Walgreens and UnitedHealthcare to integrate Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices™ with UnitedHealthcare’s Reward Me to help people adopt healthy behaviors

  • UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plan participants in Arizona and Illinois will soon earn Walgreens Balance® Rewards points for completing certain healthy activities
  • Plan participants will accumulate Balance Rewards points within UnitedHealthcare’s Health4Me mobile app

DEERFIELD, Ill., and MINNETONKA, Minn., 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s fully insured plans in Arizona and Illinois can soon earn Walgreens Balance® Rewards points for completing certain healthy activities. Plan participants will have the opportunity to redeem points and save on merchandise at Walgreens in-store or online.

Walgreens and UnitedHealthcare’s collaboration will integrate Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices™ with UnitedHealthcare’s Reward Me to help people adopt healthy behaviors. UnitedHealthcare plan participants in Arizona and Illinois can access the program via the Reward Me tab on UnitedHealthcare’s mobile app Health4Me™ and earn Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty points by completing healthy activities such as daily exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, and logging sufficient sleep.

Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices is a first-of-its-kind program that encourages simple steps, or “micro-habits,” that have the potential to lead to a healthier life. Health plans have the ability to define activities for their plan customers to earn Balance Rewards points to help health plans meet higher patient engagement, as well as HEDIS and 5 Star Medicare quality goals.

Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices will be piloted with UnitedHealthcare fully insured health plan participants in Arizona and Illinois.

“Through our Balance Rewards for healthy choices initiative, Walgreens encourages participants to adopt simple steps that can positively affect a person’s health, and collaborating with leading health plans such as UnitedHealthcare can further enhance the reach and impact of these programs,” said Adam Pellegrini, divisional vice president of Digital Health for Walgreens.

Walgreens and UnitedHealthcare’s collaboration is helping to meet the growing demand for meaningful and relevant rewards that are easy to access and redeem both online and offline, and highlights how health plans and employers are using incentives to encourage healthy behaviors among their employees and plan participants. The use of corporate wellness incentives has doubled since 2009, with employees earning $594 in incentives each year on average, according to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health.

UnitedHealthcare’s Reward Me, available through the Health4Me mobile app, is a health-incentive initiative that enables plan participants to keep track of their physical activity, healthy food selections and other lifestyle choices that promote better well-being, and in the process earn discounts on products and services, including up to 50 percent off merchandise at a variety of national and local retailers. Health4Me is available on iPhone® and Android® devices to UnitedHealthcare plan participants and all consumers nationwide, to help people make more informed choices regarding their care.

“We have seen that rewarding healthy behavior can help people make sustained, positive behavior change,” said Dr. Vidya Raman-Tangella, head of the Innovation Center of Excellence for UnitedHealthcare.  “Our collaboration with Walgreens will play an important role in encouraging consumers to take a more active role in their overall health and well-being, and realizing the promise of a truly activated, engaged and supported consumer.”

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,232 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

To contact Walgreens media relations, please email media@walgreens.com or call 847-315-2921

CBRE Research report: Tech talent clustering is a growing driver of demand for office space in both large and small markets across U.S.

Emerging tech markets Oklahoma City and Nashville stand out as top “momentum markets,” posting tech talent growth rates that rival more established markets like San Francisco

Los Angeles, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tech talent clustering is a growing driver of demand for office space in both large and small markets across the U.S., according to a new CBRE Research report, “Scoring Tech Talent,” which ranks 50 U.S. markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent.

While established tech markets like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle dominated the top spots on the “Tech Talent Scorecard,” many smaller, up-and-coming markets stood out as top “momentum markets” based on tech talent growth rates. Oklahoma City and Nashville had tech talent growth rates of 39 percent between 2010 and 2013, higher than Seattle (38 percent) and just below that of San Francisco (44 percent) and Baltimore (42 percent). Portland, OR, and Charlotte both saw tech talent growth rates of 28 percent, outpacing well-known tech markets like Austin (26.5 percent), Silicon Valley (20.8 percent) and Los Angeles (13.6 percent).

