Free guide on feeding dairy cows now available to all dairy farmers to download via the Morrisons Farming website

Bradford, England, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — A free guide on feeding dairy cows, which has already been posted out to Arla farmers, is now available to all dairy farmers to download via the Morrisons Farming website.

Written by the leading experts in their fields and edited by dairy farmers, the guide has been produced by the Morrisons and Arla project group. The guide has been produced independently of animal feed companies, and contains free impartial advice on many different feeding regimes and additives.

Andrew Loftus, Morrisons Agriculture Manager said: “Feed is one of the biggest costs in dairy farming and yet very little independent information is available – the majority is produced by those with a commercial interest in selling a product.

It is the sixth report produced by the group, most of which can also be downloaded free of charge from the Morrisons farming website, including guides to Neospora, Dairy Housing and Grassland Soils and Fertilisers (2011)

Doug Lund, a North Yorkshire Dairy farmer and chairman of the Working Group that edited the guide commented: “This report aims to give you the genuinely independent advice you need to make the best decisions for your business. This sort of information has never been more important – we hope other farmers gain as much from it as the project group did.”

The guide can be located for download at http://www.morrisons-farming.com/

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Gap’s Board of Directors approved new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company’s common stock

Company Also Increases Annual Dividend for Sixth Consecutive Year

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company’s common stock and plans to increase its annual dividend, reinforcing the company’s commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.

The new $1 billion repurchase authorization for Gap Inc.’s stock follows the company’s previous $500 million share repurchase authorization, which the company announced on October 16, 2014. Since the beginning of 2010, Gap Inc. has repurchased over $7.25 billion or about 297 million shares at an average price of $24.42.

Additionally, the company announced that its Board of Directors intends to increase the company’s annual dividend to $0.92 per share in fiscal year 2015, compared to the company’s current annual dividend of $0.88 per share. This is the sixth consecutive year Gap Inc. has increased its annual dividend, and it represents an annual dividend per share increase of more than 50 percent in the last two years.

“Through the end of fiscal year 2014, we’re pleased to have distributed more than $1.6 billion in cash to shareholders through our meaningful share repurchase activity and our increased dividend,” said Sabrina Simmons, chief financial officer, Gap Inc. “Both the new authorization and increased annual dividend continue to underscore the company’s commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.”

Gap Inc.’s Board of Directors also authorized the first quarter fiscal year 2015 dividend of $0.23 per share, payable on or after April 29, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 8, 2015.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the following:

  • returning excess cash to shareholders;
  • future share repurchases; and
  • annual per share dividend.

Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following:

  • the risk that changes in global economic conditions or consumer spending patterns could adversely impact the company’s results of operations;
  • the highly competitive nature of the company’s business in the United States and internationally;
  • the risk that the company or its franchisees will be unsuccessful in gauging apparel trends and changing consumer preferences;
  • the risks to the company’s business, including its costs and supply chain, associated with global sourcing and manufacturing;
  • the risks to the company’s reputation or operations associated with importing merchandise from foreign countries, including failure of the company’s vendors to adhere to its Code of Vendor Conduct;
  • the risk that the company is subject to data or other security breaches that may result in increased costs, violations of law, significant legal and financial exposure, and a loss of confidence in the company’s security measures, which could have an adverse effect on the company’s results of operations and reputation;
  • the risk that natural disasters, public health crises, political crises, or other catastrophic events could adversely affect the company’s operations and financial results, or those of the company’s franchisees or vendors;
  • the risk that changes in the regulatory or administrative landscape could adversely affect the company’s financial condition, strategies, and results of operations;
  • the risk that the company does not repurchase some or all of the shares it anticipates purchasing pursuant to its repurchase program; and
  • the risk that the company will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, claims, and audits.

Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based on information as of February 26, 2015. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

Evolution Fresh founder Jimmy Rosenberg on picking the right green juice

SEATTLE, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jimmy Rosenberg, founder of Evolution Fresh, started squeezing and selling fresh juice on the beaches in Santa Monica, California about 30 years ago. His approach to finding and serving the highest quality, closest to nature juice has changed over the years as has the industry – from selling juice on the beach to starting one of the first companies to produce cold-pressed juice using high pressure processing (HPP).

Today, people expect maximum nutrition and a delicious taste from the juice they buy and the collective conversation has turned toward green juice. Contrary to the rest of the super-premium juice category, according to IRI data, green juice is greatly out-pacing the growth of the $1.6 billion super-premium juice category as a whole.*

Jimmy is often asked for tips from those who are beginning a wellness journey. He suggests starting with small, simple changes that feel good, are easily repeatable and lead to further wellness exploration.

“Most people have heard they should incorporate more vegetables in their diet, and a delicious green juice is an easy way to achieve this. We have seen more and more people embrace vegetable juices, particularly green juice. But some can find green juice intimidating, or hard to adjust to at first,” he said. “The vibrant green flavors in the juice may be too much for the beginner taste palate – and that’s OK.”

Mixing a green juice with a cold-pressed fruit juice to help soften the flavor, or look for a “starter” green juice like Coconut Water and Greens or Smooth Greens, which has a hint of mint to round out the flavor. “Mixing in a green juice with a smoothie is another great way to get the added goodness of a juice, but blended with some sweeter tasting fruits and berries,” he said.

Whether new to green juice or someone who drinks it regularly, look for a juice that is vegetable-forward, especially green vegetables which tend to naturally contain less sugar content than fruit as well as offering essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

Four of Evolution Fresh’s green juices are made from more than a pound of green vegetables in each 15.2 ounce bottle including: Sweet Greens with Lemon (available at Starbucks retail locations), Essential Greens with Lime, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, and Smooth Greens. These juices also have 10 grams or less of naturally occurring sugar per 8-fluid ounce serving, no added flavors and green vegetable juices are three of the first four ingredients.

“I love to point people towards incorporating green juice into their daily lives, and tell them to pay close attention to how it makes them feel,” Jimmy said. “Whether it’s by grabbing a green juice to get more vegetables in your diet or taking a quiet moment in the day to take a few deep breaths and love yourself – be aware of what makes you feel the best.”

*Super-premium green juice is greatly outpacing the growth of the $1.6 billion super-premium juice category as a whole: 339% increase in sales vegetable juice excluding carrot as an ingredient, versus YA 52 weeks ending 3.9.14. 47% increase in sales increase in sales of vegetable juice including carrot as an ingredient, versus YA 52 Source: IRI Dollar Sales, FDM, 52 weeks ending 3.9.14. Super premium cold-pressed and flash-pasteurized juice sales equivalent to $735 million, up 15% from YA Source: IRI Dollar Sales, FDM, 52 weeks ending 3.9.14 . Based on definition of Super Premium as follows: Refrigerated fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar or preservatives and minimal processing.

About Evolution Fresh, Inc.
Evolution Fresh offers juices and natural foods that provide high-quality, wholesome, delicious and accessible nutrition to consumers. Acquired by Starbucks in 2011, Evolution Fresh is one of the few major juice companies in the U.S. using high pressure processing (HPP) for safety and to help protect nutrients and flavor. Evolution Fresh offers an extensive portfolio of bottled juices, available in grocery retailers and select Starbucks® stores and at Evolution Fresh retail stores. Together, Starbucks and Evolution Fresh seek to make incredible nutrition widely accessible. To learn more about Evolution Fresh, please visit evolutionfresh.com.

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

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Evolution Fresh founder Jimmy Rosenberg on picking the right green juice

Evolution Fresh founder Jimmy Rosenberg on picking the right green juice

Jason Adams, a six-year teaologist with Teavana, shares his secrets to crafting rich, multilayered tea blends

SEATTLE, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Creating a new tea blend can be a way to express your personality. Jason Adams, a six-year teaologist with Teavana, shares his secrets to crafting rich, multilayered tea blends.

“When we’re creating a new tea for Teavana, we usually start with a concept,” said Adams, who started as a store manager for one of Teavana’s first stores in Atlanta. “We take inspiration from cocktails, culinary, lifestyle – anywhere. Then we get in the kitchen and start mixing.”

Adams starts his flavored tea blends with an herbal base – such as citrus, berries or floral. From there, he builds layers of flavors with tea. Dark teas go well with spice, chocolate, and indulgent flavors. Lighter teas are complemented by berries and citrus. Stone fruits, like peaches and plums, can go across the spectrum of teas.

He recommends talking with Teavana’s store partners (employees) and checking out the three recommended blending options listed on the back of each tea tin.

“Sampling a wide variety of teas is a great way to begin,” he said. “Do you like spicy or unflavored? Delicate or strong?”

Tea Basics

White tea is delicate, sweet and subtle; green tea can be grassy, mild or nutty; oolong is complex, floral and aromatic; black tea is rich and robust with a tannic sweetness; and fermented dark pu-erh tea has a smooth, mineral flavor.

Some of these flavors work well in concert with one another, as they do in some of straight tea blends, such as Body + Mind, a blend of white, green and oolong.

Flavor Pairings

The secret to blending tea is balance. Because floral and fruity flavors tend to be easily overpowered, they don’t work well with strong black teas. Instead, floral and flavors pair wonderfully with delicate white teas.

Black teas blend well with equally strong, but opposing flavors, such as spice, mint and chocolate. Classic chai teas combine warming spices with black teas.

While green tea can be more challenging to blend, citrus, lemongrass and spicy ginger all work well when paired with a mild green tea. Stronger green teas balance with fruit flavors such as berries or pomegranates.

When pairing oolong teas, keep in mind that all oolongs are different. A green oolong will work best with citrus and berry flavors, while darker oolongs work much better with spicy and sweet flavors.

“It’s about exploration,” Adams said. “If you’re just starting out, I’d buy a few different components and keep them in separate containers. Then each day, you can try new combinations until you find the perfect one for you.”

About Teavana
Teavana offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its “Heaven of Tea” retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable “Teaologists” engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea. The company, which was founded in 1997 and joined the Starbucks family of brands in 2012, has a mission to be the most recognized and respected brand in the tea industry by expanding the culture of tea across the world. Visit www.teavana.com.

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

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Jason Adams, a six-year teaologist with Teavana, shares his secrets to crafting rich, multilayered tea blends

Jason Adams, a six-year teaologist with Teavana, shares his secrets to crafting rich, multilayered tea blends

Starbucks created two Community Stores as part of its commitment to hire veterans and military spouses

SEATTLE, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Employing two Marine Corps veterans, a former Navy machinist and two military spouses, a Starbucks store in San Diego has among the highest percentage of partners (employees) with personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces.  It’s fitting that this Starbucks location has received a special designation as the company’s first Military Family Store.

As part of Starbucks commitment to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018, the company created two Community Stores. One is near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and the other is by Joint Base San Antonio in Texas. A portion of each purchase in those Starbucks stores benefits nonprofit programs that support veterans.

“When we traveled to military communities across the country, we heard from our partners and customers that they want more of these places where we can connect in a personal way,” said Tim Bomke, Starbucks manager for military and veterans affairs, and a U.S. Army veteran. “It was clear that we had to do more and grow this program beyond the two military community stores.”

Based on what they heard, Starbucks designed a new, more scalable Military Family Store program to link some of its stores with nonprofits that connect veterans with rewarding civilian jobs and with valuable community service work.

Starbucks newly-dedicated Military Family Store near California’s Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility on the West Coast, has teamed up with The Mission Continues.

A former Navy SEAL founded The Mission Continues in 2007 to set post-9/11 veterans on one of two distinct paths – a six month fellowship program that encourages a veteran to pursue service through public office or nonprofit agency, or community work through a range of tasks from natural disaster preparedness and recovery to training service dogs for wounded veterans.

“Veterans are assets. They may not always know how to translate their skills into jobs, but without question they know how to lead and make a difference in a community,” said Moses Maddox, The Mission Continues fellowship program specialist. “I’m excited to see what we can do to address specific needs related to environmental stewardship here in San Diego.”

Maddox, who deployed to Iraq twice when he served in the Marine Corps, will also help Starbucks better understand military culture. At the same time, Starbucks district manager Melissa Ochs and others from the company will help Maddox coordinate resume writing and interview skills classes for veterans. Together, partners at the store near Camp Pendleton and The Mission Continues participants will take on their first community service project in April, during Starbucks Global Month of Service.

“Serving our country is one of the most selfless things that someone can do,” said Ochs. “This is where my heart is and I’m honored to have the opportunity to support our efforts to hire veterans.”

Starbucks plans to open 11 additional Military Family Stores before the end of 2015.

Starbucks veterans and military spouses hiring initiative news

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Starbucks created two Community Stores as part of its commitment to hire veterans and military spouses

Starbucks created two Community Stores as part of its commitment to hire veterans and military spouses

 

Tesco data shows Monday is consistently the healthiest shopping day of the week

Cheshunt, England, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite the fact that, for most of us, the shelf life of our New Year’s resolutions has already passed, analysis of Tesco data shows we attempt to renew our resolve on a regular basis with ‘new week resolutions’, which also fail to stick.

The data, revealing that Monday is consistently the healthiest shopping day of the week, has been released by the new Charity Partnership formed between the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Tesco.

On Mondays, shoppers start off with the best of intentions and are more likely to buy healthier products like fruit and vegetables, prepared fruit, bananas and dried fruit.

Later in the week people are much more likely to load up on unhealthy treats like crisps, cakes, desserts and sweets. Wednesday and Thursday, according to the data, are on average the least healthy shopping days of the week.

One of the key aims of the new Charity Partnership is to encourage people to make small permanent changes to their lifestyle – which are more achievable long term – rather than these weekly resolutions which are easily broken. If you eat a healthy diet and keep your weight in check, you’ll be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

To help to make these changes permanent, the Charity Partnership has launched two “10 Minutes to Change Your Life” guides which are designed to help people make small changes to their daily routine that can make a big difference their health.

Tesco are also offering 40,000 free health checks at in their in-store pharmacies until March 9 to help people kick start this new healthy living plan.

Jenna Hall, Programme Director of the Tesco National Charity Partnership said:

”This data shows that every week people have the best of intentions when it comes to making healthier shopping choices, but find it hard to sustain as the week goes on due to the pressures of modern living.

“The Charity Partnership wants to make it easier for people to make little changes to improve their health which they are more likely to stick to long term rather than starting from scratch every week. So, we’re challenging people to take 10 minutes every day to make small changes so they’ll be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.”

Josh Hardie, Corporate Responsibility Director for Tesco said:

“We need to make it easy for our customers to make small changes to the way they shop every day and not just at the beginning of the week. Our customers want us to help them lead healthier lives, and that’s why we have removed sweets and chocolates from checkouts at all our stores and we have removed billions of calories from our ranges by changing the recipes to reduce their sugar, salt and fat content. We want to do everything we can to help our customers make healthier choices at Tesco.”

The Charity Partnership will use data from a wide range of sources –including Tesco – to inform initiatives that will help us all better understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle. These initiatives will be funded over the next three years with money raised by the partnership, which aims to collect £30 million and has the ultimate ambition to make a positive change to the health of the nation.

The two guides, “10 Minutes to Change Your Life”, focus on tips on how people can make small lifestyle changes that will go on to make a big difference to their health. Tips include how to eat a healthier diet and how to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. The guides are available to download for free from www.tescocharitypartnership.org.uk.

Tesco is also offering a free Health Check for 40,000 shoppers at Tesco pharmacies around the country until 9 March 2015. The Health Check takes about 30 minutes and involves checking your BMI (body mass index), blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels. It will help give customers an idea of how healthy they are and whether they need to start thinking about adopting a few healthier lifestyle habits.

At the start of the year Tesco removed sweets and chocolates from checkouts at all stores and replaced them with healthier products, to help customers to lead healthier lives by reducing the temptation to throw some unhealthy snacks in the basket at the end of a shopping trip. It will hopefully also reduce pester power which will be a big incentive for young families to shop more healthily , as according to Tesco data this group tend to have the least healthy shopping baskets compared to other groups.

Notes to editors:

About the National Charity Partnership:

  • Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are working together to help change the nation’s health for the better.
  • There are 3.5 million people in the UK living with Type 2 diabetes and 11.5 million people at high risk of developing it. There are also 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease and another 1.9 million at serious risk.
  • The partnership aims to help people to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, both of which are largely preventable through healthy lifestyle choices and particularly through losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.
  • The partnership aims to raise £30 million over three years, which will be split equally between Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation
  • The funds will provide help for people to reduce their risk of both conditions, and in doing so, give people across the UK a greater chance of a healthier and longer life.
  • For more information about the partnership visit www.tescocharitypartnership.org.uk

About Diabetes UK:

  • Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.   If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications.
  • For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

About The British Heart Foundation:

  • The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity. Cardiovascular disease kills around one in four people in the UK but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. But so many people still need our help. Join our fight for every heartbeat.
  • Damage to the heart and blood vessels is collectively known as cardiovascular disease. The term cardiovascular disease includes coronary heart disease, stroke and all other diseases of the heart and circulation
  •  For more information visit bhf.org.uk.

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

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Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Grants serve as first investment by the company and its foundation as part of larger $100 million commitment to create economic mobility for the U.S. retail workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, at the National Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C., Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will announce an initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations, as part of a new Opportunity initiative, a $100 million commitment to help increase the economic mobility of entry level workers in retail and adjacent sectors. This significant investment aims to address some fundamental challenges to advancement, including the skills gap among U.S. workers. The $100 million commitment was first announced last week by Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon, in conjunction with the roll out of new opportunities and enhanced benefits for Walmart associates.

“We are delighted that Walmart is among the growing group of employers investing in education and employment opportunities for workers across the country,” said Russell Krumnow, managing director of Opportunity Nation. “The National Opportunity Summit is an event where leaders from all sectors can come together around shared ideas to restore opportunity in America, and commit to action that will transform our businesses, communities and our country.”

The skills gap among workers is a pressing issue facing the United States today. According to the Bridge the Gap reportpublished by Harvard Business School, 51 percent of retailers find it difficult to fill middle- skills roles.

