SUPERVALU INC. to hold its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter conference call on Tuesday April 26, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) will hold its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter conference call on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Central time. The call will be webcast live online at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon).

A replay of the conference call will be archived on SUPERVALU’s website under “Investors, Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,407 stores composed of 1,871 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,336 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 883 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of December 5, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALUhas approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

Media Contact
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

RBR research: Wincor Nixdorf remains the market leader for multivendor ATM application software in Europe and Latin America

Top spot maintained in Europe and Latin America

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf remains the market leader for multivendor ATM application software in Europe and Latin America and has advanced to the top spot in North America since the last study in 2013 according to a study published by the British market research company RBR. Worldwide, the company is number two in software used to operate ATMs from third-party vendors (multivendor application software).

According to the study’s authors, who analyzed information from banks in 64 different countries, the market for ATM software is developing dynamically. Intelligent software enables banks to offer their customers a variety of services that are integrated perfectly into the bank’s omnichannel services and CRM systems. In addition, branch transformation projects often shift transactions to self-service systems. This requires greater system functionality and results in higher demands on the software the systems run. The introduction of individual user interfaces, personalized services and authentication via smart phone or contactless card are other trends that are contributing to the upswing in the software market. For banks, software that can run on devices from any vendor is an important precondition for successfully realizing all these objectives. Investment protection also plays an ever more important role.

RBR also determined that software is no longer routinely purchased with hardware. Instead, the use of multivendor software is continuing to expand, and banks are becoming more flexible in choosing their hardware. Wincor Nixdorf’s growth in the multivendor software business succeeded with products from its ProClassic family, including the ProCash and the ProFlex4.

Bank customers expect easy access to cash everywhere and all the time. As a result, the high availability of ATM networks has a high priority for financial institutions. For this reason, RBR examined the market for multivendor monitoring software separately and regards Wincor Nixdorf as the world market leader in this niche with its monitoring software, and as number one in Europe and Latin America.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

The Saudi Automobile & Touring Association launcheS awareness campaign to raise awareness on child safety

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Saudi Automobile & Touring Association (SATA) has launched awareness campaign in order to raise awareness on child safety. The campaign has been promoted through social media sites, posters at SASCO stations and newspapers to bring a number of messages under the title, you have been advised (Allamtak), which focus on the concepts of child safety, raise awareness of the society about the dangers caused by ignorance and neglect. As well as the campaign messages should focus on the correct child seat usage in cars, which contribute to save child lives by 70% – 80% in the event of crash accidents.

The recent campaign launched by SATA, constitute part of the continued efforts made by the Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO), parent company of the Saudi Automobile & Touring Association (SATA).

In this regard, the Saudi Automobile & Touring Association (SATA), has been affiliated to the FIA and authorized to issue international driving license and customs documents for temporary importation of vehicles registered in Saudi Arabia. As well as SATA activities include organizing motor sports events and campaigns to raise driver awareness on road safety.

Saudi Automotive Services Co. (SASCO)

Riyadh- Al-Ahsa Street
B.O. Box: 51880 Riyadh 11553
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel +966 11 206 8855Fax +966 11 206 8833

 

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The Saudi Automobile & Touring Association launcheS awareness campaign to raise awareness on child safety

The Saudi Automobile & Touring Association launcheS awareness campaign to raise awareness on child safety

A.S. Watson Group celebrates its 175th anniversary with launch of philanthropy programme “Project LOL Elderly Day 2016”

HONG KONG, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the 175th anniversary of A.S. Watson Group (the “Group”) and to support the Government’s “Appreciate Hong Kong” Campaign, the Group launched a philanthropy programme “Project LOL” (the “Project”). “Elderly Day 2016” (the “Visit”) held today is a large-scale volunteer activity under the Project, a volunteer team consists of over 1,300 volunteers from the Group, our 5 business units and 39 business partners visited more than 1,750 singleton elderly in Hong Kong. We were honoured to have Mr Matthew Cheung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Hong Kong SAR Government to kick-off the visit and cheer for the volunteers.

The Group has a long history of corporate social responsibility. Started as a small dispensary, we provided free medicine to the needy in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. In the last two years alone, the Group has invested more than $26 million in the areas of education, health and community caring activities. Our contribution to the community has gained widespread recognition. In recent years, we have won the Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award, Distinguished Family-friendly Employer, Social Capital Builder Award, as well as Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award 2015 – Social Empowerment. We also strongly encourage colleagues to participate in community caring activities, which our corporate volunteer team was established in 2005 and so far we have served over 140,000 beneficiaries and accumulated more than 30,000 volunteer service hours.

Mr Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson at the kick-off ceremony said, “our philanthropy programme – Project LOL focuses in 3 areas namely health, education and community. Not only do we wish to bring “Lots of Love” and “Lots of Laughs” to the people of Hong Kong, but also we would like to encourage them to show appreciation to each other and to inject more positive energy into the community to help make Hong Kong a better place.”

With generous support from Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association, over 1,300 volunteers from the Group, our business units and business partners visited and gave goodie bags to 1,750 singleton elderly in Hong Kong, to spread the spirit of love and care in the society.

Mr. Dominic Lai added, “we hope to help drive corporate social responsibility among the commercial sector through inviting our business partners to join the visit to spread the love and care to the community.”

The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, praised A.S. Watson Group for being the role model of corporate citizens. “The underlying meaning of Project LOL is to bring ‘Lots of Love’ and ‘Lots of Laughs’ to the people of Hong Kong. It shows that the Group, as an international renowned brand, not only keeps abreast of time in its development, but also provides support for the disadvantaged in our society. This coincides with the objective of the ‘Appreciate Hong Kong’ campaign launched by the Government,” he said.

“The Government attaches great importance to the welfare need of the elderly. Shortly after assuming office, the current-term Government introduced the Old Age Living Allowance, which has benefited about 430,000 elderly people, or about 40 per cent of the elderly population,” Mr Cheung added.

Project LOL has been extended to the Group’s 25 operating markets, spreading the laughs and bringing positive changes to local communities and people there. In response to the Project, business units in different operating markets under the Group also carried out various corporate social responsibilities programmes. Please visit http://projectlol.aswatson.com/ for more details.

ASW collaborate with popular local YouTuber FH Media (熊仔頭) to produce a viral video to share useful tips on communicating with the elderly, and to spread the message of caring community in a fun and engaging way. Project LOL youtube video- https://goo.gl/gZrbUo

Meanwhile, a web game called “We Smile” is also launched to engage the general public in Hong Kong, and to inject positive energy to the community. Public can upload their photos with happy faces to the website to rate their smiles, while sharing their happiness with family members and friends: projectlol.aswatson.com/wesmile

Watson House, 1-5 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan,Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
+852 2606 8833
+852 2690 2836
grouppr@aswatson.com

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Mr Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group and the Group’s management team visited singleton elderly and together filled the day with care and joy.

Mr Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group and the Group’s management team visited singleton elderly and together filled the day with care and joy.

Defense Commissary Agency celebrates Earth Day by reducing its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Earth Day rolls around the Defense Commissary Agency is working diligently to reduce its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products.

“Seven stores have achieved ‘net zero’ status,” said Robin Armhold, DeCA’s environmental engineer. “That means through organic material disposal contracts and other means the stores have virtually no waste.”

Net zero waste is a total systems effort that changes the way materials flow through an organization, ideally resulting in no waste. Instead of throwing waste away, stores divert it to a contractor who turns all organic waste into compost. The following stores have reached the mark: two stores in Washington, at McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis; the four stores in Hawaii, at Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay and Naval Station Pearl Harbor; and the store at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

And DeCA is doing much more to help stores reduce their footprints.

In 2015, DeCA stores recycled almost 1,920 tons of plastic, more than 60,000 tons of cardboard and over 108 tons of paper. It has also composted or repurposed almost 6 million pounds of organic material, recycled over 5 million pounds of pallets and another 3 million pounds of things like fats, bones, kitchen grease, metal and wood.

So far, for 2015, records show about $1.8 million has been earned from recycling cardboard and plastic. The proceeds from the transactions go to the surcharge fund, which help to build new commissaries and renovate older stores.

But that’s not all.

Commissaries also donate edible but unsellable food to food banks around the country through their food bank donation program. To date there are 136 commissaries working with 123 foodbanks, and in 2015, almost 2.4 million pounds of food were donated.

“The edible but unsellable food is good, wholesome food,” said Armhold. “The food bank gets fruits and vegetables for their clients, which helps the community, and the commissary doesn’t have to send edible food to a landfill, which helps DeCA save significant money due to disposal cost avoidance.”

DeCA also makes it easy for its patrons to get involved with “green” purchasing. Customers can purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, high-efficiency laundry products, and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Customers can also find products with reduced packaging like paper towel and bathroom tissue without the cardboard tubes.

“We have a goal to eliminate waste because we spend millions of dollars every year on waste disposal,” Armhold said. “Reaching our goal requires a nonstop education process to ensure folks are doing all they can to keep all waste, including food, from landfills.”

Food banks interested in receiving edible but unsellable food from a commissary should contact their local store for information on how to apply.

