83 percent of SMBs think an organized office is a vital part of their business – Office Depot

Larger SMBs View Disorganization as More Annoying than Poor Personal Hygiene

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Apr-06 — /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, found the vast majority (83 percent) of small business owners (SMBs) think an organized office is a vital part of their business.

According to the latest Office Depot Small Business Index, two-thirds (63 percent) of SMBs believe their level of office organization correlates to their business’ profitability. In addition, three-quarters (74 percent) of SMBs anticipate they could not operate their business without any organizational tools.

“While the majority of small business owners understand organization is directly linked to productivity, nearly one-third still associate organizing with cleaning, or view it as an after-thought,” said Holly Bohn, organization expert and founder of See Jane Work, in partnership with Office Depot, Inc. “Instead, small business owners should consider organization as a priority in their business plans.”

Survey respondents reported that organization is essential to meeting deadlines on time and makes it easy to find information quickly. The Index also found that file folders are the most often utilized organizational tool among SMBs (85 percent), followed by shelves and drawers (69 percent), calendars (68 percent), storage containers (64 percent) and sticky notes (61 percent).

“We recognize the impact that organizational tools have on small business owners,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “Each small business is unique and requires personalized solutions backed by industry expertise. At Office Depot, the variety of organizational gear we offer is designed to help customers curate the solutions that work best for them.”

Three-quarters of SMBs feel a disorganized workspace reflects negatively on an employee, and 67 percent of larger SMBs (50-99 employees) are more likely to associate disorganization with laziness. Fifty-three percent of larger SMBs also state that being disorganized is a more annoying work habit than poor personal hygiene. Considering many employees work in smaller spaces, organization is key to both productivity and earning respect among peers.

To view content or to learn more about small business products and services please visit Office Depot’s Business Solutions Center at solutions.officedepot.com.

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications

Interviews are conducted via the Internet among a nationally representative sample of small and medium-sized businesses. The February wave of interviewing was conducted from February 5, 2016 to February 25, 2016 among a total of 1,290 small and medium-sized businesses. Interviewing will be conducted on a monthly basis in order to track shifts that occur over time.

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.

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Savor World Flavor: Taste of Spain at Kroger family of stores

Grocer to Expand its Imported HemisFares™ Brand as part of Savor World Flavor Event

CINCINNATI, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores is taking customers on a gourmet journey to taste the exquisite flavors of Spain during an exciting two-week event, Savor World Flavor: Taste of Spain.

A team of Kroger food explorers traveled the regions of Spain, and collaborated with local producers and chefs, searching for authentic, yet easy to prepare meal ideas and beverages. Starting April 6,Taste of Spain will highlight the best flavors brought back for Kroger customers, such as seasoned chorizo, smoked paprika garlicky shrimp, freshly harvested extra virgin olive oil, saffron-flavored paella, and smooth, fruity Chardonnay from Navarro.

This ultimate foodie event will feature samples, recipe ideas, new food products and events that bring a taste of the Spanish culture to Kroger stores across the country.

“Savor World Flavor events introduce our customers to new dinner solutions from flavorful regions of the world without leaving their hometown store,” said Mike Donnelly, executive vice president of merchandising for The Kroger Co. “The Spanish cuisine is ideal for special occasions or everyday meals, and we are helping our customers recreate those colorful flavors in their own homes.”

The grocer will also introduce new internationally inspired products under its exclusive brand HemisFares™, which debuted with Taste of Italy last fall. These best-of-the-world eats are procured directly from their food-rich regions for Kroger customers. This latest launch will introduce Spanish favorites including dry-cured jamón Ibérico de Bellota, rich and creamy spicy paprika aioli, and olive oil from the La Mancha region of Spain.

Kroger will host a national Twitter party at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, April 11, for customers to learn more about Spanish cuisine and engage with an internationally known chef and culinary expert. To participate, follow @kroger on Twitter.

This is the third Savor World Flavor event Kroger has hosted, inclusive of Taste of México in 2014 andTaste of Italy last year. For more details, including recipes and cultural facts please visit www.spanishworldflavor.com.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Walgreens study: Patients eligible for pharmacy interventions experience 3 percent greater medication adherence and nearly 2 percent less hospitalizations

Patients eligible for pharmacy interventions experience 3 percent greater medication adherence and nearly 2 percent less hospitalizations

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens pharmacy patients offered a multi-faceted medication adherence program demonstrated 3 percent greater medication adherence1, and significantly lower healthcare spending, according to a new Walgreens study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management.

The Walgreens study examined how its community pharmacists and multichannel interventions reduce hospitalizations and total medical costs commonly associated with non–adherence to medications. The research included patients initiating therapy within 16 drug classes used to treat common chronic conditions, over a six-month period in 2013, and comparing Walgreens patients with those using other pharmacies.

The research examined the data from 72,410 patients in each group. Walgreens patient data were matched to de-identified patient data from other pharmacies based on a range of factors, including: drug class, demographics, clinical factors, prior healthcare utilization and costs.

“This data quantifies the role our community pharmacy platform plays in achieving better population health outcomes,” said study author Michael Taitel, PhD, Walgreens senior director of health analytics, research and reporting. “These findings clearly illustrate that the combination of pharmacist counseling, medication therapy management, refill reminders and telephonic and digital pharmacy interventions, tailored to patients’ needs, drive better adherence. Further, this improvement in adherence results in fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, ultimately benefitting payers by lowering the overall cost of care.”

The Walgreens interventions include pharmacy-based patient counseling, medication therapy management (MTM), and online and digital refill reminders. For new-to-therapy patients, these programs included pharmacist calls and consultations; and for those continuing therapy, included MTM consultations, automated reminders, pickup reminders, late-to-fill reminders and face-to-face consultations.

Additional findings from the study included:

  • Walgreens community pharmacy patients had 1.8 percent fewer hospital admissions and 2.7 percent fewer emergency room (ER) visits
  • On a per patient basis, those in the Walgreens intervention group incurred lower total healthcare costs, including pharmacy (-$92), outpatient (-$120), ER expenditures (-$38), and total health care costs (-$226) over a 6-month period
  • Overall, Walgreens new-to-therapy patients had 3 percent lower total healthcare costs then comparable non-Walgreens patients

Studies show that only about 50 percent of patients with chronic conditions take their medications as prescribed2 by their doctors, costing the U.S. health care system up to $289 billion3 each year. Additional research consistently demonstrates that increased adherence leads to lower health care utilization, lower costs, better health outcomes and decreased risk of hospitalizations.

Added Harry Leider, M.D., and Walgreens chief medical officer, “Patients receiving a new chronic diagnosis and medication therapy are at very high risk for non-adherence to medication, and this important study demonstrates how a diverse set of pharmacy and digital interventions improves care while reducing total healthcare costs.”

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.

1 Osayi E. Akinbosoye, PhD, PAHM, Michael S. Taitel, PhD, James Grana, PhD, Jerrold Hill, PhD, and Rolin L Wade, RPh, MS. Improving Medication Adherence and Health Care Outcomes in a Commercial Population Through a Community Pharmacy. J Population Health Management. (2016).

2 Kronish IM, Ye S. Adherence to cardiovascular medications: lessons learned and future directions. Prog. Cardiovasc. Dis. 2013;55(6):590-600).

3 Meera Viswanathan, PhD; Carol E. Golin, MD; Christine D. Jones, MD, MS; Mahima Ashok, PhD; Susan J. Blalock, MPH, PhD; Roberta C.M. Wines, MPH; Emmanuel J.L. Coker-Schwimmer, MPH; David L. Rosen, MD, PhD; Priyanka Sista, BA; and Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD (2012). Interventions to Improve Adherence to Self-administered Medications for Chronic Diseases in the United States: A Systematic Review


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Carrefour becomes partner of the 1st Start-Up Summit organised by Challenges

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour will be one of the partners of the 1st Start-Up Summit organised by Challenges, scheduled for 6 April at the Palais Brongniart.

Hervé Parizot, Carrefour France’s head of e-commerce and client data, will be talking as part of a roundtable discussion on the theme: Big can be smart – when major groups adopt and give impetus to the start-up culture.

Since it was founded, innovation has truly been one of the mainstays of Carrefour’s development: creativity is encouraged at all levels within the group as a way of enhancing the customer experience across the various formats and numerous channels via which it operates. Carrefour acquires new expertise and supports high-potential start-ups as a means of innovating. This is so as to create promising ecosystems and make life easier for the 13 million customers that its stores welcome every day throughout the world.

Innovation goes hand-in-hand with agility. That’s why it’s important to draw on support from young minds with cutting-edge expertise. For some time now, Carrefour has been working with start-ups from a range of different sectors. It has entered into partnerships with Fitle (virtual fitting room), Echy (hybrid lighting systems), ABTasty (A/B testing) and Critizr (gauging customers’ opinions).

Since 2015, Carrefour has been a member of the Partech Growth investment fund, set up to make it easier to share ideas with technical start-ups in France and at international level; and this year, the Group will be taking part in the Smart Food innovation platform in Paris.

The Carrefour Foundation also supports charity-focused start-ups, such as Goodeed.com which allows its users to make free donations to organisations.

Carrefour Spain celebrates 40 years in Valencia

Valencia, Spain, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 30 March 1976, Carrefour Spain inaugurated what was to be its first hypermarket in the Valencia Community, Carrefour Alfafar.

Its opening was a veritable revolution in the distribution sector, at a time when the commercial offer still followed traditional parameters. That centre is now an establishment which generates jobs for 235 people and has more than 5,400 employees in the region, making Carrefour Spain one of the principal economic and social actors in the Valencia Community.

Now, Carrefour Alfafar is an innovative hypermarket, whose 12,200 m2 sales area offers a dynamic commercial concept incorporating the latest technologies to serve its customers in a digital environment.

Carrefour’s first Pop Up Store in Valencia
Carrefour Spain is characterised by having a single-channel, multi-channel and multi-brand strategy, in order to adapt to the needs of today’s consumer. As a result of this innovative commercial strategy, the company decided to celebrate this anniversary by producing an entirely different commercial proposition: a Pop Up Store or temporary store, in the centre of Valencia.

The facade is an invitation to bring Carrefour Spain’s offering closer to the public and shows an original composition in which the protagonists are the “Acapulco” chairs, inspired by recognised linear patterns such as those created by renowned visual artists like Ali Schemltz, Angela Glajcar, Ernesto Neto or Chiharu Shiota. The interior revolves around three versatile spaces, designed to host events during the pop up celebration and, at the same time, leave the public free to see, touch, try and buy the product if they wish.
The space is situated in the central Mercado de Tapinería, and will be open from 30th March to 10 April, from 10.00 to 20.30 hours.

Three spaces, two city squares and an encounter with innovation and design
Carrefour Spain’s Pop Up Store was organised in three locations and two squares in which the collections have been distributed. In the first space a selection of textiles from the spring-summer 2016 collection is on display, in a vintage and informal atmosphere. Natural dry trees were used for the decoration of this area, to provide continuity with the idea of union and connection that inspires the lines of the facade.

The second space was customised to offer visitors an authentic seaside experience in which the collection of garden furniture, decoration products and furnishings are presented on a sandy base to make the visitor feel as if he were on an inland beach.

The third space transports us to the old Valencian orchards, with the products displayed on pallets and boxes of fruit, and also establishes a connection between the city of Valencia and its traditional markets. This is the area reserved for Carrefour Eco products, the chain’s range of ecological products, and a sustainable, dynamic, ecological and simple image is projected here.

Meeting point for the latest trends
The aim is for Carrefour Spain’s Pop Up Store to be a meeting point for fashion, decoration and trends, with shared spaces for influencers and trendsetters to show off their talent to the media, employees, clients and visitors.

The Pop Up Store will also boast an extensive programme of activities which include decoration workshops, fashion sessions and product tastings, which a selection of Club clients and some employees will be able to enjoy with exclusivity.

The aim: to create wealth and jobs in the Valencia Community
Carrefour Spain is yet another neighbour for Valencians, who know that in its establishments they can find a wide assortment that includes both the products of major national companies and those of small and medium-sized enterprises from each of the regions in which our chain is present. In this respect, in the past year alone, Carrefour Spain has done business with 959 companies in the Valencia Community, the majority of which were SMEs.

In these 40 years of development with Valencian society, Carrefour Spain’s aim in this Community has been to create wealth and jobs, as well as to form part of the environment in which it is situated. At present, it has 23 hypermarkets, 7 Carrefour Market supermarkets and 44 Carrefour Express.


Carrefour opens 7,700sqm hypermarket in Haikou, China

Haikou, China, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Haikou Penghui hypermarket opened on March 26th in Haikou, in the Southern Territory. It has a 7,700sqm surface. The shopping center features 19 stores over a total sales area of 1,282sqm. And it includes a car park with space for 500 cars.

Carrefour China has more than 220 hypermarkets in China.



Carrefour opens  7,700sqm hypermarket in Haikou, China

Carrefour opens 7,700sqm hypermarket in Haikou, China

H&M on Cambodia’s new trade union law: We believe well-functioning industrial relations are essential to the development of the country’s garment industry

H&M has been following the drafting of the Cambodian Trade Union Law closely. We believe well-functioning industrial relations are essential to the development of the Cambodian garment industry. It is of great importance to have a law which fully respects the ILO fundamental conventions on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (fundamental conventions 87, 98), and that relevant experts and stakeholders are consulted in the drafting process.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M wants to contribute to the development of Cambodia’s apparel and textiles sector. We have, on numerous occasions addressed the Cambodian government, and expressed our belief that a legal framework which ensures garment workers the rights to which they are entitled, is also beneficial to further investments and the growth of the country’s textile industry.

Beginning early 2014 H&M has alone and together with other members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), met with the Cambodian government and engaged in dialogue on the Trade Union Law. We have since then on numerous occasions raised our concerns and emphasized the importance of a Trade Union law aligned with ILO fundamental conventions. Most recently H&M, together with members of the ETI, sent a letter to the Cambodian government in late March 2016. This was then followed up on with an additional letter addressed to the prime minister of Cambodia, from H&M together with other brands.

Please find a link to the latest ETI statement here.

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Asda’s Income Tracker: UK families enjoyed double-digit increase in spending power last month vs the same month last year

  • The average UK household had a weekly disposable income of £197 in February, £12 more than in February 2015
  • Annual growth in spending power remained in the double digits in pound terms for the sixteenth consecutive month due to high wage growth
  • Wage growth remained the biggest contributor to increased household discretionary income, an increase of 2.2%
  • Essential item inflation reached 0% last month, the first non-negative reading since January 2015

LEEDS, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda’s latest Income Tracker has revealed that families across the UK enjoyed another double-digit increase in spending power last month, with disposable income for UK households reaching £197 a week.

February’s figure is an increase of £12 (6.7% annual increase) compared to the same month last year, as the added boost in discretionary income grew for the first time month-to-month since September 2015.

The latest figures mean this is the sixteenth consecutive month of double-digit increases to family bank balances, with wage growth being the main contributor to the impact on British purse strings, rising over 2% compared to the same time last year and standing well above inflation.

Meanwhile, the outlook remains positive as interest rates are predicted to stay low for a while longer, and low mortgage rates are also likely to provide more welcome warmth to wallets across the UK.

Employment rates also continue to look encouraging. The unemployment rate in February was low at 5.1%, and the number of people out of work, receiving the Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit, has fallen to its lowest number since 1975, dropping 2.5% on January and 12.5% on the same period last year, as more and more Britons entered the labour market.

Andy Clarke, Asda President and CEO, said: “Households across the UK continue to see a rise in their discretionary income with the falling cost of essentials including food and fuel providing consumers with more good news for February.

“We’ve also passed a milestone in the economy, with spending power growth remaining in the double digits for sixteen consecutive months, positive trends in employment growth and wage increases all likely to continue to help the nation’s pockets – it also sets a positive picture for the months ahead which is encouraging for the macro economy.”

Other statistics from Asda’s Income Tracker include inflation on essential items, which reached 0% in February – marking the first month in over a year where there hasn’t been deflation on basic goods. However, while prices increased across health (2.0%) and education services (4.8%), a drop in the cost of food (-2.3%) provided welcome relief for British households when it came to spending on basics such as bread, meat, fish and dairy products.

Adding to the downward pressure on essential item inflation were falling transport costs (-0.7%). Low fuel prices had the single biggest effect on low inflation rates and continued to provide commuters and travellers with more spending money at the pumps when filling up their tanks, with fuel dropping 7.3% on the same time last year. A decline in the cost of second hand cars also added to the reduction on overall inflation levels.

As consumers made the most of low prices, Asda’s Income Tracker shows that consumer spending was probably influenced by special Valentine’s celebrations. Those splashing out on a cozy restaurant dinner or spontaneous weekend away played a big role in contributing to the positive rate of headline inflation, with the cost of dining out and hotels rising by almost 2% in February – the highest rate since early 2015.

Looking to the months ahead, the trend of low interest rates is set to continue following the recent announcement by the Bank of England that a return to the 2% rate of central inflation remains unlikely, due to weak inflation, slow wage growth, and the impact of global events such as the EU referendum in the summer.

Kay Neufeld, Economist, Cebr, said: “In February, the growth rate of family spending power picked up again after decreasing for four months due to an increase in earnings growth, rather than because of decreasing costs of essential items. With the unemployment rate as low as 5.1% and the National Living Wage around the corner, we can expect to see further increases in average earnings in the next months.

“However, in the 2016 Budget Chancellor George Osborne was recently forced to acknowledge the numerous threats to economic growth which are looming on the horizon. From weak demand abroad, to low productivity growth at home and the uncertainties surrounding the EU referendum in June, families will still be concerned about the economy and what that means for the money in their pocket. But the good news is that we still foresee increased spending power in the coming months.”

Read the full report here.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill, MA on April 8 and 9, 2016

CHESTNUT HILL, MA, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — EVENT: A celebration of sushi at Wegmans Chestnut Hill brings the excitement of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market straight to customers in the store. The event offers unique fish prepared by Wegmans’ premier sushi chefs. A Maguro no Kaitai show in the seafood department features a whole tuna taken apart with a 6-foot knife and portioned right in front of customers. All are invited to attend.

Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Maguro no Kaitai show at 11 a.m. in the seafood department)
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wegmans Chestnut Hill
200 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

In partnership with Japan’s top fishmonger, Uoriki, the Sushi Fest brings together best ingredients from around the world and Wegmans Executive Chefs John Emerson, Takahiro Hachiya, Tadao Mikami, Bryan Kuo, Ted Tsao, and Satoshi Yamaguchi, all of whom trained in Tokyo to prepare the finest sushi and sashimi. They will work alongside several fish cutters from Japan during the event.

They’ll cut sashimi to order with varieties like uni (sea urchin) from California, Kampachi (similar to yellowtail Hamachi)from Hawaii, Japanese Red Seabream, Striped Jack from Tsukiji, and scallops from Hokkaido while supplies last. Additional offerings during the Sushi Fest include miso-marinated fish, select cuts of Kobe beef, Nabe kits, sake tasting, Japanese tea tasting and beautiful orchids.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  Valerie Fox, media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713

Whole Foods Market unveils new line of plant-based hair care products priced below $10

Plant-based, salon-quality products priced below $10

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has launched a line of plant-based hair care products with key plant-active ingredients. The line features shampoos, conditioners and four different styling products.

Each product in the line costs less than $10. Additionally, the hair care products meet the company’s stringent standards for beauty and personal care products, which has led the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to name Whole Foods Market “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety.

“In the past, customers had to choose between hair care products that were free of harmful ingredients, but did not perform very well, or salon-quality products that possibly contained less-desirable ingredients,” said Brenda Peterson, beauty product developer for Whole Foods Market’s store brands. “But now, we’re thrilled to offer our customers great, plant-based hair care at a fraction of the price.”

Products from the Whole Foods Market store brand line include:

  • Moisturizing Shampoo or Conditioner— Keep locks weightlessly moisturized with botanically based, salon-quality formulations featuring chestnut extract, argan oil and shea butter. Lightly scented with a custom bergamot blend.
  • Volumizing Shampoo or Conditioner— Give tresses a boost with Tilia tomentosa, and quinoa protein in botanically based, salon-quality formulations to pump up the volume and nourish the scalp. Lightly scented with rosemary.
  • Color Preserve Shampoo or Conditioner— Protect color treatments with plant extracts and pea and quinoa proteins in botanically based, salon-quality formulations to reduce color fading and maintain color retention. Lightly scented with a custom bergamot blend.
  • Perfect Shine Spray— Argan oil provides a healthy shine and frizz control, without the use of silicones.
  • Moisture Balance Volumizing Hairspray— Quinoa protein and chestnut extract provide exceptional strength and volume.
  • Medium Hold Styling Gel— Baobab seed protein reinforces strands to give hair added strength, protection and nourishment.
  • Weightless Hold Styling Mousse— Baobab protein nourishes with amino acids and gives hair shine, strength and protection.

For a list of unacceptable ingredients in Whole Foods Market’s Premium Body Care standards, visit: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/premium-body-care-unacceptable-ingredients.

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Whole Foods Market unveils new line of plant-based hair care products priced below $10

Whole Foods Market unveils new line of plant-based hair care products priced below $10


Whole Foods Market’s video “For the Love of Cheese” won award at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Digital Media Awards

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s video, “For the Love of Cheese,” won the “Single Food Focused Video” award at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Digital Media Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The video, produced by Angus Cann, spotlights Whole Foods Market Global Cheese Buyer Cathy Strange and follows her on a trip to Italy.

To see a list of finalists for this year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals Digital Media Awards, visit https://www.iacp.com/documents/2016_Awards_Finalists_for_Press1.pdf.


Cathy Strange
Global Cheese Buyer

Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise.

Deutschen CSR-Forums: Die REWE Group hat den Deutschen CSR-Preis 2016 gewonnen

Apfelprojekt mit dem NABU als Beispiel nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens ausgezeichnet

Köln, Deutschland, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group hat den Deutschen CSR-Preis 2016 gewonnen. Das Unternehmen erhielt die Auszeichnung in der Kategorie „Vorbildliche Kooperation eines Unternehmens mit NGOs/NPOs“ für sein PRO PLANET-Apfelprojekt mit dem NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland  e.V.). Der Preis wurde im Rahmen des 12. Deutschen CSR-Forums in Ludwigsburg verliehen.

Die REWE Group ist überzeugt, dass sich Produktqualität auch durch ökologische und soziale Aspekte auszeichnet. Ziel des unternehmenseigenen PRO PLANET-Apfelprojekts ist es, die biologische Vielfalt auf Apfelplantagen zu erhöhen. „Es ist für uns eine große Ehre, dass wir diesen Preis erhalten haben. Die Auszeichnung bestätigt uns, dass wir mit unserem Projekt auf dem richtigen Weg sind. Seit fünf Jahren leisten wir so zusammen mit dem NABU, der Bodenseestiftung und mit den beteiligten Obstbauern einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Förderung des Artenreichtums in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft“, sagt Dr. Daniela Büchel, Leiterin des Holdingbereichs Nachhaltigkeit der REWE Group.

Mittlerweile beteiligen sich weit über 100 Erzeuger in 11 Anbauregionen. Sie schaffen Blühflächen für Wildbienen und andere Bestäuber, stellen Nisthilfen für Hummeln und Vögel auf oder minimieren den Einsatz von Pflanzenschutzmitteln. Der Erfolg ließ nicht lange auf sich warten: So konnte die Anzahl auch teils bedrohter Wildbienenarten erhöht, Vogelarten wie der Wiedehopf wieder angesiedelt oder seltene Pflanzenarten wie das Kleine Filzkraut entdeckt werden.

Auch der NABU zeigt sich erfreut über die Auszeichnung: „Das PRO PLANET-Apfelprojekt zeigt in vorbildlicher Weise, wie durch die enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen Landwirten und Naturschützern nicht nur die biologische Vielfalt, sondern auch das gegenseitige Verständnis für die jeweiligen Motive und Handlungszwänge des anderen gefördert werden können. Die REWE Group ist hierbei ein Partner auf Augenhöhe, mit dem wir uns im Rahmen eines offenen, konstruktiven aber auch kritischen Dialogs gemeinsam in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit engagieren“, so NABU-Bundesgeschäftsführer Leif Miller.

Die REWE Group arbeitet seit 2009 in verschiedenen Projekten mit dem NABU zusammen. Seit Juli 2015 ist der NABU über das Apfelprojekt hinaus strategischer Kooperationspartner der REWE Group. Gegenstand der Partnerschaft sind unter anderem gemeinsame Roadmaps für die Erreichung gemeinsam festgelegter Nachhaltigkeitsziele.

„Die strategische Partnerschaft mit dem NABU gibt uns die Möglichkeit, neue aber auch kritische Impulse für die Weiterentwicklung unserer Strategie und unseres Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements zu erhalten. Wir wollen durch die Kooperation mit dem NABU unsere führende Rolle beim nachhaltigeren Wirtschaften im deutschen Handel stärken und nachhaltigen Konsum auch im Bewusstsein der Verbraucher noch tiefer verankern. Der NABU ist als mitgliederstärkster Umweltverband Deutschlands mit über 590.000 Mitgliedern und Förderern sowie über 2.000 Ortsgruppen der ideale Partner für uns“, sagt Dr. Daniela Büchel.

Der Deutsche CSR-Preis wird jährlich im Rahmen des CSR-Forums verliehen. In jeder der insgesamt acht Kategorien nominierte das Kuratorium eine eigene Jury aus Experten, die die Bewerbungen der Unternehmen bewerteten.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2015 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 52,4 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 19 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2015 rund 232.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 38,2 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal, Weinfreunde und Kölner Weinkeller. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik Group die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera, Cooee und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Der NABU ist mit mehr als 590.000 Mitgliedern und Förderern der älteste und mitgliederstärkste Umwelt- und Naturschutzverband Deutschlands. Seit über 100 Jahren engagieren sich Bürgerinnen und Bürger im NABU für den Natur- und Umweltschutz. Ihrem Engagement ist es zu verdanken, dass wichtige Lebensräume bedrohter Tier- und Pflanzenarten in Deutschland dauerhaft erhalten bleiben und politische Weichenstellungen für einen besseren Schutz der Umwelt gestellt werden. Im Zeichen der Globalisierung verstärkt der NABU dabei auch seine Bemühungen auf internationaler Ebene. Der NABU arbeitet seit Jahren mit namhaften Unternehmen zusammen. Der kritische Dialog mit Unternehmen ist Bestandteil der NABU-Arbeit. Um internationale Umwelt- und Sozialstandards zu etablieren, müssen Unternehmen, die als Vorreiter  ökologisches und soziales Engagement mit ökonomischem Erfolg verknüpfen, gefördert werden.

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REWE-Konzern steigert Umsatz um 4,1 Prozent auf 43,7 Milliarden Euro

Umsatzplus von 3,7 Prozent* auf 52,4 Milliarden Euro und EBITA mit Plus von 12 Prozent auf 587 Millionen Euro

  • REWE-Konzern steigert Umsatz um 4,1 Prozent* auf 43,7 Milliarden Euro
  • Operatives Ergebnis EBITA aus fortzuführendem Geschäft steigt um 12 Prozent auf 587 Millionen Euro
  • Selbstständige REWE-Kaufleute: EBITA wächst auf 250 Millionen Euro
  • Investitionen in Höhe von 1,3 Milliarden Euro
  • REWE Supermärkte mit Umsatzplus von 5,5 Prozent an der Spitze des deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandels
  • Vollsortiment International legt um 2,8 Prozent* zu
  • Discount National wächst um 2,8 Prozent und schafft Turnaround
  • Discount International: Umsatzplus von 4,2 Prozent*
  • toom Baumarkt wächst um 1,9 Prozent  
  • Touristik steigert nach Kuoni-Integration Umsatz um 10,4 Prozent

* Umsatzwachstumszahlen wechselkursbereinigt

Köln, Deutschland, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group profitiert weiter von ihren hohen Investitionen in Innovationen und in die Modernisierung ihrer Märkte: Im Geschäftsjahr 2015 erreichte das Kölner Handels- und Touristikunternehmen sein bestes operatives Ergebnis in der Firmengeschichte. Dank einer sehr starken Entwicklung im vierten Quartal 2015 legte der wechselkursbereinigte Umsatz aus fortgeführtem Geschäft um 3,7 Prozent auf 52,4 Milliarden Euro zu. „Wir haben unsere Planungen für das vergangene Geschäftsjahr deutlich übertroffen“, erklärte Alain Caparros, Vorstandsvorsitzender der REWE Group, anlässlich der Vorstellung der noch nicht testierten Geschäftszahlen am 5. April 2016 in Köln.

„Dabei haben wir einerseits vom Konsumverhalten der Verbraucher in Deutschland vor allem in den letzten drei Monaten des Jahres 2015 profitiert. Andererseits zahlen sich unsere enormen Investitionen in die kontinuierliche Modernisierung unseres Lebensmitteleinzelhandelsgeschäfts aus.

Insgesamt erweist sich unser strategischer Kurs, bei dem wir in den vergangenen Jahren konsequent zugleich auf Konsolidierung und innovative Geschäftsmodelle gesetzt haben, als starkes Fundament unseres profitablen Wachstums. Der Umsatz unserer Supermärkte ist  einmal mehr deutlich stärker gewachsen, als die Branche insgesamt. Besonders erfreulich ist der Turnaround bei PENNY in Deutschland, den wir 2015 erreicht haben. Unser Discount-Geschäft im In- und Ausland hat zusammengenommen einen hohen zweistelligen Millionenbetrag zum sehr guten operativen Ergebnis unseres Unternehmens beigetragen“, so Caparros. „Wir sehen gute Chancen, das Ergebnis von PENNY in Deutschland auch zukünftig positiv zu halten. Allerdings hat das für uns keine absolute Priorität. Wenn wir sehen, dass wir noch stärker investieren müssen, um PENNY auf einem nachhaltigen Entwicklungs-Pfad zu halten, sind wir dazu bereit.“

In Deutschland stieg der Umsatz der REWE Group im zurückliegenden Geschäftsjahr um 2,6 Prozent auf 38,2 Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland wuchs die REWE Group wechselkursbereinigt um 6,8 Prozent auf 14,2 Milliarden Euro.

Stärkster Wachstumstreiber war das Vollsortiment National mit dem Supermarktgeschäft von REWE in Deutschland. In diesem Geschäftsfeld erwirtschaftete das Unternehmen einen Umsatzzuwachs von 4,4 Prozent. Herausragend war dabei insbesondere die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung der mittelständischen REWE-Kaufleute. „Nach einem Umsatzwachstum von 7,9 Prozent im Jahr 2014 konnten wir hier 2015 ein Umsatzplus von 10,6 Prozent erzielen“, so Caparros.

REWE Group: Rund 3.900 neue Beschäftigte in Deutschland

Die Zahl der Beschäftigten in Deutschland und elf weiteren europäischen Ländern stieg um 2,5 Prozent auf 326.478 (fortzuführendes Geschäft). In Deutschland allein erhöhte sich 2015 die Beschäftigtenzahl von 228.124 um 1,7 Prozent auf 232.027.

Der Kölner Handels- und Touristikkonzern steigerte die Anzahl der Auszubildenden in Deutschland um 1,3 Prozent von 7.901 (30.09.2014) auf 8.000 (30.09.2015). Im Laufe des Jahres begannen 3.486 Berufseinsteiger ihre Ausbildung bei der REWE Group. Mit 5.769  ist das Vollsortiment National innerhalb der Unternehmensgruppe der größte Ausbilder; es folgen PENNY mit 943, toom Baumarkt mit 678 und die DER Touristik mit 426 Auszubildenden.

REWE-Konzern: Starkes EBITA-Wachstum und hervorragende Bilanzwerte

Der Umsatz aus fortgeführtem Geschäft des REWE-Konzerns (ohne selbstständigen Einzelhandel, Beteiligungen und At-Equity-Gesellschaften) wuchs wechselkursbereinigt um 4,1 Prozent auf 43,7 Milliarden Euro. Das operative Ergebnis EBITA aus fortzuführendem Geschäft lag bei 587 Millionen Euro und erhöhte sich damit um 12 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahreswert von 524 Millionen Euro. Auf vergleichbarer Basis, also unter Berücksichtigung von außerordentlichen Ergebniseffekten in früheren Jahren und bereinigt um die derzeitigen Aufwendungen für REWE Digital, ist dies das beste operative Ergebnis in der Geschichte des REWE-Konzerns.

Bereinigt um nicht cash-wirksame Rückstellungen für belastende Verträge und
Asset Impairments erhöhte sich das EBITA aus fortzuführendem Geschäft sogar um
17 Prozent von 516 Millionen Euro im Jahr 2014 auf 602 Millionen Euro im zurückliegenden Geschäftsjahr.

Der Jahresüberschuss 2015 wird sich voraussichtlich um rund 22 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr auf 383 Millionen Euro erhöhen.

„Der Turnaround bei PENNY in Deutschland hat erheblich zur sehr guten Entwicklung unseres EBITA beigetragen“, erklärte Caparros.

Nicht enthalten im operativen Ergebnis des REWE-Konzerns in Höhe von 587 Millionen Euro ist das EBITA der selbstständigen REWE-Kaufleute; dieses stieg gegenüber dem Vorjahr nochmals von 212 Millionen Euro auf rund 250 Millionen Euro – ebenfalls ein neuer Höchststand.

Das REWE-Konzernergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Abschreibungen auf Anlagevermögen und Firmenwerte (EBITDA) erhöhte sich gegenüber dem vergleichbaren Vorjahreswert von 1,35 Milliarden Euro um 9,5 Prozent auf 1,48 Milliarden Euro.

Der Cash Flow aus betrieblicher Tätigkeit vor Working Capital Effekten lag mit
1,49 Milliarden Euro um 13,2 Prozent über dem Vorjahreswert.

Die Investitionen des Jahres 2015 lagen mit 1,3 Milliarden Euro auf dem hohen Niveau des Vorjahres. Zugleich verringerte sich die Nettofinanzverschuldung ohne Finanzierungsleasing um 33 Millionen Euro auf 397 Millionen Euro.

Das Eigenkapital erreichte 2015 mit 5,3 Milliarden Euro einen neuen Höchstwert. Dies entspricht einer Eigenkapitalquote von 31,3 Prozent.

„Unsere hervorragenden Bilanzwerte sind die Basis dafür, auch in Zukunft in organisches Wachstum, umfassende Modernisierung unserer Vertriebsstrukturen und innovative Geschäftsmodelle zu investieren. Wir planen 2016 Investitionen in Höhe von mehr als 1,6 Milliarden Euro“, sagte Caparros. „Die vergangenen Jahre haben gezeigt, wie schwierig es insbesondere in Deutschland ist, durch Akquisitionen zu wachsen. Deshalb muss unser zukünftiges profitables Wachstum einerseits auf organische Expansion und kontinuierliche Steigerung der Flächenleistung fokussiert sein. Andererseits müssen wir uns sowohl im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel als auch in der Touristik auf die Zukunft der Digitalisierung und des Omnichannel-Geschäfts einstellen. Aus diesem Grund investieren wir in neue Geschäftsmodelle und Vertriebswege. Dabei sehen wir uns bestens gerüstet für die vor uns liegenden Herausforderungen. Denn wir haben beispielsweise beim Lieferservice mit Lebensmitteln eindeutig einen First Mover-Vorsprung. Und wir arbeiten mit Hochdruck daran, diesen Wettbewerbsvorsprung zu sichern und auszubauen. Die konsequente Verbindung von stationärem und Online-Geschäft, die wir in der REWE Group im Gegensatz zu reinen Online-Wettbewerbern leisten können, ist von Vorteil für unsere Kunden und eine große Chance für unsere zukünftige wirtschaftliche Entwicklung“, so Caparros.

Geschäftsfeld Vollsortiment National

Das Vollsortiment National mit REWE, REWE Center, REWE City, REWE To Go und TEMMA sowie Nahkauf und sonstigen Großhandelspartnern erwirtschaftete 2015 ein Umsatzplus von 4,4 Prozent auf 17,7 Milliarden Euro. Die Außenumsätze der REWE-Supermärkte (Filialen und Partner) konnten im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sogar um 5,5 Prozent gesteigert werden.

Diese starke Entwicklung basierte hauptsächlich auf der qualitativen Weiterentwicklung und intensiven Sortimentsarbeit im Bereich Obst und Gemüse; auf der positiven Entwicklung der Eigenmarkensortimente; der kontinuierlichen Sortimentserweiterung in innovativen Bereichen wie Convenience, regionalen und lokalen Produkten, Bio und Vegan und nicht zuletzt auf Investitionen in die Qualifizierung der Mitarbeiter.

Weiterhin sehr erfolgreich ist die Entwicklung von PAYBACK. 2015 waren insgesamt 12,5 Millionen PAYBACK-Kunden in den REWE-Märkten – 2,5 Millionen mehr als im Vorjahr.

Der REWE Lieferservice ist derzeit in 75 Städten – darunter u. a. in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, München und Köln, Düsseldorf – und dem Umland verfügbar. Mit der derzeit bestehenden Lieferstruktur werden rechnerisch bereits rund 30 Millionen Bundesbürger erreicht.

Das Vollsortiment National hatte 2015 einen Anteil von rund 40 Prozent am Gesamtumsatz des REWE-Konzerns und ist damit das größte Geschäftsfeld des Unternehmens.

Geschäftsfeld Vollsortiment International

Im Vollsortiment International sind die Aktivitäten in Österreich, Tschechien, der Slowakei, Russland, Bulgarien, Kroatien und der Ukraine zusammengefasst. Im Dezember vergangenen Jahres hat sich der REWE-Konzern vom BILLA-Supermarktgeschäft in Rumänien getrennt. Die insgesamt 86 BILLA-Supermärkte wurden an Carrefour veräußert.

Der Umsatz des Vollsortiments International aus fortzuführendem Geschäft stieg wechselkursbereinigt um 2,8 Prozent auf 8,4 Milliarden Euro.

In Österreich erhöhte sich der Umsatz von BILLA, BIPA, MERKUR und ADEG um 1,6 Prozent auf rund 6 Milliarden Euro; dazu trugen BILLA und MERKUR in Österreich mit einem Plus von 1,9 Prozent bei. Mit einem Marktanteil von 34,4 Prozent ist der REWE-Konzern in Österreich unverändert die Nummer 1 im Lebensmittelhandel.

Der Umsatz in den sechs Märkten Mittel- und Osteuropas wurde 2015 wechselkursbereinigt um 5,8 Prozent gesteigert.

Geschäftsfeld Discount National

PENNY in Deutschland steigerte seinen Umsatz im hart umkämpften Discount-Geschäft um 2,8 Prozent auf rund 7 Milliarden Euro. Damit lag PENNY deutlich über der von der GfK für den deutschen Discountmarkt errechneten Umsatzentwicklung von plus 0,3 Prozent. Dabei sank die Zahl der Filialen im abgelaufenen Geschäftsjahr um 34 auf 2.134. Die Flächenleistung in den deutschen PENNY-Filialen wuchs 2015 um 3 Prozent. Aufgrund der sehr guten Umsatzentwicklung konnte der Turnaround im Geschäftsfeld Discount National bereits im Geschäftsjahr 2015 erreicht werden.

Geschäftsfeld Discount International

PENNY International erwirtschaftete in den fünf Ländern Italien, Österreich, Ungarn, Tschechien und Rumänien im Geschäftsjahr 2015 einen Umsatz von 4,1 Milliarden Euro und wuchs damit wechselkursbereinigt um 4,2 Prozent. Aus dem Discountgeschäft in Bulgarien hat sich die REWE Group im Geschäftsjahr 2015 vollständig zurückgezogen. Ein Teil des Geschäftes einschließlich des Lagers wurde zur Stärkung des Vollsortimentsgeschäftes an BILLA Bulgarien abgegeben.

Mit einem Umsatz von 1,1 Milliarden Euro ist Tschechien unverändert der umsatzstärkste Auslandsmarkt von PENNY. Den größten Umsatzsprung erzielte PENNY International im zurückliegenden Geschäftsjahr in Rumänien mit einem wechselkursbereinigten Plus von 13,8 Prozent, gefolgt von Ungarn mit plus 5,7 Prozent.

Geschäftsfeld Fachmarkt National

Das Geschäftsfeld Fachmarkt National der REWE Group umfasst die Baumarkt-Aktivitäten von toom Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Der Umsatz in diesem Geschäftsfeld stieg 2015 gegenüber dem Vorjahr um 1,1 Prozent auf 2,1 Milliarden Euro. Die 269 Filialen von toom Baumarkt allein erreichten ein Umsatzwachstum von 1,9 Prozent.

Geschäftsfeld Touristik

Die Touristik ist das zweite Kerngeschäft der REWE Group. Insgesamt stieg der Umsatz der DER Touristik – unter anteiliger Berücksichtigung der Kuoni-Übernahme – um 10,4 Prozent auf 5,4 Milliarden Euro.

Die Übernahme von Kuoni umfasste die Reiseveranstalter-Spezialisten sowie die Reisebüros und den Onlinevertrieb in den Ländern Schweiz und Großbritannien, in den skandinavischen Ländern Schweden, Norwegen und Dänemark sowie in Finnland und in Belgien und den Niederlanden.

Ausblick: Dynamisches Umsatzwachstum im In- und Ausland

Die erfolgreiche wirtschaftliche Entwicklung der REWE Group setzte sich in den ersten beiden Monaten des Jahres 2016 fort. Das Supermarkt-Geschäft von REWE in Deutschland wuchs im Januar und Februar kumuliert im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um 4,6 Prozent. PENNY in Deutschland steigerte seinen Umsatz um 2,7 Prozent. Das Discount-Geschäft im Ausland erreichte ein Umsatzplus von 5,8 Prozent. Im Geschäftsfeld Fachmarkt National mit toom Baumarkt und B1 lag das Plus bei 1 Prozent. Im Vollsortiment International wuchsen die Umsätze um 2,4 Prozent. Dazu trug das Vollsortiment Österreich mit einem Umsatzplus von 2 Prozent bei. Bei der DER Touristik ergibt sich nach der Übernahme von Kuoni nominal ein Umsatzplus von 60 Prozent.

Auch im März war das Umsatzwachstum unter anderem dank eines guten Ostergeschäfts unverändert dynamisch. So steigerten die REWE-Supermärkte ihre Umsätze kumuliert nach drei Monaten um 5,5 Prozent. PENNY in Deutschland wuchs kumuliert im 1. Quartal um 3,5 Prozent.

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REWE-Konzern steigert Umsatz um 4,1 Prozent auf 43,7 Milliarden Euro

REWE-Konzern steigert Umsatz um 4,1 Prozent auf 43,7 Milliarden Euro

KMF Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing apprentices partner with The Co-op to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three apprentices from KMF Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing have teamed up with The Co-op to “engineer” a “grand” way to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

The final year apprentices of the Newcastle-based manufacturer – Joe Ward, 19, Andy Frost, 20, and Josh Wheatley, 21 – were tasked with designing, manufacturing and marketing a product for sale, with all money raised, which is now standing at almost £1,000, benefiting the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

The trio created a range of candle holders and received retail hints and tips from Joe’s father, Steve Ward who, as Manager of The Co-op’s London Road, Chesterton store, also arranged for the engineering apprentices – based at KMF’s nearby state-of-the-art apprentice training centre – to set up shop in five Co-op food stores in the area, Chesterton, Bradwell, Talke, Audley and Waterhayes.

Joe Ward, said:

“We are all in the final year of a four year apprenticeship. The support and training has been fantastic throughout and I hope to go on to develop a career within the welding, fabrication and engineering industry. This project has been a great experience, testing and building a wide range of key industry relevant and portable skills. We initially set out to raise out to raise £750 for charity, we thought that was going to be a challenge however, with the support of KMF and The Co-op we are now going to exceed £1,000 which is amazing.”

Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of KMF, said:

“KMF’s commitment to training its staff is seen as an investment in the company’s future. During the 1980s we saw a dramatic decline in the number of engineering apprenticeship and we met this head on, radically rethinking our strategy for training and creating a state-of-the-art £600,000 apprentice training centre which was officially opened by the company’s founder, Michael Higgins, in 2009.

“Our apprentices are taught in classes of four and the scores achieved at KMF are now significantly higher than the national average, this is as a result of the combination of improved selection, training, working practices and a greater focus on individuals in order to prepare the young people for career opportunities and further education ahead. This project is a great example of our approach, all of KMF’s apprentices are involved in the task to raise money for charity and how they raise money is entirely up to them – we are extremely proud of our apprentices, of KMF’s connections with local charities and with the support that our young people have had in the community from organisations such as The Co-op.”

Alan Smith, Area Manager for The Co-op in North Staffordshire, said:

“This is such a creative project which not only benefits the young people involved with their future career choices but supports a great local cause like the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. As a community retailer we were pleased to explore ways in which we could support – through practical advice on retail and marketing through to providing space in five of our local food stores for the products to be sold. We are delighted that the exercise has been both a great success and learning experience for all of the apprentices involved.”

Further information
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

The Co-operative Food to open its latest food store in Elton Head Road, St. Helens on 13 April

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food is set to open its latest food store following a £480,000 investment in St. Helens which has created 24 retail roles.

The community retailer is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and is opening its new store in Elton Head Road, St Helens, on Wednesday, 13 April.

The new Co-op will open between 7am-11pm and have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. An in-store bakery, hot food, Costa coffee dispenser and dedicated car parking will further enhance the shopping experience for the community.

In addition, the appointment of a Community Pioneer will underpin the Co-op’s commitment to playing its part and making a difference in the local community.

The Community Pioneer, Laura Hill-Cheery, is a member of the food store team who also works to foster involvement in community activities such as local fundraising initiatives and working with local charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community. Laura, along with the new store manager – Henry Milner – will also lead the store’s support for the British Red Cross, the Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

Henry Milner, Manager of The Co-op’s new St Helens store, said:

“The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and, we are delighted to be opening the Co-op’s latest food tore here in St Helens, it really is an exciting time for the whole team and we are looking forward to serving the community.

“As a community retailer, and a co-operative, we are confident that the store will be a real asset to the community and play its part in local life – we look forward to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. Students in St Helens – who hold a NUS extra card – also receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

The Co-op last month (March) announced an investment to lower the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M. By the end of the year, The Co-op will have reduced prices on more than 1,000 everyday essentials including pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Co-op is the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel in February – the community retailer has grown its Loved by us and Truly Irresistible own-label sales by 7%, with sales of fresh and chilled produce growing fastest.

Further information

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Target Corporation to consolidate its media buying and planning business under media agency based in New York City GroupM

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 5, 2016) Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced it will consolidate its media buying and planning business under GroupM, a world-class media agency based in New York City. GroupM began working with Target in 2015 and will assume full responsibility for Target’s media business. Target will immediately begin transitioning the remaining business from Haworth Marketing + Media to GroupM.

“We want to first and foremost thank Gary and the Haworth team for a long and successful relationship. They have been a key partner in bringing to life many of Target’s iconic moments,” said Kristi Argyilan, senior vice president of Media and Guest Engagement, Target. “Since bringing GroupM on board in 2015, we’ve been impressed with their team and industry-leading media and measurement capabilities. We’re working with GroupM to build an incredible Target team and look forward to this next chapter together.”

“We’ve worked with Target for decades and are proud of the incredible things we accomplished together,” said Gary Tobey, CEO of Haworth Marketing + Media. “I felt it was time to take Haworth in a different direction. As we seek to evolve our agency and explore new opportunities, we wish the Target and GroupM teams the best as they move forward.”

GroupM will immediately pick up all new work and there will be a three-month transition period between the two agencies. The team will primarily be led from GroupM’s New York office, with additional support in San Francisco and Minneapolis. GroupM will assemble top talent from across their organization – including digital media, global measurement, innovation and strategy – to develop best-in-class solutions for Target.

“Target is one of America’s great brands and we are thrilled to broaden GroupM’s partnership with them,” said Rob Norman, Chairman, GroupM North America. “Target has an unwavering commitment to improving their guests’ experience and we will focus all of our talent, tools and insights to help them win.”

Media Contact: Jenna Reck, Target Public Relations, (612) 761-5829
Target Media Hotline: (612) 696-3400

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,793 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.


Taubman Centers announces that Myron E. (Mike) Ullman has rejoined its Board of Directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced thatMyron E. (Mike) Ullman has rejoined the company’s Board of Directors. He will serve as an independent member of the company’s board, filling the vacancy created by former Vice Chairman Lisa A. Payne’s departure on March 31, 2016. Mr. Ullman will assume Ms. Payne’s remaining term, which expires in 2017. Mr. Ullman previously served on the company’s Board of Directors from April 2003 to October 2004.

Mr. Ullman will be an independent director under the New York Stock Exchange rules, bringing the number of independent directors to seven of nine directors. Mr. Ullman, who will serve on both the audit committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee, brings extensive experience in the areas of finance, executive compensation, risk assessment and compliance. The Board has determined that he qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC rules.

“We are pleased that Mike Ullman has accepted the company’s invitation to rejoin the board,” said Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers. “He brings a wealth of experience in the retail industry to the board, and we are honored to have him back.”

Mr. Ullman stated “I am delighted to be rejoining Taubman Centers’ distinguished directors. This is an exceptional company with wonderful assets. I look forward to working with the board to continue to deliver value to allTaubman Centers shareholders.”

Mr. Ullman has considerable retail experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation as lead director and chair of the compensation and management development committee, and is J.C. Penney Company, Inc.’s executive chairman. He served as J.C. Penney Company, Inc.’s chief executive officer and a member of the board from April 2013 to August 2015, as the executive chairman from November 2011 toJanuary 2012, and as the chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer from December 2004 toNovember 2011.

Mr. Ullman served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas through the end of 2014. He also served as directeur general, group managing director of LVHM Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, a luxury goods manufacturer and retailer from July 1999 to January 2002. From January 1995 to June 1999, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of DFS Group Limited, a retailer of luxury branded merchandise. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Ullman served as chairman and chief executive officer of R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Ralph Lauren Corporation, Saks, Inc., Pzena Investment Management, Inc., as well as Taubman Centers, Inc.

Mr. Ullman serves as chairman of Mercy Ships International, a global medical charity. He also serves on numerous boards of community and not-for-profit organizations, including Gordon College, United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. andAsia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered inHong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232


Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469

Ingles Markets shifts its own egg sales to cage-free

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced it will support the industry-wide transition to cage-free hen housing by shifting its own egg sales to cage-free, joining a growing list retailers, restaurants, food manufacturers and egg producers that have announced similar plans.

Under the company’s new plan, Ingles’ goal is to have 100% of both the shell and liquid eggs it sells come from cage-free hens by 2025.

“Ingles supports the industry’s cage-free trajectory, and looks forward to working with our suppliers to achieve a cage-free supply chain,” said Ron Freeman, Ingles’ Chief Financial Officer. “This shift represents a natural part of Ingles’ ongoing work to ensure animals in our supply chain are provided with the ‘Five Freedoms’ of animal welfare, including the ability to engage in their natural behaviors.”

The Humane Society of the United States supports Ingles’ move.

“We applaud Ingles for addressing this important animal welfare issue,” said Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. “This commitment to offer products that come at a value and align with consumers’ values is a positive move for animals and customers alike.”

About Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816

Co-op opened 12 new stores in the first three months of 2016

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — We opened 12 new stores in the first three months of 2016, investing over £8 million and creating 240 jobs for local people. Our new shops can be found all over the country – from Blackpool and Glasgow, to north London and Newhaven – providing communities with award-winning food at fair prices and support for local good causes.

We also signed just under 40 contracts, ensuring that we continue to build our new store development programme for the rest of the year and beyond. Around a quarter of these are for sites in London and the South East, two key areas of growth for us.

“Our new store programme is really starting to gain momentum now,” comments Rob Bignold, Head of Acquisitions and New Store Development. “We plan to open another 100 shops this year, a target which is unrivalled by any other UK retailer. The sheer size of our ambition is making the industry sit up and take notice of us, which is fantastic to see.”

New store openings planned for April include Inverary and Rosneath in Scotland, St. Helens and Northwich in the North West and Iver in the South East.


Opening of new Co-operative food store in Ancaster. Store opened by manager Stuart Wallis (in dark suit) and pupils from Ancaster C of E Primary School. Helping to cut the ribbon are Ashlee Hayter aged 10, Oscar Kerry-Dutton aged 6 and Emily Maughan aged 6.

Opening of new Co-operative food store in Ancaster. Store opened by manager Stuart Wallis (in dark suit) and pupils from Ancaster C of E Primary School. Helping to cut the ribbon are Ashlee Hayter aged 10, Oscar Kerry-Dutton aged 6 and Emily Maughan aged 6.

Elite Model Look to host its Italian live casting sessions in Klépierre Group Shopping Centers

PARIS, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 33th consecutive year, the most famous modeling agency organizes her prestigious competition Elite Model Look. A genuine career accelerator, this contest, present in more than 30 countries, offers once again the possibility for thousands of young girls and boys to fulfill their dream.

Open to young girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 22, Elite Model Look castings offers them the opportunity to follow the footsteps of famous top models such as Cindy Crawford, Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bündchen, and today’s supermodels, including Ming Xi, Sigrid Agren, Fei Fei Sun, Matthew Bell, Florian Luger, Benjamin Benedek or Serge Rigvava. In Italy, the competition Elite Model Look has in particular discovered and launched the careers of Vittoria Ceretti (EML Italia 2012), Greta Varlese (EML Italia 2014), Matilde Rastelli (EML Italia 2015) and Giosué Napolitano (EML Italia 2015).

This year for the first time in its history, Elite Model Look will host its Italian live casting sessions in 10 shopping centers in strategic locations from the north of the country to the south, thanks to a close partnership with the Klépierre Group, Europe’s leading retail real estate operator.

“We are constantly looking for new faces, and for the 2016 edition of the Elite Model Look Italy competition, we took the decision to meet our main target in places where it loves to hang out,” says Victoria Da Silva,General Manager Elite Model Look International. “So it’s a huge pleasure to be able to rely on Klépierre in Italy to host these ten casting sessions which this year will, for the first time, tour the whole of Italy

The partnership with Elite Model Look perfectly matches with our key goal of offering customers an experience rich in excitement and new discoveries,” adds Gino Antonacci, Head of Operations at Klépierre in Italy. “Our centers have for many years offered a comprehensive retail mix of prestige brands, exclusive events, civic initiatives and summer music and film festivals. Our collaboration with the Elite Model Look competition is an invaluable opportunity to offer our customers a unique event hosted by the most prestigious modeling agency worldwide, and an important occasion for young aspiring models who wish to take their first steps off the modeling world.”

Casting session applicants have a number of options: by registering on the www.elitemodellook.it website, via the EML Facebook app (http://apps.facebook.com/elitecastingit) available on the Facebook profiles of participating shopping centers, or by directly visiting the Klépierre shopping centers that are hosting the casting sessions.

The Elite Model Look Italia 2016 castings tour will be held in the following Klépierre shopping centers beginning at the end of April:

April 23: Centro Commerciale Metropoli (Novate Milanese, Milan) – 5 pm to 8 pm
April 30: Centro Commerciale Le Rondinelle (Roncadelle, Brescia) – 5 pm to 8 pm
May 14: Romagna Shopping Valley (Savignano sul Rubicone, Forlì-Cesena) – 5 pm to 8 pm
May 20: Centro Commerciale Porta di Roma (Rome) – 5 pm to 8 pm
May 28: Shopville Gran Reno (Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna) – 5 pm to 8 pm
June 4: Centro Commerciale Le Rondinelle (Roncadelle, Brescia) – 5 pm to 8 pm
June 11: Shopville Le Gru (Grugliasco, Turin) – 5 pm to 8 pm
June 15: Centro Commerciale Nave de Vero (Marghera, Venice) – 4 pm to 7 pm
June 24: Centro Commerciale Campania (Marcianise, Caserta) – 5 pm to 8 pm
July 9: Centro Comerciale Milanofiori (Milan) – 4 pm to 7 pm

Founded in Paris in 1972, ELITE has been part of the PGM Group since 2011, and now maintains an active network in 30 countries, with agencies in the fashion capitals of the world – Paris, London, Milan and New York – and others cities strategically located for model scouting and sales development, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague, Bratislava, Copenhagen and Hong Kong. Elite was the first international modeling agency to open a head office in China (Shanghai in 2012). The opening of New York talent agency The Society Management in 2013 and its acquisition of the Women Management network (based in Paris and New York) make the Group the world market leader in model management. www.elitemodelworld.com

Launched in 1983 by Elite, ELITE MODEL LOOK is the world’s most famous and most renowned modeling competition. It has enabled the discovery and career launch of legendary supermodels, including Cindy Crawford, Stéphanie Seymour and Gisele Bündchen, and some of the most famous faces of today, such as Estelle Chen, Amilna Esteva, Vittoria Ceretti and Greta Varlese, and models Benjamin Eiden, Janis Ancens, Serge Rigvava and James Parker. Every year, the Elite Model Look competition selects thousands of young girls and boys in some 30 countries, offering them a real opportunity to start a modeling career with support from the Group’s agency network. Much more than just a contest, Elite Model Look is also an exceptional professional and personal adventure. www.elitemodellook.com

A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 22.1 billion euros on December 31, 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe – and is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

KLEPIERRE Press Office
L’Agence Marie-Antoinette
Juliette Kandel – 01 55 04 86 43
Delphine Sacleux – 01 55 04 86 40

PAMS supports the launch of the Great New Zealand Baking Book

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following on from the huge success of the Great New Zealand Cookbook, this year PAMS is supporting the launch of the Great New Zealand Baking Book. Celebrity chefs and bakers from around the country have lent their favourite baking recipes to this delightful book with proceeds going towards the charity, KidsCan.

The Great New Zealand Baking Book is packed full of everyone’s favourites recipes from rocky road to Russian fudge; chocolate chippies to custard squares, this ultimate collection of Kiwi baking contains 160 recipes from sixty of our finest bakers such as Jo Seagar, Lauraine Jacobs, Dean Brettschneider, Tui Flower and Simon and Dame Alison Holst, through to rising stars such as Hannah Horton, Sam Mannering and Eleanor Ozich.

Rod Gibson, General Manager, Pams says, “We are delighted to be involved in such an iconic cook book. It is very fitting that we supplied all the baking goods for this recipe book, as Pams very first products were baking powder and custard powder.”

The cookbook  is divided into seven sections: ‘Muffins, Scones & Pastries’, ‘Baked Desserts’, ‘Sweet Treats’, ‘Cakes & Loaves’, ‘Savoury Snacks’, ‘Biscuits & Slices’ and a wholesome ‘Not-So-Naughty’ section with a range of healthy treats from nutrition gurus such as Nadia Lim and Megan May.

Sales of The Great New Zealand Baking Book will benefit New Zealand charity KidsCan, which will receive a portion of the proceeds to support the Food for Kids programme and to help teach New Zealand children baking skills to share with their families at home.

Sure to become a well-loved, scuffed, stained and dog-eared ‘go-to’ baking book for years to come, The Great New Zealand Baking Book will be launched on Monday 21 March 2016.

Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
95 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0508
Fax: +64 9 621 0987

Advance Auto Parts announces the appointment of Thomas (Tom) Greco as CEO effective April 11, 2016

  • George Sherman, Current Interim CEO, Continues As President

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America serving both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that the Company has named Thomas (Tom) Greco as CEO and a Director, effective April 11, 2016. Mr. Greco will succeed George Sherman, who has served as interim CEO since January, 2016. Mr. Sherman continues as President of Advance Auto Parts, a position he has held since April, 2013.

Mr. Greco, 57, joins Advance Auto Parts following a successful 30-year career at PepsiCo, Inc. Most recently, he served as CEO of Frito-Lay North America, where he was responsible for PepsiCo’s $14.8 billion snack and convenient foods business in the U.S. and Canada. During his tenure, Mr. Greco led PepsiCo’s most profitable operating segment in consistently driving sales and improved operating profits. He brings deep experience in leading a sales-driven organization with over 55,000 employees as well as significant expertise in managing a complex operational infrastructure, transforming the supply chain, and retooling go-to-market systems to better meet the needs of both large and smaller customers.

Jack Brouillard, Executive Chairman, said, “After a thorough search, we are pleased to have found an exceptional leader and operator with a proven track record of designing and executing winning strategies, driving profitable growth, and building an exceptional talent base. The Board is confident that Advance will benefit from Tom’s commercial expertise and energetic, solutions-oriented approach to leading complex, customer-focused operations in a competitive environment. The Board looks forward to working closely with Tom and the rest of our talented executives as we build value for our shareholders, customers, and team members.”

Mr. Brouillard continued, “I would also like to thank George Sherman for his contributions as interim CEO. Under George’s leadership, the Company has continued to take actions to drive improved profitability and we look forward to continuing to benefit from George’s valuable experience as an ongoing member of the leadership team.”

Mr. Greco said, “Advance Auto Parts is a clear industry leader with an unparalleled footprint and a growing number of customers who depend on our high-quality products and talented team members. I am humbled and honored to be CEO and join the Board of Advance. I could not be more excited to work with my colleagues throughout Advance to build on our strong foundation and accelerate profitable growth. This is a terrific industry and, together, we will begin a disciplined march to reach our full potential.”

Mr. Sherman said, “Advance has made considerable progress on a number of important objectives as we work to deliver improved and more consistent performance. I want to welcome Tom to our team and look forward to working with him to take advantage of our tremendous opportunity.”

Thomas Greco Biography
During this 30-year career with PepsiCo, Mr. Greco has held various leadership positions in sales and operations in both the United States and Canada. Tom’s leadership of Frito-Lay began in September 2011, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC), where he was responsible for leading PBC’s commercial efforts across North America. Before that, Tom was Executive Vice President of Sales for PepsiCo’s North America Beverages organization and President of Global Sales for PepsiCo. Previously, he served as President of Frito Lay Canada and Senior Vice President of Sales for Frito-Lay North America. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mr. Greco worked at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Greco earned a bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for G&K Services, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Dallas Stars Advisory Board.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of January 2, 2016, Advance operated 5,171 stores and 122 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 73,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events or developments, and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, outlook or estimate. These forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, expectations regarding leadership changes and their impact on the company’s strategies, opportunities and results; statements regarding growth in shareholder value; statements regarding strategic plans or initiatives, growth or profitability; statements regarding expected growth and future performance of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP); and all other statements that are not statements of historical facts. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and actual future events or results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Such differences may result from, among other things, the risk that AAP may experience difficulty in successfully implementing the announced leadership changes; the ability of the persons appointed to lead and provide results in their new roles; potential disruption to AAP’s business resulting from the announced leadership changes; the impact of the announced leadership changes on AAP’s relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners; AAP’s ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other employees; the risk that the benefits of the acquisition of General Parts International, Inc. (General Parts), including synergies, may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that the General Parts acquisition may not advance AAP’s business strategy; the risk that AAP may experience difficulty integrating General Parts’ employees, business systems and technology; the potential diversion of AAP’s management’s attention from AAP’s other businesses resulting from the General Parts acquisition; the impact of the General Parts acquisition on third-party relationships, including customers, wholesalers, independently owned and jobber stores and suppliers; changes in regulatory, social and political conditions, as well as general economic conditions; competitive pressures; demand for AAP’s and General Parts’ products; the market for auto parts; the economy in general; inflation; consumer debt levels; the weather; business interruptions; information technology security; availability of suitable real estate; dependence on foreign suppliers; and other factors disclosed in AAP’s 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 and other filings made by AAP with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. AAP intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this communication and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts
Laurie Stacy, 540-561-8452
Zaheed Mawani, 919-573-3848

Defense Commissary Agency appoints Linda K. Randall new director of accounting

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Linda K. Randall has been named the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of accounting effective March 20.

She fills a position last held by Cynthia Morgan from 2011 until Morgan was selected as director of budget and manpower in 2015. From that time, the resource management directorate manned the position through a series of rotational assignments.

Before coming to DeCA, Randall served as a financial systems analyst with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army in the financial oversight directorate at the Pentagon.

“Linda’s career has touched just about every facet of financial management, and we are confident her experience and expertise will serve the resource management directorate and this agency well,” said Lauren “Larry” P. Bands, DeCA’s chief financial executive. “She has extensive knowledge in legacy financial information systems while fully understanding the importance of enterprise resource planning, and she is an expert on guidance associated with financial management.”

As chief of accounting, Randall is responsible for recording and reporting DeCA’s expenses which encompass about 100 million financial transactions each year. She provides oversight for implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls, which ensure DeCA’s finances are safeguarded and its financial reporting is accurate and complies with all financial policies. She leads a staff of about 120 financial personnel working compliance and reporting, accounting policy, financial systems and services, resale and non-resale accounting, quality assurance, and research.

Randall has nearly 25 years of DOD service in the financial management field including areas of systems development, business process re-engineering, policy, and accounting and audit. Previous assignments include service with the Army, Defense Accounting Service and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Her career has taken her to multiple locations to include two tours in South Korea, a tour in Europe and the Pentagon.

“My career path has helped me experience being a commissary customer as well as prepared me to support the DeCA mission,” Randall said. “I’m excited to be here and be a part of delivering such an important benefit to service members and their families.”

Randall has both a master’s degree in business administration and an executive master’s in public administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; a bachelor’s degree in technical management from DeVry University; and an associate’s degree in applied science – accounting from State University of New York Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York.

Randall is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

  • Staples teams up with Workbar to offer convenient workspace starting late spring

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Workbar today announced a new collaboration to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations. Staples and Workbar will make more productive workplaces happen for small business customers, independent professionals, startups and the growing mobile workforce in three Massachusetts locations starting in late spring.

The first three Workbar spaces at Staples will be opening in Danvers, Norwood, and Brighton— located north, south, and west of Boston. Each of the 2,500 – 3,500 square-foot custom-designed facilities will offer a mix of high-end workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms, fast and secure Wi-Fi, printers, and bottomless coffee and tea to keep the connectivity and productivity flowing for business customers.

“We’re excited to team up with Workbar to offer business people a productive working environment in our Staples stores by providing convenient, affordable space and amenities so they can make more happen during their workday,” said Peter Scala, executive vice president merchandising, Staples. “Workbar locations will provide a sense of community and the opportunity to network and collaborate with other motivated professionals.”

Workbar CEO and co-founder Bill Jacobson explained: “Our approach to coworking is a bit different. Mobile professionals are a rising demographic everywhere, not just downtown, so we’re building a hub-and-spoke network that links urban centers and suburban locations. With its convenient locations, parking and extended store hours, Staples is an ideal partner.”

The Workbar locations within Staples will be operated by Workbar and will offer coworking memberships, pre-scheduled meeting space, use of Workbar’s downtown locations, and access to its in-person and online community – a network that offers tips and advice, has connected investors and great ideas, and regularly yields partnerships or job offers. An added benefit and thanks to this collaboration, Workbar members will automatically be enrolled in the Premier Level of Staples Rewards.

“At Staples, the Workbar space will be a great complement to our existing suite of business relevant products and services — Print and Marketing Services, Business Services including shipping, Tech Services and office supplies. This provides our customers with the unique opportunity to obtain virtually everything they need to stay up and running and to make their businesses succeed right from our stores,” said Scala.

Jacobson added, “It’s exciting to see how Staples has embraced Workbar’s mission. Being able to get your work done in a welcoming space, among an interesting, helpful professional community, definitely improves your quality of life. ”

To learn more about Workbar’s coworking network, please visit: www.workbar.com

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. StaplesBusiness Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Workbar

Workbar’s focus is creating great places to work that bring the ideal office to you – convenient, affordable, and populated by a friendly mix of motivated professionals. Our growing network of high quality coworking office spaces offers independent professionals, small businesses, startups, remote teams, and other mobile professionals a mix of comfortable work and meeting spaces and amenities so you can make the most of your work day.

Workbar’s hub-and-spoke network is connecting urban centers to well-placed suburban locations, making coworking more connected, convenient, and local. Our robust digital presence and active events calendar supports interaction and community both online and in person; members share tips, ideas, and recommendations, identify the right tools and talent, and are inspired to do great work. Find out more at www.workbar.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Devin Cole, 617-905-0744


Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

Staples and Workbar partner to offer coworking facilities within select Staples retail locations

MANGO opens new 1000 m2 store in Amsterdam

  • The brand now has 38 retail outlets in the Netherlands with this new 1000 m2 store

Barcelona, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is consolidating its presence in the Netherlands with the opening of a new store last Friday. The Dutch capital is the location for a new 1000 m2 store distributed on two floors, making it the sixth MANGO megastore in the country.

The store, located in Gelderlandplein, one of the most luxurious shopping centres in Amsterdam, will stock the woman’s (MANGO), men’s (MANGO Man) and children’s (MANGO Kids) lines and is now the 38th MANGO store in the country, since the brand first arrived in the Netherlands in 1997.

In addition to Amsterdam, other Dutch cities such as Eindhoven, Maastricht, Rotterdam, The Hague and Enschede already have megastores, taking the total number of this type of store in the country to 6. First implemented worldwide in late 2013, the megastore concept is based on stores with a selling space of between 800 and 3000 m2 that stock all or most of the group’s lines. The firm now has over 150 stores of this type worldwide. MANGO has transformed 30% of its store chain into megastores during the last three years.

MANGO opened its first store on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia in 1984, and now has over 2700 stores in 109 countries. MANGO closed the 2014 financial year with a Consolidated Group turnover for the MANGO-MNG Holding of 2.017 billion euros, representing a 9% increase on 2013.

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MANGO opens new 1000 m2 store in Amsterdam