iBeacons: BILLA bringt als erster Supermarkt Österreichs iBeacons in seine Läden

Wiener Neudorf, Austria, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Ab sofort können BILLA Kunden an insgesamt elf Standorten in Wien und Niederösterreich Shopping der neuen Generation erleben. Denn BILLA bietet im Zuge eines Pilotprojekts als erster Supermarkt Österreichs via BILLA App die Möglichkeit über das Smartphone Angebote und Informationen direkt in der Filiale zu erhalten.

Als erster Lebensmittelhändler des Landes startet BILLA dieser Tage ein Pilotprojekt und bestückt elf seiner Filialen in Wien und Niederösterreich erstmals mit sogenannten iBeacons. Damit können in den Filialen relevante Nachrichten direkt auf die Smartphones der Kunden, deren Gerät mit BILLA App und Bluetooth ausgestattet sind, gesendet werden. „Als Innovationsführer im österreichischen Lebensmittelhandel ist es wichtig neue Lösungsansätze anzubieten, zu beobachten wie die Kunden auf neue Kommunikationsmittel reagieren und dann zu entscheiden, ob ein Roll-Out sinnvoll ist“, erläutert BILLA Vorstandssprecher Volker Hornsteiner.

Dort informieren, wo man einkauft
„Der größte Vorteil für unsere Kunden ist, dass sie wirklich relevante, lokale und zeitlich abgestimmte Inhalte und Aktionen direkt im Supermarkt erhalten“, so BILLA Vorstand Josef Siess über das Pilotprojekt. All jene Kunden, die an den Informationen interessiert sind, können diese in der BILLA App selbst freischalten. „Wir wollen unseren Kunden damit also vor allem einen Mehrwert und zusätzlichen Service bieten“, so Siess weiter.

iBeacons für Wien und Niederösterreich
Konkret können sich ab sofort die Wiener Filialen in der Brünnerstraße, am Rilkeplatz, am Neuen Markt, am Praterstern, in der Weyringergasse sowie am Kärntner Ring, in der Alser Straße, in der Karl-Tornaygasse und auf der Linken Wienzeile über neue Einkaufserlebnisse freuen. Auch in Niederösterreich bekommen Kunden der Filialen in der SCS in Vösendorf und in der Hondastraße in Wiener Neudorf die Möglichkeit zu den ersten in Österreich zu zählen, die nützliche Inhalte und Angebote über das Smartphone beziehen.

iBeacons – die neue Welt des Einkaufens
iBeacons sind kleine Sender, die über Bluetooth mit anderen Geräten verbunden werden. Diese sind für geschlossene Räume konzipiert, da sie nur einen Senderadius von einigen Metern haben. Im konkreten Fall werden die iBeacons nur mit Smartphones kommunizieren, auf denen die BILLA App installiert und Bluetooth aktiviert wurde. Um Informationen von BILLA zugeschickt zu bekommen, müssen Kunden direkt in der App aktiv ihre Zustimmung dazu erteilen. Danach werden die entsprechenden Inhalte angezeigt, sobald man sich in der Nähe eines iBeacons befindet. Das können etwa Bons sein, der automatische Aufruf der Kundenkarte in der BILLA App an der Kassa, Infos zu Aktionen, Content wie Nachhaltigkeit oder andere BILLA Themen. Umgesetzt und begleitet wird das Pilotprojekt von den innovativen Agenturen diamond:dogs|group und indoo.rs.

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Bild (1): Shopping mit den iBeacons in der Filiale
Bild (2): Zustimmung für die Nutzung des iBeacons-Service über die BILLA App
Bild (3): Shopping mit den iBeacons

Credits: BILLA AG/ Hartberger, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

Über BILLA
BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder www.billashop.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis: Team Media Relations REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265, E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd has today announced that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre. 

NEW ZEALAND, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — “Since 1984 New World Clendon has been a great supermarket for our customers and the community, but after more than 30 years it’s time for a complete makeover,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development Foodstuffs North Island. “We have had a good look at the store and seen there’s a great opportunity for PAK’nSAVE to come to Clendon to best meet our customers’ needs.”

“We are very pleased to confirm that New World Clendon is set to undergo some major changes and become PAK’nSAVE Clendon.”

The conversion from New World to PAK’nSAVE will happen in stages and the store will stay open throughout the construction. It’s expected that construction of the first stage of the new PAK’nSAVE will start in mid 2016.

“We are really excited to bring PAK’nSAVE to the Clendon shopping centre and the community. The store will be big, bright and modern, with all the low prices you expect to see at PAK’nSAVE,” says Bull. “In the meantime it’s business as usual at New World Clendon and we look forward to seeing our customers and keeping them updated on our progress.”

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Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

SEATTLE, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” will be available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores beginning August 18. Starbucks is proud to partner with Stevenson as a reflection of its commitment to create opportunities for all by raising greater awareness, empathy and understanding on the issues concerning Americans when it comes to inequality of opportunity.

Stevenson has earned renown as the founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The private, nonprofit organization provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system. Starbucks will donate 100 percent of the profits from book sales in its stores to EJI.

The 55-year-old Delaware native is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Government, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He started EJI in 1989. The nonprofit has since won reversals, relief or release for over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

Stevenson, who is also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law, has received numerous honors, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights.

In addition, “Just Mercy” was named by TIME magazine as one of the “10 Best Books of Nonfiction” for 2014, a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times, and it won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, among many other awards.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in Vanity Fair: “It’s leaders like Stevenson who shape the arc of the moral universe. Justice needs champions, and Bryan Stevenson is such a champion.”

The Starbucks Newsroom talked with Bryan Stevenson about “Just Mercy,” and his passion for equal justice and opportunity.

This feels like a momentous moment in American race relations. Do you think history will judge this year-long stretch as a significant juncture?

It depends on what happens. For the last year there has been heightened awareness to the continued frustration and despair in many communities of color about the continuing lack of progress on racial justice issues that’s been manifest in the response to the shootings by police in Ferguson and New York and Cleveland and Baltimore. And so there’s been a growing awareness and many people are dissatisfied, to the point that they’re becoming active in protests. I think the shooting in Charleston concretized a longstanding fear that the narrative of racial difference that we have all inherited in this country is still dangerous, still a menace and still a threat to the kind of community we want to live in. I think the confluence of those two things has put attention on these issues in ways that we haven’t seen in a while. Whether it turns out to be a momentous era depends on what happens.

There seems to be some movement to revisit the issue of mass incarceration in America on both sides of the political divide. Given your legal expertise, what are your observations on that subject?

I do think we have turned a corner on the acceptability of over-incarceration and excessive punishment. I think people from both political parties now recognize we have too many people in prison – too many folks who are not a threat to public safety. It’s too expensive. It’s not fair, it’s not just and it’s not consistent with the values and norms that we articulate for ourselves as a nation. I do think that this is a moment for reform after 40 years of fear and anger that have conspired to create a different America with us now having the highest incarceration rate in the world. We’re in a different place than we’ve ever been before and it is hopeful to me that people from both political parties are speaking out against this problem.

In December, President Obama appointed you to the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. And in your book, “Just Mercy,” you tell the story of an encounter with police where you had to fight off an impulse to flee, even though you’d done nothing wrong and were facing a gun. That must have resonated with you at times in the last year.

It has. I think one of the great burdens that you feel when you’re acutely aware of the way in which this presumption of dangerousness and guilt to society placed on men of color and the problem it creates is that you worry about people. I worry about my nephews. I worry about the young people I see in the streets. Do they know how to manage a situation like that? If it could happen to me in my 20s with a Harvard law degree and some experience as a police misconduct attorney, then I have no reason to believe other men of color are going to be exempt from that.

And so that is the great burden of being aware of these issues. You begin to really worry about how to prepare both the population of kids that are going to be in these really dangerous situations and change the culture of policing so that they’re less comfortable, less willing, less likely to pull a weapon when they’re dealing with people who are not a threat. Yeah, more than anything what has concerned me is that, if you’re being a good parent or good teacher or good advocate, you have to prepare this whole population of kids to manage these situations.

We tell people how to drive. We tell them how to safely navigate wildlife in particular regions of the country where there are threats. We tell them not to talk to strangers. But when you have to tell them how to safely survive when you encounter the police who are going to think you’re dangerous and guilty, you begin to feel really burdened in ways you shouldn’t.

Your book is framed by the extraordinary story of Walter McMillian’s murder case, in which the defendant somehow ended up on death row before he’d even been tried. Mr. McMillian made this comment when he was in a particularly demoralized state: “They know I didn’t do this. They just can’t admit that they were wrong.” At some point, was that the nut of the conspiracy against him? And, if so, does that observation resonate with you beyond the McMillian case?

Yeah, I think that is it. I think that, much like our collective history around these issues with racial justice, we have a hard time acknowledging our failings, our shortcomings. I think some people believe if you admit or acknowledge any problem, then everybody questions everything and it’s a disaster. So you just never acknowledge mistakes.

I think it’s comfortable. It’s convenient to assume you always arrest the guilty. And you certainly always convict the guilty. And if the death penalty has been imposed, there’s no question the person is guilty. To acknowledge that’s not the case is unnerving enough that some people won’t do it. I think that continues to be a problem.

That mindset, what Mr. McMillian said, is exactly what we were dealing with in the Anthony Ray Hinton case just this year. The reason why we couldn’t get the state to acknowledge his innocence last year was because there was this resistance to admitting that they’d done something wrong. If not for the Supreme Court’s intervention, which required the case to be overturned, he’d still be on death row, even though the evidence of innocence was just as compelling 15 years ago.

So creating a culture where you acknowledge mistakes – that you are eager to correct problems – is going to be one of the challenges that we face as we move forward. Can we get prosecutors and judges and police officers who understand that they become more respected when they acknowledge there’s a problem than when they deny it? Like I keep saying to people, I don’t know any good intimate relationships – marriage relationships – where people are uncomfortable acknowledging, “I did something wrong. I’m sorry.” People who are in a relationship where they aren’t ever saying I’m sorry are the ones I worry about, to be honest. And yet our criminal justice has been organized around this premise that somehow, for a lot of people, you never admit a mistake and never apologize. That’s something that sets us up for these tragedies like the McMillian case or the Hinton case

Addressing inequality in the criminal justice system and beyond would appear to be your life’s work. Certainly, given your background, there were more lucrative avenues you could have explored. Why do you think you chose this course in life?

I guess I’ve always felt like I need to do what’s important and right rather than what’s lucrative. The one advantage of coming up the way I came is I never expected to be affluent or well-paid. That wasn’t a marker of anything important to me. The people around me who I most respected were people who just seemed to have wisdom shaped by proximity to the things that mattered to them.

My grandmother and people in my family who I admired were people who understood this history and felt compelled to challenge the things that needed to be challenged. I think I just grew up with this orientation that doing the right thing even when the right thing is hard will yield more fulfillment and satisfaction than doing things that are just lucrative. It’s not that I’m against things that are money-generating. It’s just that I knew there was something rich in this life of engagement with things I care deeply about.

I’m also just better at doing the things I care about. Some people can make an extra effort and just create an excellent product, regardless of what the issue is [and] despite their disengagement with the topic. I really work best, function best, do best when I care deeply about what I’m doing.

In “Just Mercy” you use the framework of Walter McMillian’s situation as a leaping-off point to address many elements of race in America and a lot of it is pretty disheartening. Are there developments that make you optimistic?

I continue to believe that we are perhaps on the verge of beginning a conversation that will really be transformational. I think that what the truth does is liberate you. It cuts you free. And if we become more truthful about our history, I just think there are going to be all kinds of powerful outcomes.

I do yearn for an era where children are born to a country where they’re not burdened by this narrative of racial difference. Where the legacy of racial inequality has been addressed, so that we’re attuned to it in a way that we can move forward.  I don’t think that being born in Germany now makes you more likely to be anti-Semitic than being born someplace else in Europe, but that’s only because there has been some recognition about how this horrific hatred and misguided orientation toward religious minorities corrupted that society.

You don’t want that corruption. It’s like learning that you shouldn’t smoke or something disruptive. People before you just did it without thinking and you now know something they didn’t and your relationship to that is very different. We haven’t really done that with regards to race, but I think if we did, we could see radical improvement, radical progress. That excites me and makes me hopeful.

We could still be mired down in issues that would make it impossible to talk about changing the landscape and confronting this narrative. We could be dealing with legal structures that authorize racial hierarchy. We’ve largely succeeded in dismantling those things. That creates an opportunity to talk about the psychic and sociological and emotional features of this longstanding problem.

I am hopeful. I have to be. You have to be willing to believe things you haven’t seen to do any of the things we’ve done. If you were a slave, you had to believe you could be free. If you grew up with segregation, you had to believe there would be a time when those laws would no longer be tolerated. I think that’s true for this generation just like it was for past generations.

Bryan Stevenson’s photo by Nina Subin

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Flu shots now available with no appointment at all Walgreens, Healthcare Clinics and Duane Reade pharmacies

    • More than 90 percent of patients receiving flu shots at Walgreens have insurance to cover vaccination costs
    • Flu Index recaps states and markets hardest hit by flu last season

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Flu shots are now available daily with no appointment necessary at all Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics nationwide, and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, the company announced today.

Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis during all pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays1. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older.

With millions of newly insured Americans having gained coverage the past two years, more than 90 percent of those receiving flu shots at Walgreens points of care now have their immunization covered under some form of insurance, often with no co-pay or other out-of-pocket cost. Flu shots are covered for eligible patients under Medicare Part B as well as a vast majority of insurance plans.

“For nearly a decade, Walgreens has been administering flu shots to help protect our patients, customers and those around them throughout the flu season,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “With unprecedented convenience and broader coverage than ever before from health plans and insurers, it’s not only the most important preventive measure you can take for flu season, it’s also now one of the easiest.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Walgreens points of care this season will offer a number of vaccine options that may include trivalent flu vaccine, a needle-free nasal alternative, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of influenza.

Walgreens Flu Index recaps areas hardest hit by flu last season

The Walgreens Flu Index, a weekly report that provides state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, last season also listed the areas hardest hit by flu in a season-ending report.

According to the Index, the states with the highest rates of influenza were Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee. Portland, Ore., Hartford, Conn. and Boston were the markets with the least amount of flu activity. The top markets and states for flu activity were:

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity*

      1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
      2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
      3. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
      4. Jackson, Miss.
      5. Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.
      6. Knoxville, Tenn.
      7. Austin, Texas
      8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
      9. Chattanooga, Tenn.
      10. Tulsa, Okla.

Top 10 States with Flu Activity*

      1. Oklahoma
      2. Arkansas
      3. Mississippi
      4. Texas
      5. Tennessee
      6. Louisiana
      7. Alabama
      8. Kentucky
      9. Nebraska
      10. South Carolina

*Aggregate data from November 2014 through February 2015

In addition to the top markets, the season-ending Index also showed the bottom 10, suggesting successful prevention efforts in preparation for, and during flu season in these communities, which experienced the lowest levels of influenza.

Markets with Least Flu Activity*

      1. Portland, Ore.
      2. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
      3. Boston, Mass.
      4. Fresno-Visalia, Calif.
      5. Sacramento, Calif.
      6. Tucson, Ariz.
      7. Buffalo, N.Y.
      8. Providence, R.I.
      9. Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
      10. Los Angeles

*Aggregate data from November 2014 through February 2015

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 20 retail locations.

The Flu Index is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrate which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of flu.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

1 Subject to availability, state age and health-related restrictions apply. See pharmacy for details.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
http://news.walgreens.com
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Dunkin’ Donuts signs development agreement with Panama City Donut Network, LLC, to develop two Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES IN ALEXANDRIA, BATON ROUGE, LAFAYETTE, LAKE CHARLES, MONROE AND NEW ORLEANS

CANTON, MA, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Panama City Donut Network, LLC, to develop two Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in Fall 2016 with the other new location planned  to open in the following year.

Led by Vik Patel, this team will manage and oversee the operations for each Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. Patel, a franchisee with Dunkin’ Donuts for nine years, currently operates 27 restaurants in Florida and two in Alabama.  With this agreement, the group also purchased three existing restaurants in Baton Rouge.

“We are excited to expand the brands’ presence in Louisiana and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Vik Patel, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Franchise opportunities still remain available throughout Louisiana in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and New Orleans. To help fuel growth in Louisiana, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.*

Candidates interested in developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Louisiana can contact Reggie Wright, Director of Franchising for Dunkin’ Brands, at Reggie.Wright@dunkinbrands.com to learn more.  In addition, entrepreneurs interested in learning about developing Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the U.S. can join an Informational Franchising Webinar that will be held on Wednesday, August 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST).

Visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com to register and learn more about the unique franchising opportunity Dunkin’ Donuts offers.

“Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brands growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled to announce that this franchise group has expanded their portfolio to Louisiana, and know these new restaurants they are developing will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the Baton Rouge community.”

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.

For information on franchise opportunities or to attend an upcoming webinar, please visitwww.dunkinfranchising.com.

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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 11,400 restaurants in 39 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Moose Toys announces nationwide Shopkins™ Swap-kins for fans across the country to gather at their local Toys“R”Us® store to swap characters

Shopkins Swap-kins Parties Gather Fans Across the U.S. at Toys“R”Us® Stores Nationwide on Saturday, August 15

LOS ANGELES, Calif., 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Moose Toys, one of the fastest growing toy companies in the U.S., announces the first-ever nationwide Shopkins Swap-kins experience for fans across the country to gather at their local Toys“R”Us® store to swap characters, build their collections and celebrate the biggest tiny toy on the market. Shopkins is a breakthrough collectible line of cute characters inspired by items found in grocery and department stores – from Apple Blossom and Kookie Cookie to Vicky Vac and Casper Cap. Over 65 million Shopkins have been sold worldwide and the adorable, pocket-sized toys have quickly become playground currency.