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
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Marks & Spencer and Alexa Chung launches new collection Archive by Alexa

LONDON, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Archive by Alexa brings together a modern icon of British style Alexa Chung, and a long standing icon of the British high street, Marks & Spencer.

This is a unique approach to a collaboration. Using the rich and extensive Marks & Spencer Company Archive in Leeds*, Alexa and the M&S design team have embarked on a journey of rediscovery.

The collection includes pieces from the forties through to the noughties. From timeless pieces like the Frances trench coat in luxe olive, taken from an original fifties gabardine trench; to quirky style statements, like the vivid paisley print Eliza dress, a remastered apron from the fifties. Creating a rich and eclectic aesthetic with an air of the nostalgic.

The supporting campaign shot by photographer Tom Craig, sees Alexa herself taking creative ownership of the mood and direction. Alexa uses her unique styling ability and aspirational aesthetic to reproduce these heritage pieces afresh; paving the way for a wholly unique and exciting collaboration.

The 31 piece womenswear collection has been carefully curated and handpicked by Alexa and the M&S design team. Bringing archive pieces back to life for 2016 using Alexa’s unique approach to style. Through introducing modern fabrications and an updated colour palette, a contemporary womenswear collection is defined with a heritage sensibility.

Click here to download pdf press release with collection images.

Alexa Chung comments;

“I have always had an affection for Marks & Spencer. I am thrilled to be part of this special and unique project. There was something very touching about looking back through the British fashion and social history for which M&S is synonymous”.

Belinda Earl, Style Director for Marks & Spencer comments;

“Working closely alongside Alexa on this project was such an exciting way to develop a collection as it was more about rediscovery than design. We were physically able to look back through the decades and redefine the aesthetic of this collection; toying with influences from the forties, sixties, eighties and even the present day; highlighting how timeless and relevant style and quality can be”.

Steve Rowe, CEO for Marks & Spencer comments;

“It was a hugely insightful experience allowing Alexa full access to our Company Archive. Marks & Spencer’s history is vast and quality design has always been paramount; therefore using our expertise and classic designs and Alexa’s unique eye and approach to style, our collaboration was born. A new womenswear collection, curated by Alexa, with heritage firmly at its heart”.

This project is the first of the ‘M&S &’ series**. A sequence of unique, exclusive collections in collaboration with some of today’s most exciting designers, brands & fashion icons.

The 31 piece Archive By Alexa collection is available in 66 selected stores, internationally and online at www.marksandspencer.com

Prices range from £19.50 for the Ruth vest two pack, to £89 for the Frances trench coat.

For more information and imagery please contact:

Jessica Harris, Head of PR, Womenswear & Lingerie
Jessica.Harris@marksandspencer.com

Rachel Reynolds, Senior Press Officer
Rachel.Reynolds@marksandspencer.com

Lauren Jenkins, Press Officer
Lauren.Jenkins@marksandspencer.com

#ARCHIVEBYALEXA

* The M&S Company Archive based at Leeds University is one of the richest retail history collections in the country, the Archive collection charts our journey over more than 130 years, from Penny Bazaar to international multichannel retailer.

The M&S Company Archive was founded in 1984, to mark the 100th year of the company and since then, the archive team has worked to collect, catalogue and make available for use, all kinds of records of Marks & Spencer’s past.

The M&S Company Archive is an asset of over 70,000 historical items and acts to collect, preserve and utilise material relating to all aspects of our history and development as a company.

The diverse collection of items dates from the start of the company in 1884 and includes written records, staff publications, photographs and films, garments and household products, design and advertising material among many other valued artefacts.

** Marks & Spencer. A partnership founded on style & craftsmanship. We’ve always known the power of two. That’s why we’re proud to pair our unique M&S heritage with talented names across the globe, from iconic leaders of fashion to exciting new designers. Their vision & our story. That’s M&S &.

 

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Marks & Spencer and Alexa Chung launches new collection Archive by Alexa

Marks & Spencer and Alexa Chung launches new collection Archive by Alexa

Action for Healthy Kids and ALDI partner to improve overall wellness environments in schools and communities in Southern California

CHICAGO, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) and ALDI have partnered to invest in Southern California communities through AFHK’s School Grants for Healthy Kids initiative. The ALDI investment of $175,000 will help 15 Southern California area schools to improve their overall wellness environments through grants and technical assistance during the 2015-2016 school year.

Funding supports the establishment or expansion of school health teams; implementation of school wellness programs to drive effective health initiatives utilizing AFHK’s Game On program to identify and target areas of need; and engagement of parents, community members and ALDI employees to promote wellness at school and at home. The ALDI-funded program will benefit more than 11,000 students at the selected schools where, on average, 71 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced meals.

