H&M Foundation releases its Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change

H&M Foundation releases its Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change

 

H&M Foundation’s Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change – covers the work we have achieved together with our experienced partners within our focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — During our first years, the H&M Foundation managed to achieve remarkably ambitious goals, reaching hundreds of thousands across the world with quality education, economic empowerment, clean water and sanitation while successfully pushing these issues to the global agenda.

The long-term vision for the H&M Foundation is to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, that were set by the United Nations in 2015. The H&M Foundation works with experienced partners within the focus areas and our strategy is based on three guiding principles:

  • Innovation — we approach challenges in new ways.
  • Involvement — we involve people in making a difference.
  • Impact— we seek to achieve real change.

The Annual Report 2017 covers the work of the H&M Foundation from January 1 2017 to December 31 2017.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting, positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to the H&M Foundation. Visit hmfoundation.com and follow @hmfoundation on Facebook and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com

Source: H&M

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Amazon opens its newest Seattle HQ buildings — The Spheres

  • The Spheres—the newest buildings on Amazon’s campus in downtown Seattle—have no enclosed offices, conference spaces, or desks, and employees can meet in treehouses suspended under 40+ foot trees or in sitting areas and walking paths alongside cascading waterfalls
  • Plants, trees, sunlight, soil, and water take center stage – the sound of running water and the scent of flowering plants create an instant botanical immersion that takes visitors far away from the urban landscape
  • The project created more than 600 full-time jobs, and is part of Amazon’s more than $4 billion investment in the design, development, and construction of its Seattle HQ
  • The Spheres will be open to provide educational opportunities to the Seattle community through tours, field trips and partnerships with local schools and universities

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jan. 29, 2018) announced the opening of The Spheres, the company’s newest Seattle HQ buildings that are home to more than 40,000 plants from around the world. There’s no place else in the world quite like The Spheres – a spot where Amazon employees can work in an environment that’s more like a tropical rainforest in the clouds than an office. Plants, trees, sunlight, soil, and water take center stage – the sound of running water and the scent of flowering plants create an instant botanical immersion that takes visitors far away from the urban landscape. The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of the workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature. Studies suggest that spaces that embrace biophilic design can inspire creativity and even improve brain function.

“Our goal with The Spheres was to create a unique gathering place where employees could collaborate and innovate together, and where the Seattle community could gather to experience biodiversity in the center of the city,” said John Schoettler, Amazon Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities. “I am very proud and thankful to the entire team who made The Spheres a reality – they did a terrific job from the design all the way to the finishing touches. We are thrilled to officially open the doors.”

The Spheres feature treehouse meeting rooms, river and waterfall features, paludariums, a four-story living wall, and epiphytic trees. They are home to more than 400 species spanning five continents and 50 countries, and many of the plants have journeyed from botanical gardens, tree nurseries, and conservation programs from around the globe. Many of the plants inside The Spheres are from cloud forest ecosystems, where plants thrive on mountainsides at an altitude ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 feet. Plants in these ecosystems have adapted to cooler temperatures, which makes their climate needs comfortable for people, too.

Amazon is committed to sharing the beauty and biodiversity inside The Spheres with the public, and will provide educational opportunities to the Seattle community through tours, field trips and partnerships with local schools and universities. The Spheres also include a visitor center – called The Understory – that is open to the public year round. The Understory provides a fully immersive, 360-degree experience where visitors can get up close and personal with the science, engineering, and plants behind The Spheres.

“The Spheres are sure to become an iconic part of downtown Seattle, and I applaud Amazon for its latest innovation,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “These unique buildings are so much more than a beautiful creative space for Amazon employees. They will help conserve a number of rare plant species from around the world and provide countless educational opportunities for local students – and that’s something Washington can take pride in.”

“Seattle is the coolest city in the country, leading the way with innovative urban projects like The Spheres. This unique landscape will bring together students, visitors, and residents in the heart of our City,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan.

“The most delightful design feature of Amazon’s Spheres goes far beyond bringing natural beauty into Seattle’s urban core,” said Toby Bradshaw, Professor and Chair, UW Department of Biology. “The use of plant biodiversity — including the ‘weird’ and ‘ugly’ specimens — to tell the story of interconnections among living things will be an inspiration to all who visit and work at The Spheres.”

Learn about The Spheres, The Understory, and how to visit on www.seattlespheres.com. For regular updates about the plant life inside The Spheres, follow @SeattleSpheres on Instagram.

About The Spheres

Find out about opening day: https://blog.aboutamazon.com/amazon-campus/the-spheres-blossom-in-seattle

The Spheres were built to create a wide variety of ways to communicate, work and dine on five different levels in the backdrop of dramatic plant installations including living walls, paludariums and treehouse gathering spaces. Below are a few facts about The Spheres, as well as what visitors will find within and around them:

  • More than 600 full-time jobs created through the design, build and construction of The Spheres
  • More than 620 tons of steel, or enough steel to build the Space Needle three times
  • 12 million pounds of concrete used in the construction, or enough concrete to build a highway from Seattle to Sacramento, CA.
  • The exterior façade features a naturally occurring shape in nature called a “Catalan,” which is derived from the face of a pentagonal hexecontahedron Catalan solid – the shape repeats throughout The Spheres with 60 faces per Sphere and 180 total
  • The Spheres’ façade contains 2,643 panes of glass that are ultra-clear and energy-efficient, with a film interlayer to keep out infrared wavelengths that produce unwanted heat
  • Structural engineers tested The Spheres for all kinds of environmental factors, including 91 different scenarios. At the base of The Spheres, a 400,000-pound ring beam transfers heavy loads of gravity, wind and seismic forces from the glass-and-steel façade to columns in the parking garage below
  • The largest Sphere is more than 90 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter
  • All three Spheres share a single indoor environment, which makes air flow critical between the buildings. Radiant floor heating and cooling is an efficient way to balance indoor temperature, and also ensures that less hot and dry air circulates through the HVAC system.
  • More than 40,000 plants and over 400 species will call The Spheres home at any given time
  • The Spheres’ plant collection spans five continents, and includes specimens from The University of Washington and Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Many of the plants inside The Spheres are found in cloud forests, a remarkably diverse type of high-elevation tropical forest that receives much of its moisture from direct contact with clouds rather than from rain
  • Cloud forest ecosystems are typically located at high altitudes (3,000 to 10,000 feet), and they are found in tropical and subtropical mountainous regions of the world, where cooler temperatures on mountain slopes cause clouds to form
  • Cloud forest plants depend on cool, humid conditions. To ensure that both people and plants can thrive, The Spheres operate on a diurnal cycle – the daytime temperature inside will average 72 degrees with humidity around 60 percent, and the nighttime temperature will average 55 degrees with humidity around 85 percent
  • The Spheres largest inhabitant – a Ficus rubiginosa dubbed “Rubi” – was planted at a tree farm in California in 1969. Today, Rubi is 55-feet tall, 22-feet wide and weighs nearly 36,000 lbs.

UW Partnership Background

Over the past 30 years the University of Washington has cultivated a world-class plant collection at the UW Botany Greenhouse (9,000 specimens, 3,000 species). This past summer, the building was torn-down to pave the way for a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility. Amazon is providing a home to all of these plants at a greenhouse in Woodinville, WA while construction is taking place, providing the space and care to keep the collection thriving for future UW students.

The UW plant collections are a vital component of UW Biology’s missions — research, teaching, and public outreach. Indeed, the outreach mission alone brings thousands of visitors annually to the greenhouse — K-12 students and their teachers, garden clubs, horticultural societies, photographers and artists, and Seattleites looking for warmth and light in midwinter! UW has also shared some plants for use in The Spheres, and there will be many more such opportunities to share resources and expertise as Amazon and UW Biology move into their respective homes.

Amazon Sustainability Background

In addition to the on-going conservation efforts inside The Spheres, Amazon puts its scale and innovative culture to work for sustainability in many other ways. By the numbers:

7 – Amazon’s Sustainability team includes 7 expert groups: Energy and Environment, Packaging, Social Responsibility, Sustainability Services, Science and Innovation, Transportation, and Technology.

50 – Last year, Amazon announced a goal to have over 50 fulfillment facilities with solar on rooftops by 2020. You can read the announcement and watch a video about the project here.

55 – About 55% of employees at our Seattle headquarters get to work by walking, riding bikes, or taking public transit. It’s one of the big benefits of an urban campus.

330,000 – In 2017, we launched our largest wind project to-date – Amazon Wind Farm Texas. Amazon’s projects will generate enough clean energy to power more than 330,000 homes a year.

3 million – That’s how many square feet we’ll be heating in Seattle using recycled energy from a non-Amazon data center across the street from our buildings. It’s an innovative project called ‘District Energy’ and it’s 4x more efficient than traditional heating.

3.6 million – To date, Amazon has announced or commenced construction of a total of 3.6 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy.

360 Million – Amazon’s packaging initiatives (like Frustration-Free Packaging and Ships in Own Container) eliminated more than 215,000 tons of excess packaging as of 2017. That’s 360 million boxes avoided.

Be sure to check out www.Amazon.com/sustainability to stay informed about Amazon’s sustainability initiatives.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Tesco funds 10,000 community projects through its Bags of Help scheme

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (30 Jan 2018) announced that 10,000 community projects have now been funded through its Bags of Help scheme.

Run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, Bags of Help uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects. No profit is made on the sale of these bags and Tesco has now donated over £41 million to fund great causes across England, Scotland and Wales through the programme, which began in 2015.

Through Bags of Help, Tesco customers vote in-store for their preferred local project, using the blue token given to them at the checkout. Every two months Tesco hands out grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, in each of its 565 regions.

Examples of projects supported include:

  • A new ‘book bus’ for Robert Kett primary school in Norfolk. Bags of Help funding paid for a double decker bus, now parked in the school’s playground, which has been transformed into a library for the pupils to enjoy.
  • Helping vulnerable and isolated people to get cycling in Glasgow. Tesco grants helped pay for a ‘peddling pool’ – a dedicated area where small children can learn to ride a bike with their parents and carers.
  • Restoring a community allotment in Holyhead after three floods in three years made it difficult to access the site. Bags of Help funded a new all-weather road leading to the site, new paths around the plots and a dedicated car park to help the children, elderly and disabled users who regularly enjoy the site.

Matt Davies, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to be part of the communities we serve and support local causes. As Bags of Help is funded by the sale of carrier bags, it’s only right that our customers decide which local projects to fund, and I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve now donated £41 million to support 10,000 good causes – from restoring scout huts to buying kids’ football kits.

“This is a huge achievement and it’s fantastic to see Bags of Help making a big difference to local communities across the country.”

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, said:

“We are delighted that Bags of Help has reached the impressive milestone of funding 10,000 projects that have helped communities in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Since the initiative started we have seen some amazing projects come to fruition, and it’s great to know the impressive scale that the programme has on reaching communities that need extra funds to make where they live a better place to be.

“It’s exciting to know that this positive impact can continue and we look forward to seeing even more local communities apply for grants, and creating innovative projects that help local people and places.”

Bags of Help is one of the ways Tesco is committed to making a difference to the local issues that matter to its customers and colleagues. Other initiatives include donating food to those in need through local charities, and our network of 500 in store Community Champions working with the community. Find out more here.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts adds The OREO® Cookie’s & KREME™ Doughnut to its Valentine’s Day offerings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (January 29, 2018) announced the return of its joy-filled Valentine’s Day doughnuts, this year with a special addition: The OREO® Cookie’s & KREME™ Doughnut.

The new doughnut will be available alongside Krispy Kreme’s classic Valentine’s Day offerings – the Sprinkle Heart Doughnut, Happy Heart Doughnut and Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut – Jan. 29 through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at participating U.S. shops.

“Whether for a friend, family member, colleague or significant other, delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts are perfect for sharing,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The new OREO Cookie’s & KREME Doughnut is a wonderful addition to our Valentine’s Day collection.”

The new OREO Cookie’s & KREME Doughnut is a delicious, unglazed heart doughnut filled with an OREO Cookie KREME, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with OREO Cookie Pieces and a red icing drizzle. The collection also includes:

  • The Sprinkle Heart – an unglazed heart doughnut dipped in white icing and topped with a Valentine’s sprinkle blend.
  • The Happy Heart – an unglazed heart doughnut dipped in pink icing, filled with white KREME and decorated with sugar piece eyes, hearts and a joyful chocolate smile.
  • The Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles – a chocolate iced doughnut topped with a festive Valentine’s sprinkle blend.

Show your friends how you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious Krispy Kreme doughnut by using #ValentinesDay 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:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Cassie Williams
336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

More stores in New York and New Jersey joins ShopRite’s free fruit program

Keasbey, NJ, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to a program aimed at encouraging youngsters to enjoy healthy snacks, kids have a new reason to be excited about shopping at ShopRite –  they’ll receive free fruit when they are at the supermarket.

ShopRite continues to expand its free fruit program, first launched in 2016, with 35 more stores now offering free fruit to children at select locations in New Jersey and New York. The program now exists in more than 75 ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Under the program, kids 12 and younger receive a free banana, clementine or other seasonal fruit while shopping with a parent or guardian. The fruits are located in the produce aisle, and the program is overseen by the supermarket’s team of in-store dietitians.

“We are committed to providing healthier food choices for children while shopping in our stores,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “We believe that teaching children to develop good eating habits at an early age is extremely important. We’re happy to provide our customers with an easy way to demonstrate to their children that fruit is fun and delicious.”

The free fruit program is part of ShopRite’s ongoing commitment to providing health and wellness offerings to its customers. ShopRite stores offer an extensive line of natural and organic products, and (in most locations), provide dedicated in-store registered dietitians who are on hand to assist customers at no cost.

ShopRite recently announced that 35 more stores in New York and New Jersey have joined the free fruit program and now offer a free healthy snack to their youngest customers.  The newest store locations offering the program, listed by state, are:

In NJ: in Middlesex County: ShopRite of Spotswood; in Sussex County: ShopRite of Montague; in Union County: ShopRite of Clark.

In NY: in Albany County: ShopRite of Albany, ShopRite of Colonie and ShopRite of Slingerlands; in Columbia County: ShopRite of Hudson; in Dutchess County: ShopRite of Fishkill, ShopRite of Lagrangeville and ShopRite of Poughkeepsie; in Orange County: ShopRite of Chester Plaza, ShopRite of Dolson Ave. and ShopRite of Wallkill in Middletown, ShopRite of Monroe, ShopRite of Montgomery,  ShopRite of Newburgh, ShopRite of Vails Gate, and ShopRite of Warwick; in Putnam County: ShopRite of Carmel; in Rensselaer County: ShopRite of North Greenbush; in Schenectady County:  ShopRite of Niskayuna; in Sullivan County: ShopRite of Liberty, ShopRite of Monticello; in Ulster County: ShopRite of Ellenville, ShopRite of Kingston, and ShopRite of New Paltz; in Westchester County: ShopRite of Bedford, ShopRite of Cortlandt, ShopRite of Croton, ShopRite of New Rochelle, ShopRite of Scarsdale, ShopRite of Thornwood, ShopRite of Greenway Plaza and ShopRite of Tuckahoe Rd. in Yonkers, and ShopRite of White Plains.

The above 35 stores in New York and New Jersey join dozens of other ShopRite stores already participating in the free fruit give away. Those stores, listed by state, include:

In NJ: in Atlantic County: ShopRite of Galloway, ShopRite of English Creek, ShopRite of Somers Point, ShopRite of Absecon, ShopRite of Hammonton; in Burlington County: ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Union Mill Road, ShopRite of Mt. Laurel; in Camden County: ShopRite of Evesham Road, Garden State Pavilion; in Cape May County: ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Rio Grande; in Cumberland County; ShopRite of Landis; in Essex County: ShopRite of East Orange, ShopRite of Livingston, ShopRite of Essex Green, ShopRite of Millburn; in Hunterdon County, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Clinton; in Middlesex County: ShopRite of Old Bridge; in Morris County: ShopRite of Greater Morristown, ShopRite of Chester, ShopRite of Chatham, ShopRite of Stirling; in Somerset County: ShopRite of Hillsborough, ShopRite of Somerset, ShopRite of Berndardsville, ShopRite of Watchung; in Union County: ShopRite of Garwood, ShopRite of Elizabeth, ShopRite of Union, ShopRite of Springfield; in Warren County; ShopRite of Greenwich, ShopRite of Washington.

In MD: in Baltimore County: ShopRite of Timonium; in Montgomery County: ShopRite of White Oak.

In NY: in Bronx County: ShopRite of Bruckner Blvd.

In PA: in Bucks County: ShopRite of Yardley; in Monroe County: ShopRite of Stroudsburg; in Northhampton County: ShopRite of Bethlehem.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

Amazon’s Treasure Truck will bring new offers and incentives at select Whole Foods Market locations

SEATTLE & AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market today (January 30, 2018) announced that Treasure Truck will pop-up at various Whole Foods Market locations across the country with new offers and incentives. Treasure Truck handpicks new, trending, local, or delicious items, loads them on the truck, and cruises around town spreading joy for everyone with a smartphone and an appetite for fun.

Today Amazon’s Treasure Truck will have an offer customers can’t refuse –  the Best-Selling Instant Pot 3 Qt. 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker – will be available for purchase from the Treasure Truck through the Amazon App. Customers can then pick-up their order from the Treasure Truck at select Whole Foods Market locations. Whether customers want to perfect crowd-pleasing culinary delights for the big game, or meal prep health-focused recipes in the New Year, the Instant Pot is a kitchen MVP with settings ranging from pressure cooker to slow cooker.

Customers who purchase the Instant Pot from Treasure Truck through the Amazon App will be treated to a $10 off $40 purchase coupon at Whole Foods Market. And for some culinary inspiration, customers will receive recipes from Feed Your Resolution influencer, author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo, Michelle Tam. Customers can stop by for some Treasure Truck fun, pick-up their Instant Pot order, coupon, and recipe cards and then head into Whole Foods Market to gather what you need to impress your game-watching guests or keep you on track with healthy eating goals until long after the last touchdown.

Customers can sign-up for offer-day notifications to be among the first to find out #WhatsOnTheTruck in their city. Visit www.amazon.com/treasuretruck to learn more.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Hannaford’s “Time-Saving Meals from Your Hannaford Dietitian” initiative honored with Gold Plate Award at the FMI Foundation’s 2018 “Stir It Up!” event

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — A healthy-eating initiative from Hannaford, “Time-Saving Meals from Your Hannaford Dietitian,” gained national recognition on January 28 when it received a Gold Plate Award honorable mention at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation’s 2018 “Stir It Up!” event. The annual competition, held at FMI’s midwinter conference in Miami, shines a spotlight on the most creative ways the food industry champions the power of family meals.

Hannaford’s initiative, which ran in September and early October 2017, helped shoppers focus on healthy meals by offering inspiration and guidance on how to plan, shop and cook on a budget. It recognized the challenges families face gathering for healthy meals during back-to-school time.

Subtitled “Good Ideas for Busy Families,” the program was one of just seven nationally that earned honorable mention recognition from the FMI Foundation.

“We’re honored to receive a Gold Plate Award,” said Sue Till, Hannaford’s Healthy Living Manager. “We strive to help our customers meet their wellness goals by offering free dietitian services, online nutrition support and in-store guidance on how to easily shop for the most nutritious choices using Guiding Stars. We support FMI’s mission to champion feeding families and enriching lives with nutritious, safe and affordable food and look forward to future collaborations.”

“Time-Saving Meals from Your Hannaford Dietitian” ran in all 181 of the brand’s stores and was marketed extensively during National Family Meals Month. It was promoted through social media, fresh magazine, Hannaford’s website, in-store signage and the weekly sales flyer.

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

Source: Ahold Delhaize

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 2,506,901 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 22, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 26, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 2,506,901 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 22, 2018 up to and including January 26, 2018. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.43 per share for a total consideration of €46.2 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €2 billion share buyback program announced on November 8, 2017.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 8,658,173 common shares for a total consideration of €159.3 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

This press release is issued in connection with the disclosure and reporting obligation set out in Article 2(2) of the EU Regulation that contains technical standards for buyback programs.

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs/ for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

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

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Dollar General to hold inaugural innovation and supplier diversity summit in April 2018

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Suppliers, companies and manufacturers with exciting new products who want to reach millions of consumers and partner with one of America’s fastest-growing retailers that is currently listed #128 on the Fortune 500 list and posted $22 billion in FY 2016 sales, listen up!

Dollar General is encouraging new suppliers and those who have not sold products to the Company within the past 18 months to apply to attend its inaugural Innovation and Supplier Diversity Summit in April 2018. The event aims to pair potential new vendors with respective Dollar General buyers and category managers.  Suppliers must sell items in at least one of the following categories to be eligible to attend:

  • Beauty, Personal Care and Over-the-Counter/Wellness
  • General Merchandise/All Non-Food
  • Grocery.

“As part of Dollar General’s continual commitment to provide quality products at everyday low prices to our diverse consumer base, we are thrilled to announce our first Innovation and Supplier Diversity Summit scheduled for this spring,” said Jason Reiser, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.  “Having the right products to best meet our customers’ needs is a foundational cornerstone at Dollar General.  As such, we look forward to meeting with potential new vendors, learning about relevant products for our customers and expanding the number of unique and specialized offerings available in our stores.”

To apply, interested suppliers, companies and manufacturers may submit their product information at www.rangeme.com/dollargeneral from Tuesday, January 30 through end of day on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Selected companies will be subject to a $500 participation fee and notified via email by Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) of the time, date and location of their meeting with a member of the Dollar General merchandising team.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,321 stores in 44 states as of November 3, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

For Media Inquiries Only:
Email: dgpr@dollargeneral.com
Call: 1-877-944-3477

Source: Dollar General

Martha Stewart teams up with Jack in the Box to kick-off the ultimate “foodie feud” during Sunday’s big game

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) announced today (Jan. 30, 2018) that Martha Stewart is teaming up with Jack in the Box to kick-off the ultimate “foodie feud” during Sunday’s big game.

The Super Bowl spot, which was shot in the studios at Sequential Brand Group’s headquarters, is just the beginning of the social media battle between Martha Stewart and Jack Box. Viewers are encouraged to follow #JackvsMartha after the commercial airs to see how this brawl unfolds.

“We’re thrilled that Martha will be part of the Super Bowl commercial line-up again this year. It is such an incredible opportunity to reach an audience of that magnitude – underscoring the strength and popularity of her brand and its strong connection with consumers,” said Sequential Brands Group CEO Karen Murray.

Martha Stewart is one of the most high-profile celebrities in recent history to be featured in a Jack in the Box commercial. From menu variety to a one-of-a-kind marketing approach, Jack in the Box is best known for challenging convention. Partnering with Stewart continues the brand’s trend of delivering unexpected experiences to fans.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

About Jack in the Box Inc.
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises QDOBA MEXICAN EATS®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 700 restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on Jack in the Box and QDOBA, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com or www.qdoba.com.

Media Contacts:

Magrino Leigh Ann Ambrosi/ Mary Blanton Ogushwitz
T: 212-672-0353/212-259-0534
E: lambrosi@smapr.com / mary.blanton@smapr.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

A.S. Watson Group hosts the first ever retail-themed Big Data Hackathon in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group (ASW), the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, hosted the first ever retail-themed Big Data Hackathon in Hong Kong. The 36-hour non-stop Hackathon attracted over 110 professionals in technology and data science to solve real-life business problems in retail and recommend how to enhance customer experience.

Malina Ngai, ASW Group Chief Operating Officer said, “For retailers, big data is a game-changer. A.S. Watson Group is adopting a data-first strategy towards understanding customer shopping behaviour, mapping them to our selection of products, shop floor space planning, marketing strategy and selection of store locations. We organised this Hackathon to enable the local startup communities, data scientist and programmers to bring their creative ideas to life, and provide solutions to enable retailers to become smarter and faster.”

Let Entrepreneurial Spirits Soar
During the two-day Hackathon, the 110 participants were grouped into 16 teams. The challenge they were given was how to detect certain imminent health incidences, develop algorithm for prediction, assortment planning, pricing and personalisation of offers to customers. The winners were decided based on three judging criteria, including innovation of the technical solution, business impact and quality of the pitch.

Through the Hackathon, these talented young people were able to demonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit and awareness of an ever-changing market, whilst unleashing their creativity and imagination. What’s more is that, as ASW is the only retailer in Hong Kong to provide gigabytes of business data for use in a Hackathon, participants gained exposure to real-world business scenarios and had an opportunity to play a significant role in finding fresh approaches to tackling them.

Unearthing Tech Talents for Hong Kong
Retail is one of the key contributors to economic growth in Hong Kong. The challenge for retailers is to find innovative, efficient and effective ways to draw insights from the ever-increasing amount of structured and unstructured information available about shoppers’ behaviours. However, in Hong Kong, the academic subject of data science and big data technology is relatively new and awareness is still low. It is important that this profession be urgently promoted in order to advance Hong Kong retail to the next level.

Ngai commented, “Data Science is one of the fastest-growing jobs today around the world. I hope the ASW Hackathon provided a unique opportunity for Hong Kong talents not only to gain a better understanding in retail, but also to arouse interests in the application of big data in retail. We encourage more companies to organise similar activities to promote the advancement of big data and data science in Hong Kong.

“Data and analytics will never replace the experience and judgment in running a retail business, but it can definitely provide us the tools to perform better. Big data will play a major role in shaping the future of retail industry.

“Congratulations to all the winning teams! They have demonstrated excellent stamina, teamwork, and innovative problem-solving technology.”

Judges of the ASW Hackathon include:

1. Malina Ngai, Group Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group
2. Dominic Wong, Managing Director of PARKnSHOP Hong Kong
3. Tony Verb, Managing Partner of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors
4. Donald Tang, Private Investor, Former CEO of D.E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific)
5. Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong & Macau
6. Jack Lau, Chairman, Swanland. AI & Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST

Winners of the Hackathon:

Champion – Dr. Watson
Winning Team Members: Jeffrey Leung, Amy Lau, Eugene Choi, Justin Yek and Jaclyn Tsui
Project Description:
The champion of the A.S. Watson Hackathon Dr. Watson is a concept that uses machine learning algorithm and integrates weather, search keyword, product information and translate to better customer experience. The health & beauty module can be used on the Watsons mobile app to recommend health tips and contents utilising collaborative filtering logic to provide personalized information and product recommendations. The AI engine correlates product sales against season and temperature, and seasonal products are recommended to customers based on individual’s profile.

Winning team representative Jeffrey Leung who currently works with A.S. Watson eLab is excited to have won, “Big data enables retailers to predict and personalize customer needs accurately, this is especially useful when it comes to improving health and wellbeing of customers.”

1st Runner-up – Trendmate
Winning Team Members: Larry Wong, Will Chiu, Winnie Yueng, Chris Kam, Annie Chan and Mandy So

Project Description:

“Trendmate” is an innovative module enhancement to the current Watsons mobile app to enhance the in-store experience of customers by providing personalized and targeted product recommendation, as well as in-app contents related to both the interests of the customers and the latest hot topics in the market, right at the moment when they enter the store.

Trendmate potentially increases the average transaction frequency of loyal customers and also attracts more customers to sign up the membership programme.

Larry Wong, who is a student majoring in data science in local tertiary institution, said “Thanks A.S. Watson who hosted this first retail-themed hackathon in the city! It gives us a valuable chance to get to know more about the science behind retail business, it is far more complicated than we expected!”

2nd Runner-up – 10 Fold Cross Validator
Winning Team Members: Hamilton Le, Aaron Chan, Tom Li, Xiangdong Gu, Leo Xie and Duncan Mak

Project Description:
The team has come up with an app feature called “Scan as You Go” which enables customers to scan items in-store and get comprehensive product information as well as personalised offers and discounts immediately. This app feature can help Watsons understand customer behaviour and find out the optimal discount it can offer.

“We just knew each other yesterday but we’ve worked closely for more than 36 hours. ASW Hackathon gave us an opportunity for like-minded professionals to get together and work out an innovative yet feasible solution in such a short period of time. Teamwork is one of the keys to our success,” said Xiangdong Gu who is a data scientist in an insurance company.

Aaron Chan, a data analyst, was very excited about winning the award, “ASW is one of the very few companies in Hong Kong which is so data-focused and willing to support tech innovation in Hong Kong with so many resources. The Hackathon encouraged us to think out of the box and breathe new life into retail industry.”

Source: A.S. Watson Group (ASW)

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage.

The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections.

The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million teabags) has joined forces with its tea supplier, Typhoo, and Ahlstrom-Munksjö, specialists in sustainable fibre solutions, to develop the new method of heat sealing bags which will eliminate the use of the more widely-used plastic seal.

The new bio-degradable bag which is due to undergoing rigorous testing in February, could be on shelves later this year. Intended to be rolled out across the Co-op’s entire own-label standard tea range, it will be fully compostable in food waste collections after use.

Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food, said: “Many tea drinkers are blissfully unaware that the teabag from their daily cuppa is sealed using plastic. Even though it’s a relatively small amount, when you consider the six billion cups of tea that are brewed up every year in the UK, we are looking at around 150 tonnes of polypropylene – that’s an enormous amount of accumulated plastic waste that is either contaminating food waste compost collections or simply going to landfill.

“A cup of tea is part of our national psyche, so we felt it was imperative that we fix the problem as soon as possible. We’re absolutely committed to reducing plastic in our packaging and want to ensure that tea lovers can enjoy a guilt-free brew.”

The Co-op is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its products and has a long-term ambition for 100% of its product packaging to be recyclable with an interim target of 80% by 2020. This includes reducing the use of unnecessary and hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and using more recycled content wherever possible.

Contact:

Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR
Email: craig.noonan@coop.co.uk
Landline: 0161 6924284
Mobile: 07702 505 439

Source: Coop

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