Toys“R”Us: Get SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2 as a FREE Gift with purchase as part of the Company’s Immersive Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron Retail Program

Beginning May 3, Toys“R”Us Customers Can Receive SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2 as a FREE Gift with Purchase as Part of the Company’s Immersive Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron Retail Program

New York, NY, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — This May, the most anticipated comic event of the year will officially unleash as Marvel Comics launches its epic event, Secret Wars. An initiative that shakes the foundation of the entire Marvel Universe,Secret Wars presents a gripping original series that features new incarnations of Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains, intense battles and the emergence of new worlds. One of the hottest and most anticipated Secret Wars storylines –ARMOR WARS – centers on a civil war in a city of iron men and iron women that threatens to destroy the Stark dynasty. But the origins of this cataclysm all lay within the pages of SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½, which will be released as a free gift with purchase exclusively at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. As part of the company’s massive Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron retail program, Toys“R”Us customers will receive a complimentary SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½ comic with any Marvel purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9, while supplies last.*

In this directly connected Secret Wars comic, Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson (Armor Wars, All-New Invaders) and artist Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk) treat readers to a heart-pounding look at the events that lead to ARMOR WARS.

“This is a really cool prelude that sets the stage for Eisner award-winning writer James Robinson’s SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS techno-noir thriller. And you’ll love the detail, mood and action that superstar artist Mark Bagley delivers,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s a great introduction to TECHNOPOLIS and the earth-shattering mystery that’s at its center.”

In the retro-future city of Technopolis, the population is now in the clutches of a disease that makes it impossible for anyone to survive without a suit of armor. Rival brothers Tony and Arno Stark provide the technology that keeps the city alive.

But, there are secrets on the street about the origin of the disease that confine the citizens of Technopolis…and key players begin to make their moves based on data that could take down the protectors of the city Tony Stark (IRON MAN) and Jim Rhodes (THOR).

Who has learned a revelation so stunning it will lead to their end? Find out as Marvel teams up with Toys“R”Us to release this epic 12-page prequel comic book, available for a limited time only through the retailer’s exclusive ARMOR WARS free gift with purchase program. Customers visiting Toysrus.com can also discover the secrets of ARMOR WARS and receive a complimentary comic with their online Marvel purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9, while supplies last.*

Additionally, fans can now shop a broad assortment of must-have Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron merchandise at dedicated, front-of-store feature shops in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide, including exclusive products from Hasbro®, such as Marvel’s Avengers Titan Hero Series™ 3-Pack Iron Man, Quicksilver and Marvel’s War Machine, Marvel’sAvengers: Age of Ultron Cycle Blast Quinjet, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Avengers HQ Hulk Buster Breakout Playset and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Avengers HQ Captain America Tower Defense Playset.

“We are thrilled to be the first retailer to bring SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½ to Marvel Universe fans and collectors nationwide, and to offer them the opportunity to receive this special Secret Wars comic book as a complimentary gift with purchase only at Toys“R”Us,” says Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Not only can customers experience the secret ARMOR WARS world, they can shop our unparalleled assortment of Marvel products and exclusives, just in time for the upcoming debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Stay tuned to Marvel.com/secretwars as the new Marvel Universe continues to be forged. Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/marvel and be sure to join the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel, #SecretWars, and don’t forget to follow us @Marvel.

*Quantities limited; no rain checks. Limit one per customer. Not valid on prior purchases. Offer valid 5/3/15-5/9/15.

SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by PAUL RIVOCHE & ESTHER SANZ

About Marvel:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.
© 2015 MARVEL

About Marvel Custom Solutions:
Custom Solutions is Marvel’s in-house creative agency that leverages all the greatest talent within Marvel Entertainment to create highly dynamic and compelling content and campaigns for global brands. Marvel Custom Solutions has the ability to deploy the work it creates through its robust print, digital, social and theatrical platforms, adding scale to the programs it creates.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.:
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 872 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 725 international stores and over 235 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR ARTWORK PLEASE CONTACT:
Chris D’Lando
MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
212-576-4061
cdlando@marvel.com

Nicole Hayes
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
973-617-4371
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Starbucks® gears up to open its 100th store in Brazil

SEATTLE, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In between the juice bars and acai stands that dot the streets of São Paulo, are hundreds of small cafés bustling with people gathered around little cups of coffee Brazilians fondly call a cafezinho.  It’s an immensely popular afternoon ritual; a chance to pause and catch up with friends or coworkers before heading back to work. Whether in a small botequin on a quiet tree-lined street, or a Starbucks store on Sao Paolo’s busy Paulista Avenue, Brazilians cherish those moments spent with one another over cups of cafezinho.

It’s the type of tradition that reflects Brazil’s deep relationship with coffee. The country is, after all, the world’s largest producer of coffee and second only to the US when it comes to total coffee consumption. The beverage of choice: a hot doppio espresso with a hint of sugar, served with a bite-sized pastry on the side. Simple and straightforward, a typical cafezinho is often a reminder of a simpler time.

Starbucks stores across Brazil have been a destination for cafezinho since the company opened its doors in São Paolo in 2006. Now as the company gears up to open its 100th store in the Brazil, it is celebrating this much-loved Brazilian tradition with doppio espressos prepared exclusively with Starbucks® Brasil Blend. Made with 100% Brazilian arabica coffee from the south of Minas Gerais, Bahia and São Paulo – Brazil’s primary coffee growing regions – this medium-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate was first developed in 2006 as a packaged coffee exclusive to customers in Brazil. Today, Starbucks® Brasil Blend is the star of cafezinho at stores across the country.

“Coffee is such an important part of every Brazilian’s daily life,” said Vivian Fonseca, a nine-year partner (employee) with Starbucks Brazil who was part of the company’s first class of baristas back in 2006 and has since moved to the operations team. “Our baristas have been pulling perfect doppios since we opened our doors in São Paolo, building connections with customers when they stop by for a cafezinho. I am excited to work with our partners to showcase even more of our country’s finest arabica coffee in our stores.”

This week, Starbucks also introduced Starbucks Reserve® to customers in Brazil with the Starbucks Reserve® Brasil Nova Resende – a truly rare, exquisite small-batch coffee hand selected by the company’s most experienced buyers from 74 small farms around Serra de Ibituruna in Nova Resende, a small town in the South of Minas Gerais. Grown in partial shade, the beans slowly mature and retain more of their sugars before being naturally dried, creating a unique complexity and fruit notes typically associated with full-bodied red wines. Each bag is roasted and packaged at the company’s new 15,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle.

For Starbucks Brazil store manager Marina Bueno, the Starbucks Reserve® Brazil Nova Resende is a chance to share some of Brazil’s most exceptional coffees with her customers and partners. “I feel like there’s a story behind every cup that goes back to those small farms in Minas Gerais,” Bueno shared at a recent coffee tasting event with fellow partners who, like her, are enrolled in the company’s Coffee Master program. “Brazilians are so proud of our coffee heritage and I like to see a company like Starbucks help to share our coffee with people here in Brazil and around the world.”

About Starbucks Brazil
Starbucks Brazil operates across 17 cities in the states of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, employing more than 1,400 partners. Its soon-to-open 100th store is located in one of the most popular public squares in the central area of Rio de Janeiro, at the former Odeon cinema. This highly anticipated store will serve as the only coffee shop in Centro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro in the newly revitalized Cinelândia region.

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

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Starbucks® gears up to open its 100th store in Brazil

Starbucks® gears up to open its 100th store in Brazil

bol.com names Margaret Versteden as its new SVP Marketing

Margaret Versteden has been appointed as the new SVP Marketing of bol.com. As of June 1, Margaret will succeed Michel Schaeffer, who is leaving the company to pursue a new phase in his career. He will stay on until August 1 to help ensure a smooth transition.

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Margaret brings with her enormous experience, both in management and in the fields of e-commerce and marketing. Margaret joins bol.com from Bain & Company, where she was managing partner, specializing in FMCG, retail and e-commerce. Before that, she worked as a strategy consultant for BCG for 10 years and also gained valuable experience at Nike, where she was responsible for its e-commerce and online customization business and for the Central, Eastern and Northern European region.

Michel leaves bol.com after 14 years of leading its marketing and business departments. In that time, he played a crucial role in the rapid growth of bol.com, making it now one of the best-known and most trusted brands in the Benelux.

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bol.com names Margaret Versteden as its new SVP Marketing

bol.com names Margaret Versteden as its new SVP Marketing

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) recognized by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council for its environmental efforts

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — While a cleaner, greener earth is a reward of its own, the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has recognized Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) for its environmental efforts.

“FCL is committed to reducing waste, increasing our waste diversion and being leaders in environmental sustainability,” said Sustainability Advisor Brittney Hoemsen. “We’re continually looking for opportunities to reduce waste, recycle and reuse across all our operational business lines.”

The Waste Minimization Awards recognize excellence in waste reduction in Saskatchewan in seven categories, promote leadership and inspire all sectors to participate in waste reduction activities. The awards were presented April 23 in Saskatoon, Sask., with FCL being recognized in the corporation category.

Hoemsen said FCL has been working to reduce waste for two decades.

“We are focused on influencing employee awareness and engagement in this area,” Hoemsen said. “I’m proud that we’re building a culture that supports recycling and other sustainability efforts. We’re not only trying to do this at FCL, but help customers reduce their own waste to enhance their communities.”

Highlights of waste reduction in 2014

  • Donating hundreds of thousands of food items to local food banks in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton. In 2014, over 105,000 kilograms of produce and perishable items approaching their best before dates were donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank.
  • Switching the packaging of CO-OP® GOLD Natural Spring Water to 100 per cent recycled plastic.
  • Bucks for Batteries provides a rebate to Co-op customers recycling old automotive batteries. Since the program’s inception more than a decade ago, FCL has annually diverted an average of 30,000 lead acid batteries from the landfill.
  • Collaboration with Clean Farms, a non-profit agriculture stewardship organization that collects obsolete pesticides and livestock medication as well as empty plastic containers.
  • FCL also collects unused agricultural seed for recycling.
  • FCL Home Office’s enhanced recycling program has achieved a waste diversion rate of 81 per cent. This includes a 21 per cent reduction in paper and 13 per cent reduction in total waste sent to landfill since 2013.

Sustainability leadership

FCL has also shown leadership by working with partners to research, develop and implement sustainable methods to clean up contaminated petroleum and fertilizer sites. Through Extended Product Responsibility programs, FCL has helped divert motor oil, paint, scrap tires, waste electronics and product packaging from the landfill.

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NACS: University of Wisconsin students’ proposed battery swap model wins the Fuels Institute’s inaugural Future of Transportation Case Competition

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — A proposed battery swap model developed by University of Wisconsin students to increase the viability of electric vehicles was named the winner of the Fuels Institute’s inaugural Future of Transportation Case Competition at the Institute’s Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

The University of Wisconsin team’s proposal, “Electricity and Petroleum as Long-Distance Fuels,” focused on a unique 15-year, five-city initiative to develop a model battery swap retail program similar to the concepts pioneered in Israel. The team of Justin Goninen, Eric Nimphius and Mike Lyons captured the $5,000 top prize in the national, multi-disciplinary student competition.

The Fuels Institute is a non-profit research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating market issues related to vehicles and the fuels that power them. The case competition was open to both undergraduate and graduate students across the country. Students were asked undertake a broad industry reinvention of both the motor fuels and motor vehicles industries. From all abstracts submitted, 21 schools were asked to submit proposals and three finalists presented their ideas at the Fuels Institute meeting.

Northwestern University captured second place and $2,500 for its proposal, “Integrating Electric Vehicles in the Future Transportation Value Chain,” and third place and $1,000 went to the University of Texas at Dallas for “Monetizing Environmentalism.”

“Our goal in designing our model was not to argue what the world should be. Nor was it to dream about what the world could be. Our goal was to design the most plausible model, considering current technologies, customer attitudes and government involvement in the industry,” the Wisconsin students noted in their proposal.

Battery swapping stations, roughly the size of a car wash, would address the challenge of longer charging times faced by current EV drivers. Retailers would benefit from increased traffic at stores for food and beverage items, while maintaining 3% margins for battery swaps that are roughly in line with traditional fuels margins. The students also said that by taking away the cost of the battery — roughly half the current cost of an EV — by “renting batteries” as part of battery swaps, electric vehicles would be significantly more affordable and sales would surge.

The students proposed that five cities with populations of around 300,000, such as Madison, Wisconsin, could be test markets for the technology and implementation.

“By developing a battery-swapping model now, and implementing it in a handful of American cities, the value chain is able to learn about and improve electricity as a fuel before a radical shift in government regulation,” the students noted in their proposal.

“The fuels and vehicles industries are facing a rapidly changing policy and technology environment, presenting perhaps the first real opportunity since early in the 1900s for dramatic industry reinvention. The sheer amount of new fuels, and new drivetrains, which lie just around the horizon, is truly breathtaking,” said Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger. “The University of Wisconsin team presented a very thoughtful path forward for how to actually make this happen.”

In addition to the student competition, the Fuels Institute, founded by NACS in 2013, commissions and publishes comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects will help to inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Wincor Nixdorf: BAWAG PSK becomes the first bank in Europe to introduce cash withdrawals at ATMs in all its branches – without a card

Enabling technology Wincor Nixdorf PC/E software

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — It doesn’t get any smarter than this: the Austrian financial institution BAWAG PSK has become one of the first banks in Europe to introduce cash withdrawals at ATMs in all its branches – without a card. Is your card defective? Does a friend urgently need some cash? Together with its technology partner Wincor Nixdorf, BAWAG PSK has developed a new SmartCash function for situations just like these to make the bank’s cash services easier and more flexible.

SmartCash is available at ATMs in around 500 BAWAG P.S.K. branches. When a SmartCash withdrawal is ordered, a ten-digit code is generated either by BAWAG’s eBanking service or its eBanking app and transmitted to the user via text message. This code, which is valid for four hours after being sent to the user, can be used for a single withdrawal of cash in an amount between ten and 400 euros. Once the code is entered, it becomes invalid for further withdrawals.

If a higher amount is needed, it can be withdrawn in combination with the account holder’s own bank card: customers can get up to 5000 euros from an ATM using the combination of a bank card, a PIN and a code, eliminating the need to stand in line at the teller window.

The new service was introduced in October 2014, and user numbers have risen steeply since then. According to Athir Findi, who heads the bank’s department for direct sales online banking and brokerage, “It was important to us to offer our customers more convenience and flexibility with BAWAG P.S.K.’s new SmartCash function for eBanking and the eBanking app. Cash withdrawals without a bank card are a future-proof solution with a strong focus on customer benefits.”

The technology that enables the new service is Wincor Nixdorf’s software platform PC/E with a smart client component that runs on the ATM, and a server component that authorizes the withdrawal via the code. Josef Pichler, Director Software & Solutions, Wincor Nixdorf Austria, says, “In close cooperation with the retail banking experts at BAWAG P.S.K., we were able to create a very customer-centric solution that meets the demand for omnichannel banking services.”

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Price Chopper to hold its 7th annual “Build-A-Bouquet” activity just in time for mother’s day, May 9-10

Schenectady, NY, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The youngest shoppers will have the opportunity to put together a special gift for Mom at Price Chopper’s 7th annual “Build-A-Bouquet” activity on Saturday, May 9 (the day before Mother’s Day) from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and on Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

“Kids enjoy the opportunity to give Mom a special gift, especially when it’s something that they can put together themselves. ‘Build-A-Bouquet’ for Mother’s Day was designed to give kids an outlet for their creativity, while celebrating the abundance of colorful and aromatic flowers that symbolize spring,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper vice president of public relations and consumer services and a mother, herself. “It’s wonderful to watch the kids take great care, not only in selecting and wrapping the flowers but in personalizing their card.”

Children 12 and younger will be able to select three bunches of flowers, from a selection of alstromeria, poms, mini carnations, carnations, snapdragons, matsumoto, cremons, spiders, sunflowers, stock, baby’s breath, limonium, statice and asters. Once the bouquet is assembled, the flowers will be wrapped in colorful tissue, tied with ribbon and personalized with a specially-designed card for Mom. The cost to build a bouquet is $5 plus tax.

Due to popular demand, Build-A-Bouquet stations will be set up at all Price Chopper locations.

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.427.1186

Hy-Vee’s CEO and President Randy Edeker elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Edeker was elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) at the trade organization’s annual meeting in Florida earlier this week.

As chairman of the board, Edeker will work with the NACDS board of directors, the organization’s officers and executive committee members to develop NACDS’ policies and priorities and will help carry out the organization’s mission. The mission of NACDS is to advance the interests and objectives of the chain community pharmacy industry, by fostering its growth and promoting its role as a provider of healthcare services and consumer products.

Edeker said he is honored to serve NACDS in this evolutionary time in the industry.

“Coming together as an industry to better understand consumers’ ever-evolving healthcare needs and how to respond to those changes is extremely important,” Edeker said. “I look forward to working with NACDS members and the board of directors to help guide the industry on key issues and policies.”

In forecasting what lies ahead for NACDS over the next 12 months, Edeker described ten perspectives on the state of “ever-evolving healthcare.” These include ongoing changes related to: Medicaid; healthcare delivery; attitudes and expectations of care; specialty pharmacy; quality measurements; technology and patient-managed health; millennial trends; cybersecurity; growing collaboration among companies through NACDS; and government and political involvement.

Edeker will serve a one-year term as the chairman of the board. He first joined the board in 2013, and in 2014, Edeker served as the NACDS treasurer of the board. Edeker succeeded John Standley, chairman and CEO of Rite Aid Corp.

During his first address as chairman of the board on April 27, Edeker announced that Hy-Vee will be contributing $100,000 to the NACDS Foundation to support research to advance public health.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.