CVS Health study: employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs with financial incentives associated with higher rates of quitting smoking

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new study by the CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) Research Institute and researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs with financial incentives are associated with higher rates of quitting smoking and sustained abstinence. Findings of the study, conducted among a sample of CVS Health colleagues and their relatives and friends, helped shape an innovative smoking cessation program for CVS Health colleagues that will launch in June 2015.

“More than 50 years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of tobacco, smoking still remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S. While as a society, we have made significant strides in curbing rates of smoking, there is still a clear opportunity to make an even greater impact,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health and a study co-author. “As we think about novel approaches to smoking cessation, these findings provide evidence that financial incentives can be a powerful motivator.”

The researchers randomly assigned approximately 2,500 CVS Health colleagues and their family and friends to one of four incentive-based smoking cessation programs or to usual care, which consisted of informational resources and free access to a behavioral-modification program and nicotine-replacement therapy. Across all of the incentive-based programs, participants were eligible for up to $800 for successfully quitting smoking but the programs differed in how incentives were accrued and disbursed. Two of the programs required participants to pay an upfront deposit of $150, which was reimbursed if participants successfully quit smoking.  Overall, study participants who enrolled in any of the four incentive-based programs were nearly three times more likely to quit smoking than those who received usual care alone. In addition, although participants assigned to the groups requiring an upfront deposit were more likely to decline participation than those in the pure incentive-based programs, deposit programs led to nearly twice the rate of abstinence from smoking at six months among people who would have accepted either type of program.

“This study is one of the first to compare incentive programs that first require deposits and programs that entail pure rewards to promote healthy behaviors,” added Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study. “The results are fully consistent with the behavioral theory that people are typically more motivated to avoid losses than to seek gains. Although the need to make monetary deposits deters some people from participating, deposit-requiring incentive programs can produce robust, long-term results in helping to change complex health behaviors.”

As part of CVS Health’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health, CVS Health will launch 700 Good Reasons, an innovative smoking cessation program for its colleagues who smoke or use tobacco of any kind. Set to launch next month, the program was developed based on key learnings and insights gained from this new research in order to create an incentive program that would both encourage participation and result in sustained success in quitting smoking.  Program participants are required to pay a $50 deposit and can earn up to $700 as well as a refund of their full deposit if they commit to quit and are successful. The financial incentives will be paid to participating employees who test tobacco-free at six and 12 months. In addition, those enrolled will also be encouraged to participate in CVS/minuteclinic’s Start to Stop® smoking cessation program which offers a personalized quit plan, nicotine replacement therapy and support to help stay on track.

“Last year, we made a commitment as a company to be tobacco-free as we strive to fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health and that includes our colleagues,” said Lisa Bisaccia, executive vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health. “The research we conducted with the University of Pennsylvania provided us with important information about what can motivate and help our colleagues stop smoking. We are excited to offer this innovative program to our colleagues who want to quit smoking as we foster a healthy workplace and workforce.”

CVS Health stopped selling tobacco products in all CVS/pharmacy locations in September 2014 to support the health and well-being of its patients and customers.

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives. CVS Health Research Institute findings support a continuous quality improvement environment, which encourages product innovation and development to benefit CVS Health patients, clients and their members.

The study was also supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (CA159932) and a grant from the National Institute on Aging (AG036592).

For more detail on the data, please visit the following link: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414293

 

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health.  Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.  Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Christine Cramer Christina Beckerman
CVS Health CVS Health
(401) 770-3317 (401) 770-8868
christine.cramer@cvscaremark.com christina.beckerman@cvscaremark.com

BESTSELLER to provide the official Olympic collection to the Danish athletes in Rio

NEXT SUMMER WHEN THE DANISH ATHLETES ENTER THE MARACANA STADIUM FOR THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY, IT WILL BE IN CLOTHES FROM BESTSELLER WHO WILL PROVIDE THE ENTIRE DANISH OLYMPIC COLLECTION.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The agreement has been made between BESTSELLER and the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF).

The collection is developed in close collaboration with a number of top athletes. The first sketches have been presented to Louise Burgaard, Handball (Olympics 2012), René Holten Poulsen, Kayak (Olympics 2008 and 2012) and Casper U. Mortensen, Handball. In the development process the athletes give valuable input for the designers on the function of the clothes, as well as on which style the athletes wish to represent during the Olympic Games.

“In BESTSELLER we are very proud to provide the official Olympic collection to the Danish athletes. We know that the competition in Rio is tough and that every detail counts. Our focus is on delivering the coolest and most ideal collection to the athletes, so they will feel proud and comfortable and be able to focus on their optimal performances. We take on the task with the same professionalism and dedication that we experience from the athletes and we are looking forward to seeing the collection and not least the athletes in action in Rio,“ says Jesper Stubkier, Communications Responsible in BESTSELLER.

BESTSELLER also provided the Danish athletes with clothes for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. DIF is pleased with the continued collaboration with this important and comprehensive task:

“We are very pleased that BESTSELLER wants to repeat the success and yet again dress Denmark’s athletes. We know that the company and the designers are doing everything it takes to create the best Olympic collection ever in collaboration with the athletes.

The clothes have to be both smart and comfortable for the athletes to wear, and they should also have a notable common thread, which in Rio will present a cool and ambitious Olympic team, “says Danish Olympic Chef de Mission, Morten Rodtwitt from DIF.

Facts:
• The BESTSELLER brands JACK & JONES and VERO MODA will be designing and providing the clothes.
• The collaboration entails four collections types: Casual, Denmark, Reception and Opening Ceremony
• The clothes will be worn by the more than 100 Danish athletes on all occasions during the Olympics except during the actual competitions, where they will wear their own competition clothing. In addition to this, Danish coaches, trainers and officials will also be dressed in the collection.
• It is the third Summer Olympics in a row where BESTSELLER provides the Danish athletes with the Olympic collection.
• Danish Olympic fans will be able to buy parts of the collection in the months leading up to the Olympics in 2016.
• The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take place from 5 – 21 August 2016.

Download pictures of the athletes at the design meeting

More information:

Jesper Stubkier, Communication Responsible, BESTSELLER, mobile 52 15 37 46
Casper Hollerup, Olympic Press Responsible, DIF, mobile 24 64 52 53

Sobeys supports Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day encouraging public to stand up for the importance of food education

Sobeys encourages employees and Canadians of all ages to get cooking and join a food-focused event on May 15

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, Sobeys is proud to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global day of action encouraging the public to stand up for the importance of food education.

Support of Food Revolution Day is just one of the many ways Sobeys encourages Canadians to improve their food knowledge and cooking skills. Through the work of the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund, Sobeys has been empowering and inspiring Canada’s next generation of home cooks. This year, Sobeys is engaging elementary and secondary schools across Canada to participate in Food Revolution Day through Home Cook Heroes, a nutrition education program in partnership with Free The Children. To date, more than 290 schools in Canada have signed up to host a potluck in their classroom and/or cook alongside Jamie Oliver as he teaches a special online cooking lesson.

“Educating youth about how to cook fresh food from scratch is an essential life skill – once you know that, you’re set up for life,” said Jamie Oliver. “I’m really excited that Sobeys is again supporting Food Revolution Day to help empower the youth of Canada to make better food choices. Keep up the good work Sobeys!”

Sobeys is supporting several Food Revolution Day ambassador events by providing food donations, including one taking place at Northview Heights Secondary School in Toronto. More than 1,500 students at the school will take part in Jamie Oliver’s online cooking lesson on May 15 and Jamie will make a special live video appearance that morning.

“Food Revolution Day and its vision to help more people, especially our younger generations, understand and appreciate better food, aligns perfectly with Sobeys’ mission to help Canadians eat better, feel better and do better,” said Gillian Kerr, Vice President, Brand Marketing. “We’re proud to support Food Revolution Day events and efforts in Canada and hope to see thousands of people get involved in a cooking or food event this year.”

Research conducted by Sobeys last year found that just one in five (18 per cent) of Canadians are preparing one meal a day from scratch and only 31 per cent of 18 to 29 year olds feel confident in the kitchen. The Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund, launched in the fall of 2014, supports access to and the advancement of better food through donations and partnerships with national and regional charities.

The inaugural program, co-developed in partnership with Free The Children, is Home Cook Heroes, a curriculum-based program designed to empower students to make healthy choices, gain essential food and cooking skills, and channel their healthy energy towards creating positive local and global change.

More information about the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is available at https://www.sobeys.com/betterfoodfund.

More information about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day is available at www.foodrevolutionday.com.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A whollyowned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. Most famous for his EmmyAward winning television series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on CBC, Jamie has become a campaigner for better school food and food education. The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has created an annual global day of action – Food Revolution Day www.foodrevolutionday.com – inspiring people all over the world to stand up for real food, and Canada has been one of the most active countries for the past two years.

His television programs are broadcast on Food Network Canada and the accompanying bestselling cookbooks are published by HarperCollins Canada. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.

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For further information, please contact: Allison Macdonald High Road for Sobeys Inc. Allison.Macdonald@highroad.com 416-644-1644

Wegmans Food Markets: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced redevelopment plans for Admirals Row

NEW YORK, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation today announced redevelopment plans for Admirals Row that will bring a long-anticipated supermarket, new manufacturing space and a brand new community facility to the site. Wegmans Food Markets Inc., the country’s highest-ranking retail employer and supermarket operator, will anchor the $140 million redevelopment of Admirals Row led by Steiner NYC, the developer of Steiner Studios. Steiner was designated for the site by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), delivering on a promise made to the surrounding community to provide access to quality food and jobs.

The development of the Admirals Row site is projected to create more than 1,200 permanent jobs. Wegmans will initially hire 450 people, including 150 people in full-time positions. It is projected that the number of full-time positions may grow to as many as 250, with as many as 600 total jobs expected — twice the overall supermarket jobs and more than three times the full-time positions offered by other proposals vying for the site.

The company is an industry leader in providing good wages, paid leave, company-funded retirement plans and opportunities for education and career advancement. Wegmans will spend more than $2 million to recruit and train its workforce, and will utilize BNYDC’s Employment Center at BLDG 92 to recruit area residents for the jobs it will create. BNYDC’s local hiring plan includes collaboration with resident leaders from the local New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings and other community stakeholders, and includes setting up employment centers in the nearby NYCHA developments.

In addition, new light industrial space at the site will spur more than 300 good industrial jobs. The development site is directly across from the 3,000-resident Farragut Houses and is in close proximity to Ingersoll and Walt Whitman Houses and the growing residential neighborhoods in Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill – all of which lack a high quality, affordable supermarket. These are communities that have a longstanding need for good-paying jobs and a quality, affordable grocery store.

“The Brooklyn Navy Yard is proud to deliver on its promise to bring a supermarket to this neighborhood,” said BNYDC President & CEO David Ehrenberg. “But not just any grocery store. Wegmans is widely recognized as the country’s best supermarket for its affordable, quality food and is also recognized as the best retail employer in the country. And one of the reasons we selected them was because their employee compensation is consistently equal to or better than other food retailers in markets where they have stores. With Wegmans and the entire redevelopment of Admirals Row, local residents will gain needed amenities and the Brooklyn Navy Yard will further its mission to create good-paying, high-quality jobs for area residents. We look forward to working with Wegmans, Steiner NYC, and our community on this meaningful project.”

“It is a thrill to bring Wegmans to Brooklyn, along with hundreds of new jobs. Our family started this company in 1916, and we built our business by always putting the needs of our employees first,” said Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “Our employees are part of our family, and they are the reason for our success. We are proud to be part of this exciting project and look forward to providing the very best quality and selection, consistent low prices, and incredible customer service to the local and wider Brooklyn community.”

BNYDC has also established aggressive community participation goals for the construction of the Admirals Row site, including 30 percent of the overall contract values awarded to certified minority/women-owned businesses and 15 percent of contracts targeted to local businesses within Brooklyn.  Workforce goals for the construction phase of the project include 45 percent of jobs to be held by minority and/or women and a local workforce goal of 25 percent within local zip codes.

Customers, workers and the communities consistently rank Wegmans as the nation’s top supermarket in the country for quality, affordability and employee satisfaction. Wegmans new supermarket will provide value and opportunity to the surrounding community:

–       Local Hiring–Wegmans will work through the BNY Employment Center to maximize local hiring. BNY’s local hiring plan includes collaboration with resident leaders from the local New York City Housing Authority buildings and other community stakeholders, and includes setting up employment centers in the nearby NYCHA developments. Across its stores, 90 percent of Wegmans employees live in the surrounding community
–       Good Wages—For 18 consecutive years, Wegmans has ranked highly on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Construction jobs at the site will meet prevailing wage standards
–       Workforce Development–Wegmans will invest over $2 million in hiring and  pre-opening training for employees
–       Community Investment–Wegmans has committed $150,000 over three years to collaborate with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation on community programs
–       Local Access to Healthy Food–Store offerings will meet FRESH criteria, providing healthy and affordable produce.

In addition to the 74,000-square-foot supermarket, Steiner will develop 78,000 square feet of retail space, 126,000 square feet of light industrial space, and 7,000 square feet of community facility space.  In order to accommodate ongoing demand, BNYDC has secured an option to build 100,000 square feet of additional light industrial space above a parking facility as well.

Wegmans, the 85-store, family-owned company, founded in 1916 in Rochester, NY, has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015 (the next highest-ranked retailer on the list came in at 26). It is one of only 12 “All Star” companies to be on this list every year since it was launched in 1998. Health care benefits are available for all full-time employees and part-time employees over 30 hours/week. The company also provides a robust benefits package including employee scholarships, a company funded retirement plan, 401k plan with company match, and paid vacation for full- and part-time employees. In addition, Wegmans invests heavily in employee training. And, because the company continues to grow and promotes from within, there are many opportunities for career advancement.

In terms of quality and affordability, Consumer Reports ranks it as the country’s top supermarket. Third-party studies of the Philadelphia and Washington DC area markets found that Wegmans is one of the most, if not the most, affordable grocery option, with prices 13% below the average. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Wegmans stores in our shopping centers for many years,” said Douglas C. Steiner, Chairman of Steiner NYC and Steiner Studios. “We’re thrilled to now be bringing Wegmans to New York City. Their workforce is treated right and has real opportunities for advancement. The result is that the employees are Wegmans’ secret sauce—they’re motivated to give customers a great shopping experience: great prices, great quality, and great service. I guess that’s why they employ twice as many people in their stores as their competition. Which in turn means more jobs for the diverse local neighborhoods they serve. They are simply the best supermarket in all respects.”

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said: “This project is going to activate a vital piece of the Navy Yard and open it up to this community as never before. This administration¹s priority is maximizing good jobs and opening up career paths for New Yorkers at every opportunity, something at which the Admirals Row development excels. This project meets this community¹s vital need for a supermarket, but it also invests even more in Fort Greene with more than 1,200 good jobs, workforce training and community development. It expands modern manufacturing and builds on the booming innovation sector in this corner of Brooklyn. We are thrilled to have Wegmans, one of the nation¹s foremost high-road employers, anchoring this development.”

“The evolution of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an engine for 21st century opportunity has taken another important step forward with the redevelopment of Admirals Row. The new Admirals Row will address many of the challenges facing the communities surrounding the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including long-term food insecurity and access to local hiring opportunities in the retail and industrial sectors,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“A Wegmans supermarket coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard…this is great news! At last the local residents will have ready access not just to a supermarket, but to the #1 rated supermarket in Consumer Reports! And the employees will be working for an organization that provides extensive benefits, including scholarships. This supermarket is projected to be both an important corporate neighbor and a good neighbor to the community,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.” My thanks and congratulations to the Steiner family and to David Ehrenberg and the entire team at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for this wonderful win for the community!”

“Wegmans and the entire Admirals Row redevelopment will further the revitalization of the communities around the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” said BNYDC Board Chair Hank Gutman. “Local residents will have good jobs with excellent benefits and access to fresh produce and groceries. The Yard will also be able to attract new businesses and further accommodate current tenants with this added light industrial space. With Steiner, a longtime Yard tenant, at the helm, this project is guaranteed enduring success.”

“I was born and went to college in Syracuse,” recalled Robert Perris, district manager for Brooklyn Community Board 2.  “Wegmans is well known upstate as a great place to work and a great place to shop.  This is a win for everybody.  The Navy Yard should be congratulated.”

“The addition of Wegmans supermarket to the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a major step forward to ensuring quality, fresh and affordable produce and foods in one of New York City’s food deserts.  This new development will generate much needed jobs for residents in the area, particularly those in the nearby Farragut, Whitman and Ingersoll Houses. Wegmans will certainly boost economic activity and provide residents with direct access to wholesome, local food. We look forward to breaking ground on this full-service supermarket. Congrats to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to Mayor de Blasio for their work on ensuring access to fresh food to all New Yorkers!”  Carlo Scissura, President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

The designation of Steiner NYC for the site follows a request for proposals that was issued by BNYDC last year. Work on the site, which also includes restoration of two of the site’s historic structures, is expected to begin later this year.

The 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, the leading industrial park in New York City with 3.5 million square feet of leasable space in 40 buildings housing over 300 businesses, is fully occupied. The city-owned Navy Yard is currently undergoing its largest expansion since WWII and is on track to deliver more than 2 million square feet of new space and up to 9,000 additional jobs in the next five years. Employment in the Yard has increased from 3,500 jobs in 2001 to over 7,000 jobs today.

About the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is owned by the City of New York and managed by the not-for-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC). BNYDC leases space in the Yard, promotes local economic development, develops underutilized areas and oversees modernization of the Yard’s infrastructure. Established in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as one of America’s preeminent military facilities for more than 150 years. Today, the Yard is a thriving industrial park with more than 300 businesses that employ over 7,000 people. In 2011, BNYDC opened the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92—an exhibition, visitors and employment center—to celebrate the Yard’s past, present and future and its role as a national model for sustainable urban industry and job creation. Visit www.BrooklynNavyYard.org for more information.

About Steiner NYC
Steiner NYC, LLC is focused on real estate development in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Steiner has developed over 10 million square feet of real estate in fifteen states. Notable projects include Steiner Studios, a 580,000 square foot, state-of-the-art film and television production facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and The Hub, a 52-story, 750 unit 80/20 residential rental tower currently under construction in Downtown Brooklyn.

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

Contact Information:

For Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Lee Silberstein or Lisa Serbaniewicz
The Marino Organization
(212) 889-0808
lee@themarino.org or lisa@themarino.org

For Wegmans Food Markets:
Jo Natale
Wegmans
(585) 429-3627
jo.natale@wegmans.com

For Steiner NYC:
Barbara Wagner
Rubenstein Associates
(212) 843-8035
bwagner@rubenstein.com

Starbucks Corporation to present at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 27, 2015

SEATTLE, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the company will present at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available at http://investor.starbucks.com. An archived webcast will also be available on Starbucks website, at the same URL.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online atStarbucks.com and news.starbucks.com

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Starbucks introduces new summer bakery items to pair with coffee and tea

SEATTLE, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has introduced new summer bakery items that pair well with coffee and tea:

S’mores Tart – toasted marshmallow on top of graham cracker tart crust, filled with milk chocolate.

Frappuccino Sugar Cookie – shaped like a Frappuccino® blended beverage this cookie has chocolate and vanilla icing.

Red Berry Cheese Danish – sweet cheese and strawberry raspberry filling on a La Boulange® croissant.

Cookie Straw – rolled sweet wafer biscuit lined with rich chocolate ganache, pairs well with any of Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages.

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake – a returning favorite, a raspberry and vanilla pound cake topped with icing.

These bakery items will be available in participating Starbucks® stores while supplies last.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks introduces new summer bakery items to pair with coffee and tea
Starbucks introduces new summer bakery items to pair with coffee and tea

Starbucks: News reports that Starbucks mobile app has been hacked are false

SEATTLE, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks takes the obligation to protect customers’ information seriously. News reports that the Starbucks mobile app has been hacked are false.

Like all major retailers, the company has safeguards in place to constantly monitor for fraudulent activity and works closely with financial institutions. To protect the integrity of these security measures, Starbucks will not disclose specific details but can assure customers their security is incredibly important and all concerns related to customer security are taken seriously.

Occasionally, Starbucks receives reports from customers of unauthorized activity on their online account. This is primarily caused when criminals obtain reused names and passwords from other sites and attempt to apply that information to Starbucks. To protect their security, customers are encouraged to use different user names and passwords for different sites, especially those that keep financial information.

If a customer believes their account has been subject to fraudulent activity, they are encouraged to contact both Starbucks and their financial institution immediately. Customers are not responsible for charges or transfers they did not make. If a customer’s Starbucks Card is registered, their account balance is protected.

For additional security, Starbucks encourages customers to employ several best practices to ensure information is as protected as possible, such as:

Passwords

Creating passwords made up of long phrases or sentences that mix capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Using different passwords for different sites, especially those that keep financial information.

Changing passwords often.

Lost or Stolen Device

If a customer believes their device has been lost or stolen, immediately change passwords for financial and personal accounts to prevent any identity theft or fraud.

Stay Alert

Regularly review bank statements for suspicious activity. If something is in error, immediately report that to your financial institution.

If you see any suspicious activity on your Starbucks Card or mobile app, please immediately notify Starbucks customer service at 1-800-STARBUC.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Target Corporation sells Target Commercial Interiors to Omni Workspace Company

Minneapolis-based Omni Workspace Company will acquire TCI

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced it will sell Target Commercial Interiors (TCI), a subsidiary that provides office furnishings and related services for business and commercial clients. Minneapolis-based Omni Workspace Company, more commonly known as A&M Business Interior Services, will acquire TCI and operate it as a wholly owned subsidiary. TCI will be renamed following the completion of the acquisition.

Omni Workspace will retain TCI’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters, located at 81 S. 9th Street, and will continue to operate the six additional TCI furniture showrooms and offices throughout Arizona, Illinois and Wisconsin. TCI’s leadership team will remain in place, and its employees will become part of Omni Workspace.

“Target is continuing to drive our transformation by focusing on our core businesses and putting our guests at the center of everything we do. Target Commercial Interiors has a rich history and a great track record with clients, but its business model is tailored to commercial customers. The decision to exit a business is always difficult, but we are thrilled that TCI will remain in Minneapolis,” said Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan.

“I’m looking forward to the future as we join forces with nearly 30-year partner A&M Business Interior Services to combine talented teams, industry expertise and a tremendous group of clients. My leadership team and I are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for our team and for Target,” said Mike Litwin, vice president and general manager, Target Commercial Interiors.

TCI was established in 1953 as Dayton’s Commercial Interiors, changing its name in 2004 shortly after The Dayton Company became Target Corporation. TCI supplies office furniture to Target’s Minneapolis headquarters and its other offices around the country, and will remain a vendor partner to Target.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games

LONDON, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thursday 14th May, Manchester: 10 children from Greater Manchester were treated to a special swimming lesson from four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds, as part of a national push to encourage children to take part in the Sainsbury’s School Games.

The star swimmer is embarking on a nationwide tour, encouraging young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games.

Britain’s biggest annual multi-sport event is returning to Manchester for the second year in a row, with 1,500 young people set to compete across 12 sports this September.

Simmonds, who competed at the Sainsbury’s School Games on her way to Paralympic glory, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games are important to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in school sport.  The Games have provided a great stepping stone for elite athletes like me, and I’m sure there will be future stars competing in Manchester this year.

“I’m now training in Manchester, so I’ve had the pleasure of seeing how good the facilities are, and it’s great for the city to host the Sainsbury’s School Games once again. I encourage young people to celebrate sport this summer and get involved.”

The Paralympic star took part in an hour-long swimming lesson with pupils from St. John’s RC Primary School in Chorlton, as part of a national push to encourage young people to take part in this year’s event.

The Sainsbury’s School Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Games are a series of multi-sport events held across the UK, including regional inter-school competitions in Greater Manchester. The best young athletes from across the UK will then head to Manchester in September for the Level 4 Sainsbury’s School Games, which take place from the 3rd-6th September at venues across the city.

Sainsbury’s is committed to encouraging and enabling inclusive school sport. As well as supporting the Sainsbury’s School Games, the retailer has donated over £150 million worth of equipment and experiences through its Active Kids scheme since it began in 2005.

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Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games

Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games

John Lewis and Waitrose announce their new Horsham shops to open on 18 June

John Lewis ‘at home’ to sit shoulder to shoulder with Waitrose in Horsham £11m investment by the Partnership in the development of both shops.

LONDON, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis and Waitrose today announce that their new Horsham shops, co-located on Albion Way, will open to customers at 9am on Thursday 18 June – in just under six weeks’ time.

John Lewis ‘at home’ Horsham will present an edited selection of 16,000 products across furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, technology and nursery departments.

The shop will also be the first John Lewis branch to introduce the Home hub – a new concept that will bring together all home services and allow customers to browse John Lewis’ full furniture range, whether in-store or via online portals, in one space. Surrounding the Home hub will be a series of 11 room sets displaying various interior trends in an inspirational setting, and inside the hub customers will be able to coordinate their furniture, floor coverings and soft furnishings using John Lewis’ various design services with the help of John Lewis Partners.

The development, which has created a total of 217 new jobs, will see John Lewis ‘at home’ and Waitrose become truly integrated, giving customers the opportunity to browse both shops in one trip. John Lewis customers will be able to access all of the Waitrose catering facilities, including a juice bar, wine and beer bar, a new bakery and café. Customers will also be able to place johnlewis.com orders from within the branch, and collect online orders via Click & Collect.

Nigel Davis, branch manager, John Lewis ‘at home’ Horsham said: ‘It’s tremendously exciting to have the opening date confirmed, and I’m already looking forward to opening the doors to our first customers.

‘I am particularly proud to open the first ever John Lewis branch to feature the Home hub, which will bring all of our beautiful home products together in a way that has never been done before.’

Jo Thomas, branch manager, Waitrose Horsham said: ‘This is an extremely exciting time for the team; relocating to a bigger location with a much wider offer, and joining forces with Partners at John Lewis to provide our customers with an improved and more convenient shopping experience.’

John Lewis ‘at home’ Horsham will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 8pm, and Sunday from 10am until 4.30pm (including Sunday browse time from 10am until 10.30am).

Waitrose Horsham will be open Monday to Saturday from 7.30am until 9pm, and Sunday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The café will be open Monday to Saturday 7.30am until 8pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

There will be over 350 parking spaces available at the site.

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.

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.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Julia MacCarron at Red Consultancy
Telephone: 020 7025 6558
Email: Johnlewisnewbranchesteam@redconsultancy.com

Homebase launches new personalised custom wallpaper service

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With holiday getaways planned and wedding season almost upon us, make your summer memories last this year, with leading home improvement retailer Homebase’s new personalised custom wallpaper service.

This new service, available at homebase.co.uk allows customers to create stunning personalised wallpaper printed with a favourite photo or picture on.

When uploading an image, customers will be able to view an example of how a room might look with the picture, simply by entering the wall size and, it will also calculate the cost for you at the same time.

Leanne Oakley, Homebase Wallpaper Buyer, said: “Whether it’s a beautiful scenery shot of a field of flowers or a personal family portrait, you can create a unique ‘one of a kind’ piece of wall art in any room in your home.

“What’s also great about this unique wallpaper is that it’s very easy to put up and remove. So if you fancy a change or are moving house, it is easy to update your look.”

Homebase’s customer wallpaper service is now available to order from homebase.co.uk. Prices start from £23.99 per square metre and customers also have the option to select from 35 pre-selected images including scenery, bookcases and city skylines, with all orders including home delivery.

 

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

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

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

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