Sainsbury’s: I’m a Celebrity and X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden fulfilled his dream of becoming James Bond for the day as part of The Golden Nose competition

LONDON,  2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — I’m a Celebrity and X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden fulfilled his dream of becoming James Bond for the day – with a comedy twist. Jake recreated the iconic character to celebrate the 12 Golden Noses hidden in surprise bags across the UK, nine of which are hidden at Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and online.

Getting into the sharp-suited character and posing with a classic car, Quickenden made sure to don one of the prize-winning Golden Noses, which are hidden in Red Nose Day surprise bags this year. Shoppers lucky enough to find one of the Golden Noses will enjoy an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Jake took part to encourage the public to head to a Sainsbury’s store and pick up a Red Nose – you never know, within that bag there could be one of the exciting Golden Noses.

Any person who finds a Golden Nose and claims before March 11 2015 will be offered a VIP London experience.

Jake commented: “It was fun getting into character as the nation’s most famous spy – who doesn’t want to step into James Bond’s famous shoes for the day, especially when it’s for a great cause like Red Nose Day? I was lucky enough to be the first in the UK to show off the limited edition Golden Noses that are available this year. What’s more, if you find one, you’ll win an amazing prize, as well as raise money for a worthy campaign.”

With 60p from each £1 nose going to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people here in the UK and across Africa, Sainsbury’s is encouraging everyone to show their support for Comic Relief by picking up one of the official Red Noses or Red Nose Day merchandise at their nearest store or online.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson commented: “We’re really happy that Jake took part in our Red Nose Day campaign this year to help us raise awareness of the nine limited edition Golden Noses hiding away in our Red Nose surprise bags that shoppers can pick up in-store or online.

“We’ve been a supporter of Comic Relief since 1999 and in 2013 we raised a huge £11.5m; but we’re hoping that this time we can make an even bigger difference to those in need, both here in the UK and across Africa.”

Notes to Editors

The Golden Nose competition

Eleven of the Golden Noses will be randomly seeded as follows across participating approved retailers Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and the Red Nose Day Online Shop: 9 across Sainsbury’s Stores and Sainsbury’s online; 1 in Red Nose Day Online Shop; and 1 in Oxfam stores. The 12th Golden Nose can only be won through the Schools Deposit Scheme. If you don’t find a Golden Nose you can always head to for another chance to win a Golden Nose Experience.

This Red Nose Day, thanks to our very generous friends and supporters you could become the most special of all Comic Relief’s guests, spend time at Dermot’s Day of Dance, meet celebrities, see your name in lights at the BT Tower and enjoy the full blown celebrity treatment at the London Palladium for the greatest night of entertainment Comic Relief have ever put on.  Or you can be a VIP guest at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, go backstage, meet the cast and more.

About the Red Nose Day campaign at Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s is the official retailer of Red Noses and Red Nose Day merchandise – bag your £1 Nose with at least 60p going to Comic Relief to help people living really tough lives in the UK and across Africa.


Sainsbury’s: I’m a Celebrity and X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden fulfilled his dream of becoming James Bond for the day as part of The Golden Nose competition

Sainsbury’s: I’m a Celebrity and X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden fulfilled his dream of becoming James Bond for the day as part of The Golden Nose competition

Sainsbury’s tests a new digital pricing display to cut the use of paper and automatically update prices

LONDON,  2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is trialling a new digital pricing display to cut the use of paper and automatically update prices.

Jon Rudoe, the Director of Digital and Technology at Sainsbury’s, said: “A key part of our strategy is to make sure we’re looking at new technology on behalf of our colleagues to make their lives easier.

“So this trial will give us useful feedback about quicker, efficient digital pricing information and how much time and paper we’ll save in the process.”

The trial has started at Shoreditch Old Street Local and will give teams at Sainsbury’s some useful insight before deciding whether to introduce it to other stores.

The units will be programmed by trained colleagues who assign the label to a product. Prices and offers are then updated automatically using pricing data from central systems. The units use secure, encrypted software and are designed to resist cold temperatures in fridges and freezers.



Sainsbury’s tests a new digital pricing display to cut the use of paper and automatically update prices

Sainsbury’s tests a new digital pricing display to cut the use of paper and automatically update prices

Sigma Pharmaceuticals: Guardian Pharmacy wins 2014 Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Award for Pharmacy

Victoria, Australia, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Guardian Pharmacy has achieved a rare three-peat, taking out the prestigious 2014 Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Award for Pharmacy.

Since these awards were introduced, Guardian has led the way, being the first pharmacy brand to take out the award in three consecutive years, having also won in 2012 and 2013.

Mr Gary Dunne, Sigma Chief Operating Officer commented, “Sigma and our Guardian members have put significant effort into ensuring we consistently deliver the health programs, products and services our customers want, and that we take the time to care and interact with customers and help provide healthcare solutions. This has again resulted in Guardian scoring consistently high in customer satisfaction ratings across the year”.

The award adds to the number of customer satisfaction awards Guardian has won, including the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Awards for 2012 and 2013.

Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, commented “Since their inception four years ago, the Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Awards have earned a reputation as the most accurate and reliable measure of customer satisfaction in the country. By aggregating 12 months’ worth of responses to our Consumer Single Source and Business Single Source surveys, Roy Morgan is able to identify and celebrate those businesses — large and small — that have outperformed their competitors in Customer Satisfaction.”

“Congratulations to this year’s winners, whose continued commitment to satisfying their customers is setting industry standards and being recognised not only by consumers but by businesses around Australia.”

The Guardian brand is part of Sigma Pharmaceuticals, owner of Australia’s largest pharmacy led network.

Mr Dunne concluded, “Sigma aims to continue to be Australia’s partner of choice for health, beauty and wellbeing. The fact that Sigma’s pharmacy brands in Amcal and Guardian have dominated these awards, collectively winning the last four awards, signals we are on the right path to delivering what customers want.”


For more information please contact:
Gary Woodford
Manager Corporate Affairs
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited
Mob: 0417 399 204

CarMax, Inc. opens its first location in the Cleveland area and donates $100,000 to local nonprofits

Announces $100,000 in charitable donations to Cleveland area nonprofits

RICHMOND, Va., 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the opening of its first location in the Cleveland area, which is the company’s fifth store in Ohio. CarMax’s Cleveland store is now open at 4900 Pointe Parkway. The store will stock more than 300 used vehicles of nearly every make and model.

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will invest approximately $85,000 into building a community playground in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids. Details of the location and community partner for the playground will be announced in coming months. One of 30 playgrounds The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! are building nationwide as part of a larger $4.1 million national partnership, this playground will help give children in and around the Cleveland area the joyful, play-filled childhood they deserve.

“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is fundamental to who we are as a company,” said Tom Folliard, president and CEO of CarMax. “The charitable donations that we announced today are just the beginning of our investment in the Cleveland area community. We are thrilled to open our new Cleveland store and welcome everyone to come and visit.”

The CarMax Foundation also announced a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. This grant came at the recommendation of local CarMax associates. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $20 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

“We are excited to open our doors and show the Cleveland area what we have to offer,” said Matt Sullivan, location general manager of the CarMax Cleveland East store. “I am positive that our customers will be amazed by the large selection of vehicles available at the new CarMax Cleveland store.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. We spend an average of 12 hours putting each vehicle through a rigorous inspection and reconditioning process to meet our standards. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Limited 30-Day Warranty. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at, with prices clearly listed for each of our more than 35,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours. Shopping at CarMax is truly the way car buying should be.

CarMax is sharing photos and videos from today’s event on the company Facebook page and through Twitter.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 144 superstores in 73 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contacts

Casey Werderman, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4773 Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook:

Wegmans Food Markets to begin recruitment for full-time positions for its newest Massachusetts location scheduled to open in fall 2015

WESTWOOD, MA, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today announced it will begin recruitment for full-time positions for its newest Massachusetts location on University Ave near I95 in Westwood, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015. The company’s fourth location in the state will employ approximately 550 people, most of whom will be hired locally. Of these, at least 190 full-time positions will be filled starting now, while part-time hiring will be announced in the summer. Available full-time positions include everything from entry-level management positions to culinary professionals.

Full-time applicants may apply online at or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are not available or accepted at the construction site. Wegmans will also host several open interview sessions; interested applicants can find more information by going to

“We begin our recruitment process months in advance of the store opening, and we bring our new hires on board immediately, because we provide some of the most in-depth product, customer service and culinary education in the business,” said Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans Human Resources Manager for New England. “In addition to extensive training, we offer competitive pay and benefits, flexible scheduling, and opportunities to grow and advance.”

Once the Westwood store opens, Wegmans will have created more than 2,000 jobs in Massachusetts, since opening its first Massachusetts location in Northborough in 2011. Wegmans is known for its incredible customer service and restaurant-quality prepared foods. The Westwood Wegmans is a 122,000 square-foot supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating and a complete wine and beer shop. The company continues to look for additional sites in New England.

“We encourage interested applicants to contact us now, because we are ready to hire full-time employees immediately to prepare for the grand opening this fall,” said Westwood Store Manager Dave Orlovsky. “As someone who has been with Wegmans for 25 years, I can personally verify this is a great place to build a career, and I look forward to meeting the applicants who will potentially join the Wegmans Westwood family.”


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

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627
Sophie Hamersley, RF|Binder for Wegmans, 781-559-0442

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the accomplishments of Ravitz Family Markets for its participation in its Food Recovery Challenge program

Keasbey, NJ, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the accomplishments of Ravitz Family Markets for its participation in its Food Recovery Challenge program, reducing climate footprint, improving efficiency, helping communities and achieving cost savings through waste reduction. A member of the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative and led by a family of second and third generation grocers, Ravitz Family Markets owns and operates five ShopRite stores in southern New Jersey.

“In 2013, EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge participants diverted more than 370,000 tons of wasted food from entering landfills or incinerators. Of this total, more than 36,000 tons of food was donated to feed people in need, which equates to nearly 56 million meals,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “I commend the efforts of our award winners and encourage others to follow their lead by joining the Food Recovery Challenge. These leaders demonstrate that protecting the environment, saving money and feeding the hungry can go hand in hand.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that wasted food costs America more than $165 billion annually and that the average family of four throws away $1,600 of food each year. The Food Recovery Challenge participants and endorsers, through innovation and hard work, have greatly reduced wasted food. Food pantries, food rescue programs, local food banks, soup kitchens and shelters are benefitting from donations of wholesome and nutritious food — helping feed people, not landfills.

Food Recovery Challenge participants include groups such as grocers, educational institutions, sports and entertainment venues, and hospitality businesses. Participants are not only benefitting their bottom line, they are reducing hunger through innovative community partnerships.

For more information about the Food Recovery Challenge, visit:

For more information about the WasteWise Program, visit:

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

Meijer donates $10,000 to the Great Start Parent Coalition’s Diaper Drive matching their donation of the same amount from the previous year

Renewed partnership has significant impact on the community.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer recently announced a $10,000 contribution to the Great Start Parent Coalition’s Diaper Drive, matching their donation of the same amount from the previous year and furthering the partnership between the two organizations. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s previous donation allowed the Coalition to purchase more than 60,000 diapers for families in need in Kent County, an impact felt by thousands throughout the community who struggle to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. The Parent Coalition is excited to be able to facilitate this process again.

The Great Start Parent Coalition, a group of parents and caregivers for young children, works to support the voices of children in the community, preparing them for success in school and life. The ongoing Diaper Drive is an integral part of this work. With one in four babies in Kent County born into poverty, many families are unable to afford dry diapers, resulting in numerous physical and emotional consequences for the children and their parents. Five years ago, the Parent Coalition started the Diaper Drive as a way for parents to help other parents. Since then, they have helped provide nearly 500,000 diapers to over 19 agencies that distribute diapers to families throughout Kent County.

The invaluable partnership between Meijer and the Parent Coalition has deeply strengthened the impact of the Diaper Drive throughout the community. Thanks to their most recent donation, many diapers have already been purchased and were delivered just in time for the 2014 holiday season. The Parent Coalition spent the first third of the $10,000 in December 2014 and was able to provide over 20,000 diapers to various diaper banks in the community including Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids, Alpha Women’s Center of Lowell, Diaper Depot, God’s Kitchen, HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid, North Kent Community Services, South Grandville Christian Reformed Church, and Streams of Hope.

This effort has been met with much excitement and gratitude, as individuals and organizations from all corners of the county feel the impact.

“The single moms and families that seek services at the Pregnancy Resource Center are so grateful for the diapers made available through this grant. The PRC would not be able to meet the community need without the support of Meijer and Great Start,” said Deb Bierens, family support services manager at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Grand Rapids.

Alpha Women’s Center of Lowell Executive Director Christa Wetzel reflected a similar sentiment: “I cannot express words to show the depth of the gratitude that the Alpha Women’s Center of Lowell feels towards Meijer’s donation of diapers to our center. Diapers are such a burden for our families and it is such a privilege to help assist them with this need. It is donations like this that make it possible for us to assist the families in our community.”

The retailer’s generosity is felt throughout the Grand Rapids area, and the Great Start Parent Coalition is one of many who wish to express their gratitude. Only through partnerships with community organizations, churches, individuals, and businesses like Meijer who are invested in the community and committed to the health and happiness of all of its citizens is the Diaper Drive able to reach so many babies and families throughout the county.

While the Diaper Drive has seen much success over the last five years, there is still much work to be done, as families’ inability to afford clean diapers remains a critical issue. Please visit for ideas on how an individual or organization may become involved in the Diaper Drive efforts, through diaper donations and collections, monetary gifts, or even raising awareness. Together, we can combat the diaper gap in our community, helping families in need keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy – an early and integral step in creating equal opportunities for success for every child in Kent County.

About the Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County
A partner to the Great Start Collaborative and First Steps of Kent County, the Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parents and caregivers dedicated to informing, shaping, and supporting the early childhood work in their community. The Coalition provides training in leadership and advocacy skills to build public support for early childhood investment and a stronger voice for the children in their community, preparing them for success in school and life.  The Diaper Drive is the Parent Coalition’s ongoing effort to collect and distribute diapers to families in need in Kent County.  More information on the Great Start Parent Coalition and their Diaper Drive can be found online at, and on Facebook ( and Twitter (@GreatStartKent).

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968,

X5 Retail Group’s proximity store chain Pyaterochka and RPM Group sign social cooperation agreement

Kaluga, Russia, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), and RPM Group (‘RPM’), part of Russian Railways, announced today a joint cross-industry initiative between Pyaterochka, the Company’s proximity store chain and RPM’s plant in Kaluga, in the form of a social cooperation agreement (the ‘Agreement’). The agreement was signed today by the CEO of Pyaterochka, Olga Naumova and the CEO of RPM, Konstantin Danilov, in the presence of Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of the Kaluga region and X5’s CFO Elena Milinova.

As part of the Agreement, in 2015 Pyaterochka will establish training centers at ten RPM plants across Russia to retrain staff facing redundancy and provide full-time employment opportunities with one of Russia’s leading food retailers. The joint project enjoys support from the Russian Trade Union of Railway Workers and Transport Builders.

After the agreement was signed, the first training center at RPM’s plant in Kaluga was formally opened while another training center was opened on the same day at RPM’s plant in Perm.

Russian Railways is one of the world’s leading railway operators, whose consistent efforts in technology innovation and operational excellence boost overall performance, ultimately leading to a release of staff resources. X5 Retail Group is one of Russia’s largest employers with approximately 120,000 employees. With the rapid expansion of Pyaterochka’s footprint across Russia, opening and reconstruction of Perekrestok and Karusel stores, X5 Retail Group added almost 15,000 new jobs last year, generating strong demand for a skilled retail workforce.

Pyaterochka’s RPM-based training centers will train up to 3,000 retail professionals, including store directors, assistant store directors, stock managers, supervisors, distribution center operators, operations engineers, and HSE engineers, every year. The centers will be able to enroll staff released by both RPM and non-Russian Railways companies.

Currently, there are 74 Pyaterochka proximity stores and three Perekrestok supermarkets in the Kaluga region. This year, the Company is going to open up new stores and upgrade those in operation. X5 Retail Group launched its first Pyaterochka in the Kaluga region back in 2007.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Moody’s – “B2”, S&P – “B+”) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

At 31 December 2014, X5 had 5,483 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,789 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 403 Perekrestok supermarkets, 82 Karusel hypermarkets and 209 Express stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,438 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2013, revenue totaled RUB 534,560 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 38,350 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 10,984 mln. In 9M 2014, revenue totaled RUB 452,285 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 32,365 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 9,869 mln.

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.04%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.63%.

Lawson, Inc. announces organizational and personnel changes effective March 1, 2015

TOKYO, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lawson, Inc. (Head Office: Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo; President and CEO, Representative Director: Genichi Tamatsuka) has announced the following organizational and personnel changes effective March 1, 2015.

Organizational changes
We made this organizational changes to further strengthen focus on our stores and on each area strategy. Increasing the number of branches will enable us to respond to market needs in a speedy, efficient manner. We will further strive to listen and take in the innovative ideas arising from the front-line business and reflect them in our business initiatives.

Lawson introduced Branch Office Organizational System with seven Offices in 2003, and opened 76 Branches in 2011. With this area-focused, region-based organization, we have tried to meet the customer needs of each community. We will build on this Branch Office Organizational System and will expand the number of Branches from 75 to 92 in order to strengthen the area management strategy. The changes are made to better support our franchisees to improve their store management and operation, and ensure timely execution of business strategy.

The organizational changes will be made as follows:

  • 1) Changes in the Business Divisions and Operation Divisions
  • Reorganization of Store Operations Department
    We will reorganize the Store Operations Department from 8 to 12 departments to strengthen our store operations management.
  • Establishment of Franchisee Operation Support Division and Area Support Department
    To consolidate several supporting functions of different departments to a single organization, we will establish Franchisee Operation Support Division in our Headquarters and Area Support Departments in 8 regions. They will undertake functions such as managing energy-savings project and plan investment on existing stores in order to strengthen support to the franchisees.
  • Establishment of Sales Strategy and Marketing Division
    Sales Strategy and Marketing Division will be newly established and will work as a liaison between Store Operations Division and Merchandising Division. This organization will be responsible for creating sales strategy and implementing marketing plan and will focus to ensure better communication between franchisees and headquarters.
  • Reorganization of Branches
    We will increase the number of branches from 75 to 92 in order to better support our franchisees through deeper engagement and more intensive communications in each area.
  • 2) Changes in the Corporate Divisions of the Headquarters
  • We will change the organizational name of “Office” to “Division.” Corporate Management Office will be Finance & Accounting Division, Human Resources Office will be Human Resources Division, and Franchisee Support Office will be Franchisee Business Support Division.


Personnel changes

(Effective as of March 1, 2015)

[Board Member]
Masakatsu Gonai
New Position : Member of the Board ―Compliance & Risk Management and Human Resources,
Executive Vice President,
Division Director of Franchisee Business Support Division
Current Position : Member of the Board ―Compliance & Risk Management and Human Resources,
Executive Vice President


[Senior Vice Presidents]
Shuichi Imagawa
New Position : Senior Vice President,
Division Director of Sales Strategy and Marketing Division
Current Position : Senior Vice President,
Region Director of Kanto South Lawson Office
Takaki Mizuno
New Position : Senior Vice President,
Executive Assistant to CEO
Current Position : Senior Vice President,
Region Director of Kinki Lawson Office
Hisashi Yasuhira
New Position : Senior Vice President,
Executive Assistant to CEO,
Deputy Division Director of Sales Strategy and Marketing Division
Current Position : Senior Vice President,
Neighborhood Project Leader
Hajime Kawamura
New Position : Senior Vice President,
Deputy Division Director of Franchisee Business Support Division
Current Position : Senior Vice President,
Division Director of Quality Control Office
Yasuhiko Hirokane
New Position : Senior Vice President,
Division Director of Store Operations Division
and Division Director of Management Owner Promotion Division
Current Position : Senior Vice President,
Deputy Division Director of Store Operations Division
and Division Director of Management Owner Promotion Division


Best Buy expands its e-commerce and mobile development capabilities by opening a technology development center in Seattle

SEATTLE, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy, the world’s leading consumer electronics retailer, will accelerate and fuel its rapidly expanding e-commerce and mobile development capabilities by opening a technology development center in Seattle.

The development center will open in late spring 2015 in the booming, tech-centric South Lake Union area of Seattle and will focus on mobile development, private cloud and omnichannel-application development. It will employ more than 50 engineers, product managers, web architects and developers in the next year and is expected to expand to more than 100 e-commerce professionals over time.

The development center will be located on the top floor of The Seattle Times headquarters building and will play an important role in the growth of Best Buy – with particular focus on how digital technology will drive a comprehensive customer experience and growth in all channels. With more than 1,400 stores in the United States and an e-commerce site that has seen rapid expansion for more than three consecutive years, Best Buy has the ability to turn ideas into reality, do it quickly and do it at scale.

“Establishing this development office is significant for,” said Mary Lou Kelley, President, E-commerce for Best Buy. “The work done in this office will lead the transformation of the omnichannel experience for our customers. We intend for our colleagues in this office to drive breakthrough innovation at incredible scale – for the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer.”

The work in Seattle will supplement the work of the e-commerce and enterprise IT teams in Minneapolis. The Seattle development center will focus on talented individuals with backgrounds and skills to drive transformational innovation. Recruiting for the new positions is in progress. Best Buy currently has more than 150 full-time e-commerce engineers and product managers in Minnesota, as well as several hundred contract employees.

An initial group of about 30 job listings for the Seattle office will be posted Wednesday at’s e-commerce experience has undergone a major transformation over the past two years. It is focused on leading-edge development technologies, leveraging cloud technologies and practices to support increased scale and the rapid growth of e-commerce traffic from mobile devices. In addition, the e-commerce team successfully deployed an OpenStack cloud internally last year.

Best Buy has received a sizeable award of $200,000 for the development center from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s strategic reserve fund.

“Best Buy is an exciting addition to Washington state’s powerful community of e-commerce and mobile technology innovators here in the Cloud Capital of the World,” Inslee said. “We’re proud to have this dynamic, leading-edge company bringing great jobs and drawing on the talents of our outstanding tech workforce, which numbers more than 176,000, including some of the best cloud-application developers anywhere.”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray applauded the move.

“Best Buy chose Seattle because we have the talent and the business environment that will help the company prosper,” Murray said. “The continued growth of e-commerce is a huge boost to our local economy and puts the city at the hub of the new global economy.”

The 32,000-square-foot office is being subleased from The Seattle Times.

About Best Buy
Best Buy Co., Inc. is the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer, offering advice, service and convenience – at competitive prices – to the consumers who visit its websites and stores more than 1.5 billion times each year. In the United States, more than 70 percent of Americans are within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store. Additionally, the company operates businesses in Canada and Mexico. Altogether, Best Buy employs more than 130,000 people and earns annual revenues of more than $40 billion.

Forward-Looking a Cautionary Statements:

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that reflect management’s current views and estimates regarding future market conditions, company performance and financial results, business prospects, new strategies, the competitive environment and other events. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “assume,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “guidance,” “plan,” “outlook,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include: uncertainties regarding the expected benefits from the center; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the registrant’s periodic reports (whether under the caption Risk Factors or Forward-Looking Statements or elsewhere). Best Buy assumes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, except as otherwise required by law.

Harris Teeter to present two local schools each with $500 check to support its commitment to educational programs

Store Manager to Present Check to Schools

Date:          Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Time:         10:30 a.m.
Location:   Steele Croft Harris Teeter
13000 South Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28278

Live shots are welcomed!

Charlotte, NC, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Harris Teeter Store Director Charley Toothman will present two local schools each with a $500 check to support its commitment to educational programs.  The organizations receiving the donations are Olympic High METS – PTO and Lake Wylie Elementary.  This donation is made possible by the North Carolina Education Lottery and is in addition to the dollars a school receives from Harris Teeter through its active participation in the company’s Together in Education program.

Harris Teeter Together in Education, similar to the North Carolina Education Lottery, raises money for education initiatives to boost returns for education throughout North Carolina.  The North Carolina Education Lottery provides incentive payments to retailers who sell winning tickets in the Powerball game. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards back to local schools.  This most recent $1,000 incentive award comes from a winning Powerball ticket which was sold at the Steele Croft store in December.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Danna Jones, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“We are always excited by this opportunity as it allows us to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to one of our Together in Education partners,” added Jones.

Harris Teeter rolled out lottery ticket sales in its North Carolina stores starting in fall 2010 after successful implementation at five initial locations.  In addition to the funds raised for education, the new technology provided by the North Carolina Education Lottery machines led the company to move forward and make the service available to its shoppers.  The machines will not accept money or dispense tickets until the buyer scans a driver’s license or state-issued identification card to verify appropriate age to purchase a lottery ticket.

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