The Tommy X Gigi collection will be available exclusively at Zalando from September 1

The Tommy X Gigi collection will be available exclusively at Zalando from September 1
The Tommy X Gigi collection will be available exclusively at Zalando from September 1


BERLIN, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — To make fashion accessible where ever you are, zalando brings the tommy x gigi collection to europe first. as part of this exclusive collaboration, gigi will visit berlin to premiere her collection at bread&Butter by Zalando.

Europe’s leading online fashion destination has teamed with the iconic American brand Tommy Hilfiger to bring theTommy X Gigi collaborative collection to fashion aficionados in Europe. From September 1 to September 9 the capsule will be available to shop exclusively via Zalando.

The Tommy X Gigi collection has been designed by Tommy Hilfiger in collaboration with supermodel Gigi Hadid, the brand’s global womenswear ambassador. The California girl puts a West Coast stamp on Hilfiger’s signature East Coast classics as marine, utility and maritime influences fuse with feminine silhouettes and sporty-chic details. The look is nautical luxe with Gigi’s own twist: effortless, youthful and cool.

“Gigi Hadid is one of the world’s top models and most-followed fashion influencers, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Tommy family,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Our collaborative collection is a new take on nautical with a playful, romantic edge. It has been a true partnership – Gigi and I worked closely together on each and every element; she was completely honest throughout the process and the results are a reflection of her passion and creativity.”

“This is the first collection I’ve ever co-designed and it was an amazing experience,” says Gigi Hadid. “I’m so proud of the designs and I love how they are an honest reflection of my own style and Tommy’s iconic signature twist.”

Loading up the launch with the just excitement and energy, Zalando has invited the collection’s co-creator, social media phenomenon and Tommy Hilfiger’s global womenswear ambassador, Gigi Hadid to come to Berlin for Bread&Butter by Zalando. Zalando has also produced a creative media campaign with packing tips by Gigi herself. In a snappy 90 second clip we see Gigi getting ready for her big trip overseas and packing up her collection in a huge Zalando vintage trunk with the Tommy X Gigi collection to bring it over to Europe. Gigi leaves no doubt about her expertise as a style savvy jetsetter and makes the most of this packing session, interacting directly with her audience and fans in Europe, as she picks her pieces and puts together looks for every country Zalando will launch Tommy X Gigi.

All Gigi fans in Europe should mark September 2 in red on their calendars, as this is the day when Gigi herself sets heel on European ground. Gigi Hadid will come to Bread&Butter by Zalando to present her collection: Tommy X Gigi will be showcased in a dedicated installation, featuring a state-of-the-art digital shopping experience and an array of amazing content around Gigi.

“We are extremely happy to bring Tommy X Gigi to Europe first,” says Carsten Hendrich, Zalando Vice President Brand Marketing. “With exclusive partnerships like this, we make online shopping more inspiring for our consumers across Europe. Through our collaborative brand campaign, we bring Gigi Hadid to Berlin and people can actually engage with the collection at Bread&Butter by Zalando.”

The Tommy X Gigi collection will be available exclusively at Zalando from September 1 to 9, before becoming available also via other channels from September 10 onwards.


Zalando ( is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract about 160 million visits per month. In the first quarter of 2016, around 62 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 18.4 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

With a brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrance, athletic apparel (golf and swim), socks, small leather goods, home goods and luggage. The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrance. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at


NAME:                            Bread&Butter by Zalando


DESCRIPTOR:            Bread&Butter – a trend show for everyone by Zalando

WHAT:                            Bread&Butter by Zalando is a consumer facing fashion event celebrating what is hot right now in the worlds of fashion and music where brands and consumers meet

WHERE:                        Arena, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin

WHEN:                           2nd – 4th September 2016

TIME:                              Friday: 4 pm – 12 am, Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm – 12 am

BRANDS:                      Adidas, Converse, Eastpak, Fossil, G-Star, Herschel Supply Co., HUGO, IVYREVEL, Kerbholz, Lee, Levi´s®, Marina Hoermanseder X Hello Kitty, Marni X Zalando, Minimum, mint&berry, Nike, Puma, Rains, Reebok, Selected Femme & Homme, SET, Stance, Tommy Hilfiger, TOPMAN, TOPSHOP, Vans, Won Hundred, Zalando, Zalon, Zign

SHOWS:                         HUGO, IVYREVEL, Puma, Selected Femme & Homme, SET, TOPMAN, TOPSHOP, Zalando

MUSIC ACTS:               Acid Washed (DE), Bass Gang (DE), Delfonic (DE), Hannah Faith (UK), Kero Kero Bonito (UK), Kid Antoine (DK), Linnea (DE), Noah Slee (NZ), Nxxxxxs  (FR), Palmistry (UK), Perera Elsewhere (DE), Uta (DE), Why Be (DK)

FOOD:                              Heißer Hobel, Paletas Eis, Paul Mogg, Sunny Burrito and many more

PRICE:                              15€ per day


PRODUCTION PARTNER: Gil und Weingärtner GmbH


Kontakt Zalando Global

Jolanda Smit
Global Head of Brand Comms and PR
+49 176 127 59 223

Source: Zalando


NACDS: UWSOP, Bartell Drugs and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority to improve immunization rates

Seattle, WA, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority in a unique demonstration project that aims to foster healthcare collaboration across the care continuum to increase pharmacy-based immunizations.

The demonstration project is one of three that aim to fulfill the goals of an $800,000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant to NACDS. The project will examine innovative healthcare collaborations designed to demonstrate increased rates of pharmacy-based immunizations including influenza, pneumococcal, pertussis and herpes zoster. It also focuses on improving pandemic planning among pharmacies and state health departments and improving access to HPV vaccine resources and education for pharmacists.

The healthcare entities will work together to develop and implement a value-based payment model that is scalable and replicable to improve immunization rates for a targeted population that are recorded in the state registry. The models will innovate methods for sharing immunization information among the participating health plans or systems, accountable care organizations, community pharmacies and patients. The grant teams also will collaborate with public health agencies to improve pandemic vaccine preparedness.

Increasingly, pharmacists are recognized as the front line of health care in communities. “Legislators and regulators at the federal and state levels often reference pharmacists’ success in promoting the necessity of vaccines and in increasing access to them,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.

The state of Washington has lead the way when it comes to pharmacists practicing at the top of their license, thanks to the advocacy of UW pharmacy faculty. Pharmacist-provided vaccines were among the first of many practice innovations begun at the UW.  This project brings together faculty researchers and practitioners who will tap into the diverse expertise at the UWSOP, from pandemic health to onsite coaching in patient care best practices.

“We are excited about this demonstration project that brings together top community pharmacy providers and faculty from the School of Pharmacy with expertise in implementation science and population health. This project will build on our legacy of improving community access to pharmacist-administered vaccinations and evaluating the impact of these important services on population health outcomes,” said Sean D. Sullivan, professor and dean of UWSOP.

“Bartell Drugs has been a regional leader in promoting and providing convenient, affordable access to immunizations and this project will further our ability to reach more audiences in need of immunization,” said Billy Chow, Bartell Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Services.

“We are thrilled to continue to improve the shopping experience and add convenience for our patients through this NACDS project,” said Chuck Paulsen, pharmacy merchandiser for QFC Stores. “The increased awareness and transparency of community based will further our mission of improving the health of our patients and local communities we serve.”

NACDS showed its strong commitment to this $800,000 grant by contributing an additional $300,000 to execute the demonstration projects. The project will take place over a 13-month period beginning in August 2016. More information about NACDS’ engagement on related issues is available through the “vaccinations” and “preparedness” tags on

NACDS represents traditional drug stores and supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate more than 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ more than 3.8 million individuals, including 175,000 pharmacists. They fill over 2.7 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability. NACDS members also include more than 800 supplier partners and nearly 40 international members representing 13 countries. For more information, visit

The UW School of Pharmacy is a global leader in pharmacy education, research and service, committed to providing a transformative learning experience in a collaborative and diverse environment focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our mission is three-fold: inspiring education: developing exceptional, innovative and diverse pharmacy leaders and scientists; discovering solutions: advancing the science, development, implementation, and outcomes of safe and appropriate treatments; and serving people and communities: promoting the health and well-being of the public, locally and globally. For more information, visit

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

QFC Stores: Founded in 1954, based out of Bellevue, Washington is a division of the Kroger Company.  QFC has 64 stores throughout the Puget Sound, Southwest Washington, and Northwest Oregon.  They currently operate pharmacies in 32 of their stores. For more information on QFC, visit

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs

Source: Bartell Drugs

Craftsman Club will turn 25 in October 2016

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Craftsman Club, the brand’s free membership community that gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, projects, expert tips, shop talk and amazing live events, will turn 25 in October 2016. To celebrate, America’s most trusted tool brand is partnering with NBC Sports® to reward its members with legendary prizes through the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes offers incredible rewards, giving 25 winners a VIP trip to the AAA Texas 500 in Dallas on November 6; one of these lucky 25 winners will win a 2017 Chevy Silverado® 1500 and be presented with the new vehicle live on NBC®.

“For 25 years, Craftsman Club members have been at the core of the Craftsman brand, inspiring us with their endless pursuit of a job well done and their limitless pride in their local communities,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore®, Craftsman and DieHard® brands. “The Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes is our way of thanking our members and celebrating this milestone with them, whether they’re new to the Craftsman Club or an existing member.”

