Walmart to launch new $10 million fund for innovation in American manufacturing

Washington, D.C., US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon joined 280 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting to announce a new fund for innovation in American manufacturing and a new supplier commitment to bring production of bikes and jobs to South Carolina.

The $10 million fund for innovation:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will fund the five-year program and work in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to launch it in March. The fund will provide grants to innovators in the manufacturing sector and seeks to create new processes, ideas, and jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing footprint.

“If we want to grow manufacturing and help rebuild America’s middle class, we need the brightest minds in our universities, in our think tanks, and in our towns to tackle obstacles to U.S. manufacturing,” said Simon. “The $10 million fund will identify and award leaders in manufacturing innovation and help us all work together to create opportunity.”

Last year Walmart announced that it will buy an additional $50 billion in American products. That’s $50 billion more than it does today 10 years from now. Walmart estimates that its $50 billion pledge, in the 10th year, will result in Walmart buying an additional $250 billion cumulatively over the next 10 years. This pledge is in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that this $250 billion investment will create one million jobs, when you include the jobs in manufacturing and related services.

Kent Bicycles:
Kent Bicycles announced it is moving production from overseas to Clarendon, S.C. According to Kent, when at full capacity in 2016, they will have added at least 175 jobs and will be assembling 500,000 bikes annually. The company, based in Parsippany, N.J., expects to start production in the fall of 2014.

“We look forward to bringing production to South Carolina,” said Arnold Kamler, owner of Kent Bicycles. “Our company moved all manufacturing overseas in 1990 because it was so much more cost effective. When Walmart made its commitment to U.S. manufacturing last year, it opened our eyes to restarting some manufacturing here. We attended Walmart’s August manufacturing summit and were able to focus our efforts quickly and make things happen with South Carolina.”

“Those that have already taken the risk to move or expand manufacturing in the U.S. tell us they are experiencing a first-mover advantage—a significant leg-up in terms of market-share and momentum,” added Simon. “Kent Bicycles is taking the opportunity to become one of those first-movers with its facility in South Carolina.”

“It’s exciting to see a leading manufacturer, like Kent Bicycles, choose South Carolina to manufacture bicycles, a mainstay of an American childhood. We celebrate the company’s decision to create at least 175 new jobs and produce a half a million bicycles annually in Clarendon County, and we are pleased that Walmart’s commitment to domestic manufacturing is accelerating real progress on the issue,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Walmart also announced that it will host its second U.S. manufacturing summit in Denver, Colo., in August 2014. One focus of this year’s summit will be connecting manufacturers in need of component parts to factories with excess capacity.

“Many factories aren’t operating at full capacity. By working together, we have an opportunity to repurpose or help add production to some of these communities,” said Simon. “This will help rebuild the American supply chain to support U.S. manufacturing and create more jobs.”

Walmart’s first summit in August 2013 brought together more than 1,500 attendees, including 500 suppliers, 34 states and government officials to discuss opportunities to create jobs, restore communities and drive economic growth.

Additional supplier information:

  • 72 percent of Walmart suppliers believe that manufacturing in the U.S. will be cost favorable within four years or less.
  • 40 different departments at Walmart are in active discussions with suppliers to manufacture here.

For additional information about Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, visit: corporate.walmart.com/us-manufacturing.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,096 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

 

Apple® announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding worldwide

iBooks Textbooks & iTunes U Course Manager Now Available in Over 50 Countries

Cupertino, CA, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world. iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch™ textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan; and iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.

“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”

iBooks Textbooks offer iPad® users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education services companies, including new educational content from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Hodder Education, iBooks Textbooks now cover 100 percent of US high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK.

“Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad,” said Peter Marshall, Managing Director, ELT Division at Oxford University Press. “In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including ‘Headway Pre-Intermediate,’ the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world.”

“We believe resources like iBooks Textbooks represent a monumental shift in learning because they engage multiple capacities of each individual student,” said Miguel Dominguez, Marketing Director of Imaxina Novas Tecnoloxias in Spain, an independent educational content developer and publisher of iBooks Textbooks, including “The Senses,” which incorporates interactive elements such as video and animated images of the human eye and ear to illustrate how the body works.

With iTunes U Course Manager educators can quickly and easily share their knowledge and resources directly with their class or to a global audience on iTunes U. This free iOS app gives millions of learners access to the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools, leading universities and prominent institutions. iTunes U Course manager also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum, as well as content from the Internet, hundreds of thousands of books on the iBooks Store, over 750,000 materials from existing iTunes U collections, or any of the more than one million iOS apps available on the revolutionary App Store℠.

“iPad is so much more than just a textbook or just a notepad for students—it’s a powerful educational tool, a study partner, a window into the past and a glimpse of the future,” said Sophie Post, fourth grade history teacher at UK’s Falkner House school. “Teaching history was once a static timeline of events. In leveraging the entire educational ecosystem of iPad, creating my own iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U courses, and pulling in apps like History: Maps of the World, studying history has suddenly become a creative, dynamic and truly transformative experience for my pupils.”

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Andy Bowman
Apple
abowman@apple.com
(408) 783-0619

Trudy Muller
Apple
tmuller@apple.com
(408) 862-7426

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iBooks, iTunes U, Multi-Touch, iPad and App Store are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Apple Media Helpline (408) 974-2042 media.help@apple.com

 

Meijer announced its customers generously donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Give campaign

Retailer’s hunger relief campaign generated more than $1.2 million for local food pantries

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer customers generously donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Givecampaign, helping food pantries throughout the Midwest restock their shelves. That commitment to supporting hungry families, combined with a donation from Meijer, raised the holiday campaign total to more than $1.2 million, making it the most successful campaign since Simply Give began in November 2008.

“We cannot thank our customers, team members and pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge and help us feed hungry families in the communities we serve,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “It’s truly inspiring to see this level of engagement, especially as we celebrated Simply Give’s five-year milestone this holiday season.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their missions of feeding hungry families.

Thanks to the holiday campaign that ended earlier this month, the Simply Give program has generated nearly $8 million for those partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaigns.”

During the Simply Give program, which runs three times a year, customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“Hunger is a problem that continues to increase in all of our communities,” Doug Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to live without food.”

To view a video highlighting Meijer’s hunger relief efforts, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/simply-give-at-meijer.

To view an infographic on the 5-year milestone of the Simply Give program, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/Media/Default/Media%20Tools/13-MJR-100_SimplyGiveInfo_HR.pdf.

About Meijer Philanthropy
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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

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Meijer’s Style Team shares what to look for in the denim category this winter and spring

The Most Versatile Piece in a Closet

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — No age limit or season restrictions – that’s denim. What piece in a wardrobe can be worn for work, play or party? Denim. What makes the cut each time a closet is changed over? Denim. The most versatile pieces in a closet are of the well-liked and always fashionable denim.

Jeans are by far the most popular denim item. While the core material remains the same, design, detailing and fabric finishes keep jeans updated and fresh.

Meijer’s Style Team shares what to look for in the denim category this winter and spring:

  • New curvy fit offers a bit more room in the hip and thigh areas
  • Waistlines are moving up a bit with more mid-rise styles
  • Compressed stitching, embroidery, studs and bling add detailing to pockets
  • Blue remains dominant, but darker shades are most appropriate for a dressier, cleaner look
  • Destruction detailing and lighter washes are important for the Junior customer
  • Comfort is key with women’s stretch denim
  • Pair with crop tops and T-shirts for play; blazers and vests for work; and sweaters and blouses for parties
  • Not just long jeans: There will be plenty of Capri length, shorts of Bermuda, mid-thigh and shorter styles, vests, and jackets
  • Belting adds additional interest to all styles

Meijer offers a large selection of fashionable denim pieces for every member of the family at affordable prices. For additional advice on in-trend fashions and other ideas from the Meijer Style Team, please visit www.MeijerStyle.com.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:  Chris Morrisroe, 248-666-3897, cmorrisroe@comcast.net

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer mPerks subscription reaches two-million customers, free Wi-Fi in stores enhances digital coupon program

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer now has free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, freeing up their smartphone data plans for other uses.

“Our customers are relying on digital tools more than ever as they shop, which is why we’re constantly providing them with resources to enhance their shopping experience,” said Michael Ross, vice president of customer marketing and emerging technology. “And, now with free Wi-Fi in our stores, we’re offering an additional cost savings because our customers no longer have to use their data plans while shopping.”

The retailer’s open Wi-Fi network gives its savvy, deal-seeking mPerks subscribers the opportunity to easily review and clip digital coupons while in the store.

Growth in the retailer’s mPerks digital coupon program has been steep, surpassing 2 million subscribers last month – just one year after hitting the 1 million subscriber milestone. In December alone, the program generated more than 129,000 new members, nearly 31 million clipped offers, and $12.6 million in savings issued to customers. The program has a redemption rate up to four times higher than the national average.

The retailer attributes the program’s success to a variety of recent enhancements, including a new mPerks website; personalized, baby and pharmacy rewards; and offers bundled by theme that have created new ways for the customer to save.

The Wi-Fi investment also helps the nearly 650,000 Meijer mobile app users to conveniently manage their entire shopping trip. The Meijer app is available as a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones through Apple Inc.’s App Store and the Android Market, and has many popular features, including:

  • View and clip digital coupons with the mPerks program
  • Create and check off items on a shopping list
  • Browse sale items and save to shopping list
  • Earn total purchase savings from Personalized, Pharmacy and Baby Reward programs
  • Receive maps to a nearby Meijer store
  • Search and find products on a store map

“We’re pleased that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we have in place,” Ross said. “We’re dedicated to finding solutions to enhance their shopping experience.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

H&M now number 64 on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index

H&M is ranked number 64 on the Global 100 annual list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday the 2014 iteration of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) index was released. H&M is included in the list for the fifth consecutive year and climbed to rank 64 overall (up from 73 in 2013). H&M is the highest ranking retailing company and together with Adidas (8) the only fashion company representing the list.

The Global 100 Methodology

Qualifying Global 100 companies are scored on a list of twelve quantitative key performance indicators that range from energy and water use, to employee compensation and corporate tax strategy.

Because the indicators are quantitative and clearly-defined, the results of the Global 100 are objective and replicable. The Global 100 follows a rules-based construction methodology and is more similar to a financial index than many other sustainability indices.

Read more about the Global 100 index

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David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

David Beckham will star in a new campaign to launch the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. Shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his movies Drive and Only God Forgives, the campaign will debut during the US Super Bowl on February 2nd 2014.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the action-packed plot, David is locked out of a photo shoot on a rooftop in just his underwear, with no way down.  He has to go to any length to get to safety, performing all his own stunts in the process. David has filmed two alternative versions, which will be put to a vote on hm.com to find the people’s favourite, voting starts January 27th.

“It was so exciting to work with one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M. Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season’s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best,” says David Beckham.

“I loved working with David for his new campaign. He is a natural in front of the camera, and was fearless when performing his own stunts. The campaign is funny, smart and spectacular, and shows the many different sides of David’s personality,” says Nicolas Winding Refn.

The campaign features pieces from the Spring David Beckham Bodywear collection, which sees a fresh take on heritage. Stripes of varying width are introduced on long-sleeve Henleys, vests and trunks, as well as varsity style lettering on the back of long-sleeve raglan tops. Also debuting will be David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids. A mini-me collection for boys with Henley’s, vests, trunks, long johns and pyjama shorts. The collections will be available in selected H&M stores and online from January 30.

These new pieces join the core David Beckham Bodywear collection, which has already become a staple in the wardrobes of men worldwide since its launch in February 2012.

GLOBAL MEDIA INQURIES

Only for media representatives
Press phone number +46 8 796 53 00
mediarelations@hm.com

Please note this number is only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

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David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

Stop & Shop announced it recalls Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles due to undeclared allergen

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Kraft Foods, Stop & Shop announced it removed from sale Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac due to an undeclared allergen, soy, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac, 9 oz., UPC2100004329 with sell by dates of March 2, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Kraft Foods at 800-396-5512. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 398 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
914-251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Lindsay Hawley
Stop & Shop New England Division
617-276-7756
lhawley@webershandwick.com

 

Giant Food of Landover, MD recalls Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac

Landover, MD, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Kraft Foods, Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced it removed from sale Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac due to an undeclared allergen, soy, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac, 9 oz., UPC2100004329 with sell by dates of March 2, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Kraft Foods at 800-396-5512. In addition customers may call Giant Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at www.GiantFood.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

Contact:

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Koninklijke Ahold N.V.’s shareholders approved the company’s proposal to return €1 billion to shareholders

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold’s shareholders today approved the company’s proposal to return € 1 billion to shareholders by way of a capital repayment and reverse stock split.

Shareholders voted at an Extraordinary General Meeting held at Ahold’s headquarters in Zaandam, The Netherlands. The meeting was attended by 65 shareholders, representing approximately 657 million votes.

For more information on the EGM 2014, please click here

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the actual amount to be returned to shareholders by way of a capital repayment and reverse stock split. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as the effect of general economic or political conditions, fluctuations in exchange rates or interest rates, increases or changes in competition, Ahold’s ability to implement and complete successfully its plans and strategies, the benefits from and resources generated by Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than or different from those anticipated, changes in Ahold’s liquidity needs, the actions of competitors and third parties and other factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold”.

 

Best Buy announced 10 Days of Trade-In promotion between Jan. 23 and Feb. 1

Richfield, MN, US, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — You’ve seen the dust accumulate on your dated MacBook, Xbox 360 or tablet. Now here’s your chance to do something about it.

As long as it still functions and qualifies, trade it in at a Best Buy store between Jan. 23 and Feb. 1 and get — at minimum — a $75 Best Buy gift card.

Who knew recycling could be so lucrative?

For those who put “de-clutter the homestead” atop their New Year’s Resolutions, it’s time to follow through on those ambitions. Pad the pocketbook with 10 Days of Trade-In while getting an early start on your spring cleaning.

Oh, and if your small electronics don’t meet the criteria for the $75 gift card, they probably will for the $10 Best Buy gift card deal.

At the very least, even if your phone or computer has been long dead, you can still drop it off at any Best Buy location nationwide to be recycled for free, regardless of where you originally purchased it.

Fun fact: Knowing that technology is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet, Best Buy has been an industry leader recycling 409 pounds of electronics each minute that stores are open.

As for the skinny on 10 Days of Trade-In, here’s what you need to know.

To get a minimum $75 Best Buy gift card, turn in a working*…

iPhone 4 (or newer) | Samsung Galaxy S III or S4 | Samsung Galaxy Note, Note II or Note 3

MacBook (any) | PlayStation 3 (slim models) | Xbox 360 with 250GB hard drive or larger

Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras | Surface tablet (any) |  iPads (any)

To get a minimum $10 Best Buy gift card, turn in a working*…

Digital camera | Digital camcorder | Laptop | Tablet

Mobile phone | Gaming hardware console or MP3 device

*Gift card values and offers may vary depending on locations and the condition of the device. Documentation and accessories may affect value. Water-damaged devices and devices with cracked screens are not considered working devices for purposes of this offer. There’s a limit of one Trade-In transaction per person, per promotion, per day. Best Buy reserves the right to refuse any trade-in or limit quantities for any reason. For more, visit BestBuy.com/TradeIn.

Press Contact:
press@bestbuy.com

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Kesko the only Finnish company to make “The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” list

Kesko is the only Finnish company that has been included in ‘The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list since it was established in 2005. In RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2014, Kesko received the Silver Class distinction in the Food & Staples Retailing Industry category. 

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘The 2014 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list was announced at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22 January. Kesko has been included in the list since it was established in 2005, in other words, ten times already.

The list is prepared by the Canadian Corporate Knights Inc. and the ranking is based on research among around 4,000 global listed companies. Companies were assessed on 12 sustainable performance indicators within the dimensions of economic, social and environmental responsibility.
The 2014 Global 100 list is available at www.global100.org.

Kesko awarded Silver Class distinction in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook
Kesko has received the Silver Class distinction in the Food & Staples Retailing Industry category in the Sustainability Yearbook 2014. Within the industry, the Gold Class distinction was awarded to Woolworths Ltd and J Sainsbury PLC. Koninklijke Ahold NV shared the Silver Class distinction with Kesko.
RobecoSAM assesses the sustainability performance of more than 2,000 companies annually and has been publishing the Sustainability Yearbook for 11 years. Only the companies which, on the basis of RobecoSAM’s assessment, are within the world’s top 15% of their industry are included in the Sustainability Yearbook.

The Sustainability Yearbook 2014 can be downloaded at www.robecosam.com/yearbook.

Kesko included in several significant sustainability indices
Kesko has been included in the Dow Jones sustainability indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe for 11 times. Kesko is included in the FTSE4Good Index, the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index and CDP’s Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

Kesko’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 was chosen as Finland’s best in the 2013 Sustainability Reporting Award Finland Competition. Kesko’s report was ranked the best also by the media and non-governmental organisations.

Further information: 
Vice President Matti Kalervo, Corporate Responsibility, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 536

Kesko (www.kesko.fi)  is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.

EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para definir acuerdos de colaboración

  • La reunión se produce en el marco del convenio firmado por la Diputación de Málaga y EROSKI el pasado octubre
  • La colaboración redundará en el impulso a la puesta en el mercado de los productos amparados por la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’
  • Responde a uno de los ejes del Plan Estratégico de la cooperativa que apuesta por el desarrollo de las economías del entorno donde está presente

Málaga, España, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y la Diputación Provincial de Málaga han celebrado una jornada con más de cien proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ con el fin de abrir la toma de contacto y comenzar a trabajar en posibles acuerdos de colaboración.

La diputada de Desarrollo Rural y Nuevas Tecnologías de la Diputación de Málaga, Leonor García-Agua, y responsables de Compras Locales de EROSKI han presentado, a los más de 120 productores y fabricantes de la provincia presentes en la jornada, el convenio de colaboración firmado por ambas entidades el pasado octubre para impulsar la comercialización de los productos con marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’. Asimismo, les han trasladado su compromiso de defender los productos de la provincia, lo que contribuirá al desarrollo y progreso de las empresas productoras de Málaga.

Durante la jornada EROSKI ha explicado la importancia que para el grupo tienen los proveedores locales como palanca de crecimiento, y “la apuesta que está realizando en la promoción de los productos autóctonos en sus establecimientos, así como su compromiso de potenciar al máximo el desarrollo de las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno”, en palabras de Carlos Fernández, Responsable de Compras locales de la Zona Centro-Sur de EROSKI.

En una jornada muy participativa, los productores de la provincia han trasladado a EROSKI sus inquietudes e intereses y han solicitado detalles sobre las oportunidades y condiciones de colaboración, etc. Entre las diversas cuestiones abordadas han destacado el interés por la integración total de la gama, la posibilidad de incorporar la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ también en el ámbito de las agencias de viajes del grupo o la inquietud principal por la celeridad de comenzar a trabajar cuanto antes para que sus productos estén en los lineales de las tiendas EROSKI.

La jornada se ha cerrado con el compromiso de EROSKI de atender a todos los productores y fabricantes integrados en la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para comenzar a trabajar en programas concretos de colaboración.

EROSKI está ampliando el número de productos malagueños que ofrece en sus establecimientos comerciales a fin de hacerlos más accesibles a los consumidores y para aportar una dimensión local a su compra habitual. En este sentido, EROSKI mantiene una relación estable con 77 proveedores regionales-locales con los que ha realizado compras por importe de más de 5 millones de euros en el último ejercicio. La colaboración con los proveedores de la región es una apuesta fundamental en la política de gestión de EROSKI, un factor que además gana peso en el recientemente aprobado Plan Estratégico 2013-16 de la cooperativa, que recoge una firme apuesta por los productos locales, especialmente los alimentos frescos de temporada.

La colaboración cerrada el pasado octubre entre la Diputación Provincial de Málaga y EROSKI se concreta en acciones como asegurar la presencia constante de productos agroalimentarios malagueños adheridos a la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ en todos los hipermercados y supermercados EROSKI de la región, con espacios específicos señalizados para garantizar así su identificación y visibilidad para los consumidores. Las promociones serán una de las palancas que se utilizarán para mejorar y estimular su comercialización. EROSKI también se compromete a hacer notoria la calidad de la certificación ‘Sabor a Málaga’, contribuir a que los consumidores valoren estos productos como se merecen y promocionarlos mediante campañas específicas, con la realización de eventos, degustaciones y ofertas en establecimientos”.

‘Sabor a Málaga’

La marca promocional ‘Sabor a Málaga’ nace a instancias de la Diputación Provincial de Málaga como respuesta a la necesidad de los productores malagueños de poner en valor los productos agropecuarios y agroalimentarios de la provincia y mejorar su comercialización a nivel nacional e internacional. Sus acciones están encaminadas a crear nuevos canales de distribución, promoción y puesta en valor de los productos adheridos, buscando asimismo la sostenibilidad de las más de 40.000 familias que tiene este sector en la provincia.
EROSKI en Málaga

EROSKI cuenta con un total de 40 establecimientos en la provincia de Málaga. Son 1.154 las personas que trabajan en EROSKI en Málaga. La cooperativa mantiene relación comercial con 115 proveedores de la provincia con los que ha realizado compras por importe de 39,2 millones de euros en 2012. En sus tiendas EROSKI ofrece 1.200 referencias de estos proveedores.

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EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca 'Sabor a Málaga' para definir acuerdos de colaboración

EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para definir acuerdos de colaboración

 

JCPenney released its 2013 Sustainability Report

Plano, TX, US, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) announced today that it has released its 2013 Sustainability Report, detailing activities in fiscal year 2012, which ended February 2013. The report highlights strategic initiatives to reduce the Company’s environmental impact and encourage positive social change.

“JCPenney has recently experienced a time of transition and change, but we’ve never lost our focus on the importance of being socially and environmentally responsible,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney. “Supporting the communities we serve goes well beyond philanthropic efforts – it’s also about making mindful decisions in all of our operations, whether in stores, supply chain, customer service centers or international offices.”

The online report summarizes the Company’s activity in the following categories:

    • Stores and Operations – JCPenney has a clear focus on operational efficiency, utilizing programs to manage energy consumption, reduce waste and encourage recycling across all approximately 1,100 stores and 14 logistics facilities. Through the Company’s energy conservation efforts, JCPenney has received ENERGY STAR certification in over 500 locations and earned the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for five consecutive years.
    • Supplier Social and Environmental Standards – JCPenney is committed to responsible sourcing and improving social and environmental supply chain standards. To ensure these high standards are met consistently, the Company contracted Bureau Veritas (BV) to perform independent social compliance audits. BV began independently auditing in February 2012, and completed 826 audits within twelve months.
    • Product Safety – JCPenney sets quality and safety standards for its private brand products. The Company partnered with BV’s Consumer Products Services group to analyze product performance test results and spot potential issues and concerns. The Company encourages national brand partners to meet the same high production standards.
    • Ethics – To emphasize the importance of our ethical culture, the Company publishes a statement of business ethics in ten languages to be accessible to associates in the countries where JCPenney does business.
    • Employment – With approximately 116,000 associates across the globe in stores, offices and facilities, JCPenney continually celebrates and enriches its diverse and skilled workforce through business resource teams and continuing education.
    • Community – James Cash Penney founded JCPenney on the Golden Rule of treating people as you would like to be treated. This principle continues today through the Company’s grants and sponsorships, disaster relief, in-kind donations and community engagement through employee giving and volunteerism. Our customers joined our efforts by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating over $10 million to non-profit organizations from July to December of 2012.

For more information, please review the 2013 Sustainability Report by visiting the social responsibility page under the About Us section of jcp.com.

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

JCPenney Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcp.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

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Toys“R”Us®’s “Great Trade-In” event removed over 1 million used and potentially unsafe products from homes, garages and attics nationwide

With Many Recalled and Outdated Baby Products Still in Circulation, “Great Trade-In” Event Returns to Babies“R”Us® and Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide from Friday, January 24 through Monday, February 17 to Provide Consumers New Opportunity to Remove These Items from Homes, Garages and Attics

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that its “Great Trade-In” event has resulted in the removal of more than one million pieces of used and potentially unsafe cribs, car seats and more from homes, garages and attics nationwide since the program’s inception in 2009. The company is also issuing a new call to action for customers to rid their homes of potentially unsafe old and second-hand baby products and exchange them for savings on a new item during its ninth “Great Trade-In” event, which begins Friday, January 24 and continues through Monday, February 17 in Babies“R”Us® and Toys“R”Us stores.

This national safety program serves to draw attention to certain used baby products that can carry potential hazards, but are still in circulation, making them poor candidates to be handed down or resold. Some items traded in over the past four years were missing parts or were damaged, while others that were decades old showed obvious signs of wear and tear. Further, many safety standards have changed significantly over the past five years, and many older products be considered non-compliant by today’s more stringent requirements.

“At Toys“R”Us, one of our most important missions as a company is to help parents keep their children safe, and we are so proud that the ‘Great Trade-In’ event has helped parents remove more than one million potentially unsafe products from the marketplace,” said Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We know that the work is far from done, and we’re pleased to once again host this program in our stores nationwide to encourage parents to bring back their outdated baby gear in exchange for new items that meet today’s more stringent product standards.”

During the Great Trade-In event, stores will accept any used cribscar seatsbassinetsstrollerstravel systemsplay yardshigh chairstoddler/twin bedsswingswalkersbouncers and entertainers in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of a new baby item, in any of these product categories. Through this program, Toys“R”Us continues to raise awareness among parents about ways to be proactive where children’s safety is concerned.

Product safety advocate organizations like Kids In Danger recommend not purchasing used items that have a history of safety problems, including cribs, play yards and bassinets. Items in these specific categories may have been recalled or older products may not meet recent updates to mandatory or voluntary standards for products in these categories. And, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says newer is safer when it comes to juvenile products.

Customers may exchange any number of used items, from any manufacturer, in the specified product categories.  Day care centers or other organizations who wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

One of the most anticipated events of the year by Babies“R”Us customers nationwide, participants are invited to join in the conversation on social media using #BRUGreatTradeIn.

Additional Safety Resources for Parents and Caregivers

In addition to the “Great Trade-In” event, Toys“R”Us offers the following resources to help parents and caregivers keep their children safe:

  • Toysrus.com/Safety, the company’s dedicated Safety website, features information on the company’s industry-leading safety standards for products sold through its stores and websites, seasonal tips for preventing accidental injury and product recall information.
  • Recall notifications sent via e-mail by signing up through Toysrus.com/Safety, which approximately 400,000 customers have done since the feature was made available.
  • Current recall information is posted on easily-visible Safety boards at each store location.
  • Tools and resources for parents to keep track of the products in use in their homes with a Product Record List and Eight Steps to Keep Kids Safe checklist is available online at Toysrus.com/Safety and in-stores upon request. These tools are designed to make relevant product information readily available in the event of a recall so parents and caregivers can act quickly to remove unsafe products from use.

For more information on the “Great Trade-In” event, customers can visit Babiesrus.com/trade-in.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts: 
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Katie Regner
973-617-4381
Katie.Regner@toysrus.com

Jennifer Albano
973-617-5632
Jennifer.Albano@toysrus.com

Argos to join the Future High Streets Forum

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos, one of the UK’s leading multi-channel retailers, will join the Future High Streets Forum, High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis announced today (21 January 2014).

The Future High Streets Forum brings together leading businesses, academics and local leaders to look at the challenges facing our town centres and to work with councils to build on what government has started.

Mr Lewis said he was delighted that John Walden, Managing Director of Argos, had accepted his invitation to join the forum and that their help looking at how digital technology can support the high street would be invaluable.

A competition to challenge businesses to come up with innovative digital ideas to boost the high streets was recently announced as part of a £1 billion package of support that includes new tax breaks for shops, sensible changes to planning and parking rules, together with more power for councils.

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“Competition from online stores means Britain’s shopping culture is changing and our high streets need to respond and exploit digital channels in a way that attracts people to the high street.Argos is at the very forefront of ‘click and collect’ retail and John Walden brings with him a wealth of multi-channel retail and technology experience which will be an enormous asset as he joins the rest of our experts on the Future High Street Forum.”

John Walden, Argos Managing Director said:

“I am delighted to accept the minister’s invitation. I firmly believe the continued vibrancy and viability of our high streets will depend on their ability to adapt to the changing consumer needs as the digital world fundamentally and irreversibly changes the way we live our lives.”

FURTHER INFORMATION

John Walden joined Argos as Managing Director in February 2012.

He started his retail career in the 1990s as Chief Operating Officer of Peapod, a pioneer in online supermarket retailing. He joined Best Buy, the giant US electricals retailer, in 1999 as President of its internet and direct channels division, and over an 8 year career also served as Executive Vice President, Human Capital and Leadership, and ultimately as Executive Vice President of its customer business group.

John later moved to Sears where, as Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President, he led marketing, merchandising and the internet, catalogue and home services divisions. More recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Inversion Inc, a retail consultancy, and Chief Executive of Activeion Cleaning Solutions.

On 16 January 2014, Home Retail Group plc announced John Walden would be its new Chief Executive.

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K-Group employed 520 youths at K-stores and Kesko in Finland as part of its youth guarantee programme

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year, Kesko and K-stores launched a programme aimed to provide employment to at least 1,000 young people in the youth guarantee target group by the end of 2014. Up to date, 520 youths have started work at K-stores and Kesko in different parts of Finland.

Most of them received work at K-food stores in August-December 2013. Young people have also been provided work at Anttila, Intersport, Kesport, Musta Pörssi, Kookenkä, K-rauta, Rautia and K-maatalous, VV-Auto and Keslog. The programme has got off to a promising start especially in the Greater Helsinki area and Northern and Eastern Finland.

Kesko’s Board of Directors granted €100,000 to start up the programme last year. A significant contributor to the success of the programme has been a project coordinator hired by the K-Group to act as a liaison between K-retailers, Kesko and TE Offices.

– It is important for the success of Finland that young people enter working life as soon as possible. Retail trade is the biggest employer in the business sector with more than 300,000 employees. Kesko and K-stores will continue to need diligent young people with an interest in working in the trading sector and the right service attitude, says President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki.

The K-Group employs around 45,000 people in a total of eight countries. In Finland, Kesko and K-retailers employ around 30,000 people, of whom around 20,000 are employed by K-retailer entrepreneurs.

The K-Group’s results in the implementation of the youth guarantee programme so far were announced at Kesko’s 17th Day of Commerce Seminar. The theme of the seminar was “Young people are the future of Finland”. The speakers at the seminar were Minister of Social Affairs and Health Paula Risikko, K-retailer and the Kesko Board Chair Esa Kiiskinen, Service Union United PAM’s President Ann Selin, Hyria Education Ltd.’s President and CEO Jarno Tuimala, Startup Sauna’s CEO Miki Kuusi and Rautakesko’s Product Manager Aleksandra Hämäläinen. The seminar attracted around 600 key representatives of trade and industry. Presentation materials can be downloaded from the www.kesko.fi website starting from 21 January.

Further information:
Vice President Ari Svensk, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 080
Managing Director Jaana Hertsberg, K-Retailers’ Association, tel. +358 105 336 289

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist with about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko and K-retailers form the K-Group, whose retail sales totalled around €12 billion (VAT 0%) in 2012.

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Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Sainsbury’s stores in Wales are encouraging customers and colleagues to apply for the Welsh Community Grant Fund. Over £53,000 will be allocated to a range of charities and local community groups, spread across projects of up to £500 each. The new local funding is the result of reinvesting online carrier bag charges.

London, UK, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the Welsh government introduced a single use carrier bag charge in October 2011, our Welsh customers that order through online delivery have been charged 40p as a flat rate for bags.  Since then, it’s accumulated £53,792.33 which will be put into projects in Wales to support activities which fit Sainsbury’s core values of food, family, kids and health and also environment and social welfare.

Applications which are open online at www.ccworks.co.uk/sainsburys from 13 January through to 28 February adds to Sainsbury’s donations through the Local Charity partner scheme.  The partner scheme began in 2009 and has raised more than £5 million to support local communities.

Stephi Brett, Sainsbury’s Community Affairs manager said: “From the success of Sainsbury’s Local Charity partnership we’ve seen the positive impact we can have on our local communities.  We hope the Welsh Community Grant Fund has a similar impact and look forward to reading the applications as they come through.”

Welsh based community groups and charities can apply online through www.ccworks.co.uk/sainsburys from 13 January until 28th February.

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Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Tesco launches its dotcom service on the Isle of Lewis

Customers on the Isle of Lewis will enjoy grocery home delivery for the first time

Cheshunt, England, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of people living in the Western Isles of Scotland will be able to have their grocery shopping delivered to their homes for the first time, as Tesco launches its dotcom service on the Isle of Lewis today [Tuesday 21 January]. The service will be provided from the Tesco in the island’s capital Stornoway, which is closer to Iceland than to London, and will create 29 new jobs for local people.

Since launching in 1998, Tesco.com has delivered a whopping 170 million grocery orders around the UK. Online grocery shopping continues to rise in popularity, with the growth of smartphones rapidly accelerating the trend. Over Christmas, Tesco customers placed over 3 million online grocery orders, up 11%, with one third placed on a mobile device.

Simon Belsham, Managing Director of Tesco.com said, “We believe everyone should benefit from the best possible service wherever they live including the convenience of ordering their groceries online. At Tesco, we have been able to use unique assets of a nationwide stores and distribution network to create an online service for customers on Lewis. We’ll continue to work hard on the services we provide to these harder to reach communities and are already looking at developing a Click & Collect grocery service on the Isle of Skye later this year.”

Kevin Poke, Store Manager at Tesco Stornoway said, “We’re really excited to be offering this new service. Lots of customers have told us that it’s going to make their weekly shop a lot more convenient, because they can have their groceries delivered at a time that suits them.”

Deliveries will run from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 11pm.

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About Tesco.com

  • As the first retailer to pioneer grocery home shopping in 1998, we have since launched Tesco.com in more than 50 cities in 10 markets overseas.
  • We have delivered over 170 million online grocery orders in the UK since it launched.
  • We have six dotcom stores in the UK  (ErithEnfield, Croydon, Greenford, Crawley, Aylesford)
  • Read more: Philip Clarke blogs about Tesco’s multichannel approach.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 530,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to bringing the best value, choice and service to our millions of customers each week. Our core purpose is ‘we make what matters better, together’.

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Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Paris, France, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour spreads its presence in China with 2 new stores.

January 8th, Carrefour China opened its 237th hypermarket – Anqing Huamas Carrefour.The store has a 8 270 square meter sales area and 35 cashiers, as well as a car park with the space for 400 cars.

January 13th, Carrefour China opened its 238th hypermarket – Wenzhou Tangjiaqias Carrefour. With a 7 242 square meter sales area, the store is equipped with 32 cashiers and with a car park of 300 places.

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Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Local food bank “earns” 132,510 pounds of food through social media campaign

Milwaukee,  WI, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to build upon its philanthropic efforts in Wisconsin and ease the toll the holidays take on food banks, Midwest retailer Meijer today donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a food bank dedicated to distributing food to 1,000 food pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies in eastern Wisconsin.

Meijer committed to filling the donated trucks with 5 pounds of food for every use of the hashtag #MeijerGivesWI on a social media campaign that kicked off earlier this week. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin rose to the challenge, working with supporters to mention the hashtag a total of 770 times on Twitter and liking/sharing 5,732 times on Facebook, raising a total of 32,510 pounds of donated food to stock the food bank during this critical time of post-holiday giving.

Instead of just donating the amount of food generated from the campaign, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer announced it was donating an additional 100,000 pounds of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

“Meijer wants to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve,” Meijer Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “It is important to us to demonstrate that commitment even before we open stores in the Milwaukee-area. We partner with Feeding America in other states in the Midwest, and are particularly excited to extend that partnership here to benefit the Wisconsin organization and get good food to people who need it.”

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin distributes more than 20 million pounds of food every year out of its warehouses in Milwaukee and Omro in the Fox Valley. The donated trucks will improve the food bank’s ability to distribute food through their network of hunger relief programs located in 36 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin. On average, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin serves 330,000 people every year, including 105,000 children.

“Hunger doesn’t end when the holiday season is over,” said Bonnie J. Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “The timing of this donation proves Meijer understands that getting food to those who are struggling is a year-round challenge. This generosity from Meijer will have a significant impact on our ability to serve more people in need. We look forward to working with Meijer for a long time to come.”

Meijer is expanding into Wisconsin and has announced plans to open several Milwaukee-area stores as early as 2015. The retailer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring, including significant support of hunger relief initiatives in the communities it serves. In fact, Meijer gives more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, as well as offers a food rescue program at each of its 204 stores, and has a signature program called Simply Give that has generated more than $8 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The two semi-trucks and trailers donated to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin were previously part of the Meijer truck fleet and replaced with ones that offered the latest technology in emissions control. The vehicles are part of a larger donation of 10 semi-trucks and 20 trailers – valued at nearly $400,000 – Meijer gave last year to food banks in the Midwest. Since 2010, Meijer has donated 60 trucks and 20 trailers to food banks and other community partners.

All of the vehicles were reconditioned and prepped for their next use, including new tires, maintenance inspections and new graphics specific to each donation recipient.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/Meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com; Lori Richards, 414-390-5500, lrichards@muellercommunications.com; Gina Styer, 414-831-6334, gstyer@feedingamericawi.org

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Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Toys“R”Us® to introduce all-new products based on the first-ever full-length LEGO adventure movie

The Toy Authority Constructs Dedicated Feature Shop and Plans Special Events in Stores Nationwide to Celebrate the First-Ever Full-Length Movie Based on the Iconic Brand 

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In anticipation of the theatrical release of “The LEGO® Movie” on Friday, February 7, Toys“R”Us® will serve as a go-to destination for building enthusiasts excited to recreate their favorite scenes from the first-ever full-length LEGO adventure film. Customers will find the latest movie-inspired products in a dedicated feature shop in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning Thursday, January 30. Additionally, these all-new items are now available online at Toysrus.com/LEGO. To help fans of all ages celebrate further, all Toys“R”Us stores will host a special event, as well as offer exciting gifts with purchase and a chance to win prizes, while supplies last.*

“LEGO construction sets prove to be perennial favorites among our customers, and in recent years, those that allow kids and collectors to bring moments from entertainment properties to life have gained in popularity,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Toys, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “LEGO products have even influenced TV shows and movies with the introduction of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network and now ‘The LEGO Movie.’ One thing is certain, the LEGO brand is engrained in pop culture, and we are thrilled to offer enthusiasts of all ages the broadest assortment of LEGO sets, exclusive items and special events so they can experience the magic of building right in our stores.”

