Walmart awarded more than $200 million second quarter cash bonuses to more than 900,000 hourly associates nationwide

Bentonville, Ark., 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walmart’s continued focus on improving and enhancing the store experience for customers, the company recently awarded more than $200 million in second quarter cash bonuses to more than 900,000 hourly associates across the United States.

The bonuses, which were based on stores’ performances from May through July of this year, are part of an overall incentive plan designed to reward associates whose stores have met their performance and customer service goals. Eligible associates can earn these bonuses four times a year.

“Whether it’s buying something for their kids, treating themselves or saving for something great, bonus time at Walmart is always a special time for our associates,” said Mike Moore, executive vice president of Supercenters for Walmart U.S.

“Our people have always been the most important part of our business and they continue to do amazing things for our customers,” said Julie Murphy, executive vice president of Neighborhood Markets for Walmart U.S. “Sam Walton built this business on the idea of sharing profits with our associates and treating them as partners.”

Walmart’s Investment in our Associates

  • In 2015, Walmart announced a two-year, $2.7 billion investment in our associates. The commitment includes investments in education, training and higher wages. As a result, more than 1.2 million Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club associates received pay increases on the same day earlier this year. The second quarter bonuses are not part of the $2.7 billion.
  • Associate training is a key component of Walmart’s associate investment strategy. This year Walmart announced plans to open 200 Academies across the U.S. designed to teach advanced retail skills to department managers and hourly supervisors. More than 140,000 associates are expected to go through the training program each year.
  • Walmart is investing in training at all levels of its stores. In February the company rolled out its Pathways training program for all entry-level workers, providing training, education and opportunities for associates, offering them a clearer career path from entry level positions to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Kohl’s to hire more than 69,000 associates nationwide this holiday season

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) anticipates hiring more than 69,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to ensure customers have a seamless omnichannel shopping experience no matter how they choose to shop. Positions are available at the more than 1,100 stores in 49 states, Kohl’s distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country and at Kohl’s credit operations.

“The holidays are an exciting time to join the Kohl’s team. Whether you’re looking to start a career in retail or make extra money for the holidays, Kohl’s is a great place to work with a culture of appreciation and opportunity,” said Ryan Festerling, Kohl’s executive vice president of human resources. “Our seasonal associates help deliver amazing products, incredible savings and an easy experience to Kohl’s customers in our stores and online.”

Seasonal associates play an important role in ensuring customers find Kohl’s easy to shop during one of the most important shopping times of the year. Store associates stock merchandise and assist customers on the sales floor and at the point of sale. They also help fill buy online, pick up in store orders from Kohls.com, as well as fulfill Kohls.com orders designated to ship from stores direct to Kohl’s customers. At Kohl’s distribution centers, associates make sure our amazing products arrive at Kohl’s stores and also help fill online orders for Kohls.com. E-commerce fulfillment center associates pick and ship orders for Kohls.com customers, helping holiday gifts get to their destination. Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of customer service functions, including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.

Hiring began in August and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Hiring levels at specific locations vary depending on the business needs of each facility. For information about employment opportunities with Kohl’s, please visit KohlsCareers.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including 2015 earnings guidance. Kohl’s intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A in Kohl’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl’s filings with the SEC.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s :
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Contacts:
Jen Johnson
Kohl’s
262.703.5241
Jen.Johnson@Kohls.com

Ale DesJean
Kohl’s
262.703.2985
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com

Source: Kohl’s

Toys“R”Us® now accepting applications for part-time holiday jobs at stores and distribution centers nationwide

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — ’Tis the season to be hiring. While Saint Nick has his elves at the North Pole to help him prep for the big day, Toys“R”Us®, the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, is seeking some helpers of its own to ensure every kid’s holiday list is fulfilled. Today (September 14, 2016), the company announced it is now accepting applications for part-time holiday jobs at stores and distribution centers across the country (no red suit or elf ensemble required).

Click to Tweet: #HolidayHiring is underway at @ToysRUs! Learn more & apply now: https://toysrusinc.com/holidayjobs

“Parents and gift-givers look to us during the holidays to deliver magic to the kids in their lives. There’s not a better time to be part of our company – it really is the most exciting time of year for our stores and distribution centers,” said Tim Grace, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Talent Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We’re looking for team members who want to become ‘holiday heroes’ and help us bring joy to kids everywhere.”

The seasonal hiring push will help ensure Toys“R”Us stores and distribution centers are fully staffed to meet customers’ needs and increased business demand throughout the holiday season. In-store positions include sales team members, cashiers and stock crew team members. Distribution center opportunities include warehouse operations, department managers, team coordinators and clerical specialists. Most holiday jobs are part-time, offering individuals flexible work schedules throughout the week.

This year, the company has enhanced its compensation packages, as well as introduced new seasonal incentives, to ensure it is highly competitive in local markets. Seasonal team members will also be eligible for the company’s team member discount – the perfect perk for the hottest toy-buying season.

Markets with the largest seasonal hiring needs include: 

  • New York, NY – more than 4,500
  • Los Angeles, CA – more than 2,700
  • Philadelphia, PA – more than 1,500
  • Chicago, IL – more than 1,200
  • Washington, D.C. – more than 1,000

Seasonal jobs can also be a great way to start a long-term career with Toys“R”Us for those seeking permanent employment. Every year, outstanding seasonal hires have the opportunity to become permanent team members. In recent years, 15-20 percent of the company’s holiday workforce has retained positions after Christmas, choosing Toys“R”Us to help further their careers.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply now at Toysrusinc.com/holidayjobs. Jobseekers are also invited to take part in national hiring events at all Toys“R”Us stores and distribution centers on Monday, October 10 and Friday, November 11.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
alyssa.peera@toysrus.com

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Rite Aid announces availability of flu shots at its pharmacies nationwide

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today the availability of seasonal flu shots at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of Rite Aid’s nearly 4,600 convenient pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“Immunizations play a key role in a person’s overall health and wellness year-round, but this is especially true when it comes to protecting oneself from the flu,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 immunizing pharmacists and thousands of locations across the country, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid is a convenient and easy way for people to make sure that they are protected.”

Rite Aid pharmacies offer a number of vaccine options that may include the trivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against three strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the influenza A H1N1; a high-dose influenza vaccine for people age 65 and older, and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against an additional influenza B virus. Upon request, Rite Aid pharmacists can administer an intradermal flu shot, which uses a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, 18-64 years of age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it is available because it takes up to 14 days to develop full protection against the flu. While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

Added Konrad, “We also encourage people to use flu season as an opportunity to review their immunization history and need for other vaccinations. Rite Aid pharmacists can review a person’s immunization history and make recommendations for additional vaccinations based on the individual’s unique needs.”

Additional Immunization Needs

Receiving the annual flu shot also presents an opportunity to review other immunization needs. Subject to state regulations, Rite Aid pharmacists are able to administer vaccines that protect against tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), as well as pneumonia, and shingles at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12, and the CDC recommends a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) booster be administered every 10 years. The CDC also recommends a pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and older and the shingles vaccine for people aged 60 and older. To better understand personal immunization needs, customers can visit Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral, to complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations.
Shield Your Workforce Against the Flu

To help employers fight the flu, Rite Aid will once again have a team dedicated to planning and implementing onsite workplace flu clinics staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. In addition, immunizations against other vaccine preventable diseases are also available for employees, subject to state regulations. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com  or call 1-800-622-2106.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Staples to host special Teacher Appreciation Day nationwide on August 17

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is hosting a special Teacher Appreciation Day across the country to help teachers save while they prepare for the new school year. The first 100 teachers at each Staples store on Teacher Appreciation Day, Wednesday, August 17, will receive a free sample kit with special coupons; plus every teacher with a valid teacher ID will receive 10% off of their purchase.

“We appreciate all that teachers do for students so Staples is hosting our own Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers save on their classroom supplies for the new school year,” said Christine Mallon, vice president of retail marketing, Staples. “Teachers will receive a special discount and coupons as well as season-long low prices on back-to-school essentials with the Less List for School.”

Teachers can take advantage of even more savings for back to school including:

  • Teacher Rewards – The Staples Teacher Rewards program gives educators up to 5% back in Staples Rewards on everything in store and online, including technology and services (excluding postage and phone/gift cards), up to 10% back in Rewards on teaching and art supplies and free shipping on online orders of $14.99 or more.
  • Exclusive Deals for Teachers – Now college students and teachers can sign up for exclusive offers and deals on featured brands for school.
  • Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee – Staples matches any competitors’ prices, plus gives customers an additional 10% of the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price at time of purchase.
  • Less List for School – Season-long lowest prices on back-to-school essentials such as composition books, two-pocket folders, pens, scissors, crayons and technology like calculators, USB drives, ear buds, batteries and more.
  • Weekly School Steals – Extra savings on popular items and can be found in the Staples weekly ad.

Teachers can find these deals and more on the Staples back-to-school center (www.staples.com/backtoschool).

Staples offers a broad assortment that’s in stock all season long so teachers can get everything they need for their classroom. An expanded assortment of teaching supplies, the top brands teachers want and more can all be found in Staples stores and online at www.staples.com/backtoschool.

Staples for Students Campaign Helps Teachers Bring Learning to Life
In addition to offering savings to teachers, Staples has once again joined forces with superstar Katy Perry to help teachers bring learning to life for students during the back-to-school season. Continuing its long-standing commitment to supporting education through the Staples for Students campaign, Staples donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million students across the country. Customers can help support teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org in Staples stores across the country. Donors will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil (while supplies last). Teachers can visit Donorschoose.org/teachers to connect to a community of donors and begin uploading classroom projects.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com

Contact:

Kristine Houston
508-253-8468
Kristine.Houston@Staples.com

Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

Source: Staples, Inc.

Cold Stone Creamery® launches nationwide fundraising campaign in support of nonprofit organization Best Buddies® International

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) is partnering with Best Buddies® International and hosting a nationwide fundraising promotion during the month of August in all domestic Cold Stone Creamery stores to support the organization. Best Buddies is a nonprofit that is dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Beginning August 1, customers can purchase a Best Buddies sticker, designed by renowned artist Keith Haring, for a minimum donation of $1 each. Keith Haring was an artist, philanthropist, and friend of Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. Haring incorporated his incredible energy and vibrant style into the now iconic Best Buddies logo. One hundred percent of proceeds from the stickers will be donated to the Best Buddies International organization.

“Cold Stone Creamery is honored to work together with Best Buddies and help support their mission to end the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands™, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery. “Customers have the chance to share the message of friendship and empowerment when they purchase a Best Buddies sticker along with their favorite ice cream Creation™.”

In addition to the nationwide fundraising program, Cold Stone Creamery will be implementing a jobs program later this fall. This integrated employment program will pair members of Best Buddies with their local Cold Stone Creamery store. There, they will receive professional handson training in the art of creating the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®.

Cold Stone Creamery is also working on a mentoring program in which members of Best Buddies will have the chance to shadow an employee at the brand’s corporate headquarters and training center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Cold Stone Creamery®
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 27 countries.

About Best Buddies®
International Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

For more information about Best Buddies, please visit www.BestBuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.

CONTACT:

Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — A stocktake of property developments currently underway by Foodstuffs supermarkets shows more than $200 million is being invested nationwide on new stores and store refurbishments.

Work includes the construction of seven new stores, worth around $120 million in total – four in the North Island and three in the South. Another $80 million is being spent on upgrades for 11 stores.

The four North Island stores currently being built are: PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, in Tauranga; New World Te Kuiti; New World Papakura, in South Auckland; and PAK’nSAVE Tamatea, in Napier.

Another five North Island stores have upgrades underway: PAK’nSAVE Clendon, in South Auckland; New World Willis Street, in Wellington, New World Pahiatua, New World Metro in Auckland’s CBD, and New World Orewa. Work has just finished at New World Pioneer Highway, in Palmerston North.

Foodstuffs (North Island) Ltd General Manager Property Development Lindsay Rowles says, it’s an exciting time for retail development in New Zealand, with multiple growth opportunities.

“Consumers are becoming more discerning about where they shop,” says Rowles. “Some want more modern facilities and a wider range of products, while others are focussed on cost savings and environmental sustainability. We are well aware of all those factors, and are investing in order to cater for these needs well into the future.”

Rowles, who only recently moved here from Australia after 13 years in retail property development for Woolworths and ALDI, says retailers are recognising the importance of putting customer desires at the centre of their planning, including the physical buildings they develop.

“Our stores need to reflect the needs of the customer and adapt and, if required, change to meet their needs. Critical aspects of our supermarkets such as car parks, aisles, lighting and refrigeration need to be tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. A business that truly places these needs at its heart is the one that will have true success into the future.”

As well as the work already underway, Foodstuffs North Island is planning a major overhaul of New World Papatoetoe, in south Auckland, with a resource consent application already lodged with Auckland Council. Work is due to start by winter 2017.

Meanwhile, in the South Island, three new stores are currently being built: New World Ferry Road, in east Christchurch; PAK’nSAVE Queenstown; and Four Square West Melton, west of Christchurch.

Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd General Manager Property and Retail Development Roger Davidson says all three are due to open in spring.

“At one end of the scale is PAK’nSAVE Queenstown,” he says, “which will cover about 5500 square metres and bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to the Queenstown-Lakes District for the first time. At the other end is Four Square West Melton, which promises to give locals greater shopping convenience.”

Five other southern stores are being refurbished: New World Halswell in south Christchurch; New World Lincoln; New World Elles Road, in Invercargill; New World Alexandra; and PAK’nSAVE Timaru.

“Overall, it amounts to a massive work programme for us,” Davidson says, “and a sign of our long-term commitment to the communities we serve.”

Newly constructed stores and those undergoing major refurbishments will all be kitted out with the latest in environmentally sustainable lighting, refrigeration and waste recycling systems.

As for the number of jobs that will be created nationwide, a figure is yet to be confirmed. But with three stores being completely new builds – PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, PAK’nSAVE Queenstown; and Four Square West Melton, west of Christchurch – at least 300-400 jobs are likely to be created.

“Part of the investment in our communities is the training and career advancement opportunities we offer our staff,” says Davidson. “We’re currently directing our spending to bricks and mortar, but once the stores are completed our owners focus moves onto ensuring they have the best people on the ground to meet our customer needs – training and development forms a strong part of this.”

Contact:

Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

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New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide
New Zealand: Foodstuffs supermarkets invests more than $200 million on new stores and store refurbishments nationwide

 

Source: Foodstuff

Ross Stores opened 24 Ross Dress for Less® and seven dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores nationwide during June and July

DUBLIN, Calif. 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores today announced the opening of 24 Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and seven dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores across 15 different states in June and July. These new locations are part of the Company’s 2016 expansion plans to add approximately 70 Ross and 20 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations throughout the year.

Jim Fassio, President and Chief Development Officer, commented, “These recent openings reflect our ongoing strategy to expand our store base across both new and existing markets. The 31 new locations include the addition of ten stores in our newer Midwest market, with four of those locations in our newest state of Wisconsin. Over the longer-term, we continue to see expansion opportunities across all of our markets, and remain confident in our ability to grow to 2,000 Ross Dress for Less and 500 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations over time.”

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2015 revenues of $11.9 billion. Currently, the Company operates Ross Dress for Less, the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,317 locations in 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also currently operates 185 dd’s DISCOUNTS in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

Contact:
Connie Kao
Vice President
Investor & Media Relations
(925) 965-4668
connie.kao@ros.com

SOURCE: Ross Stores, Inc.

AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu join American Express to launch first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program Plenti

Debuting in Spring, Plenti Will Let Consumers Earn and Use Points across a Range of Well-Known Brands in Different Industries

NEW YORK, 2015-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu are joining with American Express to launch Plenti, the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program with well-known brands where consumers can earn and use Plenti points for purchasing a wide range of products, regardless of the payment method consumers choose to use. The program will officially launch this spring and is expected to include more brands in additional categories.

Recent research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans say they would prefer a rewards program that allows them to shop at many stores versus a single brand1. Plenti is designed to address that need, giving consumers options to earn points and additional value through special offers and product discounts. Plenti will be free to join, and consumers can earn points and discounts using any form of payment accepted by the participating brands, including cash, prepaid and any debit, charge or credit card.

Benefits for Consumers
Plenti offers multiple ways for consumers to earn points:

• Earn Plenti points when buying a tank of fuel at a participating Exxon- or Mobil-branded service station and use the points for savings toward a pair of shoes at Macy’s or macys.com.
• Earn Plenti points when signing up for qualifying wireless services at AT&T, or for eligible charges on AT&T wireless bills.
• Earn Plenti points for eligible Nationwide auto or property insurance.
• Earn Plenti points by taking advantage of special offers on a wide range of beauty, health and wellness and everyday items at Rite Aid.

Every 1,000 points will translate to at least $10 in savings, and Plenti members can earn points faster by activating special promotional offers across participating brands or through Plenti’s online offer center and online marketplace.

“This is a perfect time for a coalition loyalty program in the U.S., as online marketing becomes more efficient and American consumers become more accustomed to rewards programs, special offers and discounts,” said Ed Gilligan, president at American Express. “With American Express’ deep experience with the Membership Rewards® program and acquisition of Loyalty Partner in 2011, we are the right company to operate a loyalty program of this scale, involving such celebrated brands.”

Background on US Loyalty
US Loyalty is a division of American Express that will serve as the operator of Plenti, and will issue the rewards and oversee the centralized marketing activities for the program in collaboration with the founding companies. In addition, US Loyalty will be responsible for securely managing consumer data collected through Plenti.

In 2011, American Express acquired Loyalty Partner. The company operates three subsidiaries including: Payback, a leading multi-partner loyalty program designed to deliver value to consumers and generate additional revenue for participating companies. Today, Payback manages coalition loyalty programs in Germany, Italy, Poland, India and Mexico and has more than 60 million active customers.

Further information about the program will be available in the coming months.

Executive Quotes

American Express:
“We’re pleased to introduce the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program, where consumers will have the flexibility and choice across seven well-known brands to earn and use points for purchasing a wide range of products,” said Abeer Bhatia, CEO of US Loyalty, American Express.

AT&T:
“One of the most important things we can do for our customers is to show that we appreciate them,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “We are excited to join Plenti as it is a unique way of saying thank you – through this program they get added value from being our customer.”

ExxonMobil:
“Plenti is an exciting opportunity for ExxonMobil to partner with numerous major brands to create a game-changing loyalty program in the U.S.,” said Matt Bergeron, vice president, marketing, ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company. “This is the first and only program of its kind in the country and it will give consumers the opportunity to earn and redeem points on everyday spending, including fuels, convenience store and car wash purchases at participating Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations.”

Macy’s:
“Consumers today are busy and smart. They know good value, and they want to be rewarded for the dollars they spend day-in and day-out at their favorite stores,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer, Macy’s. “Plenti will offer customers everyday opportunity to earn and to redeem those points with much more choice – so shoppers can choose to reward themselves on routine purchases, or they can save up points to buy great gifts or treat themselves to larger purchases. Macy’s is excited to be a part of breaking new ground for American consumers with a program that is focused on rewarding them frequently and with greater cumulative value.”

Nationwide:
“By partnering with Plenti, Nationwide will advance our members first mission that helps make membership more rewarding than ever,” said Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer, Nationwide. “With this category-exclusive benefit, eligible Nationwide members who enroll in Plenti can now earn points just by paying for their insurance, and then use those points across a growing collection of America’s top brands. We’re excited to share this new benefit in 2015.”

Rite Aid:
“We are excited to join Plenti and add this compelling customer value proposition to our already successful wellness+ loyalty program,” said John Learish, senior vice president, marketing for Rite Aid. “Our customers told us that adding the ability to earn and use points for savings in our stores and at eligible Plenti partner locations, while saving up to 20% every day in our stores, significantly increases the appeal of our program and creates more reasons for them to shop at Rite Aid more often.”

Hulu:
“Hulu is always looking for ways to give our viewers the best possible experience,” said Tim Connolly, head of distribution and partnerships, Hulu. “The Plenti program is a tremendous opportunity to reward our viewers for their loyalty. We are excited to partner with Plenti and the partner brands to give viewers the chance to experience everyday wins, earn points and gain rewards.”

Direct Energy:
“Direct Energy is proud to be a part of this first-of-its-kind rewards program that gives credit to our customers for making everyday purchases, including simply paying their energy supply bill,” said Mike Beck, vice president and chief sales officer, Direct Energy. “We are always looking for innovative and exciting ways to bring value to Direct Energy customers, and Plenti allows customers to earn rewards easily and quickly.”

About Plenti
Plenti is a U.S. coalition loyalty program comprised of widely known companies, the first of which include: AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu. Plenti is designed to offer consumers greater choice and savings potential through a multi-category rewards platform. To receive more information, please visit: www.plenti.com.

1 Source: Ebiquity Study: Plenti Consumer Research, commissioned on behalf of American Express between November 14-17, 2014.

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Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

John Lewis Partnership hosts the inaugural Inspire EO conference

LONDON, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis Partnership today hosts the inaugural Inspire EO conference, aimed at providing an insight into the benefits of giving private and public sector employees a stake in their business.

Employee ownership has been shown to produce fast employment and sales growth; lead to higher productivity and profitability; and give businesses greater resilience through times of economic difficulty. With a series of tax advantages coming into force since October, there has never been a better time to consider employee ownership.

Today’s conference, supported and sponsored by the Employee Ownership Association, KPMG,  Nationwide and CH2M HILL will be attended by approximately 350 delegates from new and existing businesses of all sizes, as well as public bodies.

Speakers will include Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Chief Executives of leading employee owned businesses, senior politicians, legal & financial advisors.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership said:

‘Thanks to new measures introduced by this Government, there has never been a better time for companies to convert to employee ownership. With many more businesses making the change, I believe it is a model whose time has come and I’m delighted that so many businesses are attending the inaugural Inspire EO event.’

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:

‘When the Coalition Government came to power our priority was to reduce the deficit so the country could pay its way in the world again. Central to this long-term economic plan was creating a diverse, responsible and sustainable economy for the future. Employee ownership can make a valuable contribution to this aim, because employee-owned firms have the kind of grit and resilience that our economy needs.

‘This was our rationale for encouraging public sector workers to form mutuals and take control of services. And it worked. Five years on there are now more than 100 mutuals, up from just nine in 2010. The results have been dramatic. Waste and average costs are down, while staff satisfaction is up. Many have also gone on to win further work, giving rise to growth and to new jobs.’

Iain Hasdell, Chief Executive, Employee Ownership Association said:

‘Businesses owned by their employees are playing a magnificent role in the UK’s economic recovery. They consistently outperform their competitors as a direct result of being employee owned.  In 2014 productivity in employee owned businesses grew by 4.5% when it remained flat in the rest of the economy, and profitability in businesses owned by their employees rose by 25%. Employee owners across the UK are laying the foundation stones for a new economy.’

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Neil Spring, Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 7592 6292

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571