US Foods’ Food Fanatics Chef Tom Macrina re-elected as the national president of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Macrina continues focus on education and culinary industry collaboration

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, US Foods’ Food Fanatics Chef Tom Macrina was re-elected as the national president of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America. Committed to providing the educational resources and training to enhance chefs’ professional growth, Macrina has already helped shape the future of the ACF in his first two years in the position.

“It’s truly an honor to be re-elected as president and lead an organization that shares my passion for helping culinary professionals succeed in the industry,” said Macrina, Food Fanatics Chef, US Foods and President, American Culinary Federation. “In the next two years, I’m looking forward to taking the organization to the next level by expanding partnerships and educational opportunities to ensure success for the industry and our future.”

Chef Macrina joined US Foods’ Philadelphia division seven years ago.  In 2013, he was selected as one of the company’s esteemed Food Fanatics Chef where he uses his culinary expertise and business acumen to inspire chefs, restaurateurs and others in the foodservice industry to take their operations to the next level.

“Everyone at US Foods is proud of Chef Macrina’s many accomplishments and congratulates him on his re-election as ACF national president,” said Marshall Warkentin, vice president of Marketing, US Foods. “His expertise and insights are incredibly valuable to our customers and our own team members who work with chefs and restaurateurs each and every day.  We know his continued role at the ACF will only further advance food industry professionals across the country.”

Chef Macrina’s career spans 35 years in the industry, previously serving as executive chef at some of the nation’s top resorts and restaurants.  Among his many accolades, Chef Macrina was honored with the American Academy of Chef’s Chair’s Medal and the Medal of Honor from Taiwanese Chefs and the Chinese Gourmet Society. He also received a Doctorate of Food Service degree from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and was recently inducted into the Canadian Chefs Honor Society.

Known as an ardent mentor and community leader, Macrina’s work extends beyond the kitchen. In addition to his work with the ACF, he has volunteered with the American Academy of Chefs, Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs Association, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Escoffier Society of Chicago, the National Restaurant Association and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Brandywine Chapter. Always a champion for the next generation of chefs, he created the Young Chefs Club with the ACF, frequently serves as a judge for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart competition and delivered the commencement address at the Culinary Institute of America in 2014.

Chef Macrina is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and holds the Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®) and Certified Culinary Administrator® (CCA®) distinctions.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation commit EUR 1 billion to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the communities most at risk

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — In this critical year for climate action, IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation are making bold new commitments to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the communities most at risk. Announced today, the EUR 1 billion total is made up of an IKEA Group commitment of EUR 600 million for investment in renewable energy and a EUR 400 million IKEA Foundation funding commitment to support communities most impacted by climate change. The announcements coincide with a key meeting in Bonn, where governments are preparing a global climate agreement to be negotiated at the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

IKEA Group – The EUR 600 million commitment to renewable energy, announced today by the IKEA Group, builds on the EUR 1.5 billion invested in wind and solar since 2009. The company is on track to become energy independent, producing as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings, and has already committed to own and operate 314 offsite wind turbines and installed 700,000 solar panels on its buildings. The majority of the new commitment (EUR500 million) will be invested in wind energy and around EUR 100 million is expected to be invested in solar up to 2020.

“Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges and we need bold commitments and action to find a solution. That’s why we are going all in to transform our business, to ensure that it is fit for the future and we can have a positive impact. This includes going 100% for renewable energy, by investing in wind and solar, and converting all our lighting products to affordable LED bulbs, helping many millions of households to live a more sustainable life at home.” Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group.

IKEA Foundation – Building on many years of supporting children and families in some of the world’s poorest communities, the IKEA Foundation also announced its own commitment of EUR 400 million through 2020 to support families and communities who are most impacted by climate change.

The IKEA Foundation funds programmes to create long term opportunities for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. In 2014, the IKEA Foundation contributed €104 million to more than forty partner organizations running programmes to benefit children in 46 countries. Since 2009, programmes funded by the IKEA Foundation have helped more than 178 million children worldwide. The new funding will help poor communities build resilience to climate change and improve lives by adopting renewable energy technologies in homes, schools and businesses.

“We’re working toward a world where children living in poverty have more opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families. Tackling climate change is critical to achieving this goal.” Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation

About the IKEA Group
Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and we offer well designed, functional and affordable, high quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. The IKEA Group has 322 stores in 28 countries. In addition there are more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores during FY14 and more than 1.5 billion visitors to the web. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com

Contact:
Jamie Rusby, jamie.rusby@ikea.com, +46 723 527 369

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the home furnishings company IKEA Group. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

Contact:

Radu Dumitraşcu, radu.dumitrascu@ikeafoundation.org, +31 6 556 98 570

Internet users in Italy will be able to subscribe to Netflix from October 2015

World’s Leading Internet Television Network To Expand To Italy, Offering A Broad Variety Of Entertainment Including Original Series And Films For A Low Monthly Price

AMSTERDAM, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet TV network, announced today that it will arrive in Italy in October 2015.

This autumn, Internet users in Italy will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a broad selection of TV series and movies in high-definition or even Ultra HD 4K on nearly any Internet-connected screen.

At launch, the Netflix offering will include such original series as Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo and critically acclaimed documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and docuseries Chef’s Table as well as various stand-up comedy specials. Additionally, younger viewers will find a wide selection of programming for kids. Netflix is fully localized, offering Italian subtitles and dubbing.

Viewers will continuously be offered new titles. Among the shows scheduled for launch later this year are Netflix Original series Narcos, telling the story of the drug trade and Pablo Escobar’s cartel, and Club de Cuervos, a comedy around a family feud after the owner of a professional soccer team dies, as well as Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the second of four Marvel series that will be available exclusively on Netflix, leading up to the mini-series event The Defenders, which reunites characters from the previous four.

Netflix members can also look forward to the first Netflix Original feature films, with announced titles including Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6.

Since launching its streaming service in 2007, Netflix has put consumers in charge of when and how they enjoy their entertainment. Members can play, pause and resume watching series and films across devices, always without commercials or commitments. Using the unique Netflix recommendation engine, each member is presented a personalized list of titles to enjoy.

It’s easy to sign up for a one-month free trial and cancel anytime. Netflix will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.

People interested to be alerted when Netflix is available can submit their e-mail address at www.netflix.com.

About Netflix
Netflix 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 contact
Joris Evers
Netflix Inc.
joevers@netflix.com

Netflix to arrive in Portugal this October

World’s Leading Internet Television Network To Expand To Portugal, Offering A Broad Variety Of Entertainment Including Original Series And Films For A Low Monthly PriceJun 06, 2015

AMSTERDAM, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ —– Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet TV network, announced today that it will arrive in Portugal in October 2015.

This autumn, Internet users in Portugal will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a broad selection of TV series and movies in high-definition or even Ultra HD 4K on nearly any Internet-connected screen.

At launch, the Netflix offering will include such original series as Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo and critically acclaimed documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and docuseries Chef’s Table as well as various stand-up comedy specials. Additionally, younger viewers will find a wide selection of programming for kids. Netflix is fully localized, offering Portuguese subtitles.

Viewers will continuously be offered new titles. Among the shows scheduled for launch later this year are Netflix Original series Narcos, telling the story of the drug trade and Pablo Escobar’s cartel, and Club de Cuervos, a comedy around a family feud after the owner of a professional soccer team dies, as well as Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the second of four Marvel series that will be available exclusively on Netflix, leading up to the mini-series event The Defenders, which reunites characters from the previous four.

Netflix members can also look forward to the first Netflix Original feature films, with announced titles including Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6.

Since launching its streaming service in 2007, Netflix has put consumers in charge of when and how they enjoy their entertainment. Members can play, pause and resume watching series and films across devices, always without commercials or commitments. Using the unique Netflix recommendation engine, each member is presented a personalized list of titles to enjoy.

It’s easy to sign up for a one-month free trial and cancel anytime. Netflix will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.

People interested to be alerted when Netflix is available can submit their e-mail address at www.netflix.com.

About Netflix
Netflix 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 contact
Joris Evers
Netflix Inc.
joevers@netflix.com
pr@netflix.com

 

Sainsbury’s becomes the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres

Sainsbury’s is the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres – revolutionising the way deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact them.

LONDON, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The year-long trial begins this week and enables deaf customers using BSL to contact Sainsbury’s call centres via a secure video interpreting service.

Sainsbury’s is committed to ensuring the customer experience is as easy as possible and this service means that deaf customers using sign language can now call them instantly at no cost.

How it works:

  • The service allows customers to place a call to Sainsbury’s careline and grocery online contact centres via a free link on the Help Centre.
  • It instantly connects deaf customers to a BSL interpreter who phones the call centre and relays the conversation in real time.
  • The service will be available at all times Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and is free to use.

Sainsbury’s already offers Text Relay which is used by many deaf and hard of hearing people. However, for the first time deaf customers will have instant British Sign Language access when calling the supermarket. Previously, deaf BSL users had to rely on hearing friends or relatives to make a call for them. With SignVideo they can do it themselves from the comfort of their own home, with waiting times of less than 30 seconds.

Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary, Corporate Services Director and Board Champion for Disability and Carers at Sainsbury’s said: “We pride ourselves on our customer service, and part of this is making sure it’s as easy as possible for all our customers to communicate with us about their shop. We already have induction loops in all our stores for hearing aid users, and we’re pleased to be trialling this innovative solution to make it even easier for our deaf BSL customers to get in touch with us when they need to.”

Sainsbury’s brings SignVideo to Deaf BSL customers [Click CC for English subtitles] from SignVideo on Vimeo.

Jeff McWhinney, Chairman and Founder of SignVideo, said: “Sainsbury’s has broken new ground in embracing SignVideo, a video relay service in British Sign Language (BSL). They have been pro-active in seeking to ensure equality in their customer service experience for deaf BSL customers and SignVideo is looking forward to working with them. By implementing this technology, Sainsbury’s has shown the way forward for the food and retail industry and I hope that more will follow their example by opening up access to deaf BSL customers.”

Diversity and inclusion are part of Sainsbury’s heritage and they aspire to take a leadership approach to disability. Sainsbury’s has supported the Disability Confident Campaign since its inception, helping to remove the barriers to work that disabled people face, increase understanding of disability and ensure everyone has the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, said: “I wholeheartedly commend Sainsbury’s for implementing this innovative SignVideo service. As one of our key Disability Confident partners, they are showcasing how businesses can use technology to make their products more accessible. I hope others will follow Sainsbury’s lead and recognise the business benefits of supporting disabled customers.”

George Selvanera, Director of Policy, Services and Communications at Business Disability Forum (BDF) said: “We are absolutely delighted that BDF Partner Sainsbury’s is innovating further in meeting the needs of deaf customers through its partnership with BDF strategic alliance SignVideo. It further enhances Sainsburys reputation for leadership in meeting the needs of disabled and older customers.”

Notes to Editors

SignVideo provides British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting services to enable communication between the community of over 150,000 deaf BSL users in the UK and hearing people. The service allows users to make and receive BSL interpreted video calls so that they can effectively and effortlessly communicate with each other. This happens through a professional video interpreter who relays the call between BSL and English and the service is available instantly on tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops via apps and software.

Established in 2004, SignVideo is led by Jeff McWhinney, a well-known deaf entrepreneur who fights tirelessly for equality of the deaf and hearing community. Today, SignVideo, a predominantly deaf-led organisation, provides their service to the government, NHS, councils, UK banks, telecommunications providers, helplines and many other types of organisation.

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Sainsbury’s becomes the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres

Sainsbury’s becomes the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres

Tesco begins new program to give unsold food to charities and not to waste

  • Brand new scheme called FareShare FoodCloud to be piloted in Tesco stores to give unsold food to charities and not to waste
  • New figures reveal 55,400 tonnes of food wasted within Tesco operations in the last year, around 30,000 tonnes of which could otherwise have been eaten

Cheshunt, England, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — A groundbreaking new scheme has been launched to redistribute surplus food from Tesco stores to people in need.

Tesco has partnered with UK food redistribution charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to trial the FareShare FoodCloud app in the UK. Tesco has already been working in different areas of the supply chain to tackle food waste – including through its existing partnership with FareShare – and this new scheme will mean eliminating the need to throw away food in Tesco stores that could otherwise be eaten.

Using the FareShare FoodCloud app, Tesco store managers will alert charities to the amount of surplus food they have at the end of each day. The charity then confirms it wants the food, picks it up free of charge from the store and turns it into meals for those in need. Beneficiaries will come from the wide range of charities FareShare works with including homeless hostels, women’s refuges and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children.

FoodCloud is supplying its technology and expertise developed from its scheme in Ireland, while FareShare brings its knowledge of the UK charity redistribution market and its experience of providing food to an increasing network of frontline organisations that offer hot meals and other support for people in food poverty. All charities will be supported by FareShare to ensure they are using this surplus food safely.

The scheme is already in place at Tesco stores in Ireland, and will now be piloted in ten Tesco stores around the UK.

New figures recently published reveal 55,400 tonnes of food was thrown away at Tesco stores and distribution centres in the UK over the past year, of which around 30,000 tonnes could otherwise have been eaten.

Tesco is committed to ensuring the upfront work they do to make the scheme effective across their own stores is shared with other retailers and food companies.

Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO said:

“No one wants to throw away food which could otherwise be eaten.

“We don’t throw away much food in our own operations but even the 1% we do throw away amounts to 55,400 tonnes.

“To reduce this amount even further, we’ll be working in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud to ensure any food left unsold in our stores at the end of each day is given to local charities.

“This is potentially the biggest single step we’ve taken to cut food waste, and we hope it marks the start of eliminating the need to throw away edible food in our stores.”

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO said:

“FareShare already has a long standing partnership with Tesco and the development of the FareShare FoodCloud is a natural evolution of this.

“We understand that customers get angry when they see food being wasted in their local store. We do too and that is why we have spent 20 years developing our successful charity redistribution model.

“Our partnership with Tesco means we are already able to access surplus food from their supply chain, Distribution Centres and dotcoms.”

Tesco is the only supermarket to publish its own independently assessed food waste data. The latest publication showed that the amount of food thrown away had dipped from 56,580 tonnes in 2013/14 to 55,400 tonnes in 2014/15.The food most commonly thrown away in Tesco stores is from the bakery, followed by fresh fruit and vegetables and convenience items like pre-packaged sandwiches and salads.

Iseult Ward, Co-founder of FoodCloud said:

“FoodCloud has already been successful in connecting food outlets with charities in Ireland through our unique technological solution for surplus food redistribution.

“Our work in Ireland means that over 300 charities have already benefited from using the platform. It has helped us create a robust model that we have translated for the UK market.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with both FareShare and Tesco so that we can bring our solution in to the UK to ensure that more charities can benefit. We are looking forward to the developments that will come about as a result of this trial.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest innovation in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food. The partnership spans over three years and has included activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, Distribution Centres and Dotcom centres. This has seen four and a half million meals of surplus food donated to support nearly 2,000 charities and community groups across the UK.

Across the food supply chain, around 1% of food waste occurs within supermarket operations. The rest is thrown away earlier in the chain – in suppliers’ fields and factories – or in customers’ own homes.

Tesco sees a shared responsibility when it comes to tackling food waste. It is working with its suppliers to cut food waste in the supply chain, and is helping customers to reduce the amount of food thrown away in their homes. Tesco ended Buy One Get One Free offers on fruit and vegetables in the UK in April 2014. Tesco has also worked with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to include ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ hints and tips on the packaging of a number of fruit and vegetable products on sale.

Notes to editors

  • We want to do everything we can to make sure as much surplus food as possible goes to people who really need it. If this isn’t possible, food waste is recycled and used to feed farm animals or used for biofuels.

About FareShare FoodCloud:

  • Charities and community groups can register their interest at: www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud
  • If you are already a charity receiving food directly from a store then this will not affect your ability to continue picking this up.

About FareShare:

  • FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by  providing food to more than 1,923 local charities and community organisations across the UK, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, women’s refuge centres and luncheon clubs for the older people, helping  to feed 149,000 people every week
  • By working in partnership with the food industry, FareShare received 7,360 tonnes of food last year. The majority of this was surplus and would otherwise have gone to waste. This was mainly fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and meat
  • Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for 15.3 million meals, saving each charity an average of £13,000 a year
  • FareShare’s member charities prepare and serve the food onsite, offering their beneficiaries a hot, nutritious meal when they may otherwise go without

About FoodCloud:

  • FoodCloud, an innovative social enterprise founded by social entrepreneurs Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien, connects businesses that have surplus food to charities in their community that need it, through their technology platform and app.
  • In the last 12 months FoodCloud have signed up over 100 stores and 300 charities across Ireland, redistributing 431 tonnes of food, the equivalent of almost 1 million meals to charities and community groups.
  • The unique solution developed by FoodCloud for store level surplus food is one of the first in Europe and has been successfully launched with Tesco Ireland on a national scale.
  • Within communities food businesses frequently experience food surpluses, while charities struggle to provide food for those who need it most. FoodCloud provides an opportunity for businesses and charities within communities to work together to solve the social and environmental impact associated with food waste and food poverty.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Carrefour to fund international mobility grants and support Paris-Dauphine University’s “Campus” initiatives for all students

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ —  On Wednesday 3 June, Georges Plassat, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour, signed a partnership agreement alongside Laurent Batsch, President of the Paris-Dauphine University and its Foundation. The purpose of this agreement is to fund international mobility grants and support the University’s “Campus” initiatives for all students.

Carrefour is committed to promoting equal opportunities and each year will fund part of the period of time spent studying abroad for around thirty students enrolled on master’s and bachelor’s degree programmes. They will be selected on the basis of their results and depending on resources.

As result of this 4 year-long commitment, 27 students from the Dauphine Foundation’s 2015 intake will be studying at universities in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Madrid, Leuven, Prague, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Bogotá and Santiago.

Carrefour’s sponsorship is consistent with a number of initiatives already being implemented alongside Paris Dauphine University. Since 2014, the company has welcomed 540 students on field visits to its stores overseas, particularly in China where students enrolled on the University’s Master’s degrees in International Business and Distribution and Customer Relations have been given the opportunity to experience Carrefour stores and find out exactly what “multi-local” means.

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Carrefour to fund international mobility grants and support Paris-Dauphine University's "Campus" initiatives for all students

Carrefour to fund international mobility grants and support Paris-Dauphine University’s “Campus” initiatives for all students

Greg Penner elected Board Chairman Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Succeeds Rob Walton Who Will Continue to Serve as a Director

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced the election of Greg Penner, who previously served as the Board’s Vice Chairman, to the position of Board Chairman, effective at the end of today’s Shareholders’ Meeting. Penner takes over from Rob Walton, 70, who served as Chairman of the Board since 1992 and will continue to serve as a director.

“This transition demonstrates Walmart’s commitment to long-term succession planning and keeping high caliber, capable leaders at the head of our company,” said Walton. “Greg’s service to Walmart spans more than 15 years, and during that time he has had a significant impact, both as an associate and as a Board member the past seven years. Greg has done an outstanding job as our Vice Chairman over the past year, and he has provided strong leadership and guidance as the Chairman of our Technology and eCommerce Committee since it was formed in 2011. He brings an ideal blend of finance, technology and international business expertise – as well as a deep knowledge and love of Walmart – to this role.”

“It would be impossible to overstate Rob Walton’s impact on Walmart and how personally committed he has been over the years,” said Penner. “I’m deeply honored to follow in his footsteps and recognize the deep responsibility I have to our associates, all shareholders and the Board. I’ve admired this company since my first Saturday morning meeting more than two decades ago. I believe in its mission and the positive role it plays throughout the world. I am excited about continuing to work with our outstanding senior management team and talented Walmart associates at all levels of the company.”

Penner, 45, began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. as an analyst specializing in corporate finance. He then joined Walmart as a management trainee and held a number of positions throughout the company, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Strategy for walmart.com and Senior Vice President and CFO – Japan. Since 2005, he has been a general partner of investment management firm Madrone Capital Partners. Penner joined the Walmart Board of Directors in 2008. He has served as chair of the Technology and eCommerce Committee and held positions on the Global Compensation and Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. He is the son-in-law of Rob Walton.

In addition to the Board’s leadership changes, the company is also realigning the composition of its Board committees so that most of the independent directors will serve on at least two Board committees. This includes the company’s governance committees (the Audit Committee and the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee) and strategy committees (the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee and the Technology and eCommerce Committee). New Board committee assignments are available here.

“These changes reinforce our commitment to exclusively independent directors on our governance committees, and increases the number of independent members on our strategy committees, which have a majority of independent directors,” said James I. Cash, Jr., Lead Independent Director, Board of Directors. “This adjustment is consistent with Walmart’s approach to continuous improvement of our Board practices and sound corporate governance.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,462 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Wal-Mart Stores CEO Doug McMillon challenged the company’s more than 2 million associates to win the future of retail “one customer at a time.”

Retailer Vows to Win “One Customer at a Time”

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon challenged the company’s more than 2 million associates to win the future of retail “one customer at a time.” McMillon laid out his strategy.

“We’ll save customers money on their everyday needs with an easy shopping experience powered by people and technology. We’ll offer: Value – everyday low prices. Convenience – we’ll be there when and where they want us. Merchandise – we’ll have the items they want and continue to be great merchants. An easy experience – simple and fun. We’ll win one customer at a time.”

Our Associates are Our Heroes

In front of more than 14,000 associates and shareholders, McMillon reinforced the integral role Walmart associates play in serving customers every day and the company’s commitment to providing opportunities for them to grow and advance their careers.

Referencing the company’s recent announcements on scheduling, pay, benefits and training, McMillon said, “With hard work and determination, you can exceed your highest expectations here. I’m so proud of the work we’ve done this year to demonstrate how we’ve always felt about our own associates, our team.”

He described associates as the company’s heroes: “In our story, the hero is you – our associates. We aren’t more powerful than a locomotive or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. We do have super powers though and they are real. They’re our passion, our commitment to our customers, our caring for one another. Really, our superpowers are those that help us make someone’s day better; their life better.”

Serving Customers in New Ways

McMillon discussed the evolving needs of Walmart customers and how technology is offering new ways to serve them. “We’ve always said we run our business one store a time. That’s still true. But it’s becoming more than that. It’s now one customer at a time. One customer can shop with us in so many different ways – in stores, on their phones, at homes, a pick-up point. But they just think they’re shopping at Walmart, at ASDA, at Sam’s Club.”

He continued, “I want us to stop talking about digital and physical retail as if they’re two separate things. The customer doesn’t think of it that way, and we can’t either. Customers just want us to solve their everyday problems with an easy, seamless shopping experience.”

McMillon said Walmart is uniquely positioned to define the future of retail, “We have strong competitors, but they don’t have what we do. They don’t have you – 2 million associates who want make a difference. Think about the map of our locations. No one else has that incredible network around the world. Now, think about our supply chain and experienced logistics team. I get excited about what our technology team is now capable of. As we add new capabilities and join these unique assets together effectively, we’re going to have something special.”

He added, “We’re approaching this work with both urgency and determination. We’re moving fast to exceed our customers’ expectations, while making purposeful choices that will position us for the long haul. This is a turning point in our story, and the investments we’re making today will set the stage for strong and sustainable growth.”

Making a Difference, Acting with Integrity

McMillon also shared his expectations for Walmart leaders as they work to execute his vision, including acting with integrity, leading on social and environmental issues and making a difference in local communities.

“There’s no business result that’s worth more than your personal integrity or our company’s. We’d rather have a bad financial result than take a shortcut,” he said.

He added, “We want to show that a business can grow in size and reduce its environmental impact at the same time.”

A Focus on Associates

Today’s meeting followed a week of events in Northwest Arkansas that celebrated the company’s associates. The company shared a series of initiatives in its U.S. stores to respond to associate feedback and provide greater career opportunity. The company announced:

  • ·Raising the starting wage for more than 100,000 department managers and specialists;
  • Changes to its dress code;
  • Improvements to the in-store experience for both associates and customers, including the return of Walmart Radio and changes to store temperatures.
  • New technology for all department managers; and
  • New associate badges that read: “Our People Make the Difference.”

For more information or to watch a replay of the shareholders meeting, please visit www.walmartshareholders.com.