Whole Foods Market now operates 446 stores; 112 stores in development

AUSTIN, Texas , 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its second quarter earnings report, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announced that is has signed leases for six new stores and has renegotiated leases for three of its stores in development.

The new leases for Whole Foods Market stores include Santa Monica, California; Vernon Hill, Illinois; Jersey City, New Jersey; Commack, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; and Miami.

Whole Foods Market renegotiated the leases in development for stores in Akron, and Toledo, Ohio, and Bloomington, Indiana, converting them from Whole Foods Market stores to 365 stores. The company also announced three additional 365 by Whole Foods Market store leases.

Whole Foods Market currently operates 446 stores and has 112 stores in development.

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole foods

List of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores in development

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —

California

  • Silver Lake Los Angeles – opening May 25, 2016
  • Santa Monica – opening date TBA
  • San Francisco – opening date TBA
  • Concord– opening date TBA
  • Claremont – opening date TBA
  • Los Alamitos – opening date TBA
  • Long Beach – opening date TBA
  • North Hollywood – opening date TBA

Oregon

Washington

  • Bellevue – opening fall 2016

Texas

  • Houston – opening date TBA
  • Cedar Park – opening date TBA

Ohio

  • Cincinnati – opening date TBA
  • Akron – opening date TBA
  • Toledo – opening date TBA

Illinois

  • Evergreen Park – opening date TBA

Indiana

  • Bloomington – opening date TBA

Georgia

  • Decatur – opening date TBA

Florida

  • Gainesville – opening date TBA

 

Source: Whole foods

Whole Foods Market now with 19 leases signed for its 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that it has signed another six leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores, bringing the total to 19 leases now signed. The new 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will be located in Akron and Toledo, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana; Decatur, Georgia; and North Hollywood and Long Beach, California.

Whole Foods Market renegotiated leases in development for locations in Akron, Toledo and Bloomington, converting them from Whole Foods Market stores to 365 stores.

“Experience and efficiency were top-of-mind when making investments in developing these stores,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “Our new stores will give shoppers access to a thoughtful selection of high-quality food in a fun and efficient environment, whether it’s for a quick lunch stop or a weekly shopping trip.”

Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards, in a modern and streamlined retail environment. Additionally, customers can expect to find unique in-store experiences through a program called “Friends of 365.”

Three 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will open in 2016: the first on May 25, in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles; the second on July 14, in Lake Oswego, Oregon; and the third, this fall in Bellevue, Washington. As many as 10 additional 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are expected to open in 2017.

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

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source:Whole foods

ED Ellen DeGeneres™ bedding collection now available exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond

UNION, N.J., 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BED BATH & BEYOND® is excited to announce the launch of the ED Ellen DeGeneres™ bedding collection. The collection is reflective of DeGeneres’s personal style and design aesthetic, now available exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond.

The collection features six bedding patterns that consist of geometric prints mixed with botanicals, artisanal stitch work details, and washed textures.  DeGeneres’s passion and keen eye for interior design inspired the beautifully designed, high-quality bedding collection. The line brings whimsical charm and sophisticated comfort for everyday living. The collection ranges in price from $49.99 for decorative pillows to $169.99 for a king size duvet cover.

“I am excited to launch my bedding collection exclusively with Bed Bath & Beyond.  I created this beautiful, comfortable and sophisticated collection for everyone!” stated DeGeneres.

“We are excited to exclusively offer our customers the ED Ellen DeGeneres bedding collection and to be working with a talent of Ellen’s caliber,” said Art Stark, President of Bed Bath & Beyond. “The collection appeals to our customers who are looking to update their home with quality, well-designed bedding inspired by Ellen’s design aesthetic.”

The collection is licensed and manufactured by Revman International. The collection is now available in stores and at www.bedbathandbeyond.com/ed.

About Bed Bath & Beyond:
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) is a retailer selling a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops and That! or and That!, Harmon or Harmon Face Values, buy buy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. Customers can purchase products from the Company either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a contact center. As of February 27, 2016, the Company had a total of 1,530 stores. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol “BBBY”.

For more information: www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

About ED Ellen DeGeneres:
ED is Ellen DeGeneres’ new American lifestyle brand inspired by her iconic style, values and personality. With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high quality collection of women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home. The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and the consumers around the world. EDbyEllen.com

About Revman International Inc.
Revman International Inc., a Kaltex company headquartered in New York, is a leading provider of high quality lifestyle bed and bath products. Revman maintains unique licensing arrangements with an impressive portfolio of internationally recognized designer brands including Nautica, Vera Wang, Tommy Bahama, Wedgwood, Marimekko and Laura Ashley, among many others. Their products are available through all major levels of retail distribution in the United States as well as retailers in Canada, Mexico, and South America.

For more information, please visit www.revman.com.

For more information/images, please contact: Bed Bath & Beyond, Jessica Joyce, Public Relations, (908) 613-5461, Jessica.Joyce@bedbath.com ; ED Ellen DeGeneres, Erika Stair, Public Relations, (646) 214-2892

SOURCE ED Ellen DeGeneres; Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

 

Recall: Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix

CINCINNATI, 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix because a supplier indicated sunflower kernels may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume these products.  No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

Stores operating under the following names are included in this recall:  Kroger, Jay-C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Fry’s, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s. Products can be found in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Kroger has removed these items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

Product UPC Codes Size
Kroger Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels 0001111002127 Sell By: DEC0316 and DEC0416 3.5 oz
Kroger Sunflower Kernels 0001111061877 Sell By: DEC1116, DEC1316 and DEC1416 6 oz.
Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix 0001111089869 Sell By: MAR0917, MAR1017, MAR1117 and APR1117 14 oz.

Customers who have purchased the above product should not consume it and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 am EDT and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm EDT.

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

Contacts:
Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Huge selection of the best gifts for Mother’s Day at Barnes & Noble

New York, NY, 2016-May-05 — /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 announced a huge selection of the best gifts for Mother’s Day. Customers can find the perfect book for Mom from Barnes & Noble’s huge selection in store and online, or with just-announced deals on NOOK including the 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® available for an incredible value of only $119.99. Other fantastic offers include 50% off a leading selection of DVDs Mom will love, 30% off Illume candles & scents inspired by fragrances and colors from around the world, and so much more.

Find Mom the Perfect Book this Mother’s Day
Books make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, and Barnes & Noble is the premier destination for the biggest books in fiction including The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Last Mile by David Baldacci, Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen, The Obsession by Nora Roberts, Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline, Private Paris by James Patterson, and more. Mom will also love special gift books just for her including The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow, First Women by Kate Andersen Brower, Dream Home by Jonathan and Drew Scott and Becoming Grandma by Lesley Stahl.

For Moms who love to cook, Barnes & Noble is offering Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten for only $14.99 with the purchase of any item. And for artistic Moms, Barnes & Noble offers a diverse selection of adult coloring books, including the newest from Millie Marotta, Wild Savannah, as well as My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color by Eleri Fowler. Barnes & Noble also offers high-quality artist supplies that facilitate creative expression and the therapeutic effects it inspires.

Surprise Mom with NOOK at Great Values
Barnes & Noble has several great NOOK offers for Mother’s Day, including the 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK for only $119.99 with a $30 instant rebate through Mother’s Day. The customer-favorite device comes with a free film to protect the screen. Also through Mother’s Day, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK® will be available for only $299.99 with a $100 instant rebate. And Members will receive an additional 10% off the discounted prices of both these devices.

In addition, all NOOK accessories are 25% off through Mother’s Day, so Mom can read stylishly as she makes the transition from physical to digital books or upgrades to a newer device.

Thoughtful & Beautiful Gifts for Mom
Barnes & Noble has a fabulous assortment of stylish gifts that Moms will love, including pouches, scarves, stationery and writing tools from the Barnes & Noble Exclusive English Garden collection. The assortment features everlasting blooms and hand-painted artwork of peonies and butterflies, as well as complementary products from favorite brands Michel Design Works and Kate Spade New York.

In addition, Barnes & Noble offers the best and biggest selection of more than 600 journals featuring decorative and inspirational designs.

Plus, for Moms who love to be pampered, Barnes & Noble is offering 30% off a selection of more than 30 candles, lotions, room sprays and soaps from Illume. Inspired by fragrances and colors from around the world, and featuring the latest introduction, Blackberry Absinthe, a luxurious blend of blackberries, Egyptian jasmine, sandalwood amber and vanilla. Illume candles are 100% natural soy-based and hand poured in the United States.

DVDs and Vinyl Mom Can’t Get Enough Of
Barnes & Noble is offering 50% off a specially curated selection of DVDs perfect for Mother’s Day, including Oscar-nominated films like Brooklyn and The Danish Girl, in addition to Carol, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, Pride and Prejudice, and more.

Plus, Barnes & Noble offers a vast selection of vinyl including 25 from Adele, Cleopatra [B&N Exclusive Clear Vinyl] by The Lumineers, Gift Of Love [B&N Exclusive 2 LP Pink Vinyl] by Bette Midler, This Path Tonight by Graham Nash and more.

Indulge Mom’s Sweet Tooth with Treats from the Café
The Barnes & Noble Café has a vast assortment of chocolates and sweet treats beautifully packaged just for any special occasion, including the classic Godiva® Collection, which has a well-rounded assortment of creamy caramels, velvety ganaches, nuts and fruits in milk, and dark and white chocolate starting at $15. Plus, Barnes & Noble’s seasonal assortment of Harry & David offers an impressive selection from its signature Moose Munch, to Chocolate Covered Cherries and Pretzels, attractively packaged in light and dark pastels and starting at only $4.95.

For Moms who love tea, the Harney & Sons “Royal Teas” collection, created by invitation of the Queen, makes the perfect gift and is available for only $10.95 in black, green and herbal infusions.

The Barnes & Noble Café features a notable spectrum of Starbucks® coffees from light (Veranda) to bold (French) starting at only $11.95.  As an added feature, the Café can grind coffee per customers’ specific coffee brewing styles.
And to round out any Mother’s Day celebration, Barnes & Noble offers cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory Bakery® The Dream Factory Desserts, for only $40.

Finishing Touches and More 
To help customers send greetings to the favorite people in their lives, Barnes & Noble is offering a special in-store only promotion of buy 3 greetings cards, get the 4th card free. With nearly 130 Mother’s Day-themed cards, featuring classic designs to modern pop-ups, Barnes & Noble offers a comprehensive selection of sentiments for every Mom.

Barnes & Noble is also offering its floral bouquet canvas totes for only $12.95 each with the purchase of any item. The floral bouquet canvas tote is available in purple, yellow, blue and pink, and makes the perfect gift holder, or a great accessory to help Mom live more stylishly.

Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are also offering a Mother’s Day Storytime on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. so the little ones can celebrate Mom. Featured titles are Mom School by Rebecca Van Slyke and Priscilla Burris and How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish.

And, of course, a Barnes & Noble Gift Card is always an excellent gift, allowing the recipient to choose from a wide selection of bestselling books, NOOK content, DVDs, music, gift items including exclusive home décor and stylish accessories, plus unbeatable bargains.

For more Mother’s Day information, customers should visit www.bn.com/mothersday or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local store

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.For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

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

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc

Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes the warm weather in May with mouthwatering new treats

  • Dunkin’ Donuts introduces a new Chocolate Chip Cookie, summer Coolatta varieties and two new donuts
  • Guests can try new Sour Apple Coolatta® Frozen Beverage flavor, and enjoy any small Dunkin’ Donuts Coolatta for the special price of $1.99 through May

CANTON, MA, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Welcoming the warm weather in May at Dunkin’ Donuts is as easy as 1-2-3: one new cookie, two new donuts, and three fruity flavors of Coolatta® Frozen Beverages. Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off the month by serving mouthwatering new treats, including a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie and two donut varieties, the Blueberry Cobbler Croissant Donut and the Caramel Latte Square. For fans of the brand’s famous Coolatta, Dunkin’ Donuts is launching a new Sour Apple flavor, while also bringing back two summer favorites, Blue Raspberry and Watermelon. All new menu items are now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Chocolate Chip Cookies have a new recipe and offer an irresistible buttery taste, served warm with deliciously melted chocolate chips in every bite. Building on the brand’s long bakery heritage, the cookies are made from a classic-style recipe featuring only simple ingredients including butter, brown sugar, whole eggs, flour and semi-sweet chocolate chips for a warm, gooey cookie with no artificial preservatives that tastes homemade. To ensure that everyone can discover this delicious recipe for themselves, the brand is making it available to view here.

With summer temps set to sizzle soon, Dunkin’ Donuts is keeping it cool with new and returning seasonal Coolatta frozen beverages. Coolatta fans looking forward to frozen fun will be sweet on the brand’s newest flavor, Sour Apple, and the return of both Blue Raspberry and Watermelon varieties. Also, throughout May, guests can enjoy any small Dunkin’ Donuts Coolatta frozen beverage for the special price of $1.99. In addition to the new summer flavors, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coolatta lineup includes Strawberry, Minute Maid® Orange, Frozen Coffee Coolatta and the Vanilla Bean Coolatta.

For donut lovers, Dunkin’ Donuts’ newest premium offerings bring exciting flavor combinations to the menu for an indulgent treat any time of day. Perfect for the start of summer, the new Blueberry Cobbler Croissant Donut features Dunkin’ Donuts’ classic glazed Croissant Donut with blueberry filling – made with real blueberries – finished with white icing drizzle and topped with streusel topping. For the combination of coffee break and donut treat, the Caramel Latte Square is a yeast square shell filled with coffee buttercreme made with Dunkin’ Coffee, frosted with caramel icing, then topped with a white icing drizzle and Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

MEDIA CONTACT

Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes the warm weather in May with mouthwatering new treats

Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes the warm weather in May with mouthwatering new treats

Sheetz to increase total employee count and full-time positions by hiring more than 8,000 employees companywide

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of investing more than $15 million in 2016 to increase employee wages, Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, announces today it plans to hire more than 8,000 employees companywide. The initiative aims to increase the company’s total employee count and full-time positions by creating and filling jobs at stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohioand North Carolina.

Stores in select Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina market areas will host open job interviews in May for prospective employees to learn about Sheetz’s commitment to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture, community engagement and disrupting the convenience category as we know it.

“Sheetz is proud to attribute our significant companywide growth to our dedicated employees, and we are thrilled to roll out an extensive hiring initiative aimed at adding thousands more to our Sheetz family,” said Stephanie Doliveira, VP of Human Resources of Sheetz, Inc. “At the heart of our hiring efforts is an unwavering commitment to stay ahead of the curve and to do what is right for our people.”

Sheetz offers competitive benefits packages to employees, including medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible schedules, opportunities for advancement, adoption assistance, wellness and gym reimbursement, bonuses, vacation time and more.

Select stores in the following areas will host open interviews throughout May:

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

  • May 4th open hiring at select Sheetz store locations
  • 400 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors

Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading 

  • May 25th 9am -5pm
  • 400 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors
  • Interview Locations:
    • Holiday Inn Express, 4021 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109
    • Holiday Inn Express, 6325 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

West Virginia

Morgantown

  • May 4th open hiring at select Sheetz store location
  • 40 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors

North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro

  • May 18th, 9am-5pm
  • 30 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors
  • Interview Location
    • 2703 Ramada Rd., I-85, Burlington, NC 27215

To apply for a position near you, visit https://www.sheetz.com/jobopenings/job_openings.jsp

About Sheetz Career Opportunities
Sheetz is always looking for great people to help deliver our mission and focus on our vision to put Sheetz as we know it today out of business. We’re proud to be recognized as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for, and we’re committed to building a strong relationship with our employees and creating an environment that rewards and empowers. Our goal is to continually exceed our employees’ expectation in the same way we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. Sheetz offers great benefits, pay, vacation and personal days, quarterly bonus potential and tuition reimbursement. Our employees agree that Sheetz offers not just a job, but a chance to get an education, receive professional training and give back to the communities they work in.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,000 employees. The company operates over 500 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

SOURCE Sheetz, Inc.

For further information: Tarah Arnold, 814.941.5183, tarnold@sheetz.com

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announces new location in Rancho Murieta community in Sacramento County

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is announcing another new location in an established Sacramento County community, Rancho Murieta. The new site advances the company’s expansion plans for the region.
The new Raley’s location will be the only full-service grocery store in the Rancho Murieta community, and will include special services like meat, deli, bakery and wine departments. The 35,000 square foot store will be located at the corner of Jackson Highway and Murieta Parkway and will deliver customers an extraordinary shopping experience with an extensive assortment of fresh, high quality food.

“Rancho Murieta is an important addition to our strategic growth plan,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s owner & CEO. “This new location advances our vision to bring health and wellness to customers in new areas. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the Rancho Murieta community.”

This latest announcement is in alignment with Raley’s goal of bringing fine, local and healthy grocery options to new customers. In partnership with Rancho Murieta Properties, the new store will be state-of-the art and represent the local community.

“Raley’s presence in our community is a progressive and thoughtful step towards ensuring the community’s sustainability and ease of access to fresh and locally sourced food,” said John Sullivan, Co-Manager of Rancho Murieta Properties. “Rancho Murieta residents and the greater Sloughhouse area deserve the convenience of a quality establishment near their home.”

Construction at the recently secured new location is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with a targeted completion of fall 2017.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.
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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announces new location in Rancho Murieta community in Sacramento County
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announces new location in Rancho Murieta community in Sacramento County

Kroger’s EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum on May 10, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 1:25 p.m. (ET).

This presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event.  The presentation will be available in an archived format for one week following the conference.

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

SSP to operate three food and beverage units and a food court at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new Midfield Terminal Building

LONDON, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a contract to operate three food and beverage units and a substantial food court featuring a range of brands, in the International Departures Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s spectacular new Midfield Terminal Building. The deal, which is valued at approximately £280 million (1,500 million AED), will run for between five and ten years, depending on the unit.

The new Midfield Terminal Building will play an important role in raising the profile of Abu Dhabi as a world-class travel hub.

The deal will see SSP introduce a total of 17 brands, including a blend of prestigious local and international names as well as themed, bespoke, and uniquely designed concepts. Each unit is designed to fit the overall environment of the iconic new Midfield Terminal Building, and to help Abu Dhabi International Airport achieve its vision of offering passengers a world-class passenger experience.

The food court, named the Food Park, is inspired by Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat (Mushrif Central Park), one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the city and a hub for socialising and family fun. SSP’s Food Park offers a vibrant destination for foodies, and celebrates the culture and cuisine of 21st century Abu Dhabi.

The passenger mix at Abu Dhabi is one of the most diverse in the world. The concepts that SSP will be opening are perfectly suited to cater to this mix, whether the journey through the Midfield Terminal Building marks the start of a family holiday or an important business trip.

Commenting on the award, H.E. Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The F&B offering at the Midfield Terminal Building will challenge the very perception of F&B retailing in an airport environment thus far and will set the benchmark for dining concepts moving forward. Bearing in mind the wide demographic that we will be catering to, we are thrilled with the pioneering, avant-garde approaches that we have been able to gather together under one roof.”

Nick Inkster, chief executive officer, SSP WEMEAP said: “We always aim to exceed passengers’ expectations and we thrive on being a part of the ever-changing culinary scene, adapting our offer to shifting tastes and trends. Having had the privilege of being a significant F&B provider at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) for nearly a decade, we are delighted to be building on this important partnership. This deal will also pave the way for further development of our business in the wider Middle East region.”

Details of the full brand line up will be announced in due course.

Footnote – Sterling contract value dependent on exchange rate used.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

GRAMMY Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae debuts new album “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” in Starbucks company-operated stores nationwide

  • GRAMMY Award-winning artist to debut first album in six years May 4 in more than 7,500 Starbucks company-operated stores nationwide
  • Starbucks digital music platform allows Starbucks customers to discover her music before anyone else
  • Corinne Bailey Rae is the first featured artist in a series curated by the Starbucks Entertainment team

SEATTLE, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced its first-ever exclusive preview of a studio album in Starbucks® stores, which will be played overhead more than a week ahead of its official release. Today at 12 p.m. local time, Starbucks customers will be the first to hear the latest album from GRAMMY Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae, “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” (Virgin Records), in its entirety at more than 7,500 participating U.S. company-operated stores. The album will be widely released May 13.

“Sharing Corinne’s album first in Starbucks stores is a proud moment for us. We’ve been big fans of her music ever since carrying her first album in our stores 10 years ago and are so excited she chose our stores to preview ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers,'” said Gina Woods, vice president of Starbucks Entertainment. “Our music platform, which connects our thousands of stores and millions of Starbucks app users, gives artists a significant opportunity to reach customers who are just as passionate about music as we are.”

This collaboration is the first of several featured artists for Starbucks as the company looks for unique ways to share new and emerging artist content with customers. The in-house Starbucks Entertainment team is responsible for programming the music heard in Starbucks® stores, which includes thousands of songs across all genres, reaching nearly 90 million customers globally each week. Following its May 13 release, songs from “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” will be played daily at participating Starbucks locations.

In addition to being able to hear the album in stores today, more than 12 million Starbucks Rewards™ members and users of the Starbucks® mobile app will be able to discover this new music playing overhead because of the digital integration with the company’s retail footprint. After the album’s release, this functionality will also allow customers to save the songs to their playlist on Spotify and take it with them when they leave Starbucks.*

“Starbucks has always been a place to connect with people and be inspired. I’ve written there, held meetings and sat back and people watched, which is one of my favorite things to do,” said Corinne Bailey Rae. “From the beginning Starbucks has given artists a platform to be discovered and enjoyed. So many people came to my album from hearing it in Starbucks and they have supported me right from the start. By linking their stores with Spotify, Starbucks has become a really interesting place to debut new music. I’m excited to give millions of Starbucks customers an exclusive preview of my brand-new album. I love this record and hope you have time to take a moment to enjoy it.”

The critically acclaimed album is co-produced by Bailey Rae with Steve Brown and features a number of notable musicians, including Paris Strother and Amber Strother from the LA-based future-soul band KING, Esperanza Spalding, Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, the Who), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers), Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) and Moses Sumney (Beck).

In addition to premiering her album at Starbucks, Bailey Rae also curated a Guest DJ playlist for Starbucks, which will be available May 20. Customers can find Starbucks Guest DJ playlists through the Starbucks® mobile app, or by visiting Starbucks profile on Spotify.

* Starbucks customers will need a Spotify account to save or create Spotify playlists, and must have a Spotify account to play music. Customers must connect their Starbucks and Spotify Free or Premium accounts to save music.

For more information on this news release, contact us

 

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GRAMMY Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae debuts new album "The Heart Speaks in Whispers" in Starbucks company-operated stores nationwide

GRAMMY Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae debuts new album “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” in Starbucks company-operated stores nationwide

Tesco launches UK’s first home slider kit

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s established itself as the top food trend in the UK over the last few years, with southern styled BBQ, craft beers, and Bourbon all capturing the taste of the nation.

Now another hot American culinary creation is about to take centre stage at parties and BBQs up and down the UK.

Sliders, or bite size hamburgers, are already very popular as snacks in restaurants and bars.

But this week Tesco will move the trend on to the next level by launching the UK’s first home slider kit offering customers:

  • Luxury British pulled pork marinated in a blend of herbs and spices and a maple chilli sauce then cooked for two and a half hours for fall apart tenderness
  • 3 finest quality mini steak burgers made with prime cuts of British beef and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper
  • 3 cuts of oak-smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 6 luxury mini brioche rolls

Tesco burger buying manager Sophie Yost said: “Sliders are one of the hottest snacking trends in restaurants, gastro pubs and bars right now.

“But we think customers would love the chance to try them at home, both at BBQs and as luxury snacks or meals for youngsters bringing the restaurant experience into homes for the first time.

“Not only are they perfect as party food but we think they will be really popular at BBQs this summer.”

The growing popularity of sliders has inspired an annual London foodie contest, the ‘Slider Decider’ in London’s Docklands where top chefs compete to make the ultimate slider.

Last year saw Master Chef’s 2011 winner, Tim Anderson win with his ‘Wasted Away Again in Umcheesoville’, which involved a chuck and chicken liver patty basted in nori-shiitake butter and a three-cheese potato korokke with a Quaver crust.

Added Tesco’s Sophie Yost: We’re always looking to help customers and these slider kits are really easy to assemble at home. If this trial is a success then we will look at including different meats and flavourings in the range.”

Tesco’s finest*  Ultimate Slider Kit, which serves two to three people and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, costs £5.

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For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
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Note to editors

Last year Tesco launched an Ultimate Burger Kit which won the Most Innovative Product prize at the 2015 Meat and Fish Awards.

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Tesco launches UK’s first home slider kit

Tesco launches UK’s first home slider kit

Argos sees sales of Villain characters Kylo Ren and Darth Vadar outselling the good guys on Lego action figures

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain is a nation of bad guys as Argos sees sales of Villain characters Kylo Ren and Darth Vadar flying off the shelves outselling the good guys 2 to 1 on Lego action figures.

Lightsabers are up 280 per cent year on year and the bad guys are clearly taking the lead as Villian lightsabers (Dark Side) are outselling the good (light side) by 20 per cent.

As May 4th World Star Wars Day, an annual day where fans everywhere celebrate this iconic movie, fast approaches Argos has seen Star Wars fever reignited. The exclusive BB8 (£59.99) is the hot favourite where fans can watch the robot hovering around their home, followed by the Lego Millennium Falcon (£129.99) both are outselling all of the other popular characters including Chewbacca.

Fan are purchasing lightsabres, the talking Darth Vader mask (£39.99) and Walkie Talkies (£34.99) to experience a taste of the hit films. Argos customers are snapping up other key items such as the latest DVD to be part of the celebration.

Chief toy buyer at Argos Paul Kinge says, “Star Wars is a much-loved movie franchise and to celebrate annual Star Wars Day we’ve put together our top picks instore and online. The office favourite is the Darth Vader Voice Changer Mask, many hours of fun have been had with this delight.”

Visit www.argos.co.uk for further information.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.

Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 845 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

*Note to editor – for the dates of February 1st 2015 to April 21st 2016 versus last year.

Contact Info
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Central Milton Keynes
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Argos sees sales of Villain characters Kylo Ren and Darth Vadar outselling the good guys on Lego action figures

Argos sees sales of Villain characters Kylo Ren and Darth Vadar outselling the good guys on Lego action figures

M&S Energy launches £350,000 community fund to support energy projects and technologies across the UK

LONDON, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S Energy has today launched the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund for the second year running, with up to £350,000 available to support community energy projects and technologies across the UK.

Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits can apply, whether a community energy group, sports club, library, amateur dramatic society, village hall or school – the judges are looking for innovative projects that are in-touch with the local community’s needs, whatever they may be.

Following the initial application and shortlisting process the winners will be decided by public vote giving customers and community members the opportunity to get involved with the initiative and select the project they believe will offer the greatest benefit.

Last year’s fund saw 246 applications from a wide variety of groups looking to make a difference and 132 making the shortlist! After a fierce public vote, with over 51,000 votes cast, 26 projects won funding. The projects touch communities across Britain, from the Outer Hebrides (Comunn Eachdraidh Nis Community Hub) to Cornwall (Hayle Outdoor Swimming Pool) and everywhere in between. As one of last year’s winners, Harry’s Hydrotherapy Pool in Frome, has shown how the funding can make a real difference. The organisation, which aims to relieve sickness and improve quality of life for those with sensory learning or profound multiple difficulties, used the money to install solar panels to warm its specially adapted pool and is forecasted to save up to £2,000 a year in heating bills.

Peter Gowland from Hartlepower Community Interest Company (CIC), who won £40,000 of funding to create Hartlepool’s first solar school said,“The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund initiative couldn’t have come at a better time for Hartlepool CIC. Our experience of the competition was really positive and we would like to warmly thank the company for having the vision to initiate such a scheme, which in our case inspired other schools – and not just in Hartlepool – to want to go solar!”

Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said, “It’s been fantastic to see so many innovative and inspirational projects benefit from the 2015 M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. We’re excited to begin the search for more groups who can really make a difference to their local communities. As a 100% green energy provider, supporting those who share our vision of a sustainable future through renewable energy is really important to our company, our customers and our colleagues.”

Competition details

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund will be awarded as follows:
1.Regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,500, determined by the public vote
2.A Judges’ Prize of £20,000 awarded to the most innovative or inspiring projects selected from those that do not win through the public vote

Applications are now open and will close on 31st May.  Applicants will be shortlisted by a panel including M&S, SSE, Energyshare and an independent judge, projects will be considered based upon their social and environmental impact and on meeting a variety of criteria, including:

  • Having a clear business case that gives value for money
  • An engaged and supportive community
  • A measurable community benefit

The public vote will open on 5th September and closes on 9th October.

Full details on how to enter are available at www.mandsenergyfund.com

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Media enquiries
Corporate Press Office, 0208 718 1919

Notes to Editors

There are estimated to be over 5000 community energy groups currently active in the UK with over 700 launching every year since 2008 (DECC Community Energy Strategy Report 2014).

About M&S Energy
M&S launched M&S Energy in 2008, working with SSE, one of the UK’s leading energy companies. M&S Energy offers customers great value gas and electricity, with simple tariffs and excellent customer service from a brand they already know and trust. Like M&S, SSE champions environmental responsibility and works hard to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy use: SSE continues to be the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources and the largest generator of electricity from wind across the UK and Ireland.
The electricity consumed by M&S Energy customers is matched by electricity that has the Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO). The annual consumption of electricity used by M&S Energy customers is matched with the equivalent amount of electricity generated from large scale hydro sources input to the National Grid.

American Cancer Society and CVS Health announce $3.6 million initiative to expand the number of 100% tobacco-free colleges in United States

Atlanta, GA, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Cancer Society (ACS) and CVS Health today announced a three-year, $3.6 million initiative to provide grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States.

The partnership creates the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of a nationwide effort to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. With funding from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS will award grants to colleges and universities in 19 states with the greatest need for stronger smoke-free campus policies to help them take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support. Twenty-five grants will be awarded in the first year and 50 will be given out in each of the second and third years.

“The American Cancer Society and CVS Health are targeting an important age group at a critical time to improve public health for generations to come,” said Howard Koh, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It is a great example of how public-private partnerships can aggressively move one step closer to a tobacco-free generation.”

The 19 states targeted by the program are Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

The ACS initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s newly announced five-year, $50 million campaign that uses education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to tackle tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and deliver the first tobacco-free generation. In 2014, CVS Health became the first national pharmacy chain to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from its stores.

“This partnership with CVS Health allows us to help make campuses tobacco-free using proven strategies that will reduce smoking and tobacco use rates among this population,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and head of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control. “Creating a tobacco-free generation is a lofty goal, and reaching it requires a broad spectrum of strategies targeting multiple audiences. To be successful, it is imperative to prevent and stop smoking among college students.”

The data are clear that college age is a critical time to reach young smokers and those who may begin smoking and using tobacco:

  • Based on current rates, more than 1 million current college students are projected to die from tobacco use in their lifetime. An estimated 5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking if more is not done to reduce youth smoking rates in the U.S.
  • More than 3,800 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette each day, and 2,100 youth and young adults become regular daily smokers.
  • About 90 percent of smokers start by the time they are college age and 99 percent start by age 26, according to a 2012 U.S. Surgeon General’s report.

Despite these statistics, only 1,483 of the 4,700 U.S. college and university campuses—fewer than one in three—are completely smoke-free, and only one in four (1,137) are completely tobacco-free, according to data compiled by the Americans for Nonsmoker Rights.

The barriers for colleges and universities to implement tobacco-free campuses often simply come down to the costs amid other financial constraints. Those costs include resources to develop and implement the tobacco-free plan, associated educational and other collateral materials, and smoking cessation offerings to help students and faculty quit tobacco.

Research has shown smoke-free policies curb campus smoking. Indiana University became a tobacco-free campus in 2008 and reduced smoking prevalence from 16.5 percent in 2007 to 12.8 percent in 2009. University of Michigan became tobacco-free in 2011, and after 11 months, the smoking rate dropped from 6 percent to 4 percent.

“Creating smoke-free campuses will move us one step closer to delivering the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation.  “Together with ACS, we can help ensure college-age youth stay tobacco-free through campus policies, increased education and awareness of healthy behaviors. We are at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of tobacco use, and it is through partnerships like this one that we will be successful.”

The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more.

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 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.

CONTACT:
American Cancer Society: Charaighn Sesock, 559.972.4877,charaighn.sesock@cancer.org

CVS Health: Joe Goode, 401.770.9820, jlgoode@cvs.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

MinuteClinic opens new locations inside Target stores in Northern Virginia

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened new locations inside Target stores in Northern Virginia. The clinics located in seven stores in Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church,Gainesville, Leesburg, Manassas and Sterling have been rebranded and converted to MinuteClinic. There are now 31 MinuteClinic locations in Northern Virginia and 52 in the DC Metro area, including clinics in CVS Pharmacy stores.

“The new MinuteClinic locations inside Target will offer the same scope of services available to patients at all our other clinics in Virginia, the D.C. Metro area and nationwide,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President of CVS MinuteClinic, and Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “In addition, some services will be new to Target guests, including treatment for minor sprains and strains, contraceptive care, smoking cessation counseling, and weight loss assessment and coaching.”

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week and no appointment is necessary. Most major health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and at www.minuteclinic.com.

Nurse practitioners at MinuteClinic specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat; ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; and heartburn and indigestion. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions, sprains and strains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A and B are available at most locations.

Prevention and wellness services include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis (TB) testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention, smoking cessation and weight loss management in partnership with the Dash for Health program.

At the conclusion of each visit, patients receive educational material, a prescription (when clinically appropriate) and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail, to a primary care provider with patient permission.

With the new MinuteClinic in Target locations, Sussman says MinuteClinic can continue to play a complementary role in working with primary care providers. MinuteClinic locations in Northern Virginia are affiliated with Inova Health System.

“About 50 percent of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider and otherwise may need to choose more expensive emergency department or urgent care options,” he said. “Also, approximately half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic are ‘medically homeless’ and do not have a personal physician.”

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies (1,672 locations across 47 states) and retail clinics (79 locations in seven states). Target-based pharmacy locations are being rebranded CVS Pharmacy over the next several months and will operate through a store-within-a-store format. Target clinic locations are being rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months as well.

The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside Target stores in Northern Virginiaoperate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (Sterling location closes at 7pm), and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Sterlinglocation open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday).

MinuteClinic locations inside Northern Virginia Target stores include:

Chantilly: 14391 Chantilly Cross, Ln.
Fairfax: 10301 New Guinea, Rd.
Falls Church: 6100 Arlington Blvd.
Gainesville: 13301 Gateway Center Drive
Leesburg: 1200 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE
Manassas: 9900 Sowder Village Sq.
Sterling: 45130 Columbia Pl.

About MinuteClinic

MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans.

Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 30 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

Contact:
For MinuteClinic customer support, please visit:
CVS.com/minuteclinic Contact page

To find a MinuteClinic near you, please visit:
CVS.com/minuteclinic Clinic Locator

SOURCE: MinuteClinic

CVS Health Research Institute study finds that home infusion care is safe and improves quality of life while reducing health care costs

WOONSOCKET, R.I.,, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new study by the CVS Health Research Institute found that home infusion care is safe, clinically effective and improves quality of life while reducing health care costs when compared to infusion care delivered in a hospital or clinic. The findings underscore the value of home infusion services where medication is delivered intravenously in a patient’s home for the health care system, including patients and payers. The study was published in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.

“As the U.S. health care payment system shifts from volume to value, we are focused on identifying new approaches to health service delivery that provide better care and improve patient outcomes while lowering costs,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, study author and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “Our research shows that home infusion care is a promising model that is both cost- and clinically-effective and is overwhelmingly preferred by patients when intravenous therapy is required.”

 

Researchers conducted a systematic review of existing peer-reviewed research evaluating infusion care for several conditions, including cystic fibrosis, antibiotics following orthopedic surgery and several cancers requiring infused chemotherapies. Researchers compared measures of quality, safety, clinical outcomes, quality of life and costs of home infusion services to those provided in medical settings. The research showed that patients receiving intravenous therapy at home had as good or better clinical outcomes as those patients who received the same therapy in a traditional health care setting.

In addition, patients overwhelmingly preferred receiving their infusion therapies at home, reporting fewer disruptions in personal schedules and responsibilities. The costs associated with home infusion were also consistently lower than services provided in a health care facility, with savings ranging between $1,928 and $2,974 per course of treatment.

“At CVS Health, we provide important home infusion services to patients through Coram, which is just one of the ways we are expanding our clinical delivery model and helping to move important health services to lower cost sites of care,” added Alan Lotvin, MD, Executive Vice President, CVS Specialty. “In fact, our patients report high satisfaction with our Coram home infusion services, citing convenience and comfort as key elements that improved their overall experience.”

Home infusion services are a rapidly growing delivery model in the health care system with rising rates of chronic and acute conditions that require intravenous therapy. Despite this, clinical outcomes and quality of care have not previously been systematically evaluated. While many commercial health plans provide comprehensive coverage for home infusion services, Medicare has limited reimbursement for this type of care, and Congress is discussing how to implement a comprehensive home infusion benefit for Medicare beneficiaries.

Coram, a service provided by CVS Health, provides vital infusion care and support to tens of thousands of Americans each month with a range of conditions including immune deficiencies, rheumatoid arthritis and serious infections requiring intravenous antibiotic therapy. Care is administered by experienced infusion nurses and pharmacists, and in addition, patients receive additional disease management education and support throughout their treatment.

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives. CVS Health Research Institute findings support a continuous quality improvement environment, which encourages product innovation and development to benefit CVS Health patients, clients and their members.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 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.

Media Contacts:

Christine Cramer
CVS Health
(401) 770-3317
christine.cramer@cvshealth.com

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

CVS Health
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895

SOURCE CVS Health

Tractor Supply Company announces the promotion of Steve Barbarick to President and Chief Merchandising Officer

BRENTWOOD, TN , 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that Steve Barbarick has been promoted to President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Barbarick will continue to lead the merchandising, marketing, inventory management, omni-channel, distribution and logistics teams. He will continue to report to Chief Executive Officer Greg Sandfort.

“Steve has been an integral part of the Tractor Supply team for the past 18 years. He has been a driving force behind the continued evolution of the business and the development of key merchandise, sales, margin and marketing initiatives and has more recently begun providing his leadership in the areas of inventory management, omni-channel, distribution and logistics,” stated Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sandfort further stated, “Steve has a commitment to servant leadership and a deep understanding and passion for our business and customer base. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we execute our long term growth strategy in the years ahead.”

Mr. Barbarick joined Tractor Supply Company as a Buyer in 1998. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing and most recently, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer since March 2015.

About Tractor Supply Company
At March 26, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,521 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Contact:
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(614) 440-4000

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200
TSCO@icrinc.com

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply Company increases quarterly cash dividend to 20%; from $0.20 to $0.24 per share

BRENTWOOD, TN , 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors increased the Company’s quarterly cash dividend 20% to $0.24 per share of the Company’s common stock, up from the previous $0.20 per share.

The dividend will be paid on June 1, 2016, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 16, 2016.

About Tractor Supply Company
At March 26, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,521 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Contact:
Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Intershop Communications AG reports revenues of EUR 7.3 million in the first quarter of 2016

Jena, Germany, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1), a leading independent provider of innovative solutions for omni-channel commerce, generated revenues of EUR 7.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 (previous year: EUR 10.0 million). The reduced revenues do not reflect the current order situation but are attributable to project delays resulting from longer acquisition cycles. Several projects initiated by Intershop are expected to be completed in the next months.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop Communications AG, says: “The figures of the first quarter do not paint a realistic picture of Intershop’s current business trend. Due to our increased focus on product revenues, where licensing revenues are collected immediately, fluctuations in revenues resulting from order cycles spanning several quarters are not unusual. It is the forecast for the full year which counts for our investors, and this forecast is confirmed in view of our strong order pipeline.”

Intershop’s strategically important product revenues amounted to EUR 2.7 million in the first three months of the year (previous year: EUR 3.3 million); service revenues came in at approx. EUR 4.5 million in the first quarter, compared to EUR 6.7 million in the prior year period. Product revenues as a percentage of total revenues thus increased from 33% to 38%.

The gross margin was up by five percentage points on the previous year to 44%. At EUR 4.6 million, operating expenses were up by 6% on the prior year period, which is mainly attributable to short-time work in the prior year quarter. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were negative at EUR -1.4 million (previous year: EUR -0.4 million) due to the lower revenue base. Before deduction of depreciation/amortisation, which was lower than in the previous year, EBITDA amounted to EUR -0.8 million (previous year: EUR 0.7 million). Earnings after taxes stood at EUR -1.5 million, compared to EUR -0.5 million in the prior year quarter. Earnings per share amounted to EUR -0.05 (previous year: EUR -0.02).

Cash flow from operations came in at EUR -0.9 million in the reporting period (previous year: EUR 1.5 million). The cash outflow is primarily attributable to the negative result for the quarter. At EUR 14.2 million, cash and cash equivalents exceeded the prior year level by a good EUR 6.9 million as of 31 March 2016. This reflects the company’s improved financial positioning resulting from last year’s financial measures. At 57%, the Intershop Group’s equity ratio almost reached the level of 31 December 2015.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop Communications AG, says: “Our well-filled pipeline makes us optimistic about the current quarter. 2016 will see us continue focusing on expanding our strategic growth segments. This comprises our extended cloud offerings to be presented before the end of this year as well as the effective development of the B2B segment, which, according to Forrester, is the fastest growing e-commerce segment worldwide. The investment by Shareholder Value Management AG results in a stable shareholder structure, thereby additionally driving our operational business and our capital market performance.”

Intershop confirms its forecast for the full year 2016 and expects revenues at the prior year level as well as a moderate increase in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT).

The interim report on the first three months of 2016 is available for download at http://www.intershop.com/investors-financial-reports.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:
Intershop Public Relations
Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Source: Intershop

Whole Foods Market and Erik Bruner-Yang to launch Paper Horse at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods Market location in Washington

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announces an exclusive partnership with Erik Bruner-Yang. The ongoing collaboration launches with Bruner-Yang’s newest venue, Paper Horse, at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods Market location in Washington.

“We are constantly striving to elevate the food experience we can bring our customers,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We are very proud to partner with Erik Bruner-Yang to offer his extraordinary food made with the highest quality ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market standards.”

Paper Horse’s initial menu includes two new broth-based noodle dishes:

All Business – a light broth of pork and chicken stock topped with roasted pork belly, poached egg, spinach, potato, pickled ginger, scallion; and

Keeping it Light – a light broth that’s gluten-free and vegan, with fried Brussels sprouts, braised daikon, sautéed shitake mushrooms, scallions and pickled ginger.

“I’m excited about the unique nature of this partnership with Whole Foods Market,” Bruner-Yang said. “I’m still extremely passionate about ramen, and it will be fun to see how the K Street crowd reacts, but Paper Horse, as a concept, is designed to be flexible and reflect how food is changing and evolving.”

This announcement is the latest move by Whole Foods Market to strengthen culinary expertise in its Mid-Atlantic Region stores. Two other D.C. chefs – Benjamin Nola, formerly of Rose’s Luxury, and Colleen Conrad, formerly of Pearl Dive Oyster Bar – both joined Whole Foods Market as full-time members of its regional culinary team within the past six months.

Contact:
MAPR@wholefoods.com
Annie Cull
301.998.6872

Source: Whole Foods

 

Price Chopper and Market 32 to hold 8th annual “Build-A-Bouquet” activity on May 7 just in time for Mother’s Day

Schenectady, NY, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The youngest shoppers will have the opportunity to put together a special gift for Mom at Price Chopper and Market 32’s 8th annual “Build-A-Bouquet” activity on Saturday, May 7 (the day before Mother’s Day) from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and on Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

“Kids take such pride in personalizing a gift for Mom and such pleasure in giving it to her on her special day. Build-A-Bouquet for Mother’s Day was designed to provide kids with an outlet for their creativity, while celebrating the abundance of colorful and aromatic flowers that help us usher spring into the region,” said Mona Golub, the company’s vice president of public relations and consumer services and a mother, herself.

Children 12 and younger will be able to select three bunches of flowers, from a selection of alstromeria, poms, mini carnations, carnations, snapdragons, matsumoto, cremons, spiders, sunflowers, stock, baby’s breath, limonium, statice and asters. Once the bouquet is assembled, the flowers will be wrapped in colorful tissue, tied with ribbon and personalized with a specially-designed card for Mom. The cost to build a bouquet is $5 plus tax.

Due to popular demand, Build-A-Bouquet stations will be set up at all Price Chopper and Market 32 locations that feature full-service floral departments (only a few exceptions).

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.427.1186

Source: Price Chopper and Market 32’

Paradies Lagardère retail stores at Memphis International Airport introduces “Treat Our Troops” program

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, which operates retail stores at Memphis International Airport (MEM), has introduced “Treat Our Troops,” a program that allows passengers to purchase goods to be sent to U.S. military men and women serving abroad. MEM is the 71st airport to participate in the program.

This effort delivers a wide variety of useful items such as snacks, beverages, toiletries, reading materials, and electronics to military personnel across the world. Shoppers will be given the opportunity to purchase these items, which will then be placed in a collection box and shipped to the United Service Organization (USO) in Nashville. Baskets with possible donation items will be placed in the following retail stores at MEM:

  • A Concourse: River City Books & News
  • B Concourse: River City Books & News, Heritage Books & News, CNBC News, and River City Travelmart
  • C Concourse: CNBC News and River City Books & News

Treat Our Troops is a national program that facilitates customer donations in the airports in which Paradies Lagardère operates stores. Working in conjunction with airports and the USO, Paradies Lagardère coordinates packaging and delivery of these donations to USO offices across the country. In 2015, the program resulted in donations of more than 660,000 products to military men and women across the globe.

“Paradies Lagardère is proud to partner with MEM and the USO to implement the Treat Our Troops program,” said Scott Szczepanski, general manager of Paradies Lagardère’s operations at the airport. “We enjoy providing an opportunity for our customers to demonstrate their gratitude for our troops and their families.”

“Treat Our Troops provides each of us with an opportunity to literally give back to our military,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We are honored to partner with Paradies Lagardère for this worthy cause.”

“Paradies Lagardère appreciates MEM bringing Treat Our Troops to its travelers. This program ensures essential items such as toiletries and beverages, as well as fun snack items, are provided to the brave men and women serving our country in the military, thanking them for their sacrifice,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère.

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Paradies Lagardère retail stores at Memphis International Airport introduces “Treat Our Troops” program

Paradies Lagardère retail stores at Memphis International Airport introduces “Treat Our Troops” program

 

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 404 494 3419
Mobile: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole
Mail: 2849 Paces Ferry Road, Overlook 1 – 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA

Source: Paradies Lagardère.

 

SM Investments Corporation wins double at the 8th Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit and Awards

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) won two awards at the 8th Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit and Awards held in Indonesia.

SM bagged a silver award for Best Corporate Communications & Investor Relations and a bronze award as Best Governed & Most Transparent Company.

In addition to receiving the award, Ms. Guidote was a panel speaker in a discussion on “Community Transformation Challenge 2016 and Beyond—From Poverty Alleviation to Viable & Sustainable Communities”.

Started eight years ago, the Global CSR Summit & Awards is a prestigious international award event which aims to raise awareness on CSR-related issues. It also recognizes outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations in CSR.

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

for further information, please 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

Foodstuffs announces launch of national product information management project, One Data

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd are pleased to announce to the grocery industry the launch of a national product information management project. Phil Lemon, General Manager Merchandise, Foodstuffs South Island and Chief Financial Officer and Acting General Manager Merchandise, Foodstuffs North Island believe the project will transform Foodstuffs’ product information management processes.

“Traditionally, the Foodstuffs companies have operated their regional activities independently. Project One Data will create a single source of truth for product data across the Foodstuffs group – nationwide. Although, the project will initially require extra effort by Foodstuffs, our stores, and our vendors, the long term pay off makes it worthwhile,” says Lemon.

The project, One Data, will create a single system and shared team which will be responsible for the companies’ national product information management. The team will ensure that national product master data is clean, up to date, and fit for use across the business. This will lead to;

  • Consistent data nationwide
  • Improved order accuracy
  • Increased visibility of vendor product range as all product data submitted will be retained in the national catalogue
  • Better consumer insights for targeted marketing
  • Support for current and future initiatives

“As with any major change it is understandable that there must also be changes to the business’ processes,” says Lemon. “We are pleased to announce that we will no longer require vendors to submit product changes and new products on the Universal Buying Form (UBF) or Non-bar coded Buying Form (NBF) after 30 June 2016. These documents will cease to exist for Foodstuffs and our stores.”

Instead there will be two options for vendors to keep the business up to date with new products and changes to existing products, these are;

1. Product Flow which is a service offered by GS1 that will provide product information via the National Product Catalogue, as well as bar code and image verification. This is the best option for vendors who have bar coded products and make changes regularly.

2. Data express an interactive online form located within Foodstuffs exchange that will easily step vendors through the data we require to list, purchase and sell products through the entire Foodstuffs group. This option is best for vendors who have non-bar coded products and/or hardly ever make changes to their range.
Stewart points out that the sheer magnitude of this change is significant for Foodstuffs. With over 100,000 products in the combined catalogue, there will be a transition period to complete the data merge and set up the new system with all of these products. To assist this process, Foodstuffs will have a moratorium on product and price changes during July 2016. The moratorium is scheduled to run from 1 July 2016 – 25 July 2016. Price changes should be submitted prior to the moratorium to ensure customers receive any savings in time. After the moratorium, products and changes will only be accepted if they have been submitted first via Product Flow or Data express.

Stewart is looking forward to the new system. “Foodstuffs has a massive range of products, and we know that our current maintenance process is not efficient. We are really looking forward to the new national Product Information Management system and having one team responsible that sets the data quality standard for our business will give both us and our suppliers’ massive benefits in terms of consistency nationwide.”

At this stage lead times to present new products and changes will not change. But in the future, the new process is expected to bring greater efficiency and should allow for a review of these requirements.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Foodstuffs Communications Team
Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs