The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food will donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities as it diverts food for over a million meals away from anaerobic digestion energy plants.

Following a successful trial at its depot in Castlewood, Derbyshire, the mutual is rolling out the programme from 14 September, supplying a range of chilled food items such as yoghurt, meat, fruit, vegetables and ready meals to the charity FareShare, which passes the food on to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.

The findings from the trial show that in ten weeks The Co-operative redistributed 32 tonnes of food from one depot, contributing towards 76,192 meals.  The business estimates that in 2016 it could provide 500 tonnes from all depots – enough food for over a million meals.

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive – Retail at The Co-operative Food, said:

“This project has the capacity to improve the variety and nutritional value of the food redistributed by the Co-op, and to significantly increase the number of people that FareShare can support. In addition to the huge human benefit there are significant positive environmental impacts as all of this food will be diverted from anaerobic digestion back into the food chain, feeding people first as was intended.”

“Only a tiny percentage of total food waste – around 1.3 per cent – comes from the grocery retail industry*, but we are committed to reducing this.  We are very grateful to all the suppliers that have agreed to support this initiative.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“We’re really excited to be working with The Co-operative on this project and we commend them for rolling it out nationwide. It’s been fantastic to see how well the new process has worked at Castlewood, helping to provide thousands of meals to vulnerable people in Yorkshire. By working with their suppliers, staff and FareShare Regional Centres, The Co-operative has demonstrated real commitment to preventing food waste in the long term and to providing edible surplus food to projects supporting vulnerable people across England, Wales and Scotland.”

Dr Richard Swannell, Director of sustainable food systems at the charity WRAP, said:

“We are delighted to see the progress The Co-operative Food has made in redistributing quality food from across its supply chain. No-one wants to see perfectly edible food in the bin when it can be used to feed people, that’s much better for society, the environment and the economy. This move will help the Co-operative Food and suppliers reduce the amount of food that is lost, and contribute towards the targets of the Courtauld Commitment 3** voluntary agreement.”

* http://www.brc.org.uk/brc_news_detail.asp?id=2751

** http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/information-sheet-courtauld-commitment

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The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

REWE Group unterstützt Position von NRW

Köln, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zur Stellungnahme des Landes NRW im Ministererlaubnis-Verfahren Edeka/Kaiser‘s Tengelmann erklärt der Vorstandsvorsitzende der REWE Group Alain Caparros:

“NRW-Wirtschaftsminister Garrelt Duin betont zurecht, dass die verlässliche Sicherung der Arbeitsplätze bei Kaiser’s Tengelmann oberste Priorität hat. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, gibt es bessere Alternativen als die Übernahme durch EDEKA, die ja ausdrücklich den Abbau von Arbeitsplätzen vorsieht. REWE ist weiterhin bereit, alle Arbeitsplätze bei Kaiser’s Tengelmann durch eine Komplettübernahme zu sichern und steht auch für eine Teilübernahme aller Märkte von Kaiser’s Tengelmann und seiner Beschäftigten in NRW bereit.”

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

Albert Heijn: Grootschalige landelijke actie voor duurzamer eten van start

Amsterdam, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vanaf aanstaande maandag gaat landelijk voor het tweede jaar de DOE MAAR LEKKER DUURZAAM-actie van start, een initiatief van de Nationale Postcode Loterij met Unilever en Albert Heijn als partners. Met deze actie willen de drie partijen Nederlandse consumenten motiveren om duurzamer te eten. Er wordt daarbij nauw samengewerkt met Nederlandse goede doelen en certificeringsprogramma’s, zoals Natuur & Milieu, de Dierenbescherming, MSC, UTZ Certified, Stichting Max Havelaar en Rainforest Alliance. De actie maakt het mogelijk dat 2,5 miljoen Nederlandse huishoudens gratis duurzamere producten kunnen uitproberen. In de loop van volgende week ontvangen namelijk alle 2,5 miljoen Postcode Loterij-deelnemers een kaart van de loterij cadeau ter waarde van 12,50 euro. Met deze cadeaukaart kunnen zij tot en met 4 oktober gratis duurzamere boodschappen doen bij Albert Heijn.

Duurzamer eten maakt het verschil
“Duurzamer eten kan een enorm verschil maken voor mens, dier en milieu”, aldus Imme Rog, managing director van de Nationale Postcode Loterij: “Wij voelen een grote verantwoordelijkheid om een massale beweging naar duurzamer eten in gang te zetten. Dit is tot op heden het grootste initiatief in Nederland op dit vlak. De actie past bij de missie van de Nationale Postcode Loterij; werken aan een meer duurzame en rechtvaardige wereld”.

Noodzaak tot duurzamer eten
“De conclusies uit Dossier Duurzaam 2015 laten zien waarom het belangrijk is om mensen te laten ervaren hoe makkelijk en betaalbaar duurzamer eten is”, aldus Anniek Mauser, verantwoordelijk voor het duurzaamheidsbeleid bij Unilever. Dit onderzoek van GfK en marketingbureau b-open meet jaarlijks de houding en perceptie van Nederlandse consumenten ten aanzien van duurzaamheid en maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen. “Steeds meer Nederlanders (49%) vinden duurzaam eten belangrijk, alleen zien we dat niet altijd terug in het boodschappenmandje. Twee derde van de consumenten let er bij het winkelen in de supermarkt nog niet op of de producten die ze kopen duurzaam zijn. Deze landelijke actie laat zien hoe eenvoudig het is om te eten met oog voor mens, dier en milieu”.

Imke van Gasselt, verantwoordelijk voor Responsible Retailing bij Albert Heijn: “Als je écht structureel een duurzame beweging in gang wilt zetten dan moeten we dat samen doen. Daarom is het zo mooi dat we met drie grote partijen de krachten bundelen. Ik hoop van harte dat dit initiatief hét zetje is waarmee we ons land laten proeven dat duurzaam eten écht naar meer smaakt.”

Gratis duurzamere boodschappen tot en met 4 oktober
In de loop van volgende week ontvangen alle 2,5 miljoen Postcode Loterij-deelnemers, net als in november 2014, als cadeau van de loterij een tegoedkaart ter waarde van 12,50 euro. Hiermee kunnen zij tot en met 4 oktober bij Albert Heijn duurzamere producten kopen. Er is een keuze uit honderden producten die onder het Unilever Duurzame Landbouwprogramma vallen, Albert Heijn eigen merk producten en overige merken met een keurmerk of kenmerk zoals Beter Leven, Fairtrade, EKO of Rainforest Alliance. Er is in totaal keuze uit meer dan 1400 producten: bijvoorbeeld A-merken zoals Unox, Knorr, Bertolli, Lipton, Magnum en Ben & Jerry’s.

Imme Rog, managing director van de Nationale Postcode Loterij: “Door deze actie te herhalen willen we zoveel mogelijk Nederlanders kennis laten maken met duurzamere producten en laten zien hoe makkelijk het is om met producten uit de supermarkt een lekkere, duurzame maaltijd op tafel te zetten. Voor 12,50 euro heb je al een duurzame maaltijd voor vier personen. Mensen meerdere keren laten ervaren hoe normaal duurzamer eten eigenlijk is, is essentieel om eventuele twijfel bij het kopen van deze producten weg te nemen. Wij hopen daarom dat veel van onze 2,5 miljoen deelnemers in de komende weken hun cadeaukaart zullen gaan verzilveren en ervaren hoe lekker en makkelijk duurzamer eten is”.

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Giant’s digital content platform and magazine Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award

Giant’s Savory Fast, Fresh And Easy™ Platform Recognized By Food Marketing Institute Digital Content Platform and Magazine Make Being Healthy Easy and Affordable

Landover, Md., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. and its parent company Ahold USA have been recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for its digital content platform and magazine, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™. The Gold Plate Awards recognize retailers who are helping their customers make family mealtime a regular occasion. Giant and Ahold USA were presented the award at FMI’s Health & Wellness Stakeholders Summit on Sept. 9, 2015.

“Giant is honored to be recognized by the Food Marketing Institute with the 2015 Gold Plate Award for Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We created Savory™ not only to enhance our customers’ enjoyment of our products, but also to assist with healthy meal planning, so that our customers can spend more time with their loved ones.”

Launched in June 2015, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ is a one-stop destination for easy meal planning and entertaining ideas that can be found in-store, on Giant’s website and the websites of Ahold USA’s retail divisions, or by downloading the free Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ app. The magazine, which is a component of the overall digital content platform, is free to customers who use their loyalty card and is also available online. Regular features include budget-friendly meals, recipes to cook once and eat twice and a “Take 5” feature which offers five ingredients for a fast meal.

Cathy Polley, RPh, FMI vice president of health and wellness, and executive director of the FMI Foundation said, “At FMI and the FMI Foundation, we are fortunate to work on behalf of an industry that lends their wholehearted support to the communities they serve. One of the many ways our industry enriches the lives of its community of customers is by providing families with ideas and resources to help them plan, prepare, and share more meals together at home. We proudly honor Ahold USA’s Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy magazine and online platform with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for the food retailer’s exceptional efforts helping shoppers overcome the barriers to family mealtime with healthy solutions that save both time and money.”

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.www.giantfood.com

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Vaccinations now available at all Giant Food of Landover, Md. in-store pharmacies

Flu Vaccinations Now Available At Giant Pharmacies Giant Food, With Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, Will Make a Donation to Local YMCA for Every Flu Shot Administered

Landover, Md., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help prepare for the coming flu season, vaccinations are now available at all Giant Food of Landover, Md. in-store pharmacies. Flu vaccinations are administered by Giant’s trusted in-store pharmacists, with no appointment needed.

“Giant is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our customers in the communities we serve,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “Each year, flu shots are reformulated, so it’s important to be vaccinated on an annual basis, and we encourage our customers to take advantage of our convenient pharmacy services.”

In addition to keeping customers healthy, flu shots administered by Giant will help support the local community. For each flu shot, Giant, along with Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, will make a donation to a local YMCA to benefit their youth development and healthy living initiatives*.

Giant pharmacies are able to bill most major insurance plans, including Medicare. Many of these insurance plans cover flu shots with a $0 copay. Standard flu shots are available, as well as other flu vaccinations, including the “quad” and high dose vaccines. Customers receiving flu shots will also receive a FREE coupon book with more than $40 in savings. For more information, or to schedule an onsite flu clinic for your office, please call 800-950-4678.

*Johnson and Johnson Consumer, Inc. and Unilever together will donate $0.75 for each flu shot received between 8/1/2015 and 2/28/2016, with a minimum donation of $55,000 and maximum of $150,000, to the YMCA. Additionally, Giant will donate $5,000. For more information about the YMCA, please visit www.ymca.net.

To find the Giant Food pharmacy nearest you, please visit www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals.For more information on Giant, visit www.www.giantfood.com

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Foodstuffs South Island expands in the Waimakariri district

NEW ZEALAND, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK‘nSAVE is now open.  The new store was opened by Waimakariri District Mayor, David Ayers, who had been a strong supporter of PAK’nSAVE coming to Rangiora.

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd saw an opportunity to expand in the Waimakariri district which is one of the fastest growing districts in the country.

PAK’nSAVE Rangiora owner-operators James and Catherine Flanagan are excited to return to their North Canterbury roots after seven years managing supermarkets in Dunedin. The husband-wife team is already an active part of the Rangiora community and James Flanagan emphasises their long term commitment to the area.

“We have a long history in supermarkets and love the business; we plan to make this store and Rangiora our home for a long time to come,” James says.

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd are proud of the latest addition to their ‘new look’ stores. The Rangiora store features all the modern fixtures and fittings similar to the Wainoni PAK’nSAVE, which opened this week. The addition of a grab-and-go style Sticky Café, with coffee and a selection of tasty treats is another pull for the community.

Roger Davidson, General Manager Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd, is proud of the end result and how smoothly development has gone.

“We have had great assistance from the council on this project. We have worked with them to ensure that road works and construction have caused minimal disruption to the community,” says Davidson.

The large new supermarket sits at 6854sqm, just shy of a rugby field, and is comparative in size to the recently opened Wainoni and Blenheim stores. The new PAK’nSAVE is set to be one of the largest employers in the town with around 200 people, mostly locals, making up the team.

“Our focus is on fresh foods, good quality and range. I’m excited that Rangiora locals will have a PAK’nSAVE closer to home to get their groceries at New Zealand’s lowest prices,” adds James Flanagan.

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company opens its newest branch in Al Wajba, Qatar

Serving the New Rayyan, Muaither, Rawdat Aba El-Heran and Al Sailiya areas

Al Wajba, Qatar, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) announced the opening of its newest branch in Al Wajba, marking the 40th addition to the successful supermarket chain in Qatar, and the 45th in both Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman.

The new branch boasts world-class shelves to offer the best products display to its customers, in addition to high-tech lighting and storage techniques and technologies that adhere to international standards.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, inaugurated the opening ceremony in the presence of Mr. Cobus Lombard, Operations Director, Mr. Saeed M. Al-Nabet ; Administration Affairs Manager and Mr. Khalid Al Jassim; Safety and Security manager along with several Al Meera representatives.

The 4,300 sqm Al Wajba branch constitutes 2,022 sqm of supermarket area. The store offers shoppers a wide variety of food and non-food related items as well as fresh products. The branch includes a butchery, fishery, delicatessen, fruits and vegetables area and bakery to answer to the consumers’ various daily needs at very competitive prices. In addition to a huge parking space, the branch will feature 7 shops that are set to open soon to provide customers with a variety of services.

While discussing the expansion plan, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera, said:

“The opening of the Al Wajba branch is in line with Al Meera’s slogan to be ‘Your Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’, and expand into newly developed areas as well as areas that have witnessed a significant increase in population, with a commitment to provide a unique and all-inclusive service to all segments of the Qatari community.”

He added: “We are very pleased to be serving yet another segment of the Qatari community and look forward to the opening of our upcoming branches.”

He made sure to stress that, through its expansion strategy, Al Meera continuously seeks to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 in its plan to develop all areas of the nation.

Al-Qahtani explained that the new branch will be serving the Al Wajba area, in addition to the New Rayyan, Muaither, Rawdat Abal Heeran and Al Sailiya until the completion of the new branches in those areas. He also thanked all parties that have supported the opening of the new branch specially the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, the Public Works Authority “Ashghal”, and the KAHRAMAA Corporation for their great support on the opening of the new branch.

Al Meera is set to launch two more branches this year in Al Thumama and Rawdat Ekdeem. The aforementioned stores will be opening their doors weeks apart, one following the next, after obtaining the necessary approvals and licenses from the relevant authorities. This comes after the opening of seven stores this year in Muaither, Al Azizia, Muraikh, the Gulf Mall, Thakhira, Jeryan Njeima and Al Wakra 2.

Within its framework to open 56 outlets in all areas of Qatar, Al Meera has begun the construction works on several other branches as part of its expansion strategy to construct 14 new shopping malls across the State, located in Sailiya North (Miarad), Bu Sidra, Al Wakra 3, Umm Salal Ali, Leabaib 1, Leabaib 2, Rawdat Aba El-Heran, Azghawa, Al Khor, Um Qarn, Rawdat Al Hamama, Jeryan Jenaihat, Al Sailiya and Ain Khaled.

It is worth mentioning that Al Meera signed a memorandum of understanding with Lusail Real Estate Development for the operation and management of two shopping centres in  Fox Hills and North Villas District.

Al Meera also plans to establish two additional branches, characterized by a unique design in Al-Jamiliyah and Al Shamal, and will continue opening other new branches whenever the opportunity presents itself.

It should be noted that there is constant coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in order to act upon their suggestions while considering our requests in terms of new locations, such as Rawdat Al Hamam North, Al Sheehaniya North, Madkhal al Khuraib, Rawdat Rashed, Umm Al Umd, Al Khuraitiyat and others.

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Al Meera Consumer Goods Company opens its newest branch in Al Wajba, Qatar

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company opens its newest branch in Al Wajba, Qatar

eBay 2015 Seller Summit: Steve Fisher and RJ Pittman share their vision for eBay’s future

San Jose, California, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the 2015 Seller Summit, Chief Product Officer RJ Pittman outlined plans to make eBay the best choice for customers, a powerful platform and a product with relevant experiences.

“There are over 800 million items available in our catalog and growing,” he said.

Over 1,000 eBay sellers gathered at the event, a two-day conference dedicated to connecting, learning, and networking with sellers and eBay employees.

Following a Q&A where eBay’s leaders answered questions straight from the sellers, Pittman and Steve Fisher, Chief Technology Officer, outlined the technology team’s strategic priorities.

Fisher focused on improving platform security, speed, and availability, as well as harnessing the power of data to unlock discoverability. “We’re re-building the scaffolding of eBay,” said Fisher.

Pittman painted a picture of eBay’s vision for creating a marketplace with relevant experiences that brings selling to the forefront.

“We are creating one experience for all,” he said, introducing eBay 4.0’s unified mobile experience. “Why? Because our customers use them all.”

As Pittman took the audience through a live demo of the new eBay 4.0 app, several items from Pittman’s eBay store were bid on and bought in real time, to the delight of the audience – and Pittman.

At the end of the demo, Pittman purchased an EVH Stripe Series Red/Black/White Guitar from Rocky Schiano, who owns the Street Sounds of NYC store on eBay. Schiano had previously told his story at eBay’s Day One celebrations about how selling his merchandise on eBay allowed his music store to not only survive but thrive.

Pittman thanked the sellers and his product team for their work and support, and stated the guitar would be placed in the eBay Portland office to commemorate the journey.

Watch this video to learn more about the features of eBay 4.0:

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eBay 2015 Seller Summit: Steve Fisher and RJ Pittman share their vision for eBay’s future

eBay 2015 Seller Summit: Steve Fisher and RJ Pittman share their vision for eBay’s future

Best Buy Canada took over Yonge-Dundas Square to host the first-ever Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo and Fashion Show

TORONTO, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Best Buy Canada took over Yonge-Dundas Square to host the first-ever Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo and Fashion Show. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed an interactive look at the latest in wearable technology from nearly 30 exhibitors showcasing everything from health and fitness, life-logging cameras, smartwatches, wearable audio, gaming, virtual reality, gesture control, and even baby and pet tech.

The free event included two wearable tech fashion shows, panel discussions with industry experts, a live musical performance put on by The House of Marley, and more. Guests were also among the first in Canada to experience the HTC Vive truck and demo the virtual reality system by HTC and Valve, as well as brand new gear from Motorola, among others.

Celebrities:

Additionally, guests were offered the chance to meet and interact with celebrities, athletes and musicians throughout the day, including professional basketball players, Patrick Patterson,who captivated fans at TheHouse of Marley wearable audio display, and James Johnson at the Blast Motion Shooting Clinic; Elvis Stojko, Olympian, race car driver and Muse brain-sensing headband super-user; and Canadian PGA golfer Jason Helman who offered demos of Zepp’s swing analyzers. Guests were also be treated to a free live concert by celebrated Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist, Ky-Mani Marley,on behalf of The House of Marley.

Electrifying wearable tech fashion shows:

The Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo included two fashion shows featuring some of the trendiest wearable technology products alongside an exclusive capsule collection designed by Canadian designer and winner of Project Runway Canada Season 2,Sunny Fong of VAWK. Models and celebrity guests strutted the runway, including Minecraft YouTube stars MrWoofless andPrestonPlayz rocking the Gameband Minecraft Bracelet and ended with Phoebe Dykstra, former TV host and veejay, showcasingBellabeat smart jewelry.

Dazzling demonstrations:

Guests experienced interactive demos and unique activations around Samsung’s latest Gear VR and Gear S smartwatch, life-logging video with iON Cameras SnapCam, andBasis, Intel Company, smartwatches, all available exclusively at Best Buy in Canada. Other unique products featured include TomTom’s Runner Cardio GPS Watch, a fitness and GPS tracker, Blast Motion’s sensors for sport, smartwatches from Garmin and blood pressure monitors, activity trackers and other health tech from iHealth and Withingsand more. A real head-turner was the HTC Vive truck that made its one and only stop in Canada to offer guests the chance to be among the first in the country to experience HTC’s Vive virtual reality system.  Several other products debuted at the event, including Motorola’s Moto 360 Collection, the brand’s second generation of smartwatches, available for pre-order beginning Sept. 8, exclusively at Best Buy in Canada.

Panels:

Four exclusive panel discussions with industry experts and celebrity guests were held throughout the day on topics such as: an overview of wearable tech and its growing popularity, how this new technology elevates health and fitness, the rise in virtual reality and gesture control and how wearables impact the world of sports and entertainment. Panelists included Elvis Stojko, Rohan Marley, director of The House of Marley, former CFL player and son of the legendary Bob Marley, and Tom Emrich, wearable tech expert and founder of We Are Wearables. For a full schedule and list of the participating panelists, click here.

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Event hashtag: #LifeandTech

About Best Buy Canada, Ltd.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

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SOURCE: Best Buy Canada Ltd.

Hudson’s Bay Company, Triple Five add three iconic retail banners to American Dream New Jersey

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, LORD & TAYLOR, AND SAKS FIFTH AVENUE OFF 5TH TO OPEN IN NEW RETAIL AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and Triple Five are pleased to announce the addition of three iconic retail banners to American Dream New Jersey: Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Opening in late summer 2017, the mega complex will house a mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment, and welcome 40 million visitors annually. The HBC stores are all slated to open in late summer 2017.

“American Dream is one of the most unique projects in the world – it is elevating the shopping center format to combine retail, dining, lifestyle and entertainment to create a total experiential destination. We believe that shopping is an entertainment experience, and the American Dream concept exemplifies that philosophy fully,” said Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company.

“The American Dream concept presents an exciting opportunity for the HBC portfolio of brands as we continue to drive forward our growth strategy in North America. Never have we housed all three of our U.S. banners in one location. Each one – Saks, Lord & Taylor and Saks OFF 5TH – caters to a distinct consumer segment, and American Dream positions us to service every consumer, through luxury, better department store, and off-price formats,” stated Jerry Storch, CEO,Hudson’s Bay Company.

With such a large and diverse customer demographic, American Dream will be the perfect platform for HBC to deliver the exceptional product and experience each banner is renowned for. The new 131,906 sq. ft. Saks Fifth Avenue and new 119,605 sq. ft. Lord & Taylor stores will be located within “The Collections” area of American Dream, a sophisticated and elegant architectural showcase of luxury and lifestyle retailing. The new 30,000 sq. ft. Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will be located in the 3rd level off-price district.

“American Dream welcomes Hudson’s Bay Company and is very excited to introduce the next generation of their state-of-the-art department stores to the NY Metropolitan market and the world. Our customers will be thrilled that such popular and iconic mainstays of New York shopping, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, will be launching their newest stores at American Dream. We believe this match will be an extraordinary success and our customers and visitors will be amazed at this new and unparalleled experience in fashion shopping.” Don Ghermezian, President, Triple Five.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s longest continually operated 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 86 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. Home Outfitters is Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 66 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

About American Dream
American Dream is being developed by The Triple Five Group of Companies, owners of the two largest shopping and entertainment centers in North America, Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall.

Opening in late summer 2017, phase one of American Dream will house approximately 3 Million Square feet of shopping, entertainment and attractions and host 40 Million guests annually.

Hudson’s Bay Company
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184
Director, External Communications
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com
or
American Dream
Debbie Patire, 201-340-2919
Senior Vice President Marketing
debbie.patire@americandream.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

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Kmart unveils flexible payment options for thousands of holiday items and gifts

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Kmart announced two payment options to help make it easier for shoppers to get everything on their Christmas gift list by planning and budgeting early. No Money Down Layaway is returning for its second year, and for the first time, Kmart is introducing No Money Down Leasing.

The National Retail Federation found that more than 40 percent of Americans begin shopping for the holidays prior to October and of those, 60 percent shop early in order to spread their budgets*; that’s why Kmart has launched No Money Down Layaway and Leasing well-ahead of the holidays to make it simple to budget and spend wisely.

“Yes, it’s ridiculously early to talk about the holidays – and we’re having fun with that fact in our new ad campaign, aptly titled ‘Ridiculous’ – but we know savvy Kmart shoppers are already making their Christmas lists, managing their budgets and looking for awesome options like No Money Down Layaway and Leasing to make it easier,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart.  “We know it’s crazy to think snow, Santa and sleigh bells when there’s still a sliver of summer fun to be had, but we’re helping our members get a step ahead of the busy holiday season.”

Both programs are available now through Sunday, Nov. 29 so that Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shoppers can even take advantage of these payment options.

“Kmart and Sears are the only general merchandise retailers where layaway is available nationwide, both online and in-store with no minimum purchase, year-round,” said Jai Holtz, vice president and general manager financial services, Sears Holdings. “Plus, we let our members put items from the categories they care about most on layaway – this includes toys and apparel.  We work hard to make it ridiculously easy for our members to plan, shop and save at Kmart.”

About No Money Down Layaway or Leasing

  • Layaway**: Shoppers can place in-demand items across dozens of categories on layaway including toys, home products, apparel and electronics, with no down payment for in-store contracts and only one penny down for online contracts. Shop Your Way members earn points on layaway purchases, and membership is easy and free. Gift-givers can stay organized by opting to receive payment reminder alerts via text.
  • Leasing****: During the promotion, shoppers can choose an item that meets the minimum purchase requirement and no initial payment is needed in store. Participating categories for leasing include toys, home electronics and entertainment, appliances, household goods and furniture, sporting goods, lawn and garden, and outdoor living. With No Money Down Leasing, the gifts everyone will be clamoring for can be picked up and taken home now with zero stress, hassle or money down.
  • In addition***, Members get $10 off any Apparel, Footwear and Jewelry purchase of $50 or more on layaway. Offer valid in-store and online on new Layaway contracts from Aug. 30 through Sept. 9, 2015 and Oct. 4 through Oct 17, 2015. Members get $10 off any toys, sporting goods, home and appliance purchase of $50 or more on layaway or lease. Offer valid in-store and online on new layaway contracts from Sept. 20 through Oct. 3, 2015 andOct. 18 through Oct. 31, 2015.

For more information on No Money Down Layaway and Leasing, please visit Kmart.com/Layaway orKmart.com/Leasing.

*Source: Prosper Insights & Analytics for NRF, 2013 Consumer Spending Survey

**Offer valid on new layaway contracts through Sunday 11/29/15. No down payment required in store.  One penny down required online for layaway only. All fees nonrefundable. Cancellation fees apply, except Ohio. Layaway requires biweekly payments. Exclusions also apply. See store for details.

***Members get $10 off any Apparel, Footwear and Jewelry purchase of $50 or more on layaway Details: Offer valid in-store and online on new Layaway contracts from 8/30 through 9/19 and10/4/15 through 10/17/2015. Online code limited to one-time use only and applies to merchandise marked sold by Kmart only.  To redeem online enter LAYAWAY10 into promo field at checkout. Savings shown in cart. Not combinable with any other offer. Discount given at time of layaway purchase. Savings applied and pro-rated across all qualifying items purchased in addition to the minimum requirements and will be deducted from any refund. Purchase requirement before taxes and after other discounts and must be made in a single transaction. 

Members get $10 off any Toys, Sporting Goods, Home and Appliance purchase of $50 or more on layaway or lease Details: Offer valid in-store and online on new Layaway contracts from 9/20 through 10/3 and 10/18 through 10/31/2015.

Excludes clearance merchandise, closeout, hot buys, gift cards, non-merchandise, prior purchases, Sears merchandise, Everyday Great Price items, Deal Flash, red-tag special buys, incredible buys, introductory offers, gold-filled jewelry, family jewelry, class rings, concessions, federal or state regulated items, alcohol, tobacco, fuel, items behind the pharmacy counter, prescriptions, partial-paid special order items, Lands’ End, and Scrubology. 

****Offer valid on new lease contracts through Sunday 11/29/2015 in store only. Age and income requirements. Excludes non-durable (disposable) goods; drug, grocery, fine jewelry, footwear and apparel items. Lease requires a single qualifying purchase of $69 or more. Online lease applications can be approved on line but products must be picked up in store and application completed. See store for details.

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:  SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. Through a network of retail partners and service providers, members can shop, compare, purchase items and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also enjoy special pricing, exclusive sales, events, access to celebrity brands and sweepstakes. And through the unique social community on shopyourway.com members can research and browse products, create wish lists, poll friends and family and even get advice from experts to help choose the products and services that best meet their needs. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way® members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Taylor
Sears Holdings
847-286-0774
Sara.Taylor@searshc.com

Annika Tunberg
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-321-4862
Annika.Tunberg@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Kmart

Summer camps and youth development programs for at-risk children as part of new $400,000 Hannaford Helps donation

The program provides new Hannaford Helps funding for young people who face barriers to their success in life.

Scarborough, Maine, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — At-risk children will attend local summer camps and youth development programs, and gain access to nutritious food and school supplies, as part of a new $400,000 Hannaford Helps donation.

The gift from Hannaford Supermarkets represents a 10 percent increase in the $4 million in funds that the company and its charitable foundation contribute to local charities each year.  All of the new money is focused on helping children who face barriers to their success in life.

“With these Hannaford Helps contributions we are focusing on the fact that a community is only as strong as its next generation,” said Hannaford President Mike Vail.

A quarter million dollars of the Hannaford Helps initiative will provide funding for more than 200 low-income children to attend youth development programs focused in increasing their aspirations, giving them new life skills and helping them accomplish their full potential.

“We’re really excited about the impact of these donations because of the nature of these organizations,” Vail said. “We are proud to support the work of educators, counselors, coaches and volunteers who are so impressive in their commitment to develop young people in the communities where our associates live and work.”

The remaining $150,000 will purchase nutritious food for school pantries and other programs focused on helping needy children who are at risk of going hungry, as well as in providing school supplies and gift cards for teachers’ use.

Hannaford Helps has set a goal of increasing the amount of meat, produce, bread and other fresh items donated directly from Hannaford stores to community food pantries and meal programs by 20% or 1.5 million meals in 2016.  Hannaford donated 14.6 million pounds of rescued food to hunger relief last year.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 187 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

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BRC/SPRINGBOARD: Footfall in August 1.6% lower than a year ago

  • Footfall in August was 1.6% lower than a year ago, down from the 1.1% fall in July. This was below the three-month average of -1.4%.
  • Both High Streets and Shopping Centres reported a decline, falling 2.3% and 2.8% respectively. Footfall in Shopping Centres is now the lowest since January excluding Easter distortions.
  • Footfall in Retail Park locations increased 1.7% year-on-year. This is the slowest increase since May 2015 and significantly below the three-month average of 2.5%.
  • Nine regions and countries reported a decline in footfall, four of which had a footfall rate lower than the UK average.
  • The East Midlands was the only region to report positive footfall growth, albeit marginally (0.04%).

LONDON, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “The continued decline in footfall in shopping centres and on the high street is disappointing, but not surprising. The fact that the number of visitors to retail parks has dipped below the three month average is also a clear sign of a lack-lustre August. However, it is worth noting that these figures do not take into account the last two days of August (the Sunday and Bank holiday Monday) which will, hopefully, add some cheer to the numbers in September.

“These numbers are a clear demonstration of the continued pressures the UK retail industry is facing. We know that retailers are steadily maintaining sales but at lower prices and to fewer people visiting physical stores.

“As we start the long march to Christmas, retailers will want to see an increase in shopper numbers in all store locations. Most will also be hoping for a decrease in any financial or regulatory burdens heading their way from government. These only make the job of getting the right products to UK consumers at the right price harder at a time when the hurdles to running a successful retail business are high enough.”

Diane Wehrle, Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard, said: “It is clear that high streets and shopping centres are under increasing pressure once again – August was the third month in a row in which footfall in high streets dropped by more than 2 per cent, and this has been the case in shopping centres for the past five months.

“Footfall in retail parks continued its inexorable rise, albeit at a lower rate than in both July this year and in August last year. However, this is likely to be just a short term hiatus, as August this year only included the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend when footfall increased by 3 per cent compared with a rise of more than 6 per cent over the Sunday and Monday. So the probability is that in September UK footfall will bounce back from the -1.6 per cent recorded in this August to at least equal the more modest 0.9 per cent drop recorded in September 2014.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

Kimco Realty’s management to participate in the BofAML Global Real Estate Conference on Sep 16, 2015 in New York

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announced today that its management will participate in the BofAML Global Real Estate Conference on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in New York, NY. Kimco management will provide a general overview of the company followed by a question and answer session. The webcast information is as follows:

Event: Kimco Realty Corp. Management Presentation at BofAML Global Real Estate Conference

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 2:45 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. EDT

Where: Live webcast can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Kimco Presents at BofAML Global Real Estate Conference or by entering http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/baml/realestate2015/id68207340914.cfm in your browser.

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, audio from the conference will be available until December 16, 2015 at the link above.

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2015, the company owned interests in 727 shopping centers comprising 107 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Chile. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com. the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

 

Kimco Realty Corp.
David F. Bujnicki, 1-866-831-4297
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Topaz Syria Emergency Appeal: Donate 14 Sep – 11 Oct 2015 at any participating service station

DUBLIN, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Donate from the 14th September – 11th October 2015 at any participating Topaz service station.

All donations will be transported directly to the affected areas in conjunction with GOAL.

Essential items (In new or excellent condition please)

1. Blankets and Quilts (Any size)
2. Warm Jackets (Adult’s and Children’s)
3. Thermal Socks, Hats, Scarves and Gloves
4. Underwear Sets
5. Sleeping bags
6. Plastic Floor Carpets
7. Water – proof boots (Adult’s and Children’s)
8. Bed Sheets, Pillow Covers, Quilt Covers

Donations can be made to any of the following participating Topaz stations:

Topaz Site Address 1 Address 2
Antrim Road SS Belfast, BT15 3BJ Antrim
Morrow’s Lisburn, BT28 2AT Antrim
Spar Manse Road Carnmoney, Newtownabbey, BT36 6SN Antrim
 Ballymoney  BT53 7AB Antrim
Portglenone  SS BT44 8NG Antrim
Creightons Belfast, BT10 0LN Antrim
Millen’s Centra Carrickfergus, BT38 7TU Antrim
Cooley’s SS 204 Andersontown RD, Belfast Antrim BT11 9EB
Pond Park SS Lisburn Antrim BT28 3LE
Moira Road 71 Main Street, Glenavy Antrim BT29 4LP
Airport Road SS Tully Road, Crumlin Antrim BT29 4SW
Greenisland SS Carrickfergus Antrim BT38 8RH
Topaz Larne Larne Business Park Antrim BT40 1AX
Broomhedge SS 25 Lisburn Road, Moira Antrim BT67 0JS
Spar Musgrave Park 136 Stockmans Lane, Belfast Antrim BT9 7JE
Killylea Road SS BT60 4AN Armagh
Gilford Road SS Portadown Armagh BT63 5EF
Silverwood SS 62 Silverwood RD, Lurgan Armagh BT66 6LE
Morrow’s Supervalu 1a Banbridge RD, Lurgan Armagh BT66 7EG
Ballymore Tandragee, Armagh BT62 2JU
Dobbin Road Portadown, Armagh BT62 4EY
Topaz Carlow Green Lane, Dublin Rd Carlow
Topaz Tullow Road Carlow Carlow
Mara’s SS Kilree Street, Bagnalstown Carlow
O’Toole SS Bunclody Road, Tullow Carlow
Topaz Cavan Cavan, Cavan
Lavey SS Knockanork Cavan
Topaz Ennis Limerick Rd, Ennis Clare
Topaz Shannon Tullyvaraga, Shannon Clare
Fitzpatricks Garage Kilmihil Clare
O’Dwyers Quilty Clare
Sheils SS Gort Rd, Ennis Clare
Roslevan Stores Roslevan, Ennis Clare
Talty Stores Lissycasey Clare
Larkin Store Ltd Via Killaloe Clare
Crowleys Kilrush Clare
Mughal SS Larkin’s Cross, Corbally Clare
KEC Retailing Kinsale Cork
KEC Retailing Carrigaline  Cork City Cork
Topaz Ballincollig Ballincollig Cork
Topaz Bishopstown Ardarostig, Bandon Rd Cork
Topaz Cork Airport Cork Airport Cork
Topaz Douglas Douglas Cork
Topaz Eastgate Eastgate, Ballincollig Cork
Topaz Frankfield Kinsale Rd, Cork Cork
Topaz Lakeview Whitegate Rd, Midleton Cork
Topaz Leitrim St Blackpool Cork
Topaz Midleton Old Cork Rd, Midleton Cork
Topaz Mitchelstown Mitchelstown Cork
Topaz New Mallow Noel Deasy Motor Complex Cork
Topaz Polefield Blackpool Shopping Centre Cork
Topaz Tivoli Lower Rd, Tivoli Cork
Castle S/Stn Blackrock Cork
Vicars Rd SS Vicars Rd Cork
Centra Riverstick Riverstick Cork
Donagh Hickey Rathmore Cork
Hannons SS Newmarket Cork
Galvins SS Dunmanway Cork
Kevin O’Learys SS Bandon Cork
Macs Place Ltd Mallow Cork
Marina SS Monaghan RD Cork
Glenview SS Macroom Cork
O’Leary’s Spar Lissarda Cork
O’Sullivans Garage Kildorrery Cork
O’Reilly’s Carrigrohane RD Cork
Innishannon SS Bandon RD Inishannon Cork
Lee’s Topaz Limerick Rd, Charleville Cork
TSC Tower Blarney Cork
Foley Centra Timoleague, Bandon Cork
Littleisland Centra Littleisland Industrial Estate Cork
Murphy’s Castletownbere Cork
Burnfoot SS Buncrana Rd, Burnfoot Donegal
Bradley’s SS The Gort, Fahan Donegal
Callaghan’s SS Derry RD, Burt Donegal
Castlefinn SS Lifford Road, Castlefinn Donegal
Kelly’s SS Millbrae, Carndonagh Donegal
Farren’s SS Buncrana Donegal
Gallagher’s Derrybeg, Gweedore Donegal
Gallagher’s Ballybofey Donegal
Glencar SS Circular RD, Letterkenny Donegal
McIntyre’s SS Donegal Town Donegal
St Catherines SS Killybegs Donegal
TJ Hughes’ SS Ballyshannon Donegal
Tobin’s SS Letterkenny Donegal
Mountain Top SS Letterkenny Donegal
Pettigo Fuel Service Pettigo Donegal
Moore’s SS Loughanure Donegal
Daly’s SS Letterkenny RD, Lifford Donegal
Doherty SS Moville Donegal
McClafferty’s SS Gortahork Donegal
Laghey SS Laghey Donegal
Falcarragh SS Falcarragh Donegal
Cervus Limited Muff Donegal
Newry SS Newry, BT34 1QA Down
Church Street SS Banbridge Down
Barbican Annalong Annalong Down
Drumaness SS BT24 8RL Down
Crawfordsburn SS Crawfordsburn, Bangor Down BT19 1JS
Comber Comber Down BT23 7AY
Newtownards SS Newtownards Down BT23 7EU
Mayobridge SS 37 Newry Road, Mayobridge Down BT32 2ET
Barbican Centra A1 Tullyhinnian, Banbridge Down BT32 4ET
Ballydown 124 Castlewellan RD, Banbridge Down BT32 4JP
Ghan 43 Warrenpoint RD, Rostrevor Down BT34 3EB
Spar Kilkeel 55 Greencastle Street Down BT34 4BH
Beersbridge RD SS 323 Beersbridge RD, Belfast Down BT5 5DS
Gilnahirk SS Belfast Down BT5 7QL
Topaz Dalkey Ulverton Rd, Dalkey Dublin
Topaz Kilternan Kilternan Dublin
Topaz Rochestown Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Topaz Citywest Brown’s Barn, Naas RD Dublin
Topaz Lucan Old Dublin RD, Lucan Dublin
Topaz Dublin Airport Collinstown Road, Swords Dublin
Topaz Swords Miltonfields, Swords Dublin
Topaz Westview Lissenhall, Swords Dublin
Pelco Newtown SS Malahide Road, Dublin 17 Dublin
Mazarin Centra SS Rivervalley Shopping Centre, Swords Dublin
Topaz Finglas North Road, Finglas Dublin 11
Topaz Glasnevin Finglas RD Glasnevin Dublin 11
Topaz The Ward The Ward, North RD Dublin 11
Topaz Autobahn Glasnevin Avenue Dublin 11
Topaz Westway Kylemore RD, Ballyfermot Dublin 12
Topaz Donaghmede Donaghmede Shopping Centre Dublin 13
Topaz Apollo Dundrum Dublin 14
Topaz Taney Taney RD, Goatstown Dublin 14
Topaz Nutgrove Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham Dublin 14
Topaz RSC Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Dublin 14
Topaz Castleknock Castleknock Village, Dublin 15
Topaz Coolmine Coolmine Business Park Dublin 15
Topaz Hartstown Hartstown, Clonsilla Dublin 15
Topaz Mulhuddart Old Navan Rd, Mulhuddart Dublin 15
Blanchardstown Blanchardstown Dublin 15
Topaz Ballyboden Ballyboden RD Rathfarnham Dublin 16
Topaz Taylor’s Lane Taylor’s Lane, Rathfarnham Dublin 16
Topaz Balgriffin Malahide Road Dublin 17
Topaz Clonshaugh Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 17
Topaz Kennelsfort Kennelsfort Rd, Palmerstown Dublin 20
Topaz Grange Castle Nangor Rd, Clondalkin Dublin 22
Topaz Newlands Font Hill Rd, Clondalkin Dublin 22
Topaz Cranley Naas Rd Dublin 22
Topaz Belgard Belgard Rd, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz Blessington Rd Blessington Rd, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz Glenview Bypass Rd, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz Greenhills Road Greenhills Rd, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz Kilnamanagh Maybury Rd, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz The Square The Square, Tallaght Dublin 24
Topaz Dublin Port Dublin Port, Bond Drive Dublin 3
Topaz Donnybrook Donnybrook Road Dublin 4
Topaz Elm Park Merrion RD Dublin 4
Topaz Foxhall Howth Road, Raheny Dublin 5
Topaz Howth Road Howth Road, Killester Dublin 5
Topaz Maypark Malahide Road, Donnycarney Dublin 5
Topaz Fortfield Fortfield Rd, Kimmage Dublin 6
Topaz Templeville Templeogue Dublin 6W
Topaz Cabra 146 Cabra Rd Dublin 7
Topaz Kilmainham Kilmainham Dublin 8
Topaz Ballymun Ballymun Cross, Santry Dublin 9
Topaz Beaumont Beaumont Road Dublin 9
Topaz Omni Santry Dublin 9
Erneside Autofill Belleek RD, Drumlyon, Enniskillen Fermanagh BT74 5NH
Trory SS 236 Irvinestown RD, Trory, Enniskillen Fermanagh BT74 6DN
Midway SS Letterbreen, Enniskillen Fermanagh BT74 9FH
Courtney’s 50 Moorlough Road, Lisnaskea Fermanagh, BT92 0DW
Topaz Arch Quirke Rd, Galway Galway
Topaz Ballinasloe Brackernagh Galway
Topaz Bohermore Bohermore Galway
Topaz College Road College Rd Galway
Topaz Kilcolgan Kilcolgan Galway
Topaz Newcastle Newcastle Rd Galway
Topaz Tuam Galway Rd Galway
Shuttington Holdings Ballinasloe Galway
Fallons Kinvarra Galway
Corrib Oil Galway Rd, Tuam Galway
Corrib Oil Crowe Street, Gort Galway
Monaghans Headford Galway
Glynns Service Station Carnmore Galway
Emerald Filling Station Gort Rd, Loughrea Galway
Oyster Motors Ltd Galway Rd, Craughwell Galway
Corrib Oil Camp Hill, Loughrea Galway
Loughnane’s SS Ballyglass, Turloughmore Galway
The Arch The Arch, Athenry Galway
Dublin Rd Dublin Rd, Athenry Galway
Kylemore Filling Kylemore Galway
Dolans SS Ballinasloe Galway
Clifden SS An Trianta, Clifden Galway
Silverstrand SS Barna Rd, Galway Galway
Joyces Supermarket Indreabhan Galway
Rafferty’s Supermarket Corofin Galway
Topaz Fenit Road Fenit Rd, Tralee Kerry
Topaz Killarney Park Rd, Killarney Kerry
Topaz Tralee Rathass, Tralee Kerry
Ann Mac’s SS Castleisland Kerry
Cronins SS Dingle Rd. Castlemaine Kerry
Forest Service Station Dingle Rd. Castlemaine Kerry
PK’s Killorglin Kerry
Whytes Service Station Killarney Road. Kenmare Kerry
Fitzgeralds Centra Church Street Listowl Kerry
Foley Rock The Reeks  Killarney Kerry
Topaz Kill Naas Rd, Kill Kildare
Topaz Athy Dublin Road, Athy Kildare
Topaz Brinkhall Moorefield Road, Newbridge Kildare
Topaz Brinkhall Kilkenny Road, Athy Kildare
Topaz  Castlecomer Rd Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny Kilkenny
Topaz  Park Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny Kilkenny
Topaz Waterford Rd Waterford Rd, Kilkenny Kilkenny
Topaz Abbeyleix Cork Rd, Abbeyleix Laois
Topaz Ballacolla M8, Junction 3,Ballacolla Laois
Topaz Portlaoise Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise Laois
Cullahill Service Station Cullahill Laois
Petrogas Mountmellick Laois
Shuttington Mountmellick Rd, Portlaoise Laois
Kennedys SS Dublin Road, CarrickonShannon Leitrim
Corrib Oil Leitrim Rd, Carrick on Shannon Leitrim
Tullaghan SS  Tullaghan Leitrim
Topaz Ballysimon Road Ballysimon Rd, Limerick Limerick
Topaz Caherdavin Caherdavin, Limerick Limerick
Topaz Corbally Corbally Rd, Limerick Limerick
Topaz Dock Road Shannonbridge Sstn, Dock Rd Limerick
Topaz Roxboro Roxboro, Limerick Limerick
Topaz Thomond Thomondgate, Limerick Limerick
Dooleys SS Knocklong Limerick
Casey Quickstop Limerick Limerick
Pat Quinlan & Mary Collins Dooradoyle, Limerick Limerick
Regans SS Pallasgreen Limerick
Reidy’s Corgrigg, Foynes Limerick
Westend Killarney Road, Newcastlewest Limerick
Ryan’s Centra Askeaton Limerick
Topaz Castletroy Dublin Road, Castletroy Limerick
O’Grady’s Spar Ballingarry Limerick
Mc Dermott’s Patrickswell Limerick
McGinley’s SS Derry Londonderry
Cahore SS Portstewart, BT55 7PU Londonderry
Byrnes SStn Sligo Road, Longford Longford
Nally SS Main Street, Longford Longford
Cullens Lanesborough Longford
Malone’s SS Dublin Road, Ardee Louth
Ballymac SS Ballymascanlon, Dundalk Louth
Oriel SS Dublin Road, Dundalk Louth
Rayro Stores Mell, Drogheda Louth
Topaz Ballinrobe Bow Gate St, Ballinrobe Mayo
Hennigans Sligo Rd, Ballindine Mayo
Casey Quickstop Circular Rd, Ballina Mayo
Casey Quickstop Lower Westport Road, Castlebar Mayo
Cassidys Charlestown Mayo
Gavaghans Swinford Mayo
Kellys Garage Newport Mayo
Moneen Roundabout Castlebar Mayo
Mulroys Breaffy Rd  Castlebar Mayo
Walshtown SS Kiltimagh Mayo
Claremorris Ballyhaunis Rd, Mayo
Roches Filling Station Balla Mayo
Corrib Oil Kilbride, Swinford Mayo
Corrib Oil Castlebar Road, Westport Mayo
Corrib Oil Neale Road, Ballinrobe Mayo
Corrib Oil Ring Road, Castlebar Mayo
Louisburgh SS Louisburgh Mayo
Kilkelly SS Kilkelly Mayo
Central SS Achill Mayo
Topaz Ballina Foxford Rd, Ballina Mayo
Topaz Ashbourne Ashbourne Town Meath
Topaz Clonee Bracetown, Clonee Meath
Topaz Coolfore Slane Rd, Ashbourne Meath
Topaz Dunboyne Dunboyne Meath
Topaz Kinnegad Kinnegad Meath
Topaz Navan Proudstown, Navan Meath
Topaz Monaghan Coolshannagh, Monaghan Monaghan
Topaz Clones Monaghan Rd, Clones Monaghan
Cassidy’s SS Dundalk Road, Carrickmacross Monaghan
Watters SS Dublin Road, Castleblaney Monaghan
PDs Creighanroe, Castleblayney Monaghan
Dunmoran SS Moybridge, Emyvale Monaghan
McAnenly SS Moybridge, Emyvale Monaghan
Connolly’s The Mall Monaghan
Topaz Tullamore Arden Rd, Tullamore Offaly
Corrib Oil Bannagher Road, Birr Offaly
Ben & Mary Rose Sweeney St. Mary’s Rd, Edenderry Offaly
Birr Loughnane’s SS Tullamoe Road, Birr Offaly
Fingerboard Ltd Tullamore Offaly
Corrib Roscommon Roscommon
Ashview SS Patrick St., Castlerea Roscommon
Boyle Motor Works Carrick Road, Boyle Roscommon
Caseys Autocentre Athlone Rd Roscommon
Toweys Dublin Rd, Ballaghaderreen Roscommon
Geraghty Oil Roscommon Roscommon
Topaz Cartron Hill Bundoran Rd, Sligo Sligo
Coen SS Tubbercurry Sligo
Feeneys Dromore West Sligo
Keanes SS Strandhill Sligo
Garlow Fuels Grange Sligo
Topaz  Cashel Waller’s Lot, Cashel Tipperary
Topaz Thurles Kickham Street, Thurles Tipperary
Autopower SS Clonmel Road Carrick on Suir Tipperary
Cappanilly S.Stn Ltd Borrisoleigh Tipperary
Carrig Rd SS By-Pass Roscrea Tipperary
Clonmel Oil SS Waterford rd Clonmel Tipperary
Prior Park SS Clonmel  Clonmel Tipperary
Wallaces’s SS Templemore Tipperary
Ahernes Abbey road Thurles Tipperary
Caseys Toomevara Tipperary
Obama Plaza Moneygall Tipperary
Spar Tipperary Town Tipperary  Town Tipperary
Ryan’s Centra Newport Tipperary
Kelly’s SS Garvaghy, BT72 2DX Tyrone
Border SS Lifford Road, Strabane Tyrone BT82 8EP
Topaz  Cove Dunmore Rd, Cove Waterford
Topaz  Crystal Cork Rd, Waterford Waterford
Topaz  Manor Manor Street, Waterford Waterford
Dungarvan Dungarvan Waterford
Topaz Athlone Brideswell, Dublin Rd Westmeath
Topaz Ballymahon Road Ballymahon Rd, Athlone Westmeath
Topaz Patrick Street Patrick Street, Mullingar Westmeath
Joseph & Mary Digan Athlone Road, Moate Westmeath
Mulligans SS Roscommon Road, Athlone Westmeath
O’Briens SS Lynn Road, Mullingar Westmeath
Rustic Oil SS Lynn Industrial Estate, Mullingar Westmeath
M6 Service Station Tullamore Rd, Kilbeggan Westmeath
Topaz  Crosstown Crosstown, Wexford Wexford
Topaz Quayside Wexford Rd, New Ross Wexford
Knockavilla SS Knockavilla, New Ross Wexford
Topaz Brinkhall Main Street, Ashford Wicklow
Topaz Bray Dublin Rd, Bray Wicklow
Brennanstown Hollybrook, Bray Wicklow
Topaz Kilcoole Main Street, Kilcoole Wicklow
Kilmacanogue Kilmacanogue Wicklow
Topaz Wicklow Sinnotts, Dublin Rd, Wicklow Wicklow
Topaz Park View Main Street, Blessington Wicklow
Centra Greystones Greystones, Wicklow Wicklow

SOURCE: Topaz Energy Group Limited

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Topaz Syria Emergency Appeal: Donate 14 Sep - 11 Oct 2015 at any participating service station

Topaz Syria Emergency Appeal: Donate 14 Sep – 11 Oct 2015 at any participating service station

Best Buy introduces new and more convenient Geek Squad protection and service plans

New plans give consumers unmatched help and expert advice for their computing needs, in-store and online

SEATTLE, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology has changed the world but knowing how to keep it all working – or even get the most out of it – isn’t easy. The fact is, as much as we love our technology, many of us could use some help with it. That’s where Best Buy and Geek Squad come in. We are the technology experts who can help you set up your technology and the one-stop shop you can turn to when something goes wrong. We are always there for you, whenever and whenever you need us.

This level of service now gets even better as Best Buy introduces new and more convenient Geek Squad protection and service plans for our customers. Three new plans represent the next evolution in how we help our customers fully experience the benefits of their technology, assisted by “anytime and anywhere” support from Best Buy and Geek Squad:

  • Geek Squad Protect & Support Plus is a comprehensive service to help customers set up and make the most of any laptop, desktop or tablet sold at Best Buy. We will provide unlimited assistance online, in-store and by phone for problems related to the device or its software. At the same time, this plan will give you confidence that your computer or tablet is protected from accidental drops, spills and cracks with Accidental Damage & Handling (ADH) coverage. All this comes in one convenient, competitively priced plan.
  • Geek Squad Protect & Support offers the same benefits as Geek Squad Protect & Support Plus, without ADH coverage from accidental drops, spills and cracks.
  • Geek Squad 24/7 Support provides unlimited assistance online, in-store and by phone for help with any laptop, desktop or tablet purchased at Best Buy or anywhere else. While our Geek Squad Protect & Support plans cover software and device-related issues, this plan only addresses software-related problems and provides service to customers looking to make better use of their computers or tablets.

These new offerings – Geek Squad Protect and Support Plus and Geek Squad 24/7 – are part of our determination to provide world-class customer service. This passion comes to light every day in our stores through group classes and one-on-one trainings on topics ranging from DSLR cameras to Windows 10 for customers interested in learning more about their technology.

The fact is Best Buy is always there to get you setup and running, and to protect and support your technology so that you can get the most out of it. We are helping millions of Americans each year, in our stores and in their homes, and we look forward to helping you too.

More details about the new Geek Squad services are available at http://www.bestbuy.com/site/electronics/geek-squad/pcmcat138100050018.c?id=pcmcat138100050018

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Best Buy introduces new and more convenient Geek Squad protection and service plans

Best Buy introduces new and more convenient Geek Squad protection and service plans

Starbucks barista Eric Calderon becomes popular dancing in a viral video

SEATTLE, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Starbucks barista might have missed his big chance to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. And, he’s okay with that.

A Starbucks barista might have missed his big chance to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. And, he’s okay with that.

Eric Calderon wanted a job that gave him opportunities to interact with customers, so he joined Starbucks four months ago as a barista in Webster, Texas.

“I really just want to brighten someone’s day, and I’m always looking for ways to make people laugh or smile,” said Calderon. “Life is serious enough, so why not lighten things up when I can?”

Earlier this week he noticed two guys in the drive-thru who sounded like they were having a good time. When they pulled up to the window to pick up their order, Calderon overheard their music blaring and couldn’t hold back.

He raced to the window and started dancing to the song that was playing – “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, a song that’s topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. After watching in amazement for a while, one of the customers recorded a video and posted it to his Facebook account.

The social news site BuzzFeed picked up the 14-second clip and tens of thousands of video views later Calderon was getting texts and calls from friends who recognized him.

“I came in to work the next day and was told The Ellen DeGeneres Show wanted to talk to ‘the barista who was dancing in the drive-thru’ and I thought it was a joke,” he said. “We were really busy in the store so I told them to call me back later when I’m on my break.”

When a show producer called the second time, Calderon was taking care of customers and again he asked them to call back later.

The show hasn’t gotten back to him since.

At this point Calderon thinks he missed his opportunity. But if the show does call, he’ll be ready for a dance-off with Ellen who’s known for dancing with celebrities on her show.

“I don’t really have any signature moves,” he said. “I just let the music take my body where it wants to go.”

In the meantime, Calderon said he’s happy to stick with his day job and is interested in working his way up to shift supervisor and store management with Starbucks.

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

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Starbucks barista Eric Calderon becomes popular dancing in a viral video

Starbucks barista Eric Calderon becomes popular dancing in a viral video

Starbucks hands-on training program places Starbucks assistant store managers on a fast track to oversee their own stores

SEATTLE, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Vikas became assistant manager of a Starbucks in Vancouver, British Columbia he knew he wasn’t going to remain in that role. His hope was that an eight- to 12-month hands-on training program would put him in a position to manage his own store within a year. And that’s just what happened.

Today Vikas (who only uses one name) is the store manager of a new Starbucks® store at Hornby and Drake in downtown Vancouver. He’s built a team of nine partners (employees) and concentrates on running and growing the business and building a community meeting place.

Vikas’s journey to becoming a Starbucks store manager began in his homeland of India, where he received a bachelor’s degree in hotel management. He arrived in Canada in August 2012 and worked in the restaurant trade before joining Starbucks as an assistant store manager in July 2014.

Starbucks hands-on training places Starbucks assistant store managers on a fast track to oversee their own stores. Last year, over 1,000 assistant store managers in North America made the move upward within Starbucks.

Vikas was a model candidate to develop into a store manager. Beyond his experience and education, he displayed the entrepreneurial spirit the role demands and commitment to Starbucks mission and values.

“He was definitely eager to meet people and making connections from his first day,” said Kellen Fo, who trained Vikas at the downtown Vancouver Starbucks he manages. “He was open to new experiences and was very, very friendly. He was always very eager to learn. When we began his training it was quick because he was always hungry for more information.”

Training involves completing a series of modules to put a trainee on firm footing once they’re put in charge of a store. Hiring, coaching and supervising staff, managing financial performance and overseeing safety and security within a store are among the areas of emphasis.

“Our training system is prepare, present, practice and follow up, and we follow that through every step,” said Fo, who oversaw two other store manager trainees prior to Vikas.  “It’s set up for them to go through one module a month.”

Vikas was ready to move forward before he completed his one-year Starbucks anniversary. “After 10 months or so as an assistant manager I was told I should start doing interviews,” he said. “I had my interview in the middle of May and on the first of June, I was offered my store manager position.”

Vikas said there are challenges to being the person in charge, but he added, “Challenges are good.”

Starbucks Career Center

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

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Starbucks hands-on training program places Starbucks assistant store managers on a fast track to oversee their own stores

Starbucks hands-on training program places Starbucks assistant store managers on a fast track to oversee their own stores

KESKO: K-Plussa, Walkbase and Seed Digital Media to bring store’s special offers to customer’s mobile phone at store entrance

K-citymarket Turku Kupittaa is testing the attractiveness and functionality of a new service that brings the store’s special offers to your mobile phone. When a customer who has joined the test group enters the store, he receives a text message on his mobile phone with the weekly benefit or special product offer. The service is provided by K-Plussa jointly with Walkbase and Seed Digital Media.

HELSINKI, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Based on K-Plussa’s customer data, K-citymarket Turku Kupittaa’s customers were sent e-mail messages offering an opportunity to participate in the testing by giving their consent to the identification of their mobile devices in the store. The first 100 volunteers were included in the test group and tell their opinion about the new mobile service.

– Involving customers from the very beginning of the development work gives us valuable information on what kind of services are worth investing in and which benefits are attractive to our customers. The testers have liked the new functionality and have redeemed lots of benefits. Benefits are redeemed at the customer service desk by showing the text message, which also enables us to get to know our customers better, says retailer Hannu Aaltonen.

– The trial running at K-citymarket Turku Kupittaa will provide us with important information for use in rewarding our customers and also in taking account of them in more diverse ways. In the future, we will be offering significantly more services via digital channels in order for shopping to be fun, says K-Plussa’s Managing Director Ismo Riitala.

– Triggering product information, special offers and other digital services as the customer arrives at a certain point in the store is becoming a widely adopted system. Our solution is already used by hundreds of stores internationally, particularly in Great Britain. K-citymarket Turku Kupittaa has been testing the technology for over a year and we have been pleased to see how Kesko, a forerunner in this field, is taking retail digitalisation to the next level, says Walkbase CEO Tuomas Wuoti.

Further information:
Managing Director Ismo Riitala, K-Plus Oy, tel. +358 50 525 6471, ismo.riitala@kesko.fi
Communications Manager Harri Utoslahti, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 616,harri.utoslahti@kesko.fi
CMO & Director of Retail Insight Juha Mattsson, Walkbase Oy, tel. +358 41 533 6400,juha@walkbase.com
Marketing Strategist Pekka Räsänen, Seed Digital Media Oy, tel. +358 50 570 7697,pekka.rasanen@seedww.com

K-Plus Oy

K-Plussa is the most extensive and diverse customer loyalty programme in Finland which offers benefits to its customers from over 3,000 shopping places and over 40 business partners. There are over 3.6 million K-Plussa cardholders in over 2.3 million households in Finland. K – For shopping to be fun.

Walkbase

Walkbase is the leading in-store location analytics and marketing platform for brick-and-mortar stores. Just like web analytics platforms have revolutionised the online shopping experience, the solution of this Finnish company provides the same level of personalisation and real-time analytics on customers’ habits to physical stores. The Walkbase technology takes advantage of a Wi-Fi network and is already used by hundreds of stores and airports in the world. Walkbase has offices in Espoo, Turku, London and Bern.

Seed Digital Media

Seed Digital Media is a pioneer in digital customer marketing in Finland. Seed’s Omnichannel solutions combine analytics and personalised communications into a marketing service to strengthen the customer experience. Seed Digital Media is a Nordic Morning company.

SOURCE: Kesko Corporation

EROSKI y la de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza han firmado un convenio de colaboración

  • Las personas en riesgo de exclusión social que participan en el Plan de Empleo de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza serán las beneficiarias del proyecto para el desarrollo de prácticas formativas no laborales y de intermediación laboral
  • EROSKI creó 24 nuevos puestos de trabajo en Aragón durante el pasado año, alcanzando los 1.334 trabajadores

 

Zaragoza, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y el Comité Provincial de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza han firmado un convenio de colaboración para coordinar su actividad y esfuerzos a la hora de facilitar la inserción laboral de las personas con menos oportunidades de acceso al empleo. Jose Antonio Domingo Franco, vicepresidente provincial de Cruz Roja, y Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, han sido los encargados de rubricar el acuerdo hoy en Zaragoza.

“La responsabilidad social de EROSKI marca una diferencia, y otorgamos una importancia destacada a los programas de solidaridad que desarrollamos en torno a la actividad de nuestras tiendas” ha destacado Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI. “Este nuevo programa supone un paso más para construir nuevas oportunidades a personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Complementa la colaboración que ya venimos desarrollando desde el inicio de la crisis económica con Entrevecinos, la Federación de Asociaciones de Barrios de Zaragoza y la Hermandad del Refugio para la atención de comedores sociales en Zaragoza.”

“Desde Cruz Roja desarrollamos un Plan de Empleo con el objetivo de mejorar las posibilidades de integración social de las personas con mayores dificultades de empleo con el fin de favorecer su inserción laboral. La colaboración con las empresas, en este sentido, es esencial. Y estamos en permanente contacto con ellas para realizar prácticas formativas y labores de intermediación laboral. Empresas tan relevantes en Zaragoza y Aragón como EROSKI constituyen un apoyo que valoramos enormemente”, ha indicado Jose Antonio Domingo Franco, vicepresidente de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza.

Prácticas formativas no laborales e intermediación laboral

El convenio firmado facilita la realización de prácticas formativas no laborales en centros de trabajo de EROSKI en Zaragoza a aquellas personas que realicen cursos de capacitación organizados por Cruz Roja dentro de su Plan de Empleo. “Las prácticas en centros de trabajo dotan a los participantes de los cursos de capacitación de Cruz Roja de herramientas y conocimientos prácticos de suma utilidad a la hora de su integración laboral”, ha declarado Martínez Berriochoa.

Asimismo, EROSKI se compromete en virtud de este convenio a informar a Cruz Roja de los procesos de selección de personal que lleve a cabo en la provincia de cara a que los participantes en los programas de empleo de Cruz Roja puedan tomar parte. “Desde Cruz Roja pondremos a disposición de EROSKI, mediante un proceso de preselección, candidatos cuyos perfiles se ajusten a los perfiles requeridos y con la cualificación precisa. Para ello contamos con servicios especializados de formación, orientación e intermediación laboral”, ha explicado Jose Antonio Domingo.

El convenio establece también el desarrollo de otras formas de colaboración que posibiliten la recaudación de donaciones entre los clientes y trabajadores de EROSKI para campañas de emergencia, incluyendo también aportaciones económicas por parte de la propia cooperativa.

EROSKI en Aragón

Durante el pasado año, EROSKI creó en Aragón 24 nuevos puestos de trabajo, hasta alcanzar una plantilla de 1.334 trabajadores, el 83% mujeres.

EROSKI cuenta con un total de 109 establecimientos en Aragón: 69 supermercados, 2 hipermercados, 5 oficinas de viajes, 28 perfumerías iF, 2 tiendas de material deportivo FORUM SPORT y 3 gasolineras. Además, la red logística de EROSKI cuenta en Zaragoza con una plataforma de alimentación y frescos.

La apuesta de EROSKI por la diversidad del tejido agroalimentario local hace que trabaje con 440 proveedores aragoneses. Durante el último ejercicio, elevó un 4% las compras realizadas en la Comunidad, hasta alcanzar los 117 millones de euros.

Plan de Empleo Cruz Roja en Zaragoza

El pasado año, la organización ofreció itinerarios integrales de empleo a 439 personas en riesgo de exclusión social de la provincia. Los participantes han recibido una formación teórico-práctica integral para mejorar sus expectativas en el mercado laboral. Desde la Institución se trabaja en diferentes sectores de actividad económica, con especial atención al sector servicios.

El 37,5% han logrado un puesto de trabajo, a través de la mediación empresarial que realiza el área de Empleo.

Los esfuerzos de Cruz Roja van dirigidos a desarrollar las capacidades de la población más alejada del mundo laboral: parados de larga duración, mayores de 45 años, mujeres, jóvenes o extranjeros con baja cualificación, son colectivos prioritarios en la acción de Cruz Roja.

Desde la organización, se realiza un seguimiento integral de cada una de las personas que participan en los diferentes proyectos del Plan de Empleo, desde el periodo formativo que incluye prácticas en empresas, hasta tareas de mediación para conseguir que obtengan un puesto de trabajo.

Los datos del Plan de Empleo 2015, ya superan a los del año anterior. Tanto la formación, como la inserción en el entorno social y laboral, muestran una curva ascendente que evidencia las grandes posibilidades que podemos ofrecer a las personas que colaboran en nuestros Proyectos de Inserción mediante Itinerarios Personalizados.

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EROSKI y la de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza han firmado un convenio de colaboración

EROSKI y la de Cruz Roja en Zaragoza han firmado un convenio de colaboración

Conad: Scrittori di classe 2 Crescere con un libro come amico

Bologna, Italy, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prende il via la seconda edizione di Scrittori di classe, a cui Conad ha dato vita quale parte integrante di Insieme per la scuola, il progetto nato per dotare le classi elementari e medie di attrezzature informatiche e supporti multimediali con un investimento che, nelle prime quattro edizioni, ha superato i 13 milioni di euro e 70 mila premi consegnati. Ad accomunarli è lo stimolo al consumo di cultura: da una parte – Insieme per la scuola – la cultura digitale, imperante nel nostro tempo; dall’altra – Scrittori di classe – la lettura e la scrittura in buon italiano.

Confermati i capisaldi che hanno decretato il successo della prima edizione, Scrittori di classe 2 si presenta con otto nuovi temi – l’amicizia, l’ambiente, la musica (il tema darà l’opportunità di lanciare una nuova categoria nel catalogo premi Insieme per la scuola, gli strumenti musicali), la paura, il viaggio, lo sport, l’intercultura (tema affrontato in modo nuovo, in cui la lingua italiana e quella inglese si troveranno mixate in una storia ricca di scambi culturali e esperienze di vita), la diversità – selezionati in base ad un sondaggio tra 1.500 insegnanti e sviluppati da otto autori di libri per bambini e ragazzi: Stefano Bordiglioni, Tim Bruno, Roberto Piumini e Guido Sgardoli per le scuole elementari; Silvana De Mari, Luigi Garlando, Beatrice Masini e Luisa Mattia per le scuole medie.

Prendendo spunto dagli incipit preparati dagli autori, i ragazzi, coordinati dai loro insegnanti, dovranno scrivere con un lavoro di squadra un racconto di classe e valutare gli elaborati dei compagni di tutta Italia. Gli otto autori sceglieranno tra i finalisti i racconti migliori e li trasformeranno in veri e propri libri che entreranno a far parte della collana “Scrittori di classe”.

Coordinatrice editoriale del progetto, la scrittrice Manuela Salvi, tra gli autori che nella prima edizione hanno elaborato i racconti scritti dai bambini e dai ragazzi.

In questa edizione, inoltre, le illustrazioni avranno maggior rilievo rispetto alla precedente con una sezione dedicata ed entreranno a pieno titolo nel meccanismo di valutazioni incrociate che porterà alla selezione dei racconti finalisti. A coordinare questo nuovo lavoro è l’artista Pietro Spica, che ha lavorato con Bruno Munari, Italo Calvino e Roberto Piumini.

Scrittori di classe 2 ha ottenuto il patrocinio del Ministero dei beni, delle attività culturali e del turismo e del Centro per il libro e la lettura, istituto autonomo del ministero che ha il compito di divulgare il libro e la lettura in Italia e di promuovere all’estero il libro, la cultura e gli autori nazionali.

