Walmart’s Open Call to showcase American entrepreneurship and celebrate ingenuity and diversity on June 28

Fourth Annual Event Showcases American Entrepreneurship, Ingenuity and Diversity

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart is inviting more than 500 businesses from across the nation to present their Made in the USA products June 28 to the world’s largest retailer in Bentonville, Ark., giving entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to potentially reach millions of Walmart customers.

Now in its fourth year, Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company continues to invest in American jobs by accelerating the growth of U.S. manufacturing. This year’s event will showcase American entrepreneurship and celebrate ingenuity and diversity. Nearly half of all businesses attending Open Call self-identify as diverse, including 25 percent identifying as women-owned.

“We are thrilled that entrepreneurs from across the country, including many diverse-owned businesses, continue to respond so strongly to the opportunity to participate in Walmart’s annual Open Call,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president for U.S. Sourcing and Manufacturing. “While finding products our customers want is a year-round focus for our buying teams, Walmart’s annual Open Call is a special opportunity to connect our buyers with companies that are manufacturing products in the U.S. and to identify new and unique product solutions.”

Attendees this year represent 47 states and Puerto Rico. States with some of the largest representation include California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.1

With some companies pitching multiple products, more than 750 meetings have been scheduled with Walmart buyers representing a broad range of product categories.

From secret sauces and pocket-sized hair gel, to photographic mouse pads and bowls designed to keep cereal crisp, this year’s diversity of new, innovative products represent a broad range of categories such as food and beverages, home décor and apparel. While some businesses are larger, many are “kitchen-table” companies, vying for a chance to work with the world’s largest retailer and earn a place on the shelf. Some of this year’s Open Call attendees include:

  • Oceans 97 (Baton Rouge, LA.) – Oceans 97 has a goal of bringing restaurant-quality shrimp and seafood to the customers of Walmart. Founder Jarvis Green is a former New England Patriots football player who says that if his company reaches its goal, it would be a greater achievement than playing in three Super Bowls and winning two of them.
  • Micah Specialty Foods (Cleveland, OH) – Imagine starting a company from your kitchen with just your mother’s marinade sauce recipe from Ghana and a dream. That is exactly what Micah Specialty Foods did. It is the company’s goal to bring more African-American products to the shelves of Walmart through the help of Open Call.
  • The Blonde Italian (Cleveland, OH) – The Blonde Italian is a woman-owned business that carries a line of seasonings to spice up the lives of people from all walks of life. Their goal is to get the unique blend of spices in their Garden Garlic Seasoning on the shelves of Walmart and into the cabinets and recipes of customers.
  • Haven Sales & Marketing (Ontario, CA) – When two Texas A&M college students began to jazz up soy sauce in their college dorm room, no one thought there would be an opportunity to have their Gourmet Orange Chili Soy Sauce sold in Walmart stores. Manufactured and marketed by Haven Sales & Marketing, the company has already created 70 jobs manufacturing this product and other flavored soy sauces.
  • Nuts & Cows (McAllen, TX) – When Elizabeth Davis started Nuts & Cows with $84 and a dream, she never imagined that one of her products would be considered by Walmart. Buttery Pecan Butter is an all-natural product that is made with love in her own kitchen. Elizabeth is passionate about her products and the idea that anyone can follow their dream, no matter who they are.
  • 51 Club (Spokane, WA) – It all began when one person thought there had to be an easier way to change a flat tire. 51 Club is bringing their product, the Spare Me 5-in-1 Rescue Tool, to Open Call in the hopes of getting every Walmart shopper with car troubles out of a bind. The “all purpose, all weather and all terrain” tool is manufactured in Spokane, where the creator lives.
  • Mary’s Kitchen (Richmond, VA) – Some people may think that their Sweet Potato Pie is the best, but Mary Lee truly believes her pie takes first prize. When she was a child, people would line up to get her mother Dorothy’s sweet potato pies; and now Mary is bringing the same recipe to Open Call. This is a chance for her to share her family’s tradition with Walmart shoppers.
  • Kid Ease (Dallas, TX) – Kid Ease was created by a mom looking for a safe, lab-tested cleaning spray to clean up sticky little fingers and faces. Owner Jessica Gore is excited to bring her product to families shopping at Walmart. She hopes that she can ramp up production and create more jobs, if she receives a deal.
  • Forever Fit (Minneapolis, MN) – Soggy cereal is no way to start the day, according to Forever Fit. That’s why they created the Perfect Cereal Bowl uniquely designed to keep cereal crisp before you get to the bottom of the bowl. The product is manufactured in the same Minnesota town where it originated.
  • Photos to Design (Woodland, CA) – Just like the phrase “pretty as a picture,” Photos to Design has a desire to share beauty captured through a photo. The product, Be-U-Ti-FUL, is a special mouse pad with floral images taken by owner Janet Jones. She hopes Open Call gives her a greater ability to share her images.
  • Anndori Outdoor Art (Greensboro, NC) – Have you ever tried to create a large Christmas ball from chicken wire and stringed lights? It’s not easy. Sandra Alexander made a simple craft solution that creates beautiful holiday décor that won’t leave scratches from chicken wire. She hopes that the Craft Lover’s Holiday Light Ball Kit brings consumers joy, but that the product also allows her to create more jobs.
  • Disaster Supply Warehouse (Fairfield, OH) – Disaster Supply is a woman-owned business that brings two products to Open Call. The first is a disposable utensil stand that ensures your silverware is clean even when dining outside. The second is Buxom Betty’s Button Stays. A product that helps prevent ladies’ shirts from gaping open around buttonholes.
  • C & C Foods (Charleston, SC) – Sweet Savina Surprise is a sauce with a little heat and a little sweet. A unique pepper discovered on an African mission trip inspired the one-of-a-kind recipe made with locally grown ingredients in the Charleston area. C & C Foods hopes to bring this surprising sauce to the shelves of Walmart through Open Call.
  • Pocket Gel, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) – If you have gotten caught in the wind, rain or snow and wished you had some hair gel, Pocket Gel believes it has the product for you. Founder Nathan Failla began putting hair gel in foil to carry to the gym when he realized he couldn’t be the only one with this need. He continued to refine the packaging until he created Pocket Gel Instant Hair Gel.

1 States represent location where business has self-reported that their product is manufactured.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Sears opens its first Sears Appliances & Mattresses store located in Pharr, Texas

Sears opens its first Sears Appliances & Mattresses store located in Pharr, Texas

 

Mattress category expands successful free-standing concept launched last year

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears announced the grand opening of its first Sears Appliances & Mattresses store today (June 22, 2017 ). Located in Pharr, Texas, the latest innovative retail concept from Sears is a free-standing store dedicated to two of its strongest categories, while offering the power and capability of its leading integrated retail services. The new store builds on the success of the Sears Appliances store that opened in Ft. Collins, Colo. in 2016 – a location that has surpassed projections since its opening.

“Response to this new concept has been overwhelmingly positive – from member feedback to business performance – so expanding it to another key category like mattresses, and in an important local community like Pharr, made perfect sense,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president, Customer Experience and Integrated Retail, Sears Holdings.

Located at 500 N. Jackson Road in Pharr, the 20,000-sq.-ft. Sears Appliances & Mattresses store features interactive displays that allow members to view home appliances in kitchen vignettes and experience top mattress brands. The store showcases the top 10 major appliance brands, including Kenmore®, in a bright, spacious setting. Members can visualize how new appliances would look in a full-scale kitchen with the “Discover More,” 122-inch interactive digital display. Using a tablet, shoppers can select common kitchen layouts and appliances and further customize the experience by choosing colors and finishes. They also can use the “Discover More” digital display to shop for other products on sears.com.

