Overstock.com to hold its annual stockholders meeting on May 10

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announces it will hold its annual stockholders meeting on May 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. MDT at its corporate offices located at 6350 S. 3000 E., Salt Lake City, Utah. All holders of record as of the close of business on March 14, 2016 will be entitled to attend the meeting in person. For those stockholders unable to attend in person and for other interested persons, the meeting will also be audio webcast.

Webcast information
To access the live webcast, go to http://investors.overstock.com. To listen to the conference call via telephone, dial (877) 673-5346 and enter conference ID 81546532 when prompted. Participants outside the U.S. or Canada who do not have internet access should dial +1 (724) 498-4326 and then enter the conference ID provided above.

Replay
A replay of the webcast will be available at http://investors.overstock.com starting two hours after the live call has ended. An audio replay of the webcast will be available via telephone starting at 5:00 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. To listen to the recorded webcast by telephone, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID provided above. Outside the U.S. or Canada dial +1 (404) 537-3406 and then enter the conference ID provided above.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its websites (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co).

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks ofOverstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on March 8, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. to release its first quarter Fiscal 2017 sales and earnings results on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX) today announced that it plans to release its first quarter Fiscal 2017 sales and earnings results on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, before 9:30 a.m. ET.

At 11:00 a.m. ET that day, Ernie Herrman, TJX’s Chief Executive Officer and President, will hold a conference call with stock analysts to discuss the Company’s first quarter Fiscal 2017 results, operations and business trends. A real-time webcast of the call will be available to the public at tjx.com. A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 through Tuesday, May 24, 2016, or at tjx.com.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of January 30, 2016, the end of the Company’s fiscal year, the Company operated a total of 3,614 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,156 T.J. Maxx, 1,007 Marshalls, 526 HomeGoods and 8 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 245 Winners, 101 HomeSense, and 41 Marshalls stores in Canada; 456 T.K. Maxx and 39 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

Archived versions of the Company’s conference calls are available in the Investor Information section of tjx.com after they are no longer available by telephone as are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and other financial information. The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.
Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

Macy’s “American Icons” campaign launches next week

  • Festivities include the latest in fashion with an all-star roster of musical talent, in-store events and a partnership with Got Your 6, a coalition of veteran-focused nonprofits
  • Headlining the campaign are some of America’s all-star talents, including Adam Lambert, Austin Mahone, Kelsea Ballerini, Johnnyswim and Thalia Sodi, along with an exciting collaboration from Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John on a limited-edition line, Love Bravery
  • Experience the sublime sounds of the retailer’s first-ever digital music festival, “Macy’s Summer Vibes”

NEW YORK, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer, music takes center stage for Macy’s “American Icons” campaign, the fourth annual celebration of the people, places and things that make America great. Launching next week, the campaign features celebrated designers and musical talent, a digital music festival on YouTube highlighting emerging artists, continued partnership with Got Your 6 to support America’s veterans, and experiential in-store events for customers.

“This year, American Icons is all about the celebration of music and we’re offering a medley of different experiences for customers to get involved,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “In our advertising campaign, we pay tribute to locations rich with music history, such as New Orleans and Memphis, as well as some of the hottest musical talent today. We will also be hosting our first digital music festival on YouTube, which benefits Got Your 6, Macy’s charity partner that supports military veterans and their families.”

The Best in Fashion, Music and Style

There have been so many genres—jazz, blues, country, rock, folk and pop—that have influenced America’s independent and inimitable style. This season, we travel coast-to-coast to share fashions inspired by the sights and local sounds that make up the soul of our great nation.

Folk looks are back in a big way, and get a chic update in the form of off-the-shoulder chambray dresses from MICHAEL Michael Kors and raw-edged cropped jeans from Paulina. The jazz lover’s style is less brooding, and more modern with a relaxed approach by Tommy Hilfiger with tie-front eyelet shirts and patterned shorts, perfect for enjoying the brassy sounds and high temperatures in The Big Easy. Country style is more than cowboy boots and daisy dukes; our country vixen takes a fashion-first approach to her style, with RACHEL Rachel Roy offering bare-shouldered ruffle tops and pleated brushed silk gaucho pants as dressed-up alternatives to the classic T-shirt and jeans country uniform. Macy’s is taking the vast range of music genres that define this great country and extending it into closets, offering an assortment of styles perfect for every musical flavor.

Festival-ready styles channel easy-breezy California cool, with bare-shoulder, crocheted dresses in crisp white from American Rag leading the pack. Dream-catcher earrings from Lucky Brand add to the stylishly laid-back essence of the bohemian festivalgoer, and she can store her VIP wristbands and heat-beating essentials in a 70s vintage-inspired crossbody satchel by Patricia Nash. A bold American flag bodysuit and high-waisted shorts from Material Girl; and trusty gladiator sandals from Steve Madden are declarative pieces that are trend-forward and dance-friendly. For him, American Rag pumps up the volume on casual with distressed denim shorts and eye-catching graphic tees. Pairing them with white Vans, we’re back at it again offering trendy, yet effortless style.

In its celebration of music, Macy’s has partnered with several artists to create eye-catching and inspiring summer fashion imagery. With his larger-than-life presence and rock star flair, multiplatinum, Grammy®-nominated, international superstar Adam Lambert is every bit the showman and the newest face of Macy’s I.N.C. International Concepts. His charisma and perpetually evolving approach to music make him the perfect ambassador for the exclusive brand, which brings runway-inspired fashion and accessories to today’s style-minded trendsetter. Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter sensation Austin Mahone rocks festival gear by American Rag, Levi’s and more. With chart-topping hits and sold-out tours under his belt, Mahone is the perfect artist to help kick off all things music and fashion this summer. Destiny Frasqueri, also known as Princess Nokia, is an up-and-coming, multifaceted artist fromNew York City whose unique musical style is an excellent complement to the cutting-edge fashion from Calvin Klein. Kelsea Ballerini’s refreshing sound and unapologetic authenticity earned her Billboard’s Women In Music “Rising Star” Award and her undeniably fashion-forward style is showcased effortlessly in RACHEL Rachel Roy, Maison Jules and Ray-Ban. Accomplished husband-and-wife duo and folk-pop artists, Johnnyswim, are the perfect showcase for denim trends as unique as their music. Vivacious megastar Thalia Sodi brings sexy, elegant and timeless styles in bold colors and vibrant prints, as well as glamorous shoes and jewelry that are uplifting and party ready to her newest collection for Macy’s American Icons campaign.

Macy’s has also partnered with Grammy® and Golden Globe®-winning icon Lady Gaga, as well as Grammy, Tony®and Academy Award®-winning legend Sir Elton John to create Love Bravery, a high-spirited limited- edition line of clothing and accessories that inspire compassion and combat prejudice. The exclusive collaboration includes clothing, accessories and novelty items, and 25 percent of the purchase price of Love Bravery product will benefit theBorn This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Macy’s Summer Vibes

For the first time, Macy’s is hosting a digital music festival on YouTube to celebrate American Icons and kick off the summer on a high note. Digital festivalgoers can tune in on Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. EDT via Macy’s officialYouTube channel (youtube.com/macys) to watch Macy’s Summer Vibes. Created and produced by Macy’s and Portal A, the 60-minute music experience and summertime hangout will feature intimate performances with an upbeat lineup of fresh talent. Headlining the concert will be Broadway actor, YouTube sensation and TV personality, Todrick Hall. With a vibrant personality and contagious energy, Hall’s creative video projects have resulted in a following of more than 2 million subscribers. Hall will be joined with performances by emerging artists including: pop rock singer-songwriter, AJ Rafael; family musical group, the Gardiner Sisters; and teen singer-songwriter, Macy Kate.

Viewers will have access to behind-the-scenes footage, backstage interviews and other special segments. All artists will be sporting the latest fashions from Macy’s for the season.

Best of all, viewers can hit play and give back at the same time. For every view of the festival through June 19, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Got Your 6, the national veteran nonprofit campaign that empowers veterans to become leaders, team builders and problem solvers in their local communities. Customers can follow the experience through #SummerVibes and learn more by visiting macys.com/summervibes starting May 10.

Empowering Veterans, Strengthening Communities – Got Your 6

Macy’s and Got Your 6 will embark on their fourth year of partnership, as part of the American Icons campaign. Since 2013, Macy’s has raised $6.7 million to Got Your 6 and its coalition of nonprofit partners to help military veterans and their families make America stronger. Along with participating in the Macy’s Summer Vibes festival in June, customers can get involved and join the movement during Got Your 6 Weekend, from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15. During this weekend, customers can give $3 at the register at any store or on macys.com and receive a special 25 percent savings pass to get discounts all day on purchases – exclusions and restrictions apply. One hundred percent of the $3 purchase price will be donated to Got Your 6. Pre-sale of the passes will begin on May 8 in-store.

In-Store Celebrations

In June, Macy’s will host in-store music festivals for kids, featuring dancing, fun games, crafts, snacks and more. In select markets, kids can participate in a silent disco and learn how to mix and scratch from Scratch DJ Academy. A series of events across the country that bring together the worlds of music and food will include cooking demos by Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs with special musical elements, as well as menus inspired by the chefs’ personal playlists. On Tuesday, June 14, Macy’s will also celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day, featuring cooking demos in select stores where chefs will add their local spin on the classic American dish.

To learn more about Macy’s American Icons campaign, including the Summer Vibes music festival, fashions, events and partnership with Got Your 6, visit macys.com/americanicons.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign that’s empowering veterans to build stronger communities across America. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners are helping veterans find new opportunities to serve here at home. Since 2013, Got Your 6 has distributed grants totaling more than $6 million to its veteran-focused non-profit partners. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s Media Relations
Tracy Davis, 646-429-7470
tracy.davis@macys.com
or
Macy’s Media Relations
Billy Dumé, 646-429-7449
billy.dume@macys.com

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International superstar, Adam Lambert, is the newest face for Macy’s exclusive lifestyle brand, I.N.C. International Concepts; visit macys.com/americanicons (Photo: Business Wire)

International superstar, Adam Lambert, is the newest face for Macy’s exclusive lifestyle brand, I.N.C. International Concepts; visit macys.com/americanicons (Photo: Business Wire)

SONIC® Drive-In partners with Julianne Hough to launch #ThanksTeach social media campaign to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month

America’s Drive-In to support local public school teachers and students with $15 million commitment over next five years

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 3, 2016), SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced its partnership with Julianne Hough to launch #ThanksTeach, a social media campaign to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month and give public school teachers across America the thanks they deserve. During the month long campaign, SONIC will make donations to public school teacher projects for every post, share and retweet incorporating #ThanksTeach, for a total donation of up to $1 million.

A long time supporter of public schools, teachers and their students, SONIC Drive-In announced it will significantly increase its contribution to its Limeades for Learning program, committing $15 million over the next five years. In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the national award-winning cause marketing campaign funds essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources requested by teachers that instill a thirst for knowledge and inspire creative thinking in their students. This new commitment more than triples the brand’s previous Limeades for Learning support to schools, having donated more than $5 million over the past seven years to 10,000 teacher projects and impacting 283,490 students in 993 cities across the U.S. during that timeframe.

“Teachers see promise in their students that they can’t yet see in themselves. Nearly 50 years ago, Mrs. Pat Watson saw leadership potential in me when I was in junior high school that was further nurtured by high school teachers that set me on a course to grow into the leader that I am today,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “Today, we launch a new commitment to donate $15 million over the next five years to public school teachers and their students.”

SONIC has supported teachers and schools through Limeades for Learning since 2009, and with Julianne’s help, we invite our fans and guests to join us in the #ThanksTeach campaign by sharing stories about their teachers or teachers in their lives during Teacher Appreciation Month. Together, we will celebrate teachers who made a difference to us and teachers making a difference every day in their classrooms.”

For the entire month of May, SONIC guests and fans can make a difference in local communities by simply joining in the conversation online, celebrating teachers that have made a difference in their lives by using #ThanksTeach on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. For every post or share incorporating the hashtag, SONIC will donate funds towards teacher projects, up to $1 million.

“The average teacher spends $500 per year out of their own pockets to provide supplies for their students. When I heard about the #ThanksTeach campaign SONIC was launching through its Limeades for Learning program, I was thrilled at the opportunity to help show teachers our appreciation for everything they do,” said Hough. “With your help we can make this Teacher Appreciation Month particularly special by bringing $1 million in meaningful supplies to local classrooms across the country. A simple tweet or post can make a real difference for schools in your community.”

To kick off the #ThanksTeach campaign, Hough worked with Limeades for Learning to fund $100,000 worth of classroom projects to support teachers and students in the Salt Lake City area, where she attended Alta High School.

To learn more about #ThanksTeach and Limeades for Learning, visit LimeadesforLearning.com and explore local teacher projects that may be funded as a result of the campaign. Teachers interested in getting involved in Limeades for Learning and submitting a project for potential funding can register at the website as well.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

SONIC Drive-In
Matthew Young, 512-542-2802
matthew.young@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Wesfarmers announces the retirement of Wesfarmers Resources Managing Director Stewart Butel

Perth, Australia, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wesfarmers today announced the forthcoming retirement of Stewart Butel, Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources since 2006.

Mr Butel will retire at the end of July, supporting a smooth leadership transition in the Resources business, which includes Wesfarmers Curragh and Wesfarmers’ 40 per cent interest in the Bengalla coal mine.

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder said Mr Butel had made a huge contribution to the growth of the Resources business and the wider Group since joining Wesfarmers in 2000, following the acquisition of the Curragh mine in Queensland. He was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Premier Coal in 2002 and Director Coal Operations for Wesfarmers Energy in 2005.

“Notwithstanding the more recent challenges in the coal sector, the Curragh acquisition and expansion through Curragh North have been outstanding investments for our shareholders,” Mr Goyder said.

“The strong cash generation from Curragh, under Stewart’s leadership, significantly contributed to our ability to finance the purchase of the Coles Group in 2007. As conditions have become tougher for coal, Stewart and his team have implemented a major cost control and productivity program which has ensured both Curragh and Bengalla remain world-scale, low-cost mines with long mine lives.”

Craig McCabe, currently General Manager of Wesfarmers Curragh, has been appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer at Wesfarmers Resources, effective 1 June 2016. He will report to Rob Scott, Managing Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division.

Mr McCabe has been General Manager of Curragh since 2012 and has more than 15 years’ experience at Curragh in a variety of roles.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), a Bachelor of Science (Geoscience) and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

“Importantly for the sustainability of our coal operations, Stewart and Craig have also driven significant improvements in safety performance and been champions of greater participation by women, including indigenous women, in the resources industry,” Mr Goyder said.

For more information:
Media
Cathy Bolt
Media and External Affairs Manager
+61 8 9327 4423 or +61 417 813 804
cbolt@wesfarmers.com.au

Investors
Deanie Alston/ Wen Khong
Investor Relations
+61 8 9327 4450
irelations@wesfarmers.com.au

Whole Foods Market Northern California & Reno hot and salad bars bring signature recipes from “Top Chef” finalist Melissa King

San Francisco-based chef Melissa King offers eight signature recipes for hot and salad bars, plus in-store ingredient recommendations  

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — New, chef-driven flavors are now available on Whole Foods Market Northern California & Reno hot and salad bars, courtesy of “Top Chef” season 12 finalist and San Francisco chef Melissa King.

King created eight new recipes exclusively for Whole Foods Market. Customers can find her ready-to-eat meals in the Northern California & Reno region’s 43 stores from May 4 to June 28*. King’s favorite raw ingredients and packaged products will also be tagged with “Melissa King Pick” signage throughout the aisles.

King’s cuisine combines a fresh, seasonal approach with traditional Asian flavors, reflecting her culinary experience and upbringing.

“I think Whole Foods and I are going to be really great partners because we both believe in healthy eating, fresh food, and quality,” King said. “My recipes highlight California produce; we incorporate local flavors and ingredients that we see here in San Francisco and bring seasonality to the table.”

Here are the dishes, along with King’s descriptions:

Hot bar

  • Miso Roasted Cauliflower (vegan): “White saikyo miso is a great way to add flavor or an ‘umami bomb’ to your roasted vegetables.”
  • Kimchi Fried Brussels Sprouts: “These roasted sprouts are tossed in vinaigrette made with rice vinegar, Korean chili flakes (gochugaru) and pear, giving them a nice balance of acid, heat, and sweetness.
  • Salt and Pepper Chicken: “These tender bites of boneless chicken are a fan favorite! They’re packed with flavor from being marinated with ginger, garlic, tamari, sake and mirin, and are then fried in potato starch.”
  • Basil Chicken: “This home-style Chinese dish is known as ‘three cup chicken’ because it’s slow braised with three ingredients: soy sauce, Chinese rice wine and sesame oil. You’ll get a lot of flavor from fresh basil and ginger root.”

Salad bar

  • Miso Caesar with Olive Oil Croutons: “Umami is a Japanese term to describe a ‘pleasant savory taste’ which is often found in items such as anchovies, soy sauce, mushrooms and miso. This take on a classic Caesar salad is full of umami.”
  • Black Rice & Quinoa Salad with Spring Peas, Watermelon Radish and Mint: “Forbidden black rice is an ancient Asian grain known to be high in iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants. It gives texture to this blend.”
  • Green Bean Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette: “This texturally satisfying green bean salad is tossed with snow peas, carrots, crushed peanuts, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and a nutty vinaigrette.”
  • Cold Hiyayakko Tofu (vegan): “Tofu is high in protein and is a great vessel for absorbing flavor! Our tofu is brightened with sesame oil, tamari, chili oil, ginger, cilantro, scallions and seaweed.”

Some of Chef Melissa King’s product picks include:

  • Ramps: “I grill them whole or pickle the bulbs. The greens are great sautéed like spinach.”
  • Black radish: “Shave it really thin, wash with cold water, and add to dishes for an interesting texture. Leave the skin on for color and a peppery kick.”
  • Green Garlic: “More delicate and mildly sweet in comparison to regular garlic. You can chop the entire bulb and stalk and sauté it in place of garlic.”
  • Whole Fish: “They’re intimidating, but actually pretty easy. Stuff the cavity with herbs and seasonal citrus, lightly oil the outside, and grill each side for about 4-5 minutes.”
  • Coconut Vinegar: “It has better acidity than other vinegars. It’s used in many Southeast Asian recipes and adds a unique zing to homemade vinaigrettes.”
  • Pumpkin Seeds: “Buy these raw because they’ll keep longer and you can decide for yourself how to prepare them. You can sprinkle them on salads, roast them, bake them, or put them in a smoothie.”
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano: “Everyone should have a hunk of this in the fridge. It can be shaved on top of just about anything. The rind can be used to make a delicious broth or deepen the flavor of your pasta sauce.”
  • Italian Batard: “This is my go-to bread. It has a great surface area making it versatile for my morning avocado toast, olive oil croutons, and sandwiches.”

Follow Chef Melissa King online:
instagram.com/chefmelissaking
twitter.com/ChefMelissaKing
facebook.com/chefmelissaking

*Offerings may vary by store depending on the size of the store’s hot and salad bars, but all stores will feature at least one of King’s recipes.

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Chef Melissa King brings her signature dishes to Whole Foods Market’s hot and salad bars

Chef Melissa King brings her signature dishes to Whole Foods Market’s hot and salad bars

Whole Foods Market launches pupusas on its menu for its food truck test kitchen

Chef Tien Ho launches Dina’s Pupuseria to test new ideas for national grocer 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is launching pupusas as the next menu concept for the company’s food truck test kitchen located at the retailer’s flagship store in Austin, Texas. The new menu officially launches on Wednesday, May 4, under the name Dina’s Pupuseria, and will offer a selection of pupusas made with corn masa, filled with a blend of cheeses and topped with meat and veggie combinations. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan options, as well as cinnamon churros, grilled corn salad and plantain chips.

The newest concept was inspired by an Austin team member, Dina Santos, on the Whole Foods Market catering team. Originally from Guatemala, Santos began making pupusas after enjoying them on visits to El Salvador and Honduras where pupusas originated. The test kitchen will feature her original pupusa recipe, Dina’s Especiales, which includes fresh squash blossoms and a side of curtido, a lightly fermented cabbage slaw.

Created by Tien Ho, the company’s global vice president of culinary and hospitality, the food truck test kitchen is a place for Whole Foods Market’s culinary and prepared foods teams to experiment with new ideas for store eateries, as well as explore collaborations with chefs and supplier partners.

The test kitchen launched in March with a concept called Tartinette, which includeda menu of open-faced sandwiches, sweet potato hushpuppies and spiralized veggies. The concept, menu and name of the truck is updated every two months to continue exploring food trends and seasonal flavors. With each new test kitchen concept, Whole Foods Market partners with a new nonprofit beneficiary. Two percent of sales from Dina’s Pupuseria will benefit Sustainable Food Center and their mission to strengthen the local food system by improving access to nutritious and affordable food.

For food truck updates, menu, location and hours, visit wfm.com/testkitchen.

EXPERTS

Tien Ho
Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

Press Contacts
Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

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Puspusa for Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas on April 26, 2016.

Puspusa for Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas on April 26, 2016.

Publix announces the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

LAKELAND, Florida, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Metz began her career at Publix in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Florida.

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles within our organization,” said CEO and President Todd Jones. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Publix earns $8.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2016 a 4.5 percent increase from last year

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $8.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 3.3 percent. The company estimates sales increased 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the second quarter.

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were $581.9 million, compared to $548.9 million in 2015, an increase of 6 percent. Earnings per share for the first quarter increased to $0.75 for 2016, up from $0.71 per share in 2015.

These amounts are based on unaudited reports that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective May 1, 2016, Publix’s stock price decreased from $45.20 per share to $43.95 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased that our Publix associates delivered strong results,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “Unfortunately, these results were not enough to offset the challenges in the stock market.”

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Klépierre announces results of the 1st National Casting for “Reines du Shopping” TV show

PARIS, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre, the European shopping center specialist, announces that the results of the 1 st National Casting for “Reines du Shopping” is a great success !

Klépierre and M6 UNLIMITED have developed an exclusive partnership to organize the first national casting of Reines du Shopping TV show, from April 23 to May 5, in 18 shopping centers in France.*

20 000 people participating to all the animations (castings, make ups, personal shoppers advice, digital games, etc.) and more than 2.5 million viewing videos on Klépierre shopping centers Facebook pages.

This first edition of “Reines du Shopping” national casting is totally in synch with French women’s expectations in terms of fashion : Opinion Way study shows that 62% of French women are interested in getting smart advice from a personal shopper; which is precisely the promise of “Reines du Shopping” TV show.

The power of a unique partnership between television and leading shopping centers

With “Reines du Shopping,” Klépierre has partnered for an unprecedented operation that uses its unique appeal to create preference among its clients. This partnership with M6 Unlimited reinforces the Let’s Play promise of a unique shopping experience at Klépierre centers.

“Every year, Klépierre creates a powerful media buzz by launching new and exclusive partnerships with key players of the entertainment industry, that bring customers to our centers. With a portfolio of centers present in 57 cities and 16 countries in Continental Europe, providing access to 150 million consumers, we offer brands a unique and powerful media platform in Europe,” explains Elise Masurel, new head of group marketing for Klépierre.

ABOUT KLEPIERRE
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 2 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

About M6 Unlimited:
M6 UNLIMITED, the transmedia structure of M6 Publicité, puts advertisers at the heart of its organization and offers endto-end strategy. Thanks to the group’s considerable assets, M6 UNLIMITED can offer customized operations, original media productions, and the sponsorship, marketing, and management of the licenses of the group’s brands. Website: http://m6pub.fr
Twitter: @m6publicite

* LES REINES DU SHOPPING ® 2016 Métropole Télévision / Hubert Master Edition

MEDIA CONTACT
L’Agence Marie-Antoinette
Julie Haget – +33 1 55 04 86 40 – klepierre@marie-antoinette.fr

 

SM Investments Corporation records 12% growth in recurring net income in the first quarter of 2016

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) posted a 12% growth in recurring net income in the first quarter of 2016. Consolidated net income (including non-recurring items) stood at PHP 7.0 billion for the January to March period, up 3.6% from PHP 6.7 billion in the same period last year. Consolidated revenues grew 7% to PHP 69.8 billion for the first quarter.

“We are pleased with SM’s strong underlying growth in the first quarter as consumer spending continued to be vibrant and sentiment about the Philippine economy remains strong. Our continuing efforts to improve efficiency in all our businesses have also helped ensure solid earnings growth,” SM President  said.
For the first quarter, property accounted for 43% of SM’s consolidated net income, followed by banks at 36% and retail at 21%.

Retail
Retail operations under SM Retail Inc., which consist of both food (SM Markets) and non-food (THE SM STORE), reported sustained growth in total sales of 8% to PHP 48.8 billion in the first quarter, while net income rose 16% to PHP 1.5 billion.

SM’s food retail business continued to expand, adding five new stores. At end-March, SM Retail had a total of 314 stores comprising 53 THE SM STOREs, 45 SM Supermarkets, 44 SM Hypermarkets, 140 Savemore and 32 WalterMart stores.

Following their acquisition last year and recent modernization, two Cherry Foodarama grocery stores are now fully operational inside SM Cherry malls in Shaw and Congressional Avenue.

SM earlier announced the merger of SM Retail with a group of specialty retail stores such as Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Kultura, Baby Company and Sports Central. The combined entity will have over 1,900 outlets and 2.4 million sqm of gross floor area.

Banking
For the first quarter of 2016, BDO Unibank posted a net income of P 5.5 billion as core lending, deposit-taking and fee-generating businesses delivered solid numbers. Net Interest Income grew by 17% to P 15.5 billion, supported by the 15% jump in customer loans to PHP 1.3 trillion and a 14% growth in deposits to PHP 1.7 trillion.

Property
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) reported a recurring net income growth of 12% in the first quarter to PHP 5.8 billion. Consolidated revenues rose 10% to PHP 18.2 billion.

Rental revenues from malls and commercial spaces, which accounted for 59% of the total, grew 14% to PHP 10.8 billion.  On the other hand, total mall revenues rose 11% to PHP 11.0 billion from PHP 9.9 billion in the previous year. Excluding the new malls and expansions, same-store growth averaged 7%. Total revenues from the commercial group registered a 16% growth in revenues to PHP 887.2 million.

SM Prime’s residential group, which accounted for 32% of total revenues, recorded higher revenues by 5% to PHP 5.8 billion in the period largely on higher construction accomplishments of SM Development Corporation (SMDC) projects launched in 2013 to 2015.
The hotels and convention centers business grew by 22% in the first quarter of 2016 to PHP 617.2 million in terms of revenues.

Balance Sheet
As of end-March, total assets of SM grew 6% to PHP 760.5 billion. SM maintains a healthy balance sheet with a conservative gearing ratio of 36% net debt to 64% equity.

About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation, founded by entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr., is one of the country’s largest publicly listed companies with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on synergies of its banking, property and retail operations. SM has grown into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of non-food under THE SM STORE and food under SM Markets comprising of SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, and Savemore and other food retail stores under Waltermart and Alfamart. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank),  the seventh largest bank.

For more about SM, click here: www.sminvestments.com

Contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM

Ingles Markets, Incorporated to provide webcast of its second quarter earnings conference call on May 9, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its second quarter earnings conference call on May 9, 2016. Ingles plans to release earnings for its second quarter ended March 26, 2016, on May 9, 2016.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at:  www.ingles-markets.com on May 9, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days.  To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 719-325-2463. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 9, 2016 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 18, 2016.  To listen to the playback, call 719-457-0820, reservation number 5968424.

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.

Contact:
Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

Source: Ingles


The Home Depot will hold its Q1-2016 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, May 17

ATLANTA, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it will hold its First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. ET.

A webcast will be available by logging onto http://earnings.homedepot.com and selecting the First Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on May 17.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,275 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com; News Media, Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075, stephen_holmes@homedepot.com

SOURCE The Home Depot

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB AGM approved SEK 9.75 dividend per share

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday 3 May H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB held its annual general meeting under the chairmanship of lawyer Sven Unger. The AGM approved the dividend of SEK 9.75 per share in accordance with the board of directors’ proposal. The record day is 6 May 2016. The dividend is expected to be paid out by Euroclear Sweden AB on 11 May 2016.

The annual general meeting adopted the income statement and balance sheet for the parent company and the group. The AGM discharged the members of the board and the chief executive officer from liability for the 2014/2015 financial year.

The regular board members were re-elected by the AGM, which also elected the proposed new members Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Erica Wiking Häger to the board. Lottie Knutson and Sussi Kvart were not standing for re-election. As in 2015, the board of directors comprises eight members elected by the AGM. Stefan Persson was re-elected as chairman of the board.

The regular members appointed previously by the trade unions are Margareta Welinder and Ingrid Godin, with Alexandra Rosenqvist and Rita Hansson as deputy members.

The AGM approved the proposal from the nomination committee that the board fees be increased by SEK 250,000 to a total of SEK 6,075,000. The board fees are broken down as follows: chairman of the board SEK 1,625,000; members elected by the AGM SEK 575,000; members of the auditing committee an extra SEK 125,000; and the chairman of the auditing committee an extra SEK 175,000.

The AGM approved the nomination committee’s proposed principles for the nomination committee and elected the members of the nomination committee for the period up to the appointment of a new nomination committee. The members of the nomination committee are Stefan Persson, Lottie Tham, Liselott Ledin (Alecta), Jan Andersson (Swedbank Robur fonder) and Anders Oscarsson (AMF and AMF Fonder).

The AGM approved the resolution proposed by the board concerning guidelines for remuneration to senior executives and the board’s proposed amendments to the articles of association. In addition to minor changes of wording, the amendments to the articles of association expand the object of the enterprise to also include café and restaurant operations; ownership and management of securities, equipment and real estate; and financing activities within the context of the operations stated in the articles of association. In addition, the amendments change the auditor’s period of office from four years to one year and change the procedure for convening meetings, such that the notice to attend the general meeting will be published in Post- och Inrikes Tidningar (the Swedish Official Gazette) and on the company’s website. The fact that the meeting has been convened will be advertised in the national daily newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries:
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries:
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications:
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

H&M dressed celebrity guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year running H&M had the privilege of dressing celebrity guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit. Taking the theme of this year’s exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” as inspiration, the design team at H&M used hand-crafted traditions and cutting-edge techniques and materials to create each of the individual looks. As well as appearing on the red carpet and previewing the exhibition, the guests joined H&M at its table for the benefit gala itself.

“We savor every moment in creating these looks for the Costume Institute Benefit gala. Fashion is our greatest love at H&M, and it’s deeply inspiring to make outfits for such amazing guests using the most exquisite techniques and detailing,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Design and Creative Director at H&M.

“I have been a huge fan of H&M for a long time and I am delighted to have been invited and also had the opportunity to create a unique gown with the team. It has truly been a special experience all the way around,” says singer Ciara.

“It’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with H&M to create a one of a kind dress. The stunning four foot train makes me feel so glamorous,” says singer and actress Jennifer Hudson.

“As a personal fan of H&M’s contributions to the fashion industry, I was especially proud to collaborate on a design that marries our tastes and highlights the theme of this year’s Met Gala. It’s been a wonderful partnership,” says actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld.

“I feel so lucky to have worked with H&M for my very first Met Gala! My dress is the perfect example of this year’s Met Gala theme, mixing intricate details and new innovative technologies but also keeping an iconic shape,” says model Pyper America Smith.

The exhibition “Manus x Machina” celebrates both the machine and man-made in fashion, looking at how the traditions have increasingly become blurred. The theme inspired the H&M design team to create looks that reflected the personality of each of its guests, using techniques such as laser-cutting, hand embroidery, feathering, stonework and crystal pleating.

Singer Ciara’s intricate and daring dress has been hand-made as if by a jeweller. Pendants of Swarovski crystals hang from a diamond grid of leaf-like metal chain, with a choker neck and sporty racer back.

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson wore a white bodice silk dress that showed the beauty of hand-embellishment, with 3D bugle beads, French knots and hand-melted sequins. The dress is finished by a glamorous four-foot train.

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld wore an emerald green gown that had effortless clean-cut glamour; its corseted bodice had a grid made of navette sequins overlaid with silk organza, while the floor-length silk satin skirt had a high central split.

Model Lucky Blue Smith looked sharp in an off-white Italian wool slim tuxedo blazer with a strong shoulder worn over a white silk shirt, both fastened with Swarovski buttons. His leather trousers had a blue metallic coating.

Model Pyper America Smith’s iridescent dress brought together machine and man-made techniques, with laser-cut vinyl feathers and fringing all hand-sewn onto a silk tulle base with a sequin bodice.

Model Amber Valletta wore an elegant look in sustainable materials. The dress is made of deep blue silk taffeta, embellished with over 1,000 hand-cut and sewn organic silk petals and recycled plastic sequins. Laser-cut petals were heat-transferred with reflective vinyl. Her boyfriend Teddy Charles wore a black wool tuxedo with silk satin wide lapels and strong shoulders.

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H&M dressed celebrity guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit

H&M dressed celebrity guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit

 

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications:
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

Educator Carrie Martin from Denton, TX is the winner and “Teacher of the Year” in Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

New York, NY,, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today named Carrie Martin from Evers Park Elementary School in Denton, TX, as the 2016 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Mrs. Martin, a second grade teacher, was nominated by her former student, high school senior Tianna Bridges-Reed, and was chosen from more than 10,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

From January 2016 to March 2016, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest recognizes and celebrates thousands of inspiring teachers each year,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “The contest culminates with our highest honor – The Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award – and this year we are thrilled to present this award to Mrs. Carrie Martin, whose care, dedication, and unwavering belief in her students is reflected in Tianna Bridges-Reed’s moving essay.”

Tianna wrote, “Mrs. Martin was the first teacher I can ever remember who put faith in me; I didn’t even have faith in myself. She let me know I could do anything if I believed. As a dyslexic child, I never had that special someone. Dyslexia is a reading and writing disorder that affects the way a child learns to read and write; it can affect other subjects as well. I struggled in all subjects – writing and math also.

“Carrie Martin was the teacher whom I will never forget. She helped me to make sure I passed the math T.A.K.S. so I could go on to middle school. She helped me be the person I am today (besides my Mom). She is the one who inspired me to decide I wanted to be a teacher…

“As a senior in high school, I’ve taken a class called Education and Training. This class helps high schoolers know if they want to become a teacher by giving them an internship in an elementary school, where I had a familiar mentor teacher – I interned for Mrs. Martin. She helped me better myself as a future teacher and as a student. I thank her so much for helping me, not only in passing my test, but in furthering my teaching skills and abilities… Thank you for everything, Mrs. Martin!”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Mrs. Martin will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special community celebration at her school on May 6. Mrs. Martin’s school will also receive $5,000.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.


About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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CONTACTS:
Alan McNamara
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores partners with Unata to launch an improved web and mobile eCommerce platform, E-Cart

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has partnered with Unata, the award-winning leader in 1-to-1 Omni-Commerce solutions, to launch an improved web and mobile eCommerce platform, E-Cart. The new system will replace Raley’s current online order and curbside pickup solutions across all existing eCommerce-enabled locations.

The new eCommerce platform is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized shopping experience. Raley’s E-Cart allows shoppers, in select locations, to order groceries online and pick up at a local Raley’s, Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods. With the partnership, Raley’s is launching both a new eCommerce website and an improved mobile application. The launch features an enhanced user interface that allows customers to move seamlessly between a mobile device and a desktop computer.

“The way Raley’s delivers groceries is evolving. Our new revamp of E-Cart will better serve our customers by providing a personalized online shopping experience,” said Kevin Curry, Senior Vice President Sales & Merchandising at Raley’s. “Unata has been invaluable in helping Raley’s build this brand new online experience that will elevate our customer service.”

“Through a solid partnership and collaboration with the Raley’s team, we have been able to build a state-of-the-art eCommerce mobile application that delivers a 1-to-1 personalized experience for both Raley’s and their customers–the first of its kind for Unata.” said Brandon Carlos, Senior Director of Client Services. “We’re excited to be going to market in partnership with Raley’s as they have a history of leading the charge in the eCommerce space. With Unata’s personalization engine at the core of this product, I believe we’re introducing something that Raley’s customers are really going to enjoy.”

Contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

CVS Health launches expanded health care offerings to support people with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other liver diseases in Hawaii

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) has launched expanded health care offerings to support the health and well-being of people with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other liver diseases in Hawaii. The effort is part of a statewide initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of Hepatitis A, B and C in the state and to encourage the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis, a collection of viruses that attack the liver, may lead to liver disease and liver cancer. Hawaii has the nation’s highest rate of liver cancer, so testing and vaccinations have become increasingly important for people living on the islands. In response, CVS Health, through its Longs Drugs and Minute Clinic locations in Hawaii, has launched new services to help raise awareness of the virus, particularly for Baby Boomers (people born from 1945-1965) who may be at risk for the virus.

“It’s critical that people who may have been exposed to hepatitis be screened for the virus,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President of Minute Clinic and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “The longer people live with the virus, the more likely they are to develop serious, life-threatening conditions such as liver disease.”

Added Sussman, “A simple screening will not only help them learn if they are infected, but can also help them get referred to life-saving care and treatment. We’re happy to be able to provide this important screening to people living in Hawaii, which will help them on their path to better health.”

Minute Clinic locations in Hawaii recently began offering Hepatitis C screenings to people who may have been exposed to the hepatitis virus. The virus is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact with someone who has Hepatitis C. The most common way to get Hepatitis C is through injected drug use, getting a blood transfusion prior to 1992, or being exposed to blood in some other way. While there is no vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis C, treatments are available to manage and even cure Hepatitis C for some patients. The cost of a Hepatitis C screening consultation at Minute Clinic ranges from $59-$69, plus $39 for the Hepatitis C blood test.

Hepatitis C screenings are available at all of Hawaii’s Minute Clinic locations, including:

  • Longs Aiea #9813, 98 1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea
  • Longs Hawaii Kai #9185, 377 Keahole Street, Honolulu
  • Longs South King #9954, 2470 South King Street, Honolulu
  • Longs Waialae Avenue #9220, 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu
  • Longs Waikiki #10621, 2155 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
  • Longs Kailua #9825, 609 Kailua Road, Kailua
  • Longs Kaneohe #9953, 45 480 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe
  • Longs Kapolei #9317, 590 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
  • Longs Wahiawa #9300, 925 California Avenue, Wahiawa

In addition, Longs Drugs pharmacists are helping to raise awareness of both Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is usually an acute, short-term disease for those infected as adults, but it can become a chronic disease for those infected as children. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and other bodily fluids. The most common way to get Hepatitis B is from mother to baby, especially for those born in counties in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders tend to be infected at a much higher rate. While there is no cure for Hepatitis B, there are treatments available to manage the disease. In addition, there is a vaccine available to prevent infection.

In April, Longs Drugs pharmacists began inviting patients to complete a “Prevent Liver Cancer Get Checked for Hepatitis” assessment form at the pharmacy counter. When forms are completed, the pharmacist reviews the assessment and provides a recommendation as to whether a patient should be tested for Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. The pharmacist also provides the patient with a list of nearby testing facilities, including physician’s offices, free testing facilities or Minute Clinic, for those patients at risk for Hepatitis C.

If a patient is eligible for the Hepatitis B vaccination series, a Longs Drugs immunizing pharmacist can administer the required doses right in the pharmacy. The cost of the Hepatitis B vaccine is typically covered by health insurance plans, although patients are encouraged to check with their health insurer.

Patients can take the “Prevent Liver Cancer Get Checked for Hepatitis” assessment at all of Hawaii’s more than 60 Longs Drugs locations, and receive the Hepatitis B vaccine series if needed. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines are also available at Minute Clinic locations.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts

CVS Health
Amy Lanctot, (401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

TBC (for MinuteClinic)
Brent Burkhardt, (410) 986-1303
BBurkhardt@tbc.us

SOURCE: CVS Health