“We have been working in the dark for too long as we try to address the skills gap among U.S. workers. Now is the time for corporations, educators, and policymakers to come together to identify critical middle-skills jobs, and pinpoint the specific qualifications needed to keep America competitive,” said Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies. “Through its commitment, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are already leading the way and working with strategic partners to further develop skills training and job placement programs, and create clear career pathways to help workers find a lifetime of success.”

With an initial investment of $16 million in grants, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will help more than 12,000 retail and related sector workers gain the knowledge and training they need to advance in their careers through programs offered by the following nonprofit organizations: Achieving the Dream, The ACT Foundation, Dress for Success, Goodwill Industries, Jobs for the Future, McKinsey Social Initiative and the National Able Network. The programs will provide skills training, job placement support and develop interactive maps to showcase career paths within retail and adjacent sectors.

“We are excited to partner with other foundations, employers, training providers, government bodies and nonprofit organizations to improve career pathways for people in retail and adjacent sectors,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We believe progress requires collective action in the industry to align on the skills required for advancement and to develop more innovative, effective, and universally-used training and assessments that recognize on-the-job learning. Ultimately, we aim to increase economic mobility of the U.S. retail workforce as a whole.”

The grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will support the following programs:

Partner Grant Amount Program
Achieving the Dream $1 million Build the capacity of four community colleges to place students in training and secure middle-skills jobs in the retail sector, creating a framework that can be replicated at other colleges (914 students served by the grant)
The ACT Foundation $2.265 million Develop a retail sector-wide competency model and interactive career maps to showcase the career paths of existing jobs in retail, logistics and customer service
Dress for Success $2.58 million Provide 5,400 disadvantaged women from more than 30 states with pre-employment training that will help them obtain jobs and advance in their careers
Goodwill Industries $3 million Build the capacity of eight Goodwill affiliates to provide training and career pathways to advance people from entry level to middle-skills jobs in retail, logistics and customer service (1,500 individuals served by grant)
Jobs for the Future $3 million Grow the capacity of 10 organizations to provide training needed for entry level workers to access jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics sectors (3,000 individuals served by grant)
McKinsey Social Initiative $3.2 million Develop an innovative retail training and job placement model, and pilot with 650 low-income youths
National Able Network $1 million Build the capacity of 18 centers to train and provide job placement assistance for 1,000 individuals working in retail, logistics and manufacturing

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment over five years will create the career maps, training approaches and alignment among employers and training providers that will help many of the 15 million people working in retail today, including seven million women. In developing these tools and practices, the Walmart Foundation will support programs that directly help 50,000 people, including 30,000 workers move from entry level to middle-skills jobs. The commitment is part of the Walmart Foundation’s focus on creating economic opportunities for individuals globally. The Foundation is also committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts in the areas of sustainability and community.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Homebase reports 78 percent year on year increase in the sale of craft paint

Milton Keynes, 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it’s Art Deco, Antique or Mid Century Modern effects, Brits are choosing to upcycle furniture to give it a new lease of life.  From vintage coffee tables to tatty chairs, the art of restoration through simple methods has seen leading home enhancement retailer Homebase report a 78 percent year on year increase¹ in the sale of craft paint.

The technique ‘upcycling’ involves reusing an object in a new way without degrading the material it is made from, and craft paint allows pretty much any material from wood to ceramic to be painted over and given a face lift.

Heather Taylor, Paint Buyer at Homebase, said: “Home owners are looking to quickly inject individual personality into their homes and what better way to do so than decorating furniture exactly how you want it to look. Upcycling gives your favourite chair or table that is looking a little worse for wear another chance, reinventing it for either another use or simply giving it a new lease of life.

“Our best-selling, Rust-Oleum furniture range has seen a 150 percent year on year increase to date¹. The sheer possibilities of upcycling are endless and the great thing about it is anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a skilled painter or incredibly creative, with our Rust-Oleum crackle paint for example you simply brush it on and it creates a vintage paint effect- it really is that simple.”

Who knew that tatty old furniture had so much potential?

Homebase offers a wide range of craft paint in a variety of colours and finishes with prices starting from as little as £1.99, available instore and online at www.homebase.co.uk

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¹ – Representing Homebase sales for ten months ending 30 January 2015 versus the same comparable period the year before.

Note to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

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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 304 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing interest offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people accross the business.

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

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Homebase reports 78 percent year on year increase in the sale of craft paint

Homebase reports 78 percent year on year increase in the sale of craft paint

Wincor Nixdorf and Innovative Technology announced joint partnership across Europe to develop entry cash handling solutions for the Retail Sector

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf and Innovative Technology announced a joint partnership across Europe to develop a number of entry cash handling solutions for the Retail Sector. With a relationship dating back to 2013 the companies have signed a partnership agreement that will see them develop retail point of sale payment solutions.

Sales Director from Innovative Technology, Tony Morrison said, “Wincor Nixdorf has an established, successful relationship with the Retail Industry, and a trusted global service and support network. By working in partnership we can offer unique, high quality point of sale solutions with a great customer value proposition. We are proud to announce this partnership and look forward to providing new, innovative cash handling solutions to the European Retail Sector.”

“We see a high demand among retailers for efficient cash automation solutions at the Point-of-Sale,” said Reinhard Meier, Global Head of Product line POS at Wincor Nixdorf. The partnership with Innovative Technology enables Wincor Nixdorf to provide note and coin recycling solutions at an excellent price performance ratio – a solution that is particularly relevant for retailers with low to medium cash volumes at the point-of-sale that wish to introduce cash recycling, like convenience, fashion and small sized grocery stores.

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Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
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Wincor Nixdorf announced Columbus Data Services (CDS) completed the certification of its cash dispenser technology, the ProCash 280

Wincor Nixdorf Partners with Columbus Data Services

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, one of the world’s leading providers of comprehensive IT solutions in banking and retail, today announced Columbus Data Services (CDS), recently completed its certification of Wincor Nixdorf’s cash dispenser technology, the ProCash 280. CDS provides ATM services for more than 80,000 terminals nationwide and is one of the nation’s largest ATM processors.

“Wincor Nixdorf’s partnership with CDS demonstrates our commitment to bringing world-class German-engineered technology to the United States,” said Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President and CEO.

Today, any IAD that is connected to the CDS platform will be eligible to install the ProCash 280 device to drive transactions to their locations. The ProCash 280 features a user-friendly interface with a 15-inch touchscreen, ensuring both an intuitive customer experience and operational efficiency. The system’s performance and resilience are proven to reduce lines and speed up transactions, which provides a faster return on investment. The device is equipped with a comprehensive security suite that features an anti-manipulation card slot, anti-skimming module, biometric solutions and high-resolution cameras to enhance consumer safety and system integrity.

“Wincor Nixdorf’s focus on serviceability and usability makes the ProCash 280 the right choice in the IAD marketplace,” said John Willmon, SVP Business Development at Columbus Data Services.

“Wincor Nixdorf is proud to provide value to the U.S. market through this prestigious certification,” said López-Bartolomé.

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Target paid $1.2 billion dividends in fiscal 2014, 19.8 percent above 2013

Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 3.8 percent Fourth Quarter Adjusted EPS of $1.50 was ahead of the company’s most recent guidance

  • Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 3.8 percent, reflecting a 3.2 percent increase in comparable transactions. Digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to comparable sales growth.
  • Target’s fourth quarter 2014 Adjusted EPS of $1.50 was above the company’s most recent guidance of $1.43 to $1.47 per share.
  • Target’s full-year comparable sales grew 1.3 percent. Digital channel sales growth of more than 30 percent contributed 0.7 percentage points to 2014 comparable sales growth.
  • Target paid dividends of $1.2 billion in fiscal 2014, an increase of 19.8 percent above 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported fourth quarter 2014 Adjusted earnings per share1 of $1.50, an increase of 14.9 percent from $1.31 in 2013, and full-year Adjusted earnings per share of $4.27, a decrease of 2.6 percent from $4.38 last year. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.49 in fourth quarter and $3.83 in full-year 2014, compared with $1.22 and $4.20 in 2013, respectively. In fourth quarter, Target recognized a pre-tax loss of $5.1 billion related to its discontinued Canadian operations, resulting in a $(5.59) loss per share. The tables attached to this press release provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

“We’re pleased with our fourth quarter financial results, which were driven by betterthan-expected sales and particularly strong performance in our signature categories—style, baby, kids and wellness,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. “We’re seeing early momentum in our efforts to transform Target, and our team is entering the new fiscal year with a singular focus on continuing to differentiate our merchandise assortment and shopping experience while controlling costs by reducing complexity and simplifying the way we work. We’re confident that these efforts will allow us to grow our earnings while returning cash to our shareholders in 2015 and beyond, driving improvements in Target’s return on invested capital and creating long-term value for our shareholders.”

Fiscal 2015 Earnings Guidance

In first quarter 2015, Target expects Adjusted EPS, reflecting results of operations in its single-segment business, of $0.95 to $1.05, compared with $0.92 in first quarter 2014. The Company will provide full-year 2015 guidance at its meeting with the financial community on March 3, 2015, from approximately 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Investors and others are invited to access the presentations and Q&A session online on the Events & Presentations section of Target.com/Investors.