The Pharr store also features an assortment of vacuums, floor care and home environment products as well as countertop microwaves. In addition, members can try out mattresses from top brands, including: Tempur-Pedic®, Beautyrest, Sealy, Serta, Simmons and Stearns & Foster, and shop for select pillows and bedding at the store.

“At our new Sears Appliances & Mattresses store, the community will find an innovative, interactive shopping experience that showcases our leading array of appliances and mattresses, with the support of expert associates,” said Munjal. “Like our Sears Appliances store in Ft. Collins, this stand-alone location fully integrates in-store and online shopping to provide our members with the convenience of shopping with us wherever, whenever and however they choose. Only Sears offers the top 10 appliances brands, including Kenmore, and has the largest network of expert technicians who make managing your home easier.”

The Pharr store will feature the full suite of integrated retail services for which Sears is known, including:

  • Meet with An Expert: The free service helps members shop for home appliances and mattresses by letting them schedule appointments with in-store experts at a time convenient for them.
  • Free Shipping: Looking for a product that’s not carried in the Sears Appliances & Mattresses store? Simply open the Sears mobile app, find the item you want – apparel, footwear, tools, lawn and garden equipment and more – and get free shipping on orders placed while in store (when location services are enabled).
  • Buy Online and Ship to the Store, In-Vehicle Pickup: Members can purchase all products available on Sears.com or Kmart.com, ship to the store for free, then pick up their items at the store when they arrive, where they will be ready in five minutes, guaranteed. Members can even choose to have their item brought out to them by using Sears’ innovative In-Vehicle Pickup service.
  • Anyone, Anywhere Pickup: Members can order any item on Sears.com or Kmart.com and send a friend or family member to pick up the purchase – particularly useful for parents purchasing items for their kids who may be away at college.

Grand opening weekend festivities take place June 22-25. Grand opening promotions include:

  • *Up to 40 percent off appliances and up to 60 percent off mattresses from June 22-July 9th
  • Gift bag giveaways for first 100 customers on June 22
  • Gift card raffles throughout the day on June 22

The new Sears Appliances & Mattresses store will be open Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.– 9 p.m. In most cases, Sears delivers appliances and mattresses Monday through Saturday (dependent on zip code).

For more than 50 years, Sears has been the home services and appliance expert. The Sears Appliances & Mattresses store’s associates and technicians, who provide services such as installation, maintenance and repair, are trained and employed by Sears. Pharr members will also gain peace of mind knowing they can protect their purchases with one of the industry’s most comprehensive warranty programs, which has made Sears No. 1 in protection agreements.

*Disclaimers: HA: Advertised savings are valid in store only. (1) Savings range from 5%–40%. Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, LG, GE, GE Pro¬ le, GE Cafe, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Bosch and Samsung appliances limited to 10% off. (1, 2) Excludes Dacor, Floor care, sewing machines, countertop microwaves, air conditioners, air cleaners, fans, heaters, water heaters, water softeners, water ¬ filtration, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, Floor care accessories, home appliance closeouts and Everyday Great Price items. Mattress: Savings range from 50-60%.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly 11 million service calls annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Media Contact:
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings Corp.
(847) 286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Meghan Edwards
Zeno Group
(312) 396-9712
Meghan.Edwards@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

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Sainsbury’s launches new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings

Sainsbury’s launches new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings

 

Love chocolate? Love avocado? Satisfy your craving for both with Sainsbury’s new brownie pudding

London, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales of on-trend avocado have soared in recent years – Sainsbury’s has seen a 41% sales increase in the last year alone, whilst The Grocer* reports that British sales have risen nearly 200% in the last 5 years.  And now there are more ways than ever to get your avo fix!

This week Sainsbury’s has launched new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings. Fudgy and rich, the brownie uses Belgian dark chocolate, avocado and coconut and is topped with Belgian chocolate sauce and finished with delicate flakes of toasted coconut.

Simply warm in the microwave for less than a minute and indulge in the gooey chocolate goodness.

Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings (2x 95g) £2.75 – with Belgian chocolate sauce and toasted coconut

Further highlights from the range include:

Taste the Difference Blueberry & Lemon Sponge (400g) £3.75 – with a tangy curd sauce and crisp granola crumble topping, perfect for sharing with the family

Taste the Difference Vanilla Latte Cheesecake Slices (2 x 91g), £2.75- with coffee and Madagascan vanilla and a dusting of cocoa, an indulgent treat for two

Taste the Difference St. Clement’s Cheesecake slices (2 x 93g) £2.75 – with a tangy orange and lemon curd and creamy Belgian white chocolate ganache, the ideal picnic pudding for two

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury

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Argos releases toy predictions that will dominate Christmas wish lists this year

Argos releases toy predictions that will dominate Christmas wish lists this year

 

Milton, Keynes, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Memorable childhood gifts including dolls and LEGO, as well as the latest tech driven toys, look set to dominate Christmas wish lists this year, according to leading UK toy retailer, Argos

It has today (22 June 2017) released its predictions for the toys that will feature in letters to Santa across the country this year. They are:

  • Luvabella
  • Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone
  • Disney Cars 3 Lightning McQueen
  • Hatchimals & new ColleGGtibles
  • LEGO BOOST
  • Tiny Treasures Twin Set
  • LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran
  • PJ Masks Headquarter Playset
  • Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks
  • Fisher Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’
  • Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
  • SoundMoovz

Linzi Walker, chief toy buyer for Argos, who has been curating the list with her team since the beginning of the year, said: “This year’s top toys list is a fantastic blend, as toymakers evolve childhood favourites alongside the introduction of newer and more technology-led gifts.

“Dolls will have made Christmas memories for many children and this year is no different. Luvabella is an incredibly lifelike doll, with advanced animated features enabling it to drink milk from a bottle and fall asleep just as a real little one would. And Chad Valley has produced gorgeous twins as an extension of its authentic Tiny Treasures Baby Doll range.

“There are many opportunities for children and parents alike to embrace user-friendly technology this Christmas. LEGO Boost provides everything needed for children to make five different LEGO models that can then be coded using a free app. The Fisher- Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’ is an interactive play buddy that helps kids learn on the go. And music lovers will love SoundMoovz, an exciting wearable tech toy for all ages where players can create their own beats and rhythms as they move by using Bluetooth-connected bands on their ankles or wrists.”

She added: “Popular on-screen toys are also set to feature, with appearances from Disney’s Cars 3 Lightning McQueen, PJ Masks Headquarter Playset, the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller alongside RC Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Argos polled more than 1,000 parents of children aged 16 and under about their plans for Christmas 2017. One in seven parents (13 per cent) have already started buying presents for their children and almost a third (29 per cent) are planning to buy gifts for their kids over the summer.

The most popular choice amongst parents this year is a blockbuster gift, with over half (54 per cent) planning on purchasing a ‘gasp out loud’ present alongside a couple of stocking fillers.

Christmas is still set to be a family affair in 2017 and when it comes to ‘padding the pile’, a fifth of parents will be letting the wider family in on their present plans ensuring all bases are covered. And almost a quarter (23 per cent) will be creating a handy Christmas list to help them keep track!

The poll also found that the big kids in the family still enjoy Christmas toys too – 22 per cent of parents say they wish they had received the toys their children get at Christmas. This may explain why they are feeling extra generous this year; the average parent is happy to spend £114 on average on the main present, with parents in the North-East budgeting over £150 for the ultimate Christmas gift.

Contact:

+44 (0)845 124 0044

Source: Argos

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SURVEY: Americans expected to spend $7.1 billion as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, up from $6.8 billion in 2016, according to the annual survey released today (June 22, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics.

According to the survey, 219 million Americans plan to celebrate the holiday, or 88 percent of those surveyed. A total of 162 million — 66 percent of those surveyed — plan to take part in a cookout or picnic, spending an average $73.42 per person, up from last year’s $71.34. The numbers cover only food items, not other holiday-related spending.

“With warmer than average weather so far this summer, Americans should be in the mood to head outside to celebrate, whether it’s watching fireworks or firing up the BBQ,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers will be well-stocked with everything from flags to burgers to help Americans prepare for their holiday activities.”

The survey found that 65 percent of consumers already own a U.S. flag, 53 percent patriotic-themed apparel such as T-shirts, bathing suits or shoes, and 40 percent own patriotic decorations. Nonetheless, 28 percent plan on purchasing more patriotic items.

Do you plan to purchase patriotic merchandise within the next 30 days?Yes: 27.6 %No: 38.5 %Unsure: 34.0 %

NRF Independence Day Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics

When it comes to other activities to celebrate Independence Day, 44 percent of

Americans will attend a firework show or community celebration and 14 percent will watch a parade.

The holiday weekend is also a popular time for travel, with 32.9 million Americans saying they will head out of town (13 percent of those celebrating), up from 31.1 million from last year. Only 18 percent say the price of gasoline will affect their plans, down from 21 percent last year and a record low since the survey began in 2004. The number who said high gas prices would discourage them from spending for Independence Day peaked at 59 percent in 2008.

“With more Americans planning to travel this Independence Day, gas prices are far less of a factor than they were in previous years,” Prosper Insights Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow said. “Many consumers will take advantage of low gas prices by taking long road trips with their family or heading to the beach for a long weekend.”

The survey of 7,258 consumers was conducted June 5-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics is a global leader in consumer intent data serving the financial services, marketing technology, and retail industries. We provide global authoritative market information on US and China consumers via curated insights and analytics. By integrating a variety of data including economic, behavioral and attitudinal data, Prosper helps companies accurately predict consumers’ future behavior to help identify market behaviors, optimize marketing efforts, and improve the effectiveness of demand generation campaigns. www.ProsperInsights.com

About NRF
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.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

National Retail Federation welcomes Cristina Ceresoli as senior vice president for retail strategy

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cristina Ceresoli, former vice president of marketing and public relations at Express, will be joining the National Retail Federation as senior vice president for retail strategy. At Express — a leading specialty retailer for men and women — Ceresoli managed the content marketing practice including consumer experience, data-driven insights and communication evolution.

“At a time of great challenge and opportunity in the retail industry, Cristina’s background, knowledge and expertise in retail — particularly in consumer behavior patterns that drive brand advocacy in an omnichannel world — will be invaluable to our organization and to our members,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We are extremely excited to have Cristina joining the NRF team.”

As the SVP for retail strategy, Ceresoli will have a broad platform to speak on behalf of the industry and will help guide NRF’s product offering and event content strategy. With her deep experience in the industry she will serve as an internal advisor on retail industry operations and strategies as a member of the management team. She will also provide the tools and resources to support the industry’s digital expansion.

“I am truly looking forward to working on behalf of an industry that is dynamic and innovative and leads the experience revolution for the benefit of their employees, customers and the communities they serve,” Ceresoli said.

Ceresoli also served as vice president of e-commerce merchandising at Express, where she grew the business from single-digit penetration to its current 21 percent of sales. She also launched a new and exclusive apparel businesses for Express while leading early exploration of content and commerce optimization.

Prior to Express, Ceresoli held merchandising leadership positions at Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and Aeropostale. She began her career as an early employee of E-Lab, a pioneer in turning firsthand customer insights into innovative products and experiences. She progressed that work at Sapient, a leader in digital business transformation, where she helped drive the internet experience practice, using evolving human behavior to inform innovative business and technology solutions.

Ceresoli earned her MBA at Columbia Business School, and served for many years as an adjunct professor at Parsons, The New School in the Strategic Design and Management Program.

Berglass and Associates assisted in the executive search.

About NRF
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.

Contact:
Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Dollar General appoints Jason Reiser as EVP and chief merchandising officer

Dollar General appoints Jason Reiser as EVP and chief merchandising officer

 

Reiser brings over 30 years of retail experience to Dollar General

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today (June 22, 2017) announced that Jason Reiser will join the Company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer effective, July 12. Reiser replaces Jim Thorpe who recently retired. Reiser brings more than 30 years of experience in retail management, private brand sourcing, regulatory affairs as well as being a trained pharmacist.

“Jason is an innovative merchant who has a broad range of experience in discount retail and a track record of leadership excellence,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “I believe Jason’s deep understanding of our customer and small-box retail, coupled with his proven ability to drive results, will strengthen our leadership team as we strive to capture future growth opportunities.”

Reiser most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Vitamin Shoppe where he had responsibility for merchandising, operations and supply chain. Prior to that, he served as the chief merchandising officer at Family Dollar from 2013 to 2016. Reiser started his retail career as a pharmacy manager for Walmart. From there, he rose through the ranks to positions of increasing responsibility. He served as vice president, merchandising, health and family care for Sam’s Club from 2010 to 2013

Reiser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):

Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Media Contacts:

Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

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Dollar General welcomes Carman Wenkoff as EVP and chief information officer

Dollar General welcomes Carman Wenkoff as EVP and chief information officer

 

Wenkoff brings track record of driving retail digital innovation

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today (June 21, 2017) announced that Carman Wenkoff will join the Company as executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) effective July 10. Wenkoff replaces current CIO Ryan Boone, who recently announced his retirement. Wenkoff brings a broad range of experience to Dollar General with success in implementing digital strategies and payment and loyalty solutions at the retail level.

“I am excited to have someone with Carman’s experience and digital expertise to be joining our team to lead this important part of the business,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We continue to focus on enhancing our digital presence and meeting our customers when and how they decide to engage with us. I’m confident with Carman’s vision we will continue to strengthen these efforts as well as leveraging technology to improve our processes, lower costs and drive a better customer experience.”

Wenkoff most recently served as chief information officer and chief digital officer for Subway® restaurants where under his leadership the Information Technology (IT) team created an innovative digital marketing platform and point-of-sale system, and many other integrated store technology solutions to help increase sales and profitability. Prior to his role at Subway®, Wenkoff was part of the IT and management team at Subway® restaurant’s franchisee-owned Independent Purchasing Cooperative and served as Chairman of the Retail Gift Card Association. Previous to that, he served in senior IT management positions with several tech firms focused on digital marketing and payment and loyalty solutions. Wenkoff began his career in law and served as general counsel for Pivotal Corporation. He also served as vice president, operations/finance and general counsel for Ontain Corporation, a technology company focused on mobile and retail merchant solutions.

Wenkoff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. He earned his Law degree at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. He was admitted to practice law in both the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the State of Washington.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):
Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

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‘Abel’s Deli’ wint AH Product Pitch 2017

‘Abel’s Deli’ wint AH Product Pitch 2017

Versmaaltijdconcept gaat brede samenwerking aan met Albert Heijn

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — De afgelopen maanden hebben bijna 100 jonge ondernemers meegedaan aan de ‘AH Product Pitch’, om hun product verkrijgbaar te laten zijn bij Albert Heijn. ‘Abel’s Deli’, van ondernemer Jesse van Donk, heeft de wedstrijd gewonnen en gaat gedurende een jaar een brede samenwerking aan met Albert Heijn, wint coaching om groeiplannen te realiseren en een investeringspakket ter waarde van €125.000,-. De jury van experts wees ook een tweetal runners-up aan, die naast schapruimte en coaching, een investeringspakket winnen.

Vandaag kregen 10 jonge ondernemers de kans hun product te pitchen aan een jury van experts in het Amsterdamse startupgebouw B.Amsterdam. Naast winnaar ‘Abel’s Deli’ vielen nóg twee jonge ondernemingen in de prijzen: ‘Lekker in een potje’ en de ‘Bouillon Brothers’. Zij winnen naast schapruimte en coaching een investeringspakket ter waarde van respectievelijk €75.000,- en €50.000,-. Eervolle vermeldingen waren er voor GinMayo en Hook’d met schapruimte als prijs.

Diversiteit en innovatie in het schap
Marit van Egmond, commercieel directeur Albert Heijn: “De jury heeft vandaag een breed scala aan professioneel gepresenteerde producten gezien op een hoog niveau. De producten worden als ieder jaar beoordeeld op onderscheidend vermogen, innovatief gehalte en business potentieel. Daarnaast moet het uiteraard passen bij onze klanten. De deelnemers beoordelen we op ambitie, ervaring en hun presentatievaardigheid gedurende de pitchdag. Doel blijft om onze klanten te verrassen en de winnende producten zorgen voor nog meer diversiteit en innovatie bij Albert Heijn”.

Om jonge ondernemers te laten groeien naar de volgende fase, krijgen de winnaars, naast het investeringspakket en exclusieve schapruimte, een coachingstraject aangeboden om groeiplannen nog beter te realiseren. Winnaar ‘Abel’s Deli’ is blij verrast: “We hebben Albert Heijn uitgedaagd om samen met ons verse maaltijden te maken voor nu, thuis en onderweg, en dan is het echt enorm gaaf te horen dat we dat ook echt samen gaan doen. We zijn ervan overtuigd dat Albert Heijn ons de mogelijkheid geeft onze professionaliseringsambities te realiseren en samen onze klanten te laten genieten van écht vers. Challenge accepted!”.

Stimuleren ondernemerschap
De Product Pitch is een initiatief van Albert Heijn om jong ondernemerschap te stimuleren, vernieuwend te zijn in het assortiment en klanten te blijven verrassen met vernieuwende producten. De jury van de Product Pitch bestaat, naast Marit van Egmond, uit Henk van Harn (‎VP Strategic Sourcing), Carlijn Olthof (Director Merchandising & Sourcing Fresh), Sjoerd Holleman (Senior Finance Director Merchandising & Sourcing) en Kees Rusius (Operational Manager).

Noot voor de redactie, niet geschikt voor publicatie
Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met Albert Heijn, afdeling Mediarelaties.Telefoonnummer: 088 659 2020; e-mail: pers@ah.nl

Voor een impressie van het winmoment klik je hier om de livestream terug te kijken (tot 24 uur na plaatsing zichtbaar).

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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In celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan Al Meera hosted Ramadan ‘Ghabga’ gathering for its employees

In celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan Al Meera hosted Ramadan ‘Ghabga’ gathering for its employees

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC (Al Meera) has recently organized a Ramadan ‘Ghabga’ gathering, which was attended by a group of senior management officials at the Company, along with senior employees and branch managers.

This event came as part of the social initiatives organized and sponsored by Al Meera during the Holy Month of Ramadan each year and in the context of boosting the spirit of solidarity and teamwork, in recognition of the efforts exerted by the team and in honor of the Holy Month’s values ​​of mercy and harmony.

On this occasion, Al Meera Acting CEO Mr. Cobus Lombard congratulated the team on behalf of Sheikh Thani Bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of Al Meera:

“Emanating from our belief that our employees are the heart and soul of the company, we are keen to consolidate the bonds of brotherhood among them and to consolidate the meanings of goodness and generosity in Al Meera ‘family’.” Our Ramadan ‘Ghabga’ gathering, which has become an annual tradition of the company and part of our social responsibility, allows us to interact with each other and enhance our cooperation, while expressing our continued interest in our human capital.”

He added: “Amid the current circumstances the State of Qatar is going through and the great dependence on Al Meera to play its community role of meeting the needs of the market, we take pride in each and every one of you as well as your extraordinary collective effort, which raises the profile of Al Meera day after day and boosts the confidence of consumers, partners and the State in our pivotal role.”

During the Ramadan ‘Ghabga’ gathering, and in order to motivate employees to excel and achieve, exemplary employees were honored and received a number of rewarding prizes. Mr. Lombard, Acting Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Nabet, Director of Administration and Human Resources, also awarded certificates of appreciation to the distinguished staff of various departments for their exceptional efforts during the month of May.

Contact:

Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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Schweizer grillieren wie noch nie

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Grillsaison 2017 ist angelaufen – es zischt und brutzelt in der Schweiz! Coop hat die Grillgewohnheiten der Schweizer unter die Lupe genommen und stellt Trends fest. Demnach werfen die Schweizer im Durchschnitt an jedem vierten Tag im Sommer den Grill an. Bratwürste, Cervelats und Luganighetta sind ein beliebtes Grillgut für Familien und Budgetbewusste. Bei Bio-affinen kommt vor allem Rind, Lamm und Fisch in verschiedenen Variationen auf den Grill.

Das Grillieren ist und bleibt fester Bestandteil des kulinarischen Lebens der Schweizer, wie eine Erhebung von Coop zum Grillieren ergeben hat. Durchschnittlich grillieren die Schweizer an 21 Sommertagen, sprich an jedem vierten Tag im Sommer. Im Frühling wird an rund neun Tagen grilliert, im Herbst an rund sieben Tagen und im Winter immerhin noch an rund zwei Tagen. Die grössten Grillmeister finden sich in den Schweizer Familien: Sie grillieren mit rund 25 Tagen im Sommer am häufigsten. In Haushalten ohne Kinder wird der Grill mit rund 19 Tagen seltener angeworfen. Auch das Alter hat einen Einfluss auf die Grillfreudigkeit: Während die 16- bis 45- Jährigen im Sommer an rund 24 Tagen grillieren, greifen die über 45-Jährigen nur an rund 17 Tagen zu Grillzange und Streichhölzern. Insgesamt gaben 62 Prozent der Befragten an, im Sommer mindestens einmal pro Woche zu grillieren.

Gasgrill immer beliebter
Während in einer vergleichbaren Erhebung von Coop vor vier Jahren noch die meisten Schweizerinnen und Schweizer angaben, hauptsächlich auf dem Holzkohlegrill zu grillieren, hat ihm inzwischen der Gasgrill den Rang abgelaufen: 44 Prozent der Befragten gaben den Gasgrill als Hauptgrill in ihrem Haushalt an. Nur gut ein Drittel nannte den Holzkohlegrill. An dritter Stelle folgt der Tischgrill, der von 13 Prozent der Befragten präferiert wird.

Wurst, Fleisch oder Fisch? Das ist hier die Frage!
Bratwurst, Cervelat und – im Tessin die Luganighetta – sind neben Schweinefleisch in verschiedenen Varianten vor allem bei Familien und Budgetbewussten Grilleuren ein sehr beliebtes Grillgut. Bio-affine Grilleure hingegen haben eine Vorliebe für Rind, Lamm und Fisch als Grilladen.

Für seine Kunden hat Coop auch in diesem Jahr wieder ein vielfältiges Grill-Sortiment mit verschiedenen Services zusammengestellt. So bietet etwa die Coop-Metzgerei fachkundige Beratung sowie einen Marinier-Service an. Neu ist auch die Online-Metzgerei unter https://www.coopathome.ch/de/c/m_2333. Inspirationen für Rezepte und praktische Anleitungen zu Grilltechniken bekommen Kunden auf der Grillplattform www.coop.ch/grill-rezepte. Und auch bei der Wahl des richtigen Grills samt Zubehör bietet Coop seinen Kunden fachmännische Unterstützung an: Bei Coop Bau+Hobby können verschiedene Modelle begutachtet werden und auf www.bauundhobby.ch/grillberater führt ein virtueller Grill-Berater durch das Sortiment.

Kontakt:

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

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: coop.ch

Citycon Oyj announces equity repayment of EUR 0.0325 per share

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj has today (20 June 2017 ) decided, on the basis of the authorisation by the Annual General Meeting 2017, that an equity repayment of EUR 0.0325 per share be distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund of the company. The equity repayment will be paid to a shareholder registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date for the equity repayment 22 June 2017. The equity repayment will be paid on 30 June 2017.

Citycon’s Annual General Meeting held on 22 March 2017, resolved to authorise the Board of Directors to decide in its discretion on the distribution of dividend and equity repayment. Based on the authorisation the total amount of the dividend to be distributed shall not exceed EUR 0.01 per share and the maximum amount of equity repayment distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund shall not exceed EUR 0.12 per share. The authorisation is valid until the opening of the Annual General Meeting 2018.

Following the asset distribution on 30 June 2017, Citycon Oyj has distributed a total dividend and equity repayment of EUR 0.065 per share during the year 2017 and the remaining authorisation of Citycon’s Board of Directors is EUR 0.065 per share.

Citycon is an owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic region, managing assets that total EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of EUR 2 billion. Citycon is the No. 1 shopping centre owner in Finland and Estonia and among the market leaders in Norway and Sweden. Citycon has also established a foothold in Denmark.

Citycon has investment-grade credit ratings from Moody’s (Baa1) and Standard & Poor’s (BBB). Citycon Oyj’s share is listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.

www.citycon.com

For further information, please contact:
Marcel Kokkeel
CEO
Tel. +358 40 154 6760
marcel.kokkeel@citycon.com

Eero Sihvonen
Executive Vice President and CFO
Tel. +358 50 557 9137
eero.sihvonen@citycon.com

Source: Citycon Oyj

Kroger expands its exclusive Our Brands product lines

Kroger expands its exclusive Our Brands product lines

 

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (June 21, 2017) the expansion of its exclusive Our Brands product lines to offer its customers greater value, variety and quality. The company currently offers more than 30,000 Our Brands items, including food, beauty, personal care, pet and household essentials, many of which are made at one of the company’s 38 U.S. production plants that employ 8,600 manufacturing associates.

“Our Brands sold a record-setting 8.2 billion units in 2016, which equates to customers choosing to add 1.25 million of our exclusive products to their shopping carts every hour that our stores are open,” said Gil Phipps, Kroger’s vice president of Our Brands. “Through innovation, we are committed to introducing new items monthly that give our customers a wide selection of choices and price points, and always guaranteed quality.”

The foods in Our Brands, such as Kroger®, Private Selection®, Simple Truth®, Simple Truth Organic® and HemisFares™, are specifically designed, rigorously tested and consistently evaluated to ensure that they continue to satisfy and delight. Kroger’s team of chefs, food scientists and culinary experts are constantly exploring, testing and inventing to enhance its offerings of organic, natural, premium, fusion, value and conventional eats.

In third-party blind taste tests, Our Brands has routinely outperformed competitive national brands and other private label foods. New flavor-forward and specialty products that Our Brands has introduced this year include: HemisFares™ Japanese Dry-Aged Red Miso; HemisFares™ Double Brewed Soy Sauce; Kroger® Simply Baked French Fries with Olive Oil & Sea Salt;  Kroger® Deluxe Funnel Cake Ice Cream; Private Selection™ Moroccan BBQ & Basting Sauce; Simple Truth® Dairy-Free Paletas (fruit bars); Simple Truth Organic Blueberry Ginger Kombucha; and Simple Truth Organic® Cold Brew Coffee.

Launching early next month, Our Brands will introduce Simple Truth® Low Cow Lite Ice Cream, which is low calorie (240-280 calories per pint) and high protein (24 grams per pint). The first six rich and creamy flavors will include birthday cake, chocolate, lemon cake, mint chocolate chip, sea salt caramel and vanilla bean.

Along with the commitment to expand its Our Brands offerings, Kroger recently launched its Prep+Pared meal kits pilot in select Cincinnati stores. Prep+Pared meal kits offer restaurant-quality meals that are easy to cook in about 20 minutes and answer the question, “What’s for dinner?”

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

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Topaz Cash for Clubs supports Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim

Topaz Cash for Clubs supports Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Powerchair Football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. When the Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim got the call to say they’d won £1,500 having entered their club for Topaz Cash for Clubs 2016, they were the delighted at the thought of being able to raise awareness of a sport which is still somewhat in its infancy and to also have the opportunity to build on the great strides made by the club over the past decade or so.

Six months after Michael Hilland attended an IFA wheelchair football event in Belfast in 2008 with his son, Trailblazers PFC was formed in order to provide an opportunity for people with physical disabilities to play football. Since then, the club has grown and developed with the help of committed parents and the supporting local community. In September 2013 Michael and Stephen McVeigh began coaching the team.

When asked what the Cash for Clubs win has done for the club and its members, Michael commented on the great improvements that have been made.

“Our Cash for Clubs prize win has been a great financial help for the club. The money has allowed us to replace tyres on the powerchairs and we will now be able to purchase tracksuits and tops for the new season in September.”

The interest in Cash for Clubs first came about when one of the club’s members, John Stewart, mentioned the Topaz initiative and suggested registering the team. Gordon Stewart, whose family business is the Topaz Airport Road Service Station, Tully Road offered to nominate the Trailblazers in the hope of them becoming one of the lucky winners. Following on from their win, the club is already registered this year and are urging more clubs to enter Cash for Clubs 2017.

The club provides people with disabilities from across Northern Ireland with the opportunity to participate in sport as well as socialise and have fun, and Michael believes the club’s involvement in Topaz Cash for Clubs has helped spread this important message by leveraging the support of the wider community.

“The prize has very much impacted the local community and has helped us achieve greater awareness of the club, letting other people with physical disabilities know that there is a football game that they can play and enjoy.”

Not only do Trailblazers provide a platform for young people with disabilities to express themselves and their love of the game, the opportunity to participate and be a part of a team environment is one of the club’s primary areas of focus, according to Michael.

“Everybody wants to have an identity and the players have built the identity of Trailblazers up over the past five or six years. That has given the players a sense of purpose in a social and competitive environment through which to enjoy football with their peers. That’s more important than the game itself.”

For more information on Topaz Cash for Clubs and to find out how you can support your local club into this year’s promotion, please visit: http://www.playorpark.ie/

Source: Topaz

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MIGROS LUZERN LEISTET BEITRAG GEGEN FACHKRÄFTEMANGEL

MIGROS LUZERN LEISTET BEITRAG GEGEN FACHKRÄFTEMANGEL

 

Dierikon, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Genossenschaft Migros Luzern gründet das Institut für berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung (IBAW). Das IBAW bildet Technologie-Fachkräfte im Bereich der höheren Berufsbildung im Gebiet Informatik an diversen Standorten in der Schweiz aus und weiter.

Der technische Fortschritt mit den Phänomenen der Digitalisierung und der Automatisierung sind nicht mehr wegzudenken. Doch IT-Fachkräfte für diese Tätigkeitsfelder sind Mangelware. Ihren heutigen Fachkräftebedarf kann die Schweiz nur durch entsprechende Zuwanderung decken. Bis ins Jahr 2025 benötigt die Schweiz alleine im Bereich Informatik über 25’000 zusätzliche Technologie-Fachkräfte, wie die Studie der ICT-Berufsbildung Schweiz prognostiziert. Dies kann zum einen durch technischen Fortschritt, aber auch durch Veränderungen der Wirtschafts- und Ausbildungsstruktur erreicht werden. Der Arbeitskräftemangel konzentriert sich hauptsächlich auf Arbeitskräfte mit Lehrabschluss. Entsprechende Aus- und Weiterbildungsangebote sind essentiell, um die Situation mittelfristig zu entschärfen. Mit dem IBAW nutzt die Genossenschaft Migros Luzern dieses Potential und leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag gegen den drohenden Fachkräftemangel und stärkt den Wirtschaftsstandort Schweiz.

