PENNYlive feiert Geburtstag

Köln, Deutschland, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kunden und Mitarbeiter gleichermaßen begeistert / Konzept des live-moderierten Kundenradios mit hohem Musikanteil überzeugt

Täglich zwei Millionen Hörer. 250.000 Sendeminuten. 180.000 Radio-Spots. 1.500 beworbene Artikel. Mit diesen imposanten Zahlen ist PENNYlive schon an seinem ersten Geburtstag den Kinderschuhen entwachsen.

Genau vor einem Jahr (30.03.2015) ging das bundesweit erste nationale, live-moderierte Kunden-Radio on Air. Seitdem sendet das mittlerweile neun-köpfige PENNYlive-Team an Werktagen in sämtlichen rund 2.200 Märkten ab Ladenöffnung bis 20 Uhr abends einen abwechslungsreichen Mix aus Musik, Wortbeiträgen, Interviews, Gewinnspielen, Produktinformationen, Angeboten, News aus Showbiz und Sport oder auch Rezept- und Reisetipps.

“Wir bekommen von unseren Kunden und vor allem von unseren Mitarbeitern ein durchweg positives Feedback. Die Einkaufs- und Arbeitsatmosphäre wird als viel angenehmer empfunden. Dazu trägt sicherlich auch bei, dass wir mit 70 Prozent einen sehr hohen Musikanteil im Programm haben”, erklärte Stefan Magel, Geschäftsführer Vertrieb und Marketing der Erfolg. Einen weiteren Erfolgsfaktor sieht Magel darin, dass im Gegensatz zu ausschließlich vorproduzierten Formaten PENNYlive auf Aktualität setzt. Genauso wie es die Kunden auch von konventionellen Radiosendern gewöhnt sind. Nach 20 Uhr spielt PENNYlive ausschließlich Musik. Ein weiterer Clou: Für alle PENNY-Mitarbeiter läuft eine Stunde vor Marktöffnung die Morningshow. Unter dem Motto “Wir spielen, was ihr wollt” können sich die Mitarbeiter exklusiv zum Start in den Tag ihren Lieblingssong wünschen oder Kollegen grüßen. Gestaltet und moderiert wird das Programm von Radio Max aus Wien, einem Unternehmen der REWE International AG. Die Musik im Kundenprogramm wird eigens für PENNY zusammengestellt. Erfahrene Musikredakteure erstellen die Songlisten je nach Tages- und Jahreszeit, journalistisch geschulte Moderatoren sorgen für Abwechslung im Pro-gramm.

Weiter Informationen unter: www.pennylive.de

PENNY erzielte 2014 allein in Deutschland mit 2.200 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von rund sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.370 Filialen und 18.200 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

Ansprechpartner:
Andreas Krämer
Pressesprecher PENNY
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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PENNYlive feiert Geburtstag

PENNYlive feiert Geburtstag

NRF’s Retail’s BIG Show named one of the largest trade shows in the country by Trade Show News Network

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the sixth year in a row, the National Retail Federation’s annual convention, Retail’s BIG Show, has been named by Trade Show News Network as one of the largest trade shows in the country.

“This is recognition that Retail’s BIG Show is seen as one of the trade show industry’s leading events,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Our show has been growing each year in size and scope and we are very proud to receive this honor.”

The NRF Annual Convention and Expo ranked No. 103 on this year’s Top 250 Trade Shows list, up from No. 112 last year. The list represents the largest trade events held in the United States and is ranked by square footage. The citation is based on the 2015 convention, which drew more than 33,000 attendees from 87 countries and 600 exhibiting companies to New York City’s Javits Convention Center.

Two other NRF shows also made the list – the 2015 Shop.org Summit, which moved up to No. 228 from No. 234, and the 2015 NRF PROTECT loss prevention Conference, which joined the list at No. 247.

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

– See more at: https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/three-nrf-events-make-top-250-trade-shows-list#sthash.CGfdIydG.dpuf

 

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Whole Foods Market East Lansing to celebrate Earth month with “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Local Food Growers and Artisans Join Whole Foods Market to Kick Off Earth Month with Community Gathering

East Lansing, Michigan, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market East Lansing and more than 20 of its local Michigan suppliers will come together to celebrate Earth month with a “Party for the Planet,” Saturday, April 2, 2016 beginning at noon in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods Market East Lansing, 2750 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, Michigan.

Free to the community, the Whole Foods Market Party for the Planet will offer a light lunch to the attendees along with free giveaways and samples (while supplies lasts) of the high-quality products found on the shelves of Whole Foods Market East Lansing. Attendees will also enjoy live music and other entertainment.

“At Whole Foods Market we believe it’s our responsibility to help create a world where our communities and our planet can flourish,” says Sarah Tack, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market East Lansing. “This Party for the Planet is our way of doing just that; connecting the amazing local Michigan suppliers you will find on our shelves with the fantastic community that’s welcomed us so warmly all while celebrating the love of food.”

At Whole Foods Market, supporting local farmers, producers and artisans by buying from independent producers near stores is one of the many ways each location provides a unique product mix to the communities it serves. In 1980, Whole Foods Market began as a small grocer operating a single store in Austin, Texas. Shortly after opening, the city experienced a large flood and the new grocer was heavily hit. With a helping hand from the community, Whole Foods Market was able to clean up and reopen. It was this selfless act from the neighborhood that the founders never forgot; which is why supporting small, local businesses in the communities where it does business is an extremely important part of Whole Foods Market’s Core Values.

“In 2014 we held a local supplier fair in East Lansing to find the unique foods and products for the store that represented Michigan,” says Julie Blubaugh, Local Forager, Whole Foods Market Midwest. “We had an incredible turnout and now have 48 new brands including Moo-ville Creamery, Craft and Mason Coffee, and Lush Gourmet Nuts to feature in Whole Foods Market East Lansing.”

The Whole Foods Market Party for the Planet featuring local Michigan suppliers begins at noon, Saturday, April 2 in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market East Lansing 2750 E. Grand River Ave. and will celebrate with the community until 3 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Midwest Press Contacts

Allison Phelps
Allison.Phelps@wholefoods.com
312.799.5600

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Whole Foods Market East Lansing to celebrate Earth month with “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Whole Foods Market East Lansing to celebrate Earth month with “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Whole Foods Market in collaboration with Newburgh Brewing Co. launches Rhuby Soho

New York, NY, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is excited to announce its first-ever collaboration with Newburgh Brewing Co. with the exclusive launch of Rhuby Soho. Rhuby Soho is a 7.0% ABV Saison brew featuring some of the best local goods New York has to offer – Hudson Valley Harvest’s own local honey and locally grown rhubarb. Starting March 28th, for a limited time only, shoppers can stop by their local Whole Foods Market (available in Paramus, NJ and all New York stores including Albany) to pick up a bottle and have a cold, refreshing brew.

To celebrate the launch of Rhuby Soho, Whole Foods Market 3rd & Third (Gowanus, Brooklyn) will be hosting a Tap Takeover event on April 1st, featuring Newburgh Brewing Co.’s Brewmasters and Co-Founders Paul Halayko, Chris Basso and Charlie Benedetti. Shoppers can participate in the below:

  • Meet & Greet with Paul, Chris and Charlie
  • Happy Hour Specials
  • FREE Runner & Stone pretzel with any Newburgh draft purchase
  • A chance to sample an array of cheeses and beer at the growler station

The beers are available in 16.9 oz bottles and retail for $8.99 per bottle. 

Northeast Press Contacts

Michael Sinatra
michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
jv@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 ext.104

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Whole Foods Market in collaboration with Newburgh Brewing Co. launches Rhuby Soho

Whole Foods Market in collaboration with Newburgh Brewing Co. launches Rhuby Soho

Rite Aid welcomes spring with more opportunity to accumulate Plenti points for wellness+ Plenti members

Rite Aid wellness+ with Plenti Members Earn 2,000 Plenti Points for Every $50 Spent on Participating Products Through “Spring for Points” Program

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring by offering wellness+ with Plenti members an opportunity to accumulate thousands of Plenti points, in addition to regular weekly offers. Now through April 23, for every $50 spent on participating products in stores or online at www.riteaid.com, customers will earn 2,000 Plenti points, worth at least $20 in savings for future purchases.*

To participate, members of the free wellness+ with Plenti program can look for the special “Spring for Points” icon throughout Rite Aid’s weekly circular and sale tags on store shelves. These points can be used for at least two years on future savings at Rite Aid and Plenti partners including AT&T, Exxon, Mobil and Macy’s.

“Due to the overwhelming popularity of our recent Plenti point promotions, we’ve decided to kick-off spring by giving our loyal customers an additional opportunity to earn Plenti points with the ‘Spring for Points’ event,” said John Learish, Rite Aid senior vice president of marketing. “Rite Aid shoppers will have the opportunity to earn $20 in savings every week while shopping for everyday items, including those needed for the inevitable spring cleaning.”

Shoppers can earn points on thousands of items throughout the store including beauty, first aid, vitamins and nutritional supplements, home goods, food and beverages, and more. For a complete list of participating products or promotion details, visit www.riteaid.com/springforpoints.

New and existing wellness+ members can now sign up for wellness+ with Plenti at any Rite Aid store nationwide or online at www.riteaid.com/plenti. Once enrolled, members of wellness+ with Plenti will earn Plenti points on featured items they buy.

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

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*Customers can earn up to 16,000 Plenti points during the 4-week promotional period, with a limit of two offers per wellness+ with Plenti card each week. 

Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Naloxone opioid antidote now available without prescription at Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies

Naloxone will be available to guests without a prescription

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Life saving medication is now available in your local grocery store’s pharmacy. Naloxone, an opioid antidote, will be available without a prescription to guests at participating Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies. The medication is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses including heroin and painkillers through a nasal spray.

“Our pharmacies care for many patients and families who have been devastated by the unintended effects of opioid use. As pharmacists, we are trained to provide Naloxone, along with the necessary education and training that may save a life,” said Denise Kunkel, AFS Pharmacy Operations Manager. “We take this opportunity very seriously and are honored to better serve our communities.”

AFS has developed protocols and procedures to ensure Naloxone is available to guests 18 years old and older as part of a larger Opioid Overdose Rescue program. The program and newly available medication comes at a time when prescription drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.5 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2014. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs, during the same year, a 6.5 percent increase from 2013. Utah ranks fifth in the nation in opioid related deaths, with 21 deaths each month.

Each pharmacist at participating pharmacies has been trained to provide medication counseling and guidance to patients. Naloxone is currently available at the following pharmacies: A&W, Bowman’s, Cecil’s, Dan’s, Davis Food & Drug, Day’s Market, Dick’s Market Centerville, Ephraim Market Fresh, Fresh Market, Harmon’s, Kamas Foodtown, Kent’s Market Brigham City, Kent’s Market Clearfield, Lee’s Marketplace, Lin’s Market, Macey’s, Payson Market, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Ridley’s, Stewarts Basin Family Pharmacy, and Winegar’s Bountiful.

 

Media Contact:                                                                      
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

CBRE expands presence in Nordics with planned acquisition of affiliate company in Norway, Atrium AS

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire its affiliate company in Norway, Atrium AS, responding to increased demand from clients targeting commercial real estate opportunities across the Nordics.

Upon completion, the acquisition will significantly strengthen CBRE’s presence in the Nordics and enable the company to capitalize on increasing real estate activity in the region. The transaction will also enable CBRE to align its recently expanded occupier outsourcing business, Global Workplace Solutions, with Atrium’s existing capabilities in this area.

Norway has a strong, open economy with abundant natural resources, and enjoys one of the world’s highest living standards with the fourth-highest GDP per capita globally. This has also enabled the country to build the world’s third largest sovereign wealth fund. Norway attracted a record €13.4 billion of commercial real estate investment in 2015, overtaking Sweden at the end of the year to become the largest Nordic property market.

Atrium was founded in 1993 and became a CBRE affiliate in 2000. Today the company is led by Managing Director John Olof Solberg and provides investment, leasing, occupier and valuation services to local and international clients. The companies have had a highly collaborative relationship over the years, particularly with regard to Atrium’s fast-growing occupier outsourcing and capital markets businesses. The companies have worked together across a number of investment mandates, which include one of Europe’s largest single-asset transactions in 2015, the sale and leaseback of Statoil’s 1.1 million sq. ft. global headquarters in Stavanger.

Martin Samworth, CEO, EMEA, CBRE, said:
“This acquisition will consolidate our presence in an important region where both investors and corporate occupiers are increasingly active. Atrium has built an exceptional reputation and client base and this acquisition will allow us to enhance the services we provide to clients, many of whom are targeting Norway for its growth potential. We have an extremely collaborative relationship with Atrium and look forward to expanding our Nordics and Norwegian service offering together.”

John Olof Solberg, Managing Director, Atrium AS, added:
“We have enjoyed a very successful relationship with CBRE over the last 15 years. Now we look forward to being able to leverage the full benefits of the global service offering and brand for our clients particularly in our fast growing capital markets and occupier outsourcing businesses as well as expanding into new areas.”

The acquisition is subject to customary approval from the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2016.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting.  Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Atrium AS that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, CBRE’s ability to consummate the Atrium acquisition (and the timing thereof) and to successfully integrate Atrium with its existing operations in the Nordics and across EMEA, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in CBRE’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and risks to CBRE’s business in general, please refer to CBRE’s SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained off CBRE’s website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
Robert.McGrath@cbre.com

CarMax and CarMax Auto Finance awarded 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Company Hiring to Fill More Than 1,600 Positions As Store Growth Continues

RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax (NYSE: KMX) and its auto finance division, CarMax Auto Finance, have been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Atlanta Journal Constitution and ranked 5th of Atlanta’s top 25 large companies. More than 1,400 companies in the Atlanta area applied for this award and 150 were recognized.

“Being named one of Atlanta’s Top Workplaces is a wonderful achievement for CarMaxand CarMax Auto Finance,” said Jon Daniels, senior vice president of operations at CarMax Auto Finance (CAF). “This award is a credit to the thousands of associates that together have built a culture of integrity, teamwork and transparency we believe is second to none.”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection.

CarMax has nine stores in Georgia, and the Atlanta metro area is home to seven of them as well as to CAF, which has been in operation since 1993 and offers competitive financing solely to CarMax customers. Industry sources have ranked CAF as the country’s 8th largest used auto finance company and 14th largest auto finance company overall, based on market share. CarMax has more than 1,650 associates working in theAtlanta area, including 655 that are located at CAF.

“Behind every CarMax stress-free customer experience is a dedicated, hard-working team of associates,” said Kevin Cox, regional vice president, general manager of theAtlanta region. “We place a strong focus on providing developmental opportunities for everyone in the company, and on taking care of our associates by offering a healthy work-life balance and excellent benefits.”

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

CarMax continues to grow and plans to open between 13 and 16 stores each year for the next two years. The company is currently hiring for more than 1,600 positions across the country including 64 positions in Atlanta store locations and 36 positions at CarMax Auto Finance. Interested candidates should visit jobs.carmax.com to learn more and apply today.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 158 superstores in 78 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

 

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Media Contact
Jennifer Bartusiak, CarMax Public Relations, pr@carmax.com
Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Blue Shirt Jose Florentino is an expert at finding ways to help our customers use new appliances to save money and energy. He is one of the many reasons why this week we were named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned the distinction of Sustained Excellence by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

An appliance expert at our Millenia Mall store in Orlando, Fla., Jose is a problem solver. When customers come in to look at products, he quizzes them about what they need and want. It’s not just about size and color, he will tell them. It’s about features. For example, some washing machines will spin out most of the water from the clothes before they’re moved to the dryer. High-efficiency dryers, can do a load in less time with technology like moisture sensors that stop the machine when the load is dry. These options are often found in ENERGY STAR certified products.

Jose will also help customers determine if they can save even more money throughutility company rebates from buying qualified products.

Over the past seven years, we have trained more than 100,000 Blue Shirts on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products, which are independently verified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. We make those products easy to find in our stores and on BestBuy.com.

The number of ENERGY STAR certified products that we’ve sold since 2009 will, over the product lifetime, help our customers save $616 million on their utility bills while preventing 8.7 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 789,000 cars from the road for a year.

This mix of customer education, employee training and product offerings is why the EPA awarded us with this honor.

To talk with a knowledgeable Blue Shirt like Jose, visit a Best Buy store, or learn more about our appliance selection online. For more sustainability news and why we’re #BestBuyProud, follow @BestBuyCSR on Twitter.

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Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

Philippines: SM Foundation donates brand new daycare and health center to the residents of Pasong Kawayan II in General Trias, Cavite

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —
SM Foundation, in partnership Summerhills Home Development Corporation (SHDC), recently turned over a brand new daycare and health center to the residents of Pasong Kawayan II in General Trias, Cavite. The center will mainly cater to the two nearby subdivisions of Heneral Uno and Heneral Dos.

The one-storey building was transformed and equipped by SM Foundation to function as both a day care and health center. The facility aims to help parents from the area prepare their children for entry to formal education through values formation and socialization. Included in the donation are tables and chairs for the children, a blackboard, cabinet with educational materials and toys, as well as a toilet and pantry.

This health center will also function as a sustainable clinic and health facility. As with other SM Foundation health centers, the SM Day Care and Health Center will provide not only medical aid but also cater to the emotional needs of its patients through the creation of a better environment for healing and recuperation.

Included in the facility is a reception area, treatment area, restrooms for abled and differently-abled patients and a Felicidad Sy wellness Center for Children and the Elderly. Additionally, basic health care equipment was also donated. This is SM Foundation’s 115th wellness center to date.

SHDC, the socialized and affordable housing arm of the SM Property Group is the owner and developer of Heneral Uno and Heneral Dos as well as the nearby Rio de Oro and Centro de Oro subdivisions. Heneral Uno, the phase 1 of the housing project, is comprised of 2,365 houses. Currently, there are 300 housing units reported to have already been occupied.

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About SM Foundation
SM Foundation envisions a Philippines where everyone has the opportunity for self-improvement and the environment is sustained for future generations.

For more than three decades, SM Foundation has served as the social development arm of the SM group of companies. Using its vast reach and presence in communities all over the country, SM commits itself to creating a cycle of positive change through strategic and targeted approaches and investments in areas of food security and sustainable agriculture, health and wellness, education, sustainable environment, shelter and care for people with special needs.

SM Foundation will continue to create opportunities wherever it goes as proof that wherever we are, opportunities are sure to follow.

For further information, please contact:

Connie Angeles
Executive Director for Health
SM Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. 857-0100 loc. 1678
Email: healthandmedical@sm-foundation.org
sm-foundation.org

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Philippines: SM Foundation donates brand new daycare and health center to the residents of Pasong Kawayan II in General Trias, Cavite

Philippines: SM Foundation donates brand new daycare and health center to the residents of Pasong Kawayan II in General Trias, Cavite

Philippines: Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore visits SM Mall of Asia Solar Carpark

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore recently visited the newly-completed SM Mall of Asia Solar Carpark. He was welcomed by Leandro Leviste, President of Solar Philippines; Hans Sy, President of SM Prime; Loren Legarda, Senator and UN Global Champion; and Hans Sy Jr., Vice President of SM Engineering Design and Development.

The visit came as Gore was in Manila for his three-day Climate Reality workshop to educate civic leaders on climate change and its solutions. During the workshop, Gore called on Filipinos to end their dependence on coal, and predicted that the Philippines, due to its abundant sunlight, can become one of the world’s first 100% solar-powered economies.

The Solar Carpark inspection was an opportunity to learn about how the Philippines is leading the way in clean energy adoption. He noted the scale of the project, which has made SM MOA the world’s largest solar-powered mall, and used it during his Climate Reality presentation. Joining the site inspection was a camera crew taking footage of the solar installation for an upcoming documentary on climate change.

The 2.7 MW MOA Solar Carpark is nearly twice the size of the 1.5 MW SM North Edsa Solar Carpark, making it one of the world’s largest on-site solar projects. Comprised of 10,426 solar panels and 40 inverters, it supplies nearly 20% of the mall’s power needs. Over 30 years, it is expected to offset over 80,000 tons of CO2, equivalent to planting over 400,000 trees. Unlike many solar projects, which displace vast farmlands or forests, the rooftop installation occupies previously unused space and provides a “green roof” to shade parked cars.

Also unlike most solar farms, which are dependent on subsidies, this project is notable for relying on zero government incentives, powering the mall at below utility rates. This demonstrates how, owing to high electricity prices and sunlight levels, the Philippines is one of the first markets to reach “grid parity”, where clean energy is also the cheapest form of energy. Solar Philippines constructed and financed the Solar Carpark, which supplies the power to SM Mall of Asia under a long-term agreement at below utility rates. Together with SM North Edsa, this makes SM the largest consumer of solar energy in the Philippines.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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During his inspection of the SM Mall of Asia Solar Carpark, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was accompanied by (left to right) Hans Sy, President of SM Prime; Senator Loren Legarda, UN Global Champion for Climate and Disaster Resilience; Leandro Leviste, President of Solar Philippines; and Hans Sy Jr., Vice President of SM Prime.

During his inspection of the SM Mall of Asia Solar Carpark, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was accompanied by (left to right) Hans Sy, President of SM Prime; Senator Loren Legarda, UN Global Champion for Climate and Disaster Resilience; Leandro Leviste, President of Solar Philippines; and Hans Sy Jr., Vice President of SM Prime.

BESTSELLER JOINS THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE

BESTSELLER HAS BECOME A FOUNDATION STAGE MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE (ETI), WHICH IS A LEADING ALLIANCE OF COMPANIES, TRADE UNIONS AND NGOS THAT PROMOTES RESPECT FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS AROUND THE GLOBE.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — By becoming a Foundation Stage Member of the ETI, BESTSELLER has committed to adopting the ETI Base Code, a model code of labour practices, as well as following ETI’s Principles of implementation. This means that we will work in close collaboration with the other ETI members to tackle the many complex questions about how to trade ethically and how to make a positive difference to workers’ lives. After two years of being a Foundation Stage Member, BESTSELLER will become a Full Member, taken that the commitment during the trial period has been demonstrated in practice.

Ethical trading is not new to BESTSELLER
Back in 2008, BESTSELLER was one of the founders of the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) which is the Danish sister organisation of ETI consisting of a broad variety of Danish companies. However, after 7 years, BESTSELLER has decided to resign and instead join the ETI to engage with other large international fashion companies that are met with the same expectations and face the same challenges.

“Through our membership of DIEH we have already participated in some of ETI’s working groups, but becoming a member ourselves will leave us with much better opportunities for influencing the work within the groups and help drive positive changes,“ says Mogens Werge, Sustainability Director in BESTSELLER.

BESTSELLER is also engaged in other multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) that works to find a universal approach for measuring sustainable performance.

“As a single company we often have very little leverage to tackle issues that are deeply rooted in country cultures and that require fundamental changes. Therefore, joining forces within the industry and taking a collaborative approach is the most efficient way of making real sustainable improvements when working with complex supply chains as in the apparel and footwear industry,” says Mogens Werge.

Read more about ETI here: http://www.ethicaltrade.org/

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com

FDI in Indian E-commerce will stop price wars and streamline operations: Bhaskar Venkatraman

Chennai, India, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Indian government’s move to open up E-commerce market place to Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) will, apart from bring in more foreign investments and improve economy, also streamline and regulate the market while arresting the unethical price competitions, says Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com, an exclusive e-commerce market place for Point Of Sale (POS) products and consumables, for both retail and non-retail applications.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director, JusTransact.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director, JusTransact.com

Reacting the government move to allow 100% FDI in India’s e-commerce sector, Bhaskar, who is one of the pioneers in introducing POS technology to Indian retail market, says,  “This is a good step with a long term vision and a step towards bring in regulations and healthy competition among e-commerce companies. The move will arrest un-ethical price competitions vis-à-vis brick-and-mortar counterparts which will ultimately benefit end users. This will also change consumers’ perspective towards online shopping as they give more weightage to convenience rather than the price factors.”

On the flip side, the entry of international biggies into Indian e-commerce sector will lead to realignments of local companies, which is unavoidable in the present scenario. This will trigger healthy competition and improve products’ standards in the market, a win-win situation for consumers.

About JusTransact.com

Justransact.com is an e-commerce venture of Millennium Retech Ventures India Pvt. Ltd promoted by Millennium Group. JusTrasact.com was launched with a sole motive of providing reliable, affordable and scalable POS solutions to the fast growing retail sector in India. POS technology facilitates small, medium and large businesses automate their activities, enhance customer experience and also make them competitive with established players. The portal has made world-class cutting-edge POS Hardware, Software and Knowledge accessible to retailers. Headquartered in Chennai and having branches in major cities in India, Justransact.com offers one-stop solution for all kinds of POS needs to both retail and non-retail business applications. The portal currently sells 1000+ POS products of 15+ categories from 40+ world’s leading brands.

Media contact: 

K Ramanathan,

ram(at)justransact(dot)com

G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road,

Ambattur Industrial Estate,

Chennai-600 058.

Save-On-Foods store in Saskatchewan marks grand opening with special Regina gala on March 31

Regina, Saskatchewan, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Save-On-Foods store in Saskatchewan is celebrating its grand opening this weekend with a special invite-only gala on Thursday, March 31.

Joining Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones in making remarks at the gala are special guests Jim Pattison, owner of Save-On-Foods; Regina city councillor Bob Hawkins; and Regina Food Bank CEO Steve Compton.

Admission to this private event is by donation to the Regina Food Bank.

Special presentations and entertainment by Saskatchewan’s own Cody Prevost will also play an exclusive concert during the event.

The store officially opens its doors to the public on Friday, April 1, and will hold grand opening promotions and events starting April 2.

To attend the Gala with a guest or to arrange for an in-store photo opportunity or one-on-one interview in the afternoon on March 31 or morning of April 1, please contact Julie Dickson at (604) 992-2538 or julie_dickson@owfg.com.

What: Save-On-Foods Regina South grand opening sneak preview gala

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6 p.m.

Who: Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones, Save-On-Foods owner Jim Pattison, Regina Food Bank CEO Steve Compton, City Councillor Bob Hawkins

Where: Save-On-Foods, 4520 Albert Street South, Regina, Saskatchewan

Source: Save-On-Foods

Save-On-Foods opens store in Yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Save-On-Foods is officially announcing its entry to the Yukon with a ground-breaking event in Yukon’s capital city on March 30.

The store will include a 42,000-square-foot Save-On-Foods store with the full Save-On-Foods offering, and an adjacent 12,000-square-foot wholesale store on the property.

Wednesday’s event will feature remarks by Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones and Mayor Dan Curtis.

The Vancouver-based company is known for customizing each of its stores to meet the needs of the local community, for going the extra mile for its customers, and for its commitment to supporting local producers.

Construction is expected to commence later this year, with an anticipated opening in the summer of 2017.

What: Save-On-Foods Whitehorse Announcement

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4:15pm

Who: Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones
City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce President Rick Karp

Where: Chilkoot Way & Quartz Road
Whitehorse, Yukon

Source: Save-On-Foods

For more information please contact:

Julie Dickson Olmstead, Save-On-Foods
(604) 992-2538
julie_dickson@owfg.com

Jessica Apolloni, City of Whitehorse
867- 689-2848