Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year’s Brighton Pride parade

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colleagues from Sainsbury’s in Brighton will be getting involved with this year’s Pride event by transforming the front of stores on the parade route with balloons and bunting. Whilst, for the second year running, a group of Sainsbury’s colleagues will join the parade on Saturday 1st August. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride.

The decorations will add to the town’s colourful turn-out for the annual celebration of diversity, and colleagues will show their support as the parade passes by their stores at the weekend.

Jamie Sanders, Brighton Pride Coordinator for Sainsbury’s, said: “Brighton Pride is always such a fantastic event and the city really comes to life in a great celebration of diversity. Many colleagues are passionate about Pride events and we’re looking forward to getting into the spirit of the event by decorating our stores and seeing around 100 colleagues take part in the parade.”

Sainsbury’s is committed to being an inclusive retailer and champions equal opportunities. Brighton Pride is one of 25 Pride events being supported by Sainsbury’s this year.

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Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year's Brighton Pride parade

Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year’s Brighton Pride parade

Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, Sainsbury’s is supporting the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event. 180 colleagues from stores across West Yorkshire have signed up for the parade and even more will be cheering from the crowds on the day.

The Sainsbury’s team will follow the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band in the parade.

Jemma Kameen, store manager at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook, has been the main driving force and has rallied together the region to get involved in this year’s event. Jemma met her partner Jayne 10 years ago when they both worked at Sainsbury’s Dewsbury. Then in 2012 they had a civil partnership at her parent’s house in Walton, Wakefield.

Following her fantastic work with Leeds Pride, Jemma has been put forward for the Proud at Sainsbury’s Panel which is a panel being set up with people from all areas of the business that will support the work Sainsbury’s does to be diverse and inclusive.

Jemma Kameen, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook: “Pride means so much to me and I’m proud to be representing Sainsbury’s this year with so many of my amazing colleagues. I can’t wait to be there and I hope everyone has an incredible Leeds Pride 2015.”

Liaqat Ali, Director of Leeds LGBT Pride adds: “The biggest achievement and something to be very proud of, is that Leeds LGBT Pride remains community driven and completely free to attend on the day. We want to keep it that way which is why fund raising and attracting new sponsorship is vitally important. Having Sainsbury’s on board this year is fantastic for the event and we are proud of our partnership with one of the UK’s leading brands.”

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Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

WWF scorecard: Sainsbury’s named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has been named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly. The WWF scorecard ranks companies from ‘zero trees’ which means a company has not yet shown any progress on sustainable timber up to ‘ three trees’ which is where Sainsbury’s has been ranked along with 21 other UK companies.

Amongst the total 128 companies assessed we were noted for having a commitment and policies in place to source sustainable timber and timber products and for having made significant progress.

Our products made using sustainably sourced timber includes our own brand toilet roll, facial tissues and charcoal.

Stuart Lendrum, Head of sustainable and ethical sourcing at Sainsbury’s said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work we do to source timber sustainably.”

“It should give customers the reassurance to shop with confidence.”

As part of our 20×20 Sustainability Plan we have committed that by 2020 our own brand products will not contribute to global deforestation and that the top raw materials in our own brand products – which includes paper and timber – will be sourced sustainably to an independent standard.

Notes to editors

  • For more information visit www.wwf.org.uk
  • 93 per cent of the wood used to make our own-brand products in 2014/15 (excluding our own brand nappies) was from FSC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or recycled sources.
  • Sector leader (Food and Staples Retailing) in the 2014 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Forest Programme, recognising our efforts to reduce the risk of deforestation in our supply chains associated with the use of timber, palm oil, soya, beef/ leather and biofuels.
  • Recycled over 80 tonnes of Christmas cards from our store collection points, resulting in a donation of over £12,000 to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • 2.2 million trees planted with Woodland Trust since 2004 – equivalent to four Sherwood Forests. £3.5 million donated since we began our partnership.

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WWF scorecard: Sainsbury's named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

WWF scorecard: Sainsbury’s named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

LloydsPharmacy to acquire Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury Plc (Sainsbury’s) and Celesio AG, owner of Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd (LloydsPharmacy), today announce the formation of a strategic partnership that will see LloydsPharmacy acquire Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m.

In addition, Sainsbury’s will receive commercial annual rent payments from LloydsPharmacy for each location.

Sainsbury’s and LloydsPharmacy customers will benefit from an enhanced pharmacy service delivered from Sainsbury’s stores with all the benefits of accessible parking, flexible opening hours and convenient locations.

Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “Pharmacy services are incredibly popular with Sainsbury’s customers and we are delighted to be teaming up with LloydsPharmacy to develop our offer. Working together with a specialist operator like LloydsPharmacy will enable us to grow and extend our pharmacy services to customers, whilst realising value for shareholders today from the pharmacy business we have grown organically over the last 20 years.”

LloydsPharmacy is the country’s second biggest retail pharmacy operator with more than 1,500 stores across the UK. The company takes a service-led approach to community pharmacy aiming to improve access to healthcare while alleviating pressure on GPs.

Marc Owen, Chairman of the Management Board of Celesio AG, owner of LloydsPharmacy said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Sainsbury’s and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the LloydsPharmacy and Celesio family. This is a very important milestone for us as we continue to invest in LloydsPharmacy and our collaboration with Sainsbury’s will help to improve the health and wellness of our mutual customers.”

Cormac Tobin, Managing Director of LloydsPharmacy and Celesio UK, said: “Sainsbury’s is a fantastic fit for LloydsPharmacy. We are both passionate about excellent customer service and making a positive impact on the communities we serve. Health is our focus and over recent years we have developed a range of services to make it easier for people to manage their health, such as our pain management and skin health services, and we look forward to making these even more accessible via the Sainsbury’s network.”

Under the terms of the transaction, LloydsPharmacy has agreed to acquire 281 pharmacies in total, including 277 in-store pharmacies and four located in hospitals, all of which will be rebranded as LloydsPharmacy.

As part of the Partnership Agreement approximately up to 2,500 Sainsbury’s pharmacy colleagues will transfer to LloydsPharmacy under TUPE.

The deal is expected to complete by the end of February next year, subject to regulatory conditions being satisfied.

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John Lewis to launch brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty

John Lewis has today announced plans to launch a brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty.

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Revealed for the first time at the retailer’s new multi-million pound Birmingham shop when it opens on Thursday 24 September, the new John Lewis branded venture will provide salon services combined with spa treatments.

In a first for the retailer, customers will be able to choose from more than 100 treatments with trained stylists and therapists across hair, beauty and spa ranges. This includes everything from express treatments such as manicures, blow dries, pedicures and waxing through to more indulgent offers like facials, massage and hair colour.

Furthermore, a number of unique treatments have been designed for John Lewis and customers will also be able to relax before and after treatments in the dedicated Relaxation Area.

The new concept is the latest step in the retailer’s ambition to expand the services and experiences within its shops. The announcement follows the success of smaller Beauty Retreats in four John Lewis shops which host a collection of beauty brands, each with their own treatment room.

Paula Nickolds, Buying and Brand Director, John Lewis said: ‘We know that today shoppers want more than just products when they walk through our shop doors; they also want a space where they can enjoy new experiences and relax with friends and family. We always strive to offer our customers an exciting and inspiring shopping experience and today’s announcement builds on this ambition.

‘Our existing beauty and spa offers have been really successful and we wanted to find a way to take these to the next level. We are confident our customers will agree that this is achieved through &Beauty and believe that it will appeal to customers wanting to pop in for a manicure right through to those who want to spend a whole afternoon treating themselves. Birmingham will be our most innovative shop to date and we’re looking forward to revealing our new spa concept when it opens in September.’

Customers will be able to book appointments in store, online and over the phone from mid-September.

Hair treatments start at £35 and facials at £30 and include:

  • Hair: cut and finish, colour and highlights
  • Beauty: waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures and microdermabrasion
  • Spa: massages, body treatments, facials and packages.

Products used in treatments and also available to buy will include Wella SP, Kerastase, Nioxin, Crystal Clear, Pinks Boutique, Pai, Ishga, and Lira.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Regis UK – &Beauty is a John Lewis owned concept. It is operated by Regis UK Ltd.

Regis UK Ltd, headquartered in Coventry, is a division of Regis Corporation, the beauty industry’s global leader in hair and beauty salons, hair restoration centres and cosmetology education

Regis UK Ltd operates 398 corporate owned salons in the United Kingdom, under globally recognised brand names including: Regis, Supercuts, Express Hair & Beauty by Regis, Express Beauty by Regis, Beauty Bar by Regis and Sassoon

Throughout the UK, Regis salons offers a wide range of hair care services including hair cuts, styling and colouring techniques; and also offers a wide selection of nationally recognized professional hair care products.

Beauty salons offer popular beauty treatments including: manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facials and massage.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis
Laura Askew
Communications Manager Online & Flagships
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7798 3396

Regis UK Ltd
Zara Free/Daniel Gabriel
Telephone: 0121 456 3004

Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — From stockings hanging around a roaring fire to elegant tableware and an array of decorations and home accessories including bedding, Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered.

Featuring three collections, Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun, each tell their very own Christmas story. Whether its traditional charm that will have the whole family ready for Santa’s arrival or a collection of soft hues which add touches of sparkle.

Holly and Ivy
This classic collection is Christmas in a nutshell, beautifully combining the traditionally seasonal shades of red, green and gold.

Decorations are stylishly simple and feature hand-blown glass baubles and carved figures for a unique, homemade feel. Holly & Ivy incorporates all the timeless seasonal elements you would expect including jingling bells, delicate firs and bold berries.

Simplicity
Add a dusting of seasonal shimmer with this refined and elegant collection. Crisp whites and creams are enhanced with silvers to create the feel of a delightful winter wonderland.

Decorations feature stylish stags, peaceful doves and glittering baubles, while home accessories include silver-flecked tableware, faux-fur throws and mistletoe wreathes.

Homespun
An inviting collection bursting with yuletide charm, perfect for creating a cosy family Christmas. Homespun is both traditional and wonderfully welcoming.

From festive inspired cushions and bunting in classic fabrics to handcrafted red tree decorations, this collection oozes Christmas magic.

Lights
With seasonal lights continuing to weave their way outdoors, we’ve created an outdoor lighting range to make a magical mood this Christmas.

From glittering garlands to flashing fairy lights looping around homes and gardens, we’ve got the right lights for every look this festive season.

Trees and Wreaths
This Christmas we’re keeping it real with quality natural trees at are great value for money. Our specially selected range of real firs ensure everyone can treat their home to an authentic tree for Christmas.

Alternatively our broad range of artificial trees are perfect for making a stylish statement, with both traditional and contemporary designs in sizes to suit any home.

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

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

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

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

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Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

New Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are Crafted with Simple Ingredients to Attract Customers to the $7 Billion Yogurt Category*

SEATTLE and WHITE PLAINS, NY, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are now available at thousands of grocery stores nationwide. These yogurts were created by Dannon, the leading maker of yogurt in the U.S., and Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh (NASDAQ:SBUX), a market leader in cold-pressed, High Pressure Processed (HPP) juice.

The vibrant flavors of real fruit, delicious without artificial sweeteners or unrecognizable additives, served as the foundation for the new yogurts, which let the simple ingredients shine. Now available in thousands of grocery locations nationwide, these new yogurts are unlike others in the category. They are an exciting addition to the current Evolution Fresh family of cold-pressed ready-to-drink juices and smoothies and represent the next step in the Evolution Fresh and Dannon collaboration which began with the launch of yogurt parfaits and handcrafted smoothies in Starbucks® stores this spring.

“Consumers seek foods that contain more recognizable ingredients and also fewer of them,” said Jeffery Rothman, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation for Dannon. “The new Evolution Fresh Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts are made with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives and include simple ingredients such as nonfat milk and fruit lightly sweetened with agave.”

“Starbucks customer response to the Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfaits, Inspired by Dannon, in our retail stores have been very positive,” said Jeff Hansberry, president Evolution Fresh.  “Now, with our new line available at grocery stores, shoppers can stock their own refrigerators with our delicious, wholesome yogurt.”

The new grocery products are the result of Evolution Fresh and Dannon’s continued collaboration to make delicious and simply designed yogurts more widely accessible. The two companies worked together to create a proprietary high-quality Greek nonfat yogurt that is the perfect canvas to let real fruit shine through without any added flavors, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are made with easily recognizable ingredients that consumers can feel good about. Each 5.3 oz. single-serve yogurt contains active yogurt cultures, at least 11 grams of protein and only 120 calories.

The four new varieties include:

  • Blueberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt paired with sweet blueberries
  • Black Cherry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt with chunks of rich black cherry
  • Raspberry Blackberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt over tart raspberries paired with juicy blackberries
  • Pineapple Passion Fruit Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt with tropical pineapple chunks and passion fruit juice

The yogurts are available now at grocery stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.69 per single-serve cup. For nutritional information, visit http://www.evolutionfresh.com/yogurt.

*Danone 2013 http://www.danone.com/en/danone13focus/united-states/

About Evolution Fresh, Inc.
Evolution Fresh offers cold-pressed juices and foods that provide high-quality, wholesome, and delicious nutrition to consumers. Evolution Fresh takes a different approach to crafting its cold-pressed juice – it presses and squeezes vegetables and fruits, bottles the juice cold and uses high pressure processing (HPP) to help protect flavors and nutrients. Evolution Fresh offers an extensive portfolio of bottled juices, available nationally in premium grocery stores, natural food stores, Starbucks® retail stores, and in the three company-operated Evolution Fresh™ retail locations. Acquired by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) in 2011, Starbucks and Evolution Fresh seek to make incredible nutrition widely accessible. To learn more about Evolution Fresh and our cold-pressed difference, please visit evolutionfresh.com.

About Dannon
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Dannon makes more than 200 different styles flavors and sizes of cultured refrigerated and frozen dairy food in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR, to serve the diverse needs of its retail and foodservice customers. Dannon’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible via its wide offering of delicious and wholesome fresh and frozen yogurts. Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. For more information, visit dannon.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

Tesco introduces brand new audio voice to its self-service and scan as you shop checkouts

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is to introduce a brand new audio voice to its self-service and scan as you shop checkouts following feedback from customers.

Friendlier, more helpful and less talkative, the machines will no longer alert customers with the infamous phrase, ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’.

Introduced in 2003, Tesco now has over 12,000 self-service checkouts which play a crucial role for busy shoppers up and down the UK.

But the current voice has become a source of frustration for customers, with some describing it as ‘shouty’ and ‘irritating’, and putting them under pressure as they finish their shop.

The new voice uses softer phrases and is more customer-friendly. As well as changing ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’ six unhelpful phrases including ‘please take your items’ have been removed and ‘Thank you for shopping at Tesco’ has been added.


The new voice has already been installed in a small number of stores including Hatfield, Peterborough, Edinburgh and Kensington. It will be introduced in all of Tesco’s UK stores by the end of October.

James Dewen Self Service Checkout Operations Manager at Tesco said “Customers really like the convenience of our self-service checkouts, especially when they’re just popping into store to pick up lunch or a few items after work. But for some, the voice leaves them a bit frustrated.”  

“It’s listened to by millions of customers every week, so we’ve acted on customer and colleague feedback and worked hard to get the new voice right to improve the shopping trip.”  

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.

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Tesco’s August Clubcard Boost is back and it’s bigger and better than ever

  • This summer Clubcard customers can Boost on all Tesco Direct products
  • In addition to this Back to School, F&F clothing, and hundreds of in-store products are included.

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s August Clubcard Boost is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever before, with every single product on Tesco Direct eligible for Boosting! In addition to this hundreds of non-food products will be eligible for Boosting in store, including large screen TVs and ipads. It’s also an opportunity for parents to get the kids ready for that important first day at school with everything from polo shirts to pencil cases included.

The Clubcard Boost event allows customers to exchange every £5 worth of their Clubcard Vouchers into a £10 Boost Token meaning customers can make real savings. It lasts from 3rd August until 13th September

Danielle Papagapiou, Tesco Clubcard Director said, ‘We’ve listened to our customers who told us they wanted to be able to Boost on a wider range of products both in-store and online. Clubcard Boost is our way of saying thank you for shopping with Tesco and we hope customers will take the opportunity to treat themselves this summer’.

In addition to the Clubcard Boost event at Tesco, customers can boost year round on over 500 Boost Partners. There’s great savings to be had on family days out, with Clubcard vouchers being boosted for four times their value – perfect for an end of summer treat.

For more information visit tesco.com/Clubcard

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.

Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015

BELGIUM, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is continuing to expand in Belgium: before the end of summer 2015, three new Carrefour express stores will have opened to the public. The first will open in Mol, and the others near Leuven and Brussels.

This year, several convenience stores have been opened in Belgium, including one in the Brussels region (Brussels-Capital and Chaumont-Gistoux), another one in Ans (near Liège) and one in Dendermonde (near Antwerp).

These new store openings will take Belgium’s total number of convenience stores up to 266.

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Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015

Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015