Results of Continuing Operations

Fourth quarter 2014 sales increased 4.1 percent to $21.8 billion from $20.9 billion last year, reflecting a 3.8 percent increase in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores. Segment earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) were $1,603 million in fourth quarter 2014, an increase of 13.4 percent from $1,413 million in 2013.

Fourth quarter EBITDA and EBIT margin rates were 9.9 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively, compared with 9.2 percent and 6.8 percent in 2013. Fourth quarter gross margin rate was 28.5 percent, compared with 27.6 percent in 2013, reflecting the benefit of annualizing clearance markdowns associated with the fourth quarter 2013 data breach, combined with the benefit of a favorable merchandise mix in fourth quarter 2014. Fourth quarter SG&A expense rate was 18.6 percent in 2014 compared with 18.4 percent in 2013, reflecting higher marketing, technology and incentive expense rates this year.

Full-year 2014 sales increased 1.9 percent to $72.6 billion from $71.3 billion last year, reflecting a 1.3 percent increase in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores. Fullyear EBIT was $4,761 million in 2014, a decrease of 4.0 percent from $4,959 million last year.

Full-year 2014 EBITDA and EBIT margin rates were 9.5 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively, compared with 9.8 percent and 7.0 percent in 2013. Full-year gross margin rate was 29.4 percent, compared with 29.8 percent in 2013, driven by increased promotional activity in the first three quarters of 2014. Full-year SG&A expense rate was 19.9 percent in 2014 compared with 20.0 percent in 2013, reflecting disciplined expense control across the organization.

Interest Expense and Taxes from Continuing Operations

The Company’s fourth quarter 2014 net interest expense was $151 million, compared with $142 million last year. Full-year net interest expense was $882 million in 2014 and $1,049 million in 2013. Excluding losses of $285 million and $445 million related to the early retirement of debt in 2014 and 2013, respectively, full-year 2014 net interest expense was approximately flat to last year.

The Company’s fourth quarter effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 33.0 percent in 2014 and 33.5 percent last year. Target’s full-year 2014 effective income tax rate from continuing operations decreased 1.6 percentage points to 33.0 percent from 34.6 percent in 2013, which was driven primarily by the net tax effect of the Company’s global sourcing operations and the favorable resolution of various income tax matters.

Capital Returned to Shareholders

Target paid dividends of $330 million in fourth quarter, a 21.6 percent increase from $272 million in 2013. In full-year 2014, the Company paid dividends of $1,205 million, a 19.8 percent increase from $1,006 million last year.

Target did not repurchase any shares of its common stock through open market transactions during fourth quarter or full-year 2014.

Discontinued Operations

On January 14, 2015, following a comprehensive assessment of Canadian operations, Target’s Board of Directors approved a plan to discontinue operating stores in Canada. As a result of the decision, Target recorded a pretax impairment loss and other charges of $(5,105) million in fourth quarter 2014. After-tax losses from discontinued operations were $(3,600) million in fourth quarter, or $(5.59) per share, and $(4,085) million in full-year 2014, or $(6.38) per share.

Certain of the assets and liabilities of Target’s discontinued operations are based on estimates. The recorded assets include estimated receivables, and the remaining liabilities include accruals for estimated losses related to claims that may be asserted against Target Corporation, primarily under guarantees of certain leases. Given the early stage of its exit, these estimates involve significant judgment and are based on currently available information, an assessment of the validity of certain claims, and estimated payments by the Canada Subsidiaries. The Company believes that it is reasonably possible that future adjustments to these amounts could be material to its results of operations in future periods. Any such adjustments would be recorded in discontinued operations.

Accounting Considerations

During fourth quarter 2013, Target experienced a data breach in which an intruder gained unauthorized access to its network and stole certain payment card and other guest information. The Company incurred breach-related expenses of $4 million in fourth quarter 2014 and fullyear net expense of $145 million, which reflects $191 million of gross expense partially offset by the recognition of a $46 million insurance receivable. Fourth quarter and full-year 2013 net expense related to the data breach was $17 million, reflecting $61 million of gross expense partially offset by the recognition of a $44 million insurance receivable.

At the close of the sale of its entire U.S. consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group in first quarter 2013, Target recognized a $225 million beneficial interest asset. The fourth quarter and full-year 2014 beneficial interest asset reductions were $13 million and $53 million, respectively, compared with $16 million and $98 million in the same periods last year. Since the close of the transaction, the beneficial interest asset has been reduced by $151 million.

Miscellaneous

Target Corporation will webcast its fourth quarter earnings conference call at 9:30 a.m. CST today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call through the Company’s website at www.target.com/investors (click on “events & presentations”). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. CST today through the end of business on Feb. 27, 2015. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 39278650).

Statements in this release regarding first quarter 2015 earnings per share guidance and future expenses related to discontinued operations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014 and Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Nov. 1, 2014.

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the Company provides Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three- and twelve-month periods ended Jan. 31, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2014, respectively. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. Management believes Adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s ongoing retail operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,790 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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ShopRite again sponsors the Annual B’More Healthy Expo, February 28, 2015

ShopRite dietitians to demo, sample healthy recipes

Baltimore, MD, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, ShopRite is a sponsor of the Annual B’More Healthy Expo, which is scheduled for this Saturday, February 28th, 2015. Attendees at this year’s 6th annual event can visit the ShopRite booth for a one-on-one consultation with a ShopRite retail dietitian, who will be hosting demos and sampling of healthy recipes.

ShopRite dietitians Elisabeth D’Alto, RD and Angela Teague, RD will be on hand to engage and educate attendees on the benefits of a healthy diet and how to make a healthy meal plan more fun! Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day and will include:

* 5 Creative Ways to Prepare 5 Different Fruits – From pomegranate and avocado to pineapple, papaya, and mango. Five unique and easy ways to select, prepare, and eat these good-for-you but often intimidating fruits.

* Spruce Up Your Vegetable Platter – In addition to learning about the nutritional benefits of these produce items and showing them in their whole form, the dietitians will demonstrate the best way to choose fresh produce, how to prepare them and pair with delicious yet healthy dips for snacks on the go.

As part of ShopRite’s Retail Dietitian team, Ms. D’Alto and Ms. Teague join more than 100 Registered Dietitians who service ShopRite stores across Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware.  Together these Dietitians offer nutrition advice, meal planning, and diet modification for specific medical conditions completely free of charge.

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About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ,  and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $37 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups.  Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

 

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Phone: 732-906-5156

Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company & Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs

CANTON, Mass., ORRVILLE, Ohio, and WATERBURY, Vt., 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs are presently available in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin’ Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold under license from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs to specialty stores and office superstores. Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will continue to be available in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. The expanded retail program launches in the middle of 2015 with five varieties of Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature coffee initially available in K-Cup® packs, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series Chocolate Glazed Donut flavor. Also beginning this spring, Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will be sold online on www.DunkinDonuts.comwww.OnlineStore.Smucker.comwww.Keurig.com and other online retailers.

“This exciting new agreement with two trusted and long-standing partners, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig, will make Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs available at thousands of additional retail outlets nationwide, as well as online, and will enable us to further tap into the growing consumer demand for single-serve at-home coffee,” said Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nigel Travis. “Not only will this increase the consumption ofDunkin’ Donuts coffee, it will help us continue to build our brand relevance with new and existing customers, which we believe will, in turn, drive incremental visits to our restaurants.”

“The wait is nearly over for the many Dunkin’ Donuts coffee fans who have requested we add Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs to our at-home single-serve coffee offerings,” stated Richard Smucker, Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company. “The expansion of our relationship with Dunkin’ Brands andKeurig allows us to satisfy this consumer need by bringing Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs into new retail channels, including wherever groceries are sold. The addition of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will further strengthen our Smucker coffee portfolio as we work with our retail customers to continue to bring excitement and new growth opportunities to the coffee category.”

“Expanded availability of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will make it possible for even more consumers to experience and enjoy this great-tasting, beloved coffee while at the same time building consumer awareness and passion for the Keurig system,” said Brian Kelley, Keurig President and CEO. “Our unique ability to partner with Dunkin’ Brands, J.M. Smucker and more than 60 other brands has helped Keurig, an innovative technology-driven personal beverage system company, to revolutionize the at-home and away-from-home beverage experience, bringing more than 400 high-quality beverage varieties to Keurig consumers with the consistent simplicity and convenience they’ve come to expect from the brand.”

Terms of the respective agreements with The J.M. Smucker Company, Keurig Green Mountain and Dunkin’ Brands were not disclosed.

Dunkin’ Brands announce franchisee profit-sharing program

Concurrent with its expanded partnership with Smucker and Keurig, Dunkin’ Brands also announced today details of a new franchisee profit-sharing program as part of a long-term deal under which Dunkin’ Brands will equally share with qualified U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees its net profits from the sale of its K-Cup® packs and packaged coffee from outlets outside of its restaurants.

“When we introduced Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs as a retail item in our restaurants in 2011, we said we would only consider allowing this product to be sold at other retailers if we could do so in a way that benefitted both us and our franchisees,” Travis said. “In keeping with that commitment, I am delighted to announce that we have been able to reach a profit-sharing agreement with our domestic Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees that we believe will drive incremental, profitable growth for both Dunkin’ Brands and our franchisees.”

About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,800 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2014,Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About The J.M. Smucker Company
For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and natural foods products in North America. The Company remains rooted in theBasic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.

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Dunkin' Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin' K-Cup® packs

Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs

Dunkin’ Donuts to develop three restaurants in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri with new franchise group Donut World, LLC

CANTON, MA, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with a new franchise group, Donut World, LLC, to develop two Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and one combination restaurant with its sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri. The group’s first restaurant is planned to open at 3100 Providence Road in Columbia this Summer and the remainder will open in 2017.

Led by partners Anup Thakkar, Ramesh Patel and Prashant Patel, these new franchisees possess over 30 years of experience in the restaurant and retail industries. They have been a part of the Columbia community for over 15 years and are thrilled to bring this franchise to these cities. Together, this team will manage and oversee the construction and operations for each Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

“We are excited to expand the brands’ presence in Missouri and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Anup Thakkar, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.

“Our secret to continued growth includes passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome these new franchisees to the Missouri market, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Columbia and Jefferson City communities they serve.”

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot and iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, hot and iced tea, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

The Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin-Robbins combination location will also feature Baskin-Robbins’ wide range of delicious ice cream flavors, custom ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and ice cream sundaes.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,300 restaurants in 36 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

 

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NACS survey: Convenience store retailers optimistic about their business prospects

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than four in five convenience store retailers (82%) are optimistic about their business prospects in the first three months of 2015, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

The drop in gas prices over the second half of 2014 was cited as a main reason for retailer optimism. Gas prices today are more than $1.00 per gallon lower than they were a year ago.

Convenience store retailers, which sell more than 80% of the gasoline purchased in the country, say that consumers are spending their savings where they are buying fuel. Overall, 62% say that customers are spending the extra savings from lower fuel prices inside the convenience store. Nearly three in four (73%) retailers say that they had higher merchandise sales in 2014.

“Lower fuel prices lead to higher volume inside the store and at the pump,” said Stuart Everngam, with The Gott Co. (Prince Frederick, MD). “We are back to pre-recession sales numbers — and going up,” added Theron Soderlund, with Country Corner (Eastsound, WA).

Convenience retailers are especially optimistic about growing their in-store sales. Nearly seven in ten (69%) believe in opportunities to grow merchandise sales and 58% say that there are opportunities to grow food sales in 2015.

Overall, 88% of convenience retailers say that offering prepared foods is important to their business in 2015. “Foodservice fits the immediate consumption and time-starved needs of our consumers. It is an obvious fit, as long as it is a quality offer,” said Sonja Hubbard, with E-Z Mart (Texarkana, TX).

“Consumers are looking for quick fresh and easy snacks or meals that can be consumed on the run,” added Julie Jackson with G&M Oil (Huntington Beach, CA).

“Prepared food is our industry’s future,” noted Tim Switzer, with Radiant Food Stores (Tampa, FL).

Produce also was cited as important to convenience retailers’ business in 2015, cited by 61% of retailers. “The trend is for fresh and better-for-you products,” said Giselle Eastlack, with Diaz Market (Metairie, LA).

Retailers also offered advice for how to grow produce sales. “Like foodservice, produce is a labor-intensive category when it is done correctly. Variety and fresh offerings are critical to the category’s success,” said Don Rhoads, with The Convenience Group (Vancouver, WA).

There also are challenges to offering produce, especially related to frequent distribution. “You must have nearly daily deliveries to maintain freshness,” added Ben Englefield, Duchess Shoppes (Heath, OH).

And, retailers need to be committed to the program’s long-term success produce if they expect to succeed. “If you are going to do it, then you better be married to it,” said Tony Huppert, with Team Oil Inc. (Spring Valley, WI).

While retailers are very optimistic about their specific business prospects, they are less optimistic about the overall economy. Only 62% of retailers say they are optimistic about the economy as a whole over the first quarter.

Convenience retailers noted several competitive advantages working in their favor for 2015. “We are in the unique position to service time-strapped consumers and retool ourselves much quicker than in other retail channels,” said Lonnie McQuirter, with the 36th & Lyndale BP (Minneapolis, MN). “But we need to constantly be aware when opportunities present themselves to our industry,” he cautioned.

While retailers cite the value of convenience as a competitive advantage, they also noted that retail execution remains critical. “Stocking the right amount of the right product at the right price the right way is more critical than ever,” said Michael Maxfield, with Big John’s (Abingdon, VA).

Ultimately, retail success in 2015 may depend upon gas prices. And while gas prices remain relatively low, retailers are also carefully looking to see if oil prices climb in 2015. “With the recent plunge, will they stay low and how will that help store sales and the economy in 2015?” asked Tom Robinson, with Rotten Robbie (Santa Clara, CA).

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their business, the industry and the economy as a whole. A total of 88 member companies participated in the Q1 2015 survey.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Kimco CEO David B. Henry to retire on January 1, 2016; Conor C. Flynn to succeed

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) today announced that David B. Henry will retire on January 1, 2016 as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Conor C. Flynn, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Henry as Chief Executive Officer, effective on that date.

“This announced transition comes at a time of strength for Kimco given our well-positioned portfolio, deep management team and strong balance sheet. The selection of Conor to succeed Dave next year reflects our excellent talent base and internal succession planning process,” said Milton Cooper, Executive Chairman.

Mr. Cooper continued, “Dave’s contribution to Kimco has been enormous. In his 14 years at Kimco, he has been a trusted partner, mentor and friend. He has played a key leadership role in guiding our transformation over the last few years, which will serve as the foundation for Kimco’s continued success. The Board offers Dave our sincere thanks for his contributions to Kimco and its stakeholders. I wish him and his family much happiness in the future.”

Mr. Henry, who will turn 66 years old in 2015, said, “It’s been an honor and privilege to lead Kimco as Chief Executive Officer since November 2009. I am proud of our team’s many accomplishments and Kimco’s wonderful portfolio of properties. Conor is terrific, and I am confident that the company will continue to thrive under his leadership.” Upon his retirement, Mr. Henry will serve as a senior advisor to Kimco and provide consulting and advisory services to the company as requested from time to time.

Conor Flynn was appointed President of the company in August 2014 after previously being named Kimco’s Chief Operating Officer (May 2013) and, more recently, Chief Investment Officer (May 2014). Mr. Flynn will continue in these roles until January 1, 2016. In addition to the appointment of Mr. Flynn, Kimco announced the promotion of David Jamieson to Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Ross Cooper to Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.

In his current role, Mr. Flynn is responsible for overseeing the company’s shopping center business including the supervision of all regional personnel as well as guiding new investment decisions for the organization. Mr. Flynn joined Kimco in 2003 as an asset manager and has held a variety of senior leadership roles over the past 11 years, including President, Western Region. Mr. Flynn received a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

“I have benefitted greatly from the close working relationship I have with Dave. He has been very helpful and I’m grateful for his continued support during this transition,” said Mr. Flynn. “Kimco is an admired industry leader and I am honored to lead this organization with a rich history of innovation, entrepreneurship and integrity. I am excited about our company’s future and look forward to working closely with the Board and our talented associates in further strengthening Kimco’s market position and driving long-term shareholder value.”

ABOUT KIMCO
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that owns and operates North America’s largest publicly traded portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned interests in 754 shopping centers comprising 110 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Chile. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

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CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Kimco Realty Corp.
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

 

The Lipsey Company named CBRE the top global brand in commercial real estate for the 14th consecutive year

Los Angeles, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that The Lipsey Company has named CBRE the top global brand in commercial real estate for the 14th consecutive year.

Lipsey​, a training and professional development firm specializing in commercial real estate, has surveyed commercial real estate professionals on their perceptions of the industry’s leading brands since 2001. CBRE has been ranked number one every year that Lipsey has conducted its brand survey. In 2015, more than 100,000 U.S. and international professionals participated in the survey, including property owners, investors, lenders, occupiers, brokers and property managers.

“We are particularly proud of this recognition because the Lipsey survey reflects the opinions of our clients and industry peers,” said Bob Sulentic, president and chief executive officer of CBRE. “Our people work hard every day to earn the trust of our clients by building distinct advantages for them in the marketplace. This is a key reason for CBRE’s success and why our future continues to look very bright.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email

Corey Mirman
Specialist, Sr Communication
T +1 212 9846542
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Harris Teeter presented $500 each to two local schools in support of its commitment to educational programs

Two Schools Receive $500, Thanks to N.C. Education Lottery, Harris Teeter

Matthews, N.C., 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter Store Director Charley Toothman presented $500 each to two local schools in support of its commitment to educational programs.  The schools that received the donation were Olympic High METS – PTO and Lake Wylie Elementary.

The check presentation, which took place at the Steele Croft Harris Teeter in Charlotte, N.C., was made possible thanks to the North Carolina Education Lottery. The North Carolina Education Lottery offers incentive payments to retailers for selling winning tickets in the Powerball game. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards back to local schools.

Olympic High and Lake Wylie Elementary both participate in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education (TIE) program, the Company’s main fundraising program which supports local schools. Since 1998, the Company has donated approximately $21.7 million to the 5,200 schools participating in the TIE program.

“Olympic High School METS PTA is appreciative of Harris Teeter’s generosity,” said Wanda O’Shea, Olympic High School PTO Liaison. “This much needed donation will help fund Olympic High School student academics and teacher appreciation.”

“We would like to thank Harris Teeter for donating their lottery incentive money to Lake Wylie Elementary school in addition to what the company already gives through its Together in Education program,” said Jigna Patel, Assistant Principal at Lake Wylie Elementary School.   “These funds will be used to purchase books and math resources for our classrooms. We look forward to our continued partnership with Harris Teeter.”

Since March 2006, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $3.6 billion for education programs in the state. Harris Teeter received the $1,000 incentive payment for selling the $1 million-winning ticket in the Powerball drawing on Dec. 24, 2014.  The North Carolina Powerball is played only in North Carolina, and drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at approximately 10:59 p.m. Powerball tickets cost $2 and Powerball tickets with Power Play cost $3.

To learn more about the North Carolina Education Lottery, visit www.nc-educationlottery.org.

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Harris Teeter presented $500 each to two local schools in support of its commitment to educational programs

Harris Teeter presented $500 each to two local schools in support of its commitment to educational programs

Netflix to premiere exclusively the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

  • Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, A New Feature Film By Paul Reubens and Paul Rust, Available Exclusively To The Global Membership of Netflix
  • John Lee Makes His Feature Film Directorial Debut, Beginning Production in March 2015

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman.

Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) wrote the film. John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning in early 2015.

In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true,” said Judd Apatow.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black,” said Pee-wee Herman.

For more information, please read Pee-wee Herman’s log (that’s blog without the “b”) at: http://peewee.com.

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre on February 7, 1981 at midnight. It quickly moved to The Roxy on Sunset Strip where it ran for an unprecedented five months. The HBO broadcast of the show introduced Pee-wee to a national audience. Pee-wee Herman was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice. In January of 2010, Reubens starred in, produced and co-wrote The Pee-wee Herman Show which completed a critically acclaimed four week run at LA Live’s Club Nokia in Los Angeles. With the incredible success in Los Angeles, Reubens brought The Pee-wee Herman Show to Broadway which opened November 11, 2010 to rave reviews with The New York Times calling the show, “Yummier than chocolate;” New York saying, “Welcome Back, Pee-wee! You were sorely missed;” and the New York Post saying, “the audience screams for joy!” Three decades after his first HBO special, Reubens returned to the network with an exclusive version of the hit Broadway show.

Reubens has starred in a number of diverse film and TV roles, including 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911, Everybody Loves Raymond and Murphy Brown which earned him an Emmy® nomination. His film credits include Mystery Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blow, David O. Russell’s dark comedy, Nailed, and Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime. In the world of animation, Reubens has lent his voice to many projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken, Family Guy and Smurfs. He is currently developing a variety show for television and appears in a recurring role on NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 57 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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BRC Director Helen Dickinson comments on the Low Pay Commission’s recommended increases to the National Minimum Wage

LONDON, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to the Low Pay Commission’s recommended increases to the National Minimum Wage, BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said:

“The LPC has once again done a careful job of balancing protection for economic growth, jobs and productivity and the need to continue to help raise the incomes of the lowest paid. This highlights the importance of the independence of the LPC. Decisions about the rate of the minimum wage need to be based on sound evidence and not political expediency. Instead, political attention should be focused on supporting those who find themselves stuck in lower paying roles to progress to higher rates of pay. Over the coming year, the BRC will be working with the retail industry to identify the problems some people can face. We hope that by addressing these issues we can help improve productivity and move more people out of low pay faster than could be achieved by arbitrary tinkering with hourly pay.”

ENDS

Notes
1) Please find a link to the Low Pay Commission’s recent recommendations here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/low-pay-commission-recommends-3-increase-in-the-national-minimum-wage-to-670

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

www.brc.org.uk

Delhaize Group Tender Offer final results: $170 million Principal Amount Tendered and Accepted

Brussels, Belgium, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group (the “Company” or “Delhaize Group”) announced the final results of its previously announced offer (the “Maximum Tender Offer”) to purchase for cash up to the Maximum Tender Amount of its 4.125% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”). The Maximum Tender Amount was $172 262 000.

The terms and conditions of the Maximum Tender Offer were described in the Offer to Purchase, dated January 27, 2015 (the “Offer to Purchase”).

The Maximum Tender Offer expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on February 24, 2015 (the “Maximum Tender Expiration Time”). The table below identifies the principal amount of 2019 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the Maximum Tender Expiration Time and the principal amount of 2019 Notes that Delhaize Group has accepted for purchase.

 

CUSIP No.
Title of Security
Principal Amount Outstanding(1)
Maximum
Tender Amount
Principal Amount Tendered(2)
Principal
Amount Accepted(2)
24668PAF4 4.125% Senior Notes due 2019 $300 000 000 $172 262 000 $170 088 000 $170 088 000

(1)   As of the commencement of the Maximum Tender Offer.

(2)   Includes $170 051 000 aggregate principal amount of 2019 Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on February 9, 2015 (the “Early Tender Time”) and accepted for purchase on the Maximum Tender Early Settlement Date.

All 2019 Notes tendered in the Maximum Tender Offer have been accepted for purchase.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as the dealer manager (the “Dealer Manager”) for the Maximum Tender Offer. The information and tender agent for the Maximum Tender Offer (the “Information and Tender Agent”) was D.F. King & Co., Inc. Questions regarding the Maximum Tender Offer should be directed to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Liability Management Group at (800) 834 4666 (toll-free) or (212) 834-3424 (collect).

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Offer to Purchase.

» 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 the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 000 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.

» Offer and Distribution Restrictions
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation to buy any of the 2019 Notes nor is it a solicitation for acceptance of the Maximum Tender Offer. Delhaize Group made the Maximum Tender Offer only by, and pursuant to the terms of, the Offer to Purchase.

The distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this press release comes are required by each of the Company, the Dealer Manager and the Information and Tender Agent to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

» 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” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “outlook”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “will”, “should” or other similar words or phrases. 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 consumer spending, changes in inflation or currency exchange rates or changes in legislation or regulation. 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 the Offer to Purchase and Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other periodic filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.

French fashion retailer Kiabi won 2 retail technology awards for IT projects carried by Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf successful as IT partner for retail

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, two of the coveted “retail technology awards europe” went to projects for which Wincor Nixdorf is the IT partner of the retail company that received the award.

The “retail technology awards europe” are presented by the EHI Retail Institute for outstanding, innovative IT solutions in the retail sector. The winners are selected from a number of submissions by a jury of renowned representatives from industry, universities and research institutes. Prizes are awarded in four categories: Best Instore Solution, Best Enterprise Solution, Best Customer Experience and, for the first time this year, Best Multichannel Solution. The awards were presented on February 24, 2015 at a gala evening as part of the EuroShop / EuroCIS trade fair.

The prize for Best Multichannel Solution went to the French fashion retailer Kiabi, which operates more than 450 stores in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Morocco and Russia. Kiabi positions itself rigorously as a multichannel retailer in order to offer its customers a seamless shopping experience across all its sales channels. For example, customers can visit the company’s bricks-and-mortar stores to collect, exchange, or return items they have ordered in Kiabi’s webshop. They can also order items in the store using a touch terminal installed there. Part of the high-tech shopping experience is the equipment issued to Kiabi employees that allows them to accept customer payments anytime, anywhere. Wincor Nixdorf is Kiabi’s IT partner for implementing this multichannel project: Its modern retail store software TP.net 4.5 was installed at approximately 3,200 Kiabi POS stations, the retailer’s online and offline worlds were integrated, and all of its requirements for multichannel retail business with regard to functionality, architecture and an international orientation were met. Among other things, a consistent flow of data between sales and merchandise management is secured so that, for example, order processes and item availability can be coordinated across channels. Moreover, the stationary checkout systems in Kiabi’s stores are connected to a variety of mobile applications on end devices running iOS and Android operating systems, and the integration of POS peripheral devices in mobile processes is ensured.

The category Best Enterprise Solution rewards projects that lead to significant increases in a company’s efficiency through the implementation of innovative systems and technologies. This award was garnered this year by the Edeka Group. As Edeka’s IT subsidiary, Lunar GmbH has taken on the task of optimizing Edeka’s business processes at retail, wholesale and headquarters level, including ensuring effective processes at checkout. Lunar’s IT partner, Wincor Nixdorf, worked closely with Lunar to develop a checkout simulation tool that uses genuine POS data to reconstruct, simulate, and analyze checkout processes in detail on a computer. All the relevant variables flow into these simulations, from customer structures to volumes of merchandise purchased, scanning processes, and even cash handling. The process enables predictions on the expected capacity utilization of the checkouts, their throughput, and even customer waiting time. Through comparisons of available checkout technologies, (staffed checkout, self-service checkout, mobile checkout or tunnel scanner) it is possible to determine which checkout structures and technologies ensure the most effective checkout processes and support the retailer’s strategy optimally. The Edeka Group uses this simulation instrument to make informed decisions about checkout equipment for the situation in a specific market.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Bloom Energy fuel cell to power Stop & Shop in Mt. Vernon, New York store

Chain continues its leadership in energy efficiency and greener stores

Purchase, NY, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, a division of Ahold USA, announced today that a Bloom Energy fuel cell will power the company’s Mt. Vernon, New York store. The 250 kW system at Stop & Shop in Mt. Vernon will generate more than 2 million kWh each year, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 700,000 lbs. of CO2 annually.

Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell converts fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process, instead of combustion, to provide on-site, clean and reliable power. These fuel cell projects are the latest addition to Stop & Shop’s clean and renewable energy portfolio that also includes solar panel systems on the roofs on 38 of its stores, capable of generating 9.5M kWh each year. As part of its Better Neighbor Promise to care for the environment, Stop & Shop has a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015 using 2008 as a baseline. This project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and continues to deliver electricity even through grid outages, like those experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Stop & Shop is also committed to building energy efficient and sustainable stores. It has a goal to reach Zero waste by the year 2020. This means that at least 90% of the waste generated by its stores will be diverted from landfills.

“Stop & Shop has invested heavily in energy conservation, green building and alternative energy projects,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro division. “This project in the New York metro area will contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on our communities. It will also increase the resiliency of our stores and enable us to serve our customers during grid interruptions.”

“This project represents the leading edge of distributed generation, a new power generation solution that is both sustainable and resilient,” said Charles Fox, Director, East Coast Business Development at Bloom Energy. “Bloom Energy is excited to be a part of Stop & Shop’s growing clean energy portfolio.”

Support for this project was provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

For more information on Stop & Shop’s company-wide Recycling and Environment initiatives, visitwww.stopandshop.com.

Note to Editor: Emission estimates based on USA EPA eGRID

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (NC) certifications for 15 of its new stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

 

Dollar Tree, Inc. publishes results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015

Fourth Quarter Highlights

 

  • Sales increased 10.8% to $2.48 billion and Same-Store Sales improved 5.6%
  • Diluted EPS, including acquisition-related costs, decreased 2.0% to $1.00
  • Excluding acquisition-related costs, diluted EPS increased 13.7% to $1.16

 

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter Results
Consolidated net sales increased 10.8% to $2.48 billion from $2.23 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Consolidated same-store sales increased 5.6% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 1.2% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 5.5%.

Gross profit increased 11.3% to $918.1 million from $825.2 in the prior year’s fourth quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased by 20 basis points to 37.1%. The primary contributors to the increase were higher initial mark-ups and leverage on occupancy and distribution costs, which were offset partially by higher freight costs and continued investments in merchandise value.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.6% of sales compared to 21.3% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The quarter included $6.7 million in acquisition-related costs associated with the pending merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 21.3% of sales, flat compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. Increased payroll costs related to store bonuses and incentive compensation were offset by leverage on other costs as a result of strong same-store sales.

Net income, compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter, including acquisition-related costs, was $206.6 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.00. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased approximately $26.0 million to $239.0 million and diluted earnings per share increased 13.7% to $1.16.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer stated, “I am extremely proud of our Company’s performance in the fourth quarter and throughout 2014. Our quarterly comp sales increase of 5.6% was largely driven by a 5.0% increase in transaction count. Top performing categories included party supplies, household products and food. Our results continue to validate that Dollar Tree is part of the solution for millions of customers seeking great value as they strive to balance their household budget. We exceeded 1 billion transactions in a year for the first time in Company history. Our business model is strong, our inventories are fresh, our shelves are full of incredible values, and our store teams are ready for the Spring selling season.”

The Company opened 90 stores, expanded or relocated six stores, and closed five stores during the quarter. Retail selling square footage increased to 46.5 million square feet, a 7.4% increase compared to the prior year.

Full Year Results
For fiscal year 2014, the Company’s consolidated net sales increased 9.7% to $8.60 billion from $7.84 billion in the prior year. Consolidated same-store sales increased 4.4% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 2.4% increase for fiscal year 2013. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 4.3%.

Gross profit increased 8.8% to $3.03 billion, or 35.3% of sales, compared to $2.79 billion, or 35.6% of sales, in the prior year. The 30 basis point decrease, as a percent to sales, was primarily driven by higher freight costs related to domestic trucking rates.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 9.6% to $1.99 billion, or 23.2% of sales. This included approximately $28.5 million in acquisition-related costs associated with the merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 22.8% of sales, a 40 basis point improvement compared to the prior year.

Net income, compared to the prior year including acquisition-related costs, increased $2.5 million to $599.2 million, and diluted earnings per share increased by 6.6% to $2.90. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased $48.9 million to $645.6 million and diluted earnings per share increased 14.7% to $3.12.

Company Outlook
The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2015 to range from $2.15 billion to $2.20 billion, based on a low to mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 6.9% square footage growth. Diluted earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $0.69 to $0.74. This range includes a $0.01 per diluted share non-recurring, non-cash charge related to a change in inventory accounting for our Canadian operations.

Consolidated net sales for the full year are estimated to range from $9.21 billion to $9.45 billion. This estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.2% square footage growth. Fiscal year 2015 diluted earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $3.30 to $3.50.

FTC Update
The Company continues to make progress in its effort to obtain clearance from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to complete the Company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar. The Company remains confident in its belief that the FTC will require the divestiture of no more than roughly 300 stores. Given the number of stores that the FTC continues to analyze, the Company now hopes to reach agreement with the FTC on the stores to be divested in early March and will work to close the acquisition by April 27, 2015. The final number and location of the divested stores and the closing date are subject to uncertainties such as the timing of final approval by the FTC Commissioners of the divested stores and the divestiture buyer or buyers.

Conference Call Information
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. EST. The telephone number for the call is 800-289-0463. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 9760132. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/eventsand will remain online until Wednesday, March 4.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,367 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of January 31, 2015. Our stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding the merger with Family Dollar, including acquisition related expenses and financing costs, the benefits, results, effects, timing and certainty of the merger, future financial and operating results, expectations concerning the antitrust review process for the proposed transaction and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions, first quarter 2015 and full-year 2015 sales, first quarter 2015 and full-year 2015 diluted earnings per share. Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others, the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained on the anticipated terms including approval of the final number and location of divested stores and approval of a divestiture buyer or buyers and schedule or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated, the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied, the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained, or is obtained on terms other than those previously disclosed, the ability to close the proposed merger on the proposed terms and schedule, or at all, difficulties related to integration of the proposed merger and our ability to obtain cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger, unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed merger, and the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 14, 2014, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 20, 2014 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
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Starbucks Community Tables are handmade and come from Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

SEATTLE, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A group of Army Reservists in uniform sit around a community table in a Starbucks near a military base. With coffee cups close, they pour over planning papers. Their attention is focused on the task at hand; unaware the large table they’re using was handmade in the U.S.A.

The table, with a smooth maple top and sturdy steel legs, comes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is one of 27 Starbucks has purchased for its community stores. Though the order might seem small for a global company, it is one of the ways Starbucks exhibits its commitment to locally-relevant design using sustainable materials. And getting an order for a couple dozen handcrafted tables can make a big difference for a small company.

Sourcing managers with the Starbucks Global Store Development team are always looking for high-quality, handmade furniture. They discovered Charleston Forge a couple of years ago. The family-owned business employs about 40 people who design, fabricate and finish furniture using suppliers who are within a 100-mile radius of Boone, North Carolina.

“We love to see ‘outsiders’ take an interest in our businesses,” said Dan Meyer, President of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. “One of our concerns here is underemployment. When companies like Starbucks support our businesses that enables families to provide for themselves for the generations to come.”

Charleston Forge is grounded in the persistence of its founders, Art and Susan Barber. In their 20s, after graduating from Appalachian State University, they opened a retail fireplace shop to cater to people who had homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains – the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River. Art hand forged a baker’s rack and other furniture pieces out of metal to help display the bellows and other fireplace equipment sold in their store.

In the mid-1980s, a customer suggested the Barbers take their handmade furniture to the High Point Market – the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, encompassing over 10 million square feet of display space, in High Point, North Carolina.

“To make a long story short”

“Well, actually I can’t make a long story short,” quipped Art. “I loaded my 1978 pickup up with furniture and got to High Point the night before the trade show opened. I was told ‘I’m sorry, you’re too late.’ And I was turned away.”

Art and Susan were in their 20s, $300,000 in debt, with a newborn baby at home at the time. Now what? Art “walked up and down the hall in a panicked state” thinking their dream of starting a furniture business had ended. With nothing to lose, Art found a tucked-away corner of one of the massive showrooms and began setting up his furniture on a rug he’d borrowed. He stood there for 10 days, hoping to attract the attention of buyers while avoiding security guards.

One buyer took notice of Art and purchased a baker’s rack. Six months later, a piece of furniture Art created was on the inside front cover of a preeminent catalog retailer, and Charleston Forge had its start.

“Some of the artisans who hand forge or hand paint and stain our furniture have been with us almost since the beginning,” said Susan. “Like many furniture companies we were hard hit a decade ago as overseas production took over. Over the past several years we’ve seen a return to American-made furniture because of the quality.”

Handcrafted furniture

Every piece of furniture Charleston Forge produces is handcrafted. From combining age-old blacksmithing techniques with new technology, to welding steel and applying premium finishes by hand, each piece is built to order in Boone, a college town of about 18,000 people. The company also mentors design students at one of the local colleges.

“We are always looking for unique pieces from suppliers who are able to bring opportunity into their communities by creating jobs,” said Michelle Lundell, senior sourcing manager for Starbucks Store Development. “Charleston Forge is also training people in hand craftsmanship skills that otherwise might be lost.”

With 18 in-house design studios, Starbucks is able to integrate local relevancy and sustainability into store designs around the globe.

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

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Starbucks Community Tables are handmade and come from Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Starbucks Community Tables are handmade and come from Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Carrefour Belgium awarded Top Employer certification for the 3rd year in a row

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third year in a row, Carrefour Belgium has been awarded Top Employer certification.

The Top Employer Institute – which operates all over the world – certifies the quality of the working conditions with which employers provide their employees. The institute uses nine criteria to assess each company, including company culture, training opportunities, careers development, etc.

Carrefour Belgium has excelled in all of these key areas, and has been found to be particularly exemplary in terms of the culture that it promotes within the company and its commitment to fostering talented young people.

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Walmart debutes online shopping portal on Walmart.com for products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability

Unveils online Sustainability Leaders shop at Global Milestone Meeting

SAN BRUNO, Calif., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart announced today the debut of its Sustainability Leaders shop, an online shopping portal on Walmart.com that helps customers identify and purchase products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability.

The launch of the Sustainability Leaders shop builds on the company’s ambition to provide customers more information about the products they purchase at Walmart. The new portal helps to advance Walmart’s goal to offer customers a way to choose products they can afford, and that are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

The Sustainability Leaders shop is the customer-facing iteration of Walmart’s Sustainability Index, launched in 2009 in collaboration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), an independent, third-party organization of academic-based scientists and more than 100 member organizations that creates tools and strategies to drive more sustainable consumer products. Over the last several years, Walmart and TSC have worked with suppliers, several leading non-profit organizations and TSC to build the Sustainability Index.

“The Sustainability Leaders shop on Walmart.com is the first step in helping our customers identify which brands and suppliers are leading the way in sustainability,” explained Neil Ashe, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce. “Our customers can trust us to work with suppliers who have an ongoing commitment to both sustainability and affordability.”

Until now, the Sustainability Index, which gathers and analyzes information about a supplier’s approach to managing its social and environmental impact on the full lifecycle of its products, had only been a tool for Walmart and its suppliers. Now, as part of the Sustainability Leaders shop, important insights from the tool are available to anyone.

The Sustainability Leaders shop takes information from the Index and translates it into an easy-to-understand format for Walmart customers. Products displayed with a badge indicate that their manufacturer ranks as best in class among other suppliers in that product category, based on their responses to detailed category surveys developed by TSC.  The badge symbolizes that the manufacturer of that product is ranked highest among its peers within its category; or in categories where there are many leading manufacturers, products made by any manufacturer that scores over 80 percent, will also qualify for a badge. Although the badge isn’t specific to the individual product’s environmental or social impact, the manufacturer and category level approach is intended to help customers identify companies leading in sustainability.

“We’ve done the heavy lifting to empower our customers to put their money where their heart is,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president of sustainability for Walmart. “The Sustainability Leaders shop gives customers the tools to make more informed choices, and it’s a great way for us to do good business.”

Depending on the product category, specific and pertinent factors are used to evaluate a company’s sustainability efforts.  The relevant social and environmental factors for a product are not always obvious, and the Index helps illuminate what matters most for each type of product. Customers can also better understand the issues that TSC has identified as the most important in evaluating sustainability in each product category through a series of fact sheets, also available through the Sustainability Leaders shop.

“TSC tools are used by hundreds of Walmart suppliers across sectors to drive sustainability in the supply chain, and now this information is being directed to Walmart consumers to help inform the choice of products they use every day,” stated Sheila Bonini, TSC CEO. “The Sustainability Consortium is also pleased to provide Walmart shoppers with important insights about what sustainability factors matter most for each product category through the library of fact sheets found in the Sustainability Leaders shop.”

To visit the Sustainability Leaders shop, please go to www.walmart.com/sustainabilityleaders. For more details on the Sustainability Index, please visit http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environmental-sustainability/sustainability-leaders/introducing-the-walmart-sustainability-leaders-shop

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About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenues of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Walgreens Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity for the week of Feb. 24, 2015

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-2-24 — /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 Ten DMAs with Flu Activity
Week beginning 2/23/2015
1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. Jackson, Miss.
3. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
4. Little Rock – Pine Bluff, Ark.
5. El Paso, Texas, (Las Cruces, NM)
6. Tulsa, Okla.
7. Knoxville, Tenn.
8. Huntsville – Decatur (Florence), Ala.
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Birmingham (Anniston and Tuscaloosa), Ala.
Top Ten States with Flu Activity
Week beginning 2/23/2015
1. Oklahoma
2. Arkansas
3. Mississippi
4. Alabama
5. Louisiana
6. Texas
7. Tennessee
8. South Carolina
9. Kansas
10. Nebraska
Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 2/16/2015 to 2/23/2015
1. Birmingham (Anniston and Tuscaloosa), Ala
2. Chattanooga, Tenn.
3. Atlanta, Ga.
4. Paducah, KY – Cape Girardeau, MO- Harrisburg, Ill.
5. Green Bay – Appleton, Wis.
6. Colorado Springs – Pueblo, Colo.
7. Champaign, Springfield – Decatur, Ill.
8. Denver, Colo.
9. Greenville – Spartanburg – Anderson, SC; Asheville, N.C.
10. Dayton, Ohio
Top Ten State Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 2/16/2015 to 2/23/2015
1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Colorado
4. Illinois
5. Mississippi
6. Ohio
7. Indiana
8. Michigan
9. Pennsylvania
10. Minnesota

Methodology

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 (www.walgreens.com), 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 Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah returned to the former Olympic Stadium to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

LONDON, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Double Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m Champion Mo Farah returned to the former Olympic Stadium to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which is due to take place in the iconic venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 24-26th July.

The world’s best athletes are set to head to the Park for the three-day athletics spectacular, including a two-day Diamond League meeting on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Farah said: “It’s fantastic that the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is planning to return to the former Olympic Stadium this summer and I can’t wait to get back on this track to compete, at what will be a stunning celebration of athletics.

“The atmosphere will be amazing and I’m sure it will bring back the memories of London 2012 and the inaugural Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 2013.

“I hope the British public will be as excited as I am about this event, and will come out to support the athletes. I’m sure it will be the best outdoor meet this year and a great send off to the World Championships.”

Supporters are invited to register now for tickets which are planned to go on sale at the end of April. The Stadium is currently closed as work continues to transform it into the new national competition centre for British Athletics in 2016 and the permanent home of West Ham United FC. A major construction project is underway and on schedule for the stadium to host a number of world class sporting events later this year including the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games and five matches of the Rugby World Cup.

British Athletics have won the right to host athletics in the Stadium for one month every year for the next 50 years from 2016.

British Athletics Chief Executive, Niels de Vos said: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games this summer will mark the start of new athletics legacy at the former Olympic Stadium.

“For one month a year the Stadium will be the beating heart of athletics in this country and we want the nation to get excited about it and be part of it.

“As well as hosting the best international competitions in the world we need to create a two, three or four-week festival where that Stadium is buzzing with athletics and fans every day.”

Tara Hewitt, Head of Sponsorship at Sainsbury’s, said: “Seeing the likes of Mo Farah return to the Olympic Stadium for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be one of this year’s monumental sporting events. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out or a sporting enthusiast looking to see elite action, there will be something for everyone.”

Paralympic stars from all over the world are expected to compete on Sunday 26th July at the Stadium and the London Aquatics Centre, with many London 2012 Paralympic champions returning to the place where they won gold. The events will be part of National Paralympic Day, a celebration of the Paralympic movement and an opportunity for people in the UK to come together to relive the wonder of London 2012, and will also include the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “I am excited to announce that National Paralympic Day will be returning this year with elite sports competitions in both Swimming and Athletics, as well as lots of fun, family-friendly activity on the Park.

“Over 50,000 people have taken up the chance to come to the Park to be part National Paralympic Day over the past two years and relive the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympics. This year, tickets will be available to see an outstanding selection of world-class sport and fans will get to see our amazing athletes in action once more.”

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Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah returned to the former Olympic Stadium to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah returned to the former Olympic Stadium to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Sainsbury’s supplier story: Charlie and the perfect steak (video)

LONDON, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — At Sainsbury’s we strive to build close relationships with farmers in our supply chain like Charlie, who are dedicated to working with us to produce some of the best tasting products.

Charlie joined us four years ago on our quest to find the perfect steak. Using the most efficient farming methods, Charlie has undertaken several farm trials to test our thinking and further our findings.

We’ve supported Charlie by providing him with improved farm technologies which have allowed him to record input and performance data accurately and easily. We’ve also employed specialist nutritionists and vets to ensure the data is interpreted correctly and that the cattle perform to their optimum potential.

We strongly value the farmers in our supply chain and the efforts they go to daily to ensure we have a consistent supply of cattle.

This is a short video to bring to life the work we’ve been doing with Charlie over the last couple of years to produce the best tasting steak for our customers.

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