“Tech talent growth rates are the best indicator of labor pool momentum and it’s easily quantifiable to identify the markets where demand for tech workers has surged,” said Colin Yasukochi​, director of research and analysis for CBRE. “Tech talent growth, primarily within the high-tech industry, has recently been the top driver of office leasing activity in the U.S.”

Though tech talent  comprises only 3.4 percent of the total U.S. workforce (4.4 million workers), the high-tech industry accounted for more major U.S. office leasing activity  than any sector in both 2013 (13.6 percent) and 2014 (19.0 percent), according to the CBRE report.

“For the past two years, the high-tech industry has not only spurred the economy as a whole, but it has been the top driver of commercial office activity, influencing rents and vacancy in major markets across the U.S.,” said John Frager, executive managing director of CBRE’s Tech and Media Practice. “The report showed Manhattan with the highest office rent and San Francisco with the lowest vacancy rate of the 50 tech talent markets.”

The top 10 large markets on the Tech Talent Scorecard (identified as markets with a talent pool above 50,000 tech professionals) were:

1. Silicon Valley, CA

2. Washington, D.C.

3. San Francisco, CA

4. San Francisco Peninsula, CA

5. New York, NY

6. Seattle, WA

7. Boston, MA

8. Baltimore, MD

9. Austin, TX

10. Atlanta, GA

Dallas, Orange County, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham took the 11, 12, 13 and 14 spots on the list before a small market—defined as a market with a tech talent labor pool of less than 50,000—made its way onto the list.  The top-ranked small markets included:

15.  Oakland, CA

16.  Edison, NJ

23.  Columbus, OH

25.  Salt Lake City, UT

26.  Portland, OR

27.  Newark, NJ

29.  Long Island, NY

30.  Kansas City, MO

31.  Charlotte, NC

33.  Cincinnati, OH

The report also looked at which markets present the greatest cost for occupiers based on wages paid to employees and rent paid for office space. CBRE Research combined these two costs for a “typical” 500-person tech firm needing 75,000 sq. ft. of office space for each market and found that, for large markets, Silicon Valley is the highest cost and Detroit is the lowest cost. For smaller markets, Oakland is the highest cost and Oklahoma City is the lowest cost.

The CBRE report also identified various characteristics that are shared by tech talent markets:

  • Gender Diversity:  The U.S. average breakdown for tech talent occupations is 76.2 percent male and 23.8 percent female. Half of tech talent markets have a greater concentration of women in these occupations when compared with the U.S. average, but the numbers are still imbalanced. The most gender-diverse tech talent market is Philadelphia, where females occupy 31 percent of tech talent occupations.
  • Education: Nearly 75 percent of the top 50 tech talent markets have an educational attainment rate above the national average. New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles topped the list for the most tech degrees completed in a two-year period.  When it comes to small markets, Columbus was the standout in this area, besting large markets like Dallas/Ft. Worth and Philadelphia in the number of tech degrees completed in the last two years. These numbers are an indication of future tech talent growth.
  • Millennials: The presence of millennials in the workforce has contributed to the growth of tech talent labor pools. In Boston, millennials make up more than 25 percent of the total population. In Washington, D.C., the millennial population has increased by 26.5 percent since 2009.

“Though highly concentrated within the high-tech services industry, tech talent is not limited to any one type of company and can be found across all industry sectors. In fact, more than 60 percent of tech talent jobs are located outside of the core high-tech industry and these workers help generate innovation and advances that can boost the whole economy, including the commercial real estate market,” said Yasukochi.

To view the interactive report, please visit www.cbre.com/techtalent2015.

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 atwww.cbre.com.

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Sales of vinyl record players at Argos tripled during the last month vs the same period last year

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vinyl record players are unexpectedly roaring back into fashion with a new generation of music lovers rediscovering classics from the 60’s as an alternative to top 40 chart songs.

Sales of record players at Argos have tripled during the last month versus the same period last year.

Responding to the trend, rock artists like the Arctic Monkeys and Bruce Springsteen have also released their latest albums on vinyl as interest in the fondly-remembered platform grows.

According to the Official Charts Company, the top five selling vinyl albums over the past year are:

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing Of Everything

Warpaint – Warpaint

Ian Paton, Argos audio buyer, said: “Many people thought that vinyl had seen their day, but just like the recent resurgence of independent book shops, it’s spun full circle and is starting to take the music industry by storm once again.

“The crisp, deep sound that LP records offer is unrivalled, and offers listeners so much creative licence that they’re able to create their own take on a song by changing the speed of the track.

“Then there’s the LP album cover, which is so artistic in its own right, that they have become part of the furniture to add character to people’s homes.”

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 755 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Homebase study reveals that 74% of men take charge of labor intensive DIY and home improvement projects while women are taking on more creative DIY tasks

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The age old debate of DIY and the battle of the sexes is back as new findings reveal 74 percent of men are still taking charge of labor intensive jobs around the home. While women are taking on more creative DIY tasks.

A recent study by Homebase has found that grouting tiles, putting up fences and building sheds were tasks taken care of by over 28 million UK males in the last 12 months. This compares to 68 percent of women who have been busy changing colour schemes, restyling rooms, creating feature walls and upcycling furniture in order for homes to be looking their best.

Men also come out top in their confidence of undertaking DIY and home improvement projects, nearly half of those surveyed (49 percent) admit they are confident in their knowledge in completing tasks, compared to just a quarter of women surveyed.

Getting to the point of making home improvements also proves a task itself, with the UK spending on average 29 days researching a project, its women who want to get things right as 48 percent can spend up to six months looking for ideas. A stark contrast to men, as 38 percent spend under two days planning and researching projects.

The research also revealed the shift in UK perception of what DIY is and how it has evolved from the 1960’s when it was all about decorating, building and making fixtures and repairs to homes rather than employing a professional. Today, home improvement has transformed and is now seen as CIY (create it yourself) which see’s 40 percent of Brits taking on projects that are as much about design as the practical skills.

For inspiration, help and advice visit the new Homebase Project Centre http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/static/project-centre

Note to Editors:
Research conducted between 30.12.14 – 06.01.15 on 2,057 UK homeowners and tenants.

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

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 296 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

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

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Homebase study reveals that 74% of men take charge of labor intensive DIY and home improvement projects while women are taking on more creative DIY tasks

Homebase study reveals that 74% of men take charge of labor intensive DIY and home improvement projects while women are taking on more creative DIY tasks

Argos research: Over 80% of Irish renters not saving for a home of their own as renting continues to be increasingly common in Ireland

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 80 per cent of Irish renters say they’re not saving for a home of their own as renting continues to be increasingly common in Ireland, according to new research carried out by Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer Argos.

The desire to buy is strong with 54 per cent of Irish renters claiming they want to buy but are trapped in the rental market as they can’t afford a property.  However, 28 per cent of respondents said that renting actually suits their lifestyle, a figure that rises to 42 per cent in the over 55’s age bracket.

The new research was revealed ahead of the launch of Argos’ new Spring / Summer Heart of House home and interiors range, at the upcoming Ideal Home Show in Dublin on 17th-19th April 2015.

The new Heart of House collection offers over 1,500 products across furniture, lighting and textiles which are designed to inspire home lovers to have a go at personalising their home.

Making home improvements is a concern for many renters with those researched claiming that they’ve lost deposits when they’ve made changes. 63 per cent say they don’t want to invest time and money personalising a property, whereas on average, people have lost over €700 when making changes.

Melanie Goodchild, Brand Manager for Heart of House, said: “As renting continues to be so prevalent, we wanted to understand more about the challenges faced by people in rental properties to see how we could help. Whether the decision to rent is financial or lifestyle related, there are quick ways that tenants can change a rental property, to make it feel like their own place without risking deposit money”.

Alexei Cowan, Trends Expert at Argos, said: ““If you live in rented accommodation it’s really easy to inject some of your personality and put your own stamp on your place. You don’t have to go smashing down walls or ripping up carpets to make changes to your home. With some well-chosen accessories you can easily, quickly and affordably transform any room. This could be anything from carefully positioned mirrors, or adding splashes of colour with accessories like cushions or photos. If you talk to your landlord, you may even be able to do more.”

Top interior tips from Argos:

Bring light into a room – Painting the walls a light colour such as pale blue will make a room feel brighter, but if you can’t use paint, try using a mirror hung opposite a window to reflect natural light around a room. If you’re after something less permanent, try propping a mirror up against a wall or a mantelpiece.

Organising clutter – If you have shelves groaning under the weight of books then it is time to be ruthless and pass on any items or books you aren’t going to use. Use your shelves to display candles and ornaments instead, and stack remaining books vertically and horizontally, creating little plinths to display your favorite items.

Introduce texture – Most landlords prefer to keep the décor a neutral colour which can be quite bland, so keep the eye entertained by introducing home accessories with different materials and textures. This can range from knitted pods woolen throws to wooden candle holders, and glass ornaments.

Adding colour – A lot of rental properties have a neutral colour palette, but there’s nothing stopping you from adding a burst of your own colour to a property. This can be done by adding colourful throws and patterned cushions to a sofa, or adding a rug to the floor. Remember to stick to a particular colour theme or story to make the look come together.

Style with symmetry – One trick that designers use to make a room hang together is styling with symmetry. So think about buying a pair of statement lamps and sitting them either side of the sofa, you can also create symmetry with pictures or photos.

Avoid blue tack and nails – Nails leave holes and blue tack leaves grease marks which can be awkward to remove when you leave the property. If you’re looking to hang wall art or photos then consider using picture hanging strips which don’t leave marks on walls when they’re removed, or use your fridge door to express yourself by attaching magnets to the back of photos.

Brighten up your bathroom – Bathroom towels, bath mats and shower curtains can transform the look of a bathroom instantly, and can easily be put back to its original state when you leave.

Introduce flexible storage – Think of useful and stylish items that you can take with you wherever you go, such as a kitchen trolley or freestanding bathroom furniture.

Spruce up the garden – Quickly assembled garden furniture can create instant focal points to an outdoor space, such as a bistro set, bench or bird bath.

Irish renters can watch a video full of tips and advice by visiting facebook.com/heartofhouseuk, and browse over 1500 products at www.argos.ie

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The research for Argos among 200 Irish renters was carried out by Amarach Research in March 2014For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on 087 6670534. Alternatively, tweet us @ArgosIreland_PR.using #ArgosSSrange

 

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience.  It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,500 employees.  In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 20,000 products online.

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

 

Sainsbury’s beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

LONDON, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sun is out, wildlife is waking up and to celebrate National Gardening Week we’ve pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors.

1. Build a bee hotel

Building a bee hotel couldn’t bee easier using this simple guide

Build a bee hotel

 

2. Or…. Buy a Bee Hotel

If you’re not the creative type but you’re still keen to create some vacancies buying a bee hotel is a great alternative.

A top tip when buying or building a bee hotel is to check that the tubes are all 10mm or less to make sure it’s suitable for your guests- generally UK bees won’t house themselves in anything with tubes over 10mm.

3. Locate your bee hotel

Remember to locate you bee hotel in an area which faces south and with clear access to the openings.

Make sure your bee hotel is against something like a wall or a fence. Don’t hang your bee hotel using rope or string where it may be able to swing or rotate.

4. Plant a Bee Café

To really create the ultimate b&b accommodation a bee café is a must have. A bee café is essentially an area of plants which are high nectar and pollen yielding, these can be in pots, in the ground or hanging baskets.

Great plants to include in your café are:

  • Aromatic herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary and sage
  • Chives and other alliums
  • Poppy, crocus, cornflower, borage, alkanet, viper’s bugloss and bird’s foot trefoil
  • Knapweed, phacelia and various types of clover.

For more on seasonal plants which are ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ check out the RHS wesbite

When planting your café try to keep your plants close together in groups- this makes it easier for bee’s to spot and helps conserve their energy as they can collect lots of nectar and pollen (and pollinate) a number plants in one place.

 

5. Recreate your lawn

Replacing your lawn with a grass free flower mix can be a great way to help the wildlife in your garden. Research conducted by Reading University has indicated that grass free lawns can support up to ten times as many visits from twice as many pollinator species as wildflower turf.

Garden maintenance is also reduced as mowing is cut by up to two thirds- perfect!

For more information on grass free lawns and the research behind it please visit: www.grassfreelawns.co.uk

 

6. Or… Mow your lawn sparingly

Ideally mow you lawn less often and remove the cuttings in order to allow plants to flower for the longest period and provide the most pollination opportunities.

7. Plant a Wildlife Hedgerow

Planting a hedgerow will really help give you the ‘edge’ in your bee garden.  A flowering hedgerow in particular serves a dual purpose in giving you garden privacy as well as providing pollen and nectar for your buzzin’ friends.

For more information on which shrubs to plant in your hedgerows check out this great website: www.buzzaboutbees.net/plants-to-attract-bees

8. Monitor use of chemical herbicides and pesticides

Chemical herbicides and pesticides could have a significant impact on beneficial insects in your garden.  Apply only as a last resort, and use strictly in accordance with the label instructions.  If you do need to use any of these products, check for Bee Friendly on the label.

9. Identify your visitors

Identifying the species of bees in your garden is a great idea- not only is it interesting to know the species you’re giving homes to but supplying the data to projects such as The Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society will provide them will valuable data on bee populations.  BWARS members are also great at helping you to identify your buzzy little friends.

 

Robin Dean is a bee expert and Sainsbury’s beekeeper. He maintains Sainsbury’s bee hotels across the country and looks to help the supermarket boost the dwindling numbers of solitary bees in the UK.

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Sainsbury's beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

Sainsbury’s beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

Sainsbury’s customers will be rewarded 10x Nectar points for every litre at Sainsbury’s petrol stations between 10 April and 10 May

LONDON, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its biggest ever points giveaway, Sainsbury’s is giving customers the opportunity to boost their Nectar balances by filling up at Sainsbury’s petrol stations, where they will be rewarded 10x Nectar points for every litre for a whole month.

  • Sainsbury’s rewards customers for filling up at the pump
  • 10x Nectar points on fuel from Sainsbury’s petrol stations between 10th April and 10th May
  • Fill up and swipe to collect 10 points for every litre of fuel, equivalent to 5p off per litre

Between Friday 10 April and Sunday 10 May, customers can collect 10 points per litre purchased at Sainsbury’s petrol stations, simply by filling up and swiping their Nectar card, which is equivalent to 5p off per litre.

With many Brits embarking on long car journeys over the Easter break and May Day bank holiday, there will be plenty of opportunities to fill up and earn an estimated 350 points each time.*

And as there’s no limit to how many times you can fill up during the month-long event, savvy shoppers can make the most of the offer and boost their Nectar balances to save or spend on a great range of products, entertainment and experiences at Nectar.com/spend.

Notes to editors

*Based on 35 litres of fuel being purchased

Nectar ‘Fill up’ Terms and Conditions

Base points on fuel are 1 point per litre of fuel purchases at Sainsbury’s petrol stations. From 10 April – 10 Mary inclusive, customers will receive 10 points per litre of fuel (inclusive of base points of 1 point per litre of fuel) purchased Sainsbury’s petrol stations, equivalent to 5p off per litre of fuel.

Media

Corporate press office

Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm.

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

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Sainsbury’s customers will be rewarded 10x Nectar points for every litre at Sainsbury’s petrol stations between 10 April and 10 May

Sainsbury’s customers will be rewarded 10x Nectar points for every litre at Sainsbury’s petrol stations between 10 April and 10 May

Gok Wan’s Summer 2015 collection for Tu available at Sainsbury’s

LONDON, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether you are looking for the perfect garden party outfit or you want to make a statement at a friend’s country wedding, Gok Wan’s chic new collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s is sure to transform your wardrobe this summer.

Capturing the spirit of the Mediterranean coast, the new Gok for Tu range resonates with style and charm. Taking inspiration from old vintage holiday photographs, Gok encapsulates the effortless glamour of continental women renowned all over the world for their vivacious and effervescent sense of style.

The collection embodies grown up glamour at its finest, with slick tailored pieces such as the white structured jacket, nude sleeveless blazer and matching front split pencil skirt. The understated colour palette, of beautiful beige tones and fresh crisp whites, allows the clever cuts and smart tailored designs of these hero items to speak for themselves.

Breton references are evident throughout the range, featuring bold block stripes on day dresses and simple jersey style staples. The nautical navy blue palazzo pants are perfect for breezy days beside the sea, reflecting the laidback and relaxed aesthetic of classic Riviera elegance.

Ice cream shades of denim provide a refreshing update to Gok’s signature skinny jean and can be easily dressed up or down to suit your mood. Glam them up for a night out on the town with the collection’s sateen embellished top, or make them work for the weekend with the simple knit cardigan.

Reflecting pretty summer gardens the belted sundress is a must have item, featuring a hand-painted floral print and cinched silhouette that celebrates and accentuates the female form. For a more versatile look, the fresh floral pattern has been translated onto tailored cigarette pants, a delicately layered camisole and full circle skirt, which can be worn together to tap into the current co-ord trend, or mixed and matched for a more subtle approach.

A final surprise in the range is the quirky ‘Dolly’ jumper. Gok’s playful, tongue in cheek styling shines through with this item, adding a personal touch to the collection with a witty sweatshirt featuring a photograph of his very own beloved French Bulldog.

On his new collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s, Gok Wan comments: “The most important thing for me is that the women who wear my designs look and feel incredible and this is always at the forefront of my mind with every collection I create for Tu. I love to travel around Europe in the summer – I just find the vibrant cultures, distinctive styles and beautiful landscapes so inspiring. With the new range I wanted to bring a little bit of sunshine to each of my customers as we look forward to the summer season.”

Gok for Tu Collection 17 will be available at over 200 stores nationwide from 14th April. This new collection compromises of 39 styles, including multiple prints and colour ways. Prices range from £16 – £40 and sizes from 8-22.

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Gok Wan’s Summer 2015 collection for Tu available at Sainsbury’s

Gok Wan’s Summer 2015 collection for Tu available at Sainsbury’s

Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale returns this spring

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mention case lot sales and commissary patrons start lining up for the opportunity to save up to 50 percent or more on club-pack and full-case items.

Known as the Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale, the springtime version of this twice-yearly event will unfold at stateside stores, each hosting their individual two- or three-day case lot sale during a weekend scheduled sometime from mid-April to the end of June.

Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico will also participate in these sales. Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, depending on the location, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales. “Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales offer patrons a chance to load up on a variety of grocery and household items at tremendous savings,” said Tracie Russ, Defense Commissary Agency sales director. “For some items we have savings that even approach 60 percent, making these sales well worth the trip!”

Customers have a variety of options to choose from. The list includes the following product categories:

  • Fruit snacks, pudding snack packs, granola bars, fruit bars, pastries, peanut butter and popcorn
  • Water and flavored water, teas, juices, juice mixes, sodas, sports drinks and breakfast drinks
  • Frozen pizza and sausage links
  • Chilled items to include cheeses, yogurt and yogurt mix
  • Prepackaged meats such as lunchmeat, bacon and pork loin
  • Pet supplies to include bagged and canned food, treats and cat litter
  • Pasta, barbecue and pasta sauces, spices, rice, oriental noodles and bowls, chili mix and condiments
  • Cookies, brownies, pancakes and muffin mixes; oatmeal
  • Canned fruit, vegetables, soups, tuna and chili
  • Sandwich, storage and freezer bags; paper products and cleaning supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry detergent
  • Health and beauty care including diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner, soaps, shaving gels and body lotions

“These events are like mobile club stores coming to your installation,” Russ said. “You cannot beat the opportunity to get bulk products at these great prices.”

Customers can go to the main Case Lot Sale page to find out when their store is having a sale. They can also find relevant information on their store’s Local Store Information page.

Note: For photos related to this news release, go to our Flickr page. For a public service announcement, watch the YouTube video.

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
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