Visa Inc. fiscal third quarter 2017 financial results to be released on Thursday, July 20, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) will report its fiscal third quarter 2017 financial results on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The results, along with accompanying financial information, will be released after market close and posted on the Visa Investor Relations website.

Visa’s executive management team will then host a live audio webcast beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and business highlights.

All interested parties are invited to listen to the live webcast at http://investor.visa.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on Visa’s Investor Relations website for 30 days.

Visa is currently in its customary “quiet period” during which time company executives will not be interacting with the investment community. This quiet period will extend until fiscal third quarter 2017 earnings are released on July 20, 2017.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

Investor Relations:
Victoria Hyde-Dunn
650-432-7644
ir@visa.com

Media Relations:
Nathaniel Sillin
415-805-4892
globalmedia@visa.com

Source: Visa Inc.

MIGROS: 54 LUZERNER LERNENDE STARTEN INS BERUFSLEBEN

MIGROS: 54 LUZERNER LERNENDE STARTEN INS BERUFSLEBEN

 

Dierikon, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — In der Migros Luzern haben 83 junge Frauen und Männer ihre Grundbildung absolviert – 54 davon aus dem Kanton Luzern – und starten nun in ihr Berufsleben. 80 Prozent der Abschliessenden werden weiterbeschäftigt.

83 junge Berufsleute haben ihre Grundbildung bei der Migros Luzern abgeschlossen. Nach zwei- bis vierjähriger Lehrzeit sind sie zur Prüfung angetreten und sind jetzt frischgebackene Berufsleute: Detailhandelsfachleute, Polydesignerinnen 3D, Kältesystem-Monteure, Kaufleute oder Logistiker. Felix Meyer, Geschäftsleiter der Genossenschaft Migros Luzern, gratuliert den Absolventinnen und Absolventen: „Sie sind nun sehr gut auf Ihre Zukunft vorbereitet, da Sie sich für eine Grundbildung bei der Migros Luzern entschieden haben.“ Konstant werden auch in diesem Jahr rund 80 Prozent der Abschliessenden bei der Migros Luzern weiterbeschäftigt.

Offene Grundbildungsstellen für Lehrstart 2017
Anfang August beginnt bereits die nächste Generation Lernende ihre Berufsbildung in der Migros Luzern, die 14 verschiedene Grundbildungen anbietet. Gleichzeitig startet die neue Rekrutierung mit interessanten und attraktiven Grundbildungsstellen für 2017.

Kontakt: 
Franziska Züsli
Leiterin Berufsbildung
Tel. 041 455 70 37

Source: Migros

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ERÖFFNUNG DER ERSTEN ZUR ROSE SHOP-IN-SHOP-APOTHEKE IN EINER MIGROS-FILIALE

ERÖFFNUNG DER ERSTEN ZUR ROSE SHOP-IN-SHOP-APOTHEKE IN EINER MIGROS-FILIALE

 

Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab heute führt die Migros Aare an der Marktgasse in Bern die erste Filiale mit einer Zur Rose Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke. Die Kunden können ihren Einkauf in der Migros neu bequem mit dem Bezug von Apotheken-Artikeln verbinden und dabei auch Cumulus-Punkte sammeln. Die kleinflächige Apotheke bietet ein vollwertiges Apothekensortiment zu attraktiven Preisen.

Sowohl Migros als auch Zur Rose engagieren sich für die Gesundheit der Schweizer Bevölkerung. Für die Migros ist die Kooperation ein weiterer Baustein ihrer Gesundheitsinitiative iMpuls. Die Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke entspricht dem Markenbild von Zur Rose und hebt sich von der restlichen Detailhandelsfläche ab. Sie ist in der Nähe des Kosmetik- und Gesundheits-Sortiments der Migros platziert. Die kleinflächige Apotheke kommt dabei mit rund 50 Quadratmetern Fläche aus.

Betrieb durch Zur Rose-Fachpersonal
Ein Team aus Apothekern und Pharmaassistenten von  Zur Rose ist für den Betrieb der Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke verantwortlich. Das Angebot besteht aus einem vollwertigen Apothekensortiment, das sowohl rezeptpflichtige als auch rezeptfreie Medikamente sowie ausgewählte Kosmetik- und Gesundheitsartikel umfasst. Das Fachpersonal stellt eine kompetente Beratung sicher und bietet zusätzliche Dienstleistungen, wie beispielsweise Reise- und Impfberatung sowie Blutdruckmessung an.

Kanalübergreifendes Einkaufen zu attraktiven Preisen
Die Öffnungszeiten der Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke entsprechen denjenigen der Filiale Marktgasse. Kanalübergreifendes Einkaufen ist möglich: Produkte können online bestellt, in der Filiale abgeholt oder selbstverständlich nach Hause geliefert werden. Die Kunden profitieren dabei von attraktiven Preisen: In der Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke gelten dieselben günstigen Konditionen wie in der Zur Rose-Versandapotheke. Rezeptpflichtige Artikel sind in der Zur Rose-Apotheke durchschnittlich 11 bis 12 Prozent günstiger als in anderen Apotheken. Die Einkäufe werden in der Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke bezahlt, wobei die Migros-Kunden auch für Ihre Bezüge in der Apotheke Cumulus-Punkte sammeln können.

Bei der Shop-in-Shop-Apotheke an der Berner Marktgasse handelt es sich um einen Pilot-Betrieb. Ist das vielversprechende Konzept erfolgreich, sollen bald zusätzliche Shop-in-Shop-Apotheken in weiteren Migros-Filialen folgen.

Das Gesundheitsengagement der Migros
Die Migros fördert die Gesundheit der Menschen in der Schweiz: Die neue Gesundheitsinitiative iMpuls leistet mit inspirierenden Tipps und vielfältigen Angeboten einen wichtigen Beitrag für einen gesunden Lebensstil. Dazu zählen beispielsweise Fitnessparks und Klubschulen, das Allergiker-Label aha!, die Sportartikel von SportXX, das grösste Früchte- und Gemüseangebot der Schweiz sowie auch die Gesundheitszentren Medbase und santémed. Mehr auf www.migros-impuls.ch.

Zur Rose
Zur Rose, eine Tochtergesellschaft der Schweizer Zur Rose Group AG, ist eine Versandapotheke und Ärzte-grossistin sowie ein Dienstleistungsunternehmen im Gesundheitsbereich in der Schweiz und in Deutschland.

Mit ihrem Geschäftsmodell trägt sie zu einer sicheren und qualitativ hochwertigen pharmazeutischen Versorgung bei. Zur Rose Group ist die führende Versandapotheke Europas. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.zurrosegroup.com.

Medienkontakt:

Andrea Bauer
Mediensprecherin
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08
E-MAIL: andrea.bauer@migrosaare.ch

Source: Migros

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Tesco recognised with the Building Stronger Communities award for its efforts to tackle food waste

Tesco recognised with the Building Stronger Communities award for its efforts to tackle food waste

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco won the Building Stronger Communities award at the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2017.

The award recognises our efforts to tackle food waste in our stores with our surplus food redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection. Judges said: “Your organisation is a powerful example of the difference business can make to address some of society’s biggest issues. You should feel incredibly proud of this achievement and for being an inspiring example other business can learn from.”

Community Food Connection, delivered in partnership with surplus redistribution charity FareShare, has now donated over 10 million meals worth of surplus food to over 5,400 local charities and community groups. The programme is currently live in over 1,700 stores and will be in all Tesco stores by the end of this year.

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We have made a commitment that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from our UK retail operations by the end of 2017. For more information on how we are reducing food waste from farm to fork click here.

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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Tesco supports and joins LGBT festival this weekend

Tesco supports and joins LGBT festival this weekend

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco will be ‘Bursting with Pride’ this weekend as it supports London Pride with stores across London joining in the annual LGBT festival.

Tesco’s Regent Street Metro kicked off celebrations this week with exclusive pre-Pride events, including performances from the London Gay Men’s Chorus, pop-up bar serving rainbow inspired cocktails and a “Ride for Pride” bicycle-powered smoothie maker.

Thirteen Tesco stores along the parade route will also add a splash of colour to the iconic Tesco chevrons with the rainbow colours of Pride to show their support.  Regent Street Metro will also have Pride themed window vinyl’s, rainbow coloured flooring and shelving and even display the Pride colours at the checkouts.

Tesco returns as an official sponsor of London Pride this year which expects to see over 300 groups march in the famous parade, and over one million people attending. A specially adapted 40-foot Tesco delivery truck will take part in the parade on Saturday 8th July. Decked out with a Pride-o-Meter, dance floor and coloured smoke canons, the truck will play music selected by DJs from Gaydio, the world’s biggest LGBT radio station.

In addition, Tesco stores across London will be fundraising for the LGBT charity, Diversity Role Models, which works to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. Stores along the parade route will also sell exclusive F+F Pride t-shirts with proceeds being donated to the charity.

John Dickinson, Out at Tesco Chair, said:

“Pride in London is such a fun and vibrant event and that’s why we’re proud to be an official sponsor again this year. Over 300 of our colleagues are expected to take part in the parade and thirteen stores along the route will enter into the Pride spirit with special Pride-themed signs, bunting and carrier bags.”

A team of 650 volunteers will help make the event run smoothly and Tesco will provide each volunteer with lunch to keep them going on the day. The retailer will also hand out bottles of water, sweets and flags to attendees.

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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Tesco announces enhancements to Clubcard

Tesco announces enhancements to Clubcard

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (5 Jul 2017) announced a host of exciting improvements to Clubcard, the most rewarding loyalty scheme in the retail sector, making it even simpler and easier for customers and colleagues to use. The changes include the launch of a new, contactless Clubcard, which enables customers to simply tap at the checkout to add their points.

The retailer has also made significant improvements to the Tesco Clubcard app. New customers can now use it to sign up to Clubcard straight away, while they shop in store. And existing customers can access their vouchers at the checkout, at the touch of a button.

Chief Customer Officer Alessandra Bellini said;

“Tesco Clubcard is one of the most uniquely helpful things we do and it’s our way of saying thank you to our customers for shopping with us.

“We’ve listened to customers and we’re delighted to have made Clubcard even simpler and easier to use, introducing a brand new contactless card, an upgraded Clubcard app, and added to our list of partners too.

“Clubcard is the most rewarding loyalty scheme in the sector and we’re looking forward to seeing how customers respond to the improvements.”

As part of the changes, Tesco plans to add to the 400 strong range of Clubcard Reward Partners currently available to customers. Customers can benefit from up to four times the value of their vouchers with Tesco Clubcard Reward Partners, offering them even greater value for money.

Customers can now increase the value of their vouchers from as little as 50p making Reward Partners even more accessible too. Hotels.com and Uber are the latest partners to join the scheme which already includes days out, weekend breaks, holidays and more.

The retailer will also have 2,500 dedicated Clubcard Champions on hand across the country to help customers with any questions they might have about the changes.

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

SOURCE: Tesco

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The Carrefour group renews partnership with NGO Planète Urgence

The Carrefour group renews partnership with NGO Planète Urgence

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Carrefour group has just renewed its partnership with NGO Planète Urgence, so its managers can go on leave and volunteer overseas. The initiative is in line with the company’s diversity approach. For two years now, fifteen or so employees have been able to take part in education-related projects, initiatives to integrate young people with problems into society and drives to do with helping people with disabilities. The group’s collaboration with Planète Urgence is not dissimilar to the various voluntary initiatives in which thousands of Carrefour’s employees have been involved in 10 countries.

Destination humanitarian aid: Madagascar, Cameroon, Senegal, Benin or Indonesia
Since 2015, employees from the Carrefour group’s head office have had opportunities to go and volunteer overseas on aid initiatives. Out in the field, they provide NGOs with their expertise in areas such as office equipment, accounting, management, IT, marketing, communications or foreign languages. The partnership is in the line with Carrefour’s diversity policy and so focuses on education programmes as well as initiatives to integrate young people with problems into society and to include people with disabilities.

These immersive experiences for Carrefour’s teams out in the field have taken the form of socio-educational events for children in the streets of Madagascar, training in the administrative management of an organisation that integrates people with mental disabilities in India and accountancy training for financially managing a micro-loan organisation aimed at women in Indonesia.

Congé Solidaire®: volunteering with Carrefour, how it works!
Carrefour covers the costs that Planète Urgence incurs in sending employees overseas. The assignment last two weeks and employees carry them out with various associations during their own paid holiday. To encourage people to sign up, the company covers half the cost of the airfare. If they want, employees can extend their volunteering by an extra week.

Planète Urgence, a forerunner for volunteer initiatives in France
The Congé Solidaire® initiative was set up in 2000 to enable people to go and volunteer overseas with two aims in mind: get involved in a local development project and make themselves useful. 7850 volunteers have already been able to go and work overseas with Planète Urgence’s support.  There are many areas in which people can work, divided into three main categories: socio-educational projects, protecting the planet’s biodiversity and helping adults to bolster and develop their skills.  Although the Congé Solidaire® initiative enables people to convert their desire to help into action, all volunteers still need training at the outset and proper supervision: a requirement needs to be identified, volunteers need support before they go, then they need supervision once they are on site, then the results and the impact of what they do to help local people and beneficiary project leaders need to be assessed.

Company volunteering: thousands of Carrefour employees delivering charity aid
Carrefour employees are actively involved in projects all year round in 10 countries, collecting foodstuffs, giving out meals to the world’s poorest people, visiting ill children, creating charity gardens, setting up workshops designed to integrate people into society, etc. In Brazil, 1000 employees gave up their time in 2016 as part of the “Volontario” programme… and 1500 worked on it in Spain. In Argentina, 4000 employees worked with 45 NGOs on the “Sumando Volontades” programme. And nearly 3000 employees have been involved in the international donation campaign which is organised every year by the Carrefour Foundation and Food Banks in 10 countries. Employees do most of this volunteering during working hours. In France in 2016, thousands of employees raised €2 million to help children experiencing difficulties as part of the “Boucles du Cœur” campaign.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Amazon.com to open its first fulfillment center in Beehive State

This will be Amazon’s first facility in the Beehive State

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today (Jul. 5, 2017) that it will create 1,500 full-time hourly associate roles at its first Utah fulfillment center in Salt Lake City.

“We are excited to continue growing our team with the first fulfillment center in Utah,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations. “In Utah, there are already more than 30,000 authors, sellers, and developers growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services. This new facility will enable us to better serve customers and improve Prime membership benefits.”

Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

“We applaud Amazon’s decision to invest in Utah,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “The state of Utah’s talented workforce and business-friendly environment allows innovative companies like Amazon to thrive. Their investment in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant will be a significant economic driver to attract new high-paying jobs and diversify our economy.”

“We extend a warm welcome to Amazon and its new fulfillment center,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “We consider this a perfect pairing, as Amazon and Salt Lake City are both known for our customer service and ease of doing business. We are very excited for the 1,500 new full-time jobs Amazon will create in our community, and look forward to a long future of working together.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 9,000 employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed in a partnership between Seefried Industrial Properties and an affiliate of USAA Real Estate Company.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

NACS to advance its advocacy, events and education with SwiftIQ partnership

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS) and SwiftIQ, a leading retail insights, execution and measurement platform, have announced a strategic alliance.

The alliance, initially publicized at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in April, will advance NACS advocacy, events and education by bringing significant shopper, merchandising, data integrity and supply chain insights to the convenience marketplace to help retailers and their suppliers enhance food bundles, improve product offerings and gain operational improvements to drive cash flow.

“Swift IQ’s ability to analyze billions of retail transactions on-demand, including basket-level performance, foodservice, promotions, item correlations, size, seasonality and dayparts will bring an unmatched level of granularity and help convenience retailers gain tremendous benchmarks for success,” said Dae Kim, NACS vice president of research about the partnership.

“Considering the pace of the technological change in the industry, the need for basket-level data and continuous measurement of category management, promotions and supply chain initiatives is greater now more than ever. The ability to utilize artificial intelligence applications and basket-level data to optimize merchandising, foodservice and out-of-stocks is more important than ever,” explained Jason Lobel, CEO and Co-Founder of SwiftIQ. “We have worked with several top convenience chains are very excited to further our collaboration with NACS to help the community understand and leverage the power of basket-level data to drive business value.”

SwiftIQ data will complement NACS’s existing suite of data products: CSX, an online database that lets users benchmark and compare financial performance and operating trends against industry averages, and CTP, a program that conducts shopper intercepts on-site at retail locations to capture actionable insights based on customer perception, opportunity gaps and conversion rates for specific categories as well as effective forms of promotion that customers find engaging.

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

Raja Foods LLC recalls “ANARKALI PESHAWARI NAAN bread” because they may contain undeclared MILK

Raja Foods LLC recalls “ANARKALI PESHAWARI NAAN bread” because they may contain undeclared MILK

 

Skokie, IL, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raja Foods LLC of Skokie, Il is recalling its 15 ounce package of “ANARKALI PESHAWARI NAAN” because they may contain undeclared MILK. People who have allergies to MILK run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “ANARKALI PESHAWARI NAAN” were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in a 15 ounce plastic package marked “ANARKALI PESHAWARI NAAN” on the front of the bag. The manufacturing date and expiry date are on the back side of the bag. The dates are ink jetted and formatted as Year/Month/Date.

One illness has been reported to date in connection with this problem. The complaint occurred in New Jersey and was reported to us through the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA.) The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the MILK containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of MILK. We are working with our supplier to change the labeling of the product going forward.

Consumers who have purchased “ANARKALI NAAN” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-800-7923 EXT 2865, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm CST.

Consumers Contact:

1-800-800-7923 EXT 2865

Media Contact:

Sam Patel
800-800-7923

Source: FDA

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Wegmans Food Markets’ James Street store celebrates 40th Anniversary

EAST SYRACUSE, NY, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: 40th Anniversary of the 1977 opening of Wegmans Food Markets’ James Street store.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017

WHERE:   Wegmans James St. 4256 James Street East Syracuse, NY 13057
315-437-1534

The James St. Wegmans Food Market has something special to say to customers on Saturday, July 8: Thanks for 40 great years together, and let’s party! Special events include:

Fun for kids: The East Syracuse Fire Department and the East Area Volunteer Emergency Services ambulance company will bring trucks that kids can climb inside to explore. The Dewitt Police Department will offer to fingerprint kids. Bubba the Bear from Wegmans will pass out stickers, and Frito Lay’s Chester the Cheetah will hand out snack bags.

Music in the Air: Listen for that ‘70s vibe of DJ Kevin Shields, with mega-hits such as Stayin’ Alive and How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were, and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive.

Taste It Yourself: Wegmans will offer free bottles of MVP, a new sports drink with no artificial colors or sweeteners, while supplies last. Syracuse food companies including Gianelli’s Sausage, Laci’s Tapas, In My Father’s Kitchen Pasta Sauce, and craft brewers such as 1911 Spirits and Empire Brewing Company will be sampling their best.

Cupcakes for all: The store will pass out hundreds of cupcakes, each decorated with a letter or number that together spell out “Celebrating 40 Years.”

Those who shop or work at the James St. store tend to agree that there’s a “just right” feeling about it. At a little over 58,000 square feet, it’s smaller than other Wegmans locations in the Syracuse area, but it has all the variety and choice of bigger stores. Over the last 15 years, the store has added a Nature’s Marketplace department, updated its Cheese Shop and prepared foods departments, remodeled and expanded the pharmacy areas, and brought in new equipment or fixtures for the bakery, meats, bulk foods, and pizza and subs departments.

“We’re a modern Wegmans in every way,” says Store Manager Tammy Ferris.

Customers love zipping through shopping in less time than they’d need in a bigger store, and look forward to encountering someone they know. On any given visit, there’s a good chance a customer will recognize a friend or neighbor who’s shopping too, and they’ll take a few minutes to catch up.

“East Syracuse is a tight-knit community with friendly, caring people,” says Ferris. “Lots of our customers and employees know other folks in the community who shop here too, so they sense a warm bond when they come here.”

Many James St. employees have made a career of working at Wegmans – there are 34 at this store with 20 or more years of service, some of whom went to college with help from a Wegmans scholarship and returned to work at Wegmans after graduation. Wegmans’ Sr. Vice President of Operations for the Syracuse area, Shari Constantine, with 40 years of service was at one time the night manager at James St.

Over the years, the James St. store has strengthened its ties to East Syracuse by participating in community traditions. Every summer, the store provides ingredients for the annual “Taste of East Syracuse” cook-off, in which the mayor of East Syracuse competes against a Wegmans chef to see who can make the best dish. The cook-off caps a day of activities for the whole family, with games for kids, face painting and more. Every holiday season, the James St. store partners with St. Matthew’s Church to donate holiday dinners to families in need.

Day in and day out, of course, the James St. store plays a part in lots of customer family celebrations – birthdays, graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, holiday and anniversary dinners and more.

“The trust our customers show in asking for our help with these events means so much to us,” says Ferris. “We hope that all our customers will stop by for this ‘thank you’ celebration.”

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.

Press Contact:

Evelyn Carter
Syracuse Consumer Affairs
315-863-1114
Press Contact: Evelyn Carter Syracuse Consumer Affairs 315-863-1114

Source: Wegmans Food Market

PetSmart Doggie-Human Ice Cream Truck is going coast-to-coast to celebrate National Ice Cream Day

First-Ever Ice Cream Truck with Treats for Pups and Their Parents Visits New York City Again and Expands to Seattle, Dallas and Toronto to Kick-Off Free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes at all PetSmart PetsHotel® Locations on July 16

PHOENIX, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart launched the first-ever Doggie-Human Ice Cream Truck in New York City last year in celebration of National Ice Cream Day and this year is going coast-to-coast to bring more of these unique treat trucks to dogs and their pet parents. On July 12, one PetSmart-sponsored truck per city will visit parks in New York City, Seattle, Dallas and Toronto hosting free pop-up ice cream socials for dogs and their humans in celebration of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 16, when additional free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes will also be doled out to pets who visit any PetSmart PetsHotel locations.

Last year, PetSmart laid claim to the first-ever ice cream truck to serve up dog-friendly ice cream along with ice cream treats for humans. This ice cream truck rolled about the streets of New York City to celebrate National Ice Cream Day 2016, visiting dog parks and serving more than 1,000 ice cream treats in a single day.

“When we saw how fun and engaging theDoggie Ice Cream Truck was last year in New York City, we knew we wanted to expand this program coast-to-coast,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer for PetSmart. “We are excited to celebrate with pet parents again in New York City, and for the first time with those in Dallas, Seattle and Toronto on July 12. These events are a powerful way to gear up for the free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes available at all PetsHotel locations across North America on National Ice Cream Day.”

In 1984, President Reagan declared National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday of July and the full month of July as National Ice Cream Month. National Ice Cream Day has been celebrated for decades, but more recently with pets. The dog-safe ice cream is vanilla flavored and non-dairy, as many dogs have challenges with lactose products. The sundaes are topped with dog biscuit sprinkles for a savory-sweet combination and a cool treat to beat the summertime heat in July.

“The dog ice cream sundaes offered every day at our PetsHotel locations are a great example of the wonderful hospitality we provide to our pet guests,” said Joanna Zucker, vice president of services for PetSmart. “In addition to the four pop-up ice cream socials, we will also be offering free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes to dogs that visit any PetsHotel location on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 16. While there, pet parents can tour our facility and see first-hand the exceptional pet services offered daily at PetSmart’s PetsHotels.”

Several local celebrity pets will be attending the various ice cream socials for meet-and-greets and photo ops. The following opportunities to celebrate and get a free ice cream treat for pups and their humans include:

Wednesday, July 12

New York City
Noon – 4 p.m. local time – Washington Square Park
@tinkerbellethedog (143K followers)
@ipartywithbrucewayne (57.9K followers)
@thedailywalter (83.3K followers) – Streaming Facebook Live with PetSmart at 1:00 p.m. ET

4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. local time – Madison Square Park
@oscarfrenchienyc (166K followers)
@ipartywithbrucewayne (57.9K followers)
@puppynamedcharlie (56.4K followers)
@chloekardoggian (149K followers)
@mervinthechihuahua (69.1K followers)

Dallas
Noon – 8 p.m. local time – Klyde Warren Park
@nelsonthegoldendoodle (32.6K followers)

Seattle
Noon – 8 p.m. local time – Seattle Center – International Fountain
@buddhathepug (9K followers)

Toronto
Noon – 4 p.m. local time – Berczy Park
4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Woodbine Park
@remsandshmends (51.1K followers)
@lildogbigcity (22.8k followers)

Sunday, July 16
Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes only (no human ice cream treats served) offered at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations across North America. Go to petsmart.com/store-locator/ to find a PetsHotel location.

All times above are local times; all ice cream treats, while supplies last.

PetSmart is encouraging pet parents to share photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram of their pets enjoying National Ice Cream day using #nationalicecreamday and tagging PetSmart.

About PetsHotel Services

About 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within 30 minutes of a PetSmart PetsHotel. Whether pets need to stay for an extended period in the overnight accommodations or just need a fun-filled day of supervised play at the Doggie Day Camp, PetSmart PetsHotels offer a variety of services, great hospitality and amenities to create a get-a-way as unique as your pet:

  • Expert Care: Safety-certified, pet-loving staff with 24/7 onsite care and on-call veterinarian.
  • The Private Suite: What better way to show your best friend how special he or she is than to upgrade to a Private Suite? It’s spacious, private and furnished with a comfy bed called a Poochy Cot and a TV tuned to pet-centric movies.
  • PetSmart Doggie Day Camp: Pets exercise and socialize with other dogs in a dedicated indoor play area full of toys, while pet parents are at work or out of the house for the day. Flexible drop-off and pick-up times and Doggie Valet make it convenient for parents’ schedules. Doggie Day Camp goers can participate in monthly parties with free ice cream sundaes and fun themes.
  • Individual Playtime: Your pup can receive personal attention and one-on-one fun with a Pet Care Specialist.
  • Unlimited Relief Walks.
  • Treat Time with Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes: Includes dog-safe vanilla soft serve ice cream with crunchy biscuit toppings for pets to cool down on hot summer days.
  • Easy Add-Ons: Let pet parents customize their stay with playtime, snacks and salon services.
  • Easy Booking Options: Book your pet’s stay by phone, online or through the PetSmart app.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

Source: PetSmart, Inc.

Harris Teeter to open its new Corners at Brier Creek, Raleigh, NC location on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Matthews, NC, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Corners at Brier Creek location on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and weeklong, in-store sampling.

The store has many unique features including: an extended hot foods bar in the Fresh Foods department; a sit-down wine and beer bar with 16 beers on tap; a drive-thru Pharmacy, and an event station which will feature weekly meal specials.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Store Address: The Corners at Brier Creek 4221 Corners Parkway Raleigh, NC 27617

Square Footage: 67,000

Grand Opening Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grand Opening Time: 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following

Store Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Check-Out Lanes: 10 checkouts and 6 express checkouts

Store Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Expanded Service meat • Fresh store-made sausage and burgers • Expanded Full-service Fishermans Market • Fresh Steamed Seafood Daily • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Fresh Trail Mix Bar  • Salad Bar • Expanded Organic and Specialty Produce • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi •  Self-Serve Olives • Asian Hot Bar • American Hot Food Bar • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program • Artisan Breads  • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Peanut Butter Grinders • Pet Center • Organic and Natural Foods • International Foods • Beer and Wine • Sit-down Wine and Beer Bar • Beer on Tap • Wine By the Glass • Build your own 6-pack • Drive-Thru Pharmacy • Free Blood Pressure Testing • Private, Professional Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk • ATM • Starbucks • Sit-down eating area

Source: Harris Teeter

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