Twenty-five Starbucks® stores in the D.C. area now offer a couple of Dog Tag Bakery items for their customers

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lira’s time in the U.S. Marine Corps included a stretch as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a second deployment in 2005, when his battalion took heavy casualties in Iraq. He is trained in satellite communications and intelligence with 11-plus years of military service, and never imagined he’d be taking on a new kind of challenge – making bakery items from scratch.

Lira, who recently completed a five-month business training program through Dog Tag, Inc., assembled ingredients and looked over a recipe as he thought of one way Dog Tag resembled the military. Both the service and bakery showed him how to do a job one time, and then expected him to get it right.

“I didn’t want to mess up those brownies,” he recalled with a laugh. “I was a Marine, so I like getting my hands dirty, but this was a whole different type of getting my hands dirty. I have a lot of acquired skills and now I guess I can add baking to the list.”

Designed to support wounded veterans and spouses through education, leadership development and a personalized business management rotation, the Dog Tag work-study program combines classroom instruction with the experience necessary for veterans to succeed as civilians. Dog Tag operates a bakery of the same name in Washington, D.C. That’s where Lira faced the task of making eight trays of brownies that were expected to make the cut for the Dog Tag Bakery display case.

‘Entrepreneurial passion for quality comes through’

Twenty-five Starbucks® stores in the D.C. area are now offering a couple of Dog Tag Bakery items for their customers. Baguette Chips in two varieties – cinnamon sugar and parmesan herb – feature the bakery’s logo and a label that reads: Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families.

Starbucks relationship with Dog Tag Bakery is part of a new approach to curating packaged food and snacks produced by entrepreneurs and locally-relevant brands.

“As my team searched neighborhoods around the world for unique snacks, we’ve enjoyed getting to know the entrepreneurs who created them, and their stories are amazing.” said Mesh Gelman, senior vice president of retail brand partnerships for Starbucks. “We are confident this entrepreneurial passion for quality comes through in the products and the stories. Dog Tag Bakery makes crunchy, flavorful baguette chips, and their mission is to hire veterans and provide professional training as they transition into the business world. This is a great example of how a story can resonate with people and make a delicious product seem like an even better purchase.”

An Incubator for Small Business

Dog Tag, Inc. is the brainchild of Father Rick Curry and Connie Milstein. Curry’s many charitable works included operating a nonprofit bakery in Maine staffed by people with disabilities. He also published a popular cookbook, “The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking.” Millstein is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who’d also ventured into baked goods, founding small businesses that donated 100 percent of its profits to charity.

Post 9/11, both Curry and Milstein concentrated their efforts on the needs of veterans. The two met in 2013 and joined forces to create Dog Tag in a two-story, 4200-square-foot building in Georgetown. The first floor of the facility consists of the storefront bakery and kitchen, while classes are conducted upstairs. Fellows in the program earn a certificate in business administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

“The bakery is an incubator for small business,” said Meghan Ogilvie, chief operating officer for Dog Tag. “Is it baking? Yes. They do learn how to create products. But it’s also about learning about business and how many of the items need to be sold, for what price, to make a profit. It’s about customer service and understanding the needs of running a business and working with customers.”

Translating Military Skills to the Workforce

Lira has come to realize it’s about something more. The 34-year-old native of San Antonio, Texas, has a robust academic resume to go with his impressive service record. Employed as the veterans and military families fellow at the Corporation for National and Community Service, he earned his master’s degree in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Dog Tag’s multifaceted, hands-on approach made believers out of Lira and many others who went through the program.

“I was coming out of an academic program at Carnegie Mellon that was very rigorous,” recalled Lira. “But this was different. Academics are part of what makes Dog Tag unique, but it wasn’t all academics. It’s was about working side by side with civilians in the bakery. It was about telling our personal story and translating all the skills we acquired in the military into valuable assets for the workforce.”

Photos and video courtesy Dog Tag Bakery

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Twenty-five Starbucks® stores in the D.C. area now offer a couple of Dog Tag Bakery items for their customers

Twenty-five Starbucks® stores in the D.C. area now offer a couple of Dog Tag Bakery items for their customers

Teavana unveils its 2015 Holiday Collection of more than 80 epicurean tea gifts

  • Created by Epicurean Experts at Teavana and Celebrating the Growing Popularity of Tea –Trendsetters Share Their Top Picks for Teavana® Tea Gifts this Holiday Season
  • New Teavana® Ecommerce Site Makes Finding a Unique Gift Educational, Fun and Easy

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — As millions of Americans begin their holiday shopping, Teavana (NASDAQ:SBUX) unveils its 2015 Holiday Collection – an array of more than 80 epicurean tea gifts. Teavana’s premium loose leaf teas are the perfect way to share a thoughtful gift, create a tea ritual that can last a lifetime, and bring the benefits of tea to friends and family.

“We know that the popularity of tea in America is expanding[1] making this holiday season the perfect time to share the gift of a premium tea experience from Teavana,” said Bernard Acoca, president, Teavana. “We believe a gift from Teavana is more than tea. It’s the opportunity to experience ritual, relaxation, wellness and decadent flavors that delight the senses.”

To introduce the new collection, Teavana enlisted the help of top tastemakers in lifestyle, fashion and food to curate a list of the Top Tea Gifts of 2015:

Share One of Oprah’s Favorite Things

Today, the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine announced the Teavana® Oprah Chai Steep Good Thoughts Set is one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. Co-created by Oprah Winfrey, the gift set features a ceramic tea-for-one stacking mug and teapot, and the distinctive spice of Teavana® Oprah Chai including a tin of both Oprah’s original Teavana® Oprah Chai blend and the Teavana® Oprah Chai Herbal blend. Socially-conscious gift givers will love that for each set purchased, $4 will be donated to support educational opportunities for young people.**

Make a Statement with the Most Stylish Afternoon Tea 

As an avid tea drinker, style blogger Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes recommends[2] gifting tea sets that match a recipient’s style. Her picks for the season are the Multicolor ‘Viv’ Teapot Set and indulgent White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea to prepare holiday entertaining with beautiful seasonal tablescapes.

“I love the bright mix and match colors of this tea set. Its modern design is perfect for friends and family that love bold and beautiful statement pieces,” said Dzafic. “I’m excited to host a holiday afternoon tea for my girlfriends with the Multicolor Viv Teapot set since it brings a beautiful pop of color to my otherwise neutral kitchen. Paired with Teavana’s White Chocolate Peppermint blend, I can serve the flavors of the season without the guilt.”

Ignite Your Senses

Naomi Robinson of Baker’s Royale recommends[3] giving a gift of tea that ignites the senses with the smells and tastes of the season. The Cheer + Revelry Sampler Collection features indulgent teas, including White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea, CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea, Chocolate Chai Black Tea and Gingerbread Black Tea.

“The holidays are all about aromas and flavors. Gingerbread is a must this time of year and a classic seasonal choice for baking – something my family will be enjoying all winter,” Robinson said. “Along with the Gingerbread Black Tea, Teavana’s Cheer + Revelry Sampler Collection includes three delicious flavors to keep the holidays festive and cheerful.”

For the perfect gift, pair any one of Teavana’s sampler collections with an infuser mug. Robinson recommends the Gold Dot Infuser Mug for festive flair.

Become a Tea Artisan

Teavana Tea Director Dan Karches says the Artisanal Brewing Collection Kit makes the ultimate hostess gift. The collection includes everything a host needs to brew the perfect cup of tea plus a selection of Teavana’s most popular teas including Youthberry® with Wild Orange Blossom, Maharaja™ Chai with Samurai Chai Mate®, Peach Tranquility® and Jade Citrus Mint.

Create a personalized gift that will delight recipients with something tailored just for them.

Pick a Tea and Tin: Uncover a new favorite flavor from the Teavana® Tea Wall or design a custom blend by starting with an herbal blend – such as citrus, berry, or floral.  Karches recommends trying the three recommended blending options listed on the back of each tea tin. Once the blend is complete, purchase atea tin of your choice to go with it.

Select a Steeper: Choose from a variety of effortless loose-leaf tea brewing methods from a stainless steelinfuser with charm to the Teavana Perfectea® Maker, a quick and easy way to steep loose leaf tea. The patented tea dispenser mechanism strains tea simply into a cup, keeping the leaves in the tea maker.

Add the Finishing Touches: Don’t forget to include Perfectea Belgium Rock Sugar, a Perfectea Spoon, cocktail napkins and a card. Then, thanks to Teavana’s complimentary holiday gift packaging, one can leave the store with a ready-to give gift – perfect for any last-minute holiday shopping.

For gift givers who prefer to let Karches and his tea experts pick a gift for them, Teavana® Tea Subscriptions (available in monthly and in three-month subscriptions on Teavana.com) are available, featuring an assortment of teas hand-picked by Teavana, including one pure tea and two other teas to complement it.

Show Off Your Creativi-tea on Teavana.com (or in store) and Save

Tea-savvy customers can create gift sets on Teavana.com and in store and receive special savings.

Share Teavana’s festive array of holiday dessert teas – returning seasonal favorite White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea, CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea, Chocolate Chai Black Tea and Gingerbread Black Tea – all in the Cheer + Revelry Collection Sampler and pick one of three Holiday Infuser Mugs for $50 – now through December 23.

Pick the White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos pre-filled Tea Tin or the Gingerbread Black Tea pre-filled Tea Tin, and then add one of ten Contour Tumblers to save $10 – now through November 22.

The holiday collection, as well as Teavana’s collection of more than 100 epicurean teas, are now available in Teavana’s specialty stores and at teavana.com.

About Teavana
Teavana offers high quality teas and a unique in-store experience to new tea drinkers and tea connoisseurs alike. Acquired by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) in 2012, Teavana immerses customers in a full tea experience where they can learn more about the ritual and enjoyment of tea with products available in more than 350 Teavana specialty store locations and Teavana tea bars, as well as in Starbucks® stores across the U.S. and Canada.  Teavana offers premium tea accessories and an array of loose leaf teas, including Teavana® Oprah Chai, created in partnership with Ms. Oprah Winfrey.

[1] The total wholesale value of tea sold in the USA grew from less than $2 billion in 1990 to more than $10 billion today. Tea Association of the USA http://www.teausa.com/14654/state-of-the-industry

[2] 100 percent of all proceeds made to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation from Teavana® Oprah Chai goes to the Foundation, which in turn provides further funding to Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy. Find more information aboutTeavana® Oprah Chai charities here.

[3] Starbucks compensated Lemon Stripes and Baker’s Royale to share their gift ideas.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Teavana unveils its 2015 Holiday Collection of more than 80 epicurean tea gifts

Teavana unveils its 2015 Holiday Collection of more than 80 epicurean tea gifts

Starbucks will present at Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on November 18

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) today announced the company will present at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

The presentation will be webcast and can be accessed at http://investor.starbucks.com. A replay of the webcast will also be available at the same URL.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-qualityarabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks will present at Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on November 18

Starbucks will present at Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on November 18

Tesco won 22 gongs at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set for a critically acclaimed Christmas, after winning 22 gongs at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015.  With festive treats like the Turkey Crown with pork, apple and chestnut stuffing, salted caramel ice creams and Tesco finest* Premier Cru NV champagne, Amaretto Panettone and Amontillado sherry trifle, these accolades recognise the quality of the products that are available to customers  at Tesco this Christmas.

The retailer has won 20 categories for products including fresh produce, salads and frozen foods, and the coveted Gold Q awards for Tesco Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones and Everyday Value Cottage Pie. Tesco also received over 40 highly commended or commended for own label products.

Tesco’s Chief Product Officer Jason Tarry said:

“With Christmas just around the corner, I’m incredibly proud of the recognition we have received for our festive offer thanks to the fantastic efforts of our team. The Q Awards not only look at the taste, but also the value and quality of the ingredients and are an endorsement for all the hard work we have done in partnership with our suppliers to help provide our customers with the very best food and drink products.”

 

Gold Q Awards

  • Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones
  • Everyday value Cottage Pie

Quality Food Awards 2015 Winners

  • finest*  Premier Cru NV Champagne
  • finest*  Amaretto Panettone
  • finest*  Amontillado Sherry Trifle
  • finest*  Beetroot and Barrel Aged Feta Salad
  • finest*  Berry Selection
  • finest*  Broccoli and Peanut Salad
  • finest*  Vegetable Biryani with Salan Sauce
  • finest*  Wood Fired Verdure Pizza
  • Tesco    Summer Fruit Punch Mix
  • Tesco    Samphire
  • Tesco    Four Salted Caramel Ice Creams
  • Tesco    Revisionist Rye Pale Ale
  • Tesco    Rich Soya Smoked
  • Tesco    Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones
  • Tesco    Free From Battered Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour sauce
  • Tesco    Crustless Cheese and Onion Quiche
  • Tesco    Whole Seed Cob
  • Everyday Value Cottage Pie
  • Everyday Value Spinach and Chickpea Falafel

Highly Commended

  • finest*  West Country Biscuits for Cheese
  • finest*  All Butter Shortbread Fingers
  • finest*  Red Berry Granola
  • finest*  Single Origin Tasting Selection Box
  • finest*  Pear and Calvados Christmas Pudding
  • finest*  Venison, Red Wine, Cranberry and Orange Zest Stuffing Portions wrapped in Bacon
  • finest*  Bourbon BBQ Beef Waffles
  • finest*  Black Pudding Scotch Egg
  • finest*  Breaded Chicken Satay Skewers with creamy curry dipping sauce
  • finest*  Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • finest*  Sweet and Smoky Streaky Bacon
  • finest*  Red leicester Hot Dogs
  • finest*  Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella
  • finest*  Single Estate Makomboki 50 Tea Bags
  • finest*  Vina Mara Rioja Gran Reserva
  • Tesco    Falafel and Mixed Grain Warm Salad
  • Tesco    Kimchi
  • Tesco    Unsmoked Gammon Steaks with a spiced Orange Marmalade Glaze
  • Tesco    Pink Slaw
  • Tesco    Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto Bake
  • Tesco    Balsamic Salad Pearls
  • Tesco    Free From Korma Cooking Sauce
  • Tesco    Rich and Creamy Chocolate Pot
  • Tesco    Meat Free Lentil and Bean Chilli
  • Everyday Value White Chocolate and Strawberry Flavoured Cereal Bars
  • Everyday Value Vanilla Cheesecake

Commended

  • finest*  Granola Squares
  • finest*  Welsh Cakes (6pk)
  • finest*  Halloumi
  • finest*  Colombian Supremo
  • finest*  Smoked Chorizo Ring
  • finest*  Spiced Chicken, Quinoa and Cashew Nut Salad
  • Tesco    Apple, Persimmon and Mango
  • Tesco    Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings
  • Tesco    Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese lattice Pie
  • Tesco    Seeded Brown Rolls
  • Tesco    Beautifully Balanced South Indian Chicken Curry with Lentil Pilaff
  • Everyday Value Macaroni Cheese

SOURCE: TESCO

Tesco, Pan Macmillan to raise money to support national reading charity Readathon

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Pan Macmillan have teamed up to raise money to support national reading charity Readathon, which provides books for sick children in the UK’s thirty largest children’s hospitals.

Pan Macmillan has worked with Tesco to exclusively publish a new picture book, The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue, written by bestselling picture book author, Claire Freedman (Aliens Love Underpants), and illustrated by new design graduate, Samara Hardy. This special festive paperback picture book publishes on 26th October 2015, priced £4.00.

Tesco will donate £1 from the sale of each copy of The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue sold in Tesco stores and on Tesco Direct, to Readathon. The retailer hopes to raise up to £25,000 for the charity.

Tesco’s Books Buyer Karen Brindle said “We value any opportunity to help share the magic and joy of books with our customers. By bringing together the talents of Claire Freedman and Samara Hardy, we believe we’re offering a wonderful combination of a fun and heart-warming story, alongside gorgeous illustrations. 

“With a pound for every book sold by Tesco, helping Readathon to provide books and storytellers for children in hospitals, we hope The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue will truly inspire our customers to join us in our efforts to raise up to £25,000 for a very worthy cause.” 

Justine Daniels, CEO of Readathon says “For children in hospital, books offer an instant escape from what can be a frightening, painful and desperately boring experience. Sadly, many are unable to access books at all, due to the risk of infection and a lack of resources.  Tesco’s fantastic support of our unique programme enables us to provide professional storyteller visits and brand new books, safe from the risk of infection, to the children’s wards of 30 major hospitals across the UK.  As a result, over 16,000 seriously ill children, and their families, will be uplifted by the magic of books and stories.”

Anna Bond, UK Sales Director at Pan Macmillan adds, “The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Samara Hardy is a wonderful story about hoping and caring, loving and sharing at Christmas. It is the perfect message. Pan Macmillan is delighted to be working exclusively with Tesco to be bringing that message into as many homes and children’s hospitals as we can alongside Readathon throughout this autumn.” 

For more information, contact: 

  • Alyx Price, Macmillan Children’s Books, at alyx.price@macmillan.com / 07841 764118
  • Rebecca Miller, Tesco plc, at rebecca.miller@uk.tesco.com / 01992 646462J
  • Justine Daniels, Readathon, at justine@readathon.org / 0845 606 1151

Notes to Editors:

Tesco is a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer for customers. For almost a hundred years, its business has been to make life better for them; from providing quality food affordably, to helping people shop however, wherever and whenever they want to serve millions of customers daily. The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue will be available online and in stores across the UK.

Readathon (registered charity no. 1130309 (England and Wales) no. SCO41036 (Scotland)) was founded by children’s author Brough Girling in 1984 to encourage children to love reading. It achieves this through its popular and successful sponsored reading event for UK schools which has a long history of raising money to help seriously ill children in the UK. Some of the money raised by schools participating in Readathon’s sponsored read provides books and stories for children in hospital. Some 3,000 schools and 750,000 children get involved in Readathon every year helping to provide the UK’s thirty largest hospitals with  brand new books and a visit from a professional storyteller every half term.

You can support Readathon’s work in two distinct ways – either by making a direct donation or by organising a Readathon at your local school. Visit www.readathon.org for more information.

Claire Freedman lives by the Thames Estuary in Essex, England. She started writing after joining a creative writing class – and still attends the same class 18 years later! She has written about 100 books – and is probably best known for writing the Aliens Love Underpants series. She has had many jobs in the past – working at Harrods in London as a trainee buyer, the BBC as a secretary, at a printing/reprographic company and has even been a dental nurse.  She says, “writing gives me the most pleasure – it’s wonderful to be able to create a world for young children to enjoy, whether it’s educational, moral, problem solving, helping the little ones go to sleep, or purely entertaining them. It’s also great fun to see the first picture roughs as the wonderful illustrators bring the text to life.

Samara Hardy graduated with a degree in Illustration from Falmouth University in 2014.  After winning the New Designers Hallmark award, she spent two months in their studio before joining the design team at Tesco. She loves illustrating for a young audience and has recently worked on picture books with Usborne and Oxford University Press. Before coming to Tesco, she designed ranges for Mason Cash, Price and Kensington, Kilner, and Parlane.  

Pan Macmillan (www.panmacmillan.com) is the UK general book publishing arm of the Macmillan Group, which operates in over 70 countries.  Its imprints include Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children’s Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in May 2015.Readathon provides its service in the following hospitals across the UK: 

  • Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridgeshire
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital, West MidlandsBristol
  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Bristol
  • Chelsea and Westminster, London
  • Evelina Children’s Hospital, London
  • Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucestershire
  • Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
  • Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull
  • Jersey General Hospital, Jersey
  • John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxfordshire
  • Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds
  • Leicester Children’s Hospital, Leicester
  • Morriston Hospital, Swansea
  • Noahs Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff
  • Norwich and Norfolk Hospital, Norwich (tbc)
  • Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottinghamshire
  • Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen
  • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton
  • Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon
  • Royal Free Hospital, London
  • Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Greater Manchester
  • Sheffield Children’s Hospital, South Yorkshire
  • Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
  • Ysbyty, Gwynedd Bangor

SOURCE: TESCO

Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) expands to support even more of Britain’s dairy farmers

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced its first and biggest farming group, the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) will be expanding to support even more of Britain’s dairy farmers.

Already the largest group of its kind, Tesco has confirmed the number of dairy farms from across the UK it will have direct relationships with could increase by around a quarter. The supermarket will also look to foster and mentor fresh talent, by creating a new platform for new and young farmers wishing to enter the dairy industry.

The Dairy Centre of Excellence will provide practical support for Tesco dairy farmers and opportunities to share knowledge and expertise with other farming colleagues from across the country, in order to improve animal welfare and encourage innovation.

Following discussions with famers, processors and industry experts, Tesco has just completed its first ever review of the TSDG in order to adapt to the significant changes that have taken place in the dairy industry since the TSDG’s inception in 2007.

The outcome of the review has cemented the TSDG’s position as an integral part of how Tesco partners with British Agriculture and serves its customers.

Tesco Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said: ‘Tesco has a long and proud history of supporting British dairy farmers and we recognise the many challenges they face. We’re also committed to helping customers by providing the best quality British produce every time they shop with us. 

‘So it’s crucial to us and our farmers we continue to evolve the most sustainable, progressive and leading dairy group in the UK. 

‘By maintaining our above the cost of production model and focusing on delivering quality, value, innovation and service for our customers, we are confident  it can continue to be a standard bearer for the industry.’

TSDG Farmer and Committee Chairman James Stephen said: ‘As a lifelong dairy farmer, I’ve seen first-hand how uncertainty has impacted so many of my farming colleagues. This is why the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group is so important; it provides members with the valuable security and peace of mind, which is often lacking in the increasingly volatile market. So we can focus on what matters- providing the best quality milk and standards for our customers’.

All of the revisions to the TSDG will be initiated by the 1st February 2016.

Notes to Editors 

  • The TSDG was established in 2007 to address the uncertainty facing British dairy farmers caused by volatility in the markets. It comprises of around 600 farmers who supply Tesco directly with own-brand fresh and filtered milk products and share Tesco’s aim to deliver the best quality milk possible for customers. The TSDG pricing mechanism ensures that Tesco pays a price for the milk that is buys that reflects at least the cost of production to dairy farmers, helping them to invest and plan for the future.
  • New members of the TSDG will from the supplier base of Tesco’s processing partners -Muller Wiseman and Arla.
  • The core principles of the TSDG have always been to

– Have a transparent and clear pricing mechanism, using an independent cost tracker

– Pay a fair price for our milk and reward those who help us to deliver the best quality milk for our customers and the highest animal health and welfare standards

– Ensure that we have a sustainable approach to the dairy industry.

  • The price Tesco will pay its British dairy farmers for milk will follow a regular three-monthly review of production costs. The price will be set using the independent consultancy-Promar- to make sure that price paid by Tesco reflects above the average cost of production of the TSDG group. That price, agreed in collaboration with farmers, will then be set for three months and is completely independent from the retail price for milk.  Customers can be assured that every pint of own-brand milk they buy from Tesco supports a TSDG farmer, helping to deliver a sustainable future for the British dairy industry.
  • For eight years, Tesco has been paying dairy farmers more than market average:

 

  • The current price Tesco pays farmers is  30.58ppl, which includes the Promar 0.5ppl  for all Tesco own-brand fresh & filtered milk (1, 2, 4, 6 pint and 1 and 2 litre – excluding organic milk); single, double & extra thick double cream (150, 300, 600 ml) products and mature & extra mature cheddar. Until the 28th February 2016, Tesco brand Mild & Medium Cheddar, Red Leicester & Double Gloucester Cheese will receive 29.58ppl, which will be reflected in the cheese price paid to the processor.
  • Tesco dairy farmers must adhere to the nationally recognised Red Tractor assurance scheme, as well as additional Tesco welfare standards, to improve cow health and welfare. • The Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence works to encourage innovation and improve the knowledge and understanding of dairy production within the industry.
  • Additional support Tesco provides British Agriculture includes:
  • Sustainable farming groups in lamb, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, potatoes
  • Providing support for UK agriculture, with the development of a joint initiative with Anglia Famers – the ProducerClub.  The club delivers support for the day-to-day running of farms and an unrivalled combination of savings and benefits
  • Championing young farmers in British agriculture, offering a 12 month package of training, business planning, advice and supply chain experience through the Future Farmer’s Foundation.
  • An agriculture team, which works alongside a single product team responsible for the entire lifecycle of products.
  • A Supplier Helpline, where any issues raised by farmer, growers and producers are aimed to be resolved within 48 hours

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Tesco: one million UK children have now been involved in the Eat Happy Project

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced that one million UK children have now been involved in the Eat Happy Project, the retailer’s long-term commitment to help children gain the knowledge and skills they need to have a happy, healthy relationship with food.

The milestone comes just 18 months into the project, which was developed in response to new research that found 80% of children today were less healthy than their parents.

The Eat Happy Project was launched in March 2014 alongside an in-depth study highlighting a growing concern among British parents about their children’s relationship with their food. The study, undertaken by global consumer trends experts Future Foundation, also revealed that even though 90 per cent of children said they know which foods are healthy, fewer than ten per cent achieve their five-a-day target.

More than half (52 per cent) believed potatoes count towards the total, and one in ten (10 per cent) counted carrot cake.
The study also found that two-thirds of parents believe children eat much more convenience food than they did as a child, and half said they feared the impact of their children’s diet on long-term health.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project takes education out of the classroom and actively shows children where their food comes from.

Schoolchildren aged 4-11 have visited suppliers at their farms or factories and gone on in-store Farm to Fork trails at 787 Tesco stores UK-wide where specially trained colleagues provide practical demonstrations helping children explore fresh fruit and vegetables, taste cheeses, see how bread is baked and learn about the different species and origins of fish.

More than 18,000 pupils have also been transported around the world virtually using Google+ Hangouts for Online Field Trips, where they have talked to worldwide suppliers from banana growers in Costa Rica, to pasta makers in Naples.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project, however, does not just engage with children through schools. In January, a new partnership was launched with the Scout Association and since then almost 18,000 Cubs and Beavers have earned their Farm to Fork badge on the trails.

During school holidays, the Project invites parents to bring their children to free Let’s Cook classes in its stores in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust. To date these classes, teaching recipes from spaghetti Bolognese to veggie kebabs, have been held in 95 stores, with more than 7,000 children taking part. More than 10,000 children will also get the chance to learn to cook in after-school clubs set up through the partnership this term.

Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco said:
“Our plans for The Tesco Eat Happy Project were always ambitious – through engaging one by one with a million children we have shown that we can play our small part in helping children have a more healthy relationship with food. We want to do everything we can to serve our customers a little better every day, and this is an important part of that.”

The Tesco Eat Happy Project has now set its sights on new goals, aiming to provide the next million children with an Eat Happy Experience within twelve months as well as increasingly engaging with parents for activities that can be undertaken in the home.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

SOURCE: TESCO

Tesco’s Christmas Clubcard Boost is back and bigger than ever before

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s Christmas Clubcard Boost is back and bigger than ever before, helping customers get started with their Christmas shopping.

Online every single product* on Tesco direct is eligible for boosting, while in store customers can choose from the biggest ever range of products including the popular Christmas gift categories – toys, health & beauty gift sets and electricals.

Tesco customers can also get their Christmas wardrobe sorted with F&F – from sparkly Christmas dresses to cosy Christmas jumpers. And customers can even use Boost on Christmas decorations, lights and Christmas trees.

The Clubcard Boost event allows customers to exchange every £5 worth of their Clubcard Vouchers into a £10 Boost Token meaning customers can make real savings.

Danielle Papagapiou, Tesco Clubcard Director said, ‘We all know Christmas can be a busy time of year so we want to make it as stress-free as possible with our Christmas Clubcard Boost event. Clubcard Boost covers a whole host of categories including toys, electricals and F&F clothes, so we guarantee you’ll be able to pick up perfect presents for the whole family. Clubcard Boost is our way of saying thank you for shopping with Tesco’.

For more information visit tesco.com/Clubcard
Notes to Editors 
• Christmas Clubcard Boost is running from Monday 2nd November until 27th December (with redemption until 30th December)

• In store, the minimum voucher amount that can be exchanged is £5, which can be made up of smaller value vouchers

• There is no limit to the amount of vouchers you can exchange

• ‎If customers exchange their vouchers for an in store token either in store or online ‎then they can use this for products in any of the boost departments

• In addition to the Clubcard Boost event at Tesco, customers can boost year round on over 500 Boost Partners, for example there’s a wide range of restaurants where you can boost your vouchers for four times their value

• Full list of in-store departments – Decorations, Lights and Christmas Trees, Plants and Real Christmas Trees, Toys, Clothing, Health and Beauty Gifts (as well as toothbrushes and fragrances), Home Products, Electricals (Including Laptops, iPads and TVs), Phones & Accessories, Technology & Gaming, Entertainment & Books, Stationery, Party & Gifts, Sports and Leisure, Opticians and DIY and Car Care

• *Excludes Baby formula 0-6 months, Fireworks, Approved Partners at Tesco direct, Jewellery and watches

• If your Clubcard voucher exceeds the amount you wish to use on Christmas Clubcard Boost at Tesco, any change will be credited back to your Clubcard account in points and carried over to your next statement.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

SOURCE: TESCO

Macy’s will add Marbles: The Brain Store to its Holiday Arcade

Gifting shops in select locations offer customers an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind games and activities for the whole family

NEW YORK, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — This season, Macy’s will add Marbles: The Brain Store to itsHoliday Arcade, an in-store gifting shop in select locations offering customers unique and playful options for everyone on their shopping list this year.

Marbles: The Brain Storespecializes in one-of-a-kind games, gifts and gadgets that stimulate the brain and challenge the whole family. Within Holiday Arcade shops that include Marbles, Macy’s shoppers can test out every game and gift on display. Sales associates, known as BrainCoaches, are trained to provide personalized recommendations based on strengths and areas for improvement. Marbles: The Brain Store can be found at Macy’s Holiday Arcade inNew York City (Herald Square), San Francisco(Union Square), Chicago(State Street) and McLean, VA (Tyson’s Corner).

“By adding Marbles: The Brain Store to our Holiday Arcade, Macy’s is offering our customers another avenue for unique holiday gifts that are engaging for the whole family,” said Dustin Jones, Macy’s senior vice president of Fashion and New Business Development. “We are always exploring ways to surprise and delight our customers, especially during the holiday season, and Marbles fills a niche for educational gifts we know they will enjoy.”

“Macy’s is a top destination for both shoppers and tourists taking in the sights and sounds of the city during the holidays,” said Lindsay Gaskins, CEO of Marbles: The Brain Store. “We are thrilled to share our top holiday bestsellers and brand new favorites with Macy’s shoppers from coast-to-coast. We hope Marbles makes their holiday shopping experience even more enjoyable, whether it’s finding the perfect gift or improving their own brains with our hand-picked and expert-tested items.”

Along with Marbles, specialty toy and novelty gifts feature a variety of items, including the return of plastic and traditional train sets from Lionel®, carefully detailed baby dolls from Madame Alexander and holiday-themed dog-friendly gifts from Harry Barker, in addition to a wide variety of finger and hand puppets, officially licensed soft plush Felix The Cat toys by GUND, and Micro Kickboard scooters for little ones on the go.

Build-A-Bear Workshop® shop-in-shops at seven Macy’s locations will allow customers to take part in the full Build-A-Bear Workshop experience inside a Macy’s store. To help shoppers get into the PEANUTS® holiday mood, special merchandise displays at eight locations will feature an exclusive assortment of PEANUTS product. From a miniature version of the famed Charlie Brown Christmas Tree to books, lunch boxes, totes and tees, a perfect PEANUTS-themed gift awaits the fan in your family at Macy’s.

In addition to five locations opened last year at Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco), Macy’s Dadeland (Miami), Macy’s State Street (Chicago), Macy’s Herald Square (Manhattan, NY) and Macy’s Center City (Philadelphia), Macy’s Holiday Arcade will host a selection of holiday gifts at Macy’s Del Amo (Torrance, CA), Macy’s Mission Viejo(Mission Viejo, CA), Macy’s Brea (Brea, CA), Macy’s Minneapolis (Minneapolis), Macy’s Lenox (Atlanta) and Macy’s Tyson’s Corner (McLean, VA).

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Marbles: The Brain Store

Marbles: The Brain Store offers hand-picked, expert-tested products designed to strengthen and stimulate the brain including games, gifts and gadgets. All items are reviewed and pre-approved by scientists, neurologists, therapists and other brain health experts. For a full list of locations and more information, please visit www.marblesthebrainstore.com.

Source: Macy’s

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Marbles: The Brain Store joins Macy’s Holiday Arcade, offering one-of-a-kind games, gifts and gadgets in select stores this holiday season. (Photo: Business Wire)

Marbles: The Brain Store joins Macy’s Holiday Arcade, offering one-of-a-kind games, gifts and gadgets in select stores this holiday season. (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s, Inc. to report its third quarter 2015 sales and earnings before financial markets open on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

CINCINNATI, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is scheduled to report its third quarter 2015 sales and earnings before the opening of financial markets on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors that day at 9 a.m. ET. Macys, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-637-7746, passcode 3336328. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

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

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

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

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Macy’s eighth annual Believe campaign launches this week with new film, Macy’s Wish Writer stylus and app

  • Benefitting Make-A-Wish®, the Wish Writer stylus and app will be available at Macy’s and on macys.com
  • “The Wish Writer” short film debuts in November

NEW YORK, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s eighth annual Believe campaign launches this week with a new film that provides a modern take on the beloved “Believe” story and a new element that will delight children and adults alike – Macy’s Wish Writer stylus and app. The Wish Writer teaches children the importance of giving back to others during the holiday season, while “The Wish Writer” short film shares the same heartwarming story of the gift of generosity. From Nov. 6 through Dec. 24, customers can visit their local Macy’s store to drop their stamped letters addressed to Santa into the big red letterboxes, create and send a letter with the Wish Writer app, or send a letter to Santa through macys.com/believe. For each letter collected in-store, through mobile and online, Macy’s will donate$1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“We’re proud to partner with Make-A-Wish for the eighth annual Believe campaign, which continues to be one of our most beloved programs of the year,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy’s. “After many months of development, we’re excited to launch Macy’s Wish Writer as a fun, new element of this year’s campaign, which will benefit Make-A-Wish and teach children how acts of kindness can spread holiday spirit this season.”

“Macy’s continues to make helping wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions as simple and fun as writing a letter to Santa – this year adding a new and innovative way through the Wish Writer,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We encourage everyone to join Macy’s and Make-A-Wish this holiday season to ‘believe in the magic of giving’ by submitting their letters to help us grant even more life-changing wishes, because we know that a wish-come-true can be a powerful part of a child’s fight against their illness.”

The Believe campaign was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The paper’s response, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist …,” written by Francis P. Church, became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time. Macy’s has raised $90 million for Make-A-Wish since 2003, with $10.8 million donated over the last seven years through the iconic letter writing campaign during the holiday season.

The following are key elements of the 2015 Macy’s Believe campaign:

Wish Writer Sweeps the Nation

Macy’s Wish Writer is an interactive stylus and app, featuring a series of fun games to teach children about the importance of kindness and generosity, while also providing a way to write the most magical letters to Santa. Dr.Steven Fox, a leading child psychologist and expert in play therapy and gaming, served as a consultant during the Wish Writer development to help create a motivating, relevant and positive game for children. The Wish Writer experience is designed to encourage a sense of adventure and exploration, while enhancing children’s altruism and compassion toward others.

Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, the Wish Writer stylus will be available for purchase at approximately 600 Macy’s stores and on macys.com. To play, the stylus interacts with the corresponding app (free with the stylus purchase) and children can play the various games to spread holiday spirit and earn rewards for good deeds. The Wish Writer stylus also lights up when pressed on a surface.

In addition, children can write letters to Santa through the stylus and app, and for each letter sent, $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish, as part of the $1 million goal. One dollar from the purchase price of each Wish Writer stylus (retail price of $14.99) will also go to Make-A-Wish.

To download the app separately on iTunes or Google Play, a free, limited-play version is available, as well as a full version for $1.99. One dollar from each app purchase will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

“The Wish Writer” Film

Macy’s and J. Walter Thompson created a special three-minute film that follows the journey of a little girl and her brother as they discover the power of kindness and generosity. With the help of a magic pencil, evoking the spirit of the Wish Writer, the duo learns how good deeds and kind acts toward others can go a long way. The film will launch in early November on macys.com/believe, and a 90-second version will run during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

National Believe Day

Friday, Dec. 11 marks the much anticipated, seventh annual National Believe Day. Dedicated to celebrating the season’s spirit of goodwill, Macy’s will continue its “Wishes Across America” initiative in partnership with Make-A-Wish.

“Yes, Virginia” Animated Special

A treat each holiday season, the “Yes, Virginia” animated television special will return to bring the story of Virginia to life. The award-winning, half-hour holiday program features an all-star roster including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller in the title role. When the animated special first debuted, a wish came true for 11-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Taylor Hay, whose voice and likeness were captured for one of the film’s characters. “Yes, Virginia,” presented by Macy’s, will air on ABC on Friday, Dec. 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT(check local listings).

Believe Merchandise Benefitting Make-A-Wish

Along with writing letters to Santa and purchasing a Wish Writer, customers can give back to Make-A-Wish this holiday season by purchasing gifts that give back – the “Yes, Virginia” illustrated storybook and animated special DVD, available at Macy’s stores and on macys.com. Ten percent of the purchase price of each book and DVD sold will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

Additionally, in partnership with Macy’s Believe campaign, Godiva will make a $50,000 donation to Make-A-Wish, and sell Believe Bars exclusively at Macy’s stores and a 19-Piece Believe Holiday Ballotin available in-store and online at macys.com.

“Yes, Virginia The Musical”

Now in its fourth year as part of the Believe campaign, “Yes, Virginia The Musical” returns to local stages across the country. In addition to providing the play’s script and score to schools royalty free, Macy’s offered $1,000 grants to schools and organizations to support their local productions. New for this year, the grant program was open to high school groups and nonprofit community organizations, as well as past grant recipients. To meet the needs of schools with a smaller student population or limited musical resources, Macy’s also created a new Abridged Version, which makes the musical more accessible than ever. For more information about “Yes, Virginia The Musical” and to find a performance near you, visit yesvirginiamusical.com.

Virginia Stars in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Virginia will charm millions of Americans as she returns as a balloon in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with larger-than-life Believe red star balloons to celebrate the season.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign and the Wish Writer, plus view “The Wish Writer” film visit macys.com/believe. For a link to “The Wish Writer” film, click here. For additional media materials, including images and b-roll: http://pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2015/believe.php.

“Yes, Virginia The Musical” was adapted from the animated special “Yes, Virginia,” written by Chris Plehal, created and produced by Macy’s and J. Walter Thompson in conjunction with The Ebeling Group and MEC Entertainment, a division of Mediaedge:cia. “Yes, Virginia The Musical” was written by Wesley Whatley (music) and William Schermerhorn (book and lyrics), the Emmy® Award-winning creative team behind the original song “Yes, Virginia (There’s A Santa Claus).”

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered inPhoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Media Relations
Julie Strider Fukami, 646-429-5213
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Macy’s new Wish Writer comes to life through a heartwarming film about spreading the holiday spirit; visit macys.com/believe to view “The Wish Writer” (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s new Wish Writer comes to life through a heartwarming film about spreading the holiday spirit; visit macys.com/believe to view “The Wish Writer” (Photo: Business Wire)

Amazon orders three new Amazon Original Kids Series for Prime members in US, UK, Germany and Austria to debut next year

  • Two series greenlit from previous kids pilot season, including Amazon’s first original animated series for kids ages 6 to 11, Lost in Oz and live-action series The Kicks, based on Alex Morgan’s book series
  • Additional pick-ups include a follow-up to the Emmy award-winning Dino Dan and a half-hour special following up the Shaun the Sheepseries and recent hit movie

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has ordered three new Amazon Original Kids Series—Dino Dana, The Kicks and Lost in Oz—as well as half-hour special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas to debut on Prime Video. The new series come from creative talent including Aardman Animations, Bureau of Magic’s Mark Warshaw, Abram Makowka, Darin Mark and Jared Mark (East Los High, Smallville), novelist James Frey (I Am Number Four), and J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroids). All three series will be available for Prime members in the US, UK, Germany and Austria and will debut next year. Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas will make its world debut for Prime members in the US on November 13.

“We’re excited to offer our Prime members a beautifully reimagined world in our first original kids 6-to-11 animated series and bring to the screen Alex Morgan’s successful book series with an inspirational role model at the core,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Aardman and Sinking Ship are award-winning producers and we’re excited to debut Dino Dana and Shaun the Sheepon Prime Video.”

A follow up to the 2015 Emmy award-winning series Dino Dan, Dino Dana is a preschool program that takes viewers on a whole new level of dinosaur encounters. The series will feature 16 new prehistoric creatures, an adopted baby dino and, for the first time, two sisters. After a chance encounter with Trek and his Dino Field Guide, Dana, a “paleontologist in training,” and her teenage sister Emily, begin to see dinosaurs all around them, leading to plenty of action and adventure. Created and directed by J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroids), the series will be executive produced by Sinking Ship partners Johnson, Blair Powers and Matt Bishop, co-executive produced by Christin Simms (Dino Dan) and written by Johnson and Simms.

In The Kicks, a live-action series for children ages six to 11, Devin Burke (played by newcomer Sixx Orange) was the star player on her soccer team back home until her family moved to California midway through the school year. Now, Devin has to rise to the challenge after discovering that her new school team has been on a losing streak over the last few months and is badly in need of a leader to rally the team together. Based on a book series by US Olympic Gold Medalist and current US Women’s National Team soccer player Alex Morgan, the project is Executive Produced by Full Fathom Five’s novelist James Frey (I Am Number Four) and Todd Cohen (Lumen), as well as Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle). The series also stars E’myri Crutchfield (Vacation) as Zoe Hanson, Gabe Eggerling (Even Angels Cry) asBailey Burke, Sophia Mitri Schloss (Desert Cathedral) as Emma Gelbaum, Monica Lacy (Hawaii Five-0) as Sharon Burke, and Tim Martin Gleason (New Girl) as Tom Burke.

Lost in Oz is an animated, action-adventure comedy for children ages 6 to 11 set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City. Stranded in this spectacular world, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. With Dorothy’s dog Toto, this unlikely crew embarks on an epic journey, seeking out the magic Dorothy needs to get back toKansas. The challenge for Dorothy, and everyone else in this world, is that Oz is facing the greatest magic crisis in eons. Developed and produced by Bureau of Magic’s Mark Warshaw, Darin Mark, Jared Mark, and Abram Makowka (East Los High, Smallville), this contemporary re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s extraordinary universe is designed by Flaunt Productions (Under Siege, Project Spark), music by Adam Berry (The Penguins of Madagascar) with theme music by Mark Mothersbaugh (The Lego Movie).

In Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, the Farmer and Bitzer go to a Country Fair and Shaun accompanies them intent on causing mischief. Shaun spies an auction of three exotic and very crafty Llamas and cleverly gets the unwitting Farmer to buy them. At first everything’s great fun, but soon their new Llama roommates get a bit too comfortable in their new home. When things spiral out of control, Shaun is forced to take action to oust the intruders and save the farm. The Aardman Animations special is written by Lee Pressman (Peter Rabbit),Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep movie) and Nick Vincent Murphy (Moone Boy), directed by Jay Grace (Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts) and produced by Paul Kewley & John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep).

Amazon Original Series are available for Prime members to stream and enjoy through the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. The new series will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

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

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

Prime members can look forward to new original series premiering this year such as the much anticipated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle premiering on November 20 along with Mozart in the Jungle premiering later this year. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Bosch and romantic comedy Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents and Mad Dogs.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 16 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in select cities receive one and two hour delivery through Prime Now on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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

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New dramatic Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete will debut exclusively on Prime Video in US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan next year

New show exclusively on Prime Video stars Giovanni Ribisi and is created by Emmy Award-winning writer David Shore and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has greenlit new dramatic Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete that will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan next year. The new series comes from an acclaimed creative team including Executive Producers David Shore (House), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Erin Gunn (Battle Creek) and James Degus (All the Way). The pilot episode, currently available on Amazon Video and featuring a special appearance by Cranston, was directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) who also executive produces the show.

“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016.”

Sneaky Pete, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, stars Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar), Marin Ireland (Side Effects), Margo Martindale(The Millers), Peter Gerety (Prime Suspect), Libe Barer (Parenthood) and Shane McRae (Still Alice). The series revolves around a con-man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself—and discovering a family life he’s never had.

Sneaky Pete will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy through the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be available in SD and HD, as well as in 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) on compatible smart TVs. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.

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

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

Prime members can look forward to new original series premiering this year such as the much anticipated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle premiering on November 20 along with Mozart in the Jungle premiering later this year. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Bosch and romantic comedy Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents and Mad Dogs.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 16 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in select cities receive one and two hour delivery through Prime Now on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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

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Amazon Publishing calls for submissions for the Little A Poetry Contest

  • The first Little A Poetry Contest will be judged by Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn
  • The winner will be awarded $5,000 and a publishing contract with Little A

NEW YORK, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)–Today, Amazon Publishing announced a call for submissions for the Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets. The contest will be judged by the acclaimed poets Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money and a publishing contract featuring a $2,000 advance with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint.

Today through December 20, 2015, poets who have published no more than one book of poetry can submit their full-length collections for consideration to LittleAPoetry@amazon.com. The judges will select a winner based on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content, and creativity of language. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 and Little A expects to publish the winner’s manuscript in paperback and eBook in the spring of 2017. Little A Editor and Pushcart Prize-winning poet Morgan Parker will edit the winner’s book.

“As part of Little A’s commitment to the discovery of new literary talent, we’re expanding to become a home for emerging poets and their work,” said David Blum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Little A. “We hope this open call for submissions will lead to a new and vibrant showcase for poetry collections. We’re especially pleased that three prominent American poets—Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn—serve as the judges for the first Little A Poetry Contest.”

“I’m overjoyed to be involved with this contest and look forward to reading the submissions,” said Jericho Brown, one of the three judges for the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest. “There are so many talented emerging poets working today that are deserving of an audience and I’m excited to help get their work published.”

For submission guidelines and Official Rules for the Little A Poetry Contest please visit www.amazon.com/LittleAPoetry. Amazon Publishingis a brand used by Amazon Content Services LLC and Amazon Media EU Sarl.

About Amazon Publishing
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. The Amazon Publishing family has 14 imprints: 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, Two Lions, and Waterfall Press.

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

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Amazon.com anounced the launch of the Black Friday Deals store and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide

  • New this year, Prime members receive early access to more than 30,000 Lightning Deals
  • With over 600 top electronics and a Gift Finder tool, the Electronics Holiday Gift Guide takes the guesswork out of gifting

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com today officially kicked off the countdown to Black Friday with the launch of the Black Friday Deals store and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide. This year, Prime members can access more than 30,000 Lightning Deals 30 minutes early and all customers will find tens of thousands of deals on more of the items they want. In addition, the curated Electronics Holiday Gift Guide and Gift Finder tool take the guesswork out of shopping and make it easy to discover all of the right gifts.

“Shoppers come to Amazon to discover the best deals on the best gifts and this year, we’re pulling out all of the stops,” said Steve Shure, Vice President, Amazon Consumer Marketing. “We’re giving Prime members early access to more than 30,000 Lightning Deals and for all customers, tens of thousands of great deals in the Black Friday Deals store. With incredible deals, fast delivery options, curated lists like our Electronics Holiday Gift Guide, gift recommendations, customer reviews and more, we’re making it easier than ever for customers to save time and money on their holiday shopping.”

Black Friday Deals: The Black Friday Deals store is the leading deals destination for customers this holiday season with tens of thousands of deals on top items including electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen, and more, now through December 22. Prime members will get the first crack at more than 30,000 deals through Prime Early Access and all customers can find great deals throughout the season at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, including:

  • 30% off Sony XBR55X900C 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV with a Blu-ray Player
  • $170 off the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
  • 47% off Jaybird X Sport Bluetooth Headphones
  • Optoma HD37 Full 3D 1080p 2600 Lumens DLP Home Cinema Projector for less than $800
  • 40% off select Frye shoes, handbags, accessories and luggage/travel for men and women
  • 40% off select toys from top construction brands including K’NEX, Tegu, and Magformer
  • Up to 50% off select Home Automation products
  • 20% or more off select Wilton and Pyrex bakeware products
  • Deals from top Kitchen brands including Rubbermaid, KitchenAid, Paderno, and Instant Pot
  • $10 off select $50 Black & Decker product purchases
  • Up to 50% off hundreds of PetSafe items

Electronics Holiday Gift Guide: With more than 600 of this year’s hottest items, organized by category and gift recipient, the Electronics Holiday Gift Guide and Gift Finder tool help customers discover the right gift for everyone on their list – from the Photographer who wants the latest gear from GoPro and Canon, to the Gadget Guru who is eyeing the latest innovations from the Amazon Launchpad program like the Electric Objects Digital Art Display and Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage. Customers can explore exciting new features like never-before-seen 3D imagery of hot gifts, editor’s picks, exclusive product reviews, unboxing videos, and gift recommendations, with new content uploaded regularly from trusted sources including Gawker, Tom’s Guide, and The Wirecutter.

Tech Gifts and Shopping Trends to Watch

  • High-Tech, Low Budget: Tech gear is always at the top of shopping lists during the holidays, and now customers can find tech gifts to give and receive without paying a premium. The Electronics Holiday Gift Guide features affordable gifts including the all-new Fire tablet – the #1 best-selling product on Amazon.com since launch – portable speakers from JAM, and headphones from Panasonicand Audio-Technica, all under $100!
  • Wanted Wearables and the Smart Home: Wearables and Home Automation items are wished-for year-round and customers will find the latest gear to make home life more efficient with products like the Belkin WeMo Netcam, Crock-Pot Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled Slow Cooker, and iRobot Roomba Vacuum. Customers will also find stylish wearables in new and exclusive colors from Jawbone, Fitbit, and Garmin to track fitness and monitor health.
  • Shop via Voice: More and more, devices are making our lives hands-free. Now, creating a holiday shopping list with Amazon Echo and Alexa is as easy as asking, and placing an order using voice control with the Amazon app on your mobile device is as simple as saying the word. This year, customers can shop in more ways without leaving their home or even touching a keyboard.

Customers will find even more fast delivery options with Amazon Prime, making last-minute shopping a thing of the past. A growing list of Prime services is making it easy for customers to shop and save this holiday season including unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 16 metro areas, and early access to Lightning Deals all year long. In addition, Prime members in 20 metro areas receive one and two hour delivery on tens of thousands of everyday essentials with the dedicated Prime Now mobile app.

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

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Amazon: special delivery windows for Prime members wanting to get Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the game’s release night – Friday, November 6

SEATTLE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its Prime Now service will offer special delivery windows for Prime members wanting to get Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivered just as it becomes available at midnight eastern standard time on the game’s release night – Friday, November 6.

“Why wait in lines on release night when we’ll bring Call of Duty: Black Ops III right to your door? We’re making it easy for hardcore gamers to download the app, reserve a coveted delivery window for midnight delivery and sit back while the game comes right to their doors. Our Prime customers will be on their way to ranking up before they know it, and all without having to leave the comfort of their house,” said Stephenie Landry, Amazon’s worldwide director of Prime Now. “We love offering exclusive opportunities for our Prime members and the gaming community, and now they can get the most anticipated game of the year, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, moments after it is released.”

Developed by Treyarch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops III launches worldwide on November 6. The title was recently named by Nielsen as the “most anticipated multiplatform holiday game” of the year.

Release night pre-orders must be placed using the Prime Now app with reservations starting at midnight eastern standard time on November 4. Customers will be able to choose a special delivery window, select additional items they might need for their late night mission — such as beverages, snacks or extra gaming controllers — and pre-order the game for late night delivery on its release night, Nov. 6. There is limited availability within each delivery window so customers are urged to download the Prime Now app and be ready to reserve their delivery on Nov. 4 at midnight eastern when pre-orders begin in the app.

Prime Now is currently offered in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. For these special, late night Call of Duty: Black Ops III two-hour delivery windows, there will be no delivery fees.

Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at www.amazon.com/primenow. Download the Prime Now app to learn more about Prime Now’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III release night delivery program.

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

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Sears to feature major holiday savings events throughout November

Holiday shoppers don’t have to wait for Black Friday to get Black Friday deals

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears announced it will feature major holiday savings events throughout November, including an opportunity for its members to snag select Black Friday deals early.

“The holiday shopping season is officially underway and if you’re an early-season shopper, you’re going to like what you find in every department at Sears,” said Joelle Maher, President and Chief Member Officer for Sears. “We’re offering our members some incredible opportunities to benefit from traditional Black Friday deals throughout the month of November.”

The first early holiday offers and events announced include:

  • Veterans Day Sale – From Nov. 5 through Nov. 14, members can find 40 percent or more off Kenmore appliances; an extra 20 percent off sale- and regular-priced clothing, accessories, intimates, home fashions and housewares purchases of $50 or more with coupon; and up to 60 percent off top-brand mattresses. Plus, any active-duty, reserve and retired military personnel can save 40 percent off regular-priced tools and home appliances, or an extra 10 percent off discounted tools (or an extra 5 percent off discounted home appliances). For more information, visit sears.com/veteransday.
  • Family & Friends Event – During this newly extended 12-hour event on Nov. 8 – more than two weeks before Black Friday – members can get select Black Friday deals early in store and online. Sears will feature select apparel, small appliances, tools, fitness, TVs and footwear deals at Black Friday pricing with an additional 5 to 20 percent discount, making it one of the best savings opportunities of the season. For more information, visit sears.com/familyandfriends.
  • More for Members All Season – Now through Jan. 2, Sears credit cardholders receive 10 percent back in points on the first $500 of each qualifying purchase with their Sears card, so filling the sleigh means more rewards for members. The offer is valid through Jan. 2, 2016, and reward points expire Jan. 30, 2016 (valid opt-in email required).

Shoppers can download the Sears app at Sears.com/mobile and discover more @Sears.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook about Sears holiday at #BringTheSleigh.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

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The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to march down the streets of New York City on Thursday, Nov. 26

The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Ushers in the Season with the Nation’s Favorite Holiday Event, Featuring Giant Character Helium Balloons, Signature Floats, the Nation’s Finest Marching Bands, Enchanting Performance Groups, Celebrity Appearances and the One-and-Only Santa Claus

NEW YORK, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — America’s favorite holiday tradition will once again kick off the season of joy, as the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to march down the streets of New York City on Thursday, Nov. 26. As millions celebrate the holiday with family and friends, more than 8,000 participants, including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands, will travel through Manhattan to the sound of the iconic catchphrase Let’s Have a Parade™. With more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s most celebrated and anticipated holiday treat.

“The 89th edition of Macy’s famed holiday procession promises to deliver an unrivaled spectacle of magic for millions of spectators lining the streets of New York City and millions more watching it unfold in homes across the nation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “From our signature giant character balloons to our floats of wonder, not to mention the nation’s best marching bands, whimsical clowns, celebrities and the big man himself – Santa Claus; the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will continue to delight audiences of all ages, as together we celebrate the start of the holiday season.”

Since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 89th edition, the famed spectacle’s line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus.

STARS ON PARADE

The procession will feature a star-studded cast who will celebrate the holiday with America, providing the nation with first-class performances along the way. Joining the festivities this year are Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil®, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee,Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, Mipso, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Prince Royce, Questlove with the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street®, the cast of Broadway’s School of Rock, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train.

In addition to the performing talent, leading the Parade will be a special invited guest. Each Thanksgiving morning, Ms. Kule leads the line of march through the streets of Manhattan as a representative of the more than 4,000 Macy’s employee volunteers who have given up their holiday to bring the nation an unmatched spectacle. Ms. Kule, dressed this year by Tony Award®-winning designer William Ivey Long, will be joined at the head of the Parade by Roseann Levy, a longtime Macy’s employee celebrating the 60th year of volunteering her time to put together this magical event for the City of New York and the nation.

GIANTS IN THE SKY

The Parade’s signature giant character balloons have showcased the world’s most beloved cultural characters since the late 1920’s. Evolving from a simple paper sketch to giant wonders on Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are transformed by Macy’s “Balloonatics” into high flying art.

This year, four new giant characters will take center stage including Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO™ by Sinclair Oil; Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; andRonald McDonald® debuting in his fourth whimsical giant balloon.

Returning characters include Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of A Wimpy Kid®, The Elf on the Shelf®, Hello Kitty®, How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless, PADDINGTON™, Pikachu™, Pillsbury™ Doughboy™, Skylanders®Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Thomas the Tank Engine®. Returning balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the famed-spokesduck The Aflac Duck and the supercool KOOL-AID Man.

FLOATING ON AIR

Macy’s floating wonders create a collection of magic and imaginative delights that dazzle and transport spectators. These stages are created by Macy’s Parade Studio’s team of designers, carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators and electricians, who work all year to bring the idea on a sketch pad to towering reality. Macy’s Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to safely travel from the New Jersey studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel.

This year’s six new floats include Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions, The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYCby Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray®, Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear,Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel and celebrating the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; Big Apple (NY Daily News); At the Ball Game (Cracker Jack®); Dreamseeker (Cirque du Soleil®); Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate; Frozen Fall Fun (Discover®); Free to Play (Sprout®); Girl-Powered Spinning Machine (GoldieBlox®); It’s All Rock & Roll (Gibson Brands®); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota Department of Tourism); On The Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton®); Santa’s Sleigh; Santaland Express; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations (Domino® Sugar); Stone Forest ofKunming, China (Sino-American Friendship Association); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon); Tom Turkey;Treasure Hunt (Pirate’s Booty®); Winter Wonderland In Central Park (Delta Air Lines); and A World at Sea (Royal Caribbean International®).

Completing the lineup will be a vintage 1924 Ford Model T Fire Truck, along with the FDNY Pipes & Drums in celebration of their 150th anniversary. In addition, the Casa Fresca Café float by Avocados From Mexico will entice and delight spectators with a tasty and fun fiesta.

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE …

Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry.

Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan, creating a wave of thunderous applause. Joining the fun are Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL), Lewis Cass High School(Walton, IN), Munford High School (Munford, TN), Nogales High School (La Puente, CA), North Hardin High School(Radcliff, KY), Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(Champaign, IL), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI),West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band will welcome back a selection of alumni band members, in addition to a new class of more than 250 elite high school marching band students from across the country.

Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. This year, special groups include the 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), Brooklyn Jumbies (Brooklyn, NY), J.U.M.P. jump rope team (Strongsville, OH) and the Kruti Dance Academy (Duluth, GA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation’s best cheerleaders and most thrilling dancers.

A TELEVISION SPECIAL EVENT

The nation’s biggest and most anticipated Thanksgiving celebration, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold. This year, the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones). Joining the Parade, as a signature element kicking off the holiday season will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes®. The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for a 34th Street performance will be Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King & I, On Your Feet! and Something Rotten! In addition, spectators will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s The Wiz Live!

AN INSIDER’S LOOK

For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, animated videos and other exclusive content. Fans can also download the free 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade app to interact with the holiday tradition, learn more about the elements and share content with friends. The one-stop mobile destination for everything about the Macy’s Parade will be available from the iTunes® App Store or from Google Play.

The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of theAmericas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than eight decades, and is one which continues to this day.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys and join the conversation at #MacysParade on various social networks.

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Delta Air Lines, New York’s most global airline is proud to be the official airline of Macy’s Parade.
RAM Trucks is the official truck of the Macy’s Parade.
Timberland is the official outerwear provider.
Remo is the official drumhead provider.

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Fendi inaugurated its new headquarters at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

ROME, ITALY, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — On October 22, Fendi inaugurated its new headquarters at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. An iconic symbol of Roman architecture, the landmark building underwent major renovation work that was funded by Fendi, which continues to support the heritage of the Eternal City.

After completely funding the restoration of the Trevi Fountain, Fendi has supported the renovation of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Civilization), which had sat unoccupied for over 40 years. Built for the Universal Exhibition in 1942, which never took place, the monument became a symbol of Italian creativity and savoir-faire.

Dubbed the “Square Colosseum” by Romans, the building has been rejuvenated after two years of work directed by architect Marco Constanzi. Bathed in lighting designed by artist Mario Nanni, the monument is now home to Fendi’s corporate offices, as well as its furs workshop, which embodies the unique know-how of the Roman house.

“We are proud to give back to Rome and to the entire world the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, a symbol of our Roman roots and of the continuous dialogue between tradition and modernity, values that have always been at the very heart of Fendi,” said Pietro Beccari, Chairman and CEO of Fendi.

Fendi has also made a point of devoting the first floor of the palace to art exhibitions open to the public. The first exhibition, entitled Una Nuova Roma. L’Eur e il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, retraces the history of the Palazzo and runs until March 7, 2016.

SOURCE: LVMH

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© Fendi

© Fendi

Sears launches new website at SearsHomeServices.com that improves how members care for their homes

New SearsHomeServices.com Provides Average Cost, Time Needed to Repair and DIY Quick Fixes

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Most major appliances can last 10-15 years or more. But when a washer conks out on laundry day or the refrigerator has lost its cool, it might cause you to lose your cool, too. How quickly can you get help, how much will the repair cost and how long will it take?

“You don’t have to go it alone,” said Sean Skelley, president, Sears Home Services. “We are the house experts for homeowners, and our new website connects homeowners to repair or improvement experts quickly. So whether it’s one of our more than 6,000 technicians to fix a washer or a home improvement specialist to provide specifications for a new heating system or roof, SearsHomeServices.com has you covered.”

The new SearsHomeServices.com site features information that improves how members care for their homes, such as do-it-yourself quick fixes to common appliance issues, derived from analyzing decades’ of home and appliance repair data.

Site improvements and benefits include:

  • Mobile-friendly design – The new site automatically formats to fit any device, from laptop to smartphone, so customers can troubleshoot and schedule services from virtually anywhere – even while standing in front of their ailing appliance.
  • DIY quick fixes – Members can learn DIY solutions to common appliance issues and schedule an appointment for more complex problems, such as when your refrigerator is no longer running or your washing machine is making funny noises.
  • Regional statistics – Visitors to the site can view information such as the number of repairs completed, average cost, and length of repair time in their area so they can make informed decisions when scheduling services.
  • Online appointment scheduling – Homeowners can schedule an appointment online, add appointment details to their calendars, and receive text message confirmations. They’ll also receive updates prior to and on the day of their service appointment. When smaller appliances need repair, such as countertop microwaves, customers can conveniently locate Sears repair centers, and check their hours and location just by entering their zip code.
  • Info about local Sears technicians – With ratings, number of years’ experience and photos, members can get to know their experts.
  • Verified customer reviews – Before booking appointments, customers can read thousands of reviews from other customers about their experiences with Sears Home Services.

“As a leader in the home services industry, Sears Home Services is enhancing our website after listening to feedback from our members,” said Skelley. “The new Sears Home Services website makes it easier for customers to understand what issues may exist with their home and schedule an appointment.”

On the site, visitors can schedule appliance repairs for more than 180 brands and schedule consultations for home improvement projects – from kitchen remodeling to roofing to heating and cooling.

Earlier this year, Sears Home Services opened a technology office in Seattle to spearhead technological innovations fueled by Sears’ extensive history of home and appliance repair data. Sears will continue to update the website in the coming months, adding more features and home service categories to meet its members’ needs.

Offering a complete solution for homeowners, Sears helps members purchase, service and replace their appliances, as well as manage and maintain their homes and a variety of products within their homes, from fitness equipment to lawn mowers and snow blowers. Sears has the largest fleet of services technicians in neighborhoods throughout the U.S., and sells the top 10 appliance brands, including Kenmore.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard – among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Media Contact:
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Sears Holdings Corp.
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Zeno Group
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John.Arango@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears Holdings

Sephora opens the first connected beauty store

PARIS, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sephora continues to pioneer digital innovations with an exciting new shopping experience, opening the first connected beauty store. Sephora Flash is a disruptive concept that blends beauty and technology.

From the introduction of self-service in beauty and cosmetics stores to its Click & Collect service, Sephora has continually innovated to take the customer experience to new levels. The groundbreaking Sephora Flash store concept introduces a new breed of ultra-connected boutiques that will progressively be rolled out around the world.

The first of these revolutionary boutiques recently opened at 66, rue de Rivoli in Paris. The 100-square-meter store (compared with the average 400 sq. meters for the brand’s boutiques) offers an unprecedented bridging of physical and digital shopping channels.  A selection of best-selling makeup and cosmetics products is proposed directly in the store, alongside a digital catalogue of more than 14,000 products from 150 brands. If a product is not in stock, customers can supplement their physical shopping basket by adding it to their digital basket, represented by a digital tag.

There are also tablets for discovery of premium perfumes, from classics to niche fragrances such as Serge Lutens, Tom Ford or Atelier Cologne. Perfume testers with an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag provide shoppers with a multitude of information on the fragrance by simply placing the tester on the connected screen. They can then instantly add it to their digital basket. Both physical and digital purchases are paid for at the checkout counter in a single action. Plus, customers can choose to have items purchased online delivered to their home or pick them up at the Sephora Flash store.

In addition to popular Sephora services like the Make Up Bar or Benefit Brow Bar, customers can have fun at the Flash Bar, equipped with a large selfie mirror, a mobile phone charger and a Mini Beautic, the smart sampler developed inhouse by the brand’s Sephora Lab.

Open since October 21st, the Sephora Flash boutique has already proved a huge success among Sephora fans!

SOURCE: LVMH

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© Sephora

© Sephora

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

This year’s holiday campaign at H&M will have a giving theme, where customers will be able to contribute. For every purchased gift card at H&M, the H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total gift card amount to UNICEF. The donation will provide vulnerable children in Myanmar with quality education.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN,  2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Only 64% of children aged 5-17 years are attending school in Myanmar, leaving more than 1 million children behind. Through a new program, which will be initiated by UNICEF and the H&M Conscious Foundation, children aged 5-14 will benefit from increased access to school and an improved quality of education. H&M’s customers are offered an easy way to contribute to UNICEF’s work by buying gift cards at H&M during the holiday season.

“There is an urgent need to improve access and quality of basic education for vulnerable children in Myanmar. H&M Conscious Foundation are happy to support this program with UNICEF that will reach more than 350,000 children with improved primary and lower secondary school education in the Rakhine State in Myanmar, says Charlotte Brunnström, Program Manager for Education at the H&M Conscious Foundation.

The program includes children in formal schooling, children living in camps for internally displaced people and children who will be reached through non-formal education initiatives. UNICEF will work on multiple levels to influence changes in policy, in education management and in schools and communities. Children, parents, teachers, head masters and policy makers will be involved in creating better schools for children.

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H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

H&M, IndustriAll Global Union and Swedish trade union IF Metall partner to promote well-functioning industrial relations

H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN,  2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The parties have signed a unique Global Framework Agreement, GFA, aiming for an improved dialogue between the employer and the employee at the supplier factories where H&M is buying their products from. They all share the belief that collaboration and a well-functioning dialogue between the parties on the labour market is necessary for lasting improvements for the garment workers in all areas of working conditions, including fair living wages.

“Well-functioning industrial relations including collective bargaining are keys to achieving fair living wages and improved working conditions in our supply chain. We believe that the collaboration with IndustriALL and IF Metall will contribute to our already ongoing work within this field as well as help to create stable sourcing markets”, says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

The collaboration will contribute to our already ongoing work within this field as well as the creation of stable sourcing markets. One of the goals is to help the employees and employers to solve conflicts peacefully, and primarily at the factory level where they arise. Therefore, the agreement includes setting up national monitoring committees, initially planned for countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar, that will work towards this goal. The collaboration with IndustriALL and IF Metall will also help us in our work to address collective bargaining and collective agreements.

We believe that well-functioning industrial relations are necessary when working towards a more sustainable textile industry. A development in this direction is positive for all parties – textile buyers, suppliers, factory employees, trade unions and governments. However, it is a complex issue. Many of the countries where H&M operates have little experience of a good dialogue by the parties on the labour market. Therefore, we have a unique opportunity to push this development in a positive direction.

Read the press release about the collaboration agreement.

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H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations. From left: Jyrki Raina (IndustriAll), Karl-Johan Persson (H&M) och Anders Ferbe (IF Metall).

H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations. From left: Jyrki Raina (IndustriAll), Karl-Johan Persson (H&M) och Anders Ferbe (IF Metall).

Hunger Task Force, Pick ’n Save and Milwaukee County open Pick ’n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market

Mobile Market will bring fresh food choices to Milwaukee’s ‘food deserts’

MILWAUKEE, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hunger Task Force and Pick ’n Save are proud to announce the opening of the Pick ’n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market, in partnership with Milwaukee County. This grocery store on wheels will travel throughout Milwaukee County to visit neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to fresh foods.

“Hunger is not only a problem of poverty; it is a problem of access to food. We want to be a part of the solution,” said Jess Terry, group vice president, chief human resources officer at Roundy’s Supermarkets and board member at Hunger Task Force. “The Mobile Market concentrates on FoodShare clients, providing them with access to fresh foods that they otherwise might not have.”

Along with other staples, the Fresh Picks Mobile Market will offer 40-plus seasonal fruits and vegetables and more than ten in demand meat and dairy items.

“Our goal is to improve access to healthy and affordable foods in neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores. Market pricing will be the same as store pricing, making the foods both fresh and affordable,” said John Boyle, group vice president, retail operations at Roundy’s Supermarkets.

Hunger Task Force partnered with Wisconsin-based Pick ’n Save to create the mobile store after seeing the need for fresh foods in parts of Milwaukee where there is little access to healthy choices. “People living in neighborhoods distant from stores spend more on food at corner stores than those who are able to drive to the grocery store. They also receive lower quality fresh foods and have fewer choices,” said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force.

The Pick ’n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market will travel to customers living in “food deserts” – neighborhoods where there are no traditional grocery stores. “We were especially concerned for very low income seniors and people with disabilities who live in public housing distant from stores,” Tussler said. “We have paired each mobile market stop with our outreach to increase access to fresh foods for seniors.”

The Mobile Market will make its first stop Monday, Nov. 9 at College Court (3334 W. Highland Blvd.) for a kickoff event beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pick ’n Save, Hunger Task Force and community members will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference.

For more information about the Pick ’n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market store hours and locations, visit HungerTaskForce.org or PicknSave.com/MobileMarket.

About Hunger Task Force
Hunger Task Force believes that every person has the right to adequate food obtained with dignity. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow. For more information visit HungerTaskForce.org.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 22,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 151 retail grocery stores and 101 pharmacies under the Copps, Pick ’n Save, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

SOURCE: Roundy’s

Roger Madelin to lead the development of British Land’s 46 acre Canada Water site

LONDON, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has appointed Roger Madelin to lead the development of its 46 acre Canada Water site. Roger Madelin will join the company at the beginning of February 2016 and will also sit on British Land’s Executive Committee. Roger has been at Argent since 1987 and was Chief Executive/Joint Chief Executive from 1997 – 2012. He was directly responsible for leading a number of Argent’s developments and from 2000 led the Argent team bringing forward the 67 acre King’s Cross development.

The acquisition of Surrey Quays Leisure Park in March this year completed British Land’s assembly of the Canada Water site, which also includes Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Harmsworth Quays, the former Daily Mail General Trust printing works. The combined sites, which have potential for around 5.5million sq ft (net internal area) of office, retail, residential, leisure, educational and community space, have been assembled over the last five years and create a significant mixed use development opportunity in the heart of one of London’s major regeneration zones.

Canada Water has excellent existing infrastructure and will also benefit from the opening of Crossrail at Canary Wharf in 2018. It is a major, long term project, which will be delivered in a number of phases and presents a unique opportunity to create an attractive, mixed use town centre which fully reflects the needs of local communities. British Land is currently working with the London Borough of Southwark and local communities to deliver the Canada Water Masterplan and expects to submit a planning application by the end of next year.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive of British Land, said: “Development is a core part of our business: we are very focused on areas of London which will benefit from growth and regeneration. Canada Water provides an exceptional and exciting opportunity to create a mixed-use scheme with office, retail, residential, leisure and community space. Roger Madelin is a highly experienced developer and brings enormous experience of delivering major mixed-use developments. Placemaking lies at the heart of what we do and I look forward to working with Roger to create a vibrant new destination for London that caters for a wide range of modern needs.”

Roger Madelin, said “The combination of the physical opportunity at Canada Water, working with British Land and with the thoughtful and ambitious London Borough of Southwark was an opportunity too exciting to turn down. I have had an amazing 29 years at Argent and thank all my colleagues for the trust and support they have given me. The completion of the last phases of King’s Cross are in talented and safe hands. For new projects Argent and its new partner Related has an exciting future and I wish them all well.”

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Notes to editors

  • Roger Madelin has been at Argent since 1987, a Director from 1988 until 1997, then CEO/Joint CEO from 1997 until 2012.
  • He was directly responsible for leading Argent’s developments including those in the Thames Valley, Manchester, the City of London and Brindley Place in Birmingham.
  • Since 2000 he led Argent’s team bringing forward the 67 acre development at King’s Cross.
  • Since the end of 2012, when Argent restructured as a Limited Liability Partnership, he has been one of nine Partners but has reduced his involvement to three days a week.
  • For the past three years, Roger has concentrated on specific aspects of delivery at King’s Cross.
  • Roger will continue to stay involved at King’s Cross on a minimal consultancy basis providing a legacy role in connection with the three buildings being developed for the Aga Khan Development Network.
Enquiries:
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Sally Jones, British Land
020 7467 2942
Media
Pip Wood, British Land
020 7467 2838
Giles Barrie, FTI 020 3727 1042 / 07798 926814

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

SOURCE: British Land

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Roger Madelin to lead the development of British Land's 46 acre Canada Water site

Roger Madelin to lead the development of British Land’s 46 acre Canada Water site

British Land: Cirrus Logic to rent the first floor of Marble Arch House, W1

British Land has announced today that it has let the first floor of Marble Arch House, W1, to Cirrus Logic, a provider of analogue and digital signal processing equipment.

LONDON, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earlier this year British Land completed deals with private investor BXR Partners LLP and global gaming technology company GTECH to occupy the building’s fourth and second floors respectively. They joined Fulcrum Asset Management, the first occupier to sign at the redeveloped building in May 2014, alongside industrial group Access Industries and NERA Economic Consulting.

British Land entered into an agreement with The Portman Estate to purchase and redevelop Marble Arch House in 2011. The scheme, designed by Bennetts Associates Architects, comprises 61,200 sq ft of office space and 15,000 sq ft of retail space. It is adjacent to ten luxury residential apartments built behind the retained period Victorian facade of 62-64 Seymour Street.

James Danby, Head of Office Leasing at British Land, said: “Marble Arch House provides high quality office space and is located in the heart of the West End.  It has successfully attracted a diverse mix of companies, and we are very pleased to have secured another high calibre occupier in Cirrus Logic.”

CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield advised British Land. Bond Woodhouse advised Cirrus Logic.

Enquiries:
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Sally Jones, British Land
020 7467 2942
Media
Andrew Scorgie, FTI Consulting
020 3727 1458
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838

NOTES TO EDITORS

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

SOURCE: British Land

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British Land: Cirrus Logic to rent the first floor of Marble Arch House, W1

British Land: Cirrus Logic to rent the first floor of Marble Arch House, W1

MinuteClinic opens its first retail clinics in Maine inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Portland and South Portland

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, the largest and fastest growing provider of retail-based medical clinics in the United States, has opened its first retail clinics in Maine inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Portland and South Portland. State Senator Anne Haskell will join in a ribbon cutting today at the Portland clinic.

MinuteClinic now has more than 1,000 clinics in 33 states and the District of Columbia inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.  There are nearly 100 clinics in five New England states:  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Clinics are open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours. No appointment is necessary.  About 50 percent of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays.

“As we have experienced elsewhere in New England and across the United States, MinuteClinic can support the primary care medical home by offering services at convenient locations near where patients live and work and at times when traditional options for care may not be available for Portland area residents,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and executive vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. “We know there is a need for more accessible and affordable health care in Maine, and we believe the demand for MinuteClinic services will continue to grow due, in part, to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act.”

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations.

In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and smoking cessation and weight loss management services.

Most health insurance is accepted at MinuteClinic. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most treatment starts at $79 – $99.

At the conclusion of each visit, patients receive educational material, a prescription (when clinically appropriate) and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.

Approximately half of MinuteClinic patients nationwide do not have a personal physician, according to Sussman. Individuals who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients.

MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Maine operate from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Portland, Maine MinuteClinic Locations

  • Portland, 111 Auburn Street (North Gate Shopping Center)
  • South Portland, 51 Market Street

About MinuteClinic
CVS/minuteclinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,000 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 26 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

SOURCE MinuteClinic

CVS Health expands its Registered Apprenticeship program to several new markets, as well as new fields and concentrations

Company embarks on major expansion of Registered Apprenticeship program to include new markets and new fields

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of CVS Health’s (NYSE:  CVS) commitment to workforce and community development, the company is expanding its Registered Apprenticeship program to several new markets, as well as new fields and concentrations. Registered Apprenticeships provide participants with structured training to maintain the high level of skill needed in complex fields, such as pharmacy care, and equips participants with a nationally recognized portable credential that will help them advance their career.

“At CVS Health, we know the value of investing in the communities we serve, particularly in workforce development,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer. “Through programs such as Registered Apprenticeships, we are not only helping to equip community members and potential job candidates with the tools they need to succeed in their careers, we are also ensuring that our company has a strong pipeline of talented colleagues.”

CVS Health was the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians in 2005. Since then, CVS Health has placed more than 1,500 colleagues in Registered Apprenticeship career tracks in retail pharmacy and management and has committed to doubling that number over the next five years.

“National Apprenticeship Week provides business, education, and community leaders as well as students and workers with the unique chance to elevate and expand the conversation around the positive impact of apprenticeships in America,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.  “For decades, the skilled trades have led the way in developing and refining American apprenticeships. Today, forward thinking companies like CVS Health are using that same ‘earn while you learn’ foundation and applying it in never before seen ways to expand opportunities for working people in America.”

To deliver on the company’s commitment to double its number of apprentices, CVS Health has developed partnerships with several organizations across the country, including the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Houston Community College, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Inc. and State of Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, to create new Registered Apprenticeship programs and expand existing programs. With the assistance of U.S. Department of Labor American Apprenticeship Grants, CVS Health and its partners will be:

  • Increasing existing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians in Michigan.
  • Expanding Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians to Arkansas, Missouri, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.
  • Expanding Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for Retail Store Managers in Rhode Island.
  • Developing new Registered Apprenticeship programs for Pharmacy Technicians in specialty pharmacy services in Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • Developing a new Registered Apprenticeship program for Pharmacy Technicians in the company’s CVS/caremark Call Center in Dallas, TX.

As CVS Health continues to develop and expand its Registered Apprenticeship program, the company will explore how it can offer apprenticeship opportunities in additional fields, including logistics and digital as well.

“Meaningful work and a defined career track can provide a source of dignity, pride and identity,” add Casey. “We’re proud to be able to offer participants both through Registered Apprenticeship.”

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, 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 https://www.cvshealth.com.

Contact:

Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931
amy.lanctot@cvshealth.com

SOURCE CVS Health

CVS/pharmacy launched its 2nd annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

Actress, director, producer and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria is featured in the in-store campaign running through November 28

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS), today announced the launch of its second annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that supports innovative cancer research that will help get new therapies to patients quickly and save more lives. The in-store fundraising campaign, which features actress and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria, is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

Now through November 28, CVS/pharmacy customers can support SU2C in stores nationwide by making a $1 or $3 donation at the register or by donating online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. Donations made during this campaign will support SU2C’s collaborative cancer research model which supports “Dream Teams,” and brings together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

“We’re so proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to positively impact people living with cancer,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy.  “Joining our colleagues and customers in supporting this groundbreaking research is a great extension of CVS Health’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The campaign will include in-store radio spots featuring Eva Longoria, which will remind shoppers that nearly 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, that there are more than 200 different types of cancer and that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

“We are making progress in the fight to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors, but with more than 1,600 people in the U.S. dying from cancer each day, there is still a great deal more that needs to be done,” said SU2C Co-founder Sue Schwartz. “We are incredibly grateful to CVS Health for giving people an easy way to make a donation to help advance our mission and remind everyone that it takes all of us to beat cancer.”

In September, CVS Health and SU2C announced a print, radio and digital public service announcement campaign, entitled “It’s Impossible to Beat Cancer Alone,” aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org/together and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

About Eva Longoria
Actor, director, producer, and activist Eva Longoria is founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation, Eva’s Heroes, and spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer. The Golden Globe-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress stars in and executive produces the upcoming NBC comedy “Telenovela,” is executive producer of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” the ESPN docu-series “Versus,” and documentaries HARVEST, FOOD CHAINS, and OUR TIMES. She also recently filmed the feature film LOW RIDERS, opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir, slated for a 2016 release. A International Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO restaurant, production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances “EVA, by Eva Longoria” and “EVAmour,” has a NY Times bestselling cookbook EVA’s KITCHEN and recently launched a home collection with JCPenney, The Eva Longoria Home Collection.

About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, 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 https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Mary Alfieri
Corporate Communications, CVS Health
401-770-9811
Mary.Alfieri@CVSCaremark.com

Eva Pereira
RF Binder (for CVS Health)
781-559-0424
eva.pereira@rfbinder.com

SOURCE CVS Health

The Home Depot will hold its Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, November 17

ATLANTA, 2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it will hold its Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, November 17, at 9 a.m. ET.

A webcast will be available by logging onto http://earnings.homedepot.com and selecting the Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on November 17.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,272 retail stores in all 50 states, theDistrict of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. TheHome Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Financial Community: Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, stephen_holmes@homedepot.com; News Media: Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075, diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com