Carrefour rolls-out its bioNGV service stations

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour has just kicked off roll-out of its bioNGV service stations – so it can expand its fleet of vehicles running on biomethane Its aim before the end of 2017 is to have 9 service stations so that 200 lorries can make clean, silent deliveries to 250 urban stores in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille. The first of these service stations to open (in the Ile-de-France region) is the result of a partnership with Air Liquide.

Carrefour speeds up deployment of its clean, silent vehicles
To meet its aim of having 200 lorries running on biomethane by the end of 2017, Carrefour has entered into listing agreements with its energy partners to open nine bioNGV service stations across the country. The opening of the Servon service station (in the Seine-et-Marne département) near the Brie-Comte-Robert logistics hub is the first stage of this ambitious initiative aimed at delivering goods to France’s major urban areas.

Carrefour – France’s first retailer to have a fleet of lorries running on biomethane
Lorries running on this type of biofuel have excellent environmental performance: a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions, no fine-particle emissions and a 50% reduction in noise pollution.

Biomethane is part of the circular economy model: some of the biowaste collected from stores can be recycled at local level. By making use of a product that cannot be moved to another location, Carrefour is using an energy that helps create jobs in France and is lending its support to the agricultural sector. It is also playing its part in the energy transition, helping people to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. With this in mind, Carrefour has decided to open up its stations to all other stakeholders in the transport sector which have vehicles running on biomethane.

30% less CO2 per pallet transported by 2025
Choosing vehicles running on biomethane is in line with Carrefour’s ambitious transport policy, the aim of which is to bring about a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for each pallet transported by 2025 – compared with 2010 levels. To achieve this, the retailer is taking action on several fronts: it is moving its warehouses closer to its stores, adopting a responsible procurement policy and working closely alongside its main transport partners in the supply chain.

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Amazon help parents and kids connect with new feature for its Amazon FreeTime service

Amazon help parents and kids connect with new feature for its Amazon FreeTime service

  • Discussion Cards let parents share in their kids’ digital experience through short summaries of the books, videos, educational apps and games their kids are using in Amazon FreeTime, and connect with their kids through suggested questions and family activities designed to encourage dinner table conversation
  • Parent Dashboard helps parents discover and learn about the books, videos, educational apps, games, and websites their kids view in FreeTime—leading to more informed family conversations about digital content, including managing time limits and setting educational goals

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced Discussion Cards, a new feature for its popular Amazon FreeTime service and a whole new way for parents and kids to connect over digital content. With Discussion Cards, parents can easily familiarize themselves with the FreeTime content their kids are viewing, such as books, videos, educational apps, and games, to encourage discussion and engagement with their kids. Discussion Cards are found within the new Parent Dashboard, a mobile optimized website that also provides daily activity reports to help parents review the digital content their kids are using in FreeTime and determine how to manage time limits and educational goals. Parent Dashboard is available starting today at

Introducing Discussion Cards and Parent Dashboard—new ways for families to discover, share, and connect through Amazon FreeTime (Photo: Business Wire)

Discussion Cards allow parents to tap into a specific Amazon FreeTime book, video, educational app or game title to get more detail, including a summary and sample questions they can ask their child. For example, when clicking on “National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs,” parents will see questions like, “what’s the difference between a canine and a feline?” or “which pet would you like and why?” This helps parents quickly become familiar and engage with their kids around the content they are viewing. Discussion Cards also provide ideas for real-world experiences for families—the National Geographic title suggests “volunteer at the local animal shelter to help homeless dogs and cats.” If a parent finds that their child has a real interest in what they read or viewed, they can suggest doing something together as a family to help deepen their experience and build on their interest.

“As kids learn and play more independently with their tablets, we want to provide parents with more ways to join in that digital discovery,” said Kurt Beidler, Director of Kids & Family, Amazon. “Discussion Cards equip parents with information about an Amazon FreeTime book, video, educational app, or game their child is enjoying, and provide open-ended questions that parents can ask kids to spark conversations—and avoid the dreaded one-word response. Discussion Cards also offer ideas for real-world activities families can do together, like participating in community service or working on an art project—all inspired by what kids are doing in FreeTime.”

Discussion Cards are written by Amazon Content Editors and are available for videos, books, educational apps, and games within Amazon FreeTime, as well as many titles that are added into FreeTime by parents. Discussion Cards are already available for thousands of the most popular titles, with more cards being added every day.

Parents can find Discussion Cards within the new Parent Dashboard, which provides access to a daily activity report of their child’s device usage while in their Amazon FreeTime profile. Reports include information like videos watched, books read, apps or games played, and websites visited, including how many minutes were spent on a particular title and how that usage may have changed over the week. This provides parents with more information to determine how to manage screen time, time limits, and daily education goals within the FreeTime child profile.

Over 10 million kids (and their parents) enjoy the award-winning Amazon FreeTime service, which provides the perfect balance between giving kids the freedom of choice and unlimited access to the content they love, while providing parents peace of mind that what their kids are viewing on their devices is age-appropriate. Parents have the ability to hand-select content, set educational goals and set screen time limits by content type, and the FreeTime web browser lets kids have access to over 40,000 age-appropriate YouTube videos and websites that have been hand-curated by the FreeTime team. Additionally, while in FreeTime, kids do not have access to social media and can’t make in-app purchases. FreeTime is available as a free app or as a paid subscription option, Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which offers unlimited access to popular content from Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and more.

Parents can learn more about Discussion Cards and Parent Dashboard at Parents can learn more about Amazon FreeTime and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which is available exclusively on Fire tablets, including Fire Kids Edition, as well as on Kindle E-readers and Amazon Fire TV at

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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AmRest to open its first KFC restaurant in Austria before the end of 2017

AmRest to open its first KFC restaurant in Austria before the end of 2017

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announces plans to enter Austrian market with KFC brand. The Company plans to open the first restaurant before the end of 2017.

Entry into the new market is a continuation of strengthening AmRest leadership position in CE region.

We are very excited to start our business in Austria. This is another perspective market which expands our portfolio and is a perfect fit to the Company’s strategy. We see a huge potential there and we are fully convinced that AmRest’s vast expertise in operating restaurant business will allow us to build the future of KFC brand in Austria. The first restaurant run by AmRest should be opened this year and we expect a rapid growth in upcoming years – said Libor Hubik, KFC Austria Director at AmRest.

KFC brand has been part of AmRest’s portfolio since 1995 when the first restaurant was opened in Szczecin, Poland. Currently, the Company operates over 530 KFC Restaurants in 9 countries – Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Spain and Russia.

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BJ’s Restaurants opens at Glenbrook Square Mall in Fort Wayne, Indiana

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, April 10, 2017, on an out parcel of the Glenbrook Square Mall at 245 West Coliseum Boulevard.  The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very pleased to open our fourth 2017 restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Our Fort Wayne restaurant joins our Avon, Greenwood and our recently opened Noblesville restaurant in the state of Indiana.  We remain on target to open six more restaurants this year with the next opening in Youngstown, Ohio at the end of this month.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Fort Wayne community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening.  As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (“CFF”), a very important charity to BJ’s.  Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to BJ’s Restaurants Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports charities that are important to our team members around the country.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 191 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.  Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at


Smart & Final Stores to release 1Q 2017 financial results on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today announced that it will report its financial results for the first quarter ended March 26, 2017, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after the close of market. David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day.

The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at

Smart & Final Stores First Quarter 2017 Conference Call Details

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Dial-In: 1-877-423-9813 (domestic), 1-201-689-8573 (international)

Conference ID: 13659241

A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and enter the replay pin number: 13659241. A replay of the webcast will also be available for 60 days upon completion of the conference call, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of March 26, 2017, the Company operated 308 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for over 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

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Smart & Final announces the appointment of Derek Jones as president, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice division

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final, the neighborhood warehouse grocery store for households and businesses, announced today that Derek Jones will be the new president of its Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice division. With 60 wholesale stores in six western states, Cash & Carry caters to the foodservice industry as a one-stop shop for large and small business needs. Jones will report to Smart & Final President and CEO Dave Hirz.

“This is an exciting period of growth for Cash & Carry, and we look forward to Derek’s support in delivering great results as we enter a brand new market for the second year in a row,” said Hirz. “He has the experience and track record to drive our ongoing expansion efforts in key markets, and we’re confident he’s the right person for this large, important part of our business.”

Jones comes to Smart & Final from SpartanNash Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a U.S. grocery distributor and retailer, where he was President and Executive Vice President, Wholesale and Distribution Operations. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles including EVP of Food Distribution, EVP of Retail Operations and EVP of Wholesale Operations. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 26 years in the retail industry, spanning several positions in operations, distribution and supply chain at Unisource Worldwide, Office Depot, Walgreens and Wal-Mart Stores.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Jones is Principal and Business Advisor for Future Development Group, LLC, an organization aiming to provide places of learning, support and resources to students. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the National Grocers Association and on the Board of Directors for Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Headquartered near Portland, Oregon, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice is a subsidiary of Smart & Final Stores, Inc. and has operated throughout the Northwest for more than 60 years. The division currently has 60 wholesale stores located in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah catering to the foodservice industry.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE:  SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of January 1, 2017, the Company operated 305 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for over 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

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Raley’s opens new store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento

Raley’s opens new store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento

Paving the way to a healthier community through fresh food, customized amenities, and environmentally responsible practices

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s furthers its vision of health and wellness with the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento.

Located in the established Campus Commons/Arden neighborhood, the 35,000-square-foot store will offer customers an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food in a unique shopping experience.

“This new store has an even greater focus on health and wellness, with a larger assortment of natural and organic offerings,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s CEO & Chairman of the Board. “The amenities and product mix reflect the direction I envision for all of our stores and will serve this neighborhood well. We are excited to expand our vision to a new market area in Sacramento.”

At the heart of every business decision is Raley’s ongoing drive to infuse life with health and happiness. The store features specialized culinary offerings, including an enhanced food service counter with a Kombucha bar, sushi, a meat carving station, a salad/hot food case, and more. Additionally, the store offers a boutique-like bulk food section featuring spices, herbs and grains, as well as an expanded vitamins and supplements department. To enhance the personalized shopping experience, Raley’s will have on staff two nutritionists and a wine steward to offer guidance in their respective fields to customers.

“As consumer habits have changed so significantly in the last few years it is very exciting to be a part of this new, more efficient approach to grocery shopping,” said Mark Marvelli, Director of Commercial/Retail Studio, Stafford King Wiese Architects.

Raley’s is a leader in sustainability and strives to contribute to a cleaner community. Environmentally-friendly features were a primary consideration in this development. The store is equipped with solar panels that can generate two megawatts of power. The system successfully generates much of the energy needed onsite, relieving pressure on the grid during peak hours. In addition, the store includes many energy efficient features including refrigeration, lighting, and more. In partnership with EVgo, the store has two fast-charging stations, which can provide up to 80 miles of electric range in 25-30 minutes.

“Sustainability is, and will be, part of infusing life with health and happiness for many years to come, as we pave the way to healthier communities,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & COO. “We designed this store with this neighborhood in mind- offering specialized design features, fresh food offerings and personalized customer service.” Knopf also shared that this is the first of five new stores opening in the next 18-months.

Raley’s is leading the way to a better food system. This new store continues that innovation in both sustainability and in-store experience. Raley’s is known for providing world-class customer service, clean and easy-to-shop stores and high-quality products at a value. For more than 80 years, Raley’s has operated in Sacramento and this store affirms Raley’s commitment and investment in the region.

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Tops Friendly Markets to host cooking class for kids just in time to pamper mom for Mother’s Day!

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is pleased to be able to offer a special class for aspiring chefs just in time to pamper mom for Mother’s Day! A Tribute to Mom is a great class for youth ages 12 and up to learn how to prepare a great homemade meal. This class allows mom to sit back while the kids do all the work, including all the clean up! These recipes are easy to prepare and sure to please. Students will learn how to prepare:

• Green Salad with Blueberries and Asiago Cheese • Chicken Florentine in Puff Pastry with a Mushroom Sauce • Cheese Potato Pots • Cream Puffs with Vanilla Cream – Drizzled with Chocolate.

This class is offered at both Tops Cooking School locations (Amherst – 3980 Maple Rd/N. Bailey and West Seneca – 355 Orchard Park Rd.) on Friday, May 12 from 6:00-8:30 pm and is only $18 per aspiring chef.

“The Tops Cooking School provides a great learning environment where everyone can come together and learn great recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great too,” said Grace Hanusin, regional cooking school manager. “What’s more is that the ingredients used in these recipes are readily available for purchase in most Tops Markets so participants can easily make these recipes at home.”

For more information about Tops Cooking School and other upcoming classes visit To register contact the Tops Cooking school of your choice. Classes are subject to run based on enrollment.

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at


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Drug Mart commits to 100% cage free eggs by 2025

Medina, Ohio, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eggs are an important staple for many Ohioans, and Drug Mart works closely with our egg farmers to ensure eggs are affordable, and hens are kept in a safe, clean and healthy environment.

We are fully aware of the high standards our customers, communities and suppliers have come to expect from us.
We rely on the research from government and non-government agencies to improve animal welfare across all categories, including egg-producing hens.

We also understand that the transition costs and training for our egg farmers to incorporate to cage-free facilities are significant, and will require time to implement. Drug Mart is presently in conversation with our suppliers regarding this task to keep eggs affordable, and also to be able to support the Ohio WIC program, already utilized by many mothers and children across Ohio.

Drug Mart will work closely with our suppliers and agencies to provide the best systems that protect hens from predators, offer the best source of medications if needed, control climate, reduce diseases, provide the best access to food and water, protect from cannibalism within the flocks and provide our consumers with clean, safe eggs.

At the same time, Drug Mart will continue to monitor local competition to offer our customers the best source of eggs at the best possible price.

It is our hope and interest that we will offer 100% cage free eggs by 2025, along with many other retailers, providing we have sufficient customer demand, adequate supply sources, studies showing that this will be the safest and healthiest source, and requirements met and supported by Ohio WIC.


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SPAR now operates 1,000 stores in Spain

Spain, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — There are now more than 1,000 SPAR stores in operation in Spain with a cumulative sales area of over 400,000m2. Both on the mainland and the islands, our partners in Spain continue to invest in the expansion and modernisation of their stores – ensuring that the core values of SPAR are consistently delivered and customer needs are always met.

Recent store openings by six different partners

One of the most exciting new store openings took place on the island of Gran Canaria in January with the launch of the first SPAR Natural store by partner, SPAR Mogán. SPAR Natural is a new health store concept that specialises in organic foods as well as vegan, vegetarian, gluten, dairy and wheat free products. The food ranges are complemented by an array of hygiene products and cosmetics. Covering an area of 240m2, the store also has a consultation area where customers can book sessions with professional nutritionists, physiotherapists and various other experts from complimentary disciplines.

In the town of Manresa, a Grupo Miquel store has been completely refurbished and now includes a wider assortment and better service departments. A special feature is the bakery department, which includes a ‘Casa Espiga’ oven, ensuring that traditional breads and pastries can be produced using a longer fermentation process thereby keeping the bread crisper for longer. The completely refreshed layout was designed around quick shopping missions, delivering all-round convenience. The store has a selling area of 200m2 and opening hours that target shoppers needing food-for-now or food-for-later. For busy customers, there is also a home delivery service available.

SPAR Partner, Ignacio De Las Cuevas, S.A., which has an exclusive licence to operate in the regions of La Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, has opened a new SPAR EXPRESS store in the town of Beade, in the Ourense province in northwest Spain. Open Monday to Saturday, the convenience store has been designed to meet customer needs. The 2,000 SKUS available in the 150m2 store comprise both SPAR Own Brand and A-Brand products. In addition to the good ambient range, there is a delicatessen and a greengrocer, offering great fresh solutions.

In Tenerife, partner Agrucan S.L., has launched a new SPAR convenience store, open every day of the week from 8:30 to 21:30, meeting the needs of both residents and tourists. The store is located in a very touristic area with many visitors familiar with the SPAR Brand. The new SPAR store, which has a retail sales area of 185m² and offers over 3,500 products, utilises modern and efficient equipment such as LED lighting.

A Grupo Upper supermarket located in Cartagena, in the province of Murcia has been fully refurbished and re-launched to offer a better shopping experience. Customers visiting the new SPAR store can find a wide assortment of high quality products. To celebrate the re-opening, a number of special offers were enjoyed by shoppers.

And last but not least, Líder Aliment, the SPAR Partner for the provinces of Seville, Badajoz, Córdoba, Cáceres and Huelva has also celebrated two new store openings recently. Both are small convenience stores, offering a range of around 3,000 products to customers and are enhanced by specialised departments including a butchery, bakery, fresh fish section and fresh fruit and veg.


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Staples honored with 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the eighth year

For Eighth Year in a Row, Staples is Recognized for Achievements in Energy Efficiency

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements, the eighth year in a row the company has been honored. Staples’ accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017 at a ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Staples, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1990, will be honored for the contributions made to energy reduction at their facilities, its continued commitment to climate change and going above and beyond for educating associates and future generations of students. The company has reduced its kwh consumption every year by participating in the ENERGY STAR program, engaging associates on the benefits of energy reduction via employee rallies and utilizing energy saving campaigns complete with signage, graphics and videos, to help the company meet its energy reduction goals.

“Our success is based on continuous improvement, a focus on strategy and implementation, and a seasoned energy team that is relentless in getting things done,” said Bob Valair, Staples’ director of energy and environmental management. “We are fortunate to have an executive team at Staples that supports our implementing projects that impact our bottom line and ability to have a positive impact on climate change.”

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates primarily in the United States and Canada, with additional operations in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at

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Al Meera presented at the 2nd Government Procurement & Contracting Conference and Exhibition “Moushtarayat 2017”

Al Meera presented at the 2nd Government Procurement & Contracting Conference and Exhibition “Moushtarayat 2017”


DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company Q.S.C has recently taken part in Qatar Development Bank’s (QDB) and Ministry of Finance 2nd Government Procurement & Contracting Conference and Exhibition “Moushtarayat 2017”, held from 6 – 8 April, 2017 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Al Meera’s participation in the conference comes in the context of its commitment to supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by providing them an ideal platform, through which they can grow their business and usher in a new wave of opportunities for public-private sector cooperation, towards the diversification of the national economy.

Aiming to play an instrumental role in the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the conference seeks to activate the SMEs and the private sector’s contribution to the economic diversification of Qatar, through partaking in public tenders and developing experience with big buyers, such as large private sector companies, semi-governmental and governmental bodies. In addition to that, Moushtarayat allows entrepreneurs and SMEs to develop the requisite experience, resources and professional skillset to compete successfully in the local market.

Being a socially responsible corporate organization, Al Meera’s participation in and support of the Moushtarayat Conference and Exhibition stems from its key strategic direction of contributing to social, community and local business partnerships.

Through its dedicated booth at the three-day event, Al Meera shared its expertise in the field with both experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs, and distributed informative brochures to suppliers and SMEs on the steps they need to take in order to partner with Al Meera, claim their space on its store shelves, and become a part of its growing supply chain.

Stemming from a procurement policy that lays emphasis on sourcing goods and services from the local market, and the budding support of SMEs in the country, Al Meera strongly encourages its contractors and suppliers to give preference to utilizing the services of local companies. Through this strategic approach, Al Meera is fully aligned with and contributing to the economic development objectives as envisaged in QNV 2030.

The Company recently signed a MoU with QDB during December 2016, which identified a range of areas for partnership, including supporting emerging local startups in the grocery and consumer goods niche, by granting them display space and a marketing platform at Al Meera’s stores, as well as extending quick-access support to them across a range of facilities, such as finance, and support through advisory services, through QDB. The first-of-its-kind collaboration is engineered to help local brands achieve exposure to global marketplaces, so that they can achieve higher scales of competitiveness.


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World’s largest ticket marketplace StubHub launches new social suite of tool

World’s largest ticket marketplace StubHub launches new social suite of tool


New Facebook and iMessage integrations, as well as a Facebook Messenger Chatbot, help fans better connect over live experiences.

San Jose, California, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today (Apr 12, 2017) announced the launch of its new social suite of tools, which helps fans seamlessly discover, share and plan live event experiences with friends. StubHub’s new integration with Facebook, its new iMessage app, and a new Facebook Messenger chatbot will bring people closer together around the live events they love.

Available with the latest update of the StubHub app, the new social tools enable users to connect with their Facebook friends within the StubHub app to see which events they are planning on attending, as well as which artists, teams and venues are of interest to them. This integration builds on StubHub’s Facebook login functionality that was introduced last year as the foundation to build a more socially connected experience on StubHub.

“Live events are inherently social experiences, and our new social suite of tools helps StubHub customers better connect with their friends to plan and attend their favorite live events,” said Mats Nilsson, head of product, UX and PMO at StubHub. “As live events continue to increase in popularity for the value they contribute to creating incredible memories, StubHub is innovating our experience to make it easier, more fun and more social to live life LIVE.”

In addition, StubHub launched the StubHub app within iMessage, which allows users to easily browse events and quickly share multiple ticket options with friends through iMessage. With iMessage, the “planner” can select up to five sets of ticket options and send to their friends to compare and vote. The “recipients” receive an iMessage that opens the StubHub app, and lets them view and vote on their favorite seating option. Once recipients cast their votes, the results are automatically sent back to the planner within iMessage, and any member of the group can move forward to purchase the tickets through StubHub — all without leaving the iMessage app.

Also announced today, StubHub has developed and launched its second chatbot as a new way to connect with customers and help them discover the best live events. Built on key learnings from its Skype chatbot, StubHub’s new Facebook Messenger chatbot serves as a personal event concierge, asking questions and recommending local and upcoming events based on the information that a user supplies. StubHub’s Facebook Messenger experience caters to on-the-go consumers, swiftly providing relevant, highly personalized options, streamlining event discovery and checkout, and making it easier to plan a night out.

About StubHub

At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they’ll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the world, we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub app for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program, Fan Rewards™. Our business partners include more than 130 properties in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus AEG, AXS and Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. With the acquisition of Ticketbis in August 2016, throughout the world, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY).  For more information on StubHub, visit or follow @StubHub on TwitterFacebook and Instagram or


(408) 376-7400

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Diebold Nixdorf announces $250,000 commitment to Operation HOPE

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), through its charitable arm, the Diebold Foundation, has pledged to donate $250,000 over the next four years to Operation HOPE, whose mission is to expand economic opportunity to underserved populations both in the U.S. and around the world through financial education and empowerment.

According to a recent report, 2 billion adults globally remain without access to financial services.[1] The support of Diebold Nixdorf will enable Operation HOPE to continue empowering the world’s underbanked and unbanked populations through financial education, including, credit and money management, homeownership preparedness and small business entrepreneurship programs.

“We would like to thank Diebold Nixdorf for their generous support of the work of Operation HOPE,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE. “The support of an important player in the financial services industry, like Diebold Nixdorf, helps us continue to impact more lives by making banking more accessible to people around the world.”

John Kristoff, vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Diebold Nixdorf, said, “We are thrilled to support Operation HOPE and its mission. Our connected commerce solutions have been helping our customers improve individuals’ access to financial services for years. This new partnership with Operation HOPE utilizes that expertise and experience and will help to improve financial services access to underserved people around the world.”

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.

[1] The World Bank. 2014 Global Financial Development Report.

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Investor Relations:
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Operation HOPE Media Relations:
Caryn I. Anderson

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RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its 37th supermarket in Moscow

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its 37th supermarket in Moscow.

The new store is a Lenta medium format supermarket located at 58, bld. 5 Moskovskaya str., Dolgoprudnyi city, Moscow region. The store has a total area of 1,182 sq.m with 723 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 4,800 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Moscow and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 6 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Moscow is Lenta’s fifth supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 54 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 54 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,169,459 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 20161 .

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit,


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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announces wholesale agreement with ZALORA

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. continues to grow wholesale business and partners with Asia’s leading online fashion destination

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) announced today (April 10, 2017) it has entered into a wholesale agreement with Asia’s leading online fashion destination, ZALORA.  Starting next week, ZALORA will offer Hollister merchandise through its online stores, followed by Abercrombie & Fitch product launching later this month.

Founded in 2012, ZALORA has a presence in 11 countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This partnership will provide Abercrombie & Fitch Co. access to more than 600 million of ZALORA’s online customers. ZALORA’s shopping experience provides several benefits to the customer including, quick deliveries, as fast as 3 hours in some markets, and up to 100-day free returns.

“We are looking forward to partnering with ZALORA to build on our strong base of loyal customers across Southeast Asia,” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.  “We work hard to connect with customers wherever, whenever, and however they prefer to shop and we continue to invest in relationships and innovation to support that.”

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands.  The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.   The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market.  abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style.

The Company operates approximately 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites and

ZALORA is Asia’s online fashion destination. Founded in 2012, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. ZALORA is part of Global Fashion Group, the world’s leader in online fashion for emerging markets. ZALORA offers an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women.

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

Kering names Isabelle Huppert as the 2017 face of Women in Motion

London, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kering, official partner to the Festival de Cannes, has chosen Isabelle Huppert as the 2017 face of Women in Motion.

 For 3 years, Women in Motion has shone a spotlight on women’s contribution to cinema through a series of discussions between major figures from the film world and two Awards in celebration of talented women in film.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017, Kering, an official partner to the Festival has chosen a portrait of Isabelle Huppert for the official poster of the third annual Women in Motion programme. Her penetrating gaze dominates the photograph, which draws on the aesthetics of the silver screen in vibrant homage to the power of women in cinema.

A leading actress universally acclaimed for her filmography featuring the world’s greatest directors, Isabelle Huppert is an iconic figure in film, and in particular at the Festival de Cannes, where she was president of the Jury in 2009, and where she has been awarded the Best Actress Prize on two separate occasions. Her career, like the roles she plays, is a genuine source of inspiration for the public.

Launched in 2015, Women in Motion endeavours to focus our attention on the crucial role of women in film, and to the importance of continuing to fight for greater equality and access to opportunities for talented young women.

Throughout the Festival, a series of Talks, open to both journalists and film professionals, will enable major industry figures to compare and contrast experiences and views on women’s contribution to film, and to share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector.

The 2016 discussions, which featured Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Chloë Sevigny, Houda Benyamina, Alice Winocour and Salma Hayek Pinault, focused on a variety of questions, including the problem of financing for films directed by women or about women, inequalities in salary and the lack of representation of women and their work on screen.

Kering and the Festival de Cannes will also be awarding the Women in Motion Awards to two talented film industry figures at the official event dinner on Sunday, 21 May 2017. The first will go to an emblematic figure in film, whose career inspires others and embodies the programme’s values, while the Young Talents Award will be awarded to a promising rising film industry professional chosen by the first prize-winner. Worth €50,000, it will help support one or several of the winner’s film projects.

At last year’s event, the Women in Motion Awards went to Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cult film Thelma & Louise, and to three young directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh.

‘As is still the case in far too many walks of life, women are under-represented and disadvantaged in the film world, despite their priceless contribution to everything that makes cinema what it is. Promoting gender equality lies at the heart of Kering’s priorities, which is why I am proud to be involved in this fight, alongside the Festival de Cannes. For three years now, Women in Motion has been a leading forum in changing mindsets, celebrating the most extraordinary figures in our industry and offering practical support to talented women.’

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering

‘I am delighted to have joined forces with Kering to showcase the value of women and their role in film. This is a cause that deserves all our attention, and it is crucial to raise awareness among the many festival-goers who visit Cannes each year. Through Women in Motion, we look forward, at the 70th Festival de Cannes, to being able to continue to strive for greater female representation in the film world.’

Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes

‘Once again this year, the Women in Motion programme will form a key part of the Festival de Cannes. We are delighted that an initiative designed to highlight the contribution of women can flourish at the Festival and increase in visibility with every passing year. It is vital to give everyone a chance to express their views on the subject, share concrete examples of inequality and suggest ways of fighting them.’

Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes

About Women in Motion
Women in Motion sets out to showcase the contribution of women to the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind it. Launched in 2015 by Kering, in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, Women in Motion is an integral part of the Festival’s official programme. The initiative is based on two pillars: Talks open to journalists and industry professionals which give major figures the opportunity to compare and contrast their experiences and viewpoints around the question of women’s contribution to cinema, and to pool their recommendations for greater representation within the industry. The two Women in Motion Awards are awarded each year to an inspiring figure who embodies the programme’s values, and to a young film industry professional, who receives funding support for cinematographic projects.

About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

More information
Official videos and high resolution photographs
available on the Women in Motion pressroom

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Wawa Inc. celebrates its 53rd anniversary with free coffee chain-wide on Thursday April 13

Wawa Day Celebrates Wawa’s Founding and the Three-Year Anniversary of The Wawa Foundation

Wawa, PA , 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc. today (April 13, 2017) announced that in honor of its 53rd anniversary in retail, this year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13, and Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers free coffee, chain-wide, all day! Throughout the day, Wawa’s goal is to give away 2 million free cups of any size coffee to customers at its more than 750 stores across its six-state operating area.

In April of 1964, Wawa entered the retail business and opened its first convenience store. In April of 2014, Wawa celebrated its 50th anniversary in convenience retailing and marked the milestone with the first Wawa Day event and the launch of The Wawa Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization founded to encompass most of Wawa’s charitable giving. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are committed to donating $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and every day heroes by 2018. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are pleased to announce that on Wawa Day, they will mark the distribution of $2 million in first-quarter grants to charitable organizations, bringing the total contributions made since the inception of The Wawa Foundation to $35 million. This year, Wawa’s April 13th Wawa Day celebration gives the Company the chance to toast the community with free coffee, while celebrating its 53rd anniversary in retail and the third anniversary of The Wawa Foundation.

“Wawa Day provides us with a chance to connect with and honor the millions of customers we’ve served over the past 53 years who have been so integral to Wawa’s growth over that time,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO. “At Wawa, we exist to go beyond filling customer orders to fulfilling the lives that we touch every day. Our core purpose is exemplified through the commitment of The Wawa Foundation to give back to the communities we serve, as well as through the dedication of the thousands of Wawa associates who make our stores such special places. It’s always exciting to celebrate our customers, associates and communities by giving away one of our most beloved products, Wawa coffee!”

In addition to giving away an expected 2 million free cups of coffee for all customers chain-wide, Wawa will be celebrating the millions of magical moments that happen at Wawa each day with in-store digital tributes featuring photos of some of the many “Day Brighteners” at Wawa that celebrate the unique relationship between Wawa associates and customers.

This year’s goal of 2 million cups of free coffee would be the most given away to date. Happy Wawa Day, everyone, and cheers to you all!

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 750 convenience retail stores (525 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.


Source: Wawa, Inc.

ScanSource acquires Kingcom’s channel business to sell communication solutions through the Verizon Partner Program

Greenville, SC, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, today ( April 10, 2017) announced that it has acquired Kingcom’s  channel business assets and associated support organization to sell communication solutions through the Verizon Partner Program (VPP). The acquisition was completed through ScanSource’s subsidiary, Intelisys, a leading technology services provider of business communications and cloud services.

Kingcom is a VPP Platinum member and its channel business brings specialized resources and enhancements for Intelisys sales partners to sell Verizon services to their customers. This acquisition creates a direct supplier relationship between ScanSource and Verizon, and enables Intelisys to add highly qualified Verizon-focused resources to support its customers.

“As Verizon continues to focus on the channel, it’s imperative our sales partners are ready and able to most effectively sell and support these services offerings,” said Jay Bradley, president of Intelisys. “We are excited about the level of support and expertise we are able to bring to our partners through our relationship with Verizon, and we look forward to the continued opportunities ahead through our investment in this relationship.”

“Kingcom has done a tremendous job in bringing Verizon’s business services to the channel,” said Janet Schijns, VP Solutions and Sales Channels for Verizon Business Markets. “We are excited about this next chapter as together we dig deeper and reinforce our commitment to the channel and to the Intelisys Sales Partner community.”

ScanSource and Intelisys will be at the Channel Partners Conference and Expo April 10 – 13th, and can be found in the ScanSource/Intelisys Lounge located in room Islander A outside of the Expo Hall.

In August 2016, ScanSource entered the recurring revenue telecom and cloud services market through its acquisition of Intelisys, an industry-leading technology services provider of business communications services, including voice, data, access, cable, collaboration, wireless and cloud. Intelisys is dedicated to serving the needs and accelerating the success of the industry’s top producing telecom sales agents, IT Solution Providers, VARs, MSPs and integrators, as they leverage the power of recurring revenue in their businesses. Under contract with more than 130 of the world’s leading telecom carriers, cloud services providers and technology partners, Intelisys delivers the services end users demand exclusively through a network of sales partners, supporting those sales partners via the most exceptional back office support team ever assembled in the channel. To learn more, visit or talk to Intelisys at 800-615-8330.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements relating to our expectations for the acquisition of Kingcom’s channel business.  Actual results may differ materially from these expectations for a range of reasons, including difficulties in integrating the acquired business, declines in demand for telecommunications and related services, the lack of customer acceptance of the change in distribution channels and the other reasons detailed under “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016, and subsequent Form 10-Qs.

About Kingcom
Since 2002, Kingcom ( has pioneered business telecom solutions with superior service and the latest innovations in the fast moving telecom IT environment to businesses nationwide. With expertise in Technology Expense Management and Telesales, Kingcom supports its customers by helping them stay ahead of the curve with respect to the daunting telecom and IT environment. Kingcom has been an Intelisys partner since 2013.

About ScanSource, Inc.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, focusing on point-of-sale, barcode, physical security, video, voice, data networking and technology services. ScanSource’s teams provide value-added solutions and operate from two segments, Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security and Worldwide Communications & Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its resellers and sales partners choose, configure and deliver the industry’s best solutions across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992, the Company is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. ScanSource ranks #685 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit


Melissa Andrews
Title: Public Relations Manager
Phone: 864.286.4425

Source: ScanSource, Inc

CGA Educational Foundation announces “CGAEF Scholarship Endowment”

SACRAMENTO, CA, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CGA Educational Foundation today ( April 11, 2017) announced the creation of the “CGAEF Scholarship Endowment” in honor of its 25th anniversary of supporting the grocery industry with financial assistance and educational opportunities.

Through initial investments of $335,000, scholarships will be created and awarded to CGA-member company employees.

The newly-created endowment will support student success and opportunity by creating a permanent funding source for college scholarships – offering relief to the rising tuition costs that keep many students from completing their education.
The endowment will build on donations already received.

The founding donors include: Stater Bros. Markets, Alta Dena Dairy and Got Milk representing the California Milk Processors, The Kellogg Company, The Albertsons Companies Foundation, Frito-Lay, Acosta Sales & Marketing/Clorox, The Coca-Cola Company, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Raley’s, Unilever, and Anheuser-Busch.

“For employees in the grocery industry, the possibility of a better life begins with higher education,” says CGAEF President Ronald Fong. “Yet each year more students are struggling to make ends meet and stay in school.”
Although many California colleges have managed to keep enrollment fees low, affordability has become a growing barrier to student success, according to CGAEF Executive Director Shiloh London.

“This philanthropic investment has the ability to promote academic achievement and make it possible for college students to continue their academic dreams,” she adds.

Scholarships will be applied towards tuition for CGA-member company employees that meet a list of CGAEF Board of Trustees criteria.

“An endowment fund is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funds,” Fong says. “Assets are invested, and every year the fund’s earnings are used to create scholarships, while the gifted principle remains intact and secure. An endowment fund can grow and provide support for scholarships forever.”

The CGA Educational Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. In the quarter century since its inception, the Foundation has created opportunities for thousands of people in the grocery industry through its highly respected college scholarship, tuition reimbursement and industry education programs.

“California is a place of opportunity – and no industry embodies this promise more than the grocery industry,” London says.

The CGA Educational Foundation was created under the direction of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors in 1992. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to advance the educational goals of CGA member company employees and their dependents and offer educational programs to advance the grocery industry. For more information, visit


Communications Staff
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Media Relations

Associate Editor
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Tel: (559) 284-9440

Source: California Grocers Association