Harris Teeter to welcome shoppers to its Pine Ridge Plaza location on May 13, 2015 to celebrate its grand opening

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

SALEM, NC, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Pine Ridge Plaza location on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

This location will replace the Reynolda Commons store located at 3508 Yadkinville Road, Winston Salem, NC, 27106. This location will close Tuesday, May 12 at approximately 5 p.m.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality perishables, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Your Pine Ridge Plaza Harris Teeter will be open daily from 6 a.m. – 1 a.m., and the Harris Teeter pharmacy will be open seven days per week, as well.

Fast Facts

Store Address Pine Ridge Plaza
2835 Reynolda Road
Winston Salem, NC 27106
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Pharmacy Hours 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.
Square Footage 53,000
Check-Out Lanes Eight checkouts and four express checkouts

Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements •  Fresh Fruit Bar •  Produce Party Trays • Gift Basket Program • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • Salad Bar • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods To Go  • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Hot Asian Bar • Sub Shop and Made-to-Order Sandwich Program • Artisan Breads • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Party Trays • Boar’s Head Meats & Cheeses • Slicing Meats & Cheeses • Home Meal Replacements • Starbucks • Organic, and Natural Foods • Expanded Hispanic, Asian, Gluten-free and Specialty Sections • Specialty International Foods • Wine and Beer • Bulk Candy and Organic Coffee • Peanut Butter Grinder • Pharmacy • Free Blood Pressure Testing • Private, Professional Consultations • Cosmetics • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • College Discount • Carryout Service • USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk • Sit-down eating area • ATM


Herb Winchester Jr. returns to the Gulf Coast area on May 3 to take the reins of DeCA’s Zone 1

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — After three and a half years as director of the Defense Commissary Agency’s East Area, Herb Winchester Jr. is returning to the Gulf Coast area May 3 to take the reins of DeCA’s Zone 1, a zone he managed in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina wreaked devastation.

“Herb’s done a great job leading DeCA’s top area in terms of sales, and he’s perfectly suited to fill our zone manager vacancy thanks not only to the depth and breadth of his commissary experience, but to his personal knowledge of a zone he guided through good times and incredibly challenging times,” said Keith Hagenbuch, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group. The Zone 1 manager position has been vacant since February when Michael Mertz retired. A new East Area director selection hasn’t been made.

Winchester was Zone 1 manager from 2002 to 2007, and received DeCA’s Blackwell Leadership Award for 2005 as the result of his actions leading the recovery of commissary operations from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As Zone 1 manager, Winchester oversees the operations and business processes of 10 commissaries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with combined annual sales of $211 million.

His expertise and knowledge of commissary operations and management have served the agency well as his career progressed through successive leadership positions in the United States and overseas. Key assignments include: deputy director, Performance and Policy, DeCA Headquarters; director, Leadership Development, DeCA Headquarters; deputy region director, DeCA Europe; zone manager, DeCA East Delta Gulf Zone; chief, DeCA Europe Product Support Division; and zone manager, DeCA Europe Zone 32, Germany.

Winchester has nearly 25 years’ experience in commissary operations, having begun his DeCA career in 1991 while still on active duty in the U.S. Army. He retired from military service in 1996 and started his civilian career in DeCA as deputy commissary officer of the Heidelberg Commissary, Germany.

Note: For more information about Herb Winchester, please access his bio.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announces the grand opening of new Nantucket Mid Island Stop & Shop on May 1

Bigger store offers expanded meat, seafood and produce, even a salad bar to better serve island customers

Quincy, MA, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is announcing the grand opening on May 1 at 6:00 am of the newly-built Mid Island Stop & Shop at 31 Sparks Avenue.

This new store footprint is 36,000 square feet and offers new full service meat, seafood and bakery departments and a larger selection of natural and organic products, including more fresh produce and Nature’s Promise items.

The new store will also feature a salad bar, long desired by Nantucket shoppers, as well as a Nantucket Coffee Roasters coffee bar.

“Stop & Shop wants to thank everyone on the island for their patience, ideas and dedication as we built this wonderful new store,” said store manager Ronald Foti. “We are thrilled to continue to offer the residents of Nantucket great product offerings and great customer service in a bright and modern new store.”

Construction continues outside the store. Paving of a new parking lot and landscaping will continue over the next several weeks. When completed, there will be 182 spaces available (171 on site and 11 spaces on Pleasant Street).

The current Mid Island store closes for good at 6pm on Thursday, April 30th. Some products from the existing store will be donated to Nantucket Food Pantry.

While the store officially opens to the public at 6:00 am, throughout the weekend, from 11 am to 3 pm, there will be opportunities to sample Stop & Shop Simply Enjoy and Nature’s Promise foods. Roving waiters will offer shoppers food samples in the aisles.

Store Hours

The new Nantucket Stop & Shop, located at 31 Sparks Avenue, regular store hours are 6 a.m. – midnight, Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

For additional store details, information about in-store offerings and savings or Stop & Shop’s community partnerships, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 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 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.

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756

Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood

New location includes a wood-fired grill, ramen station and Red Star diner

CHICAGO, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM) opens its doors in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Wednesday, April 29 at 9 a.m. At over 54,000 square-feet, the store at 6009 N. Broadway is the fourth of seven Whole Foods Markets slated to open in the Chicagoland area during 2015, and the 23rd location in Chicagoland.

“We are thrilled to open a store in one of Chicago’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods,” says Macro Leon, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Edgewater. “We’re so pleased to provide an everyday grocery solution for this neighborhood while also offering the culinary treasures shoppers have come to expect from Whole Foods Market.”

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

• Wood-fired grill – featuring citrus achiote, Peruvian, and chermoula chicken, carne asada, cilantro citrus marinated tilapia, and spicy garlic portabella mushrooms
• Ramen station – featuring barbeque flavors
• House-made naan and pita bread station
• Stir fry station featuring Pan Asian flavor profiles
• Cut to order pasta station with fresh specialty cheeses
• Red Star diner – with 24 beers on tap, including Evil Twin Brewing’s Mission Gose, Stone Brewing Company’s Russian Imperial Stout, Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County Proprietors and Vanilla Rye, and Begyle Brewing’s Whole Foods Market exclusive, Edgewater American Pale Ale
• Broadway & Norwood Café area – featuring pasta and grilled cheese dishes along with a wide selection of wines by the glass
• In-house smoked cheese, a first in the Midwest region for Whole Foods Market

This location also includes a scratch bakery; in-house smoked meat and seafood; gelato, and over 900 beer offerings.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Edgewater neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

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

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

• Prepared Foods: The Prepared Foods Department’s grab-and-go meals and diverse food venues are all made with high quality natural and organic ingredients.
• Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
• Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.

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

“At Whole Foods Market, we are committed to serving communities holistically, working with local organizations long before opening day, and building meaningful long-term relationships,” adds Leon.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in the Edgewater, will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where one percent of each day’s net sales will be donated to a Chicago-based organization including The Peterson Garden Project, The Jackalope Theatre, Friends of Senn High School, Felines and Canines, and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles.

Another way Whole Foods Market supports the community is with the One Dime at a Time program. The program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping. At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Edgewater’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Friends of Swift Specialty School.


Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood

Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

PLANO, Texas, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beauty enthusiasts in markets across the country will soon have even more choices when shopping for makeup, skincare, fragrance and accessory products. Starting May 1, JCPenney will introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores, enabling the global beauty retailer to enter new and smaller markets, while expanding JCPenney’s reach as a premier destination for beauty. Since the exclusive partnership launched in 2006, more than 500 JCPenney stores now feature a full-service SEPHORA offering.

“SEPHORA is one of the most powerful and exciting beauty concepts in the world, and we want to leverage that reputation to drive the growth of SEPHORA inside JCPenney. SEPHORA is not only an important part of our center core strategy, but also a differentiator that helps set us apart from the competition,” said Ivy Spargo, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for SEPHORA inside JCPenney. “With the addition of these locations, we are providing clients with a unique and compelling in-store beauty experience, while generating a wealth of cross shopping appeal.”

