RediClinic donates $40,000 to eight YMCAs in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Seattle areas in support of Kids Health and Wellness

  • Eight YMCAs to Receive $5,000 Each In Support of Kids Health and Wellness
  • Now Through Sept. 30, RediClinic Offers Discounted Back-to-School Physicals and Immunizations

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — RediClinic announced today donations totaling $40,000 to eight YMCAs serving the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Seattle areas. RediClinic, which opened convenient care clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in each market earlier this year, is making the donation as part of its continued commitment to the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Each YMCA will use the donation to support various programs that will benefit the health and wellbeing of children in its communities throughout the year. RediClinic will present each of the eight YMCAs with a check for $5,000 during a series of special in-store events this week.

“As RediClinic continues to expand into new markets, we know that true service extends beyond our clinic walls,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic CEO. “RediClinic is proud to support the YMCAs in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington D.C., and we thank them for providing valuable resources to children and their families. We look forward to collaborating with these YMCAs and ultimately helping residents of our communities lead happier and healthier lives.”

In the greater Baltimore area, RediClinic will donate $5,000 to YMCA of Central Maryland; in Philadelphia, Central Bucks Family YMCA, Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, Lower Bucks Family YMCA and Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA; in greater Seattle, YMCA of Greater Seattle and YMCA of Snohomish County; and in Washington D.C., YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

Now through September 30, RediClinic is offering school and sports physicals for $29*, a savings of $30, at all Rite Aid RediClinic locations. As students prepare for back-to-school, physicals ensure that they are in good health and able to participate in organized activities. Some state laws also require students to be vaccinated to protect against certain diseases before returning to school. RediClinic certified clinicians are available to discuss these requirements and administer immunizations as needed**.

RediClinics are staffed by board certified clinicians, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions. These clinicians work in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with leading healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions, and RediClinic clinicians are able to write prescriptions when appropriate.

RediClinic clinicians also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at all RediClinics and licensed to other providers.

As part of RediClinic’s commitment to offering high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare, clinics are open seven days a week, and no appointments are necessary. To find the nearest RediClinic inside Rite Aid, visit www.rediclinic.com.

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 revenue 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.

RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 35 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, as well as 34 clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Seattle areas. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than 1.7 million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visitwww.rediclinic.com.

*Offer cannot be used with insurance or any state and federally funded benefits program. One physical per patient, per visit. May not be used in combination with any other offer. Additional terms may apply.

**Immunizations are subject to state regulations and cost varies based on patient’s insurance coverage.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Rite Aid Corporation announces the promotion of Ken Martindale to the newly created position CEO of Rite Aid stores

  • Martindale Will Continue to Report to Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley
  • Other Executive Management Appointments Announced to Help Drive Growth <and Operational Efficiencies

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) has announced that Ken Martindale, who is currently president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to the newly created position of CEO of Rite Aid stores, effective immediately. Martindale, 55, will continue to report to John Standley, Rite Aid’s chairman and CEO, and will retain his role as president of Rite Aid Corporation.

“Ken is a proven leader who, since joining our company in 2008, has played an instrumental role in driving Rite Aid’s improved business performance,” Standley said. “We look forward to further leveraging Ken’s strong leadership skills and broad understanding of Rite Aid’s business to help us continue our momentum and successfully grow our business.”

“In addition to my ongoing responsibilities and duties as chairman and CEO of Rite Aid, Ken’s promotion will allow me to also focus on working closely with our new healthcare-focused management teams at EnvisionRx, RediClinic and Health Dialog to further accelerate our growth by implementing initiatives that deliver value to our customers and help us provide greater access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare,” Standley added.

Frank Sheehy, the CEO of EnvisionRx and Web Golinkin, the CEO of RediClinic and Health Dialog, will report to Standley.

In order to help Rite Aid further drive growth and efficiencies, the company has also announced the following executive management appointments, reporting to Martindale:

Jocelyn Konrad, currently group vice president of pharmacy services, has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy, succeeding Robert Thompson, who has announced his retirement effective Sept. 18, after a 38-year career in pharmacy, including 11 years with Rite Aid serving in a variety of senior management positions.

David Abelman, currently senior vice president of brand development and innovation, will assume the newly created role of executive vice president of marketing. John Learish, senior vice president of marketing, will continue to manage Rite Aid’s retail drug store marketing team and will report to Abelman.

Tony Montini, currently executive vice president of merchandising, will become executive vice president of merchandising and distribution. Wilson Lester, senior vice president of supply chain, will continue to manage Rite Aid’s distribution network and will report to Montini.

Rite Aid Corporation 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.

Rite Aid Corporation 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.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. strengthens its executive leadership team with the appointment of Michael Amend and Mike Robbins

PLANO, Texas, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) has strengthened its executive leadership team with the appointment of two outstanding senior leaders who will be charged with maximizing the power, reach and integration of the Company’s omnichannel capabilities. Michael Amend, formerly vice president of online, mobile and omnichannel for The Home Depot, will be joining JCPenney on Aug. 4 as?executive vice president of omnichannel. Additionally, Mike Robbins, formerly the senior vice president of global supply chain for Target, will be joining the Company as senior vice president of supply chain effective Aug. 10.

“Mr. Amend and Mr. Robbins are two exceptional industry veterans who have a successful track record of creating enterprise inventory networks that enable brick-and-mortar and e-commerce to merge into one seamless shopping experience,” said Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer for JCPenney. “Their backgrounds perfectly align with our long-term growth plan to become a world-class omnichannel retailer.”

Under his leadership at The Home Depot, Amend is credited for leading the development of several groundbreaking omnichannel initiatives, which resulted in The Home Depot being recently recognized as the Internet Retailer of the Year for 2014 by Internet Retailer®. Amend was the executive sponsor responsible for rolling out buy online pick-up in store; buy online, ship to store; and buy online, deliver from store. Amend also led the company’s efforts to develop best in class mobile experiences. Prior to The Home Depot, Amend was chief technology officer for global online at Dell and deputy chief technology officer for BEA Systems. Amend will report to Ellison and succeeds Mike Rodgers, who has left the Company to pursue other interests.

Robbins brings extensive experience in supply chain strategy, process improvement, technology and cost reduction to JCPenney. He most recently served as senior vice president of global supply chain and logistics for Target Corporation’s U.S. stores, where his 13-year career reflected positions of increasing responsibility within Target’s multi-faceted distribution network. Prior to Target, Robbins held positions in marketing and supply chain for AutoZone and Procter & Gamble. Robbins will report to Ken Mangone, executive vice president of product development, design and sourcing. Robbins replaces Marie Lacertosa, senior vice president of supply chain, who will be retiring from the Company after more than 30 years of service.

These appointments follow the recent announcement of Mandy Ginsberg, chief executive officer of The Princeton Review and Tutor.com, who joined the JCPenney board of directors in July. To read the full announcement on Ginsberg’s appointment, please visit jcpnewsroom.com.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
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About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,020 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, occasions and budgets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. strengthens its executive leadership team with the appointment of Michael Amend and Mike Robbins

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. strengthens its executive leadership team with the appointment of Michael Amend and Mike Robbins

NACS and United Fresh publish new resource to help retailers examine what they need to consider to have success with a fresh produce program

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — As more convenience stores consider expanding their fresh produce offer in stores, a new resource has been published to help them examine what they need to consider to have success with a fresh produce program.

Are You Fit for Fresh?” a simple 10-point checklist developed by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh), looks at critical areas to assess whether a specific store should grow its fresh produce offer.

Convenience stores are increasingly adding more healthy and fresh items, according to NACS member survey conducted in June. More than 3 in 4 (77%) retailers say they sell fresh fruits and vegetables, almost 6 in 10 (57%) sell packaged salads and nearly half (47%) also sell cut fruit and vegetables. Convenience stores also have expanded selections of these items. Over the past six months, 50% of all convenience retailers say they have expanded their fresh fruit sales, 30% have increased their cut fruit and vegetable offers and 21% are offering more salads.

Sales of fresh fruits and vegetables in convenience stores grew 10.3%, nearly four times the overall 2.7% growth rate of produce sales in the United States in 2014, according to Nielsen data.

“A strong produce program can attract new customers, increase sales, plus deliver strong margins,” said NACS Chairman of the Board and NACS-United Fresh Convenience Task Force co-chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations with La Crosse, WI-based Kwik Trip. “This resource helps retailers ask the right questions about customer demand and resources required to effectively execute a quality program.”

“We want to provide solutions from the entire fresh produce supply chain to help convenience store retailers capitalize on this ‘fresh’ opportunity,” said NACS-United Fresh Convenience Task Force co-chairman Ron Carkoski. “Retailers who share an interest to develop a fresh program can be ensured that our effort will address best practices and educational programs to achieve success,” said Carkoski, who also is United Fresh’s past chairman of the board and president and CEO of Ephrata, PA-based Four Seasons Family of Companies.

The new publication is the second deliverable from the partnership that NACS and United Fresh formed in June 2014 to identify best practices to grow produce sales in convenience stores.  Earlier this year the groups published the 26-page “Building the Business Case for Produce Sales at Convenience Stores.” More than two-dozen retailers, distributors and produce companies helped develop and review the document.

The groups are developing follow-up resources and sessions to help retailers execute quality produce programs. They led a session at the 2015 United Fresh convention in June and will do the same at the upcoming NACS Show, which takes place October 11-14 in Las Vegas.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Auntie Anne’s teams up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise over half a million dollars this summer to help fund childhood cancer research

Iconic Soft Pretzel Brand Launches Fourth Annual Fundraising Campaign Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s is continuing the fight to end childhood cancer by teaming up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation with a goal of raising over a half a million dollars this summer to help fund childhood cancer research.

Beginning today, Monday, August 3, through Sunday, September 27, Auntie Anne’s will be asking guests who visit their local store to “give hope” by purchasing a paper pretzel ribbon icon for $1 in the fight to end childhood cancer. As a token of appreciation, Auntie Anne’s will provide a $1 off coupon for the next purchase of any pretzel product or drink. One hundred percent of the proceeds collected through the in-store campaign will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and support their mission of raising awareness to help fund childhood cancer research. Auntie Anne’s was founded on the principle of giving back, and we are proud to continue the fight to end childhood cancer,” said Bill Dunn, Group President at FOCUS Brands Inc. and President of Auntie Anne’s, Inc. “This foundation was started by a vision founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott had before she lost her hard-fought battle to cancer at the early age of eight. We want to help make her vision a reality and are privileged to play a part in her brave and courageous story.”

This is Auntie Anne’s fourth annual nationwide fundraising campaign for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. In addition to the eight-week campaign, participating stores will be selling “hope” bracelets and a pretzel ribbon icon for a $5 donation on August 20, National Lemonade Day. These accessories are a symbol of the hope that is being given to those who are in the battle of childhood cancer and their strength in the constant fight.

Since their partnership began in September 2011, Auntie Anne’s has helped Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation raise nearly $2 million dollars, through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local pretzel rolling contests, and Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. To date, the soft pretzel company has helped fund the equivalent of 37,000 hours of cancer research.

 

About Auntie Anne’s
At its more than 1,500 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit Auntie Anne’s website, Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube account.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 500 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

 

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Media Contact:

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

 

Auntie Anne’s teams up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise over half a million dollars this summer to help fund childhood cancer research

Auntie Anne’s teams up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise over half a million dollars this summer to help fund childhood cancer research

Toy brand Chad Valley has Christmas covered with a raft of toys and gifts available exclusively at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — From babies to toddlers and pre-tweens, much-loved toy brand Chad Valley has Christmas covered with a raft of toys and gifts to make 25 December the most fun and interactive yet. Shopping for presents for little ones is easy and convenient as all Chad Valley products are available exclusively at Argos where you can reserve online for free, instant pick-up from more than 780 stores.

With 184 new products available for Christmas 2015 there is something for every child whether they like traditional play, building or interacting with others. Here are Chad Valley’s top picks for Christmas:

Chad Valley Three-Storey Summer Winter Dolls House 392/3146 – £99.99

One of the top toys for 2015, this unique large wooden three-sided, three-storey house provides hours of play. With summer and winter sided looks, the house comes complete with a spiral staircase and wooden furniture.

Chad Valley Lily Interactive Doll 404/1388 – £24.99

A doll that will be on many children’s Christmas list to Santa, it features 10 lifelike and interactive functions from being able to tickle her feet to make her giggle, to rocking her to sleep and feeding her a bottle to hear her drink.

Chad Valley Mega Vehicle Jump 402/5744 – £19.99

This will keep kids entertained and playing together for hours. The high vehicle jump comes with two vehicles, all for a great price.

Chad Valley Airport Playset 400/9681 – £24.99

With lights and sounds this playmat will keep kids amused all Christmas and beyond. The set includes four vehicles, an airplane, helicopter and two luggage carriers.

Chad Valley Curved Wooden Kitchen 395/3934 – £39.99

A stunning deluxe wooden kitchen equipped to provide playtime fun for boys and girls. The kitchen features everything from an oven with opening door, clock, frying pan, saucepans and even a sink.

Chad Valley Wooden Farm Set 408/6879 – £39.99

This traditional play set features over 50 pieces from the farmer and his wife, to a host of animals including chickens, cows and sheep along with a barn and shed – keeping little ones entertained all day.

Chad Valley Pipsie Interactive Horse 404/6510 – £39.99

For kids that love horses this is a must have. Pipsie is an interactive horse who comes to life with five different touch functions. Pipsie walks, neighs, swishes its tail, moves its head when the mane is brushed and munches toy apples which are included.

Chad Valley Adventure Zone 385/8792 – £39.99

Create your own soft play area with this beautifully designed inflatable adventure zone. Not only great for fun days at home it also aids child development with sensory elements including squeak and crinkle. Little ones can also crawl through and slide down the adventure zone.

Chad Valley Safari Locomotive 412/4418 – £12.99

Perfect for pre-school play, this set features six different safari animals. Children will be able to play with animals, pressing them down to hear their noises whilst the train moves forward.

The Chad Valley range is available exclusively at www.argos.co.uk/chadvalley where products can be reserved free-of-charge for instant pick up from over 780 Argos stores.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Chad Valley
Founded by Anthony Bunn Johnson in Harboure, Birmingham in 1860, Chad Valley is one of the UK’s oldest toy manufacturers. Over the years Chad Valley has been making toys for eight generations of children and has one of the UK’s highest toy maker satisfaction rating with an average customer review score of 4.2 out of 5. Chad Valley toys are designed to be affordable, durable and inspiring, fostering greater creativity and development by encouraging imaginative childhood play. With over 400 products available exclusively at Argos stores nationwide or online at argos.co.uk/chadvalley, you’ll be sure to find that perfect toy for your little one.

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Toy brand Chad Valley has Christmas covered with a raft of toys and gifts available exclusively at Argos

Toy brand Chad Valley has Christmas covered with a raft of toys and gifts available exclusively at Argos

UK technology brand Bush unveils new collection of great value technology products exclusively available at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Today UK technology brand Bush has unveiled a new collection of great value technology products set to enhance British homes, making customers’ lives simpler and even more enjoyable. The range is exclusively available at leading technology retailer Argos, launching online and in-stores from Saturday 18 July.

Whether it’s getting together as a family to watch a movie on a Saturday night, or relaxing while the dishwasher takes care of yesterday’s mess – Bush is at the heart of these moments – with a wide selection of products for the home across TV, audio, kitchen appliances and mobile technology.

The AW15 collection aims to make everyone’s lives a little easier by taking the confusion and stress out of home technology. Newly designed packaging will help customers to understand their technology better, with product features and benefits simply explained and clearly presented.

The revamped range will include two distinct lines – Bush and Bush Classic. The Bush range offers everything from a new 55” Smart TV at just £549.99, for families wanting the ultimate cinematic experience, to a keenly-priced Eluma B1 10” 32GB Windows Tablet and Keyboard (£159.99) which enables work and pleasure on the go.  In addition, a new range of five smartphones including a SIM-free Windows Phone (£59.95) and expanded tablet range, means the Bush range covers all aspects of modern living.

Bush Classic focuses on heritage and design, with great products from the iconic 50’s Style FM radio (£24.99) to colourful Retro-Style Fridge-Freezers available in four colours and just £519.98, ensuring customers can buy into the retro trend at highly affordable prices.

Alyson Lockley, Head of Brand – Bush, said: “We are really excited about the new Bush range as it provides great value technology that enriches the home and makes life a little bit easier. We want to make technology easier to understand with clearer product information.  We’ve also got a great range of new products across smartphones and tablets, which with the revamped new packaging, will make ideal Christmas gifts this year.”

In time for the new season, Bush has a brand new logo and look available to view not only through its web shop on argos.co.uk and in the Argos catalogue.

The exclusive range will be available to buy at www.argos.co.uk/bush for home delivery or free, instant pick-up from more than 780 Argos stores nationwide from Saturday 18 July 2015.

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Notes to Editors

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

About Bush
Bush was founded in the UK in 1932 and started life as a radio and gramophone manufacturer based in Shepherd’s Bush, London.  Since then, Bush has been part of UK households for decades, entertaining families with its TV and audio range and providing essential house appliances from dishwashers to washing machines.  Bush has been owned by Argos parent company Home Retail Group since 2008.

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.

 

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UK technology brand Bush unveils new collection of great value technology products exclusively available at Argos

UK technology brand Bush unveils new collection of great value technology products exclusively available at Argos

Technology brand Alba launches vibrant and affordable new range exclusively at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Long-standing technology brand Alba has received the biggest overhaul in its 98 year history with a vibrant and affordable new range that promises to brighten up rooms and make customers smile. The range launches exclusively at Argos and is available online and in-store from Saturday 18 July.

The AW15 collection offers reliable technology at a great price– perfect for parents looking for affordable first-time tech purchases which look the part for the younger generation. Whether it’s the brightly coloured 2.8” Feature Phone available in blue or green at just £29.95, or a 24” HD Ready LED TV/DVD Combi (£139.99 and in four colours) – there is something for everyone to enjoy.  For the first time ever Alba will be offering a branded tablet, a 7” Tablet, which at £59.99 is one of the most affordable on the market.

As the Christmas season approaches, the exciting range from Alba also offers must-have gifts ideal for teenagers – from the Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker (£9.99) in three beautifully bold colours, to the stylish DAB/FM Radio (£24.99).

Alyson Lockley, Head of Brand at Alba, said: “Many of us remember Alba from when we were young and it’s hard not to fall in love with it all over again thanks to the new look Alba range – the brightly coloured products are not only reliable, they are also affordable and are set to make youngsters and teens feel good no matter what the occasion.”

Whether it is their first mobile handset, tablet or even a new sound system, customers will be introduced to the colourful world of Alba through a new web shop, product packaging and in the Argos catalogue.

The range will be available to buy exclusively at Argos at www.argos.co.uk/alba for home delivery or free, instant pick-up from more than 780 stores nationwide from Saturday 18 July 2015.

 

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Notes to Editors

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

 

About Alba
Alba was born in 1917 at the dawn of UK TV broadcasting and has been famous ever since for producing great value audio and televisual technology products.    Argos parent company Home Retail Group has owned the rights to Alba since 2008.

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.

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Technology brand Alba launches vibrant and affordable new range exclusively at Argos

Technology brand Alba launches vibrant and affordable new range exclusively at Argos

Argos supports the Great British High Street Competition as it calls for a digital high streets “revolution”

Argos calls for digital high street “revolution” as it backs Great British High Street Competition

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Today Argos became the latest heavyweight brand to support the Great British High Street Competition as John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos, called for a digital high streets “revolution”.

The government supported Digital High Street 2020 Report found that local businesses and independent traders are declining in competitiveness by not keeping up with the digitally savvy modern shopper and availing themselves of digital technologies.

The Great British High Street Competition will seek out the best high streets across the country and showcase how effectively they are capitalising on digital to help their high streets thrive. This year’s £80,000 prize pot also includes specialist digital training by Google for a hundred high street retailers in each of the seven award categories.

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones is pleased that Argos has joined the other retail giants supporting this year’s competition.

Speaking at Argos’s flagship store in Victoria where he saw the Argos ‘Digital Hub’ in operation, Marcus Jones said:

“Last year’s competition was a massive success, helping to showcase the very best high streets, how they were innovating, and the brilliant local people behind their story. And winning not only put a spring in local people’s step, but it also resulted in a tangible economic impact with retailers reporting increased footfall.

“This year’s Great British High Streets Competition is going to be even bigger and better with a boosted prize pot and expert digital advice to help our winning high streets not only be good physical businesses but digital businesses too.

“That’s why it’s great to see another high street stalwart in Argos get behind the Great British High Street Competition and I hope that with their support we’ll get even more entries this year.”

Home Retail Group Chief Executive John Walden said:

“We take great pride in our Argos stores being at the centre of hundreds of Britain’s best high streets. That’s why we want to recognise the great work that goes on by people across the country to make their local high street so special.

“But a great high street must also be a great digital high street. We need a revolution across our communities in their understanding and embracing of digital technologies so that they can grasp the exciting opportunities of a digital future.

“The Great British High Street Competition will help high streets learn from one another and I’m delighted to say that Argos stores will be encouraging as many people as possible to get voting and help their town to victory.”

Argos joins Boots, Costa, Google, M&S and the Post Office, and as one of the patrons of the competition, pledging to use in-store promotion to get as many people as possible voting online for their best loved high street.

The competition, now in its second year, celebrates the hard work of local groups across the country and their efforts to support their local high streets and make them ever better places to shop and socialise.

The first Great British High Street competition last year saw 135 communities battle it out to be crowned the nation’s best. Belper in Derbyshire emerged as the overall winner.

A concerted focus on our high streets has led to a revival across much of the UK with the latest figures showing that retail sales increased by 4.2 per cent in June 2015 compared to June 2014. This is the 27th consecutive month of year-on-year growth and the longest period of sustained growth since May 2008.

Notes to editors:

The Great British High Street Competition celebrates the hard work of local people across the country in turning their high streets into even better places to shop and socialise. Now in its second year the nationwide competition is free to enter, with prize winners in each of the seven categories receiving expert advice and mentoring alongside a share of the £80,000 prize pot.

For more information or to enter your high street visit http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/. Deadlines for applications are 1 September 2015. Winners will be announced in November 2015.

For media enquiries about the Great British High Street competition contact Rhod Jones on 030 3444 1143 or rhodri.jones@communities.gsi.gov.uk

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John Lewis announces the arrival of a new fashion and lifestyle concept for womenswear ‘FOUND at John Lewis’

LONDON, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced the arrival of ‘FOUND at John Lewis’, a new fashion and lifestyle concept set in a boutique shopping environment that will introduce new and niche contemporary brands to womenswear. FOUND at John Lewis will bring together a curated edit of existing and new brands across womenswear, accessories, beauty, homeware and technology which will provide a fresh and clear interpretation of the latest trends and lifestyle directions. It will be a concise and authoritative John Lewis point of view for fashion and the unique concept will encourage customers to embrace their sense of discovery.

FOUND at John Lewis will be unveiled for the first time in the new John Lewis Birmingham department store when it opens on the 24 September and on www.johnlewis.com the same day. The concept will then roll out as part of the transformation of the Liverpool fashion floor, which is due to be unveiled in November this year.

Paula Nickolds, brand and buying director at John Lewis said: ‘FOUND at John Lewis marks a fundamental shift in the way we sell fashion at John Lewis. The concept signals a  real change of pace for John Lewis fashion. It will feel fresh and visually authoritative, bringing together a new selection of brands with existing collections in a concise way within a beautiful setting. It will showcase our take on trends in a way that we hope will be desirable and inspirational for our customers coupled with the service and quality they have come to expect from us.

‘FOUND at John Lewis will bring together fashion, home and technology products in a way we haven’t done before. Through our customer insight we know our customers want an edited selection of product and they like all parts of their life to reflect their style, extending beyond their clothes to the candles in their homes and the headphones they wear. FOUND at John Lewis will create this for our customers seamlessly, creating an effortless boutique shopping experience that is both engaging and unique in terms of product and environment. We hope customers will explore FOUND at John Lewis with a sense and feeling of discovery.’

The design of the FOUND at John Lewis environment will have a clean, contemporary feel, with a neutral palette that allows the product to truly speak for itself. Dedicated specialist Partners (employees), chosen for their style expertise, will be on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.

Twenty seven new brands will be introduced as part of FOUND at John Lewis, including BZR by Bruuns Bazaar, Des Petits Hauts and Samsøe & Samsøe. These will sit alongside accessories from brands such as Nike, Asics Onitsuka Tiger and Jessie Harris jewellery. Iconic, designer gifts for the home from Tom Dixon, Normann Copenhagen, Poole Pottery as well as stationery from The School of Life will all be curated alongside innovative technology brands such as MightyPurse, the latest headphones from Frends, speakers from Braven and phone cases from Skinny Dip London and Sonix.

FOUND at John Lewis will also house niche beauty brands such as Grown Alchemist, Atelier, Maison Margiela and Dr Bronner in an apothecary-style environment alongside ore playful, new brands like Cheeky Nails.

Denim Wardrobe by Trilogy will be a central feature in FOUND at John Lewis following on from its successful launch earlier this year in Peter Jones and online where denim labels, J Brand, AG, Paige as well as the brands, American Vintage, Pyrus and Helene Berman were introduced.

John Lewis Birmingham

In Birmingham, FOUND at John Lewis will be over 4,000 sq ft. It will open with a pop up brand installation from Shore Project watches which will showcase their new season designs and  launch their new knitwear brand Old Harry. This permanent area will evolve every six weeks and will be used as a space for experiences, installations and brand pop ups. The next brand on the schedule is House of Hackney who will be showcasing their eclectic blend fashion and homewares together with their collaboration with William Morris.

Found at John Lewis Birmingham will also house the fashionable Joe and the Juice cafe, providing a space for customers to take time out and relax within the surrounds of FOUND.

John Lewis Liverpool
John Lewis Liverpool will also see FOUND at John Lewis introduced as part of a £4.5million refurbishment for the fashion and beauty departments later this year. Once the refurbishment is complete, fashion and beauty will span across the whole first floor, totalling 45,000 sq. ft. Both departments will house the very latest John Lewis concepts for fashion and beauty under one roof.

The updated beauty store design will introduce new and exciting brands to John Lewis Liverpool such as Urban Decay and most notably, it will see the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury for both John Lewis and the city of Liverpool. Express treatment services will also be introduced by the likes of Clarins with their Beauty BAR and Benefit with their Brow Bar. The refurbishment will include a refresh for shoes, premium handbags and accessories and will see the introduction of Coach and Longchamp. On completion, John Lewis Liverpool will be the destination for the latest fashion and beauty in the city.

Notes to editors

FOUND at John Lewis will include the following brands. (Those in italics are brand new to John Lewis).
Clothing: Barbour International, Penfield, Rains, Waven, Levi’s, Maison Scotch, BZR by Bruuns Bazaar, Supertrash,Samsøe & Samsøe, Urban Code, Hygge by Mint Velvet, Parka London, Minimum, Numph, Des Petits Hauts
Denim Wardrobe by Trilogy: Hartford, Cooper & Ella, 360 Sweater, Velvet by Graham Spencer, Joie, Pyrus, Helene Berman, Rosemunde, Vilagallo, Rails, 7 for All Mankind, Paige, DL 1961, J Brand, AG, America Vintage and James Jeans
Accessories: Fay et Fille, Jane Tran, Dogeared, Hunter bags, Eclectica Vintage, Jessie Harris, Fjallraven Kanken, Skinny Dip
Shoes: Nike, Asics Onitsuka Tiger, Converse, Moonboot, Superga
Beauty: Maison Margiela, Grown Alchemist, This Works, Cheeky Nails, Atelier, Dr Bronner
Homeware: Normann Copenhagen, Melt Chocolate, Artisan du Chocolat, True Being, Punktun Notebooks, Paddywax,Urban Olfactory, Poole Pottery, Botticario de Havanna, Amelia Robe Chocolate, School of Life, Tom Dixon
Technology: Mightypurse, Braven, Frends, Sonix phone cases

John Lewis Birmingham
John Lewis Birmingham is the business’ first full line department store to open in four years and will be one of the biggest John Lewis shops outside of London. The 250,000 sq ft department store will be the anchor tenant of the new Grand Central retail development, which sits above the redeveloped New Street Station.

