EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la pedanía de San Luis de Sabinillas de Manilva a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

 

  • La inversión realizada ha sido de 100.000 euros
  • La transformación refuerza la atención personalizada con la incorporación de mostradores de carne y pescadería
  • Los resultados del nuevo modelo comercial en supermercados ya transformados reflejan su aceptación, con un crecimiento del 9% en ventas

Manilva, España, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la pedanía de San Luis de Sabinillas de Manilva (Málaga) a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria. Las obras de modernización han supuesto una inversión de 100.000 euros. Tras la remodelación el establecimiento pasa a estar gestionado a través de la fórmula de franquicia por la que la cooperativa apuesta dentro de su Plan Estratégico 2013-2016.

La transformación se ha centrado especialmente en el área de frescos, que se renueva por completo para poner en valor la oferta de productos locales de temporada ofrecidos. El establecimiento amplía también el surtido de cocina internacional, fundamentalmente inglesa, para satisfacer la demanda de los numerosos turistas que visitan o tienen una segunda residencia en la localidad.

Los resultados del nuevo modelo comercial en otros supermercados ya transformados reflejan la gran aceptación de las innovaciones, con un crecimiento del 9% en ventas.

Entre las novedades destaca la fuerte apuesta por la atención personalizada en todas las secciones. “El establecimiento incorpora mostrador de venta asistida en carnicería y pescadería. Además, esta atención personalizada al cliente tendrá un desarrollo progresivo con una mayor adecuación de las ofertas y promociones a cada consumidor a través de la tarjeta EROSKI Club”, señala Enrique Martínez, director de Franquicias de EROSKI.

El supermercado renovado incorpora asimismo las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas orientadas a mejorar su eficiencia energética y a reducir el impacto medioambiental de su actividad, como sistemas de cierre en muebles de frío para la conservación de alimentos.

Productos locales

La política comercial de EROSKI potencia al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido, la cooperativa trabaja con 360 proveedores malagueños. Las compras de EROSKI en esta provincia superaron los 40 millones de euros anuales el pasado año.

Estos productos locales, y en especial todos los alimentos frescos de temporada, cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos.

Promoción de la alimentación saludable

EROSKI desempeña una intensa labor para fomentar la alimentación saludable, que se traduce en la incorporación de una amplia sección de “Alimentación Ecológica y Dietética”. El establecimiento incorpora también referencias de productos para personas con intolerancias alimentarias. EROSKI se convierte así en distribuidor de referencia en la zona para consumidores sensibilizados con su alimentación o que sigan dietas sin gluten, bajas en azúcar, bajas en sal…

Asimismo, el área de perfumería incluye un espacio dedicado a parafarmacia para dar cabida a un mayor número de referencias. La sección ofrece además una nueva imagen más moderna.

902 540 340
de lunes a sábado,
9:00 a 22:00

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EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la pedanía de San Luis de Sabinillas de Manilva a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la pedanía de San Luis de Sabinillas de Manilva a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la calle Alonso el Sabio a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

  • La transformación se ha centrado especialmente en el área de frescos, renovada para poner en valor la amplia oferta de productos locales de temporada
  • Los resultados del nuevo modelo comercial en supermercados ya transformados reflejan su aceptación, con un crecimiento del 9% en ventas

 

Córdoba, España, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la calle Alonso el Sabio (Córdoba) a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria. Las obras de modernización han supuesto una inversión de 100.000 euros. Tras la remodelación el establecimiento pasa a estar gestionado a través de la fórmula de franquicia por la que la cooperativa apuesta dentro de su Plan Estratégico 2013-2016.

La transformación se ha centrado especialmente en el área de frescos, que se renueva por completo para poner en valor la amplia oferta de productos locales de temporada que incluye vinos y productos de charcutería, entre otros. “Hemos reforzado la apuesta por los proveedores locales para convertir el supermercado en una plataforma abierta para la comercialización de los alimentos producidos en su entorno. Es nuestro compromiso con la variedad gastronómica, la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario local y la diversidad como activo de la región”, explica Enrique Martínez, responsable de franquicias de EROSKI.

El establecimiento transformado en Córdoba amplía su plantilla hasta los 25 empleados, con la creación de ocho puestos de trabajo. “El equipo de la tienda ha recibido en torno a 300 horas de formación, centrada en aquellas áreas que adquieren mayor protagonismo en el modelo ‘contigo’. Es el caso de las secciones de frescos, donde se incluye el corte de jamón a cuchillo, por ejemplo”, señala Martínez.

Los resultados del nuevo modelo comercial en otros supermercados ya transformados reflejan la gran aceptación de las innovaciones, con un crecimiento del 9% en ventas.

Entre las novedades destaca la fuerte apuesta por la atención personalizada en todas las secciones. “El establecimiento incorpora mostrador de venta asistida en carnicería y pescadería. Además, esta atención personalizada al cliente tendrá un desarrollo progresivo con una mayor adecuación de las ofertas y promociones a cada consumidor a través de la tarjeta EROSKI Club”, puntualiza Martínez.

El supermercado renovado incorpora asimismo las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas orientadas a mejorar su eficiencia energética y a reducir el impacto medioambiental de su actividad, como sistemas de cierre en muebles de frío para la conservación de alimentos.

Productos locales

La política comercial de EROSKI potencia al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido, la cooperativa trabaja con 123 proveedores cordobeses. Las compras de EROSKI en esta provincia fueron de 10 millones de euros el pasado año.

Estos productos locales, y en especial todos los alimentos frescos de temporada, cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos.

Promoción de la alimentación saludable

EROSKI desempeña una intensa labor para fomentar la alimentación saludable, que se traduce en la incorporación de una sección de “Alimentación Ecológica y Dietética”. El establecimiento incorpora también referencias de productos para personas con intolerancias alimentarias. EROSKI se convierte así en distribuidor de referencia en la zona para consumidores sensibilizados con su alimentación o que sigan dietas sin gluten, bajas en azúcar, bajas en sal…

Asimismo, el área de perfumería incluye un espacio dedicado a parafarmacia para dar cabida a un mayor número de referencias. La sección ofrece además una nueva imagen más moderna.

902 540 340
de lunes a sábado,
9:00 a 22:00

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EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la calle Alonso el Sabio a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

EROSKI ha inaugurado la transformación del supermercado situado en la calle Alonso el Sabio a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

Expo de Milán: El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente distingue la labor innovadora y sostenible de la EROSKI para reducir el desperdicio alimentario

  • El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA) distingue la labor innovadora y sostenible de la cooperativa para reducir el desperdicio alimentario
  • El proyecto ha sido seleccionado entre un total de 126 iniciativas de dieciséis comunidades autónomas

Elorrio, España, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — El programa ‘Desperdicio Cero’ de EROSKI ha sido distinguido por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (magrama) en el marco de la Exposición Universal (EXPO) que se celebra en Milán bajo el lema ‘Alimentar el planeta, energía para la vida’.

En el pabellón de España como escenario, la ministra de Agricultura y Alimentación, Isabel García Tejerina, ha entregado a EROSKI una de las distinciones otorgadas en el marco del proyecto “Desafíos sobre buenas prácticas innovadoras” en alimentación y sostenibilidad que se están desarrollando en España. Una actividad promovida por el Ministerio para reforzar la imagen de la agricultura y la alimentación española y a la que se presentaron 126 iniciativas de dieciséis comunidades autónomas promovidas por empresas, administraciones, entidades sociales, ONGs, universidades y centros de investigación.

El programa ‘Desperdicio Cero’ de EROSKI, del que se ha resaltado “que implica a 48 asociaciones locales socialmente responsables de toda España, receptoras en 2014 de más de 2.100 toneladas de alimentos”, ha sido distinguido en la categoría del desafío ‘reducción del desperdicio alimentario’.

El Director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, ha recogido el diploma de manos de la ministra García Tejerina y ha recordado que “a través de este programa EROSKI garantiza que ningún alimento apto para el consumo es desechado en las tiendas EROSKI, sino donado a organizaciones sociales del entorno cercano de cada tienda”. Asimismo, ha agradecido la distinción y ha destacado “la importancia de este reconocimiento a su labor innovadora y sostenible en el campo del desperdicio alimentario. Una nueva distinción a este proyecto que ya se ha convertido en refente en el sector”.

“La solidaridad forma parte de nuestra identidad cooperativa, de ahí nuestra preocupación por el despilfarro de alimentos. En diciembre de 2013 en EROSKI fuimos pioneros en la distribución en España al alcanzar el desperdicio cero en toda nuestra red de supermercados e hipermercados y, desde entonces, mantenemos este compromiso con la sociedad” ha señalado Martínez Berriochoa.

18 años comprometidos con la donación

EROSKI desarrolla desde hace 18 años políticas para gestionar los alimentos de forma responsable en colaboración con organizaciones sociales como la Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos (FESBAL), Cáritas, Remar o Reto. Asimismo, la cooperativa ha sido pionera en las donaciones regulares de frescos.

902 540 340 de lunes a sábado, 9:00 a 22:00

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Expo de Milán El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente distingue la labor innovadora y sostenible de la EROSKI para reducir el desperdicio alimentario

Expo de Milán El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente distingue la labor innovadora y sostenible de la EROSKI para reducir el desperdicio alimentario

NRF survey: spending for dad expected to reach $12.7 billion with the average person to spend $115.57 on gifts

WASHINGTON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Father’s Day may not be the most lucrative consumer holiday of the year for retailers, but spending for dad is expected to reach $12.7 billion for golf lessons, home improvement tools, coffee mugs and more. And, according to NRF’s 2015 Father’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person will spend $115.57 on gifts, nearly even with last year’s $113.80. The survey found 75.4 percent of Americans said they plan to celebrate Father’s Day.

“After a less than stellar first half of the year, retailers are ready to welcome the warm weather and the millions of shoppers that come along with it and kick off the summer spending season just in time for Father’s Day,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Spending on grilling and patio necessities, pool gear, sporting goods, apparel and other gift and seasonal merchandise could be the positive stepping stone retailers need heading into the second half of the year.”

When it comes to gifts for dad, four in ten (39.7%) will purchase apparel items such as a new dress shirt or necktie and will spend a total $1.7 billion overall. Another 43.3 percent will opt for experience gifts, such as tickets to a ballgame or a special meal with the family, spending a total of $2.6 billion.

2014 Father’s Day survey
NRF’s 2013 Father’s Day spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics found the average person planned to spend $119.84 on gifts, nearly even with the $117.14 they planned to spend in 2012; total spending for Father’s Day was expected to reach $13.3 billion. Consumers said they would splurge on clothing, electronic items, and special outings. Specifically, the survey found spending on special outings and experience type gifts would reach $2.5 billion, and would top $1.7 billion for spending on electronic gifts such as a tablet or GPS system.

The survey also found that one in five (19.7%) shoppers will pick out new gadgets for dad such as a tablet or smartphone, totaling $1.6 billion. Additionally, four in 10 (39%) gift buyers will opt to let dad pick his own gift and will purchase a gift card, spending a total of $1.8 billion. Six in ten (62.2%) consumers will thank dad with a greeting card and will spend more than $777 million overall.

Loved ones will also spend on home improvement or gardening supplies ($710 million), new tools or appliances ($668 million), personal care items ($684 million), sporting goods or leisure items ($665 million) and books or CDs ($538 million).

Consumers will look all over for gifts, with most people planning to shop at department stores (36.4%), while others will shop online (29.2%) and at discount stores (25.2%); 16.9 percent will shop local at a small business.

“After splurging on mom and graduates this year and recognizing that dad is a little more laid back when it comes to celebrations and gifts, consumers will keep spending similar to about what they spent last year on Father’s Day,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “Regardless, they’ll still find a way to make sure that dad has a special day, whether they’re taking advantage of sales and promotions or treating him to an experience he’ll never forget.”

Shoppers on the move will use their smartphones and tablets to research and purchase gifts they know dad will love. About one-quarter of smart phone owners (24.1%) will use their devices to research gifts and compare prices, and nearly three in 10 (29.1%) tablet users will turn on their devices to do the same; additionally 13.1 percent of smartphone owners will actually purchase gifts via their smartphones and 17.5 percent of tablet owners will make a purchase with their devices.

More than half of those surveyed are planning to buy for their father or stepfather (51.8%), while others will shop for their husband (27.6%) or son (8.9%) this Father’s Day.

About the Survey
The NRF 2015 Father’s Day Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the Father’s Day holiday. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,087 consumers was conducted from May 5-12, 2015. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Prosper Insights and Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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NRF survey: spending for dad expected to reach $12.7 billion with the average person to spend $115.57 on gifts

NRF survey: spending for dad expected to reach $12.7 billion with the average person to spend $115.57 on gifts

NRF & Hackett Associates Global Port Tracker: Import cargo volume at nation’s major retail container ports returns to normal levels

WASHINGTON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Despite some lingering labor issues, the volume of cargo and the rate of growth have both largely settled down,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “There are still congestion issues to be dealt with but we’re hoping to see reasonably normal back-to-school and holiday seasons this year now that the tensions of contract negotiations are behind us.”

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union both voted in May to ratify a new five-year contract agreed to in February. The lack of a contract and operational issues led to crisis-level congestion at West Coast ports after the previous agreement expired last July.

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.52 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in April, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 12.4 percent from March, when numbers were driven up by a surge of backlogged cargo after the labor dispute ended, but up 6.1 percent from April 2014. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

May was estimated at 1.56 million TEU, up 5 percent from 2014. June is forecast at 1.52 million TEU, up 2.6 percent; July at 1.57 million TEU, up 4.9 percent; August also at 1.57 million TEU, up 3.3 percent; September at 1.6 million TEU, up 0.6 percent, and October at 1.59 million TEU, up 1.8 percent.

The first half of 2015 is forecast at 8.8 million TEU, an increase of 5.4 percent over the same period last year.

Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said a “stubbornly high” inventory-to-sales ratio after last year’s rush to bring in adequate stocks of merchandise will couple with other economic factors to affect cargo volumes through the summer.

“The West Coast recovery remains sluggish and the East Coast is not managing to hold on to the growth levels it has experienced over the past few months,” Hackett said. “June is going to be a mixed month for the West Coast with volatility between the ports, but July and August are projected to see growth across the board. On the East Coast, we are projecting growth for most ports.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Auntie Anne’s helped the Adkins family of Lindenwold, NJ set a new Guinness World Record for the largest cup of soft drink

Iconic Soft Pretzel Franchise Filled the World’s Largest Cup of Lemonade

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, helped the Adkins family of Lindenwold, New Jersey set a new Guinness World Record for the largest cup of soft drink/lemonade this past weekend.

On Saturday, June 6, Lily’s BIG Grand Lemonade Stand was held at Lindenwold Park where the previous Guinness World Record was broken with 1,735 gallons of Auntie Anne’s lemonade. A giant plastic cup, approximately 10 feet high and six feet wide, was filled and shared with event attendees. The stand raised a record-breaking amount of more than $20,000 for childhood cancer research.

The Adkins family hosts an annual lemonade stand to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Eight years ago, when Lily Adkins was just 14 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called ependymoma. After treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Lily survived her cancer. Since then, the Adkins family has hosted lemonade stands as it is their dream that no other family endures the trauma of childhood cancer.

“The day Lily was diagnosed with a brain tumor, we lost all hope. We found our hope in the work of ALSF,” said Lily’s mom, Trish Adkins. “Whether you buy a $1 cup or $100 cup, your donation could be the one that finds the cure for childhood cancer.”

“Auntie Anne’s was honored to partner with Lily and her family as they strive to defeat cancer and we are  proud to partner with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to support kids like Lily. Childhood cancer is a devastating disease and one that no child should have to deal with. It is our goal to help find cures for childhood cancer,” said Bill Dunn, Group President at FOCUS Brands, Inc. and President of Auntie Anne’s, Inc.

Auntie Anne’s partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in September 2011 and has raised nearly two million dollars for childhood cancer research. The iconic pretzel brand’s annual fundraising campaign will kick-off in stores across the country on August 3.

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.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, ALSF has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, ALSF, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Media Contact: 

Kaitlin Nonnenmocher
PR/Social Media Specialist
knonnenmocher@auntieannesinc.com
(717) 435-1612

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Auntie Anne’s helped the Adkins family of Lindenwold, NJ set a new Guinness World Record for the largest cup of soft drink

Auntie Anne’s helped the Adkins family of Lindenwold, NJ set a new Guinness World Record for the largest cup of soft drink

US Foods chefs mentor students from Westminster High School in Orange County in a series of elite culinary competitions

Chefs coach Westminster High School team to 2nd place win in national Healthy Schools Cooking Up Change competition

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods chefs from the Los Angeles area are helping the next generation of chefs and culinary experts head to the front of the class. Through the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation (CRAEF) ProStart® program, they are mentoring students from Westminster High School in Orange County and cheering them on to victory in a series of elite culinary competitions.

“We help restaurants and foodservice professionals keep their kitchens cooking every day, but it’s even more rewarding to lend our expertise to young chefs pursuing careers in the industry,” said Chef Aaron Williams, division executive chef and Food Fanatic, US Foods. “This is just the beginning of what I know will be a bright future for this incredibly talented group.”

The Westminster High School team of student chefs traveled to the Healthy Schools Campaign Cooking Up Change national competition in Washington, DC on June 8 where they placed second in the country. Their winning lunch tray featured Mexican Chicken Street Tacos, Motherland Esquite and a Peachin’ Empanada. The team’s road to the national competition included a first place win at the group’s same local competition, presented by Orange County’s Kid Healthy organization and a third place win and $11,500 scholarship for continuing education for their accomplishments in the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation (CRAEF) ProStart competition.

This year marks the first time US Foods participated in the CRAEF ProStart Competition and Mentorship program. US Foods Division Executive Chef and Food Fanatics Chef Aaron Williams and US Foods Segment Specialist Valerie Rubin dedicated hours to guiding and inspiring the team, teaching both culinary techniques and secrets to success based on their work with thousands of restaurants and foodservice professionals in the LA area and across the country.

Chef Williams joined students in Washington, DC where they put their skills to the test in the ultimate culinary battle – the national Cooking up Change competition. With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, the team was challenged to create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers will enjoy.  Students competed with eight other high school student teams from across the country as a part of the Healthy Schools Campaign, which aims to engage students and the community in a dialogue about the critical changes needed in U.S. school meal programs.

“Being able to share our industry insights, innovative food trends and culinary passion with local up-and-coming chefs is another way we’re focused on the talent throughout our industry,” said Bill Beedie, division president, US Foods. “It’s gratifying to have the opportunity to bring what we learn each and every day working with local restaurants to Westminster High School students and celebrate their many accomplishments.”

Mentoring local high schools students is one more way US Foods is giving back to the communities it serves and providing rising culinary professionals the resources to accomplish their goals. By leveraging its roster of chefs and industry experts, the US Foods Los Angeles division will continue to play a key role in ongoing mentorship activities for young aspiring chefs at Westminster High School.

Known as the go-to restaurant turnaround guru in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area, Executive and Food Fanatics Chef Aaron Williams is regularly tapped by local and national restaurateurs for his unique insights and menu makeovers. Focused on developing crowd pleasing menu items, he is constantly testing new products and recipes to help restaurant operators and chefs succeed. He earned his culinary chops in the kitchens of some of California’s largest sports stadiums, including the Diamond Club Restaurant in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium and the Honda Center, where he regularly cooked for top athletes and celebrities. While he is passionate about Thai, Latin and Indian cuisines, he credits his family for his specialty in Mexican cuisine.

To learn more about US Foods, visit www.usfoods.com. To see what Food Fanatics is all about, visit www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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

BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 17.0% over the previous year. This tough comparative explains why May falls behind the 12-month average growth of 11.9%. In May 2015, Online sales represented 17.4% of total Non-Food sales, against 16.2% in May 2014.

– Online growth in Furniture and Household Appliances accelerated over their April performance, while the Fashion categories suffered the most from the strong comparative in May 2014.

– Online sales contributed 1.4 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales in May. The 3-month average contribution of online sales represented over 60% of Non-Food growth, in sharp contrast with May 2014, when it represented less than 40%.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Positive consumer confidence was illustrated in May by good growth in big ticket items such as furniture and domestic appliances, particularly online. At 9.9 per cent May’s online growth is below the twelve-month average rate of 11.9 per cent. However, it must be kept in mind that May 2014 had one of the strongest online growths of 2014 thanks to record fashion sales, so it is a tough comparison.

“Over the last 12 months online has contributed more to non-food sales growth than bricks and mortar stores, rewarding the substantial investment retailers have piled into new channels in recent years.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said:“Against particularly strong comparables last year, May’s online growth rate has tapered off slightly compared to April.

“However, the popularity of online shopping continues to grow with the three-month average growth rate up to 12.5 per cent and online penetration up across all sectors. As investment being made by many retailers in omnichannel systems remains unabated, this reflects the continued importance of this channel for consumer and retailer alike.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales in May 2015 were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales in May 2015 were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014

– UK retail sales were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014, when they had increased 0.5% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.1%, against a 2.0% rise in May 2014 and behind the 3-month and 12-month averages of 1.8% and 1.4% respectively. Adjusted for the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index deflation, total growth was 3.0%.

– Furniture was the top performing category and achieved it best growth since July, barring Easter distortions. The Clothing and Footwear categories were amongst the worst performing, reporting their deepest declines since September.

– Total Food sales grew 0.5% over the 3 months to May, ahead of their 0.5% decline over the last 12 months. Total Non-Food sales grew 2.8% over the same period, in line with its 12-month average growth, which for the first time since December, fell below the 3% mark.

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier, when they had grown 17.0%. The Non-Food online penetration rate was 17.4%, up from 16.2% in May 2014.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “May witnessed a slow-down in sales growth, below the three-month and twelve-month average. This was mainly due to fashion sales, which experienced a decline compared with the same month last year, where we saw record demand.

“Nevertheless, May also had some positive developments. Amongst all categories, furniture performed strongest, an indication of continuing consumer confidence. There was also good news on food: after six months of marginal growth year-on-year, we are now starting to see a stabilisation in food sales despite the highly competitive market environment.
¡§Interestingly, May sales also reflected the growing consumer interest in fitness and healthier lifestyles.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “With Easter distortions behind us, May’s retail sales figures were disappointingly flat.

