National Retail Federation supports customs reauthorization bill

Washington, DC, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation sent a letter  to Senate leadership  voicing strong support for a customs reauthorization bill scheduled for action today, saying it may include votes on the measure in its annual voting scorecard.

“As major importers, retailers rely on efficient supply chain operations. This includes ensuring legitimate cargo is able to be quickly processed through our nation’s borders,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French wrote.  “Modernizing CBP operations is essential in the ever-increasing global economy. The elements within TFTEA will provide CBP with the tools needed to ensure companies can continue to compete in the global economy.”

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

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

The Home Depot® to hold its Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call on February 23

ATLANTA, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it will hold its Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, February 23, at 9 a.m. ET.

A webcast will be available by logging onto and selecting the Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on February 23.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, theDistrict of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. TheHome Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666,; News Media, Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075,


Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz schliesst per 5. März 2016 ihren SportXX-Fachmarkt im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen in Winterthur. Dies geschieht mit Blick auf den bevorstehenden Umbau vor Ort und die Eröffnung des neuen SportXX-Standorts im Multiplex an der Langefeldstrasse in Frauenfeld.

Letzter Verkaufstag des SportXX-Fachgeschäfts im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen Winterthur ist der 5. März 2016. Sämtliche Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter werden im neuen SportXX-Standort im Multiplex Frauenfeld, der am 5. April 2016 eröffnet wird, weiter beschäftigt. Nach Abschluss der geplanten Umbauarbeiten im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen wird das SportXX-Angebot auf einer Fläche mit dem Do it und Garden-Sortiment angeboten werden. Bis dahin empfehlen sich als Alternative das SportXX-Geschäft im Grüzepark in Winterthur (Industriestrasse 44) und ab 5. April der neue Standort im Multiplex Frauenfeld (Langfeldstrasse 53a).

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Silke Seichter
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 50
071 493 27 89





Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Die Arbeiten zur Erstellung von Migros-Supermarkt und SportXX-Fachmarkt im Multiplex in Frauenfeld schreiten schneller voran als geplant. Die beiden Geschäfte werden daher bereits am 5. April 2016 eröffnet.

Der Innenausbau von SportXX-Fachmarkt und Migros-Supermarkt im Multiplex Frauenfeld verläuft schneller als erwartet, daher können die beiden Läden ihre Türen bereits zwei Tage früher als geplant erstmals für die Kundschaft öffnen – am 5. April 2016. Das freut vor allem den verantwortlichen Projektleiter Baumanagement der Migros Ostschweiz, Werner Kläger. „Ende vergangener Woche konnten bereits sämtliche Bodenbeläge verlegt werden“, so Kläger. „Aktuell werden im Supermarkt die Kühlmöbel installiert und die letzten Arbeiten an der imposanten Glas-Metalltreppe im SportXX realisiert.“ Anfang März erfolgt dann die Übergabe an den Ladenbau SportXX, Mitte März an den Ladenbau Supermarkt. Diese sind für das Ladenlayout sowie die Möblierung und Dekoration der Geschäfte verantwortlich, letzteres in enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem PLydesign-3D-Team der Migros Ostschweiz. Die letzten Wochen vor der Eröffnung sind dann für das Einräumen der Waren reserviert. Unberührt von der früheren Eröffnung bleibt der Termin für die Eröffnungsfeier: Diese wird wie geplant vom 14. bis 16. April mit attraktiven Aktionen für die Kundinnen und Kunden stattfinden.

Migros-Bauprojekte im Internet

Informationen zu allen laufenden Neu- und Umbauprojekten der Migros Ostschweiz finden Interessierte auf folgender Internetseite:

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Silke Seichter
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 50
071 493 27 89




Wesfarmers Arts extends support to ACO Collective by becoming its Principal Partner

Perth, Australia, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The ACO is pleased to announce that its longstanding partner, Wesfarmers Arts, has expanded its support of the Orchestra to become Principal Partner of ACO Collective. Wesfarmers has supported the ACO’s Perth Series and WA regional touring activities for 18 years, so it is fitting that this visionary partner joins with ACO Collective to help it reach even greater heights.

The expanded partnership coincides with the change of name of the ACO’s regional touring and mentoring orchestra from ACO2 to ACO Collective and the appointment of Pekka Kuusisto as its Artistic Director.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, the ACO’s Chairman said “with the generous support of its Principal Partner Wesfarmers, ACO Collective will continue its extensive regional touring and education programs.”

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder AO, said the new partnership with ACO Collective would support a truly national connection between the community and musicians and music education of the highest quality in Australia and the world.

“Eighteen years after we first worked together to bring this wonderful orchestra to Perth on a regular basis, we are now delighted to be able to help the ACO reach out into our regional communities in Western Australia and nationally,” Mr Goyder said.

In acknowledgement of ACO Collective’s coming of age, ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti has chosen the ensemble to open the ACO’s 2016 National Concert Season with an 11-concert tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Newcastle.

Kuusisto’s second tour of the year with ACO Collective sees him return to WA to lead the ensemble on a tour to Albany, Manjimup, Margaret River, Bunbury, Mandurah and Geraldton from 29 April to 8 May 2016. ACO Collective performs works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, and Philip Glass, as well as presenting free schools concerts and education workshops for local string students.

ACO Collective is the ACO’s critically acclaimed 17-piece string ensemble which delivers the ACO’s regional touring and education programs Australia-wide. ACO Collective combines musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. These young professionals have all participated in the ACO’s year-long Emerging Artists’ Program and are in demand from Australia’s professional orchestras, but dedicate themselves to the ACO’s high-octane performance style for intense touring periods.

ACO Collective commenced touring as ACO2 in 2007 and since then has performed in more than 80 regional centres in every state and territory, all of Australia’s state capitals, and has toured to Japan. The Ensemble works regularly with guest artists of the highest calibre, both international and Australian, including violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Benjamin Schmid, Henning Kraggerud and Thomas Gould; cellist Daniel Müller-Schott; harpist Alice Giles; recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey; singer/ songwriter Tim Freedman from The Whitlams; and oud player Joseph Tawadros.

In 2013, the ACO presented ACO Collective in a National Concert Season Tour led by Richard Tognetti which was named by The Australian as “one of the year’s must-see concerts”. Biennially, ACO Collective is the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Vasse Felix Festival in the Margaret River, Western Australia.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Mary Stielow, 02 8274 3812,
Cathy Bolt, 08 9327 4423 or 0417 813 804,



Wesfarmers Arts extends support to ACO Collective by becoming its Principal Partner

Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Dunkin’ Donuts offers the chance for one lucky couple to win a $10K wedding present

CANTON, MA, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Love is in the air at Dunkin’ Donuts, and the brand is offering several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate the season. Dunkin’ Donuts is launching today an online contest, “Dunkin’ Hearts Love,” to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. In addition, to help guests show their love in creative yet simple ways, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering two varieties of heart-shaped donuts perfect for any Valentine’s Day celebration, love-inspired Snapchat filters and mGifts, virtual Dunkin’ Donuts cards, to send the gift of Dunkin’ to a loved one from a mobile phone.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ sweet seasonal celebration this week includes:

  • Dunkin’ Hearts Love Contest: Dunkin’ Donuts is putting the DD in Wedding, engaging fans with a contest that gives engaged couples a chance to win $10,000 in cash as an early wedding gift. As part of the “Dunkin’ Hearts Love” contest, anyone planning their wedding between today and December 31, 2016 can visit a special website between February 11 and February 18 to share their sweet story of how their sweet heart proposed. One lucky couple will win the $10,000 grand prize. To enter, and for rules about the contest, please visit
  • First-ever Facebook Live Session: To give fans a glimpse behind the scenes as the brand prepares for Valentine’s Day, Dunkin’ Donuts will be hosting its first-ever Facebook Live session on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. with Dunkin’ Donuts’ Executive Chef Jeff Miller and other members of the brand’s culinary team. The chefs will give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into one of its test kitchens, show them how to prepare a special cake made from Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donuts, and share additional information on the Dunkin’ Hearts Love Contest.
  • Valentine’s Day Snapchat Filters: Dunkin’ Donuts fans can show a lot of heart via the brand’s new Snapchat filters, featuring Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donut designs and sweet sayings such as “Donuts About You.” The Valentine’s Day themed geofilters are the latest addition to Dunkin’ Donuts lineup of seasonally themed filters and will be available for sharing the love with friends and followers beginning today for fans in or around a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.
  • Send the Gift of Dunkin’: Dunkin’ Donuts mobile gift cards are available in four varieties of Valentine’s Day themed designs, including one with heart-shaped donuts as roses and another that reads, “You are the Turbo Shot to My Heart.” Dunkin’ Donuts mobile gift cards can be purchased through the Dunkin’ Mobile® App or The Dunkin’ Mobile App also allows guests the option of sending cards to anyone via text, email or Facebook Connect.

Throughout February, Dunkin’ Donuts is serving two varieties of its beloved heart-shaped donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts’Brownie Batter Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with brownie batter flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles. The Cookie Dough Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with cookie dough flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and chocolate chips. Perfect for large parties or that special someone, these two scrumptious seasonal treats are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Finally, the perfect complement to a heart-shaped donut is Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Macchiato, a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage. Two shots of Dunkin’ Donuts freshly-brewed, rich espresso are poured over steamed milk swirled with a sweet caramel flavor. All Dunkin’ Donuts espresso beverages are made with espresso beans that are 100% Fair Trade Certified™ and selected from the finest, high-quality Arabica beans.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (


About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200


Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Old National Bank completes online and mobile banking platform conversion to NCR’s Digital Insight

Digital Insight platform brings the latest in technology to Old National’s customers

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old National Bank (NASDAQ: ONB), the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana, has completed a successful online and mobile banking platform conversion to Digital Insight, an NCR company. Within 48 hours of its conversion, more than 40 percent of Old National’s customers had logged on to the new experience, which provides the latest in digital technology for online banking and iOS and Android mobile and tablet banking.

“Our conversion to Digital Insight was utterly seamless and one of the best vendor conversion projects I have been a part of throughout my career,” said John Kamin, Chief Information Officer, Old National Bank. “As a result of our strong partnership with Digital Insight, we converted 189,000 customers to the new platform – providing new solutions and enhancements to their online banking experience. The partnership and service provided by Digital Insight truly exceeded our expectations.”

Digital Insight’s flexible platform, powered by a services-oriented architecture, gives financial institutions the flexibility and control to develop and integrate new content, deeply personalize their customer experience and distinguish their unique brand. The company enjoys a 4.6 star rating on the Apple App Store and, according to a recent report, eight of the top 10-rated banking apps are powered by Digital Insight.

“Customer experience is paramount for us and we’re thrilled that we were able to deliver an exceptional conversion experience for Old National and its customers,” said José Resendiz, General Manager, Digital Insight. “We look forward to delivering a fantastic digital banking experience for Old National as they continue to grow and create a great experience for their customers for years to come.”

About Digital Insight
Digital Insight, an NCR company, helps banks and credit unions achieve their goals and grow by offering innovative online and mobile banking solutions that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.  Our proven banking innovations give financial institutions the flexibility and control to engage more, increase retention and cross-sell effectively.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About Old National
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana and, with $11.9 billion in assets, ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, wealth management, investments and brokerage, Old National also owns Old National Insurance, one of the 100 largest brokers in the U.S. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at

Web sites:,
Get more banking insights at
Twitter: @Digital_Insight

News Media Contact

Jeff Dudash
Public Relations
NCR Corporation

BURGER KING® restaurants launches Grilled Dogs


MIAMI, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — BURGER KING® restaurants are bringing the signature flame-grilling technique they’ve been perfecting for more than 60 years to hot dogs with the launch of Grilled Dogs. The new menu item will be available at participating restaurants nationwide, starting February 23rd. Grilled Dogs are made with 100% beef and flame-grilled to perfection on the same grill where the WHOPPER® sandwich is made. The WHOPPER® sandwich is known as AMERICA’S FAVORITE BURGER®.

With this launch, BURGER KING® restaurants will serve hot dogs in more restaurants than any other restaurant chain in the U.S.1 Grilled Dogs will be available in BURGER KING® restaurants and drive-thrus every day of the week throughout the year, dispelling the myth that hot dogs should be relegated to summer barbecues and baseball games.

It’s estimated that Americans eat over 20 billion hot dogs a year2 and the introduction of Grilled Dogs positions BURGER KING®restaurants to take a large bite out of that market with one of its’ biggest launches in recent history.

“The introduction of Grilled Dogs just made sense to our guests and for our brand,” said Alex Macedo, President, North America, for the BURGER KING® brand. “We’re applying over 60 years of flame-grilling expertise with the WHOPPER® sandwich to make Grilled Dogs the next great American icon.”

Grilled Dogs are available in both the Classic Grilled Dog and the Chili Cheese Grilled Dog. The Classic Grilled Dog is a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped, with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, served on a fluffy baked bun. The Chili Cheese Grilled Dog is the same beef hot dog topped with warm chili, shredded cheddar cheese and served on a fluffy baked bun. Both are sold separately or as a combo meal.

The Classic Grilled Dog comes at the recommended price of $1.99 or as a combo meal for the recommended price of $4.49, served with a small fountain drink and fries. The Chili Cheese Dog is sold at the recommended price of $2.39 and for the recommended price of $4.89 as part of a combo meal with a small fountain drink and fries.

Grilled Dogs are a permanent menu item. Price and participation may vary.

BURGER KING, WHOPPER and AMERICA’S FAVORITE BURGER are registered trademarks of Burger King Corporation. All rights reserved.

1 Source: The NPD Group/Fall 2015 ReCount® (excludes quick service retail)
2 Source: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC)

About the BURGER KING® Brand
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world.  The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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ICA Gruppen announces 2015 Fourth quarter results

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stable year, but competition is growing

Fourth quarter of 2015 in summary

  • Consolidated net sales amounted to SEK 26,489 million (23,180). Excluding acquisition and divestment effects, the increase was 4.8%
  • Operating profit excluding non-recurring items was SEK 1,024 million
    (1,081). This includes costs of SEK 76 million related to the integration of Apotek Hjärtat
  • Profit from continuing operations (ICA Gruppen excl. ICA Norway) was SEK 1,427 million (807). Profit includes capital gains of SEK 457 million (-5) from sales of non-current assets
  • Earnings per share for continuing operations were SEK 7.10 (3.73)
  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 1,862 million (1,676)
  • The Board of Directors proposes a dividend for 2015 of SEK 10.00 per share (9.50), corresponding to 41% of profit for the year

After the end of the quarter

  • On 20 January all outstanding C shares were converted to ordinary shares

Comment from the CEO of ICA Gruppen, Per Strömberg:

“We delivered a stable result for the full year 2015 and are pleased overall with our performance for the year. At the same time, we are seeing a tougher competitive situation in our markets, where during the second half of the year ICA Sweden began losing market shares for the first time in a long time. However, the slightly lower earnings during the fourth quarter compared with a year ago is mainly attributable to costs for expansion and investments in the future.”

For further information, please contact:

Frans Benson, VP Investor Relations
tel. +46 8-561 500 20

ICA Gruppen press service
Tel +46 10 422 52 52

Press and analyst meeting
ICA Gruppen is arranging a press and analyst meeting at Tändstickspalatset, Stockholm, on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 10.00 CET. CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report. The meeting will be webcast and can be followed at There is also an opportunity to call in on tel. SE +46 8 566 426 69 UK +44 203 008 9809


9 March 2016                        Publication of ICA Gruppen’s Annual Report

20 April 2016                         Annual General Meeting

4 May 2016                           Interim report January–March 2016

17 August 2016                     Interim report January–June 2016

9 November 2016                  Interim report January–September 2016

8 February 2017                    Year-end report 2016

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 07:00 CET on Wednesday, 10 February, 2016.

Swedish ICA stores sales increased by 3.1% in January 2016 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores rose by 3.1% in January 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.3%.

January 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,646 4.1% 2.1%
ICA Kvantum 2,143 3.4% 2.8%
ICA Supermarket 2,634 2.2% 2.2%
ICA Nära 1,253 2.3% 2.3%
Total 8,677 3.1% 2.3%

In January 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,677 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.1% compared with the same month in the previous year.

At 31 January 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,302. Store sales for February will be published on 8 March 2016 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2016, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website

For more information

ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen AB (publ) is a leading retail company with a focus on food and health. The Group includes ICA Sweden and Rimi Baltic which mainly conduct grocery retail, ICA Real Estate which owns and manages properties, ICA Bank which offers financial services and  Apotek Hjärtat which conducts pharmacy operations. The Group also includes the portfolio companies inkClub and Hemtex. For more information see

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:45 CET on Monday, 8 February, 2016.

The European Commission approved the acquisition of Office Depot by Staples, Inc.

Parties plan to divest Office Depot European businesses beyond EC requirements

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced that it has received approval from the European Union to acquireOffice Depot.

“This is a significant step, and we’re very pleased that the European Commission has approved this transaction,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Staples, Inc. “The acquisition has been approved in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe. Regulatory agencies around the world understand that this acquisition will allow Staples to provide increased value and service to customers of all sizes. We look forward to a full, impartial judicial review in the United States.”

The European Commission approved the acquisition on the condition that Staples divest Office Depot’s European contract business and all of Office Depot’s operations inSweden. Staples will meet these requirements, and the parties have decided that they will also divest Office Depot’s retail, online and catalog operations in Europe in connection with closing the transaction. The divestiture of Office Depot’s European business is subject to the closing of the acquisition.

The merger is the subject of ongoing litigation with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as well as the Canadian Competition Bureau. The companies recently announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016.

The company expects to deliver more than $1 billion of annualized synergies net of investments to provide increased value to customers by the third full fiscal year post-closing. The combined company will be better equipped to minimize redundancy, reduce costs and optimize its retail footprint.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at


In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on May 18, 2015. The registration statement was declared effective by theSEC on May 15, 2015. Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about May 19, 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on June 19, 2015. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.

Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Staples andOffice Depot through the web site maintained by the SEC at

In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus from Staples by contacting Staples’ Investor Relations Department at 800-468-7751 or from Office Depot by contacting Office Depot’s Investor Relations Department at 561-438-7878.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Staples and Office Depot, the expected timetable for satisfying conditions to the merger, including receiving regulatory approvals, and completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about Staples or Office Depot managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained after delays or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Staples’ and Office Depot’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and the other factors described in Staples’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. Staples and Office Depot disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Media Contacts:
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
Investor Contacts:
Chris Powers, 508-253-4632

Sheetz Family Charities, Inc. rebrands to Sheetz For The Kidz

New Logo. Same great charity

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz Family Charities, Inc., a Sheetz employee run charity that for the past 23 years has set out to make the holiday season brighter for children in PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC, will be doing business as Sheetz For The Kidz. The name change more accurately reflects the charities mission to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need in the communities where Sheetz Corporation operates. Sheetz For The Kidz raises funds through in-store donations, Sheetz For The Kidz bottled water sales and the Annual Golf Classic, Prize-A-Palooza, as well as, other fundraising events throughout the year. All proceeds from these events benefit the Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program and Make-A-Wish.

Sheetz For The Kidz renaming comes after a successful in-store collection campaign in December that raised over $516,000, benefiting close to 4,000 children in need across six states.  “Thanks to loyal Sheetz customers, we continue to make an impact in our local communities,” said Executive DirectorSarah Piper. In 2015, Sheetz For The Kidz raised over $1.2 million and impacted over 8,520 kids. Sheetz customers can get involved through in-store fundraising campaigns, donating on the website  and selecting Sheetz For The Kidz when shopping on Amazon Smile.  In store, customers are able to purchase Sheetz For The Kidz Water and for a limited time only, Sheetz will offer a Sheetz For The Kidz cookie benefiting the charity.

This tradition was started in 1992 when two Sheetz employees, Dan McMahon and Charlie Campbell, created a way to give children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with new clothes, toys and other basic needs. In their first year, Dan and Charlie raised $12,000 providing a wonderful holiday for 126 children in Pennsylvania. The holiday program, in partnership with the Salvation Army, has grown to provide holiday experiences to children in all six states in which Sheetz operates.  Sheetz For The Kidz has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2005 to sponsor families of seriously ill children to experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida.  Forty-eight families were granted their wish in 2015.

Since its creation in 1992, the charity has brought smiles to the faces of over 93,500 children through donations totaling more than $21.6 Million.

Sheetz For The Kidz
Sheetz For The Kidz is a Sheetz employee run non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children.  The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  To date, the charity has impacted more than 93,500 children thanks to donations totaling more than $21.6 million. For more information or to donate online go to,

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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

SOURCE: Sheetz For The Kidz

For further information: Tarah Arnold,, 814.941.5183



 Sheetz For The Kidz

Sheetz For The Kidz

Office Depot, Inc. to announce fourth quarter 2015 results for the fiscal period ending December 26, 2015 on February 23, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, which entered into a definitive agreement on February 4, 2015 to be acquired by Staples Inc., will announce fourth quarter 2015 results for the fiscal period ending December 26, 2015, before market open on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The company does not plan to host an earnings conference call.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at:

Office Depot, Inc.
Richard Leland, 561-438-3796
Investor Relations
Karen Denning, 630-438-7445
Media Relations

MANGO Man launches The New Essentials for Spring 2016

An offering of 4 essential principles featured over the next 4 months


Barcelona, Spain, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO Man launches its offering for Spring 2016 with The New Essentials.  The menswear line presents 4 different offerings with something in common: they are all equally necessary when creating new wardrobe essentials for a modern man with personality.

MANGO Man is proposing to conquer everyday stylings with a key garment to be featured each month over the next 4 months. The season gets underway in February with an outer garment, the ultra-light parka. March and April feature a new suit, combining classical elegance and a youthful air with deconstructed knitwear jackets and renewed suits. In general, relaxed and versatile silhouettes, with linen taking centre stage in May.

The cold neutral colours and blue tones pay tribute to the summer season, reducing the sobriety of these essential basics. The colour palette varies throughout the season and creates the perfect total look for an urban or office ambience.

The image of the new campaign, shot in London by the photographer Andreas Larsson, features a group of heterogeneous models. They include David Alexander Flinn, David Agbodji and Sebastien Andrieu, who often collaborate with acclaimed brands such as D&G, Calvin Klein and Loewe and are regulars on the most prestigious men’s catwalks. All of them posed with the garments no wardrobe can do without, in other words, the essentials for this spring.

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MANGO Man launches The New Essentials for Spring 2016

MANGO Man launches The New Essentials for Spring 2016

RONA inc. announces the opening of three new Réno-Dépôt stores in Quebec


Boucherville, Quebec, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — RONA inc. (TSX: RON, RON.PR.A) is announcing the opening of three new Réno-Dépôt stores in Quebec (Boucherville, Trois-Rivières and Valleyfield), along with two new RONA stores (Saint-Félix-de-Valois, QC, and Moose Jaw, SK), and the expansion of two existing RONA stores which are being converted into big-box stores (Saskatoon, SK, and Châteauguay, QC).

“Last year, we were very active with our plans to open new stores and we are pleased to begin 2016 with all these projects under way. The markets for the stores were carefully selected to increase our reach and to provide better service to surrounding-area communities,’’ says Luc Rodier, Executive Vice-President, Retail, at RONA.

With the addition of three new stores, the Réno-Dépôt banner will see its number of locations increase to 22. The 70,000 square feet Boucherville store will be located in a former Maxi store on Nobel Street and will be ready to welcome its first customers in July. The two other Réno-Dépôt stores will each occupy an area of 50,000 square feet. The one in Trois-Rivières will be located in the Les Rivières shopping centre, occupying space vacated by Target. The opening is scheduled for June 2016. Construction of the new Réno-Dépôt store in Valleyfield on Monseigneur-Langlois Boulevard will begin in 2016 with a planned opening in early 2017.

“The new Réno-Dépôt store concept that occupies 50,000 square feet, allows us to optimize our retail space and gives us access to a greater number of markets across the country compared to the traditional 80,000-square-foot space reserved for big-box stores,” adds Luc Rodier.

In Saint-Félix-de-Valois, in the Lanaudière region, construction of the new 25,000-square-foot RONA store will begin this year, with a scheduled opening in early 2017. It will be located on Henry-L.-Chevrette Boulevard. In Moose Jaw, the new RONA store will occupy 35,000 square feet of space in a location previously owned by Sobeys. Work is proceeding well with an opening scheduled for March.

As for the conversions of two RONA stores into big-box stores, the proximity store in Saskatoon recently became a RONA Home and Garden with the addition of 25,000 square feet. Work at the location lasted five months and was completed in January. The Châteauguay RONA store will see its retail space increase by 40%, adding 15,000 square feet, and will become a RONA L’entrepôt location. The interior of the store is being completely redesigned with work set to be completed in early March.

About RONA
RONA inc. is a major Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, building materials and home renovation products. The Corporation operates a network of close to 500 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats. With its nine distribution centres, RONA serves its network of stores and several independent dealers operating under other banners, including Ace, for which RONA owns the licensing rights and is the exclusive distributor in Canada. With more than 17,000 employees in corporate stores and more than 5,000 employees in the stores of its independent affiliate dealers, the Corporation generates annual consolidated sales of $4.1 billion. For more information, visit


Phone:514-599-5900 ext. 5271

SpartanNash to announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results on February 24, 2016

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash Company (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPTN) will announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results after the stock market close on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at SpartanNash’s website at under the “Investor Relations” section and will remain available for replay on the Company’s website for approximately ten days.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest grocery distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and Sun Mart.

SpartanNash Company
Investor Contact:
Dave Staples
Executive Vice President & COO
(616) 878-8793
Media Contact:
Meredith Gremel
Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications
(616) 878-2830

The TJX Companies, Inc. to release fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2016 sales and earnings results on February 24, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX) today announced that it plans to release its fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2016 sales and earnings results onWednesday, February 24, 2016, before 9:30 a.m. ET.

At 11:00 a.m. ET that day, Ernie Herrman, TJX’s Chief Executive Officer and President, will hold a conference call with stock analysts to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2016 results, operations and business trends, as well as expectations for Fiscal 2017. A real-time webcast of the call will be available to the public at A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 through Wednesday, March 2, 2016, or at

About The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of October 31, 2015, the end of the Company’s third quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,594 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,149 T.J. Maxx, 1,001 Marshalls, 522 HomeGoods and 7 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as and in the United States; 245 Winners, 101 HomeSense, and 41 Marshalls stores in Canada; 454 T.K. Maxx and 39 HomeSense stores, as well as, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at

Important Information at Website

Archived versions of the Company’s conference calls are available in the Investor Information section of after they are no longer available by telephone as are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and other financial information. The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

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

Meningitis B vaccines now available at CVS Pharmacy stores to Santa Clara County, CA residents

Vaccine now available at select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in wake of three confirmed Meningitis B cases

Meningitis Clinics will be held at CVS Pharmacy stores in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA over the next week

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is offering Meningitis B vaccines to people living in Santa Clara County, CA, in response to confirmed cases of Meningitis B on the Santa Clara University campus. CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have vaccines available to protect patients against the disease. Students at Santa Clara University who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a meningococcal illness, as well as faculty and staff who have conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, or sickle cell anemia, should also receive the vaccine.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from meningococcal infection and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic will be offering the vaccine at the following locations1:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 352 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 700 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 821 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3081 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1820 West Verdugo Avenue, Burbank, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4110 North First Street, San Jose, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic, 2700 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 2630 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 576 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 1720 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 1871 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy),2514 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 987 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, CA
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 10455 South De Anza Boulevard, Cupertino, CA

All CVS Pharmacy locations in California can order doses of the vaccine upon request and have it available the next day. Pharmacy and medical clinic staff can assist patients in determining whether the vaccine is covered by their insurance plan.

“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent serious diseases, like Meningitis B,” said Dr. Andrew Sussman, Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health, and President of CVS MinuteClinic. “Our CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are ready to provide meningitis vaccinations to people living in Santa Clara County now, and can help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future.”

In addition, the CVS Pharmacy locations at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto and 325 Sharon Drive in Menlo Park will hold Meningitis Clinics from Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Pharmacists will be available to administer the Meningitis B vaccines Monday to Friday from 4pm-8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. No appointment is needed. Patients should bring both their health insurance and prescription insurance cards.

The symptoms of meningitis include the sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. Patients may also have nausea, vomiting, confusion and sensitivity to light. The symptoms of septicemia include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, cold hands and feet, chills, severe muscle aches, and rapid breathing. A dark purple or red rash may also be present. People with these symptoms should seek urgent medical attention.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at


CVS Health
Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
TBC (for MinuteClinic)
Brent Burkhardt
(410) 986-1303

1 Vaccines are available when an immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic nurse practitioner is on duty, while supplies last.

CVS Health company Accordant receives Case Management Accreditation from NCQA

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accordant, a CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) company, announced today that it has received Case Management Accreditation from NCQA. The accreditation affirms Accordant’s commitment to providing high quality, patient-centered care that improves health outcomes and lowers costs. Accordant’s integrated program provides services on behalf of health plans, employers and third party administrators to members with rare chronic diseases and other select conditions.

“We are pleased to receive this important accreditation from NCQA, which further validates our focus on providing effective, connected care for members with rare diseases who often have numerous doctors and medications,” said Trip Hofer, President of Accordant. “At Accordant, we provide individualized support to help keep members on track with their care, which helps avoid unnecessary medical costs for both members and clients while improving overall health outcomes.”

As part of the Case Management program, Accordant manages care transitions and identifies and prevents potential problems to help members avoid costly emergency room visits and extended hospital stays. The program is supported by published guidelines and consensus statements as well as standards of medical practice. NCQA evaluates health care companies against 10 rigorous standards of case management developed with input from experts from the field, including researchers and state and federal regulators.

“Case Management Accreditation moves us closer to measuring quality across population health management initiatives,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, NCQA. “Not only does it add value to existing quality improvement efforts; it also demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the highest degree of improving the quality of their patients’ care.”

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.


Christina Beckerman
CVS Health

SSP shortlisted as finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England award

LONDON, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England award. The award recognises an employer’s commitment to developing its workforce throughout apprenticeships and supporting employees during their training.

Entries to the award were judged on how the organisation’s apprenticeship programme has a focus on the learner, has significant impact on the learner’s performance, and has been supported beyond the level expected by businesses of a similar size. It also recognises programmes that have developed in line with the company’s wider aims and objectives, and address the needs of the wider community.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said;“ We have invested heavily in developing SSP’s apprenticeship programme, and we are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. We are certain that it will do much to raise the profile of our programme, and we believe it will help us to encourage more young people to consider a career in this fantastic business as well as emphasising SSP’s position as the first choice for a career in hospitality. It’s an outstanding endorsement of the quality of our scheme.”

SSP’s apprenticeship programme has grown significantly in the five years since it was launched. To date it has trained over 2,500 apprentices, and the company currently employs over 260 apprentices across a variety of programmes. Apprentices can join the business at Level 2 and progress to level 3, 4 and 5 while performing their every-day roles. Over half of those who complete Level 3 are promoted into management roles.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

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