotoSHOP™ Shop Management System, and MotoSKILL™ Shop Tech Training, each designed to help automotive industry professionals grow their businesses.

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider inNorth America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 4, 2014 Advanceoperated 5,305 stores, 109 Worldpac branches, and served approximately 1,350 independently-owned Carquestbranded stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 75,000Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.