PRODUCT RECALL: Save-A-Lot Pick 5 Chicken Waffle Sandwich due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

PRODUCT RECALL: Save-A-Lot Pick 5 Chicken Waffle Sandwich due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

 

Charleroi, PA, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fourth Street Barbecue Inc. Packing Division has initiated a voluntary recall of all lot numbers of the Save-A-Lot Pick 5 Chicken Waffle Sandwich distributed nationwide as it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was sold frozen and distributed nationwide to Save-A-Lot stores.

All Date Codes of the following Products are included in this recall:

Item UPC Product size/Box
Save-A-Lot  Pick 5 Mix & Match Chicken & Waffle Sandwich 051933353664 14.4 oz /box

The recall is a result of a notification by our supplier, PINNACLE FOODS, that the waffles used for this product have the potential to be contaminated after testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment where the waffles are produced.

No illnesses have been reported to date. However, Fourth Street Barbecue Inc. Packing Division is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution to protect public health.  No other Fourth Street Barbecue Inc. Packing Division products are affected by this recall.

Consumers that have any of these products in their possession, are asked not to consume the products.  Consumers seeking a replacement or refund for recalled products should call the Customer Hotline at 724-483-2056 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm EST.

Consumers Contact:
724-483-2056

Media Contact:
Greg Helsley
724-483-2000

Source: FDA

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Publix Super Markets recall Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip due possible contamination of small glass fragments

Publix Super Markets recall Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip due possible contamination of small glass fragments

 

Lakeland, Florida, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip due to the possibility of the product containing small glass fragments.

The 16 oz. artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina , Alabama and Tennessee with a UPC of  000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of  May 16 A1 and May 16 C1,which is printed on the lid of the container. The product in question is found in the refrigerated cases in the deli.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “We were made aware of potentially impacted product through customer complaints.  Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care department at 1-800-242-1227 or visit our website at www.publix.com. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 190,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,146 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

Consumers Contact:
1-800-242-1227

Media Contact:
Maria Brous
863-680-5339

Source: FDA

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New RILA ad campaign calls on Congress to protect debit swipe fee reform

RILA Ads Tell Congress To Hold Wall Street Accountable And Protect Reform Vital To Industry

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5/9/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s largest retailers, launched a national ad campaign urging Congress to protect debit swipe fee reform as the House is set to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act. As it stands, the legislation would eliminate hard-fought swipe fee reform that has saved retailers and American consumers billions.

“We launched these ads to remind Congress that America cannot afford to bailout Wall Street and the big banks once again,” said Austen Jensen, vice president of government affairs and financial services for RILA. “As it stands this legislation is a poison pill for any bipartisan effort to enact meaningful financial reform. Congress must act to uphold debit swipe fee reform or it will give Wall Street and card companies license to raise costs on America’s retailers and our consumers.”

RILA launched a series of ads in key Congressional districts across the country. The 60 second ad features some of Wall Street’s most egregious actions against American consumers reminding Congress just who they’ll be supporting should they choose to repeal debit swipe fee reform.

To view the ads, click here.

For more information on why debit swipe fee works for retailers and consumers, click here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

Price Rite’s Driving Park Avenue store in Rochester, NY recognized by Foodlink as top donor to its Retail Store Donation program in 2016

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Supermarkets today (May 5, 2017) announced its Driving Park Avenue store in Rochester, NY was recognized by Foodlink as the top Price Rite donor to its Retail Store Donation program in 2016. A regional food hub and Feeding America food bank, Foodlink serves Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties, distributing food to a network of human service agencies, providing meals through its commercial kitchen and offering more than 30 food-related  programs.

“We continue to be impressed with Price Rite, and in particular its Driving Park store, for their overwhelming support of our Retail Store Donation Program,” said Marc Goldfischer, Foodlink’s Partnership Develpment Coordinator. “Getting local retailers engaged with our anti-hunger efforts is one of the many ways we can combat hunger as a community and serve more nutritious food to those in need.”

During 2016, Price Rite of Driving Park Avenue donated more than 26,500 pounds of food – the equivalent of $45,000 in fresh food, including produce and dairy – providing 22,156 meals for people in need within the local community. In recognition of the store’s efforts to fight food insecurity, representatives from Foodlink presented a plaque to the store, honoring its team as the top Price Rite donor to the food bank last year.  Store Receiving Manager Dan Lawler and Store Manager Mark Leslie, both of whom worked closely with Foodlink, are credited with helping lead the way in food donations from Price Rite.

The three Foodlink-area Price Rite stores combined for a total of 59,900 donated pounds of food, which provided 50,000 meals overall in the community.

“Price Rite is committed to supporting the fight against hunger within the communities we serve,” said Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite Supermarkets. “Food insecurity is a year-round issue, and through programs like Foodlink’s retail donation program we are able to alleviate some of that pressure. We are proud of the team at our Driving Avenue store, along with all of our associates, for their continued commitment to helping our neighbors in need.”

In addition to its participation in Foodlink’s Retail Store Donation program, Price Rite of Driving Park Avenue also serves as a host site for its Nutrition Education programs. These include Cooking Matters at the Store, a course that teaches participants how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients, and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families; and Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables, a program designed to help improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York.

Price Rite, known for fresh quality products at low everyday prices, contributes approximately $500,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries benefiting families within the communities where Price Rite stores operate. For more information, please visit www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com.

About Price Rite
Price Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 63 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community.  For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

About Foodlink
Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Our operations target the root causes of hunger.  We do this by distributing food to a network of human service agencies, serving meals through our commercial kitchen, and offering more than 30 food-related programs. In 2016, Foodlink distributed 19.3 million pounds of food — including 5.7 million pounds of produce, offered more than 200 nutrition education courses, and created new access points for healthy foods in underserved communities. Our innovative approach directly addresses health disparities related to food insecurity.

Contact:
Phone: 1-877-352-8850

Source: Price Rite Supermarkets

NRF monthly Global Port Tracker report: retail imports should see steady increases through the summer and into the fall

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports should see steady increases through the summer and into the fall, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (May 9, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Regardless of whether the sales come in their stores or through their websites, retailers see that consumers are buying more this year and they’re importing the goods needed to meet the demand,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “With unemployment at its lowest level in a decade and the economy adding jobs, retailers expect shoppers to continue to increase their spending.”

“In the United States, the economy continues to slowly grow,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Gross domestic product was lower than expected in the first quarter but unemployment has dropped to levels not seen since before the Great Recession and, best of all, labor employment has increased dramatically. Our view, therefore, remains unchanged: There is nothing to worry about in the first half of the year, and growth is expected to continue in the second half even if it comes at a slower rate.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.53 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in March, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 6.8 percent from February, when many Asian factories closed for Lunar New Year, and up 15.8 percent from unusually low numbers the same month a year ago, when Lunar New Year came a week later than this year. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

April was estimated at 1.56 million TEU, up 8.3 percent from the same time last year. May is forecast at 1.66 million TEU, up 2.6 percent from last year; June at 1.62 million TEU, up 3.3 percent; July at 1.68 million TEU, up 3.1 percent; August at 1.74 million TEU, up 1.6 percent, and September at 1.65 million TEU, up 3.6 percent.

The first half of 2017 is expected to total 9.5 million TEU, up 5.6 percent from the first half of 2016. Cargo volume for 2016 totaled 18.8 million TEU, up 3.1 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014.

NRF has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Ahold Delhaize announces solid first quarter results for 2017

  • Net sales increased by 65.1% to €15.9 billion (up 61.4% at constant exchange rates)
  • Net income increased by 72.8% to €356 million (up 68.2% at constant exchange rates)
  • Pro forma Q1 net sales increased by 2.9% to €15.8 billion (up 0.6% at constant exchange rates)
  • Pro forma underlying operating income increased by €45 million to €604 million, up 8.1% Pro forma Q1 underlying operating margin increased to 3.8%, compared to 3.6% in Q1 2016
  • Strong free cash flow of €197 million, with increased capital expenditure compared to Q1 2016
  • Integration on track, with net synergies of €56 million delivered in the first quarter

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize, a leader in supermarkets and eCommerce with market-leading local brands in 11 countries, published solid first quarter results for 2017 today (May 10, 2017), including an improved pro forma underlying operating margin for the Group.

Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold Delhaize, said: “We are pleased to report a resilient first quarter performance with an increase in margins for the Group despite the ongoing deflationary environment in the United States. We continue to make significant progress on the implementation of our Better Together strategy,  investing in our customer proposition, while improving margins.

“Ten months after the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, we are fully on track with the integration and we are delivering on our synergy targets. We are driving forward our integration programs and continue to focus on sharing best practices across and within regions, as we aim to further strengthen our great local brands to ensure they remain customer-focused, close to their communities and positioned to win in their markets.

“In the United States, although sales were impacted by continuing price deflation, adverse weather and the timing of Easter, we were able to offset the impact on margins due to the delivery of strong synergy savings in the quarter. Although deflationary pressure was in line with previous quarters, it improved towards the end of the first quarter and we expect sales performance to improve in the second quarter and to operate in a slightly inflationary environment in the second half of the year.

“The Netherlands again reported strong performance. Albert Heijn continued to improve and renew its product range, both in supermarkets and online. Bol.com grew its share of Plaza sales, now offering more than 15 million products, and increased its customer base in Belgium.

“In Belgium, sales performance was stable compared to the previous quarter, and underlying operating margin was broadly in line with last year. Sales growth in Central and Southeastern Europe was driven by Romania and Serbia, with stable margins for the region, supported by margin improvements in the Czech Republic and Serbia.

“We are encouraged by the positive development of the combined free cash flow for the Group despite higher capital expenditure. This allows us to continue investing in key channels and businesses, while returning excess liquidity to our shareholders.

“For the full year, we reiterate our target of realizing €220 million net synergies, including €56 million realized year to date and expect that the full year 2017 underlying operating margin for the Group will increase compared to 2016.”

Cautionary notice

This press release contains information that qualifies as inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

This communication includes forward-looking statements.  All statements other than statements of historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as resilient, investing, strategy, improving, on track, continue to focus, aim to further strengthen, ensure, remain customer-focused, expect, target, committed, ongoing, progressing according to plan, enable, to be remodelled or other similar words or expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that may cause actual results of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (the “Company”) to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to risks relating to competition and pressure on profit margins in the food retail industry; the impact of the Company’s outstanding financial debt; future changes in accounting standards; the Company’s ability to generate positive cash flows; general economic conditions; the Company’s international operations; the impact of economic conditions on consumer spending; turbulences in the global credit markets and the economy; the significance of the Company’s U.S. operations and the concentration of its U.S. operations on the east coast of the U.S.; increases in interest rates and the impact of downgrades in the Company’s credit ratings; competitive labor markets, changes in labor conditions and labor disruptions; environmental liabilities associated with the properties that the Company owns or leases; the Company’s inability to locate appropriate real estate or enter into real estate leases on commercially acceptable terms; exchange rate fluctuations; additional expenses or capital expenditures associated with compliance with federal, regional, state and local laws and regulations in the U.S., the Netherlands, Belgium and other countries; product liability claims and adverse publicity; risks related to corporate responsibility and sustainable retailing; the Company’s inability to successfully implement its strategy, manage the growth of its business or realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions; its inability to successfully complete divestitures and the effect of contingent liabilities arising from completed divestitures; unexpected outcomes with respect to tax audits; disruption of operations and other factors negatively affecting the Company’s suppliers; the unsuccessful operation of the Company’s franchised and affiliated stores; natural disasters and geopolitical events; inherent limitations in the Company’s control systems; the failure or breach of security of IT systems; changes in supplier terms; antitrust and similar legislation; unexpected outcome in the Company’s legal proceedings; adverse results arising from the Company’s claims against its self-insurance programs; increase in costs associated with the Company’s defined benefit pension plans; and other factors discussed in the Company’s public filings and other disclosures.

Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company’s management and assumptions based on information currently available to the Company’s management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update such statements, except as required by law.

Contact:
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize

CVS Health releases its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (05.10.17) released its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, entitled Prescription for a Better World, providing updates on progress against the company’s 2016 CSR goals, and establishing several new performance targets.

Accomplishments in 2016 spanned the company’s strategic CSR pillars of Health in Action, Planet in Balance and Leader in Growth and illustrate its efforts to make health care more affordable, accessible and effective; provide customers with healthier and more sustainable products; and operate its business sustainably and responsibly.

New performance targets introduced in this year’s report include expanding the company’s commitment to preventing and mitigating prescription drug abuse by increasing pharmacist education and outreach to 750,000 children and families by 2020. In addition, to respond to the health care industry’s complex and ever-changing compliance landscape, the company is harnessing new technologies that help colleagues stay informed of and comply with regulations and has committed to providing more than two million hours of annual compliance training to colleagues across the enterprise.

“We’re incredibly proud of everything we accomplished in 2016 and believe that our business contributions have helped to address critical health care issues and deliver more affordable, accessible and effective care,” said Larry Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer for CVS Health. “Our corporate social responsibility strategy supports our growing business while helping people on their path to better health and making the world a healthier place to live.”

Key highlights from the 2016 Report include:

Health in Action

  • Delivered a low-cost alternative to auto-injectable epinephrine as one way to increase the affordability of prescription drugs
  • Broadened MinuteClinic services and piloted a first-of-its-kind partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer clinic services to more than 60,000 veterans served by the Palo Alto VA. The success of the pilot resulted in the recent expansion of the program to provide quality care to veterans served by the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
  • Expanded healthier food and beverage offerings to more than 2,900 stores nationwide
  • Reached more than 170,000 students with prescription drug abuse education through the Pharmacists Teach program
  • Introduced Be The First, a five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation

Planet in Balance

  • Advanced efforts to address chemicals of consumer concern by announcing the removal of parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines
  • Published and implemented a Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and committed to sourcing 100 percent of palm oil used in CVS Health products from verified, responsible sources by 2020
  • Committed to developing a science-based emissions reduction target to align greenhouse gas emission reductions with global emissions budgets generated by climate models and joined more than 250 companies setting their emissions reduction targets in line with climate science

Leader in Growth

  • Published a Human Rights Policy that formalizes practices within our workplace and supply chain and aligns with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Achieved our goal of spending $1 billion annually with diverse suppliers by 2017, one year ahead of schedule, and became one of 26 U.S.-based companies named to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence
  • Committed to expanding the company’s Registered Apprenticeships program to 3,000 participants by 2020

Prescription for a Better World is more than the title of our report it’s a comprehensive approach to CSR that engages colleagues across our organization to make measurable progress in fulfilling our purpose,” Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Health writes in the Report. “As I look ahead to the next ten years, I see so many opportunities for our CSR strategy to play an even bigger role in supporting our business and delivering value to our customers, communities and stakeholders.”

The Report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines, an international framework that is widely used by organizations to report on their CSR and sustainability performance. For more information on GRI, visit http://www.globalreporting.org/.

The Report is available online at http://cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE: CVS Health

Contacts

Media:
Joe Goode
(401) 770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

Investor Relations:
Nancy Christal
(401) 770-3614
Nancy.Christal@CVSHealth.com

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. releases its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (May 9, 2017) released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, providing a detailed review of the company’s sustainability progress during the past year. Titled “Serving With Purpose,” the report outlines how Lowe’s is building on its 70-year heritage of serving customers, employees and communities through programs guided by the company’s purpose and values. The 2016 CSR report can be viewed on Lowe’s newsroom.

The company continues to take steps in important areas, including efforts to reduce energy use and emissions, enhance its overall workplace experience, grow community engagement and improve its offering of sustainable products. In 2016, Lowe’s established a Sustainability and Product Stewardship Council to oversee sustainability priorities, and the company intends to launch an enhanced sustainability strategy enterprise-wide this year.

Lowe’s received national recognition for service to the community, environment and its employees in 2016. Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented the company with its 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award for making an extraordinary impact on the lives of young people. Lowe’s became the only retailer to receive eight SmartWay awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for promoting clean transportation practices. And the company received the U.S. Department of Defense Freedom Award, the highest government honor given to employers for supporting the military, particularly employees serving in the Guard and Reserves. Lowe’s recently expanded its military support by announcing an enhanced military discount – 10 percent off purchases every day to current and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military.

Here are a few other highlights from 2016:

  • Lowe’s introduced a new program that provides full-time employees with up to eight hours of paid time off annually to volunteer, and employees contributed more than 60,000 volunteer hours in the first year to strengthen their local communities.
  • Lowe’s teamed with Habitat for Humanity to build or repair more than 1,000 homes across the U.S. to help families realize their dreams of homeownership.
  • Lowe’s sold enough ENERGY STAR products in 2016 to save customers $3.3 billion in utility costs over the products’ lifetime.

Lowe’s 2016 CSR report contains standard disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, along with a GRI index, to make it easier to access and understand key data.

To download the report or to learn more about social responsibility at Lowe’s, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB announces highlights from its annual general meeting

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday (10 May) H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB held its annual general meeting under the chairmanship of lawyer Sven Unger. The AGM approved the dividend of SEK 9.75 per share in accordance with the board of directors’ proposal and approved the payment of the dividend in two installments during the year. The record date for the first dividend payment of SEK 4.90 per share is 12 May 2017. The dividend is expected to be paid out by Euroclear Sweden AB on 17 May 2017. The record date for the second dividend payment of SEK 4.85 per share is 14 November 2017. The dividend is expected to be paid out by Euroclear Sweden AB on 17 November 2017.

The annual general meeting adopted the income statement and balance sheet for the parent company and the group. The AGM discharged the members of the board and the chief executive officer from liability for the 2015/2016 financial year.

The regular board members Stina Bergfors, Anders Dahlvig, Lena Patriksson Keller, Stefan Persson, Christian Sievert, Erica Wiking Häger and Niklas Zennström were re-elected by the AGM. Melker Schörling did not stand for re-election. The number of board members was thus reduced to seven people, compared with the previous eight members. Stefan Persson was re-elected as chairman of the board.

The regular members appointed previously by the trade unions are Margareta Welinder and Ingrid Godin, with Alexandra Rosenqvist and Rita Hansson as deputy members.

The AGM approved the proposal from the nomination committee that the board fees be distributed as follows: SEK 1,675,000 to the chairman of the board, SEK 600,000 each to members elected by the AGM, an extra SEK 150,000 to members of the auditing committee and an extra SEK 200,000 to the chairman of the auditing committee.

The AGM resolved to appoint Ernst & Young AB as auditors until the close of the 2018 AGM. The auditor’s fees are to be paid based on approved invoices.

The AGM approved the nomination committee’s proposed principles for the nomination committee and elected the members of the nomination committee for the period up to the appointment of a new nomination committee. The members of the nomination committee are Stefan Persson, Lottie Tham, Liselott Ledin (Alecta), Jan Andersson (Swedbank Robur Fonder) and Anders Oscarsson (AMF and AMF Fonder).

The AGM approved the resolution proposed by the board concerning guidelines for remuneration to senior executives.

Contact:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

Veuve Clicquot brut Yellow Label champagnes marks its 140th anniversary

Veuve Clicquot brut Yellow Label champagnes marks its 140th anniversary

 

Paris, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The instantly recognizable yellow label on all Veuve Clicquot brut Yellow Label champagnes marks its 140th anniversary this year. Synonymous with Veuve Clicquot for nearly a century and a half, the color evokes the heritage of the Maison and its never-ending quest for innovation and daring audacity.

In 1850, Madame Clicquot agreed to a minimalist first white label, a first in the world of champagne, recognizing the advantages in as the Maison grew around the world. This label was quickly followed by another when, with the rising popularity from the mid-19th century of sec, or dry champagnes with less sugar, Veuve Clicquot decided to label the bottles with a color that would distinguish them from other cuvées. And thus the famous yellow label was born in 1877.

Over the years the label took on a more intense, almost orange hue, making it easier to recognize Veuve Clicquot champagne in dark wine cellars. In 1945, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Sec was renamed Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut, dressed in the Yellow Label we know today, carrying on a tradition that thrives 140 years later.

The distinctive yellow color quickly became identified Maison Veuve Clicquot. There are several hypotheses about why yellow was chosen, but the one thing that is certain is that with this visual innovation Veuve Clicquot was ahead of its time, transcending current practices and auguring the advent of what would later become known as “marketing”…

In 2014, to celebrate this major innovation in the history of the Maison, Veuve Clicquot has revisited its iconic label while of course retaining the essence…yellow!

Excessive drinking may damage your health. Please drink responsibly.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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CVS Health Shareholders elect the Honorable Mary L. Schapiro as a new member of its Board

CVS Health Shareholders elect the Honorable Mary L. Schapiro as a new member of its Board

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shareholders of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) re-elected all eleven standing members of the CVS Health Board of Directors and voted to elect the Honorable Mary L. Schapiro, the 29th chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as a new member of the company’s Board today during the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

The standing CVS Health directors who were re-elected to the Board include: Richard M. Bracken; C. David Brown II; Alecia A. DeCoudreaux; David W. Dorman (Chairman); Nancy-Ann M. DeParle; Anne M. Finucane; Larry J. Merlo; Jean-Pierre Millon; Richard J. Swift; William G. Weldon; and Tony L. White.

In welcoming Schapiro to the corporate board, Chairman David W. Dorman commented on the unique expertise she would bring to CVS Health.

“We welcome Mary’s extraordinary record of leadership and unmatched commitment to investor protection and sound financial policy,” said David W. Dorman, Chairman of the Board, CVS Health. “Her extensive knowledge of the U.S. financial and regulatory landscape and understanding of corporate governance and complex financial infrastructure will be of great value to the board and benefit to CVS Health and its stockholders.”

Schapiro currently serves as the Vice Chair of Promontory Advisory Board, part of Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance firm that was acquired by IBM Corporation in November 2016.

From January 2009 through December 2012, Ms. Schapiro was Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, becoming the first woman to serve as that agency’s Chairman. During her four years leading the agency which followed the 2008 financial crisis, the SEC pursued one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in its history. Additionally, the agency executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors.

Before becoming SEC chairman, Ms. Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman and a commissioner of the SEC. She began her career at the CFTC, serving first as a trial attorney and later as counsel and executive assistant to the chairman.

In addition to being the first woman to serve as SEC chairman, Ms. Schapiro is the only person to have served as chairman of both the SEC and the CFTC.

Ms. Schapiro is also a director of General Electric Company and the London Stock Exchange Group. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, she received a JD from George Washington University.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE: CVS Health

Media Contact

Joe Goode
401-770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

 

Sephora promises a more intense customer experience with exciting new store concept

Sephora promises a more intense customer experience with exciting new store concept

 

Paris, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sephora is reinventing the customer experience with the “New Sephora Experience”, featuring the Beauty Hub with digital apps to  test products, shoppable connected terminals, a table for beauty tutorials and more.  The digitally-enabled experience is bold and non-conformist…in other words, totally Sephora!

Behind the windows of two pilot stores opened in March 2017 in Nantes and Val d’Europe, outside Paris, Sephora has unveiled an exciting new concept that promises a more intense customer experience.

At the entrance customers are greeted by a display table with the latest trends, tutorials, plus new Made in Sephora and Exclusives offerings, updated around a different theme each month. The journey continues with Sephora Loves, showcasing Sephora’s current crushes, hot new brands and their signature products.

The nerve center of this innovation is the Beauty Hub, introducing a unique beauty shopping experience. A virtual look book provides a catalog that gives inspiration for a personalized beauty program, while the Virtual Artist service is a way to test looks on an iPad or a connected mirror equipped with thousands of looks. Developed with Pantone, the Color Profile application helps choose the right foundation shade with almost scientific precision. Recommendations are made from all the complexion products available at Sephora. Faithful to its mission of making its stores spaces for freedom, fun and personal expression, Sephora has also created the Beauty Board, a social media platform to like a look, tag the products used and share them with the Sephora beauty community.

To complete the experience, Sephora also offers Beauty Classes with makeup lessons and workshops led by beauty professionals at the Beauty Hub, plus skincare services for a personal diagnostic.

Taking digital innovation even further, Sephora has created Snapchat    geofilters featuring highlights at its 327 stores in France. With the New Sephora Experience, beauty shopping has never been this much fun!

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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John Lewis Partnership announces provision of £36m to cover potential costs of complying with National Minimum Wage Regulations

London, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its Annual Report and Accounts published today (9 May 2017), the John Lewis Partnership announces it has made a provision of £36m to cover the potential costs of complying with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Regulations.

While the Partnership’s contractual hourly rates of pay have never been below the NMW, it intends to work with HMRC to understand if all its arrangements meet the specific criteria of what are some quite complex Regulations. The Partnership is specifically looking at its practice of Pay Averaging which aims to smooth out a Partner’s pay over a year to ensure a consistent amount is paid to them each month in respect of their basic pay. This arrangement was implemented to support Partners with a steady and reliable monthly income, but we now believe this arrangement may not meet the strict timing requirements for calculating compliance with the NMW regulations.

Once we have completed our detailed review, we will make any retrospective payments required to current and former Partners affected. There is a wide range of potential outcomes and so we have made a provision of £36m as an exceptional charge for the year ended 28 January 2017. The total provision is to cover any payments that might become due, along with employer’s National Insurance, pension costs and other associated costs.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said: ‘In our Annual Report and Accounts we have made a provision for any payment we may be required to make to comply with the National Minimum Wage Regulations. In the Annual Report we have said that arrangements have already been made to make these payments and contact former Partners. HMRC are aware and we intend to work with them in order to resolve some of the key points regarding the way the NMW Regulations apply to our pay arrangements and practices. We expect to do this as quickly as possible. However, it is likely these discussions will take some time to be completed.’

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 354 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 86,700 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquiries:
For further information please contact:

Citigate
Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby/Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

John Lewis Partnership
Simon Fowler
Director of Communications
Mobile: 07710 398460

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Starbucks celebrates journey in Canada over the past 30 years

Starbucks celebrates journey in Canada over the past 30 years

 

Seattle, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks first store in Canada opened its doors for the first time on March 1, 1987, its success was anything but assured.

“In Seattle, we were well established, everybody knew us whether they drank our coffee or not. But quickly we learned how little Vancouver knew about Starbucks,” said Dave Olsen, a 27-year Starbucks partner who became senior vice president of culture and leadership development before he retired in 2013.

For its first 15 years, Starbucks had been a retailer of whole-bean coffee, where customers could buy, hand-scooped coffee in brown bags to brew at home. But Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz had a different vision, and he teamed up with Olsen to launch new Italian-style cafés. After opening two successful bars in downtown Seattle, they turned their eyes north to Vancouver to prove their concept.

Their first location would be at Waterfront Station, a grand old rail building that had recently been converted into the downtown terminus for SeaBus passenger ferry and the new SkyTrain. Week after week, Olsen drove his pickup truck over the border to interview store manager candidates and baristas, and get the equipment set up and installed. He trained the new partners, teaching not only the craft of coffee but also sharing the company’s culture and values.

“Those first stores were like children,” Olsen said. “You hope for the best for them, and you worry about every little detail.”

The early days were nerve-wracking.

“We had thought our location was very conspicuous,” Olsen said. “But it was only 600 square feet, and you could walk by us in three steps. Our customer count was about 220 on our first day. A good start, but not quite where we needed to be.”

But before long, the store began to attract a loyal following. Word got around.

“The baristas who opened our first store were terrific. They were really interested and attentive to the coffee and the customers. And the customers were also very appreciative of our efforts. Those are the two essential ingredients for success – the people behind the counter, and willing and discerning customers on the other side,” he said.

Two years later, the company opened a larger café nearby on Robson Street, which quickly became the busiest store in the company. Starbucks in British Columbia continued to grow, and served as a springboard for its expansion to Toronto in 1996, Saskatchewan in 1998, and on to Quebec and Atlantic Canada in 2000.

There are now more than 1,400 stores across Canada, and the SeaBus store has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

“People know we’re the first Starbucks store here and they take photos – we’ll pose for them, make it fun,” said Trevor Fitzgerald, a 22-year partner and store manager of the SeaBus Starbucks. “We’re close to the cruise ships, and get customers who are traveling from all over the world. For many, this could be their first trip to Canada, and we love that they can have an experience with us.”

Now, just a short ride on the SkyTrain from Canada’s first store, Starbucks is opening its doors to one of its new store experiences. The Starbucks store in Mount Pleasant is Vancouver’s first to feature an immersive Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar, bringing connection and theater to the company’s rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve® coffees. The expansive bar features state-of-the-art brewing techniques; siphon, Black Eagle, Clover® brewed and ceramic pour-over as well as featuring Nitro Draft taps.

“This new experience places coffee craft at the center of the conversation,” said Caroline Ternes, vice president, Starbucks Western Canada. “We are thrilled to offer our customers an elevated experience where they can share in our partners’ passion and expertise.”

Reflecting on the company’s journey in Canada over the past 30 years, longtime partner Lisa Essinger, Starbucks Canada’s vice president for operations and licensed stores, sums it up this way:

“While the culture has evolved, the core of it around connection and humanity hasn’t changed,” Essinger said. “That’s what we’ve always been about.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Swedish ICA stores sales increased by 8.0% in April 2017 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 8.0% in April 2017 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 7.3%.

April 2017 January – April 2017
Store sales
excl. VAT
Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad  2,966 9.5% 9.6%  10,923 1.8% 1.8%
ICA Kvantum 2,366 8.7% 6.2% 8,888 3.2% 1.5%
ICA Supermarket 2,873 6.7% 6.2% 10,974 2.2% 1.7%
ICA Nära 1,401 6.3% 6.6% 5,322 2.2% 2.3%
Total 9,604 8.0% 7.3% 36,107 2.3% 1.8%

In April 2017, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 9,604 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 8.0% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-April 2017 amounted to SEK 36,107 million, an increase of 2.3% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for April to be +3.5%. The large positive calendar effect relates to Easter in April this year.

At 30 April 2017, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,294. Store sales for May will be published on 9 June 2017 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2017, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors/calendar.

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

 

Amazon announces 16 finalists in its third-annual Amazon Robotics Challenge

  • This year’s finalists span industry, start-up and academic groups from Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States
  • The Amazon Robotics Challenge will award up to $250,000 in prizes and encourages idea sharing and innovation within the robotics and automation community

SEATTLE, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (May 10, 2017) announced the 16 finalists in its third-annual Amazon Robotics Challenge. The teams from Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States will convene on July 27 in Nagoya, Japan, where they will demonstrate their latest robotics hardware and software that can pick and stow items in storage. The Challenge combines object recognition, pose recognition, grasp planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning, task execution, and error detection and recovery. The robots will be scored by how many items are successfully picked and stowed in a fixed amount of time. Winning teams will be awarded up to $250,000 in prizes.

“This challenge is an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open solutions to the technical challenges we face in unstructured automation,” said Joey Durham, Contest Chairperson and Manager of Research and Advanced Development for Amazon Robotics. “It’s also a celebration of robotic innovation – something we are deeply focused on at Amazon – and provides a platform for the academic and research community to share and promote their research in a fun and rewarding way.”

The following teams have been selected as finalists and will be competing in the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge:

  • MC^2 – Mitsubishi, Chubu University, Chukyo University
  • NAIST-Panasonic – Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Panasonic
  • Team T2 – Tottori University, Toshiba
  • Team K – University of Tokyo
  • MIT-Princeton – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University
  • Team Duke – Duke University
  • PLAID – Carnegie Mellon University
  • GMU-Negev – George Mason University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • ACRV – Queensland University of Technology
  • IITK-TCS – Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Tata Consultancy Services
  • TKU M-Bot – Tamkang University
  • Nanyang – Nanyang Technological University
  • NimbRo Picking – University of Bonn
  • UJI RobInLab – Jaume I University
  • Applied Robotics – Smart Robotics, University of Sydney
  • IFL PiRo – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Helmut Schmidt University

This year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge will be held during RoboCup, the leading and most diverse competition for intelligent robots and one of the world’s most important technology events in research and training. The 2016 contest was held at RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany, and was won by team Delft, a collaboration between Delft Robotics and TU Delft’s Robotics Institute.

“As a result of this contest, we are attracting more interest than ever before from robot manufacturers approaching us to pursue additional research,” said Carlos Hernandez Corbato, Team Delft Captain and Postdoctoral Researcher. “This challenge was the most exciting project I have ever done in research and the most gratifying because of how much we learned.”

Amazon is committed to supporting innovation in robotics and automation. The company utilizes a wide range of innovative technology within its fulfillment centers, including more than 80,000 Amazon Robotics drive units in over 25 fulfillment centers worldwide. Amazon Robotics drive units deliver items directly to employees at ergonomic work stations and help make associates’ roles more efficient.

For additional information about the Amazon Robotics Challenge including contest details, participating teams, rules, and FAQs, visit www.amazonrobotics.com/#/pickingchallenge. For more information about RoboCup, visit www.robocup2017.org.

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 www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Carrefour Poland sets up a retail technological incubator

Poland, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is the first retail chain in Poland to set up a retail technological incubator. This project will enable Carrefour to research and implement relevant innovations for the entire retail sector, while supporting the development of Polish entrepreneurship and young Polish talent.

Carrefour Poland will place 652 square meters of specially equipped office space in Warsaw at the disposal of selected start-ups. At the same time, the Carrefour store with the most modern commercial concepts will be used to test new ideas developed in the incubator, for example, digital applications and solutions to optimise sales processes and interactions with customers.

Carrefour encourages cooperation with start-ups and companies that are well established in the new technologies industry, as well as IT and commerce higher education colleges.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

ICA Gruppen First quarter of 2017 financial results: Consolidated net sales increased by 0.9%

Solna, Sweden, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Solid results in a weaker market.

First quarter of 2017 in summary

  • Consolidated net sales amounted to SEK 24,984 million (24,761), an increase of 0.9%
  • Operating profit excluding non-recurring items totalled SEK 996 million (959).
  • Profit for the period was SEK 1,132 million (735). Profit includes capital gains on sales of non-current assets and impairment losses totaling SEK 399 million net (17)
  • Earnings per share were SEK 5.61 (3.65)
  • Cash flow from operating activities for continuing operations amounted to SEK -51 million (398). Excluding ICA Bank, cash flow was SEK 492 million (531)
  • The sale of properties in Norway was completed on 1 February, generating a capital gain of approximately SEK 400 million

After the end of the quarter

  • On 7 April the Annual General Meeting voted in favour of the Board’s proposed dividend of SEK 10.50 per share
  • Anette Wiotti was elected by the Annual General Meeting as a new board member and replaces Peter Berlin, who declined re-elections

Comment from the CEO of ICA Gruppen, Per Strömberg:

“The first quarter looked roughly like the end of last year – a slightly more tentative market with weak volume development in which a comparatively large share of sales growth was price-driven. The fact that Easter falls in April this year and February 2016 included a leap day makes it a bit difficult to have an exact idea of the market’s development, but we believe our sales are well in line with the market. As for earnings, we are in line with our financial targets and have stable margins, which we are satisfied with.”

For further information, please contact:

Frans Benson
Head of Investor Relations
tel. +46 8-561 500 20

ICA Gruppen press service
Tel +46 10 422 52 52

Press and analyst meeting

ICA Gruppen is arranging a press and analyst meeting via conference call, on Tuesday 9 May at 10.00 CET. CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report. The conference can be followed at www.icagruppen.se/investerare.

To call in, please dial:

SE +46 8 5050 3050

UK +44 203 655 1001

Conference PIN: 8023887#

Calendar

16 August 2017                     Interim report second quarter

10 November 2017               Interim report third quarter

8 February 2018                   Year-end report 2017

This is information that ICA Gruppen AB (publ.) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 07:00 CET on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen

ICA Gruppen presents its 1Q 2017 sustainability report

Solna, Sweden, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen presents its sustainability report for the first quarter 2017. This is a quarterly report about ICA Gruppen’s work on issues relating to sustainability. The report show developments during the year and covers all companies within ICA Gruppen.

“ICA Gruppen aims to be a leader in sustainability. For the past several years we have been working actively and in a structured manner with continuous change in all steps of the value chain. The end goal is to influence producers and consumers in a more sustainable direction and to conduct our own operations in a climate-smart manner,” comments Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen.

Read more about the following and other news in the sustainability report:

  • ICA Gruppen’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 36% (24%) during the period April 2016–March 2017 (rolling 12 months) compared with the base year 2006.
  • Continued sales growth for the eco-labelled, organic and ethically labelled range. In total, sales of organic products from ICA Sweden’s central assortment grew 8% (18%) during the period April 2016–March 2017 (rolling 12 months) compared with the corresponding period a year ago.
  • “Välj med Hjärtat” label rolled out at all pharmacies. The label (“Choose with your Heart”) has been developed to help customers make environmentally sustainable choices of both over-the-counter medicines and traded goods.
  • Partnership for reduced food waste. To reduce food waste at stores, during the quarter ICA Sweden began working with the organisation Food- 2change.
  • Hemtex on the list of the ten brands that buy the most Better Cotton in relation to their total use of cotton.
  • In mid-December 2016, the cooperation between ICA Sweden and the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) was extended. The purpose of the cooperation is to broaden the offering of Swedish products in stores, increase sales of Swedish foods, and contribute to the development and growth of Sweden’s rural areas.

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Staples, Inc. announces the appointment of Brett Wahlin as Chief Information Security Officer

Staples, Inc. announces the appointment of Brett Wahlin as Chief Information Security Officer

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today (05.08.17) announced Brett Wahlin has been appointed to the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

In this new role, Wahlin will be responsible for global enterprise-wide information, product and data security. He will report to Chief Technology Officer Faisal Masud, who leads Staples Digital Solutions, a new organization within the company which combines its traditional IT and digital organizations.

Wahlin’s role will be key in the digital transformation of Staples’ business. As customer needs evolve rapidly towards greater use of technology with an acceleration into online and mobile, security threats will continue to increase. Wahlin’s role expands beyond traditional cyber security into product development, connected devices, fraud and loss prevention.

“Brett has nearly 30 years of experience leading large enterprise information security architecture, policy, operations and development,” said Masud. “The security of both our customers’ and Staples’ data is critical, and we’ll look to Brett to bring his knowledge of the latest security standards and best practices to the role, as we continue to evolve into a digital-first company.”

Wahlin joins Staples from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he served as vice president and CISO. While at HPE, he was responsible for all aspects of information security, including security operations and intelligence, security architecture, cyber risk and governance, product lifecycle security, business security and transformation, industry next security and cyber service delivery. He built world-class, extensible security capabilities that protected HPE’s assets and workforce, enabled and extended business capabilities and showcased its security solutions at work.

Previously, Wahlin served as Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Sony Network Entertainment International and CSO at McAfee. He has also worked as CISO at Los Alamos National Laboratory, vice president of security architecture for Wells Fargo, and held various positions in security with Intel. He began his career as a counterintelligence agent in the US Army.

Staples, Inc.
Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.

Contact

Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela
508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@staples.com

“C’est qui le Patron ?!” apple juice hits Carrefour store shelves

France, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on the successful sale of more than 10 million milk cartons, “C’est qui le Patron ?!” apple juice recently hit store shelves. Launched exclusively in all Carrefour stores today (05/10/2017), this product was developed by and for consumers to meet their demands in terms of quality, ethics and product origins.

French consumers give priority to taste and support producers
Prior to the launch, more than 20,000 consumers completed an online questionnaire and set us the following product criteria: fair remuneration for producers, French apples produced as part of an integrated approach to farming, and unfiltered juice for a tastier, more natural flavour. Some one hundred producers in the Grand-Ouest, Alsace and Sud-Ouest regions who met these criteria were carefully selected to produce the first million litres of juice.

“C’est qui le Patron ?!” apple juice
Price: €1.62
1 litre carton
French juice made from apples grown as part of an integrated approach to farming

First consumer pizza also on Carrefour shelves! 
Produced by Le Pizza de Manosque, an SME in southeastern France, and made from quality ingredients, including AOP and Label Rouge cheeses, this pizza was also produced to consumer specifications.
For example, they decided its price – €4.49 – and topping, equivalent to 60% of the product: Label Rouge Emmental grand cru, AOC comté, Label Rouge raclette, tomatoes grown in the open-air, French flour and extra virgin olive oil.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Carrefour announces winning start-ups of the first Brazilian edition of the Start-ups Challenge

Carrefour announces winning start-ups of the first Brazilian edition of the Start-ups Challenge

 

Brazil, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour announced the winning start-ups of the first Brazilian edition of the Start-ups Challenge, a competition which is part of the global conference of the French NGO Hello Tomorrow. The initiative elected projects of two start-ups with innovaative solutions for food production worldwide in response to the theme proposed by the challenge: ‘Food of tomorrow for all’.  With the support of Carrefour, one of the main partners of the global event two years ago, this is the first time that the NGO has promoted the Start-ups Challenge outside France. The first place was won by CBA Sementes, followed by PW. The award ceremony was held yesterday (04), in São Paulo (SP), at the headquarters of CUBO, a non profit-making association for the promotion of technology entrepreneurship.

With an innovative project, CBA Sementes, the winning start-up of the competition, developed a technology for the production of seed potatoes by means of aeroponics.  The technique, an evolution of hydroponics, enables the foodstuff to be cultivated in suspension, that is, without the use of soil.  The so-called “air cultivation” presented by the winner does not use substrates, reduces water consumption by 98% and the use of fertilizers by 80% compared to traditional production processes.

PW, which came second, has developed biodegradable water-absorbents.  Made from fruit peel, the technology can be used in agriculture in arid regions like the Brazilian North-East. The water-absorbent is applied to the roots of the crops, creating a humid environment propitious for their development.  Among the product’s major differentials are low cost, high yield and exemption from chemical inputs.

By means of the Start-ups Challenge the organization invites start-ups and entrepreneurs to participate in challenges in order to develop new technologies and innovative solutions for the planet’s real problems.  The theme of the Brazilian competition, proposed by Carrefour, considered important pillars which the company develops and promotes around the world to encourage a healthy, sustainable and less wasteful diet.

The solutions proposed by the start-ups and entrepreneurs followed the three criteria chosen for the challenge: the development of healthier (production, distribution, handling, storage and nutritional information), more sustainable (development, production, distribution), and less wasteful foods (production, handling, storate, marketing, usage and recycling).

The winners of the first and second places of the Brazilian edition of the Start-ups Challenge won cash prizes of  R$ 50,000 and R$ 20,000 respectively. In addition, Carrefour will support the development of both winning projects. CBA Sementes was also awarded two airline tickets and accommodation to participate in the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2017, a world meeting promoted by the NGO, on 26 and 27 October in France.   On that occasion start-ups, researchers and other guests will take part in various debates on the themes selected for this year’s conference.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Staples, Inc. to hold its 1Q 2017 results conference call on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss first quarter 2017 results on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call via webcast, please visit Staples’ Investor Relations website at http://investor.staples.com.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.

Contacts

Staples, Inc.
Media Contact:
Bill Durling
508-253-2882

Investor Contact:
Chris Powers/Scott Tilghman
508-253-4632/1487

Taco Bell to create 100,000 new U.S. jobs over the next five years

Company and franchisees expect to create 3,500 new positions this summer

Irvine, Calif., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell’s recent announcement to grow as a system to 8,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2022 means more than just bringing delicious tacos and burritos to new communities; this also will create about 100,000 new U.S. jobs over the next five years. That commitment kicks into full swing this month, with the company and its franchisees expecting to fill 3,500 newly created jobs this summer alone. In addition, as the company heads into its busiest season of the year, it will seek to fill 50,000 additional positions across the system by the end of the summer.

Connecting the right job with the right candidate is not always easy. Taco Bell is looking to make this process even better for current and potential employees through its newly launched partnership with Roadtrip Nation. Today also marks the debut of Taco Bell’s first ever 30 under 30 list. Together, this industry-first partnership and round-up of top talent highlights the career paths within Taco Bell, making it easier for current and future employees to match their job needs and goals with Taco Bell’s varied career opportunities.

“Last year we announced our commitment to hire 100,000 new team members in our system by 2022,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer at Taco Bell. “We are now taking that commitment to the next level with recruiting and employment programs to help us and our franchisees invest in our employees, and their experience, in significant ways.”

Whether people are looking for their first job, a summer stint or one that can provide education and leadership development opportunities, Taco Bell is helping to remove obstacles to finding and landing the right job.

“Our system’s employees are central to creating exceptional experiences for the 46 million customers we serve each week,” said Frank Tucker, Chief People Officer at Taco Bell. “Taco Bell and our franchisees are committed to building workplaces where team members want to work and grow. That starts by showcasing the diverse pathways in the Taco Bell system and celebrating employees’ achievements, which we’re doing by shining a spotlight on some of Taco Bell’s most impressive young talent.”

The Taco Bell 30 under 30

Young people have always been the heart and soul of the Taco Bell brand. The inaugural Taco Bell 30 under 30 list highlights some of the brand’s incredible young talent, and aims to inspire and educate current and potential team members about the opportunities available to them at Taco Bell.

“Taco Bell team members are our biggest and most important brand ambassadors, and we are proud of and committed to maintaining the fact that 80 percent of our restaurant leadership roles are promoted from within.” said Tucker. “Each of our 30 under 30 list honorees is living más every day, truly embodying the brand’s culture and values, and deserves to be recognized.”

The individuals – who were nominated by Taco Bell leadership and franchisees – were chosen because they embrace the Taco Bell spirit, are passionate, innovative, creative and respected among peers. The honorees are leaders on their teams and within their restaurants and constantly look for opportunities to uplift and mentor other team members.

Check out all of Taco Bell’ 30 under 30 here

Roadtrip Nation Partnership

Beginning in late 2016, Taco Bell partnered with Roadtrip Nation to capture the stories and career paths of current employees and alumni of Taco Bell. Since then, Roadtrip Nation has been traveling the country capturing video of these incredible personal stories. One alumni interviewed was Fred Mossler, former Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Zappos and entrepreneur. Mossler’s first job was cleaning dishes at Taco Bell, where he worked his way up to supervisor.

“The skills-based compensation model utilized at Taco Bell is important to me to this day in terms of how I think about business and help build companies,” said Mossler. “Taco Bell was like the launching pad for the rest of my life.”

In the second phase of this partnership, these videos are being featured on Roadtrip Nation’s online platform, Share Your Road. Here, employees, current and prospective, can see real steps for getting to their goal position, whether that’s managing an entire Taco Bell restaurant, working in the award-winning marketing department at headquarters, or taking skills to another industry all together.

Current Taco Bell employees and alumni are invited to develop profiles and connect with others to share the story of how they got to where they are today. The platform aims to foster networks and communities and empower team members by hearing about the lessons learned and career paths of others. Participants will inspire fellow and future team members to follow their interests, skills and ambitions in their work at Taco Bell to help them reach their potential.

“We’re proud to partner with Taco Bell on this innovative approach to help current and prospective employees visualize paths to progression either within or beyond such a forward-thinking company,” said Mike Marriner, Cofounder of Roadtrip Nation.

Roadtrip Nation is one of the many programs the Taco Bell system offers as part of its Start with Us, Stay with Us platform that helps create opportunities for employees no matter how long they’ve been with, or plan to stay with, the company or our franchisees. Taco Bell provides leadership development programs such as theMARK, theSPARK and theQUEST as well as education support through its GED certification, Live Más Scholarship and college programs. Learn more here and here.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)
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Contact:

949-863-3915
e-mail: media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell launches fundraising campaign to help kids with scholarships and programs

Taco Bell launches fundraising campaign to help kids with scholarships and programs

 

Irvine, Calif., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Thursday, May 11th through Thursday, May 25th participating Taco Bell restaurants nationwide are inviting customers to donate $1 to the Taco Bell Foundation to help kids with scholarships and programs. All funds raised will help the next generation, like the three pictured above, achieve their career and educational aspirations.

Meet Jonathan, Devon and Pooja. They are the next generation of leaders. Youth on the cusp of adulthood searching for ways to live out their dreams. They are pure potential. Innovators, dreamers, and creators who could one day change the world. And with a program like the Live Más Scholarship behind them, they have someone who believes in them as much as they believe in themselves.

With your donation, you are helping fund the dreams of many more students like Jonathan, Devon and Pooja. So, Thank YOU. Thank you for believing in them and believing in what the Live Mas Scholarship can give them.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

ACTIV FITNESS ÜBERNIMMT DIE SILHOUETTE WELLNESS SA

ACTIV FITNESS ÜBERNIMMT DIE SILHOUETTE WELLNESS SA

 

ACTIV FITNESS AG, eine Tochtergesellschaft der Genossenschaft Migros Zürich, übernimmt per sofort die Silhouette Wellness SA mit Sitz in Meyrin (GE).

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Per 9. Mai 2017 hat die ACTIV FITNESS AG die Silhouette Wellness SA übernommen. Diese betreibt insgesamt 22 Fitness-Studios: 10 Silhouette Clubs befinden sich in Genf, 5 im Kanton Waadt und 5 in Zürich. Die 2 Premium-Studios unter der Marke «Pure» befinden sich ebenfalls in Genf.

Mit dieser Übernahme wird die Marktposition der ACTIV FITNESS AG in den Regionen Genf und Zürich stark ausgebaut. Dazu Hans Peter Meier, CEO der ACTIV FITNESS AG: «Diese Übernahme ist ein Meilenstein innerhalb unserer Expansionsstrategie und ein klares Bekenntnis zur Westschweiz. Mit der Silhouette Wellness SA erhalten wir die Möglichkeit, im Wirtschaftsgebiet Genf gute Standorte und ein erfahrenes Team zu übernehmen».

Die Silhouette Wellness SA wird mit den bestehenden Mitarbeitenden und den beiden Marken «Silhouette» und «Pure» weitergeführt. Auch in Zukunft wird der bisherige CEO Sébastien Duvanel und sein Führungsteam für die beiden Formate verantwortlich sein. Dazu Sébastien Duvanel: «Mit ACTIV FITNESS gewinnen wir eine im Fitnessmarkt engagierte, dynamische und erfolgreiche Muttergesellschaft. Diese Übernahme eröffnet viele neue Perspektiven für Silhouette und ihre Mitarbeitenden und sorgt für Stabilität.»

Für die Mitglieder ergeben sich keine Veränderungen. Sie können auch weiterhin von den bewährten Leistungen der Silhouette Wellness SA profitieren.

Source: Migros

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PRODUCT RECALL: chicken Salsa sold in the self-service counters of the butcher’s department in Colruyt stores

Halle, Belgium, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — During microbiological analyses at the Colruyt Group laboratory, the presence of listeria monocytogenes was found in the chicken Salsa. It is sold in the self-service counters of the butcher’s department in Colruyt stores in Belgium.

Consequently, Colruyt decided in consultation with the FASFC (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain) to remove this product from the shelves and to recall it from the consumers.

Product description:
Available at Colruyt in Belgium
Chicken Salsa 150 g

Colruyt article number: 16906
Sold from 4/5 to 9/5/2017.
Use by: 30/5/2017.
Weight: 150 g
Packaging: salad punnets
Manufacturer: Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat, Bilkensveld 3, 1500 Halle

Information for the consumer:

Colruyt asks its customers not to consume this product and to bring it back to the store. The product will be refunded. In the meantime, the product has been removed from the shelves.

Possible symptoms of listeria infection
Possible symptoms of infection by listeria are nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea or constipation, headache and persisting fever (flu feeling). The symptoms usually occur 2 to 30 days after ingestion of listeria monocytogenes.

These symptoms can lead to listeriosis, a serious illness with an incubation period up to 8 weeks. Pregnant women, people with reduced immunity, young children and elderly people must be extra attentive for these symptoms.

Customers who have eaten this chicken salsa and show the symptoms are advised to consult their family doctor and tell him they have eaten this product.

For more information, customers can call 02 345 2345.

Contact: 
Hanne Poppe
Press officer Colruyt Group
Tel: 0473 92 45 10

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PRODUCT RECALL: chicken Salsa sold in the self-service counters of the butcher’s department in Colruyt stores

 

Source:  Colruyt Group

Overstock.com announces the appointment of Allison Abraham as its first chairwoman of its board of directors

Company president Saum Noursalehi elected to the board

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform:OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQB:OSTBP) announces the appointment of Allison Abraham as the company’s first chairwoman of the board of directors. Ms. Abraham has served as a director on the ecommerce leader’s board for 15 years, and is the chairwoman of the board’s audit committee.

Jonathan Johnson, Overstock’s chairman of the board of directors since 2014, remains on the board.  He also continues in his role as president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s blockchain technology subsidiary.

“Jonathan’s steady hand as chairman has been of great benefit to Overstock through years of our history, and we are grateful he is able to remain on our board of directors now that running our Medici blockchain technology subsidiary is demanding more and more of his efforts,” said Overstock’s CEO and founder, Dr. Patrick M. Byrne. “Allison has long been a strong voice in guiding Overstock in her role as a director from our earliest days. She is the perfect choice to assume the chairwoman role on our board as we continue to set the standard for profitable and sustainable ecommerce growth.”

Also elected to the retailer’s board of directors is Overstock’s president, Saum Noursalehi, joining incumbent directors Dr. Byrne, Barclay F. Corbus, Kirthi Kalyanam, and Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.

“As president, Saum has already taken decisive steps to maintain Overstock’s position as a leader in home retail for the short and long term,” continued Dr. Byrne. “His deep understanding of both the economic and technical components of ecommerce is a welcome addition to an already strong board.”

About Allison Abraham:

Ms. Abraham is the first chairwoman of Overstock’s board, on which she has held the position of director since 2002. She is a member of the compensation committee and nominating & corporate governance committee, and is the chairwoman of the audit committee. She is currently the president and founder of The Newton School, a private, non-profit school serving grades K-8, located in Sterling, Virginia. Prior to this role, Ms. Abraham managed her own consulting business, served as a director of privately held Precision Imaging, Inc., and was president and director of LifeMinders, Inc., an online direct marketing company, until its acquisition by Cross Media Marketing Corp. in October 2001. Before joining LifeMinders, Ms. Abraham served as chief operating officer of iVillage Inc., an online media company, and as president, COO and director of Shoppers Express, an online grocery service. Ms. Abraham holds a MBA degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University.

About Saum Noursalehi:

Mr. Noursalehi currently serves as the president of Overstock.com, a role he has held since 2016. He began his career with Overstock in 2005, and has held several roles for the online retailer prior to being named president, including senior vice president of marketing, senior vice president of product development, and chief revenue officer. Noursalehi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah, has been profiled in publications such as Wired, and was a recipient of the 2015 Utah Business Forty Under 40 award honoring Utah’s top up-and-coming professionals.

About Jonathan Johnson:

Mr. Johnson is president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, including t0, which recently completed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offering on its platform. Johnson joined Overstock in 2002, and has served as the chairman of Overstock’s board of directors since April 2014, transitioning to the position after five years as the company’s president, and later, as the acting CEO and executive vice chairman of the board. He has been an integral part of Overstock’s meteoric growth from a small start-up to a publicly traded company with over $1.8 billion in sales and over 1,700 employees. Johnson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University, studied at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan as a Ministry of Education Scholar, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform : OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQB:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world, and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by giving them access to our national customer base. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

METRO launches fundraising campaign supporting Canadian Red Cross to assist flooding victims in Québec

MONTREAL, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sensitive to the situation currently impacting thousands of Quebeckers, METRO is launching a fundraising campaign supporting the Canadian Red Cross in its efforts to assist those affected by the flooding in Québec. Beginning May 9th, METRO will appeal to the generosity of its Metro and Super C store customers throughout the province and provide various ways to collect cash donations.

Customers will be able to deposit money in collection boxes set up at the checkout counters in all Metro and Super C stores in Quebec. All the money collected will be donated directly to the Canadian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund to help families affected by the flooding.

METRO
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

For more information:

Geneviève Grégoire
METRO
514 643-1000 ext 2055
genevieve.gregoire@metro.ca

Source: METRO INC.

SpartanNash to release its 1Q FY2017 financial results on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Byron Center, MI, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash Company (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPTN) will announce its first quarter fiscal year 2017 financial results after the stock market close on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at SpartanNash’s website at www.spartannash.com/webcasts under the “Investor Relations” section and will remain available for replay on the Company’s website for approximately ten days.

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 153 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, D&W Fresh Market, Sun Mart, and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.

Investor Contact:
Chris Meyers
616-878-8023
Executive Vice President & CFO

Media Contact:
Meredith Gremel
616-878-2830
Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications

Source: SpartanNash Company