Each SEPHORA inside JCPenney is located prominently within the center of the store and offers a unique open-sell environment encompassing 2,200 to 2,600 square feet. Customers are encouraged to touch, smell and sample products, as specially trained beauty consultants offer a completely non-biased approach when recommending brands.

In addition to the grand openings, six existing SEPHORA inside JCPenney shops will expand to meet the high customer demand for prestige cosmetics and beauty products. Expanded locations will represent an average of 3,000 total square feet of space dedicated to SEPHORA merchandise and SEPHORA Beauty Studio where clients receive complimentary mini-makeovers.

“Working with JCPenney has proven to be a valuable partnership that represents one of our largest growth initiatives in the U.S.,” said Satish Malhotra, executive vice president for SEPHORA inside JCPenney, Canada and Latin America. “With our one-of-a-kind beauty collaboration, we are able to reach more markets where SEPHORA does not exist and introduce prestige makeup, fragrance and skincare brands that may not be available in many of these cities.”

Below is the list of planned openings and expansions for 2015. For more information or for images of SEPHORA inside JCPenney, visit http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/posts/283/JCPENNEY-GROWS-ITS-SEPHORA-PRESENCE-WITH-25-NEW-LOCATIONS-AND-SIX-EXPANSIONS-

New SEPHORA inside JCPenney stores opening May 1:
• Nogales, Ariz. at Mariposa Mall
• Tucson, Ariz. at Tucson Mall
• Rogers, Ark. at Pinnacle Hills Promenade
• Merced, Calif. at Merced Mall
• Aurora, Colo. at Southlands Shopping Center
• Manchester, Conn. at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
• Miami, Fla.at Southland Mall
• Jensen Beach, Fla. at Treasure Coast Square
• Tampa, Fla. at Westshore Plaza
• Newnan, Ga. at Newnan Crossing
• Idaho Falls, Idaho at Grand Teton Mall
• Washington, Mo.
• Raleigh, N.C. at North Hills Shopping Center
• Greenville, N.C. at Greenville Mall
• Johnson City, N.Y. at Oakdale Mall
• Tulsa, Okla. at Tulsa Promenade
• Knoxville, Tenn. at West Town Mall
• Waco, Texas at Richland Mall
• Wichita Falls, Texas at Sikes Senter Mall
• South Jordan, Utah at The District
• Roanoke, Va. at Valley View Mall
• Vienna, W.Va. at Grand Central Mall
• Madison, Wis. at East Towne Mall

Expanded SEPHORA inside JCPenney locations debuting on May 1:
• West Covina, Calif. at Westfield West Covina
• Santa Ana, Calf. at Main Place Mall
• Orlando, Fla. at The Florida Mall
• Toms River, N.J. at Ocean County Mall
• Scranton, Pa. at Viewmont Mall
• Houston, Texas at The Shops at Stone Park

New SEPHORA inside JCPenney stores opening this summer:
• Parma, Ohio at Parmatown Mall

New SEPHORA inside JCPenney store opening this fall:
• Cedar Rapids, Iowa at Westdale Mall

JCPenney Media Relations
972-431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

About JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, occasions and budgets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com

About SEPHORA Americas
Bold, Boundless, addictive – SEPHORA. A revolutionary beauty retailer, SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its industry-shaking debut in 1970s Paris. SEPHORA was acquired by leading luxury group LVMH Moëau;t Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1997 and launched its innovative concept stateside in 1998, where its dynamic, open-sell atmosphere evolved by merging the freedom of experimentation and product discovery with the expertise of personal consultants. Today, stores are home to a curated assortment of 200 world-class brands – including classics, cult favorites, emerging collections and SEPHORA’s own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION – and feature more than 14,000 unique products across makeup, skincare, perfume, haircare, body, professional tools, and more. Powered by SEPHORA University, SEPHORA is the beauty education hub, offering customized consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes and one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, along with exclusive retail technology including SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ and Scentsa, resulting in the most expansive educational services in beauty retail. With over 1,780 locations in 29 countries – including 370 in North America and 517 SEPHORA inside JCPenney locations – SEPHORA is an international force in beauty. Adding to its global retail network, SEPHORA’s award-winning website, SEPHORA.com, and its every-growing presence on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, make it the world’s premier digital beauty destination. SEPHORA’s vibrant, interactive online community, Beauty Talk, amplifies the in-store experience by offering clients exclusive access to personalized beauty advice from SEPHORA’s PRO Artistry Team and provides a platform for open dialogue with beauty aficionados from around the world. For the latest in beauty, please visit SEPHORA.com.

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduces in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive innovation hub of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., is introducing in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services to provide homeowners a simple, fun experience designing and producing hard-to-find replacement parts and unique decor items for personal expression throughout their home.

Beginning today at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in Mountain View, California, or online at Osh.com, customers can customize the color, shape and material of products, including light switch plates, address plates, door handles and cabinet knobs. For the first time in a retail setting, customers can also scan certain items, such as out of production antique home accents, to create 3D models for printing.

“The home is very personal and 3D printing gives homeowners unprecedented access to build items that reflect their individuality,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “Until now, it’s been hard for the average consumer to benefit from this technology because of the cost and complexity, so we are bringing customers an approachable and affordable customization experience.”

Lowe’s Innovation Labs developed this project in partnership with Authentise, which provides secure distribution tools for 3D printing and helps companies execute 3D innovation through its subsidiary Authentise Services. “Our partnership with Authentise enabled us to rapidly develop 3D solutions in a way that is core to home improvement and positions Lowe’s at the forefront of the digital manufacturing revolution,” Nel said.

Items can be printed in-store in plastic, or ordered in materials ranging from metal to ceramic for shipment direct to the customer. A dedicated 3D print and design specialist will assist customers in the store throughout the process and facilitate the pickup of printed items.

“3D printing and scanning are changing the way we produce, deliver and interact with objects,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “We are delighted to have helped Lowe’s create a solution that makes these changes relevant to its customers, while building a scalable platform to support future demand.”

The partnership with Authentise is the second initiative developed as a result of Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ relationship with Singularity University and SU Labs, a program that connects corporate innovation teams with startups and other organizations to explore exponentially accelerating technologies and create new sustainable business solutions.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has 1,840 home improvement and hardware stores and more than 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware operates neighborhood hardware and garden stores focused on paint, repair and the backyard. Based in San Jose, California, Orchard was originally founded as a purchasing cooperative in 1931. Today, it operates 75 stores in California and three stores in Oregon. The stores average approximately 36,000 square feet of interior selling space and 8,000 square feet of exterior nursery and garden space. For more information, visit http://osh.com.

About Authentise
Authentise, Inc. is a 3D Printing software and services company based in Mountain View, California. Authentise provides secure delivery tools for 3D printing, protecting both intellectual property and print quality for dozens of 3D printing marketplaces and content owners. Its subsidiary, Authentise Services, Inc., helps the world’s largest companies design and build tangible and groundbreaking 3D tools and experiences that bring the digital manufacturing revolution to the heart of their business.

About SU Labs
SU Labs, a division of Singularity University, is an open innovation campus where large organizations, startups and field impact partners come to use rapidly accelerating technologies to create new sustainable business solutions and tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Singularity University is headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley and offers education programs and innovative partnerships to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand and use technology to positively impact billions of people around the world.

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:704-758-2917 PublicRelations@lowes.com

For customer inquiries:1-800-445-6937

H&M Conscious Foundation donates 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of Nepal earthquake

H&M Conscious Foundation has decided to donate 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of people have lost their lives in the recent earthquake in Nepal. It has caused extensive damage and collapsed buildings leaving many in need of shelter, food and water. Our thoughts go to the people affected.

