IKEA plans to open its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store and fourth in Texas

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Grand Prairie, Texas for the Swedish company’s second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store and fourth in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Grand Prairie could begin Summer 2016, with an opening in Fall 2017. Until then, customers can shop at Collin County’s IKEA Frisco or online at IKEA-USA.com. (The two other IKEA stores in Texas are located in Houston and Round Rock.)

Located approximately 14 miles west of downtown Dallas and 18 miles east of downtown Fort Worth, the 293,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Grand Prairie and its 1,250 parking spaces would be built on 32 acres along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of Interstate-20. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are thrilled with the reception afforded us after entering North Texas more than 10 years ago, so we are excited to submit plans for IKEA Grand Prairie to extend our Dallas-area reach,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed store would complement our Metroplex presence established in Frisco and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to customers in other parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

IKEA Grand Prairie would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, more than 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Grand Prairie also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 370 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

CVS Health to kickoff its annual free health screening campaign in 20 multicultural markets across the U.S.

  • Free health screenings will be held in 20 multicultural markets across the U.S., demonstrating the company’s commitment to increasing access to health care.
  • Educators to offer resources to diabetes patients to help manage their condition.

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) will kickoff Project Health, its annual free health screening campaign, at select CVS/pharmacy locations on Thursday, October 15. Over the next four months, the Project Health wellness program will deliver more than $10 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities with a significant number of uninsured or underinsured individuals across the United States. More than 700 Project Health events will be held at select CVS/pharmacy stores in 20 markets.

“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to important preventive services,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise.”

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings. Project Health events are held in multicultural communities where residents disproportionately suffer from certain treatable conditions, such as diabetes.

“Over the years, many of the patients we’ve seen at Project Health events have had abnormal glucose screening results,” added Brennan. “In fact, 27 percent of the patients screened in 2014 had abnormal glucose levels that had not been previously diagnosed. That’s three times higher than the national average.”

To help customers and patients with diabetes manage their condition, upcoming Project Health events will offer diabetes-specific information and resources to patients. Some events will feature diabetes educators who will be available to provide attendees with one-on-one guidance and support.

Additionally, Project Health events will be offering discussions with health plan representatives at select locations, so attendees can better understand the health insurance options available to them in the marketplace.

Project Health events, held in markets with large multicultural populations, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Current locations include:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dayton
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • New Jersey
  • New York City
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa
  • Washington, D.C.

Project Health events are also being held at select CVS/pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico through November as well.

Once screened, CVS/pharmacy will help patients through on-site consultations with bilingual (Spanish/English) nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical attention to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician if additional follow-up care is necessary. CVS pharmacists will be available to conduct one-on-one medication reviews and answer any questions patients may have.

Since 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $75 million worth of free health care services to nearly 760,000 people, demonstrating the continuing need for these critical services. As a result, many areas of concern among participants were discovered:

  • 48 percent were found to be overweight or obese
  • 40 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
  • 27 percent had abnormal glucose readings
  • 46 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels

Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays at select CVS/pharmacy locations, with no appointment needed. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth (in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud), or call 1-855-287-7867.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 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.

Contact:

Michael DeAngelis
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2645
mjdeangelis@cvs.com

Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931
alanctot@cvs.com

SOURCE CVS Health

CVS Health’s SilverScript Insurance Company announced its new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) options for 2016

Plans feature $0-deductibles, low premiums and affordable co-pays

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SilverScript Insurance Company, a CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) company, today announced the company’s new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) options for 2016. Medicare beneficiaries can choose from two SilverScript plans that offer $0 deductibles, lower premiums than the 2015 SilverScript plans in many states and low co-pays for several frequently prescribed drugs. In addition, the 2016 SilverScript prescription drug insurance plans earned an overall 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in part for their high quality, clinical outcomes and customer service.

“As part of our commitment to helping people on their path to better health, we simplified and consolidated our Medicare PDP offerings in 2016 to provide comprehensive and even more affordable coverage. In fact, our plan premiums are among the lowest offered among national Part D plans,” said Mitch Betses, senior vice president, Medicare Part D Services for CVS Health. “In addition, the recent 4-star rating awarded to us by CMS demonstrates the high level of value and quality of care our SilverScript plans offer, and we remain committed to supporting our members in delivering worry-free coverage as we continue our legacy as one of the first plans available when Medicare Part D began 10 years ago.”

SilverScript will provide two Part D plan options in 2016: SilverScript Choice and SilverScript Plus. SilverScript Choice offers comprehensive coverage with low premiums and co-pays, and SilverScript Plus provides additional coverage in the Coverage Gap (Donut Hole). The Plus plan is designed for people who take several medications on a regular basis and are likely to reach the Coverage Gap during the 2016 plan year.

Both SilverScript PDPs offered in 2016 will feature a $0-deductible, low copays for many drugs and competitive premiums. In fact, SilverScript premiums in 30 states are lower than they were in 2015 with premiums in eight of those states below $20, and SilverScript Choice plans have the lowest PDP premium in four states. Members can access a convenient nationwide network consisting of a wide selection of pharmacies across the country including many large national and regional chains, many independent, community-based pharmacies, and the CVS/caremark mail service pharmacy. Additionally, in 2016, SilverScript is introducing a new formulary to keep co-pays low for some frequently prescribed drugs.

SilverScript recently received a 4-star performance rating from CMS for delivering value, clinical outcomes and customer service. SilverScript plans showed high levels of performance across several areas, including operational and customer service advancements, and industry-leading medication adherence programs. CMS annually evaluates and rates performance of private prescription drug plans based on quality, value and service measures. Plans are scored on a scale of one to five, with five stars being the highest achievable rating.

“We are proud to have achieved a 4-star rating from CMS, and we are focused on continually improving our performance and the quality of the service we deliver,” added Betses. “As an objective tool, the CMS Star Ratings system is a helpful way for Part D eligible consumers who are making annual coverage elections to easily identify which prescription drug plans will offer high quality service and value and be assured of industry-leading coverage.”

Enrollment for the 2016 plan year begins on October 15, 2015 and runs through December 7, 2015. Consumers interested in learning more about the SilverScript plan options can visit www.silverscript.com, or call toll-free 1-866-552-6106, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  TTY users call 1-866-552-6288.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 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.

 

Media Contacts:

Christine Cramer
CVS Health
401-770-3317
christine.cramer@cvshealth.com

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

SOURCE CVS Health

Tractor Supply Company to release its 3Q 2015 results after the market closes on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, intends to release its third quarter 2015 results after the market closes on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. In conjunction with this release, the management of Tractor Supply Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, which will be simultaneously webcast live over the Internet at IR.TractorSupply.com.

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

A replay of the webcast will be available at IR.TractorSupply.com shortly after the conference call concludes.

About Tractor Supply Company
At June 27, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,438 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors: John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
Media: Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

C-star to extend its exhibition space for next year’s retail trade fair in Shanghai

  • Expansion into two halls: N4+N5
  • New highlight: Retail Technology Village
  • Official German Pavilion confirmed

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — May 2015 saw the inaugural edition of C-star, Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail. With 162 exhibitors from 23 countries and more than 5,700 trade visitors, the first edition of C-star was a resounding success. Even the first edition of C-star proved a preferred destination for the top decision-makers of the Chinese retail market – both as a basis for business and as a knowledge platform of first choice. Next year, in Shanghai from 18 to 20 May 2016, C-star will even exceed the previous event by extending its exhibition space to two exhibition halls and giving retailers even more room for presenting their latest innovations and solutions.

Clearer Structure divided into Two Connecting Halls
Among other things, C-star stands out on the highly concentrated trade show market with its professional hall layout and high standard of exhibitor presentation. At the coming edition, C-star will make use of Halls N4 and N5 to create a new range of retail innovation.

Hall N5 is dedicated to POP Marketing, Expo & Event Marketing, Shopfitting and Design with a strong focus on non-food retailing, whereas the adjoining N4 completes the exhibition range with Food Tech and Equipment, Energy Management and Retail Technology

On the one hand, this new hall-setting meets the great demand for high-quality international design and shopfitting concepts among Chinese retailers. On the other, it also provides hands-on and forward-looking solutions for all areas in a retail store – ranging from building management, and data analysis to refrigeration and security.
This concept means the extended exhibition area will generate synergies between the individual segments by dovetailing retail technology with food retail, for example.

New Highlight: Retail Technology Village
A new special area will be the Retail Technology Village. Modelled after the EuroCIS in Düsseldorf, the Village is a response to the fast-growing demand for state-of-the-art technology especially for the retail market, ranging from innovative payment systems and sophisticated security systems to complex IT solutions.

Another highlight will be the Designer Village, which was highly praised at the previous edition of C-star.  Leading design agencies will present their latest holistic solutions in Visual Merchandising and Store Design (VMSD) for retailers seeking to optimise their customers’ shopping experience.

Like in 2015, C-star will be officially sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) with an official country pavilion. The registration documents for participation in the German national pavilion are expected to be available on the C-star portal from November.

Extensive In-Depth Supporting Programme
C-star wants to be the driving force of Chinese retail. Which is why it will also offer an extensive, in-depth supporting programme with several events held concurrently with the trade fair next year.

One of the show’s highlights will be the C-star Retail Conference, a full 2-day conference where international retail experts will share their exclusive industry insights. The conference topic will be “Local Heroes” and will focus on innovative retail localisation concepts of both Chinese and international industry players. With conference chairman Professor Dr. Helmut Merkel – former CEO of Karstadt, former President of the International Group of Department Stores and Chairman of Eurasia, as well as the strong support of associations like the EHI Retail Institute and Mall China, the C-star Retail Conference will be the meeting point of retail industry leaders.

Another highlight will be the annual EuroShop Retail Design Award (ERDA) ceremony . At this renowned gala event, the best store concepts worldwide are rewarded by the EHI Retail Institute together with Messe Düsseldorf.

The complete C-star package is rounded off by the in-hall C-star Forum and the C-star Retail Tour. At the Forum leading international industry peers will share their knowledge and their experiences with the Chinese retail market first hand. The C-star Retail Tour is all about the practice, i.e. a guided, 1-day tour of Shanghai’s most innovative and sophisticated shopping malls.

Geared to the Chinese Market
Despite a recent slowdown in the Chinese economy, China’s retail market is still of key importance to international retailers and has kept posting impressive YOY growth numbers of more than 10% throughout 2014 and 2015. Innovative retail solutions are in high demand on the Chinese market. With its clear structure and a unique show concept, C-star is geared to the needs of the Chinese retail industry. C-star’s international exhibitor structure will meet the demand of Chinese retailers for innovative solutions and products from international suppliers. And due to an extensive supporting programme the show will also cater to international retailers seeking to expand their knowledge regarding the Chinese retail market.

C-star 2016 at a Glance
When: May 18-20, 2016
Where: Hall N4+N5, Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)
Four Show Segments: – Shopfitting, Lighting, Refrigeration, Store Design
– Retail Technology
– Visual Merchandising + Marketing
– Stand Construction
Organiser: Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Press Contact:
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH (Deutschland)
Dr. Cornelia Jokisch
Tel.: +49 (0)211 4560 998
JokischC@messe-duesseldorf.de

Messe Düsseldorf Co. Ltd. (Shanghai)
Ingomar Stöller
Tel.: +86 21 6169 -8386
ingo.stoller@mds.cn

Contact C-star:
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH (Deutschland)
Ms. Ningxin Wu
Tel.: +49 (0)211 4560-565
WuN@messe-duesseldorf.de

Messe Düsseldorf Co. Ltd. (Shanghai)
Ms. Marieke Bossek
Tel.: +86 21 6169 -8309
marieke.bossek@mds.cn

www.c-star-expo.com

2015-16 NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali: Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better

​LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better,” Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., told NACS Show attendees after accepting the gavel as the 2015-16 NACS Chairman of the Board during the 2015 NACS Show Closing General Session.

Kofdarali urged attendees to reach outside their comfort zones, whether testing new ideas or new products found at the NACS Show, seeking out advice to address business challenges or even reaching out to contact one’s elected leaders for the first time.

Kofdarali spoke about his family’s journey from the war-torn streets of Beirut to opening their first convenience store in the United States, and the courage that it took his parents to leave everything behind. He said that the convenience store industry is full of similar stories of risk, whether in moving to new countries, starting a new business or expanding operations and trying new ideas.

“It’s about reaching outside of your comfort zone and striving to get better, to be better,” said Kofdarali.

Kofdarali urged attendees to be engaged in advocacy efforts, and shared his experience on how simple it can be to become involved for the first time.

“I still remember the first time I walked into the U.S. Capitol building as part of NACS Day on Capitol Hill. As an immigrant, it truly gave me chills walking through the halls of Congress. I had no idea that our elected leaders were that accessible and that NACS makes the process so easy.”

Not only does NACS help bring its members to Congress, it also brings Congress to members via the NACS In Store program in which elected leaders visit stores to learn about the convenience store industry and interact with customers.

Kofdarali hosted two of the 30 NACS In Store events held in 2015, one with Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and one with Linda Sanchez (D-CA).

“This is turning out to be one of the most successful programs at NACS. Members of Congress get it. They both took away ‘a-ha’ moments,” said Kofdarali.

“I’m very sure they will remember what they took back from their visits when there is a vote that affects our industry. We’re no longer simply a number or just an issue they’re simply voting on. We have become a person in their district — and a business that is part of the community. Now that makes a difference.”

“Get to know what NACS can offer you both here (at the NACS Show) and the rest of the year. You will fit in. And you will become better. Trust me, I know from experience,” urged Kofdarali.

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, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and over 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo. 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.

SOURCE: NACS

The nine featured stores and companies in 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go video

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go video is now available for purchase online.

The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores. Since 1994, Ideas 2 Go has provided a fast-paced video tour of some of the most interesting, creative and potentially profitable ideas in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

The 50-minute Ideas 2 Go video presentation was shown in today’s NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can order and download the 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go program (SKU # 30088022) for $30 ($60 regular price).

Orders can be placed online at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go2015. Once purchased, visit the 2015 Ideas 2 Go viewer under the Solutions section of NACS Online (nacsonline.com/ideas2goviewer). The program is only available for purchase and viewing online; there will not be a DVD also available for purchase.

The nine featured stores/companies are:

Flory’s Corp. (Flory’s Convenience & Deli)
The two-story facility features an old-time look and feel, with modern interior and exterior design elements and an upscale foodservice offer. To attract customers back after its grand reopening, Flory’s introduced a unique and successful morning gas price sale (Fishkill, NY).

Verc Enterprises Inc. (Verc Express)
The company tested a program to provide work to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that also significantly increased company culture. Verc expanded the program to providing employment to other hard-to-place individuals and saw its culture continue to flourish (Kingston, MA).

The Cube
The prototype drive-thru convenience store offers customers a way to shop for a range of items without leaving their cars. The store has a full kitchen, fresh foods and online ordering, and takes advantage of a small lot that doesn’t work for other retail formats (Norman, OK).

The PRIDE Stores Inc.
The company takes great pride in its locations, offering upscale convenience and demonstrating a model of what fast food should be with its Urban Counter format. The store also features frozen kefir with fresh toppings — all in a high-volume BP station (Hinsdale, IL).

6040 LLC (Encore)
A new foodservice program targets early-morning customers with unique Hispanic-themed fare, and even fusion items like chicken curry tacos in a small format store. Fresh food is just one of the many ideas the company has initiated to grow sales and build its brand (Hoover, AL).

BF Holdings LLC (Latitudes)
Latitudes combines elements of grocery, convenience retailing, fueling and foodservice into a neighborhood hangout, especially for community groups — which makes perfect sense given that it was designed by community focus groups. In a sense, it’s a truck stop without the trucks (Rio Rancho, NM).

OnCue Marketing (OnCue Express)
Offering a buffet of fuels (E10, E85, 100% gas, diesel fuel), OnCue has embraced compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative domestic fuel. Combine that with a large drive-thru presence, clean stores and friendly service, the company is delivering a compelling offer to consumers (Oklahoma City, OK).

Sheetz Inc.
This is the first modern location for Sheetz without gasoline or parking, with a complete focus on the food and beverage offering. The nearly 15,000-square-foot location is “a giant sandbox” to experiment and develop programs to redefine the company (Morgantown, WV).

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Joe’s personifies the notion that great food can be eaten at a gas station. Not only is it considered the best BBQ in Kansas City, which is a feat in itself, it is considered among the best places to eat anywhere, earning lines out the door and raves from Anthony Bourdain, among others (Kansas City, MO).

In addition to the nine video segments, four short “Ideas 2 Grow” segments examined unique innovations in retail.

Ideas 2 Go video from previous years (2002 to 2014) can be viewed at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go.

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, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and over 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo. 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.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS Consumer Fuels Survey: majority of American consumers optimistic about the economy

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lower gas prices have helped increased consumer optimism about the economy, and for the first time since June, a majority of American consumers (53%) are optimistic about the economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Consumer optimism surged five percentage points from 48% in September, the largest monthly increase in optimism since April. Consumers ages 18-34 were most optimistic (63%); regionally, consumers in the West were most optimistic (60%).

In part, the rise in optimism is fueled by consumer’s perceptions of falling gas prices. Over half of U.S. consumers (54%) say that gas prices are lower than they were the previous month. Consumers in the Northeast (67%), South (58%), and West (58%) were more likely to say gas prices have declined, compared with just over one in three consumers in the Midwest (35%).

Nearly three in ten (28%) U.S. consumers say they have seen gas stations in their area selling regular gasoline for less than $2.00 per gallon, including a majority of consumers from the South (51%).

However, consumers are not necessarily expecting prices to fall even lower over the next month; only 19% of consumers think that gas prices will be lower in 30 days than they are currently. That’s the lowest percentage of Americans who expect falling prices since July.

What about the possibility of sub-$2 gas? Only one in five drivers (19%) who have yet to see gas priced under $2.00 per gallon expect to see that price by Thanksgiving.

“With 77% of consumers saying that gas prices impact their feelings about the economy, it’s clear that recent price declines have increased overall consumer optimism,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard. “However, consumers are also expressing reservations about further price declines, so it remains to be seen how long this optimism will hold.”

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts the monthly consumer sentiment survey to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,200 gas consumers nationally were surveyed October 6-9, 2015. Summary results are available at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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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.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS selected 11 college students as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recognized 11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship, awarded by the NACS Scholarship Program.

In addition to the scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, October 11–14, where they were recognized during a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 13, and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry. Each student was nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing.

The 2015–16 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

  • Matthew Brien, Delta Technician & Customer Advisor, Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems Inc.
  • Gregory Campbell, Sales Associate, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
  • Sahara Dickinson, Sales Associate, Sheetz, Inc
  • Briana Dolechek, Cashier, The Hub Convenience Store
  • Matthew Hamrick, Pharmacy Technician, Giant Eagle
  • Shannon Hurley, IT Coordinator, Cenex Zip Trip (CHS Inc.)
  • Michael Jones, District Leader–Indianapolis Market, GetGo/Giant Eagle
  • Kevin Kautzman, District Supervisor–Staffing & Training Manager, Kum & Go
  • Loretta Kennis, Quality Assurance Field Specialist, Sheetz, Inc
  • Gyasi McClarence, Point of Sale Analyst, Cumberland Farms Gulf Group
  • Derek Trout, Shift Leader, Bobby and Steve’s Auto World

The NACS Scholarship Program helps NACS retail members recognize and develop future convenience store industry leaders. The program was established in 1999 to honor the memory of industry icon Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores and former NACS Chairman. In 2011, a donation from Altria expanded the program to include honoring the memory of David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products.

Now in its 16th year, the NACS Scholarship Program continues to provide a way for NACS retail members to recognize, reward and inspire top talent within their companies by investing in their employees’ education and excellence.

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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.

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour addresses the NACS Show general session

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We’ve been hard at work developing tools to help you defend and grow your businesses,” NACS President and CEO Hank Armour told attendees at the Oct. 13 NACS Show general session.

Armour said that NACS improves the convenience retailing industry by scouting and sharing global best practices, by developing programs for members to improve their operations and by creating new initiatives to address critical issues and opportunities. Armour then outlined each of these areas.

First, he touched upon global best practices.

“To be successful you need to know what’s around the corner — whether that corner is down the street or on the other side of the world. There are no unique issues around world. Sure, each country is different, but those differences are simply the result of being in different phases in the issue life cycle,” said Armour.

He then provided a few examples:

  • In Asian countries such as Japan, technologies like mobile payments are interwoven into the fabric of life and the shopping experience at a convenience store.
  • In Argentina, over more than 60% of the transportation fuel is natural gas.
  • In Australia, not only is the cigarette category dark but all cigarette packages are the same plain green with brand names in the same black fonts.

“No matter what country you’re in, you can learn so much from looking at what’s happening around the world,” which is why attendees from more than 60 countries attend the NACS Show. This mindset is also why NACS has dramatically expanded its international portfolio to include Global State of the Industry reports, the February 2016 Global Forum in South Africa and the June 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, which takes place in both Stockholm and London.

Second, Armour discussed the robust set of tools NACS has developed to help retailers refresh their offers and their image. Armour said that NACS has created resources that both define the industry and help retailers benefit, including:

  • A community outreach toolkit that explains our industry around 10 issues, from jobs to safety to our business model to community engagement.
  • A public relations guidebook filled with best practices and proven techniques to communicate messages in your communities.
  • A primer to help retailers prepare for zoning and other public hearings, which addresses the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) mentality that is common in hearings.
  • The first two resources developed in collaboration with the United Fresh Produce Association to help retailers examine the business case for produce sales, and provides road maps to expand a retailer’s produce offer.

“But we’re not leaving the re-imaging of our industry all up to you,” said Armour. “NACS has been aggressively spreading the good word about our industry — by expanding the partnerships and close ties we have with the most recognized and respected nutrition and community groups across the country and by telling our industry’s story to the media.”

And third, Armour said, NACS is addressing many of the issues and opportunities the industry faces with the help of NACS subsidiaries and affiliated organizations.

Fuels: Because convenience stores sell more than 80 percent of the gasoline in the United States, NACS founded The Fuels Institute two years ago to have a seat at the table for any discussion involving transportation fuels. “The Fuels Institute has — for really the first time ever — brought the diverse stakeholders from the transportation and fuels markets together: retailers, refiners, ethanol and natural gas producers, automobile manufacturers and even consumer advocates, to help identify transportation’s biggest issues — and create fact-based research to address them.”

Technology: Conexxus has been instrumental in bringing productivity-enhancing technology standards to the industry for over a decade. Most recently, Conexxus helped NACS design a modern electronic payroll card program that greatly simplifies the lives of many employees, while significantly reducing employer payroll processing costs.

Benchmarking tools: The CSX subsidiary is the engine behind NACS’ first-in-class industry dataset that powers the annual NACS State of the Industry Summit and NACS’ dynamic benchmarking software. “It’s a great resource to help you improve your performance by benchmarking it against industry averages and the results of the top performers in the industry,” said Armour.

“But even with the best tools to run your business, to fight your existing and emerging competition and to ride the wave of innovation, there is one more enormous challenge to your business,” cautioned Armour. “And I would argue that it is the great one — the government.”

“Of all the things we do at NACS, the one that is at the core of our existence, that we are most zealous about, is representing our industry’s interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas, he said.

“This past year we aggressively fought on your behalf to bring reason to the confusing, costly and poorly designed menu labeling requirement imposed on us by the Affordable Care Act,” said Armour. NACS and other allies were successful in introducing bipartisan congressional legislation that rectifies many of the flaws in the labeling requirements. “The end result was that the FDA was forced to pull back the regulations for further review and delayed their implementation for at least another year,” he said.

NACS also is actively addressing the threat of online lottery sales. “We think that online lottery is a bad idea all around. It hurts the local stores that have effectively managed and grown the program for the past 50 years. And it creates a whole slew of new problems — from dubious controls on the age of purchasers to a great temptation to run up credit card debt in the pursuit of mega jackpots,” said Armour.

“We are fighting this — as we do every issue — with passion and reason. You, too, can play a role. I urge every one of you to challenge your state lottery commissioners on why they want to move their sales online,” said Armour.

Armour said that there is a long list of other legislative issues that NACS is also addressing, including

  • Revising the Renewable Fuels Standard to align the ethanol mandate with what the market can realistically absorb,
  • Minimum wage issues,
  • Compliance under the Affordable Care Act,
  • And, of course, swipe fee reform.

Ending on a positive note, Armour said that passage of debit fee reform (the Durbin Amendment) last year saved our customers and our industry more than $400 million.

“Those savings can pay your NACS dues not only for the rest of your lives but for those of your children’s, grandchildren’s and many generations beyond that. The value of NACS membership is awesome,” Armour said.

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, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and more than 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo. 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.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS announced the election of its 2015–16 Executive Committee at the NACS Show in Las Vegas

​LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of its 2015–16 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., was named the association’s 2015–16 chairman. Kofdarali also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.

Also named to the NACS Executive Committee were the following NACS retail members:
•       Vice Chairman-Treasurer: Peter Tedeschi, President and CEO at Rockland, Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops
•       Vice Chairman, Legislative: Joe Sheetz, President and CEO at Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc.
•       Vice Chairman, Convention: Wendy Chronister, CEO of Chronister Oil Company (Qik-n-EZ) in Springfield, Inninois
•       Vice Chairman, Research: Kevin Smartt, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc.
•       Vice Chairman, Member Services: Rahim Budhwani, CEO at Hoover, Alabama-based 6040 LLC
•       Vice Chairman, International: Frank Gleeson, Managing Director at Dublin, Ireland-based Aramark Ireland
•       Vice Chairman: Tony Kenney, President at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC

Also on the NACS Executive Committee are:
•       2014-15 NACS Chairman Steve Loehr, Vice President, Operations Support at La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip Inc.
•       2013-14 NACS Chairman Brad Call, Vice President of Adventure Culture at North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik

Here are biographies of the NACS Executive Committee members:

Jack Kofdarali: 2015-16 NACS Chairman
Kofdarali is president of J&T Management Inc. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Kofdarali came to United States in 1980. He and his family purchased their first business, a liquor store in Newport Beach, California. In 1990, they purchased their first gas station in Calimesa, California. In 2000, he became sole owner of the J&R Oil Company.

Kofdarali expanded J&R Oil Company to J&T Management as the business grew and interests diversified. J&T Management also specializes in building commercial retail centers throughout Southern California as well as owning and managing apartment units in Texas. He and his wife Taline have three children.

Kevin Smartt, Vice Chairman, Research
Smartt is the CEO of Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc. As the vice chairman of research, he oversees the NACS Research Committee, which directs the association’s research and development initiatives and programs to promote the ongoing competitive viability of the channel.

Smartt and his business partner, Doyce Taylor, acquired Kwik Chex from its founder in 2001, and have expanded the business significantly in the years since. In addition to his role as CEO, he owns and operates a wholesale fuel distribution company that sells to Kwik Chek stores and more than 100 conveniences stores in Texas and Oklahoma. He is currently leading his team in a company-wide re-branding program, including developing the Kwik Café, offering fresh and healthy made-to-order food in a restaurant within the store.

Smartt is a current member of the Texas Petroleum & Convenience Store Association (TPCA) and the Oklahoma Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA). He also serves on the Conexxus Board of Directors and since 2006, he has served on the Board of Directors for the First National Bank of Trenton. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Shelly, and three children.

Peter Tedeschi: Vice Chairman, Treasurer
Tedeschi is president and CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops. As the vice chairman, treasurer, he is responsible for overseeing the association’s financial plan. He has most recently served as NACS vice chairman of legislative.

He is part of the third generation of the family-owned business that began in 1923 when his grandfather, Angelo Tedeschi, started selling imported Italian meats and cheeses from his home.e is part of the third generation of the family-owned business that began in 1923 when his grandfather, Angelo Tedeschi, started selling imported Italian meats and cheeses from his home.

Prior to joining Tedeschi Food Shops as its president and COO in 2008, Tedeschi was an entrepreneurial pioneer in the computer industry before becoming an executive in Boston’s financial industry, where he was senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments. He attended Thayer Academy and graduated as the president of his senior class from Stonehill College with a degree in political science. He and his wife, Katherine, have twin sons.

Wendy Chronister: Vice Chairman, Convention
Chronister is the CEO of Chronister Oil Company dba Qik-n-EZ. As the NACS vice chairman of convention, Chronister oversees the activities of the Convention Committee, which oversees the development and implementation of NACS events, including the NACS Show.

She has been CEO of Chronister Oil Co. since 2009. Previously, she was a partner at Waud Capital Partners LLC and at Kirkland and Ellis. Chronister is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Young President’s Organization/Chicago Chapter. She previously served on the boards of Regency Hospital Company, ASG Security LLC, Acadia Healthcare LLC, Maxum Petroleum (f/k/a SPI Holdings LLC) and was chairman of True Partners Consulting LLC. She also serves on the board of the Joffrey Ballet Company of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, the Women’s Board of the Field Museum of Chicago, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1987, earning an A.B. in government. In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois.

Joe Sheetz: Vice Chairman, Legislative
Sheetz is president and CEO of Sheetz Inc. As the vice chairman of legislative, he oversees the NACS Legislative Committee and the efforts of NACSPAC, the convenience store industry’s political action committee.

Since 1952, Sheetz Inc. has grown from a small dairy/deli in Altoona, to one of the fastest- growing, family-owned convenience stores in the world. Sheetz joined the company in 1995 as director of personnel and later served as executive vice president of finance and store development before being promoted to his current position in October 2013. He previously was a pension and benefit consultant for Consulting Group Inc. (CGI).

He is the former chairman and current board member of both Altoona Blair Country Development Corporation and Mount Aloysius College, an Advisory Board Member of M&T Bank Corporation, and co-founder and board member of Operation Our Town. He also serves on the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Altoona and have two children.

Frank Gleeson: Vice Chairman, International
Gleeson is the managing director of Aramark Ireland. As the NACS vice chairman of international, Gleeson chairs the International Committee and directs the association’s global engagement.

Aramark Ireland has more than 5,000 employees across 985 locations. Its world-class experience and expertise in workplace solutions, foodservice, convenience retailing, environmental services and property enables it to provide a fully integrated solution to Irish and EMEA companies.

Gleeson began his career in retail as an operations director for O’Brien’s Fine Wines. He later served as vice president of retail for Statoil Ireland. More recently he was retail director for Topaz Energy Group since 2005, where he led the rebranding of the company in 2008 and was responsible for the retail business of more than 340 sites. Gleeson is chairman of Irish employers group IBEC’s energy policy committee, a board member of the National Transport Authority, board member of Retail Ireland and also a council member of IBEC. He is a member of the Irish Directors Institute, and a council member of the Irish government’s Labour market council . He graduated in business management from the Irish Management Institute. He and his wife, Marian, have four children.

Rahim Budhwani: Vice Chairman, Member Services
Budhwani is president and CEO of 6040 LLC. As the NACS vice chairman of member services, he oversees the association’s Member Services Committee, which sets the strategic direction for NACS with respect to retail membership value.

Budhwani served on the Board of Directors of the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama and on the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. He serves on the Board the Alabama Underground Trust Fund and also played a vital role in building the relationship between the National Alliance of Trade Associations and NACS.

He earned a B.S. in information technology from the University of Pune and a degree in hotel management and food technology. He is currently working on a degree in aviation business administration and was also a lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Budhwani and his wife, Kulsum, live in Hoover, Alabama, with their two children.

Tony Kenney: Vice Chairman
Tony Kenney is president of Speedway LLC, the second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain in the United States with approximately 2,750 stores located in 22 states. Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Kenney has nearly 40 years of experience in the convenience retailing and fuels industries. In 2005, he was named president of Speedway. Kenney has held numerous positions within Marathon Oil Corporation’s International and Domestic Exploration and Production Accounting organizations and in MPC’s Supply and Transportation and Business Development organizations. At Speedway, he previously served as commercial manager, controller, treasurer and vice president of finance and ITS.

Kenney is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Children’s Foundation. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and also completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan.  He and his wife Jean have two sons, Raymond and John.

NOTE: Photos are available upon request.

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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.

Voluntary recall of Campo De Montalban Cheese at Wegmans Food Markets

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Campo De Montalban Cheese (UPC starting with: 2-77026) purchased since May, 2014 because the cheese contains Lysozyme, an egg enzyme, not declared in the ingredient statement.  The cheese is sold in random weight packages individually wrapped in clear cellophane.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Campo De Montalban Cheese is sold in the Cheese Shop in the majority of Wegmans’ 87 stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland.   The recall was initiated when a customer brought the label error to the attention of a Wegmans Cheese Shop employee.

There have been no reported injuries or illnesses associated with this recall.  The recall of this product is of concern only to those individuals who have allergies to eggs.

Concerned customers should return the product to Wegmans for a full refund.  Customers who have consumed the product and feel they are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician.

Wegmans’ customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the consumer affairs department Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. toll free at 1-855-934-3663.
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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 87-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.  Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for eighteen consecutive years.  In 2015, Wegmans ranked #7 on the list.  The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19 as the agency opens Internet access for patrons at its remaining 109 commissaries.

Since Feb. 6, patron Wi-Fi has been deployed to 131 stateside stores and Puerto Rico. This final schedule “closes the loop” on DeCA’s in-store Wi-Fi deployment, said Duane Woodfin, an information technology specialist and wireless expert at DeCA headquarters.

“We’re proud to bring this customer service to our patrons at all our stores so those with smart phones and tablets can use Wi-Fi to expand their commissary benefit,” Woodfin said. “We live in a world where our customers have technology at their fingertips that gives them access to information and services that save them money while they shop.”

In-store Wi-Fi allows patrons to use their smart phones and tablets to access the Internet and websites such as www.commissaries.com, where they can download digital coupons for the Commissary Rewards Card, see the current DeCA sales flyer and view promotional prices from the “Savings Aisle.”

Here are some things to know about access to a commissary’s Wi-Fi connection:

  • Anyone can access the store’s Wi-Fi from the sales floor area
  • Users must accept DeCA’s “terms of service” agreement
  • Some websites are blocked
  • Patrons with questions about access should contact the store’s customer service representative

With this announcement DeCA begins the final phase of its in-store Wi-Fi deployment, which coincides with the agency’s regularly scheduled technical refresh of commissaries that don’t have the system requirements to support Wi-Fi access. The previous schedule involved stores whose systems had already been upgraded.

Following is DeCA’s final Wi-Fi deployment schedule for 109 stores between Oct. 19, 2015 and April 4, 2016:

Remaining stateside Wi-Fi deployments

  • HAWAII, Oct. 19 – Hickam and Pearl Harbor commissaries at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Schofield Barracks and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay)
  • OHIO, Oct. 19 – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • MISSOURI, Oct. 19 – Richards-Gebaur, Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood
  • FLORIDA, Oct. 19 – Hurlburt Field, MacDill Air Force Base and Patrick Air Force  Base; March 21 – Whiting Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • UTAH, Nov. 9 – Hill Air Force Base and Dugway Proving Ground
  • NEBRASKA, Nov. 9 – Offutt Air Force Base
  • SOUTH DAKOTA, Nov. 9 – Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • OKLAHOMA, Nov. 9 – Tinker Air Force Base; Nov. 23 – Vance Air Force Base
  • ILLINOIS, Nov. 23 – Rock Island Arsenal and Scott Air Force Base
  • WISCONSIN, Nov. 23 – Fort McCoy
  • ARIZONA, Dec. 21 – Luke Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
  • TEXAS, Dec. 21 – Laughlin Air Force Base; Jan. 18 – Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base;  Feb. 22 – Fort Bliss
  • LOUISIANA, Jan. 18 – Barksdale Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
  • MISSISSIPPI, Feb. 1 – Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport and Keesler Air Force Base
  • VIRGINIA, Feb. 1 – Little Creek Commissary at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Fort Eustis Commissary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis; April 4 – Fort Lee
  • GEORGIA, Feb. 22 – Fort Gordon and Fort Benning
  • KANSAS, Feb. 22 – McConnell Air Force Base
  • NEW MEXICO, Feb. 22 – White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base; March 21 – Cannon Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base
  • PENNSYLVANIA, March 21 – Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • NEVADA, April 4 – Nellis Air Force Base
  • NEW JERSEY, March 21 – U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal (Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center); April 4 – Lakehurst Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base
  • MARYLAND, April 4 – Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Overseas Wi-Fi deployments

  • BELGIUM, Oct. 26 – Chievres Air Base
  • ITALY, Oct. 26 – Aviano Air Base, Livorno Commissary at Camp Darby, Naval Support Activity Naples, Naval Air Station Sigonella and U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza
  • NETHERLANDS, Oct. 26 – U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen
  • SPAIN, Oct. 27 – Naval Station Rota
  • UNITED KINGDOM, Oct. 27 – Commissaries at the following Royal Air Force bases: Alconbury, Croughton, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill and Mildenhall
  • TURKEY, Oct. 28 – Ankara, Incirlik Air Base and Izmir
  • GERMANY, Jan. 4 – Commissaries at the following U.S. Army garrisons: Ansbach, Baumholder, and those serving USAG Bavaria at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, and at USAG Stuttgart in Kelley Barracks; Jan. 5 – Panzer Kaserne, Patch Barracks and Robinson Barracks commissaries at USAG Stuttgart, Ramstein Air Base, Spangdahlem Air Base, Vilseck (USAG Bavaria), and the military communities at Vogelweh and Wiesbaden
  • AZORES, Nov. 11 – Lajes Field
  • JAPAN, Nov. 16 – Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama, Camp Kure and Hario Village; Okinawa – Camp Courtney, Camp Foster and Camp Kinser; Nov. 17 – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Kadena Air Base (Okinawa), Misawa Air Base, Sagamihara Housing Area, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Naval Base Yokosuka and Yokota Air Base
  • SOUTH KOREA, Nov. 18 – Camp Carroll, Camp Casey, Camp Humphreys, Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley; Nov. 19 – Fleet Activities Chinhae, Daegu Commissary at Camp Walker, K-16 Air Field, Kunsan Air Base, Osan Air Base and U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan
  • GUAM, Nov. 23 – Andersen Air Force Base and Orote Commissary at Naval Base Guam

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

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

Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Shaquille O’Neal, Affectionately Known as Shaq-A-Claus, Enlists Customers to Support Toys for Tots and #PlayItForward

Wayne, NJ, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 6, customers can spread holiday joy to some of the 15.5 million U.S. children living in poverty by donating new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at http://www.Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve.

NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Shaquille O’Neal once again joins the company’s campaign as his alter ego Shaq-A-Claus, to encourage shoppers to donate to Toys for Tots. Throughout the campaign, Shaquille will also invite social media users to #PlayItForward, an initiative designed to further spread awareness of the millions of children living in poverty and to inspire families to donate to the cause.

“Making wishes come true around the holidays is especially important to me, as I know how much one toy and one act of kindness can matter. When I was a kid, I was given my very own Dr. J autographed basketball, inspiring me to believe I could grow up to be a basketball star,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “For years, I would shop for presents at Toys“R”Us and distribute them to underprivileged children on Christmas morning. Now, in partnership with Toys“R”Us and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, I’m making it my mission as Shaq-A-Claus to give back and spread holiday cheer to the millions of needy kids in the U.S. I encourage everyone to join me this year and remember – every toy counts!”

#PlayItForward with Shaq-A-Claus and #GivingTuesday
Throughout the 10-week holiday giving campaign, fans and followers of Toys“R”Us on social media will enjoy exclusive content, including special messages from Shaq-A-Claus, fundraising updates and more. To motivate his own followers to #PlayItForward, Shaquille will also tweet and Instagram (@SHAQ), as well as post on Facebook at Facebook.com/ShaqVerified.

And, Shaquille will make it even easier for Twitter followers to give the gift of play to kids in need this holiday season with a special tweet on #GivingTuesday. For every retweet of Shaquille’s #PlayItForward tweet on December 1, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund will donate one toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, up to $125,000 worth of toys.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation once again to provide toys to children who might otherwise go without one this holiday season,” said David Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are honored to have Shaquille O’Neal back in his Santa suit, helping us #PlayItForward, and value his ongoing commitment to join us in spreading the joy of Christmas to kids in need around the country. Together, we’re enlisting the help of our team members and customers to donate more toys and dollars than ever before.”

The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List Makes Gifting Easy
Customers looking to #PlayItForward while shopping with Toys“R”Us, can view The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List, the official Toys for Tots gift registry filled with toy suggestions, such as crafts, play sets, electronics, plush and more. Parents and gift-givers can view The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List on the company’s dedicated hub at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots, where visitors can buy toys online and ship them directly to Toys for Tots. Additionally, the list can be printed in-store at designated Wish List kiosks or at the Customer Service Desk, providing shoppers a reference as they search for a toy to donate. All toys collected in-store are distributed to children in need within the particular community they are donated, making this a truly local program.

“For more than a decade, the support from Toys“R”Us has delivered happiness on Christmas mornings to the millions of U.S. children living in poverty,” said LtGen Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We are incredibly thankful to the company for joining us in our mission, and we urge Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us customers to help Shaq-A-Claus deliver a record-breaking year of fundraising. Each donation allows even more children to experience the magic of finding a gift under the tree.”

As the largest retail partner in the history of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Toys“R”Us has raised nearly $42 million and collected more than 4 million toys since the partnership began in 2004.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

To view images and videos of this year’s campaign, please click here.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380
Cheryl.Obrien@toysrus.com

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Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

X5 Retail Group announces the signing of cooperation agreement between Pyaterochka and telecom operator Tele2

Moscow, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the signing of a cooperation agreement between its Pyaterochka subsidiary and telecom operator Tele2. The agreement was signed at the Russia Calling investment forum in Moscow by Pyaterochka CEO Olga Naumova and Tele2 First Deputy CEO Aleksandr Provotorov.

In the first phase of the agreement, Tele2 will open more than 1,000 branded outlets in Pyaterochka stores in Moscow and Moscow Region by late 2015. Next year, X5 and Tele2 will also discuss opportunities to work together in other regions across Russia. The Tele 2 outlets will be located near cash desks outside the shopping area in Pyaterochka stores, and will operate both as full-scale telecom stores and small-format service desks and counters. Tele2 will enjoy a sliding scale of rental rates based on the total number of outlets it opens at Pyaterochka stores.

As Tele2 taps into the Moscow market, Pyaterochka offers an extensive distribution network and target audience access, and opens up new opportunities for the telco to scale its business in proportion to the growth of the national food chain. The partnership will leverage the complementary value propositions of the retailer and the mobile operator to boost traffic by offering additional services to buyers. Tele2 will also offer exclusive subscription benefits to Pyaterochka customers.

Such cooperation agreements form part of Pyaterochka’s strategy to develop partnerships in high-value additional services segments including pharmacies, everyday services such as dry-cleaning and locksmiths, children’s goods, ready meals, butchers and farm produce outlets in addition to mobile phone stores.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Infor and Whole Foods Market partner to redefine retail management software

State-of-the-art retail platform to drive operational efficiencies, deliver enhanced data analytics and customer experiences

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced a partnership designed to redefine retail management software. The companies will build a new, cloud-based retail management solution for Whole Foods Market that is expected to enable the grocer to operate faster and more efficiently while enhancing customer experience. The new retail management suite, Infor CloudsuiteTM Retail, will also be made available to companies in the retail industry.

“The new retail platform we will co-create with Infor will be unlike anything currently on the market, better leveraging major technology advances to deliver much more value at lower cost,” said Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer of Whole Foods Market. “With Infor, Whole Foods Market has found a partner ideally suited to help us co-create a new retail platform that enables a more efficient, connected enterprise with greater visibility, flexibility, insight, and ease-of-use for our team members – all while delivering a better end-to-end shopping experience for our customers.”

Through a combination of cloud-based automation and more advanced, efficient processes for a wide variety of strategic merchandising and supply chain management functions, Whole Foods Market expects the new platform’s advanced analytics to provide insights that will drive business performance and operational efficiencies. The new platform’s advanced IT infrastructure is also expected to deliver more in-depth information and an enhanced shopping experiences for Whole Foods Market customers both in-store and online through Whole Foods Market’s digital channels.

Infor today also announced details of its plan to develop the next-generation end-to-end retail software suite, with Whole Foods Market serving as a collaborative partner in the endeavor. Through the partnership, Whole Foods Market will become a working lab for Infor development engineers and designers from Hook & Loop, Infor’s Manhattan-based internal design agency. Infor teams will work alongside Whole Foods Market team members to identify critical process improvements and develop a purpose-built software suite that enables Whole Foods Market to make better and faster decisions, take advantage of modern technologies like cloud and open source, and deliver a better experience back to its customers.

“Over the last five years, Infor has pioneered the modernization of enterprise software, from the focus on design as a core competency, to the embrace of open source technology, to the delivery of mission-critical ERP in a multi-tenant cloud,” said Duncan Angove, President of Infor. “By partnering with Whole Foods Market, a company that shares our vision, values, and culture, Infor is poised to disrupt the retail software industry, helping companies use data science to drive real-time decisions and a consistent, beautiful experience that keeps customers coming back again-and-again.”

Jason Buechel

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, he oversees the global technology team in Austin, Texas and the company’s twelve regional offices located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

 

Whole Foods Market introduces new 25-cent offers beginning October 14 as part of the retailer’s “Love Fest” program

1.2 million cups of 25-cent coffee sold so far; grocer adds more discounts across departments

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is introducing new, 25-cent offers beginning October 14 as part of the retailer’s “Love Fest” program to celebrate customers. The promotion began with 25-cent cups of coffee during September, and the overwhelmingly positive response from customers inspired a fresh new round of 25-cent deals available through Nov. 3.

The 25-cent offers include:
• Oct. 14 – 27: Small oatmeal from the hot bar, until 10 a.m. daily.
• Oct. 28 –  Nov. 3: 12oz Allegro brewed tea or coffee

There is no limit per customer, and items are available daily while supplies last.

“Love Fest has been a meaningful way for us to connect with our customers, so we’re thrilled to bring them even more savings and surprises with our new 25-cent items,” said Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations, David Lannon. “We always strive to bring shoppers more of what they value, so after seeing how much they enjoyed the great deal on coffee, we decided to create new offers. It’s just one way we’re doing a little something extra for customers during Love Fest.”

During the retailer’s 25-cent coffee promotion in September, Whole Foods Market sold more than 1.2 million 12-oz cups for a quarter, averaging 57,117 sold per day.

Whole Foods Market’s Love Fest will continue to feature promotions at the individual store and community levels to celebrate their local shoppers, as well as these national activities:
Weekly product offers – Each Wednesday through Tuesday, several featured products will be specially priced, many discounted by 40 or 50 percent. These sales are in addition to other discounts, promotions and everyday values throughout each store.
Customized events and giveaways – Every Whole Foods Market store will be creating their own distinct ways to say thanks and give back to customers, from special events to unexpected giveaways.
Social media surprises – As the top retailer on Twitter and a leader across multiple social platforms, Whole Foods Market will be sharing the love with its strong social communities. Followers should watch the brand’s national and local channels.

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Whole Foods Market introduces new 25-cent offers beginning October 14 as part of the retailer’s “Love Fest” program

Whole Foods Market introduces new 25-cent offers beginning October 14 as part of the retailer’s “Love Fest” program

 

SUPERVALU to hold its fiscal 2016 Q2 conference call on October 21, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) will hold its fiscal 2016 second quarter conference call on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Central time. The call will be webcast live online at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon).

A replay of the conference call will be archived on SUPERVALU’s website under “Investors, Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,597 stores composed of 1,857 primary stores serviced by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,335 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 902 are operated by licensee owners; and 197 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 20, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

The Rite Aid Foundation donates $25,000 to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help flood victims

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid today announced that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $25,000 donation to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by last week’s severe flooding.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the historic floods,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “It is one of Rite Aid’s core values to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as relief efforts continue and rebuilding begins in South Carolina.”

Rite Aid operates 20 stores in greater Columbia area and an additional 71 stores across South Carolina. The Company employs approximately 1,300 associates across the state.

“The American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region is so grateful for the generous donation from The Rite Aid Foundation as we work to provide emergency needs, quickly and efficiently, to the people who are in need,” said Louise Welch, American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region executive director. “The support of partners like Rite Aid is truly making a difference in communities across South Carolina.”

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $21 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Auchan Youth Foundation launches its new Facebook page

Croix Cedex,France, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — All new, all beautiful! At the dawn of its 20 years, the Auchan Youth Foundation launches its new Facebook page. Objective: to become a platform for lively exchanges between its various stakeholders.

This new Facebook page will allow readers to be informed of the latest news of the Foundation and its partners, through testimonies, contests, games or photo exhibitions. And from January 2016, it will offer its fans many events dedicated to the celebration of 20 years of the Foundation.

Created under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the Auchan Youth Foundation supports solidarity actions for the benefit of young people aged 5 to 25 in the areas of education, health and integration. Its aim is to enable young people in cities and neighborhoods where Auchan sytores are implemented to acheive their projects by providing financial resources and professional experience necessary to structure their approach. Each associative project is supported by one or more committed employees, guarantee a lasting relationship.

Since 1996, the Foundation has supported more than 600 projects in 11 countries, with a total budget of €1.5 million.

Contact
Groupe Auchan
40, avenue de Flandre – BP 139
59964 Croix Cedex – France

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Auchan Youth Foundation launches its new Facebook page

Auchan Youth Foundation launches its new Facebook page

amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hey amiibo fans. Today’s a great day.

You can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo right now – only on BestBuy.com.

There’s a limit of one Falco amiibo per customer as quantities will be limited, so make sure to secure yours today.

Then mark your calendars for Nov. 20 to head to your local Best Buy to get your hands on it.

The amiibo is compatible with a variety of games, including Super Smash Bros.

It’s as simple as tapping Falco to your Wii U GamePad or new Nintendo 3DS XL to bring him to life and expand your game play.

Click here for more amiibo info, and make sure to check out savings on WiiU titles, in addition to Friday’s Launch of Yoshi’s Wooley’s World.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

BESTSELLER BRANDS JACK & JONES AND VERO MODA TO SUPPLY THE OFFICIAL DANISH WARDROBE FOR THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES GOING TO RIO

BESTSELLER BRANDS JACK & JONES AND VERO MODA WILL BE SUPPLYING THE OFFICIAL DANISH WARDROBE FOR THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES GOING TO RIO NEXT SEPTEMBER. THE PARTNERSHIP IS AN EXTENSION OF THE ONGOING OLYMPIC PARTNERSHIP AND THE TWO COLLECTIONS SHARE THE SAME DESIGN.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the design process, a lot of efforts have been put into meeting the needs of the athletes, and a number of Danish top athletes incl. swimmer Rikke Møller Pedersen, rower Anne Lolk and kayaker René Holten Poulsen have been part of the design process, providing input for the designers.

“In BESTSELLER, we are once again very proud to be designing and supplying the Olympic and Paralympic wardrobes for the Danish athletes. It is quite a task we take on, but when you finally see the results on the medal podiums or at the huge opening ceremonies, it’s worth all the while”, says Jesper Stubkier, responsible for the Olympic and Paralympic collaboration in BESTSELLER.

The thorough preparations makes a difference for the athletes and having one joint collection for the two mega events helps bring a sense of unity very vital for the athletes:

“Normally, we compete individually in each our own sports, but at the Paralympics we are one big team competing for Denmark. The collection is providing a unique unity on the Danish Paralympic and Olympic teams, and I am really happy and proud that BESTSELLER is providing the same designs for the Paralympic and Olympic wardrobe – it really underlines the fact that there are no discrimination between Olympic and Paralympic elite sports,” says Paralympic sprinter and long jumper Daniel Wagner Jørgensen.

BESTSELLER also supplied the wardrobe for the Danish Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Beijing in 2008 and London 2012. Elite and team manager at the Danish Sports Organisation for the Disabled, Michael Møllgaard Nielsen is happy that the good collaboration continues in Rio:

“We are really happy that BESTSELLER once again has taken on the comprehensive task of designing and supplying the Danish Olympic and Paralympic wardrobe. The collections are not only of high quality tailored to fit the athletes’ needs, it also creates an important sense of togetherness among the Olympic and Paralympic athletes going to Rio to fight for Denmark in 2016.”

Facts:
• The collaboration is a joint-venture between BESTSELLER on one side, and JACK & JONES and VERO MODA on the other side, supplying the wardrobe.
• The wardrobe is to be used by the athletes at all time, except when in competition, during the Paralympic Games.
• The Paralympic Games takes place from 7-18 September I Rio de Janeiro following the Olympic Games held there two weeks earlier from 5-21 August.

For futher information, please contact
Jesper Stubkier, Communication Responsible at BESTSELLER
E-mail jesper.stubkier@bestseller.com
Phone +45 99 42 37 46

Michael Møllgaard Nielsen, Elite and Team Manager at Danish Sports Organisation for the Disabled
E-mail: mmn@dhif.dk
Phone: +45 20 82 02 69

Albert Heijn gaat voedingsadvies geven aan zijn klanten

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn gaat voedingsadvies geven aan zijn klanten. Dit is het resultaat van een samenwerking met de Nederlandse Vereniging van Diëtisten en Stichting ‘Ik kies bewust’. Vanaf deze week geven drie voedingscoaches online voedingsadvies via de nieuwe AH Community die vorige week live is gegaan. Zij beantwoorden vragen van klanten over welke verse seizoensgroenten en fruit helpen bij een gezonde levensstijl. Ook op de winkelvloer gaan diëtisten als voedingscoach klanten helpen. Vanaf zaterdag 24 oktober zijn zij vier weken lang, elke zaterdag aanwezig in 200 winkels van Albert Heijn.

Gezonde voeding
Drie kwart van de Nederlanders eet onvoldoende groenten, vezels en fruit. Nu de dagen korter worden en de bekende R weer in de maand is, hebben mensen nog meer behoefte aan vitaminen en bouwstenen voor een goede weerstand. Voeding speelt hierin een belangrijke rol. De voedingscoaches adviseren klanten van Albert Heijn graag over de beste verse en gezonde producten. Er is extra aandacht voor verse seizoensgroenten en fruit, zoals boerenkoolvarianten, pompoen, pastinaak, spruiten, citrusfruit en sappen. De voedingscoaches leggen uit wat de verschillende winterse groenten en fruit voor je doen en beantwoorden graag alle vragen over gezonde voedingskeuzes.

Zeven dagen per week online
Het online gezondheidsadvies wordt gegeven van week 42 tot en met week 45 op de AH Community. De voedingscoaches Yvon, Esther en Anita zijn alle drie diëtisten en richten zich op toegankelijke en makkelijk toepasbare tips om je goed en vitaal te voelen door verantwoord eten. Zij zijn alle dagen* van de week aanwezig om vragen van leden van de Community te beantwoorden. In het volgende filmpje stellen Yvon, Esther en Anita zich voor. Bekijk het hier

AH Community
Het online gezondheidsadvies wordt gegeven op de deze week geïntroduceerde AH Community, waar klanten inspiratie en advies kunnen krijgen van onder andere chefs, telers en experts, zoals de online voedingscoaches. Ook gaat Albert Heijn hier de dialoog aan met klanten over wat zij belangrijk vinden en ontvangen graag eerlijke feedback en een frisse blik, zodat gewerkt kan worden aan het verbeteren van producten of services. Mensen kunnen lid worden van de AH Community via www.ah.nl/community *maandag t/m vrijdag: 10.00 tot 12.00 uur en 19.00 tot 21.00 uurvrijdag en zaterdag: 11.00 tot 13.00 uur en 19.00 tot 21.00 uur

SOURCE: Albert Heijn

Saudi Automotive Services Company invites shareholders to attend 34th Ordinary General Assembly Meeting on Oct 25, 2015

Retailing and Operation Division

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) invites the shareholders who own (20) shares or more to attend 34th Ordinary General Assembly Meeting (Second Meeting) which will be held at 04:00 pm of Sunday October 25, 2015 at SASCO Head office (Al-Ehsa Street Malaz – Riyadh) to consider the following agenda:

1. Vote on election of two additional members (Normal Method) to engage the new two seats in the Board of Directors to complete the current session, which began on June 30, 2015 and ends on June 29, 2018, this after the Article (16) of the Article of Association was amended to become the number of the Board Members (9) members instead of (7) members.

2. Vote on amendment of Article II, paragraph (3/3) the rules of selection members of The Nominations & Compensations Committee, the duration of their membership, type of committee work and in particular formatting the Committee and the conditions of committee member, which states that “not be allowed members from the executive directors of the company or who are managing technical or administrative position in the company” to become after the adjustment “may be a member of the committee from executive directors in the company or who are managing technical or administrative position in the company” in order to activate the role of sub- committees of the Council and grant the possibility of participation for members from seniors executives in the company.

Each shareholder wishes to attend the meeting, must attend at least one hour early before meeting time to finish the registration procedures along with his ID, and for those who cannot attend may appoint another shareholder of non-board members or employees of the company, All attorneys (should be certified either by chamber of commerce of Notary or any Bank) and should be handed over to the company or sent by mail to company mailing address (Riyadh 11553 P.O. box. 51880) at least three days early before assembly date, attached a copy of share certificate or proof of ownership. Note that the quorum for the AGM (second meeting) will be valid irrespective of the number of represented shares.

For more information Tel. 011-2068855 Ex. 1112, Fax 011-2068833.

SOURCE: SASCO

Dollar Tree to re-brand its Deals Stores to Dollar Tree Stores in 2016

  • 217 Deals Stores Will Be Converted to Dollar Tree Stores
  • Enables Company to Better Focus on Growth of Its Two Primary Banners

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today announced plans to re-brand its Deals banner. Of its 222 store locations, 217 Deals stores will be converted to Dollar Tree and the remaining five will be converted to Family Dollar.

Dollar Tree acquired 138 Deals store locations on March 29, 2006. Since then, the chain has grown to 222 store locations across 19 states. The Deals stores have served customers by offering low prices on everyday essentials, party, seasonal and home products in a multi-price point environment. On July 6, 2015, Dollar Tree completed its acquisition of more than 8,200 Family Dollar stores across 46 states.

The Deals store conversions are expected to be completed by the end of July 2016. Additionally, the Company remains committed to its initiative to re-banner hundreds of Family Dollar stores to Dollar Tree stores. Dollar Tree is on track to complete at least 150 Family Dollar-to-Dollar Tree conversions by the end of October 2015, and plans more of these conversions for 2016.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, stated “For nearly a decade, our committed team of Deals associates has done a great job of consistently providing customers with terrific values. Now that we have successfully completed our acquisition of more than 8,200 Family Dollar stores, we are confident that we can better serve our Deals customers and markets through one of our primary banners – Dollar Tree, which offers tremendous values for needs and wants at the single price-point of $1 or Family Dollar, your neighborhood discount variety store which provides name-brand and quality private-brand consumable products at everyday low prices.”

Mr. Sasser continued, “This initiative to re-brand our Deals stores enhances our ability to focus on our two primary banners, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, while improving efficiencies throughout our business. We are very pleased with our progress on the Family Dollar integration, as we continue to focus on growing our business while creating long-term shareholder value.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, now operates more than 13,864 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores currently operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding the timing and benefits of our planned store conversions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed September 1, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com