USDA FSIS launches Virtual Representative for Small and Very Small Plants

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is expanding its resources for small plants by launching a virtual representative that provides continual access to information. This new tool will allow users to receive up-to-date information on frequently asked questions and communicate directly with technical experts from FSIS’ Small Plant Help Desk.

The Virtual Representative for small plants is another way FSIS is developing new and innovative ways to meet the needs of its customers. The Small Plant Help Desk is a mission-critical tool for FSIS to help owners and operators enhance their food safety practices and strengthen public health protection.

“FSIS is committed to providing helpful and timely information to small plant operators across the country, who play an essential role in building strong local food economies,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “We anticipate that inspection program personnel and the regulated industry, including small and very small plant operators and the business partners who support them, will benefit most from this valuable resource.”

FSIS inspection personnel are assigned to establishments nationwide to ensure the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, correctly labeled and packaged. With more than 90 percent of the 6,389 FSIS-inspected plants considered small or very small operations, the Small Plant Help Desk provides useful information and technical assistance to more than 2,000 callers annually. The Help Desk consists of FSIS employees who are subject-matter experts with recent experience working in meat, poultry or processed egg facilities. The Small Plant Help Desk, as required by the 2008 Farm Bill, continues to serve as a “one-stop shop” for small plant owners and operators with valuable assistance. This virtual help desk addition will allow customers to receive information at all hours on any day of the week.

In addition to operating a telephone and virtual help desk, FSIS prepares various informational materials to assist small plants, such as how to implement plans to prevent or deal with food product and food defense issues, publishes compliance guidelines to help small plants comply with new or modified FSIS regulations, and hosts workshops on new topics of interest. More information on small plant outreach is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/haccp/small-and-very-small-plant-outreach.

This new virtual tool will benefit customers in every time zone in the United States and its territories. It joins two successful virtual representative services that FSIS offers – askFSIS for policy-related questions and Ask Karen for consumer food safety handling questions. With these three virtual portals, FSIS continues to modernize its service to customers and stakeholders.

Visit the Small Plant Virtual Representative at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/svsp/sphelpdesk. Questions for the Small Plant Help Desk may be sent to infosource@fsis.usda.gov or call 1-877-FSIS-HELP (1-877-374-7435).

Resources like the Small Plant Help Desk contribute to USDA” Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative (KYF) which coordinates the Department’s work to develop strong local and regional food systems. For example, Link Lab Artisan Meats credits the Small Plant Help Desk with helping to get its sausage processing facility up and running in compliance with federal food safety regulations.

USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. Under this Administration, USDA has invested more than $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects.

Over the past seven years, FSIS has instituted some of the most significant updates to our country’s food safety system since the 1950s, leading to a 12 percent drop in foodborne illness associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products from 2009 to 2015. Throughout July, at the height of summer grilling season, USDA is highlighting these changes, introducing Americans to the men and women who are enacting them, and demonstrating the positive impacts for public health. For more information, visit USDA’s Medium entry, Safer Food and Greater Consumer Confidence.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Texas that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Texas pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Texas, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription by August 2016.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Texascan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. The program has already donated 37 units to police departments in the state and collected more than two and a half metric tons of unwanted medications in Texas. Law enforcement officials across Texas can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

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 Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

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CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas
CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

 

SOURCE: CVS Health

 

Office Depot helps educators ”Gear Up for School” during Teacher Appreciation Days with a 25-percent-off coupon

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jul-26 — /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, is thanking educators by helping them ”Gear Up for School” during Teacher Appreciation Days with a 25-percent-off coupon. The discount is available in stores July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 27-30 on qualifying purchases1 for members of the Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program, which is free to join.

“At Office Depot, teachers can get back to great as they ‘Gear Up’ for the upcoming school year and find the tools they need for their classrooms,” said Diane Nick, vice president of marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “Educators invest valuable time and effort during the year, and Office Depot wants to thank them by offering additional savings during Teacher Appreciation Days and benefits year round.”

In addition to the available teacher discount, educators can also obtain a free Teacher VIP savings card for an additional 20 percent discount on qualifying in store purchases made through Oct. 31 and a tote bag they can pick up during Teacher Appreciation Days as an Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards member. Throughout the year, members benefit from other discounts and offers on supplies for the classroom.

Teachers can enhance their commitment to learning with the new, downloadable content available at officedepot.com/teachers that incorporates ideas to streamline classroom curriculum and shortcuts for stylish classroom decor.

Plus, through the Give Back to Schools program, teachers, parents and other shoppers can earn store credits for the school of their choice. When they make a qualifying purchase at Office Depot or OfficeMax retail stores or online, the school will receive 5 percent back in the form of Office Depot® OfficeMax® merchandise certificates. Shoppers simply need to present a school program ID, which can be found at officedepot.com/givebts. The Give Back to Schools program offers local residents and businesses a free, simple and convenient way to make a difference in their communities.

For more information about the Teacher Appreciation Days, Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program, or Give Back to Schools initiative, visit officedepot.com/teachers

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.

1 Valid in store only for Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards program members. Excludes technology, consumer electronic products and accessories, media and software products, HP ink & toner and Epson ink. Other exclusions apply. See a store associate for coupon. Limit 1 per member. Coupons valid 07/30/16 – 08/02/16 11:59 PM ET and 08/27/16 – 08/30/16 11:59 PM ET.

Contact:

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

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot launches new product line that provides everything businesses need to transform their office

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Jul-26 — /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 the launch of the WorkPro® Flex collection. The new product line offers flexible, multi-use table tops and legs that are ideal for desks, training rooms, conference tables and other unique needs of businesses.

Available today exclusively at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations and online at officedepot.com/workproflex, the collection addresses the increasing demand for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to maximize the use of each and every part of the office.

“Businesses are changing how they use office space, and flexibility is more important than ever,” said Petter Knutrud, senior vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “On a given day, the same room – and furniture – may need to serve as a conference room, a training room, and a space for a small team breakout session. Office Depot understands the value of office space and the need for adaptability and is excited to launch the WorkPro Flex collection in order to help businesses meet their workspace needs and inspire creativity and collaboration.”

The WorkPro Flex collection provides everything businesses need to transform their office:

  • Flexibility: With more flexibility than traditional furniture systems, the collection gives users complete freedom to configure workspaces in ways that meet their changing needs. Choose from five versatile table shapes, two professional finishes and three leg styles, including a sit-to-stand height-adjustable option. Set up your flexible office furniture in minutes, and quickly change or reconfigure the tables whenever a new need arises.
  • Quality: Each element of the collection has been carefully designed by furniture experts to ensure the highest quality and optimal function. From heavy gauge tubular steel legs to scratch- and impact-resistant melamine tops, these heavy-duty work surfaces deliver durability, functionality, and quality craftsmanship that is built to last. All pieces in the collection also meet or exceed ANSI/BIFMA performance quality standards for safety and durability established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).
  • Surprising Affordability: Commercial-grade furniture is often out of reach for many businesses given the high price tag, but with the new collection, you no longer have to choose between quality and affordability.
  • Customization: Whether you’re looking for furniture for a multi-user open floor plan, a private office space, or meeting rooms, the WorkPro Flex collection offers a versatile foundation of options.

To learn more about the collection visit officedepot.com/workproflex or click here to view a video overview.

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.

Media Contacts:

Karen Denning
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.’s

Bartell Drugs to help raise funds for Bothell community affected by the fire

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is joining in the efforts to raise funds for the businesses that were destroyed and damaged in the July 22 fire in downtown Bothell.

At 2:47 a.m. on Friday, Bothell’s historic Mercantile Building, which was being renovated, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the Bothell Mall building across the street. By the time is was extinguished, more than 20 businesses were affected. Damages are estimated in excess of $15 million dollars.

Bartell Drugs, a locally-owned and operated business has been part of the Bothell community for many years.

“As a neighborhood business, we’ve seen many of our friends and guests impacted by this fire,” says the Canyon Park Store Manager Aaron Hamilton, “so our store is supporting efforts to raise funds to help those affected by the fire in a community fundraising campaign.” Hamilton notes that store customers are encouraged to donate to the fund from July 26 through August 14. Bartells is matching funds up to $1500. All money raised will be donated to a fund set up for this purpose.

About Bartell Drugs: Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 14th annual School Tools event, in partnership with Star 101.5 and World Vision. Donations will be accepted at all Bartell Drugs locations from August 1 – August 28.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help re-stock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

As many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies, according to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-recognized charitable organization.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drugs locations. Monetary donations, dedicated to the drive, can be made by visiting www.bartellsschooltools.com beginning August 1.

We’ve also added a handy text-to-give option for individuals to help fund this worthy project. To donate $10.00 through text message, text “SCHOOL” to 777444.

  • Scissors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products

Suggested donation items found at Bartell Drugs locations include:

  • Pens and #2 pencils
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Markers and crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook paper
  • Spiral notebooks

For more information on Bartell Drugs and its locations, visit www.bartelldrugs.com

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

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Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28
Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28

 

Source: Bartell Drugs

Starbucks’ One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador

Seattle, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — In countries across Latin America, coffee rust is a plague, making it harder for farmers to produce high-quality coffee. In the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, coffee rust forced Rolando Lopez to downsize his farm, which is at 50-70 percent of its typical productivity.

“We didn’t know that it was going to be this destructive,” Lopez said. “Within a year, we saw the effect of the coffee rust in the plants. It was very hard for coffee producers.”

Starbucks is helping farmers like Lopez tackle coffee rust, a fungus that has damaged millions of coffee trees around the world, through the company’s One Tree for Every Bag commitment. Launched in September 2015, the program helps donate one rust-resistant coffee tree for each bag of packaged coffee purchased in U.S. Starbucks stores. In the first 10 months of the One Tree for Every Bag commitment, Starbucks customers have purchased 15 million bags of coffee to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Lopez, a third-generation coffee farmer, is grateful for the rust-resistant trees that are helping him recover his coffee yields. “This is all I know how to do – produce coffee,” he said. “This tree initiative is a relief because we know we have security for our coffee production.”

One Tree for Every Bag was inspired by the Todos Sembramos Café program, which means “We All Grow Coffee,” in more than 500 stores in Mexico. The efforts help ensure farmer livelihoods and the stability of the coffee supply for the industry for generations to come.

Starbucks is working with Conservation International (CI) to ensure coffee trees are successfully distributed, planted and thriving. The distribution of each coffee tree will be supported by Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, developed over a decade ago with CI to safeguard responsible purchasing practices and economic, social and environmental standards, globally. These sourcing standards are then augmented by Starbucks Farmer Support Centers that provide on-the-ground agronomy services.

The One Tree for Every Bag commitment not only lays the groundwork to revitalize coffee farms, but also uplifts surrounding communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. According to ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. – a global commodity merchant and sustainable supply-chain management company – nearly 800 jobs will be generated in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Many of them will be seasonal and long-term opportunities at the three Guatemalan, four El Salvadoran and three Mexican nurseries producing most of the 15 million rust-resistant seedlings that will be delivered this year. The total includes an initial Starbucks donation of 1 million coffee trees.

About One Tree for Every Bag Commitment
Starbucks has committed to planting a coffee tree for every bag of coffee purchased in participating U.S. stores through September 2016. Starbucks contributes 70 cents, the average cost of a tree, to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold from participating stores in the United States. Starbucks works with Sustainable Management Services in the export and delivery of green coffee, and to germinate the seedlings and distribute the trees.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks' One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador
Starbucks’ One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador

 

Source: Starbucks

New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals

Seattle, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Starbucks Dress Code announced today invites baristas to shine as individuals while continuing to present a clean, neat and professional appearance.

Effective immediately, a range of shirt colors beyond solid black and white are welcome, including gray, navy, dark denim and brown, including patterns. Shorts, skirts, dresses and pants, including dark-wash jeans, are all part of the Starbucks wardrobe, and partners are invited to make a statement with hair color, so long as coloring is permanent or semi-permanent, in keeping with food-safety standards. To cap the look off, beanies, fedoras and other suitable hats are welcome.

Related: Starbucks Dress Code Lookbook

Some partners (employees) have already been wearing clothing that fits the new dress code guidelines. Customers coming into the Starbucks at the 47th & Broadway store in Manhattan last September immediately detected something different. Rather than the familiar solid black, white and khaki clothing underneath green aprons, baristas were decked out in a range of colors and outfits that reflected their own personal tastes.

Visitors to the store were caught slightly off guard by the change, but they welcomed the new style, according to Starbucks store manager Mario Leon.

“Customers noticed right away,” Leon said. “They actually thought that something was wrong. They would ask me, ‘Why are you guys all out of uniform?’ And we just told them, ‘No, this is the new uniform for this store.’ They said, ‘We like it. We’re happy to see that you can wear expressive clothing to show who you are.’”

The Broadway coffeehouse and select Reserve stores that spotlight small-batch coffees, as well as the Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, are forerunners for all company stores in the U.S. and Canada as Starbucks updates its North America dress code beginning now.

“This new dress code is what partners have in their closets,” Leon added. “It just makes it so much easier. It just makes so much sense.”

“I believe these changes work well with our iconic green apron and also complement the passion partners bring to our coffee and their craft,” said Cosimo LaPorta, executive vice president, U.S. Retail Store Operations. “We want partners to be as proud of their look as they are when they tie on their green apron.”

“Our success is rooted in our continual innovation and customization in every aspect of our business and this also applies to offering the best partner experience we can,” said Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “We are responding to what our partners have told us and are confident this will uplift the Starbucks brand, partner and customer experience.”

Media contact:

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

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New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals
New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals

 

Source: Starbucks

Starbucks coffee to be available through MARS DRINKS’ single-serve brewers in offices across the U.S. and Canada

Seattle, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —During the workday, it can be tough to get out of the office for a coffee break.

Now even more workplaces will be able to offer freshly brewed cups of Starbucks coffee any time of day thanks to a new agreement with MARS DRINKS, the 100 percent workplace-focused segment of Mars Incorporated. Beginning this fall, Starbucks high-quality, premium Arabica coffee will be available through MARS DRINKS’ single-serve brewers in offices across the U.S. and Canada.

MARS DRINKS’ customers can enjoy three varieties of Starbucks coffee including smooth Pike Place® Roast, roasty and sweet Caffè Verona®, and lightly roasted Veranda Blend®.  Tazo teas are planned to join the line-up in the future.

Michelle Burns, a 21-year partner, is senior vice president of Starbucks Branded Solutions team, which brings the Starbucks Experience to a variety of channels such as colleges and universities, lodging, grocery stores and the workplace.

“Today there are over one million cups of Starbucks coffee brewed in workplaces,” said Burns.  “Our new agreement with MARS DRINKS will help bring Starbucks coffee within an arm’s reach for many more of our customers when they are outside of our stores.”

The opportunity for office coffee is significant, with the category representing $4.75 billion dollars in sales in the U.S. and Canada*, with single-serve being the fastest-growing category within the segment. Starbucks is a leader in single-serve coffee, with a long heritage in coffee and tea to capitalize on the more than 80 percent of coffee occasions that occur outside of a retail café.

“We’re proud to introduce Starbucks into the MARS DRINKS portfolio,” said Bobby Chacko, Regional President and General Manager, MARS DRINKS North America. “Through our work café experience, MARS DRINKS brings people together to connect, collaborate and get things done. Starbucks complements our existing range and further expands the taste and choice we deliver to workplaces throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks coffee to be available through MARS DRINKS’ single-serve brewers in offices across the U.S. and Canada
Starbucks coffee to be available through MARS DRINKS’ single-serve brewers in offices across the U.S. and Canada

Source: Starbucks

 

Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (July 22, 2016) marks the first day of the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is the fashion specialty retailer’s biggest event of the year, featuring brand new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – prices go back up on August 8.

Buy now, wear now
Anniversary Sale stocks more than fall essentials like coats and boots. You’ll also find summer and pre-fall styles perfect for buy now, wear now wardrobe updates, or transitional staples to wear into the next season.

This year, Anniversary Sale debuts some new brands to the event, including Alexander Wang (clothing, accessories and shoes), Alex and Ani, Allsaints (handbags), rag & bone (handbags and accessories), Marc Jacobs (handbags), Current/Elliott, Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, The Honest Company, Peek and Burberry (kids), among others. View select product at Nordstrom Press Room.

Don’t miss these makeup must-haves
When it comes to beauty and fragrance at #NSALE, you’ll find limited-edition beauty items at incredible values available only during the sale. There are over 300 beauty and fragrance exclusives – brand favorites include: Charlotte Tilbury, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC and more. And while you’re at it, Nordstrom offers samples of almost any beauty product in store, every day, not just during the sale. Just ask for a sample!

Anniversary Ambassadors
For the first time Nordstrom partnered with a group of artists, thinkers, designers and trendsetters for its Anniversary marketing campaign. Anniversary ambassadors include: actress and designer, Melissa McCarthy; Dallas Wings point guard, All-Star player and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Skylar Diggins; actor, artist and activist, Rhi Blossom; activist and founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics Amy Sall; Australian model Fernanda Ly; YouTube starJoey Graceffa and musician Jon Batiste.

Each brings their own personal flair to the campaign, styled by renowned fashion stylist Alex White, whose previous work includes Burberry, Vogue, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Nordstrom also tapped photographer Cass Bird to bring the personalities and images to life.

Nordstrom brand partners Jessica Alba with The Honest Company, Caroline Issa with Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere shared their “favorite picks” in a special section of the Anniversary Catalog and at nordstrom.com/c/anniversary-details.

Social Elements — #NSALE #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day)
Nordstrom is bridging the gap between social content and its stores. Starting today, and running through the end of the Sale, Nordstrom will post a daily Anniversary #OOTD (outfit of the day) photo on its corporate Instagram account. The images will also appear in Nordstrom email and on Nordstrom.com. In stores, special hang tags will call out featured #OOTD merchandise so customers can easily shop for items as seen on Nordstrom Instagram. Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship store will test an elevated visual display, with LED screens streaming #OOTD posts.

Throughout Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom will continue to utilize its hashtag, #NSALE, and is engaging with customers on Snapchat with Geofilters at select U.S. malls, Snap Ads and a series of influencer takeovers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Chelsey Allodi
Nordstrom PR
chelsey.allodi@nordstrom.com
206.303.3017

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Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale
Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale

 

Source: Nordstrom

LVMH Young Talent prize winner Camille Boillet took part in the Green Showroom fashion event during Berlin Fashion Week

BERLIN, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Camille Boillet, winner of the LVMH Young Talent prize in February 2016 during the  “Cultures et Création” fashion show in  Montfermeil, took part in the Green Showroom, a sustainable fashion event held each year during Berlin Fashion Week.

The “Cultures et Création” fashion show in Montfermeil offers a fresh and positive perspective of challenged urban neighborhoods. LVMH has sponsored the event for the past six years. This year the LVMH Young Talent prize went to Camille Boillet. In addition to a grant enabling her to purchase materials, she has been coached by LVMH teams, and had a chance to meet couturiers in the Dior atelier to prepare for her presentation at the Green Showroom. Held in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week, the Green Showroom spotlights sustainable fashion.

Camille Boillet took advantage of her presence in the German capital to showcase her work at a booth and in the opening fashion show, during which she presented two creations, a dress inspired by Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire perfume, and a wedding dress designed for brides with a disability. Her work received an enthusiastic response from attendees during the closing runway show: for the first time a model came down the runway in a wheelchair, wearing a dazzling white gown that amazed and delighted the public.

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LVMH Young Talent prize winner Camille Boillet took part in the Green Showroom fashion event during Berlin Fashion Week
LVMH Young Talent prize winner Camille Boillet took part in the Green Showroom fashion event during Berlin Fashion Week

 

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The BRC announces Richard Baker as its new chairman

LONDON, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC is delighted to announce that Richard Baker will take the reins as Chair of the retail industry’s trade association this autumn. Richard, already on the BRC Board, will start his term of office as Chair on 1 September when Sir Charlie Mayfield stands down after a two-year term. Richard is Chairman of DFS, who are longstanding members of the BRC, and Whitbread, owners of Costa who are also members. He also holds various board and advisory roles with international companies including Aimia (owners of the Nectar Card) and Advent International.

He was previously Chief Executive of (Alliance) Boots Group Plc from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group Plc.

Richard Baker said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the BRC members and to chairing the BRC as its role becomes more vital than ever before. The BRC has a strong track record of championing the needs of British retailers – small, medium and large. A backdrop of unprecedented transformation in the industry and many external uncertainties provides a real opportunity to influence the future”.

Helen Dickinson, CEO, said: “Richard’s CV speaks for itself. His wealth and breadth of experience will be critical as we take the BRC forward through a period of profound political and economic change. At the same time, we owe a very large debt of gratitude to Charlie for his guidance, insight and support as our chair, during which time the BRC has undergone yet further transformation. We are especially grateful for Charlie’s support for the retail industry’s pay, progression and productivity work which has put the changing retail workplace landscape on the economic and political map”.

Sir Charlie Mayfield said: “It has been a privilege to have been the Chairman of the BRC over the past two years and a great pleasure to have worked with Helen and many in the industry in this period of change for the BRC. It is an organisation with tremendous potential and I’m sure that Richard’s strong record in both managing and chairing consumer businesses will serve the BRC well for the next phase of its development. I wish Richard and everyone at the BRC every success in the future”.

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The Macerich Company declares quarterly cash dividend of $.68 per share of common stock

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.68 per share of common stock.  The dividend is payable on September 8, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2016.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona,Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

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Old Navy announces #MySquadContest and in-store donation drive from July 28 to August 10 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season Old Navy, in partnership with AwesomenessTV, will ask kids to share stories of how their squads motivate, inspire and lift them up. To support the squads of the future and help provide every child with access to learning opportunities, Old Navy is sponsoring a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising US $1,000,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Boys & Girls Club of Canada (BGCC). The campaign will include an in-store donation drive from July 28 to August 10 as well as a social contest.

Old Navy will team up with AwesomenessTV talent Alex Aiono, Jordyn Jones and the Merrell Twins to celebrate the power of the collective. The #MySquadContest encourages kids to share stories of how their squads motivate and inspire them for the chance to win a fun-filled day with AwesomenessTV talent in their hometown.

To submit, kids can share a photo, video, GIF or meme to Instagram or Twitter, showcasing and describing what makes their squad special, tagged with #MySquadContest and @OldNavy. Alex, Jordyn and the Merrell Twins will each pick one lucky squad to visit for a day of epic fun in each of the three winning squads’ hometowns. Five additional squads will be selected to win back-to-school Old Navy shopping sprees.

From July 21 through August 4, each #MySquadContest submission will trigger a US $1 donation up to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, up to US $10,000.

Additionally, from July 28 to August 10, Old Navy will match in-store customer donations to BGCA and BGCC, up to US $350,000. Customers can donate at the register at all U.S. and Canada stores. The fundraiser will benefit Camp Old Navy’s work with Boys & Girls Clubs to give underserved youth access to after school and summer learning opportunities. Learn more about Camp Old Navy at OldNavy.com/CampOldNavy.

Old Navy will also be celebrating squads through the season’s campaign imagery. The photography features real squads, ranging from a skateboarding squad to a robotics squad, showing off their unique talents in Old Navy’s latest back-to-school fashions.

About Old Navy
Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand has now grown to be the #1 apparel brand in the U.S.* A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About AwesomenessTV
AwesomenessTV is a multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst, the latter of which has a 25% interest. Included under the AwesomenessTV banner are AwesomenessTV, a leading destination for original programming serving the global Gen Z audience; the ATV Network, a global creator community; Big Frame, an influencer talent management company; DreamWorksTV; Awestruck; Awesomeness Films; Wildness; as well as consumer products, music and brand partnerships divisions.  AwesomenessTV was founded by Brian Robbins (Smallville, Varsity Blues, All That) and Joe Davola (In Living Color, Smallville, MTV Networks). Check out www.awesomenesstv.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at BGCA’s Facebook and Twitter.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they discover, develop, and achieve great futures. We are a national charity serving 96 member Clubs that provide services to 200,000 young people in 625 locations across Canada. Our trained staff and volunteers listen to the opinions and ideas of children and youth, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles, and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents.  With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them overcome barriers, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For 116 years, we have welcomed children, youth, and their families into Clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

Old Navy fashion inquiries: OldNavy_Press@gap.com

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J. C. Penney announces the appointment of Marvin R. Ellison as its new chairman

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) has appointed Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison to the additional position of Chairman, effective August 1, 2016. Mr. Ellison succeeds Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III who will be retiring in accordance with the transition plan that the Company outlined in 2014.

Mr. Ullman said, “I am delighted that the board has appointed Marvin as Chairman. Over the past year and a half, he has proven himself to be the right leader for our Company, as we have made significant progress in implementing the changes needed to rebuild JCPenney into a successful, modern retailer with a profitable and sustainable business. It’s been a privilege to work closely with Marvin, and I am pleased to know that this Company is in good hands for the future.”

Mr. Ellison said, “It is an honor to succeed Mike as the next Chairman of JCPenney. Mike has demonstrated great leadership, twice as CEO, and for the past year as our Executive Chairman. For someone who started his retail career as a $4.35 per hour store security officer, it is a blessing and an honor to be named Chairman of JCPenney. I look forward to continuing to work with our talented board and management team as we continue to take the steps necessary to drive the resurgence of JCPenney.”

Longtime retail executive Ronald W. Tysoe, who has served on the board since 2013, will continue as the Company’s Lead Independent Director.

About Marvin R. Ellison
Marvin R. Ellison, 51, has been Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. since August 1, 2015. Mr. Ellison served as President and CEO-Designee of J. C. Penney from November 1, 2014 through July 2015. From August 2008 through October 2014, he served as Executive Vice President – U.S. Stores of The Home Depot, Inc., a home improvement specialty retailer. From June 2002 to August 2008, he served in a variety of operational roles at The Home Depot, including as President – Northern Division and as Senior Vice President – Global Logistics. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Mr. Ellison spent 15 years at Target Corporation in a variety of assets protection and operational roles.

Mr. Ellison serves on the board of directors of FedEx. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts including mentoring programs aimed at developing inner-city youth. He earned a business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every shopping experience is worth the customer’s time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, customers will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings and cash flows.  Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms including EMV chip technology, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all.  There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations.  Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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J. C. Penney announces the appointment of Marvin R. Ellison as its new chairman
J. C. Penney announces the appointment of Marvin R. Ellison as its new chairman

 

Source: J.C.Penney

Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —Before the sun rises each morning, Alan Bangerter rolls out of bed, throws on his coveralls, pulls on his work gloves and heads to the fields with his family to harvest and pack. For over six generations the Bangerter family has sold fresh corn, radishes, zucchini and a variety of other fine vegetables to the people of Utah from their farm in Bountiful. Now, over 30 local Utah farmers, like the Bangerter’s, have teamed up with Associated Food Stores members Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout the state.

Each Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon through September 3, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores will feature farmer’s markets, proudly displaying local produce on the porch of their store fronts.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the local farmers and will be able to sample the beehive state’s best produce.

The Utah-grown fruits and vegetables will also be sold while supply is available inside the local grocery stores produce departments, clearly marked with the name, location of the farm and story of the grower—giving customers a glimpse of where their produce came from and more importantly, the local farms they’re supporting.

“Our guests can find a wide assortment of local produce—from watermelon to peaches, corn, zucchini—we have all the goodness,” said Danni Barnhart, produce merchandiser for Associated Retail Operations. “As a local grocery store, we find working with local farmers is a win-win for everyone. Our guests get the best produce available, local farmers are able to sell their crops—supplying our locally owned grocery stores, which ultimately strengthens Utah’s economy.”

Darin Worden, owner of Heirloom’s and More starts his day out like many other farmers. Lacing his boots on his porch while he watches the sun rise. Some days, he even works by the light of his headlamp to irrigate his fields. Worden’s farm specializes in unique produce items that are not typically commercially grown, like rainbow beets carrots, pink chiogga Italian beets, atomic red carrots, cosmic purple carrots and more.

“It’s challenging for small farms like ours to compete against large, traditional produce farms. I think the partnership we have with Associated Food Stores is amazing—I really take my hat off to them. These local grocery stores have placed orders with us that are not only helping us survive, but will one day help us to be even more successful,” said Worden. “It takes a lot of hard work to put a great local product on the table— a lot of our farming is actually done by hand—but it also provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to see our customers enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious produce.”

More than 30 local growers’ produce will be featured at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores throughout the summer while supplies last.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

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Sarah Pettit
801.978.8948
Scpettit@afstores.com

Rachael Wabel
801.978.8913
rmwabel@afstores.com

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Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah
Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah

 

Source: Associated Food Stores

7‑Eleven and Flirtey announce first fully autonomous FAA-Approved drone delivery to customer’s residence

RENO, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service, announced they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to their home via drone, representing a historic milestone in both U.S. and global commerce. The delivery was conducted in celebration of the convenience store chain’s 89th birthday.

The goal of advancing drone deliveries as well as further refining Flirtey’s delivery technology and packaging were highlighted when Flirtey teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery.

“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS.

At a Reno, Nevada 7‑Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7‑Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the family’s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes. Products included Slurpee® drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select® candy. In the future, both companies expect drone packages to include “everyday essentials” such as batteries and sunscreen.

“My wife and I both work and have three small children ages 7, 6 and 1. The convenience of having access to instant, 24/7 drone delivery is priceless,” said Reno resident Michael, who received the Flirtey delivery. “It’s amazing that a flying robot just delivered us food and drinks in a matter of minutes.”

The deliveries also mark Flirtey’s largest commercial relationship to date and bring the drone delivery startup even closer to its vision of reinventing the delivery process for humanitarian, online retail and food delivery industries.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have 7‑Eleven, the largest convenience chain in the world, embracing new technologies and working with us at Flirtey to make drone delivery a reality for customers all over the world,” said Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny. “This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7‑Eleven. Flirtey’s historic drone deliveries to date have been stepping stones to store-to-home drone delivery, and today is a giant leap toward a not-too-distant future where we are delivering you convenience on demand.”

Building on this initial collaboration, the two companies have plans to expand drone delivery tests and work closely together, according to 7‑Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins.

“Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience,” said Mr. Delgado-Jenkins. “This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a drone delivery company to transport immediate consumables from store to home. In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes. Our customers have demanding schedules, are on-the-go 24/7 and turn to us to help navigate the challenges of their daily lives. We look forward to working with Flirtey to deliver to our customers exactly what they need, whenever and wherever they need it.”

“I congratulate Nevada-based company Flirtey on making history yet again – this time by collaborating with the world’s largest convenience retailer to complete the first store-to-home drone delivery in Reno, Nevada,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “Through our FAA Test Site designation, Flirtey has cemented Nevada’s position as the leader in the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) industry and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow and bring jobs to our region.”

Photos of the delivery:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sirmrsut9b731lz/AAC17ggKZ2r2r_uUuPP6y7Fma?dl=0

About Flirtey
Flirtey is the premier independent drone delivery service, with a mission to create the fastest, most efficient and customer-centric delivery service in the world. The U.S.-based startup has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, The New Jersey Test Site and Virginia Tech to create the leading technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network. Flirtey has conducted four historical drone delivery flights in the past year. Flirtey was the first company to conduct an FAA-approved delivery in the U.S., the first to perform a fully autonomous drone delivery to a home in the U.S. and the first to conduct ship-to-shore drone delivery through a collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Flirtey’s landmark achievements have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for display at its Air and Space Museum, which accepted the Flirtey drone to join other iconic American aircraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Wright Flyer, on display at the museum. Learn more at www.flirtey.com

About 7‑Eleven
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses approximately 59,800 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries, including 10,700 in North America. Known for iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high quality salads, side dishes, fresh cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as their popular pizza, chicken wings, hamburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www. 7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards customer loyalty platform, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)
On behalf of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), a non-profit corporation, leads the growth of the Nevada Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Industry through business teaming relationships, collaborating with primary research institutions on UAS research and development, and enhancing the Nevada UAS Industry knowledge base in order to attract new and permanent business and create jobs in the State of Nevada. Learn more at www.nias-uas.com.

CONTACT:

Stephanie Shaw
Director of Communications
media@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven and Flirtey announce first fully autonomous FAA-Approved drone delivery to customer’s residence
7‑Eleven and Flirtey announce first fully autonomous FAA-Approved drone delivery to customer’s residence

 

Source: 7-Eleven

7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer

IRVING, TEXAS, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Redbox , America’s destination for new-release entertainment, are bringing back their popular free movie night offer this summer. Movie-lovers can receive a FREE Redbox movie night with every Big Gulp® fountain drink purchase, while supplies last. The exclusive offer runs through Aug. 31 at participating U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores and promo codes can be redeemed through October 31, 2016.

A peel-off label with a unique Redbox promo code is attached to the side of Big Gulp promotional cups. The codes for a free one-day DVD rental can be entered online or at any of Redbox’s nearly 35,000 U.S. locations.

Last summer, 20 million free Redbox movie rentals were available to movie-lovers who purchased their favorite Big Gulp soft drinks at 7‑Eleven stores. It was Redbox’s first promotion with 7‑Eleven and the biggest in the entertainment rental company’s history. Expanding on this success and consumer excitement, Redbox and 7‑Eleven are offering over 30 million free Redbox movie rentals.

“We are offering our Big Gulp customers a new level of value, a cold delicious Big Gulp drink at a great price and the ability to feed their desire to watch newly released summer movies.” said Laura Gordon, vice president of Brand Innovation and Marketing. “Customers can quench their thirst with a Big Gulp during the hot, busy summer days and relax with a Redbox movie at night.”

To find a nearby Redbox location, consumers can enter their ZIP codes at redbox.com/locations or download the Redbox app, which lets users find a location, browse and reserve movies in advance.

“Last year’s Big Gulp-Redbox movie nights exceeded all our expectations,” said Michael Wokosin, VP, digital marketing, CRM and partnerships at Redbox. “Summer is the season when studios release some of the year’s biggest action films for consumers to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. 7‑Eleven proved to be the perfect outlet to reach movie fans across the U.S.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 59,500 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Redbox
Redbox, an Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR) brand, offers new-release DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and video-game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 4 billion discs and is available at nearly 35,000 U.S. locations, including leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, and select Walgreens, Walmart and McDonald’s locations. For more information, visit www.redbox.com and for more information about Outerwall Inc., visit www.outerwall.com.

CONTACT:

Stephanie Shaw
Director of Communications
media@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer
7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer

 

Source: 7‑Eleven

SM Seaside City Cebu recognized by the Urban Land Institute Philippines Building Healthy Places Awards in the Commercial-Retail category

Taguig City, Philippines, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime’s SM Seaside City Cebu was recognized by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philippines Building Healthy Places Awards in the Commercial-Retail category, last July 14.

ULI Philippines’ Building Healthy Places Awards recognize outstanding and innovative projects that add value to the community, promote healthy life choices, and enhance the environment.

The entries were evaluated based on ULI’s ten principles for building healthy places: Putting people first; Empowering champions for health; Energizing shared spaces; Making healthy choices easy; Ensuring equitable access; Mixing it up; Embracing unique character; Promoting access to healthy food; Making it active; and Recognizing the economic value.

SM Seaside City Cebu is the center of a future 30-hectare mixed-use master plan which will hold office, residential, and hospitality components. It provides not only convenient retail, food and beverage outlets, services, and leisure activities, but also public transport access, outdoor roof-gardens, and a green inner courtyard in which social and communal activities can take place.

The mall holds outlets for several physical and leisure activities, such as fitness centers, bowling-lanes and ice-skating. It also contains medical clinics, health-food outlets, drug-stores and spas. Outdoor playgrounds and water-playgrounds in the roof-garden provide physical outlets for kids, while a perimeter jogging path allows visitors, workers, and residents to stay fit. Aside from the mall’s content, its architecture aim to promote human interaction in the mall, which is considered critical to its success. SM Seaside City Cebu is not just a place to shop; it is designed to be the social hub of the local community, and the architecture aims to reflect this role, with its grand entrances, central courtyard, and sweeping gardens.

SM Seaside City Cebu also adopts various environmental measures, such as district cooling, rain-water harvesting, grey-water recycling, and solar-power farms. Protection against storm surges is provided by elevating the site approximately 7.5m above mean sea level, thereby allowing the mall to be a refuge in times of flooding. The roof-gardens provide heat insulation, while the interiors are flooded with daylight through extensive skylights and window-walls, thereby saving on energy consumption while creating a natural, relaxed environment.

In addition to promoting healthy lifestyle through world-class offerings of this state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable mall, the ULI Philippines Building Healthy Places award confirms that SM Seaside City Cebu is certainly “A Mall Above All”.

For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

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SM Seaside City Cebu recognized by the Urban Land Institute Philippines Building Healthy Places Awards in the Commercial-Retail category
SM Seaside City Cebu recognized by the Urban Land Institute Philippines Building Healthy Places Awards in the Commercial-Retail category

 

Source: SM

Lenta announces its consolidated sales and operating results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2016

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA / “Lenta” or the “Company”) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the Company’s consolidated sales and operating results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2016.

To view the full release, please click here.

2Q 2016 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 21.8% in 2Q 2016 to Rub 73.6bn (2Q 2015: Rub 60.4bn);
  • Like-for-like (“LFL”)1 sales growth of 4.9% vs. 2Q 2015;
  • LFL traffic growth of 1.4% combined with a 3.4% increase in LFL ticket;
  • Five hypermarkets and four supermarkets opened during the second quarter of 2016;
  • Total store count reached 189 stores as at 30 June 2016, comprising 147 hypermarkets and 42 supermarkets;
  • Total selling space increased to 922,865 sq.m. as at 30 June 2016 (+22.8% vs. 30 June 2015); and
  • Number of active loyalty cardholders2 increased to 9.3m (+23% y-o-y) with approximately 93% of transactions in the second quarter made using the loyalty card.

1H 2016 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 21.9% in 1H 2016 to Rub 140.1bn (1H 2015: Rub 114.9bn);
  • LFL sales growth of 5.2% vs. 1H 2015;
  • LFL traffic growth of 2.1% combined with a 3.0% increase in LFL ticket;
  • Eight hypermarkets and 10 supermarkets opened during the first half of 2016;

Material events in 2Q 2016 and after the reported period:

  • Lenta agreed a Rub 53bn credit limit with Sberbank, providing access to new long-term loans of up to RUB 25bn for a period of up to 5 years;
  • Lenta registered an Exchange Bond programme for up to a total maximum principal amount of RUB 100bn;
  • Fitch Ratings has upgraded Lenta’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) from ‘BB-’ to ‘BB’ and National Long-term rating from ‘AA-(rus)’ to ‘A+(rus)’. The outlook on the ratings is stable.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning commented:
“We are pleased with the results of the second quarter of 2016 – 21.8% sales growth with 4.9% LFL sales growth despite the rapid fall in food inflation since the beginning of the year and the high base for comparison of the second quarter of 2015.

The consumer environment continues to be challenging due to the impact of continuing low wage growth on purchasing power. More positively, lower food inflation combined with the attractiveness of Lenta’s offer to consumers led to further stabilization of purchasing trends with product mix improving for the first time since 2014 and the average number of articles per basket increasing for the second quarter in a row.

We successfully continued expansion of our hypermarket format and accelerated rolling-out of our supermarket format in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. In the first half of the year we opened more supermarkets than in the full year of 2015. We also continued developing infrastructure for the supermarket format and plan to start operations in a new dedicated supermarket distribution centre in Moscow during 3Q 2016.

We are well on track to deliver at least 40 new hypermarkets this year, exceeding our ambitious target of doubling selling space in three years by December 2016. We have already secured most of the sites required to meet our hypermarket opening goals for 2017 and continue to be selective in choosing the best investment opportunities.”

To view the full release, please click here.

1 Lenta’s stores are included in the LFL store base starting 12 months after the end of the month in which they are opened
2 Cardholders who made at least 2 purchases at Lenta during the 12 months to 30 June 2016 are considered active

For further information please visit http://www.lentainvestor.com/en/or contact:

Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

David Westover
Senior Director
+44 207 282 2886 desk
+44 7768 897722 mobile
David.westover@citigatedr.co.uk

Marina Zakharova
Director
+44 207 282 1079 desk
+44 7774 256545
Marina.zakharova@citigatedr.co.uk

Source: Lenta

Belle International recognized for its manpower training and development

Shenzhen, China, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since 2012, Belle International has been recognized as Manpower Developer (MD) under the “ERB Manpower Developer Award Scheme” organized by the Employees Retraining Board (ERB), in recognition of her outstanding achievements in manpower training and development.  This year, Belle International is pleased to receive its highest honour – the “Grand Prize Award” at the Presentation Ceremony 2015-16.  To optimize human resources, Belle international has been continuously enhancing the management of workforce and its internal and external training programmes in order to attract and retain more talents.  Employees were also provided with clear career path and development opportunities to demonstrate their ability and skills.

Investor Relations:

Tel:+86 755 8287 7385
E-mail: ir@belle.com.cn

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Belle International recognized for its manpower training and development
Belle International recognized for its manpower training and development

 

Source: Belle International

Belle International recognized for its environmental efforts with 2015 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence Certificate of Merit

Shenzhen, China, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — To recognize the commitment and effort to the environment, Belle International was presented with the Certificate of Merit (Shops and Retailers) of 2015 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) at the presentation ceremony held on 19 April 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The HKAEE, organized by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) together with Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and nine organizations, is considered one of the most reputable environmental award schemes in Hong Kong. Winners will be selected from a rigorous assessment process.  Those who demonstrated excellence performance in the aspects of Green Leadership, Program & Performance, and Partner Synergy will receive an award or a certificate.

Investor Relations:

Tel:+86 755 8287 7385
E-mail: ir@belle.com.cn

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Belle International recognized for its environmental efforts with 2015 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence Certificate of Merit
Belle International recognized for its environmental efforts with 2015 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence Certificate of Merit

 

Source: Belle Int.

Prada expands and completely renovates its store in Canton Road, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prada is expanding and completely renovating its store in Hong Kong situated on Canton Road, the city’s main shopping street. The two-storey space occupies a total area of more than 1,300 square metres, with a secondary internal access from Harbour City.

The external façade pays homage to the Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez* with an optical geometric pattern. The internal front, in black Marquina marble, is opened by the display windows and the entrance, giving great visibility to the spaces within.

The Canton Road entrance introduces a room defined by signature elements of the brand, such as the black and white checkerboard floor and the walls in light green encaustic and marble. Exquisite glass display cases with bottoms in green marble alternate with shelving systems. The beamed ceiling is a contemporary interpretation – in Prada green – of the typical ceilings of historic Italian buildings.

The new concept deftly combines the tradition and history of Prada with the continuous research and evolution that has always characterized the brand. New materials are paired with 1950’s design; technology works hand in hand with a new approach to retail that puts clients and their comfort at the centre.

Seating elements of different forms and colors create intimate salons, arranged with low tables to create original spatial geometries. Classic materials like velvet are juxtaposed with modern materials like plexiglas and marble.

The footwear area on the ground floor interprets these themes, emphasizing their femininity: the checkerboard marble floor becomes a soft carpet; the green of the walls is covered in velvet, in harmony with the green velvet chairs by Osvaldo Borsani, an exclusive edition for Prada.

The Mall entrance has an imposing yet sophisticated presence. Black marble – the main theme – extends through a room that appears to be a giant display window. A special display niche, an iconic Prada feature, is interpreted here with black marble and a video screen on the back panel, representing the contamination between history and modernity. Spaces in green encaustic and black marble dedicated to leather and women’s accessories alternate with salons in red and green velvet with geometrically patterned carpets.

The concept of intimacy is conveyed by the interior of the clothing area: the green velvet walls and beamed ceiling, also covered in velvet, provide a counterpoint to the a video wall that broadcasts innovative imagery. The green velvet Borsani chairs, the light plexiglas furnishings and the polished steel racks compete the decor.

Another room, dedicated to women’s leather goods, features green encaustic panels. The stairway – a volume completely sheathed in green marble accompanied along its entire height by a steel and glass display case – leads to the basement floor. Here is the area dedicate to the men’s collections and a special selection of clothing and footwear for women. A black and white marble floor, a beamed ceiling and green encaustic walls are the predominant elements.

The men’s area is distinguished by the use of tall furnishings in black iron and glass, blue ostrich skin chairs and aviator blue and grey carpeting with geometric patterns. A special room – dedicated to clothing – features a dark wood floor of narrow boards, walls covered in aviator blue velvet and chairs in grey velvet with wooden arms, creating a more intimate and masculine atmosphere.

*PRADA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ
Prada wishes to express its admiration for French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the leaders of the kinetic art movement, an innovative form of dynamic expression with a strong visual impact. Having always greatly appreciated Carlos Cruz-Diez and his contribution to this artistic genre, Prada wishes to publicly pay homage to his artwork, which served as a starting point for the design of the façade of the Prada store on Hong Kong’s Canton Road.

For further information:
Prada Press Office
Tel. +39.02.541921
e-mail: ufficio.stampa@prada.com

Source: Prada

REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Opening this fall, a new REI store in Milford, Conn. will help the outdoor community enjoy life outside and support local nonprofits who steward nearby recreational places. Located between the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound, the new store will carry gear and apparel for the region’s most popular outdoor activities, and will include a bike shop, watersports shop and REI Outdoor School classes.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Milford community. For me personally it’s an honor to be combining two things that I am so passionate about: REI, where I’ve worked for almost nine years, and my home state of Connecticut, where I first fell in love with the outdoors,” said Andrew Hoskins, REI Milford store manager. “I’m looking forward to helping REI deepen its support of our local nonprofit partners and helping local adventurers find new ways to connect with the outdoors.”

REI Milford will occupy 25,000 square feet on the lower level of a new shopping center on Boston Post Road, across from the Milford Marketplace. More than 8,000 REI members live within 15 miles of the new location.  With nearby stores at REI Norwalk and REI West Hartford, the more than 30,000 active co-op members in the region will now have three locations to find gear and inspiration for their outdoor adventures.

The new store will feature the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, travel and paddling. The store will also offer expert advice from in-store guides and classes through REI Outdoor School—a national leader in outdoor education that taught over 250,000 people across the country last year. Throughout Connecticut, REI Outdoor School taught more than 1,400 people this year. REI is also holding its first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside, offering over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

With each new store, the co-op invests in local nonprofit partners who steward local outdoor places. This year, REI has invested $20,000 in four nonprofits throughout Connecticut to support trail repair and park maintenance. In total, REI will invest more than $8 million in hundreds of nonprofits throughout the country this year.

Join the REI Team
Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com. The co-op expects to hire 50 employees for each of the new stores who receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts, competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 19 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at (253) 395-5958, prrequests@rei.com

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REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall
REI to open new store in Milford, Connecticut this fall

 

Source: REI Coop

REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Outdoor adventurers in Houston, Texas will have a new REI store when the co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall. Situated just miles from the northern point of Galveston Bay, the new store will carry gear and apparel for some of the region’s most popular activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking and trail running.

“It’s amazing that Houston is getting a third co-op store so close to so many outdoor places,” said Ann Bewley, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach market coordinator for the Houston area. “We’re excited to increase our support of the local community and inspire people to get outside through our classes, gear and passion for the outdoors. Working with and growing our partnerships with local nonprofits in this area will add a new dimension to Clear Lake and its surrounding areas.”

REI Houston-Baybrook will be the co-op’s third location in the Houston area, joining stores at Willowbrook and The Galleria, which was the co-op’s first Houston location in 1996. The new 25,000 square-foot store will serve more than 80,000 active members in Houston. It will be the co-op’s 11th location in the state of Texas—first opening at Austin-Gateway in 1989.

The new store will feature the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, travel and paddling, and the store’s bike shop will provide cyclists with expert assembly and repair services. The store will also offer expert advice from in-store guides and classes through REI Outdoor School—a national leader in outdoor education that taught over 250,000 people across the country last year. In the Houston area, nearly 2,000 people have participated in REI Outdoor School classes this year. REI is also holding its first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside, offering over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

With each new store, the co-op invests in local nonprofit partners who steward local outdoor places. In 2016, REI has invested $40,000 in five Houston-area nonprofits and $210,000 in 23 nonprofit partners throughout the state. In total, REI will invest more than $8 million in hundreds of nonprofits throughout the country this year.

Join the REI Team
Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com. The co-op expects to hire 50 employees for each of the new stores who receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts,competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 19 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at
(253) 395-5958, prrequests@rei.com

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REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall
REI to open new store in Houston, Texas when co-op sets up camp at the Baybrook Mall this fall

 

Source: REI Coop