Teavana celebrates National Iced Tea Day month with Iced Tea Happy Hour from June 11-14

SEATTLE, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana, a leader in high-quality loose leaf teas and beverages, is celebrating National Iced Tea Day month an Iced Tea Happy Hour from June 11-14.

“Tea is on the rise across America, with iced tea now the most consumed beverage at lunch time. In our Starbucks stores where Teavana tea is served; our tea sales rose 15 percent year-over-year mostly due to the popularity of our Teavana shaken iced tea,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana. “We have hundreds of iced tea options, and we welcome customers to join us at Starbucks or Teavana to experience some of the highest-quality and most delicious teas.”

According to the Tea Association of the USA, 85 percent of tea consumed in America is iced tea, and loose leaf iced tea is gaining in popularity. Teavana features some of the most unique and flavorful premium loose leaf teas using some of the finest full tea leaves along with ingredients like fruits, flowers and spices. Teavana loose leaf teas are made from some of the finest whole tea leaves and the epicurean blends combine the best of science and artistry to bring out bold and exotic flavors.

“High-quality, loose leaf tea allows our customers to truly experience the subtleties and the full flavor of our straight teas and epicurean blends,” said Naoko Tsunoda, tea authority and director of tea development at Teavana.  “Whether you’re new to tea or a tea enthusiast, that first sip of delicious, loose leaf iced tea immediately transforms the way one thinks about this refreshing beverage. The delicious, bold, exotic flavors are perfect for celebrating summer with family and friends.”

Iced Tea Happy Hour June 11-14

To continue the iced tea celebration, customers can visit participating Teavana stores June 11 – June 14 from 3-6pm local time for 50 percent off a 16-ounce iced tea beverage and learn how easy it is to make iced tea at home (one per customer, while supplies last). Whether enjoying a favorite tea or trying something new, customers are encouraged to share their iced tea discoveries on Twitter and Instagram using #TeavanaTime.

Bring the Loose Leaf Iced Tea Experience Home

Making homemade loose leaf iced tea is easy and delicious, and with Teavana products like the Modern Iced Teamaker, it’s simple to steep a large batch of iced tea, perfect for summer entertaining.

“When making iced tea, I recommend exploring and tasting different flavors that blend well together. Try blending fruity and fruity, fruity and floral, or even pure teas with fruity overtones using a rooibos, black or herbal tea, or a flavored or scented green tea, to serve over ice,” said Tsunoda.

To enjoy loose leaf iced tea at home, first double the amount of loose leaf tea used in a regular brew. If a sweet tea is preferred, add Perfectea® rock sugar to the brewer first and then add hot water, giving a little stir until dissolved. Then add the loose leaf tea and steep for the allotted period of time.  By adding the rock sugar first our beautiful crystallized rock sugar will dissolve evenly and elevate the natural sweetness of our blends.

“Our Perfectea rock sugar is my sweetener of choice,” said Tsunoda. “Made of Belgian beets, this sweetener elevates and maintains the integrity of the multi-layered flavor profile we designed for iced teas.”

After the hot tea is brewed, immediately pour tea into a glass or pitcher filled with ice, as the sudden cooling keeps the flavor and scent of the tea intact.

“Once you see how easy it is to brew loose leaf iced tea, there are fun ways to add your own signature elements to your beverage,” she said.

Elevate the Iced Tea Experience

Flavor Cubes: Freeze flavor cubes from an iced tea blend in the ice cubes. Instead of using water to make iced cubes, use another iced tea beverage for a layered visual dynamic and flavor profile.

Getting Fizzy with It: Make a sparkling tea for the ultimate summer refreshment. Simply brew double-strength tea with sweetener to taste; let it cool and then add sparkling water.

Iced Tea-tini: Turn a favorite iced tea into a cocktail by chilling the double-strength brewed tea sweetened to taste, then mixing it with a favorite spirit. Serve over ice or in a martini glass with garnish.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and through the Starbucks Newsroom.

About Teavana
Teavana offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its “Heaven of Tea” retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable “Teaologists” engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea. The company, which was founded in 1997 and joined the Starbucks family of brands in 2012, has a mission to be the most recognized and respected brand in the tea industry by expanding the culture of tea across the world. Visit www.teavana.com, and find a store near you in the U.S. here.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Teavana celebrates National Iced Tea Day month with Iced Tea Happy Hour from June 11-14

Teavana celebrates National Iced Tea Day month with Iced Tea Happy Hour from June 11-14

Seafair personalities to visit Starbucks® locations throughout the Seattle area every Wednesday from June 17 through July 29

SEATTLE, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the next few months in Seattle, a king and queen will be crowned. Pirates and clowns will make mischief in local parades. And, hydroplanes will race across Lake Washington.

As those who reside in the Emerald City know, it’s time for Seafair, the region’s premier summer festival.

Starbucks is a 2015 presenting sponsor for Seafair, which has been a summer-long series of events in Seattle for more than 60 years. Starbucks will welcome the community for Seafair-inspired events in several of its Seattle-area stores (list below). It will also honor veterans at the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Gasworks Park, and host a special experience for community partners at the Seafair Torchlight Parade.

Being involved in the Seattle community is a priority for Dale Perrott, Starbucks senior vice president, Supply Chain Operations. He serves on the 40-member Seafair Board of Directors.

“Serving on the Seafair board has special meaning,” said Perrott. “I grew up in a small town where my father was on multiple boards including those supporting various local celebrations. I’m excited to continue the tradition of service that my father started.”

As a member of the board, Perrott has helped identify ways to build participation in Seafair. That includes, for example, inviting alumni associations of local colleges and universities in and around Seattle to participate in the festivities.

Earlier this year, a group of young people were welcomed to provide their feedback about Seafair and what could make it better. Perrott and his fellow board members listened and implemented many of their ideas.

“The experience was eye opening for the board members, particularly those who are of a different generation,” said Perrott. “Based on what we learned, we will feature a wider variety of activities and music stages for entertaining in 2015.”

Seafair festivities kick-off today (Wednesday, June 10 from noon to 4 p.m.) at Westlake Park and Westlake Center Plaza. The Westlake Avenue Starbucks® location will serve as the backdrop for the induction of a new King Neptune and Queen Alcyone, and greetings from local luminaries. Fans of the king and queen will have an opportunity to meet the royal couple and enjoy complimentary bottles of Frappuccino® Coffee Drinks while supplies last.

Star Sightings at Starbucks

Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., from June 17 through July 29, Seafair personalities will visit Starbucks® locations throughout the Seattle area as part of “Seafair at Starbucks.” Miss Seafair, professional pilots, hydroplane drivers, Seafair clowns and pirates will visit different stores and pose for pictures with customers. Knighting ceremonies for a few lucky customers and partners (employees) will take place during this time as well.

“Starbucks and Seafair is a great pairing,” Perrott added. “Starbucks participation means a lot to the partners who work for the company. It’s also the perfect family activity and a great place to celebrate in the Pacific Northwest.”

Seafair at Starbucks schedule:

Wednesday, June 17 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Miss Seafair and Princesses
Starbucks at Issaquah Meadows
1460 NW Gilman Blvd #K1
Issaquah, WA 98027

Wednesday, June 24 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pirates
Starbucks at Ambaum and SW 148th
901 SW 148th Street
Burien, WA 98166

Wednesday, July 1 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Clowns
Starbucks at NW Market Street and 22nd Avenue
2200 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Wednesday, July 8 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Seafair Milk Carton Derby Partners
Starbucks at Greenlake
7100 East Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98115

Wednesday, July 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hydroplane Drivers
Starbucks at 23rd & Jackson
2300 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98144

Wednesday, July 22 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Parade VIPs
Starbucks at Kirkland – Park Place
208 Park Center Place
Kirkland, WA 98033

Wednesday, July 29 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Seafair Air Show Pilots and Performers
Starbucks at 6th and Union – Us Bank Center
1420 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Event photos courtesy of Seafair and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

For more information about Starbucks involvement in its hometown of Seattle, visit www.starbucks.com/seattle.

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

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Seafair personalities to visit Starbucks® locations throughout the Seattle area every Wednesday from June 17 through July 29

Seafair personalities to visit Starbucks® locations throughout the Seattle area every Wednesday from June 17 through July 29

Walgreens and MDLIVE announce an expansion of its telehealth platform to users in Colorado, Illinois and Washington

  • Customers in Colorado, Washington and Illinois gain access to MDLIVE’s virtual doctor service through Walgreens mobile app and online telehealth platform
  • Walgreens plans to expand telehealth platform to 25 states by end of year

DEERFIELD, Ill. & SUNRISE, Fla., 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens, in collaboration with MDLIVE, the nation’s leading provider of telehealth services, today announced an expansion of its telehealth platform to users in Colorado, Illinois and Washington. The company also announced that in addition to mobile, users can now access the platform via the Walgreens website on desktop and tablet devices, in states where the service is currently offered.

Walgreens and MDLIVE first launched the platform last December through the Walgreens mobile application in California and Michigan. The service provides 24/7 access to MDLIVE’s network of U.S. board-certified doctors, and is planned to be available to users in 25 states by the end of 2015.

“As we continue to advance our telehealth strategy and expand our digital footprint, we’re pleased to help offer unparalleled access to medical professionals for more of our customers,” said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional vice president of digital health. “Our society truly values anytime, anywhere convenience. And with a growing need for access to affordable health care services, we believe telehealth solutions can play an important role in helping to improve patient outcomes and continues our mission to provide a seamless, omni-channel digital health experience.”

The service is available in both iOS and Android versions of the Walgreens mobile app, and the platform enables users to consult virtually with MDLIVE board-certified physicians for a range of acute conditions. Importantly, these physicians can e-prescribe medications when appropriate. Visits with a participating MDLIVE physician are only $49.

“MDLIVE and Walgreens share a commitment to offering consumers more choice for convenient, quality and cost-effective care, and we look forward to working together to roll out our services in more states and more communities throughout the year,” said Randy Parker, CEO of MDLIVE.

As more connected and convenience-driven consumers are turning to telehealth as their choice to access health care services, the availability of MDLIVE through the Walgreens mobile application and desktop further strengthens both organizations’ aim to bring quality health care that is convenient and affordable to everyone, anytime, anywhere. The initiative demonstrates Walgreens commitment to health care innovation and consumer engagement while introducing virtual health visit technology through MDLIVE and empowers consumers with greater access to immediate care.

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

About MDLIVE
Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a leading provider of virtual healthcare services providing virtual care, online and on-demand that benefits consumers, employers, payers, hospitals, physician practice groups and accountable care organizations. Headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, MDLIVE works with Board Certified physicians and therapists, nationwide to provide 24/7 connected care.

The company’s cloud-based Virtual Medical Office software platform makes it possible for patients, healthcare professionals and plan administrators to collaborate seamlessly and securely via voice, video, email and mobile devices. Payers and providers can also utilize the HIPAA and PHI-compliant system to collect and share clinical data from patient medical records, lab results and in-home biometric devices for real-time risk assessments, wellness advice, diagnosis and treatment.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Jim Cohn
Office: 847-315-2950
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Kesko: Intersport becomes main partner of Finland’s national cross country skiing team

HELSINKI, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intersport Finland Ltd and the Finnish Ski Association have signed a multi-year cooperation contract which makes Intersport the main partner of the national cross country skiing team. The cooperation between Finland’s leading sports trade chain and the national skiing team preparing for the home World Championships will provide both parties with attractive elements.

“For decades, the international Intersport has had good and visible cooperation with top skiing competitions. Now we are expanding the cooperation to include the Finnish national cross country skiing team getting ready for the 2017 World Championships in Lahti. The national team is gaining momentum and the upcoming home games will boost public interest in ski sports, as well as increase the number of skiing enthusiasts. We also want our customers to be able to share some of the top expertise in the coaching and supporting of the national team through, for example, the ski sports programmes available at www.intersport.fi,” says Marketing Manager Arto Rasi of Intersport.

The contract duration will be until the spring of 2019, which means that it will cover the Skiing World Championships in Lahti, the Olympic year and the Skiing World Championships in Seefeld. The partnership will open up lots of opportunities for both parties.

“Intersport is our first main partner that is also an international partner of the World Championships in Lahti. This kind of partnership will open up great opportunities to build up a story leading up to the home games in Lahti. I also expect that Intersport, a strong expert in sports, will significantly add to the visibility of our national cross country skiing through its own channels,” says Mika Kulmala, Executive Director of the Finnish Ski Association.

“We in the Intersport chain place a strong emphasis on quality in both selections and service. Through the cooperation with the national team we will strengthen the expertise and know-how of store personnel,” says Marketing Manager Arto Rasi of Intersport.

Cross country skiing is commercially the most important and the largest product group in winter for Intersport. Around 200,000 pairs of cross country skis and ski boots are sold in Finland annually.

Intersport International Corporation (IIC) is an international sports marketing chain that consists of national companies. There are over 5,500 Intersport stores in a total of 46 countries. Intersport Finland Ltd, part of Kesko Group, is a partner of the company and owner of the Intersport and Budget Sport licenses in Finland. There are 62 Intersport stores and the intersport.fi online store in Finland. Intersport Finland Ltd is the market leader in the Finnish sports trade.

Intersport – www.intersport.fi

Photos can be downloaded from our material bank: http://aineistopankki.kesko.fi

Further information:
Arto Rasi, Marketing Manager, Intersport Finland Ltd, tel. +358 400 405 342
Mika Kulmala, Executive Director, Finnish Ski Association, tel. +358 40 576 1001

AB Acquisition LLC announces the appointment of Mark Panzer as SVP of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness

BOISE, ID, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — AB Acquisition LLC, parent company of Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc., and Safeway Inc. (collectively Albertsons) announced today that Mark Panzer has been named Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, overseeing the company’s 1,760 pharmacies in 34 states across the country. Panzer replaces Darren Singer, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Panzer’s retail career began at Osco Drug stores over 40 years ago. He moved into roles in Regional Sales and Marketing and Regional Operations for the drug store chain, eventually serving as District Manager as well as Director and subsequently Vice President of Sales and Marketing with American Drug Stores. Those roles led to his being named Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Albertsons following its merger with American Stores in 1999. In 2001, Mark left the company to join Rite Aid as Executive Vice President of Store Operations, and in 2005 was named Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for that company, leaving in 2008 to become President & CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Inc.

“Mark understands and appreciates the entrepreneurial spirit that embodies how we go to market across our divisions, and we’re thrilled that he’s chosen to come back to our team,” said Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for Albertsons. “Early on in his career, Mark was part of the team that helped define what great customer service meant for pharmacy operations in a grocery company. Moreover, he has proven himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and is well respected throughout the industry. His extensive retail, sales, and marketing experience will be invaluable to our Pharmacy team as we move forward with our goal to be the Favorite Local Supermarket™ for our customers and employees.”

Panzer’s new role is effective immediately, and he will relocate to the Boise office in the coming weeks.

About AB Acquisition LLC

AB Acquisition LLC, the parent company of Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc., and Safeway Inc., is one of the world’s largest food and drug retailers, with more than 2,200 stores and 1,700 pharmacies in 34 states and the District of Columbia under 18 banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United, Pavilions, Star Market, Market Street, Amigos, and Carrs. The company is privately owned by a consortium led by Cerberus Capital Management.

Albertson’s LLC Media Contacts

Please note: the below contacts are for reporters and other members of the media only.

Corporate

Brian Dowling – Vice President, Public Relations – 925-467-3787
Teena Massingill – Director, Public Relations – 925-467-3810

CarMax 2015 Used Car Shopping Report: Nissan Altima the No. 1 choice for used car shoppers for the second year in a row

Second annual CarMax Used Car Shopping Report reveals popular add-on and upgrade features

Richmond, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Nissan Altima was the No. 1 choice for used car shoppers at CarMax for the second year in a row, according to the company’s 2015Used Car Shopping Report published today. Data from the nation’s largest used car retailer also indicates domestic models are gaining favor: Five of the 10 most purchased vehicles from CarMax stores were made by American manufacturers, across all age groups.

Results are based on more than 550,000 vehicle sales at CarMax’s more than 140 stores nationwide between March 2014 and February 2015.

New to this year’s Used Car Shopping Report is insight into desired add-on and upgrade features. The most popular add-on purchased by CarMax buyers was leather interior, based on CarMax sales data. According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CarMax, there is also interest in convenience and entertainment or luxury upgrades, such as navigation systems and satellite radio.

“At CarMax, knowing our customers’ wants and needs is critical to providing them with the best shopping experience possible,” said Cliff Wood, executive vice president of stores for CarMax. “For the second year in a row, Americans have chosen mid-sized sedans as their vehicle of choice. When it comes to add-ons and upgrades, features that keep consumers connected and comfortable continue to be popular.”

Malibu Passes Camry for No. 2 Spot

While the Nissan Altima remained CarMax’s top selling car, the Chevrolet Malibu sped into the No. 2 spot, passing the Toyota Camry, which fell to No. 4. Honda had two cars in the top five, the Accord (No. 3) and the Civic (No. 5).

Ford continues to perform well, occupying four of the top 20 spots overall. Ford vehicles especially appeal to Gen Xers, who purchased Fords more than any other age group, earning three spots in that generation’s top 10 vehicles. Ford also scored with Millennials, though their model preferences differed. Older generations most often purchased Explorers, Escapes, and F150s, while Millennials purchased the Fusion and Focus.

The majority of domestic vehicles moved up in rank above foreign cars, compared to last year. Gen Xers purchased cars from American manufacturers more than any other age group – of the top 10 vehicles purchased, six were from domestic makers.

Add-on Features Vary by Age and Region

While leather interiors rank at the top of add-on features among overall CarMax buyers, the popularity of other features purchased at CarMax locations varies in different parts of the country. Remote start technology, which held the No. 1 overall spot last year, still sells the most in the colder climates of the Midwest and Northeast. Leather interiors are more in demand in warmer climates of the West and South.

Wish List If Upgrade Features Were Suddenly More Affordable

CarMax also commissioned a survey with Ipsos Public Affairs that revealed consumers’ interest in vehicle convenience and entertainment or luxury upgrades.

When asked if purchasing a used car were to make convenience upgrade features suddenly more affordable, just under a third of respondents (30 percent) said that they would be most interested in a navigation system, while one in five would opt for remote start (21 percent). Park assist is more popular among Millennials than Baby Boomers (14 percent vs. 9 percent).

When it comes to entertainment or luxury upgrades, satellite radio and stereo systems were preferred by one in five (19 percent and 18 percent, respectively). Leather interior and sunroof followed in rank, with Millennials being more likely than Baby Boomers to opt for a sunroof. Nearly one in five Gen Xers (19 percent) were among those most likely to choose a back seat/headrest video system for their used car.

Self-Cleaning Car Tops Americans “Greatest Wish” List

When looking beyond the upgrade features that are available now when purchasing a used car, nearly a quarter said that a self-cleaning car (23 percent) would top their “greatest wish” list.

An infographic highlighting the results and a video showcasing the top five vehicles and add-on features is available.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CarMax currently operates 147 used car stores in 75 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles and superior customer service. During the twelve months ended February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used vehicles and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

About the Ipsos Survey
These are findings from a survey conducted May 7-8, 2015 by Ipsos Public Affairs. For the survey, a sample of 1,004 U.S. adults age 18 and over was interviewed online. A factum of survey results is available at http://ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=6858.

Media Contacts

Casey Werderman, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422, ext. 4773
Twitter: @CarMax Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Lauren Llewellyn, PadillaCRT, (804) 675-8153, Lauren.Llewellyn@padillacrt.com

CarMax to provide customers with VIN-specific recall information prior to sale

CarMax Provides Consumers with Information About Open Recalls Prior to Sale

Richmond, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax was founded to fundamentally change the way Americans buy used cars. For more than 20 years, CarMax has dedicated itself to providing customers with a straightforward, transparent car-buying experience that is based on integrity.

Drivers across the country recently have been forced to deal with an unprecedented number of manufacturer recalls. It is an issue that deserves all of our attention.

CarMax Provides Customers with VIN-Specific Recall Information

CarMax is committed to providing the most transparent car buying experience in the industry. To ensure our customers are well informed about recalls, CarMax provides vehicle-specific information about open recalls to every retail customer prior to purchasing a used vehicle from our stores.

Because many of our customers visit us first at carmax.com or on our mobile site or app, every vehicle on carmax.com includes a link to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) VIN lookup website, with the VIN pre-populated, allowing customers to obtain open recall information on any CarMax used vehicle.

Before any customer purchases a used vehicle, a CarMax associate and the customer review the vehicle’s NHTSA VIN-specific recall report. After this initial review, customers sign a form acknowledging receipt of this NHTSA recall report with their sales documents. We recommend that our customers register their vehicle with the manufacturer and urge them to have open recalls fixed immediately following purchase.

Open Recalls Can Only Be Cleared at a Manufacturer-Authorized Facility
The current recall system is based on the manufacturer’s relationship with its dealers and registered vehicle owners, and not with independent used auto retailers, like CarMax. Among other things, this means that manufacturers have not authorized CarMax to complete recall repairs and close out recalls.

Our experience shows us customers are in the best position to act on recall information directly with a manufacturer-authorized dealer. We have found that dealers are often more likely to provide timely recall repair to customers rather than to a competitor, like CarMax, so we encourage customers to have recalls repaired at a manufacturer-authorized facility.

CarMax is built on integrity – and has been recognized nationally for this commitment. Ninety five percent of our purchasers say they would recommend us to family and friends. We believe this continued loyalty is due to the straightforward and transparent car buying experience that we continue to provide.

Additional Resources:
CarMax Recall Notification Video: How we ensure our customers are well informed about recalls online and in our stores
Infographic on the U.S. Recall System
Examples of CarMax recall communications can be found here.

For Media Inquiries Only Contact:

PR Hotline: (855) 887-2915
Email: PR@Carmax.com

 

NACS survey: Nearly three in five consumers expect gas prices will go up over the next 30 days

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — A majority of consumers expect gas prices will continue to rise during June, a period in which gas prices tend to moderate or even fall after the completion of the annual spring transition to summer-blend fuel. Nearly three in five consumers (59%) expect gas prices will go up over the next 30 days, versus just 9% who expect them to fall, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

On average, consumers report that gas prices rose 16 cents last month to reach $2.75 per gallon. Despite these rising gas prices, consumer optimism about the overall economy is growing. A slight majority (52%) of consumers say they feel “very” or “somewhat optimistic” about the economy, up four percentage points from the 48% who said so in May. Consumers ages 18-34 are feeling particularly hopeful, with nearly three in five (57%) saying they feel optimistic about the economy, including 20% who say they are “very optimistic.”

Nationally, gas prices remain almost a dollar per gallon cheaper than they were this time last year, leaving many consumers with extra money in their pockets. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that lower gas prices will save the average American family $675 in fuel costs over 2015.

Less than half (44%) of Americans say they are spending this extra money, with 38% spending it on day-to-day essentials and 6% spending it on special items they wouldn’t buy otherwise. Households making less than $35,000 per year are most likely to be spending the money on day-to-day essentials (47%, vs. just 28% of those making more than $75,000 per year). In contrast, higher-earning consumers in households making over $75,000 per year are more likely to be saving the money (39%, vs. 27% of lower-earning consumers).

Overall, one in three Americans (33%) are saving the extra money in their pocket from lower gas prices. Lower-earning savers are much more likely to putting these savings toward an emergency fund (64%, vs. just 31% of higher-earning savers). Meanwhile, higher-earning savers are much more likely to be saving the money toward retirement (36%, vs. just 8% of lower-earning savers).

One in five American consumers (21%) are using the extra money to pay down debt. Among those, 71% are using it to pay down existing credit card debt.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts the monthly consumer sentiment survey to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,105 gas consumers were surveyed June 3-8, 2015. Summary results are available at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues its expansion in Kansas with the opening of three new locations at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

DUNKIN’ DONUTS CONTINUES NON-TRADITIONAL EXPANSION IN KANSAS

CANTON, MA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the opening of one new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and two new Dunkin’ Donuts Express locations at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. A joint venture led by franchise group MSE Branded Foods will operate the new locations.

MSE Branded Foods, led by founder and president Jack Hough, has a cross-functional team of retail food experts with over 100 years of combined experience in assisting institutions with the creation, implementation and daily operation of successful food service programs.

“We’re proud to bring one of the world’s leading brands to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport,” Jack Hough, president of MSE Branded Foods. “We look forward to serving travelers and hope to become a popular and convenient destination for guests to fuel up while they are on the go.”

All three locations opened for business on June 3rd. The full-service Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant is located in the main terminal just past security in the food court. One of the two additional Dunkin’ Donuts Express operations is located in the pre-security area inside of Aviator’s Café and the other is post-security in the Grab N’ Fly location. Hours of operation will vary day-to-day based on flight schedules, but will open 90 minutes prior to the first flight time and remain open until the last flight departs.

The restaurants feature a selected menu of Dunkin’ Donuts’ internationally recognized coffee, lattes, donuts and bakery goods. Special highlights of the menu at the full-service location also include bakery sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, Coolatta® frozen drinks and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items to offer guests even more choices.

“Airports continue to be a strong growth area for Dunkin’ Donuts, and MSE Branded Foods collective restaurant industry experience makes them an ideal franchisee,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Together with MSE Branded Foods, we’re prepared to fuel travelers heading to and from their destinations around the country.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 600 non-traditional locations, such as airports, mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, college campuses in the U.S. For information on franchise opportunities or to attend an upcoming webinar, please visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,300 restaurants in 37 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
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The National Grocers Association congratulates 41 grocery executives on their completion of the 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program

Arlington, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) congratulated 41 grocery executives on their completion of the 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). The 2015 ELDP course was held May 31 – June 4, at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York.

“As the new generation of grocery executives take on leadership roles in the independent supermarket business, they will face an array of challenges and opportunities very different than their predecessors encountered. The development of these leaders will become even more important, and leadership and training programs will be critical for the long-term success of the industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Thanks to the support of our sponsor, PepsiCo, NGA is working to provide those resources and opportunities for independent supermarket operators to invest in their future leaders through programs such as ELDP.”

Jeff Swearingen, SVP of PepsiCo Demand Xcelerator function noted, “PepsiCo is delighted to underwrite NGA’s Cornell ELDP.  We consider our investment in the Program a key component of our commitment to NGA and the independent supermarket segment.”

ELDP helps independent supermarket operators and wholesalers develop leaders from within their organizations who can respond to business challenges in the 21st century marketplace. It is a high-impact learning opportunity for rising grocery executives that provides interactive instruction presented by a mix of respected academic and industry leaders.

2015 ELDP graduates: Stephanie C. Lawley; Dominic Baldone; Andy Halencak; Richard Driskell; Ken Klepac; Sean Donavon; Paul Adamson; Randy Williams; Rick Bishop; Rob Croft; Peter Keenan; Brian Riesbeck; Peter Riesbeck; Amy Giesecke; Eric Bendixen; Drew Pauk; Jean Kaprowski; Thomas Watkins; James Johnson; Jesse Levine; Dave Hartmann; Steve Johnson; Paul Christianson; Matt Mendonsa; Bob Brady; Kevin McMenamin; JonPaul Lake; Jason Knudsen; Paul Thomas; Rich Randazzo; Corey Confer; Charlie Dunn; Anna Mancini; Patrick Reeves; Naomi Sleeper; Wayne Cranford; Jorge Gonzalez; Danny Williams; Steve Oswald; Kati Shields; and Erin Stocker.

For the past 12 years, ELDP has been generously supported by PepsiCo. For more information on ELDP, please visit www.nationalgrocers.org/eldp

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

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The National Grocers Association congratulates 41 grocery executives on their completion of the 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program

The National Grocers Association congratulates 41 grocery executives on their completion of the 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program

The National Grocers Association releases statement on passage of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Legislation

Arlington, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) released the following statement from NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin commending passage by the House of H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015, sponsored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX).

In 2002, mandatory COOL rules for meat products were enacted as a part of the Farm Bill and amended in subsequent bills passed in 2008 and 2014. Following the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, Canada and Mexico initiated World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement proceedings against the U.S., claiming that COOL discriminated against their livestock exports. In May of this year, the WTO issued its final decision stating that the United States’ mandatory COOL requirements for meat products are discriminatory to Canada and Mexico.

Larkin commented, “NGA has long expressed concerns over the mandatory COOL requirements. Aside from impacting supermarket operators’ bottom line, should the U.S. remain non-compliant with the WTO’s rules, it will cause market and supply dislocations, adversely affect jobs, business operations, and international trade. We commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing this important legislation to bring the U.S. back into compliance with our international trade obligations and provide regulatory relief to those who produce and sell beef, pork, and chicken.”

NGA sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging passage of H.R. 2393. The letter reads: “Independent supermarkets are known for their full service meat departments that have on premise butchers providing value, variety, and exceptional service to our customers. Mandatory COOL labeling has imposed significant disproportionate costs on retailers, wholesalers, processors, and suppliers, all to provide a label that is ultimately of very little value to the consumer.”

NGA’s full letter can be read HERE.

Additionally, NGA is a member of the COOL Reform Coalition, which sent a letter to the House of Representatives yesterday, expressing strong support for H.R. 2393. To read that letter, click HERE.

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

Wegmans Food Markets delivers truckload of 18,317 pounds of non-perishable food at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —  On Thursday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m., a truckload of 18,467 pounds of non-perishable food will arrive at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank from our friends at Wegmans Food Markets just in time to help fill the shelves for our partner agencies as they get ready for the increased summer need.

“We are so very grateful for our partnership with Wegmans,” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FRFB. “This donation alone will provide meals to those who are food insecure in our community. As we enter the summer season, many families are struggling to find food to replace meals that had been provided to children at school. This donation will mean that food will be available in food pantries throughout the area to feed families.”

When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrives at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Store Manager Chris DePumpo will be on hand along with a team of employees from the Fredericksburg store to help unload and sort the 21 pallets of food.

”We know that as we head into the summer months, it’s an especially critical time of the year for food banks,” said DePumpo. “Helping to feed the hungry is one of the best ways we can make a difference and build a healthier community.”

In addtion to this donation, Wegmans Fredericksburg is partnering with the FRFB for a “Fill the Bus” food drive from June 21 through July 4. The customer service desk will post a wish list of non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Items to donate will also displayed by the registers and can be purchased at checkout and then placed in the “Fill the Bus” collection bin by the front of the store. All donations purchased at the Fredericksburg store will go to the FRFB, remaining in the community to provide healthy meals for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

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About the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.7 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding, the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids after school snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:
Oya Oliver, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank President & CEO, 540-371-7666 x 139, Cell: 540-424-1730
Jo Natale, Wegmans Vice President of Media Relations, 585-429-3627

Whole Foods Market recognized with Good Sow Commendation and Global Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming

Compassion in World Farming Honors Whole Foods Market® with two Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards

Austin, Texas, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) has been recognized with a Good Sow Commendation and a Global Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, for the company’s animal welfare practices.

“Whole Foods Market is proud to receive these awards in recognition of our commitment to improving farm animal welfare. We require all shell eggs sold in our stores and all eggs used in our kitchens and bakeries to be cage-free. And through our adoption of the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program, the lives of sows associated with our fresh meat program have been greatly improved,” said Margaret Wittenberg, global vice president of Quality Standards at Whole Foods Market. “We are able to contribute to the a significant and positive impact on animal agriculture thanks to the partnerships we have with our producers, who put equally strong emphasis on the lives and welfare of their farm animals as they do on ensuring high-quality products.”

The Good Sow Commendation recognizes companies that use or are committed to using higher welfare systems for sows. Specifically, the award’s criteria require that animals have no confinement (sow stalls and farrowing crates), and that adequate bedding material is provided throughout life. The Good Egg Award recognizes companies that use or are committed to using cage-free eggs or egg products.

Since 2004, all of the fresh eggs sold in Whole Foods Market’s dairy cases, and since 2005, all eggs used in its kitchens, bakeries and commissaries have come from suppliers that follow cage-free production methods. Additionally, all fresh pork sold at Whole Foods Market comes from farms that have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare program, which outlines and requires more than 100 species-specific husbandry and management practices that promote farm animal welfare.

Compassion in World Farming uses its Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards to recognize market-leading companies for their current policies or commitments, which result in positive impacts on farm animal welfare across their supply chains. Whole Foods Market accepted the award at the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, June 9.

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Andrew Thompson raises hogs at Thompson Farms in Dixie, Georgia.

Andrew Thompson raises hogs at Thompson Farms in Dixie, Georgia.