Kroger’s QFC partners with Instacart to bring home delivery service in Puget Sound and Portland

CINCINNATI and BELLEVUE, Wash., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — QFC, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (12/4/2017) announced it is offering home delivery at a majority of its stores in both Puget Sound and Portland, through a partnership with Instacart, a nationally-recognized on-demand retail delivery service. The partnership supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“By offering home delivery in addition to in-store shopping and online ordering for curbside pickup, we are listening to our customers who are telling us they want the convenience of shopping anyway they choose,” said Suzy Monford, president of QFC. “We know that our customers are busier than ever but still want to feed their families fresh, healthy foods that are available at low prices. This new partnership allows our customers to have their groceries delivered to their doorsteps as soon as two hours after placing an order.”

QFC delivery powered by Instacart will be offered in addition to its ClickList store locations that offer online ordering for curbside pickup.

“Instacart customers prefer doing their online grocery shopping from local stores, where they know the products,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are thrilled to partner with QFC to give our customers in Portland and Seattle a new convenient option for shopping at their favorite local QFC store.”

How does QFC home delivery work?
Customers place their orders through the “Delivery” link at www.qfc.com. The customer enters the zip code where the delivery will be scheduled then chooses from 40,000 offered products, including perishables, which are categorized and sorted for easy viewing and selection. The customer builds a digital cart by clicking and adding products. Once the customer has completed building the online basket, a preferred delivery time between 9 a.m. and midnight can be selected. An Instacart shopper then hand-picks the items and delivers the order within a preferred one-hour time window. The home delivery fee will be waived for first-time customers.

About Instacart 
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 160 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

About Kroger 
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Amazon to open its third Oregon fulfillment center; will bring 1,000 quality jobs in Portland

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Sep. 18, 2017) announced plans to open its third Oregon fulfillment center in Portland, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company recently announced an upcoming fulfillment center in Troutdale and Salem, in addition to the existing sortation center in Hillsboro and Prime Now hub in Portland. With the three upcoming fulfillment centers, Amazon will employ more than 3,500 full-time fulfillment associates across the state when all locations open starting in 2018.

“We announced our second fulfillment center in late August and today it’s exciting to announce our third fulfillment center in Oregon,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our quick growth in the Beaver state is our drive to continue growing and innovating on behalf of customers. Fulfillment centers in the state will increase speed of delivery, expand inventory selection, and provide great Prime membership benefits. We are excited to better serve customers, and create 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon.”

Associates at the one million square foot facility will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food.

“Amazon has embraced the value of our region as a great business environment, and we welcome the 1,000 quality jobs and benefits this new facility brings to Portland,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Portland’s innovation and talented workforce are a perfect match for Amazon’s cutting-edge approach to customer service and support.”

“Amazon’s continued growth in our region is a good signal for Oregon’s economic growth,” said Keith Leavitt, chief commercial officer at thePort of Portland. “We’re excited to work with Amazon to create more job opportunities in Portland and build on this momentum.”

“Three Amazon fulfillment centers announced in three months adds to the company’s already robust presence in Oregon, which includes Amazon Web Services, Prime Now, and sortation centers,” said Business Oregon director Chris Harder. “Amazon could invest anywhere in the world, and they are showing over and over again that they believe Oregon is the place to build, innovate, and grow.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

7‑Eleven launches test program called RENEW at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is furthering its commitment to reduce its energy footprint by launching a test program called RENEWTM this month at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin.

RENEW is a reduced emissions program 7‑Eleven®is launching in collaboration with GreenPrint, a company promoting sustainability through the retail gasoline, fleet and consumer product industries.

Customers will be able to reduce emissions by simply purchasing the same high-quality fuel they have always pumped at 7‑Eleven stores. GreenPrint will calculate tailpipe emissions from gasoline sales to determine the amount to invest in certified carbon reduction projects to help neutralize those emissions in the atmosphere. Depending on the type of fuel purchased, emissions can be offset by up to 30 percent.

“As the convenience retail leader, we’re uniquely positioned to promote sustainability by bringing innovative programs like RENEW to market,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “This program, coupled with our 2025 corporate social responsibility targets, furthers our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint, and offers customers a way to make a positive impact on the environment and their local communities.”

For every gallon of gas purchased in the 7‑Eleven RENEW program, an investment will be made in reforestation, green-scape projects, wildlife protection and renewable energy projects designed to help reduce car emissions. The local, regional and global certified carbon reduction projects are designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As part of the one-year test, 100,000 trees will be planted across the United States in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation.

“We are honored to run this test program with a brand like 7‑Eleven that has consistently demonstrated a willingness to be innovative,” said Pete Davis, founder and CEO of GreenPrint. “Their commitment to aggressively pursue sustainability initiatives to benefit the environment sets them apart from competitors. The RENEW program will continue that commitment while creating a unique connection with their customers.”

7‑Eleven announced in 2016 that it was working with Conservation International (CI) to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. 7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. The retailer also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact. Learn more about RENEW at www.7‑Elevenrenew.com.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About GreenPrint

Founded by a team of loyalty and rewards experts, GreenPrint created the first reduced emissions programs for fuel which is licensed to convenience store chains, energy companies, and corporate fleets – enabling them to sell, or fill up with, more environmentally friendly fuel. Today the company reduces emissions on almost 500 million gallons annually across hundreds of retail locations and 40,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 8 countries.

Contact:
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Kimco Realty acquires Jantzen Beach an open-air shopping center in Portland, Oregon for $131.8 million

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today (7/10/2017) announced the post-second quarter acquisition of Jantzen Beach, a 96%-occupied, 746,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center on 67 acres in Portland, Oregon, for $131.8 million, or $177/square foot, substantially below replacement cost. Jantzen Beach is the company’s eighth property in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, expanding Kimco’s concentration in a top 25 market where it also maintains a regional office.

“Jantzen Beach is a flagship asset located in a coastal, in-demand market with significant barriers to entry,” said Ross Cooper, President and Chief Investment Officer of Kimco Realty. “This asset exemplifies a key component of our strategic 2020 Vision to upgrade the quality of our portfolio with selective acquisitions funded by disposition proceeds.”

The center features a prime collection of national tenants in today’s strongest retail categories, including Home Depot, Target, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ross Stores, Burlington, Petco, Best Buy, DSW and Michaels. Jantzen Beach sits along Portland’s busy I-5 artery, with traffic counts of over 128,000 cars per day. As one of the only major shopping centers in the region, the center’s trade area extends over 10 miles, reaching into neighboring Washington State, and its sales tax-free shopping attracts approximately five million visits per year. Furthermore, Jantzen Beach is located within the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, which serves to control urban expansion and poses a formidable barrier to entry in this desirable market.

The Jantzen Beach acquisition will expand the company’s future redevelopment pipeline through potential outparcel development of two 6,000-square-foot pad buildings, and mixed-use densification opportunities supported by flexible zoning. The center also offers strong mark-to-market upside from several below-market anchor leases.

Kimco also reported its transaction activity for the second quarter of 2017:

Acquisitions: The company acquired a parcel adjacent to its Augusta Exchange shopping center in Augusta, Georgia, for a gross purchase price of $700,000. The land acquisition is an excellent redevelopment opportunity for an outparcel that will complement the existing tenant mix. Kimco’s share of the purchase price was $340,000.

Dispositions: Kimco disposed of interests in nine shopping centers, totaling 892,000 square feet, and two land parcels for a gross sales price of $155.8 million. Kimco’s share of the sales price was $128.1 million. With these dispositions, the company has exited the states of Maine and Louisiana.

ABOUT KIMCO

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space across 32 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise

Contact:
David F. Bujnicki
1-866-831-4297
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is launching new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee in grocery and convenience stores, offering customers another way to enjoy the smooth taste of Cold Brew on the go.

The ready-to-drink beverage will ship starting today (June 15) and will be available in select Starbucks U.S. retail stores and grocery stores in Seattle and Portland next month.

Bottled Starbucks® Cold Brew Coffee is an unsweetened coffee with a smooth taste and subtle chocolate notes. It’s made from the same Starbucks® Cold Brew Blend slow-steeped in Starbucks stores for Starbucks® Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.

Other New Starbucks Ready-to-Drink Beverages for Summer 2016

Bottled Starbucks® Cold Brew

Starbucks® Black Iced Coffee (available sweetened and unsweetened)

Bottled White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Chilled Coffee Drink

Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy Coffee (available in Spiced Vanilla and Mexican Mocha)

Starbucks Refreshers® Revitalizing Energy with Coconut Water (available in Black Cherry Limeade & Peach Passion Fruit)

Starbucks® Iced Espresso Classics Salted Caramel Mocha (available for a limited time in a multi-serve bottle)

North America Coffee Partnership

More than 20 years ago, Starbucks and PepsiCo started the North America Coffee Partnership and launched Starbucks® Bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink. What started out as a nascent category has grown to be more than 40 ready-to-drink Starbucks beverages and more than $1.5 billion in retail business.

Media Contact:

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

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Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee

Starbucks launches new bottled Starbucks Cold Brew coffee


Source: Starbucks