Meijer expands its relationship with Shipt to bring home delivery service across its six-state footprint

Meijer expands its relationship with Shipt to bring home delivery service across its six-state footprint

Meijer signs deal with Shipt to expand home delivery; Customers to get groceries and essentials from local Meijer delivered in as little as one hour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today it is bringing home delivery across its six-state footprint, starting with Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, and will quickly follow with other major markets in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Shipt because together we can offer customers across the Midwest a whole new level of convenience, product variety, and service not available before,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Now customers can shop a complete grocery list online, having access to our world class assortment of fresh produce, meat, dairy and a number of other essentials that Shipt will hand select from a local Meijer store and deliver to a customer’s doorstep.”

Beginning on March 29, Meijer customers in Grand Rapids with a Shipt membership will have the ability to shop 55,000 items across our stores using the Shipt smartphone app (iOS, android) or place orders directly through shipt.com. Customers can schedule their orders to be delivered in as little as one hour, seven days a week. Meijer and Shipt will also launch the service in Fort Wayne and the Indianapolis area in April. Other major markets in the Midwest will be announced in the coming months.

“The way our customers shop continues to evolve,” said Meijer Chairman Hank Meijer. “We believe the high-touch service that Shipt offers, coupled with what our customers love about shopping at Meijer, creates a new type of shopping experience.”

Bill Smith, Founder & CEO of Shipt, said the expansion of service at Meijer stores will also help create an estimated 10,000 jobs in six states in 2017. Shipt will build networks of hundreds of personal shoppers and identify opportunities to support community organizations in each Meijer market offering the service. “We are excited to partner with a leader in the retail industry who continues to put the customer first,” Smith said.

The retailer’s decision to expand the availability of digital home delivery comes after its highly successful launch of the service in the Detroit area last fall, which prompted Meijer to roll out the service to other markets. Shipt members in the Detroit area placed more than 65,000 orders since September 2016.

The Shipt delivery service is membership-based, with either annual or monthly options. For $99 a year, Shipt members receive unlimited free grocery deliveries on all orders over $35.

After signing up for Shipt, members can digitally shop a large selection of Meijer groceries, fresh produce, and everyday essentials including baby, health and beauty products. They can also note any preferences, choose a preferred delivery window and pay for their order. A Shipt shopper will hand pick their items and deliver them in as little as one hour after the order is placed.

Because most Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, Shipt deliveries will be available at most Meijer locations around the clock, seven days a week, with the exception of certain holidays.

For more information on how to become a Shipt member and to see the full coverage areas, please go to www.shipt.com/Meijer. For more information on how to become a Shipt shopper in Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, please go to https://www.shipt.com/beashopper.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional information on Meijer, 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.

About Shipt:
Shipt delivers fresh groceries from local grocery stores through a user-friendly app and dedicated community of shoppers. Shipt is simplifying the grocery shopping experience by empowering members to conveniently grocery shop anywhere. Shipt actively delivers in 35 cities across the country. The company has offices in Birmingham, Ala., and San Francisco. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943

KiwiTech Announces Strategic Partnership with Blingby

Strategic partnership formed to revolutionize video content delivery and e-commerce

Washington DC, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — KiwiTech, LLC, a startup accelerator and technology services company, has announced a strategic partnership with Blingby, an innovative digital advertising and marketing platform. Blingby users watch, buy, book or rent the styles and places that inspire them. However, Blingby is not only about fashion, lifestyle, or travel; it is adaptable to many different industries. Third-parties can also license and customize Blingby’s (bbStream) technology for use on their platform, enhancing their value proposition.

A truly groundbreaking innovation is Blingby’s bbstream, which can be integrated natively into content streams by producers CDNs and content distributors into their video content. Why should you care?

Imagine watching a YouTube video and moving your cursor above a person’s jacket. From that simple action, a drop-down appears with information on the jacket, through which a user can click through to purchase. Or what if PM Justin Trudeau is giving a presentation in front of the 4 Seasons in Montreal, move your cursor to the hotel and information on room rentals, etc., drop down from which you can click and execute a transaction.

It’s audience-agnostic, non-intrusive advertising that virtually eliminates the “ready fire aim” approach used by advertisers, replacing it with pinpoint accurate audience segmentation.

Blingby, founded in 2014, is a video content delivery and e-commerce marketing and advertising platform, engaging users in 185 countries. Blingby empowers marketers by providing them with a powerful, engaging and advert-less platform where the video and the proprietary bbStream experience drives user interaction. Blingby technology supports native and live streaming. Blingby is currently available on the web at www.blingby.com and on third-party websites, social media and as an Android or iOS mobile app through Google Play and iTunes.

“Blingby is a paradigm shift in marketing and advertising by transforming content into an informative, ’advert-less’ engagement applicable to different industries. We are excited to form this strategic alliance to help further transform Blingby’s unique platform,” said Rakesh Gupta, Founder and CEO, KiwiTech. “We’re committed to bringing the best of KiwiTech to help Blingby meet their business goals.”

“People’s tolerance to pushy and non-relevant and non-engaging marketing is rapidly diminishing. We built Blingby to solve this problem. We deliver a continuously-evolving, fully-immersive visual digital experience with high user engagement and conversion rates,” said Marcia Favale, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Blingby. “KiwiTech, with an extensive experience in the technology space, will augment our technology delivery to continuously reshape user engagement in digital media, helping us further deliver on the Blingby vision.”

KiwiTech brings a deep understanding of developed and emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and visual recognition. “As part of this partnership, KiwiTech will provide exclusive technology capabilities to Blingby,” said Robert Stanicic, COO and Co-Founder of Blingby.

KiwiTech provides end-to-end digital technology solutions across a wide range of industries, including publishing, healthcare, media & entertainment, education, financial services, and government. It has quickly gained recognition as an innovator by investing in numerous early-stage startups and partnering with large enterprises. Leveraging world-class design and technology development capabilities and extensive expertise with content management and creation, KiwiTech enables companies to seamlessly add mobile to their technology stack. KiwiTech is based in Washington DC, with additional offices in New York and New Delhi, India.

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Sainsbury’s invests on its colleagues on disability awareness training

Sainsbury’s invests on its colleagues on disability awareness training
Sainsbury’s invests on its colleagues on disability awareness training

 

London, 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — To give its deaf customers a better experience in store, Sainsbury’s has created a short film for its colleagues on how to communicate with deaf customers, particularly those who use British Sign Language (BSL).

  • Retailer creates award-winning film to teach all colleagues basic sign language
  • Film now being made public to enable more people to learn
  • Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours in the past year on disability awareness training

The innovative film was created as part of Sainsbury’s non-visible disabilities awareness week, after colleagues expressed a lack of confidence at communicating with customers who are deaf sign language users.

