Dairy Queen® opens the Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 912 S. Washington Street

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and the new DQ Bakes!™ menu.

Du Quoin, Ill., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 912 S. Washington Street. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,600 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.

The 2,187 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 47 guests inside, 34 outside and also offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added 50 new jobs, contributing to Du Quoin’s employment growth. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales which, according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 3.4 percent this year.

“We are excited to open our first DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Du Quoin and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of cravable food items, signature and innovative treats, our new DQ Bakes!™ menu, Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks,” said restaurant operator Ting Ni, who owns another location in Pinckneyville.

The Menu

The menu at the Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill restaurant features a range of food options for DQ® Fans, including theDQ system’s value meal, $5 Buck Lunch, which is available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at this location. Fans have a choice of two Crispy Chicken Wraps, a Deluxe Cheeseburger or 3-piece Chicken Strip Lunch, which are all served with fries, a beverage and choice of a sundae. For just $1 more, fans also will have the option to upgrade their small sundae to a small Blizzard® Treat.

The Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill restaurant also serves the new DQ Bakes! menu, which includes nine hot-from-the-oven and made-to-order items across all three categories that will surprise and delight fans, such as Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-Style Sandwiches and Snack Melts.

Hot Desserts a La Mode combine hot and cold for a satisfying treat:
• Triple Chocolate Brownie: A warm, chocolate brownie made with a blend of milk, semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, drizzled with Cocoa Fudge™ and choco chunks, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve
• Apple Tart: A flaky dessert crust topped with Granny Smith apples, rolled oats, butter and brown sugar, and drizzled with caramel, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve
• Fudge Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie: A warm, decadent chocolate chip cookie made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, a dark fudge center and drizzled with Cocoa Fudge, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve

The Artisan-style Sandwiches are served hot using both ciabatta and basil-cheese focaccia breads:
• Chicken Bacon Ranch: All white meat marinated grilled chicken, aged Swiss cheese and hickory-smoked bacon, topped with creamy ranch, fresh tomato and lettuce, served hot from the oven on an artisan-style ciabatta roll
• Chicken Mozzarella: Signature all white meat crispy chicken strips, mozzarella cheese and rich marina sauce, served hot from the oven on an artisan-style basil and cheese focaccia roll.
• Turkey BLT: Oven-roasted turkey breast, aged Swiss cheese and hickory-smoked bacon topped with mayo, fresh tomato and lettuce, served hot from the oven on artisan-style ciabatta roll

Snack Melts beat boring snack wraps – giving Fans a whole new way to snack with hot snack melts that feature premium ingredients:
• Buffalo Chicken: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and real cheddar cheese, then toasted to perfection
• Chicken Bacon BBQ: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, smoky BBQ sauce, hickory-smoked bacon and real cheddar cheese, then toasted to perfection
• Chicken Quesadilla: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes and onions, ripe California olives and real cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, then toasted to perfection

Fans will find all of their favorite treats and beverages, such as the iconic Blizzard Treats, DQ Cakes, a wide variety of other soft-serve items and the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages. All Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius Original drinks are available in six flavors, including Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana,Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple and Piña Colada. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are fresh-blended to order with real fruit and low-fat yogurt.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and follow the system at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 10 million fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

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Du Quoin DQ Grill & Chill restaurant at a glance:
Address: 912 S. Washington St., Du Quoin, IL
Phone: 618-542-3112
Employees: 50
Square Footage: 2,187 square feet
Number of Seats: 81
Hours of Operation: The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily:
-Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Friday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,600 locations in the United States, Canada and 28 other countries.  IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.

Dairy Queen® opens the Lone Tree DQ® Treat store at 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive in the Park Meadows mall

New location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.

Lone Tree, Colo., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Lone Tree DQ® Treat store located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive in the Park Meadows mall. This location is the newest Dairy Queenrestaurant in a family of more than 6,600 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 800 square foot restaurant employs a staff of 18.

The DQ Treat store in Lone Tree features DQ favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats, DQ Cakes and a wide variety of other soft-serve items, as well as the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages. All Orange JuliusPremium Fruit Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks are available in six flavors including Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple, and Piña Colada. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are fresh-blended to order with real fruit and low-fat yogurt. In addition, the store also serves the new DQ Bakes!™ menu, which includes hot-from-the-oven and made-to-order items across all three categories that will surprise and delight fans, such as Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-Style Sandwiches and Snack Melts.

“I am thrilled about the opening of the DQ Treat store in Lone Tree and am ready to serve our fans,” said store operator Steve Doty. “The Dairy Queen system is the world-wide treat leader, and we are excited to share our fabulous selection of cravable treats and Orange Julius favorites with the Lone Tree community.”

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and follow the system at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 10 million friends, and become a friend at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

Lone Tree DQ Treat store at a glance:
Address: 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Store phone number: 303-792-9958
Employees: 18
Square footage:  800 square feet
Hours of operation: The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily:
-Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,600 locations in the United States, Canada and 28 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.

Dairy Queen® opens its newest Texas DQ® restaurant in Rowlett located at 4510 Lake View Parkway

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.

Rowlett, Texas, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Texas DQ® restaurant located at 4510 Lake View Parkway. The 2,900 square-foot restaurant can seat 70 guests inside and offers a convenient drive-thru window. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which according to the National Restaurant Association are projected to increase by 4.7 percent this year.

“We are excited to open our first DQ® restaurant in Rowlett and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu ofTexas Country Foods®, cool treats and Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius Original drinks,” said restaurant owner Bobby Glass. “This new restaurant is sure to become a place where fans can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.”

The menu at the Rowlett DQ restaurant features a range of food options for fans. The breakfast menu consists of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and ham along with the famous biscuits and gravy. Several breakfast platters are also available, including pancakes and a breakfast burrito. The Rowlett DQ restaurant also offers the quarter- and half-pound Hungr-Buster® Burger made to order with premium flavor options, as well as other delicious and unique food items, including Texas T-Brand Tacos®, Grilled and Crispy Chick’n Sandwiches, Steak Sandwiches and the Chick’n Strip or Steak Finger Country Basket®, which also are available for either lunch or dinner.

The restaurant also features treat favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats and a wide variety of other soft-serve items, as well as the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages. All Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies andJulius® Original drinks are available in six flavors including Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple and Piña Colada. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are fresh-blended to order with real fruit and low-fat yogurt.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and follow the system at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 10 million friends, and become a friend at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

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Rowlett DQ Restaurant at a glance:
Address: 4510 Lake View Parkway, Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 214-850-0477
Employees: 50 plus on a continuous basis
Square Footage: 2,900 square feet
Number of Seats: 70
Hours of Operation:  new restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily:
– 6 a.m. to Midnight

About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation.  Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,600 locations in the United States, Canada and 28 other countries.  IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.

Baker by Ted Baker shoe collection for kids in stores and online at Debenhams.com this Autumn

LONDON, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Launching in stores and online at Debenhams.com this Autumn, the new seven-piece footwear collection comprises eye-catching glitter, digital prints, stylish bows and rose gold detailing for the girls. From beautiful Mary Janes, ballet pumps and ankle boots, these shoes are set to transform any outfit into the perfect party-ready look.

For the boys, easy-to-wear brogues take centre-stage with twists on the classic design. From a sporty take which incorporates a white sole, to the hybrid brogue mixing traditional elements with a high ankle design, perfect for winter. The modern hi-top trainer in dark navy is finished with a traditional tan collar and tongue, ensuring he can always put his most fashionable foot forward.

Stylish, hardwearing and waterproof, this range is perfect for parties yet made to last!

The Baker by Ted Baker footwear range will be in-stores and online at Debenhams.com. Ranging from children’s size 10 up to an adult’s size 6, the Baker by Ted Baker shoe collection is priced from £25-£36. The successful Baker by Ted Baker childrenswear range sees digital floral prints and bright colours on dresses, coats and shirts. They now have their perfect match.

CONTACTS
Rebecca Crutchley / rebecca.crutchley@debenhams.com

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Baker by Ted Baker shoe collection for kids in stores and online at Debenhams.com this Autumn

Baker by Ted Baker shoe collection for kids in stores and online at Debenhams.com this Autumn

Pick ‘n Pay: Mushrooms in pink punnets support the fight against breast cancer

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — All women are affected by breast cancer but with advances in science, women today have a better chance of surviving ‐ the key is finding the cancer early. Detection is aided by awareness, and we’re more aware when we know the facts.

  • In South Africa, breast cancer is most prevalent among white and Asian women, but it is also second most common among black and coloured women.
  • More than 85% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Pre-menopausal black women are twice as likely to get basal-like breast tumours.
  • Basel-like breast tumours are a particularly virulent form of breast cancer, which means it is more severe or harmful.
  • Key findings suggest that women who eat, on average, 1 mushroom (10gm) a day seem to halve their risk of breast cancer.
  • In October, Pick n Pay will again go pink with mushroom packaging for Breast Cancer Awareness month; R1 for each punnet (250g whole white button and sliced white button mushrooms) will be donated to the breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery.
  • Funds raised during 2013 have already supplied 572 disadvantaged women, affected by breast cancer, with silicon prosthesis.

THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT

Early detection saves lives – here is what you need to do to stay most aware of what matters:

  1. Examine your breasts – learn to do breast self-examinations every month a week after your period.
  2. 2. Regular medical check-ups. Go for annual medical check-ups with your doctor and ask for a breast examination.

Look out for those punnets in their pretty pink packaging on Pick ‘n Pay’s shelves. You’ll not only be helping those affected by this devastating disease but you’ll also be protecting yourself by adding good for you mushrooms to your daily diet.

South Africa: uShaka Sea World strongly condemns drive fisheries and the inhumane slaughter of dolphins

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Many people are understandably concerned about the inhumane killing of dolphins that occurs during the Japanese drive fisheries. As animal advocates, we share your concern.

Be assured that uShaka Sea World strongly condemns drive fisheries and the inhumane slaughter of dolphins. We do not support, fund or acquire animals from these drives. Our organization is over 60 years old and we have never been associated with the dolphin activities in Japan or any other drive fishery in any way.

Animal care is and always will be uShaka Sea World’s TOP priority. We love our animals. Members of our dolphin team have strong relationships with our dolphins that have extended for their whole lives – infact many staff members have spent more time with our dolphins than with their own children!

Each year, over 100 000 young South African learners and 700000 visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the amazing animals of our oceans through a visit to uShaka Sea World. Most of these children and adults will never have the privilege of seeing these animals in the wild. For a large percentage of these children, it was their first visit outside the communities in which they were born. uShaka Sea World provides their only opportunity to see these animals and to appreciate the importance of marine conservation.

We take our role as marine researchers and educators seriously and continually strive towards ensuring our planet remains a place our children and their grandchildren are able to thrive in.
uShaka Sea World shares your love and respect for these amazing animals. We dedicate our lives to caring for the bottlenose dolphins and other marine animals every day and thank you for joining us in working to protect marine animals and to help conserve their ocean environments. By supporting uShaka Sea World’s vision and mission you are supporting the conservation of our oceans.

At uShaka Sea World our philosophy is simple – inspire our visitors as they meet our amazing marine animals, connect them to the oceans and then introduce them to some of the challenges facing our oceans. We need to help everyone to understand that our actions have either negative or positive impacts on our precious marine environment.

uShaka Sea World is home to 10 dolphins, 8 of which were born at Sea World. Both Gambit and Frodo came from the ocean -Gambit the Atlantic ocean and Frodo the Indian ocean 36 years ago. The practice of taking dolphins from the ocean has been illegal in South Africa more than 25 years.

If you want to learn more about all that we do to protect marine animals please visit our web site for more information: www.seaworld.org.za

 

Pick n Pay supports positive change in fisheries and aquaculture operations

Our commitment to seafood sustainability

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As one of the largest retailers and a significant role player in the South African seafood industry, Pick n Pay supports positive change in fisheries and aquaculture operations.

We were the first retailer in African to commit to transforming our fresh, frozen and canned seafood operations to ensure that from 2016, we will only sell products which meet one of our seafood sustainability criteria (Figure 1):

  • Certified as being sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild-capture products or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC; or equivalent standards) for aquaculture products; or
  • Categorised as ‘Green’ by WWF-SA’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI); or
  • Engaged in a credible, time-bound Fisheries or Aquaculture Project, which are identified on a case-by-case basis and developed in partnership with WWF-SA in the context of their WWF-SASSI Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme .

We recognise that a significant proportion of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture facilities do not currently meet internationally accepted standards of sustainability or certification. Therefore, in addition to aiming to increase the variety and availability of sustainable seafood for our customers, we seek to use our buying power as an incentive and a clear pathway for fisheries and aquaculture operations to become sustainable through our support of improvement projects.

For our stakeholders, suppliers and buyers, we have developed the following guidelines which clarify which projects qualify as Fisheries Projects (FPs) and Aquaculture Projects (APs) that we will support.

FISHERY PROJECTS:
Pick n Pay defines Fishery Projects (FPs) as:

  1. Projects with the specific goal of enabling a fishery (local or international) to reach the necessary sustainability standards to enter full assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC); or
  2. Locally developed projects which focus primarily on the improvement in the environmental performance of a fishery using WWF-SASSI assessments of the relevant seafood species as the primary measure; or
  3. Procurement strategies , specifically developed to incentivise improvement in the source fisheries for groups of species that do not meet PnP’s sustainability criteria.

For further details on the Pick n Pay commitments to sustainable seafood and the implementation strategy that we have developed to ensure that we meet our goals, please see www.picknpay.co.za/distribution.

AQUACULTURE PROJECTS:
Pick n Pay defines Aquaculture Projects (APs) as:

  1. Projects with the specific goal of enabling an aquaculture operation (local or international) to reach the necessary sustainability standards to enter full assessment by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC; or equivalent standard), or
  2. Locally developed projects which focus primarily on the improvement in the environmental performance of the operations using WWF-SASSI assessments of the relevant seafood species as the primary measure; or
  3. Procurement strategies2, specifically developed to incentivise improvement in a range of source aquaculture operations for groups of species that do not meet PnP’s sustainability criteria.

FPs AND APs MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS TO BE RECOGNISED BY PICK N PAY:

  • A work plan with measureable indicators and milestones along a defined timeline;
  • A system for tracking and reporting progress against the indicators in the work plan;
  • Documented willingness from participants to make improvements (e.g. signed memorandum of understanding, correspondence/contract between parties stating a commitment, letter of support or intent, etc.);
  • Documented willingness from participants to make investments required to achieve improvements as outlined in the work plan, including clear roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders;
  • A pre-defined maximum timespan where relevant e.g. 5 years to start MSC/ASC full assessment;
  • Regular review of progress and transparency of the review-results, to be conducted at least annually; and
  • Agreed communication activities between the parties involved with the minimum requirement being that the scope of the project, workplan and annual progress reports are publically available.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Pick n Pay considers MSC certification as the ‘gold standard’ of wild-capture fisheries certification schemes as it is consistent with the United Nations best practice guidelines for ecolabelling and certification.
  • Pick n Pay recognises ASC certification as the ‘gold standard’ for responsible aquaculture as it is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and is in compliance with ISEAL’s Standard-Setting Code.
  • Pick n Pay will continue to support and communicate about progress in existing FPs and APs, conditional upon the source fishery and aquaculture operations reaching certain standards and milestones within agreed timelines, with the relevant parties involved.

Current procurement strategies for PnP include Linefish, Tuna and Slamon from wild-capture fisheries, and Prawns and Salmon from aquaculture operations.

CONTACT US
For more information or to support our FPs and APs, please contact us on sustainableliving@pnp.co.za.

Sean Skelley appointed President Home Services at Sears Holdings Corporation

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) today announced the appointment of Sean Skelley as president, Home Services. In his new role with the company, Skelley will be accountable for all aspects of the company’s Home Services business.

Skelley’s background includes over 20 years with Best Buy Co. Inc., where he progressed with increasing levels of responsibility, from stores to merchandising/category management, to business development and services. As senior vice president of services strategy, he led one of Best Buy’s key growth initiatives, “Win the Home with Service.” He was also responsible for the acquisition and nationwide rollout of Geek Squad, a 24/7 computer support task force, building it into a billion dollar global enterprise providing technology solutions.

Skelley most recently served as the senior vice president of service solutions for Asurion, a global organization providing device protection and support services for smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and appliances.

“Sean is a proven, innovative leader who brings a history of strategic customer focus to his new role as the leader of Home Services,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He possesses a unique understanding of service and product repair needs, and his abilities to identify service efficiencies will be a great asset as we focus on our members and drive the company’s transformation.”

Sears Home Services is the number one national service provider and trusted advisor invited into millions of homes each year. Home Services is a key element in our active relationship with more than 39 million households. With approximately 7,500 service technicians making over 13 million service and installation calls annually, this business delivers a broad range of retail-related residential and commercial services.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

About Sears Home Services
Sears Home Service, the nation’s largest product repair service provider, is a key element in Sears Holdings active relationship, providing more than 52 million solutions for homeowners annually. This business delivers a broad range of retail-related residential and commercial services across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.  Sears Home Services also includes HVAC services, home improvement services (primarily siding, windows, cabinet refacing, kitchen remodeling, roofing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and garage door installation and repair).  For more information about Sears Home Services, visit the website at www.searshomeservices.com.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

U.S. EPA presented Stater Bros. Markets with its GreenChill Partnership’s “Best Emissions Rate” award

Company maintained lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate for third year in a row

San Bernardino, California, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently presented Stater Bros. Markets with its GreenChill Partnership’s “Best Emissions Rate” award. The honor recognizes the supermarket chain for maintaining the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate among large retail GreenChill partners in 2014. There are approximately 10,800 GreenChill partner stores throughout the nation.  Scott Limbacher, Stater Bros. Markets’ vice president of construction and maintenance, accepted the award at the Food Marketing Institute Energy & Store Development Conference in San Diego, California on September 29th.

This marks the third time Stater Bros. Markets has been recognized with this distinction. In addition, three Stater Bros. supermarkets also received achievement awards for being GreenChill certified for five consecutive years.  Stater Bros. is the only Southern California grocer to have eight stores that are GreenChill certified at the gold level and one at the silver level.

Stater Bros. Markets’ other environment efforts include replacing or retrofitting in-store refrigerated cases with new glass doors that reduce energy usage by 60%, LED lighting, and an energy management system that controls refrigeration, air conditioning, and lighting. Stater Bros. also participates in California’s Voluntary Demand Response Program to reduce energy consumption at store level when demand is high.  In addition,   Stater Bros. removes over 125 million pounds of waste from landfills annually through various sustainability programs.

“Stater Bros. is thrilled to be honored by the EPA for the third year in a row,” emphasized Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. Markets’ chairman and chief executive officer.  “We are committed to protecting our environment for future generations, and what we do now matters. We’re thankful the EPA has recognized our efforts,” Brown further added.

“In earning GreenChill’s Best Emissions Rate award for the third straight year, Stater Bros. Markets is proving itself a frontrunner in environmental protection amongst supermarkets. Stater Bros. Markets is demonstrating the possibility of achieving incredibly low emissions rates over multiple years, which benefits the company’s bottom line and protects future generations,” said GreenChill Program Manager, Tom Land.

About EPA’s GreenChill Partnership:
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.  The Partnership helps supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions and adopt greener refrigerant technologies and environmental best practices.  GreenChill Partner stores throughout the nation represent about 29 percent of the U.S. supermarkets.  For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, please visit www2.epa.gov/greenchill.

About Stater Bros. Markets:
Stater Bros. Markets was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, go to staterbros.com.

Stater Bros. Markets – Serving Southern California Families for Nearly 80 Years

Stater Bros. Corporate Office
301 S. Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Customer Support:
1-855-STATERS
1-855-782-8377

SOURCE: Stater Bros. Markets

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The TJX Companies Board of Directors to elect Ernie Herrman CEO

The TJX Companies, Inc. Announces CEO Succession Plan; Ernie Herrman to Be Named CEO; Carol Meyrowitz to Become Executive Chairman

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a CEO succession plan. The Board intends to elect Ernie Herrman (54) to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective at the beginning of the Company’s next fiscal year, January 31, 2016. Mr. Herrman will also retain his current title as President of the Company. Carol Meyrowitz, current Chairman and CEO (61), will become Executive Chairman of the Board at the time of the CEO transition. The Board also elected Mr. Herrman a Director of the Company, effective immediately.

Carol Meyrowitz commented, “Ernie Herrman’s proven, successful track record, leadership abilities, strategic vision, discipline and focus are all qualities that make him absolutely the right choice for CEO. Ernie has decades of experience as an off-price merchant. He has been instrumental to our Company’s success, including our continued international growth with our expansion into continental Europe, bringing Marshalls to Canada, and intent to acquire Trade Secret in Australia, in addition to developing our deep bench of off-price leaders and senior management. He will be a tremendous leader as we continue to drive the profitable growth of this Company in the near and long term.”

Meyrowitz continued, “I am grateful to have led TJX over the past nine years as CEO and for the hard work and dedication of our talented Associates around the world. I look forward to continuing to work with the TJX leadership team in the role of Executive Chairman as we keep growing TJX as a global, value retailer. I am excited to work with Ernie Herrman in his new role and continuing our 20-plus years of working together at the Company. The Board and I could not be more convinced that Ernie is the right person to lead TJX into the future. As a nearly $30 billion company, we are confident that this structure allows us to continue to support and maximize the growth potential of TJX.”

Ernie Herrman commented, “I am truly honored by the opportunity to lead TJX forward. TJX is a world-class retailer, with a long track record of success and enormous global growth potential. I am convinced that we are in an excellent position to grow to be a $40 billion company and beyond. The succession plan that the Board has established gives me great confidence that we will have a seamless transition. I look forward to continuing to work with Carol Meyrowitz, and am pleased that the Company will continue to benefit from her expertise. We have a highly talented management team and an organization that I believe is the best in the business. TJX is a great company, with Associates across the globe dedicated to our value mission, and, most importantly, a culture anchored by our integrity. I am excited and energized about the future as we continue to bring value around the world.”

Ernie Herrman has been President of The TJX Companies since January 2011. He has extensive leadership and off-price experience, having been with TJX since 1989. He was named Senior Executive Vice President, Group President, in August 2008, with responsibilities for The Marmaxx Group, the Company’s largest division, HomeGoods and TJX Canada. Earlier in his career at TJX, Mr. Herrman succeeded Ms. Meyrowitz as President of The Marmaxx Group, serving in that role from January 2005 to August 2008. Mr. Herrman has also held various senior merchandising positions with TJX.

Under her new three-year agreement, in her role as Executive Chairman, Ms. Meyrowitz will remain an active executive and an integral part of TJX’s executive management team as well as advise Mr. Herrman on the Company’s long-term growth initiatives and strategy.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of August 1, 2015, the end of the Company’s second quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,461 stores in seven countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Austria, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,130 T.J. Maxx, 990 Marshalls, 503 HomeGoods and 6 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 240 Winners, 97 HomeSense, and 39 Marshalls stores in Canada; and 423 T.K. Maxx and 33 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Forward-looking Statement

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: execution of buying strategy and inventory management; operational and business expansion and management of large size and scale; customer trends and preferences; marketing, advertising and promotional programs; competition; personnel recruitment, training and retention; labor costs and workforce challenges; economic conditions and consumer spending; data security; information systems and new technology; adverse or unseasonable weather; serious disruptions or catastrophic events; seasonal influences; corporate and retail banner reputation; merchandise quality and safety; expanding international operations; merchandise importing; commodity pricing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; fluctuations in quarterly operating results and market expectations; mergers, acquisitions, or business investments and divestitures, closings or business consolidations; compliance with laws, regulations and orders; changes in laws and regulations; outcomes of litigation, legal matters and proceedings; tax matters; real estate activities; cash flow and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.
Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

SSP: Finnish chef Matti Jämsen will create a new menu for the Fly Inn Restaurant & Deli at Helsinki Airport

Collaboration with leading Finnish chef and opening of new iconic café at Helsinki Airport

LONDON, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is to kick off a number of enhancements to the passenger experience with an innovative collaboration with leading Finnish chef Matti Jämsen at Helsinki Airport, the leading Asia hub operator of the Nordics. Jämsen will create a new menu for the Fly Inn Restaurant & Deli, which will be available from 15th October 2015 to 6th January 2016.

Inspired by the cuisine of the Finnish archipelago, the new menu at Fly Inn will include specialities such as Finnish cold smoked whitefish and rainbow trout, cucumber and horseradish mousse and Åland organic lamb flavoured with juniper berry, roasted onion and bear’s-garlic. For each dish, a complementary wine has been selected by the renowned Yalumba Wine Company.

Jämsen has had a highly successful career in top restaurants in both Finland and abroad. Among the leading establishments at which he has worked are Chez Dominique in Helsinki and Bagatelle in Oslo, both of which have been awarded two Michelin stars. Having achieved his own Michelin star whilst working as a sous chef in Die Quadriga, in 2015 Jämsen took a 4th place at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or contest which is known as the world championships for chefs.

Also this month, SSP will open a new outlet called Tapio Café. Located at the busiest area of the terminal, the new cafe has been designed to showcase the best of Finnish quality ingredients and design, and takes its name from an ancient Finnish forest god that was worshipped in the pre-Christian era. Materials used in the unit’s design have been chosen to reflect elements from local nature, (such as the silver birches that can be seen across the airfield from the outlet’s windows), and chairs and tables from renowned finish design company Artek. Iittala tableware and Marimekko fabrics will complete the Finnish theme.

The new concept will provide travellers with light dining choices such as open rye salmon sandwiches, reindeer meatballs and Lapland cheese salad. Local craftsmanship is also showcased in a range of ice creams and pastry products as well as with a monthly rotating guest microbrew beer. The café will open on 10th October 2015.

Commenting on the new developments, Marko Alander, general manager of SSP Finland said; “We are very excited to work with Matti Jämsen, who is undoubtedly one of the leaders of our country’s culinary scene. Our new menu at Fly Inn, along with the opening of Tapio Café, will really showcase the best that Finland has to offer.”

Elena Stenholm, vice president of Finavia said; “It would be fair to say that Tapio Café will be one of the most Finnish cafes at Helsinki Airport. Finland will not only be represented in its ingredients and design, but also in its overall ambiance. Providing truly Finnish experiences to our passengers is one of our main objectives when it comes to planning our commercial offering. Tapio Café really helps us achieve this goal.”

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

Migros: JOWA backt mit nachhaltigem Palmöl

ZURICH, Switzerland, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Kuchen- und Pizzateige sowie die Guetsli von der JOWA-Bäckerei werden nur noch mit nachhaltigem Palmöl gebacken. Das Generation-M-Palmölversprechen ist auf Kurs.

Seit Jahren setzt sich die Migros dafür ein, dass für den Anbau des begehrten Rohstoffes Palmöl keine Regenwälder mehr gerodet werden. Das erklärte Ziel ist es, bis Ende 2015 ausschliesslich Palmöl aus nachhaltigen Quellen zu verwenden.

98% nachhaltig produziertes Palmöl

Die M-Industriebetriebe haben per Juni rund 98% des verwendeten Palmöls auf physisch rückverfolgbares, nachhaltiges Palmöm umgestellt und werden bis Ende Jahr weitere Anstrengungen unternehmen, um das Generation-M-Versprechen erfolgreich abzuschliessen.

Runder Tisch für Palmöl

Die JOWA hat die beiden Produktionsstandorte Volketswil und Gossau gemäss den RSPO-Supply Chain Certifications System (SCCS)-Kriterien (runder Tisch für Palmöl) zertifizieren lassen. Dies bedeutet, dass JOWA rückverfolgbares, nachhaltiges Palmöl aus RSPO-zertifizierten Plantagen als Rohmaterial verarbeitet. Die Produkte – vorwiegend Kuchen-, Guetzli- und Pizzateige – werden deshalb auch mit dem RSPO-Logo ausgelobt.

SOURCE: Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

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Bild: Migros Magazin

Bild: Migros Magazin

Nordstrom opened the doors to its new, relocated store at Del Amo Fashion Center

SEATTLE, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc.opened the doors to its new, relocated store at Del Amo Fashion Center today. The two-level, 138,000 square-foot store features the latest interior and exterior design concepts, a full-service restaurant and bar, new apparel departments and an enhanced beauty experience. The store is a relocation from its previous home at South Bay Galleria, which opened in 1985.

“South Bay is pretty special to us – we opened our South Bay Galleria store 30 years ago, and we’re thrilled to offer a fresh and more convenient option for all of our customers living in the area,” said Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center store manager. “We owe our South Bay customers a lot for helping us build our business here over the years and we look forward to serving them even better in our beautiful, brand-new store.”

The store offers customers five shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, and a comprehensive offering of popular brand names for women, men and children. Customers can expect to find shoes and handbags from Kate Spade New York, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and more. The store will also offer TOPSHOP, TOPMAN and via C departments including fashion from designers like Elizabeth and James, Alexander Wang, A.L.C., Rag & Bone, Frame Denim and Current Elliott. Customers will find brands like NARS,Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, Sisley, La Mer, Jo Malone, Tom Ford Fragrance and more in the beauty department.

Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center offers a number of services to create a convenient shopping experience. These amenities include Personal Stylists – a complimentary wardrobe and shopping service, a new Service Bar with seating and free charging stations, free Wi-Fi throughout the store, an in-store alterations and tailor shop, certified bra and prosthesis fitters and complimentary gift boxes. The store has two food offerings: Bazille, a full-service restaurant and bar featuring bistro cuisine; and the Ebar, which offers customers handcrafted coffee drinks and grab-and-go food options.

Opening day kicked off at 8 a.m. with Nordstrom hosting a Beauty Bash just outside the store’s first floor mall entrance. Customers learned the latest tips and tricks from the top names in beauty. In what has become a Nordstrom tradition, more than 500 employees welcomed the first customers through the doors at 10 a.m.

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom underwrote and held a sold out opening gala with more than 1,500 guests that raised more than $150,000 for local organizations, Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Walk With Sally. The Gala Honorary Co-Chairs were Nancy O’Dell and Zendaya, and Charity Co-Chairs were Nick Arquette, Founder of Walk With Sally, andMelanie and Jeff MacLean from Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

ABOUT NORDSTROM
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 316 stores in 39 states, including 120 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 188 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Contact:
Chelsey Allodi
October 9, 2015 Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 849-2851

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Tesco the first UK supermarket to guarantee customers they will never pay more for their branded shop compared with other leading supermarkets

  • Research reveals UK shoppers could be missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds in annual savings

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today become the first UK supermarket to offer an immediate price match at tills, guaranteeing to customers they will never pay more for their branded shop compared with other leading supermarkets. Tesco’s Brand Guarantee, which removes the hassle and inconvenience of price match vouchers, is a direct result of feedback as Tesco seeks to make the shopping trip easier for customers.

The new Brand Guarantee compares the overall cost of a customer’s branded grocery shop against what it would have cost at Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. If the shop would have been cheaper elsewhere, customers will automatically get the difference deducted off their bill immediately, both in store and online*. Crucially, the scheme will also price match against promotions at Tesco’s main competitors.

The move by Tesco comes as new research revealed the extent to which price match vouchers – offered by some of the UK’s supermarkets – were failing to meet customers’ needs, with UK customers potentially missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds in savings each year.

According to the research, which explored the views of shoppers from across the supermarket spectrum, over a third (35%) of Britain’s supermarket shoppers have never used a price matching scheme in-store, rising to a staggering 80% online.

The research also showed:

  • Almost half (48%) of supermarket shoppers cited the main reason for this as the fact they forget to use the vouchers
  • While 16% of shoppers said they lose vouchers before they can claim their savings

Brand Guarantee is the latest step in Tesco’s drive to help customers. The retailer has already invested in bringing down the price of leading brands and has introduced simple, more affordable prices on many of the everyday, own label products customers rely on.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and Ireland CEO said:

“Shoppers tell us price matching vouchers are a pain and don’t really help them. We all know it can be stressful and awkward when you have to rummage through your wallet to find a price match voucher.

“That’s why we’re ensuring that with Brand Guarantee customers will never lose out on their branded shop by getting money off their bill at the till.

“We’re working hard to make the shopping trip that little bit easier for customers, with simple, affordable prices you can trust. Brand Guarantee is one more way we are taking the hassle out of a trip to the supermarket or an online shop.”

The initiative has already been trialled in Northern Ireland over the last few weeks, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from both colleagues and customers.

Sarah Willingham, Personal Finance expert said:

“Price matching has become far too complicated for shoppers. What they want is simplicity. We’ve all been there – you rush out of the house to do your shopping, you’re trying to remember your bags, your list, find your car keys. You get to the supermarket checkout only to realise you’ve left your voucher on the kitchen table. Worse still, you find a voucher in your wallet only to find it has expired and you’ve lost out. Instant money off at the checkout means no more hassle and a win for shoppers. Anything that adds value to the consumer with no extra effort required is a great thing.”

ENDS 

 

Notes to editors

  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,101 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th – 6th October 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)
  • All calculations were made by Tesco, using ONS data and statistics from the YouGov research
  • To qualify for Brand Guarantee, customers must purchase a basket containing a minimum of 10 different products, and at least one comparable branded product
  • Brand Guarantee is available in all of Tesco’s larger stores and online.
  • Brand Guarantee does not apply in ROI
  • *Online customers will receive money off their bill at point of delivery

For further information please contact Matt Francis in the Tesco press office on 07702143959 or matt.p.francis@uk.tesco.com

SOURCE: Tesco PLC

Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

TORONTO,   2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada is announcing $200,000 in Starbucks Foundation ‘Opportunity for Youth’ grants, awarded to three Canadian charitable organizations which are focused on providing support for disadvantaged and disconnected youth.

In Canada, youth unemployment rates are more than double the national average.* Starbucks is working with some of the country’s top youth organizations to offer life skills training and meaningful employment opportunities for vulnerable young people. The Opportunity for Youth grants are a reflection of Starbucks long history of investing in programs that equip young people with the skills and training required for the global economy.

Here are this year’s grant recipients, and a description of how the funds will support young people in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal:

Youth Employment Services – Toronto

To help Toronto’s opportunity youth (those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or not employeed) succeed in a competitive labor market, Youth Employment Services (YES) has developed the Youth Employment Champion Initiative to provide youth with the skills, tools, knowledge, and resources needed to find and maintain employment. Funds from the Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth grants will contribute to supporting the 680 young people in the program, many of whom are facing challenges such as living in poverty, having less than Grade 12 education, suffering from mental health issues and have no prior work experience.

“YES is proud to work with Starbucks to help empower youth through our entrepreneur and job skills programs,” said Timothy Lang, President and CEO, YES.  “YES is the Canadian leader in providing youth employment services and helps over 10,000 youth per year. YES is delighted to have Starbucks support, which will help change lives forever.”

Covenant House Vancouver – Vancouver

Covenant House Vancouver has been helping disadvantaged young people overcome obstacles to independence for nearly 18 years. Rights of Passage is a five-step program strategically designed to help youth between the ages of 16-24 improve their lives and achieve sustainable employment. The Starbucks Opportunity for Youth grant will help fund all five steps of the program to help youth deal with challenges and move in a positive direction in life where they will achieve healthy independence.

“Covenant House Vancouver is honored to receive such an impactful gift from Starbucks Foundation to help us support at-risk and homeless youth who want to change their lives,” said Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House Vancouver. “The Opportunity for Youth grant means that youth who didn’t have a loving home to grow up in, and who never learned how to take care of themselves, will receive long-term, supportive transitional-housing in our Rights of Passage program. They will learn and practice new life skills while they are working or attending school. This support means that Covenant House Vancouver can lastingly lift these young people out of poverty and off the street.”

Le Bon Dieu Dans la Rue – Montreal

Dans la Rue provides employability programs for youth whose social and skill development have been severely compromised having left home at an early age and/or having been through Youth Protection Services. Dans la Rue will use the Starbucks Foundation funding to help develop the Community Employment Opportunities program for youth by establishing new community partnerships, short and long-term internships for youth and further permanent job opportunities.

“We are extremely grateful to receive funding from Starbucks Opportunity for Youth Grants,” said Cécile Arbaud, Executive Director, Dans la Rue. “Thanks to Starbucks, we can establish the community employment opportunities for youth initiative and develop new partnerships to provide marginalized youth with short and long-term job opportunities. As the youth move beyond the safe confines of Dans la Rue’s work environment, they will become more integrated into the community and become more self-sufficient.”

*Source: Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada 2015

About Creating Opportunity in Canada
In addition to the Opportunity for Youth grants, Starbucks Canada is committed to offering a comprehensive work-placement program that combines in-class core life skills and employability training with on-the-job work placement experience in Starbucks. Together with charitable organizations in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, since 2002, the Starbucks Barista Work-Readiness program has graduated over than 500 youth – more than 80 percent of whom have then furthered their education or found meaningful employment. Some were hired by Starbucks permanently.

This past April, Starbucks Canada announced a commitment to provide 10 percent of its barista roles to unemployed youth living in Toronto’s Neighborhood Improvement Areas. Over a 12-month period, Starbucks is helping tackle the issue of youth unemployment in Toronto by filling over 150 barista roles and work placement training opportunities with candidates from the City’s Partnership to Advance Youth Employment program.

Earlier this year, the Starbucks Foundation also announced $1.5 million in Opportunity for Youth grants to 72 nonprofit organizations in 15 U.S. cities for fiscal year 2016. These grants, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000, build on the foundation’s long history of investing in programs that equip young people ages 16-24 with the skills and training required for the changing global economy.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

Macy’s, Inc. sells the top four floors of its downtown Seattle store to controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group

CINCINNATI, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced it has sold the top four floors (levels five through eight) of underutilized space in its downtown Seattle store, located at 300 Pine Street, to a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group to be converted to office use.

The Macy’s store will remain open and operating, with space reconfigured by fall 2016 to accommodate all existing merchandise categories in a more efficient manner. Selling space will be reduced from 363,000 square feet on seven floors (the lower level plus floors one through six) to 283,000 square feet on five floors (the lower level plus floors one through four).

“Macy’s on Pine Street is a very successful business serving a thriving community of downtown residents and workers,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “Our vision is to make the store easier and quicker to navigate while also attracting new jobs and economic activity to space that has not been fully utilized in recent years. While there will be some construction activity inside the store over the next year, we expect to continue to serve customers without interruption.

“This transaction is an example of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance shareholder value by identifying and pursuing strategic real estate dispositions while maintaining the flexibility we require to run a successful business,” he added.

Macy’s 265 current downtown store associates will remain in place, although some may be reassigned as departments are respaced.

Macy’s downtown Seattle building, with a total of 864,000 square feet, was opened in 1929 as The Bon Marche. The nameplate converted to Macy’s in September 2006.

The purchase price for the four floors, totaling more than 300,000 square feet, was $65 million in cash. Macy’s, Inc. will record a gain of approximately $60 million in the third quarter of 2015. The gain was originally anticipated and included in 2015 earnings guidance previously provided by the company although it is being booked a quarter earlier than expected.

About Starwood Capital Group
Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a core focus on global real estate. Headquartered inGreenwich, CT, the firm maintains 10 offices in four countries around the world, and currently has more than 1,400 employees. Starwood Capital Group has raised approximately $32 billion of equity capital since its inception in 1991, and currently manages over $45 billion in assets. The Firm has invested in virtually every category of real estate on a global basis, opportunistically shifting asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as it perceives risk-reward dynamics to be evolving. For more than two decades, Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates have successfully executed an investment strategy that involves building enterprises around real estate portfolios in both the private and public markets. Additional information can be found at starwoodcapital.com

About Macy’s, Inc.
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, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai 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
Betsy Nelson, 415-393-3819
or
Investor:
Matt Stautberg, 513-579-7780

CVS Health expands national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation to help advance arthritis advocacy, research and patient support

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today, in advance of World Arthritis Day on October 12, the expansion of a national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation to help advance arthritis advocacy, research and patient support. As part of the partnership, CVS/specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health, will be designated an Arthritis Foundation ‘Partner for Better Living'(SM) and be its first and only specialty pharmacy partner. The distinction recognizes CVS/specialty’s commitment to helping people with arthritis and joint pain, and builds on the longstanding relationship between the two organizations. CVS/pharmacy is currently the exclusive retail drugstore partner of the Arthritis Foundation.

“Our expanded partnership with the Arthritis Foundation will allow us to extend our purpose of helping people on their path to better health by supporting an organization dedicated to advancing education, access to care, advancements in science and community connections for people with arthritis,” said Alan Lotvin, MD, executive vice president of specialty pharmacy for CVS/caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager of CVS Health. “CVS/specialty is a different kind of pharmacy with services that offer convenience, care and support for our patients with complex conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, so they have the freedom to focus on every part of their lives, not just their condition.”

As an Arthritis Foundation ‘Partner for Better Living,’ CVS/specialty is helping people with certain forms of arthritis take control of managing their complex condition by supporting them with specialized tools, personalized care and convenient access to medications. In fact, the unique model of CVS/specialty is focused on making it easier for patients with a range of complex conditions to start and stay on their prescriptions.

“We’re pleased to expand the important work we’re doing with CVS Health as the Arthritis Foundation continues to help people living with arthritis conquer every day battles,” said Ann M. Palmer, president and chief executive officer of the Arthritis Foundation.”We know that access to information and treatment is crucial for people living with arthritis, and with CVS/specialty as a ‘Partner for Better Living,’ we are now able to better support the millions of Americans with arthritis, including the 1.5 million with rheumatoid arthritis requiring specialty medicines.”

CVS/specialty offers the support of a Care Team comprised of pharmacists and nurses who specialize in chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and insurance specialists who work to find assistance for those with a financial hardship. Patients also have access to personalized specialty infusion care conveniently provided in the home or at an alternative infusion suite. In addition, CVS/specialty simplifies getting started on therapy by offering patients the choice of pickup at their local CVS/pharmacy, or delivery to their home, office or other location. Patients have access to online tools and a free mobile app where they can order refills, track deliveries and get reminders to help them stay on track. For more information about CVS/specialty, visit www.cvsspecialty.com

Since 2014, CVS/pharmacy has been an Arthritis Foundation ‘Partner for Better Living’ and a one-stop-shop for arthritis-related products, services and resources in-store and online. As part of the partnership, many CVS/pharmacy locations across the country house the Arthritis Solutions Center, which features products and resources to help better support people living with arthritis. By expandingthe national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, CVS Health can better support the full spectrum of people living with arthritis and joint pain.

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, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

About Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishesArthritis Today,the award-winning magazine that reaches 4million readers.

Media Contact:

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

Mary Alfieri
CVS Health
401-770-9811
mary.alfieri@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

EPA named The Home Depot® 2015 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence award winner

Communications and expanding product assortment lead to third straight recognition for Home Depot

ATLANTA, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named The Home Depot® a 2015 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence award winner. The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, was honored for the third consecutive year for its commitment to water efficiency and education as it continues to help build consumer awareness about WaterSense-certified products in stores and online.

By offering rebates and consumer education through in-store and online channels about WaterSense products and programs, EPA partners like The Home Depot helped consumers save 346 billion gallons of water in 2014 alone.

“With drought being such a prevalent issue in the western half of our nation, educating our associates and customers about water conservation is the right thing to do,” says Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot. “We plan to continue helping our customers save water and money as we continue to expand our WaterSense offerings and education.”

With the help of The Home Depot, WaterSense also has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 146 billion kilowatt hours, enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 13.3 million homes.

To learn more about the 2015 WaterSense Partner of the Year awards program, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About WaterSense
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills.

SOURCE The Home Depot

News Media, Chris Giallanza, 770-384-3365, christopher_giallanza@homedepot.com

NRF and Hackett Associates: Import cargo volume expected to increase 3.3 % this month as retailers make final preparations for the holiday season

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final preparations for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“The holidays are almost here, and retailers are ready,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Merchants have been stocking up since summer, and there should be plenty on the shelves as consumers begin their holiday shopping.”

The cargo report comes a day after NRF forecast 3.7 percent growth in holiday sales this year over 2014. While imports provide a barometer of retailers’ expectations, cargo volume does not directly correlate with sales figures because each container counts the same regardless of the value of its content.

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.68 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in August, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 3.9 percent from July and 10.4 percent from a year ago. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

September was estimated at 1.62 million TEU, up 2.1 percent from 2014. October is forecast at 1.61 million TEU, up 3.3 percent from last year; November at 1.49 million TEU, up 7.2 percent, and December at 1.42 million TEU, down 0.9 percent.

Those numbers would bring 2015 to a total of 18.3 million TEU, up 5.7 percent from last year. The first half of 2015 totaled 8.9 million TEU, up 6.5 percent over the same period last year.

January 2016 is forecast at 1.44 million TEU, up 16.5 percent from weak numbers seen a year earlier just before West Coast dockworkers agreed on a new contract that ended a months-long labor dispute. February is forecast at 1.35 million TEU, up 12.9 percent, also skewed by the labor dispute.

Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said West Coast ports have largely recovered their share of cargo following the labor dispute, with the West Coast accounting for 59 percent, the East Coast 37 percent and the Gulf Coast 4 percent. But the inventory-to-sales ratio remains “stubbornly high” because of the influx of cargo that came through after the dispute ended.

“We would have thought that by now the aftermath of the disruption at the West Coast ports had worked its way through, which would help to reduce inventory,” he said. “This is not the case.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions.www.hackettassociates.com

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

The National Retail Federation agrees with FBI warning that new chip-based credit cards are safer but need PIN to minimize risk of fraud

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today said it agreed with a warning from the FBI that new chip-based credit cards are safer than traditional cards but still vulnerable to fraud and need to be used with a PIN instead of a signature to minimize risk.

“What the FBI is saying is what the rest of the world already sees as common sense,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “It’s the right thing to do, and we hope the banks are listening.”

“Retailers are determined to protect their customers,” Duncan said. “That’s why we are pushing the banks to use all of the security the new cards are capable of providing, not just half. They shouldn’t lock the front door but leave the back door wide open.”

In a warning issued on Thursday to consumers, merchants and law enforcement, the FBI praised Europay MasterCard Visa chip cards as being more secure than traditional magnetic stripe cards, but said they are “still vulnerable to fraud.” Despite card industry claims that the chips are difficult to counterfeit, the FBI said the cards “can be counterfeited using stolen card data obtained from the black market.” The bureau also said the chip “will not likely” stop stolen or counterfeit cards from being used online or in telephone purchases.

“When using the EMV card at a point-of-sale terminal, consumers should use the PIN instead of a signature,” the FBI said. “This fully utilizes the security features built within the EMV card.”

The FBI encouraged merchants to require that consumers use a PIN rather than signature, and said merchants should ask for a government-issued photo identification card when customers use a signature.

Despite the FBI warning, virtually all of the chip cards being issued in the United States are chip-and-signature rather than chip-and-PIN, leaving consumers without the option to use a PIN. By contrast, EMV cards used in 80 countries around the world for 20 years or more are routinely chip-and-PIN.

“They’re encouraging consumers to use PIN and they’re encouraging merchants to request PIN – the only thing missing is to encourage the banks to issue PIN cards,” Duncan said.

The FBI warning follows last week’s deadline for merchants to install chip-card readers or face increased fraud liability if a chip card is used in a non-chip reader. The warning is the second time that the federal government has come down in favor of PIN – President Obama last year signed an executive order requiring that credit cards issued to federal government workers have a PIN, and that federal facilities that accept credit cards be equipped for PIN.

NRF has argued for years that the new cards should have both a chip and a secret PIN, or personal identification number, saying that the combination of both is required to provide sufficient security. While chips make the new cards more difficult to counterfeit, the chip can be circumvented, and the chips do nothing to protect lost and stolen cards from being used. A PIN could prevent all of those types of fraud, even without the chip.

NRF has provided a variety of resources explaining the advantages of PIN cards on its data security web page. NRF submitted testimony to a congressional committee on Wednesday arguing in favor of PIN over signature.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

J. Craig Shearman

(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) and Sherwood Co-op donates Thanksgiving supplies to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The call went out to the community and the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) and Sherwood Co-op answered.

With a week to go before Thanksgiving, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina was still short on food to feed 750 people in need a Thanksgiving meal.

“As we approach Thanksgiving, we at the CRC feel it is important to give thanks, as well as give back to the community that we have operated in for more than 80 years,” said Brad DeLorey, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the CRC. “Unfortunately, many people in our community do not get the chance to have a Thanksgiving meal unless organizations like Souls Harbour Rescue Mission provide it and we are thankful for the opportunity to help.”

Sherwood Co-op is committed to giving back and has partnered with Souls Harbour Mission on many occasions to feed those in need. Sherwood Co-op takes extreme pride in being able to give back to Regina and this is yet another example of how they contribute to the betterment of the community.

“This week, many of our Sherwood Co-op members are purchasing their Thanksgiving supplies from our stores and we thank them for their patronage,” said Troy Verboom, General Manager of Sherwood Co-op. “However, we also know there are people in our community who can’t afford to purchase Thanksgiving supplies, so we are thankful that we can partner with an organization like Souls Harbour Rescue Mission to ensure the less fortunate in our community get Thanksgiving too.”

The two organizations delivered the food Oct. 8. The donation included the essential Thanksgiving staples, such as turkey, cranberries, potatoes, buns and, of course, pumpkin pie for dessert.

“We feel extremely blessed by the generosity of our donors and corporate partners who rise to the challenge time and time again to help those in need right here in our community,” said Joseph Miller, Executive Director of Souls Harbour Rescue Mission.

“Our organization depends heavily on donations and volunteers to operate, and without the efforts of many, none of this would be possible. We have much to be thankful for at the Mission today. Thank you to the Co-op Refinery Complex and Sherwood Co-op for helping to make this Thanksgiving one to remember for our guests.”

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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Representatives from the Co-op Refinery Complex and Sherwood Co-op present their Thanksgiving donation to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission Executive Director Joseph Miller. Left to right: Beryl Wong, Matthew Cooke, John Mitchell, Terry Kirsch, Anne Cornell and Allison Hillmer of the Co-op Refinery Complex, Joseph Miller, Executive Director of Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, Andrew Swenson of the CRC and Mike Vernon, Manager of Sherwood Co-op Rochdale.

Representatives from the Co-op Refinery Complex and Sherwood Co-op present their Thanksgiving donation to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission Executive Director Joseph Miller.
Left to right: Beryl Wong, Matthew Cooke, John Mitchell, Terry Kirsch, Anne Cornell and Allison Hillmer of the Co-op Refinery Complex, Joseph Miller, Executive Director of Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, Andrew Swenson of the CRC and Mike Vernon, Manager of Sherwood Co-op Rochdale.

Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

Langley, B.C., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — To ensure that Centre of Store Merchandising is appropriately supported through the company’s anticipated growth and expansion, Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) President Darrell Jones has promoted Brenda Kirk to Vice President, Centre of Store Merchandising. In this capacity, Brenda holds responsibility for all Centre of Store merchandising deliverables for the Overwaitea Food Group and will continue to report to Blendle Scott, OFG’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Business Development.

Brenda brings with her 35 years of operational and corporate office experience, 15 of which she’s spent as a key contributor to OFG’s merchandising strategy development and execution. As a previous Store and Regional Manager, Brenda has led her team in building long-term and productive relationships throughout the supplier community and has developed a reputation for her ability to think both strategically and analytically. She’s played a pivotal role in developing and evolving OFG’s Own Local, Always Lowest Guaranteed, Fresh Solutions and What’s New programs.

Earlier this year, Brenda was rightfully recognized with the 2014 OFG Business Leader of the Year Award and earlier this summer she was also recognized by Canadian Grocer with its 2015 ‘Star Women in Grocery’ Award for her ability to analyze details while keeping her eye on the bigger picture.

Brenda is well known throughout the industry for her results-driven approach, and for her ability to drive business through innovative collaboration with strategic partners.

“I am so thrilled about this new opportunity with OFG and am very thankful for the support that I’ve received from both the OFG family and my own family – my husband Bob and three children Kassidi, Mitchell and Stacey, who are so important to me,” Brenda said.

About the Overwaitea
Food Group The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is the largest Western-based Canadian food store chain, serving more than 80 communities in BC and Alberta. The company has been in operation for 100 years, with its first store originally located in New Westminster, BC. OFG currently operates than 147 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, PriceSmart Foods International, and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners. With the support of more than 15,000 team members, OFG proudly provides customers with great local value in unique and innovative ways; delivering world-class products, services, and an exceptional in-store experience, customized to suit the needs of each community they serve.

For more information contact: Media Relations mediarelations@owfg.com 604 888-2079, extension 2200

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Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour welcomed attendees at the 2015 NACS Show

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NACS Show is so important to the industry that it’s almost unimaginable to not attend it, noted NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, welcoming attendees at the 2015 NACS Show opening general session.

“Whether you are attending your first NACS Show, or whether it’s your 30th NACS Show, like me, your success starts right here,” Armour said.

But what if there wasn’t a NACS Show? That’s the challenge NACS overcame in 2005 — mere weeks after Armour become CEO of NACS.

The 2005 NACS Show was scheduled to take place in New Orleans. Yet in late August, less than two months before the event, Hurricane Katrina hit land and it became clear that the 2005 NACS Show would not occur in New Orleans.

Could the NACS Show be moved somewhere else? There were enormous challenges to consider, and NACS member and staff leaders examined all possible solutions. How do you find a new city that can accommodate something as large and complex as the NACS Show? How do you relocate a 400,000-square-foot expo, and create an entirely new floor plan? How do you rearrange travel plans for 20,000 attendees? How do you block nearly 80,000 hotel room nights? And how do you execute all of this in 10 weeks, when it takes more than a year to plan and host the NACS Show?

