2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award presented to REWE Group

​LONDON, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — REWE Group has won the 2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe awards dinner in London on June 14.

The award recognizes REWE Group for its leadership on developing and implementing sustainable strategies and making sustainability a core aspect of the company’s mission. Since implementing its sustainable practices nearly a decade ago, REWE Group views sustainability as both a process and a fundamental attitude that is firmly ingrained in its corporate culture.

Judges agreed that REWE Group is committed to being an industry pacesetter and instilling sustainability into the collective conscious of society. This commitment is based on REWE Group’s 2010 Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices, which exemplify that sustainability is a fundamental element of its business strategy. As part of its sustainable business practices, REWE Group assumes responsibility for its employees, works fairly with partners and suppliers, promotes more sustainable product ranges, acts in an environmentally and climate-friendly manner and serves as an advocate of biodiversity and a sustainable society.

“Focusing on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources, it is also good for business, and REWE Group demonstrates its commitment through its four pillars of sustainability: green products; employees; energy, climate and the environment; and social involvement,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola is proud to recognize REWE Group, which shares our passion for making a lasting, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

The European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award is given to a convenience retailing company that has pursued a sustainability initiative that has significantly improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement and prospects for continued financial strength.

At the June 14 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, winners were also announced for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year and the European Convenience Retail Technology Award.

Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard

Wegmans Medford announces recipients of its Employee Scholarship Program

MEDFORD, MA, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four graduating seniors from the Medford area received $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets in a symbolic nod to the company’s annual announcement of recipients for its Employee Scholarship Program, which helps employees along the path to higher education.

The local recipients are students from Everett, Medford, and Somerville high schools. Wegmans partnered with each school to select a student who exemplifies the family-owned company’s values: Caring, Respect, High Standards, Empowerment, and Making a Difference.

Congratulations go to the following students:

Medford High School: Tyrese Stroud
Everett High School: Jennifer Chavez Umana and Geral Rivera Miranda (Culinary Arts program)
Somerville High School: Xiomara Ireheta

“The employee scholarship program is a long-standing tradition at Wegmans that we’re especially proud of,” said Wegmans Medford Store Manager Kevin Russell. “Many of our leaders started with the company part time as a first job and went on to attend college with tuition assistance from our employee scholarship program.”

The local recipients join 2,019 Wegmans employees that were granted new scholarships this year, with an expected payout of $5.1 million to the program’s current and new recipients for the 2017/2018 academic year. Since the program began in 1984, more than 35,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $110 million.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Part-time employees can receive up to $6,000 over four years and full-time employees can receive up to $8,800 over four years, with no limit placed on the number of scholarships awarded and no restrictions on a student’s course of study from an accredited college.

The Medford Wegmans opens this fall and will employ approximately 450 people. Hiring and training are currently underway for positions including everything from entry-level management to culinary professionals such as line cooks. Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 781-322-0985 for more information.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Wegmans Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713

 

      

Co-op a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) corporate member

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has bolstered its relationship with global sustainability organisation LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) by becoming a corporate member.

The move will see the retailer work more closely with LEAF to deliver its sustainable food and farming goals which involve wider collaboration with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to promote practices that enhance the environment.

The announcement follows LEAF Open Farm Sunday which took place on 11 June, of which the Co-op is a principal sponsor.

Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s Head of Agriculture, said: “We’re delighted to build on our partnership with LEAF in pursuit of our shared vision to promote sustainable farming, eating and living. Co-op takes its responsibilities as an ethical retailer very seriously and we are looking forward to establishing a close and collaborative relationship with the organisation which does so much to encourage responsible food production and consumption.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, commented: “Our corporate members play a pivotal role in helping us drive forward LEAF’s vision of a world that is farming, eating and living sustainably. We’re delighted to welcome a retailer of the Co-op’s calibre as a corporate member. It is well-known for its staunch support of the British agricultural industry and with stores in every postal area it’s perfectly placed to help LEAF engage with local communities, farmers and the food industry as a whole.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

 

Kimco announces achievements on its corporate responsibility program for 2016

Building on the corporate responsibility program’s six years of success, Kimco sets its sights beyond basic environmental, social, and governance practices

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) announced today (6/15/2017) the release of its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. This fourth annual report provides a comprehensive account of Kimco’s performance on a range of environmental, social and governance aspects.

“Over the past several years, we’ve been hard at work transforming Kimco’s business—reshaping our portfolio, cultivating new leaders from within, and establishing a 2020 Vision that will provide the strategic direction to deliver steady and recurring growth for many years to come,” said Conor Flynn, Chief Executive Officer at Kimco Realty. “During this period we’ve also developed a robust corporate responsibility program, establishing Kimco as an early industry leader and earning recognition from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, and others.”

“As we reflect on recent milestones and plan for the future, our team is committed to going beyond expectations to build a next-generation Real Estate Investment Trust,” said David Jamieson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We understand that we must not only identify challenges, but seek solutions and innovations that will position Kimco for success. Sustainability serves as one of the lenses through which we are evaluating these emerging opportunities in our business.”

2016 Highlights

Kimco’s achievements for 2016 include:

  • Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, GRESB Green Star, and Newsweek’s Top Green Companies in the U.S.
  • Achieved a cumulative 18 percent reduction in same-site energy consumption since 2011 by investing in property improvements that are delivering significant operational savings. The company is going beyond existing operations to embed sustainability criteria into the design of new properties and major redevelopments.
  • Completed 170 sustainable improvement projects for a total investment of $10.1 million.
  • Produced 3,564 megawatt hours of solar energy.
  • Diverted approximately a quarter of all operational waste (57,313 metric tons) from landfills or incinerators.
  • Launched initiatives that exemplify Kimco’s commitment to developing its talented team. Kimco’s employees are its most important asset, and the company made significant investments in diversity, education, and wellness programs in 2016.
  • Contributed 476 hours of employee volunteer service through Kimco’s Community Connection program.
  • Continued to build upon its long-term commitment to best practices in areas such as stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, ethics, and external reporting. Kimco recently expanded board- and executive-level involvement in its corporate responsibility program, and has also published a comprehensive ESG (environmental, social and governance) policy to clearly articulate program governance to external audiences.

The 34-page Corporate Responsibility Report follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. The summary report is intended for all audiences and covers the most relevant content for stakeholders. The report appendix is designed as optional supplemental reading for those stakeholders interested in more detailed GRI indicator data on Kimco’s performance.

About Kimco Realty

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2017, the company owned interests in 517 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space across 34 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.

Contact:
David F. Bujnicki
1-866-831-4297
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations & Strategy

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Bulletproof 360, Inc. recalls Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Bulletproof 360, Inc. recalls Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

 

Bellevue, Washington, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulletproof 360, Inc. (“Bulletproof”) of Bellevue, Washington is recalling five Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products because they have 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.

The affected products were distributed between April 7, 2017 and June 12, 2017 in retail stores nationally and on bulletproof.com to customers nationally and internationally in the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands (USA). Products are identified with the following information:

Product Packaged Individual Net Wt. Box Net Wt. Individual UPC Box UPC Use by Dates Lot numbers
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021498 815709020811 11/1/2017
11/6/2017
11/14/2017
11/23/2017
12/1/2017
12/19/2017
12/25/2017
0957-011007-011087-011177-011257-011437-011497-01
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bite Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 15 packed in a box. Bite:0.74 oz (21g) 11.10 oz(315 g) 815709021528 815709021535 12/27/17
11/28/2017
12/8/2017
1227-011327-011517-01
Lemon Cookie Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021801 815709021795 11/7/2017
11/8/2017
12/14/2017
1017-011027-011387-01
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021481 815709020804 11/15/2017
11/22/2017
11/29/2017
12/11/2017
1097-011167-011237-011357-01
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bite Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 15 packed in a box. Bite:0.74 oz (21g) 11.10 oz(315 g) 815709021504 815709021511 11/20/2017
11/27/2017
1147-011217-01

HVF, Inc. supplied the cashew butter used as an ingredient in the above Bulletproof Collagen Bars and Bites. The affected equipment was not used to process the cashew butter contained in BulletproofCollagen Bars and Bites; however, testing at HVF’s facility found Listeria contamination in another part of the facility.

No other Bulletproof products, including Bulletproof Collagen Powder, are affected or are involved in this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Bulletproof will quickly be shipping replacement Collagen Protein Bars and Bites freshly made with a new cashew butter supplier.

Bulletproof is informing all of its retailers and distributors of this recall, and is making every effort to contact customers who recently purchased Collagen Protein Bars or Bites from the lots listed above to inform them of the recall, and to facilitate the return or destruction of any unused product.

Customers should not eat any Collagen Protein Bars or Bites that are subject to the recall, and should return them to Bulletproof. Customers will receive a full replacement or bulletproof.com store credit.

If you have any questions or concerns related to Bulletproof’s Collagen Protein Bars or Bites, please contact a Bulletproof Customer Service Representative by calling 1-425-434-9704 Monday through Friday, from 9 AM-5 PM PDT.

Consumers Contact:
1-425-434-9704

Source: FDA

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Kroger expands recall on Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Kroger expands recall on Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

 

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (June 15, 2017) announced it has expanded the recall of its 12 oz. packages of Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Listeria monocytogenes is 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.  No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

In May, we were informed by the supplier that the macadamia nuts used in this product may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Routine sampling of a different item produced by the supplier for another company revealed positive Listeria monocytogenes results, and a subsequent investigation of the manufacturing environment discovered a contaminated piece of equipment.

The product comes in a 12 oz., clear plastic package marked with expiration dates of:  Dec. 09, 2017, Mar. 02, 2018, Mar. 03, 2018, or Apr. 07, 2018 stamped on the side. Product was distributed between 12/9/2016 to 6/13/2017.  Kroger has removed the following item from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Product UPC Code Size
Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts 11110-02478 Sell By:
Dec. 09 2017
Mar. 02 2018
Mar. 03 2018
Apr. 07 2018
12 oz.

Kroger has expanded this recall to include all stores nationwide under the following names: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, City Market, Smith’s, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Pick ‘N Save, Copps, Metro Market, Owen’s and QFC.

Customers who have purchased any of the products described above should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 a.m. ET, and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Consumers Contact:
1-800-KROGERS

Media Contact:
Kristal Howard
(513) 762-1304

Source: FDA

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Albert Heijn introduceert nieuw assortiment exclusief voor zakelijke markt

Albert Heijn introduceert nieuw assortiment exclusief voor zakelijke markt

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vanaf maandag 19 juni vinden zakelijke klanten op ah.nl ruim 250 nieuwe producten. Het gaat om assortiment dat speciaal voor hen beschikbaar is, zoals portieverpakkingen, bulkverpakkingen en grootverpakkingen.

Albert Heijn bezorgt bij een breed scala zakelijke klanten: van midden- en kleinbedrijven tot kinderdagverblijven en zorginstellingen. Voor al deze klanten is assortiment toegevoegd dat zich toespitst op hun behoeften. Zo kunnen zij kiezen uit tientallen portieverpakkingen die ideaal zijn voor in de kantine of voor hun bewoners. Van plakjes kaas, vleeswaren en ontbijtkoek tot kleine zakjes fritessaus en ketchup. Ook zijn producten verkrijgbaar die specifiek voor de zorg bestemd zijn zoals speciale voeding voor ouderen. Voor bedrijven zijn er onder andere handige grootverpakkingen koffie, bulkverpakkingen met flesjes sap en professionele schoonmaakmiddelen.

Het nieuwe assortiment is vanaf 19 juni op ah.nl exclusief beschikbaar voor zakelijke klanten. Zij kunnen daarnaast natuurlijk blijven kiezen uit het bestaande assortiment van 28.500 producten van Albert Heijn, Etos en Gall&Gall.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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Sunoco LP’s Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns raised more than $1.6 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

DALLAS, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Donations through in-store Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns at Stripes and APlus stores helped raise more than $1.6 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) around the country.

Since 2000, Stripes and APlus, owned and operated by Sunoco LP, have partnered with CMN Hospitals to raise more than $12 million for sick and injured kids.

“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are tremendous assets in our communities and it is an incredible opportunity to work alongside of them,” said Eduardo Pereda, VP of Convenience Brands. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our customers and team members who raised more than $1.6 million to help continue to support children and their families during some of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Like all in-store CMN Hospitals fundraisers, 100 percent of funds raised from Sunoco LP campaigns will benefit the community in which they were raised. Those contributions help make miracles happen by funding vital medical care, equipment and therapy programs that save and improve the lives of more than 10 million sick and injured children each year.

“It’s partners like Sunoco LP that really make all the difference in helping kids get the care they need,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are grateful to all the Stripes and APlus employees and customers who gave so generously during this year’s campaign.”

About Sunoco LP
(NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates 1,355 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to 7,825 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. SUN’s general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE).

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

Contact:
Jeamy Molina
jeamy.molina@sunoco.com
469.646.1776

Emily Cawley
ecawley@cmnhospitals.org
801-214-6618

SOURCE: Sunoco LP

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association announces its research strategy for 2018-2019

Singapore, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has laid out its research strategy for 2018-2019 which will include a sharp focus on data that will be of particular interest to members of the Association.

Twenty reports will be compiled over the two year period by m1nd-set, APTRA’s research partner since 2011, combining consumer insights and air traffic forecasting.

The airports under the spotlight in 2018 will be Beijing, Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney, New Delhi, Shanghai Hongqiao, Mumbai and Auckland. In 2019 the airports under scrutiny will be Shanghai Pudong, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, Manila, Chengdu, Melbourne, Tokyo Narita and Taipei.

Each study will be based on 1,000 interviews conducted airside with business and leisure passengers from a wide spectrum of origins and backgrounds. Respondents will be asked for their attitudes to duty free & travel retail, their purchase motivations, the role of promotions and sales staff, and the impact of changes to customs allowances, among other subjects.

m1nd-set’s air traffic forecasting is based on Direct Data Solutions, a unique initiative developed jointly by IATA and the Airlines Reporting Corporation which is widely considered the ‘gold standard’ of airline ticket data.

The current 2017 research programme, which is sponsored by Interparfums and Rémy Cointreau, will soon reveal insights on consumer behaviour by Indian, South Korean and Japanese shoppers, sequels to the Chinese consumer insights which were published last month.

Andrew Ford, President APTRA, commented: “A key objective for APTRA is to enhance the service we provide to members across Asia Pacific and an important element of this is airport-specific research. Besides being available exclusively to members to download, the headline results of the research will be shared at future APTRA Airport Forums and Insights Seminars.”

Recognising the value and services offered by APTRA, several new companies have recently joined the association, including BMB Petit Gourmet, Brightgain, Chanel, Daniel Wellington, Ferrero, Lindt & Sprüngli, Pacific Cigars, Prevelon Rus, T&H Trading and Vietnam Duty Free Joint Stock Company, bringing the total number of members to 133.

Andrew Ford continued: “The APTRA Board Members are delighted to welcome these new members to the Association. We are grateful to them for their commitment to the work that we are doing in Asia Pacific – the more numerous we are, the better we represent the industry in the region and the more influential we can be in matters of advocacy.”

For further information about the work of APTRA please consult www.aptra.asia or contact info@aptra.asia

About APTRA
APTRA is the trade association for the duty free and travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region, serving all members and the industry to help grow the business and protect it when challenges arise.
 Through technology-led initiatives, seminars and conferences, APTRA serves to facilitate contact between members;
 Through bespoke training initiatives, APTRA is building the industry’s brand as a highly professional, caring and responsible retail channel;
 Through intensive consumer and market research, APTRA provides a solid
knowledge bank, bringing valuable, actionable data relevant to all sectors;
 Through regular communication, APTRA seeks to spread awareness and knowledge about the industry and the importance of travel retail for governments, airports, airlines and related businesses;
 Through regional monitoring, and in collaboration with member companies and trade associations in other parts of the world, APTRA is constantly on the alert for new challenges where its advocacy on behalf of the industry is needed with national governments and policy-makers in order to safeguard and grow the business of all concerned.

The geographical area covered by APTRA includes countries in Eastern Asia, South Eastern Asia, South Central Asia and Oceania.

www.aptra.asia

For trade information please contact:
APTRA
Michael Barrett
Executive Officer
Tel: Tel: +855 89 772 600
Email: michael@aptra.asia
www.aptra.asia

For press information please contact::
Appleton Communications
Kate Teagle
Tel: +44 1784 434 666
Email: kate.teagle@btinternet.com
www.appletoncomms.com

Source: APTRA

Iceland wins Online Supermarket of the Year and Business Initiative of the Year awards at The Grocer Gold Awards

London, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Iceland was delighted to be named Online Supermarket of the Year, and to win the award for Business Initiative of the Year for the new Iceland Kitchen, at The Grocer Gold Awards at Guildhall in London yesterday evening.

This continued a run of recent awards success that included Iceland winning two Gold, two Silver and four Bronze Awards at the British Frozen Food Awards on 8 June – more than any other retailer. On the same evening Iceland was named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2017 FreshAwards for excellence in fresh produce.

Iceland Founder & Executive Chairman Malcolm Walker said: “These accolades provide welcome recognition of the huge progress Iceland has made over the last two years to make us one of the UK’s fastest-growing and best-regarded food retailers. As our 2017 financial results recently showed, we are successfully winning new customers and delighting our established shoppers by developing unique, exciting and great-tasting quality food that they simply cannot buy anywhere else, while continuing to offer outstanding value for money.

“Our fast-growing Online business, already twice voted the best in the UK in the annual Which? supermarket survey, continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of our Managing Director of On-Line David Devany and his expanded team, supported by substantial investment in our website and logistics, including the opening of our second dedicated Online picking centre at Trafford Park this summer.

“Our £2 million investment to create simply the best product development kitchen in Europe at our Deeside head office has played a key role in increasing the pace and quality of our innovation, really taking our food to the next level, under the leadership of our hugely talented and experienced Head Chef Neil Nugent.

“Today we have the strongest management team in our 47-year history, our best-ever product range, a market-leading Online business, and are successfully changing perceptions of Iceland both through our “Power of Frozen” marketing campaign and by making major improvements in our stores. Our new Iceland store concept is proven to enhance our customer appeal and will now be rolled out across the country, while our distinctive and complementary The Food Warehouse format is already open in 40 locations across the UK, with many more stores in the pipeline. I have never been more excited about the prospects for Iceland and I am immensely grateful to The Grocer for the further endorsement provided by these great Awards”.

ENQUIRIES:
Keith Hann
PR adviser
01244 842228 / 07831 521870
kh@keithhann.com

Source: ICELAND

“Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics” now available in all Wawa stores

New, Enhanced Food Quality Classification Part of Wawa’s Commitment to Always Deliver Products with Care

Wawa, PA, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — This May, Wawa was thrilled to announce that “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics” is now available in all Wawa stores. This change is part of Wawa’s quality food commitment, which includes a pledge of continuous improvement, including an ongoing review of all products, ingredients and supplier partnerships.

As one of the first steps in Wawa’s journey to improve the quality of its foods, the introduction of “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics” will impact more than 23 items, including Wawa’s Express Case salads containing chicken or
turkey, poultry based ingredients used to make hoagies and sandwiches, and Sizzli® Breakfast Sandwiches containing turkey. The transition of all items containing poultry has been completed, with the exception of soups, which will be fully converted in 2018.

“We are excited to announce this first step in our promise to deliver enhanced quality products to customers across the Wawa chain,” said Mike Sherlock, Chief Fresh Food & Beverage Officer. “At Wawa, we are always looking for
ways to provide continuous improvement for our customers, rooted in the spirit of our core values, mainly do things right and do the right thing for our customers, communities and our planet. Upgrading our products to ‘Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics’ is just one part of this larger picture commitment. We look forward to announcing additional food quality enhancements throughout the year.”

With the introduction of this new classification, a special stamp has been applied to the Wawa ordering screen to highlight the transition to “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics.” Providing “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics’ is an enhanced measure to ensure we are delivering our products with care, building on our long-standing commitment to quality and meeting the preferences of consumers who are becoming more focused on what they eat and where their food is coming from.

About Wawa’s Quality Food Commitment
As part of Wawa’s ongoing commitment to provide safe, fresh, high quality foods, the company has established a fully integrated food and product quality program, and is improving and formalizing the programs, standards, and audit criteria for the vendors who supply the food products we serve. The program builds upon Wawa’s founding commitment to family safety and trust, dating back more than 100 years ago, when the Wawa Family Dairy was the
first to offer “physician certified” milk.

To guide this journey, Wawa has established an independent advisory council of top experts and thought leaders in food and animal safety, food technology and health and wellness. Wawa’s food safety program includes a focus on
animal welfare that requires suppliers to meet key standards of ethical and responsible food sourcing.

Learn more about Wawa’s commitment to food quality visit https://www.wawa.com/about

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in
Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food
Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 750 convenience retail stores (over 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail & Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

CONTACT:

public.relations@wawa.com

Source: WAWA Inc.

Wawa to open its first store in Washington, D.C. in December

  • Wawa Unveils 1st Store Location, Renderings, and D.C. Expansion Plans
  • Wawa Fans Visit Wawa D.C. Fan Celebration Area Outside of Newseum to Share in Festivities

Washington, D.C., 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Wawa Inc. today (June 13, 2017) announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C. market with its first store located at 1111 19th St., N.W. Washington, D.C., set to open in December. To introduce the company to the community before it officially opens its doors, Wawa hosted local developers, real estate teams and local officials at the Newseum for a Community Partnership Event, a networking and educational occasion meant to familiarize the community with Wawa’s offering, people, culture and expected economic and community impact.

During the event, Wawa’s leadership team met with officials and community members to share plans for upcoming expansion into the Washington, D.C., market over the next several years. While Wawa’s Community Partnership event was focused on the Real Estate partners and development community, Wawa fans were encouraged to visit the Wawa D.C. Fan Celebration Area outside the Newseum, which included a number of special elements for Wawa fans who had expressed excitement about Wawa’s entrance into the D.C. market. This included a meet-and-greet with Wawa mascots, Wally and Shorti; a selfie station complete with Wawa props; Wawa giveaways and a live-streaming of the invite-only Community Partnership presentation.

“We are thrilled to start expanding into the Washington, D.C., market and bring our urban store design to this incredible community,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO. “While we currently have stores throughout Virginia and Maryland, we look forward to bringing our unique mix of quality and convenience to residents of our nation’s capital by providing a unique, restaurant-style location created specifically for the D.C. customer.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support from our D.C.-area fans who are already eagerly anticipating Wawa opening in their city, and we can’t wait to open our doors to our D.C. friends and neighbors for the first time this December.”

About Wawa’s D.C. Community Partnership Event

The invitation-only event included local officials, Wawa executives and key community members, who provided an overview of Wawa’s expansion plans. Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens, Wawa Sr. V.P. Chief Real Estate Officer Brian Schaller, and members of Wawa’s Real Estate and Store Operations’ teams provided a glimpse into Wawa’s lengthy history, unique offering, and an overview of expansion plans. Key event happenings included:

– Unveiling of Wawa’s Washington, D.C., store design and first location
– Announcement of plans for continued expansion in the market
– Market projections for the next 2-5 years
– Areas and D.C. neighborhoods being considered

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our expansion throughout Washington, D.C., and provide our unique brand of appetizing convenience to so many new customers,” said Brian Schaller, Wawa’s Sr. VP and Chief Real Estate Officer. “By opening stores within the District, we will expand our brand awareness to the 600,000 residents and 700,000 daytime employees, including 200,000 millennials, who live and work in the District. In addition, we are extremely excited to serve the 21 million visitors who travel to Washington, D.C., each year, many of whom are already familiar with Wawa.”

About Wawa’s First Washington, D.C. Store
Wawa’s first Washington, D.C., store, located on 1111 19th St., will be Wawa’s largest store to date with 9,200 square feet. This one-of-a-kind store will feature the latest in Wawa’s offering with an upscale urban feel, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an interactive digital experience all in the heart of the district. Highlights of the store will include floor-to-ceiling windows; exterior patio seating for customers; upscale, custom interior tables and bar seating, allowing customers to take a moment for themselves; large, interactive screens creating a social experience in-store; free Wifi for Wawa’s busy, on-the-go customers; and Wawa’s largest interior to date, offering Wawa’s signature foods and specialty beverages along with Wawa’s newest offers, including custom salads and nitro cold brew coffee.

Wawa’s Continued Expansion
Wawa plans to open 25 stores in the mid-Atlantic and 25 new stores in the Florida market each year for the next several years, including five to 10 stores in the Washington, D.C., market in the next two to three years. Each new
Wawa store will employ nearly 40 associates, with Wawa’s urban models employing close to 100 associates per store. All of these associate roles are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores. Associates in these full- and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to receive educational assistance through tuition reimbursement and stock in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan. Wawa will also continue its ongoing expansion in the surrounding Counties in Maryland and Virginia to further our brand expansion.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in
Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one
of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail &
Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A chain of more than 750 stores, Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, freshly made Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

CONTACT:

public.relations@wawa.com

Source: Wawa Inc.

Food Marketing Institute announces promotions of managerial staff members

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 14, 2017) announces the recent promotions of four managerial staff members who embody the organization’s strategic emphasis on the food safety and regulatory environment. The following executives received recognition:

Stephanie Barnes – Barnes serves as FMI’s chief regulatory officer and legal counsel, expanding her regulatory role to include legal oversight of FMI’s bylaws and antitrust guidelines. After over three years as the industry’s regulatory point person, Barnes took on new responsibilities, assuming the role of FMI’s legal counsel. Barnes has helped member companies craft compliance strategies on a broad range of regulations, including the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. She has also compiled dozens of regulatory comments, represented the industry on a number of food law panels and hosted informational webinars during her tenure at FMI. When she is not offering guidance to members, Barnes spends significant time working internally with FMI staff to ensure that the various regulatory changes are correctly interpreted for our members to apply for application in their stores.

LeAnn Chuboff – Since 2009, Chuboff has dedicated her career to the division of FMI responsible for developing, maintaining and promoting the Safe Quality Food Institute’s (SQFI) code. Earning recognition in 2017 as vice president, SQFI technical affairs, Chuboff has effectively directed all technical aspects of the SQFI program, including the food safety standards, guidelines, training materials and audit and certification protocols. The recent upgrade of the SQFI code to Edition 8 brings a greater focus to Chuboff’s technical expertise, as she addresses the latest emerging food safety and quality issues, industry challenges and provides solutions for a safer supply chain. In her role as a content expert, she tours the country teaching the Global Food Safety Initiative-benchmarked code and ensures SQFI is recognized as a resource to government officials and other food safety stakeholders.

Sarah Malenich – Malenich was recently promoted to director, Safe Quality Food Institute sales and marketing, a role focused on promoting and elevating all SQFI programs, which include the SQF globally accepted food safety and quality certification program as well as the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Certification- which is an environmental, health and safety (EHS) management system and social accountability program for the food industry.  Malenich is responsible for leading and directing the development and implementation of strategic sales, marketing and business development plans and initiatives to uphold SQFI’s mission to be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification. Her duties also include managing communications, websites and marketing materials to stakeholders including Suppliers, Certifying Bodies and Training Centers, to help implement increased SQF recognition and site and training registrations. She remains passionate about food safety and responsible sourcing.

Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS – Dr. Thesmar was promoted to chief food & product safety officer & senior vice president, food safety programs. Her six-year tenure at FMI began at a time when the regulatory landscape was changing rapidly and the Food Safety Modernization Act first registered as a game-changer for the food retail industry. Thesmar is responsible for supervising food safety programs, initiatives, activities and resources for FMI and its members. She represents FMI to a wide audience of stakeholders and professionals, including various governmental, Congressional, scientific, consumer and industry audiences on issues related to food safety and government regulatory compliance. In 2016, FMI updated its SafeMark® Food Handler training program, which has received recognition as an American National Standards Institute-accredited certificate program. This was a celebrated and important milestone in the continued growth and success of the SafeMark® program. Under Thesmar’s direction, the FMI food safety team also recently updated and created several critical resources, including a Food Allergen Resource Document, a Listeria Action Plan for Retailers, and a sample FSMA Distribution Center Food Safety Plan to assist with Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

Barnes & Noble helps celebrate Dads & Grad

Incredible Offers Include 20%-30% Off This Summer’s Biggest Books, 20% Off Books Dad Will Love, $10 Off the NOOK Tablet® 7”, 40% Off Select DVDs and Blu-ray,and More

New York, New York, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (June 13, 2017) announced it has all the best gifts for the special Dads & Grads in customers’ lives this year, including books they will love from Barnes & Noble’s huge selection in store and online at BN.com, incredible gift items perfect for all interests and ages, and so much more. Plus, Barnes & Noble is offering great deals including 20%-30% off this summer’s biggest books, 20% off books Dad will love, $10 off the NOOK Tablet 7”, 40% off select DVDs and Blu-ray, and more. Barnes & Noble’s entire collection of amazing gifts for Father’s Day can be found at BN.com.

Books Dads Will Love
Barnes & Noble has a huge selection of books perfect for Dad, including a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction titles all available at incredible values. Books Dad will love are available at 20% off including great titles like Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors by George W. Bush (foreword by Peter Pace), Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Beartown by Fredrik Backman, plus so many others. In addition, this summer’s biggest books are available at an incredible 20%-30% off throughout the summer, including Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken, Testimony by Scott Turow, Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, plus so many more titles perfect for Dad.

Barnes & Noble also offers books for Dads with all interests, including a wide selection of great sports stories like Papi: My Story by David Ortiz with Michael Holley, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and so many others. Dads who love history can choose from Barnes & Noble’s broad selection of books on history-makers including Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson, and more.

Books Kids Can Enjoy with Dad
Books perfect for children to read with their Dads include great titles like How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon and illustrated by Miguel Ordonez, and When Dads Don’t Grow Up by Marjorie Blain Parker and illustrated by R. W. Alley, plus so many others.

The Best Gifts for Every Type of Dad
Barnes & Noble offers a large assortment of gifts and collectibles to meet all of Dad’s needs. Dads who are LEGO® fans will love the newest release from the Architecture line, LEGO Architecture Chicago; Dads who love timeless classics will enjoy Barnes & Noble’s Classic Movies 1000-Piece Puzzle; tech -savvy Dads will appreciate the Aura XRemote Control UFO or the Utopia 360° 3D Virtual Reality Headset; and Dads who love photography will be interested in the Lomo’Instant Automat & Lenses South Beach Red and the Lomo’Instant Automat Jardin Black cameras.

For Dads who are looking to expand their collections, Barnes & Noble offers Samurai Spider-Man; Bandai Meisho Manga Realization; Sand Trooper Sergeant/Corporal Star Wars; Bandai Meisho Movie Realization; Samurai Taisho Darth Vader (Death Star Armor); and the C-3PO, R2-D2 & BB-8 3-pack ArtFX+ Statues; plus more.

For Dads Who Enjoy Beer & Cocktails, Plus More
Customers can toast to Dad with a collection of books including Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams, which they can pair with The Mason Shaker Barware Set. Barnes & Noble also offers the Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA, and the Beer Tasting Set of 4 Glasses & Wood Yard Holder, which they can pair with The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, and more.

For Dads Who Love to Write
Barnes & Noble also carries many styles of genuine leather journals handcrafted in Italy, including leather prints and rustic designs, perfect for the Dad who loves to write.

Customers can complete their gifts for Dad with a greeting card from Barnes & Noble’s selection featuring sentiments for every Dad.

Movies & Music to Enjoy with Dad
Barnes & Noble has a leading selection of movies and music to enjoy with Dad. Barnes & Noble offers popular movies like The Shack, Logan, Get Out, and so many others, and select DVDs and Blu-ray will be available at 40% off from June 13 through June 19. Barnes & Noble is also offering 40% off all jazz CDs through June 19.

Other gifts Dad will love available at Barnes & Noble include a leading selection of vinyl featuring Bob Dylan’s Triplicate, Ray Davies’ Americana and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [50th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Version], and more. Customers can also choose from a selection of electronics Dad will enjoy, including the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Turntable, and so much more.

Books for Grads of All Ages
Barnes & Noble has an unbeatable selection of books perfect for Grads of all ages, starting with Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, and Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon Sinek.

Books for the youngest Grads available at Barnes & Noble include The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Books for middle school Grads include a collection of classic books for middle schoolers to build their library, and for a limited time only, Harry Potter and Cursed Child – Parts l & ll will be available at 50% off through Labor Day.

High school Grads can get ready for college with Barnes & Noble’s selection of College Survival Guides, featuring The Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College by Anthony ONeal with Rachel Cruze, and more.

Plus, Barnes & Noble has an amazing collection of books to inspire the college Graduate, including Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss with a foreward by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven, and more.

NOOK Gifts for Dads & Grads On-the-Go
Customers can show tech-minded Dads and Grads who love reading on-the-go their gratitude by taking advantage of an amazing deal on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Tablet 7”. Barnes & Noble will offer $10 off the NOOK Tablet 7”, making it available at an incredible value of only $39.99 from June 15 through June 18. Barnes & Noble’s full-featured Android tablet offers access to the Google Play™ store, rear and front-facing cameras, expandable storage, NOOK Profiles, and so much more. Many more NOOK gift ideas for Dads and Grads can be found online at BN.com.

The Gifts for Grads That Keep on Giving
Barnes & Noble offers a wide selection of specialty gifts that Grads of all majors will love, including journals to inspire creativity. With so many styles, there’s something to fit every journaling need: the Moleskine Smart Writing Set for the tech-savvy, along with a wide selection of timeless Moleskine notebooks; Bullet journals for the well-organized, in addition to Knock Knock’s light-hearted and clever Inner-Truth journal series and Fill-in-the-Blank mini gift books.

Plus, Grads on-the-go can hydrate in style with any of the S’well Water Bottles available at Barnes & Noble, including the latest Tealwood and Mother of Pearl styles. S’well donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle to UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world. Barnes & Noble also carries a complete selection of cards featuring sentiments to celebrate every Grad’s big day.

To learn more about all that Barnes & Noble is offering for Father’s Day and Graduation this year, customers should visit their local store or go online at BN.com.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

ENGLAND: LCP announces Autism Together opens new premises at The Old Hall Estate, Bromborough

ENGLAND: LCP announces Autism Together opens new premises at The Old Hall Estate, Bromborough

 

London, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — An award-winning charity is opening new premises in Wirral so it can expand its woodworks and ceramics facilities, national commercial property company LCP has announced.

Autism Together, formerly Wirral Autistic Society, has moved to Unit 2, Hardknott Road, The Old Hall Estate, Bromborough, where it will also house its maintenance team and the estates and facilities back-office team, who were based at its headquarters in nearby Oak House, Tebay Road.

The charity has agreed a 10-year lease with LCP, which owns and manages the estate, for the 10,504 sq ft unit and it plans to move in this month.

Robin Bush, chief executive of Autism Together, said: “We’ve a long and proud history of enabling our service users to enjoy a range of activities – from swimming to sculpting – and because our ceramics and woodwork activities are very popular, we wanted to have larger premises to accommodate these. The new unit will enable us to continue offering these popular activities in bigger, more suitable premises.”

Paula James, LCP’s industrial lettings manager, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Autism Together to unit 2. It’s ideally situated because just a few minutes’ walk from its headquarters in Oak House and provides ample space it requires to accommodate its team and the woodwork and ceramics facilities.”

Old Hall Industrial Estate borders Wirral International Business Park and is accessed via the A41 New Chester Road, which is close to junction 5 of the M53. Birkenhead Tunnel is five miles to the north via the A41, providing a direct link to Liverpool city centre.

Contact:

Tel: 01384 400123
Email: propertyenquiry@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: LCP

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Kroger’s EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today ( June 14, 2017) Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. (ET).

The presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available from approximately 1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, June 21, 2017 through Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Bon-Ton Stores selects 400 from more than 1,250 applications to its first “Close to Home” Online Sourcing Fair

Bon-Ton Stores selects 400 from more than 1,250 applications to its first “Close to Home” Online Sourcing Fair

 

Retailer Selects 400 for Final Consideration as it Expands “Close To Home” Shops and Increases Local Product Offerings

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, announced today (June 14, 2017) that more than 1,250 artists, designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs submitted applications to the retailer’s first Online Sourcing Fair. The number far exceeded expectations as Bon-Ton continues to cultivate local partnerships and source new and unique merchandise to sell in its expanding number of “Close to Home” shops.

Available in-store and online, “Close to Home” shops feature locally-sourced and themed products many of which are hand-crafted or upcycled. Bon-Ton launched its first Online Sourcing Fair in March as part of an ongoing effort to provide shoppers with a broader selection of local products by developing more relationships with area makers in communities they serve.

The retailer vetted applications in more than a dozen product categories with jewelry, artwork, home décor, kitchen and bar, apparel, and accessories topping the list. From jewelry made out of guitar strings in Iowa to wall décor in the shape of winter skis in Minnesota, submissions came from nearly two dozen states. Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois and New York fielded the most. Bon-Ton is considering about a third of those who applied and will start in late June to introduce new product selections in stores.  Many of the makers have an active social media presence and an engaged following.

“Our regional merchandising teams were overwhelmed by the level of interest and depth of creativity and quality represented in the submissions,” said Chad Stauffer, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “With a growing base of local makers, customers can look forward to an elevated hometown shopping assortment with true local flavor in our “Close to Home” shops.  We can’t wait to showcase the new products from these talented new artisans in our stores.”

Since opening in 45 stores in fall 2016, Bon-Ton has more than tripled the number of “Close to Home” shops to 148 in 14 states. “Close to Home” shops offer new items frequently and seasonally to provide shoppers with a fun, fresh and unique product selection. Including the latest round of makers selected, the “Close to Home” initiative has provided more than 340 small businesses with the opportunity to sell products in a major department store. The “Close to Home” initiative is part of Bon-Ton’s broader commitment to support the communities where its stores are located.

The retailer will once again accept product submissions from applicants with established businesses and galleries for its next Online Sourcing Fair starting July 18, 2017 through August 31, 2017 at closetohome.bonton.com. Interested applicants must reside in one of Bon-Ton’s 25 states to apply for this exclusive opportunity. The retailer is especially interested in submissions from Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire , Utah and West Virginia.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 261 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

NCR leads the world in self-checkout according to research by RBR

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) leads the world in self-checkout (SCO), according to research published by strategic research and consulting firm RBR. According to RBR, NCR has been the overall market leader since 2003 and maintains its dominant position within the SCO market with 73 percent global shipment share in 2016.

According to RBR’s “Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2017” report, NCR also saw an increase in its shipments of Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) technology in 2016 and, for the third consecutive year, remained the number one supplier of EPOS in North America.

The retail customer is changing – they expect choice, they’re always connected and they want to define their own shopping journey. Additionally, with store footprints changing, leading retailers are looking to enable digital engagement and offer flexible shopping options, including self-checkout, to meet customer demands and sustain a positive brand value.

“NCR is enabling retailers around the world to redefine the in-store shopping experience and expand their touchpoints with consumers,” said Dirk Izzo, vice president and general manager, Retail Solutions at NCR Corporation. “Our channel transformation solutions help our customers create a fluid, omni-channel consumer experience, increasing productivity and enhancing customer loyalty.”

RBR expects EPOS and SCO shipments to continue to grow annually through 2022. NCR holds the top position in SCO shipments in all major regions.

The study is based on in-depth primary research with retail technology vendors throughout 53 markets across 6 regions, and it was complemented with extensive secondary research.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

NCR’s touchscreen-only ATM earns ‘Approved Gold’ status from the Royal National Institute of Blind People

London UK, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (June 14, 2017) announced that the Cx110, its touchscreen-only ATM, is the first ATM in the world to be given ‘Approved Gold’ status by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to financial inclusion.

Financial inclusion has long been a focus area for NCR, the company that produced the first talking ATMs for the blind in 1997. With the mass adoption of touchscreens, tactile button interfaces are diminishing. So NCR is working closely with RNIB to test ideas and ways in which innovative technology can boost financial inclusion.

As a result of this cooperation, NCR has developed a tactile feature, located immediately beneath the ATM touchscreen, that allows blind or partially sighted users to intuitively interact with the machines. In addition, NCR used a text-to-speech technology that provides guidance to users via headphones. This is an extension of the tried and tested approach that enables more nuanced instructions based on the current range of talking ATMs. The new touchscreen-only ATM also allows users to adjust the speed and volume of the audio guidance, improving their overall experience.

Achieving the ‘Approved Gold’ status from RNIB requires rigorous testing by accessibility experts and a user evaluation with blind and partially sighted people. The award provides confidence that the new ATM can be used easily and effectively by the more than two million people in the UK living with sight loss, with initial training and support.

Steve Tyler, RNIB’s Head of Solutions, Strategy and Planning, said, “Helping people living with sight loss to remain independent and carry out everyday tasks with confidence is at the heart of what we do. By working with companies like NCR to offer practical solutions, such as the tactile features on these new touchscreen-only ATMs, we hope to empower blind and partially sighted people so they can experience the same freedom as everyone else and retain their financial independence.”

Adam Crighton, Vice President Hardware Engineering at NCR and head of the NCR Design Center in Dundee, added, “We are committed to using our innovation and technology to address the significant global challenge of the nearly two billion people worldwide who are underbanked. This accreditation is the result of our ongoing partnership with RNIB, whose expertise in supporting those with sight loss has been crucial in our research and development process.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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