Morrisons to provide wholesale supply service to Amazon

Bradford, England, 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons and Amazon are today announcing a new supply agreement. In the coming months, hundreds of Morrisons products will be available to Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers. Morrisons will provide a wholesale supply service to Amazon, allowing Amazon’s customers access to a wide range of Morrisons ambient, fresh and frozen products.

We are focussed on our six priorities to make the supermarkets strong again. In addition, we have an opportunity to build a broader business that complements our supermarkets and is consistent with our commitment to pursue capital light growth. Wholesale supply enables this by growing volumes and leveraging our manufacturing, distribution and wholesale capabilities.

David Potts, Chief Executive, said of the Amazon agreement:

“Today’s agreement is built on Morrisons unique strengths as a food maker. The combination of our fresh food expertise with Amazon’s online and logistics capabilities is compelling.

“This is a low risk and capital light wholesale supply arrangement that demonstrates the opportunity we have to become a broader business. We look forward to working with Amazon to develop and grow this partnership over the coming months.”

In addition, Morrisons has been in discussions with Ocado to grow Morrisons.com and an agreement in principle has been reached. This involves Morrisons taking space in Ocado’s new Customer Fulfilment Centre (“CFC”) in Erith, and Ocado delivering a store pick solution for Morrisons that leverages Ocado’s technology and Morrisons store assets. When implemented, this would enable Morrisons.com, working with Ocado, to sell to customers all over Great Britain.

This amended agreement is subject to detailed terms being agreed and will only proceed if it enables Morrisons to achieve profitable growth online. There can be no certainty that an agreement will be concluded.

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Wincor Nixdorf to provide 600 ATMs and maintenance to Algérie Poste for 10 years

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — With some 18 million customers, Algérie Poste is the market leader for financial services in the North African country of Algeria. The postal company has now concluded a contract with Wincor Nixdorf comprising the delivery of 600 ATMs and maintenance for a period of 10 years.

Installation of the 600 new ProCash 285 ATM systems will be carried out over the next 18 months. Currently, some 2,000 ATMs are in use throughout Algeria, with the majority operated by the post office. These new systems mean the state-run postal company will expand its market leadership since with them it will operate around 80 percent of all ATMs in the country. “This new contract has helped Wincor Nixdorf significantly expand its previous market share of 52 percent in the Algerian ATM market,” says Ibn Eddine Gherdis, Head of Banking Division at Wincor Nixdorf Algérie.

“As the market leader, we are also expected to exert technology leadership in our country,” points out Rachid Benazouz, who heads Electronic Payments and Postal Finance Services. “Digitalization is currently the number one objective at Algérie Poste,” he adds. That’s why the ATMs will not only offer basic functions such as cash withdrawals and balance inquiries but also options for direct marketing and cell phone top-ups.

About a quarter of the 600 new ATMs will be used to replace outdated systems; the rest are new additions. “We want to increase the proximity to our 18 million customers,” Benazouz says. “This broader ATM presence is part of the supply mandate we have to fulfill as a state-run company.” The new locations are mainly found in post office branches, but Algerians will also be able to use Algérie Poste ATMs at shopping centers, university campuses and large school facilities.

Only a few months ago, the company awarded Wincor Nixdorf an order to equip its service counters with peripherals.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation approves merger of SM Retail Inc. with several related retail companies

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today the Board of Directors of SM Investments Corporation (SM) approved the merger of its retail arm, SM Retail Inc. (SM Retail) with several related retail companies.

The related companies operate leading local retail chains including Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Kultura, Baby Company, Sports Station and several other specialty stores. Together they operate 1,374 outlets and in 2015 delivered total revenues of PHP 53 billion.

The merger will complement the existing retail portfolio of SM Retail Inc., which includes 53 SM department stores, 44 hypermarkets and 213 supermarkets as well as majority stakes in the local operations of Alfamart, Forever21, Crate & Barrel and other specialty and apparel retailers in addition to a minority stake in Uniqlo.

The combined entity will have 1,927 outlets and 2.4 million sqm of gross floor area across a diverse portfolio of food, household appliances, DIY, furniture, apparel, footwear, pharmaceuticals/cosmetics and specialty retailing stores. The portfolio will serve a wide range of Filipino consumer needs in both staple and discretionary goods categories and will continue to leverage extensive synergies across the SM group.

Post-merger, SM will own 77.3% of the enlarged SM Retail Inc.

“The merger adds both greater diversity and a more extensive footprint to SM Retail’s portfolio and is consistent with our goal of simplifying our corporate structure. It is similar to the consolidation we undertook in 2013 to create our large-scale, mixed-use property business. As a result, SM Retail will be even better positioned to address the growing needs of Filipino consumers and we expect the merger to be accretive to SM Retail earnings in future years,” said Harley Sy, President of SM.

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About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation, founded by entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr. is the country’s largest publicly listed holding company with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on leadership, innovation and the synergies of its banking, property and retail operations. SM has evolved into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of non-food under THE SM STORE and food under SM Markets consisting of SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, and Savemore as well as Waltermart and Alfamart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is among the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the fifth largest private bank. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,000 branches nationwide.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation report 13% growth in recurring net income in 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) reported a 13% growth in recurring net income in 2015. Consolidated net income stood at PHP28.4 billion in 2015, posting the same level as last year. Consolidated revenues grew 7% to PHP295.9 billion for the period.

“Our strong underlying earnings growth in 2015 was due to favorable domestic market conditions and improved efficiencies which helped us widen our margins particularly in retail and property,” SM President Harley T. Sy said.

SM’s underlying earnings increase was driven by a 17% growth in retail earnings, 14% growth in property recurring net income and 10% growth in bank net income. For 2015, banks accounted for 40% of SM’s consolidated earnings, property 38% and retail 22%.

Retail
Retail operations under SM Retail Inc., which consist of both food (SM Markets) and non-food (THE SM STORE), reported sustained growth in total sales of 7% to PHP211.4 billion, while net income rose 17% to PHP6.8 billion.

SM Markets, which consist of the brands SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket and Savemore, continued to expand in both urban and rural communities in various parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The group added 31 new stores, most of which are standalone Savemore stores.

SM Markets today follows a multi-format growth strategy to address the lack of organized retail in many parts of the country, largely diversifying from its previous strategy of operating anchor stores in malls.

SM Markets also recently invested in the minimart business with Alfamart, a highly successful minimart operator in Indonesia, and forged partnerships with WalterMart and Citymalls to further facilitate its provincial growth. Acquisition of existing chains of stores is another part of its growth strategy, the latest of which was the acquisition of three stores of Cherry Foodarama.

Last year, THE SM STORE opened three stores in San Mateo, Rizal; Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija and Seaside Mall in Cebu City. As of 2015, the total net selling area of all 53 SM STOREs stood at 471,000 sqm. In 2015, top British department store chain John Lewis opened its first shop-in-shop in SM Makati which offers a wide range of home products.  American home retailer Crate & Barrel also opened its flagship store in SM Makati last year.

At end-December 2015, SM Retail had a total of 310 stores, comprising 53 THE SM STORES, 45 SM Supermarkets, 44 SM Hypermarkets, 136 Savemore stores and 32 WalterMart stores.

Banking
BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) recorded net interest income growth of 11% to PHP57.0 billion in 2015, with net income up 10% to an all-time high of PHP25.0 billion.

Gross customer loans grew 17% to PHP1.3 trillion and total deposits rose by 12% to PHP1.7 trillion.

The year end results reflected the completion of BDO’s acquisition of One Network Bank, the largest rural bank in Mindanao, in July. ONB has 98 active branches. The acquisition of ONB expands the regional presence of BDO in the country, particularly in its target market in the southern Philippines and opens up business lines for BDO.

China Banking Corporation (China Bank) reported net interest grew 7% to PHP15.1 billion, with net income higher by 10% to PHP5.6 billion on the back of sustained growth in core business operations.

Property
SM Prime Holdings, Inc., SM’s property holding firm said its recurring net income grew 14% in 2015 to PHP20.9 billion. Consolidated net income increased 54% to PHP28.3 billion  which includes a PHP7.4 billion trading gain on marketable securities booked in the first quarter.

Consolidated revenues rose 8% to PHP71.5 billion last year. Rental revenues from malls and commercial spaces increased by 12% to PHP40.7 billion in the period. The housing group’s reservation sales grew by 12% to 14,390 units. For the period, the housing group’s net income increased 8% to PHP5.1 billion.

To date, SM Prime has a total of 56 Malls in the Philippines with total retail space of 7.3 million square meters. This includes SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Center Sangandaan, SM Cherry Shaw, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City San Mateo and SM Megacenter Cabanatuan. In China, SM Prime has six shopping malls with a GFA of 0.9 million sqm including the recently opened SM City Zibo. Taking into account both Philippine and China malls, SM Prime’s total retail space is at 8.3 million sqm.

SM Prime presently has 27 residential projects in the market, 25 of which are in Metro Manila and two in Tagaytay. For 2016, SM Development Corporation will launch between 11,000 to 14,000 units in Quezon City, Bicutan and Sucat in Paranaque, Las Piñas and Pasay at the Mall of Asia Complex. SM Prime is also set to launch new mixed-use developments in Bulacan, Pampanga and Cavite.

Currently, the Commercial Properties Group has five office buildings with an estimated gross floor area of 318,000 sqm. ThreeE-Com and FourE-Com Centers are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2019, respectively. For hotels and convention centers, the 347-room Conrad Hotel Manila is expected to open in the second half 2016 which is seen to further enhance the value of the properties within the whole Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex.

Balance Sheet
As of end 2015, total assets of SM grew 8% to PHP771.2 billion. SM maintains a healthy balance sheet with a conservative gearing ratio of 36% net debt to 64% equity.

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About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation, founded by entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr. is the country’s largest publicly listed holding company with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on leadership, innovation and the synergies of its banking, property and retail operations. SM has evolved into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of non-food under THE SM STORE and food under SM Markets consisting of SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, and Savemore as well as Waltermart and Alfamart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is among the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related proprty development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the fifth largest private bank. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,000 branches nationwide.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

PetSmart and the Arizona Diamondbacks to create the first-ever season-long dog-friendly ballpark

  • Left-Center Field “PetSmart Patio” Seats People and Dog Fans during “Dog Days of Summer,” Covering 13 Home Games, Launching April 10
  • Perfect for Pet Parents to Enjoy America’s Favorite Pastime with Their Best Friends

PHOENIX, 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. and the Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming up to create the first-ever season-long dog-friendly ballpark with a dedicated new PetSmart Patio, PetSmart Park and the Dog Days of Summerprogram, where dog-loving fans can bring their dogs to all 13 Sunday D-backs home games in the 2016 season. Pet parents will be able to enjoy America’s favorite pastime with their best friends at Chase Field with exclusive seating, a grassy play area nearby, and the PetSmart adoption spot that will feature adoptable dogs ready to find their forever homes among the D-backs’ fan base.

“We are seeing more and more establishments open up their facilities to pets – whether it’s coffee shops, retail stores, hotels or restaurants. We at PetSmart truly value the time pet parents spend with their beloved pets, and we want to help enrich the experiences they share together – including a baseball game,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart, Inc. “PetSmart’s home office is based right here in Phoenix, and we are thrilled to partner with the D-backs, our hometown team, on this first-ever ballpark experience with a season-long, dedicated space so fans can enjoy a Sunday ball game with their best friends or even expand their families through pet adoption.”

The PetSmart Patio will be located along the main concourse behind the left-center field wall. The patio area will feature a family-friendly atmosphere with multi-tiered seating that is perfect for groups of humans and canines of various sizes. For each of the 13 Dog Days of Summer held at the D-backs’ Sunday home games, pets can enjoy concessions such as dog-friendly ice cream with toppings like kibble and other pet treats. As part of the Dog Days of Summer ticket package, pet parents will also receive a PetSmart “Doggie Bag,” complete with free items from PetSmart.

Directly behind the PetSmart Patio will be the PetSmart Park – an outdoor and indoor (air conditioned) dog park so even in the heat of the summer dogs can run around and play. The outdoor park will feature a baseball theme complete with a baseball diamond and a grassy outfield – perfect for dogs to explore, play ball with other dogs or find their perfect “spot” to go to the bathroom.

“We are excited to create a unique dog-friendly area of our ballpark and can think of no better way than to partner with Phoenix-based PetSmart,” said D-backs president and chief executive officer, Derrick Hall. “Bark at the Park has always been a popular event at Chase Field, and now we are thrilled to offer fans the opportunity to bring their dogs to our games every Sunday to a new destination designed specifically for them. For many households a pet is an extension of their families and the D-backs are excited to partner with PetSmart to provide a family-friendly atmosphere for all family members, including our canine friends.”

Dog Days of Summer ticket packages are available now for purchase and include a semi-private space with all the necessities for four people and one dog. Each of the 13 home games will feature an MVP — Most Valuable Pup – shout out. Dog adoptions will be a part of the PetSmart Dog Days of Summerprogram with the help of PetSmart Charities’™ and PetSmart’s local animal adoption partners. As one of the nation’s leaders in pet adoption efforts, PetSmart, along with PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and its more than 3,000 local animal welfare partners across North America together found forever homes for more than 500,000 dogs and cats in 2015 – a record-breaking year.

The first Dog Days of Summer Sunday home game is April 10 when the D-backs take on the Chicago Cubs.

Play ball!

For more information and to purchase tickets for Dog Days of Summer call 602-462-4600.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

D-backs Communications
602.462.6519
Katie Krause
210.279.6793

Harris Teeter to run in-store donation card campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the month of March

Company to Sell $1, $3, $5 Cards at Checkout

MATTHEWS, N.C., 2016-Feb-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the month of March, Harris Teeter will host an in-store donation card campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Cashiers in each Harris Teeter store will ask shoppers and associates to purchase a $1, $3, and $5 “Be Their Strength” donation card. The sales of the donation cards will directly benefit MDA in raising funds to continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases.

Thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter customers and associates in the 2014 donation card campaign, the company donated over $570,000 to MDA.

“Each donation card sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases who count on MDA to find answers and provide support,” said Leanne Greco, MDA Divisional Director.  “Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.”

Shoppers and associates can donate both in-store and through Harris Teeter’s online shopping tool, expresslane, now through March 31, 2016.

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s commitment to help MDA in the fight against neuromuscular disease, please click here.  Shoppers who would like more information about MDA can visitwww.mda.org.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. MDA uses their collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

SOURCE:  Harris Teeter, Inc.

 

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Harris Teeter to run in-store donation card campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the month of March

Harris Teeter to run in-store donation card campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the month of March

Naloxone now easier to obtain in nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Indiana

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walgreens comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Indiana pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Indiana. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Indiana families and caregivers to help their loved ones in need,” said Chris Creamer, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Indiana. “We are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

The medication is available in Rhode Island and Massachusetts without a prescription in accordance with state regulations. Walgreens began expanding the program earlier this month at Walgreens pharmacies throughout the state of New York, and has now expanded that access to Indiana and Ohio. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“We need all hands on deck to stop the unrelenting wave of opioid drug and heroin overdose deaths,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. “I’m particularly grateful Walgreens has stepped up to keep naloxone stocked in its stores, available for loved ones and others who may be in a position to save the life of someone struggling with addiction. Walgreens rollout of safe medication disposal kiosks is also key to encouraging people to clear out medicine cabinets and changing the perception that these powerful painkillers and other opioids are safe.”

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 39 states, including Indiana. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Phil Caruso, 847-315-2936
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

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Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walgreens comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Ohio pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 240 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Ohio. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Ohio families and caregivers to help their loved ones in need,” said Chris Creamer, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Ohio. “We are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

The medication is available in Rhode Island and Massachusetts without a prescription in accordance with state regulations. Walgreens began expanding the program earlier this month at Walgreens pharmacies throughout the state of New York, and has now expanded that access to Ohio and Indiana. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“Heroin took the lives of more than 2,400 Ohioans in 2014,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “By making naloxone available to customers without a prescription, Walgreens will help make this lifesaving drug available to those who need it.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 39 states, including Ohio. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Phil Caruso
Phone: 847-315-2936
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

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Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

WALGREENS: TOP TEN DMAS WITH FLU ACTIVITY FOR THE WEEK OF 2/21/2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. This week, Walgreens Flu Index data is tracking increased flu activity in the South and West regions of the U.S.

The Walgreens Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.

With the ability to generate hyper-local data across most U.S. markets, the Flu Index is an online, interactive resource allowing anyone to search and find information regarding the most current state of influenza in their community.

To view this week’s Walgreens Flu Index, maps and other online features, click here.

Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity
Week of 2/21/2016

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
  3. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
  4. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
  5. Memphis, Tenn.
  6. San Diego, Calif.
  7. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas
  8. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas
  9. Tallahassee, Fla. – Thomasville, Ga.
  10. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.

Top Ten States with Flu Activity
Week of 2/21/2016

  1. Arizona
  2. Texas
  3. Tennessee
  4. Mississippi
  5. Florida
  6. New Mexico
  7. Utah
  8. South Carolina
  9. Louisiana
  10. California

Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains
Week of 2/21/2016

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
  3. Memphis, Tenn.
  4. San Diego, Calif.
  5. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas
  6. Charleston, S.C.
  7. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.
  8. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
  9. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas
  10. Albany, Ga.

Top Ten States Flu Activity Gains
Week of 2/21/2016

  1. Arizona
  2. Texas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Tennessee
  5. South Carolina
  6. New Mexico
  7. Louisiana
  8. Florida
  9. Kentucky
  10. Alabama

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

© Copyright Walgreen Co. 2015. All rights reserved

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Emily Hartwig
(847) 315-3316
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

WALGREENS: TOP TEN DMAS WITH FLU ACTIVITY FOR THE WEEK OF 2/14/2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. This week, Walgreens Flu Index data is tracking increased flu activity in the South and West regions of the U.S.

The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.

With the ability to generate hyper-local data across most U.S. markets, the Flu Index is an online, interactive resource allowing anyone to search and find information regarding the most current state of influenza in their community.

To view this week’s Walgreens Flu Index, maps and other online features, click here.

Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity
Week of 2/14/2016

1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M)
2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
3. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
4. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
5. Tallahassee, Fla. – Thomasville, Ga.
6. Memphis, Tenn.
7. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas
8. Tyler – Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
9. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
10. Palm Springs, Calif.

Top Ten States with Flu Activity
Week of 2/14/2016

1. Arizona
2. Texas
3. Utah
4. Florida
5. Nevada
6. California
7. Idaho
8. Oklahoma
9. Illinois
10. New Mexico

Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains
Week of 2/14/2016

1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M)
2. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
3. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
4. Palm Springs, Calif.
5. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
6. San Diego, Calif.
7. Memphis, Tenn.
8. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas
9. Lexington, Ky.
10. Corpus Christi, Texas

Top Ten States Flu Activity Gains
Week of 2/14/2016

1. Arizona
2. Texas
3. Utah
4. Wyoming
5. Idaho
6. California
7. Nevada
8. Illinois
9. New Mexico
10. Louisiana

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

© Copyright Walgreen Co. 2015. All rights reserved

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Emily Hartwig
(847) 315-3316
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Publix opens on Pinterest and Instagram

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets extended the company’s online social presence with fourth quarter soft launches to Pinterest (December 2015) and Instagram (October 2015). The company currently has more than 14,000 Followers on Instagram and almost 1,000 on Pinterest.

Pinterest provides a platform for Publix customers to discover the company’s expertise and services while Instagram allows for engagement in a fun and unique way. “As a retailer passionately committed to serving our customers, our social media presence has always been about engaging with our customers where they are and extending our in-store service online,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “Pinterest allows us to inspire and entertain with recipes and holiday and event planning ideas. Instagram will further our connection with our online community through photos and videos showcasing our brand personality and strong company culture.”

Customer interest in Publix Instagram and Pinterest accounts was high prior to the company becoming active on the platforms. Customers had long been pinning Aprons recipes each day from www.publix.com/recipes to Pinterest and had been using #publix on Instagram to share their experiences with products, services and love for Publix in a visual way. There have been more than 300,000 photos shared on Instagram using #publix.

The company launched its social media presence in July 2011 debuting on Facebook with more than 10,000 Fans within the first 24 hours. Twitter followed in February 2013 with @Publix and @PublixHelps to offer customers brand content and customer service. Currently, the company has 2.4 million Fans on Facebook and more than 190,000 Followers on Twitter. Both communities are well established with engaging and fun content.

10 million meals donated for the 3rd international food bank collection campaign coordinated by the Carrefour Foundation

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — 10 million meals donated in 10 countries for this 3rd international food bank collection campaign coordinated by the Carrefour Foundation, with support from the European Food Bank Federation and the Global FoodBanking Network.

Last year, from October to December, from Beijing to São Paulo, customers, volunteers and employees from the various countries in which Carrefour operates helped collect nearly 4953 tonnes of foodstuffs. They then redistributed the equivalent of 10 million meals – all as part of the 3rd international collection campaign.

Over 1400 Carrefour volunteers lent a helping hand to Food Bank volunteers in more than 2217 stores across 10 countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, China and Taiwan.

Well done to the Carrefour teams who were part of this wave of generosity which will help society’s poorest people.

And thank you to all the customers who worked alongside them as part of this aid initiative!

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The Walt Disney Company COO Thomas O. Staggs: James Pitaro to become Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — James Pitaro, currently Co-Chair of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and President, Disney Interactive, has been named Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, it was announced today by Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Mr. Pitaro assumes additional responsibilities following DCPI Co-Chair Leslie Ferraro’s departure from the Company to pursue marketing and consumer engagement projects, with Disney as her first client.  Mr. Pitaro will continue to report directly to Mr. Staggs and Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger.

“Jimmy’s strong and successful leadership makes him the natural choice to run DCPI at this dynamic and exciting time,” Mr. Staggs said. “He brings to this expanded position his keen eye for technological innovation and deep familiarity with the brands and franchises that continue to drive the segment’s growth.”

“I’m incredibly honored to lead such a talented team as we combine our technology-driven efforts and our more traditional product lines and retail operations to deliver amazing new merchandise and experiences that will build on Disney’s record for consistently exceeding consumer expectations,” Mr. Pitaro said.

“I know that Jimmy will continue to lead the team to new levels of success, and I am excited to pursue my long-term passion for marketing, branding and creating winning consumer engagement strategies,” Ms. Ferraro said.

“Having worked with Leslie throughout her 17-year career at Disney, I have great respect for her abilities and appreciate her contributions to the Company, which include creating many of our Parks & Resorts’ most successful marketing strategies and iconic campaigns,” Mr. Staggs said.  “Given her proven marketing savvy, I know she’ll have great success in her new endeavor.”

In addition to his role as Co-Chair of DCPI, Mr. Pitaro served as President of Disney Interactive, leading the Company’s multi-platform games business and overseeing a suite of premium web and app experiences that serve as the online and mobile gateways to Disney and its brands. At Disney Interactive, Mr. Pitaro has led the Company’s social media efforts across all platforms and spearheaded digital video projects that extend Disney storylines. Additionally, he has established Disney Interactive as a center of digital excellence within The Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney Interactive in 2010, Mr. Pitaro served as Vice President of Yahoo Media, where he was responsible for guiding the strategic growth and continued development of Yahoo’s media properties.

Before that role, Mr. Pitaro was Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo Sports, and Vice President and Head of Business Affairs for Yahoo Music. Prior to joining Yahoo, he was Vice President of Business Affairs for LAUNCH Media, Inc. and practiced law at several New York firms.

Mr. Pitaro holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law.

Contacts:

Zenia Mucha
Corporate Communications
(818) 560-5300

Tasia Filippatos
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
(818) 544-0009

Whole Foods Market® opens its second New Hampshire store

Store will be company’s second New Hampshire location

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, will open its newest location, at 121 South River Road in Bedford, New Hampshire, on Friday, April 8, following a 9:45 a.m. bread-breaking ceremony.

The 40,000-square-foot store, Whole Foods Market’s second New Hampshire location, will employ approximately 150 full- and part-time team members. It is part of the Goffe Mill Plaza on the former site of the historical Wayfarer Inn.

In addition to offering outstanding value on the highest quality natural and organic groceries available, and many yet-to-be-unveiled features, Whole Foods Market Bedford will boast a variety of convenient prepared foods offerings made by in-house chefs in an on-site, full-production kitchen and bakery. Coffee and fresh juice bars round out the convenience offerings.

Whole Foods Market is known for its strict product quality standards, which include prohibiting the use of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners and colors, as well as hydrogenated fats in the products it sells. The company is also known for responsible and transparent sourcing, and for supporting local producers.

The store’s opening-day celebration will continue through the weekend with special activities for all ages. The community market’s regular store hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

For the latest updates on Whole Foods Market Bedford, N.H., follow @WholeFoodsNH on Instagram and Twitter; and Whole Foods Market New Hampshire on Facebook.

For employment opportunities log on to www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers

Whole Foods Market® opens new store in the Milwaukee area

Newest Whole Foods Market Offers Gourmet Sausages, 20-Tap Tavern, and Juice Bar for Shoppers

DALLAS, TX, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, opened its newest store in the Milwaukee area, Wednesday, Feb. 24. The new 47,563 square-foot store at 11100 W. Burleigh Street in Wauwatosa celebrated the grand opening with over a thousand shoppers, lively music and tasty food samples.

“We received such a warm welcome from the Tosa community today,” says Ted Beres, Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa, Store Team Leader. “It is such a privilege to serve all the amazing people in our new community and hope they enjoy the many high-quality natural and organic foods, and the warm, inviting venues featured in this store.”

Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa features a variety of new, chef-driven prepared food offerings as well as classic Whole Foods Market fare for shoppers to choose from including:

  • The Juice Bar serving fresh juices and smoothies, and for the first time in Whole Foods Market Midwest stores, Farmstand Freeze – a simple frozen treat made with freshly pureed fruits and vegetables, slightly sweetened with dates or honey.
  • The Tosa Tavern’s 20 taps pour a rotating selection of rare and hard to find brews such as Gumball Head from Three Floyds Brewery, Pentagram and Darkness from Surly Brewing, Abyss from Deschutes Brewery, Fantasy Factory IPA from Karben4 Brewing and Peanut Butter Victory at Sea by Ballast Point, Brutus and Outboard Cream Ale infused with Cinnamon Plum Tea from Milwaukee Brewing Company, Sweet Potato Stout from Bell’s Brewery, Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Central Water’s Brewing, Infectious Groove by O’so Brewing, and two handles of New Glarus.
  • The Coffee Bar offers light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks, blended coffee beverages, cold brew coffee and house made Vietnamese cold brew, as well as delicious frozen custard.
  • Cookshack featuring burgers, sausages, sandwiches and fried fish selections.
  • Other exciting features include: self-serve pizza station, hot bar, salad bar, sushi, and many other grab-and-go meals and sides.

With a large variety of custom-cut meats, organic and local produce, and pantry staples, Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa is the go-to grocer for every level of food explorers. Highlights include:

  • Responsibly grown, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Gourmet sausages made in-house with Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein Amber Ale
  • Full scratch bakery making fresh baked breads daily
  • In-house smoked bacon and seafood, and dry-aged steaks
  • Over 150 back-to-basics bulk pantry items and over 60 bulk spices
  • Over 1000 wines, 400 beers, and 200 cheeses

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market hosted its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with the Mayor of Wauwatosa, Kathleen Ehley; Whole Foods Market Team Members and Wauwatosa neighbors. Gift cards with a mystery value ranging from $5 to $50 were passed out to the first 500 customers. One lucky customer received a mystery gift card with a value of $500. Doors officially opened at 9 a.m.

Whole Foods Market’s Wauwatosa store will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will go toward a local not-for-profit including:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Education Foundation of Wauwatosa
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 – Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • Friday, Feb. 26 – Eisenhower Elementary School PTA
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 – Zoological Society of Milwaukee
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 – Wauwatosa Historical Society

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be West Suburban YMCA.

Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa joins two other locations in Wisconsin: 2305 N. Prospect Ave. in Milwaukee, and 3313 University Ave. in Madison.

Whole Foods Market hired approximately 120 Team Members for the new location.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw
President – Midwest Region

Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

7‑Eleven launches two new Melt sandwiches

Text to Taste: Free Breakfast Melt with Coffee Purchase Feb. 23-26

DALLAS, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is heating up its breakfast menu with the launch of two new Melt sandwiches – the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt. Suggested retail price is $2.99 at participating stores.

To encourage customers to try the new Breakfast Melts, 7‑Eleven is offering a free Breakfast Melt sandwich with any coffee purchase from Feb. 23-26. To receive a free Breakfast Melt sandwich, customers will need totext “Breakfast” to 711711 for a coupon link sent to their smartphone (limit one per customer).

Available in the fresh-foods case at participating 7‑Eleven® stores, the new toasted breakfast sandwiches are toasted fresh and come in two flavors:

  • Bacon, Egg and Cheese – Fluffy egg, topped with thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon, melted aged cheddar cheese and garden vegetable cream cheese, all on a fresh artisan ciabatta roll
  • Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese – Maple sausage and thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon topped with melted aged cheddar cheese on a fresh artisan ciabatta roll

“Our goal was to create a high quality, great tasting toasted breakfast sandwich that is best in class in the market,” said Nancy Smith, senior vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverage merchandising. “Through careful selection of premium ingredients with our partners, I believe we more than achieved that goal.”

“Instead of an English muffin or toast, our breakfast Melt is served on authentic artisan ciabatta bread. We use smoked cheddar instead of American cheese, plus thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon and maple sausage. Taste tests indicate our customers recognize the quality and great taste.”

As with all Melt sandwiches at 7‑Eleven stores, both can be purchased and toasted fresh at any time of day or night.

7‑Eleven’s Breakfast Melt sandwiches are made fresh daily in our local kitchens and delivered daily to participating 7‑Eleven stores.

Breakfast sandwiches are one of the most convenient ways to enjoy a protein-rich breakfast. Three out of four consumers say they eat one at least once a month, with four in 10 saying they have one at least once a week, according to research by NPD Crest. And most consumers say they prefer a hot breakfast over cold.

“All-day breakfast is heating up at quick-serve restaurants,” Smith said. “While some food outlets are just now realizing the importance of offering all-day breakfast, 7‑Eleven has long offered its fresh foods – and every product – morning, noon and night.”

7‑Eleven added toasted Melt sandwiches to its menu less than a year ago following the success of hot foods like pizza, chicken tenders and wings, and mini-tacos. The Melt sandwiches were in development for almost a year, during which every ingredient, each recipe, even the packaging was researched, sourced, tested and, if necessary, refined to improve taste and quality.

Already, the retailer sells well over 1 million Melt sandwiches each month, and the number is growing.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 57,900 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations. Accolades include placing #7 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2016, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015; #1 on “Best Retail Franchises” list for April 2015 by FranchiseRankings.com; #3 on Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start; and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2016. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

 

Contact:

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
stephanie.shaw@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven, Inc. launches two new Melt sandwiches – the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt. Suggested retail price is $2.99 at participating stores.

7‑Eleven, Inc. launches two new Melt sandwiches – the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt. Suggested retail price is $2.99 at participating stores.

Best Buy held company-sponsored career workshop to help students from Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl in Chicago

CHICAGO, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to applying for a first job — or any job for that matter — many people stress over writing their resume and preparing for the interview process.

Best Buy recently helped 25 students from the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl in Chicago learn how to turn that stress into success during a company-sponsored career workshop.

The goal: to give the students pointers on professionalism and how to stand out as a job candidate.

“It was amazing to see the “ah-ha” moments when they learned to look at things differently” said Frank Barciak, a human resource manager for Best Buy Mobile.

The workshop, run by five members of Best Buy’s Human Resources team, put students in interview situations. They were given feedback based on their responses, appearance, attitude and professionalism.

Students were led through a series of topics to help them learn how to identify and share their best skills, attributes and experiences to a potential employer.

The topics included:

  • learning the importance of a professional online presence
  • the impact of a poor professional persona
  • how to convey professional experiences
  • how to diversify a resume

As an extension of the event, the students will visit a local store to learn more about Best Buy outside of the Teen Tech Center. They also will present an updated resume to an interview panel and going through another mock interview.

“This was such a fulfilling experience for me as a new hire to be able to give back and work for a company that is committed to paying it forward to the next generation of employees,” said Janine Pipkin, a talent sourcer for Best Buy Specialty Brands.

Little Black Pearl is one of eight Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the United States. The centers provide a safe place for students to experiment, collaborate and play with cutting-edge technology and develop skills for their future success.

Visit our Community Relations website to learn more about how Best Buy supports communities.

Check out the Best Buy Careers website to learn more about working at the company.

SOURCE:  Best Buy

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Best Buy held company-sponsored career workshop to help students from Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl in Chicago

Best Buy held company-sponsored career workshop to help students from Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl in Chicago

Albert Heijn lanceert 100 nieuwe bewuste & feel good producten

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vanaf volgende week breidt Albert Heijn het schap met bewuste & feel good producten flink uit. Het gaat om ruim 100 nieuwe producten die inspelen op de behoeften van klanten met een bewuste levensstijl. Het nieuwe assortiment varieert van ontkiemde producten en pasta’s op basis van peulvruchten, oergranen en zeewier, tot pure fruit- en groente snacks en repen.

Variatie en nieuwe smaken

Consumenten zijn steeds meer op zoek naar pure producten die minder zijn bewerkt. Ze gaan voor meer plantaardig en minder vlees, en lekkere en voedzame tussendoortjes. Daarom biedt Albert Heijn hierin steeds meer keuze. Met heel veel verse producten op de groente- en fruitafdeling, met een breed assortiment biologische producten en met bewuste en feel good producten in het houdbare schap. Dit schap wordt vanaf volgende week flink uitgebreid. Sophie Alkemade, category manager bewuste voeding: “Met deze producten kunnen onze klanten nog meer variëren in hun dagelijks eetpatroon en volop nieuwe smaken ontdekken”.

Houdbare producten zonder toevoegingen

Het nieuwe assortiment met bewuste en feel good producten wordt in één keer flink uitgebreid met ruim 100 nieuwe producten in vier categorieën:

  • Pasta’s op basis van peulvruchten, zoals rode linzen of kikkererwten. En pasta’s op basis van haver, quinoa en boekweit – deze zijn van nature vezel- en eiwitrijk en bevatten geen gluten. Ook nieuw is de pasta van zeewier.
  • Ontkiemde producten – dit zijn producten van zaden en noten die net na het ontkiemen zijn geoogst. Hierdoor bevatten ze een hogere concentratie voedingsstoffen.
  • Fruit- en groente chips – een goed alternatief voor chips omdat er pure fruit en groenten inzitten zonder toevoegingen van suiker en vet. Denk aan chips van appel, perzik, paprika of bietjes. Of combinaties als appel met banaan of aardbei.
  • Repen van geperst fruit of granen, noten en zaden. Zoals bijvoorbeeld repen samengesteld uit dadels, amandelen en cashewnoten. In sommige repen is extra proteïne toegevoegd voor mensen met een actieve levensstijl.

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The Beetroot bar Merk: Rude Health Glutenvrij tussendoortje op basis van rode biet, dadel, cashewnoot en zonnebloempitten. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 908 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €1,39 Download afbeelding

Apple Crisps Merk: Crispy Gevriesdroogde knapperige appelstukjes. 1 zakje staat gelijk aan 1 appel. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 908 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €0,99 Download afbeelding

Kikkererwtenpasta Merk: Fit ‘n Free Glutenvrije fusilli pasta op basis van 100% biologische kikkererwten Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 421 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €3,59 Download afbeelding

Quinoa pasta curvo rigate Merk: Pereg Glutenvrije macaroni op basis van quinoa. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 869 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €2,99 Download afbeelding

Zeeweer tagliatelle Merk: I Sea Pasta Tagliatelle op basis van biologische wilde zeewier. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 14 maart in 250 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €4,95 Download afbeelding

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Sprouted muesli appel en zaden Merk: SUN Organic Biologische muesli op basis van gekiemde tarwe- en havervlokken, met gedroogde appelstukjes en zes soorten zaden. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 33 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €4,25

Sprouted muesli appel en zaden Merk: SUN Organic Biologische muesli op basis van gekiemde tarwe- en havervlokken, met gedroogde appelstukjes en zes soorten zaden. Verkrijgbaar vanaf 29 februari in 33 winkels. Verkoopprijs: €4,25

GCH Retail (Malaysia) expands its distribution centre to support export to Singapore and Cambodia

SEPANG, MALAYSIA, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is expanding its distribution centre, here, which would provide local manufacturers with a platform to market their products internationally at a lower cost.

GCH Retail Malaysia and Brunei regional director Datuk Tim Ashdown said the extension of the facility, which housed a warehouse of local produce for export to Singapore and Cambodia, was aimed at strengthening its process efficiency to two million containers per week from 700,000 currently.

“This facility, which comes with the latest technology, has enabled us to reduce logistics costs for our suppliers substantially. This was the re-sult of the accelerated turnaround time of delivery lorries to the warehouse by as much as 50 per cent,” he said at the launch of Phase 2 of the distribution centre on Monday.

GCH Retail, a subsidiary of Dairy Farm International, manages Giant hypermarket, Mercato. Cold Storage and Jason Food Hall.

Phase 2, which will begin operations on April 1, will house 760 Giant brand products and 5,300 internationally-sourced products made in Malaysia for export to Singapore and Cambodia.

Ashdown said the expansion would support the growth of Giant for the next 12 years and provide world-class operations for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“We believe that by supporting the local SMEs, we will create an opportunity for them to showcase their products and provide an established platform for them to communicate their brand to the targeted consumers,” he said.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hannah Zainuddin, who officiated at the launch, said the ware-house would also create 206 jobs in the transport industry.

Mezzanine Floor,
Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam Stadium,
Lot 2, Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13,
40100 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
Phone Number +603-5544 8888
Fax +603-5544 8646

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GCH Retail (Malaysia) expands its distribution centre to support export to Singapore and Cambodia

Hypermarket chain Giant to double the number of home-grown suppliers to support Malaysian SMEs

Giant to couple procucts to support SVEs 

SEPANG, MALAYSIA, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The owner of hypermarket chain Giant hopes to double the number of home-grown suppliers to support the growth Malaysian small-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said 15% of products sold by Giant, which is owned by GCH Retail Sdn Bhd, are from homegrown SMEs.

“Currently, 15% of GCH Retail’s products are from Malaysian SMEs and in a discussion with them several months back, I asked if this number could be increased to 20% by this year

‘They have agreed and we also hope by 2020, at least 30% of their products are by local SMEs. “A few years ago, the number was only 7% but they have done well to reach 15%. ‘This is in support of Malaysia’s aim to become a high-income nation by 2020,” said Hamzah, after launching the GCH Retail’s new distribution centre here yesterday.

Hamzah, however, said increasing the participation of local SMEs would not be straight-forward as they had to adhere to the stand-ards set by GCH Retail

“GCH Retail told me they have their own set of standards and criteria for products. I am confident that if any SMEs can market their products with GCH Retail, it is of high quality as the products are also marketed in their overseas stores in Singapore and Cambodia.

Hamzah also urged local SMEs to visit GCH Retail’s new distribution centre to learn a thing or two about supply chains and logistics.

Located in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, the new distribution centre is in fact an extension to an existing 450,000sq ft facility which was completed in 2010.

The new 155,000sq ft building will house a bonded warehouse of local produce for export to Singapore and Cambodia.

GCH Retail regional director for Malaysia and Brunei Datuk Tim Ashdown said the new facility will allow the centre to hanxdle more than two million cases per week.

“Having this facility that comes with the latest technology, we manage to reduce logis-tic costs for our suppliers, a result of the accelerated turnaround time of delivery truck to the warehouse by as much as 50%,” he said.

Mezzanine Floor,
Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam Stadium,
Lot 2, Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13,
40100 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
Phone Number +603-5544 8888
Fax +603-5544 8646

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Hypermarket chain Giant to double the number of home-grown suppliers to support Malaysian SMEs

Dollar Tree, Inc. to host conference call for investors and analysts for its fourth quarter ended January 30, 2016 on March 1, 2016

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, will host its conference call for investors and analysts to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter ended January 30, 2016.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

9:00 a.m. Eastern Time

PARTICIPATE: At least 5 minutes prior to the conference call, please dial 800-768-6563 for USA and Canadian calls or 785-830-7991 for international calls.
WEBCAST: Available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events.
REPLAY: A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Tuesday, March 8, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. Please enter Passcode # 3402665.

CONTACT:

Dollar Tree, Inc., Chesapeake
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
www.DollarTree.com
DLTR-E

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Hot Dog Bill of Rights

IRVING, 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ladies and gentlemen of the press and social mediasphere, a proclamation from 7‑Eleven, who has provided Americans a hot dog standard based on freedom of choice since the 1970’s:

WHEREAS, we’re not about to let any King threaten that juicy, American liberty by limiting the people to just two pre-determined menu options; and

WHEREAS, 7‑Eleven has provided Americans the highest standard and best taste1 in hot doggery for more than 40 years, resulting in annual sales of over 80 million at over 7,900 stores; and

WHEREAS, this monarch has the audacity to tell Americans how much chili and other toppings we can put on our hot dogs – and during an election year, no less;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, 7‑Eleven, do hereby proclaim the following “Hot Dog Bill of Rights,” to wit:

I. The right to buy a tasty, 100% beef hot dog 24/7, 365 days a year.

II. The right to customize your hot dog with a variety of toppings, including FREE chili and cheese.

III. The right to a ¼ Pound Big Bite® and Big Gulp® combo for just $2.00, any time of day.

IV. The right to believe in totally made up, but totally tasty constitutional rights.

“7‑Eleven is clearly America’s choice for hot dogs. Our customers get more bang for their buck, more topping options and tasty 100% beef — small wonder we sell a Big Bite hot dog every 2.7 seconds of the day!,” said Dennis Phelps, vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverages. “While we relish the competition, we are confident that this monarchical outlier has a long way to go to ketch-up with 7‑Eleven’s All-American hot dog.”

Good old Yankee ingenuity has made the 7‑Eleven hot dog a fan favorite. In an online consumer survey1 that compared more than 10 retailers offering hot dogs, 7‑Eleven was rated the highest as “favorite place to buy hot dogs” and they cited taste as one of the main reasons.

So, too, the results of the same survey1 found that consumers credit 7‑Eleven’s hot dogs for being tasty, flavorful and a great value. In addition, consumers love the condiment selection, including free chili and cheese, and the ability to add as much or as little as they like to customize their hot dog.

Added Phelps: “We’re 7‑Eleven … and we approve of this message.”

Join the conversation online and show us how you top your Big Bite hot dog by using #hotdogdemocracy to keep up with the deliciousness.

1 Online survey fielded by Nielsen Consumer and Shopper Analytics, April 2014; Total Sample n=10,982

7‑Eleven, Big Bite, ¼ Pound Big Bite, Slurpee and Big Gulp are all registered trademarks of 7‑Eleven, Inc.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 57,900 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations. Accolades include placing #7 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2016, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015; #1 on “Best Retail Franchises” list for April 2015 by FranchiseRankings.com; #3 on Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start; and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2016. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

CONTACT:

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
stephanie.shaw@7-11.com

SOURCE: 7-Eleven, Inc

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7‑Eleven calls for Americans to exercise their freedom of choice to top their hot dogs just how they want.

7‑Eleven calls for Americans to exercise their freedom of choice to top their hot dogs just how they want.

Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Tournament focuses on mission to stock local food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer officials announced today that it’s changing the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in an effort to focus on its cause of stocking local food pantries.

“Thanks to the ongoing community support, the Meijer LPGA Classic has been incredibly successful, providing world-class golf and fun events for families,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But it has made a far greater impact by raising awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest. We are dedicated to this cause.”

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 13-19 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The inaugural tournament in 2014 raised more than $600,000, and the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic generated $750,000 for the Simply Giveprogram.

The program has generated more than $21 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

This year, the tournament will line up with the retailer’s spring Simply Give campaign, which is scheduled to run May 8 through June 19. To participate in the program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to make a difference,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We look forward to working with our fantastic sponsors to bring another exciting event to them this year.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is a world-class tournament that hosts a full field of 144 of the best female golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

For more information, please visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

 

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Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Sobeys customers throughout Atlantic Canada can now get even more AIR MILES Reward Miles

Customers can now get AIR MILES Reward Miles at more banners in Atlantic Canada

Stellarton, NS, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (FEBRUARY 23, 2016 ), Sobeys launches the AIR MILES® Reward Program at its Needs and Sobeys express locations, offering customers throughout Atlantic Canada the opportunity to get even more AIR MILES Reward Miles when they shop.

With the addition of the 157 Needs and Sobeys express locations there are now close to 400 Sobeys retail sites across Atlantic Canada where customers can get Miles; more than any other retailer in the region.

“With the launch of AIR MILES at Needs and Sobeys express, customers in Atlantic Canada will now be rewarded for shopping at even more of our retail locations,” said Jason Tutty, Director Marketing, Sobeys Atlantic. “We know our customers appreciate the added value AIR MILES brings to their shopping experience and have been asked many times when the program will be offered at our convenience locations. We are pleased to say that today is the day.”

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Sobeys to now offer Collectors the opportunity to not only get Miles on their grocery purchases, but also on those everyday items you need on-the-go,” said Blair Cameron, Senior Vice President Client Services, AIR MILES Reward Program.

“Extending this partnership to more banners within Sobeys Atlantic offers customers the potential to earn even greater rewards and rounds out their shopping experience,” added Tutty. “From groceries to health and beauty products, we can offer cross-shop rewards and take loyalty rewards to new heights for our customers in a way that no other retailer in the region can.”

In addition to the launch at Sobeys’ convenience locations, customers can now get 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $20 spent cumulatively, before taxes and other exclusions, Sunday to Saturday at Sobeys, Foodland, Needs, Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys express and participating Co-op stores in Atlantic Canada. Visit www.airmiles.ca for full offer details.

For more information please contact:
Shauna Selig
Director Communications
Sobeys Atlantic & Ontario
902-759-0671
shauna.selig@sobeys.com

Kahina Haffad
Specialist, Public Relations and Social Media
AIR MILES Reward Program
416-552-2352
khaffad@loyalty.com

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About the AIR MILES Reward Program
Launched in 1992, the AIR MILES Reward Program is one of the best ways to get rewards in Canada. With more than 10 million active Collector accounts, approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households can turn everyday purchases like gas and groceries into movie tickets, kitchen gadgets, electronics, dream vacations and so much more. Unlike other frequent shopper programs, Collectors can get Miles from hundreds of leading brand-name Partners, representing thousands of retail and service locations across Canada and leading global brands online. The AIR MILES Reward Program lets Collectors reward themselves their way – they can build their AIR MILES Cash balance to use toward in-store purchases or eVouchers online at participating Reward Partners, build their Dream balance to get vacations, electronics and more, or a combination of both. Whatever rewards Collectors like most, they can get them quickly and easily with the AIR MILES Reward Program.

Two retail technology awards europe awarded to companies having Wincor Nixdorf as their IT partner

“Best Instore Solution” at Swiss Coop Group

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — At this year’s retail technology awards europe, two of the coveted prizes were awarded to companies that realized outstanding projects with Wincor Nixdorf as their IT partner.

The retail technology awards europe are presented by Cologne’s EHI Retail Institute for innovative, groundbreaking IT solutions in the retail sector. Winners are selected from among numerous entries by a prominent jury of representatives from industry, universities and research institutes. Prizes are awarded in the categories “Best Instore Solution,” “Best Enterprise Solution,” “Best Customer Experience” and since last year also “Best Multichannel Solution.” The retail technology awards europe were presented on February 23, 2016, at a gala evening as part of the EuroCIS trade fair in Düsseldorf.

In the category “Best Instore Solution,” the award went to Coop, a Swiss retail. wholesale and production cooperative headquartered in Basel. The group operates around 2,000 retail stores in Switzerland and 115 cash & carry stores both in Switzerland and other European countries. It has some 77,000 employees, with about 53,000 of those working in its home country.

As part of its service, Coop offers customers various scanning and checkout options. In many supermarkets and megastores, for instance, customers can scan articles using either the hand-held scanners provided at the entrance or their own smart phones. Coop has developed its own smart phone app, which customers can download free of charge. The system, passabene, was installed in some stores beginning in 2005.

Since 2015, customers also have the choice between attended checkouts and self-service terminals. At the self-service stations, they can choose between cash and cashless payments, with the cashless option using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. In 2014, following a pilot phase and a thorough examination of customer flows, purchase volumes and checkout processes, Coop decided to introduce self-checkout systems from Wincor Nixdorf. By the end of 2015, over 900 self-service terminals were installed at 120 Coop stores. The service has been well received by customers. In some supermarkets, more than half choose the convenient self-checkout facility. Overall usage is at 35 percent.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Whole Foods Market to experiment with new ideas for store eateries with the launch of food truck test kitchen at its flagship store in Austin

Truck opens March 10 with Momofuku alum chef Tien Ho serving new food concepts, testing ideas for stores 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is launching a food truck test kitchen at the retailer’s flagship store in Austin, Texas, to experiment with new ideas for store eateries, and to explore collaborations with chefs and supplier partners. The concept was created by Tien Ho, the company’s global vice president of culinary and hospitality, along with Whole Foods Market’s prepared foods team.

The truck will open on Thursday, March 10, under the name Tartinette, and will offer a selection of open-faced sandwiches and creative salads prepared by Ho, and served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Whole Foods Market will update the concept, menu and name of the truck every two months to explore food trends, seasonal flavors and vendor partnerships.

“This test kitchen is so exciting because we get to include Whole Foods Market customers in the process, using their input to create dishes that could become new favorites across the country,” Ho said. “Guests visiting the truck can expect the same high-quality, fresh ingredients found in our stores, and a menu that’s completely revamped each season. Changing it up will give us the chance to collaborate with local chefs and suppliers to create eating experiences you won’t find in any other grocery store.”

Two percent of sales from the test kitchen’s first eatery concept will benefit Whole Foods Market’s longstanding nonprofit partner, Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Funds will support the organization’s efforts to foster culinary innovation in Central Texas through grants, educational programming and events. With each new test kitchen concept, Whole Foods Market will partner with a new nonprofit beneficiary.

Ho recently joined Whole Foods Market after stints at many prestigious and trend-setting restaurants, including Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Little Wisco,Café Boulud and, most recently, Morgans Hotel group. He plans to bring this innovative style to the food truck test kitchen, and is considering partnerships with other national and local chefs who can bring even more new ideas to Whole Foods Market shoppers.

In March, Whole Foods Market will announce Tartinette’s full menu on the flagship store’s website, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/lamar.

EXPERTS
Tien Ho
Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

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Tien Ho

Tien Ho

FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Companies” list for food and drug stores, for the fifth consecutive year.

The grocer is No. 24 on the magazine’s 2016 list for all industries, and is No. 1 in its category for quality of products and services, innovation, people management and social responsibility.  Whole Foods Market is the only company in Austin, Texas, to make the list, and is one of three Texas-based companies recognized in the Top 50 list.

To see which companies made the list, visit: fortune.com/WMAC.

METHODOLOGY

THE MOST ADMIRED LIST is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Korn Ferry Hay Group started with approximately 1,500 companies: the Fortune 1,000— the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue—and non-U.S. Companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Korn Ferry Hay Group then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 652 companies from 30 countries. To create the 54 industry lists, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Because of the distribution of responses, only the aggregate industry scores and ranks are published in Construction and Farm Machinery; Mining, Crude-Oil Production; and Petroleum Refining. Because of an insufficient response rate, the results for companies in the Energy: U.S. and Pipelines industries are not reported.

To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall (our “All-Stars”), Korn Ferry Hay Group asked 4,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry. The difference in the voting rolls is why some results can seem anomalous. For example, St. Jude Medical ranks No. 40 on the overall Most Admired list, returning after a two-year hiatus. But within the medical products and equipment subgroup, St. Jude Medical, based on its peers’ responses, missed the “Industry Standouts” cut by ranking in the bottom half of the group.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Global Press Contacts
Robin Kelly – Corporate Communications, Business/Financial Media Inquiries, Workplace, Healthy Eating and Wellness
robin.rehfield@wholefoods.com
201.567.2090 x411

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FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings reported recurring net income growth of 14% in 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, reported a recurring net income growth of 14% in 2015 to PHP20.9 billion on the back of an 8% increase in consolidated revenues to PHP71.5 billion in the same period.  On a consolidated level, net income increased 54% to PHP28.3 billion, inclusive of the PHP7.4 billion one-time trading gains on marketable securities booked in the first quarter of the year.

“SM Prime sustained its overall net income growth in 2015 as the malls’ overall operations led the performance of the group. This is a reflection of the overall expansion of the economy that continues to be driven by the 6.2% growth in household consumption. We believe we could sustain this growth in 2016 as we continue to focus on enhancing the synergies across our core business units as an integrated property developer,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy, said.
Rental revenues from malls and commercial spaces, which accounted for 57% of the consolidated revenues, surged at 12% to PHP40.7 billion from PHP36.5 billion in the previous year. The strong growth in rental revenue was sustained by SM Prime’s expansion across all its business portfolio since 2013. Growth can be traced to new malls such as SM Aura Premier, SM City BF Parañaque, Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, SM City Cauayan in Isabela, SM Center Angono in Rizal, SM City San Mateo in Rizal, and the expansion of SM City Bacolod, all of which contributed an additional total gross floor area of 728,000 square meters. Rental growth was also complemented by the opening of office buildings SM Cyberwest in Quezon City, and FiveE-comCenter in Pasay City, both fully occupied. Combined, these office spaces added GFA of 171,000 sqm. Excluding the new malls and expansions, same-store rental growth continued to exhibit 7% increase.
SM Prime’s real estate sales, accounted for 31% of consolidated revenues, sustained its revenues at PHP22.2 billion in 2015. The flat performance of revenues was primarily due to lower revenue recognition from the almost completed housing projects that were launched in 2011 and 2012.  On the other hand, the recently launched projects continue to enjoy brisk sales, with SM Development Corp. (SMDC) posting higher reservation sales by 12% year-on-year to 14,390 units in 2015. As a result SMDC, which contributes 93% of the housing group’s real estate sales, achieved a 15% increment in sales value worth PHP39.8 billion from PHP34.6 billion last year. Reservation sales were largely generated from Shore 2 Residences, Shore Residences, Air Residences, Jazz Residences and Fame Residences and in the cities of Pasay, Makati, and Mandaluyong, respectively. For the period, housing group’s net income increased by 8% to PHP5.1 billion from PHP4.7 billion in 2014.
Consolidated costs on real estate dropped by 2% to PHP12.0 billion mainly due to the improving cost efficiencies, tighter monitoring and control of construction costs. This generated higher gross profit margin on real estate sales to 46% in 2015 from 44% in 2014. Net income margin likewise stood at 23% from 21% in the same period.
Cinema and event ticket sales, which represented 7% of consolidated revenues, recorded a 12% growth in 2015 to PHP4.8 billion. International movies continued to dominate Philippine Cinema. Other revenues, which consisted of amusement income from rides, bowling and ice skating operations, merchandise sales from snack-bars and sale of food and beverages in hotels stood at PHP3.8 billion, up by 14% from PHP3.3 billion. The growth exhibited was mainly driven by the opening of Sky Ranch Pampanga, improvement in hotels’ food and beverages income as well as an increase in sponsorship income.
To date, SM Prime has a total of 56 Malls in the Philippines with total retail space of 7.3 million square meters. This includes SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Center Sangandaan, SM Cherry Shaw, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City San Mateo and SM Megacenter Cabanatuan which opened November 27, October 23, October 13, October 9, May 15 and April 24, respectively. In China, SM Prime has six shopping malls with a GFA of 0.9 million sqm including the recently opened SM City Zibo. Taking into account both Philippine and China malls, SM Prime’s total retail space is at 8.3 million sqm.
SM Prime presently has 27 residential projects in the market, 25 of which are in Metro Manila and two in Tagaytay. For 2016, SM Development Corporation will launch between 11,000 to 14,000 units in Quezon City, Bicutan and Sucat in Paranaque, Las Piñas and Pasay at the Mall of Asia Complex. SM Prime is also set to launch new mixed-use developments in Bulacan, Pampanga and Cavite.
Currently, the Commercial Properties Group has five office buildings with an estimated gross floor area of 318,000 sqm. ThreeE-Com and FourE-Com Centers are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2019, respectively. For hotels and convention centers, the Conrad Hotel Manila is expected to open in the second half 2016. The 347-room hotel will further enhance the value of the properties within the whole Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex, given that this will be the first 6 star hotel in the Pasay City area.
SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.
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For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

New Zealand: New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

Work has commenced on the latest New World store at the corner of East Street and Wood Street in Papakura, which means shoppers can look forward to a brand new supermarket in the not too distant future.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tony Catton, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, Acting General Manager Property Development, is excited that the Papakura community will soon have a new store to purchase their grocery and household items.

“The existing New World opened in 1982 so it is about time the local community had a new store with plenty of natural light to enjoy their shopping. Construction of the approximately 3,000m2 store, which is just across the road from the existing store, is already under way.”

The new supermarket will have a fresh bakery, butchery, deli and seafood counter, and a large range of fresh food and grocery products.

“New World Papakura will be well placed to meet its customers evolving needs well into the future with its planned fresh offer and extensive grocery range,” says Catton.

The store will also include sustainability features such as CO2 refrigeration, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting which ensure the long-term carbon footprint is minimised.

“Outside shoppers will have access to 158 car parks so even when the store is at its busiest parking shouldn’t be an issue,” adds Catton.

Peter Lynch, the current owner of New World Papakura since 2013 is excited about the new store.

“I’ve loved being part of the Papakura community with the current New World, and I’m excited to be a part of the new store. With the new supermarket under construction just over the road, we are able to watch with anticipation as the store takes shape. I am thrilled to be able to bring a brand new store to my customers and the wider Papakura community. Being able to provide an even greater range of fresh and everyday products from the new store will be just fantastic,” says Lynch.

In the meantime the current New World located on East Street will be open and continue to provide customers with usual service until the new store is ready to open.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
Address:
95 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0508
Fax: +64 9 621 0987

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New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

Harris Teeter reinforces its commitment to education with $10,000 Lottery Incentive donation to 5 local schools

Store Manager to Present Check to Schools

Date:               Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:              10 a.m.
Location:       Kings Grant Harris Teeter
8101 Fayetteville Rd
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27603

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Fuquay-Varina, NC, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Harris Teeter Store Director John Taylor will present 5 local schools each with a $2,000 check to reinforce the company’s commitment to education.

The schools receiving this donation are:

  • Middle Creek Elementary School in Apex, N.C.
  • Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C.
  • Vance Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.
  • West Lake Elementary School in Apex, N.C.
  • West Lake Middle School PTA in Apex, N.C.

This donation is made possible partially by the North Carolina Education Lottery and is in addition to the dollars a school receives from Harris Teeter through its active participation in the company’s Together in Education program. Together in Education is the company’s fund raising program to benefit schools (public or private- preschool through 12th grade) throughout its local communities.

The North Carolina Lottery provides incentive payments to retailers who sell winning tickets in various lottery games. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards back to local schools.  In January 2016, the Kings Grant Harris Teeter sold a $2 million winning Powerball ticket, resulting in a $10,000 incentive award.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“We are always excited by this opportunity as it allows us to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to one of our Together in Education partners,” added Robinson.

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program, please visit www.harristeeter.com

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.