H&M: new fire safety requirements in Bangladesh transform the entire Bangladeshi textile industry

The transformation of fire safety in the Bangladeshi textile industry continues.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For H&M, it is of outmost importance that all factories producing for us are safe. All our suppliers must follow our mandatory fire safety requirements and we welcome even stricter regulations. The new additional requirements from the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, transforming the entire Bangladeshi textile industry, are gradually implemented at more factories. For example, H&M’s suppliers have now reported that all locking features as well as all collapsible, sliding or rolling shutter doors have been removed at all factories. The work is a complement to the mandatory H&M requirements such as having emergency exits, emergency lights, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, evacuation plans and regular evacuation drills.

Detailed information on progress can be found either on the Accord web site or at the H&M web site.

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Tips and things to know about using the new Starbucks app

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks recently unveiled a newly redesigned mobile app for iOS and Android users making it even easier for customers to pay, redeem Rewards and have all of the benefits of being a Gold loyalty member.

With the redesign, many things stayed the same while a few things changed. Here are the top 10 things – including a few tips – to know about using the Starbucks app:

1. Updated Dashboard

Everything you love about the Starbucks app is still quickly found at the top of your main Dashboard: payment, store locator, gifting and ordering (for pick up or delivery).

2. Check Your Stars

Available Stars show up at the top of your Dashboard, and Gold members earn a Star Reward after collecting 125 Stars. Tip: When your status changes from Green to Gold, your Star Count resets to zero and you begin collecting Stars towards your first Star Reward.*

3. Track Your Stars

Click on “History” to see how you earned your Stars and the exact number of Stars you’ve collected.

4. Personalized Offers

Below your Star count on the Dashboard, you’ll see personalized content from Starbucks, tailored just for you including offers, Pick of the Week offerings and important dates to know.

5. Reward Status – Green or Gold?

From the Dashboard, click on the number of Stars at the top, which will take you to a Status page. Here you’ll see your status (Green or Gold) at the top of the screen, as well as an interactive Stars display making it even easier to track Stars and Rewards. Tip: Click on “History” to see your Gold requalification date for Gold Status. Some customers need zero stars to requalify so are actually Gold past the visible date.*

6. Where to Find Rewards**

Star Rewards and Birthday Rewards appear on the home dashboard and on the “Rewards page,” found by clicking on the number of Stars on the Dashboard. Use yours to try a new food or drink item, or treat yourself to a beloved favorite.

7. Redeem Rewards

Earned Star Rewards can now be redeemed using Mobile Order & Pay. Available Rewards and Offers appear when confirming your order and can be used simply by clicking “Redeem.”

8. Jump the Line

Click ‘Order’ to use Mobile Order & Pay, order your food and beverage items ahead of time, and jump the line.

9. Treat a Friend

For special occasions or just because, a Starbucks eGift Card is the quickest way to make someone feel special.

10. Discover Music

Use the app to find out what songs are playing in our stores, and discover your next favorite artist.


More information about the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program can be found by visiting www.starbucks.com/rewards.

*Purchase must be made using a registered Starbucks Card or through the Starbucks app linked to a Starbucks account.

**Some restrictions apply. Rewards may be redeemed at participating stores only and exclude alcoholic beverages and multi-serve food and beverage items. Birthday reward expires one day after your birthday. Stars (including partial Stars) earned toward free food and drink rewards expire six months after they are earned. Stars may not be earned on purchases of alcohol and Starbucks Cards. Free refills during same in-store visit. Personalized Gold Card is gold-colored only, it is not gold metal. See starbucks.com/terms for details.

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Tips and things to know about using the new Starbucks app

Tips and things to know about using the new Starbucks app

Starbucks Q2 Fiscal 2016: Consolidated net revenues grew 9% to a Q2 record $5.0 billion

  • EPS Up 18% to a Q2 Record $0.39 Per Share; Comp Store Sales Up 7% in the U.S. and Americas; 6% Globally 
  • Revenues Up 9% to a Q2 Record $5.0 Billion; 5% Transaction Growth and 18% Revenue Growth in China; Operating Margin Expands to a Q2 Record 17.3%
  • Company Adds 900,000 Starbucks Rewards Loyalty Members in the U.S. since Q1; Now Has 12M Active U.S. Members
  • Company Reaffirms FY16 Growth Targets; Announces Additional 100M Share Repurchase Authorization

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal second quarter and 26-week fiscal year to date ended March 27, 2016. Fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015 GAAP results include items which are excluded from non-GAAP results. Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release for more information.

Q2 Fiscal 2016 Highlights:

• Global comparable store sales increased 6%, comprised of a 4% increase in ticket and 2% increase in traffic

• Consolidated net revenues grew 9% to a Q2 record $5.0 billion

• Consolidated GAAP operating income increased 11% to a Q2 record $864 million

Non-GAAP operating income increased 11% over Q2 FY15 non-GAAP, to a Q2 record $878 million

• Consolidated GAAP operating margin increased 30 basis points to a Q2 record 17.3%

Non-GAAP operating margin expanded 30 basis points over Q2 FY15 non-GAAP, to a Q2 record 17.6%

• EPS increased 18% to a Q2 record $0.39 per share

• The company opened 350 net new stores globally, bringing total stores to 23,921 worldwide at the end of Q2

• Starbucks served nearly 16 million more customer occasions from its global comp store base – and over 12 million more customer occasions in the U.S. – in Q2 FY16 compared to Q2 FY15

• Membership in the company’s Starbucks Rewards loyalty program increased 16% year-over-year and 8% in Q2 versus Q1 FY16; company now has 12 million active loyalty members in the U.S.

• Mobile Order and Pay usage doubled year-over-year; company now processing 8 million Mobile Order and Pay transactions per month

PDF: Detailed financial data

“Starbucks record Q2 financial and operating performance – including a stunning 18% increase in revenues and a 5% increase in transactions in China – underscores the strength of the Starbucks brand and the resiliency of our global retail and CPG businesses,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo. “Loyalty, technology and innovation are continuing to fuel our digital flywheel and propel our business forward all around the world.”

“Starbucks Q2 represented another quarter of solid growth, with the highest revenues of any non-holiday quarter in our history and excellent financial, operating and profit performance,” said Scott Maw, cfo. “The record-setting performance we delivered in the first half of fiscal 2016 ideally positions us to benefit from the investments we are making in our partners, in our stores and in groundbreaking innovation, and to continue delivering world class returns to our shareholders into the future.”

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-qualityarabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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Starbucks and Taste Holdings open the first Starbucks store in South Africa in Johannesburg

  • Taste Holdings and Starbucks open the doors of the first store in Johannesburg
  • The store brings the full Starbucks Experience, plus Starbucks Reserve coffees
  • Store design underlines commitment to support local artists, artisans and craftsmen

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ —Starbucks has arrived in South Africa, with its first store opening in Johannesburg today. Opened by Starbucks and Taste Holdings, it is located at the corner of Cradock Heights and Tyrwhitt Avenue in Rosebank. The store has a unique design and offers a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including Starbucks ethically sourced 100 percent arabica coffee.

“This is a milestone for Starbucks and we are delighted to have arrived in South Africa,” said Rhys Iley, Starbucks vice president, licensed operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and UK retail, who was present at the official opening. “With Taste Holdings, we will deliver the special Starbucks Experience for our new South African customers, a place for the community to gather and connect over a great cup of coffee.”

The Rosebank store combines inspiration from the neighborhood and the very first Starbucks store, located in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Here’s a short video of the South Africa store’s opening moment:

“This store will not only offer amazing coffee and world-class customer service, it is a representation of our commitment to South Africa through its localized design,” said Carlo Gonzaga, CEO of Taste Holdings. “We have taken inspiration from rich local color palettes and designs, with materials and artworks produced by local artisans. It signifies the start of our coffee journey in South Africa.”

Artwork in the store includes woven leather ceiling panels that pay homage to the South African tradition of basket weaving and a 3D recreation of the famous Starbucks Siren in wood. There is also a copper mural that captures the atmosphere of the neighborhood around the Pike Place Market. The copper is also reminiscent of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle.

“We also carefully considered South African customer tastes when we developed our menu and customers can expect local products like Rooibos tea,” added Gonzaga.

Starbucks sources coffee from nine countries in Africa. For the coffee connoisseur, the store hosts an intimate and immersive coffee environment where single-origin, small-batch Reserve coffees sourced from around the world can be experienced with a variety of brewing methods, including Siphon, Pour-Over, and the Clover™ brewing system. In addition, all espresso beverages will be prepared using Reserve coffees on a Black Eagle espresso machine.

Some of the store partners (employees) are from Taste Holdings’ Changing Lanes program. This is a training and development program that recruits from local communities and provides retail opportunities to currently unemployed youth.

“We are very proud to partner with Taste Holdings to bring Starbucks to South Africa, celebrating our rich coffee history, whilst also celebrating the vibrant community we will be serving,” said Iley. “We are creating jobs and opportunities in our stores, as well as supporting the local supply chain and we look forward to the future of Starbucks in South Africa.”

About Taste Holdings
Taste Holdings is a South African-based management group and a leading licensor of global brands in the Southern Africa region. It owns and licenses a portfolio of franchised and owned category specialists, Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) and retail brands currently represented in five countries in Southern Africa. Its food division has a 30-year master license agreement for Domino’s Pizza in Southern Africa. It also owns, operates and franchises Zebro’s Chicken, The Fish & Chip Co., Maxi’s Restaurants, Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s Woodfired Pizza. Its luxury goods division is underpinned by three owned retail brands – NWJ, Arthur Kaplan and World’s Finest Watches. NWJ is the third largest national jewelry chain by store numbers in the region. Arthur Kaplan and World’s Finest Watches are, together, the leading retailers of luxury Swiss watch brands in the region. Taste is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) under the symbol “TAS.” www.tasteholdings.co.za.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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Starbucks and Taste Holdings open the first Starbucks store in South Africa in Johannesburg

Starbucks and Taste Holdings open the first Starbucks store in South Africa in Johannesburg

Chicago’s first Starbucks express format store opens in Union Station

CHICAGO, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting today (April 21), busy Chicagoans can get their coffee in the city’s first Starbucks express format store. The 635-square-foot space in Union Station, which sees more than three million passengers each year, is tailored for customers who want the Starbucks Experience and premium products on-the-go. Its streamlined menu options focus on high-quality brewed coffee, signature espresso beverages and a selection of popular food items, including breakfast sandwiches.

“Chicago customers have a diverse set of needs,” said Dan Dehmlow, a district manager for Starbucks in Chicago. “On their commute, they may be looking for a fast, efficient experience while at their neighborhood store they may want to slow down and relax. We want to meet our customers wherever they are in their day, with the same meaningful connection and great cup of coffee.”

This is the company’s fifth express format store, following successful introductions in New York and Toronto.

 

More for the Menu: Starbucks Reserve and Evenings

Chicago has a rich coffee culture, one that has been perfect for Starbucks line of rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees in roughly 40 stores in the market. In addition to serving Starbucks Reserve coffees, these locations will soon add specialty Reserve espresso beverages and Cold Brew inspired by those atStarbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle. The stores will help introduce customers to the world of coffee and inspire customers on their coffee education journey.

“We know customers in Chicago love the coffee experience, which makes this the perfect place for Starbucks to try new things,” said Dehmlow.

Chicago also has 50 Starbucks Evenings locations, with a menu suited for later in the day, with wine, craft beer and sharable small plates.

New Store to Create Opportunities for Local Youth

Later in 2016, Starbucks will open in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side as part of its program to locate stores in diverse urban communities across the United States. The jobs created by opening these new stores, and providing onsite training through local non-profit agencies, will help achieve the company’s goal of hiring 10,000 opportunity youth.

Starbucks will work with local women- and minority-owned contractors and suppliers in the Chicago area, as it did in Queens, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

Starbucks History in Chicago

In October 1987, Starbucks opened the doors to its first store in Chicago near the Sears Tower on the corner of West Jackson and Van Buren. Nearly 30 years later, Chicago has more than 150 stores, second only to New York among U.S. cities. The Windy City remains at the forefront of new Starbucks® store concepts and experiences with the opening of its first express format store, an elevated store experience in the market’s Starbucks Reserve stores, and a new store and training center in Chicago’s South Side to provide opportunities for young people.

Did you know Chicago has its own coffee? Starbucks Gold Coast Blend®, named after the historic Gold Coast neighborhood along Lake Michigan’s shores. To honor Starbucks entry into the Chicago market, Starbucks master coffee blenders brought together the heft of beans from Latin America and Indonesia with a bit of dark Starbucks® Italian Roast.

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Chicago's first Starbucks express format store opens in Union Station

Chicago’s first Starbucks express format store opens in Union Station

Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

  • Coalition of 40 Top U.S. Companies Set to Launch Long-Term Hiring Effort in Seattle to Bring Jobs to Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-Year-Olds Who Are Not in School or Employed
  • Hundreds of Interviews and On-the-Spot Job Offers Available at Free Hiring Event at CenturyLink Field Event Center May 5; more than 1,500 Seattle Youth Expected to Attend
  • Building on Similar Events in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles, the Initiative is Part of a National Employer-Led Push to Hire at Least 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018
  • America’s Largest Employer-Led Coalition for Opportunity Youth Welcomes Accenture, Leisure Care, Panda Express, Services Group of America and Ulta Beauty as Newest Members

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 5.5 million young Americans not working and not in school, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of 40 top U.S. companies, today announced plans to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle beginning with a job fair on May 5 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Hiring managers from Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Hilton, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Red Robin, Republic Services, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, and Walmart will be at the Seattle Opportunity Fair.

Together, they will interview hundreds of youth in an effort to connect many of King County’s estimated 50,593* Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are disconnected from employment and education – to meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success. The event will also kick-start a long-term effort in partnership with many of the region’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and civic leaders to employ thousands of local youth, accelerating the coalition’s national goal to hire at least 100,000 opportunity youth by 2018.

“We’re thrilled to partner with so many respected brands and give young people the opportunity to thrive and grow in today’s economy,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. “Building work-related skills and gaining solid work experience will prepare today’s youth for the future and strengthen our community.”

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s work in Seattle will build on the success of similar hiring efforts inChicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles. To date, more than 25,000 youth have found jobs, internships or higher education opportunities through the participating companies, of which 2,300 received on-the spot offers at the three hiring fairs. The coalition will look to host more than 1,500 youth at the Seattle Opportunity Fair May 5. Participating companies expect to make hundreds of immediate job offers, as they did in the other cities.

“The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has provided Nordstrom with a unique forum to connect and establish relationships with our next generation of employees, customers and community leaders,” said Jamie Nordstrom, President of Stores, Nordstrom. “At the first three events we were fortunate to meet, and even hire on the spot, some fantastic young people and introduce them to Nordstrom as a great place to start a career. We’re looking forward to another inspiring event here in our hometown of Seattle.”

“A great first job can truly open up a pathway to lifelong opportunity for a young person,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks. “Starbucks is proud to partner with the community in Seattle to connect Opportunity Youth with a pathway to their first job. We believe companies across the county have a role and responsibility to create opportunities for young people across the economic spectrum.  We are eager to do our part in providing on the spot jobs offers in our hometown of Seattle.”

In Seattle, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent*, disproportionately impacting young people of color and those from low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Seattle’s community and civic leaders including the City of Seattle, King County, Educurious, Community Center for Education Results & the Roadmap Project, the United Way of King County, and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run.

“The City of Seattle is proud to be a partner in this employer-led effort to help all our young people develop the skills they need to thrive in a 21st-century workforce,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, in collaboration with my Youth Employment Initiative, is an investment in the future of our young people and in creating more equitable access to opportunity. It is a critical step toward ensuring all of our young people share in the prosperity of our innovation economy.”

“Educurious is thrilled to be making connections between employers and today’s youth as part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative,” said Michael Golden, Chief Executive Officer of Educurious.  “Helping young people gain work experience stimulates short-term impact and builds toward their future success by providing them with readiness, agency for their life, inspiration for relevant career pathways and a network to support them along the way.”

“Through this important initiative in Seattle and King County, we plan to build integrated employment and education pathways that reconnect young people to opportunity and develop a long-term model for engagement and retention,” said Nicole Yohalem, Director of the Road Map Project’s Opportunity Youth Initiative for the Community Center for Education Results.

Registration Now Open for Seattle Opportunity Hiring Fair

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 5 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Seattle. Lyft, a member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, will provide free rides up to $50 for candidates who are new Lyft passengers to help them easily access transportation to and from the event. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; access to high school and equivalency through admissions to programs at the University of Washington; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online profile with LinkedIn’s experts; and more.

“We believe in creating a broad range of new opportunities for young people who have many interests and backgrounds while at the same time creating a pipeline for technology talent that sparks innovation,” said Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies. “We look forward to connecting job fair attendees with career opportunities at our retail stores, as well as on-site mentoring to further their education and enter careers in high-tech fields.”

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative today also announced Accenture, Leisure Care, Panda Express, Services Group of America and Ulta Beauty as its newest corporate partners. Since launching in July 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has grown to 40 leading U.S. companies, including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential Financial, Red Robin, Republic Services, Services Group of America, Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, TOMS, Ulta Beauty, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is generously supported by the Alaska Airlines, Arizona Community Foundation, California Endowment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In-kind support for the event in Seattle is being provided by Delaware North and Lyft.

“Our community can make a difference in the lives of opportunity youth.  With more than 50,000 Opportunity Youth in the Seattle area, we have a responsibility to offer creative new solutions to help young people find opportunity,” said Sheri Schultz, co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “Our strategic collaboration includes the private sector, local governments, community-based organizations and foundations — all working together to create a better system of opportunity for young people who are facing barriers to that first job or first introduction to community engagement. The Schultz Family Foundation is excited to be part of this important work.”

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions acts as an intermediary for the coalition in the hiring cities, building upon the existing work of its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF). The OYIF currently supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 21 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute provides direct leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and future cities.


* “Zeroing In on Place and Race,” Measures of America, June 10, 2016

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to successful careers. Please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

Media interested in attending the event in Seattle must pre-register for credentials by contactingmedia@100kOpportunities.org.

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Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

AmRest Holdings SE to acquire Starbucks retail stores in Germany

BERLIN, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE, Starbucks exclusive licensed partner in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and soon in Slovakia, announced today that the company has signed an agreement with Starbucks Coffee Company to acquire its retail stores in Germany.  The partnership is expected to take effect in late May of 2016 and will mean that AmRest has the license to operate and develop the Starbucks brand further in the country.

Since entering Germany in 2002 with two stores in Berlin, Starbucks has expanded to 158 stores across the country. The 144 equity stores, plus 14 stores owned by licensees New Vision, SSP Germany and Marche, makes Germany the largest market for Starbucks in continental Europe.  Late last year Starbucks announced a deal with REWE to open stores in its grocery channel.

“We’ve built an impressive business in Germany over the past 14 years, employing nearly 2,000 partners across the market.  But we know Germany could be a much bigger market for us and we have ambitious growth plans to be where our customers live, work and travel.” said Kris Engskov, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  “We are proud to expand our partnership with AmRest, who are recognized across Europe as one of the most entrepreneurial, people-focused companies in food retail, and have been remarkably successful in bringing the Starbucks experience to these important markets.”

AmRest, founded in 1993 by current Supervisory Board Member Henry McGovern, and based in Wroclaw, Poland has been a partner licensee for Starbucks since 2008, when they opened their first store in the Czech Republic. Since then, AmRest has operated Starbucks stores in Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and recently adding Slovakia where the first store is planned to be opened by the middle of 2016. Currently, AmRest operates 103 Starbucks stores, a portfolio to which the 144 stores in Germany will be added.

“We are excited to take the AmRest relationship with Starbucks to the next level by adding the German market to our portfolio. This development which will double the size of our Starbucks business is yet another proof that anything is possible on our journey to strengthen our presence in Europe,” said Henry McGovern.

“With great honor and sense of responsibility we undertake the opportunity to build the Starbucks brand in Germany,” said Adam Mularuk, Starbucks Brand President at AmRest. “Partnering with all the employees we will continue on delivering the Starbucks Experience while increasing our presence in the market. These are exciting times for AmRest and the Starbucks team in Germany, I know that together we will create fantastic opportunities.”

Currently, the majority of the more than 2,400 Starbucks stores in EMEA are licensed-owned and operated. The licensing model allows Starbucks to partner with brands that have a strong foothold in geographies and channels across Europe. These partners have experience in running highly profitable businesses but also share Starbucks mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one cup, one person, one neighborhood at a time.

About AmRest
AmRest Holdings SE is the largest independent chain restaurant operator in Central and Eastern Europe. AmRest manages well-known global brands: KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Burger King and is also the owner of a unique brand La Tagliatella and two Chinese concepts: Blue Frog and KABB. The Company currently operates over 900 Quick Service and Casual Dining Restaurants in 12 countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, China and Romania.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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Toys”R”Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — To spotlight the impact that even 10 minutes of play per day can have on a child in need, as well as our recent #PlayWithPurpose fundraising and awareness campaign, we launched a web series that takes an intimate look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and the children’s and families’ lives they enrich through providing unstructured playtime.

But First, A Little Bit About Our Partnership…
Save the Children is the leading nonprofit working to ensure every U.S. child is healthy, safe and learning. Together, we embarked on a mission to provide some of the 15.5 million youth living in impoverished regions of the country with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives; a factor proven critical in children’s emotional, physical and cognitive development and future growth. During the company’s recent in-store and online fundraising campaign, more than $1 million was raised to help Save the Children bring learning through play to kids in need.

The four video vignettes featured below highlight the importance of play has on the lives of children living in poverty. Watch as these little boys and girls unlock key developmental skills, find confidence and enhance their imagination – the building blocks to success – and of course, their faces as they light up at the joy and wonder of play.

Paula
In this first vignette, viewers get a glimpse into the life of Paula, a mother of two who has experienced a number of hardships, including homelessness, which contributed to her daughters exhibiting anger issues. They fought frequently, kicked and screamed at one another, pushing Paula to reach her breaking point. With the help of Hollie, a Save the Children home visitor, Paula has seen the monumental effect that the daily integration of basic play has had on her children’s behavioral issues. Hollie has shown Paula how to use play to foster patience and teach the girls to take turns, while having fun together. Paula credits Save the Children with turning her household around and giving her a chance to be the caring, engaged mom she wants to be.

Mona
Meet Mona, a young mother who lost her first baby girl after a nearly year-long struggle to get her a lifesaving medical treatment. When her second daughter Annabelle was born soon after, Mona was still grieving and having difficulty bonding with her. With the help of Sheila, a Save the Children home visitor, Mona was able to focus on Annabelle and bring play into the life of the now one-year-old. The mother-child bond that play helped build was instrumental in both Anabelle’s early development and Mona’s healing process. Mona even found a creative way to incorporate the memory of the sister Anabelle never met into their playtime.

Autaevea
This third vignette features Autaevea, a mom in South Carolina who wants the best for her kids, despite some steep economic challenges. Sheila, a Save the Children home visitor, shows Autaevea and other struggling parents that they don’t need money to give their kids the best gift of all – playtime. See how Sheila provides parents with the knowledge to use everyday household objects to help their babies and toddlers develop, explore and have lots of fun – all while building a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Alicia
In this video vignette, a dynamic after school program helps once-struggling kids thrive through play. Like most children in the U.S. who live in poverty, the students from the Lake Quinault-area of rural Washington State are at high-risk of falling behind in school. Watch how local Save the Children program leaders like Alicia help children succeed by making learning fun. And, children such as fifth-grader Ozrick not only catch up, they begin to realize their dreams of a brighter future.

You can learn more about why a daily dose of #PlayWithPurpose is so important early in a child’s life with our Save the Children infograms. Check them out!

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Toys"R"Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

Toys”R”Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage returns

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning today (April 23) Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage returns.

Customers have been asking for this summer-time beverage since it was first introduced last summer. The S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage is available now through the end of summer in participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The beverage stirs memories of making s’mores around a campfire. S’mores Frappuccino® is made with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce along with a blend of coffee, milk and ice. It is finished off with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.

Outside of the U.S., the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage is currently available in select stores in the China/Asia Pacific region.

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

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Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage returns

Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage returns

Partners at the Honolulu Starbucks stores will collaborate with Mission Continues, Team Red, White & Blue and Blue Star Families

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — An enthusiastic audience of service members and their families, customers and partners (employees) looked on as Starbucks dedicated two Military Family Stores this week in Honolulu.

“I’m so proud to have these special stores in our area,” said Francesca Peri, Starbucks regional vice president. “We’re in a unique position with such a strong military presence in Honolulu and we have the privilege to serve this community every day in our stores.”

Military Family Stores employ many baristas and managers who are veterans or military spouses and work with non-profit organizations to provide services for veterans and their families.

Partners at the Honolulu stores, one located at Kaneohe Bay Drive in Windward City and the other on Valkenburgh Street in Moanalua, will collaborate with Mission Continues, Team Red, White & Blue and Blue Star Families. Starbucks has a total of 22 Military Family Stores across the U.S. and plans to dedicate additional stores in 2016.

While Peri has only worked in Honolulu for six months, she feels a special connection to the military community there. Her husband served in the Armed Forces for 22 years and retired as a Major in the Army National Guard. Peri has made a point to meet other military spouses at Starbucks stores in the area and serve as source of support.

“Starbucks aims to provide a positive, understanding environment for military spouses and their families,” said Peri. “Being a spouse can be lonely, but it’s great to know that your Starbucks family is there for you.”

In addition to the Military Family Stores, Starbucks helps the military community in Honolulu by supporting the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) program at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which provides special benefits for service members and their families. Twelve to 15 times per year, Starbucks partners prepare hot and iced coffee for military families when ships return to Pearl Harbor. Partners also organize hiring fairs on the base to contribute to Starbucks commitment to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2018.

Starbucks veterans stories: Paying Tribute and Creating Opportunity

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

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Partners at the Honolulu Starbucks stores will collaborate with Mission Continues, Team Red, White & Blue and Blue Star Families

Partners at the Honolulu Starbucks stores will collaborate with Mission Continues, Team Red, White & Blue and Blue Star Families