Law enforcement and retail loss prevention members to be honored during the NRF PROTECT conference

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three members of the law enforcement and retail loss prevention community will be honored this week during the National Retail Federation’s NRF PROTECT conference in Washington. The founder of The Loss Prevention Foundation will receive the industry’s top award on Tuesday while a New York Police Department lieutenant who launched the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance and an FBI agent responsible for breaking a multi-state crime ring will be recognized on Wednesday.

“Each one of these honorees has supported the loss prevention community by protecting retailers and their customers and sharing their skills and experience to help develop highly proficient loss prevention professionals,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. “Their significant contributions continue to create great impact in the community and deserve to be recognized by these prestigious awards.”

Ring of Excellence Award
This award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose “honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.”

This year’s recipient is Gene Smith, founder of the Loss Prevention Foundation and former president of Downing & Downing, a human resources firm specializing in LP staff development, in recognition of his more than 40 years of experience and his work to develop the industry’s Loss Prevention Qualified and Loss Prevention Certified designations. Smith has provided career counseling to countless LP professionals, university curriculum committees and industry trade association committees.

During Smith’s time at Downing & Downing, he conducted assessment interviews and career counseling with thousands of industry associates and performed industry organizational and consulting reviews designed to maximize resources and deliver value. Smith is recognized as an industry leader and expert on talent assessment and acquisition.

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award
This award acknowledges law enforcement officers or agencies that have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to support the retail industry in combating fraud, protecting assets and reducing losses.

This year’s award will be presented to NYPD Lt. Tarik Sheppard for his efforts to create the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance in 2014 while head of the Grand Larceny Analytical unit. The unit works to identify pattern crimes and pattern crime offenders, and Sheppard recognized the extent of organized crime in retail thefts while working there.

Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award
This award recognizes investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and the industry.

This year’s recipient is FBI Special Agent Kevin Kohler, who uncovered a multi-state crime ring that placed fraudulent bar codes on high-value products, intentionally lowering prices and inflicting losses exceeding $200,000. Kohler played an integral role in the investigation by securing crucial evidence, and in a matter of two months was able to arrest the head of the group. Going beyond the retail fraud that initiated the case, the investigation also led to charges of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors, resulting in the rescue of several children from a predator. The ringleader was sentenced to 70 years in prison without parole.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Honored

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The United Nations Foundation’s 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner will tonight honor Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through its support for wellbeing around the world. The award recognizes, in part, the accomplishments of Walgreens highly successful Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® initiative, which provides life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Co-Chief Operating Officer Ornella Barra will accept the Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company.

“I am deeply honored to accept the Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation on behalf of all of my dedicated colleagues and the customers who make the program possible,” commented Barra. “While much work remains, we are very proud of the progress we have made, in partnership with our customers and the UN Foundation, to ensure that millions of children are immunized against diseases that could cost them their lives. Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to helping people around the world lead happier, healthier lives and this program is an important part of our mission.”

“The world has set ambitious goals to improve lives and livelihoods around the world, including by achieving health and well-being for everyone by the year 2030,” said UN Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Calvin. “Walgreens Boots Alliance has raised the bar through its strong commitment to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, who are often protected from a lifetime of deadly or debilitating diseases, including children who benefit from the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. campaign.”

One in five children worldwide lacks access to life-saving immunizations, and a child in a developing country dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. Get a Shot. Give a Shot. donates a polio or measles vaccine to a child in need for every immunization administered at a Walgreens, Duane Reade or Healthcare Clinic location in the United States. The program has helped to provide more than 15 million vaccinations to countries such as Tanzania, East Timor and Chad since 2013.

Get a Shot. Give a Shot. is one of a range of programs that Walgreens Boots Alliance champions to improve health and wellbeing around the world. This month, through a partnership with Vitamin Angels, Walgreens reached its goal set two years ago of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition.

Through a partnership with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, the company has funded a pan-European biobank for colorectal cancer to find new ways to treat this deadly disease. In addition, as the exclusive retailer of Red Nose Day in the United States, Walgreens has helped raise more than $31 million to benefit children’s health through Comic Relief USA. A partnership between Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support helps provide access to the best cancer information for patients and caregivers across the UK.

For more information on Get a Shot. Give a Shot. visit Additional information on the Vitamin Angels program is available at

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

About United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. Learn more at:


For Walgreens Boots Alliance
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Laura Vergani
+44 (0)20 7980 8585

For Finsbury
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James Murgatroyd and Anjali Unnikrishnan
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For the United Nations Foundation
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+1 202 862 6319

Source:  Walgreens Boots Alliance

Bartell Drugs honored its vendors, product suppliers and partners at its 27th annual Vendor Breakfast

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs welcomed more than 150 guests at its annual Vendor Breakfast, the 27th such event it has hosted to thank the vendor and supplier community for their business and support.

The event was held at the Ballard Bay Club on September 29 and featured owners, CEOs, presidents, product representatives and others to foster the partnerships Bartell’s values with more than 80 companies, including more than 25 locally based organizations.

“Bartell Drugs is extremely appreciative of the relationships it has with its many vendors,” said Brent Beebe, Senior Vice president of Merchandising for the 126-year-old, Seattle-based pharmacy/retail chain. “We place a high value not only on the products these companies carry, but also the collaborative atmosphere and shared goal of offering quality products at competitive prices.”

The event also provides the opportunity for Bartells to present a number of awards to those vendors that go above-and-beyond in assisting the company, the oldest, family-owned pharmacy chain in the country.

The Family Values Award, given by the company’s owners for exceptional service,  was given to Geoffrey Clark with Kodak Alaris, an independent, global technology company on a mission to unlock the power of images and information for businesses and consumers. Sales Representative of the Year was awarded to Brian Balistrieri with Johnson & Johnson, an international group of companies devoted to consumer health products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Ron Runyan with Cashco garnered the Local Vendor of the Year award. The Portland, Oregon-based distributor specializes in travel and trail-size products.

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 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

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Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 (office)
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Advance Auto Parts honored five partners during its annual vendor summit

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, presented its 2016 Vendor of the Year awards during the company’s annual vendor summit held this week. Advance honored five companies, including GRI Engineering & Development, LLC, which received the prestigious recognition as Advance’s 2016 Vendor of the Year. Additional vendor partner awards included:

  • Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year – CARDONE Industries
  • DIY Excellence Vendor of the Year – Valvoline
  • Superior Availability Vendor of the Year – Dorman Products, Inc.
  • Supply Chain Reliability Vendor of the Year – TRICO Products

2016 Vendor of the Year GRI Engineering & Development provides Advance with quality parts and solutions for its line of brake pads and brake products, and was also selected for delivering exemplary customer support, and providing industry-leading testing and product management. The Vendor of the Year Award was presented to Steve Wang, founder and CEO of MAT Holdings, Inc., at an annual awards dinner, which opened the 2016 Advance Auto Parts vendor summit.

“The five partners honored with our Vendor of the Year awards make possible Advance’s commitment to get the right part at the right time to every customer,” said Charles Tyson, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing & Replenishment for Advance Auto Parts. “The quality products and services provided by each of these organizations make them industry leaders and integral business partners for Advance.”

GRI has partnered with Advance on brake products for more than a decade, and has received the Commercial Excellence award in previous years. The 2016 Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year, CARDONE, was recognized for innovative category management, excellent field team support and delivering quality products that commercial customers trust.

Valvoline received the DIY Excellence Vendor of the Year award for advancing motor oil strategy through analytics, while Dorman was honored as the Superior Availability Vendor of the Year for first-to-market successes and expanded coverage offerings to benefit customers across the country. This is the second year in a row that Dorman has received the Superior Availability Vendor of the Year award from Advance.

TRICO Products Corporation, a global leader in wiper blade technology, received the Supply Chain Reliability Vendor of the Year award for its superior planning and management of weather-dependent product availability.

For more information about quality parts and services available from Advance, visit

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2016, Advance operated 5,066 stores and 126 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at

Contact: 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623)

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Howard and Sheri Schultz honored with the Aspen Institute’s 2016 Public Service Award

Howard and Sheri Schultz honored with the Aspen Institute’s 2016 Public Service Award
Howard and Sheri Schultz honored with the Aspen Institute’s 2016 Public Service Award


Seattle, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of their work on behalf of youth and veterans, Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks and Sheri Schultz, co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation (SFF) have been honored with the Aspen Institute’s 2016 Public Service Award.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum promoting values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. One of the nonprofit’s priorities is finding ways to engage nearly six million people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and not working.

“The fastest growing population in America is called opportunity youth. At one time they were named at-risk youth, but we realized they are tremendous assets for a community,” said Sheri Schultz. “We wanted to get under the surface to understand what we could do to change that problem.”

Hiring opportunity youth and creating meaningful career paths for them is a key focus of SFF and Starbucks which, together with about 40 leading companies, are behind the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. Launched a year ago, the coalition brings the private and public sectors together to work with community-based organizations to train and hire 100,000 young Americans by 2018.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s effort has resulted in Starbucks and other major companies hiring thousands of young people, primarily through hiring fairs in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. Mock interviews, resume workshops, and community resources features of the events that serve the interests of 70 percent of the attendees who may not be prepared for their first job.

“For the promise of American and the American Dream to avail itself to all of us, the country cannot be divided and leave so many people behind because of a lack of hope and opportunity,” said Howard Schultz. “I wish you could walk through these job fairs with us and see the talent, the passion and also the waste that we have in our system as a result of not utilizing all of this talent to the best of their ability. All they want, more than anything else, is a door to be opened and an opportunity to present itself.”

Grounded in its Mission and Values, Starbucks has a series of initiatives aimed at creating pathways to opportunity for its partners (employees) and the communities it serves around the globe.

In addition to its commitment to hiring opportunity youth, Starbucks is investing in at least 15 new stores with on-site job training for youth in low-income communities. Two such stores have opened in Queens, New York and Ferguson, Missouri, with a third opening next week in Phoenix.

Starbucks is well on its way toward hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses, a commitment made in 2013. The company also plans to have at least 25,000 Starbucks College Achievement Plan graduates by 2025, and recently announced the expansion of a similar college benefit program for its partners in Korea.

“The country is in need of both an economic and moral transformation,” said Howard Schultz. “I think on a parallel track corporate America is need of its own transformation recognizing that chasing profits as a primary goal is a shallow objective and you’re not going to be able to create a great and enduring company unless there is more to the reason the company exists. There has to be a balance between profit and social impact.”

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Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


SSP’s Wine and View at Helsinki Airport and Le Train Bleu at Paris Gare de Lyon honored at the Moodie FAB awards

London ,2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has scooped two of the top prizes at the prestigious Moodie FAB awards. Organised by leading business-to-business publisher and information provider The Moodie Davitt Report, the awards recognise the best of the food and beverage business at the finest airports and rail stations across the world.

SSP’s Wine and View at Helsinki Airport was named Airport Wine Bar of the Year. Recently refurbished in a contemporary yet welcoming new style, the wine bar has been a favourite with passengers at this world-class airport since it first opened its doors 2008. It serves a selection of the most revered wines and vintages from both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ worlds, most of which are available by the glass.

For the second time, Le Train Bleu at Paris Gare de Lyon took home the award for Individual Food and Beverage Offer of the Year in a Rail Station. This spectacularly beautiful restaurant offers passengers a taste of travel in a more elegant era. Heavily gilded and frescoed walls act as the perfect backdrop to a menu inspired by the traditions of classic French cuisine.

Commenting on the win, group director of strategic client relationships and CEO of SSP Nordics and Spain Nick Inkster said: ‘We are delighted that this excellent wine bar and land-mark restaurant have been recognised as the best of some truly outstanding nominees. Our teams have worked really hard to ensure that standards are constantly high not just in the run up to the awards, but over many years.’

Copenhagen Airport, where SSP is the predominant operator, was named Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year.

The first FAB Awards were hosted by Manchester Airport in 2011. The 2016 event was held in Geneva and the awards attracted a record 275 entries.

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