EROSKI renueva su certificación SA 8000 en gestión ética

  • La certificación tiene en cuenta las condiciones de trabajo éticas, los derechos laborales, la responsabilidad social empresarial y el diálogo social
  • La cooperativa mantiene desde 2003 esta certificación, sometiéndose a auditorías de control cada seis meses
  • La certificación SA 8000 es una de las acreditaciones internacionales más exigentes en relación a los derechos internacionales de los trabajadores, que incluyen a todos los proveedores de la cooperativa

Elorrio, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI acaba de renovar el certificado de la Norma Social Accountability 8000 (SA 8000), que ratifica el compromiso y cumplimiento de la cooperativa con las condiciones de trabajo éticas, los derechos laborales, la responsabilidad social corporativa y el diálogo social. EROSKI es la única empresa de distribución española poseedora de esta acreditación, que promueve el respeto de los derechos de los trabajadores a escala mundial. La cooperativa mantiene desde 2003 de forma ininterrumpida esta certificación, sometiéndose a auditorías de control cada seis meses para su renovación.

La certificación SA 8000 es uno de los programas con las normas más detalladas sobre condiciones laborales que incluyen muchos aspectos de los derechos internacionales de los trabajadores. Sus requerimientos tienen en cuenta la correcta implantación de medidas de salubridad y de seguridad en el trabajo, una justa libertad de asociación y de derecho de negociación colectiva y el cumplimiento de la legislación vigente de horarios laborales y salarios. La certificación SA 8000 garantiza también la ausencia de trabajo infantil, de trabajos forzados, de cualquier tipo de discriminación o de la aplicación de castigos disciplinarios, tanto físicos como psicológicos, incluyendo a todos los proveedores nacionales e internacionales de la cooperativa.

La norma incluye además, en el apartado de “Control de proveedores y subcontratas”, medidas para impedir cualquier tipo de soborno, actividades corruptas y, en definitiva, cualquier caso de corrupción.

“EROSKI es la mayor empresa española, de cualquier sector, y la única en Europa, junto a Coop Italia, que ha obtenido y mantiene esta certificación. Más de una década con la certificación verifica nuestra coherencia respecto a la Responsabilidad Social y supone un aval a nuestro compromiso con los derechos laborales, en consonancia con nuestro carácter cooperativista”, ha señalado Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI.

La SAI (Social Accountability International), organización no gubernamental multilateral, es la entidad emisora de la certificación SA 8000. Bureau Veritas, por su parte, ha sido la empresa encargada de la auditoría de seguimiento, que incluye entrevistas con decenas de trabajadores seleccionados directamente por el auditor. “En esta recertificación hemos destacado por la cohesión interna de los trabajadores y la transparencia en la gestión de la información” ha detallado Martínez Berriochoa.

Netflix adds three new animated series to its growing slate of original preschool content

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Expanding its award-winning programming for everyone in the household, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world’s leading Internet TV network adds three new animated series to its growing slate of original preschool content.

On the heels of this month’s earlier announcement of preschool original series Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock, Netflix introduces Word Party, Kazoops! and True & the Rainbow Kingdom. Created to engage and pique the curiosity of preschool viewers, these new series feature elements of language acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking throughout each episode.

Word Party – 2016
Word Party is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play. The show invites our youngest viewers to help teach the baby animals new words, learn these new words themselves, and even celebrate these achievements with a “Word Party!” Word Party is produced using the groundbreaking Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop that allows puppeteers to perform digitally animated characters in real time – enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous. Twenty-six 11-min episodes will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world in 2016.

Kazoops! – 2016
Monty has a huge imagination, a great sense of adventure and is always asking the question “Why,” because the world is full of stuff people do and say that makes him scratch his head and wonder. Are all monsters scary? Can animals play music? Why must we wear matching socks? Accompanied by his best friend Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig, Monty challenges everyday preconceptions about life through the power of his imagination. Kazoops!, produced by Cheeky Little, in partnership with the ABC and BBC, promotes curiosity and critical thinking and brings to the screen a playful CGI animation style that draws on traditional claymation and fun 2D graphic art. The 13 episode series will premier on Netflix around the globe in late 2016 and launch in the UK and Australia at a later date.

True & the Rainbow Kingdom – 2017
True & the Rainbow Kingdom is a comedy adventure series for preschoolers from Guru Studio, Home Plate Entertainment and i am OTHER. True is the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom and the show’s bright and resilient girl lead. True, along with her best friend, Bartleby the cat, use ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems big and small, and bring harmony and love to all. The series is based on artwork by the Friends With You fine art collective and its positive messages of Magic, Luck, and Friendship. Coming in 2017, ten 22-min episodes will premiere on Netflix globally and launch in Canada at a later date.

About the Netflix Kids Offering
Netflix has a dedicated section for kids under 12 years old featuring dozens of original series for kids as well as TV shows and movies from great partners like PBS, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, Lego and Scholastic, all in a commercial free environment. The dedicated section for kids is available across a broad range of devices including PCs and Macs, iPads, game consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs. Members are provided a kids profile upon sign up and can customize additional profiles for their kids. The kids experience features a character bar where you can find a deep selection of great TV shows and movies featuring that character. Kids, parents and caregivers will also be able to scan through row after row of movies and TV shows organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 62 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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Argos launches exclusive fashion range by American clothing company Cherokee

  • 106 items available across children’s and adult’s clothing
  • Customers can benefit from introductory 25% off

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families looking for durable, stylish and affordable clothing for active lifestyles need look no further thanks to the launch of a brand new fashion range exclusively designed for Argos by American clothing company Cherokee, available to customers online and in-store from Saturday 18 July 2015.

Created with life’s adventures in mind, the new collection will offer children and adults stylish, comfortable clothing which is great quality, designed to withstand active family life. Rooted in Californian lifestyle heritage, the range includes everything from laidback looks for family days out, to smart attire for special occasion and everything in between.

For little girls, some of the hot picks include glamourous faux fur gilets (£15), pretty embellished denim shirts (£15), brightly coloured jeans (£12) and floral print party dresses (£15). For the boys, there is a choice of chunky knits (from £12), relaxed chinos (£12) and colourful checked lumberjack shirts (£12). For ultimate comfort, T-shirts are 100% cotton to allow skin to breathe, and trousers have adjustable waistbands to ensure a perfect fit.

Adults can also indulge themselves with an exclusive capsule collection of 24 casual wardrobe essentials. With classic favourites ranging from checked shirts (from £16) and denim jeans (from £20) for men and women, through to cosy cable knit jumpers (£18) for men and stylish feather and down padded jackets (£40) for women.

Katherine Brown, Head of Brand Fashion at Argos, said: “Our new and exclusive fashion collection with Cherokee has been designed with the needs of modern families in mind, who are looking for clothes which look and feel great, are durable and don’t cost the Earth.

“With this range there’s even the chance for mums and daughters to buy ‘mini-me’ matching items with key pieces like the faux fur gilet (£15/£20) and red checked shirt (£12/£16), which come in children’s and adult sizes making for great photo moments on those family days out.”

Customers can take advantage of a special introductory offer of 25% off the whole Cherokee range for a limited time only¹.

Exclusive to Argos, the range is available to buy at www.argos.co.uk/Cherokee for home delivery or free, instant pick-up from over 780 Argos stores nationwide from Saturday 18 July 2015.

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Notes to Editors

¹Cherokee Launch offer, 25% off all Cherokee lines. Quote CHER25 at the till or enter on the payment page online. T&C’s:  25% off all Cherokee lines. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Valid from 17.7.15 to 11.8.15. Subject to availability.  THE PROMOTER: Argos Ltd, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW

For more information on the exclusive range, product and/or lifestyle imagery or sample requests please contact Cherokee@thisissurname.com or call 0207 260 2770

About Argos

Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 788 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

About Cherokee
Established in California in 1973, Cherokee has been making quality, stylish clothing for all the family for over 40 years. The brand sets a new standard in value and its fashion is designed with life’s adventures in mind.

Tesco previously held the license to Cherokee in the UK but since January 2015 this license has been held by Argos.

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Argos launches exclusive fashion range by American clothing company Cherokee

Argos launches exclusive fashion range by American clothing company Cherokee

Belk to open new 230,000 square foot flagship location at The Shoppes at Bel Air to serve the greater Mobile, Ala. region

Belk to invest $15 million to convert a former Sears building into a new Belk flagship store -New 230,000 square foot flagship will offer premium brand assortments and the latest in Modern. Southern. Style.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today announced that the company is opening a new 230,000 square foot flagship location at The Shoppes at Bel Air to serve the greater Mobile, Ala. region. The new flagship will offer an enhanced shopping experience for customers along with expanded selections of most-wanted fashion and premium brand assortments.

The $15 million project will transform a former Sears into a Belk flagship store. The flagship will offer center core, ladies apparel and kids on the first floor and men’s and home on the second. Construction of the store is scheduled to begin in January 2016, with a completion that fall.

“We are excited to build a premier Belk flagship store in Mobile, Ala. to create the ultimate shopping experience for our customers in this region,” said David Luoma, chairman, Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, Ala. “This store will showcase the best of Belk.  We will offer broad assortments of top brands for the entire family.  This project also represents Belk’s ongoing deep commitment to our customers and the Mobile community.”

The two current Belk locations at Bel Air Colonial Mall and Springdale Mall will continue to operate until the new store opens in the fall of 2016.

Belk has served the Mobile and Gulf Coast communities since 2005 and operates several stores including Mobile, Pensacola, Gautier, Gulfport, and Biloxi.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 297 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

News media may submit inquiries about Belk to:

Jessica Graham
Vice President, Communications and Community Relations
Belk, Inc.
Jessica_Graham@belk.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreements for 26 new restaurants in Fresno and San Francisco

MORE THAN 275 DUNKIN’ DONUTS RESTAURANTS PLANNED FOR CALIFORNIA OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS

CANTON, MA, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups for a total commitment of 26 new restaurants in Fresno and San Francisco over the next several years.

The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • Existing franchisee Aharon Aminpour plans to develop 17 restaurants in Fresno and the surrounding cities including Clovis, Visalia and Tulare. Aminpour currently owns and operates one Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Encino, and last November signed a development agreement for 10 new restaurants throughout the San Fernando Valley. His next restaurant under this new agreement is planned to open in 2017.
  • New franchise group Shiva Developments, led by existing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Nick Bhatt alongside his new franchise partners, sister and brother-in-law, Disha and Yogesh Tivedi, plan to develop nine new restaurants in San Francisco and the surrounding cities. Nick Bhatt currently owns one Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Springfield, IL. The group’s first restaurant in California is planned to open in 2017.

“With the addition of these enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees, we’re proud to announce 26 new restaurants in the Golden state, which brings our current development commitments to more than 275 total restaurants in California,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled these existing franchisees have chosen to expand their presence in the California market, and know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand for Dunkin’ Donuts in the Fresno and San Francisco communities they will serve.”

Since September 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts has opened ten restaurants in California and currently operates locations in the cities of Downey, Encino, Laguna Hills, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Modesto, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Upland and Whittier. Additional California Dunkin’ Donuts locations are planned to open in Los Angeles and Sacramento areas before the end of 2015. The opening of these restaurants is part of a larger plan to open approximately 275 new restaurants in California over the next several years. The company plans to open more than 1,000 restaurants in total throughout the state over the long-term. Franchise opportunities still remain available in portions of California, including in the Los Angeles county desert communities, Santa Barbara and Chico-Redding.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

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Whole Foods Market’s new Evanston Store to feature an exclusive beer brewed by local Sketchbook Brewing Company

Sketchbook Brewing Company Creates Exclusive Beer for New Evanston Store

Evanston, Illinois, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road, opening July 29 in Evanston, Illinois, will feature an exclusive beer brewed by an up-and-coming Sketchbook Brewing Company located in Evanston. Made from organic malts and hops locally sourced from farms in Wisconsin and Michigan, the B.I.O. Pale Ale will be the first collaborative brew between Whole Foods Market and Sketchbook Brewing.

“This collaboration allows us to combine two things we love: beer and supporting local businesses. We can’t wait to share this exclusive brew from Sketchbook Brewing with friends and neighbors, ” says Mike Kilgore, Whole Foods Market Midwest’s Associate Coordinator for store bar venues. “We’ve partnered with local brewers for the last six stores we’ve opened in the Chicago area and are always excited to see what new beers the brew masters create.”

For all seven new Whole Foods Market stores in the Chicagoland area, Kilgore collaborated with Chicago’s Begyle Brewing Company to create exclusive beers for those store’s bar venues. With this success, Kilgore began looking for other breweries for future stores.

“We have 20 drafts on tap at the new Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road and we wanted to offer our Evanston shoppers access to one of the great beers coming out of their hometown,” says Kilgore.

The new location will carry other brews from Sketchbook Brewing; however, the custom brew will only be offered at the Evanston Green Bay Road location, eventually expanding into other Whole Foods Market locations in Chicago.

Whole Foods Market bars, featuring local beers on tap, are becoming a favorite watering hole for customers. Kilgore and his team seek to provide quality beers through partnerships with local breweries.

“Creating a special beer for each of the six new Whole Foods Market stores has been a fun challenge for us,” says Brendan Blume, co-owner of Begyle Brewing Company. “We got to play around with our pale ale recipe and try different techniques to create unique flavors for each of the stores. This partnership has expanded our footprint, providing us access to a new audience to try out custom blends and given us a steady income that is so important to a new business. We couldn’t think of a better partner and are exited to share the new and creative brews coming out of Begyle Brewing with the Whole Foods Market community.”

In addition to collaborating with Sketchbook Brewing and Begyle Brewing, Kilgore and his team have partnered with Temperance Beer Company and FEW Spirits, both based in Evanston, since they began distribution. They are also working with Revolution Brewery to create beers from barrel-aged whiskey and sour cherries from Michigan.

Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road opens Wednesday, July 29. A grand opening ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m., doors open for shopping at 9 a.m.

Experts:

Michael Bashaw

President – Midwest Region

Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

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Rite Aid announces the opening of HealthSpot stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains and HealthSpot®, a pioneer in patient and provider driven healthcare technology, announced today the opening of HealthSpot stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio. Through the HealthSpot stations, customers will be able conveniently access a variety of quality healthcare services including pediatric care. The HealthSpot stations are located inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Dayton/Springfield. Rite Aid and HealthSpot first announced their partnership in November 2014.

“The opening of the first HealthSpot stations inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio is another step in our transformation into retail healthcare company,” said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “This first-of-its-kind model pairs licensed healthcare providers with state-of-the-art technology to deliver a truly unique solution to consumers looking for convenient and quality healthcare. We are excited to be bringing such an innovative concept to market and look forward to introducing our customers to HealthSpot.”

Through proprietary cloud-based telemedicine software, HealthSpot allows users to interact with nationally recognized providers in a private, 40-square foot station using high-definition videoconferencing and interactive medical devices including a stethoscope, an otoscope, a pulse oximeter and a magnascope. Each HealthSpot station is supported by a trained wellness attendant who can help the patient as needed from check-in to check-out.

Customers ages 3 and above can be treated for minor and common health conditions, including cold and flu, rashes and skin conditions, eye conditions, earaches and seasonal allergies. A record of the visit is maintained, ensuring seamless communication and continuity of care. The software platform also interfaces with insurance eligibility, electronic medical records and billing systems.

“Telehealth is a key driver in the revolution of our healthcare delivery system. HealthSpot brings together a set of unique technologies, devices and local healthcare providers to create a one-of-a-kind healthcare experience,” said Steve Cashman, HealthSpot CEO. “We are thrilled to be working with Rite Aid to pilot this new healthcare model as the first retail clinic truly integrated with local health systems to expand access to affordable and convenient healthcare in Ohio.”

In Ohio, customers will be able to connect with a network of medical professionals from Cleveland Clinic, Kettering Health Network and University Hospitals, including pediatric specialists from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, as part of HealthSpot’s Care Network. The Care Network, a key component in building the infrastructure necessary to offer affordable, quality healthcare in retail, enables clinicians to extend their reach into local communities and serve more patients with expanded hours through HealthSpot stations. Since opening in late May, HealthSpot stations at Rite Aid have served thousands of Rite Aid customers.

To find the nearest Rite Aid with a HealthSpot station and hours of operation, visit www.riteaid.com/HealthSpot. No appointment is necessary and most insurance will be accepted.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

HealthSpot® is healthcare, reimagined. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station and digital medical devices. HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system by enabling the delivery of quality, affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network for patients in efficient, convenient locations like pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, employer and community sites, universities and the home. For more information on HealthSpot, go to www.healthspot.net.

The HealthSpot name and logo are registered marks of HealthSpot Inc. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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CBL: New Ross Dress for Less and Ulta Beauty are coming to Randolph Mall in Asheboro, North Carolina

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced that a new Ross Dress for Less and Ulta Beauty are coming to Randolph Mall in Asheboro, North Carolina. The two new stores will be situated in the former JC Penney location. Construction is expected to begin in October with the grand opening for both stores scheduled for 2016.

“Redeveloping anchor locations is a great opportunity to both create value in our centers and to satisfy the strong retail demand for CBL properties,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “The additions of Ross Dress for Less and Ulta Beauty represent our ongoing commitment to reinvest in the growth of Randolph Mall and to provide shoppers with a broader range of shopping options.”

Randolph Mall is a 400,000-square-foot mall featuring more than 40 specialty stores and is anchored by Belk, Dunham’s Sports, and Sears. For more information visit ShopRandolphMall.com or Facebook.com/RandolphMall.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.2 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

CBL contact: Stacey Keating, corporate marketing specialist, 423.490.8361, Stacey.Keating@CBLProperties.com
Investor Contact: Katie Reinsmidt, Senior Vice President – Investor Relations and Corporate Investments, 423.490.8301,katie.reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

REWE: Vorwürfe der Initiative „Leere Tonne“ sind haltlos

Köln, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Medienberichten zufolge wirft die Kölner Initiative „Leere Tonne“ den REWE-Supermärkten vor, angeblich das Wegwerfen von Backwaren zu befördern, indem das Unternehmen die Bäcker in der Vorkassenzone zwinge, auch in den Abendstunden volle Regale zu haben.

Diese Behauptung ist falsch und ignoriert die Tatsachen: „Wir bieten unseren Kunden im REWE-Markt auch in den Abendstunden ein reduziertes aber angemessenes Sortiment. Das ist bei den selbstständigen Vorkassen-Bäckereien nicht anders. Der eine Kunde möchte in den Abendstunden gerne Weißbrot kaufen, der andere Schwarzbrot und ein Dritter vielleicht ein Dinkel-Körnerbrot. Eben die gängigen Sorten und das in einer angemessenen Menge“, erklärt Martin Brüning, Leiter der REWE Group Unternehmenskommunikation. „Es gibt keine Verträge, in denen wir die Vorkassenbäcker zwingen, wieviel Artikel oder welche Sortimente sie in den Abendstunden zu führen haben“, so Brüning. Leider habe die Initiative Behauptungen aufgestellt, die man im direkten Dialog leicht hätte klären und erklären können. Sollte ein Warenüberschuss vorliegen, dann wird dieser nach Kenntnis des Unternehmens in der Regel an die örtliche Tafel oder landwirtschaftliche Betriebe abgegeben.

Die REWE Group engagiert sich seit Jahrzehnten erfolgreich dafür, dass so wenig Lebensmittel wie möglich vernichtet werden müssen. Denn verantwortliches Handeln im Sinne der Gemeinschaft ist für die genossenschaftlich organisierte REWE Group integraler Bestandteil der Unternehmenskultur.

Im Durchschnitt werden 99 Prozent der Waren im Markt verkauft
Mittlerweile verkaufen die Supermärkte (REWE) und Discountfilialen (PENNY) im Jahresdurchschnitt bis zu 99 Prozent ihrer Lebensmittel. Das Gros des verbleibenden Prozents stellt die REWE bereits seit 1996 (PENNY seit 2007) kostenlos den bundesweit rund 900 lokalen Tafel-Initiativen zur Verfügung.

Das gilt für Lebensmittel, die nicht mehr verkauft, aber dennoch bedenkenlos verzehrt werden können. Das ist beispielsweise der Joghurt, dessen Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum zeitnah abläuft, oder der Apfel mit einer Druckstelle. Grundsätzlich handelt es sich um frische und/oder unverpackte Lebensmittel wie Milch, Joghurt sowie Obst und Gemüse – und eben auch Brot.

Nicht an die Tafeln abgegeben werden Lebensmittel, die verdorben sind, die ein Verbrauchsdatum haben (z.B. Frischfleisch oder -fisch) oder aber – aufgrund ihrer Kühlpflichtigkeit – nicht von den Tafeln angenommen werden können. Diese Lebensmittel müssen entsprechend der gesetzlichen und hygienischen Vorgaben sachgerecht entsorgt werden.

Moderne Technik und geschulte Mitarbeiter
Moderne Prognosesysteme – teilweise unter Berücksichtigung der Wettervorhersage – und automatisierte Bestellverfahren unterstützt durch die kaufmännische Erfahrung der Mitarbeiter ermöglichen schon heute eine sehr gute und bedarfsgerechte Versorgung der Märkte mit frischer Ware.
Kurze Transportwege zwischen Lagerstandorten und den Märkten, eine lückenlose Kühlung von der Herstellung bis ins Regal, aber auch regelmäßige Schulungen der Mitarbeiter, tragen dazu bei, die Verlustquoten auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren.

Neben modernen Warenwirtschaftssystemen, kurzen Transportwegen oder lückenloser Kühlung setzt die REWE Group auch auf regelmäßige Schulungen der Mitarbeiter. Die Mitarbeiter in Märkten kontrollieren nach marktindividuell festgelegten Intervallen täglich die Mindesthaltbarkeitsdaten der Produkte. Produkte (z.B. Frisch-Fleisch), die das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum in wenigen Tagen erreichen, werden bei REWE und PENNY bis zu 30 Prozent preisreduziert angeboten.

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.

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Foodstuffs: New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to champion the new soft plastic bags initiative

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

The recycling scheme, which is to be managed by the Packaging Forum and supported by the government, will commence in September with the roll out starting in Auckland followed by expansion to the Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and other regions over the next three years. The objective is to provide access to recycle soft plastics to approximately 70% of all New Zealanders.

Lyn Mayes, project lead, said soft plastic bags are not currently collected for recycling by councils because they can contaminate the recycling process.

“New Zealanders use more than 1.6 billion plastic bags in their homes every year.  This new project will take all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging – basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.”

“REDcycle, who also runs the programme in Australia, will supply recycling bins in selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores. Initially the materials will be sent back to Australia where they are made into park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds until there are facilities in New Zealand such as those planned at Astron Plastics,” says Mayes.

The project is to be funded through a $700,000 grant to the Packaging Forum which is being matched by industry and a $510,000 grant to Astron Plastics Group from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The grant to Astron Plastics Group will enable the business to establish a new dry-cleaning facility in Auckland with the capacity to recycle 2000 tonnes of soft plastics thus reducing the requirement to export the collected plastic waste.

Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says we are delighted that the pilot has been given the green light by government.

“We recognise that plastic bags pose an ongoing environmental challenge and a lot of our customers have told us they want a better solution for recycling plastic bags. Foodstuffs, and its brands New World and PAK’nSAVE, in partnership with other food manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies, have been actively looking for viable solution so that we can do our part to reducing the ongoing environmental impact.”

“From September, customers in Auckland will be able to bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the supplied recycling bins.  We will be actively encouraging our customers to get in behind this fantastic opportunity as its success in the initial phase will ensure further roll out nationally,” says Sammons.

The project is already supported by major brands including Pams, Cottonsoft, Huggies, Kleenex, New Zealand Post, SunRice, Astron and Elldex Plastics with many others committed to joining the programme.

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DICK’S Sporting Goods launches a specialty women’s fitness and lifestyle boutique Chelsea Collective

PITTSBURGH, PA, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced today the launch of Chelsea Collective, a specialty women’s fitness and lifestyle boutique. The first two Chelsea Collective locations will open in August 2015 in Tysons Corner, VA at Tysons Corner Center and Pittsburgh at Ross Park Mall.

Named for the diverse and eclectic Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, Chelsea Collectivewill provide customers with a uniquely curated assortment of apparel, equipment, footwear, accessories and beauty products, fusing fitness and fashion to serve women who are on the cutting edge of new trends and have a variety of fitness interests.

Chelsea Collective will feature iconic brands such as NIKE and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, while also boasting niche brands such as Lorna Jane, Spiritual Gangster and ALALA.

A significant portion of the store’s total assortment will feature footwear, accessory and beauty brands such as Brooks, Hunter Boots, Pure Vida, Le Sport Sac, evian and philosophy.

“As leaders in sporting goods and fitness apparel, we wanted to provide a destination for women who are on their own personal fitness journeys; a store where they can come in and feel part of a community that understands them and their needs,” said Lauren Hobart, SVP, DICK’S Sporting Goods/General Manager, Chelsea Collective. “We feel Chelsea Collective will meet and exceed this active woman’s expectations.”

While owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Chelsea Collective locations will operate as small boutique shops. Both the Tysons Corner and Pittsburgh locations will focus on forming local partnerships that will benefit and reward loyal customers.

“We truly want these stores to have their own voice, their own local flavor,” said Hobart. “We’re hiring experts – associates who live for the latest fitness and fashion trends, who buy and use the products this store offers and who will be a sought after resource to the Chelsea Collectivecommunity.”

Grand Opening details for both boutiques will be shared in local markets soon. For more information, visit ChelseaCollective.com.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated more than 610 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

Ahold: Stop & Shop to acquire 25 stores in Greater New York from The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company for $146 million

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced its Stop & Shop division has entered into an agreement with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company to acquire 25 A&P stores in Greater New York for $146 million.

Upon completion, Stop & Shop plans to convert the Waldbaums, Pathmark and A&P stores that are part of the agreement into Stop & Shop stores. The transaction is currently expected to close in the second half of 2015.

The agreement is subject to further terms and conditions set forth therein and relating to A&P’s (chapter 11) bankruptcy proceedings filed on July 19, 2015, which include the potential of a subsequent auction under which other higher bid or bids could be received and accepted by A&P for these stores. The agreement is also conditioned on regulatory requirements including anti-trust approval, and the fulfillment thereof.

Stop & Shop, established in 1914, currently employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the closing of the transaction. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

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