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

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

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

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

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

Fast Facts

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Store Hours

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

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

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

JCPenney to introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores starting May 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For customer inquiries:1-800-445-6937

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Email: mediarelations@hm.com

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

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For further information please contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mother’s Day Starbucks Card

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

Create-Your-Own Mug and Tumblers

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

Starbucks Greeting Card/Gift Card Set

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

Teavana Strawberry Blush Rosé Oolong Tea

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

Teavana Radiant Flower Gift Collection 

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

Teavana Energetic Outings Gift Set

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

Teavana In Bloom Collection 

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

Teavana Oprah Chai Steep Good Thoughts Set 

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

Limited-Edition Mother’s Day Premium Starbucks Card 

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

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

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

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