Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico

Seattle, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today unveiled its handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in more than 500 Starbucks stores across Mexico.

With tea consumption in the country expected to increase 16.7% between 2015 and 2018, according to a report by Euromonitor International, the launch of Teavana tea beverages in stores is an opportunity for Starbucks to meet customers’ growing interest in specialty teas.

“The tea category in Mexico is well positioned for innovation and rapid growth,” said Marc Branet, director for Starbucks Mexico. “Just as Starbucks pioneered a new retail experience for coffee and espresso, the expansion of the Teavana experience here in Mexico provides the opportunity to do the same with more consumers looking for a unique and personalized tea experience.”

Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas are freshly brewed from high-quality pure teas and botanicals. Starbucks baristas carefully handcraft each iced tea, which is shaken at least 10 times to help ensure all the ingredients are quickly chilled and mixed perfectly to bring out their distinct flavors. Starbucks customers in Mexico can enjoy Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in two bold and refreshing flavors.

Teavana Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade
Developed exclusively for the Mexico market, this beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

Teavana Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade
This beverage is a blend of freshly brewed premium black tea, mango, a hint of sweet passion fruit, and a splash of lemonade. It is also available in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Following the launch of Teavana® Iced Tea this summer, Starbucks Mexico will add a selection of Teavana’s handcrafted hot tea beverages to enjoy in stores or at home in the fall.

In addition to Mexico, a select number of stores in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao and Puerto Rico, are now offering Teavana® Iced Tea.

Additional markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will begin carrying Teavana iced and hot tea beverages later this year.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico
Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico

 

Source: Starbucks

Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —Starting on 19 July 2016, Carrefour customers will be able to use Apple Pay – a new easy, secure and private way to pay – at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores operating under the Carrefour banner in France.

New service for a richer customer experience

Apple Pay is a new easy, secure and private way to pay for one’s shopping. Carrefour Banque is also offering this new service to its 2.5 million customers in France. MasterCard PASS holders are among the first customers to be able to use this service in France – they can now pay for their shopping quickly and easily while taking advantage of the Carrefour loyalty programme.

The new service will be available immediately in Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets, and is being rolled out across convenience stores in France.

Apple Pay’s launch marks another milestone in the deployment of Carrefour’s innovative strategy, together with further evidence of its commitment to providing its customers with a simplified, seamless and practical shopping experience.

With Apple Pay, there is no longer any need to fumble around for change or a debit or credit card. Once customers have added their MasterCard PASS card to Wallet, simply hold the top of their iPhone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID, with Apple Watch, double-click the side button then hold the display of the device up to the reader. There is no need to switch on the screen or open an app – the amount is displayed automatically and payment is authorized using Touch ID.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. In Carrefour stores in France, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and later, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Online shopping in apps accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France
Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

 

Source: Carrefour

Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Let your light shine this summer as Argos launches its exclusive pendant for The Irish Cancer Society.

The sunshine-themed pendant is available in Argos stores and online from 16 July retailing at €41.99. Of this, €5 from every sale will help fund the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres, which support people affected by cancer in Ireland by providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities.

The pendant will add a little sparkle to any outfit and features an uplifting message, making it a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Stephanie Wilkes, Jewellery Buyer at Argos, said: “This gorgeous pendant is the perfect way to light up the lives of your loved ones, and with €5 from each sale going straight to The Irish Cancer Society, you’ll be helping to fund Cancer Nurses in Daffodil Centres around Ireland.

“We’re so proud to be supporting The Irish Cancer Society, and hope the sales of these pendants will help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, added: “The money Argos customers will raise with every pendant sold goes towards funding vital support provided to cancer patients and their families through Daffodil Centres. These are walk-in cancer information and support centres managed by experienced cancer nurses, and in 2015 the 13 centers in Ireland dealt with 42,478 enquiries.

“We couldn’t support the 170,000 people living with and beyond cancer in Ireland today without your help, and we’re really grateful to every single person who purchases a pendant whether for themselves, a loved one or a friend. Together, we won’t give up until cancer does.”

Since voting to support The Irish Cancer Society as their Irish charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised nearly €80,000, funding over 3,000 hours of vital Irish Cancer Society nursing care to support people affected by cancer in Ireland.

To buy a pendant for your loved one visit your local Argos store, or check and reserve on www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

About Irish Cancer Society
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. The Society is almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receives less than 2% government funding.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society
Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Source: Argos

Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations

PARIS , 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulgari celebrates the Italian origins of the House with a new high jewelry collection, unveiled at an exclusive event at the Italian Embassy in Paris.

Vibrant colors, audacious volumes, unique gems… The new high jewelry collection from Bulgari dazzles with creativity and the brilliant savoir-faire of the master of gemstones. Dubbed The Magnificent Inspirations, the stunning and elegant collection pays tribute to the Italian roots of the House, capturing the vivid light, identity and colors of its homeland, from Mediterranean blues to “the gold of ancient ages”. The designs spring from three inspirations: daring Italian Extravaganza, romantic Mediterranean Eden, and mythical Roman Heritage.

The collection was unveiled at an appropriately exclusive venue, the Italian embassy in Paris. Sixteen models graciously presented the new jewelry collection to 250 VIP guests invited by Bulgari and its CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.

Contact:
LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations
Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations

 

Source: LVMH

GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today GGP announced a new tool to give shoppers visibility into parking availability at its properties using historical and real-time data to predict parking accessibility. By using heat maps enabled by GPS data to show open parking spaces closest to shoppers’ favorite stores or restaurants, the industry-first parking feature provides shoppers with added convenience and solves one of their most pressing problems.

“Mall traffic continues to rise, and during peak shopping seasons, such as holiday and back to school, parking continues to be one of the largest pain points,” said Scott Morey, executive vice president of technology and marketing at GGP. “We’re always looking for opportunities to incorporate technology into our retail real estate to elevate the shopping experience. Providing more options for parking and promoting valet services are two ways we’re freeing up parking spaces for our shoppers. Combined with our new technology, our solutions are leading the way in providing mall shoppers with convenient and reliable parking.”

As shopping center traffic continues to increase and technology plays a larger role in the consumer experience, GGP is focused on creating new and innovative digital experiences that provide convenience, support and personalized engagement to its shoppers. According to a recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), approximately threequarters (75 percent) of American adults went to a mall at least once in the past three months and approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans use mobile devices while shopping in store. GGP’s first-to-market parking feature is the first in a series of updates planned to create digitally-enabled experiences at its properties.

“Technology, and specifically mobile, continues to play an important role in every shopper’s journey and GGP remains committed to leveraging it to provide shoppers with a more convenient, engaging and relevant experience,” said GGP chief executive officer, Sandeep Mathrani. “Parking is the very first and very last engagement we have with our shoppers. We see great potential in our ability to develop innovative digital tools that create quality shopping experiences.”

To instantly view parking availability, shoppers simply open the GGP app on their iOS or Android device, select a mall location and choose the parking option to view availability and plan their shopping trip. GGP is currently testing its parking technology through a pilot program at four malls across the country, including Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Illinois), Alderwood Mall (Seattle, Washington), Stonestown Galleria (San Francisco, California), and Ridgedale Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Following analysis of the pilot program’s performance, a broader rollout to GGP malls will occur in the third quarter of 2016. By sharing its mapping information and parking data with its technology partners and third-party mapping companies, such as Google and Apple, GGP aims to bring its parking solution to consumers across different devices and services.

INRIX, a leading provider of on- and off-street parking information to automakers, transportation agencies, technology companies and drivers around the world. The INRIX Parking database includes more than 29 million off-street spaces in 65 countries – making it the most comprehensive source for parking intelligence.

“Parking is a major pain point in our daily lives, whether going to work, out to dinner or shopping,” said David Weld, general manager of enterprise at INRIX. “GGP’s new mobile app powered by INRIX is an innovative approach to provide timely, relevant parking information to enhance the mall shopping experience.”

GGP’s mobile app can be downloaded via the following:

About GGP
General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

About INRIX
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and movement analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries. INRIX has offices in Kirkland, Seattle, Santa Monica, London, Manchester and Munich.

Contact:
Lindsay Kahn,
GGP Public Relations Manager
312-960-2616

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GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX
GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

 

Source: GGP

Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Let your light shine this Christmas as Argos launches its exclusive pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The sunshine-themed pendant is available in Argos stores and online from 16 July retailing at £27.99. Of this, £5 from every sale will be going to Macmillan to fund vital hours of nursing care, helping to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

The pendant will add a little sparkle to anyone’s Christmas and features an uplifting message, making it a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Stephanie Wilkes, Jewellery Buyer at Argos, said: “This gorgeous pendant is the perfect way to light up the lives of your loved ones this Christmas, and with £5 from each sale going straight to Macmillan, you’ll be helping to pay for vital hours of care from Macmillan nurses.

“We’re so proud to be supporting Macmillan, and hope the sales of these pendants will help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”

Alix Wooding, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, especially those who have lost loved ones, and we know that lots of people feel lonely as festivities go on around them. The money Argos customers will raise with every pendant sold goes towards funding vital care and support from Macmillan nurses, helping people affected by cancer to feel less alone. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who puts this pendant on their Christmas list, with your support Macmillan can make a real difference.”

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.2 million, funding over 44,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

To buy a pendant for your loved one visit your local Argos store, or buy online at www.argos.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120 M customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

For high res imagery or further information, please contact:

Laura Williams
Assistant Media & PR Officer
Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 3583 (out of hours 07801 307068)
LaWilliams@macmillan.org.uk

The Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

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Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support
Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support

Source: Argos

Starbucks mobile payment experience launches in China

SHANGHAI, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its continuous investments to deliver an exceptional customer experience in China, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced the launch of the Starbucks mobile payment experience aimed at providing My Starbucks Rewards® (MSR) members access to a fast, seamless and convenient way to pay for purchases, using their pre-loaded Starbucks Gift Card, at more than 2,200 stores nationwide, via their mobile devices.

“Our customers in China have a very high expectation of their digital experience and we are thrilled that the new mobile payment experience will enhance and transform the way we connect and build a meaningful relationship with them,” said Belinda Wong, president, Starbucks China. “With the ongoing seismic shift in consumer behavior due to mobile technology, Starbucks is committed to exploring new ways to leverage digital innovations to deliver an elevated Starbucks Experience to our customers. We are confident our social, web, mobile, loyalty and card assets will deliver greater value and convenience to our customers, while further differentiating the brand in China.”

Digital and Loyalty Platforms Transforming Customer Connections Beyond Retail
The Starbucks mobile payment experience builds on a rapidly expanding portfolio of digital innovations in China. Starbucks first launched the Starbucks Gift cards in 2014 to enable its customers to foster deeper connections with their friends and loved ones by sharing a simple act of kindness and care, through a cup of handcrafted Starbucks beverage.

Starbucks MSR members can now pre-load their Starbucks gift cards in stores across China and bundle the cards to their password-protected Starbucks China Mobile App (version 4.0) to enjoy the convenience of the Starbucks mobile payment experience. In addition to the ease of paying for in-store purchases by scanning a bar code linked to a registered Starbucks MSR Card, Starbucks MSR members will also be able to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance and find a nearby Starbucks store with the store locator feature. In addition, the app will engage and reward Starbucks most loyal customers by making it easier to earn, track and redeem rewards, like complimentary beverages and other special promotions.

Around the world, Starbucks occupies a front-row seat at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds like no other company anywhere in or out of retail. Starbucks will learn from it experiences around the world to bring to China the most relevant innovations to seamlessly integrate its store and the digital experience so as to consistently exceed the expectations of its Chinese customers.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks mobile payment experience launches in China
Starbucks mobile payment experience launches in China

 

Source: Starbucks

Insomniac Games’ new underwater exploration game Song of the Deep launches

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — A gorgeous underwater world, a mysterious disappearance, and a girl who’ll stop at nothing to find her father — that’s just the beginning of Insomniac Games’ new underwater exploration game, Song of the Deep, which launches today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with a touching narrative, this journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate an aquatic world filled with secrets. Song of the Deep is the first game published under GameTrust, GameStop’s independent game publishing division announced in April.

“Song of the Deep is a passion project for us. The story was partially inspired by the daughter of our chief creative officer and delivers a timeless, yet important, message that no matter who you are, you can overcome overwhelming obstacles and succeed,” said Ted Price, founder/CEO, Insomniac Games. “Working with GameStop as their first GameTrust partner allowed us to bring Song of the Deep to life. We’re excited to have GameStop’s full support to ensure gamers get to experience this intriguing adventure.”

“GameTrust believes in supporting great game craftsmanship around the world, and our partnership with Insomniac Games is a result of that vision,” said Mark Stanley, Vice President, Internal Development and Diversification, GameStop. “The story and message of Song of the Deep resonates with us and we believe gamers will agree.”

The game is set in a gorgeous underwater world where players navigate lost civilizations and ruins among treacherous terrain and monsters of the deep. Players take on the role of the unlikely heroine, Merryn, in her quest to find her father with nothing but a rickety submarine and a lot of heart. Song of the Deep delivers unique game play in a tale of love, heartbreak and triumph.

The game is accompanied by a series of books sold separately that were created by Brian Hastings, Chief Creative Officer of Insomniac Games. The books delve deeper into the story of 12 year-old Merryn and her voyage to rescue her father. Song of the Deep is available starting today in hardcover. Two additional books related to this IP will follow: The Art of Making Song of the Deep and Merryn’s Journey, which will both release later this year. The books will be available in Barnes & Nobles, GameStop and other bookstores, as well as online.

The physical version of Song of the Deep is available exclusively at all U.S. GameStop stores and EB Games in Canada, and the full-game download is available globally in stores and online at all GameStop, EB Games and Micromania video game retail channels, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Steam for$14.99. There is also a Collector’s Edition for $29.99. The game will be available in GameStop stores across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on July 19th, and at major retailers across Latin America on this same date. To view the recently released launch trailer, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw5uGVz3-d4.

ABOUT INSOMNIAC GAMES

Burbank and Durham-based Insomniac Games is an independent videogames developer that has released award-winning hits for game consoles for 20-plus years. Insomniac has created world-famous game franchises such as Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive resulting in more than 44 million games sold globally. Insomniac is also known for its collaborative workplace culture, having earned 17 local, regional and national “best places to work” honors since 2004. Additional information on Insomniac Games can be found at http://www.insomniacgames.com.

ABOUT GAMETRUST

GameTrust is a new venture by GameStop built around the company’s unique position and experience in working closely with game developers and publishers to deliver new gaming experiences and exclusive content to gaming fans of all ages. GameTrust believes in great game craftsmanship and providing independent developers with a trusted platform for the long-term success of their studio and game. As a division of GameStop, GameTrust’s collaborative planning approach delivers greater discoverability, by leveraging leading-edge physical and digital ecosystems, backed by the reach of the world’s leading video game retailer. For more information, visit gametrustgames.com.

ABOUT GAMESTOP

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, omnichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,000 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 76 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DirecTV through its 908 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Sean Maggard
Zebra Partners
sean@zebrapartners.net
214-267-9001

Kyle Stephenson
GameStop
kylestephenson@gamestop.com
817-722-7735

Source: GameStop Corporation

Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

Yeovil, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice. The Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, visited a Screwfix store in Edinburgh on 6 July to launch the guide.

The free booklet is available in Screwfix stores across Scotland and is entitled Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. The booklet was developed with national skills body – Skills Development Scotland – who pay a contribution towards the cost of training apprentices.

It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with the Minister for Employability and Training in response to research revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Graham Bell, Operations Director of Screwfix comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our 31 stores in Scotland now.”

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the Scottish economy, apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on the businesses and industry, bringing value to both employers and the economy. The Scottish Government has supported nearly 200,000 MAs since 2007 and we surpassed our target to deliver 25,500 modern apprenticeships in 2015/16. We are determined to keep growing the number of opportunities for people to secure a Modern Apprenticeship and by 2020 will be delivering 30,000 places.”

Chris Brodie, SDS, Lead Head of Key Sector Development from Skills Development Scotland said: “This guide sets out the simple steps you can take to hire an apprentice with the support of Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

“Three quarters of employers said that providing apprenticeships improved productivity, while nine out of ten employers would recommend apprenticeships to their industry. If you and your company are thinking about taking on an apprentice then the help is there.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

For more information, please contact:

Laura Westcott
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3768
laura.westcott@mccann.com

Hannah Montgomery
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3745
hannah.montgomery@mccann.com

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Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

 

Source: Kingfisher

Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks launches Teavana teas across selected Starbucks® stores in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) today. This new, modernized tea experience provides customers high quality pure teas and botanicals, and the opportunity to enjoy a range of extraordinary flavours through Starbucks unique Shaken Iced Teas, for the first time.

“This is an exciting moment for Starbucks to delight our tea-loving customers,” said Ian Cranna, vice president of Marketing and Category, Starbucks EMEA. “Tea has always been a part of Starbucks heritage since 1971 when Starbucks opened its first location in the Pike Place Market, where there were 30 different kinds of loose-leaf tea on offer. Teavana showcases our continued commitment in delivering a unique and personalised customer experience.”

Starbucks will debut two Teavana™ iced teas:

Peach Green Tea Lemonade.
A mouthwatering iced green tea which is lightly sweetened with notes of peach and ginger and a splash of lemonade

Blackberry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade.
A refreshing iced tea blend which combines high-quality green tea with juicy blackberries, sweet raspberries and spearmint.

Starbucks baristas carefully handcraft each tea, which is shaken at least 10 times to bring out the delicious, distinct flavours in every perfectly chilled cup. These new iced teas, available for a limited time, join the core line up of black, green and hibiscus iced teas and will be on the menu throughout the season.

“We’re proud to be launching Teavana teas in our Starbucks stores to bring exotic blends, bold flavours and tea innovation to our customers,” said Charlotta Oldham, tea category manager, Starbucks EMEA. “Teavana iced teas are a perfect refreshing and great tasting addition to the summer menu. Our mission is to create a modern day tea culture with tea products and experiences that we hope our customers will enjoy.”

Exclusively showcased at this year’s London Coffee Festival in April, the new Teavana™ tea refreshments from Starbucks offer high-quality teas and botanicals to new tea drinkers and tea connoisseurs alike. Acquired by Starbucks in 2012 and now introduced in Europe, Teavana offers an array of loose leaf teas and innovative tea products, which were only previously available in the U.S. and Canada.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA
Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA

Source: Starbucks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.

During the school year, 21 million children from financially challenged homes in the United States eat a school lunch every day. The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer and fresh, healthy produce is in extreme short supply.Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.“We know fresh fruits and vegetables are critical to individual health, so it’s with great pride that we offer our customers a way to help create wellness in their communities,” said Becca Whitman, Food For Families Executive Director. “Our customers and vendors are incredibly generous to our program- and with their support, we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables to all.”

Every dollar counts- community members can help provide produce to food banks in their neighborhoods. Throughout the month of July, every Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods will be participating in a summer donation drive. A $1 donation will help provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank and will be matched by Raley’s, up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised over $600,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“We see first-hand how hard summer months can be on local families, who rely on school breakfasts or lunches during school months,” shares Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “Fresh produce and other items from Raley’s Food For Families make a tremendous impact at our food distributions during the summer months. SFBFS serves over 130,000 men, women and children each month and the food from Raley’s Food for Families is greatly appreciated by the families we serve.”

This year, Raley’s Food For Families program celebrates 30 years. The program is an integral part of feeding those in need, in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. The Summer Fresh Drive will provide fresh, nutritious produce – getting real food to real families.

Some Fresh Facts:
• 49 million Americans are food insecure – many of them children.
• 37 million Americans are being served by food banks and soup kitchens.
• 40% of people receiving emergency food assistance are also employed.
• Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet.
• 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis fact
• Hunger and obesity can be a deadly pair.

About Food For Families
The Food For Families program started in 1986 and has raised over $33 million and donated over 24 million pounds of food to families in need. 100% of the funds go to fighting hunger; every penny donated goes directly to feeding families, and none to expenses, fees or traditional overhead, all of which are absorbed by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. For more information, visit www.foodforfamilies.org

About Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source. Raley’s was founded in 1935 by Thomas P. Raley and is a major grocery chain best known for high quality products, fresh produce, fine meats and outstanding customer service. Raley’s strives to make its customers’ lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

 

Source: Raley’s