The Co-op gives its card members a chance to “Swipe and Win” prizes, instant win coupons and treats

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prizes, instant win coupons and treats are on the cards at The Co-op as it gives its members a chance to “Swipe and Win” in-store.

The Co-operative has seen more than a million winners since it first introduced the popular promotion and, is again awarding twenty prizes of £1,000 worth of Co-operative Group vouchers every week, along with hundreds of thousands of instant win coupons and vouchers.

Customers simply need to present their Membership card at the checkout when they make a purchase in order to be in with a chance of winning. Members have a chance to “Swipe & Win” up until 10pm on Tuesday, 21 July.

Russell Gill, Head of Membership at the Group, said:

“There are many facets to Co-operative membership and, we are delighted to bring back our popular “Swipe & Win” Member loyalty scheme. The Co-operative is always just around the corner to offer quality and value conveniently and now, until 21 July, there are hundreds of thousands of prizes and instant win coupons up for grabs too for our Members who swipe their cards at the checkout.”

For further information about “Swipe & Win” and, becoming a Member of The Co-operative, ask in store or visit http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/points-and-offers-new/swipe-and-win-p10/

 

About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

For further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to double-digit growth across its fresh produce range

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to a near double-digit growth across its fresh produce range following a multi-million pound investment to trim the price of fruit and vegetables.

The investment by the community retailer, which has a store in every postal area, saw prices pruned across its range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Launched in mid-June, its revolving offers on popular produce, known as “fresh three”, has seen growth of more than 130 per cent over the three-week period. With a near double digit growth in volumes (9.4 per cent) across its wider fresh produce range.

The initial offer was the Co-op’s Iceberg lettuce, carrots (500g) and whole cucumbers and, from Wednesday 8 July the “fresh three” offer will focus on fruit with plums (400g), oranges (4s) and peaches (4/5s) priced in-store at 69p.

The move is part of a £125m price investment strategy by The Co-operative. The programme has already lowered the cost of everyday staple products such as eggs, chicken, bacon and bread as the business seeks to be the UK’s number one convenience retailer.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said:

“Our investment in the freshness, quality and price of fresh produce is bearing fruit. We are responding to the changing habits of consumers who are increasingly swapping the weekly shop for purchasing what they need, when they need it, locally. As a community retailer the Co-op is continuing to invest in its stores while also lowering the price of everyday essentials.”

In 2015, The Co-operative Food is actively pursuing 100 new convenience stores and will undertake 255 major store refits.

About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

 

For further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) und REWE Group schließen strategische Partnerschaft

Berlin, Deutschland, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) und die REWE Group haben eine langfristige strategische Partnerschaft geschlossen. Einen weitreichenden Beratungs- und Lizenzvertrag unterzeichneten heute, 6. Juli 2015, in Berlin der Präsident des NABU, Olaf Tschimpke, und der Vorstandsvorsitzende der REWE Group, Alain Caparros. Der NABU ist Deutschlands größter Umwelt- und Naturschutzverband; die REWE Group Deutschlands zweitgrößter Lebensmittelhändler.

Der NABU und die REWE Group arbeiten schon seit 2009 auf Projektbasis sehr intensiv zusammen. Die strategische Kooperation schafft nun eine noch breitere Plattform.

Grundlage der jetzt unterzeichneten strategischen Partnerschaft von NABU und REWE Group ist das Ziel, gemeinsam dem nachhaltigeren Wirtschaften im Handel und dem nachhaltigeren Konsum in Deutschland neue, zusätzliche Impulse zu geben, sowie den Umwelt- und Ressourcenschutz in den Wertschöpfungsketten weiter zu verbessern. Zu diesem Zweck wurden konkrete Arbeitsbereiche wie Meeresschutz, Plastiktüten, Waldschutz und Papier, Ressourcenschonung und Förderung der biologischen Vielfalt vereinbart. Im Rahmen ihrer strategischen Partnerschaft werden NABU und REWE Group unter anderem gemeinsame Arbeitsgruppen gründen, regelmäßige Strategieworkshops veranstalten und Roadmaps für die Erreichung von gemeinsam festgelegten Nachhaltigkeitszielen erstellen. Zugleich vereinbarten Tschimpke und Caparros einen regelmäßigen Austausch auf Ebene des Vorstandsvorsitzenden und Präsidenten von REWE Group und NABU. Die Lenkung und Koordination der strategischen Partnerschaft übernehmen für den NABU Bundesgeschäftsführer Leif Miller und für die REWE Group die Leiterin des Holdingbereichs Nachhaltigkeit Dr. Daniela Büchel.

Olaf Tschimpke sagte dazu: „Durch diese strategische Partnerschaft verstärken wir die bereits existierende Kooperation mit der REWE Group und erweitern sie auf wichtige zusätzliche Handlungsfelder. Für den NABU ist entscheidend, dass wir durch die Zusammenarbeit Einfluss auf die Nachhaltigkeitsentscheidungen der REWE Group nehmen können. Zudem erhalten wir zusätzliche Ressourcen für eigene Naturschutzprojekte in den Bereichen wie Wald-, Vogel- und Bienenschutz. Bei der Kooperation mit der REWE Group behalten wir die Verbandsziele des NABU fest im Blick. Wir haben eine Partnerschaft vereinbart, in der Kritik jederzeit möglich ist und in der der NABU auch nicht zögern wird, die REWE Group notfalls öffentlich an ihre Verantwortung für Natur und Umwelt zu erinnern. Das ist die glaubwürdige und belastbare Basis unserer Kooperation.“

Alain Caparros erklärte: „Die strategische Partnerschaft mit dem NABU gibt uns die Möglichkeit, zusätzliche Impulse für die Weiterentwicklung unserer Strategie und unseres Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements zu erhalten. Der NABU ist ein konstruktiver aber auch kritischer Berater und Projektpartner, mit dem wir bereits gut zusammengearbeitet haben. Wir wollen durch die intensivere Kooperation mit dem NABU unsere führende Rolle beim nachhaltigeren Wirtschaften und nachhaltigeren Konsum im deutschen Handel stärken und weiter ausbauen. Sehr wichtig ist für uns dabei die Tatsache, dass der NABU durch seine organisatorische Struktur in ganz Deutschland auch in Ortsgruppen präsent ist. Dadurch erhalten wir die Möglichkeit, unser Engagement mit konkreten Umwelt- und Naturschutzprojekten bis herunter auf die Ebene unserer Märkte für unsere Kunden und Mitarbeiter noch anschaulicher und wirkungsvoller zu machen.“

Konkrete Projektarbeit wird ausgeweitet
Die konkrete Projektarbeit von REWE Group und NABU wird im Rahmen der strategischen Partnerschaft intensiviert und weiter ausgebaut. Dabei können REWE Group und NABU bereits auf zahlreiche erfolgreiche Kooperationen aufbauen.

PRO PLANET
Bereits seit 2009 ist der NABU im PRO PLANET-Beirat der REWE Group vertreten. Mit dem PRO PLANET-Label können Lebensmittel, Gebrauchsartikel und Dienstleistungen gekennzeichnet werden, die neben hoher Qualität zusätzlich auch positive ökologische oder soziale Eigenschaften aufweisen. Im Rahmen der Vergabe des PRO PLANET-Labels für Eigenmarkenprodukte setzt sich die REWE Group dafür ein, Probleme in der Wertschöpfungskette zu analysieren und systematisch zu lösen. Auf diese Weise wird dafür gesorgt, dass Produkte und Dienstleistungen mit dem PRO PLANET-Label Umwelt und Mensch während ihrer Herstellung, Verarbeitung oder Verwendung deutlich weniger belasten als herkömmliche Produkte. Der PRO PLANET-Beirat unterstützt die REWE Group in allen Prozessschritten als fachlicher und technischer Berater.

Nachhaltiger Apfelanbau
Eines der größten Projekte ist das PRO PLANET-Apfelprojekt, das in Zusammenarbeit unter anderem mit dem NABU organisiert wird. Dabei schaffen Obstbauern von der Bodenseeregion bis zum Alten Land und vom Rheinland bis nach Sachsen Lebensräume für Insekten, indem sie zum Beispiel Blumenwiesen und blühende Hecken anlegen. Das Nahrungsangebot für Bienen wird damit ganzjährig verbessert. Bienen helfen den Erzeugern durch die Bestäubung der Apfelblüten den Ertrag und die Qualität zu verbessern. Äpfel, die auf diese Weise angebaut werden, erhalten das PRO PLANET-Label.

Nachhaltigkeitswochen zum Schutz der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt:
Lebensraum Streuobstwiese

Um auf die akute Gefahr des Bienensterbens aufmerksam zu machen, unterstützen die REWE-Supermärkte in Deutschland den NABU im Rahmen ihrer bundesweiten Nachhaltigkeitswochen mit 30 Cent für jeden verkauften Honig. Der NABU setzt sich mit seinen bundesweiten Projekten für die Anlage, den Schutz und die naturverträgliche Bewirtschaftung von Streuobstwiesen ein. In den Jahren 2013 bis 2015 unterstützte REWE den NABU bei diesen Aktionen mit insgesamt 400.000 Euro.

Erstmals unterstützt die REWE in diesem Jahr den Deutschen Waldschutzfonds des NABU. Mit Hilfe des von der NABU-Stiftung „Nationales Naturerbe“ 2013 initiierten Waldschutzfonds können große, zusammenhängende Waldflächen gekauft werden. REWE will bei einer Kinder-Malaktion während der REWE-Nachhaltigkeitswochen in diesem Juli Gelder für den Schutz von insgesamt 100.000 Quadratmeter Wald zur Verfügung stellen.

ÜBER DEN NABU BUNDESVERBAND  e.V.

Der NABU ist seit über 115 Jahren aktiv. Er begeistert über 560.000 Mitglieder und Förderer dafür, sich für die Natur einzusetzen. Der NABU ist überall dort, wo die Natur eine Rolle spielt, vom eigenen Garten bis zur politischen Bühne, von der Schutzgebietspflege vor der Haustür bis zum Engagement für internationale Projekte. Ob es um die Pflege von Streuobstwiesen, den Schutz der Zugvögel oder den Einsatz für eine zukunftsfähige Energiepolitik geht: 35.000 Aktive in bundesweit über 2.000 NABU-Gruppen begreifen Naturschutz als Lebensaufgabe und verleihen dem Einsatz des NABU für Mensch und Natur eine enorme Durchschlagskraft. Naturschutz hört nicht an den Landesgrenzen auf. Daher ist der NABU auch in ausgewählten internationalen Projekten aktiv. Hauptregionen dieser internationalen Naturschutzarbeit sind Afrika, die Kaukasus-Region, Mittelasien und Europa.

ÜBER DIE REWE GROUP

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2014 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 51 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 12 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2014 rund 228.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 37 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom

Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal und Weinfreunde. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen und ADAC Reisen sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCm Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Ansprechpartner:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel.: +49 221 149 1050, Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) und REWE Group schließen strategische Partnerschaft

Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) und REWE Group schließen strategische Partnerschaft

LS travel opens 3 Aelia Duty Free stores in Auckland Airport’s International Terminal

Auckland, New Zealand,  2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer, who was awarded one of two duty free concessions in Auckland Airport’s International Terminal, has opened its doors to 3 Aelia Duty Free stores; Arrivals, Departures and Pier B store.

LS travel retail’s latest version of Aelia Duty Free has been tailored specifically for Auckland Airport. As the evolution of stores take place, comprehensive product and innovative offers will unfold, which will reflect the very best of New Zealand and the world.

With a vision to Intrigue, Experience and Indulge, Aelia Duty Free is committed to delivering a number of world firsts and unique experiences to Auckland Airport, both in-store and on-line. Passengers will discover the signature of Aelia Duty Free – “The Art of the Gift”.

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Giant Food of Landover: diverse assortment of farm fresh local produce now available at all Giant stores

Landover, Md., 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. is pleased to announce that a diverse assortment of farm fresh local produce, from 45 area farms, is now available at all Giant stores. While customers can find many local products in Giant stores throughout the year, the summer months bring an abundance of “in season” produce items from a nearby farm. Among the local produce items currently in season and available at Giant are peaches, tomatoes, corn, watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, kale, string beans, and many varieties of squash.

“Giant is proud to offer our customers a convenient way to purchase farm fresh fruits and vegetables, picked at the peak of freshness and packed by hand nearby,” said Al Rivero, Director of Produce for Giant Food. “We embrace our responsibility to support the local economy by offering the widest selection of locally grown products possible.”

The source farm name and location will be displayed on in-store signage, allowing customers to learn more about the produce items and the local farmers being supported. For customers who want to know more, additional “Buy Local” features can be found on Giant’s website, including videos, recipes and a list of local growers. Back by popular demand, all Giant stores will feature a fun, interactive cutout in the produce department where customers are encouraged to take a “farm fresh selfie.”

Giant has been a leader in the buy local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in the states where Giant stores operate. For more summer recipe ideas, including ways to use your local produce, visit Savory, Fast, Fresh & Easy™ on Giant’s website.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit Giant

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Watsons Singapore recognized as the No. 1 Health & Beauty Retailer in Singapore at the latest SRA Service Excellence Awards

SINGAPORE, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shone in the latest SRA (Singapore Retail Association) Service Excellence Awards (EXSA), Watsons Singapore was recognized as the No. 1 Health & Beauty Retailer in Singapore and won the 2nd place of the Best Retailer Award. Stepping into its 20thanniversary, the EXSA is a national award that recognizes entrepreneurs & individuals who have delivered outstanding service. It seeks to encourage service excellence, develop service models, inspire service staff to scale new heights and raise the prestige of a career in services.

Sharene Goh, a Senior Pharmacist at Watsons Novena Square, achieved the SRA Service Superstar Award, the highest honor in the EXSA presentation ceremony. The Judges were impressed by her passion and effort to help a tourist who was suffering from a heart condition but had lost his medication. Ms Goh’s exemplary performance and positive work attitude earned her the top service staff award in Singapore retail industry.

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. announces that Roger Dattilo has been appointed Vice President, Inventory

ROANOKE, Va., 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that Roger Dattilo has been appointed Vice President, Inventory. Mr. Dattilo will lead the Company’s replenishment organization. He will be responsible for replenishment strategies associated with stores and distribution centers to support the company’s strategy of Superior Availability. Mr. Dattilo will report to Charles Tyson, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain, and will be based in Raleigh, NC.

“I am excited to welcome Roger to the Advance team as we work to provide Superior Availability to our stores and customers,” said Tyson. “Roger has a unique and varied background that spans nearly 30 years serving both commercial and retail businesses. His wide experience in managing complex replenishment organizations serving both commercial and retail customers means Roger will be a tremendous asset to our company, team and customers.”

Prior to joining Advance, Mr. Dattilo spent 27 years in the office supply industry, most recently serving as Vice President, Inventory Management and Replenishment at Office Depot. Mr. Dattilo previously held several senior leadership roles in Inventory Management, Supply Chain, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology at Boise Cascade Office Products / OfficeMax. Mr. Datillo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University.

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 25, 2015 Advance operated 5,235 stores and 115 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

PetSmart: Natural Balance dog and cat foods now available online and will be arriving on store shelves starting this week

PHOENIX, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart®, Inc. is proud to announce that Natural Balance dog and cat foods are now available online and will be arriving on store shelves starting this week. The expansion of PetSmart’s premium food selection confirms its commitment to providing customers with an unparalleled selection of quality products for their pets in one convenient destination.

“The introduction of Natural Balance products highlights our commitment to providing pet parents with the very best for their pets,” said Ted Passig, executive vice president, buying and sourcing, PetSmart. “We are thrilled to bring one of the best brands in the marketplace to our customers so they have even more options to care for their pet’s health and well-being.”

Built upon a genuine passion for pets and a commitment to quality, Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc. meets a variety of pet parents’ dog and cat food needs, such as grain-free, limited ingredient, and weight management formulas. Natural Balance products are made with premium quality ingredients and include a variety of dry and canned food, stews and treats. PetSmart will begin selling Natural Balance products throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico starting July 2015.

“At Natural Balance, we believe that every pet has something that makes them unique. That’s why we offer a wide selection of premium quality dog and cat foods that are used and respected worldwide,” said Heather Govea, general manager, Natural Balance. “Expanding our distribution is a huge milestone for our brand. Through PetSmart, we will be able to give more households access to the wholesome offerings their pets deserve.”

For more information on PetSmart and in-store and online availability of Natural Balance products, visit www.petsmart.com.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That’s why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,404 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 400,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About Natural Balance Pet Foods®
Based in Burbank, California, Natural Balance® was founded in 1989 with the philosophy of providing pets and their owners The Food For a Lifetime® by creating a nutritious variety of premium dog and cat food. Used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders and caring pet owners who want the best, Natural Balance products include Ultra Premium balanced meals, grain-free formulas, and L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets® with limited protein and carbohydrate sources. Natural Balance products include these and many more unique formulas of dry food, canned food, stews and treats for dogs and cats of all ages. At Natural Balance, the health and safety of pets is our first priority. Our products are made with the finest ingredients and every production run of Natural Balance Pet Foods is tested for nine known contaminants before distribution. Every customer can “Buy With Confidence” and know their pet food is safe by simply visiting our website, then entering the product date code on the bag to find the actual laboratory results posted in real time. For information about Natural Balance, Buy With Confidence and our unique product line, please visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com.

Contacts:
Effie Delimarkos
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2539
edelimarkos@golin.com
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177