Staples Europe: The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk (Poland) is an ideal business location

Rapid growth at Company’s Global Competence Centre

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples Europe today announced that it is expanding its presence in Poland as it works to provide every product businesses need to succeed. In the past year, Staples has relocated and expanded its Global Competence Centre in Gdansk, and continues to grow Staples Advantage, its business-to-business division.

The Staples Global Competence Centre opened last year with the support of Invest in Pomerania, a local government body. The centre quickly outgrew its previous location, and has now relocated to a permanent home at Olivia Six, in the heart of the Gdansk business district. The centre employs experts from a variety of disciplines, including IT, e-commerce, supply chain and telecommunications, and provides strategic, analytical and operational support to Staples offices throughout Europe, as well as telecommunications support globally.

“We are excited about our growth in Poland,” said John Wilson, President, Staples International Operations and Head of Global Transformation. “The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk is an ideal business location, with its high concentration of universities and well-educated workforce. We look forward to continuing to attract top talent to help us grow in the future.”

Marcin Piątkowski of Invest in Pomerania said, “Staples’ Global Competence Centre benefits the local economy in Gdansk, and offers great opportunities for talented future leaders, both in Poland and abroad. We are thrilled to be able to support Staples.”

In recent years, Staples has also continued to make key investments in its business-to-business delivery operation in Poland, which is growing rapidly.

“Customers understand that Staples Advantage Poland stands for unmatched service and value,” said Piotr Kiszkis, Managing Director, Staples Advantage Poland. “We are now well-positioned to make it easy for our customers to find everything they need to succeed.”

For career opportunities at the Gdansk Global Competence Centre, please visit: http://kariera.staplesadvantage.pl/.

For further information, contact Rosanne Bonanno, Head of Communications at Staples Europe, at rosanne.bonanno@staples.com.

About Staples:
Staples is the world’s top office products company and one of the largest internet retailers. For 30 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide everything customers need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Invest in Pomerania:
Invest in Pomerania is a regional initiative, established in 2011, that provides free-of-charge services to foreign investors interested in carrying out projects in Pomerania. Its underlying principle is close cooperation between the partners who form Invest in Pomerania: The Marshal’s Office of Pomorskie Voivodeship, the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, Slupsk and Sopot, Pomeranian and Slupsk Special Economic Zones, InvestGDA and Pomerania Development Agency. Invest in Pomerania offers broad support during the investment process and comprehensive after-care services. The system is based on “a one-stop-shop” concept – investors who consult with Invest in Pomerania will receive support at each step of the investment process. More information about Invest in Pomerania can be found at www.investinpomerania.pl.

Source: Staples

Staples Europe
Rosanne Bonanno, +31 (0)20 651 1539
rosanne.bonanno@staples.com

Office Depot showcases its “Commitment to Learning” initiative during SXSWedu, March 7-10

IBM, INCubatoredu, Footsteps2Brilliance, Join Office Depot to Create 21st Century Learning Environment

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced plans to showcase its “Commitment to Learning” initiative during SXSWedu, March 7-10, in Austin, Texas, featuring interactive and engaging learning spaces, and informative sessions with its education partners.

At the conference, Office Depot, Inc. will present in the SXSWedu Playground, an exciting learning space built to fuel innovation and discovery, where attendees can explore everything from early literacy platforms to high-impact learning environments. A visit to the Office Depot Innovation Zone, located in Playground spaces #15 and #17, will take attendees on an immersive 21st Century learning experience from birth to 12thgrade. Highlights of this experience include a personalized engagement platform for educators from IBM; early literacy mobile applications from Footsteps2Brilliance; high school entrepreneurship competitions designed by INCubatoredu; as well as makerspace student simulations, 3D printing, and more.

In addition, Office Depot is hosting two speaking sessions from the SXSWedu stage – “Lifelong Learning in a Cognitive Era” on March 7, from 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CT and “Out of This World Spaces Create Next Gen Learners” on March 8, from Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT.

“Lifelong Learning in a Cognitive Era” features Doug Hunt, General Manager of Education, IBM, discussing how education leaders can leverage data insights and cognitive capabilities to create new models for personalized education, improving and optimizing learner outcomes.

The second speaking session, “Out of This World Spaces Create Next Gen Learners,” features former teacher and current Office Depot, Inc. learning consultant Haydee Fuselier who takes attendees on a journey through time: visiting classrooms of the past, present and future and exploring how learning environment evolution and associated pedagogical innovations are fueling student achievement.

Building on decades of collaboration with educators, “Committed to Learning” is a key Office Depot initiative founded on the core beliefs of equity; skills mastery; and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents; for successful learning outcomes.

“`Committed to Learning’ integrates Office Depot’s education-focused contract division with a wealth of best-in-class partners across the instructional ecosystem of people, classrooms, content, data and materials,” said Becki Schwietz, Senior Director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “By listening to the unique needs of the instructional leadership teams, our experts create solutions that directly address their needs, goals and initiatives.”

Learn more about Office Depot’s education solutions today.

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 $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 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: http://news.officedepot.com.

Office Depot, Inc.
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com
or
Edelman
Abby Van Uum, 512-200-5341
abigail.vanuum@edelman.com

Chris Meyers appointed Chief Financial Officer SpartanNash

CFO of KeHE Food Distributors to Join Company in April

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today that Chris Meyers will become the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the company, effective April 11, 2016. Meyers has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE Distributors, the second largest natural and organic wholesaler in North America.

As SpartanNash’s Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President, Meyers will direct finance, the treasurer’s department, internal audit, and risk management. He will report to SpartanNash’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Eidson.

“We look forward to having Chris join the company,” notes Eidson. “Chris’ strong leadership skills, record of value creation, and knowledge of the food distribution industry lay the foundation for success at SpartanNash. During his tenure at KeHE, revenues grew significantly and he orchestrated two transforming multi-million dollar acquisitions. Chris’ down-to-earth style combined with his visionary approach to drive results and operational efficiencies are a perfect fit for SpartanNash.”

Dave Staples has been acting as SpartanNash’s interim CFO since March 1, 2015, when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the company. Staples joined SpartanNash in January 2000, serving as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since November of 2000. His transition to Chief Operating Officer has enabled Eidson to focus more of his time on the Company’s long term strategic plans and potential growth opportunities.

Meyers grew up in West Michigan and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Michigan University and his master’s degree in Finance, Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Meyers is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Kristen have three children.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries in the United States, 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
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications
616-878-2830

SpartanNash Company to pay quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash Company (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPTN) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share. This represents an increase of approximately 11% from $0.135 per common share paid previously. The dividend will be paid on March 31, 2016 to shareholders of record as of March 21, 2016. As of February 26, 2016, there were 37,285,140 common shares outstanding.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest grocery distributor serving U.S. military commissaries in the United States, 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although SpartanNash expects to continue to pay a quarterly cash dividend, adoption of a dividend policy does not commit the Board of Directors to declare future dividends. Each future dividend will be considered and declared by the Board of Directors at its discretion. The ability of the Board of Directors to continue to declare dividends will depend on a number of factors, including SpartanNash’s future financial condition and profitability and compliance with the terms of its credit facilities.

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

Smart & Final Stores Q4 and full year 2015: net sales up 12.4%

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today reported financial results for the thirteen week and fifty-three week periods ended January 3, 2016.

Full Year Highlights:

  • Net sales increased 12.4% to $3.97 billion
  • Comparable store sales growth of 4.5%
  • Net income of $38.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income increased 21.0% to $56.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.5% to $192.9 million
  • 276 stores at year-end, including 127 Smart & Final Extra! stores

“2015 was an exceptional year for Smart & Final Stores,” said Mr. David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus on execution positioned us to deliver strong top-line sales growth and record bottom-line financial performance.  We completed our 2015 store development plan, which included expanding our Smart & Final Extra! store base by nearly 30% and adding two new Cash & Carry stores. Additionally, we continued the successful roll-out of key merchandising initiatives, which helped contribute to our 26th year of positive comparable store sales over the past 27 years.”

Mr. Hirz added, “We’ve set a new standard for growth at Smart & Final Stores and have made the necessary investments to support an accelerated pace of expansion in 2016. We plan to increase our Smart & Final banner store base by 15% this year, driven by the successful acquisition of 33 store leases and related assets in central and southern California previously operated under the Haggen banner.  In addition, we plan to open four to five new Cash & Carry stores in 2016.”

In order to aid understanding of the Company’s business performance, it has presented results in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States(“GAAP”) and has also presented adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, adjusted net income per diluted share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures that are explained and reconciled to the comparable GAAP measures in the tables included in this release. Where applicable, the numbers below are first presented on a GAAP basis and then on an adjusted basis.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results
Net sales were $997.6 million, representing an 18.9% increase as compared to $839.3 millionin the same period of 2014. An increase in net sales of $73.3 million was attributable to an additional week in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014. Net sales growth was driven by a 3.5% increase in comparable store sales and from the net sales contribution of new stores. The growth in comparable store sales was comprised of a 3.9% increase in comparable transaction count and a 0.4% decrease in comparable average transaction size, which was negatively impacted by deflation.

Net sales for Smart & Final banner stores were $780.6 million, a 21.1% increase as compared to $644.6 million in the same period of 2014.  Comparable store sales growth for the Smart & Final banner was 4.1% in the fourth quarter.

Net sales for Cash & Carry banner stores were $217.0 million, an 11.5% increase as compared to $194.7 million in the same period of 2014.  Comparable store sales growth for the Cash & Carry banner was 1.7% in the fourth quarter.

Gross margin from operations was $147.9 million, an 18.3% increase as compared to $125.0 million in the same period of 2014. Gross margin rate in the fourth quarter was 14.8% as compared to 14.9% in the same period of 2014.

Operating and administrative expenses were $125.9 million, a 21.0% increase as compared to$104.0 million in the same period of 2014. This increase was primarily related to increased store development activities and increased public company costs.

Net income was $10.0 million, as compared to $9.3 million in the same period of 2014. Net income per diluted share was $0.13 as compared to $0.12 in the same period of 2014, and reflects an increase of approximately 1.3 million fully diluted shares.

Adjusted net income was $14.7 million, an increase of 19.5% as compared to $12.3 million for the same period of 2014. Adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.19 as compared to$0.16 in the same period of 2014, and reflects an increase of approximately 1.3 million fully diluted shares.

Adjusted EBITDA was $47.4 million, an increase of 14.7% as compared to $41.3 million in the same period of 2014.

Full Year Fiscal 2015 Financial Results
Net sales were $3,971.0 million for the 53 weeks ended January 3, 2016, representing a 12.4% increase as compared to $3,534.2 million in fiscal 2014.  An increase in net sales of$73.3 million was attributable to an additional week in fiscal 2015 as compared to 2014. Net sales growth was driven by a 4.5% increase in comparable store sales and from the net sales contribution of 22 new store openings in 2015. The growth in comparable store sales was comprised of a 4.4% increase in comparable transaction count and a 0.1% increase in comparable average transaction size.

Net sales for Smart & Final banner stores were $3,036.9 million, a 13.8% increase as compared to $2,668.9 million in fiscal 2014. Fiscal 2015 comparable store sales growth for theSmart & Final banner was 4.4%.

Net sales for Cash & Carry banner stores were $934.0 million, a 7.9% increase as compared to $865.3 million in fiscal 2014.  Fiscal 2015 comparable store sales growth for the Cash & Carry banner was 4.5%.

Gross margin from operations was $598.9 million, an increase of $71.6 million, or 13.6%, as compared to $527.3 million in fiscal 2014. As a percentage of sales, gross margin rate for fiscal 2015 was 15.1% as compared to 14.9% in fiscal 2014.

Net income was $38.3 million, a 15.5% increase as compared to $33.1 million in fiscal 2014. Net income per diluted share was $0.50 as compared to $0.52 in fiscal 2014, and reflects an increase of approximately 13.3 million fully diluted shares, including shares issued in the Company’s September 2014 initial public offering (the “IPO”).

Adjusted net income was $56.3 million, an increase of 21.0% as compared to $46.5 million in fiscal 2014. Adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.73 in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014, reflecting an increase of approximately 13.3 million fully diluted shares, including shares issued in the IPO.

Adjusted EBITDA was $192.9 million, an increase of 9.5% as compared to $176.1 million in fiscal 2014.

Growth and Development
During fiscal 2015, the Company opened 20 new Smart & Final Extra! stores and completed nine conversions of legacy Smart & Final stores to the Smart & Final Extra! format, including three store relocations. The Company also opened two new Cash & Carry stores. As of January 3, 2016, the Company operated a total of 127 Smart & Final Extra! and 94 legacy Smart & Final stores, and 55 Cash & Carry stores.

Leverage and Liquidity
At January 3, 2016, the Company’s debt, net of debt discount, was $595.1 million and cash and cash equivalents was $59.3 million.

In the 53-week period ended January 3, 2016, the Company generated cash from operations of $145.4 million. The Company invested $128.9 million in capital expenditures, primarily related to the development of Extra! format stores, and Cash & Carry stores and to improvements of existing assets. In the fourth quarter, the Company invested an additional$66.4 million in the acquisition of 33 store leases and related assets previously operated under the Haggen banner.

Outlook
Mr. Hirz added, “We look forward to building on our positive momentum in 2016. We have a strong team in place and the resources to execute our multi-year growth plan. As a result, we’re anticipating that 2016 will mark our 27th year of positive comparable store sales in the last 28 years.”

Leverage and Liquidity
At January 3, 2016, the Company’s debt, net of debt discount, was $595.1 million and cash and cash equivalents was $59.3 million.

In the 53-week period ended January 3, 2016, the Company generated cash from operations of $145.4 million. The Company invested $128.9 million in capital expenditures, primarily related to the development of Extra! format stores, and Cash & Carry stores and to improvements of existing assets. In the fourth quarter, the Company invested an additional$66.4 million in the acquisition of 33 store leases and related assets previously operated under the Haggen banner.

Outlook
Mr. Hirz added, “We look forward to building on our positive momentum in 2016. We have a strong team in place and the resources to execute our multi-year growth plan. As a result, we’re anticipating that 2016 will mark our 27th year of positive comparable store sales in the last 28 years.”

SOURCE Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Colruyt Group opens new hydrogen plant

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group officially opens the new hydrogen plant within the framework of the “Don Quichote*” project. Located on the Dassenveld site in Hal, where the group has a distribution centre, this plant has the aim of demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of a hydrogen storage and transport system for green electricity, produced from wind farms and solar panels. The system is tested on tangible applications specific to logistics but also relating to mobility and global management of energy resources. “Through this initiative, the group is seeking to participate in the development of a hydrogen market. With our partners, we believe in the establishment of a clean system drawing on renewable energy sources”, explains Jef Colruyt, CEO of Colruyt Group. “With this project, it’s a matter of convincing all the stakeholders of the opportunities offered by hydrogen as an energy vector. Because only a generalised choice will overcome the final barriers that still need to be conquered.” The project is supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which is a public/private partnership established by the European Commission, industries specialising in hydrogen and the world of research.


A 100% clean energy vector

Hydrogen, as an energy vector, seems to be the most suitable alternative to fossil fuels. Upstream, thanks to the electrolysis process – voltage diffusion either in water or air – it is possible to generate “green” hydrogen from a renewable energy source, such as wind or solar. Downstream, its combustion releases only water vapour and does not cause any greenhouse gas emissions.

Storing renewable energies
In 2012, during the first hydrogen test within the context of the European Interreg IV project, Colruyt Group hosted the first hydrogen plant, in collaboration with WaterstofNet and Hydrogenics. Supplied by a wind turbine and solar panels, the intention was to test certain logistical applications equipped with a fuel cell.

The plant linked to the “Don Quichote” project has been joined to the existing installation. It will allow for the testing of the PEM electrolyser compared to the initial alkaline electrolyser, as well as doubling its production capacity. The station is also equipped with a 120 kW fuel cell, capable of reconverting hydrogen into electricity.

Concrete applications
In terms of logistics, the plant can supply automotive equipment equipped with a fuel cell. To date, Colruyt Group has 11 pallet trucks equipped with such technology. The group will expand the fleet with 200 additional fuel cells in 2016.

In terms of mobility, the station supplies the Hyundai i35, tested for the last year by staff within the group. Additionally, DATS 24, the fuel supplier for the group and CNG pioneer in Belgium, is keeping a close eye on developments, so that it can be ready for the presumed future transition from CNG to hydrogen.

“Our experiences with the hydrogen vehicle, in combination with  DATS 24’s experience gained from the expansion of the CNG network, confirm our ambition to further invest in this technology and the required infrastructure”, adds Jef Colruyt.

Finally, in terms of energy, hydrogen seems to be a reliable method for managing the electricity requirements of the site. The surplus produced by the wind turbines or solar panels is stored as hydrogen rather than fed into the network. This hydrogen can then be reconverted into electricity on days with low energy production rates. This is what is known as an “energy buffer” method.

Sustainability is in the Group’s genes
Sustainable entrepreneurship is in the genes of the Colruyt Group. It represents an integral part of the group’s culture, which can be seen in the goal of creating sustainable added value on the basis of its values and expertise in distribution. “It initially represents an economic boost, it’s about creating positive dynamics for the company and the environment”, explains Jef Colruyt. “It is for this reason that the group is investing further and will continue to do so in renewable energies, which will eventually make it possible to achieve a greater independence from fossil fuels and offer a solution to the resulting climatic and geopolitical problems. ” This is also the goal of Eoly, the producer and supplier of green energy within the group.

Contact
Hanne Poppe
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

 

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Colruyt Group opens new hydrogen plant

Colruyt Group opens new hydrogen plant

MIGROS: SPATENSTICH FÜR NEUES PROJEKT «GURTENGÄRTLI»

Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mit dem «Gurtengärtli» lanciert der Gurten – Park im Grünen ein neues Projekt für Kinder und Erwachsene, die Freude am Gärtnern haben. Am 23. März starten die ersten Kurse im Bio- und Naturgarten.

Das neue Angebot auf dem Gurten richtet sich an alle Gummistiefel-Fans, Forscher und erwachsene Komposttiger, die Spass am Anpacken und Dräckelen haben. Im neuen «Gurtengärtli» wird Gartenarbeit erlebbar. Es wächst, blüht und lebt, und alle können ein Teil davon sein.

Erster Kurs startet am 23. März
Der rund 650 Quadratmeter grosse, biologisch angebaute Garten befindet sich bei der ehemaligen Kinderbühne mitten im Park. Ein breites Angebot von Kursen, Workshops und der begleitete Mittwochnachmittag bieten Gelegenheiten zum Anpacken und dem Erleben von natürlichen Kreisläufen und der Artenvielfalt eines Gartens. Das «Gurtengärtli» kann jederzeit besucht werden. Ab 2017 können Schulklassen Garten- und Naturangebote erleben.

Der Garten befindet sich zurzeit im Aufbau. Beim Gartenbaukurs ab dem 23. März 2016 können Kinder in oder ohne Begleitung von Erwachsenen selber tatkräftig mithelfen, den Garten zu gestalten. Offiziell wird das «Gurtengärtli» am 29. Mai 2016 eröffnet.
Der Garten ist eine Erweiterung des Projektes «Gartenkind» des Vereins Bioterra, das schweizweit den Aufbau von Gartenkursen für Kinder fördert und seit Beginn im 2014 vom Kulturprozent der Migros Aare finanziell und tatkräftig unterstützt wird.

Infos zum Gurtengärtli: www.gurtengaertli.ch

Spatenstich für Medienschaffende und Interessierte
Dienstag, 22. März 2016, 14.30 – 15.30 Uhr auf dem Gurten

Die 4. Klasse des Primarschulhauses Dorf in Wabern wird den offiziellen Spatenstich zusammen mit den drei «Gurtengärtli»-Verantwortlichen (siehe unten) am 22. März 2016 ausführen. Um den Boden auf die bevorstehende Bepflanzung vorzubereiten, werden die Kinder einen alten Einschar-Karrenpflug ziehen – fast wie zu Gotthelfs Zeiten. Bloss ohne Pferd. Als Belohnung gibt es im Anschluss Kindersirup à discrétion und einen Apéro für die Medienschaffenden und Interessierten. Kommen Sie vorbei und machen Sie sich ein Bild des neu entstehenden Gartens. Gerne beantworten die Verantwortlichen Ihre Fragen zum Garten und seinen Angeboten vor Ort. Freuen Sie sich auch auf ein dankbares
Fotosujet der pflügenden Kinder.

Medienkontakte

Bioterra
Pascal Pauli
Telefon +41 79 534 74 04
E-Mail: info@gurtengaertli.ch

Gurten – Park im Grünen
Ingrid Walker
Telefon +41 31 970 33 29
E-Mail: ingrid.walker@gurtenpark.ch
www.gurtenpark.ch

Hintergrund-Informationen
Bioterra ist die führende Organisation für den Bio- und Naturgarten in der Schweiz. Wir setzen uns für den biologischen Anbau ein. Unser Engagement gilt der Förderung und dem Erhalt der einheimischen Tier- und Pflanzenwelt. Bioterra engagiert sich mit Gartenkind für den Aufbau von Gartenangeboten für Kinder. www.bioterra.ch

Der Gurten – Park im Grünen liegt auf 858 M.ü.M., ist nur 15 Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof Bern entfernt und bestens an die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel angebunden. Nebst einem atemberaubenden Ausblick, zwei Restaurants oder einem grandiosen Event-Pavillon bietet der Gurten einen der grössten Spielparks der Region mit über 20 kostenlosen Attraktionen und Spielgeräten. www.gurtenpark.ch

Mit dem Kulturprozent engagiert sich die Migros Aare in den Bereichen Kultur, Gesellschaft, Bildung, Freizeit, Sport und Wirtschaft. Jedes Jahr investiert die Migros Aare über 15 Millionen Franken freiwillig in Projekte und Aktivitäten, die einer breiten Bevölkerung Zugang zu kulturellen, sportlichen und sozialen Angeboten ermöglichen.
www.migros-aare.ch/kulturprozent

Mirjam Bentele
TEL 058 565 86 85

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MIGROS: SPATENSTICH FÜR NEUES PROJEKT «GURTENGÄRTLI»

MIGROS: SPATENSTICH FÜR NEUES PROJEKT «GURTENGÄRTLI»

Die wichtigsten Zahlen der Klubschule Migros 2015; Nummer 1 im Schweizer Weiterbildungsmarkt

Zürich, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Knapp 380‘000 Personen haben letztes Jahr einen der über 53‘000 Kurse und Lehrgänge besucht. Die Klubschule Migros bleibt damit 2015 die Nummer 1 im Schweizer Weiterbildungsmarkt. Am beliebtesten waren Sprach- und Bewegungskurse.

Menschen lernen heute ihr Leben lang – sei es, um ihre Chancen am Arbeitsmarkt zu erhöhen oder um persönlichen Interessen nachzugehen. Mit rund 600 verschiedenen Kursen und Lehrgängen verfügt die Klubschule Migros über ein einzigartig breites und vielfältiges Weiterbildungsangebot. Nebst dem Angebot für Privatpersonen machen spezifische Schulungen für Firmen mit knapp neun Prozent aller Teilnehmenden einen ebenfalls beachtlichen Teil aus.

Etwas mehr als ein Drittel der Klubschulkunden besuchte im letzten Jahr eine Ausbildung im Bereich Bewegung & Gesundheit. Fast gleichviele Personen schrieben sich für eine Sprachschulung ein.

Sprachkurse bleiben sehr beliebt
Über 120’000 Teilnehmende nutzten die vielfältigen Sprachschulangebote der Klubschule Migros. Spitzenreiter sind dabei Deutschkurse. Sie weisen die grösste Nachfrage und gleichzeitig das grösste Wachstum aus. Ebenfalls auf ein grosses Interesse stiessen die Online-Sprachservices in Französisch, Italienisch, Deutsch, Englisch und Spanisch. Knapp 170‘000 Personen haben auf klubschule.ch ihre Sprachkenntnisse getestet. In der gleichen Zeit wurden über das Online-Portal podclub.ch 320‘000 Sprach-Podcasts heruntergeladen. Die PodClub-App überzeugte die Jury von Best of Swiss Apps und wurde gleich mit zwei Bronze-Awards ausgezeichnet.

Berufskarrieren im Gesundheitsbereich
Knapp dreihundertfünfzig Personen schlossen den Lehrgang Fitness-Instruktor/in mit DIPLOMA ab. Sie eröffnen sich über diesen Abschluss den Einstieg ins Berufsleben im Fitnessstudio. Davon profitieren auch die Fitnessanlagen Migros, welche darauf angewiesen sind, gutausgebildete Fitnessfachleute einzustellen. Der Lehrgang ErnährungsCoach mit DIPLOMA verzeichnete über hundertfünfzig Absolventen. Die Ausbildung befähigt die Teilnehmenden zu einer kompetenten Beratung von gesunden Personen in vielfältigen Ernährungsfragen.

Angebote für die Bedürfnisse von morgen
Durch die Digitalisierung ändern sich die Anforderungen in vielen Arbeitsbereichen rasant. Die Klubschule Migros reagiert mit neuen Angeboten auf diese Entwicklung. So lancierte sie im letzten Herbst in Zusammenarbeit mit ausgewiesenen Online-Profis einen Content-Marketing-Lehrgang. Theoretisch fundiert und sehr praxisbezogen lernen die Teilnehmenden neue Techniken und Formen der Kommunikation kennen. In den verschiedenen Modulen erhalten die Lehrgangsteilnehmer ein vertieftes Fachwissen, das sie im Arbeitsalltag gleich umsetzen können.

Die wichtigsten Zahlen der Klubschule Migros 2015

8’816’686          Teilnehmerstunden
376’308             Kurs- und Lehrgangsteilnehmende
53‘404               durchgeführte Kurse und Lehrgänge
7‘500                 Kursleitende
1‘600                 Mitarbeitende
600                    verschiedene Kurs- und Lehrgangsangebote
50                      Standorte (Center)

Die beliebtesten Kurse der Klubschule Migros 2015
(Anzahl Teilnehmende)

  1. Deutsch                                  49‘118
  2. Englisch                                  24‘899
  3. Pilates                                     17‘407
  4. Kochen                                   16‘497
  5. Französisch                            16‘301
  6. Bodytoning                             12‘016
  7. Yoga                                       11‘391
  8. Spanisch                                 10‘715
  9. Zumba                                    10‘665
  10. Zeichnen und Malen                 9‘881

Klubschule Migros: Bildung für alle
“Bildung für alle”: Diesen Leitgedanken verfolgt die Klubschule Migros seit über 70 Jahren. Möglichst vielen Bevölkerungsschichten den Zugang zur Weiterbildung zu ermöglichen, gehörte für die Migros von Beginn weg zu ihrem sozialen und kulturellen Engagement. Nicht zuletzt dank der Unterstützung durch das Migros-Kulturprozent überzeugt die Klubschule mit qualitativ hochstehenden Angeboten und einem überdurchschnittlichen Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis.

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Silvio Gardoni
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Koordination Klubschulen/Freizeitanlagen
Projektleiter Kommunikation
TEL +41 (0)44 277 20 54
E-MAIL silvio.gardoni@mgb.ch

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Die wichtigsten Zahlen der Klubschule Migros 2015; Nummer 1 im Schweizer Weiterbildungsmarkt

Die wichtigsten Zahlen der Klubschule Migros 2015; Nummer 1 im Schweizer Weiterbildungsmarkt

AmRest Holdings SE Investors Teleconference will be held on March 11th, 2016

Wrocław, Polska, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Management Board of AmRest Holdings SE invites to the 2015 Annual Investors Teleconference. The teleconference will be held on March 11th, 2016 at 2:30 pm (CET).

AmRest 2015 Annual Financial Statement will be published on March 11th, 2016, before the WSE session.

The presentation summarizing AmRest FY 2015 financial results will be published on AmRest website (https://www.amrest.eu/en/investors/pesentations-for-investors) on March 11th, 2016 before the teleconference.

All interested parties are requested to send the confirmation of the participation at dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu by March 11th, 2016, 12:00 pm (CET)

Pursuant to the technical conditions the number of participants is limited. The teleconference access details will be distributed later.

CONTACT
Dorota Surowiec
Investor Relations Specialist
dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu
T:+48 71 386 12 35

Walgreens donates $100,000 to CDC Foundation to aid its Zika virus education and prevention efforts in Puerto Rico

  • Company Donates $100,000 to CDC Foundation to Aid Education and Prevention Efforts
  • All Walgreens Puerto Rico Locations to Offer CDC-Recommended Items to Prevent Zika

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to curb the spread of Zika virus disease in Puerto Rico, Walgreens is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to educate the public on preventive steps to avoid Zika. In addition, Walgreens is making a $100,000 donation to the CDC Foundation to aid its Zika virus education and prevention efforts.

Beginning today, March 7, all of Walgreens 120 drugstores in Puerto Rico will dedicate space to providing information on CDC-recommended steps to prevent the spread of Zika virus, which is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The CDC, along with other health agencies, is investigating the association between Zika and microcephaly, a birth defect in which the baby’s head is smaller than expected and often has a smaller brain that may not have developed properly.

“As a pharmacy that champions everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, we are well positioned to address concerns about how anyone can protect themselves and their families from Zika, while also providing many CDC-recommended prevention products,” said Walgreens President of Pharmacy and Retail Operations Richard Ashworth. “We’re proud to work closely with the CDC and the CDC Foundation to expand their efforts to prevent the spread of this disease.”

The CDC Foundation advances the mission of the CDC through effective philanthropy and public-private partnerships that protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

“We are grateful to Walgreens for its innovative collaboration to help extend CDC’s Zika response,” said Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “These efforts in reaching women with prevention messaging at a critical stage will help in protecting people. The CDC Foundation is proud to help support CDC efforts to combat this health threat.”

To make Zika virus prevention products easily available and more affordable, Walgreens has lowered the price on CDC-recommended items in its Puerto Rico stores, including insect repellent with DEET, condoms and thermometers to monitor for fever.

As growing medical evidence suggests Zika may be sexually transmitted, the CDC recommends women, especially those who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and men who have traveled to or lived in an area with Zika virus, abstain from sex or use condoms during sex.

“It is gratifying to see that allies are continuously forming in education and prevention, as in the case of the CDC, the Puerto Rico Department of Health, and Walgreens who are collaborating to provide educational material about and access to Zika prevention products in Walgreens stores throughout Puerto Rico,” said Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi.

Currently, no vaccine exists to prevent or treat Zika virus. The World Health Organization recently called Zika a public health emergency of international concern and is seeking to develop vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to combat the disease. According to the CDC, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by a mosquito.

Individuals with questions about recommended products and other ways to prevent Zika virus disease are encouraged to consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or visit the CDC website for current information on Zika.

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

Contact(s)

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

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Walgreens donates $100,000 to CDC Foundation to aid its Zika virus education and prevention efforts in Puerto Rico

Walgreens donates $100,000 to CDC Foundation to aid its Zika virus education and prevention efforts in Puerto Rico

Starbucks hit the 10-million coffee trees milestone in its One Tree for Every Bag Commitment

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks hit the 10-million coffee trees milestone in its One Tree for Every Bag Commitment today, the groundwork was laid to not only revitalize coffee farms, but also uplift surrounding communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Starbucks announced the One Tree for Every Bag Commitment last fall, pledging to plant a coffee tree for every bag of coffee purchased at any U.S. store. The trees will be distributed to C.A.F.E. Practices-verified farms that have felt the impact of coffee rust, a plant fungus that’s damaged millions of trees around the world and affected farmers’ incomes dramatically.

According to ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. – a global commodity merchant and sustainable supply-chain management company – nearly 800 jobs will be generated in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Many of them will be seasonal and long-term opportunities at the three Guatemalan, four El Salvadoran and three Mexican nurseries producing most of the 11 million rust-resistant seedlings that will be delivered this year. The 11 million total includes an initial Starbucks donation of 1 million coffee trees.

Related video: See why rust-resistant coffee tree seedlings are needed

Teddy Esteve, Chief Executive Officer for ECOM, emphasized the need for workers to grow along with the seedlings.

“Job creation is number one at the nursery level, but I cannot stress enough what happens on the logistics side,” Esteve said. “We are creating hundreds of third-party jobs.”

Delivery of the trees will begin toward the end of May and will be completed in August. That phase will prompt a flurry of activity beyond the nurseries.

“A large truck can hold 8,000 seedlings,” said Colman Cuff, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Trading Company, which is responsible for the company’s global green coffee purchasing. “So you look at areas that are getting more than two million trees and you start to realize that’s 250-plus trucks that need to come and go in a short time.”

The trees will be arriving in regions that have suffered setbacks in recent years related to coffee rust, the loss of young people leaving their communities in pursuit of income, and the technical limitations of many farmers, said Alain Poncelet, deputy chief executive officer of Coffee and Cocoa at ECOM.

“The farmers were basically keeping old trees that their grandparents had planted,” Poncelet said. “By putting the right seedlings and the right amount of work and investment in the lands they have, they can actually make much more money over the long term. That’s not so easily done, because those people need every single dollar out of their farms that they can get.”

“The big opportunity here is for people to realize that these are high-yielding trees that are producing really good quality coffee and will end up getting a very good price, because it’s obvious Starbucks will be behind that coffee in the future,” said Esteve.

ECOM estimates the One Tree for Every Bag Commitment will generate 340 seasonal and long-term jobs in Guatemala, 253 in Mexico and 185 in El Salvador.

“The impact will be much bigger than the millions of trees that are being delivered,” he added. “They will set an example. Hopefully it’s not going to stop here and we can continue to support the growing regions with more trees in the future.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

 

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Starbucks hit the 10-million coffee trees milestone in its One Tree for Every Bag Commitment

Starbucks hit the 10-million coffee trees milestone in its One Tree for Every Bag Commitment

Starbucks one of only 14 companies making the World’s Most Ethical Companies list for 10 years in a row

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 10th year in a row, Starbucks has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The Ethisphere Institute evaluates companies based on these categories: Reputation, Leadership and Innovation; Ethics and Compliance Program; Governance; Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility; Culture of Ethics.

“Transparency and sustainability are no longer mere buzzwords for corporations,” said Sherry Barrat, Ethisphere board member. “Companies that understand that corporate integrity is a key driver and provides a performance advantage are those that will continually lead their industries and be considered both trustworthy and successful.”

Only 130 companies were chosen from thousands of nominations worldwide, and Starbucks is one of only 14 companies to have earned the honor all 10 years that Ethisphere has published its rankings.

“While Our Mission and Values provide the guardrails by which we act, it is up to each of us to do our part to maintain a great work environment and to lead with ethics and integrity,” said Matthew Swaya, Starbucks senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

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Starbucks one of only 14 companies making the World’s Most Ethical Companies list for 10 years in a row

Starbucks one of only 14 companies making the World’s Most Ethical Companies list for 10 years in a row

Starbucks partners from China and Asia Pacific region finalists in the first Regional Barista Championships in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — With camera lights flashing and a captivated audience of 600 spectators looking on, 14 Starbucks partners (employees) took center stage for an epic competition to demonstrate their coffee expertise.

These partners, who represented countries across Starbucks China and Asia Pacific region, were the finalists in the first Regional Barista Championships in Hong Kong. More than 2,000 partners entered the competition for the chance to represent their country in the finals. The highly skilled finalists were invited to showcase their talents over two days that culminated in the final phase of the event.

A Talented Trio

Nine judges assessed the performance of the 14 competitors and awarded points based on their abilities in three categories: coffee knowledge, beverage mastery and customer service. Each partner had 20 minutes to demonstrate technical and communications skills, craftsmanship and knowledge of the barista profession.

“Our judges group, made up of eight partners and one guest who is an accredited global coffee-competition judge, was immensely impressed and inspired by the professionalism and passion demonstrated by the final competitors,” said Major Cohen, senior project manager, Starbucks Global Coffee. “It made our job as judges challenging, yet so rewarding.”

The top three partners from round one of the finals included:

Nopparat “Yong” Arpornsuwan – Thailand

 

Arpornsuwan joined Starbucks Thailand in 2002 as a part-time barista and is currently the store manager at the Baan Chart Khaosan Starbucks in Bangkok. She has a personal connection and understanding of coffee, having grown up near coffee farms in Thailand.

 

Hirokazu Terasaki – Japan

 

The friendly service at Starbucks is what compelled Terasaki to become a barista one year ago and today he is an assistant store manager at the Maguro store in Japan. Terasaki describes coffee as a gift to connect with customers and it gives him something new to discover every day.

 

Ryan Wibawa – Indonesia

 

Wibawa became a part-time barista with Starbucks in 2011 and just two years later was designated as a Coffee Master. Now a full-time shift supervisor at the first Starbucks Reserve store in Indonesia, Wibawa earned first-place honors in the first Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship finals in November 2015.

Crowning a Winner

Based on her perfect execution, personal storytelling and knowledge of coffee sourcing, Arpornsuwan took top honors and the new title of Starbucks Barista Champion. She was awarded a first-place trophy, a hand-crafted leather roaster brewers kit complete with coffee and accessories, and a three-week coffee experience in Seattle, which will include a visit to the first Starbucks at Pike Place Market and a tour of Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

Starbucks will celebrate additional barista champions across the globe in 2016. The company will host the Europe, Middle East and Africa Barista Championships and U.S. Barista Championships later this year.

Starbucks partners from China and Asia Pacific region finalists in the first Regional Barista Championships in Hong Kong

Starbucks partners from China and Asia Pacific region finalists in the first Regional Barista Championships in Hong Kong

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

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Starbucks’ new store in Jamaica, NY is the first in a nationwide initiative for opportunity youth in one of America’s most diverse, yet underserved urban communities

  • Similar Starbucks stores coming soon to at least 15 communities across the U.S. supporting economic development and community engagement through collaborations with local nonprofits and civic leaders
  • Store initiative is a key strategy in Starbucks previously stated goal of hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth- 16-24 year olds who are not in school and not employed

Jamaica, NY, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today unveiled its first-of-its-kind store in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York, marking a key milestone in the company’s efforts to create pathways to meaningful training, employment and education for opportunity youth in one of America’s most diverse, yet underserved urban communities.

The store in Jamaica is the first in a nationwide initiative Starbucks announced last year to deepen investments in at least 15 similar communities across the U.S. by opening stores with the aim to create new jobs, engage local women and minority-owned vendors and suppliers, and collaborate with local nonprofits to support training opportunities for youth in each community, all while delivering a fantastic Starbucks retail experience.

Each of these stores will also have a dedicated in-store training space where young people can receive customer service and retail skills training, based on the same world-class training Starbucks partners (employees) receive. Starbucks will also leverage existing programs aimed at helping connect young people with internships, apprenticeships and jobs in these communities and foster the type of dialogue and engagement needed for continued social change. This training component will also help Starbucks continue to make progress on its commitment to connect Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who are not in school nor employed; an estimated 5.5 million across the U.S. – to meaningful jobs, education and a pathway to lifelong success.

“Throughout Starbucks 45 years, we’ve challenged ourselves to help create opportunities for our partners and the communities we serve,” said Rodney Hines, director of community investments for Starbucks retail operations. “By making a long-term investment in the form of new stores, we hope to play a meaningful role in supporting ongoing efforts to transform these vibrant communities – starting here in Jamaica – from one with a legacy of systemic barriers to opportunity, to one where young people see a pathway to lifelong success.”

In Jamaica, Queens, a New Starbucks Store Brings Opportunity for All  

Located at 89th & Sutphin, the first store in Starbucks national initiative has hired more than 20 partners, many from the Jamaica community, including store manager Alisha Wrencher, an 18-year Starbucks partner born and raised in Jamaica, Queens.

“We have so many resources available for our partners to grow their careers and to grow as individuals. It was clear when I first joined Starbucks 18 years ago, as it still is today, that Starbucks takes care of its partners. As the store manager, I’ll bring my enthusiasm and love for Starbucks Mission and Values to the new store in Jamaica Queens, which is where I grew up and where I still live today,” said Wrencher. “Our store partners are going to be able to make an incredible impact in the community with their neighbors, friends and the people they see in their neighborhood every day.”

Almost a quarter of a million of 16-24 year olds in New York, or one in five, are disconnected, with an overwhelming majority coming from poor households and communities, and from minority racial groups with 32% of disconnected youth being black and  22% Hispanic.[1]

“This Starbucks store opening is significant because not only is it in New York City, but it’s here in Queens. As the first of its kind, the Queens site will serve as a model for the other 14 communities nationwide. It’s particularly encouraging considering the Jamaica Now Action Plan and the significant public investment committed and underway toward the revitalization and smart growth of Jamaica,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “Like Jamaica Now, Starbucks too, saw the potential of Jamaica and the strength of its community. Like Jamaica Now, Starbucks, too, aims to expand opportunities. It’s the perfect site for such synergy and we look forward to this partnership toward Jamaica’s future.‎”

Dedicated Training Centers Enable Local Non Profits Train and Engage Opportunity Youth

To support ongoing efforts to address this opportunity gap, Starbucks has partnered with two local nonprofit organizations – Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers – both of which have a long legacy of addressing the emerging needs and challenges of the young men and women from diverse background and delivering the right set of tools and programs that engage and empower youth to reach their full potential. Starbucks will work with the organizations to deliver customer service and retail skills training opportunities to their youth participants, utilizing a dedicated training space within the store specially created by Starbucks design studio. The onsite training will help meet an important need for local job skills training opportunities for local opportunity youth receiving services from Queens Connect and Y Roads, particularly those who are in the process of completing their high school education and preparing to enter the workforce.

“Queens Connect is thrilled to partner with Starbucks on its new Jamaica location,” said Ben Thomases, Executive Director of Queens Community House, Queens Connect’s lead agency. “For 40 years, we have been working to strengthen neighborhoods and bring special opportunities to individuals within the borough. This partnership with Starbucks allows us to help even more young people to develop their skills, launch their careers, and become meaningful contributors to their community.”

“The partnership between the YMCA of Greater New York and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow offers a path to success for opportunity youth who are in need of services to help them find employment and to continue their education. We are proud to join hands with Starbucks to empower young people in Jamaica, Queens with marketable skills to help them to find meaningful employment in a supportive and fun environment,” said Gary Laermer, Chief Development Officer for New York City’s YMCA.

The new Starbucks location in Jamaica will help inform the design and development for similar stores coming to at least 15 communities across the U.S. by 2018, each of which will hire 20-25 people, work with local minority-owned vendors and suppliers, and collaborate with local nonprofits. The next location to open will be in the West Florissant neighborhood of Ferguson, Missouri, where Starbucks broke ground on a new café and drive thru store in November last year and is working with woman- and minority-owned bakery Natalie’s Cakes and More, a local business that was severely vandalized during the unrest in Ferguson in 2014. Starbucks is now carrying the bakery’s signature caramel cake at a dozen St. Louis-area locations. As a result, her workforce has grown from three to 13.

“We look for people like Alisha, Natalie and local leaders when developing these stores because they know the community, understand the unique needs facing young people who are looking for meaningful work, and share in our belief that businesses and communities can work together to support economic development and social change,” added Hines. “It’s the idea that we can do well and do good, and use our scale to create a positive impact in each community.”

[1] Kids Count – Indicator Brief: Reducing the Number of Disconnected Youth, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2005, authored by Dr. Rima Shore for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

For more information on this news release, contact us

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Starbucks’ new store in Jamaica, NY is the first in a nationwide initiative for opportunity youth in one of America’s most diverse, yet underserved urban communities

Starbucks’ new store in Jamaica, NY is the first in a nationwide initiative for opportunity youth in one of America’s most diverse, yet underserved urban communities

Limited edition Easter-themed LEGO toy as healthy alternative to chocolate eggs on sale at Tesco

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — A limited edition Easter-themed LEGO toy created as a healthy alternative present to chocolate eggs is to go on sale at Tesco – but only for a few weeks.

The one off ‘Easter Painting’ toy has been made exclusively for the supermarket and is likely to become an instant collector’s item for the huge number of LEGO fans in the UK.

The building kit aimed at the seven and upwards age group features children in a typical Easter kitchen scene painting eggs.

Tesco toy buyer Miranda Applegate said: “For many children Easter is all about receiving and eating chocolate eggs so we wanted to help parents by creating an inexpensive, healthy alternative.

“Not only will it get the kids away from eating too much chocolate, it will also help channel their creativity during the school Easter holidays.

“Only a limited number have been made so customers should hurry if they’d like to pick one up!”

LEGO, which began making toy building bricks in 1949, is the UK’s  most popular toy manufacturer.

Miranda Applegate added: “For such a world-renowned toy making giant such as LEGO to make an exclusive toy for Tesco shoppers is a real honour and we’re sure they will prove to be very popular.”

The Easter Painting toy costs £6 and will be available in more than 650 stores across the UK. It also comes with its own Easter themed special box in which to house the toy.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

Tesco names Tracey Clements as Managing Director for Convenience and CEO of One Stop

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has announced Tracey Clements has been appointed as Managing Director for Convenience and CEO of One Stop. Tracey will help to develop Tesco’s convenience offer for customers through its network of Metro, Express and One Stop convenience stores across the UK.

Tracey joined Tesco in 2002 and has held several roles, including playing a pivotal role in the development and growth of Tesco’s Express format, both as a Store Director and through her leadership of the Express Central Team. Tracey has also spent time as Operations Development Director and Support Office Director before her most recent role as Customer Strategy and Insight Director.

Tony Hoggett, UK Retail Director at Tesco said:

“I’m delighted to confirm that Tracey Clements has been appointed as the Managing Director for Convenience and CEO of One Stop. Her wealth and breadth of experience will support the teams in developing this key part of our business as well as helping us serve our customers a little better every day.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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Tesco names Tracey Clements as Managing Director for Convenience and CEO of One Stop

Tesco names Tracey Clements as Managing Director for Convenience and CEO of One Stop

Frankie Grande, Rachel Smith, and Lyndsey Rodrigues host Amazon’s first, daily live show Style Code Live

  • Its First-Ever, Live Daily Show Premieres Tonight at 9 ET/6 PT at www.amazon.com/stylecodelive
  • Free, live interactive show brings viewers the latest trends in fashion and beauty
  • Viewers get tips from expert guests, discover new fashion and beauty products, and can easily shop while watching

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced the premiere of its first daily, live show, Style Code Live. The show is dedicated to fashion and beauty, featuring useful tips from style experts and viewers, looks the audience can easily shop, and an interactive viewing experience that includes live chat. Style Code Live is a 30-minute show, free to all viewers, and streams weeknights at 9 ET/6 PT at www.amazon.com/stylecodelive. Viewers can also follow Style Code Live for show updates on Instagram,Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat (StyleCodeLive).

The Style Code Live team is led by hosts Lyndsey Rodrigues, Rachel Smith, and Frankie Grande. Together they bring three unique styles—and one shared style-obsession. Lyndsey has hosted shows including MTV’s Total Request Live and has interviewed a range of film and music stars. Her style code is edgy yet totally approachable. She is influenced by NYC, where there is no wrong answer in fashion. Rachel is a correspondent at ABC News for Good Morning America and Nightline. Her style code is classic and feminine—though she admits to loving a gutsy look and spending her weekends in harem pants. Frankie is a television personality and theatre actor. He is best known for his appearance on CBS’s Big Brother 16 and his role in Rock of Ages on Broadway. His style code is glam—inspiring people to step out of the background and into the spotlight.

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of Style Code Live. Live TV is my greatest passion, and to be able to work on such an original and interactive show really is a dream come true,” said host Lyndsey Rodrigues. “Bring on the live premiere!”

“Our customers love fashion, and have wanted a place to keep up with new trends and get expert tips. We created Style Code Live for them, and we are just getting started with this show,” said Munira Rahemtulla, head of Style Code Live. “The team can’t wait for tonight’s premiere—come watch with us at 9 p.m. Eastern.”

Style Code Live gives viewers a first-of-its-kind daily style and entertainment experience. We’re live, interactive, and covering the latest trends in fashion and beauty each weeknight—with guest experts, celebrities, and viewer tips,” added Terence Noonan, Style Code Live’s Executive Producer. “We are building a community and are super excited for our viewers to be part of it.”

On tonight’s live premiere, guest Danielle Bernstein, founder of fashion blog WeWoreWhat, shares her top three must-haves for spring. Also this week Grammy winner Meghan Trainor talks fashion and beauty and shares the inside scoop on her new single “No,” Frankie talks with actress Keri Russell on the red carpet of her TV series premiere, and YouTube star Tati Westbrook reveals her beauty pick of the week.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be on this new adventure hosting Style Code Live! It’s been exciting cultivating the show’s fresh take on programming and the viewing experience,” said host Rachel Smith. “Anyone who loves fashion and beauty can watch, weigh-in on the conversation, and take away something valuable.”

Every weeknight the Style Code Live team and expert guests will help viewers discover products to achieve the looks they want. They will style and model on-trend looks such as print mixing, debate style do’s-and-don’ts, and share beauty hacks like how to use a bold red lipstick as concealer.

Style Code Live has interactive features which involve the audience in every live show. Examples include:

  • Live Chat: The audience can join the Style Code Live conversation via live chat at any time during the show, ask questions, and share their own perspectives and tips.
  • Style Carousel: A Style Carousel directly under the Style Code Live player dynamically updates to highlight products available onAmazon as they are featured in the show.
  • Style Links: A running list of links captures products and topics discussed, including those that viewers can find off of Amazon.
  • Chat Host: Our show hosts will participate in live chat, chiming in frequently to respond to viewer questions and comments.
  • Style Code Love Bag: Viewers can click on the Style Code Love Bag to “applaud” segments and products throughout the show. They’ll see the bag fill as viewers click and release virtual confetti once it’s full.

“I am BEYOND excited about Style Code Live! It is a fun, informative, and energetic show where we will be able to interact with our audience in ways never done before,” said host Frankie Grande. “I am very proud to be a part of it!”

Style Code Live streams live Monday through Thursday at 9 PT/6 ET, with a “best of” show on Friday. Today viewers can watch on their computers at www.amazon.com/stylecodelive, with mobile coming soon. Anyone can follow Style Code Live via Instagram (@StyleCodeLive),Facebook (www.facebook.com/StyleCodeLive), Snapchat (StyleCodeLive), and Twitter (@StyleCodeLive), and subscribe to receive Style Code Live email notifications.

About Style Code Live
Style Code Live – Amazon’s first daily, live show – is dedicated to fashion and beauty, featuring useful tips from style experts and viewers, looks the audience can easily shop, and an interactive viewing experience that includes live chat. The show is free to all viewers and streams live Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with a “best of” show on Friday. Viewers can watch on their computers, with mobile coming soon. To follow the show via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat (StyleCodeLive), and sign up to receive email notifications with Style Code Live news, visit www.amazon.com/stylecodelive.

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline: 206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

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Frankie Grande, Rachel Smith, and Lyndsey Rodrigues host Style Code Live, Amazon's first, daily live show which streams free weeknights at 9 ET/ 6 PT (Photo: Business Wire)

Frankie Grande, Rachel Smith, and Lyndsey Rodrigues host Style Code Live, Amazon’s first, daily live show which streams free weeknights at 9 ET/ 6 PT (Photo: Business Wire)

Amazon to open Amazon@GeorgiaTech staffed pickup location on the Georgia Tech campus

  • Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Georgia Tech will get Free Same-Day Pickup on millions of items when shipped to the Amazon@GeorgiaTech location
  • Amazon@GeorgiaTech will be the first Amazon pickup location in Georgia

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon today announced an agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology to open Amazon@GeorgiaTech, a staffed pickup location at 86 Fifth Street NW on the Georgia Tech campus. The first Amazonpickup location in the state of Georgia, Amazon@GeorgiaTech offers the campus community, as well as the larger Midtown Atlanta community a convenient location in Technology Square to pick up and return Amazon orders, including virtually everything one needs, from everyday essentials to technology.

Opening later this summer, this approximately 2,500-square-foot space will be conveniently situated for Georgia Tech students, staff and faculty. Additionally, Amazon Student and Prime members will receive Free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM. To learn more about Amazon Student, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

“Technology Square is often considered the epicenter of innovation for Georgia Tech and Midtown Atlanta. It is fitting that such a unique operation will be housed here to serve our community,” said Paul Strouts, Vice President Campus Services at Georgia Tech. “Our students are savvy consumers who value the efficiency and convenience of online shopping. We are pleased to offer a service that takes the delivery experience to a new level through novel engineering and the creative application of technology.”

“Amazon@GeorgiaTech will offer more opportunities for Georgia Tech students to save on their overall costs along with great customer service, better selection and convenience,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We’re excited to continue to bring more Amazon pickup locations to even more campus communities.”

Since 2015, Amazon has opened staffed pickup locations at the following universities: Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of California, Berkeley, as well as in the college communities of University of California, Santa Barbara, andUniversity of Cincinnati. In addition to The Georgia Institute of Technology, Amazon also will open four more locations in 2016 with theUniversity of Pennsylvania, University of California, Davis, and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as in the college community ofUniversity of Akron.

About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six-month free trial. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

About Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and theIvan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

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

Source: Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Macy’s Flower Show presents America the Beautiful, March 20 through April 3

Macy’s downtown flagships showcase a Floral Spectacular inspired by the nation’s distinct regions in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco

NEW YORK, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — A wonder of nature takes root at Macy’s (NYSE:M) this spring as America’s vast and varied landscapes bloom in unison at the 2016 Macy’s Flower Show. Sprouting to life at five Macy’s downtown store locations nationwide, including Herald Square in New York City, Center City in Philadelphia, State Street in Chicago, Downtown Minneapolis and Union Square in San Francisco, Macy’s Flower Show celebrates our nation’s natural beauty from sea to shining sea. America the Beautiful, the theme of this year’s magnificent floral showcase, will transport spectators from the bright hues of the Southeast’s tropical blooms to the Northeast’s coastal grasses, and from the Midwest’s fruited plains to the cactus-lined deserts of the Southwest, among other landscapes; starting Sunday, March 20 through Sunday, April 3.

“Our annual celebration of spring this year will take us on a journey through our own backyards, one that is rich with magnificent landscapes that evolve from desert to tropics and everything in between,” said Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of Macy’s Flower Show. “America the Beautiful, this year’s theme, will give spectators the incredibly unique opportunity to experience highlights of the varied natural landscapes found in our nation, all at one location, blooming in unison.”

For more than 65 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with extravagant presentations of gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees. Taking root throughout the stores on countertops, specially-designed architecture and even full-scale auditorium presentations, Macy’s Flower Show is uniquely staged at each of the five locations nationwide. This year, spectators will be welcomed by a unique floral interpretation of Lady Liberty’s iconic torch, which will serve as the centerpiece of the exhibitions.

In addition to marking the official celebration for the start of the spring season, Macy’s Flower Show also features participation from some of the nation’s top floral and event designers. A rotating list of stars will create the fan favorite “Bouquet of the Day”, an extravagant centerpiece uniquely fashioned by each designer to interpret the show’s America the Beautiful theme in their own aesthetic. These designs will be displayed for brief periods at the floral showcases in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.

New this year, the Macy’s Flower Show welcomes spectators to take a personal tour through the show with a unique audio experience available to stream on any device by visiting www.macys.com/flowershowaudio. Floral aficionados and amateurs alike will have the opportunity to learn about the plant life that thrives in each region, while experiencing the lush exhibitions.

Macy’s floral spring tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners including Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Krazy Glue®, Royal Caribbean International®, and Sinclair Oil.

Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis is produced in partnership with Bachman’s. For additional information about these events, contact the hotline at (212) 494-4495 or visit www.macys.com/flowershow.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Orlando Veras, 646-429-7450
Orlando.Veras@macys.com
or
Christine Olver, 646-429-5713
Christine.Olver@macys.com

 

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Macy's Flower Show presents America the Beautiful, a floral spectacle blooming from March 20 through April 3 in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s Flower Show presents America the Beautiful, a floral spectacle blooming from March 20 through April 3 in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco (Photo: Business Wire)

Dave Berry and Laura Whitmore to raise awareness for Sainsbury’s Sport Relief

LONDON, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Radio presenter Dave Berry teamed up with TV favourite Laura Whitmore and Sainsbury’s to take on an alien task to raise awareness for this year’s Sport Relief. The pair posed in the official Sport Relief t-shirt, which is now available at Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Whitmore and Berry jumped on their bikes and recreated an iconic scene from the nostalgic eighties blockbuster. Dave took on the slightly less glamorous role, perched in a basket, while Laura provided the pedal power, as both encouraged people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March.

Shoppers are invited to sign up to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games at sportrelief.com, where they can do themselves proud by walking, running, swimming or cycling to raise funds for Sport Relief. With over one thousand events at locations throughout the UK, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, it’s easy to get involved.

Dave Berry commented: “I jumped at the chance to be a part of this year’s Sport Relief with charity partners Sainsbury’s. When they told me that we’d be recreating this famous scene I knew I’d need a sidekick – I just didn’t realise it would be me in the basket! It’s not only fun, but a great opportunity to encourage people to get active, raise cash and change lives, not just here in the UK, but across the world.”

Laura Whitmore commented: “When Sainsbury’s asked me to be involved in this year’s campaign I couldn’t wait to hop on my bike and do my bit for charity.”

Profits from the sale of Sport Relief merchandise, which includes the official t-shirt, deely boppers and wristbands, will help make a massive difference to people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.

A spokesperson from Sainsbury’s commented: “Laura and Dave were such great sports taking on this unique challenge. It’s not everyday you see Dave Berry sat in the basket of a bike, but he really looked the part! We’ve been a supporter of Sport Relief since 2006 and are proud to continue to be the retailer of official merchandise. This year we are hoping to make an even bigger difference with a wide range of merchandise available for shoppers to pick up in stores nationwide. Entries to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games 2016 are now open and it’s really easy for anyone to sign up to take part with lots of exciting events all over the UK.”

For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

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Dave Berry and Laura Whitmore to raise awareness for Sainsbury’s Sport Relief

Dave Berry and Laura Whitmore to raise awareness for Sainsbury’s Sport Relief

Walgreens Boots Alliance to release fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings results on 5 April 2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, 5 April 2016, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 5 April 2016 through 12 April 2016, by calling 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or 404-537-3406 internationally, using replay code 64905090.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

(WBA-GEN)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related conference call and webcast 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, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935
or
International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

SONIC launches the new Ultimate Chicken Club sandwich

America’s Drive-In satisfies chicken cravings across the nation

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) will add a delicious new member to its popular lineup of premium chicken sandwiches with the launch of the new Ultimate Chicken Club sandwich. Featuring a combination of high-quality ingredients and flavors unique to SONIC, the Ultimate Chicken Club is the perfect selection for chicken lovers seeking a mouthwatering and superior chicken club sandwich.

Far above the standard of other chicken club sandwiches, the new Ultimate Chicken Club features 100% premium all white meat crispy chicken breast topped with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, black pepper mayo, tomatoes and lettuce perfectly served on a bakery quality brioche bun.

“SONIC is all about customization and our guests know they always have an unmatched selection of menu options when they visit a drive-in at any time of the day,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development. “With the success of last fall’s Ultimate Chicken Sandwich and its popularity with our guests, the natural step for our team was to kick it up a notch to make the Ultimate even more ultimate with more quality ingredients. The addition of creamy black pepper mayo, bacon and melted cheddar cheese gives another level of premium flavor to an ultimate guest favorite.”

Pair the new Ultimate Chicken Club with Tots and a Cherry Limeade to make a great meal for lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between. The Ultimate Chicken Club is available all day, but only for a limited time.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership withDonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

 

SONIC Drive-In
Matthew Young, 512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com
or
Jason Acock, 405-225-4828
Manager of Communications
Jason.Acock@sonicdrivein.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

News Provided by Acquire Media

 

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SONIC's New Ultimate Chicken Club (Photo: Business Wire)

SONIC’s New Ultimate Chicken Club (Photo: Business Wire)

Lowe’s to present at the UBS Global Consumer Conference in Boston, MA

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announces that Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and chief executive officer, andRobert F. Hull, Jr., chief financial officer will present at the UBS Global Consumer Conference in Boston, MA.

What: Presentation by Robert Niblock and Bob Hull at the UBS Global Consumer Conference in Boston, MA
When: 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 10, 2016
Where: http://www.Lowes.com/investor
Click on Webcasts and then Lowe’s Companies, Inc. at UBS Global Consumer Conference
How: Live over the internet – the archived webcast will be available until June 10, 2016

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexicothrough its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,855 home improvement and hardware stores and 270,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

Couche-Tard acquires retail assets in Ontario and Québec from Imperial Oil

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today that it has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. and Couche-Tard Inc., an agreement with Imperial Oil (“Imperial”) to acquire certain of its Canadian retail assets located in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec.

The transaction is for 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites. Of these sites, 229 are located in Ontario – the majority of which in the Greater Toronto Area – and 50 sites are located in Québec. All of the Québec sites are in the Greater Montréal Area or on the south shore of Montréal. The agreement also includes 13 land banks and two dealer sites, as well as a longterm supply agreement for Esso branded fuel. Of the 279 sites, 238 are owned by Imperial and 41 are leased. The total transaction is priced at approximately CAD$1,686 million. Pending the customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close within six months.The acquisition would be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities.

“Since our acquisition of Silcorp in 1999 we have been looking for an opportunity for a further transformative acquisition in Canada. Today we are happy to announce our agreement with Imperial for 279 Esso sites in Ontario and Québec. Esso is a great brand and a strong partner and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them,” said Brian Hannasch, President & CEO of Couche-Tard. “The opportunity to combine some of the strongest brands in Canada to create a great offer and experience for our customers is very exciting. The sites we would acquire represent an excellent strategic fit for our business, allowing us to expand our network and reach more fuel customers than ever before,” concluded Mr. Hannasch.

Jean Bernier, Couche-Tard’s Group President Global Fuels & North-East Operations, added “Imperial operates an attractive convenience and fuel network with excellent locations, well-upgraded facilities and a professional team that would complement our existing business in both Ontario and Québec.” Mr. Bernier continued, “These sites are among the best assets in these provinces. They have significant customer support for their convenience, coffee and car wash businesses as well as impressive fuel throughput. They are in key urban locations and in two solid growth markets. We look forward to welcoming them to the Couche-Tard family.”

INVITATION TO CONFERENCE CALLS FOR ANALYSTS AND MEDIA – MARCH 9, 2016

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. invites analysts and media representatives to two separate conference calls in which representatives of Couche-Tard’s management team will participate.

For analysts: There will be a conference call for analysts only that will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. It will start at 10:00a.m. promptly (EST)/ 15:00 (GMT) and analysts will need to contact CNW at one of the following numbers: 1-866-865-3087, 1-647-427-7450 or 514-807- 9895, conference number # 67061596 and will need to identify themselves. Lines will be available 30 minutes in advance to allow them to register. Participants will not be able to join the call after it has started. The session will be taped and the recording will be made available on http://corpo.couche-tard.com for a 30 day period.

For media: There will be a conference call for media only that will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. It will start at 11:00a.m. promptly (EST)/ 16:00 (GMT) media representatives will need to contact CNW at one of the following numbers: 1-866-865-3087, 1-647-427-7450 or 514-807-9895, conference number # 67070395 and will need to identify themselves. Lines will be available 30 minutes in advance to allow them to register. Participants will not be able to join the call after it has started.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a significant presence in Poland.

As of October 11, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 8,006 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,579 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at October 11, 2015, it comprised 2,217 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service stations which offer road transportation fuel only. CoucheTard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe. Since its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited on February 1st, 2016, Couche-Tard also operates a convenience and fuel retailing network comprised of 444 service stations in Ireland as well as a significant commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two terminals.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam).

For more information about Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations:

Claude Tessier, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4607
claude.tessier@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: 514-603-4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forwardlooking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

SOURCE: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

Five Winning Collections Available in Select Belk Stores and on Belk.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk’s 2015 Southern Designer Showcase winners will see their new and exclusive collections debut at select Belk stores and on Belk.com this week. Selected from nearly 300 entrants last spring, each winner currently lives in the South or has a strong connection to the region.

“Southern Designer Showcase is Belk’s way of nurturing and showcasing talented designers from across the South who are able to create collections that deliver Modern Southern Style for our shoppers,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of fashion and trend. “This is our third group of winning designers, and we are very proud to have their designs sold at Belk alongside today’s top names in fashion.”

2015 Southern Designer Showcase winners include:

Katherine ToddNew York, New York
Company:  Blithe
Designs that reflect the feminine, colorful aesthetic that Southern women admire, these dresses are bright, whimsical and fun.

Amanda WilliamsonConyers, Georgia
Company:  Ennyluap
Designed with fit and flare in mind, this classic and contemporary line incorporates flattering shapes with fun fabrics and colors.

Natt TaylorAtlanta, Georgia
Company:  Natt Taylor Collections
Sassy, sophisticated womenswear that celebrates the natural feminine form with bold color, sensual shapes and subtle details, making each design, inspired by professional women, easily transition from day to evening.

Emily Reece and Katelyn Barringer Rock Hill, South Carolina
Company:  Reece Blaire
These unique jewelry pieces are inspired by the designers’ Southern roots and contain elements of sass, wit and sophistication with a modern flare.

April Moore and Courtni TyreBirmingham, Alabama
Company: three007
Contemporary collection with clean lines, statement prints and feminine touches designed for the classy, young Southern woman with a modern twist.

In addition to being featured on Belk.com, Southern Designer Showcase winner collections will be available at nine Belk stores: The Summit, Birmingham, Alabama; Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia; SouthPark Mall, Charlotte, North Carolina; Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, North Carolina; Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Columbiana Centre, Columbia, South Carolina; Haywood Mall, Greenville, South Carolina; Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; and Cool Springs Galleria (Nashville), Franklin, Tennessee.

The deadline for new designers to enter the 2016 Southern Designer Showcase is March 31. Designers can visit belk.com/southerndesigner to submit their applications.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160307/341046

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com; Stacey McCray, 704-552-6565, stacey.mccray@lgapr.com

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Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

H&M recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the sixth year

The World’s Most Ethical Companies program honors companies that excel in three areas – promoting ethical business standards and practices internally, enabling managers and employees to make good choices, and shaping future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices. H&M has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the sixth year.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation. Apart from H&M, there was one other company in the apparel industry were honoured this year.

“We are very proud that H&M is named as one of the world’s most ethical companies. Being an honouree for the sixth time recognises our commitment to set ethical standards and practices in the fashion industry. We will continue our efforts to lead the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future where ethical and sustainable standrads is a prerequisite for success, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

“Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at H&M for being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company.”

In 2016, 131 honorees were named spanning 21 countries and 5 continents and representing over 45 industries. The full list of the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

Methodology and scoring
The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The EQ framework and methodology is determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical CompanyMethodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

Source: H&M

Contact:

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

ALDI announces the promotion of Brent Laubaugh to co-president of ALDI in the US

Brent Laubaugh promoted to co-president

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI Inc. today announced that Brent Laubaugh, vice president, Saxonburg division, has been promoted to co-president of ALDI in the US, joining David Behm and Chuck Youngstrom, who continue in their roles as co-presidents. All three co-presidents report to Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI.

Laubaugh, whose promotion is effective March 28, 2016, has been with ALDI for more than 20 years, holding a variety of roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career.

“ALDI has a different style when it comes to grocery shopping and that differentiation has helped make us one of the fastest growing retailers in the US,” said Hart. “To support our significant expansion, it was important that we strengthen our leadership team to ensure our success. With the addition of Brent to our team, we have the right leaders in place to continue growing the ALDI business.”

ALDI is in the midst of its accelerated expansion plan that, by the end of 2018, will bring fresh, high quality groceries at everyday low prices to more than 45 million customers each month. To reach its aggressive goals, ALDI will create more than 10,000 new jobs at its stores, warehouses and division offices from coast to coast and invest more than $3 billion to pay for land, facilities and equipment. When completed, ALDI will have nearly 2,000 stores, marking a close to 50 percent increase in only five years.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,500 US stores in 32 states. More than 30 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

*\Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

Contacts:

Kathleen Gilgunn
(312) 988-2038
kgilgunn@webershandwick.com

Kelsey Williamson
(312) 988-2087
kwilliamson@webershandwick.com

Albert Heijn To Go and BP together will increase fresh and healthier food offerings at retail sites in the Netherlands

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn To Go and BP will work together to increase the offer of fresh and healthier food and drinks at retail sites in the Netherlands. To this purpose, they have signed an agreement to start a pilot with an Albert Heijn To Go shop at six BP retail sites across the country. The first shop is planned to open in autumn 2016. This is an exclusive forecourt relationship in the Netherlands for the period of the trial.

Wide range of fresh and healthier food products for on the road and at home

From autumn, customers at the six BP retail sites will find a full Albert Heijn To Go shop with a wide range of fresh food and drinks for on the road, as well as “top up shopping” groceries for at home. The formula and range will be tailored to the needs of the motorist.

With Albert Heijn To Go, BP will introduce a proven successful retail formula at its forecourts. Ruben Beens, responsible for BP’s retail activities in the Netherlands: “We know that more and more our customers buy food products from our shops for immediate consumption or to consume later. Together with Albert Heijn To Go, we are responding to this by developing a varied range to meet this growing demand. Albert Heijn To Go is the market leader in this segment and has a good reputation in the field of product innovation with a continuously changing offer of delicious and healthier food products for on the road and at home.”

Jan-Willem Dockheer, general manager of Albert Heijn To Go: “Many motorists refuel at a BP retail site on a daily basis. The cooperation with BP offers us the opportunity to offer all of these customers good and delicious food at any time of the day. In addition to the familiar offer, they will also find products which are currently not yet available at retail sites, like quinoa salad, fresh vegetable juices and water with fresh mint and raspberry.”

Albert Heijn To Go will be introduced at the following six BP retail sites as of the autumn of 2016:

  • BP De Vink, along the A20 at Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel
  • BP Coentunnel, along the A8 at Oostzaan
  • BP Ypenburg, Laan van Hoornwijck, Rijswijk
  • BP Koerhuis, Zutphenseweg, Deventer
  • BP Nieuwe Hemweg, Nieuwe Hemweg, Amsterdam
  • BP De Kroon, along the A27 at Nieuwegein

Contacts:

Tim van der Zanden
Head of External
Communications
communications@ahold.com
+31 88 659 51 34

Maud van Gaal
Manager External
Communications
communications@ahold.com
+31 88 659 51 34

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Albert Heijn To Go and BP together will increase fresh and healthier food offerings at retail sites in the Netherlands

Albert Heijn To Go and BP together will increase fresh and healthier food offerings at retail sites in the Netherlands