Whole Foods Market’s store at the Runway at Playa Vista to open June 17

Announces details for Runway at Playa Vista location, engages local creatives, hosts community events

LOS ANGELES, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s store at the Runway at Playa Vista will open Wednesday, June 17 at the corner of Jefferson and McConnell in Playa Vista.

The store, which will anchor a 3,500 unit residential development, will bring more than 200 jobs to the area. It will be the first Whole Foods Market location to open in Los Angeles since 2008.

“We are excited that our newest store opening in Los Angeles will be in Playa Vista,” said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “This location in such a thriving, creative, aware and engaged community, is a great place for us to share all of Whole Foods Market’s wonderful offerings.”

The 35,000-square-foot store will offer expansive social spaces—including a full service bar, Astro Bar, multiple dining areas and seating to accommodate more than 150 people—designed to serve as extensions of the home and to cultivate a uniquely connected community.

Other unique offerings will include home delivery to Playa Vista residents, a flexi card plan for local Loyola Marymount University students, and seven levels of parking with more than 200 spaces.

As Whole Foods Market does in every community in which it opens, the store will partner with like-minded organizations to foster and support local nonprofits, suppliers, businesses and residents.

To commemorate the store’s opening, Whole Foods Market will host several events, including a reusable shopping bag design contest to engage the community’s creative businesses. The winning design will be sold at the Playa Vista store for a limited time, and proceeds will go to the winner’s nonprofit of choice. For details on all upcoming events and activities, follow the store on Facebook or @WFMPlayaVista on Instagram.


Whole Foods Market’s store at the Runway at Playa Vista to open June 17

Whole Foods Market’s store at the Runway at Playa Vista to open June 17

Whole Foods Market to open its first store in the Dayton, Ohio on June 3

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its first store in the Dayton, Ohio, area on Wednesday, June 3.

The 45,000-square-foot store, located at the intersection of McEwen Road and Miamisburg Centerville Road, will include several unique features and will create approximately 130 local jobs.

“There is such an exciting energy within the Dayton community that’s vibrant and growing – we can’t wait to join in,” said Melissa Arnett, the store’s team leader. “From discovering new, local suppliers to learning more about our community and neighbors, we’ve loved tailoring this store to make it as unique as Dayton itself. Come June 3rd–whether its breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour–we can’t wait to meet you.”

Core values are at the center of Whole Foods Market’s mission, earning it the name “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store.” In addition to offering the highest quality natural and organic products, including seasonal, locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood and high-quality meat and poultry free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils, Whole Foods Market Dayton will feature:

• A pub, a coffee bar and a growler fill-up station
• A bike service station, plus an active-living section in the Whole Body department, including an in-store health and fitness coach
• Quick and easy lunch options, including a soup, sandwich and salad bar
• An artisan cheese department with antipasti, olive and pickle bars
• A cooking department with extensive bulk offerings, including spices, beans and nuts

Whole Foods Market team members will be organizing and attending events around the community in the coming weeks.

For more information, follow the store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Meijer launches new convenient way to shop; Meijer Curbside allows customers to shop for their items online and pick up groceries curbside without leaving the car

Retailer piloting personalized shopping experience in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For shoppers looking to maximize their time, Meijer has launched a new convenient way to shop called Meijer Curbside. This new shopping service allows customers to shop for their items online and enjoy the convenience of picking up their groceries curbside without leaving the car.

Currently being piloted at the Knapp’s Corner store at 1997 East Beltline Rd., the Meijer Curbside program enlists specially-trained team members to hand select every item in a customer’s order and shop according to special instructions and personal preferences. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is considering future rollout possibilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky later this year.

“The way customers shop for food is changing, and Meijer Curbside is one more way we are striving to find solutions to everyday challenges and bring more convenience to our customers,” said Michael Ross, vice president of customer marketing and emerging technology. “Meijer Curbside allows us to help our customers save time by remotely shopping for items throughout our store and choosing their own personal pick-up time.”

After placing orders online at Meijer.com/Curbside, customers choose their preferred pick-up time, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. For Meijer Curbside orders of one to 12 items, orders can be picked up in as little as one hour. For orders of 13 or more items, customers can schedule pick up in about three hours. Customers can also place an order up to three days in advance. For a limited time during the pilot program, Meijer is offering the service at no charge. Following this initial phase the service will cost $5 per order.