Now through October 16, Craftsman Club members can enter the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for free by visiting and completing the online entry form. Live before the AAA Texas 500, winners will participate in a special giveaway ceremony where one individual will drive home with the new truck, loaded with a Craftsman full size deep crossover truck box.

In addition to entering the sweepstakes, members can play the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Daily Instant Win Game for a shot at winning a Craftsman 5-Drawer Tool Center, or $40 in Shop Your Way points towards the purchase of Craftsman tools at Sears or To view official sweepstakes rules and to learn about additional ways to earn Sweepstakes entries, visit

The Craftsman brand is no stranger to racing, also serving as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws® Sprint Car and Late Model Series. In addition to increasing the payout for winning drivers, the Craftsman brand has shown up at World of Outlaws tracks all across the country to give Craftsman Club members special perks like free tickets, Craftsman gear and chances to win great prizes.

Founded in 1991, the Craftsman Club is a one-stop shop for professionals, hobbyists and weekend warriors to show off their work to fellow makers, get inspirational project ideas and seek and give advice. To see how Craftsman Club is celebrating its anniversary all year long, visit or follow #CraftsmanClub25th.

About the Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For more than 89 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club® which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at For more information, visit


Larry Costello
Sears Holdings – Craftsman Brand

Patrick Roach
Zeno Group for Craftsman

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

The TJX Companies, Inc. rises full year guidance following above-plan Q2 FY17 results

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today (Aug. 16, 2016) announced sales and earnings results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016. Net sales for the second quarter of Fiscal 2017 increased 7% to $7.9 billion and consolidated comparable store sales increased 4% over last year’s 6% increase. Net income for the second quarter was $562 million and diluted earnings per share were$.84, a 5% increase over the prior year’s $.80.

For the first half of Fiscal 2017, net sales were $15.4 billion, an 8% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable store sales for the first half of Fiscal 2017 increased 6%. Net income for the first half of Fiscal 2017 was $1.1 billion. Diluted earnings per share were$1.60, a 7% increase over the prior year’s $1.49.

Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “It was terrific to see our strong customer traffic and comps continue in the second quarter. Our consolidated comparable store sales increase of 4%, over 6% growth last year, and our earnings per share increase of 5% both exceeded our expectations. Further, we are extremely pleased that our comp store sales growth was almost entirely driven by customer traffic. We are convinced that we are gaining consumer market share as our excellent values on a compelling selection of brands and fashions are drawing customers to our retail brands around the world. We also are very pleased that our apparel, including accessories, and home businesses both performed well. Further, we saw a strong merchandise margin increase. We believe our robust sales, customer traffic and merchandise margins all speak to the strength of our off-price retail model. With our above-plan second quarter results, we are raising our guidance for full year comp sales to increase 3% to 4% and earnings per share to be in the range of $3.39 to $3.43. The third quarter is off to a solid start, and we see plentiful opportunities for our business in the second half of the year and beyond. We remain laser focused on achieving our goals for 2016 and are passionate about surpassing them. We continue on the road to becoming a $40 billion-plus company!”

Sales by Business Segment

The Company’s comparable store sales and net sales by division, in the second quarter, were as follows:

Second Quarter Second Quarter
Comparable Store Sales1,2 Net Sales ($ in millions)3,4
FY2017 FY2016 FY2017 FY2016
Marmaxx (U.S.)5,6 +4% +4% $5,099 $4,806
HomeGoods (U.S.) +5% +9% $987 $895
TJX Canada +9% +12% $757 $699
TJX International (Europe & Australia)7 +2% +5% $1,040 $963
TJX +4% +6% $7,882 $7,364
  1. Comparable store sales outside the U.S. calculated on a constant currency basis, which removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates.
  2.  Comparable store sales exclude Sierra Trading Post,, and Trade Secret sales.
  3. Net sales in Canada, Europe and Australia include the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. See below.
  4. Figures may not foot due to rounding.
  5. Combination of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
  6. Net sales include Sierra Trading Post.
  7. FY 2017 net sales include Trade Secret.

Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates affect the translation of sales and earnings of the Company’s international businesses into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. In addition, ordinary course, inventory-related hedging instruments are marked to market at the end of each quarter. Changes in currency exchange rates can have a material effect on the magnitude of these translations and adjustments when there is significant volatility in currency exchange rates.

The movement in foreign currency exchange rates had a two percentage point negative impact on consolidated net sales growth in the second quarter of Fiscal 2017. The overall net impact of foreign currency exchange rates had a $.03 positive impact on second quarter Fiscal 2017 earnings per share, compared with a $.02 positive impact last year.

For the first six months of Fiscal 2017, the movement in foreign currency exchange rates had a two percentage point negative impact on consolidated net sales growth. The overall net impact of foreign currency exchange rates had a $.02 negative impact on earnings per share in the first six months of Fiscal 2017, compared with a $.01 negative impact last year.

A table detailing the impact of foreign currency on TJX pretax earnings and margins, as well as those of its international businesses, can be found in the Investor Information section of the Company’s website,

The foreign currency exchange rate impact to earnings per share does not include the impact currency exchange rates have on various transactions, which we refer to as “transactional foreign exchange.”


For the second quarter of Fiscal 2017, the Company’s consolidated pretax profit margin was 11.6%, a 0.4 percentage point decrease compared with the prior year.

Gross profit margin for the second quarter of Fiscal 2017 was 29.4%, up 0.3 percentage points versus the prior year, primarily due to a strong increase in merchandise margins and gains related to the Company’s inventory hedges.

Selling, general and administrative costs as a percent of sales were 17.7%, up 0.8 percentage points versus the prior year’s ratio, primarily due to wage increases and investments to support growth, as the Company had anticipated.


Total inventories as of July 30, 2016, were $3.9 billion, compared with $3.7 billion at the end of the second quarter last year. Consolidated inventories on a per-store basis as of July 30, 2016, including the distribution centers, but excluding inventory in transit and the Company’s e-commerce businesses, were down 2% on a reported basis (flat on a constant currency basis). The Company enters the third quarter in an excellent inventory position to take advantage of the plentiful buying opportunities it sees in the marketplace and ship fresh, branded assortments throughout the fall and holiday seasons.

Shareholder Distributions

During the second quarter, the Company repurchased a total of $400 million of TJX stock, retiring 5.2 million shares. For the first half of Fiscal 2017, the Company spent a total of $775 million in repurchases of TJX stock, retiring 10.2 million shares. The Company continues to expect to repurchase approximately $1.5 to $2.0 billion of TJX stock in Fiscal 2017. The Company may adjust this amount up or down depending on various factors.

Pension Payout Offer

The Company recently offered eligible, former TJX Associates who have not yet commenced their pension benefit an opportunity to receive a voluntary lump sum payout of their vested pension benefit. The Company anticipates that the potential impact of this pension payout offer, primarily a non-cash settlement charge, could negatively impact Fiscal 2017 earnings per share by approximately $.03 to $.05, but may be higher or lower depending on participation rates and other factors. The potential impact of this pension payout offer is not included in the Company’s third quarter or Fiscal 2017 outlook below.

Third Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2017 Outlook

For the third quarter of Fiscal 2017, the Company expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $.83 to $.85 compared to$.86 last year. This guidance reflects an assumption that wage increases will negatively impact EPS growth by 3%. The Company also expects the combination of foreign currency and transactional foreign exchange will have an additional 3% negative impact on EPS growth. This EPS outlook is based upon estimated consolidated comparable store sales growth of 2% to 3%.

The Company is raising its full year guidance to reflect its strong second quarter results. For the fiscal year ending January 28, 2017, the Company now expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $3.39 to $3.43, which would represent a 2% to 3% increase over $3.33 in Fiscal 2016. This guidance reflects an assumption that wage increases will negatively impact EPS growth by 3%. The Company also expects the combination of foreign currency and transactional foreign exchange will have an additional 3% negative impact on EPS growth. This EPS outlook is now based upon a raised estimate of consolidated comparable store sales growth of 3% to 4%.

The Company’s earnings guidance for the third quarter and full year Fiscal 2017 assumes that currency exchange rates will remain unchanged from the levels at the beginning of the third quarter.

Stores by Concept

During the second quarter ended July 30, 2016, the Company increased its store count by 14 stores to a total of 3,675 stores. The Company increased square footage by 5% over the same period last year.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of July 30, 2016, the end of the Company’s second quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,675 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,165 T.J. Maxx, 1,013 Marshalls, 538 Home Goods and 9 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as and in the United States; 250 Winners, 104 HomeSense, and 45 Marshalls stores in Canada; 473 T.K. Maxx and 43 HomeSense stores, as well as, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at

Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

At 11:00 a.m. ET today, Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of TJX, will hold a conference call with stock analysts to discuss the Company’s second quarter Fiscal 2017 results, operations and business trends. A real-time webcast of the call will be available to the public at A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 through Tuesday, August 23, 2016, or at

Important Information at Website

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

Forward-looking Statement

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: execution of buying strategy and inventory management; operational and business expansion and management of large size and scale; customer trends and preferences; various marketing efforts; competition; personnel recruitment, training and retention; labor costs and workforce challenges; data security; information systems and new technology; economic conditions and consumer spending; adverse or unseasonable weather; serious disruptions or catastrophic events; disruptions in the second half of the fiscal year; corporate and retail banner reputation; quality, safety and other issues with merchandise; expanding international operations; merchandise importing; commodity availability and pricing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; fluctuations in quarterly operating results and market expectations; mergers, acquisitions, or business investments and divestitures, closings or business consolidations; compliance with laws, regulations and orders and changes in laws, regulations and applicable accounting standards; outcomes of litigation, legal proceedings and other legal or regulatory matters; tax matters; real estate activities; cash flow and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.


Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

CVS Health survey: 34 percent of U.S. adults determine where to get vaccinated based on convenience

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new survey from CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) released today found that more than one-third (34 percent) of U.S. adults who have ever received the flu shot determine where to get vaccinated based on convenience. Specific convenience factors that would make Americans more likely to have themselves and their families vaccinated against the flu include having the vaccine readily available without an appointment (28 percent) and being able to get the entire family vaccinated at one place/time (20 percent).

The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy in July 2016[1] among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, found that nearly half (46 percent) of Americans say that everyone in their household gets vaccinated for the flu, however, among this group two in five (39 percent) say it takes two or more trips/appointments to get this accomplished.

“We understand that while most Americans intend to get themselves and their family vaccinated against the flu each year, lack of convenience often prohibits them from accomplishing their goal,” said Papatya Tankut, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health. “That’s why we’re making it easier than ever to get the whole family vaccinated, quickly and easily, at their local CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic.”

Flu vaccinations are conveniently available seven days a week, including evenings and weekends at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide with no appointment needed.[2] CVS Pharmacy can provide flu shots to adolescents (in some states, depending on regulations), adults and seniors. MinuteClinic can provide flu shots to children 18 months and up, adolescents, adults and seniors, making it easy to vaccinate the whole family in one trip.[3]In addition, customers will receive a 20 percent off CVS Pharmacy Shopping Pass when they get a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic.[4] Patients who receive a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations inside select Target stores will receive a $5 Target GiftCard.[5]

For Americans who have ever gotten a flu shot, fall months are the most popular time to get the vaccine, with October being the most popular month (42 percent). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who is eligible and at least six months old get a flu shot when the vaccine becomes available, preferably by October. All CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide are now offering flu vaccinations.

“It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity. That’s why we recommend getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available to ensure you have the best protection before flu season peaks,” saidAngela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “Also, many people don’t realize that each year influenza strains may change, so it’s very important to get vaccinated every year to make sure you are protected.”

The majority of Americans try to protect themselves from catching the flu from others (90 percent), however only half (49 percent) include the flu vaccine in ways they do this, despite the fact that getting a flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu.

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Fifty-nine percent of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year
  • Two in three (67 percent) Americans who received a flu vaccine last year/plan to get one this year believe getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu
  • Nearly two in three (64 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms
  • Over two-thirds of adults in the Northeast (68 percent) get a flu vaccine every year or plan to get one this year, which is significantly higher than those in the South (60 percent), Midwest (56 percent) and West (54 percent)

Thirty-three percent of Americans who have ever received a flu vaccine indicated that “where their insurance is accepted” is a determining factor for where they get the vaccine administered. The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic can directly bill many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot.

Please visit and/or for more information and additional resources. Consumers can also visit or use the CVS Pharmacy smartphone app to locate a nearby CVS Pharmacy. Patients planning to go to MinuteClinic to get their flu shot can visit to view wait times and hold their place in line at their chosen clinic.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States between July 5-7, 2016 among 2,038 adults aged 18+ by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by Harris Poll on July 5-7, 2016, among 2,038 adults ages 18 and older.
[2] Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply.
[3] Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply.
[4] Offer is not valid in the state of AR, NY and NJ. Shopping pass is not available at MinuteClinic locations in NJ, NY MA, PA and RI. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for 20% Off CVS Pharmacy Shopping Pass.
[5] Terms and conditions are applied to gift card. See gift card for details. Gift card valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in Target from 8/15/16 through 3/31/17. Limit one per customer. Gift card cannot be issued in AR, NJ, and NY.


Amy Lanctot

Brent Burkhardt, TBC (for MinuteClinic)


CVS Health survey: 34 percent of U.S. adults determine where to get vaccinated based on convenience
CVS Health survey: 34 percent of U.S. adults determine where to get vaccinated based on convenience


Nicht deklarierte Allergen: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Riegel Mango 3x30g zurück

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Betroffen sind die Coop Naturaplan Bio Riegel Mango 3x30g. Bei einer Kontrolle wurde das nicht deklarierte Allergen Sulfit festgestellt, welches bei sensiblen Personen zu Unverträglichkeitsreaktionen führen kann. Kunden, welche dieses Produkt bei sich zu Hause haben und sensibel auf Sulfit reagieren, sind gebeten, dieses nicht zu konsumieren und in ihre Verkaufsstelle zurückzubringen. Der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet.

Betroffen ist der Artikel Coop Naturaplan Bio Riegel Mango 3x30g, Artikelnummer 4.314.395, Preis 3.30 CHF mit Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum 09. Mai 2017. Bei diesem Produkt wurde nicht deklariertes Sulfit festgestellt. Aus diesem Grund zieht Coop die betroffenen Produkte sofort aus dem Verkauf zurück.

Die betroffene Ware ist nicht mehr im Verkauf
Betroffene Verkaufsstellen: Coop-Supermärkte, Coop-City-Warenhäuser, Coop@home.
In sämtlichen Verkaufsstellen wurde der Verkauf des Artikels eingestellt. Die Kundschaft wird gebeten, den betroffenen Artikel nicht zu konsumieren, sofern eine Unverträglichkeit auf Sulfite besteht. Die Ware kann in die Verkaufsstellen zurückgebracht werden, der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet.

Weitere Informationen
Für weitere Auskünfte können sich die Kundinnen und Kunden an den Coop Konsumentendienst wenden unter der Tel. Nr. 0848 888 444.

Die Kantonale Vollzugsbehörde und das Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV) wurden von Coop informiert.


Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Nadja Ruch
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87


Nicht deklarierte Allergen: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Riegel Mango 3x30g zurück
Nicht deklarierte Allergen: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Riegel Mango 3x30g zurück


Source: Coop



Gossau, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — öffnet die Migros Andelfingen wieder ihre Türen für die Kundschaft. Der Supermarkt ist in den vergangenen dreieinhalb Monaten komplett modernisiert worden.

Augenfälligste Merkmale des Umbaus sind die optimierte Warenpräsentation und die moderne Ladeneinrichtung. Das neue Migros-Einkaufserlebnis ist speziell in der einladenden Frischeabteilung spürbar, wo die Kundinnen und Kunden von einer breiten Auswahl an Früchten und Gemüse empfangen werden. Käse, Fisch, Fleisch und Charcuterie-Produkte in Selbstbedienung runden den Frischebereich ab. Neu verfügt die Migros Andelfingen über eine bediente Blumenabteilung, wo auf Kundenwunsch individuelle Blumenkreationen zusammengestellt werden. Zweites Novum ist das Self-Scanning mit Subito, wo die Kundschaft die Produkte selber einscannen, gleich einpacken und bequem bezahlen kann. Dank der Aufbackstation profitieren die Kundinnen und Kunden bis Ladenschluss von ofenfrischem Brot. Insgesamt hat die Migros Ostschweiz fünf Millionen Franken in den Umbau der Filiale investiert.

Vorfreude auf Kundschaft
Das Team um René Merki blickt der Wiedereröffnung gespannt entgegen: „Nach 14 Wochen Umbau und Provisorium freuen wir uns, die Kundschaft im neuen Laden bedienen und begrüssen zu dürfen“, so der Filialleiter. René Merki, der erst kürzlich sein 30. Dienstjubiläum bei der Migros feiern konnte, setzt sich gemeinsam mit seinen 33 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern seit September 2014 für das Wohl der Kundschaft in der Migros Andelfingen ein. Im vergangenen Jahr durfte das Filialteam über 370‘000 Kundinnen und Kunden begrüssen.

Nachhaltige Bauweise
Die Modernisierung der Migros Andelfingen stand im Zeichen einer möglichst nachhaltigen Bauweise. So ist die Beleuchtung beispielsweise mit LED-Leuchten realisiert worden, die mit einer höheren Lebensdauer, einem tieferen Energieverbrauch sowie einer geringeren Abwärme überzeugen. Kühlmöbel der neusten Generation sorgen mit ihrer hohen Effizienz für eine weitere Energieeinsparung.

Attraktive Eröffnungsaktivitäten und Jubiläumswochenende
Die Wiedereröffnung der Migros Andelfingen fällt exakt auf das 25-Jahr-Jubiläum der Filiale und wird deshalb von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 25. bis 27. August so richtig gefeiert. Die Kundinnen und Kunden dürfen sich auf folgende
Aktionen und Aktivitäten freuen:

  • 10 Prozent Rabatt auf das ganze Supermarkt-Sortiment an allen drei Tagen
  • Olma-Bratwurst mit Bürli für 2.50 Franken inkl. Gratisgetränk (jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr)
  • Drogerie: 10 Prozent Rabatt auf das gesamte Sortiment plus ein kleines Geschenk für jeden Kunden
  • Hair&Nail: 10 Prozent Rabatt auf alle Haarschnitte
  • Kiosk: Drei ok.- Energy Drinks für zwei Franken


Herr Christian Possa
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
Tel: 071 493 24 92
fax:071 493 27 89

Source: Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz

Walgreens now offers flu shots at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics

DEERFIELD, Ill, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies, including Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, and at all Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations.

Flu shots are available during all pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays1, and no appointment is necessary. The flu shot is widely covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide vaccinations for patients age 2 and older.

“For more than a decade, Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners have been a trusted and accessible community resource for flu shots and other immunizations,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Every flu season is unpredictable, which is why an annual flu shot is the first and most important preventive measure to take to protect yourself and those around you throughout the season.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Walgreens points of care will offer a number of vaccine options that may include trivalent flu vaccine, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of influenza.

To find the nearest Walgreens, call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, 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 omnichannel business includes and More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Subject to availability, state age and health-related restrictions apply. See pharmacy for details.


Emily Hartwig

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee: Starbucks pays tribute to the coffee growing region Nariño, Colombia

Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee: Starbucks pays tribute to the coffee growing region Nariño, Colombia
Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee: Starbucks pays tribute to the coffee growing region Nariño, Colombia


Seattle, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since launching across the U.S. last year, Starbucks cold-brewed coffee has gained a loyal following for its naturally sweet, smooth flavor. Customers are also trying it in new ways, with vanilla sweet cream or dispensed by one of Starbucks new nitro taps. To highlight this signature coffee, it has been renamed as Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee, a nod to the predominant region where it originated. The name pays tribute to the beans from the coffee growing region anchoring this custom Starbucks blend, 70 percent of which are from Nariño, a department in southwest Colombia.

“It’s one of those coffees that you just go, ‘Wow!’” said Anthony Carroll, Starbucks senior manager of coffee quality. He worked with Leslie Wolford, senior coffee quality development specialist and Starbucks Research and Development team to create Nariño 70 Cold Brew blend.

“It’s the largest percentage of the blend and brings a roundness to the coffee. So that chocolatey flavor, the soft flavors come from Nariño,” Carroll said.

The remaining 30 percent of Nariño 70 Cold Brew is made up of East African coffee. With slightly more acidic and delicate flavors, it helps complete the blend.

With its mountainous landscape, coffee in Nariño grows at elevations higher than 6,500 feet. At these elevations, warm tropical days and cool nights slow down the growth of coffee cherries. This gives them more time to develop, creating a complex and refined flavor. For more than two decades, Starbucks has found exceptional coffees from this region.

“It’s been an important coffee to us for a long time. And I think that’s because of its versatility,” Carroll said.

Over the years, Starbucks has used Nariño coffee in a variety of ways — from Starbucks® Espresso Roast to single-origin Colombia Nariño and now Nariño 70 Cold Brew.

“If you were to taste an espresso shot of Colombia Nariño, you would never believe it would show up that same way in Cold Brew,” Carroll said. “You’d say, ‘There’s no way you can use that in cold brew, cause there’s no way that flavor would taste good that way.’ But it does. And that’s the magic of that Nariño coffee.”

Brewed as espresso, Carroll says Nariño coffee features a heavy herbal intensity. But when brewed as Cold Brew, it shows up with sweetness, roundness and a bigger body, which is exactly what the team was looking for when developing Cold Brew blend.

They wanted to make sure the blend was complemented by the brewing process. When crafting Cold Brew, the coffee never comes in contact with hot water. Instead, the coffee is steeped in cool water for 20 hours in a Toddy® brewer. Carroll and Wolford worked closely with the Research and Development team as they spent months experimenting with different brew times.

“It was a really great partnership and that’s when we become the most successful,” Carroll said.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Tesco scheme led to a change in customers’ fish shopping demands

Tesco scheme led to a change in customers' fish shopping demands
Tesco scheme led to a change in customers’ fish shopping demands


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A change in fish shopping habits at Tesco has led to a sharp rise in more unusual types of fish like Megrim, Swordfish and Brill.

Move over cod, plaice and haddock – fish of the day for increasing numbers of UK shoppers is now swordfish steak, and monkfish tail.

A change in fish shopping habits at Tesco has led to a sharp rise in more unusual types of fish like Megrim, Grey Mullet and Brill.

The increase is a result of a scheme by the retailer, which has seen staff on the 650 fish counters across the country, trained to help shoppers discover alternative varieties of great tasting fish, as well as offer helpful advice on recipes and serving tips.

In the last year, the supermarket has seen a significant increase in demand for the following more unusual dinner table fish:

  • Grey mullet – up by nearly 600 per cent
  • Megrim – up by more than 400 per cent
  • Mackerel – up by nearly 200 per cent
  • Monkfish tail – up by more than 50 per cent
  • Swordfish steak – up by nearly 50 per cent
  • Ray wing – up by more than 40 per cent
  • Whole crab – up by nearly 25 per cent

In recent months, Tesco has introduced Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish to all fish counters across 28 different types of chilled prepacked fish.

Tesco fish buyer Andrew Haigh explains: “We now offer more fish choices than ever before, which has helped our customers explore and discover some of the more unusual but fantastic tasting varieties that are now readily available like, Monkfish tail, swordfish and Megrim.

“All of our fish counters colleagues are specially trained so they can help customers, angling for something different, with their fish choices and offer cooking, recipe and serving tips.

“We are seeing that shoppers’ tastes are changing, which is taking the pressure off the demand for the UK’s traditional favourites like cod and haddock.”

Interest in trying lesser known fish species has also been driven by the popularity of TV cooking programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef as well as through the work of food campaigners like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Note to editors:

  • Tesco works with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to assess the sustainability of all of the fisheries from which it sources  fish. Where risks are identified, it works with the SFP and suppliers to identify the specific improvements that are needed, and to develop Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) where they are required.
  • Tesco is working to increase the range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-labelled seafood it sells. Its range of MSC-eco-labelled seafood has recently increased from 15 to 80 lines.
  • The MSC sets the world standard for sustainable fishing, and the ecolabel is an easily recognisable way for customers to be sure they are buying environmentally sustainable fish.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco


Amazon announces agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago to open pickup location in the Student Center East

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (-Aug. 15, 2016) announced an agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago to open Amazon@UIC, a staffed pickup location in the Student Center East on the UIC campus. The Amazon pickup location offers the UIC campus community a convenient location to pick up and return Amazon orders, including virtually everything one needs for university life, from everyday essentials to tech devices.

Opening later this year, this approximately 2,300-square-foot space will be conveniently situated for UIC students, staff and faculty. Additionally, Amazon Prime members will receive Free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM. Students can sign up for an Amazon Prime Student membership and get a six-month trial followed by 50% off the regular price of Prime. To learn more about Amazon Prime Student, visit

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Amazon to campus and continue to elevate the services we provide our community,” said J. Rex Tolliver, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UIC. “Tens of thousands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors come through Student Center East each day. Amazon@UIC will be a big part of our reimagination of the student experience on campus, and a great partner for years to come.”

“Amazon@UIC will offer students a pickup location centrally located on campus to easily get their merchandise ordered through Amazon,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We are thrilled to offer the UIC community more opportunities to save on their overall costs along with great customer service, better selection and convenience.”

Since 2015, Amazon has opened 12 staffed pickup locations at the following universities: Purdue University; University of Massachusetts Amherst;University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; The University of Texas at Austin; University of California, Davis; and Georgia Institute of Technology; as well as in the college communities of University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Cincinnati; University of Akron; and University of Connecticut. Amazon will also open 4 more locations in 2016, including: California State University, Long Beach, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and in the college community of Texas Tech University.

About Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime members at UIC will get Free Same-Day Pickup on over three million items when shipped to the Amazon@UIC location. Amazon Prime Student also gives college students unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items, and special offers and promotions created just for students. Students can sign up for a six-month, sponsored trial of Amazon Prime Student to access these benefits, plus unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes over a million songs with Prime Music and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First. To learn more, visit

About UIC
UIC is a major research university located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. With 29,000 students, 15 colleges, and a hospital and health sciences system, UIC is the largest and most diverse university in the Chicago area and a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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IKEA announces coworker recruitment for its future Memphis store opening late Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the coworker recruitment is underway for its future Memphis store, opening late Fall 2016 along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Memphis should apply online at Candidates without computer access are encouraged to visit the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) at their downtown Career Center on 480 Beale Street or either of the Shelby County satellite locations on 3040 Walnut Grove Road or 4240 Hickory Hill Road.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work,” said Trisha Bevering, store manager. “IKEA offers a variety of positions for different coworkers’ interests so they can enjoy their job and contribute successfully. We believe it is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA,” explained Bevering.

As IKEA Memphis progresses through the construction process, a variety of positions are open to local residents. Prospective coworkers can apply for the approximately 200 diverse positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Memphis offers approximately 40 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount for shopping at IKEA.

This year, IKEA was voted by coworkers as a Great Place to Work® on the ‘Fortune 20 Best Retail Workplaces’ list, received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, and was listed as #3 on Forbes’ list of “Happiest Retailers to Work For.” Previously, the company has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years.

The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, potentially paving the way for a global experience as well. The company also places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

Under construction on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor of Shelby County, the 271,000-square-foot future IKEA Memphis and its approximately 800 parking spaces is being built along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. IKEA also will be installing Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array, consistent with the IKEA renewable energy presence at its 90% of its U.S. locations.

The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 250-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.

IKEA will generate significant tax revenue for state and local governments. When IKEA Memphis opens in late Fall 2016, the new store will welcome the newly hired 200 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 14,000 in the United States and 155,000 globally. Until IKEA Memphis opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Mona Astra Liss
1-610-834-0180 x 5852

Janice Simonsen
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Joseph Roth
1-610-834-0180 x 6500Source: IKEA