David F. Sobey and Donald C.R. Sobey will retire and not re-offer for election to the Empire Company Limited board of directors

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Empire Company Limited today announced David F. Sobey, 84, Chair Emeritus, Sobeys Inc. and Donald C.R. Sobey, 80, Chair Emeritus, Empire Company Limited, will retire and not re-offer for election to the Empire board of directors at its annual general meeting to be held September 10.

“No two individuals have played more significant roles in the growth and development of Empire and Sobeys than David and Donald Sobey,” said Rob Dexter, Chair, Empire Company Limited. “For more than half a century, their contributions – both within the leadership of Empire and Sobeys as well as at the board level – have transformed these companies, facilitating their emergence and subsequent growth on the national stage.”

“The Sobey family continues to be well represented by other generations on the board of directors, including some of David and Donald’s children,” Dexter continued. “As major shareholders, I know that both David and Donald will continue to remain engaged and very well informed on the strategic direction and decisions of the company.”

About David F. Sobey
David Sobey has served on the Empire board of directors since 1963. He was introduced to the grocery business at an early age, honing his skills and knowledge working virtually every job there was in the family’s ever-expanding business, including store manager. His career took him into increasingly senior leadership roles, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys from 1986 to 1995 and Chairman from 1995-2001. When he retired in 2001, he was appointed Chair Emeritus by Sobeys Inc.’s board of directors.

David Sobey was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995.

About Donald C.R. Sobey
Donald Sobey has served on the Empire board of directors since 1963. After graduating from Queen’s University in 1957, Donald joined his father and brothers in the family business; first in real estate financing for the rapidly expanding Sobeys grocery business and then with the fledgling Empire Company Limited which had been set up to diversify the family’s business interests. He was appointed President of Empire in 1969 and Chairman in 1985. When he retired in 2004, he was appointed Chair Emeritus by Empire’s board of directors.

Donald Sobey was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014.

ABOUT EMPIRE
Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing and related real estate. With $23.9 billion in sales and $11.5 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 125,000 people.

Additional financial information relating to Empire, including the company’s Annual Information Form, can be found on the company’s website at www.empireco.ca or at www.sedar.com.

Media Contact
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Tesco to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken

  • Tesco, with suppliers, is committed to minimising levels of Campylobacter by 2017
  • Tesco has consistently been the only major supermarket with a significantly lower level of Campylobacter in its chicken compared to the industry average

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today pledged to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken. Building on the progress made in recent years, working in partnership with its suppliers to tackle the industry-wide issue, the retailer has set a new target for levels of the bacteria.

From 2017, suppliers who provide poultry to Tesco will work with the retailer to meet a new specification which will see the numbers of chicken contaminated by Campylobacter at the highest level fall to five per cent. This will be the first time a retailer has made its specification so challenging.

Although Campylobacter is destroyed by thorough cooking, and all raw poultry sold by the retailer displays safe handling information on packaging, as well as cooking instructions to promote correct cooking procedures, the retailer wants to provide customers with the safest possible chicken.

The move comes after Tesco was found to be the only major supermarket to have consistently lower rates of chicken contaminated with the bacteria than the industry average, according to the Food Standards Agency  (FSA) year-long retail survey of poultry to monitor Campylobacter levels.

Tesco’s Group Quality Director Tim Smith said: ‘Providing high quality, safe food is always our absolute priority. It has long been our commitment to reduce levels of Campylobacter in our poultry and we are now seeing real progress at all stages of the supply chain, in tackling the issue through the work we have done with our suppliers.

‘We want to remain at the forefront of any developments to improve the quality and safety of our chicken and believe that interventions, which are currently being trialled across the industry, will enable levels to be reduced even further.  We have therefore agreed with our suppliers that by 2017, at least 95% of chickens supplied to Tesco will have minimal levels of Campylobacter in line with the new limits that we are including in our specification.

‘Whilst we acknowledge that there isn’t a single solution to address Campylobacter, we are confident that we will deliver this target.’

In recent years, Tesco has worked closely on a number of initiatives with poultry suppliers to improve the safety of fresh chicken for customers, including:

  • The development of biosecurity standards which are now widely used across the industry
  • Funding the first farmer incentive programme which rewards farmers who keep their flocks free of Campylobacter
  • Working with producers to examine the impact of stocking densities on the incidence of the microorganism
  • Funding the development of best practice guidelines on the handling of chickens during processing
  • Introducing measures to minimise the incidence of contamination on the outside of packaging in 2011
  • We are developing our own processing standard against which all of our suppliers will be independently audited

Ursula Lavery, Moy Park Technical Director said: ‘Reducing Campylobacter remains a top priority for Moy Park.

‘We have been delivering industry leading work in this area and are totally committed to building on the successes we have already achieved in recent trials and through our supply chain interventions.’

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Notes to Editors

  • Tesco’s new specification will require that Campylobacter will not be present at the highest level of >1000 cfu per gram in at least 95% of whole chickens on its shelves
  • Tesco updated its chicken packaging at the end of last year to ensure food safety messaging was more prominent and will continue to look for ways to raise awareness amongst customers about safe handling practices.
  • In 2014 the supermarket sponsored an industry wide event to review progress and enhance collaboration which led to the establishment of the ACT Board.
  • Tesco is the only one of the main retailers which has a lower incidence of chicken contaminated with Campylobacter at the highest level (>1000 cfu/g), compared to the industry average.https://www.food.gov.uk/science/microbiology/campylobacterevidenceprogramme/retail-survey
  • Moy Park is a leading provider of fresh, locally farmed poultry in the UK and Ireland and is one of the largest producers of organic, free range and corn fed poultry in Europe. Moy Park supplies leading retailers and foodservice providers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe with a range of high-quality, fresh, coated and added value poultry products.

For more information visit www.moypark.com.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce that effective Aug. 4, 2015, Tom Kishchuk will be joining Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support.

Tom most recently was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd., located in Saskatoon, where he also served as the General Manager of Operations, After Sales Service Division Manager and Quality Assurance Manager.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

He brings with him provincial, national and international leadership and experience. He is used to working in complex and dynamic cultures and business environments. Tom has a solid understanding of how to align diverse groups with organizational direction and has experience in business growth and innovation.

Tom is a strong advocate of workplace safety and has spoken widely about the critical success factors for improving and sustaining a culture of safety in the workplace.

Tom is currently a Director of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. He is also the Chair of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

Tom is very active in the community and at the 2015 SABEX Awards was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award.

Tom and his wife Joanne have three children: Oksana, Lars and Evan.

Please join Scott in welcoming Tom to Federated Co-operatives Limited and his new role as Vice-President Operational Support, where he will lead the Warehouse and Logistics, Retail Facilities and Petroleum Facilities Departments.

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Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

RILA: 178 employers and trade associations to endorse legislation aimed at providing employees and employers with more effective means for determining eligibility for Exchange tax credits

178 Organizations Urge Action To Provide Employees And Employers With Needed Clarity On Exchange Subsidies

Arlington, VA, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a letter sent today, a coalition of 178 employers and trade associations joined together to endorse legislation aimed at providing employees and employers with a more effective means for determining eligibility for Exchange tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter was sent to the sponsors of H.R. 2712, the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015, Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Mike Thompson (D-CA).

“On behalf of the undersigned businesses, national, state and local trade associations, and organizations representing millions of American workers and their families, and hundreds of thousands of job creators, we write in support of H.R. 2712, the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015. We appreciate your leadership in introducing H.R. 2712 to help reduce confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Exchange tax credit eligibility, and provide businesses and insurance carriers with regulatory relief under the law’s reporting requirements,” said the signers of the letter.

The letter was circulated by the E-Flex Coalition, which is led by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, American Staffing Association, Food Marketing Institute, and Aetna.

Under the ACA, employers and insurance carriers are required to gather numerous pieces of data on a monthly basis and report them annually to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and individuals. The information reported is intended to verify compliance with the individual and employer mandates, and administer advanced premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies under the state and federal-facilitated insurance Exchanges.

The Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015 creates a front-end voluntary prospective reporting system to improve the accuracy of Exchange tax credit eligibility determinations. Under voluntary prospective reporting, data that would have been reported at the end of the year could now be reported at the beginning of the eligibility process, and help mitigate issues with inaccurate tax credit determinations. The legislation would also protect privacy by not requiring businesses and insurers to collect and report Social Security numbers for spouses and dependents, and authorizes electronic transmission of reporting data.

“H.R. 2712 is a first step in providing individuals, employers, insurers, states, and the federal government with more clarity about who may be eligible for premium tax credits, and potentially minimizing the prospects of individuals being subjected by the IRS to repayment of advanced premium tax credits or cost sharing subsidies in cases in which Exchanges made an incorrect eligibility determination,” added the signers of the letter.

The E-FLEX Coalition first raised the concept of voluntary prospective reporting to the Administration four years ago, and has been working since then to incorporate the system into the regulatory structure of these ACA requirements.

Full letter text and list of signers below.

The Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) is a coalition of leading trade associations and businesses in the retail, restaurant, supermarket, hospitality, construction, temporary staffing, and other service-related industries, as well as employer-sponsored plans insuring millions of American workers. Members of the E-Flex Coalition are dedicated to the common goal of creating solutions for both large and small employers and are working to help ensure that employer-sponsored coverage – the backbone of the U.S. health care system – remains a competitive and affordable option for employers and for employees whether full-time, part-time, temporary, or seasonal workers.

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July 14, 2015

The Honorable Diane Black (TN-06)               The Honorable Mike Thompson (CA-05)
U.S. House of Representatives                      U.S. House of Representatives
1131 Longworth House Office Building            231 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representatives Black and Thompson:

On behalf of the undersigned businesses, national, state and local trade associations, and organizations representing millions of American workers and their families, and hundreds of thousands of job creators, we write in support of H.R. 2712, the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015. We appreciate your leadership in introducing H.R. 2712 to help reduce confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Exchange tax credit eligibility, and provide businesses and insurance carriers with regulatory relief under the law’s reporting requirements.

Under the ACA’s reporting requirements (Code sections 6055 and 6056), employers and insurance carriers are required to gather numerous pieces of data on a monthly basis and report them annually to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and individuals. The information reported is intended to verify compliance with the individual and employer mandates, and administer advanced premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies under the state and federal-facilitated insurance Exchanges. Unfortunately, the information currently required is unnecessarily complex for employers and individuals and must be reported to the IRS at the end of a tax year, not during the Exchange enrollment process when it could provide more clarity on which individuals are eligible for tax credits.

H.R. 2712 is a first step in providing individuals, employers, insurers, states, and the federal government with more clarity about who may be eligible for premium tax credits, and potentially minimizing the prospects of individuals being subjected by the IRS to repayment of advanced premium tax credits or cost sharing subsidies in cases in which Exchanges made an incorrect eligibility determination. The bill creates a voluntary prospective reporting system to make available important data during the Exchange enrollment process, rather than at the end of a tax year, and streamlines the reporting requirements for employers and insurers. H.R. 2712 also protects the privacy of individuals’ Social Security numbers, allows for electronic transmission of reporting information, and requires Exchanges to review the most recent tax filing for individuals who are automatically re-enrolling in coverage and adjust credits accordingly. These are commonsense changes that help individuals, employers and insurers.

Again, thank you for your leadership on this critical issue. We look forward to working with you and your colleagues in Congress in a bipartisan manner to enact H.R. 2712, the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015, this year.
Sincerely,

7-Eleven, Inc.

Aetna

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Aldin Associates

Allegis Group

America’s Health Insurance Plans

American Eagle Outfitters

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Rental Association

American Staffing Association

American Supply Association

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Associated Equipment Distributors

Associated General Contractors of America

Auto Care Association

Automotive Parts and Services Association

AutoZone

Benefitfocus

Best Buy Co., Inc.

B2b Solutions, LLC

CarMax, Inc.

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

Costco Wholesale

Council for Affordable Health Coverage

Flash Foods

Food Marketing Institute

GAP, Inc.

Holmes Oil

HR Policy Association

Humbolt Petroleum

Hy-Vee, Inc.

International Franchise Association

J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

Kelly Services

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

ManpowerGroup

National Association of Convenience Stores

National Association of Health Underwriters

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

National Business Group on Health

National Club Association

National Council of Chain Restaurants

National Federation of Independent Business

National Grocers Association

National Public Employer Labor Relations Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

PepBoys

Petco Animal Supplies

PetSmart, Inc.

RandstadUS

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Savin Foods

Savin Burgers

Self-Insurance Institute of America

Society of American Florists

Society for Human Resource Management

Spinx Company

Staples, Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wallis Companies

Walmart

Wenzell’s Farm, LLC

Whole Foods Inc.

 

Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance

Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association

Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Arizona Retailers Association

Arkansas Hospitality Association

Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee

Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast

California Hotel & Lodging Association

California, Nevada, Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association

California Retailers Association

Chesapeake Automotive Business Association

Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association

Colorado Restaurant Association

Connecticut Lodging Association

Hotel Association of Washington, D.C.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Florida Retail Federation

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association

Georgia Restaurant Association

Georgia Retail Association

The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association

Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Association

Idaho Retailers Association

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association

Indiana Retail Council

Kentucky Restaurant Association

Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association

Louisiana Restaurant Association

Louisiana Retailers Association

Maine Innkeepers Association

Maine Restaurant Association

Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association

Restaurant Association of Maryland

Maryland Retailers Association

Massachusetts Lodging Association

Massachusetts Restaurant Association

Retailers Association of Massachusetts

Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association

Michigan Restaurant Association

Michigan Retailers Association

Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association

Minnesota Lodging Association

Minnesota Restaurant Association

Minnesota Retailers Association

Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association

Missouri Restaurant Association

Missouri Retailers Association

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association

Montana Restaurant Association

Nebraska Hotel & Motel Association

Nebraska Restaurant Association

Nebraska Retail Federation

Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association

Retail Association of Nevada

New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association

New Hampshire Retailers Association

New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association

New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association

New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

New Mexico Restaurant Association

Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.

New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, Inc.

New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association

New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association

New York State Restaurant Association

Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina

North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

North Carolina Tire Dealers Association

North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association

North Dakota Propane Gas Association

North Dakota Retail Association

Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association

Ohio Restaurant Association

Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association

Oklahoma Restaurant Association

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Pennsylvania Association of Automotive Trades

Pennsylvania Collision Trade Guild

Pennsylvania Gasoline Retailers

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

Tire Dealers Association of Western Pennsylvania

Rhode Island Hospitality Association

South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association

South Carolina Retail Association

South Dakota Retailers Association

Southwest Car Wash Association

Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Texas Independent Automotive Association

Texas Restaurant Association

Texas Retailers Association

Texas Tire Dealers Association

Utah Food Industry Association

Utah Hotel & Lodging Association

Utah Retail Merchants Association

Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association

Virginia Retail Federation

Virginia Retail Merchants Association

Washington Lodging Association

Washington Retail Association

West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association

West Virginia Retailers Association

Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association

Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Wisconsin Retail Merchants Association

Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers

Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association​

Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

EROSKI invierte 1,7 millones de euros en la remodelación del hipermercado de Bilbondo

 

  • El nuevo hipermercado se inaugura esta tarde con la presencia de la viceconsejera de Comercio y Turismo del Gobierno Vasco, Itziar Epalza, y del alcalde de la localidad, Andoni Busquet
  • La transformación de Bilbondo ha supuesto la creación de 16 puestos de trabajo hasta alcanzar una plantilla de 240 personas
  • El nuevo EROSKI de Bilbondo da más protagonismo a los frescos locales de temporada, recupera el mostrador de carne para la venta de Euskal Okela y amplía las secciones de ecológicos, dietética, perfumería y bodega

Basauri, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — El hipermercado EROSKI del Centro Comercial Bilbondo en Basauri inaugurará esta tarde a las 19:00 horas la transformación de sus instalaciones al nuevo modelo comercial “contigo” que la cooperativa impulsa. El trato más personalizado al cliente, la apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria son los ejes del nuevo modelo comercial. Las obras han supuesto una inversión cercana a los 1,7 millones de euros. El acto de inauguración contará con la presencia de la viceconsejera de Comercio y Turismo del Gobierno Vasco, Itziar Epalza, y del alcalde de la localidad, Andoni Busquet, junto a representantes de EROSKI.

El centro de Bilbondo en Basauri es el quinto hipermercado de Bizkaia que EROSKI transforma a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”. Con anterioridad han sido adaptados los hipermercados de Abadiano, Gernika, Berango y Ballonti y próximamente finalizarán las obras en Artea y Leioa. El modelo se ha extendido también ya a una docena de supermercados de la provincia. La inversión global en Bizkaia en la transformación de su red supera los 13 millones de euros y ha supuesto la creación de 155 puestos de trabajo.

Las obras de remodelación del hipermercado de Bilbondo, que arrancaron a mediados de mayo, han renovado completamente el hipermercado dando más protagonismo a los frescos locales de temporada, Entre estos productos destaca la oferta de verduras y hortalizas del productor Barrenetxe, en carnicería la carne EuskoLabel, las aves de Lumagorri, morcillas de Mardaras, Arceniega y salchichas Thathe. También los productos de Confitería Bilbao pueden encontrarse en las renovadas secciones de panadería y pastelería. “Las tiendas EROSKI son plataformas abiertas para la comercialización de los alimentos producidos en torno a ellas. Es nuestro compromiso con la variedad gastronómica, la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario local y una apuesta por la diversidad como un gran activo de la región”, explica la gerente de EROSKI Bilbondo, Ana Fernández Gómez.

El nuevo modelo comercial “contigo” que impulsa la cooperativa abre nuevas secciones con personalidad propia en los hipermercados como ecológicos, dietética, o sushi preparado en el momento. Son secciones que profundizan en la apuesta de EROSKI por impulsar la alimentación saludable. Además, las secciones de perfumería y parafarmacia han sido también ampliadas, al igual que la bodega para ofrecer una total libertad de elección del consumidor.

“Los resultados de las tiendas ya transformadas son extraordinariamente estimulantes. Durante su primer año de andadura, su crecimiento en ventas está en torno al 6% y supera el 10% en el caso de los frescos, verdadero corazón de la nueva tienda `contigo´”, aclara la gerente. “Durante las obras, el hipermercado ha permanecido abierto al público. Los trabajos se han planificado para que afectaran lo menos posible a nuestros clientes, acotando las zonas de trabajo. Han sido dos meses de reformas y estamos convencidos que el resultado va a entusiasmar a nuestros clientes”.

El hoy reinaugurado EROSKI Bilbondo amplía su plantilla, con la creación de 16 puestos de trabajo, hasta conformar un equipo de 240 profesionales. Los trabajadores de EROSKI en Bilbondo han recibido más de 1.000 horas de formación para ofrecer mejores soluciones a los clientes y profundizar en la autogestión de los propios equipos que trabajan en la tienda.

Entre las novedades destaca la fuerte apuesta por la atención personalizada en todas las secciones. “El cliente encontrará una atención más personalizada, desde el nuevo mostrador en carnicería hasta los nuevos mostradores para la venta de tecnología, electrodomésticos o muebles” puntualiza la gerente del centro. El nuevo EROSKI Bilbondo apuesta además por la convergencia entre la tienda física y el comercio electrónico para la comercialización de un amplio catálogo de productos de equipamiento (muebles, electrodomésticos, tecnología de consumo, etc.) que son ofrecidos con una renovada atención personalizada y entregados directamente en el domicilio del cliente con todas las garantías ofrecidas por EROSKI.

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

Líder en productos locales

EROSKI es líder en la comercialización de productos locales, con cerca de 9.000 referencias de productores vascos. La cooperativa colaboró el pasado año con más de 2.000 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compras superior a los 600 millones de euros. EROSKI mantiene, asimismo, un convenio de colaboración con el Gobierno Vasco para impulsar el desarrollo del sector agroalimentario local y el mantenimiento de la diversidad del tejido productivo en Euskadi.

El remodelado hipermercado EROSKI Bilbondo dedica a los productos vascos, en especial las frutas, verduras y hortalizas de temporada de proveedores locales, espacios destacados. “En el nuevo modelo de tienda `contigo´ los productos locales y regionales, cada vez más apreciados por el consumidor, tienen aún mayor protagonismo con espacios preferenciales que ponen en valor sus características gastronómicas y culturales”, destaca Ana Fernández Gómez.

Por una alimentación más saludable

EROSKI desempeña una intensa labor para fomentar la alimentación saludable, lo que se traduce en nuevas secciones como “Alimentación Ecológica y Dietética” con cerca de 370 referencias, entre las que se incluyen productos ecológicos a granel. El hipermercado EROSKI Bilbondo se convierte así en el establecimiento de referencia en Basauri para consumidores sensibilizados con su alimentación o que sigan dietas sin gluten, bajas en azúcar, bajas en sal…

También se ha ampliado la sección de perfumería y parafarmacia. “Nuestra apuesta por la atención personalizada es total. En este sentido, hemos incorporado un servicio de asesoramiento en cuidado personal y maquillaje para nuestros clientes”, indica la gerente.

Asimismo, el nuevo hipermercado Eroski Bilbondo incorpora además un “Aula del cliente”, una sala dentro del propio hipermercado para compartir con los Socios-Cliente de la cooperativa información, recetas y asesoramiento para una alimentación saludable.

EROSKI en el País Vasco

EROSKI cuenta con un total de 456 establecimientos en Euskadi que incluyen 21 hipermercados, 256 supermercados, 78 oficinas de viajes, 13 gasolineras, 10 ópticas, 17 tiendas de deporte Forum Sport y 61 perfumerías If.

Cerca de 10.000 personas trabajan en EROSKI en Euskadi, de las que el 70% son socios cooperativistas. Asimismo, EROSKI cuenta con cerca de un millón de socios consumidores, organizados en diferentes Comités Consumeristas de la cooperativa.

 

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EROSKI invierte 1,7 millones de euros en la remodelación del hipermercado de Bilbondo

EROSKI invierte 1,7 millones de euros en la remodelación del hipermercado de Bilbondo

EROSKI inaugura hoy la transformación del supermercado franquiciado situado en la avenida Winston Churchill de Gibraltar a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

 

  • El modelo de tienda “contigo” otorga gran protagonismo a los productos locales y a los alimentos frescos de temporada como base de una alimentación saludable
  • La transformación ha generado 10 puestos de trabajo, hasta alcanzar una plantilla de 100 personas
  • El establecimiento ha aumentado su superficie en 500 m2 hasta alcanzar los 2.100 m2
  • Las ventas de la red de supermercados franquiciados de EROSKI han aumentado un 6% en 2014

Gibraltar, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI inaugura hoy la transformación del supermercado franquiciado situado en la avenida Winston Churchill de Gibraltar a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria. Las obras de modernización han supuesto una inversión superior al millón de euros.

Los trabajos se han centrado especialmente en el área de frescos, ampliada y renovada por completo para poner en valor la amplia oferta de productos locales de temporada. “Las tiendas EROSKI son plataformas abiertas para la comercialización de los alimentos producidos en torno a ellas. Es nuestro compromiso con la variedad gastronómica, la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario local y una apuesta por la diversidad como un gran activo de la región”, explica Enrique Martínez, director de Franquicias de EROSKI.

La transformación del centro al nuevo modelo comercial “contigo” de EROSKI ha supuesto la creación de 10 puestos de trabajo, alcanzando una plantilla de 100 personas. “El supermercado se sitúa muy cerca de la frontera y los trabajadores proceden indistintamente de ambos lados de la verja”, ha señalado Martínez. “Los trabajos se han planificado para que afectaran lo menos posible a nuestros clientes, acotando las zonas de trabajo. Les trasladamos nuestro agradecimiento por su comprensión, que ha sido palpable con sus visitas con la misma normalidad precedente”, explica Martínez.

“La adaptación realizada del modelo ‘contigo’ a las franquicias ha supuesto un impulso destacado, con una valoración muy positiva por parte de nuestros franquiciados y muy buena respuesta por parte de los clientes, que se refleja en un incremento de las ventas”, ha apuntado Enrique Martínez. Las ventas de la red de supermercados franquiciados de EROSKI han aumentado un 6% en 2014, un crecimiento debido a las nuevas aperturas y a la adaptación que la cooperativa ha realizado de su nuevo modelo comercial ‘contigo’ a su red franquiciada.

La fuerte apuesta por la atención personalizada en todas las secciones es una de las principales señas de identidad del modelo comercial “contigo”. “El establecimiento cuenta con atención en mostrador en las secciones de charcutería y carnicería. Ambas secciones han ganado especialmente en dimensionamiento tras la ampliación del centro que aumenta su superficie en 500 m2 y cuenta ahora con 2.100 metros2 de sala de ventas”, puntualiza el responsable de franquicias de EROSKI. El local ofrece asimismo más de 130 plazas de aparcamiento.

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

Promoción de la alimentación saludable

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

EROSKI en Gibraltar

EROSKI está presente en Gibraltar desde 2012, año de inauguración del supermercado ahora transformado. Desde su apertura el establecimiento ha puesto a disposición de los gibraltareños una amplia gama de referencias de productores locales, marca de fabricante, incluyendo numerosas referencias inglesas, y de marca propia. El establecimiento admite pago tanto en euros como en libras y abre sus puertas de lunes a domingo en horario de 8 a 22 horas.

 

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EROSKI inaugura hoy la transformación del supermercado franquiciado situado en la avenida Winston Churchill de Gibraltar a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

EROSKI inaugura hoy la transformación del supermercado franquiciado situado en la avenida Winston Churchill de Gibraltar a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”

EDEKA fördert WWF-Studie „Verantwortung im Zeichen des Wassers“

  • Partnerschaft von EDEKA und WWF: Süßwasser ist ein Themenschwerpunkt
  • Ergebnis: Regionale Wassersituation stärker berücksichtigen

Hamburg, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — EDEKA unterstützt im Rahmen der Partnerschaft für Nachhaltigkeit mit WWF die Arbeit der Naturschutzorganisation zum Schutz weltweiter Süßwasservorkommen und aktuell eine WWF-Studie zu Wasserkriterien in Nachhaltigkeitsstandards. Wesentliches Ergebnis der Studie: Gerade bei der Bewertung von Wasserrisiken muss neben der Situation im Erzeugerbetrieb stärker die regionale Wassersituation berücksichtigt werden. Die Studienergebnisse hat WWF jetzt unter dem Titel „Verantwortung im Zeichen des Wassers“ veröffentlicht.

Die WWF-Studie untersucht den Umgang mit Wasser in landwirtschaftlichen Nachhaltigkeitsstandards, darunter GLOBALG.A.P, Fairtrade und EU-Bio. Die Analyse zeigt, dass der Umgang mit Wasser auf der Ebene des lokalen Erzeugerbetriebes insgesamt gut, die regionalspezifische Wassersituation aber zu wenig berücksichtigt wird. „Die Verfügbarkeit von sauberem Wasser in ausreichenden Mengen steht und fällt mit einem ökologisch funktionierenden Flussgebiet“, so Philipp Wagnitz, Experte für Wasserrisiken beim WWF Deutschland.

„Süßwasser wird in vielen Gebieten der Welt immer knapper und stellt für den Handel eine wichtige Ressource dar. Ein Missmanagement kann grundlegende Auswirkungen auf Umwelt und Gesellschaft haben“, so Rolf Lange, Leiter der Unternehmenskommunikation EDEKA AG. Daher sind die Ermittlung und Reduktion von Wasserrisiken bei ausgewählten Produkten oder Produktgruppen des Eigenmarkensortiments von EDEKA und Netto Marken-Discount ein Schwerpunkt der Zusammenarbeit mit WWF. Auch im Rahmen von Modellprojekten wird an Lösungen gearbeitet.

„Die Verbesserung der Wasserkriterien in Nachhaltigkeitsstandards auf Basis einer ganzheitlicheren Betrachtung kann einen nachhaltigen Nutzen für die Produzenten vor Ort haben“, so Rolf Lange von EDEKA. „Nachhaltigkeitsstandards wiederum stellen für den Lebensmittelhandel aufgrund der Zahl an Produkten, der weltweiten Ursprungsländer und der Länge der Wertschöpfungsketten eine Chance zur Verbesserung dar.“

EDEKA und WWF – für einen verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit Süßwasser
Beginnend mit den Eigenmarken arbeitet EDEKA kontinuierlich daran, Wasserstandards in Unternehmensaktivitäten zu verankern, um die Wassersituation so transparent wie möglich zu machen und Wasserrisiken verantwortungsvoll zu reduzieren. EDEKA und WWF analysieren bei ausgewählten EDEKA Eigenmarkenprodukten oder -produkt¬gruppen die Wasserrisiken mit dem Ziel, diese zu reduzieren. Da eine Senkung des Wasserverbrauches dabei allein oft nicht ausreicht, geht es vor allem darum, die örtlichen Flussgebiete zu verstehen und an angepassten Lösungen in der Fläche zu arbeiten. Wichtiger Baustein dafür ist die Entwicklung eines farmbasierten Wasserkriterienkatalogs und eines Konzepts zur Minderung von Wasserrisiken.

EDEKA Eigenmarkenprodukte, die vom WWF anerkannte ökologische Standards erfüllen und gemäß den Kriterien unabhängiger Prüforganisationen zertifiziert sind, tragen zusätzlich den WWF-Panda. Bei EDEKA gilt bereits jetzt: Nur jene EDEKA Bio-Produkte werden mit dem WWF-Panda gekennzeichnet, bei deren Herstellung neben der länderspezifischen Sozialsituation auch die regionale Wassersituation berücksichtigt wird. Nähere Informationen zur Partnerschaft für Nachhaltigkeit, zum Themenfeld Süßwasser und zur Studie finden Sie unter:

Zur Partnerschaft (EDEKA)

Zur Studie (WWF)

EDEKA und WWF – strategische Partner für Nachhaltigkeit
Die im Jahr 2009 begonnene Kooperation zum Schutz der Meere und für nachhaltige Fischerei wurde 2012 zu einer umfassenderen und langfristigen Partnerschaft weiterentwickelt. Der WWF berät EDEKA wissenschaftlich fundiert in unterschiedlichen Themen- und Sortimentsbereichen. Schwerpunkte sind Fisch und Meeresfrüchte, Holz / Papier / Tissue, Palmöl / Palmkernöl, Soja, Süßwasser, Klima und Verpackungen. Zielsetzung ist es, die natürlichen Ressourcen der Erde zu schonen, den ökologischen Fußabdruck von EDEKA Schritt für Schritt deutlich zu verringern und immer mehr Kunden für nachhaltigere Produkte sowie nachhaltigeren Konsum zu begeistern.

Deutschlands erfolgreichste Unternehmer-Initiative
Das Profil des mittelständisch und genossenschaftlich geprägten EDEKA-Verbunds basiert auf dem erfolgreichen Zusammenspiel dreier Stufen: Bundesweit verleihen rund 4.000 selbstständige Kaufleute EDEKA ein Gesicht. Sie übernehmen auf Einzelhandelsebene die Rolle des Nahversorgers, der für Lebensmittelqualität und Genuss steht. Unterstützt werden sie von sieben regionalen Großhandelsbetrieben, die täglich frische Ware in die EDEKA-Märkte liefern und darüber hinaus von Vertriebs- bis zu Expansionsthemen an ihrer Seite stehen. Die Koordination der EDEKA-Strategie erfolgt in der Hamburger EDEKA-Zentrale. Sie steuert das nationale Warengeschäft ebenso wie die erfolgreiche Kampagne ‘Wir ♥ Lebensmittel’. Von hier erfolgen die Impulse zur Realisierung verbundübergreifender Ziele wie beispielsweise dem Schaffen durchgängiger IT-Strukturen oder zur Entwicklung zeitgemäßer Personalentwicklungs- und Qualifizierungskonzepte für den Einzelhandel. Mit dem Tochterunternehmen Netto Marken-Discount setzt sie darüber hinaus erfolgreiche Akzente im Discountgeschäft und rundet so das breite Leistungsspektrum des Unternehmensverbunds ab. EDEKA erzielte 2014 mit seinen rund 11.500 Märkten und 336.100 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von 47,2 Mrd. Euro. Mit rund 16.900 Auszubildenden ist EDEKA einer der führenden Ausbilder in Deutschland.

Pressekontakt

EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG
New-York-Ring 6
22297 Hamburg
Ansprechpartner:
Herr Gernot Kasel
Tel: (040) 6377 – 2182
E-Mail:
presse@edeka.de

EROSKI abrirá en el Alrumbo Festival 2015 en Chipiona (Cádiz) el primer supermercado en un festival de música en Andalucía

  • Estará en funcionamiento durante cinco días, desde el miércoles 15 hasta el domigo 19
  • Se instalará en la zona de acampada acondicionada para más de 40.000 personas
  • Dispondrá de 300 productos de alimentación, destacando la presencia de fruta, pan, helados, bebidas, dulces y aperitivos, así como productos para aseo personal y de playa

Chipiona, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI abrirá en el Alrumbo Festival 2015 en Chipiona (Cádiz) el primer supermercado en un festival de música en Andalucía. El establecimiento, en régimen de franquicia, se instalará en la zona de acampada, acondicionada para más de 40.000 personas.

Se trata de un espacio comercial temporal, llamado en el sector PopUp Store, que permanecerá abierto cinco días y ocupará una carpa de 200 metros cuadrados. Una plantilla compuesta por 14 personas atenderá el servicio del supermercado EROSKI desde la apertura del campamento, el 15 de julio, hasta su cierre el domingo 19.

“Uno de los grandes retos de un festival es ofrecer el mejor servicio posible a su público. Con EROSKI hemos conseguido evolucionar e innovar introduciendo un supermercado en Alrumbo, lo que mejorará sustancialmente la experiencia de los asistentes al camping”, ha explicado Tali Carreto, jefe de prensa de Alrumbo Festival.

El establecimiento dispondrá de cerca de 300 productos de alimentación, destacando la presencia de fruta, pan, helados, bebidas, dulces y aperitivos. Contará asimismo con productos para el aseo personal. “Este año los campistas del festival podrán encontrar, sin necesidad de salir del recinto, desde productos para el desayuno como leche, galletas o cereales hasta yogures, ensaladas, helados, fruta, snacks, bebidas, embutidos o pan fresco. Además de productos de higiene personal, platos y cubiertos desechables, pilas o incluso artículos de playa”, ha señalado Enrique Martínez, director de Franquicias de EROSKI. El supermercado ofrecerá también servicio de venta de bebidas en frío.

EROSKI apuesta por la presencia en festivales musicales

EROSKI dentro de su apuesta por la innovación en lo formatos comerciales ha estado también presente con un supermercado temporal en las ediciones de 2014 y 2015 del festival BBK Live (Bilbao). “Nuestro propósito es hacer realidad el lema `contigo´ que sienta la base de nuestro modelo comercial y estar junto a nuestros clientes cuando compran o cocinan pero también cuando se divierten y disfrutan, haciéndoles más sencillo el día a día”, ha señalado Martínez.

Carrefour Belgium once again opens its Summerdrive, a pop-up drive store by the sea that’s open seven days a week all during the summer holidays

BELGIUM, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year, Carrefour did something new in Belgium by opening up a Summerdrive in Knokke, on the beach near Bruges in the north-west. This year, Carrefour Belgium is once again opening its Summerdrive, only this time with even more products and customer benefits!

What is a Summerdrive?

It’s very simple: it’s a pop-up drive store by the sea that’s open seven days a week all during the summer holidays. So if customers prefer to stay lounging on the beach instead of shuffling their way through the aisles of a store, they can simply visit www.summerdrive.be and shop with their smartphones, tablets or PCs. They can then either pick up their shopping later on from the pop-up store, or they can have it delivered directly to them using the home delivery service.

Summerdrive Edition 2.0

This year, the Summer drive is returning to Knokke and will stay there until the end of the summer holidays. It will have the same pink flashy façade, but with four new features:
–    a wider range of products, including a new selection of ready-to-eat meals,
–    customers can now pick up their shopping after only 2 hours,
–    free delivery (when customers spend €40 or more) with an environmentally friendly vehicle,
–    5% off on all shopping orders.

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Carrefour Belgium once again opens its Summerdrive, a pop-up drive store by the sea that's open seven days a week all during the summer holidays

Carrefour Belgium once again opens its Summerdrive, a pop-up drive store by the sea that’s open seven days a week all during the summer holidays

Carrefour France and France’s state-funded body for helping people find local employment renew their existing partnership

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 10 July 2015, Isabelle Calvez – Carrefour France’s Director of Human Resources, Thierry Roger – Director of Carrefour’s Employment Centre and Thomas Cazenave – Deputy Managing Director of Pôle emploi (France’s state-funded body set up to help people find local employment) entered into a nationwide framework agreement to renew the existing partnership between Carrefour’s and Pôle emploi.

The purpose of this agreement is to promote long-term employment, training and staff recruitment, as well as guaranteeing suitable professional career paths for employees and promoting digital technologies.

This nationwide initiative between Carrefour and Pôle emploi involves action in three areas:
–    Implementing initiatives focused on digital technologies
–    Securing and simplifying the process involved in recruiting jobseekers
–    Supporting jobseekers who are returning to work and helping to secure the career paths of newly-recruited employees

Implementing initiatives focused on digital technologies
Pôle emploi has set up four online training programmes (or “MOOCs”) designed to help people looking for employment. They help people prepare their applications, chase up recruitment managers, etc. The online courses will be delivered in the form of videos by Pôle emploi consultants with help from outside experts, including Carrefour employees.

Following on from this initiative, one of the things that Carrefour intends to do is to develop a digital tool designed to orient people towards the 120 job types available in retail. This tool will be listed on the Pôle emploi’s Emploi Store – a digital platform which offers jobseekers a wide range of services, applications and online courses.

Securing and simplifying the process involved in recruiting jobseekers
Through this agreement, Carrefour and Pôle Emploi are seeking to create career paths that result in qualifications, the aim being to enhance the employability of jobseekers and increase their chances of being able to gain a foothold on the job market or return to work. The agreement provides special measures designed to promote the sourcing of lessee and franchisee managers: working closely alongside the Pôle emploi, Carrefour will develop a recruitment process for franchise opportunities offered by its convenience division.

Supporting jobseekers who are returning to work and helping to secure the career paths of newly-recruited employees
In order to help professionalise both young and older jobseekers, Carrefour is entrusting Pôle emploi with details of all of the posts has to fill as part of its work-study contracts. It will provide precise details of the positions in question, together with information about the types of applicants sought and the means it will use to shortlist them.

Carrefour will also continue with its drives to implement orientation and training programmes designed to help recruited employees adapt and stay in post, as well as further professionalise them.

Says Isabelle Calvez, Director of Human Resources for Carrefour France: “As France’s leading employee in the private sector, it seemed vital to us to continue with our employment commitments alongside Pôle emploi – with which we have been working since 1992. We are delighted to be setting ourselves ambitious targets within the framework of this agreement, particularly in relation to new uses of digital technologies”.

Thomas Cazenave, Deputy Managing Director Strategy, Operations and External Relations at Pôle emploi: “Developing relationships with companies is central to Pôle emploi’s strategy. In 2015, we deployed some 4000 dedicated consultants so that we could better understand and meet employees’ requirements. This agreement with Carrefour is in line with our aim to develop a relationship based on trust. As a result, we have thus been able to work together in areas such as increasing the transparency of the labour market (we have published 12,000 additional job offers for Carrefour), as well as making the digital shift by using online job fairs or helping to produce MOOCs available on the Emploi store. And by using professional simulations, Carrefour will be able to provide immersive experiences for 3000 jobseekers, thus widening its net for certain job types, while at the same time making it easier for these jobseekers to access employment”.

In 2015, Carrefour France is aiming to hire:
– 11,000 people on permanent contracts
– 5500 people on work-study contracts
– 25,000 seasonal workers
For more than 120 general or specialised job types that applicants can get with or without qualifications.

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