CVS Health expands its drug abuse prevention efforts among young people with two prevention education programs

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (Sept. 19, 2016) announced it will expand its commitment to preventing drug abuse among young people through investments in two prevention education programs. The CVS Health Foundation will launch a new partnership with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online. CVS Health is also renewing its successful Pharmacists Teach program, which connects CVS pharmacists to local high school students in their communities to discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Entering its second year, the program has already reached more than 100,000 students across the country.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we care deeply about preventing drug abuse among young people and we are proud of these unique programs that will make a meaningful difference for so many teens and their families,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “We have seen tremendous enthusiasm from our CVS pharmacists, who have volunteered to speak to more than 100,000 students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse as part of our Pharmacists Teach program, which will continue into this new school year. And, we are pleased to expand on our abuse prevention efforts with a new program to reach young people digitally through our partnership with DoSomething.org.”

Launching this fall, the CVS Health Foundation’s campaign with DoSomething.org, an organization focused on empowering young people to take action to address meaningful social causes, will activate youth to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse. The text message experience will counter the perception that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs, teach behaviors that guard against abuse, prepare young people to confront their peers about abuse and challenge the misconception that prescription drug abuse and misuse is normal. The campaign is designed to reach millions of young people through text, email, social media, youth-focused marketing and PSAs.

“DoSomething.org is committed to giving young people ways to take action on important issues that they care about,” said Aria Finger, CEO at DoSomething.org. “We’re thrilled that CVS Health is making it a priority as a company to address such an important issue and that we’re partnering to equip young people with the tools they need to talk to their friends and family members about the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers.”

CVS Health is also continuing the Pharmacists Teach program it launched last fall into the 2016-2017 school year. Through this program, school administrators and teachers across the country can work with the company to arrange for local CVS pharmacists to speak to high school-aged students. The Pharmacists Teach presentation, developed in coordination with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, educates students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and teaches them that one choice can change everything in their lives.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Mary Alfieri
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9811
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

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

Prada expands and completely renovates its store in Canton Road, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prada is expanding and completely renovating its store in Hong Kong situated on Canton Road, the city’s main shopping street. The two-storey space occupies a total area of more than 1,300 square metres, with a secondary internal access from Harbour City.

The external façade pays homage to the Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez* with an optical geometric pattern. The internal front, in black Marquina marble, is opened by the display windows and the entrance, giving great visibility to the spaces within.

The Canton Road entrance introduces a room defined by signature elements of the brand, such as the black and white checkerboard floor and the walls in light green encaustic and marble. Exquisite glass display cases with bottoms in green marble alternate with shelving systems. The beamed ceiling is a contemporary interpretation – in Prada green – of the typical ceilings of historic Italian buildings.

The new concept deftly combines the tradition and history of Prada with the continuous research and evolution that has always characterized the brand. New materials are paired with 1950’s design; technology works hand in hand with a new approach to retail that puts clients and their comfort at the centre.

Seating elements of different forms and colors create intimate salons, arranged with low tables to create original spatial geometries. Classic materials like velvet are juxtaposed with modern materials like plexiglas and marble.

The footwear area on the ground floor interprets these themes, emphasizing their femininity: the checkerboard marble floor becomes a soft carpet; the green of the walls is covered in velvet, in harmony with the green velvet chairs by Osvaldo Borsani, an exclusive edition for Prada.

The Mall entrance has an imposing yet sophisticated presence. Black marble – the main theme – extends through a room that appears to be a giant display window. A special display niche, an iconic Prada feature, is interpreted here with black marble and a video screen on the back panel, representing the contamination between history and modernity. Spaces in green encaustic and black marble dedicated to leather and women’s accessories alternate with salons in red and green velvet with geometrically patterned carpets.

The concept of intimacy is conveyed by the interior of the clothing area: the green velvet walls and beamed ceiling, also covered in velvet, provide a counterpoint to the a video wall that broadcasts innovative imagery. The green velvet Borsani chairs, the light plexiglas furnishings and the polished steel racks compete the decor.

Another room, dedicated to women’s leather goods, features green encaustic panels. The stairway – a volume completely sheathed in green marble accompanied along its entire height by a steel and glass display case – leads to the basement floor. Here is the area dedicate to the men’s collections and a special selection of clothing and footwear for women. A black and white marble floor, a beamed ceiling and green encaustic walls are the predominant elements.

The men’s area is distinguished by the use of tall furnishings in black iron and glass, blue ostrich skin chairs and aviator blue and grey carpeting with geometric patterns. A special room – dedicated to clothing – features a dark wood floor of narrow boards, walls covered in aviator blue velvet and chairs in grey velvet with wooden arms, creating a more intimate and masculine atmosphere.

*PRADA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ
Prada wishes to express its admiration for French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the leaders of the kinetic art movement, an innovative form of dynamic expression with a strong visual impact. Having always greatly appreciated Carlos Cruz-Diez and his contribution to this artistic genre, Prada wishes to publicly pay homage to his artwork, which served as a starting point for the design of the façade of the Prada store on Hong Kong’s Canton Road.

For further information:
Prada Press Office
Tel. +39.02.541921
e-mail: ufficio.stampa@prada.com

Source: Prada

Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced new and expanded sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020.

Kroger’s full list of 2020 sustainability goals is available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com/2020-goals.html, which includes:

  • Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment,
  • Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of 90% in all facilities,
  • Optimizing 100% of corporate brand packaging, and
  • Transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain.

“Our goal is to be a positive force for change in our communities and to drive sustainability and innovation across the supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We believe that our 2020 goals set the course for this important, ongoing journey.”

Kroger today also released its 10th annual sustainability report is now available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com.

“Our tenth annual sustainability report highlights our associates’ commitment to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other,” said Mr. McMullen. “The report outlines Kroger’s growing focus on responsible sourcing and our progress in the fight against hunger, reducing our carbon footprint and moving toward “zero waste” in our stores and facilities.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statements are indicated by the words “goal(s)” and “believe.”  Our ability to achieve our sustainability goals will be affected by our ability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated, our ability to generate expected operating results and the impact of regulatory changes. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Cincinnati/Dayton Division
(Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana)
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

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Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020
Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

CVS Pharmacy expands its assortment of healthier foods and beverages to more than 2,900 stores nationwide

WOONSOCKET, R.I, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today the expansion of its assortment of healthier foods and beverages to more than 2,900 stores nationwide. Throughout the year, 100 stores each week are being enhanced with a carefully curated selection of national and niche better-for-you brands that make healthier eating on-the-go, convenient and affordable. Expanding this initiative beyond the initial 500 store pilot launched in 2015 is a critical step as the company continues to evolve into a premier health destination by making better health easy for millions of customers.

“Since becoming the first and only national pharmacy chain to end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, the number one thing we’ve heard from our customers is the desire for healthier food options,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business. “This year, we are continuing to expand the assortment, volume and shelf space dedicated to better-for-you foods and snacks offered in our stores nationwide to make healthier snacking easier and more convenient for our customers.”

Adding more healthy foods

This spring, more than 250 fresh, refrigerated and non-perishable healthy foods and beverages have hit shelves at CVS Pharmacy stores around the country from brands including: Amy’s Kitchen, Annie’s Homegrown, Chobani, Vita CoCo, Bai, Krave Jerky, Rhythm Superfoods, That’s it bars as well as new products from the CVS Pharmacy exclusive line, Gold Emblem abound which is free from artificial preservatives, flavors and colors.

Moving healthy foods forward

In addition to the 2,900 stores which will stock a wide assortment of healthy foods by year end, another 360 stores will receive significant additional enhancements to the layout of food, beauty and over the counter health products. The new store layouts have a broader assortment of better-for-you foods in an expanded refrigerated section and more prominent displays of healthy foods and grab-and-go snacks, making healthy snacking more convenient.

Better-for-you snacks at checkouts

Beginning this summer, roughly 25 percent of front checkout space, traditionally occupied by candy, will be dedicated to better-for-you snacks including: KIND bars, Larabars and Vega One bars to help shoppers choose a healthier bite to tide them over while running errands.

Healthy eating trend zones

Niche products that support trending dietary preferences including paleo, raw and vegan are also taking the spotlight in select CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the year. Initial trends include paleo displays including EPIC 100% grass-fed bison bars and Gold Emblem abound organic black chia seeds. Next, raw foods will be showcased throughout the summer, including top picks from Go Raw bars, Emmy’s Organics and Two Moms in the Raw. In the fall, a vegan showcase, featuring Larabar Bites, Kashi Teff Thin Crackers, and GimMe Health Food Seaweed Snacks, among others will be available in select locations.

Healthy deals of the week and personalized email offers serve as gentle reminders that making healthier choices can be affordable as well. The company’s Fit Choices shelf tagging program also increases the ease of finding healthier items in store by clearly identifying foods that fit nutritional and dietary preferences including: Good Source of Protein, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.

A variety of the products mentioned here will be available in select stores nationwide and some online at CVS.com. To find a nearby CVS Pharmacy location, please visit CVS.com/stores.

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:

Stephanie Cunha
Public Relations Manager
CVS Pharmacy
Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com
p 401-770-9354

SOURCE:  CVS Pharmacy