On-Screen Action Brought to Life – Brick-by-Brick – with Latest LEGO Movie Merchandise

Beginning Thursday, January 30, through March, shoppers across the country will discover a dedicated feature shop in Toys“R”Us stores filled with brand-new products inspired by epic scenes and fan-favorite characters from “The LEGO Movie.” The themed shop will showcase nearly 20 items, from playsets that replicate action-packed adventures, to all-new minifigures and vehicles. Fans can join Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, on his quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. “The LEGO Movie” items currently available in-store and online at Toysrus.com/LEGO include:

The LEGO Movie Rescue Reinforcements

Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/LEGO, avid builders will enjoy ambushing the biggest Micro Manager from the ground and air after constructing this 859-piece set. Ages 8 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Melting Room

With this 122-piece set, younger LEGO lovers can help Wyldstyle free Emmet from the Melting Room and the custody of Lord Business’ Robo Police. Ages 6 to 12 years.

The LEGO Movie Cloud Cuckoo Palace

LEGO enthusiasts can join Emmet and Wyldstyle, and meet Unikitty, who leads all the Master Builders in this 197-piece playful paradise, while trying to avoid Lord Business’ Executron, who is ready to capture Emmet after trailing the crew. Ages 7 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Castle Cavalry

Builders will enjoy recreating the action of an exciting movie scene with this 424-piece set. With an impenetrable castle that turns into an armored cavalry, protecting innocent civilians from the wrath of Lord Business and his men is all in a day’s work for Emmet. Ages 8 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Metal Beard’s Duel

With this 412-piece set, “The LEGO Movie” fans can help Metal Beard, who lost his body parts in a previous battle with Lord Business and rebuilt himself with old ship scraps, to overtake one of Lord Business’ Micro Managers. Ages 8 to 14 years.

LEGO Lovers Assemble! Toys“R”Us Builds Excitement with Savings and Special Events

To mark the official release of the “The LEGO Movie” in theaters, Toys“R”Us will engage building enthusiasts in the following ways:

  • Gifts with LEGO Product Purchases: Beginning Sunday, February 2, customers who make a $50 or more LEGO construction purchase in-store will receive a complimentary ticket to see “The LEGO Movie” in theaters, while supplies last. Plus, on Saturday, February 8, those who purchase “The LEGO Movie” video game for Nintendo 2DS will receive a $15 Toys“R”Us Gift Card, while supplies last.**
  • Calling all Little Builders for “The LEGO Movie” In-Store Event: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will host a special event from 12 noon – 2pm on Saturday, February 8, during which aspiring builders can construct – and take home – Emmet’s car. Plus, customers can try out the all-new “The LEGO Movie” video game on Nintendo 2DS.*
  • Prizes and Surprises: As part of the February 8 in-store event, attendees can enter a raffle to win one of two exciting prizes. One lucky winner at each Toys“R”Us location will receive a $10 Toys“R”Us Gift Card, while a second winner will receive the Lord Business’ Evil Lair construction set.
  • And, Congratulations to the Toys“R”Us Fans & Friends Sweepstakes Winner: Earlier this month, customers across the country were invited to enter for a chance to win a trip for four to theLos Angeles premiere of “The LEGO Movie.” Congratulations to Tracy B. from Indiana, who will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For the latest information surrounding “The LEGO Movie” products, special events and more, customers can visit the Toys“R”Us Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Pinterest page at Pinterest.com/Toysrus or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@Toysrus).

To download high-res images of select “The LEGO Movie”products, please click here.

*Excludes Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores.
**No rain checks.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.

THE LEGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Kerry Smith
973-617-4380/646-366-8825
Kerry.Smith@toysrus.com

Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306/646-366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

 

The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, PA debuts new menu of market-fresh salads and sandwiches

King of Prussia, PA, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Monday, January 27, popular neighborhood food-and-drink spot The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, PA (1 Village Drive, 484-690-3560) will debut an enticing New Menu of market-fresh fare, including salads, sandwiches, composed entrees and beer, wine and cocktails chosen specifically to complement the food. They will also add their latest collaboration with local brewery Sly Fox, a German-style malt beer served exclusively at The Pub, to the menu.  Executive Chef Chris Happel  and Manager Patti Hindsley are thrilled to announce these changes and look forward to sharing these guest-requested updates with fans old and new.

“From the start, we’ve created The Pub as a friendly, welcoming place that our guests feel a strong connection with – so when they asked us for more local craft beers, chef-inspired entrees, greater variety of appetizers and more salads and sandwiches, we listened!” says Kathy Haines, director of Wegmans in-store restaurants and Market Cafés.  “As always, all of our dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from the adjacent market, and these new menu adjustments make The Pub better than ever – a place where guests can enjoy a top-notch burger and local craft beer, close to home, any night of the week.”

New dishes include:  Yuengling Beer-Steamed PEI Mussels with shallot-thyme butter and warm baguette;  Cajun Kettle Salad with Bronzed Chicken, with romaine, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, cornbread croutons and Creole mustard vinaigrette;  Scallop Salad of spring mix greens, sliced pears, sweet pickled red onion, dried cranberries, shaved carrots, pine nut granola and cranberry-orange dressing;  Pub Cheese Burger, an instant classic of eight ounces of beef, grilled to order, with Adams Reserve cheddar, Wegmans thousand island dressing, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato; Beef Short Rib “Bahn Mi” Sandwich, Asian barbecue sauce-glazed, slow-cooked beef short rib with carrot, cabbage, cucumber and cilantro on a toasted roll;  Honey-Brined Boneless Pork Chops with potato puree, truffled green beans, apple slaw and country gravy;  and Atlantic Farm-Raised Salmon with sautéed spinach, shaved fennel, red onion, tarragon, artichokes, peas and Bouillabaisse sauce.  Entrees are now served with sides chosen specifically to complement them and many dishes feature sauces that are also for sale in the market, so guests can pick up a bottle and recreate their meal at home.

One delicious pairing with the new menu items is Sly Fox Sly Ride, a German-style malt beer brewed with four different kinds of hops (Vienna, Pils, Wheat and Caramunich) for a smooth, warming winter brew that was created for and will be served exclusively at The Pub at Wegmans.  Previous Sly Fox collaborative beers have been fast favorites with diners, and this latest seasonal creation is sure to join their ranks as among The Pub’s most popular beers.

The Pub also expanded their already-broad list of local craft beers and added a variety of palate-friendly wines by the glass, as well as a rotating seasonal cocktail list.  In addition, they now accept reservations over Open Table, meaning that guests who hope to dine at a specific time can book their table in advance and arrive confident that they will be seated right away.  Aesthetic changes to the already-cozy space have made it even more inviting, as well, including curtains for privacy and more comfortable low tables.

The Pub at Wegmans serves a market-fresh menu of American cuisine with a focus on creative plates, sandwiches and entrée salads.  It is a natural extension of the store’s comprehensive prepared foods section, the Market Café, where they offer dine-in or to-go dishes prepared fresh in their on-site kitchen.  The Pub takes that commitment to freshness one step further, with table service and ample seating, plus the full bar, where guests’ dishes are cooked to order from the thoughtful menu.

The Pub also serves a wide variety of local, domestic and international craft beers, including a variety of Pennsylvania favorites, such as Yuengling, Stout’s, Victory and a number of other local breweries on draught.  They also offer a selection of wines from around the world, available by the glass or bottle, and an exciting list of original cocktails made from premium spirits and mixers and fresh juice.

The Pub at Wegmans is nestled within the in-store Market Café and features a welcoming atmosphere with glowing mahogany and rich colors, where guests are encouraged to relax with family or friends over a pint or a bite.  The casual ambience includes a large wrap-around bar and comfortable dining room, spacious enough for parties, business functions and other private events.  The Pub is open for lunch and dinner.  For more information about The Pub at King of Prussia, please call (484) 690-3560, visit www.wegmans.com/thepub and follow them on Twitter (@WegmansPub).

About Wegmans
Founded by brothers Walter and John Wegman as the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company in Rochester, NY in 1916, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is now an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  FORTUNE magazine ranked Wegmans #1 on their 2005 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a list they have been on for 17 consecutive years.  They are guided by a commitment to the health of their employees and customers.

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Contact Information: 
Clare Pelino, Profile Public Relations, 215-985-2106
Kathy Haines, Wegmans director of in-store restaurants and Market Cafés, 484-788-4349

Wincor Nixdorf to launch B2B Android apps marketplace for retailers based on multifunctional payment tablet

Wincor Nixdorf bundles cashless payment know-how

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is extending and bundling its portfolio of solutions for processing cashless payment transactions. At Wincor World, the company will present a B2B marketplace for Android-based apps that retailers can use to manage their stores, enhance their sales and payment processes and provide value added services. A multifunctional payment tablet is the enabling technology for this innovative software platform concept. The “Aevi” portfolio – an ecosystem of integrated solution components – represents the culmination of all Wincor Nixdorf’s experience and know-how in the area of cashless payment transaction processing.

Recently, Wincor Nixdorf established a new business unit, Cashless Payment Solutions, to focus on the needs of the strongly growing cashless payment market. Its Aevi portfolio comprises three solution blocks: Aevi Pay, Aevi Money and Aevi Marketplace.

Aevi Pay delivers software and processing solutions for connecting EFTPOS devices that enable businesses to operate their payment landscape comprising terminals from different manufacturers. Aevi Pay is already being used by leading service station companies to process transactions. Wincor Nixdorf’s solution for processing mobile payments is the white label wallet: Aevi Wallet. It is based on using QR codes, but is now also ready for the future’s contactless NFC payments.

The solution Aevi Money covers the acquirer and issuer processing services, such as authorization, switching and routing of ATM transactions, including the operation of ATM networks. For this purpose, market leading software was integrated into Wincor Nixdorf’s solution blueprint to enable the company to offer an end-to-end platform as a flexible managed services solution. Moreover, Wincor Nixdorf is addressing the needs of the emerging markets in mobile money applications through a solution that enables people who have mobile telephones but no bank accounts to use ATMs to top up their mobile wallets, withdraw cash, and transfer funds to bank accounts or to other mobile wallets.

Lastly, Wincor Nixdorf introduced its B2B app store-based software concept, the Aevi Marketplace. “Our goal is to build a platform for an integrated ecosystem and make applications available that enable a unique customer experience and can do more than just process payments,” said, Miroslav Pekarek, Head of Cashless Payment Solutions. Examples include apps that retailers can use to re-order merchandise or that enable restaurant bills to be split easily.

In order to offer a variety of apps quickly, Wincor Nixdorf provides innovative software developers around the world with a software development kit, assumes responsibility for the quality and security of the apps, and ensures their distribution. Retailers or any other business customers can download the apps from the Aevi Marketplace platform onto “Albert” – a multifunctional, Android-based payment tablet and the first of its kind worldwide with an integrated card reader, receipt printer, and touchscreen module for encrypted PIN entry (Touch EPP).

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Wincor Nixdorf’s next release of TP.net – the next step towards omni-channel retailing

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Modern retail software needs to integrate the online and offline worlds and meet all the requirements of functionality, architecture and international orientation in multichannel sales. This is because, for example, today’s consumers gather information online, but make their purchases in stores – or vice versa. And in the process, they expect consistency and want the same quality of consumer service everywhere. “So retail companies need to do more than just address the different sales channels. They also need to connect them to each other seamlessly,” says Thomas Fell, Senior Vice President Retail at Wincor Nixdorf.

Against this backdrop, Wincor Nixdorf is preparing its next release of software TP.net (release May 2014) to include advanced features that optimize the mapping and control of all processes for international multichannel retailers. Retail companies will benefit from the new version – TP.net 5.5 – to connect their sales channels congruently and control them more efficiently. Among other things, TP.net 5.5 ensures a consistent link between sales and merchandise management data flows so that, for example, order processes and item availability can be coordinated across channels. The new release also enables cross-channel control of marketing and loyalty activities. Moreover, TP.net 5.5 connects the stationary checkout systems in stores to multiple mobile applications on end devices running iOS and Android operating systems, and ensures the successful integration of POS peripheral devices in mobile processes.

Wincor Nixdorf takes over software installation and testing in addition to implementing updates and providing 1st, 2nd and 3rd Level Support for the store staff. A standardized procedure based on areas of responsibility defined by the customer and Wincor Nixdorf enables the rapid transfer of the solution to the entire store network while ensuring complete process transparency for the retailer.

One element of this cross-channel solution is Wincor Nixdorf’s mobile checkout software mobile POS, presented for the first time at Wincor World 2014. “The extension of our proven, standards-based framework TP.net with these and other cross-channel functions offers retail companies a solid foundation for a uniform omni-channel customer experience. This will help them win and retain today’s ‘networked customers’,” comments Thomas Fell.

TP.net 5.5 is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of check-out processes required by large, international retail organizations. And Wincor Nixdorf ensures support for its solutions around the world through its closely-meshed delivery and service network. “Our strategic Retail software platform TP.net gets once more enriched by a massive R&D investment, which ensures its readiness for the implementation of retailers’ omni-channel strategies at a global scale”, says Nicolas Pelletier, Vice President Retail Software.

In an analysis by the renowned American market research company Forrester Research from November 2012, TP Application Suite was awarded the highest number of points for its functionality and performance in comparison with other solutions.

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High street retailer Argos launches its new Spring / Summer 2014 range with more than 42,000 products available

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading online high street retailer, Argos, launches its new Spring / Summer 2014 range this Saturday 18 January 2014, with more than 42,000 products available across toys, consumer electronics and everyday household items and family essentials.

The new range includes over 19,000 new lines, with more than 11,500 prices either lowered or frozen. Shoppers wanting great value for money can also benefit from over 750 market leading offers in the form of ‘WOW’ deals, which can be found in the catalogue, on argos.co.uk and its mobile site and apps.

Internet sales now represent 46 per cent of all Argos sales and transactions on mobile devices, account for 20 per cent of all sales¹.  With Check & Reserve available on thousands of products, shoppers can benefit from the ability to collect their order from one of around 735 stores nationwide as soon as they need it.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEW SPRING / SUMMER RANGE INCLUDE:

SPORTS & FITNESS

The exclusive fitness range from celebrity Davina McCall returns this season with the addition of new brightly coloured Vinyl Kettle bells. Celebrity trainer Matt Roberts’ exclusive range has also grown to include new free weights and cardio equipment. For those keen to incorporate technology into their workout, the newest edition to the FitBit family is the Force which tracks activity and displays instant stats and is set to be a top pick.

OUTDOOR

For those wishing to make the most of their gardens this spring, the new outdoor furniture range includes two and four seater bistro sets as well as patio furniture to cater for larger outdoor spaces. Campers can also have fun with new adult retro cartoon Superman and Wonder Woman sleeping bags.

HOME & FURNITURE

Argos’ ColourMatch brand continues to span all rooms in the house, with refreshed bright colour choices in home furnishings. A ‘distressed’ range of ready assembled wardrobes, trunks and cupboards, and a Melissa ‘bling’ bed with diamante padded headboard detail, are new in children’s furniture this season.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

There’s even more choice in colour and style for the kitchen this season with new ColourMatch kettles and toasters in Bubblegum Pink and Jellybean Blue. New lines from the Kenwood Nostalgia Chef Collection and kMix range include hand blenders and mixers, which are set to be popular lines with budding bakers this season. A hand mixer and blender are new to celebrity chef James Martin’s exclusive line of food preparation equipment.

TOYS

Great value outdoor toys for Spring / Summer from Chad Valley include a Paint Your Own Gnome kit and bubble-making lawnmower, both included in Argos’ popular ‘2 for £15’ offer. There is more garden fun with a giant inflatable basketball set, which will make even grown-ups feel small next to it! Other highlights include the Little Tikes Minnie and Mickey Mouse Cozy Coupes. Designed especially for Argos, you won’t find these Disney character adaptations of the classic Cozy Coupe anywhere else.

New for Barbie fans this season is the Hairtastic Salon Playset, exclusive to Argos, and on the back of popular slushy makers last year, the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker enables kids to make their own ice cream treats at home in minutes! 2014 is a big movie year for toys with the new LEGO® Bad Cops Pursuit play set, enabling kids to re-enact a key scene from LEGO® The Movie out next month.  Ready for the launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction, fans can get an Optimus Prime 12” figure – great value at just £9.99. Teksta the robotic puppy has also had a makeover – Dalmatian style!

NURSERY

Argos will stock its biggest ever nursery range this season, with over 1,900 product lines, including new premium brands such as Hauck, Babybjorn, Babystyle and Concord. There are new baby products from Chad Valley and an extended Mama & Papas range available for the first time, which includes the popular Armadillo Pushchair, in five fun colours.

TECHNOLOGY

Argos has grown its tablet range to include an explosion of colour choices, with 60 tablets now available including top name brands. The exclusive Bush22” customisation full HD LED TV / DVD Combi, has new interchangeable pink polka dot and racing car patterned surrounds, perfect for a child’s bedroom or playroom.

Music lovers will be excited with a new line of Sony MDR headphones, offering great sound and clarity, fronted by Irish band The Script. Hand-held speakers get a revamp in the form of the small, but powerful Beats Pill, from the very popular Beats by Dr Dre range. Pioneer also releases its new wireless and Spotify-enabled speaker, alongside Acoustic Solutions’ unique designed Bluetooth Speaker. Budding photographers will be excited by the Canon SX170 PowerShot IS which gets you 16 times closer to your object, as well as shooting HD movies. Fun for sporty-gamers this season will be in the form of the Wii Fit U with its new Fit Meter and Wii Balance Board, giving those keen to get into shape some extra assistance.

PERSONAL CARE

Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton adds a splash of colour to his new range of hair styling tools and Lee Stafford’s Argan Oil Collection looks set to be a top pick for those wishing to create beautiful glossy curls. Philips’ YS534 Click & Style Electric Shaver is set to be a top grooming product for men this season.

JEWELLERY

Argos welcomes two new collections to its handpicked ‘Designers at Argos’ offer, from award winning Sheffield jewellery designer Jessica Flinn and Burkmar jewellery. In addition, new trend-led collections Raw Earth, Bejewelled and Craft Market, include bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces, and will grab the attention of any fashion-forward shopper.

CLOTHING

Emma Bunton returns with her fifth exclusive collection at Argos, offering a range of fashion-led clothing for girls and boys. Highlights for girls include, a hot pink tutu dress and cute new bow-adorned wellies. Guitars, skull and crossbones and stripes all feature for boys. Superheroes reign supreme this Spring / Summer with new Iron Man 3 boys’ pyjamas and cute Batman and Superbaby outfits for little ones. And new parents attending a special event can now get baby occasion wear at Argos, such as the white netted occasion dress and smart waistcoat set for boys. All the kids’ favourite characters return this season, with fun nightwear, t-shirts and hoodies featuring Peppa Pig, Disney Princess and Angry Birds. Tweens planning slumber parties will love the new Monster High and 1Direction hooded onesies.

TOP 10 BEST VALUE DEALS

  • VAX S7 A+ Steam Mop – now £79.99, save £100 (122/4603)
  • Exclusive 7” Tablet Acer B1-710 –  now £89.99, save £10 (107/9559)
  • Canon PowerShot 16X optical zoom camera – half price, now £89.99 (166/5420 black, 162/3895 red)
  • Rattan Effect 4 Seat Patio sofa set – save £50, now £199.99 (146/6904)
  • Hitachi 42” Smart TV – save £160, now £289.99 (147/4680)
  • HP Pavilion 15.62 laptop, Intel Core i3, 8Gb, 1TB laptop – save £100 on this new thinner laptop in the colour of your choice, now £399.99 (146/7752 blue, 144/6704 White, 143,2835 red, 147/3612 purple)
  • Qualcast 1300W Electric Mower – save £30, now £79.99 (191/9451)
  • Hygena Ashton Ottoman Storage Double Bed (black) – half price, now £199.99 (158/4927)
  • Oil Drum Charcoal BBQ – half price, now £49.99 (184/3716)
  • Dyson DC35 Animal Cordless Handheld Vacuum cleaner – £269.99, with free accessory kit worth £56 (406/8196).
  • Wood Slow Close Toilet Seat with Easy Clean System – half price, now £19.99 (142/3057 white, 142/9408 black, 158/9991 natural pine, 167/9193 light oak finish).

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

¹Based on Home Retail Group’s latest published trading figures covering the 18 weeks from 1 September 2013 to 4 January 2014.

The new Argos SS range will be available to customers online and in stores from Saturday 18 January 2014.

If you would like a copy of a catalogue, or any prices or images, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.  Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

 

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 42,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 635 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2013. Argos serves around 124 million customers a year through its network of around 735 stores.

In the financial year to February 2013, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 30,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

Paris, France, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forty internationally-renowned experts from the world of fashion—including editors from prestigious publications, prize-winning photographers, heads of cultural institutions and industry executives—have accepted the invitation to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. Their task will be to select the ten finalists who will present their collections to the jury.

During Paris Fashion Week (end of February – beginning of March 2014), the 30 finalists chosen by the LVMH Prize team from among the hundreds of applicants from around the world— including Asia, Africa and South America as well as the United States and Europe—will present their work to the panel of experts, who represent the multiple creative facets that shape today’s fashion universe. The showroom at LVMH headquarters will be the last stage before the ten young finalists present their work to the prestigious Prize jury.

Candidates have until February 2, 2014 to enter the Prize competition.

The Panel of Experts is posted on lvmhprize.com:

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion (London)
Sarah Andelman, Creative director of Colette (Paris)
Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron&Baron (New York)
Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large for Style.com (London)
Mariacarla Boscono, Supermodel and muse (Rome)
Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)
Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)
Godfrey Deeny, Editor at large, Fashion, for Le Figaro (Paris)
Patrick Demarchelier, photographer (New York)
Babeth Djian, Editor in chief of Numéro (Paris)
Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)
Jo-Ann Furniss, Writer, editor and creative director (London)
Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)
Stephen Gan, Founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York)
Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)
Katie Grand, Editor in chief of Love Magazine (London)
Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Co-founder and chief Executive of the Webster (Miami)
Adrian Joffe, Chief executive officer of Dover Street Market International (London)
Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)
Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)
Linda Loppa, Director of Polimoda (Florence)
Natalie Massenet, Founder & Executive Chairman of Net-a-Porter (London)
Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)
Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue (New York)
Sarah Mower, Contributing editor of Vogue US (Londres)
Camilla Nickerson, Stylist (New York)
Lilian Pacce, Fashion editor and writer (Sao Paulo)
Jean-Jacques Picart, Fashion and Luxury Consultant (Paris)
Gaia Repossi, Creative director of Repossi (Paris)
Olivier Rizzo, Stylist (Antwerp)
Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris)
Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum (Paris)
Marie-Amelie Sauvé, Stylist (Paris)
Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)
Charlotte Stockdale, Stylist (London)
Tomoki Sukezane, Stylist (Tokyo)
Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel and philanthropist (Paris)
Louise Wilson, Course Director of the Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London)
Dasha Zukhova, Editor in chief of Garage Magazine and Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)

Jury:

Eight creative directors from LVMH Fashion Houses including: Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon et Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) ;

Delphine ArnaultJean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group).

To find out more about the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize visit the prize website: www.lvmhprize.com

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Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

 

BJ’s Charitable Foundation distributed 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations

Recipient organizations focused on supporting vital, basic needs –Education, healthcare, hunger prevention and self sufficiency

Westborough, MA, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Charitable Foundation announces the distribution of 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations that support the health and overall well-being of children and families residing in the communities surrounding BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.

“BJ’s is not your average chain,” said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “If we have a club in your community, you better believe that we consider ourselves a part of that community too, and we strive to help our communities grow and prosper because when they thrive, we do too.”

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated over $19 million to more than 2,200 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals between 10/12/2013 – 01/10/2014. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Detailed information regarding grant recipients and amounts follows.

Education 

•    Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Hartford CT: $5,000 to provide books, thumb drives and headphones for low literate adults for the Job Readiness Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT: $3,000 to provide training, programs and newsletters for mentors and educational materials for the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy Program.

•    Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct-service program-related portion of salaries for job coaches and teachers while the district transitions to the new math curriculum in the Implementing Common Core Standards in Math Program.

•    National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc., Dover, DE: $5,000 to purchase customer credit reports for the Stand by Me Financial Coaching program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL: $5,000 to supply food for college tours and program supplies for the College and Career Exploratory Program.

•    Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Inc., Jacksonville: FL, $5,000 to support public transportation bus cards, GED test fees and a portion of the program-related direct-service salary for the program coordinator of the Expanded Horizons Literacy Program.

•    Hibiscus Children’s Center, Inc., Jensen Beach, FL: $5,000 to supply educational materials and a portion of the program-related, direct-service coordinator’s salary for the Literacy Program at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter.

•    United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc., Leesburg, FL: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of salaries for teachers in the Rally for Reading Program at Clermont Elementary School.

•    Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to purchase books for StoryTime performances and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the StoryTime Coordinator  for the StoryTime Program.

•    East Lake Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries for Junior Program Assistants for the After School Program.

•    Future Foundation, Inc., East Point, GA: $5,000 to provide gas, healthy snacks and curriculum guide sets for the Reed House Learning & Teen Center After School Program.

•    Children’s Restoration Network, Roswell, GA: $10,000 to provide educational items and extra curricular activity supplies and to pay the direct service program-related portion of the salary of the Coordinator for the Project One-on-One Program.

•    United South End Settlements, Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase supplies, copies, GED Math Books, Reading Comprehension Books, ESOL Pronunciation and IXL online software and membership for Adult Basic Education and ESOL Program.

•    Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Boston, MA: $10,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a social worker who provides mental health assessment, treatment and care coordination for the Kid’s Day Therapeutic After-School and Summer Program.

•    The City on a Hill Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to fund numeracy supplies and recruitment tools for the CoaHCORPS Tutorial Program.

•    Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA: $10,000 to support mentoring session and classroom support supplies, volunteer training, advertising, recruitment and payment for the direct service, program-related portion of stipends for three site team leaders for the Revere AARP Experience Corps Program.

•    Vietnam Veterans Workshop, Inc., Boston, MA: $2,500 to provide textbooks, training material and office supplies for the Veterans Training School Program.

•    School On Wheels of Massachusetts, Inc., Brockton, MA: $7,500 to purchase transit passes for college students, backpacks, books, dorm supplies, fees and various items not covered by financial aid for the Educating Children and Youth Impacted by Homelessness Program.

•    Epiphany School, Inc., Dorchester, MA: $5,000 to provide reading enrichment materials, special education support materials and program-related field trips and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries for the teachers of the Reading Enrichment Program.

•    Child & Family Services, Inc., New Bedford, MA: $5,000 to support a portion of travel costs and the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries of the program coordinator and case worker for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater New Bedford Program.

•    The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc., Roxbury, MA: $10,000 to fund a portion of e-readers for middle school and high school students, scholarships and cultural- and college tour- trips for the Victory Generation Program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Nashua, NH: $5,000 to purchase Build-It Kits and FIRST Lego Robotics supplies, as well as an online educational tool (Kids College) for the Project Learn Program.

•    YMCA of Princeton, NJ, Princeton, NJ: $5,000 to fund the salaries of the teachers who provide instructions for youth receiving homework help and tutoring in the Princeton Young Achievers Program.

•    Summit Academy Charter School, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000 to fund SAT practice guides, career readiness guides and computer licenses for SAT/PSAT preparation software for the College Preparation Program.

•    Compeer West Inc., Buffalo, NY: $4,800 to fund stipends for volunteers and to purchase tickets to sporting and other community events, as well as gas cards to offset travel costs for the Compeer for Kids Program.

•    East Coast Assistance Dogs, Inc, Dobbs Ferry, NY: $5,000 to purchase instructional supplies for the ECADemy Program.

•    Korean American Family Services, Flushing, NY: $5,000 for textbooks, playground balls, paper, storybooks, art supplies and transportation for one field trip for the Hodori After-School Program.

•    Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY: $10,000 to fund supplies and snacks for the summer component, a portion of transportation costs, as well as a portion of the direct services program-related salary of the bilingual teacher for the Together to Kindergarten Program.

•    Harlem Academy, New York, NY: $12,500 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the school counselor, transportation, entry fees, lunches for two mentoring field trips and supplies needed for after-school for the Mentoring and Tutoring Program.

•    Harlem Center for Education, Inc., New York, NY: $5,000 to purchase iPads, learning tools, SAT Prep class materials and after school curriculum materials for the Middle and High School College Access Program.

•    Association to Benefit Children, New York, NY: $5,000 to for learning tools, school supplies and art supplies for ABC’s Youth Services Program.

•    Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Inc., New York, NY: $4,960 to purchase computer tablets, LEGO Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) software and LEGO simple and motorize mechanisms base sets for use in The After School Community Learning Centers STEM Program.

•    Northampton Area Public Library, Northampton, PA: $1,700 to fund a subscription to the TumbleBook Library and supplies for the Family Storytime 2.0 Program.

•    Connection Training Services, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase vocational training program learning tools and supplies, printing costs for class hand-outs, construction trades tools (including tool belts for participants) for the YouthBuild Program.

•    Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, Inc, Warwick, RI: $10,000 to fund training and activity materials, mentor recruitment events and memberships, mentor background checks and direct-service program-related portions of program coordinator salaries for the Literacy Mentoring Program.

•    Girls For A Change, San Jose, VA: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the program manager, as well as team supplies, including markers, paper and craft supplies for the Girl Action Teams Program.

 

Healthcare

•    AmeriCares Free Clinics, Inc., Stamford, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion salary for a nurse practitioner in the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport Program.

•    Riverside Community Care, Inc., Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to provide grocery gift cards, mattresses, diapers, baby wipes, blankets and therapeutic play games for use in the Family Clinic Program.

•    Cape Cod Healthcare Inc., Hyannis, MA: $5,000 to purchase mobile wireless conference phones, as well as the phone installation and training, for the CCHC Interpreter Program IPOP Fund Program.

•    Coltrane LIFE Center, Inc., Concord, NC: $4,100 to purchase healthcare and first aid supplies, as well as the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the health care coordinator for the Adult Day Healthcare Services Program.

•    Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Matthews, NC: $5,000 to fund medical supplies and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the registered nurses performing the spirometer tests for the COPD Patient Program.

•    NH Children’s Trust, Inc., Concord, NH: $4,000 to provide fifty Face-to-Face training packets, staff travel to training, staff development and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Strengthening Families Program director.

•    Cayuga County Community Health Network, Inc., Auburn, NY: $5,000 to purchase dental supplies for the Brush to Crush Cavities Program.

•    Children’s Health Fund, New York, NY: $10,000 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a full-time pediatrician for the New York Children’s Health Program.

•    Mature Services, Inc., Akron, OH: $5,000 to fund mileage reimbursement for errand services provided for homebound clients of the Homecare Program.

•    Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA: $5,000 to supply disposable dental supplies including patient bibs, tray covers, syringe tips, sponges and amalgam, as well as small parts for handheld dental instruments for the Free Dental Care for Uninsured Families in Chester County Program.

•    Rhode Island Free Clinic, Providence, RI: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Clinic Nurse in the From Crisis to Care: A Statewide Model of Coordinated Healthcare for Uninsured, Low-Income Adults Program.

•    Virginia Dental Association Foundation, Richmond, VA: $5,000 to purchase disposable dental supplies and one-step denture unit templates and to pay to repair or replace small dental hand instruments and other dental equipment for the Mission of Mercy Program.

 

Hunger Prevention 

•    Hands on Hartford, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the MANNA Community Pantry Program.

•    Martin House, Inc., Norwich, CT: $5,000 to pay for food for the Basic Needs Program.

•    Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., Vernon, CT: $3,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Program.

•    Food Bank of Delaware, Inc., Newark, DE: $12,500 to fund fuel, tolls, repairs, maintenance, storage boxes and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the driver for the Expanded Fields of Hope Program.

•    Lutheran Community Services, Wilmington, DE: $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

•    HOPE HELPS INC, Oviedo, FL: $5,000 to provide food and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the food pantry and resource coordinators for The Kids of HOPE Enrichment Program.

•    Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to provide food for the Increasing Food Distribution Program.

•    Victory Programs, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 for food for the Boston Living Center Nutrition and Meals Enhancement Program.

•    The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc., Boston, MA: $15,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program.

•    Rosie’s Place, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to fund food for the Women & Children at Rosie’s Place Food Program.

•    Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., Lexington, MA: $2,100 to purchase food for the Therapeutic Nutrition For Elders Program.

•    Open Pantry Community Services, Inc., Springfield, MA: $5,000 for non-perishable food and groceries, infant formula and diapers for the Emergency Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Action Council of Howard County, MD. Inc., Columbia, MD: $5,000 to provide food, as well as seeds and small plants, for the Howard County Food Bank Program.

•    Farmer Foodshare Inc, Chapel Hill, NC: $5,000 to purchase fresh local produce for the Pennies on the Pound Food Market Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey: Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Cherry Hill, NJ: $5,000 for food for the Family Assistance Program and Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc., Morristown, NJ: $10,000 to buy food and supplies for the Outreach Center Program.

•    Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc. (NESF), Newark, NJ: $7,500 to purchase food for the Food & Clothing Pantry Program.

•    Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Toms River, NJ: $3,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of salary of the Volunteer Coordinator for the Easing Hunger Program.

•    Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY: $11,000 to purchase 11,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Stocking Our Shelves Program.

•    Foodlink, Inc., Rochester, NY: $12,500 to buy food for Foodlink’s Cooking Matters Program.

•    Capital District Community Gardens, Troy, NY: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the outreach assistant for the Squash Hunger Program.

•    Mobile Meals, Inc., Akron, OH: $12,500 to purchase meals and supplements and to pay for fuel and vehicle maintenance for the Meals and Supplements for Children, the Disabled and the Elderly Who are Unable to Pay Program.

•    Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, Avon Lake, OH: $5,000 to purchase food, household supplies and personal hygiene products for the Hunger Prevention Program.

•    Cleveland Foodbank, Inc., Cleveland, OH: $7,500 to provide food for the Children’s Nutrition Initiative Program.

•    Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase food for Vivian’s Pantry Emergency Food Bank Program.

•    Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington, VA: $5,000 for perishable food for the General Distribution Program.

•    FeedMore, Inc., Richmond, VA: $10,000 to purchase food for the BackPack Program.

 

Self Sufficiency

 

•    Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the Resident Services Coordinator salary for the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust’s Project Success Program.

•    New Haven Diaper Bank, Inc., New Haven, CT: $7,500 to supply diapers for families in need through the Diaper Distribution Network Program.

•    Family Promise of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL: $4,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a case manager, fund transportation expenses, as well as purchase hygiene items and cleaning supplies, for the Back to Work, Back to Home Program.

•    The Center For Drug-Free Living, Inc., Orlando, FL: $4,000.00 to purchase food, household cleaning and laundry supplies, clothing for school, job interviews and work in the Helping Others Make the Effort (H.O.M.E.) Program.

•    Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for four Child Services Coordinators (CSCs), who develop and implement recruitment plans to find adoptive parents for high-risk youth in foster care and to help fund venue rental and refreshments for Adoption Parties/Information Events in the Child Services Program.

•    Crittenton Women’s Union, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase home supplies, literacy materials and refreshments, fund staff travel and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the case manager/domestic violence specialist for the Horizons: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Achieve Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Pine Street Inn, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to supply 2,500 meals at a cost of $5 per meal to homeless men served through the Men’s Inn Food Services Program.

•    South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., Framingham, MA: $5,000 to provide “Welcome Home” baskets, which include toiletries, socks, undergarments, bathrobes, cleaning products, linens, as well as 600 bus passes, for clients served through the Common Ground Resource Center Program.

•    Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Incorporated, Roxbury, MA: $5,000 to purchase shelter supplies, including hygiene items, diapers and food to support families in the Family Shelter Program.

•    Triangle Family Services, Raleigh, NC: $5,000 to provide direct service, program related salary support for a case manager, who helps clients to obtain and maintain permanent housing through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program.

•    Shelter Our Sisters, Inc., Hackensack, NJ: $5,000 to fund direct service, program related salary support for a bilingual case manager in the Project Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Family Guidance Center Corporation, Hamilton, NJ: $5,000 to provide food vouchers, prescription refills, seasonal clothing and other personal items, and to pay utilities, rent, and/or mortgage payments or legal fees related to eviction proceedings for the Economic Crisis Emergency Fund Program.

•    The Willow Tree, Inc., Morris Plain, NJ: $5,000 to fund a direct service, program-related portion of the certified alcohol and drug counselor, who provides class instruction for adult learners, and to purchase refreshments for classes in the Living Willow Wise Life Skills Program.

•    Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc., Plainfield, NJ: $10,000 to purchase furniture, household cleaning supplies and building maintenance supplies for families served through the Transitional Housing Program.

•    Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs, Bronx, NY: $5,000 to buy clothing and shoes for homeless clients served through the Transitional Housing Facility Program.

•    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY Inc. aka Polish Community Center, Buffalo, NY: $5,000 for an outreach van for the Matt Urban Hope Center-Homeless Outreach Program.

•    Transitional Services for New York, Inc., Whitestone, NY: $5,000 to purchase technology and software supplies, as well as Career Abilities Placement Surveys and related advertising outreach in the Vocational Program.

•    Eastern Henrico FISH, Inc., Henrico, VA: $5,000 to support financial assistance for households, including rent, mortgage and utility payments, for the Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

 

About BJ’s Charitable Foundation
BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ’s Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, education and health). For more information about BJ’s Charitable Foundation, please visit, www.bjs.com/charity/

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The Kroger Co. and Harris Teeter Supermarkets merger received FTC’s early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act

Matthews, NC, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) (“Kroger”) and Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE: HTSI) (“Harris Teeter”) announced that the Federal Trade Commission today granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) with respect to the pending merger transaction between the two companies.

The early termination of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending merger, which remains subject to other customary closing conditions. Both companies expect the transaction to be completed before the end of January.

On July 9, 2013,  Kroger and Harris Teeter  announced a definitive merger agreement, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. On October 3, 2013, Harris Teeter shareholders overwhelmingly approved of the merger agreement. At the closing of the merger, Harris Teeter shareholders will receive $49.38 in cash for each share of Harris Teeter common stock they own.

About Kroger
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs 343,000 associates who serve customers in 2,414 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less,  Fred Meyer , Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,218 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Krogercontributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

About Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., reported fiscal 2013 sales of $4.71 billion. The regional grocery chain employs approximately 26,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those related to the expected timing for closing of the merger. These forward-looking statements are based on Harris Teeter’s and Kroger’s current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from such statements: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the proposed merger agreement; the risk that a closing condition to the proposed merger may not be satisfied; and other economic, business, competitive, and regulatory factors affecting the businesses of Harris Teeter and Kroger generally, including those set forth in the filings of Harris Teeter and Kroger with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statements. Harris Teeter and Kroger assume no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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Target’s new store in North Brunswick, N.J. will be located in the new development Main Street North Brunswick

Store will employ approximately 250 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in North Brunswick, N.J., in October 2014. The store will be located in the new development called Main Street North Brunswick, and the entrance to the center is at Route 1 and Aaron Road. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The North Brunswick store will be approximately 140,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks, a Target Pharmacy and a Target Optical, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The North Brunswick location will employ approximately 250 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“With the new Target North Brunswick, NJ store opening this October, we’re deepening our commitment to the community of northern New Jersey.” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region. “We look forward to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with our guests and new Team Members.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visitTarget.com/corporateresponsibility.

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