«Scrittori di classe è un’opportunità per valorizzare e rafforzare il legame con i territori in cui operiamo con i nostri soci, restituendo alle comunità parte di ciò che riceviamo in termini di consenso e di fiducia», sottolinea il direttore marketing canali distributivi Conad Alberto Moretti. «Nella prima edizione abbiamo distribuito 3,2 milioni di libri della collana, un risultato ottimo con cui abbiamo totalizzato il 16 per cento del mercato in appena 10 settimane. È il contributo di Conad alla lettura, un’opportunità per sostenere in modo responsabile un percorso educativo che contribuirà a fare della cultura il futuro dei nostri ragazzi e del nostro Paese. Garantendo, al contempo, la nostra costante disponibilità nei confronti del mondo scolastico».

In Italia la lettura continua a registrare un trend negativo anche a causa della mancanza di efficaci politiche scolastiche di educazione alla lettura e di un livello culturale della popolazione italiana che, nel panorama europeo, non è certo alto. Scrittori di classe è un progetto ambizioso che intende dare una risposta originale ed efficace alla scarsa propensione alla lettura, soprattutto tra i giovani.

I dati Istat relativi al 2014 indicano che tra i ragazzi tra i 6 e i 10 anni la quota dei lettori si è abbassata al 44,6 per cento (49,3 per cento nel 2013), mentre tra gli 11 e i 14 anni è scesa al 53,5 per cento (57,2 per cento nel 2013). La propensione alla lettura è condizionata dall’ambiente familiare: tra i 6 e i 14 anni, in famiglie in cui entrambi i genitori sono appassionati di libri leggono due ragazzi su tre, ma solo uno su tre tra quanti hanno genitori che non sono abituati a leggere.

Non va meglio per l’editoria italiana, composta, sempre in base ai dati Istat, soprattutto di piccoli e medi editori – l’87,6 per cento del numero complessivo di case editrici –, con una capacità di stampa che non supera i 50 titoli all’anno. Il restante 12,4 per cento è rappresentato da grandi editori che pubblicano oltre i tre quarti (76,2 per cento) dei libri che arrivano sul mercato, con un’offerta che è 12 volte superiore in termini di titoli e 34 volte maggiore in termini di copie date alle stampe.

La prima edizione di Scrittori di classe ha coinvolto oltre 2.000 scuole con 12.765 classi iscritte, 4.955 racconti in concorso, 125.417 utenti registrati per le votazioni online, coinvolgendo attivamente il mondo social con 31 mila mi piace, 821 mila persone raggiunte, 24.500 interazioni ricevute per i post dedicati all’iniziativa.

Riscontri positivi sono venuti anche da insegnanti, alunni, genitori e clienti Conad, con commenti di apprezzamento e ampia partecipazione agli eventi con gli autori organizzati nei punti di vendita della rete.

Una ricerca di mercato basata su 1.200 interviste in quattro differenti aree geografiche valuta il riscontro dei clienti Conad: il 77,5 per cento degli intervistati conosce Scrittori di classe (83,3 per cento se il ricordo è sollecitato), il 26 per cento è venuto a conoscenza dell’iniziativa grazie al personale del punto di vendita, il 78 per cento partecipa perché ritiene il programma valido, interessante e dà soddisfazione, mentre i premi sono giudicati in modo unanime innovativi e formativi, con un impatto positivo sull’immagine di Conad presso i clienti.

Macerich achieved #1 ranking in 2015’s U.S. Retail Sector according to Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

Ranking Underscores Macerich’s Thoroughly Integrated Focus on Sustainability

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced that it has achieved the #1 ranking in the U.S. Retail Sector in 2015 according to scores published by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). GRESB is a leading measure of sustainability performance for real estate portfolios around the world.

“Macerich is fully committed to environmental stewardship, and this GRESB ranking is the culmination of years of focused effort and investment in sustainability,” said Ed Coppola, President, Macerich. “From our thoughtful and effective response to the drought in California to our powerful initiatives in renewable energy, Macerich has integrated sustainable strategies into every area of our business, which benefits the environment as well as our investors. Our program is socially responsible, operationally sound and financially disciplined.”

A top performer in GRESB’s Green Star rankings for two years running (formerly ranked 4th), Macerich is well recognized for its industry leadership in sustainability. Major awards include the 2014 NAREIT Retail “Leader in the Light,” as well as numerous LEED® Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council, and awards of excellence from various chapters of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Key results of Macerich’s successful and comprehensive focus on sustainability include a 29% decrease in energy use since 2009; $26.6 millionin operational cost savings from 2008 through 2014; recycling of more than 12,252 tons of waste per year; and the completion of 13 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 10.5MW (by end of 2015) will rank Macerich in top 15 U.S. companies in terms of solar capacity.

For more information on Macerich’s sustainability efforts and impacts, please view the 2014 Sustainability Report.

About Macerich
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 51 regional shopping centers. Macerichspecializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in thePacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website: www.macerich.com

SOURCE Macerich

Karen Maurer, Macerich, 602-708-6311, http://www.macerich.com

Federated Co-operatives Limited retained its spot at the top of SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2015 Top 100 list

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has retained its spot at the top of SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2015 list of the Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan.

It’s the third year in a row that FCL has placed first in the rankings. In 2014, FCL revenue rose 15 per cent to a record $10.8 billion. Net earnings from operations totalled $656 million. Of that, $451 million was returned to local retail co-ops in patronage allocations.

“This year has not been without its challenges, yet FCL and the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) continue to build for the long-term,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “Our performance is driven by the partnership with our member owners, those local co-ops that, along with FCL, make up the CRS. Our Federation is part of what makes us unique — a partnership based on co-operation, a commitment to the communities we serve and shared profits.”

FCL is joined on this year’s list by 19 retail co-operatives. Together, the retail co-ops included in theSaskBusiness list recorded combined sales of more than $2.3 billion in 2014.

FCL is a Saskatoon-based company owned by 210 retail co-operatives that span Western Canada, employing more than 3,300 people. FCL has two wholly owned subsidiaries — the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask., and The Grocery People in Edmonton, Alta.

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
22 Saskatoon Co-operative Association Saskatoon
31 Pioneer Co-operative Association Swift Current
35 Sherwood Co-operative Association Regina
36 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Prince Albert
48 Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association Lloydminster
61 Discovery Co-operative Association North Battleford
63 Yorkton Co-operative Association Yorkton
70 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Weyburn
71 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Moose Jaw
81 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Estevan
82 Prairie North Co-operative Association Melfort
84 Kindersley & District Co-operative Association Kindersley
85 Pineland Co-operative Association Nipawin
86 Delta Co-operative Association Unity
90 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Meadow Lake
92 Central Plains Co-operative Association Rosetown
98 Borderland Co-operative Association Moosomin
99 Southland Co-operative Association Assiniboia
100 Prairie Co-operative Association Melville

Inditex opens new store under the umbrella of its workforce integration programme ‘for&from’

The network of workforce integration stores employs people with disabilities.

Arteixo, Spain, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex has opened a new store under the umbrella of its workforce integration programme, ‘for&from’. The new establishment, devoted to the Tempe brand – the Inditex company which designs, markets and distributes footwear and accessories sold by all of the Group’s brands, has a headcount of nine people with some form of physical or intellectual disability and is located in the Style Outlets shopping centre in the town of Culleredo (A Coruña).

A Coruna’s first ‘for&from’ store marks the third opened under this programme in Galicia and the ninth Group-wide. True to the management model used across all the establishments operated under this formula, it sells prior-season products at discounted prices. The profits earned are then earmarked to fund new community initiatives.

The overriding goal of the ‘for&from’ project is to create jobs for people with disabilities in a favourable environment designed to facilitate their integration into society by enabling, to the extent possible, a transition to employment in ordinary stores. COGAMI and APSA, two Spanish associations with proven track records working with the disabled which have been collaborating with the ‘for&from’ initiative for years, assisted with hiring and training the new store’s employees.

Barrier-free zone
The Tempe ‘for&from’ store in Culleredo, with a floor space stretching 400 m2, was designed with cutting-edge accessibility criteria in mind, layering in multiple architectural solutions such as Braille signage, shape- and colour-configured label reading and a friendly store layout and fixtures for customers with reduced mobility in order to adapt the space for a range of disabilities.

Thirteen years creating jobs for the disabled
With this new opening, Inditex’s ‘for&from’ workplace integration programme now employs 69 people with some form of physical or intellectual disability across nine stores operated under several of the Group’s retail trademarks. Elsewhere, ‘for&from’ runs three stores in Palafolls, Barcelona (Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Oysho); two in Allariz, Ourense (Massimo Dutti and Tempe); one Tempe store in Elche, Alicante; one Stradivarius store in Manresa, Barcelona; and one Massimo Dutti store in Llagostera, Girona.

In addition to demonstrating its ability to improve the quality of living of people with disabilities since it was created in 2002, the ‘for&from’ programme constitutes an important source of financing for Inditex’s partner charities and for getting new community projects off the ground.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex

Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

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Inditex opens new store under the umbrella of its workforce integration programme ‘for&from'

Inditex opens new store under the umbrella of its workforce integration programme ‘for&from’

Jocelyn Wong named senior VP and general merchandising manager for Lowe’s seasonal product business area

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that Jocelyn Wong has been named senior vice president and general merchandising manager for the company’s seasonal product business area, effective October 12.  She will report to Chief Merchandising Officer Michael P. McDermott.

Wong will be responsible for merchandising strategies for lawn and garden, seasonal living and outdoor power equipment divisions. She joins Lowe’s from Family Dollar, where she served as SVP, chief marketing officer since 2012. Wong has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, merchandising, brand management and product innovation with well-known retail and consumer brands, including Family Dollar, Safeway, and Procter and Gamble.

“Jocelyn’s experience in marketing, merchandising and product management will help us deliver outstanding customer experiences in an omni-channel environment,” said McDermott.  “She believes in building strong vendor partnerships focused on creating innovative and exciting solutions for customers, and her empowering leadership style and fresh perspectives will only accelerate our seasonal business growth and momentum. Jocelyn will be a fantastic addition to our leadership team.”

Wong has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and biochemistry from Purdue University.  She was named among the 20 Most Influential Women in Mass Marketing in 2013 and 2014.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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Jocelyn Wong named senior VP and general merchandising manager for Lowe’s seasonal product business area

Jocelyn Wong named senior VP and general merchandising manager for Lowe’s seasonal product business area