Starbucks committed to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2018

SEATTLE, 2015-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — On a rainy Seattle afternoon this past April, members of Starbucks Armed Forces Network (AFN) didn’t let the weather stop them from volunteering at an urban farm. They planted, mulched and got covered in mud — all to help grow fruits and vegetables for local homeless veterans. They have returned to work at the farm each month since.

The AFN was founded in 2007 to bring partners who served in the military together to bond over their shared experiences, to provide guidance for newly hired partners transitioning from military to civilian life and to create a veteran-friendly workforce. A small group of AFN members were also instrumental in helping the company launch its commitment to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2018.

Richard Chambers, a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years, is the current vice-chair of the AFN chapter in Seattle. Over the past year, Chambers has witnessed a surge in the number of field chapters established across the U.S.

“After Starbucks announced its military hiring commitment, visibility to the AFN picked up,” said Chambers. “Partners around the country who are passionate about veterans began to inquire about starting chapters in their cities.”

As a result of the new field chapters, Starbucks has provided additional resources for new and existing partners who are veterans and military spouses, built deeper relationships with military bases across the country and increased participation in volunteer activities. The work of the AFN is vital to Starbucks as it continues to hire and support those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families.

Today, there are six Starbucks Armed Forces Network field chapters with seven others currently in development.

“We create goals and strategies for the year and share them with the field chapters,” said Chambers. “They can use them, modify them or come up with their own. We encourage them to make strategic decisions based on the needs in their cities or regions. We are here for guidance should they need it.”

Taking the Lead

In June 2014, Frank Adams, a Starbucks partner resources manager in Massachusetts, established the first AFN field chapter in the Northeast region of the country.

“I was inspired by our commitment to hire veterans and military spouses,” said Adams, who is an Army veteran. “I started thinking about what we could do locally to help with the effort.”

Adams hosted conference calls with partners in his region to discuss veterans-related causes and coordinated community service events. Shortly thereafter, he recruited partners to join a board and increased membership for the Northeast chapter.

One of the main goals in the region is to amplify Starbucks Roll Call, a website where partners can voluntarily identify themselves as veterans, reservists or military spouses.

“Our board members are committed to reaching out to every local partner who signs up on our Roll Call,” said Adams. “We are also developing a welcome kit for them to share resources and activities with a military focus.”

After building the Northeast AFN chapter, Adams shared his experience with the team in Seattle to help create tools for subsequent field chapters. He has also provided direct guidance to new AFN leaders.

“Being an early adopter, I work with new chapters as they spring up,” he said.

A Passion for Service and for Those who Serve

Patricia Revollo is a district manager in San Antonio, Texas benefitting from Adams’ expertise. She is developing an AFN field chapter for the South Central region, which will include several cities in Texas and Oklahoma. While Revollo does not have a military background, she has embraced service members for their work and sacrifice.

“For me it’s personal,” said Revollo. “I was born in Costa Rica, but became a U.S. citizen in 1988. On that day, I not only took an oath, I also made a vow to always thank military personnel for their service.”

San Antonio has a major military presence with four bases located there. Revollo and her team of store partners have been actively involved with the local military community over the past eight years. They conduct monthly coffee tastings at the Center for the Intrepid, and have teamed up with the Texas Veterans Commission at job fairs to share what opportunities are available for veterans at Starbucks.

“Community service is my personal passion, especially when it relates to military personnel and their families,” said Revollo. “Texas and Oklahoma have a strong military presence, so it’s only fitting that the South Central region has their own AFN chapter. We have big plans.”

As additional field chapters come to life, Starbucks will continue enhancing its commitment to veterans and their families.

“When this all started, we wanted to have a safe place for veterans to go to ask questions,” Chambers said. “I’m so proud of how the AFN has evolved into a true support system for military partners in our stores and offices across the country as well.”

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

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Starbucks committed to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2018

Starbucks committed to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2018

Starbucks Coffee Company and Casino Restauration partner to open Starbucks stores within Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets across France

FRANCE, 2015-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company and Casino Restauration (subsidiary of Groupe Casino) today announce a licensed partnership that will open Starbucks stores within Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets across France. The first store is expected to open before the end of 2015.

Casino Restauration will be operating full-format Starbucks® stores alongside Groupe Casino’s grocery sites, offering an unexpected oasis in the busy supermarket setting.  Customers will be able to enjoy the full range of Starbucks drinks and food, served by expertly-trained baristas.

“This new partnership with Casino Restauration means we can deliver a quality Starbucks experience to many more people in convenient locations across France,” said Kris Engskov, president, Starbucks EMEA. “Casino Restauration has the perfect network and local expertise to deliver this new growth in the hypermarkets and supermarkets right across the country, where our customers want us to be.  We’re excited to be working together to build beautiful stores and to bring great coffee to more customers in France.”

“For more than 40 years, Casino Restauration has been deeply committed to maintaining a constant focus on quality and to fostering continuous innovation to adapt to consumers’ changing tastes, eating habits and expectations,” said William Charles CEO of Casino Restauration. “Known throughout France and resolutely committed to offering balanced nutrition at an affordable price, Casino Restauration has been serving families in a friendly atmosphere. We are happy to share our knowledge and working closely with Starbucks to spread the Starbucks stores in our Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets in France.”

Starbucks stores will be full store formats within Groupe Casino grocery locations, making premium coffee more accessible for customers and providing an even better shopping experience for many customers across France. The stores will be operated by Casino Restauration, the restaurant operating arm of Groupe Casino. At the moment there are over one hundred Starbucks stores in France out of a total 2200 stores across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

In France, Groupe Casino currently runs 10,416 stores included 127 Géant Casino hypermarkets and 444 Casino Supermarkets.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-qualityarabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks 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 our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact Clare Salter.

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Starbucks Coffee Company and Casino Restauration partner to open Starbucks stores within Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets across France

Starbucks Coffee Company and Casino Restauration partner to open Starbucks stores within Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets across France

Sainsbury’s launches new home grown British lettuce variety developed specially for Sainsbury’s

LONDON, 2015-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is launching a new and exclusive British lettuce variety that offers customers the chance to enjoy a brand new home grown favourite throughout the summer months.

The Red Butterhead variety has been developed specially for Sainsbury’s and is grown in Lincolnshire during a short season which runs from June until November.

The fresh, vibrant Red Butterhead British lettuce leaves have a delicious sweet flavour unlike many other more bitter red leaved lettuce varieties and its small leaves make it easier to cut – ideal for preparing quick and easy summertime salads.

Available in stores for £1

 

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Sainsbury’s launches new home grown British lettuce variety developed specially for Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s launches new home grown British lettuce variety developed specially for Sainsbury’s

J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

LONDON, 2015-7-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc is today announcing changes to positions on the plc Board and Operating Board.

John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer, will expand his role to include Business Development.  Helen Buck, who previously had responsibility for this area, will be stepping down from the Operating Board on 31 July.

In his expanded role, John will have responsibility for group strategy, Sainsbury’s online, Mobile by Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Energy, Netto and new business in addition to his existing responsibilities of finance, property, procurement, operational efficiency and Sainsbury’s Bank.

Commenting on the changes, David Tyler, Chairman, said: “I am delighted to see John assume a wider role in the business. His contribution since joining the plc Board in 2010 has been invaluable, and it is a natural progression to see John take on expanded operational responsibilities. Mike and John have formed a great partnership and, alongside our wider management team, we think we have the right people in place to drive the business forward over the coming years.”

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “John is a key member of the executive team and will play a major operational and strategic role in driving forward our business in his expanded role. In particular Sainsbury’s online is a key component of growth in both our food and non-food businesses and I look forward to John’s contribution in this area. I would like to thank Helen for all her hard work since she joined the Operating Board back in 2010 and wish her every success in her new role.”

The changes will come into effect on 31st July 2015.

Notes to Editors:

1. John Rogers was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 19 July 2010. John is also a member of the Board of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. John joined Sainsbury’s in November 2005 as Director of Corporate Finance and then became Director of Group Finance from March 2007 to July 2008. In July 2008, he was appointed to the Operating Board as Property Director. John is co-chair of the Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network, established by the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of Travis Perkins plc. John will join the boards of Mobile by Sainsbury’s and i2c as part of his new role. To reflect his increased portfolio, John’s base salary will be increased to £675,000. All other elements of his remuneration package will remain unchanged.

2. Helen Buck leaves Sainsbury’s on 31st July to join Palmer and Harvey as Chief Operating Officer. John Rogers will assume all of Helen’s responsibilities and there will be no additional changes to the Operating Board as a result of this move.

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J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

Homebase features new range of Autumn/Winter homewares, furniture and accessories

Milton Keynes, 2015-7-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get ready for the change in seasons with a stylish new range of homewares, furniture and accessories from leading home enhancement retailer Homebase.

The AW15 collection features an array of products across four brand new collections; Homestead, Refined Elegance, Retreat and Highland Heritage.

Delve into the depths of the rural countryside or be inspired by muted shades of ivory and teal, comfort is at the heart of the home this autumn.

Homestead
Strong colours are central this collection, combined with beautiful furniture brought to life in traditional styles with distressed leather, classic plaids, tweeds and weathered woods. The Schreiber check Longbourn chair teamed with the cosy cushion creates a home that is comfortable, warm and inviting.

Refined Elegance
From detailed accessories made of chrome and glass to furniture that contrasts warm timbers with metallic finishes, the Refined Elegance collection is the definition of modern sophistication. The Leonessa mirror dressing table sits perfectly with the Prestwick upholstered scroll bed to add a feminine touch to any bedroom.

Retreat
A touch of the countryside and a feeling of escape from the hustle of modern living are central to this charming collection. Strong natural colours and light neutrals, set against sketched patterns and delicate line work encapsulate the true meaning of Retreat. Look out for the textured ceramic vase and Hurricane vase, new for 2015.

Highland Heritage
The Highland Heritage collection embraces traditional styles to bring to the home a gentle yet lived-in feel – demonstrated by the inviting furniture designs, classic plaid patterns and dense embroidery. The brand new Sophia chair in check fabric sits effortlessly in any room of the home.

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Note to Editors:
For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

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About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 279 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

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

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Homebase features new range of Autumn/Winter homewares, furniture and accessories

Homebase features new range of Autumn/Winter homewares, furniture and accessories