“Well, we did it, and in November 2005 our event drew more than 20,000 attendees to our second largest expo ever, held right here in Las Vegas,” said Armour.

“People are still astonished — I am still astonished — that we accomplished such a feat and relocated the 2005 NACS Show, let alone produced a world-class event. We were able to make the impossible a reality because of our enormously talented NACS staff and our highly engaged leadership team. And we did it because of you,” said Armour.

It was important to relocate the 2005 NACS Show because of the value that it brings to the industry, noted Armour. “We know what the NACS Show delivers to our members. It provides access to the latest new products and services on the expo, new ideas in dozens of educational sessions and networking opportunities in a variety of formats,” he said.

Over the past decade, the amazing value of the NACS Show continues to grow Armour shared a few metrics about the 2015 NACS Show:

  • A record 410,000 net square feet of exhibit space;
  • Nearly 70 educational sessions that will average more than 200 attendees per session;
  • Four days of networking opportunities and chances to meet old friends and create some new ones; and
  • A new day of general sessions, growing from three to four days.

“Make sure you wake up early and go to bed late to experience everything that the NACS Show has to help you grow your business,” said Armour.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

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

Whole Foods Market opens new 128,000-square-foot distribution center in Vernon, California

128,000-square-foot facility features updated energy efficiency, water savings and state-of-the-art innovations

LOS ANGELES, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art distribution center Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5000 Pacific Blvd, in Vernon, California.

The 128,000-square-foot distribution center has nearly 100 full-time team members and serves the company’s 56 stores in Arizona, Hawaii, Southern California and southern Nevada.

“This facility ships and receives 1.2 million cases of product per month, including perishable items like meat, poultry, cheese, produce, floral, bulk, seafood and bakery, and it has the largest recycling center in the company” said Bryan Bergez, facility team leader. “We are very excited that this updated center will offer new and improved efficiencies and innovations.”

Building innovations include solar panels on the roof that heat water, a building for the recycling and compost sorting collected from all 56 stores, and break room furniture made of recycled materials, including chairs made of 111 recycled coke bottles each, and picnic tables made of recycled plastic.

Additional Highlights:
• Earthquake-resistant racking in the warehouse with base isolators that help prevent the racks and product from toppling, and offer additional protection to team members
• State-of-the-art docks and 26 bay dock doors developed with straight lines from dock doors to warehouses for efficient loading and unloading
• Ammonia refrigeration as an energy efficient alternative to Freon
• A warehouse with temperature-controlled rooms for each product type, and energy efficient motion sensor LED lights
• A quality control team that works closely with the USDA to inspect all produce and floral before it goes to stores

Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening by hosting a traditional bread-breaking ceremony with team members, company leaders and city officials, including Vernon Mayor Michael McCormick, who presented the facility with a proclamation to commemorate the opening.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market opens new 128,000-square-foot distribution center in Vernon, California

Whole Foods Market opens new 128,000-square-foot distribution center in Vernon, California

Giant Food, the Baltimore Ravens, P&G, Dannon, and Marva Maid Dairy support the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program Fuel Up to Play 60

Landover, Md., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food, the Baltimore Ravens, P&G, Dannon, and Marva Maid Dairy, are teaming for a third year to support the National Dairy Council and the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program, was founded under the leadership of America’s dairy farmers through a relationship with the National Football League. The program is in more than 73,000 schools nationwide and helps over 38 million students make better food choices by selecting nutritious options such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

This year, Giant, Marva Maid, P&G, and Dannon will provide $50,000 in grants to qualifying local schools as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 promotion. Portions of the grants will be distributed to schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic region that are making positive changes through their participation in Fuel Up to Play 60.

In addition to supporting the Fuel Up to Play 60 program with a grant donation, Giant stores in the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. markets will offer consumers the chance to win a set of 4 tickets to a local NFL game via a “text to win” sweepstakes. This promotion will run from October 1 – November 30, 2015 and winners will be selected December 1, 2015.

This program began in 2013, when Giant Food and the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative provided $25,000 in grants to local schools through Fuel Up to Play 60, providing funds for students to make healthy and meaningful changes in their communities. To learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program or to join the movement, please visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.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 78 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 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit giantfood.com

About Maryland & Virginia Cooperative Association
Owned and operated by 1,500 dairy farm families from Pennsylvania to Florida, Maryland & Virginia is a milk marketing and processing cooperative providing consumers throughout the Mid- Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. with fresh milk and dairy products. Maryland & Virginia owns and operates two fluid processing plants; Marva Maid of Newport News, Va. and Marva Maid of Landover, Md.; two manufacturing plants, one in Laurel, Md. and Valley Milk in Strasburg, Va.; and an equipment warehouse business in Frederick, Md.

About Dannon
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR, which make more than 200 different flavors, styles and sizes of cultured refrigerated and frozen dairy products to serve the diverse needs of its retail and foodservice customers. Dannon strives to bring health through food to as many people as possible via its wide offering of delicious and wholesome refrigerated and frozen yogurts. Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. For more information, visit dannon.com

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit pg.com

for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low- fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

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

Philippines: Now part of the SM Markets family, Cherry Foodarama Shaw and Congressional reopen their doors on Oct 13 and 15, 2015

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — After months of waiting, Cherry Shaw and Cherry Congressional are finally reopening their doors on October 13 and October 15, 2015 respectively, with a renewed enthusiasm to serve. Having served as main grocery stores for residents within their areas for decades, the two Cherry stores have established close ties with their loyal shoppers. Now looking refreshed and a bit more modernized, loyal Cherry shoppers will be glad to see their favorite markets looking better than ever while still keeping the classic Cherry feel. Cherry Foodarama Shaw and Congressional, under the management of SM Markets, now offer more products and services aligned to their commitment to deliver world class shopping at everyday affordable prices.

One-stop Cherry shops
As it has always been, Cherry Shaw and Congressional offer, not only food and grocery items but also, a few clothes, toys, and home improvements. Now, following the footsteps of SM Markets, Cherry Shaw and Congressional have wider offerings of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, and more. They also have new assortments of groceries featuring a healthy mix of imported and all-time Pinoy favorites. The stores also have appliances, furniture, home/kitchen ware, and more satisfying the needs of every shopper that walks through their doors including health and wellness through Watsons pharmacy. The stores will also have bills payment counters for added convenience.

Sweet as Cherry
The reopened Cherry stores promise to deliver excellent customer service accompanied by a wide range of products to its shoppers; a formula that has worked for SM Markets for three decades. The old stores get much needed makeovers to keep up with the times and continue delivering satisfaction to their loyal customers. And though their appearance has changed and they are now part of the SM Markets family, every visit to Cherry Shaw and Cherry Congressional is guaranteed to be sweet as cherry just like the old days.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

Harris Teeter recognized by EPA’s GreenChill Partnership with two honors – Most Improved Emission Rate and Superior Goal Achievement Awards

Company Receive Most Improved Emission Rate Award & Superior Goal Achievement Award

Matthews, NC, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership with two honors – the Most Improved Emission Rate Award and the Superior Goal Achievement Award.

The Most Improved Emission Rate Award recognizes the partner with the most improved corporate-wide emissions rate for commercial systems of all GreenChill partners in 2014. The Superior Goal Achievement Award is presented to each partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal.

“Harris Teeter should be very proud of earning the award for Most Improved Emission Rate,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “The company is being recognized for reducing corporate-wide refrigerant emissions more than other GreenChill partners in 2014 compared to 2013, and customers should note that Harris Teeter is cutting costs associated with refrigeration and protecting the environment.”
Harris Teeter is committed to providing its customers with outstanding customer service and a variety of top quality products. The company’s sustainable efforts and its GreenChill partnership are additional ways for Harris Teeter to show it cares about the communities where its associates and shoppers live and work.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.