Starbucks made Fortune’s new list for companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems

SEATTLE, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Fortune includes Starbucks as one of 51 companies making “a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy.”

The magazine said its goal with the new list is to “shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as a part of their core business strategy. It is based on our belief that capitalism should be not just tolerated but celebrated for its power to do good. At a time when governments are flailing, its powers are needed more than ever.”

In its description of Starbucks, Fortune writes:

Starbucks’ enormous reach—21,000 stores in 67 countries—hasn’t stopped the coffee giant from being intimately connected to its supply chain. Of the hundreds of millions of pounds of coffee Starbucks will buy this year, 99% will be verified as ethically sourced.

To assemble its list, editors of Fortune and FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, reached out to dozens of business, academic, and nonprofit experts around the world, asking for their recommendations. Fortune and a joint team from FSG and the Shared Value Initiative then vetted more than 200 nominees.

In their evaluation, Fortune and FSG considered four criteria: the degree of business innovation involved, the measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge, the contribution of the shared-value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business. A team of journalists from Fortune further vetted each of the nominees and reported on their impact. The final list of 51 was selected and ranked by the editors of Fortune based on the magazine’s own reporting and by the analysis provided.

Read more about how Starbucks is leading through the lens of humanity:

Create Opportunities, Connect Communities

The Role & Responsibility of a Public Company

A Lifetime Opportunity for Starbucks Partners

Paying Tribute and Creating Opportunity

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

Die Migros lanciert das mobile Bezahlen für alle

Zürich, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Ab 20. August 2015 können Migros-Kunden in allen Migros-Supermärkten und -Fachmärkten sowie in der Migros-Gastronomie bargeldlos mit ihrem Smartphone bezahlen. Voraussetzung: Die Migros-App muss auf dem Smartphone installiert und ein Migros Bank-Konto oder eine der gängigen Kreditkarten als Zahlungsmittel hinterlegt sein.

Ab sofort können die Kunden in der Migros mit ihrem Smartphone bezahlen. Dazu muss lediglich in der Migros App einmalig ein Konto der Migros Bank oder eine der gängigen Kreditkarten hinterlegt werden. Danach dient die Migros App an allen Kassen der Migros-Supermärkte, der Fachmärkte SportXX, Micasa, Do it & Garden und Melectronics sowie in Migros-Restaurants und –Take-aways als digitales Portemonnaie. Alle Zahlungen werden direkt der Kreditkarte oder dem Migros-Bank-Konto belastet. Ein Prepaid-Guthaben ist nicht notwendig.

Die App ist verfügbar für iOS (iPhone) und Android-Geräte. Für den Bezahlvorgang generiert die App einen Code, der von der Kassierin eingescannt wird oder an der Subito-Bezahlstation eingelesen werden kann.

Die von der Migros Bank mitentwickelte Bezahlfunktion macht die Migros App definitiv zum perfekten Einkaufsassistenten. Mit ihr lassen sich Einkaufslisten erstellen, die eigenen Kassenbons aufrufen oder Vorteilcoupons elektronisch einlösen. Seit einiger Zeit ist es auch schon möglich, die Cumulus-Karte digital zu hinterlegen und mit dem Guthaben der digitalen Geschenkkarte Waren einzukaufen.

Der Sicherheit kommt dabei höchste Bedeutung zu. Der Bezahlbereich der Migros App wird durch einen individuellen Code gesichert. Zudem werden die eigentlichen Kreditkartendaten nicht auf dem mobilen Gerät gespeichert.

„Mit der neuen Funktion haben alle Kunden die Möglichkeit, in den Migros-Filialen unkompliziert und sicher zu bezahlen. Damit beweist die Migros einmal mehr Ihre Pionierrolle im Schweizer Detailhandel“, sagt Herbert Bolliger, Präsident der Generaldirektion MGB.

Weitere Informationen zur Migros App, und wie man sich ein Zahlungsmittel hinterlegen kann, finden sich auf den folgenden Websiten:

www.migros.ch/de/services/migros-app/mobiles-bezahlen.html

Alle Kunden, die bis am 31.12.2015 mobil mit der Migros App bezahlen und dabei als Zahlungsmittel ein Migros-Bank-Konto oder eine Cumulus-MasterCard verwenden, erhalten mit Vorzeigen der Cumulus-Karte auf jeden Einkauf doppelt Cumulus-Punkte gutgeschrieben.

Für weitere Informationen:

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecher
Luzi Weber

Tel. 044 277 20 66 / 076 366 96 36
Fax 044 277 23 33
luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Kontakt für Kunden
M-Infoline

Montag bis Freitag 08.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Samstag: 08.30 – 16.30 Uhr
Limmatstrasse 152
CH-8031 Zürich
Tel. 0800 84 08 48

Zum Kontaktformular

SOURCE: Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

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Die Migros lanciert das mobile Bezahlen für alle

Die Migros lanciert das mobile Bezahlen für alle

The Home Depot® declares second quarter cash dividend of 59 cents per share payable on September 17, 2015

ATLANTA, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a second quarter cash dividend of 59 cents per share. The dividend is payable on September 17, 2015, to shareholders of record on the close of business on September 3, 2015. This is the 114th consecutive quarter the company has paid a cash dividend.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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For more information, contact:
Financial Community
Diane Dayhoff
Vice President of Investor Relations
770-384-2666 7
diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com

News Media
Stephen Holmes
Director of Corporate Communications
70-384-5075
stephen_holmes@homedepot.com

SOURCE: The Home Depot

Amazon.com to open fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos; will create more than 1,000 full-time positions

Amazon to create more than 1,000 full-time positions at its new fulfillment center in Central Texas

SEATTLE, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos. In Texas, Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time associates, has invested more than $400 million in the state and continues to grow its operations to meet customer demand. Amazon’s other Lone Star State fulfillment centers are located inSchertz, Coppell, and Haslet, with a fourth facility under construction in Dallas.

“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texascome from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center – it’s a great match on both sides.”

Amazon actively recruits U.S. military veterans and military spouses to join the organization, and hundreds have careers in its fulfillment network. In 2014, the company hired more than 2,600 veterans into roles at Amazon, joining thousands of other veterans already working at the company, both in corporate positions or in operations management. Once veterans and military spouses join the Amazon team, there are several programs that help them transition more easily into the civilian workforce and connect them with an internal network for mentoring and support.

Amazon employees at the 855,000 square-foot San Marcos fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “In establishing a new distribution center in San Marcos, Amazon is fulfilling the needs not only of its customers, but the entire community by creating more than 1,000 full-time, permanent jobs, offering generous tuition assistance, and recruiting U.S. Military veterans. This project is yet another testament to the fact that Texas remains the best state in the nation to do business.”

Mayor Daniel Guerrero of the city of San Marcos said, “The City of San Marcos is pleased to welcome global e-commerce giant Amazon to our community. Amazon’s decision to choose San Marcos highlights the city as a great place to do business. This new facility, and the new jobs it will add, fits well into the City’s goal of embracing economic opportunities that develop a stronger middle class and grow our local economy, a major focus of our comprehensive plan.”

“Amazon’s selection of San Marcos for its new fulfillment center is a very exciting announcement for Hays County and the City of San Marcos,” Commissioner Will Conley, Hays County – Precinct 3 and Chairman of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. “I feel confident that the City of San Marcos and Hays County have both put our best foot forward in giving our community this partnership with one of America’s finest corporations. Having Amazon locate in San Marcos will most importantly create job opportunities and career paths for the residents of our region.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

The project is being developed by USAA and Seefried Industrial Properties.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

Nordstrom launches new shop curated by Olivia Kim, SPACE, featuring emerging and advanced designers

A new shop for emerging and advanced designers

SEATTLE, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — On August 20th, Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) launched SPACE, a new shop curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects, featuring emerging and advanced designers.

SPACE lives in its own boutique-like environment inside the Nordstrom Collectors department alongside other designer collections at the retailer’s four flagship stores and online. The shop features a cross-category offering of seasonal collections of apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories collections from designers including Simone Rocha, Marques’Almeida, Jacquemus, Isa Arfen, Anthony Vaccarello, Shrimps, Tricot Comme des Garçons, Noir Kei Ninomiya, Creatures of the Wind, Vetements, Faustine Steinmetz, Mociun, Sophie Bille Brahe, and more.

Following the Nordstrom Creative Project team’s first initiative of Pop-In@Nordstrom, which launched in October 2013 under the direction of Kim, SPACE continues the team’s goals of creating new, interesting and unique experiences for customers and introducing them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

“Conceptually SPACE is very boutique-like, offering not just clothing or shoes but a full wardrobe in one small environment,” said Kim. “I want this to be a place of inspiration and education. A lot of these pieces are new and directional, but I want it to always feel inclusive. SPACE is a part of the Nordstrom ethos of offering the best of what’s out there.”

The store design was built with artistic elements and pops of color to distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor – think pink mannequins, mixed materials and art objects to accent the area. Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy, then decorated each SPACE with work from artists, furniture makers and artisans so each feels uniquely warm and inviting.

The shop features pieces like Ettore Sottsass’s Ultrafragola wavy neon mirrors and woven rubber benches and chairs by Max Lamb. SPACE also includes a colorful vintage bench byVerner Panton, petrified stone risers by Matt White, Korean enamel-topped tables fromKwangho Lee, and other one-of-a-kind pieces from Kim’s favorite artists sourced from Johnson Trading Gallery in New York City.

Additionally, the SPACE online boutique offers editorialized styling, compelling content and storytelling around its brands in a unique site and mobile experience.

For SPACE’s inaugural ad campaign, Kim curated looks from Vetements, Simone Rocha, Undercover, Isa Arfen, Rosetta Getty, Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto, Julien David and And Re Walker and tapped notable stylist Mel Ottenberg and photographer Collier Schorr to bring the campaign to life.

SPACE is found in the following flagship Nordstrom stores and online:

  • Nordstrom Downtown Seattle
  • Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
  • Nordstrom Michigan Avenue in Chicago
  • Nordstrom Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Canada (opening September 18th, 2015)
  • Nordstrom.com/SPACE
DESIGNERS INCLUDE:
ACNE FAUSTINE STEINMETZ ROSETTA GETTY
ADIEU ILEANA MAKRI SARA LASRY
AND RE WALKER ISA ARFEN SARAH & SEBASTIAN
ANITA KO JACQUEMUS SHRIMPS
ANNA SHEFFIELD JULIEN DAVID SIMONE ROCHA
ANTHONEY VACCARELLO KARA SOPHIE BILLE BRAHE
ARIES MARQUES’ALMEIDA TRICOT COMME DES GARÇONS
ASHLEY WILLIAMS MIRA MIKATI UNDERCOVER
BENTONY VERNON MOCIUN URIBE
CAITLIN PRICE NEKTAR DE STAGNI VETEMENTS
CREATURES OF THE WIND NOIR KEI NINOMIYA VIKA GAZINSKAYA
CRISTINA ORTIZ PASKAL WWAKE
DANIELA VILLEGAS ROKSANDA Y’S BY YOHJI YAMAMOTO

ASSETS:

Campaign imagery is found here for download, product shots are here and on-model shots are here.

Renderings of SPACE are available here.

ABOUT NORDSTROM
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 118 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

ABOUT OLIVIA KIM
Olivia Kim has served as the Director of Creative Projects for Nordstrom since February 2013.  In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, and inspiration throughout the retailer’s locations.

In October 2013, Kim launched her first initiative ‘Pop-In@Nordstrom,’ an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops. For each shop, Kim curates an eclectic mix of goods spanning the high/low price range and houses them in specially designed spaces that encourage interaction and engagement.  Each features a fresh personality and new batch of exclusive merchandise which rotates every four-to-six weeks.  Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Merci,Nike, Topshop/Topman, Warby Parker, Converse, Poketo, Liberty London, rag & bone, Dylan’sCandy Bar, and the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T. In August 2015, Kim launched SPACE, a shop dedicated to emerging and advanced collections in the retailer’s flagship locations.

A prominent figure in the fashion industry, prior to joining Nordstrom Olivia was a founding member of and Vice President of Creative at Opening Ceremony where she was responsible for the retailer’s leadership in merchandising and store planning, art direction, and collaborative projects. Past projects include partnerships with Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Nike, Levi’s, TOPSHOP, Chloe Sevigny, and Yoko Ono, to name a few.

Kim has also played an essential role in launching emerging designers such as CFDA nominated brands as Suno, Pamela Love, and Patrik Ervell. Kim is a long-time champion of emerging designers, which is evident in her brand selections in SPACE and Pop-In shops (where you might find Brother Vellies next to Rodarte). In 2015, Kim was selected to join the prestigious ANDAM jury, which supports young designers.

Contact: Brie Cross
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4315
brie.cross@nordstrom.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

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Nordstrom launches new shop curated by Olivia Kim, SPACE, featuring emerging and advanced designers

Nordstrom launches new shop curated by Olivia Kim, SPACE, featuring emerging and advanced designers

Walgreens and Providence Health & Services partner to coordinate patient care and improve patient access

Agreement to bring retail clinic expansion to Oregon and Washington under new collaborative services model

DEERFIELD, Ill. & SEATTLE, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ —  Walgreens and Providence Health & Services today announced a strategic clinical collaboration aimed at coordinating patient care and improving patient access, which plans to bring up to 25 new retail clinics to Oregon and Washington. The clinics will be owned and operated by Providence and its affiliates, and become the first to open at Walgreens stores under a new collaborative services model.

Providence Express Care at Walgreens, or Swedish Express Care at Walgreens in the Seattle area, will provide an integrated health care option for patients with a known, trusted provider, while helping to evolve the retail clinic model from urgent episodic care to more coordinated care. In the near term, Walgreens and Providence will open three clinics in both the Portland and Seattle areas in early 2016, with plans for further expansion within the next two years.

“This is a reflection of our efforts to develop deeper and more strategic relationships with our health system partners,” said Jeff Koziel, Walgreens group vice president for Healthcare Clinics. “Collaboration among providers is key in today’s health care environment, to help ensure continuity of patient care and to provide greater convenience and access for patients. We look forward to working with Providence to expand the retail clinic footprint at Walgreens, and to help manage patients for both pharmacy and medical needs.”

The Providence and Swedish electronic health record platform will connect directly to the clinics to create a seamless experience no matter where patients choose to access care. Information, and more importantly, care, is coordinated between visits, leading to overall better long-term health management for the consumer.

“Accessing quality health care should be convenient and simple,” said Mike Waters, senior vice president of physician services at Providence. “We believe this collaboration is a solution for health care providers to better serve populations. With Walgreens nationwide footprint and deep understanding of patients’ needs, together we can ease the way for consumers and ultimately, create healthier communities.”

Providence and Swedish Express Care at Walgreens will offer a fast, easy and affordable option for treating common illnesses and injuries. The clinics will operate extended hours seven days a week, allow for walk-ins and same-day scheduling and provide an after-hours option for care on evenings and weekends.

Swedish Health Services is a Providence affiliate and trusted provider with a 105-year history of serving patients in the Northwest. In the first six clinics, Swedish providers will staff Issaquah, Kirkland and Renton, Wash. locations and Providence providers will staff Beaverton and Milwaukie, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. locations.

As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Providence will form a collaborative leadership governance council to further advance retail health. The council will bring together Walgreens expertise in retail pharmacy and national Healthcare Clinic operations, with Providence’s health system and patient care expertise. The council will explore opportunities for Providence to participate in Walgreens national retail clinic and pharmacy programs, as well as opportunities to integrate additional retail health services and offerings into the customer and patient experience at Walgreens.

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.

About Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. Providence’s services include 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The health system and its affiliates employ more than 76,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Wash. In 2014, Providence provided more than $848 million in community benefit to help create healthier communities. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began nearly 160 years ago.

Contact(s)

Providence Health & Services
Colleen Wadden, (206) 979-1620
or
Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950

SOURCE: Walgreens

Lowes Foods strengthens partnership with Unata; expands innovative eCommerce experience across all 60 Lowes Foods-To-Go store locations

WINSTON-SALEM, NC, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Lowes Foods, a Carolinas-based grocer with locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and Unata, the award-winning leader in 1-to-1 Omni-commerce solutions, are jointly announcing the expansion of a new and innovative eCommerce experience across all 60 Lowes Foods-To-Go store locations. This expansion is a phased rollout across markets, and is the result of a successful pilot.

The pilot provided key insights into how the Lowes Foods guest uses the new platform, and how that platform interacts with shop fulfillment, pickup at the store and home delivery. These insights have informed valuable product updates for the full rollout and have confirmed the planned innovation stream beyond the rollout.

The Lowes Foods and Unata partnership began with a joint ambition to create a unique and engaging personalized omni-channel experience, coupled with the comprehensive rebranding effort underway across Lowes Foods brick-and-mortar store base. Unata’s proprietary recommendation technology will enable digital engagement that is uniquely relevant to the guest.

Specific examples of the technology included within the rollout:

●      Ways to Shop: This feature allows the Lowes Foods guest to view the entire product catalogue by any combination of filters, including previously purchased, on sale, organic, gluten free, local and more. Guests can also sort through products based on popularity, personal relevance, date of last purchase, pricing and more.

●      Complex Offers: This is an industry-leading feature that reflects all in-store offers, including complex offers. Complex offers are often not available online, and usually involve multiple products and SKU’sredeemed after meeting set criteria. An example is “spend more than $25 and get $5 off.”  The guest is able to view their progress towards redeeming an offer as they add more items to their shopping cart and their estimated total accurately adjusts along the way.

“We have been incredibly pleased by the success of our pilot and the strength of our partnership with Unata,” said Michael Moore, Chief Marketing Officer at Lowes Foods. “Our collaboration has allowed us to improve upon the experience in real-time before moving ahead with full roll out. We have ambitious plans for providing a personalized experience for every Lowes Foods guest no matter if they engage with us digitally or within one of our stores. We are confident that the continuous improvement within our digital shopping experience will result in even stronger guest satisfaction, deeper loyalty and larger baskets.”

“We’ve had an amazing experience working with Lowes Foods through their pilot phase and are thrilled to roll out our platform across all stores,” said Diego Maniloff, Unata Vice President of Engineering & Data Science. “We know this experience so far has only made our product better for the customer and we’ve been able to do that with Lowes Foods based on a collaborative, trusting relationship that is entirely focused on what’s best for their guest.”

To view Lowes Foods current pilot implementation, simply head to https://shop.lowesfoods.com/#/

SOURCE: Unata

Yum! Brands, Inc. announces the appointment of Micky Pant as Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants China

Joey Wat Named CEO of KFC China; Peter Kao Named CEO of Pizza Hut China

Louisville, KY, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) today announced that long–time YUM veteran, Micky Pant, 60, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants China, succeeding Sam Su, 63, who announced his plans to retire as Chairman and CEO of the China Division. Su will serve as an Executive Advisor through February 2016 and also remain on the Yum! Brands, Inc. Board of Directors to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. The Company also announced that Joey Wat, 44, President of KFC China, and Peter Kao, 58, Senior Vice President and Brand General Manager of Pizza Hut China, have each been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of KFC and Pizza Hut, respectively, reporting to Pant.

Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc. said: “Sam Su is a restaurant industry pioneer in China, having established KFC and Pizza Hut as global powerhouses in the world’s fastest growing economy. While we respect and support his decision to retire after a long and successful career with YUM, we are grateful he has built a strong leadership team to carry on and leverage the unprecedented growth opportunity that China presents. I’m especially pleased this leadership transition comes at a time that same-store sales have turned significantly positive, demonstrating continued recovery in the business. We thank Sam for his many significant contributions to YUM, and for ensuring a seamless transition of management to Micky Pant, who I am extraordinarily pleased will become Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants China. Micky has been one of our most effective and visionary leaders at YUM for the past decade. He is one of the finest brand builders in the business with an unparalleled ability to understand consumer insights and to pursue strategies that build trust and loyalty. At the same time, he is a culture champion and world-class business executive, who knows how to run and grow profitable businesses and attract world-class talent. His strong leadership skills are evident in the tremendous success he has delivered at Yum! Restaurants International (YRI) as President of KFC and Pizza Hut, and then as CEO of KFC globally. Micky is the perfect person to next lead the China Division, given his vast knowledge of KFC and Pizza Hut best practices from around the globe. He will be supported by two tremendous leaders, Joey Wat, President of KFC and Peter Kao, SVP and Brand GM of Pizza Hut, who are promoted to Chief Executive Officer of their respective brands, reporting to Micky. Angela Loh, who has served as Chief Concept Officer, and Mark Chu, who has served as President, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Senior Advisors to Micky, continuing to share their extensive years of expertise. We believe this seasoned executive team is well-positioned to ensure a seamless management transition and continue our growth trajectory in China for many years to come.

“As Micky becomes the CEO of the China business, I’m pleased that Roger Eaton, 55, will become Chief Executive Officer of the KFC Division outside of China and India, reporting to me. As the YUM Chief Operations Officer, Roger strengthened our operations capability, food quality and safety, and sustainability. He is a restaurant industry veteran who definitely has KFC shortening in his veins, having held many senior management roles with the brand in the U.S. and internationally. Roger is a tremendous leader and I’m confident he and his team will take the KFC brand to new heights globally, building on Micky’s success.”

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2014 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.

This announcement may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We intend all forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. You should consult our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the information set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K) for additional detail about factors that could affect our financial and other results. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We are not undertaking to update any of these statements.

SOURCE: Yum! Brands RSC

The Jean Coutu Group to facilitate consultations and treatment prescriptions for head lice

Now prescribing head lice prevention treatments under Bill 41

Longueuil, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (“The Jean Coutu Group” or the “Corporation”) and their affiliated network pharmacist-owners announced today they have released online, via jeancoutu.com, a new form to facilitate consultations related to pediculosis and treatment prescriptions during pharmacy visits. Head lice prevention and treatment tips have also been merged under a special section hosted on jeancoutu.com and dedicated to the back-to-school season.

“This is a busy period for all. Through the online form and tips, patients can now enquire and get better prepared for their appointments with their pharmacist. The new tools will help relieve the healthcare system and parents’ busy schedules”, explained Mr. Richard Mayrand, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy and Governmental Affairs with The Jean Coutu Group.

Pharmacists may now prescribe
Under Bill 41 enacted this summer, the Jean Coutu affiliated pharmacists may now prescribe head lice treatments. Prescribed treatments are eligible for refunds under most insurance plans. This new pharmacists’ responsibility provides patients with the following benefits:

  • More accessible healthcare professionals and treatments under extended business hours throughout the Jean Coutu network pharmacies, without any prior doctor consultation requirement.
  • A simpler approach to access efficient treatments against these unwanted insects.

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 416 franchised stores located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, which employs close to 20,000 people. Furthermore, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.
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Information:

Hélène Bisson
Vice President, Communications
450 646-9611, ext. 1165
hbisson@jeancoutu.com

Frédéric D. Tremblay
Director Events and Sponsorships /
Public Relations Advisor
450 646-9611, ext. 1400
ftremblay@jeancoutu.com

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Hudson’s Bay Company announces the appointment of Janet Schalk to Chief Information Officer

TORONTO, 2015-8-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) (TSX:HBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Schalk to Chief Information Officer. In this role, Ms. Schalk will be responsible for leading the information technology strategy for HBC, while continuing to drive the Company’s roadmap of common systems, integrated support, business architecture and analytics. Ms. Schalk brings more than 10 years of senior leadership experience in the information technology field and is a recognized leader in innovation and emerging technologies, with a strong foundation in customer service.

“Janet is a proven leader, and her success in creating a strategic information technology function that drives customer engagement across all channels will be critical in advancing HBC’s IT systems and supporting the Company’s growth,” stated Jerry Storch, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company. “We look forward to welcoming Janet to HBC and moving ahead with our plans for innovation and growth.” Ms. Schalk joins HBC’s Executive Leadership Team and will report directly to the Office of the Chairman, comprising Richard Baker, Chairman and Governor, and Jerry Storch, CEO.

Prior to joining HBC, Ms. Schalk served as Executive Vice President and CIO for Kohl’s. Previous to Kohl’s, Ms. Schalkspent four years as EVP and head of Global IT for Target Corporation.

Ms. Schalk holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners -Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent department store with 90 full-line locations, two outlet stores and thebay.com. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and lordandtaylor.com. Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 38 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and saks.com. OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 85 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. The Company also operates Home Outfitters, Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 67 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

Media Contact:
Hudson’s Bay Company
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184
Director, External Communications
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com
or
Investor Relations:
416-256-6745
investorrelations@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company