Save the Children is working on site with the rescue work and is supporting the affected children and their families. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards shelter, child protection, education, water and hygiene. Health and nutrition will also be part of the support in the affected areas.

About the Conscious Foundation:
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. In case of natural disasters in regions where H&M operates, the H&M Conscious Foundation can provide emergency relief.


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All other enquiries
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Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
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Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

H&M on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes H&M for leading green power use and for reducing carbon footprint.

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M appears as No. 32 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users. H&M is using nearly 172 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

In addition to H&M’s spot on the National Top 100 list, H&M also appears as No. 5 on the Top 30 Retail list. This green power commitment also qualifies H&M for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must use ten times the Partnership’s minimum green power use requirement organization-wide.

“We congratulate H&M for using green power and taking a leadership position on the environment. H&M’s impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other organizations to follow, sayes James Critchfield, Director of the Green Power Partnership.”

According to the U.S. EPA, H&M’s green power use of nearly 172 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 16,000 average American homes annually.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership:
The Green Power Partnership
 is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500®companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities.


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Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard
+46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

John Lewis: Applications for more than 500 roles at John Lewis Birmingham shop open tomorrow; Recruitment for over 200 new roles in Milton Keynes underway

New roles created as the retailer invests in both bricks and clicks

  • Over 500 vacancies go live tomorrow in Birmingham, to join team of 150 specialist roles already being recruited
  • Recruitment is underway for over 200 new roles in Milton Keynes.

LONDON, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis is recruiting for roles to support its Bricks and Clicks strategy with new roles available in both its shops and distribution operations.

Applications for more than 500 roles at John Lewis’s new multi-million pound regional flagship Birmingham shop open tomorrow. This is in addition to the 150 specialist vacancies already being recruited for at the Birmingham shop and 200 new jobs being created at John Lewis’s national distribution centres in Magna Park, Milton Keynes, that will be recruited for over the next twelve months.

In Birmingham, the retailer is on the hunt for new Partners (staff) to fill a variety of positions from sales assistants to stock and catering roles. The successful applicants will join a team of 150 specialist roles across visual merchandising, business protection, admin and maintenance for which recruitment is already underway.

One of the largest John Lewis shops outside of London, it is the business’ first full-line shop to open in four years and represents a £35million investment by John Lewis in the city. Set to open in September, the 250,000 sq ft department store will be the anchor tenant of the new £150million Grand Central retail development.

The recruitment drive forms part of John Lewis’ ongoing commitment to Birmingham. To ensure that the roles created by the shop are accessible to local people, the business has been working alongside the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership (BGAP) for two years to develop a pre-employment training package targeted at engaging potential Partners from across the community.

Head of Branch at John Lewis Birmingham, Lisa Williams, said: ‘It’s really exciting to be starting this stage of the recruitment process tomorrow. I can’t wait to find the hundreds of residents from the city and surrounding areas who will be instrumental in John Lewis Birmingham’s development.

‘John Lewis gives Partners fantastic opportunities to progress and move up the career ladder. I joined the Partnership 26 years ago as a part time selling assistant when I was still at school and have been supported every step of the way to management level. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic people who are eager to work within a team and importantly, have a passion for retail.’

In Milton Keynes, the recruitment drive for over 200 jobs at John Lewis’s national distribution centres in Magna Park, began last week. Recruitment will be phased over the next twelve months, with a variety of full and part time warehouse assistant roles available. Responsibilities will include receiving and storing products, picking individual branch orders, loading goods onto trailers using mechanical handling equipment such as forklift trucks and ensuring the right products go to the right shops.

Terry Murphy, Director of National Distribution Centres at John Lewis, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to join our distribution teams in Milton Keynes. As customers shopping habits evolve so must our operational business model. Increasing our numbers will enable us to not only react and fulfill omnichannel shopping experiences, but to also provide a better service to our shops and customers.’

Both distribution centres ‘Magna Park 1 & 2’ occupy over 1.3 million sq ft and are adjoined by a 90 metre link bridge. They service all 43 John Lewis shops and a growing online business. Also recently announced was the opening of a third distribution centre in Milton Keynes next year, further supporting the growth of its omnichannel business.

Successful applicants will become a part of John Lewis’s unique Partnership structure, meaning they become Partners and are all co-owners of the business, as well as receiving a host of benefits, including an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, education and career development support.

All applicants for roles at John Lewis should log onto: www.jlpjobs.com to apply for available positions.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.


For further information please contact:

Lauren Scriberras
Senior Communications Officer, Online & Flagships, John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 798 3121
Email: lauren.sciberras@johnlewis.co.uk

Laura Askew
Communications Manager, Online & Flagships, John Lewis
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Walgreens Boots Alliance sponsors the USA Pavilion at the upcoming Expo Milano 2015 under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”

Deerfield, IL, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance will be a key sponsor of the USA Pavilion at the upcoming world’s fair in Milan, which will take place from 1 May to 31 October 2015. Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Expo Milano 2015 will look at how countries generate healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone in the decades to come, while respecting the planet and its environment.

The USA Pavilion will showcase American innovation in the food sector and across many other aspects of culture, science and business where the U.S. has significant expertise. The USA Pavilion, themed “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” is designed to showcase America’s role in the future of food around the world and create a global conversation about the challenge of feeding more than nine billion people nutritiously and sustainably by 2050.

Ambassador Douglas T. Hickey, Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 marked the announcement by saying, “The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 will show how feeding ourselves engages a massive infrastructure and dynamic systems that touch on just about every aspect of the world we live in. Each step from farm to table reflects a set of connections that impact our identities and shape our future, and we are pleased to partner with Walgreen Boots Alliance as a successful enterprise dedicated to improving people’s lives.”

As well as sponsoring the USA Pavilion, Walgreens Boots Alliance will have a space designated to Walgreens and Boots which will showcase the company’s retail, service and product offerings.

Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale & International Retail, who oversees the project, comments:  “Less than four months after the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, our sponsorship of the USA Pavilion is a unique opportunity to highlight our commitment to help people lead healthier and happier lives.  In addition, this major event will enable us to showcase the corporate brand of our new enterprise to international audiences and millions of visitors from across Europe, the Americas, Asia and rest of the world.”

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About Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015
The U.S. Department of State has selected the Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 as its private sector partner to work with the U.S. government to develop and implement an official American presence at the Expo. Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015.

Current partners include GE, NUSSLI, Brand USA, FCA US, CNH Industrial, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Uvet, Walgreens Boots Alliance, DHL, DuPont, Boeing, Brooks Brothers, illy, Bank of America, EMC, 3M, Research Frontiers, Dow, Uber, McKinsey & Company, FleishmanHillard, Geox, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, U.S. Sustainability Alliance, American Hardwood Export Council, Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, Food Export USA-Northeast, North American Export Grain Association, USA Poultry & Egg Commission, USA Rice Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council, U.S. Grains Council, and U.S. Soybean Export Council.

With the leadership of Commissioner General Doug Hickey and under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, the Friends organization is overseeing every aspect of the project in consultation with a team of experts across the science, business, technology, agriculture, sustainability, design and other fields. The pavilion’s management and programming is directed by President Dorothy Hamilton (founder and CEO of ICC), Chief Executive Officer Charlie Faas, and Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis (EVP of JBF). Under their supervision, the USA Pavilion was designed by Biber Architects and the exhibitions were designed by Thinc Design.

About Expo Milano 2015
Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from 1 May 2015 to 31 October 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo Milano 2015 will give attendees the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution network with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the world’s largest purchaser of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 28 February 2015 including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 28 February 2015 including equity method investments

The Starbucks Foundation donates $150,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief in Nepal

SEATTLE, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, which has affected more than eight million people. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by this tragic event.

While Starbucks does not have a business presence in Nepal, we have a responsibility to do our part to help. To assist with relief and rebuilding efforts, The Starbucks Foundation will donate $150,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief and we will monitor the long-term rebuilding in the country. In addition, our business partner in India, The Tata Group, is working closely with the Indian government to support humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal.

Many partners (employees) have asked how they can help. Partners in the U.S. can visit the American Red Cross websiteto make a contribution online. Partners outside the U.S. can contribute by visiting their local Red Cross website. Partners in the U.S. or Canada who contribute at least $20 to any 501(c) (3) organization in the U.S. or Registered Charity in Canada can visit the Starbucks Community Service website to submit a matching gift request through our Partner Match program.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Starbucks and Teavana present perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day

SEATTLE, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Mother’s Day, Starbucks and Teavana can help find the perfect gift for Mom. Surprise her with her favorite tea blend, a personalized coffee mug, or a teapot set.

Mother’s Day Starbucks Card

Invite Mom to a coffee date with a beautifully designed Mother’s Day Starbucks Card, starting at $5 in Starbucks® stores.

Create-Your-Own Mug and Tumblers

Starbucks Create-Your-Own travel tumblers are designed for adding photos or artwork. Use the dry-erase marker included to write notes or doodle on the outer sleeve or the tumbler. It’s available in black ($12.95) and stainless steel ($18.95). For those who enjoy their coffee at home, make a one-of-a-kind ceramic Create-Your-Own mug. The set comes with a dual-tip black-and-white glazing pen for writing a special message on the mug or expressing your creative side. Once the art is dry, bake the mug to make the words or artwork permanent ($14.95).

Starbucks Greeting Card/Gift Card Set

Starbucks makes gift giving even easier with a special Mother’s Day Starbucks Card loaded with $25. Available in participating stores and online, it comes with a matching complimentary greeting card.

Teavana Strawberry Blush Rosé Oolong Tea

Choose this perfect springtime tea for mom. The Teavana® Strawberry Blush Rosé Oolong Tea is known for its lush strawberry and soft rosé sparkle in perfect balance alongside vibrant notes of white grape ($12.98). Package it in a beautiful Pink Macaron Tin ($8.95) for an extra special touch.

Teavana Radiant Flower Gift Collection 

Give mom a gift that blossoms with flavor and beauty. Teavana’s exclusive Radiant Flower Gift Collection features Teavana’s Infuser Mug with a bright floral design ($49.95). The collection includes two decorative tea tins and two ounces of springtime teas: Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Tea and Strawberry Blush Rose Oolong Tea.

Teavana Energetic Outings Gift Set

Perfect for the mom who is on-the-go, this gift set features the Morgan Stainless Steel Tumbler and two invigorating flavors, Wild Orange Blossom and Youthberry®, stored in spring-themed Macaron Tea Tins ($66.81).

Teavana In Bloom Collection 

For the mom who loves white teas, consider the Teavana® In Bloom Collection. This gift features 3 ounces of blooming white teas, Flowering Pineapple and Lemon Marigold Blossom, both hand-tied in the Chinese tradition and packed in decorative tins. Enjoy the beautiful theater of unraveling blooming teas with a stunning glass Pagoda Teapot (32 ounces), included in this collection.

Teavana Oprah Chai Steep Good Thoughts Set 

If Mom is a fan of Oprah or just enjoys a cup of Chai, she’ll love the new Teavana® Oprah Chai Set. Co-created by Oprah Winfrey herself, this exquisite set features a specially designed ceramic tea-for-one stacking mug and teapot along with both the original Teavana® Oprah Chai blend and the new caffeine-free Teavana® Oprah Chai Herbal Blend ($89.95).

Limited-Edition Mother’s Day Premium Starbucks Card 

Treat Mom with the first ever metal and ceramic Starbucks Card. This Premium Starbucks Card makes an elegant gift with its laser-etched floral details and satin ceramic finish. It comes pre-loaded with $50 and is packaged in a beautiful gift box with matching design. This is available online only while supplies last ($200).

Find more ideas for memorable Mother’s Day gifts at StarbucksStore.com or Teavana.com

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Starbucks and Teavana present perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day

Starbucks and Teavana present perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day

Carrefour now with nearly 470 quality lines around the world

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2014, a number of countries sought to relaunch their Lines to reflect the work that France has been doing since 2011. China, Argentina and Poland have already finished – they have given impetus to their initiatives by setting up new lines with local producers. China, for example, has launched new grapefruit and orange lines.

Carrefour Taiwan and Carrefour Brazil are more invested than ever before in the initiative. Italy is going to be relaunching its lines in 2015.

To date, the group has nearly 470 Carrefour quality lines. Consumers in each country appreciate the close relationships that the retailer has with local farmers – relationships that serve as guarantees of trust.
Naturally, all of these initiatives highlight our Quality Lines, the purpose of which – since they were launched in 1992 – has always been to provide solutions to future concerns!


Carrefour now with nearly 470 quality lines around the world

Carrefour now with nearly 470 quality lines around the world

NACS announces the appointment of Allison Dean as meetings coordinator

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Allison Dean has joined NACS as meetings coordinator.  Dean will join the NACS meetings and conventions team and assist in the day-to-day operations of several NACS meetings throughout the year, including the NACS Show, one of the nation’s largest and most successful tradeshows.

Allison comes to NACS most recently from CORE Group, a public health non-profit organization where she worked on meeting planning, membership and office management.  Previously, Dean worked for Event Planning International Corporation (EPIC) as a registration associate. Dean was also active with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as a crew and volunteer coordinator.

Dean graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, with B.A. in media studies.


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.

NACS appoints Kym Selph as the exhibit & membership services coordinator

​ALEXANDRIA, VA,  2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kym Selph has joined NACS as the exhibit & membership services coordinator.  Selph will join the NACS supplier relations team and assist in the operations of several NACS meetings throughout the year, including the NACS Show, one of the nation’s largest and most successful tradeshows.

Selph comes to NACS most recently from the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) where she was assistant to the president as well as meetings manager.  She supported aspects of AWMA’s annual tradeshow including exhibitor services, signage and serving as a liaison between the executive management team, board of directors and association members.

Selph studied human resources management at Florida State College and communications at the University of Maryland, University College.


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.

Toys“R”Us® brings customers to a galaxy far, far away with a year-long celebration in honor of the epic Star Wars saga

The Star Wars Saga Begins in the U.S. with an In-Store Event, VIP Sweepstakes and Hundreds of Products for Fans and Collectors of All Ages

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® stores worldwide and Toysrus.com are set to bring customers to a galaxy far, far away with a year-long celebration in honor of the epic Star Wars saga. The adventure begins in the U.S. on Sunday, May 3, with Star Wars Day events taking place at all Toys“R”Us locations across the country, during which young Jedis and their families are invited to visit their local store dressed in their Star Wars best, receive giveaways and more.* Shoppers can also browse hundreds of products based on the blockbuster franchise, including items they can’t find anywhere else, at Toys“R”Us stores and Toysrus.com/StarWars.

“Since the debut of the Star Wars toy line nearly 40 years ago, Toys“R”Us has been a one-stop destination for generations of Star Wars enthusiasts looking to find the broadest assortment of playthings and collectibles based on the hit series,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “This year, and in the years to come, we are leveraging our global footprint and toy authority position to bring this hot property to fans around the world, providing them with best-in-class products and exclusives, epic in-store boutiques, special events, unique promotions and much more.”

Toys“R”Us, U.S. to Celebrate Star Wars Day in Style, Offer Exclusive VIP Shopping Trip Sweepstakes

On Sunday, May 3, all Toys“R”Us locations in the U.S. will celebrate Star Wars Day with one-of-a-kind in-store experiences. Fans of all ages who visit their local store from 12 noon – 2pm are invited to dress as their favorite Star Wars character, take a picture with Geoffrey the Giraffe and experience a special LEGO® Star Wars build and giveaway, while supplies last.*

Event attendees can also enter to win a $1,000 Toys“R”Us gift card and a trip for four to Toys“R”Us Times Square in New York City for a private Star Wars shopping experience this fall. More information about the Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree and entry rules surrounding the sweepstakes are available at Toysrus.com/VIPsweeps.

The Force is Strong In-Store and Online

Whether searching for a collectible Luke Skywalker action figure, a must-have Death Star construction set or the latest Darth Vader role play item, Toys“R”Us is a one-stop shop for hundreds of playthings based on classic Star Warscharacters, scenes, vehicles and more. Throughout 2015, customers will find fantastic promotions and discounts on these fan-favorite items in-store and online, starting with an out-of-this-world Buy One Get One 40% OFF ALL Star Wars merchandise offer, valid from Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9 at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com.**

Additionally, gamers can gear up for adventure by preordering Star Wars Battlefront™, the ultimate Star Wars video game experience, at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. Developed by DICE – creators of the award-winning Battlefield series – the game will be available November 17, 2015 and will allow players to immerse themselves in the epic Star Wars battles they’ve always dreamed of and create new heroic moments of their own.

To provide customers with an immersive, digital destination for all things Star Wars, the company has created an online Star Wars hub at Toysrus.com/DestinationStarWars, which will showcase video content, event information and more in the coming months.

In preparation for the debut of the new 2015 film, Star Wars aficionados can add to their collections and shop the following Star Wars Saga products, available now exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/StarWars:

LEGO® Star Wars™ Battle Droid Troop Carrier from the LEGO Group

Bring in reinforcements at the Battle of Naboo with the LEGO® Star Wars™ Battle Droid Troop Carrier. Star Warsenthusiasts can help the Pilot Battle Droids unload the racks of Battle Droids and detachable blaster racks before the Gungan Warrior has time to take aim and fire. As featured in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, this detailed transporter also features a detachable driver compartment that can be attached at either end, as well as hidden wheels to help it glide across the floor. The set includes a Gungan Warrior minifigure with a weapon, plus 2 Pilot Battle Droids and 12 Battle Droids with weapons. No batteries required. Ages 8 to 14 years.

LEGO® Star Wars™ Coruscant Police Gunship from the LEGO Group.

Slide open the cockpit, jump in and get ready to transport the Clone Shock Troopers into the heat of battle with this 481-piece LEGO® Star Wars™ set. As featured in Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series, the Coruscant Police Gunship has sliding doors, folding wings and landing gear, 2 spring-loaded blasters and a rear weapon compartment containing 3 lightsabers and 2 blasters. Little builders can then deploy any of the 4 included minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka and 2 Shock Troopers. No batteries required. Ages 8 to 11 years.

Operation Star Wars™ Edition from Hasbro®

It’s the game that brings Star Wars to the operating room. Little surgeons will be challenged to find and remove some special Defective Droid parts that are giving C-3PO and R2-D2 trouble. Players will find a Pain in the Neck, a Bad Memory Module, a Hiccupping Hologram, a Cranky Crankshaft and more. They can also earn Galactic Credits for successfully extracting these pesky parts from Droid friends. Caution is required, as R2-D2 will whistle and beep if kids touch the metal sides. Hands will have to be steady to win in this intergalactic version of Operation. Requires 4 “AAA” batteries (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

Star Wars™R2-D2’s in Trouble® Star Wars™ Edition Game from Hasbro®

R2-D2 is stuck in a force field in this Star Wars™ version of the classic Trouble® game, and it’s up to Luke Skywalker and C-3PO to set him free. When players move their pawns all over the board, the Pop-O-Matic die roller even makes real R2-D2 sounds. The player who gets them all to the finish area first, wins! Requires 3 “AAA” batteries (demo batteries included). Ages 5 years and up.

To download the official Toys“R”Us “Destination: Star Wars” logo, please visit:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sfc41a3eeadd4eaf9

*Event intended for children, ages 5 and older. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last and will be distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks.
**Discounted item must be of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item purchased. Excludes nursery and apparel clearance items.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 869Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 725 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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X5 Retail Group to acquire 27 stores from Nash and Gurman retail chains in the Republics of Mari El and Chuvashia to open new Pyaterochka stores and Perekrestok supermarkets

Yoshkar-Ola, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the acquisition of 27 stores belonging to the Nash and Gurman retail chains in the Republics of Mari El and Chuvashia. X5 will use the purchased selling space to open new Pyaterochka stores and Perekrestok supermarkets.

Before the deal, the stores were managed by Universal LLC. 26 out of the 27 acquired facilities are located in the Republic of Mari El (Yoshkar-Ola, Volzhsky), and one store is based in the Rebublic of Chuvashia (Cheboksary). Six of the retail facilities are branded as Gurman, while the remaining ones make up the Nash chain.

The Perekrestok chain will integrate three stores (including the one in Cheboksary) and other stores will be rebranded as Pyaterochka. The integration of all the facilities is expected to be completed in 1H 2015. The acquired stores have an average selling space of 600–700 sq m and are all leased.

Those of the Nash and Gurman staff who would like to continue their jobs at the new Pyaterochka and Perekrestok stores will be offered employment after they complete supplementary training courses.

The newly acquired facilities will be refurbished in line with the new Pyaterochka and Perekrestok concepts. The chains will seek to expand their fresh product offering (fruits, vegetables, dairy, confectionery and bakery) and thereby provide additional opportunities for local suppliers to establish cooperation with the national retail chains. In terms of pricing, Pyaterochka and Perekrestok target all social groups, frequently offering attractive promotions and seasonal discounts.

In the Republic of Mari El, X5 currently runs a total of 34 Pyaterochka stores, 3 Perekrestok supermarkets, and one Karusel hypermarket. The nearby Chuvashia Republic has 54 Pyaterochka stores, 3 Perekrestok supermarkets, and 2 Karusel hypermarkets. The closest distribution centres are located in Dzerzhinsk and Kstovo (Nizhny Novgorod region).

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘B1’, S&P – ‘BB-’) 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 March 2015, X5 had 5,639 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 4,958 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 405 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 convenience stores. The Company operates 33 DCs and 1,407 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 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%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Rite Aid pharmacists are readily available to administer the whooping cough vaccine, Tdap as the number of pertussis cases increases

Washington State Department of Health Reports Spike in Whooping Cough Cases for 2015

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the number of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) cases increases, Rite Aid is encouraging Washington residents to get vaccinated against the disease if they haven’t already done so. Rite Aid pharmacists are readily available to administer the whooping cough vaccine, Tdap, at all 139 Washington locations. Last week, the Washington State Department of Health reported an increase in the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year 1. There have been 319 cases of whooping cough so far in 2015 – a 551 percent increase in number of cases from 2014.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adolescents 11 and above receive the Tdap vaccine. Cost varies based on the patient’s insurance coverage and the Tdap vaccines are covered by many insurance plans. Tdap vaccinations are available during pharmacy hours and no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Although young children typically receive the DTaP vaccine, a series of five shots which prevents diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends a Tdap dose between ages 11 and 12; individuals who did not receive a Tdap dose at those ages should receive one as soon as possible. Children between the ages of 7 and 10 who did not receive their full childhood schedule of DTaP may also receive their Tdap vaccine from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist.

Additionally, the Tdap vaccine is recommended for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and childcare providers. Women who are pregnant should get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy to protect their newborn from whooping cough.

Named for the high-pitched “whooping” sound typically accompanying severe coughing fits, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly dangerous for infants. The CDC says about half of whooping cough patients under a year of age require hospitalization and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the bacterial infection.

In addition to the Tdap vaccine, Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists are able to vaccinate patients against more than a dozen diseases based on the CDC’s vaccine guidelines and state regulations.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

  1. http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/Pertussis-HCP-KeyMessages2015.pdf

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The Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® to bring the community together on July 25

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® seeks to bring the community together by featuring multiple competitive challenges for corporations, schools, members of the media, families and individuals.

The race will once again be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. July 25 at Rockford High School. It will include a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s®.

“The race is really another way to get the community involved with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, and ultimately help increase awareness around hunger in the communities we serve,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Tournament week will offer something for everyone, and this year we wanted to kick the race up a notch by incorporating fun, yet competitive challenges for the community.”

“The great thing about the Meijer LPGA 5k Run is you don’t have to be a professional athlete to take part. Anyone can run a 5k,” said Dathan Ritzenhein, a Rockford, Mich. native and professional long-distance runner who placed 7th in the 2015 Boston Marathon. “Building off the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 5k is a great way to get the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle, receive free tickets to the tournament, and help feed those in need.”

Each participant will receive a Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® shirt, and two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid for any one day Tuesday through Sunday.

Community 5k Run & Walk

The cost to participate is $15 per person, ages 17 and younger, and $25 per person, ages 18 and older. Strollers are welcome at the event.

The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively.

Community Challenges

The cost to participate on a team is $150 per team. The top five finishers in each team will be scored.

  • Corporate: Local corporations are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners.
  • Media: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to five teams of members of the media. Each team must include five to 10 runners.
  • School: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to 10 teams of high school students. Each team must include five to 10 runners.

Winners of the community challenges will receive a $1,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program in their team’s name.

With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008. Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament and each of the week’s festivities – including the 5k Run & Walk – will benefit the Simply Give program.

“As runners, we all understand the value of nutrition as it relates not only to our health, but our performance,” said Greg Meyer, a professional long-distance runner from Rockford, Mich. who won the Boston Marathon in 1983. “Helping to provide nutrition to families in need offers them a greater likelihood of being healthy and productive in the community. I hope all area runners and walkers will help support the Meijer Simply Give program by joining me and Dathan Ritzenhein in the Meijer LPGA 5k.”

Registration for the Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® is now open at meijerLPGAclassic.com

About Meijer Simply Give
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions

Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, 616-426-6225, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, 616-735-7968, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. appoints Mary Beth West as EVP and chief customer and marketing officer effective June 1, 2015

PLANO, Texas, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ —   J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced that Mary Beth West, a highly accomplished consumer marketing executive, will join the Company’s executive leadership team as executive vice president and chief customer and marketing officer effective June 1, 2015. She will be stepping down from her position on its Board of Directors to assume this new role.

West has been a member of the JCPenney Board of Directors since 2005 and has served in numerous leadership positions at General Foods and Kraft, most notably as executive vice president and chief category and marketing officer of Kraft Foods. In joining JCPenney, West brings nearly 30 years of consumer and retail marketing experience to the Company with expertise in brand management, integrated marketing communications and consumer insights and strategy. Most recently, West held the top marketing role with Mondelēz International Inc., where she served as executive vice president and chief category and marketing officer.

“Mary Beth’s contributions to the Board have been invaluable,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “Her vast experience developing and growing some of the world’s most trusted and well-known brands was instrumental to our work building an emotional connection with our customers. I am delighted that she will be supporting the Company in this new capacity, which will enable us to more directly leverage her knowledge and expertise.”

“Mary Beth is a significant addition to our leadership team. As chief customer and marketing officer, we will capitalize on her nearly 30 years of consumer and retail marketing experience to lead JCPenney’s efforts to exploit our rich customer data in support of the Company’s marketing and promotional strategy. Her blend of marketing experience, consumer advocacy and strategic acumen are exactly what we need to engage new and existing customers with promotions and experiences that will inspire more families to choose JCPenney,” added Marvin Ellison, president and CEO-designee of JCPenney.

West will not stand for re-election to the JCPenney Board of Directors and will step down from the Board at the end of her term, which concludes on May 15, 2015, at the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders. Following her appointment to chief customer and marketing officer, she will join the Company’s executive board and report directly to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Additionally, Kirk Waidelich has been promoted to senior vice president, sales promotion and marketing. Waidelich is a 28-year veteran of JCPenney who brings a wealth of customer, marketing and overall retail knowledge to this very important role. He most recently served as JCPenney’s vice president of marketing strategy where he was responsible for restoring promotions at the Company and aligning its marketing strategy with the Company’s strategic growth initiatives. Waidelich will be a member of the company’s executive board and report to West.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, occasions and budgets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.


J. C. Penney Company, Inc. appoints Mary Beth West as EVP and chief customer and marketing officer effective June 1, 2015

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. appoints Mary Beth West as EVP and chief customer and marketing officer effective June 1, 2015

Morrisons brings back staffed express checkouts to its supermarkets to offer customers a quick and personal service

Morrisons is bringing back staffed express checkouts to its supermarkets this week to offer customers a quick and personal service, and more choice at checkouts.

Bradford, England, 2015-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The express lanes will serve customers who wish to buy ten items or less. They will mean customers with a small shop who want personal service will not have to queue behind those with a trolley full of groceries and have an alternative to self-scanning.

The average basket size for a UK supermarket customer is now 11 items costing £15, with shoppers visiting stores approximately five times a week[i].

David Potts, CEO of Morrisons said: “We’re listening hard to our customers and responding quickly wherever possible. If customers from time to time do smaller shops, they want to get in and out of our stores quickly.

“We are responding by introducing express checkouts which shoppers with ten items or less can use. These checkouts – and our very helpful staff – will offer a quick and personal service, helping to keep queues low and improving thousands of shopping trips.”

Two express lanes will be introduced at each of Morrisons 504 supermarkets nationwide. They will be run from existing checkout units within each store. One will be operational from 8am to 8pm and both during daily peak shopping periods of 12-2pm and 4-6pm.

Their addition means Morrisons will offer customers three payment options in store. Standard checkouts will cater for larger trolley shops, whilst self checkouts and manned express checkouts will give customers more choice for smaller shops.

The development comes after Morrisons retail team and CEO David Potts asked colleagues and customers how to make the shopping at Morrisons better. Another recent change has been the removal of Morrisons Intelligent Queue Management system in March 2015. Staff now use their own judgement to decide how many checkouts to open rather than being guided by a computer system.

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CBRE Group, Inc. named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2015 list; the only commercial real estate company on the list

Selection focuses on corporate culture and policy that caters to vets

Los Angeles, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced it has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2015 list. CBRE is the only commercial real estate company on the list.

Military Times, the organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, focused on culture and policies that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the sixth annual Best for Vets: Employers survey, a highly respected analysis of a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.

CBRE’s veteran friendly practices include policies that support active duty and reservist employees; philanthropic activities that serve veterans; and a newly formed business resource group—CBRE Military—which aims to bridge the gap between military and civilian life in the corporate world for military-experienced employees.

“CBRE’s more than 1,000 military-experienced employees play a critical role in our success as an organization,” said Joe Hudson, Senior Vice President, Americas HR. “These employees are highly skilled and they embody our core values.  We’re honored to have been recognized for helping veterans build their careers with our company.”

For the full Best for Vets:  Employers 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-employers2015.

The rankings are published in full in the April 20 issue of Best for Vets, a section of all four Military Times publications, and online at MilitaryTimes.com as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

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.

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Mobile developers programmed apps for Wincor Nixdorf’s payment tablet Albert at Wincor Nixdorf Hackathon in Berlin as part of Apps World Germany

Tested and approved: mobile developers from all over the world convened in Berlin’s CityCube last week at Hackfest. They were there to program apps for Albert – Wincor Nixdorf’s multifunctional, interactive payment tablet – with the help of Wincor Nixdorf’s Aevi developer portal. The apps that were developed as part of the two-day programming competition demonstrate how innovation-friendly and yet entrepreneurial the programming community is. The developers were also treated to a special guest: Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak paid a visit to the event, inspected Wincor Nixdorf’s Albert and passed on a few tips.

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The hackathon took place as part of Apps World Germany. Developers had two days to develop an app or an app prototype using Wincor Nixdorf’s Aevi software development kit (SDK). At the end of the 48 hours, the developers presented a variety of innovative apps for Albert, from which the jury selected the following three:

First place was awarded to an app called PayVaccin – a POS software for the medical industry with which nursing-care services can be billed.

In second place, the ReMerchant app provides loyalty and payment functions, enables the identification of customers in shops, and allows merchants to track their shopping behavior there.

Third place went to Donator (update your karma) – an app that brings together charitable organizations and retailers to make collecting donations easier.

“As the leading event for developers, Apps World Germany provided the perfect platform for enhancing Albert’s “personality” with new apps from creative developers”, said Mark Birkner, General Manager of Cashless Payment Solutions at Wincor Nixdorf.

“I am impressed with the excellent ideas and apps that offer great benefits for the retail business,” said Mike Camerling, Product Director for Albert at Wincor Nixdorf. “At the same time, our developer portal proved itself in its first live test, and developers are now aware of the possibilities we offer them with the platform.”

Richard Kastelein, Founder of Hackfest: „I think Albert is amazing and I am really pleased that we had such a great hardware and software product at our Hackfest 2015 in Berlin.“


Inditex donates EUR 1.2 million to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal; to be channelled through Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas

The donations will go to the Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas, three of the organisations with the most professionals on the ground in Nepal

Arteixo, Spain, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex will donate 1.2 million euros to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal after the dramatic earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. This aid is channelled through three of the leading international organisations working in the area, specifically Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas.

Inditex contacted these organisations immediately following the tragedy to find out where its donation could have the most impact. To that end, Inditex will donate 500,000 euros to Red Cross to meet the organisation’s most pressing emergency needs in Nepal, where teams are now providing support to tens of thousands of the displaced and homeless. The Red Cross is focusing on providing basic supplies for survival, especially blankets and tents to shelter those who have lost their homes, as well as facilitate permanent and stable health care.

The company will also allocate another 500,000 euros to support the work Oxfam is doing to organise a shipment of supplies related to water supply, sanitation and shelter for the victims, material that is crucial for preventing the spread of disease in these early days after the disaster.

Inditex also contacted Caritas to find out what the organisation needed in Nepal and will donate an additional 200,000 euros to provide emergency first response through the distribution of basic necessities. The objective is to provide food and temporary shelter to the greatest possible number of people over the next few critical hours for limiting the extent of the tragedy.

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National Association of Convenience Stores survey: 6 in 10 American consumers say that convenience stores are offering healthier, nutritious products and serving sizes

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over one in three Americans (34%) say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered “healthy choices” over the past year, and they are increasingly turning to convenience stores for these healthy purchases, according to survey results released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than six in 10 American consumers (61%) say that convenience stores are offering healthier, nutritious products and serving sizes. This was the third consecutive year that a majority of Americans say that convenience stores are providing more better-for-you items.

Sales reflect growing consumer choice for food items in convenience stores. Nearly six in 10 consumers (59%) and seven in 10 of those age 18-34 (70%) say that convenience stores offer food that they feel comfortable eating. Foodservice sales at convenience stores increased 9.7% in 2014, according to NACS data.

In particular, consumers are purchasing more fresh and nutritious food in convenience stores. Overall, 44% of Americans say that convenience stores offer nutritious items, which is a strong increase from the 30% who felt that way in 2013. In addition, 43% say that convenience stores are a place to get fresh food items. Convenience stores sales of fresh fruits and vegetables (whole commodities like apples, bananas and oranges as well as fresh-cut/value-added produce like prepared salads, fruit cups and other packaged produce) increased 10.3% to $362 million in 2014, according to Nielsen data.

“Convenience stores are increasingly becoming food markets for time-starved consumers seeking snacks, meals and grocery items that are both fast and healthy,” said NACS Chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations at LaCrosse, WI-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip.

The NACS survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,103 consumers were surveyed April 7-9, 2015.

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.


NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

WASHINGTON, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families this year are ready to splurge on jewelry, flowers, gift cards, brunch, and apparel for dear old mom. According to NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year and the highest amount in the survey’s 12-year history. Total spending is expected to reach $21.2 billion.*

“We’re encouraged by the positive shift we’ve seen in spending on discretionary and gift items from consumers so far this year, certainly boding well for retailers across all spectrums who are planning to promote Mother’s Day specials, including home improvement, jewelry, apparel and other specialty retailers as well as restaurants,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

When it comes to gifts, the majority of consumers will pick up a greeting card for mom (80%), spending more than $786 million, and more than two-thirds (67.2%) of those celebrating will buy flowers, to the tune of $2.4 billion. Shoppers also plan on gifting apparel and clothing items (35.8%), spending more than $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion last year.Families will also surprise mom with a special brunch or activity ($3.8 billion), electronic items like a new smartphone or e-reader ($1.8 billion), personal services such as a spa day ($1.5 billion), housewares or gardening tools ($890 million) and books and CDs ($480 million).  Looking for a ‘wow’ from mom, 34.2 percent of Mother’s Day shoppers are planning to splurge on jewelry, spending a survey high of $4.3 billion for the special day, up from 31.7 percent and $3.6 billion last year.

Many people know that a gift card could go a long way: Two in five (44.2%) will give mom a gift card, spending more than $2.2 billion.“Mother’s Day is extremely unique and personal for millions of consumers, and families this year will look for different ways to enjoy their time with mom,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “While some will splurge, others will search high and low for the perfect, practical gift, knowing that she likes any gift that comes from the heart.”Most shoppers will head to department stores (33.4%), while others will shop at specialty stores (28.2%) or discount stores (24.8%). With shoppers ready to get out of the house after a long winter, fewer shoppers will be shopping online this year (25% vs. 29% last year.)The survey shows that 18- to 24-year-olds who own smartphones and tablets are most likely to use these devices to research products and compare prices for gifts (46%), and are most likely to use their tablets to purchase a gift (30.2%) – but this age group won’t necessarily be the biggest spenders compared to other age groups: 25- to 34-year-olds plan to spend the most on mom, at an average of $244.32; 18- to 24-year-olds will spend an average of $214.81.The majority of shoppers plan to buy for their mother or stepmother (62.5%), while 23.2 percent will shop for their wife, 9.8 percent will shop for their daughter, 8.9 percent will shop for their sister and 7.4 percent plan to splurge on their grandmother.

About the survey
The NRF 2015 Mother’s Day Consumer Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the Mother’s Day holiday. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,285 consumers was conducted April 1-9, 2015. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues.www.ProsperDiscovery.com

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com


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NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

J Sainsbury plc welcomes David Keens on its Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015

LONDON, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015. This follows the previously announced retirement of Gary Hughes who will step down at the company’s AGM on 8 July 2015.

David was the Group Finance Director of Next plc from 1991 to March 2015 and played a significant part in the success of Next in that period.  He will join the Audit Committee on 29 April and become its Chairman on 8 July 2015.

Commenting on the appointment David Tyler, Sainsbury’s Chairman, said: “First, I would like to thank Gary very much for everything he has done for Sainsbury’s over the last ten years.  He has been a highly effective Chairman of the Audit Committee and has made a very valuable contribution to the Board.

We are delighted to welcome David Keens as a non-executive director. His deep retail experience and his knowledge of fast-moving consumer business are particularly relevant at a time when we are growing our own successful non-food ranges. This, together with his considerable skills in finance, makes him an ideal addition to our Board.”

Notes to editors

The Board of J Sainsbury plc is chaired by David Tyler. Executive directors are Mike Coupe, chief executive and John Rogers, chief financial officer. Non-executive directors are Matt Brittin, Mary Harris, Gary Hughes, John McAdam, Jean Tomlin and Susan Rice.

For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

If you’re calling out of office hours, please call 020 7695 7295 and you will be redirected to the duty press officer. If your call is not redirected immediately, please call 08145 6033763 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk.

METRO GROUP expands commitment to the start-up sector; takes a share in the American online professional networking site Culinary Agents

  • A strategic partnership with the start-up Culinary Agents
  • Market niche for the recruitment of qualified personnel to restaurants, hotels and caterers
  • Online job network expanding into France and Italy

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP is expanding its commitment to the start-up sector, taking a share in the American online professional networking site Culinary Agents. The young company has specialised itself in job matching, networking, and mentoring for food service and hotel professionals and, in cooperation with METRO Cash & Carry, will offer its services for the first time this year in France and Italy. As a shareholder in the start-up, METRO GROUP will support its continuing expansion in the US, as well as growth into Europe and Asia.

With its stake in the online job network Culinary Agents, METRO Cash & Carry will offer its most important customer group of hotel, restaurant and catering professionals (HoReCa) an additional service for their everyday success in business. With more than 40,000 registered users in the United States, Culinary Agents has already shown that it occupies a market niche in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Together with METRO Cash & Carry, the global leader in self-service wholesale, Culinary Agents will kick off its own job networks in Italy and France this year. “The services offered by Culinary Agents greatly enrich our professional customers’ business. With Culinary Agents, we can facilitate their search for qualified personnel, which presents a serious problem for many entrepreneurs – especially in the hospitality industry,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “We are happy to have found an especially promising partner in Culinary Agents and will closely accompany the start-up in its growth. Our commitment once again shows that we understand and support our customers as independent businesses.”

“METRO is showing itself to be a true thought leader by working with Culinary Agents to expand our reach to its customers, employees, and overall HoReCa community,” said Alice Cheng, founder of Culinary Agents. “Our mission is to help people across the restaurant, hotel, catering and overall hospitality sectors with talent sourcing, job matching, and professional networking. METRO sees the value of providing the much needed assistance in these areas, which have historically been major pain points for the industries we serve. This partnership will enable us to build a global network to help talent and businesses across the HoReCa space.”

The continual search for qualified and reliable employees is a significant issue for many food service and hotel professionals worldwide. Around 80 per cent of self-employed German food service and hotel managers find it increasingly difficult to find good staff – a serious hurdle for their independence, as the METRO Start-Up Study 2014 showed. The European market presents a similar picture. Culinary Agents, which Cheng founded in 2012, offers technology based solutions focused on job matching, career development and mentorship in the HoReCa industry.

Culinary Agents’ technology and services are a cost-effective way to source all levels of positions for various types of hospitality businesses. Unlike other job sites, which are often static, Culinary Agents has an automatic matching process, which tees up opportunities to talent and talent to businesses, along with tools to support applicant matching, messaging, and management.

The partnership with METRO Cash & Carry will also enable Culinary Agents to grow in Europe and Asia. This year, new Culinary Agents networks in France and Italy will create a starting point for this growth. METRO Cash & Carry is intensively supporting market entry in both countries. In order to foster growth over the long term, METRO GROUP, together with the two investors RRE Ventures and Female Founders Fund, will be partners in the start-up.


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

Culinary Agents is changing the hotel, restaurant and catering industry (HoReCa), through its development of a professional networking and job matching website for current and aspiring HoReCa professionals. With more than 40,000 users in 30+ cities across the U.S., Culinary Agents supports all types of food service establishments, catering businesses, specialty retail stores, and hotels, as well as schools and non-profit organizations in the HoReCa industry. The strength of Culinary Agents’ platform is in its technology and reach. Through its website, Culinary Agents provides businesses with an efficient, cost effective way to source HoReCa talent for jobs of all levels, while enabling job seekers to represent themselves professionally, pinpoint appropriate job opportunities, and find resources to help fuel their careers. For more information, please visit www.culinaryagents.com.

METRO and Techstars officially launched the new Techstars METRO Accelerator; applications until 3 August 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO and Techstars have officially launched the new Techstars METRO Accelerator: Starting immediately, the two partners are seeking start-up teams who support the digitisation of the gastronomy, hotel, catering and food industries with their technological applications. From now until 3 August 2015, interested teams of founders from around the world can apply online at www.techstarsmetro.com. Starting in October, experienced mentors will support 10 selected start-ups over a period of three months to develop their innovative ideas further.

“Start-ups worldwide are developing digital and technological innovations that could be ground-breaking for our customers in the gastronomy sector,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “At METRO, we would like to find and support the most creative and innovative among them. By helping founders to develop their ideas, we help our customers to become even more successful using these new services and technologies.” From now until 3 August 2015, interested start-ups from around the world can therefore submit their application for the start-up program on the English-language website www.techstarsmetro.com. The teams have to complete an extensive questionnaire and have the option to upload a video. The entire application process will take place in English. The program will be officially kicked off on 12 October 2015. The teams will present their ideas to international investors, leading sector representatives and the public on a designated Demo Day in January.

“Techstars is so excited to partner with METRO on this accelerator,” said David Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner, Techstars. “The hospitality and food tech space has been under-represented and given METRO’s significant resources, combined with Techstars’ proven methodology, we’re confident that we can bring a new standard of innovation to this vertical.”

Over a period of three months from October, the Techstars METRO Accelerator will foster 10 selected start-ups in Berlin. In order to provide them with optimum support, METRO will make available to the founders the combined specialist knowledge of its experts from procurement, distribution, marketing, strategy, finance, legal and communication. As one of the most renowned start-up networks worldwide, Techstars will contribute its internationally proven development program and a network comprising more than 3,000 mentors, investors and experienced members of the start-up community. Digital agency R/GA, another partner supporting the program, will offer the teams exclusive multi-channel access to brand strategy and creative services as well as access to its global client and partner networks. In addition, the founders will be supported financially for the duration of the program.

The program organisers are looking for international technology start-ups in all phases of their growth. There is no age limit for applicants. Ultimately, the innovative business ideas should aim to provide added value for the gastronomy, hotel and catering sectors. These could be solutions for all business areas – multichannel, food delivery and new applications to promote customer loyalty are just as conceivable as entirely new digital products or special services.

Participation in the Techstars METRO Accelerator offers start-ups a host of new opportunities: METRO / MAKRO Cash & Carry is a leading international cash & carry wholesale company which operates in 26 countries. The access to METRO’s customers and the retail and wholesale company’s 5,500 sales representatives offers the start-ups enormous potential. METRO’s customers will profit in their turn from the technological innovations from the Techstars METRO Accelerator and use the potential for their own business.

Further information is available at www.techstarsmetro.com and on Twitter at @MG_innovate.


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

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and recruitment.

R/GA, the company for the Connected Age, develops products, services and communications to grow our clients’ brands and businesses. Founded in 1977, the agency has been a pioneer at the intersection of technology, design and marketing with work spanning web, mobile, and social communications, retail and e-commerce, product innovation, brand development and business consulting. R/GA has more than 1,400 employees globally with offices across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific and is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services organizations. R/GA is a member of the GAN (gan.co), a network of the world’s most respected accelerators and organizations in support of the startup ecosystem. For more information on R/GA, please visit www.rga.com, www.rgaaccelerator.com, @rgaventures, and @rgaaccelerator.

Starbucks introduces new lunch option – Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread

SEATTLE, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are looking for wholesome, delicious and convenient choices to meet the demands of their busy, on-the-go lifestyles which is why Starbucks is excited to introduce a new lunch option – a Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread.

The new Panini layers grilled chicken breast, tender roasted artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato pesto and provolone cheese on flatbread, delivering mouth-watering flavors inspired by cuisine from the South Mediterranean.

The new Chicken Artichoke Panini, available at participating U.S. company-operated and licensed Starbucks® stores nationwide on April 28th,  is an addition to the following warm sandwiches and Panini’s available in participating Starbucks stores:  Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini;  Turkey Pesto Panini; Ham and Swiss Panini; Turkey Rustico Panini; Chicken Santa Fe Panini and Old-Fashioned Grilled Cheese.

Find a Fact Sheet on Starbucks Panini options here.

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Starbucks introduces new lunch option - Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread

Starbucks introduces new lunch option – Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread