Walgreens returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day’s official retail partner makes more Red Noses available and expands Red Nose Day merchandise to help raise funds to fight kids’ poverty

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens proudly returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day, helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses – which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 – returned to store shelves at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide this morning, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.

Following the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural Red Nose Day, Walgreens is going beyond the nose in 2016 and raising funds through the sale of new Red Flair merchandise, also available nationwide starting today. From red hats and springy novelty headbands to oversized sequin bowties and Red Noses for cars (to name a few), Walgreens is making it even easier for Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause.

“Helping people live happy and healthy lives is our passion at Walgreens, and participating in Red Nose Day lets us do just that for those who need it most: kids living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Topping last year’s success is a challenge we’re ready for. We have more Red Noses, new Red Flair and several other fun ways for everyone in the Walgreens family – from our valued customers and vendor partners to our passionate team members – to get involved in this powerful campaign.”

The Return of the Red Noses       
Between now and the official Red Nose Day in May, Walgreens hopes to sell significantly more Red Noses than the 5 million it sold last year. To help meet its goal, Red Noses and Red Flair hit Walgreens shelves two weeks earlier this year, giving Americans even more time to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause. Starting today and continuing through June 4, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide will sell Red Noses for $1 each and Red Flair items for between $1-$5.99. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

Beyond purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair for themselves, Americans can further support the cause by purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair products for their schools or workplaces, or organize fundraisers in their community. Cash donations can also be made at any Walgreens location.

Walgreens commemorated the return of the laughs and Red Nose Day fun with the help of actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Grandfathered, Masters of None), who helped deliver the first batch of Red Noses and Red Flair to Walgreens shelves in Chicago, the retailer’s hometown. Accompanied by Walgreens team members, Patel arrived at Walgreens flagship store in a Red Nose Day-adorned armored truck. With security in place, a briefcase full of Red Noses and Red Flair handcuffed to his arm and a store full of unsuspecting shoppers, Patel successfully delivered the Red Nose Day fun to Walgreens. The event was captured on film and is posted on the Walgreens YouTube channel.

#RedNose Road Trip & Challenges
Together with Walgreens, Patel will continue the fun online by inviting Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” on social media with weekly #RedNose challenges. Starting today and continuing every Monday leading up to Red Nose Day, Patel will accept the weekly #RedNose challenge from Walgreens with a silly video and task Americans to join in. The challenges include “Share your four-legged friend’s #RedNose look,” “Share your #RedNose Mom & Me Flair selfie,” and “Share your #RedNose landmark photo,” among others. People can share their silliest pictures and videos answering the challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RedNose.

Weekly #RedNose challenge videos will be featured as part of a new Walgreens “50 States, 50 Stories” video series to live on Walgreens.com/RedNoseDay. In the series, Walgreens takes Red Nose Day on the road in search of powerful stories showing people both supporting and benefitting from Red Nose Day. The uplifting, fun-filled stories will showcase real people’s charitable Red Nose Day efforts in action across the country.

Walgreens “nose” consumers aren’t the only ones who know how to have fun for a great cause. Later this week, Walgreens executives will issue a Corporate Challenge to colleagues at other companies encouraging them to share funny videos and show America their silly sides. In the coming weeks Walgreens Facebook page will show just how silly corporate America can get to help fight kids’ poverty around the world.

Beyond the Nose
In the UK, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion since it launched over 25 years ago and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives. The inaugural Red Nose Day event in the U.S. took place last May and raised more than $23 million to help kids in need in America and abroad.

This year, Red Nose Day’s nine-week campaign will culminate in a live, two-hour broadcast on NBC airing on May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). The Red Nose Day Special will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars in an engaging mix of comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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..

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will be held on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty; and with the same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.

* Until June 4, 2016, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50; and for each Red Nose Flair item purchased (Beads, Bow Ties, Headbands, Sunglasses, Pens, Mugs, Cups and Hats) Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.

Carrefour Bio opens 6th store in Paris

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 24 March, the 6th Carrefour Bio opened in Paris, Bolivar street. With a sales area of 238m², the store stocks some 4000 products.

Its opening has created 4 new jobs.

This opening complements the Bio campaign which has been on television screens since 20 March – the follow-up to the “I am optimism” manifesto film released earlier this year.  The campaign – which is being rolled out in the press, on television and over the Internet – showcases all of Carrefour’s organic worlds (food, clothing, cosmetics, etc.), and is a reference to the recent Nielsen study which ranks Carrefour as the number one general retailer in France for organic products.

For more than 20 years, Carrefour has been a pioneering company in bringing organic products to the masses in France, undertaking to produce and sell them in all of its various sales formats. The retailer launched its Boule Bio bread in 1992 and is seen as a forerunner.

The graphic below shows key data about Bio products at Carrefour in France:

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Carrefour Bio opens 6th store in Paris

Carrefour Bio opens 6th store in Paris

Amazon.com to create more than 1,000 more full-time positions in its new San Bernardino fulfillment center

Amazon to create more than 1,000 full-time hourly roles at its third facility in San Bernardino

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a seventh Californiafulfillment center in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first Golden State fulfillment center in 2012. Amazon currently employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California locations and plans to create more than 1,000 more full-time positions in the new San Bernardino facility. Outside of San Bernardino, Amazon’s other Golden State fulfillment centers are located in Tracy,Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands and Rialto.

“San Bernardino has proven to be an important part of Amazon’s growth in California, and we are proud to continue creating jobs and helping support the economy here in the Inland Empire,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Over the past three and a half years, we have not only built a network of top-notch fulfillment centers across the state, but we’ve also provided continuing education classrooms onsite, generous paid parental leave benefits and leadership growth for associates ‒ in addition to competitive wages.”

Amazon employees at the 1.1 million-square-foot San Bernardino fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

“We are excited Amazon continues to view San Bernardino as a great place to do business and we’re proud to be part of Amazon’s history and future,” said Mayor R. Carey Davis of San Bernardino. “The company continues hosting a robust public tours program, donating needed items and volunteer hours to local charities, and supporting local businesses on a regular basis.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and paternity leave benefits. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

The project is being developed by Hillwood Investments.

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.

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Sainsbury’s launches nationwide recycling service for Easter egg packaging

LONDON, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK set to throw away up to 3,000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging

Today, Sainsbury’s is appealing to customers to get #EggyAboutEggcess, as the supermarket launches its nationwide recycling service for Easter egg packaging.

The service aims to ensure all elements of chocolate egg packaging are recycled, including rigid plastic that kerbside collectors don’t always accept as part of their service. Recycling bins will be placed in 400 stores around the country from Monday.

With waste experts WRAP estimating that 3,000 tonnes of packaging excess is produced each year, and with 80 million eggs sold in the UK annually – the next fortnight is crucial in the recycling calendar.

To encourage shoppers to recycle, Sainsbury’s is launching an online campaign appealing to the public to get #EggyAboutEggcess.

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability and Energy at Sainsbury’s said: “From creating an Easter bonnet to building a fort made of boxes, we’re asking customers to share pictures of the imaginative ways they use their egg packaging over the weekend, before bringing it to be recycled.”

“We hope that the #EggyAboutEggcess initiative will alert the public to our in store service, a super convenient way to make a difference after all the Easter festivities!”

It’s not the first time Sainsbury’s customers have got behind a recycling campaign. Last Christmas, shoppers helped the supermarket recycle over 89,000 tonnes of Christmas cards which was an increase of over 2,000 tonnes on the previous year.

Sainsbury’s egg recycling bins will be placed in 400 stores around the country from Monday 28th March until the 12th April, making it easy for millions of customers to recycle every last bit of egg packaging.

Top tips from Sainsbury’s on how to get creative with Easter egg packaging: 

1. Make an Easter bonnet with a bit of creativity and a lot of glue! See some creative suggestions here

2. For an extra bit of entertainment for the kids, separate all the packaging, hand over some Sellotape and get them to make a fort to play in!

3. Create masks using pictures of characters on the front of packaging.

4. Get kids to make spring garlands for upcoming parties with a bit of string and some imagination.

5. Make a dolls house using a box for each room – don’t forget to keep the foil from eggs

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

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Sainsbury’s launches nationwide recycling service for Easter egg packaging

Sainsbury’s launches nationwide recycling service for Easter egg packaging

Sainsbury’s Double Up event returns from 30 March to 5 April

LONDON, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Points could be worth twice as much between 30 March–5 April 2016

The popular Sainsbury’s Double Up event, which will run from 30 March to 5 April, lets customers exchange their Nectar points for vouchers worth twice as much to spend in the following departments:

  • Tu clothing
  • Electricals
  • Entertainment*
  • Homeware
  • Toys
  • Taste the Difference: wine, champagne, sparkling, sherry and port

Customers can exchange their Nectar points for vouchers at the customer service desk in stores from 30 March to 5 April, stating their chosen department.  Vouchers must be redeemed by 5 April, using one voucher per category.

The minimum number of points that can be exchanged is 1,000 – normally worth £5, but worth £10 during the Double Up event.  The maximum number is 4,000 points – normally worth £20, but worth £40 during the event.

Sarah Ellis, Head of Marketing Strategy at Sainsbury’s, said: “This is a really popular event that rewards our loyal customers.  It’s a great time for shoppers to double their money by exchanging their Nectar points for vouchers to spend in our stores. With spring just around the corner, Nectar Double Up can help your money go that bit further.”

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

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Sainsbury’s Double Up event returns from 30 March to 5 April

Sainsbury’s Double Up event returns from 30 March to 5 April

Kesko and Neste updates its Neste K service station concept to provide comprehensive service experience

HELSINKI, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko and Neste are leading Finnish service stations into a new era. The new Neste K service station concept has been built on the basis of customer feedback, resulting in a cosy milieu, a menu designed by a top chef, restrooms updated by an interior designer and high quality services for motorists. New Neste K service stations provide a comprehensive service experience, in line with the ‘Tactics for Better Stops’.

“The refurbishment of Neste K service stations is part of Kesko’s neighbourhood market strategy – we want to offer our customers high quality and personalised services quickly and easily. Motorists often stop at service stations only when they need to. In line with Neste K’s Tactics for Better Stops, we want to provide our customers with such a good service that all the people on the road will find Neste K a choice they cannot pass by without stopping. The change involves a new kind of service culture, which puts the customer and quality in the centre of all activities,” says Jorma Rauhala, Senior Vice President for Kesko’s grocery trade.

“The new Neste K station concept will further deepen our cooperation with Kesko. We are pleased to see that we share the aim of providing joy to customers on the move. Our own station network is very important for us, as it enables us to offer our customers high quality fuels, refined in Finland, as well as other products and services needed by motorists. We absolutely want to be profiled at the top of the stations in customer encounters and our service and product offering,” says Antti Tiitola, Executive Vice President for oil retail business area at Neste.

Neste K service stations will not be copies of each other but every station will have its special needs and opportunities depending on location and clientele.

“We want to give retailer entrepreneurs at Neste K service stations a chance to voice their own views – making each Neste K different and unique. Retailers know their customers and can tailor the station’s services and selections of food and groceries to meet their needs,” says Rauhala.

Tasty food and versatile services in pleasant premises

The aim of Neste K stations is to deliver a superior food experience to customers on the road. The stations will offer customers varied and high quality food, either consumed on site or taken away. The menu choices of the service stations have been designed by Pekka Terävä, an awarded top chef. Coffee lovers will be treated with an array of special coffees.

Neste K service stations range from compact 100 square metre city stations to nearly 2,000 square metre stations for long distance motorists. The leading idea in the design and use of space is to provide an ecological, cosy and functional ambience. The restrooms of Neste K service stations will be clean and pleasant. The premises designed by the interior design company dSign Vertti Kivi & Co make use of moving image and voice, for example.

Neste K service stations will provide their customers with tidy and modern refuelling yards and high quality additional services, such as free wifi in the restaurant, the Osta&Nosta cash withdrawal at checkouts service, a recharging point for electric cars, and the QuickWash car wash services based on the latest technology.

The first new Neste K station opened its doors at Teiskontie road in Tampere on 22 March 2016, and all the current 70 joint stations of Neste and Kesko are due to be changed and refurbished to become Neste K service stations by the end of 2017. The aim is to build a network of close to 100 Neste K stations. The total capital expenditure will be tens of millions of euros.

Further information:
Jorma Rauhala, Senior Vice President, grocery trade, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 10 5322 211
Mikko Paukkonen, Vice President, Neste K service station concept, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 50 567 9761
Antti Tiitola, Executive Vice President, oil retail business area, Neste Corporation, tel. +358 10 458 4273

K-Group

The about 40,000 exceptionally nice people of the K-Group work daily to make shopping fun for customers in our stores in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and Russia. We help our more than 1,500 stores serve their customers in the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade, and the car trade. We do our work with big heart while paying attention to society and the environment. We are already the most responsible food retailer in the world and are constantly trying out something new. We are doing this to provide good choices both on the shelves of the local stores and online.www.kesko.fi

Neste
Neste is a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions. We provide our customers with premium-quality products for cleaner traffic and industrial products based on world-class research. We are the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, and our annual production capacity is more than 2 million tons. We also are the world’s largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues. Our sustainable operations have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies, among others. Our net sales for 2015 amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion, and our shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Cleaner traffic, energy and life are moved forward by about 5,000 professionals. More information:
neste.com/en

Argos raised €80,000 for the Irish Cancer Society in just 12 months since the launch of its partnership

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer Argos has raised €80,000 for the Irish Cancer Society, since the launch of its two year partnership in March last year. The money raised so far will fund 3,000 nursing hours at the Irish Cancer Society’s hospital-based Daffodil Centres for people affected by cancer in Ireland, providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities.

Colleagues and customers across Argos’ 40 stores nationwide have reached this impressive total in just 12 months, making this one of the Irish Cancer Society’s fastest growing ‘charity-of-the-year’ partnerships to date.  Following the launch of the partnership last March with a Daffodil Day fundraiser, stores have hosted a wide range of events to boost the fundraising total. These include staff fundraisers such as cake sales, raffles, along with participating in the Society’s own campaigns like Colour Dash and Paint it Pink.

Des Barnett, Charity Partnership Manager at Argos Republic of Ireland says: “Since the launch of our charity partnership with the Irish Cancer Society last year, we saw incredibly high levels of engagement from stores right across the country, which is fantastic. We far exceeded our fundraising target for the first year, and having voted to support the Irish Cancer Society, our colleagues will be delighted to know that they are making such a difference to people affected by cancer.”

“We are so pleased to have the support of Argos”, says John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society. “Every day we are fighting cancer on so many fronts to ensure that less people will die from this terrible disease. We are so grateful, not only for the support from the staff of Argos but also to their customers who have so enthusiastically gotten behind our cause. So far thanks to our partnership with Argos, we can support almost 3,000 visitors to one of our specialist Daffodil Centres, based in hospitals all over Ireland. We look forward to reaching even more people as our partnership continues to grow. Together we won’t give up until cancer does.”

Further fundraising plans by Argos colleagues in 2016 include support of the Irish Cancer Society’s national fundraising events such as Colour Dash, Paint it Pink, and Movember, as well as bespoke fundraising activity linked to key trading periods for the business such as the Argos Catalogue Launch in July.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

About Argos

Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 800 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

About Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. The Society is almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receives less than 2% government funding.

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No Repro Fee. Donna Campbell, from Argos (left) with Des Bartnett, Charity Partnership Manager, Argos and Bernie Healy, Daffodil Centre Cancer Nurse at St. James Hospital, pictured at the announcement of €80,000.00 funds raised in the last twelve months by Argos making the nationwide general retailer one of the Irish Cancer Society’s fastest growing ‘charity-of-the-year’ partnerships to date. The money raised will fund 3,000 nursing hours at the Irish Cancer Society’s hospital-based Daffodil Centres for people affected by cancer in Ireland, providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

No Repro Fee.
Donna Campbell, from Argos (left) with Des Bartnett, Charity Partnership Manager, Argos and Bernie Healy, Daffodil Centre Cancer Nurse at St. James Hospital, pictured at the announcement of €80,000.00 funds raised in the last twelve months by Argos making the nationwide general retailer one of the Irish Cancer Society’s fastest growing ‘charity-of-the-year’ partnerships to date. The money raised will fund 3,000 nursing hours at the Irish Cancer Society’s hospital-based Daffodil Centres for people affected by cancer in Ireland, providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Waitrose to operate cashless store in Sky Central this summer; an industry first in UK

LONDON, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is to become the UK’s first major supermarket brand to operate a cashless store when it opens in Sky’s new flagship head office building at its campus in Osterley this summer.

It will also be the first Waitrose to open on a workplace campus in almost 20 years and at 1,400 sq ft will become the second smallest store in the retailer’s estate.

The little Waitrose branded shop will be located inside Sky’s new office building – Sky Central – which will be home to more than 3,500 staff when work is completed in the summer.

Sky employees will only be able to pay by card or their mobile devices at one of the five self-service checkouts in the store.

Waitrose opened its only other office based store in 1998 – a 520 sq ft shop at British Airways’ Waterside headquarters in Harmondsworth.

The retailer met with groups of Sky employees to determine what they would like to see in their new store. There will be a focus on evening meals and food to go, including fresh sandwiches, wraps and sushi, as well as a selection of fresh produce and ingredients, celebration cakes, freshly cut flowers and store cupboard staples. Bread and croissants will be baked each day, too.

Travel accessories and mini health and beauty ranges will also be available for those needing to travel at late notice or choosing to take advantage of the on-site gym.

The store will be run by Waitrose employees with 20 jobs created. They will all become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership.

Waitrose Director, Convenience, Jackie Wharton, says: ‘Opening on the Sky campus is an exciting opportunity for us to respond to how customers wish to shop in this flagship workplace setting. Our convenience model is now more flexible than ever, especially as payment methods and ranges continue to evolve, so we’ll look forward to exploring other opportunities like this in the future.’

Nick Green, Director of Property Service Group, Sky, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Waitrose to our campus in Osterley. Our goal is to make Sky a great place to work for all our colleagues and having such easy access to this new shop will be a huge benefit.’

Notes to editors
Sky – Sky’s new HQ building, Sky Central, opens in summer 2016. It will join Sky’s existing buildings – Sky Studios, a fully-equipped Health and Fitness Centre and the Believe in Better Building (one of the largest and tallest sustainably-sourced solid wood structures in commercial office use in the UK and home to the work Sky does for young people through Sky Academy) – on a campus buzzing with over 7250 people.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food and Grocery Retailer2 awards- currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

James Armstrong
Property and Development Communications Manager, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 824657
Email: james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

SSP America awarded 10 year contract to develop and operate Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market at Portland International Airport

  • SSP showcase locally acclaimed Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen plus a marketplace full of regional products

LONDON, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a 10 year contract by the Port of Portland Commission to develop and operate Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market at Portland International Airport.  Positioned at the entrance to Concourse C, the unit will occupy over 3,000 square feet of retail space.

Inspired by Portland’s dynamic food culture, SSP America paired local culinary titan, Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen with a bespoke market concept designed specifically for PDX, featuring an abundance of regionally produced artisan food products, wines and craft beers.

Chef/owner, Ken Gordon, commented, “Kenny & Zuke’s is so thrilled to be opening our location at Portland International Airport this coming fall.  We think we can be a tremendous addition to PDX as the Pacific Northwest’s best artisan delicatessen.”

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, said, “SSP America is proud to be partnering with Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen and to showcase a taste of the Pacific Northwest’s most celebrated food and drink at Portland International. We are always proud to bring exceptional local brands to the airport’s global stage, and the food here is worthy of the world’s attention.  This is a win for all—for Portland International, the Portland Community, these local culinary heroes and the nearly 17 million annual travelers to PDX.”

Kenny & Zuke’s has been the culinary leader of the Northwest’s traditional deli scene since 2007.  Using time-honored methods, faithful to the art of handcrafting authentic deli foods, Chef Ken Gordon has been at the forefront of today’s deli renaissance—serving patrons scratched cooked meals made with fresh, local ingredients.

At their hometown airport, Chef Gordon’s hand-rolled bagels will draw passengers throughout every day part, but his famous pastrami will take center-stage glory—sandwiched solo with mustard on rye, or griddled in The Classic Reuben—this is the meat that started a cult following.

On the merchandise shelves, baskets and in the chill cases, local, Oregon-centric goods will abound.  Featured items include chocolates from Alma & Fran’s, Three Little Figs confits and chutneys and savoury snacks from Oregon Orchard and Portland Fruit & Nut Co., as well as Portland-made condiments, Quin candies, Tillamook cheeses and Misty Meadow jams, jellies and honey.

At the bar, travelers are invited to relax with one of the many locally crafted beers or regional wines—paired with a Kenny & Zuke’s classic deli plate, passengers can enjoy a memorable taste of place with every sip and bite!

The lease is part of a three-phase, multi-year, $19.8 million project to refresh PDX concessions through 2018 and highlight the best of local, regional and popular national brands.  Over the past 20 years, PDX has garnered multiple industry awards from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) as well as Airport Revenue News (ARN) for their concessions program and concessions management team.

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market will open in the autumn of 2016.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

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Taco Bell brings back Beefy Crunch Burrito and Cheesy Double Beef Burrito on April 21

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Rebecca logging 5,400 miles on the open road to get her favorite Taco Bell burrito. For Brittany, who recognized Taco Bell as senior photo backdrop gold. And in celebration of Tyler, Justin and the countless others who proudly show off their glorious taco tattoos, this one is for them.

Taco Bell is granting fans’ wishes by bringing back both the Beefy Crunch Burrito and Cheesy Double Beef Burrito to menu boards nationwide on April 21. The two Fan Favorites return to Taco Bell after a three-year absence and a nearly twice as long campaign from impassioned fans like the “Beefy Crunch Movement” to bring them back.

“The fact that we have a brand that inspires its fans to create movements around their favorite products is something we value more than anything,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell Corp. “Our fans always have a “seat at our table”… and in this case, we wanted to honor their fandom for the Beefy Crunch and Cheesy Double Beef Burritos by giving them a piece of the menu. They deserve the credit for bringing them back –- and our little thank you in return is bringing these favorites back for only a dollar.”

Which brings us to Richard Axton, the fearless leader of the Beefy Crunch Movement, a social media campaign dedicated to bringing back Taco Bell’s Beefy Crunch Burrito. Born five years ago when the Beefy Crunch Burrito first disappeared from menus, the movement initially got on Taco Bell’s radar when they published a 14-page document outlining their grievances about the departure of Richard’s (and his now 38,000+ accomplices) beloved Beefy Crunch Burrito.

After literally waving the Beefy Crunch Movement flag for years, Richard today had the honor of announcing to Beefy Crunch Burrito fans that the treasured menu item will make its long-awaited return to menus nationwide. Taco Bell will work with Richard and his community in the weeks leading up to its fabled return on April 21 to share details of the release, build excitement and even provide some surprise and delights for the zealous fans who have shown incredible passion for these products.

In addition, the brand will be re-releasing another fan favorite and cult classic, the Cheesy Double Beef Burrito. These mouthwatering burritos will kick off the return of Fan Favorite menu items, and future menu additions will be decided based on…you guessed it – fan excitement, passion and engagement.

The introduction of Fan Favorite menu items will be supported by a multi-channel marketing campaign with content on TV, radio, digital, mobile, social and PR.

Fans are encouraged to learn more about Fan Favorites by visiting The Feed on Ta.co.

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ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION 
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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UK based Mobicode to integrate Piceasoft’s PiceaVolumeEraser™ as a part of its retail ‘ecosystem’

Tampere, Finland, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Piceasoft and UK based Mobicode have signed a technology licensing agreement to integrate unique PiceaVolumeEraser™ as a part of Mobicode retail ‘ecosystem’. Mobicode considers PiceaEraser™ the best erasure tool in the market for their business.

Mobicode is a comprehensive set of modular tools that support the key activities a business will follow when handling mobile devices. The customer base consists of independent retail chains, recycling companies and distributors including 5.000 users in the UK alone. Mobicode creates a great channel for Piceasoft products in this segment.

“We have once again proven that we are flexible and can quickly adapt to the market needs. We consider this as the market breakthrough for our new PiceaEraser™ technology,” said Jyri Roselius, Piceasoft CEO.

The winning two-way cooperation is based on Piceasoft white-label technology and proven Mobicode delivery model. PiceaVolumeEraser™ technology is seamlessly integrated to Mobicode offerings and available to consumers in the UK and worldwide.

“PiceaEraser™ represents a business opportunity and creates a significant competitive edge to our Mobicode offering in the demanding service market. Piceasoft provides us with unique technology that is not offered by anyone else in the market,” said Peter Kirby, Mobicode CEO.

SOURCE: EuropaWire