ALDI is committed to supporting the communities it serves, and this landmark partnership is the first of many ongoing efforts to support local communities in existing and new markets as the grocery chain continues to grow. Since 2011, ALDI has worked with AFHK to help Chicago schools create sustainable changes that foster healthy behaviors. With its expansion to Southern California, ALDI will continue its commitment to help school-aged children receive vital nutrition education and physical activity tools that will empower them to choose healthy behaviors for a lifetime.

“Children spend the most time outside of the home in school, nearly 1,200 hours per year. Evidence shows healthy school environments not only foster healthy eating and physical activity habits among students, but also create a culture where kids are better prepared to focus and learn,” said Rob Bisceglie, CEO, Action for Healthy Kids. “We look forward to advancing the wellness of California schools and communities with the help and support of ALDI.”

Initiatives are wide ranging across elementary, middle and high schools, and may include refurbishing outdoor play spaces, piloting aeroponic school gardens, implementing farm-to-school programs, hosting physical activity initiatives (before, during and after-school) and nutrition classes for students and parents, and purchasing physical activity equipment. The following schools were awarded based on need and the strength of the proposed school wellness programming:

  • San Gorgonio Middle School, Beaumont
  • Bennett-Kew Elementary School, Inglewood
  • Eastside Academy/Transitional Learning Center, Lancaster
  • La Quinta Middle School, La Quinta
  • 112th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs
  • Eugene Field Elementary School, Pasadena
  • Moore Middle School, Redlands
  • J.C. Boyd Elementary School, Rialto
  • Loma Vista Middle School, Riverside
  • Wells Middle School, Riverside
  • Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre
  • Olive Elementary School, Vista
  • Inland Leaders Charter School, Yucaipa

“Our partnership with AFHK is an important step for us as we enter the Southern California market this year,” said Gordon Nesbit, Moreno Valley division vice president for ALDI. “We know that schools can play a vital role in promoting wellness within their communities, and we are excited to partner with AFHK to help create healthier places for Southern California’s children, as well as for our employees and their families.”

All ALDI-funded schools will participate in Every Kid Healthy Week (April 25-29) through events that will spotlight their wellness programs and accomplishments. The ALDI-funded grants are part of nearly $1.7 million in School Grants for Healthy Kids awarded by AFHK nationwide in the 2015-2016 school year.

On March 24, ALDI opened eight of the 45 Southern California locations the grocer plans to open in 2016. The opening of ALDI stores in California marks a significant achievement in the company’s fiveyear strategic plan to open 650 new stores across the nation. By the end of 2018, ALDI expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores, enabling ALDI to offer its fresh, high quality groceries at everyday low prices to more than 45 million customers each month.

About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, families and communities to take actions that improve school foods, nutrition education and physical education for all students. With funding opportunities, expert technical assistance, and our flagship program, Game On, Action for Healthy Kids provides full support to schools and families to develop healthy school environments where children thrive. To learn more about the ways our 100,000+ volunteer network is helping to make Every Kid Healthy™, visit us at www.ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook (act4healthykids) and on Twitter (@Act4HlthyKids).

About ALDI, Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry and one of America’s favorite grocers*, ALDI operates nearly 1,500 US stores in 33 states. More than 30 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

*According to a survey of US consumers conducted in April 2015 by Market Force Information.
**Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

Contact:
Loren Coleman
Action for Healthy Kids
(312) 878-7672
lcoleman@ActionforHealthyKids.org
Eniko Bolivar
Weber Shandwick
(310) 854-8292
ebolivar@webershandwick.com

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. to release its first quarter 2016 results on Thursday, April 21, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced that it will release its first quarter 2016 results after the market closes on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  The Company will host an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) that same day.  The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.  To listen to the conference call, please visit the “Investors” page of the Company’s website located at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com several minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software.  An archive of the presentation will be available for 30 days following the call.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 174 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant and Brewery locations, its two brewpub in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states ofAlabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Coop: Neue Anlagen mit klimafreundlichen Technologien tragen zu einer besseren CO₂-Bilanz

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop ersetzt bestehende Kälteanlagen vorzeitig. Neue Anlagen mit klimafreundlichen Technologien tragen zu einer besseren CO₂-Bilanz bei und leisten damit einen wichtigen Beitrag zum Coop-Ziel, bis 2023 CO₂-neutral zu werden. Bei diesem Engagement wird Coop durch ein vom Bund anerkanntes Förderprogramm der Stiftung Klimaschutz und CO₂-Kompensation KliK unterstützt.

Mit der Modernisierung der Anlagen wird synthetisches Kältemittel durch das natürliche Kälte-mittel CO₂ ersetzt. Da synthetisches Kältemittel eine tausendfach höhere Klimawirkung hat, wird der Treibhausgaseffekt enorm reduziert. Im Rahmen des vom Bund anerkannten Programms «Klimafreundliche Kälte» der Stiftung KliK wird der vorzeitige Ersatz bestehender Anlagen finanziell unterstützt und damit die breite Anwendung von natürlichen Kältemitteln gefördert.

Klimafreundliches Kältemittel
Der Umstieg auf natürliches Kältemittel sowie der Umbau auf energieeffiziente Anlagen verringern den ökologischen Fussabdruck. Mit der Modernisierung können pro Anlage rund 15 % Strom eingespart werden. Bei der Ausstattung von Verkaufsstellen setzt Coop bereits heute auf CO₂ in Kälteanlagen. Der Umstieg auf natürliches Kältemittel wird nun aber durch das Förderprogramm weiter vorangetrieben: In diesem Jahr sollen zusätzlich 50 Anlagen vorzeitig, bevor sie abgeschrieben sind, auf das klimaschonende Kältemittel CO₂ umgebaut werden.

Stiftung Klimaschutz und CO₂-Kompensation KliK
Die Stiftung Klimaschutz und CO₂-Kompensation KliK ist eine branchenweite CO₂-Kompensationsgemeinschaft, welche im Rahmen des CO₂-Gesetzes operiert. Seit 2013 gilt die Kompensationspflicht für CO₂-Emissionen, die bei der Nutzung von fossilen Treibstoffen entstehen. Die Stiftung nimmt den Mineralölgesellschaften, welche diese fossilen Treibstoffe in den Verkehr bringen, diese Pflicht ab: Indem sie passende Projekte in der Schweiz fördert, wird der Ausstoss an Treibhausgasen reduziert und aktiv zu einem nachhaltigen Klimaschutz beigetragen. Mehr Informationen unter: www.kaelteanlagen.klik.ch.

CO₂-neutral bis 2023
Coop hat sich die Reduktion des absoluten Energieverbrauchs und die Steigerung des Anteils erneuerbarer Energien zum Ziel gesetzt. Seit Coop 2008 die Vision formuliert hat, bis 2023 CO₂-neutral zu sein, wurde der jährliche absolute Ausstoss an CO₂ um insgesamt 24,8 % verringert.

Weitere Informationen zu den Kälteanlagen von Coop finden Sie unter:
www.taten-statt-worte.ch/303
www.taten-statt-worte.ch/94

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Coop mit einer Mehrheitsbeteiligung von 51 % an der update Fitness-Gruppe aus Uzwil SG

Investition in neues, zukunftsträchtiges Geschäftsfeld

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Per Anfang April 2016 beteiligt sich Coop mit einer Mehrheitsbeteiligung von 51 % an der update Fitness-Gruppe aus Uzwil SG. Die update Fitness-Gruppe betreibt derzeit 19 Fitnesscenter und ist Marktführerin in der Ostschweiz. Mit der Akquisition dieses erfolgreichen Unternehmens fasst Coop in einem dynamischen und zukunftsträchtigen Geschäftsfeld Fuss.

In den letzten zehn Jahren hat in der Schweiz die Kundennachfrage nach modernen und gesundheitsorientierten Fitnesscentern stark zugenommen. Momentan besitzen über eine Million Personen in der Schweiz ein Fitnesscenter-Abo – Tendenz steigend.

Der Fitnesscenter-Markt hat beachtliches Wachstumspotential, da immer mehr Menschen die gesundheitsfördernde Wirkung von Kraft- und Ausdauertraining erkennen. Die Akquisition von update Fitness bietet Coop hierzu die ideale Einstiegsmöglichkeit. update Fitness ist ein hervorragend geführtes, kohärentes Unternehmen und besticht durch ein frisches Konzept, welches dank einzigartigem Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis eine breite Zielgruppe anspricht.

update Fitness wurde 1997 gegründet. Das Unternehmen hat seinen Sitz in Uzwil SG, betreibt 19 Fitnesscenter in der Ostschweiz und beschäftigt gegenwärtig über 400 Mitarbeitende in Teil- und Vollzeitstellen. update Fitness offeriert individuelles Kraft- und Ausdauertraining sowie ein breites Angebot an Gruppenkursen. Gründer und Eigentümer Michael Ammann (46) führt das Unternehmen seit 1997 und überzeugt als CEO und treibende Kraft mit sehr grosser Erfahrung. Er wird update Fitness auch in Zukunft weiterführen. Update Fitness hat damit beste Chancen, im Fitness-Markt erfolgreich weiter zu wachsen.

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