7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

DALLAS, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven now offers on-demand delivery in Austin, the second market where the company has launched its new service. The first was last week in the San Francisco area. In both markets, on-demand delivery is powered by San Francisco-based technology company Postmates.

Postmates is a tech and logistics company that operates a network of couriers. A user downloads the Postmates app through an iOS, Android or web app operated by Postmates, then scrolls through the list of retailers to select products they want to order.  Postmates coordinates the delivery from the most convenient outlet and nearby courier to fulfill the customer’s order within an hour.

Thirty-six participating stores in the city of Austin offer an assortment of 7‑Eleven’s products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items that are now just a few taps away.

“7‑Eleven’s founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7‑Eleven’s mission was to ‘give customers what they want, when and where they want it’,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. “Through the modern technology that Postmates provides, we can fulfill that promise in a way we haven’t done before.”

The partnership with Postmates is 7‑Eleven’s first official venture into the on-demand economy and plays a role in the company’s omnichannel strategy to provide time-pressed customers solutions to their everyday needs.

“Through our partnership with Postmates, 7‑Eleven’s reach extends beyond our physical stores,” Doddala said. “The program should work well for us because it appeals to our customers who are more on-the-go, connected 24/7 and prefer fast-paced, urban living.

“Plus, we have market concentration in these geographic areas, which makes shopping with us through Postmates even more convenient for customers,” said Doddala, adding that “Postmates has figured out how to keep the Slurpee® drinks cold and the Big Bite®s hot.”

“By partnering with 7‑Eleven, we are able to offer both 7‑Eleven and Postmates customers access to groceries, fresh food and other goods across all markets that our companies are both operating in.” said Holger Luedorf, Postmates senior vice president. “In providing 7‑Eleven with a digital storefront and giving its team access to our fleet of more than 12,000 Postmates couriers, we are making the experience even more convenient for our joint customers.”

Doddala expects to expand delivery later this year to other areas with a high density of 7‑Eleven stores, such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

April Conyers
Postmates
415-653-9076
april@postmates.com

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7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

Financial Consulting & Trading International, Inc. of California becomes 7‑Eleven’s new ATM provider

DALLAS, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. today announced the completion of an agreement with Financial Consulting & Trading International, Inc. (FCTI) of California to become the company’s new ATM provider.

FCTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seven Bank, a highly successful ATM provider for all 7‑Eleven stores in Japan.

7‑Eleven’s U.S. company-operated and franchised stores are expected to transition to FCTI’s ATM program in 2017.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
Stephanie.Shaw@7-11.com

The British Retail Consortium published the first Interpretation Guideline for its BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 2

LONDON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today published the first Interpretation Guideline for its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 2.

Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.

The Interpretation Guideline explores the principles behind each of the requirements of the Standard clause by clause, identifying methods of compliance. It assists companies in effective implementation across all industry sectors, helping manufacturers to obtain certification to the Standard.

Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Storage and Distribution Scheme Manager, said: “Since we now have over 1,000 sites certificated to the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, the development of the Interpretation Guideline was key to ensure all our sites are able to interpret clauses accurately and understand the requirements of the Standard. As we continue to see an increase in the number of sites across the globe, it was important for us to support this growth with guidance for sites implementing the Standard or maintaining their certification.”

The Interpretation Guideline for the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is available on BRC Participate. Launched last year, BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads of the Interpretation Guideline are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts:

BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

Auntie Anne’s recognized several franchisees for exceeding the “Pretzel Perfect” standard

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchisor, recently recongnized several franchisees for exceeding the “Pretzel Perfect” standard.

Earlier this summer, Auntie Anne’s presented prestigious awards to franchise owners and stores across the country to recognize their hard work and dedication to the Auntie Anne’s system. The iconic pretzel brand presented awards in three categories: franchisee of the year, charitable giving, and store operations. A total of 30 awards were presented.

Auntie Anne’s, Inc. awarded three franchisees with a top honor in the system: Franchisee of the Year Award – Karen Harrison of Rochester, New York, Texas Pretzels, Inc. of Lantana, Texas, and Double P Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The franchisees received this award for their significant contributions to Auntie Anne’s within the past year.

“It is with great pleasure that we honor our top franchise owners and stores for all of the hard work and dedication that they contribute to the Auntie Anne’s system. Every day they go above and beyond our store expectations and prove to be exemplary individuals in our franchise system,” said Bill Dunn, Group President at FOCUS Brands, Inc. and President of Auntie Anne’s, Inc.

Founded on the principle of giving back, Auntie Anne’s strongly believes in giving back in the community. Not only does Auntie Anne’s have a national partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but franchise owners are also actively involved with charitable giving within their own communities. Lisa and Jim Fullerton of New Braunfels, Texas and Ray and Lisa McConnell of Wooster, Ohio were acknowledged for their contributions and are the 2014 recipients of the company’s annual charitable giving award.

Recognizing excellence in all facets of store operations, the Pretzel Perfect Store Award is presented to stores that are performing exceptionally well in all aspects of their business throughout the year. To be considered for this award, these stores must demonstrate excellence in sampling, marketing, training, sales maximization, community service, and guest service. Twenty-five stores have achieved the Pretzel Perfect status for the year of 2014.
The following stores recently were recognized with this award:

Coastal Grand Pawley’s Island, S.C.
Myrtle Beach Mall Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Outlet Collection Seattle Auburn, Wash.
Dover Mall Dover, Del.
Merrimack Premium Outlets Merrimack, N.H.
Emerald Square Mall North Attleborough, Mass.
Menlo Park Mall II Edison, N.J.
Broadway Mall Hicksville, N.Y.
Memorial City Mall Houston, Texas
The Galleria Houston, Texas
Visalia Mall Visalia, Calif.
Fashion Fair Mall Fresno, Calif.
Easton Town Center Columbus, Ohio
Mall at Greece Ridge Rochester, N.Y.
Glendale Galleria Glendale, Calif.
Valley Plaza Mall Bakersfield, Calif.
Preferred Outlets at Tulare Tulare, Calif.
Northridge Fashion Center – Upr Lvl Northridge, Calif.
Stonewood Center Downey, Calif.
NorthPark Center Dallas, Texas
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets Grand Prairie, Texas
Garden State Plaza Paramus, N.J.
Westfield Topanga Canoga Park, Calif.
Penn Square Mall Oklahoma City, Okla.
Laurel Mall Hazleton, Pa.

 

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.

Media Contact:

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

NRF Foundation announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists

WASHINGTON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer vacation just got better for 25 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country as the NRF Foundation today announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists. These semi-finalists are now in the running to be named a finalist and potential recipient of either a $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. The five finalists will be recognized and the top recipient announced in front of thousands of their peers, retail executives and industry leaders at the Shop.org Digital Summit in Philadelphia in October.

The Ray Greenly Scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to the rapidly-growing careers in digital retail such as engineering, communications, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

“The retail industry is especially unique when it comes to careers in the digital arena, giving passionate individuals the opportunity to make a difference in the future of innovation in ways no other industry can,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Ellen Davis. “These students have a long list of qualities that we think will make them leaders wherever they may end up. We are incredibly excited to recognize their hard work and know we’ll see great things from all of them.”

As part of the application process, each recipient was required to submit a case study project in addition to two essays on their career aspirations and retail innovations. The case study allowed the students to showcase their ideas on how retailers can improve their omnichannel strategies.

Dozens of retail executives are involved in selecting the finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their submitted applications. Following the initial selection, a panel of executive judges, who will convene during the Shop.org Digital Summit, will interview the five finalists to determine the four $10,000 scholarship recipients and the top $25,000 scholarship recipient.

The following students have been named semi-finalists for the 2015 Ray Greenly Scholarship. To learn more about them, visit https://nrf.com/career-center/scholarships/ray-greenly-scholarship/class-of-2015.

Margaret Brown (Flower Mound, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Louise Dees (Cincinnati, OH)
Xavier University, MBA

Nichole Fallis (Helotes, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Mariana Flores Sosa (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Morgan Ginn (Deltona, FL)
University of Florida, Marketing

Taylar Gomez (Friendswood, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Christopher Gray (Pittsburgh, PA)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA

Shannon Hamilton (Houston, TX)
Northwestern University, MBA

Elizabeth Jarabek (Allen, TX)
Texas A&M University, Management

Lexis Kambour (Long Valley, NJ)
University of Delaware, Fashion Merchandising

Emily Kuebker (San Antonio, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

Hayley Larson (Fountain, MN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Ashley Lo (Sugar Land, TX)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Grace Luo (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Jennifer Phiri (Strongsville, OH)
Kent State University, Fashion Merchandising

Marcy Plefka (Hurst, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Joseph Quan (San Marino, CA)
University of Pennsylvania, MBA

Matthew Rudin (Dix Hills, NY)
University of Pennsylvania, Economics

Alexandria Seay (Florissant, MO)
Lindenwood University, Masters in Communications

Danielle Sosalski (Philadelphia, PA)
LIM College, Fashion Merchandising

Lori Teich (Beachwood, OH)
Northwestern University, Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications

Amanda Tobias (Bradenton, FL)
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Business Management

Marta Wangard (Brookfield, WI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retail and Entrepreneurship

Sophia Wilson (Plainfield, IN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Jacy Witt (Carrollton, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

The Ray Greenly Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a former Shop.org vice president who lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005.  His generous and kind spirit inspired NRF to establish a scholarship that provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to digital retail such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, shaping retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.­­ https://nrf.com/who-we-are/nrf-foundation

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

BRC-NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX: Shop prices fell by -1.3 per cent in June 2015; 26th consecutive month of prices drops

– Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.3% in June up from 1.9% in May.

– Food reported annual deflation of 0.4% the lowest deflation rate since February 2015.

– On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%.

– Non-food deflation slowed to 1.9% in June from 2.5% in May.

LONDON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: “Shop prices fell by -1.3 per cent this month marking the 26th consecutive month of prices drops. This is a slight slowdown in falling prices when compared with recent months.

“Consumer confidence hit a 15 year high which suggests that shoppers will feel more comfortable about buying major purchases. It also suggests that consumer spending, one of the main drivers of the recovery, should remain robust over the summer.

“While non-food prices fell at a slower rate this month (-1.9 per cent against -2.5 per cent in May), June marked the 27th month of non-food deflation. Shoppers wishing to invest in their home won’t be disappointed with great deals to be found in furniture and flooring and gardening and hardware in particular.

“Food has been deflationary throughout 2015 but the pace slowed in June, largely as the result of the rebound of oil prices in recent months.

“We’re seeing a strong appetite for consumer credit, inflation remains at an historic low, unemployment continues to fall and wages have started to rise, the wider macro-economic data continues to be supportive for the consumer.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said: “Retailers continue to use price cuts and promotions to stimulate sales which is helping to maintain shop price deflation, and we see little evidence to suggest that prices will rise in the near future. With many food retailers still using price cuts to attract new shoppers, this is lowering the cost of the weekly shop and so the overall CPI figure in the UK. Deflation and price led competition will continue to be a key driver of sales growth for some time yet”

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

 

Carrefour partners with French Alpine dairy farmers to launch a new PDO Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage Quality Line

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 2 July 2015, Carrefour joined forces with 3 of the last 18 French Alpine dairy farmers to launch a new PDO Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage Quality Line. The retailer’s commitment to preserving traditional know-how and a guarantee for customers that they are getting an authentic product with an incomparable taste. An outstanding cheese, available in all Carrefour and Carrefour Market stores starting 2 July.

Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, an authentic cheese with a great deal of character
PDO Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage is a 12-month-old hard pressed cheese that is produced at 1500 m altitude between June and October. Its fruity flavour is the result of grazing Tarine and Abondance cows that are milked twice daily on the farms. Copper cauldrons are used to make the cheese which is then moulded in linen canvas and pressed into wooden moulds.

On sale since March in hypermarkets and supermarkets throughout the Rhône Alpes and Ile-de-France regions, starting in July 2015, it will be available in some 1200 Carrefour and Carrefour Market stores throughout the country.

Age-old local production alongside the last Alpine dairy farmers to continue this unique knowledge
PDO Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage is made with the help of 3 of the last 18 French Alpine dairy farmers, together with the Verdannet cheese dairy, a Savoie-based SME. By establishing this new Quality Line, Carrefour is committing to preserving knowledge underpinned by excellence and to supporting a local business.

Carrefour Quality Lines: a commitment to help local, innovative and sustainable agriculture
> Formalised 3-year partnerships with producers
> Specifications based on production or breeding practices that give preference to high-quality flavoursome and authentic products
> Good agricultural practices that do not harm the environment
> More than 20,000 livestock farmers and producers have been selling their products to Carrefour for its Quality Lines more than 20 years

Carrefour Italy opens its 12rd Market Gourmet store in Varese, Northern Italy

Varese, Italy, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 2 July, Carrefour Italy inaugurated its 12rd Market Gourmet store in the city of Varese in the north of the country

An accomplished chef, with a strong link to the territory, Matteo Pisciotta, at the helm of the Luce restaurant in Villa Panza, Varese, and one of the best-known food bloggers, Chiara Maci, the creator of the “Chiara Maci” and “Sorelle in Pentola” blogs, are the protagonists of the inauguration evening of the first around-the-clock Carrefour Gourmet Market in Varese, open non-stop 365 days a year for grocery shopping, representing a new and innovative shopping experience.

The sales outlet, situated in via Silvestro Sanvito, marks a turning point for this new supermarket format in the city of Varese: over an area of around 1,400 m2, around-the-clock shopping for food connoisseurs, in an environment studied in the minutest detail, where taste and refinement blend in a selection of Italian excellence in all the food sectors, incorporating in this vocation for “taste”, practicality, comfort and convenience. A neighbourhood supermarket for the weekly shop where the prices are accessible to everyone.

With this new opening, Carrefour gives the nod to food lovers, who will be able to buy at any time of the day or night, not only the classic products to be found in a supermarket, but also seasonal produce in the fruit and vegetable sector, produced locally, fresh fish at the counter, great traditional Italian specialities in the butchery sector, hot bread all day long, over 400 types of charcuterie and cheese, a rich wine cellar and a special selection on the food shelves.

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Carrefour Italy opens its 12rd Market Gourmet store in Varese, Northern Italy

Carrefour Italy opens its 12rd Market Gourmet store in Varese, Northern Italy

Teavana announced national partnership with Girls Inc.

  • Teavana Partners with Girls Inc. in Support of Youth Education, Mentorship, College Readiness and Training
  • Continuing with Starbucks Long-term Commitment to Provide Pathways to Opportunity for Young People, Teavana Donates $100,000 to Benefit Young Women across the U.S. and Canada

Seattle, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced a national partnership with Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, while providing life-changing experiences and solutions to address challenges girls face as they look to higher education and career paths. The partnership, which is the beginning of a longer term relationship between the two organizations, will help support specific programming for college readiness and life skills training across six affiliate organizations in the U.S.

Beginning with Atlanta, Georgia; Holyoke and Worcester, Massachusetts; Orange County, California; New York City and Westchester County, New York, Teavana’s initial investment in Girls Inc. will support hundreds of young women, primarily ages 14-17, as they prepare for the transition from high school to college or from high school to a career. Girls will learn about college during summer camps and workshops, develop into strong leaders through community service and training, and be supported and honored by caring mentors, their peers, and their communities. Girls Inc. supports diverse young women ages 6 – 18 and provides tailored support for these young women of underserved communities.

To celebrate the beginning of this partnership, Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana and Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc. hosted a mentoring session for New York-based Girls Inc. girls at the 9th & Broadway Teavana tea bar in New York City. The event was attended by female media correspondents and bloggers, who also participated in the speed mentoring session, providing advice to young women on how to be successful during the college years and aspire to a fulfilling career. Starbucks and Teavana partners (employees), as well as Girls Inc. staff were at the tea bar to celebrate the partnership and provide mentoring support for the girls in attendance.

“It has always been a core value of Teavana to give back to the communities it serves and this newly formed partnership with Girls Inc. further supports that commitment to encourage our youth and ensure that we are engaging in the needs of the young people in local communities,” stated Annie-Young Scrivner, president, Teavana.

“Through Starbucks and Teavana we will continue to create pathways to education, mentorship, and training by hiring youth and developing the critical life skills necessary to being a productive contributor to the economic workforce. We are so proud to be partnering with Girls Inc. to support the future leaders of our communities,” she added.

“Girls Inc. is honored to be partnering with Teavana to further deepen our programming for young women in the areas of college readiness, mentoring and training, advancing the opportunities for hundreds of girls with this first investment,” said Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc. “We are committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to promote the ability of all girls to achieve academic success and higher education. We are so thankful for Teavana’s leadership in supporting our mission.”

Teavana’s awareness of the great work by Girls Inc. began more than a year ago through Starbucks partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. A portion of the proceeds from Teavana Oprah Chai benefits the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which in turn provides funding to Girls Inc., among several other youth education organizations.*

Starbucks and Teavana are more committed than ever to giving back to local communities and serving young people. Starbucks recently made a commitment to hire 10,000 young people who are not in school or are unemployed over the next 3 years. Starbucks is also making college education possible for thousands of employees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which has 2,000 partners enrolled in the program with a goal to graduate 25,000 partners by 2025.

As the relationship between Teavana and Girls Inc. evolves, the two organizations will look for opportunities to provide full and part-time jobs at Starbucks and Teavana through job fairs and other networking sessions, giving the girls who become employed by Starbucks and meet eligibility requirements access to health benefits, Bean Stock, and access to a college education through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

*Starbucks donates US $0.10 from the sale of Teavana® Oprah Chai beverages, and US $1.00 for every 2 oz. of Teavana® Oprah Chai loose leaf tea sold from participating stores in the US and Canada. To learn more, visit www.oprah.com/OprahChai.

About Teavana
Teavana offers high quality teas and a unique in-store experience to new tea drinkers and tea connoisseurs alike. Acquired by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) in 2012, Teavana immerses customers in a full tea experience where they can learn more about the ritual and enjoyment of tea with products available in more than 300 locations including Teavana tea bars, shopping malls, and Starbucks® stores.  Teavana offers premium tea accessories and an array of loose leaf teas, including Teavana Oprah Chai, created in partnership with Ms. Oprah Winfrey. For more information, visit www.teavana.com.

About Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation provides funding for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa and is dedicated to helping its graduates attend colleges and universities. In December 2000, during a visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey pledged to build a school for girls in South Africa. In January 2007, the doors opened to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa. Through the Foundation, Oprah has contributed to the empowerment of scores of girls and their families.

About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance.  Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at girlsinc.org.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Teavana announced national partnership with Girls Inc.

Teavana announced national partnership with Girls Inc.

Fit By M™ Bringing Sexy Confidence To Your Work Outs

Los Angeles, CA, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ —  When you hear words like sexy fitness wear you may wonder how one can be sexy, working out, and comfortable in clothing at the gym. Celebrity stylist and designer Sarah Wallner has answered this question with her sexy women’s fitness apparel line Fit By M™. “The gym and work out training facilities have become America’s new social environment. In this environment females want to feel sexy, confident, and empowered” says Wallner. She was inspired to create Fit By M™ to support female confidence, performance, and physical fitness in the work out arena.

In a recent study 80 percent of Americans do not get enough daily exercise. “Fit By M™ was created as a tool in helping women feel better about their bodies while increasing daily activities” says Wallner. Some of Wallner’s biggest credits include magazine covers for Flex Magazine, Playboy Magazine, Fitness Rx Magazine, Oxygen Magazine and her designs and stylings have been seen on celebrities like Paris Hilton, Melanie Iglesias, Jessica Burciaga, Joanna Krupa, Shauna Sand-Lamas, Monica Brant, Kendra Wilkinson, Brooke Burke and many others.

Fit by M™ is already being accredited as the new trend in female fitness wear. The stretch flattering material and trendy colors are sure to be a national sensation making females all over the world feel better about being active. Wallner also believes fitness isn’t just for the “already” sexy. “I want this line to be available to women of different shapes and sizes.” Wallner herself went through a fitness transformation and wants to inspire girls who aren’t just a size four. “Feeling confident in my gym work out apparel made me motivated to work harder towards my own fitness goals”.

The Fit By M sexy women’s fitness line will be launched July 2015 at www.Musotica.com and www.FitByM.com

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Sarah Wallner
SarahWallner.com