Walgreens offers additional ways for customers to show support as the nation’s largest drugstore continues to exceed its Red Nose Day fundraising goal

Campaign’s exclusive retailer hits $7million and offers additional ways for customers to contribute before Red Nose Day on May 21and the NBC televised fundraising event

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With tremendous support from customers across the country, Walgreens has exceeded its goal of raising $5 million through red nose and vendor partner product sales, as well as in-store donations in support of the nationwide fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. With a limited amount of red noses remaining for purchase, Walgreens is offering additional ways for customers to show support as the nation’s largest drugstore continues to exceed its Red Nose Day fundraising goal.

“Our incredible partnership with the Red Nose Day campaign is one more way that Walgreens can continue to fulfill its purpose  – to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our fundraising goal, but the real recognition is owed to our customers and team members who embraced the spirit of this cause and joined us for a good laugh along the way. We hope more people will keep this outstanding momentum going by offering support through the final hours of the campaign.”

The laughter building up to Red Nose Day on May 21 continues, and it’s still easy to get involved in this fun-filled campaign to help lift children out of poverty. Through May 30, Walgreens customers can make donations to support Red Nose Day in-store or by purchasing select products at Walgreens from vendor partners such as Mars, Kraft and Coca-Cola. They also can tune in and donate during NBC’s televised fundraising event May 21 (8-11 p.m. Eastern time).  Customers are even encouraged to get creative, flexing their DIY skills for a personal take on the red nose and take a #RedNose selfie.

Organized by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day has been celebrated in the U.K. for more than 25 years. Red Nose Day’s campaign culminates in NBC’s televised fundraising event in New York City on May 21.  The live, three-hour benefit will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars, featuring an engaging mix of great comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day including a complete list of the charities the Red Nose Day Fund supports, visitwww.walgreens.com/rednoseday. More information on ways to get involved is available on Walgreens Facebook,Twitter and Instagram sites.


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

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day was created to raise money to help children and young people living in poverty in the United States and some of the poorest communities around the world.  The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. will be held on Thursday May 21, 2015.  The day’s events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars. Money raised will go to the Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.  The Red Nose Day Fund will distribute the money raised by the Red Nose Day campaign to charity partners whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief, Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty.

Starbucks Coffee Company announces partnership with Spotify®

  • Partnership Connects Starbucks 7,000 U.S. Company-Owned Stores, 10M-Member My Starbucks Rewards Loyalty Program and Spotify’s 60M Users to Create First-of-Its-Kind Music Ecosystem
  • MSR Members and Spotify Users to Earn “Stars as Currency” for Subscribing to Spotify Premium
  • Popular Starbucks Music Made Available for Everyone on Spotify

SEATTLE, 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) today announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with leading music streaming service, Spotify®, to establish a multi-year relationship that will link its 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 10 Million My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members with Spotify’s more than 60 Million global users to offer a first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.  This interconnectivity will allow Starbucks MSR members unique access to Starbucks music on Spotify, the ability to influence in-store playlists as well as opportunities for Starbucks MSR members to earn “Stars as Currency.”

“For over 40 years, music has played a vital role in Starbucks Third Place experience – inspiring our partners and customers in unexpected ways that have helped to shape the global pop culture.  And we are delighted and honored to bring Spotify directly to our customers,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks. “Throughout its history, Starbucks has worked closely with the music industry, offering a variety of artists a platform for their work. By connecting Spotify’s world-class streaming platform into our world-class store and digital ecosystem, we are reinventing the way our millions of global customers discover music.”

Through a phased rollout later this fall in Starbucks® U.S. company-owned locations, followed shortly thereafter in Canada and the United Kingdom, the agreement specifies that Starbucks and Spotify will collaborate on a next generation music ecosystem. As part of the agreement, Spotify Premium will be promoted in these stores.

Coming first, Starbucks 150,000 U.S.-based partners (employees) will receive a Spotify Premium subscription, followed shortly thereafter by partners in Canada and the U.K. This fall, Starbucks partners can help shape the in-store music programming using tools provided by Spotify. These partner-influenced playlists will then be accessible on Spotify via the Starbucks Mobile App so that customers can stream music anywhere, anytime from their mobile device.

In addition, Spotify users will enjoy opportunities to obtain “Stars as Currency” for My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program. This will represent the first time that Starbucks loyalty program stars can be accessed by a third party for the benefit of Starbucks MSR members and Spotify users. Spotify will also include a dedicated section on Spotify featuring new playlists from Starbucks and its most popular music from the past 20 years, available to all Spotify users.

“Starbucks has a rich music heritage and customers who are passionate music fans which makes us incredibly proud to be their music partner,” said Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. “Spotify has powered more than 25 Billion hours of listening around the world so far, and we’re looking forward to creating unique in-store music experiences while also making more than 20 years of popular Starbucks music available to both Starbucks customers and Spotify’s 60 Million global music fans.”

“We plan on building one of the most robust digital ecosystems of any retailer in the world.  Given the evolution of the music industry and the proliferation of streaming technology, it was natural that we would partner with Spotify in offering our customers a new way to engage with their favorite music,” added Kevin Johnson, president and coo of Starbucks.  “Starbucks ability to innovate with partners such as Spotify, creating new ways and platforms to engage with our customers, will afford us unprecedented interconnectivity across all of our capabilities, and provide new access points for Spotify as they continue to grow globally.”

For more than four decades, Starbucks has built a differentiated Third Place experience with music at the heart of its coffeehouse culture. In 1994, a dedicated entertainment team began selecting original CDs spanning a diversity of musical genres and geographies. This program has spotlighted the extraordinary careers of legendary artists such as the late John Lennon, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, among many others. Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, the Rolling Stones and Ray Charles are among the legends who identified their favorite recordings for Starbucks Artist Choice series.  Starbucks seasonal CDs have celebrated moments ranging from Valentine’s Day to summer road trips to holiday festivities.  Starbucks has also become a champion of emerging artists such as John Legend, Madeleine Peyroux and Fleet Foxes, introducing customers to these musicians at an early point in their careers.

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About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company 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 us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and through the Starbucks Newsroom.

About Spotify
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks.  Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you want it.  Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Spotify is now available in 58 markets globally with more than 60 million active users, and over 15 million paying subscribers. Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US$2bn to rights holders. Spotify is now the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally. For more information on Spotify please visit www.spotify.com.

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Starbucks Coffee Company announces partnership with Spotify®

Starbucks Coffee Company announces partnership with Spotify®

Meijer to open its Grafton and Kenosha supercenters on June 23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — A little more than two years after announcing it was considering expansion into Wisconsin, Meijer has confirmed the opening date for its first two supercenters. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer will open its Grafton and Kenosha stores on Tues., June 23, Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said.

“We’re extremely eager to finally open our doors to Wisconsin,” Hank Meijer said. “We’ve been telling southeastern Wisconsin residents for months that they will love our fresh grocery options, wide selection of general merchandise and overall value. Now we’re excited to prove it as we open our first two stores in Grafton and Kenosha, with more to come later this summer.”

Meijer leadership and local dignitaries will dedicate the first day of business with a ribbon cutting ceremony at each store. As part of its grand opening celebration, the retailer will feature special promotions and events beginning on June 25. The Grafton and Kenosha supercenters are the first of four that will open this year in southeastern Wisconsin, with locations in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa on track to open in August.

The retailer now has 215 stores throughout the Midwest and has grown steadily by focusing on fresh grocery options, value to customers and community partnership. The new supercenters will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, and a bakery offering fresh bread baked four times daily. As Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, customers will have access to these offerings around the clock.

The stores will also feature a pharmacy offering the company’s free prescription program, which includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol.

The retailer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring by giving more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, including significant support of hunger relief initiatives in the communities it serves. Meijer established relationships with Milwaukee area food banks before breaking ground on its new stores and donated more than 216,000 pounds of food to the Hunger Task Force and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

There are still team member openings for the Meijer stores in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa stores. The hourly positions will be part- and full-time across a wide array of skill sets, but ideal candidates will possess a desire to develop as part of the Meijer team and provide exceptional customer service. Potential candidates can begin the hiring process by applying online at http://jobs.meijer.com/newstore.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 215 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Frank J. Guglielmi, 616-826-6747, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer to open its Grafton and Kenosha supercenters on June 23

Meijer to open its Grafton and Kenosha supercenters on June 23

Rite Aid Corporation launches new integrated marketing campaign in support of wellness+ with Plenti

Coalition Loyalty Program Brings Additional Benefits to wellness+ Members

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) has launched a new integrated marketing campaign in support of wellness+ with Plenti. As a part of Plenti, the nation’s first coalition loyalty program, Rite Aid now offers its nearly 25 million active wellness+ members even more ways to earn and enjoy savings on top of the existing wellness+ benefits they currently receive.

The campaign, created by Rite Aid’s long-time agency partner MARC USA, shows how consumers can benefit from Rite Aid joining forces with their other favorite brands. The campaign is designed to reach not only Rite Aid customers but also customers of other Plenti partners including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu.

Rite Aid’s Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish explains, “Customer loyalty is such a critical business driver today. Wellness+ is already one of the most robust retail loyalty programs, so it was such a natural fit for Rite Aid to join Plenti and take our program to the next level. Since there has never been anything like this before in the United States, the goal of our campaign is to help shoppers understand the power of Plenti. We also want to make sure Rite Aid customers know that in addition to earning Plenti points, which can be used for at least two years for savings at Rite Aid and certain Plenti partners, all the great benefits of wellness+ remain – including the ability to earn 20% off almost the entire store for a year.”

The new campaign features a 30-second TV spot that brings the coalition experience to life as it shows how wellness+ with Plenti works. It follows a shopper eagerly offering to buy a cold remedy for her sick husband. Along the way, she visits several Plenti partners for things she wants and needs, including Macy’s for jeans, AT&T for headphones and Exxon/Mobil for fuel, before she arrives at Rite Aid – where she ultimately gets the cold medicine free with the Plenti points she has already earned.

MARC USA’s Chief Creative Officer Bryan Hadlock explains that the TV spot was shot on site at Rite Aid as well as at other Plenti partners. Hadlock adds, “It’s quite unusual for a retail spot for one brand to feature other brands this way. It’s proof of the tremendous collaboration and coordination within the Plenti coalition and really demonstrates the ease and simplicity of the customer experience. It’s a real win-win for consumers and retailers participating in the Plenti coalition.”

The campaign media strategy includes extensive support nationwide and an additional overlay in Rite Aid’s key markets. Besides the TV spot running on major cable networks, there are two 30-second spots running on network radio, as well as direct mail, in-store signage, circular and multi-platform digital activation with six online videos, email, search, display, pre-roll and social media strategies.

Learish continued, “We’ve built such strong brand loyalty through wellness+ and wellness65+ with more than three-fourths of our sales today associated with a wellness+ card. We see wellness+ with Plenti as a way to give even more value to our loyal members and also introduce new shoppers to Rite Aid. Wellness+ with Plenti works seamlessly across all the ways people want to shop Rite Aid, including Riteaid.com – where customers can also earn and use Plenti points.”

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Plenti is a U.S. coalition loyalty program comprised of widely known companies, which includes: American Express, AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu. Plenti is designed to offer consumer’s greater choice and savings potential through a multi-category rewards platform. To receive more information, please visit: www.plenti.com or connect us on Facebook.com/PlentiRewards, Twitter.com/PlentiRewards, Instagram.com/PlentiRewards and YouTube.com/PlentiRewards.

Note: View TV spot here.


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Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Wincor Nixdorf to install additional 150 multifunctional cash recycling systems across Turkey for Denizbank

Denizbank invests in Wincor Nixdorf’s cash recycling systems

PADERBORN, Germany, 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Turkey-based Denizbank is offering more and more customer-friendly services through its network of automated teller machines. The new cash recycling systems made by Wincor Nixdorf even enable customers, including those who do not regularly bank at Denizbank, to exchange euros, U.S. dollars or rubles for Turkish lira or pay their bills in cash.

Last summer, Denizbank placed an order for 150 multifunctional cash recycling systems, which not only dispense deposited cash after performing a forgery check and temporarily storing the funds, but also offer a wide range of banking services. The bank then ordered an additional 150 of these jacks-of-all-trades after seeing how well they perform on the job and hearing positive feedback from customers. All of the ATMs are scheduled to be installed across Turkey by the end of the year. To ensure high availability of the self-services offered by the machines, Wincor Nixdorf will also provide the maintenance.

Thanks to the new systems, bank customers can conduct an array of banking business while on the go. Customers who just want to get some cash can withdraw any total, including odd amounts, up to their personal limit. The systems dispense coins as well as banknotes. Customers and non-customers of the bank can also use the systems to pay bills in cash. A barcode reader automatically records all necessary data – and enables users to decide whether they want to conduct the transaction with cash or through electronic means. The transactions are conducted on user-friendly touch screens.

The cash recycling technology also enables users to avoid long waits at the counter when they want to change money. Ruble, euro or U.S. dollar notes are placed in a cassette after undergoing a counterfeit check, and the system then pays out the current equivalent in banknotes and coins denominated in Turkish lira.
Murat Citak, IT Group Manager of Denizbank, said: “Our experience with the systems that are already in operation at many DenizBank ATMs all over Turkey is very satisfactory. The services we offer at these ATMs include barcode reading user-friendly financial transactions, bill payments, refund of change, and banking and withdrawal of foreign currency. Based on the feedback from our customers, we are very happy and plan to maintain this valuable and well-performing cooperation with Wincor Nixdorf.”

About DenizBank
DenizBank was established in 1938 as a state economic enterprise aimed at funding of the developing Turkish maritime sector. In the early 1997, DenizBank was acquired by the Zorlu Holding in the form of banking license from the Privatization Administration and in October 2006, a leading European financial group, Dexia incorporated it to its structure. For 6 years, DenizBank operated in Dexia’s main shareholding and since 28 September 2012, continues providing services under the umbrella of Russia’s largest and well-rooted bank, Sberbank. DenizBank has become one of the remarkable banks of Turkey in a short period of time. DenizBank Financial Services Group was established in 2003 in order to create a “financial supermarket” accumulating various financial services under one roof. There are totally 745 branches within DenizBank Financial Services Group operating in 81 provinces of Turkey and abroad employing close to 15 thousand people. DenizBank Financial Services Group consists of DenizBank, seven domestic, three international financial subsidiaries, five domestic non-financial subsidiaries, and a branch in Bahrain. Deniz Investment Securities, Ekspres Securities, Deniz Real Estate Investment Trust, DenizPortfolio Management, DenizLeasing, DenizFactoring, Destek Asset Management Company, Intertech, Deniz Kültür, Deniz Card Payment Systems, Açık Deniz Radio – TV and Bantaş are the group’s domestic subsidiaries while Eurodeniz, DenizBank AG and DenizBank Moscow are its international subsidiaries.

Press/Financial Press

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

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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

Giant Food donates $2 million to local schools through its A+ School Rewards program

A+ School Rewards Support School Programs and Enrichment Activities

Landover, Md., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced today a $2 million donation to 1,968 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware as a result of its 2014-2015 A+ School Rewards program. Through the A+ School Rewards program, purchases made by Giant shoppers help provide funding to area schools.

“The A+ Rewards program is a key initiative in fulfilling our commitment to improving the lives of the thousands of children across the areas we serve,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “From adding new technology in classrooms to enhancing extracurricular programs, each year we are proud to see how our program directly impacts local schools and helps positively shape tomorrow’s leaders.”

In the fall, Giant customers can sign up and designate up to two schools to benefit from their purchases. A+ School Rewards points accrue with each purchase made using a Giant Card and are credited to the designated school’s account. Since launching the program in 1989, Giant has donated more than $92 million to local schools throughout the communities it serves. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning funds for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs the schools choose.

Mater Dei School of Bethesda, Md. received $25,983.53, the program’s largest award this year.

“I can’t express fully how happy we are at Mater Dei School to be the top earning school and how grateful we are to Giant Food for making this all possible,” said Billy McMurtrie, Mater Dei School headmaster. “With the award, we will be transforming our library into a digital classroom, complete with Smartboards and 22 laptop computers.”

The ten schools receiving the largest awards from the 2014-2015 A+ School Rewards program are:

School Location Amount
Mater Dei School Bethesda, Md. $25,983
McLean High School McLean, Va. $19,945
Folger McKinsey Elementary School Severna Park, Md. $15,923
Herbert Hoover Middle School Potomac, Md. $15,820
Winston Churchill Senior High School Potomac, Md. $14,862
Bodkin Elementary School Pasadena, Md. $14,860
Langley High School McLean, Va. $13,543
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Bethesda, Md. $12,485
Severna Park Senior High School Severna Park, Md. $12,332
Freedom Hill Elementary School Vienna, Va. $11,194


To learn more about A+ School Rewards and for a complete list of participating schools, please visit www.giantfood.com/savings-and-rewards/rewards- program/aplus/ www.GiantFood.com/aplus.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full- service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776

7‑Eleven, Inc. to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.’s 182 convenience stores in greater Boston area and in New Hampshire

BOSTON, 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area and in New Hampshire.  The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits in perfectly with 7‑Eleven’s growth strategy,” said Stan Reynolds, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 7‑Eleven, Inc. “This move was made possible by 7‑Eleven reinvesting the return from previous successful acquisitions to continue the company’s growth as the world’s largest convenience retailer.  These high-volume, high-performing locations complement our existing real estate portfolio in the Boston, Massachusetts and New Hampshire area.”

7‑Eleven expects to extend job offers to most Tedeschi Food Shops employees who are affected by this acquisition upon successful completion of their pre-employment screening process and continued satisfactory performance.  Currently, 7‑Eleven, Inc. operates and franchises 164 stores in the greater Boston area and New Hampshire.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America.  Globally, there are more than 55,400 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries.  During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion.  7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently.  Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list, #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015 and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start.  7‑Eleven is # 3 on Fast Companymagazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 8-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program.  Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.

PetSmart launches this year’s line of services aimed at honoring the service and sacrifice made by the nation’s men and women in the military

$1 from each patriotic service sale will benefit Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Veterans Initiative

PHOENIX, 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year, PetSmart has launched a new line of services aimed at honoring the service and sacrifice made by the nation’s men and women in the military. Through July 5, 2015, $1 from Top Dog and other select Patriotic Grooming Packages and PetsHotel® Patriotic Treats will go to Canine Companions for Independence. PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence, in support of Canine Companions’ Wounded Veterans Initiative to help partner assistance dogs with the military veterans who need them.

“Since the launch of our partnership last year, Canine Companions for Independence has placed 25 veterans with assistance dogs of their own and helped to get an additional 33 veterans on the path to having a dog,” said Gregg Scanlon, senior vice president of Store Operations and Services. “These patriotic services, and the proceeds that are donated to Canine Companions through their sale, are just one way that PetSmart is able to say thank you to the brave men and women in our military.”

$1 from the sale of each patriotic package will go toward the Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Veterans Initiative. Patriotic products and services will be available in-store through July 5, 2015 and include:

  • Patriotic Top Dog and Select Grooming Services: Choose fromselect PetSmart Grooming packages that include the option of an assortment of patriotic add-ons, including patriotic bandanas and collar charms, as well as a red (cherry), white (coconut), and blue (blueberry) signature scent.
  • Yellow Ribbon Stencil: Show support with a washable temporary pet stencil. *Not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 wks. & older.
  • PetsHotel Patriotic Treats: Pet parents will have the opportunity to purchase a patriotic cookie; toy, combo, and/or summer treat time while their pet is staying in a PetSmart PetsHotel.

PetSmart for Patriots is one of several national programs PetSmart runs under its community relations program, PetSmart Gives Back. PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home and enrich people’s lives through the power of pets. Its other programs include:

    • PetSmart Promise – supports homeless families in keeping their pets
    • PetSmart Paws for Hope – promotes healing through therapy dogs at hospitals
    • P.U.P. (Pop Up Park) – a portable community dog park

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That’s why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,404 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store.  Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 400,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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