Rite Aid’s VP of pharmacy services Mike Podgurski named the 2015 Honorary President by the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that Mike Podgurski, Rite Aid’s vice president of pharmacy services, has been named the 2015 Honorary President by the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

The honor is awarded each year to an individual in recognition of their commitment to supporting the Association’s mission and goals including protecting public health and promoting the Association’s initiatives. Podgurski, a licensed pharmacist with more than 40 years’ experience, was formally recognized during NABP’s Annual Awards Dinner yesterday, the culminating event of the Association’s 111th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

“Over the course of his career, Mike has made a profound and lasting impact here at Rite Aid and across the retail pharmacy industry,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “We are extremely proud of Mike and we are especially grateful for his many contributions to our company, which have helped us to deliver superior patient care to our pharmacy customers nationwide. Mike is a true servant leader and a champion of community pharmacy and is most-deserving of this honor.”

In presenting the award, the Association recognized Mike’s ongoing commitment to the Association through his participation on numerous NABP and industry committees and task forces including the NABP’s Task Force on Pharmacy Licensure Standards, its Community Pharmacy Accreditation Program Steering Committee and its Task Force on Pharmacy Automation; the American Pharmacists Association’s Work Group on the Future of Pharmacy, and the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. He was also involved with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Roundtable on Health Information Technology and Prescription Drug Abuse and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Work Group.

Podgurski joined Rite Aid in 1987 through the Company’s acquisition of SupeRx. During his nearly 30 year tenure at Rite Aid, he has held a variety of positions covering several functional areas including pharmacy operations, pharmacy services, pharmacy development, government affairs and third party administration. Podgurski was named to his current role in June 2007.

A past member and officer of the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy, which he served for 15 years, Podgurski is a member of several professional organizations including the American Pharmacists Association; the National Community Pharmacy Association; the National Association of Chain Drug Stores; the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

Podgurski earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University.

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.



Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Meijer to acquire national specialty pharmacy and health services company Aureus Health Services

Addition of specialty pharmacy capability to enhance Meijer customer offerings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Aureus Health Services, a national specialty pharmacy and health services company based in Pittsburgh, Pa. and a portfolio company of BelHealth Investment Partners, to enhance its customer offerings, particularly to patients with complex chronic conditions.

“The ability to provide specialty pharmacy services to our customers supports our objective to provide total patient care,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Between Aureus Health Services’ national strength and the strong Midwest footprint of Meijer, this purchase combines two reputable industry leaders, and creates an opportunity for national growth by providing better service to customers.”

Specialty pharmacies distribute unique pharmaceuticals coupled with high-touch, patient-centered services. Aureus Health Services is a highly-regarded brand with a strong track record of innovation and expansion in the specialty pharmacy space.

“We are very pleased to join the Meijer organization,” Aureus Health Services Chief Executive Officer Michael Nameth said. “This acquisition will not only benefit customers and patients through a stronger organization, but it will also provide growth opportunities for our team.”

Nameth will remain in his role of CEO in the new Meijer business unit. The acquisition is expected to be finalized within the next few months. Meijer plans to maintain the company’s current patient services centers across the country.

Meijer currently operates 217 supercenters and grocery stores across the Midwest, all of which include a pharmacy. The Meijer pharmacy is growing as a customer destination through expanded clinical services, as well as a free medication program that includes antibiotics, pre-natal vitamins, and medications for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes and high cholesterol. In fact, the free prescription program has prescribed more than 26 million prescriptions, saving customers an estimated $376 million since its inception in 2006.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 217 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional 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.

JMP Securities LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Meijer in connection with ‎the transaction. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey served as exclusive financial advisor to Aureus Health Services and BelHealth Investment Partners.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, 616-791-3814, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com


Haggen Pacific Southwest to donate more than 1m pounds of food to local food banks from the 100 new store openings throughout California, Arizona and Nevada


Haggen Continues Tradition of Giving Back In Partnership with Feeding America To Support Communities Surrounding 100 New Pacific Southwest Stores

Irvine, Calif.,  2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing a long history of giving back to the communities it serves, Haggen Pacific Southwest is donating more than one million pounds of food to local food banks from the 100 new stores the West Coast regional grocery chain is converting throughout California, Arizona and Nevada this spring. Haggen’s donation represents more than 833,333 meals to help feed the hungry. The donations began with the opening of the first Haggen store in California on March 11 in Carlsbad and will continue until June 20 when the final three stores open in Carpinteria, Long Beach and Santa Barbara.

Donated items from departments throughout each store include everything from fresh produce, baked goods, deli items and dairy, to meat, dry, canned and packaged goods. Initial recipients of Haggen food donations include, among others:

  • City of Refuge of San Diego
  • East County San Diego Transitional Living Center
  • Feeding America San Diego
  • Helping Hands of Orange County
  • Grateful Hearts of Orange County
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • David’s Episcopal San Diego
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

“Our commitment to supporting local extends beyond sourcing and into the communities around our stores,” said Bill Shaner, Haggen Pacific Southwest CEO. “We are always looking for ways we can get involved and give back, providing hunger relief, educating our youth and promoting our core value of sustainability. We’re a grocery store and, above all else, we’re here to feed families, whether that’s through the great stores we run or partnering with Feeding America to help those in need.”

“The Feeding America network provides more than three billion meals each year to families facing hunger, thanks to the help of generous partners like Haggen,” said Bill Thomas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Feeding America. “We are grateful to Haggen for providing meals for people in need and for raising awareness of hunger in the communities they serve.”

With each store opening, Haggen is also partnering with 100 local non-profits, donating a total of $100,000 across 100 stores opening in approximately 100 days.

Local store leadership is involved in guiding the process to help make a meaningful impact in their communities. Recipients to date include, among others: Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club in Palmdale; Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga; Clear View Elementary School in Chula Vista; La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad; Lakeside Union School District and Granite Hills High School in El Cajon; Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach; Pacific Beach Elementary School in San Diego; Southern Ravens, The League of Dreams and Van Home Elementary School in Bakersfield; Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind in Tujunga; and Travis Ranch School in Yorba Linda. Non-profits interested in learning more about Haggen’s community giving should visit haggen.com/grow-community/our-local-community to complete an online inquiry form and submit information about their organization.

Haggen is undergoing an unprecedented expansion from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. To date, Haggen Southwest has opened 66 new stores in California and will be opening an additional 34 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada in May and June.

Guests who visit their local Haggen, snap a photo of their filled grocery cart and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtags ‪#‎OneStopShop and ‪#‎HaggenSouthwestSweeps have the chance to win a $50 gift card now through June 15. See official rules for Haggen “What’s In Your Cart” and “Favorite Haggen Find” Sweepstakes @ http://bit.ly/1e4iBqb. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, shoppers at new Haggen Southwest stores will also enjoy three-day sales with discounts on popular items across each department. Check in-store and online at Haggen social feeds every Friday to see what new Fresh Deals will be offered throughout each weekend.Facebook.com/haggensouthwestinstagram.com/haggensouthwesttwitter.com/haggensouthwest.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores and establishing a second headquarters in Irvine, California. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, find us on Facebook or follow Haggen Southwest on Instagram and Twitter.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


Wegmans Food Markets to deliver 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank

LORTON, VA, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets will deliver a truckload of 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM. The delivery will take place at the CAFB’s Northern Virginia location (6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079) and is the first donation from Wegmans’ new Alexandria store, which opens June 14. The truck will carry 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice – all of which will help feed thousands of residents struggling to get enough food to eat.

“We are so excited to welcome Wegmans to our community. Each year we’re already sending over 6 million pounds of food into Northern Virginia. Partnering with Wegmans means that we can get more wholesome food to this area. We’re proud to work with such a strong community-minded company,” said Cecelia Vergaretti, Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia Director.

Wegmans Alexandria Store Manager Mike Dempsey and a team of employees will be on site to help unload the tractor trailer, sort the food and stock the shelves at the food bank’s Lorton, VA distribution center.

“We know that food banks build healthier communities and it’s a privilege to be able to deliver this food that will serve the needs of our new neighbors in Alexandria,” said Dempsey. “One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and this partnership is one way we’re putting that value into action.”

Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, New York based supermarket chain.  Last year, Wegmans donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.


About the Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving over 530,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 42 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 35 million meals – one-third of which was fresh fruits and vegetables. The CAFB’s Lorton location last year distributed over 6 million pounds food – the equivalent of 5 million meals – of which 2 million pounds was fresh fruits and vegetables. To learn more, visit: www.capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/ CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

About Wegmans
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:
Shamia Holloway, Capital Area Food Bank communications manager, 202-644-9830
Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Auntie Anne’s announces the arrival of new limited-time only menu item, the Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

Iconic Soft Pretzel Franchise Introduces New Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, announced today the arrival of a new, limited-time only menu item to join its wide array of freshly-baked pretzel products. Available nationwide beginning May 18, Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets offer the freshly baked taste of everyone’s favorite soft pretzel, filled with melted cheddar cheese in a convenient bite-size nugget.

The new Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets are a limited-time menu offering through December 2015 and like all Auntie Anne’s pretzels, are freshly baked all day long. The average price point of the new product will be $4.99 and will allow guests to satisfy cravings any time of the day while out shopping or traveling.

“With the introduction of the Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets, we are continuing to offer our guests new options in fresh-baked convenience and portability,” said Heather Neary, Vice President of Global Marketing for Auntie Anne’s. “We take a great amount of pride in everything we do and are excited to see that the product tested so well with our guests that it earned a spot on our menu nationwide.”

The Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets will mark the brand’s first new pretzel product to join the menu since the roll-out of Mini Pretzel Dogs in 2013.

The new bite-sized item won’t be the only addition to the menu this summer. Auntie Anne’s will also bring back its Peach Lemonade Mixer and introduce the new Limeade and Cherry Limeade Mixers for a limited time. The beverages will accompany Auntie Anne’s Lemonade and Lemonade Mixers to bring a fresh chill to the summer.

Other core products in Auntie Anne’s lineup include Original, Cinnamon Sugar, Pepperoni, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Sour Cream & Onion, and Sweet Almond pretzels, along with the Pretzel Dog. Dipping sauces are available in savory and sweet flavors from Cheese Dip to Marinara, Caramel Dip, and Light Cream Cheese.

The purchase of any of these items will allow guests to earn points towards the redemption of free pretzels and signature Auntie Anne’s items through the My Pretzel Perks app. The My Pretzel Perks app is available for download for free in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store. The app allows users to accumulate points for every $1 spent at any Auntie Anne’s location. My Pretzel Perks loyalty members also receive free pretzels on their birthday and exclusive information about fresh, new products.

About Auntie Anne’s
At its more than 1,500 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailer’s shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit Auntie Anne’s website, Facebook pageTwitter or YouTube account.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

Media Contact: 

Kaitlin Nonnenmocher
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(717) 435-1612


Auntie Anne’s announces the arrival of new limited-time only menu item, the Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

Auntie Anne’s announces the arrival of new limited-time only menu item, the Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

Homebase: The Garden Academy returns for its third consecutive year to offer young people opportunity to kick start a career in gardening

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A ground-breaking training scheme is returning for its third consecutive year to offer young people a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick start a career in gardening.

The Garden Academy was set up in 2013 between Homebase and multiple award-winning garden designer Adam Frost to help raise the profile of a career in gardening and inspire the gardening talent of the future.

The  12-month programme will offer 40 people aged 16 and above the chance to spend time learning from Adam about garden planning and design, work with key partners and suppliers to develop detailed product knowledge covering planting and landscaping, as well as learning practical horticultural skills to earn a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 1 Award.

At other times, students will be working full-time at Homebase stores up and down the country, putting what they’re learning into practice by helping customers make the most of their outside space.

Garden Academy mentor, Adam Frost explained the thinking behind the programme: “It can be challenging for our industry to attract young people to gardening and show them that it can be an exciting career.

“Over the last two years the Garden Academy students have really impressed me with how much they’ve achieved – especially putting all of the skills they’ve learnt into practice by helping me build two Homebase show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“The Academy is a fantastic opportunity for people from different backgrounds and ages to come together to share their passion for gardening and the outdoors and develop it into a great career.”

Graham Heald, Retail Director for Homebase, said: “The Garden Academy has been a great success over the last two years and we’re delighted to be able to offer young people such a fantastic opportunity for the third year running.

“Being able to support and train the future talent of our industry is really important to us. A few of our previous academy students have gone on to work within our plant buying teams, and one of our first year students Kate Saville, is a finalist in this year’s RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year competition, which is an amazing achievement.

“As well as learning and training with some of the best in the business, all students who complete the training scheme will be offered a permanent job at Homebase. “

Sarah Cathcart, RHS Head of Education and Learning, said: “The RHS passionately supports young people starting a career in horticulture, and I’m delighted that the Homebase Garden Academy is using RHS Qualifications to develop the skills of their students. With a shortage of trained and skilled horticulturalists, schemes such as this are key to encouraging the next generation to understand the breadth of careers in horticulture, the exciting opportunities and the immense value to our wider society.”

To apply for a chance to be one of 40 places on the Garden Academy, visit www.homebasegardenacademy.com before Sunday 21 June 2015. Successful applicants will be invited to assessment days in July.



Notes to Editors:
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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.

About Homebase Garden Academy:
The Homebase Garden Academy is a pioneering scheme set up between Homebase and award-winning garden designer Adam Frost to help raise the profile of a career in gardening, and inspire gardening talent of the future.

The scheme offers apprentices a broad experience of gardening and horticulture. Each month, time will be spent learning from Adam about garden planning and design; a key partner to develop detailed product knowledge covering planting and landscaping; and learning practical horticultural skills to earn a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award.

About the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture
Aimed at anyone with an interest in plants and gardening, the RHS Level 1 Award is a practical qualification that seeks to inspire learners and focuses on developing essential horticultural skills. The Award supports and encourages students to develop their horticultural potential and prepares them to progress towards Level 2 and 3 qualifications offered by RHS Qualifications and other awarding bodies.

With an emphasis on showcasing the diverse opportunities a career in horticulture can provide, from hands-on gardener to research scientist, the RHS offers a range of educational choices for anyone wanting to develop their horticultural knowledge and skills. There are no formal entry requirements for RHS qualifications at levels 1 or 2, and all qualifications are designed for part-time study at home or at one of more than 90 centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

For more information on educational opportunities and qualifications offered by the RHS, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning



Homebase: The Garden Academy returns for its third consecutive year to offer young people opportunity to kick start a career in gardening

Homebase: The Garden Academy returns for its third consecutive year to offer young people opportunity to kick start a career in gardening

Sainsbury’s: from Halloween 2015 all children’s dress-up outfits will be tested to the British nightwear flammability safety standard

LONDON, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s today announces that, from Halloween 2015, all children’s dress-up outfits will be tested to the British nightwear flammability safety standard, the toughest standard that currently exists.

  • Current regulation requires dress-up to be tested to European toy standards1
  • From Halloween 2015, all children’s dress-up sold by Sainsbury’s will also meet the British nightwear flammability safety standard2
  • Sainsbury’s will also introduce tests that are more rigorous than the British nightwear flammability safety standard during 2016

Current regulation requires dress-up to be tested to EU toy standards. Experts are calling for the British nightwear flammability safety standard to be applied.

Additionally, Sainsbury’s will introduce its own more rigorous safety standard for all children’s fancy dress outfits during 2016.

Due to its growing market share and increasing popularity of dress-up as a category, since last year Sainsbury’s has been working with an independent laboratory to develop its own safety test which is designed to test the performance of its dress-up outfits in ‘normal’ conditions – i.e. recreating the test conditions most similar to how we would expect a child to wear fancy dress.

Sainsbury’s new safety testing standards will include:

  • Flammability testing up to the British nightwear flammability safety standard
  • Crucially, testing the whole outfit for fire safety – rather than testing only individual materials – and including all materials used on the garment in the testing
  • Testing the garments before washing rather than after, to recreate a more realistic home situation

Sainsbury’s technologists have also looked at a number of factors to reduce the flammability of a specific garment, including:

  • Embellishments around the hemline
  • Reviewing in detail textile & trim combinations for their combined interaction
  • Looking at which materials are used in dress-up clothes – for example, many people believe that natural fabrics burn less quickly than man-made fabrics which isn’t necessarily the case

Sainsbury’s Director of Non-Food, James Brown, said: “We have looked at every detail of our children’s dress-up range in creating our new standard and believe that it will be industry-leading.

“This has not been a simple task, but the safety of children is our number one priority and introducing more rigorous safety standards for our children’s dress-up is the right thing to do.

“All clothing carries some fire risk, but we hope that introducing our own rigorous testing standards that test clothes as clothes rather than as toys will be the first step towards safer testing across the industry.”

Sainsbury’s is the seventh largest clothing retailer in the UK and the sixth largest children’s dress-up retailer, with sales up 20% in the past year.

Notes to editors

Sainsbury’s goldilocks dress featured on BBC Watchdog last week, as the second garment tested of the three. Independent testing verifies that this garment passes the British nightwear standard, as well as the compulsory EU toy standard.

  1. European Standard EN71
  2. British Standard BS5722, Test 3


Sainsbury’s: from Halloween 2015 all children’s dress-up outfits will be tested to the British nightwear flammability safety standard

Sainsbury’s: from Halloween 2015 all children’s dress-up outfits will be tested to the British nightwear flammability safety standard

Carrefour Taiwan opened 73rd store: Xi Ke store in Hsi Chih science park

TAIWAN, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — On May 8th 2015 , Carrefour Taiwan opened 73rd store : Xi Ke store in Hsi Chih science park. Xi Ke store is a store with 1 level, in total 6864m2 sales area. The building is co-constructed with Taiwan Railway Xi Ke station which have 70 thousand commuters come in and out every day.

The store is especially designed with the integration of 4 dimensions: digital technology, eco-friendly, customer experience and service-oriented.

In Xi Ke store, Carrefour uses digital devices to offer product information and interaction with customers. The video wall in the entrance can attract customer flow from the external mall and deliver lively information.

Carrefour Taiwan also launched the first “Natural and Healthful” area in Grocery to offer more HOPE (Healthy, Organic, Premium and Eco-Nature) product choice while promoting lots of traceability, organic, and our quality line in Fresh.

Customers could enjoy new shopping experience in different universe. In sport area, you can play basketball, testing fitness equipment or cycling. For culture area, children have their playground while parents could enjoy their reading moment.


Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah

SEATTLE, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Everyone told me when you leave the military you’ll never find the camaraderie you have now,” said Mike Campbell, a U.S. Navy veteran. “I actually found it on day one working at Starbucks.”

Campbell is one of 3,700 partners (employees) with a military affiliation who have joined Starbucks since the company announced its commitment to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. He’ll be managing a new type of store that connects Starbucks with military communities through relationships with veterans’ service organizations.

Today, Starbucks is opening a Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base run primarily by veterans and military spouses.  The store is located just outside the gate of the base in Clearfield, Utah. The area, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, has a population of 5,500 active duty airmen on base.

10 More Military Family Stores to Come

The new store in Utah is one of at least 12 Military Family Stores Starbucks will dedicate nationwide before the end of 2015 to recognize the sacrifices and leadership of service members. Earlier this year, Starbucks dedicated a Military Family Store near Camp Pendleton in Southern California. More Starbucks stores will receive the special designation in July, including locations near these military bases: Ft. Carson, Colorado; Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Travis Air Force Base, California; Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

Each Starbucks Military Family Store teams up with a nonprofit partner organization in their community. The location near Hill Air Force Base is working with Team Red, White and Blue to help military personnel transition from military to civilian life.

“It is life changing for veterans and their families when they leave the service,” said Mark Taylor, outreach coordinator for Team Red, White and Blue. “We are honored to work with Starbucks to help veterans’ and their families become involved in their communities through social activities, volunteer service and special events.”

United by Service

“I feel at home in my new store. We want to make service members and their families feel the same way,” said Campbell, the store manager. “We’ll greet people in uniform by saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’ I remember how much those words of thanks meant to me when I was in the Navy.”

Campbell joined the Navy in 2004 and served in both the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. With a wife and two children at home, being away from his family “wasn’t good for me or for them,” he said. After 10 years in the Navy, Campbell left military service and wasn’t sure what to do next.

“I worked with hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics on weapons systems and taught people how to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns. There’s not a large market out there for those skills,” he said.

Campbell’s brother suggested he “give Starbucks a try.” He discovered many of the attributes of military service translate well to his management role at Starbucks. While holding himself and his team to a consistently high standard of service, Campbell said he also shows “care for my comrades, in this case partners.”

‘Starbucks has become my family’

“Until Starbucks, I’d never worked at a place where I felt supported and felt like I belonged,” said Alyx Hoskovec.

In December of 2014, her husband – an Air Force F-16 aircraft engine mechanic – returned from a year-long tour of duty to discover he was being relocated from Arizona to Utah. As her husband settled into a new routine at Hill Air Force Base, she looked for a new job. Hoskovec said she sought out Starbucks because she “loves Starbucks coffee” and the way the company appreciates veterans every day, not just on Veterans Day.

She made an instant connection with the other veterans and military spouses hired to work in the new Military Family Store just outside the base.

“Starbucks has become my family,” Hoskovec said. “Before Starbucks I was looking for a place to belong. Now I’m excited to get up and go to work. It’s especially meaningful to be in this military store.”

It’s possible the Hoskovec family will have to relocate again. The average military family will move six to nine times in a 20-year career, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. But Hoskovec is no longer worried about what she would do if that happens.

“I know that the company has stores near most bases,” she said, “and if we have to move again I’ll find another Starbucks to work for. It’ll feel like home no matter where we might go.”

Read more Starbucks veterans stories here: Paying Tribute and Creating Opportunity

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


Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah

Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah

METRO GROUP launched the first online platform for comprehensive learning materials on the trade sector

  • Online portal www.handel-erklaert.de provides learning materials for secondary and vocational schools
  • Ad-free, educationally refined teaching materials on key aspects of trade
  • Offering underscores industries importance as a key economic sector with more than 33 million employees across Europe

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP, the German Retail Federation HDE and the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services BGA have launched the first online platform for comprehensive learning materials on the trade sector. Starting immediately, secondary and vocational school teachers can make use of a collection of educationally refined adapted teaching materials on various aspects of trade for economic, political and social subjects under the link www.handel-erklaert.de. The offering is rounded out by information on changing topics of current interest such as traceability in food retail.

It is impossible to imagine a world without trade: It is a key pillar of the economy, yet is frequently not recognised as such. For this reason, the new online portal www.handel-erklaert.de has been launched to bundle teaching materials about this important sector of the economy. The new platform provides an overview of the multifaceted trade sector divided into four subject areas: wholesale and retail, economy, society and environment. Practical teaching material – developed with the help of teachers – can be used for in-depth classroom teaching on the respective subjects. Lesson planning aids are complemented by guidelines on learning objectives and performance expectations. All teaching materials about trade are purely informative and free of ads. The contents and work sheets are rounded out by supplementary information on current, sector-specific topics of interest such as new traceability technologies for food retail.

Three partners for a strong sector

The trade sector is integral to everyday life with more than 33 million employees across Europe. In Germany, the sector offers a disproportionately large number of trainee positions. About 220,000 trainees are currently training for a job in this sector. Together with the German Retail Federation HDE and the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services BGA, companies like METRO GROUP have committed themselves to the long-term promotion of education. METRO GROUP, BGA and HDE have launched the platform “Handel erklärt” (“Retail explained”) to generate interest in trade and a career in this sector among young people.

Retail and wholesale – a wealth of opportunities

The retail and wholesale segments offer various specific strengths and opportunities that are not equally well known. The German retail industry employs more than 3 million people working in sales, logistics, marketing, online trading, procurement and administration. As such, retail is one of Germany’s largest employers providing one in every 12 jobs. The retail sector will remain an important employer in future: The sector currently trains 160,000 young people in more than 30 professions complemented by attractive specific occupational profiles requiring advanced vocational training. The share of apprentices in the retail sector exceeds the average of all sectors of the German economy. Vocational training in the retail industry offers young people excellent career prospects – many young Germans still start their career with an apprenticeship.

Wholesale’s strengths are based on its business-to-business (B2B) approach. The sector supplies industry, skilled crafts and trades, retail and gastronomy with all they need to do business, linking the different distribution levels. With 1.7 million employees generating more than € 1.1 trillion in sales it is Germany’s second-largest economic sector and one of the country’s major employers. The sector’s roughly 60,000 apprentices are trained in more than 40 occupations ranging from wholesale and export traders to logistics, marketing and IT specialists. The choice of training, employment and career opportunities is enormous. With the young talent campaign “GROSS HANDELN – GROSS RAUSKOMMEN” (“Making it big in wholesale”) the sector seeks to attract tomorrow’s top professionals.

In a reflection of the sector’s broad nature, the partners regularly add information on current topics of interest from all areas of trade to the platform www.handel-erklaert.de and continuously develop the teaching materials provided through this platform.

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international trading companies. In the financial year 2013/14, it generated sales of about €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale –, Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

The German Retail Federation (HDE) was founded in 1919 as the overarching organisation of the German retail sector and officially represents the sector’s interests vis-à-vis the political community and the public. The association has 100,000 business members across all sectors, locations and sizes. HDE gives a single voice to the multi-faceted retail sector ranging from medium-sized businesses to global players and traditional inner-city retailers to online traders. HDE is the legitimate voice of the sector vis-à-vis the national and EU level as well as vis-à-vis other sectors of industry, the media and the public. In this work, HDE is supported by numerous national and regional associations across Germany as well as sector-specific associations. As an umbrella organisation of employer associations, HDE represents the retail sector within the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA).

BGA is the leading organisation for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in Germany. The BGA network bundles the expertise of 48 sector organisations and 20 national and regional associations and represents its members’ general professional, economic and socio-political interests through local representations in Berlin and Brussels as well as through more than 100 organisations around the world. BGA has made it one of its key goals to provide its members with a networking platform. In addition, BGA provides its members with practical information about the implications of new legislative and regulatory developments for companies.

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