Argos digital store opens inside the Sainsbury’s supermarket in West Hove

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — A brand new Argos digital store opens today Wednesday 3 June inside the Sainsbury’s supermarket in West Hove bringing extra choice and convenience to customers in the area.

The new digital store has created 14 local jobs and follows the announcement in January about the retailers teaming up to open 10 new Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets over the summer.

The smaller, new format Argos store is 1,300 square feet and offers all of the most popular products that customers want for immediate pick up with 20,000 products available for pick up within a few hours at the store* ranging from tables to tablets to toys.

Mick Ingledew, Manager of Sainsbury’s in West Hove, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome the Argos team to our store, and we are looking forward to feedback from customers about the increased range and offer. It’s a great, complementary product offer and provides the convenience that our customers are looking for. We’re also enjoying getting to know the Argos team and welcoming them into store as we work together to serve customers.”

Emma Beard, Argos Store Manager in West Hove, said: “Argos hasn’t had a store in this specific area before and it’s great that we can now bring our version of our very latest modern stores to customers conveniently inside their local Sainsbury’s supermarket. We are delighted to welcome new colleagues to the business and have received a very warm welcome from the Sainsbury’s team as we work together to make sure customers get the best experience of this very new partnership.”

The new stores are equipped for shopping in the digital age, with tablets that mirror the online shopping experience and staff on hand to help. Around half of Argos’ total sales now start online, but 90% of customers will visit one of 755 stores to pick up their goods.

The ten locations are:

Nantwich; North Cheam; West Hove; Crayford; Calcot; Bognor Regis; Durham; Rustington; Drumchapel and Keighley

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Notes to Editors

Photographs of the first Argos store in a Sainsbury’s are available from the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@argos.co.uk

For more information about Sainsbury’s, please contact the Sainsbury’s press office on 020 7695 7295 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk

1Home Retail Group Annual Report 2015

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 755 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

About Sainsbury’s
Founded in 1869, Sainsbury’s today operates over 1,200 stores, employing around 161,000 colleagues across the UK. With 24 million customer transactions every week, the company’s focus is on delivering high quality, affordable food, clothing and general merchandise across supermarkets, convenience stores and online. Sainsbury’s Bank offers accessible financial products that reward customers who both bank and shop with Sainsbury’s. Strong, well-established values are integral to Sainsbury’s success in helping customers Live Well for Less.

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Argos refreshed its Heart of House and Colourmatch ranges ahead of the Autumn Winter season

Milton Keynes, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos has refreshed its Heart of House and Colourmatch ranges which also includes new designs from Habitat ahead of the Autumn Winter season.

Over 400 new items have been introduced to Argos’ Heart of House homewares and furniture range– many of which have been designed in-house.

Argos’ design team has spent the last 18 months working closely with suppliers to develop Heart of House statement pieces across furniture, lighting and home accessories to inspire home lovers to personalise their home.

These Heart of House homewares are spread across four distinct trends for Autumn/Winter, and are called Rustic Charm, Moorland, Sophisticated Glamour and Modern Sanctuary.

Alexei Cowan, Head of Trends at Argos, said: “Heart of House is all about providing our customers with homewares that are both stylish and can withstand the demands of daily family life. So when designing and searching for new products for the range, both the look and material of products are front of mind for us.

Rustic Charm

This collection offers a modern twist to the much-loved country look with warm shades on statement furniture and textiles. The Argyll Chair is available in a variety of fabrics, with the new Autumn Tartan Fabric (€569.99) set to stand out this season.

Moorland

This pretty trend is all about bringing nature into the home with soft floral prints on upholstery like the Castilla Chaise (€569.99) and the Westbury Jacquard Bedding Set (€53.49). The Abingdon bedroom range (starting from €230.49) also brings a touch of vintage style to the home with its curved shapes.

Sophisticated Glamour

Inspired by luxury boutique hotels, scroll arm sofas like the Large Somerton Sofa (€1349.99) and metallic furniture such as the Verona bedroom range (from €199.99) provide an elegant look. Also look out for detailed craftsmanship like pleated velvets on the Colette cushions (€19.99) and deep buttoning on the Somerton Sofa.

Modern Sanctuary

Earthy natural materials are celebrated here with weathered wooden cabinetry from the Somersham Bathroom Range (from €76.49), textured fabrics like rope embroidery on the Juliette Embroidered Bedding Set (from €45.99), and ceramic lighting like the Odette Ribbed Ceramic Table Lamp (€44.99).

Colourmatch is introducing a small selection of home accessories for those wanting to spruce up their home when the nights draw in. Cross stitch bedding sets are now available in red, white, grey and black, while the Colourmatch Raindrops Shower Curtain will brighten up the bathroom.

Habitat is also showcasing a range of new seasonal designs from the Habitat Design Studio for AW15, including the new Pelly optical animal print cushion, the colourful Strips multi-colour double duvet set, origami inspired Kura white table lamp and the new Colombo double sofa bed.

Customers can check and reserve Argos’ range of new homewares at argos.ie for instant pick up in store from 18 July 2015.

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For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on 087 6670534. Alternatively, tweet us @ArgosIreland_PR using #ArgosAWrange

About Heart of House

Heart of House is a range of homewares and furniture designed for real family life, available from Argos. Heart of House offers a wide range of more than 1600 practical and stylish products that are made to withstand the knocks, bumps and demands of daily family life.

About Argos

Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 40,000 products online.

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

Home Retail Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which certifies that we have genuinely reduced our carbon footprint. We call our responsible approach ‘the basis of good business’.  Find out more at: www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com

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The John Lewis Partnership to hire KPMG as its auditors at the 2016 Annual General Meeting

LONDON, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 January 2015, the Partnership noted that it had initiated an audit tender process for the 2016/17 financial year, in line with good governance practice.

This tender process has now been completed and the Partnership intends to appoint KPMG as its auditors at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

The Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Baroness Hogg, said: ‘We thank PricewaterhouseCoopers for their strong contribution as the Partnership’s auditors over many years and for this coming year. We look forward to working with KPMG for the 2016/17 financial year’.

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.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby
Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

Netflix adds four new animated shows to its award-winning line-up of original television series for kids

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix announced today it will premiere four new animated shows, adding to its award-winning line-up of original television series for kids. The shows range from action adventure stories Kulipari: An Army of Frogs and Edgar Rice Burroughs™ Tarzan and Jane™ to preschool shows Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock. Each show will launch all of its episodes at the same time around the world, for all members to enjoy.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with such a diverse group of creative talent on these new Netflix series for kids,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix VP of Global Independent Content. “The flexibility of our platform allows us to continually bring the best TV shows from around the world to our members, and these titles compliment and extend what we currently offer – particularly for preschoolers and grade school adventure fans.”

Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia – Fall 2016
From Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil Média comes Luna Petunia, a new preschool series. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s unique brand of innovation and creativity, the animated series will chronicle the adventures of Luna Petunia, a girl who lives in our world but plays in a dreamland where she learns how to make the impossible possible. The first season of 11 episodes will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix, kicking off a franchise roll-out that will include a consumer products line, interactive digital content and a potential live tour.

Edgar Rice Burroughs™ Tarzan and Jane ™ – 2016
From 41 Entertainment, Executive Producer Avi Arad (Arad Animation) and with animation from ARC Productions comes a new kids series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ collection of stories about his iconic characters, Tarzan and Jane. In this modern-day remake, 16 year old Tarzan returns from the African jungle to a London boarding school where he is a fish-out-of-water and challenges conformity. There he meets Jane, Tarzan’s ultimate partner, who helps him solve environmental injustice, crimes and mysteries. The eight episode season will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix during the second half of 2016.

Kulipari: An Army of Frogs – 2016
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs, is based on a trilogy of books created by American football star, Trevor Pryce, and is inspired by his childhood fear of frogs. A story about bravery and heroism, this animated series targets grade school boys and follows poisonous frogs, scorpions and spiders who must go to war to ensure their power – and the survival of their entire world. The story of Kulipari inspires belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and the power of true friendship – even when odds are stacked against you. The 13 episode season, produced by Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company, will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2016.

