Overstock.com President Stormy Simon announced winner in the category of innovation at the 2015 Women Tech Awards

The Women Tech Council Recognizes Winners at 8th Annual Women Tech Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) President Stormy Simon was announced as the winner in the category of innovation at the 2015 Women Tech Awards, held yesterday at The Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Women Tech Council (WTC), which organizes the annual event, awarded one winner for each of the following categories: Student Development, Rising Star, Customer Excellence, Technology Trailblazer, Innovator, Technology Leadership, Leadership Excellence, and Impact Award.

“To be on a list with 15 other amazing women, that alone was a win for me,” said Simon. “To actually receive an award was incredible.”

The initial pool of 55 nominees was whittled down to 16 finalists who participated in an afternoon of interviews with judges appointed by the WTC to determine the winners.

Founded in 2007, the WTC provides mentoring, visibility, and networking for women who currently work for technology companies, and for those who work in technology roles in other market sectors.

Simon began her career with Overstock.com in 2001 in a temporary position, and quickly became instrumental in helping to grow the e-commerce pioneer into an industry-leader in online sales. She was named president of the company in 2014 after serving in various leadership roles in nearly every facet of the organization, and also holds a seat on Overstock.com’s Board of Directors.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co. Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on August 7, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
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Overstock.com President Stormy Simon celebrates with her 2015 Women Tech Award.
Overstock.com President Stormy Simon celebrates with her 2015 Women Tech Award.

Yum! Brands celebrates its 18th anniversary on October 9th with a Red vs Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru”

Louisville, KY, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In October 1997, PepsiCo spun off its three restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – to form a new company based out of Louisville, KY. 18 years later, Yum! Brands is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with more than 41,000 restaurants in over 125 countries around the globe. We are a company with a Huge Heart and are proud to support the Louisville, KY community in the areas of hunger relief, arts and culture, human and social services.

This year, we are celebrating our 18th anniversary on Friday, October 9th from 5:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST with a Redvs Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” benefitting Dare to Care Food Bank. Bring at least 18 canned goods, in celebration of our 18th anniversary, and you will be entered into a drawing for either UK or UL basketball tickets. We will also be hosting Kentucky Sports Radio and the Afternoon Underdogs live on campus and will draw for the tickets on-air at Noon and 5:30 PM EST, respectively.

Former UK and UL athletes will be on-hand to help us greet the community and sort canned goods. The Hi-Five Donut truck will also be onsite serving up complimentary donuts between 10:00 AM – Noon. Join us Friday, October 9th to celebrate Yum! Brands’ 18th anniversary by helping us reach our goal of 18,000 cans for Dare to Care Food Bank.

What: Red vs Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” benefitting Dare to Care Food Bank
Where: Yum! Brands, 1441 Gardiner Lane Louisville, KY 40213
When: Friday, October 9th 5:00 AM – 5:30 PM
GOAL: 18,000 cans (18 cans = Eligible for UK & UL ticket drawing)

SOURCE: Yum! Brands RSC


Yum! Brands celebrates its 18th anniversary on October 9th with a Red vs Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru”

Yum! Brands celebrates its 18th anniversary on October 9th with a Red vs Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru”

Yum! Restaurants India recognized at IDA Awards for its world class training tools

Louisville, KY, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Restaurants India was recently recognized at the IDA Awards in the category of ‘Content, Training & Assessment’ for its world class training tools.

The IDA Awards, organized by India Didactics Association, showcases industry benchmarks for innovation and quality in the education and training domain.

It has always been Yum! India’s endeavor to create relevant, world-class training tools that serve the Company’s business objectives. And winning this award is a testimony to the Yum! India team’s intentionality of ‘Building People Capability’.

The IDA Awards judging panel consists of distinguished educationists and industry experts from India and across the globe. There were a total of 250 applications across 10 categories, which were assessed on the 5 evaluation criteria of the IDA Awards – Innovation, Implementation, Impact, Sustainability and Scalability in the field of training.

SOURCE: Yum! Brands RSC


Yum! Restaurants India recognized at IDA Awards for its world class training tools

Yum! Restaurants India recognized at IDA Awards for its world class training tools

CVS/pharmacy announces number of efforts to fight against the nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is reinforcing its longstanding commitment in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse with a number of efforts launching this month.

CVS/pharmacy has expanded the availability of the opioid overdose reversal medicine, naloxone, in several states. The medication was already available at CVS/pharmacy without a prescription in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Naloxone is now available without a prescription at CVS/pharmacy locations in 12 additional states: Arkansas,California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania,South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

“Over 44,000 people die from accidental drug overdoses every year in the United Statesand most of those deaths are from opioids, including controlled substance pain medication and illegal drugs such as heroin. Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by providing access to this medication in our pharmacies without a prescription in more states, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS/pharmacy. “While all 7,800 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide can continue to order and dispense naloxone when a prescription is presented, we support expanding naloxone availability without a prescription and are reviewing opportunities to do so in other states.”

In addition, CVS Health is currently participating in a research project with Boston Medical Center and Rhode Island Hospital to support a demonstration project of pharmacy-based naloxone rescue kits to help reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

CVS/pharmacy has also renewed its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, in which it has teamed up with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to donate drug collection units to police departments around the country to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.

“Our Safer Communities program has donated more than 400 drug collection units to local law enforcement around the country since last year, resulting in almost seven tons of unused medication being collected in our communities,” said Davis. “We are pleased to continue this program with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and provide a permanent drug disposal solution at local police departments.”

Police departments interested in receiving a drug collection unit can apply at www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Also, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26. On that day, hundreds of CVS/pharmacy locations around the country will host local law enforcement collection events in store parking lots from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. To locate a participating collection site, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Other on-going initiatives at CVS/pharmacy to combat prescription drug abuse include:

  • Availability of postage-paid Environmental Return System envelopes at all of its pharmacies with which customers can send their unwanted medications for secure and environmentally-safe disposal.
  • Identification of physicians who exhibit extreme patterns of prescribing high risk drugs such as pain medications and suspension of dispensing their controlled substance prescriptions.
  • Advocating at the federal and state levels to implement policy changes to curb prescription drug abuse, such as mandatory electronic prescribing of controlled substances and improved prescription drug monitoring programs.

About CVS/pharmacy
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available atwww.cvshealth.com.


Mike DeAngelis

SOURCE CVS/pharmacy

CVS Health Corporation commenced private exchange offers to Eligible Holders and Consent Solicitations

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (“CVS Health”, NYSE:CVS) announced today that is has commenced (A) private exchange offers (“Exchange Offers”) to Eligible Holders (as defined below) to exchange new 4.75% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “New CVS Health 2022 Notes”) and new 5.00% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “New CVS Health 2024 Notes” and, together with the New CVS Health 2022 Notes, the “New CVS Health Notes”), in each case issued by CVS Health, and cash payments for the 4.75% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes”) and the 5.00% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “Existing Omnicare 2024 Notes” and, together with the Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes, the “Existing Omnicare Notes”), in each case issued by Omnicare, Inc. (“Omnicare”), which was recently acquired by CVS Health, and (B) a solicitation of consents (the “Consent Solicitations”) from Eligible Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes to proposed amendments that would eliminate substantially all restrictive covenants and certain events of default and other provisions of the indentures under which such Existing Omnicare Notes were issued (the “Proposed Amendments”).

The consent of the Eligible Holders of a majority of the aggregate principal amount of the Existing Omnicare Notes outstanding of both series will be required in order to approve the Proposed Amendments for each series (the “Requisite Consents”). If the Requisite Consents are only obtained in respect of one series of Existing Omnicare Notes, CVS Health may, in its sole discretion, waive the requirement that the Requisite Consents be obtained in respect of both series of Existing Omnicare Notes and adopt the Proposed Amendments and consummate the Exchange Offer only in respect of such series of Existing Omnicare Notes for which Requisite Consents have been received.

Each Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on October 20, 2015, unless extended (as it may be extended, the “Expiration Date”).

For each $1,000 principal amount of Existing Omnicare Notes validly tendered at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 5, 2015, unless extended (as it may be extended, the “Early Tender Date”) and not validly withdrawn, Eligible Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes will be eligible to receive the applicable total exchange consideration set out in the table below (the “Total Exchange Consideration”), which includes the applicable early tender premium set out in such table (the “Early Tender Premium”), on the Early Settlement Date, which is expected to be October 9, 2015.

For each $1,000 principal amount of Existing Omnicare Notes validly tendered after the Early Tender Date but prior to the Expiration Date and not validly withdrawn, Eligible Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes will be eligible to receive only the applicable Exchange Consideration set out in the table below.

Title of Series CUSIP Number Principal Amount Outstanding Exchange Consideration(1) Early Tender Premium(1) Total Exchange Consideration(1)(2)
4.75% Senior Notes due 2022 681904AS7 $400,000,000 $970 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes and $2.50
in cash
$30 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes $1,000 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes and $2.50 in cash
5.00% Senior Notes due 2024 681904AT5 $300,000,000 $970 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes and $2.50
in cash
$30 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes $1,000 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes and $2.50 in cash


(1)For each $1,000 principal amount of Existing Omnicare Notes, subject to any rounding as described in the Offering Memorandum (as defined below).

(2) Includes Early Tender Premium.

The New CVS Health Notes delivered in exchange for validly tendered Existing Omnicare Notes will bear interest from (and including) the most recent interest payment date on the Existing Omnicare Notes. No cash interest will be paid in connection with the Exchange Offers with respect to the Existing Omnicare Notes tendered for exchange in the Exchange Offers.

Tenders of Existing Omnicare Notes may be validly withdrawn at any time on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 5, 2015, unless extended, except in certain limited circumstances as set forth in a confidential offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated September 22, 2015 (the “Offering Memorandum”).

The consummation of the Exchange Offers is subject to, and conditional upon, the satisfaction or, where permitted, waiver of certain conditions discussed in the Offering Memorandum.

The New CVS Health Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any other applicable securities laws and, unless so registered, the New CVS Health Notes may not be offered, sold, pledged or otherwise transferred within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of any U.S. person, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the Exchange Offers will only be made (i) to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (ii) to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act (collectively, “Eligible Holders”).

The complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offers and the Consent Solicitations, as well as the terms of the New CVS Health Notes, are set forth in the Offering Memorandum and a related letter of transmittal and consent. The Offering Memorandum and related letter of transmittal and consent will only be made available to holders who complete an eligibility letter confirming their status as Eligible Holders. Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes who wish to receive a copy of the eligibility letter for the Exchange Offers may contact D.F. King & Co., Inc. toll free at (800) 814-9324, (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokerage firms) or at www.dfking.com/Omnicare.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is being issued pursuant to Rule 135c under the Securities Act.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, CVS Health enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. In addition, the Company and its representatives may, from time to time, make written or verbal forward looking statements, including statements contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC and in its reports to stockholders, press releases, webcasts, conference calls, meetings and other communications. Generally, the inclusion of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “will,” “should” and similar expressions identify statements that constitute forward looking statements. All statements addressing operating performance of CVS Health or any subsidiary, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including statements relating to corporate strategy; revenue growth; earnings or earnings per common share growth; adjusted earnings or adjusted earnings per common share growth; free cash flow; debt ratings; inventory levels; inventory turn and loss rates; store development; relocations and new market entries; retail pharmacy business, sales trends and operations; pharmacy business management business, sales trends and operations; the Company’s ability to attract or retain customers and clients; Medicare Part D competitive bidding, enrollment and operations; new product development; and the impact of industry developments, as well as statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results or events, are forward looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.

The forward looking statements are and will be based upon management’s then current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE: CVS Health Corporation

Hunger Action Month: Food 4 Less stores in Southern California encourage shoppers to donate nutrient-rich milk to families in need

Through September, Food 4 Less/Foods Co Will Make It Easy For Shoppers to Give Hope by The Gallon To Local Families In Need – California Dairy Families to Match Donations Up to $50,000

LOS ANGELES, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — September is Hunger Action Month™, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In honor of Hunger Action Month, Food 4 Less stores in Southern California are partnering with Feeding America, milk companies and more than 1,400 California dairy families to encourage shoppers to’Pour It Forward’ by donating nutrient-rich milk to families in need throughout California.

In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division, which serves Central and Northern California, is also asking its shoppers to donate milk to needy families.

Milk isn’t just a drink—it’s a nutrient powerhouse providing nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving. But it is missing at food banks right here in California and across the country because it is rarely donated. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America food bank clients each year. That’s because Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it’s perishable.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. But through September 30, Southern California Food 4 Less customers and Central and Northern California Foods Co shoppers have the ability to help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America food banks in the local service community where the donation is made.

“Milk is the number one food item requested by our Southern California food banks,” said Kendra Doyel, Food 4 Less/Foods Co vice president of corporate affairs. “Through the ‘Pour it Forward’ program we are giving our customers, associates and company and easy way to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food – fresh and wholesome milk.”

To help ensure that Feeding America food banks serving California are able to provide nutritious milk to people in need, the California Milk Advisory Board and the dairy farm families it represents are joining Food 4 Less in Southern California and Foods Co in Central and Northern California in the “Pour It Forward” program by pledging a dollar-for-dollar match for each donation sold – up to $50,000.

“California dairy farmers are dedicated to providing a wholesome, nutritious product for families everywhere and to making this nutritious food available to all families, regardless of circumstances,” said John Talbot, CEO of California Milk Advisory Board. “The Pour it Forward program offers a tremendous opportunity for Southern California Food 4 Less customers and Central and Northern California Foods Co shoppers  to join us in supporting people in need and ensuring this support stays in California communities.”

‘Pour It Forward’
This is the second year The Kroger Co. has hosted the ‘Pour It Forward’ program in its stores. Last year’s effort generated more than 100,000 gallons of milk for families in need in communities across the country.

The ‘Pour It Forward’ program is the latest in a rich history of fighting hunger, including Kroger’s Bringing Hope to the Table initiative, an ongoing hunger relief program that helps bring much needed funds to Feeding America food banks. These funds help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission.

What You Can Do Today
Now through the end of September, Food 4 Less/Foods Co is inviting customers to ‘Pour It Forward’by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to help local families get the nutrient-rich milk they’re missing out on. Customers should check with their local stores for details. Donations are also collected at BringingHopeToTheTable.com/PourItForward. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

About the California Milk Advisory Board
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,400 dairy families. With headquarters in South San Francisco and Modesto, the CMAB is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese. For more information and to connect with the CMAB through social media, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, like at Facebook. Facebook.com/RealCaliforniaMilk, view videos at YouTube.com/RealCaliforniaMilk, follow at Twitter.com/RealCalifMilk and Instagram.com/RealCalifMilk and pin at Pinterest.com/RealCalifMilk.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

SOURCE Food 4 Less

5,000 Kroger Associates will form a human breast cancer awareness ribbon September 29 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati

More than 5,000 Kroger Associates will form a human breast cancer awareness ribbon September 29 on field of Paul Brown Stadium during Kroger Leadership Summit

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced plans to bring more than 5,000 associates from across the country to Cincinnati from September 28 – 30 for the company’s Kroger Leadership Summit.

The Kroger Leadership Summit will include managers from every store, manufacturing facility, distribution center and office in the country joining together to discuss the company’s growth strategy and Kroger’s ongoing commitment to its customers, associates and the communities it serves.

During the meeting, attendees will participate in a Sharing Courage walk on September 29 to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, detection and treatment. The walk will conclude at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, where Kroger associates will take the field to form a massive, human pink ribbon to show solidarity with breast cancer survivors and their allies in the fight against this deadly disease. Including local associates, their families, friends and other partners, Kroger expects nearly 7,000 to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.

“Our associates are proud partners in the fight against breast cancer,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. And when somebody is diagnosed, everyone around them is impacted. We want our associates and our communities to know that we’re in this together.”

This breast cancer awareness walk and ribbon formation reinforces the theme of Kroger’s Leadership Summit – that Kroger associates, both individually and collectively, can “Make a Difference” in the lives of their customers and their communities.

This is the 10th year of Kroger’s Sharing Courage campaign, held annually during the month of October. Since its inception, Kroger and its customers, associates and supporting partners have raised more than $30 million to support local breast cancer initiatives.

In addition to Kroger’s planned activities on September 29, Kroger on September 30 will light its downtown Cincinnati headquarters building pink, an annual event in partnership with Yoplait.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

LuLu Hypermarket opened its 118th outlet in Sinaw, Oman

Sinaw, Oman, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Hypermarket opened its 118th outlet in Sinaw, Oman, on 20 September, building on our stated policy to reach out to the Wilayats of the Sultanate and to provide a world class shopping experience closer to its customers. The new store was officially inaugurated by H.E Sheikh Yahya Bin Hamoud Hamed Al Maamari, Governor of Al Sharqiya North, in the presence of Yusuffali M.A., Managing Director – LuLu Group, Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ananth A.V., Regional Director – Oman, and other senior dignitaries.

Spread over an area of 125,000 square feet, the new store is specially designed to offer the residents of Sinaw, a world class shopping experience like never before with fair prices and friendly service. The hypermarket will provide the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof. It will have separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a live bakery. It also offers a huge area dedicated to electronics, IT products, home appliances, sports, furnishing and furniture, daily needs, personal care, kitchenware, crockery, kids toys, apparel and stationery, and health and beauty products. The outlet, which is the 15th one in Oman, also has a wide choice of world-class fashion brands and products for ladies, gents and kids.

The systematically arranged sections promise the customers an easy and hassle-free shopping experience. Extra-wide aisles, extensively laid out counters and ample parking space are some of the distinguishing features of this new store.

Commenting on the Sinaw outlet, Mr. Yusuffali said, “With more than a decade of success and accomplishment in Oman, LuLu is now pleased to embark on a new journey to reach customers in the interior areas of the Sultanate. The opening of the new store is indeed a moment of great pride and joy. We plan to open more LuLu stores in the interior regions in the coming months as we believe that every customer should be able to enjoy a world-class shopping experience, no matter where they are.”

“The hypermarket will also offer a window of opportunity to local community. LuLu group has always been firm in its commitment to encourage the locally available talent and empower local communities from wherever we operate. We believe that having a strong national workforce is vital to our long-term success as it helps in creating sustainable community living. We do have an ambitious plan to absorb enterprising youngsters and generate more job opportunities for them in the future,” he added.



LuLu Hypermarket opened its 118th outlet in Sinaw, Oman

LuLu Hypermarket opened its 118th outlet in Sinaw, Oman

New autumn espresso beverage available in Starbucks® stores across US and Canada

SEATTLE, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks introduces its first new autumn espresso beverage in four years – Toasted Graham Latte. The new handcrafted beverage will be available in Starbucks® stores across the United States and Canada beginning today (Sept. 23).

When Starbucks beverage R&D manager Yoke Wong set out to create the new beverage, she found inspiration in an unusual place.

“I thought about the back-to-school season and looked at the latest food and beverage trends,” said Wong. “What I found to be quite popular in the U.S. is the taste of cereal milk, the delicious leftovers in your breakfast bowl.”

Intrigued by this trend, Wong soaked graham crackers in milk to replicate the taste of cereal and learn more about the milk’s texture. For additional insight, she explored the culinary world in Europe. “I learned that many Italian gelato shops serve a flavor called Fior di Latte, which means the ‘flower of milk,'” said Wong. “It’s like a smooth vanilla crème and is very popular.”

With both of these distinctive flavors in mind, Wong began a journey to develop Toasted Graham Latte, considering between 20 and 30 beverage concepts.

“I knew I was getting close to the final recipe when I began to notice that one of the samples was the favorite time and time again,” she said. “Based on all of the feedback we received, we were able to create a beverage that conjures up feelings of fall, comfort and warmth.” The Toasted Graham Latte is an espresso beverage with steamed milk, flavors of graham and sweet cream and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles.

Jimmy Balch, senior designer for store promotions at Starbucks, was asked to create a paper cup for those who relish the autumn season.

“While there are many customers who want to hold onto summer, there are others who can’t wait for it to end,” he said. “We wanted to give those who celebrate fall something special.”

Balch began to sketch fall symbols found in nature like leaves, berries, pumpkins and pine cones. When he had a desired creative direction, he passed the cup to Victor Melendez, senior packaging designer, who has a distinctive style and created illustrations for this year’s Anniversary Blend coffee bag as well.

“I took the original concepts and refined them through pen and ink drawings,” said Melendez.

“We incorporated hints of color, but allowed the illustration to be the focus. We wanted the colors on the cup to take a secondary role, and let the illustrations take the lead,” Balch added.

After assembling the illustrations on the paper cup, and receiving feedback from designers and Starbucks leadership, Melendez and Balch had the final version. Customers will be able to enjoy their Toasted Graham Latte and any other hot beverage in the fall-inspired paper cup through the end of October or while supplies last.

To mark the arrival of fall with the autumnal equinox today, Starbucks stores will be sampling Toasted Graham Latte and seasonal bakery favorites. Partners will also be wearing fall-inspired clothes such as flannel scarves and sweaters, and writing customer beverage orders and names with orange markers in honor of the occasion.

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For more information on this news release, contact us.

SOURCE:  Starbucks Corporation


New autumn espresso beverage available in Starbucks® stores across US and Canada

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Amazon Prime now available for just $67

Discount begins this Friday at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT

SEATTLE, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—In celebration of five Emmy wins for Amazon Original series Transparentat the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime will be available for just $67. This one day discount will start on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. New members can sign up for this limited-time Prime offer at Amazon.com/TransparentPrime.

On Sunday night, the star of Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series andTransparent creator Jill Soloway took home the trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Prime members can watchTransparent at no additional cost using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices, phones and tablets, or online at Amazon.com/Transparent. Transparent is the second Amazon show to become an Emmy winner. Earlier this year Amazon Original kids series Tumble Leaf took home five Daytime Emmy wins including Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program.

“This has been an incredibly exciting year—with the Golden Globes wins in January and now twelve nominations and five Primetime Emmy wins. We are thrilled to celebrate Transparent with our customers by offering a Prime discount,” said Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video for Amazon. “Congratulations again to Jill Soloway, Jeffrey Tambor and the cast and crew of Transparent for making such a beautiful show, and to our customers—enjoy!”

Written, directed and executive produced by Emmy-winner and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway, Transparent is a 10-episode, half-hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. Also starring Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), Transparent is the no. 1 ranked original series on Prime Video since the show’s launch. Also proving popular among critics, the show clocked in a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98 percent critic rating, and a 91 Metascore on Metacritic. The second season of Transparent will premiere on Prime Video on December 4.

Transparent joins an already robust collection of award-winning, original and popular programming available to Prime members including Amazon Original Series Hand of God, Bosch, Catastrophe and Mozart in the Jungle as well as hit series like Sex and the City, Veep, Girls,The Sopranos, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Wire. Prime Video also offers members blockbuster movies such asTransformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, among others. Prime members have access to a collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series Annedroids,Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues.

Prime members can look forward to several new upcoming original series premiering this year, with the coming-of-age dramedy Red Oakspremiering on October 9, followed by the much anticipated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle on November 20, and season two of Emmy-winning Transparent December 4. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch and romantic comedy, Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Video at no additional charge to Prime members, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of titles to buy or rent. Amazon Video is the only service in the world that brings customers both of these options in one place.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/PrimeVideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality.

More to Prime
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 14 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in 11 U.S. cities receive one and two hour delivery on a selection of tens of thousands of everyday essentials with the dedicated Prime Now mobile app. This one day discount will start on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. New members can sign up for this limited-time Prime offer at Amazon.com/TransparentPrime

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180

Macy’s opens new Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores in Philadelphia and San Diego

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced it will open new Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores in November 2015 in The Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) in Center City Philadelphia and in Westfield Mission Valley in San Diego.

These two openings will bring the number of Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores to 16. Currently, 13 Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores operate in nine states. A previously announced new location also will open in November 2015 at 2085 Broadway (on the northwest corner of 72nd Street) in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The new Philadelphia and San Diego outlets each will be approximately 20,000 square feet on one level and offer a range of off-price apparel and accessories, including women’s ready-to-wear, men’s, children’s, women’s shoes, fashion accessories, jewelry, handbags and intimate apparel – all delivering a compelling combination of fashion, quality and value.

“We are excited about the continued expansion of Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores,” said Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s. “In addition to our upcoming Manhattan location, Philadelphia and San Diego are powerful markets with outstanding destinations for our customers. We look forward to serving both communities with great value, savings, and style.”

The Bloomingdale’s Outlet concept was first introduced in 2010 and has grown to include stores in California, Florida,Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and now Pennsylvania.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2014 sales of $28.105 billion. The company operates about 885 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s in Dubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom.)

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.
Media – Jim Sluzewski, 513-579-7764
Investor – Matt Stautberg, 513-579-7780

The Good Jobs certified Roundy’s, Inc. as a Good Jobs Company

MILWAUKEE, Wis., 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Good Jobs™, a turnkey employment branding solution, announced it has certified Roundy’s, Inc. as a Good Jobs Company awarding Culture Badges to Roundy’s Corporate as well as their grocer brands including Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s. Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with more than 150 retail grocery locations.

“The Good Jobs provides companies with a simple way to quantify and communicate their culture to talent,” said Anne Nimke, co-founder and CEO. Highlighting employee programs, perks and amenities gives employers a competitive advantage in attracting top talent. Employers also use their Company Culture Profile and Culture Badges as a part of a “retention strategy for current employees, by communicating all the things that are available in the workplace,” Nimke explained.

“Culture is misunderstood by most job seekers and often waits until the day a new hire begins. We believe this is backwards,” Nimke said. “We want to help employers to be transparent with their cultures so talent is engaged and more likely to apply. We start with a three to five hour Culture Workshop to identify how employers invest in their employees and the community resulting in awarding of Culture Badges.” When earned, companies communicate their unique culture through the Culture Badges on their career site, job postings, social media, email signatures and other recruitment and employee communication channels.

Roundy’s earned all seven Culture Badges from The Good Jobs: Fun, Extreme Perks, Corporate Responsibility, Flextime, Green DNA, Inclusion and Career Development. Roundy’s Company Culture Profile is public on the Company Culture Directory. Roundy’s proudly displays their Culture Badges on their career page to engage talent and share all of the attributes of their culture that makes them a unique place to work.

It’s very rewarding to see our efforts to cultivate a great culture at Roundy’s recognized,” said Jess Terry, group vice president and chief human resources officer. “Our culture is the heart and soul of our company and the catalyst to our continued success.”

About The Good Jobs:
Founded in 2013, The Good Jobs is a turnkey employment branding solution for attracting and retaining top talent based on company culture. The Good Jobs helps companies quantify their company culture and turn it into a competitive recruiting advantage. (www.thegoodjobs.com)

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with approximately $4 billion in sales and approximately 22,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 151 retail grocery stores and 100 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.


Wegmans will help customers identify gluten or food allergens in candy during Halloween

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Life is sweet. Now shopping for Halloween candy this fall just got sweeter at Wegmans Food Markets, which is helping customers who may be avoiding gluten or food allergens. The seasonal candy aisle is adorned with a prominent sign, directing shoppers to an online chart of information about gluten and major allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, egg, dairy, and soy found in common Halloween treats. The chart is available at wegmans.com/halloweenallergens, and can also be printed out at any Wegmans service desk.

Halloween treats on the chart are listed by item description and UPC number. A “no” in the allergen box means that the item does NOT contain that allergen. For example, fun-size Starburst candies do not contain gluten/wheat, peanuts, or tree nuts, but they may contain egg, dairy, and soy.

“Last Halloween, many of our customers asked for help choosing safe treats for children with food allergies. We listened closely to that need and wanted to provide clear, accurate information this season,” said Wegmans Category Merchant Jennifer Komendat, who oversees candy. “More than six months ago, we began reaching out to our Halloween candy suppliers, asking if they’d like to participate by verifying allergen statements and carefully checking ingredient lists so that we could gather the information into one simple reference chart.”

Halloween candy is the target of this initiative because, according to Wegmans Corporate Nutrition and Product Labeling Manager Jane Andrews, MS, RDN, parents are used to reading labels for foods they purchase for their own families every week, but when it comes to something they buy for someone else or buy only occasionally, such as for a holiday, they have questions.

“If you or someone in your family has food allergies, you have a game plan, but if you’re buying treats for someone else’s child who may have a food allergy, you’ll be shopping for something you don’t typically buy, and that can be tricky,” Andrews says. “Easy access to this information online and in the store can be a relief to the customer who may be looking for candy that’s peanut-free or dairy-free to bring into a classroom, a party, or to hand out to trick-or-treaters.”

The chart features more than 30 traditional Halloween candies like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Tootsie Rolls, Dots, and Junior Mints. Most items are available while supplies last and selection may vary by store. However, Wegmans also included information for several products that have year-round availability in the fruit snack aisle, such as Wegmans Fruit Strips and Fruit Twists.

“We are excited to provide this information to our customers and hope our efforts make it easier for parents to navigate the options so everyone can enjoy a safe, sweet Halloween,” Komendat says.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale, vice president of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

PayNearMe partnered with 7‑Eleven to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app

Bilingual app is first in PayNearMe’s plans for financial services suite for the underbanked

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DALLAS, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — PayNearMe, a financial services technology company, has partnered with 7‑Eleven, Inc. to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app, enabling U.S. consumers to pay over 17,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7‑Eleven stores. The domestic bill payment service is the first in a line of affordable financial services that the company plans to offer cash-preferring U.S. consumers and extends the reach of PayNearMe’s existing cash merchant processing offering for businesses.

The PayNearMe Bill Pay app serves as a full-service bill payment center, allowing cash users to keep track of payment history, set reminders, and securely pay their bills in under 60 seconds with one trip to their local 7‑Eleven store. Most of 7‑Eleven’s nearly 8,000 U.S. stores are open 24/7, allowing users with even the tightest schedules to easily and conveniently stay on top of their bills.

The wide range of billers that are payable include cable companies, utilities providers and insurance companies, as well as PayNearMe’s existing merchants such as Greyhound bus, and Indego, the city of Philadelphia’s bike share program.

According to the FDIC, 28 percent of U.S. households have limited or no access to bank accounts. The financially underserved and others who simply prefer to use cash can use this app to pay for bills and services without missing work for trips to a payment office, standing in long lines, and/or filling out complicated forms for money orders.

“This PayNearMe Bill Pay app is just the beginning,” said Danny Shader, PayNearMe’s founder and CEO. “Cash users are largely neglected in today’s bank-based digital economy. By building a suite of easy-to-use financial services that are also easy for retailers to provide to their customers, we will make it possible for everyone to benefit from the convenience of digital transactions.”

With money transmitter licenses already secured in all 48 states where they are required, PayNearMe expects to add national and regional retailers to its payment location network in the coming months. Other financial services are expected to follow.


PayNearMe Bill Pay for Retailers

For retailers, the PayNearMe Bill Pay app offers a new way to provide additional value to customers, increase in-store traffic and attract new customers. The app’s cloud-based technology gives retailers the ability to implement PayNearMe with minimal change to their existing systems.

7‑Eleven is the first retailer to capitalize on PayNearMe’s technology by partnering with PayNearMe to offer a co-branded app. Called 7‑Eleven Bill Pay Operated by PayNearMe, the app features the same 17,000 national and regional billers as PayNearMe Bill Pay, but is marketed exclusively by 7‑Eleven to its customers.

“7‑Eleven Bill Pay app builds on 7‑Eleven’s portfolio of products and services that are affordable and convenient for financially underserved customers.” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. “This app is one in a series of innovations that will take 7‑Eleven stores from being convenience stores to ‘convenient’ stores.”


Download the Apps

Both the PayNearMe Bill Pay and 7‑Eleven Bill Pay Operated by PayNearMe apps are available to download for free in the Google Play store or iTunes App Store. Consumers can begin paying bills in three easy steps:

  1. Create an account and add a bill. A barcode will be generated on the smartphone for each biller.
  2. At the store, show the barcode to the 7‑Eleven cashier and tell them the amount you wish to pay.
  3. Provide the cash for your payment and get a receipt as proof of payment.

A convenience fee applies, depending upon the biller and the size of the payment, but most of the time, it is approximately $1.99 per payment.

Most payments are posted to the account within 4 business days, though many billers post payments the next business day.

“There is a lot of buzz around the potential of digital payments, but you can’t push cash into a smartphone or a computer,” said Shader. “We are digitizing cash transactions to make it easier for consumers to pay, for billers to accept and for retail partners like 7‑Eleven to process.”

For more information about PayNearMe, visit: www.paynearme.com.


Additional Resources

To access PayNearMe videos and images, visit: www.paynearme.com/news.

About PayNearMe
PayNearMe is the first technology company to offer consumers an electronic way to pay with cash using their mobile device. The PayNearMe Bill Pay app, available in the Google Play store and iTunes App Store, enables consumers to pay for cable and phone bills, insurance, utilities, rent, loans, and much more with cash. PayNearMe has been helping government agencies and businesses accept cash payments remotely since 2009. The company’s merchants now include Greyhound bus, California Department of Child Support Services and the city of Philadelphia’s bike share program Indego, among others. Consumers can pay bills on their own schedule, in their own neighborhood, in less than one minute at nearly 17,000 retail locations in PayNearMe’s nationwide network, which includes 7‑Eleven and Family Dollar stores. For more information, visit www.PayNearMe.com. 

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,600 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 57,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.


Margaret Chabris


7‑Eleven’s new Bill Pay App operated by PayNearMe makes paying thousands of bills with cash convenient 24/7

7‑Eleven’s new Bill Pay App operated by PayNearMe makes paying thousands of bills with cash convenient 24/7

Victoria’s Secret arrived in New Zealand in partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The world’s sexiest brand has arrived in New Zealand. In partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail, leading lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria’s Secret has announced a new store opening at Auckland Airport.

Focusing on an iconic, fashion-forward range of beauty products and accessories, perfectly suited to the modern traveller, Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories are excited to open the first store of its kind in New Zealand.

The 77sqm store will feature world-renowned Victoria’s Secret best selling fragrances such as the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, Sexy Little Things Tease and Eau So Sexy, as well as the much-loved VS Fantasies. Girls on the go will also find travel-ready items such as lip gloss and body care products.

Lagardère Travel Retail Pacific CEO, Matthieu Mercier, commented, “Following the success of our Australian Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories stores in Adelaide, Cairns and the Gold Coast, we are very excited to be taking this concept across the Tasman. Opening a Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Accessories store in partnership with Auckland Airport is exactly in line with our vision for growth within the region, and it is simply an additional benefit to be debuting this concept in New Zealand.”

In addition, the unique collection of branded accessories add a touch of glamour to business trips and weekends away alike, as well as a select assortment of Victoria’s Secret panties to complement the offering.

Richard Barker, Auckland Airport’s General Manager – Retail and Commercial adds “We are thrilled about the arrival of Victoria’s Secret at the airport, their first store in New Zealand. This is another great example of our commitment to provide travellers with the very best of New Zealand and the world. Victoria’s Secret is a well-known international retail brand and we are delighted they have decided to join our stable of retailers, we know that New Zealanders are eagerly awaiting their arrival.”

The Auckland Airport Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories will feature upscale elements such as cherry black fixtures and eye-catching focal walls. Lightwalls showcasing iconic Victoria’s Secret products will be featured throughout the store, epitomising the sexy, sophisticated identity that Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories is known for.


ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveler all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, LS travel retail Pacific is part of the Lagardère Travel Retail group and operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India

Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105

Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142

Stop & Shop Supermarket removed from sale select Oven Cravers frozen, raw stuffed and breaded chicken products

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a US Department of Agriculture Public Health Alert, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale select Oven Cravers frozen, raw stuffed and breaded chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Oven Cravers Chicken Parmesan, 10 oz., UPC 4542153140 with a best by date between October 29, 2016 and December 16, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection
  • Oven Cravers Chicken Cordon Bleu, 10 oz., UPC 4542141512 with a best by date between October 29, 2016 and December 16, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection
  • Oven Cravers Broccoli and Cheese Chicken, 10 oz., UPC 4542145512 with a best by date between October 29, 2016 and December 16, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information may call “Ask Karen”, the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com

or www.facebook.com/stopandshop

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834

Philip Tracey
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 774-4434

SOURCE: The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC

In 15 Albert Heijn winkels wordt tabak niet langer zichtbaar gepresenteerd

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 15 Albert Heijn winkels wordt tabak niet langer zichtbaar gepresenteerd. Tijdens een proefperiode worden in deze winkels verschillende vormen van afdekken getest. Ook steunt Albert Heijn dit jaar Stoptober, een campagne waarin rokers én niet-rokers elkaar helpen om 28 dagen te stoppen met roken. Met deze initiatieven wil de supermarkt een stap zetten naar een andere vorm van tabakspresentatie, en klanten die willen stoppen met roken een steuntje in de rug bieden.

Klanten kunnen bij Albert Heijn terecht voor al hun boodschappen. Voor ongeveer een kwart van de consumenten in Nederland maken tabaksproducten daar onderdeel van uit. Albert Heijn wil klanten graag keuze blijven bieden, maar tegelijkertijd een bijdrage leveren aan de groeiende maatschappelijke wens op een andere manier met de verkoop van tabak om te gaan.

Deuren of lamellen

Het afdekken van tabaksproducten kan bijdragen aan een vermindering van tabaksgebruik onder de bevolking. Mede om die reden heeft de Tweede Kamer een motie aangenomen om te komen tot een convenant tussen het ministerie van VWS en de supermarkten over het uit het zicht verkopen van tabak. In voorbereiding hierop test Albert in 15 winkels, waaronder twee Albert Heijn to go’s, verschillende vormen van afdekken zoals gesloten deuren, lamellen en automaten. Het doel is te ervaren wat voor klanten en medewerkers het beste werkt. Albert Heijn deelt de resultaten van de proef met het Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel (CBL).


Tijdens Stoptober helpen rokers elkaar om vier weken lang de verleiding van een sigaret te weerstaan. Albert Heijn steunt Stoptober met communicatiemateriaal op de servicebalie. Daarnaast wordt de campagne bij de 100.000 medewerkers onder de aandacht gebracht, onder andere met een facebookpagina waar zij informatie kunnen vinden over het stoppen met roken en handige tips om stoptober rookvrij door te komen.

Recall: Giant Food removed from sale Tastee Caramel Apples

Landover, Md., 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Tastee Apple Inc., Giant Food, LLC announced it removed from sale Tastee Caramel Apples which may contain peanuts, an allergen that is not listed on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a peanut allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Tastee Caramel Apple, 3 oz., UPC 3526600027 with a best by date of 9/29/15

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased this product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Tastee Apples at 800-262-7753. In addition, customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at 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 is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.www.giantfood.com

Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776

SOURCE: Giant of Maryland LLC