Worn Again joins forces with H&M and Kering to bring a revolutionary innovation in clothing production and recycling

London, Paris, Stockholm, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — After years of searching for a solution to the worldwide problem of textile waste, pioneering start-up Worn Again joins forces with fashion retailer H&M, and luxury, sport & lifestyle Group, Kering, to bring to market a revolutionary innovation in clothing production and recycling.

In 2014, the global production of polyester filament and cotton fibre was approximately 65 million tonnes. In 2020, the global demand for these fibres is estimated to be 90 million tonnes.¹ To address this, and the growing issue of clothes-to-landfill, Worn Again’s textile-to-textile chemical recycling technology is the first of its kind able to separate and extract polyester and cotton from old or end-of-use clothing and textiles. Once separated, the aim is for this unique process to enable the ‘recaptured’ polyester and cellulose from cotton to be spun into new fabric creating a ‘circular resource model’ for textiles.

This new technology addresses major barriers in textile-to-textile recycling, namely: how to separate blended fibre garments; and how to separate dyes and other contaminants from polyester and cellulose.

Announced today, Worn Again’s technology is entering the next phase of development tests. Forward-thinking global companies H&M and Kering, via its brand PUMA, will be monitoring the testing of this technology. By converting the reclaimed raw materials into yarn, developing fabric and creating garments, these tests will aim to demonstrate that the technology may be commercially viable, and may be able to provide an effective solution for the circular recycling of clothes and textiles.

The joint partnership is catalysing innovation in the apparel sector by presenting a solution to replace the use of polyester derived from oil, a non-renewable resource, and with the hope of providing a new and low impact source of raw materials for cellulosic fibres and fabrics.

“We are excited to be part of this project together with Kering and Worn Again. In the long-run this can change the way fashion is made and massively reduce the need for extracting virgin resources from our planet. Furthermore, it brings us closer to our goal of creating fashion in a circular model”, said Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

“Innovation is what we need to solve our global environmental challenges. Our collaboration with H&M and Worn Again is a great example of this, demonstrating how we can design and deliver a solution that will be fundamental in eradicating textile waste while simultaneously offering a new type of sustainable raw material for our Sport & Lifestyle brands”, said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of international institutional affairs at Kering.

Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again, said, “Our technology is at the heart of a global vision which will engage all brands, textile recyclers, suppliers and consumers, in a unified ambition to keep clothing already in circulation out of landfill, and as part of a global pool of resources to be used time and time again.”

¹Global fiber overview, 2014

About H&M
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947. The H&M Group has around 3,500 stores in 57 markets. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. To us, quality includes that all our operations should be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. By making more sustainable choices available to all our customers around the world, we can together contribute to a more sustainable fashion future. For further information, visit hm.com.

About Kering
A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, Cobra, Electric and Tretorn. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of €10 billion in 2014 and had more than 37,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP). www.kering.com

About Worn Again
Worn Again is a UK based innovation business with a radical vision to eradicate textile waste from the global apparel and textile industry with technology designed as part of a circular resource model. Established in 2005 in East London, Worn Again began as a Business to Consumer ‘upcycling’ company, turning textile waste into new products of higher value. From 2007 to present, WA evolved into a Business to Business consultancy and went on to work with large brands on a series of groundbreaking products and zero textile waste projects, including Virgin Atlantic, Eurostar, Royal Mail, Virgin Balloon Flights, Marks & Spencer, National Grid and McDonald’s.


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Sainsbury’s strengthens its in-house digital and technology capabilities with the creation of 480 specialist jobs in London and Coventry

LONDON, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is creating 480 specialist jobs in London and Coventry, strengthening its in-house digital and technology capabilities as customers seek more convenient and intuitive ways to shop using new technology.

These new digital experts will run and improve Sainsbury’s existing digital platforms for customers, such as the website and mobile shopping apps. They will also develop test and launch new products in a new ‘Digital Lab’ opening in the summer – giving developers, digital designers, product owners, engineers and testers a modern space to work and test new ways of shopping. The recruitment for specialists is now under way – with over 180 roles available in London.

Sainsbury’s is also upgrading its own infrastructure and core business systems to serve customers faster, including building better platforms for online shopping and supply chains. A new ‘Technology Hub’ in Coventry will create another 300 specialist roles, alongside our existing operational team that supports Sainsbury’s stores, depots and offices.

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe, said: “The shape of our business is changing and digital and technology is a core part of our future growth. Ultimately these changes are good news for customers – the Technology Hub in Coventry will keep our systems running smoothly and experts in our Digital Lab in London will be developing new ways of digital shopping to give customers the best access to our products, services and offers.”

Director of Digital and Technology at Sainsbury’s, Jon Rudoe, said: “We’re now firmly on the map as a career destination for digital and technology specialists. Retail is a vibrant sector for innovation and this team is key to keeping our fast-paced business running. We’re structuring and equipping entrepreneurial teams to improve the digital experience and develop products that will help make our customers’ lives easier.”

Notes to Editors

In January, Sainsbury’s announced a review of its central costs and structures, which formed part of the strategic review of the business and plan to save £500m over three years. These savings will help Sainsbury’s focus on the areas that really matter to customers and invest in areas such as Digital and Technology in order to evolve for the future.

In this announcement, Sainsbury’s confirmed that some functions in Store Support (office based roles) locations in London, Coventry and Manchester would reduce by around 500 roles, spread across all divisions and grades in store support centres. This number did not impact the overall headcount for people employed at Sainsbury’s, as it did not take into account areas of growth such as Digital and Technology. This is why more roles are required to build specialist teams of coders, digital designers, engineers, testers and operators to equip the business for the future.

At the heart of this lies a vision for Sainsbury’s to be a world-class Digital and Technology function to deliver great services for customers.

Sainsbury’s Digital Facts

  • Sainsbury’s sees 24 million customer transactions a week – that includes both in store and online
  • Sainsbury’s employ around 161,000 colleagues across its network of 1,200+ stores, 22 depots and offices in London, Manchester, Coventry and Edinburgh
  • Sainsbury’s online business is 18 years old and a £1 billion business (5% of sales). It now covers 98 per cent of UK postcodes
  • Sainsbury’s operations rely on technology. From 22 depots using technology to capture what our 1,200+ stores need, to our checkout software, Brand Match price comparison, and coupon at till technology which instantly rewards customers with targeted promotions
  • The digital team have already started trialling a new Mobile Shopping App that helps you create a list at home, remembers your favourite items and even gives you a map to help you find the products once you’re in store. The app then lets you scan the product on your phone, pack as you go and pay without queuing
  • Customers will soon be able to access wifi in large supermarkets, which teams in the Lab will utilise to test, trial and develop new ways of shopping and easier ways to pay
  • Sainsbury’s first ‘dark store’ to service online orders exclusively will open in Bromley-by-Bow in 2016
  • The Sainsburys.co.uk is being regularly and rapidly upgraded, making it as easy as possible for customers to use
  • We are investing in new businesses such as Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand, eBooks by Sainsbury’s and are trialling clothing online, with plans for national roll-out due later this year
  • Sainsbury’s has ‘Digital Ambassadors’ – a network of experts across the business, helping integrate new ways of working with better technology
  • Nectar data is also crucial in helping hone the offer and services to customers. It also acts as a thread across all Sainsbury’s services to help customers get the best value – from Sainsbury’s Bank, to shopping in store, to shopping online and on other devices such as tablets and mobile


PM David Cameron meets colleagues from the Sainsbury's Digital & Technology team

PM David Cameron meets colleagues from the Sainsbury’s Digital & Technology team

artist’s impression of the Digital Lab, due to open in London in the summer

artist’s impression of the Digital Lab, due to open in London in the summer

Sainsbury’s launches Taste the Difference No-Yolk Eggs

LONDON, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is proud to announce the launch of a new product, Taste the Difference No-Yolk Eggs, to simplify home baking for millions of customers.

The eggs, laid exclusively for Sainsbury’s by free-range, Amber White chickens, were developed in association with a long-standing Sainsbury’s egg supplier.

According to research from the National Baking Council, three quarters of Britons (75%) name separating egg whites from yolks as the biggest challenge when it comes to home-baking. The new product will help solve this problem for Sainsbury’s customers, making home-baking simpler than ever ahead of the long Easter weekend.

Al Bumen, Sainsbury’s Egg and Homebaking Buyer said: “We know our customers love to bake, so we’re delighted to be helping make this simpler than ever for them with a range of yolk-free eggs. Perfect for meringues, marshmallows and other white-only recipes, it’s no-yolk this product will help change the way we bake forever.”

The secret to producing No-Yolks is in the chickens’ nutrition. The Amber White chickens are raised on a diet of solely white foods, such as rice, cauliflower, and onions. Birds in our No-Yolk farm have also surveyed as the happiest ones in the country in the 2015 Joyful Egg survey.

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Little Story: Cage Free
All Sainsbury’s fresh eggs are from cage-free British hens. Natasha from our Sidwell store discovers just how much they dislike being cooped up.


Sainsbury’s launches Taste the Difference No-Yolk Eggs

Sainsbury’s launches Taste the Difference No-Yolk Eggs

Wincor Nixdorf takes the Android-based payment terminal Albert global, following successful launch in Australia

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Wincor Nixdorf has been working with Commonwealth Bank of Australia in implementing an innovative payment solution today on the Australian market, which will significantly improve the world of electronic payments. Albert, as the payment tablet is called, was jointly developed by Wincor Nixdorf, Commonwealth Bank and the design company IDEO. It changes how retailers interact with their customers and stands for a whole new customer experience. Following the market launch in Australia, Wincor Nixdorf will now also offer the Android-based payment terminal to customers in other markets.

Albert offers threefold innovation: Firstly, retailers from different industries can operate precisely those POS applications they need for their business on the mobile device. Secondly, the device can handle standard payment methods that are compliant with PCI requirements – by EMV chip and PIN, swipe and sign, or NFC communication. And thirdly, Albert is connected to an app store from where the retailers can download apps tailored to their business.

“Today represents a further milestone in the expansion of our cashless payment activities. The joint development of Albert with one of the world’s leading banks, which is at the same time also one of Australia’s top merchant acquirers, produced a first-class result,” said Reinhard Rabenstein, CTO at Wincor Nixdorf. “Building on this excellent reference, we will now launch further marketing.”

Commonwealth Bank’s flagship merchant device Albert operates on the Android based software platform connected to its Pi Business Network and app store, App bank. Leading Australian companies from the hospitality, non-food retailing and gas station sectors have already piloted Albert and its applications; this phase also included the development of new apps to meet the piloting companies’ specific requirements. Some of Albert´s key features include the options of e-mailing receipts and invoices, allowing customers to open accounts they can pay off later, recording and tracking daily, weekly and yearly payments, and collecting useful business analytics and insights.

According to Gary Roach, Managing Director Payments & Cash Management Services, Commonwealth Bank, Albert’s potential is limitless and is set to revolutionise the point of sale experience.

“The payments landscape is rapidly evolving as Australians embrace new technology and there is a growing need for a more powerful, open platform which can adapt to changing customer needs, and provide real-time analytics and business insights. Albert has the potential to dramatically shift the way businesses take payments, offering merchants the ability to completely customise the customer experience from start to finish,” said Mr Roach.

Wincor Nixdorf will make its Aevi Marketplace available for future customer projects on the basis of the PI business network experience gained from the CBA project. The open marketplace platform is available to software developers across the globe for creating apps based on a software development kit. Wincor Nixdorf is responsible for validating the apps. Retailers connected to this app store for B-2-B applications can use it to download business apps to suit their needs. These range from simple applications for restaurant operators for splitting bills to merchandise management solutions. Financial apps such as mini cash overdrafts are another example, which banks can also use to extend their service portfolio.

To find out more about Albert, visit www.wincor-nixdorf.com/aevi

Ingles Markets, Incorporated announces cash dividend of $0.165 per share on all its Class A Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable April 23, 2015, to all shareholders of record on April 9, 2015.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

X5 Retail Group N.V., further expands its Perekrestok chain of supermarkets with the opening of seven new stores in March

Moscow, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’) a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), is pleased to announce the further expansion of its Perekrestok chain of supermarkets. Today, five new stores were opened, three of them located in Moscow, one in Kazan and one in Nizhny Novgorod, while on 25 March, Perekrestok opened the format’s second supermarket in the city of Tula. In total, X5’s supermarket format opened seven new stores and reopened one refurbished store during the month of March. All of the stores fully comply with the format’s new “Perekrestok – Choose the Best!” concept, which was launched in October 2014.

The new Perekrestok concept is the culmination of the experience and know-how acquired by the chain over the past 20 years of operations with a focus on modern equipment, efficient layout of floor space, as well as interior and exterior improvements. The new look, location of promotional offers and interior colors are all designed to provide a better shopping experience for our customers.

The selling space of the new supermarkets varies between 800 to 1,500 square meters, with an assortment of up to 12,000 products. The assortment is focused on fresh and ultra-fresh products (up to 55% of total products) and an extended offering of bread and bakery, ownproduction of culinary items, fish and seafood. The format is actively targeting cooperation with regional suppliers, with their share of the total assortment varying between 20% and 40% (depending on the region) and reaching 60% to 70% in the fresh and ultra-fresh categories.

In addition to the enhanced promotional offers and loyalty program, this year Perekrestok extended the pensioner program that provides a 10% discount on the top thirty essential products for these shoppers.

The opening of the new supermarkets has resulted in the creation of approximately 400 new jobs.

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

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

Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

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


Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces the opening of its 5,555th store, a Pyaterochka proximity store in Lyubertsy, Moscow Region

Moscow, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’) a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), is pleased to announce today the opening of the Company’s 5,555th store, a Pyaterochka proximity store in Lyubertsy, Moscow Region, marking an important milestone for X5.

It took only four months to open store number 5,555 after the Company announced the opening of store number 5,000, a Perekrestok supermarket in Chelyabinsk, in November 2014.

The new Pyaterochka, located within a residential complex in the city of Lyubertsy, at 1 Oktyabrsky Avenue, is Pyaterochka’s 20th store in Lyubertsy (the first Pyaterochka store opened in the city 10 years ago). The new store has a total floor space of 740 square meters, including 548 square meters of selling space, with an assortment of 4,332 SKUs. The new store fully complies with the ‘New Pyaterochka’ concept.

Among those attending the opening ceremony were Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, Olga Naumova, CEO of Pyaterochka, senior management of the Perekrestok and Karusel retail chains, Lyubertsy’s municipal authorities and various Russian suppliers.

Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, commented:

‘The opening of store number 5,555 demonstrates the outstanding progress and solid results X5 achieved in 2014 developing its retail chains, and the Company continues to capitalize on these achievements. We remain committed to accelerating openings of new modern retail stores, creating additional jobs, enhancing cooperation with Russian suppliers and offering a best in class assortment for a wide range of customers.’

Note to Editors:

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

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


Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

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

Whole Foods Market to open store at Voss and Woodway on April 8

Houston, TX, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Store to open April 8 at Voss and Woodway in Houston

WHAT:  Whole Foods Market Voss will donate 1 percent of net sales for each of the first five days the new store is open, to local nonprofits. The store opens Wednesday, April 8, at Voss and Woodway.

As part of the company’s commitment to supporting its communities, all stores donate 5 percent of net sales once a quarter.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 8 – Sunday, April 12

Wednesday, April 8
Houston Symphony
The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.

Thursday, April 9
Quilts for Kids
Quilts for Kids transform fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses, and children of abuse. Their yearly goal is to donate 30,000 quilts, many of which go to hospitals in Houston.

Friday, April 10
Pup Squad Rescue
Pup Squad Rescue rescues orphaned puppies and nursing litters from the streets, shelters, and other life-threatening situations, and matches them with permanent adoptive homes, providing support and education to these adopters and the community at large. Pup Squad Rescue also works with other community rescue efforts to promote spay/neuter, adoption and humane animal care to ultimately reduce the number of animals euthanized in Houston and the surrounding area.

Saturday, April 11
Trotter Family YMCA
Trotter Family YMCA is a local chapter of The Y, a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, health and neighbors.

Wednesday, April 12
Houston Arboretum
Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre, nonprofit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city, where development threatens their survival.

WHERE:  Whole Foods Market Voss
1407 South Voss Road
Houston, TX 77057
Store hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Phone: 713-789-4477

WHY:  The store, at 1407 South Voss Road, will replace the company’s Woodway location, which will close April 3.

MORE: Whole Foods Market team members and community partners will be available for interviews throughout the day on April 8.

CONTACT: For more information visit wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/voss. Get social with us on Facebook at Whole Foods Market Houston and Twitter at @WholefoodsHOU.

Dollar General launches its spring Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program

  • Major Retailer Launches Spring Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Program;
  • Weekly Specials Help Customers Save More on Easter and Apparel

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General is helping customers spring into savings this week with the launch of its spring Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program, offering customers approximately $200 each week in total online coupon savings now through April 19. Customers will see additional weekly specials on dozens of discounts on Easter merchandise and a buy-one, get-one free sale on select apparel and accessories, as well as its everyday low prices on thousands of items throughout the store.

“It is an especially exciting time at all Dollar General stores and online this week as customers can begin saving even more on the products they consistently know and trust from Dollar General,” said Dave D’Arezzo, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “Particularly noteworthy are the exceptional deals available through our Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program where customers can save on products from America’s most popular brands and our own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands.”

Now through April 19, Dollar General® will offer digital coupons through its spring Fast Way to Save™ program from companies including Dollar General’s own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands including DG™ Home, DG™ Health, DG™ Body, EverPet™, DG™ Beauty and Clover Valley®, as well as Rexall®, SCOTT® paper products, Mr. Clean®, Coca-Cola®, Rubbermaid®, Hefty™ and more. All digital coupons may only be redeemed one time through April 19.

In addition to dozens of opportunities to save online, Dollar General’s digital savings also includes an exclusive coupon for $2 off any $10 pre-tax purchase through March 31.

To enroll or upload these coupons, customers may login to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the DG mobile app.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at pr@dg.com.

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

The Nature Conservancy and Wegmans Food Markets celebrate Earth Day all month long with an April 2015 initiative designed to protect lands and waters

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Want to help nature? There’s a bag for that! Once again, The Nature Conservancy and Wegmans Food Markets are celebrating Earth Day all month long with an April 2015 initiative designed to encourage more sustainable behaviors and raise funds for protecting lands and waters.

Last year, Wegmans and The Nature Conservancy worked together on a recycling initiative in honor of Earth Day that succeeded in recycling 220,000 pounds of plastic bags and film—25 percent more than what was recycled at Wegmans stores in April the year prior.

This April, we’re taking it one step further, encouraging use of reusable bags as the best choice for the environment over plastic or paper. To show commitment to caring for nature on multiple levels, Wegmans will contribute 25¢ to The Nature Conservancy for every pound of paper and plastic bags saved, with a minimum contribution of $10,000.

Pounds saved will be calculated based on pounds of plastic and paper bags used in April 2015 compared with pounds of plastic and paper used in April 2014. Funds raised will support The Nature Conservancy’s conservation work in Central and Western New York, where Wegmans is headquartered.

”By each of us taking little steps every day, we can have tremendous positive impact on our environment,” said Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans manager of sustainability. “Breaking old habits and creating new ones is hard, which is why we are once again working with The Nature Conservancy this April to raise awareness about this issue and to reward our customers’ efforts to do the right thing.”

“The health of our lands, waters and communities depends upon responsible actions and good stewardship,” said Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy’s chapter director in Central & Western New York. “Support from Wegmans is unique because it helps the environment twice—by encouraging an everyday action that helps preserve resources, while also providing essential funds for local conservation. We are thrilled to once again work with Wegmans, its employees and customers to protect and restore important places.”

The goal is to inspire people by showing them that small personal choices―like using reusable bags―can make a big impact for local communities and the environment at large. Globally, plastic and paper bags have a significant ecological impact. Their production, transportation and disposal contribute to climate change, and bags can pollute rivers, beaches and parks if they are not recycled properly. Wegmans has a well-established year-round program for recycling bags, but would like to see more of its customers converting to reusables as the most sustainable option.

“We’re optimistic that together we can significantly reduce the amount of bags we use and generate an exciting contribution for conservation,” said Wadsworth. “This initiative is a great way for our people and customers to celebrate Earth Day, and help take action in their community to create a healthier and more sustainable world all year long.”


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  
Kate Frazer, The Nature Conservancy, Central & Western NY communications manager, 339-222-2014
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

NACS welcomes Scott Kubista-Hovis to the newly created role of performance consultant

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scott Kubista-Hovis has joined NACS as a performance consultant and will help to enhance and measure the effectiveness of the association’s educational offerings, including e-learning opportunities and event education, namely around the NACS Show. In this newly created role, Kubista-Hovis will create learning plans using adult learning principles resulting in improved on-the-job performance for NACS members.

Kubista-Hovis previously worked at the Society for Human Resource Management as an eLearning specialist. He also held the role of education manager at the Community Associations Institute and served as consultant for several organizations, including Capital One and Team Based Learning Collaborative.

He holds an M.A. in human resource development from The George Washington University, an M.A. in science education from Indiana University and a B.S. in biology from the University of Minnesota.


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.