Opening its doors on Thursday 24 September, the shop represents a £35m investment by the business in the city and will be John Lewis’s most innovative shop to date. It will showcase the best of the department store’s offer, allowing customers to shop from more than 350,000 products from the retailer’s full range, including those leading the latest fashion, furniture, homewares, beauty and technology trends.

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

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve
Senior Communications Manager, Corporate and Brand
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 592 6887

Emma Moran
Communications Manager, Fashion & Beauty
Email: emma.moran@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 592 6058

EROSKI arranca una campaña de promoción de alimentos cántabros

  • La campaña de promoción de los alimentos cántabros se desarrollará en los dos hipermercados y ocho supermercados EROSKI en Cantabria hasta el 12 de agosto
  • La cooperativa aspira a reunir mañana en la playa de El Sardinero de Santander a más de mil jugadores en un multitudinario encuentro de pala sin precedentes
  • EROSKI ha comercializado más de 1.200 productos cántabros de 114 proveedores agroalimentarios por un valor superior a los 100 M€ en los tres últimos años

Santander, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha puesto en marcha una campaña para impulsar los alimentos locales y mostrar la riqueza gastronómica cántabra a través de una selección de los más de 1.200 alimentos locales producidos en Cantabria que comercializa. La iniciativa se desarrolla en los dos hipermercados y ocho supermercados de la cooperativa en la región y se enmarca dentro del apoyo de EROSKI a la diversidad del tejido productivo del sector agroalimentario. La campaña se prolongará hasta el 12 de agosto.

“EROSKI impulsa un sector agroalimentario basado en la diversidad para una total libertad de elección de los consumidores y como un elemento clave para su sostenibilidad y su contribución al empleo, a la economía, la cultura y el paisaje de nuestro entorno”, ha señalado Macarena Ortiz de Diego, responsable de cliente del hipermercado EROSKI en Santander. Más del 50% de los proveedores de EROSKI son productores locales y regionales con quienes trabaja con una política de compras adaptada a su dimensión. En 2014, EROSKI incorporó ocho nuevos proveedores hasta sumar acuerdos con 114 empresas cántabras. Ortiz de Diego ha revelado también que “en los últimos tres años EROSKI ha realizado compras en la comunidad autónoma por valor superior a los 100 millones de euros”.

Destaca especialmente el apoyo de EROSKI al sector lácteo de Cantabria a través de una práctica comercial muy respetuosa y comprometida con la sostenibilidad económica de este sector.

Multitudinario encuentro de palistas en El Sardinero

Mañana, martes 4 de agosto, a las 12:00 horas, EROSKI se ha propuesto alcanzar el reto de reunir en la playa de El Sardinero de Santander a más de mil palistas que quieran disfrutar de este deporte de tradición cántabra, un desafío sin precedentes. El juego de palas de playa o “palas cántabras” fue ideado en 1928 por el santanderino Mariano Pérez Hernández en la playa de la Magdalena y se extendió rápidamente por todas las playas de la región.

La convocatoria de EROSKI, en colaboración con la Agrupación Deportiva El Camello Palas Cántabras de Playa, única asociación profesional de esta modalidad deportiva, está abierta a la participación de todas aquellas personas que quieran disfrutar de este deporte en una jornada lúdica con animaciones, regalos y sorteos. Es una iniciativa singular vinculada a un deporte local que aspira a convocar al mayor número posible de jugadores de palas para arrancar con fuerza la campaña en apoyo a los productos cántabros.

EROSKI en Cantabria

EROSKI cuenta en la actualidad con 34 establecimientos en Cantabria que dan empleo a cerca de 520 personas en la comunidad, de las cuales más del 65% son socios cooperativistas propietarios de la empresa en la que trabajan. La red comercial del Grupo EROSKI está compuesta en Cantabria por 2 hipermercados, 16 supermercados, 7 oficinas de viajes, 1 gasolinera, 1 óptica, 3 tiendas de deporte FORUM SPORT y 4 perfumerías If.