Rite Aid announces availability of talking prescription devices for customers with visual impairments

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today the nationwide availability of talking prescription devices to assist customers with visual impairments. The device will be provided at no cost to customers who are blind or who are visually impaired.

“It’s important that all of our customers, including those who are blind or visually impaired, are able to access and understand information on their prescriptions,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “By offering these devices, we’re helping customers who have difficulty or who are unable to read a standard prescription label understand and safely take their medications as prescribed by their physician.”

Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

“The American Council of the Blind and the California Council of the Blind congratulate Rite Aid on taking this step to better serve the needs of its blind and visually impaired customers,” said Kim Charlson, American Council of the Blind president. “This action clearly illustrates their motto, ‘With Us, It’s Personal,’ and we are proud to have collaborated with Rite Aid to bring this valuable resource to their customers.”

Rite Aid is also able to provide customers with large print prescription information sheets.

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.

The American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans throughout the country with members organized through seventy state and special interest affiliates. ACB is dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting equal opportunity for all people who have visual impairments. Its members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs that will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about ACB can be found by visiting www.acb.org.

The California Council of the Blind is a state-wide consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Californians. CCB is dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity and independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs, which will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about CCB can be found by visiting the CCB website at http://ccbnet.org/.

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Morrisons provides better rest areas for colleagues with £30m staff facilities makeover

Bradford, England, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is giving its staff facilities a £30m makeover in order to make them better places to take a break for hard-working colleagues.

Staff will play an important role in the revival of the company and management have decided to invest in better rest areas after listening to colleagues who said they needed to be modernised and made more comfortable.

The four year makeover will see dated decor and fixed furniture replaced at all of the company’s stores. Separate dining and casual seating areas will be developed for colleagues.

The revamped Morrisons colleague rest areas feature:

  • Casual dining tables and soft informal seating areas
  • Subsidised freshly ground coffee machines
  • Free wi-fi throughout colleague areas
  • Access to mobile phone charging points
  • An upgrade of staff toilets

Some colleague kitchens will also be developed and will include an expanded range of hot and cold foods available to staff throughout their shifts.

Morrisons Chief Executive, David Potts said: “We are a business that listens hard to colleagues and responds wherever possible. We asked our staff for their views about their stores and many commented about their restrooms saying they would like them to be more relaxing and offer a better food service. This investment will ensure they are provided with the facilities and food to help them recharge during their breaks.

In September, Morrisons announced that 90,000 store staff would receive a pay rise with hourly rates increasing from £6.83 to £8.20.

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Morrisons announces new regional management appointments

Bradford, England, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Number of women in retail leadership team rises from one to eight.

Morrisons has reshaped the management of its stores business with 15 new appointments to the regional management that provide direction to more than 490 supermarkets.

They include Vicki Reay, formerly of Aldi, who will be the new Operations Director for the South East region and becomes the first female director of a region’s stores at Morrisons. John McAlpine will be Operations Director for the North region and arrives from Tesco. They will both report to Morrisons Group Retail Director Gary Mills alongside current Morrisons Operations Directors Miles Foster and Darren Hunter.

Below them will sit a revitalised team of Regional Managers who are a mixture of home-grown talent and professionals from elsewhere in the supermarket sector.

The number of women at this level rise from one to seven.

David Lepley, previously a Regional and Strategy Director at Asda, will be also be joining the Morrisons stores leadership team.

Clare Grainger, Morrisons Group People Director, said:

“We have appointed the most talented retail team on the market with the aim of the making core supermarkets strong again. We are also pleased that our retail management team is becoming more representative of our largely-female colleague and customer base.”

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7‑Eleven and Jones Soda Co. partnered to create premium carbonated beverage

IRVING, TX, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Jones Soda Co. (OTCQB: JSDA), a leading premium beverage company, have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup.

The premium, carbonated beverage brand is available in five distinct flavors: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash. Each 7-Select premium soda is made with natural flavors, lightly sweetened with cane sugar, and ranges from just 180 to 195 calories per 20-ounce bottle. The new brand also includes 75 mg. of caffeine in each serving. As the new beverage’s tagline suggests, “This is no ordinary soda.”

Using feedback from customer focus groups, the new 7-Select soda and flavor profiles were carefully developed over the course of more than a year, strategically incorporating specific ideas that appeal to the shared 7‑Eleven and Jones customer.

“Our customers have a voice, and we used their input to develop 7-Select premium sodas,” said Jennifer Cue, CEO of Jones Soda Co., “incorporating internationally inspired flavors into a refreshing lineup. These exclusive drinks offer premium ingredients, great taste and a caffeine kick. With fewer calories per serving than the national brands, we believe we have created an ideal product for the 7‑Eleven customers of today and tomorrow.”

The 7-Select premium sodas are packaged in a proprietary plastic (PET) bottle for portability, featuring an embossed 7-Select logo and a custom carbonation pattern that provides a unique tactile experience for consumers. In true Jones style, the bottle labels feature black-and-white lifestyle images submitted by Jones’ and 7‑Eleven consumers.

“We want every 7-Select product to be best in class,” said Sean Thompson, vice president of Private Brands, “and work to ensure each item stands out because it has the highest quality, the best value, is unique in the market and only available at 7‑Eleven. Jones was the perfect partner to create a premium soft drink unique enough to carry both the 7-Select and Jones brands.”

7‑Eleven has embarked on a storewide effort to deliver the highest quality items to its customers through its 7-Select private brand. Today, the 7-Select product assortment cuts across all categories and is continually updated to delight its customers with unique product experiences only found at 7‑Eleven.

“By combining 7‑Eleven’s organizational and distribution strength with Jones’ beverage innovation expertise and social engagement, we believe this relationship creates mutually beneficial opportunities for both our companies and fans alike,” Cue said.

7-Select premium sodas crafted by Jones are available exclusively at participating 7‑Eleven locations across the United States. Customers can use the hashtag #7SELECTxJONES to suggest new flavor ideas, post photos for future labels and check in with their favorite 7-Select soda.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 57,900 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Jones Soda Co.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jones Soda Co.® (OTCQB: JSDA) markets and distributes premium beverages under Jones® Cane Sugar Soda, Jones Zilch®, Jones Stripped™, and Lemoncocco brands and sells through its distribution network in markets primarily across North America. A leader in the premium soda category, Jones is known for its variety of flavors featuring cane sugar as well as its innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones Soda is sold through traditional beverage retailers as well as non traditional retail outlets. For more information, please visit www.jonessoda.com or www.MyJones.com.

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Jones Soda Co.
Andrew Baumann
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abaumann@jonessoda.com

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7‑Eleven, Inc. and Jones Soda Co. have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup. Flavors include: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash.

7‑Eleven, Inc. and Jones Soda Co. have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup. Flavors include: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash.

Wincor Nixdorf to provide IT services to more than 15,000 of BP service stations

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The international British oil company BP has awarded a major contract to Wincor Nixdorf for information technology services to be provided to more than 15,000 of its service stations. Wincor Nixdorf will ensure the smooth operation and continuous availability of the retail site systems hardware and software in the checkout zones of the service stations. The contract covers services for most of the countries around the world where BP has service station operations. Until now, the service has been provided locally by a number of different entities, sometimes by BP’s internal IT organizations, external companies or BP’s ow subsidiaries.

The term of this contract is five years. The agreement also covers the transfer of responsibility to Wincor Nixdorf for the internal service station support companies (Tankstellen Support GmbH, TSG) of BP Europa SE with headquarters in Cologne and Krakow. TSG’s areas of focus include operating and updating the software used to process payment transactions at BP service stations across Europe. The new operator is taking over Tankstellen Support GmbH along with all its contractual responsibilities, including employees at the Cologne and Krakow locations.

By selecting Wincor Nixdorf to be the new global IT service provider, BP plans to harmonize the current patchwork arrangement used to deliver, support and ensure availability of the IT infrastructure of service stations across its key retail markets. Wincor Nixdorf will standardize the underlying support processes provided to BP by leveraging its own global IT structures, tools and processes and, as a result, deliver a more cost-efficient service. Service station operators depend heavily on the round-the-clock availability of IT systems and the reliable service provided to their customers. Remote online monitoring of systems allows corrective measures to be taken even before a failure actually occurs. Where necessary, Wincor Nixdorf can respond rapidly to demand for on-site technical support thanks to the company’s tightly integrated network of local service engineers around the world. By deciding to use single-source IT services, BP will facilitate the use of the concept at new service stations

Wincor Nixdorf will gain from the significant extension of the relationship with BP as major customer in the service station sector. BP represents another major contract success for the IT specialist, a leading international provider of software, hardware and services for such customers as banks, retailers, service station operators, transporters and postal companies. Wincor Nixdorf has convinced another major international oil company of its value as a global service integrator. With its end-to-end concept, Wincor Nixdorf covers the entire service spectrum – from consultation, planning, implementation and testing to operation, maintenance and the help desk for customers’ service questions. The service portfolio is modular, which means that Wincor Nixdorf can flexibly react to market and business requirements and rapidly implement solutions for BP.

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