Schweizweite Studiengänge ab Herbst 2017

Das IBAW wird Technologie-Fachkräfte im Bereich der höheren Berufsbildung im Gebiet Informatik aus- und weiterbilden. An den Standorten Bern, Winterthur, Basel, Luzern, Zug und Sursee werden ab Herbst 2017 Studiengänge, wie beispielsweise Dipl. Wirtschaftsinformatiker HF oder Dipl. Techniker HF angeboten. Zudem wird eine Angebotsergänzung um weitere Diplom- und Nachdiplomstudiengänge u.a. in den Bereichen Automatisation und Robotik, Daten-/Systemanalyse, Programmierung oder Multimedia geprüft. Durch die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Verbänden, Kantonen sowie Konferenzen der höheren Fachschulen arbeitet das IBAW auch an der Aus- und Weiterentwicklung von Rahmenlehrplänen und Ausbildungen mit.

Institut für berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung IBAW

Das Institut für berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung (IBAW) bietet für Privatpersonen und Firmen/Institutionen an verschiedenen Standorten in der Deutschschweiz qualitativ hochstehende und praxisnahe Bildungsangebote der Höheren Berufsbildung «Informatik» an. Zur Auswahl stehen acht Studiengänge und verschiedene Seminare.

Das IBAW ist eine registrierte Marke der Genossenschaft Migros Luzern und leistet mit seinem Bildungsengagement einen wichtigen Beitrag gegen den Technologie-Fachkräftemangel in der Schweiz.

Contact:
Antonia Reinhard
Genossenschaft Migros Luzern
Unternehmenskommunikation / Kulturprozent
Industriestrasse 2
6031 Dierikon
TEL: 041 455 73 51
E-MAIL: antonia.reinhard@migrosluzern.ch

Source: Migros

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METRO further expands its ability to digitally transform the hospitality sector thru partnership with Planday

Düsseldorf, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP partners with Planday, the leading European employee scheduling and workforce management solution provider. METRO has committed to acquire a minority stake in Planday, a workforce management solution provider that enables business owners to take employee scheduling from pen and paper to a streamlined, digital process – saving managers significant time and resources. With this partnership, METRO is further expanding its ability to digitally transform the hospitality sector through carefully selected investments into best-in-class digital solution providers. “METRO is committed to offering its customers the best digital tools available, allowing them to run their businesses more efficiently and successfully,” said Dr Hansjörg Sage, Managing Director of METRO’s digital business unit. “With Planday, METRO can now offer its customers a world class, cloud-based employee scheduling and management system.”

“We only select the best suite of tools for the hospitality sector and invest only in companies that have the potential to dominate the markets with their proven business models and products that provide real and lasting value to all METRO customers. Planday easily convinced us that they were the most robust and easy-to-use solution. The platform addresses a major pain point of hospitality businesses and solves an issue that isn’t adequately addressed by other tools: allowing managers and employees to smoothly collaborate and communicate together to create the optimal work schedule and improve the METRO customers’ P&L,” stresses Dr Patrick Flesner, Director of the investment arm of METRO’s digital unit.

Planday CEO, Christian Brøndum, commented on the announcement: “We are determined to help hospitality and retail businesses move away from outdated, complicated, and cumbersome tools and processes. In many of these businesses these outdated tools and processes are what prevent them from realising their full potential. Planday can directly impact the growth of these businesses by ensuring they have the optimal shift plan at all times. This means businesses are sufficiently staffed for busy periods, maximizing sales and customer loyalty, while not over-staffing quieter periods, which reduces unnecessary costs. With Planday, our partners create a schedule in a couple of hours, instead of several days. The time our customers now save using Planday is quite significant. The app gives them much more flexibility when creating the staff schedule. Both, managers and employees, now have a full overview of the schedule, which makes them feel empowered,” Brøndum, explained.

With this deal, Planday will further expand its leadership position in Europe beyond the Nordics and the UK.

To strengthen ties between the two businesses, METRO has invested into Planday and Dr. Patrick Flesner will be joining the Planday Board. “Together with our dedicated sales team, we will leverage METRO’s large customer base and store network in order to provide METRO customers with access to Planday’s value-creating product suite and to help Planday successfully internationalize its business operations,” Dr. Patrick Flesner remarks.

Brøndum concludes, “In Metro, we have found a great partner, one that is as dedicated to digitalizing the hospitality businesses as we are. With this new partnership, Planday will effectively be the number one employee scheduling system in the DACH region. Next to our leading positions in UK and in the Nordic region, this deal will cement our position as the clear European leader in our space. We are proud and excited to partner with Metro, as we work toward the common goal of digitizing the hospitality industry, to the benefit of thousands of businesses.”

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is a leading international player in wholesale and foodservice distribution. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

About Planday:

Planday builds software that makes it easier for managers and hourly workers to communicate, collaborate, and get work done. We empower businesses by making the relationship between hourly workers and their managers more efficient, transparent, and productive – which leads to better business returns. Planday grew out of a simple idea: scheduling and communication should be simple and straightforward for both managers and employees. Our product has come a long way since then, and we now offer a comprehensive SaaS product that can meet the unique needs of a wide variety of shift-based businesses. In 2014, Planday received investment from Creandum, and in 2015, they received another investment from former global Just-Eat CEO, Klaus Nyengaard. In 2016, Planday received a $14 million series B investment led by Idinvest, Creandum, SEB Private Equity, and Angel Investor Arthur Kosten, co-founder of Booking.com.

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

Tesco to showcase Scotland’s leading local products at the Royal Highland Show

Tesco to showcase Scotland’s leading local products at the Royal Highland Show

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco will be showcasing some of the leading local products it stocks in its local stores at its stand at the Royal Highland Show.

Over £89m of local branded products were sold in Tesco’s stores in Scotland in the past year, the supermarket has revealed.

Tesco has released the figure ahead of the Royal Highland Show to underline the depth of its supply chain across Scotland where products from well-known brands such as Graham’s family dairy, Angus soft fruits and Malcolm Allan can be found on the shelves of its stores.

In total Tesco works with more than 135 suppliers in Scotland, providing more than 900 different local products within its aisles. These local lines are in addition to products from some of the best-known Scottish brands which are stocked nationally and appear on the shelves of Tesco stores the length and breadth of the UK.

Lorna Dickinson, Tesco Head of Local Sourcing, said that Tesco was very proud to be celebrating the very best of Scotland’s rich larder:

“Our long-standing relationships with our Scottish suppliers help us serve customers across Scotland and across the UK. Our Scottish suppliers truly are ‘Experts in their fields.’”

“We know our customers in Scotland really want to see high quality local products that they love on the shelves of our stores.”

“Tesco is always on the look out for the very best products from Scotland and we regularly speak to suppliers about great new products that they believe Tesco customers would want to put in their trolley.”

Tesco will be showcasing some of the leading local products it stocks in its local stores at its stand at the Royal Highland Show.

Tesco can be found at stand 579 at the Royal Highland Show and will showcase the best in Scottish produce, with visitors being able to enjoy tasters of a range of products.

There will be demonstrations of how to prepare quality British meat and fish, whilst Tesco development chef Martyn Lee will be showing off some of the meals that can be created using quality local produce.

Younger visitors have not been forgotten, with an arts and crafts station and a special scan-as-you-shop area with the chance to win a family day out.

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Amazon unveils its selections for Best Books of the Year So Far

Amazon Books Editorial team selects the best titles for every reader’s summer—from futuristic novels and small-town stories to page-turning memoirs

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jun. 21, 2017) announced its selections for Best Books of the Year So Far, naming Arundhati Roy’s novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the top pick overall. The annual list is hand-selected by the Amazon Books Editors and features the Top 20 books released between January and June 2017 – offering readers a mid-year look at the best books.

“We love looking back on the past six months to give our customers a list of our favorite must-reads heading into summer,” said Sarah Harrison Smith, Editorial Director, Print and Kindle Books. “Our top pick this year, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a sweeping yet intimate story, one that packs heartbreak, humor, love and acceptance—and a memorable cast of characters—into a novel that will stick with readers for a very long time.”

The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the first 10 of the Top-20 Best Books of the Year So Far are:

  1. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy: An intricate and graceful story of lives touched by magic, broken by tragedy, and mended with love. It’s an exceptional work of storytelling and well worth the 20 year wait since her beloved debut, The God of Small Things.
  2. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: Smart, taut and gripping, Grann’s true-if-largely-unknown tale of big oil and serial murder on the Osage Indian Reservation in the 1920s is sobering: at once unsurprising and unbelievable, full of the arrogance and inhumanity that our society has yet to overcome.
  3. Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman: The author of A Man Called Ove sidesteps the predictable as he forges a new path of soul-searching and truth-telling in his gripping new novel about a small, hockey-mad town whose hopes and loyalties are torn apart by a crime no one wants to believe happened.
  4. Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid: In this futuristic novel, young lovers flee a war-torn Middle Eastern country to seek safety in the West, where cities like London have become embattled refugee settlements. Hamid (author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist) has said that in some sense we are all refugees, and it’s easy to sympathize with his protagonists, who find their romance tested by their travails in exile.
  5. Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood: When Patricia Lockwood temporarily moves back in with her parents—her father, a Catholic priest who loves electric guitars; her mother, focused on disasters and Satan worshippers—she returns, as well, to the memories of her upbringing. Poetically precise language and darkly hilarious observations spark zingers that will make you rethink your own childhood indoctrinations.
  6. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie: In this family memoir set on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Alexie (author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven) connects, with humor and poignancy, the troubled life of his whip-smart and sometimes-cruel mother to the history of oppression and violence suffered by the larger American Indian community.
  7. Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders: Set in 1862, at a ghost-filled cemetery where President Lincoln’s beloved son Willie has been laid to rest, this first novel by acclaimed short-story-writer and essayist George Saunders will upend your expectations and leave you hooting with laughter when you aren’t wiping away your tears.
  8. The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak: A coming-of-age story tucked inside a love letter to the strange and wonderful 1980s. It’s one of those rare and special books: once you’ve finished it, you’ll want all your friends to read it immediately.
  9. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: In this brutally honest and brave memoir, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist recounts how a childhood sexual assault led her to purposely gain weight in order to be unseen and therefore feel safe; it’s a story that will inspire you to be more considerate of the bodies of others and more accepting of your own.
  10. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari: With Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari follows up his bestselling Sapiens—which looked back at the last 70,000 years of human evolution and history—with a look forward. In short, where do we go from here?

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Kesko Corporation to sell Indoor Group to Sievi Capital Oyj for €67 million

Helsinki, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Corporation has signed an agreement to sell Indoor Group, which is responsible for the Asko and Sotka furniture trade chains, to a company owned by Sievi Capital Oyj, three franchising entrepreneurs from the Sotka chain and Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The debt free price of the sale, structured as a share transaction, is €67 million.

“Kesko’s strategic objective is to achieve growth in the Finnish grocery trade, growth and expansion within the building and technical trade in Europe as well as growth in the car trade. The divestment of Indoor Group is a coherent step in the implementation of Kesko’s strategy,” says Mikko Helander, President and CEO of Kesko Corporation.

In 2016, the net sales of Indoor Group were €187 million and the operating profit was €9.8 million. In addition to webstores, the Asko chain has 34 stores in Finland and 5 in Estonia, whereas the Sotka chain has 52 stores in Finland and 5 in Estonia. The sofa factory Insofa Oy in Lahti, Finland, and the Estonian subsidiary Indoor Group AS are also part of Indoor Group.

The debt free price of the divestment is €67 million of which €62 million will be paid in cash upon completion of the transaction and €5 million as an interest bearing loan that the seller grants to the buyer. When the transaction is completed, Kesko Corporation will record a profit of €15 million on the divestment. The transaction will be completed on 30 June 2017.

Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in Northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 30,000 people. Kesko has some 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main business premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most responsible trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World). www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Jukka Erlund
EVP
CFO
tel. +358 105 322 113
jukka.erlund@kesko.fi

Investors and analysts:
Kia Aejmelaeus
VP Investor Relations
tel. +358 105 322 533
kia.aejmelaeus@kesko.fi

Media:
Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communicationn
tel. +358 105 323 495
riikka.toivonen@kesko.fi

Source: Kesko Corporation

Kesko the first Finnish retail company to set science-based targets to reduce emissions operations and supply chain

Helsinki, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko is the first Finnish retail company to set science-based targets to reduce emissions from facilities, transportation and the supply chain. To achieve these ambitious emission reduction targets, Kesko will increase its use of renewable energy while also improving its energy efficiency.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF and the UN Global Compact. SBTi enables companies to state their commitment to the target of below 2 °C global warming as set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

Emission targets for 2025

Kesko commits to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions 18% by 2025, using a 2015 base year. As for scope 3 emissions, Kesko commits that 90% of its key suppliers will set greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets by 2025.

Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from transportation and Kesko’s own heat production. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity and the generation of district heat. Scope 3 emissions are other indirect emissions from the manufacture of products sold.

In the initiative, emission targets will be validated against the SBTi criteria, and a list of approved companies will be published on the SBTi website. Kesko is the first retail company in Finland whose emission targets have been formally approved by the initiative.

Science-based targets provide investors and other stakeholders with an excellent tool for comparing companies and their emission targets.

“Setting science-based targets supports the K Group in its commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In our responsibility programme, we have committed ourselves to the mitigation of climate change and the promotion of renewable energy production,” says Matti Kalervo, Kesko’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility.

Cutting emissions through renewable energy and energy-saving solutions in-store

All electricity purchased by Kesko in Finland has been renewable since the beginning of 2017. Kesko purchases Nordic renewable electricity that participates in the Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) scheme.

There are 16 solar power plants on the rooftops of K Group stores, making the K Group the biggest producer and user of solar power in Finland.

The K Group participated in the commerce sector Energy Efficiency Agreement for 2008-2016, under which it committed itself to improving its annual energy efficiency by 65 GWh by the end of 2016. As a result of determined actions, the K Group has exceeded expectations and has improved its energy efficiency by 67 GWh.

The K Group is committed to the 2017-2025 action plan included in the commerce sector’s Energy Efficiency Agreement. In accordance with the agreement, the K Group has made a commitment to reduce its energy consumption through various savings measures by 7.5%, which amounts to approximately 79 GWh. The agreement covers all of the K Group’s store chains.

Kesko’s efforts to improve energy efficiency in its stores are focused on remote monitoring, LED lighting, lids and doors on refrigeration equipment, condensation heat recovery, and the use of carbon dioxide as the refrigerant.

Kesko Logistics aims to reduce emissions relative to the net sales index by 10% by 2020 from the 2011 level. Emissions will be reduced through optimised transport routes, efficient reverse logistics, two-tier trailers, and training in economical driving styles.

The range of electric and hybrid cars available through Kesko’s car dealers is increasing. The K Group offers its customers an extensive network of free electric vehicle charging points at various store sites.

http://sciencebasedtargets.org/
www.kesko.fi

Kesko and K-retailers form the K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. The K Group is the third largest retail operator in Northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 30,000 people. Kesko has some 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main business premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most responsible trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World).

Further information:

Matti Kalervo
Vice President
Corporate Responsibility
Kesko Corporation
matti.kalervo@kesko.fi
tel. +358 50 306 4081

Source: Kesko Corporation

Rihanna presented awards to 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers winners

Rihanna presented awards to 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers winners

 

Paris, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The winners of the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers received their awards from Rihanna during a ceremony at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The jury selected Marine Serre as the grand prize winner this year, while Kozaburo Akasaka was awarded a special prize. Spotlight on the profiles and creations by the winners.

For its fourth edition in 2017, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers  was honored to have the awards presented to winners by Rihanna. The winners were chosen by a jury comprising seven creative directors of LVMH Maisons –  , J.W. Anderson (Loewe), Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), and Phoebe Philo (Céline) – along with Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of LVMH Corporate Philanthropy) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH Fashion Group).

The  Grand Prize went to French designer Marine Serre of MARINE SERRE, who will receive a 300,000 euro grant and a year-long mentorship from an LVMH team. Watch a video presenting the young prize winner and her clothes, which feature a creative combination of urban and sportswear with oriental inspirations.

The jury also gave a special prize to Kozaburo Akasaka of  KOZABURO. Watch a video presenting the Japanese designer and his subtly deconstructed menswear creations.

The 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers reaffirms the LVMH Group’s commitment to showcasing the work of emerging young talents and supporting their development.

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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EROSKI evolucionará su modelo comercial “contigo” para impulsar una alimentación más saludable y sostenible

EROSKI evolucionará su modelo comercial “contigo” para impulsar una alimentación más saludable y sostenible

 

  • Su compromiso con la alimentación saludable, ha llevado a la cooperativa a eliminar durante el último año 347 toneladas de azúcares, sal y grasas
  • EROSKI, como cooperativa, impulsa un tejido productivo altamente diversificado y colabora con más de 9.000 proveedores
  • La Asamblea General, órgano de máxima decisión de la cooperativa, ha convocado a 250 Socios Trabajadores y 250 Socios Consumidores

BARAKALDO, España, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha celebrado esta tarde su Asamblea General Ordinaria anual en Barakaldo (Bizkaia), a la que estaban convocados 500 socios representantes de sus colectivos de Socios Trabajadores y Socios Consumidores. Su presidente, Agustín Markaide, ha repasado los objetivos alcanzados el pasado ejercicio y ha explicado las líneas estratégicas que marcarán un nuevo ciclo y que están orientadas a que las tiendas EROSKI sean las preferidas por los consumidores por las opciones y facilidades que prestan para la práctica de una alimentación más saludable y sostenible.

Durante su ponencia en la Asamblea General de la cooperativa, Markaide ha destacado “iniciamos ahora una nueva etapa en la que seguiremos haciendo evolucionar el modelo comercial “contigo” que nos ha hecho estar en 2017 donde queríamos estar”. Durante los últimos años, EROSKI ha transformado su red comercial y cerró 2016 con 512 tiendas de nueva generación. “Seguiremos extendiendo el modelo “contigo” al resto de la red comercial, tanto con aperturas de tiendas propias, como remodelaciones y nuevas tiendas franquiciadas” ha anunciado.

La libertad de elección del consumidor con surtidos más amplios, junto con el protagonismo de los alimentos de producción local y la especialización en frescos, constituyen los rasgos más identificativos de las tiendas “contigo” de nueva generación. En paralelo, los productos de marca propia de EROSKI avanzan en su Programa de Mejora Nutricional y han eliminado durante el último año 347 toneladas de azúcares, sal y grasas. Un claro avance en el compromiso de EROSKI con sus clientes para facilitar la práctica de una alimentación más saludable.

La vinculación con sus clientes es otro de los pilares del modelo comercial “contigo” que ha consolidado la cooperativa durante los últimos años con el programa EROSKI Club, y que engloba en torno al 80% de las ventas. De cara a la nueva etapa en la que EROSKI se marca como objetivo prioritario la mejora competitiva, EROSKI Club se verá reforzada con nuevas e innovadoras formas de ahorro para sus asociados.

Apoyar un consumo más sostenible será otro de los ejes en la estrategia de diferenciación de EROSKI en su apuesta por la competitividad. Como cooperativa, EROSKI impulsa un tejido productivo altamente diversificado en el sector agroalimentario, aspecto clave para la contribución del sector primario a la economía y desarrollo rural, la cultura gastronómica y la alimentación saludable, así como para la calidad ambiental. EROSKI colabora con más de 9.000 proveedores y comercializa cerca de 24.000 alimentos locales producidos en los entornos próximos a sus tiendas.

Por su parte, la presidenta del Consejo Rector de EROSKI, Leire Mugerza, ha afirmado que “las bases asentadas en EROSKI durante los últimos ejercicios son sólidas para afrontar nuevos retos y seguir aportando valor a la sociedad. A través nuestra manera diferente de hacer empresa, trabajamos para satisfacer las necesidades de los propietarios de nuestro proyecto, los socios de trabajo y de consumo” y ha concluido “nos reafirmamos en nuestro fin de contribuir a una sociedad más justa, más cohesionada y más sostenible, con mayores cotas de salud y bienestar”.

Aprobación de las cuentas anuales

La Asamblea General de EROSKI ha aprobado las cuentas anuales individuales de la cooperativa y las consolidadas del Grupo EROSKI, así como el Informe de Gestión del ejercicio 2016. Los beneficios obtenidos en 2016 permitirán a la cooperativa comenzar a compensar las Reservas Negativas Individualizadas de los socios trabajadores.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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CVS Health among Points of Light’s Civic 50 companies

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (June 21, 2017) was recognized by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as one of the fifty most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

The Civic 50 companies were announced at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle, where leaders in volunteerism and civic engagement are gathering to discuss social innovation, cross-sector collaboration and citizen engagement can drive change.

“We are fortunate at CVS Health to have colleagues and customers who are generous with their time, expertise and giving to make meaningful differences in the communities we serve,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Health. “As a pharmacy innovation company committed to helping people on their path to better health, we’re always looking to identify new and effective ways to make our communities healthier places to work and live.”

CVS Health’s recognition among the Civic 50 follows the recent release of the company’s 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report which highlights a year-round commitment to driving community impact. In 2016, CVS Health contributed more than $90 million in community support through CVS Health Foundation giving, corporate grants, gifts in-kind and employee volunteerism which grew year-over-year by 65 percent. In addition, the company continued to innovate to meet the evolving health care needs of the community. For example, last year CVS Health connected more than 100,000 people with limited resources to preventive health services through a program called Project Health.

CVS Health also encourages its colleagues to participate in year-round pro-bono projects and skills-based volunteerism. For example, through a program called Pharmacists Teach, the company’s pharmacists have visited high school health classes across the country, teaching more than 275,000 students about the dangers of drug abuse.

“At CVS Health, our purpose is helping people on their path to better health and we are committed to leveraging our resources, skills and experience to make a difference in our communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health, and president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to be recognized for that as a part of the Civic 50.”

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including being ranked #45 on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list and included among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

The Civic 50 survey was administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.

For more information about CVS Health’s approach to corporate social responsibility, visit https://cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

To learn more about The Civic 50, please visit www.Civic50.org.

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.

Media Contacts:
Joe Goode
CVS Health
(401) 770-9820; Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

Mary Gattuso
CVS Health
(401) 770-9811; Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health