H&M group announces 7% sales increase in June 2017 compared to same month the previous year

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies in June 2017 compared to the same month the previous year. Converted into SEK sales increased by 10 percent.

The total number of stores in the group amounted to 4,517 on 30 June 2017 compared to 4,095 stores on
30 June 2016.

The H&M group has decided to arrange Capital Markets Days during which more in-depth information about the business will be given and has also decided – in consultation with its large institutional shareholders – to publish the group’s sales development per quarter instead of per month. Just as previously, sales for the quarter will be published ahead of each interim report as the percentage change in local currencies and in Swedish kronor as well as in absolute figures in Swedish kronor, both including and excluding VAT.

The reasoning is that a month is far too short a period over which to assess how sales are developing; in fact, a single month’s sales can actually be misleading, since calendar and weather effects – among other things – may significantly affect the outcome. Instead sales development should be viewed over a longer period of time, such as over a season or a quarter. This is also the reason why the majority of companies in fashion retail currently report their sales quarterly rather than monthly.

Following the publication of sales development for June 2017, the H&M group will typically publish quarterly sales figures on the 15th of the month in which an interim report is presented. Third quarter sales will therefore be published on 15 September 2017. Sales figures for the fourth quarter will be published on 15 December 2017. More information on Capital Markets Days will be provided at a later date.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Head of Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

NRF: Retail sales in June up 3.2 percent from June 2016

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail sales in June were essentially unchanged over May on a seasonally adjusted basis, but up 3.2 percent unadjusted from June 2016, according to calculations released today (July 14, 2017) by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

“Deflating pricing in retail continues to aggravate measurements of spending in June. Consumers continue to make purchases, but total sales reflects depressed prices on the volume of goods purchased,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Nonetheless, consumer fundamentals remain solid, with no expectations for spending to cool off in the remaining summer months.

“Given the strength of consumer sentiment and other indicators – housing prices, net worth and use of credit – it’s puzzling to see consumer spending move at a slower pace,” Kleinhenz said.

Sales in June were driven by online and other non-store sales. Building materials and furniture also reported gains, perhaps reflecting a stronger housing market.

Sales increased 3.9 percent on a three-month moving average year-over-year.

Specifics include:

  • Online and other non-store sales increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over May and increased 9.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Sales at clothing and accessories stores decreased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted from May and increased 1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Sales at general merchandise stores increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over May and increased 2.3 percent year-over-year.
  • Electronics and appliances stores’ sales increased 1 percent seasonally adjusted over May and increased 1.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Furniture and home furnishings stores’ sales increased 1 percent seasonally adjusted from May and increased 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Sales at building materials and supplies stores sales increased 5 percent from May and increased 5.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Sporting goods stores’ sales decreased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from May and decreased 7.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
  • Sales at health and personal care stores increased 0.3 percent over May and increased 0.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

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

Asda: Scots expected to consume 75 tonnes of strawberries this summer

Asda: Scots expected to consume 75 tonnes of strawberries this summer

 

75 tonnes of strawberries consumed by Scots over summer, weighing in at the same amount as twenty hippos!

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scots might not be getting the best of the summer sunshine but they are certainly making the most of the local seasonal fruits, after data from supermarket chain Asda and Scotty Brand revealed that strawberry sales were soaring.

Scotty Brand strawberries, which are grown by Bruce Farms in Perthshire, have become a family favourite over summer, particularly during Wimbledon season, with record numbers being sold across Asda stores.

Last summer Scotty Brand sold nearly 4 million of the juicy red berries, that’s 28.3 berries being sold per minute!

This summer it’s expected Scots will consume 75 tonnes of strawberries during the months of June to August, equating to 800kg of strawberries per day.

Michael Jarvis, Head of marketing at Albert Bartlett and Scotty Brand, said: “Demand for Scottish berries is growing, which is thanks to Scotland’s wonderfully temperate climate contributing to the deliciously sweet taste and quality of our strawberries.

“We work very closely with Bruce Farms to ensure our strawberries are tastier, fresher and keep better for longer. It’s fantastic to see customers continuing to opt for locally sourced Scottish produce, and it’s clear strawberries are the summer fruit of choice, whether being enjoyed simply by themself or with the added treat of cream and meringue!”

June Rose, fresh buyer for Asda Scotland, commented: “Year-on-year, we’ve seen sales of strawberries grow, with an expected peak around Wimbledon and the summer season.

“We are very proud to support local suppliers and in doing so offer our shoppers great tasting regional products at affordable prices, particularly around key seasonal trading times.”

Scotty Brand strawberry punnets are available in Asda stores across Scotland priced at £1.50.

Source: Asda

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BRC: Footfall in June was 0.8% up on a year ago

London, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

BRC – SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES JUNE 2017

Covering the four weeks 28 May – 1 July 2017

  • Footfall in June was 0.8 per cent up on a year ago. leaving it ahead of the three month average of 0.5 per cent.
  • On a three-month basis, footfall grew 0.5 per cent, a slight reduction against past two months of 0.7 per cent
  • High Street footfall rose 0.9 per cent in June on the previous year’s rate of -3.7 per cent. This is 5 basis points above the three month average of 0.4 per cent.
  • Footfall in Retail Park locations grew by 2.3 per cent in June, compared to a 1.0 per cent decrease in June 2016. This comes after a 1.5 per cent rise in May, and is below the three-month average of 2.2 per cent.
  • Footfall in Shopping Centres fell by 0.8 per cent in June on the -2.3 per cent rate in June 2016. This is marginally above the three-month average of -0.9 per cent.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief-Executive | British Retail Consortium

The arrival of summer spurred greater shopper footfall in the majority of retail destinations in June. High streets and retail parks saw solid growth in footfall, as shoppers headed out to renew their wardrobes and purchase other seasonal items. Most parts of the UK benefitted from these sun fuelled shopping outings, with the East of England especially witnessing brisk growth.

Amidst economic uncertainty and mounting concern over the inflationary squeeze on household incomes, sustaining growth in shopper footfall will be challenging, more so as retailers seek to convert that into an improved performance at tills. And while they step up their efforts to keep prices down for their customers against rising input prices and inflation, the Government can help alleviate the cost pressures in the immediate term by sticking to their commitment on business rates reform to deliver a system fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard Marketing and Insights Director

The rise in footfall of +0.8% in June is a result that tells a different story to the sales statistics we are seeing, with the Springboard Sales Tracker recording drops in sales in department stores of -1.6% and of -2.3% in fashion stores.  However, sales do present a very varied picture, dependent on the breadth of the measure used and inflationary pressures which push sales values up.

The uplift in footfall in June, compared with the -1% drop in May, and its divergence from sales, can be attributed to a number of factors. The weather was far better than in June last year, which encourages consumers to visit bricks and mortar destinations, particularly external environments such as high streets and retail parks. Also in recent months, we have seen rising footfall in the hours after 5pm, illustrating the trend in consumer behaviour towards leisure trips after retail trading hours, demonstrated by the rise in hospitality sales of +0.3% in June.  In June, however, the better weather supported the increase in footfall during daytime hours. Indeed, the cumulative impact of both these factors accounts for the weaker footfall performance in shopping centres compared with high streets and retail parks.

Contact:
BRC Press Office
TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
EMAIL: media@brc.org.uk
OUT OF HOURS: +44 (0) 7557 747 269

Source: BRC

Inditex recorded net sales growth of 14% in the 1Q of 2017 to €5.6 billion

Inditex recorded net sales growth of 14% in the 1Q of 2017 to €5.6 billion

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  • The Group generated over 10,668 new jobs over the year, 2,242 of which were in Spain.
  • In April, the company distributed €42 million among 84,000 employees as phase two of its extraordinary employee profit-sharing plan.
  • In total, between commission, incentives and bonuses, the Group has distributed €535 million to its staff over the past year.
  • The reporting period was marked by strong business performance.
  • Sales growth in constant currency was 12.5%.
  • Net profit rose by 18% to €654 million.
  • Zara’s online platform went live in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam during the first quarter.

Arteixo, Spain, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex recorded net sales growth of 14% in the first quarter of 2017 (1 February – 30 April) to €5.6 billion, underpinned by a solid business performance. Sales growth in constant-currency terms was 12.5%. Net profit amounted to €654 million, up 18% from the first quarter of 2016.

Job creation

The Group has generated some 10,668 new jobs over the past twelve months, 2,242 of which were in Spain. In April, the company distributed €42 million to around 84,000 employees with at least two years’ service in its stores, manufacturing facilities, logistics platforms, brands and subsidiaries as phase two of its extraordinary employee profit-sharing plan.

The plan is equivalent to a payout of 10% of the annual growth in net profit, which equated to €28 million in 2016. The Group subsequently increased this by a further €14 million.

During the 2015/2016 extraordinary profit-sharing plan, the Group has now distributed €79.4 million to its staff. In addition, the Group has announced a new profit-sharing plan with similar characteristics for 2017/2018.

This €42 million payment comes in addition to the €493 million paid out to the entire workforce in the form of performance-based bonuses and commission in 2016. These combines with the fixed wages, that totalled €3,10 billion in 2016.

Key financial indicators

(€ M) 1Q17 1Q16 YOY CHG
Net sales 5,569 4,879 14%
Gross profit
Gross margin
3,249
58.2%
2,834
58.1%
14%
EBITDA 1,113 955 17%
EBIT 834 705 18%
Net profit 654 554 18%

Meanwhile, the company continued to invest in growth through the constant modernisation and renewal of its stores and facilities. This investment continues to be framed by social responsibility and environmental criteria. The opening of the new Stradivarius offices in the Vallés area of Cerdanyola (Barcelona) during the quarter stands out as a key moment during the quarter. The brand’s design and central services staff have been moved to the new facility.

Sustainability is the bedrock of this 32,000 square metre facility: the façade features automated features to enhance energy efficiency. Indigenous plants requiring little water have been planted in certain areas and are watered using a system that reuses rainwater. These efficiency measures will reduce energy use by 45% and water use by 30%. In addition, the use of locally sourced recyclable materials and the building’s heating system should qualify the building for LEED Gold certification.

The Green Building Council has awarded its LEED Gold certification to Oysho’s headquarters in Tordera during the first quarter.

In addition, in the months of May and June, the company announced plans to build two new logistics hubs over the coming months, one in the Dutch town of Lelystad and the other in A Laracha in Galicia, Spain. These hubs will complement and support the Group’s existing central logistics platforms in Spain. Investment in these new facilities will exceed €150 million.

Growth across all regions

All of the Group’s brands increased their international presence, expanding their integrated physical and online store platforms. Four new e-commerce markets were added during the quarter, with Zara launching online operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In parallel, the Group continued to expand and refine its presence in its 93 operating markets, ending the period with 7,385 stores. Zara is due to launch online in India during the second half of the year.

The first quarter was marked by a notable number of flagship store openings. In Madrid, Zara opened a four-storey, 6,000 square metre store at Castellana 79, in the heart of the iconic Azca business and retail district. The new store stands apart for its eco-efficiency credentials, as it has been fitted with the latest innovations which will deliver savings in water and energy consumption of 45% and up 20%, respectively. As a result, it holds LEED Gold certification.

Massimo Dutti opened the doors of a two-storey establishment of over 1,000 metres in central Moscow (Russia) which houses the brand’s men’s, women’s and limited-edition collections. This new flagship store, located on Kuznetsky Most street, combines innovative architectural features with the historic building’s original features.

Zara Home, meanwhile, also opened important new stores, including 600 square metre flagship stores on the busy Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (Switzerland) and on Kärntner Strasse in Vienna (Austria), the latter located in a building opposite the opera house which has been refurbished to preserve its original aesthetics and structure. In May, this brand also inaugurated a flagship store on Shanghai’s West Nanjing Road (China).

Uterqüe opened a particularly special store on Barcelona’s Paseo de Gracia (Spain), one of the world’s most important shopping streets. The store’s aesthetic is based in Uterqüe’s new store image, which is understated yet sophisticated. It features a vertical garden in the middle of the store which provides freshness and vibrancy.

In May, Zara opened the doors of its new flagship store in the Ismail Building in Mumbay (India). In inaugurating this new store, which boasts a total floor area of around 4,800 square metres, the company’s in-house architectural team conducted extensive research work in order to restore one of the city’s oldest and most emblematic buildings, while introducing all of the eco-efficiency measures being rolled out by the Group in order to deliver energy and water consumption savings of 30% and 50%, respectively, making it a candidate for LEED certification in the process.

Pull&Bear also opened in May its first Parisian flagship store on Rue de Rivoli, just a few metres away from the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the George Pompidou Centre. The establishment, which spans 550 square metres, stands out for its imposing neoclassic façade which was decorated with illustrations specially designed for the occasion by American artist Andy Remeter for the first few days after the store’s inauguration.

Oysho, the Inditex Group’s underwear and gymwear brand, opened over a dozen new stores during the quarter and in May it opened its new two-storey, 720 square metre flagship store on Vía Roma, one of the most emblematic streets in Turin’s historic district.

In parallel, the Group continued to expand and/or refurbish some of its most iconic stores. In Paris (France), Zara reopened its emblematic store in the Opera district; the establishment now spans 4,000 square metres in total and presents impressive façades looking on to Boulevard des Capucines and Rue Halevy, opposite the Garnier Opera House.

Paris was also home to the reopening of the Bershka flagship store on Rue de Rivoli, where it has unveiled its new Stage store image and concept in a bigger space in the heart of the French capital.

Stradivarius, meanwhile, reopened the doors of its renovated 900 square metre flagship store on Portal del Angel in Barcelona (Spain). During the reopening, Inditex’s youth brand also commemorated the milestone of reaching 1,000 stores worldwide.

Commercial initiatives

All of the brands launched novel commercial initiatives in early 2017. Massimo Dutti launched #DressedinDutti, a new Instagram initiative which enables shoppers to purchase from the content shared on this social network. For the launch of the new hashtag and web section, the brand used Italian influencer Diletta Bonaiuti as ambassador. #DressedinDutti is available in 13 countries, including Spain, the US, Russia, the UK, Mexico and Italy, among others.

Oysho, meanwhile, extended its support for sporting events. In Lisbon, the brand was responsible for the design and production of the official T-shirt for the local women’s race, Corrida da Mulher, and in Rome it was the Local Major Partner for the Race for the Cure charity run for the third year running. In a new development, this year Oysho organised the official practice runs for both events, which started from the Oysho Galleria Colonna and the Oysho Rua Garret stores in the case of the Rome and Lisbon races, respectively.

Zara also embarked on a range of initiatives, including the Exotic Allure, Blooming and Mustard’s Garden collections and the limited-edition online TRF collection called Oil On Denim.

The world of motorbike racing inspired Pull&Bear once again this quarter with the brand not only announcing its official sponsorship of Marc Márquez and the Honda HRC motor-racing team for 2017 and 2018, but also launching the first collection designed by the rider himself along with the brand’s creative teams. The Marc Márquez x Pull&Bear collection is on sale in a selection of stores around the world and on the brand’s website www.pullandbear.com

Elsewhere, in order to mark the 56th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture trade fair in Milan, Zara Home presented La Grande Illusione, a pop-up installation in the Piazza San Babila store designed in collaboration with the British set designer and art director Simon Costin.

For this project, the Zara Home team and Simon Costin worked jointly to develop a concept that would bring the brand closer to the world of art and design by means of a spectacular montage in which the brand’s 2017 spring-summer collections take centre stage.

This collaboration was rounded out with the input of another talented British artist: photographer Tim Walker participated in the initiative with a series of six photographs in which the dresses imagined by Simon Costin come to life through his lens.

Stradivarius also had an active start to the year. One of the most noteworthy initiatives was the celebration in May of the third edition of its Summer Expedition, an annual trip which brings a group of international influencers to top destinations, in collaboration with Vueling. Specifically, the brand brought 16 influencers to Marrakesh (Morocco), where it presented its spring/summer 2017 collections and they enjoyed three activity-filled days.

Giving back to the community

On the social and environmental responsibility front, the company’s for&from programme attained a new milestone when it opened a new Tempe store in the Sambil Outlet shopping centre in Leganés (Madrid, Spain), which is managed by people with disabilities.

The store has a headcount of 18 people and a floor area of 500 square metres. It sells the shoes and accessories made by Tempe for all of the Group’s brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe) and is managed by the Prodis Foundation, an organisation devoted to integrating people with disabilities into the workforce.

With this new addition, Inditex has opened 12 for&from stores, which employ 144 people, in collaboration with specialist charitable organisations.

2Q17 trading update

Sales in constant currency terms increased by x% from 1 February to 3 June 2017.

Inditex has scheduled its Annual General Meeting for 18 July. The Board of Directors will ask the company’s shareholders to approve the payment of an overall dividend from 2016 profits of €0.68 per share, €0.34 of which was already paid out on 2 May 2017; the balance would be paid on 2 November 2017.

Source: Inditex

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Texas Legend Foods recalls its Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip due to undeclared cheese, milk and eggs

Austin, TX, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Texas Legend Foods of Austin, TX, is recalling its 16 ounce jars of Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip because they contain undeclared cheese, milk and eggs. People who have allergies to cheese, milk and eggs run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled “Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip” was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in a 16 ounce clear glass jar marked with one of the following Lot #’s: 060AFV7A, 072AFV7A, 072AFV7B, 090AFV7A, 111AFV7A which is stamped on the top of the glass jar beneath the lid. UPC CODE #819993005394

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk, cheese and egg containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the milk, cheese and egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased jars of “Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 512-461-0269 between 9 am-5 pm CST or email natalie@texaslegendfoods.com. Information may also be found on our website at www.silverstarsalsa.com

Consumers Contact:

Natalie Jardine
natalie@texaslegendfoods.com
512-461-0269

Source: FDA

Wegmans announces leadership team spearheading the management of its Hanover store opening July 23

Hanover, NJ, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today (July 14, 2017) announced the leadership team spearheading the management of its Hanover store, opening July 23 at 34 Sylvan Way near the intersection of I-287 & NJ Route 10. The Hanover leadership team consists of the store manager, executive chef, pharmacy area manager, and three area managers who each supervise several departments. Together, this group has 84 years of experience working for the 101-year-old family-owned company.

Wegmans Hanover is a 113,000 sq. ft. supermarket, plus 15,000 sq. ft. leased to a third-party owner for a wine, beer, and spirits shop. The store includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 300, as well as The Burger Bar, an in-store restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers, fresh salads, flavorful sandwiches, specialty milkshakes, soup and sides. Visit www.wegmans.com/hanover for more information, including Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up and driving directions to the store.

The Wegmans Hanover leadership team is as follows:

Store Manager Tim Lockwood

Tim Lockwood will oversee a staff of approximately 500 at the Hanover store, the majority hired locally. After graduating from Cornell University, Lockwood began working for Wegmans in 1989 on the front end of the store in Ithaca, N.Y. Over the next several years, he served as night manager in stores in the Southern Tier of N.Y. and then became a produce manager. He went on to help open stores in Allentown, Pa. and Princeton, N.J. before his next step as perishable area manager at the Manalapan store. He was promoted to store manager there in 2003 and later managed the Woodbridge store before moving into his new role, preparing to open the company’s 93rd store in Hanover.

Executive Chef Preston France

For Preston France, cooking was a creative outlet and hobby while growing up. During high school, he worked at a BBQ restaurant in Boca Raton, Fl. and then attended culinary school before taking a job as a chef onboard The Highlander, a 155-foot yacht. He later relocated to Washington D.C. and visited Wegmans for the first time – a turning point in his career. He became a Wegmans sous chef at the Bridgewater, N.J. store in 2012 and was promoted to executive chef in Manalapan. He will oversee the culinary team of 85 that provides Wegmans’ restaurant-quality prepared foods, with mix and match self-serve food bars, subs, hot soup, fresh sushi, The Burger Bar, and more – all for in-store dining or takeout.

Pharmacy Area Manager Jim Rossettie

A 1991 graduate of St. John’s University, Jim Rossettie joined Wegmans in 2002 as a staff pharmacist in Corning, N.Y. From there he relocated to New Jersey and became a pharmacy area manager in Bridgewater. Now in Hanover, Rossettie is leading the Hanover pharmacy and its staff, helping Wegmans employees and customers live healthier, better lives. Wegmans pharmacy services include immunizations, auto-refill of prescriptions, free home shipping, pet medications, competitively low prices on select generic prescriptions, and free text alerts.

Perishable Area Manager Megan Doherty

Megan Doherty is a graduate of Felician College and began working at Wegmans in 2003. She has experience in a variety of positions, including cashier, front end coordinator, service team leader, front end manager, employee representative, meat and seafood manager, and service and merchandising area manager. As perishable area manager in Hanover, she will oversee product quality, sales, and employee development for the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments. Doherty will ensure Wegmans’ high standards for the freshest ingredients are met and employees are prepared to share in-depth food knowledge with Wegmans customers.

Merchandising Area Manager Anthony Buscemi

Anthony Buscemi became a Wegmans employee in 2006 when he began working part time in the produce department. He went on to learn various full-time roles as a team leader for the produce, service, and seafood departments before becoming a department manager in floral, produce and then grocery. In his role as merchandising manager at the Hanover store, he’ll supervise employee development, merchandising and sales for several departments, including grocery, dairy, frozen foods, Nature’s Marketplace and general merchandise. Buscemi will work collaboratively across the store to ensure that the thousands of products that Wegmans offers are beautifully displayed and well stocked.

Service Area Manager Lisandra Gatson

Lisandra Gatson has been a Wegmans employee since 2006. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, she started with Wegmans in the bakery before taking on roles as a front-end coordinator, service team leader, recruiter, deli manager, and employee representative. At Hanover, she will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, helping hands (parking lot attendants) and accounting office. Gatson’s priority is to ensure that incredible customer service, a point of pride at Wegmans, is delivered every day. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.

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:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

Toys”R”Us® announces exclusive lineup of toys for Comic Convention in San Diego, CA

WAYNE, N.J., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys”R”Us® today (July 6, 2017) announced its exclusive lineup of must-have playthings to help celebrate one of the world’s largest pop culture shows, Comic Convention in San Diego, CA. Conventioneers and online shoppers can visit Toys”R”Us at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23 or Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23 to shop the hottest items from the world’s biggest entertainment brands, including Spider-Man, WWE®, TRANSFORMERS and Power Rangers.

To help prepare for this year’s show, collectors can now view the full roster of action figures, dolls and more at the official Toys”R”Us blog, No Assembly Required.

All Comic Convention merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans are encouraged to make purchases early.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900
Press@toysrus.com

Source:  Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us® fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® raised nearly $3 million

Toys“R”Us® fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® raised nearly $3 million

 

Fundraising Campaign Drives Critical Awareness and Funds for Children Impacted by Life-Threatening Diseases

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today (July 13, 2017 ) announced that in year one of its three-year commitment to provide $7 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the company and the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund exceeded the campaign goal raising nearly $3 million that will help provide essential life-saving treatments and services at no cost to its patients.

Click to Tweet: Thanks to generous donations, @ToysRUs raised nearly $3 million for @StJude! #GivingIsAwesome! Learn more at http://bit.ly/2u8qOFy

“Toys“R”Us is all about bringing joy to children and families, and together with St. Jude, we are bringing smiles to their faces at a place and time that really matters most,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “St. Jude is saving lives, plain and simple. The gravity of what they do for families around the world is unmatched, as they lead in treating and defeating life-threatening diseases affecting children.”

Toys“R”Us kicked off its partnership with St. Jude in March with a larger-than-life event that was truly worthy of the kids who receive care at the hospital in Tennessee. Not only did the event benefit the children receiving treatment at the facility, but also their siblings and parents.

“Toys“R”Us is a brand that cares deeply about the patients and families of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The first year of our partnership has been remarkably successful. Toys“R”Us and its incredibly kindhearted customers, who are genuinely passionate about our mission, have helped us deliver joy to so many families at St. Jude, and their generosity will continue to help St. Jude find cures and save the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases in communities everywhere.”

Learn more about other Charitable Partners that Toys“R”Us works with here.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900
Press@toysrus.com

Source:  Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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Whole Foods Market announces 20% off on the new “Sommelier Selects” wines

Whole Foods Market announces 20% off on the new “Sommelier Selects” wines

 

All Sommelier Selects seasonal wines 20 percent off July 21 through 23

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between July 21 and 23, Whole Foods Market is featuring wines from the new “Sommelier Selects” program  at 20 percent off the regular retail price.

This seasonal wine list was chosen by Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, and every wine offers a great value for the quality, with sale prices ranging from around $8 to $20 for a 750 mL bottle. There’s also a special 1.5mL magnum bottle of rosé on sale for just over $20. The “Sommelier Selects” list pairs exceptionally well with classic flavors of the season and highlights leading wine trends like chillable reds and high-quality canned wines.

Devon’s “Sommelier Selects” list includes:

Top Picks for Summer

  • Le Pillon Gascogne
  • Bieler Family Daisy Pinot Grigio Blend
  • El Terrano Albariño
  • West Side Wine Co. Chardonnay
  • Charles & Charles Rosé
  • Monterustico Piemonte Rosso
  • OTWC (Oregon Trails Wine Company) Pinot Noir
  • Bodini Cielo Rojo Red Blend
  • Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vacanze Italiane Prosecco

Chillable Reds

  • Lieubeau Cabernet Franc
  • Santa Julia Tintillo
  • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile
  • Tendu California Red Wine
  • Planeta Frappato
  • Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Combe Aux Jacques

These bottles are featured at all Whole Foods Market stores throughout the summer and a new seasonal “Sommelier Selects” list will be available during the winter holidays.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source:  Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market and The Bread Lab at Drexel University to create fresh-milled breads from recipes by Chef Marc Vetri

Chef Marc Vetri created recipes with exceptional flours from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown, PA

Philadelphia, Pa., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is partnering with The Bread Lab at Drexel University to create flavorful, fresh-milled breads made from recipes by Chef Marc Vetri and Vetri Head Baker Claire Kopp McWilliams that utilize locally sourced ingredients. The breads are now available for purchase exclusively at Philadelphia’s newest Whole Foods Market location at 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue.

This unique collaboration with The Bread Lab at Drexel University utilizes some of Philadelphia’s best culinary resources to create bread made with long-fermented dough from fresh-milled wheat. Chef Marc Vetri and Vetri Head Baker Claire Kopp McWilliams created the recipes with flour from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Castle Valley Mill flour is processed slowly and at cool temperatures on antique buhr mills to ensure that the flavor and nutrients of the grain are preserved.

The breads, offered as either a batard or baguette, are made from scratch by Whole Foods Market bakers. As with all other products sold at Whole Foods Market, the bread meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

On Sunday, July 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. customers are invited to sample the bread and talk with Vetri Head Baker Claire Kopp McWilliams and Alexandra Zeitz of The Bread Lab at Drexel University.

“I am honored to be a part of The Bread Lab at Drexel University,” said Chef Marc Vetri. “The recipes we created for this project are all about the quality of flour produced at Castle Valley Mill and bringing out its natural taste and nutrients.”

“The Bread Lab at Drexel is an exciting new partnership with the Bread Lab at Washington State. Our Culinary & Food Science department along with Nutrition Sciences will work on how to integrate whole grains back into the diet,” said Rosemary Trout, head of the Culinary Arts & Food Science department. “They taste great, and the nutritional benefits are there too. Where Washington State has land and expertise in growing varieties of wheat and grains, we have high population density to distribute recipes, freshly-milled whole grain products and cooking techniques to many people in the city. Taking an idea and translating it into a delicious and nutritional product is what we do best.”

“We are thrilled to partner with The Bread Lab at Drexel University to create this new line of fresh-milled breads now available in our store,” said Anastasia Sotiropulos, Whole Foods Market regional bakery coordinator. “All involved in this unique collaboration – Drexel University, Chef Marc Vetri and Castle Valley Mill – are devoted to finding more flavorful, natural foods and, together, we created breads that draw out the inherent features and tastes of the high quality flour.”

About the Bread Lab at Drexel University

The Bread Lab at Drexel University focuses on product development, nutrition and issues of health and access surrounding whole grains and our communities. In conjunction with master chef Marc Vetri, Stephen Jones, PhD, distinguished visiting fellow in Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and director of The Bread Lab at Washington State University, and key academic units throughout Drexel University, the lab conducts cutting edge research on the culinary, sensory, nutrition, flavor and chemical aspects of promising varieties of grain. The lab focuses on nutrition analysis, recipe and product development, fresh local milling, and natural leavening in order to resolve business and social challenges of the food industry and to address issues unique to a major urban center. The lab also works with eastern PA farmers and local millers to bring value back to our communities. The Bread Lab at Drexel University is the east coast’s urban extension of The Bread Lab at Washington State University.

About Drexel University

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a comprehensive urban university of more than 26,000 students, consistently ranked in America’s top 100 by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is a leader in experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation’s premier cooperative education program. The University’s recognized excellence in translational research is supported by the Coulter Foundation through the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership. Drexel advances its culture of innovation by encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship — an approach exemplified by the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center, the interdisciplinary A.J. Drexel Institutes, Drexel Ventures, the Innovation Center @ 3401 Market Street, the Close School of Entrepreneurship and the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. Drexel is also committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, improving quality of life in its neighborhood and the city through the twin engines of community partnerships and innovation-based economic development.

Contact:

MAmedia@wholefoods.com 

Source:  Whole Foods Market

Food Lion expands “Local Goodness” campaign

Food Lion expands “Local Goodness” campaign

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Locally sourced products are a key part of Food Lion’s heritage, and that strong relationship with close-to-home producers is at the center of the U.S. brand’s highly successful “Local Goodness” marketing and merchandising campaign. Launched in North Carolina in 2016, the campaign is being expanded this year to three other states.

“With market trends toward fresher, healthier eating, our customers increasingly appreciate local produce not only because of its perceived freshness, but because buying these products supports their communities,” said Chris Dove, Director of Produce Category and Merchandising for Food Lion. “It’s clear that local assortment is a significant contributor to our emotional connection with shoppers.”

Indeed, the “Local Goodness” campaign had an immediate positive impact in the summer of 2016, with produce sales on local items in North Carolina stores up almost 22% and movement rising 20%.

Given those outstanding results, Food Lion is expanding the campaign – which features the new tag line “Heart and Soul of Our Communities” – to include the Meat/Seafood, Deli/Bakery and Center Store departments. In addition, though the primary focus is in North Carolina, “Local Goodness” produce items will be introduced in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Food Lion’s commitment to local products – defined as those grown or produced in its operating area – notably began many years ago with a North Carolina soft drink called Cheerwine. The number of local products has steadily increased since then to include other well-known North Carolina businesses such as Mount Olive Pickles, Critcher Brothers Produce, and Patterson and Cottle farms.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

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Meijer spring Simply Give campaign raised more than $3 million; the most successful campaign in its 9-year history

Spring campaign generated more than $3 million for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer spring Simply Give campaign set a record with more than $3 million – or 33 million meals – to stock the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s 9-year history.

The spring success came on the heels of a record $1 million donation to the program during the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, and a record-setting year in 2016, said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving.

“The Simply Give program is making a difference in the communities we serve, and we are so thankful our customers continue to stand with us and support this incredibly worthwhile effort,” Cooper said. “It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors coming together to help feed our hungry neighbors.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. Since then, nearly $32 million – or 352 million meals – has been generated for food pantries.

The program runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

Price Chopper/Market 32 fundraising campaign raises $51,497 for Prevent Child Abuse New York

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper/Market 32’s raised awareness and $51,497 in funds for Prevent Child Abuse New York through a month-long campaign where customers could make $1 or $5 donations at the register. In addition to the donations at the checkout, the Golub Corporation kicked off the campaign with a $2,500 donation.

“Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to host a campaign that supports a cause as important as this one,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Thanks to the collective generosity of our community, the efforts of Prevent Child Abuse New York, which works to ensure that children will have a safe environment in which to grow and flourish, are bolstered.”

Prevent Child Abuse is an organization that’s working towards a statewide commitment to the healthy development and successful futures of New York’s kids, families and communities. Its goal is to develop, improve and expand the quality of services and effective policies for preventing child abuse and neglect. The organization also strives to enhance child development. For more information, visit https://www.preventchildabuseny.org/

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is
predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-221-1186

Source: Price Chopper

News convenience stores Ybor City News and Stellar Bay opens at Tampa International Airport

Tampa Bay, Fla., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tampa International Airport today (July 14, 2017) celebrated the grand opening of two news convenience stores, Ybor City News and Stellar Bay, as well as popular Chinese food chain Panda Express.

Ybor City News, operated by the concessionaire group Paradies Lagardère, is located in TPA’s Blue Baggage Claim area, offering a convenient stop for refreshments, gifts, toiletries and other retail items for arriving passengers. The store offers an assortment of local brands, including sandwiches and snacks from Alessi Bakery.

“We are thrilled and very appreciative of the opportunity to continue expanding our relationship with Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “The Ybor City News store, like the CNBC and Tampa Bay Times stores, is resonating with travelers visiting the airport, and we look forward to introducing more exciting new concepts to the airport, including Dylan’s Candy Bar, SPANX, PGA TOUR, Hyde Park News, and WFLA News Channel 8.”

Stellar Bay, operated by Stellar Partners, is located in Airside C, which serves Southwest and Frontier airlines. It is the second location of the store – the other at Airside A – and brings with it a successful partnership with an innovative local charity and culinary training center, Inside the Box.

“Stellar has been a part of the TPA concessions family for almost 30 years,” said Susan Stackhouse, CEO and President Stellar Partners. “We are delighted and honored to be participating in the Concession Redevelopment Program. Stellar Bay is our news/convenience concept created exclusively for TPA. The store, serving Airside C’s Southwest passengers, features a wide-range of high quality merchandise including delicious, fresh grab-and-go sandwiches and salads provided by Inside the Box.  Stellar is honored to be partnering with Inside the Box, one of the successful social enterprise programs originated by Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries.”

Proceeds from Inside the Box sales benefit the charity, which helps transition homeless men and women back into the workforce among other homeless assistance programs.

“Through our partnership with Susan Stackhouse and her team at Stellar, we have had the opportunity to share great food and our mission at Metropolitan Ministries with those in our community and the millions of people who visit us from other parts of the country and the world,” said Tim Marks, Metropolitan Ministries CEO and President. “With the additional presence in Airside A, our message of hope and self-sufficiency will have an even greater reach to local and global travelers. It has been a tremendous honor for us.”

Panda Express, operated by Delaware North, is located at Airside E, which serves Delta, Air Canada, WestJet and Swift Air passengers. The restaurant was founded in 1983 and and now has close to 2,000 locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Japan.

“Panda Express is honored to partner with Delaware North to bring the brand to Tampa International Airport and is excited to serve travelers the same quality, delicious flavorful variety they experience in our restaurants,” said Naris Urairat, License Operations Coach for Panda Express.

Ybor City News, Stellar Bay and Panda Express are part of TPA’s concessions redevelopment program which adds 69 new shops, restaurants and services to the growing airport. The program is expected to be completed and fully operational in 2018.

The concessions redevelopment options include a wider variety of choices than ever before, including more local brands. Roughly 40 percent of the food and beverages options are local, featuring such staples as Columbia, Cigar City, Four Green Fields, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place. Participation in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) also increased from three companies to 15, bringing more woman- and minority-owned business to TPA.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

A.S. Watson Group recognised for its commitment and achievement in implementing green practices within workplace

A.S. Watson Group recognised for its commitment and achievement in implementing green practices within workplace

 

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For three consecutive years, A.S. Watson Group (ASW) and its retail brands in HK were awarded the Green Office Label in the Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme (GOALS) organised by World Green Organisation (WGO), to recognise for our commitment and achievement in implementing green practices within workplace. The group also clinched the Eco-healthy Workplace Label this year by fulfilling the criteria of eco-healthy workplace best practices. Six awards were received this year, for A.S. Watson Group, A.S. Watson Industries, Watsons, PARKnSHOP, FORTRESS and Watsons Wine.

GOALS aims at encouraging companies to improve environmental performance and sustainability of the office workplace, companies need to go through stringent green audits on energy saving, water saving, waste reduction, paper/printing saving, green procurement and IT use and disposal.

Source: A.S. Watson Group

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DICK’S Sporting Goods recognized with ESPN’s Corporate Community Impact Award for its Sports Matter initiative

DICK’S and the DICK’S Foundation Honored for Commitment to  Helping Save Youth Sports at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, which supports DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities, were honored last night at ESPN’s third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.  DICK’S received ESPN’s Corporate Community Impact Award for their Sports Matter initiative. Developed in 2014, Sports Matter provides equipment, uniforms and monetary donations to youth sports teams in need, and raises awareness surrounding the decline in funding for youth sports nation-wide.

The ESPN Corporate Community Impact Award recognizes a corporation that uses the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause or community organization. DICK’S was honored for their long-standing commitment to sports and actions in helping to save youth sports.

“It’s a tremendous honor for us to receive this important award from ESPN” said Lauren Hobart, DICK’S Sporting Goods President & President of the DICK’S Foundation. “Youth sports are in trouble.  Studies tell us that billions of dollars have been cut from youth sports in recent years and 60% of children must now pay a fee to play. Yet sports are one of the best youth development tools that exist, so we’re working hard to reverse this frightening trend.”

DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have been working to combat this crisis and since 2014 have pledged more than $50 million to support teams and leagues in need, while working to raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through the Sports Matter campaign. To date, Sports Matter has saved thousands of youth sports teams and given hundreds of thousands of kids the opportunity to play.

In 2016, DICK’S integrated Sports Matter into its major initiatives and campaigns, including the creation of the Sport Emmy nominated documentary Keepers of the Game, by supporting over 200 Team USA Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls through flexible employment, and the development of a ‘Green Laces’ campaign which donates $2 from every sale back to youth sports.

To learn more or get involved, visit www.sportsmatter.org.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact:

DICK’S Sporting Goods
724-273-5552
press@dcsg.com

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.