Motor Fuel Group to rebrand 80 stations to Esso

Motor Fuel Group to rebrand 80 stations to Esso

 

Hertfordshire, UK, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the UK’s second largest independent forecourt operator, is adding the Esso brand onto their network.

Simon Davis, MFG’s fuel operations director said: “We are delighted to announce this supply deal with Greenergy, a key supplier of Esso Synergy fuels in the UK.

In a programme running from the beginning of February until the middle of May 2018, 80 stations throughout our network will be rebranded to Esso in their latest 2Di image. The majority of these stations (71) were previously branded BP.

We look forward to working with Greenergy who were able to give us a highly competitive deal that now enables us to provide an enhanced fuel offer to our customers and the attractive Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme.”

Contact:

Phone: +44 (0) 1727 898890
Fax: +44 (0) 1727 852318
Email: info@motorfuelgroup.com

Source: Motor Fuel Group (MFG)

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Dunkin’ Donuts helps football fans get ready for the game day with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes

Dunkin’ Donuts helps football fans get ready for the game day with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes

 

Fifty-Two Winners will Score Big with 52 Weeks of Free Coffee

CANTON, MA, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, the official coffee, breakfast sandwich, donut and hot chocolate of both the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, is helping football fans get ready for Sunday with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes. Beginning today, January 31 through Sunday, February 4, fans can enter the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes by uploading a photo to Twitter demonstrating their Patriots or Eagles pride and showing how they are gearing up for Sunday’s game using #RoaDDto52 and #Sweepstakes. Fifty-two lucky winners will score big with 52 weeks’ worth of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to keep them running after game day and through 2018. No purchase necessary, 18+, US residents only. Ends 2/4/18. For official rules, please visit DDSweeps.com.

“Whether they are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, we know our fans have a lot of team spirit,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President of Field Marketing at Dunkin’ Brands. “With our RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes, we are looking forward to seeing how Dunkin’ Donuts fits into fans’ game-day superstitions, rituals and watch parties and are excited to award 52 fans with 52 weeks’ worth of Dunkin’ coffee.”

No matter what game day conditions are around the country, fans can stay energized with Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. This winter, Dunkin’ Donuts also has two new seasonal flavors: Buttery Toffee Nut, which offers the taste of buttery toffee with toasty nut flavor and Winter White Chocolate, which combines creamy white chocolate and subtle vanilla flavors.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Media Contact:
Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Lindsay.Cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Dunkin’ Donuts again tops Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index for the 12th consecutive year

Dunkin’ Donuts again tops Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index for the 12th consecutive year

 

CANTON, MA, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts can now boast an impressive dozen in customer loyalty. For the 12th consecutive year, Brand Keys has honored Dunkin’ Donuts as a coffee leader in providing guests with a superior customer experience. According to the 2018 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index®, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again a top brand for consumer loyalty in the out-of-home coffee category. Dunkin’ Donuts was also named a #1 brand for customer loyalty in the packaged coffee category for the sixth straight year.

Brand Keys’ 23rd annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, conducted by the New York-based brand engagement and loyalty research consultancy, paints a picture of the category drivers that drive in-market behavior and engender loyalty, identifying brands that are best able to engage consumers by meeting or exceeding their expectations. Brand Keys’ Customer Loyalty Engagement Index recognizes the brands that receive the highest loyalty and engagement assessments and surpass competitors by “delighting” customers. In the coffee restaurant and packaged coffee categories, consumer preferences were based on consistently meeting customer expectations for taste, quality, service and brand value.

According to David Hoffmann, President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, “In support of our goal to be America’s most loved beverage-led, on-the-go brand, we maintain an unrelenting focus on coffee excellence, convenience, speed and restaurant excellence. We are delighted that our guests have recognized our efforts and are proud to be honored by Brand Keys as a #1 brand in earning customer loyalty for 12 years running. We have exciting plans for our brand in 2018, including new coffee choices and technology innovations to make running on Dunkin’ better than ever, and we look forward to continuing to delight customers with exceptional service each and every day.”

“Brand Keys congratulates Dunkin’ Donuts for its 12th year in a row being acknowledged by consumers as #1 in the out-of-home coffee category. That’s a tremendous feat given the rapid changes in consumer tastes, category values, and customer-experience expectations,” said Robert Passikoff, founder and president, Brand Keys. “These changes have altered the way brands need to deliver against exceptionally high expectations and, once again, Dunkin’ has done just that. The bottom line: customers expect the best, and Dunkin’ has delivered just that.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling approximately 2 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and espresso-based beverages per year. The brand’s coffee lineup includes hot and iced coffees, Cold Brew coffee, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is also available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in a 16-oz. bag for brewing at home, in flavors such as Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to reward loyal customers through its DD Perks Rewards Program, which has surpassed seven million members and remains one of the fastest growing loyalty programs in the quick service restaurant industry. With DD Perks, guests already earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday.

DD Perks members can also use On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, giving them an opportunity to order ahead and speed pass the line in-store. With On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru.

To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit www.DDPerks.com. To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Office Depot unveils its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology, today (January 30, 2018) unveiled its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas, including a flagship location – “BizBox: Powered by Office Depot” – that integrate the company’s recently launched BizBox offering into its retail locations. The reimagined stores offer a first-of-its-kind suite of services for small business owners offered both online and in-store, along with flex workspaces in select stores. This is another step forward in the company’s strategic transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform.

BizBox is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, offering end-to-end services to help small to mid-sized businesses start and grow their companies, including logo and website design, digital and social marketing, full-service copy and printing, finance and accounting services, payroll, HR, tech support, Centriq’s Asset Management software and more. The stores in the Austin market will offer face-to-face, one-on-one consultative support to help local businesses thrive.

A region ripe for growth, Austin serves as the first market for Office Depot’s innovative approach to a personalized, more omnichannel customer shopping experience. The company plans a phased approach to these makeovers as this is the next evolution of its retail transformation. The shift to a services-led retail shopping experience for customers will continue to unfold in its 1,400 stores across the country.

“Today is a key inflection point in the company’s transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Helping small and medium-sized business customers is core to our identity, but the reality is that our customers’ needs have changed. BizBox reflects our continued commitment to an omnichannel experience that addresses the challenges small businesses are facing today.”

The Austin retail stores offer digital services as well as a selection of traditional office products, and customers can expect a new look and feel in the upgraded locations, including:

  • Open Floor Plan with Dedicated BizBox Consulting Hubs – Entrepreneurs will have access to BizBox professionals and experts on-site to help identify services suited to their unique needs, streamlining operations and freeing up valuable time to focus on innovation and growth.
  • In-Store Networking – Open seating areas will encourage entrepreneurs to connect and discuss ideas and solutions alongside BizBox professionals.
  • Professional Tech Support in a Designated “Tech-Zone” – Professional tech support will be available to assist customers with everything from smartphone repairs to PC tune-ups, and more.

“As the ‘Silicon Hills’ of Texas, Austin is a strong market leader with five percent more small to medium-sized businesses than similar markets, boasting an estimated 2,400 new tech businesses in 2017 alone,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief retail officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Our research shows that Austin is the right market for us to test this new omnichannel approach, and customers are already impressed with how many ways we can partner with them and offer such a variety of services and solutions.”

This new business services platform builds upon Office Depot’s previously announced acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and strategic investment in Centriq Technology, Inc.

For more information and to sign up today, visit bizbox.com. To find the dedicated BizBox consultant near you in Greater Austin, visit officedepot.com/storelocator.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office and Grand&Toy®. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL®, Foray®, Brenton Studio®, Ativa®, WorkPro®, Realspace® and Highmark®.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2018 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Danny Jovic
561-438-1594
danny.jovic@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Bon-Ton Stores to close 42 locations as part of its store rationalization program

MILWAUKEE, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(OTCQX:BONT) (“the Company”), today (Jan. 31, 2018) announced the 42 locations that will be closed as part of its previously communicated store rationalization program. The closing stores will include locations under all of the Company’s nameplates.

“As part of the comprehensive turnaround plan we announced in November, we are taking the next steps in our efforts to move forward with a more productive store footprint,” said Bill Tracy, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores. “Including other recently announced store closures, we expect to close a total of 47 stores in early 2018. We remain focused on executing our key initiatives to drive improved performance in an effort to strengthen our capital structure to support the business going forward.”

Mr. Tracy continued, “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped at these locations and express deep gratitude to our team of hard-working associates for their commitment to Bon-Ton and to serving our customers.”

In order to ensure a seamless experience for customers, Bon-Ton has partnered with a third-party liquidator, Hilco Merchant Resources, to help manage the store closing sales. The store closing sales are scheduled to begin on February 1, 2018 and run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Associates at these locations will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other store locations.

The closing locations announced today are in addition to five other recently announced store closures, four of which the Company completed at the end of January and one at which the Company will conclude its closing sale in February. Following is the full list of closing stores:

NAMEPLATE MALL CITY STATE
Herberger’s Pine Ridge Mall Chubbuck Idaho
Carson’s Clearance Center Aurora Shopping Center Aurora Illinois
Carson’s Riverside Plaza Chicago Illinois
Carson’s Village Mall Danville Illinois
Carson’s Northland Plaza DeKalb Illinois
Carson’s Clearance Center Village Plaza Morton Grove Illinois
Bergner’s Sheridan Village Peoria Illinois
Carson’s Streets of Woodfield Schaumburg Illinois
Carson’s Mounds Mall Anderson Indiana
Carson’s Fair Oaks Mall Columbus Indiana
Carson’s Concord Mall Elkhart Indiana
Carson’s Circle Centre Mall Indianapolis Indiana
Carson’s Five Points Mall Marion Indiana
Younkers College Square Mall Cedar Falls Iowa
Younkers Westdale Mall Cedar Rapids Iowa
Elder-Beerman Kentucky Oaks Mall Paducah Kentucky
Elder-Beerman Adrian Mall Adrian Michigan
Carson’s Orchards Mall Benton Harbor Michigan
Herberger’s Clearance Center Birch Run Station Maplewood Minnesota
Bon-Ton Steeplegate Mall Concord New Hampshire
Bon-Ton Phillipsburg Mall Phillipsburg New Jersey
Bon-Ton Aviation Mall Queensbury New York
Bon-Ton Salmon Run Mall Watertown New York
Elder-Beerman Northtowne Mall Defiance Ohio
Bon-Ton The Point at Carlisle Plaza Carlisle Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton The Commons Dubois Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton Millcreek Mall Erie Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton The Johnstown Galleria Johnstown Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton Susquehanna Valley Mall Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton Nittany Mall State College Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton Stroud Mall Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Bon-Ton Trexler Mall Trexlertown Pennsylvania
Herberger’s Cache Valley Mall Logan Utah
Younkers Fox River Mall Appleton Wisconsin
Boston Store Heritage Village Beaver Dam Wisconsin
Elder-Beerman Eclipse Center Beloit Wisconsin
Younkers Forrest Mall Fond Du Lac Wisconsin
Younkers Lakeshore Edgewater Plaza Manitowoc Wisconsin
Younkers Pine Tree Mall Marinette Wisconsin
Boston Store Clearance Center 5659 S. 27th Street Milwaukee Wisconsin
Younkers Mariner Mall Superior Wisconsin
Younkers Wausau Center Mall Wausau Wisconsin
Previously Announced
NAMEPLATE MALL CITY STATE
Bon-Ton Valley Mall Hagerstown Maryland
Younkers Westwood Mall Marquette Michigan
Bon-Ton St. Lawrence Centre Massena New York
Bon-Ton University Mall South Burlington Vermont
Elder-Beerman Grand Central Mall Vienna West Virginia

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.  For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements 
Certain information included in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions and include the Company’s fiscal 2017 guidance, involve important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: risks related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the Company in a number of ways, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increases in pension obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new competitors or changes in the competitive environment; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including initiatives to reduce expenses and improve profits; operational disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the ability to expand our capacity and improve efficiency through our new eCommerce fulfillment center; changes in, or the failure to successfully implement, our key strategies, including the store rationalization program and initiatives to improve our merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes; the impact of regulatory requirements including the Health Care Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; the ability of the Company to change its capital structure; and the financial condition of mall operators. Any sales results reported herein do not necessarily predict the company’s performance for the full 2017 holiday season or for the fiscal fourth quarter as a whole. Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414-347-5329
christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

Kroger installs its new and exciting Scan, Bag, Go shopping technology in 18 operating divisions

Company to install innovative shopping technology at 400 stores in 2018

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (Jan. 31, 2018) it will introduce its new and exciting Scan, Bag, Go shopping technology in 18 operating divisions, making the service available this year to customers at 400 stores.

“With every new product, service and technology integration, Kroger is redefining the customer experience and reimagining the store of the future,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief information officer. “After testing Scan, Bag, Go in several locations, we are bringing this transformative technology to new stores across the country through Restock Kroger.”

Kroger’s in-house research and development team invented and built the Scan, Bag, Go technology. Scan, Bag, Go allows customers to use a wireless handheld scanner or the Scan, Bag, Go app on their personal device to scan and bag products as they shop for a quicker, seamless checkout experience.

Scan, Bag, Go helps to create a personalized experience for customers throughout their shopping trip, allowing them to view and download digital coupons, keep a running total of their order, and view the current week’s sales ad.

Scan, Bag, Go customers currently visit a store’s self-checkout area to provide payment. Customers will soon have the ability to provide payment directly through the app, allowing shoppers to exit the store even quicker.

“Many of our customers have adopted this convenient new technology and responded favorably to the seamless checkout experience,” Mr. Hjelm added. “Scan, Bag, Go is one more choice, like ClickList, that Kroger provides so customers can choose when and how they want to shop with us.”

By the end of the year, Scan, Bag, Go will be available at select locations in the following divisions: Atlanta; Central; Cincinnati; Columbus; Dallas; Delta; Dillons; Fred Meyer; Fry’s; Houston; King Soopers; Louisville; Michigan; Mid-Atlantic; Nashville; Ralphs; Smith’s; and QFC.

“The installation of Scan, Bag, Go is a collaboration between the Kroger operations and tech teams that allows us to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in our stores,” said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger’s group vice president of retail operations. “We are always excited to execute innovative ideas that benefit our customers’ shopping experiences.”

Scan, Bag, Go will be offered as an option alongside traditional checkout lanes staffed by friendly associates, self-checkout, online ordering, curbside pickup, and home delivery in select cities.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger leadership promotions: Steve McKinney as SVP of retail divisions, Monica Garnes as president of the Fry’s division

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 30, 2018) announced leadership promotions to support Restock Kroger. Steve McKinney, currently president of the Fry’s Food Stores division, has been promoted to senior vice president of retail divisions for the company, effective February 5. Monica Garnes, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, will succeed Mr. McKinney as president of the Fry’s division.

Steve McKinney Promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Divisions
Mr. McKinney began his career with Kroger in 1981 as a clerk for Florida Choice Supermarkets, a former Kroger banner. While there, he advanced to store manager, buyer and field representative. In 1988, he joined Fry’s in Phoenix, Arizona and served in various leadership positions, including deli director and executive director of operations. He was named vice president of operations for Fry’s in 1998. In 2006, Mr. McKinney was named vice president of operations for Kroger’s Southwest division. In 2007, he was named vice president of operations for the company’s Ralphs division. Mr. McKinney was named president of Fry’s in 2013.

“Steve’s nearly 37 years of Kroger experience and deep knowledge of food retail will help our divisions continue to execute with excellence,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Steve has always been passionate about creating uplifting associate and customer experiences. We look forward to him joining our senior leadership team as we continue to drive Restock Kroger.”

Monica Garnes Named President of Fry’s Division

Ms. Garnes launched her career with Kroger in 1995 when she joined the management training program in the Columbus division. She held a variety of leadership roles in her 23-year career with the company, including human resources coordinator, produce buyer, store manager, public affairs manager, and district manager before advancing to produce-floral merchandiser in the division. Ms. Garnes was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Fry’s division in 2013, and named to her current role in 2015.

“Monica is a recognized leader in our business and across the industry,” said Mr. Donnelly. “She combines a willingness to embrace fresh ideas with a keen business savvy that yields real results. As the company’s first African-American division president, we are excited to have Monica drive and influence change in our company through her expertise and perspective, and we are eager for her to bring her passion for people and results to Fry’s.”

Ms. Garnes was twice-named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine and has been recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune and Food & Wine magazines. Ms. Garnes has supported the community as a member of the United Way’s Women of Tocqueville and Herbert R. Brown Society. She currently serves on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Board of Directors, Mount St. Joseph University Board of Trustees, and Lucky’s Market Board of Trustees.

Fry’s is headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona. The company operates 123 stores and employs more than 22,000 associates.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day 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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Overstock.com launches a digitally-driven investment platform (robo-advising)

Unbiased artificial intelligence drives financial advising

SALT LAKE CITY, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announces the launch of a digitally-driven investment platform (otherwise known as robo-advising), presented by tZERO Advisors. The service is accessible to investors through the online retailer’s FinanceHub™.

For a monthly fee of $9.95, investors can either select from a group of pre-established Adaptive Dynamic Portfolios matched to their investment profiles, or create a customized blend of these portfolios.

“This service introduces robo-advising investment management services to our millions of customers and continues Overstock’s commitment to bridging Wall Street and e-commerce,” said Patrick M. Byrne, Overstock’s founder and CEO.

tZERO Advisors is powered by FusionIQ’s B2C investment platform. FusionIQ is an innovative fintech company that provides intelligent investment solutions that enable easy online investing. The platform will also use FusionIQ’s proprietary algorithms and scoring system to develop and rebalance the Adaptive Dynamic Portfolios based upon dynamic market factors.

“Overstock currently delivers world-class service and award-winning customer experiences to as many as 40 million unique visitors per month. They trust us with their home and, more recently, auto purchases,” continued Byrne. “We are excited about this new program that offers our customers the opportunity to bring artificial intelligence to their financial planning.”

In addition to robo-advising, Overstock’s FinanceHub™ offers a one-stop source for brokerage and advising products, lending products, credit card products, and insurance products presented by various financial institutions.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com, Inc. (Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP)) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

About tZERO Advisors

tZERO Advisors, LLC is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. tZERO Advisors seeks to use technology to provide investors the best possible equity based portfolio for their stated risk tolerance. The tZERO offering includes:  innovative, risk tolerance matching US based equity portfolios, dynamic portfolios designed to address changing markets, and analytics and algorithms that drive US equity based portfolios.  Investing in securities involves risk and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities. Before investing consider your objectives, tZERO charges and related expenses.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This is not an offer or advice to buy or sell securities.

About FusionIQ

FusionIQ is an innovative fintech company that provides intelligent investment solutions that enable easy online investing.  Through a low-cost digitally driven investment platform, investors benefit from FusionIQ’s real-time proprietary financial research and algorithm for scoring and ranking securities in four dimensional factors (fundamental, technical, sentiment and momentum) that are constantly adjusted for various market environments.

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Bartell Drugs and Seattle Gourmet Foods/Dilettante Chocolates® team up to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Emmy was only 2 years old, she and her family received devastating news—the little girl had neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. What followed was a whirlwind of treatments, eventually leading to her remission. But the possibility of complete financial ruin for her family overlaid the joy of her prognosis.

Thanks to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund, not only was Emmy feeling better, but her family’s fiscal future was sound.

To help support Emmy and the thousands of other children in need of vital healthcare, Bartell Drugs and Seattle-based Seattle Gourmet Foods/Dilettante Chocolates® products, are joining forces to raise money for Seattle Children’s in support of its vision to transform children’s health for generations to come.

During February, for each package of Dilettante Chocolates® products — TruffleCremes®, Chocolate-covered fruit, caramels, and toppings and sauces purchased at a Bartell location— a financial contribution will be made to the hospital with a total expected up to $25,000.

The fundraising effort by the two Northwest-owned companies reflects their long-time commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families living in the Puget Sound area.

“Seattle Gourmet Foods, manufacturer of Dilettante Chocolates®, is proud to support our Pacific Northwest community through this partnership with Bartell Drugs and Seattle Children’s Hospital,” says Mark S. Clark, Director, Seattle Gourmet Foods. “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important healthcare role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”

To drive additional awareness, Bartell locations will have major in-store and print promotions as well as advertising.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 128-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About Seattle Gourmet Foods
Premium Quality Gourmet Foods Since 1993
For 25 years Seattle Gourmet Foods has remained a family-owned business committed to manufacturing quality food and confections. Our focus remains on sourcing the finest ingredients and providing consistent premium quality throughout our diverse line of products. Our brands include — Dilettante Chocolates®, Myntz!, Merlino Baking, Maury Island Farms, Anna’s Honey, Buckeye Beans & Herbs, Quinn’s, and FungusAmongUs®. Visit us at www.seattlegourmetfoods.com

Media Contact: 
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Seattle Gourmet Foods
425-656-9076
www.seattlegourmetfoods.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Bartell Drugs appoints Adam Wampler as new SVP of Operations

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs, the country’s largest and oldest family owned pharmacy, announced that it has hired Adam Wampler as new Senior Vice President of Operations.

Wampler has over 30 years of experience working with Safeway, and the Safeway/Albertsons organization. In his most recent position as its Northern California Senior Vice President of Operations, Wampler was responsible for profitability, store conditions, diversity, and employee development across Safeway/Albertson’s 283 stores in three states. He also held leadership roles in marketing execution, store design, and store layout.

“Adam’s experience in grocery and retail are a great fit for Bartell Drugs,” said Bartell’s CEO, Kathi Lentzsch. “His focus on delivering an exceptional store experience through employee development and seamless operations will expand upon our famous Red Vest service.”

Bartell Drugs has been family owned since its inception in Seattle in 1890. Since then, it has led the way in convenient and friendly pharmacy and retail experiences for generations of Puget Sound customers. The company continues to base its business on providing a personalized shopping experience for the neighbors it serves in the King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 128-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and an emphasis on overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs