Staples and United Way locations across North America to stuff literacy kits to keep children reading throughout summer

As part of United Way’s global Day of Action, hundreds of associate volunteers are fueling a love for reading among local young children

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) will partner with United Way locations across North America, including Boston, St. Louis, Seattle and Denver, to stuff literacy kits for children. This is all part of the United Way’s annual Day of Action on June 21. Hundreds ofStaples volunteers in 13 locations will stuff more than 1,000 literacy kits, up from 11 locations and just under 1,000 kits last year, and up from only 6 locations and 600 kits in 2014, clearly showing the program’s appeal and growth.

All kits are being provided by Staples Promotional Products and include: two books, crayons, a coloring book and corresponding activities that reinforce the story to help improve literacy among young children. Staples associates will decorate and assemble the kits for children with limited access to books and the local United Way will facilitate distribution to families in need.

“Staples is focused on improving education in the communities in which we live and work,” said John Burke, Chief Culture Officer, Staples. “By inspiring children in numerous locations across the United States and Canada to love reading, Staples is doing its part to add to the global impact of United Way’s Day of Action.”

United Way’s Day of Action mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in more than 300 communities around the world. Volunteers of all ages come together to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities. Last year, more than 385 United Ways in 49 states and 21 countries mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers in their communities on Day of Action.

“We’re excited to partner with Staples for the third consecutive year on Day of Action to raise the literacy rates of young children,” said Evan Hochberg, Chief Strategy Officer, United Way Worldwide. “We are grateful to all of the Staples employees who are dedicating their time and energy to create these literacy kits which will help kids keep reading throughout the summer.”

While each United Way creates meaningful activities centered on specific challenges, this year’s national focus is on summer learning and nutrition. Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being, but in too many communities, kids are falling behind and going hungry during the summer months. Boosting summer learning – and working with schools, summer programs, employers and other nonprofits – is part of United Way’s strategy to help kids succeed in school, work and life.

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

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

About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit http://www.staples.com/community.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Becky Sail, 508-253-2933
rebecca.sail@staples.com

Office Depot to hire 8,000 seasonal and regular retail associates during its busy back-to-school season

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced plans to hire 8,000 seasonal and regular retail associates during its busy back-to-school season.

The seasonal associates help support the increased customer traffic from parents, students and teachers shopping for all of their school supply needs. Office Depot is gearing up with additional sales consultants, stock associates, and cashiers during the peak months of July, August and September.

The positions provide opportunities for seasonal associates to gain entry-level experience while working in a retail store. Sales consultants should possess a passion for selling in a personalized sales and customer centric environment.

“As we gear up for the busy back-to-school season, hiring additional associates in our retail stores is essential so that we provide our customers with a great shopping experience. These opportunities are ideal for smiling, friendly candidates who enjoy working with people, possess a passion for selling, and thrive in a fast-paced sales environment,” said Lynn Gross, vice president of human resources for retail at Office Depot, Inc.

In 2016, Office Depot will hire 33 percent more seasonal back-to-school associates compared to 2015 – an increase of 2,000 more associates.

“We’re looking forward to bringing in more associates this year to ensure our customers get the best, personal service to fulfill their back-to-school shopping needs,” said Gross.

Seasonal and regular associates receive a 10 percent employee discount and a flexible schedule. Seasonal associates also have the potential to transition from a seasonal to regular position should openings become available.

To find out more and apply, visit jobs.officedepot.com/school, stop by the nearest Office Depot or OfficeMax retail store, or attend a job hiring event being held in stores nationwide, July 12-14 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Office Depot, Inc.
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Taubman Centers, Inc. to announce its second quarter 2016 earnings on July 28, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) will announce its second quarter 2016 earnings after the market closes on July 28, 2016. The company will host a conference call to discuss these results on July 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing 1-866-820-1712 or 1-973-638-3468 and using reservation code 9675580 or by accessing the call online at http://investors.taubman.com/investors/investor-events-and-presentations. An online replay will be available for approximately 90 days.

A telephone replay will be available until August 12, 2016 and can be accessed at 1-855-859-2056 using reservation code 9675580.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing three properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 3.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

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

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contacts

Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com
or
Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer nationwide free HIV testing and counseling on new prevention strategies

Select Walgreens Locations in 150 Cities Across the Nation to Host Free HIV Testing Events June 23 – 25, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans and Memphis, Among Other Cities

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming with health departments and local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) to offer free HIV testing and counseling about new prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Testing will take place at select Walgreens stores in 150 participating cities, June 23-25:

  • Thursday, June 23 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Results are provided on site by trained counselors. Alere North America, bioLytical Laboratories and OraSure have donated test kits for the activation.

For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations and supporting partners, as well as more information about HIV testing, including year-round testing sites, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.

Why get tested? While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all Americans be screened for HIV as a part of routine health care1, many Americans have never been tested or are not being tested as often as recommended. According to national surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation 43 percent of Americans report never having been tested, and another 37 percent say they have not been tested in a year or longer. With early diagnosis and treatment, someone with HIV can live a healthy normal lifespan.

“This month marks 35 years since the first case of HIV. We’ve come a long way, but getting tested is a critical first step in staying healthy regardless of status,” said Tina Hoff, senior vice president and director of health communication and media partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which leads Greater Than AIDS.

Richard Ashworth, president of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens, said, “We are fortunate to have a strong presence in — and close relationship with — communities across America, making us uniquely suited to serve those living with HIV or at risk of being exposed to HIV. It’s one of the best ways I know to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy.”

“HIV is still a real and serious disease. But with the right treatment and care, people living with HIV can expect to live as long as the average person,” said Glen Pietrandoni, pharmacist and senior director of virology, specialty products and services at Walgreens. “So it’s important to take control of your health by getting a test and learning your status. If negative, there are now prevention options like PrEP, which can help prevent you from getting HIV if you are exposed to the virus. If positive, getting into care early makes a big difference in the long run.”

I Got Tested: What’s Next?, an informational guide available in both English and Spanish from Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens, will be distributed at hundreds of HIV-specialized pharmacies and through local partners in June. The guide includes information about the benefits of early treatment and PrEP.

PrEP is available by prescription to help people who are HIV negative stay negative. When taken as prescribed, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent. Condoms should be used for added protection and to protect against other sexually transmitted diseases. More information about PrEP is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html.

About Walgreen
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response focused on the U.S. domestic epidemic. Launched in 2009 by the Kaiser Family Foundation together with the Black AIDS Institute, it is supported today by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners, including: major media and other business leaders; Federal, state and local health agencies and departments; national leadership groups; AIDS service and other community organizations; and foundations, among others. Through targeted media messages and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS works to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and promote actions to stem the spread of the disease. While national in scope, Greater Than AIDS focuses on communities most affected.

About Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation based in Menlo Park, California.

1 Branson BM, Handsfield HH, Lampe MA, et al. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised recommendations for HIV testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in health-care settings. MMWR. 2006;55(RR14):1-17.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Jim Graham
jim.graham@walgreens.com
or
Kaiser Family Foundation
Katie Smith
katies@kff.org

Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is launching new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee in grocery and convenience stores, offering customers another way to enjoy the smooth taste of Cold Brew on the go.

The ready-to-drink beverage will ship starting today (June 15) and will be available in select Starbucks U.S. retail stores and grocery stores in Seattle and Portland next month.

Bottled Starbucks® Cold Brew Coffee is an unsweetened coffee with a smooth taste and subtle chocolate notes. It’s made from the same Starbucks® Cold Brew Blend slow-steeped in Starbucks stores for Starbucks® Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.

Other New Starbucks Ready-to-Drink Beverages for Summer 2016

Bottled Starbucks® Cold Brew

Starbucks® Black Iced Coffee (available sweetened and unsweetened)

Bottled White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Chilled Coffee Drink

Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy Coffee (available in Spiced Vanilla and Mexican Mocha)

Starbucks Refreshers® Revitalizing Energy with Coconut Water (available in Black Cherry Limeade & Peach Passion Fruit)

Starbucks® Iced Espresso Classics Salted Caramel Mocha (available for a limited time in a multi-serve bottle)

North America Coffee Partnership

More than 20 years ago, Starbucks and PepsiCo started the North America Coffee Partnership and launched Starbucks® Bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink. What started out as a nascent category has grown to be more than 40 ready-to-drink Starbucks beverages and more than $1.5 billion in retail business.

Media Contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee

Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee


Source: Starbucks

Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Hans Melotte as executive vice president, Global Supply Chain

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced the appointment of Hans Melotte as executive vice president, Global Supply Chain, effective June 27.  In this role, Melotte will lead Starbucks Global Supply Chain organization, which helps power Starbucks operations in more than 70 countries worldwide. Most recently, Melotte served as Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Procurement Officer, where he oversaw the company’s global procurement team and led the transformation of the procurement function to becoming a best in class organization.

“Hans brings more than 25 years of experience from highly-respected consumer brands and the deep leadership and technical expertise necessary to take our game to the next level,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer, Starbucks. “He will play a critical role in driving the supply chain agenda across the business and leading our ongoing efforts to create a scalable and agile function that enables growth for Starbucks around the world.  With his strong track-record and ambitious vision for the organization, Hans’ leadership will help accelerate the pace of innovation in our business processes and transform the way we support our retail stores and distribution channels in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness.”

Melotte will report to Johnson and serve as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team. He will be responsible for end-to-end supply chain operations globally spanning sourcing and supplier relationships, distribution, planning, commercialization, transportation and store delivery – ensuring the company’s supply chain road map supports the core business while at the same time enabling key strategic initiatives and the growth of Starbucks business around the globe.

“I’ve had the opportunity to lead a truly world-class procurement organization at Johnson & Johnson, and as I embark on this new chapter, I am honored to join Starbucks and help shape the future of its global supply chain operations,” said Melotte.

“As Starbucks business grows in the U.S. and around the world, my goal will be to ensure the company’s network of more than 16,000 suppliers is always available to Starbucks partners, both in supply chain and in stores, so we can enable more time for customer connection. The opportunity ahead is both vast and exciting, and I look forward to joining the great supply chain talent Starbucks has today and helping drive the company’s plans for growth and innovation.”

Melotte’s career spans nearly three decades of supply chain expertise and global business leadership. Most recently, he served as Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Procurement Officer, where he oversaw the procurement team across 60 countries. During his time with Johnson & Johnson he was recognized for his people leadership and held roles in multiple regions across the Consumer and Pharmaceutical businesses in procurement, supply chain, shared services and innovation. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Melotte worked at Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand.

Originally from Belgium, Melotte received a Master’s Degree in business from the University of Louvain. In 2013, he was named as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential and Thought Leader CPO’s” in the U.S. In 2010, he was honored as the “Procurement Leader of the Year.” Melotte also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), and is also a member of the Board of Directors of International Schools Services (ISS).

Melotte will be relocating to Seattle from New Jersey with his family. He will be based in the Starbucks Support Center beginning June 27.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Hans Melotte as executive vice president, Global Supply Chain

Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Hans Melotte as executive vice president, Global Supply Chain

 

Source: Starbucks

Netflix reveals Orange is the New Black amongst most re-watched original series

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Netflix reveals Orange is the New Black is one of its most re-watched original series. Examining viewing in over 190 countries, Netflix found more than half (53%)* of Orange viewers have re-watched at least one full season of the acclaimed series since its debut in 2013. Not surprisingly, this re-watching behavior peaks each June in anticipation of the new season, this year being no exception.

In advance of the Orange is the New Black season 4 debut – arriving worldwide Friday, June 17 – Netflix also surveyed** fans around the world to see how they plan to prepare for their return to Litchfield.

Of viewers polled, nearly a quarter (21%) plan to re-watch the previous season while 41% plan to re-watch the entire series – all 36 episodes. They’re eager to serve their time too with 54% planning to re-watch this weekend or sooner, and fans are even willing to give-up making their bed (30%), cleaning the house (36%) and cooking (10%) in order to have more time to watch .

Overall, most plan to re-watch without incriminating others – 36% prefer to re-watch solo, 8% with their pets and 12% with a table full of snacks (be careful with the pie). Those who prefer to have partners in crime will re-watch with their significant other (25%) or friends (14%). The majority of re-watching lock downs will take place in the living room (43%) followed by the bedroom (41%) – no one chose the SHU.

The art of re-watching takes both a practical and emotional form. Top reasons for re-watching include looking for possible foreshadowing in previous story lines (25%) and reliving moments with favorite characters (29%). However, for others (25%) it’s as simple as Orange is the New Black being their favorite show and they just can’t get enough.

For those who only have time for a shorter sentence – like the 23% of respondents who plan to re-watch just a few episodes – Netflix also released the series most re-watched episodes. As expected, viewers prefer to re-indulge in the last three episodes of a season, but the one that remains supreme is, of course, Season 1, Episode 1 – you never forget your first time:

Season 1:

  • Episode 1 – “I wasn’t ready”
    Sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed in her youth, Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiance Larry for her new home: a woman’s prison.
  • Episode 12 – “Fool me once”
    Painful truths reorient several relationships and careers: Pennsatucky feels disrespected by Piper; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.
  • Episode 13 – “Can’t fix crazy”
    Red’s scheme to reclaim her kitchen backfires; the inmates stage a Christmas pageant; Piper’s plans unravel even as she realizes her life is in jeopardy,

Season 2:

  • Episode 11 – “Take a break from your values”
    Piper is shocked at an unexpected change in her status; Soso’s hunger strike attracts new support that takes on a religious fervor.
  • Episode 12 – “It was the change”
    Tensions run high as a prison power outage forces several issues to come to light; Piper finds herself compromised and is forced to think on her feet.
  • Episode 13 – “We have manners. We’re polite”
    Several futures hang in the balance as the inmates face and confront their worst nightmares: Life will never be the same again.

Season 3:

  • Episode 11 – “We can be heroes”
    Caputo and Piper confront labor issues. A miracle occurs in Norma’s group. Crazy Eyes’ erotica winds up in the hands of the staff.
  • Episode 12 – “Don’t make me come back there”
    Daya goes into labor. Sophia suffers a hate crime. Stella helps Piper with a business snag. Taystee takes on a new role.
  • Episode 13 – “Trust no bitch”
    Miracles and conversions occur, but Piper and Caputo know that some situations can’t be dealt with through spiritual means.

METHODOLOGY

*Data reflective of global accounts who have completed watching Orange is the New Black and have re-watched at least one season of the series.

**The survey was conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, June 2, 2016 – June 10, 2016 and based on 1,613 responses. The sample was the national adult internet population in the US, Mexico, UK and Canada. Survey respondents must have confirmed their intent to watch and prepare for season 4 of Orange is the New Black to participate. Overall RMSE score is 4.84%.

ABOUT NETFLIX

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Erin Dwyeredwyer@netflix.com
 

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Netflix reveals Orange is the New Black amongst most re-watched original series

Source: Netflix

NRF ranked 23rd at The Washington Post’s ‘Top Workplaces’ in Washington, D.C. list

WASHINGTON, – 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Washington Post announced on Thursday the rankings of its annual ‘Top Workplaces’ in Washington, D.C. list, ranking the National Retail Federation 23rd; NRF ranked higher than several other industry associations in Washington. The Washington Post asked employees to evaluate their employers on a host of factors, including quality of leadership, pay and benefit practices and work-life balance.

“We are thrilled to be recognized again for the collaborative workplace culture and environment that we foster at NRF,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “The NRF leadership works hard to create a workplace that uniquely supports our staff on many levels to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, while providing quality service to our membership.”

“It’s an honor to be included in the ‘Top Workplace’ list for the second year in a row, and we hope to make the list for many years to come,” Shay said.

NRF employees who filled out the workplace survey commented on a wide range of benefits that NRF provides throughout the year, including a generous 401k matching program, a company-sponsored softball team, a free personal trainer and nutritionist, yoga classes, free gourmet coffee and soft drinks, and weekly fresh fruit delivery. Additionally, employees praise “free Fridays in August,” which gives staff the opportunity to take two Fridays in August as vacation days without having to subtract from their annual allowance, and workplace flexibility.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Media contact:
Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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NRF staff
NRF ranked 23rd at The Washington Post’s ‘Top Workplaces’ in Washington, D.C. list

Source: NRF

Auchan Retail France and Immochan create innovative multi-media advertising agency, IMEDIA CENTER

Croix Cedex, France,  2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on the annual flow of 420 million physical clients and 170 million connected customers, Auchan Retail France and Immochan create IMEDIA CENTER: an innovative multi-media advertising agency that offers a new way of thinking and organizing advertising campaigns in the world of retail.

Officially presented on 9 June 2016, IMEDIA CENTER is in charge of marketing communication tools offered by all Auchan Retail outlets (Auchan hypermarkets, Auchan Drive and web portals) and Immochan (shopping malls). Benefiting from all the information throughout the customer journey, IMEDIA CENTER is the first and only media that offers retail environment that is both global (as it allows to reach shoppers all along their buying journey) and 100% integrated (sourcing / data, physical and virtual channels).

“Consumers today expect more from their shopping experience. They want to be treated and live a more expanded experience. The issue is to strengthen the dialogue between advertisers and consumers beyond simple advertising while optimizing their media investments. Our ambition with IMEDIA CENTER is to offer the most effective channel to brands, the most innovative and most consistent to enhance their relationship with consumers, in an ideal situation to buy or purchase preparation. We give them the ability to be strong and structuring elements of the consumer journey, but also levers that enable rapid sales and measured performance. “Sandrine CLION, Operational Director IMEDIA CENTER

Tested since June 2015 in the Roncq shopping centre and since October on Les Saisons de Meaux, the IMEDIA CENTER offers will be deployed in 2016 to 50 commercial sites and 72 drives to reach the 1st April 2018 radiation of 121 hypermarkets 67 galleries, 102 drives and 3 e-commerce portals

www.imediacenter.com

SOURCE: Immochan