Stanley Black & Decker accelerates its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative with an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in downtown Hartford

Stanley Black & Decker accelerates its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative with an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in downtown Hartford

 

  • Names Sudhi Bangalore to lead center that will eventually house approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals
  • Announces launch of STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator to bring start-ups to Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today (Dec. 5, 2017) announced plans to open an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in downtown Hartford to accelerate its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative. Called “Manufactory 4.0,” named after the original Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843, the 23,000-square-foot Center will be located at One Constitution Plaza and will employ approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals. The company has appointed Sudhi Bangalore, most recently WIPRO’s Global Head of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Solutions, to lead the center. The company is also launching an additive manufacturing accelerator with Techstars that will be housed at the new facility.

“Strong urban cores, and in particular a vibrant capital city, are essential to Connecticut’s ability to thrive which is why we decided to locate this important new initiative in Hartford,” said Stanley Black & Decker’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Loree. “Our team has worked closely with Mayor Bronin’s office, and we are excited to be a part of building a vibrant, strong capital city. With the budget now passed, the hard work can begin to solve some of the state’s structural fiscal challenges and put the state on a more sound economical path. We cannot lose the sense of urgency and must recognize that the state is at a critical juncture. As a company founded in New Britain, Connecticut, almost 175 years ago, we have expressed our commitment from a social responsibility perspective to being part of the solution.”

“Our Manufactory 4.0 will serve as the epicenter for the latest technologies and processes with respect to Industry 4.0,” said Don Allan, Chief Financial Officer for Stanley Black & Decker. “Just as Connecticut was at the heart of the first three Industrial Revolutions and has continued to have a strong manufacturing presence, we believe that the state has the potential to be a leader for what is often called the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the automation of manufacturing that includes the internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, robotics and advanced materials. We are thrilled that Sudhi has joined the company to lead this effort, which is a critical component of our company’s 22/22 strategy.”

“Today’s announcement further cements Stanley Black & Decker’s reputation as a leading innovator in advanced manufacturing, and a tremendous partner to the State of Connecticut,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will be critical in spurring innovation and ensuring that our state continues to build upon our reputation as a global leader in advanced manufacturing. We are grateful to CEO Jim Loree for his partnership and extraordinary vision and commitment not only to Stanley Black & Decker, but to our capital city and the State of Connecticut as a whole.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Stanley Black & Decker’s Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and Additive Manufacturing Accelerator to Hartford, putting Connecticut’s Capital City at the leading edge of innovation in advanced manufacturing,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Today’s announcement represents an enormous win in our effort to make Hartford a hub for innovation in our region’s core industries. I want to thank CEO Jim Loree and Stanley Black & Decker’s senior leadership for their inspiring commitment to reinventing manufacturing right here in Connecticut and right here in Connecticut’scapital city.”

Sudhi Bangalore will serve as Stanley Black & Decker’s Vice President of Industry 4.0, reporting to Allan, and has a deep expertise in Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing. Leveraging a unique combination of operations and technology background, he has served as an expert advisor to shape and deploy Industry 4.0 strategies for several global customers. Prior to serving in his current role at WIPRO, he was the company’s Global Practice Head for Industrial Automation. He has held operations and business unit manager leadership roles across a number of leading technology companies, including Danaher Corporation, Siemens and Rockwell Automation. He earned a Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering from Bangalore University, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an M.B.A. from Kent State University.

Stanley Black & Decker currently operates approximately 30 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., including three in Connecticut, with more than 100 manufacturing facilities globally. The company has three locations designated as “Lighthouse Factories,” that have partially implemented Industry 4.0 across their facilities from manufacturing execution systems (MES), to 3-D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

In addition, to support and accelerate innovation in Industry 4.0, the company has made a three-year commitment to partnering with Techstars, one of the world’s best startup accelerators, and is announcing the launch of the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator. The mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will identify 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in the program in the program’s first year. Companies will co-locate with Manufactory 4.0 and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses, and bring new technologies to market. Additive manufacturing refers to 3-D printing and the collection of technologies that are used throughout the process, including those involved in rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and free form fabrication, among others. The application process will begin in January 2018. Similar programs will be run in 2019 and 2020, with 30 potential startups completing the process.

“Additive manufacturing is a field that is constantly evolving and will significantly change the manufacturing environment of the future,” said Corbin Walburger, Vice President of Business Development for Stanley Black & Decker. “The STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator demonstrates our commitment to this emerging industry, and shows our intent to stay at the forefront of technological change and incorporate another example of innovative and disruptive technologies into our business model.”

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Media Contacts:

Shannon Lapierre
Vice President, Communications
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-259-7669
Email: Shannon.Lapierre@sbdinc.com

Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-826-3260
Email: Tim.Perra@sbdinc.com

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

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Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars launch the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Techstars, one of the world’s best startup accelerators, today (Dec. 5, 2017) announced the formation of a three-year partnership and the launch of the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford. This mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will select 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in its first year. Applications will open in January 2018, and the program will run in the third quarter of 2018. Similar programs will be run in 2019 and 2020, with 30 potential startups completing the process.

Startups will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence – Manufactory 4.0 – in Hartford, CT, and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses and bring new technologies to market.

“Additive manufacturing is a field that is constantly evolving and will significantly change the manufacturing environment of the future,” said Corbin Walburger, Vice President of Business Development for Stanley Black & Decker. “The STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator demonstrates our commitment to this emerging industry, and shows our intent to stay at the forefront of technological change and incorporate innovative and disruptive technologies into our business model.”

Stanley Black & Decker currently operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities globally, including approximately 30 in the U.S. and three in Connecticut. Three of the company’s locations are designated as “Lighthouse Factories,” plants that have partially implemented Industry 4.0 across their facilities from manufacturing execution systems (MES), to 3-D printing, virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our successful accelerator model to Hartford,” said David Brown, co-CEO and co-founder of Techstars. “Hartford is thriving with early-stage startups ranging from companies focused on science, technology and software solutions to B2B and small business services. Connecticutwas at the heart of the first three Industrial Revolutions and has continued to have a strong manufacturing presence, which makes it a great location for an accelerator focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and additive manufacturing, in particular.”

To apply to participate, visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/ beginning in January 2018.

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

About Techstars

Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars partners with over 300 new businesses each year to provide them with the resources, network and knowledge needed to successfully grow their business. A global network in more than 150 countries, Techstars has 300,000 alumni and more than 10,000 mentors. Of the 1100 startups that have been through the Techstars program, 90% are either still active or have been acquired. Techstars was named one of the world’s best startup accelerators by Entreprenuer Magazine. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $8.1 billion. www.techstars.com

Media Contacts:

Shannon Lapierre
Vice President, Communications
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-259-7669
Email: Shannon.Lapierre@sbdinc.com

Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-826-3260
Email: Tim.Perra@sbdinc.com

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE named Old Navy one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named Old Navy one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity. The ranking considered more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. The ranking also accounted for the share of women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals in the workplace. Old Navy was also named to the 2017 “Best Workplaces in Retail” list.

“Old Navy’s mission is to democratize style and make great fashion accessible to everyone, and we celebrate a workplace that’s just as diverse as our customers,” said Sheila Peters, Senior Vice President, Old Navy Human Resources and Communications. “Our employees are what make us unique, and it’s important that they feel respected and empowered at work, every day.”

“At Gap Inc., we strive to create a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion and treats every individual with dignity and respect. By upholding these values, we are able to attract and retain talented people, deliver the best products and experiences to our customers and support positive change across business and society,” said Kisha Modica, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Gap, Inc.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity stand out for their consistent leadership and the meaningful ways that all employees contribute to their organizations. Tenure for women and people of color was higher at the leading employers than at their peers. In several business sectors, the winning organizations also reported turnover two to three times lower than industry averages.

“The Best Workplaces for Diversity have achieved something beyond basic fairness. They find ways to connect with each and every employee, listening to their challenges and building on their talents,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Old Navy also was ranked as a Best Workplace for Retail by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Learn more about careers at Old Navy on LinkedIn and the Old Navy Careers Blog.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Diversity

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from 442,624 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@gap.com

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

Mister Spex rolls out the latest Intershop Commerce Suite, across all its European webshops

  • Leading online optician rolls out latest Intershop platform across all its European web shops
  • New commerce platform powers a consistent multi-channel concept with faster interfaces and reduced maintenance needs

Jena, Germany, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mister Spex, Europe’s largest online optician, is extending its successful cooperation with Intershop with the rollout of the latest Intershop Commerce Suite, across nine European webshops.

The new commerce platform allows Mister Spex to expand its dedicated multichannel strategy further and to pursue its vision of becoming Europe’s favorite way and place to buy eyewear.

The Intershop Commerce Suite helps Mister Spex deliver a continued seamless customer experience across all sales channels, online and offline touch points. It has already boosted the performance of both desktop and mobile web shops, serving over 60,000 website visitors a day with faster response times. In addition, the move to the latest platform further reduces the need for regular maintenance tasks, resulting in more efficient operations and bottom line cost savings.

Axel Köhler, COO at Intershop comments, “This is the next exciting phase of our relationship with Mister Spex. Today’s customers have the highest expectations when it comes to convenience and ease of shopping. With the solution in place Mister Spex’s shops outperform them. We are delighted that Mister Spex continues to place their trust in our multichannel commerce platform as the engine that powers a truly compelling customer experience. We look forward to supporting Mister Spex further as they go from strength to strength.”

The rollout was completed in just eight weeks.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts introduces The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut, available only on National Gingerbread House Day, Dec. 12

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts introduces The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut, available only on National Gingerbread House Day, Dec. 12

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is sweetening the season by introducing a first-time, one-day seasonal take on its iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut. The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut is available on National Gingerbread House Day, Tuesday, Dec. 12, at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada.

The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut has a perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon and ginger, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze. This is the first time that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is transforming both the dough and glaze to create an all new holiday favorite.

“Gingerbread is a classic holiday flavor, and now there’s a delicious new way to enjoy it with the classic qualities of our Original Glazed doughnut,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “We take the holiday fun of gingerbread houses and celebrate it with the never-ending fun of Original Glazed doughnuts.”

A delectable take on a holiday favorite, the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut is infused with cinnamon and ginger, complemented with a delicate molasses glaze. To find a participating shop, visit www.krispykreme.com/gingerbreadglaze.

Show Krispy Kreme Doughnuts how you celebrate holiday joy with the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut by using the hashtag #GingerbreadGlaze and tagging @krispykreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation 
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:
Cassie Williams
336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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Whole Foods Market 365 to open new store in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market 365 will open its first store on the East Coast in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The 40,000 square foot Fort Greene location at 292 Ashland Place will be the seventh Whole Foods Market 365 location in the country. Whole Foods Market 365 stores feature a curated mix of Whole Foods Market quality products in a friendly, convenient and value-driven environment.

All products sold in the store will meet Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. The store will feature an array of organic products, GAP 5 Step Animal Welfare rated meat, sustainable seafood, freshly prepared grab-and-go items and a variety of products tailored for individuals with special diets.

“We are thrilled to open the very first East Coast Whole Foods Market 365 in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn,” said Jeff Turnas, president of Whole Foods Market 365. “Whole Foods Market 365 will provide a fantastic combination of convenience, quality and value to families, students and commuters alike.”

The store will include a coffee bar and artisanal bakery by Orwashers, a 100% plant-based burger joint by Next Level Burger and an organic juice bar by Juice Press as part of the Friends of 365 program. Through the program, the company partners with outside chefs, food and lifestyle brands and culinary influencers to bring shoppers innovative in-store experiences. These Friends share Whole Foods Market’s quality standards and have unique expertise in a cuisine, concept or product.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Contact:
NEmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open its ninth Philadelphia area store located at Exton on Jan. 18

New store will feature taco and tequila venue, products from over 75 local suppliers and in-house specialties

Exton, Pa., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open a new store in Exton on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 175 North Pottstown Pike. This ninth Philadelphia area Whole Foods Market store will feature a curated mix of locally sourced and seasonal products that adhere to Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading standards. Opening Day shoppers are invited to attend the traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and will be greeted with doorbuster deals and an array of product demonstrations and samples.

“We’re excited to welcome Exton’s growing community to this new Whole Foods Market, which includes ample inside and outside spaces for family and friends to gather,” said Alison Marcantuno, the store team leader. “From our fresh produce and flowers to oven-ready, grab-and-go and prepared foods meal solutions, the store will offer fresh and healthy options for Exton shoppers.”

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 50,000 square-foot store includes:

  • Pike’s, an in-store venue with a retro diner ambiance, serving tortas and tacos as well as beer, wine and a selection of mezcal & tequila.
  • More than 75 local supplier products ranging from seasonal produce to local pork and chicken and a unique selection of ceramics, jewelry and gifts.
  • An expansive cheese department featuring exclusive local cheeses from Yellow Springs Dairy in Chester Springs as well as a robust national and international selection of sheep, goat and cow’s milk offerings.
  • Full-service meat and seafood departments featuring Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare-rated meat and sustainable seafood staffed by expert meat cutters and fishmongers.
  • Made in-house specialties including: hand-tossed pizza, corn & flour tortillas and tortilla chips made with local Castle Valley Mill grains, and a selection of dips such as rutabaga, collard green, and guacamole.
  • A large, seasonal rooftop with a fire pit where customers can enjoy food and draft beer.

Whole Foods Market Exton will be hiring approximately 125 team members for positions throughout the store. Interested candidates should visit wholefoodsmarket.com/careers to apply or stop by hiring events at the Exton Square Mall this week: Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and December 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prospective candidates can also Text “Hire Me” to (610) 624-8686 for more information.

Contact:
NEmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Rite Aid to Host Flu Facebook Live Event with certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman and Dr. Jennifer Caudle on Wednesday, Dec. 6

Rite Aid Certified Immunizing Pharmacist Chris Altman and Dr. Caudle to Host Flu Facebook Live Event on Wednesday, Dec. 6  

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to encourage people to get a flu shot to protect themselves from the flu this holiday season, Rite Aid is teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, NIVW is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January. Last week, the CDC reported that flu season is off to an early start and could peak over the holidays if flu activity continues to increase at its current weekly pace.

Dr. Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy throughout flu season. To learn more about the event and set a reminder, visit www.facebook.com/riteaid.

“Vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu,” says Dr. Caudle. “Rite Aid pharmacists undergo special training and are professionally certified to administer immunizations and with thousands of locations across the country, Rite Aid pharmacies are a convenient and professional setting for flu shots. That’s why I’m partnering with Rite Aid and reminding people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

As one of the most accessible healthcare providers, Rite Aid’s 11,000 certified immunizing pharmacists are a valuable resource in helping people fight the flu, which the CDC estimates will infect one in five Americans this year. Rite Aid pharmacists are specially trained in immunizations and are able to make vaccine recommendations based on an individuals’ specific health needs.

“Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified immunizers, they can be a patient’s first line of defense,” says Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “And because flu activity typically peaks between December and March according to the CDC, National Influenza Vaccination Week is the perfect time to remind people there’s still time to get vaccinated and protect themselves as well as their family this flu season.”

The CDC recommends that most healthy Americans, six months or older, including pregnant women, get vaccinated. Since it takes about two weeks from the date of your shot for your body to develop its full defense against the flu, waiting until there is an outbreak may be too late.

Seasonal flu shots are available at Rite Aid locations across the country. This year Rite Aid is offering three types of flu vaccines: a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against four strains of the flu, the standard trivalent vaccine, and FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant, an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination, which is approved for people 65 and older.

Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Dr. Jennifer Caudle is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Associate Professor in the department of Family Medicine at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a regular on-air health expert for local and national news networks. She has appeared on CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, FOX News, CBS Philly 3 News, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, PBS and many others. Her health articles have been published in The Daily Beast, CNN.com, DoctorOz.com, abcNEWS.com and she has been quoted by USA Today, Huff Post, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Prevention, Yahoo and many other media outlets. In 1999, Dr. Caudle earned the title of Miss Iowa and competed in the 1999 Miss America Pageant. Her website is: http://www.jennifercaudle.com/.

Contact:

Media:
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Judith Ripka launches a new casual fine jewelry line RIPKA

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB), owner of leading global jewelry brand Judith Ripka, today (Dec 4, 2017) announced the launch of RIPKA, a new casual fine jewelry line featuring 14K gold, available exclusively at Lord & Taylor and on judithripka.com.

Modern with a distinctive interpretation of today’s casual trends, the 14K gold designs also feature diamonds and gemstones such as amethyst, rhodolite and sapphire. Judith Ripka, who started her eponymous brand 40 years ago, said, “In designing this new casual collection, I was inspired by the way women are styling my pieces as part of their everyday wardrobe. I drew my artistic influence from the architecture and wonders of the Mediterranean coastline. I am excited to debut RIPKA in time for the holiday season as its wearability makes it ideal for gifting.”

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands, commented, “We are thrilled to celebrate the debut of the RIPKA line.  Judith’s ability to transform her brand from a single retail outlet to a global business that has achieved over $2 billion in retail sales is a testament to her extraordinary talent and passionate following. Judith has proven to be a visionary ahead of her time, and we look forward to continued brand momentum ahead.”

Among her many accomplishments, Judith recently received the 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day “Accessories Pioneer Award” during a celebration at the United Nations that was livestreamed in 144 countries. Other career milestones include receiving the prestigious DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design and her induction into the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In addition to her presence at Lord & Taylor and other fine jewelry retailers worldwide, Judith is now in her 20th year at QVC, where she was the first female jewelry designer to have her own show.

