Gap Inc. expands This Way Ahead program to Miami and Vancouver; doubles participation in its 10-week paid internship program

San Francisco , 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — This month, 1,200 teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 started a 10-week paid internship with Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) at select Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Gap Inc.’s This Way Ahead program was launched in 2007 to help young people gain the skills and experience needed to land their first job. This year, the company’s summer jobs training program expanded to Miami and Vancouver, and has doubled the number of interns participating from last year. About 300 Gap Inc. stores in 15 cities will host interns this summer.

In 2016, over 70 percent of This Way Ahead graduates received job offers from Gap Inc. after completing their internships. The company created This Way Ahead in response to the ongoing challenges facing unemployed youth. Research shows that getting a first job as a teenager has a profound impact on an individual’s long-term earning potential. For example, being unemployed young can reduce earnings by as much as 20 percent for up to two decades.

The program has also generated proven talent and business benefits for the company. This Way Ahead graduates stay with the company twice as long as their peers and have higher engagement scores than their co-workers. Additionally, the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy employees who volunteer to coach interns develop leadership and mentoring skills. Last year, the company announced its commitment to hire five percent of all new entry-level store employees from graduates of This Way Ahead by 2025.

Prior to beginning their store internships this month, interns participated in job readiness and training sessions with nonprofit organizations. In each city, Gap Inc. partners with local nonprofits that have strong ties to their communities and a track record of running effective job training and life skills programs. Course curriculum includes fundamentals such as resume writing and time management, supplemented by workshops facilitated by Gap Inc. employee volunteers.

About This Way Ahead

Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s This Way Ahead program currently operates in 15 cities, including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Toronto, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Birmingham, England; London, England; and Manchester, England. By 2020, the company expects 10,000 teens and young adults will have participated in This Way Ahead, receiving job coaching and critical first job experience. To learn more about This Way Ahead, visit http://www.gapincsustainability.com/way-ahead.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Contact:
press@gap.com

Source: GAP Inc.

Apple brings its latest retail innovations to Nanjing, Cologne and Miami with new store openings

Cupertino, California, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple opened its doors to customers today (MARCH 25, 2017) at new stores in Nanjing, Cologne and Miami, bringing Apple’s latest retail innovations to the heart of each city. More than 350 store employees welcomed thousands of customers at the grand openings, some queuing for days in advance.

Each store complements the local architecture, from the restored facade in Schildergasse to the 90-by-30-foot glass entryway of Apple Nanjing. For the first time in each city, customers explored The Forum, a place where the local community can gather and learn. All three stores also feature The Boardroom, a space for local entrepreneurs, developers and business customers to get hands-on advice and training.

Contact:

Nick Leahy
nleahy@apple.com
(408) 862-5012

Amy Bessette
abessette@apple.com
(408) 862-8012

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Publix pilots delivery service with Instacart in select areas of Miami starting July 12

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning July 12, Publix will begin piloting a service with Instacart in select areas of Miami. Instacart is an e-commerce and delivery service that allows customers to place their grocery orders online and have their items delivered right to their doorsteps. Customers can place orders by visiting www.instacart.com/publix.

Instacart will receive, fulfill and deliver customers’ orders in the greater Miami area — servicing 37 ZIP codes from Hallandale Beach to South Miami. Customers can enter their ZIP code on the Instacart website to find out if the service is available where they live.

“We know this service is something our customers are interested in, and we’re excited to learn more as we move forward with this pilot,” said Kevin Murphy, Publix Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. “We chose Instacart because we believe the experience they provide aligns well with the needs of our company, associates and customers.”

Publix will work to better understand the opportunities this service provides the company’s customers and associates by starting with a pilot and evaluating the results prior to expanding the program.

“At Instacart, we want to connect our users with the highest caliber of retailers, and this collaboration with Publix exemplifies that commitment,” said Apoorva Mehta, Founder and CEO of Instacart. “Publix and Instacart share a common mission – to get premier quality food into the hands of as many people as possible. We are excited to bring our seamless online shopping and delivery experience to Publix customers and look forward to a deepening of our relationship.”

Items excluded from purchase at Publix through Instacart are alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, prescriptions and age-restricted items. Printed and digital coupons are not redeemable through Instacart at this time. All orders must be at least $10 and delivery fees may apply.

Contact:

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Source: Publix