The Meijer Curbside team shops all orders prior to scheduled pick-up times and keeps all grocery items at the optimal temperature, using dedicated freezers, refrigerators and warmers to keep everything on shopping lists fresh and safe until customers arrive. More than 23,000 of the most commonly shopping grocery items and preferred general merchandise are currently available for Meijer Curbside orders, as well as prepared meals and sides, specialty cakes, and pre-order party trays.

When customers arrive for pick up at the designated drive-thru area, the Meijer Curbside team loads orders in their car and uses a mobile device to take payment by credit card. Meijer mPerks digital coupons are accepted for all orders. Customers can sign up for mPerks at mPerks.Meijer.com. Currently, paper coupons are not accepted on Meijer Curbside orders.

For more information, please visit Meijer.com/Curbside.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Jo Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com


Meijer launches new convenient way to shop; Meijer Curbside allows customers to shop for their items online and pick up groceries curbside without leaving the car

Meijer launches new convenient way to shop; Meijer Curbside allows customers to shop for their items online and pick up groceries curbside without leaving the car

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. named one of America’s Best Employers for 2015 according to independent study organized by Forbes and Statista.com

PLANO, Texas, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) was recently named one of America’s Best Employers for 2015 according to an independent study organized by Forbes and Statista.com. The survey anonymously questioned 20,000 Americans on whether they would recommend their employer to potential employees, and was conducted through a variety of anonymous online panels.

“We’re proud to be named one of America’s best employers – a designation determined by our very own associates,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “This honor is particularly gratifying for the Company as it mirrors our own internal associate engagement scores, which increased nine points last year alone. This is a significant achievement for any retailer, especially considering that the Company was undergoing a turnaround.”

“Our associates are the heart of JCPenney, and their passion for the Company is critical to creating customer loyalty,” added Marvin Ellison, president and CEO-designee of JCPenney. “While it’s been only six months since I joined the Company, it is clear to see how our Warrior Spirit helps us to win with customers, while inspiring and winning with our own associates.”

JCPenney was also named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly Employer list for the second year in a row. Victory Media recognizes the Company’s military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with military service, veteran retention programs and National Guard and Reserve service policies.

Additionally, jcp salon was recently awarded Behind the Chair’s 2015 Stylist Choice Award for favorite chain salon group. Stylists from across the nation voted for their favorite salon chain, and jcp salon was the winner out of five finalists.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.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, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.


Toys“R”Us® announces that its in-stores campaign across the U.S. to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million

Company’s U.S. Shoppers Pledged Significant Support through In-Store and Online Fundraising to Help Ensure Youth of All Abilities Can Experience #MyFirstSportsMoment; Customer Donations Combined with Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Grants Totaling Nearly $4 Million Aid Special Olympics World Games and Global Growth of Young Athletes™ Program; 100-Day Countdown to 2015 Special Olympics World Games Begins Today

WAYNE, N.J., 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that a recent campaign hosted in its stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million. Throughout the duration of the eight-week awareness and fundraising program, Toys“R”Us customers pledged their support to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience #MyFirstSportsMoment by learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more through Special Olympics. One hundred percent of customer donations will be directed to Special Olympics and applied towards the upcoming 2015 World Games, as well as the expansion of the Young Athletes™ Program around the world. Additionally, the company celebrated the youngest Special Olympics athletes on its official social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, where fans and followers shared their #MyFirstSportsMoment memories and experiences.

Click to Tweet: .@ToysRUs Campaign Raises More Than $2M to Benefit @SpecialOlympics – visitwww.Toysrus.com/SpecialOlympics for more info #MyFirstSportsMoment

In conjunction with this campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund made a $1.25 million commitment to serve as a Games Sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which in just 100 days, will welcome 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, to Los Angeles, CA from July 25 to August 2. As part of the expanded partnership between Toys“R”Us and Special Olympics, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also awarded a $500,000 grant to the organization to advance its aggressive five-year plan to grow the Young Athletes Program in the U.S. and across the globe, so 2½ to 7 year olds everywhere can build critical physical, cognitive, and sports skills through the power of play.

“We could not be more pleased with the outpouring of support by our loyal customers for Special Olympics,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “These customer donations, combined with grants from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, provided a significant contribution of nearly $4 million to Special Olympics to advance the organization’s efforts to bring the benefit of sports to kids of all abilities. As the 100-day countdown to the 2015 World Games commences, we’re eager to celebrate these children who will experience their very first sports moment on a grand stage.”