“The slight improvement in the three-month average food sales reflect the grocer’s relentless grind for growth and encouragement can be drawn from that. However, as highlighted by the decline on a like-for-like basis, this recovery continues in the eye of a price deflation storm which continues to benefit the consumer.

“Buoyed by a conclusive result in May’s General Election, the housing market picked up leading to stand out performances for furniture and homeware sales. As economists predict another housing boom for the second half of 2015, these trends could be set to continue.

“Elsewhere, footwear and fashion sales wilted against strong performances last year as consumers put off the summer wardrobe refresh as they waited for the unseasonably cool May weather to improve. Many retailers stretched out summer sales events and deepened discounts in order to try and entice consumers through the door.

“Looking ahead, June may be a tough month of comparables for some with the start of the 2014 World Cup in June last year boosting sales in certain areas. However, with consumer confidence nearing pre-crisis positivity, retailers will be hoping that the improving job market, low inflation rates along with a dollop of summer sunshine will provide a welcome boost.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

IKEA celebrates 30 years since opening its first U.S. store on June 12, 1985 in Plymouth Meeting, PA

IKEA U.S. thanks its co-workers and customers for helping IKEA to grow and become the leader in life at home

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA celebrates a milestone this week, 30 years since opening its first U.S. store on June 12, 1985 in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Now there are 40 IKEA stores nationwide, with more openings planned for the near future. Growth has been significant over this 30 year span. The U.S. now represents 12% of IKEA worldwide business, and IKEA directly or indirectly supports 36,500 U.S. jobs.

“Back in 1985, when IKEA U.S. opened its first store in Plymouth, PA, few people in the U.S. knew how to pronounce IKEA, how to assemble flat pack furniture, or what a LACK table was,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA US President. “Now we are pleased to say that during these past 30 years IKEA has experienced steady growth due to the tremendous contribution of our co-workers and the great interest of Americans in our home furnishings, and our unique IKEA shopping experience. And we see this as just the beginning. We want to be accessible to more Americans in the future by opening new stores, improving existing stores, developing our service offer, and growing our e-commerce business,” added Petersson.”

IKEA celebrates 30 years in the U.S., some highlights include:

IKEA U.S. employment contributions with just 40 stores:

  • IKEA 2014 operations supported 36,135 jobs; Direct jobs 15,034 and indirect jobs 21,101
  • IKEA has been a stable source of employment. Even in difficult economic times 2008-2009, IKEA employment saw just a 4% decline (due only to attrition) while employment in the furniture retail industry fell 14%.
  • (for more information, read here… http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pressroom/product_news_current/index.html

IKEA U.S. economic contributions:

  • In FY 14, IKEA direct, indirect and induced contributions
  • was $5.4 billion (2010-2014)

  • IKEA FY 14 investment in US was $658 million; 5 year total investment
  • IKEA has 18 suppliers in 11 states(for more information, read here… http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pressroom/product_news_current/index.html

Iconic IKEA products costing less today than in 1985:

  • BILLY bookcase $82 in 1985; today $59.99
  • POANG chair $148 in 1985; today $69
  • LACK side table $25 in 1985; today $9.99
  • KLIPPAN sofa $395 in 1985; today $299

(for more information, read here… http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pressroom/product_news_current/index.html

IKEA takes the lead:

  • First major retailer to stop using plastic bags by 2008.
  • First major retailer to announce it will sell only LED lights by fall 2016

For more information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

H&M Sustainability Report 2013 achieved 5th place for the best global report in the ‘Best Report’ category at the CRRA’15

STOCKHOLM, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Sustainability Report 2013 gained significant distinction at the annual Corporate Responsibility Reporting Awards (CRRA’15). These awards recognise the very best in corporate responsibility reporting across nine categories, and are the only independent, global annual awards in this field.

The H&M Sustainability Report 2013 achieved the 5th place for the best global report in the ‘Best Report’ category. Besides Nike, H&M is the only company from the apparel industry represented in the top 10. In the ‘Creativity in Communications’ category H&M came in second with only Coca Cola ahead.

In sustainability reporting it is often easy to highlight the good news and ignore the bad. That is why CRRA’15 awards organisations that are presenting a balanced picture of their performance. In the ‘Openness and Honesty’ category H&M’s report was ranked number 1.

In both the ‘Creativity in Communications’ and ‘Openness and Honesty’ categories, H&M is the only fashion company included in the top 10.

“Our reporting is a vital part of H&M’s sustainable work. And the fact that it’s among the world’s best is a great recognition. We have strong focus on transparency and I’m really pleased that we won the ‘Openness and Honesty’ category. It shows that our open and holistic approach, for example, by inviting various stakeholders to participate is the right way to go”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability.

The CRRA identify and acknowledge the best CR reports and reward quality disclosure as a contribution to the raising of global reporting standards. This CRRA’15 attracted 95 organisations and the reports were entered across nine reporting categories.

Voting was open to all 44,000 registered users of CorporateRegister.com between November 2014 and February 2015. This online community represents a global audience of highly informed stakeholders and CR report readers.

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Degrassi: Next Class will be coming to Netflix around the world in 2016

Los Gatos, CA, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix announced today Degrassi: Next Class, the newest generation of the Degrassi franchise, will be coming to Netflix around the world in 2016. The series will be available to all its members outside of Canada, France and Australia.

“We are so excited to bring Degrassi: Next Class to the world,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of global content at Netflix. “For more than three decades, this groundbreaking show has been reaching teens with important stories and starting in 2016 our members around the world will be able to enjoy and discover the newest chapter of this great show.”

Keeping true to the spirit of the Degrassi franchise, which generations have known and loved since 1980, Degrassi: Next Class is a pull-no-punches dramatic series that tackles the real-life issues of high school students. Telling the stories of “Generation Z,” the series focuses on a group of teens as they begin their journey into adulthood. Pushing their own limits and testing the bonds of family and friends, the students each find their own way to deal with a range of issues: from homophobia, racism, substance abuse and violence to burgeoning sexuality, body issues, heartbreak and the complications of dating in the social media age. The series strives to entertain its post-millennial audience while always reinforcing its core principle: You are not alone.

Returning cast: Eric Osborne, Ana Golja, Andre Kim, Richard Walters, Olivia Scriven, Ricardo Hoyos, Nikki Gould, Lyle Lettau

Any questions, please contact pr@netflix.com

Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have donated £52 million to charitable causes in 2014/15 and we look forward to supporting Carers UK for the fifth year running.

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Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan

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  • Healthier baskets: We have launched a number of products to inspire our customers with new ways to eat fruit and vegetables, including a convenient platter containing five different portions of 5-a-day produce.
  • Supplier training: A group of South African growers came to the UK as part of a training and skills programme to explore the value chain from port to store.
  • Energy efficiency: We are trialling an aerofoil technology on our fridge systems to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes from fridge units and reduce the energy used to keep the fridge units cool.
  • Charitable donations: During 2014/15 we donated a total of £52 million to charities and other good causes both nationally and locally.
  • Mentoring: Our second cohort of colleagues are participating in Race for Opportunity’s cross-organisational Mentoring Circles, which promotes diverse representation and progression in the workplace. We have also provided four mentors for the scheme.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said:

“Back in 2011, we were one of the first FTSE 100 companies to introduce a policy to support our colleagues who juggle their work with caring responsibilities.  It was an important step for us as we estimate that 18,000, or one in nine, of our colleagues are also carers, and we want to make sure these colleagues are fully supported and able to continue working whilst caring.

This is particularly pertinent this year as our partner charity Carers UK celebrates its 50th anniversary and we celebrate five years of working together. To mark these milestones and to show support for this year’s Carers Week (8 to 14 June), many of our stores will work with organisations to host information stands about support services for carers in the local community. A number of colleagues have also been sharing their own experiences of caring on a film which will be launched the same week.

As the population grows and life expectancy continues to increase, it is likely that many people will find themselves carers at some point in their lives.  We’re proud to be leading the way in supporting colleagues through their caring responsibilities.”

Other highlights form the quarter include:
1. Best for food and health

  • Healthier baskets: Our product developers continue to work to inspire our customers with healthy, convenient options. We have extended our prepared salads offer to include a baby leaf green salad, a range of Taste the Difference salads featuring micro-herbs and edible flowers, as well as red kale leaves which can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • 5-a-day: We have also launched a fruit and vegetable platter providing all five 5-a-day portions in one convenient format. Our new My Goodness! tuna and beetroot sandwich also contains one portion of 5-a-day, adding to our My Goodness! chicken and minted pea and My Goodness! smoky ham and piccalilli sandwiches, which all provide a full portion of vegetables or fruit.
  • External collaboration: In March, we invited 14 external stakeholders to an event hosted by Mike Coupe and our non-executive director, Jean Tomlin. We were able to share the progress we have made in reformulating our products to reduce the salt, sugar and fat content as well as discuss how to continue our journey to improve the nutritional profile of our products.

2. Sourcing with integrity

  • Conferences: On 13 March we brought together a total of 400 guests at The Royal Institution in central London for our Research and Development (R&D) conference, and our Ethical conference. This was our second R&D conference which focused on sharing knowledge to address common challenges across the supply chain; while simultaneously the Ethical conference looked at securing sustainable supply chains through transparency and partnerships.
  • Supplier training: Working in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) we have funded some of our fresh fruit suppliers to run a training and skills programme for over 160 workers. The training was developed by the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum in South Africa. In April, 11 of the participants in the programme were selected to visit the UK and follow the value chain through to our stores, providing a unique opportunity to embed their learning.
  • Agricultural scholars: Seven British farmers have started our first farmers and growers scholarship programme. In partnership with Imperial College London, the next six months offers them a unique opportunity to study, research and analyse soil health.

3. Respect for our environment

  • Energy efficiency: We are trialling an aerofoil technology on our fridge systems to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes from fridge units. The adaptation has been designed and manufactured by Aerofoil Energy Ltd and uses Formula 1 aerodynamics technology developed with Williams’ Advanced Engineering. With less cool air escaping, less energy is used to keep the fridge units cool and less energy is needed to keep the shopping aisles warm.
  • Biodiversity: We have been working with a bee expert to set up, and maintain, a network of Bee Hotels on our store estate and across our supplier network to increase the availability of nesting sites for solitary bees. This spring, we have added 146 Bee Hotels to our stores and depots, taking our total number of Bee Hotels to 258.
  • External Recognition: In April we won the Organisational Behavioural Change category at the Environment and Energy Awards for our internal colleague engagement programme to become the UK’s Greenest Grocer. Our work with Global Action Plan asks colleagues to complete five simple actions as part of their daily routine to help reduce energy use in store by three per cent.

4. Making a positive difference to our community

  • Charitable donations: We are delighted to confirm that during 2014/15 we donated a total of £52 million to charities and other good causes. This included corporate donations to national charities such as Comic Relief and The Royal British Legion, and also funds raised by stores for their Local Charity partners, as well as investment in community programmes such as Active Kids.
  • Carers UK: Stores across the country have made preparations to support the 2015 Carers Week. Arrangements are in place for volunteer groups to come into store to provide information to customers and colleagues throughout the week (8 to 14 June). It is a milestone year for our partnership with Carers UK as the charity celebrates its 50th anniversary and we mark our fifth year of support.
  • Active Kids: This year’s voucher collection finished on 5 May and now over 50,000 schools and clubs are able to redeem their vouchers to order sports and cooking equipment and experiences from our biggest ever catalogue.

5. A great place to work

  • Skills and training: 979 of our colleagues who are responsible for planning, delivering and validating the learning of others, have attended our Bringing Learning To Life workshop to help build their knowledge and insight.
  • Food Colleges: On Wednesday 11 March two members of our Learning and Development team were asked to support an event at the Houses of Parliament organised by Sainsbury’s and Mars UK in partnership with Comic Relief. This was an opportunity for one of our experienced store colleagues, who has been trained at our Bakery College, to demonstrate how we train and develop our colleagues, and to raise awareness of our new Bakery Apprenticeship.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: For the first time, we are supporting the London, Manchester and Brighton Pride events. In addition, ten stores have committed support for ‘Little Pride’ events across the UK, including Leeds and Blackpool. Further information can be found at j-sainsbury.co.uk/blog/2015/05/sarah-warby-proud-to-be-at-pride-2015.
  • Mentoring: We are participating in Race for Opportunity’s cross-organisational Mentoring Circles, which promote diverse representation and progression in the workplace. Mentees learn together, coach and support each other, while being led by a senior level mentor. We have also supplied four mentors for the scheme as well as a member of our Operating Board as a guest mentor.

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Sainsbury’s 20x20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15

Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe on Q1 results: Trading conditions are still being impacted by strong levels of food deflation and a highly competitive pricing backdrop

  • Total Retail sales for first quarter down 0.6 per cent (excl fuel), down 2.3 per cent (inc fuel)
  • Like-for-like Retail sales for first quarter down 2.1 per cent (excl fuel), down 3.7 per cent (inc fuel)

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “Trading conditions are still being impacted by strong levels of food deflation and a highly competitive pricing backdrop. These pressures, including the effect of our own targeted price investment, have led to a fall in like-for-like sales for the quarter. We outlined in our Strategic Review in November some of the key actions we would be taking to remain competitive in this environment and are encouraged by some of the early trends that we are seeing in our key trading and operational metrics.

Volume and transactions continue to grow as customers are benefiting from our improved value and further investments in quality. We have simplified our promotional offer which has reduced promotional participation further, helping to lower waste and give customers even better levels of availability. We committed to deliver our cost savings programme without impacting the customer experience. This is supported by our internal customer service measures which have never been higher as well as our third consecutive win of the annual Grocer 33 Service and Availability Awards.

We are known for our differentiated offer and, to reinforce our quality credentials, we announced in our Strategic Review that we would invest in the quality of 3,000 own-brand products. During the quarter we introduced new products in several categories, including areas such as produce and speciality bread, focusing on British sourcing wherever possible. We have also improved our seasonal fresh offer in time for summer. For example, our by Sainsbury’s BBQ Smoked Chilli Pulled Pork and by Sainsbury’s BBQ Sweet Chilli Chicken Thighs give customers meat cuts and flavours that are perfect for the barbeque. We are on track to deliver all of our planned quality improvements.

Sainsbury’s Bank opened its 182nd Travel Money Bureau in the quarter and Travel Money grew strongly at over 40 per cent. We were named ‘Best Card Provider (standard rate)’ at the Moneyfacts Awards for the third successive year. Clothing delivered sales growth of over five per cent and we launched our 17th Gok Wan collection which saw its second-best launch week. Our clothing online offer remains popular with our customers and we will roll this out nationwide over the summer. In the quarter we also opened our 300th petrol station, in Livingston, which is our third remotely-manned site offering customers fuel 24 hours a day.

We continue to make it easier for customers to shop with us whenever and wherever they want. We have now opened 20 grocery Click & Collect sites and remain on track to have 100 sites by the end of 2015. Groceries online had a record week in the quarter with 256,000 orders. We have increased the number of delivery slot options to give customers greater flexibility and we won the quarterly Grocer 33 award for online service and availability, reflecting the improvements in our own customer satisfaction scores. We opened three Argos digital stores during the quarter in North Cheam, Nantwich and West Hove and we will have opened ten by the end of the first half. Our convenience business remains in double-digit growth and we have opened ten convenience stores during the quarter.

Despite the challenging market conditions, we are confident that we are building on strong foundations and making good progress with our strategy. We continue to invest in our broad range of products and services and our multiple channels to market. These areas represent strong future growth opportunities and contribute towards our resilience in the current trading environment.”

Notes to editors

1. All sales figures contained in this trading statement are stated including VAT and in accordance with IFRIC 13

2. Like-for-like sales include the impact of extensions as follows:

FY 2014/15 Q1
Sales growth including fuel (%)
Total (2.0)% (2.3)%
Like-for-like (3.6)% (3.7)%
Sales growth excluding fuel (%)
Total (0.2)% (0.6)%
Like-for-like (1.9)% (2.1)%
Included in like-for-like sales (%)
Net contribution from extensions 0.2% 0.1%

3. Store investment programme 2015/16:

Q1
Supermarkets
New 1
Replacements 1
Extensions
Refurbishments
Closures (1)
Convenience
New 10
Closures (3)
Refurbishments 4

At the end of the quarter, Sainsbury’s had 598 supermarkets and 714 convenience stores.

4. Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on     current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, regulation or accounting standard, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise

5. Sainsbury’s also released today its First Quarter Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability update. This is available at www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/investor-centre/results-and-presentations/

6. A conference call will take place at 8:30am.  To listen to the audio webcast we recommend that you register in advance.  To do so please visit www.j-sainsbury.co.uk prior to the event and follow the on-screen instructions.  To view the transcript of the conference call go towww.j-sainsbury.co.uk and follow the on-screen instructions in the first quarter trading statement section

7. Sainsbury’s will announce its Second Quarter Trading Statement on 30 September 2015

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Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe on Q1 results: Trading conditions are still being impacted by strong levels of food deflation and a highly competitive pricing backdrop

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe on Q1 results: Trading conditions are still being impacted by strong levels of food deflation and a highly competitive pricing backdrop

Starbucks to create nearly 200 unique Starbucks Cards for 30 countries around the world

SEATTLE, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks will create nearly 200 unique Starbucks Cards for 30 countries around the world this year. These artful gift card designs reflect the essence of the local area and heritage for customers to bring home from a trip as a memento or to carry as a symbol of hometown pride.

“Think about all the passion and the artistry that goes into our handcrafted beverages. We put that same passion into Starbucks Cards,” said Ben Bauman, who manages the Starbucks Card program for stores in the U.S. and Canada.

It typically takes eight months to bring a design to life from the drawing board to store shelves. Designers in Starbucks Creative studio, or guest collaborators, use a variety of techniques to create a design. Some cards begin as paintings on canvas, cut paper, or wood blocks carved by hand. While the finished product is usually plastic, special limited edition cards have been crafted from etched stainless steel, jewelry-quality sterling silver, 10K gold, and birch wood.

“Starbucks Cards aren’t just gift cards with money to spend,” Bauman said. “They are a personal gift of the Starbucks experience handpicked just for our customers.”

Local Cards

Destination themed cards are among Starbucks fastest sellers, celebrating the heritage of a local city or country. Starbucks has destination cards from across the U.S. in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Hawaii, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Around the world, Canada’s card features the country’s iconic maple leaf composed of the handwritten names of Canadian provinces. Jakarta’s card was inspired by Betawi culture, weaving classic Betawi symbols with the city’s landscape. In London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament stand in silhouette to a waving Union Jack flag. Berlin’s card juxtaposes a romantic painting against the Berlin Wall.

Designer Collaborations

Customers can also bring style to their wallets with Starbucks Cards created by artists and fashion designers.

Stacey Bendet, founder of fashion house Alice + Olivia, designed a card with her playful “Stace Face” for Starbucks stores in the China and Asia Pacific Region. In Japan, fashion designer Mila Owen created a card with colorful stripes. The butterflies that adorn pioneering artist Asami Kiyokawa’s card come to life thanks to a mobile app.

Holidays, Events and Occasions

Starbucks Cards help ring in celebrations around the world. While Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards are available in most markets worldwide, Starbucks also offers cards for other holidays such as Diwali in India, the Sakura cherry blossom festival in Japan and Korea, and Japan’s summer fireworks festival Hanabi. Studio designers also celebrate everyday gifting occasions with graduation, birthday and seasonal cards.

What makes Starbucks Cards so collectible?

“Starbucks Cards are an enduring piece of our brand you can keep and take with you,” Bauman said. “It’s a tangible representation of the powerful connection between Starbucks customers and our brand.”

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

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Starbucks to create nearly 200 unique Starbucks Cards for 30 countries around the world

Carrefour Poland Director Guillaume de Colonges gave a speech at the ECR conference in Krakow

KRAKOW, POLAND, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Guillaume de Colonges, Director of Carrefour Poland, gave a speech at the ECR conference in Poland which was held in Krakow on 28 May.

The ECR conference is a key event which brings together manufacturers, distributors, commercial networks and suppliers of transport, logistics and IT services in Poland.More than 150 representatives of some of the biggest companies, media and business organisations were in attendance at the 2015 edition.

At this year’s conference, Guillaume de Colonges spoke on “Multi-format retail as a response to Polish customers’ expectations”.

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Carrefour Poland Director Guillaume de Colonges gave a speech at the ECR conference in Krakow

Carrefour Poland Director Guillaume de Colonges gave a speech at the ECR conference in Krakow

Carrefour Market joined forces with Chef Jean Imbert as part of partnership designed to promote the retailer’s freshness programme

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Market has joined forces with Chef Jean Imbert as part of a partnership designed to promote the retailer’s freshness programme. The collaboration kicks off on Sunday 7 June with a new television campaign being broadcast designed to showcase our shared values: a passion for fresh produce, an appreciation of work well done and local products.

A partnership based on shared values and concrete initiatives
Chef Jean Imbert and Carrefour Market – a partnership first and foremost about a daily quest: a quest for very carefully selected fresh products and partnerships with local producers throughout France. Carrefour has pledged to comply with this requirement throughout the year through its “Guaranteed Freshness” commitment – a commitment that it makes in relation to all of its traditional fresh products, with customers being given replacements or getting refunded if they are not satisfied (within 72 hours).

The purpose of the partnership between Carrefour Market and Chef Jean Imbert is to:
–    ensure that Carrefour Market customers get the best fresh products, in particular by setting up new initiatives and creating local partnerships
–    give cooking tips to Carrefour Market’s customers and employees, encouraging them to “eat well”
–    help train and professionally develop Carrefour Market’s teams with a school where they can receive training about fresh produce;
–    raise the teams’ and customers’ awareness of the drive to tackle wastage, encouraging best practice by providing day-to-day anti-waste tips.

Multichannel communication to support this partnership
This new partnership is being supported by a global communications plan:
–    Starting 7 June 2015, a series of 2 TV adverts will be broadcast over a 4-week period;
–    6 films will be published on the retailer’s website during the course of the next few months
–    Chef Jean Imbert will feature prominently in Carrefour’s communications media (loyalty programme, catalogue, social networks, etc.), providing customers with cooking tips, recipe ideas, solutions to tackle waste, etc.

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Carrefour Market joined forces with Chef Jean Imbert as part of partnership designed to promote the retailer's freshness programme

Carrefour Market joined forces with Chef Jean Imbert as part of partnership designed to promote the retailer’s freshness programme