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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Merriann Metz promoted to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary Publix

LAKELAND, Florida, 2016-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Metz began her career at Publix in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Florida.

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles within our organization,” said CEO and President Todd Jones. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

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

Publix announces the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

LAKELAND, Florida, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Metz began her career at Publix in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Florida.

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles within our organization,” said CEO and President Todd Jones. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

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

Publix earns $8.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2016 a 4.5 percent increase from last year

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $8.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 3.3 percent. The company estimates sales increased 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the second quarter.

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were $581.9 million, compared to $548.9 million in 2015, an increase of 6 percent. Earnings per share for the first quarter increased to $0.75 for 2016, up from $0.71 per share in 2015.

These amounts are based on unaudited reports that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective May 1, 2016, Publix’s stock price decreased from $45.20 per share to $43.95 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased that our Publix associates delivered strong results,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “Unfortunately, these results were not enough to offset the challenges in the stock market.”

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Maria Brous
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P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Publix ranked 67 on this year’s Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 19th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix was ranked No. 67 on this year’s list — up from No. 81 last year — and was one of only 12 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

“I’ve been privileged to lead what could quite possibly be the best company in the world,” said Ed Crenshaw, Publix CEO. “I’m proud of our commitment to our people, culture and communities. We are humbled to be recognized by Fortune for 19 consecutive years as a great place to work. The secret to our success is our associates – company owners themselves – who’ve been making Publix a great place to work for more than 85 years.”

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

Publix will be featured in the March 15th edition of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work. Fortune Senior Editor, Christopher Tkaczyk, had an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn what makes Publix a great company to work for and a beloved brand. He spent one week working in the company’s retail environment experiencing the culture and people first-hand. To read about his experience visit http://fortune.com/publix-best-companies/. For more information about the survey and how companies were ranked, visit Fortune’s website, www.fortune.com.

SOURCE: Publix Asset Management Company

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

Publix reports 4.5 percent increase of its sales in Q4 of 2015

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix’s sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $8.2 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $7.9 billion. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 3.2 percent.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $521.1 million, compared to $453.3 million in 2014, an increase of 15 percent. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter increased to $0.68 for 2015, up from $0.58 per share in 2014.

Publix’s sales for the fiscal year ended Dec. 26, 2015, were $32.4 billion, a 5.9 percent increase from last year’s $30.6 billion. Comparable-store sales for 2015 increased 4.2 percent.

Net earnings for 2015 were $2 billion, compared to $1.7 billion for 2014, an increase of 13.2 percent. Earnings per share increased to $2.54 for 2015, up from $2.23 per share in 2014.

These amounts are based on audited reports that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective March 1, 2016, Publix’s stock price increased from $41.80 per share to $45.20 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased to report another year with excellent results,” said CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our associates deserve the credit for continuing to make us a leader in customer service.”

SOURCE: Publix Asset Management Company

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

Publix opens on Pinterest and Instagram

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets extended the company’s online social presence with fourth quarter soft launches to Pinterest (December 2015) and Instagram (October 2015). The company currently has more than 14,000 Followers on Instagram and almost 1,000 on Pinterest.

Pinterest provides a platform for Publix customers to discover the company’s expertise and services while Instagram allows for engagement in a fun and unique way. “As a retailer passionately committed to serving our customers, our social media presence has always been about engaging with our customers where they are and extending our in-store service online,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “Pinterest allows us to inspire and entertain with recipes and holiday and event planning ideas. Instagram will further our connection with our online community through photos and videos showcasing our brand personality and strong company culture.”

Customer interest in Publix Instagram and Pinterest accounts was high prior to the company becoming active on the platforms. Customers had long been pinning Aprons recipes each day from www.publix.com/recipes to Pinterest and had been using #publix on Instagram to share their experiences with products, services and love for Publix in a visual way. There have been more than 300,000 photos shared on Instagram using #publix.

The company launched its social media presence in July 2011 debuting on Facebook with more than 10,000 Fans within the first 24 hours. Twitter followed in February 2013 with @Publix and @PublixHelps to offer customers brand content and customer service. Currently, the company has 2.4 million Fans on Facebook and more than 190,000 Followers on Twitter. Both communities are well established with engaging and fun content.

Publix VP of Fresh Product Business Development David Bridges announced his decision to retire

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-10-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last month, David Bridges, Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development, announced his decision to retire Jan. 1, 2016, after 49 years of service to the company.

Bridges’s career began in 1966 at store #0011, Lakeland, Florida, as a front service clerk. By 1981, he was promoted to store manager and in 1987 he became a district manager. In 1994 he was promoted to Lakeland Division regional director and to Vice President of Retail Business Development in 2000. In 2001 Bridges was named Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development where he has served for the last 14 years.

Publix President Todd Jones said, “David has been a dedicated Publix associate and an integral part of the growth of our fresh and meals departments. He has a passion for providing premier service to his customers and for the training, development and advancement of his team. We will miss David and wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his life.”

Upon Bridges’s retirement, Atlanta Division Regional Director Chris Litz will be promoted to Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development.

Litz began his Publix career in 1987 at store #0123, in Sarasota, Florida as a stock clerk. He worked various positions before becoming a store manager in 1995 and Lakeland Division district manager in 2000. He was promoted to director of warehousing in 2007 and his current position in 2010.

“Chris’s experience in retail and support makes him an ideal candidate for this leadership position,” said CEO Ed Crenshaw. “His knowledge of both facets of our operations will continue to move our fresh retail business units forward.”

Chris and his wife, Debbie, will soon be relocating from Atlanta to Lakeland. Chris enjoys diving, boating and running.

At the same time, this position will realign to report to Senior Vice President Dave Bornmann. Bornmann currently has responsibility over grocery and customer service business development. The realignment will allow insight across center and perimeter store, as well as frontend operating area impacting the customer shopping experience.

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Publix celebrates 85 years

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sept. 6, Publix will celebrate 85 years of serving customers and their local communities. Founded in 1930 by the late George W. Jenkins (Mr. George) in Winter Haven, Fla., Publix has grown from a single store into the largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States with more than 1,100 stores across six states.

Mr. George’s dream was to open a store that was different — a store that operated on a set of values that everyone could feel when they walked through the door. Publix refers to these founding values as the Lessons of Mr. George.

In recognition of the company’s 85th anniversary, Publix included associates, customers and suppliers in celebrations focusing on a different lesson each month.

  • March – Invest in others – We build relationships with our customers, our suppliers and each other. As a token of appreciation for the supply chain, Publix associates across the company took the time to personally thank their supplier partners. Publix couldn’t serve their customers as well without the commitment and support from their suppliers.
  • April – Give back – We believe that giving of our time, money and resources is not an expense, it’s a responsibility and privilege. As part of “Publix Serves Day”, more than 4,000 Publix associates across six states volunteered their time and supported over 125 nonprofit organizations within their local communities. Projects included beautification efforts, food pantries, backpack feeding programs, tutoring & reading resources, painting, building and more.
  • May – Prepare for opportunity – Publix provides training and development opportunities to help associates grow. The promotion prize patrol was out in full force capturing associate promotions at every level and sharing in the excitement of what lies ahead for these up and coming leaders.
  • June – Be there – It’s about connecting, listening, learning from each other. It’s more than just a job – it’s a family. During “Be There Day,” company leaders engaged with associates working side by side, learning roles and responsibilities, sharing stories and connecting with each other.
  • July – Respect the dignity of the individual – We provide a workplace where everyone can feel welcome, secure and valued. Publix President Todd Jones challenged associates to get to know each other. Associates answered a series of questions designed to get associates talking, learning and exchanging ideas. Upon completion of the challenge, associates received coupons redeemable for two free gourmet cupcakes – one for them and one for their new friend.
  • August – Treat customers like royalty – We provide a shopping experience so distinguished from our competitors that customers feel like family. Publix customers were randomly selected and treated like royalty, including providing a Publix gift card, flowers, crowns and tiaras, green carpet and all. In the community, the customer prize patrol surprised customers with random acts of kindness, including visiting a local hospital and showering new moms with baby baskets; attending sporting events and upgrading seats; and randomly handing out thank you notes with Publix gift cards enclosed, just to name a few.

To view the company’s 85th anniversary video, please visit: http://corporate.publix.com/about-publix/culture.

“As we celebrate our 85th anniversary and look to the future, I want to thank our associates, past and present, for their contributions in building a company that is much more than just a supermarket,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “And to our loyal customers, it’s been our pleasure to serve you and your families for more than eight decades. We thank you for allowing us into your homes to be a part of all the memorable occasions in your lives.”

Publix expands its Online Easy Ordering offerings at all stores to include bakery cakes

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-8-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix expands its Online Easy Ordering (OEO) offerings at all stores to include bakery cakes. Since custom cake orders generally take 24 hours to fulfill, pick up will begin tomorrow, Aug. 11.

To place an online cake order, visit Bakery Cakes. Screen instructions walk customers through each step of the ordering process.

  • Select Decadent Dessert Cakes or Special Edition Cakes to order an existing recipe cake.
  • Use the Design Your Own Cake feature to custom build a cake from scratch. Start by choosing a cake flavor, favorite filling and icing colors, and then add trim, borders and decorations.
  • Select Theme Cakes if a customer already has a theme in mind for their event. The cake flavor and filling can be customized, but some designs cannot be changed due to copyright laws.

Wedding cakes and custom trendy or specialty cakes are not offered online because of the intricacies and personalization of these cakes. Instead, customers should call or stop by Publix to talk to a bakery associate who will help build their dream design.

“Our customers look to Publix to provide high-quality cakes for all their milestone celebrations,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Offering decorated cakes, special edition cakes and decadent desserts through OEO is another way to extend premier customer service and add convenience to event planning.”

In September 2012, Publix introduced OEO by offering sliced meats and cheeses, and custom subs and wraps through a 50-store pilot. Based on its success, OEO began rolling out companywide in July 2013. In October 2014, Publix added bakery, deli and seafood platters and deli holiday dinners to its online offerings. OEO for bakery cakes was tested in 50 stores across several market areas earlier this year to better understand customer response and overall performance.

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