Co-operative Retailing System to provide start-up funding for non-profit organization Co-operatives First

Saskatoon, CANADA, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — A five-year, $5 million commitment from the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) will provide critical start-up funding for Co-operatives First, an organization that will facilitate a new wave of co-operative development in Western Canada.

As a non-profit, the newly formed Co-operatives First will work with small- to mid-size rural communities and municipalities, as well as with aboriginal communities, to identify innovative, community-led solutions to modern challenges and opportunities facing these communities.

“Co-operatives played a vital role in building Western Canada and they remain fixtures in communities across our country,” said Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) CEO Scott Banda, who presented the donation on behalf of the CRS, which is comprised of FCL and more than 200 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada.

“The co-operative model continues to foster business, economic and social development across Western Canada,” added Banda. “These sustainable solutions and community services often succeed in circumstances that challenge other businesses and organizations. By promoting the co-operative model of shared ownership and shared rewards, Co-operatives First will help people in those communities identify local solutions and leverage local opportunities that empower people and create meaningful change.”

A portion of the $5 million in start-up funding will be used for resources to offset some of the costs associated with starting a co-operative. Those funds will help new organizations attain the legal and professional services required to form a new co-operative, as well as develop communications and business plans and conduct feasibility studies.

Addressing a need

Co-operatives First is one outcome of the Co-operative Innovation Project (CIP), a two-year, FCL-funded pilot project at the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. As part of the project, researchers conducted telephone and web surveys and held meetings to gauge the public’s understanding of co-operatives. In total, the researchers contacted 649 communities, representing 37 per cent of rural and aboriginal communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

The CIP found rural and aboriginal communities are receptive to locally driven solutions, but needed assistance getting started. The project determined more co-operatives would be formed if individuals and groups received greater support.

“Co-operatives First will work with local leaders to identify opportunities where the co-op model could be applied to address unmet needs within their community,” said Murray Fulton, Chair in Co-operative Governance and a professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. “By engaging with communities and potential co-ops in early stages, Co-operatives First will inspire the creation of new organizations, complementing the work provincial co-operative associations are already doing.”

Getting to work

Once its executive director and staff are in place later this year, Co-operatives First will begin hosting Community Inspire meetings with community leaders across Western Canada to identify potential opportunities for development and collaboration. The organization is planning to host nine such meetings in 2016. By 2020, the group plans to have held no fewer than 125 Community Inspire events in rural communities and 40 in aboriginal communities.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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FCL CEO Scott Banda announces a $5 million commitment supporting Co-operatives First.

FCL CEO Scott Banda announces a $5 million commitment supporting Co-operatives First.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) to hold extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday 8 March

Notice is hereby given of an extraordinary general meeting of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) (556042-7220) which is to be held at 4.30 pm on Tuesday 8 March at H&M, Mäster Samuelsgatan 46A, Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The purpose of the extraordinary general meeting is to consider a resolution proposed by the board of directors that the articles of association be amended as regards the venue of the company’s general meetings, so that in future it is also possible to hold general meetings in Solna, where the Erling Persson Hall, Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet is situated.

Notice of attendance
Shareholders who wish to attend the meeting shall
both  be entered in the company’s register of shareholders kept by Euroclear Sweden AB in their own name (not nominee-registered) by Wednesday 2 March 2016
and    notify their intention to attend the meeting by Wednesday 2 March 2016 at the latest, in writing to the address H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Carola Ardéhn, 106 38 Stockholm, Sweden, by telephone to +46 (0)8 796 55 00, by fax to +46 (0)8 796 55 44 or on the company’s website at www.hm.com/egm.
The attendance of any assistants (maximum two) is to be notified to the same addresses by the same date.

Shareholders must state in the notice their name, civil identity number or corporate registration number, telephone number (daytime) as well as the number of shares held. In order to attend the meeting shareholders whose shares are nominee-registered must have their shares temporarily registered with Euroclear Sweden AB in their own name. Such re-registration must be effected by Wednesday 2 March 2016. In order to re-register shares in time, shareholders should make the request via their nominee in good time before this date. Such registration may be temporary. Passes for those attending will be sent out from 3 March onwards.

A proxy form is available on the company’s website at www.hm.com/egm.

Agenda
1. Opening of the meeting.
2. Election of a chairman for the meeting.
3. Establishment and approval of voting list.
4. Approval of the agenda.
5. Election of people to check the minutes.
6. Examination of whether the meeting was duly convened.
7. Resolution to amend the articles of association.
8. Closing of the meeting.

Proposed resolution

Item 7. Resolution to amend the articles of association.
The board of directors proposes that the articles of association are amended such that general meetings can also be held in Solna. The reason for the proposed change is that the company wishes to be able to hold future general meetings in the Erling Persson Hall, Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet in Solna.

§ 11 of the articles of association would then be worded as follows:
“General meetings shall be held in Stockholm or in Solna.”

A further amendment is proposed that is purely formal in nature, namely that “publ” is added at the end of § 1.

§ 1 of the articles of association would then be worded as follows:

§ 1 The registered name of the company is H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB. The company is a public company (publ).
Information at the general meeting
Shareholders are entitled to certain information at the general meeting. If any shareholder so requests and the board of directors believes that it can be done without material harm to the company, the board of directors and the CEO shall provide information regarding circumstances that may affect the assessment of an item on the agenda and the company’s relations with another company within the group.

Anyone wishing to submit questions in advance may do so to:

The board of directors of
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
Attn: Carola Ardéhn
106 38 Stockholm
Sweden

Or by e-mail to: carola.ardehn@hm.com

Number of shares and votes
There are 194,400,000 class A shares in the company with ten votes per share and 1,460,672,000 class B shares with one vote per share, with the result that the total number of shares in H&M is 1,655,072,000 and the total number of votes is 3,404,672,000.
The Board of Directors

Contacts:

Kristina Stenvinkel, Head of Communications +46 (0)8 796 3908
Nils Vinge, Head of Investor Relations +46 (0)8 796 5250

Press images and background information for editorial use can be downloaded from www.hm.com

The information in this notice is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under stock market rules. It was released for publication at 08:10 (CET) on 28 January 2016.

Notice of the extraordinary general meeting is being published on 28 January 2016 on the company’s website at www.hm.com/egm and on 2 February 2016 in the newspapers DN and SvD, as well as in Post- och Inrikes Tidningar on the website of Bolagsverket, the Swedish Companies Registration Office.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,900 stores in 61 markets including franchise markets. In 2015, sales including VAT were SEK 210 billion and the number of employees is more than 148,000. For further information, visit hm.com.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

SSP issues Interim Management Statement for the first quarter of its financial year ending 30 September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP (“SSP” or “the Group”), a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, issues an Interim Management Statement for the first quarter of its financial year ending 30 September 2016, covering the period from 1 October to 31 December 2015.

Group

SSP has had a good start to the new financial year and expectations for the full year remain positive and unchanged.

Total revenue increased by 6.2% on a constant currency basis, comprising like-for-like sales growth of 4.3% and net contract gains of 1.9%, in line with our expectations. Total revenue growth at actual exchange rates was 1.9%.

Like-for-like sales grew strongly in the UK and Continental Europe in the early part of the new financial year. This has moderated slightly in recent weeks reflecting the impact of geopolitical activity. In North America the positive trends in like-for-like sales growth in 2015 have continued throughout the first quarter of 2016. In the Rest of the World, like-for-like sales growth is in line with expectations, although trading in Egypt remains challenging due to the fall in passenger numbers. The pipeline of new contracts remains encouraging.

Currency

Trading results from outside the UK are converted into sterling at the average exchange rates for the year. The overall impact on revenue of the movement of foreign currencies (principally the Euro, US Dollar, Swedish and Norwegian Krone) in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014 was -4.3%. If the current spot rates were to continue throughout the remainder of FY 2016, we would expect a positive currency impact on full year revenue of 0.4%. This is however a translation impact only.

Outlook

The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and the pipeline of new contracts is encouraging, although it is difficult to predict the precise timing of the openings of new units. Whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around geopolitical events and passenger numbers in the short term, the geographical and sectoral diversity of our business, together with the significant structural growth opportunities and our programme to deliver operational improvements, leave us well placed to continue to deliver for both our customers and our shareholders.

Annual General Meeting

The Group’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 11:00am on 4 March 2016, at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, at 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

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

Lindex launches TOMORROW by Josefine Runquist

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In august 2015 Lindex announced the winner for best design idea and collection amongst the graduates from Swedish School of Textiles. Now TOMORROW is being launched – an urban and stylish capusle collection designed by the winner Josefin Runquist.

”Humans are mostly moving, and I’ve created garments for that. By the natural movement my collection comes to life and brings unexpected volume and a whole new expression. The core of the collection is what happens to the garment when you are moving – what you see is not always what you get”, says Josefin Runquist, Designer.

TOMORROW by Josefine Runquist is a capsule collection of 7 unique and fashion forward pieces with clean cut and timeless lines. Pleats with doubling of fabric and the black and white contrast enhance the eye-catching effect with the raspberry red as an accent.

Lindex is the main sponsor of the graduation fashion show and has collaborated for four years with Borås School of Textiles; one of Sweden’s most recognizes universities for training and research in textile and design. Lindex supports the education with knowledge of the design process and professionalism from a retail perspective.

”Being a new designer in the fashion industry, it can be hard to be seen and acknowledged. As an international fashion company, Lindex have a responsibility of bringing new talents into the light and this collaboration is a way for us to encourage that process”, says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

Tomorrow by Josefin Runquist will be launched in a limited edition at lindex.com and in selected stores in Sweden, Finland, UK and Czeck Republic on 12th of February.

For high-res images and pack shots, visit http://about.lindex.com/en/images/lindex-tomorrow-2016/

For more information, please contact:

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
PR/Press, Lindex
Tel: 46 31 739 53 13
E-mail: filippa.tarras-wahlberg@lindex.com

 

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Lindex launches TOMORROW by Josefine Runquist

Lindex launches TOMORROW by Josefine Runquist

BioMar, Blue Circle Foods and Whole Foods Market to create innovative farmed fish feed In the Blue for a greener farmed Salmon

Groundbreaking salmon feed reduces wild-caught fish inputs to earn ‘Good Alternative’ rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch; removes environmental contaminants to make farmed salmon healthier

OSLO, Norway, and AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pioneering Norwegian fish farmers Kvarøy and Selsøyvik worked together with importer Blue Circle Foods, leading feed company BioMar and Whole Foods Market, to create In the Blue, an innovative farmed fish feed that conserves marine resources and reduces environmental contaminants in farmed salmon.

The new feed has led to the first farmed salmon with a fish-in, fish-out ratio below 1-to-1, earning it a “Good Alternative” rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, a rare mark for farmed salmon. Other salmon farms have ratios that average approximately 1.6-to-1, though Whole Foods Market’s aquaculture standards have target ratios of 1-to-1, which In the Blue worked to exceed.

Unlike conventional feeds, which are produced with fish caught solely for feed, In the Blue is made with trimmings from wild-caught fish that are already bound for human consumption. The trimmings are pressed into oil that is cleaned to reduce environmental contaminants like heavy metals and PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls). Because environmental contaminants found in farmed fish are predominantly passed through feed ingredients, removing those substances from the oil keeps them out of salmon that end up on dinner plates.

The production method for this salmon feed was developed by connecting existing capabilities. The trimmings are sourced from established wild-caught seafood processors, and the oil-cleaning technology is already common in producing fish oil supplements.

This salmon is sold at Whole Foods Market, which launched its rigorous farmed salmon standards in 2007 and has continued to strengthen the requirements every year since. The company implements this continuous improvement process, which includes third-party-audited metrics for fish-in, fish-out ratios and contaminant levels among the other standards, to create a model of more sustainable aquaculture for the industry. Blue Circle Foods, BioMar and the fish farmers worked to exceed these standards with In the Blue feed.

“We knew we’d have to make a significant investment of time and budget to create this custom feed for only two farms, but the risk was definitely worth it when we saw the difference this process could make for consumers, the industry and our planet,” said Vidar Gundersen, Group Sustainability Manager for BioMar. “This kind of innovation is only possible because of the inspiration and partnership with Blue Circle Foods, and the purchasing commitment from Whole Foods Market. Together, we believe this farmed seafood approach will help feed the world sustainably, safely and, of course, deliciously.”

“This new process for fish feed is so exciting because it’s exactly the kind of industry-leading solution that we hoped would result from Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Farmed standards,” said Carrie Brownstein, seafood quality standards coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “We developed ambitious yet achievable standards to create a model of more sustainable aquaculture, and we are thrilled to see In the Blue bring that to life with better farmed salmon for our shoppers, and a better example for the industry at large.”

In addition to meeting Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Farmed standards, In the Blue earned Blue Circle’s farmed salmon a “Good Alternative” rating from Seafood Watch. The program defines “sustainable seafood” as seafood from sources, whether wild-caught or farmed, that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems. This net gain of protein that Blue Circle Foods has achieved by using trimmings helped meet those sustainability goals.

Going forward, all stakeholders involved – BioMar, Blue Circle Foods and Whole Foods Market – hope the model created for farmed salmon feed can become common practice, and eventually expand to other species. The sooner the market will support this kind of growth, the industry and consumers alike can expect this highest quality farmed seafood to become an even more affordable, sustainable protein option.

For more information, recipes and details about the In the Blue project visit, www.bluecirclefoods.com. ‪ For sales related inquiries contact Bill Cole, ‪Bill@bluecirclefoods.com‬‬‬‪, (810) 334-9979‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Carrie Brownstein
Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator
In the big picture, Carrie’s work as the Global Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market focuses on creating a model for the seafood industry that supports healthier oceans and communities.

David Pilat
Global Seafood Buyer
David Pilat has accumulated a wealth of seafood knowledge and experience having worked in several stores, four regions, and Whole Foods Market’s own seafood processing facility in Pigeon Cove based in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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BioMar, Blue Circle Foods and Whole Foods Market to create innovative farmed fish feed In the Blue for a greener farmed Salmon

BioMar, Blue Circle Foods and Whole Foods Market to create innovative farmed fish feed In the Blue for a greener farmed Salmon

Whole Foods Market to open store in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 2; creating more than 100 jobs in the community

Company’s first Northwest Arkansas store to open March 2

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s Fayetteville, Arkansas, store, set to open in March, is creating more than 100 jobs in the community.

The company held a local hiring event this week and will post additional job listings in the coming weeks. Area residents who are interested in applying for Whole Foods Market team member positions can learn more at wholefoodsmarket.com.

The Fayetteville store, at 3425 N. College Ave., will open March 2, following a bread-breaking ceremony with company and city officials. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on opening day, the store will offer free coffee from Onyx Coffee and free pastries from Whole Foods Market. The doors will open at 8 a.m.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market to open store in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 2; creating more than 100 jobs in the community

Team leaders at Whole Foods Market’s Fayetteville store

Rite Aid provides wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points during its “Big Point Event”

wellness+ with Plenti Members Can Earn Up to 5,000 Plenti Points Worth at Least $50 in Savings After Spending Up to $200 on Participating Products

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning Jan. 31, Rite Aid is offering its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at www.riteaid.com.* During Rite Aid’s “Big Point Event,” which runs through Feb. 27, customers can make multiple visits and purchases to reach the reward thresholds to earn up to 5,000 Plenti points.

“Our January promotion, ‘2016 Starting Points,’ was well received by our customers, so we decided to offer our loyal shoppers another chance to easily and quickly earn more Plenti points,” said John Learish, Rite Aid senior vice president of marketing. “By participating in “The Big Point Event” promotion, customers have the opportunity to earn up to 5,000 Plenti points, equivalent to $50 in savings, to be used on future Rite Aid purchases or at select Plenti partners.”

Over 14,000 products are participating in the promotion such as select:

·         Skincare, cosmetics and beauty products including moisturizers and nail kits
·         Personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorant, body wash and razors
·         Over-the-counter medications including allergy, cold and pain relief
·         Hair products including accessories, curling irons, shampoo and conditioner
·         Household supplies including paper goods, cleaning supplies, batteries and pet food
·         Food and beverage selections of snacks, cereals and flavored drinks

To participate, members of wellness+ with Plenti can look for the blue “The Big Point Event” promotional shelf tags. For a complete list of participating products or promotion details, visit www.riteaid.com/bigpoint.

New and existing wellness+ members can now sign up for wellness+ with Plenti at any Rite Aid store nationwide or online at www.riteaid.com/plenti. Once enrolled, members of wellness+ with Plenti will earn Plenti points on featured items they buy. These points can be used for at least two years on future savings at Rite Aid and Plenti partners including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s and Mobil.

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

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*Customers can earn up to 5,000 Plenti points during the 4-week promotional period per wellness+ with Plenti card.

Contact:

Media:Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Rite Aid Corporation announces January sales results of its retail pharmacy segment

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results of its retail pharmacy segment for January.

Monthly Sales
For the four weeks ended Jan. 23, 2016, same store sales decreased 1.4 percent over the prior-year period. January front-end same store sales decreased 1.9 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 242 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, decreased 1.2 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 1.0 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 1.3 percent with sales of $2.000 billion compared to $2.026 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.5 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.7 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 47-week period ended Jan. 23, 2016 increased 1.5 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 2.0 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.4 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 47 weeks ended Jan. 23, 2016 increased 1.4 percent with sales of $24.119 billion compared to $23.791 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.1 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Jan. 23, 2016, the company operated 4,558 stores compared to 4,569 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise. 

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Price Chopper marks 14 years of partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper has raised more than $153,000 from its month-long pin-up campaign and the sale of more than 8,500 plush primates for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This celebrates the 14th year the regional supermarket chain has partnered with St. Jude.

“We’re proud to partner with St. Jude, in support of their mission to provide quality care to all who need it,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services and the company spokesperson. “Clearly, our teammates and customers join us in valuing not only the care that is given to all who enter St. Jude’s doors, but the trend-setting research that is made available to our local hospitals.”

This was the sixth year that as part of the campaign, primate plush animals were sold and a donation was earmarked for the St. Jude campaign. In the past, stuffed lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and hippos were sold as part of the campaign; this year, including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans were available.

Price Chopper has raised a total of more than $1 million for St. Jude through its annual campaign.

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jon Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.221.1186
jon@albanypr.com

Price Chopper to offer access to board certified doctors for the treatment of non-emergency medical issues

In-store Health Stations now offer access to board certified doctors for the treatment of non-emergency medical issues

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marking an advancement in public access to healthcare, five of Price Chopper’s 20 freestanding health stations will be testing a new telemedicine program that allows customers to get a live, private consultation via videoconference with a board certified physician who can help diagnose and treat minor illnesses. The five pilot stores are in Johnstown, NY (North Comrie Ave.), Poughkeepsie, NY (2585 South Road), Bennington, VT (214 Northside Drive), Glenmont, NY (329 Glenmont Road) and Fulton, NY (12 W First Street, South).

Working in partnership with CSI (Computerized Screening, Inc.), which provides the in-store Health Stations for Price Chopper and Market 32, and now Doctor On Demand, the leading video telemedicine provider, customers will now have immediate access to board certified physicians 24/7. Doctor On Demand physicians are able to diagnose, advise, treat symptoms and prescribe medications for a wide range of common non-emergency medical issues including cold, flu and respiratory symptoms, sinus infections, pink-eye, and skin and rash issues.

“This enhancement provides our customers with immediate access to a qualified physician within the comfort and convenience of our pharmacy and health and wellness offerings. If this technology meets the needs of the modern customer as national trends have indicated it might, then we’ll extend similar access to our other health stations in the future,” said Kathy Bryant, vice president of pharmacy for The Golub Corporation. “We’re always looking for progressive ways to broaden our spectrum of goods and professional services in making health care more accessible to our customers.”

“Doctor On Demand is excited to partner with Price Chopper and CSI to offer immediate access to our service,” said Adam Jackson, co-founder and CEO of Doctor On Demand. “We started Doctor On Demand to provide the most convenient access to some of the best physicians in the country. Through this partnership, we can now help even more Americans get the care they need, when they need it.”

The cost for the service will be $40 or less for a 15 minute consultation. Doctor On Demand has partnered with many insurance providers, so your plan may cover all or a portion of your visit. Following each video visit, patients will be provided a summary of the visit as part of an effort to facilitate follow-up and provide continuity of care with their primary physician. As part of an initiative to promote access to affordable health care, Doctor on Demand is extending a first visit free offer through April 14, 2016.

Telemedicine is one of the fastest growing areas of health care. By 2018, the number of patients using telemedicine globally will increase to 7 million, up from less than 350,000 in 2013. A recent study found that almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, and ER visits are either unnecessary or could be handled safely and effectively over the phone or video (Sources: IHS, Inc., American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America).

Customers shopping at the chain’s new Market 32 locations will have another innovative opportunity to get their blood pressure measured through PharmaSmart kiosk. This kiosk can measure a patient’s blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Patient data can be displayed on the screen, a printed ticket or saved to a patient’s personalized and secure online blood pressure tracker. This kiosk does not offer telemedicine services. Market 32 pharmacists may be consulted for more information about this program.

“We believe that our customers are ready to test out this new technology, which improves the efficiency and availability of health care. As a retailer committed to helping people feed and care for themselves and their families, we’re pleased to be able to make it available in our stores,” said Bryant.

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

 

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480
or

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.427.1186

Price Chopper: 3,000 toys collected and distributed in communities throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont

Additional donation of $2,500 made to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets’ annual Holiday Toy Drive and in partnership with The Salvation Army, more than 3,000 toys were collected and distributed in communities throughout the company’s six-state footprint, including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“Price Chopper and Market 32 are so proud of this effort to brighten the holidays for youngsters in our community who might otherwise not receive much,” said Mona Golub, the chain’s vice president of public relations and consumer services. “With so many worthy causes to support during the holiday season, we are grateful to our shoppers and teammates for all they do to help us make the Holiday Toy Drive and Make-A-Wish donation such a success, year after year.”

Also, as part of the Holiday Toy Drive, Price Chopper and Market 32 will be making a $2,500 donation to the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, an organization that grants the wish of a child with a life threatening illness.

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

SOURCE: Price Chopper

Contact:
Mona Golub
518-379-1480
monag@pricechopper.com

Jon Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-427-1186
jon@albanypr.com

Groupe Auchan ranked world’s 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

In its annual study, “Global Powers of Retailing 2016”, published this week, Deloitte ranks Groupe Auchan up 11th among the largest food retailers in the world. A real success for all the banners!

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Its development strategy in its 3 main geographical areas, but also the commercial success of the Real acquisition, the adaptation of its offer and of the business strategy of every banner, as close as possible of the clients, in every country, explains this ranking.

Groupe Auchan is strengthened in tis will to be, in all countries where its banners operate, among the top food retailers.

This year’s report focuses on the theme of “navigating the new digital divide,” and considers the impact technology is having on in-store shopping and retail industry business strategies… as to explain the ranking of Amazon, for the first time ever in this study.

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

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Groupe Auchan ranked world's 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

Groupe Auchan ranked world’s 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

Wincor Nixdorf presents new generation of backroom and compacting solutions for reverse vending system

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf presents the Line Module – its new generation of backroom and compacting solutions for reverse vending systems

At EuroCIS 2016, Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its new Line Module in conjunction with the latest version of its Revendo 9020 reverse vending system. The Line Module conveys, sorts, compacts and collects empty beverage containers on a minimal footprint. The new innovative compacting technology almost doubles the previous compaction ratio for PET containers. The longer disposal cycles provided by this module reduce the deployment of staff considerably and make it easier to plan.

In its structure and functioning, the Line Module has been designed to drain off all residual liquid reliably, which greatly reduces soiling of the module. In addition, cleaning is controlled by a single one-touch button, making the process much easier. Cleaning does not require employees to receive long training or use special equipment.

With the Line Module, the backroom structure of a reverse vending system can be scaled to practically any extent and be expanded to up to six modules for each reverse vending machine, depending on the volume of empties concerned. The modular overall concept enables stores to respond flexibly to changed requirements and retrofit additional modules. Users have the option of ordering the Line Module with one or two cutting units that reliably process both cans and PET containers. Each cutting unit can be separately fitted with the new innovative compaction technology.

Using several Line Modules increases availability noticeably. When a full bin of empty containers is removed for disposal, the reverse vending machine remains fully functional as operations switch to the next module.

More space for the sales floor. “Although a Line Module only has a footprint of just about one square meter, we have been able to increase the collection volume considerably and thus extend disposal cycles,” explains Erik Trumpp, who is in charge of global business with reverse vending solutions at Wincor Nixdorf. Using one bin per Line Module provides a capacity of 1,200 PET bottles or 2,500 cans. The bin can be placed next to or beneath the Line Module, depending on the space situation and requirements. As a result, the Line Module lets small and medium-sized supermarkets handle high volumes of empties in a way that has been confined to larger store formats to date. Alternatively, it makes it possible to reduce the reverse vending area and consequently create valuable extra space on the sales floor.

Very flexible conveying and sorting. Bottles and cans travel on a slightly U-shaped, robust and easy-to-clean mono conveyor belt with an additional side guide to ensure stable transport.

To meet special installation requirements, the empty containers can be deflected to the left or right on to a bottle platform or another Line Module.

Designed for ease of use and servicing. Thanks to its compact and service-oriented design, the Line Module can be accessed easily and safely when it comes to both operation and servicing. The one-touch control button means that employees can clean the module without difficulty. All components that need to be cleaned – such as conveyor belts, sorting units and deflection points – can be readily accessed from the service side.

The Line Module is built from high-quality materials that make it robust. For example, all parts that come into contact with residual liquids are made of stainless steel or plastic.

An LED element on the roof of the housing permanently shows the status and can be seen well from all directions. All cleaning operations are acknowledged and logged by the machine and can be output in regular reports.

The bins can be looked into freely however they are installed and can be accessed without having to open a door, so they can be exchanged using a minimum of space.

All parts relevant for servicing, such as the pull-out electronics compartment, can be reached in their entirety from the service side.
To increase system availability and service quality, extensive monitoring and diagnostic facilities have been implemented that give early warning of potential problems and indicate possible solutions.

Compaction ratio almost doubled. This option is of great interest to retail companies of all sizes for capacity and environmental reasons. “The development of our new compaction technology has almost doubled the compaction results of our cutting unit. This is real progress that opens up new possibilities for our customers’ disposal processes,” says Erik Trumpp.

Wincor Nixdorf’s previous cutting technology compacts PET bottles at a ratio of 1 to 2.3, which is normal for the market. The new compaction technology achieves a compaction ratio of 1 to 4.1 for PET bottles. This means that a PET container is reduced to about one quarter of its original size.

Excellent results also in further processing
Processing additionally compacted material proved to be unproblematic in the industrial sorting plants. All plant operators were able to sort and recycle the material without having to adjust their processes or incur losses in production. “That’s an ideal result. It means that plant operators can integrate the new material into their process at any time. And thanks to the high density of our material, we even introduce up to 50% more material per bale into the process, which improves the productivity of many plants significantly,” says Erik Trumpp, showing his satisfaction with the practical results. “The highly compact shape of the cans also helps considerably reduce scrap and the reworking this entails.”

Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its solutions at EuroCIS (Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, Germany, from February 23 through 25, 2016) at booth C 26 in Hall 9.

Wincor Nixdorf will also play an active role in the presentation program accompanying the trade show. Sabine Grün, Head of Retail Industry Marketing at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a talk on the subject of “Creating a new store experience with mobile solutions,” for example. Users will also talk about their experiences with Wincor Nixdorf solutions. Claude Gerber, Head of IT at Calida AG, will present the SAP Order Management solution that Wincor Nixdorf has installed at the global clothing group. In addition, there are plans for a presentation of the omnichannel concepts of an international fashion group.

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

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

LVMH: Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haute Couture fashion shows are a stunning demonstration of the skills of designer ateliers, and an eagerly-awaited event in the fashion world. In late January 2016, Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016.

Dior
Surrounded by a gallery of mirrors installed in the elegant gardens of the Rodin Museum, Dior presented a Haute Couture collection defined by “new couture realism”. Feminine silhouettes celebrate a return to Christian Dior’s New Look style, wearing the creations with spontaneity and modernity. The iconic Bar suit is reinterpreted in multiple variations, including a long coat in embroidered wool, a short jacket with slit sleeves and even a dress. Shoulders are sensually bared, and shapes are freed thanks to layers and transparent effects. Ribbons are the new neck and ankle jewelry. The remarkable expertise of Dior’s workshops is displayed in the lace and embroideries forming elegant animal motifs on long sleek-cut dresses, in a new homage to Monsieur Dior’s animal designs.

Givenchy
Riccardo Tisci defied convention once again by sending out his Haute Couture designs during the Men’s catwalk for Fall/Winter 2016/17. Twelve feminine silhouettes appeared in long dresses from daring black to delicate nude, adorned with shimmering sequins and mirrors that play with the light. Transparencies and airy draperies intensify the romanticism of the shapes.

SOURCE: LVMH

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LVMH: Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016

© Christian Dior

LVMH: La Grande Epicerie de Paris creates its own-label products

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — La Grande Epicerie de Paris is a must address for lovers of gourmet foods, offering a mouthwatering selection of premium products. Now the store is taking its expertise a step further with the creation of its own-label products, branded quite simply “La Grande Epicerie de Paris”…!

For its own-brand offering, La Grande Epicerie de Paris has selected the best products from France and around the world, made by exceptionally talented artisans. The range spans a rich and varied gastronomical heritage and includes sweet, savory, fresh and luxury foods.

The store’s shelves feature over 370 private-label products, all meticulously approved in collaboration with the artisans. Delectable oils, vinegars, gourmet canned foods, churned butter, jams, cookies and other delicious specialties will satisfy every epicurean.

The tasty collections will gradually expand as new products are added between now and March, shining a gourmet spotlight on French regions and specialties from the world over. By next summer, a thousand La Grande Epicerie de Paris-brand products will be available.

SOURCE: LVMH

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LVMH: La Grande Epicerie de Paris creates its own-label products

© La Grande Epicerie

LVMH: Givenchy, Berluti, Kenzo, Dior and Loewe presented looks that will define Fall/Winter 2016/17 trends at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Men’s Fashion Week took place in Paris from January 21-24. Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Berluti, Kenzo, Dior and Loewe all presented looks that will define Fall/Winter 2016/17 trends.

Louis Vuitton
An eternal traveler, the Louis Vuitton man has returned to his roots, taking inspiration from Parisians of yesterday and today for his Fall/Winter wardrobe. From Baron de Redé to the Art Deco period, Men’s Style Director Kim Jones draws on a variety of inspirations. Silk ensembles and large scarves accessorized the necks of sophisticated silhouettes, while military berets, khaki bomber jackets and backpacks equip the urban adventurer. The Vuitton man is above all a traveler who is constantly on the move, wearing the traces of his voyages on his jackets and t-shirts, which are marked with the Louis Vuitton stamp like a passport, the signature of the show.

Givenchy
Riccardo Tisci has designed an unabashedly virile menswear collection, symbolizing his stylistic freedom by blending strong pieces with low-key looks. Like the Bostwana Renegades, young African heavy metal fans who inspired the creative director, his silhouettes are dressed in black leather jackets and bomber jackets with cobra motifs. Meanwhile, fringes, large-buckled belts and velvet ankle boots reinvent the cowboy figure. Tweed suit coats and close-fitting black suits add calm to the collection. Twelve female models made an entrance over the course of the show, draped in haute couture designs from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Berluti
Alessandro Sartori’s collection for Berluti is marked by sophisticated minimalism. Square volumes leave ample room for a laid-back vibe: shirts are replaced by loose T-shirts and turtlenecks with rolled up sleeves, pants reveal a naked ankle and shoes worn without socks. Shoe models have been reinvented, connecting the shoemaker’s craftmanship with the codes of sports footwear. Pieces made from soft materials are marked by striped graphics, as well as tattoo art imagined by artist Scott Campbell. Drawn onto the models’ skin, tattoos are also present on shoes, bags, knitwear and scarves, adding a folk-rock touch to the collection.

Kenzo
Kenzo sent out its Fall/Winter looks to the sound of a hundred singing voices gathered in the center of the podium. The vibrations of the chorus joined together with those of this eclectic collection, with its printed silk shirts, velvet coats, wide woolen pants and imitation-alligator jackets. Kenzo’s color palette, as audacious as ever, ranges from burgundy to mustard to pastel blue. The palette is completed by Japanese-inspired motifs, an homage by Carol Lim and Umberto Leon to Kenzo Takada, the founder of the brand, whose handwritten signature was printed on several pieces in the collection.

Dior
Subversion defines the mood for Kris Van Assche’s Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection. On a podium transformed into a chic skate park, silhouettes combine traditional codes with New Wave culture. Narrow suit jackets contrast with oversized pants, white shirts borrow checked motifs from overcoats, and accessories are in full rebellion: Dior’s emblematic pink is matched with dark wardrobe colors and coupled with black, conveying a resolutely youthful and contemporary vision of the Dior man.

Loewe
No catwalk for Loewe, which opted for a presentation in Paris in conjunction with the launch of a new media campaign, revealing a striking menswear collection. Inspired by the rocky natural setting of Cuenca, Spain, Jonathan Anderson continues to rework the House signature, imagining a collection of raw, wild elegance. Organic materials and animal motifs give a primitive flavor to the silhouettes, whose movements are freed thanks to extra-wide cuts. The Loewe creative director designed the accessories in XXL formats, notably the bags, including the collection’s newest addition, the Goya.

SOURCE: LVMH

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© Louis Vuitton © Givenchy © Berluti © Kenzo © Christian Dior © Jamie Hawkesworth / Loewe

© Louis Vuitton © Givenchy © Berluti © Kenzo © Christian Dior © Jamie Hawkesworth / Loewe

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. to report its 2015 fourth quarter and annual results on February 11, 2016

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, will report its 2015 fourth quarter and annual results before market open on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The Company will detail its results on a conference call scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 11, 2016, which will be made available concurrently on the Company’s website, www.AdvanceAutoParts.com. The call is also available by dialing (866) 908-1AAP. The pass code is Advance Auto Parts. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Advance website for one year.

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 10, 2015, Advance operated 5,240 stores and 118 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 75,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Media Contact
Laurie Stacy, 540-561-8452
laurie.stacy@advanceautoparts.com
or
Investor Contact
Zaheed Mawani, 919-573-3848
zaheed.mawani@advanceautoparts.com

Kingfisher announces the appointment of Rakhi Parekh as non-executive director of the Company

LONDON, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher plc today announces the appointment of Rakhi Parekh as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from 1 February 2016 and as a member of both the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Ms Parekh is a highly experienced director in digital retailing having spent 11 years at Amazon.com in various roles from 2002-14. Most recently she was Director, UK Media at Amazon, responsible for ranges such as books, music and DVDs. She was previously Director, UK Hardlines where she was responsible for home, garden and DIY product ranges. Prior to joining Amazon Ms Parekh held roles at TomTom (wireless products) and in management consultancy in the United States.

Ms Parekh is also a non-executive director of Rightmove plc, Intu Properties plc and Be Heard Group plc (a digital marketing company).

Janis Kong will step down from the Kingfisher board on 1 February 2016 after nine years as a non-executive director.

Commenting on the changes, Daniel Bernard, Chairman of Kingfisher, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Rakhi to Kingfisher. Her range of digital skills and experience, as well as her other non-executive roles, will be of great benefit to Kingfisher and I look forward to working with her. She will further enhance our board, which already includes directors with experience gained at Apple and IKEA, among others.”

“I would also like to thank Janis for her nine years of distinguished service on the Kingfisher board. Her wise counsel has been greatly appreciated and I wish her well.”

Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer of Kingfisher said:

“Driving our digital capability is one of the three key pillars of Kingfisher’s transformation announced today. Rakhi’s extensive experience in digital and multichannel retailing will therefore be vital as we work to transform Kingfisher into a single, unified company where customer needs always come first.”

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PetSmart launches New Puppy program

PetSmart® Celebrates New Puppy Program in Stores with Comprehensive Product Collection, Events and New Puppy Guide for Pet Parents

PHOENIX, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plenty of people welcomed a new pet this past holiday season, delivering a cherished and happy memory for the whole family. According to an online survey for PetSmart by Toluna conducted Dec. 29 – 31, 2015, many people welcomed a furry family member with more than 80 percent given the actual dog specially wrapped up or in person, and for about half of those families the new arrival was truly a new arrival – a puppy under one year old.

PetSmart is providing additional support to help new puppy parents manage the transition with its New Puppy program running now through April in stores nationwide and online at petsmart.com/puppy.

“While consideration should be given to make sure receivers of pets as gifts are prepared for the responsibility, puppies were popular arrivals at homes across America this past holiday season,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “And our New Puppy program is here to help, featuring trusted advice, a comprehensive New Puppy collection and national in-store Puppy Events, which will run in our stores Feb. 20 with education on nutrition, grooming, training and more.”

Dr. Kemba Marshall, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert, offers important basic tips for new puppy parents:

  • ID Your Pup. Get a collar that is comfortable for your new puppy and for large-breed puppies that will grow fast, check the collar sizing regularly to ensure it’s not getting too tight. Tagworks® ID tag systems in PetSmart stores are easy and provide plenty of room on the tag for the proper information. Make sure you put the dog’s name and two phone numbers at which you, the pet parent, can be easily reached.
  • Puppy Proof! Puppies are teething and they love to chew – on everything from shoes and rugs to electrical cords and plants. Puppy proof the house by removing items at the puppy level. Keep shoes, clothing and handbags off the ground and raise houseplants out of the puppy’s reach. Get some great chew toys, like the Nylabone Puppy Bone Starter Kit, to keep your puppy actively chewing on the right stuff, what puppy experts call “positive chewing,” which puppies need to learn. There are even calming toys, like the SENTRY® Bear Dog Toy, with pheromones similar to those emitted by the pup’s mother that help reduce anxiety.
  • Remove All Toxins. Puppies are curious and they get into everything and some common household items can be toxic – like laundry detergent, cleaners and the contents in our kitchen trash bin. Keep all these items locked away and out of a puppy’s reach.
  • Vaccinate. Before you step out on a puppy play date, make sure your puppy has all their vaccinations to protect them from contagious diseases.
  • Socialize. When socializing your puppy to other dogs and people, be selective and invite just one or two trusted, safe dogs to your home to meet your new pup for the first time.
  • Practice Proper Nutrition. Puppy-specific food is crucial as it serves a puppy’s special dietary needs. Develop a proper feeding schedule, as puppies eat more often than adult dogs, which tend to have feeding schedules twice a day: morning and night. Talk to a vet about the feeding schedule that’s right for your specific breed of puppy.
  • Consider Crate Training. Dogs need their own safe place – like a den – and a crate can serve that purpose. They can feel relaxed and safe in their crate and they instinctively keep their crate, or den, clean, aiding in potty training. Sizing the crate to your puppy is important – it shouldn’t be too large.
  • Establish Routines and Schedules. Training a puppy is all about a routine so have your family get on a schedule with your puppy. From walks to feeding, naps and crate time, a routine will serve you and your family well.

PetSmart also offers its New Puppy Guide for $20 with $250 in offers on all the essentials a new puppy parent needs from crates, feeding bowls and chew toys to free bags of food and free services like the puppy’s first bath and vet consultation. Learn more at PetSmart’s online Puppy Center atwww.petsmart.com/puppy.

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 1,444 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 stores. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.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 nearly 500,000 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.

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Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
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972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
 

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