ABOUT XCEL BRANDS, INC. (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products through direct-response television, e-commerce, and brick and mortar retail channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

ABOUT JUDITH RIPKA LTD. (www.judithripka.com
As luxurious as they are timeless, Judith Ripka’s iconic designs are sought-after by women from across the globe who have fallen in love with her striking compositions and extraordinary eye for detail.  Judith’s devotees appreciate the way each exquisite style captures one of life’s beautiful moments, making it natural – and effortless – to wear her pieces forever. As seen on celebrities, CEOs and fashionable women everywhere, each piece reflects Judith’s distinctive ability to translate modern trends into enduring wearability. @judithripka

Contact:

Stephanie Taylor
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Taubman Centers declares a regular quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share of common stock

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (12/04/2017) declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share of common stock. The common dividend is payable Dec. 29, 2017, to shareholders of record on Dec. 15, 2017.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable Dec. 29, 2017, to shareholders of record on Dec. 15, 2017.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related diversion of management time; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contact:
Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director
Investor Relations
248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com

Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director
Strategic Communications
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs to send seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is sending seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge in Belfast, in March 2018.

Alana Empson, Amy Jones, Ben Henry, Jeremy Garth, Luka Young, Samantha Weller and Zak Grammer are among the top young butchers in New Zealand, and all of them work in Foodstuffs’ supermarkets. Amy, Ben and Luka are competing in the World Young Butchers event, and Samantha will also represent New Zealand in the World Apprentice Butcher event.

 

Zak and Jeremy are members of the Pure South Sharp Blacks – New Zealand’s national butchery team. Zak is the Butchery Manager at New World Eastridge in Auckland and Jeremy is the Butchery Manager at New World Ferry Road in Christchurch.

Jeremy joined the trade straight out of secondary school.

“I went on work experience to a retail butcher shop and they offered me a job, so that was it. I love the different challenges of the job and the potential to be creative.”

Jeremy is enjoying coming up with new sausage flavours.

“Beef, blue cheese and mushrooms is a favourite with our customers. I’ve also just made a lamb, garlic and mint sausage which is starting to take off too.”

He is looking forward to the learning opportunities the Ireland trip will bring.

“There will be 11 other countries there and we’ll learn a lot from the other butchers. We’re also going to do a retail study tour while we’re there, so I think we’ll pick up some ideas for new products too.”

Zak Grammer followed his father’s footsteps into the industry, having helped in the family butchery from the age of 5. At 13 he started helping out with the Christmas rush, and at 17 he began his apprenticeship under his father’s tutelage.

“I think butchers are becoming the next rock stars of the food industry. We’re starting to get recognised more, in the food industry especially,” he says.

“It’s given me the opportunity to spend time overseas. I spent four years in London and learned new skills while I was there. I got to work for Jamie Oliver as well, which was pretty cool.

“You get to work with a good bunch of people. It’s a good environment. We have a laugh and a bit of a sing out the back – there’s a fair bit of camaraderie,” he says.

Luka works with Zak at New World Eastridge and is one of the young butchers who will be competing in Ireland. He has been working as a butcher since finishing school and now regularly competes at butchery competitions and says the level of talent coming through the industry gets better every year.

Ben Henry is also one of the young butchers representing New Zealand in Ireland next year. He did his apprenticeship in Dunedin at New World Centre City and quickly proved his talent by winning the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition. He moved to Wellington last year and now works at New World Thorndon. Ben also made this year’s final of the Alto Butcher of the Year competition.

Butchery has traditionally been a male-dominated trade, but Foodstuffs has several female butchers working in its supermarkets, including three who are going to Ireland.
Amy Jones works at New World Taumarunui. She won last year’s Alto Young Butcher Competition and will be competing next year in Ireland.

“I started my apprenticeship in 2011 at New World Taumarunui after four years in in the freezing works at Te Kuiti. I am still thoroughly enjoying the trade.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in Ireland. It is such an amazing outcome, all from entering into the Alto and Competenz butchery competitions! I highly recommend that other apprentices and butchers give it a shot, it’s inspirational to see what else goes on with other apprentices and butchers at these competitions, and after that you might just win the experience of a lifetime,” she says.

Samantha Weller is the 2017 Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year and works at New World Rangiora.

“I started working here about four-and-a-half years ago as a meat packer, when I was 19. I was working part-time and studying to be an early childhood educator. I finished my course but then my manager at New World offered me the apprenticeship. I’ve always found the trade interesting, so it was a no-brainer.

“I’d tell anyone looking into the apprenticeship that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’d recommend it to anyone with a genuine interest. Breaking down the carcases and creating cuts is one of my favourite things. Last year my pork and fennel sausage won gold in the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition,” Sam says.
Alana Empson works at PAK’nSAVE Clarence Street in Hamilton, where she is second in command in the butchery department. She is not competing in Ireland but is joining the group for the retail study tour.

“I have had some amazing opportunities over the last couple of years. After winning NZ Young Butcher of the Year 2015, I was invited to compete in the inaugural International Young Butcher of the Year competition as part of the World Butchers Challenge held on the Gold Coast in September 2016. I was competing against some incredible butchers from New Zealand, Australia, France and England and managed to get the win.

“Earlier this year I competed in the Butcher Wars competition at Meatstock in Auckland and in Sydney. These two competitions really tested me, as we only had 30 minutes to cut, display and present a side of lamb and a half saddle of pork. I was up against 19 highly skilled and experienced butchers – all of them male. I was so chuffed to come away with fourth place at the Auckland event.”

Alana started her career in the grocery industry as a check-out operator at New World Waiuku. A position came up in the butchery, and after one lesson in boning out beef, she was hooked.

“I love my job because each day is different,” Alana says. “One day I could be doing a stocktake or placing orders and the next I could be down on the back bench with the boys, filling vol-au-vents and making Beef Wellington.

“My favourite part of the job is when we do a specialised cut for a customer and they come back and give us feedback on how well it cooked and how good it tasted.”

Alana encourages other young women to consider butchery as a career.

“I have seen a gradual change away from the physical tasks butchers are more commonly known for (breaking and boning beef etc) to being more about value-added cuts; building relationships with customers and having a solid knowledge about cooking and flavour combinations. It’s a great career for anyone that loves cooking, loves food and has creative flair.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Hy-Vee Opens Telepharmacy Location at Manson, Iowa

Hy-Vee Opens Telepharmacy Location at Former Medicap Pharmacy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. has expanded its pharmacy access to Manson, Iowa, with a new telepharmacy location that opened last week.

“We are thrilled to provide Hy-Vee pharmacy services and maintain a personal pharmacist connection for residents in Manson through our new telepharmacy location,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president and chief health officer. “Enhancing health care for our customers is a top priority, and this location will fill prescriptions as well as offer additional health and wellness services that Hy-Vee is known for.”

Hy-Vee recently purchased the Medicap Pharmacy in Manson, which reopened as a telepharmacy under the Hy-Vee Pharmacy name on November 30. Medicap’s pharmacy technician has joined the Hy-Vee Pharmacy team, and a full-time pharmacist will be on site 16 hours per month.

At the telepharmacy, a prescription is processed similarly to how it would be at a Hy-Vee retail pharmacy. A pharmacist at the Fort Dodge Hy-Vee will verify the prescription for accuracy, as well as review the prescription for appropriateness in dosing and safety. Once the pharmacist completes an initial verification, a certified technician fills the prescription. The pharmacist then provides an additional verification by checking the accuracy of the filling process via digital equipment. Pharmacists are able to counsel the patient via iPad and telephone to answer any questions.

Williams said the new telepharmacy provides patients “with a direct line of communication to a pharmacist without having to leave their community.” In addition, the telepharmacy expands the selection of current over-the-counter product offerings

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

BRP report: Customer-led demand is driving retailers to transform their business to be more customer-centric

According to the 2017 Merchandise Planning Survey, Retailers are Focused on Transforming their Entire Merchandising Process from End-to-end

Boston, MA, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a new report from BRP, retailers must accommodate customers who “pre-shop” for merchandise online before they ever enter a store, want one-day or even same-day delivery, and expect “more” from their shopping experience – more personalization, a larger assortment, a more fulfilling experience and non-stop entertainment. Customer-led demand is driving retailers to transform their business to be more customer-centric.

“Customers use technology daily to enable and control their shopping journey,” said Gene Bornac, senior vice president at BRP. “Now it is up to retailers to play catch up with their organization, processes and technology to deliver the right products for the right price in the right place.”

For retailers, it is imperative to take a customer-centric viewpoint. To innovate the customer experience, they must transform their disparate systems, processes and organization into one cohesive environment with the ability to offer customers a seamless shopping environment across any channel and the capability to deliver merchandise immediately – wherever it is needed. It is time to prepare for the future of retail – it is here – whether we are ready or not.

Within this challenging environment, BRP conducted its 2017 Merchandise Planning Benchmark Survey to explore the current state of retail planning and to identify and understand retailers’ priorities as they strive to meet the needs and demands of today’s consumers.

To prepare for today’s new retail model, retailers need to:

Align the organization

  • 58% of retailers currently have an integrated planning organization across channels

Integrate planning processes        

  • 64% of retailers have integrated their business planning processes across channels

Implement the right technology

  • 33% of retailers have implemented new omni-channel demand planning systems within the last two years

Prioritize customer insight

  • 42% of retailers incorporate real-time customer feedback into their in-season planning

Take action

  • 19% of retailers must overcome IT/business resource constraints to advance their planning activities

To download the complete 2017 Merchandise Planning Survey, visit: https://brpconsulting.com/2017-merchandise-planning-survey/.

The 2017 Merchandise Planning Survey platinum sponsor is TXT Retail and the gold sponsors are Enspire CommerceJustEnoughLogilityNCR, and Retalon.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS) Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

Source: BRP

Baskin-Robbins adds new Winter Wonderland Cake and December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie to its lineup of treats this holiday season

Baskin-Robbins adds new Winter Wonderland Cake and December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie to its lineup of treats this holiday season

 

Invites guests to enjoy December lineup of treats that celebrate the classic flavors of the holiday season

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today (December 4, 2017) announced a festive lineup of treats to help guests celebrate the holiday season. Baskin-Robbins is kicking off its holiday lineup with the debut of its new Winter Wonderland Cake, which is an ice cream cake decorated with elegant blue icing, a white dipping chocolate drizzled edge and is topped with sparkling glitter.

Additionally, the December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie, is a returning favorite which features mini YORK® peppermint patties and a rich dark chocolate mint-flavored ribbon swirled in mint-flavored ice cream. Guests can enjoy YORK® Peppermint Pattie as a Warm Brownie Sundae during a cold winter night or sip it in a Milkshake or Cappuccino Blast® to keep the season bright.

“We’re excited to celebrate this special time of year both with new product innovations and returning favorites,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our elegant new Winter Wonderland Cake is sure to be an eye-catching and delicious addition to any holiday party dessert table. We’re also looking forward to sharing a wide variety of seasonal ice cream flavors with our guests, including our YORK® Peppermint Pattie Flavor of the Month, and seasonal favorites like Egg Nog and Winter White Chocolate®.”

To help spread even more holiday cheer, Baskin-Robbins will also offer guests its Fudge Yule Log Cake, which features Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and chocolate cake rolled together with white icing, then topped with a holly leaf decoration and three red candles. The Fudge Yule Log Cake and the Winter Wonderland Cake are available for pre-order both in-store or online at www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering.

Baskin-Robbins is also inviting guests to celebrate the end of the year in the sweetest way with its “Celebrate 31” promotion on Sunday, December 31. On this day, all regular and kid-sized scoops will be $1.50*. Finally, for guests looking to give the gift of ice cream this holiday season, Baskin-Robbins gift cards can be purchased in-store or through the Baskin-Robbins mobile app.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

The YORK® trademark and trade dress are used under license.

* Offer valid on October 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named a top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2017, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream, a full range of beverages, and a delicious lineup of desserts including custom ice cream cakes, the Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat and take-home ice cream quarts and pints, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,900 retail shops in 52 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit https://www.baskinrobbins.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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SPAR Poland launches new mobile app

Poland, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Poland has launched a new mobile app for both Apple and Android devices, providing customers with an additional sales and communication channel.

The app’s slogan, “My App, my SPAR”, is a play on SPAR Poland’s new brand proposition, announced in October called, “My Neighbourhood, my SPAR”.

The application makes shopping in SPAR stores even easier. A few taps on one’s mobile phone creates a customised shopping list, which customers can share via e-mail, text or instant messaging. It also gives customers access to current promotions, helping them find the best prices for their favourite products.

Another feature of the app is SPAR Poland’s quarterly Ze smakiem (With taste) brochure, which up until now has only been available on the company website and as a print version in SPAR stores.

Additionally, as the app works with Google Maps, customers can more easily find the most efficient route to their nearest SPAR store and check opening hours. Further development of the app will include the addition of new tools such as push notifications and bar code scanning.

For more SPAR Poland news, follow this link.

About SPAR Poland

Poland became a member of SPAR in 1995 and the first SPAR store opened in 1996. Following a series of changes to the ownership of the company, SPAR Poland now has a strong retail management team in place, catering for the needs of their independent retailers and developing new concepts through their corporate stores. Expansion and growth has been strong over the years and there are now more than 200 SPAR stores open in Poland, serving close to three million customers each month.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Smart & Final Stores management to participate at the Barclays Eat, Sleep, Play Conference in New York City

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today (Dec. 4, 2017) announced that David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the Barclays Eat, Sleep, Play Conference to be held December 6 -7, 2017 in New York City. Management is scheduled to participate in a fireside chat on Wednesday, December 6th at 10:00 am ET.

The fireside chat will be webcast live and hosted on the Investors section of the Company’s website at http://www.smartandfinal.com/events and will be archived and available for 30 days following the event.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of October 8, 2017, the Company operated 316 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for over 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

Media contact:
E-Mail: press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Kroger’s QFC partners with Instacart to bring home delivery service in Puget Sound and Portland

CINCINNATI and BELLEVUE, Wash., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — QFC, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (12/4/2017) announced it is offering home delivery at a majority of its stores in both Puget Sound and Portland, through a partnership with Instacart, a nationally-recognized on-demand retail delivery service. The partnership supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“By offering home delivery in addition to in-store shopping and online ordering for curbside pickup, we are listening to our customers who are telling us they want the convenience of shopping anyway they choose,” said Suzy Monford, president of QFC. “We know that our customers are busier than ever but still want to feed their families fresh, healthy foods that are available at low prices. This new partnership allows our customers to have their groceries delivered to their doorsteps as soon as two hours after placing an order.”

QFC delivery powered by Instacart will be offered in addition to its ClickList store locations that offer online ordering for curbside pickup.

“Instacart customers prefer doing their online grocery shopping from local stores, where they know the products,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are thrilled to partner with QFC to give our customers in Portland and Seattle a new convenient option for shopping at their favorite local QFC store.”

How does QFC home delivery work?
Customers place their orders through the “Delivery” link at www.qfc.com. The customer enters the zip code where the delivery will be scheduled then chooses from 40,000 offered products, including perishables, which are categorized and sorted for easy viewing and selection. The customer builds a digital cart by clicking and adding products. Once the customer has completed building the online basket, a preferred delivery time between 9 a.m. and midnight can be selected. An Instacart shopper then hand-picks the items and delivers the order within a preferred one-hour time window. The home delivery fee will be waived for first-time customers.

About Instacart 
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 160 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

About Kroger 
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walgreens launches new multifaceted brand positioning and identity

Multifaceted campaign highlights the importance of care, trust and accessibility to Walgreens customers

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —Walgreens and its customers have certainly changed since the first Walgreens drugstore opened in 1901, but one constant over that time is Walgreens legacy of care. That’s the foundation of a new, multifaceted brand positioning and identity that launched Sunday and is reflected in the new tagline, Walgreens. Trusted since 1901.

The brand positioning is an effort to emphasize the aspects of Walgreens from the past 116 years that customers truly love. Those attributes – care, trust and accessibility – are the focus of the campaign, which includes new advertising and marketing, and a purpose to champion the health and well-being of every community in America.

“We went deep into Walgreens history to rediscover what makes Walgreens great,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and president of Walgreens. “It was clear from our research that three strong characteristics define our relationship with our customers, rooted firmly in our history since 1901: care, trust and accessibility. We’ve always cared for our customers’ health and well-being, but how we’ve cared has evolved over time. As consumer behavior continues to change, we will focus on these core attributes to help define the work we do.”

Over the past three years, Walgreens has redefined its commercial offering at every touch point across pharmacy, retail, health care services and consumer services, and the brand campaign signals the start of the next phase of its transformation. Walgreens continues to introduce programs and services addressing customers’ needs through a lens of care, trust and accessibility. Some of the more recent examples include high-touch care provided through Walgreens specialized pharmacies focused on disease states such as oncology, hepatitis and HIV; the addition of trained beauty consultants at approximately 3,000 stores; convenient access to FedEx package pickup and drop-off services at 7,500 stores; the simplification of the product assortment in approximately 1,500 stores to make shopping easier and more.

“Trusted since 1901 reinforces the fundamental truth of the work we do: that behind every prescription and purchase is a person, and behind every person is a unique story,” said Adam Holyk, Walgreens senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Since the beginning of our company, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the people of our communities, supporting them through their ups and downs, whenever they need us. Straightforward, authentic, warm and reliable, we’re here to help everyone – every day. Beyond a new tagline, we hope to reflect where our brand is headed in the future with new initiatives and services that align to our brand promise: to always to be here to help you feel good.”

Also beginning today, the company is releasing a series of digital vignettes called “Care Stories,” which feature real employees and Walgreens customers. The videos are a snapshot of how Walgreens continues to provide care to its patients.

To view the “Care Stories,” visit http://bit.ly/2noiH5C.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact(s):

Emily Hartwig-Mekstan
847-315-3316
emily.hartwig@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens