Carrefour and La Poste groups partner to accelerate the development of home delivery services in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Carrefour and La Poste groups announce today (01/23/2018) the signing of a partnership to accelerate the development, on a national scale, of home delivery services for food and non-food shopping, for the benefit of consumers. This partnership is part of the priorities of the “Carrefour 2022” plan, presented today by Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO of the Carrefour Group, whose aim is to accelerate the group’s digital transformation by developing an omni-channel system of reference.

Carrefour Livraison Express to reach 15 cities at end 2018
After successful roll-out in Paris and its immediate surroundings, followed by Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier, the Carrefour and La Poste groups will deploy the Carrefour Livraison Express service in 10 new cities in 2018: Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Lille, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Reims, Rennes and Strasbourg. This one-hour delivery service has been operated, since its creation in 2016, by Stuart, a subsidiary of the La Poste group specialized in urgent urban deliveries.

A new delivery service from Carrefour Drive
On the back of their successful cooperation for Carrefour Livraison Express, the two groups have decided to launch this year a new delivery service from Drive Carrefour (hypermarkets and supermarkets). This service will be tested in 2018 in two pilot cities. Delivery will also be operated by Stuart.
The density of the La Poste network and of Carrefour stores is an opportunity to deploy home delivery services nationwide, with La Poste providing Carrefour with expertise in last-mile management to simplify the lives of customers of the food retail group and offer them a broader range of services.

Carrefour Livraison Express at a glance
Launched in 2016 in Paris and its immediate surroundings (Neuilly, Levallois, Malakoff, Vanves and Bagnolet), Carrefour Express Delivery was extended in 2017 to Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier. It is an ultra-fast delivery service, which allows home delivery of online purchases within one hour.

Thanks to Carrefour’s “Livraison express” app, the customer draws up his shopping list from a wide range of food SKUs (fresh food, groceries …) and some everyday non-food SKUs (hygiene, beauty, hardware products…). Customers choose their delivery window (30 minutes) and the delivery is invoiced at a fixed price of €4.90, with no minimum purchase amount.
The delivery is operated by Stuart, a subsidiary of the La Poste group specializing in urgent urban deliveries by bicycle or cargo bikes from Carrefour Market and Carrefour City stores.

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

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Source: Carrefour Group

“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges

“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges


Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three of the UK’s leading health charities have today come together with the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the nation’s biggest health challenges.

The partnership, “Little Helps for healthier living”, will bring together the skills and expertise of the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco to help lower the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Over the next five years, the four organisations will work together to help Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues and millions of UK shoppers by removing barriers to healthier habits. Since 2015, Tesco shopping baskets have got healthier each year, and the new partnership will aim to speed up this progress with Little Helps that make a lasting difference to Britain’s shopping baskets.

A key starting point for this work will be to establish the UK’s leading workplace health programme, helping Tesco colleagues to be at their best at work and at home. The workplace health programme will build on a series of steps taken by Tesco over the last 12 months, including healthy deals and discounts, free health checks, and a growing focus on supporting the mental health of colleagues.

The four organisations have pledged to share the findings from their work across the wider UK health community to help accelerate progress towards national and international public health goals. The aim is to bring about a measurable improvement to the health of the nation, by developing Little Helps that make a healthy difference to shopping baskets all over Britain.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new partnership, Dave Lewis, Chief Executive of Tesco, said:

“I’m really excited by what we’re announcing today. This is a unique partnership, which will bring together the skills and expertise of the UK’s leading health charities and the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the biggest health challenges facing the nation.

Together with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK, we want to help people take small steps on their own terms to develop healthier habits. It’s about unlocking the energy, expertise and reach of our different organisations to develop little helps that make healthy differences across the whole country.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“This unique partnership has the potential to significantly lower the risk of some of the UK’s deadliest diseases. Working together, we can create initiatives that inspire people to take steps to change their behaviour. Measuring the impact of these initiatives could also pave the way for new and innovative strategies for empowering staff and communities to take control of their health in ways that can be adopted across the country.”

Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, said:

“This is a landmark moment in our relationship with Tesco, which has already run for an incredible 16 years. This new partnership has the potential to transform the health of millions of people. We’re excited about the opportunity to engage Tesco colleagues and customers across the UK to increase awareness of cancer and encourage simple lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of the disease.

The partnership builds on the success of Tesco’s longstanding commitment to Race for Life, which has already encouraged millions of women to get active across the country.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

“This powerful new partnership has the potential to meet, head on, some of the biggest health challenges facing people living in the UK today.

Today is an exciting day: Together, we’ll be able to reach the millions of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help them make positive changes to their health in a way we’d never have been able to do working alone.”

Over the next five years, the new partnership will help to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour, through a series of targeted activities and campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. These will include:

  • Developing the UK’s leading workplace health programme for Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues
  • Aligning communication campaigns in store and online with national health campaigns;
  • Training Tesco pharmacists to help them better support customers in the prevention and management of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes;
  • Sharing anonymised sales information to help develop insight on health policy and public health programmes;
  • Fundraising for more health research – innovative and engaging fundraising initiatives that help customers and colleagues raise money for the three charities.

Notes to Editors:

The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK are three of the UK’s leading health charities. More details on each organisation can be found here:

Tesco plc is the largest retailer in the UK. More details on our business and our approach to corporate responsibility can be found here:

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco


DFS Group and Shenzhen DF partner on the West Kowloon MTR Express Rail Link duty free concession tender

HONG KONG, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading travel retailer DFS Group Ltd and Shenzhen State-owned Duty-Free Commodity (Group) Co., Ltd. (“Shenzhen DF”) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on October 25, 2017 to partner on the West Kowloon MTR Express Rail Link (XRL) duty free concession tender. The MTR XRL is part of China’s strategic national express rail network and the tender represents the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL. The tender is due for submission on December 1, 2017, with the result expected to be announced in early 2018.

Shenzhen DF has more than 30 years of experience in operating border duty free stores between Shenzhen and Hong Kong and currently operates eight border duty free stores in Shenzhen. If successful in their bid, DFS and Shenzhen DF intend to operate the West Kowloon XRL Duty Free Concession in a cohesive manner to provide a seamless duty free retail experience for travelers between China and Hong Kong.

“We are excited by the opportunity to work together with Shenzhen DF to create a cohesive and world-class duty free offer at West Kowloon XRL,” said Ed Brennan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS Group. “Shenzhen DF’s expertise in the management of border duty free stores in China can be applied and integrated into the West Kowloon XRL station. This collaboration creates tremendous opportunities to capture the attention of passengers as well as offering additional touch points beyond the scope of a typical border duty free store.”

“Shenzhen DF is delighted to partner with the world’s leading duty free retailer, DFS, in this initiative. West Kowloon XRL is a great achievement in policy breakthrough for Hong Kong, connecting Hong Kong to a vast and growing high-speed rail network in China,” said Chen Shao Qun, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shenzhen DF. “The West Kowloon XRL is an extremely important Sino-Hong Kong infrastructure project, and this potential collaboration between China-based Shenzhen DF and Hong Kong-based DFS is highly symbolic of the bright and prosperous future ahead.”


Source: DFS Group

METRO GROUP and Yoma Strategic Holdings partner to develop one stop food distribution platform in Myanmar

Düsseldorf, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company announces its joint venture partnership with the Singapore-listed Myanmar-focused Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. to develop a one stop food distribution platform in Myanmar. According to the agreement, METRO will take an 85% stake in the newly established joint venture called METRO Wholesale Myanmar Ltd., with the remaining 15% shares owned by Yoma Strategic Holdings.

“I’m pleased that METRO is now entering Myanmar, such a promising market that offers abundant opportunities for our B2B wholesale business. The establishment of the joint venture with Yoma Strategic Holdings marks an important step for this meaningful expansion”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “We are convinced that METRO’s proven expertise in areas such as food safety and supply chain management will strongly contribute to the development and upgrade of the local supply and distribution infrastructure.”

As the first step, METRO will open a depot for wholesale distribution located in Yangon’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone, with the construction work scheduled to start in March 2017, and the depot is expected to open in beginning of 2018. By focusing on a pure delivery model instead of constructing a classic brick and mortar store METRO underlines the increasing strategic importance on food service distribution and efficient use of investment which will be in the low double-digit EUR million range for Myanmar.

METRO’s efficient one stop wholesale distribution platform will be a solution for a market which at current is fragmented, with retailers often having to source their products through a complex mix of local retail and wholesale distributors as well as importers. From this platform over 3,300 food and non-food high quality products as well as customized services will be delivered to the professional customers including hotels, restaurants, catering firms, independent small retailers and offices. It aims to effectively address the evolving needs of the local professional customers, who now increasingly seek products of consistently reliable quality and good value. In addition to exploring its own unique sourcing expertise and channels to secure high quality products, METRO will leverage on Yoma Strategic Holdings’ logistics and warehousing infrastructure to facilitate the key supply chain build-up for Myanmar. “We are confident that our partnership with METRO will bring global know-how in modern wholesale distribution and contribute to bringing reliable and safe food to the people of Myanmar”, said Melvyn Pun, Yoma Strategic Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer.

In many countries of its operations, METRO works very closely with the local community to improve the food safety through series of dedicated and tailored training programs for the farmers and producers. This approach will be applied too in Myanmar to make joint efforts with various stakeholders to support the improvement of the food safety. After careful analysis, trainings will be developed and carried out to equip local farmers with necessary awareness, knowledge and skills in the areas such as production, harvesting, processing and packaging. Trained and qualified farmers will contribute to an efficient, sustainable and reliable supply chain of METRO Myanmar but also the overall well-being of the community.

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. More information is available at and

Listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Securities Exchange Trading Limited (SGX-ST), Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. is a leading business corporation with a diversified portfolio of businesses in Real Estate, Consumer, Automotive & Equipment, and Investments in Myanmar. Together with its partner, the SPA Group, the Group is taking a conglomerate approach to build a diversified portfolio of businesses in Myanmar. The Company was ranked in the top 10% of the Governance and Transparency index for three consecutive years (2014 – 2016), ranked 17th out of top 100 largest Singapore companies in the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard 2015 and won the Best Managed Board (Gold) Award at the Singapore Corporate Awards in 2016. More information is available at

Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01


Kantar Retail to partner with Peopleway to create high impact learning organisations

London, 2016-Nov-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kantar Retail, WPP’s global retail and shopper specialist today ( 24th November 2016) announced that it will partner with Peopleway, an award-winning learning impact management specialist.

The partnership aims to create high impact learning organisations by combining Kantar Retail’s Capabilities Development expertise with Peopleway’s Impact Management tools and analytics in a single learning and development offer.

This joint solution will enable clients to better align their people development with business objectives by linking training and development programmes with a suite of cloud-based tools to measure and continuously improve the business impact of learning interventions.

Kantar Retail will deliver customised training and development programmes and Peopleway will ensure that these programmes are hardwired to commercial objectives, and monitor their impact. This will enable clients to track and improve ROI from their investment in training and development.

“Organisations are seeking to engage and develop their people while also having visibility of the business impact of their capability investment. This partnership aims to meet this need in a pragmatic, commercial and engaging way. We are delighted to be partnering with such a specialist as Peopleway,” stated Phil Smiley, CEO of Kantar Retail.

“Typically two-thirds of training investment has no measurable impact. We are passionate about supporting clients in maximising the impact of their training to drive business results. Kantar Retail’s global reach and learning academy credentials will enable us to do this with greater scale,” stated Lars Julin, CEO of Peopleway.

Notes to Editors:

About Kantar Retail
We are the retail and shopper specialists. We are a leading retail and shopper insight, consulting and analytics and technology business, part of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP. We work with leading brand manufacturers and retailers to help them sell more effectively and profitably. At Kantar Retail we track and forecast over 1,200 retailers globally and have purchase data on over 200 million shoppers. Amongst our market leading reports are the annual PoweRanking survey and the Digital Power Study. Kantar Retail works with over 400 clients and has 26 offices in 15 markets around the globe.

For further information, please visit, or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Peopleway

Peopleway is an award-winning learning impact management specialist. We work with market leading enterprises across a wide range of industries to help them measure and continuously improve the business impact of people development. We offer a suite of cloud-based impact management tools – designed to drive business performance by ensuring the link between corporate strategy and capability building programs. 30 years of research, 10 years of SaaS development, a history of more than 25 million impact measurements and a solutions suite that supports 21 languages – Peopleway is a people analytics market leader within L&D.

For further information, please visit, or find us on LinkedIn.

Contact for Kantar Retail:

Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
Office: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Contact for Peopleway:

Maria Højholdt Jensen
PR & Marketing Consultant
Office: +45 31 68 69 03

Source: Kantar Retail

Fast Retailing and Shima Seiki partner to produce high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® knit products

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Oct-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. today (2016.10.27) announces the launch of Innovation Factory Co., Ltd. (“Innovation Factory”), a joint venture with Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., for the joint development and manufacture of knit products, aimed at establishing a new production system utilizing knit production technologies.

Innovation Factory was originally established in December 2015 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., producing WHOLEGARMENT®* knitwear. Following the establishment of the joint venture, the company will now produce WHOLEGARMENT® products for the Fast Retailing Group, principally UNIQLO.

1. Purpose for Launching the Joint Venture Company
Fast Retailing is launching a joint venture with Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., a firm with world-leading knitting machine production technologies, with plans to produce high-quality, value-added WHOLEGARMENT® knit products. In future, the joint venture company is expected to function as the lead factory in the production of innovative knit products for the Fast Retailing Group.

2. Overview of the Joint Venture Company

Name: Innovation Factory Co., Ltd.

Location: Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

Representative: Michitaka Nakamura

Business content: Manufacture of knit products including seamless knitwear
(WHOLEGARMENT® products).

Invested capital: 400 million yen

Equity share: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.: 51%

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.: 49%

Established: Oct. 27, 2016

3. Overview of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. was founded in 1962 for the automation of glove knitting machines. Today, the company is a comprehensive mechatronics firm, creating attractive products that expertly combine advanced hardware with exceptional software. It holds the world’s top market share in the computerized flatbed knitting machine field, and is a pioneer in knitting machine manufacturing.

Shima Seiki Group net sales: ¥49,582 million (FY3/16)

*WHOLEGARMENT®is a seamless knit product developed by Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.. With seam free construction,
WHOLEGARMENT® yields comfort and draping effect and provides value-added products with greater design
flexibility compared to traditional knitwear products.


Diebold Nixdorf and Cybera partner to securely connect store-based payment systems with cloud-based computing operations

North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany / Franklin, Tenn., USA, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, a world leader in driving connected commerce, and Cybera, an IT leader in software-defined wide-area-networks (SD-WAN), are partnering to securely connect physical systems and digital operations for service stations with a unified, easy-to-manage platform.

Combining the companies’ respective core retail competencies, the new solution securely and conveniently connects store-based payment systems with cloud-based computing operations. The innovative solution dramatically simplifies the growing complexity that gas and service station operators face at remote locations by managing cloud-based solutions, payment networks and other sensitive applications and services. The software-defined nature of the platform enables it to run on any network, preserving existing infrastructure investments while optimizing availability, uptime and speed-to-market for new and next generation services.

“We are excited about working with a global leader like Diebold Nixdorf to bring the market a much needed solution that can quickly and securely scale to meet the customer experience anywhere,” said Andrew Lev, chief executive officer, Cybera.

The Diebold Nixdorf i–SERVICE STATION eco-system is an end-to-end solution portfolio for fuel retailers. This solution platform will be enhanced with Cybera’s secure SD-WAN solution. Cybera’s solution accelerates Diebold Nixdorf’s ability to remotely and securely scale their point-of-sale (POS) suite of applications across a global footprint. To protect against security breaches, Cybera combines a defense-in-depth approach with industry leading micro-segmentation, isolating each application into its own virtual network with custom security and performance policies.

“We work closely with our customers to identify business needs and collaboratively develop solutions that will streamline their operations. We know that any downtime or slow performance can translate into lost sales and unhappy consumers,” said Horst von Wels, Diebold Nixdorf vice president and head of service stations international. “This partnership enables us to offer a solution to the market that will provide a more secure, compliant and reliable way for our customers to optimize cost while enabling a smooth cloud transition of applications and services.”

Experience the live demonstrations of the Diebold Nixdorf i-SERVICE STATION solutions at NACS in Hall B – #4931.

About Cybera
Cybera is a leading provider of secure, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions to many of the world’s top enterprises. The company provides a simple solution to the growing complexity that distributed enterprises face at remote locations by uniquely automating application centric security and performance in the cloud, providing greater customer choice through best-of-breed partnerships and services that accelerate time-to-market. By virtualizing security functions in the fabric of the network, Cybera offers advanced enterprise-grade security for any location, no matter how remote. The company has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor and recognized 7 times by Inc5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private companies. Investors include Sumeru Equity Partners, a Silicon Valley based spin out of Silver Lake. For more information about Cybera, visit

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.


Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Bartell Drugs and Oberto partner to raise money to help kids in Seattle Children’s hospital

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nine-year-old Aiyana Lucas has heart. In fact, she’s had three hearts.

Aiyana was born with a severe heart defect which necessitated a heart transplant when she was only 6 months old. At age 8, congestive heart failure necessitated another transplant which was unsuccessful and so another transplant quickly followed.

Today, she’s an active, healthy 9 year old. And it’s all thanks to the talented team at Seattle Children’s.

To help support Aiyana and the thousands of other children in need of vital healthcare, Bartell Drugs and Kent-based Oberto Beef Jerky are joining forces to raise money for Seattle Children’s in support of its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric diseases.

This is the second year the locally-based, family-owned companies have joined forces to raise money for the nationally-acclaimed hospital. Last year, $24,500 was collected from the chain’s 64 Puget Sound locations.

During October, for each bag of Oberto Beef Jerky purchased at a Bartell location, a financial contribution will be made to the hospital – with a total expected up to $25,000.

The fundraising effort by the two family-owned companies reflects their long-time commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families living in the Puget Sound area.

“Oberto believes in making healthy and high quality snacks, but our mission is so much more. We pride ourselves on getting involved and serving our community,” said Thomas Hernquist, CEO of Oberto. “We want all children to be able to live a healthy and active life and we hope our donations to Seattle Children’s hospital will help this endeavor.”

“Regardless of a family’s ability to pay, Seattle Children’s delivers world-class care and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S.,” said Bartell Drugs President and CEO Brian Unmacht. “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important healthcare role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”

To drive additional awareness, Bartell locations will have major in-store and print promotions as well as advertising.

In early November, executives from both companies will present the donation check to officials from Oberto.

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 could better serve its customers. 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

About Oberto Brands
Seattle-based, family owned Oberto Brands is the nation’s leading all-natural jerky snacks company, founded by Constantino Oberto in 1918. The company’s products include Oberto All-Natural, Pacific Gold, Cattleman’s Cut and Oberto Classics. All products are proudly made at Oberto’s HQ facilities in Kent, WA.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 (office)

Source: Bartell Drugs

Auchan and Boulanger partner for negotiation of purchases of white, brown and grey household electrical goods

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The companies have entered into a partnership for the negotiation of purchases of white, brown and grey household electrical goods manufactured by national and international brands aimed at the French market.

This involves Auchan Retail granting Boulanger the mandate to negotiate on its behalf, beginning as of the start of negotiations on commercial terms for 2017 (excluding retailers’ own brands), which get underway in October 2016.

It will concern an estimated business volume of more than €2.1 billion excluding tax, which will make this purchasing partnership the second-largest in France from the moment it gets underway. A partnership that makes perfect sense from both a historical and cultural perspective, it will bolster the competitiveness of the banners concerned, in turn benefiting their customers, and is designed to make them leaders on their respective markets.

Denis Boschard, Director of Product Offerings and Supply, Boulanger : “This partnership made a lot of sense for everyone, particularly given our shared values and culture. Although the two banners specialise in their own distinct markets, Auchan’s and Boulanger’s teams share the same DNA and the same sense of customer service, qualities that will ensure the success and impact of our action.”

Jean-Denis Deweine, Product Director, Auchan Retail : “For Auchan Retail, this partnership confirms the importance of this activity sector in our brand model. It gives the partners of the new group an opportunity to strengthen their commercial leadership on each of their networks.”

Source: Auchan Holdings

Carrefour to partner with 95 Normandy producers for its first Quality Line fresh full-fat milk

Carrefour to partner with 95 Normandy producers for its first Quality Line fresh full-fat milk
Carrefour to partner with 95 Normandy producers for its first Quality Line fresh full-fat milk


Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour embarks on a new initiative to support dairy farmers and enters into partnerships with 95 Normandy producers for its first Quality Line fresh full-fat Normandy milk, coinciding with its attendance at the Lessay Agricultural Fair.

A new Carrefour Quality Line
Fresh full-fat milk from cows that are reared in pastures in season and fed without GMOs. This new quality product line is the result of Carrefour working closely with the Saint-Hilaire-de-Briouze dairy in the Orne département (north-western France). The processes used in producing this milk preserve its high quality, guaranteeing consumers an authentic-tasting product.

By entering into this agreement, Carrefour is lending its support to an initiative developed by the Saint-Hilaire-de-Briouze dairy and its producers of PDO Camembert milk, which guarantees an annual milk price and the awarding of a premium of as much as €50/1000 L, depending on the quality and the producer’s best practices. The retailer undertakes to sell more than 1 million L per year.  The Carrefour Quality Line milk will go on sale in all of its stores starting in January 2017.

Carrefour Quality Lines: A partnership approach involving 18,000 French producers. This new partnership takes the total number of Carrefour Quality Line products available to our customers up to 94, and this includes 9 sectors and 1695 partner producers in Normandy. The first Carrefour Quality Line – Normandy cattle beef – was created back in 1992 in France’s Manche region.

At the Lessay Agricultural Fair, partners and employees share their expertise; 60 employees are at the Carrefour stand to help organize numerous events and product tastings. It’s an opportunity for members of the general public to talk to the Carrefour people involved in the bakery, butchery and cooked meat counters, and to find out more about the jobs and training programmes that are available with Carrefour.

Around thirty or so producers and SMEs from the region (including representatives from the REO cheese dairy, the “Jambon du Bocage” ham smokers, the Monfruit jam manufacturers and the Sainte-Mère-Église biscuit makers) – all Carrefour partners – will be showcasing their expertise and encouraging visitors to sample their products. Representatives of the Carrefour Quality Line will also be in attendance at the fair, including Normandy cattle beef, the Saint Hilaire de Briouze Dairy, Graindorge and Cultimer, as well as the Reflets de France partners.

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:

Source: Carrefour




CVS Health to partner with Y-USA to help cancer survivors and those at risk of diabetes

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health today ( September 12, 2016) announced that it has partnered with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to help expand two programs that provide critical support to people across the country: the Diabetes Prevention Program and the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG Foundation at the YMCA program.

“At CVS Health, we’re focused on providing resources and services that empower patients to manage their health in more affordable and effective ways,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health. “We’re proud to partner with Y-USA to help both cancer survivors and those at risk of diabetes on their path to better health whether it’s helping them learn healthy eating habits or improving their physical and emotional well-being.”

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through a 12-month evidence-based plan, the program has been successful in reducing the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week evidence-based program that focuses on best practices for physical activity and well-being initiatives for cancer survivors. The program empowers adult cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength offered in a supportive, small-group setting.

“As a leading community-based organization committed to improving America’s health, our goal is to provide everyone access to initiatives like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program,” said Dr. Matt Longjohn, National Health Officer, Y-USA. “Through the generosity of CVS Health, local YMCAs will be able to provide free access to services for diabetes patients and cancer survivors, who may not otherwise be able to participate in these valuable support programs.”

Ten local chapters across the U.S. will receive a 2016-2017 Participation Support Grant from the Y-USA and CVS Health to support the Diabetes Prevention Program in the following areas:

  • Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA (AL)
  • Florida’s First Coast YMCA (FL)
  • YMCA of the Capital Area (LA)
  • YMCA of Central Ohio (OH)
  • YMCA of Greater Dayton (OH)
  • YMCA of Memphis and The Mid-South (TN)
  • Houston Texans YMCA (TX)
  • Central Coast YMCA (CA)
  • YMCA of Wichita (KS)
  • YMCA of Delaware (DE)

An additional ten chapters will receive a 2016-2017 Participation Support Grant from Y-USA, in partnership with CVS Health and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. These grants will help boost participation and provide more cancer survivors with access to the program in the following areas:

  • YMCA of San Diego County (CA)
  • Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (FL)
  • Golden Corridor Family YMCA (IL)
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts (MA)
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids (MI)
  • YMCA of Capital District (NY)
  • YMCA of Greater Cincinnati (OH)
  • Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA (PA)
  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio (TX)
  • West Orem Family YMCA (TX)

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children regardless of age, income or background to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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

Media Contact:
Mary Alfieri
CVS Health

Kevin Dietz
YMCA of the USA


H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel partner to develop technologies to recycle textiles

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today it is possible to mechanically recycle single fibre fabrics such as denim jeans and wool sweaters. However garments are very often made from a blend of different fibres to improve fit, style, comfort and longevity.  Used apparel of blended or unknown materials are either discarded in landfills, or downcycled into insulation, carpeting, and other low value applications.

H&M Foundation is working with HKRITA to develop a series of research projects with a contribution of Euro 5.8 million. HKRITA will conduct the research and work to commercialize the outcomes. The Innovation and Technology Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government will provide additional substantial research funding and support.

“This is one of the biggest and most comprehensive efforts ever for textile recycling. The overall aim for us as a Foundation is to protect the planetary boundaries and work to ensure living conditions. We want to develop at least one ready technology to recycle clothes made from textile blends into new clothes. This would be a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles in the fashion industry.” says Erik Bang, Project Manager at H&M Foundation.

“HKRITA is very excited about the work in this series of applied research projects.  We look forward to providing practical solutions to a pressing local and global challenge.  We are grateful to partner with H&M Foundation for making our work possible. Sustainability is one of our key research focuses. We aim to develop technologies that are scalable and commercially viable.” says Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.

The exact financial contribution from H&M Foundation is determined by the surplus from H&M’s global in-store garment collecting program, which is donated to H&M Foundation. Half of this donation is allocated to research on textile recycling. To date the H&M Foundation has donated EUR 1.6 million to HKRITA.

The H&M Foundation, which initiated the global innovation challenge Global Change Award in 2015, had been looking for a world leading research institute to accelerate research on textile recycling, and found HKRITA to be the perfect match. H&M Foundation is the initiator and main funder of the research project 2016-2020 and HKRITA is co-funding. HKRITA, a publically funded applied research center, is the leader in practical and useful research in the textile and apparel area.

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel was established in 2006 and is a publicly funded applied research center. It’s one of five applied research centers sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. HKRITA engages in applied mid- and down-stream research to support the textile and apparel industries, to drive sustainable improvements, and to drive improvements for society.

The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission, aims to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of our economic activities. The Government hopes that, through the ITF, Hong Kong companies could be encouraged and assisted to upgrade their technological level and introduce innovative ideas to their businesses.

H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Clean water, Strengthening women and Protecting the planet. In addition, the H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the H&M Foundation. For further information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Yan Chan
Business Development
+ 852 2627 8171

Malin Björne
PR & Communications responsible
H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

Bloomingdale’s and NYC artist Greg Lamarche partner for 100% Bloomingdale’s fall campaign

New York, NY, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Fall 2016, Bloomingdale’s has teamed up with NYC artist Greg Lamarche to illuminate the retailer’s 100% Bloomingdale’s fall campaign. Born and raised in New York City, Lamarche’s inspiration comes from the energy of the city and its role as an incubator of graffiti art. Lamarche’s artistic style emulates this season’s trend of mixing textures, fabrics, and colors creating a unique showcase for Bloomingdale’s exclusive fall merchandise.

“Being a native New Yorker, for me Bloomingdale’s was part of my experience growing up,” said artist Greg Lamarche. “Now, having the opportunity to work with this iconic brand is both exhilarating and an honor.”

“Bloomingdale’s is excited to join forces with renowned artist Greg Lamarche for our Fall 2016 100% Bloomingdale’s campaign,” said Frank Berman, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Bloomingdale’s. “Each season we look to broaden our roster of 100% Bloomingdale’s collaborators – from designers to performers to athletes – in an effort to create both exclusive merchandise and experiences that our customers won’t find anywhere else. Greg’s dynamic artwork brings a playful energy to our Fall campaign and creates the perfect backdrop for the season¿s top trends.”

Kicking off the campaign are eye-popping displays in the iconic Lexington Avenue windows as well as the Third Avenue windows at the 59th Street Flagship beginning September 1st. Lamarche’s signature collages are showcased alongside Bloomingdale’s 100% Exclusive merchandise with several interactive moments including a giant cell phone selfie station as well as a word search wall comprised of Lamarche’s eclectic letters.

A collection of limited edition merchandise featuring Lamarche’s graffiti and bold letters will be displayed in dedicated pop-up shops in all Bloomingdale’s locations beginning September 1st through October 31st and on Lamarche’s custom products includes coffee mugs and “Bloomies” travel cup, men’s “Wash Up” and women’s “Hey Gorgeous” toiletry bags, “Bloomies” decorative pillow, select men’s accessories and apparel, and reusable vinyl Medium and Little Brown Bag totes with prices ranging from $6.00 to $115.00. Customers will also enjoy a complimentary Greg Lamarche letter pin to jazz up a denim jacket or fun accessory. Pins are available at the Greg Lamarche pop-ups while supplies lasts.

On Saturday, September 17th, customers are invited to their local Bloomingdale’s to shop women’s denim and receive an exclusive patch designed by artist Greg Lamarche – perfect for customizing your new jeans! From 1pm – 6pm customers may have their patch darned on their denim purchase at the store.

Customers are also invited to attend the many events and activations planned across all Bloomingdale’s locations celebrating Bloomingdale’s 100% exclusive styles and trends including:

Stop by any of our cosmetics counters to discover the perfect red lip for you. Matte or glossy, blue-toned or orange-based, we’ll help you find a just-right red lipstick, and even tell you what your unique “lip print” says about you!*
September 10, 1 pm-4 pm

Grab your girlfriends and join us for a day out in support of Housing Works, a nonprofit organization with the mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. Bring a gently used handbag and we’ll donate it to the cause and as a special treat for participating, you’ll receive 20% off the purchase of a new bag.*
September 10, Times vary by store

Stock up on fall’s most stylish jeans! Shop during our Denim Days event and take 15% off when you buy one pair and 25% off when you buy two or more pairs of regular-price denim.* September 15-18, all day

*Terms and restrictions may apply. Please visit for details.

For more information on events at your local Bloomingdale’s, please visit

Customer Service: 1-800-777-0000″

Source: Bloomingdale

NACDS: UWSOP, Bartell Drugs and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority to improve immunization rates

Seattle, WA, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority in a unique demonstration project that aims to foster healthcare collaboration across the care continuum to increase pharmacy-based immunizations.

The demonstration project is one of three that aim to fulfill the goals of an $800,000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant to NACDS. The project will examine innovative healthcare collaborations designed to demonstrate increased rates of pharmacy-based immunizations including influenza, pneumococcal, pertussis and herpes zoster. It also focuses on improving pandemic planning among pharmacies and state health departments and improving access to HPV vaccine resources and education for pharmacists.

The healthcare entities will work together to develop and implement a value-based payment model that is scalable and replicable to improve immunization rates for a targeted population that are recorded in the state registry. The models will innovate methods for sharing immunization information among the participating health plans or systems, accountable care organizations, community pharmacies and patients. The grant teams also will collaborate with public health agencies to improve pandemic vaccine preparedness.

Increasingly, pharmacists are recognized as the front line of health care in communities. “Legislators and regulators at the federal and state levels often reference pharmacists’ success in promoting the necessity of vaccines and in increasing access to them,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.

The state of Washington has lead the way when it comes to pharmacists practicing at the top of their license, thanks to the advocacy of UW pharmacy faculty. Pharmacist-provided vaccines were among the first of many practice innovations begun at the UW.  This project brings together faculty researchers and practitioners who will tap into the diverse expertise at the UWSOP, from pandemic health to onsite coaching in patient care best practices.

“We are excited about this demonstration project that brings together top community pharmacy providers and faculty from the School of Pharmacy with expertise in implementation science and population health. This project will build on our legacy of improving community access to pharmacist-administered vaccinations and evaluating the impact of these important services on population health outcomes,” said Sean D. Sullivan, professor and dean of UWSOP.

“Bartell Drugs has been a regional leader in promoting and providing convenient, affordable access to immunizations and this project will further our ability to reach more audiences in need of immunization,” said Billy Chow, Bartell Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Services.

“We are thrilled to continue to improve the shopping experience and add convenience for our patients through this NACDS project,” said Chuck Paulsen, pharmacy merchandiser for QFC Stores. “The increased awareness and transparency of community based will further our mission of improving the health of our patients and local communities we serve.”

NACDS showed its strong commitment to this $800,000 grant by contributing an additional $300,000 to execute the demonstration projects. The project will take place over a 13-month period beginning in August 2016. More information about NACDS’ engagement on related issues is available through the “vaccinations” and “preparedness” tags on

NACDS represents traditional drug stores and supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate more than 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ more than 3.8 million individuals, including 175,000 pharmacists. They fill over 2.7 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability. NACDS members also include more than 800 supplier partners and nearly 40 international members representing 13 countries. For more information, visit

The UW School of Pharmacy is a global leader in pharmacy education, research and service, committed to providing a transformative learning experience in a collaborative and diverse environment focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our mission is three-fold: inspiring education: developing exceptional, innovative and diverse pharmacy leaders and scientists; discovering solutions: advancing the science, development, implementation, and outcomes of safe and appropriate treatments; and serving people and communities: promoting the health and well-being of the public, locally and globally. For more information, visit

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 could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

QFC Stores: Founded in 1954, based out of Bellevue, Washington is a division of the Kroger Company.  QFC has 64 stores throughout the Puget Sound, Southwest Washington, and Northwest Oregon.  They currently operate pharmacies in 32 of their stores. For more information on QFC, visit

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs

Source: Bartell Drugs