“Special Olympics and Toys“R”Us have a tremendous legacy of working together and we’re thrilled to be expanding our relationship on such a global scale,” said Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics. “The Toys“R”Us ‘My First’ initiative will allow us to reach more young athletes and provide them the opportunity to experience the transformative power and joy of sports.”

For many years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with the company, has directed grants to Special Olympics to support the organization’s Young Athletes Program. Most recently, it provided $1 million to become the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games held in New Jersey, and with an additional $250,000 grant, was also Presenting Sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for those Games.

For more information about the company’s ongoing commitment to Special Olympics, including the upcoming World Games in Los Angeles, please visit Toysrus.com/SpecialOlympics.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, Google, UPS, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, AEG, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, The Walt Disney Company, Panda Express, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter  @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

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Toys“R”Us Media Contacts:
Adrienne O’Hara

Cheryl O’Brien

Gap Inc. applauds the bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today applauded the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The legislation would help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, help level the playing field for American retailers, and support well–paying U.S. Jobs.

“Trade is vital to the global competitiveness of Gap Inc., and supports more than 110,000 Gap Inc. employees across the United States,” said Sonia Syngal, executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations, Gap Inc. “We thank Senators Hatch and Wyden, as well as Congressman Ryan, for their efforts to craft bipartisan legislation that will help us to create new economic opportunities and grow our business. TPA is key to making sure U.S. companies and workers get the best possible outcomes in trade agreements, and we strongly encourage Congress and the President to work together to enact it as soon as possible.”

The TPA legislation introduced today includes significant improvements to the 2002 TPA law and recognizes changes in the U.S. economy, such as the prevalence of global value chains to support U.S. jobs. The bill also sets negotiating objectives on fair competition with state-owned enterprises, labor and environmental standards, and enhanced procedures to ensure Congressional oversight and public input on U.S. trade negotiations.

“Given the ambitious trade negotiations already underway, including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congress urgently needs to enact TPA legislation to make clear its trade priorities. TPA will help to achieve to the best possible TPP that opens new markets and raises standards to protect workers and the environment in our trading partner countries,” Syngal added.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Chris Coburn, Baiju Naik and Lucy Parks as Elected Directors with effect from 17 April 2015

LONDON, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Constitution of the John Lewis Partnership provides that its democratically elected Partnership Council elects five Partners to the Partnership Board of the Company, known as Elected Directors.Following the recent election by the Partnership Council, the Company announces the resignation of Kate Brewer, Kevin Payne and Daniel Smith as Elected Directors with effect from close of business on 16 April 2015 and the appointment of Chris Coburn, Baiju Naik and Lucy Parks as Elected Directors with effect from 17 April 2015.

Notes to editors
The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership 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), johnlewis.com, 338 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 93,800 staff are Partners in the business.

For further information please contact:James Connal
Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 7798 3803

Walgreens Boots Alliance highlights plan for value creation after completing strategic combination of Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH in December 2014

Leadership team highlights plan for value creation after completing strategic combination of Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH in December 2014

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — At its 2015 Analyst Day in New York City today, the leadership team of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) outlined the key business drivers that will move the newly-created, international organization forward as it operates in diverse markets across the globe with a common aim and focus.

Executive Vice Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina said, “We are just over three months since the completion of our strategic combination and the launch of Walgreens Boots Alliance on 31 December 2014, which itself happened months ahead of the original schedule thanks to the extraordinary work of our teams in the final weeks of 2014. We have achieved a lot in a short period of time, and everything we have seen convinces us that there is significant opportunity. It may take different forms in different markets, and there may be many components as it takes time to deliver. But the potential is there.

“Across our organization we have excellent people running solid businesses and running them well on a daily basis. This is an extraordinarily capable and dedicated group with an excellent track record of leading complex international businesses in truly tough conditions to deliver systematic and sustainable value for our investors.

“Beyond that, our size and scope means that if we are effective in our delivery, we will be one of the companies that helps shape the future of health care, pharmacy and retail on a global basis. As our businesses and the markets in which we operate evolve and change, we have many opportunities.”

Addressing the group of analysts today were leaders from the company’s three divisions (Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale), its cross divisional functions (including Global Brands and its Global Pharmacy Market Access group), Walgreens Boots Alliance Development (WBAD) and the company’s finance team.

Pharmaceutical Wholesale an enabling business

Pessina emphasized the strategic and tactical advantages derived from the company’s Pharmaceutical Wholesale division. “Our wholesale business is not only highly cash generative while providing a common platform and true international presence, but it is also an enabling business in a sector with scope for further consolidation,” he said.

“Wholesale lets us enter new markets at scale more rapidly than retail, while its cash flows help give us financial scale and efficiencies. And it brings the mindset of running a low margin operation – with all the rigor and discipline that demands – throughout the combined company’s culture. Finally, it is our wholesale relationships and experience that form the basis of the procurement work being done at WBAD. Without wholesale, we would not be able to achieve anything like what we are in terms of world class procurement in pharmaceuticals.”

Retail Pharmacy USA takes back-to-basics approach

Leaders from the Retail Pharmacy USA division highlighted the industry shifts impacting the division and, in response, where the division will operate and how it intends to win. Included in that plan is creating an integrated, back-to-basics approach in its pharmacy and front of store operations designed to deliver ultimate convenience, customer loyalty and extraordinary customer and patient care. That customer experience also will be supported by investments in key operational efficiencies such as IT systems, modernizing our pharmacies and investing in customer care.

From a retail pharmacy network access perspective, company leaders described how they’re working to create a global market access mindset through disciplined investment, a focus on patient pull-through and evolved stakeholder partnerships. In the specialty pharmacy market, the division is using a differentiated model to manage costs and improve outcomes by providing access to care in a cost effective, clinically appropriate setting and through partnerships involving Biopharma, payers, providers and patients.

Retail Pharmacy International delivers brands and services customers want

With a retail footprint across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Gulf, the Retail Pharmacy International division has seen increasing demand for its brands globally. As the division’s leaders work to grow the business organically in existing markets, they are also looking for opportunities in new markets. The division continues to benefit from the exchange of learnings across all of its markets; from the virtuous cycle between health care and wellbeing; from insights gained through loyalty programs to increase personalization; from deploying digital solutions; and from its relationship with manufacturers and suppliers.

More specifically in the UK market, Boots is quickly developing new pharmacy and omnichannel models while continuing to innovate in health and beauty in response to changing customer expectations and how they now live their lives. Boots is focused on more personalization and expert care; more confidence in the value it offers with inspiring rewards; and easy and seamless access for all of its customers’ health and beauty needs.

Discovering breakthrough, innovative global brands

Leaders from the Global Brands cross divisional function are moving quickly to drive additional sourcing benefits across the company; help Walgreens and Boots improve pricing and promotions; re-launch the Soap & Glory brand in the USA; and continue driving the performance of powerful brands such as No7, Boots Pharmaceuticals and Well at Walgreens. Over the longer term, growth opportunities for Global Brands include transforming category management capabilities across the company; supporting Walgreens evolution in beauty and personal care offerings; increasing revenue potential through data and analytics capabilities; introducing its portfolio of brands to new markets including Mexico and Chile; and continuing to seek breakthrough innovation and high potential brands to complement the company’s portfolio.

Working within the health care industry places Walgreens Boots Alliance in a privileged position to help improve the health care available to communities around the globe and contribute to building strong foundations for a sustainable future. The company’s leadership described its Corporate Social Responsibility framework through four key areas: community, environment, marketplace and workplace.

Concluding the day, company financial leaders reviewed the integration and restructuring progress made so far.

Pessina added, “This is a dynamic and exciting business to be in. I am honored to be part of it, to be leading it and to be a partner with our shareholders in it.”

The Walgreens Boots Alliance 2015 Analyst Day continues tomorrow, 16 April 2015, beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time with a half-day session to review financial performance and provide management’s perspective regarding key financial variables.

Live video of tomorrow’s session will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. Presentation materials also will be available on the website. A replay of the full conference will be archived on the website for 12 months after the conference.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical including, without limitation, estimates of and goals for future financial and operating performance, the expected execution and effect of our business strategies, our cost-savings and growth initiatives and restructuring activities and the amounts and timing of their expected impact, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “guidance,” “target,” “continue,” “sustain,” “synergy,” “on track,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those relating to our ability to successfully integrate operations, systems and employees following completion of the strategic combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, the impact of private and public third-party payers efforts to reduce prescription drug reimbursements, the impact of generic prescription drug inflation, the timing and magnitude of the impact of branded to generic drug conversions, our ability to realize anticipated synergies and achieve anticipated financial, tax and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated, our commercial agreement with AmerisourceBergen, the arrangements and transactions contemplated by our framework agreement with AmerisourceBergen and their possible effects, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination, cross-termination or modification of any of our contractual obligations, whether the costs associated with restructuring activities will exceed current estimates, our ability to realize expected savings and benefits from restructuring activities in the amounts and at the times anticipated, changes in management’s assumptions, the risks associated with governance and control matters, the risks associated with equity investments in AmerisourceBergen including whether the warrants to invest in AmerisourceBergen will be exercised and the ramifications thereof, the ability to retain key personnel, changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, the risks associated with international business operations, the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in network participation and reimbursement and other terms, risks of inflation in the cost of goods, risks associated with the operation and growth of our customer loyalty programs, risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic investments, subsequent adjustments to preliminary purchase accounting determinations, outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, and changes in legislation or regulations. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Walgreen Co. Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that Walgreen Co. or Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Form 10-Q filed on 9 April 2015). Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Notes to Editors:

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


Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
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International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
Investor Relations
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UK / Gerald Gradwell, +44 (0)207 980 8527

Starbucks expands digital tipping feature to customers using Starbucks® mobile apps in Canada

SEATTLE, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, April 15, 2015 Starbucks is expanding the digital tipping feature to customers using Starbucks® mobile apps in Canada. This feature allows customers to show their appreciation to store partners (baristas) by leaving a tip through the Starbucks® app for iPhone® or the Starbucks® app for Android™.

After completing a transaction via mobile payment, customers who have enabled notifications within the Starbucks app will be prompted to leave a tip if they choose. Customers will have the option to leave a tip in the following denominations: $0.50, $1.00, $2.00. This amount can be completed or edited within two hours after the original transaction.

Digital tipping has long been a top suggestion on MyStarbucksIdea.com, an online community for people to share, vote, discuss and put into action ideas on how to enhance the Starbucks Experience.

Customers who have their app preferences set to update automatically will see this feature available on April 15. If customers do not have auto-updates enabled, they should visit their app store to make necessary updates.

The Starbucks® app for iPhone® is free and available for download through iTunes® and the Starbucks® app for Android™ is free and available for download at Google Play.

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Starbucks expands digital tipping feature to customers using Starbucks® mobile apps in Canada

Starbucks expands digital tipping feature to customers using Starbucks® mobile apps in Canada

Starbucks Japan celebrated the launch of new Frappuccino® beverage in style with a fashion event by designer Taro Horiuchi

TOKYO, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Japan celebrated the launch of a new Frappuccino® beverage in style this week.

A fashion event, created by acclaimed designer Taro Horiuchi, set the stage for the debut of Starbucks Fruits-on-top yogurt Frappuccino® with crushed nuts. Horiuchi, a Tokyo fashion designer and winner of the Newcomer’s Prize at Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix Japan, created dresses and separates that playfully captured the essence of the beverage with fruit on top.

The base of the beverage is yogurt blended with almonds and four kinds of refreshing fruit jelly – orange, strawberry, yellow peach and white peach – topped with whipped cream. The early-summer treat is available in Starbucks stores in Japan for a limited time (April 15-June 2).

A Global Favorite

Today, Starbucks serves Frappuccino blended beverages in all of its 66 countries and offers more than 36,000 different drink combinations. Around the world there are unique Frappuccino flavors that reflect the diverse palates of global customers, such as Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino in Asia, Algarrobina Frappuccino with syrup from the Black Carob tree in Peru and the chocolate Brigadeiro Frappuccino in Brazil.

Fun Facts about Frappuccino

Japan was the first country outside of the United States and Canada to offer the handcrafted beverage in 1996.

Top 5 flavors in the United States: Caramel, Mocha, Vanilla Bean, Java Chip, Double Chocolatey Chip

U.S. Frappuccino social media stats: 10.9 million fans on Facebook, 164,000 followers on Twitter, 301,000 followers on Instagram (as of 4/16/15)

Starbucks store #8944 in Moreno Valley, California sells more Frappuccino blended beverages than any other store in the United States and Canada.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week for Frappuccino blended beverage sales.

The record for the most Frappuccino blended beverages sold on a single day in the United States and Canada occurred on May 10, 2014.

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


Starbucks Japan celebrated the launch of new Frappuccino® beverage in style with a fashion event by designer Taro Horiuchi

Starbucks Japan celebrated the launch of new Frappuccino® beverage in style with a fashion event by designer Taro Horiuchi