Shopkins collectors are encouraged to bring their Shopkins collections and join the Shopkins Swap-kins experience on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 12 to 2 pm at all Toys“R”Us stores nationwide, where they will have the opportunity to meet fellow fans, trade characters with other attendees, participating in a coloring activity and receive an exclusive collector’s poster and trading cards in a fun and engaging setting that is all about play*. Shopkins fans everywhere are invited to join the conversation and share their swaps on social media using #ShopkinsSwap.

“Shopkins is a global phenomenon with a passionate fan base,” said Paul Solomon, Co-CEO of Moose Toys. “We look forward to celebrating the Shopkins craze with unique experiences for our loyal fans. Like Shopkins, swapping parties will engage and connect collector communities nationwide.”

Top toy YouTube channel, DisneyCarToys, which reaches over two million subscribers, will host the Shopkins Swap-kins party at the Toys“R”Us Times Square flagship store in New York City on August 15 from 12 to 2pm. For the first time, fans can meet Sandra and “Spidey” from DisneyCarToys at the event. Sandra and “Spidey” will sign autographs, take photos with fans and hand out a Special Event New York Apple Blossom Shopkins character that was specially created for the Toys“R”Us Times Square event**. There were only 800 New York Apple Blossom Shopkins created globally, so fans who receive the character will receive an extremely rare addition to their collection.

“We are beyond excited to finally meet our fans for the first time ever,” said Sandra, host of DisneyCarToys. “Our followers are dedicated Shopkins fans, so we couldn’t think of a better opportunity to thank them for their support and celebrate the success of a brand that has inspired so many of our videos!”

The Shopkins craze has skyrocketed since the brand launched in 2014 and has continued to grow in popularity with each new season. The line now offers over 420 characters and playsets in multiple categories, including grocery, fashion, stationary and housewares, all of which inspire imaginative play among kids. Additionally, the collectability of Shopkins encourages social play, as fans trade characters among friends and work together to grow their collections.

Moose Toys is keeping the Shopkins craze alive by marketing in a way that is relevant to kids through a unique multifaceted campaign, including both digital and traditional channels. Partnering with relevant YouTube influencers, Moose Toys helped introduce the blind bag phenomena with the element of surprise that Shopkins embodies.

Shopkins by the Numbers

  • Over 100 million characters sold, to date, worldwide
  • Shopkins is the fastest-growing brand in the overall doll category (year to date)***
  • Shopkins is the number one property within the Playset Themed Figurines & Accessories (2015)***
  • Shopkins has the number three best-selling item among all toys in the U.S. (year to date)***
  • Over 30 million views of the Shopkins YouTube webisode series, to date
  • Over 400 million views of Shopkins fan videos on YouTube, to date****
  • Over 147,000 fans and followers on Shopkins social media channels
  • Limited Edition characters (normally retailing from $2.99 and up) retail for upwards of $1,800 each on resale sites

Toys“R”Us continues to offer the largest selection of Shopkins products, including items that can’t be found anywhere else, such as the highly sought-after Fashion Boutique Playset and the Blue XL Shoppin’ Cart, as well as licensed items.

“Since arriving in Toys“R”Us stores last August, Shopkins emerged as a strong seller and we are excited  to offer our customers the first nationwide event to experience this hot property alongside fellow fans,” said Melody Young, Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We truly value the partnership we’ve developed with Moose Toys over the years, as we are committed to bringing innovative, appealing and highly collectible toys to market.”

Shopkins was awarded the Toy Industry Association’s 2015 Girl Toy of the Year. For ages five and up, Shopkins is available at trusted retailers, ranging in price from $3.49 to $34.99. Through several licensing partnerships, consumers can also purchase other Shopkins goods, including games, backpacks, apparel and plush toys.

*Giveaway quantities are limited and will be provided to event attendees on a first come, first served basis. No rain checks.
**The first 700 customers in line at the Toys“R”Us Times Square Shopkins Swap-kins event on Saturday, August 15 will receive the Special Event New York Apple Blossom Shopkins character. Giveaways will be provided on a first come, first served basis. One per customer. No rain checks.
***Source: NPD

About Moose Toys
Moose Toys is a global toy company with offices in the US, UK, Hong Kong and the head office based in Melbourne, Australia.  This award-winning company is known for designing, developing and distributing toy and lifestyle products across the globe for children of all ages and the young at heart. Moose has products in all toy categories including collectibles, arts and crafts, activity toys, dolls, novelty items and outdoor products, and has brought joy to kids worldwide with successful products such as Mighty Beanz, Beados, Aqua Sand and The Trash Pack™. In 2015, Moose expanded several major product lines for boys and girls, including Shopkins™, the hottest girl’s collectible line of grocery-themed characters; Little Live Pets, electronic pets that come to life in the palm of your hand; as well as line extensions for Beados craft activity sets. The company also introduced all new brands, such as The Ugglys Pet Shop, the collectibles that are small in size but big in gross; and Qixels, the first “craftstruction” activity that allows kids to create pixelated worlds of monsters, warriors and more. Moose Toys has scored numerous coveted toy awards, including Shopkins Small Mart playset – a 2015 Girls’ Toy of the Year winner by the Toy Industry Association; and Mutant Mania Mutant Masher, Little Live Pets Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack, and Little Live Pets My Butterfly House were all named on the Toys“R”Us® 2014 HolidayHot Toy List. Visit www.moosetoys.com for more information.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys atFAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAOand on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Whole Foods Market opens its new 40,000 square foot store at 199 US Highway 41 in Schererville, Indiana on Sept. 23, 2015

New Store Marks First Whole Foods Market in Northwest Indiana

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new 40,000 square foot store located at 199 US Highway 41 in Schererville, Indiana, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around Northwest Indiana with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

“At Whole Foods Market, we have a deep passion for fresh, flavorful natural and organic foods and we are elated to open a store in Northwest Indiana,” says Whole Foods Market Schererville Store Team Leader, Brent Strayer, “We hope our longtime and new shoppers will enjoy the conveniently located Schererville store, stocked with high-quality meats, poultry, seafood, everyday pantry staples and much more. This store is designed to appeal to the health enthusiasts, devoted foodies and shoppers looking for food in its purest state, with no artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.”

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Northwest Indiana neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

On the Shelves and In the Aisles
The store is designed to be a warm and inviting place for the community to meet. Featuring restaurant-quality prepared foods and the convenience of one-stop shopping. The store features a number of unique and enticing elements chosen specifically with the Schererville community in mind. Highlights include:

• Restaurant and Grill: Customers will enjoy hot, delicious meals anytime throughout the day.
• 5-Step Rated Meat: The Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system provides shoppers with a new level of transparency about how farm animals are raised.
• Seafood from Sustainable Sources: Customers can chose from a variety of responsibly sourced seafood options that are fresh, delicious and support healthy marine ecosystems.
• Freshly Made Sushi: A variety of specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice, made in-house by experts for customers.
• Salad and Hot Bars: Shoppers will love the freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad fixings and hot entrees available throughout the day.
• Panini and Pizza Venues: Customers can choose from a variety of delicious pizza and panini sandwiches for quick lunch or dinner options.
• Health Starts Here™ Program: This store will provide tools and education to help shoppers make healthier choices, including an assortment of specially crafted Health Starts Here dishes on the hot and cold food bars.
• Bulk Department: Back-to-basics pantry items for all of the community’s cooking needs.
• Foods from Around the Globe: A variety of foods to meet diverse cultural and dietary needs of the community.
• Scratch Bakery: Shoppers will enjoy a wide variety of freshly baked pastries including croissants, muffins, cookies, soft pretzels, custom cakes and more.
• Catering Service: Schererville customers will love the experienced Catering Department that can build a menu filled with fresh and delicious foods for parties, events and any special occasion.

Also featured at this location:
• More than 200 varieties of seasonal, organic and local produce, with a variety of hard-to-find items.
• More than 200 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses.
• More than 50 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish, all harvested using sustainable practices.
• A large variety of custom-cut meats from in-house butchers.
• A robust and exciting selection of olives, antipasti and charcuterie.
• A vast array of vegetarian and vegan choices.
• A large selection of luxurious natural body care items including bulk soaps, color cosmetics and sustainable fashion.
• Sports and nutritional supplements, and vitamins sourced from natural, food-based ingredients.
• A beautiful selection of Whole Trade Guarantee fresh-cut flowers and plants, and produce.
• Essential grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market’s own 365 Everyday Value® signature line of products offering the same high standards for taste and quality at everyday low prices.

This is the first location in Northwest Indiana. Whole Foods Market opened seven locations in Chicagoland in 2015, additionally; Whole Foods Market has three other Indiana locations in Indianapolis, Caramel and South Bend.

Whole Foods Market hired approximately 150 Team Members for the new location.

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Target Corporation elected Donald R. Knauss and Robert L. Edwards as new directors

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today its board of directors elected Donald R. Knauss, former executive chairman and former chairman and chief executive officer of The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX), and Robert L. Edwards, former CEO of Safeway Inc., as new directors, effective immediately.

Mr. Knauss, 64, served as chairman and CEO of Clorox from October 2006 until November 2014. He then served as executive chairman until July 1, 2015. Before joining Clorox, he was president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola North America. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Mr. Edwards, 60, served as CEO of Safeway from May 2013 until April 2015. He also served Safeway as president and chief financial officer, from April 2012 to May 2013. He joined Safeway in 2004 as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

“Don and Robert each bring a deep understanding of the consumer and a wealth of relevant expertise to Target. Don has a lengthy track record of driving the strategic growth of prominent, consumer brands at global companies. Robert has held leadership positions in the grocery industry for more than a decade and will offer a fresh perspective on our food reinvention, in particular. Don and Robert will be important additions to our board as we continue to transform Target and elevate the guest experience,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,799 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities; that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

media contact
Dustee Jenkins
Public Relations
p: (612) 696-3400

John Hulbert
Investor Relations
p: (612) 761-6627

BESTSELLER TIGHTENS ITS ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY; WILL STOP SELLING ANGORA FROM 2016

BESTSELLER HAS DECIDED TO STOP SELLING ANGORA FROM 2016, AND ARE HEREBY TIGHTENING THEIR ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — “Despite the fact that we have found no evidence of live-plucking of rabbits at our angora suppliers, we cannot ensure at all times that animal welfare is at an acceptable level at the angora farms which are mainly located in China”.

“We believe now is the right time for us to take this decision. Animal welfare is of high concern to BESTSELLER, and we do not accept under any circumstances that animals are harmed in the process of manufacturing our products. Part of our Animal Welfare Policy is e.g. that we do not use real fur of any type in our products nor wool from sheep that have been exposed to mulesing etc,” says Katrine Milman, CSR Responsible

A majority of BESTSELLER’s brands have already stopped using angora in their products and the rest will have phased it out by the end of 2015.

You can read our animal welfare policy here:

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BESTSELLER TIGHTENS ITS ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY; WILL STOP SELLING ANGORA FROM 2016

BESTSELLER TIGHTENS ITS ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY; WILL STOP SELLING ANGORA FROM 2016

Spenden beim Einkauf: PENNY und REWE unterstützen Berliner Tafel mit Pfandboxen

120 Märkte der REWE Group in Berlin beteiligen sich – REWE und PENNY intensivieren ihre Zusammenarbeit mit der Berliner Tafel

Köln, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Bisher unterstützen die zur REWE Group gehörenden Märkte die Berliner Tafel regelmäßig mit Lebensmitteln, die nicht mehr verkauft, aber dennoch bedenkenlos verzehrt werden können. Ab heute (13.8.) können auch REWE- und PENNY-Kunden die Berliner Tafel unterstützen, indem sie ihren Pfandbon spenden. Entsprechende Pfandbon-Sammelboxen wurden an den Rücknahmeautomaten von 120 REWE- und PENNY-Märkten angebracht.

„Mit den Pfandboxen bieten wir unseren Kunden die Möglichkeit, bequem beim Einkauf zu spenden. Das Geld kommt unmittelbar der Berliner Tafel zugute. Damit können dann soziale Einrichtungen unterstützt werden oder die Ausgabestellen mit Lebensmitteln beliefert werden“, erklärt Steffen Graupner, PENNY-Regionsleiter Großbeeren, im Rahmen des heutigen Pressetermins anlässlich des offiziellen Starts der Kooperation. Volle Einkaufsmeilen und pralle Einkaufstüten dürften nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass immer mehr Menschen in der Hauptstadt auf Unterstützung angewiesen sind. „Das kann die Tafel allein ohne Partner nicht dauerhaft leisten“, mahnt Graupner.

„REWE unterstützt die Tafeln bereits seit 1996. Aus vielen Gesprächen wissen wir, dass die Tafeln immer mehr Menschen unterstützen und unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten der Mithilfe gerne annehmen. In unseren teilnehmenden Berliner REWE-Märkten begrüßen wir täglich über 70.000 Kunden. Ich hoffe, dass sie regen Gebrauch machen und mit ihrem Pfandbon die Berliner Tafel unterstützen“, ergänzt Stefan Hörning, Regionsleiter REWE Region Ost.

„Die Berliner Tafel unterstützt monatlich rund 125.000 bedürftige Menschen mit gespendeten Lebensmitteln. Zusätzlich gestalten wir spezielle Angebote für Kinder und Jugendliche im Rahmen unserer KIMBA-Angebote. Unterstützt von einem qualifizierten Einsatzleiter eignen sich die Kinder im Rahmen von Kochkursen weitgehend selbständig Kenntnisse in den Bereichen gesundes, vegetarisches Kochen, Lebensmittelkunde und deren Wertschätzung an. Um das 2010 begonnene Angebot erfolgreich weiterführen zu können, benötigen wir zusätzliche finanzielle Mittel. Auch nach 22 Jahren finanziert sich die Berliner Tafel einzig und allein durch Spenden und Mitgliedsbeiträge. „Ich freue mich darüber, dass wir mit REWE und PENNY zwei starke Partner von unserer Arbeit überzeugen konnten“, sagt die Vorstandsvorsitzende der Berliner Tafel e.V., Sabine Werth.

Die Berliner Tafel wurde 1993 gegründet und gilt damit als erste der bundesweit mehr als 900 ehrenamtlichen Tafel-Initiativen. 60.000 Helfer unterstützen regelmäßig 1,5 Millionen Menschen deutschlandweit, davon knapp ein Drittel Kinder und Jugendliche. Die Berliner Tafel hat rund 2.000 ehrenamtliche Helfer.

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

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

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

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Spenden beim Einkauf: PENNY und REWE unterstützen Berliner Tafel mit Pfandboxen

Spenden beim Einkauf: PENNY und REWE unterstützen Berliner Tafel mit Pfandboxen

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to roll out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Following on from our announcement in July that New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics, we are pleased to confirm that today The Packaging Forum has announced that the contract to service stores has been awarded to the Glenfield-based Abilities Group.

For more information on this exciting step forward check out for the full detail on our soft plastics recycling project.

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Commissary’s this year “Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales” are starting across the U.S. now

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — With everyday prices averaging 30 percent less than other grocery stores, the commissary has earned its reputation as the best deal in town. But every once in a while – around spring and fall, in fact – patrons can find even better deals as stateside commissaries launch their “Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales.” This year’s fall sales are starting across the U.S. now, as each store hosts individual two- or three-day case lot sales during one weekend between mid-August and the end of September. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating.

“You will find much higher savings at the case lot sales, up to 50 percent on some items,” said Sallie Cauthers, marketing and mass communication specialist at the Defense Commissary Agency headquarters.

Cauthers explained that some of the best values are found in bulk purchases. “If you have a large storage area, you can stock up on bulk supplies of paper products – toilet paper, paper towels and more – and save sometimes double off our regular commissary prices.”

The sales events are not limited to just a few select items. “These sales provide shoppers super deals on bulk items including cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages and paper goods,” she said. “Commissaries also offer great deals on seasonal fresh produce and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store.”

In addition to better pricing, case lot sales are distinguishable from big-box club stores by what is called “mix and match” offerings. “If you have a large family, you can’t go wrong with our mix and match section where you can take like items and mix up bulk-size cases,” Cauthers said. “Mix and match offerings include cereals, canned items, beverages and various other grocery items for year-round use.”

Customers have a variety of options to choose from. Sale items include products in the following categories:

  • Fruit snacks, pudding snack packs, granola bars, fruit bars, pastries, peanut butter and popcorn
  • Water and flavored water, teas, juices, juice mixes, sodas, sports drinks and breakfast drinks
  • Frozen pizza and sausage links
  • Chilled items to include cheeses, yogurt and yogurt mix
  • Prepackaged meats such as lunchmeat, bacon and pork loin
  • Pet supplies to include bagged and canned food, treats and cat litter
  • Pasta, barbecue and pasta sauces, spices, rice, oriental noodles and bowls, chili mix, and condiments
  • Cookies, brownies, pancakes and muffin mixes; oatmeal
  • Canned fruit, vegetables, soups, tuna and chili
  • Sandwich, storage and freezer bags; paper products and cleaning supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry detergent
  • Health and beauty care items including diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner, soaps, shaving gels, and body lotions

Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

“Our commissaries offer the very best grocery products worldwide in savings and great value to our military and their families,” Cauthers said. “These twice-a-year sales offer even more value and savings for their hard earned dollar.”

Note: For a photo related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil