Morrisons launches one of its biggest price crunches on 1,045 every day products

Bradford, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons will today launch one of its biggest price crunches with an average of 18 per cent being cut from the price of 1,045 every day products – including hundreds of core grocery and dairy items.

The British supermarket will cut the price of family essentials such as British meat (beef, pork and poultry), seasonal fruit and vegetables and toiletries by as much as 56 per cent – as part of its on-going commitment to offer good quality, great value fresh food for its eleven million customers.

  • Morrisons is British farming’s biggest supermarket customer and the second largest producer of British fresh food in the world. This helps the supermarket to offer good quality, great value on local, seasonal produce whatever the economic weather.
  • EXAMPLE PRICE CRUNCH PER STORE DEPARTMENT
    • Bakery, cakes and desserts – average 18 per cent
    • Beers, wines, spirits and tobacco – average 16 per cent
    • Essential grocery – average 17 per cent
    • Dairy and provisions – average 18 per cent
    • Frozen food – average 16 per cent
    • Health, beauty and baby – average 27 per cent
    • Household and pet food – average 22 per cent
    • Meat, poultry and oven fresh – average 12 per cent
    • Fruit, vegetables and salad – average 17 per cent
    • Seafood – average 16 per cent
  • Andy Atkinson, Morrisons Customer and Marketing Director, said: “We are constantly listening to our customers and know they are concerned about whether food prices will go up following the Brexit vote, especially on imports. Morrisons is unique as a food-maker and shopkeeper, and unlike the rest of the industry manufactures food, both in our own food processing plants and our 500 stores. We are British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, which means we can better control our prices, and this latest round of crunches demonstrates our commitment to offering the best possible value to our customers this summer.”

Media enquiries call: 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Dollar General expands operations with completed purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE:DG) announced today it has completed the purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016 and entering one new market as part of the purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base. We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

Communities served by the newly-relocated stores will enjoy a fresh DG16 layout with additional sales floor square feet, complete with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce, all designed to make shopping easier for customers. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of these locations.

The acquisition includes the following stores previously operated under the Walmart Express banner:
City State Address
Ashford AL 18 APPLE WAY
Gurley AL 6361 HIGHWAY 72 EAST
New Hope AL 10188 HIGHWAY 431 SOUTH
Coal Hill * AR 1531 E HIGHWAY 64
Mulberry AR 3500 MULBERRY HIGHWAY 64 W
Interlachen FL 1113 S.R. 20
Alma GA 1041 S US HIGHWAY 1
Ashburn GA 155 WEST WASHINGTON AVENUE
Donalsonville GA 907 MARIANNA HIGHWAY
Lakeland GA 142 S. VALDOSTA ROAD
Pearson GA 290 ALBANY AVENUE WEST
Pelham GA 398 BARROW AVENUE SW
Columbus KS 705 N HIGH SCHOOL AVENUE
Hillsboro KS 605 ORCHARD DRIVE
Rose Hill KS 120 WEST ROSEWOOD STREET
Clinton LA 9181 HIGHWAY 67
Independence LA 515 3RD STREET
Kentwood LA 920 AVENUE G
Belmont MS 410 2ND STREET
Calhoun City MS 519 W VETERANS AVENUE
Mantachie MS 2795 HIGHWAY 371 N
Nettleton MS 7104 WILL ROBBINS HIGHWAY
Sardis MS 420 E LEE STREET
Broadway NC 112 N MAIN STREET
Carthage NC 945 MONROE STREET
Coats NC 511 N MCKINLEY STREET
Four Oaks NC 6043 US HIGHWAY 301 S
Liberty NC 632 W SWANNANOA AVENUE
Pikeville NC 303 S. GOLDSBORO STREET
Princeton NC 509 DR. DONNIE H. JONES BLVD W
Red Springs NC 908 E. 4TH AVENUE
Richfield NC 139 N HIGHWAY 49
Snow Hill NC 905 SE 2ND STREET
Stedman NC 7670 CLINTON RD
Yanceyville NC 1593 NC HIGHWAY 86 N
Luther OK 19250 E HIGHWAY 66
Okemah OK 124 E. COLUMBIA STREET
Stroud OK 1600 WEST HIGHWAY 66
Wewoka OK 2325 SERAN DRIVE
Gray Court SC 9032 HIGHWAY 14
Dover TN 934 HIGHWAY 79

* – denotes a new Dollar General store location. All other locations are relocations of existing Dollar General stores.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contacts:

Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Media Hotline:
877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dollargeneral.com

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — You turn on your computer, only to find that you’re locked out of all of your files — everything from work documents to family photos. There’s an ominous message on the screen demanding that you pay a fee to regain access.

That nightmare scenario has become all too real because of ransomware, a type of computer virus that cybercriminals around the world are using to scam money out of unsuspecting individuals and businesses. It’s nasty stuff, and it’s on the rise.

To learn more about it and how to prevent it, we talked to Geek Squad Agent Matt Dockery from our data recovery team at Geek Squad City in Kentucky.

What is ransomware?
Agent Dockery: Ransomware is basically an advanced form of malware that changes the file extension (e.g., .jpg, .doc, .pdf, .xls, etc.) of every affected file on your computer to a random extension with a very heavy encryption. Then they leave a note that essentially says, “Your computer is infected. If you go to this random site and pay us money, we may unlock your files for you.”

These viruses can be hidden within spam and phishing emails, pop-up ads, downloads from unsecured sites, torrents — pretty much anything you can download into your computer. Even things people wouldn’t normally think about, like browser cookies, can allow the malware creators to track what you’re doing and target specific pop-up ads for you.

When I first started seeing ransomware infections as an agent in a store precinct several years ago, they were very simple things that you could just go into the computer’s registry and delete. Now, they’re advancing to the point where they can lock your computer. They can even infect your phone, tablet or smart TV. Windows and Android devices seem to be more susceptible to these types of infections, but Apple OS devices are not immune.

How can I prevent it from happening to me?
Agent Dockery: The best way to avoid it is to keep up-to-date antivirus software and internet security on any device that you’re using, whether it’s your computer, your tablet or your smartphone. I recommend that people set their antivirus software to automatically update twice a day, because some of these variants of the ransomware will change on a daily basis or even every couple of hours.

Never click on links or open attachments from email addresses you don’t recognize, and be sure to delete your cookies after you’re done browsing. The longer a cookie sits, the more information it can gather about you and the more time it has to be used against you. I have my browser set to auto-delete every bit of browsing history every time I close the browser.

What should I do if it happens to me?
Agent Dockery: Definitely do not give scammers any financial information because that will put you at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud. If people kidnap your dog and hold it for ransom, you’re not going to trust them with your credit card information. Don’t expect them to be honest people if their life’s work consists of trying to steal other people’s data.

The easiest way to get rid of ransomware is to bring your device to a Geek Squad precinct. The software we use is very good at getting rid of some of that stuff because it works outside of the infected operating system. Online support can sometimes help with that, but it’s hit or miss. It really depends on the severity of the ransomware.

The most surefire way to get rid of one of these viruses is to do a complete factory restore to get everything back to the original, out-of-box settings, so my biggest recommendation is to keep your data safe in case this happens to you. Regularly backing up your data on external media, such as a flash drive, external hard drive or the cloud, will prevent you from losing your crucial data. Clouds are probably your safest bet, just because they are less likely to fail. In data recovery, we deal with broken hard drives and broken flash drives that were people’s backups.

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Best Buy's Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware
Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware

 

Source: Best Buy

Millstone Middle School the latest educational facility to incorporate Wakefern’s Supermarket Careers Program

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the back corner of Millstone Middle School are two empty rooms. Think of them as blank slates, a pair of canvases that Wakefern will utilize to enrich lives through education.

In less than three months, these rooms will be painted, polished and prepped.

In less than three months, this middle school will have its very own ShopRite.

Millstone Middle School is the latest educational facility to incorporate Wakefern’s Supermarket Careers Program. The program is designed to teach life skills to students who plan to enter the work force after high school. When it is up and running, students will stock shelves, work the cash register and help customers.

“We wanted to enhance the education for our students,” said Millstone Middle School principal Christopher Huss. “Now they can really make connections to real world things.”

Huss invited a team of Wakefern associates – retail training specialist Dorota Szerszenowicz, Non-Perishables merchandising manager Joe Stevens and retail and corporate branding supervisor Chris Backer – to visit the school last week.

“It’s a gorgeous school,” Szerszenowicz, right, said. “Everyone is very, very involved. It’s ideal.”

Stevens spent time discussing logistics with Huss and business administrator Bernie Biesiada. Backer offered suggestions on the store’s décor. And Szerszenowicz tried to coordinate everything to ensure the store will be ready to open in October.

Huss said the initial class will have just over a dozen kids participating, but he hopes to expand that after the program gets rolling. The school has about 450 students.

Press Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Shoprite

There will be nearly 40 Toys“R”Us Outlet locations to shop at by the end of this year

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Outlet retailing has taken off over the past couple of years, with a growing number of outlet centers1 and increased popularity among consumers for off-price shopping2.

And, it’s no wonder why – if you’re anything like me, you love a good deal. A friend asks, “Cute top! Where’d you get it?” My response, “At the Outlets – and, get this – it was 60% off!”

There’s a certain thrill that comes with outlet shopping. It’s not just any old shopping trip – it’s a day-long event with friends. Wake up early, grab a coffee, hit the shops and see who can find the biggest deal from some of the top designers and retailers – featured side-by-side in one easy stop.

While there’s clothing, handbag and shoe brands a plenty, a saving grace might just be the fact that the world’s greatest toy store is conveniently located amidst the pack. Need to stave off the kids’ boredom? Check. Looking for a last-minute birthday gift? Check. Seeking out the best deal on toys? Check again.

At around 3,000-5,000 square feet, Toys“R”Us Outlet stores are a lot smaller than the typical 45,000-square-foot full-size locations, but consumers will be amazed by the wide selection, product variety and engaging atmosphere that these discount stores offer.

Want a tour?  We’ve got you covered.

Upon entering, you’ll find a LEGO destination and a “What’s Hot” shop, highlighting a rotating selection of top-selling toys, making it easy to find a great gift.

Walking around the store, you’ll come across well-known brands from Barbie to NERF to Fisher-Price; hot properties like Shopkins, Star Wars and Finding Dory; and board games, educational toys, books and more.

Plus – and this is where I get really excited – deal-seekers will find a unique assortment of Outlet-only merchandise at jaw-dropping, discount prices that’ll have you doing a double-take.

Now you’re probably wondering where you can go to find your nearest Toys“R”Us Outlet store. With 12 new permanent stores opening this year, there will be nearly 40 Toys“R”Us Outlet locations to shop at by the end of this year.

These new stores are currently open in, Arizona Mills (AZ), Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (CA), St. Augustine Premium Outlets (FL), The Crossings Premium Outlets (PA), Jersey Shore Premium Outlets (NJ), The Shops at Atlas Park (NY), Tanger Outlets Sevierville (TN), Seattle Premium Outlets (WA) and Tanger Outlets National Harbor (Washington, D.C.). Three more stores are expected to open this fall in additional centers, including: San Francisco Premium Outlets (CA), Las Vegas North Premium Outlets (CA) and Orlando International Premium Outlets (FL).

So, what are you waiting for? Check out our store locator to find a Toys“R”Us Outlet store near you and get your bargain on!

Keep up with the latest Toys“R”Us news and events – visit our Newsroom or follow @ToysrusNews on Twitter!

Media Contact:

1 (973) 617-5900
Press@toysrus.com

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There will be nearly 40 Toys“R”Us Outlet locations to shop at by the end of this year
There will be nearly 40 Toys“R”Us Outlet locations to shop at by the end of this year

Source: Toys R Us

Fresh Market in Kaysville launches online shopping and curbside pickup service — Fresh Market to Go

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between long days at the pool, family get-togethers and vacations, there isn’t always enough time to grocery shop. Fresh Market in Kaysville is helping shoppers save time and make the most of their summer days with the launch of Fresh Market to Go, an online shopping and curbside pickup service. The program is part of a partnership with eCommerce company Rosie and available exclusively at the Kaysville location.

“Fresh Market to Go makes it possible to get the groceries you need, even when you don’t have a lot of time,” said Steve Bitter, Customer Service Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations and Fresh Market. “We’ve trained our personal shoppers to shop for you the way you would shop for yourself. If they have any questions about your order, they’ll call or text you to make sure we provide exactly what you want.”

Fresh Market to Go makes grocery shopping simple with four easy steps. To get started, guests create a free Fresh Market to Go account on the store’s website. With their account, shoppers can select needed items and fill their cart. After they have everything they need, they can pay and select a time to pick up their order. When they arrive at the store, they park in one of the designated Fresh Market to Go stalls and text the Fresh Market to Go team to have their order brought out to their car.

There is a small convenience fee for the service, but Fresh Market to Go shoppers will benefit from all in-store ads, sales and promotions. Kaysville is the first Fresh Market location to launch the service. Guests have responded extremely well to similar programs at Fresh Market’s sister stores, Macey’s and Lin’s.

Reporters interested in trying Fresh Market to Go should contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or rmwabel@afstores.com

About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit freshmarketstores.com

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web; Rosie launched in July 2013 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading local retailers and their wholesalers to provide e-commerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. Like us at fb.com/rosieapp. Follow us ontwitter.com/rosieapp

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Source:  Fresh Market

PetSmart selects Cognizant to help enhance its customer experience across its brick and mortar, online and mobile sales channels

TEANECK, N.J., 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cognizant (CTSH) today announced that it has been selected by PetSmart, Inc., the largest specialty pet retailer in North America, to help it gain deeper customer insight and provide an improved omni-channel brand and shopping experience across its brick and mortar, online and mobile sales channels.

PetSmart’sCustomer Data Foundation (CDF) initiative will utilize master and analytics-driven demographic, behavioral, interactional and transactional data to create custom profiles of pets and “pet parents” who visit PetSmart at its stores, online and through its mobile app. This digital initiative centers on building an integrated, single view of customers and their pets to enhance PetSmart’s ability to provide its customers more consistent and relevant products and services, an improved brand experience and more personalized communications and engagement.

Using Cognizant’s MDM-in-a-box™ solution with pre-built, industry-specific data models and other features, Cognizant will empower PetSmart with better decision making by integrating operational store, campaign and other data to provide a single view of the entire data landscape. These insights will help PetSmart enhance customer experience across a range of areas, including product and service innovation, store design, as well as customer communications, engagement and loyalty. Over the longer term, PetSmart expects to provide more of this information directly to in-store associates to enhance customer interactions, while also enabling a digital ecosystem focused on pets and their well-being.

“Our work with Cognizant is key to PetSmart’s strategy to become a more customer-focused and data-driven enterprise. We want to improve our pet parents’ brand and shopping experience with us across any channel they choose, including newer digital channels that are becoming the first choice for customers today,” said Brent Cooke, Vice President, CRM, Consumer Insights and Loyalty at PetSmart. “By investing in innovative core technology, we are able to better listen to, and gain a more comprehensive understanding of our pet parents and their pets to expertly serve their needs and provide the convenience they seek.”

“PetSmart’s customers are drawn from a variety of sources, and with varying buying patterns, making it challenging to have a complete view of the diverse needs and desires of its customers,” said Karthik Krishnamurthy, Global Head of Cognizant’s Analytics and Information Management practice. “PetSmart is transforming its business by building out digital and analytics capabilities that enable customers to enjoy a superior omni-channel experience. Our MDM-in-a-box solution will allow PetSmart to rapidly and easily connect the data points within the network of products and services and buying channels. It is also their objective to create the first CDF program in the retail industry that provides a comprehensive view of pets to offer another level of depth to PetSmart’s understanding of its target consumers.”

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

If you are a member of the news media and have an inquiry, please contact: 

PetSmart Public Relations
24-Hour News Media Line
Phone: 623.587.2177

Source: PetSmart

USDA FSIS: PT Farm, LLC, recalls raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Farm, LLC, a North Haverhill, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw, intact and non-intact beef product items (ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts) were produced between June 6 and June 16, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Chestnut Farms” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “PT Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Miles Smith Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Robie Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “M8868” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and for institutional use in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness cluster on July 20, 2016. Working in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, FSIS determined that there is a link between the beef products from PT Farm and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological investigation, 14 case-patients have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from June 15 to July 10, 2016. Traceback for 8 case-patients for whom data was available led back to a single day of production at PT Farm. This investigation is ongoing. FSIS continues to work with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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 will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume beef products that have been cooked to a temperature of 145° F for roasts with a three minute rest time and 160° F for ground meat. The only way to confirm that beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Peter L. Roy, company owner, at (603) 787-9199.

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.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Fish: 145°F
  • Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Poultry: 165°F
  • Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

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
Richard J. McIntire
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Sears starts the back-to-school season with two new private label apparel lines and a new “The Secret Life of Pets” app game

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sears has kicked off the back-to-school season with two new private label apparel lines, a new interactive in-store Sears app experience and shopping conveniences that make shopping easier, more fun with less time taken away from the last few days of summer.

With fresh, updated jeans perennially high on back-to-school shopping lists, Sears was inspired to expand its popular Roebuck & Co. line to boys and girls. Previously only available for men, the new Roebuck & Co. line includes denim, plus khaki cargo pants, long-sleeve tops and hoodies for boys, and leggings, tops and jackets for girls. Sears also introduced R1893 – a diverse women’s denim collection that features six fits and 52 washes.

“Back to school style is about having the confidence and swag to rock a logo-less tee and unbranded jacket. It’s being on trend and owning your style by making it yours. And you can seriously do that at Sears,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer for Sears. “The new apparel lines will remind our members that denim is not only our heritage, it’s our passion. We believe in expertly constructed fits, rich vintage washes and serious attention to detail.”

  • R1893– With a name calling back to when the Sears Roebuck name first appeared, this new women’s collection takes denim to a new level. The collection features six fits – hi-rise jeggings, girlfriend, boot, skinny, jegging, and skinny flare – with higher cotton content and fits with varying stretch, making the jeans feel buttery, yet durable, and holding in the right places. Sizes are 2-18 and range in price from $39-$49.
  • Roebuck & Co.– This brand plays to Sears’ heritage and focuses on quality and value. The boys line has a classic collegiate feel, with tints of color and dry processing to give it a vintage look. The line comes in two fits – straight and slim straight, each in four washes – three denim washes and black. The girls line conveys a bohemian, free-spirited attitude and features three fits – jegging, legging jean, and boot cut, with stretch in each. The jegging comes in six washes, including black, grey, and two fashion colors (pink and turquoise); legging jeans have an elastic waistband and come in four washes/colors; and boot cut comes in two indigo washes. Denim sizes are 7-16 for girls and 8-20 for boys, with plus and husky sizing available, ranging in price from $24-$32.

Find Max and Win at Sears
Catching the wave of engaging, real-world app play, Sears teamed with the makers of the summer blockbuster “The Secret Life of Pets,” bringing the characters to the Sears app for a fun interactive game. To play the “Find Max” game, users launch the Sears app in-store then search for clues marked with a QR code. When all three QR codes are scanned, Max’s secret location is revealed, unlocking opportunities to enter sweepstakes, earn instant Shop Your Way points and more. Text “FINDMAX” to 73277 to download or update the Sears app.

Tying together Sears’ “Seriously Sears” back to school campaign is a series of digital videos that showcase Sears exciting new fashion looks for girls, boys and teens. Two spots viewable on Sears’ YouTube channel include “Chat” and “Soccer Moments.”

Offering More Deals on the Most-Wanted Back-to-School Gear
The National Retail Federation announced that frugality is top-of-mind with back-to-school shoppers this year, with 30 percent saying they will shop sales, 28 percent using more coupons, 25 percent using circulars to seek out deals, and 28 percent buying more store brands*. Sears offers many ways for members to save for back-to-school, including weekly advertised deals on sears.com/localad, via personalized digital coupons easily loaded using the Sears app, and special pricing and offers for Shop Your Way members.

Back-to-school specials and deals include:

Sears offers several conveniences to take the fuss out of shopping as parents prepare to get kids back in the groove. Personal Shopper from Shop Your Way allows members to get free personal shopping advice from experts across a broad range of product categories. Sears’ In-Vehicle Pickup service allows parents to shop online or via their mobile phone anytime and have their items brought to their car when they arrive at the store to pick them up in five minutes guaranteed. Looking for a different color or size of an item that’s not in-store? As an added convenience, Sears app users get free shipping on orders placed while in-store (when location services are enabled).

To see Sears’ best back-to-school deals, visit Sears.com/backtoschool and join the conversation at #SeriouslySears.

*Source: NRF 2016 Back-to-School Survey

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brian Hanover
Sears Holdings
847-286-6080
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Sears
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Kamal.Bosamia@zenogroup.com

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Sears starts the back-to-school season with two new private label apparel lines and a new "The Secret Life of Pets" app game
Sears starts the back-to-school season with two new private label apparel lines and a new “The Secret Life of Pets” app game

 

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Walgreens installs safe medication disposal kiosks at its pharmacies across 21 states

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the first national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks at 288 pharmacies across 21 states and Washington D.C. Walgreens is now more than halfway toward its goal, announced in February, of installing medication disposal kiosks at 500 locations around the country.

To mark the first store in Wisconsin with a drug take-back kiosk, Walgreens will be joined today by House Speaker Paul Ryan for a ceremony at a Janesville, Wis., store. Safe medication disposal kiosk installation in Wisconsin is expected to be complete by the end of August.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost. As part of Walgreens drug take-back program, the kiosks make the disposal of medications easier and are available year-round to help reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths.

“Walgreens has taken an important first step to curb the misuse of medications throughout the country and continues to make progress in offering easy and convenient medication disposal,” 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.”

The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies 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.

Walgreens also has helped curb the rise in opioid overdose deaths by making naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without requiring a prescription in more than 2,600 pharmacies across 14 states. On Aug. 1, Walgreens will begin offering naloxone without requiring a prescription in North Carolina and Wisconsin as the company continues toward its goal of offering naloxone without a prescription at more than 7,000 of its nearly 8,200 pharmacies. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

Naloxone can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

When naloxone is dispensed, instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, including calling 911. Naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

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, 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.

States where Walgreens offers naloxone without requiring a prescription:

Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (including Duane Reade drugstores), Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington.

Note: North Carolina and Wisconsin will begin offering naloxone without requiring a prescription on Aug. 1.

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 digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.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

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

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House Speaker Paul Ryan joins Walgreens at the July 25, 2016 launch of drug take-back disposal program in Wisconsin
House Speaker Paul Ryan joins Walgreens at the July 25, 2016 launch of drug take-back disposal program in Wisconsin

 

Source: Walgreens

New partnership brings Holland & Barrett health and wellbeing products in Tesco stores across the UK

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Holland & Barrett have today announced an exciting new partnership to introduce a health and wellbeing ‘store in store’ format in a number of Tesco stores across the UK.

The new partnership follows Tesco’s successful introduction of several Arcadia sites in its larger stores last year which showed that shoppers find it more helpful to combine shopping at Tesco with other well-known brands. Both businesses are keen to learn how the new proposition and format will be received by customers, but are confident the brands and propositions will work successfully alongside each other in store.  The first Holland and Barrett store opened in the Dudley Tesco Extra on Monday 25th July, with a number of further concessions set to be introduced over the summer.

Holland & Barrett’s sales areas will include a range of popular brands from the specialist health and wellness retailer, including Bootea, snail gel and its best-selling coconut-based products.  The new format will be integrated within Tesco’s store sales floors, enabling Tesco customers to shop across some 3000 product lines from Holland & Barrett’s health, food, beauty and sports ranges. Customers will also be able to access Holland & Barrett’s popular natural beauty section showcasing the brand’s ethical and natural beauty products, its natural Tea Bar and its Pick n Mix station for healthy snacking.

Holland & Barrett staff in the trial stores will be trained in the same way as all Holland & Barrett staff in the company’s ‘Qualified to Advise’ standards, the equivalent of an A-level in nutrition, and will be able to answer and advise on a range of customer queries from sports nutrition through to pregnancy supplementation.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said:
“We’re always looking at new ways our stores can best serve the needs of our customers, so we’re excited to be embarking on this partnership with such a recognized and trusted brand as Holland and Barrett. The new concessions will provide an exciting new offer for our customers that will complement our Tesco stores.”

Commenting on the trial, Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis said:
“This pilot is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the value of a partnership between two trusted and complementary brands in retail and we are excited to be exploring with Tesco how their customers respond to this innovative in-store concept.

“We know that Tesco’s customers are diverse, like ours, but one thing that they have in common is that they want access to a wide range of health and wellbeing products without having to take too much time out of their busy routines to source them. We hope that this pilot will help them to achieve this as we continue our mission to bring health and wellbeing to high streets across the UK.”

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

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New partnership brings Holland & Barrett health and wellbeing products in Tesco stores across the UK
New partnership brings Holland & Barrett health and wellbeing products in Tesco stores across the UK

 

Source: Tesco