Sainsbury’s held workshops with its colleagues who are deaf sign language users to develop the film. The workshops helped provide insights on colleagues’ own experiences of shopping and which signs would be most useful to teach the retailer’s 161,000 colleagues who would watch the video.

In a first for UK food retailers, Sainsbury’s is making the internal film public to help more people feel comfortable communicating with the one in six people in the UK who have some form of hearing impairment or deafness.

Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary and Corporate Services Director and Board Champion for Disability and Carers at Sainsbury’s said: “Our vision is to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. We are committed to investing in disability awareness training and this film is just one way that we are providing additional help to our customers with disabilities.”

Sainsbury’s has received endorsement for the film from the Royal Association for Deaf People. Dr. Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive at the charity, said: “Communication between Deaf and hearing people can be difficult for both parties, but it can be made easier through awareness and education. The Royal Association for Deaf People support mainstream services to become more accessible to Deaf people. We’re delighted to see how committed Sainsbury’s are to providing accessible services to Deaf people.”

Tracey Kennard, a colleague at Sainsbury’s Dartford store who was in the film said: “As a child growing up with a deaf parent, I know how difficult it can be for a deaf and hearing person to communicate directly. Since watching the film, I have noticed a real change in my colleagues. They have gone from being nervous and handing over to me when a deaf customer needs assistance, to having the confidence to have a go – and once they’ve started, they often find they can help the customer without my involvement. All it takes is a simple signed ‘Hello’ for a deaf customer to feel valued, and a colleague to feel more comfortable in continuing the conversation using gestures or written words to make sure we’re delivering great service for our customers.

The film, titled ‘”Life Doesn’t Come With Subtitles”: Tips for Communicating with Deaf Customers’ recently won gold at the EVCOM Clarion Awards, the leading awards for recognising best practice in communicating the importance of CSR, diversity and other issues through live and visual communications.

Over the past year, Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours on in training store colleagues how to help customers with visible disabilities and non-visible disabilities. In 2015, Sainsbury’s became the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres – revolutionising the way our deaf customers can communicate with our call centres.

Press Enquiries:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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NACS: convenience stores contributed nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than 97% of convenience store companies responding to the survey say they donate to charities. The median charitable contribution per store is $4,100 in direct contributions and $2,500 in donations collected. This means that, as an industry, the 154,195 convenience stores in the United States contribute or collect approximately $990 million a year to benefit charities.

Nearly two-thirds of all convenience retailers (64%) say they support five or more charities in their communities. And more than four in five (83%) companies say they’ve have been engaged in community giving for more than a decade.

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) donate to local charities such as church groups, shelters, health-related organizations and other non-sports groups. More than three in four (76%) contribute to youth sports and activities and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via the PTAs and other fundraising activities.

Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community. “We are the stores that people turn to in crisis,” said Steve Williams with Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN).

More than nine in 10 Americans (91%) say that they live within 10 minutes of a convenience store, according to a national consumer survey conducted by NACS. In rural areas, convenience stores are often the only place in town to buy grocery items, fuel or other products or services. More than 8 in 10 rural Americans (81%) say that a convenience store is within 10 minutes of their home, according to the same survey.

“We are truly your neighborhood store—not just a stop and go for gas and snacks,” said Jessica Murphy with Humboldt Petroleum (Eureka, CA).

More than three in five (62%) retailers say make local product/food donations for charity events and 53% provide product to shelters to support those in need.

Convenience retailers stressed the importance of local contributions that help the immediate community they serve. Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA) donates a portion of sales from its food program during certain months to support a local charity. “This makes our customers and associates feel good because everyone knows the money is going to a great local cause that helps people in our immediate area,” said the company’s Director of Operations Dennis McCartney.

Retailers also noted that their convenient locations in the community also make them convenient locations for groups to hold events: 60% allow their property to be used by local groups for fundraising events.

They also say that they receive donation requests on a regular basis and tend to select those that are most appropriate for the community. Overall, 60% examine requests on a case-by-case basis while 8% develop a set amount that they contribute to causes annually.

“Our industry must choose wisely,” noted Bob Honkala from Bud’s Citgo (Somonauk, IL), which donates to a broad array of charities. “Choose what fits your company best,” added Jay Ricker with Ricker’s (Anderson, IN), which contributes to a number of local and national causes.

A total of 115 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,728 stores, participated in the September 2016 survey of convenience retailers. The national consumer survey was conducted in September 2015 by Penn Schoen Berland in which 1,111 U.S. adults were surveyed.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE:  NACS

Accessible prescription label service now available for visually impaired customers at Bartell Drugs

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is now offering three solutions for persons with visual impairment who cannot read the print on their prescription drug container labels.

Patients can receive either ScripTalk audible labels, ScripView large print labels, or Braille labels based on their need.  Accessible prescription labels help low-vision patients safely and independently manage their medications and communicate more effectively with their pharmacist about their prescription needs.

“It’s extremely important that patients know and understand the instructions for their medications,” says Bartell Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Services, Billy Chow. “This can be challenging for our patients with visual impairments. Having this system guarantees those individuals full and unhindered access to accurate information in a format that is tailored for their needs.”

ScripTalk is an audible prescription reader.  The ScripTalk label is embedded with a microchip and is programmed with all the printed label data. The patient places the container onto a small hand-held reader, and with the press of a button, is able to listen to the information including patient name, drug name and instructions, pharmacy contact information, warnings and more. Deaf-Blind users can request ScripTalk User software to export text to their Braille browser display.  The ScripTalk reader is provided free by En-Vision America, Inc.

ScripView is a large-print, booklet-style label attached to the prescription container. It provides easy access to the prescription label for those with low vision. The label contains all the same information as the pharmacy’s regular label, but in large print.  The pharmacist can edit the font size based upon the need of the patient.

Braille label tape can be added to a prescription with basic medication information.

The accessible label service is free to those who request it.  To receive ScripTalk, ScripView or Braille labels, patients should discuss which accommodation would be best for them with their local Bartell Drug pharmacist.

About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About En-Vision America: En-Vision America, Inc. is provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments.  Founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, they began by inventing products to help blind family members.  The cornerstone of the company is to provide customers with greater independence through technology.  For more information about ScripAbility products or to find the pharmacy nearest you, contact En-Vision America at 800-890-1180 or visit www.ScripAbility.com

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 (office)
206-276-5200 (cell)
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

CVS Pharmacy to assist patients in determining the best Medicare Part D prescription drug plan during enrollment period for 2017

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced today (Oct. 14, 2016) that it will offer an extensive array of in-store and online resources to assist senior patients in determining the best 2017 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan during the Annual Enrollment period. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins October 15 and ends December 7, 2016.

Convenient access to information about local and national Medicare Part D plans will be available to patients in both English and Spanish at all 9,600 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. In addition, more than 11,000 informational events will be held in select CVS Pharmacy stores across the country during the Open Enrollment period where representatives from local health plans will provide Medicare Part D information to eligible patients and answer any questions they may have.

CVS Pharmacy’s online Health Insurance Information Center, www.cvs.com/Medicare, offers information on available Medicare Part D plans. The website features information that helps seniors find a plan in their community and guides them on how to enroll. For seniors evaluating Medicare Part D plans, they can enter their prescription information and zip code to compare plans available to them. Patients can also find a listing of store informational insurance events in their community.

“Selecting a Medicare Part D plan can be confusing and stressful for patients. That’s why it’s important they understand the many plan options available to them,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services and Supply Chain, for CVS Health. “By making our pharmacists available to help patients better understand their options and offering access to health insurance information at our stores and online, we’re arming patients with the tools they need to determine which plan best meets their health care needs.”

CVS Pharmacy does not endorse any specific Medicare Part D plan and accepts most major Medicare prescription drug plans. It is participating in several regional and national Part D preferred pharmacy networks which offer additional savings opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries, including no or low co-pays on generic medications.

During the Annual Enrollment period, Medicare beneficiaries can review their prescription coverage and enroll in a new plan for 2017 if they choose. Because Medicare Part D plans change each year and patients’ individual prescription needs may change, comparing plans could save hundreds of dollars.

As patients evaluate the available prescription drug plans, it is important for them to consider their annual deductible, premium and co-payments, as well as which plans cover the prescriptions they are taking, any out-of-pocket expenses, and if their pharmacy is included in the plan.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Amy Lanctot
Amy.Lanctot@cvshealth.com
401-770-2931

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

BRC welcomes UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre

LONDON, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) officially launches today (October 3, 2016) as a public-facing part of GCHQ, through which the government will deliver authoritative advice on tackling industry wide cyber-security issues. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) fully supports the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) because a key priority for the BRC is to work with authorities across the country to counter the blight of cyber-attacks and criminality affecting the retail industry.

For many years, the BRC has actively encouraged the Government to simplify the UK’s cyber security structures, especially those relating to how to organize public-private cooperation. Whilst ambitious, the stated aim for the NCSC to become ‘a single point of contact for the private and public sectors alike’ is an extremely encouraging development.

The Government has broadened its approach to industry engagement on cyber security, as represented by the NCSC’s remit, to cover all sectors of the economy. The BRC believes that the retail industry should be considered by the NCSC as a ‘sector of strategic or significant economic importance’, and that the new centre includes within its scope, regular engagement with, and new levels of support for, the retail sector in the event of serious cyber security incidents.

Hugo Rosemont, Crime and Security Policy Adviser at the BRC said: “Today’s launch of the UK National Cyber Security Centre is a hugely positive development. The BRC’s cyber security priorities are focussed on helping to protect the retail industry and the customers it serves, and we believe that the new centre offers a massive opportunity to deliver the integrated approach that is needed to protect UK cyberspace. Our work is also driven by the belief that an effective approach to ensuring cyber security across society demands strong public-private partnership working. The retail industry should be seen as a core partner of the organisation and we stand ready to engage with the NCSC in a constructive manner.”

For media enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
Communications Assistant, BRC
Tel: +44 (0)20 7854 8924
Zoe.maddison@brc.org.uk

Source:  British Retail Consortium

Diebold Nixdorf launches crowdstorming program to help create new consumer services for financial institutions

NORTH CANTON, Ohio and PADERBORN, Germany, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf has launched an innovative crowd storming program to help create radically new consumer services for financial institutions that want to shift the paradigm in an increasingly digital environment and reshape how they might interact with customers 10 years from now and beyond.

The online brainstorming initiative, called “Rethinking services and consumer touchpoints in the financial industry,” will tap into the global pool of more than 80,000 creative professionals organized on the jovoto online crowd storming platform.

With this groundbreaking initiative, Diebold Nixdorf welcomes unique, original ideas from groups outside the industry, in an unrivaled effort to help banks create innovative ways to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds and to engage seamlessly with their customers leveraging new and emerging technologies.

Jovoto is a community-building, collaborative model that establishes a virtual link between skilled, entrepreneurial-minded professionals and enterprises from nearly all sectors seeking leading-edge solutions.

“At Diebold Nixdorf, we wake up every day thinking about innovation and developing new solutions for our customers.  In the spirit of collaborative innovation, we welcome ideas from inside and outside Diebold Nixdorf and invite creative thinkers around the world to share visions for the future of this industry,” said Andy W. Mattes, chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “Together with the jovoto community, we are seeking groundbreaking concepts that rethink consumer touchpoints at a time when basic financial transactions are becoming increasingly commoditized and technologies like virtual reality will become commonplace.  This approach gives us the opportunity to strengthen our pursuit of the most groundbreaking financial services for consumers.”

Diebold Nixdorf is asking the creatives to “think outside the box” and conceive new-age financial services that redefine the interaction between customers and financial institutions and go beyond the classical ones being offered today. Such services are becoming essential, as digital applications are decreasing personal touch points and new, non-traditional companies are entering the financial industry virtually every day competing for banking customers.

An international jury, consisting of experts from Capital One, BBVA and Commonwealth Bank of Australiaas well as a number of fintech companies such as FinTechCity, finovent and Gruenderszene will select the top ideas. In addition to money awards, selected contestants will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the company. The winning ideas of the first phase of the contest will be announced at a webinar on November 15, which will also provide additional information about each applicant.

For more information in Diebold Nixdorf’s crowdstorming initiative, please visit https://www.jovoto.com/projects/rethink-financial-service/landing

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers,Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn,Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Germany Media Relations:
Ulrich Nolte
+49 5251 693 5211
ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com

U.S. Media Relations:
Renee Murphy
+1 330 490 5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1 330 490 6319
stephen.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Luxury travel specialist Tully Luxury Travel expands its senior leadership team

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TORONTO, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Tully Luxury Travel prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary year, it has announced two new appointments to its senior leadership team. Ms. Cathy Holler joins as Vice President, African Dreams, and Mr. Pat Lista joins as Vice President, Product & Contracting. Both bring 30 years of experience in the tourism industry.

Cathy Holler brings her visionary and strategic skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, extensive experience and connections in the luxury travel sector and broad knowledge of Africa. Her most recent positions include Vice President, Business Development and Product Innovation at Travcoa, Vice President, Member Sales & Service – USA & Canada and Vice President, Destination Sales, both at Virtuoso.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to join Mary Jean Tully and the amazing team at Tully Luxury Travel to lead their African Dreams division,” says Holler. “Since I was young, Africa has held a special place in my heart. To now be able to focus all of my expertise, energy and passion to promote travel to Africa is a dream come true!”

Pat Lista brings his extensive background in contract negotiations, sales, marketing, budgets and supplier relationships. A fluid thinker and passionate leader, Pat excels at finding innovative solutions to drive business forward and navigate teams through changing business models.

“I’m excited about this new and important chapter in my career, and happy to be working with a group of individuals whose professionalism is second to none. Everyone is striving towards the same goal: to provide the most exceptional service and travel experiences for our clients. The future is very bright.”

Two previous appointments, Julie Boucher, Vice President, Finance, and Judi Cohen, Director, Experiences, further demonstrate Tully Luxury Travel’s commitment to building a highly experienced and knowledgeable executive team.

“Our 30-year track record of success is the direct result of our very dedicated and diverse team,” says Jason Sarracini, Chief Operating Officer, Tully Luxury Travel. “I look forward to working alongside such accomplished individuals to map out our long-term strategy.”

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SOURCE: Travel PR News

Inditex deploys mobile payments across all of the Group’s Spanish stores

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex is enabling mobile payments across all of the Group’s Spanish stores from 1 September. This new customer service will be available both within the online apps of Inditex’s eight retail concepts and in the form of a Group-wide app called InWallet which users can download from the platforms corresponding to their operating systems.

In the Inditex Group apps (corresponding to Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe), the tool is featured under the name of Wallet and allows end-to-end management of online and offline purchase records, facilitating elimination of hard-copy receipts.

As Inditex’s chairman and CEO Pablo Isla announced at the Annual General Meeting held last July, the service has been developed entirely by Inditex’s Technology Centre staff and is designed to enhance the customer shopping experience and significantly simplify the registration, purchase and returns processes.

Customers can start to use Wallet whithin the online apps of any of the Inditex retail brands by introducing the payment cards they wish to associate with the account and to select one as their preferred or default option. They can also download the InWallet app, common to all the Group’s formats. From that point on, each time they carry out a transaction, the application will instantly generate a QR code with which to manage payment in a safe environment.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary

Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary
Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary

 

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — About 15 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky, a small but highly productive “city” is inhabited entirely by geeks. Geek Squad Agents, that is.

And today (August 30, 2016), it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Geek Squad City boasts the largest concentration of Agents in the world, serving as the hub for repairs sent in from Geek Squad Precincts in Best Buy stores across the United States. More than 900 highly trained Agents fix computers and tablets for millions of clients each year, and there’s also a team that specializes in bringing lost data back to life. The goal: to reunite you with your device as quickly as possible.

Geek Squad City first opened its doors in August 2006 with about 230 employees. By the end of the year, it had grown to nearly 400 people – 98 of them “charter members” who still work there today.

The facility was dubbed a city because of its sprawling size. It spans nearly a quarter-million square feet, and its population swells to more than 1,000 Agents during peak seasons.

Devices are repaired in the building’s Downtown, where there is a row — or avenue — devoted to each product manufacturer. The common repairs involve motherboards, screens and hard drives. Most jobs are completed the same day they arrive.

The facility also houses a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of Geek Squad. The museum contains memorabilia including an Agent uniform and a custom Geekmobile designed by West Coast Customs.

The head of Geek Squad City operations is, of course, referred to as the mayor, and the rest of the management team is the City Council.

“It’s amazing to me how quickly our Agents can hit the screws, take these units apart, diagnose the issue and repair it,” said Mayor John Archer. “Everything in this building has a certain artistry to it, and I really appreciate the culture that’s been built here.”

Source: Best Buy

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Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers

Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers
Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers

 

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Slow Shopping is run at the store every Tuesday from 1-3 pm. During this time people who want to use the service are greeted at the entrance to the store, where a Sainsbury’s colleague is on hand to assist customers with their shopping. Chairs are put out at the end of aisles to enable people who struggle to stand all the way round the shop to have a rest. The store also mans two help desks where they offer samples of favourite products such as fruit, ginger biscuits and Victoria sponge.

The idea was championed by Katherine Vero who lives in Newcastle and used to find it hard to go shopping with her mother who had dementia.  Research published by the Alzheimer’s Society has found that eight out of ten of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK list shopping as their favourite activity.  However, since being diagnosed, one in four have given up shopping.

Katherine Vero, Founder of Slow Shopping said: “My mum used to love shopping but as her dementia developed it became increasingly difficult and stressful for us both.  But I didn’t want her to stop going out and become isolated. I wondered if there was a way to help us enjoy shopping.

“After she passed away I was inspired to come up with the idea of Slow Shopping and was delighted when Sainsbury’s agreed to help me trial it. I hope other retailers will follow.”

Scott McMahon, Deputy Manager of Sainsbury’s Gosforth store said: ‘When my father developed cancer I saw how hard he found shopping yet he still wanted to go to maintain his independence, so when Katherine approached me about trialling Slow Shopping I was keen to help.

“I knew Sainsbury’s would want to support it too. We invest a lot of time in training colleagues in how to help customers with disabilities; so we were well placed to go the extra step of putting out chairs and manning help points, but it’s our colleagues who really make the difference.”

Over the past year Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours in training store colleagues how to help customers with visible disabilities and non-visible disabilities like autism.

Customers can request assistance with their shopping at any customer service desk in any Sainsbury’s store.

For more information about Sainsbury’s, please contact the Sainsbury’s press office on 020 7695 7295 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk

Source: Sainsbury

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Colruyt, OKay and Solucious recall Everyday orange juice 100 % pure squeezed due to presence of yeast saccharomyces

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following reports of customers, we found the yeast saccharomyces in the 100% pure squeezed orange juice of Everyday (fresh market, plastic 2 l bottle).

Saccharomyces is a yeast that converts sugars into gas making it possible for the bottle to tear or burst open (especially during transport). There is no health risk at all. The orange juice can taste sour, but it can be consumed. Meanwhile, all bottles have been removed from the shelves as a precaution.

Customers who bought this product, are advised to open it carefully outside and to return the empty bottle or their receipt to their Colruyt or OKay store. It will be refunded.

Product description:
Everyday orange juice 100 % pure squeezed (2 l)
Sold at Colruyt, Colruyt Luxembourg, OKay and Solucious.
Article number: 44390.
All batch numbers can be returned.

Frequently Asked Questions:
I bought this product. What do I do?

Since gas develops in the bottle, we advise you to take it outside and open it very slowly to let the gas escape little by little. Return the empty bottle or your receipt to your Colruyt or OKay store. The product will be refunded.

What if I already drank some?
The orange juice can taste a little sour, but there is absolutely no health risk.

What is saccharomyces?
Saccharomyces is a yeast used in the food industry to make beer or bread. Consequently, the consumption of this yeast presents no health risk at all.

Where can I get more information?
You can call our customer service at 02 360 10 40.

For more information, customers can call 02 360 10 40.

Contact:
Press officer
Patricia Verdoodt
Press officer Colruyt Group
Tel.: 0473 92 45 10

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Colruyt, OKay and Solucious recall Everyday orange juice 100 % pure squeezed due to presence of yeast saccharomyces
Colruyt, OKay and Solucious recall Everyday orange juice 100 % pure squeezed due to presence of yeast saccharomyces

 

Source: Colruyt Group

Get your flu shot at Meijer and help fight hunger

Get your flu shot at Meijer and help fight hunger
Get your flu shot at Meijer and help fight hunger

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is encouraging customers to get flu shots early this fall by donating $5 to its signature hunger relief program, called Simply Give, for each flu shot administered at its 230 stores.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer will donate up to $1 million to the program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest while encouraging customers to get a jump on staying healthy this flu season.

“We are excited to help our customers fight the flu this season while also fighting hunger by participating in our Simply Give program,” said Tim Lesneski, senior vice president of Drug Store, Pets & Consumables for Meijer. “There is no expiration date on receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy.”

Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, lead to hospitalization or death. Every flu season is different, and influenza effects vary from person to person, which is why it’s important to understand the facts. Click here for the top Meijer flu myth busters.

From now through Nov. 26, Meijer will donate $5 to its Simply Give program for each flu shot administered. The Simply Give program has generated nearly $24 million for local food pantries since its 2008 inception.

Meijer operates 230 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options that include:

  • Fluvirin Trivalent: Three-strain vaccine
  • Fluzone Quadrivalent: Four-strain vaccine
  • Fluzone HD: For patients 65 and older that are typically covered by Medicare Part B

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. 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 apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, 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:

Joe Hirschmugl
joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com
616-791-3943

Source: Meijer

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Vernieuwing Allerhande Box biedt klanten meer keuze

Vernieuwing Allerhande Box biedt klanten meer keuze
Vernieuwing Allerhande Box biedt klanten meer keuze

 

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn biedt klanten vanaf vandaag keuze uit twee nieuwe varianten van de Allerhande Box: de Familiebox voor vier personen met gerechten speciaal gericht op gezinnen en de Inspiratiebox, een maaltijdbox met verrassende gerechten en smaakcombinaties voor twee personen. Klanten kunnen nu ook uit vier aangeboden maaltijden de drie kiezen die zij het lekkerst vinden. De gerechten in de Familiebox worden wekelijks getest door kinderen. Met de twee nieuwe boxen biedt Albert Heijn verse maaltijden voor iedere gezinssituatie.

Zelf gerechten kiezen
Het Allerhande foodteam krijgt regelmatig reacties van klanten op de gerechten in de Allerhande Box. Klanten geven aan het prettig te vinden wat extra keuze te hebben bij het samenstellen van de maaltijdbox. Zo is bijvoorbeeld niet iedereen een liefhebber van vis of vegetarisch eten. Om die keuze te bieden kan er vanaf nu worden gekozen uit vier gerechten. De klant selecteert de drie favoriete gerechten en stelt op die manier zelf de Familie- of Inspiratiebox samen.

Kidsproof gerechten
De Familiebox is speciaal ontwikkeld voor gezinnen met kinderen. De helft van de jonge gezinnen ervaart te weinig vrije tijd en wil daarom zo kort mogelijk in de keuken staan. Verder zien ze graag gerechten in de box die ook goed in de smaak vallen bij kinderen. Daarom vinden klanten in deze box vooral vertrouwde, makkelijke gerechten met mildere smaken die in 20 minuten te bereiden zijn. Alle gerechten worden wekelijks getest door een kinderpanel. Pas na een volmondig ‘ja’ van de kinderen komt het gerecht in de box. De Familiebox wordt vanaf 29 augustus voor het eerst bij klanten thuisbezorgd en biedt in de eerste week bijvoorbeeld een recept van homemade kip kerrie met ananas, rijst, sperzieboontjes en amandelen.

Over de boxen
De Familiebox biedt drie gevarieerde en verse maaltijden voor vier personen en kost €49. De Inspiratiebox biedt nieuwe en verrassende producten, smaken en kooktechnieken, bevat drie gerechten voor twee personen en kost €37,50. Klanten kunnen beide boxen los of samen met alle andere boodschappen op ah.nl bestellen om zonder bezorgkosten op een moment naar keuze thuis laten bezorgen of afhalen bij een Pick Up Point en bij elke AH winkel in Nederland. Benieuwd naar alle gerechten? Kijk voor meer informatie op ah.nl/allerhandebox.

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

Source: Albert Heijn

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Green Bay Dressed Beef recalls beef brain products due to possible contamination of specified risk materials

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Green Bay Dressed Beef, LLC, doing business as American Foods Group, LLC, a Green Bay, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,420 pounds of beef brain products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials (SRM) the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Aug 24, 2016).

The beef brains were produced on various dates between April 24, 2016, and August, 11, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 15-unit cases containing beef brains labeled “AMERICAN FOODS GROUP BEEF BRAINS <30” and bearing packaging code 06400.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 410” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in California.

The problem was discovered while FSIS inspectors were conducting verification activities.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Jennifer Dibbern at (800) 829-2838.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin A. Bell
(202) 720-
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

RediClinic and Hackensack Meridian Health to open convenient care clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies

Camp Hill, Pa. and Wall, NJ, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — RediClinic, a leading operator of retail clinics, and Hackensack Meridian Health, the most comprehensive and integrated Network in New Jersey, today announced the formation of a joint venture to open convenient care clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. The first of 10 clinics, which will be cobranded as Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics, are expected to begin opening later this year.

“It has always been a core part of RediClinic’s strategy to partner with leading health care systems, and we are excited to be continuing this strategy with one of the leading providers in New Jersey,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic CEO. “The joint venture structure will facilitate and accelerate a high level of clinical integration with other Hackensack Meridian providers and facilities, which will maximize the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of care for New Jersey residents.”

The Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics will be staffed with nurse practitioners who will be licensed to diagnose, treat, and, when appropriate, prescribe medications for common medical conditions. The nurse practitioners, who will be employees of Hackensack Meridian, also will administer a broad range of preventive services, including health screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams, including back-to-school and sports physicals. RediClinic’s acclaimed Weigh Forward© weight/lifestyle management program will also be available. The nurse practitioners will be overseen by local medical directors who are affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health. The clinics will be open seven days a week, including extended weekday hours. No appointments will be necessary, but online appointments will be available.

“We are excited to be partnering with RediClinic, one of the pioneers in convenient care, as we continue to find more ways for people to access high-quality care when and where they need it at affordable rates,” said Dean Lin, regional president for Hackensack Meridian Health and the Network’s executive sponsor of convenient care. “Working with our broad network of primary care physicians, we want to continue to connect people to convenient services.”

The clinics will join nine urgent care centers and four AfterHours walk-in care centers currently operating throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health as convenient and cost-effective alternatives to going to an emergency room.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

RediClinic currently operates 35 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, and 48 clinics inside select Rite Aid stores in the greater Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Seattle areas. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than 2 million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services, insurance coverage and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.

Contact:

Investors:
Matt Schroeder
717-214-8867
investor@riteaid.com

Media:
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid

Rack Room Shoes introduces new mobile app

Charlotte, N.C., 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Family footwear retailer, Rack Room Shoes announced today the release of a mobile application to enhance loyalty and customer engagement. The app offers a seamless mobile experience intended to unite online and offline shopping experiences. Users can enjoy exclusive, app-only savings – and easily browse and purchase footwear from the retailer’s extensive offering of brand name shoes for men, women and children.

The company’s investment in the mobile platform is part of a larger effort to grow the retailer’s omnichannel initiatives that put the customer experience at the center of the business.

“Our core customer is short on time – she values easy and efficient shopping solutions. The app allows her to purchase trend-right shoes for her family, now with more convenience than ever,” said Mark Lardie, Rack Room Shoes president and CEO. “From price and purchase to support and service, she can count on an excellent and continuous experience across all of Rack Room Shoes’ platforms.”

In addition to expanding its e-commerce capabilities, through the app, Rack Room Shoes allows customers to enroll and track their earning progress in the company’s Rewards program.

Other features include the ability to receive alerts about recent orders, identify store locations, track shipments and make quick returns using purchase histories. Customer Care representatives are also readily available to assist customers through the app’s live chat feature. The retailer’s full catalog of comfort, dress, casual and athletic products can be purchased through the mobile app, which is available for free download in the App Store.

About Rack Room Shoes Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is the family footwear retailer of choice. Known as an innovator in the shoe industry for more than 90 years, Rack Room Shoes offers a wide selection of nationally recognized and private brands of shoes for men, women and children in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories. For more information, visit Rack Room Shoes’ website at www.rackroomshoes.com.

Media Contacts:

Carolyn Canington
864-672-4995
carolyn@fullcirclepr.com

Brenda Christmon
704-491-1850
bchristmon@rackroom.com

Source: Rack Room Shoes

Walgreens installs Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk across Oregon

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (17 August 2016) is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program in Oregon with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at six Walgreens drugstores across the state. The launch is part of Walgreens effort, announced in February, to install safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

Walgreens will be joined today by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson and Dwight Holten, executive director of Lines for Life to kick off the drug take-back program.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Oregon stores and expanding to other states this year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 300 Walgreens pharmacies across 23 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

“Addiction to opioids and other prescription drugs is a life-or-death issue, and Walgreens deserves significant credit for working in partnership to expand the opportunity to dispose safely of medications that might otherwise be abused,” Senator Wyden said. “This program is a smart and targeted tool in the fight to stem this epidemic of opioid addiction in Oregon and nationwide.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 15 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20141, and that same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a national total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include deaths from prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.2

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, Walgreens continues to participate in DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, serving as a collection point in communities for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal. The company is also collaborating with the American Pharmacists Association Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies to continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists.

States where Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program has been implemented:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin*

*Installation has begun in the state and is expected to be complete in August.

Select Oregon Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Beaverton – 14600 Murray Scholls Drive
Grants Pass – 111 Union Ave.
Gresham – 1950 NE. Burnside Road
Portland – 940 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Redmond – 1450 S. Highway 97
Salem – 1992 Lancaster Drive NE.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs2014/NSDUH-DetTabs2014.htm#tab1-1a

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths –United States, 2000-2014 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm

Contact:

Phil Caruso
847-315-2962
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Rite Aid and EnvisionRx announce availability of Rx90 program focused on improving medication adherence and health outcomes

CAMP HILL, Pa. and TWINSBURG, Ohio, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains, and EnvisionRx, the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) division of EnvisionRxOptions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid, announced today the availability of Rx90, a new program focused on improving medication adherence and health outcomes for consumers with chronic conditions.

Rx90, now available for EnvisionRx clients, gives consumers the option to fill their 90-day prescriptions at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacy locations around the country. For the same price, consumers also have the option to have their medications delivered through EnvisionPharmacies’ mail service.

Other benefits of Rx90 include:
Integrated care and clinical support from Rite Aid pharmacists and EnvisionRx
Targeted, disease-specific communications
The largest 90-day retail maintenance medication network (over 12,000 total pharmacies)
Reduced copays that provide most members with 15-30 days of free coverage

In addition to providing consumers with improved pricing, more convenient options on how to fill their 90-day maintenance medications and additional clinical support, the collaboration between Rite Aid and EnvisionRx helps to address rising health care costs. According to a 2014 Towers-Watson study of employer provided health care, the consumer’s share of health care costs, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, has grown from 34.4% in 2011 to 37% in 2014, an average increase of about $100 more a month.

“Rite Aid is excited to work with EnvisionRx to bring an innovative pharmacy solution for consumers, health plans and employers to market,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Rx90 is a great example of how our pharmacies and PBMs can collaborate to achieve our shared goal of improving the patient experience and care, while reducing and managing healthcare costs.”

Using client-specific data and its own research, EnvisionRx is also able to provide health plans and employers with recommendations on customizing their benefit design, communications, and clinical strategies to meet their individual needs. Rx90 will help plan sponsors better control drug spend and reduce costly medical expenses associated with increased visits to physicians and emergency rooms, as well as extended hospitalizations.

“In today’s market, plan sponsors and their members need a PBM that truly provides more flexible, affordable options to control the costs of chronic care. Rx90 and our technology platform give plan sponsors another way to customize their prescription drug benefit plan and put actionable, cost saving information in the hands of their members,” said Frank Sheehy, EnvisionRxOptions CEO.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

EnvisionRx is a division of EnvisionRxOptions, a health care company with a visibly different approach to managing pharmacy benefits. As a full service provider, Envision leverages its core PBM services including Mail, Specialty and Compounding Pharmacies; Part D Medicare insurance plans; and cash savings programs, to help employers and health plans of all s provide more affordable and effective prescription drug coverage for their members. Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, EnvisionRxOptions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. For more information, visit www.envisionrxoptions.com.

Contact:

Investors:
Matt Schroeder
717-214-8867
investor@riteaid.com

Media:
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid

Rite Aid announces availability of flu shots at its pharmacies nationwide

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today the availability of seasonal flu shots at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of Rite Aid’s nearly 4,600 convenient pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“Immunizations play a key role in a person’s overall health and wellness year-round, but this is especially true when it comes to protecting oneself from the flu,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 immunizing pharmacists and thousands of locations across the country, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid is a convenient and easy way for people to make sure that they are protected.”

Rite Aid pharmacies offer a number of vaccine options that may include the trivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against three strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the influenza A H1N1; a high-dose influenza vaccine for people age 65 and older, and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against an additional influenza B virus. Upon request, Rite Aid pharmacists can administer an intradermal flu shot, which uses a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, 18-64 years of age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it is available because it takes up to 14 days to develop full protection against the flu. While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

Added Konrad, “We also encourage people to use flu season as an opportunity to review their immunization history and need for other vaccinations. Rite Aid pharmacists can review a person’s immunization history and make recommendations for additional vaccinations based on the individual’s unique needs.”

Additional Immunization Needs

Receiving the annual flu shot also presents an opportunity to review other immunization needs. Subject to state regulations, Rite Aid pharmacists are able to administer vaccines that protect against tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), as well as pneumonia, and shingles at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12, and the CDC recommends a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) booster be administered every 10 years. The CDC also recommends a pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and older and the shingles vaccine for people aged 60 and older. To better understand personal immunization needs, customers can visit Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral, to complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations.
Shield Your Workforce Against the Flu

To help employers fight the flu, Rite Aid will once again have a team dedicated to planning and implementing onsite workplace flu clinics staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. In addition, immunizations against other vaccine preventable diseases are also available for employees, subject to state regulations. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com  or call 1-800-622-2106.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group has managed to recycle an increasing share of its industrial waste, leaving less and less residual waste. In the first six months of 2016, the recycling rate has risen to a record 82.1%, which is an increase of more than two percent over six months ago. In reality, this means that for every thousand kilos of industrial waste, 821 kilos are recycled. With this, we have already surpassed the 80% recycling target that was our goal for 2017.

Sorting at the source
These improved recycling results are mainly due to the type of sorting at the source, i.e. by the store employees. For example, the Colruyt stores made a special effort in the spring to sort the fermentable waste and the bread waste even better, thereby sending back 700 tonnes less residual waste. “We had a very strong information campaign for this, and it’s amazing to see how well the store employees picked it up. Now all we have to do is keep it up, so we’re supplying even more nifty sorting tips”, says Francoise Decoster at the environmental department.

Food Banks
Another positive point is that food waste has decreased considerably. Since the spring of this year, fourteen stores in Belgium have been donating their unsellable yet still perfectly edible foods directly to local organisations, overseen by the Food Banks. This way, between 2 and 3 tonnes of food per store per month were donated.

Francoise Decoster: “That means that less food surplus is returned to our distribution centres to be fermented. In and of itself, fermentation has its use, because it generates green energy. But using the food surplus for human consumption is even better.”

Second sorting
Finally, the percentage of residual waste will continue to decrease thanks to new sorting installations in Colruyt Group’s return centres, where the residual waste of all the stores, manufacturing and distribution centres, and office buildings is collected. There, this residual waste is once again thoroughly sorted in order to extract recyclables such as plastic, hard plastic, cardboard, wood, metal, and glass.

For more information, please visit simplysustain

Contact:
Patti Verdoodt
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

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Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives
Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives

 

Source: Colruyt Group

Goods and Service Tax (GST) can Alter Economic Prospects of India: Industry Experts

Chennai, India, 2016-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The long awaited Goods and Service TaGST1x (GST) has passed the last mile hurdle with country’s upper house of Parliament clearing the Bill on Wednesday, after much deliberations and amendments to appease the strong opposition. How does this tax reform going to benefit the retail sector which has been making a strident growth and become one of the fastest growing sectors? JusTransact.com asked a few industry veterans about the pros and cons of GST implementation. Excerpts…

Baskaramoorthy.jpgBaskaramoorthy, VP Sales, Posiflex India: “End users might end up paying additional taxes if percentage of taxes under GST regime is increased from the current VAT level. However, it will help traders and manufacturers to leverage business across India with effective supply chain and distribution of products.  The biggest relief is that GST will do away with the current C-form and interstate forms which are presently collected at the end of each year.”

BhaskarBhaskar Venkatraman, Director, Millennium India, a veteran in Point of Sale technology in India: “GST in the present format is going to benefit the economy, businesses and consumers alike. As it is going to replace 17 indirect taxes, tax procedures will be more simple and transparent. Apart from pushing up tax revenues, the corruption at check posts and slow-movement of trucks will become the things of the past. Since calculation of tax is going to be uniform across all states, finance people will heave a sigh of relief as they no longer muddle with complex forms while dealing with inter-state goods movements.”

AntonC Anton Jabadurai, Country Head, Bixolon India: “GST will facilitate the possibility of automation in tax calculation and goods processing, which will increase the requirement of POS hardware across India. Apart from smoothening the supply chain management, GST implementation will create a transparent tax regime across all states which will benefit both traders and end-customers. In the long run, the frequent price rise due to high transportation and warehousing cost will come down drastically.”

Anuj PuriAnuj Puri – Chairman & Country Head, JLL India: “The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the most essential taxation reform which is going to alter India’s economic prospects. Single taxation, covering all goods and services, is a welcome change. GST will eliminate cascading effect of taxes, and will boost tax collection while reducing overall taxation levels. However, post GST, the results will be evident only after two-three years from now.”

Slated to increase the country’s GDP by one point, the GST era, which is going to unfurl from April 2017, will surely be the new chapter in India’s tax history post Independence. How far it will benefit the country and common man, one has to wait and see.

Media Contact:

K Ramanathan,

India

+91 09384612789

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Product recall: Starbucks’ stainless steel beverage straws

Product recall: Starbucks' stainless steel beverage straws
Product recall: Starbucks’ stainless steel beverage straws

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 2), Starbucks issued a recall for stainless steel beverage straws which are rigid, posing an injury risk.

The recall involves reusable stainless steel, Cold-to-Go food-grade drinking straws in two sizes. The straws were packaged and sold in sets of three and were also sold as a component of two sizes of stainless steel beverage cups: Grande 16-ounce (473 milllitre) cups and Venti 24-ounce (710 millilitre) cups. The straws feature a ridge at the bottom that keeps the straw attached to the lid. The Grande straws measure approximately 9.5 inches and the Venti straws measure approximately 10.4 inches.

Starbucks has received three reports in the U.S. and one in Canada of mouth lacerations to young children while drinking. About 2.5 million units were sold in the U.S., and additional 301,000 were sold in Canada. The items were sold in Starbucks® stores nationwide, and online at Starbucks.com.

Consumers should not allow children to handle or use the stainless steel straws. Customers with questions should visit their local Starbucks or call 800-782-7282 from 3 a.m. to Midnight PT daily for more information.

U.S. customers who need more details on the recall should visit: CPSC

Canadian customers who need more details on the recall should visit: Health Canada

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Whole Foods Market and Instacart launch one-hour delivery service in the Dallas area

DALLAS, 2016-Aug-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market and Instacart are launching delivery in the Dallas area, making it the 25th metro where customers can use Instacart’s delivery service to order from Whole Foods Market stores. Using Instacart, shoppers can now purchase and have their groceries delivered to their homes or offices in as little as one hour from select Whole Foods Market locations, and at prices that are the same as those found in stores.

“We’ve seen how much our customers love this fast and convenient way to receive their groceries right to their door, so we are thrilled to offer this service to the Dallas community,” said Mark Dixon, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southwest Region. “Instacart has given us a way to provide customers with the highest-quality, fresh and healthy groceries, even when they can’t make it into our stores.”

“We’ve seen incredible growth and momentum over the last 12 months in our existing Texas markets, and we’re excited to be expanding into Dallas,” said Chad Shepler, general manager at Instacart. “The customer demand in Dallas has been off the charts, and we’re proud to be able to give Dallas residents convenient and quick access to fresh groceries whenever they want.”

By ordering at Instacart.com or via the Instacart mobile app, Whole Foods Market customers add items to a virtual cart, choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours or at a scheduled time) and check out.   Orders are filled by Instacart personal shoppers. Customers with the Whole Foods Market iOS app can browse thousands of recipes, create shopping lists and then conveniently order the ingredients from the Instacart app. The seamless integration offers recipe inspiration, preparation and purchase in one simple, user-friendly experience.

Shoppers can sign up at delivery.wfm.com. For other FAQs, visit https://www.instacart.com/faq.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

USDA FSIS: Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. recalls frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., an Austin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 5,677 pounds of frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may be mislabeled and contain chicken, as well as egg, soy or shrimp, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 26-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” with a packaging date of May 7, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of May 7, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 98377 0.
  • 11-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” with a packaging date of July 11, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 11, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 00612 7.

Due to a packaging error, the products labeled as, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” may contain a chicken piccata product, which contains chicken, egg and soy, ingredients not declared on the label. These products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection, as shrimp products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The products labeled as “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” may contain a shrimp scampi product, which contains shrimp, an ingredient not declared on the product label. These products bear the establishment number “1009A” within the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to distributors in the southern U.S.

The problem was discovered after the firm received customer complaints.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury, illness or allergic reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the firm’s consumer hotline, at 1 (877) 482-5426. Media with questions about the recall can contact Richard Price, Vice President of Operations, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., at (512) 218-3514.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

EDITORS NOTE:  This release is being reissued as an expansion of the July 13, 2016 release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 4,225 pounds of shrimp scampi product. This expansion includes an additional 1,452 pounds of meat lasagna product, for a total of 5,677 pounds of product.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Whole Foods Market signs new lease for 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location at Buckhead area in Atlanta

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced with its third quarter earnings that it has signed a new lease for a 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location in Atlanta. The store will be located in the Buckhead area and will feature a simple, affordable and convenient grocery-shopping experience that offers the same high quality standards that Whole Foods Market pioneered.

“As we continue to expand the 365 by Whole Foods Market footprint nationwide, we’re targeting communities where our fresh approach to grocery shopping will make the most impact,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’ve seen a very positive response thus far with our first two stores and look forward to bringing this concept to the Atlanta area.”

This is the second location announced in Georgia; a Decatur location was announced in May. 365 by Whole Foods Market opened its first store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles in May 2016 and a second store in Lake Oswego, Oregon, earlier this month.

365 by Whole Foods Market stores provide a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience. The Atlanta store, like other 365 by Whole Foods Market locations, will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s enjoyable and convenient for shoppers.

More details on store opening timing and Friends of 365 partners will be announced closer to opening. For the latest updates, visit www.365bywfm.com.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market announces Dallas-Fort Worth as the newest test market for its rewards program

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced on its quarterly earnings call today that Dallas-Fort Worth is the newest test market for the company’s rewards program. Shoppers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can now register for the program online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/rewards.

“The rewards program is really about showing appreciation for our customers,” said Matt Nitowski, Global Executive Director of Customer Connection Marketing at Whole Foods Market. “We are excited to bring customers a program that they’ve been asking for and that celebrates their love of good food.”

The grocer’s first rewards pilot launched in Philadelphia in 2014, and once this market test is complete in Dallas-Fort Worth, Whole Foods Market intends to roll out this rewards program nationally.

The program offers a number of rewards, including 10 percent off your first purchase as a new rewards member, a one-time offer for 15 percent off the department of your choice, and select free products. The more customers shop at Whole Foods Market stores, the more rewards are unlocked.

Three lucky DFW-area shoppers who sign up for the rewards program before Aug. 31 will win free groceries for a year.

For more information, including a full list of participating stores, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wfm-rewards.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market becomes the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macklowe Properties announces a partnership with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) that will bring in the high-end grocery brand as the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street. Whole Foods Market will occupy 44,000 square feet over three floors; two for shopping and one for back of house operations, with public entrances on Broadway, New Street, and Exchange Place. The store is currently anticipated to open in late 2018.

“Macklowe Properties and our partners are excited to welcome Whole Foods Market to One Wall Street,” said Chris Brill-Edwards, executive vice president of Macklowe Properties. “Whole Foods’ core values of health, wellness and convenient lifestyle will shape not only our residents’ lives but also those of the community.”

Whole Foods Market’s arrival will make a welcome addition to a Downtown area, which has experienced a surge of new residential, commercial and retail development in recent years, yet currently is limited in its grocery offerings.

“We’ve long enjoyed serving the downtown community at our TriBeCa location, but look forward to expanding our reach and bringing Whole Foods Market closer to home for area residents, workers and visitors,” said Christina Minardi, Regional President for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Our growth in the area will provide Downtown Manhattan with greater access to the highest quality food, service, community partnership and convenience that the 10 current neighborhoods we serve around New York City have come to enjoy.”

The 155,000-square-foot retail component of One Wall Street, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will feature a stepped modern glass addition with 22-foot ceilings. A full renovation of the Ralph Walker-designed Art Deco tower will include a restoration of the iconic three-story Hildreth Meier-designed Red Room into a jewel box-like showroom.

“Whole Foods Market will be a game-changing anchor for One Wall Street and contribute greatly to the retail renaissance taking place in the new Downtown,” said Peter Whitenack Managing Director of RKF, the leasing agent for One Wall Street. “We are now seeing the results of more than a decade of rebuilding, reinvesting and reimagining, and fully expect that Whole Foods Market will attract more, high caliber brands seeking to establish a presence Downtown and the Broadway corridor, in particular.”

Credit for renderings is DBOX for Macklowe Properties.

Contact:

Michael Sinatra
michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
jv@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

Apple Williamsburg celebrates grand opening with thousands of customers

Brooklyn, New York, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of customers turned out Saturday for the grand opening of Apple Williamsburg, the first Apple store in Brooklyn. Customers began queuing Friday on Bedford Ave before midnight, and when the store opened at 10 a.m. Saturday the line stretched around the block.

Press Contacts:

Nick Leahy
nleahy@apple.com
(408) 862-5012

Apple Media Helpline:

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

Source: Apple