Puffin Rock – September 1, 2015
A new animated preschool series, Puffin Rock is set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland. Oona is a charismatic and plucky young puffling, who along with her ever-curious little brother Baba, explores the diverse array of sea, sky, land and underground creatures. The series introduces a combination of preschool themes and soft natural history learnings to young viewers. Acclaimed actor Chris O’Dowd narrates the English language version, with a diverse group of international talent narrating in other languages across the globe. Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog Ears, and twice-Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon partnered on the 13-episode season, which will premiere exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Latin America,Benelux, France and Germany this September, and in all other Netflix markets at a later date. Watch trailer: http://nflx.it/puffinrock

In addition to the new original titles, Netflix is also adding three new first-run exclusive series for kids to enjoy. The award-winning Russian phenomenon,Masha and the Bear, will premiere this August in the United States. This month, Canadian animation company Nelvana Studios introduces The Day My Butt Went Psycho to grade-school kids in the U.S., UK, and Mexico. And Elias, the little rescue boat from the popular Norwegian preschool series of the same name, is now streaming exclusively on Netflix in U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

Netflix has a dedicated section for kids under 12 years old featuring dozens of original series for kids as well as TV shows and movies from great partners such as PBS, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, LEGO and Scholastic – all in a commercial free environment. The dedicated section for kids is available across a broad range of devices, including PCs and Macs, iPads, game consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs. Members are provided a kids profile upon sign up and can customize additional profiles for their kids. The kids experience features a character bar where members can find a deep selection of great TV shows and movies featuring these favorite character. Kids, parents and caregivers can also scan through movies and TV shows organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title.

For more information and visual assets on these shows and other Netflix original kids series visit pr.netflix.com.

About Netflix
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 62 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Media Contacts

Netflix:Margaux Vega
pr@netflix.com
pr.netflix.com

Starbucks partner Rebecca Turner becomes known around London Starbucks® stores as the artist who creates stunning chalk designs

Chalk it up to having true talent.

LONDON, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks partner (employee) Rebecca Turner has become known around London Starbucks® stores as the artist who creates stunning chalk designs.

“I always want to inspire our customers or encourage anybody to see what we do in a little more depth,” said Turner. “If I can help towards this by drawing up some chalk art, then I’m happy.”

Starbucks has used hand-drawn chalk signs to highlight daily coffee and food offerings since the company was founded in 1971. Since then, thousands of baristas around the world have demonstrated their artistic skills to through store signage.

For Turner, producing chalk art for Starbucks is a natural extension of the artwork she began creating as a child.

According to Turner’s parents, she started drawing at a young age.

“My dad was very artistic and my mum is very creative, so I’ve got them to thank,” said Turner. “My family has always encouraged me to do things that make me happy, and drawing has always been one of them.”

Turner grew up in a small seaside town an hour outside of London. She studied fine art and animation at the University of Essex, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Turner finds inspiration in sketches and story artists from films. This is reflected in her personal artwork, which is often based on pop culture and movies.

“I’ve always been a huge film fan, mostly independent movies, the kind of films that are a bit edgy and surreal,” she said. “Music plays a big part as well. Generally, I’ll draw as a way to wind down and relax.”

Shortly after graduating from college, Turner became a partner at the Southend High Street Starbucks® store in London.

Then, after Turner’s father passed away, she suddenly stopped drawing for a couple of years. It wasn’t until her Starbucks manager asked her to illustrate the store’s Christmas promotion that she resumed drawing.

“I had to learn to draw again,” said Turner. “But that was it, it set off a little spark and I got my passion back. I have Starbucks to thank for that.”

Turner also had to understand how to work with chalk, which she had not used as a medium in the past.

“Generally, chalk is a little trickier than what I’m used to,” said Turner. “It’s always a challenge, but great fun. I never fully plan before I start drawing a chalk design. I usually research a few key pieces of imagery and go from there.”

In addition to coffee and food signage, Starbucks uses chalk artists and sign painters to illustrate more permanent artwork on store walls. These pieces typically feature coffee botanicals, brewing methods, coffee belt maps and other content that educates about coffee.

“Starbucks is a highly creative company and we find that many of our partners have skills to support this work,” said Lara Behnert, senior creative manager for Starbucks Global Creative Studio. “Those who are inclined to make signage often self-identify and find this work gratifying.”

Turner now shares her talents outside of Starbucks as well. She served as a cup artist at the 2015 London Coffee Festival that took place in April and also creates and sells illustrated prints.

“I’ve been lucky enough to send around my artwork to people who love the pieces enough to buy them,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

Chalk art and cup illustrations courtesy of Rebecca Turner: “I would like to personally thank all of the store partners in my district, primarily the Essex store manager team who continue to support me every step of the way in my career.”

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

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Starbucks partner Rebecca Turner becomes known around London Starbucks® stores as the artist who creates stunning chalk designs

Starbucks partner Rebecca Turner becomes known around London Starbucks® stores as the artist who creates stunning chalk designs

Interview with Starbucks Global Law & Corporate Affairs head Lucy Helm

SEATTLE, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lucy Helm didn’t take what one would consider the prescribed route to Starbucks, but she’s come to realize it was the right course for her.

Helm, head of Starbucks Global Law & Corporate Affairs department, oversees 210 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 16 offices around the world. Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2012, she also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s board of directors.

The Kentucky native grew up in a large family that, despite its modest means, emphasized giving back, including fostering children and doing volunteer work. Helm’s mother, who recently passed away at 92, delivered food to the bereaved and visited hospitals until she stopped driving a couple of years ago. Helm received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Louisville, where she is a cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law.

Away from work, she’s on the boards of the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps and the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program. Helm is also involved with Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, Parkview Services in Seattle and the Campaign for Equal Justice.

A passionate music fan, she recalls watching bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs perform as a youth and has been a Bruce Springsteen devotee since high school.

We spoke with Helm at her office at the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle, where a basketball signed by Denny Crum, the head basketball coach of the Louisville Cardinals during their 1980 and 1986 NCAA championship seasons, holds a place of honor.

You’ve been with Starbucks for 15 years. What brought you here?

I was a litigator at a law firm in Seattle. I enjoyed the practice and the work. I did not enjoy being a law-firm lawyer — the sales pitch part of that. Several years before I came here, I met the general counsel at Starbucks. She was a pretty dynamic woman – Shelley Milano – and when she met me she said, “Maybe you ought to think in-house, and Starbucks might be a fit.”

I followed Starbucks and started learning about the company in that interim when I didn’t know if there’d ever be a job. I really thought my next job would be going for perhaps an executive director of a small nonprofit or something in the charitable sector. So it surprised me that I was even interested in Starbucks and that it had so many of the characteristics of a good employer that I would have considered it.

From the first day I realized this is where I belong. I was given creativity within the scope of using my talents and skills to solve problems for a company in the right way. I always knew from the very beginning that my job was to do the right thing for the company. It was also intellectually enjoyable to solve the challenges that Starbucks was growing into as a company.

What would you describe as ‘characteristics of a good employer?’

Providing inspiring and challenging work. Having a clear mission and values and living up to them. Having leaders who lead by example, with integrity, clarity, authenticity and purpose. Embracing diversity and inclusion. Having strategies for the future that encourage both excellent performance and leading “through the lens of humanity.”

How did you go about familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of Starbucks?

Unlike my law firm experience, here I have one client, so I have the luxury of learning everything about it and being deeply immersed in learning what makes it tick. Even if I didn’t think I’d be involved with a legal problem with, say, global supply chain, I wanted to know how our supply chain worked. This company is so relationship-based that people are very willing to take the time to teach you and immerse you in what they do. My shtick is to ask partners for 15 minutes: “Can we get a cup of coffee and you can tell me a little background?” And they are always willing to do it. That’s how I learned.

What fascinated me from the very beginning about Starbucks is how complex this company is. It wasn’t just a coffee company. It wasn’t just a café. It was all of the parts that made it what it was. Even back then, before it was very global. We had stores, a supply chain, manufacturing assets, marketing, public affairs. All of those things that you take for granted when you’re here, but when you’re outside you have no idea how complicated it is. So I just wanted to learn about it to help me be a better decision-maker and leader.

You have a diverse background. You were in education, a trial lawyer and are involved in nonprofits — advocating for people with disabilities, for example. How have those experiences served you in your role at Starbucks?

When I come to work every day here, I never know what problems or issues or challenges are going to confront the day. So having a breadth of experience just enables me to think differently than some. I’m glad I didn’t have a narrow path because this isn’t a narrow place. So having worked in nonprofit sectors, education, business and law all contributed to, I think, broadening my thinking.

One has to assume your time is limited. How to you go about selecting the nonprofits you’re involved with?

I am very deliberate about those organizations I might support financially and those that I will give my actual time. From the time I entered law school, I’ve done pro bono legal work because I think it’s important that people who can’t afford legal services have access to them. But in terms of my other nonprofit or volunteer involvement, I’ve always tried to select nonprofits and volunteer work that are different from what my job is. I’ve prioritized issues and causes that I am passionate about.

Who knows where my initial interest in people with disabilities comes from, but since I was young, the people I knew with disabilities and their families had a deep impact on me. I didn’t want to sit on boards and shuffle papers that would technically support people with disabilities. I wanted to get in and get to know people with disabilities — their issues and struggles. Socialize with, help and advocate for them personally and really be involved in peoples’ lives. For example, one week each summer I volunteer as a camp counselor for adults with developmental disabilities. We swim, do arts and crafts and sleep in the wilderness – all the typical camp activities. So that is a different way to energize me than my work. It’s how I choose to spend my time.

I try to build my time and life into something I can do in the future. I knew that I wanted to know about more world issues and the problems of poverty and injustice around the world. I just didn’t know much beyond what I experienced in the United States. So I picked a couple of organizations that I was most interested in, one of which was Mercy Corps, and I slowly but surely convinced them that I would be a great member of their board. I kind of created a campaign, because I so much wanted to be part of that organization. I’d like to do more service work in the field in international areas. I also thought it would help me in my job here because I would learn more about global challenges and how the world works.

You’re a Kentucky colonel. (Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation.) What does that get you?

If you live in Kentucky pretty much everyone gets that designation. [Laughs] You don’t get one thing for it. I’m certainly a Kentuckian at heart. It’s a beautiful area of the world and quite a unique place to grow up. I have deep roots there. I grew up in Louisville and lived there until after college and law school. I have five brothers and sisters. Many, many, many cousins and aunts and uncles. My mother is one of seven; my father is one of seven. I go back quite often.

You’re a live music fan. Can you describe your most memorable concert experience?

Any Bruce Springsteen concert is a joy for me. I love him so much! I like to say he’s my imaginary boyfriend. One of my friends and I went to his concert in L.A. on his last tour. We were an hour and a half early and there were not many people in the Staples Center. Bruce was onstage warming up. He took a moment with nobody on stage – just him and his guitar – and he played a song he rarely plays called “For You.” He just sang it in this empty auditorium and there were probably 30 or 40 of us there. My friend and I both walked up closer and closer until we were practically on stage, and the experience made us cry real tears. It was just so beautiful. It was this fortunate thing that we got to see. I’ll never forget that.

Finally, you’ve been a part of tremendous growth at Starbucks in the past 15 years. Do you have any advice for someone who is considering joining the company, or a new partner who’s just getting started?

I recently re-read Howard’s first book, “Pour Your Heart Into It,” first published in 1997. I was inspired to realize how much we’ve grown since then but how little we’ve changed in our values, commitments and aspirations. I really believe that there’s never been a better time to be a Starbucks partner. I feel so fortunate to work for a company whose mission is to be the world’s most trusted and respected company, and to redefine the role of a public company.

My advice for all partners, those who’ve been here for many years and those who’ve recently joined, is to be “all in” – be passionate about the coffee, our partners and the third place experience we provide to so many. And never stop learning.

This Q&A with Lucy Helm is part of a quarterly Starbucks Newsroom series featuring the company’s leaders. See also: Tech Leader Kevin Johnson’s New Role as Starbucks president and coo

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

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Interview with Starbucks Global Law & Corporate Affairs head Lucy Helm

Starbucks, restaurants, food trucks and bars worldwide to fight this June for a world in which every child is born HIV free

SEATTLE, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — This June, Starbucks and thousands of restaurants, food trucks, and bars worldwide are uniting with one shared goal: the fight for a world in which every child is born HIV free.

Spearheaded by Mario Batali, the second annual EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign offers a month-long program of special events and experiences, unique (RED) menu items and social media posts, all designed to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

It costs as little as 40 cents for two life-saving pills that, when taken daily, can keep an HIV+ mom alive, and prevent her from passing the virus to her unborn baby, according to the organization. Still, 600 babies are needlessly born with the virus every day. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES rallies the culinary world to help get that number to zero.

“Food is a natural convener of people, and affords families and friends endless opportunities to share stories, ideas and discuss what’s happening in the world.  For this reason, EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is as much about raising money for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS as it is about inspiring conversation and action around the table,” said Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED).

Starting in June, foodies everywhere will be able to eat and drink (RED) at more than 13,000 locations – from Los Angeles to London, Monaco to Mumbai and Sydney to Seattle.

Participating U.S. Starbucks locations are offering two (RED) menu items from June 2 through June 23. For every Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake or Red Berry Cheese Danish purchased, Starbucks will donate 10 cents (US currency) to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS. Similarly, participating Canadian Starbucks locations will donate 10 cents for every Raspberry Cheese Danish and Lemon Raspberry Loaf purchased.

About (RED)
(RED)® was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund.

To date, (RED) has generated more than $315 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 60 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Learn more at www.red.org and read:

Witnessing How $12 Million from Starbucks Changes Lives

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

Starbucks Corporation priced an underwritten public offering of $850 million senior notes

SEATTLE, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of senior notes.  The company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering of $500 million of 2.700% Senior Notes due 2022 and $350 million of 4.300% Senior Notes due 2045 for general corporate purposes, which are expected primarily to include the redemption of the company’s outstanding 6.250% Senior Notes due 2017.  The net proceeds may also be used for repurchases of Starbucks common stock under the company’s ongoing share repurchase program, business expansion, payment of cash dividends on Starbucks common stock, or the financing of possible acquisitions. The offering of the senior notes is expected to close on June 10, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are serving as the joint book-running managers of the offering.  The offering is being made under an automatic shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 3, 2013.  The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement, copies of which may be obtained from:

BofA Merrill Lynch
dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com
800-294-1322

Citigroup
prospectus@citi.com
800-831-9146

Morgan Stanley
prospectus@morganstanley.com
866-718-1649

An electronic copy of the registration statement and prospectus supplement, together with the prospectus, is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

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 news.starbucks.com or starbucks.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Starbucks Corporation priced an underwritten public offering of $850 million senior notes

Starbucks Corporation priced an underwritten public offering of $850 million senior notes

Tesco launched its first own label bottle conditioned golden ale beer supported by the Campaign for Real Ale

Cheshunt, England, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s the tipple that is arguably creating the biggest stir in the beer industry since the arrival of lager in the mid-1960s.

In the last few years golden ale has not only become the UK’s fastest growing beer variety but has been instrumental in helping change the beer tastes of the nation and convert lager drinkers to ale.

Latest stats reveal that demand for golden ale has soared by nearly 70 per cent since 2013 (IRI Worldwide data April 2015).*

Last month brewing giant Guinness launched a golden ale – Guinness Golden Ale – in a move that raised eyebrows across the beer industry.

And one of the UK’s leading ale brewers Wychwood brought out its first ever Hobgoblin golden ale last year.

Tesco has also just launched its first own label bottle conditioned golden ale in a move that has been supported by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Tesco ale buyer Chiara Nesbitt said: “Golden ale is having such a dramatic effect on the beer taste of the nation because it combines the refreshingness of lager with the flavoursome qualities of ale.

“Five years ago we stocked about 15 golden ales but demand has soared so much recently that we doubled our range – it really is proving to be an entry point ale for traditional lager drinkers.

“The growing demand is a result of younger, predominantly lager drinkers seeking more flavoursome yet light and refreshing alternatives to lager. Golden ale perfectly fits that profile.

“Perhaps the best example of how popular golden ale has become is that Guinness has now launched its own version.”

The Tesco Bottle Conditioned Ale has been brewed by the UK’s No 1 bottled ale brewer Marstons and features the ‘CAMRA says this is real ale’ logo.

Golden ales were first developed by British brewers in the 1980s and were specifically designed to win over younger drinkers who favoured lighter, thirst-quenching beer such as lager.

Among the most popular golden ales at the moment are Thwaites Wainwright, Greene King Old Golden Hen, Greene King IPA, St Austell Tribute, Badger Fursty Ferret, and Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted.

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Note to editors

*Latest IRI Worldwide data shows that golden ale has grown by 68.8 per cent up in the last two years up to April 25 2015.

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Carrefour Italia launches 200 meter long virtual supermarket at Loreto metro station in Milan

MILAN, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 20 May onwards in Milan, at Loreto metro station, the first 200 meter long visual space

The first example of the virtual store has now arrived in Italy with over 1,000 products of the best mass distribution brands, which can be ordered simply by scanning the products with your own mobile phone.

After the positive results of the trial phase, Carrefour Italia, in collaboration with Risparmio Super, has launched www.cliccaeritira.it the first online shopping service via the web or mobile, making it possible to go shopping online at any time and plan a collection from the store or home delivery.

The creation of a display space like that of Loreto is a means of commuicating to the customer that digital is breaking through traditional shopping patterns and even the most physical of spaces, like the sales outlet, can be dematerialised while guaranteeing the same level of service.

With cliccaeritira.it [clickandcollect.it] the sales outlet has entered the consumer’s space, through the web.

A virtual supermarket accessible at any time, not only in the metro but also at the bus stop, in the train, on the sofa at home or while standing in the post office queue.

This means being able to buy one’s favourite products, plan one’s shopping at any time, and save time which can instead be devoted to leisure, wellbeing and the family.

The innovative service, a veritable leap into the future, currently active at 120 sales outlets in Milan, Rome, Genoa, Florence, Bologna and the main cities of Lombardy, will shortly be extended to the rest of Italy.

The shopping, wherever it is ordered, can be collected at your favourite store 1 hour after the order, jumping the queue thanks to a dedicated till.
Alternatively, the customer can also choose the home delivery service, available 3 hours after the order.

The service guarantees the same prices as the traditional store and all the offers that Carrefour Italia makes available every week to its own customers.

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Carrefour Italia launches 200 meter long virtual supermarket at Loreto metro station in Milan

Carrefour Italia launches 200 meter long virtual supermarket at Loreto metro station in Milan

Three Carrefour employees awarded prizes at the 9th Retail Women of the Year Awards in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three Carrefour employees awarded prizes at the 9th Retail Women of the Year Awards in France

–     Christina Durand, winner in the “Woman Manager” Category

Having joined Carrefour in 2004, she is now manager of the Carrefour Contact training school in Toulouse Blagnac (Haute-Garonne). She was awarded the prize in recognition of her efforts in training young people at the Albi and Bordeaux Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as future franchisees.

–     Soëd Toumi, winner in the “Woman Store Manager” Category.

Soëd Toumi joined Carrefour as a cashier in 1991 when she was a student. She was quickly promoted to section manager and then sector manager, working her way up through the ranks until she was appointed Manager of the Auteuil Carrefour hypermarket (Paris).

–     Incarnation Lamboust, winner in the “Committed Woman” category.

She has worked as a cashier at the Mèze Carrefour Market (Hérault) since 2001 and organises “pink week”, an initiative that involves raising people’s awareness of the devastating effects of breast cancer and the importance of regular screening.

With nearly 115,000 employees in France, Carrefour attaches particular importance to the role that women – who make up nearly 57% of its staff – play within the company.

These prizes are a nod to the HR policy that the retailer has adopted for these women employees, a policy that sets out to provide them with as much support as possible as they develop in their careers. For more than 10 years now, Carrefour’s dynamic policy has been to promote diversity by implementing a number of initiatives. These include the signing of agreements promoting equal opportunities for men and women, the creation of careers committees tasked with scouting for talented women, the creation of the Women Leaders programme in 2013 which encourages women to apply for managerial positions and the AFNOR Equal Opportunities label that was awarded to Carrefour Market in 2014.

Awards which pay tribute to women in retail

Created in 2007, these Awards are given in recognition of the professional, personal and social commitment of people who work in retail, paying tribute to the remarkable careers they have had. A total of six awards are presented to women the following categories: woman manager, woman entrepreneur, creative and innovative woman, young woman hopeful and committed woman.

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Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran and COO Judith McKenna outlined associate-focused steps

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., 2015-6-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran and COO Judith McKenna outlined associate-focused steps to drive greater simplicity, provide associates the tools they need to serve customers and continue to listen to and act upon associate ideas. The Walmart U.S. leaders spoke to nearly 3,000 associates from around the country as part of the week-long events surrounding Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting.

“The best part of my job is getting out in stores and learning from associates. There is nothing I like better than hearing about your jobs, your ideas, your hopes and dreams, your frustrations and listening to how we can make your lives easier,” said Foran.

Remembering one of his early days in retail, Foran ended his shift full of ideas about how things could be done better. “One of the most important parts of my job is to listen to our associates. You are closest to the customer and you make a difference for our customers every day. I learned very early on that you have great ideas.”

In February, Walmart announced a $1 billion investment in its U.S. workforce, including raising its minimum wage to $9 an hour, implementing new training programs and giving associates more control over their schedules. In addition, the company’s U.S. leadership has committed that stores will be cleaner, faster, and friendlier and have better in stock by the start of the holiday season. The U.S. business has recorded three consecutive quarters of positive comp sales and solid growth in store traffic, which has been positive the past two quarters. Shoppers are also starting to take notice, over the last quarter, customer experience scores improved across all Walmart formats.

McKenna, a 20-year associate who became COO of Walmart U.S. in December, has spent a lot of time in the stores listening and said she is hearing that associates, while excited about the changes they are seeing with pay, training and scheduling, also want leadership to reduce the complexity that has gradually been added to store jobs.

“You told us we’ve made it harder for you to do what you do best, which is serving our customers. Your feedback is helping us understand how we support you better and remove the distractions that get in your way,” said McKenna. “Taking care of our customers begins with taking care of you. It’s that simple. My commitment to you is that we will continue to listen, and, more importantly, act on what we hear.”

To underscore this commitment to its workforce, McKenna announced the company is making a small, but significant change to its name badges, to make sure everyone knows who makes the difference at Walmart. “I’m proud to say that we’re bringing back ‘Our People Make the Difference’ on our badges. These words are just as important today, and to our future, as they ever were.” Every associate in the U.S. stores will have the new badge by the end of the year.

Foran pledged to continue working for associates to make it easier for them to serve customers. “We know you need the tools to do your job well. You make a difference for customers, so our job in Bentonville is to get you what you need. We will win one customer at a time and if we work together, we will get the army that is Walmart to march and we can make a difference for our customers.

“Thanks for everything you do,” he concluded.

For more information or to watch the shareholders meeting webcast, please visit stock.walmart.com and join the conversation.

About Walmart 
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