Stater Bros. Markets among Top 20 companies in the U.S. with exceptional job security for its employees according to Forbes.com

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets was named among the Top 20 companies in the United States to offer exceptional job security for its employees according to a report recently published on Forbes.com.

Since 1936, Stater Bros. has proudly served generations of loyal customers.  In the highly competitive Southern California supermarket industry, Stater Bros. remains an iconic mainstay that continues to grow and operate more stores each year than the year before.  Similarly, the company continues to have more employees working for the company each year than the prior year.

“The Stater Bros. tradition centers on taking good care of our valued customers and the loyal members of our Stater Bros. ‘Family’. We offer extensive training and programs to improve and expand our ‘Family’ members’ skills while providing a positive work environment with good jobs, competitive pay and excellent benefits,” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.  “Stater Bros. acknowledges the success and continued growth of our company is credited to the great team effort and hard work of both past and present members of our entire Stater Bros. ‘Family’,” Van Helden concluded.

Stater Bros. recently announced the construction of five “Blue Ribbon” Supermarkets to serve the Southern California communities of Menifee, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Tustin Ranch.

For information regarding career opportunities visit http://www.staterbros.com/careers/

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 169 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Contact:

1.855.STATERS
1.855.782.8377

Source: STATER BROS. MARKETS

Commissary patrons and employees to support Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary patrons and employees again stepped up in a big way in the annual Feds Feed Families campaign, accounting for a third of DOD’s total donation in this year’s drive.

“It all comes down to the great support we had from our customers and commissary personnel participating in this year’s campaign, which ran from June through August” said Randy Eller, the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy director of logistics.

This year DeCA employees and patrons donated over a million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for local food banks and pantries. It amounted to 34 percent of DOD’s total donation of 3.3 million pounds. In 2015, the commissaries collected 1.6 million pounds of DOD’s 3.2 million total.

To make donating simpler for commissary patrons, workers in the stores put together prepackaged donation bags of various sizes. These packages were then placed around the stores where patrons could easily pick them up as they shop and then donate them after checking out.

“Commissary patrons and employees know that it’s important to give back to the communities surrounding their installations,” Eller said. “The proof is in the thousands of pounds of donated items we collect every year for this worthy cause.”

Feds Feed Families was created as a part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. As of last year the program donated almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

Wegmans offer employer on-site flu clinics to provide flu shots to employees

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With fall right around the corner, employers may see an increase in absenteeism as employees battle illness this flu season. According to Flu.gov, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, equating to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. While it’s impossible to eradicate the flu from the workplace, the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program can help employers minimize the impact of seasonal flu on their workforce with its employer on-site flu clinics.

Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with simple online scheduling for employees to sign up for a flu shot timeslot, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered throughout all of Wegmans’ market areas, and provide flu shots to employees 18 years and older.

“Protecting our employees from the flu is important to us,” said Mike Stojkovic, Director of Wellness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “The Wegmans Pharmacy team provides convenient, friendly service ensuring our employees get the care they need.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu vaccine is the best way for individuals to protect themselves from seasonal flu. Yet, three out of every five people in the United States report not being vaccinated.

“Employers can help boost vaccination rates among their workforce by offering an on-site flu clinic, which gives employees easy access to the flu shot at little to no cost, and without leaving the office,” said Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager. “Even if an on-site flu clinic doesn’t make sense for an organization, employers play an important role in educating their employees on the importance of an annual flu shot and the resources available to them in their community.”

The flu vaccination for the 2016-2017 season is also available at all Wegmans Pharmacy locations. Customers can stop by the store pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered by insurance in full.

“Millions of Americans come down with the flu every year, and by offering the employer on-site flu clinics and the flu vaccination in our pharmacies, we’re making it easy for those in our community to protect themselves from seasonal flu,” said Pompo

For more information about the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program, contact Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager, at Brian.Pompo@wegmans.com.

Wegmans Pharmacy ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Supermarket Pharmacies” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2015.  The study was based on 14,914 total responses.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  

Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans

Commissary employees and patrons collect donations Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va. , 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year was a banner year for the Feds Feed Families campaign. The Department of Defense collected more than 3.2 million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for donation to local food banks and pantries. Commissary employees and their patrons contributed almost 50 percent or a whopping 1.6 million pounds of DOD’s total.

“Our customers are the main driver behind the donations,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputy director of logistics. “Their contributions have increased our total 66 percent from 2014.”

The Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs June through Aug. 31 this year, was created as a part of President Obama’s United We Serve campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. Through the program, almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government.

This year commissary employees and patrons are pulling together again to collect donations of much needed nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. Prepacked donation bags, which can be purchased in store and placed in collection bins when entering or leaving, are available. Customers may also bring items from home to donate.

Donated items are picked up by the installations and delivered to local food banks or pantries.

The most-needed items for donations include:

  • Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt
  • Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices
  • Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
  • Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
  • Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
  • Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
  • Multigrain cereal
  • 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes
  • Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
  • Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo

There have been no official goals set but, with the help of commissary employees and generous patrons, Eller thinks last years’ numbers can be beat.

“Let’s all give our full support to this fantastic program which feeds thousands of hungry families across the United States, and work to have our best totals ever,” he said.

For more information on the Feds Feed Families campaign, visit USDA’s Feds Feed Families page.

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About DeCA:
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary